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    The Osaka thing is kind of weird in that I like her a lot and I empathize with what she's going through (especially since she's always come across as quite sensitive compared to many other top athletes) but I also think that she and her team handled this really poorly? Mostly I just think it sucks that it's come to this and I hope she's able to take care of herself and come back strong. Also, I know a lot of people have been ripping on the Slams for their response, and yeah, they might have come on too strongly too soon, and there are certainly other things worth criticizing them about, but
  2. 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
  3. 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:
  4. 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.
  5. LOL at James' new profile picture.
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. 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 th
  10. 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
  11. 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 Beautif
  12. 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
  13. 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 (
  14. 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.
  15. 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 resu
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