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Le Vian ~ Positivity Love and Resilience

Le Vian ~ Positivity Love and Resilience

Le Vian presents their upcoming jewelry for the year with positivity, love, and resilience. This is just in time for fashion week, holiday events and gift giving, and red carpet award season. A favorite is jewelry and the ability to create a spark and look that is yours alone. 

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Le Vian 2021 Trends

Positivity, Love, and Resilience

This is an exciting time after a year of Covid. The message from Le Vian is: 

  • Positivity inspiration is the sunshine and its various iterations, alluding to sunny days ahead. 
  • Resilience comes in the form of an increasingly popular metal, platinum, which becomes tougher with every knock, a notion now so apt and strengthening.
  • Love is reinventing of colors di,amonds, gems, and gold to create the various collections. The real love is the continued spirit of contributing to charity. 
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Le Vian 2021 Trends

Le Vian History

This family owned company for centuries includes their customers and collectors. They are part of the family. Being a family business allows for them to continue with their ability to invest in innovation, take care of their collectors like members of the family, and do things no other jewelry company does. The sense of integrity, responsibility, giving back, and a passion that has lasted through the generations

Their history dates back to 1746, when the Persian ruler Nadir Shah chose the Levian family to be the guardian of the jewels he’d plundered in Asia. The family has continued after each generation to remain innovative and relevant. Le Vian seen often on celebrities, over 300 times each year at various events with the PR firm D’Orazio & Associates. Celebrities must purchase the jewelry. They do not give celebrities the jewelry for the event. 

Le Vian Charity Spirit

The strong presence of Le Vian as a company that continues to make a difference in the world. The event in Las Vegas the charity donations are around $1,000,000 for this event alone. The charities they support include Children, St Jude’s Hospital, Le Vian’s Rafa Foundation the company has a variety of causes, including supporting local communities, medical charities, and building schools in the areas where there are diamonds mines. They contribute 10% all earnings before taxes to charity. 

The last live event held before the pandemic in 2019, a waiter, a single father at the event moved by the fundraising he pledged $200 of his money on the spot. This then also inspired a billionaire in the room to up his own donation by a handsome 6 figure sum.

Le Vian Trends 

The evening includes encapsulating the trends with a red carpet event. This is a large production event similar to the award shows. Here are a few trends from the catwalk fundraiser in Las Vegas. 

Love Trend

Love their recent collective experience is a push to seize every opportunity to express our love to those we hold dear. The heart shape as a symbol of their affection in bold style. The love collection is a beautiful collection to remind the wearer how much love they have in their life. 

Elephant Trend

The icon of the year is the elephant. This piece symbolizes the Le Vian family’s appointment as the guardians of the royal jewels of Persia in 1746. There is a great deal of lore across a myriad of cultures regarding the elephant. The trunk can bring energy, good fortune, or luck. 

Platinum Trend

This is a favorite! Platinum is one that represents resilience. The ability to continue to gain brightness and strength with each wear. Platinum use is with precious stones, like diamonds. This is great to keep going and become stronger with determination. 

Authenticity Trend

Authenticity stone is peacock aquaprase. This is a semi-translucent natural beauty gem. Each piece is unique from the rest. The creates the sense of passion, accepting, and continued learning. 

Pearl Trend

This is another favorite. I give my granddaughters pearls (fake at first) and they are my pearl girls. They get a set of pearls when turning 16, like their mother. They are classic and precious. The collection represents wisdom regarding our recent experience of reflection and hope. These come vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and honey. 

Obsession Trend

The chocolate diamond is the obsession collection. The 20-year anniversary diamond was on hold after the mine closed. This is a great stone for obsession. The collection is a feeling of a child in a candy shop but with diamonds. 

Statement Trend

Everyone needs a statement piece or two showcasing their personal style. Creating your statement piece can be combining several pieces. Le Vians statement trend is just that for men and women. The statement rings design is to offer flexibility in the expression of the wearer’s individuality.

Follow here for all the upcoming trends. This is the season for red carpets with VMAs tonight and Emmys® next two weekends. Post your favorite pieces or celebrity looks here

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Festival de Cannes ~ Returning to Film

Festival de Cannes ~ Returning to Film

Festival de Cannes is returning to film this year. The 74th annual twelve-day festival returns this year in July. Last year’s festival cancelled because of the pandemic. This year’s festival is full of film, fun, and fill.

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Festival de Cannes 2021

Festival de Cannes Jury

This year’s jury is presided over by Spike Lee. History is made as he is the first black president of the 9 member jury. Lee is the Grand Prix and Oscar® Best Adapted Screenplay, BlacKkKlansman (2019). When discussing his Oscar® He states, “My grandma who saved 50 years of Social Security checks to put her first grandchild – she called me Spikie Poo – she put me through Morehouse College and NYU Grad Film. NYU!”

  • Spike Lee – President ~ Director, producer, screenwriter (United States)
  • Mati Diop ~ Director (France, Senegal)
  • Mylène Farmer ~ Singer, songwriter (Canada, France)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal ~ Actress, producer, screenwriter, director (États-Unis)
  • Jessica Hausner ~ Director, producer, screenwriter (Austria)
  • Mélanie Laurent ~ Actress, director, screenwriter (France)
  • Kleber Mendonça Filho ~ Director, producer, screenwriter (Brazil)
  • Tahar Rahim ~ Actor (France)
  • Song Kang-ho ~ Actor (South Korea)

The 9 member jury announced the awards on the last night of Festival de Cannes.

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Festival de Cannes Jury and Award Winners

Festival de Cannes Awards

Palme d’or

TITANE directed by Julia Ducouran

The award was presented by Sharon Stone and Spike Lee.

Grand Prix (ex aequo)

GHAHREMAN (A Hero) directed by Asghar Farhadi


HYTTI N°6 (Compartment N°6) directed by Juho Kuosmanen

The award was presented by the American director Oliver Stone.

