Bong Joon-ho started his 20th year as a feature filmmaker on a high note with a history-making evening at the 92nd Academy Awards. Bong’s beloved social thriller ‘Parasite’ won South Korea its first Oscars (the film took home prizes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film) and became the first foreign-language movie to receive the Academy Award for Best Picture. But the Oscar wins aren’t the only way Bong kicked off a milestone year in his career.
Critical acclaim usually isn’t enough to guarantee an Oscar win, and in some cases, the nominees most beloved by critics don’t even stand a chance. That logic certainly applies to the results of IndieWire’s annual critics’ survey, which asks participants to vote on the nominees that should win in every category, regardless of whether or not pundits predict that they will. Many of the results diverge from the expected outcomes.
After launching two Oscar Best Picture nominees in ‘The Irishman’ and ‘Marriage Story’, Netflix is re-stocking its star-driven prestige film arsenal with a big one. Netflix has acquired all rights to the untitled Leonard Bernstein film that Bradley Cooper will direct, star in and produce from the script he co-wrote with Oscar-winning ‘Spotlight’ scribe Josh Singer. The project exits Paramount Pictures, which set the film as a priority project in May 2018.
Austrian sound engineer and composer, Eric Spitzer-Marlyn held a workshop on the power of sound and music in documentaries at the 13th edition of Cinema Vérité, Iran's major international documentary film festival.