Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele Makes History with Best Original Screenplay Win

Jordan Peele. Photo: CNN

“This is history in the making right here”, host Jimmy Kimmel opened the 90th annual Academy Awards with a monologue. Hollywood’s biggest and most glamorous night held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

There was indeed a couple of historical moments at the 90th Academy Awards and one of such moments was when comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele collected the ‘Best Original Screenplay’ award for his film Get Out. The movie was nominated in four categories, however, its single win reportedly makes Jordan Peele the first African-American recipient of a ‘Best Original Screenplay’ Academy Award.

Meanwhile, Frances McDormand who won the ‘Best Actress’ Oscar for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri delivered a speech, which seemed to be in support of women in Hollywood, the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. This saw the women stand up to applaud her after she said “If I may be so honoured to have all the female nominees stand with me. All the filmmakers, the producers, the writers, the composers”.

Furthermore, the New York Times has a detailed report on how Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani made an appeal on behalf of “Dreamers” before introducing the ‘Best Production Design’ award. The “Dreamers” are undocumented immigrants in the US, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which was reportedly ended by the Trump administration in September, 2017.

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Oscars 2018: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Best Picture

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Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama The Shape of Water was a big winner at the 90th annual Academy Awards considering its four wins, including ‘Best Picture’.

The movie was nominated in the ‘Best Picture’ category with Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Get Out, The Post, Phantom Thread, Lady Bird and Call Me by Your Name.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins (as Eliza Esposito), Doug Jones (as Amphibian Man), Michael Shannon (as Strickland), Octavia Spencer (as Zelda), Lauren Lee Smith (as Elaine Strickland), among others.

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‘Black Panther’ Director Pens Open Letter to Fans as Movie Keeps Breaking Box Office Records

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The director of Black Panther Ryan Coogler has reportedly written an open letter of appreciation to lovers of the superhero movie.

According to a news article on CNBC’s website, Coogley reveals how he is “struggling to find words to express” his gratitude to fans of the movie who “bought out theaters”, posted about the movie on social media and even picked Wakanda-themed costumes to wear. In the emotional letter, published on the social media accounts of Marvel Studios, the director confesses: “To see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters — often moved me and my wife to tears.”

Meanwhile, Variety.com reports that Black Panther has added $21 million to its box office earnings on Tuesday, making the highest Tuesday gross for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
The superhero film which has grossed $462.3 million worldwide, reportedly recorded $263.1 million in the first week of its debut in US movie theaters. Variety predicts that the movie could be one of over 30 films with $1 billion worldwide earnings, by the end of its run.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Daniel Kaluuya.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Reason for Not Directing ‘Pacific Rim 2’

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Guillermo del Toro directed the original Pacific Rim movie and the filmmaker had always hinted the possibility of a sequel to the sci-fi monster film, especially after the global success of the blockbuster. He reportedly announced some time in 2015 that pre-production of the second movie in the franchise had commenced under the title Pacific  Rim: Maelstrom.

Later, production company Legendary Pictures reportedly announced an official title change on February 23, 2016, from Pacific Rim:Maelstrom to Pacific Rim: Uprising (apparently, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom was merely a working title) adding that del Toro was going to step aside to occupy the producer’s chair while he would be replaced by Starz’s Spartacus and Marvel-Netflix’s Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight as director.

DeKnight teamed up with Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder and T. S. Nowlin to write the Pacific Rim: Uprising screenplay, albeit the sequel’s script was initially supposed to be written by del Toro, Zak Penn Travis Beacham.

However, in a recent interview with Perri Nemiroff from Collider.com, del Toro gave a rationale for not directing the Pacific Rim sequel:

“The timing started to suck”, he started. “I had this little movie that I wanted to do—The Shape of Water—very, very much. At one point it was Justice League Dark or Pacific Rim, I said, ‘Let’s go to Pacific Rim.’ The reality is they said, ‘We’re gonna need to postpone,’ because they were changing hands—Legendary was going to be sold to China, to a Chinese company [called the Wanda Group]. They said, ‘We’ve gotta wait nine months’ and I said, ‘I’m not waiting nine months, I’m shooting a movie,’ and I went and shot [The Shape of Water] and we chose Steven DeKnight.”

He admitted that DeKnight’s is redefining the franchise but he lets him do his thing “It was such a great choice. I mean I love [DeKnight], love what he does, I think he’s really brilliant. He’s making it his own. I’m not breathing over his shoulder saying, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ He’s doing things differently and I like that. When I produce I try to produce the way I would like to be produced. I say to everyone I produce, ‘If you need me I will be there 100% all the time. If you don’t need me, I’m not there. You show me the cut then we’ll start interacting.”

