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"My reaction to the Oscars snafu from last night. Through all of the confusion, I believe that Moonlight and La La Land still came out on top. La La Land took home six Oscars, including Best Director for Damien Chazelle. Chazelle also made history last night by becoming the youngest director to win an Oscar at age 32. Moonlight also shined brightly by taking home three Oscars, including Best Picture.
Mahershala Ali also became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. Both films have proven time-over-time this season that they were worthy of winning these top awards. Shout out to some major class to Producer Jordan Horowitz, who showed grace and kindness to the Moonlight team. Horowitz also handled the weary siltation very well as did the rest of the teams for La La Land and Moonlight. Jimmy Kimmel added humor to an awkward moment and you could tell that Warren Beatty genuinely felt bad for the Oscars mistake.
Human error happens, but unfortunately it embarrassed La La Land, while also putting a damper on Moonlight from getting their raw moment of glory. Nevertheless, both films took home top honors and both represent a different kind of art to the films. La La Land brought back a dying genre of original musicals to Old Hollywood, while Moonlight shined a light on important stories too rarely seen in cinema. Both need to be seen by the masses and both will go down as new American Classics." - Arnold At The Movies.
Jackie is like portraits of glamorous trauma seeping through the paint.
After witnessing one of the craziest Oscar experiences in recent memory from last night, Moonlight and La La Land are surely still buzzing in everyone’s head. But lets not forget some of the other potent films from this season, one of them being Jackie. Only nominated for three Oscars, Jackie failed to take home a single award from last night. However, director Pablo Larraín’s (No) film was one of the best from 2016. Jackie will visually and symphonically haunt you by the end of its cut throat montage. The film looks through the eyes of Mrs. Kennedy (Natalie Portman) herself. Portman gives the role of the lifetime as she fully transforms herself into the First Lady in red. It's a stunning and refreshing depiction from a woman's prospective.
Jackie is rated R (Restricted). For brief strong violence and some language.
Moana’s tap-dancing numbers, lush animation and three-dimensional characters will draw you into Disney’s latest Oscar nominated hit.
Moana takes a fresh look on the family-friendly genre, fueled with girl power throughout. In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui (voiced by a fantastic Dwayne Johnson) reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, Moana (voiced by a magnificent Auli'i Cravalho) answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. Nominated for two Oscars, Best Animated Film and Original Song – “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana’s rich narrative and unforgettable journey is all the more rewarding. While, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s soundtrack helps blend the stories oceanic myths to its full potential. Singing from beginning until end, you’ll fall in love with everything about Moana.
Moana is rated PG (Parental Guidance). For peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements.
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