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Here is a look at this week's newsletter - you can read the whole thing here - and subscribe as well by clicking the top left button.  There are two worlds happening right now - one is the streaming world, where shows like Unbelievable are stirring debate - and the movie world where all of a sudden Downton Abbey, the movie, is a box office smash. For fans of the show, this comes as no surprise, but for anyone who didn't watch it the success of the film is surprising. The film earned a whopping $31 million opening weekend, with the Brad Pitt space...

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Predictions Friday – The Presumed Frontrunners and Their Challengers

What's all the buzz in the Oscar race now? Well, there isn't actual Oscar buzz, as you may know. Right now, there's only people who cover the Oscars Oscar buzz. Oscar buzz doesn't really start until later in the year, as most Oscar voters haven't really started diving into the screener pile. Publicists are, as we speak, getting them out to actual theaters to see the films that they hope will dominate come voting time. Best Picture Right now, there are three very strong contenders for the win. Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," which still feels like the kind of film that...

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LFF Reviews: Ghost Town Anthology / Zombi Child

LFF Reviews: Ghost Town Anthology / Zombi Child

The key to us city folk understanding small town life is not so much grasping the notion that there's a lot less to do in these rural parts as it is grasping the notion that what little there is to do matters a lot more. Each morning, the citizens of bustling metropolises and isolated communities alike awake to the same sun, the cogs of their minds whirring at the same speeds, merely the level of information intake required of them over the following day differing. It was just a few weeks ago that a major junction close by my flat was cordoned off by...

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LFF Reviews: Waiting for the Barbarians / Ondog

LFF Reviews: Waiting for the Barbarians / Ondog

There comes a time in many international auteurs' careers, often following a recent Oscar nomination and an uptick in global awareness, when Hollywood comes a-calling, beckoning forth their talent for the purpose of soiling it wholesale with some redundant exercise in creative desecration. Over the decades, even the best (Bergman, Wong, countless others) have fallen afoul of the worst the industry can offer them by responding favourably to such a call; better, surely, to keep earning the cred of which these self-serving studio executives have taken notice by continuing along the path that's led you here, if you've been lucky enough to get here...

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Best Picture — Jojo Rabbit, “Just Once, With Beauty and Courage”

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” — Ranier Maria Rilke It’s hard not to look at the year in film so far and not think about how great American movies and the Oscars were during the Nixon era. At the same time that cultural movements like Black Power and Women’s Rights and the anti-Vietnam protests were transforming American life, the silent majority was trying to shut it all down. Coming down off...

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John Axelrad and His Co-editor Lee Haugen Take Us Behind the Cut of ‘Ad Astra’

Editor John Axelrad has worked with director James Gray on five films. That relationship certainly came in handy when the time came for Axelrad to edit Ad Astra. Shooting in 120 degrees, shooting blue screen, visual effects, sound design and an incredible Max Richter score. John Axelrad reunited with co-editor Lee Haugen, a frequent collaborator to edit Gray's thrilling and immersive film starring Brad Pitt. I caught up with Axelrad and Haugen to talk about their process and how they created the art of cutting Ad Astra. There's so much about Ad Astra and the editing; the score, the sound design, and everything. It's...

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Visual Effects Society Will Honor Martin Scorsese With a Lifetime Achievement Award

The Visual Effects Society (VES) will honor Martin Scorsese with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment. The VES will honor Scorsese for his consummate artistry, expansive storytelling and profound gift for blending iconic imagery and unforgettable narrative on an epic scale. Scorsese’s steadfast ability to harness craft and technology to bring his unique visions to life has resulted in exceptional narratives that have transfixed audiences and captivated millions. And as a champion of film history, his work to preserve the rich legacy of motion pictures is unparalleled. Mike Chambers, VES Board Chair said, “Martin Scorsese is...

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Costume Designer Anna Robbins On Creating The Royal Look of Downton Abbey

Costume designer Anna Robbins is no stranger to creating the period look of Downton Abbey, she worked on the TV series and has dressed the Crawley family for all occasions. For the movie, Robbins had to create a new look altogether, preparing the family and the staff for a royal visit from the King and Queen of England. Gowns, tiaras, necklaces and their Sunday best made up the look of the movie. Robbins sourced original material as well as created her own.  While she was creating costumes for characters, a highlight for Robbins was creating the royal costumes for the King and Queen. I...

