Miley Walks Marc’s Runway

Miley Cyrus made a surprise appearance on the runway at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday.
The singer made her catwalk debut at the Marc Jacobs show, walking alongside models like Bella Hadid and Liya Kebede.
The 27-year-old walked the runway wearing a black V-neck bralet and a pair of slouchy trousers, which she accessorised with leather gloves and a zebra print jacket.​
It’s not the first time Cyrus has collaborated with Marc Jacobs.
In 2014, she starred in the American designer’s spring campaign and last year, the “Wrecking Ball” singer partnered with Jacobs to release a special hooded sweatshirt with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.

Musicians Are Getting Better

Jeremy Reynolds writes: ‘There are more and more people that are really, really good at their instruments, and the amount of competition has certainly gone up. It’s getting increasingly challenging to win a job even in a small market orchestra — the level of playing across the board is greater.’ (Pictured is the NY Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist Anthony McGill.)

A “Bride Of Frankenstein” Remake?

Variety reports: ‘Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, the cliche goes, a fate that top filmmakers are still hoping to avoid for a reboot of the iconic movie monster: the Bride of Frankenstein.
In the past year alone, figures like Oscar-nominated producer Amy Pascal and freshmen horror sensation John Krasinski have been quietly exploring ways to reimagine the skunk-haired creature for the cineplex.’

Audra To Star In “Streetcar”

Audra McDonald is a luminous performer, so the news that she will play Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” this summer in Williamstown is cheering. All the same, it once again reminds me that the age of performer no longer much matters in terms of the stated age of a character when a star is involved. Blanche has just turned 30. During the run of “Streetcar,” Audra will turn 50. Maybe they could do The Simpsons’ musical version of the material instead: “A Streetcar Named Marge.”

Oscars: A Few Final Thoughts

There was always the chance that “Parasite” would upset “1917” for best picture and damned if it didn’t, capping a big night for the Korean filmmaker Boon (3 trophies). “Parasite” became the first non-English film to win the top prize, and its success also helped dampen the narrative that the Oscars this year were mighty Caucasian. If Parasite’s wins upended the otherwise splendid predictions of LW’s Rex Okpodu, they at least provided some good cheer. As did Joaquin’s acceptance speech about our species and Renee’s speech about heroes. For me, the big surprise of the night was the appearance of Eminem — he woke up all those wokesters. Laura Dern’s salute to her acting parents was swell. And Brad won! (Brad is a god.)

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Birds of Prey” stars Margot Robbie, whom I like, but it’s a follow-up to “Suicide Squad,” which I didn’t like…Time to see “Cats” again. TV/Streaming: “A Very British Romance” Sunday on PBS, and new Dylan documentary on Netflix. But I’ll be watching the Oscars. Music: I listened to the latest Eminem album, and, God help me, a couple of the cuts are good…I hear Streisand is doing a duets CD with Lizzo. Books: Sam Wasson wrote the Fosse bio upon which the TV series “Fosse/Verdon” was based. Wasson’s new book is “The Big Goodbye,” about the making of “Chinatown.” Sports: Now that American football is over it’s time to return to real football. Finally: And, on that subject, is it time yet for the World Cup?

Academy Awards: Rex’s Predictions

LemonWade’s Oscar lover Rex Okpodu has sifted through all the clues and come up with his predictions for Academy Awards 2020, which happen on Sunday. Thanks, Rex!

Best Picture: 9 Contenders:

Once Upon a time in Hollywood

The Irishman

1917

JoJo Rabbit

Marriage Story

Parasite

Little Women

Joker

Ford v Ferrari

Predicted Winner — 1917

Reasons For: It’s the precursor’s champ of the the season. It has won the Golden Globe best pic (Drama), the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA), Director’s Guild of America (DGA) and, most importantly, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) which has the same preferential ballot as Academy Awards and has predicted the best picture race correctly 8 times since 2010.

Reasons Against: No film in the last decade has won best picture without at least 1 acting nomination. LaLa Land swept the guilds in 2016 and still lost the Oscar to Moonlight.