Best Director

Leos Carax for ANNETTE

The award was presented by Italian actress and director Valeria Golino.

Best Screenplay

Hamaguchi Ryusuke & Takamasa Oe for DRIVE MY CAR

The award was presented by British director and screenwriter Andrea Arnold.

Jury Prize (ex aequo)

MEMORIA directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul


HA’BERECH (Ahed’s Knee)directed by Nadav Lapid

The award was presented by British actor Rosamund Pike.

Best Performance by an Actress

Renate Reinsve in VERDENS VERSTE MENNESKE (The Worst Person in the World)
directed by Joachim Trier

The award was presented by South Korean actor LEE Byung-hun.

Best Performance by an Actor

Caleb Landry Jones in NITRAM directed by Justin Kurzel

The award was presented by French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos.

Caméra d’or

MURINA directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovi USIJANOVIĆ unveiled in the frame of LA QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS

The Caméra d’or was presented by Mélanie Thierry, President of the Jury of this First Film Selection.

Higher Technical Commission (CST)

CST Artist-Technician Prize

Vladislav Opeliants (Russia), Chief Director Of Photography, PETROV’S FLU, by Kirill Serebrennikov.

CST Young Film Technician Award

Armance DURIX, Head Sound Engineer MI IUBITA, MON AMOUR, by Noémie Merlant.

Un Certain Regard

Un Certain Regard Prize

RAZZHIMAYA KULAKI (Unclenching the Fists) directed by Kira Kovalenko.

Jury Prize

GROSSE FREIHEIT (Great Freedom)

directed by Sebastian Meise

Ensemble Prize

BONNE MÈRE (Good Mother)

directed by Hafsia Herzi

Courage Prize

LA CIVIL

directed by Teodora Ana Mihai

Prize of Originality

LAMB

directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson

Special Mention

NOCHE DE FUEGO (Prayers for the Stolen)

directed by Tatiana Huezo

Cinéfondation

First Prize

L’ENFANT SALAMANDRE (The Salamander Child)

directed by Théo Degen, Insas, Belgium

Second Prize

CICADA

directed by Yoon Daewoen

Korea National University of Arts, South Korea

Joint Third Prize

PRIN ORAS CIRCULA SCURTE POVESTI DE DRAGOSTE (Love Stories on the Move)

directed by Carina-Gabriela Dașoveanu

UNATC “I. L. CARAGIALE”, Romania

CANTAREIRA

directed by Rodrigo Ribeyro

Academia Internacional de Cinema, Brazil

Honorary Palme d’or

Just as American actress-director Jodie Foster was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or at the Opening Ceremony on 6 May, Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio has received the distinction this evening for his exceptional career.

Festival de Cannes Red Carpet Glam

The exceptions Festival de Cannes red carpet glam is here! This is so exceptional to see the beauty. It is all about the top of fashion and design especially after a year of yoga pants, tanks, and flip flops.

Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet arrives in a metallic silver Tom Ford suit, Celine sunglasses, and Cartier jewelry.

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Jeanne Balibar, Tilda Swinton and Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Memoria

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton brings her personal style with her red carpet looks. She is wearing a white Chanel that is light and flowing for the daytime premier of Memoria.

Swinton goes from monochromatic white to bold and colorful for The French Dispatch premiere. The orange and pink is by designer Haider Ackermann.

Swinton combines the two looks with her photocall look from LOEWE. This is a great summer look that is bright and loose fitting.

Jody Foster

Jodie Foster is wearing white Givenchy dress and white pebble-stacked earrings.

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Jodie Foster

Spike Lee

Spike Lee put a lot of thought into the fashion for his red carpet looks. He partnered with Louis Vuitton for each day’s red carpet looks. The fashion fits the creativity and statement Lee is well-know with his film creations.

Red Carpet Fun and Fill

There was a lot of fun and fill on the Red Carpet. High energy and excitement as film is thrilling to see as we come around from the last year.

Enjoy, the films this year. They bring our the best in fantasy, reality, love, and entertainment. What is the film you are looking forward to seeing this year? Post your answer here.

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SAG® 2021 ~ Best in Movies and Television

SAG® 2021 ~ Best in Movies and Television

SAG® the best in movies and television for 2020 announced by Hollywood Foreign Press Association on social media. Going with the changes in 2021 with award season. The Screen Actor Guild Awards® are finally set and ready. It has been rescheduled twice this year, Grammys re-scheduled the same date in March and originally because of COVID-19.

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SAG® Nominees

The SAG® Nominees announced by Lily Collins (Emily in Paris, MANK) and Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer, BLINDSPOTTING, The Good Lord Bird) via Instagram Live. The SAG® Awards annually celebrates the outstanding motion picture and television performances from the previous calendar year. SAG® Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA®.

The top SAG® film with 3 nominations are:

  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Minari
  • One Night in Miami
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

The top SAG® television with 5 nominations are:

  • The Crown
  • Schitt’s Creek
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SAG® Motion Picture Nominees

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed / Ruben – SOUND OF METAL
Chadwick Boseman / Levee – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
ANTHONY HOPKINS / Anthony – THE FATHER
GARY OLDMAN / Herman Mankiewicz – MANK
STEVEN YEUN / Jacob – MINARI

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

AMY ADAMS / “Bev” – HILLBILLY ELEGY
VIOLA DAVIS / “Ma Rainey” – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
VANESSA KIRBY / “Martha” – PIECES OF A WOMAN
FRANCES McDORMAND / “Fern” – NOMADLAND
CAREY MULLIGAN / “Cassandra” – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

SACHA BARON COHEN / “Abbie Hoffman” – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
CHADWICK BOSEMAN / “Stormin’ Norman” – DA 5 BLOODS
DANIEL KALUUYA / “Fred Hampton” – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
JARED LETO / “Albert Sparma” – THE LITTLE THINGS
LESLIE ODOM JR. / “Sam Cooke” – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

