This Day in Oscar History: December 13 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Precursor: 30th Chicago Critics Awards (2017)

Chicago has gone gaga over Lady Bird, giving it their Best Picture prize. Several of the big names of the year were also cited, so there’s not a lot of shock going around.

Award Tallies

(4) Lady Bird
(3) Call Me by Your Name
(2) Blade Runner 2049

The Awards

Best Picture

Lady Bird

Best Animated Film

Coco

Best Director

Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk

Best Actor

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name

Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project

Best Supporting Actress

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Best Original Screenplay

Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name

Best Original Score

Phantom Thread

Best Editing

Baby Driver

Best Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049

Best Art Direction

Blade Runner 2049

Best Foreign Film

The Square

Best Documentary

Jane

Most Promising Performer

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name

Most Promising Filmmaker

Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

Chicago Film Critics Data

Year Founded: 1990
First Awards: 1988 (30)

Precursor: 17th Phoenix Critics Nominations (2017)

A big day for The Shape of Water as it tops its second slate of nominations today. Fourteen nods is a huge number, especially when the nearest competition (Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk) only have eight each. There were a couple of unusual selections from this group, but most of their slate has been on the radar for some time.

Nominations Tallies

(14) The Shape of Water
(8) Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk
(6) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(5) Lady Bird
(4) Beauty and the Beast, Get Out, Mudbound
(3) The Big Sick, Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, The Florida Project, Gifted, I, Tonya, Logan, Murder on the Orient Express

The Nominations

Best Picture

The Big Sick
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
Mudbound
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wind River

Best Animated Film

The Breadwinner
Coco
Despicable Me 3
The Lego Batman Movie
Loving Vincent

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out

Best Actor

James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
James McAvoy – Split
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Michael Shannon – The Shape of Water
Patrick Stewart – Logan

Best Supporting Actress

Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Alison Janney – I, Tonya
Tatiana Maslany – Stronger
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Best Original Screenplay

The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted Screenplay

Blade Runner 2049
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Best Original Score

Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Murder on the Orient Express
The Shape of Water

Best Original Song

“Evermore” – Beauty And The Beast
“Mystery of Love” – Call Me By Your Name
“Remember Me” – Coco
“Mighty River” – Mudbound
“Hold the Light” – Only the Brave

Best Film Editing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water

Best Cinematography

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Best Production Design

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Murder on the Orient Express
The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Murder on the Orient Express
The Shape of Water
Wonder Woman

Best Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman

Best Foreign Language Film

Blade of the Immortal
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
The Square
Thelma

Best Documentary Film

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
City of Ghosts
Jane
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
Step

Best Ensemble

Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Overlooked Film of the Year

Gifted
It Comes at Night
Logan Lucky
Marshall
Wind River

Best Breakthrough Performance

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Mckenna Grace – Gifted
Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
Dafne Keen – Logan
Brooklynn Prince – The Florida Project

Best Youth Performance

McKenna Grace – Gifted
Dafne Keen – Logan
Brooklynn Prince – The Florida Project
Millicent Simmonds – Wonderstruck
Jacob Tremblay – Wonder

Phoenix Film Critics Society Data

Year Founded: October 2000
First Awards: 2001 (17)

Precursor: 10th Houston Critics Nominations (2017)

With a solid performance down ballot, The Shape of Water easily topped Call Me by Your Name and Lady Bird for most nominated. A lot of names here we’ve seen before, so no major surprises.

Nominations Tallies

(9) The Shape of Water
(5) Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird
(4) Dunkirk, Get Out, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(3) The Big Sick, Blade Runner 2049, The Florida Project, Logan, War for the Planet of the Apes

The Nominations

Best Picture

The Big Sick
Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
Logan
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Animated Film

The Breadwinner
Coco
Despicable Me 3
The Lego Batman Movie
Loving Vincent

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Steven Spielberg – The Post

Best Actor

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Robert Pattinson – Good Time
Andy Serkis – War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Actress

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Brooklyn Prince – The Florida Project
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saiorse Ronan – Lady Bird

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Defoe – The Florida Project
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Patrick Stewart – Logan
Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name

