Wednesday, October 23, 2019



Director: Steven Speilberg
Screenplay: Melissa Mathieson

Roger Ebert wrote a particularly memorable Great Movie review of Steven Spielberg's "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,"; he wrote it in the form of a letter to his two grandchildren, then ages four and seven, both of whom had watched the film for the first time, and he recorded their observations. That's actually really clever; he does get into other aspects of the movie, but "E.T...." for all-intensive purposes is a movie about kids and for kids. As an adult, even as a huge Spielberg fan, I honestly never think much of "E.T....".  My memories of the film are almost all as a kid myself. 

Being a little kid in the late eighties and early nineties meant that you watched your favorite films on videotape, all, day, long. Thank god my family owned a video store, so I was loaded as a kid, but, as all little kids do, we go back to our old favorites. Mickey and Donald, Bugs Bunny, Sylvester and Tweety… For full-length features, we had the Disney Classics. My favorite was “The Lady and the Tramp,” which I watched for the music and the famous spaghetti scene. I watched “101 Dalmatians” as well for Cruella De Vil. I had a copy of “Sleeping Beauty,” although I never watched it, the fight with the dragon was always too scary for me. (Also, it isn't any good to begin with; come at me!) I watched “Ruthless People,” which is by no means a Disney film, it’s a comedy with Danny DeVito and Bette Midler where she is kidnapped by people wearing Donald Duck masks, and DeVito, her husband, couldn’t be happier that she’s kidnapped. I watched that film a lot back then because I thought the Donald Duck masks were funny, although it does actually still hold up pretty well. 

I bring this up because I also watched “E.T....” quite a lot as a kid. I remember the top of the videotape, the part you pull down to check to see if the tape was tangled up, was green. That was different. It was also the only movie I watched which I didn’t have a box for, and I just used a clear plastic box for it, so it didn’t exactly stand out visually in my collection of animated films, and “Ruthless People.” But for the life of me, I can’t remember exactly what drew me so well to “E.T.” to where I’d watch it day in and day out hour upon hour. I have similar thoughts in regard to “The Wizard of Oz.” Yet, these are the films I hold in the highest esteem from my childhood. 

I don't know what separates those two, but I think it’s because as kids, there were certain parts of all the other videos we had that we liked, and were immediately attracted to. With “E.T.” and in a lesser way, “The Wizard of Oz,” it was the first time as kids we realize that it’s not the funny masks or the part where Daffy Duck sees the treasure and proclaims, “It’s mine, you understand, mine, mine, mine! Down, Down, Down! Go! Go! Go!” but the first time we realize that the film as a whole, watching it in it’s entirety for the journey, and the experience is what we watched the film for. 

Yet, I do think quite a bit about "The Wizard of Oz" as an adult; I don't honestly think much about "E.T....". I mean, what I do think of it, is mostly positive. I mean, I guess we all negatively reacted to Spielberg's re-cut version he released for the film's 20th Anniversary, which edited out some details, changed or altered a few lines and added some special effects details to E.T. himself, to make him be more visual as a facial character. Most were not in favor of these changes, and while I do think it's the filmmaker's prerogative, I do tend to agree. One of the details about E.T. was how mysterious he is, and I think making him seem more life-like, (Or, I guess alien) in hindsight, just feels wrong. 

There's also some of the more swarmy people out there who will bring up that "E.T...." shared several similarities with an unproduced Satayjit Ray script called "The Alien" that was apparently floating around Hollywood for awhile. (Shrugs) They're probably right, but even Ray didn't care enough about it to sue or anything, and it easily could've been mostly coincidental for all we know, and you know what, a great movie is a great movie no matter how it originally came about. If you're being inspired by Satayjit Ray, then you're probably on the right track to begin with....  

And "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" is a great movie. I think at times, it's just so obviously a great movie that it's hard to actually explain why. Well,- not really, I guess it's just really Spielberg to explain why it's such a great movie. Remember, we were still pretty new to his motifs in 1982, so I think it probably feels fresher to a kid, or to us back then, but nowadays, the lonely childlike protagonist, especially one with a secret and a broken home, that's fairly common for Spielberg nowadays, (And of course, it's equally reminiscent of his own youth and background) but prior to that, it was not a field he had mined out quite yet. He was also still a fairly young director who still had recall of his emotions and feelings of his recent. To some degree he still has it, it's why while other contemporaries of his seem-to-have mixed frustrations at best at the popularity of comic book movies these days (And for some reason we seem to care about that), Spielberg is more willing to dive into the youth culture even today with stuff like "Ready Player One". 

Trying to figure out exactly how to describe the movie, the story or the plot.... Part of it is just that it's almost unnecessary, I assume most of us know it pretty well. E.T., is a little alien, who's been accidentally left on Earth. He's discovered by a little kid, Elliott (Henry Thomas) who instinctively knows that he must somehow hide and protect E.T., until they can use their skills and the tools available to help E.T. find a way home. 

From here on, the rest of the review will basically be just descriptions of favorite scenes. There's some famous ones, like the the Reece’s Pieces that always got a laugh out of me, and of course the bicycles flying across the sun, escaping from the police. I know where they’re trick-or-treating and they fly across the moon is great too, it's the iconic image of Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment now, and of course it should be,... That really is the great iconic Spielberg shot and moment. A little boy and an alien, flying their bicycle across the moon. Spielberg's greatest skill is that he is able to take the classical ideas of cinema and then combine them with the modern technical tools of today.  It really represents the youthful imaginative spirit and the pure sophistication of Spielberg, all in one single idea. 

Of course, the ending always brings even the toughest old men to tears, where we see E.T. pointing to Elliott’s heart proclaiming, “I’ll be right here,” and the ending with the spaceship making a rainbow in the night sky, yes a blatant Biblical reference, but nobody cares about that part of it when they’re watching it. Of course, that scene would mean absolutely nothing without everything that came before it. 

