2017 has been a great year for movies of various origins, genres and above all, budgets. Indies are conquering the market and hearts of audiences and critics alike and this breath of fresh air has been represented this year at the Academy Awards. Low-budget movies tackling controversial subjects have finally been recognized by academics, in yet an other effort to prove the Academy is more than a bunch of white privileged males. Movies that one would have never imagined would receive Hollywood praise are nominated this year alongside more typical movies by classic Oscar directors. Let’s take a look at this year’s Best Picture nominees, from their budget, nominations, box office and ratings.
The battle is on for Hollywood’s most coveted awards. After weeks of predictions, the Academy has finally unveiled the list of nominees who will fight for glory at the Oscars on March 4th. This year’s diverse nominations and wins during awards season gave room for debate on who would claim a spot in the final roster – except for a few exceptions: Would Greta Gerwig become the fifth woman nominated for Best Director after her snub at the Golden Globes? Would the Academy embrace Jordan Peele’s horror movie Get Out? Would the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement affect this year’s nominations? These questions have been answered and it turns out the 7.258 Academy voters had an ace up their sleeves, with surprising nominees and snubs.
What is – or should be – the role of movies? To entertain and distract us from our mundane lives? To inspire us? To make a positive impact on society? Cinema, like art, is not science, and thus we may never be able to find a proper consensus on what its role should be. I personally believe that our social reality should be reflected in the entertainment we consume. Which is why, at the time of post-truth, fake news, media mistrust and general political crisis, both in the United States and Europe, The Post is the movie we needed all along.
The 2018 Awards Season official kicked off tonight with what has been labeled as the most entertaining show in Hollywood: the Golden Globes. This has been a dark year for Hollywood, with hundreds of sexual harassment allegations against some of the most powerful men in the industry, and the first show of the year was marked by social protest and feminism, in speeches and most importantly wins. Tonight statement had to go beyond words and dresses, and honoring women and works portraying complex women was the best way to do it.
So it’s been a week since the Oscars and to be honest, I’m still trying to recover… In fact, I was going to write an entry on my thoughts about this awards season, but the wound is still fresh (maybe next time). So instead, here is an entry on the many records smashed this awards season because yes, it’s been a good year for movies and diversity (and when I say “smashed this awards season” what I really mean is “smashed at this year’s Academy Awards and maybe some other shows”). If you type “Oscars 2017 records” or “Golden Globes 2017 records” on Google, the headline that is invariably going to appear is “La La Land receives record-tying 14 Oscar nominations” and “La La Land wins record-breaking 7 Golden Globes”. And let’s face it, for someone like me who loves La La Land (and will continue to love it until the end of time), that is really cool. But these were not the only records broken in a year unquestionably more diverse than the previous two editions of #OscarsSoWhite. So, here are some of the records and milestones of the 2017 awards season:
Academy Members joined Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the announcement of this year’s Academy Awards nominations. Breaking with tradition, the presentation did not follow the typical press conference format, with invited journalists, but instead was broadcasted live worldwide via different outlets, including Oscars.org: a new format for a new generation. Actors and other industry professionals were invited to talk about their experiences as Oscar nominees and winner, a format I consider way better than two actors on a stage reading names in front of journalist. The Academy is doing is best to be fresh and young, and leaving behind its image of traditional institution out of touch with younger generations of viewers.
As some of you may know, my passion for cinema began with Meryl Streep. Not only is she my favorite actress in the whole world (like many other people out there), she is also one of the people who have inspired me the most in my entire life (and as a bonus, I’ve met her twice). Today, May 27 (actually, as I write this it’s not May 27 anymore in most parts of Europe, but it is in Los Angeles), is Meryl Streep Day! How many actors do you know have their own official day? But, of course, Meryl is not like most actors… she’s Meryl Streep!
To celebrate Meryl Streep Day, I’m going to choose 100 facts about Meryl Streep everyone should know (I have to admit, listing only 100 was extremely difficult and I’ve left so many things out)!
Some days ago (actually quite a few days ago), June 22nd, was Meryl Streep’s birthday- who happens to be HER ROYAL HIGHNESS MAJESTIC QUEEN OF EVERYTHING Meryl Streep or simply the love of my life, Meryl Streep. Anyway, I was planning to publish this entry that same day but due to schedule conflicts I haven’t been able to post it until now, so here is it, after quite a long long long time without publishing anything (basically a month, I promise it won’t happen again). Actually, after thinking about it (and about the fact I haven’t published anything in sooooo long), this entry is sort of my own birthday present (cause it really was my birthday on July 4th) because I guess there’s nothing I’d rather talk about than Meryl.
I guess it would be possible to think I’m not going to talk about cinema (which is basically, in case you haven’t noticed, the main reason I created this blog, right?) since Wishful Drinking was originally a one-woman play, that was turned into a book and was finally adapted for television (and released on DVD). But anyway, since Carrie Fisher is an actress (who happened to star as Princess Leia in a film you may have heard about called Star Wars) I have an excuse to write about Wishful Drinking.
Me sorprendió leer en otro día en la prensa (porque me las apañé para conseguir llenar el bolso de periódicos que hablaban de los Oscar) algunos periodistas/críticos/no sé, gente…. Que se quejaba que, otorgando el premio al mejor actor a Eddie Redmayne se volvía a premiar, otro año más, a la mejor imitación en vez de la mejor interpretación (según decían, la de Michael Keaton en Birdman). Personalmente (por lo tanto de manera totalmente subjetiva) creo que Redmayne merecía el premio, su papel en The Theory of Everything es un verdadero tour de force: no sólo se mete en la piel de Stephen Hawking (una persona mundialmente conocida), sino que logra emocionar al espectador mostrando la desgarradora realidad de los efectos progresivos de una enfermedad tan devastadora como la esclerosis lateral amiotrófica (más conocida como ELA). Julianne Moore ha sido valorada por este tipo de interpretación (en Still Alice encarna a una lingüista que padece Alzheimer) entonces, ¿porqué no Redmayne? Decir que la fuerza (o valor) de su interpretación reside en el hecho que esté basada en una persona real es ser simplista: The Theory of Everything es mucho más que una capa de maquillaje.