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    A Critic's Choice. Justin Chang ranks and describes the ten 2023 Best Picture nominees.

    Here they are. Read the article by Chang, LA Times critic, HERE. Confirms my view that Everything, Everywhere is vastly overrated lately.
    1. Tar
    2. The Fabelmans
    3. Women Talking
    4. Triangle of Sadness
    5. The Banshees of Inishirin
    6. Avatar; the Way of Water
    7. Top Gun; Maverick
    8. All Quiet on the Western Front
    9. Everything, Everywhere, All at Once
    10. Elvis
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    Catching up: shortlisted documentaries.
    Just some brief comments. This is a work in progress.



    BAD AXE
    THe title is the name of a remote northern 3,000+ population largely Trump supporter Michigan town. The filmamker David Siev who grew up here came back from NYC and moved in with parents and siblings to escape the pandemic, or share the lockdown, with his mixed Cambodian-Mexican-American family of origin whose members collaborate in running a restaurant called "Rachel's." His father is a childhood refugee from the Cambodian Killing Fields, his mother Mexican-American. One sister's husband is white, the other's husband's adopted black raised by a white couple. David turns his camera on the family. The film follows the tumultuous year 2020, month by month, including the George Floyd-Black Lives Matter demos, even in this small town, leading to a confrontation with skull-mask-wearing armed white suprematists, repeated menace from what turn out to be members of a terrorist cell who wind up bing arrested by the FBI, anti-Asian slurs prompted by Trump's calling COVID "Kung Flu," and finally the election of Joe Biden. And so the film is an astonishingly vivid mirroring of America at the period it covers. You can say the filmmaking is messy and reads like a home movie, that the score is loud and crude, but you can't get away from how central this material is to the American experience at this moment. And what an engaging, beautiful, sometimes embarrassing family this is.

    NOVALNY
    You probably know what this is. He is the prominent would-be Russian rival to Putin who Putin (or somebody) attempted to kill by poisoning but who miraculously survived, and went back to Russia, and was put into jail. Novalny is cool, so is his wife. The whole sequence of events is like a political thriller. It is also sometimes amusing. For me this is not as interesting or as important a theme as the threat to the Amazon rainforest (TERRITORY), climate change and the undermining of the natural world (ALL THAT BREATHES), discovering the legacy of slavery and racism in America (DESCENDANT), the opioid crisis and the culpability in it of the billionaire ackler famiily (ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED), Biden's disastrous, abrupt withdrawal from Afghanistan (RETROGRADE), even maybe the stunning art of David Bowie (MOONAGE DAYDREAM. Sometimes it's a question of how beautifully made these documentaries are. NOVALNY is a conventionally slick and competent film, but there is nothing distinctive about it; it could just be an episode of some TV news feature series episode. BAD AXE may be home-movie-ish and raw, but Chun Siev and his family are vital and unique as well as emblematic, and hence memorable.




    A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS
    I recently reported on this as part of the SF Jewish series WinterFest: it's by the maker of the previous award-winning THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS (which I liked better) by the risk-taking Danish documentarian Simon Lereng Wilmont, also made in Ukraine, about a sort of halfway house for children rescued from dangerous families hopefully awaiting adoption. It is touching and beautifully and delicately made, also a little bit sentimental and more conventional and less risk--taking than DISTANT BARKING.

    HIDDEN LETTERS
    About a secret language subjugated Chinese women used to communicate among themselves, a language now just barely saved from dying out.

    THE JANES
    Abouta band of women in Chicago who conspired to help women have abortions, and enabled thousands of them.

    LAST FLIGHT HOME
    About a family and a dying man whose remarkable life they celebrate. (I could have watched this film but avoided it because it sounded depressing.)


