People often forget that Alfred Hitchcock, in his prime, never won an Oscar. He was nominated 5 times for Best Director, but lost each time. Eventually he was awarded the honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy in 1968.
Awards, including Oscars, can sometimes feel like sporting events where people back a certain “team” and root for them from the moment that movie premieres to the ceremony at the dawn of spring.
This is why Leonardo DiCaprio’s lack of an Oscar has become an ever-growing concern for many people. People see him deliver exceptional performances almost bi-annually while he doesn’t reap any benefits. (more…)
Joy vs. The Revenant vs. The Hateful Eight
As all of the main festivals – NYFF, TIFF, Telluride – conclude, there is no clear front-runner. By this time last year it was known that “Boyhood” and “Birdman” were prominent. Two years ago it was “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”
Great films out of those festivals this year include “Steve Jobs,” “Spotlight,” and “Room” all of which receive accolades similar to: “Fantastic movie… won’t win Oscar, but will be nominated.”
Three major players are left now: “Joy,” “The Revenant,” and “The Hateful Eight.” All pitted with rumors, but only “Joy” has concrete evidence.
The last two Oscar “Best Picture” winning films, “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman,” I saw at the Enzian Theater in Winter Park, Florida. It’s a movie theater that hosts a lot of neat “special” showings, and usually only shows one current film at a time. It’s usually a film that doesn’t have much popular demand like “Boyhood,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” etc.
It’s nice because most regular theaters don’t show those films until they blow up with award recognition.
Anyways, the Enzian is one of those theaters set up like a restaurant with a strong, classy menu. You sit at these tables and dine, ordering your food just before the film starts. Their food is excellent, but on this particular occasion we weren’t looking for anything too extravagant. We ordered the “Chips and Salsa” appetizer.
The food isn’t brought to you until about 1/4th of the way through the film. And if you remember “12 Years a Slave,” shit was getting pretty real around that time in the movie. It was around the time that Solomon Northup was being kidnapped and turned into a slave that we received our food.
Essay: The Potential of “The Revenant”
In 2011 Alejandro González Iñárritu signed on to direct “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Development process for the film began as far back as 2001 when Akiva Goldsman purchased Michael Punke’s manuscript with the intent of producing the film.
Punke’s novel, of the same name, came out in 2003 and was based on the life of frontiersman Hugh Glass.
The story follows Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who is mauled by a bear while hunting. His companions (played by Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Lukas Haas, and Domhnall Gleeson) rob him and leave him to die, but he survives and sets out for revenge.
According to our monthly poll, out of the five “Best Picture” Oscar-winning films this decade (“The King’s Speech,” “The Artist,” “Argo,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Birdman”) “Birdman” has the edge.
Out of 67 voters 48% of Media 10 viewers voted for “Birdman” as the best. 2nd place went to “12 Years a Slave” with 19%, but “The Artist” missed a tie by one vote, earning 3rd place 18% of the votes. “Argo” and “The King’s Speech” tied for 4th place with only 7% each.
In five years time we will be able to have 10 unique films in this poll.
Our next poll is going to ask viewers what they think has the edge to win “Best Television Comedy” at the Primetime Emmy Awards this year. Check it out in the sidebar.
There were many flashy films at this years Sundance Film Festival, but in the end the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Audience Award, went to an independent adaptation called “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.”
“Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” is an adaptation of a 2013 book of the same name by Jesse Andrews. It tells the story of a teenage filmmaker and how he befriends a classmate with cancer. It has been called funny, heart-breaking, poignant, and melancholic by critics. It currently holds a 92 on Metacritic with 7 reviews logged.
The interpretation is yours, but some of these side by sides of the first and final frames of popular movies are pretty surreal.