The alchemy has bubbled, the mysterious tipping point has been achieved, and the Academy Awards consensus is coalescing around Guillermo del Toro’s swooning sci-fi romance The Shape of Water, with 13 nominations. That’s way ahead of Christopher Nolan’s colossal cine-installation Dunkirk (eight nominations), and Martin McDonagh’s fierce tragicomedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (seven). Then there is Joe Wright’s rousing wartime drama Darkest Hour, featuring Gary Oldman’s tremendous Churchill turn, which gets six – and so does Paul Thomas Anderson’s glorious drama Phantom Thread, which is my favourite of this list so far. Denis Villeneuve’s futurist dystopian spectacular Blade Runner 2049 comes in with five — and this must surely be the year for cinematographer Roger Deakins, although this gets no best picture nomination. Five too for Dee Rees’s Mudbound and the much-loved Lady Bird, and it’s a huge … [Read more...] about Oscar nominations 2018: a cautious, comfort-food list in Trumpian times
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Lina Wertmüller’s first job in film was to scout out interesting faces for Federico Fellini. The Italian master was at the height of his success; she was an ambitious young puppeteer more interested in snatching her own location footage than honouring the duties of an assistant director. “I was the worst assistant, but that was overlooked because I was likable,” she says. The film was 8½, the tale of a fecklessly promiscuous director abandoned by his muse. It wasn’t long before Wertmüller had cast her own mother and her card circle of elegant socialites, who went on to be fleetingly immortalised playing canasta on a beach, in the 1963 film listed by Sight & Sound as the 10th greatest of all time. By the end of that year, Wertmüller had made her directorial debut with I basilischi (The Lizards) – about three aimless youths in a sleepy southern Italian town – and embarked on her own lifelong pursuit of faces, bodies and dialects … [Read more...] about Ninety and out to shock: meet the first ever Oscar nominated female director
Sicario, Denis Villeneuve’s Mexican drug war thriller, thrives in the gloaming. Neon pops from the dusk, silhouetted soldiers creep across the twilight. It’s a film of smeared morality, starring Emily Blunt as an FBI agent whose ideals are crushed. The daylight scenes are stark, the night-time – including a breath-taking shootout in a smuggling tunnel – frantic. But sunset is when the real menace kicks in. It’s no surprise that Sicario looks great. Its cinematographer, Roger Deakins, is one of the most lauded film-makers in Hollywood. He’s one of the top three in the business, says director Andrew Dominik (“Roger and two other people and its the two other people that change”), the Coens’ go-to (he’s shot most of their films since Barton Fink), and been Oscar-nominated 12 times for films as diverse as Skyfall and Martin Scorsese’s Dalai Lama biopic, Kundun. Deakins is, according to Villeneuve, “the opposite of a … [Read more...] about Roger Deakins: ‘the opposite of a Hollywood person’ … with 12 Oscar nominations to his name
After the year Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was one of the top grossing movies and the #MeToo campaign dominated much industry coverage, it will have surprised few people there were no female directors nominated at the Baftas, nor at the Golden Globes. We’d like to hear from people working in the film industry about the lack of representation for female filmmakers on the 2018 shortlists so far, ahead of the Academy Award nominations on 23 January. Are you a woman working in film? How do you think the system should change? What experiences do you have of inequality in the industry? What standout films of the last year by women directors do you feel were worth inclusion on awards long lists? How to contribute You can share your views and experiences in the form below – we’ll feature some of your contributions in an article on the Guardian to coincide with the Oscar nominations. Tell us a little about yourself and your involvement in the film industry, and please … [Read more...] about Women in film: which female directors deserve an Oscar?
Oprah may have raised the roof with a long and rousing speech at this year’s Golden Globes, but presenter Natalie Portman cut to the chase with just six words: “Here are the all-male nominees.” Presenting the award for best director, the actor raised an uncomfortable laugh, and an important point. Very few women are ever nominated for this category in major film awards ceremonies; fewer still win. But why is that? An argument made by many on social media was that there simply aren’t enough female directors to choose from. That’s part of the problem: studios are still hugely reluctant to hire a woman to helm a major movie with the kind of marketing and campaign budget that gets the attention of ceremonies such as the Globes and the Baftas, who also failed to nominate a single woman in its director category this year. Women accounted for just 11% of directors of the 250 top-grossing films of 2017, according to the latest report by San Diego State … [Read more...] about Female trouble: how can the Oscars fix the scandal of all-male director lists?
Award season has not been kind to female directors in 2018. There were no women directors nominated at the Baftas, nor at the Golden Globes, where Natalie Portman introduced “the all-male nominees” when taking the stage, and stars have lined up to blame a wider gender imbalance in the industry for the discrepancy. Ahead of the Academy Award nominations, we asked you to tell us which female directors had impressed with their work this year, and why they deserved to be nominated for awards. Here are four of the films and their directors that seemed to resonate most with readers, along with your reasons for choosing them. Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees Judith More, film costumer, Savannah, Georgia Not only a beautifully directed and acted film but an important film about a dark time in Americas history. What resonated with me was the terrible social stigmatism that was prevalent in the South at that time (and for decades after.) What Dee Rees did so skillfully was to portray … [Read more...] about ‘Invisible no longer’: women in film on the female directors the Oscars must celebrate