Academy Award Nominees

Mackenzie Rutledge

Award season is well under way. After seeing the Golden Globe nominees and then winners, I was already bugging at who could be our Oscar nominees and, of course, our Academy Award winners. Here is a list of the 2019 Oscar Nominations:

Best Picture:

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“A Star Is Born”

Lead Actor:

Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Lead Actress:

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”


Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Adam McKay, “Vice”

Animated Feature:

“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short:

“Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine
“Bao,” Domee Shi
“Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall
“One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
“Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez

Adapted Screenplay:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
“BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
“A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Original Screenplay:

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
“Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Vice,” Adam McKay


“Cold War,” Lukasz Zal
“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

Best Documentary Feature:

“Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
“End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
“Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short Film: 
“Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
“Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
“Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
“Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Best Foreign Language Film:

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)
“Cold War” (Poland)
“Never Look Away” (Germany)
“Roma” (Mexico)
“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Film Editing:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
“Vice,” Hank Corwin

Sound Editing:

“Black Panther,” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst
“First Man,” Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“A Quiet Place,” Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
“Roma,” Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing:

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“A Star Is Born”

Production Design:

“Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
“First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
“Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

Original Score:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard
“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song:

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Makeup and Hair:

“Mary Queen of Scots”

Costume Design:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres
“Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter
“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

It will be very interesting to see who walks away an Oscar winner this year!

Golden Globes Recap

Maggie Palmer

Award show recaps are often composed of densely-packed paragraphs that make finding the most relevant information difficult and time-consuming. Well, search no more! The following lists recap the night’s most notable winners, the social movements and contributions recognized, and a few inspiring words to get you through your week.

Notable Winners:

The Golden Globes offer awards for television and movies in almost 30 categories. Listed here are a few of the night’s most noteworthy winners.

  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Golden Globe for best drama film. Rami Malek took home the award for best actor for his performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

  • Lady Gaga won for best original song with her hit “Shallow” from the film “A Star is Born.”

  • Host Sandra Oh made history with her win for best actress in a TV drama, becoming the first Asian woman to win multiple Golden Globes.

  • Regina King won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role in the drama “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Her rousing acceptance speech where she promised to only work in movies that are 50 percent women was one of the most memorable moments of the night.

  • Carol Burnett was presented with the show’s first lifetime achievement award in television, aptly named the Carol Burnett Award.

  • Jeff Bridges received the Cecil B. Demille Award. He joins the ranks of past winners such as Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, and Steven Spielberg.

Movements and Contributions:

  • The Time’s Up movement yet again made a strong appearance at the Golden Globes. Attendees wore pins, bracelets, and ribbons to show their support. Host Andy Samberg and Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Meher Tatna were just two of the noteworthy names who wore Time’s Up regalia to honor the cause.

  • The HFPA pledged over $2 million dollars in grants to news organizations during Sunday’s show. President Meher Tatna stressed the connection between the press and the arts during her time onstage. “The freedom of expression that makes possible your work as creators and our work as journalists is under siege, which is why our mission to establish cultural ties has never been more important,” she said.

Inspiring Words:

  • I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change….Because I see you. And I see you. All of these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.” -Sandra Oh opening Sunday night’s Golden Globes

  • “I challenge you to challenge yourself." -Regina King during her Golden Globe acceptance speech

  • "We're alive, we can make a difference, and we can turn this ship in the way that we want to go." -Jeff Bridges upon receiving the Cecil B. Demille Award

The Golden Globes are often used to forecast winners at next month’s Oscars. However, the Globes sported a variety of winners, and the unfavorably-reviewed Bohemian Rhapsody came out on top with both best actor and best drama. By this precedent, it is difficult to predict who will win big on February 24.

NewFest NYC Experience + Man Made Documentary

Emily Vallario

On October 26, I had the opportunity to view a screening of a documentary called “Man Made” at NewFest, New York City’s LGBTQ+ Film festival. Executive producer Téa Leoni and director T. Cooper created this documentary that took you through the lives of four transgender bodybuilders. Each of the four men were at different stages of their transition, which made it very interesting to watch, as each of them had immensely different experiences. Through each story, you were taken on a journey, both mentally and physically, as they all worked towards their goal: to compete at Trans FitCon. Trans FitCon is the only all trans bodybuilding competition in the world.

The experience as a whole was amazing. I cannot stress enough the impact that the documentary made on me, as well as everyone watching it. The entire audience was moved to tears throughout the screening because of it’s rawness. Director T. Cooper is a trans man himself, which allowed for an even more authentic story because he understands what it means to go through that kind of transition, as he experienced it too. After the screening, T. Cooper, Téa Leoni, and Mason (a subject in the film) went up onto the stage to answer a few questions. T. Cooper said that often times, when someone tries to tell a story about a subject they don’t necessarily identify with, it becomes really difficult because of a “film” acting as a barrier between the truth and the story. To bounce off that answer, I asked what kind of advice they would give to student filmmakers who want to make stories that matter, without getting that “film.” To answer, Téa Leoni said “To be a powerful filmmaker, you have to be willing to be open about what you find and know that it’s not about you. It’s about finding the truth,” later on saying to me personally, “These days people are too scared to be curious, they just want to be right.” This quote has really stuck with me and inspired me to dive into my own direction for storytelling and to create films that I believe to be important.

Afterwords, I was lucky enough to grab a few words with actors, Tim Daly, Erich Bergen, Sara Ramirez, and Téa Leoni. They all had even more positive words about the importance of young people finding their voice and creating films that they are passionate about. Every single person there, was so inclusive, willing to learn and discuss the film’s purpose, and share their experiences. Man Made went on to win Audience Award for a documentary feature at NewFest, and has won 10 other awards at different film festivals around the country during 2018. If you ever get the chance to see it, do it! The film creates conversation and that is one of the most important things we could ask for. The overall feeling of my experience at NewFest was overwhelming inspiration. I had never had that one thing that made me think to myself, “this is what I am meant to do” until now. For those of you reading that are an aspiring filmmaker, get to film festivals!! Experience different kinds of filmmaking and always be willing to learn and get better. For everyone else reading, get to film festivals!! You never know what story could change your perspective.