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88th Academy Awards: Definitely the Year of Mad Max, The Revenant & Spotlight!

After a long night of red carpet interviews and awards ceremony, the results of the 88th Academy Awards were finally announced during a ceremony hosted by Chris Rock at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Moreover, 71% of our Oscars predictions were correct, so here are the winners that we did & did not predict to win this year.

BEST PICTURE

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BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

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BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

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BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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BEST DIRECTOR

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

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BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

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BEST FILM EDITING

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

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BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

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BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

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BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

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BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

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BEST SOUND EDITING

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BEST SOUND MIXING

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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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See you next year at the 89th Academy Awards to celebrate another year of great films!

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British Academy Film Awards 2016: ‘The Revenant’ & ‘Mad Max’ in the Lead!

Last Sunday was the long-awaited last event that will leave us waiting for the Academy Awards. The BAFTA winners were not really different from all the past events this year, including the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards. So here we go, here’s the full list of the winners:

BEST FILM
THE REVENANT

BRIDGE OF SPIES

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
BROOKLYN

BRIDGE OF SPIES

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE BIG SHORT

BRIDGE OF SPIES

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
SPOTLIGHT

BRIDGE OF SPIES

LEADING ACTOR
LEONARDO DICAPRIO, THE REVENANT

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LEADING ACTRESS
BRIE LARSON, ROOM

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SUPPORTING ACTOR
MARK RYLANCEBRIDGE OF SPIES

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SUPPORTING ACTRESS
KATE WINSLET, STEVE JOBS

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BEST DIRECTOR
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU, THE REVENANT

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OUTSTANDING DEBUT
THEEB, NAJI ABU NOWAR

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BEST ANIMATED FILM
INSIDE OUT

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
EDMOND

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM
OPERATOR

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE REVENANT, EMMANUEL LUBEZKI

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST DOCUMENTARY
AMY

BRIDGE OF SPIES

EE RISING STAR
JOHN BOYEGA

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST EDITING
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
WILD TALES (Argentina)

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST MAKE UP AND HAIR
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
THE HATEFUL EIGHT, ENNIO MORRICONE

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST SOUND
THE REVENANT

BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

BRIDGE OF SPIES

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Complete Winners List of the 2016 SAG Awards!

We continue our special coverage of the Awards Season and our next stop is the Screen Actors Guild Awards which took place last night in Los Angeles. The nominated names and titles were very competitive and it was hard to choose the winners, that’s for sure!

Check the complete winners list below:

MOVIES

Male Leading Role

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Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Johnny Depp – Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Female Leading Role

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Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Helen Mirren – Woman in Gold

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back

Outstanding Male Actor Supporting

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Christian Bale – The Big Short
Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
Jacob Tremblay – Room

Outstanding Female Actor Supporting

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Rooney Mara – Carol
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Helen Mirren – Trumbo
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Cast in a Movie

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Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Trumbo

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble in a Movie

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Furious 7
Everest

Mad Max: Fury Road
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Jurassic World

Also Read: SAG 2016: Few Hot… and so Many Others Not!

TV

Female Actor TV Movie or Miniseries

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Nicole Kidman – Grace of Monaco
Queen Latifah – Bessie
Christina Ricci – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

Susan Sarandon – The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Kristen Wiig – The Spoils Before Dying

Male Actor TV Movie or Miniseries

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Idris Elba – Luther
Ben Kingsley – Tut

Ray Liotta – Texas Rising
Bill Murray – A Very Murray Christmas
Mark Ryalnce – Wolf Hall

Outstanding Male Comedy Series

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Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H Macy – Shameless
Jim Parsons – Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Outstanding Female in Comedy Series

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Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Ensemble Comedy Series

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Big Bang Theory
Key & Peele
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Transparent

Veep

Outstanding Male Actor Drama

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Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Outstanding Female Actor Drama

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Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Outstanding Ensemble Drama

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Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones

Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble Comedy or Drama

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Game of Thrones
The Blacklist

Dare Devil
Homeland
The Walking Dead

Oscars 2016: 12 Nominations for The Revenant and One Nomination for Ave Maria

The long awaited Academy Awards nominations list was finally announced today! The Revenant remains on top of the list with 12 nominations, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road (10), The Martian (7), Carol (6), Bridge of Spies (6) and The Big Short (6). What’s also awesome is that Basil Khalil‘s Ave Maria short film is in this year’s nominations list, and Naji Abu Nowar‘s Theeb feature film as well.

