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  • MERYLMADNESS
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    #104625

    This seems like fun.

    Use your Oscar instincts to create a hugely baity Oscar film. It can be a fictional story that you made up, based on a book, a biopic, a remake, a sequel/prequel, whatever your little heart desires.

    Be sure to include a title, director, writer, cast, other crew members if need be, release date, plot synopsis, Oscar/Golden Globe/SAG/critics awards and maybe even a “critics’ review” if you wish. 

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    Beau S.
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    #104627

    Harvey
    Written and directed by James Ponsoldt
    Released November 10th
    Stars John Goodman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Rooney Mara
    Music by Thomas Newman

    “John Goodman stars as Hollywood’s golden boy Harvey Weinstein in James Ponsoldt’s biopic of the (in)famous founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company. After years of taking thankless supporting roles in Oscar-winning Best Pictures, Goodman is finally front and center at the head of his own vehicle, and he does not disappoint. He captures Weinstein perfectly and finally gives critics and Oscar bloggers an insight into how this man, who essentially runs the Oscars, works. This grand performance should be the one that finally launched Goodman into the awards circuit. John C. Reilly gives a brilliantly understated performance as Bob Weinstein – Harvey’s brother and partner in crime. However, the real star of the film is Philip Seymour Hoffman – with a fully shaved head and sporting a brand new beard – in a scene-stealing turn as Scott Rudin, Weinstein’s biggest rival in Hollywood. Whenever Hoffman and Goodman are on screen together, a fight always ensues and Hoffman’s trademark theatrics are front and center. He should find himself easily winning his second Academy Award for this performance. Rooney Mara is also phenomenal in a short but extremely memorable appearance as Megan Ellison, the rising film producer who clashes with Weinstein when he begins a backlash over the torture in the film Zero Dark Thirty. Her Ellison is a smart, sassy young woman who challenges Weinstein more than he could ever imagine. In true Anne Hathaway fashion, Mara could find herself at the Oscars for an extremely memorable but only twenty minute long performance. The acting in general in this film is phenomenal, and the scope and success of this film should finally push Ponsoldt into mainstream filmmaking. His screenplay is surprisingly hilarious and will have you in tears from laughter. He manages to make a biopic both informative but also extremely entertaining. One of the year’s best films. A.

    * indicates a win

    Oscars – Picture, Director, Actor (Goodman)*, Supporting Actor (Hoffman)*, Supporting Actor (Reilly), Supporting Actress (Mara), Original Screenplay*, Original Score, Makeup*, Editing

    Globes – Musical/Comedy Picture*, Director, Musical/Comedy Actor (Goodman)*, Supporting Actor (Hoffman)*, Supporting Actor (Reilly), Supporting Actress (Mara)*, Screenplay*, Original Score

    SAG – Cast*, Actor (Goodman)*, Supporting Actor (Hoffman)*, Supporting Actor (Reilly), Supporting Actress (Mara)

    Critics Choice – Picture, Director, Actor (Goodman)*, Supporting Actor (Hoffman)*, Supporting Actor (Reilly), Supporting Actress (Mara), Original Screenplay*, Cast*, Original Score, Makeup*

    Many critics awards for Goodman, Hoffman, Mara, the screenplay, makeup and score. 

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    24Emmy
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    #104628

    ^ Did it lose Best Picture to a Weinstein film? 😉

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    Tye-Grr
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    #104629

    ^ Did it lose Best Picture to a Weinstein film? 😉

    Oh, the irony! 

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    Baby Clyde
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    #104630

    The irony is that is doesn’t even get a Best Actress nom.

    Although I’m guessing Rooney is Lead but has been put in Supporting as Best Actress was stacked. HA!!!

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    seabel
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    #104631

    As suggestion for the Harvey Weinstein biopic, I would not choose the period of ZERO DARK THIRTY in his life. I would go to 1999/2001, when he had a heart attack and his life changed. That would be more interesting from the character’s perspective. Or, at least, I would include that segment in the biopic.

