89th Academy awards winners

Major screw up! What turned out to be a relatively quiet evening, ended with a “first”, a “never happened before” gaffe. The wrong winner was announced. That it happened to the Best picture category will go down in Oscar history as the most memorable moment in any Oscar-casts. Ever! Damien Chazelle’s La la land was falsely named Best picture, and after a few minutes of confusion, the real winner turned out to be Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Beside that, nothing else to report, beside a few awkward anti-Trump speeches. Host Jimmy Kimmel was effective, funny and did not get in the way of the award ceremony. This is good. But boy, oh boy, that dramatic ending… not good! Winners are in bold and red.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

Best picture

Arrival (Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde)

Fences (Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black)

Hacksaw ridge (Bill Mechanic and David Permut)

Hell or high water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn)

Hidden figures (Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi)

La la land (Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt)

Lion (Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder)

Manchester by the Sea (Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh)

Moonlight (Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner)

 

Actor in a leading role

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw ridge)

Ryan Gosling (La la land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

 

Actress in a leading role

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Emma Stone (La la land)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

 

Actor in a supporting role

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or high water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal animals)

 

Actress in a supporting role

Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden figures)

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

 

Directing

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw ridge)

Damien Chazelle (La la land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

 

Writing (Adapted screenplay)

Arrival (Screenplay by Eric Heisserer)

Fences (Screenplay by August Wilson)

Hidden figures (Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi)

Lion (Screenplay by Luke Davies)

Moonlight (Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney)

 

Writing (Original screenplay)

Hell or high water (Written by Taylor Sheridan)

La la land (Written by Damien Chazelle)

The lobster (Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou)

Manchester by the Sea (Written by Kenneth Lonergan)

20th Century women (Written by Mike Mills)

 

Animated feature film

Kubo and the two strings (Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner)

Moana (John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer)

My life as a zucchini (Claude Barras and Max Karli)

The red turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki)

Zootopia (Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer)

 

Cinematography

Bradford Young (Arrival)

Linus Sandgren (La la land )

Greig Fraser (Lion)

James Laxton (Moonlight)

Rodrigo Prieto (Silence)

 

Production design

Arrival (Production design: Patrice Vermette; Set decoration: Paul Hotte)

Fantastic beasts and where to find them (Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock)

Hail, Ceasar! (Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh)

La la land (Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco)

Passengers (Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena)

 

Sound mixing

Arrival (Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye)

Hacksaw ridge (Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace)

La la land (Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow)

Rogue one: A star wars story (David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson)

13 Hours: The secret soldiers of Benghazi (Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth)

 

Sound editing

Arrival (Sylvain Bellemare)

Deepwater horizon (Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli)

Hacksaw ridge (Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright)

La la land (Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan)

Sully (Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman)

 

Music (Original song)

“Audition (The fools who dream)” from La la land (Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

“Can‘t stop the feeling” from Trolls (Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City of stars” from La la land (Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

“The empty chair” from Jim: The James Foley story (Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting)

“How far I‘ll go” from Moana (Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

 

Music (Original score)

Mica Levi (Jackie)

Justin Hurwitz (La la land)

Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka (Lion)

Nicholas Britell (Moonlight)

Thomas Newman (Passengers)

 

Documentary (Feature)

Fire at sea (Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo)

I am not your negro (Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck)

Life, Animated (Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman)

O.J : Made in America (Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow)

13th (Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish)

 

Documentary (Short subject)

Extremis (Dan Krauss)

4.1 Miles (Daphne Matziaraki)

Joe’s violin (Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen)

Watani : My homeland (Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis)

The white helmets (Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara)

 

Short film (Animated)

Blind Vaysha (Theodore Ushev)

Borrowed time (Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj)

Pear cider and cigarettes (Robert Valley and Cara Speller)

Pearl (Patrick Osborne)

Piper (Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer)

 

Short film (Live action)

Ennemis intérieurs (Sélim Azzazi)

La femme et le TGV (Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff)

Silent nights (Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson)

Sing (Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy)

Timecode (Juanjo Giménez)

 

Film editing

Arrival (Joe Walker)

Hacksaw ridge (John Gilbert)

Hell or high water (Jake Roberts)

La la land (Tom Cross)

Moonlight (Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon)

 

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)

 

Makeup and hairstyling

A man called Ove (Eva von Bahr and Love Larson)

Star trek beyond (Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo)

Suicide squad (Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson)

 

Visual effects

Deepwater horizon (Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton)

Doctor Strange (Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould)

The jungle book (Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon)

Kubo and the two strings (Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff)

Rogue one: A star wars story (John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould)

 

Foreign language film

Land of mine (Denmark)

A man called Ove (Sweden)

The salesman (Iran)

Tanna (Australia)

Toni Erdmann (Germany)

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20th Century women

It’s 1979, and teenage boy Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) is being raised by his single mother, Dorothea (Annette Bening). But there is also a lodger, Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a quirky, twenty-something, amateur photographer, pink-haired punk. Gerwig has redefined quirkiness , turned it on its head and back again until it has become her own brand of idiosyncratic acting. In other words: It is unique, indescribable and occasionally can be a bit annoying. Jamie’s best friend is Julie (Elle Fanning). Julie is a slightly older, insecure girl who spends her nights sleeping with Jamie in his bed and still wants the relationship to remain platonic. But, of course, all that Jamie wants is to have sex with Julie. The only male influence around the house is William (Billy Crudup), a handyman who lodges at the house. William and Dorothea were once lovers, but the film isn’t exactly clear on what’s the status of their relation. Dorothea feels totally inadequate as a mother. At 65, with one foot still in the past (“She’s from the Depression.”), she’s trying as best she can to understand Jamie. But he too pains to understand his mother. She asks Abbie and Julie to try to guide him. Writer-director Mike Mills’ 2010 film Beginners told the true story about his father coming out as gay at 75 years old. Christopher Plummer won an Oscar for it. Mills calls 20th Century women a “loveletter” to the women who raised him. He based the character of Dorothea on his mother, Abbie on his sister and Julie on a friend. He uses the same techniques here (voice-over narrations, film archives and photos to underline the narrations), but 20th Century women is more focus. And I found some the comedy very effective. There is a hilarious scene after suppertime at Dorothea‘s, where Abbie keeps saying the most inappropriate, embarrassing things, making the guest cringe. A perfect “crawl under the table” moment. With perfect comic timing, the amazing Annette Bening’s Dorothea is a chain-smoking, strong-willed mother with an icy quizzical stare that would scare off many people. There is talk of an Oscar nomination for her. We’ll know soon.

