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Oscar 2018

Here’s the full list of this 2018 Oscar nominees:

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Directing

• Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

• Jordan Peele, Get Out

• Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

• Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

• Guillermo del Toro, Shape of Water

Actor in a Leading Role

• Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

• Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

• Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

• Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

• Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Actress in a Leading Role

• Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

• Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

• Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

• Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

• Meryl Streep, The Post

Actress in a Supporting Role

• Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

• Allison Janney, I, Tonya

• Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

• Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

• Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Actor in a Supporting Role

• Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

• Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

• Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

• Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

• Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Adapted Screenplay

• James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name

• Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist

• Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green, Logan

• Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

• Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, Mudbound

Original Screenplay

• Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick

• Jordan Peele, Get Out

• Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

• Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water

• Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Animated Feature Film

• The Boss Baby

• The Breadwinner

• Coco

• Ferdinand

• Loving Vincent

Foreign Language Film

• A Fantastic Woman (Chile)

• The Insult (Lebanon)

• Loveless (Russia)

• Body and Soul (Hungary)

• The Square (Sweden)

Documentary Feature

• Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

• FacesPlaces

• Icarus

• Last Men in Aleppo

• Strong Island

Cinematography

• Roger A. Deakins, Blade Runner: 2049

• Bruno Delbonnel, Darkest Hour

• Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk

• Rachel Morrison, Mudbound

• Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water

Film Editing

• Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver

• Lee Smith, Dunkirk

• Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya

• Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape of Water

• Jon Gregory, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Production Design

• Beauty and the Beast (Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer)

• Blade Runner: 2049 (Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola)

• Darkest Hour (Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer)

• Dunkirk (Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis)

• The Shape of Water (Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin)

Costume Design

• Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast

• Jacqueline Durran, Darkest Hour

• Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread

• Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water

• Consolota Boyle, Victoria & Abdul

Makeup and Hairstyling

• Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick, Darkest Hour

• Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard, Victoria & Abdul

• Arjen Tuiten, Wonder

Original Score

• Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

• Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread

• Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

• John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

• Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Original Song

• “Mighty River,” Mudbound

• “Mystery of Love,” Call Me by Your Name

• “Remember Me,” Coco

• “Stand Up for Something,” Marshall

• “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Sound Editing

• Julian Slater, Baby Driver

• Mark Mangini and Theo Green, Blade Runner 2049

• Richard King and Alex Gibson, Dunkirk

• Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira, The Shape of Water

• Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing

• Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, and Mary H. Ellis, Baby Driver

• Ron Bartlett, Dough Hemphill, and Mac Ruth, Blade Runner 2049

• Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landarker, and Gary A. Rizzo, Dunkirk

• Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, and Glen Gauthier, The Shape of Water

• David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Stuart Wilson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Visual Effects

• Blade Runner 2049 (John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, and Richard R. Hoover)

• Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, and Dan Sudick)

• Kong: Skull Island (Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, and Mike Meinardus)

• Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould)

• War for the Planet of the Apes (Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, and Joel Whist)

Animated Short Film

• Dear Basketball

• Garden Party

• Lou

• Negative Space

• Revolting Rhymes

Live Action Short Film

• DeKalb Elementary

• The Eleven O’Clock

• My Nephew Emmett

• The Silent Child

• Watu Wote: All of Us

Documentary Short Subject

• Edith and Eddie

• Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

• Heroin(e)

• Knife Skills

• Traffic Stop

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by David S Robert

I’m very sure many of you have heard about this film and some of you had a privilege to watch this funny, thought provoking and coming of age Brazilian movie by Fellipe Barbosa either at a film festival or at a private screening. Barbosa is known for making films inspired from his real life experiences and characters and he does it again with CASA GRANDE.

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Barbosa revisits his own life while he was growing up in his wealthy father’s house in Brazil . He courageous webs the stories inspired from the real events that took place in his own family and brilliantly weaves it with fiction to keep it interesting. He even shot the film in his father’s bungalow, which is beautiful piece of architecture.

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Casa Grande tells us a story about this wealthy Brazilian family’s breakdown. Hugo (Marcello Novaes) and wife Sonia (Suzana Pires) seem to have a perfect life, with son Jean (Thales Cavalcanti), daughter Nathalie (Alice Melo), plus live-in housekeeper Rita (Clarissa Pinheiro), maid Noemia (Marilia Coelho) and driver/handyman Severino (Gentil Cordeiro) but all this is really not true.

