Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Oscar News

Oscar Season Primer: Know Your Voters

As we head into the Oscar year that will go down as “The 2020 Oscars,” with all that might one day imply in the context of history, no doubt there will be reasons why some films and performances resonated while others fell flat. How a film does in any given year with a consensus doesn’t necessarily make it “Miss Right.” Instead, it’s “Miss Right Now,” to borrow a Robin Williams joke. Miss Right Now speaks to the mood of the moment, tells us much about how a certain demographic was thinking about the world the artists...

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Interview: How Danelle Satherley Turned Taika Waititi Into Hitler For ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Danelle Satherley is no stranger to working with Taika Waititi, having collaborated with the director and filmmaker on Boys, What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, and now Jojo Rabbit. Satherley now turns Waititi into Hitler, as the imaginary best friend of Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis). Since the film was never going to be your run of the mill World War II drama, the key factor was creating a look that spoke about a child's vision. "It was very clear to us both that we weren't making a carbon copy of Hitler. We...

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Interview: Taika Waititi Talks ‘Jojo Rabbit” And A Simple Message “Can we just be nice and be good to each other?”

THIS INTERVIEW CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS! Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit won the Audience Award last month at the Toronto Film Festival and this weekend audiences will be able to see the big-hearted film for themselves. Jojo Beltzer is a ten-year-old boy obsessed with Hitler and Nazi Germany. His best friend is an imaginary creation of Hitler. Young Jojo has been convinced that Jews are demons and he's taught to hate them when he goes to youth camp. One day he discovers Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), a young Jewish girl hiding in a room behind an upstairs window and...

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Spitballing Monday with the Oscar Squad

The Oscar Squad has taken a break and given much time to reflect on their bad choices but are BACK for another round of spitballing the Oscar race. Out of the gate there isn't much to know, because there are so many films we haven't yet seen that could impact the race. Buzz will rise and buzz will falls. Shitstorms will bend and sway the contenders every which way. But either way, here is our first foray with new member Kevin Dillon!

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Bombshell Rocks the Acting Races

Bombshell finally screened yesterday in Los Angeles, followed by Q&As with Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and the star and producer, Charlize Theron. The pic is directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph. Formal reviews are embargoed until the film's release in December but I don't think I'm breaking an embargo to talk about the film's impact on the Oscar race. The crowd ate up the film at both screenings and what a treat to see a film like this in the race, a thriller-like film about such a serious subject as sexual harassment, driven...

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Interview: Catching Up With Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz On Producing ‘The Farewell’

Lulu Wang's The Farewell is the beautiful drama inspired by "an actual lie." The story is Wang's own, her grandmother or Nai Nai as she is affectionately called,  has six months to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, the family has to return to China to see her and say their farewells. Except, Nai Nai can't know the truth and the family comes together under the guise of a family wedding. Wang told the story in 2016 on the "This American Life" podcast, and producer Chris Weitz heard the story. He wanted to tell it...

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‘Parasite’ Wins Audience Award As 2nd Annual Film Fest 919 Closes

As the 2nd Annual Film Fest 919 closed, Bong Joon Ho's Parasite received the sophomore festival's Audience Award, announced during a festival-closing screening of Taika Waititi's divisive JoJo Rabbit. The award (and the closing film, in my opinion) marked a very satisfying end to a great sophomore year for the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, festival. Organizers Randi Emerman, Carol Marshall, and Claudia Puig announced the winner and also recognized two runners up who closely trailed Parasite: Destin Daniel Cretton's Just Mercy and Fernando Meirelles' The Two Popes. “PARASITE is a magic trick of cinema by the visionary director...

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**2019 winners**

Best Picture
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Marriage Story
Parasite
Dolemite is My Name
Bombshell
The Two Popes
Queen & Slim
Joker
Ford V. Ferrari
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Waves
Uncut Gems
The Farewell
Rocketman
Motherless Brooklyn

Best Actor

Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
Robert De Niro, The Irishman
oaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
Michael B. Jordan, Just Mercy
Daniel Kaluuya, Queen & Slim
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
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Jodie Turner-Smith, Queen & Slim
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Thomasin McKenzie, JoJo Rabbit
Lupita Nyong'o, Us
Elizabeth Moss, Her Smell
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
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
John Lithgow, Bombshell
Zack Gottsagen, The Peanut Butter Falcon
Wesley Snipes, Dolemite is My Name
Sam Rockwell, Jojo Rabbit
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

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite is My Name
Shuzhen Zhao. The Farewell
Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Taylor Russell, Waves
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Motherless Brooklyn
Elisabeth Moss, Us
Annette Bening, The Report

Best Director

Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Craig Brewer, Dolemite is My Name
Jay Roach, Bombshell
Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim
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

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Dolemite is My Name, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho, Jin Won Han
Charles Randolph, Bombshell
Queen & Slim, Queen & Slim
Waves. Trey Edward Shultz
Ford V. Ferrari , Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Us, Jordan Peele
The Farewell, Lulu Wang
Booksmart , Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman
The Report , Scott Z Burns,

Adapted Screenplay

Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
The Irishman, Steve Zaillian
Motherless Brooklyn, Edward Norton
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten
Hustlers,  Lorene Scafaria
Just Mercy, Daniel Destin Cretton, Andrew Lanham
Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Cinematography

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

Editing

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

Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Aeronauts
Ad Astra
Parasite
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

Dolemite is My Name
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman
Midsomer
The Aeronauts
Judy

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Aeronauts
Godzilla
Captain Marvel

Original Score

Marriage Story
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Ad Astra
Waves

Original Song


Makeup and Hair

Jojo Rabbit
Dolemite is My Name
The Irishman

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
Les Miserables

Live Action Short

 

Documentary Short


Animated Short

Interviews

Contenders

Reviews

Podcasts

Film Festivals