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    Macbeth
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    #104632

    Winter in New York City
    Written and Directed by Mike Nichols
    Starring: Johnny Depp, Meg Ryan, Allison Janney, Nathan Lane, Willem Dafoe and Doris Roberts 

    Julius Hynes (Johnny Depp) is a working stiff. He is manager at a bank, upper-middle class and intelligent. The only thing he doesn’t have is a wife. He had been married for 9 years, but his wife drowned when he wasn’t home. 20 years later, he still can’t get over her, until a beautiful woman named Mary (Meg Ryan) moves in next to him, and he can’t help falling in love with her, despite his own vow to never date again and the landlord, Max Sham (Willem Dafoe)  who falls in love with her too, and sabotages their relationship. Winter in July is Mike Nichols’ return to what made him one of the most talented directors in history. He has created a beautiful comedy-drama that is equally satirical and romantic. Johnny Depp takes a break from playing weird and wonderful characters to playing just a normal guy living his life. His performance is quiet, but emotional. He is definitely looking at his first Academy Award. Meg Ryan also makes a welcome return to a sweet romantic comedy. She takes her characters from classics such as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle and uses their best qualities, but adding a small amount of darkness and conflict. She is definitely a lock to receive her first Academy Award nomination. The supporting cast is filled with scene-stealers. Nathan Lane plays Norman Truman, a professor of psychology. He steals the entire movie with his witty one-liners and bitter attitude towards the poignancy of life. A lock to win the Academy Award. Not to be ignored is Allison Janney, who plays a former lover of Julius and now is his closest friend, along with Norman. Their scenes playing poker are almost Seinfeld-esque. Two underrated performers are Willem Dafoe, who plays a villain that can rival Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates. He is almost unrecognizable in a black ponytail wig and round glasses. The other is Doris Roberts, who only has three scenes but uses her scenes on screen to show that she is still the world’s greatest grandmother actress. One of the best romantic comedies in history, Winter in New York City has the look of a Woody Allen film, the bitter existentialism of a Ingmar Bergman movie and the feel-good atmosphere of Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron. Mike Nichols handles it excellently and he should be honored for a tremendous comeback.

    Academy Awards

    • Best Picture
    • Best Director (Mike Nichols)
    • Best Actor (Johnny Depp)
    • Best Actress (Meg Ryan)
    • Best Supporting Actor (Nathan Lane)
    • Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)
    • Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney)
    • Best Original Screenplay (Mike Nichols)

    Golden Globe Awards

    • Best Picture: Musical or Comedy
    • Best Director (Mike Nichols)
    • Best Actor: Musical or Comedy (Johnny Depp)
    • Best Actress: Musical or Comedy (Meg Ryan)
    • Best Supporting Actor (Nathan Lane)
    • Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)
    • Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney)
    • Best Supporting Actress (Doris Roberts)
    • Best Original Screenplay (Mike Nichols)

    SAG Awards

    • Best Ensemble in a Film
    • Best Male Actor in a Leading Role (Johnny Depp)
    • Best Female Actor in a Leading Role (Meg Ryan) 
    • Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Nathan Lane)
    • Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Willem Dafoe)
    • Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Allison Janney) 

     

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    seabel
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    #104633



    LADY FEBRUARY

    Directed by Jason Reitman

    Starring Julianne Moore (Helen O’Mara), Aaron Eckhart (Barry) Danny
    Huston (Cal O’Mara), Jack Huston (John
    O’Mara), Shailene Woodley, Celia Weston

    Based on the book “February” by Lisa Moore

    In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland during
    a Valentine’s night storm. In the early hours of the next morning, all 84 men
    aboard died. Helen O’Mara is one of those left behind when her husband, Cal,
    drowns. Her story starts years after the Ranger disaster, but she is compelled
    to travel back to the ‘February’ that persists in her mind, and to that moment
    in 1982 when, expecting a fourth child, she received the call informing her
    that Cal was lost at sea.

    Now in her mid-50s and reconciled to loneliness, Helen sews prom and
    wedding dresses for a living and cares for her grandchildren. After having
    spent half a lifetime picking up the pieces after Cal’s death, she has taken
    the major step of renovating the house, and finds herself unexpectedly stirred
    by the presence of her carpenter, Barry. Another event has also rippled the
    relative calm: her son has announced that a woman he had a fling with is
    pregnant.

     

    Written by Jason Reitman and Lisa Moore

     

    Cinematography by Eric Steelberg

     

    Score by Rolfe Kent

     

    Budget: $25,000,000

     

    Gross: $29,481,092 (6
    March 2016)

     

    Production Dates: 29
    September 2014 – 24 May 2015

     

    Filming Dates: 20
    October 2014 – 7 December 2014

     

    Release Dates:

           USA: 4 December 2015 (limited)

          
    USA: 25 December 2015 (wide)

           UK: 6 January 2016

     

    Metacritic Score: 84
    (Universal Acclaim)

     

    Reviews:

           “Jason Reitman proves that he is one of the best
    directors working today. Lady February is a triumph” (The Hollywood Reporter)

          
    “The intimacy in this movie is breathtaking” (Variety)

