27 Days of Oscar, day 13: nominees luncheon, interviews, update

Good morning, Oscarwatchers!

We're about halfway through my 27 Days of Oscar series, and things are going swimmingly. Yesterday, instead of watching something new, I rewatched "Toni Erdmann" in preparation for my interview with Maren Ade, the film's writer/director.

I have to say that on the 2nd viewing the film is even stronger. Particularly in terms of the acting by Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek and the writing/directing. What was supposed to be a 15 minute interview turned into a 20 plus conversation about everything from the consulting world to her writing process, the audition (she wrote specific scenes just for the audition as not to "kill" anything from the actual script in that repetitive process!), to the specifics of certain scenes, specifically the amazing discotheque moment where Huller cries as her friends dance, coked up, around her (the tears were part of a spontaneous bit of delicate direction, utilizing multiple takes, exhaustion and a great actor!) and the petit four "sex" scene that I wrote about in my original review of the film.  I'll have more on that later when I publish my piece on Best Foreign Film.

Today I'm interviewing Hannes Holm, the director of "A Man Called Ove" and tomorrow the director of "Life Animated," Roger Ross Williams. I might try to set up a couple of more interviews as well, especially in the Documentary Feature category.

But, other than a rewatch of "Moonlight," I really need to stick to the plan. To give myself a little accountability here is what I'm thinking:

"Land of Mine"


"Fire at Sea"



That leaves me with:
The List:
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Jim: James Foley Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Live Action Shorts
Documentary Shorts
Animated Shorts

Which means, at some point I'm going to have to double up in order to get everything watched in time. Totally doable!

When I asked Maren what she thought of awards season (she told me that she had certainly never heard the phrase before this year) she mentioned that she was going to the nominees luncheon soon after talking to me. Anne Thompson over at Thompson on Hollywood has some great coverage of the event, but I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures here. It's always a cool thing for us movie lovers.  Check out the pics below!


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