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Oscar Afterglow A Week Later

CaptureYes, dear readers, dear cineastes, it’s only a little less than a week ago that we were all going cra-zee with anticipation of the March of the Li’l Golden Guys into the hands of this year’s winners.

And so what has happened since? Eddie Redmayne has emerged as a major international superstar with his win for Best Actor in “The Theory of Everything.” And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

This triumph at age 33 makes him one of the youngest winners for Best Actor ever. And the two mature ladies who won Patricia Arquette and Julianne Moore, who are in their 40s and early 50s respectively struck a blow for actresses of an “age certaine” as the French say. This year Eddie was the ingenue!

Arquette used her acceptance speech to create a new image for herself as a firebrand, a feminist activist, with her rabble-rousing call-to-arms for equal pay for women everywhere. Moore revealed something we did not know. That Richard Glatzer one of the two gay directors of “Still Alice” did NOT have early-on-set Alzheimers like she’d been saying all season, but ALS the debilitating syndrome that astrophysicist Stephen Hawking is afflicted with. And that neither he nor his partner Wash Westmoreland could attend that night “because Richard was so ill.”

It seems like if you played someone with a ravaging disease like Moore and Redmayne both did so flawlessly this year, you WILL win a Oscar.

Lady Gaga completely re-invented HER career by singing what I initially thought was a completely unnecessary tribute to the 50th Anniversary of “The Sound of Music.” Revealing stunning legit vocal chops that who knew she had? She brought down the house and opened up a new career. Gaga on  Broadway, anyone? It could happen.

Neil Patrick Harris, I’m sorry to say, ENDED his career as an Oscar host. But he looked great in his underpants, and certainly was the only Oscar host to ever do THAT. But the complaints were many that he just wasn’t funny enough. He had dreadful, unfunny writers.

Neil showed that he had what it takes as a serious dramatic actor in “Gone Girl” a worthy film the Academy completely ignored in every single category.  Well, Neil you’ve always got the Tonys…

And “Birdman” won four Oscars. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, which will lead me forever into head-scratching land, with the eternal,unanswerable question, WHY?

And  so now poor little “Boyhood” goes into the history books as one of the most unfortunate Oscar pass-overs ever. Only Patricia Arquette won for that movie.

Looking back to my initial review, when I saw it first this summer, I accurately predicted this would happen. I’ll have to re-post it. I was right. But it was better than “Birdman” which I thought was un-reviewable. So I didn’t. Review it, I mean.

And now less than a week, later comes the exciting news that Eddie Redmayne flew back to London to start shooting “The Danish Girl” were he plays the first transgender, Lili Elbe in 1930’s Denmark under the direction of “The King’s Speech” Oscar winner Tom Hooper. Picture below `Eddie LiliI’ve posted this shot before, but I’m posting it again, because there is something absolutely HYPNOTIC about Eddie’s eyes. And that’s an incredible, perfectly styled wig.  He lost three Stone, which is something like 36 lbs. And yes, I think this means he’ll be back at the Dolby again NEXT February with another nomination for a transformative role.This picture just nails it.

It about a Danish husband and wife, both painters, who one day when the wife’s(Alicia Vikander, also in a star-making role) asks her husband (Redmayne) if he would mind posing in her model’s female clothing, one day when her painting subject doesn’t turn up. And he finds he just can’t stop the music…

Vikander was the beautiful young, blonde ingenue in “Anna Karenina” with Keira Knightley. And in those days, the late-20s, early 1930s, sex change operations were unheard of and very, very dangerous, bordering on butchery.And what were female hormones like in those days? The journey was fraught with peril.

And today we have Bianca Jenner, who just seems to be flying through it all with nary a care in the world. Bianca was formerly Bruce Jenner, the step-father, and now mother on “Keeping Up With the Kardassians.”

“The Danish Girl” I think will show every single step of this process that we now call “transitioning” or “Sexual Re-assignment Surgery.” The part of Lili Elbe requires ANOTHER tour-de-force, bravura turn from Redmayne, and we all know now that he’s totally capable of it.Budapest Occar Wins 1

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” won FOUR Oscars for Production Design, Best Costumes, Best Hair and Make-Up and Best Score. Alexander Desplat FINALLY taking home an Oscar and Wes Anderson FINALLY being recognized big time by the Academy after being ignored(except in Screenplay nominations) for the bulk of his long career.

And I can’t even begin to imagine how bummed and depressed director/writer Richard Linklater of “Boyhood” must feel. And no Oscar for Michael Keaton for losing to Redmayne for Best Actor. The “Birdman” film flew into the history with the caveat, oh, but it lost Best Actor for Michael Keaton…

Why did Keaton lose?

Was he away too long from film? And when he came back he was playing basically a very apt version of himself, a situation he would never acknowledge in interviews.

Tom O’Neil, the grand-daddy of all of us Oscarologists, said that also Keaton was known in the industry as “difficult” and did not do the huge full-court(ing)  and charming of the press that Redmayne did. Actually, Redmayne took a leaf from the glorious Marion Cotillard’s “How to Win an Oscar” book, and basically camped out in L.A. for a month between the announcement of the nominations up to right before the win, when he had to return to London to start rehearsing and shooting “The Danish Girl.” And he won.

