The Florida Project Trailer

A24 continues to take the risks that other studios are afraid to do. Great reward comes with great risk. Last year they took home the Oscar for Moonlight.

The Florida Project is a film that tells the story of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), a precocious 6-year-old girl who lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a community of extended-stay motel guests in pastel-streaked Orlando. It’s a hard life seen through the eyes of youthful adventure, a tightrope walk, really. And in a world where no one can say with any confidence what an Oscar movie really is anymore, it certainly has a chance.


Academy Announces New President

From….Cinematographer John Bailey is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Associated Press reports.

The organization’s board of governors elected Bailey to a one-year term late Tuesday, August 8. He succeeds Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has held the post since 2013. Boone Isaacs became a very visible representative of the organization during her tenure, with the #OscarsSoWhite scandal and this year’s best-picture flub. She said earlier this year that she would not seek re-election.

Bailey’s film credits include “American Gigolo,” "The Big Chill,” "Groundhog Day” and “As Good as It Gets.” He has been a film academy governor representing the cinematography branch for 14 years.

The film academy president traditionally appears on the Academy Awards telecast. Next year’s ceremony is the 90th.

Oscar Watch – Mudbound

Mudbound had a lot of great buzz coming out of Sundance this year. Directed by Dee Rees and starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige. It deals with two men returning home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.” 

This is right up The Academy’s alley. Except for the fact that it is being distributed by Netflix. The film premiered to a standing ovation at Sundance and Netflix spent $12.5 million to get the rights. Making it the largest deal to come out of Sundance this year. 

Movie studios don’t like streaming services getting too much attention, but Netflix and Amazon are willing to take the risks that the majors won’t. Although Amazon made it in last year with Manchester by the Sea. It’s probably only a matter of time before Netflix is accepted. 

The film premiered to a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival. But the movie’s substantial budget (north of $10 million) made a sale close slowly, after a bidding war failed to materialize. Even so, Netflix spend $12.5 million on the film, making it the largest deal to come out of Sundance 2017.

No release date yet and trailer coming soon. 

2017 Oscar Nomination Predictions

The Oscar nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday, January 24th at 5:18am PST.
I used the predictions of other Oscar bloggers and Oscarologists, as well as my own opinion to come up with my list. Here goes nothing.

Best Picture
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
Hell or High Water

Best Director
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Denis Villeneueve (Arrival)
Garth Davis (Lion)

Best Actor
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Actress
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures

Best Original Screenplay
Manchester by the Sea
La La Land
Hell or High Water
The Lobster

Best Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Red Turtle
Finding Dory

Best Documentary Feature
O.J.: Made in America
The Eagle Huntress
Life, Animated

Best Foreign Language Film
Toni Erdmann
The Salesman
A Man Called Ove
Land of Mine

Best Cinematography
La La Land

Best Costume Design
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Captain Fantastic
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Film Editing
La La Land
O.J.: Made in America
Manchester by the Sea

Makeup and Hair Styling
Florence Foster Jenkins
Star Trek Beyond

Best Original Score
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Original Song
“City of Stars” (La La Land)
“How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)
“Audition” (La La Land)
“Drive It Like You Stole It” (Sing Street)
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (Trolls)

Best Production Design
La La Land
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Doctor Strange

Best Sound Editing
La La Land
Hacksaw Ridge
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Sound Mixing
La La Land
Hacksaw Ridge
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Visual Effects
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Jungle Book
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Live Action Short
Nocturne in Black
Bon Voyage
The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy

Best Animated Short
Inner Workings
Once Upon a Line
The Head Vanishes

Best Documentary Short
The White Helmets
Joe’s Violin
Brillo Box (3¢ Off)
Watani: My Homeland

Can La La Land Really Win Best Picture?


La La Land was called the Best Picture frontrunner way back in August when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival. It then maintained its frontrunner status at both the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. Now that the guilds have announced their nominations, is La La Land really a lock to win Best Picture?

-It did not get the SAG nomination. 160,000 actors vote in SAG with a majority of them also voting in the Oscars. If they thought that it was strong enough it would have received the SAG nomination. Regardless of being a typical ensemble or not. Last year when we thought the Revenant was going to win Best Picture, it too was missing a SAG nomination. Spotlight had the SAG and won. The last time a movie won Best Picture WITHOUT a SAG Ensemble nomination was Braveheart in 1996. That is a big stat to overcome. 

-It’s been the clear leader for 6 months already, and early frontrunners have a hard time making it all of the way. It’s a long Oscar season and people are getting tired of hearing about La La Land and questioning if it is really “that good”.

-The Oscars are no longer afraid to split Best Picture and Best Director. The more visual film gets Director (Gravity, The Revenant) and the thematic film gets Best Picture (12 Years a Slave, Spotlight). I can easily see Best Director going to Damien Chazelle and Picture going to Moonlight or Manchester by the Sea.

-Best Picture often has a good backstory that everyone can root for. (e.g. the movie was almost never made or the director worked his whole life and almost died etc) Director Damien Chazelle has not much adversity in his life. He went to Harvard and his first film Whiplash was a huge success. Voters like a more down and out backstory.

