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Saturday, February 25, 2017

21st Century Essentials

Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Charlize Theron
Country: United States

In 2007 writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman combined forces to bring the world Juno, a warm-hearted comedy about a pregnant teenager that took the box office and the critics by storm, earning an Oscar for Cody and a nomination for Reitman (in addition to earning nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress for Ellen Page). In 2011 Cody and Reitman would re-team for Young Adult, a film as acid as Juno is sweet, replacing its lovably na├»ve protagonist with one who is dangerously delusional and misanthropic. That it would fail at the box office and gain nary an Oscar nomination seems almost appropriate given that it is a nasty little portrait of piled up disappointments and dreams that have died – it just means that it had the same bitter experience with life as its protagonist did. But, also like its protagonist, Young Adult is a film that endures. It may be one of the meanest comedies of the last decade, but it possesses such a crystal clear vision and such sharp fangs that it will age better than most. Hostility is apparently a masterful preservative.

Friday, February 24, 2017

89th Oscars: Best Picture

The nominees are:


Plot: When aliens touch down on earth linguist Louise Banks is brought in to help determine the purpose of their arrival, but it's the lack of communication between humans themselves that put the fate of the world in jeopardy.

Nominated Producers and Oscar History:

* Shawn Levy - first nomination

* Dan Levine - first nomination

* Aaron Ryder - first nomination

* David Lynde - first nomination

Total Nominations for Film: 8 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing

Thursday, February 23, 2017

89th Oscars: Best Director

The nominees are:

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Oscar History: 1 previous nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Whiplash (2014). Also nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

Total Nominations for the Film: 14 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song (2), Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

89th Oscars: Best Actress

The nominees are:

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Role: Michele Leblanc, a woman who is raped and, due to a negative experience with police in her childhood, opts not to report the crime and instead takes matters into her own hands, becoming fascinated with her assailant in the process.

Oscar History: first nomination

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

89th Oscars: Best Actor

The nominees are:

Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea

Role: Lee Chandler, a man still grappling with the tragedy of his past when he's called upon to become the guardian of his teenage nephew after the death of his brother.

Oscar History: 1 previous nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford