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)

Winchester

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Capsule Review

Cast: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson and Eamon Farren
Director: The Spierig Brothers
Rating: 6/10

Winchester easily manages to scare but it does not prove to be memorable whilst doing that. The plot of the film largely revolves around a widow: she is haunted by ghosts killed by Winchester rifles and yet, seeks to aid them; before he died, her husband used to be the financial officer of the Winchester company. The widowed Winchester has also built an odd mansion where a terrifying ghost tries to kill people – the spirit is that of a man who had already turned murderous before he was shot. The constant presence of ghosts in the story is what pulls you towards an otherwise dull film centering on a widow who appears to be a lunatic but is actually a troubled soul igniting feelings of both faith (in her dubious words on ghosts) and sympathy.

The Tale Of Mulan

How a Chinese legend inspires, with its tale of heroism

Mulan is perhaps best known for the Walt Disney film of the same name about a female warrior in China. Although, the film had made it appear that the story of such a gallant warrior is very true, the story of Mulan is almost always looked upon as a legend.

The legend (mentioned in a poem) in China goes that in the time of the Northern and Southern dynasties, a young girl called Hua Mulan had joined the Chinese army to save her country from dastardly forces. Whilst washing clothes, Mulan overheard that her aged father is going to be enlisted in the national army and so decided to replace him by cross dressing – Mulan wore her father’s armor – and pretended to be a man in front of many soldiers. In the end, Mulan won the battle for her country and retired peacefully in her town.

It’s a remarkable tale and one that was thankfully brought to people’s knowledge because of a remarkable cinematic adaptation. The tale, legend or not, wonderfully ignites bravery and the concept of challenges in life, through the frame of a heroic woman.

Hichki

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Capsule Review

Cast: Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar and Harsh Mayar
Genre: Comedy and Drama
Rating: 7/10

Rani Mukerji is refreshing in a new avatar as a Naina Mathur – a teacher, with Tourette syndrome, who helps her fourteen troublemaking students shine bright. After getting rejected from eighteen schools for her neurological condition, Naina gets a job at a missionary school, which has been compelled to take in students from close-by slums because of a government act, despite it’s age-old status as an educational force to be reckoned with; the students are constantly the subject of intolerance because of their handicaps as children coming from slums. What makes the movie compelling is the protagonist’s resolute determination in making sure that her students remain at the school, as well as succeed, despite the circumstances in which they are getting an education in. It’s a challenging journey which Naina undertakes since not only do her students not warm to her, at first, but also because Naina has many obstacles thrown her way as people simply do not want her mission to end successfully – bittersweet and inspiring.

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