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Oscars 2018: Will ‘Blade Runner 2049’ resume the marriage between Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects?

Oscars 2018: Will ‘Blade Runner 2049’ resume the marriage between Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects?
You wouldn’t necessarily consider the Oscar races for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects to be connected. Indeed, they’re markedly different fields and rarely went to the same film; for a while “Titanic” (1997) and “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) were the only two that claimed both. But recently there was an unusual five-year streak when the two categories went hand-in-hand. “Blade Runner 2049” could be the latest film to achieve that one-two punch.

The marriage between Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects started with “Avatar” (2009) and then continued with “Inception” (2010), “Hugo” (2011), “Life of Pi” (2012) and “Gravity” (2013). Then they split again for the next three years. “Birdman” won Cinematography for 2014, while “Interstellar” claimed Visual Effects. Then “The Revenant” took Cinematography for 2015, while “Ex Machina” pulled off an upset for Visual Effects. And “La La Land” was awarded Cinematography for 2016, while “The Jungle Book” won Visual Effects.
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‘Black Panther’ Oscar Chances: How it Could Rise Where ‘Wonder Woman’ Fell Short

‘Black Panther’ Oscar Chances: How it Could Rise Where ‘Wonder Woman’ Fell Short
It’s a familiar scenario. A comic-book movie, not directed by the usual white male, far exceeds expectations of quality, critical acclaim, and box office. And so the question rises: Could “Black Panther” be the genre movie that confounds conventional wisdom and ascends to the status of Best Picture Oscar contender? Or, like “Wonder Woman,” will it be shut out entirely?

Each year, the studios try to push their best genre successes beyond the technical ghetto. All Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movies rise to the level of art, but any fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movie is the camel that must pass through a needle to reach the Best Picture side.

The biggest exception was Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations, and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup,
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‘Black Panther’ Oscar Chances: How it Could Rise Where ‘Wonder Woman’ Fell Short

‘Black Panther’ Oscar Chances: How it Could Rise Where ‘Wonder Woman’ Fell Short
It’s a familiar scenario. A comic-book movie, not directed by the usual white male, far exceeds expectations of quality, critical acclaim, and box office. And so the question rises: Could “Black Panther” be the genre movie that confounds conventional wisdom and ascends to the status of Best Picture Oscar contender? Or, like “Wonder Woman,” will it be shut out entirely?

Each year, the studios try to push their best genre successes beyond the technical ghetto. All Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movies rise to the level of art, but any fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movie is the camel that must pass through a needle to reach the Best Picture side.

The biggest exception was Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations, and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup,
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Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’: A look back at her 18th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’: A look back at her 18th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 18 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 2006, Meryl Streep and director David Frankel scored box office gold – the greatest financial success of Streep’s career at that point – with “The Devil Wears Prada.” Given her affection for working alongside filmmakers on several occasions, it was a sure thing the paths of Streep and Frankel would cross again.

They reunited six years later with “Hope Springs” (2012), a genial, breezy comedy-drama that at last paired Streep with Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones. While hardly a smash hit, the picture, which found both stars in fine form, was warmly received by critics and audiences alike. No Oscar nominations, however.

That
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2018 Oscars: 5 reasons why ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ will win Best Picture

2018 Oscars: 5 reasons why ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ will win Best Picture
Back in December, I presented five reasons why I was predicting “The Shape of Water” to win the Best Picture at the Academy Awards. At the time, it seemed like the film most likely to prevail on the preferential ballot. After it took top honors at the Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild ceremonies and reaped a near-record 13 nominations, I felt pretty good about my analysis. But as the derby has progressed, I have started to doubt myself. To the point where I finally (and somewhat reluctantly) moved “The Shape of Water” down to number two.

Here are five reasons why I am now expecting “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” to steal away the biggest prize at the Oscars.

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

1. “Three Billboards” has over-performed in many of the most important contests

It started at the Golden Globes, where it virtually
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Mpse Golden Reel winners: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ wins over Oscar frontrunner ‘Dunkirk’ in key category

All five of Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing numbered among the contenders for the Golden Reel Awards bestowed by the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Sunday (Feb. 18). Oscar frontrunner “Dunkirk” lost the category equivalent — Sound Editing (Effects and Foley)– to “Blade Runner 2049.” The WWII epic did win for music over the sci-fi film.

Both films lost the dialogue & Adr race to “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which was snubbed by the sound branch of the academy. The other three Oscar nominees were shut out at the Golden Reel ceremony. “Baby Driver and “The Shape of Water” contended in those same three races while “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was only nominated for its sound editing.

The 65th annual edition of these awards took place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Sound wiz John P. Fasal was feted for his lifetime of achievement and Kathryn Bigelow received the Filmmaker Award.
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Melancholy and Mother Courage: why Three Billboards won the 2018 Baftas | Peter Bradshaw

Martin McDonagh’s black comedy, which features a powerhouse performance from Frances McDormand, surged to a surprise victory at the UK’s premier film awards

What a resounding and rather surprising victory at this Baftas for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which was crowned with best film. It also got best British film – a little counter-intuitively for a film from an Irish-heritage writer-director, Martin McDonagh, and a story drenched in Americanness. This is on account of its production and talent provenance: the same convention which a few years ago made Gravity a British film in the eyes of Bafta.

Three Billboards is a movie that has snagged, sharply, in the minds of Bafta voters, and they have responded generously to its mix of satire, jagged black comedy and wan romantic melancholy – and they also absolutely loved Frances McDormand’s powerhouse performance in the role of Mildred, which won her best actress.
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2018 American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Even if Roger Deakins wins, his first Oscar is not in the bag

2018 American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Even if Roger Deakins wins, his first Oscar is not in the bag
Roger Deakins is predicted to win his fourth award from the American Society of Cinematographers on Feb. 17 for his lensing of “Blade Runner 2049.” And he is tipped to finally take home his first Oscar for this film after 13 losses. However, the track record of the guild at previewing the eventual choice of the academy is surprisingly poor.

The Asc winner has gone on to claim an Academy Awards bookend for Best Cinematography only 13 times in 31 years. Last year, “Lion” lenser Greig Fraser won with the Asc but lost the Oscar race to “La La Land’s” Linus Sandgren.
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2018 BAFTA predictions: ‘Three Billboards’ vs. ‘Darkest Hour’ for Best British Film – can American Midwest really beat Churchill?

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” seems on the surface like it would be an unusual BAFTA choice for Best British Film. After all, it’s set in the American Midwest and features a primarily American cast. But BAFTA rules stipulate that “a film must have significant creative involvement by individuals who are British,” and “Three Billboards” was written and directed by an Englishman, Martin McDonagh. Based on the latest combined predictions of more than 1,600 users who have made their picks in our predictions center thus far, “Three Billboards” is the favorite to win with odds of 1/2, but don’t underestimate “Darkest Hour,” which is as British a film as you could possibly ask for.

Among the users predicting the BAFTA winners are six Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, and four of them agree with the consensus that “Three Billboards” will win: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Anne
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2018 BAFTAs: Roger Deakins (‘Blade Runner 2049’) would tie Emmanuel Lubezki with four cinematography wins

2018 BAFTAs: Roger Deakins (‘Blade Runner 2049’) would tie Emmanuel Lubezki with four cinematography wins
Roger Deakins is still missing an Oscar from his resume, but he’s got plenty of BAFTA Awards — so many that if the “Blade Runner 2049” cinematographer prevails Sunday, he’ll join Emmanuel Lubezki with the second-most wins in the category at four behind Geoffrey Unsworth’s five.

In our latest predictions, Deakins has 8/15 odds to win over “Dunkirk” (3/1 odds), “The Shape of Water” (14/1 odds), “Darkest Hour” (66/1 odds) and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (100/1 odds). An eight-time nominee, Deakins took home BAFTAs for lensing “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2001), “No Country for Old Men” (2007) and “True Grit” (2010).

See ‘Blade Runner 2049’ could win Best Cinematography at the Oscars, but that Best Director snub really hurts

Deakins lost his most recent nomination, for 2015’s “Sicario,” to Lubezki — the first time the renowned cinematographers faced off at the BAFTAs — who won his third straight BAFTA for “The Revenant.” A previous winner
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2018 Baftas: Will Best British Film curse strike down ‘Darkest Hour’ or ‘Three Billboards’?

