Jessica’s 2018 Oscar Predictions

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
Should win: Torn between MYSTERY OF LOVE and THIS IS ME
Will win: THIS IS ME
Should have been nominated: VISIONS OF GIDEON- Call Me By Your Name

Original Score:
DUNKIRK – Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD – Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – John Williams
THREE BILLBOARDS – Carter Burwell
Should win: PHANTOM THREAD
Will win: THE SHAPE OF WATER
Should have been nominated: A GHOST STORY

Sound Mixing/Editing:
BABY DRIVER – Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Mark Mangini and Theo Green
DUNKIRK – Richard King and Alex Gibson
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Nathan Rabitaille and Nelson Ferreira
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce
Will win: BABY DRIVER 

Editing:
BABY DRIVER – Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
DUNKIRK – Lee Smith
I, TONYA – Tatiana S. Riegel
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Sidney Wolinsky
THREE BILLBOARDS – Jon Gregory
Will win: DUNKIRK

Cinematography:
BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Roger A. Deakins
DARKEST HOUR – Bruno Delbonnel
DUNKIRK – Hoyte van Hoytema
MUDBOUND – Rachel Morrison
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Dan Laustsen
Should win/ Will win: BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Roger Deakins
Should have been nominated: COLUMBUS should’ve taken the place of DARKEST HOUR

Visual Effects:
BLADE RUNNER 2049
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
KONG: SKULL ISLAND
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
If you’ve read my VFX piece for NextBestPicture.com, then you should already know where I stand in this category.
Should win/ Will win (Don’t fight me on this): WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Production Design:
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
BLADE RUNNER 2049
DARKEST HOUR
DUNKIRK
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Should win: BLADE RUNNER 2049
Will win: THE SHAPE OF WATER

Costume:
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
DARKEST HOUR
PHANTOM THREAD
THE SHAPE OF WATER
VICTORIA & ABDUL
Should win/ Will win: PHANTOM THREAD
Should have been nominated: THE BEGUILED

Hair and Make Up:
DARKEST HOUR
VICTORIA & ABDUL
WONDER
Should win: WONDER
Will win: DARKEST HOUR
Should have been nominated: I, TONYA

Adapted Screenplay:
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – James Ivory
THE DISASTER ARTIST – Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
LOGAN – Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
MOLLY’S GAME – Aaron Sorkin
MUDBOUND – Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
Should win: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME or LOGAN
Will win: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Original Screenplay:
THE BIG SICK – Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
GET OUT – Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor
THREE BILLBOARDS – Martin McDonagh
Should win: GET OUT or LADY BIRD
Will win: Honestly think it’s either going to be GET OUT or THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Directing:
DUNKIRK – Christopher Nolan
GET OUT – Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
PHANTOM THREAD – Paul Thomas Anderson
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro
Should win: THE SHAPE OF WATER- Guillermo del Toro or DUNKIRK- Christopher Nolan or of course, my queen for LADY BIRD- Greta Gerwig
Will win: THE SHAPE OF WATER- Guillermo del Toro
Should have been nominated: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME- Luca Guadagnino and THE FLORIDA PROJECT- Sean Baker

Supporting Actor:
WILLEM DAFOE – The Florida Project
WOODY HARRELSON – Three Billboards
SAM ROCKWELL – Three Billboards
RICHARD JENKINS – The Shape of Water
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – All the Money in the World
Should win: SAM ROCKWELL or WILLEM DAFOE
Will win: SAM ROCKWELL
Should have been nominated: PATRICK STEWART – Logan

Supporting Actress:
MARY J. BLIGE – Mudbound
ALLISON JANNEY – I, Tonya
LESLEY MANVILLE – Phantom Thread
LAURIE METCALF – Lady Bird
OCTAVIA SPENCER – The Shape of Water
Should win: LAURIE METCALF or LESLEY MANVILLE
Will win: I’m gonna be the wildcard and predict LAURIE METCALF

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.
Should win: TIMOTHEE CHALAMET or DANIEL DAY-LEWIS
Will win: GARY OLDMAN- Darkest Hour
Should have been nominated: HUGH JACKMAN- Logan

Actress in a Leading Role:
SALLY HAWKINS – The Shape of Water
FRANCES MCDORMAND – Three Billboards
MARGOT ROBBIE – I, Tonya
SAOIRSE RONAN – Lady Bird
MERYL STREEP – The Post
Should win/ Will win: FRANCES MCDORMAND
Should have been nominated: VICKY KRIEPS- Phantom Thread