Best Supporting Actress

Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Dafne Keen – Logan
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Best Screenplay

The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Song

“Evermore” – Beauty and the Beast
“I Get Overwhelmed” – A Ghost Story
“Never Forget” – Murder on the Orient Express
“Remember Me” – Coco
“Visions of Gideon” – Call Me By Your Name

Best Original Score

Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049
Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Wonder Wheel

Best Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Foreign Film

BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Blade of the Immortal
First They Killed My Father
The Square
Thelma

Best Documentary

Faces Places
Jane
Kedi
Step
The Work

Best Poster Design

Baby Driver
It
Logan Lucky
Mother
The Shape of Water

Texas Independent Film Award

A Ghost Story
Mr. Roosevelt
Mustang Island
The Secret Life of Lance Letscher
Song to Song

Houston Film Critics Society Data

First Awards: 2007 (10)

Film Preview: Love, Simon (2018)

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(December 10, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 16, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it’s complicated: no-one knows he’s gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: While it uses the tired red motif that’s dominated recent poster designs, the tagline and “coming out 2018” note are clever enough.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: It’s not often you see a coming of age coming out story that looks as fun as this one is. Although the last scenes of the trailer feel utterly tacked on, they are completely hilarious, which could mean a movie that is worth the time to watch.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Eyeing the Truth: Dec. 2017

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Amazon Prime)

The Abacus bank is not one of the mega-banks that was deemed Too Big to Fail in the mortgage crises of 2008; the family-run bank at the center of Steve James’ remarkable new documentary is instead Small Enough to Jail, in the words of one expert interviewed in the film, which means that prosecutors could go after it and try to shut it down. The bank, and the family at the heart of both the company and the film, was caught up in a five-year legal battle after it was found that many lenders in the bank were falsifying documents in an attempt to garner loans for immigrant customers with no credit scores or reliable income. It is a story filled with sparkling characters and memorable images — one moment where the prosecution handcuffs all the players together like a chain gang to lead them into the courtroom has to be one of the indelible cinematic moments of the year.

It is also a story that could feel dense in anyone else’s hands, though. James delves deep into the story, bringing in major players from all sides and giving them all time to lay out the story. While it becomes clear by the end of the film where its sympathies lie, that doesn’t mean that it can’t honor everyone’s opinions and weigh them equally. James is too much of an assured hand to let the film skew in any one direction. The film is clear and complete while never being confusing. It is one of the most entertaining and easy-to-follow films about the financial crisis to yet come out, and reminds us what a great documentarian can do with a wonderful story.

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The DVD Report #546

Auntie Mame, everybody’s favorite relative, was based on novelist Patrick Dennis’ real-life eccentric aunt who first came to the world’s attention in his 1955 bestselling novel, quickly followed by the 1956 Broadway smash hit starring Rosalind Russell and then the Oscar-nominated 1958 film that became the biggest box-office hit of 1959. Filmed in Technirama, a process in which the frame is twice as large as the frame in CinemaScope, the eye-popping colors were some of the loveliest ever put on film. Muted in past home video formats and TV broadcasts, the film has been restored to its original rich palate on Blu-ray with crystal clear sound picking up every nuance of the non-stop comedy.

The character would be revisited again with the incomparable Angela Lansbury taking over as a singing Mame on Broadway in 1966. Alas, Lansbury’s full-of-life performance was not transferred to the screen in the flop 1974 film version that starred a barely moving 62-year-old Lucille Ball. But, we still have the original with the fabulous Rosalind Russell at her peak, supported by a gallery of top-notch supporting players including Coral Browne as Vera Charles, Peggy Cass as Agnes Gooch, Jan Handzlik as the young Patrick, Roger Moore as the older Patrick, Forrest Tucker as Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, Patric Knowles as Lindsay, Fred Clark as Babcock, Henry Brandon as Acacius Page, Robin Hughes as O’Banion, Joanna Barnes as Gloria, Pippa Scott as Pegeen, Willard Waterman and Lee Patrick as the Upsons, Connie Gilchrist as Norah Muldoon, and Yuki Shimoda as Ito. They’re all marvelous no matter how many times you see them.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 12 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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90th Oscars: Live-Action Short Film Shortlist

The last of the short film categories now has a shortlist. Here are the ten films from which five will be selected as nominees.

