Thoughts On 2019’s Oscar Nominations

Every year the Academy makes some sort of cock up with regards to the nominations, ordinarily it’s one or two or perhaps a few. One of the most recent instances is not giving Amy Adams (Arrival) a nod and rewarding a fairly middle of the road performance from Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). Come at me! However 2019 seems to be an utter shit show with regards to certain films being mostly or completely ignored and others being showered in undeserved praise.

Films like Beautiful Boy, Widows and First Man (how did this not get at least best score??) being mostly overlooked (the latter has a few in the technical categories so not a total loss) is somewhat odd. It’s the first year in a while when I’ve not really looked forward to what’s to come on February 25th. Somehow films which were being talked about for Oscar contention have been sidelined, Steve Carell should have been honoured with as Best Actor as well as Timothée Chalamet in the same category or at the very least Supporting for the drama Beautiful Boy. However we’re seeing the likes of the critically unacclaimed (but loved by audiences) Bohemian Rhapsody being nominated for best film AND best actor? It is neither of these things when you compare to what has come out in the same year. The fact that First Man didn’t even get a best score nod is absurd, as is ignoring Ryan Gosling’s subtle beauty as he portrays Neil Armstrong along with Claire Foy as his wife Janet.

Whilst the best actress and best supporting actress categories gets it pretty spot with nominees such as Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman, Amy Adams and Emma Stone it feels as if supporting actor could have included Brendan Gleeson or Hugh Grant both for Paddington 2, laugh all you want but they were superb in that. As was the film which was totally ignored. It’s not your typical Oscar contender but surely it’s one hell of an achievement to create a sequel which is this good??

Another film completely looked over is Widows which via Twitter got a mixed response. It’s odd that it did however it seems the performances should have been recognised. People have said that the film isn’t great but that those who starred in it were great. This as well as You Were Never Really Here are two films which have nothing to show for it even after performances from Joaquin Phoenix, Daniel Kaluuya, Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki to name but a few.

With Rami Malek recently winning the SAG for best actor it’s looking more and more likely that he will pick up the award at the Oscars too. Whilst it’s a good performance, it’s not up there with the likes of Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born and Christian Bale in Vice.

One final thought, it’s fantastic to see Black Panther up for best film. Perhaps it’s a token gesture but it certainly deserves to be in that category. And yes, it is better than Infinity War.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Christian Bale in Vice
  • Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate
  • Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Viggo Mortensen in Green Book

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Mahershala Ali in Green Book
  • Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott in A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell in Vice

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Yalitza Aparicio in Roma
  • Glenn Close in The Wife
  • Olivia Colman in The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in Vice
  • Marina de Tavira in Roma
  • Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone in The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz in The Favourite

Best animated feature film of the year

  • Incredibles 2 – Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • Mirai – Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet – Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Achievement in cinematography

  • Cold War– Łukasz Żal
  • The Favourite – Robbie Ryan
  • Never Look Away – Caleb Deschanel
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • A Star Is Born – Matthew Libatique

Achievement in costume design

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
  • Black Panther – Ruth Carter
  • The Favourite – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

Achievement in directing

  • BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
  • Cold War – Paweł Pawlikowski
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice – Adam McKay

Best documentary feature

  • Free Solo – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening – RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim
  • Minding the Gap – Bing Liu and Diane Quon
  • Of Fathers and Sons – Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert
  • RBG – Betsy West and Julie Cohen

Best documentary short subject

  • Black Sheep – Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
  • End Game – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
  • Lifeboat – Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser
  • A Night at The Garden – Marshall Curry
  • Period. End of Sentence. – Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

Achievement in film editing

  • BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Green Book – Patrick J. Don Vito
  • Vice – Hank Corwin

Best foreign language film of the year

  • Capernaum – Lebanon
  • Cold War – Poland
  • Never Look Away – Germany
  • Roma – Mexico
  • Shoplifters – Japan

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • Border – Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks
  • Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
  • BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • All The Stars from Black Panther

Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe

  • I’ll Fight from RBG

Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

  • The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns

Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

  • Shallow from A Star Is Born

Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

  • When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Best motion picture of the year

  • Black Panther – Kevin Feige, Producer
  • BlacKkKlansman – Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Graham King, Producer
  • The Favourite – Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers
  • Green Book – Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers
  • Roma – Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers
  • A Star Is Born – Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers
  • Vice – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers

