Your 2017 Oscars Nominees

I don’t know about you, but I am super excited that it’s Oscars time again! I’m so happy to be back in LA for it, and thrilled to have been a part of CTV’s ETalk Oscars week! There are so many Canadian actors and talent nominated this year and they truly have some amazing content to share.

Their coverage of the red carpet tonight will be epic. Ben Mulroney is the most gracious, knowledgable person in the business and may I add, he’ll be looking quite sharp out there! I am already missing my new Canadian family but looking forward to my next CTV adventure. 

I figured I’d compile a list of our nominees so in case you haven’t seen them already or you just want to use it to follow along tonight, we have it! Feel free to let me know your thoughts and predictions. Also, you can follow me on twitter @teeco71 and also follow @etalkCTV for all the red carpet fun! 


BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

 

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

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COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

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DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

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DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

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FILM EDITING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

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SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

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SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

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SOUND MIXING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

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WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Starz Greenlights Original Drama Series “Power” From Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent”

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Fans Are Giving the Webseries EASTSIDERS the Green Light

There are so many exciting things going on today with Webseries, Indie projects, and WebTV.  Almost daily, I come across a new show emerging via my social networks.  I have recently found such a gem, EASTSIDERS,  which is written and directed by the amazing Kit Williamson and stars the talent of Van Hansis, Matthew McKelligon, Constance Wu, and John Halbach. Kit does triple duty by being a part of the talented cast as well.  It reminds me of shows I loved like Will and Grace and Queer as Folk. The scripts are full of witty dialogue but there are touching moments along the way, as well as some shocking ones.  I think most people will relate to the situations and find much to laugh about.

As with all Indie projects, there is a way for the audience to get involved and help the series to be even better by helping with production costs.  The great thing about all Webseries is that they are driven by the support of fans.  Once you check out the series, please head over to their Kickstarter page to see how you can help and the awesome rewards that are being offered.  Here is the official description of the series and our interview. I hope you head over to all their pages to find out more and consider jumping in on the Kickstarter campaign.

What happens after the world ends? Written and directed by award winning playwright Kit Williamson, ”EastSiders” explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake.  When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever?

Drunken outbursts and double standards abound in this dark comedy about the sad and funny messes we make out of our lives.   Cal’s best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) is always there for him with a bottle of whiskey in her purse, but she has her own problems with her nice guy boyfriend Ian (John Halbach), even if they’re all in her head.  Stephen Guarino guest stars as a party promoter throwing one last bash before the apocalypse.

Q: Tell me a little about EASTSIDERS.

A: EastSiders is a dark comedy about a gay couple dealing with the aftermath of infidelity in Silver Lake, CA.

Q:  Is there more freedom in webseries when it comes to character development as far as exploring sexuality?

There is definitely more freedom in general on the web because it’s still driven by content creators.  When you’re truly independent you
have the ability to call the shots much more than when you’re forced to reconcile your vision with someone else’s ideas about the story.
Sometimes you can get caught in a kind of vacuum, though, so I think it’s important to pay attention to what viewers are responding to and
keep things as interactive as possible.

Q: This one is for Kit: Being a very successful playwright, do you find webseries to be more similar to theater than traditional television is?

A: I don’t know if all web shows are closer to theater than traditional television, but mine certainly is.  I tend to write dialogue driven scenes and I think that works well in a 10-15 minute format.

Q: The show is being called the next ‘Queer As Folk’, any plans to bring along some of the actors from that show?

A: Wow!  That’s such a huge compliment.  ’Queer As Folk’ was such an amazing, groundbreaking show.  I was a fan of both the British and the American version.  We’ve pretty much got our cast squared away but I’d jump at the chance to work with any of those actors.

Q: You had a very successful Kickstarter campaign and raised $15K. Do you think fans are becoming more involved in the shows/projects they enjoy or know they will enjoy?  How did the success of the campaign make you feel?

A: I think fans are definitely becoming more involved in green-lighting web content.  It’s really empowering to think that people have the ability to make the projects they want to see a reality.  I feel really honored that people care enough about what we’re doing to contribute financially– it really means the world to me.

Q: Speaking of Kickstarter, you have a new goal, where can people go to help?

A: We do!  If we can reach $20,000 we’ll be able to up the production value and fully pay our cast and crew, who have been volunteering their time and talents to make the show a reality.  You can go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1503081443/eastsiders-the-series to find out more.  Even if you can’t donate, it helps so much to share the campaign on your Facebook or Twitter– that’s where the majority of our backers come from, statistically!

Q: Do you think more people in the entertainment industry are being drawn to Webseries and Indie projects?

A: I think that people are coming to web content in droves because it’s one of the few places in the industry where people still have creative freedom from the outset.  If you want to write for TV you have to work for years before you even get to the point where you can pitch your own ideas.  I definitely aspire to do that someday, but in the meantime I think it’s amazing that I can write and direct a web show and work with such amazing people.  It’s incredibly fulfilling both creatively and personally.

Q: Any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?

A: Here are some fun facts:

Jeremy and Thom are actually smoking green tea blunts in episode 1. We only had 4 hours to shoot 8 pages in the Cha Cha Lounge. Constance Wu wore her hair in buns all day in order to make her hair like that to play Kathy. Calling cut as the director while you’re acting in a romantic kissing scene is the most awkward thing ever.