Circuit Breaker Episode 29: ACCA 2016 Winners Special, DGA, and ASC

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On the agenda:

  • Winners have been announced for the Directors Guild of America and the American Society of Cinematographers.  We discuss the winners and where “La La Land” and “Lion” factor in the race currently.
  • “La La Land” nabbed a record breaking 15 ACCA nominations.  Will it break another record being the most awarded film in the history of the community or will the readers opt for something else on the docket?
  • Questions and Cinephile Showdowns from the readers on the race.

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  • Joey Magidson

    Enjoy!

  • Luke McGowan

    Question for next week: On Oscar morning, what is
    – the thing you know is going to happen that you hope doesn’t
    – the thing you don’t think is going to happen but you hope does.

    • Luke McGowan

      For me it is La La Land winning Original Screenplay and Hacksaw Ridge winning editing

    • michaeldal65

      -La La Land winning Best Picture
      -Moonlight winning Best Picture (and Barry Jenkins for direction).

    • RicosMama

      -The LaLa sweep and it actually willing 10+ awards
      -Moonlight for Picture/Director

    • Tee

      – La La Land winning Best Original Screenplay
      – Fences winning Adapted Screenplay

  • John

    For the best scene for the Arrival score, you guys chose a scene not composed by Johan Johannson.

  • RicosMama

    A few things:
    Clayton please don’t tell me you are still thinking Kubo can win Animated Feature? I personally would prefer it but I think we can all safely say now that Zootopia is one of the locks of the night.

    Any chance that Audition and City of Stars will vote split? Will the fact that Gosling/Stone are not going to perform the songs on the live telecast (as is currently being reported) going to hurt either songs chances?

    BAFTAS, I’m taking Garfield, how crazy do you think that is?

  • Spencer

    For those of you who are here for the 2016 ACCA Award winning selections, here they are…

    BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR: La La Land
    (Runner-up: Moonlight)

    BEST DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle — La La Land
    (Runner-up: Denis Villeneuve — Arrival)

    BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Casey Affleck — Manchester by the Sea
    (Runner-up: Ryan Gosling — La La Land)

    BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Natalie Portman — Jackie (Portman won the award by a single vote!!!)
    (Runner-up: Emma Stone — La La Land)

    BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Mahershala Ali — Moonlight
    (Runner-up: Lucas Hedges — Manchester by the Sea)

    BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Viola Davis — Fences
    (Runner-up: Michelle Williams — Manchester by the Sea)

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Manchester by the Sea
    (Runner-up: La La Land)

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Arrival
    (Runner-up: Moonlight)

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: La La Land
    (Runner-up: Arrival)

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: La La Land
    (Runner-up [TIE]: Arrival and Hail, Caesar!)

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Jackie
    (Runner-up: La La Land)

    BEST SOUND: La La Land
    (Runner-up: Arrival)

    BEST FILM EDITING: La La Land
    (Runner-up: Arrival)

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: The Jungle Book
    (Runner-up: Arrival)

    BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING: Deadpool
    (Runner-up: Jackie)

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: La La Land
    (Runner-up: Arrival)

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG: “City of Stars” from La La Land
    (Runner-up: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land)

    BEST CAST ENSEMBLE: Moonlight
    (Runner-up: Nocturnal Animals)

    BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM: 13th
    (Runner-up: O.J.: Made in America)

    BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Elle
    (Runner-up: The Handmaiden)

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Zootopia
    (Runner-up: Kubo and the Two Strings)

    BEST STUNT ENSEMBLE: Hacksaw Ridge
    (Runner-up: Captain America: Civil War)

