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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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
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
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Wonder Woman’s gilded bustier, the spangled skating dresses in “I, Tonya” and the subdued shades of the 1960s as shown in “The Shape of Water” were among the finest costumes of the year, according to the Costume Designers Guild. The union celebrated the year’s outstanding work in film and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday night at its 20th annual awards show. Hosted by actress Gina Rodriguez, the evening included special honors for Guillermo del Toro and Kerry Washington, and concluded with Sally Field bringing a tote bag of movie memorabilia onstage. The Oscar-winning actress was on hand to present a career achievement award to costume designer Joanna Johnston, whose many credits include “Saving Private Ryan,” ″Love Actually,” ″The Sixth Sense” and two collaborations with Field: “Forrest Gump” and “Lincoln.” Field pulled a fuzzy pink … [Read more...] about Sally Field busts out old outfits at costume guild awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To misquote “A Star Is Born,” awards shows were far from shallow in 2018. Many confronted sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry head on, but as a new year kicks off with the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday one question lingers: Will it continue for another year? For an event that’s more known for its boozy moments than promoting social causes, the Golden Globe AwardsTime’s Up Legal Defense Fund Every televised and non-televised event to come had to take the stage in the shadow of the Globes, and all did so in their own way, sometimes with jokes and sometimes with statements: The Screen Actors Guild had all-female presenters, guests wore white roses at the Grammys and the Oscars gave a spotlight to Time’s Up leaders and Harvey Weinstein accusers Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek, and Annabella Sciorra. But this year will be different. With just days to show time, there are no major statements or demonstrations planned for the Golden … [Read more...] about An awards show crossroads 1 year after the Time’s Up Globes
Why does the European film industry lack self-confidence? Why aren't the European Film Awards covered by Europe's own media with as much enthusiasm as the Oscars? The European Film Awards were created 30 years ago to honor the continent's own productions. What hasn't changed much since, however, is the public's interest for the event, even though it applies the Academy Awards' model, with nominations announced ahead of the awards ceremony and stars walking down the red carpet. Read more: Opinion: Why the European Film Awards deserve more recognition Disadvantaging factors So why is the European Film Award, formerly called the Felix, still the unknown brother of the Oscar? There are several factors explaining this. The Oscars were created 1929, while the Euro-Oscar only appeared in 1988. The Academy Awards ceremony has a permanent home in Hollywood, whereas the location of the European Film … [Read more...] about The European Film Awards: Beyond Hollywood’s blockbusters