Oscars Recap

By: Nick Stellon

It’s been a little over a week since the 2019 Academy Awards came and went (without the help of a host). Now that we’ve had some time to reflect, it’s time to go back and reflect on what the got right, and what they certainly didn’t.

Let’s start on a positive note shall we?

Best Actress: Olivia Colman

This was by far the biggest surprise of the night. With Glenn Close almost a sure lock, it seemed as if this terrific performance in The Favourite would go unnoticed. Once she was called on stage, you could see the look of shock on her face, and Coleman gave one of the most endearing speeches of the night.

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Best supporting actress: Regina King

King seemed to be a lock going into the night, and rightfully so. Her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk was the standout in a stellar cast.

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Best adapted screenplay: BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee has finally made it to the Oscars stage. Yes, he should have been there earlier with masterpieces like Do The Right Thing, but it’s better late than never for one of the most influential directors in American cinema.

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Now let’s look at some things the Oscar’s definitely missed.

Best Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody

Now there’s fast paced editing, and then there’s nauseating editing. Bohemian Rhapsody seems to be the latter. The fact that the entire 133 minute film is cut like a concert montage is a problem, something twitter went wild with.

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What should have won: The Favourite - The quirky, humourous, stylized edits in this film kept you wanting more the entire film.

Best Documentary Feature: Free Solo

Don’t get me wrong, Free Solo is a great documentary. It’s interesting, it’s tense, and it leaves you with a wow factor. In any other year I’d be happy that it won, except for this year.

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What should have won: Minding The Gap - Innocent, Emotional, and intensely intimate, Minding the Gap is a must see for all film viewers. It shows the power of what telling a personal story can do in film, and it is not only the best documentary of the year, but I would argue it is the best film of the year.

Best Picture: Green Book

I mean, come on. Enough has been said about how problematic Green Book is, and I completely agree with that, but what about it’s merits as a film? It’s cookie cutter in plot, has the bare minimum to it in style, and at the end of the day is an extremely clear Oscar-bait film. Years from now, people are going to look back and think, oh that movie won best picture?

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What should have won: Roma, The Favourite, BlacKkKlansman, If Beale Street Could Talk, Blindspotting, Minding The Gap, SpiderMan: into the Spiderverse…

It says something when films which weren’t even nominated for the award deserved it more than the winner.

Overall, there were pros and cons to the awards like there are any year, this time they just seemed a little more anticlimactic. But get ready, awards season for this year is just around the corner. With films from Scorsese, Tarantino, Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig, we’re likely to have an interesting race on our hands sooner than you might think.



Your Next Netflix Binge

By: Will Barham

We all know how TV has become. Random intervals of binging a show until, before we know it, our night is over. We’ve eaten a whole pizza, and we must find another show to keep our obsessions satisfied. Well I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t help us continue this cycle. Netflix has recently come out with a show, Russian Doll, starring Natasha Lyonne. The show follows Russian-American Nadia who has just turned thirty-six and is celebrating her birthday at her friend’s apartment. It is clear from the beginning that the humor will be dark, and this is surely due to the acting of Natasha Lyonne who you may remember from Orange is the New Black. She hardly skips a beat. The night takes a turn when she goes on the hunt for her cat, Oatmeal, only

to be run over by a taxi. She then wakes up exactly where the show started; she is standing in the bathroom, at the party, looking into the mirror. It takes her a few deaths to realize the cycle she has fallen into and she then begins to sift through many possible theories as to why this is happening. This is a familiar structure and if you are an avid movie and tv lover you probably recently saw, Before I Fall, that sees a high school student caught in a similar situation. This show tackles it in a very different way though. The humor and severity of the deaths keeps us on our toes, and the lack of continuity between the time loops keeps us confused. But, the discovery of someone else caught in the same situation, Alan, played by Charlie Barnett creates hope for our main character. This show is perfect for a binge watcher like you and like myself. The show is only comprised of a thirty minute format. Due to the complexity and enthralling elements of the show, those thirty minutes fly by.

So go ahead and order in a pizza, cuddle up with your dog on the couch, and log onto your neighbor’s Netflix. You’re in for a great story that will only leave you wanting more than each 30 minute episode allows.



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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”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”
“Vice”

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”

Director:

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

Cinematography:

“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”
“Roma”
“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:

“Border”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Vice”

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!