14 Shots From 14 Films: Special Roger Deakins Edition


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Usually, we only do 4 shots from 4 films but today is the birthday of our greatest living cinematographer, Roger Deakins!  And it’s impossible to only pick 4 when it comes to Deakins.

So, it’s time for….

14 Shots From 14 Films

Marquis De Sade’s Justine (1977, dir by Chris Boger, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984, dir by Michael Radford, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Barton Fink (1991, dir by the Coen Brothers, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Fargo (1996, dir by the Coen Brothers, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Kundun (1997, dir by Martin Scorsese, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

House of Sand and Fog (2003, dir by Vadim Perelman, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

No Country For Old Men (2007, dir by the Coen Brothers, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

A Serious Man (2009, dir by the Coen Brothers, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Skyfall (2012, dir by Sam Mendes, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Prisoners (2013, dir by Denis Villeneuve, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Sicario (2015, dir by Denis Villeneuve, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Hail Caesar! (2016, dir by the Coen Brothers, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017, dir by Denis Villeneuve, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

1917 (2019, dir by Sam Mendes. cinematography by Roger Deakins)

 

Here Are The Oscar Winners!


Best Picture — Parasite

Best Director — Bong Joon-ho for Parasite

Best Actor — Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Best Actress — Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Supporting Actor — Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress — Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Best Original Screenplay — Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay — JoJo Rabbit

Best Animated Feature Film — Toy Story 4

Best International Feature Film — Parasite

Best Documentary Feature Film — American Factory

Best Documentary Short Subject — Leaning to Skate In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl)

Best Live Action Short Subject — The Neighbors’ Widow

Best Animated Short Film — Hair Love

Best Original Score — Joker

Best Original Song — Rocketman

Best Sound Editing — Ford v Ferrari

Best Sound Mixing — 1917

Best Production Design — Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Cinematography — 1917

Best Makeup and Hairstyling — Bombshell

Best Costume Design — Little Women

Best Editing — Ford v Ferrari

Best Visual Effects — 1917

Here’s What Lisa Wants To Win At The Oscars


Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019, dir by Quentin Tarantino)

Yesterday, I posted my list of the film and performers that I believe will win Oscars tonight.

Below is a different list.  This is what I wish would win tonight.  These are the nominees that I would vote for if I was a member of the Academy.  Now, to be honest, there were a lot of films and performances that I liked that were not nominated.  My favorite film of 2019 was The Souvenir.  It received zero Oscar nominations.  But, for the purposes of this list, I’ve limited my choice to the actual nominees.

So, here we go:

Best Picture — 1) Once Upon A Time In Hollywood 2) The Irishman 3) Parasite 4) 1917 5) Joker 6) JoJo Rabbit 7) Little Women 8) Ford v Ferrari 9) Marriage Story

Best Director — Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Actor — Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Best Actress — Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actor — Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Best Supporting Actress — Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Best Original Screenplay — Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay — The Irishman

Best Animated Feature Film — I Lost My Body

Best International Feature Film — Parasite

Best Documentary Feature Film — The Edge of Democracy (which I didn’t even really like, it’s just the only nominee that I’ve seen)

Best Documentary Short Subject — Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If you’re a girl)

Best Live Action Short Subject — Nefta Football Club (that’s for you, Jason)

Best Animated Short Film — Sister

Best Original Score — 1917

Best Original Song — I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away from Toy Story 4

Best Sound Editing — 1917

Best Sound Mixing — 1917

Best Production Design — Parasite

Best Cinematography — The Lighthouse

Best Makeup and Hairstyling — Judy

Best Costume Design — Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Editing — The Irishman

Best Visual Effects — Avengers: Endgame

Lisa’s Oscar Predictions For Sunday Night


The Oscars are tomorrow and I guess that means that it’s time for me to post my predictions for what will win at the big ceremony on Sunday night!

