Oscars 2019: List of Academy Award Winners

The winners of Oscars 2019 were announced at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony as presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. It was the first time in three decades (since Oscars 1989) that no host conducted the ceremony.

Here is the list of winners (in bold) for the 91st Academy Awards along with the nominees for each category:

Best picture

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite

*Green Book
A Star Is Born


Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Paweł Pawlikowski (Cold War)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
*Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Adam McKay (Vice)

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 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 supporting role

Amy Adams (Vice)
Marina de Tavira (Roma)
*Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

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)

Animated feature film

Incredibles 2
Isle Of Dogs
Ralph Breaks The Internet
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse


Łukasz Żal (Cold War)
Robbie Ryan (The Favourite)
Caleb Deschanel (Never Look Away)
Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Matthew Libatique (A Star Is Born)

Costume design

Mary Zophres (The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs)
Ruth Carter (Black Panther)
Sandy Powell (The Favourite)
Sandy Powell (Mary Poppins Returns)
Alexandra Byrne (Mary Queen Of Scots)

Documentary (feature)

*Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding The Gap
Of Fathers And Sons

Documentary (short subject)

Black Sheep
End Game
A Night At The Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

Film editing

Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book

Foreign language film

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
*Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Makeup and hairstyling

Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer (Border)
Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, and Jessica Brooks (Mary Queen Of Scots)
*Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia DeHaney (Vice)

Music (original score)

*Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther)
Terence Blanchard (BlacKkKlansman)
Nicholas Britell (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Alexandre Desplat (Isle of Dogs)
Marc Shaiman (Mary Poppins Returns)

Music (original song)

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch (The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs)
“All The Stars” by Mark Spears (aka Sounwave), Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe (aka SZA) (Black Panther)
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Mary Poppins Returns)
“I’ll Fight” by Diane Warren (RBG)
*“Shallow” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt (A Star Is Born)

Production design

*Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart (Black Panther)
Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton (The Favourite)
Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas (First Man)
John Myhre and Gordon Sim (Mary Poppins Returns)
Eugenio Caballero and Bárbara Enríquez (Roma)

Short film (animated)

Animal Behaviour
Late Afternoon
One Small Step

Short film (live action)


Sound editing

Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan (First Man)
Benjamin Burtt and Steve Boeddeker (Black Panther)
John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl (A Quiet Place)
Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay (Roma)

Sound mixing

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Star Is Born

Visual effects

Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Daniel Sudick (Avengers: Infinity War)
Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould (Christopher Robin)
Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm (First Man)
Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew Butler and David Shirk (Ready Player One)
Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy (Solo: A Star Wars Story)

Writing (adapted screenplay)

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs)
Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters (A Star Is Born)

Writing (original screenplay)

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (The Favourite)
Paul Schrader (First Reformed)
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly (Green Book)
Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Adam McKay (Vice)

Oscars 2018 Best Picture ‘The Shape of Water’ still showing in PH cinemas

“The Shape of Water”, this year’s biggest winner at the recently concluded 90th Academy Awards that won top awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best in Original Score and Best Production Design is still showing in Philippine cinemas – S’Maison, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, Greenhills Theatermall, Powerplant, Rockwell Santolan, SM Cauayan, SM Seaside, SM Cebu, SM Rosales, Eastwood and Robinson’s Galleria.

An uplifting, inspiring and totally entertaining movie, “The Shape of Water” hits home as it relates to local Pinoy folklore and romance. Directed by Guillermo del Toro who has dedicated his life to fairy tales and fantastical creatures, his fascination with the macabre has marked all of his features since his 1993 directorial debut Cronos. From his earliest days growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, telling stories about escaping to realms governed by monsters was in his DNA.

“The Shape of Water” brings its audience into a mysterious government facility where, in the deepest recesses of the lab, an amphibious creature (played by Doug Jones) is being studied for its unusual abilities. As Agent Strickland (Michael Shannon) demands for it to be killed and autopsied, Dr. Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg) insists that the creature’s secrets can only be revealed with a lighter touch. But it’s the facility’s quietest employee who realises the truest connection to the creature. Mute cleaner Elisa (Sally Hawkins) feels a strange affinity with this mysterious visitor from the deep. And as the men in charge prevaricate, she resolves to release the creature from its captors, with the aid of her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and her next door neighbour Giles (Richard Jenkins).