MARIA BAKALOVA / Tutar” – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
GLENN CLOSE / Mamaw” – HILLBILLY ELEGY
OLIVIA COLMAN / “Anne” – THE FATHER
YUH-JUNG YOUN / “Soonja” – MINARI
HELENA ZENGEL / “Johanna” – NEWS OF THE WORLD

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
DA 5 BLOODS

CHADWICK BOSEMAN / “Stormin’ Norman”
PAUL WALTER HAUSER / “Simon”
NGUYỄN NGỌC LÂM / “Q’uân”
LÊ Y LAN / “Tiên Luu”
NORM LEWIS / “Eddie”
DELROY LINDO / “Paul”
JONATHAN MAJORS / “David
VAN VERONICA NGO / “Hanoi Hannah”
JOHNNY TRÍ NGUYỄN / “Vinh Tran”
JASPER PÄÄKKÖNEN / “Seppo”
CLARKE PETERS / “Otis”
SANDY HƯƠNG PHẠM / “Michon
JEAN RENO / “Desroche”
MÉLANIE THIERRY / “Hedy”
ISIAH WHITLOCK JR. / “Melvin”

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

CHADWICK BOSEMAN / “Levee”
JONNY COYNE / “Sturdyvant”
VIOLA DAVIS / “Ma Rainey”
COLMAN DOMINGO / “Cutler”
MICHAEL POTTS / “Slow Drag”
GLYNN TURMAN / “Toledo”

MINARI

NOEL KATE CHO / “Anne”
YERI HAN / “Monica”
SCOTT HAZE / “Billy”
ALAN KIM / “David”
WILL PATTON / “Paul”
STEVEN YEUN / “Jacob”
YUH-JUNG YOUN / “Soonja”

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR / “Malcolm X”
BEAU BRIDGES / “Mr. Carlton”
LAWRENCE GILLIARD JR. / “Drew ‘Bundini’ Brown”
ELI GOREE / “Cassius Clay”
ALDIS HODGE / “Jim Brown”
MICHAEL IMPERIOLI / “Angelo Dundee”
JOAQUINA KALUKANGO / “Betty X”
LESLIE ODOM JR. / “Sam Cooke”
LANCE REDDICK / “Kareem X”
NICOLETTE ROBINSON / “Barbara Cooke”

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II / “Bobby Seale”
SACHA BARON COHEN / “Abbie Hoffman”
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT / “Richard Schultz”
MICHAEL KEATON / “Ramsey Clark”
FRANK LANGELLA / “Judge Julius Hoffman”
JOHN CARROLL LYNCH / “David Dellinger”
EDDIE REDMAYNE / “Tom Hayden”
MARK RYLANCE / “William Kunstler”
ALEX SHARP / “Rennie Davis”
JEREMY STRONG / “Jerry Rubin”

SAG® Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

DA 5 BLOODS
MULAN
NEWS OF THE WORLD
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
WONDER WOMAN 1984

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SAG® Television Program Nominees

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

BILL CAMP / “Mr. Shaibel” – THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
DAVEED DIGGS / “Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson” – HAMILTON
HUGH GRANT / “Jonathan Fraser” – THE UNDOING
ETHAN HAWKE / “John Brown” – THE GOOD LORD BIRD
MARK RUFFALO / “Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey” – I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

CATE BLANCHETT / “Phyllis Schlafly” – MRS. AMERICA
MICHAELA COEL / “Arabella” – I MAY DESTROY YOU
NICOLE KIDMAN / “Grace Fraser” – THE UNDOING
ANYA TAYLOR-JOY / “Beth Harmon” – THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
KERRY WASHINGTON / “Mia Warren” – LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

JASON BATEMAN / Marty Byrde” – OZARK
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson” – THIS IS US
JOSH O’CONNOR / “Prince Charles” – THE CROWN
BOB ODENKIRK / “Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman” – BETTER CALL SAUL
REGÉ-JEAN PAGE / “Simon Basset” – BRIDGERTON

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

GILLIAN ANDERSON / “Margaret Thatcher” – THE CROWN
OLIVIA COLMAN / “Queen Elizabeth II” – THE CROWN
EMMA CORRIN / “Princess Diana” – THE CROWN
JULIA GARNER / “Ruth Langmore” – OZARK
LAURA LINNEY / “Wendy Byrde” – OZARK

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

NICHOLAS HOULT / “Peter” – THE GREAT
DANIEL LEVY / “David Rose” – SCHITT’S CREEK
EUGENE LEVY / “Johnny Rose” – SCHITT’S CREEK
JASON SUDEIKIS / “Ted Lasso” – TED LASSO
RAMY YOUSSEF / “Ramy” – RAMY

SAG® Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE / “Jen Harding” – DEAD TO ME
LINDA CARDELLINI / “Judy Hale” – DEAD TO ME
KALEY CUOCO / “Cassie Bowden” – THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
ANNIE MURPHY / “Alexis Rose” – SCHITT’S CREEK
CATHERINE O’HARA / “Moira Rose” – SCHITT’S CREEK

SAG® Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BETTER CALL SAUL

JONATHAN BANKS / “Mike Ehrmantraut”
TONY DALTON / “Lalo Salamanca”
GIANCARLO ESPOSITO / “Gus Fring”
PATRICK FABIAN / “Howard Hamlin”
MICHAEL MANDO / “Nacho Varga”
BOB ODENKIRK / “Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman”
RHEA SEEHORN / “Kim Wexler”

