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Meanwhile six-time nominee 'Little Women' only won one award, for costume design, in an awards ceremony that featured numerous onstage comments praising the work of female directors.
The 2020 Oscars marked another disappointing awards ceremony for the team behind Netflix's Martin Scorsese-directed mob drama, The Irishman. After being shut out at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, the epic, decade-spanning and decade-in-the-making story starring Robert De Niro and Oscar nominees Al Pacino and Joe Pesci failed to win any of the 10 Oscars for which it was nominated.
Still, Scorsese got a few shout-outs from the stage, with Chris Rock and Steve Martin mentioning the film and the director in their monologue and best director winner Bong Joon Ho taking a minute to note how, as an aspiring director, he was particularly inspired by Scorsese, comments that prompted the Academy Awards audience to give Scorsese a standing ovation.
Meanwhile, other top nominees had a relatively disappointing night, with six-time nominees Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story and Little Women only taking home one award each. Little Women's prize was arguably the lowest profile award of those one by Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story, only taking home the prize for best costume design. It's poor showing was somewhat ironic given that a theme throughout the show was praising the work of female directors, like Little Women helmer Greta Gerwig, despite the fact that none were nominated for best director again this year. Jojo Rabbit won best adapted screenplay while Marriage Story's Laura Dern won the best supporting actress award she was expected to take home
While Once Upon A Time in Hollywood won two awards, for production design and best supporting actor Brad Pitt, writer-director-producer Quentin Tarantino didn't win any of the awards for which he was nominated including high-profile prizes best original screenplay, best director and best picture.
Similarly, 11-time nominee Joker only won two awards, for best score and best actor Joaquin Phoenix, high-profile victories but a significant drop, numbers-wise, from its leading spot among nominated films.
Also while Parasite was predicted to do well at the 2020 Oscars, with the best picture race shaping up as a battle between the Bong Joon Ho film and Sam Mendes' 1917, many pundits expected 1917 to win best picture or for Mendes to win best director, if not both, particularly after 1917 won the top prizes at the BAFTA Awards last week, in the middle of Oscar voting, after winning the top prizes at the DGA Awards and PGA Awards. And while 1917 won three awards, all were in technical categories.
Other multiple Oscar nominees that were shut out included Harriet and The Two Popes.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
“The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the new book written by Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak, was released March 31 and is jam packed with concept art and plot points that reveal many of the axed storylines from the final installment of the Skywalker trilogy, directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams and Chris Terrio. Abrams’ co-writer says in the book, “I've never written a film as much as this one. It's like the tide. There's a new script every morning,” which tells “Star Wars” fans everything they need to know about how many ideas were drafted and then scrapped. Polygon rounded up many of the canceled storylines as described by Szostak in the coffee-table tome.
The book confirms that early versions of the story gave Finn John Boyega and Poe Oscar Isaac far more to do than just follow Rey Daisy Ridley around in her mission to defeat the First Order. At one point in the story the two characters were to take part in a “World War II-inspired caper” to find a code-breaking machine that would unlock plans to defeat the First Order. Per Polygon, “The top-secret technology would have been put at risk early on in the film when stormtroopers raided a pub on a snowy planet. The city where it all took place would eventually become Kijimi, the location in the final film where our heroes meet up with Zorii Bliss.”
Another idea that was floated around was the reveal that Finn had “a long-lost sibling that was stranded on a garbage planet.” The sibling was going to have knowledge of a “vital piece of information” that could help the Resistance beat the First Order. These scenes were drafted before Terrio and Abrams settled on the protagonists going to the desert planet Pasaana.
Poe’s scrapped storyline sounds the most intriguing, especially because “The Rise of Skywalker” theatrical cut doesn’t give the former smuggler much to do. The book describes early plans for Poe that were “much darker and grittier” in tone than the comic relief he played in the final movie. “One discarded plan placed put him on a swampy planet teeming with pirates, taking his crew up-river in a nod to ‘Apocalypse Now,'” Polygon reports. “Another version saw him captured by his old gang, a vicious group of drug dealers who had raised him since he was a boy.”
“The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is now available for purchase. Head over to Polygon’s website to read more insights into the novel’s biggest takeaways.
AMC has unveiled a slew of developments including scripted projects from Katie Couric, The Report's Scott Z. Burns, Broad City's Ilana Glazer and Owen and Stephen King.
The majority of the projects are being developed for its networks but there are also projects set up for AMC Studios to sell to third party broadcasters and digital platforms.
The well-stocked development pipeline was announced at the Winter TCA Press Tour.
AMC Networks Entertainment Group is developing More As This Story Develops from Katie Couric and Wendy Walker, National Anthem from Scott Z. Burns and Mark Johnson, an adaptation of Owen and Stephen King's novel Sleeping Beauties, Bunny from Megan Mostyn Brown, Pantheon from Craig Silverstein, Nigeria 2099 from Ahmadu Garba and Silverbird from Scott Gold.
More As This Story Develops is inspired by the friendship between Couric and Walker, two young women begin their careers in broadcast news in the '80s.
National Anthem, with music and lyrics from The Hold Steady and music from T Bone Burnett, is a musical dramedy following the Nordstrom Family who, after falling down the ladder of American life, need to figure out what actually makes life worth living.
Sleeping Beauties, which is exec produced by the Kings and Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta for Sugar23, is set in a small Appalachian town, there's a strange mystical occurrence that causes all the women to fall asleep, leaving the men to try and rescue them. But do the women want to be rescued?
Mostyn Brown's Bunny is based on the novel by Mona Awad and follows a lonely student, who is drawn into a mysterious clique of girls called The Bunnies and begins to partake in their strange off-campus ritual – conjuring boys from rabbits, where the good ones stay as romantic partners and the bad ones are mercilessly axed.
Pantheon is a one-hour animated drama series written by Turn's Silverstein and based on short stories by sci-fi writer Ken Liu Titmouse will serve as the animation production company and is also producing a 10-minute animated short. It is set in a world where uploaded consciousness is not just science fiction, a young woman begins receiving messages from an unknown number that claims to be her deceased father. Trying to uncover the truth, she stumbles upon a larger conspiracy involving the singularity.
Nigeria 2099 from The Sinner's Garba, who write and Mo Abudu and Heidi Uys of Nigeria's EbonyLife TV will executive produce, is set in a futuristic world and tells the story of Sgt. Charles Opkara, a local police officer in a poor district of Lagos. Assigned to protect a visiting American businessman staking out his district, Sgt. Charles begins to unravel a global conspiracy over depleting resources.