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75th Golden Globe Nominations – In An Industry Of Snubs It’s Hard To Stand Out

Award season is a world of snub, complaints, and second-guessing, but the recent announcement of The Golden Globe nominations already has people talking, and tweeting. Among the most noteworthy misses, in a year when the nominations are mostly academic, is The Big Sick and Wonder Woman, both of which got no attention at all from The Golden Globe Awards.

Of course, everyone is going to have their favorites, and with several critics groups already announcing their lists/awards, there is always something that has to be left out, but a lot of people have to be surprised by some of the nominations, especially since Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World recently had to change stars, and kicked out indie darling Greta Gerwig from a spot in the Director noms.

Take a look at the full list and let us know what you think.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
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'Get Out' Named Best Film by Boston Online Film Critics

'Get Out' Named Best Film by Boston Online Film Critics
The Boston Online Film Critics Association on Monday named Get Out as its best picture of 2017.

Jordan Peele's racially themed horror film also was recognized with two more awards, for best ensemble and for Peele's screenplay.

Phantom Thread, which Daniel Day-Lewis has said will be his final film, earned awards for best director (Paul Thomas Anderson) and best score (Jonny Greenwood) in a tie with Alexandre Desplat's score for The Shape of Water. Phantom Thread also was selected as one of the 10 best films of the year by the Bofca.

Other noteworthy award winners...
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There Will Be Greenwood: The Radiohead Rocker on Scoring ‘Phantom Thread’

There Will Be Greenwood: The Radiohead Rocker on Scoring ‘Phantom Thread’
After their much-acclaimed collaboration on “There Will Be Blood,” as well as lesser-known projects “The Master” and “Inherent Vice,” director Paul Thomas Anderson and Radiohead’s multi-instrumentalist savant Jonny Greenwood have teamed up for the fourth consecutive time on “Phantom Thread.”

The film’s piano-and-strings dominated score, which received a Golden Globes nomination for best original score, plays a key role in defining the lead characters of Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), the 1950s London couture designer, and Alma (Vicky Krieps), his model and lover. Anderson first called Greenwood about it a year ago.

“We talked a lot about ‘50s music, what was popularly heard then as well as what was being written and recorded,” Greenwood tells Variety. “Nelson Riddle and Glenn Gould’s Bach recordings were the main references. I was interested in the kind of jazz records that toyed with incorporating big string sections, Ben Webster made some good ones, and focus on
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Sci-Fi Score Awards Contenders Recruit Veteran Composers for Vastly Different Films

Sci-Fi Score Awards Contenders Recruit Veteran Composers for Vastly Different Films
You could say 2017’s standout sci-fi and fantasy scores cover space, shape and size as these four veteran composers tackle each film’s themes from vastly different conceptual origins.

Blade Runner 2049

Music by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer

Vangelis’ music for the 1982 original is so iconic, says co-composer Wallfisch, that the challenge was “how can we take that sonic language and emotional impact, but completely reinvent it?”

Curiously, the star of the 2017-by-way-of-2049 score is (like the Vangelis original) a Yamaha Cs-80 synth, which Zimmer bought back in 1970s London and was still in (mostly) working order. “It has a life of its own and every time you play a note, it’s a slightly different pitch,” Wallfisch says with a laugh.

Much of the score, however, was created with contemporary synths, often with sounds inspired by other ‘80s electronic instruments; and some live players and vocalists. “Textures and colors evolve very slowly to match the pace
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Historical Dramas Are Difficult to Score, but Attract Awards Attention

Historical dramas and those rooted in real-life events can be among the most challenging to score, but also yield a proportionally high number of Oscar winners. Four such live-action releases are among the most talked-about this awards season.

All the Money in the World

Music by Daniel Pemberton

For Ridley Scott’s film about the 1973 kidnapping of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty’s grandson, now completing post-production after the last-minute replacement of lead Kevin Spacey by Christopher Plummer, English composer Pemberton made a bold choice: voices of many kinds, from operatic to Italian folk singers.