Best Picture:
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
DARKEST HOUR
DUNKIRK
THE SHAPE OF WATER
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
LADY BIRD
THE POST
GET OUT
PHANTOM THREAD
Should win: I feel very strongly about these, so any of them are worthy in my opinion: THE SHAPE OF WATER or GET OUT or CALL ME BY YOUR NAME or LADY BIRD
Will win: THE SHAPE OF WATER
Should have been nominated: MUDBOUND

 

Livia’s Oscar Shorts Nomination Round-Up

Written by Livia Peterson

The 90th Academy Awards will broadcast live worldwide in two weeks and hence, the Oscar loving cinephiles prefer to be prepared prior to enjoying Hollywood’s most glamorous evening and celebrate the best in motion pictures. Every year, ShortsHD theatrically release the Oscar nominated short films – live action, animation, and documentary and depending on the population of your nearest city, the cinemas will play one to three categories. With that said, the live action and animation categories are currently showing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While the animated films program feature delightful interludes in between the films, the live action films program is satisfying, but nothing to love.

It is always difficult to predict the short film categories even though you’ve seen the films. On the one hand, ‘Negative Space’ should win, but I predict ‘Lou’ will win the Academy Award. On the other hand, ‘The Silent Child’ should win, but my gut instinct is claiming ‘Dekalb Elementary’ will win the Oscar.

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Live Action

Dekalb Elementary: A school secretary administers a 911 call to resolve a shooting incident. Several shooting incidents occurred in the United States and despite the fact we haven’t completely eradicated the problem, this relevant film taps into the zeitgeist. But once again, required to be featured length to explore the characters affected by the shooting. 5/10

My Nephew Emmett: Mose Wright attempts to protect his nephew Emmett Till from racist killers. A compelling story that required to be a feature length film. 7/10

The Eleven O’Clock: An appointment between a misunderstanding patient and a psychiatrist. The patient believes he is the psychiatrist. As they attempt to cure each other, the session is completely wild. It is hysterical, even though the narrative is limited and the stereotypical characters are one dimensional. Just roll with the absurdity and it’s guaranteed you will enjoy. 8.5/10

The Silent Child: While none of the live action short film nominees delivered the emotional oomph we’ve come to expect, this film is the closest to producing heartbreak and sobs. A woman instructs a young, deaf girl sign language and the parents neglect to provide their daughter additional support (e.g. translation from English to sign language) in school. Despite the short run time, it is a powerful tale about how communication is essential to our daily lives, even to the deaf. 10/10

Watu Wote (All of Us): The Kenya and Somalia borders are considered dangerous due to terrorist attacks and yet, the Muslim passengers protect the Christian passengers during a bus ride and demonstrate solidarity is able to prevail. It’s heroism at the most basic level, but providing the passengers character development would allow compassion. Alas, feature length suits the fascinating narrative. 5/10

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Animation

Dear Basketball: An animated narration of Kobe Bryant’s poem ‘Dear Basketball’. Simple, but sends a powerful message about pursuing one’s dreans and never giving up. Persistence allows one to move up in their desired industry if setting goals and determined to give it your all. 9/10

Garden Party: A few amphibians explore the surroundings and follow their primal instincts in a desolate upscale home. Just a cute film with a nonexistent narrative, nothing more and nothing less. 4.5/10

Lou: A young boy must return the lost and found items. We’ve come to expect greatness from the legendary Pixar, but ‘Lou’ initiates no effort in trying to stand out, even with spectacular animation and an adequate message. 5.5/10

Negative Space: Sam’s father is rarely home due to business trips; however, the father instructs Sam how to pack luggage. Impeccably examines the long distance father and son dynamic with beautiful animation, this is my favorite out of the animated nominees. 10/10

Revolting Rhymes: Based on poems by Roald Dahl, a wolf narrates to a woman about how Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella, Jack, and the pigs intersect. While ‘Revolting Rhymes’ is divided into two parts, both thirty minutes each according to the Internet Movie Database, part one is nominated for the Academy Award and Jack’s story is told in the latter film. Since part one leaves you with a cliffhanger, of course – you’ll be speculating where you can watch part two, despite the fact it did not receive a nomination.

