Awards Season 2017: Records and Milestones

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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:

Oscars 2017: Moonlight wins Best Picture in a confusing ending

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In a totally unexpected turn of events, Moonlight took home the Best Picture Oscar, something no poll had predicted. In fact, it became the most confusing moment of recent award shows since presenter Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially announced La La Land as the winner of this category. After a few seconds of confusion (and midway through the acceptance speech), not really knowing whether the producer of the film, Jordan Horrowitz was joking when he said Moonlight had won the award, Barry Jenkins’ team was called to the stage and given the coveted prize. This wild ending will go down in Oscars history, and probably not in a good way. Warren and Dunaway were given the wrong envelope (whose fault is that), and Dunaway just announced the winner without properly reading the envelope. How could this even happen and how could it happen in the most important award of the night?

Oscars 2017: Final predictions in all 24 categories

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It’s finally Oscars Day, my favorite day of the year (just so that you get my excitement, it’s like my birthday and Christmas combined). Tonight all the questions we’ve been making during the awards season will be answered: how many Oscars will La La Land win? Will it break a record like at the Golden Globes? Will Barry Jenkins’ poetic masterpiece Moonlight spoil La La Land’s big night? In a previous entry, I predicted the winners of the main categories, based on articles by some of the main film outlets in the Internet, today I’m giving my final predictions in all 24 categories.

Oscars 2017: Major categories predictions

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It’s Oscars week! On January 24 La La Land made history with a record-tying 14 Academy Awards nominations and is expected the wind up the big winner on February 26. But, to be fair, this has been a great year for movies, with incredible movies and performances that would have easily taken the award home any other year… let’s just face it, I’m still disappointed with Spotlight winning Best Picture last year (good film, but not Oscar worthy). Now as the final votes pour in ahead of tomorrow (February 21)’s deadline, here is a compilation of this year’s Oscar predictions in the major categories (picture, director, acting and screenplay categories) from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire and Gold Derby, and our predictions based on these results. Stay tuned this week for our full list of predictions!

BAFTA: La La Land wins top prize ahead of Oscars

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The BAFTA Awards are one of the most stylish and fun awards shows you there is. Full of our favorite British stars and hosted by the brilliant Stephen Fry, it is also an incredible opportunity to discover lesser known British films and talent (you never know who the next big thing will be). My only problem, the two-hour delay between the actual ceremony and the TV broadcast, which forces anyone interested with the thrill and suspense of awards season to avoid stumbling upon the list of winners on the Internet. But now, let’s focus on this year’s show.

SAG Awards: Hidden Figures se lleva el máximo galardón en una ceremonia marcada por las reivindicaciones políticas

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Des de su creación en 1995 el Screen Actors Guild Award (Premio del Sindicato de Actores), que galardona las mejores interpretaciones en cine y televisión, ha sido considerado una antesala de los Oscars y una ceremonia de primer orden que ya forma parte de los premios obligatorios del año. Los SAG son una fiesta del cine y la televisión, una gala fresca y dinámica (pocos anuncios, dos horas de duración), que personalmente recomiendo a cualquier persona que no la haya visto.

Oscars 2017: And the nominees are…

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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.

La realidad en la pantalla: más que una imitación

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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.