Join Me (Virtually) To Watch the Oscars!

Posted on February 23, 2019 at 6:07 pm

What’s more fun than watching the Oscars? Watching it with a bunch of cool movie critics! My colleagues and I will be chatting about the show and the awards in real time, and you can submit questions or comments. Hey, they don’t have a host, so you’ll need us!

You can join the conversation two ways:

1) click on the link
2) download the Goodtalk app, find “The Oscars” discussion on the main page

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Oscar Nominations 2019: Roma and The Favourite Lead, Black Panther Makes History

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 11:46 am

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Where is Mr. Rogers? The documentary considered the Oscar front-runner is not even nominated for the 2019 awards. I was sorry not to see Michael B. Jordan nominated for Best Supporting Actor (“Black Panther”), though I am confident there will be an Oscar in his future, and I am glad to see the film make history as the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture. I would like to have seen Timothée Chalamet nominated for “Beautiful Boy,” but like Jordan, he will have many other opportunities. Ryan Gosling should have been nominated for “First Man,” and its score deserved a nomination as well. And my favorite film of the year “If Beale Street Could Talk,” should have been nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.

It was good to see some lower-profile documentaries get recognition from the Academy. “Minding the Gap” chronicles the lives of the filmmaker’s friends from a small town outside Chicago. Director Bing Liu follows the group from their early teens up to the present day, grappling with what it means to be men in present-day America. Skateboarding is a central thread throughout the film. Accompanying the group on extensive high-speed rides, we begin to see how skateboarding is not just something to do, but a shared activity that is deeply meditative and therapeutic for each of them. Trying new tricks, encouraging each other and spending time together, they form a bond much stronger than the mere term “friend” indicates. Skateboarding is their connection and their escape. It premieres on PBS February 19, 2019.

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening” will also premiere on PBS in February. My friend Odie Henderson wrote a beautiful review of the film on rogerebert.com.

The film has an unusual, time-jumping cadence that’s punctuated by strange sounds, odd music and beautiful, superimposed visions of sky and earth. There are unexpected camera angles and long moments that at first seem monotonous but pay big dividends. Ross weaves all these elements together in such a way that you eventually realize the film is teaching you how to watch it, subtly coaxing you onto its wavelength. Suddenly, you feel like an honorary citizen of the titular place, someone temporarily woven into its fabric…”Hale County This Morning, This Evening” is all about how perception changes depending on whose gaze is being reflected and how informed the owner of that gaze is. Events happen in this non-fiction film that, in a fictionalized film, are often depicted in scenes heightened by melodrama and stereotype. Ross’ intimate knowledge of the location and of his subjects, Daniel and Quincy, strips away the usual artifice and baggage, presenting these events as matter-of-factly as life itself. It’s an uncorrupted viewpoint, though Ross is on occasion quick to remind you of prior cinematic and societal reflections of Southern Blacks.

It will premiere on the Independent Lens series February 11, 2019.

Copyright 2018 Focus Features
Other omissions: Ryan Coogler as director of “Black Panther and the overlooking of every single female director in a year when there were more female-directed films in top-ten lists than ever, including Debra Granik (“Leave no Trace”), Elizabeth Chomko (“What They Had”), Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”), Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”), Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), Josie Rourke (“Mary Queen of Scots”), Josephine Decker (“Madeline’s Madeline”), and Desiree Akhavan (“The Miseducation of Cameron Post”). I expect to see at least some of them in the Spirit Award nominations for independent films along with some of my other 2018 favorites like “Blindspotting,” “Support the Girls,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Eighth Grade,” and “The Hate U Give.”

Perhaps the most significant development is about Netflix, which got its first Best Picture nomination with Roma and fourteen other nominations as well. This is a stunning achievement for an organization that has only been producing original content for a few years. It is great to see vital, creative new producers doing so well.

Here are this year’s Oscar nominees:

BEST PICTURE
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

BEST ACTRESS
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Favourite
First Reformed
Green Book
Roma
Vice

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“I’ll Fight,” RBG
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

BEST FILM EDITING
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Vice

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cold War
The Favourite
Never Look Away
Roma
A Star Is Born

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma

(more…)

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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm

I am proud to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and proud of our 2019 awards.