The fairy tales combined is a odd synthesis, as one will likely receive the most out of reading or watching the the folk tales separately, especially the children. This is just a rudimentary reiteration for the adults. Predictable and subpar animation and yet, unexpectedly witty and provides moral lessons. 7/10

(Shorts HD included three additional short films in the animated program.)

Lost Property Office: A gentleman protects the misplaced items in the city transit’s Lost Property Office. While he tinkers with the items, the toy robot gramophone keep him company. Full of whimsy and definitely wish this could’ve received a nomination. 9/10

Weeds: An adorable film about weeds maturing into flowers. Aww, aww, and aww. 4/10

Achoo!: A dragon who cannot breathe fire overcomes his weakness to enjoy the New Year’s celebration in ancient China. A simple but sweet coming of age tale. 5/10

 

 

Fiona’s 2018 Oscars Round Up

Written by Fiona Underhill

For the first time ever I have seen all nine Best Picture nominees a full month before the Academy Awards ceremony on 4th March (living in LA has its advantages). So, I thought I’d take this chance to give you my (very subjective and personal) take on the nominees and my predictions for what will happen on the night.

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

Should win: Mystery of Love
Will win: Remember Me
Should have been nominated: Visions of Gideon (also from CMBYN)

 

Original Score:

DUNKIRK – Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD – Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – John Williams
THREE BILLBOARDS – Carter Burwell

Should win: Phantom Thread
Will win: The Shape of Water
Should have been nominated: Loving Vincent – Clint Mansell

 

Sound Mixing/Editing:

BABY DRIVER – Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Mark Mangini and Theo Green
DUNKIRK – Richard King and Alex Gibson
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Nathan Rabitaille and Nelson Ferreira
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce

Should win: Baby Driver
Will win: Dunkirk

 

Editing:

BABY DRIVER – Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
DUNKIRK – Lee Smith
I, TONYA – Tatiana S. Riegel
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Sidney Wolinsky
THREE BILLBOARDS – Jon Gregory

Three Billboards being nominated in this category is a travesty! Lady Bird, Get Out and CMBYN all have much better editing!

Should win: Baby Driver
Will win: Dunkirk
Should have been nominated: Blade Runner 2049

 

Cinematography:

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Roger A. Deakins
DARKEST HOUR – Bruno Delbonnel
DUNKIRK – Hoyte van Hoytema
MUDBOUND – Rachel Morrison
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Dan Laustsen

Darkest Hour’s nomination is an absolute joke in this category.

Should win: Really torn between Deakins and Morrison here
Will win: Dunkirk or Shape
Should have been nominated: CMBYN and Columbus

 

Visual Effects:

BLADE RUNNER 2049
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
KONG: SKULL ISLAND
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Should win: Blade Runner 2049
Will win: The Last Jedi?
Should have been nominated: Okja and Colossal

 

Production Design:

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
BLADE RUNNER 2049
DARKEST HOUR
DUNKIRK
THE SHAPE OF WATER

This category is the one I care most about (along with costume, hair/make up). The fact that Beauty and the Beast and Darkest Hour are here hurts my eyes and my heart.

Should win: Blade Runner 2049
Will win: The Shape of Water
Should have been nominated: The Florida Project

Costume:

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
DARKEST HOUR
PHANTOM THREAD
THE SHAPE OF WATER
VICTORIA & ABDUL

Should win: Phantom Thread
Will win: The Shape of Water
Should have been nominated: Lady Macbeth and The Beguiled

 

Hair and Make Up:

DARKEST HOUR
VICTORIA & ABDUL
WONDER

This category makes me angry every year. It is poorly treated and dismissed as if unimportant. They can barely scrape up three nominees and they always choose the wrong films!

Should win: Literally none of these
Will win: Darkest Hour
Should have been nominated: I, Tonya and The Last Jedi

 

Adapted Screenplay:

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – James Ivory
THE DISASTER ARTIST – Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
LOGAN – Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
MOLLY’S GAME – Aaron Sorkin
MUDBOUND – Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Should win/Will win: CMBYNhowever, the fact that James Ivory will likely be the only winner from this film is a joke! Luca Guadagnino heavily altered the screenplay (for the better) during filming.
Should have been nominated: Thor: Raganarok (yes, I’m serious) and The Beguiled

 

Original Screenplay:

THE BIG SICK –  Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
GET OUT – Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor
THREE BILLBOARDS – Martin McDonagh

There are 4 excellent choices here and 1 excruciatingly bad one.