-People aren’t afraid to hate La La Land. It is socially acceptable to not be a fan. In the preferential ballot that the Oscars use, a film has to be overwhelmingly loved to win. The least divisive film that anyone can sit down, watch and love or at least like wins. That may not be La La Land.

-Musicals rarely win Best Picture. When they do, the singing must be spectacular. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are not the strongest singers ever seen on film.

Predicting La La Land for Best Picture is still a pretty safe bet right now. It still needs to win the PGA and DGA to be in the game. Don’t discount Moonlight just yet.

Jimmy Kimmel to Host 2017 Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel announced on Twitter today that he will be hosting the Oscar ceremony in February.

Kimmel has hosted a number of shows,including the Emmys earlier this year. He has also hosted the American Music Awards and the ESPYs. This will be his first time hosting the Oscars.

Chris Rock hosted the Oscars last year. 

The Academy Awards will air February 26th on ABC. 

2017 Satellite Awards Nominations Announced


The Satellite Awards announced their nominations today.  They are part of the International Press Academy which is an entertainment media association with voting members worldwide who represent domestic and foreign markets via print, television, radio, blogs, and other content platforms for virtually every notable outlet.

Each year the IPA honors artistic excellence in the areas of Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, and New Media via the Satellite Awards.

During the ceremony, the IPA presents Satellite Awards to the best of the entertainment industry in comprehensive categories for Film, Television, DVD and New Media, often choosing the winners that will be seen in other awards show in January and February. In addition, every year we present three special achievement awards.

The winners will announced at a ceremony on February 19, 2017.

Special Achievement Award Recipients
Mary Pickford Award Edward James Olmos
Tesla Award John Toll
Auteur Award Tom Ford
Humanitarian Award Patrick Stewart
Best First Feature: Russudan Glurjidze
“House of Others”
Best Ensemble: Motion Picture Hidden Figures
Best Ensemble: Television Outlander

Actress in a Motion Picture
Annette Bening – 20th Century Woman
Emma Stone – La La Land
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Ruth Negga – Loving
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Amy Adams – Nocturnal Animals

Actor in a Motion Picture
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Snowden
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Tom Hanks – Sully
Denzel Washington – Fences

Actress in a Supporting Role
Helen Mirren – Eye in the Sky
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Naomi Harris – Moonlight
Viola Davis – Fences

Actor in a Supporting Role
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Dev Patel – Lion
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Eddie Murphy – Mr. Church
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Motion Picture
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Hidden Figures

Motion Picture, International Film
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki – Finland
Toni Erdmann – Germany
Julieta – Spain
A Man Called Ove – Sweden
The Salesman – Iran
The Ardennes – Belgium
Ma’ Rosa – Philippines
The Handmaiden – South Korea
Elle – France
Paradise – Russia

Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media Title of Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
Finding Dory
My Life As a Zucchini
The Jungle Book
The Red Turtle Sony
Miss Hokusai
Your Name

Motion Picture, Documentary
Life Animated
O.J.: Made in America
The Ivory Game
The Eagle Huntress
Fire at Sea
Zero Days
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford Nocturnal – Animals
Pablo Larrain – Jackie
Denzel Washington – Fences

Screenplay, Original
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water C
Matt Ross – Captain Fantastic
Yorgos Lanthimos/Efthymis Filippou – The Lobster

Screenplay, Adapted
Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan – Hacksaw Ridge
Luke Davis – Lion
Kieran Fitzgerald, Oliver Stone – Snowden
The Jungle Book – Justin Marks
Allison Schroeder – Hidden Figures
Todd Komarnicki – Sully

Original Score
Rupert Gregson Williams – The Hacksaw Ridge
Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Lesley Barber – Manchester by the Sea
John Williams – The BFG
John Debney – The Jungle Book
Hans Zimmer – Hidden Figures

Original Song
“Audition” La La Land
“City of Stars” La La Land
“Dancing with Your Shadow” Po Commonwealth
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” Trolls
“I’m Still Here” Miss Sharon Jones
“Running” Hidden Figures

John Toll – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Linus Sandgren – La La Land
James Laxton – Moonlight
Simon Duggan – Hacksaw Ridge
Jani-Petteri Passi – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki
Bill Pope – The Jungle Book

Visual Effects
The Jungle Book
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Doctor Strange
Dead Pool

Film Editing
Tom Cross – La La Land
Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders – Moonlight
Tim Squyres – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Alexandre de Francheschi – Lion
John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge
Steven Rosenblum – The Birth of a Nation

Sound (Editing and Mixing)
La La Land
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Hacksaw Ridge
The Jungle Book
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Art Direction and Production Design
David Wasco – La La Land
Barry Robinson – Hacksaw Ridge
Jean Rabasse – Jackie
Christophe Glass – The Jungle Book
Gary Freeman – Allied
Dan Hennah  -Alice Through the Looking Glass

Costume Design
Colleen Atwood – Alice Through the Looking Glass
Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh – Love & Friendship
Courtney Hoffman – Captain Fantastic
Madeline Fontaine – Jackie
Mary Zophres – La La Land
Alexandra Byrne – Doctor Strange