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While both Hugo and Sonia culturally identify themselves as the upper class European, Jean on the other hand doesn’t mind hanging out with his driver Severino and maid Rita. He sees Severino as a friend and Rita becomes an outlet for his randiness. But due to economic crisis, Hugo fires Severino and Jean’s only option is the bus to school where he meets Luiza (Bruna Amaya). Soon they develop liking for each other. Back in school, Jean is confronted with the debate on quotas, a topic that is not so important to him. Barbosa handles this controversial subject matter delicately yet profoundly using Luiza voice who doesn’t miss an opportunity to lecture his family’s friends about the need for it. This comes to a stark contrast as we notice unlike Jean, his parents don’t really exchange empathy freely with racially diverse servants whose personal lives are of no interest.

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I only wish there was more to Nathalie’s role. But she is the only eyes in the house watching everyone. Even she has her own dark side. And this is the beauty of this film that every character has stark two sides. Barbosa and Sztajnberg’s writing is brilliant and Barbosa splendidly captures the dynamics of class inside and outside Jean’s home using great sense of humor and empathy by creating thought provoking situations.

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Technically the film is really good. The camera beautifully captures the breathtaking scenic locations. It makes you feel like you’re actually breathing. The sound design and the background music become one more character. Even the minute details like the sound of a car indicator can be distinctly heard. A pat on the back of every technician. Last but not the least, the actors breath life into these simple looking yet complex characters. They all fit together like a perfect jig-saw puzzle.

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Thales Cavalcanti is a very talented singer and songwriter. Bruna Amaya, is absolute treat. Clarissa Pinheiro steals a part of you with her free spirited portrayal of the character Rita. Alice Melo is very sassy and sensual as the mysterious Nathalie. Marcello Novaes, who is known to play casanova’ish characters in the TV is bound to get noticed by the film studio execs after his mature role Casa Grande. Suzana Pires again delivers a subtle yet profound performance. The supporting cast Marilia Coelho, Gentil Cordeiro and other significantly insignificant actors fit perfectly in their characters.

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The movie however ends with a very interesting scene. There are no words spoken here. You will see Jean transform into a Man. The classic climax shot also became the face of the Key Art design for the theatrical posters.

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Casa Grande hits the screens in Brazil today, April 16 2015.

So, if you already heard about this movie and wondered if you should take time out to watch, then I strongly recommend you do. It’s a treat for your eyes, mind and heart which I promise will work on evolving your soul. A must watch.

By Bianca McMahan

Full list Academy AwardsWinners and Comments.

Oscar Season is over. Time to catch up and watch the movie winners!

Best Picture – Birdman -Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole
Great movie, storyline. Very dynamic and authentic.
 Best Actor · Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Great performance. Playing Stephen Hawking life’s story is a tough one.
 Best Actress – Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Well done. A very strong role to play.The british actress has over 30 years of career.
Best Director ·  Alejandro González Iñárritu –  Birman
Amazing! Who gave him a green card? 
Best Foreign Language Film- Ida – Paweł Pawlikowski
Cool. First Polish movie to win award.
Best Original Song -John Legend, Common –  Glory
Best Supporting Actor – J. K. Simmons -Whiplash
Well done. An unique performance.
Best Supporting Actress -Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Very talented actress! Well deserved.
 Best Original Screenplay- Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolás Giacobone, … – Birman
I loved it! Really creative.
Best Animated Feature Film ·Big Hero 6- Chris Williams, Don Hall, Roy Conli.
Produced by Wall Disney Animation Studios which created new software technology to produce the film’s animated visuals.
 Best Original Music Score · Alexandre Desplat -The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Cinematography · Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
Great job!
Best Visual Effects · Paul J. Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, … – Interstellar
 The team did something that had never been done before by changing light rays using distorted paths and even the shapes of the millions of light beams to create a realistic look. New formula in Hollywood.
Best Writing Adapted Screenplay · Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Loved the story!
Best Makeup ·Mark Coulier- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup -Frances Hannon – The Grand Budapest Hotel
 Best Animated Short Film · Kristina Reed, Patrick Osborne – Feast
Made By Wall Disney Animation Studios. Well done!
Best Documentary Feature  – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky – Citizenfour
Great storytelling. 
 Best Live Action Short Film · The Phone Call- Mat Kirkby, James Lucas
Best Film Editing · Whiplash -Tom Cross
Good job!
Best Sound Editing · American Sniper – Bub Asman
Best Sound Editing · American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray
Best Costume Design · The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canner
Best Production Design · The Grand Budapest Hotel – Anna Pinnock and Adam Stockhausen
 Best Documentary Short Subject ·Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 Dana Heinz Perry, Ellen Goosenberg Kent
The Veterans deserve it!
Best Sound Mixing · Whiplash –  Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and  Thomas Curley
I loved it! Great team!

