Art Directors Guild Nominations

Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk and The Shape of Water are among the nominees for the Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. All great choices with The Shape of Water being the frontrunner, in my opinion.

The ADG divides the nominations into three categories – period, fantasy and contemporary.

Over the past five years, the winner of the ADG’s period film went on to win the Oscar in production design 4 times. The Great Gatsby in 2013 , The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014, Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015 and La La Land last year.

This is the first year that the ADG will present an award for animation.

The winners will be announced January 27th.

Full list of movie nominees:

Darkest Hour
Murder on the Orient Express
The Post
The Shape of Water

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman

Get Out
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Cars 3
Despicable Me 3
The Lego Batman Movie
Loving Vincent


First Oscars Promo of The Year

A new promo for the 2018 Academy Awards shows the awkward moment from last year’s show when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced La La Land as the best picture winner.

The trailer also features a montage of 2017’s biggest films, including Wonder Woman, Beauty and the Beast, Girls Trip, It, Baby Driver, Get Out, Lady Bird, and The Post.

The 90th Academy Awards will begin 30 minutes earlier than previous years. It will now begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. This should prevent the show from going past Midnight on the east coast. The 90-minute Oscars pre-show, will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 33rd annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced today.  Call Me by Your Name leads with six nominations. Good Time and Get Out both earned five.

The Best Picture nominations include a few strong Oscar contenders. Call Me by Your Name, The Florida Project, Get Out and Lady Bird are all on the short list of possible Best Picture nominees at the Oscars.

For the last 4 years, the Best Picture winner at the Spirit Awards on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

2013-12 Years a Slave

To be eligible to compete in the Spirit Awards the film has to have a budget no more than $20 million and has to be an American film. The nominees are determined by 3 committees of around 10 people each. The winner is determined by all members of Film Independent. Anyone can become a member for $100 so they have thousands people choosing the winners.

The Indie Spirit Awards will be handed out the day before the Oscars March 3rd in a giant tent on the Santa Monica Beach. It will air live on IFC.

Full list of nominees:

Call Me By Your Name
Get Out
The Florida Project
Lady Bird
The Rider

Ingrid Goes West
Oh Lucy
Patty Cake$

A Ghost Story
Life and Nothing
Most Beautiful Island

Sean Baker – The Florida Project
Jonas Carpignano- A Ciambra
Luca Gudagnino – Call Me By Your Name
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Benny Safdie/Joshua Safdie – Good Time
Chloé Zhao – The Rider

Salma Hayek – Beatriz at Dinner
Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saiorse Ronin – Lady Bird
Shinobu Terajima – Oh Lucy
Regina Williams – Life And Nothing

Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Harris Dickinson – Beach Rats
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Robert Pattinson – Good Time

Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Alison Janney – I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Lois Smith – Marjorie Prime
Talia Webster – Good Time

Nnamdi Asomugha – Crown Heights
Armie Hammer -Call Me By Your Name
Barry Keoghan – Killing of a Sacred Deer
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ben Safdie – Good Time

Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Azazel Jacobs – The Lovers
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Mike White – Beatriz At Dinner

Donald Cried
The Big Sick
Woman Who Kill
Ingrid Goes West

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Beach Rats
Call Me By Your Name
The Rider

Good Time
Call Me By Your Name
The Rider
Get Out
I, Tonya

The Departure
Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo

A Fantastic Woman
Lady Macbeth
Not A Witch


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. 

Will Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Win an Oscar?

This will be the million dollar question throughout the upcoming Oscar season. Most agree that Leonardo DiCaprio is long over due for an Oscar win. He has been nominated 5 times.

1993– Best supporting actor- WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE. (Tommy Lee Jones won for THE FUGITIVE)

2004– Best actor nomination- THE AVIATOR (Jamie Fox won for RAY)

2006 -Best actor nomination – BLOOD DIAMOND (Forest Whitaker won for LAST MAN IN SCOTLAND)

2013 – Best Actor – THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (Matthew Mcconaughy won for DALLAS BUYERS CLUB)

There are several Tumblr pages dedicated to his plight :
Poor Leo Tumblr Page
Leonardo Oscar

This year DiCaprio tries again in THE REVENANT.  Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up to BIRDMAN, last years best picture winner.

Based on the novel by Michael Punke, THE REVENANT is based on true story.  DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who is injured in a fight with a bear. His colleague John Fitzgerald played Tom Hardy robs him and leaves him for dead, but Glass survives and promises revenge on Fitzgerald.

The trailer was released this week, officially kicking off his Oscar campaign.

Winter Sleep Wins 2014 Cannes Film Festival

winter sleep poster


The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday with the announcement of this years Palme d’Or winner. The Turkish film WINTER SLEEP took home the festivals highest honor. The 3 hour and 16 minute film was directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Summary of plot from IMDB:

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.


This years jury included Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Nicolas Winding Refn chose the winners from this years selection of 18 films.

Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman announced the winner of the Palme d’Or.



It’s doubtful that WINTER SLEEP will be a movie that Americans run out to see. Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter writes a mostly positive review, but also notes:

Here, things are different. The 3½ hour running time takes no prisoners even among art house audiences and demands a commitment to attentive viewing that, despite the film’s sometimes terrible longeurs, pays off in the end. But the challengingly long dialogue scenes, shot in brazenly elementary shot-countershot style, will further challenge audiences who lack excellent subtitle-reading skills.


Past Palme d’Or winners rarely make it to the Oscar race. Mostly because the Oscar world and the Cannes world look at films completely differently. Hollywood is about big stars and the almighty dollar. The “real” cinema world rewards the art. Although many would disagree, the Oscars are a part of Pop Culture. Something Cannes juries could care less about. Only 2 movies that have won the Palme d’Or went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Billy Wilder’s 1945 LOST WEEKEND and MARTY starring Ernest Borgnine in 1955. Plenty of Cannes winners have gone on to get Oscar nominations, including TAXI DRIVER, ALL THAT JAZZ, THE PIANO, PULP FICTION and M*A*S*H. Last years winner BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR turned out to not be eligible for an Oscar because of it’s late release. In 2012 Palme d’or winner AMOUR was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture. The year before, THE TREE OF LIFE was also a Best Picture nominee.

While WINTER SLEEP may not go to the Oscars, other festival winners like FOXCATCHER, MAPS OF THE STARS and MR. TURNER just might.

List of Cannes Film Festival winners:

Palme d’or
Winter sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Best Director
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

Grand Prix
Les Merveilles (Le Meraviglie) directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Jury Prize
Xavier Dolan for Mommy
Jean-Luc Godard for Goodbye to Language

Best Actress
Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars

Best Actor
Timothy Spall for Mr Turner

Prix du scénario
Andrei Zviaguintsev et Oleg Negin for Leviathan

Camera d’or
Party Girl from Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis

The Best Acting Performances of the Year

Regardless of which actors and actresses win on Sunday night, everyone has their own personal favorites. Here are some of mine:

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)

Leonardo Dicaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) **spoiler***

Forest Whitaker (The Butler)

Sarah Paulson (12 Years A Slave)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)