VH’s Weekly News Round-Up (14/01/18)

Hello and welcome to VultureHound’s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

As you’ve probably realised, it’s a new year, which (as you may not have realised) means we’re also getting into awards season. The Golden Globes have passed us by, the BAFTAs are hitting screens next month, and the top dog of film awards ceremonies, the Oscars, will be with us in March. So, with that in mind, here’s your weekly fix of film news, but with an ‘awards ceremony special’ twist.

By which I mean I’ll talk about the BAFTAs and the Globes, with some other stuff that is completely unrelated crammed in between.

Gather round for your Golden Globe winners

Picture courtesy of Chris Haston

There’s not a whole lot of stuff I can write about this, without having seen every film and without making this segment of the article way too long, so I apologise in advance for what will be a fairly list-heavy article, as I present each category, the nominees and winners. The focus will remain purely on the film side of proceedings, as I’m one of the film editors, this is a film news piece and frankly, we need to keep some boundaries here. Because what are we without boundaries?

BEST MOTION PICTURE (Drama)
NOMINEES: Call Me By Your NameDunkirkThe PostThe Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
WINNER: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST MOTION PICTURE (Comedy or Musical)
NOMINEES: The Disaster ArtistGet OutThe Greatest ShowmanI, TonyaLady Bird
WINNER: Lady Bird

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS (Drama)
NOMINEES: Jessica Chastain, Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Meryl Streep & Michelle Williams
WINNER: Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR (Drama)
NOMINEES: Timothée Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks, Gary Oldman & Denzel Washington
WINNER: Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS (Comedy or Musical)
NOMINEES: Judi Dench, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Stone & Helen Mirren
WINNER: Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird

BEST DIRECTOR
NOMINEES: Guillermo del Toro, Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott & Steven Spielberg
WINNER: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR (Comedy or Musical)
NOMINEES: Steve Carell, Ansel Elgort, James Franco, Hugh Jackman & Daniel Kaluuya
WINNER: James Franco for The Disaster Artist

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
NOMINEES: Mary J. Blige, Hong Chau, Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf & Octavia Spencer
WINNER: Allison Janney for I, Tonya

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
NOMINEES: Willem Dafoe, Armie Hammer, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer & Sam Rockwell
WINNER: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
NOMINEES: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriThe Shape of WaterPhantom ThreadThe PostDunkirk
WINNER: The Shape of Water

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
NOMINEES: ‘Home’ – Ferdinand, ‘Mighty River’ – Mudbound, ‘Remember Me’ – Coco, ‘The Star’ – The Star & ‘This Is Me’ – The Greatest Showman
WINNER: ‘This Is Me’ – The Greatest Showman

BEST SCREENPLAY
NOMINEES: The Shape of WaterLady BirdThe PostThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMolly’s Game
WINNER: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST MOTION PICTURE (FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
NOMINEES: A Fantastic WomanFirst They Killed My FatherIn The FadeLovelessThe Square
WINNER: In The Fade

BEST ANIMATED FILM
NOMINEES: The Boss BabyThe BreadwinnerFerdinandCocoLoving Vincent
WINNER: Coco

 

So yeah, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is really good, apparently; winning four Golden Globes. Go see it.

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is in cinemas now.

 

Is Black Widow finally happening?

Scarlett Johansson / Iron Man 2 / Picture courtesy of Marvel Studios

You may have noticed the hashtag #BlackWidow blowing up on Twitter this past week. That’s because, almost nine years after Scarlett Johansson signed on to play the character (March 2009), Marvel have finally hired someone to write her solo movie (Jac Shaeffer – Nasty WomenTiMEROlaf’s Frozen Adventure).

This movie is no doubt in part thanks to the success of Wonder Woman, and Marvel’s growing confidence in female superhero films, what with Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp hitting screens in the next year or two. However, the fact that Marvel have hired a writer is anything but concrete evidence that the film will go ahead, as the film is merely in development, rather than pre-production, meaning things could fall through.

For the sake of Black Widow fans everywhere, hopefully that won’t be the case. And fortunately for Black Widow fans, the fact that a Black Widow movie is still being considered means the character probably will come out of Avengers: Infinity War and it’s sequel unscathed.

As it’s still very early stages, it’s hard to say when the movie would come out. However, as Marvel Studios’ schedule is pretty packed currently, and it was recently announced that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be released in 2020, it’s likely the Black Widow will also be reserved for Marvel’s next ‘phase’ of movies, alongside Guardians and Spider-Man 2.

Black Widow will next appear in Avengers: Infinity War on April 25th 2018.

 

Gambit refuses to die, even with all the odds stacked against it

Picture courtesy of Marvel Comics

More superhero news, before we get back to awards nominations, this time of a less positive variety.

Channing Tatum has long been attatched to star in the X-Men spin-off Gambit; a film starring a mutant who can charge items with energy, and is known for his Cajun accent, bo-staff wielding and propensity for throwing exploding playing cards at people. Also, stealing stuff.