Achievement in production design

  • Black Panther – Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
  • The Favourite – Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
  • First Man – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • Roma – Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez

Best animated short film

  • Animal Behaviour – Alison Snowden and David Fine
  • Bao – Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
  • Late Afternoon – Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco
  • One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
  • Weekends – Trevor Jimenez

Best live action short film

  • Detainment – Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon
  • Fauve – Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon
  • Marguerite – Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset
  • Mother – Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado
  • Skin Guy – Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

Achievement in sound editing

  • Black Panther – Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
  • First Man – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • A Quiet Place – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • Roma – Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

Achievement in sound mixing

  • Black Panther – Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
  • First Man – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis
  • Roma – Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García
  • A Star Is Born – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow

Achievement in visual effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War – Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick
  • Christopher Robin – Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould
  • First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm
  • Ready Player One – Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story – Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

Adapted screenplay

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • BlacKkKlansman – Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins
  • A Star Is Born – Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

Original screenplay

  • The Favourite – Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
  • First Reformed – Written by Paul Schrader
  • Green Book – Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
  • Roma – Written by Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice – Written by Adam McKay

Keep. It. Reel.

Pros And Cons Of THAT New Oscar Award

The Academy has decided to change things up with a few announcements this week including shortening the length of the Oscars ceremony (good news fir people like me in the UK because it will no longer require staying up until 5am) and adding a new accolade called the Popular Film Award. There’s been a lot of talk about this and rightly so. What are the requirements to be nominated? Will it be based on box office numbers as well as filmmaking? Is this to make the Oscars seem less pretentious? Lots of thoughts and unanswered questions at the moment so here are the pros and cons of the biggest Oscars shake up in years.

Pros

The Oscars has always been looked to for esteem and prestige during the awards season. It’s main categories which come towards the end of the evening include best actor and actress, best film and so on. To include “popular” films will take away some of the esteem and the way the Academy seemingly looks down on other award shows.

For a number of years now, those who have won these awards have been part of a certain selection of films which are traditionally released between October and February, depending on which country you currently reside. It’s always come across as incredibly unfair that because of a handful of films launched at a particular time of the year they are the ones to receive most of the praise. As a frequent film goer it’s a treat to have a huge selection of good quality movies in a short period of time, especially since there have been instances in which the choice of blockbusters during the summer months has been sub par at best. 

However this year we’ve had the likes of Black Panther and Mission: Impossible Fallout which have dominated the box office with the former recently surpassing the $700m in the US domestic box office. Take away the financial successes of films like this and you still have something incredible and award worthy. Including movies like this will widen the net for more to apply for these awards without the assumption of rejection. But is this the right way to become more inclusive? 

Cons

Without question there are more cons than pros. Having said all of the above, it seems as if filmmaking isn’t appreciated on a whole by the Academy. Big CGI movies should still be considered great movies (assuming we’re not considering the likes of Sharknado etc.) due to the fact that the art should be appreciated. Very clearly it isn’t.

First things first, why can’t so-called popular films be nominated in the prestigious categories to begin with? Time and time again they have proved that a lot of them have great writing, direction, acting and so much more to offer. Logan which was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay was the first superhero film to be nominated in this category. How you can ignore the performances in that film especially in a year when Gary Oldman won (separate issue, justice for Chalamet) is beyond me! A film with huge action set pieces should still be considered if it is in fact a good entertaining movie.

Another issue is that it feels more like a consolation prize than a genuine award. Imagine winning one of these because it’s popular and not being appreciated for the work you have created. Yes you’ll have an Oscar but no real acknowledgement, it feels insulting when you should be eligible for any award. This is not how it was back in 2004 when a film of an epic scale and part of one of the biggest trilogies of all time won 11 Oscars including Best Director and Best Film. It’s considered a modern time great in which you can see real filmmaking taking place, someone’s passion comes through on screen and another example of exemplary acting and direction proving that large scale movies have what it takes. The film in question? Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. 

One last thing is how exactly can you categorise a popular movie? Will it actually be by box office? Will it need to be a franchise film such as a Marvel, DC, Star Wars etc? A lot of the times it’s these films which reach fans who want to see any movie they can and it goes on to inspire them to become the next generation of talented filmmakers. The Academy can look down on films like this and when you see those who have unreservedly won award for their work you wonder how right will they get it.

