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Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Mudbound’ Boast Unconventional Scores — Listen

For veteran French composer Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water” provided a rare romantic love story to score. And for Brooklyn punk rocker Tamar-kali, “Mudbound” offered a first-time score about oppression and unity featuring her eclectic musical talents. Not surprisingly, both composers found the appropriate musical metaphors to express water and earth in their scores.

Scoring the Life Aquatic

In Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” everything becomes an aquatic metaphor in this 1962 love story between a mute night janitor named Eliza (Sally Hawkins) and a majestic aquatic creature (Doug Jones) who cannot speak.

“Guillermo’s opening the door to a fairy tale and I tried to figure out how I could bring the audience into that world and capture the sound of water, the sound of impossible love, the sound of danger, the sound of torture,” said Oscar-winner Desplat (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”).

The composer found a
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How 'Mudbound' Created a Dark, Rainy Opening Scene in Sunny Louisiana

How 'Mudbound' Created a Dark, Rainy Opening Scene in Sunny Louisiana
Mudbound begins, the first scene focuses on two men excavating a hole in an empty field as thunder booms in the distance. They are brothers, played by Jason Clarke and Garrett Hedlund, who are digging a grave for their father. And as they dig, a fierce rain starts to fall, drenching them until they are covered, literally and figuratively, in mud.

The challenge facing cinematographer Rachel Morrison: She had to somehow erase the hot Louisiana sun shining brightly during at least half of the scene.

That she conquered the elements isn't in doubt. On Nov. 30, the New...
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‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig Gets Best Director: 2017 National Board of Review Winners

The National Board of Review announced their 2017 winners with Steven Spielberg’s The Post taking not only the top prize of Best Film, but Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep also earned top acting awards. Greta Gerwig won Best Director for Lady Bird, while her star Laurie Metcalf earned Best Supporting Actress and Willem Dafoe, who led another A24 title, The Florida Project, earned Best Supporting Actor.

Check out the full list of winners below, along with last night’s Gotham Award winners.

2017 National Board of Review Winners

Best Film: The Post

Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Best Actor: Tom Hanks, The Post

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Post

Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Best Adapted Screenplay: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist

Best Animated Feature: Coco

Breakthrough Performance: Timothée Chalamet,
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‘Call Me By Your Name’ & ‘Get Out’ Win Big At Gotham Awards

Romantic drama Call Me By Your Name and social horror movie Get Out have taken the top gongs at the 2017 Gotham Awards. The former, which was released in UK cinemas just last month, was awarded best feature along, with breakthrough actor for Timothee Chalamet. Check out the Gotham film awards winners in full below.

Gotham Film Awards Winners Announced

Jordan Peele’s superb Get Out took the audience award, the breakthrough director award and best screenplay. The awards are even stronger evidence that the two films could feature heavily at the Oscars in the first part of 2018.

Related: Call Me By Your Name review

Elsewhere at the awards ceremony, James Franco won best actor for his stellar work on The Disaster Artist, while Saoirse Ronan bagged best actress for Lady Bird. Best ensemble cast award went to the Netflix drama Mudbound, while fellow Netflix contender Strong Island was awarded best documentary.
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Call Me By Your Name and Get Out win big at the 2017 Gotham Awards

The winners of the 2017 Gotham Awards were announced last night, with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name taking home the top prize of Best Feature, as well as the Breakthrough Actor award for Timothee Chalamet.

It was also a good night for Get Out, which received Breakthrough Director Award (Jordan Peele), Best Screenplay (Jordan Peele) and the Audience Award, while James Franco (The Disaster Artist) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) were named Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

Check out a full list of the nominations, with the winners in red…

Best Feature

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Florida Project

Sean Baker, director; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou, producers (A24)

Get Out

Jordan Peele, director; Sean McKittrick,
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Best Feature at Gotham Awards

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Best Feature at Gotham Awards
The Gotham Independent Film Awards, the Iowa caucus of Oscars season, kicked off on Monday with a surprise winner. “Call Me By Your Name” received a big boost, picking up two awards including best feature. The drama, directed by Luca Guadagnino, stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet as lovers that meet in 1980s Italy.

While the Gothams are decided by small panels comprised of actors and directors, the ceremony hosted by the Independent Film Project has gained prominence in recent years. Three of the previous top Gotham winners — “Moonlight,” “Spotlight” and “Birdman” — were able to catapult from this venue at Cipriani Wall Street all the way to the Oscars stage.

For most of the evening, “Get Out” seemed like the unstoppable favorite. Jordan Peele picked up multiple awards, sweeping best screenplay, breakthrough director and the audience award for his hit horror drama released by Universal Pictures.

James Franco was named best actor for “The Disaster Artist.” His
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Gotham Awards 2017: Complete Winners List

Gotham Awards 2017: Complete Winners List
And we’re off to the races! The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) officially kicked off the 2017-18 awards season with this evening’s 27th Annual Gotham Awards, which took place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City and were hosted by John Cameron Mitchell.

