Kick-Ass Reboot and Kingsman Universe Confirmed

Thanks to an exclusive report by Empire Magazine it has been confirmed that lauded director and film-maker Matthew Vaughn will be turning production company Marv into Marv Studios.

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Speaking to Empire, Vaughn confirmed that the studio would focus on rebooting the much-loved Kick-Ass franchise. Saying: “We’re going to reboot Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl…Look what Mark Millar is doing with the comic for clues.”

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Full list of 2017 Oscar nominations and predictions!

Earlier today the Academy took a unique approach to announcing the nominations for their 89th Academy Awards, and despite one or two glaring snubs (Amy Adams being snubbed from the Best Actress category for her work in Arrival being the most notable), everyone seems relatively happy with the nominations, which is certainly a nice change.

So following our live coverage of the announcements earlier on today we’re now here to bring you the list of nominations in each category in full. On top of that, each member of our team has put their name besides who they think if going to win in each category.

So as they say in Hollywood, let’s get on with the show!

Best Picture
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Features
La La Land (Sophie, Rachel)
Lion
Manchester By The Sea
Moonlight (Mitch)

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival (Rachel)
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle – La La Land (Sophie, Mitch)
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By The Sea
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land (Mitch, Sophie, Rachel)
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie (Mitch)
Emma Stone – La La Land (Sophie, Rachel)
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight (Mitch)
Jeff Bridges – Hell Or High Water (Rachel)
Lucas Hedges – Manchester By The Sea
Dev Patel – Lion (Sophie)
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – Fences (Sophie)
Noamie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures (Rachel, Mitch)
Michelle Williams – Manchester By The Sea

Best Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water
La La Land (Mitch, Sophie, Rachel)
The Lobster
Manchester By The Sea
20th Century Women

Best Adapted Screenplay
Arrival (Rachel)
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion (Sophie, Mitch)
Moonlight

Best Foreign Language Film
A Man Called Ove – Sweden (Sophie)
Land Of Mine – Denmark
The Salesman – Iran (Mitch, Rachel)
Tanna – Australia
Toni Erdmann – Germany

Best Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana (Sophie, Rachel)
My Life As A Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia (Mitch)

Best Cinematography
Arrival (Rachel)
La La Land (Sophie, Mitch)
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Best Production Design
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Rachel, Sophie)
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land (Mitch)
Passengers

Best Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book (Rachel, Sophie)
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Mitch)

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove (Mitch)
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad (Rachel, Sophie)

Best Sound Mixing
Arrival (Mitch, Rachel)
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land (Sophie)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Sound Editing
Arrival (Mitch)
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land (Sophie, Rachel)
Sully

Best Costume Design
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Rachel)
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie (Mitch)
La La Land (Sophie)

Best Original Score
Jackie
La La Land (Mitch, Rachel)
Lion (Sophie)
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Original Song
La La Land – Audition
La La Land – City of Stars
Moana – How Far I’ll Go (Rachel, Sophie, Mitch)
Jim: The James Foley Story – The Empty Chair
Trolls – Can’t Stop the Feeling

Best Documentary Feature
Fire At Sea (Rachel)
I Am Not Your Negro (Mitch)
Life, Animated
O.J: Made in America (Sophie)
13th

Best Documentary Short
Extremis
4.1 Miles (Mitch)
Joe’s Violin (Rachel, Sophie)
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best Live-Action Short
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing (Sophie, Mitch, Rachel)
Timecode

Best Animated Short
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes (Sophie)
Pearl (Rachel, Mitch)
Piper

 

 

 

Oscars 2017

The beauty of the Oscars is the fact that it is at the very end of the awards season, therefore critics and fans alike already have some idea of who will be nominated and more importantly, who will win.

After the Golden Globes that have just taken place, La La Land (Lionsgate) is looking like the front-runner for a number of awards this year. The film picked up seven awards on the night of the Golden Globes, including Best Film, Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Actress (Emma Stone) in the Comedy and Musical category. The film has been called a love letter to Hollywood with the writing and direction being described as ‘mesmerising’ and is likely to do very well at The Academy Awards for its cinematic experience that can delight an audience.

Another film that has been tipped for success has been Manchester by the Sea (Amazon), this film arguably has much more drama and emotion compared to La La Land. Starring Casey Affleck, the film has been praised for its emotional appeal to the audience as the character Lee is named the legal guardian of his older brothers son after his death. Jumping from the present to the past, we the see the struggle of the characters and the moving story focusing on recovery and redemption.

Similarly to Manchester by the Sea, there have been films this year that have the emotional appeal to the audience, which could lead them to glory. However, a persistent issue that raises its head in Hollywood every year may overshadow this. The nominations for the BAFTA’s have just been announced and once again award ceremonies have been criticised for white actors dominating major awards. With that being said, two films this year could certainly buck that trend at the Oscars. Lion is an emotional rollercoaster of a film that depicts a adopted man looking for his real family using Google Earth. The film has been called visually stunning with superb acting from Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Also the film Hidden Figures has thought to be contender this year. Based on a true story, a team of African- American women provide NASA with mathematical data to launch the first successful space mission. The film has been called an inspiration to young people to never give up on their dreams. Both films could well be considered for the main prizes this year, however it is hard to tell so far as they have not dominated the nominations for other awards.