Should win: Get Out
Will win: optimistic – Get Out pessimistic – Three Billboards
Should have been nominated: Phantom Thread, Colossal, Logan Lucky

 

Directing:

DUNKIRK – Christopher Nolan
GET OUT – Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
PHANTOM THREAD – Paul Thomas Anderson
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro

By far the best and most exciting category. I am thrilled with the nominees here and would genuinely be happy with any winner here.

Should win: So, so tough – I cannot choose between them!
Will win: Guillermo del Toro (I am happy, but it is for the wrong film as usual!)
Should have been nominated: Luca Guadagnino – CMBYN

 

Supporting Actor:

WILLEM DAFOE – The Florida Project
WOODY HARRELSON – Three Billboards
SAM ROCKWELL – Three Billboards
RICHARD JENKINS – The Shape of Water
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – All the Money in the World

A horrible category in my opinion – I would not have chosen any of these 5.

Should win: Dafoe or Jenkins
Will win: Rockwell (I would choose Harrelson over him, if it has to be someone from 3B)
Should have been nominated: Armie Hammer, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Bob Odenkirk and Benny Safdie

 

Supporting Actress:

MARY J. BLIGE – Mudbound
ALLISON JANNEY – I, Tonya
LESLEY MANVILLE – Phantom Thread
LAURIE METCALF – Lady Bird
OCTAVIA SPENCER – The Shape of Water

An almost perfect category! Very happy with these choices!

Should win: Lesley Manville
Will win: Allison Janney
Should have been nominated: I would have chosen Holly Hunter over Octavia Spencer.

 

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.

Very happy that Franco was not nominated (in a victory for the Me Too/Time’s Up movement). However, please do some research on Gary Oldman.

Should win: Timothee Chalamet (Kaluuya in a close second)
Will win: Gary Oldman
Should have been nominated: Harris Dickinson, John Cho, Hugh Jackman (for Logan not The Circus Musical!)

 

Actress in a Leading Role:

SALLY HAWKINS – The Shape of Water
FRANCES MCDORMAND – Three Billboards
MARGOT ROBBIE – I, Tonya
SAOIRSE RONAN – Lady Bird
MERYL STREEP – The Post

Should win: Ronan (Robbie in a close second)
Will win: McDormand
Should have been nominated: Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, Aubrey Plaza, Vicky Krieps

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Best Picture (I will rank them from 9: Least Favourite to 1: Favourite):

  1. Three Billboards

I can’t really begin to explain how much I hate this film. For me, its main faults are in the writing and casting, but I could go on. It is inexplicable to me that this is getting so much recognition and I could potentially be very angry on Oscar night. Hoping and praying that it doesn’t sweep the board.

  1. Darkest Hour

I was so bored watching this film that I tried to rub my own skin off. Then the underground scene happened and I also tried to poke out my eyes and ears. It’s bad.

  1. The Post

We have left truly terrible territory and we’re now in ‘meh’. The Post is a solid enough flick, but would not be amongst my Best Picture nominees. Bob Odenkirk was the stand-out, for me.

  1. Get Out

There is another big leap here. Numbers 6-2 are very, very close for me and I’m very happy that they are nominated for Best Picture. I would not be upset if any of these won. Get Out is outstanding and I’m extremely pleased to see such an original genre film nominated for an Oscar.

  1. Lady Bird

A lovely, funny, very well-written and acted film. Extremely empathetic and realistic characters and dialogue. Make sure you see it when it comes out in the UK!

  1. The Shape of Water

I’m extremely gratified to see Guillermo Del Toro finally get the recognition he deserves. This isn’t my favourite of his films, but again I am very happy to see such an unusual film in the Best Picture category.

  1. Dunkirk

Seeing this in 70mm IMAX (yes, I know, yawn) will be one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of my life. An extraordinarily tense viewing experience, extremely well acted by its young cast.

  1. Phantom Thread

I am not an unequivocal fan of PTA – he has made films I love and films I dislike. This is now second only to Magnolia as my favourite PTA. It features one of my favourite DDL performances and the sublime Lesley Manville. Vicky Krieps is a sensational new discovery. Make sure you seek this out!