Bottom line, it’s insulting to not be included in with other films. Whilst trying to be inclusive the Academy has just become more separated.

One more thing, if you want to add an award, how about Best Stunt? What are your thoughts?

Keep. It. Reel

Oscar Nominations 2018

It’s award season again and with that comes the biggest movie awards of the year. It’s time for the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards. It seems mostly predictable, very happy to see Greta Gerwig and her film Lady Bird receive so much attention. Get Out has done incredibly well and one of my favourites of the year, The Big Sick getting a nod for Original Screenplay is wonderful.

If anything it’s a real shame to see Blade Runner 2049 not in the Best Picture or Best Director and nothing for Wonder Woman. Christopher Plummer getting nominated for a part which he had about 4 days to prepare for might be some sort of record in the Academy Awards!

In total, there’s 13 for Shape of Water (beautiful film and incredibly moving), Dunkirk has received 8 (a true film makers film) and Get Out has 4 (one of the best horror movies ever)

Here are the nominees in full:

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, Get Out

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Best Actor

Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

 

Best Actress

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post

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Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Best Supporting Actress

Mary J Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Animated Film

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Coco

Ferdinand

Loving Vincent

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Best Documentary

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Faces Places

Icarus

Last Men in Aleppo

Strong Island

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Best Documentary Short

Edith+Eddie

Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Heroin(e)

Knife Skills

Traffic Stop

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Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman

The Insult

Loveless

On Body and Soul

The Square

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Best Song

Mighty River, Mudbound

The Mystery of Love, Call Me by Your Name

Remember Me, Coco

Stand Up for Something, Marshall

This Is Me, The Greatest Showman

Best Score

Dunkirk

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name

The Disaster Artist

Logan

Molly’s Game

Mudbound

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Best Original Screenplay

The Big Sick

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Mudbound

The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast

Darkest Hour

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Victoria & Abdul

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Best Editing

Baby Driver

Dunkirk

I, Tonya

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Best Makeup and Hair

Darkest Hour

Victoria & Abdul

Wonder

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Best Production Design

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Best Animated Short

Dear Basketball

Garden Party

Lou

Negative Space

Revolting Rhymes

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Best Live Action Short

DeKalb Elementary

The Eleven O’Clock

My Nephew Emmett

The Silent Child

Watu Wote/All of Us

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Best Sound Editing

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Best Sound Mixing

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Best Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes

Taking place on March 4th, I’ll be watching live on whatever channel it’s on (Sky Cinema right??) and I’ll be tweeting, Instagramming (not as much as last year as certain complaints) and Facebooking throughout the night. It’s being presented by Jimmy Kimmel who hosted last year’s ceremony. Hope you can join me. If not, I’m sure you’ll have a nice sleep instead.

Keep. It. Reel.

Jimmy Kimmel To Host The Oscars Again

He was a farely leftfield choice to begin with but once he got onto that stage he knocked the Oscars out of the park. After doing such an amazing job this year (minus that very odd tour bus prank), Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the biggest movie awards show once again in 2018. His return is one few saw coming but it seems most are happy with.

For the 90th Academy Awards, who knows what he’ll have in-store but with this year’s smart and sharp opening monologue, poking fun at Hollywood’s elite, as well as adding in his own brand of comedy with Mean Tweets and his consistent piss taking of Matt Damon off stage, it’s sure to be equally entertaining. 

Jimmy will be the 23rd presenter who has hosted the Oscars more than once, joining a list which includes Bob Hope, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Sinatra, Jon Stewart and many more.

The 90th Academy Awards takes place on Sunday 4th March and I will be live tweeting them as always. But maybe not live Instagramming…

Keep. It. Reel. 

BAFTA 2017: Full List of Winners

The 70th BAFTA Awards took place last night and amongst all of the red carpet action, trophies and glamour, there was an underlying political and social theme. Stephen Fry’s shots at the Trump administration, Southern Rail and Danny Dyer were all accurate and entertaining. Starting off with his grandmother’s saying “cop a load of this, bitches” and continued by referring to a recent episode of Who Do You Think You Are, and claimed that Prince William will be “devastated after finding out he’s related to Danny Dyer”. But I think that my favourite was during one of his take downs of Trumps, as his quipped “One of the greatest actresses of all time, only a blithering idiot would think otherwise, Meryl Streep.” Brilliant. You can see more of Stephen Fry’s jokes here.

