The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including La La Land leading the Oscar nominations, the new Star Wars title being revealed and more…
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The film world is in shock this week. The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards did not have one signal nod to 2016’s remake of Ben-Hur.
Instead, the Academy recognised the most-widely agreed upon best films – Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Manchester by the Sea, some others, and, of course, La La Land; a movie that couldn’t be more Oscar-baiting if it had Sean Penn acting in a disabled role.
Not that it’s a bad film. La La Land is terrific – worthy of its record-tying 14 nominations – but it definitely appeals to what the Academy likes best: movies about movies. Preferably with songs.
Captain America: Civil War got nothing. Deadpool got nothing. An animated film didn’t get in the Best Picture category. Those outraged by these omissions, however, must have never seen an Oscar shortlist.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – despite passing $1 billion at the global box office – was only recognised in the technical categories (Visual Effects and Sound Mixing). Suicide Squad received a nod for Croc’s Makeup and Hairstyling, but nothing for Best Test Screen-Based Editing.
Maybe Wonder Woman and Justice League will have a chance in 2018. Previous reports have warned both films are “a mess,” but a new rumour promises “good things”. As the next two instalments in DC’s heavily criticised Extended Universe, they need to be.
Spoiler warning: Superman ain’t dead. He might have ended Batman v Superman six feet under, but according to director Zack Snyder, he will “play a big part” in Justice League. Not enough to feature in any of the officially released images so far, though.
2019’s Shazam movie now has a writer – Earth to Echo scribe Henry Gayden – and following the departure of two directors, The Flash has literally gone back to page one, with Joby Harold set to completely rewrite the movie. Ironically, for a film about a man with super speed, it will probably come out late.
Maybe Suicide Squad director David Ayer could offer some advice. Pressure from Warner Bros. reportedly only gave him six weeks to finish a script. He’s revealed that if he could do it all again, he’d make The Joker the main villain.
Hopefully Black Panther won’t have similar regrets, with the film beginning production this week, unveiling its official logo and leaking the first set photos, confirming the return of Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross, and Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaue.
It must be a production scheduling nightmare over at Marvel, as Avengers: Infinity War also began shooting this week – with super-bonus Drax the Destroyer!!! That’s practically all the Guardians now, but Drax himself, Dave Bautista, would much rather just hang out with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
Head to the next page for the official unveiling of Star Wars: Episode VIII’s title, Avengers: Infinity War starting production, and more…