I created a cinemagraph for each NINE of the best picture nominations for this year’s OSCARS!

I love the variety and beauty of each nomination, and it’s so striking to see a wide array of races, stories, and narratives. 

I really hope Moonlight takes something home, it was by far one of my top movies of 2016, extremely topical, beautiful, and makes you hope you were kinder when you were younger. 


Here’s my review or something of Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. This is the latest in their line and this one I probably dislike the most because of what it’s trying to recreate. The original animated Beauty and the Beast was a best picture nominated film and is loved by many, but this live action remake by Disney just doesn’t live up to it.

REBLOGS are appreciated!


CAROL, part one

To conclude this series of Pride 2017-related posts (though certainly not the end of gay-relevant content on this blog), here’s a two-part post on Todd Haynes’s exquisite 1950s-set lesbian romance Carol (2015). Last year, Carol was voted the best LGBT film of all time in a poll that featured over 100 critics and was compiled to mark the 30th anniversary of London’s lesbian and gay film festival, BFI Flare. There are many qualities worth celebrating in this film: the sublimely modulated lead performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the richly atmospheric period detail and mise-en-scène, Haynes’s deft invocations of classical Hollywood genres (melodrama, film noir, women’s pictures). But most importantly, as the following quote reminds us, Carol’s uncommonly uplifting and affirmative take on same-sex love represents a quietly radical step forward for LGBT narratives in cinema.

Happy Pride!

“In the years since Brokeback Mountain, we’ve seen Best Picture nominations for The Kids Are All Right and Dallas Buyers Club – though in both of those cases, the primary audience surrogate was arguably a straight man (Mark Ruffalo in Kids, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas) – and the slightly Sapphic Black Swan. And, of course, there was Milk and The Imitation Game, both stories about gay men who met with tragedy… Spoiler alert: Carol’s protagonists fall in love, consummate their passion, and encounter some difficulties – it’s the early ‘50s, after all – but do not die for/from being gay. Such a declaration sounds stark, but an astonishing number of films about gay life have seen their characters come to some sort of a tragic end, as if comporting to the old Hays Code, where characters must be “punished” for their “sins.” Ultimately, Carol’s most transgressive quality is its refusal to engage in such shenanigans; this is a film about full-blooded gay lives, not tragic gay deaths. Maybe Oscar voters weren’t sure how to deal with that?” — Jason Bailey, Flavorwire (January 2016)

“2017 has been a unique year so far. Luca Guadagnino’s masterpiece “Call Me By Your Name” stunned even the most optimistic Guadagnino fans when it premiered out of competition at Sundance in January. Frankly, this writer didn’t think the gay-themed coming of age drama could earn a Best Picture nomination until “Moonlight” won Best Picture a month later. Two years ago you couldn’t imagine “Call Me By Your Name” earning a nod no matter how many critics anointed it the “best film of the year.” Now? It has a legit shot to take the crown.”  Gregory Ellwood for The Playlist.   

Changes in the Wind ~ Prologue

Hollywood Insider: Winter Issue 2016-2017

Y/N L/N: Hollywood’s Newest Darling? By Zev Darling

“It’s awards season and with the Oscars coming up in two weeks, everyone has been placing bets and predictions on who will win.

So far the nominations have been the usual suspects, but there’s one movie causing a lot of buzz. Whirlwind has been one of the highest grossing movies at the box office so far this year. For those of you unfortunate enough not to see the film, it is a gripping story dealing with themes of family, love, and many social issues facing us today, all cleverly hidden in an action packed science fiction world. The main character, a young woman by the name of Macey, discovers the deep dark secrets of her “utopian” world in the not so distant future, sending her on a journey of self discovery, love, and a few badass fight scenes.

Directed by Brian Falstadht, the visionary behind the cult classic, Look Up, critics set the bar high, and were not disappointed. The film was written by Katie Callaghan, who is likely guaranteed more contracts for her screenplays in the future after Whirlwind garnered a Best Picture nomination. Y/N L/N plays the heroine, her stellar breakout performance gaining her attention and even a good shot at winning Lead Actress at the upcoming awards. She starred opposite fan favorite, comedic dreamboat Robert Reid, best known for playing the titular, fourth wall breaking anti-hero, Killswitch. Reid is confirmed for Killswitch 2, to be released next summer.

