‘Land’ of opportunity?
Did the Screen Actors Guild snub “La La Land”? Well, yes and no. In the SAG nominations announced Wednesday, stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are up for best actor and actress. But the film itself — which received a leading seven Golden Globe nominations on Monday and appeared to be a front-runner for Oscar’s best picture — was passed over for best ensemble, SAG’s top award. You could argue that the film doesn’t really have an ensemble, mainly just the two stars. On the other hand, “The Theory of Everything,” basically another two-character film, was up for the award last year. And then there’s this, from The Hollywood Reporter: In the 21 years of the ensemble category’s existence, only one film was snubbed but still went on to win the best picture Academy Award. That was “Braveheart,” which came out 21 years ago. For the record, SAG’s top nominees are “Fences” (opening Dec. 25), “Hidden Figures” (opening in KC Jan. 6), “Moonlight,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and, in a surprise, Viggo Mortensen’s “Captain Fantastic.” The awards will be presented Jan. 29.
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Singer-turned-actress Janelle Monae of Kansas City, Kan., is getting her own awards-season spotlight. The African American Film Critics Association on Monday chose her for best breakout performance for her roles in “Moonlight,” a drama about a young boy’s coming of age, and “Hidden Figures,” the rousing drama about the early days of NASA. Shawn Edwards, the group’s co-founder (and film critic for Kansas City’s Fox 4), says this: “While this by no means solves the diversity issue in the film industry, it was definitely refreshing to have such a wide range of exceptional work to choose from.”
That was fast
Movie trailer records are being broken at a fast and furious pace. Last month, the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” trailer broke the record for most views in a day that was set by “Fifty Shades of Grey” (which broke the record set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Well, now there’s a new king of the mountain, says Deadline Hollywood: “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, set the latest record this week: 139 million views in its first 24 hours. The movie, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and more testosterone, arrives April 14.