Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Actors — What the SAG Nominations Tell Us and What They Don’t Tell Us

The Actors — What the SAG Nominations Tell Us and What They Don’t Tell Us

The critics spent months pleading and begging and whining about the Oscar category for popular films. Right? The Academy then tabled the plan and dangled the invisible threat that if the Oscar race doesn't start to become relevant — as in, picking popular films — then THAT CATEGORY WILL BE BACK! When the SAG voters then nominated popular films and popular stars the same observers were upset that it was TOO popular. Though it's worth noting that Spike Lee's marvelous BlacKkKlansman is not really in the same group as Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, and Black Panther. All...

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A Star is Born Leads SAG Nominations

The Theatrical Motion Picture Nominees are:   Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role CHRISTIAN BALE / Dick Cheney – “VICE” (Annapurna Pictures) BRADLEY COOPER / Jack – “A STAR IS BORN” (Warner Bros. Pictures) RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury – “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” (20th Century Fox) VIGGO MORTENSEN / Tony Lip – “GREEN BOOK” (Universal Pictures) JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON / Ron Stallworth – “BLACKKKLANSMAN” (Focus Features)   Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role EMILY BLUNT / Mary Poppins – “MARY POPPINS RETURNS” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) GLENN CLOSE / Joan...

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Review: Mary Poppins Returns and There’s Nowhere To Go But Up

Rob Marshall discovered Mary Poppins as a child. He was 5 years old the year it premiered. It was the first film he saw and like many of us, the film widened his eyes and opened his mind, an escape to pure fantasy while nesting in reality. That sensation of wonderment is exactly what he recreates so brilliantly with Mary Poppins Returns. In the depths of Depression-era London he reveals an alternate reality filled with hope. With Mary Poppins leading the way, we believe anything can happen, even the outlandishly impossible. That's part of what makes this an...

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Updating Live – SAG Awards Nomination Reactions

The SAG Nominations have been announced. Here are reactions John David Washington - BlacKkKlansman -Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role  “Thank you SAG-AFTRA for this honor. Most importantly because in doing so you are recognizing Ron Stallworth, a man whose bravery and ingenuity fought racism at its core. To Spike, Ron, cast and crew — I will never forget this experience we had together. Love you all.” Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody -Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role “It is a profound privilege and honor to be recognized alongside my...

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No Guts, No Glory SAG Edition!

Tomorrow AM the SAG nominations will be read. There could be some surprises!  Here is your chance to predict those. But they have to be super long shots. Not like Crazy Rich Asians, Roma or Mary Poppins Returns. But you know, films no one would predict. Here are mine: Ensemble: First Man Best Actress: Kathryn Hahn, Private Life Best Supporting Actor: Paul Giamatti, Private Life Your turn!  

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Best Picture

SAG noms*
BFCA noms*
Golden Globe noms*
AFI Top Ten*
NYFCC winner+
NBR winner+ / top ten*

A Star is Born*****
Green Book+***
Vice* *
The Favourite***
If Beale Street Could Talk****
Black Panther*****
First Reformed**
Mary Poppins Returns****
First Man*
Bohemian Rhapsody**
8th Grade**
A Quiet Place**
Can You Ever Forgive Me*
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs*
The Front Runner
Leave No Trace

Best Actor

Christian Bale, Vice***
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born***
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed+*
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book+***
Rami Malek, Behemian Rhapsody***
John David Washington, BlacKKKlansman**
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity's Gate**
Ryan Gosling, First Man*
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased*
Hugh Jackman, The Front Runner
Matthew McConaughey, White Boy Rick
Lucas Hedges, Ben is Back
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther

Best Actress

Lady Gaga, A Star is Born+***
Glenn Close, The Wife***
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me***
Olivia Colman, The Favourite***
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns** *
Toni Collette, Hereditary*
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer*
Rosamund Pike, A Private War*
Charlize Theron, Tully*
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade *
Regina Hall, Support the Girls+
Viola Davis, Widows
Julia Roberts, Ben is Back
Felicity Jones, On the Basis of Sex
Carey Mulligan, Wildlife
Kiki Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Green Book***
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me**+*
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy***
Adam Driver, BlacKKKlansman***
Sam Rockwell, Vice**
Sam Elliot, A Star is Born+**
Michael B. Jordan. Black Panther*
Steve Carrell, Vice
Russell Crowe, Boy Erased
Daniel Kaluuya, Widows
Oscar Isaac, At Eternity's Gate
Jonathan Pryce, The Wife
Jake Gyllenhaal, Wildlife

