Frances McDormand Enters 2017 Best Actress Race

By “enters 2017 Best Actress race”, I mean the word on the street is that McDormand nails it in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Of course it is only March and any guess at an Oscar contender at this point is ridiculous. 
Anyhow, McDermed plays a woman who goes to war against the police in her Missouri town after her daughter is murdered.

Three Billboards doesn’t have a release date yet.

The NSFW Trailer is below: 

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Emma Stone Returns for 2017 Oscar Season


Emma Stone’s next film is set to be released September 22nd. Just in time for awards season. 
Battle of the Sexes is about the 1973 tennis match between the worlds number 1 player, Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Stone plays Billie Jean King and Steve Carrell is Bonny Riggs. 

The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.


No word yet on if Battle of the Sexes will make the film festival rounds, but a September release date gives the film plenty of time to compete during awards season. 

Movie Awards Volume 2

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*The Hollywood Reporter reports on how the Academy is trying to get past its awards nightmare.

*Raw is a movie that is apparently making people pass out.

*Glenn Whipp writes about the movies that we might be talking about at next year's Oscars.

*Pixar's Coco gets a teaser trailer.

*Critics pick the best movies from SXSW.

Movie Awards News Volume 1

-The Screen Actors Guild has set a date for the 2018 SAG Awards, the ceremony will be held on January 21, 2018 and will air on TBS and TNT.  We know from years past that a movie cannot win Best Picture without a SAG nomination. La La Land almost broke that streak, but Moonlight kept it alive.

-The Producers Guild Awards are set for Saturday, January 20, 2018.  The event which will be presented at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

-Awards Daily explains why La La did not win Best Picture.

-Pixar is already promoting their submission for Best Animated feature. Coco will be released November 22, 2017.

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No More Oscars for the PwC Accountants

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Academy President, Cheryl Bone Isaacs told the Associated Press that the two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants responsible for the Best Picture blunder at Sunday night’s Oscars will not be invited back. A spokesperson for the accounting firm confirmed that the two accountants will no longer participate in the awards ceremony.

Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were the two members of the firm in charge of the envelopes with the winners names on them. However, a mix-up by Cullinan resulted in Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway being given the Best Actress envelope rather than the one announcing Moonlight as Best Picture. Faye Dunaway named La Land as the winner.

Cullinan has drawn some scrutiny because he was tweeting from backstage right before handing Beatty the wrong envelope. Both Cullinan and Ruiz are still partners in the firm, but not a part of the Oscars.

 

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Cullinan Tweeting Moments Before Oscar Flub

 

Boone Issacs said that they are reviewing their ties to PwC altogether. In an interview with the New Yorker, She said that the thought that went through her mind when the best picture mistake was made was horror.

I looked out and I saw a member of Pricewaterhouse coming on the stage, and I was, like, Oh, no, what—what’s happening? said Boone Issacs. What what WHAT? What could possibly . . . ? And then I just thought, Oh, my God, how does this happen? How. Does. This. Happen.

I guess someone has to pay for the mistake but in the end, everyone was gracious and it made for a hell of an ending.

2017 Oscar Show Recap


The 2017 Oscars will always be remembered for the blunder that saw La La Land mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner over the actual winnner Moonlight. Up until, actually including the incident, it was the Best Oscar show in years. 
The show didn’t start with a hokey musical number but rather with a great performance by Justin Timberlake singing his Oscar nominated song Can’t Stop this Feeling from the Trolls movie. Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue was funny, subtle and mostly free of jabs. Except for some zingers at Mel Gibson who should not have even been there, but damn he is a good Director. Kimmel also set the tone for what could have been a night full of political statements and told the crowd to just have conversations with people that you don’t agree with. The show wasn’t completely Trump free. He reminded the crowd how overrated Meryl Streep is, he tweeted Trump “are u up?” and #merylsayshi. Kimmel kept the rest of the show moving with his confidence and style. 


There were a few political statements. The biggest one from Best Foreign Language winner Asghar Farhadi for The Salesman. He boycotted the Oscars to protest the travel ban and a representative read a statement from him. 

A few things that could have fallen flat turned out to be great moments. Bringing tourists in who thought they were seeing a gown exhibit turned out to be a great, real moment. George from Chicago became one of the most talked about people on Twitter. George and his fiancé were truly surprised every time they saw a movie star that they recognized. They were even married by Denzel Washington. It was a real moment in an often fake world. 


The feud between Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon is alaways funny. It doesn’t even matter that you don’t know how it started, but Kimmell playing Damon off from the orchestra was great stuff. The show itself was light on the number of people that they played off. It was refreshing to see the winners have their moment without the musical interuptions. 


La La Land did not break any records as was predicted. With 14 nominations it only took home 6. The night that was supposed to be all La La Land wasn’t. 

It was a shame that Moonlight didn’t get the spotlight that it deserved. The card mistake outshined what should have been a special moment for Moonlight. It was not a shock when La La Land was announced as the winner. It had been the front runner since September. Nobody saw the Moonlight win coming and it would have been a great moment had it been announced properly. 


Overall it was the best Oscar show that I can remember. The disatersous ending made it that much more exciting.