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film


ROMA
 


Best Director 


Alfonso Cuaron

ROMA


Best Screenplay, Original


THE FAVOURITE

Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara 



Best Screenplay, Adapted 


CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty

Best Documentary 


WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Morgan Neville

Best Animated Film


SPIDER-MAN INTO SPIDER-VERSE

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsay, Rodney Rothman 


Best Actress


Olivia Colman

THE FAVOURITE



Best Actress in a Supporting Role 


Regina King

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Best Actor


Ethan Hawke

FIRST REFORMED

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Richard E Grant

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? 



Best Ensemble Cast

BLACK PANTHER

Sarah Finn, Casting Director

Best Cinematography


ROMA

Alfonso Cuaron

Best Editing


ROMA

Alfonso Cuaron, Adam Gough 



Best Non-English-Language Film


ROMA

Alfonso Cuaron

Mexico

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director


Marielle Heller

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? 



Best Woman Screenwriter


Deborah Davis

THE FAVOURITE

Best Animated Female

Elastagirl

Holly Hunter

INCREDIBLES 2

Best Breakthrough Performance


Thomasin McKenzie

LEAVE NO TRACE

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry


Rachel Morrison

For paving the road for women cinematographers with her Oscar nomination for MUDBOUND and scoring as DP on BLACK PANTHER.

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Actress Defying Age and Ageism 


Viola Davis – WIDOWS



Bravest Performance


Olivia Colman – THE FAVOURITE 



Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent


Jennifer Lawrence – RED SPARROW

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award


MISSION IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT – Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made


OVERBOARD

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award

ALL ALLEGED ABUSERS: Including Weinstein, Moonves, CK, Spacey, Rush, Franco, Singer, Rose, Lauer et al.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS: AWFJ, a not-for-profit corporation, is an international association of professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media, dedicated to raising the volume on women’s voices in the film community by broadening opportunities for women who write about film and supporting films by and about women – both in front of and behind the cameras – through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting EDA awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies. More information about AWFJ, including the membership list, can be accessed at www.awfj.org or sending inquiries to awfjinc@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EDA AWARDS: The AWFJ presents EDA Awards to honor women’s achievements in front of and behind the cameras. In addition to the annual end of the year awards, AWFJ presents EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Films at select film festivals, including IDFA, Whistler Film Festival, DOXA. Edinburgh Film Festival. St. Louis International Film Festival and others. The EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and screen actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing member of AMPAS.

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Online Film Critics Society Awards 2019

Posted on January 2, 2019 at 9:05 am

I am proud to be a member of the Online Film Critics and very proud of our awards for 2019.

BEST PICTURE
Roma

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

BEST LEAD ACTOR
Ethan Hawke – First Reformed

BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Toni Collette – Hereditary

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Paul Schrader – First Reformed

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST EDITING
Eddie Hamilton – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Nicholas Britell – If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST DEBUT FEATURE
Ari Aster – Hereditary

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Roma

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Annihilation – Best Visual Effects
Black Panther – Best Costume Design
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Best Stunt Coordination
A Quiet Place – Best Sound Design
A Star Is Born – Best Original Songs

ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY’S BEST OF THE YEAR
1. Roma
2. BlacKkKlansman
3. If Beale Street Could Talk
4. First Reformed
5. The Favourite
6. You Were Never Really Here
7. Annihilation
8. Eighth Grade
9. Hereditary
10. A Star Is Born
11. Suspiria

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Roger Deakins
Spike Lee
Rita Moreno
Robert Redford
Agnès Varda

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Director Ryan Coogler, for Black Panther’s distinctive critical and box office appeal

The city of Oakland, CA, for hosting two of 2018’s most socially and artistically compelling films about race relations, “Sorry to Bother You” and “Blindspotting.”

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My Top Ten of 2018

Posted on December 27, 2018 at 12:14 pm

My top ten films of 2018 (as usual, I have a #1 and then everything else is tied for #2), has been published on rogerebert.com. At the top of my list is “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and the rest of the list includes “Black Panther,” “Eighth Grade,” “Sorry to Bother You,” and “Support the Girls.”

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