During the ceremony, La La Land was the most successful, winning five awards, including Best Director, Best Film and Best Actress, making it even more of a front runner than before to sweep up at the Oscars. Other winners include Dev Patel for Best Supporting Actor, Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress and Kubo and the Two Strings for Best Animated Feature, beating two Disney films.

Not too many surprises altogether this year however I didn’t quite get all of my predictions correct unfortunately. Here were mine for last night, getting four out of six, which isn’t that bad! Anyway, we’ll see if I can improve upon my guesses for the Oscars. Here’s the list of winners in full.

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Outstanding British film

American Honey

Denial

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

WINNER: I, Daniel Blake

Notes on Blindness

Under the Shadow

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Rising Star award

Anya Taylor-Joy

Laia Costa

Lucas Hedges

Ruth Negga

WINNER: Tom Holland

Best Make Up & Hair

Doctor Strange

WINNER: Florence Foster Jenkins

Hacksaw Ridge

Nocturnal Animals

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Best Original Music

Arrival

Jackie

WINNER: La La Land

Lion

Nocturnal Animals

Best Costume Design

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

WINNER: Jackie

La La Land

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Best Sound

WINNER: Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

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Best British Short Animation

The Alan Dimension

WINNER: A Love Story

Tough

 

Best British Short Film

Consumed

WINNER: Home

Mouth of Hell

The Party

Standby

 

Best Editing

Arrival

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Nocturnal Animals

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Best Production Design

Doctor Strange

WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Nocturnal Animals

 

Best Documentary

WINNER: 13th

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

The Eagle Huntress

Notes on Blindness

Weiner

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Best Film Not in the English Language

Dheepan

Julieta

Mustang

WINNER: Son of Saul

Toni Erdmann

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hidden Figures

WINNER: Lion

Nocturnal Animals

 

Best Supporting Actress

Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

WINNER: Viola Davis (Fences)

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Best Animated Film

Finding Dory

WINNER: Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

Zootropolis

2-kubo

Best Special Visual Effects

Arrival

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

WINNER: The Jungle Book

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

The Girl With All the Gifts – Mike Carey (writer), Camille Gatin (producer)

The Hard Stop – George Amponsah (writer/director/producer), Dionne Walker (writer/producer)

Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton (writer/director/producer), James Spinney (writer/director), Jo-Jo Ellison (producer)

The Pass – John Donnelly (writer), Ben A Williams (director)

WINNER: Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari (writer/director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (producers)

 

Best Supporting Actor

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)

WINNER: Dev Patel (Lion)

Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Outstanding British contribution to cinema

Curzon Cinemas

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Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

I, Daniel Blake

La La Land

WINNER: Manchester By the Sea

Moonlight

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Best Cinematography

Arrival

Hell or High Water

WINNER: La La Land

Lion

Nocturnal Animals

 

Best Actor

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

 

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake)

WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea)

Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)

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Best Actress

Amy Adams (Arrival)

Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train)

WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

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Best Film

Arrival

I, Daniel Blake

WINNER: La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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Bafta fellowship

Mel Brooks

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Keep. It. Reel.

 

The 89th Academy Award Nominations and My Predictions

And the nominees are…

Here we have it, the Oscar nominations for 2017. What we have is a mostly predictable list of nominations. However there seems to be something wrong with the Best Actress category. It would seem Meryl Streep’s standard middle of the road performance is better than that of Amy Adams’ in Arrival. Really?? It’s such an insult to what is one of the best performances of the past 12 months but that’s merely my opinion.

With 14 nominations, La La Land has matched the most nominations ever garnered by one film and it’s now the most Oscar nominated musical. It’s no real surprise after it’s been so well-received by critics and audiences alike as well as gaining other awards and nominations during this season. Anyway, with that said, see below for the fill list of nominations as well as my predictions in bold.

The ceremony takes place on the 26th February and is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Stay tuned for my live blog taking place on the night for those of you willing to stay up until around 5am, GMT.