“Getty sees himself as this grand figure,” Pemberton explains. “We have medieval voices, which refer back to his belief that he was descended from [Roman emperor] Hadrian; and the more grand operatic music, which was a slight reflection of Rome [where much of the film was shot] but also Getty’s own vision of self-identity.”

For the kidnappers, whose world is “grubby, rural, coarse and out in the middle of nowhere
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Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees

Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees
Perhaps the most surprising double-nomination for this year’s Golden Globes: the twin nods given to Mary J. Blige for best supporting actress and best song — for the film “Mudbound” and its song “Mighty River.” With those, Blige becomes the first performer to be simultaneously nominated in song and acting since John C. Reilly got dual nods for “Walk Hard” 10 years ago. Barbra Streisand, Bjork, Beyonce and Dolly Parton are the other female singer/actors who have scored nominations in both categories in the past, while Reilly and Neil Diamond are the male dual nominees. Only Streisand has won both (for the 1976 film “A Star Is Born”).

Few other surprises popped up in the Globes’ music categories. Other best song contenders include “Remember Me” from “Coco” and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” both of which are frequently cited as among the frontrunners in the Oscars’ best song contest.

Two songs sung
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Golden Globes 2018. Nominees

Best Picture, DramaCall Me By Your NameDunkirkThe PostThe Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Picture, Musical or ComedyThe Disaster ArtistGet OutThe Greatest ShowmanI, TonyaLady BirdBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, DramaJessica Chastain (Molly's Game)Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)Meryl Streep (The Post)Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World)Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaTimothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)Tom Hanks (The Post)Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or ComedyJudi Dench (Victoria & Abdul)Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker)Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes)Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or ComedySteve Carell (Battle of the Sexes)Ansel Elgort
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Golden Globes Music Nominees Include Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

Golden Globes Music Nominees Include Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood
The two music categories in the Golden Globe nominations announced Monday morning include songs by Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas, Miguel with Natalie Lafourcade and Keala Settle and scores by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood as well as frequent nominees Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Music nominations appear below and the full Golden Globes nominations can be seen here.

Hugh Jackman also scored a best actor in a musical or comedy nod for his singing and dancing work as circus impresario P.T. Barnum in “The Greatest Showman.”

Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the big winners as nominations for the 75th installment of the annual awards.

“Three Billboards,” a revenge drama, “The Post,” a dramatic re-telling of the Pentagon Papers saga, and “The Shape of Water,” a sci-fi romance, earned best film
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Golden Globes 2018 Film Nominees Led by ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘The Post’

Golden Globes 2018 Film Nominees Led by ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘The Post’
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association rolled out a very early red carpet at the Beverly Hills Hotel (which officially kicked off at 5:15Am Pt), with presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone on hand to announce the full list of nominations for this year’s 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” was the big winner, pulling in seven nominations, ranging from Best Motion Picture – Drama to Best Screenplay and Best Director, plus three acting nominations.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” grabbed six nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay, and Best Director, in addition to acting nominations for Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” also earned six nods (including Best Motion Picture – Drama and acting nods for stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell),

Read More:Golden Globes 2018 Film Predictions: IndieWire’s Anne Thompson Makes Bold
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'Phantom Thread' Named Best Film by Boston Society of Film Critics

'Phantom Thread' Named Best Film by Boston Society of Film Critics
The Boston Society of Film Critics on Sunday named Phantom Thread as its best picture of 2017.

The group also recognized the film, which Daniel Day-Lewis has said will be his last project before retiring from acting, in two other categories: best director (Paul Thomas Anderson) and best original score (Jonny Greenwood).

