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Mar052018

NOMINEES AND WINNERS // THE 2018 ACADEMY AWARDS

BY MATEO MORENO

The 2018 Academy Awards were presented last night and the ceremony (and afterparty) was filled with memorable moments, from all of the powerful "Time's Up" moments to Frances McDormand (and her briefly missing Oscar)'s electrifying speech, to the powerful music performances, the subtle pokes at the industry (“Here are the three men and the one trailblazing woman...") to a very game and charming Jimmy Kimmel. Below, here are all the nominees and the winners from tonight's red carpet event.


ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"

Allison Janney, "I, Tonya" *WINNER

Lesley Manville, "Phantom Thread"

Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"

Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water"

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"

Woody Harrelson, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"

Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World"

Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" *WINNER

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

"A Fantastic Woman" *WINNER

"The Insult"

"Loveless"

"On Body and Soul"

"The Square"

 

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

"Edith + Eddie"

"Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405" *WINNER

"Heroin(e)"

"Knife Skills"

"Traffic Stop"

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

"Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"

"Faces Places"

"Icarus" *WINNER

"Last Men in Aleppo"

"Strong Island"

 

ORIGINAL SONG

"Mighty River," "Mudbound"

"Mystery of Love," "Call Me by Your Name"

"Remember Me," "Coco" *WINNER

"Stand Up For Something," "Marshall"

"This is Me," "Greatest Showman"

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

"The Boss Baby"

"The Breadwinner"

"Coco" *WINNER

"Ferdinand"

"Loving Vincent"

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

"Call Me by Your Name" *WINNER

"The Disaster Artist"

"Logan"

"Molly's Game"

"Mudbound"

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

"The Big Sick"

"Get Out" *WINNER

"Lady Bird"

"The Shape of Water"

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me By Your Name"

Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"

Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"

Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour" *WINNER

Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq."

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"

Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" *WINNER

Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"

Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"

Meryl Streep, "The Post"

 

DIRECTOR

Christopher Nolan, "Dunkirk"

Jordan Peele, "Get Out"

Greta Gerwig, "Lady Bird"

Paul Thomas Anderson "Phantom Thread"

Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water" *WINNER

 

BEST PICTURE

"Call Me by Your Name"

"Darkest Hour"

"Dunkirk"

"Get Out"

"Lady Bird"

"Phantom Thread"

"The Post"

"The Shape of Water" *WINNER

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

"Beauty and the Beast"

"Blade Runner 2049"

"Darkest Hour"

"Dunkirk"

"The Shape of Water" *WINNER

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

"Blade Runner 2049" *WINNER

"Darkest Hour"

"Dunkirk"

"Mudbound"

"The Shape of Water"

 

COSTUME DESIGN

"Beauty and the Beast"

"Darkest Hour"

"Phantom Thread" *WINNER

"The Shape of Water"

"Victoria and Abdul"

 

SOUND EDITING

"Baby Driver"

"Blade Runner 2049"

"Dunkirk" *WINNER

"The Shape of Water"

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

 

SOUND MIXING

"Baby Driver"

"Blade Runner 2049"

"Dunkirk" *WINNER

"The Shape of Water"

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

"Dear Basketball" *WINNER

"Garden Party"

"Lou"

"Negative Space"

"Revolting Rhymes"

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

"DeKalb Elementary"

"The Eleven O'Clock"

"My Nephew Emmett"

"The Silent Child" *WINNER

"Watu Wote/All of Us"

 

ORIGINAL SCORE

"Dunkirk"

"Phantom Thread"

"The Shape of Water" *WINNER

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

"Blade Runner 2049" *WINNER

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

"Kong: Skull Island"

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

"War for the Planet of the Apes"

 

FILM EDITING

"Baby Driver"

"Dunkirk" *WINNER

"I, Tonya"

"The Shape of Water"

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

"Darkest Hour" *WINNER

"Victoria and Abdul"

"Wonder"

 

Saturday
Aug192017

SUMMER'S OVER - WE'RE BACK BABY

BY MATEO MORENO

WEEEEEEEE ARRRRRE BACK!

