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Sunday, January 21, 2018

SAG and PGA Winners


The Screen Actors Guild handed out its awards tonight, while the Producers Guild announced its winners yesterday. The winners are:

Screen Actors Guild Winners

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Wonder Woman

Producers Guild Winners

Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Best Documentary Feature: Jane

Best Animated Feature: Coco

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Critics Choice Award Winners


The winners are:

Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Comedy: The Big Sick

Best Actor in a Comedy: James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Best Actress in a Comedy: Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Best Acting Ensemble: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Foreign Language Film: In The Fade

Best Action Movie: Wonder Woman

Best Animated Feature: Coco

Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, Call Me By your Name

Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049

Best Production Design: The Shape of Water

Best Score: The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread

Best Editing: Baby Driver &  Dunkirk

Best Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Hair and Makeup: Darkest Hour

Best Song: "Remember Me," Coco

Best Sci-fi/Horror Film: Get Out

Best Young Actor: Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project

Director's Guild Nominees


Announced earlier today:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Films

Guillermo del Torro, The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordane Peele, Get Out


Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a First-Time Feature Film Director

Geremy Jasper, Patti Cake$

William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Taylor Sheridan, Wind River

Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: Molly's Game (2017)

* * *

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

If there's one thing you can say for Aaron Sorkin, it's that you have to go out of your way to feel bored watching one of his stories unfold. That's because there's so much going on and everything is moving so fast. Molly's Game, his latest and his directorial debut, runs to almost 2 and a half hours but it doesn't feel nearly that long because it's told in such a nimble, dialogue and incident packed fashion. It also manages the impressive feat of making poker, which may be an interesting game to play but isn't a particularly interesting game to watch, feel entertaining from the distance of an observer (though that may be because while there's a lot of talk about poker in the movie, there's not necessarily a lot of time spent watching it). While Sorkin, a writer known for dynamic screenplays, hasn't historically been celebrated for his ability to write female characters, he's been gifted here with a real life person with a compelling story, and an actress who is so at home reciting his sharp, rapid-fire prose that it feels as if she's already been doing it for a lifetime.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: The Shape of Water (2017)


* * * *

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, beauty and the beast. There's nothing new about stories of women seeing past the beastly exterior of a monster and falling in love with the soul that exists beneath the surface - movies called "Beauty and the Beast" are, at this point, a subgenre in and of themselves - but a filmmaker as creative as Guillermo del Toro, who is dedicated to mixing the sinister with the beautiful, leaving you at once enchanted and unsettled, is able to make an old formula feel fresh. The Shape of Water is a wonderful fairy tale for adults, impeccably put together on a visual level, masterfully unfolded on a narrative level, and built around one great leading performance and four great supporting performances. If you only see one movie this year about a woman falling in love with a fish man, make it The Shape of Water.