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  1. This is where I am with Oscar Isaac too. After that short run he had with Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year, and Ex Machina he was one of my favourite actors around and seemed like he was really on the verge of breaking out and potentially being the next great American actor (a position that, ironically enough, seems to have been taken by Adam Driver). Then Star Wars happened, and not only has he not managed to hit on any of his projects outside of the franchise, even within it he had the least interesting/memorable role of the main four. I'm hoping that he can get things back on track now that his Star Wars obligations are behind him, because I really do think he's a great actor and I'd like to see him get to show it in good projects again.
  2. So the Cesar Awards (French Oscars) decided to award Roman Polanski with their Best Director award last night, which led to Adele Haenel (an actress who recently opened up about being sexually harassed by her director as a child actress, and who has been openly critical of France's resistance to the #metoo movement) to lead a walkout in protest:
  3. Holy shit Parasite! The fact that a foreign language film won at SAG of all places would have been unthinkable to me a few months ago. Roma couldn't even get nominated here.
  4. LOL at James' new profile picture.
  5. I'm probably a little biased since she's one of my favourite working actors, but I though Saoirse was fantastic in Little Women (and Lady Bird) and I'm all for her and Greta Gerwig becoming the next iconic actor/director pairing. Florence Pugh was terrific too and I'm happy for her nomination. I do think she had a little bit of an advantage when it came to reactions, just because Amy is a character that isn't traditionally as baity and Gerwig went out of her way to give more focus and depth to her than previous adaptations, whereas Saoirse being great as Jo was a little more expected, but both of them went above and beyond for me. And speaking of Ronan, she's (somewhat quietly) putting together a pretty incredible resume: four nominations at 25, all for Best Picture nominees, for four pretty distinct characters, and all for (IMO) genuinely exceptional and deserving performances. And she's managed to do it while avoiding overexposure or backlash. The once thing I would like to see for her is to break out of the period box a little more -- especially since Lady Bird showed she's more than capable in a contemporary setting -- but I'd guess that has more to do with the roles she's being offered than it being the only thing she wants to do.
  6. The fact that they managed to go with the most boring choice for just about every toss-up spot is almost impressive. Not a Yalitza Aparicio or Phantom Thread in sight. And it's been said already, but damn this has to be the bro-iest Oscar line-up for awhile. At least Little Women managed to peak just in time to break through in a few categories, I guess?
  7. PGA Nominations 1917 Ford v Ferrari The Irishman Jojo Rabbit Joker Knives Out Little Women Marriage Story Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood Parasite DGA Nominations Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite” Sam Mendes, “1917” Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman” Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit” Looks like the first four are pretty much locked in, with the fifth spot a complete toss-up. I wouldn't be surprised to see any of Waititi, Phillips, Baumbach, Gerwig, or even Pedro Almodovar take it.
  8. Morgan Freeman, either, if I'm not mistaken. But yeah, BAFTA's issues with POC, and especially black actors, are notorious among awards watchers by now. I'm not sure it'll be that much better at the Oscars though. I doubt there will be a full #Oscarssowhite again, as at least one of Lupita/Awkwafina/Cynthia Erivo is likely getting into best actress (maybe two, given what a no1curr Bombshell turned out to be), and JLo still looks good for a nomination at least. Beyond that though, who's even in contention? Maybe Song Kang-ho for Parasite gets in as a passion pick, given how up-for-grabs that fifth slot in supporting actor is?
  9. I think Banderas still has a really good shot at the Oscars -- like I said earlier SAG nominations tend to be restricted to more mainstream stuff and they almost never nominate foreign-language performances (which is why the Parasite nomination is a genuinely big deal). The Oscars on the other hand use a preferential ballot system that rewards passion picks and their membership is much more international (especially after the huge influx of new voters the last couple of years, of which many were foreign). Sandler on the other hand is hurt by the combination of how small-scale his film is and the fact that Best Actor is just a really competitive category this year -- look no further than the fact that a bona fide legend in Robert De Niro might miss for giving his most acclaimed performance in years (decades?) in a Best Picture frontrunner. I think he really would have needed to be THE clear critics choice in order to have a shot, but even that didn't happen with Banderas and Driver sucking up all the oxygen there.
  10. To expand: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”) Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”) Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”) Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”) Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”) Renée Zellweger (“Judy”) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Jamie Foxx (“Just Mercy”) Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) Al Pacino (“The Irishman”) Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”) Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”) Nicole Kidman (“Bombshell”) Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”) Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”) Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: “Bombshell” (Lionsgate) “The Irishman” (Netflix) “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox) “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony) “Parasite” (Neon) ... That ensemble nomination is a huge get for Parasite. SAG tends to lean populist and they basically never nominate foreign language performances -- even the ones that go on to be nominated at the Oscars (I'm guessing Antonio Banderas will continue that trend this year). For comparison's sake, Roma was shut out here last year. I already thought it was in for nominations in Picture/Director, but how seriously should we be taking it for the win I wonder? On the flip side, Marriage Story missing ensemble despite three individual nominations isn't a great sign. Little Women was shut out by the Art Directors Guild, Costume Designers Guild (which should have been a gimme), and now here. Yikes. It really looks like skipping the festival circuit was a mistake.
