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  1. That time of the year... 

    Do remind me... Who has gone to the same school as Eurovision winner? 

    As for Serbia... Boy, did we take it too seriously this year. The whole selection process was hilariously ludicrous. There were even announcements of protests. But, luckily, it ended with two drunk guys embarrassing themselves.

    And the winner is Teya Dora, best known for her hit "Džanum," which went viral on TikTok in 2023. 

    Her winning song, "Ramonda," draws inspiration from the Natalie's Ramonda flower, an endemic plant with the remarkable ability to sustain life with just a single drop of water. Ramonda has become a symbol of fallen Serbian soldiers in WWI and is worn as a token of remembrance in November, much like the British red poppy flower. The song is about finding light in darkness, surviving even in toughest circumstances, bringing hope.

    The song is absolutely beautiful, blending clear influences from artists like Billie Eilish and Loreen, with the appropriate touch of Serbian spirit. Overall, very proud of her... Wishing her all the best!

  2. British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards Nominations

    Spoiler

    Comedy Entertainment

    • “The Graham Norton Show” — Graham Norton, Graham Stuart, Jon Magnusson, Toby Baker, Catherine Strauss, Pete Snell – So Television / BBC One
    • “Late Night Lycett” — Production team at Rumpus Media, My Options Were Limited / Channel 4
    • “Rob & Romesh Vs” — Danielle Lux, Murray Boland, Jack Shillaker, Bill Righton, David Taylor, Graham Proud – CPL Productions / Sky Max
    • “Would I Lie to You?” — Peter Holmes, Rachel Ablett, Jake Graham, Zoe Waterman, Liz Clare, Barbara Wiltshire – Zeppotron / BBC One

    Current Affairs

    • “Inside Russia: Traitors and Heroes (Storyville) — Paul Mitchell, Anastasia Popova, Mikhail Kozyrev, Daria Olevskaya, Monica Garnsey, Emma Hindley – BBC News World Service, Ronachan Films / BBC Four
    • “Putin vs. The West” — Norma Percy, Tim Stirzaker, Lucy Hetherington, Lotte Murphy-Johnson, Max Stern – Brook Lapping / BBC Two
    • “Russell Brand: In Plain Sight (Dispatches)” — Production team at Hardcash Productions / Channel 4
    • “The Shamima Begum Story (This World)” — Joshua Baker, Sara Obeidat, Sasha Joelle Achilli, Sarah Waldron, Simon McMahon, Mustafa Al-Ali – BBC Current Affairs / BBC Two

    Daytime

    • “Loose Women and Men” — Production team at ITV Studios Daytime / ITV1
    • “Lorraine” — Production team at ITV Studios Daytime / ITV1
    • “Make It at Market” — Martin Connery, Aman Mistry, Iain Robson, Kim Merrick, Lauren Elliott, Andrew Snowball – Flabbergast TV / BBC One
    • “Scam Interceptors” — Production team at BBC Studios Documentary Unit / BBC One

    Drama Series

    • “The Gold” — Production team at Tannadice Pictures / BBC One
    • “Happy Valley” — Sally Wainwright, Sarah Lancashire, Jessica Taylor, Faith Penhale, Will Johnston, Fergus O’Brien – Lookout Point, AMC / BBC One
    • “Slow Horses” — Saul Metzstein, Will Smith, Jane Robertson, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning – See-Saw Films / Apple TV+
    • “Top Boy” — Production team at Cowboy Films / Netflix

    Entertainment

    • “Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas” — Hannah Waddingham, Hamish Hamilton, Katy Mullen, Moira Ross, Raj Kapoor, Nick Todisco – Done + Dusted / Apple TV+
    • “Later… With Jools Holland” — Production team at BBC Studios / BBC Two
    • “Michael McIntyre’s Big Show” — Christian Fletcher, Dan Baldwin, James Pratt, Lisa Kirk, Sarah Mittell, Simon Staffurth – Hungry McBear / BBC One
    • “Strictly Come Dancing” — Production team at BBC Studios / BBC One

    Entertainment Performance

    • Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” — Lifted Entertainment / ITV1
    • Big Zuu, “Big Zuu’s Big Eats” – Boom, Big Productions / Dave
    • Graham Norton, “The Graham Norton Show” – So Television / BBC One
    • Hannah Waddingham, “Eurovision Song Contest 2023” – BBC Studios / BBC One
    • Joe Lycett, “Late Night Lycett” – Rumpus Media, My Options Were Limited / Channel 4
    • Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan, “Rob & Romesh Vs” – CPL Productions / Sky Max

    Factual Entertainment

    • “Celebrity Race Across the World” — Production team at Studio Lambert / BBC One
    • “The Dog House” — Production team at Five Mile Films / Channel 4
    • “Endurance: Race to the Pole” — Alexis Girardet, Mike Warner, Adam Bullmore, Martin Long – October Films / Channel 5
    • “Portrait Artist of the Year” — Production team at Storyvault Films / Sky Arts

    Factual Series

    • “Dublin Narcos” — Benedict Sanderson, Claire McFall, Sacha Baveystock, Edmund Coulthard, Megan Taylor, Laura Dunne – Blast! Films / Sky Documentaries
    • “Evacuation” — Production team at Wonderhood Studios / Channel 4
    • “Lockerbie” — Nancy Strang, John Dower, Claire McFall, Barnaby Fry, Dejan Cancar, Charlie Hawryliw – Mindhouse Productions / Sky Documentaries
    • “Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland” — Production team at KEO Films, Walk On Air Films / BBC Two

    Female Performance in a Comedy

    • Bridget Christie, “The Change” – Expectation / Channel 4
    • Gbemisola Ikumelo, “Black Ops” – BBC Studios, Mondo Deluxe Productions / BBC One
    • Máiréad Tyers, “Extraordinary” – Sid Gentle Films / Disney+
    • Roisin Gallagher, “The Lovers” – Drama Republic / Sky Atlantic
    • Sofia Oxenham, “Extraordinary” – Sid Gentle Films / Disney+
    • Taj Atwal, “Hullraisers” – Fable Pictures / Channel 4

    International

    • “The Bear” — Christopher Storer, Joanna Calo, Josh Senior, Matty Matheson, Tyson Bidner – FX Productions / Disney+
    • “Beef” — Lee Sung Jin, Steven Yeun , Ali Wong, Jake Schreier, Ravi Nandan, Alli Reich – A24 / Netflix
    • “Class Act” — Bruno Nahon, Tristan Séguela, Olivier Demangel, Laurent Lafitte – de Passe Entertainment / Netflix
    • “The Last of Us” — Production team at Sony Pictures Television Studios, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, HBO / Sky Atlantic
    • “Love & Death” — Production team at Lionsgate, David E. Kelley Productions, Blossom Films, Texas Monthly / ITVX
    • “Succession” — Production team at Project Zeus, Hyberobject Industries, Gary Sanchez Productions, Hot Seat Productions, HBO / Sky Atlantic

    Leading Actor

    • Brian Cox, “Succession” – Project Zeus, Hyberobject Industries, Gary Sanchez Productions, Hot Seat Productions, HBO / Sky Atlantic
    • Dominic West, “The Crown” – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix
    • Kane Robinson, “Top Boy” – Cowboy Films / Netflix
    • Paapa Essiedu, “The Lazarus Project” – Urban Myth Films / Sky Max
    • Steve Coogan, “The Reckoning” – ITV Studios / BBC One
    • Timothy Spall, “The Sixth Commandment” – Wild Mercury Productions, True Vision / BBC One