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Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester By the Sea

Moonlight

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Best Director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

 

Best Actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

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Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea)

 

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

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Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester By the Sea

20th Century Women

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

 

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life As a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

2-kubo

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

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Best Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

OJ: Made in America

13th

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Best Documentary Short

4.1 Miles

Extremis

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

 

Best Score

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

 

Best Song

Audition (La La Land)

Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)

City of Stars (La La Land)

The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)

How Far I’ll Go (Moana)

 

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

 

Best Costume Design

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

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Best Production Design

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail Caesar

La La Land

Passengers

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Best Cinematography

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

 

Best Sound Editing

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

 

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours

 

Best Film Editing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

 

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

 

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Golden Globe 2017 Winners

Just in case you’ve been sleeping all day due to the bad weather / Monday / tube strike, you would have missed the winners of the year’s Golden Globes. The award ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Fallon whose opening of the show was much better than what other say, although a little on the nose with the big winner of the night.

That’s right, La La Land was the big winner of last night which picked up seven awards including Best Director for Damien Chazelle, Best Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and for Best Original Score for Justin Hurwitz. An incredible achievement for such a superb film which has been hotly tipped to sweep the awards. Not a bad start, we’#ll see how they do in the BAFTA and Oscar nominations, both of which are out very soon! Another big winner includes several Brits from The Night Manager with awards for Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie. Well freaking done!

Here’s a list of all of the winners, congratulations to you all! Looks like I’ve got quite a bit of TV to catch up on, time to hibernate.

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Film categories

Best motion picture – drama

Winner: Moonlight

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

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Best motion picture – comedy or musical

Winner: La La Land

20th Century Women

Deadpool

Florence Foster Jenkins

Sing Street

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama

Winner: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton – Loving

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama

Winner: Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Amy Adams – Arrival

Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane

Ruth Negga – Loving

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical

Winner: Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Colin Farrell – The Lobster

Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill – War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical

Winner: Emma Stone – La La Land

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply

Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

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Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Winner: Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel – Lion

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Winner: Viola Davis – Fences

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in Fences from Paramount Pictures. Directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson.

Best Director – Motion Picture

Winner: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best screenplay – motion picture

Winner: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best animated feature film

Winner: Zootopia

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

Sing

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Best foreign language film

Winner: Elle

Divines

Neruda

The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

Best original score – motion picture

Winner: Justin Hurwitz – La La Land

Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch – Hidden Figures

Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion

Johann Johannsson – Arrival

Nicholas Britell – Moonlight

Best original song – motion picture

Winner: City of Stars – La La Land

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Trolls

Faith – Sing

Gold – Gold

How Far I’ll Go – Moana

 

Television categories

Best television series – drama

Winner: The Crown

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

This is Us

Westworld

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Best television series – comedy or musical

Winner: Atlanta

Black-ish

Mozart in the Jungle

Transparent

Veep

Best mini-series or motion picture made for television

Winner: The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager

Best performance by an actor in a television series – drama

Winner: Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath

Rami Malek – Mr Robot

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best performance by an actress in a television series – drama

Winner: Claire Foy – The Crown

Caitriona Balfe – Outlander

Keri Russell – The Americans

Winona Ryder – Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best performance by an actor in a television series – comedy or musical

Winner: Donald Glover – Atlanta

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish

Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle

Nick Nolte – Graves

Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

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Best performance by an actress in a television series – comedy or musical

Winner: Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish

Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce

Issa Rae – Insecure

Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Best performance by an actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television

Winner: Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager

Riz Ahmed – The Night Of

Bryan Cranston – All the Way

John Turturro – The Night Of

Courtney B Vance – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television

Winner: Sarah Paulson – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Felicity Huffman – American Crime

Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience

Charlotte Rampling – London Spy

Kerry Washington – Confirmation

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

Winner: Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager

Sterling K Brown – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

John Lithgow – The Crown

Christian Slater – Mr Robot

John Travolta – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

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Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

Winner: Olivia Colman – The Night Manager

Lena Headey – Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz – This is Us

Mandy Moore – This is Us

Thandie Newton – Westworld

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The Oscars 2016 – Live Stream

So it begins, the biggest night of the year in the movie industry, I’m looking forward to seeing how Chris Rock does as host of the 88th Academy Awards and I’m curious to see how I do with regards to my predictions. Maybe I’ll get it a little bit more spot on this year. I wanted to share a video with you all to ease you into the celebrations with a wonderful bit of humour from the folks at Screen Junkies. They have created a fantastically glib and accurate portrayal of the actors and movies nominated, check it out and have a look at their other other Honest Trailers.

