1st March 2019

Academy Awards

Rami Malek, Olivia Colman, Regina King and Mahershala Ali

Every year the world gathers to celebrate the very best of film; we stay up late, we admire the outfits, we dream of our very own Academy Award. This year marked the 92st time the Oscars have been held and every year we see an improvement in the versatility and representation Hollywood should be portraying. This year was no different as the Mexican Roma came out with 10 nominations and 3 wins!

Roma

Roma is a Mexican semi-autobiographical film, directed by Alfonso Cuarón; also director on Gravity and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It has reached some controversy as it is a Netflix film, first of its kind to earn best picture nomination, but not everyone thinks that a film made for TV should get to compete for these film awards. Companies like Cineworld has withdrawn the support of the BAFTA’s for this reason, with other companies threatening to do the same. Cuarón’s reasoning for releasing with Netflix is that it could reach a wider audience this way, as foreign films rarely get the attention they deserve elsewhere. Regardless of all this drama, Roma is a brilliant and moving film that deserves all the praise its getting. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival back in August and it explores Mexico’s social hierarchy by portraying two women, one of whom is the servant in a middle class household. Fun fact, Yalitza Aparicio, who plays the maid, had 8 months to kill whilst waiting for her teacher qualification test results and decided to audition for the film with her sister who ended up cancelling, without knowing who Cuarón was; and now she has an Academy Award nomination. Dreams do come true. Cuarón really outdid himself on this film – he is the first person ever to be nominated AND to win both best director and cinematographer in the same year; that’s not even mentioning all the other nominations.

Cold War

Cold War has been a massive hit at festivals as well. And though it didn’t take away any wins at the Oscars this year, three nominations is still pretty impressive for a foreign film. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, it tells the story of two musicians falling hopelessly in love in post-war Poland and wanting to flee communism to freedom in France. It was nominated for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Film but lost to Roma in all categories. Interestingly enough Pawlikowiski won Best Director at Cannes, but Roma wasn’t even competing as Cannes wouldn’t accept a film made for streaming. Would Cold War have won if Roma was competing? Who knows, but Cold War did get an 18 minute standing ovation at Cannes.

Black Panther

Black Panther also wrote history – first ever win for a Marvel movie, and even though it wasn’t a win in Best Picture, it was still a great three wins, in Music, Production Design and Costume Design. Ruth Carter and Hannah Bleacher also made Oscar history as the first Black woman to win in Costume Design and Production Design respectively (Hannah even being the black first nominee!). So not only is this film historical for Marvel, but having a black superhero as the lead and being nominated for 6 Academy Awards is a step in the direction of which I hope to see this establishment of merit move towards.

International nominees

One thing that really strikes me as progress is that out of the four acting categories, three of the wins went to BAME actors. Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for Green Book, Rami Malek Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody, Rachel King Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, just leaving British Olivia Colman with the Best Actress for The Favourite. It is important that our art, our theatre, our films represent the society we live in, otherwise we’re oppressing certain groups. Whether that be racial, sexual orientation or gender-based, the films that we award should be films that represent our world and this year I’ve started feeling more like we’re going the right direction. Even though the Academy Awards are an American institution, it still needs to celebrate internationality, especially seeing as USA is made of immigrants. Having international films being nominated in so many categories other than Best Foreign Film is fantastic and I hope to see it continue this way.

Here’s a list of all the submissions for Best Foreign Language Film: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_submissions_to_the_91st_Academy_Awards_for_Best_Foreign_Language_Film

And here’s a list of all the nominees and winners at the 91st Oscars

BEST PICTURE

Black Panther
BlakkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star is Born
Vice

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE 

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me
Sam Rockwell, Vice 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 

Amy Adams, Vice
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Marina De Tervira, Roma
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

CINEMATOGRAPHY 

Cold War
The Favourite
Never Look Away
Roma
A Star is Born

COSTUME DESIGN

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots

DIRECTING

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Free Solo
Hale Country This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence

FILM EDITING

BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Vice

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Capernaum
Cold War
Never Look Away
Roma
Shoplifters

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Border
Mary Queen of Scots
Vice

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

All the Stars, Black Panther
I’ll Fight, RBG
The Place Where Lost Things Go, Mary Poppins Returns
Shallow, A Star is Born
When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Detainment
Fauve
Margueritte
Mother
Skin

SOUND EDITING

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place
Roma

SOUND MIXING

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
A Star is Born 

VISUAL EFFECTS

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star is Born 

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

The Favourite
First Reformed
Green Book
Roma
Vice


   
   

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