    Leading Actress

    • Anjana Vasan, “Demon 79” (“Black Mirror”) – Broke & Bones / Netflix
    • Anne Reid, “The Sixth Commandment” – Wild Mercury Productions, True Vision / BBC One
    • Bella Ramsey, “The Last of Us” – Sony Pictures Television Studios, PlayStation Productions,, Naughty Dog, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, HBO / Sky Atlantic
    • Helena Bonham Carter, “Nolly” – Quay Street Productions / ITVX
    • Sarah Lancashire, “Happy Valley” – Lookout Point, AMC / BBC One
    • Sharon Horgan, “Best Interests” – AC Chapter One / BBC One

    Limited Drama

    • “Best Interests” — Production team at AC Chapter One / BBC One
    • “Demon 79” (“Black Mirror”) — Charlie Brooker, Richard Webb, Jessica Rhoades, Bisha K. Ali, Annabel Jones, Toby Haynes – Broke & Bones / Netflix
    • “The Long Shadow” — George Kay, Lewis Arnold, Matt Sandford, Sarah Lewis, Sacha Szwarc, Willow Grylls – New Pictures / ITV1
    • “The Sixth Commandment” — Derek Wax, Brian Woods, Sarah Phelps, Saul Dibb, Frances du Pille – Wild Mercury Productions, True Vision / BBC One

    Live Event Coverage

    • “The Coronation Concert” — Production team at BBC Studios / BBC One
    • “Eurovision Song Contest 2023” — Production team at BBC Studios / BBC One
    • “Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance” — Production team at BBC Studios / BBC One

    Male Performance in a Comedy

    • Adjani Salmon, “Dreaming Whilst Black” – Big Deal Films, A24 / BBC Three
    • David Tennant, “Good Omens” – BBC Studios, Narrativia, The Blank Corporation / Prime Video
    • Hammed Animashaun, “Black Ops” – BBC Studios, Mondo Deluxe Productions / BBC One
    • Jamie Demetriou, “A Whole Lifetime With Jamie Demetriou” – Guilty Party Pictures / Netflix
    • Joseph Gilgun, “Brassic” – Calamity Films / Sky Max
    • Mawaan Rizwan, “Juice” – Various Artists Limited / BBC Three

    News Coverage

    • Channel 4 News: “Inside Gaza: Israel and Hamas at War” — Esme Wren, Federico Escher, Helene Cacace, Matt Frei, Secunder Kermani, Millicent Teasdale – ITN / Channel 4
    • Sky News: “Inside Myanmar — The Hidden War” — Production team at Sky News
    • Sky News: “Israel-Hamas War” — Production team at Sky News

    Reality

    • “Banged Up” — Production team at Shine TV / Channel 4
    • “Married at First Sight U.K.” — Danielle Lux , Murray Boland, Rachel Viner, Susy Price, James Kayler, Dermot Caulfield – CPL Productions / E4
    • “My Mum, Your Dad” — Production team at Lifted Entertainment / ITV1
    • “Squid Game: The Challenge” — Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, John Hay, Nicola Brown, Toni Ireland, Stephen Yemoh – Studio Lambert / Netflix

    Scripted Comedy

    • “Big Boys” — Jack Rooke, Jim Archer, Bertie Peek, Ash Atalla, Alex Smith – Roughcut TV / Channel 4
    • “Dreaming Whilst Black” — Thomas Stogdon, Dhanny Joshi, Adjani Salmon, Ali Hughes, Nicola Gregory, Yemi Oyefuwa – Big Deal Films, A24 / BBC Three
    • “Extraordinary” — Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Charlie Palmer, Emma Moran, Abíólá Rufai-Awójídé, Sam Leifer – Sid Gentle Film / Disney+
    • “Such Brave Girls” — Kat Sadler, Simon Bird, Catherine Gosling Fuller, Jack Bayles, Phil Clarke – Various Artists Limited / BBC Three

    Short Form

    • “Mobility” — Jack Carroll, Thomas Gregory, Akaash Meeda, David Simpson, Sam Ward – Tiger Aspect Productions / BBC Three
    • “The Skewer: Three Twisted Years” — Production team at Unusual / BBC iPlayer
    • “Stealing Ukraine’s Children: Inside Russia’s Camps” — Production team at VICE UK / VICE News
    • “Where It Ends” — Jack Robertson, Fergal Costello, Sam Ward, David Simpson – Tiger Aspect Productions / BBC Three

    Single Documentary

    • “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived” — Dan Hartley, Kevin Konak, Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, Vanessa Davies, Amy Stares – Lightbox / Sky Documentaries
    • “Ellie Simmonds: Finding My Secret Family” — Jasleen Sethi, David Thompson, Colleen Flynn, Kathryn Jein, Nick Underhill – Flicker Productions / ITV1
    • “Hatton” — Daniel Dewsbury, Paul Yoshida, Sam Bergson, Ian Davies, John McKenna – Noah Media Group, Sky Studios / Sky Crime
    • “Vjeran Tomic: The Spider-Man of Paris” — Jamie Roberts, Dan Reed – Amos Pictures / Netflix

    Soap

    • “Casualty” — Production team at BBC Studios / BBC One
    • “Eastenders” — Production team at BBC Studios / BBC One
    • “Emmerdale” — Production team at ITV Studios / ITV1

    Specialist Factual

    • “Chimp Empire” — James Reed, Matt Houghton, Callum Webster, Matt Cole – KEO Films, Underdog Films / Netflix
    • “The Enfield Poltergeist” — Jerry Rothwell , Al Morrow, Stewart le Maréchal, Nicole Stott, Jonathan Silberberg, Davis Guggenheim – MetFilm, Concordia Studio / Apple TV+
    • “Forced Out” — Production team at Dragonfly / Sky Documentaries
    • “White Nanny, Black Child” — Andy Mundy-Castle, Natasha Dack Ojumu, Rochelle Newman, Zeb Achonu, Ross Leppard, Rachael McLean-Anderson – Doc Hearts, TigerLily Productions, BFI / Channel 5

    Sports Coverage

    • “Cheltenham Festival Day One” — Richard Willoughby, Paul McNamara, Mark Demuth, Bridget Toomey, Rob Oldham, Dionne Robinson-Smith, Andrew Hill – ITV Sport / ITV1
    • “MOTD Live: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023” — Production team at IMG / BBC One
    • “Wimbledon 2023 Men’s Final” — Production team at BBC Sport, Wimbledon Broadcast Services / BBC One

    Supporting Actor

    • Amit Shah, “Happy Valley” – Lookout Point, AMC / BBC One
    • Éanna Hardwicke, “The Sixth Commandment” – Wild Mercury Productions, True Vision / BBC One
    • Harris Dickinson, “A Murder at the End of the World” — FX Productions / Disney+
    • Jack Lowden, “Slow Horses” – See-Saw Films / Apple TV+
    • Matthew MacFadyen, “Succession” – Project Zeus, Hyberobject Industries, Gary Sanchez Productions, Hot Seat Productions, HBO / Sky Atlantic
    • Salim Daw, “The Crown” – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix

    Supporting Actress

    • Elizabeth Debicki, “The Crown” – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix
    • Harriet Walter, “Succession” – Project Zeus, Hyberobject Industries, Gary Sanchez Productions and Hot Seat Productions, HBO / Sky Atlantic
    • Jasmine Jobson, “Top Boy” – Cowboy Films / Netflix LESLEY MANVILLE The Crown – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix
    • Nico Parker, “The Last of Us” – Sony Pictures Television Studios, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, HBO / Sky Atlantic
    • Siobhan Finneran, “Happy Valley” – Lookout Point, AMC / BBC One

