Oscar Winner Martin Landau Dies at 89


Martin Landau passed away on Sunday at 89. Landau won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. His credits also include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mission Impossible and North by Northwest. 
Landau was nominated for an Oscar 3 separate times. First for Best Supporting Actor in Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1989. He was nominated again and won Best Supporting Actor the following year for Crimes and Misdemeanors.  He also took home the Supporting Actor Oscar in 1995 for Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.

Landau appeared in numerous TV shows including Mission: Impossible. 

Stronger Gets a Trailer


The first trailer for Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by David Gordon Green was released today.  

A victim of the Boston Marathon (Jeff Bauman) bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma. We all remember the picture of Bauman being wheeled to safety with his leg blown off and another man holding the artery closed. 

Stronger is scheduled to be released on September 22nd. 
 
              

2016 Oscar Show Recap

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Sunday nights Oscar telecast was all about the #Oscardowhite hashtag that went trending as soon as the nominess were announced. Host Chris Rock went there with his first line “Welcome to the Oscars, also known as the white Peoples Choice Awards”. The monologue dealt almost entirely with the lack of diversity and “racism” as called out by Rock.

The show became obsessed with the race issue. Even the pre-recorded bits micked the issue.  Whoopi Goldberg showed how hard it is to get black characters into films. The funniest was Tracy Morgan as the Danish Girl. “These danishes is good girl”. Rock interviewed moviegoers in Compton who didnt think the nominated films were real. Chris Rock did a great job when it could have gone horribly wrong. There may have been too many race joes, but monoloque was strong and Chris kept the show moving.

*Chris Rock’s daughters Girl Scout troup sold $65,000 of Girl Scout cookies to the audience.

*They announced the winners in the order that a movie is made starting with the script. The rest of show seemed to stray from any kind of order.

*Graphics came up explaining the presenters in case you didnt know who they were.

*A scroll of thank yous ran below each winner while they walked up on stage. It defiantely made the acceptance speaches shorter and livelier. Although some still read us all of the names.

*Have no idea why Stacey Dash came out.

*Lady Gaga knocked it out of the park with her ‘Till it happens to you” song from from the documentary The Hunting Ground. Strangly Sam Smith won the Oscar for the worst song of the year.

We spend the entire year predicting the winners. When the big show actually happens and you realize your predictions were for naught and the whole thing is stupid, you are ready to start looking ahead to next year.

Why the Oscars Lack Diversity

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The 2015 Oscar season winds down this weekend. The biggest story this year….#OSCARSSOWHITE.

Lawrence O’Donnell brilliantly explains why there is such a lack of diversity and the best film of the year is not even nominated.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell discusses why he thinks the film ‘Beasts of No Nation’ was overlooked by the Academy Awards this year and why the Oscars lack real diversity.

2016 Oscar Nomination Predictions

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This is a tough year to predict. Here are my guesses for this years nominations which will be announced January 14th.

Best Picture
Spotlight
The Big Short
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Carol
The Revenant
Bridge of Spies
Room
Sicario

Best Director
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Todd Haynes, Carol

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Johnny Depp, Black Mass

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Jacob Tremblay, Room

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Brie Larson, Room
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Rooney Mara, Carol
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
Rooney Mara, Carol

Best Animated Feature
Inside Out
Anomalisa
The Peanuts Movie
The Good Dinosaur
Shaun the Sheep

Best Animated Short
Sanjay’s Super Team
Bear Story
World of Tomorrow
If I was God
Carface

Best Cinematography
The Revenant
Mad Max:Fury Road
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Costume Design
Carol
Brooklyn
The Danish Girl
Cinderella
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Documentary Feature
Amy
The Look of Silence
The Hunting Ground
Heart of a Dog
Meru

Best Documentary Short Subject
Body Team 12
Chau Beyond the Lines
My Enemy My Brother
50 Feet From Syria
The Testimony

Best Film Editing
The Revenant
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Spotlight
Sicario

Best Foreign Language Film
Son of Saul
Mustang
Labyrinth of Lies
Theeb
Embrace the Serpent

Best Live Action Short
Ave Maria
Day One
Shok
Stutterer
Everything Will be Okay

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Black Mass
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Original Score
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Carol
Spotlight
Steve Jobs
Bridge of Spies

Best Original Song
See You Again-Furious 7
Til it Happens to You-The Hunting Ground
Simple Song 3-Youth
None of Them Are Your-Anomalisa
Better When I’m Dancin-The Peanuts Movie

Best Production Design
Mad Max: Fury Road
Carol
The Revenant
Bridge of Spies
The Martian

Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
Sicario

Best Sound Mixing
Straight Outta Compton
Mad Max:Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Revenant
The Martian

Best Visual Effects
Mad Max:Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jurassic World
The Martian
The Walk

Best Adapted Screenplay
Carol
Steve Jobs
The Revenant
Room
The Martian

Best Original Screenplay
Spotlight
Inside Out
The Hateful Eight
Bridge of Spies
Trainwreck

Oscar Voting Began Today

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On Wednesday December 30th Oscar nomination voting opened up for the 6,261 academy members. They will be voting on 15 of the 24 categories. The remaining 9 categories are voted at required screenings. Members only have until January 8th at 5PM PT to have their ballots in.

Nominees will be announced on January 14th. 

 

 

 

Best Visual Effects Shortlist

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the preliminary shortlist for Best Visual effects on Monday.  The rules changed this year increasing the number of contenders from 15 to 20. The list will be narrowed down to 10 later this month.

Ant-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Bridge of Spies
Chappie
Everest
Ex Machina
Furious 7″
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
In the Heart of the Sea
Jupiter Ascending
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The Revenant
Spectre
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Terminator Genisys
Tomorrowland
The Walk