Ebert also noted that his grandson could recognize when we were watching something through E.T.’s vision. I never noticed it before, but most of the film is either through E.T.’s point-of-view, or Elliott’s point-of-view. He hit the nail right on the head there; it's not necessarily the most difficult choice to make for this film, but it is the right choice, and I do believe that only the right filmmaker could do that this well. It works because Spielberg can best capture that idea of film; its how we saw the adventure in it, the camera was showing the situation the way we, as little kids, would view the situation. Little kids eyes are brand new, and we’re still learning how to use them, and E.T.’s in a similar position. 

My favorite scene expresses this the best too, it's when Elliott's sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) screams out the first time she saw E.T.. It's an iconic scene, but I love it because E.T. screams out in fear and shock as well. He was just as afraid and curious as we are as both of them discovered the new stimuli that neither of them has seen before. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

IS "THE MASKED SINGER" ACTUALLY GOOD? A mild defense of a reality show where celebrities sing dressed like Furries.

(Deep sigh)

I think I like “The Masked Singer”.

I know, I really, really shouldn’t…- shouldn’t I hate this? Well, ye-, well, yeah, there’s definitely parts of it that I don’t care for. I know it’s a joke of a show to most, and probably rightfully so, but I don’t know, it's one of the very few shows that I actually go out of my way to watch every week on network television now, and I kinda think it’s pretty entertaining show. It's not the greatest thing, but-eh, just hear me out on this one….

“The Masked Singer” I’m told, originated as a show in South Korea I believe, where it became a particularly big hit, and Fox then picked it up for air last season, and it’s basically been a punchline ever since.

Honestly, I get it, especially when you saw the first commercials, you’re watching a bunch of non-brand mascots singing and performing and we’re told the game is to figure out who’s the “Celebrity” under the mask. Look, I can see why it’s clearly FOX making a very desperate attempt to try to keep themselves relevant in the singing competition market. Their cash cow for years was “American Idol”, and when “The Voice” started to take their spot, and eventually “Idol” faded into obscurity before reemerging, barely, on ABC, FOX didn’t want to give up quite yet, and they’re already known for having a reputation of putting on anything, so yeah, “The Masked Singer”, why not take a flyer on this. This absurdist, strange parody of a singing competition? (Shrugs)

Look, I’m not making any declarations that it’s the best reality-competition show or anything- this isn’t great television by any standard, but I do think it’s worth defending and unlike some other really popular reality series, it actually deserves to be one the air. It’s surreal, it’s garish, it’s certainly distinctive, which is hard to do in what’s essentially just a singing competition. I mean, it’s arguably more of a showcase for the Costume Design then anything else, and to be fair, the bizarre furry costumes are actually pretty decent. Nick Cannon’s a solid enough host, the- well, I guess they’re not “Judges”, to me they're more of a “Panel” in the game show sense, cause basically all this is is essentially a weird, twisted version of “What’s My Line?” or “To Tell The Truth”. I mean, I don’t think Mark Goodson’s looking down at this legacy proudly, but it’s a fun little game. Instead of the panel wearing blindfolds, the celebrities are behind a mask, and you gotta figure out a celebrity. Frankly, I’ve been wanting a reboot of “What’s My Line?” for years now, because I think the show could be done well and be equally different and intriguing in today’s world. I mean, imagine all the different new jobs out there that people have that didn’t exist fifty or sixty years ago, not-to-mention all the several different kinds of celebrities out there. I mean, I’ll even admit on “The Masked Singer” that I don’t even bother trying to guess when it's a “Youtube Celebrity”, ‘cause the ones who are celebrities to me are apparently never the ones who I’d consider the most influential of “Influencers”, and I never hear of them until they get in trouble and then I look them up and I honestly can’t figure out why any of them were famous to begin with or why we’re now shocked they’re in trouble…-  sorry, that’s another rant.

And, I do like stuff that challenges your celebrity IQ in real ways though. One of my favorite teachers in High School was Mr. Akers; he taught English, and he was a laid-back, kinda sardonic professor. He was very intelligent though, and kinda broke down a lot of the high school bullshit pretty well, especially if you were a good student. I mean, I once told him a day in advance that I was going to be late on an assignment and he just said okay and let me turn it in two days later, ‘cause he knew I was doing it and learning and wouldn’t come at him with a BS excuse or anything, so he let it slide. (I was a good student, he let the smart ones get away with stuff.) Anyway, he did something that I absolutely loved. He would print out and cut out a bunch of names of famous people across every field or study you can think of, laminate them, and posted them randomly all over his walls; there was hundreds of them. Some more known then others, but essentially every major historical figure, scientific figure, pop culture icon, etc. etc. You can spend all day staring around the room looking at the names. Thomas Pynchon, next to George Carlin, next to Linus Pauling, next to Bono, above John Wayne, to the right of Rembrandt, next to Adam Smith, next to Steve Jobs, next to Mother Theresa next to Amerigo Vespucci, next to ALF, next to etc. etc. etc. etc. He would tell you that if you knew over 80% of the names on the wall then you should be smart enough to go to Harvard, and you’d get extra credit if you could bring in a picture of the guy and why he’s famous.

“The Masked Singer” is kind of an interesting modern test of this. It’s not just singers, so you can’t just judge on that. You have to try to recognize voices, try to figure out who it is based on their skill set and abilities, the clues, you also have to sorta figure out the limited, or extensive list of names that might perhaps do a show like this, and you kinda have to have a good and updated encyclopedia of names to draw upon, and even then, and even with some obvious clues, you could easily be fooled. All four panelists thought that one masked celebrity was a known professional singer before she took the mask off and it was Rumor Willis, a name that was never once guessed, mainly because, nobody knew she could sing that well. 

Talented people are talented, and you don’t always know what they’re truly capable of. And, you know what, that’s kind of an interesting dynamic as well, how talented we might consider somebody if we couldn’t see them. It’s not just a guessing game, it’s frankly a good analytical game that’s really based a lot around pop culture and really knowing it well, and even then…. Frankly, I like games like this when done normally, television has too over the years; why not some over-the-top absurdist, reality-inspired twist on this panel guessing game concept? 