    P&O Cruises Memorable Moment Award (voted for by the public)

    • “Beckham”: David teases Victoria about her ‘working class’ upbringing – Studio99, Ventureland / Netflix
    • “Doctor Who”: Ncuti Gatwa being revealed as the 15th Doctor – Bad Wolf, BBC Studios Productions / BBC One
    • “Happy Valley”: Catherine Cawood and Tommy Lee Royce’s final kitchen showdown – Lookout Point, AMC / BBC One
    • “The Last of Us”: Bill and Frank’s Story – Sony Pictures Television Studios, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, HBO / Sky Atlantic
    • “The Piano”: 13-year-old Lucy stuns commuters with jaw dropping piano performance – Love Productions / Channel 4
    • “Succession”: Logan Roy’s death – Project Zeus, Hyberobject Industries, Gary Sanchez Productions, Hot Seat Productions, HBO / Sky Atlantic

    CRAFT AWARDS:

    Costume Design

    • Amy Roberts, “The Crown” (Episode 8) – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix
    • Charlotte Morris, “Silo” – AMC Studios / Apple TV+
    • Matthew Price, “Demon 79” (“Black Mirror”) – Broke & Bones / Netflix
    • Sharon Long, “The Great” – Civic Center Media, MRC / Lionsgate+

    Director — Factual

    • Gesbeen Mohammad, “Inside Iran: The Fight for Freedom (Exposure)” – Hardcash Productions / ITV1
    • James Bluemel, “Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland” – KEO Films, Walk On Air Films / BBC Two
    • John Dower, “Lockerbie” – Mindhouse Films / Sky Documentaries
    • Peter Beard and Bruce Fletcher, “Otto Baxter: Not a F***ing Horror Story” – Story Films, Archface Films / Sky Documentaries

    Director — Fiction, sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

    • Joseph Bullman, “Partygate” – Halcyons Heart Films / Channel 4
    • Lewis Arnold, “The Long Shadow” (Episode 6) – New Pictures / ITV1
    • Peter Hoar, “The Last of Us” – Sony Pictures Television Studios, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, HBO / Sky Atlantic
    • William Stefan Smith, “Top Boy” (Episode 6) – Cowboy Films / Netflix

    Director — Multi-Camera

    • Julia Knowles, “An Audience With Kylie” – Lifted Entertainment, BMG / ITV1
    • Julia Knowles, “The Coronation Concert” – BBC Studios / BBC One
    • Nikki Parsons, Ollie Bartlett and Richard Valentine, “Eurovision Song Contest 2023” – BBC Studios / BBC One
    • Paul McNamara, “FA Cup Final” – ITV Sport / ITV1

    Editing — Factual

    • Charlie Hawryliw, “Lockerbie” – Mindhouse Films / Sky Documentaries
    • Editing team, “Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland” – KEO films, Walk On Air Films / BBC Two
    • Editing team, “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” – Box to Box Films / Netflix
    • Michael Harte, “Beckham” – Studio 99, Ventureland / Netflix

    Editing — Fiction

    • Alex Mackie, “Time” – BBC Studios / BBC One
    • Joe Carey, “Happy Valley” (Episode 6) – Lookout Point, AMC / BBC One
    • Sam Williams, “Slow Horses” (Episode 1) – See-Saw Films / Apple TV+
    • Zsófia Tálas, “Slow Horses” (Episode 6) – See-Saw Films / Apple TV+

    Emerging Talent — Factual

    • Ben Cheetham (director), “Pete Doherty, Who Killed My Son?” – Five Mile Films / Channel 4
    • Fola Evans-Akingbola and Jordan Pitt (directors), “Untold Stories: Hair on Set” – Good Girl Productions, One Umbrella Productions, Doc Hearts / Sky Documentaries
    • Fred Scott (director), “London Bridge: Facing Terror” – Raw TV / Channel 4
    • Ted Evans (director), “Rose Ayling-Ellis: Signs for Change” – Rogan Productions / BBC One

    Emerging Talent — Fiction

    • Andrew Bogle (writer) — Kirkmoore Fudge Park Productions / ITVX
    • Haolu Wang (director), “Bodies” – Moonage Pictures / Netflix
    • Kat Sadler (writer), “Such Brave Girls” – Various Artists Limited / BBC Three
    • Mawaan Rizwan (writer), “Juice” – Various Artists Limited / BBC Three

    Entertainment Craft Team, sponsored by Hotcam

    • Diccon Ramsay, Paddy Fletcher, Rikki Finlay, James Tinsley, Mathieu Weekes and Ben Norman, “Squid Game: The Challenge” — Studio Lambert / Netflix
    • Jamie Heath, Nick Harvey and Greg Menzel, “Banged Up” — Shine TV / Channel 4
    • Julio Himede, Tim Routledge, Kojo Samuel, Michael Sharp and Dan Shipton, “Eurovision Song Contest 2023” — BBC Studios / BBC One
    • Nigel Catmur, Tom Bairstow, Kevin Duff, Steve Nolan, Steve Sidwell and Simon Haw, “The Coronation Concert” — BBC Studios / BBC One

    Make-Up and Hair Design, sponsored by ScreenSkills High-End Television Skills Fund

    • Cate Hall, Emilie Yong-Mills and Fiona Rogers,”The Crown” (Episode 8) — Left Bank Pictures / Netflix
    • Lisa Parkinson, “The Long Shadow” (Episode 6) – New Pictures / ITV1
    • Lucy Sibbick, “Slow Horses” – See-Saw Films / Apple TV+
    • Sharon Miller, Kym Menzies-Foster and Kelly Taylor, “Three Little Birds” – Tiger Aspect Productions, Douglas Road Productions / ITVX

    Original Music — Factual

    • Ed Harcourt, “Otto Baxter: Not a F***ing Horror Story” – Story Films, Archface Films / Sky Documentaries
    • George Fenton, “Wild Isles” – Silverback Films / BBC One
    • Simon Rogers, “A Time to Die” – True Vision / ITV1
    • Simon Russell, “Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland” – KEO Films, Walk On Air Films / BBC Two

    Original Music — Fiction

    • Adiescar Chase, “Heartstopper” – See-Saw Films / Netflix
    • Atli Örvarsson, “Silo” – AMC Studios / Apple TV+
    • Blair Mowat, “Nolly” – Quay Street Productions / ITVX
    • Natalie Holt, “Loki” – Marvel Studios / Disney+

    Photography — Factual

    • Benedict Sanderson, “The Detectives: Taking Down an OCG” – Minnow Films / BBC Two
    • Bertie Gregory, Tom Walker and Anna Dimitriadis, “Animals Up Close With Bertie Gregory” – Wildstar / Disney+
    • Jean-Louis Schuller, “The Man Who Played With Fire” – Raw TV / Sky Documentaries
    • Narayan Van Maele and Patrick Smith, “Dublin Narcos” – Blast! Films / Sky Documentaries

    Photography and Lighting — Fiction

    • Eben Bolter, “The Last of Us” – Sony Pictures Television Studios, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, HBO / Sky Atlantic
    • Ed Rutherford, “The Long Shadow” – New Pictures / ITV1
    • Rik Zang, “The Sixth Commandment” – Wild Mercury Productions, True Vision / BBC One
    • Stephan Pehrsson, “Demon 79” (“Black Mirror”) – Broke & Bones / Netflix