And the Oscar went to… I thought there was no way that Mike Mills could win for his spirited screenplay. The winner was Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the sea.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

20th Century women

 

Directed by:

Mike Mills

Screenplay by:

Mike Mills

 

Starring:

Annette Bening

Greta Gerwig

Elle Fanning

Lucas Jade Zumann

Billy Crudup

 

118 min.

 

Rated 14A

 

 

Julieta

The last film we saw from Pedro Almodóvar was I’m so excited. It was not very good. By his usual standards anyway. I was hoping that with Julieta we would get a good and juicy Almodóvar. Something to reassure us that he still can produce some good films. The film was inspired by Chance, Soon and Silence, three Alice Munro short stories, from her book Runaway. Munro is the Canadian author, who was celebrated with the 2013 Nobel prize in literature as a “master of the contemporary short story”. No less! I have not read Runaway, so it is difficult to decipher what belongs to Munro, especially since the three short stories became a single story film. It starts in modern-day Madrid, where middle-aged Julieta Acros (Emma Suárez) is about to move to Portugal with her boyfriend, Lorenzo (Darío Grandinetti). When she finds out that her estranged daughter Antia is living in Switzerland and has three children, she decides to cancel her plan and stay in Spain. Without telling Lorenzo the reason, she rents the old Madrid apartment where she raised Antia. She does so because she thinks it is the only place where Antia can get in touch with her. Julieta starts writing a diary recounting what happened in the past, in the hopes that Antia will some day read it. Flashback to the 80s, where a young Julieta (now played by Adriana Ugarte) meets Antia’s father, fisherman Xoan (Daniel Grao). Julieta soon moves in with him where housekeeper Marian (Rossy de Palma) is very open about her disapproval of the new arrangement. A series of tragedies and events will prevent Julieta and Antia from ever finding happiness. I found this latest film by Almodóvar totally underwhelming and unexciting. So much so that I cannot see what it is that interested him here. I have no enthusiasm for this film. Nada!

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Julieta

Directed by:

Pedro Almodóvar

Screenplay by:

Pedro Almodóvar

Based on short stories from Runaway by Alice Munro

Starring:

Emma Suárez

Adriana Ugarte

Daniel Grao

Inma Cuesta

Michelle Jenner

Darío Grandinetti

Rossy de Palma

99 min.

Rated 18A

In Spanish with English subtitles.

 

Cannes advertising festival 2016

The Cannes international festival of advertising are the Olympics of commercial films. The yearly event awards Bronze, Silver and Gold Lions to the best ones. Luckily we get to see and judge for ourselves. The day when commercials could only be seen on TV in 15 or 30 seconds clips are long gone. There are more platforms than ever (you tube, corporate websites and others), and some of the ads are so long that they feel more like short films than commercials. I’ve been going to see Cannes advertising festivals for more than 20 years. They used to be more fun. A short 30 seconds clip was almost always assured to have a few laughs and a good punch line. I must confess that I sometime remembered the ads, but often I had forgotten the products the ads were selling. Especially if the ads were funny. This year there seems to be less boring car or truck commercials. One of the highlights this year is an animated ad for Honda. Human hands are throwing cards or flipping design of a car on a drawing table. The car is constantly changing. Going down a road, then another. The high quality of the animation is breathtaking. A series of mind–boggling ads shows stop motion animated puppets made of wool. There are a few powerful ads about road safety. One of them show the impact of an accident on not only the victims, but on their families and loved ones. They too are thrown up in the air amid the shards of glass and broken car parts. Because of the growing lengths of the ads, there is more time to tell stories and those have a lasting impact. Two of the longer commercials are about accidents caused by cell phones users. In one, a young university athlete sees his life forever changed. Then there is one showing the events leading up to an accident, not only from the drivers, but also from witnesses. After the accident, the ad then fast forwards to the moment where the accident could have been avoided. This is certainly one of my favourite this year. We see more ads this year denouncing violence against women and rape. A series of ads stars Reshma Quereshi , an 18-year-old girl from Mumbai, India, who’s face has been horribly burned by acid. Reshma’s make up tips will have many people in the cinema cringe. Its aim is force Indian government to put an end to over-the-counter acid sales in India. Mexico has seen a rise of violent crimes against women. So Mexican beer brand Tecate claims it doesn’t want to sell you beer if you commit violence against women. You think at first that it’s a bad joke, but by the end of the commercial you realise that Tecate is dead serious. The best ad comes from Norway. It has a soon to be born girl reading a “Dear daddy” letter. The ad is about asking men to treat every women as if they were their own daughters, to speak up when boys and friends speak about girls and women in derogatory terms. To put an end to a systemic rape culture. The Cannes advertising festival 2016 is a good sample of the best in commercial films. And how powerful they still are.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Cannes advertising festival 2016

Directed by

Various directors from various countries

113 min.