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” proved to be the night’s biggest winner, with three wins, including Best Screenplay, the Audience Award, and Breakthrough Director. Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” proved victorious in the Best Feature category, winning out against a stacked list of competitors. Earlier in the night, star Timothee Chalamet won the Breakthrough Actor award for his star-making turn in the romance.

The ceremony’s nomination list was studded with some of the year’s most beloved indies, including “Get Out,” “Call Me by Your Name,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” Kogonada’s “Columbus,” and Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project.
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Gotham Awards: Watch the Indie Film Ceremony Live

Gotham Awards: Watch the Indie Film Ceremony Live
The 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards are being handed out Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Jordan Peele's racially themed horror film Get Out has a leading four nominations, while Greta Gerwig's acclaimed directorial debut Lady Bird landed three noms, as did Kogonada's Columbus. Other multiple nominees include Call Me by Your Name, The Florida Project, Good Time and I, Tonya, all of which are up for best feature.

Dee Rees' Mudbound scored two mentions, including for a special jury award for ensemble performance to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell,...
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Gotham Awards: Watch the Indie Film Ceremony Live

The 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards are being handed out Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Jordan Peele's racially themed horror film Get Out has a leading four nominations, while Greta Gerwig's acclaimed directorial debut Lady Bird landed three noms, as did Kogonada's Columbus. Other multiple nominees include Call Me by Your Name, The Florida Project, Good Time and I, Tonya, all of which are up for best feature.

Dee Rees' Mudbound scored two mentions, including for a special jury award for ensemble performance to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell,...
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The Furniture: Building a Way out of Mudbound

"The Furniture," by Daniel Walber, is our weekly series on Production Design. You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.

“I dreamed in brown,” remembers Laura McAllan (Carey Mulligan), surveying the near-monochrome dirt of a Mississippi farm. This small pocket of land is owned by her husband, Henry (Jason Clarke), but one doesn’t get much of a sense that she’d call it home. He appears not to like it either, but is motivated by a sour sense of duty. Perhaps this is why his agricultural efforts fail, barely introducing any green into this expanse of brown.

Even more obvious, when it comes to metaphors, is the way Mudbound begins. Dee Rees opens her earthbound epic on Henry in the dirt, digging a grave. The deceased is his Pappy (Jonathan Banks), an acrimonious Klan member who has done his utmost to pass his ideology down to his sons.
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How Costumes Reveal Character in Oscar Contenders ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Mudbound’

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How Costumes Reveal Character in Oscar Contenders ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Mudbound’
You won’t find a sharper contrast in period costume design than the farm life of “Mudbound” vs. the high fashion of “Murder on the Orient Express.” The former, directed by Dee Rees, is a sprawling saga about two families, one black, one white, in the 1940s Mississippi Delta. And the latter, helmed by Kenneth Branagh (who also plays the wildly mustachioed Hercule Poirot), is a stylish, 1934 murder mystery aboard the eponymous luxury locomotive.

Tackling Parallel Settings for “Mudbound

There were two challenges for costume designer Michael T. Boyd (“Bessie,” “We Were Soldiers,” “Gettysburg”): Authenticating clothing for parallel settings on the Mississippi Delta and in aerial and tank battles during World War II. “It stretches your creativity,” said Boyd, who was working on a small budget for the indie feature distributed by Netflix.

“You’re trying to realistically recreate the atmosphere,” Boyd added. “That was my mission on this show.
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Call Me By Your Name leads 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations

The nominations for the 33rd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced today, with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name leading the field with six nominations, followed by Josh Safdie’s Good Time and Jordan Peele’s Get Out with five apiece and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird with four.

Best Feature

Call Me By Your Name

The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Rider

Best First Feature

Columbus

Ingrid Goes West

Menashe

Oh Lucy!

Patti Cake$

John Cassavetes Award (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)

Dayveon

A Ghost Story

Life and nothing more

Most Beautiful Island

The Transfiguration

Best Director

Sean Baker, The Florida Project

Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra

Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Benny and Josh Safdie, Good Time

Chloe Zhao, The Rider

Best Screenplay

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Azazel Jacobs, The Lovers

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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Indie Spirit Award Nominations: “Lady Bird,” “The Rider,” and More

Lady Bird

The 2018 Independent Spirit Award nominations are in. Two of five Best Feature nominees are women-directed: Greta Gerwig’s universally adored “Lady Bird,” a coming-of-age story about a Sacramento-based teen, and Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider,” an award-winning portrait of a cowboy coping with the aftermath of a near-fatal rodeo accident.

Gerwig scored a Best Screenplay nod for “Lady Bird” — making her the only woman in this category — but her name was notably absent from the Best Director nominees. Zhao is the sole female filmmaker included in that category.

Atsuko Hirayanagi’s “Oh Lucy!” received a nod for Best First Feature. The comedy about a lonely office worker is the only woman-directed film up for that award.