BRIDGERTON

ADJOA ANDOH / “Lady Danbury”
JULIE ANDREWS / “Lady Whistledown”
LORRAINE ASHBOURNE / “Mrs. Varley”
JONATHAN BAILEY / “Anthony Bridgerton”
RUBY BARKER / “Marina Thompson”
JASON BARNETT / “Jeffries”
SABRINA BARTLETT / “Siena Rosso”
JOANNA BOBIN / “Lady Cowper”
HARRIET CAINS / “Philipa Featherington”
BESSIE CARTER / “Prudence Featherington”
NICOLA COUGHLAN / “Penelope Featherington”
KATHRYN DRYSDALE / “Genevieve Delacroix”
PHOEBE DYNEVOR / “Daphne Bridgerton”
RUTH GEMMELL / “Violet Bridgerton”
FLORENCE HUNT / “Hyacinth Bridgerton”
MARTINS IMHANGBE / “Will Mondrich”
CLAUDIA JESSIE / “Eloise Bridgerton”
JESSICA MADSEN / “Cressida Cowper”
MOLLY McGLYNN / “Maid Rose”
BEN MILLER / “Lord Featherington”
LUKE NEWTON / “Colin Bridgerton”
JULIAN OVENDEN / “Sir Henry Granville”
REGÉ-JEAN PAGE / “Simon Basset”
GOLDA ROSHEUVEL / “Queen Charlotte”
HUGH SACHS / “Brimsley”
LUKE THOMPSON / “Benedict Bridgerton”
WILL TILSTON / “Gregory Bridgerton”
POLLY WALKER / “Portia Featherington”

THE CROWN

GILLIAN ANDERSON / “Margaret Thatcher”
MARION BAILEY / “Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother”
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / “Princess Margaret”
STEPHEN BOXER / “Denis Thatcher”
OLIVIA COLMAN / Queen Elizabeth II”
EMMA CORRIN / “Princess Diana”
ERIN DOHERTY / “Princess Anne”
CHARLES EDWARDS / “Martin Charteris”
EMERALD FENNELL / “Camilla Shand”
TOBIAS MENZIES / “Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh”
JOSH O’CONNOR / “Prince Charles”
SAM PHILLIPS / “Equerry”

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

JAMIE CHUNG / Ji-Ah”
AUNJANUE ELLIS / “Hippolyta Freeman”
JADA HARRIS / “Diana ‘Dee’ Freeman”
ABBEY LEE / Christina “Braithwhite”
JONATHAN MAJORS / “Atticus Freeman”
WUNMI MOSAKU / “Ruby Baptiste”
JORDAN PATRICK SMITH / “William”
JURNEE SMOLLETT / “Letitia “Leti” Lewis”
MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS / “Montrose Freeman”

OZARK

JASON BATEMAN / Marty Byrde”
McKINLEY BELCHER III / “Agent Trevor Evans”
JESSICA FRANCES DUKES / “Special Agent Maya Miller”
LISA EMERY / “Darlene Snell”
SKYLAR GAERTNER / “Jonah Byrde”
JULIA GARNER / “Ruth Langmore”
SOFIA HUBLITZ / “Charlotte Byrde”
KEVIN L. JOHNSON / “Sam Dermody”
LAURA LINNEY / “Wendy Byrde”
JANET McTEER / “Helen Pierce”
TOM PELPHREY / “Ben Davis”
JOSEPH SIKORA / “Frank Cosgrove Jr.”
FELIX SOLIS / “Omar Navarro”
CHARLIE TAHAN / “Wyatt Langmore”
MADISON THOMPSON / “Erin Pierce”

SAG® Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
DEAD TO ME

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE / “Jen Harding”
LINDA CARDELLINI / “Judy Hale”
MAX JENKINS / “Christopher Doyle”
JAMES MARSDEN / “Steve Wood/Ben Wood”
SAM McCARTHY / “Charlie Harding”
NATALIE MORALES / “Michelle Gutierrez”
DIANA MARIA RIVA / “Det. Ana Perez”
LUKE ROESSLER / “Henry Harding”

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

KALEY CUOCO / “Cassie Bowden”
MERLE DANDRIDGE / “Kim Hammond”
NOLAN GERARD FUNK / “Van White”
MICHELLE GOMEZ / “Miranda Croft”
MICHIEL HUISMAN / “Alex Sokolov”
YASHA JACKSON / “Jada Harris”
JASON JONES / “Hank Bowden”
T.R. KNIGHT / “Davey Bowden”
ZOSIA MAMET / “Annie Mouradian”
AUDREY GRACE MARSHALL / “Young Cassie”
GRIFFIN MATTHEWS / “Shane Evans”
ROSIE PEREZ / “Megan Briscoe”
TERRY SERPICO / “Bill Briscoe’
COLIN WOODELL / “Buckley Ware”

THE GREAT

BELINDA BROMILOW / Aunt Elizabeth”
SEBASTIAN DE SOUZA / Leo”
SACHA DHAWAN / Orlo”
ELLE FANNING / Catherine”
PHOEBE FOX / Marial”
BAYO GBADAMOSI / “Arkady
ADAM GODLEY / “Archbishop”
DOUGLAS HODGE / “Velementov”
NICHOLAS HOULT / “Peter”
LOUIS HYNES / “Vlad”
FLORENCE KEITH-ROACH / “Tatyana”
GWILYM LEE / “Grigor”
DANUSIA SAMAL / “Lady Antonia Svenskia”
CHARITY WAKEFIELD / “Georgina”

SCHITT’S CREEK

CHRIS ELLIOTT / “Roland Schitt”
EMILY HAMPSHIRE / “Stevie Budd”
DANIEL LEVY / “David Rose”
EUGENE LEVY / “Johnny Rose”
SARAH LEVY / “Twyla Sands”
ANNIE MURPHY / “Alexis Rose”
CATHERINE O’HARA / “Moira Rose”
NOAH REID / “Patrick Brewer”
JENNIFER ROBERTSON / “Jocelyn Schitt”
KAREN ROBINSON / “Ronnie Lee”

TED LASSO

ANNETTE BADLAND / “Mae”
PHIL DUNSTER / “Jamie”
BRETT GOLDSTEIN / “Roy”
BRENDAN HUNT / “Coach Beard”
TOHEEB JIMOH / “Sam Obisanya”
JAMES LANCE / “Trent Crimm”
NICK MOHAMMED / “Nathan Shelley”
JASON SUDEIKIS / Ted Lasso”
JEREMY SWIFT / “Higgins”
JUNO TEMPLE / “Keeley”
HANNAH WADDINGHAM / “Rebecca”

SAG® Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

THE BOYS
COBRA KAI
LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
THE MANDALORIAN
WESTWORLD

The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen
Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment, Inc. and
Hazy Mills Productions and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, April 4,
2021, at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT).