Del Toro looks back on the birth of the movie, “In the 90s I pitched the idea of making an amphibian man romance, but as a sci-fi movie. It was about explorers that go to the Amazon. Nobody loved it, and nobody wanted to do it. But it remained as an idea in the back of my head, because one of the main motifs of fairy tales is the story of a fish that conceives three wishes, and a fisherman or a fisherman’s wife, that lets the fish go. I co-wrote a novel called Trollhunters and my co-writer, Daniel Krauss, we were having breakfast in Toronto as I was prepping Pacific Rim, and he said, “You know, I have this idea about secret government keeping an amphibian creature, and this janitor befriends him.” And I said, “I’m buying the idea from you. Say no more. Don’t write anything.” I said, “Put it in three lines, and name the price.” He put it in three lines. I bought it and I guaranteed him co-story. That was four or five years ago. I just thought it was a love story,” relates the director.

And of the movie’s heroine, played by Sally Hawkins, Del Toro says, “To me, Elisa is born in a place that she doesn’t quite belong in, and the essence of the love story and the fairy tale for me is that there are two journeys that heroes and heroines take in fairy tales: to find themselves, to find their place in the world, or to find their place in an alternate world in which they can live. In those three quests, you can fit almost every fairy tale ever written. Elisa does all three. She’s an outcast, and she’s literally invisible, cleaning toilets and picking up garbage, nobody sees her. She becomes very strong and does things against an incredibly powerful figure. She’s very brave; she becomes very brave. And also, she finds a place where she belongs and a person that tells her who she is. Not by dictating, but by belonging. She’s very beautiful.”

From 20th Century Fox, catch this year’s top Oscar winner “The Shape of Water” in Philippine cinemas.

Oscars 2018: Complete list of winners

The winners of Oscars 2018 were announced at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony as presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted the ceremony for the second time.

Here is the list of winners for the 90th Academy Awards along with the nominees for each category:


“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Paul Thomas Anderson “Phantom Thread”
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” *WINNER


Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” *WINNER
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”


Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”


Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER


“A Fantastic Woman” *WINNER
“The Insult”
“On Body and Soul”
“The Square”


“Edith + Eddie”
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” *WINNER
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”


“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Faces Places”
“Icarus” *WINNER
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Strong Island”


“Mighty River,” “Mudbound”
“Mystery of Love,” “Call Me by Your Name”
“Remember Me,” “Coco” *WINNER
“Stand Up For Something,” “Marshall”
“This is Me,” “Greatest Showman”


“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadman”
“Coco” *WINNER
“Loving Vincent”


“Call Me by Your Name” *WINNER
“The Disaster Artist”
“Molly’s Game”


“The Big Sick”
“Get Out” *WINNER
“Lady Bird”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“The Shape of Water” *WINNER


“Blade Runner 2049” *WINNER
“Darkest Hour”
“The Shape of Water”


“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour”
“Phantom Thread” *WINNER
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria and Abdul”


“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk” *WINNER
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”


“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk” *WINNER
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”


“Dear Basketball” *WINNER
“Garden Party”
“Negative Space”
“Revolting Rhymes”


“DeKalb Elementary”
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child” *WINNER
“Watu Wote/All of Us”


“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water” *WINNER
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


“Blade Runner 2049” *WINNER
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
“Kong: Skull Island”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”


“Baby Driver”
“Dunkirk” *WINNER
“I, Tonya”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


“Darkest Hour” *WINNER
“Victoria and Abdul”

Oscar Prediction 2018: Who should win at the 90th Academy Awards?

My annual tradition.

Since Oscar season will always be my Super Bowl, I take this prediction game quite seriously. No, it’s not necessarily evaluating what’s and who’s the best (but I’ll also be giving my personal favorites though) — it’s about knowing how Oscars work. I’ve been an avid follower and spectator of the Oscars since 1999, and I just started doing the predictions game in 2008 with a 99% accuracy rate (I failed at Mark Rylance in Bridges of Spies for Best Supporting Actor a couple of years ago — but seriously, who saw that coming?). For my 10th anniversary as an Oscar buzzer, what an immense pleasure it is to share it to you here on Cinema Bravo!

Let’s break it down:


The Best Picture race is quite tricky. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has always been a solid frontrunner: won the Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, Critic’s Choice — but failed to get a Best Director nod (Martin McDonagh). Very few films have won Best Picture without a Directing nod (Affleck’s Argo being the most recent). Its closest rival is The Shape of Water — Guillermo Del Toro has sweeped every directing award this year, and is most likely to win Best Director (but I’ll get to that later). The catch? It was snubbed for a SAG nomination. The last film to have won Best Picture without a SAG nomination was Braveheart in 1995. And remember last year’s La La Land? Its Best Picture train stopped when it failed to get a SAG nod, too — hence, Moonlight won. With both films having their respective disadvantages, one’s odds have to be slimmer than the other, right?


Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

WILL WIN: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

COULD WIN: The Shape of Water

SHOULD WIN: Call Me By Your Name





Let’s cut to the chase: without Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) in the game, it’s quite obvious that Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water) will win this thing. I’m incredibly happy for Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) for their well-deserved nominations; I couldn’t care less about Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) — seriously, not his best. And of course, I’m absolutely ecstatic for Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) for finally getting his long overdue Oscar nomination after several snubs in the past (Memento, Inception, The Dark Knight, Interstellar), especially in a film where he showcased his chilly, monumental brilliance. In a nutshell, Dunkirk sums everything about Nolan’s capability as a tour de force director. I would love for him to win, but it’s Del Toro’s turn this year.


Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water

WILL WIN: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water

COULD WIN: Nobody else

SHOULD WIN: Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE: Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name




Here’s a category where it’s an absolute lock. Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) has won the Golden Globe, the SAG, the Critic’s Choice, and the BAFTA. She will win. However, it’s hard to not look at Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) as this year’s dark horse who could possibly pull an upset (but not really) for giving one of the year’s most iconic performances — not to mention, she has won the Golden Globe – Musical/Comedy category, too. Personally, Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) gave the best female performance of the year, where she didn’t need any words to convey every emotion in her body. Margot Robbie gave the performance of her career in I, Tonya, plus won the Critic’s Choice for Best Actress Comedy. And Meryl Streep… is Meryl Streep.


Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post

WILL WIN: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MIssouri

COULD WIN: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird (But not really)

SHOULD WIN: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE: Jennifer Lawrence, mother!




I am incredibly happy for Daniel Kaluuya for getting this far, after a year when Get Out was released. It goes to show the kind of magnitude the film has given us for it to survive 12 months in everyone’s radar. Timothee Chalamet reminds me of Jennifer Lawrence’s first Oscar nomination for the small indie film Winter’s Bone about 8 years ago. He will definitely not win, but it’ll be, for sure, the first of his many nominations in the future. But, when you’ve seen Darkest Hour, it’ll make sense why Gary Oldman will win this thing. Not only he has won, literally, every single other pre-cursor award, but you’ll see how this shape-shifting actor has brought, almost literally, Winston Churchill to life. There’s nothing left to say except congratulations on your Oscar win! 


Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel

WILL WIN: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour


SHOULD WIN: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE: Hugh Jackman, Logan (I could easily replace Daniel Day Lewis with Jackman. That is, if it’s a perfect world).



Locked. Allison Janney has won everything else for finally giving the performance of a lifetime. I’ve always wondered what it’s like if J.K Simmons’ Terence Fletcher in Whiplash had a female counterpart. Well, here you go. But, I would like to rave about Laurie Metcalf for her genuine, effortless, and universal performance in Lady Bird. She’s not a close second, but she’s a runner-up, for sure. Also, can I rant a little? Lesley Manvale (Phantom Thread), although a legendary actress, does not deserve that nomination at all. She did absolutely nothing in the film but be a wallflower and an unnecessary character foil. It was a nothing performance, and I could think of countless female supporting performances more deserving of that spot than her. I’m calling it: it’s the weakest acting nomination of all time.


Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Lesley Manvale, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

WILL WIN: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

COULD WIN: Nobody else.

SHOULD WIN: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE: Holly Hunter, The Big Sick; Kirsten Dunst, The Beguiled; Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread; Allison Williams, Get Out



I’ve always thought that Sam Rockwell is one of the most criminally underrated actors of all time. I’m beyond happy that he is finally getting his moment with a performance that’s already a lock. Aside from winning every other award, he has given one of the most powerful performances by a male actor this year. I have no further arguments. He will win.

WILL WIN: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

COULD WIN: Nobody else.

SHOULD WIN: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE: Sebastian Stan, I, Tonya


What are your predictions?

The 90th Academy Awards will be on 4 March 2018, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Best Picture nominee ‘The Post’ to hit Philippine cinemas

Fresh from receiving a Best Picture nomination in the 90th Academy Awards, Univeral Pictures’ timely thriller The Post is headed to Philippine cinemas on February 24, a week before the actual Oscars.

Marking their historic, first-ever on-screen collaboration, Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents.

The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.

Throughout American history, there have been catalytic moments in which ordinary citizens must decide whether to put everything on the line–livelihoods, reputations, status, even freedom—to do what they believe to be right and necessary to protect the Constitution and defend American freedom.