Female filmmakers fared well in the Best Documentary category, where three of five films are helmed or co-helmed by women: Lana Wilson’s “The Departure,” Agnés Varda’s “Faces Places,” which she collaborated on with Jr,
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Winner of the Gotham Jury Award for Ensemble Performance, ‘Mudbound’ Has the Best Ensemble of the Year

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Winner of the Gotham Jury Award for Ensemble Performance, ‘Mudbound’ Has the Best Ensemble of the Year
Set in rural Mississippi during World War II, “Mudbound” focuses on two families—one white (the McAllans), and one black (the Jacksons)—who navigate life on a small farm and realize that not all battles ended with the war. Based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 best-selling novel of the same name, the film, co-written by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, progresses through different characters’ perspectives, giving the audience a chance to experience an intimate story about race, friendship, power and love. The film is anchored by a cast that includes Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan and music legend Mary J. Blige like you’ve never seen her before. The stellar ensemble also features Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks and Garrett Hedlund.

Blige, a nine-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, disappears into her role as Florence, the matriarch of the Jackson family, who is fighting to ensure a safe future for her children.
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‘Mudbound’ Review: Dir. Dee Rees (2017)

Mudbound review: A major awards contender, Dee Rees’ stunning adaptation of the 2008 novel by Hilary Jordan arrives on Netflix.

Mudbound review by Orestes Adam.

Dee Rees’s Mudbound, based on the 2008 novel by Hilary Jordan, is astoundingly ambitious to say the very least. Six distinct voiceover narrations tell the story of two families (one black, one white) in 1940s rural Mississippi as the film simultaneously depicts the struggles of two WWII soldiers, one on land and the other in the sky. Mudbound’s most remarkable feat, aside from its gorgeously composed landscape and arresting performances, is its ability to balance its characterization as it sporadically cuts from not only six different perspectives but also three distinct settings, all of which inevitably converge into mud.

Related: Watch the trailer for Netflix’s Mudbound

Mudbound opens with brothers Henry (Jason Clarke) and Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) McAllan as they bury their father amidst a rainstorm.
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Mudbound review – thoroughly modern period drama

Mary J Blige and Carey Mulligan star in this tale of two families in the Jim Crow south

“I dreamed in brown,” sighs Carey Mulligan’s voiceover of her character Laura McAllan’s mudbound existence. This graceful adaptation by Dee Rees (director of the luminous Pariah) of Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel is unable to wash itself clean of mud, fertile ground for deep-rooted prejudice and a filthy, sticky substance that taints and traps its characters in a world resistant to social progress. Though it’s a Netflix release, it is getting a one-week run in some Curzon theatres. The gorgeous digital cinematography by Rachel Morrison (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station) deserves to be seen on the big screen.

Set in the Jim Crow south, this complex, thoroughly modern period drama looks at the overlapping lives of two families – one black (the Jacksons) and one white (the McAllans). Hap Jackson (Rob Morgan) and his weathered wife,
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Movie Reviews: .Justice League. and .Mudbound.

We all know it.s .Justice League. weekend at the box-office but besides the superhero saga, we also have the Netflix film .Mudbound.. It.s blockbusters versus Oscar contenders at the box-office. Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!

Official Synopsis of .Justice League.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller)--it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. From director Zack Snyder (with Joss Whedon
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Movie Reviews: .Justice League. and .Mudbound.

We all know it.s .Justice League. weekend at the box-office but besides the superhero saga, we also have the Netflix film .Mudbound.. It.s blockbusters versus Oscar contenders at the box-office. Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!

Official Synopsis of .Justice League.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller)--it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. From director Zack Snyder (with Joss Whedon
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‘Mudbound’: Editing Dee Rees’ Complex Shifting Narrative Was an Award-Worthy Challenge

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‘Mudbound’: Editing Dee Rees’ Complex Shifting Narrative Was an Award-Worthy Challenge
Race and poverty intertwine in director Dee Rees’ powerful Oscar contender, “Mudbound” — a potential game changer for Netflix. But Rees and her “Pariah” editor Mako Kamitsuna decided early on that their sprawling movie about a black and white family in the 1940s Mississippi Delta was getting lost in the interlocking narratives. They needed to find the connective tissue that united them in their struggle for the American Dream.

The answer was hiding in plain sight all along. “The more Dee and I worked in post, we started to realize that the connective tissue was the land and each character’s yearning for the land as home and the place of security, prosperity, and dreams,” said Kamitsuna.

In “Mudbound,” Henry (Jason Clarke) and Laura McAllan (Carey Mulligan), Memphis transplants, find themselves unprepared to farm the land they’ve purchased, which puts greater pressure on Hap (Rob Morgan) and Florence (Mary J. Blige
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Mudbound Movie Review

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Mudbound Movie Review
Mudbound Netflix Director: Dee Rees Written by: Virgil Williams, Dee Rees, based on Hillary Jordan’s novel Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 11/16/17 Opens: November 17, 2017 While our present administration and legislative bodies have moved to the right, our country in […]

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