In the last spring of World War I, the German army put everything it had into one late push, attempting to knock Britain and France out of the war before the allies could be bolstered by reinforcements from the United States. They almost made it, getting within 80 miles of Paris before their advance sputtered, and the rest is (literally) history. I don’t know if Sam Mendes and his collaborators studied the 1918 offensive when it came time to plan 1917’s own awards campaign, but the way things are going, their own last-minute charge seems to be working exactly as planned — and if anyone stands a chance of getting between them and their goal, you can bet that this time, they won’t be Americans. … [Read more...] about Is Starting to Look Like an Oscars Juggernaut
Oscar nominated actors
• Marriage Story is the only movie with three acting nominations, a trait shared by 34 best picture winners throughout history (nine films share the record at five acting nods, including best picture champions Mrs. Miniver, All About Eve, From Here to Eternity, On the Waterfront, Tom Jones and The Godfather: Part II). … [Read more...] about Oscars: Decoding the Best Picture Race Using Just Math
This year’s Oscar nominees for best picture explore dark themes such as mental illness, economic inequities and revenge fantasies, their denouements ranging from bleak to hopeful. Two heavyweights are especially bleak: In “Joker,” a clown who desperately wants to succeed as a stand-up comic (Joaquin Phoenix) descends into madness in economically ravaged Gotham (acting as a stand-in for Reagan-era New York City), while a wily lower-class family worms its way into a wealthier household with deadly results in Bong Joon Ho’s mordant “Parasite,” set in Seoul but resonating far beyond. Both movies made their mark early, with “Parasite” winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes and Todd Phillips’ “Joker” winning the Golden Lion at Venice. … [Read more...] about Will Oscar Voters Choose a Dark Movie for Best Picture or Something More Upbeat?
George MacKay delivers a star-making performance in “1917.” After making his film debut at age 10 in the 2003 live-action “Peter Pan,” he played occasional film and TV roles and realized at age 19 “acting is what I wanted to do.” Since then, he’s appeared in an earlier WWI saga, “Private Peaceful,” and played Viggo Mortensen’s rebellious son in “Captain Fantastic” — and he has three more films coming up. … [Read more...] about George MacKay Talks ‘1917’ and Filming in the Trenches
“I made a friend for life. As great as this movie was, the thing that I think I’ll take away forever is the relationship I have with her because she is an incredible person. I’m very lucky to have worked with her,” Cooper told PEOPLE at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere. … [Read more...] about Bradley Cooper and ‘Friend for Life’ Lady Gaga: All About Their ‘Instant Chemistry’