The last thing I would like to touch on is the accomplishments of an individual, rather than Hollywood as a whole. Critics can be known to favour certain stars above others, so could this year be the year we see Meryl Streep nominated for her twentieth academy award nomination? As a favourite for the awards over the years, Streep could again be tipped for glory for her film Florence Foster Jenkins about a New York heiress desperate to play at Carnegie Hall. Even though the film has been snubbed in the awards season so far, I wouldn’t count it out of the Oscars just yet.

What are your predictions for the 2017 Oscar nominations? Let us know by posting a comment here or going to our Twitter and tweeting us.

By Sophie Banham

Full list of 2017 BAFTA nominations

The Golden Globes are behind us and now all eyes turn towards the British Academy of Film and Television Awards on February 12th. La La Land leads the way with 11 nominations, but sci-fi flick Arrival starring Amy Adams and Nocturnal Animals follow closely with 9 nominations each.

The full list of nominations:

La La Land is nominated for Best Film, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design and Sound.  Damien Chazelle is nominated for both Director and Original Screenplay and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone for Leading Actor and Leading Actress.

Arrival receives nominations for Best FilmAdapted ScreenplayOriginal MusicCinematography, Editing, Sound and Special Visual Effects, as well as Director for Denis Villeneuve and Leading Actress for Amy Adams.

Nocturnal Animals is nominated for Leading Actor for Jake Gyllenhaal, and for Supporting Actor for Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The film is also nominated for Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Make Up & HairTom Ford is nominated for both Director and Adapted Screenplay.

Manchester by the Sea is nominated for Best Film and EditingKenneth Lonergan is nominated for both Director and Original ScreenplayCasey Affleck is nominated for Leading Actor and Michelle Williams for Supporting Actress.

Ken Loach is nominated for Director for I, Daniel Blake, which is also nominated for Best FilmOutstanding British Film, Original Screenplay and Supporting Actress for Hayley Squires.

Moonlight is nominated for Best Film and Original Screenplay with two further nominations for Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris who are nominated for Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress respectively.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is nominated for Outstanding British Film, Production Design, Costume Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects.

Andrew Garfield is nominated for Leading Actor for Hacksaw Ridge, which is also nominated for Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Make Up & Hair and Sound.

Lion is nominated for Adapted Screenplay, Original Music and CinematographyDev Patel and Nicole Kidman are nominated for Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress respectively.

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant are nominated for Leading Actress and Supporting Actor for their roles in Florence Foster Jenkins. The film is also nominated for Costume Designand Make Up & Hair.

Jeff Bridges is nominated for Supporting Actor for Hell or High Water, which is also nominated for Original Screenplay and CinematographyNatalie Portman is nominated for Leading Actress for Jackie, which is also nominated for Original Music and Costume Design.

Also receiving acting nominations are: Viggo Mortensen for Leading Actor for Captain FantasticEmily Blunt for Leading Actress for The Girl on the Train; and Viola Davis for Supporting Actress for Fences.

The four films nominated for Animated Film are Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana and Zootropolis. The nominations for Film Not in the English Language are Dheepan, Julieta, Mustang, Son of Saul and Toni Erdmann.

Notes on Blindness is nominated for Documentary and Outstanding British Film. The film also receives a nomination for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Pete Middleton (Writer/Director/Producer), James Spinney(Writer/Director), and Jo-Jo Ellison (Producer).

The other nominations in the Documentary category are 13th, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, The Eagle Huntress and Weiner.

Under the Shadow receives a nomination for Outstanding British Film, as well as for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Babak Anvari (Writer/Director) alongside the film’s producers Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill and Lucan Toh.

The other nominations for Outstanding British Film are American Honey and Denial.

The remaining nominations for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer are The Girl With All the Gifts (Mike Carey, Writer, Camille Gatin, Producer), The Hard Stop (George Amponsah, Writer/Director/Producer, Dionne Walker, Writer/Producer) and The Pass (John Donnelly, Writer, Ben Williams, Director).

Doctor Strange receives nominations for Production Design, Make Up & Hair and Special Visual EffectsRogue One: A Star Wars Story is nominated for Make Up & Hair and Special Visual Effects.

Five other feature films receive one nomination each: Hidden Figures for Adapted ScreenplayHail, Caesar! for Production DesignAllied for Costume DesignDeepwater Horizon for Sound and The Jungle Book for Special Visual Effects.

The British Short Animation nominees are The Alan Dimension, A Love Story and Tough. The five nominations for British Short Film are Consumed, Home, Mouth of Hell, The Party and Standby.

The nominees for the EE Rising Star Award, announced last week, are Anya Taylor-Joy, Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges, Ruth Negga and Tom Holland. This audience award is voted for by the British public and presented to an actress or actor who has demonstrated exceptional talent and has begun to capture the imagination of the UK public.

Source: BAFTA

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