So, without further ado:

Best Picture — 1917

Best Director — Sam Mendes for 1917

Best Actor — Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

Best Actress — Renee Zellweger in Judy

Best Supporting Actor — Brad Pitt in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress — Laura Dern in Marriage Story

Best Original Screenplay — Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Adapted Screenplay — Taika Waititi , JoJo Rabbit

Best Animated Feature Film — Klaus

Best International Feature Film — Parasite

Best Documentary Feature — American Factory

Best Live Action Short Film — Nefta Football Club

Best Animated Short Film — Sister

Best Documentary Short Subject — Learning To Skateboard In A War Zone (If You’re A Girl)

Best Original Score — 1917

Best Original Song — (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman

Best Sound Editing — Ford v Ferrari

Best Sound Mixing — Ford v Ferrari

Best Production Design — Parasite

Best Cinematography — 1917

Best Makeup and Hair Styling — Joker

Best Costume Design — Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Editing — Parasite

Best Visual Effects — The Irishman

After Last Night, 1917 is your new Oscar front runner!


There were a lot of very important awards given out last night and suddenly, the Oscar race has become much, much clearer.  Yes, Parasite is a big contender and it’s certainly a big deal that it won at SAG.  It’ll probably win quite a few Oscars.  But, as of right now, the front runner for best picture is clearly 1917.

Not only has 1917 won the PGA award but, last night, Sam Mendes won the DGA.  1917 is coming on strong and it’s late release date is definitely working in its favor.  It came out just in time to wow the Oscar voters but also late enough that there wasn’t time for any sort of backlash to develop against it.  If I had to guess now, I’d say that 1917 is going to win Best Picture and we can at least take comfort in the fact that it’s better than the last Sam Mendes film that won.

Anyway, instead of doing like 30 different posts for each group that met last night, here’s a quick rundown:

The DGA (Director’s Guild of America) — Sam Mendes won Best Director for 1917.  Honey Boy’s Alma Har’el won for Best First Time Director.  The documentary award went to Steven Bogner and Julia Reichert for American Factory.

Annie Awards (Animation) — Klaus won Best Feature.  I Lost My Body won best indie feature.

ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) — Roger Deakins for 1917

USC Scripter Awards (Adapted Screenplay) — Greta Gerwig for Little Women

CAS (Cinema Audio Society) — Best Feature went to Ford v. Ferrari.  Best Animated Feature went to Toy Story 4.  Best Documentary Feature was won by Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound.

So, for all you people making your Oscar bets — well, who knows?  Listen, the Oscars are unpredictable.  GREEN BOOK WON LAST YEAR, PEOPLE!  So, anything’s possible.  One thing to remember is that Best Picture is determined by a preferential voting system so it’s a close race between two films, it could easily be everyone’s second choice that wins.  And that could mean an upset victory for something like Ford v Ferrari or even Little Women.

But, as for right now, 1917 is the front runner.

The Producers Guild of America Honors 1917


Last night, I heard that the PGA had honored 1917 as the best film of 2019 and I thought to myself, “Well, that’s good for the golfers but since when did they become film experts?”

This morning, I woke up and I realized that the PGA was the Producer’s Guild of America, which means that 1917‘s victory is now officially a big deal.  If Sam Mendes wins at the DGA, I would imagine that would mean that 1917 is officially unstoppable as far as the Oscars are concerned.  Of course, just yesterday, I was saying that the Eddie Awards had made Parasite into an unstoppable Oscar winner.

So, maybe I know what I’m talking about and maybe I don’t.

Anyway, the PGA gave out a lot of awards last night but here are the three that you need to know while making your Oscar predictions:

Best Feature Film — 1917

Best Animated Film — Toy Story 4

Best Documentary Film — Apollo 11

(Apollo 11 was, incredibly, not nominated for Best Documentary.)

For a full list of the PGA winners, click here.

The Denver Film Critics Honor 1917!


The Denver Film Critics have become the latest group to honor 1917 as the best of 2019!

