29 Feb 2016

The Oscars 2016: Lasting Images

The Spotlight cast and crew onstage after receiving the Best Picture Oscar
Leonardo DiCaprio can't hold back his smile any longer





Leo with fellow Oscar winners, Mark Rylance, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander
Lady Gaga is mesmerizing in her performance of Until it happens to you

THE OSCARS 2016 WINNERS - THE COMPLETE LIST


BEST PICTURE  
Spotlight


ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING 
Alejandro González Iñárritu
The Revenant


ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Leonardo DiCaprio
The Revenant


ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE 
 Brie Larson
Room    

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mark Rylance
 Bridge of Spies

 
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alicia Vikander
The Danish Girl

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Son of Saul
(Hungary)


MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Ennio Morricone
The Hateful Eight 

ORIGINAL SONG
Writing on the wall / Jimmy Napes & Sam Smith
Spectre
 



BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 
Pete Doctor & Jonas Rivera
Inside Out


BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM 
Gabriel Osorio & Pato Escala
Bear Story  

 WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy 
Spotlight

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) 
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
The Big Short


 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Jenny Beavan
Mad Max: Fury Road

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN 
Colin Gibson & Lisa Thompson
Mad Max: Fury Road

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE UP & HAIR STYLING 
Lesley Vandermat, Damian Martin & Elka Wardega
Mad Max: Fury Road

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING 
Margaret Sixel
Mad Max: Fury Road
 
 ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
Mark Mangini & David White 
Mad Max: Fury Road
 
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
 Chris Jenkins, Greag Rudorf & Ben Osmo
Mad Max: Fury Road
 

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY 
Emmaneul Lubezki
The Revenant 

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Andrew Whiteburst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington & Sara Bennett
Ex Machina



ACHIEVEMENT IN BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness



ACHIEVEMENT IN BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Asif Kapadia & James Gray-Rees
Amy


BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Benjamin Cleary, Serena Armitage
Shutterer

28 Feb 2016

Oscars 2016 Special: Leonardo DiCaprio's Long Oscars Wait Theory


LEO FINALLY WINS IT!

"If I can't get an Oscar trophy then I will become an Oscar trophy." 
A cosmopolitan.com caption in their 11-photo feature of Leonardo DiCaprio's reactions at the Oscars over the years.  

Take heart, Leo. It took a long time, but you finally got one now!Johnny Depp hasn't got one yet, nor has Tom Cruise, Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Pfeiffer and Edward Norton (all three-time nominees). Why, Glenn Close got nominated six times, just like you, and is yet to make it.

The rest of the article was written before Leo won his Oscar, purely then for your reading pleasure. It thus unwittingly explains how Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for The Revenant:  

For actors, the Oscars are the ultimate prize. Leonardo DiCaprio's long wait (since his first 1993 nomination for What's Eating Gilbert Grape) has been spoof/mock fodder for the media lately, for at a relatively young age of 41, this very talented actor is only missing an Oscar. The Revenant nomination may be Leonardo's best chance, there seem to be no serious contenders to stall him, this time around. Why? The Leonardo DiCaprio Long Oscar Wait Theory will touch upon that aspect too.   

The actor with the Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) Award for his leading performance in The Revenant

The Leonardo DiCaprio Long Oscar Wait Theory
The ways of the Academy members are strange in awarding the Oscar to Actor in a Leading Role or for that matter Best Picture.Well, here's my theory. Handsome actors who are having a great career anyway don't get the coveted trophy easy. After all, nobody has had a filmography like Leo, almost all his films since Titanic are legend, cinematic triumphs and huge box office blockbusters. So here are the theory's main details:
  1. If you are too popular with girls, you don't win an Oscar.   
  2. If you are seducing the most beautiful women onscreen, you DON'T win an Oscar. Voting members are human too, they go green with envy and jealousy. See Leonardo in The Aviator (2004), his second Oscar nomination. 
  3. If you are playing a role based on a real life character, your chances multiply. But again, if you are having a time of your life, are filthy rich, having sex fests and doing drugs in the film and enjoying it, you don't win. See Leo in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), his fifth Oscar nomination. Obviously Oscar voters thought, why does a man who has everything, need an Oscar too?  
  4. Actors who suffer, get beaten up, are miserable, dying, look close to beggars and are woman-less onscreen have a great chance at the Oscars. That is why, apart from his performance, The Revenant nomination is the actor's greatest chance yet.  
  5. Don't believe me? Nicolas Cage won his only Oscar in 1996, because he drunk himself to death hellishly in Leaving Las Vegas. Roberto Benigni won in 1999, because his character dies in a concentration camp. You can't beat anything anti-Hitler at any Hollywood awards, ever. Kevin Spacey won for American Beauty in 2000, he was a miserable wreck in the movie. Russell Crowe won in 2001, Adrien Brody won in 2003 for Gladiator and The Pianist respectively. You know why? Both were miserable, beaten up, starving, sex-deprived and hunted onscreen. That should provide enough proof for my theory. 
  6. In fact, the Internet is flooded with what Leonardo's acceptance speech will be. That's how good his chances are said to be this year. 
To end, there are worse things in life than not winning an Oscar, impending winners can take heart in Russell Crowe's acceptance speech for Gladiator. Here's an excerpt: 