  • Tee

    My personal acting scenes:
    Supporting Actress:
    1. Viola Davis – “I don’t wanna know!”
    2. Naomie Harris – “Gimme the damn money!” (RUNNER-UP)
    3. Janelle Monae – “How do you wanna be remembered?” (WINNER)
    4. Molly Shannon- “You go ahead and tell it.”
    5. Michelle Williams – “My heart was broken..”
    Supporting Actor:
    1. Mahershala Ali- “I’m a get something to eat.” (WINNER)
    2. Jeff Bridges- “I’ll get to the Mexican side after I’m done with the Indian jokes.”
    3. Ben Foster – “I guess that makes me a Commanche.”
    4. Lucas Hedges – “I like Star Trek.” (RUNUNER-UP) I genuinely think that Hedges gives a better performance than Affleck, even though none of the Manchester cast makes it onto my personal ballot.
    5. Aaron Taylor-Johnson – “Your daughter calls me a rapist, I’m a rapist.”
    Lead Actress:
    1. Amy Adams – “Do you know the origin of the word kangaroo?”
    2. Annette Benning – I haven’t seen the film
    3. Isabella Huppert – I haven’t seen the film
    4. Natalie Portman – “I don’t smoke.” (WINNER)
    5. Emma Stone – “Here’s to the ones, who dream…” (RUNNER-UP)
    Lead Actor:
    1. Casey Affleck – The Police Interrogation
    2. Andrew Garfield – “Let me save one more.” (RUNNER-UP)
    3. Ryan Gosling – “City of Stars, are you shining just for me?”
    4. Jake Gyllenhaal – “You and your mother have the same eyes.”
    5. Denzel Washington – “Man to man! Just you and me!” (WINNER)
    Best Director:
    1. Damien Chazelle – “Another Day of Sun”
    2. Barry Jenkins – “Gimme the damn money!” (WINNER)
    3. Pablo Larrain – Jackie Leaves Air Force One (RUNNER-UP)
    4. Kenneth Lonergan – Police Interrogation
    5. Denis Villeneuve – Bomb Countdown
    Best Picture
    1. Arrival – “In war there are no winners, only widows.”
    2. Hacksaw Ridge – “Mr. Doss will not save you in battle!”
    3. Hell or High Water – “What don’t you want?”
    4. Jackie – The Priest and Jackie’s conservations
    5. La La Land – Another Day of Sun
    6. Manchester by the Sea – Police Interrogation
    7. Moonlight – “Gimme the damn money!” (RUNNER-UP) I genuinely believe this was the best scene of the film.
    8. Nocturnal Animals – Highway Chase
    9. Silence – “A man should have one wife, not several concubines.” (WINNER)
    10. Zootopia – DMV
    —-
    1. I love seeing Jake Gyllenhaal getting a gigantic boost with Nightcrawler after some very under-the-radar roles post-Brokeback Mountain.
    2. Scarlett Johansson and Chris Pratt
    3. Rachel Weisz
    4. John Krasinski
    5. Woody Harrelson
    6. I don’t wanna think about either of them replacing anybody in Fences.
    7. I haven’t seen Elle.
    8. Scorsese’s getting up there, but he’s also consistently delivering. If anything, he’s been on a rise since Departed.
    9. Split is pretty decent. James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and the editing job are pretty good.
    CINEPHILE SHOWDOWNS: SILENCE VS. GOODFELLAS VS. RAGING BULL

  • Lakeshow

    Do you keep going back 1 year for ACCA’s? How many do you do after Oscar season?

  • Lakeshow

    If Gosling wins BAFTA how do you see the race going?

  • Josh Parham

    I have a little game for you guys. Since it’s been more than 20 years since the last time we’ve had two lead acting nominees from the same film, I thought it’d be fun to look back at those previous examples and make classifications between Lead and Supporting for the performances as if you were Oscar campaigners. Even if you think it’s blatant and obvious category fraud, you have to place them into separate categories. I’ve provided the list below, but left off “Going My Way” since Barry Fitzgerald technically did get nominated in Supporting.

    Mutiny on the Bounty- Clarke Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone
    All About Eve- Anne Baxter, Bette Davis
    From Here to Eternity- Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift
    Giant- James Dean, Rock Hudson
    The Defiant Ones- Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier
    Suddenly, Last Summer- Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor
    Judgment at Nuremberg- Maximilian Schell, Spencer Tracy
    Becket- Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole
    Midnight Cowboy- Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight
    Sleuth- Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier
    Network- Peter Finch, William Holden
    The Turning Point- Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine
    The Dresser- Tom Courtenay, Albert Finney
    Terms of Endearment- Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger
    Amadeus- F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce
    Thelma and Louise- Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    Further Little Games/Questions:

    1: Pick one of the animated feature nominees to be a live-action film, and one of the Best Picture nominees to be made into animation.
    2: If the Oscars were bi-annual, and the 2015 and 2016 lineup were in competition with each other, what would La La Land now be losing? Would Leo still have won?
    3: What stand as the best voice-acting/mo-cap performances of the year? What would be a worthy winner if it were a category?
    4: Regardless of the current odds/narratives, if you had to assign a win to every single Best Picture nominee somewhere, where would they each win?
    5: What do you think is the single strongest category this year, per its worth in the category? I.e. Even though the films of Best Make-Up are naff, as Make-Up nominees they’re fairly solid.

    Just as a reminder as well, 1993 is the year of GROUNDHOG DAY. I’ve got hopes for this to show up in Picture and Actor. Regarding things like Fearless and The Firm, the further back people go, the more films which stood the test of time as films show up in the acting categories. People will go back 20+ years for a well-reviewed film, less often for a well-received performance in a film that made little splash.

  • Alex German

    If each of you could choose one win (in any category) at the oscars, what would it be?

    Mine would probably be Arrival in Adapted Screenplay