2018 Baftas: Will Best British Film curse strike down ‘Darkest Hour’ or ‘Three Billboards’?
“Darkest Hour” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” each reaped nine nominations for the 2018 BAFTA Awards. Among these are bids for Best British Film. While that nomination for the former makes sense given the subject matter and pedigree of Joe Wright‘s biopic about prime minister Winston Churchill, the latter doesn’t appear to be British. However, while the film is set in the American heartland, it was written and directed by an Englishman, Martin McDonagh, and that qualified it for consideration in this category.

Both films also number among the five in contention for Best Picture, alongside the American-made “The Shape of Water” and the international co-productions “Call Me By Your Name” and “Dunkirk.” Fans of either of “Darkest Hour” or “Three Billboards” should be rooting for one of their rivals in the Best British Film race — “The Death of Stalin,” “God’s Own Country,” “Lady Macbeth” or “Paddington 2” — to win on Feb.
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Oscar Sound Contenders Could Sweep Again This Year

Oscar Sound Contenders Could Sweep Again This Year
The contenders in both sound categories are the same, a first since the Academy expanded sound editing from three to five films in 2007.

Traditionally, neither has aligned with the big prize, the last being 2009’s “The Hurt Locker,” but the dual nominations of “Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Dunkirk,” “The Shape of Water” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” could lead to a sweep similar to past nominees “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015), “Gravity” (2013), “Hugo” (2011) and the aforementioned Kathryn Bigelow film.

Mary H. Ellis, part of the sound mixing team for “Baby Driver,” is the sixth woman nominated for sound mixing and only the second female production sound mixer to ever be nominated. Along with re-recording mixers Tim Cavagin and Julian Slater, who were also nominated for its sound editing, the team polished crisp dialogue wrapped in a symphony of music and choreography for the Edgar Wright film. The entire sonic world was shaped around the perspective of Baby
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The New Willy Wonka Movie To Be Helmed By Paddington Director Paul King

The upcoming Willy Wonka film project is about to take a big step forward with the addition of director Paul King. King is best known for his work on the Paddington films, which have both been wonderfully entertaining. 

Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka intellectual property from the Roald Dahl estate last year, and they are developing it with producer David Heyman (Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, Gravity) The film will be "a new movie centered around the eccentric character."

The film will not be an origin tale, but a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures. it was later revealed in another report that the movie will focus on "a young Willy Wonka and how he met the now iconic Oompa-Loompas on one of his earlier adventures."

In Roald Dahl's novel, Wonka came across the Oompa-Loompas in Loompaland. He invited them to work in his
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Best Visual Effects Oscar predictions: A vote for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would honor the whole trilogy

Best Visual Effects Oscar predictions: A vote for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would honor the whole trilogy
War for the Planet of the Apes” is nominated at the Oscars for Best Visual Effects, following nominations in the same category for 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Neither “Rise” nor “Dawn” won Visual Effects in their respective years, despite showcasing some of the most realistic effects in film today. “War” is Oscar voters’ final shot at rewarding the film franchise’s groundbreaking visual effects, but much like in previous years, it could be an uphill battle.

War” is the latest nomination in the “Planet of the Apes” film series for VFX supervisors Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett and Dan Lemmon, earning nominations for the first two films as well, with Joel Whist earning his first nom alongside them. Letteri is the director of the innovative VFX company Weta Digital, which has won six Oscars, for all three “Lord of the Rings” films,
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From ‘Gravity’ to ‘The Cloverfield Paradox,’ Contemporary Studio Sci-Fi Continues to Define Its Women By Their Motherhood

Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

There’s plenty that’s familiar in Netflix’s latest big budget affair, the shoehorned continuation of the “Cloverfield” franchise, “The Cloverfield Paradox,” which surprise-launched on the streaming giant after the Super Bowl. The film, directed by Julius Onah and written by Oren Uziel, instantly drew comparisons to other sci-fi properties, from “Event Horizon” to “Life,” thanks to a plot driven by set-in-space terror. Yet “The Cloverfield Paradox” has far more in common with two other contemporary space-set sci-fi studio outings, if only because they all share the same retrograde vision of otherwise compelling female characters.

