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  1. And the winner is... Łukasz Żal for Cold War!
  2. And the winner is... Leave No Trace! Deadline notes: "This year’s film honor . . . will break the Scripter’s eight-year winning streak of winners going on to victory at the Oscars: Leave No Trace can’t win an Academy Award because it wasn’t nominated in the category."
  3. And the winners are... Avengers: Infinity War -- visual effects, animated character, effects simulations, compositing Ready Player One -- created environment, virtual cinematography First Man -- supporting visual effects Mortal Engines -- model So, Avengers: Infinity War won four of the five categories it was nominated in, Ready Player One won two of the five categories it was nominated in, First Man won one out of two, and Mortal Engines won the only award it was up for. Three of those films (i.e. all but Mortal Engines) are up for the Oscar. Two Oscar nominees -- Christopher Robin and Solo: A Star Wars Story -- had multiple VES nominations but didn't win anything.
  4. And the winner is... Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in all four animated categories! (Incredibles 2 lost to Mortal Engines in that one category that had both animated and photoreal films.)
  5. Huh. I caught it with my kids at one of the paid previews last week, and I found it... more complicated than I would have liked? One of the problems is that the big "reveal" in the first film is now part of the second film's basic premise, for everyone in the audience (at least those who are familiar with the first film, and if you aren't, what are you doing in the theatre for *this* one?) -- and that changes the basic structure of the movie, which now gives us repeated hints as to how the Lego world is connecting to the real world. And *then* the movie drops a new "reveal" on us that just made me think, "How is that even *possible* in the world of these films...?" It also got my children talking, once again, about the current abundance of "twist villains" in family entertainment. All that being said, I did laugh every now and then. I liked the line about a certain movie being something that "older kids" get to watch, and I found myself thinking that it might be time to introduce said movie to my own kids, two of whom are turning 13 tomorrow. (The movie in question is one that I saw when I was 14, so.)
  6. It occurs to me that one stat we haven't mentioned yet is that Roma ties the record set by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the most nominations for a non-English-language movie. The nominations they have in common: Best Foreign Language Film (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon won this one) Best Picture Best Director Best Cinematography (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon won this one) Best Art Direction / Production Design (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon won this one) The nomination they sort-of have in common: Best Screenplay (Crouching Tiger's was Adapted, Roma's is Original) The nominations Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon had that Roma doesn't: Best Original Song Best Costume Design Best Film Editing Best Original Score (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon won this one) The nominations Roma has that Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon didn't: Best Actress Best Supporting Actress Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing Between the music and the film editing and the costume design, I'd say Crouching Tiger had the slightly better set of nominations overall, although Roma did get two acting nods whereas the other film got none. As you can see, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon won four awards in the end, which tied the record set by Fanny and Alexander for the most Oscars that went to a foreign language movie. Will Roma beat that...? or at least match that...? Incidentally, of the six awards that Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon *didn't* win, three went to Traffic (Director, Screenplay, Film Editing), two went to Gladiator (Picture, Costume Design) and one went to Wonder Boys (Original Song).
  7. And the winners are... Alfonso Cuaron for Roma and Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade! Notably, Bradley Cooper was nominated in both categories but did not win either award -- just as he was not even nominated for the Oscar.
  8. And the winners are... The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians. The first two winners are both nominated for the Oscar, while none of the nominees in the third winner's category were nominated.
  9. And the winner is... Tim Wardle for Three Identical Strangers, which isn't even nominated for the Oscar.
  10. And the winner is... Mary Poppins Returns, which is *not* nominated for the visual-effects Oscar.
  11. And the winners are... Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse -- best animated feature, directing, writing, character design, character animation, production design, editing Incredibles 2 -- storyboarding, music Isle of Dogs -- voice acting (Bryan Cranston) Mirai -- best animated INDEPENDENT feature Ralph Breaks the Internet -- animated effects So basically, Spider-Man won in all seven of the categories it was nominated in, Incredibles 2 got two awards, and the other three Oscar nominees won one Annie each.
  12. And the winner is... Weekends, the only Annie nominee that is also an Oscar nominee.
  13. NBooth wrote: : Apparently the title is The Suicide Squad, because why the heck not. A la X-Men Origins: Wolverine --> The Wolverine or Predator --> The Predator, etc.? (I suppose that horror-movie sequel-reboot last year could have been called The Halloween...)
