The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees Thursday, and, as expected, the filmmakers behind the trio of the season’s most-acclaimed movies — Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) and Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”) — were among the five cited.
Joining them are Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) and, surprisingly, first-time director Garth Davis (“Lion”).Read more
Critics don’t get to vote on the Oscars, as the pundits and prognosticators are often fond of reminding us. But if we were given ballots, it’s safe to say that our individual choices would look markedly different from those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at large.Read more
It’s been many decades since film audiences first witnessed Bambi’s mom being killed by a hunter, Pinocchio being separated from Geppetto, and Dorothy Gale fending for herself in Oz. Movies made for family audiences have had a rich history of dealing with tough topics such as change, loneliness and even death.Read more
“La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” have spent the last several weeks bulldozing through the awards season, ensuring their spots in the Oscar best picture race.
But what other movies will be joining them? Tuesday’s Producers Guild of America nominations for feature film provided a hint of what might happen when Oscar nominations are announced Jan. 24.Read more
At a 1988 dinner following the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s controversial testament of faith, “The Last Temptation of Christ,” Paul Moore, then the Episcopal bishop of New York, told Scorsese about a book he should read.Read more