The Boston critics bestowed two awards each on the well-reviewed films Lady Bird and Get Out. The former, a coming-of-age movie starring Saoirse Ronan, was recognized in the categories of best supporting actress (Laurie Metcalf) and best screenplay (writer-director Greta Gerwig), while the latter, a racially themed horror...
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Gets Stylish Set of Alternate Posters

Although there’s still a few weeks ago until release, the embargo has officially ended for Phantom Thread, so our review is up and I’m allowed to tell you it’s one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s best films; deeply engrossing and playful as it seamlessly weaves between romantic, unsettling, funny, and back again. There’s a mastery of transitions that has a way of making the entire film feel like one intoxicating scene. Daniel Day-Lewis also outdoes his There Will Be Blood performance, embodying a character with more depth and complex tenderness. Vicky Krieps might even be better as she goes toe-to-toe with him. You’ll want to see it again immediately after, and a second viewing is incredibly rewarding, as I imagine the many after will be as well.

In anticipation of the release, today we’re pleased to present a selection of alternate posters created by Midnight Marauder & Tony Stella.
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Movie Review – Phantom Thread (2017)

Phantom Thread, 2017.

Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville, Camilla Rutherford, and Brian Gleeson.


Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis has delivered unforgettable method acting performances ranging from heartless oil drillers, paralyzed painter Christy Brown who only had control over his left foot, the greatest Us President of all-time Abraham Lincoln, and more, so it initially came across as a little anticlimactic when he announced that his role as renowned fictional dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock in Phantom Thread would mark the end of his acting career. It doesn’t exactly feel like an explosive role to go out on, but never doubt writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master), especially when collaborating with the notorious milkshake drinker.
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” unravels a farewell to Daniel Day-Lewis

Another day, another embargo lifts for a high profile December release hoping to make an Oscar play. Today, it’s Phantom Thread, the second collaboration between filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Daniel Day-Lewis. With Day-Lewis claiming that he’s retiring and that this is his final on screen appearance, the movie has an added bit of prestige to it. Anderson films always have that luster, but this classy outing doubles down on it. PTA and Ddl made something special together last time around with There Will Be Blood. Since then, Anderson has challenged audiences with The Master and Inherent Vice, while Day-Lewis won another Academy Award with Lincoln. Able to speak freely, I must admit to being a bit puzzled by this new work. Still, it will generate plenty of discussion. Plot wise, let me start here with what IMDb lists as the description: “Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London,
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‘Phantom Thread’ Review: Paul Thomas Anderson Fashions a Continually Surprising Relationship Drama

On a basic level, Paul Thomas Anderson makes films about magnetic presences — figures who emanate such greatness that it’s nearly as impossible for bystanders to be around them as it is to not be around them. Phantom Thread, Anderson’s ninth film, is of a piece with much of his career in that way, telling of a prodigal 1950s dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), who inspires equally rapturous reactions to his handiwork and his mercurial disposition.

Just as The Master unmasked a serious-man character study as a psychological survey of bullshit artists and Inherent Vice played dress-up as a noir story to spin a tale of immovable sadness, so too does Phantom Thread present itself as a rigorous biopic-like narrative while its interests are far less fussy or predicable. This is less an examination of a singular person than a look at the torturous and sublime experience of his
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Film Review: ‘Phantom Thread’

Film Review: ‘Phantom Thread’
Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), the svelte and smoldering middle-aged British fashion designer at the heart of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” is a man who seems to have everything he wants. He lives in a splendid five-story London townhouse with walls the color of cream, and he works there too, starting early, sitting with his tea and pastries as he does the day’s sketches, already possessed by his reverent labor. He’s a dressmaker who works with the fervor of an artist — dreaming, obsessing, perfecting. At night he sips martinis at parties and restaurants, rubbing shoulders with the countesses and wealthy London ladies who are his clients, and he’s also a devoted serial womanizer who falls for — and discards — one comely model muse after another. (As the film opens, his current flame is flickering out.) “Phantom Thread” is set in 1955, but Reynolds, in his posh and pampered upper-crust way, has the air
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‘Phantom Thread’ Review: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Riveting ’50s Romance Is a Screwball Comedy In Disguise

‘Phantom Thread’ Review: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Riveting ’50s Romance Is a Screwball Comedy In Disguise
Paul Thomas Anderson’s filmmaking swings between ambitions — sweeping riffs on history (“Boogie Nights,” “There Will Be Blood,” “The Master”) and peculiar, enlightening character studies (“Hard Eight,” “Punch Drunk Love”). His ambling Thomas Pynchon adaptation “Inherent Vice” tried to merge those modalities, but “Phantom Thread” really pulls it off, with his most concise, endearing works in years, one that plumbs dark and mysterious Andersonian depths to unearth a surprising degree of warmth lurking within.