Chris Rock will most likely be poking fun at the fact that the hash tag #Oscarssowhite has taken off due to the fact that all of the nominees are white. I hope to be laughing a lot more than last year. We’ll see! I’ll be covering it right here in London with lots of snacks, I cant wait to rip into these. See you all later tonight.

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29/02/2016. 01.30. Here we go! Let’s see how Chris Rock gets on. This is a great opening montage of the years finest movies.

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29/02/2016. 01.44. A really good, really funny and very apt opening monologue from Chris Rock. Well done!

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29/02/2016. 01.45. First award is for Best Original Screenplay

And the winner is Spotlight

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/29/02/2016. 01.52. Up next is Best Adapted Screenplay. And the winner is The Big Short

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29/02/2016. 02.03. Sam Smith performing Writing’s on the Wall, presented by Sarah Silverman.

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29/02/2016. 02.10. JK Simmons presenting the Best Supporting Actress award. And the winner is Alicia Vikander.

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29/02/2016. 02.20. Time for Best Costume Design, presented by Cate Blanchett. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road. Well deserved!

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29/02/02016. 02.23. Steve Carell and Tina Fey presenting the award for best production design. Oh I love these two. SO funny! And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road

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29/02/2016. 02.28. Margot Robbie and Jared Leto presenting the award for Make-Up and Hairstyling. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road

29/02/2016. 02.27. Michael B. Jordan and Rachel McAdams presenting the award for Cinematography. And the winner is The Revenant.

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29/02/2016. 02.39. And up next, Best Editing. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road. Well done to this film, really well deserved!

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29/02/2016. 02.50. Now for the sound awards: Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Both Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road. Well done!

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29/02/2016/. 02.56. Time for one of my favourites, Visual Effects presented by Andy Serkis. Love him! And the winner is Ex Machina. Well done!

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29/02/2016. 03.08. Best animated short film, presented by The Minions. And the winner is Bear Story!

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29/02/2016. 03.11 OH MY GOD!!! Buzz and Woody presenting the award for Best Animated Feature! I’m so happy, I love them so much! And the winner is Inside Out. WOOP WOOP!

Disney?Pixar's "Inside Out" takes us to the most extraordinary location yet - inside the mind of Riley. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Directed by Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera, "Inside Out" is in theaters June 19, 2015.

29/02/2016. 03.16. Presented by Kevin Hart, The Weekend perform Earned It from Fifty Shades of Grey. Sounding good!

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29/02/2016. 03.29. Patricia Arquette presenting the award for Best Supporting Actor. And the winner is MARK RYLANCE! YES! So unbelievably well deserved, I’m so happy! GO MARK!

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29/02/2016. 03.39. Okay, back to it. Louis CK presenting the Best Documentary Short Film. And the winner is A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. Congratulations.

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29/02/2016. 03.41. Dev Patel and Daisy Ridley presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature. And the winner is Amy. Well done!

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29/02/2016. 03.58 A beautiful performance by the immensely talented Dave Grohl. In memoriam this year is truly one of the saddest in years. You will not be forgotten.

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29/02/2016. 04.06. Time for the Best Live Action short film award. And the winner is Stutterer!

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29/02/2016. 04.07. The award for Best Foreign Language film is next. And the winner is Son of Saul!

Son of Saul

29/02/2016. 04.14. Presented by the popular Joe Biden, Lady Gaga performs her song from The Hunting Ground, Til It Happens To You. Great performance!

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29/02/2016. 04.21. Now Pharrell Willaims (blonde, why??) and Quincy Jones present the award for Best Original Score. And the winner is The Hateful Eight. WHY?!

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29/02/2016. 04.27. Now it’s time for Best Original Song, presented by Common and John Legend. And the winner is Writing’s on the Wall, by Sam Smith from Spectre.

