Well the Oscars were last night and finally ends one of the strangest award seasons. One of the fun things about this years Oscars was lack of predictability so I don't feel bad I didn't do so well with my predictions.
Of course as we got closer to the Oscars The Revenant took over frontrunner status but I kept telling everyone you can't count out Spotlight, The Big Short, or Mad Max. So while Spotlight winning Best Picture was a bit of a surprise wasn't total shocker like when Shakespeare in Love beat Saving Private Ryan or Crash beat Brokeback Mountain.
The two final awards before the Oscars are the Independent Spirit Awards and the Razzies. The awards are completely different.
by Stephen Milek
Netflix just revealed the new movies and shows coming in March. And it's jammed back with goodies.
For 90's fans the month starts off pretty well for you. The Kevin Cosnter version of Robin Hood, the Nickelodeon movie Good Burger, and one of the best comedies of all time Groundhog Day.
If you are a fan of 80's films then don't worry there is something for you too. There is the Al Pacino classic Scarface and Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn are both coming back to Netflix this month. And if that's not enough there is a new Pee-Wee Herman movie making it's debut on March 18th.
And for fans of Netflix Original series you have the new seasons of Daredevil and House of Cards.
Our pick of the month is Finders Keepers. This was one of our favorite documentaries we saw at the Milwaukee Film Festival last year. The movie tells the story of a guy who buys a storage locker and an auction and ends up finding a foot in it. When the man who lost that foot wants it back a bizarre string of events lead them to Judge Mathis. It's a fascinating documentary and has more heart than you would expect about a guy who wants to keep someone else's foot. Read Steve's Review and check out Chris' video review
Full list below
While the WGA Awards don't usually have an impact on Oscar races this year any sign as to what will win come February 28th is helpful.
One of the issues with the WGA is they have strict rules who can be nominated and often an Oscsr Frontrunner will not qualify for one reason or another. That and the fact the SAG, PGA, and DGA all have had their say it's hard for the WGA to stand out. But this year with SAG, PGA, and DGA all going with different movies maybe we could get some help from the WGA.
The big winner and the movie getting the biggest boost coming out of the night is Spotlight. Winning Best Original Screenplay and to go with their SAG win it puts them a little ahead of the pack. But The Big Short won Best Adapted Screenplay to go along with their PGA win. The issue The Big Short has is that it will have stiffer competition at the Oscars especially with Room that wasn't eligible for the WGA.
I think the two will probably win their respective categories at the Oscars but still leaves Best Picture up in the air. Despite not being nominated for a writing Oscar The Revenant can still take the top prize and you really can't rule out Mad Max: Fury Road and the love people have for that.
Winning Best Writing for a Documentary was Going Clear the Scientology doc by Alex Gibney. Despite high praise for the movie it didn't get an Oscar nomination. And Amy still the likely Oscar winner in that category.
Love it or hate it there are three more Transformers movies coming. And yesterday we found out the dates they are coming. We will be seeing a Transformers movie every summer for three years in a row starting next year.
First up is Transformers 5 on June 23, 2017. It has already been confirmed Michael Bay will be back to direct this one (which he claims will be his last one again) and again will star Mark Wahlberg. The interesting thing about the date is it is currently the date Warner Brothers has set aside for Wonder Woman. It will be an interesting battle if both studios stick to their dates.
On June 8th, 2018 we will see what some thought would be Transformers 6 but turns out it will be a Bumblebee spinoff movie. No word yet on what the story will be about or who will direct it. Again the release date pits Transformers against a Warner Brothers movie, this time it will be the Godzilla sequel.
Finally we got a Transformers movie coming on June 28th, 2019. With absolutely zero info on this one it is pure speculation what it will be. Could be Transformers 6 or maybe the animated spinoff we have heard about. Also no word yet on any Warner Brothers movies it will be opening against.
Last night at the Directors Guild Awards history was made. For the first time in it's 68 year history the same director won two years in a row. Alejandro González Iñárritu won last year for Birdman and this year he won for The Revenant.. The win was a bit of a surprise and many pundits felt that it would go to George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road . The DGA is usually a good indicator on what will happen on Oscar night with the winner usually going on to win either Best Picture, Best Director or both. But this year is not normal. The three big Oscar indicators all went to different movies. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award went to Spotlight and the Producers Guild Awards (PGA) went to The Big Short. Now that the DGA went with The Revenant there is no telling what will happen on Oscar night. Although with the win and the most Oscar nominations of the bunch I think The Revenant is the front runner to win. But besides for those three movies you still can't count out Mad Max: Fury Road which despite missing out on the big three awards has quietly racked up more awards than the other movies.
Fun fact in addition to winning the DGA last night The Revenant also won the Annie Award (given for best animation) for Best Character Animation in a Live Action Film for work on the bear. And I also learned that the bears name was Judy.
Full list of DGA Film winners below.