Here are their winners:

Best Picture: 1917

Best Director: Sam Mendes, 1917

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Best Actress: Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Supporting Actress (tie): Laura Dern, Marriage Story and Florence Pugh, Little Women

Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, Knives Out
Adapted Screenplay: Greta Gerwig, Little Women

Best Animated Film: Toy Story 4
Best Documentary: Honeyland
Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite

Best Score: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Best Original Song: “Glasgow” from Wild Rose
Best VFX: 1917

The Music City Film Critics Association Names 1917 the best of 2019!


Earlier today, the Music City Film Critics Association (that would be Nashville) announced their picks for the best of 2019!  1917 was their pick for the best film of the year!

Check out all of the nominees and winners below:

Jim Ridley Award, named after the late Nashville Scene editor/writer, honoring the film that best embodies the Nashville spirit:
– Bluebird
– The Dead Center
– The Peanut Butter Falcon
– Saint Cloud Hill
– Wild Rose (WINNER)

Best Picture:
– 1917 (WINNER)
– Apollo 11
– Jojo Rabbit
– Joker
-Knives Out
-Little Women
-Marriage Story
-Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood
-Parasite
-The Irishman

Best Director:
– Sam Mendes, 1917 (WINNER)
– Greta Gerwig, Little Women
– Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood
– Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
– Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Best Actor:
– Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
– Joaquin Phoenix, Joker (WINNER)
– Adam Driver, Marriage Story
– Taron Egerton, Rocketman
– Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Actress:
– Charlize Theron, Bombshell
– Awkwafina, The Farewell
– Renee Zellweger, Judy
– Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
– Lupita Nyong’o, Us (WINNER)

Best Supporting Actress:
– Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell
– Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
– Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
– Florence Pugh, Little Women (WINNER)
– Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actor:
– Shia LeBeouf, Honey Boy
– Al Pacino, The Irishman
– Joe Pesci, The Irishman
– Jonathan Majors, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
– Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood (WINNER)

Best Animated Feature:
– Abominable
– Frozen II
– I Lost My Body
– Klaus
– Toy Story 4 (WINNER)

Best Documentary:
– Amazing Grace
– American Factory
– Apollo 11 (WINNER)
– One Child Nation
– Tell Me Who I Am

Best Screenplay:
– Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
– Rian Johnson, Knives Out
– Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
– Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won (story by Joon-ho), Parasite (WINNER)

Best Acting Ensemble:
– Avengers: Endgame
– Knives Out (WINNER)
– Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Parasite
– The Irishman

Best Foreign Film:
– Atlantics (dir. Mati Diop)
– Pain and Glory (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
– Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)
– Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho) (WINNER)

Best Young Actress:
– Kyliegh Curran, Doctor Sleep (WINNER)
– Lucy Gallina, The Irishman
– Sophia Lillis, IT: Chapter 2
– Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit
– Julia Butters, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Shahadi Wright Joseph, Us

Best Young Actor:
– Jacob Tremblay, Good Boys
– Noah Jupe, Honey Boy
– Archie Yates, Jojo Rabbit
– Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit (WINNER)
– Evan Alex, Us

Best Action Film:
– Avengers: Endgame (WINNER)
– John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
– Spider-Man: Far from Home
– Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Horror Film:
– Doctor Sleep
– It: Chapter 2
– Midsommar
– Ready or Not
– Us (WINNER)

Best Comedy:
– Booksmart
– Dolemite is my Name
– Jojo Rabbit
– Knives Out (WINNER)
– Long Shot

Best Score:
– Thomas Newman, 1917
– Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker (WINNER)
– Randy Newman, Marriage Story
– John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
– Michael Abels, Us

Best Song:
– “Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
– “Stand Up,” Harriet
– “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Rocketman (WINNER)
– “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
– “Glasgow (No Place Like Home),” Wild Rose

Best Sound:
– 1917 (WINNER)
– Apollo 11
– Ford v. Ferrari
– Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Production Design:
– 1917
– Knives Out
– Little Women
– Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (WINNER)
– Parasite

Best Cinematography:
– Roger Deakins, 1917 (WINNER)
– Lawrence Sher, Joker
– Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Hong Kyung-pyo, Parasite
– Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse

Best Editing:
– Lee Smith, 1917 (WINNER)
– Fred Raskin, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
– Yang Jin-mo, Parasite
– Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman

Best Music Film:
– Amazing Grace
– Blinded by the Light
– Rocketman (WINNER)
– Wild Rose
– Yesterday

The Hollywood Critics Association Honors 1917!


