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Full List of Oscar Award Winners 2017.

The 89th Academy Award has finally gone, and it is not without its own fair share of controversy, hopes dashed, surprise winners, not surprising winners, and so much more.

The movie with the most nominations, surprise-hit musical-drama La La Land, did well enough for itself, among other expected big wins.

The Oscars serve as the near-wrap of award seasons, and this years event of Sunday, 26th of February 2017 did a lot to make the award ceremony memorable.

Here are the Oscar winners in the order presented:

 

BEST PICTURE

  • Arrival 
  • Fences 
  • Hacksaw Ridge 
  • Hell or High Water 
  • Hidden Figures 
  • La La Land 
  • Lion 
  • Manchester by the Sea 
  • WINNER: Moonlight

Moonlight marks the first Best Picture Oscar win for a feature-length film written and directed by Barry Jenkins.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  • WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

La La Land marks Damien Chazelle’s first win in the Best Director Oscar category. The film is Chazelle’s third feature-length directorial effort, following the Oscar-winning Whiplash (which Chazelle also received a Best Director Oscar nod for) and Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.

 

BEST ACTOR

  • WINNER: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

Manchester by the Sea marks Casey Affleck’s first win in the Best Actor Oscar category. He was previously nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

 

BEST ACTRESS

  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

La La Land marks Emma Stone’s first win for a Best Actress Oscar. She was previously nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Birdman (or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Arrival 
  • Fences 
  • Hidden Figures 
  • Lion 
  • WINNER: Moonlight

Moonlight marks the first screenwriting Oscar win for both Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film is based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, by McCraney.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • La La Land 
  • Hell or High Water 
  • The Lobster 
  • WINNER: Manchester by the Sea 
  • 20th Century Women

Manchester by the Sea marks the first Oscar win (for screenwriting) for Kenneth Lonergan. He was previously nominated for his script work on You Can Count on Me and Gangs of New York.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • WINNER: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Mahershala Ali was the front-runner in this category heading into Oscar night. He also won for his role in Moonlight at such events as the Film Independent Spirit Awards and appeared in Moonlight‘s fellow Best Picture Oscar nominee this year, Hidden Figures.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Viola Davis was nominated for the Supporting Actress Oscar (for Doubt) and Leading Actress Oscar (for The Help), prior to her nomination and win for Fences.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, La La Land
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls
  • WINNER: “City of Stars”, La La Land
  • “The Empty Chair”, Jim
  • “How Fair I’ll Go”, Moana

La La Land marks the first Best Song Oscar win for Justin Hurwitz (as well as his second Oscar victory after his Best Score win), and the first Oscar victory for lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • WINNER: Zootopia 
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  •  Moana 
  • My Life as a Zucchini 
  • The Red Turtle

Walt Disney Animation Studios recently won the Best Animated Feature Oscar for Frozen and Big Hero 6, prior to Zootopia‘s victory this year.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Jackie 
  • WINNER: La La Land 
  • Lion 
  • Moonlight 
  • Passengers

La La Land is the first Best Score Oscar win for Justin Hurwitz. He previously collaborated with La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle on his previous feature-length directorial efforts, Whiplash and Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Arrival
  • WINNER: La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

La La Land marks the first Oscar win for Cinematography for Linus Sandgren. He has previously collaborated with such filmmakers as David O. Russell (on American Hustle and Joy) and Gus Van Sant (Promised Land), respectively.

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Allied 
  • WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jackie 
  • La La Land

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them costume designer Colleen Atwood has now won four Oscars, including her previous wins for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, as well as Rob Marshall’s Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • WINNER: Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

Arrival marks the first Oscar victory for Sylvain Bellemare, who previously collaborated with director Denis Villeneuve on his 2010 film, Incendies.

 

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • Arrival
  • WINNER Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Hacksaw Ridge is the first Oscar victory for the film’s four-man sound mixing team, including Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace.

 

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • WINNER: Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad is the first Oscar victory for its three makeup artists: Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Allen Nelson.

 

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT

  • “Ennemis Interieurs” “
  • Le Femme et le TGV”
  • “Silent Nights”
  • WINNER: “Sing”
  • “Timecode”

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

  • Pearl
  • Pear and Cider Cigarettes
  • WINNER: Piper
  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time

Piper is but the latest short from Pixar Animation to win the Oscar, following in the footsteps of such previous Pixar titles as For the Birds, Geri’s Game and Tin Toy.

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • WINNER: The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Jungle Book marks the third Visual Effects Oscar win for Robert Legato, the second for Adam Valdez and Andrew R. Jones, and the first for Dan Lemmon.

 

BEST FILM EDITING

  • La La Land
  • Moonlight
  • WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Arrival
  • Hell or High Water

Hacksaw Ridge editor John Gilbert previously served as an editor on such movies as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Bridge to Terabithia. This marks his first Oscar win for editing on a feature-length film.

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Arrival 
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  •  Hail, Caesar! 
  • WINNER: La La Land 
  • Passengers

La La Land is the first Oscar win for Davis Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco. The duo have previously collaborated with Quentin Tarantino on multiple films, including Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2 and Inglourious Basterds.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • Extremis
  • 4.1 Miles
  • The Mute’s House
  • WINNER: The White Helmets
  • Watani: My Homeland

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Fire at Sea 
  • I Am Not Your Negro 
  • Life Animated 
  • WINNER: OJ: Made in America 
  • 13th

OJ: Made in America is the first Oscar-win for director Ezra Edelman. He previously worked on the docu-TV series 30 for 30 and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Land of Mine 
  • A Man Called Ove 
  • WINNER: The Salesman 
  • Tana 
  • Toni Erdmann

The Salesman marks the first Oscar victory for director Asghar Farhadi. He was previously nominated for helming the Best Foreign Language Oscar-nominated A Separation.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Rinzy Reviews: Doctor Strange

Release date: November 4, 2016
Production Studio: Marvel Studio
Box Office: $670.1m
Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

 

Over the years, Marvel has proved itself as a force to be reckoned with not just the comic book movie world, but movies in general. Doctor Strange follows in the same line as an interesting watch.

 

Dr. Stevens Strange is an arrogant but very intelligent Neurosurgeon, who has an accident that causes him to lose the effective use of his hands. Dejected, he seeks for a way out of his predicament, and comes across a man who used to be paralyzed years ago, but could now miraculously walk. The man tells Strange about Kamar-Taj, a place where miracle happens.

Kaecilius is a rogue Sorcerer, who broke into Kamar-Taj to steal a page out of a book about time manipulation. He and his followers are chased across dimensions by a powerful Sorceress called the Ancient One, but they all escape her.

Strange is saved by another sorcerer, Mordo, who heard him ask about Kamar-Taj at the market place. Mordo brings him to Kamar-Taj, the Sanctum, to see the Ancient One, who rejects him, but later accepts him after a pep talk from Mordo. Strange begins his training in earnest, though tough, he finally starts to understand what it takes to be a sorcerer. Kaecilius attacks again.

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Kaecilius is trying to free Dormamu, a villain that resides in the dark dimension, and it is up to Strange and his fellow Sorcerers to stop his invasion.

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There were lots of things I loved about this movie, most notable are:

1. Dr. Stranger’s back story.

Even though this movie is an origin story of some sort, it doesn’t rub it on our faces. The pacing was good. It didn’t take years to introduce Steven Strange the douche, Steven Strange the broken man, and certainly didn’t take an eternity to introduce him as a Sorcerer. The pacing was well thought out, and beautifully executed.

2. Powerful visuals

Though we’ve seen one trick in this movie in Inception (2010) – the reality warping spell when Mordo and Strange ran from Kaecilius and his forces after the attack at the New-York Sanctum.

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Many other visuals peculiar to this movie I enjoyed include, the way the portals to different dimensions open, the Eye of Agomotto and the cloak of levitation in action, among many other scenery. Kudos to the Visuals Director.

3. The comedy

This was one very awesome aspect of the movie. The characters were funny, almost all of them knew how to crack a smile on viewers, including Dormamu.

4. The wonderful cast and acting.

Though there were divisions among comic fanboys when the cast was unveiled, they did impress me. From Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange, to Chinwetel Ejiofor as Mordo, to Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, these three and a few others did it for me. Benedict Cumberbatch was an excellent choice for the Sorcerer Supreme, and I must say job well done to the Casting Director.

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The things I didn’t like about this movie:

1. Dormamu wasn’t really visually appealing enough to be appreciated as the main villain.

2. The Ancient One didn’t need to die the way she did. She was way too awesome to die by a stab wound, for someone with powers from the dark dimension.

 

In all, Doctor Strange is an entertaining movie, it wouldn’t bore you. So, if you haven’t watched it, try to.

