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Oscars® Nominations ~ Getting Back to Film

Oscars® Nominations ~ Getting Back to Film

Oscars® nominations is the start to getting back to film and life. Oscars® will be live with no Zoom available for nominees to accept the Academy Award. The year in film is one of pandemic lock down and shut down from production to film festivals, and screening. This year theme is “Bring Your Movie Love.”

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas announce the nominees for the 93rd Oscars®

Oscars® Nomination

Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer, songwriter, and actor Nick Jonas announce the 93rd Oscars® nominations in all 23 Academy Award® categories. The Oscars® nomination announcements presented via streaming and YouTube. They announced from London, England.

Oscars® Art Work

This year the art work for the Oscars® is a representation of the 2021 campaign illustrates this year’s tagline, “Bring Your Movie Love. The artist are world known for their great talent and art. They include:

  • Temi Coker a multidisciplinary artist
  • Petra Eriksson took a journey via Dublin and Malta on her way to becoming an illustrator.
  • Magnus Voll Mathiassen Norwegian graphic designer and illustrator.
  • Michelle Robinson explores bold contrasts, color palettes, patterns and the female form.
  • Karan Singh distinctive work is a contemporary and playful combination of op-art and mid-century graphic design.
  • Victoria Villasana  textile artist interested in history, culture and how people relate to each other.
  • Shawna X vibrant, visceral and graphical image-making across mediums in digital, motion and physical spaces.

Oscars® Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards

Best Motion Picture of the Year

  • The Father David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi and Philippe Carcassonne, Producers
  • Judas and the Black Messiah Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, Producers
  • Mank Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski, Producers
  • Minari Christina Oh, Producer
  • Nomadland Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers
  • Promising Young Woman Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell and Josey McNamara, Producers
  • Sound of Metal Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, Producers
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers
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ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Anthony Hopkins in The Father
  • Gary Oldman in Mank
  • Steven Yeun in Minari

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Sacha Baron Cohen in The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Leslie Odom, Jr. in One Night in Miami…
  • Paul Raci in Sound of Metal
  • Lakeith Stanfield in Judas and the Black Messiah
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The Trial of the Chicago 7

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Andra Day in The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  • Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman
  • Frances McDormand in Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Maria Bakalova in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • Glenn Close in Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman in The Father
  • Amanda Seyfried in Mank
  • Yuh-Jung Youn in Minari
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HILLBILLY ELEGY

Best animated feature film of the year

  • Onward Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae
  • Over the Moon Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou
  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon Richard Phelan, Will Becher and Paul Kewley
  • Soul Pete Docter and Dana Murray
  • Wolfwalkers Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelants

Achievement in Cinematography

  • Judas and the Black Messiah Sean Bobbitt
  • Mank Erik Messerschmidt
  • News of the World Dariusz Wolski
  • Nomadland Joshua James Richards
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 Phedon Papamichael
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Achievement in Costume Design

  • Emma Alexandra Byrne
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Ann Roth
  • Mank Trish Summerville
  • Mulan Bina Daigeler
  • Pinocchio Massimo Cantini Parrini

Achievement in Directing

  • Another Round Thomas Vinterberg
  • Mank David Fincher
  • Minari Lee Isaac Chung
  • Nomadland Chloé Zhao
  • Promising Young Woman Emerald Fennell

Best Documentary Feature

  • Collective Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana
  • Crip Camp Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder
  • The Mole Agent Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez
  • My Octopus Teacher Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster
  • Time Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • Colette Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard
  • A Concerto Is a Conversation Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers
  • Do Not Split Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook
  • Hunger Ward Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman
  • A Love Song for Latasha Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan


Achievement in Film Editing

  • The Father Yorgos Lamprinos
  • Nomadland Chloé Zhao
  • Promising Young Woman Frédéric Thoraval
  • Sound of Metal Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 Alan Baumgarten

Best International Feature Film of the Year

  • Another Round Denmark
  • Better Days Hong Kong
  • Collective Romania
  • The Man Who Sold His Skin Tunisia
  • Quo Vadis, Aida? Bosnia and Herzegovina