With The Post, multiple-Academy-Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg excavates one such moment. The result is a high-wire drama based on the true events that unfolded when The Washington Post and The New York Times formed a pragmatic alliance in the wake of The Times’ incendiary exposure of the Top Secret study that would become known to the world as the Pentagon Papers.

Though scooped by The New York Times, The Washington Post takes up the story that has brought legal threats and the power of the White House down on The Times—as huge personal stakes collide with the needs of a shocked nation to know what its government is hiding.

In the balance might hang the fate of millions, including thousands of U.S. soldiers fighting a war their government does not believe can be won. In just a few days of crisis, pioneering but inexperienced Post publisher Katharine Graham will weigh her legacy against her conscience as she gains the confidence to lead; and editor Ben Bradlee must press his team to go beyond the ordinary, knowing they could be charged with treason for carrying out their jobs.

But as they do, the underdogs at The Post become unified in a battle far larger than themselves—a battle for their colleagues and the Constitution—one that underscores the necessity of a free press to hold a democracy’s leaders accountable, even as it challenges Graham and Bradlee to their most private inner cores.

Throughout his career, Spielberg has been drawn to visiting moments on which historical transformations turn in films ranging from Empire of the Sun and Schindler’s List to Munich, Lincoln and Bridge of Spies.

The Post turns Spielberg’s lens for the very first time on 1970s America, the same era in which he first became one of America’s eminent filmmaking voices. Its relentlessly brisk narrative is a story of personal connections and courage, but it also brings Spielberg into the world of newspaper reporting at a critical moment for the nation and the world, a realm on the cusp of change with the rising power of women and the coming of corporatization.

Most of all, the story provides a riveting context for a timeless dilemma: when must one speak out to expose a grave national danger even knowing the stakes are unfathomably high?

The Post is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Oscars Winners 2017: Full list, Academy Awards winners

The winners of Oscars 2017 were announced at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony as presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on February 26, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted the ceremony for the first time.

Here is the list of winners for the 89th Academy Awards along with the nominees for each category:

Best Picture

WINNER: Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress

WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor

WINNER: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actor

WINNER: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Director

WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Adapted Screenplay

WINNER: Moonlight, Barry Jenkins with story by Tarell Alvin McCranley
Arrival, Eric Heisserer
Fences, August Wilson
Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Lion, Luke Davis

Best Original Screenplay

WINNER: Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan
La La Land, Damien Chazelle
The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
20th Century Women, Mike Mills

Best Documentary Feature

WINNER: O.J.: Made in America
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animated

Best Foreign Language Film

WINNER: The Salesman
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
Toni Erdmann

Best Original Score

WINNER: La La Land

Best Original Song

WINNER: “City of Stars,” La La Land
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Best Cinematography

WINNER: La La Land

Best Production Design

WINNER: La La Land
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

WINNER: Suicide Squad
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond

Best Costume Design

WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Best Visual Effects

WINNER: The Jungle Book
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Sound Editing

WINNER: Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Best Sound Mixing

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Documentary Short

WINNER: The White Helmets
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland

Best Live Action Short

Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights

Best Animated Feature

WINNER: Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Best Film Editing

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

With 8 Oscar noms, ‘Arrival’ a rare sci-fi Best Picture contender

Nabbing a best picture nomination January 23, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival joined the short list of science-fiction films that have been nominated for the film industry’s top prize.

Reports Variety, previous to the Academy’s expansion of the category in 2009, sci-fi nominees were a rarity. The only two that come to mind are E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982 and Star Wars in 1979.

With eight, Arrival earned the second-highest number of nominations, clinching nods for director, adapted screenplay, cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, production design, and editing — in addition to best picture.

Since 2009, movies such as District 9, Avatar, Inception, and Her have picked up best picture nominations. Gravity and The Martian have joined the fray as well, but purists might not consider their baked-in-reality premises strictly sci-fi.

The point is the Academy’s best picture expansion has been a boon for a genre that was largely ignored by the organization prior to the 21st Century.

In Arrival, when a mysterious spacecraft touches down across the globe, and an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Also starring Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, Arrival is based upon the acclaimed short story by Ted Chiang titled Story of Your Life.

Opening across the Philippines on February 15, 2017, Arrival is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Oscars 2017: Nine foreign-language films make it to shortlist

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting for the 89th Academy Awards foreign-language film category.