Meanwhile, rumors have been flying since the film’s premiere about what Y/N will be doing next, from an action franchise to rom-coms to her own television show. Whatever Miss L/N picks to be her next project, she’ll have fans and critics waiting with baited breath.”

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favorite cinematography: brooklyn (2015)

You’ll feel so homesick that you’ll want to die, and there’s nothing you can do about it apart from endure it… And one day the sun will come out. You might not even notice straight away — it’ll be that faint. And you’ll catch yourself thinking about something or someone who has no connection with the past. Someone who’s only yours. And you’ll realize that this is where your life is.

This morning director Ava DuVernay joins the growing list of women whose films received Oscar nominations for Best Picture without receiving a nomination for Best Director themselves.

The list of women who have directed Best Picture nominees/winners:

  • Randa Haines, Children of a Lesser God, 1986
  • Barbra Streisand, The Prince of Tides, 1991
  • Valerie Faris, Little Miss Sunshine, 2007 (her co-director Jonathan Dayton received a nomination) correction: neither Faris nor her co-director were nominated that year. 
  • Loveleen Tandan, Slumdog Millionaire, 2008  (her co-director Danny Boyle won the Oscar for Best Director that year)  
  • Lone Scherfig, An Education, 2009
  • Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right, 2010
  • Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone, 2010
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty, 2013
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma, 2015

Additionally Kátia Lund, co-director of City of God, did not receive a nomination for her work on the film despite the fact that her co-director  Fernando Meirelles did.

Only 4 women have ever been nominated for best director and only 1, Kathryn Bigelow, has won. 

The Subversive Awkwardness of Four Weddings and a Funeral

The story of Four Weddings and a Funeral’s success is about as likable as the movie itself: With a name that sounds like a working title the producers forgot to change, the low-budget tale of a bumbling bachelor somehow broke the box office, made an overnight international star out of Hugh Grant, and earned a Best Picture nomination.

How did a film (in U.S. wide release 20 years ago this week) shot over one month for four million dollars end up grossing more money than any British film made before it? The answer may lie in the movie’s refreshing take on romance. In an era of glossy erotic dramas ruling the box office (Basic Instinct, Indecent Proposal, Sliver etc.) filmgoers were apparently ready to watch a bunch of awkward British patricians attempt, and usually fail, to navigate sex and love. Grant’s endearing Charles at one point even mutters to Andie MacDowell’s Carrie, “Oh God, for a minute there I thought I was in Fatal Attraction.

From the first, expletive-laden line (“Oh fuck, fuck fuck… fuck”) in Richard Curtis’s screenplay, the British sitcom writer immediately lets you know that he’s not telling another tale of the quietly restrained customs and code of the British aristocracy. In his high society the affluent are self-deprecating and foul-mouthed—the most repeated words in the movie are “fuck” and “splendid.”

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A beautiful queer masterpiece with an ending that does not involve tragedy or “I-turned-straight” plot line and it doesn’t receive any exposure from mainstream award shows like the Golden Globes or the Critics Choice (and not to mention the snubs of Best Picture and Best Director nominations from the Oscars). 

This film is so important for the LGBT community and I feel it’s an injustice that it is ignored and unrecognized. 

The 2017 Oscar Nominations

Best Picture

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

Best Director

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

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Original Screenplay

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

Eric Heisserer, Arrival
August Wilson, Fences
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures
Luke Davies, Lion
Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McRaney, Moonlight

Best Film Editing

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land

Best Cinematography

La La Land

Best Production Design

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caeasar!
La La Land

Best Costume Design

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Floster Jenkins
La La Land

Best Make-up and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Best Original Score

La La Land

Best Original Song

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

Best Visual Effects

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

Best Sound Editing

Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Best Sound Mixing

Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Best Documentary Feature

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

Best Documentary Short

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

Best Animated Feature

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

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Best Live-Action Short

Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights

me: i love awards season its so fun i love movi- *suddenly flashes back to that time star wars: the force awakens (2015) dir. jj abrams didnt win a single oscar it was nominated for had no best picture nomination for the academy* 

me: sorry……….whats a film again. is that a sauce,