On Thursday night, the Hollywood Critics Association named their picks for both the best of 2019 and the best of the decade!  Following it’s previous Golden Globe win, 1917 notched up another win with the HCA.  After being something of an also-ran during the first half of awards season, 1917 is closing strong and we’ll see if that carries through to the Oscars in February.

Here are the winners:

  • Best Picture – “1917″
  • Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
  • Best Actress – Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”
  • Best Supporting Actor – Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
  • Best Supporting Actress – Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”
  • Best Original Screenplay – Han Jin-won and Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”
  • Best Male Director – Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”
  • Best Female Director – Olivia Wilde, “Booksmart”
  • Best Performance by an Actor 23 and Under – Noah Jupe, “Honey Boy”
  • Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under – Kaitlyn Dever, “Booksmart”
  • Breakthrough Performance Actor – Kelvin Harrison Jr., “Waves”
  • Breakthrough Performance Actress – Jessie Buckley, “Wild Rose”
  • Best Cast Ensemble – “Knives Out”
  • Best First Feature – “Honey Boy”
  • Best Independent Film (Tie) – “The Farewell” & “Waves”
  • Best Action/War Film – “1917”
  • Best Animated Film – “Toy Story 4”
  • Best Blockbuster – “Avengers: Endgame”
  • Best Comedy/Musical (Tie) – “Rocketman” & “Booksmart”
  • Best Documentary – “Apollo 11”
  • Best Foreign Language Film – “Parasite”
  • Best Horror – “Us”
  • Best Animated or VFX Performance – Rosa Salazar, “Alita: Battle Angel”
  • Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins, “1917”
  • Best Costume Design – Julian Day, “Rocketman”
  • Best Editing – Lee Smith, “1917”
  • Best Hair and Makeup – Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker, “Bombshell”
  • Best Original Song – “Glasgow,” “Wild Rose”
  • Best Score – Hildur Guðnadóttir, “Joker”
  • Best Stunt Work – “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”
  • Best Visual Effects – Dan Deleeuw, Matt Aitken, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick “Avengers: Endgame”

2020 Hollywood Critics Association Honorary Awards

  • Actor Achievement Award – Anton Yelchin (posthumously)
  • Filmmaker Achievement Award – Bong Joon Ho
  • Artisans Achievement Award – Ruth E. Carter
  • Game Changer Award – Paul Walter Hauser
  • Star on the Rise – Taylor Russell
  • Newcomer – Zack Gottsagen
  • Trailblazer – Olivia Wilde

End of a Decade Awards Recipients

  • Actor of the Decade – Adam Driver
  • Actress of the Decade – Kristen Stewart
  • Director of the Decade – Denis Villeneuve
  • Producer of the Decade – Daniela Taplin Lundberg
  • Next Generation of Hollywood – Kelvin Harrison Jr., Geraldine Viswanathan, Brooklynn Prince, Millicent Simmonds, Mckenna Grace, Jack Dylan Grazer, Thomasin McKenzie, Zoey Deutch, Noah Jupe, Kaitlyn Dever, Lana Condor, and Shahadi Wright Joseph

Here Are The DGA Nominations!


Todd Phillips did not pick up a DGA nomination but fear not Joker fans.  The film did pick a nomination from the PGA.

Uncut Gems has now been snubbed by the SAG, the DGA, and the PGA so I’m going to assume that it’s Oscar chances are pretty much dead.  It was one of my favorite films of the year but, at the same time, I can also understand why some people might not share my feelings.

JoJo Rabbit, on the other hand, has been nominated by the DGA, PGA, and the SAG so it’s definitely a stronger contender than some have been giving it credit for being.

Anyway, here are the 2019 Director’s Guild nominations!

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

Mati Diop, Atlantics
Alma Har’el, Honey Boy
Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim
Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, The Peanut Butter Falcon