Donald Trump, Melissa McCarthy and Holmes & Watson were the big “winners” at the 39th annual Razzie Awards, an annual celebration of the worst cinema has to offer.Read More
I have to give my sincerest congratulations to Bo Burnham (“Eighth Grade”) for winning the WGA’s Original Screenplay award, which goes against the entire narrative the academy tried to write for this years awards season. “To the other nominees in the category, have fun at the Oscars, losers!’” Burnham said at the podium. As you can imagine, Burnham wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but who cares, right?Read More
Of all the categories that could be put on the commercial-break back burner, you would think the Academy would have the decency to air the winner of the Cinematography award, an important part of the visual creative process, maybe only second to the director, and a technical aspect of film which has become more popular in recent years due to the emergence into the mainstream of such stalwarts as Emmanuel Lubezski and Roger Deakins. Blasphemy.Read More
It’s no secret that the academy are trying to produce the best, most commercial-friendly Oscar telecast imaginable. After all, that’s why they tried to nab Chris Rock and Dwayne Johnson as hosts of the whole megilah, which turned out to be a total fail due to backlash, of the former’s past tweets. Ditto the failed Best Popular Oscar category which was quickly axed this past September and was, admit it, a rating-grabbing attempt.Read More
Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer’s name has been removed from the film's Bafta Awards nomination. ‘Rhapsody’ itself will remain nominated for the Outstanding British Film award on Sunday - but Singer's nomination has been "suspended,” which, in all likelihood, means removed.Read More
Alfonso Cuaron has won the DGA for “Roma.” This doesn’t necessarily mean his film is now the one to beat in terms of Best Picture odds, but it does position it quite well in the grander scheme of things, and as a natural adversary of current frontrunner “Green Book.” Cuaron beat out "A Star Is Born‘s Bradley Cooper, Green Book‘s Peter Farrelly, BlacKkKlansman‘s Spike Lee and Vice‘s Adam McKay. The latter is a film that has been unfairly shunned by critics, despite the industry’s liking of it. I believe McKay’s film will age like fine wine. McKay did get the award for Television directing for his excellent work in one of last year’s very best shows HBO’s “Succession.”
In other news, Bo Burnham won best first feature for “Eighth Grade” actually beating out Bradley Cooper and “A Star is Born.” INSANE.
The Razzies are intended to call out the worst cinematic endeavors of the past year, it's all in good fun, especially since, and people forget this, recognition for these nadirs-of-the-cinematic-world actually tends to boost home video sales for the "honorees." I mean, who wouldn't want to see John Travolta hamming it up as mobster John Gotti?Read More
Peter Farrelly's "Green Book" has won the Producers Guild of America award, all but sealing its fate as the Best Picture frontrunner for the upcoming 91st Academy Awards. Does that mean it's going to win the whole shebang? Of course not. But it does give us some kind of idea as to who should be favored come Oscar night, especially since this has been such an unpredictable awards season. At some point, during these last few months, more than 5 films have been touted as the frontrunner for the prize. I'm not kidding, "A Star is Born," "Black Panther," "Roma" and "BlackKklansman" have all had their turns. However, if you're an Oscar pundit, the PGA is the most legitimate precursor to adhere to, if you follow the odds of course.Read More
M. Night Shyamalan claims that he's come to peace with Mark Wahlberg's continuous criticism and bashing of his 2008 Razzie opus "The Happening." In it, Wahlberg played a high school teacher that tries to protect his family amidst an unknown environmental threat forcing people to commit suicide. Critics hated it (18% on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences hated it as well (a 5.0 rating on IMDb).Read More
You could hear the uproar that was to come. Even if you weren't logged into a social media platform, you just knew that what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided to do yesterday was give a big middle finger to the outrage machine being generated online on a daily basis. What the HFPA's final decision on Sunday felt like was a towering statement that made you want to holler the kitschy Twisted Sister song: "We're not going to take it anymore."Read More
The Directors Guild of America gave us more clues today as to what to expect come Oscar nomination time. The 2018 DGA nominations went to five filmmakers that are now almost certain to have their films nominated for Best Picture: Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” ” Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Peter Farrelly for “Green Book,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Adam McKay for “Vice.”Read More
I always look forward to the ASC cinematography nominations because, much like any legitimate cinephile, why wouldn't I? This marks the 100th year anniversary of the prestigious group, which decided to nominate two foreign-language films this year.Read More
A major snub from this year's Writers Guild Awards nominations was Paul Schrader‘s “First Reformed ”screenplay. A film driven by its immaculately calculated screenplay more than anything else. Nope, the WGA believes that “Black Panther” deserves a nomination for its by-the-books script but not Schrader’s – hell, even John Krasinski’s near-wordless script for “A Quiet Place” was nominated.Read More
Two controversial films, both with their fair share of mixed reviews, took the top honors at this years 76th annual Golden Globes. Peter Farelly's “Green Book” and Bryan Singer's “Bohemian Rhpasody” were heralded champions in the two many film categories.Read More
Christian Bale won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for "Vice" and thanked “Satan” for helping him nail the role of former Vice President Dick Cheney in his Golden Globe acceptance speech.Read More
Christian Bale won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for "Vice" and thanked “Satan” for helping him nail the role of former Vice President Dick Cheney in his Golden Globe acceptance speech.
"Look at all of us! A bunch of lucky buggers," "Vice" star Christian Bale says to the audience accepting the award for best actor in a comedy or musical. "Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration" to play former vice president Dick Cheney in the film, he jokes, and also asks who his next "charisma-free role" will be: "Mitch McConnell, maybe?"
“He was a wonderful family man — he’s a great dad, he’s an avid reader, he has a brain like a vice and he constantly reads history,” the actor said in an interview last month. ”He was very laid-back. He would have been very happy to be a lineman in Wyoming if he hadn’t met Lynne, who said to him, ‘No, that doesn’t cut it. You need some ambition.’ What would have been if they hadn’t met?”