The awards-season grand finale is right around the corner with the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2017! For those who are fortunate to have their pulse on Hollywood, as reported by the many celebrity and entertainment magazines we support, the buzz is especially exciting around awards season. While you can read the complete list of 2017 Oscar nominees, we’ve also made a few of our own predictions. Continue reading
Some may enjoy the celebrity assault Ricky Gervais mounted while hosting the Golden Globes, but this year’s Academy Awards host Billy Crystal isn’t one of them. Covering Entertainment Weekly‘s annual Oscar Issue, the actor says, “That whole concept of ‘I want to really go after people’–I don’t understand that. Is it a roast or is it an awards show? Do you dislike these people?” Ahem, Mr. Gervais?
But before the Hollywood elite breathe a complete sigh of relief, they should know that Crystal doesn’t want them to get too comfortable. While Crystal, returning to the gig 21 years after his Oscar hosting debut, uses a “different bar” as a host, he’s not opposed to a friendly jab now and then. “If there’s a good target and they deserve it, you can kid them in the right way,” he says. “But it’s not the place to go out there and hammer people, because who am I? There’s many times we’ve kicked out jokes because they were too personal.”
It seems the eight-time Academy Award emcee wants to have a good time but not at the expense of the nominees. After all, the comedian-turned-actor has also been a die-hard fan of the show itself since he was six or seven years old. He recalls, “When I would first watch it … I very rarely could stay up until the Best Picture award, so my mother would write down who won and when I came into the kitchen the next morning, the list of winners would be in my cereal bowl.”
A host who’s just as big of a fan as we are? How fantastic is that? So much better than last year when Anne Hathaway tried to will fellow Oscar host James Franco into enjoying the night. But no amount of dress changes or Cheshire cat grins could win him (or their critical audience) over. For that reason, the expectation for this year’s show to be great is certainly high, to which Crystal simply says, “I’ve got to deliver.”
Will you be watching the Academy Awards tonight? How do you feel about Billy Crystal returning as the host? Which film deserves the Best Picture crown in your opinion?
Oscar nominations are more than a month away, but you can be in the know by catching these buzzed-about films.
It’s that time of year when movie buffs–and those who fancy themselves movie buffs–are treated to the best movies Hollywood has to offer. And there’s a reason for it: ‘Tis awards season, folks, and every studio in Tinseltown is hoping to garner some extra industry praise (and cold, hard box office cash) just in time for the big dance with a fella named Oscar.
Of course, there are hints as to which films will be singled out, and they come via magazine movie guides and early award shows. When a film gets enough buzz, you know it’s worth seeing. Here are the films worthy of your consideration.
1. “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley. Entertainment Weekly calls it “sharp, funny, generous, and moving.” I’ll tell you it’s definitely heavy but incredibly thoughtful. This is a film that will keep you engaged long after you leave the theater. Early nods: National Board of Review of Motion Pictures prize for Clooney (Best Actor) and Woodley (Best Supporting Actress) as well as Independent Spirit Award noms for Clooney (Best Actor), Woodley (Supporting Actress), and Alexander Payne (Best Director, Best Screenplay).
2. “Hugo,” Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield. When you think “kids’ movie,” director Martin Scorsese probably doesn’t come to mind. But “Hugo,” based on Brian Selznick’s spectacular children’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” isn’t just for kids. It’s a sophisticated 3-D film The Hollywood Reporter calls “a dazzling family friendly film” and that effortlessly “conjoins the earliest days of cinema with the very latest big-screen technology.” Need more convincing? The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures named it Best Picture, and Scorsese Best Director.
3. “Beginners,” Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor. It might only be writer-director Mike Mills’ second film, but this one–autobiographical in nature–is both poignant and funny. It tied for Best Picture (with “Tree of Life,” see below) at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, and New York magazine describes it as “a marvelously inventive romantic comedy … pickled in sadness, loss.”
4. “Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn. Terrence Malick’s take on the meaning of life seemed to marginalize American audiences–they love it or hate it. Entertainment Weekly dubbed it as “profound–and more than a little puzzling.” However, the film nabbed the Palm d’Or (Best Picture) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and tied for Best Picture (with “Beginners”) at the Gotham Awards.
5. “Melancholia,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard. Dunst won best actress at the Cannes Film Festival in May for her portrayal of a clinically depressed woman facing the end of the world–literally. The film also garnered three awards at the European Film Awards earlier this month, including Best Actress for Dunst and an award for cinematography. Entertainment Weekly hailed it as a “movie masterpiece,” “a work of genius,” and “a giant achievement” for Danish director Lars von Trier.
6. “The Artist,” Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller. For a film paying homage to silent movies, “The Artist” sure is making a lot of noise. Most recently, it picked up Best Film at the Washington, D.C., Area Film Critics Association. Entertainment Weekly suggests that the real romance of the film is between us, “the jaded 21st-century audience, and the mechanical innocence of old movies.”
None of these films is necessarily a “blockbuster” right out of the gate, but with a little awards season help, their studios will be rolling in it.
What films are you anticipating?