You know, when you grow up in the suburbs of Sydney or Auckland, or Newcastle like Ridley or Jamie Bell, or the suburbs of anywhere, you know, a dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable. But this moment is directly connected to those childhood imagining. And for anybody who's on the down side of advantage and relying purely on courage, it's possible. Thanks very much. 

"I am carrying this loaded gun to the awards this time. So you better hand it over mate!"

The Oscars Major Category Nominations 2016 List

Here are the nominations from the major, coveted categories at the 88th Academy Awards 2016


For some years now, more movies have been allowed to compete for the BEST PICTURE trophy, rather than an exclusive, limited five. The Revenant stands out as a dark horse in this category. It is a good movie with three stand out scenes, not a classic, but worse movies have won in this category. Remember, The Shawshank Redemption didn't win BEST PICTURE, nor did Raging Bull.

BEST PICTURE
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room
Spotlight
The Big Short
The Martian
The Revenant


DIRECTING
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Adam McKay, The Big Short

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

 

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) 
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton  


WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) 
 Brooklyn
Carol
Room
The Big Short
The Martian

 
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Matt Damon, The Martian
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs


ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE 
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Tom Hardy, The Revenant


 
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Rooney Mara, Carol


 

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Edward Lachman, Carol
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Roger Deakins, Sicario
Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight
Emmaneul Lubezki, The Revenant


 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell, Carol

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario 
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight



ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

(The 88th Academy Awards will be telecast live on Feb 29, 2016, 5.30 AM, India time on Star Movies. In US time the event will commence on February 28, 2016, 5:30 PM at Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California.)

Oscars 2016: On Great Films & #OSCARSSOWHITE

Chris Rock has the tricky task of hosting Oscars 2016 even as "all white Oscars" debate rages on
Ahoy, we Indians crazy about Oscars too! We who go awe at all things Hollywood, smirk and mock all Indian film attempts at aping Hollywood budgets and scale, even if it is a good attempt. We so excited about it, we even called Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (2008) our very own. Our enthusiasm justified in deserving statues awarded to AR Rahman, Gulzar and Resul Pookutty. Not justified in many other ways, but hey, it was about the joy, not righteousness.

Great Films, Now a Rare Phenomena
Only, as a passionate movie-goer I must say, the sheen has gone off the Academy Awards for over a decade now. Why so? For, beyond the glamour, glitz, hosts and attempts at humour, it was the quality of the films nominated that kept us die-hard movie goers at it. Just check out the 1995 Best Picture Oscar nominations: Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Shawshank Redemption and Quiz Show. I don't know of the last mention, but the first four nominations are movies still worth watching, 20 years on, irrespective of whether they won an Oscar or not! Now, can you say that about the 2016 Best Picture Oscar Nominations, or of those from the past one decade?

A class picture of the 2016 Oscars Nominees

On #OSCARSSOWHITE
Controversy is the most ambiguous of the English language words. It certainly doesn't stand for clarity and conclusion, instead it is about never-ending noise and never-proven allegations. Such has been the state of this year's #OSCARSSOWHITE.
Yes, they made it a hashtag. The issue - no black actors have been nominated for the Academy Awards 2016. Finally, nominees are (believed) to be selected on merit, so is the hue and cry on no black nominations a shallow accusation? There is no glaring exclusion on the grounds of color discrimination or is there? Will Smith didn't get nominated for Concussion, nor did any black artist from the Creed cast or that of Straight Outta Compton. Over 7000 Academy members chose the nominees, the dilemma therefore is, there is no one to accuse. That is why the #OSCARSSOWHITE cry won't die an easy death.

Know how the Oscar nominees are chosen at this link, know more about how the Oscar winners are chosen at this link