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    BRADSHAW'S OSCAR PICKS
    Here are Peter Bradshaw's predictions/comments, published in the Guardian today

    Best picture
    Will win Everything Everywhere All at Once
    Should win Tár
    Shoulda been a contender Funny Pages

    Best director
    Will win Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
    Should win Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
    Shoulda been a contender Charlotte Wells, Aftersun

    Best actor
    Will win Austin Butler, Elvis
    Should win Bill Nighy, Living
    Shoulda been a contender Hugh Jackman, The Son

    Best actress
    Will win Cate Blanchett, Tár
    Should win Cate Blanchett, Tár
    Shoulda been a contender Danielle Deadwyler, Till

    Best supporting actor
    Will win Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
    Should win Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Shoulda been a contender Don Cheadle, White Noise

    Best supporting actress
    Will win Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once
    Should win Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Shoulda been a contender Janelle Monáe, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Best animated feature
    Will win Pinocchio
    Should win Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
    Shoulda been a contender Apollo 10˝: A Space Age Adventure

    Best adapted screenplay
    Will win Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson and Ian Stokell All Quiet on the Western Front
    Should win Kazuo Ishiguro, Living
    Shoulda been a contender Sjón and Robert Eggers, The Northman

    Best original screenplay
    Will win Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Should win Todd Field, Tár
    Shoulda been a contender Panah Panahi for Hit the Road

    Best documentary
    Will win Navalny
    Should win Navalny
    Shoulda been a contender Moonage Daydream

    Best international feature film
    Will win All Quiet on the Western Front
    Should win The Quiet Girl
    Shoulda been a contender Saint Omer

    Best production design
    Will win Florencia Martin, Babylon
    Should win Rick Carter, The Fabelmans
    Shoulda been a contender Helen Scott, Living

    Best cinematography
    Will win Roger Deakins, Empire of Light
    Should win Roger Deakins, Empire of Light
    Shoulda been a contender Kate McCullough, The Quiet Girl

    Best makeup and hairstyling
    Will win Mark Coulier, Jason Baird and Aldo Signoretti, Elvis
    Should win Mark Coulier, Jason Baird and Aldo Signoretti, Elvis
    Shoulda been a contender Eryn Krueger Mekash, The Fabelmans

    Best costume design
    Will win Catherine Martin, Elvis
    Should win Ruth Carter, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    Shoulda been a contender Monika Buttinger, Corsage

    Best editing
    Will win Paul Rogers, Everything Everywhere All at Once
    Should win Monika Willi, Tár
    Shoulda been a contender Matthew Hannam, White Noise

    The Oscars ceremony takes place at the Dolby theatre, Los Angeles, on 12 March and will be televised worldwide
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 03-10-2023 at 12:54 PM.

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    MICHELLE YEOH IS THE FIRST ASIAN WOMAN TO WIN THE BEST ACRESS OSCAR

    "Thank you, thank you. For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof that, dream big, and dreams do come true. And ladies don't let anybody tell you you are ever past your prime. Never give up."
    OSCAR WINS, OSCAR SURPRISES

    A tweet:
    amil
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    Something about the relentlessly long awards season and how predictable these wins have been based on those wins has taken all the surprise, joy and excitement out of tonight. We’ve know[n] who’s going to win for months now. #Oscars
    [Some truth in this.]
    EEAAO WON 7 OSCARS OF ITS 11 NOMINATIONS WITH 3 ACTING AWARDS
    BRENDAN FRASER PUSHED OUT AUSTIN BUTLER IN A CLOSE BEST ACTOR RACE
    ELVIS SHUT OUT, NOTHING; DITTO BABYLON
    A24 WON 9 AWARDS
    BAFTAS ONLY PREDICTED 5 MAJOR CATEGORY AWARDS RIGHT
    "RRR" BEST SONG, “Naatu Naatu,” FIRST INDIAN OSCAR WINNER


    (For a minute-by-minute account of the evening, see GOLD DERBY)

    The Winners:

    ANIMATED FEATURE
    Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – WINNER!
    Marcel the Shell With Shoes On
    Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
    The Sea Beast
    Turning Red

    SUPPORTIING ACTOR
    Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway
    Judd Hirsch, The Fabelmans
    Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER!

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    Hong Chau, The Whale
    Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER!
    Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once

    DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
    All That Breathes
    All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
    Fire of Love
    A House Made of Splinters
    Navalny – WINNER!