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 By David S Robert
Couple of years ago, I was bored just after reading the first ten pages of this mega-selling 2011 erotic novel by EL James. I’m glad I never read the full book else, I would’ve had too many preconceived notions. Usually, the novels are far more interesting than the movies. But 50 shades is an exception. When I saw the trailers of this movie and branding of it’s theatrical posters, I knew this one had everything going right. The tag line “curious” and “Mr.Grey will see you now” were very catchy.50sof6
Christian Grey(Jamie Dornan), a prominent businessman meets  Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), a sexually inexperienced (read a virgin) college senior, who dives into an affair and quickly learns that Grey doesn’t make love to women… he f*ck’s them. But it’s more than that. He is into BDSM (Bondage Discipline Sadism Masochism). If you don’t really know what this is, then you don’t have to think about it.50sog1
The first thing you notice about Grey are his eyes. Good guess, the writer borrowed them from Edward Cullen’s character from the Twilight. Remember, 50 shades began as the Twilight fan pic? Unfortunately they don’t work on Christian as they makes him look blank (the idea might have been to show him emotionless and cold). On the other hand, Ana is as vulnerable as Bella. She is willing enough to be curious but strong enough to say No.50sog3
When Ana confronts why Grey doesn’t like being touched,  the answer is smartly revealed through an example than him explaining it verbally. He had a rough start. The other important question why he doesn’t like to sleep in the same bed with Ana can be understood only by those who understand what BDSM is all about. Someone who is into it told me, “You don’t sleep in the bed with someone you played with for the last twenty four hours.” Makes sense?
The pacing of the movie is really really good. The writer added a lot of comedic relief which is why you never feel uncomfortable or bored throughout the film. The dialogues are natural and tastefully written. Thankfully no cheese lines. No clichéd stuff. . The casting is fresh and keeps us interested. It also keeps our mind focused on Grey and Ana as characters than them being stars. Eloise Mumford played her part as the bubbly blond girl really well. The best part about her character in the movie was that she wasn’t a c*ck blocker. A lot of girls out there need to understand to leave your girl friends alone. Seriously.50sog5
The production design and cinematography is really job well done. The background score keeps us engrossed as it seamlessly transports us back and forth between the sex scenes and the characters. The soundtracks are great and freshing. They elevate our adrenalin rush whenever it is needed. The sound design is also really good. I was talking to both young and senior audience and learnt that unlike the book, the screenplay of the movie doesn’t really go into stark BDSM. Disappointed? Sorry. LOL. And I’m positive that there will be lot of viewers who will relate with Ana’s character. Especially if you live in Hollywood.50sog
Fifty Shades is neither kinky nor hot. Though the actors don’t share great screen chemistry, they don’t look fake either. A lot has been talked about a woman’s dignity and so and so forth in the reviews and such. But come to think of it. The book was written by a woman and the movie is directed by another woman (Sam Tylor Johnson), who did a really good job. Grey doesn’t do anything against Ana’s free will. So there is nothing we can complain about. If you don’t know anything about BDSM, please don’t worry coz the movie doesn’t depicts the real BDSM. Thankfully 50 shades is not another “Nymphomaniac”. Happy? Fifty shades is your perfect valentines day movie. It is entertaining enough to make you laugh. It’ll also nudge you to use your free will to choose the right thing. A must watch.

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