The complete list of nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (from Oscars.org). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning via live broadcast. Looking back on it, 2019 was a particualrly exciting year for cinema, with a set of extraordinary films - many of which (but not all!) are thankfully getting honored with well-deserved nominations. There's no need to spend any more time introducing, let's get right into it! This year, The Academy selected a total of nine Best Picture nominees, including: The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, and Parasite. What a day for Parasite! Without further ado, review the full list below.
The winners of the HFPA's 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Academy Awards, have been announced tonight at a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in LA, hosted by Ricky Gervais. Who's taking home a Globe this year? Here's hoping the HFPA makes some good picks. Our list below will be updated with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the broadcast. The nominees for 2019 are solid this year - way better than last year, with many worthy films being highlighted (like The Farewell, Parasite, Harriet, Dolemite, Knives Out). Even though these awards don't matter too much in the end, we're still curious to see what ends up winning. Let's find out who is taking home a Golden Globe award this year.
The list of nominations for the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2020), the yearly precursor to the Academy Awards, have just been announced today - you can find all the film nominees below. The infamous Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees this morning from The Beverly Hilton. The selection this year isn't as controversial or as upsetting as it could be, but it is still a bit bland and obvious. Joker ended up with quite a few nominations, as did The Irishman. They also seemed to love 1917, The Two Popes, and Marriage Story. It's especially good to see Jojo Rabbit and Dolemite is My Name get some noms - these two don't deserve to be forgotten. Another strange year of picks but not that surprising for the HFPA.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with exactly 50 days left until Sundance 2020 kicks off on January 23rd, it's time to find out what's playing this year. Sundance has revealed their 2020 selection of ALL of their official feature films in the selection this year, including 118 films playing across 9 different categories, ranging from thrilling documentaries to bold comedies, provacative dramas, and everything else good. The entire line-up with Midnight and Premieres has been revealed - check out all the Sundance picks. There are plenty of exciting, ambitious, unique, and hopefully superb films headed to the mountains in January, and I can't wait to see as many of them as I can catch. Complete selection below.
"A real crowd-pleaser that deserves every bit of its critical and financial success for pulling the rug out from under America's true-crime obsession…" One of our favorite lists that kicks off this time of the year is from filmmaker John Waters - his Top 10 favorite films from this year. For 2019, Waters has chosen yet another (expected) eclectic mix of films, lead by Gaspar Noé's trippy rave-meets-horror film Climax, which opened in US theaters on March 1st (despite originally premiering at Cannes in 2018). I truly love seeing what Waters picks every year, because he's one of the few who has no shame about admitting his personal tastes. It's not the "best", it's the films that he loved and did something for him, and he explains so simply yet eloquently why he loves them. And boy oh boy does he have strange (and amazing) films on his 2019 list.
"What's so special about it?" "It makes you happy." Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official US trailer for a peculiar little indie sci-fi film titled Little Joe, the latest film from Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner (Lourdes, Amour Fou). This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the Best Actress award. Emily Beecham plays Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. Then things start to get really weird. Little Joe also stars Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, Phénix Brossard, Leanne Best, Andrew Rajan, and David Wilmot. There's a good dose of cleverness worked into this film, it's a very unique creation that some viewers will connect with more than others. I do think there's some good ideas in this film that go much deeper than just growing big red flowers.
Send in the clowns. The 76th Venice Film Festival wrapped up this weekend on the Lido, and the awards were handed out. The top prize at Venice is a Golden Lion (in honor of the iconic lion that is the symbol of the city) and it's one of the greatest achievements in cinema, along with the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. This year's big winner is Joker, the dark, gnarly, unlike-anything-before-it audacious comic book movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as the green-haired Gotham City villain. Other winners include an Italian actor named Luca Marinelli, who stars in the title role of Martin Eden, a major film which many critics loved here. And the young actor from the Australian film Babyteeth, named Toby Wallace, even though his co-star Eliza Scanlen didn't win (though she deserved to share this with him). All the winners are amusing and it makes me laugh because they're bold choices. The full list of Venezia 76 winners can be found below.
The Korean master takes top prize! Winners of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes, France this weekend. The big winner this year is acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, whose new film Parasite won the Palme out of 21 other films in competition. It's one of my favorite films of the festival (read my review), and pretty much everyone here loved it. There was a big cheer from the crowd when it won! One of my other favorites, Ladj Ly's Les Miserables (read my review) took home the Grand Prix third place prize tied with Brazilian thriller Bacurau, and Céline Sciamma's incredible film Portrait of a Lady on Fire won Best Screenplay - though it should've picked up more than just this, maybe even Palme. All the 2019 winners are listed below.
Every year, cinephiles wake up early for the announcement from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 72nd Cannes Film Festival taking place this May, they've confirmed a considerably impressive, enticing selection of films made by the finest filmmakers hailing from all over the world. The 2019 line-up includes new films by Xavier Dolan (Matthias & Maxime), Ira Sachs (Frankie set in Portugal), Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life formerly titled Radegund), Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Corneliu Porumboiu (The Whistlers), along with Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, Arnaud Desplechin, and Marco Bellocchio. We already know that Jim Jarmusch's zombie film The Dead Don't Die is opening the fest, and Dexter Fletcher's Elton John biopic Rocketman is premiering here as well. There will likely be a few additions last minute - as these numbers are a bit low. Update: Tarantino is officially IN! He'll be at the festival. See the full list below.
"Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in where a man dressed up as a bat gets all of my press?! This town needs an enema!" Good news, Batman fans! The original Tim Burton Batman series is returning to theaters this May. Fathom Events has announced a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Burton's Batman, first released in 1989. They'll be showing the four Batman movies from that series in theaters, one night only (each one), if you want to watch them on the big screen again. This compliments the recent 70mm screenings of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, which was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the creation of the DC character (by artist Bob Kane & writer Bill Finger). Book your tickets.
"In my films I always wanted to make people see deeply. I don't want to show things, but to give people the desire to see." Oh no… Not Agnes! Not now, we need you. Her soul, her wit, her positivity, her honesty, her ingenuity. I hope she continues to inspire men and women, young and old, artists and dreamers and storytellers. A legend forever. It is with great sadness we must report that French filmmaker / storyteller / cinephile Agnès Varda has passed away at the age of 90. Varda just premiered her documentary Varda by Agnès at the Berlin Film Festival a few months ago, and was nominated for an Oscar for her wonderful film Faces Places that she made with JR. I am writing this tribute because, although I only came to learn about and discover her recently, I have quickly become a fan. And I hope to encourage others to explore her films.
We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you this very important message. Warner Bros and IMAX have announced that Christopher Nolan's iconic Batman movie series, known colloquially as The Dark Knight trilogy, will be returning to IMAX theaters in 70mm this spring for a special one-time event. In celebration of the 80th birthday / anniversary of the DC comic book character Batman, first created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939, they're bringing this particular big screen Batman series back to cinemas. But unfortunately it's only playing in five different IMAX theaters around North America. The reason being that these special presentations will include a Q&A with Christopher Nolan, who will be on hand for the first event in LA (which will be taped and replayed). This seems like a do-not-miss opportunity.