  11. Damn, what a sausage fest. To be honest, I think at least part of the problem is that women only seem to get nominated when there's an "overwhelming consensus choice". You pretty much never see female directors get nominated as a fringe fourth/fifth nominee* -- they have to be undeniable. *And if they did you know there would be people whining about it being an agenda-driven choice, and not on merit. Beyond that though, when it comes to these nominations in particular I think the bigger issue is the almost complete snubbage of female-led/female-driven films in general. Of the ten best picture nominees only two even have female leads, and in both cases they it's a co-lead situation with a man. That's ridiculous.
  12. LA Film Critics Awards: Best Picture: Parasite Runner-up: The Irishman Director: Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) Runner-up: Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) Actor: Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory) Runner-up: Adam Driver (Marriage Story) Actress: Mary Kay Place (Diane) Runner-up: Lupita Nyong'o (Us) Supporting Actor: Song Kang Ho (Parasite) Runner-up: Joe Pesci (The Irishman) Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers) Runner-up: Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell) Screenplay: Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) Runner-up: Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (Parasite) Documentary: American Factory Runner-up: Apollo 11 Animation: I Lost My Body Runner-up: Toy Story 4 Foreign-language: Pain and Glory Runner-Up: Portrait of a Lady on Fire Editing: Todd Douglas Miller (Apollo 11) Runner-up: Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie (Uncut Gems) Production Design: Barbara Ling (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) Runner-up: Ha Jun Lee (Parasite) Music/Score: Dan Levy (I Lost My Body) Runner-up: Thomas Newman (1917) Cinematography: Claire Mathon (Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Atlantics) Runner-up: Roger Deakins (1917) Career Achievement Award: Elaine May Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film: Ja'Tovia Gary's The Governy Documentary New Generation: Joe Talbot, Jimmie Fails and Jonathan Majors, The Last Black Man in San Francisco ... Big day for Parasite as expected, but The Irishman clearly had a lot of support here as well. First win for JLo! Joe Pesci continues to be the critics pick from The Irishman cast. I wonder if that will continue into the industry awards, or if they'll go more for Pacino. If I had to guess I'd say they're both getting nominated at the Oscars though (in which case a split vote might make things easier for a Brad Pitt win). And of course:
  13. Agreed. I get why the performance and the accent didn't work for everyone, but I thought he was hilarious. It was actually weird watching the trailer for No Time to Die and seeing him back in super-serious Bond mode so soon after watching this. Him and Chris Evans were clearly having a blast with roles so far removed from their big franchise characters.
  14. Loved this. Super fun, a plot that was just twisty enough without feeling forced, a great cast led by what should be a star-making performance from Ana de Armas, and two of my absolute favourite lines of dialogue of the year: "I read a tweet about a New Yorker article about you." "What were the overheard words by the Nazi child masturbating in the bathroom?" Not to mention that ridiculous (in a good way) doughnut monologue. It was a clever take on the genre to essentially show us what happened so early, and to tie our perspective to Marta's instead of Blanc's, with the result being that the audience is left kind of rooting for the "brilliant detective" to fail. That being said, I did assume all along that there would end up being more to the story, and in particular that the naloxone didn't disappear from her bag by accident (plus, there was always the dangling plot threat of who hired Blanc and why). The reveal at the end wasn't necessarily shocking, but it was satisfying, which I think is more important. And that final shot was just perfect.
  15. New York Film Critics Circle winners: Best Film: “The Irishman” Best Director: Benny and Josh Safdie, “Uncut Gems” Best First Film: “Atlantics,” Mati Diop Best Actor: Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory” Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “Us” Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci, “The Irishman” Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern for “Marriage Story” and “Little Women” Best Non-Fiction Film: “Honeyland” Best Screenplay: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino Best Cinematography: “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Claire Mathon Best Foreign Language Film: “Parasite” Best Animated Film: “I Lost My Body” Special Award: Randy Newman Special Award: Indie Collect Looks like they really wanted to spread the wealth. Another big win for The Irishman (although it's a little weird that it took Best Picture on back to back days but Scorsese couldn't win director either time). Recent years have shown that early frontrunner status isn't always a good thing though. It's very early, but so far Parasite hasn't been able to break out of the foreign language box the way Roma did. That's an great win for Lupita. The early release for Us meant that she was in danger of being overlooked in favour of contenders who came later, but this should put her right back in the conversation. Finally, I feel like awards love for Antonio Banderas should be automatically accompanied by this:
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