Tuesday, September 25, 2018

AFI Fest to Close with Mary Queen of Scots – Opening and Closing the Fest with Two Female Directed Films

The AFI Fest has two major films by two female directors opening and closing their fest. That is pretty incredible, folks. Hats off to the them. I can't wait to see Mary Queen of Scots, which was directed by Josie Rourke and written by Beau Willimon: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 25, 2018, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that AFI FEST presented by Audi will close with the World Premiere of Focus Features and Working Title's MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. Directed by Josie Rourke and written by Academy Award® nominee Beau Willimon,...

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Mimi Leder’s On the Basis of Sex will Open the AFI Fest

The AFI, after New York, is last chance Texaco for Oscar movies and has been known to launch a contender or two, like Selma, like American Sniper. The film will be released theatrically on December 25th, but will open the AFI Fest in early November. The fest takes place November 8–15, 2018. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October. On the Basis of Sex will be a dramatic telling of the compelling early life of living legend Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The documentary RBG is a must-see, and one of the most uplifting films you'll...

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What a Difference 30 Years Makes — Spike Lee Is Back in the Oscar Race

Anyone who remembers the year Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing was shut out of the major awards at the Oscars knows what a big deal it was. There were protests. Kim Basinger came out on stage in a dress designed by Prince (RIP) and condemned the Academy for ignoring this milestone film. "There is one film missing from this list. It's ironic because it might tell the biggest truth of all. And that's Do the Right Thing." The winning film that year, (in)famously, was Driving Miss Daisy. You know, one of our favorite stats to pull out....

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Interview: Quincy Jones and Director Alan Hicks Talk “Quincy

How do you capture Quincy Jones' legacy? How do you cover seven decades of music? Seems like an impossible task, but his daughter Rashida Jones and filmmaker Alan Hicks paired up to pull off the task and deliver outstanding insights into the building of a titan in the brand new Netflix documentary Quincy. It's early evening and Quincy Jones has been meeting the press all day to talk with about the documentary. I had the honor of sitting with Quincy Jones and Alan Hicks for a brief sitdown session in Beverly Hills earlier this week to chat about...

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Best Picture

Green Book
First Man
Roma
A Star is Born
BlacKKKlansman
The Favourite
Widows
Can You Ever Forgive Me
If Beale Street Could Talk
Black Panther
The Front Runner
8th Grade
First Reformed
Leave No Trace

Best Actor

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Ryan Gosling, First Man
John David Washington, BlacKKKlansman
Hugh Jackman, The Front Runner
Matthew McConaughey, White Boy Rick
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
Lucas Hedges, Ben is Back
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther

Best Actress

Glenn Close, The Wife
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me
Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Julia Roberts, Ben is Back
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Chloe Sevigny, Lizzie
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Thomasin McKenzie, Leave no Trace
Charlize Theron, Tully

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me
Adam Driver, BlacKKKlansman
Sam Elliot, A Star is Born
Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased
Ben Foster, Leave No Trace

Best Supporting Actress

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Nicole Kidman, Boy Erased
Claire Foy, First Man
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Linda Cardellini, Green Book
Vera Farmiga, The Front Runner
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Kristen Stewart, Lizzie
Anne Dowd, American Animals
Florence Kasumba, Black Panther
Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther

Best Director

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

Cinematography

First Man
Roma
The Favourite
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star is Born
BlackKklansman
The Front Runner
Black Panther

Editing

First Man
BlackKklansman
Green Book
A Star is Born
Roma
The Front Runner
Can You Ever Forgive Me

Original Screenplay

Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron
The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham
First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley
Tully, Diablo Cody

Adapted Screenplay

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

Production Design

First Man
Roma
The Favourite
Green Book
The Front Runner
Can You Ever Forgive Me
BlacKKKlansman
Black Panther

Sound Mixing

First Man
The Favourite
Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Mission Impossible
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Avengers: Infinity War
Solo
Deadpool 2

Sound Editing

First Man
The Favourite
Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
Solo
Deadpool 2

Costume Design

The Favourite
First Man
Roma
The Front Runner
BlacKKKlansman
Black Panther

Visual Effects

First Man
Annilhilation
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
Deadpool 2
Solo

Original Score

First Man
Widows
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk

Original Song

BlacKkKlansman
A Star is Born

Makeup and Hair

The Favourite
BlacKKKlansman
Black Panther

Animated Feature

Incredibles 2

Documentary Feature

Active Measures
Free Solo
Reversing Roe
Notorious RBG
Whitney
Dark Money
Won't You Be My Neighbor
Three Identical Strangers
Fahrenheit 11/9

Live Action Short

Documentary Short

Animated Short

 

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