That said, while I do enjoy the conceptual aspects of the show enough to buy in and watch regularly, I’m not overly crazy about the panel of experts they have. Like, it’s not a terrible group, but it is a bit of an uninspired group. You have Nicole Scherzinger, who’s (Shrugs) eh. Like, I guess she really must be a good hustler to keep getting work like this but I honestly have no real idea how she’s still famous. I mean, I know she’s a songwriter and was one of the Pussycat Dolls, but I-eh, I don’t know. Maybe she’s more influential behind-the-scenes or on social media or something. She’s fine though, not memorable. There’s Ken Jeong, who’s funny and obnoxious and yeah, he seems like he’s got a pretty solid knowledge base in pop culture and celebrity knowledge. I think he’s trying to be more entertaining then be an actual judge or panelist however; honestly, I can either take or leave him. I think he might be trying too hard. There’s Robin Thicke, which in theory is actually a pretty good choice for a panelist. It’s outside-the-box, and a bit odd since he’s probably the most famous person on there, but he’s been around Hollywood his whole life, so he has a very wide first-hand knowledge of celebrities from several different entertainment fields. He’s however been designated as the guy who takes this job too seriously and always has his notes out and his long lists of people and notes.... I don’t know, I feel like he got cast as the Dorothy Kilgallen of the group instead of the Arlene Francis of the group, and I don’t know, I think there’s better choices for that role then Thicke, and I think he can better if he was being more natural. (Speaking of modern-day Dorothy Kilgallen's, is Kennedy still around? What’s she been doing lately? [GOOGLE SEARCH] Of course, Fox Business Network. I guess I expected that, but,-eh I guess not anymore.... Alright, nevermind that train of thought)  

Then there’s (Frustrated sigh) Jenny McCarthy. Oh, I’m sorry, Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg, now. (I forgot she married Donnie; I guess it’s an improvement from dating Jim Carrey… [Shrugs])  I really should just hate this show because she’s on it. Look, as somebody with an autistic brother, her past stances on being the spokeswoman for not vaccinated your kids,- basically, she’s one of the few people in Hollywood who I would probably actually turn down working with, ‘cause of the some of the damage she’s done. I honestly cannot get over that, and I know there’s a lot of people in the industry and you’re not gonna agree with everybody on everything on a set of any kind, and I'm sure I've worked with people or will in the future who probably don't find her positions as objectionable as I do, and that's fair enough. I'm not gonna get into a personal political debate with others over her, but she was a spokeswoman, she was and might be still figurehead of that movement, and for that, she’s one of the few people who I personally will not be able to consciously get through any disagreements I may have with others while in the workplace.   

However, she does deserve her day in court as well, so I’m gonna give her a fair and equal evaluation of this latest career move of hers. That said, having grown up with her and followed her career from the beginnings ‘til now, it’s kinda just surreal to me that she’s still around, and I’m still watching her on TV. I know most of my readers are a little bit younger than me, they don’t remember that far back as her being almost as big a Playboy Playmate as Pamela Anderson was, or that she was the interview girl on “Singled Out”, opposite, Chris Hardwicke, who I’m actually more distressed is still around then her...-, but she’s had a weird, bizarre career, that’s probably worth much more analysis then I have time for, but here’s the thing, she’s not a terrible idea for a panelist on this show. 

She’s been around forever, been around several parts of Hollywood forever, she’s had a few different high-profile careers in different areas of the entertainment world. She has kinda done a little bit of everything. Oddly, taking out my personal bias, the part about her being a judge I really hate is that it actually restricts her from showing off some of her talents. I’ve gone back and watched a few of those old episodes of “Singled Out” when I can find them online, and as frustrating as this is to say, yes, she was really funny. Seriously, she really was a unique voice and personality that was actually much harder to replace then people realized at the time. Remember when we tried to replace her in pop culture with Cindy Margolis? No? Exactly! Like, to me, she would’ve been a pretty good candidate to be on this show, not somebody judging it, and I bet she would’ve killed it. Maybe not based on her singing skills, but she would’ve been entertaining. Here, she kinda just fades into the background with the rest of the judges;  her biggest strengths was always being able to interact with others around her; her personality and willingness to do most anything made her one of the most distinctive and memorable names of the mid-nineties. Perhaps she’d be a better host than Cannon, who’s good, but you can kinda tell he’s getting tired of this kind of gig and you can read this as a downgrade from “America’s Got Talent” in terms of career trajectory for him.

Actually, I can prove it to you, let me try searching for some old "Singled Out" reruns again, prove she was actually funny. (Searching YOUTUBE) I know they're hard to come by, but honestly she was...- wait, what the...-

They brought back "Singled Out". They actually brought back, "Singled Out"!? Honestly, I'm kinda shocked it took them this long. Next thing you know, VH-1 will bring back "The List". Or maybe MTV will do something really daring and bring back music videos. (Thank God, I've finally got the internet back permanently so I can find out about these things sooner.) Look, I'm not gonna go into a complete compare & contrast here, but just trust me on this one, the original version was better. The game isn't that different, although the differences do matter a bit, but just trust me, find original Jenny McCarthy episodes of the show and you'll be able to tell; it was much better back then. Just trust me on that. 

So, overall, as to "The Masked Singer", this isn’t my ideal group of modern panelists for this type of show. It’s not terrible or anything, but I feel that mostly this is a missed opportunity and it's the-, maybe not the weakest part of the show, but the part that might be the most detrimental to it. 

Admittedly, there’s not much more to the show and perhaps I haven’t given the greatest defense of it. Look, I’m trying to justify a lot of this, but if you want to just call this a “guilty pleasure” of mine, then sure, it’s a guilty pleasure compared to most of the stuff I watch regularly or recommend, but I do think there’s genuine intellectual stimulation and appeal here. I mean, for a show about a bunch of elaborately-dressed Furries performing in a singing competition, this could’ve been a lot worst, and frankly considering how bad and downright embarrassing this could’ve been, this isn’t bad at all. It’s just an odd and strange take on an identify-the-mystery-man type of game. You know what, it’s worth being on TV and it’s worth my time to watch it. 