What has been your go to streaming film and television during this year of COVID-19? Post your answers here.

iDildo ~ Now You See Us

iDildo ~ Now You See Us

“iDildo does the trick and you don’t have to cook it food or wash its sock.” Romina Schwedler’s latest comedy short film about certain aged women feeling invisible and often misinterpreted. She uses light and comedy to carry a deeper message.

Barbara Miluski and Caroline Ryburn

Synopsis

Now You See Us is is “a coming of (a certain) age story” about two rival actresses played by Barbara Miluski and Caroline Ryburn. They are both auditioning for a part in a TV commercial. They begin to realize that they have more in common than just a rivalry.

Film Details

This 11-minute film brings the best of age discrimination and a lifelong rivalry full circle. The women find common ground in the idea that the one line in the commercial is the actress holding up a cell and stating, “I only use it in emergencies.” The cell phone begins the conversation about women of a certain age struggle with technology.

Caroline says, “I have an i-phone, i-pad, and an iDildo. It does the trick, you don’t have to cook for it, or wash its sock.” They both laugh at the idea that they had made large changes and sacrifices in their life. Even that iDildo is better than having someone around.

The walls break-down when they realize that they are being stereotyped for acting roles. “Boomers” no longer matter. They were the pitch to crowd, changing food, and fashion. They are invisible now.

Light and Comedy Use

The entire film is black and white adding a feel of age. The dimness of light in the waiting area adds to the tension of their rivalry. The loss of light brings the cell phone use in the time of an emergency adding to the humor. The end of the film light is used to bring awareness to the issues that these women are facing

The phases of the moon photos in the room where the audition is to take place clearly demonstrate the many phases of life the women this age experienced. This is a connecting piece that puts the rivalry to rest and they start sharing their impressions on being invisible.

Director Romina Schwedler

Romina was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She moved to New York to attend American Ballet School at 15. She followed in her parent’s footsteps (she is a director, actress, and singer) by becoming a filmmaker. Her film, The Visit, was screened at 47 film festivals including Prescott’s Film Festival. The film received 13 awards, 16 nominations, and 5 special mentions. Awards include Best Short Film, Best Overall Festival Film, and Best Director.

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Cast and Crew Now You See Us

Now You See Us

The film’s cast and crew are women. This adds to the dimension of the film’s focus on a section of women that is often discriminated against and stereotyped.

Won the Special Jury Award at its World Premiere at theChelsea Film Festival

Selected for Oscar® Qualifying St. Louis International Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival,

Seattle Film Summit

More screenings are lined up for 2021.

Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRnIfwpmxKU

FULL CAST

Barb – Barbara Miluski
Caroline – Caroline Ryburn
Electrician – Leema Mitchell
New Actress – Rochelle Slovin

DIRECTOR

Romina Schwedler

PRODUCERS

Executive Producers – Barbara Miluski, Jonathan Hazan
Producer/ Line Producer – Michelle PolancoCo-Producers – Danna Kinsky, Romina Schwedler
Associate Producers – Alan J. Carmona, Bianka WidaKay, Susan Rafter

WRITERS

Play – Barbara Miluski
Adapted Screenplay – Romina Schwedler

ORIGINAL SCORE

Itamar Ben Zimra

FULL CREW

Cinematographer – Danna Kinsky
First Assistant Director – Maca Carrizosa
Sound Mixer – Ash Knowlton
Script Supervisor – Mavis Martin
Gaffer – Olivia Kimmel
First Camera Assistant – Diana Rodriguez
Grips & Electrics – Anna Vyaches, Rui Arichika
Production Assistant – Adalina Aladro
Sound Design – Cory Choy, Ash Knowlton, Luke Allen/ SILVER SOUND
Colorist – Jenny Montgomery/ COMPANY 3
VFX Artists – Eddie Lebron, Shaun Ryan
Additional Photography – Alan J. Carmona
BTS Photography – Adalina Aladro
BTS Video – Bianka WidaKay
Editor – Romina Schwedler
Makeup & Hair – Mollie Parks
Graphic Design – Rachel Freeman-Lev
Social Media – Rachel Freeman-Lev, Dora J. Friedman

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Unlikely Friends ~ “Slipaway”

Unlikely Friends ~ “Slipaway”

Husband and wife, Julia Butler, and Daniel Mentz, presents Slipaway at Prescott Film Festival. The most unlikely duo becomes the best of friends on a self-discovery journey.

Slipaway Film

The film takes two different generations and puts them together at a time when their lives are struggling. They must overcome their differences in age, personality, and more. The journey takes them to becoming best friends while supporting each other’s dreams.

The script develops from Mentz’s visit with Gwen Davis, author. He personally delivers a keyboard he sold to her on Craigslist. The visit became an all day adventure with cookies, tea, and scrapbooks. She told stories about hanging out on location with the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant. Butler developed the screenplay after an evening of Mentz regaling the day’s adventures. She is inspired by Davis’ stories and life.

Slipaway Message

Mentz states, “We wanted to bring this message to the foreground, that relationships whether romantic or platonic do not have to be in the same age category. Relationships in different generations are not really discussed.” The movie takes on generational struggles and friendships that assist with making dreams come true.

Fall, actress Elaine Partnow

Fall, actress Elaine Partnow, brings a lot to the role. Mentz says, “She brought the character to life much more than we could ever imagine.” Partnow brings Fall to life with details that are specific to Fall’s her generation. Partnow presents the need to be private and dressing up before leaving the house. Just a few details Partnow presents throughout the film that bring her generation to light.

