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Newsletter: Oscars set to party like it’s ‘1917’?

by Ace Damon
Newsletter: Oscars set to party like it's '1917'?

The last remaining competitor of the Oscar was presented.

Will "1917" enter the race of the awards season?

Welcome to the Gold Standard, the Los Angeles Times newsletter that helps guide you through the details of the pre-Oscar awards season.

I'm Glenn Whipp, The Times columnist and your newsletter host.

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Sam Mendes's war movie (or, say, Roger Deakins?), "1917", screened four times for critics and awards voters last Sunday. Times movie critic Justin Chang woke up early to watch the first screening at ArcLight Hollywood, and he presented a critique that calls the movie "a powerfully incongruous hybrid: the lament of a soldier and the delight of a formalist."

The last designation refers to the design of the film. Mendes and cinematographer Deakins (and ace of editor Lee Smith) built “1917” to look like an unbroken scene, following two British soldiers (superbly portrayed by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) on a mission to issue a crucial warning. message to comrades about to fall into a trap set by German forces. The action moves through trenches, cratered frontlines and infernal landscapes, immersing spectators in the mission and the horrors of war.

“Genuinely uninterested in glorifying the spectacle of war, Mendes uses technological tricks in search of a new kind of cinematic truth,” writes Justin. “I think he kind of can. There are times when the uninterrupted visual momentum feels like a virtual reality installation (1917), and others when the immediately crude simulation slides in to reveal the calculated construction below. "

Award bloggers love nothing more than a competitor who was late to shake the race, and “1917” was greeted with many breathy pronouncements. “We have a new front runner” was the consensus opinion. start distributing the paper bags after these evaluations.)

If the race in question is cinematic, this initial assessment will be accurate. Deakins is definitely in line to win his second Oscar for his complicated and choreographed camera work and the film's often surprising visual scope.

In fact, Deakins 'work so dominates the year 1917 that it may hinder Mendes' chances of winning a nomination in a category populated by artists such as Martin Scorsese, Bong Joon Ho, Quentin Tarantino, Greta Gerwig, Pedro Almodovar and Noah Baumbach. the nomination will be crucial to the movie's best film odds, as MacKay and Chapman, as good as they are, are unlikely to enter the staged acting races at this late stage.

Al Pacino, right, on "The Irishman".


"Irish" is now on Netflix. You should still see him in a theater

Martin Scorsese's mafia masterpiece "The Irishman" began airing on Netflix on Wednesday. Therefore, if you are a subscriber, you do not have to leave the comfort of your home to see it. But you should. And you can. "The Irishman" is performing in theaters across Southern California, from Santa Monica to Glendale, Claremont to Camarillo. It is everywhere. Do not believe me? Visit the site which lists showtimes for all theaters that play "The Irishman". The movie has not been so available since its debut earlier this month.

I know. I know. You're still full of thanksgiving and don't want to wear pants. But if you watch Scorsese's 3 and a half hour movie at home, you know what will happen. You will pause. You will check your phone. Your neighbor will knock on your door with incense, myrrh and leftovers. You will be distracted. You may not finish the movie. You will quietly hate yourself for your abysmal lack of focus.

You need to see "The Irishman" uninterrupted. To whet your appetite, here is my colleague Jeffrey Fleishman writing again about Bottomless Scorsese from his recent interview with the Master.

Cynthia Erivo, Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renée Zellweger at the round table of Los Angeles Times actress Envelope.

Cynthia Erivo, left, Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renée Zellweger at the round table of Los Angeles Times actress Envelope.

(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Até Sometimes even celebrities need advice. Even about being a celebrity "

Three times a season, The Envelope, a Times awards publication, brings together a group of candidates – actors, actresses and directors – to talk about their work and their lives. Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renée Zellweger recently met for a conversation with Times writers Amy Kaufman and Mark Olsen. All five could very well be Oscar nominees when nominations are announced in January. The discussion is interesting. Jay L. Clendenin's photos are spectacular. And there is video of the day too. Take a look.


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