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Which Film Will Win The 2018 Best Picture Oscar Statue?

With so many great movies being released in the last year, the race for the Best Picture is perhaps one of the most heated. It’s not surprising that critics are having trouble agreeing on what the best film is, but what is surprising is the number of different films that are at the top of people’s lists.

At one point, Call Me By Your Name seemed to be the film to beat in the category. The film stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer as forbidden lovers in Italy in 1983, and it’s been talked about ever since it premiered at Sundance early last year. With Hollywood seemingly more open to films with previously controversial topics, Call Me By Your Name seemed poised to hold the golden statue. Since its wide release however, several other films have started to get more buzz. Lady Bird is one of them.

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is a coming of age story staring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. Ronan’s character, Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, is a high school senior at a Sacramento Catholic high school, who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. Her school is boring, in that it doesn’t offer her any of the adventure, sophistication or opportunity she craves, and she struggles to find herself as she prepares for the future. It’s a quirky comedy with a biting dramatic edge that definitely makes it one of the year’s best, with Ronan being a strong contender for Best Actress. Still however, other nominated films are slightly better.

Can a horror film win the Best Picture Oscar? It’s happened before, and Get Out is the first such film since Silence of the Lambs to even be nominated. Part political statement, part classic horror, this film written and directed by Jordan Peele is more likely to win a writing Oscar than Best Picture, but it’s nice seeing the Academy give the genre a chance. 

When you put director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Daniel Day-Lewis together you can almost smell the awards coming. Unfortunately Phantom Thread isn’t their strongest effort together, and will most likely fade away once the Oscars are over. It is a shame though as this film about an oddball dressmaker and his muse is well worth the viewing.

As we previously discussed Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman will most likely win Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards, and his film shouldn’t be overlooked for Best Picture either. The film follows the story of Winston Churchill’s struggle during the early days of WWII. Does he fight, or does he negotiate? It’s a tough decision, just as tough as the one that needs to be made in the next contending film.

To publish or not to publish, that is the question The Post examines. This Meryl Streep led drama from Steven Spielberg is a compelling drama based on true events, and is one you definitely need to see. Streep and Spielberg alone create an interesting film, but when you add Tom Hanks into the mix you get that much better. Still, another nominated true story is an even stronger contender.

It’s about time Christopher Nolan won an Oscar, and some are calling Dunkirk his best film yet. This WWII drama examines the often forgotten battle of Dunkirk, and simply put, it’s a masterpiece. You need to watch it on as big of a screen as you can, which means the home viewing translation may not be as good as watching it on an IMAX screen. It is definitely one of the best films of the year, but there are a couple of dramas that are neck in neck in popular opinion as being the best. 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has the longest title of all the nominated films, and is by far the quirkiest. It features a mother desperate to solve her daughter’s murder, who decides to paint three billboards outside of town with messages aimed at the town’s chief of police who she believes doesn’t care about the case. The film was an instant hit at TIFF and the Venice Film Festival, and now with Awards season in full swing, it’s been getting even more attention. Word of mouth has helped as well, which is the same thing that can be said about The Shape of Water.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is hand’s down the year’s most stylistic film, and like usual, del Toro puts a twist on the typical monster movie. In this case he takes a lonely janitor, played by Sally Hawkins, and has her fall in love with an amphibian man who is the subject of a top-secret government experiment. Even if the film doesn’t win Best Picture, del Toro is almost surely a shoo-in for Best Director, but that being said it should take home both trophies this year.

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2018 Junos: Arcade Fire & Gord Downie Win Big, A Barenaked Reunion and Michael Buble Hosts

Last year’s Juno Awards had problems even before it began, when host Michael Buble had to step down as the host after family issues arose, but this year he was front and centre of the show, and even started the night off with some good news. The singer announced early on that he and his wife were expecting their third child. And that wasn’t the end of the positivity showcased throughout the evening. 

When Arcade Fire’s Win Butler took the stage to claim the Album of the Year Award for Everything News, he stated “I just hope that we can all rise above negativity in our lives and just do what we believe in. Speak your truth and don’t be afraid to just do whatever the hell you want.”