  1. Call Me By Your Name

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will be unsurprised – I have been ‘stanning’ for this film since it came out in the US in November 2017. I have seen it 5 times at the cinema – far more than I’ve seen any other film in theatres. It is now in my Top 10 of all time. It is a stunning and emotional film and I implore you to seek it out if you haven’t seen it.

Should win: CMBYN (obvs)
Will win: pessimistic – 3B optimistic – Shape or Lady Bird
Should have been nominated: The Florida Project, Mudbound, Blade Runner 2049

So – there you have it! This is going to be an odd Oscar year for me. I can’t remember the last time that a film I truly hate and a film I truly love (to these extremes) have both been nominated for Best Picture. It is a very strong field over all though, with 6 extremely good films. Excited to see what will happen on Oscar night!

The 89th Academy Award Winners List In Full

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 89th Academy Awards last night where ‘Moonlight’ won 3 awards, including the biggest prize of the night for ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Supporting Actor’. Director Damien Chazelle not only won an incredible six Oscar wins for ‘La La Land’, but also became the youngest filmmaker to win an Oscar at 32 years old! . ‘Zootopia’ scooped up the award for ‘Best Animated Feature’ and ‘Jungle Book’ walked away with ‘Best Visual Effects’. 

Full list of winners:

Best Picture: Moonlight

Best Actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Actor: Casey Affleck  (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis  (Fences)

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali  (Moonlight)

Best Director: La La Land – Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea 

Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Alvin McCraney

Best Original Score: La La Land – Justin Hurwitz

Best Original Song: La La Land – City of Stars 

Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Best Cinematography: La La Land

Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad

Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge

Best Animated Feature: Zootopia

Best Production Design: La La Land

Best Documentary Feature: OJ: Made in America

Best Sound Editing: Arrival

Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge

Best Animated Short: Piper

Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets

Best Live Action Short: Sing

Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman 

 

How many of your Oscar guesses came true? Did any of the winners come as a surprise to you?

Written by Tom Sheffield

The Oscar Nominations Are In! Here Are All The Nominees For This Year’s Academy Awards

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards have just been announced and unsurpisingly, ‘La La Land’ lands the most nominations with a total of 14. Meryl Streep’s nomination for ‘Lead Actress’ means she is now the most nominated performer in the history of the Oscars! 

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was joined by Guillermo del Toro, Brie Larson, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Jennifer Hudson, and  a number of previous Oscar winners and nominees to present the awards via a live stream, which was pre-recorded. 

Jimmy Kimmel with host the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday 26th February.

Did any of your favourites from last year get snubbed? Are there any surprises to you in the nominations?

The nominations are as follows:

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Sunshine Blogger Award

We are delighted to accept the nomination of a Sunshine Blogger Award from the wonderful Alicja Johnson AKA Reel Red Reviews (if you don’t already know her, you really should go check out her blog). Thank you very much for the nomination; this is the first time we’ve been recognised for this award. 

For those who don’t know, the Sunshine Blogger Award is a chain-letter style award (similar to the Liebster Award), which is designed to honour those who consistently deliver excellent content which makes readers happy.


Now, our Editor-in-Chief Jakob will answer Alicja’s questions:
1. What would be your dream job?
Well, as you may have worked out by now, I am totally obsessed with film. So, any job in the film industry would make me a very happy man. But, the dream I’m working towards is to be a filmmaker – both writing and directing.
2. What are some of your favourite childhood films?
I was a fiend for Disney films as a child (and still am today to be honest), so films like ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Lion King’ are firm favourites of mine. I also love ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Monsters Inc’ – but who doesn’t?
3. As an ode to Barbara Walters: If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
I have literally never considered what tree I would be before, so thanks for giving me something new to think about. I would love to be a Palm tree, of course, so that I could just hang about in exotic places and do my best to look pretty.
4. What’s your least favourite film genre?
I do love most film genres, but if there’s one genre I avoid, it’s horror. But, that’s only because I’m a bit of a wimp, and I don’t enjoy watching films through my fingers too much.
5. Which sitcom character do you most relate to?
This is easy! I’ve actually just finished watching the brilliant ‘New Girl’, and it’s unsettling how similar myself and Nick Miler are. For those who don’t know Nick Miller, he is socially awkward, easily annoyed and a perennial over-thinker; so yeah, that’s me folks.
6. What’s the last movie you watched, and was it any good?
I watched ‘Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates’ at the cinema last night, and I only watched it because I missed my preferred screening of the new David Brent movie. I thought I would hate ‘Mike And Dave’, but I have to admit it was quite hilarious; dumb, but hilarious.
7. What do you think has been the biggest Oscar snub of all time?
Well, until recently, I would have said any Leonardo DiCaprio snub, but thankfully that’s all in the past now. I’ve started to pay a lot more attention to The Oscars in recent years, and I have to say I was shocked Rosamund Pike didn’t win for her amazing performance in ‘Gone Girl’.
8. Who is your favourite movie love interest?
Hmmmm…am I allowed to say Margot Robbie, in anything, ever?
9. What movie are you most looking forward to in September?
September isn’t looking like an astounding month for new films to be honest, so I will probably spend most of the month catching up with films I’ve missed like ‘Life On The Road’ and ‘The Shallows’. I am keen to see ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ though, which hits UK cinemas next week.
10. What sayings or personal mantra do you live your life by?
I spend a lot of my time thinking up and writing down new ideas for stories that I can tell through the medium of film, so for me, the words of Stanley Kubrick are always in my mind: “If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed”.
11. Are you a cat or a dog person?
Dogs, all the way. I actively dislike cats; I think they may actually be evil creatures who are secretly plotting against the human race.

