Sunday, February 17, 2019

Berlin Dispatch – That’s a Wrap

Another Berlinale, another set of surprise winners/bad predictions! I did slightly better than last year by nailing at least one winner of the lot. Elsewhere on the list, I find some of the jury’s picks marvelous, others… shall we say confounding. So, according to Juliette Binoche and her fellow jurors, these are the crème de la crème of the 69th Berlinale:   Outstanding Artistic Contribution: cinematography of OUT STEALING HORSES Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s generation-spanning tale of betrayal and remorse kind of came and went in the middle of the festival without much fanfare. It’s a decent...

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Thank You, Bill Maher — When Will the Madness End?

Bill Maher draws a parallel between the mass hysteria and purity tests afflicting the Democrats (we're doomed, folks) and the mass hysteria and purity afflicting the Oscars. As you all know, I've been writing about this for a while now, and many people agree with this sentiment — it's just that they're too afraid to say it out loud. Why are they afraid? Because who wants to be called out in a Twitter swarm of outrage and get, god forbid, hashtagged? The high status film tweeters lead the charge and many follow in blind obedience. Most won't push...

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Bruno Ganz: The Angel Hits The Ground

Bruno Ganz was of Swiss descent, but he became a titan of German cinema. His film debut came all the way back in 1961 with the satirical comedy Chikita. It wasn't until the next decade that he would make his name. The 70s were a golden time for cinema. Not only in the states with the auteur era, but abroad as well. 1976 was Ganz's breakthrough year. He starred in Eric Rohmer's costume drama the Marquise of O, and even more significantly in Wim Wenders' classic noir The American Friend. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel Ripley's Game,...

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Academy Reverses Its Decision and Will Air All 24 Categories on Air

The Academy has capitulated on all of their own proposals to shorten the Oscar broadcast and boost ratings: the host, the popular film category and now the relegation of certain categories to commercial break, like cinematography and editing. The public relations backlash alone made it not worth it, and there's no guarantee the move would have boosted ratings. Even still, the Academy is going to have a tough time this year getting people to want to watch the Oscars at all. Without a host, it's difficult to advertise it. Either way, the show must ... go on. According...

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Predictions Friday — Last Looks Before Tuesday’s Ballot Deadline

This grim and fretful Oscar season, which should be much more of a celebration than the fear and panic in the streets it has seemed to wrought. I don't know much of anything, but I know that intense pressure on filmmakers to be "pure" from inception or otherwise be prevented from winning awards is something I'd really like to see left behind in the coming years. No one should have been vetting the filmmakers of Green Book just to hurt the film's chances. That topic should have never come up because we are talking about whether or not...

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Best Picture

Roma*+*+*****+
Green Book+**+*+***
Bohemian Rhapsody+**+*
BlacKkKlansman********
Black Panther****+***
The Favourite****+**
Vice******
A Star is Born***********

Best Actor

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody+*+
Christian Bale, Vice++*
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born***
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book+***
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity's Gate**

Best Actress

Glenn Close, The Wife+++
Olivia Colman, The Favourite+**
Lady Gaga, A Star is Born+*+*
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me***
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Green Book+++
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me**+*
Adam Driver, BlacKKKlansman***
Sam Rockwell, Vice**
Sam Elliot, A Star is Born+**

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma++++
Spike Lee, BlacKKKlansman***
Adam McKay, Vice***
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite*

Original Screenplay

First Reformed, Paul Schrader+++
Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly+**
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron***
The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara**
Vice, Adam McKay***

Adapted Screenplay

BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee***
If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins+*+*
A Star is Born, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters**
Can You Ever Forgive Me, Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty**
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel and Ethan Coen

Cinematography

Roma++*
A Star is Born**
Never Look Away
The Favourite**
Cold War*

Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody+
The Favourite*+
Vice**
Green Book*
BlackKklansman*

Production Design

Black Panther++
The Favourite*+
Roma**
First Man**
Mary Poppins Returns**

Sound Mixing

A Star is Born
First Man
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
Roma

Sound Editing

First Man
Roma
Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Bohemian Rhapsody

Costume Design

Black Panther+
Buster Scruggs
Mary Poppins Returns*
The Favourite*
Mary Queen of Scots*

Visual Effects

First Man*
Ready Player One*
Avengers: Infinity War*
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Christopher Robin

Original Score

Black Panther**
Mary Poppins Returns**
Isle of Dogs**
If Beale Street Could Talk*
BlacKkKlansman

Original Song

Shallow - A Star is Born++
I'll Fight from RBG - Diane Warren*
Where Lost Things Go*
When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
All The Stars from Black Panther

Makeup and Hair

Vice
Mary Queen of Scots*
Border

Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse+++++
Incredibles 2+***
Isle of Dogs***
Ralph Breaks the Internet**
Mirai*

Documentary Feature

RBG+**
Free Solo**+
Hale County This Morning, This Evening*
Minding the Gap+
Charm City
Of Fathers and Sons

Foreign Language Feature

Roma (Mexico)++
Cold War (Poland)++
Capernaum (Lebanon)
Shoplifters (Japan)
Germany, Never Look Away

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Mother
Skin
Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite

Documentary Short

Period. End of Sentence.
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End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden

Animated Short

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Bao
One Small Step
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