After taking a summer break, THE ARTSWIRE WEEKLY is back starting THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 20th with reviews, postings about movies, theatre, and comics. There will be check-in's with television and streaming shows (wanna know our opinions on THE DEFENDERS? Information on our upcoming Podcast this fall? It's coming!) and even more!

 

Check out the new content debuting this Sunday night! Thanks for making us one of your Entertainment resources. We know that you have a lot of options and we are very grateful that you include us in those options. See you Sunday Night (editors note: It is perfectly fine to check us out AFTER GAME OF THRONES. Hell, WE will check us out after GAME OF THRONES).

 

Love, Mateo and the crew at THE ARTSWIRE WEEKLY

Friday
May272016

BEHIND THE CURTAIN // A DEEPER LOOK INTO "AN UNSEEN VISITOR"

BY DEREK JORDEN

The Athena Theatre Company has been crafting great theatre for more than a decade. This past January, a group of ten playwrights were chosen by the company as the playwriting group “Athena Writes” and got started on each crafting ten-minute pieces. The results were presented on May 17th at Symphony Space in the Upper West Side, where a sold out, packed audience were able to see what they came up with.

Nora Sørena Casey, Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Sari Caine, Veronica Cooper, Alex Hersler, Mateo Moreno, Lia Romeo, Kenzie Ross, Marianna Staroselsky, and Xavier Toby each debuted a short work at Symphony Space on Tuesday night, all based on a common theme: AN UNSEEN VISITOR (also the name of the evening). It was apparent watching these that Athena Theatre excels in their mission to create “contemporary, off-beat and irreverent psychological dramas and dark comedies that challenge traditional stereotypes.”

One standout was Hersler’s ACI which chronicles a dispute between an artist (Tyler Jakes) passionate about his work, and his agent (Lana Young) who has started taking on new and philosophically controversial clients. Artificial Creative Intelligence may already be upon us (there’s already free apps on your phone that basically create art), but Hersler did a stellar job giving a voice to both sides of the debate while Jakes fiercely and Young--with a palpable ambivalence--gave it life.

Lia Romeo’s “Unseen Visitor” brought together an unseen raven flying on our side of the fourth wall and the fear and doubt that sinks into any relationship in her contribution to the night SIGNS. Tom and Kerry are out for a picnic. Sounds lovely. But the couple (well played by Veronique Ory and Perri Yaniv) are plagued by Tom’s ongoing sad obsession with superstition. Simple natural realities and sophisticated coincidences give her an insight that makes her go the other way. Of note here, while we got to see Ory as a sweet girl turn Jersey strong in SIGNS she was equally good as an oddball waitress in PAPER AIRPLANES by Mateo Moreno. The words that came out of Ory’s bizarre but well-meaning waitress made me even me feel like a normal fella.

What drew some of the biggest laughs of the night was Veronica Cooper’s THE BRIGHT SIDE OF KEURIG. Joanie Anderson was on stage alone for this one...or was she? Turns out An Unseen Visitor can lead to existential questions and Anderson does the best job I’ve ever seen at arguing with a coffee maker. And we’ve all seen someone doing exactly that.

Athena Theatre Company and more specifically this Athena Writes Project put a great night together this week. Rumor has it one of these pieces may get the greenlight to become a full-length play, and the group of budding playwrights might work together to make it so. I’ll be a visible visitor that night and can’t wait to see what this talented group comes up with next.

Photos by Nestor Correa.

"ATHENA WRITES 2016" is made up of ten selected  playwright/actors assembled for a one-year exploration of the theme: “An Unseen Visitor,” and is centered on Athena Theatre’s commitment to supporting new work which pushes at the boundaries of live theatre. The Athena Theatre Playwright Group of 2016 is:

Nora Sørena Casey (Athena Theatre Playwright-in-Residence), Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Sari Caine, Veronica Cooper, Alex Hersler, Mateo Moreno, Lia Romeo, Kenzie Ross, Marianna Staroselsky and Xavier Toby. For more information about "Athena Writes" and Athena Theatre please visit: http://www.athenatheatre.com/

 

DEREK JORDEN is an actor currently living and working in New York City. He, his wife, their new little one and their dog all live on a Spaceship on the top of a building, which makes for some interesting dinner parties.