British Academy Film Awards (2019) Forecasts

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The British Academy Film Awards are a set of awards annually awarded by the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA). The first set of awards were awarded on 29 May 1949. The 72nd British Academy Film Awards will be held on February 10 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England; in my outlook, the following should win on the night:

Best Film: BlackKklansman
Outstanding British Film: Bohemian Rhapsody
Leading Actress: Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Leading Actor: Christian Bale (Vice)
Supporting Actress: Margot Robbie (Mary Queen of Scots)
Supporting Actor: Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)
Best Director: Spike Lee (BlackKklansman)
Original Music: BlackKklansman
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer: Pili
Animated Film: Incredibles 2
British Short Animation: I’m OK
British Short Film: 73 Cows
Documentary: They Shall Not Grow Old
Film Not In The English Language: Cold War

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SAG Awards (2019) Forecasts

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The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards are a set of awards which honors actors and stunt artists annually; it also hands out the ‘Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award’ every year to an actor who has developed the greatest acting principles within himself or herself. The 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards is supposed to happen at the Shrine Auditorium in California; in my outlook, the following should win on the night:

Films

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: BlacKkKlansman
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale (Vice)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Margot Robbie (Mary Queen of Scots)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)

Television

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: This Is Us
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama: John Krasinsky (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Glow
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series: Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series: Bill Pullman (The Sinner)

Padmaavat

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Capsule Review

Cast: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh and Raza Murad
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Rating: 8/10

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest masterpiece, Padmaavat, is based on a 16th Century poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, and the film is a visual treat: elaborate sets and gorgeous fashion choices interplay magnificently with portays of love and bravery (of epic proportions). In the 13th Century, the peaceful existence of the Rajputs of Chittor is shattered when Alauddin Kilji becomes interested in snatching the Rajputs’ kingdom away. Alauddin is an intriguing character: the nephew of Jalaluddin Kilji, a dynastic ruler from Afghanistan who grabbed the Delhi Sultanate, Alauddin killed Jalaluddin, with the help of his slave, Malik Kafur, and made himself the new Sultan. And yet, the greatest character in this ancient brutal saga is undoubtedly that of Padmavati, the Rajput queen with unsurpassable beauty, who took a heroic step to protect her dignity when the war, for her, ends in defeat – the kingdom falls to the enemy, as the king is killed in battle and the queen kills herself. The film, more than anything else, belongs to the battles and also the anticipation that builds up to discover just which dynasty victory befalls upon.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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Capsule Review

Cast: Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Rating: 4/10

The story in the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service picks up where the last film in the spy installment left off: Harry Hart is, at first, believed to be no longer with us but when Charlie Hesketh, a trainee, previously, with a cybernetic arm, manages to enter the Kingsman servers and soon after, very tragically, a stream of missiles kill all British agents and the Kingsman headquarters perishes, it so emerges that Harry is alive; this revelation is made when the Doomsday Protocol leads Merlin and the most ridiculous of all characters in the film – Eggsy, who fails to convince as a heroic Kingsman agent, to Statesman. What then follows is a a fight by Harry (and remorsefully, the very irritating Eggsy, too) to save our world from the Golden Circle – a terrorist organization, which has got recreational drugs infected with a toxin, that makes victims suffer from mania and paralysis, before succumbing to death.

The film is convincing on the thrilling action and the wide range of spy agents thrown at you, such as Agent Tequila and Agent Champagne – both members of the Statesman, which spends time masquerading as a Kentucky-based Bourbon whiskey distillery. But that’s where the fun stops, so much so, it’s hard to resist feelings of wanting to cling onto Elton John’s extended special appearance in a glamorous avatar in the film: a pointless appearance of Cambodia and the presence of women thrown around, who only really have a special knack for jolting a speeding narrative into sudden (uncomfortable) stops – all these women do really is pretend to be charismatic, sometimes even on polar ends, but fail at it miserably, and these plotholes make the movie a bumpy ride; it’s tough to figure out which is more tragic – the many tripping points in the movie, or the untimely demise of Merlin.

My Life As A Zucchini

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My Life as a Zucchini attempts to part with good wisdom over serious (and relatable – well, for me) episodes. I liked how it takes a subject so rarely explored – the lives of kids in a home, and then makes it both endearing and fun. Splashed with colors and funny-looking children, the French movie looks set to be a rare classic, where animated films are concerned.

In the film, an orphan called Zucchini, who is nine years old, likes to roll his eyes at life’s little moments. He befriends kids in the same boat as him who all have had difficult pasts and to make matters better the group have the same day-to-day worries as any other kid in town – how to roll as a gang through it all. Zucchini comes to the Fontaine household after he kills his mother by accident during one of her anger-filled outbursts whilst drunk. Over there, he find friends: Ahmed, Camille and Alice.

Camille, the latest addition to Fontaine saw her parents get killed and commit suicide, Ahmed’s father is in prison for looting a shop and Alice’s father had to be taken away for his bad nature. There is also a bully around by the name of Simon that the gang tries to keep off their tracks at the orphanage, a nice policeman with a mustache called Raymond; it is only because of Raymond – he hides the fact that Zucchini accidentally killed his alcoholic mother, that Courgette even found a space to call home in Fontaines.

Zucchini develops an infatuation for Camille who speaks her mind and loves footie and their love actually is a little bit of a ‘love at first sight’ scenario because Zucchini develops romantic feelings for Camille the moment he meets her. Camille and Courgette even spend some time thinking about how to continue to be together when they are no longer together at Fontaines. The snowy atmosphere in the film is one of the nicest things I feel and the movie also has a very good story.

Rating: 8/10