Selected from 85 submissions around the world, the shortlist is as follows:

  • Australia, “Tanna” — directors Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
  • Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World” — director Xavier Dolan
  • Denmark, “Land of Mine” — director Martin Zandvliet
  • Germany, “Toni Erdmann” — director Maren Ade
  • Iran, “The Salesman” — director Asghar Farhadi
  • Norway, “The King’s Choice” — director Erik Poppe
  • Russia, “Paradise” — director Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Sweden, “A Man Called Ove” — director Hannes Holm
  • Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini” — director Claude Barras

The final five nominees will be announced on January 24, 2017. The winner will be announced at the Oscar ceremony on February 26, 2017.

Oscars 2016 Best Picture ‘Spotlight’ returns to PH cinemas

For a limited time you may now watch “Spotlight,” the Oscar pick for Best Picture, back at select cinemas: Eastwood, Gateway, Powerplant, Robinsons Galleria, and the newly opened Cinema ’76.

The movie won two Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture in the recently concluded 88th Academy Awards. It also had four other nominations with Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams in the Actor/Actress in a Supporting Role category, Film Editing for Tom McArdle, and Directing for Tom McCarthy.

READ MORE: MOVIE REVIEW: Spotlight (2015)

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In his acceptance speech, producer Michael Sugar said he hoped the film had given a voice to the survivors of the abuse that would “become a choir that would resonate all the way to the Vatican.” He continued with a direct call to Pope Francis that “it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith.”

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has praised Spotlight for its “convincing attempt to show abuse and cover-ups in the Catholic church”. The newspaper published a front-page editorial on Monday hailing Tom McCarthy’s film and calling it “not anti-Catholic”. The editorial said Spotlight, which centers on the work of a group of Boston Globe reporters to uncover abuse by Roman Catholic priests, faithfully presented the church’s attempts to defend itself in the face of “horrendous realities”.

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According to Justin Cheng, Chief Film Critic of Variety, Spotlight’s Oscar win is a meaningful victory on a number of levels. It has brought attention the testimony of those who have endured grave abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church — and perhaps, too, it will help hold abusers and conspirators to ever higher standards of reform and accountability.

Spotlight’s Best Picture win also offers a rare and significant validation for the many journalists who have seen their proud profession become a downsized shadow of its former self, bereft of the resources that make such patient, vital investigative work possible. But social conscience alone is never a good enough reason to declare a movie the best of its class. No one disputes that “Spotlight” is an important movie, but its far more praiseworthy attribute is that it so skillfully avoids the trap of self-importance.

After Spotlight, Solar Pictures is set to release another Oscar favorite Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston who earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as Dalton Trumbo. He is joined by Helen Mirren and Diane Lane, both no strangers to the Academy.

After 3 major Oscar wins, ‘The Revenant’ returns to PH cinemas

“The Revenant,” which bagged this year’s plum awards at the Oscars – Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Alejandro Iñarritu) and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) will return in select Philippine cinemas starting March 2.

DiCaprio’s Best Actor award for his winning performance which the domestic and global audience have been rooting for in his work in “The Revenant” has finally been realized at the recently concluded Academy Awards. While Iñarritu has for two years in a row have also won Best Director last year for his work in “Birdman” and Lubezki for the third time since his win in 2014 for “Gravity” and last year’s “Birdman.”

“The Revenant,” meaning someone who came back presumably from the dead tells of the highly-inspiring true story of Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a fur trapper on his impossible survival during the 1800s. Inspired by true events, “The Revenant” is an epic story of survival and transformation on the American frontier. While on an expedition into the uncharted wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally mauled by a bear, then abandoned by members of his own hunting team. Alone and near death, Glass refuses to succumb. Driven by sheer will and his love for his Native American wife and son, he undertakes a 200-mile odyssey through the vast and untamed West on the trail of the man who betrayed him: John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). What begins as a relentless quest for revenge becomes a heroic saga against all odds towards home and redemption.

The film’s wilderness-based production mirrored the harsh conditions Glass and company actually lived through in the 1800s. Iñárritu and his whole cast and crew were up for all that was thrown at them, welcoming the challenges of shooting in Canada and Argentina, regions known for unpredictable weather and untouched wilds, in order to fully understand the experience of fur trappers in the early 19th century.

Check out the following cinemas where “The Revenant” will have its return engagement starting March 2, Wednesday – Powerplant, Robinson’s Galleria, Eastwood, Festival Mall, Gateway, Gaisano Davao and SM Megamall.

“The Revenant” is a 20th Century Fox presentation distributed by Warner Bros.