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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Nominees for Oscars 2017 are OUT!

Come February 26, 2017, a new set of winners will be crowned on this year's Academy Awards! But before all the excitement, take a look at the list of the nominees for this year and check if your favorites are on the list.

Best picture

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Best actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Best actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best supporting actress

Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best supporting actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best adapted screenplay

Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
August Wilson (Fences)
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures)
Luke Davies (Lion)
Barry Jenkins and Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)

Best original screenplay

Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou (The Lobster)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Mike Mills (20th Century Women)

Best animated feature

Finding Dory
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Best foreign language film

A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
Land of Mine (Denmark)
The Salesman (Iran)
Tanna (Australia)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best documentary feature

Fire At Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
OJ: Made in America

Best original song

La La Land - Audition by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
La La Land - City of Stars by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Moana - How Far I'll Go by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Trolls - Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
Jim: The James Foley Story - The Empty Chair by J Ralph and Sting

Best original score

Jackie by Mica Levi
La La Land by Justin Hurwitz
Lion by Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka
Moonlight by Nicholas Britell
Passengers by Thomas Newton

Best cinematography

La La Land

Best costume design

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Best make-up and hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Best live action short

Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights

Best sound editing

Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Best sound mixing

Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best documentary short

4.1 Miles
Joe's Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best production design

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land

Best visual effects

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best animated short

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Best film editing

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land

Who do you think got snubbed? Which movie do you think does not deserve a nomination? Sound off your comments below. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Realities of La La Land

Just this Monday, the Golden Globe just gave La La Land 7 awards breaking the record previously held by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The hype is anted and everyone, including here in the Philippines are raring to see what the critics hailed as the best movie of 2016.


Hollywood loves films about Hollywood and there are a few films that made the cut as one of the best (Sunset Boulevard) and some are just a pure bore (Cafe Society). La La Land is another of those films who wants to portray Hollywood in a Hollywood Film. So, how different is La La Land?

Emma Stone is an aspiring actor with a stereotypical job: a waitress. Ryan Gosling, on the other hand, is a jazz pianist who just wants to chase his dream: To have his own Jazz bar. Typical, right? These actors though are just fun to watch. Gosling is reminiscent of Fred Astaire when he dances and a revelation when he plays the piano. Emma Stone is charming as ever and was done without effort.

Sebastian and Mia shares a romance which will be tested by fame.

Damien Chazelle, fresh from the success of Whiplash, directs this film with bravura. The sequences are beautifully crafted. But what made Chazelle succeed as a storyteller is his ability to present two realities in Hollywood and films in general:

a. The gritty and unmerciful reality of life
b. The beauty of film and cinema

He toys with his audience but does betray them. He lets his audience be amazed but not overwhelmed. This is the beauty of Chazelle's craft and without great wonder, we will still see more of it.

The over-all feel of the film is a fusion of the early 20s to 30s and contemporary approach in storytelling that won't let you feel you are watching a very serious film.


There is nothing to complain. So ready your hands after the show. You will need them to clap.