The Great Morgan Freeman Talks About “London Has Fallen” 


I love to interview Morgan Freeman. Truth be told, he reminds me of my grandpa! I should tell him that the next time I sit down with him! The iconic actor returns to the “Has Fallen” franchise only this time, he’s the Vice President of the U.S.A. Previously on “Olympus Has Fallen,” Freeman aka Trumbull was the Speaker of the House. So how did he slide into the VP role? Let the actor explain! Oh, and I told him how much he brightened my childhood with “The Electric Company” and now, he’s lightening up my adulthood beginning with “Driving Miss Daisy!”

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Aaron Eckhart Talks About “London Has Fallen” 


Aaron Eckhart returns to the White House as President Benjamin Asher in the sequel “London Has Fallen.” I enjoyed the first film “Olympus Has Fallen” and this one has the same mood and feel of the original, absolutely no pretensions! “London Has Fallen” comes out in theatres this Friday, check out my interview with Eckhart.

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"Spotlight" Wins Best Picture at 88th Oscars! See Full List of Winners! 


First of all, I'm very happy that my favorite film of the year, Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight," wins big at the 88th Academy Awards! I was losing hope after "The Big Short" won the Producers Guild Award and "The Revenant" zoomed onto the frontrunner status!

But no. At the night of the Oscars, "Spotlight" won two major awards including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay!

Kudos to McCarthy and team!

My heart felt "Spotlight" would win but my mind said "The Revenant." See? The heart always wins!

Now, onto the show itself. I thought Chris Rock did a good job in softening the #OscarsSoWhite controversy! But the show itself? A bit of a bore. It felt long! Not quite the 4 hours and 23 minutes of the 74th Oscars but long nonetheless.

And really? Only Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Lady Gaga were invited to perform the Best Original Song nominees? What about J. Ralph and Anohni who happens to be a transgender performer? They were nominated too for "Racing Extinction." The Oscars could have made history by inviting Anohni to perform! What about the South Korean opera singer Sumi Jo for "Youth?" Apparently, Oscar's not only so white but also so straight!

But thank heavens for Sam Smith's acceptance speech! He gave love to the LGBT community although I don't think he's the first out gay Oscar winner! In recent years, Dustin Lance Black, the screenwriter of "Milk," comes to mind.

Without further adieu, here's your full list of Oscar winners! Until the next awards season!

Best Picture

"The Big Short"
"Bridge of Spies"
"Brooklyn"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Room"
*** "Spotlight" (WINNER)

Best Director
Adam McKay, "The Big Short"
George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"
*** Alejandro González Iñárritu, "The Revenant" (WINNER)
Lenny Abrahamson, "Room"
Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"
Matt Damon, "The Martian"
*** Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant" (WINNER)
Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, "Carol"
*** Brie Larson, "Room" (WINNER)
Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"
Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"
Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, "The Big Short"
Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"
Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"
*** Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies" (WINNER)
Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"
Rooney Mara, "Carol"
Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"
*** Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl" (WINNER)
Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

Best Original Screenplay
"Bridge of Spies"
"Ex Machina"
"Inside Out"
*** "Spotlight" (WINNER)
"Straight Outta Compton"

Best Adapted Screenplay
*** "The Big Short" (WINNER)
"Brooklyn"
"Carol"
"The Martian"
"Room"

Best Foreign Film
"Embrace of the Serpent"
"Mustang"
*** "Son of Saul" (WINNER)
"Theeb"
"A War"

Best Documentary Feature
*** "Amy" (WINNER)
"Cartel Land"
"The Look of Silence"
"What Happened, Miss Simone?"
"Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom"

Best Animated Feature
"Anomalisa"
"Boy and the World"
*** "Inside Out" (WINNER)
"Shaun the Sheep Movie"
"When Marnie Was There"

Best Film Editing

"The Big Short"
*** "Mad Max: Fury Road" (WINNER)
"The Revenant"
"Spotlight"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Song

"Fifty Shades of Grey"
"Racing Extinction"
*** "Spectre" (WINNER)
"The Hunting Ground"
"Youth"

Best Original Score
"Bridge of Spies"
"Carol"
*** "The Hateful Eight" (WINNER)
"Sicario"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Visual Effects

*** "Ex Machina" (WINNER)
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Cinematography
"Carol"
"The Hateful Eight"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
*** "The Revenant" (WINNER)
"Sicario"

Best Costume Design
"Carol"
"Cinderella"
"The Danish Girl"
*** "Mad Max: Fury Road" (WINNER)
"The Revenant"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