BTW: I’m like 99% positive, the skeleton is Paul Shaffer. None of the judges guessed him yet, but, that’s- that’s gotta be Paul Shaffer, right?  

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


(DAVID enters and walks towards the podium at center stage and addresses the PRESS)

Good morning, and again, sorry we’re late.

(Muddled laughs from the Press)

Yes, we are doing, a very delayed, very, very delayed, One-Year-Later Awards this year. For those, who have forgotten, these will be the 2017 Year in Film, according to U.S. release dates. We are hopeful that in the future, we will get to these awards, somewhere closer to an appropriate time of the year, but first we have to finally get through this year. Here to announce the nominees, we’ve somehow managed to wake up and convince them to come here, two of the previous award’s winner, for Best Actress for “Jackie”, Natalie Portman and last year’s first ever winner for Best Character Voice-Over/Narration Voice-Over or Alternative Performance, Mark Rylance.

(NATALIE PORTMAN and MARK RYLANCE enter stage left and head to the podium. David shakes their hands as they approach and exits stage left as they take their place. Press applauds)

Thank you, All, and we’re gonna try to get this over with quickly.

The nominee for Best Original Song are….

(Slight pause. Nominees as they are announced appear on the huge TV screen behind the speakers.)

“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me By Your Name”, music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens, “Visions of Gideon, from “Call Me By Your Name”, music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens. “Captain Underpants Theme Song” from “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”, music and lyrics by Weird Al Yankovich, “Remember Me” from “Coco”, music and lyrics by Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopes, “You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way” from “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”, music and lyrics by Elvis Costello, “It A’int Fair” from “Detroit”, Music/Lyrics by Phonte Coleman, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, “The Pure and The Damned” from “Good Time”, music by Ronald Bronstein, Daniel Lopatin and Josh Safdie, Lyrics by Iggy Pop, “This is Me”,  from “The Greatest Showman” music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, “Truth to Power” from “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” music and lyrics by Ryan Tedder and T Bone Burnett, and “Tuff Love (Finale)” from “Patti Cake$”, music and lyrics by Jason Binnick and Geremy Jasper.

(The nominees for each category, after their announced are placed together on the TV screen behind the Speakers before they go into a new category.)

“Mystery of Love”-Call Me By Your Name-Music/Lyrics: Sufjan Stevens
“Visions of Gideon”-Call Me By Your Name-Music/Lyrics: Sufjan Stevens
“Captain Underpants Theme Song”-Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie-Music/Lyrics: Weird Al Yankovich
“Remember Me”-Coco-Music/Lyrics by Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way”-Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool-Music/Lyrics: Elvis Costello
“It Ain’t Fair”-Detroit-Music/Lyrics: Phonte Coleman, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter
“The Pure And The Damned”-Good Time-Music:Ronald Bronstein, Daniel Lopatin and Josh Safdie; Lyrics: Iggy Pop
“This Is Me”-The Greatest Showman-Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“Truth To Power”-An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power-Music/Lyrics: Ryan Tedder and T Bone Burnett
“Tuff Love (Finale)”-Patti Cake$-Music/Lyrics: Jason Binnick and Geremy Jasper

There are nine nominees, for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling. Individual nominees are determined by a Board of Directors-selected committee to investigate-to-determine individuals personal, creative and artistic impact towards the film project. The nominees are…-


“Battle of the Sexes”, Makeup by  Torsten Witte and Haruyo Sawada, Hairstyling by Frida S. Aradottir, and Rita Troy,  “Beauty and the Beast”, Makeup & Hairstyling by Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, Charlotte Hayward, Jacqueline Bhavnani,and Samantha Denyer, Makeup by Dave Elsey, Lou Elsey, “Darkest Hour”, Makeup and Hairstyling by Kazu Hiro, Lucy Sibbick, Ivana Primorac, Flora Moody, and Christine Whitney, Makeup by David Malinowski, Hair by, Diani Choi and Bob Kretschmer, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2”, Makeup by John Blake, Brian Sipe,Alexei Dmitiew, Jon Moore, Robin Pritchard, Vera Steimberg  Hair by Louisa V. Anthony, Tina Fabulic, Jules Holdren, Camille Friend, Vivian Baker, Cynthia Chapman, Mary Mastro, Justin Stafford, and Peter Tothpal, “I, Tonya”, Makeup by Deborah Lamia Denaver, Andre Freitas and Bill Myer, Hair by Mary Everett, Adruitha Lee and Heather Morris, “Mudbound”, Makeup by Angie Wells, Carla Brenholtz, and Emily Tatum, Hair by Lawrence Davis, and Dana Boisseau, “Phantom Thread”, Makeup and Hair by Ann Fenton, Makeup by Paul Engelen, Hair by Jon Henry Gordon, “The Shape of Water”, Makeup by Jordan Samuel, Mike Hill, Shane Mahan and Clayton Martinez Hair by Paula Fleet,  and “Wonder”. Makeup by Arjen Tuiten, Naomi Bakstad, Jean A. Black, Judy Chin, Megan Harkness, Michael Nickiforek,  Hair by Robert A. Pandini, Alisa Macmillan, Frida Aradottir, Aimee Macabeo, and Jasen Sica.

