Movies - Awards postsSunday December 09, 2018
LA —> Roma
Another victory celebration
A week after NY, LA film critics chose their best of 2018, and with the same best of 2018: Alfonso Cuaron's “Roma.”
I think LA is unique in giving out both gold and silver. No bronze. Here's the films they tapped:
- Best Film: “Roma”
- Runner-up: “Burning”
- Best Director: Debra Granik, “Leave No Trace”
- Runner-up: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”
- Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed”
- Runner-up: Ben Foster, “Leave No Trace”
- Best Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
- Runner-up: Toni Collette, “Hereditary”
- Best Supporting Actor: Steven Yeun, “Burning”
- Runner-up: Hugh Grant, “Paddington 2”
- Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
- Runner-up: Elizabeth Debicki, “Widows”
- Best Foreign-Language Film: ??
- Runner-up: ??
- Best Documentary/Nonfiction Film: “Shirkers”
- Runner-up: “Minding the Gap”
- Best Animated Film: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
- Runner-up: “Incredibles 2”
- Best Screenplay: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
- Runner-up: “The Favourite,” Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
- Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”
- Runner-up: James Laxton, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
- Best Editing: Joshua Altman and Bing Liu, “Minding the Gap”
- Runner-up: Alfonso Cuaron and Adam Gough, “Roma”
- Best Music/Score: Nicholas Britell, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
- Runner-up: Justin Hurwitz, “First Man”
- Best Production Design: Hannah Beachler, “Black Panther”
- Runner-up: Fiona Crombie, “The Favourite”
I saw “Roma” Friday and can't disagree. Looking forward to “The Favourite.” Seeing “Burning” in a few hours.
NYFCC: All Roads Lead to Roma
When in Roma...
- Best Picture: “Roma”
- Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
- Best Screenplay: Paul Scharder, “First Reformed”
- Best Actress: Regina Hall, “Support the Girls”
- Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed”
- Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
- Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
- Best Cinematography: “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron
- Best Non-fiction Film: “Minding the Gap,” director Bing Liu
- Best Foreign Language Film: “Cold War,” director Pawel Pawlikowski
- Best Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
- Best First Film: “Eighth Grade,” director Bo Burnham
- Special Award For Career Achievement: David Schwartz, Chief Film Curator at Museum of the Moving Image for 33 years
- Special Award: Kino Classics Box Set “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers”
Interesting seeing both Pawlikowski and Hawke honored. Makes me think of an underrated movie they made together in 2011. Also makes me want to see “Cold War.”
NYFCC's big winner, “Roma,” I won't be able to see until Dec. 7 at the Cinerama in Seattle. Wanted to go big screen on it. But I‘ve tended to like NYFCC’s choices. Past NYFCC winners here, with thoughts.
|YEAR||NYFCC BEST FILM||THOUGHTS|
|2000||Traffic||Not for me|
|2002||Far from Heaven||Nah|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Please|
|2007||No Country for Old Men||Definitely|
|2008||Milk||I could watch this again.|
|2009||The Hurt Locker||Safe choice|
|2010||The Social Network||Good choice|
|2011||The Artist||Fun and inventive|
|2012||Zero Dark Thirty||Problematic|
|2013||American Hustle||Even more fun|
|2015||Carol||Wasn't head-over-heels like a lot of people, but respected.|
|2016||La La Land||Similar|
|2017||Lady Bird||Long live Greta Gerwig|
|2018||Roma||Seeing Dec. 7.|
National Board of Review Honors ‘Green Book’
I posted a semi-critical review of “Green Book” on Monday. On Tuesday, the National Board of Review honored it with the best film of the year.
So it goes. Me and NBR have never really agreed on much. Here are its best pics this century:
|YEAR||NBR BEST PICTURE|
|2005||Good Night, and Good Luck.|
|2006||Letters from Iwo Jima|
|2007||No Country for Old Men|
|2009||Up in the Air|
|2010||The Social Network|
|2012||Zero Dark Thirty|
|2014||A Most Violent Year|
|2015||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|2016||Manchester by the Sea|
Years in which its best would be in my top 5: 2007, 2010 and 2016.