*** "Mad Max: Fury Road" (WINNER)
"The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared"
"The Revenant"

Best Production Design

"Bridge of Spies"
"The Danish Girl"
*** "Mad Max: Fury Road" (WINNER)
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"

Best Sound Editing

*** "Mad Max: Fury Road" (WINNER)
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Sicario"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Sound Mixing

"Bridge of Spies"
*** "Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Short Film, Live Action

"Ave Maria"
"Day One"
"Everything Will Be Okay"
"Shok"
*** "Stutterer" (WINNER)

Best Short Film, Animated

*** "Bear Story" (WINNER)
"Prologue"
"Sanjay's Super Team"
"We Can't Live Without Cosmos"
"World of Tomorrow"

Best Documentary Short Subject

"Body Team 12"
"Chau, Beyond the Lines"
"Claude Lanzmann"
*** "A Girl in the River" (WINNER)
"Last Day of Freedom"

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Let's Talk Oscars! 


Join me on my Facebook page about 5 p.m. Pacific and let's talk all things Oscars! Click here, it'll be fun! Grab your favorite drink and finger foods and let's blog the Oscars away! Go to facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy and I'll see you there!

Here's my full Oscar predictions again:


Best Picture

"The Big Short"
"Bridge of Spies"
"Brooklyn"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Room"
"Spotlight"

WILL WIN: “The Revenant”
SHOULD WIN: “Spotlight”

Best Director

Adam McKay, "The Big Short"
George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "The Revenant"
Lenny Abrahamson, "Room"
Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

WILL WIN: Alejandro González Iñárritu, "The Revenant"
SHOULD WIN: George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"
Matt Damon, "The Martian"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"
Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

WILL WIN: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"
SHOULD WIN: Matt Damon, "The Martian"

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, "Carol"
Brie Larson, "Room"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"
Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"
Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: Brie Larson, "Room"

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, "The Big Short"
Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"
Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"
Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"
Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"
Rooney Mara, "Carol"
Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"
Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"
Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"

Best Original Screenplay

"Bridge of Spies"
"Ex Machina"
"Inside Out"
"Spotlight"
"Straight Outta Compton"

WILL WIN: "Spotlight"
SHOULD WIN: "Inside Out"

Best Adapted Screenplay

"The Big Short"
"Brooklyn"
"Carol"
"The Martian"
"Room"

WILL WIN: "The Big Short"
SHOULD WIN: "Carol"

Best Foreign Film

"Embrace of the Serpent"
"Mustang"
"Son of Saul"
"Theeb"
"A War"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: "Son of Saul"

Best Documentary Feature

"Amy"
"Cartel Land"
"The Look of Silence"
"What Happened, Miss Simone?"
"Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom"

WILL WIN: "Amy"
SHOULD WIN: "The Look of Silence"

Best Animated Feature

"Anomalisa"
"Boy and the World"
"Inside Out"
"Shaun the Sheep Movie"
"When Marnie Was There"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: "Inside Out"

Best Film Editing

"The Big Short"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Revenant"
"Spotlight"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Song

"Fifty Shades of Grey"
"Racing Extinction"
"Spectre"
"The Hunting Ground"
"Youth"

WILL WIN: "The Hunting Ground"
SHOULD WIN: "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Best Original Score

"Bridge of Spies"
"Carol"
"The Hateful Eight"
"Sicario"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: "The Hateful Eight"

Best Visual Effects

"Ex Machina"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

WILL WIN: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
SHOULD WIN: "Ex Machina"

Best Cinematography

"Carol"
"The Hateful Eight"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Revenant"
"Sicario"

WILL WIN: “The Revenant”
SHOULD WIN: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Costume Design

"Carol"
"Cinderella"
"The Danish Girl"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Revenant"

WILL WIN: "Cinderella"
SHOULD WIN: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared"
"The Revenant"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Production Design

"Bridge of Spies"
"The Danish Girl"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Sound Editing

"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Sicario"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Sound Mixing

"Bridge of Spies"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

WILL WIN: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
SHOULD WIN: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Short Film, Live Action

"Ave Maria"
"Day One"
"Everything Will Be Okay"
"Shok"
"Stutterer"

WILL WIN: "Ave Maria"
SHOULD WIN: "Stutterer"

Best Short Film, Animated

"Bear Story"
"Prologue"
"Sanjay's Super Team"
"We Can't Live Without Cosmos"
"World of Tomorrow"

WILL WIN: "Sanjay's Super Team"
SHOULD WIN: "World of Tomorrow"

Best Documentary Short Subject

"Body Team 12"
"Chau, Beyond the Lines"
"Claude Lanzmann"
"A Girl in the River"
"Last Day of Freedom"

WILL WIN/SHOULD WIN: "Body Team 12"


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"Spotlight" Shines Brightly at Independent Spirit Awards! 