Battle of the Sexes-Makeup: Torsten Witte and Haruyo Sawada; Hair: Frida S. Aradottir and Rita Troy
Beauty and the Beast-Makeup/Hair: Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, Charlotte Hayward, Jacqueline Bhavnani, and Samantha Denyer; Makeup: Dave Elsey and Lou Elsey
Darkest Hour-Makeup/Hair: Kazu Hiro, Lucy Sibbick, Ivana Primorac, Flora Moody, and Christine Whitney, Makeup: David Malinowski; Hair: Diana Choi and Bob Kretschmer
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2-Makeup: John Blake, Brian Sipe, Alexei Dmitiew, Jon Moore, Robin Pritchard, and Vera Steimberg;  Hair: Louisa V. Anthony, Tina Fabulic, Jules Holdren, Camille Friend, Vivian Baker, Cynthia Chapman, Mary Mastro, Justin Stafford, and Peter Tothpal
I, Tonya-Makeup: Deborah Lamia Denaver, Andre Freitas and Bill Myer; Hair: Mary Everett, Adruitha Lee and Heather Morris
Mudbound-Makeup: Angie Wells, Carla Brenholtz, and Emily Tatum; Hair: Lawrence Davis, and Dana Boisseau
Phantom Thread-Makeup/Hair by Ann Fenton: Makeup: Paul Engelen, Hair: Jon Henry Gordon
The Shape of Water-Makeup: Jordan Samuel, Mike Hill, Shane Mahan and Clayton Martinez; Hair: Paula Fleet
Wonder-Makeup: Arjen Tuiten, Naomi Bakstad, Jean A. Black, Judy Chin, Megan Harkness and Michael Nickiforek, Hair: Robert A. Pandini, Alisa Macmillan, Frida Aradottir, Aimee Macabeo, and Jasen Sica.

For the third consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum, for the Award for Best Supporting Actor and the nominees are…

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  Armie Hammer-"Call Me By Your Name"                  Woody Harrelson-"Three Billboards Outside                                                                                                                                    Ebbing,  Missouri"

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       Paul Walter Hauser-"I, Tonya"                              Ethan Hawke-"Maudie" 

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  Richard Jenkins-"The Shape of Water"                      Barry Keoghan-"The Killing of a Sacred Deer"

Image result for jason mitchell mudbound Image result for will poulter, detroit 
     Jason Mitchell-"Mudbound"                                        Will Poulter-"Detroit" 

Image result for sam rockwell three billboards outside ebbing missouri Image result for bradley whitford get out 
     Sam Rockwell-"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,    Bradley Whitford-"Get Out"

Armie Hammer-“Call Me By Your Name”
Woody Harrelson-“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Paul Walter Hauser-“I, Tonya”
Ethan Hawke-“Maudie”
Richard Jenkins-“The Shape of Water”
Barry Keoghan-“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Jason Mitchell-“Mudbound”
Will Poulter-“Detroit”
Sam Rockwell-“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Bradley Whitford-“Get Out”

For the third consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum for the OYL Award for Best Supporting Actress, the nominees are…
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    Diamand Abou Abboud-"The Insult"                           Bridget Everett-"Patti Cake$"

Image result for allison janney, i, tonya Image result for dafne keen, logan
  Allison Janney-"I, Tonya"                                              Dafne Keen-"Logan"

Image result for nicole kidman the killing of a sacred deer Image result for lesley manville phantom thread 
    Nicole Kidman-"The Killing of a Sacred Deer"            Lesley Manville-"Phantom Thread" 

Image result for laurie metcalf, lady bird Image result for octavia spencer, the shape of water 
     Laurie Metcalf-"Lady Bird"                                     Octavia Spencer-"The Shape of Water"  

Image result for malic white, princess cyd Image result for Allison Williams Get Out
   Malic White-"Princess Cyd"                                        Allison Williams-"Get Out" 

Diamand Abou Abboud-“The Insult”
Bridget Everett-“Patti Cake$”
Allison Janney-“I, Tonya”
Dafne Keen-“Logan”
Nicole Kidman-“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Lesley Manville-“Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf-“Lady Bird"
Octavia Spencer-“The Shape of Water”
Malic White-"Princess Cyd"
Allison Williams-“Get Out”

For the fourth consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum for the category of Best Costume Design, and the nominees are…, “Battle of the Sexes”, costumes by Mary Zophres, “Beauty and the Beast”, costumes by Jacqueline Durran, “Darkest Hour”, costumes by Jacqueline Durran,  “I, Tonya”, costumes by Jennifer Johnson, “Lady Bird”, costumes by April Napier, “Personal Shopper”, costumes by Jurgen Doering, “Phantom Thread”, costumes by Mark Bridges, “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”, costumes by Donna Maloney,  The Shape of Water”, costumes by Luis Sequeira and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, costumes by Michael Kaplan.

Battle of the Sexes-Mary Zophres
Beauty and the Beast-Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour-Jacqueline Durran
I, Tonya-Jennifer Johnson
Lady Bird-April Napier
Personal Shopper-Jurgen Doering
Phantom Thread-Mark Bridges
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women-Donna Maloney
The Shape of Water-Luis Sequeira
Star Wars: The Last Jedi-Michael Kaplan

For the second consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum in the category of Best Production Design. The nominees are:


“Beauty and the Beast”, Production Design by Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration by Katie Spencer, “Blade Runner 2049”, Production Design by Dennis Gassner, Set Decoration by Alessandra Querzola and Zsuzsi Sipos, “Dave Made a Maze”, production design by Trisha Gum and John Sumner, Art Direction by Jeff White, “Dunkirk”, production design by Nathan Crowley, set decoration by Emmanuel Delis and Gary Fettis, “Lady MacBeth”, production design by Jacqueline Abrahams, Art Direction by Thalia Ecclestone, “Maudie”, production design by John Hand, set decoration by Dara hand, “Phantom Thread”, production design by Mark Tildesley, set decoration by Veronique Melery,  “The Post”, production design on Rick Carter, set decoration by Rena DeAngelo, “The Shape of Water”, production design by Paul D. Austerberry, Set Decoration by Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau,  and “The Square”, production design by Josefin Asberg.