For those that have watched the movie, what do you think of it?

The Nun

If you’ve watched The Conjuring 2, then, you have no problem recognizing the creepy nun – the demon, Valak. It took the appearance of a nun to wreck havoc on our favorite paranormal investigator couple, Ed and Loraine.

Apparently, The Conjuring 2 made so much money like its predecessor, that Warner Bros., ordered a spin-off for one of its villain’s representation, just as they did with Annabelle (the most creepy doll since Chucky.)

 

In real-life mythology, many believe Valak to be the Great President of Hell, with over 30 legions of demons at his command. Valak is said to give true answers about hidden treasures; he reveals where serpents can be seen and delivers them harmless to the magician. Valak is also said to appear as a small poor boy who has angel wings and rides on a two-headed dragon.

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Now, that Valak, the evil nun, has been confirmed to headline its own movie, I want to know if you’ll be willing to watch: I found the nun very creepy each time it appeared on The Conjuring 2.

The Nun doesn’t have an official release date yet. We’ll inform you when it does.

Movies of February 2017

The year is in full swing, and movie lovers are eagerly anticipating the next big movie at the box-office.

Without wasting time, let me reiterate the movies to watch this February. This list is a nod to the list of anticipated for 2017. (Click here to see the list again.)

  1. Rings (Feb. 3)

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This one’s for the lovers of the horror genre. It’s the third part of its franchise, but is designed to stand alone, to appeal to the horror of its audience. The film stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Aimee Teegarden and Bonnie Morgan.

2. John Wick: Chapter Two (Feb. 10)

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Next on the list is John Wick. After the impressive showdown that was the first chapter, I am really interested in seeing where the producers take John’s story to. Luckily, I won’t have to wait for too long to have a look.

3. Fifty shades darker (Feb. 10)

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Another movie I cannot wait to watch. The weird dynamic between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s relationship, I want to see explored further.

4. The Great Wall (Feb. 17)

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This is one movie I feel will blow people’s minds away. Everything about it seems perfect. Awesome leads in Matt Damon (The Martian) and Pedro Paschal (Narcos). The box-office looks to be smiling on this movie.

Let me know what you think in the comment box.

Oscar 2017 nomination list

It is still award season. This time, it is the most coveted award show – The Oscars.

Below is the nomination list and their nominees.

 

Best Picture

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best Director

  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress

  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay

  • La La Land
  • Hell or High Water
  • The Lobster
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • 20th Century Women

Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Original Song

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, La La Land
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls
  • “City of Stars”, La La Land
  • “The Empty Chair”, Jim
  • “How Fair I’ll Go”, Moana

Best Animated Feature

  • Zootopia
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle

Best Original Score

Best Cinematography

Best Costume Design

  • Allied
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jackie
  • La La Land

Best Sound Editing

  • Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

Best Sound Mixing

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad

Best Live-Action Short

  • “Ennemis Interieurs” “
  • Le Femme et le TGV”
  • “Silent Nights”
  • “Sing”
  • “Timecode”

Best Animated Short

  • Pearl
  • Pear and Cider Cigarettes
  • Piper
  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time

Best Visual Effects

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Film Editing

Best Production Design

  • Arrival
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • La La Land
  • Passengers

Best Documentary Short

  • Extremis
  • 4.1 Miles
  • The Mute’s House
  • The White Helmets
  • Watani: My Homeland

Best Documentary Feature

  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life Animated
  • OJ: Made in America
  • 13th

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Land of Mine
  • A Man Called Ove
  • The Salesman
  • Tana
  • Toni Erdmann

The 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is going to be telecast on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 on ABC, starting at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Sources: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Screen Rant.

Which is your best Spiderman?

So far, we’ve met three recent iterations of the Spiderman.

  • Toby Macguire’s
  • Andrew Garfield’s, and
  • Tom Holland.

As we anticipate the release of Spiderman: Homecoming – the marriage between Marvel and Sony, we can’t help but mince words, and through banters.

Who is your favorite Spiderman?

Mine, should still be Toby Macguire’s.

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I thought Andrew Garfield’s performances to be more about the display of being in  a better age of technology, and Tom’s to be too early to judge (though his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, was a delight to keep re-watching.)

Which of these three do it for you, as the Spiderman you love?

Meanwhile, Tom Holland recently said that his version of Spiderman will win a battle against the other two versions. His version is quite strong I’ll give him then… you never can tell.