And the Oscar for the Best Picture goes to…

And the Oscar for the Best Picture goes to…The Shape of Water!

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So sorry for Dunkirk and Call Me By Your name

The Oscar for the best Live Action Short Film goes to…

The Oscar for the best Live Action Short Film goes to… Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton for The Silent Child!

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The Greatest Showman Review (evaluation: 5/5)

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(testo italiano subito dopo)

It’s an explosion of music, colours, grit, energy, joy and desire to dream that can’t disappoint you and that you don’t have to miss. The genre is not my favourite but this film, as well as not being the usual’ 50s/’ 60s musical, is abstracted from any categorisation or label, and is simply objectively beautiful and has to be seen for its ability to convey joy. The film starts with a bang, right from the first scene you would like to get up and move around the whole cinema. Hugh Jackman said that they were inspired by Steve Jobs’ Apple presentations for the opening scene and they certainly achieved their goal.

Hugh Jackman (P. T. Barnum) was born for this role, shines in his red costume with his hat, he’s fantastic in the film but also on the set, where he managed to involve everyone with his spirit and where he was able to transfer all his passion and commitment that led him to such a result.
The cast is exceptional, from the protagonists to the last of the extras, and is able to transport you into a magical world, letting you escape from reality for the entire duration of the film. Keala Seattle (the bearded woman) has an exceptional talent and scenic presence, Zac Efron and Zendaya are perfect for their roles and very gifted also in singing and dancing. The energetic choreographies and songs that are very catchy and never tiring, are of a higher level than most other musicals. The costumes are, to say the least, iconic and perfect for the era in which the film is set, the costume of Hugh Jackman (and not only his) will certainly enter the history of cinema and entertainment. Lights, colours and special effects are also perfect. The plot is almost always clear and the dialogues are very good; someone could complain some shadows in the screenplay – for example in the introspection of some characters – but I think these elements are completely irrelevant especially considering that this film, as well as being a show with the capital S, is a real praise of diversity and tells and celebrates the things that are worth living for most: love, art, friendship, adventure, courage, solidarity, trust and mutual respect.
The only “negative” note that we can perhaps add is that the love story between Zac Efron and Zendaya could have been a little more detailed, but I write this because it is so beautiful and well interpreted by the actors that I regret that it has not been given more importance.
If you nominate the circus today it is likely that you twist your nose but in the mid-nineteenth century it was really the greatest spectacle, in which you could see the strangest things that at the time you could only admire there and really amazed; you could find many similarities between the circus of the time and the cinema of today.
However, it is a film during which you don’t get bored for even a moment and suitable for everyone.
Hugh Jackman is truly the biggest showman and this film is really the biggest show you can really want to see.

The noblest art is that of making others happy (P.T. Barnum)

Directed by Michael Gracey
Produced by
  • Laurence Mark
  • Peter Chernin
  • Jenno Topping
Screenplay by
  • Jenny Bicks
  • Bill Condon
Story by Jenny Bicks
Starring
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Zac Efron
  • Michelle Williams
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Zendaya
Music by
  • John Debney
  • Joseph Trapanese
Cinematography Seamus McGarvey
Edited by
  • Tom Cross
  • Robert Duffy
  • Joe Hutshing
  • Michael McCusker
  • Jon Poll
  • Spencer Susser
Production
company
  • Chernin Entertainment
  • Seed Productions
  • Laurence Mark Productions
  • TSG Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 8, 2017 (RMS Queen Mary 2)
  • December 20, 2017(United States)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $84 million
Box office $361.5 million

Recensione The Greatest Showman (voto: 5/5)

È un’esplosione di musica, colori, grinta, energia e voglia di sognare che non potrà assolutamente deludervi e che non dovete perdere. Il genere non rientra fra i miei preferiti ma questo film, oltre a non essere il solito musical anni ’50/’60, si astrae da ogni categorizzazione o etichetta ed è semplicemente oggettivamente bello e da vedere per la sua capacità di trasmettere gioia. Il film inizia col botto, fin dalla prima scena ci si vorrebbe alzare e muoversi per tutta la sala. Hugh Jackman ha affermato che per la scena iniziale si sono ispirati alle presentazioni della Apple di Steve Jobs e di sicuro hanno raggiunto l’obiettivo che si erano prefissati.

Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum) è nato per questo ruolo, brilla nel suo costume rosso col cappello, è fantastico nel film ma anche sul set, dove è riuscito a coinvolgere tutti con il suo spirito e dove ha saputo trasferire tutta la sua passione e il suo impegno che lo hanno portato ad un simile risultato.

Il cast è eccezionale, dai protagonisti all’ultima delle comparse, ed è in grado di trasportarvi in un mondo magico facendovi evadere dalla realtà per tutta la durata del film. Keala Seattle (la donna barbuta) ha un talento e una presenza scenica eccezionali, Zac Efron e Zendaya sono perfetti per i loro ruoli e molto dotati anche nel canto e nella danza. Le coreografie, piene di energia, e le canzoni molto orecchiabili e che non stancano mai, sono di un livello superiore rispetto alla maggior parte degli altri musical. I costumi sono a dir poco iconici e perfetti per l’epoca in cui è ambientato il film, il costume di Hugh Jackman (e non solo il suo) entrerà di certo nella storia del cinema e dello spettacolo. Anche le luci, i colori e gli effetti speciali sono perfetti. La trama è quasi sempre chiara e i dialoghi molto buoni; qualcuno potrebbe lamentare alcune ombre nella sceneggiatura – per esempio nell’introspezione di alcuni personaggi – ma io credo che questi elementi siano del tutto ininfluenti soprattutto considerando che questo film, oltre a essere uno spettacolo con la S maiuscola, è un vero e proprio elogio della diversità e racconta e celebra le cose per cui vale la pena vivere: amore, arte, amicizia, avventura, coraggio, solidarietà, fiducia e rispetto reciproco.

L’unica nota “negativa” che forse si può rilevare è che la storia d’amore fra Zac Efron e Zendaya poteva essere approfondita un po’ di più ma scrivo questo perché è talmente bella e ben interpretata dagli attori che dispiace che non le sia stato dato maggiore spazio.

Se si nomina il circo oggi è probabile storcere il naso ma a metà ’800 era davvero il più grande spettacolo, in cui si potevano vedere le cose più strane che all’epoca si potevano ammirare solo lì e stupivano veramente; si potrebbero scovare molte analogie fra il circo dell’epoca e il cinema di oggi.

Comunque è un film durante il quale non ci si annoia neanche un attimo e adatto a tutti.

Hugh Jackman è veramente il più grande showman e questo film è davvero il più grande spettacolo che si possa desiderare vedere.

The noblest art is that of making others happy (P.T. Barnum)

Oscars: Trailers for the 9 Best Picture Nominees

Call Me By Your Name:

 

Darkest Hour:

 

Dunkirk (you can find my review here):

 

Get Out:

 

Lady Bird:

 

Phantom Thread:

 

The Post:

 

The Shape of Water:

 

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri:

AND THE OSCAR FOR THE BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE GOES TO…

Casey Affleck for Manchester by the sea!!! 

And the Oscar for the best Original Screenplay goes to…

Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea!!!

2017 EE British Academy Film Awards Winners! (BAFTA)

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Here are the EE British Academy Film Awards nominations and Winners in 2017!

 

FELLOWSHIP

MEL BROOKS

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
CURZON

BEST FILM
ARRIVAL Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder
I, DANIEL BLAKE Rebecca O’Brien
LA LA LAND Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
MOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy
DENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, David Hare
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM David Yates, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison
UNDER THE SHADOW Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER 
The Girl With All the Gifts: MIKE CAREY (Writer), CAMILLE GATIN (Producer)
The Hard Stop: GEORGE AMPONSAH (Writer/Director/Producer), DIONNE WALKER (Writer/Producer)
Notes on Blindness: PETER MIDDLETON (Writer/Director/Producer), JAMES SPINNEY (Writer/Director/Producer), JO-JO ELLISON (Producer)
The Pass: JOHN DONNELLY (Writer), BEN A. WILLIAMS (Director)
Under the Shadow: BABAK ANVARI (Writer/Director), EMILY LEO, OLIVER ROSKILL, LUCAN TOH (Producers) 

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
DHEEPAN Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
JULIETA Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
MUSTANG Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Charles Gillibert
SON OF SAUL László Nemes, Gábor Sipos
TONI ERDMANN Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski 

DOCUMENTARY
13th Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick, Howard Barish
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK- THE TOURING YEARS Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Scott Pascucci, Nigel Sinclair
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Otto Bell, Stacey Reiss
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney
WEINER Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

ANIMATED FILM
FINDING DORY Andrew Stanton
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Travis Knight
MOANA Ron Clements, John Musker
ZOOTROPOLIS Byron Howard, Rich Moore

DIRECTOR
ARRIVAL Denis Villeneuve
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
HELL OR HIGH WATER Taylor Sheridan
I, DANIEL BLAKE Paul Laverty
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan
MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ARRIVAL Eric Heisserer
HACKSAW RIDGE Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan
HIDDEN FIGURES Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder 
LION Luke Davies
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford

LEADING ACTOR
ANDREW GARFIELD Hacksaw Ridge
CASEY AFFLECK Manchester by the Sea
JAKE GYLLENHAAL Nocturnal Animals
RYAN GOSLING La La Land
VIGGO MORTENSEN Captain Fantastic

LEADING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS Arrival
EMILY BLUNT The Girl on the Train
EMMA STONE La La Land
MERYL STREEP Florence Foster Jenkins
NATALIE PORTMAN Jackie

SUPPORTING ACTOR
AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON Nocturnal Animals
DEV PATEL Lion
HUGH GRANT Florence Foster Jenkins
JEFF BRIDGES Hell or High Water
MAHERSHALA ALI Moonlight

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake
MICHELLE WILLIAMS Manchester by the Sea
NAOMIE HARRIS Moonlight
NICOLE KIDMAN Lion
VIOLA DAVIS Fences

ORIGINAL MUSIC 
ARRIVAL Jóhann Jóhannsson
JACKIE Mica Levi
LA LA LAND Justin Hurwitz
LION Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Abel Korzeniowski

CINEMATOGRAPHY
ARRIVAL Bradford Young
HELL OR HIGH WATER Giles Nuttgens
LA LA LAND Linus Sandgren
LION Greig Fraser
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Seamus McGarvey

EDITING
ARRIVAL Joe Walker
HACKSAW RIDGE John Gilbert
LA LA LAND Tom Cross
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Jennifer Lame
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Joan Sobel

PRODUCTION DESIGN
DOCTOR STRANGE Charles Wood, John Bush
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
HAIL, CAESAR! Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

LA LA LAND David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco 
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Shane Valentino, Meg Everist

COSTUME DESIGN
ALLIED Joanna Johnston
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Colleen Atwood
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS Consolata Boyle
JACKIE Madeline Fontaine
LA LA LAND Mary Zophres

MAKE UP & HAIR
DOCTOR STRANGE Jeremy Woodhead
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips
HACKSAW RIDGE Shane Thomas
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Donald Mowat, Yolanda Toussieng
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Amanda Knight, Neal Scanlan, Lisa Tomblin

SOUND
ARRIVAL Sylvain Bellemare, Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl
DEEPWATER HORIZON Dror Mohar, Mike Prestwood Smith, Wylie Stateman, Renee Tondelli, David Wyman
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Ian Tapp
HACKSAW RIDGE Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright
LA LA LAND Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Andy Nelson

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
ARRIVAL Louis Morin 
DOCTOR STRANGE Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
THE JUNGLE BOOK Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll, Nigel Sumner

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION 
THE ALAN DIMENSION Jac Clinch, Jonathan Harbottle, Millie Marsh
A LOVE STORY Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King 
TOUGH Jennifer Zheng

BRITISH SHORT FILM 
CONSUMED Richard John Seymour
HOME Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell
MOUTH OF HELL Bart Gavigan, Samir Mehanovic, Ailie Smith, Michael Wilson
THE PARTY Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming, Andrea Harkin, Conor MacNeill
STANDBY Jack Hannon, Charlotte Regan

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public) 
ANYA TAYLOR-JOY
LAIA COSTA
LUCAS HEDGES
RUTH NEGGA
TOM HOLLAND

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