10 LIVE ACTION SHORTS ADVANCE IN 2017 OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. A record 165 pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk, director (UCLA)
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, director (FINCH)
“Facing Mecca,” Jan-Eric Mack, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion)
“Icebox,” Daniel Sawka, director, and Camille Cornuel, producer (Iceboxthefilmco)
“Lost Face,” Sean Meehan, director, and Sam McGarry, producer (Soma Films)
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr., director (New York University)
“Rise of a Star,” James Bort, director, and Boris Mendza, producer (Fulldawa Films)
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, director, and Rachel Shenton, writer (Slick Films)
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, director (Hamburg Media School)
“Witnesses,” David Koch, director (Lux for Film, Diez Films and Paradoxal)
Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Film Preview: You Were Never Really Here (2018)

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(December 10, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 6, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission. Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening.”

Poster Rating: C / D / C-

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Review: (#1) The first of three posters, the first two of which feature the original Cannes title, is stark in its suggestion of violence, but otherwise inconsequential. (#2) The garish red background color might symbolize blood, but the end result is something wholly awful looking. (#3) The third poster features the new title, albeit in Spanish. Its biggest problem is that everything is poorly superimposed and unnatural looking.

Trailer Rating: A

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Review: The fascinating director behind We Need to Talk About Kevin brings her marvelously bleak and creative talents to a film that looks brooding, stark, and incredibly artistic.

Oscar Prospects:

If the Academy were at all open to this type of film, it could be a contender. It might only compete in Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay, the awards it won at Cannes, but I suspect it won’t be remembered.

Trailer #1

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 8-10, 2017

We had one films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

I, Tonya

This dark comedy was a rather strange entry into the year’s Oscar race as it never seemed like the kind of film Oscar voters would take seriously. Yet, its prominence among critics groups might bolster its chances with the Academy.

Detailing in dark comedy the events leading up to the infamous battle between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the Olympic games, this Harding biopic has been incredibly well received, scoring 90% at Rotten Tomatoes with a 8/10 rating and a more conservative 74 from MetaCritic. The film has also been praised by a number of prominent Hollywood folk, which might mean the film will build some measure of support.

While only two elements of the film seem certain to be recognized, Margot Robbie in Best Actress and Allison Janney in Best Supporting Actress, the screenplay category might be within striking distance and if it gets enough support, a Best Picture citation might be in the cards. However, I suspect only Robbie and Janney will ultimately be nominated and neither is likely to win.

Precursor: 22nd San Diego Critics Awards (2017)

San Diego critics have spread their love out around numerous films, including the 2016-eligible Oscar nominee My Life As a Zucchini. Get Out won Best Picture, but only managed to claim the Original Screenplay award. Greta Gerwig won Best Director, but only managed a second prize in Best Supporting Actress. Things were spread out a lot and with Sally Hawkins winning here for Maudie over The Shape of Water and non-Oscar contender James McAvoy winning the acting prize, it seems like they aren’t going to be terribly instructive.

Award Tallies

(2) Baby Driver, Get Out, Lady Bird

The Awards

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Precursor: 2nd Seattle Critics Nominations (2017)

For the first time all season, Blade Runner 2049 was finally given its due in terms of nominations, topping Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, and, surprisingly, Lady Bird. This list features a few left-field selections, but is otherwise in line with what we’ve seen so far.

Award Tallies

(8) Blade Runner 2049
(7) Dunkirk, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water
(6) Get Out, Phantom Thread
(5) The Florida Project, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(3) The Disaster Artist, Logan, The Post

The Nominations

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Precursor: 2nd Atlanta Critics (2017)

On the day Jordan Peele was snubbed twice by the Golden Globes, his film pulled out another set of victories taking three prizes including Best Picture. This list looks a lot like others, so there are no major surprises in store.

Award Tallies

(3) Get Out
(2) Dunkirk

The Awards

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