Sunday, January 8, 2017

Random Fuzzy

I wrote in a previous post: It is probably because of the progress they've made that the family now feels comfortable engaging in regular activities out in public after months of being underground.  By all appearances, their family life is inching closer to normal.  The end goal may still be weeks away but it is already in sight.  - Brad's unannounced appearance at the Golden Globes is just the latest manifestation of this.

Moonlight topped the list of films worthy of an Oscar Best Picture nomination from all three of the NY Times' critics.  It was the only film that made it to all three lists.  Brad is highly respected as as a producer of excellent films although he is only listed as an Executive Producer here.  The applause he received from his peers in the industry is well-deserved.

-- Fussy



‘Moonlight’ beats out ‘Manchester’ for best drama

Hollywood has gotten so good at reading tea leaves ahead of these ceremonies that most insiders (and anyone reading blogs like Gold Derby) are rarely surprised anymore. As expected, “La La Land” was a big winner, with its stars, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, both winning. The favorite Ms. Davis took the award for best supporting actress for her performance in “Fences,” an adaptation of August Wilson’s play about family and race in the 1950s.
But the best drama category was a nail-biter. “Moonlight,” directed by Barry Jenkins, who also adapted the screenplay, ended up beating out the New England family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. Both films received euphoric reviews. With six nominations, the lyrical “Moonlight” had slightly deeper support; the hardscrabble “Manchester” had five, including one for Casey Affleck, who won for best actor in a drama.
For better or worse, this rivalry has taken on greater weight as Hollywood continues to struggle with diversity onscreen and off. “Moonlight” has a cast that is almost entirely black; “Manchester” is equally white.

The 53-year-old actor made a surprise appearance at the 2017 Golden Globes on Sunday, presenting a clip from Moonlight.
"Moonlight is born of Barry Jenkins' and Tarell Alvin McCraney's courage to look back, to embrace their past and insist that their 'now' is not separate from their 'then,'" said Pitt, whose production company, Plan B, produced the film. "It was born of the courage of a group of actors willing to strip their souls, and express the humanism inside mistake and misstep and misdeed. It is Barry Jenkins' profound belief that we all stand at the threshold of change and forgiveness, and all be granted acceptance and love to ourselves."
"Nominated for six Golden Globes," he concluded, "this is Moonlight." 
 Though Moonlight only snagged one Golden Globe win, for Best Drama Motion Picture, Pitt (clean shaven and sporting a sleek suit) was clearly well-received by the cheering crowd -- most of all, Matt Damon.


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