So here’s the full list of nominations for the 88th Academy Awards:

Best picture
The Big Short

Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)

Matt Damon (The Martian)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Brie Larson (Room)
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale (The Big Short)
Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Best Director
Lenny Abrahamson (Room)
Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
Adam McKay (The Big Short)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Best Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Best Animated Feature Film
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Theeb (Jordan)
A War (Denmark)

Best Live Action Short
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok
Stutterer

Best Animated Short
Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Best Cinematography
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

Best Costume Design
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Documentary Feature
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Documentary Short
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

Best Editing
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Make-up and Hair
Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best Original Score
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Original Song
Earned It, The Weeknd (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Manta Ray, J Ralph & Antony (Racing Extinction)
Simple Song #3, Sumi Jo (Youth)
Til It Happens To You, Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground)
Writing’s On the Wall, Sam Smith (Spectre)

Best Production Design
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

See you on February 28 for a live coverage of the Awards Ceremony with the following hashtag: #CineTrotterAA

Golden Globes 2016 Winners… And The Revenant Wins Big!

Last night was the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hotel in Los Angeles and hosted by Ricky Gervais. It was huge success for The Revenant receiving 3 awards . So here’s the full list of winners:


Best Motion Picture, Drama
Carol

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Big Short

Joy
The Martian
Spy
Trainwreck

Best Director – Motion Picture
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Animated Feature Film
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emma Donoghue, Room
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Love Me Like You Do (50 Shades of Grey)
One Kind of Love (Love and Mercy)
See You Again (Furious 7)
Simple Song No. 3 (Youth)
Writing’s on the Wall (Spectre)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Carter Burwell, Carol

Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, The Revenant

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
The Brand New Testament (Belgium, France, Luxembourg)
The Club (Chile)
The Fencer (Finland, Germany, Estonia)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Denzel Washington

Best TV Series, Drama
Empire (Fox)

Game of Thrones (HBO)
Mr. Robot (USA Network)
Narcos (Netflix)
Outlander (Starz)

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Casual (Hulu)

Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon Video)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon Video)
Veep (HBO)

Best TV Limited Series or Movie
American Crime (ABC)

American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
Fargo (FX)
Flesh and Bone (Starz)
Wolf Hall (PBS)

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura, Narcos
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Queen Latifah, Bessie

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Idris Elba, Luther

Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Judith Light, Transparent
Maura Tierney, The Affair

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
Ben Mendelson, Bloodline
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

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BAFTAs 2016: Carol, The Danish Girl, Brooklyn & The Revenant Lead the Nominations!

The 69th British Academy Film Awards will be held on 14 February 2016 at the Royal Opera House in London. This annual event will honor the Best British and International films in 2015. Yesterday, the nominations of this upcoming edition were announced, so here are the nominees of the 24 categories.

1. Best Film
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Revenant

Spotlight

2. Outstanding British Film
45 Years
Amy
Brooklyn
The Danish Girl
Ex Machina
The Lobster

3. Outstanding Debut by British Writer, Director or Producer
Alex Garland (director, Ex Machina)
Debbie Tucker Green (writer/director, Second Coming)
Naji Abu Nowar (writer/director, Theeb), Rupert Lloyd (producer, Theeb)
Sean McAllister (director/producer, A Syrian Love Story) and Elhum Shakerifar (producer, A Syrian Love Story)
Stephen Fingleton (writer/director, The Survivalist)

4. Best Film Not in The English Language
The Assassin
Force Majeure
Theeb
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

5. Best Documentary
Amy
Cartel Land
He Named Me Malala
Listen to Me Marlon
Sherpa

6. Best Animated Film
Inside Out
Minions
Shaun the Sheep the Movie

7. Best Director
Adam McKay – The Big Short
Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies
Todd Haynes – Carol
Ridley Scott – The Martian
Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant

8. Best Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
Spotlight

9. Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
Room
Steve Jobs

10. Best Actor
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Matt Damon – The Martian
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

11. Best Actress
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Brie Larson – Room
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

12. Best Supporting Actor
Benicio del Toro – Sicario
Christian Bale – The Big Short
Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

13. Best Supporting Actress
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Julie Walters – Brooklyn
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
Rooney Mara – Carol