Channing’s approach is much the same as Ryan Reynolds when it came to getting Deadpool made. Unfortunately for Tatum, he’s having a lot less success.

The film has been in development since 2014, with initial rumours suggesting Tatum would show up to introduce the character in X-Men: Apocalypse. The film was intended to be released in late 2016, which obviously didn’t happen, and was to be directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Wyatt later dropped out, and was replaced by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), only for Liman to also drop out. Finally, Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Carribbean) took over.

But then this week, he dropped out as well.

Across this three-and-a-bit year time period, the script has also been reworked numerous times as they desperately tried to find the right tone and direction. But now, it looks like it’s all been for nothing, as whoever they decide to hire next will probably send things back to square one, so he or she can get it done properly.

Hopefully this Disney/Fox merger will happen quickly, so Gambit can finally be laid to rest, because frankly, of all the characters Marvel Studios will have at their disposal, it’s unlikely Gambit will be a high priority (and frankly, this is getting a bit embarrassing now).

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Gambit is slated for release on June 7th 2019.

 

Another long list, but this time, it’s about the BAFTAs

Picture courtesy of Jonathan Short

Again, there’s not going to be too much input from me here, so much as there is just going to be another long list. Enjoy.

BEST FILM
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Darkest Hour
The Death of Stalin
God’s Own Country
Lady Macbeth
Paddington 2
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
The Ghoul‘s Gareth Tunley (Writer/Director/Producer)
I Am Not A Witch‘s Rungano Nyoni (Writer/Director)
Jawbone‘s Johnny Harris (Writer/Producer)
Kingdom of Us’ Lucy Cohen (Director)
Lady Macbeth‘s Alice Birch (Writer)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Elle
First They Killed My Father
The Handmaiden
Loveless
The Salesman

DOCUMENTARY
City of Ghosts
I Am Not Your Negro
Icarus
An Inconvenient Sequel
Jane

ANIMATED FILM
Coco
Loving Vincent
My Life As A Courgette

DIRECTOR
Blade Runner 2049‘s Denis Villeneuve
Call Me By Your Name‘s Luca Guadagnino
Dunkirk‘s Christopher Nolan
The Shape of Water‘s Guillermo del Toro
Three Billboards Outside EbbingMissouri‘s Martin McDonagh

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Get Out‘s Jordan Peele
I, Tonya‘s Steven Rogers (Holy crap, Captain America wrote a movie)
Lady Bird‘s Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water‘s Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘s Martin McDonagh

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Call Me By Your Name‘s James Ivory
The Death of Stalin‘s Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin & David Schneider
Film Star’s Don’t Die In Liverpool‘s Matt Greenhalgh
Molly’s Game‘s Aaron Sorkin
Paddington 2‘s Simon Farnaby & Paul King

LEADING ACTRESS
Annette Bening, for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
FRANCES McDORMAND, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
MARGOT ROBBIE, for I, Tonya
SALLY HAWKINS, for The Shape of Water
SAOIRSE RONAN, for Lady Bird

LEADING ACTOR
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, for Phantom Thread
DANIEL KALUUYA, for Get Out
GARY OLDMAN, for Darkest Hour
JAMIE BELL, for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET, for Call Me by Your Name

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Allison Janney, for I, Tonya
Kristin Scott Thomas, for Darkest Hour
Laurie Metcalf, for Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, for Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer, for The Shape of Water

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer, for All the Money in the World
Hugh Grant, for Paddington 2
Sam Rockwell, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Willem Dafoe, for The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Blade Runner 2049‘s Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer
Darkest Hour‘s Dario Marianelli
Dunkirk‘s Hans Zimm,er
Phantom Thread‘s Jonny Greenwood
The Shape of Water‘s Alexandre Desplat

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Blade Runner 2049‘s Roger Deakins
Darkest Hour‘s Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk‘s Hoyte van Hoytema
The Shape of Water‘s Dan Laustsen
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri‘s Ben Davis

EDITING
Baby Driver‘s Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss
Blade Runner 2049‘s Joe Walker
Dunkirk‘s Lee Smith
The Shape of Water‘s Sidney Wolinsky
Three Billboards Outside EbbingMissouri‘s Jon Gregory

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

COSTUME DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
I, Tonya
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water

MAKE UP & HAIR
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
I, Tonya
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder

SOUND
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War For the Planet of the Apes

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
Have Heart
Mamoon
Poles Apart

BRITISH SHORT FILM
Aamir
Cowboy Dave
A Drowning Man
Work
Wren Boys

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
Daniel Kaluuya
Florence Pugh
Josh O’Connor
Tessa Thompson
Timothée Chalamet

Bloody hell, I’m glad that’s over.

Or at least, it’s over until next month when we get to do this all again…

The 71st British Academy Film Awards will air on February 18th 2018.