Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

10 thoughts on...the 89th Academy Awards

 
  1. Moonlight's win would have been a surprise regardless of the envelope confusion...now it'll be a permanent point of reference outside of Oscar fans. This will forever be one of the most shocking Oscar ceremonies.
  2. Thank god it wasn't the other way around. Imagine if La La Land had replaced Moonlight? The Haters would be hating online even more than they have been. Speaking of which, can everyone lay off La La Land now?
  3. I'm so happy for Moonlight. The first LGBT and African American centred film to be awarded Best Picture. Of course my preference would have been La La Land (followed by Arrival) but it is a deserving winner, and the success of those three films will hopefully bring about more diverse stories and fresh energy to filmmaking. Exciting times.
  4. Viola Davis won her Oscar. YES.
  5. Jimmy Kimmel was good.
  6. Will we ever know what happens with the envelopes?!
  7. I love that Amy Adams skipped the red carpet. She totally deserved to win Best Actress. Even though I do love Emma Stone of course.
  8. Jordan Horowitz  is the real winner.
  9. I hope Ruth Negga finds herself with incredible opportunities following her nomination. She is a star.
  10. Bring on the 90th Academy Awards. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

An image to treasure.

 
They're just like us. Really.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

And the winners are...89th Academy Awards

 
Picture
Winner: La La Land
Upset: None
Wish: La La Land but would be happy with Arrival or Moonlight

Director
Winner: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Upset: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Wish: Damien Chazelle AND Barry Jenkins. A tie, yes please!

Actor
Winner: Denzel Washington for Fences
Upset: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Wish: Ryan Gosling for La La Land or Denzel Washington (not Casey Affleck)

Actress
Winner: Emma Stone for La La Land
Upset: Isabelle Huppert for Elle
Wish: Ruth Negga for Loving

Supporting Actor
Winner: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
Upset: Dev Patel for Lion
Wish: Mahershala Ali

Supporting Actress
Winner: Viola Davis for Fences
Upset: None
Wish: Viola Davis

Original Screenplay
Winner: Manchester by the Sea
Upset: La La Land
Wish: The Lobster

Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Moonlight
Upset: Arrival
Wish: Moonlight

Foreign Language Film
Winner: The Salesman
Upset: Toni Erdmann

Animated Film
Winner: Zootropia
Upset: Kubo and the Two Strings

Cinematography
Winner: La La Land
Upset: Lion
Wish: La La Land or Moonlight

Editing
Winner: La La Land
Upset: Moonlight
Wish: La La Land

Costume Design 
Winner: La La Land
Upset: Jackie
Wish: Jackie

Production Design
Winner: La La Land
Upset: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Wish: Arrival

Makeup and Hairstyling
Winner: Star Trek Beyond
Upset: A Man Called Ove 

Original Score
Winner: La La Land
Upset: None
Wish: La La Land AND Jackie

Original Song
Winner: La La Land - City of Stars
Upset: None
Wish: La La Land - Audition

Visual Effects
Winner: The Jungle Book
Upset: Rogue One
Wish: The Jungle Book

Sound Editing
Winner: Hacksaw Ridge
Upset: La La Land
Wish: Arrival

Sound Mixing
Winner: La La Land
Upset: Hacksaw Ridge
Wish: Arrival

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How do you describe a feeling?

 
After a few short months I am surprisingly looking for another home...in London it seems I'm destined to move from home to home to home. 

But I'm lucky to have a home. I keep forcing myself to remember.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Top of the class. My favourite Best Picture Oscar winners.

 
I love the Oscars. And I love many Oscar winning films. But these are special...and La La Land will join this list very soon.
  1. All About Eve
  2. The Apartment
  3. Gone With the Wind
  4. Amadeus
  5. American Beauty 
  6. Annie Hall
  7. The English Patient
  8. The Silence of the Lambs
  9. Rebecca
  10. Titanic
Honourable mentions: Casablanca, The Godfather, It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Out of Africa, The Sound of Music

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Smile.

