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.


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
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Features
La La Land (Sophie, Rachel)
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)
Hidden Figures
Lion (Sophie, Mitch)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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)

Best Documentary Short
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)

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




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