It also surprises with his strongest female lead in two decades of movies. Though some of the hype around “Phantom Thread” stems from Daniel Day-Lewis’ announcement of his retirement after this role, the world’s most revered Method Actor meets his match alongside stunning discovery Vicky Krieps. There’s no doubt that Anderson has crafted a memorable finale for his “There Will Be Blood” collaborator in British dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock, a stern perfectionist in his mid-
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Joaquin Phoenix Wants Justice in New Trailer for Lynne Ramsay’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’

After her mesmerizing We Need to Talk About Kevin, the return of Lynne Ramsay has been a long-awaited one. While we almost got it with the Natalie Portman-led Jane Got a Gun, it finally arrived earlier this year with You Were Never Really Here, which premiered at Cannes.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, the Jonny Greenwood-scored thriller follows him as a veteran who takes it upon himself to help young victims of sex trafficking in New York City. Amazon Studios decided to hold the film until this April, but now a new glimpse has arrived with their official trailer.

One of our favorite films of Cannes Film Festival, where it picked up a Best Screenplay and Best Actor award, we said in our review, “The results are breathtaking, and You Were Never Really Here stands alongside Claire Denis’ Bastards as one of the most ferocious indictments of systematic abuse of
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‘Phantom Thread’ First Reactions Prove Paul Thomas Anderson Has Made One of the Best Films of 2017

Movie lovers anxiously awaiting the review embargo for Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” to be lifted can breathe a sigh of relief, for the first reactions make it clear the director will be returning to the big screen in top form. The film reunites Anderson with “There Will Be Blood” star Daniel Day-Lewis in the story of a renowned 1950s dressmaker who falls for a strong-willed younger muse.

Read More:Daniel Day-Lewis Breaks Silence on Retiring From Acting: ‘I Have Great Sadness’

Film critics aren’t allowed to publish reviews until December 7, but they have been able to talk about “Phantom Thread” in other contexts. Numerous film critics have already named “Phantom Thread” one of the best films of 2017, including IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn and David Ehlrich. The film been appeared on Top 10 lists from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vulture, Vogue, and more. Here’s
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Live orchestration of Phantom Thread by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-12-04 11:13:42

Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps in Phantom Thread Photo: Laurie Sparham/Focus Features The Royal Festival Hall is to host a preview of Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film Phantom Thread with first live orchestral performance of Jonny Greenwood’s score

The screening will take place on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 ahead of the film’s UK release in cinemas on Friday, February 2.

The screening will be accompanied by the first live orchestral performance of Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack to the film, performed by London Contemporary Orchestra and conducted by Robert Ames.

Phantom Thread, which stars three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in his final film appearance, will be introduced by Anderson and Greenwood. The award-winning American film director and Radiohead lead guitarist and composer will discuss their creative partnership and offer insight into scoring the film. The film follows on from a legacy of previous collaborations between Greenwood and Anderson including films There Will Be Blood,
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The Shape of Water enters the race as Call Me By Your Name wins La Film Critics Association top prize

Guillermo del Toro’s fishy fantasy The Shape of Water entered the awards season race with a strong showing at the La Film Critics Association awards, though it was romance Call Me By Your Name that won the Best Picture prize.

The critics’ group met on Sunday to decide the recipients of its annual prizes and it was Del Toro’s creature feature and Luca Guadagnino’s sun-dappled gay romance that dominated proceedings.

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Guadagnino’s film scooped the main prize, but he shared the Best Director gong with Del Toro and the two films split the acting honours, with Timothée Chalamet winning Best Actor for Call Me By Your Name and Sally Hawkins named Best Actress for The Shape of Water.

The night ended in a dead heat with three awards apiece for the two films,
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