The desire to be seen, and to see one’s self, is at the heart of A Fantastic Woman, Chilean director Sebastian Lelio’s stirring portrait of a transgender woman’s efforts to cope with the death of her partner—and, in doing so, to confront a world that refuses to accept her on her own terms. As timely as it is upsetting and, in the end, uplifting, it’s a cry for tolerant recognition made without any of Hollywood’s typical speechifying and over-sentimental smushiness. And it’s one that derives its power from the magnificent lead performance of Daniela Vega as its beaten-up, but never broken-down, heroine. Much will likely be made of the fact that Vega not only stars as a transgender woman, but is one herself—thus bucking what some view as an offensive mainstream practice of casting straight actors in such roles (see: Dallas Buyers Club or the upcoming Always). Whether or not a non-transgender actor or actress could have successfully starred … [Read more...] about Will a Transgender Woman Make History as the First Academy Award Nominee for Best Actress?
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ruth E. Carter, the creator of the stunning costumes of “Black Panther” and numerous other Hollywood films, will receive the career achievement award at next year’s Costume Designers Guild Awards. The guild announced Tuesday that the two-time Academy Award nominee will receive the honor at the 21st annual ceremony held Feb. 19 in Beverly Hills. Carter’s costumes for the blockbuster “Black Panther” earned widespread praise for how they incorporated African culture. Her designs for 1993′s “Malcolm X” and 1998′s “Amistad” earned her Oscar nominations. She is currently working on the Paramount Network show “Yellowstone.” The awards ceremony will also include a new category for costume designs for variety, live television or reality competition shows. Films created for television and streaming services will also now be eligible for recognition. … [Read more...] about ‘Black Panther’ costume designer to receive career award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a trail as a costume designer in a film industry with not many who look like her. But through her upcoming career achievement award and Oscar nomination for her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in the superhero film “Black Panther,” Carter believes she can “knock down” more doors so others like herself can walk through them. If Carter wins an Oscar for best costume design this month, she would become the first African-American to win in the category. Despite “very stiff competition,” Carter believes she has a good chance going up against Mary Zophres, Alexandra Byrne and three-time Academy Award winner Sandy Powell, who is nominated for “The Favourite” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” “I’m a contender,” said Carter, who already won for “Black Panther’s” costumes at the Critics’ Choice Awards last month and was recently honored at New … [Read more...] about ‘Black Panther’ costume designer blazes trail to inspire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a big week for Ruth E. Carter, who on Sunday could become the first African-American to win an Academy Award for costume design through her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in “Black Panther.” But before that show, Carter will receive a career achievement award Tuesday at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. She talked about her early years with Spike Lee and her favorite “Black Panther” costumes during a recent interview with The Associated Press WHERE IT ALL STARTED Carter still possesses her sketches from her college days at Hampton University and during an internship with the Santa Fe Opera. She spent countless hours drawing all sorts of characters, honing her craft in her dorm room and small studio in Los Angeles a few years after college. One sketch she keeps handy is of a unisex dancer sporting red and gray tights. “I was so excited about the idea of costume design and how it intersects with art. I really … [Read more...] about ‘Black Panther’ designer Ruth Carter on her start, Spike Lee
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Ruth E. Carter may be receiving Oscar recognition for her costume designer work on “Black Panther,” but she told a packed room at the Costume Guild Awards on Tuesday night that she has created wardrobes for other superheroes throughout her illustrious career. “After working on ‘Black Panther,’ you all asked me ‘How did it feel experiencing designing my first superhero?’ Truth is, I’ve been designing superheroes my entire career,” she said after receiving a career achievement award at the guild’s 21st annual awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The union celebrated the year’s outstanding work in film and television highlighting the intricacies of contemporary, period and sci-fi or fantasy designs. While accepting a career achievement honor, the designer rattled off several films she worked on including “Malcolm X,” ″Amistad,” ″Selma,” … [Read more...] about Costume Designers Guild honors Ruth E. Carter, Glenn Close
NEW YORK (AP) — When Daniel Kaluuya read Jordan Peele’s script for “Get Out,” he had one question: “Are you allowed to make films like this?” Peele proved that you are; Kaluuya, a 28-year-old British actor, landed the lead role. Ever since then, his life hasn’t been the same. “Get Out” became a box-office sensation, a cultural landmark and an unlikely Oscar contender. Previously an up-and-coming actor with a few notable roles in film, theater and television, Kaluuya has been catapulted not just into awards season, but has since co-starred in two much anticipated films: Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” and Steve McQueen’s “Widows.” “It’s been a life-changing year,” Kaluuya, who was just nominated for a Golden Globe best actor trophy, said in a recent interview. It started with “Get Out.” Kaluuya anchors the thriller as the protagonist Chris Washington, a black man whose … [Read more...] about 2017 Breakthrough: ‘Get Out’ star Daniel Kaluuya