Its odd choices are inconsistently odd: from the lightweight (“Finding Neverland,” “her”) to the heavy/gritty (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “A Most Violent Year”); from black-and-white serious (“Good Night, and Good Luck”) to outlandishly colorful and comically pop (“Mad Max: Fury Road”). NBR is like an odd cousin. When they show up, not sure what I'm going to get.
That said, “Green Book” is part of its celebration of the middle of the road. They did it last year with “The Post,” too. They also released their top 10—or I guess #s 2 through 11. (Why do they call it top 10?) Here they are in alphabetical order:
- The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
- Black Panther
- Can You Ever Forgive Me?
- Eighth Grade
- First Reformed
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- Mary Poppins Returns
- A Quiet Place
- A Star Is Born
Looking forward to “Roma,” “Buster Scruggs” and “Mary Poppins.” Willing to watch “First Reformed” again to see what I missed in my “meh” review. Otherwise...
‘Three Billboards’ Wins BAFTA for Best Picture; Does this Presage Oscar?
Still no arrests, but many awards.
If you'd told me that “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” had just won the BAFTA, the British Oscar, for best picture, and that this presaged an Oscar victory for same since previous BAFTA winners “La La Land,” “The Revenant” and “Boyhood” all won the Oscar, too, I would‘ve probably just nodded and continued the conversation. It would’ve taken me a few seconds to go, “Wait ... Did those three win the Oscar?” They didn‘t: “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” and “Birdman” did. But I think the pre-Oscar conversation goes on so long these days that it’s harder to keep track of which movie actually won. Those were all in the running, of course. They were part of the conversation up until the announcement. Hell, “La La Land” actually was announced. It was on stage and in the middle of its acceptance speech. Then: Yoink.
So BAFTA presages not much in the best picture category. Although BAFTA and Oscar agreed every year between 2008 (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and 2013 (“12 Years a Slave”), this was an anomaly. In their history together, they‘ve disagreed more than agreed on best picture: 28 of 71 times. Not even 40 percent. And that’s including the movies that won BAFTA/Oscar in different years.
I like how they differ, by the way. BAFTA usually goes (shockingly) British, choosing, say, “Atonement” over “No Country for Old Men,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral” over “Forrest Gump,” and (my personal favorite) “Howard's End” over “Unforgiven.” You may say “Howard's End” deserved its BAFTA and I'd be forced to respond, “Deserve's got nothing to do with it, kid.”
BAFTA also goes French more than we do—since we never do. Or we only do if it's Hollywood French (“Gigi”). BAFTA has chosen for its best pic, among others, “Jean de Florette,” “Day for Night,” “Wages of Fear” and “La Ronde.” Not a bad list.
Finally, BAFTA likes small better than we do. “The Full Monty” won in ‘97 over “Titanic.” Only one Woody Allen movie has won the Oscar for best pic (“Annie Hall,” 1977), but three have claimed BAFTAs: “Annie,” “Manhattan” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo.” Remember “Educating Rita”? That won. “The Commitments” beat “The Silence of the Lambs.”
Another trivia question: What three Martin Scorsese movies won the BAFTA? I’ll let you mull it over for a second.
But the BAFTA acting wins do probably presage Oscar victories, since they‘re the same that the Screen Actors Guild chose a few weeks ago: McDormand, Oldman, Janey and Rockwell. Wouldn’t bet against any of these.
They also awarded a BAFTA to oft-Oscar-nominated/never-won cinematographer Roger Deakins for his work on “Blade Runner 2049.” I thought, “That's nice. Nice to see him get one.” It's actually his fourth BAFTA. He won previously for three Coens: “The Man Who Wasn't There,” “No Country for Old Men” and “True Grit.” Oscar has nominated him 12 times before this year and handed out exactly zero statuettes. Maybe 13 is his lucky number.