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John Boyega with Steven DeKnight | Photo: John Appleyard

The writer, director and producer also remarked DeKnight’s style and how the story is different from what he created: “It’s going great. I see dailies every day, I see early cuts, I see teasers. They’re doing great. It lets him have his style, lets him have his notion of the characters. I wrote a screenplay, developed two or three drafts of that screenplay—this is different than what I developed, and I’m OK. A producer is in the corner, the director is in the ring. The producer’s not getting the punches, the director is, so shut up, wait in the corner, refresh the towel and wait for the director to come to you.”

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Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Thomas Tull, John Boyega, Femi Oguns MBE, Mary Parent and Jon Jashni, Pacific Rim: Uprising stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian with Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman reprising their roles from the original movie.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is set to be released on February 23, 2018.

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‘Atomic Blonde’ to be Released in July 2017

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Atomic Blonde is a spy action thriller written by Kurt Johnstad, directed by David Leitch and based on Antony Johnston’s graphic novel ‘The Coldest City’ published in 2012.

The movie stars South African-born Hollywood actress Charlize Theron, in the role of Lorraine Broughton, a top-level MI6 agent sent to Berlin in the aftermath of the the Cold War; while teaming up with city’s station chief David Percival (played by James McAvoy), to take down a ruthless espionage ring that just murdered an undercover agent.

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Albeit, Atomic Blonde which also stars John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Eddie Marsan, Til Schweiger, Roland Møller and Toby Jones, had its world premiere at South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 12, 2017. The movie will not hit U.S. movie theatres until July 28, 2017.

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Meanwhile, the kick-ass scenes in a recently released trailer for the film has got some quarters referring to Lorraine Broughton as the female version of the John Wick character. They may be just about right considering director David Leitch co-directed John Wick with Chad Stahelski.

However, we cannot wait to be delighted by our favourite Charlize in her ass-kicking glory, which we have not seen since Aeon Flux.

 

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Crosses $100M Mark at U.S. Box Office.

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DANIEL KALUUYA as Chris Washington in ‘Get Out’, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of ‘The Visit’, ‘Insidious’ series and ‘The Gift’) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.  Credit: Universal/Variety

 

Get Out, a recently released horror/mystery film about racism has reportedly added $21.1 million last weekend; grossing a total sum of $111,051,845, off a $4.5 million budget.

 

Written and directed by comedian Jordan Peele (in his directorial debut), Get Out stars British actor Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitfield and Catherine Keener. Get Out‘s cast also includes Betty Gabriel, Caleb L. Jones, Lil Rel Howey and Keith Stanfield.

 

The film started generating a lot of buzz right from the time of its official release by Universal Pictures on February 24, 2017; scoring 99% on Rotten Tomatoes and inspiring the #GetOutChallenge on social media.

 

The movie had reportedly been in production for almost a decade and it is currently the number 3 movie on U.S. Box Office, after Kong: Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson, which earned a remarkable $61 million in its debut weekend and Logan, in which, X-Men star Hugh Jackman reprises his Wolverine role.

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However, according to Deadline HollywoodGet Out is the fastest Blumhouse production to cross the $100 million mark.

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Oscars 2017: Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ wins Best Picture

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It is celebrations galore for the cast and crew of Moonlight, considering that the Barry Jenkins-directed movie won in the ‘Best Picture’ category at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, February 26, 2017.

However, the announcement of Moonlight‘s win came after a mix-up, which saw presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially announce Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land as the winner.

British Vogue reported that La La Land producer Fred Berger was in the process of delivering an acceptance speech on behalf of the La La Land team when producer Jordan Horowitz declared:

“No, there’s a mistake, Moonlight, you won Best Picture – this is not a joke.”

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After the Moonlight team took to the stage to claim the prize, Beatty immediately explained to a confused audience that he was handed the wrong envelope.

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Meanwhile, US Weekly reported that PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm in charge of the Oscars balloting and the delivery of winning envelopes, issued an official apology on Monday morning for the mix-up:

“We sincerely apologize to ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land,’ Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”

Other winners are Casey Affleck in the ‘Best Actor’ category for his role in Manchester by the Sea, Emma Stone in the ‘Best Actress’ category for La La Land.

Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won in the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ categories for their performances in Moonlight and Fences respectively.

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It is pertinent to note that, Viola Davis, who came close to winning in the ‘Best Actress’ category in 2011 for The Help, reportedly had her lead performance in Fences submitted last fall in the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ category toward the 89th Academy Awards, according to Vanity Fair.

Nonetheless, her Oscar win makes her the first black woman to win Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards for acting.

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Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney | via Instagram

La La Land director Damien Chazelle also picked up an Oscar in the ‘Best Director’ category, while Barry Jenkins picked up the ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ award for Moonlight, which he penned with original playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Moonlight is Jenkins’ sophomore directorial effort after Medicine for Melancholy (2008) .

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