    Production Design, sponsored by Microsoft

    • Anna Higginson, “The Long Shadow” – New Pictures / ITV1
    • Ben Smith, “Nolly” – Quay Street Productions / ITVX
    • Gavin Bocquet and Amanda Bernstein, “Silo” – AMC Studios / Apple TV+
    • Udo Kramer, “Demon 79” (“Black Mirror”) – Broke & Bones / Netflix

    Scripted Casting

    • Aisha Bywaters, “Three Little Birds” – Tiger Aspect Productions, Douglas Road Productions / ITVX
    • Amy Hubbard, “Time” – BBC Studios / BBC One
    • Amy Hubbard and Shannon Dowling-McNulty, “Smothered” – Roughcut Television / Sky Max
    • Jina Jay, “Demon 79” (“Black Mirror”) – Broke & Bones / Netflix

    Sound — Factual

    • George Foulgham, Philip Moroz, Alex Gibson, Tom Verstappen and Adam Prescod, “If These Walls Could Sing” – Ventureland, Mercury Studios / Disney+
    • Nick Ryan, Ben Baird, Kirstie Howell, Jack Wensley, Jamie McPhee and Alexej Mungersdorff, “The Enfield Poltergeist” – MetFilm, Concordia Studio / Apple TV+
    • Sound team, “The Coronation of TM The King and Queen Camilla” – BBC Studios / BBC One
    • Sound team, “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” – Box to Box Films / Netflix

    Sound — Fiction

    • Chris Ashworth, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen, Saoirse Christopherson and Iain Eyre, “The Crown” – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix
    • Jules Woods, James Drake, Oscar Bloomfield-Crowe and Paddy McGuirk, “Boiling Point” – Ascendant Fox, Matriarch Productions, It’s All Made Up Productions / BBC One
    • Matthew Collinge, James Bain, Robert Farr, Tom Melling, Matt Davies and Alyn Sclosa, “The Witcher” – Netflix Original Series / Netflix
    • Sound team, “Slow Horses” – See-Saw Films / Apple TV+

    Special, Visual and Graphic Effects

    • Andy Scrase, Patricia Llaguno, Beau Garcia, Oliver Winwood, Huw Evans and Jodie Davidson, “The Wheel of Time” – Little Island Productions / Prime Video
    • Ben Turner, Reece Ewing, Framestore, Rumble VFX, Asa Shoul and Chris Reynolds, “The Crown” – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix
    • Daniel Racuhwerger, Stefano Pepin, Richard Stanbury, Raphael Hamm and Ian Fellows, “Silo” – AMC Studios / Apple TV+
    • Tim Crosbie, Caimin Bourne, Jet Omoshebi, Dan Weir, Cinesite and David Stephens, “The Witcher” – Netflix Original Series / Netflix

    Titles and Graphic Identity

    • Dan May, James Coore, Painting Practice and Realtime Visualisation — “Doctor Who” (“Wild Blue Yonder”) – Bad Wolf, BBC Studios Productions – BBC One
    • Peter Anderson Studio, “Good Omens” – BBC Studios, Narrativia, The Blank Corporation / Prime Video
    • Studio AKA, “Queen Charlotte” – Shondalandmedia / Netflix
    • Tamsin McGee, Ben Hanbury, Hugo Moss and Paul McDonnell, “Wilderness” – Firebird Pictures, Amazon Studios UK, Nomadic Pictures / Prime Video

    Writer — Comedy

    • Jack Rooke, “Big Boys” – Roughcut Television / Channel 4
    • Jamie Demetriou, “A Whole Lifetime With Jamie Demetriou” – BBC Studios Productions Comedy, Guilty Party Pictures / Netflix
    • Kat Sadler, “Such Brave Girls” – Various Artists Limited / BBC Three
    • Mawaan Rizwan, “Juice” – Various Artists Limited / BBC Three

    Writer — Drama

    • Charlie Brooker and Bisha K Ali, “Demon 79” (“Black Mirror”) – Broke & Bones / Netflix
    • Jesse Armstrong, “Succession” – Project Zeus, Hyberobject Industries, Gary Sanchez Productions, Hot Seat Productions, HBO / Sky Atlantic
    • Sally Wainwright, “Happy Valley” – Lookout Point, AMC / BBC One
    • Sarah Phelps, “The Sixth Commandment” – Wild Mercury Productions, True Vision / BBC One

     

  3. 8 hours ago, Cashless Society said:

    I get the feeling that the new batch of members aren't at all concerned with the whole spread the wealth outlook. Also, where any of this year's nominees as hyped as EEAAO? Because hype can get you additional awards, deserved or otherwise. 

    I've been waiting to write of the BAFTAs as a precursor ever since they announced that the winners are determined by a small select jury. Last year seemed like the start of it and yet somehow they bounced back.

    True. Voting body is significantly different from 10 years ago. They added circa 4-5 thousand members and significantly changed the demographics (IIRC, in 2014. 97% of Academy was white, aged 65+). There is a reason why we call them dinosaurs. 

    Yeah, it seems the old "spread the wealth" doesn't work. That said. it should be noted that 8 out of 10 Best Picture nominees got at least one Oscar. Five movies divided 8 above-the-line categories. We have three foreign-language movies, three movies directed by women in Best Picture ten. Another thing - it's a generational thing. "Oscar movie" as we define it these days was coined during 2000s and 2010s, as well as "Oscar bait". However, we see Oscar bait failing - best example: Maestro. Simply, the new generation, the new Academy and by default - the new Oscar movie. 

    Yeah, OPPENHEIMER didn't win anything they weren't 100% predicted to win. Which means that even love for Oppy had its limits. Oppy wasn't as big as EEAAO in terms of award hype, despite two movies accumulating rather similar tally of awards. 

    As for BAFTA, no precursor, despite its name, serves to tell us who will win the Oscar. That's not their mission, despite public, peers and critics looking at them that way. I would argue that every award-giving body wants to have great overlap with the Oscars as it makes it "the most important". BAFTA was a separate universe last year, but this year it's like they made a point to prove their relevance. That said, it should be noted that Nolan is British, Murphy is Irish, POOR THINGS and THE ZONE OF INTEREST are British movies and ANATOMY OF A FALL is French movie, and those always bode well at BAFTA. So, this year may be that BAFTA members were more connected with movies in contention. We'll see the next one. But BAFTA is known to do its own thing from time to time. 

  4. 3 minutes ago, Ran said:

    Who won last year, I wonder? Nothing Christ-like about it. To win, you need to carry your movie, and when you are in less than a third of a film, much of it as a passive figure, you've got a big obstacle to arguing that you are carrying the movie.

    Well, EEAAO is a Second Coming in terms of awards, as it is the most-awarded movie in history. 

    I will argue that Lily is a heart and soul of Killers of the Flower Moon. She may not be in it for the most part, but her scenes, her narrative makes such impression that this movie feels undoubtedly hers. But, that's just my impression of it.

    5 minutes ago, Ran said:

    Above and beyond that, as you allude, Scorsese is repeatedly overlooked -- the Academy takes him for granted. Being the best actress in a Scorsese film is basically already entering with a strong handicap, not counting everything else against you. And then there's the argument from some that there was some category fraud, that she should have gone for Supporting Actress instead... though frankly Da'vine Joy Randolph simply had a meatier role and a better performance, so I wouldn't have expected Gladstone to win there, either. 

    I mean, throughout his career, Scorsese directed five Oscar-winning performances. Three male, two female. Yes, he makes male-centric movies, but he also knows how to direct a female actor into an Oscar winning role. 

    Lily had multiple handicaps, that is undeniable. For the reasons I stated, I don't think she belonged in Supporting Category. When we talk about category fraud, it is moving from more difficult to less difficult field. Like Alicia Vikander did in 2015. You can't claim Lily/the production committed category fraud because she entered the race from a disadvantaged position.