          
    “This might be Julianne Moore’s best performance to date. It contains
    everything you’d expect from an actress of her caliber. Drama, complexity,
    intelligence and emotional nakedness”.  (Los
    Angeles Times)

           “Julianne Moore’s impeccable” (USA Today)

     

    Awards and Nominations

     

    ACADEMY AWARDS

    Best Picture
    Best Director (Jason Reitman)
    Best Actress (Julianne Moore)
    Best Supporting Actor (Aaron Eckhart)
    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Best Cinematography
    Best Score (Rolfe Kent)

     

    GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

    Best Picture Drama
    Best Director (Jason
    Reitman)
    Best Actress Drama (Julianne Moore)
    Best Supporting Actor (Aaron Eckhart)
    Best Screenplay
    Best Score (Rolfe Kent)

     

    SCREEN ACTORS GUILD
    AWARDS

    Best Actress (Julianne Moore)
    Best Supporting Actor (Aaron Eckhart)

     

    BAFTA AWARDS

    Best Picture
    Best Director (Jason Reitman)
    Best Actress (Julianne Moore)

    Best Supporting Actor (Aaron Eckhart)
    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Best Cinematography
    Best Score

     

    CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS
    Best Picture
    Best Director (Jason Reitman)
    Best Actress (Julianne Moore)
    Best Supporting Actor (Aaron Eckhart)

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Best Score

     

    DIRECTORS GUILD OF
    AMERICA
    Best Director (Jason Reitman)

     

    NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW

    Best Director (Jason Reitman)
    Best Actress (Julianne Moore)

     

    LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS
    ASSOCIATION

    Best Actress (Julianne Moore)

     

    NEW YORK FILM CRITICS
    CIRCLE

    Best Actress (Julianne Moore)

     

    BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM
    CRITICS

    Best Director (Jason Reitman)
    Best Actress (Julianne Moore)

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    Baby Clyde
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    #104634

    Johnny Depp takes a break from playing weird and wonderful characters to playing just a normal guy living his life. 

    It was all sounding plausible until you got to this bit.

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    Actriz
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    #104635

    ^^That NEEDS to happen. Moore would kill that role.

    Chase
    Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
    Adapted by Mark Boal
    Based on the novel by Tracie Gerardi (read it, it’s amazing)
    Starring Kerry Washington and Chris Pratt

    Review from Hollywood Reporter:
    “Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are back together with their first non-Middle Eastern film together. This fast-paced, entertaining and heart-racing thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole film. Kerry Washington owns the role of Alyssa Donovan, a no-nonsense New York City homicide detective who must find and save her kidnapped co-worker and secret lover Jack, played to perfection by Chris Pratt (who is creating quite the film career for himself) while simultaneously moving past a troubled childhood and trying to control an uncertain future. Washington is absolutely phenomenal as the ass-kicking Alyssa and has not only launched a prominent career as a leading lady in film, but will spearhead that career by being the second black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. The only thing she needs to worry about is her speech and picking out a beautiful dress – because no campaigning will be necessary. Bigelow expertly directed every single frame of this film and Boal’s adaptation of the brilliant novel is faithful and perfectly crafted. This could very well become their next Best Picture winner. A+. Four out of four stars.”

    Rotten Tomatoes: 98% (95% top critics)
    Metacritic: 92 (universal acclaim)

    Academy Awards:
    Best Picture (Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison)*
    Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow)*
    Best Actress (Kerry Washington)*
    Best Supporting Actor (Chris Pratt)
    Best Adapted Screenplay (Mark Boal)*
    Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat)*
    Best Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd)
    Best Sound Mixing (Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett)*
    Best Sound Editing (Paul N.J. Ottosson)
    Best Film Editing (Dylan Tichenor)*

    Golden Globes:
    Best Motion Picture – Drama*
    Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow)*
    Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Kerry Washington)*
    Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Chris Pratt)
    Best Screenplay (Mark Boal)
    Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat)*

    SAG:
    Best Cast of a Motion Picture
    Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Kerry Washington)*
    Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Chris Pratt)
    Best Stunt Ensemble*

    Critics Choice (clean sweep):
    Best Motion Picture*
    Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow)*
    Best Actress (Kerry Washington)*
    Best Supporting Actor (Chris Pratt)*
    Best Adapted Screenplay (Mark Boal)*
    all tech categories from Academy Awards section

    Kerry Washington sweeps all of the critics awards for Best Actress, Bigelow wins maybe 70%. Bigelow wins DGA, Boal wins WGA, Bigelow/Boal/Ellison win PGA. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    #104636

    I genuinely like some of these ideas, lmao. ‘Lady February’ sounds too real… If only…  

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    seabel
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    #104637

    I doubt the Academy will give another Oscar to Kathryn Bigelow. They snubbed her for ZERO DARK THIRTY, so…

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    #104638

    omfg.