The Cloverfield Paradox” follows a group of astronauts on the orbiting Cloverfield space station who are tasked with making a risky particle accelerator churn out an infinite amount of free energy, in order to save an Earth that has plunged
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‘The Shape of Water’ could win Oscars for Best Director and Cinematography, following 5 years of correlation

‘The Shape of Water’ could win Oscars for Best Director and Cinematography, following 5 years of correlation
Guillermo del Toro has won all the major directing prizes so far for “The Shape of Water,” making him the clear frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Director. Meanwhile, the film is predicted to lose Best Cinematography to “Blade Runner 2049,” according to the latest Gold Derby odds, despite a very clear correlation between the two categories over the last five years at the Oscars.

Del Toro is shaping up to be the Best Director winner at the Oscars, after winning at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and most notably, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards. Yet, his cinematographer, Dan Laustsen, is ranked second among Gold Derby predictors for Best Cinematography, behind Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”) Not only that, but Hoyte van Hoytema, cinematographer on “Dunkirk,” is almost tied with Laustsen. If del Toro were to win Best Director while “Blade Runner 2049” or “Dunkirk” won Best Cinematography,
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Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?

Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?
It used to be pretty much an Academy Awards norm that the film that won Best Picture also took home the Oscar for Best Director. In recent years that has changed, largely due to the preferential ballot that has been implemented for Best Picture voting. These two categories have split in four of the past five years, with “Birdman” (2014) and its director Alejandro G. Inarritu being the last time they lined up. Currently “The Shape of Water” is in first place to win both categories on Gold Derby’s Oscar charts, so might things get back on track this year?

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

A year ago Damien Chazelle won Best Director for “La La Land” while “Moonlight” took Best Picture, becoming the fourth time this decade that the Oscar split occurred. In 2015 Inarritu won Best Director for “The Revenent” (his second
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You want Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro G. Inarritu to present the Best Director Oscar (to Guillermo del Toro) [Poll Results]

You want Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro G. Inarritu to present the Best Director Oscar (to Guillermo del Toro) [Poll Results]
Three Amigos reunion or else! In our recent poll asking if the academy should task Best Director Oscar winners Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro G. Inarritu to present the category — very likely to their Three Amigos cohort Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) next month — 62 percent of you voted a resounding yes.

Whether you’re Three Amigos fans or not, it seems many readers are dying for that warm-and-fuzzy moment if Cuaron (2013’s “Gravity”) and Inarritu (2014’s “Birdman” and 2015’s “The Revenant”) welcome their pal into that very exclusive club. After his Directors Guild Award win, Del Toro is a 1/10-odd favorite at the Oscars to give Mexico four Best Director Oscars in five years.

The academy also has a history of cherrypicking presenters with ties to nominees or possible winners at the risk of an upset. Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas presenting Best Director to their
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Everything You Need to Know About Model Couple Stormi Bree and Lucky Blue Smith

Everything You Need to Know About Model Couple Stormi Bree and Lucky Blue Smith
He’s the biggest male model since Derek Zoolander. She’s a gorgeous triple threat (model! singer! actress!). And together, they’re the hottest modeling duo the fashion business has seen in a long time. We’re talking of course about Lucky Blue Smith, 19, and Stormi Bree, 27. The social media stars just welcomed their first child, daughter Gravity, last July and if you’ve wondered who exactly these ridiculously good looking people are as they continue to pop up on your social media feeds, we put together a quick guide to get you up to speed on their beautiful lives.
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Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’) is shining just for you after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 2010s [Poll Results]

Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’) is shining just for you after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 2010s [Poll Results]
Damien Chazelle has been named your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 2010s thanks to his impeccable work on “La La Land” (2016). Support was split between several directors in our poll asking you to vote for your absolute favorite of the decade, but Chazelle led our results from the beginning.

Chazelle earned 29% of your vote, followed by Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) at 21%. Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Birdman”) was next at 20% while Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) came in fourth at 15%. Next was Inarritu (“The Revenant”) at 11%. The combined total of Inarritu’s votes for “Birdman” and “The Revenant” was 31%, technically giving him the most votes as an individual director here, but support was too divided between the two films to put him over the edge. Tied for last in this poll were Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) and Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) at 2% each.

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