A quiet community is in he path of danger when a sudden tsunami threatens to destroy them. A geologist battles to find and save his family. This is The Wave. It’s not a Hollywood blockbuster. It was this year’s official submission for Norway in the Best Foreign Language film category. I managed to catch up with director Roar Uthaug to discuss the challenges of working with water and a budget of $5 million dollars — and see what beans he could spill about the Tomb Raider reboot.
Right now the establishment wing of the GOP is wishing their party employed a preferential ballot like the Academy does for best picture…
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) March 3, 2016
Take a good, long look at that Tweet. Those proportions are correct. Scott Feinberg is comparing Donald Trump’s win to The Revenant’s win and indeed, there is no way Trump could win on a preferential ballot. He’s way too divisive and many people hate him, even if the largest slice of Republicans love him.
A great many people, including awards pundits, will walk away from Oscars 2016 wondering just how it was Spotlight won Best Picture with only one other Oscar, while the presumed frontrunner, The Revenant, did not. Indeed, it is unusual for a film to win Best Director and Best Actor and then not win Best Picture. The public perception, and the perception of many in the know, was that it could not lose. It was too big to fail. It was too big to ignore. It was a bold, brave reach that paid off. Why wouldn’t Hollywood want to recognize that? The reason is simple: to create a great movie you have to be at least somewhat divisive. To create a very good movie that more people overall like you can’t be divisive at all.
Here we go.
185 movies. 230 movies. Don’t choke. This list is built from your own recommendations from two days ago. Too many? The Academy sends out a list of eligible films every year that’s twice this long, from which the Oscar nominees are chosen. So we’ve already saved you several thousand dollars in tickets by cutting that in half. You guys sure know how to anticipate.
When we say “Most Anticipated” around here, a lot of us think in terms of “Oscar Anticipation” — but a lot of us don’t. Some people anticipate a movie because that movie will be a blast to see in a packed theater at a midsummer matinee. Others anticipate the kind of movie that leaves us emotionally drained in an empty theater in the dead of winter, all alone. Whatever the reason you have to anticipate any of these movies, that’s your business. We don’t ask questions and we won’t set guidelines. You get to pick 12% of the titles. That’s 25 clicks, 25 button-ticks. Then then poll software sorts out which movies rise to the top. And with that carefree method, we’ll see how many movies that land in our top 20 (sight unseen) end up being nominated for Best Picture ten months from now. Scientific? Nope. As if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts of Sciences is scientific? They miss the boat on some of the finest films every year.
Neither Ricki and The Flash nor Suffragette made it to the Oscars which meant this years Oscars lacked Meryl Streep. But Streep is back this time playing Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York socialite who aspired to become an opera singer. Except her voice was off-key, but that didn’t stop her from performing in concert halls across America for over two decades.
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?
Check out the cute new trailer after the cut.