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Academy Makes Room for Confronting Abuse

Oscar®-nominee Brie Larson arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.
Oscar®-winner Brie Larson arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

By Bruce Edwin

Brie Larson Won The Oscar® for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her compelling performance in the intense motion picture ROOM. Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson)  and her 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time, in the film ROOM, which is based partly on a true story.

The following is an interview with Brie Larson Backstage at The Oscars, discussing this intense motion picture, and her advice to others aspiring to achieve their dreams. While we don’t know Ms. Larson personally, she sounds like a very lovely person, concerned not only with making the right choices as an actress, but as a human being concerned with the spirit, and the truth. Congratulations Brie.

Backstage at The Oscars®– An Interview with Brie Larson

Question:  (…)What advice would you give to people who haven’t achieved their dreams yet?

Brie Larson:  Oh, any dream?

Question:  Any dream.

Brie Larson: Any dream.  Oy, that’s a hard one.  You just have to do it.  I mean, I wish that there was any sort of rules or code, but in fact, I think the way you get there is by breaking it, by listening to what’s happening inside of yourself.  I personally had many moments of crossroads, probably hundreds of moments of crossroads where I could go the way that people were telling me to go, or I could go the way that felt right within me.  And it took me 20 years to be standing here on this stage, but I wouldn’t want it any other way:  To be so grateful for all of the hardships that it took to get here and to not be discouraged by it.  I think to live this life it’s a bizarre combination of being plastic and incredibly stubborn and also really curious about what this life holds; to have no expectation, but to have an idea about a beautiful horizon that’s in front of [you and–and you] constantly moving towards it.

Question: (…)  What does your Oscar win say for all of the victims out there who have been victimized?

Brie Larson: (…) in the core of it when we want to talk about feeling trapped, and that can be trapped in a way that is metaphor or a physical representation of that, we want to talk about abuse, the many different ways that we as humans can be abused or feel confined.  I hope that this is a story that honestly changes people and allows them to be free.  To me, making this movie was my own search for freedom and breaking free of my own personal boundaries.  And I hope that when people watch this, they realize that they have it in themselves to break free of whatever it is that’s holding them back.

Regarding the press as it relates to others, Brie Larson answered a question with a wise answer that can suitably apply to all. She stated;

 “We are sensitive, loving human beings that deeply at the core of ourselves are worried that we are unlovable.  And I think if we can constantly keep that in our heads (…) and try instead to get into the soul of a person, (…) we are people, and I think if we can get back to the humanity (…) we are going to go a long way, and we are going to get real truth (…)”

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Backstage at the Oscars

88th Oscars®, Saturday Rehearsal

We all know how 30 Seconds to Mars frontman and Award winning Actor Jared Leto has it rough. When he’s not being a rock star touring the world, he’s being a movie star, or simply just hanging out on stage during rehearsals for the Oscars in his chill wear striking a pose.  Of course, he’s got a babe on his arm that just so happens to be Australian actress Margot Robbi who made her big American film debut in those very ‘R rated’ sex scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The Oscars were held Sunday, February 28th, 2016, live on ABC.

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Sexy Alicica Vikander Wins For The Danish Girl

Known for some very sexy roles in her rapidly growing filmography, Alicia Vikander won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for the lauded film The Danish Girl, in which she has a lesbian affair with a married woman. Alicia answers questions backstage the Oscars about her big win, as follows;

Question: Congratulations, Alicia. Congratulations once again. Do you feel that your success and the success with THE DANISH GIRL will open the door for additional LGBT stories to be told in Hollywood?

Alicia: I definitely hope so. I came on this film only two years ago and I know that this was not an easy film to get made and it has been almost 15 years that one of our producers, Gail, had worked on it and to see kind of the cultural change with just me over the years since I actually finished the film with, I don’t know, with Caitlyn Jenner coming out, with TRANSPARENT and TANGERINE, it’s like a social change and I just wish that ‑‑ in the same way that this film has been so educational for me and with so many people that I got to meet and in preparation for it I hope that it can open up an even wider conversation, if our film can be a part of that discussion.

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Question: What does this mean for you personally and for your career?

Alicia: (…) this is a celebration of film and the people behind it, so I’m just really honored that I was invited to be part of this thing tonight, and to get this is just beyond anything I would ever imagine. I never thought from back home that I would do films in English. I didn’t know that you could as a foreign actress really. And, I don’t know, I think if I can continue to work, that would be great.

Question: What piece of advice would you give to young girls around the world?

Alicia: I don’t know. I actually on stage said to my parents who were there and who have always told me, like, you can actually do it and it has been so many doubts and they are still there and I guess because there’s some people who have really (…) Well, what I mean is that apparently a lot of things canhttp://hollywoodsentinel.com/wp-admin/users.php be possible, things that I would never, ever, ever have believed in and that is only because I have had some incredible women supporting me so that is probably what I wanted to say to some young girls, just keep on doing it (…) In her acceptance speech, she thanked among others “my mom and dad. Thank you for giving me the belief that anything can happen, even though I would never have believed this. Thank you.”

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LEONARDO DiCAPRIO WINS BEST ACTOR

We have seen Leonardo DiCaprio grow up on screen, as that teen heart throb that all the girls had a crush on, which most guys found annoying, to a total stud that has proven to be one of the best actors of our time. As if that were not enough, he is a beautiful soul, caring about the importance of our planet. As such, we give you here a part of his acceptance speech for Best Actor for his Win for “Revenant.”

Leonardo DiCaprio states, Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”

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Rooney Mara–Stunning Style, Beauty & Talent

Rooney Mara attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Rooney Mara dominates on the red carpet at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards, in a stunningly great dress. The beautiful star burst on to the Hollywood scene in the biggest way, with the dark and edgy “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” franchise, and has proven her massive talent since, back this year with the Oscar nominated “Carol,” for which she is nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress.