14. Best Original Music
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

15. Best Cinematography
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

16. Best Editing
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

17. Best Production Design
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

18. Best Costume Design
Brooklyn
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road

19. Best Make-up and Hair
Brooklyn
Carol
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

20. Best Sound
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

21. Best Special Visual Effects
Ant-Man
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

22. Best British Short Animation
Edmond
Manoman
Prologue

23. Best British Short Film
Elephant
Mining Poems or Odes
Operator
Over
Samuel-613

24. EE Rising Star (Public Votes)
Bel Powley
Brie Larson
Dakota Johnson
John Boyega
Taron Egerton

See you in February in our BAFTAs Coverage!

The Revenant: Realism, Bravery and Spirituality!

It’s hard to know where to start writing a review when the film is really powerful and influential. So let’s begin to talk about the story of Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s new masterpiece “The Revenant”, based on Michael Punke’s 2002 novel and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The film is set in the 19th century and tells the true story of the American legendary explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) who was injured after having a horrifying encounter with a bear, and then was left all alone by two members of his own haunting team who were supposed to take care of him. They left him supposing that he won’t last long and that he will die immediately, but he didn’t. He crossed over 200 miles in very bad health conditions in order to return to his men, and especially to find the two who betrayed him and left him behind. Moreover, he wanted to take revenge of John Fitzgerald (Hardy) after seeing him kill his son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) from his dead Indian wife.

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The film presents a wide difference of opinions between the characters regarding the meaning of God and each one’s spirituality. For example, for Hugh Glass, it’s his wife and his son, but for John Fitzgerald, it’s the future in Texas. All of these interpretations and many others, not only for the American hunters, but also for the Indians, meet at only one point and one idea: what you believe in is what keeps you alive, nothing more. Although Glass is attached to his son, the film doesn’t show the relationship between them. DiCaprio also doesn’t have a lot of dialogue scenes, he talks a lot through his facial expressions, his body movement and the sounds of his screaming  and heavy breathing.

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Iñárritu succeeded once again in breaking the usual style of framing and camera movement: he kept the camera close to his actors and in a constant smooth but quick movement during the fight scenes, without following the style of a classical fight scene, maintaining the camera alive following the characters of the film in a lively way that makes the spectator feel like he’s completely involved in the scene. For 2 hours and a half, you’re freezing, you’re expecting an attack at any minute, your eyes are covering the whole place and sometimes you’re afraid that our legendary explorer Glass might die at any minute, as his path was full of fights and very tough situations.

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What’s also impressive in the film is the sequence shots that dominate every scene, which brings us back to Iñárritu’s previous Academy Award-winning film Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance which is also based on consecutive sequence shots. Even the cinematographer of The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki, contributed a lot in making the film closer to reality by choosing to shoot the film with natural light, which made the schedule of the shooting very punctual and precise (also difficult in addition to the bad filming conditions in the snow) in order to catch the right mood and the amount of light needed for every scene.

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In addition, DiCaprio was a very powerful stunt as he broke some of his lifetime rules to give the role all of his strength: he’s a vegetarian, but he ate real raw meat in the scene that shows Glass surviving from the liver of a wild bison. He actually slept naked in a horse’s carcass. And what could seem unbelievable is that Leonardo “was never injured for real during the shoot”, said the source itself.

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Even Tom Hardy had a lot of stunts in the film but was actually concerned about his own safety, but then it all went well. All of the violent and fight scenes with all the characters of the film were perfectly shot, showing the reality without any addition that makes any of the situation unbelievable. The film shows the total realism of what a man does in the wild.

At last, we cannot forget to talk about the brilliant music score of the talented Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto in collaboration with musicians Bryce Dessner and Casten Nicolai. This amazing music mixed with the ambiance of the place captures the whole mood of the scenes and completes the process of “the spectator becoming part of the situation”.

The Revenant is already nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards and is expected to be a very hard competitor at this year’s Academy Awards (facing Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Hooper’s The Danish Girl and Haynes’ Carol), meeting our expectations of seeing Leonardo DiCaprio grab his first Oscar at last!

In cinemas starting January 8, 2016

Post written by Nadine Asmar

 

Leonardo DiCaprio in Iñárritu’s The Revenant | January 8

Plot: Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT captures one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.

Nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards