Black Panther shocked everyone as it won Best Picture last night at the 2019 SAG Awards.Indeed, the night was full of surprises and snubs as award season continues in Los Angeles. Rami Malek continues to gain praise for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody while Glenn Close surprised no one with her win in The Wife despite almost no one actually seeing the movie.
Marvel swept the SAG awards almost monopolizing the ensemble category with three out of five pictures. But that’s the nature of the studio and it’s time they got recognized for it. Oddly the biggest shocked came from the one award Marvel didn’t win. Somehow GLOW won best stuntwork beating out Daredevil. This makes me think the judges have never actually seen Daredevil. GLOW is good, no question. But the fight choreography in Daredevil is epic.
All of this, of course, is leading up to the Oscars. Each awards show gives audiences a preview of what they can expect. If last night was any indication it’s that Black Panther, which by all rights should be considered an underdog against names like Spike Lee and Bryan Singer, shouldn’t be discounted just because it’s a comic book movie.
To check out the full list of winners see our list below:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
- A Star Is Born
- WINNER: Black Panther
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Crazy Rich Asians
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Emily Blunt — Mary Poppins Returns
- WINNER: Glenn Close — The Wife
- Olivia Colman — The Favourite
- Lady Gaga — A Star Is Born
- Melissa McCarthy — Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Christian Bale — Vice
- Bradley Cooper — A Star Is Born
- WINNER: Rami Malek — Bohemian Rhapsody
- Viggo Mortensen — Green Book
- John David Washington — BlacKkKlansman
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
- Amy Adams — Vice
- WINNER: Emily Blunt — A Quiet Place
- Margot Robbie — Mary Queen of Scots
- Emma Stone — The Favourite
- Rachel Weisz — The Favourite
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
- WINNER: Mahershala Ali — Green Book
- Timothée Chalamet — Beautiful Boy
- Adam Driver — BlacKkKlansman
- Sam Elliott — A Star Is Born
- Richard E. Grant — Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
- Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Avengers: Infinity War
- The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
- WINNER: Black Panther
- Mission: Impossible — Fallout
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
- Julia Garner — Ozark
- Laura Linney — Ozark
- Elizabeth Moss — The Handmaid’s Tale
- WINNER: Sandra Oh — Killing Eve
- Robin Wright — House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
- WINNER: Jason Bateman — Ozark
- Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us
- Joseph Fiennes — The Handmaid’s Tale
- John Krasinski — Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
- Bob Odenkirk — Better Call Saul
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alex Borstein — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Allison Brie — GLOW
- WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Jane Fonda — Grace and Frankie
- Lily Tomlin — Grace and Frankie
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alan Arkin — The Kominsky Method
- Michael Douglas –The Kominsky Method
- Bill Hader — Barry
- WINNER: Tony Shalhoub — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Henry Winkler — Barry
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
- Amy Adams — Sharp Objects
- WINNER: Patricia Arquette — Escape at Dannemora
- Patricia Clarkson — Sharp Objects
- Penélope Cruz — The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
- Emma Stone — Maniac
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
- Antonio Banderas — Genius: Picasso
- WINNER: Darren Criss — The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
- Hugh Grant — A Very English Scandal
- Anthony Hopkins — King Lear
- Bill Pullman — The Sinner
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
- The Americans
- Better Call Saul
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- WINNER: This Is Us
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
- The Kominsky Method
- WINNER: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
- WINNER: GLOW
- Marvel’s Daredevil
- Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
- The Walking Dead
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm