This Day in Oscar History: June 22 (2022)

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95th Oscars: Honorary Oscar Recipients Announced

THE ACADEMY TO HONOR MICHAEL J. FOX, EUZHAN PALCY, DIANE WARREN AND PETER WEIR WITH OSCARS® AT GOVERNORS AWARDS IN NOVEMBER

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that its Board of Governors voted to present Honorary Awards to Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Michael J. Fox. The four Oscar® statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 13th Governors Awards on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Los Angeles.

“The Academy’s Board of Governors is honored to recognize four individuals who have made indelible contributions to cinema and the world at large,” said Academy President David Rubin. “Michael J. Fox’s tireless advocacy of research on Parkinson’s disease alongside his boundless optimism exemplifies the impact of one person in changing the future for millions. Euzhan Palcy is a pioneering filmmaker whose groundbreaking significance in international cinema is cemented in film history. Diane Warren’s music and lyrics have magnified the emotional impact of countless motion pictures and inspired generations of musical artists. Peter Weir is a director of consummate skill and artistry whose work reminds us of the power of film to reveal the full range of human experience.”

Fox gained fame playing Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom “Family Ties.” His hit films include “Back to the Future,” “The Secret of My Success,” “Casualties of War,” “Doc Hollywood” and “The American President.” He returned to television in his award-winning lead role on “Spin City,” followed by guest appearances in series including “Rescue Me,” “The Good Wife” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” His many awards include five Emmys, four Golden Globes, one Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild awards, a People’s Choice award, and GQ Man of the Year. In 2000, he launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which is now the leading Parkinson’s organization in the world. He is the author of four New York Times bestselling books: Lucky Man, Always Looking Up, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future and No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality. Fox is the subject of a documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, which is currently in production.

Palcy is a writer, director and producer born in Martinique in the French West Indies. Her first feature film, “Sugar Cane Alley,” won the Silver Lion at the 1983 Venice Film Festival, a first for a Black director. It went on to win a César Award for Best First Work, the first César won by a woman director and by a Black filmmaker. She continued her journey with “A Dry White Season” (1989), a drama made at the height of apartheid, becoming the first Black woman to direct a film for a major Hollywood studio and guiding Marlon Brando to his last Oscar nomination. Her films also include the musical fairytale “Siméon.” Palcy’s work has been an inspiration to filmmakers, contemporary artists and novelists.

Warren is one of the most prolific contemporary songwriters and has written original songs for more than 100 films. She has earned 13 Oscar nominations in the Original Song category, starting in 1987 and within each of the past five decades, for songs including “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Because You Loved Me,” “How Do I Live,” “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” “Til It Happens To You” and “Stand Up for Something.” She has collaborated with such prominent music artists as Beyoncé, Cher, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Reba McEntire and Carlos Santana.

A leading figure in the Australian New Wave film movement in the 1970s, Weir emerged as a visionary filmmaker with “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and “The Last Wave.” He earned Oscar nominations for Directing for “Witness,” “Dead Poets Society,” “The Truman Show” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” for which he also received a Best Picture nomination, and earned a Writing nomination for “Green Card.” His other notable films include “The Way Back,” “Fearless,” “The Mosquito Coast,” “The Year of Living Dangerously” and “Gallipoli.”

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

The 13th Governors Awards is proudly supported by Rolex, the Exclusive Watch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Trailer Watch: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022) Updated

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The DVD Report #782

Father Stu is an odd duck of a movie.

Based on the true story of Stuart Long, a Golden Gloves champion boxer turned would-be actor turned priest, the film was the brainchild of star Mark Wahlberg who began working on the film in 2016 with writer-director David O. Russell who directed him in 2010’s The Fighter. Russell eventually lost interest and Wahlberg turned to Rosalind Ross, co-star Mel Gibson’s partner since 2014 and the mother of Gibson five-year-old youngest son. The film marks Ross’ writing and directing debut.

With a 36% Metacritic score, a 40% Rotten Tomatoes score, and a 95% audience score, you get the impression that something is amiss, and you would be right.

The film appeals primarily to fans of Wahlberg, an actor who hasn’t had a major critical success since 2013’s Lone Survivor. Like 2020’s Joe Bell, Father Stu is a well-intentioned film about a real-life character that fails to do justice to its subject.

Joe Bell was about a father grieving for his late son, a gay teenager who left home after being tormented by school bullies. It was well acted by Wahlberg, Connie Britton as his wife, Gary Sinise as a compassionate sheriff, and newcomers Maxwell Jenkins and Reid Miller as Wahlberg’s sons, but the execution was poor.

Father Stu spends too much time on Wahlberg’s character as a rebel characterized as having aged out of boxing. The truth is that he was only 24 and could have transitioned from amateur to professional boxing but chose not to.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 21 (2022)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Lost Girls”

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Film Preview: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (2022)

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December 16, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The concept is familiar to anyone who’s seen the trailer, but there’s nothing that really sells it to the uninitiated.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: The snappy choreography is the best part of the trailer which seems crassly crafted in some ways. Musicals struggle to find an audience and while this almost succeeds, there’s something inauthentic about it that might create some audience hostility.

Oscar Prospects:

It all depends on how good the film is. If it’s a smashing success critically and at the box office, it could be a major player.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 17-19, 2022

We had one films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Lightyear

The latest Disney/Pixar animated release came out this weekend and it was a box office weakling. Further, its IMDb rating is currently a dismal 5.3. That’s the lowest a Pixar film has ever scored. Even The Good Dinosaur and Cars 2 did better with audiences. That number may increase over time as more people see the film, but it’s clearly not the best result Disney could have asked for, especially on a tentpole film like this. The film scored a decent, though not outstanding 7.3 on Rotten Tomatoes and a 61 at MetaCritic. On Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score is a more robust 86%. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film is ranked higher than all the Cars films, but is tied with The Good Dinosaur. On MetaCritic, the audience results are anemic with only a 4.4 rating. They don’t have an easy way to search for all Pixar films, though.

Having said all that, it seems very much that this is one of Pixar’s weakest films in several years. And while it seems original in terms of its style, it’s undoubtedly a prequel, which will inhibit its chances at the Oscars. While new and inventive Pixar titles almost always get nominated at the Oscars, The Good Dinosaur being a major exception, they are not so gracious to prequels and sequels. Matter of fact, non-Pixar/Disney prequels/sequels do better with the Academy than do actual Pixar/Disney ones. That hasn’t hindered the Toy Story sequels, which have always been nominated, but it looks like this film’s weakness could end that streak. Even if it is not an Animated Feature nominee, it could have a chance in Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, and Sound as those are the few categories where animated films have secured nominations before. Since the film is doing poorly with audiences and is satisfactory only with critics, Adapted Screenplay will be out. Sound is not Sound Effects, which is the category Pixar had done well in before and Original Score remains the film’s best pick-up opportunity, but that seems unlikely at this juncture.

This Day in Oscar History: June 20 (2022)

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Film Preview: The Munsters (2022)

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Coming Soon

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Reboot of “The Munsters”, that followed a family of monsters who moves from Transylvania to an American suburb.”

Poster Rating: –

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Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: Starting off with the familiar theme music and introduction, then shifting to a color landscape with the characters presented matter of factly doesn’t do the teaser look very appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2023)

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(June 12, 2022) Original

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November 17, 2023

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Coriolanus Snow mentors and develops feelings for the female District 12 tribute during the 10th Hunger Games.”

Poster Rating: –

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Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: It’s a terrible idea to tease your fans with a trailer that only animates the logo. Thematic as it might seem, the end result, while gorgeously animated, is a disservice.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jun. 24-26, 2022

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Black Phone (Wide)

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Elvis (Wide)

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Flux Gourmet (Limited)

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes (Limited)

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Murder at Yellowstone City (Limited)

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Olga (Limited)

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Film Preview: Olga (2022)

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June 24, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A 15-year-old Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, who is working to secure a place at the country’s National Sports Center. When the Euromaiden revolt breaks out in the country, anxieties rise as his family gets involved.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1 & #2) These two designs have only subtle Ukrainian colors and will mostly only appeal to gymnastics fans and they aren’t even likely to take these as an assurance of a good time.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There is something a bit too clean about this trailer, which does an adequate, but unappealing job of conveying the Ukrainian War as a social backdrop element, which makes it feel ineffective.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Murder at Yellowstone City (2022)

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June 24, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A former slave who arrives in Yellowstone City, Montana, a desolate former boomtown now on the decline, looking for a place to call home. On that same day, a local prospector discovers gold – and is murdered.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: It has the cowboy motif that can speak to certain potential viewers, but there’s not enough else there to assure attendance.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: All the trappings of a western make their way into the trailer and the plot is inserted, but feels undercooked. The whole affair feels a bit hollow.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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