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29/02/2016. 04.30. Ali G has made a come back, still pretty funny! Who would have thought that?? Maybe my sense of humour is terrible.  Or maybe he is actually funny!

29/02/2016. 04.37. Oh boy, it’s time for Best Director, presented by JJ Abrams. And the winner is Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant. Woop woop!

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29/02/2016. 04.47. Getting close to the end and close to bed time! The Best Actress award is next and presented by Eddie Redmayne. And the winner is Brie Larson. WOOP WOOP! So well deserved, what a performance, well done, no one deserves it more than you Brie!

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29/02/2016. 04.53. Right, it’s time. Will he get it? Best Actor award presented by Julianne Moore. And the winner is LEONARDO DICAPRIO! YES! FINALLY! Your wait is over! Well done! It’s about bloody time! No more poor Leo!

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29/02/2016. 05.01. The final award for tonight. Best Film presented by the awesomely voiced Morgan Freeman. And the winner is Spotlight! Wow! Genuinely shocked but very happy for such a terrific film, it does deserve this award! Congratulations!

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29/02/2016. 05.04. Okay, it;s just gone 5am, I don’t have work until Tuesday (yay!) So I’ll be recovering from this late sober night. Congratulations to all of the winners, especially Mad Max, Spotlight, The Revenant and of course to Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s good night from me. Until next time.

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Oscar 2016 predictions

Tonight sees the red carpet rolled out once more for the biggest award ceremony in the movie industry, the Academy Awards, which is the 88th celebration so far. This year has been unfortunately marred with controversy, many claiming that the Oscars are racist. It’s a shame when this happens as it takes something away the great work done by so many tremendously talented people. However, I’m sure it won’t get in the way of tonight’s festivities, especially with Chris Rock hosting. I’ll be live blogging the whole event through the night, I’m so glad I’ve got Monday off, staying up until 5am and then working all day? No thanks.

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So here are my predictions of a few awards being handed out this weekend, let’s see how close I come to getting them right, for once!

Best Film

Nominations

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

And the winner is The Revenant

Out of those which have been nominated, no film is better. The story, screenplay, shots, costume, acting and more make this the best film of the year. Alejandro González Iñárritu has done incredible job, each sequence shot is a masterpiece in its own right, the attack on the beach is a particular favourite of mine. Hearing that he shot only at a certain time of the day to get the right light, putting Leonardo DiCaprio through such a hellish ordeal, the track shots throughout, the cinematography that made you feel just a bit colder than normal in a movie theatre, it’s all a testament to on of the best films ever made. 

Best Director

Nominations

Adam Mckay – The Big Shiort

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson – Room

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

And the winner is Alejandro G Inarritu for The Revenant

Well, what more can I say? He has created a masterpiece that has been talked about for so long now, it feels like this movie has been with us for quite some time. Inarritu has had a very solid history of making acclaimed movies from last years Birdman, to 2010’s Biutiful, to 2000’s Amores Perros and several more. He’s got a brilliant eye for what makes a good story and then executes it with perfect diction and a lot of the time his work will really make you think.

Best Actor

Nominations

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Matt Damon – The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

And the winner is Leonardo DiCaprio

As much as I enjoyed almost all of these performances, there’s no doubt at all that this is Leo’s year. It’s his fifth nomination and it’s finally going to happen for him. For those of you who have seen The Revenant, you would have witnessed a man being put through some very trying circumstances in which he not only had to endure but he had to act through as well, it’s a really superb performance. Well done Leo, you finally did it.

Best Actress

Nominations

Cate Blanchett – Carol

Brie Larson – Room

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

And the winner is Brie Larson

I have loved every single performance in this category but for me, my money is on Brie Larson who starred in the incredible Room, bringing an emotional performance like no other. The story involves a mother and son, locked in a room together for years with no way out. The mother, Ma, has been kidnapped and given birth to Jack whilst in this dungeon. Larson gives a deeply emotional performance in which she depicts the trauma of a kidnapping victim in a remarkably realistic way and she has a bond with Jack that’s different to any other mother and son relationship. A really amazing film with a superb performance by its lead actress.