Alternate winner – Parasite

Reasons For: It made history by becoming the first non-english language film to win the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble (SAG). Though not a best picture correlation, this win arguably indicates actors’ support. A win here will also make Oscar history as the 1st foreign-language pic (International Feature) to get the top prize. It will also makeup for the lack of minorities but 1 in the major categories.

Reasons Against: No film has won best picture in the current decade-long preferential balloting system without at least one acting nomination. Parasite will most likely win International Feature (hitherto Foreign Film) and no film has won both since the category was started in 1945.

Best Director:

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Bong Joon-Ho – Parasite

Todd Phillips – Joker

Predicted Winner – Sam Mendes (1917)

Alternate Winner – Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite)

Reasons For: He won the DGA which has a correlation with the Oscar winner in this category in all but 8 times since 1948.

Reasons Against: Not that it makes a difference Mendes already has an Oscar for directing the 1999 winner for best picture and directing – American Beauty. A win by Bong will be good PR for AMPAS whose nominated films this year have been accused of mostly being about white men.

Best Actor:

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix – The Joker

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Predicted Winner – Joaquin Phoenix (The Joker)

Reasons For: This applies to all the lead acting categories this year. The SAG winners have gone on to repeat at the Oscars every year in the last decade except 3 times. In 2011, SAG winner Viola Davis (The Help) lost to Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady). 2016, SAG winner Denzel Washington (Fences) lost the Oscar to Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea) and last year SAG winner Glenn Close lost to Olivia Colman (The Favourite).

Best Actress:

Renee Zelwegger – Judy

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Predicted Winner – Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Alternate Winner – Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)

Reasons For: It is as much a reward for the character (Hollywood legend and gay icon Judy Garland) who never won a competitive Oscar despite two nominations in 1954 and 1961.

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Predicted Winner – Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Reasons For: The belle of the ball this season has been 56-year-old Brad Pitt. Acclaimed by pundits as an evergreen A-lister who has managed a third-act reinvention as simultaneously, a veteran, an unknown (thanks to a strategic decision to wear his name tag at the Oscar nominees’ lunch), a frontrunner, an underdog, and now a footloose bachelor (his charming reference to Tinder during his SAG acceptance speech).

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Scarlett Johansson – JoJo Rabbit

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Predicted Winner – Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Reasons For: As mentioned above, the SAG winner for the supporting acting  category has repeated more times than has lost in the last decade. Dern is a veteran and Hollywood royalty 

Reasons Against: This is arguably the likeliest to spring a surprise in the 4 acting categories because her closest rival here (Scarlett Johansson) has two nominations.

The Screenplays

Original:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach)
1917 (Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Sam Mendes)
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho & Jin Won Han)

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Predicted Winner – Parasite

Alternate Winner – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Reason For: Parasite won the Writers Guild Of America (WGA).

Reasons Against: Once was not in contention at WGA as Quentin Tarantino is not a member of that guild. Also, Once is a dark horse to follow the winning route taken by Green Book (2019), Moonlight (2018), and 12 Years A Slave (2014) – all were winners of a supporting acting and screenplay Oscars on their way to best picture. That said, QT could win his third screenplay Oscar after Pulp Fiction(1994) and Django Unchained (2009).

Adapted:

The Two Popes (Anthony McCarten)
The Irishman (Steven Zaillian)
Joker (Todd Phillips & Scott Silver)
Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi)
Little Women(Greta Gerwig)

Predicted Winner – Little Women

Alternate Winner – JoJo Rabbit

Reason For: Greta’s non-inclusion in the best director category despite LW being a best picture nominee elicited a chorus of disapproval. That sometimes amounts to a consolation Oscar win in this category.

Reasons Against: JoJo Rabbit was the winner of the WGA and could repeat at the Oscars.

Best International Feature: 

Parasite (South Korea) – Predicted Winner 

And the rest….Predicted winners listed side by side include:


Cinematography: 1917


Production Design: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Costume Design: Little Women


Makeup: Bombshell


Film Editing: Ford v Ferrari


Sound Mixing: 1917


Sound Editing: 1917


Visual Effects: 1917

Score: Joker 

Song: Rocketman

Doc Feature: American Factory

Animated Feature: Toy Story 4 

Live Action Short -The Neighbors’ Window

Documentary Short – Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Animated Short – Hair Love