Adam, actor Jesse Pepe

Adam, actor Jesse Pepe, presents with his own story and struggle from the start. His past is still very present. This takes precedence over Adam and Fall’s individual dreams. Adam was not onboard with Fall’s concept of dreaming in life,

Adam: “It’s a little cheesy, don’t you think?”

Fall: “Cheesy? Well, guess that means my whole life has been… cheesy.”

Mentz and Butler’s first feature film brings an unlikely pair together that takes you on a lifetime journey of self-discovery, laughter, and dreams.

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Best Picture Green Book Oscars®

Best Picture Green Book Oscars®

Best Picture

The Best Picture at the 91st Oscars® is Green Book. This story brings forward the fact that we need to sit down and discuss racism in a safe environment.

Green Book Producers

Jim Burke is a producer and actor, known for Green Book (2018), The Descendants(2011) and Election (1999). This film took many puns and knocks during production. Burke responds to this time, “I’ll just say, yes, it was discouraging; but we always went back to the film.  And when we had a bad day, we’d pop in the movie, and we were reminded that we’re all really proud of this film, all of us and all of the over 500 people who helped make it.”

Peter Farrell is a producer and writer, known for Green Book (2018), There’s Something About Mary (1998) and Dumb and Dumber (1994). Farrell talks about his approach to winning, “It’s like if I watch a football game and I need my team to score, I just leave the room, and they will.  If I’m watching them, they won’t.  So I just kind of thought about everything but winning this thing, and it worked.”

Charles B. Wessler is known for his work on There’s Something About Mary (1998), Dumb and Dumber (1994) and It’s Pat: The Movie (1994). Wessler talks about the moment Julia Roberts (he did forget her name) announced Green Book for Best Picture, “I just want to say one thing.  These guys may or may not agree with me, but when I’m forgetting the name of the actress who gave us the award.  I don’t know why.”
Burke states, “Julia Roberts.”
Wessler continues, “Julia Roberts. She opened up thank you.  She opened up the thing, and I’m not kidding, I started to talk to my friend sitting next to me; and she said GREEN BOOK, and I so just to let you know, were we thinking we could win?  I kind of forgot that we could, and, you know.” 

Film Synopsis

The title and subject matter are a reference to “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” also known as “The Negro Travelers’ Green Book.” Published from 1936-1966, the guide helped African-American travelers find lodging, restaurants, and other businesses that would serve them. It eventually covered most of North America, plus Bermuda and the Caribbean. (IMDB)

Film Fun Facts

The real Tony Lip is best known for playing Carmine Lupertazzi on The Sopranos.

The film is dedicated to “Larry the Crow,” a bird that hung around the shooting location. Viggo Mortensen cared for the animal after it was hit by a car.

The film is about “Tony Lip” Viggo Mortensen and Dr. Don Shirley’s relationship and how they changed each other in a time when it was crazy, obviously.

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Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar® Sound Mixing

Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar® Sound Mixing

Paul Massy, John Casali, and Tim Cavagin bring an Oscar® sound mixing winning performance. This film is an honor to Queen’s Freddy Mercury.

Sound Mixing

Paul Massey

Paul Massey work includes Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), The Greatest Showman (2017) and Deadpool (2016). He took the time to say, “Thank you so much for your music and for your collaboration and your support. This is a project of a lifetime. We had great resources, we had great collaboration from all of the Queen production team and our producers, and it was a wonderful project. And actually, I think we all wished it hadn’t finished. ” 

John Casali


John Casali work includes Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Into the Woods (2014), and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He says,  “All of my team, and for this, really, for Chris Murphy, my boom operator, that’s put up with me for 14 years. Thanks, mate. When we shot those sequences making Bohemian Rhapsody, all the things that we shot came from Brian May.”

Tim Cavagin

Tim Cavagin work includes Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Baby Driver (2017),  and The Others (2001). He thanks, “The team Twickenham, everyone else who worked on the sound of this incredible movie.”

Film Synopsis

This film’s story is the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). (IMDb)

Film Facts

Ben Whishaw was linked in the media to playing Freddie Mercury before casting Remi Malek.

Queen engineers gave the sound team full access to their archives of music, all their live material and studio material.

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Regina King Supporting Actress

Regina King Supporting Actress

This film is a celebration of love and a reminder of the struggles facing many African American women in this country. Regina King envelopes this struggle and love to win the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress.

Actress in a Supporting Role

Regina King brings her mother to the Oscars®. She says about her mother being there, “I feel like kind of like one of those full circle moments because so much of the character Sharon Rivers was mapped or inspired by my mother and my grandmother.” She gets teary-eyed as she reflects and says thanks to these women.

She goes on to say, ” James Baldwin birthed this baby and Barry, you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support, so it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone.” That is truly was. She is wearing an Oscar® winning Oscar De La Renta white gown.

This film is important in the narrative that there remains a divide in this country. We have moved forward and backward throughout the 400 years since the first slave being brought to this country. King states about winning, “But it’s just a reminder of when Hattie McDaniel won.  She didn’t win just because black people voted for her.  She won because she gave an amazing performance.”

King did present a strong woman fighting for her family and her dreams. Kings said about working on the film, “When you have men and women working together, pretty amazing things happen.”

She continues with, “I feel like I’ve had so many women that have paved the way, are paving the way, and I feel like I walk in their light, and I also am creating my own light.”

Film Synopsis

A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime. (IMdB)

Film Facts

The film’s release date was the novelist James Baldwin’s 94th birthday.

Beale Street is in Memphis not New Orleans.

The author is director’s Barry Jenkins favorite.

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Oscars® 91st Film Celebration

Oscars® 91st Film Celebration

The Oscars® celebration is 91 years old. This year is the year without a host. Award season closes out with the top fashion, talent, and entertainment.

Red Carpet Fashion Oscars® Celebration

The best in talent and fashion hit the red carpet for a few interviews and photos. Style and fashion are colorful. Big bows on the back are in with long trains. The tulle and feminity appear to be an honor to Karl Lagerfeld. Men step up the color and look fabulous.

Lady Gaga arrives understated wearing an Alexander McQueen black gown. Audrey Hepburn last wears her $30 million diamond from Tiffany Co. that Lady Gaga is wearing.

Constance Wu is wearing a flowing yellow Versace gown with jewels by Neil J. Rodgers Swarovski.

Spike Lee brought a little bit of “Do The Right Thing” to the Oscars He posts on Instagram “Brother Prince Is Watching Tonight, Singin’ “IT’S GONNA BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT’ Ozwald Boateng designer of his purple suit. Congrats on the Oscar.

Billy Porter is wearing custom Christian Siriano couture. The jewels created by Oscar Heyman.

Regina King slays in a white Oscar De La Renta with Chopard jewels and Christian Louboutin shoes for accessories.

Glenn Close styling is a beautiful gold Carolina Herrea with a long train. The gown has 4 Million Beads and Weighs 42 Pounds.

Ashley Graham at the 2019 Oscars is wearing a Zac Posen gown. Accessories include Martin Katz jewels, Gianvito Rossi shoes, and a Roger Vivier clutch.

Michelle Yeoh at the 2019 Oscars Wearing an Elie Saab dress with Chopard jewels.

Richard E. Grant Suit by Brunell Ocucinelli. The touch of color down the front of the shirt is nice.

Laura Harrier at the 2019 Oscars Wearing a sustainably sourced Louis Vuitton dress as part of the green carpet initiative and Bulgari jewels.

Amandla Stenberg at the 2019 Oscars Wearing a fringed column dress.

Awkwafina is wearing a DSquared2 suit with Chopard jewels.

Danielle Macdonald is wearing a sustainable Christian Siriano dress made with cotton crepe vegetable dyed fabric and recycled tulle with Stella Luna shoes.

Brad Goreski is wearing a Brunello Cucinelli suit with Garrett Leight glasses, Cartier jewels, and Christian Louboutin shoe.

Stephan James is wearing an Etro suit with David Yurman jewels.

Adam Lambert is very traditional by wearing Tom Ford with a beautiful white flower on the jacket. Great performance.

See the full red carpet coverage here.

Entertainment Oscars® Celebration

Presenters Oscars® Celebration

This year the star-studded presenters include Elsie Fisher, Danai Gurira, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Keaton,
Helen Mirren, John Mulaney, Tyler Perry, Pharrell Williams, Krysten Ritter,
Paul Rudd and Michelle YeohAwkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne, James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson.

Performances Oscars® Celebration

Queen opens the Oscars® with Adam Lambert. The performance of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper much anticipated left the audience breathless. They perform Shallow from A Star Is Born. Other performances: Jennifer Hudson, I’ll Fight from RBG; nominees Gillian Welch and David Rawlings welcomed to the stage to sing When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; Oscar nominee Bette Midler is a special guest performing The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns.

Oscars’ Week Celebration

The week prior to Oscars is a celebration of the nominees and preparations for the Sunday event.

The symposiums present makeup and hairstyling, foreign film directors, shorts, documentaries, and animation nominees. This is a great time to get the insight to the creation of the top films.

The red carpet and Dolby Theatre undergo a creation to welcome the nominees and press for this night. The Hollywood Blvd. transforms into an elegant reception.

Recipients Oscars® Celebration

Best Picture
  • Black Panther Kevin Feige, Producer
  • BlacKkKlansman  Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee, Producers.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody Graham King, Producer
  • The Favourite Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers.
  • Green Book Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga, Producers Winner
  • Roma Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers
  • A Star is Born  Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper, and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers
  • VICE Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, and Kevin Messick, Producers.
Directing
  • Cold War Paweł Pawlikowski
  • BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee
  • The Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Roma Alfonso Cuarón Winner
  • Vice Adam McKay
Actor in a Leading Role
  • Christian Bale Vice
  • Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe  At Eternity’s Gate
  • Rami Makek Bohemian Rhapsody Winner
  • Viggo Mortensen Green Book
Actress in a Leading Role
  • Yalitza Aparicio Roma
  • Glenn Close The Wife
  • Olivia Colman The Favourite Winner
  • Lady Gaga A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Mahershala Ali Green Book Winner
  • Adam Driver BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott  A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell Vice
Actress in a Supporting Rold
  • Amy Adams Vice
  • Marina De Tavira Roma
  • Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk Winner
  • Emma Stone The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz The Favourite
Animated Featured Film
  • Incredibles 2  Brad Bird, John Walker, and Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • Isle of Dogs  Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • Mirai Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet ALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, and Clark Spencer
  • SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller Winner
Cinematography
  •  Cold War  Łukasz Żal
  • The Favourite Robbie Ryan
  • Never Look Away  Caleb Deschanel
  • Roma Alfonso Cuarón Winner
  • A Star is Born Matthew Libatique
Adapted Screenplay
  • The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • BlacKkKlansman Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee Wnner
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins
  • A Star Is Born Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters
Costume Design
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Mary Zophres
  • BLACK PANTHER Ruth Carter Winnter
  • The Favourite  Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen Of Scots Alexandra Byrne
Musical Orignal Score
  • Black Panther Ludwig Goransson Winner
  • BlacKkKlansman Terence Blanchard
  • If Beale Street Could Talk Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns Marc Shaiman
Musical Orignal Song
  • All The Stars Black Panther Music By Ludwig Goransson
  • I’ll Fight RBG Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • The Place Where Lost Thing Go Mary Poppins Returns
  • Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Shallow A Star Is Born Winner
  • Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
  • When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Winges The Ballad of Buster Scruggs “
  • Music and Lyric by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Sound Editing
  • Black Panther Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
  • Bohemian Rhapsody John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone Winner
  • First Man Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • A Quiet Place Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • Roma Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

Other Winners

Sound Mixing Bohemian Rhapsody

Film Editing Bohemian Rhapsody

Production Design Black Panther

Animated Short Film Bao

Documentary Short Subject Period. End of Sentence.

Visual Effects First Man

Live Action Short Film Skin

Original Screenplay Green Book

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Depth in Foreign Films ~ Oscars’ Week

Depth in Foreign Films ~ Oscars’ Week

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Host Academy Governor Mark Johnson and directors

Oscars presents foreign film Foreign Films symposiums. Providing insight into the directors’ Oscar-nominated films.

Foreign Film Theatre

Gathering Saturday to attend the evening Nominees Symposium we found ourselves surrounded by many who attend every year. One family is attending for the 24th year, they did miss the first symposium.

Sitting in the theatre the white screen where the top films in history screened. Today the top foreign film directors surround me. The stories fill the sound of people’s stories and lives. Taking in all the emotions that the directors have developed. It is a true honor.

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Host Academy Governor Mark Johnson during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscar Week: Foreign Language Films 

This is the 60th year for the Foreign Film category; La Strada states, “It took The Academy 27 years to realize that not all great filmmaking is American.” Mark Johnson, Academy governor representing the Producers Branch and the chair of the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, stated, “there is a depth in this category, foreign films, they are becoming more accessible. It is not necessary to make an American film.” This year the Academy nominated 5 films from 85 submitted foreign films. The nominted films are Tanna, Land Of Mine, Tori Erdmann, The Salesman, and A Man Called Ove.

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Hannes Holm A Man Called Ove Foreign Language Film Oscars

Foreign Film A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove brings the sense of losing a lifelong partner to reality. This may be something many will experience in their lifetime, but not understand until that time. Hannes Holm, The Director, talks about taking a novel to the film he says, “He felt like a thief taking the book story to film. The version is his not the author’s version of the book. Frederick Morheden, the novelist, told him yes!”

The story is of a husband losing his wife. The struggle with disorder and absence of her presence he becomes desperate with the struggle. He turns to enforcing association rules and gives up on life. He develops a most unlikely relationship.

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Holm’s discussed the film with us after the symposium. He feels that each time the movie is different. He believes that he is only fifty percent of a film. The audience is the other fifty percent. Holms is htrilled to be theatre where some of the world’s greatest films are screened.

This film’s nomination and awards also include: “Nominated – Best Foreign Language Film and Best Achievement for Makeup & Hairstyling (Love Larson & Eva von Bahr), 89th Academy Awards® Winner – Best European Comedy, 29th European Film Awards Winner – Best Actor (Rolf Lassgård), 2016 Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award, Winner – Audience Award, Best Actor (Rolf Lassgård), Best Makeup (Love Larson & Eva Von Bahr), 2016 Guldbagge Awards, Winner – Audience Award, 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival & 2016 Traverse City Film Festival Winner – Audience Award for Best Film, 2016 Scottsdale International Film Festival.” This film may be viewed here Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft, and ViaPlay.

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Academy Governor Mark Johnson with directors of the Oscar® nominated foreign film “Tanna,” Bentley Dean and Martin Butler 

Foreign Film Tanna

Tanna, a South Pacific island, is a story about the Yakel Tribe. The love interest of Wawa may change the tribe’s world for generations to come. The film is cast by the tribe leaders. Its presentation is in their native language. Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, film directors, state, “This was a collaboration film.” JJ acted as the language and cultural interpreter for the film.

The film did present many hurdles. The island has no electricity. The filming and editing with solar power. Casting was done by tribal leaders. They did have a few issues the almost imploded the film. The tribe members had never seen a film. The crew created a natural warm. the environment for a cast that did not even have a sense of filmmaking to be comfortable and present their best acting. They filmed a lot to ensure a good presence. The story had no written script. The story is a collaborated dialog based on each day shooting best. There were no rehearsals.

The world primer was with tribe. The chief said, “This is our Movie.” This film’s awards also include: Awards: AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score, Special Mention for Feature-length Fiction Film Nominations: AACTA Award for Best Direction. You can view the film on Amazon.

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Director of the Oscar® nominated foreign film “Land of Mine”, Martin Zandvliet

Foreign Film Land of Mine

Land Of Mine, Under Sandet original title, is based on actual events after World War II German prisoners of war. They are ordered to clear over 2 million land mines on the Denmark shoreline.

Director, Martin Zandvloet, “This film is about how we view human beings. We need to be more aware of viewing human being’s as individuals. I am grateful to the editor for his insightful talent. The bricklayer he finds walking on set with a cup of coffee is the best job.”

This film awarded Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. It won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. The film also won Best Danish Film at the Bodil Award plus more. You can view this film here iTunes, GooglePlay, MicroSoft, & Via Play.

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Director of the Oscar® nominated foreign film “Toni Erdmann”, Maren Ade

Foreign Film Toni Erdmannthe

Toni Erdmannthe, a film about a jokester father and his very busy CEO daughter. He hires someone to play his daughter. He wonders who is going to pay that bill.

The film has received criticism regarding the length. Director, Maren Ade,states, “Took notes after premiere and was afraid to make those changes. She stewed a few days but left it.” The comedy is character driven. The play with the dentures developed from a set that was a gift while the director was a waitress.

Foreign Film The Salesman

The Salesman is about a couple begins performing Death of A Salesman their relationship begins to change. Asghar Farhadi, from Iran, was not in attendance at the symposium. He made a choice to stay away after the recent ban by the US President put in place a travel ban. He did send a message that he was honored to be nominated and had a lot of respect for the Academy. All directors present signed a letter in solidarity with Farhadi.

We had the honor of meeting actor Brian Avery after the event. He is thrilled for Oscars week. He found the films to be inspirational in talent and film. You can learn more about Avery’s acting career here.

The symposium provides a great insight to the processes of filmmaking and how it works world wide. Many film makers receive funding from their governments. Looking forward to the announcement at the 89th Oscars for Foreign Language Film 60th winner.

The Oscars® will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® in Hollywood, CA and televised live by the ABC Television Network.

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