The First Word Podcast - The 2018 Academy Awards, feat. Sasha Stone

The First Word - 2018 Academy Awards

"They believed that a fairy tale about an amphibian God and mute woman done in the style of Douglas Sirk, and a musical, and a thriller, was a sure bet." After the Academy Awards show this past weekend, we recap the winners and nominees and discuss everything about the big awards show. Download our latest episode of The First Word podcast, featuring special guest Sasha Stone from the website Awards Daily. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. In this episode, we start with a general discussion on the importance of the Academy Awards and a chat about how they've changed over the years. Then we dive into full analysis on each of the winners in all of the categories, including Best Picture, for a comprehensive look at the 2018 Academy Awards. Listen in below.

Watch: 3 Wonderful Movie Montages from the 90th Academy Awards

Academy Awards Movie Montages

"For me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy… It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams…" Roger Ebert nailed it with that speech. It can't really be said any better. As someone who has dedicated all their time to the glory of movies, I am already madly in love with them. I've watched the Academy Awards every year for as long as I can remember. During the Oscars show this year, they aired two incredible movie montages, and a few other segments that were some of the best they've made in years. Did they finally hire some of the best supercut editors from Vimeo/YouTube? It seems like it. The main "90 Years of Oscars" montage is one of their best ever - it'll whisk you away into the amazing, exhilarating, breathtaking, beautiful world of movies, and remind you why we love them so much.

 Posted March 5 in Awards, Feat, To Watch | Comments

Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Wins Best Film at the 2018 Indie Spirit Awards

Jordan Peele - Indie Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indie films which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don't receive - celebrating their 33rd year. The 2018 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The main winner this year was Get Out, winning Best Director and Best Film, the two top prizes. The rest of the winners include a good mix of some of our favorites, like Call Me By Your Name and Faces Places. These are always a nice counter-balance to the Oscars, especially this year with a nice mix of smaller films getting awards. Read on for the list of Indie Spirit Awards results.

2018 Academy Awards Winners - 'The Shape of Water' Wins 4 Oscars

The Academy Awards

The 90th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with the esteemed Jimmy Kimmel as our host of the show this year. There are nine excellent Best Picture nominees, and I'm looking forward to finally seeing who wins - no one really knows what it will be. It has been a very interesting awards season, with all kinds of surprises and major moments. It's finally time to find out who is taking home all the Oscars, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight - refresh for all updates.

The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour
Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand for Three Billboards…

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2018 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

One Final Oscars Supercut Video Made by Passionsfruit from Austria

Oscars Supercut Video

It's time! Today's the big day. By the end of the night, we'll know which movies are taking home the golden statue at the 90th Academy Awards. To get everyone in the mood, and remind you that all the films that don't win are still worth watching, here's one final Oscars supercut video montage. This video is made by a trailer production company from Vienna, Austria called Passionsfruit. They've edited footage from 30 of the films nominated at the Oscars this year into a two-and-a-half minute video, to make you excited and remind you how wonderful cinema is. It's fun to see footage from Kong: Skull Island and War for the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars in the midst of all these series nominees, but that's just because I love good sci-fi.

 Posted March 4 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Journey Through the 2018 Academy Awards-Nominated Films

2018 Academy Awards Montage

"And the Oscar goes to…" With less than a week until the Academy Awards ceremony (on Sunday, March 4th), the discussions are heating up about who should / will / might win. Danish film podcast Filmnørdens Hjørne put together a special video titled "The 2018 Academy Awards Montage", taking us on a journey through some (but not all!) of the Oscar nominees from 2017. We've seen videos like this before, including one supercut of all of the nominees, but this is an exhilarating reminder of how exciting movies are. Editor Casper Christensen says: "You see these kinds of things during awards shows, and I always love how they make me want to see the movies they show clips from. So here's my bid for an Academy Awards montage."

Adina Pintilie's Film 'Touch Me Not' Wins Golden Bear at Berlinale 2018

Golden Bear Winner

As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 68th Berlin Film Festival is finishing up, and the winners were revealed at the Closing Ceremony, including the winner of the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film. That top prize was given to a film called Touch Me Not, an experimental feature about intimacy and touch, directed by Romanian filmmaker Adina Pintilie (seen above). This is an odd pick, not because it's bad, just because it's so experimental and more of an art installation than a film. Other big winners include Isle of Dogs' Wes Anderson winning Best Director, and the Russian film Dovlatov picking up quite a few awards as well. Read on for all the winners.