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Interview: Michael Engler on Helming Downton Abbey for the Big Screen

Downton Abbey is back! This weekend the Crawleys return, but this time to the big screen. Julian Fellowes pens the screenplay and Michael Engler helms the film. Our favourite familiar faces are back to grace the story with Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot, Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot, and Dame Maggie Smith as The Dowager Countess of Grantham gather to entertain the King and Queen on a royal visit. Lavish costumes and grand banquets feature as the royals descend on Downton Abbey. The staff are mortified to learn that the Royals will be using their own staff to cook, and Lady Mary turns...

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Best Actress — A Frontrunner, Last Year’s Shocker, and a Strong Year for Women of Color

Renee Zellweger leads the Best Actress race, at least so far this year. But it is also a strong year for women of color in both the lead actress and supporting actress categories, with Awkwafina in The Farewell and Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers (lead or supporting), along with Lupita Nyong'o headlining Jordan Peele's hit horror film, Us, Cynthia Erivo for Harriet, and Alfre Woodard in Clemency. And further down the road, we'll have Jodie Turner-Smith for Queen and Slim. In general, the Best Actress race is the least inclusive category, due to there being such a shortage of lead roles for women at all,...

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**2019 winners**

Best Picture
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Jojo Rabbit
Marriage Story
Parasite
Joker
Ford V. Ferrari
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
The Two Popes
Waves
Uncut Gems
The Farewell
Rocketman
Motherless Brooklyn

Best Actor

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
Michael B. Jordan, Just Mercy
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Christian Bale, Ford V. Ferrari
Antonio Banderas, Pain & Glory
Edward Norton, Motherless Brooklyn
Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Adam Driver, The Report

Best Actress

Renee Zellweger, Judy
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Thomasin McKenzie, JoJo Rabbit
Lupita Nyong'o, Us
Felicity Jones, The Aeronauts
Alfre Woodard, Clemency
Awkwafina, The Farewell
Julianne Moore, Gloria Bell
Mary Kay Place, Diane

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Sam Rockwell, Jojo Rabbit
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Matt Damon, Ford V. Ferrari
Sterling K. Brown, Waves
Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
Kelvin Harrison, Jr. Waves
Alan Alda, Marriage Story
Ray Liotta, Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actress

Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit
Taylor Russell, Waves
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Motherless Brooklyn
Elisabeth Moss, Us
Annette Bening, The Report

Best Director

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite
Todd Phillips, Joker
Trey Edward Shults, Waves
Fernando Meirelles, The Two Popes
Marielle Heller, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
James Mangold, Ford V. Ferrari
Edward Norton, Motherless Brooklyn
Jordan Peele, Us
Lulu Wang, The Farewell
Scott Z Burns, The Report

Original Screenplay

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
Waves, Trey Edward Shultz
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten
Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Ford V. Ferrari
Bong Joon-Ho, Jin Won Han, Parasite
Lulu Wang, The Farewell
Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman, Booksmart
Scott Z Burns, The Report

Adapted Screenplay

Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
Motherless Brooklyn, Edward Norton

Cinematography

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Ford V. Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
The Two Popes
The Aeronauts
Waves
Parasite

Editing

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Jojo Rabbit
Waves
Ford V. Ferrari
The Two Popes

Production Design

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Aeronauts
Ad Astra
Jojo Rabbit
Ford V. Ferrari
Motherless Brooklyn

Sound Mixing

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Ford V. Ferrari
Captain Marvel
Avengers Endgame

Sound Editing

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Ford V. Ferrari
Captain Marvel
Avengers Endgame

Costume Design

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Aeronauts
Judy

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame
The Aeronauts
Godzilla
Captain Marvel

Original Score

Marriage Story
Jojo Rabbit
Ad Astra
Waves

Original Song


Makeup and Hair

Jojo Rabbit

Animated Feature

Abominable
Toy Story 4
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Documentary Feature

Rolling Thunder Revue
Biggest Little Farm

Foreign Language Feature
Parasite
Pain & Glory

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