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October 8, 2018 at 7:22 pm #1202648854
A big take-away from the Los Angeles Academy screening of A Star is Born:
A half-dozen Academy members who attended Saturday’s screening and then spoke with THR on Sunday all agreed that the film played extremely well — but not through the roof to the extent of some recent films. “Although the response was very, very warm, I was a little surprised there was no standing ovation,” said Bruce Feldman, another member of the PR branch, who noted that Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman was accorded one earlier this season, as was Damien Chazelle’s La La Land two seasons before.October 8, 2018 at 7:28 pm #1202648858
A big take-away from the Los Angeles Academy screening of A Star is Born:
A half-dozen Academy members who attended Saturday’s screening and then spoke with THR on Sunday all agreed that the film played extremely well — but not through the roof to the extent of some recent films. “Although the response was very, very warm, I was a little surprised there was no standing ovation,” said Bruce Feldman, another member of the PR branch, who noted that Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman was accorded one earlier this season, as was Damien Chazelle’s La La Land two seasons before.
It’s because the were all crying 🤷🏼♂️October 8, 2018 at 7:32 pm #1202648861
<p>What are your thoughts on the editing? I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m curious whether it could happen. I feel like a snub here won’t be too surprising.</p>
There were enough editing/pacing issues in the second half where I could see a “shocking” Oscar snub happen that’s not all that shocking. On the other hand, the cinematography was superb. Matthew Libatique is an effin’ genius.October 8, 2018 at 7:50 pm #1202648873
The Queen of Television has delivered her verdict:October 8, 2018 at 8:08 pm #1202648882
I saw the movie this past Thursday and enjoyed it quite a bit. I’m not an expert on Hollywood award shows – I’m mainly here for Grammy discussions – so I’m not going to try to predict what will get nominated where, but the direction, acting, and music were on point. I’m a Lady Gaga fan, but I tried to keep my expectations muted, even in the face of the resounding acclaim. Certainly not the best movie I’ve ever seen, but one I’d love to see again – one I may even be tempted to see again in theaters before the DVD release.October 8, 2018 at 8:16 pm #1202648888
<p>First act was perfection, second act a little draggy, third act fine with an absolutely perfect final shot of a damaged yet triumphant Ally. As impressive as Gaga was, Cooper was even more so. He’s going to be right in the mix for Best Actor. As for the Oscars overall–sometimes it’s hard to parse through which producers are eligible for the award, but would he be the first person to be nominated for Picture, Actor, Director, and Screenplay since Orson Welles for Citizen Kane? As far as I can tell, Woody Allen didn’t share in Annie Hall‘s BP Oscar, Kevin Costner didn’t write Dances With Wolves, and Clint Eastwood didn’t write M$B or Unforgiven. Who am I forgetting?</p> <p>The musical moments are more than enough to transcend the few times the picture threatens to become too campy or melodramatic; we’ll have to hear what Shaiman and Wittman come up with for Mary Poppins Returns, but it’s hard to imagine Gaga not winning for whichever of her original songs they decide to push. I vote for “Shallow”, which I’ve been humming since I saw this Saturday night. </p>
Actually, he would be the first person nominated for all four awards since Warren Beatty for Reds.October 8, 2018 at 8:46 pm #1202648897
Well I didn’t love it unfortunately. The overall quality of the movie was pretty much in line with my expectations, good but definitely not great. Starting with the good, the music was excellent, Shallow will make a great original song winner. I thought Gaga was great but she also might not even be in my personal top 10 best actress performances this year so I’m not sure how I’ll feel about her come awards time but she can act for sure. I wasn’t that impressed with Cooper but he did a great job singing and played an accurate drunk. The cinematography was very good but I was expecting a little more there given people seem to think it’s a lock in that category.
On to the fine stuff, Sam Elliot was solid and his scenes were all emotional points in the movie so I think he’s safe for a nomination but I doubt he did enough to win anything. Cooper’s direction was fine too, but it kind of felt like it was a first time director to me, I think the movie definitely could have been better in someone else’s hands.
As for the bad, the screenplay was weak, and the editing was really off in some parts, which might have made the screenplay worse than it actually was on paper. It seemed like they couldn’t fit the entire story in with so much of the run time being taken up by the performance scenes.
I’d say I’m a little less optimistic about this movies oscar chances now that I’ve seen it. It just doesn’t seem like a best picture winner to me, and I really can’t see it winning either directing or screenplay. I think the most likely scenario for Cooper is that he goes 0 for 4. As for Gaga, I still think she’s the front runner but she’s vulnerable, she doesn’t really have an oscar scene.
This is what I think this movie is contending for in order of how likely it is to be nominated. Through adapted screenplay is what I’m actually predicting at the moment.
