Parasite and Jojo Rabbit triumph at Writers Guild of America Awards

Parasite and Jojo Rabbit took home top honours at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Saturday.Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won were presented with the prize for Best Original Screenplay at the 72nd annual ceremony for Parasite, making it the first non-…

Parasite and Jojo Rabbit took home top honours at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Saturday.

Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won were presented with the prize for Best Original Screenplay at the 72nd annual ceremony for Parasite, making it the first non-English language feature to win a WGA award in history.

“I’d like to share this award with all the nominees tonight and especially it’s such a huge honour to receive this award from (presenter) Kevin Bacon,” the director said during his speech.

Meanwhile, Taika Waititi received the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Jojo Rabbit from the organisation, which handed out its annual awards at simultaneous shows in Los Angeles and New York.

The film awards, which are traditionally held at the end of the bash, were the first two categories of the night and were announced at the New York ceremony, so that nominees could leave early and head to London for Sunday’s BAFTA Awards, during which Waititi and Joon Ho repeated their screenplay wins.

Over in the WGA TV categories, Succession won the award for Best Drama Series, Barry took home the Comedy Series prize, and Watchmen won for a New Series.

Chernobyl also triumphed, nabbing the Original Long-Form award, while Fosse/Verdon won for a Long-Form Adaptation.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Original Screenplay – Parasite, Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

Adapted Screenplay – Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi

Documentary Screenplay – The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Alex Gibney

Drama Series – Succession

Comedy Series – Barry

New Series – Watchmen

Original Long Form – Chernobyl

Adapted Long Form – Fosse/Verdon

Original Short Form New Media – Special

Animation – Thanksgiving of Horror (The Simpsons)

Episodic Drama – Tern Haven (Succession)

Episodic Comedy – Pilot (Dead to Me)

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Knives Out and Jojo Rabbit triumph at Costume Designers Guild Awards

Knives Out, Jojo Rabbit, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil took home the top honours at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday.Jenny Eagan scooped the Excellence in Contemporary Film prize for her work on Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out,…

Knives Out, Jojo Rabbit, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil took home the top honours at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday.

Jenny Eagan scooped the Excellence in Contemporary Film prize for her work on Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out, while the Excellence in Period Film award went to Mayes C. Rubeo for Taika Waititi’s satire Jojo Rabbit, which is set in Nazi Germany.

Ellen Mirojnick beat competition from the likes of Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to take home the Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film award for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Over in the TV section, Schitt’s Creek’s Debra Hanson, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Donna Zakowska, and Game of Thrones’ Michele Clapton were recognised for Contemporary, Period, and Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television, respectively, while The Masked Singer U.S. scooped the Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television prize.

Meanwhile, Bombshell actress Charlize Theron was honoured with the Spotlight Award, which is given to an actor whose talent and career personify an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design.

Film director Adam McKay received the Distinguished Collaborator Award, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker costume designer Michael Kaplan was honoured with the Career Achievement trophy, and Mary Ellen Fields was presented with the Distinguished Service Award.

The 22nd annual ceremony was hosted by Mindy Kaling at The Beverly Hilton hotel in California.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Knives Out – Jenny Eagan

Excellence in Period Film: Jojo Rabbit – Mayes C. Rubeo

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – Ellen Mirojnick

Excellence in Contemporary Television: Schitt’s Creek – Debra Hanson

Excellence in Period Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television: The Masked Singer – Marina Toybina

Excellence in Short Form Design: United Airlines: “Star Wars Wing Walker” commercial – Christopher Lawrence

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Sam Mendes scores top prize at Directors Guild of America Awards

Sam Mendes cemented his status as Oscars frontrunner by taking home the top prize at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards on Saturday for his war epic 1917.The filmmaker’s latest movie beat Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Quentin Tarantino’s Once …

Sam Mendes cemented his status as Oscars frontrunner by taking home the top prize at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards on Saturday for his war epic 1917.

The filmmaker’s latest movie beat Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman to win the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award.

His victory comes hot off his success at the Producers Guild Awards (PGA) last weekend, meaning he has now secured his status as the one to beat for the Best Director prize at the Academy Awards on 9 February. The last six winners of the main DGA prize have gone on to win the Oscar.

Accepting the DGA honour, Mendes thanked his late grandfather, whose wartime stories inspired the film, and dedicated his win to his young daughter Phoebe.

“My grandfather inspired this film, and he made me when I was 12 sign a contract promising I would write a novel by the age of 18,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not a freak, so I didn’t do that, but I did do this.”

According to Deadline, Mendes told reporters backstage the win meant a lot to him.

“It’s voted for by people who know exactly what I do and that makes a huge difference. For me the whole event was moving,” the 54-year-old commented.

Other DGA winners included Alma Har’el, who won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director award for Honey Boy, and Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, who were also honoured for their Netflix documentary movie, American Factory.

In the TV categories, Bill Hader took home the Comedy Series prize for Barry, Johan Renck was recognised for Chernobyl in the TV Movie/Limited Series category, and Nicole Kassell won for her episode of Watchmen in Dramatic Series.

Mendes previously won the DGA honour in 1999 for American Beauty.

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Taika Waititi toned down Jojo Rabbit ‘so young people could watch’

Taika Waititi was determined to tone down Jojo Rabbit so that children would be able to watch it.The satirical World War II movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson, also features a predominantly young cast, due to the titular …

Taika Waititi was determined to tone down Jojo Rabbit so that children would be able to watch it.

The satirical World War II movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson, also features a predominantly young cast, due to the titular character, who is played by 12-year-old Roman Griffin Davis, being a member of the Hitler Youth.

And the New Zealand filmmaker was keen to ensure that kids the same age as his cast members would be able to engage with the critically acclaimed movie.

“We made a real effort to make the film PG, so that young people could see it,” he told Variety. “Roman Griffin Davis showed the film to a bunch of his classmates back in London, and one of his friends said, ‘This is a film about a kid learning to think for himself.’

“And I think that’s really the ultimate goal, to try and influence people into thinking for themselves, and also thinking from the perspective of tolerance and love.”

The movie, which follows the story of Jojo as he discovers his mother has been hiding a Jewish girl in their attic, has recently been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.

And Waititi was full of praise for Johansson, who received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her portrayal of Jojo’s mother Rosie.

“She was incredible and brought something to it that really elevated the whole thing to a level that I’d never even considered,” he said. “And I think that it’s probably the best version of Scarlett that I’ve ever seen.”

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Taika Waititi in talks to direct new Star Wars movie – report

Taika Waititi has reportedly been approached by Lucasfilm bosses to direct a new Star Wars movie.The filmmaker is in negotiations to join the as-yet-untitled project after he wraps production on Thor: Love and Thunder for Marvel Studios, according to e…

Taika Waititi has reportedly been approached by Lucasfilm bosses to direct a new Star Wars movie.

The filmmaker is in negotiations to join the as-yet-untitled project after he wraps production on Thor: Love and Thunder for Marvel Studios, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

Waititi is no stranger to the sci-fi franchise, as he directed the last episode of The Mandalorian for Disney+, which was well-received by audiences.

The New Zealander also voiced the bounty hunter IG-11 on the show, which starred Pedro Pascal as the titular character, and saw the debut of the viral sensation, Baby Yoda.

Back in October, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss abandoned their planned Star Wars trilogy in favour of developing projects at Netflix, leaving the future of the iconic sci-fi saga in doubt.

Negotiations are in the early stages, and it’s not yet known if the Star Wars movie will be for the big screen, or for Disney’s newly launched streaming service.

Waititi, 44, recently landed six Academy Award nominations for his critically-acclaimed World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, including Best Picture, and has just finished production on sports comedy Next Goal Wins, starring Michael Fassbender.

He is also attached to direct Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of Akira, a Japanese cyberpunk manga comic book series, and is currently preparing to start filming on the fourth movie in the hugely successful Thor franchise.

Chris Hemsworth will be reprising his role as the Norse god for the Marvel blockbuster, alongside Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and rumoured newcomer Christian Bale, who may be playing a villain.

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Taika Waititi: ‘Michael Fassbender is a comic revelation’

Taika Waititi believes Michael Fassbender should stop doing dramas because he is a “comic revelation”.The New Zealand filmmaker has completed production on the upcoming sports comedy Next Goal Wins, which follows the true story of unorthodox Dutch-Amer…

Taika Waititi believes Michael Fassbender should stop doing dramas because he is a “comic revelation”.

The New Zealand filmmaker has completed production on the upcoming sports comedy Next Goal Wins, which follows the true story of unorthodox Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen, played by Fassbender, who tries to help the American Samoa football team, considered one of the weakest football teams in the world, qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

And Waititi is overjoyed with the movie, which also stars Elisabeth Moss, Armie Hammer, and Rhys Darby, and told Deadline that it was one of the best experiences of his life.

“It’s one of the happiest shoots I’ve ever been on. It’s a 99 per cent Polynesian cast; Michael Fassbender is a comic revelation,” he shared. “I think he should just stop doing dramas from now on because he’s so funny, and so good at improvising. To me, it was a real revelation.”

The 44-year-old, who recently landed two Academy Award nominations for his satire Jojo Rabbit, co-wrote the screenplay with Iain Morris, and filming took place in Hawaii last year.

Waititi also shared that shooting Next Goal Wins, which is based on the 2014 documentary of the same name, was a totally different experience to that of his upcoming Thor blockbuster.

“With the Thor film, I can’t share much, for obvious reasons. We’re going to be writing all the way up until we shoot, and then throughout the shoot,” he explained.

Chris Hemsworth is reprising his role as the Norse god for Thor: Love and Thunder, alongside Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman, while Christian Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain.

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Joker leads 2020 Oscar nominations

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for…

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.

The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director for Todd Phillips, and Best Adapted Screenplay, plus a host of technical categories such as Best Cinematography.

The Irishman, 1917, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood each follows with 10 nods, and will face-off against Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans ’66, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story, and Parasite for Best Picture.

Leonardo DiCaprio scored a Best Actor nomination for his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with co-star Brad Pitt recognised in the Best Supporting Actor list and director Quentin Tarantino honoured with a Best Director nod.

The Irishman stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci each landed a Best Supporting Actor nomination, with Martin Scorsese also appearing in the Best Director category.

Elsewhere, Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo, Marriage Story’s Scarlett Johansson, Little Women’s Saoirse Ronan, Bombshell’s Charlize Theron, and Judy’s Renee Zellweger make up the Best Actress category.

Despite being tipped for Oscar success, Jennifer Lopez missed out on a nod in the Best Supporting Actress list for her acclaimed performance as stripper Ramona in Hustlers.

Instead, Richard Jewell’s Kathy Bates, Marriage Story’s Laura Dern, Jojo Rabbit’s Johansson, Little Women’s Florence Pugh, and Bombshell’s Margot Robbie will be competing for the prize.

Tom Hanks landed his first Oscar nod in almost 20 years in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as children’s TV favourite Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, with The Two Popes’ Anthony Hopkins completing the category.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best Picture:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Ford v Ferrari

Best Director:

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Todd Phillips – Joker

Leading Actress:

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Leading Actor:

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Joker – Todd Phillips and Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay:

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

1917 – Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

International Feature:

Corpus Christi

Les Miserables

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Honeyland

Documentary Feature:

American Factory

The Cave

For Sama

Honeyland

The Edge of Democracy

Animated Feature:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Missing Link

Klaus

Toy Story 4

Original Score:

1917 – Thomas Newman

Joker – Hildur Gudnadottir

Little Women – Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story – Randy Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams

Original Song:

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4

I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman

Into the Unknown – Frozen 2

Stand Up – Harriet

Cinematography:

1917 – Roger Deakins

The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto

Joker – Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

Production Design:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Costume Design:

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Judy

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sound Editing:

1917

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing:

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects:

1917

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Animated Short:

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Documentary short:

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Live Action Short:

Saria

A Sister

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window

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Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino land Directors Guild nominations

Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino have been nominated for the top honour at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards. The veteran filmmaker has received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 20…

Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino have been nominated for the top honour at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards.

The veteran filmmaker has received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2019 for his gangster epic The Irishman and faces competition from Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Bong Joon-Ho for South Korean thriller Parasite, Sam Mendes for one-take war movie 1917, and Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit.

Four of the nominees were also nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, while Joker filmmaker Todd Phillips, who received recognition from BAFTA and the Globes, is surprisingly absent from the shortlist and has been replaced by Waititi. Mendes took home the directing prize at the Globes on Sunday.

The five DGA nominees don’t always line up with the five Oscar nominees for Best Director, but the last six winners of the main DGA prize – most recently, Roma’s Alfonso Cuaron and The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro – have gone on to win the Academy Award.

During the DGA ceremony, which takes place on 25 January, a first-time film director will also receive an award. The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2019 include Mati Diop, who became the first black woman to direct a film featured In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival last year with Atlantics, Alma Har’el for Shia LaBeouf’s biopic Honey Boy, Melina Matsoukas for Queen & Slim, Joe Talbot for The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz for The Peanut Butter Falcon.

On Tuesday, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) also announced their nominations. The Irishman, 1917, Parasite, Jojo Rabbit, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are all up for The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, alongside Ford v Ferrari, Joker, Knives Out, Little Women, and Marriage Story.

The winner will be announced on 18 January.

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Taika Waititi had ‘no concerns’ about making Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi didn’t have “any worries or concerns” making Jojo Rabbit despite the film’s divisive nature.The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker wrote, directed, produced and stars in the comedy-drama, which follows Jojo, a young boy who idolises Adolf H…

Taika Waititi didn’t have “any worries or concerns” making Jojo Rabbit despite the film’s divisive nature.

The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker wrote, directed, produced and stars in the comedy-drama, which follows Jojo, a young boy who idolises Adolf Hitler, as he discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their house.

Despite its content, Waititi doesn’t believe his film is actually controversial and had no doubts while making it.

“I haven’t had any worries or concerns making this. A lot of people ask if I should be very nervous. I never really felt nervous at all,” he told Uproxx. “It’s not a controversial film! It’s not massively challenging to people just because it’s got some jokes and me doing Hitler. It’s not a film that’s like bad boy’s cinema. Like, ‘We need boobs.’ Or, ‘Oh yeah, we need all the attention because we’re going to do stuff just for shock value. We want the crazy press.’ No, we don’t. We just don’t like that kind of attention.”

The director also portrayed Hitler as the imaginary friend of Jojo in the film because he was convinced another actor would have “overthought” the part and done “too much research” into the dictator, when that wasn’t required as the depiction of him is “silly”.

“I just realised I didn’t want to do any research on this guy. I was just going to put the moustache on because I’m not playing him. I’m playing a 10-year-old in an adult’s body,” the filmmaker explained.

Jojo Rabbit, which also stars Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, and Sam Rockwell, is in cinemas now.

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Jojo Rabbit star Archie Yates to front Home Alone reboot

Jojo Rabbit star Archie Yates is to front Disney’s Home Alone reboot alongside Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney.The young actor, who shot to fame in Taika Waititi’s comedy-drama, will not be playing Kevin McCallister – originally portrayed by Macaulay Culk…

Jojo Rabbit star Archie Yates is to front Disney’s Home Alone reboot alongside Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney.

The young actor, who shot to fame in Taika Waititi’s comedy-drama, will not be playing Kevin McCallister – originally portrayed by Macaulay Culkin – but has been cast as a new character with a similar storyline to the classic 1990 film.

The movie, directed by Dan Mazer and penned by Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell, will debut on streaming service Disney+, with filming beginning early next year.

In the original movie, Kevin is accidentally left behind while his extended family heads on a trip to Paris over the Christmas holidays. The eight-year-old is then forced to protect his home from burglars Harry and Marv, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

It was previously reported that Ellie and Rob would be playing Archie’s parents in the new film, but they have reportedly been cast as another couple unrelated to the new character.

News of a Home Alone reboot was first announced back in August by Disney boss Bob Iger, who stated that the studio had planned to give new life to the comedy caper on their new streaming service, as well as Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen.

While the plot is unclear, Bob hinted that it would be “reimagined” for “a new generation.”

The first movie, released in 1990 and directed by Chris Columbus, was a huge hit and grossed more than $476 million (£362 million) worldwide. The film’s success led to the 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which followed Kevin as he was pursued yet again by Harry and Marv when he mistakenly flew to the city instead of Florida with his family for the festive season.

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