McDonagh's 'Three Billboards' Wins Best Film at 2018 BAFTA Awards

BAFTA Awards

Tonight, the United Kingdom had their big night for Hollywood with the 71st BAFTA Awards, honoring the best in film from last year (2017). These awards don't really have a major influence on the Oscars, but it's always interesting to see who our friends across the pond select as the winners. The biggest winner of the night was Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, taking home five prizes in total including Best Film and Best British Film. The other big winners include Rungano Nyoni's I Am Not a Witch taking home Best First Feature. Plus Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, and Gary Oldman winning in the acting categories. Baby Driver won, too. Read on for the full list of 2018 winners.

'Call Me By Your Name' & 'Get Out' Top Winners at 2018 WGA Awards

WGA Awards

We're close to wrapping up the awards season with almost all the statutes & prizes handed out, only a few more left - next up are the biggest screenplay awards. The Writers Guild of America has announced the winners of the 2018 WGA Awards. Last year, the big WGA winners were Moonlight (Original), written by Barry Jenkins, and Arrival (Adapted), written by Eric Heisserer adapted from Ted Chiang's short story; plus Command and Control winning the award for Best Documentary. What have fellow writers determined to be the best scripts of 2017? The winners are Get Out (Original), written by Jordan Peele, plus Call Me By Your Name (Adapted), written by James Ivory adapted from André Aciman's novel. Brett Morgen also won the Best Documentary award for Jane. These are some of my favorite films, so this is wonderful.

Guillermo del Toro & Jordan Peele Win Top 2018 Directors Guild Awards

Directors Guild Awards Awards

Over the weekend, the winners of the 70th Annual DGA Awards were announced in Los Angeles. Continuing his awards streak, Guillermo del Toro was this year's bigger winner, taking home the main prize for Best Director of The Shape of Water (he also won Best Director at the Golden Globes, as well as Best Film at the Producers Guild Awards). In addition to del Toro, Get Out director Jordan Peele won the award for Best First Feature. And City of Ghosts director Matthew Heineman won the award for Best Documentary. The Directors Guild Awards are one of the top awards in Hollywood, and it's exciting to see these two talented filmmakers winning. Congrats to both Guillermo and Jordan, both outstanding winners for their fine films.

'Burden' & 'The Sentence' Win the Audience Awards at Sundance 2018

Sundance Film Festival

The official awards for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at a ceremony in Park City. We've been patiently waiting to see who won the awards at Sundance this year, and now we know - it's not any of the films we expected. This seems to be one of the oddest sets of winners in years, but that's the way it goes. The big Audience Award winners are: Burden, a story about a former Klansman being taken in by a Reverend starring Garrett Hedlund & Forest Whitaker, from director Andrew Heckler; The Sentence, a documentary by Rudy Valdez; and Search, the computer screen film (read my review) directed by Aneesh Chaganty. Other major winners include filmmakers Desiree Akhavan, Sara Colangelo, Christina Choe, Reed Morano, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Bing Liu, Derek Doneen, and Gustav Möller. View the full list from 2018.

Watch This: Lovely Supercut of the 2018 Academy Award Nominees

2018 Academy Award Nominees Video

The countdown is on! We're now 39 days away from the Academy Awards ceremony, where we'll see if Three Billboards or The Shape of Water or maybe even Get Out wins the top prize in Hollywood. With the nominations revealed earlier this week (you can view the full list here), our friend Louis Plamondon aka "Sleepy Skunk" has put together a supercut video made exclusively for Cineplex recapping all of the major nominees. I'm very glad they included all of the Best Foreign Language Films in this as well, as they deserve the recognition, too. My #1 favorite film of 2017 was Call Me By Your Name and I am overjoyed that it was nominated for Best Picture, but I'm happy with all the others, too. This should be an exciting Oscars show.

 Posted January 24 in Awards, To Watch | Comments




Alex's Top 10 - 2017
1. Call Me By Your...
2. War for Apes
3. Shape of Water
4. Florida Project
5. Dunkirk
6. Jane
7. Foxtrot
8. Faces, Places
9. Never Really Here
10. Thelma
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Jeremy's Top 10 - 2017
1. mother!
2. Lady Bird
3. A Ghost Story
4. The Big Sick
5. Dunkirk
6. Get Out
7. Killing Sacred Deer
8. John Wick 2
9. War for Apes
10. The Beguiled
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