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Following the economic collapse of a town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and explores an unconventional life in the vast landscape of the American West. Along the way, she forms unbreakable bonds with other nomads in this powerfully moving story of hope and resilience from director Chloé Zhao, based on the book by Jessica Bruder, also starring David Strathairn.
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NOMADLAND continues its early Awards Season dominance, being named Best Picture today by the Toronto Film Critics Association. In addition to being named People’s Choice Award winner at TIFF ’20, the Film by Chloé Zhao has been a winner among Critic Circles around the continent, scoring in San Diego, Chicago, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and more. It also won the Golden Lion in Venice, and was named Best Feature at the Gotham Awards.
The TFCA Gala took place this evening virtually with a livestream on YouTube, hosted by Elaine “Lainey” Lui and Kathleen Newman-Bremang and winners giving their speeches on video.
The evening’s biggest prize, the $100k Rogers Best Canadian Film Award was awarded to ANNE AT 13,000 FT directed by Kazik Radwanski. Radwanski stated “It’s meant so much for the Film to still have a life, to connect, and be written about. It’s a huge honour coming from the TFCA.”.
Other winners include:
Best Picture: NOMADLAND
Best Director: Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND Runners-up, Best Director: Kelly Reichardt – FIRST COW; Lee Isaac Chung – MINARI
Best Screenplay: MINARI Runners-up, Best Screenplay: NOMADLAND, SOUND OF METAL
Best Actor: Riz Ahmed, SOUND OF METAL Runners-up for Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM; Mads Mikkelsen, ANOTHER ROUND
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, NOMADLAND Runners-up, Best Actress: Viola Davis, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM; Sidney Flanigan, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah Runners-up, Best Actor: Paul Raci, Sound of Metal; Leslie Odom, Jr. One Night in Miami
Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Runners-up, Best Supporting Actress: Yuh-jung Youn, Minari; Olivia Colman, The Father
Best First Feature: THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION Runners-up, Best First Feature: THE FATHER, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Best Animated Feature: WOLFWALKERS Runners-up, Best Animated Feature: SOUL and THE WILLOUGHBYS
Allan King Documentary Award: COLLECTIVE Runners-up: CRIP CAMP, DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA and TIME
Best Foreign Language Film: BACURAU Runners-up, Best Foreign Language Film: ANOTHER ROUND, BEANPOLE
Cineplex Emerging Critic Award: Mark Hanson (In the Seats) and Rose-Coloured Ray-Bans
Clyde Gilmour Award: Jason Ryle
Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Artist: Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
$100k Rogers Best Canadian Film Award Finalists: AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN, ANNE AT 13,000 FT and WHITE LIE
All eyes are on Chloé Zhao who debuted at TIFF ’17 with The Rider, topping several best-of lists that year. While her work on Marvel’s The Eternals is on its way to us, sophomore effort NOMADLAND comes with high hopes and she does not disappoint.
The Film centers on Fern (Frances McDormand), a widow whom after the economic crash in 2008, loses her home and lives a content life free to roam as a nomad. Not yet able to retire, she lives out of her sometimes reliable van, taking-on odd jobs as a means of survival. Once a supply teacher, she now takes on temporary work at the Amazon warehouse for a bit. She works as a host at an RV park for a while, among other one-off gigs. She is our eyes and ears into this little-known about world travelling place to place with no destination, meeting several fascinating people along the way, who also live the nomadic life and through Fern, we learn their stories as well. These characters, played by non-actors give the Film an earthiness and soul that feels so authentic and Fern blends right into the world.
The story we want to know most about though is why she chooses this way of life with no benefits to take care of her should she fall ill and not knowing if she has enough money to cover repairs on her van. While at times appearing uncomfortable, she never once complains about the life. And at once when offered a choice to settle down and live comfortably a few times throughout the Film, she never takes them. If anything, she appears even more like a fish-out-of-water dwelling in the world of others. She is enigmatic and McDormand effortlessly draws us into Fern‘s way of life, which is comprised of constant moving parts.
Zhao not only directs, but adapts Jessica Bruder’s Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century and the Film feels very much like a Documentary and we are just a fly on the wall. The Rider Cinematographer Joshua James Richards teams-up with Zhao once again, capturing breathtaking landscapes and Fern as part of them, so exquisitely. Visually, Nomadland has an understated sense of style yet a comforting familiarity to it.
Ludovico Einaudi‘s piano-driven Score is soothing and complements the imagery perfectly.
The Film is about surviving and living one’s own truth and while very much a quiet piece, it is a thought-provoking one.
NOMADLAND screens at TIFF ’20 as follows:
Fri, Sep 11 RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place
Chinese-born and L.A.-based Filmmaker Chloé Zhao won accolades with 2017’s The Rider and since then has signed-on to direct Marvel’s The Eternals. Coming next is her Film, NOMADLAND starring and produced by Frances McDormand which will be doing the Festival rounds at at the New York, Venice and Toronto International Film Festival. The latter two will premiere on September 11, 2020.Telluride also will be hosting a special Drive-In Screening in lieu of their Festival being cancelled this year.
NOMADLAND marks the first project between Zhao and Searchlight and the fifth between McDormand and Searchlight. McDormand won an Oscar for her performance in Martin McDonagh’s film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which Searchlight released globally in 2017. Zhao adapted NOMADLAND from journalist Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century following McDormand and producer Peter Spears’ acquisition of the literary adaptation rights shortly after publication. The film follows Fern (McDormand), a woman who, after the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The film features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
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!