    7 minutes ago, Veltigar said:

    That's the trouble with these things always, you cannot compensate one "undeserved" win with another in my opinion. It just creates a domino effect. Think of all the creatives who got an award just because they never previously earned one (in this year's Oscars, you had Christopher Nolan and RDJ in that category) and had a passable entry in the competition.

    That is true. However, I wouldn't call either Emma, Lily or even Sandra undeserving, each being absolutely brilliant in their respective movies. The meritocracy argument is a code word for  "that's my favorite performance". And these things are profoundly subjective so we can't speak in exact terms here.

    Career Oscar narratives is the oldest trick in the game. That's how we god Julianne Moore over Rosamund Pike in 2014, Laura Dern, Jamie Lee Curtis and yes... Robert Downey Jr. 

    11 minutes ago, Veltigar said:

    These wins screw other people out of awards that will then at one point will have to screw other people out of awards for their career Oscar. For example Mark Ruffalo and Ryan Gosling have both been nominated several times and are quite popular, chances are they'll shank someone in the coming years who might have been a more deserving winner.

    This year was disastrous in Supporting acting categories. I can easily make two lineups with completely different actors and actresses that would be superior to the ones we got. The one that hurts me the most is Charles Melton, as he managed to be in a movie with Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore, doing all that ACTING, and he managed to steal the show. For me, the best Supporting performance of the year.

    13 minutes ago, Veltigar said:

    I can't comment on the fact that Stone was an undeserved winner on her first turn (I haven't seen many of the other films that had female leads nominated in the year of La La Land), but this year I thought she gave far and away the best performance out of all nominated thespians (including the male performers I might add, if this was a unified category, she would have smoked Cillian Murphy on merit).

    She was against Isabelle Huppert in "Elle" and Natalie Portman in "Jackie". Not mentioning not-nominated Amy Adams for "Arrival".

    Yeah, there is no doubt that one can make "she was the best" across the field, even if we expand it to make performers. Cillian won because he carried our such difficult movie and turned it into a glorious success. But Emma did something far riskier, far unconventional... This was potentially career-ending performance, and she nailed i, beyond any doubt. I am really not saying she is undeserving. Not at all. 

    17 minutes ago, Veltigar said:

    So it's a shame for Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon and Native American representation in general, but I can place it because at least she didn't lose to an RDJ-in-Oppenheimer-type of performance.

    True... I mean, I am just sad a bit today... Will be fine tomorrow :D But, yeah... At least Lily didn't lose to something like JLC or RDJ.

  5. Infused myself with some coffee and now I have a break... Time to recapitulate

    So, 17/23. Not great, not terrible. Allowed myself into thinking too much about Academy and how they vote and opted for Spiderverse instead of "The Boy and the Heron". Expected to see some spreading the wealth in Costume, Production and MakeUp and POOR THINGS just swept like they did in BAFTA. And the one that really stings is Sound when I went with OPPENHEIMER instead of rightful winner and probably the most inspiring choice of the night - THE ZONE OF INTEREST. Last mistake was Gladstone over Stone, but that was a tossup.

    So... OPPENHEIMER did a bare minimum. This is not exactly a sweep, given they won 7 Oscars out of 13 nominations. POOR THINGS was obviously second, given Actress + tech combo. OPPENHEIMER didn't win anything it wasn't supposed to win, like Screenplay and Sound, which really shows that even that love had its limits. 

    ANATOMY OF A FALL won big - Original Screenplay. Justine Triet certainly took her vengeance on French Oscar committee - she has won trifecta (movie, directing, screenplay) at European Film Awards, Cesar Awards and won in screenplay categories at both BAFTA and Oscars. This will be one of the greatest embarrassments of French Oscar committee for quite some time.

    Inspiring wins for Miyazaki's "The Boy and the Heron" and Sound for "The Zone of Interest". Probably international bloc had a huge impact here and I am thrilled about it. Despite being wrong in my prediction :D

    It really seems that Academy spread the wealth rater nicely this year, unlike the last year. Eight out of ten nominated movies went with at least one award, with PAST LIVES and MAESTRO going home empty-handed. Huge departure from last year when EEAAO went 6/8 above-the-line and Women Talking winning Adaoted Screenplay. This year, we had 5 movies winning in eight above-the-line categories. Honestly, this year's set of winners - far superior than last year's. 

    And now acting categories... No surprises with Randolph, Downey and Murphy. Not a hater of RDJ, but I think it's good we'll finally stop seeing him for some time. As for Best Lead Actress, can't say Emma was undeserving but this really reinstate the idea that POC actress needs a Second Coming of Christ to win an Oscar in this category. And please spare me the speech of meritocracy as I can easily name 10 white women who undeservedly won, including Emma (her first Oscar). And that is just in the last 15 years. Undoubtedly, Emma is worthy winner, she was absolutely brilliant. And yes, she was rather courageous in doing Bella, so one can't complain here. And I am not, just being sad for Lily, who really had absolutely amazing performance. Never mind me, just licking my wounds... :D Even I know Emma is more than deserving winner. 

    As for ceremony, my god was Kimmel awful. Some of the bits were funny - like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton and Emily Blunt and Ryan Gosling. Not sure about John Cena. And "I'm Just Ken" was absolutely smashing. That was probably one of the best Oscar performances in recent history. 

    Scorsese went 0 out of 10 for the third time. Truly unbelievable. Another one bites the dust :D 

    And forgot... In terms of relevance for Oscar predicting, BAFTA returned with a vengeance. After going 0 out of 8 in above-the-line categories, this year the overlap between BAFTA and Oscars is almost 100%. I think they only differ in Visual Effects - BAFTA giving it to POOR THINGS, Oscars to GODZILLA MINUS ONE. BAFTA matters people. Never doubt the Brits. 

  6. Best Lead Actor

    • Bradley Cooper, “Maestro”
    • Colman Domingo, “Rustin”
    • Paul Giamatti, “The Holdovers”
    • Cillian Murphy, “Oppenheimer”
    • Jeffrey Wright, “American Fiction”

    Best Director

    • Justine Triet, “Anatomy of a Fall”
    • Martin Scorsese, “Killers of the Flower Moon”
    • Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer”
    • Yorgos Lanthimos, “Poor Things”
    • Jonathan Glazer, “The Zone of Interest”

    Best Lead Actress

    • Annette Bening, “Nyad”
    • Lily Gladstone, “Killers of the Flower Moon”
    • Sandra Hüller, “Anatomy of a Fall”
    • Carey Mulligan, “Maestro”
    • Emma Stone, “Poor Things”
  7. Best Sound

    • “The Creator”
    • “Maestro”
    • “Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One”
    • “Oppenheimer”
    • “The Zone of Interest”

    Best Original Score

    • “American Fiction”
    • “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”
    • “Killers of the Flower Moon”
    • “Oppenheimer”
    • “Poor Things”

    Best Original Song

    • “The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot”
    • “I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie”
    • “It Never Went Away” from “American Symphony”
    • “Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People),” “Killers of the Flower Moon”
    • “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie”
  8. Best Documentary Short

    • “The ABCs of Book Banning”
    • “The Barber of Little Rock”
    • “Island In Between”
    • “The Last Repair Shop”
    • “Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó”

    Best Documentary Feature

    • “Bobi Wine: The People’s President”
    • “The Eternal Memory”
    • “Four Daughters”
    • “To Kill a Tiger”
    • “20 Days in Mariupol”