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Emma Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze
  • Hillbilly Elegy Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle and Patricia Dehaney
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson
  • Mank Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri and Colleen LaBaff
  • Pinocchio Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti
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MANK (2020) Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies and Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz. Cr: NETFLIX

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original score)

  • Da 5 Bloods Terence Blanchard
  • Mank Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • Minari Emile Mosseri
  • News of the World James Newton Howard
  • Soul Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original song)

  • Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas
  • Hear My Voice from The Trial of the Chicago 7 Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite
  • Husavik from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson
  • Io Sì (Seen) from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se) Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini
  • Speak Now from One Night in Miami… Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

Achievement in Production Design

  • The Father Production Design: Peter Francis; Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton
  • Mank Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale
  • News of the World Production Design: David Crank; Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan
  • Tenet Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

Best Animated Short Film

  • Burrow Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat
  • Genius Loci Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise
  • If Anything Happens I Love You Will McCormack and Michael Govier
  • Opera Erick Oh
  • Yes-People Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson

Best Live Action Short Film

  • Feeling Through Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski
  • The Letter Room Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan
  • The Present Farah Nabulsi
  • Two Distant Strangers Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe
  • White Eye Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman

Achievement in Sound

  • Greyhound Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman
  • Mank Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin
  • News of the World Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller and John Pritchett
  • Soul Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker
  • Sound of Metal Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Love and Monsters Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox
  • The Midnight Sky Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins
  • Mulan Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury and Steve Ingram
  • The One and Only Ivan Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez
  • Tenet Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher
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Adapted Screenplay

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad
  • The Father Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
  • Nomadland Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao
  • One Night in Miami… Screenplay by Kemp Powers
  • The White Tigers Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani

Original Screenplay

  • Judas and the Black Messiah Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King; Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas
  • Minari Written by Lee Isaac Chung
  • Promising Young Woman Written by Emerald Fennell
  • Sound of Metal Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 Written by Aaron Sorkin

The 93rd Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, April 25, 2021. What has been your nomination for best film from 2020? Post your answer here.

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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

Social Media

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nowyouseeusfilm/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeUsFilm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nowyouseeusfilm/

Many women can share and relate to this film. The film rings true in my own life. iDildo was a perfect sentiment to we got this!

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The Visit at Prescott Film Festival Romina Schwedler

The Visit at Prescott Film Festival Romina Schwedler

The Visit, at Prescott Film Festival, is Romina Schwedler, screenwriter and director, first film,  This short movie is a juxtaposition of life events.

The Visit Short Film

The Visit is a day in the time of a visit with a mother (June Squibb) and son (Sean Maher). The story takes a moment in time for the son and develops a sequence of events that changes lives. The son must face the consequences of the events.

Schwedler’s attention to details in the film completes the story. She states, “every little detail, in the lighting, the wardrobe design, and every odd thing matters.” The juxtaposition of the story develops well with the attention to details.

Schwedler develops the story from a conversation with her father about her aunt. Her aunt experiences loss of most family and friends. Coping with the deep grief and loss her aunt develops elaborate stories regarding those she lost. Her techniques in film development here allow the audience to experience the emotions in the story.

The casting for the short film was “serendipitous,” she says. She approaches June Squibb, Oscar-nominated actress, at an award dinner in Los Angeles with a flash drive of the script. Sean Maher, Ben in the short film, heard about the project and appreciates June Squibb’s work. His agent contacted Schwedle in regards to working on the project.  The casting provides a twist much like the film. Check local film festival events for screening.

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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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Right Side of History Adapted Screenplay Oscars®

Right Side of History Adapted Screenplay Oscars®

Best Adapted Screenplay

BlacKkKlansman wins for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 91st Oscars. The screenplay is adapted from Ron Stallworth’s book BlacKkKlansman.

Film synopsis

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events. (IMdB)

Writers

Spike Lee is truly thrilled to win this first Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay. 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!” This is a long time in coming for Spike Lee. The screenplay writers include David Rabinowitz, Charles Wachtel, and Kevin Willmott.

Willmott states, at Northern Arizona University, “Telling a character’s story you have to fictionalize the stories. Often as a writer, you do that with your own life experiences.” The story does reflect some personal experiences in his life.

Lee concludes the acceptance speech saying, “Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there!”

BlacKkKlansman Fun Facts

The film is one of only four US films to win the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival. The film receive a standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival.

John David Washington did not audition for the role. He was offered the role from Spike Lee.

The final scene is edited using hundreds of cell phone camera footage taken in Virginia.

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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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Being True ~ Oscar Recipient Kevin Willmott Screenwriter

Being True ~ Oscar Recipient Kevin Willmott Screenwriter


Kevin Willmott, Oscar® winner screenwriter, brings his insight into screenwriting adaptation, being true to self, and BlacKkKlansman to the Prochnow Auditorium in Flagstaff AZ.

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Kevin Willmott Screenwriting

Willmott discusses creating stories that Stallworth tells from Willmott’s own life experience. This is one part of the screenplay he owns. He states, “Telling a character’s story you have to fictionalize the stories. Often as a writer, you do that with your own life experiences.”

His adapting from the book he takes as much as he can from the source. A screenwriter’s job is to create a movie. Willmott tries to remain as loyal to the book as possible. He tries to connect to the spirit of the story when writing the film. The addition of Flip Zimmerman being Jewish brings the spirit of the film. This adds to the story with the KKK suppressing and victimizing not only African Americans but also others.

Willmott takes a lot of his writing to the awareness of human behavior. The ability to find the darkness in human behavior comes from life experience and observations. His ability to bring the real enemy provides an insight to the audience to think their own human behavior. He states, “we need to remain true to ourselves.”

Kevin Willmott Film Ending

The KKK burning cross scene was the end of the film and brought to the front that there are still issues in our country today. The addition of Charlottesville to the movie is the true events. This moment in history wrote this scene in the film of that day. They had to bring this moment to the completed film. “The characters, President Donald Trump and David Duke, wrote themselves right into the film,” he says. The narrative in this present day event fit with the completed film. The screening of the film completed with a standing ovation. 

Willmott takes time after the film to discuss the screenwriting, production, and how he has fought against racism his entire life.  “America First” is a Nazi slogan from the 1930s used in this country at rallies across the US. “Make America Great Again” is from the 1970s. David Duke started this propaganda on the Donahue show. They did not have to reach to tie the past to the current political rhetoric.  Willmott says, “The past is living in us today right now. It is what is making it a dangerous time.”

Kevin Willmott Twoness

The main theme of the film as well as life in America is twoness. That happens to anyone who has to deal with a majority that does not understand who you are. Willmott explains, “that the film has 2 Ron Stallworths in the film. The real Ron Stallworth faces being black and blue. The other being white and being Jewish. Throughout the film, there is often twoness with Ron Stallworth character and life in America.

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Kevin Willmott Racism

The language in the film and racism is something that Spike Lee, director, and Willmott decided to not apologize for it, didn’t tone it down, didn’t make it palpable, didn’t make it better than it is, and show it for everything it is. This creates the absurdity that makes the humor and lets the audience deal with uncomfortable feelings.

Harry Belafonte’s scene runs between the KKK initiation scenes. This is a powerful moment in the film that takes me to something I learned as a young child. Not everyone sees the world or people the same. There are times in our life that we are asked to stop and think about our own stance and view. The value of finding your own voice to stand and speaking up is important. Willmott explains, “it is not always easy to do this but you teach those around you that it is wrong.”

Willmott brings a strong statement to the audience when discussing racism. He says, “We would like to believe that they are a different creature than we are. In reality they look like everyday folks like we are.” The ability for the screenwriting to portray this in film brings the darkness of racism.

He greatest message is that we need to understand what I means to be American, our complex history, and living in American. We need to understand more about each other and eliminate the ignorance. 

Kevin Willmott Side Note

David Duke did call Ron Stallworth when the film finished. He asked, “How am I portrayed in the film?” 

This is a film that brings the circle of life in America clearly. We have times in this country where we are good and flowing forward and then step back in time. Traveling the US this past year I often stopped at many locations for Underground Railroad. The feeling standing where thousands risked their lives to be understood by the majority is a true insight into the human spirit. We need to eliminate the ignorance and misgivings by standing true.

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