The chart below details all the BAFTA/Oscar wins with agreements highlighted in yellow. You can see the answer to the Scorsese trivia question, too. Ready? The three Scorsese movies that won BAFTAs are: “Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore,” “Goodfellas” and “The Aviator.” If you'd given me 10 guesses, I doubt I would‘ve nailed all three.
|2017||Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri|
|2016||La La Land||Moonlight|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||12 Years a Slave|
|2011||The Artist||The Artist|
|2010||The King’s Speech||The King's Speech|
|2009||The Hurt Locker||The Hurt Locker|
|2008||Slumdog Millionaire||Slumdog Millionaire|
|2007||Atonement||No Country for Old Men|
|2006||The Queen||The Departed|
|2004||The Aviator||Million Dollar Baby|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King||The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King|
|2001||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring||A Beautiful Mind|
|1999||American Beauty||American Beauty|
|1998||Shakespeare in Love||Shakespeare in Love|
|1997||The Full Monty||Titanic|
|1996||The English Patient||The English Patient|
|1995||Sense and Sensibility||Braveheart|
|1994||Four Weddings and a Funeral||Forrest Gump|
|1993||Schindler's List||Schindler's List|
|1991||The Commitments||Silence of the Lambs|
|1990||Goodfellas||Dances with Wolves|
|1989||Dead Poets Society||Driving Miss Daisy|
|1988||The Last Emperor||Rain Man|
|1987||Jean de Florette||The Last Emperor|
|1986||A Room with a View||Platoon|
|1985||The Purple Rose of Cairo||Out of Africa|
|1984||The Killing Fields||Amadeus|
|1983||Educating Rita||Terms of Endearment|
|1981||Chariots of Fire||Chariots of Fire|
|1980||The Elephant Man||Ordinary People|
|1979||Manhattan||Kramer vs. Kramer|
|1978||Julia||The Deer Hunter|
|1977||Annie Hall||Annie Hall|
|1976||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||Rocky|
|1975||Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest|
|1974||Lacombe Lucien||The Godfather Part II|
|1973||Day for Night||The Sting|
|1971||Sunday Bloody Sunday||The French Connection|
|1970||Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid||Patton|
|1969||Midnight Cowboy||Midnight Cowboy|
|1967||A Man for All Seasons||In the Heat of the Night|
|1966||Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?||A Man for All Seasons|
|1965||My Fair Lady||The Sound of Music|
|1964||Dr. Strangelove||My Fair Lady|
|1963||Tom Jones||Tom Jones|
|1962||Lawrence of Arabia||Lawrence of Arabia|
|1961||Ballad of a Soldier/The Hustler||West Side Story|
|1960||The Apartment||The Apartment|
|1958||Room at the Top||Gigi|
|1957||The Bridge of the River Kwai||The Bridge on the River Kwai|
|1956||Gervaise||Around the World in 80 Days|
|1954||The Wages of Fear||On the Waterfront|
|1953||Forbidden Games||From Here to Eternity|
|1952||The Sound Barrier||The Greatest Show on Earth|
|1951||La Ronde||An American in Paris|
|1950||All About Eve||All About Eve|
|1949||Bicycle Thieves||All the King's Men|
|1947||The Best Years of Our Lives||Gentleman's Agreement|
|1946||n/a||The Best Years of Our Lives|
Two weeks until Oscar.
Del Toro Wins DGA; Is Oscar a Lock?
Last night, the Directors Guild of America gave its award in outstanding achievement in feature film to Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water.” This follows on the heels of the Producers Guild of America awarding its feature film prize to “The Shape of Water,” too.
So how often has a film won the DGA and PGA and not gone on to win the Oscar for best picture? Four and a half times since the PGAs began in 1989:
|2016||La La Land||La La Land||Moonlight|
|2013||Gravity||Gravity/12 Years a Slave||12 Years a Slave|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Brokeback Mountain||Crash|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Saving Private Ryan||Shakespeare in Love|
|1995||Apollo 13||Apollo 13||Braveheart|
Even if “Shape” doesn't win best pic, del Toro seems a lock for best director. Just winning the DGA usually means the Oscar for best director. In the last 10 years, the only break came when Ben Affleck won the DGA for “Argo” but wasn't nominated by the Academy, so its prize went to Ang Lee for “Life of Pi.” Before that, you have to go back to 2002, when the DGA went with Rob Marshall for “Chicago” while the Academy honored Roman Polanski for “The Pianist.”
If del Toro does win the Oscar, it will also continue the recent diversification of an award that was once staunchly white and male:
- 2017: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
- 2016: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
- 2015: Alejandro Innaritu, “The Revenant”
- 2014: Alejandro Innaritu, “Birdman”
- 2013: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
- 2012: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Six awards, four Mexican directors, one Taiwanese director. Don't tell Donald. Or do. Let's have some fun.