Beauty and the Beast-Pro.: Sarah Greenwood; Set: Katie Spencer
Blade Runner 2049-Pro.: Dennis Gassner; Set: Alessandra Querzola and Zsuzsi Sipos
Dave Made a Maze-Pro.: Trisha Gum and John Sumner; Art: Jeff White
Dunkirk-Pro.: Nathan Crowley; Set: Emmanuel Delis and Gary Fettis
Lady MacBeth-Pro.: Jacqueline Abrahams; Art: Thalia Ecclestone
Maudie-Pro.: John Hand; Set: Dara Hand
Phantom Thread-Pro.: Mark Tildesley; Set: Veronique Melery
The Post-Pro.: Rick Carter; Set: Rena DeAngelo
The Shape of Water-Pro.: Paul D. Austerberry; Set: Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau
The Square-Pro.: Josefin Asberg

For the fourth consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum, in the category of Best
Editing, and the nominees are:


For “Baby Driver”, Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss, for “Cries from Syria”, Aaron I. Butler, for “Dawson City: Frozen Time”, Bill Morrison, for “Detroit”, William Goldenberg and Harry Yoon, for “Dunkirk” Lee Smith, for “Get Out”, Gregory Plotkin, for “I, Tonya”, Tatiana S. Riegel, for “Logan”, Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt, for “Phantom Thread”, Dylan Tichenor,  and for “The Shape of Water”, Sidney Wolinsky.

Baby Driver-Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss
Cries from Syria-Aaron I. Butler
Dawson City: Frozen Time-Bill Morrison
Detroit-William Goldenberg and Harry Yoon
Dunkirk-Lee Smith
Get Out-Gregory Plotkin
I, Tonya-Tatiana S. Riegel
Logan-Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt
Phantom Thread-Dylan Tichenor
The Shape of Water-Sidney Wolinsky

For the sixth consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum, in the category of Best Cinematography. The nominees are…-


“Blade Runner: 2049”, Roger Deakins, for “Dunkirk” Hoyte van Hoytema,  for “A Fantastic Woman”, Benjamin Echazarreta, for “First They Killed My Father”, Anthony Dod Mantle, for “The Florida Project”, Alexis Zabe, for “I, Tonya”, Nicolas Karakatsanis, for “Mudbound”, Rachel Morrison, for “My Happy Family”, Tudor Vladimir Panduru, for “The Post”, Janusz Kaminiski and for “The Shape of Water”. Dan Laustsen

Blade Runner: 2049-Roger Deakins
Dunkirk-Hoyte van Hoytema
A Fantastic Woman-Benjamin Echazarreta
First They Killed My Father-Anthony Dod Mantle
The Florida Project-Alexis Zabe
I, Tonya-Nicolas Karakatsanis
Mudbound-Rachel Morrison
My Happy Family-Tudor Vladimir Panduru
The Post-Janusz Kaminiski
The Shape of Water-Dan Laustsen

For the third consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum, in the category of Best Ensemble Performance, the nominees are,


The Cast of “BPM (Beats Per Minute)”, the Cast of “Call Me By Your Name”, the Cast of “Get Out”, the Cast of “The Insult”, the Cast of “Lady Bird”, the Cast of “Last Flag Flying”, the Cast of “Phantom Thread”, the Cast of “The Post”, the Cast of “The Shape of Water” and the Cast of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.

BPM (Beats Per Minute) 
Call Me By Your Name
Get Out
The Insult
Lady Bird
Last Flag Flying
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

There are ten nominees, the maximum, in the category of Best Casting. The nominees are:


“BPM (Beats Per Minute)”, Casting by Leila Fournier, Sarah Teper and Elora Thevenet,  “Call Me By Your Name”, casting by Stella Savino, “Coco”, casting by Carla Hool, Natalie Lyon and Kevin Reher, “Detroit”, casting by Victoria Thomas, “The Florida Project”, casting by Carmen Cuba, “Get Out”, casting by Terri Taylor, “I, Tonya”, casting by Lindsay Graham & Mary Vernieu, Tara Feldstein and Chase Paris, “Mudbound”, casting by Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingram, “The Shape of Water”, casting by Robin D. Cook and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, casting by Sarah Halley Finn.

BPM (Beats Per Minute)-Casting by Leila Fournier, Sarah Teper and Elora Thevenet
Call Me By Your Name-Casting by Stella Savino
Coco-Casting by Carla Hool, Natalie Lyon and Kevin Reher
Detroit-Casting by Victoria Thomas
The Florida Project-Casting by Carmen Cuba
Get Out-Casting by Terri Taylor
I, Tonya-Casting by Lindsay Graham & Mary Vernieu, Tara Feldstein and Chase Paris
Mudbound-Casting by Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingram
The Shape of Water-Casting by Robin D. Cook
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri-Casting by Sarah Halley Finn

For the first time ever, there are ten nominees, the maximum, in the category Best Character Voiceover, Narration Voiceover or Alternative Performance. The nominees are...-

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     Saara Chaudry-"The Breadwinner"                           Lena Dunham-"My Entire High School                                                                                                                              Sinking into the Sea"

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   Zach Galifianakis-"The LEGO Batman Movie"           Gael Garcia Bernal-"Coco"                               

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      Anthony Gonzalez-"Coco"                                        David Lynch-"David Lynch: The Art Life"

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     Andy Serkis-"War for the Planet of the Apes"            John Sessions-"Loving Vincent"

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      Marisa Tomei-"Citizen Jane: Battle for the                Steve Zahn-"War for the Planet of the Apes"

Saara Chaudry-“The Breadwinner”
Lena Dunham-“My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea”
Zach Galifianakis-“The LEGO Batman Movie”
Gael Garcia Bernal-“Coco”
Anthony Gonzalez-“Coco”
David Lynch-“David Lynch: The Art Life”
Andy Serkis-“War of the Planet of the Apes”
John Sessions-“Loving Vincent”
Marisa Tomei-“Citizen Jane: Battle for the City”
Steve Zahn-“War for the Planet of the Apes”

For the third consecutive year there are ten nominees, the maximum in the category of Best Documentary Feature. The award goes to the film’s Directors and producers, and the nominees are…


