Carleton grad up for Academy Award

This year’s Oscar field features some Carleton connections. Paul Austerberry, an architecture graduate, was nominated for best production design for his work on The Shape of Water. The movie, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, stars Sadie Hawkins as Eliza, a woman who befriends an amphibious creature held at a government facility during the Cold War. The Shape of Water also stars Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, and Richard Jenkins. Austerberry called the nomination “pretty spectacular” and compared it to playing for the Stanley Cup. “We’re a fairly small movie in the grand scheme of things . . . and we’re up against some pretty big-budget movies like Blade Runner 2049, so it’s quite an honour to be nominated with that calibre […]

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The best and brightest films of December

With the new year here, it is time to get serious and consider what films will be nominated for the 2015 Academy Awards. One of the most talked about films for the Oscars is Bennet Miller’s Foxcatcher, depicting the duo Olympic Wrestling team sponsored by the Foxcatcher Team for the 1988 World Olympics. Though the plot line for this film is heavy and can leave you feeling a tad bruised and broken, the acting is superb. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo take on new life in their roles, playing Mark and David Schultz, who deal with the manipulative and peculiar John Du Pont, played by Steve Carell. All three of these gentlemen poured their skill and heart into this film, […]

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Road to the Oscars

This week while our midterms were being graded, so were the 10 Best Picture nominees for the 2014 Academy Awards. You’ll have to watch the Oscars, hosted for the second time by Ellen DeGeneres, March 2, but right now, I’ll share my picks. My favourite of all the films is Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. Hanks’ brilliant portrayal of shock and hysteria when his ship gets hijacked by Somali pirates should have earned him a Best Actor nomination. Given the way the Oscar committee votes, I doubt it will win, but it should. Luckily, Barkhad Abdi (playing Muse, the lead Somali pirate) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, so hopefully he’ll get the gold he deserves. American Hustle is a […]

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