a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

lucas-hedges-2 manchester-by-the-sea-9oscars-2017-3Well, Phase One of the 2017 Oscar Race is now officially done. And I’m pretty satisfied with the results of the nominations. My favorite film “Manchester by the Sea” got the Big Six. Best Picture, Best Actor, Casey Affleck, Best Supporting Actor, Lucas Hedges, Best Supporting Actress, Michelle Williams, Best Director Kenneth Lonergan and Best Original Screenplay Kenneth Lonergan again.

The big news is certainly “La La Land”s netting a historic 14 nods. I won’t go into them all here, but I am happy about “Manchester”s nods. They are all above the line, as the phrase goes, and absolutely none below the line. Below the line means the technical categories.

michelle-williams-2I still can’t believe my astonishment all these months later that a film this challenging, this original, this dark and this funny, the kind of film Hollywood should be making has received this acclaim and recognition. It certainly deserves it.

Kenneth Longeran is one of America’s most unsung talents, but his talents are certainly being sung now. By all and sundry. As they should be.casey-kennethThis is him directing Casey Affleck on location in the freezing cold wintry Manchester. He got QUITE a performance out of him. Affleck has received over thirty Best Actor awards for this film so far, and this morning he got an Oscar Nomination, too. He seems constantly astonished as if he can’t believe all this has happened to him.manchester-by-the-sea-10It’s a film I can’t stop thinking about. It has tremendous impact. It’s hauntimg.  It’s profound. It’s shattering.

And I am so happy for Casey, Michelle and Kenneth and Lucas Hedges just broke several stats being the youngest male ever nominated in the Supporting Actor category. 19 or 20 or so.

And the biggest stat breaker is the nomination in the Acting categories of no less than seven actors of color, Viola Davis, Octavia Spenser, Naomie Harris, Ruth Negga, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali and Dev Patel.

It’s really a joyous day and it proves that there is indeed progress being made within the walls of the Academy. #Oscarssowhite no more.oscars-4

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