Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites new members into its ranks, an honor extended to outstanding actors, directors, writers, composers, and others at all levels of the film production process. This year, a record-breaking 928 invitations were issued.
Game of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Heady (Cersei Lannister), and Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) received invites, as did Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, The Hate U Give) and Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings).
On the writing side, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was invited. Her screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them made her eligible where the film adaptations of her books did not.
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In the announcement, the Academy was eager to point out the increasing diversity of their membership. Members of the Academy get to vote for Oscar winners each year.
Okay, so I know the National Book Awards are basically the Oscars of book world (at least in the USA), but I decided to do my own Book-Oscar nominations to coincide with the real Oscar nominations because I like my own opinions better than other people’s and I have definitely read every single book on this list, yes siree, you betcha. Enjoy these opinions that are mine.
The only surprising thing about Call Me By Your Name‘s Oscar nominations is that there aren’t more of them. Tipped for at least six, the movie has been officially nominated in three categories: Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. Sufjan Stevens has also been nominated for Best Original Song, for ‘Mystery of Love.’
Timothée Chalamet is up against Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread, Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out, Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour and Denzel Washington for Roman J. Israel, Esq.
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James Ivory’s adaptation of the Call Me By Your Name screenplay, while definitely the most hyped of all the Best Adapted Screenplay nominees, has some tough competition from Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber for The Disaster Artist; Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green for Logan; Aaron Sorkin for Molly’s Game; and Virgil Williams and Dee Rees for Mudbound.
The adaptation of Deborah Ellis’s The Breadwinner is also nominated for Best Animated Feature. A great year for adaptations!
Check out Sufjan’s beautiful song and have yourself a celebratory weep.
Sam Shepard passed away Thursday due to complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Known primarily as a trailblazing surrealist playwright, Shepard pushed boundaries of what it means to live in America in plays like “True West” (1980) and “Fool for Love” (1983).
Shepard received the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Buried Child.” The play deconstructs the concept of the “American Dream” and the dissolution of the traditional nuclear family.
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Shepard was also familiar to moviegoers with roles in films like “The Right Stuff,” for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination in the Academy Awards. More recently, Shepard had a role in Netflix’s “Bloodline.”
Anne Hathaway made her film debut as the princess of Genovia in 2001’s “The Princess Diaries,” and Meg Cabot, the author of the books on which the movies are based, says a third film could be on the way.
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Per EW: “Cabot confirmed there’s interest in going forward with ‘Princess Diaries 3,’ ‘kind of as a tribute’ to [director Garry] Marshall — but cautioned she had not heard anything more about the film beyond that a script exists.” She goes on to say that Anne Hathaway had an idea for what the third movie might be about.
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“Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel,” the eleventh volume of Cabot’s “Princess Diaries” series, was released in 2015, but Cabot does not believe the third movie will follow the storyline of her series. They are “two different universes,” as she says. It makes sense since it has been about thirteen years since moviegoers last visited Genovia.
Since the first film’s release, Anne Hathaway has gone on to adapt several books into major films (“Nicholas Nickleby,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Alice in Wonderland”). Chief among them is “Les Miserables,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Hopefully, the hype delivers, and we’ll get to see Hathaway return to her homeland: Genovia.