Yay! My favorite film of 2015 was the big winner at the recently concluded Film Independent Spirit Awards taking home the best feature, director (Tom McCarthy), screenplay, and editing. It was previously announced that the film was the winner of the prestigious Robert Altman Award (ensemble) as well.

Oh and kudos to the Film Independent Spirit Awards for bestowing their Best Supporting Actress Award to Mya Taylor for "Tangerine!" Taylor becomes the first transgender performer to receive major acting award! See her acceptance speech right here.

Let's see if this will continue with tonight's Oscars. See my full Oscar predictions right here.

Here's the complete list of winners of the Film Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature
Award given to the Producer; Executive Producers are not awarded.
"Anomalisa"
"Beasts of No Nation"
"Carol"
*** "Spotlight" (WINNER)
"Tangerine"

Best Director
Cary Joji Fukunaga, "Beasts of No Nation"
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, "Anomalisa"
David Robert Mitchell, "It Follows"
Sean Baker, "Tangerine"
Todd Haynes, "Carol"
*** Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight" (WINNER)

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, "Anomalisa"
Donald Margulies, "The End of the Tour"
Phyllis Nagy, "Carol"
S. Craig Zahler, "Bone Tomahawk"
*** Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, "Spotlight" (WINNER)

Best First Screenplay
*** Emma Donoghue, "Room" (WINNER)
Jesse Andrews, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"
John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph, "The Mend"
Jonas Carpignano, "Mediterranea"
Marielle Heller, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"

Best First Feature
Award given to the director and producer.
"James White"
"Manos Sucias"
"Mediterranea"
"Songs My Brothers Taught Me"
*** "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" (WINNER)

Best Female Lead
Bel Powley, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
*** Brie Larson, "Room" (WINNER)
Cate Blanchett, "Carol"
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, "Tangerine"
Rooney Mara, "Carol"

Best Male Lead
*** Abraham Attah, "Beasts of No Nation" (WINNER)
Ben Mendelsohn, "Mississippi Grind"
Christopher Abbott, "James White"
Jason Segal, "The End of the Tour"
Koudous Seihon, "Mediterranea"

Best Supporting Female
Cynthia Nixon, "James White"
Jennifer Jason Leigh, "Anomalisa"
Marin Ireland, "Glass Chin"
*** Mya Taylor, "Tangerine" (WINNER)
Robin Bartlett, "H."

Best Supporting Male
*** Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation" (WINNER)
Kevin Corrigan, "Results"
Michael Shannon, "99 Homes"
Paul Dano, "Love & Mercy"
Richard Jenkins, "Bone Tomahawk"

Best Documentary
"(T)error"
"Best of Enemies"
"Heart of a Dog"
"Meru"
*** "The Look of Silence" (WINNER)
"The Russian Woodpecker"

Best Cinematography
Cary Joji Fukunaga, "Beasts of No Nation"
*** Ed Lachman, "Carol" (WINNER)
Joshua James Richards, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me"
Michael Gioulakis, "It Follows"
Reed Morano, "Meadowland"

Best Editing
Julo C. Perez IV, "It Follows"
Kristan Sprague, "Manos Sucias"
Nathan Nugent, "Room"
Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie, "Heaven Knows What"
*** Tom McArdle, "Spotlight" (WINNER)

Best International Film
"A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence"
"Embrace of the Serpent"
"Gilrhood"
"Mustang"
*** "Son of Saul" (WINNER)

John Cassavetes Award
Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer; Executive Producers are not awarded.
"Advantageous"
"Christmas, Again"
"Heaven Knows What"
*** "Krisha" (WINNER)
"Out of My Hand"

Robert Altman Award
"Spotlight"

Kiehl's Someone to Watch Award
The 22nd annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.
Chloe Zhao, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me"
*** Felix Thompson, "King Jack" (WINNER)
Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, "God Bless the Child"

Piaget Producers Award
The 19th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Darren Dean
*** Mel Eslyn (WINNER)
Rebecca Green & Laura D. Smith

Truer Than Fiction
The 21st annual Truer Than Fiction Award, sponsored by LensCrafters is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by LensCrafters.
Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti, "A Woman Like Me"
*** Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, "Incorruptible" (WINNER)
Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi, "Among the Believers"

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