Best Original Song x2
Best Sound Mixing
Best Supporting Actor
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Film Editing
Best Sound EditingOctober 10, 2018 at 11:26 am #1202649968
I loved the movie but I think it’s only competitive in Actor and Original Song.October 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm #1202650075
I have seen the movie. I can see it now why it’s an Oscar contender. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper blew me away.October 12, 2018 at 4:27 am #1202651250
I just saw “A Star is Born” and I’ll try to discuss his Oscar’ chances.
Premise: I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga, I don’t know her as a singer and I’m not a fan of the contemporary pop music; I’m not either a huge fan of Bradley Cooper, but I think he’s an ok actor without particular skills.
Let’s talk about the movie. I loved it, expecially the second half. The first half is too fast, with an improbable plot (come on, it can works for an animated movie, not for a serious drama, that’s unreal!); the second half is masterpiece, the finale scene is so touching and breath-taking.
Bradley Cooper is always good, his character is perfectly characterized, he has a good backstory between-the-lines and the performance is near perfected. He is a one-thing with the character and he is the true LEAD of the film. Bradley Cooper literally MADE this movie and he deserves the award for this career-performance. Moreover, Academy loves intense character study, and he is a lot of reminescence of Eddie Vedder, “The Wrestler” and, of course, “Crazy Heart”. Vote: 9
Lady Gaga is good as Allie and is great as…Gaga; the girl has some good acting skills, but I found her a bit “artificial” (expecially in crying scenes). She has good moments and the Academy loves to recognize “wifes of troubled men” (Vikander, Connelly), but I need to see Close before put her in first place. She deserses at least a nomination. Vote: 7.5
Sam Elliot is good (as always) but he has 10 minutes in a 2 hour movie, and I think this is not enough for a win, but he deserves the nomination. He has two great scenes in which he steal the scene with a pair of facial expressions that will make you cry, but he’s not this year Alì or Hopkins (who were the soul of their movie): this is Cooper/Gaga ‘s movie, that’s all.
Let’s talk about the precurors.
I think ASIB will easily take a SAG ensemble nomination, but I don’t know if it will easily win it. This is not a new “La La Land”, of course, that was all around a good performance from Stone and a “good but not so good” performance from Gosling: ASIB has 2 strong leads and a lot of good supporting actors. Bradley will win everything for his performance and the movie will probably be nominated everywhere during the awards season; Gaga will win probably the Globe and maybe ASIB will sweep all at Golden Globes, but not at BAFTA.
Same for the DGA: Cooper is good, and will take at least one nomination, but watch out for Cuaron, who has a wider fan base in the Industry (like Ang Lee).
Directing and Screenwriting was fine. Cooper is a good director and I saw a lot of good shots and good camera work, but there is no genius: I think he will not win Best Director because he will not be the greatest (like Inarritu, Cuaron or Chazelle) or the overdue veteran (like Del Toro): he is simply good but not great, and deserves a nomination. The screenplay had a lot of “wow” lines, the dialogues are brilliant but the first half is a bit implausible.
I think that ASIB is locked for a lot of nominations (5 or 6):
• Best Picture
• Best Director
• Best Actor, and I think Cooper will win
• Best Actress
• Best Song (1 or 2), and I think “Shallow” will win (it’s the spiritual theme of the movie)
• Best Sound Editing (I think the Live-recording will impact)
ASIB could also be nominated in:
• Best Supporting Actor (not sure cause screen-time)
• Best Original Score (It will include the songs? I don’t know how it works)
• Best Screenplay (4th adaptation of the same subject, mmm…)
• Best Editing (good but not so good)
• Sound Mixing (good but not so good)
• Cinematography (I didnt’ like the colors, I found them a bit incongruent)
If ASIB will obtain ALL this nomination (particularly, of course, those for director, script and editing) it will be a real frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar, cause it will be the one with ALL the right nominations and the support from all the branches. If i twill win Best Picture without winning in Director AND/OR Screenplay, it will join “Chicago” and “Gladiator”… I don’t know if this could happen, but ASIB will be clearly beloved by all the voters (1st, 2nd, 3rd place).
Sorry for the wall-of-text and for my bad english.October 12, 2018 at 10:40 am #1202651457
Really surprised at the Drama placement at the Globes. This changes the race significantly.October 12, 2018 at 11:18 am #1202651484
Just watched it an hour ago. Phenomenal! Lady Gaga knocked it out of the park. I was captivated by her performance and her acting skills. There are moments especially when she was singing and emotional altogether and I was literally moved. Then here comes Bradley; the producer, writer, director and actor. He was magnificent. I can’t take my eyes off of him especially during his emotional scenes. Even my friend (who is not even a movie fan) take notice of him asking…”who is he?” I said it’s Bradley Cooper…why? “He’s so good.”
I also like Sam Elliott’s performance although the screentime is limited but he makes the most of it. I like his last scene with Lady Gaga. One of the highlights of the film are the songs that they had performed. It’s really an ear-candy.
The only beef I have is with the passing scene of Jackson. I hope they do something about it but alas! Overall I really enjoyed the film. I’m damn sure Bradley and Lady Gaga will get nominated.
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