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, Vice***
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk++**
Emma Stone, The Favourite***
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite***
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place*
Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots*
Claire Foy, First Man**
Nicole Kidman, Boy Erased*
Thomasin McKenzie, Leave no Trace
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Michelle Yeoh, Crazy Rich Asians
Vera Farmiga, The Front Runner
Danai Gurira, Black Panther

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma+**
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born+**
Spike Lee, BlacKKKlansman**
Peter Farrelly, Green Book**
Adam McKay, Vice**
Damien Chazelle, First Man*
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite*
Paul Schrader, First Reformed
Marielle Heller, Can You Ever Forgive Me
Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns
Ryan Coogler, Black Panther
Jason Reitman, The Front Runner
Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased

Original Screenplay

First Reformed, Paul Schrader++*
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron**
The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara**
Vice, Adam McKay* *
Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham*
Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly**
Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski – A Quiet Place*
Ben is Back, Peter Hedges
Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley
Tully, Diablo Cody

Adapted Screenplay

If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins+**
BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee*
Can You Ever Forgive Me, Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty*
Ryan Coogler, Black Panther*
A Star is Born, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters*
First Man, Josh Singer*
Widows, Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen
The Front Runner, Matt Bai, Jay Carson, Jason Reitman
Boy Erased, Joel Edgerton
Leave No Trace, Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini


A Star is Born*
Black Panther*
First Man*
The Favourite*
If Beale Street Could Talk*
Cold War


First Man*
A Star is Born*
The Favourite*
Black Panther
Green Book
Can You Ever Forgive Me
The Front Runner

Production Design

Mary Poppins Returns*
Black Panther*
The Favourite*
First Man*
Crazy Rich Asians*
Green Book
The Front Runner
Can You Ever Forgive Me

Sound Mixing

A Star is Born
Mary Poppins Returns
First Man
Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Avengers: Infinity War
Deadpool 2

Sound Editing

First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
A Star is Born
Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
Deadpool 2

Costume Design

Mary Poppins Returns*
Black Panther*
The Favourite*
Mary Queen of Scots*
Bohemian Rhapsody*
First Man
The Front Runner

Visual Effects

Black Panther*
First Man*
Mary Poppins Returns*
Mission Impossible: Fallout*
Ready Player One*
Avengers: Infinity War*
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
Deadpool 2

Original Score

First Man**
Black Panther**
Mary Poppins Returns**
Isle of Dogs**
If Beale Street Could Talk*
A Quiet Place*
The Incredibles 2
Avengers: Infinity War
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mission Impossible: Fallout
The Sisters Brothers
You Were Never Really Here

Original Song

Shallow - A Star is Born**
I'll Fight from RBG - Diane Warren*
Girl in the Movies**
Requiem for a Private War*
Trip a Little Light Fantastic*
Where Lost Things Go*
I'll never love again - ASIB
Ashes- Celine Dion /deadpool 2
On The Basis of Sex - Ke$ha

Makeup and Hair

The Favourite*
Black Panther*
Mary Queen of Scots*
Bohemian Rhapsody*

Animated Feature

Incredibles 2+*
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse+*
Isle of Dogs*
Mirai *
Ralph Breaks the Internet*
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
Early Man
Ana y Bruno
Have a Nice Day
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
The Laws of the Universe – Part I
Liz and the Blue Bird
Lu over the Wall
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
On Happiness Road
Ruben Brandt, Collector
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
Sherlock Gnomes
Tall Tales
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Tito and the Birds

Documentary Feature

Won't You Be My Neighbor+
Minding the Gap+
Three Identical Strangers
Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
The Price of Everything
Fahrenheit 11/9
Bisbee '17
Dark Money
Above and Beyond: NASA’S Journey to Tomorrow
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
Amazing Grace
Active Measures
Overturning Roe

Foreign Language Feature

Full list
Roma (Mexico)
Cold War (Poland)++
Capernaum (Lebanon)
Burning (South Korea)
Shoplifters (Japan)
Sunset (Hungary)
Girl (Belgium)
Memoir of War (France)
The Wedding Ring (Niger)
Cake (Pakistan)
Border (Sweden)
10 Days Before the Wedding (Yemen)

Live Action Short

Documentary Short

Animated Short




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