And There Came The 2017 Oscars… Best Picture


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The Academy Awards Ceremony is Sunday, February 26.

Leading up to the event, And There Came A Day presents a predictions for the major categories.

BEST PICTURE

 

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NOMINEES

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

 

WHO WILL WIN

La La Land

I really loved La La Land. I loved it a lot. Saw it 3 times. Own the soundtrack. The movie made a terrific impression on me. It’s sweet, sad and smart. It’s wonderfully acted, beautifully directed and uplifting. I think.

It lifted me up.

The Academy tends to love movies like this. La La Land is a Hollywood tale and it’s a musical. It’s a tribute to old fashioned movies from its widescreen opening to its fanciful ending. It should clean up Sunday night, perhaps even tying a record for the number of Oscars it takes.

I think it’s a Best Picture lock.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WIN

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water was my favorite movie of the year. It was small and unpretentious, wonderfully acted, tautly directed, funny and powerful. Jeff Bridges was terrific but so were Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Pine, in particular, deserves more recognition for the actor he is becoming. I would be very pleased if this movie took home the Oscar.

It won’t but I would be pleased!

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And There Came The 2017 Oscars… Best Director


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The Academy Awards Ceremony is Sunday, February 26.

Leading up to the event, And There Came A Day presents a predictions for the major categories.

BEST DIRECTOR

 

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NOMINEES

  • Damien ChazelleLa La Land
  • Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Barry JenkinsMoonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
  • Denis VilleneuveArrival

WHO WILL WIN

Dominic Chazelle  – La La Land

Big energy. Big music. Big moments. Oscar nominated lead performances. Hollywood Wunderkind.

La La Land is a pretty amazing achievement for a director helming only his second major release. That the film is a love letter to Hollwood won’t hurt Dominic Chazelle’s chances of winning Oscar. Nor will the amazing work he does here. His work was the most inventive of all five nominees. He ought to win it.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WIN

Dominic Chazelle  – La La Land

La La Land is a very special movie and, perhaps with the exception of Hell or High Water, the movie I most enjoyed this year. Chazelle is a director whose works seem like they will always be worth watching.

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Link’n’Blogs – 2.24.17 – Best Picture Trailers, HONESTLY


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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as thought provoking as I have.

If you have five minutes to spend laughing at the seriousness of the movies and this year’s Best Picture nominees, click the link below! Honest Trailers put together an, well, honest trailer for this year’s Academy Award celebration and it’s pretty damn funny. There are a few R-Rated moments… be warned.

And be entertained!

HONEST TRAILERS BEST PICTURE CONTENDERS

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And There Came The 2017 Oscars… Best Actress in a Leading Role


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The Academy Awards Ceremony is Sunday, February 26.

Leading up to the event, And There Came A Day presents a predictions for the major categories.

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

 

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NOMINEES

  • Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  • Ruth Negga – Loving
  • Natalie PortmanJackie
  • Emma Stone – La La Land
  • Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

WHO WILL WIN

Emma Stone – La La Land

I get it. She’s not the greatest singer. But I liked everything she sang.

I liked it a lot.

Here’s the thing: Emma Stone makes this look easy and it’s not. Her work in La La Land is breathtaking in its simplicity. Her Mia immediately draws the audience in the moment we first see her on screen. She is so engaging, so likable, so charming that it is difficult for anyone else on screen to make an impression. Wonder why she’s nominated and will win and Ryan Gosling, who is also nominated, will not? That’s why.

She’s simply perfect in this almost perfect movie.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WIN

Emma Stone – La La Land

Though this category should be named “We Could Give the Oscar to Meryl Every Year” (and Streep was terrific in the uneven Florence Foster Jenkins), I don’t think that’s the way this one goes.

Emma Stone will win. She should. I loved her in this movie.

Loved. Her.

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And There Came The 2017 Oscars… Best Actor in a Leading Role


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The Academy Awards Ceremony is Sunday, February 26.

Leading up to the event, And There Came A Day presents a predictions for the major categories.

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

 

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NOMINEES

  • Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington – Fences

WHO WILL WIN

Denzel Washington – Fences

He’s a powerhouse. He just does not phone in his roles. Denzel Washington has been magnetic on screen year-after-year whether he is playing the shining hero or the more complex villain. In Fences, he gives a shatteringly complex and complete performance which will, likely, win him the Academy Award. Perhaps the Academy should have noted how good this performance was especially considering who his director was – Washington himself – and managed to nominate the man for Best Director as well.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WIN

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

As great as Denzel Washington was, there was no performance this year that stayed with me and inspired me as much as Andrew Garfield’s in Hacksaw Ridge. He is utterly compelling and totally believable in a role that others would have made too simplistic and too unreal. Garfield is tremendous.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: February 15 – 21, 2017


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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.
Then I read them.
Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

COMICS I READ LAST WEEK

 

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The best comic I read last week was Star Trek Boldly Go #5.


Writer: Mike Johnson

Artist: Tony Shasteen

There was great competition for the Best Sequential Art of the Week from my electronic pile and not just because I had SO MANY comics to read this week, but because there were so many good ones. Justice League #15 was my favorite issue yet and Super Sons #1 was a comic I’ve been looking forward to and really enjoyed.

But Star Trek Boldly Go #5 was just so perfect. Coming on the heels of the Kelvin universe’s encounter with the Borg, this issue was a great breather from the excitement facing Kirk and Company and tells a story that we’ll never see on the screen: the origin of Jaylah, the breakout character from Star Trek Beyond.

Tony Shasteen continues to impress with his art. He captures likenesses without being slavishly devoted to them. What I really noted in this issue is how he has grown at depicting emotion. In this story, there is action, sure, but the emotional moments are far more important than the shooting and fighting. While Shasteen handles these moments very well, he really delivers on the emotional side.

And this story by Mike Johnson needs that. The story of Jaylah is one part heart warming, one part heartbreaking and all parts Star Trek. This book is considered “canon” and fans are lucky to have talented creators like Johnson and Shasteen giving us Star Trek on a monthly basis.

Terrific!

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And There Came The 2017 Oscars… Best Supporting Actress


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The Academy Awards Ceremony is Sunday, February 26.

Leading up to the event, And There Came A Day presents a predictions for the major categories.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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NOMINEES

  • Viola DavisFences
  • Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
  • Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman Lion
  • Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

WHO WILL WIN

Viola Davis – Fences

Viola Davis is truly remarkable. She turns in brilliant performance after brilliant performance and she leaves an indelible impression on all the films she’s in (including last summer’s much maligned Suicide Squad). She is one of the greatest actors of this generation. Davis has already set a record (and it is very hard and says something not great about culture) as the only African American actress to ever receive 3 acting nominations. She’s going to get the win.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WIN

Viola Davis – Fences

See above. Though I loved all of the other performances, Davis’ work is far-and-away better, more breathtaking and deserving of a win this year. But WHAT A FIELD! By any account, these nominees are truly terrific.

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