    Best Cinematography

    • “El Conde”
    • “Killers of the Flower Moon”
    • “Maestro”
    • “Oppenheimer”
    • “Poor Things”

    Best Live-Action Short

    • “The After”
    • “Invincible”
    • “Knight of Fortune”
    • “Red, White and Blue”
    • “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”
  9. Best Supporting Actor

    • Sterling K. Brown, “American Fiction”
    • Robert De Niro, “Killers of the Flower Moon”
    • Robert Downey Jr., “Oppenheimer”
    • Ryan Gosling, “Barbie”
    • Mark Ruffalo, “Poor Things”

    Best Visual Effects

    • “The Creator”
    • “Godzilla Minus One”
    • “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”
    • “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One”
    • “Napoleon”

    Best Film Editing

    • “Anatomy of a Fall”
    • “The Holdovers”
    • “Killers of the Flower Moon”
    • “Oppenheimer”
    • “Poor Things”
  10. Best Makeup & Hairstyling

    • “Golda”
    • “Maestro”
    • “Oppenheimer”
    • “Poor Things”
    • “Society of the Snow”

    Best Production Design

    • “Barbie”
    • “Killers of the Flower Moon”
    • “Napoleon”
    • “Oppenheimer”
    • “Poor Things”

    Best Costume Design

    • “Barbie”  
    • “Killers of the Flower Moon”  
    • “Napoleon” 
    • “Oppenheimer” 
    • “Poor Things”
  11. Best Animated Short

    • “Letter to a Pig”
    • “Ninety-Five Senses”
    • “Our Uniform”
    • “Pachyderme”
    • “War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko”

    Best Animated Feature

    • “The Boy and the Heron”
    • “Elemental”
    • “Nimona”
    • “Robot Dreams”
    • “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”
  12. Current running order for tonight’s Oscars

     

    Spoiler
    • Supporting Actress
    • Animated Short
    • Animated Film
    • Original Screenplay
    • Adapted Screenplay
    • Makeup & Hair
    • Production Design
    • Costume Design
    • International Film
    • Supporting Actor
    • Visual Effects
    • Editing
    • Documentary Short
    • Documentary
    • Cinematography
    • Live-Action Short
    • Sound
    • Original Score
    • Original Song
    • Lead Actor
    • Director
    • Lead Actress
    • Picture

     

     

  13. FYI: Oscars start earlier this year!

    The ceremony begins at 04:00 pm PST / 07:00 pm EST

    For European users: 11:00pm GMT/ 00:00am CET

    HOST: Jimmy Kimmel

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCES:

    Spoiler

    Each of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed during this year's ceremony. The songs and performers are as follows (in alphabetical order by song title):

    • "The Fire Inside" from Flamin' Hot
      • Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
      • Performed by Becky G
    • "I'm Just Ken" from Barbie
      • Music and Lyric by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt
      • Performed by Ryan Gosling and Mark Ronson
    • "It Never Went Away" from American Symphony
      • Music and Lyric by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson
      • Performed by Jon Batiste
    • "Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)" from Killers of the Flower Moon
      • Music and Lyric by Scott George
      • Performed by Scott George and the Osage Singers
    • "What Was I Made For?" from Barbie
      • Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell
      • Performed by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell

    PRESENTERS:

    Spoiler

    Mahershala Ali
    Bad Bunny
    Emily Blunt
    Nicolas Cage
    Jamie Lee Curtis
    Cynthia Erivo
    America Ferrera
    Sally Field
    Brendan Fraser
    Ryan Gosling
    Ariana Grande
    Chris Hemsworth
    Ben Kingsley
    Dwayne Johnson
    Michael Keaton
    Regina King
    Jessica Lange
    Jennifer Lawrence
    Melissa McCarthy
    Matthew McConaughey
    Kate McKinnon
    Rita Moreno
    John Mulaney
    Lupita Nyong’o
    Catherine O’Hara
    Al Pacino
    Michelle Pfeiffer
    Ke Huy Quan
    Issa Rae
    Tim Robbins
    Sam Rockwell
    Octavia Spencer
    Steven Spielberg
    Mary Steenburgen
    Anya Taylor-Joy
    Charlize Theron
    Christoph Waltz
    Forest Whitaker
    Michelle Yeoh
    Ramy Youssef
    Zendaya

    WHERE TO WATCH?

    International viewers can consult this list to find out where to watch the Oscars around the world.

  14. 1 hour ago, Cashless Society said:

    But Cannes has proven to be the most significant this decade (Parasite, Drive My Car, Triangle of Sadness and now Anatomy of a Fall).

    Actually no, That title still goes to Venice. 

    • 2023 - Poor Things, Maestro, El Conde, Io Capitano, Society of the Snow
    • 2022 - The Banshees of Inisherin, TAR, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Blonde, The Whale, Living
    • 2021 - Power of the Dog, Spencer, Parallel Mothers, Dune
    • 2020 - Nomadland, Pieces of a Woman

    Nomadland and Poor Things won Golden Lions in their respective years. Nomadland won Best Picture, PT got 11 nominations

    Vanessa Kirby, Penelope Cruz and Cate Blanchett all won Volpi Cup - all nominated for Oscar

    All the Beauty and the Bloodshed - also won Golden Lion, nominated for Best Documentary

    Venice is far more appealing to English-speaking producers who intend to engage in Oscar race, simply because of the calendar. It is the perfect place to kickstart the Oscar campaign. And the list of winners is usually nominated and even win Oscar in respected categories.

    Cannes is more internationally oriented (not that Venice isn't). Plus it is in May, so it is very hard to keep the momentum. Not that it doesn't happen, it is still one of the biggest, if not the biggest festival in the world. 

     

  15. The 2024 Asian Film Awards - Winners

    Spoiler

    Best Film

    • “12.12: The Day” (South Korea)
    • “Evil Does Not Exist” (Japan)
    • “Paradise” (Sri Lanka, India)
    • “Perfect Days” (Japan)
    • “Snow Leopard” (China)

    Best Director

    • KIM Sung-soo for “12.12: The Day” (South Korea)
    • GU Xiaogang for “Dwelling by the West Lake” (China)
    • HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke for “Evil Does Not Exist” (Japan)
    • KORE-EDA Hirokazu for “Monster” (Japan)
    • Prasanna VITHANAGE for “Paradise” (Sri Lanka, India)

    Best New Director

    • Khagvadulam PUREV-OCHIR for “City of Wind” (France, Mongolia, Portugal, Netherlands, Qatar, Germany)
    • PHAM THIEN An for “Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell” (Vietnam, Singapore, France, Spain)
    • Dominic SANGMA for “Rapture” (India, China, Switzerland, Qatar, Netherlands)
    • Amanda Nell EU for “Tiger Stripes” (Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Germany, Netherlands, Indonesia, Qatar)
    • Nick CHEUK for “Time Still Turns the Pages” (Hong Kong)

    Best Actor

    • HWANG Jung-min in “12.12: The Day” (South Korea)
    • WU Kang-Ren in “Abang Adik” (Malaysia)
    • SHEN Teng in “Full River Red” (China)
    • YAKUSHO Koji in “Perfect Days” (Japan)
    • Tony LEUNG Chiu Wai in “The Goldfinger” (Hong Kong, China)

    Best Actress

    • JIANG Qinqin in “Dwelling by the West Lake” (China)
    • JUNG Yu-mi in “Sleep” (South Korea)
    • ZHOU Dongyu in “The Breaking Ice” (China, Singapore)
    • Audrey LIN in “Trouble Girl” (Taiwan)
    • KIKUCHI Rinko in “658km Yoko” (Japan)

