Friday, 24 March, 2017

Oscar nominees have these gifts in the bag

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land
Preston Stone | 26 February, 2017, 00:16

Blame it on "La La Land", the movie that is far and away the front-runner in so numerous categories.

Parodies * a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=la+la+land+parodies&tbm=vid&*" *abound surrounding La La Land, but the ones set in NY are, in our opinion, the funniest.

Then there's the impossible not to love Emma Stone, who continues the La La Land landslide and will take home the best actress Oscar. That award went to Denzel Washington for "Fences".

Lawrence is a good choice, but the best acting by a female a year ago - other than Davis' gut-wrenching work - is Margo Robbie, who played Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Hidden Figures, however, has a higher domestic gross, at over $145 million to La La Land's $135 million. He took the SAG award.

Maybe it's Viola Davis you'd like to see.

But although there are an unprecedented seven non-white acting nominees, and four Best Picture nominees (Fences, Hidden Figures, Lion and Moonlight) that revolve around non-white characters, the biggest victor will likely be La La Land, a throwback to the era of old-fashioned romantic musicals. Neither came close to getting noticed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or any other movie award groups.

Australia ready for 'big challenge' against India: Lyon
Things didn't go according to plan there, but as a captain I've learnt a bit about how to go about things in the subcontinent. At home, their unbeaten streak goes all the way back to 2012-13 since when they have played 20 Tests, won 17 and drawn three.

With Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joining this year's list of presenters - which includes Amy Adams, Chris Evans, Kate McKinnon and Samuel L. Jackson to name a few - we have hopes The People's Champ will join the Broadway phenom for a rousing version of "You're Welcome" from Disney's "Moana". It has 14 nominations, a record it shares with "All About Eve" and "Titanic". Eighty-five countries submitted foreign language film entries. "Toni Erdmann", the nearly-three-hour German comedy/drama was immediately the frontrunner.

And in 1973 Marlon Brando famously sent a Native American Apache woman, Sacheen Littlefeather, to decline his Best Actor Academy Award for The Godfather in protest of the film industry's treatment of Native American people.

"I really don't know which way best actor will go", veteran film critic Anne Thompson, awards editor for movie blog IndieWire, told AFP.

Other likely winners: Makeup & Hairstyling, "Star Trek Beyond;" Sound Editing, "Hacksaw Ridge;" Visual Effects, "The Jungle Book".

A cynical dissection of "Moonlight" claims that the film has checked all the boxes needed to win an Oscar because it's based on a coming-of-age play with a main character who is a minority, gay and broke.

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