  14. Peter Jackson's best film in years (some would say his only good one in years) is this World War I documentary that consists entirely of restored war footage and archival interviews (and by "restored", I mean not just that Jackson & team have reversed a century of degradation, but that they have colourized the footage and corrected the frame-rate and converted it to 3D and added voices with the assistance of professional lip-readers, etc., all to help "bring it to life"). I saw it in December at one of the early Fathom Events screenings, which turned out to be so successful that they had some encore screenings, and *now* the film is in general release across North America and has a very good shot at cracking this week's box-office top ten. So, strikingly, this could very well be the *fifth* documentary released in 2018 to gross over $10 million in North America (certainly if we combine the Fathom Events grosses with the general-release grosses). No previous year had more than three such films -- and in *those* years, the three such films were all Disney nature films or behind-the-scenes concert movies or far-right/far-left political screeds, whereas none of this year's success stories fit into those categories. For what it's worth, I liked the film a lot, and it definitely doesn't shy away from some of the more brutal aspects of the war. The Fathom Events screenings followed the film with a half-hour look at the *making* of the film, which I also found fascinating; I assume they haven't included that with the general-release screenings, but I hope they include it on the DVD or something like that.
  15. And the winner is... Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!
  16. And the winners are... Bohemian Rhapsody and The Favourite! Both of which are nominated for the Oscar.
  17. Links to our threads on the DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), Shazam! (2019), Joker (2019), Wonder Woman 1984 (2019), Birds of Prey (2020) and The Batman (2021), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Black Adam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, Justice League Dark and Supergirl movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Aquaman, Justice League and Joker sequels. Coming August 6, 2021. With a script by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy).
  18. ‘The Batman’ To Fly In Summer 2021; Ben Affleck Passes The Torch To Next Generation Of Bruce Wayne EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. is dating their next rendition of Batman for June 25, 2021. This is the one that Matt Reeves has been attached to as writer and director. Ben Affleck, we hear, will not be donning the Dark Knight’s tights after playing the Caped Crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League and that’s because this movie will focus on a younger Bruce Wayne. . . . The Batman will not be based on Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One comic which is one of Reeves’ favorites in the Caped Crusader canon. Deadline.com, January 30
  19. Rushmore wrote: : She's wearing pants and a blouse, not underwear. She's wearing the garments she wore underneath her dress in the previous movies (and apparently, despite being a porcelain lamp, she can take those clothes off...?). From Bo Peep's Wiki page (emphasis added): "Bo has lost her old pink-and-white polka dot shepherdess dress and bonnet, now sporting a pink bow in her hair, and wearing the light blue undergarments she was always seen wearing under her dress."
  20. BTW, speaking of actors and Oscar nominations for Latin Americans, etc., etc., I heard someone call the Oscar nominations for Roma's actresses a "surprise" the other day, and I found myself thinking about the Brazilian actress who was nominated for Central Station 20 years ago and about Demian Bichir, the Mexican-American actor who was nominated for A Better Life several years ago (though Bichir at least did have a SAG nomination as well). Are there other examples, I wonder, of Latin American actors getting "surprise" nominations? It does seem that there is at least a precedent of sorts here. (Interestingly, despite the fact that Hispanics make up something like 17% of the American population, the only Hispanic actor who has actually *won* an Oscar in the last 20 years is Benicio Del Toro, for Traffic -- which came out 18 years ago. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz have also won Oscars in that time, but they are Spanish, i.e. European, actors, and in Cruz's case at least she was playing a Spanish character. Still, even if you include them, 3 out of 80 acting awards is less than 4%.) Oh, and before someone mentions her: yes, Adriana Barraza was nominated for an Oscar for Babel, but she was nominated for a SAG award too, and the film for which she was nominated was a front-runner for the Best Picture prize, so... I don't think she was a "surprise" in the way that some of the other actors mentioned here might have been. (Yes, Roma was always a front-runner for Best Picture too, but its actresses were not nominated for SAG awards, so I think that's why some regarded *their* Oscar nominations as a "surprise"... Okay, I'm over-thinking this now, aren't I.)
  21. Somehow Little Bo Peep, a porcelain doll, has removed her dress and stripped down to her underwear so that she can strike a Rey-in-The-Force-Awakens pose. A statement from the film's director has also revealed that Bo Peep left Andy's house *voluntarily* and was not given away like Toy Story 3 seemed to indicate she was. She's a "strong woman" with agency, yo!
  22. Anders wrote: : Speaking of high-grossing films, James Cameron, and Aquaman reminds me that on the TV show Entourage, James Cameron directed the show's version of Aquaman . . . Which would make sense, given Cameron's obvious interest in underwater stuff.
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