It would be like writing an opera, and then writing six more based on the same kind of material and the same story ... over the course of 40 years.”
John Williams on 'Star Wars'
Not even Meryl Streep can claim as many Oscar wins and nominations as composer John Williams. His latest nomination for the 2016 original score Oscar makes 50 times he's been up for an Academy Award. He has won five times.
You know Williams best for his overture from the opening moments of the original 1977 "Star Wars," reprised in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which earned him this latest nod. And of course you know his music from the "Harry Potter" movies, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Superman" and many more big-budget movies. But do you know the film that launched Williams' feature film scoring career?
As the Times' Classic Hollywood queen Susan King points out, Williams composed his first film score for a low-budget 1958 exploitation film called "Daddy-O." It starred Dick Contino as a hot-rod driver who gets into a street race with sexy Sandra Giles (shades of "Fast and Furious"?). The slogan on the poster? Meet the 'Beat'! Daring to live...daring to love."
As the crossover audiences for 'Straight Outta Compton' and 'The Hunger Games' series proved, [millennials and post-millennials] don't 'need' their heroes to be white and don't expect them to be male or straight or anything but interesting.
The winner of the 2016 Oscar in practically every category is … white men facing adversity.
Just two years after the much-touted breakthrough of "12 Years a Slave," the best picture nominees announced Thursday, with a few notable exceptions, follow a dishearteningly repetitive story line of white men triumphing over enormous odds: The Hollywood blacklist ("Trumbo"), the vagaries of Wall Street ("The Big Short"), Cold War politics ("Bridge of Spies"), life alone on Mars ("The Martian"), a grizzly bear attack, murderous companions and the hostilities of a cruel winter landscape ("The Revenant"). ...
To be clear, these are all good stories, powerful, well told and beautifully acted. But in a world filled with billions of people who are not white men, they are certainly not the only good stories, not by a long shot.
Wendy Williams asked Ice Cube what everyone wanted to know after "Straight Outta Compton" was snubbed in the Oscars' best picture and acting categories: "Are you pissed?"
After some brief shoe-cam action by Ice Cube, "The Wendy Williams Show" host went directly to Thursday-morning's news that the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" received just one Oscar nomination -- for the film's white screenwriters.
"I was surprised that you weren't nominated for more...I thought you guys would get more," she said.
You have been nominated as a writer before, but this is your first time as a director. How does that feel?
The directors branch is an incredible honor. There are so many talented directors, so many individual visions and to be singled out is humbling. This is my fifth film. Directing is a craft and it takes a while to really learn what you’re doing. And you’re doing it on a very public stage. So you’re going to do some things well and some things not so well. I feel like with “Spotlight,” I was able to execute exactly the vision I had for the film.
And it’s your peers. I felt the same way with the [Directors Guild Awards]. I heard that when I was on a plane. My wife let me know. It was moving. I’m excited for the entire team who worked so hard on this movie. Making movies like this is not so easy today and this was a struggle from the beginning.
We’re down in Sydney and, shortly before 1, we were woken up by texts. My wife, Margaret [Sixel], was nominated for editing. That was the first one and the texts just kept coming. It was good fun at our house. It’s a fine way to wake up in the middle of the night.
Well, it’s not quite the middle of the night. Did you try to stay awake?
We had some people come over. We figured, “To heck with it. We’ll take the risk. We’ll have some waffles.” It was strange that it was pitch-black outside. We’re usually not having waffles at that time. Everyone was in a daze.
When we first spoke in early December, the concern was more about audiences finding the movie, not Oscar nominations.
'Room' actress Brie Larson talks about her floor-pacing response to reading the book for the first time.
“I think I, like, wore a hole in my floor from pacing back and forth, because I just couldn't stop reading it. And the escape sequence was so tense; it was so incredible that I read it so quickly that I felt like I didn't even fully read it, I had to go back and re-read it again.”
Bright and early Thursday morning the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. After all the names were read, the nominees took the opportunity to express their gratitude and excitement.