“AlphaGo,”, Director Greg Kohs, Producers, Gary Krieg, Kevin Proudfoot and Josh Rosen,  “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City”, Director/Producer: Matt Tyrnauer, Producers: Jenny Carchman, Robert Hammond, Corey Reeser and Jessica Van Garsse,  “Cries from Syria”, Director/Producer Evgeny Afineevsky, Producers, Aaron I. Butler and Den Tolmor, “David Lynch: The Art Life”, Directors Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Director/Producer Jon Nguyen, Producers Jason S. and Sabrina S. Sutherland,  “Dawson City: Frozen Time”, Director/Producer Bill Morrison, Producer Madeleine Molyneaux, “Faces Places”, Directors Agnes Varda and JR, Producer: Rosalie Varda, “LA 92”, Director Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin, Producers Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn and Sarah Gibson,  “Let It fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992”, Director/Producer John Ridley, Producers: Jeanmarie Condon and Melia Patria, “Long Strange Trip” Director Amir Bar-Lev, Producers Alex Blavatnik, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nicholas Koskoff and Justin Kreutzmann and “Whose Streets?” Director/Producer Sabaah Folayan, Co-Director/Producer Damon Davis, Producers Sabaah Jordan, Jennifer MacArthur and Flannery Miller.

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AlphaGo-Dir.: Greg Kohs; Pro.: Gary Krieg, Kevin Proudfoot and Josh Rosen
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City-Dir.:/Pro.: Matt Tyrnauer; Pro.:Jenny Carchman, Robert Hammond, Corey Reeser and Jessica Van Garsse
Cries from Syria-Dir./Pro.: Evgeny Afineevsky; Pro.: Aaron I. Butler and Den Tolmor
David Lynch: The Art Life-Dir.: Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm; Dir./Pro.: Jon Nguyen, Pro.: Jason S. and Sabrina S. Sutherland
Dawson City: Frozen Time-Dir./Pro.: Bill Morrison; Pro.: Madeleine Molyneaux
Faces Places-Dir.: Agnes Varda and JR; Pro.: Rosalie Varda
LA 92-Dir.: Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin; Pro.: Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn and Sarah Gibson
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992-Dir./Pro.: John Ridley; Pro.: Jeanmarie Condon and Melia Patria
Long Strange Trip-Dir.: Amir Bar-Lev; Pro.: Alex Blavatnik, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nicholas Koskoff and Justin Kreutzmann
Whose Streets?-Dir./Pro.: Sabaah Folayan; Co-Dir./Pro.: Damon Davis; Pro.: Sabaah Jordan, Jennifer MacArthur and Flannery Miller

For the fourth consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum, in the category of Best Foreign Language Feature. The award is given to the film’s director(s) and the nominees are


From Japan, “After the Storm, Director Hirokazu KOREEDA, from France, “BPM (Beats Per Minute)”, Director Robin Campillo, from France “Faces Places”, Directors Agnes Varda and JR, from Chile, “A Fantastic Woman” Director Sebastian Lelio, from Romania, “Graduation” Director Christian Mungiu,  from Lebanon, “The Insult”, Director Ziad Doueiri, from Russia,  “Loveless,” director Andrey Zvyagintsev, from Japan, “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, from France, “Raw”, Director Julia DuCournau, and from Sweden, “The Square”, Director Ruben Ostlund.

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After the Storm-Hirokazu KOREEDA (Japan)
BPM (Beats Per Minute)-Robin Campillo (France)
Faces Places-Agnes Varda and JR (France)
A Fantastic Woman-Sebastian Lelio (Chile)
Graduation-Christian Mungiu (Romania)
The Insult-Ziad Doueiri (Lebanon)
Loveless-Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia)
Mary and the Witch’s Flower-Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Japan)
Raw-Julia DuCournau (France)
The Square-Ruben Ostlund (Sweden)

There are five nominees in the category for Best Animated Feature. The award is given to the film’s
directors and producers. The nominees are


“The Breadwinner”, Director Nora Twomey, Pro: Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, and Paul Young, “Coco”, Director: Lee Unkrich, Co-Director: Adrian Molina, Producer: Darla K. Anderson, “Ethel & Ernest”, Director: Roger Mainwood, Producers: Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding,  “Loving Vincent”, Directors: Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, Producers: Sean M. Bobbitt and Ivan Mactaggart, and “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”, Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Producer Yoshiaki Nishimura.

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The Breadwinner-Dir: Nora Twomey; Pro.: Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen and Paul Young
Coco-Dir: Lee Unkrich; Co-Dir.: Adrian Molina, Pro.: Darla K. Anderson
Ethel & Ernest-Dir.: Roger Mainwood; Pro.: Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding
Loving Vincent-Dir.: Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman; Pro.: Sean M. Bobbitt and Ivan Mactaggart
Mary and the Witch’s Flower-Dir.: Hiromasa Yonebayashi; Pro.: Yoshiaki Nishimura

For the fifth consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum, in the category of Best Actress; the nominees are…


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     Annette Bening-"Film Stars Don't Die in                      Jessica Chastain-"Molly's Game"

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      Sally Hawkins-"Maudie"                                              Sally Hawkins-"The Shape of Water" 

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      Vicky Krieps-"Phantom Thread"                                Frances McDormand-"Three Billboards Outside                                                                                                               Ebbing, Missouri

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      Jessie Pinnick-"Princess Cyd"                                    Margot Robbie-"I, Tonya"

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       Kristin Stewart-"Personal Shopper"                          Daniela Vega-"A Fantastic Woman"

Annette Bening-“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”
Jessica Chastain-“Molly’s Game”
Sally Hawkins-“Maudie”
Sally Hawkins-“The Shape of Water”
Vicky Krieps-“Phantom Thread
Frances McDormand-“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Jessie Pinnick-“Princess Cyd”
Margot Robbie-“I, Tonya”
Kristin Stewart-“Personal Shopper”
Daniela Vega-“A Fantastic Woman”

For the sixth consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum, in the category of Best Actor. The nominees are…


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      Claes Bang-"The Square"                                             Timothee Chalamet-"Call Me By Your Name"

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     Daniel Day-Lewis-"Phantom Thread"                           Kamel El Basha-"The Insult"