Revenant Producer Brett Ratner Shines at Governors Awards

Director Brett Ratner attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Legendary Hollywood Producer Brett Ratner, soaring this year with Best Picture nomination for “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo Dicaprio, has produced dozens of outstanding films, including last years masterful and underrated film starring Johnny Depp, “Black Mass.”

Pictured here, Mr. Ratner attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California, on Saturday 14, 2015.

Oscar’s 2016 Complete List of Nominees and Winners

Actor in a Leading Role

Winner

Leonardo DiCaprio: The Revenant

Nominees

Bryan Cranston

Trumbo

Matt Damon

The Martian

Michael Fassbender

Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne

The Danish Girl

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner

Mark Rylance: Bridge of Spies

Nominees

Christian Bale

The Big Short

Tom Hardy

The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo

Spotlight

Sylvester Stallone

Creed

Actress in a Leading Role

Winner

Brie Larson: Room

Nominees

Cate Blanchett

Carol

Jennifer Lawrence

Joy

Charlotte Rampling

45 Years

Saoirse Ronan

Brooklyn

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner

Alicia Vikander: The Danish Girl

Nominees

Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara

Carol

Rachel McAdams

Spotlight

Kate Winslet

Steve Jobs

Animated Feature Film

Winner

Inside Out: Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Nominees

Anomalisa

Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

Boy and the World

Alê Abreu

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

When Marnie Was There

Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Picture

Winner

Spotlight: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Nominees

The Big Short

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

Brooklyn

Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

Mad Max: Fury Road

Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers

The Martian

Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers

The Revenant

Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers

Room

Ed Guiney, Producer

Cinematography

Winner

The Revenant: Emmanuel Lubezki

Nominees

Carol

Ed Lachman

The Hateful Eight

Robert Richardson

Mad Max: Fury Road

John Seale

Sicario

Roger Deakins

Costume Design

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Jenny Beavan

Nominees

Carol

Sandy Powell

Cinderella

Sandy Powell

The Danish Girl

Paco Delgado

The Revenant

Jacqueline West

Directing

Winner

The Revenant: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Nominees

The Big Short

Adam McKay

Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller

Room

Lenny Abrahamson

Spotlight

Tom McCarthy

Film Editing

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Margaret Sixel

Nominees

The Big Short

Hank Corwin

The Revenant

Stephen Mirrione

Spotlight

Tom McArdle

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Foreign Language Film

Winner

Son of Saul: Hungary

Nominees

Embrace of the Serpent

Colombia

Mustang

France

Theeb

Jordan

A War

Denmark

Makeup and Hairstyling

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Nominees

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

The Revenant

Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Production Design

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

Nominees

Bridge of Spies

Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

The Danish Girl

Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish

The Martian

Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak

The Revenant

Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Sound Editing

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Mark Mangini and David White

Nominees

The Martian

Oliver Tarney

The Revenant

Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

Sicario

Alan Robert Murray

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound Mixing

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

Nominees

Bridge of Spies

Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

The Martian

Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

The Revenant

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects

Winner

Ex Machina: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Nominees

Mad Max: Fury Road

Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

The Martian

Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

The Revenant

Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Music (Original Score)

Winner

The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone

Nominees

Bridge of Spies

Thomas Newman

Carol

Carter Burwell

Sicario

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

John Williams

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Winner

Spotlight: Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

Nominees

Bridge of Spies

Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Ex Machina

Written by Alex Garland

Inside Out

Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

Straight Outta Compton

Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Documentary (Short Subject)

Winner

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Nominees

Body Team 12

David Darg and Bryn Mooser

Chau, beyond the Lines

Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Adam Benzine

Last Day of Freedom

Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Documentary (Feature)

Winner

Amy: Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Nominees

Cartel Land

Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Short Film (Animated)

Winner

Bear Story: Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Nominees

Prologue

Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

Sanjay’s Super Team

Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

Konstantin Bronzit

World of Tomorrow

Don Hertzfeldt

Short Film (Live Action)

Winner

Stutterer: Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Nominees

Ave Maria

Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

Day One

Henry Hughes

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Patrick Vollrath

Shok

Jamie Donoughue

Music (Original Song)

Winner

Spectre: “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre; Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Nominees

Fifty Shades of Grey

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey; Music and Lyric by The Weeknd, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

Racing Extinction

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction; Music by J. Ralph, Lyric by Anohni

Youth

“Simple Song #3” from Youth; Music and Lyric by David Lang

The Hunting Ground

“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Winner

The Big Short: Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Nominees

Brooklyn

Screenplay by Nick Hornby

Carol

Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

The Martian

Screenplay by Drew Goddard

Room

Screenplay by Emma Donoghue
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Creating New Languages For Hollywood 

10 ANIMATED SHORTS ADVANCE IN 2015 OSCAR® RACE

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards®.  Sixty pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: 

“Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso),” Gabriel Osorio, director, and Pato Escala, producer (Punkrobot Animation Studio)

“Carface (Autos Portraits),” Claude Cloutier, director (National Film Board of Canada)

“If I Was God…,” Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)

“Love in the Time of March Madness,” Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, directors (High Hip Productions and KAPWA Studioworks)

“My Home,” Phuong Mai Nguyen, director (Papy3D Productions)

“An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, director (California Institute of the Arts)

“Prologue,” Richard Williams, director, and Imogen Sutton, producer (Animation Masterclass)

“Sanjay’s Super Team,” Sanjay Patel, director, and Nicole Grindle, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)

“We Can’t Live without Cosmos,” Konstantin Bronzit, director (Melnitsa Animation Studio)

“World of Tomorrow,” Don Hertzfeldt, director (Bitter Films)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.
Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 88th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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