As Tom O’Neil said over in one of his video “slug-fests” at http://www.goldderby.com, “You’ve got to kiss babies.”

And the beat goes on…

So Far ~ “Grand Budapest” wins 4 BAFTAS! J. K. Simmons, Arquette also win

The BAFTA Awards are happening in London as we speak. So far, Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” now is the leader in total wins with four. Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Score and Best Hair and Make-Up.

Tilda and Ralph“The Theory of Everything” won Best British Film. “Birdman” which won the DGA Award last night just won Best Cinematography. And J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash” won Best Supporting Actor as he has won everything else this year. And he is in lock-step with Patricia Arquette who won Best Supporting Actress for “Boyhood” continuing her clean sweep in that category.

“Whiplash” also won two technical awards including Best Editing! The power of Sundance increases each year. This film opened last year’s Sundance Film Festival and now look. THREE BAFTAS! So far. It’s still in progress in blighty.

“Ida” won Best Film Not In the English Language.

The big awards of the evening are yet to come in. Will keep you posted.

“Grand Budapest”, “Boyhood” Win A.C.E.Eddies. “Birdman”s momentum stopped

Gustav H. & ZeroThis is certainly the bumpiest road to Oscar I have ever seen. The Race has taken ANOTHER severe, right-angle turn, with “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” winning the A.C.E. Eddie awards last night. Effectively stopping “Birdman”s new- found momentum from last weekend’s the PGA and the SAG Award in its’ tracks.

Why? The Film Editors are considered the most important voting group after the MASSIVE Actors Branch and Guild (who dominate and who gave out its’ SAG awards last Sunday) and for “Boyhood” it was a very, very important turn-around in fortune, and for “Grand Budapest Hotel” too.

A.C.E. is the organization that represents the Editors Guild. Which has a lot of members as opposed to the Academy’s Editors branch, which is smaller and more elite. And the Eddie is the name they call their award.

It broke down like this ~ Best Edited Feature Film, Dramatic, “Boyhood” Sandra Adair.

And Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical), “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling.

This means that “Boyhood” is still very much in the race, with “Grand Budapest” nipping at its’ heels. “Grand Budapest,” you may remember got an equal amount of Oscar nominations (nine) to “Birdman.”

“Birdman,” of course, has those long(some would say ENDLESS) tracking, stedicam shots, which makes the film look like it isn’t edited, but of course, it is. It wasn’t shot in one, long, continuous take. But it was meant to look like it was… which is kind of an anti-editing stance, if you think about it.

And “Boyhood” shot over 12 years…can you IMAGINE the Degree of Difficulty of editing THAT much footage into something watchable? Of course, some could say that didn’t happen. That it’s a mess rather than a melange.

And “Grand Budapest” has all those nifty, changing aspect ratios. Of these three films, “Grand Budapest” is still far and away my favorite. But a shift of momentum, for “Boyhood” to “Birdman” is now NOT officially happening. At least according to the all-important editors.

Next stop, BAFTA! Where “The Theory of Everything” will probably sweep.

“Grand Budapest Hotel” To Be Re-Released! YAY!

Tilda and RalphFOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES RE-RELEASES GOLDEN GLOBE® BEST PICTURE WINNER “THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL”

FOR SPECIAL RETURN ENGAGEMENTS

 

Film to be Re-Released in Select Cities January 16
Nominated for 9 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and

Nominated for Screen Actors Guild® Awards Best Ensemble

Golden Globe® Winner for Best Picture

Los Angeles, CA January 16, 2015 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company will re-release director Wes Anderson’s Oscar- nominated and Golden Globe Award- winning film THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL in select cities for special return engagements on Friday, January 16.

 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL earned 9 Academy Award nominations announced today and has already garnered over 20 major nominations from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (nominated for 4 Golden Globes and winning Best Picture), The Broadcast Film Critics Association (nominated for 11 Critics Choice Awards including Best Picture), The Screen Actors Guild (SAG Awards nomination for Best Ensemble), The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominated for 11 awards. The film has earned numerous major Guild nominations and Critics Groups accolades, as well as being on over 185 Top Ten Lists.  After premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL opened in the U.S on March 7 and has grossed over $59 million domestically; making it Wes Anderson’s most successful film and the highest grossing English-language specialty platform release of the year, as well as the highest grossing Best Picture nominee.

 

The film will re-release on Friday, January 16th in over 17 cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Houston, Seattle, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

 

“We are honored and humbled that the film community, critics and audiences around the world have warmly embraced the film. Not only is the film impeccably crafted, but it is also a moving tribute to the golden age of Hollywood masters,” said Utley and Gilula.

