After leading the way with 13 nominations, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water took home 4 statues at the 90th annual Academy Awards.
While a lot of the awards that were handed out Sunday evening were fairly easy to predict (usually it was down to a couple of choices at most as to who would win), the Best Picture Oscar could have gone a lot of ways. In the end however The Shape of Water took home the award. The film also took home the Best Director statue for Guillermo del Toro, as well as Original Score and Production Design. Before accepting the statue for Best Picture del Toro jokingly checked the envelope first to make sure his film had indeed won, in reference to last year’s error that had La La Land announced as the winner when it was really Moonlight. During his acceptance speech del Toro said “I was a kid enamored with movies, growing up in Mexico. I thought this could never happen – it happens. I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of a parable, of using genre and fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is a door. Kick it open and come in.”
Another of the possible choices for Best Picture, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, helped star Frances McDormand take home her second Best Actress Oscar, while her co-star Sam Rockwell took home the Best Supporting Actor statue. As expected, Gary Oldman finally won a Best Actor trophy for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. The character actor had only ever been nominated once before for an Oscar, even though he’s played some of the most memorable characters over the span of thirty-plus years. Allison Janney took home the final acting trophy, Best Supporting Actress, for her role in I, Tonya. During her speech she even thanked the parrot that was seen sitting on her shoulder throughout the film.
Some other notable awards included Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk which won three awards (sound editing, sound mixing, and film editing), James Ivory becoming the oldest Oscar winner ever at 90 by winning Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, cinematographer Roger Deakins finally winning an Oscar for Best Cinematography after 14 nominations, and Jordan Peele’s history making win for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Peele became the first ever black screenwriter to win that particular Oscar.
Overall the 2018 was much calmer than the previous year’s event, but in doing so it was much more predictable. And even though the night started 20 minutes earlier than usual, the event still didn’t end until past midnight. They really do need to find a way to shorten the event, or audiences will continue to tune out.
Kristen Bell Confirms, Veronica Mars Is Back Again
Ever since Kristen Bell’s series Veronica Mars premiered in 2004 it’s had a cult following. Even horror master Stephen King expressed his love for the show, which only helped its audience grow. Unfortunately a cult following didn’t help it get extraordinary ratings, and the series was cancelled after just three seasons. Bell though never gave up on the show. She always claimed it would come back. In 2014 she was proven right, when the series got a theatrical release thanks to a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Even though it was popular among fans, the film didn’t make back its budget and once again the show looked like it was over. Bell however never thought so, and constantly said it would be back, and yesterday she once again proved that her determination had paid off.
Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning to make an announcement. “Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hulu to stream and re-watch, which is great because you’ll need to brush up since we’re making another one.” She went on to say that “Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think she’s exactly what the world needs right now.”
Hulu released their own statement as well, stating that the show would be an eight-episode limited series, and would focus on the murder of spring breakers in Neptune. Mars Investigations is then hired by one of the victim’s parents to find the killer.
While waiting for the series to return in 2019, Bell’s fans can continue to watch her in NBC’s comedy The Good Place.
Attention all Marshmallows: BREAKING NEWS!!!!! We are OFFICIALLY back in business!!! A new #veronicamars series is coming back, on @hulu !!!! Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think shes exactly what the world needs right now. Thank you to all my fellow marshmallows who stayed excited. Thank you to @hulu for the opportunity. I hope we’re still friends after I taser I you. 😍😍😍
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel And Game Of Thrones Top The Emmy Awards
Amazon has done what no streaming service has done before, win an Emmy award for Best Comedy for their show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. On the drama side of things it was a returning Game of Thrones that took the trophy once again, beating out last year’s winner The Handmaid’s Tale. All in all it was a night ruled by the two shows.
Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a sitcom about a 1950s homemaker who decides to give stand-up comedy a try after her home life starts to make her unhappy. The series won eight trophies altogether, including the aforementioned Best Comedy trophy, best actress honors for star Rachel Brosnahan, best supporting actress for Alex Borstein, and writing and directing trophies for the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Game of Thrones on the other hand won the most trophies of the night. Of their nine statues, they won Best Drama, and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. The series wasn’t nominated last year because with the summer premiere it didn’t qualify, allowing The Handmaid’s Tale to take its place.
The bigger surprises of the evening including The Crown’s Claire Foy beating out The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss and Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh. Matthew Rhys finally took home an acting trophy for The Americans, a series that has largely been passed over by the Emmy’s throughout its six, critically acclaimed seasons. And after four decades of being on television, Henry Winkler finally took home an acting trophy for his role in Barry.
Green Books Wins TIFF’s Top Award
The Toronto International Film Festival has drawn to a close once more, and on Sunday the awards were handed out for the top films of the festival. While there were several films in the race for the People’s Choice Award, it was Peter Farrelly’s Green Book that came out on top.
Green Book is the true story of a white bouncer (played by Viggo Mortensen) who becomes the driver/bodyguard of an African-American classical pianist (Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) who is on tour through the 1960s American South. They must rely on the “Green Book” in order to survive the dangers of the time, which was a book created to guide people to establishments that were safe for African-Americans during that time period. Part drama, and part comedy, this film drew rave reviews from crowds at the festival, which puts it in a good position come awards’ season. In the past, five audience awards winners won the Oscar’s Best Picture Trophy, including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave and The King’s Speech. In the last two years La La Land and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the prize, and both were nominated for Best Picture.
Perhaps the most shocking things about Green Book is that it was directed by Peter Farrelly, who is best known for his work alongside his brother Bobby. Together they directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal.
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