    LIVE-ACTION SHORT
    An Irish Goodbye – WINNER!
    Ivalu
    Le Pupille
    Night Ride
    The Red Suitcase

    CINEMATOGRAPHY
    All Quiet on the Western Front – WINNER!
    Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
    Elvis
    Empire of Light
    Tár

    MAKEUP AND HAIR
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    The Batman
    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    Elvis
    The Whale – WINNER!

    COSTUME DESIGN
    Babylon
    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – WINNER!
    Elvis
    Everything Everywhere All at Once
    Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

    INTERNATIONAL FILM
    All Quiet on the Western Front – WINNER!
    Argentina, 1985
    Close
    EO
    The Quiet Girl

    DOCUMENTARY SHORT
    The Elephant Whisperers – WINNER!
    Haulout
    How Do You Measure a Year?
    The Martha Mitchell Effect
    Stranger at the Gate

    ANIMATED SHORT
    The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – WINNER!
    The Flying Sailor
    Ice Merchants
    My Year of Dicks
    An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It

    PRODUCTION DESIGN
    All Quiet on the Western Front – WINNER!
    Avatar: The Way of Water
    Babylon
    Elvis
    The Fabelmans

    ORIGINAL SCORE
    All Quiet on the Western Front – WINNER!
    Babylon
    The Banshees of Inisherin
    Everything Everywhere All at Once
    The Fabelmans

    VISUAL EFFECTS
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Avatar: The Way of Water – WINNER!
    The Batman
    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    Top Gun: Maverick

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    The Banshees of Inisherin
    Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER!
    The Fabelmans
    Tár
    Triangle of Sadness

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
    Living
    Top Gun: Maverick
    Women Talking – WINNER!

    SOUND
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Avatar: The Way of Water
    The Batman
    Elvis
    Top Gun: Maverick – WINNER!

    ORIGINAL SONG
    Applause, Tell It Like a Woman
    Hold My Hand, Top Gun: Maverick
    Lift Me Up, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    Naatu Naatu, RRR – WINNER!
    This Is a Life, Everything Everywhere All at Once

    EDITING
    The Banshees of Inisherin
    Elvis
    Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER!
    Tár
    Top Gun: Maverick

    DIRECTOR
    Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER!
    Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
    Todd Field, Tár
    Ruben Östlund, Triangle of Sadness

    LEAD ACTOR
    Austin Butler, Elvis
    Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Brendan Fraser, The Whale - WINNER!
    Paul Mescal, Aftersun
    Bill Nighy, Living

    LEAD ACTRESS
    Cate Blanchett, Tár
    Ana de Armas, Blonde
    Andrea Riseborough, To Leslie
    Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans
    Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER!

    BEST PICTURE
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Avatar: The Way of Water
    The Banshees of Inisherin
    Elvis
    Everything Everywhere All at Once - WINNER!
    The Fabelmans
    Tár
    Top Gun: Maverick
    Triangle of Sadness
    Women Talking



    SEE BRENDAN FRASER'S EMOTIONAL SPEECH
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 03-13-2023 at 09:09 AM.

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    Lady Gaga extended closeup the evening's "one true cinematic moment"

    "(The Tom Cruise action vehicle did give rise to the one true cinematic moment of the broadcast itself: the extended closeup of Lady Gaga as she performed the film’s Best Original Song nominee, 'Hold My Hand,' which she co-wrote with BloodPop.)" - Richard Brody, New Yorker commentary on the 2023 Oscars.

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    I enjoyed the Oscars this year.
    "Everything Everywhere" did in fact sweep, leaving Elvis, Tar and the Fabelmans in the dust.
    I chalk it up to all those young Academy voters.
    All Quiet on the Western Front also did very well- gotta see it.
    "Set the controls for the heart of the Sun" - Pink Floyd

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    It seems the average age is still in the sixties. So I don't know how EEAAO won so big, it must be something I'm missing. For me, it was a slog.

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    Maybe this years winners were a backlash in-joke: only in a multi-verse would these people win...
    "Set the controls for the heart of the Sun" - Pink Floyd

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