 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a love affair — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

 

The film is directed and written by Wes Anderson and story by Anderson & Hugo Guinness.  The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori,  F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.  The creative team includes producers Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, executive producers Molly Cooper, Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser and Henning Molfenter, co-producer Jane Frazer, director of photography Robert Yeoman, A.S.C., production designer Adam Stockhausen, editor Barney Pilling, music supervisor Randall Poster, original music by Alexandre Desplat, costume designer Milena Canonero, associate producer Octavia Peissel and co-producer for Scott Rudin Productions Eli Bush.

 

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 20th Century Fox Film.

 

DGA Nominees! Eastwood IN, Eva DuVernay OUT!

Budapest TildaBradley 1The DGA, the Director’s Guild of America, just announced its’ VERY important and telling slate of five nominees. They are a large,sprawling organization. As opposed to the Academy’s Director’s Branch which only has less than 400 members. Ava DuVernay, the African-American director of “Selma” was snubbed as once again the DGA did not get sent any screeners in time to see it. Shame Paramount, shame! Your biggest Waterloo continues…

Here’s the nominess-

Richard Linklater “Boyhood”

Clint Eastwood “American Sniper”

Alejandro Inarritu “Birdman”

Wes Anderson “The Grand Budapest HoteL’

and the surprise of surprises, the unknown Norwegian director Morten Tyldum for “Imitation Game”!!!

Next up ~ The OSCAR NOMINATIONS themselves will be up bright and early on Thursday morning!Boyhood 2

 

Post Golden Globes ~ Big Winners, Big Losers, What Next?

Golden Eddie 2Tilda GrandPost Golden Globes, what’s the story? Some films won big. There were two major surprises in the top categories, and some films really went down in flames. What does it mean in terms of the Oscars? Well, actors are able to debut or audition, if you will, their winning personalities and speeches. The biggest surprise of the night, but not for me, or anyone reading this blog, is that Eddie Redmayne triumphed in Best Actor Drama for his stupendous performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” He’s playing a real person. Check. He’s playing disabled. Check. He’s British. Check. Yep, he could win Best Actor at the Oscars. His next test is  at SAG, which is coming up soon.

But next, tomorrow, in fact, is the DGA announcements of their five nominees for Best Director and if James Marsh, the director of “The Theory of Everything”, who has already won an Oscar in the past for his directing of the doc “Man on the Wire”, if James Marsh turns up as a surprise nominee among the five honorees, it will cement the momentum of “Theory”.

Also, the other surprise win of the night(But again, not to me or to you, dear readers, dear cineastes) was the grand “Grand Budapest Hotel” winning Best Comedy/Musical over “Birdman.” If “Budapest”s director, Wes Anderson’s name comes up there, as I expect it certainly will, it, too, will confirm the momentum that “Budapest” seems to be enjoying. This is after 11 BAFTA nominations last week.

The biggest losers of the night were “Imitation Game” which went home empty-handed. I wonder now if Benedict Cumberbatch even gets nominated. Eddie may have just knocked him out of contention. Just saying…

Also batting zero was “Foxcatcher” which is now in its’ death throws in terms of the Awards race. The much maligned “Selma” only managed Best Song, which is pretty embarrassing, for such a great, important film. And also “Gone Girl” got nothing. Ditto “Into the Woods.”

And what’s next after the DGA? On Thursday morning, bright and early, the Oscar Nominations themselves will be announced.

Can’t wait!

 

Eddie Redmayne Wins Best Actor Drama at Golden Globes! “Grand Budapest Hotel” wins Best Comedy/Musical!

Golden Eddie 1Golden Globe 2Budapest with TildaThe Golden Globes were really Golden tonight as they hit many high notes I predicted they would! Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne for winning the most competitive battle of the night. For Best Actor Drama. For his searing, unforgettable portrayal of the multiply disabled astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in the great “Theory of Everything” which also won best score tonight.

And to Wes Anderson, the red-headed, long-haired wizard for winning another hotly contested category Best Comedy/Musical and then gave a hilarious acceptance speech that matched the great humor in his movie. Anderson thanked many, many members of the Hollywood Foreign Press by FIRST NAMES! Hysterical! And almost unpronounceable.

And of course, as all and sundry predicted Julianne Moore, the classiest of classy dames won Best Actress Drama for her heart-breaking, excruciatingly detailed portrait of an early onset Alzheimer’s victim in “Still Alice.” She’ll go on to win the Oscar, too. As will J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood.”

“Boyhood” also as expected won Best Picture and as I reported, earlier in the night, also won Best Director for Richard Linklater. Moore, Linklater, “Boyhood”, Arquette and Simmons will also now go on to win their Oscars.

The only race that is REALLY up in the air after tonight is Best Actor. It’s clearly between Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton, who also gave a helluva speech. He won for Best Actor Comedy/Musical for “Birdman.”

So the big win of the night was “Boyhood” with three wins. For Best Picture, Linklater and Arquette. Tied with two each are “Theory of Everything” Eddie Redmayne and Best Score. And “Birdman” also got two awards for Best Actor, Keaton, and Best Screenplay.

Now, come Eddie! Let’s go on to the Oscars and let’s win there, too!!

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