Friday, February 15, 2019

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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Berlin Dispatch – Will Win / Should Win

  So here we are, all 16 films in competition at the 69th Berlinale have screened. By all accounts it’s been a lesser (and definitely shorter, especially after the last-minute withdrawal of Zhang Yimou’s ONE SECOND) lineup which many had expected beforehand, seeing it’s longtime festival director Dieter Kosslick’s last year on the job. But then again, people say that about the Berlinale every year. And the truth is, when you take a moment to look back on the entire roster of films selected to compete, there’s always bold, distinctive or just outright great ones worthy of being...

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Writers Guild Preview + Contest — Why the WGA Might Decide the Best Picture Race … Or Not

In the era of the expanded ballot, screenplay honors have been tied more closely to Best Picture than even a director's recognition. That is really one of the biggest ways, other than apparently preventing one single Best Picture winner from sweeping, that the expanded ballot has impacted the race. The only clue that Moonlight night possibly upset in Best Picture was that it won the WGA the week before the Oscars. That was its only major guild win, but it was enough to seal the deal and push it to the top of the pile. This, because it...

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A Last Bid for A Star Is Born

At last week’s Santa Barbara Film Festival Paul Schrader praised Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born calling her “a revelation” This past weekend Schrader continued his praise for Bradley Cooper calling him “the best director of 2018.” As the film seems a lock to continue its streak of winning awards Best Original Song for Shallow, the film reaches every corner of the Oscar race with eight nominations, including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Whether you're seeing this classic Hollywood tale for the first time ever or you’ve seen the previous...

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PGA win+/noms*
SAG win+/noms*
BFCA wins+/noms*
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AFI Top Ten*
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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

Live Action Short

Mother
Skin
Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite

Documentary Short

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

Animated Short

Late Afternoon
Animal Behaviour
Bao
One Small Step
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