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MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AWARDS ACTIVITY -- 2/13/17


 
LA LA LAND - EMMA STONE AT LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

LA LA LAND - EMMA STONE AT LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

LA LA LAND - DIRECTOR DAMIEN CHAZELLE

LA LA LAND - DIRECTOR DAMIEN CHAZELLE

LION - DEV PATEL IN MAKE UP CHAIR ON SET

LION - DEV PATEL IN MAKE UP CHAIR ON SET

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT --

AWARDS ACTIVITY -- 2/13/17

 

Awards activity: Academy members are doing their final voting from Feb. 13-21 and their choices are the ones that will turn up in the sealed envelopes Feb. 26 at the 89th annual Oscars.

Other awards givers' choices, of course, have been making news since late last November. The latest winners were announced Sunday at the British Academy's 70th annual BAFTA Awards at London's Royal Albert Hall.

"La La Land," which led BAFTA's nominations pack with 11 nods, took home the most wins – a total of five, including such key categories as Best Picture, Director (Damien Chazelle) and Lead Actress (Emma Stone).

Those wins are fresh in mind now as Academy members mark their ballots and could influence how they vote. No one really knows if they still remember all those other wins we heard so much about earlier in the awards season. Frankly, I'd forgotten a few of them, myself, and thought it might be helpful to put together a summary of who liked what. So here's a quick chronology of how 10 high profile awards groups voted in some key categories.

(1) NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW (NBR)

ANNOUNCED ON: Nov. 29, 2016

BEST PICTURE: "Manchester by the Sea"

BEST DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight")

BEST ACTOR: Casey Affleck ("Manchester")

BEST ACTRESS: Amy Adams ("Arrival")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jeff Bridges ("Hell or High Water")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Naomie Harris ("Moonlight")

(2) NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE (NYFCC)

ANNOUNCED ON: Dec. 1, 2016

BEST PICTURE: "La La Land"

BEST DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight")

BEST ACTOR: Casey Affleck ("Manchester")

BEST ACTRESS: Isabelle Huppert ("Elle")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Michelle Williams ("Manchester")

(3) LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (LAFCA)

ANNOUNCED ON: Dec. 4, 2016

BEST PICTURE: "Moonlight"

BEST DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight")

BEST ACTOR: Adam Driver ("Paterson")

BEST ACTRESS: Isabelle Huppert ("Elle")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lily Gladstone ("Certain Women")

(4) BROADCAST FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION – CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS (BFCA)

ANNOUNCED ON: Dec. 11, 2016

BEST PICTURE: "LLL"

BEST DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle ("LLL")

BEST ACTOR: Casey Affleck ("Manchester")

BEST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman ("Jackie")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis ("Fences")

 (5) NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS (NSFC)

ANNOUNCED ON: Jan. 7, 2017

BEST PICTURE: "Moonlight"

BEST DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight")

BEST ACTOR: Casey Affleck ("Manchester")

BEST ACTRESS: Isabelle Huppert ("Elle")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Michelle Williams ("Manchester")

(6) HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION – GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS (GG)

ANNOUNCED ON: Jan. 8, 2017

BEST PICTURE: Drama - "Moonlight" & Comedy or Musical - "LLL"

BEST DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle ("LLL")

BEST ACTOR: Drama - Casey Affleck ("Manchester") & Comedy or Musical – Ryan Gosling ("LLL")

BEST ACTRESS: Drama - Natalie Portman ("Jackie") & Comedy or Musical – Emma Stone ("LLL")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Aaron Taylor Johnson ("Nocturnal Animals")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis ("Fences")

(7) PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS (PGA)

ANNOUNCED ON: Jan. 28, 2017

BEST PICTURE: "LLL"

(8) SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS (SAG)

ANNOUNCED ON: Jan. 29, 2017

BEST PICTURE: "Hidden Figures" (Ensemble Cast Award)

BEST ACTOR: Denzel Washington ("Fences")

BEST ACTRESS: Emma Stone ("LLL")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis ("Fences")

(9) DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS (DGA)

ANNOUNCED ON: Feb. 4, 2017

BEST DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle ("LLL")

(10) BRITISH ACADEMY (BAFTA)

ANNOUNCED ON: Feb. 12, 2017

BEST PICTURE: "LLL"

BEST DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle ("LLL")

BEST ACTOR: Casey Affleck ("Manchester")

BEST ACTRESS: Emma Stone ("LLL")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Dev Patel ("Lion")

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis ("Fences")

 

Looking at the above wins, it's clear that only a handful of films have actually resonated with awards givers to date. As a result, there are separate groups of haves and have-nots as Academy members begin voting.

Of Oscar's nine best picture nominees, only four received best picture recognition from the 10 prime groups (eight have best pictures while the Globes has two and the DGA has none) summarized above – (1) "LLL" (NYFCC, BFCA, GG-Comedy or Musical, PGA & BAFTA); (2) "Manchester" (NBR); (3) "Moonlight" (LAFCA, NSFC, GG-Drama); and (4) "Hidden Figures" (SAG).

Five of Oscar's best picture contenders haven't won with any of the 10 key groups – "Arrival," "Fences," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Hell or High Water" and "Lion."

Of the five best director Oscar nominees, only two have won with the eight groups above that have directing categories (no PGA or SAG) – Barry Jenkins for "Moonlight" (NBR, NYFCC, LAFCA, NSFC); and Damien Chazelle for "LLL" (BFCA, GG, DGA, BAFTA).

Three best directing Oscar contenders haven't won in those eight races – Dennis Villeneuve ("Arrival"); Mel Gibson ("Hacksaw Ridge"); and Kenneth Lonergan ("Manchester").

On the best actor front, three of Oscar's five nominees have won in the nine races (no PGA or DGA but two GG) with lead actor categories – Casey Affleck for "Manchester" (NBR, NYFCC, BFCA, NSFC, GG-Drama, BAFTA); Denzel Washington for "Fences" (SAG); and Ryan Gosling for "LLL" (GG-Comedy or Musical).

Adam Driver won the LAFCA vote for "Paterson," but isn't Oscar nominated. Andrew Garfield ("Hacksaw") and Viggo Mortensen ("Captain Fantastic"), who are both Oscar nominees, did not win in any of the above nine races.

In the best actress race, three of the Oscar nominees won in the nine races above (no PGA or DGA but two GG) – Isabelle Huppert for "Elle" (NYFCC, LAFCA, NSFC), Natalie Portman for "Jackie" (BFCA, GG-Drama) and Emma Stone for "LLL" (GG-Comedy or Musical, SAG, BAFTA).

Amy Adams won the NBR vote for "Arrival," but isn't an Oscar nominee. There were no wins for Oscar lead actress nominees Ruth Negga ("Loving") or Meryl Streep ("Florence Foster Jenkins").

In the supporting actor race, there were wins for three of Oscar's nominees in the eight contests above (no PGA or DGA) with supporting acting categories – Jeff Bridges for "Hell" (NBR); Mahershala Ali for "Moonlight" (NYFCC, LAFCA, BFCA, NFSC, SAG); and Dev Patel for "Lion" (BAFTA).

Aaron Taylor Johnson won the GG for "Nocturnal," but isn't an Oscar nominee. There were no wins for Oscar supporting actor nominees Lucas Hedges ("Manchester") or Michael Shannon ("Nocturnal Animals").

Looking at the supporting actress contest, there were wins for three of Oscar's nominees in the above eight races (no PGA or DGA)  – Naomie Harris for "Moonlight" (NBR); Michelle Williams for "Manchester" (NYFCC, NSFC); and Viola Davis for "Fences" (BFCA, GG, SAG, BAFTA).

Lily Gladstone won with the LAFCA for "Certain Women," but isn't Oscar nominated. There were no wins for Oscar supporting actress nominees Nicole Kidman ("Lion") and Octavia Spencer ("Hidden").

Bottom line: Moviegoers were out voting at the multiplexes last weekend and the winner by a landslide of plastic toy bricks was Warner Bros., DC Entertainment and Lego System's PG rated 3D animated action adventure "The LEGO Batman Movie." "LB" opened in first place to a colorful $55.6 million and played best to families.

"LB" benefited from schools in Boston, New York and other Northeast markets being closed by last Friday's blizzard. That no-school day boosted "LB" matinee business as parents headed for nearby theatres to keep their youngsters happy.

         Universal Pictures' R rated romantic drama "Fifty Shades Darker" opened second to a seductive $46.8 million. It played best to adult women and next best to women under 25. It should benefit Tuesday from Valentine's Day movie dates and girls-night-out groups.

         The franchise's first episode, "Fifty Shades of Grey," opened Feb. 13, 2015 to $85.2 million and did $166.2 million domestically.

         Lionsgate's R rated action crime thriller "John Wick: Chapter 2," opened in third place to a sizzling $30 million. It played best to adult men.

         The original "JW" opened Oct. 24, 2014 to $14.4 million and did $43 million domestically.

         As anticipated, it was a great weekend for Hollywood. "The last time three movies opened with $30 million plus was the weekend of 2-12-2010," comScore's Paul Dergarabedian reported Sunday. Although all films in the marketplace did a healthy $190 million, that was down 20.5 percent from $239 million this time last year, per comScore.

         That's because the comparable 2016 weekend was the Presidents Day holiday weekend when 20th Century Fox and Marvel Entertainment's "Deadpool" opened to $132.44 million for three days (and $152.2 million for four days). This year's three openings grossed a total of $132.46 in Sunday's estimates, a smidgen more than "Deadpool's" three day gross, but spread around between three studios.

         Last weekend's strong boxoffice did manage to turn around Hollywood's year-to-date comparisons. 2017's $1.30 billion vs. last year's $1.28 billion is up 1.7 percent, according to comScore. A week earlier, 2017 was down 2.8 percent.

         Next weekend's three wide openings should all play best to adult men. While they're carving up that demo, "BL" will have families to itself and "Darker" will tie up adult women.

         Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment's PG-13 rated 3D fantasy action adventure "The Great Wall" is opening at about 3,200 theatres. Directed by Yimou Zhang ("Raise the Red Lantern"), it reportedly cost about $150 million. Starring are: Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe.

         20th Century Fox and New Regency Productions' R rated thriller "A Cure for Wellness" is opening at about 2,700 theatres. Directed by Gore Verbinski (three  "Pirates of the Caribbean" episodes – "The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End"), it stars Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth.

         Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures' R rated comedy "Fist Fight" is opening at about 3,200 theatres. It's from first time feature director Richie Keen (11 episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") and stars Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell.