A little joy, a little sadness, a little cute- ness, a little melancholy…and a whole lot of dazzling art. Enormous studios and fledgling animators alike push for- ward the boundaries of motion pictures one passion project at a time. We’re pleased to once again o er a chance for this vital work to live on the big screen, in all its lavish detail.
2015. USA. Dir: Alejandro Iñárritu. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy. 156 min.
Leo’s quest for an Oscar ends with the story of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who endured the trials of nature on his path to revenge against the man who killed his son and left him to die. The crew went through hell in the film’s famously grueling production, but came back with a stunning, picturesque portrait of man’s struggle in an unforgiving landscape.
Do you love movies? Do you love celebrities? Or even if you just love watching drunk actors trying not to look disappointed when the lose awards–– you should fill out the Wesleyan Women in Film’s 2015 Oscar Ballot!
For just $1 you can make your best guess at who will win the 8 most popular awards and get the chance to win a $20 Metro Movie Pass! Everyone who selects the winners from the night will be entered in a raffle to win.
Support Wesleyan Women in Film! May the odds ever be in your favor.
Beloved nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wildco-star Quvenzhané Wallis ’26 (I can’t pronounce it either) didn’t win the Oscar for Best Actress, but she did become an unwitting hero of the Twittersphere after The Onion tweeted out a tasteless joke at her expense:
The Onion (or whoever has the enviable task of running its Twitter feed) removed the joke an hour or so later, but the Internet doesn’t forget so easily—The Onion and #UnfollowTheOnion are trending up a storm, and the incident has been documented everywhere from Buzzfeed to Salonto the Associated Press, which summed up the controversy as such:
The satirical newspaper called Quvenzhane (kwuh-VEHN’-juh-nay) Wallis an expletive intended to denigrate women. The joke was meant to parody how beloved Quvenzhane is, but many thought the language inappropriate for discussing a child.
The Onion deleted the tweet about an hour after it was posted. Still, that was enough time to create a firestorm online with many saying the remark crossed a line.
The Argus bookies have good money on Movie 43 coming from behind for a cross-category sweep.
Want to hear Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s smooth, deep voice announce the best movies of the year? Plan to keep your fingers crossed for Wesleyan University favoriteBeasts of the Southern Wild, which has four nominations? Katy Thompson ’15 has a plan for those of us who don’t want to watch the Academy Awards alone:
The Oscars are this Sunday, Feb 24!
Need a great place to watch the Oscars, hosted by Seth MacFarlane? Come to Film Hall’s Annual Oscar Party. Located in the basement of Nics 6, the Film Hall lounge offers a large projector great for watching the Academy Awards. The red carpet starts at 7pm and the award show will begin at 8 p.m. Come with your friends and answer our fun questionnaire for a chance to win prizes.
Popcorn will be provided.
Date: Sunday, February 24th Time: 7–12 p.m. Place: Film Hall Lounge, Nics 6 Cost: Free!
Beasts of the Southern Wild, the masterpiece by Benh Zeitlin ’04, just scored four Academy Award nominations this morning, including Best Picture, Best Director (Zeitlin), Best Adapted Screenplay (Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar), and Best Actress (Quevenzhané Wallis).
Wallis, just five years old during filming and now age nine, is the youngest person ever to receive an Oscar nod for Best Actress; the old “record” was held by Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was nominated for Whale Rider in 2004 at the age of thirteen. Following her Beasts success, Wallis has been cast in the film Twelve Years A Slave, which also stars Hollywood heavyweights Brad Pitt and Paul Giamatti.
In addition to his Oscar nods, director and writer Zeitlin has won a slew of prestigious film prizes at several film festivals, including Sundance and Cannes. The film has received universal acclaim, even catching the eyes of President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, who proclaimed Beasts was one of the best films of the year. Zeitlin and one of the film’s producers, Dan Janvey ’06, also made the trek to Wesleyan this past semester to discuss the film, which was screened during the Wesleyan Film Series.
All I can say is, cue the brag-heavy Facebook statuses and tweets:
I don’t like to name drop, but the first person to tell me about this was the President of the United States. I was interviewing the president for an interview that’s going to be in O magazine . . . and as I sat down putting on my mic, he said ‘have you seen this movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild?’ I hadn’t even heard the phrase so I didn’t even know what he was talking about. And since then at least a dozen different people said to me, ‘have you seen this movie Beasts of the Southern Wild, you have got to see this film.’