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How do you describe a feeling?

Being chuffed at work. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

An irresistible question. And statement.

 
"Was that a boast or a cry for help, Martha? I couldn't quite tell from your tone of voice."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

An image to treasure.

 
I didn't realise this film may be coming this year. And what potential! Saoirse Ronan is perfectly cast in Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach. 2017 will be a good film year.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

And the winners are...BAFTAs 2017

 
Film
Win: La La Land
Upset: None
Wish: La La Land

British Film
Win: I, Daniel Blake
Upset: None
Wish: I, Daniel Blake

Film Not In the English Language
Win: Toni Erdmann
Upset: Son of Saul
Wish: Son of Saul

Animated Film
Win: Zootropolis
Upset: Kubo and the Two Strings
Wish: Zootropolis

Director
Win: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Upset: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Wish: Damien Chazelle or Barry Jenkins

Original Screenplay
Win: Moonlight
Upset: I, Daniel Blake or Manchester by the Sea
Wish: Moonlight

Adapted Screenplay
Win: Lion
Upset: Arrival
Wish: Arrival

Actor
Win: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Upset: Ryan Gosling for La La Land (I think this is likely)
Wish: Ryan Gosling

Actress
Win: Emma Stone for La La Land
Upset: None
Wish: Amy Adams for Arrival

Supporting Actor
Win: Dev Patel for Lion
Upset: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
Wish: Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins

Supporting Actress
Win: Viola Davis for Fences
Upset: Naomi Harris for Moonlight
Wish: Viola Davis

Music
Win: La La Land
Upset: None
Wish: La La Land

Cinematography
Win: La La Land
Upset: Lion
Wish: La La Land or Nocturnal Animals

Editing
Win: La La Land
Upset: Arrival
Wish: La La Land

Production Design
Win: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Upset: La La Land
Wish: Hail, Caesar!

Costume Design
Win: Fantastic Beasrs and Where to Find Them
Upset: La La Land
Wish: Jackie

Make Up and Hair
Win: Rogue One
Upset: Florence Foster Jenkins
Wish: Nocturnal Animals

Sound
Win: Arrival
Upset: La La Land
Wish: Arrival

Special Visual Effects
Win: The Jungle Book
Upset: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Wish: Arrival

EE Rising Star Awards
Win: Tom Holland
Upset: Ruth Negga
Wish: Ruth Negga

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pause.

 

Thursday, February 09, 2017

10 thoughts on Fences.

 
1. August Wilson is one of America's great playwrights
He deserves to be listed alongside Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. And I can't wait to see Denzel Washington bring his work to screens. Even though...

2. Denzel Washington isn't the greatest film director
It's a shame as he's evidentially passionate, but Washington is not a natural director. There are shots that aren't in focus, actors are often positioned in very different places in the final edit, and the montages connecting the scenes feel contrived - but thankfully this doesn't undo the text or performances, which he ensures shine through.

3. I wish I could have seen the Broadway production.
Anyone have a time machine?

4. Family is bigger than blood
There are many ways people can and will react to Fences but my biggest takeaway is that families are dysfunctional by default and are much more than blood connections. 

5. What a cast
Everyone is terrific. And this should be remembered as one of cinemas great small ensembles. But...

6. All hail Viola Davis
She is superb in a role that gives her small and big moments. She'll break hearts everywhere. And...

7. Will Viola Davis be the first African American actor to win an Oscar for a part written and directed by African Americans?
That would be sorely overdue.

8. Denzel Washington may be my favourite person I've seen in an 'in conversation'
I was lucky enough to see him speak the day after the screening. What a privilege.

9. What wil Viola Davis do next?
She has Widows but what roles will her Oscar win bring?

10. I can't wait for more August Wilson.
On screen and/or stage.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Wednesday, February 01, 2017