     

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    Titanium
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    #104639

    The Mobster’s Wife
    Directed and Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
    Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jessica Chastain, Edward Norton, Daniel Bruhl, Isabella Rosselini
    Score by Thomas Newman

    Plot:
    Early 70s New York. Lana Marconi (Jessica Chastain) seems to have the perfect life, she’s a beautiful (alibeit childless) housewife who’s a member of the Manhattan elite and married to Angelo Marconi (Joaquin Phoenix), a very wealthy and influential businessman. But few know Angelo is head of the very powerful Marconi crime family, and Lana is one of his most powerful and feared advisors. But behind that there’s more; Angelo is in the closet and having a secret affair with Victor Faust (Daniel Bruhl), a psychadelic, pot-smoking hippie. But Lana isn’t bothered, she only married him for his power, and is conspiring with his unscrupulous and sadistic second in command Matthew D’Augusto (Edward Norton) to murder him so between them they can lead his criminal empire. Meanwhile, Angelo plans to put a hit on Lana, to get her out of the way so he can be with Victor; a plan supported by his mother Sophia (Isabella Rosselini); a wise, soft spoken, pious and yet manipulative crime matriach. Ed Harris, Nick Nolte and Tom Wilkinson are in small roles as Angelo’s associates and Maya Rudolph and Uma Thurman are in a similar sized roles as the nosy, opinionated best friend of Lana and a devious brothel madame respectively. The film follows the spouses day to day life running a crime family; filled with thunderous marital arguements, gruesome gang violence and wild high society parties as they plot the other’s demise, leading to a powerful and shocking conclusion. The film is essentially two parts The Godfather, two parts Double Indemnity and one part Brokeback Mountain.

    Critical Response:
    The film is hailed by all as the greatest crime film since Goodfellas. PTA is hailed for his directing and writing, of a film regarded as more accesible than his previous work, but by no means an artistic compromise. The cast is similarly lauded. The co-leads fiery, emotionally raw argueing scenes are praised in particular. Chastain surprises all by showing a dark, sexy, sultry and evil side, creating her fresh, original take on the femme fatale, captivating every scene she is in. Phoenix is similarly praised, for his on screen charisma and his rawness, and noted for his bravery regarding the lengthy, controversial and graphic gay love scenes with Bruhl. Bruhl himself is hailed as a breakout and praised for his emotional charged crying scene, and his dramatic versatility in evolving from a loopy stoner, to a suave, wry, fanatical accomplice/lover of Phoenix. Norton has similar acclaim in playing a repulsively brutal mobster and is regarded as back to the top of his game. Rosselini is praised for her roughly 20 minute performance, stealing every scene she is in; launching a resurgence in her popularity.

    Academy Awards:
    Best Picture
    Best Director – Paul Thomas Anderson
    Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix
    Best Actress – Jessica Chastain
    Best Supporting Actor – Daniel Bruhl
    Best Supporting Actor – Edward Norton
    Best Supporting Actress – Isabella Rosselini
    Best Original Screenplay – 
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Best Original Score – Thomas Newman
    Best Editing
    Best Costume Design

    Golden Globes:
    Best Picture (Drama)
    Best Director – Paul Thomas Anderson
    Best Actor (Drama) – Joaquin Phoenix
    Best Actress (Drama) – Jessica Chastain
    Best Supporting Actor – Daniel Bruhl
    Best Supporting Actor – Edward Norton
    Best Supporting Actress – Isabella Rosselini
    Best Screenplay – Paul Thomas Anderson

    SAG Awards:
    Best Ensemble – Joaquin Phoenix, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl, Edward Norton, Isabella Rosselini, Ed Harris, Uma Thurman, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Nolte, Maya Rudolph
    Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix
    Best Actress – Jessica Chastain
    Best Supporting Actor – Daniel Bruhl
    Best Supporting Actor – Edward Norton
    Best Supporting Actress – Isabella Rosselini

    Overall the film appears on most end of year critics lists and is regarded as a deserving winner. All of the wins have a consensus of being deserving and Chastain’s win in particular is regarded as the one of the all time greats in its category.

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    seabel
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    #104640

    Isabella Rossellini playing the Monster Mother Archetype… Oscar, please!!!

    I loved her in TWO LOVERS. Why doesn’t she make movies more often???

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