The 90th Academy Awards took place at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles tonight. Sweeping top honours after gaining the most nominations (13) was Guillermo del Toro‘s Toronto-filmed Fantasy The Shape of Water winning four awards including Best Picture, Directing, Production Design and Original Score. The Film’s Toronto Crew celebrating tonight at Palais Royale, were credited for being a part of the Film’ success. del Toro, who has been vocal about his love for Toronto using the City regularly to base his productions, encouraged other Genre Filmmakers to continue breaking ground with the door he helped open.
While many saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as the favourite to win Best Picture, it still took acting honours for Leading Actress with Frances McDormand and Supporting Actor with Sam Rockwell. McDormand gave a memorable speech which had her laughing nervously, devoting her time on-stage getting all her fellow female nominees to stand together in a call for inclusion and equality. Both The Shape of Water and this premiered at TIFF ’17 with the latter winning the coveted People’s Choice Award and the two are released by Fox Searchlight.
Dunkirk‘s win tally would come in at three with scores for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing.Blade Runner 2049 by Canadian Director Denis Villeneuve, would win for Cinematography and Visual Effects. Disney’s Coco was awarded Animated Feature and also for Original Song with Remember Me, performed on the broadcast by Gael García Bernal, Miguel and Natalie Lafourcade. Call Me By Your Name earned one win for Adapted Screenplay. Allison Janney nabbed Supporting Actress for her work in I, Tonya, which presenter Jodie Foster who appeared on-stage in crutches, would joke that Meryl Streep was responsible for her injury, having “I, Tonya-ed” her.
The Evening was hosted by Funnyman Jimmy Kimmel who tackled head-on several issues of now including #MeToo and #TimesUp using case in point, the substantial pay gap between Mark Wahlberg and MichelleWilliams on re-shoots for nominated All the Money in the World. Despite both being represented by William Morris Endeavor, Wahlberg was paid eight-times Williams‘ salary, although the former made right by donating his earnings to #TimesUp.
Kimmel joked that the Oscar statue is the ideal man in that he “keeps his hands to himself, never says a rude word and doesn’t have a penis. He is a statue of limitations”. A running joke for the evening was that the winner with the shortest speech would win a jet ski in the same vein as The Price is Right, which Leading Actor winner Gary Oldman was clear he wouldn’t be winning as he took his time thanking those responsible for his success. Oldman‘s Film Darkest Hour would win also for Makeup.
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Following an outcry that the Oscars lacked diversity, that certainly was addressed full force this year and repeatedly the theme of inclusion was brought-up throughout the night. We would see female nominees in categories like Directing (Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird) and Cinematography (Rachel Morrison, Mudbound) and first-time Nominee Jordan Peele winning Original Screenplay for Get Out. A Fantastic Woman starring Chilean transgender Actress Daniela Vega, would win Foreign Language Film. Basketball icon Kobe Bryant also would win his first Oscar for Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball.
Fox Searchlight x Mr. Will want to take Readers to an Advance Screening of TIFF ’17 People’s Choice Award winner THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI!
Screenings take place as follows:
Monday, November 13 / 7:00PM / Cineplex Yonge and Dundas
Thursday, November 16 / 7:00PM / Cineplex International Village
Thursday, November 16 /7:00PM / Cineplex Westhills
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing‘s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
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Fox Searchlight release THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI as follows:
November 17, 2017 (Toronto)
November 22, 2017 (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg)
There is just a little bit of anger in this NSFW red-band Trailer for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI! You won’t believe your ears!
Synopsis: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing‘s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
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Fox Searchlight release THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI 2017.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Canada + Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to win on Digital HD + Blu-ray Combo Pack, worldwide Box Office hit, THE GOOD DINOSAUR! Fresh off its run in theatres, this is your chance to bring it home for your family to enjoy!
From the innovative minds of Disney•Pixar comes a hilariously heartwarming adventure about the power of confronting and overcoming your fears and discovering who you are meant to be.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR features the voice work of Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Anna Paquin, John Ratzenberger and Raymond Ochoa.
Universal Pictures Canada + Mr. Will want to take you to see the latest from brilliant brother duo, The Coen Brothers! HAIL, CAESAR! has had us talking since its star-studded Trailer first surfaced and now you’ll have a chance to see it first on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton!
Follows a single day in the life of a 1950s studio “fixer” Eddie (Josh Brolin) who is presented with plenty of problems to fix — including a missing movie star (George Clooney) and a pregnant actress (Scarlet Johansson).
HAIL, CAESAR! stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum. Yes, you read that right. All of ’em in ONE Movie!!
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Universal Pictures Canada release HAIL, CAESAR! on Friday, February 5, 2016.
The Coen Brothers are back and you absolutely must check-out this snappy Trailer for their latest opus, HAIL, CAESAR! The Comedy stars a brilliant and eclectic cast including Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Ralph Fiennes.
Follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer (Josh Brolin) who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
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Universal Pictures Canada release HAIL, CAESAR! on Friday, February 5, 2016, something to take us out of the winder doldrums!
Alliance Films and Mr. Will Wong are thrilled to give Readers a chance to win a Double Pass to see Gus Van Sant‘s (MILK, Good Will Hunting) latest Film, Promised Land. The Screening takes place on Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Toronto. Personally I’ve seen the Film and was really pleasantly surprised!
Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk).Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate Salesman who is sent along with his Partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company’s expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local Citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected Schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another Man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local Woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.