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Emma Stone’s 10 Best Movies

Emma Stone

Emma Stone broke into films using her wit and comedic timing in films like Superbad, Zombieland and Easy A.  As she’s matured (and she’ll only turn 30 this year), Stone has shown she also has dramatic chops (The Help), the ability to do deep character work (Battle of the Sexes), amazing versatility (Maniac) and a talent for song and dance that won her an Oscar for La La Land.  Stone doesn’t work as much as other actresses of her generation, but following her Oscar success she is now the highest-paid actress in Hollywood and whatever projects lie in her future she has an almost unmatched power for someone her age in picking and choosing the films that will fill out her career’s filmography.

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Movie Review: The Revenant (2015) “Innaritu Makes an Unforgettable Western All His Own”

Leonardo Di Caprio, The Revenant

There’s little doubt that The Revenant is the odds-on favorite to capture 2016’s Best Picture Oscar (likely Director and Actor, as well).  Director Alejandro Inarritu’s take on the Western is unlike any film ever seen in the genre.  It’s stark, unsparingly brutal, unspeakably beautiful, impeccably acted, and is Inarritu’s finest direction to date.  In a film as stacked with perfect to near-perfect films, this one is the latter, but in any other year I would have no problem with it Best Picture (it’s actually #11 on my list; that’s how strong this year is).
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Trailer Time: Revenant Trailer #2 (2015) *I Already Died Once*

I thought Birdman was more an achievement in directing than a great motion picture (for which Alejandro Innaritu was rewarded with an Oscar), but these days Leonardo DiCaprio is on such a roll picking roles that I’m in on this.  The first trailer didn’t really reveal much about the plot, but this revenge story with DiCaprio vs. Hardy with gorgeous shots of the Old West as a backdrop, has me looking forward to seeing the full effort.  Revenant opens in limited release Christmas Day and wide January 6, 2016.

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT captures one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Trailer Time: Revenant Trailer #1 (2015) *Leonardo DiCaprio & Tom Hardy*

I thought Birdman was more an achievement in directing than a great motion picture (for which Alejandro Innaritu was rewarded with an Oscar), but these days Leonardo DiCaprio is on such a roll picking roles that I’m in on this.  Revenant opens in limited release Christmas Day and wide January 6, 2016.

Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT captures one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.

Leonardo DiCaptio, The Revenant

Complete List of Winners from the 2015 Oscars

Oscars

The annual Hollywood Mutual Admiration Society Extravaganza known as the Oscars was typical of the year it was rewarding: nothing dominated.  In a year with no clear cut Best Picture, the wealth was spread with Birdman winning Best Picture – overtaking early favorite Boyhood which won just one award- and leading the way with five Oscars (including three for Best Director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu) and Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel each taking three awards. In fact, each of the eight pictures nominated for Best Picture each one at least one Oscar.  In the absence of The Lego Movie, Big Hero 6 (which any other year would be a fantastic choice) took Best Animated Feature.  JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette finished their year-long awards sweep in the supporting categories for Whiplash and Boyhood, respectively.  In the top acting categories Eddie Redmayne won for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and Julianne Moore for playing an Alzheimer’s victim in Still Alice.

And the Oscar went to…

BEST PICTURE

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

ACTOR

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything

ACTRESS

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice

SUPPORTING ACTOR

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood

DIRECTOR

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Citizenfour

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FEATURE

Ida” (Poland)

ANIMATED FEATURE

Big Hero 6

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

COSTUME DESIGN

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Milena Canonero

FILM EDITING

“Whiplash,” Tom Cross

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

ORIGINAL SCORE

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat

ORIGINAL SONG

“Glory” from “Selma,” music and lyrics by Common and John Legend

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Adam Stockhausen (production design), Anna Pinnock (set decoration)

SOUND EDITING

American Sniper,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

SOUND MIXING

“Whiplash,” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

VISUAL EFFECTS

Interstellar,” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Feast”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

“The Phone Call”