Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March 2017 – 89th Academy Awards Results (2016-17), Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Beauty and the Beast, Ghost in the Shell, and Power Rangers

Hi Everyone,

The 89th Academy Awards have been given out – on Sunday 26th February 2017 - and the red carpet has been rolled away for another year. Inevitably there are winners and losers. La La Land did very well, but didn't sweep the board as some people had expected. The other big winner on the night was Moonlight which (unless there's been another huge mix-up) won Best Picture. Here's a run down of the numbers of Oscars the winning films got – with La La Land (with its six wins) – at the top of the table:-

La La Land = 6
Moonlight = 3
Hacksaw Ridge = 2
Manchester By the Sea = 2
Arrival = 1
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them = 1
Fences = 1
O. J.: Made in America = 1
Suicide Squad = 1
The Jungle Book = 1
The Salesman = 1
Zootopia (aka Zootropolis) = 1

(Shorts: Piper, Sing, and The White Helmets also received one Oscar each).

You can go to the BBC's website for a number of articles about the Academy Awards and the results from Sunday. However, if you'd just like a no-frills look at the nominees and winners, see below:-

The Academy Awards [Ceremony Sunday 26th February 2017]

(Winners in Bold type)

Best Picture: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester By the Sea, Moonlight

Best Director: Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Best Actor: Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Actress: Emma Stone (La La Land), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Ruth Negga (Loving)

Best Supporting Actor: Dev Patel (Lion), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea)

Best Original Screenplay: Hell or High Water, La La Land, The Lobster, Manchester By the Sea, 20th Century Women

Best Adapted Screenplay: Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures, Lion, Moonlight

Best Cinematography: Arrival, La La Land, Lion, Moonlight, Silence

Best Editing: Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, La La Land, Moonlight

Best Sound Editing: Arrival, Deepwater Horizon, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Sully

Best Sound Mixing: Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 13 Hours

Best Visual Effects: Doctor Strange, Kubo and the Two Strings, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Jungle Book

Best Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, Zootopia (aka Zootropolis)

Best Animated Short: Blind Vaysha, Borrowed Time, Pear Cider and Cigarettes, Pearl, Piper

Best Documentary Feature: Fire at Sea, I am Not Your Negro, Life Animated, O. J. Made in America, 13th

Best Documentary Short: Extremis, 4.1 miles, Joe's Violins, Watani: My Homeland, The White Helmets

Best Live-Action Short: Ennemis intérieurs, La femme et le TGV, Silent Nights, Sing, Timecode

Best Original Score: La La Land, Jackie, Moonlight, Lion, Passengers

Best Original Song: Audition (La La Land), Can't Stop the Feeling (Trolls), City of Stars (La La Land), How Far I'll Go (Moana), The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)

Best Production Design: Arrival, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Hail Caesar!, La La Land, Passengers

Best Costume Design: La La Land, Jackie, Florence Foster Jenkins, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Allied

Best Make-up & Hairstyling: A Man Called Ove, Star Trek Beyond, Suicide Squad

Best Foreign Language Film: A Man Called Ove, Land of Mine, Tanna, The Salesman, Toni Erdmann

The big films released in the UK in March 2017 include Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Beauty and the Beast, Ghost in the Shell, and Power Rangers. Here is a picture from each of those movies to whet your appetite:-

Logan © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

Kong: Skull Island © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Legendary Pictures Productions, LLC and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick.

Beauty and the Beast © 2016 Disney Enterprises Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Laurie Sparham.

Ghost in the Shell © 2016 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Power Rangers © 2017 Lionsgate Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Here's a comprehensive run down of the March 2017 new releases:-

The major films are: Another Mother's Son, Beauty and the Beast, Chips, Fist Fight, Free Fire, Get Out, Ghost in the Shell, Kong: Skull Island, Life, Logan, Personal Shopper, Power Rangers, Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, The Lost City of Z, The Time of Their Lives, Trespass Against Us, Viceroy's House, and Wolves at the Door.

Please note:- Kong: Skull Island is widely showing from 9th March 2017 - a day ahead of its official opening date of 10th March.

Limited or “key cities” releases include: Chosen, Don't Take Me Home, Dancer, The Chamber, The Creeping Garden, The Love Witch, Rahm, Age of Shadows, The Eyes of My Mother, Graduation, The Void, and Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang.

Other limited releases given their “own spot” in the newsletter are: All This Panic, Aquarius, A Silent Voice, Catfight, Certain Women, Don't Knock Twice, Elle, Gleason, Headshot, I.T., Man Down, The Olive Tree, and The Salesman. In addition to all of the above, the classic movie Fear Eats the Soul (1974) has been showcased.

Since the March newsletter has gone to press, as it were, it has been announced that the Russian film The Student (delayed from a few months ago) should be getting a limited release on 3rd March. Fans of foreign-language films may also want to look out for The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood (1990).  

Another film release has been announced. This is Polish foreign language film (said by Odeon to be playing March 31st – April 2nd) Sztuka kochania. Historia Michaliny Wislockiej.

Also not included in the magazine are this month's “Event Cinema” special screenings and the like – most of which are listed below. As usual, information sometimes differs when comparing various sources – so please take the following details with a pinch of salt and do some further investigation if you are interested in attending any of these events:-
  • 2nd March 2017 – Music documentary We Are X – One night only. (National Amusements) [Odeon says 8th March but Showcase Cinemas say 2nd March. For details, you can go to]

  • 6th March 2017 – Scream Unseen (mystery screening of a horror film) (Odeon Cinemas)

  • 7th March 2017 – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) – One night only(?) (Trafalgar Releasing)

  • 9th March 2017Hedda Gabler: NT Theatre Live 2017 (Trafalgar Releasing)
  • 10th March 2017 – Manon Lescaut: Teatro Regio Opera Live 2017 – One night only (Soda Pictures)

  • 17th March 2017 – A Contemporary Evening – The Bolshoi Ballet 2017 (Trafalgar Releasing)
  • 17th March 2017 – Exhibition on Screen: The Artist's Garden – American Impressionism (Seventh Art Productions)

  • 23rd March 2017 – The concert film Rammstein: Paris (Trafalgar Releasing, Picturehouse, Vue) [Some sources say 17th March – but the band's website for the event makes it clear it's the 23rd March.]
  • 24th March 2017 – Idomeneo – Met Opera 2017 (By Experience)

  • 30th March 2017 – Madama Butterfly - Royal Opera London 2016/17 (Royal Opera House) [Some sources say 24th March, so please double-check details for yourself whether or not there are several dates]
Extra: ODEON and Disney Concert Experience present an exclusive special event of ‘Beauty And The Beast' - March 17th-19th.

Odeon have announced a special Beauty and the Beast event which I believe is taking place at Odeon Leicester Square. They describe the event as follows:-

"An exclusive pre-show live performance featuring musicians from the Disney Concert Orchestra, plus singers and chorus, together with a fusion of new and behind the scenes footage from the film."

Here is the link to my latest newsletter (which is a download of approximately 34MB):-

I think it's a great month for going to the cinema. If you go along and see some movies – I hope you have a good time. Happy viewing!

A trailers for most of the major films mentioned above appear below:-

 All This Panic

Another Mother's Son


A Silent Voice

Beauty and the Beast


Certain Women


Don't Knock Twice


Fist Fight

Free Fire

Get Out

Ghost in the Shell



Kong: Skull Island


Man Down

Personal Shopper

Power Rangers

Smurfs: The Lost Village

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The Lost City of Z

The Time of Their Lives

The Salesman

The Olive Tree

Trespass Against Us

Viceroy's House

Wolves at the Door

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