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     Richard Gere-"Norman: The Moderate Rise               Daniel Kaluuya-"Get Out"

      and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer"
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      Adel Karam-"The Insult"                                            Gary Oldman-"Darkest Hour"

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      Andy Serkis-"War for the Planet of the Apes"           Adrian Titieni-"Graduation"

Claes Bang-“The Square”
Timothee Chalamet-“Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis-“Phantom Thread
Kamel El Basha-“The Insult”
Richard Gere-“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer”
Daniel Kaluuya-“Get Out”
Adel Karam-“The Insult”
Gary Oldman-“Darkest Hour”
Andy Serkis-“War for the Planet of the Apes”
Adrian Titieni-“Graduation”

For the fifth consecutive year, there are ten nominees, the maximum, in the category of Best Original
Screenplay, the nominees are…


For “BPM (Beats Per Minute)”, Robin Campillo and Philippe Mangeot, for “Coco”, story and screenplay by Adrian Molina & Matthew Aldrich, story by Lee Unkrich and Jason Katz, for “The Florida Project”, Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch, for “Get Out”, Jordan Peele, for “The Insult”, Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma, for  “Loveless”, Oleg Negin and Andrey Zvyagintsev, for “Personal Shopper”, Olivier Assayas, for “Phantom Thread”, Paul Thomas Anderson, for “Princess Cyd” Stephen Cone, and for “The Shape of Water” Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.

BPM (Beats Per Minute)-Robin Campillo and Philippe Mangeot
Coco-Story/Screenplay: Adrian Molina & Matthew Aldrich; Story: Lee Unkrich and Jason Katz
The Florida Project-Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch
Get Out-Jordan Peele
The Insult-Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma
Loveless-Oleg Negin and Andrey Zvyagintsev
Personal Shopper-Olivier Assayas
Phantom Thread-Paul Thomas Anderson
Princess Cyd-Stephen Cone
The Shape of Water-Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, Story by Guillermo Del Toro

There are nine nominees in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay. The nominees are…


For “The Breadwinner” Anita Doron, Screen story by Deborah Ellis, for “Call Me By Your Name”, James Ivory,  for “Lady MacBeth” Alice Birch, for “Last Flag Flying”, Richard Linklater & Darryl Ponicsan, for “Logan”, Story and Screenplay by James Mangold, Screenplay by Scott Frank and Michael Green, for “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”, screenplay by Riko Sakaguchi & Hiromasa Yonebayashi, “Molly’s Game”, Aaron Sorkin, for “Mudbound” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, and for “Wonder Woman”. story and screenplay by Allen Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs

The Breadwinner-Anita Doron; Screen Story: Deborah Ellis
Call Me By Your Name-James Ivory
Lady MacBeth-Alice Birch
Last Flag Flying-Richard Linklater & Darryl Ponicsan
Logan-James Mangold & Scott Frank and Michael Green; Story: James Mangold
Mary and the Witch’s Flower-Riko Sakaguchi & Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Molly’s Game-Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound-Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
Wonder Woman-Allen Heinberg; Story: Zach Snyder & Allen Heinberg and Jason Fuchs

For the fifth consecutive year there are ten nominees, the maximum, in the category of Best Director. The nominess are….


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      Evgeny Afineevsky-"Cries from Syria"                     Paul Thomas Anderson-"Phantom Thread"

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      Sean Baker-"The Florida Project"                             Kathryn Bigelow-"Detroit"

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      Robin Campillo-"BPM (Beats Per Minute)              Stephen Cone-"Princess Cyd"

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       Guillermo Del Toro-"The Shape of Water"             Luca Guadagnino-"Call Me By Your Name"

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       James Mangold-"Logan"                                             Jordan Peele-"Get Out"

Evgeny Afineevsky-“Cries from Syria”
Paul Thomas Anderson-“Phantom Thread”
Sean Baker-“The Florida Project”
Kathryn Bigelow-“Detroit”
Robin Campillo-“BPM (Beats Per Minute)”
Stephen Cone-“Princess Cyd”
Guillermo Del Toro-“The Shape of Water”
Luca Guadagnino-“Call Me By Your Name”
James Mangold-“Logan”
Jordan Peele-“Get Out”

And finally, as always there are ten nominees in the category of Best Picture. The award is given to the films’ producers and the nominees are…


“Coco”, producer Darla K. Anderson

“Detroit”, producers Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison and Colin Wilson.

“The Florida Project”, producers Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri and Shih-Ching Tsou

“Get Out”, producers Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jr. Sean McKittrick, and Jordan Peele

“The Insult” producers Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Brehat, Charles S. Cohen, Julie Gayet, Antoun Sehnaoui and Nadia Turincev

“Lady MacBeth”, producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly

“Logan”, producers Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner

“Phantom Thread”, producers Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi and JoAnne Sellar

“Princess Cyd”, producers Stephen Cone, Madison Ginsberg and Grace Hahn

And “The Shape of Water”, producers J. Miles Dale and Guillermo Del Toro.

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Coco-Pro.: Darla K. Anderson
Detroit-Pro.: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison and Colin Wilson
The Florida Project-Pro.: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, and Shih-Ching Tsou
Get Out-Pro.: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jr., Sean McKittrick and Jordan Peele
The Insult-Pro.: Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Brehat, Charles S. Cohen, Julie Gayet, Antoun Sehnaoui and Nadia Turincev
Lady MacBeth-Pro.: Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Logan-Pro.: Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner
Phantom Thread-Pro.: Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi and JoAnne Sellar
Princess Cyd-Pro.: Stephen Cone, Madison Ginsberg and Grace Hahn
The Shape of Water-Pro.: J. Miles Dale and Guillermo Del Toro

Keep an eye out on the blog, Twitter and Facebook for when the Awards will be announced. We're also proud to announce that the show will be hosted this year by OYL Award Winner Amy Schumer. Thank you all very much.

(NATALIE and MARK exit stage right, where David meets with them and shakes their hands as the Press make random scurrying sounds and noises.)