We nominate HC Movie Reviews, Sarah Buddery, Jason Michael and Movie Rob to answer these questions and accept their very own Sunshine Blogger Award:

1. What is your favourite film of 2016 so far?
2. In your opinion, who is the most underrated actor/actress working today?
3. Name a “classic” film that everyone loves, but you haven’t even seen before
4. If you could be any film character, who would it be and why?
5. What is your favourite film of this decade so far (2010-2016)?
6. If you could meet any famous person, who would it be and why?
7. What is the last film you fell asleep during? And was it due to boredom or tiredness?
8. Which 2017 film are you most excited for?
9. If you could have any super power, what would it be? And would you use it for good or evil, be honest?
10. What is your most prized possession in the world and why?
11. If you had to get a tattoo of someone’s face, who would it be and why?

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land Gets New Release Date

Damien Chazelle, the man behind JumpCut UK favourite ‘Whiplash’, could well be set for more Oscars success next year. Too soon, we hear you cry? Maybe so, but his latest project ‘La La Land’ recently got pushed from a summer release to a December release, which at least suggests that the film is plotting an Academy run. 

The musical drama, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, with J.K Simmons also joining forces with his ‘Whiplash’ director, has us very excited here, but will it get the Academy’s attention? We think so.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

J.K. Simmons Moves To DCEU

Oscar winner J.K. Simmons’ best performance may be his star turn in ‘Whiplash’ which won him the golden statue, but his most beloved role has always been his portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi ‘Spider-Man’ movies. Up until last week, fans were clamouring for Simmons to return to the role for the rebooted Spider-Man universe, alongside our latest Peter Parker, Tom Holland. But no one could have guessed which comic book movie role the actor would ultimately take.

It was confirmed last week that J.K. Simmons would make the move from Marvel to DC to play Commissioner Gordon in the DCEU, with Simmons set to make his first appearance in the first ‘Justice League’ movie, due to be released in November 2017. The DCEU is rapidly taking shape, and it is reported that the role of Gotham’s favourite (official) law-enforcer was the last key role to be filled; and what a way to fill it!

What are your thoughts on this casting? Should J.K. have stuck with Marvel or will he smash it as Gordon? Let us know your opinions.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Leo And Marty Team Up Again

Time to get excited everyone! The best actor in the world (unofficially), Leonardo DiCaprio, and the best director in the world (also unofficial), Martin Scorsese, are teaming up once again. Great things always happen when these two come together on a project – ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ springs to mind – and this time around, we could maybe, possibly, finally see that Academy Award fall into Leo’s arms.

We know you hear that every time Leo signs up for a new role, but we are hopeful that this will be his best shot in a while. The untitled project, adapted from Erik Larson’s 2003 non-fiction book ‘The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America’ (we assume they will condense that title considerably for the film), will tell the story of 19th century serial killer Dr HH Holmes. The malevolent doctor is believed to have killed anywhere between 27 and 200 patients, by various gruesome methods, which as horrible a topic as this may be, sounds just the ticket for a dark, gritty, Oscar-winning performance. Here’s hoping!

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes