Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Nominations

As the year winds down, it’s time for award season to begin. Various film critic groups across the land are in the process of announcing their nominees and winners for the best films of 2017. The Lost Angeles Online Film Critics Society is the latest org to announce their nominations, with Guillermo del Toro‘s beautiful romantic fantasy The Shape of Water topping the list with the most nominations. The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Nominations are below.

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The Shape of Water black and white

Guillermo del Toro‘s fantasy romance The Shape of Water opens in limited release this weekend, and this story of a mute woman falling in love with a fish man is full of lush, vibrant colors, gorgeous aquatic hues, and the level of visual splendor for which del Toro is best known. But we nearly saw an entirely different version of the movie: according to the film’s production designer, del Toro originally pitched The Shape of Water as a black and white film.
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The Shape of Water Q&A

Earlier this week, I visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see a screening of The Shape of Water, the newest fantasy film from director Guillermo del Toro. The screening was part of Film Independent at LACMA’s ongoing film series and featured a Q&A afterward with del Toro, actors Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and composer Alexandre Desplat.

Below, you’ll find some of the best stories and quotes from the conversation, including how a drunken del Toro originally pitched Hawkins on her part, how the music ties in with the film’s visual aesthetic, which scene caused someone to vomit on the set, and the odd relationship between the film and the FX vampire series The Strain.
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Three_Billboards_01

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a film that will stay with audiences. It’s a simple story layered in unexpected complexities brought out by its three leads: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. It’s one of the best films of 2017.

In the film, McDormand plays Mildred Hayes , a divorced woman searching for justice for the violent death of her daughter, Angela. It’s been seven months since the crime took place and the police, led by Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Harrelson), have yet to find any solid leads to point to anyone worth arresting. Taking matters into her own hands, Mildred uses three billboards located on the outskirts of town to point out the lack of movement on the police’s part. As you’d expect, chaos soon follows.

This is the third film from writer/director, Martin McDonagh, who previously helmed In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Deeply organic, touching, gut-wrenching and hilarious, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri feels like a movie fit for 2017 America.

From my chat with Mr. McDonagh, it seems he would most-definitely agree.

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Big Little Lies season 2

Big Little Lies is one of the best things I saw on television this year, and Emmy voters agreed with that assessment: the show won eight trophies at the most recent ceremony, taking home prizes for Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actress for Nicole Kidman (who did some of the best work of her career in the show).

Whispers of a second season began almost immediately after the first season ended, leaving many viewers conflicted: the first season wrapped up so well…could they possibly be able to top themselves by coming back for more? While HBO has yet to officially announce production on the start of Big Little Lies season 2, a new report says that the gang is getting back together again to head back to Monterey. And now star Reese Witherspoon has dropped out of a planned movie, so there’s another piece of evidence pointing toward the inevitability of a second season.
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The Shape of Water red band trailer

The Shape of Water, one of the best films of the year, has revealed a new red band trailer for your enjoyment. Guillermo del Toro‘s beautiful, romantic adult fairytale focuses on the unlikely romance that blossoms between a mute janitor and a Creature From the Black Lagoon-like Fish Man. The Shape of Water red band trailer awaits you below.

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the shape of water footage

Guillermo del Toro is one of our best living filmmakers, and he’s about to release his masterpiece, The Shape of Water. A Cold War romance about a woman falling in love with a fish-man, The Shape of Water is a lovely monster movie the likes of which only del Toro could make. In a new behind-the-scenes feature, the acclaimed filmmaker talks a bit about the film while new footage is revealed. See the new The Shape of Water footage below.

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isle of dogs trailer

There’s a chill in the air. It’s time to bust out the corduroy suit and take another journey to Wes Anderson country, where everything is symmetrical, everyone has father issues, and the soundtracks are off the hook. Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs trailer has arrived to enchant the hell out of you. Like Fantastic Mr. Fox, this is another stop-motion treat from The Royal Tenenbaums helmer. The Isle of Dogs trailer is ready to wow you below.

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Battle of the Sexes Clips

Awards season is just around the corner, and soon the movies that will be vying for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and more will begin hitting theaters, trying to drum up acclaim and praise. One of the earlier films out of the gate that already has awards buzz from its debut on the festival circuit recently is a real life sports drama starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone.

Battle of the Sexes tells the story of the highly publicized tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) in 1973, a tennis match that pitted man versus woman and made waves for equality between the sexes. You can get a better glimpse at the true story in a batch of new footage that has arrived in a couple TV spots, clips and a featurette.

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guillermo del toro projects shape of water

Guillermo del Toro has a tendency to juggle several passion projects before some of them make it to the theater after an excruciating wait, and others fall by the wayside. (RIP Hellboy 3.)

But with his newest film The Shape of Water receiving rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival this week and coming to theaters later this year, the Mexican auteur can finally turn his eyes to his next dark fairy tale: Pinocchio.

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