    Best Supporting Actor

    • PARK Hoon in “12.12: The Day” (South Korea)
    • Jack TAN in “Abang Adik” (Malaysia)
    • NAKAMURA Shido in “Kubi” (Japan)
    • PARK Jung-min in “Smugglers” (South Korea)
    • Sean WONG in “Time Still Turns the Pages” (Hong Kong)

    Best Supporting Actress

    • HAMABE Minami in “Godzilla Minus One” (Japan)
    • Rachel LEUNG in “In Broad Daylight” (Hong Kong)
    • TSUTSUI Mariko in “Last Shadow at First Light” (Singapore, Japan, Slovenia, The Philippines, Indonesia)
    • GO Min-si in “Smugglers” (South Korea)
    • WAN Fang in “Snow in Midsummer” (Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore)

    Best Newcomer

    • Tergel Bold-Erdene in “City of Wind” (Mongolia, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Qatar, Germany)
    • Awat RATANAPINTHA in “Doi Boy” (Thailand, Cambodia)
    • Yoyo TSE in “Fly Me to the Moon” (Hong Kong)
    • WANG Yibo in “Hidden Blade” (China)
    • SHIRATA Mihaya in “Last Shadow at First Light” (Singapore, Japan, Slovenia, The Philippines, Indonesia)

    Best Screenplay

    • HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke for “Evil Does Not Exist” (Japan)
    • SAKAMOTO Yuji for “Monster”
    • Prasanna VITHANAGE and Anushka SENANAYAKE for “Paradise” (Sri Lanka, India)
    • Jason YU for “Sleep” (South Korea)
    • Pema Tseden for “Snow Leopard” (China)

    Best Editing

    • KIM Sang-bum for “12.12: The Day” (South Korea)
    • HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke, and YAMAZAKI Azusa for “Evil Does Not Exist” (Japan)
    • Matthieu LACLAU for “Only the River Flows” (China)
    • A. Sreekar PRASAD for “Paradise” (Sri Lanka, India)
    • Nick CHEUK, Keith CHAN Hiu Chun for “Time Still Turns the Pages” (Hong Kong)

    Best Cinematography

    • LEE Mo-gae for “12.12: The Day” (South Korea)
    • KITAGAWA Yoshio for “Evil Does Not Exist” (Japan)
    • CHENGMA Zhiyuan for “Only the River Flows” (China)
    • Azamat DULATOV for “Qas” (Kazakhstan)
    • Matthias DELVAUX for “Snow Leopard” (China)

    Best Original Music

    • UMEBAYASHI Shigeru for “Dwelling by the West Lake” (China)
    • ISHIBASHI Eiko for “Evil Does Not Exist” (Japan)
    • Akmaral MERGEN for “Qas” (Kazakhstan)
    • Anon Ch Momin for “Rapture” (India, China, Switzerland, Qatar, Netherlands)
    • LEE Dong-june for “1947 Road to Boston” (South Korea)

    Best Costume Design

    • Tim YIP for “Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms” (China)
    • KUROSAWA Kazuko for “Kubi” (Japan)
    • YOON Jung-hee for “Smugglers” (South Korea)
    • Elaine NG for “Snow in Midsummer” (Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore)
    • MAN Lim Chung for “The Goldfinger” (Hong Kong, China)

    Best Production Design

    • CHO Hwa-sung for “Concrete Utopia” (South Korea)
    • MITSUMATSU Keiko for “Monster” (Japan)
    • ZHANG Menglun for “Only the River Flows” (China)
    • Daktse Drundrup for “Snow Leopard” (China)
    • Eric LAM for “The Goldfinger” (Hong Kong, China)

    Best Visual Effects

    • EUN Jae-hyun for “Concrete Utopia” (South Korea)
    • Douglas Hans SMITH for “Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms” (China)
    • YAMAZAKI Takashi, SHIBUYA Kiyoko, TAKAHASHI Masaki, NOJIMA Tatsuji for “Godzilla Minus One” (Japan)
    • JIN Jong-Hyun for “The Moon” (South Korea)
    • Allen WEI, Ahdee CHIU, DING Yanlai, Eric XU for “The Wandering Earth II” (China)

    Best Sound

    • KIM Hyun-sang for “Concrete Utopia” (South Korea)
    • YANG Jiang, ZHAO Nan for “Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms” (China)
    • INOUE Natsuko for “Godzilla Minus One” (Japan)
    • Vuong Gia Bao, Xander TOH for “Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell” (Vietnam, Singapore, France, Spain)
    • TU Duu-Chih, WU Shu-Yao for “Snow in Midsummer” (Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore)

    AFA Next Generation Award

    • ZHAO Liying, actor (China)

    Excellence in Asian Cinema

    • LEE Young-ae, actor (Korea) and SUZUKI Ryuhei, actor (Japan)

    Asia Rising Star Award:

    • Win Metawin, actor (Thailand)

    Highest Grossing Asian Film: “Full River Red” dir. ZHANG Yimou (China)

    Lifetime Achievement Award: ZHANG Yimou, director (China)

     

  16. PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED DIRECTORS AND THEIR MOVIES AT THE OSCARS

     

    Martin Scorsese's movies at the Oscars (movies he has directed) - 10 nominations, 1 win in Directing

    • Killers of the Flower Moon: 10 nominations
    • The Irishman: 10 nominations
    • Silence: 1 nomination
    • The Wolf of Wall Street: 5 nominations
    • Hugo: 11 nominations, 5 wins
    • The Departed: 5 nominations, 4 wins, including Best Film and Best Director
    • The Aviator: 11 nominations, 5 wins, including Cate Blanchett for Best Supporting Actress
    • Gangs of New York: 10 nominations
    • Kundun: 4 nominations
    • Casino: 1 nomination
    • The Age of Innocence: 5 nominations, 1 win
    • Cape Fear: 2 nominations
    • Goodfellas: 6 nominations, 1 win - Joe Pesci for Best Supporting Actor
    • The Last Temptation of Christ: 1 nomination
    • The Color of Money: 4 nominations, 1 win - Paul Newman for Best Lead Actor
    • Raging Bull: 8 nominations, 2 wins, including Robert De Niro for Best Lead Actor
    • Taxi Driver: 4 nominations
    • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore: 3 nominations, 1 win - Ellen Burstyn for Best Lead Actress

    Christopher Nolan's movies at the Oscars (movies he has directed) - 2 nominations for Directing

    • Oppenheimer: 13 nominations
    • Tenet: 2 nominations, 1 win
    • Dunkirk: 8 nominations, 3 wins
    • Interstellar: 5 nominations, 1 win
    • Inception: 8 nominations, 4 wins
    • The Dark Knight: 8 nominations, 2 wins, including Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor
    • The Prestige: 2 nominations
    • Batman Begins: 1 nomination
    • Memento: 2 nominations

    Yorgos Lanthimos' movies at the Oscars (movies he has directed) - 2 nominations for Directing

    • Poor Things: 11 nominations
    • The Favourite: 10 nominations, 1 win - Olivia Colman for Best Lead Actress
    • The Lobster: 1 nomination
    • Dogtooth: 1 nomination

     

  17. My predictions

    BEST PICTURE

    • Will win: OPPENHEIMER
    • Personal choice: THE ZONE OF INTEREST
    • Shouldn't have been nominated: MAESTRO
    • Should have been nominated: MAY DECEMBER

    This is an easy one. Simply, OPPENHEIMER is undeniable. It cruised through award season unchallenged and I have listened to few interesting Twitter Spaces of people saying that OPPENHEIMER is seen as the closest one to win in first round of voting.

    BEST DIRECTOR

    • Will win: Christopher Nolan
    • Personal choice: Christopher Nolan
    • Shouldn't have been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: N/A

    This is one perfect lineup. It is Nolan's time and he has been undeniable all year long. Despite the controversy, I will say I wouldn't place Gerwig in my Top 5. Would opt for Celine Song, though. But, Internet didn't lament over her snub.

    BEST LEAD ACTRESS

    • Will win: Lily Gladstone
    • Personal choice: Lily Gladstone
    • Shouldn't have been nominated: Annette Bening 
    • Should have been nominated: Greta Lee

    I feel this is the only race we have. Gladstone and Stone have divided the field equally. Both are in Best Picture nominated movies, both did well with both critics and industry. I give Lily a slight advantage because she won at one place no one expected her to win - SAG-AFTRA. For a basic voting body that usually award loud, hammy performances (ahem, ahem, Jessica Chastain), this one was a huge win. With the support of Cate Blanchett (who practically said who she voted for 2 days before voting began), Kate Winslet and Spike Lee... Lily may have this in the bag. That said, it is very close. If she wins, she will be the first Native American woman to win in history, only third POC actress in this category. Lily will also be only the third actress to have won for Scorsese movie, after  Ellen Burstyn won Best Lead Actress for "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" in 1975 and above-mentioned Cate Blanchett for "The Aviator" in 2005.

    BEST LEAD ACTOR

    • Will win: Cillian Murphy
    • Personal choice: Cillian Murphy
    • Shouldn't have been nominated: Bradley Cooper
    • Should have been nominated: Teo Yoo, Andrew Scott

    After completing trifecta - Globe-Drama, BAFTA and SAG, this stopped being the race. Murphy is the face of the biggest movie, he was phenomenal and simply, people adore him. Paul Giamatti got CCA and Globe-Comedy, but that is pretty much that. 

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    • Will win: Da'Vine Joy Randolph
    • Personal choice: Da'Vine Joy Randolph
    • Shouldn't have been nominated: America Ferrera !!!
    • Should have been nominated: Julianne Moore, Penelope Cruz, Rosamund Pike, Claire Foy, Taraji P. Henson...

    Absolutely nothing to say. Da'Vine Joy Randolph has been the biggest sweeper since Patricia Arquette. Won every single award that could have been won. Oscar is hers. 

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    • Will win: Robert Downey Jr.
    • Personal choice: NOT NOMINATED - Charles Melton
    • Shouldn't have been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: Charles Melton, Dominic Sessa

    Another secured Oscar. Downey has won Globe, CCA, BAFTA and SAG. No one loses with that combo. It's his Oscar.

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    • Will win: American Fiction
    • Personal choice: American Fiction
    • Shouldn't have been nominated: Barbie (should be Original)
    • Should have been nominated: Killers of the Flower Moon, All of Us Strangers

    While AMERICAN FICTION has won major awards, including, most interestingly, BAFTA, I am still torn between it and OPPENHEIMER. When sweeps happen, there is always one or two categories caught in a sweep. Now, Blunt is not winning Best Supporting Actress, but OPPENHEIMER ay win Adapted Screenplay and/or Sound. Anonymous ballots also point in that direction. Predicting AMERICAN FICTION but wouldn't be surprised with OPPENHEIMER getting this too. 

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    • Will win: Anatomy of a Fall
    • Personal choice: Anatomy of a Fall, Past Lives
    • Shouldn't have been nominated: Maestro
    • Should have been nominated: Barbie (in this category)

    We didn't get WGA this year to give us more insight but Anatomy of a Fall made quite the impression and this may be their big win. Absolutely deserving, if you ask me. 

    BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

    • Will win: The Zone of Interest
    • Personal choice: The Zone of Interest, Society of the Snow
    • Shouldn't have been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: Anatomy of a Fall (ah, France...)

    THE ZONE OF INTEREST is winning this, undoubtedly. Unless there happens some Netflix sorcery with SOCIETY OF THE SNOW. How crazy is this system show us that ANATOMY OF A FALL has won almost all major awards for international movie in States. Despite THE TASTE OF THINGS being a great film, French committee is under lot of fire as European, French and American audiences made quite clear what they thing about ANATOMY snub. 

    BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

    • Will win: 20 Days in Mariupol
    • Personal choice: Four Daughters
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

    Not much to be discussed here. Ukraine has been a hot topic in Hollywood for the past few years. The movie is good and Academy wants to send a message that Ukraine has not been forgotten (despite their continuous rejection of Zelensky's pleas to appear and public shift of focus on Israeli genocide.)

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

    • Will win: Spider-man: Across the Spiderverse
    • Personal choice: The Boy and the Heron
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: N/A

    The insiders tell us that it is Spiderverse who will win at the end.  Simply, many don't even watch Japanese animation, plus Miyazaki doesn't care about award circuit, not participating in campaigning. The result is clear...

    BEST FILM EDITING

    • Will win: Oppenheimer
    • Personal choice: Oppenheimer
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: N/A

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    • Will win: Oppenheimer
    • Personal choice: Oppenheimer
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: N/A

    No races in Film Editing and Cinematography. These two Oscars have OPPENHEIMER already engraved. Really can't argue with this. 

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

    • Will win: Godzilla Minus One
    • Personal choice: The Creator
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: N/A

    I was so happy to have seen THE CREATOR nominated for Oscar. Nothing to be said here, Godzilla Minus One probably winning.

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

    • Will win: Poor Things/Barbie
    • Personal choice: Barbie
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: Saltburn

    I am torn about this one. Personally I would have voted for Barbie, because that whole movie is Production Design on full display. I see the argument for POOR THINGS winning. It will really depend how much Academy really loved one of these movies.

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN

    • Will win: Poor Things
    • Personal choice: Poor Things
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: Saltburn

    I loved POOR THINGS costumes more than I loved BARBIE. I think Academy is more inclined to awarding POOR THINGS given that their costumes are in line what Academy usually awards.

    BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

    • Will win: Poor Things/Maestro
    • Personal choice: Poor Things
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: Saltburn

    Now, this is a conundrum as both have some amazing makeup. Makeup usually goes with some acting category (like last year, THE WHALE winning Best Actor and Best Makeup). So, if Poor Things is winning 3 craft Oscars, it is not losing for Emma. And I am more sure it'll lose for Emma, plus there is BARBIE factor. So, basically POOR THINGS go for me anywhere between zero and 4-5 Oscars.

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG

    • Will win: "What Was I Made For?"
    • Personal choice: "What Was I Made For?"
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: "Can't Catch Me Now"

    This is one Oscar Barbie doesn't have to worry about. Both its songs are leading the pack. I am more inclined to Billie Eilish, but there is something in "I'm Just Ken" that I can see will draw a lot of voters. 

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

    • Will win: Oppenheimer
    • Personal choice: Oppenheimer
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: The Boy and the Heron

    Ludwig Göransson has this in the bag and I find it rather undeniable. žGöransson is already an Oscar winner (BLACK PANTHER) and I find his work absolutely amazing. Happy for this one!

    BEST SOUND

    • Will win: The Zone of Interest/Oppenheimer
    • Personal choice: The Zone of Interest
    • Should have not been nominated: N/A
    • Should have been nominated: N/A

    This one is a tossup for me. I know Academy will give The Zone of Interest Best International Feature, but the Sound is another thing. Score and Sound don't usually go together but they can if the movie is sweeping. It really all depends how popular is THE ZONE with Academy. Hoping for THE ZONE, wouldn't be surprised with OPPY.

     

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