Gord Downie’s brothers Mike and Patrick continued the inspiring words when they accepted his posthumous Artist of the Year award.  “If we’ve learned anything from Gord it was the value of taking care of each other,” Patrick said. “This is Gord’s award. It’s artist of the year, but he was our man of a lifetime. I’d like to believe we’re all better artists and people because of him. We love you Gord and we’re all taking good care of each other.” The love towards Downie was also felt earlier on during a special tribute to the late singer, which was led by Sarah Harmer and Dallas Green, alongside Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn.

The other big highlight of the evening was of course the induction of the Backnaked Ladies into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The group reunited with former bandmate Steven Page to accept the award, and even closed out the broadcast with a montage of their hits One Week and If I Had $1,000,000. Page left the group to pursue a solo career back in 2009. Before they could finish their montage though, Jann Arden, Jim Cuddy, The Jerry Cans and the Northern Touch All-Stars joined them sing-along.

The other winners for the evening were: RB/Soul Recording of the Year: Freudian by Daniel Caesar,  Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Jessie Reyez, Rap Recording of the Year: Shooters by Tory Lanez and Juno Fan Choice: Shawn Mendes.

Photo: CBC Music Twitter

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Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin And More Set To Return For Once Upon A Time Finale

You have to give it to the Once Upon A Time producers, they tried to continue the popular series after regulars Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin and Emilie de Ravin decided to call it quits after 6 seasons. Unfortunately the ratings continues to fall, and earlier this year ABC decided to pull the plug on it and announced the season finale would also be the series finale. And now it’s been announced that the actors who left the series, are returning for the final episode.

Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis said in a released statement that “Seven years after we set off on this magical journey, we prepare to say goodbye to the cast, crew and writers that made the ‘happily ever after’ that is Once Upon a Time possible. We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to say farewell than by reuniting so many of the characters that our fiercely loyal fans spent years with on their adventures. We hope everyone joins our Once family, old and new, for what we hope will be the sendoff of a lifetime befitting this stellar cast and its incomparable fans.”

Once Upon A Time was rebooted for season 7, with few cast members from the previous seasons returning. One was Lana Parrilla, who plays Regina Mills, and who we interviewed for our October 2017 issue. The season also featured several new characters, including Robin, the daughter of Zelena and Robin Hood, played by Tiera Skovbye. We spoke with Tiera in our current, March issue

ABC recently announced that the season ending episode would feature several returning stars, including Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills), Bev Elliott (Granny), Lee Arenberg (Grumpy), Tony Amendola (Geppetto), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Ariel), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Victoria Smurfit (Cruella de Vil) and Rebecca Mader (Zelena/Wicked Witch). With Morrison (Emma Swan), Dallas (Prince Charming), Goodwin (Snow White) and de Ravin (Belle) returning, the finale should play out the nostalgia factor and draw in fans who had stopped watching. Morrison, Dallas and Goodwin had been with the series since it began, while de Ravin joined part way through season one before becoming a series regular in season 2. 

The Once Upon A Time finale will air over the course of two weeks, on Fridays May 11 and May 18, at 8 P.M. The returning actors aren’t expected to appear until the season part. 

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Indiana Jones 5 Will Start Production In 2019

Even though Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One, isn’t set to hit theatres until next week, people have already started talking about the Oscar winning director’s upcoming films; including the fifth film of the long running Indiana Jones franchise.

While making an appearance at the Rakuten Empire Awards in London this weekend, Spielberg not only praised the Time’s Up movement, but he also started discussing the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 film during his acceptance speech for the Legend of Our Lifetime award. “It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK,” he said. “The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here.”

Originally the fifth movie was due out in 2019, but that was switched to July 10, 2020 last April by Disney. What we know is that Harrison Ford will once again star in the film, but Shia LaBeouf, who was one of the stars of the fourth installment The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, won’t be in it at all. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will once again produce the film, and David Koepp is currently writing the script. Other than that the film, including the plot and co-stars, is a complete mystery.

Before getting to the unnamed Indiana Jones sequel however, Spielberg is filming West Side Story and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara first. 

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