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Saturday
Mar022019

Tweetweek

curated by Nathaniel R 

 Aint that just the truth? I think tweet above is a very important thought that all critics and audience members and awards voters should keep in mind every damn year. And it works whether or not a movie is any good. A lot of people don't like these two movies mentioned above but it's even true of great great movies, perceived and received differently depending on the release dates. It's a real shame.
After the jump tweets on making movies "for the fans," ascendant gay icon must-haves, "Shallow" ear worm, Ruth E Carter's destiny, and a few leftover Oscar tweets...

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Tuesday
Feb262019

The Joyous Triumph of "Black Panther"

by Chris Feil

Of all of the great wins of Oscar night, some of the most uplifting belonged to the team from Black Panther. The film ran a gauntlet in the past year - early release, genre bias, institutionalized racism - to defy the odds and rack up three richly deserving wins in Costume Design, Production Design, and Original Score. It was the most popular film of the year and yet these wins still shouldn't be taken for granted, theirs a collective trio representing the world we experienced when we experienced Wakanda.

Adding to the sense of massive victory here are several crucial pieces of contextual trivia...

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Wednesday
Feb202019

Gowns, Prizes, and Glenn Close at the Costume Design Guild Awards

Kate Walsh's dressed in Fatal Attraction drag for the Glenn Close tribute at the CDG Awardsby Nathaniel R

The Costume Design Guild Awards were held in Los Angeles last night with the actress Kate Walsh hosting. Crazy Rich Asians (contemporary), The Favourite (period), and Black Panther (fantasy) took their top prizes. But there's more to the CDG awards than just those three top winners -- perhaps you've noticed we obsess on Costume Design a little bit?

Though the awards aren't televised one of the highlights surely must have been Kate Walsh dressing as Fatal Attraction's iconic villainess Alex Forrest (pictured left) for the Glenn Close portion of the ceremony! A complete list of winners, Oscar correlative statistic notes, favourite gowns from the ceremony, and image galleries for their winners and some personal thoughts on highlights where Glenn Close and Costume Design intersect... 

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Sunday
Feb102019

14 days til Oscar - Costume Design Lists!

Photography by Brigitte Lacombe

With 14 days until Oscar we're thinking about Queen Sandy Powell, now with a towering 14 nominations for costume design via her double nod this year for Mary Poppins Returns and The Favourite.  We interviewed her in the year of Carol and Cinderella (2015), also a double nominated year. The only time she's ever won while double nominated was the first time...

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Tuesday
Jan222019

New Oscar Trivia, courtesy of this season's nominations

by Nathaniel R

We just called to say we love you!With each new year's nominations, new trivia or follow-up stat discussions can emerge. Here are some things we noticed straightaway this morning. If you have any suggestions, do tell!

ACTRESSES

• With Glenn Close's seventh nomination for acting at 71, she is now the 8th oldest nominee in that category ever, and THE most-nominated actress who has never won. Meanwhile Amy Adams, with her sixth nomination if she loses, takes Glenn Close's previous spot in a three way tie with 1950s mainstays Thelma Ritter and Deborah Kerr for 'most noms for an actress ever without a competitive win'. Related: OUR CHAT WITH GLENN LAST MONTH

• If Glenn Close wins in February for The Wife (2018), she'll become only the third leading actress over 70 to have won. The other two were 80 year old Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and 74 year old Katharine Hepburn for On Golden Pond (1981).

• Last year Mary J Blige became the first actor ever nominated for Best Original Song and acting in the same year! The very next year, Lady Gaga has repeated the trick with A Star is Born , so now there are two people who have done it. Note: Barbra Streisand is the only person to win for both songwriting and acting but she did it in two separate years...

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Monday
Nov262018

Podcast: The Favourite, Creed 2, and Shoplifters

Nathaniel R and Murtada Elfadl welcome back Nick Davis to talk new films


Index (67 minutes)
00:01 Palme d'Or winner Shoplifters. Plus: Roma and Oscar talk.
20:22 Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite, directorial style, tragicomedies, and three stellar actresses: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone. Plus: Sandy Powell's costumes
39:45 Reader Q: Which film will get the most Oscar nods this year?
43:06 Reader Q: What is going on with Mary Queen of Scots
48:05 Reader Q: Why did Widows underperform?
52:50 Nick on Creed 2 
58:32 Randomness to wrap-up: Museo, and Ruth E. Carter's costumes for Black Panther

Further Reading / References
Nathaniel's review of The Favourite
Murtada's interview with Hirokazu Koreeda on Shoplifters
Oscar Predictions, Current
• ...and this royal Angela Bassett costume in Black Panther


You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunesContinue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 

The Favourite, Creed 2, Shoplifters