Best Supporting Actor

Nominations

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

And the winner is Mark Rylance

He won the BAFTA for his performance in Bridge of Spies and there’s no question that he not only deserves the Oscar, but that he has earned it. His performance as Rudolf Abel is smart, witty, understated and surprisingly funny. He delivers some incredible lines, written by Matt Charman along with the Cohen brothers, no wonder there are so many oddly humorous moments in this spy thriller. But the lines would be nothing without Mark Rylance. He is working with Spielberg again on The BFG and I’m sure we can expect yet another stellar performance.

Best Supporting Actress

Nominations

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara – Carol

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

And the winner is Kate Winslet

This is the most difficult one to predict however I’ve gone with Kate Winslet as it does feel like she has the edge over my second choice of Rachel McAdams. She’s brilliant as Joanna Hoffman in the extremely underrated Steve Jobs (I can’t tell you how annoying it is that this film has not received the appreciation it deserves, especially when it comes to the screenplay. How was Aaron Sorkin not nominated?!) She’s the voice of reason when Jobs (Michael Fassbender) is losing it with his staff, the mother of his daughter and his daughter. Winslet does a great job of keeping her accent (what is it with some actors who try and fail this so many times) and keeping her cool with each escalating situation. Let’s hope she wins.

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep

Boy and the Wild

When Marnie Was There

And the winner is Inside Out

No question when it comes to this one, Inside Out was a stand out film in so many ways. Pixar have a history of making us feel something very real for animated characters, no other studio can compare with their current work.But this time they have used emotions to make us feel emotional. The concept of using the emotions within a girl going through a major change in her life really hit home for a lot of older viewers who can see themselves in Riley. It’s a very relatable story which anyone who has ever had something big in their life completely change and anyone who has ever grown up! Moving on from your imaginary friend, going through changes, making new friends, it’s all in there and it’s all why this film will win the Oscar this year.

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A few thoughts on the Golden Globes 2016

The Golden Globes has a very chequered history due to allegations of bribes in previous years. However it seems they have cleaned up their act quite a lot, this year in particular we see that a lot of people, movies and TV shows have rightly won awards. Maybe this is old news, but I feel the winners have been getting better and better. Because of its history and because of some ridiculous categories (who puts comedy and musical together in one?!) I will always have a problem with this awards ceremony. Here’s just a few short thoughts on what happened this year.

The return of Ricky Gervais

For three years in a row, Gervais verbally butchered his colleagues and the Hollywood Foreign Press, who all took it in their stride, besides a slightly miffed Robert Downey Jr who said, during the 2011 ceremony when presenting an award, that the vibe of the show was “mean spirited” and “sinister”. Ouch! He’s right, but that doesn’t stop it from being funny! This year was no different, he tore through the celebrities, and began by mocking NBC who had no nominations at all. During his opening monologue, he made some on point jokes, referencing Caitlyn Jenner, the fact that he’s hosted four times and a superbly glib remark about the past of the Golden Globes. You really must watch it, check it out below and have a look at his previous years of hosting as well. Very funny and very mean.

Aaron Sorkin wins best screenplay for Steve Jobs

This is my favourite award of the night, no one deserves it more from the past year of movies. Aaron Sorkin has written a killer script with some of the best dialogue you will ever hear, for those of you who haven’t seen it, Steve Jobs is a real surprise hit after going through so many production problems but it was released to widespread critical acclaim and showed that you can make a film about Steve Jobs and about computers, whilst keeping it entertaining. Well done Aaron, you’re sharp, witty and smarter than them all.

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Leo winning

Some say that the Golden Globes are a gateway into the Oscars, which pretty much means that if you win at the Globes, you’ll win at the Academy Awards. Of course this isn’t always true, but people are once again talking about Leonardo DiCaprio winning an Oscar. Last night, he won the best actor Golden Globe for his performance in The Revenant, a film I’m still yet to see but very much looking forward to. He’s been here before, so many times. I’m sure he’s sick of it and wants it all to end. Personally I don’t think that this is his year, I think one day he will win one. But not this year, not for this performance. One day Leo, one day.

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A lot of the Globes went to the right people (poor Mark Rylance), and now they are looking forward to the Oscars. The nominations are coming out on the 14th of this month, and the ceremony will be taking place on the 28th February. Let’s see how close the Golden Globes have got it. My guess? For the first time in a while, they look pretty much accurate. We’ll see.

You can see a full list of last nights winners here.

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