Saturday, May 19, 2018

84th Annual Drama League Awards

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Band's Visit

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
My Fair Lady

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Angels in America

DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
Glenda Jackson "Three Tall Women"

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL THEATER
Idina Menzel

FOUNDERS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING
Casey Nicholaw "Mean Girls"

2018 Cannes Lions Winners

The winners of this year's Cannes film festival have been announced!

Palme d’Or
“Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda

Grand Prix
“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

Jury Prize
“Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki

Special Palme d’Or
“The Image Book,” Jean-Luc Godard

Best Actress
Samal Yeslyamova, “Akya”

Best Actor
Marcello Fonte, “Dogman”

Best Director
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

Best Screenplay
(TIE) Alice Rohrwacher, “Happy as Lazzaro” & Nader Saeivar, “Three Faces”

Camera d’Or
“Girl,” Lukas Dhont

Short Film Palme d’Or
“All These Creatures,” Charles Williams

Queer Palm (Feature)
“Girl,” Lukas Dhont

Queer Palm (Short)
“The Orphan,” Carolina Markowicz

2018 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Winners

FAVORITE NEW MUSICAL
Mean Girls

FAVORITE NEW PLAY
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

FAVORITE MUSICAL REVIVAL
Once On This Island

FAVORITE PLAY REVIVAL
Angels in America

FAVORITE LONG-RUNNING SHOW
Dear Evan Hansen

FAVORITE TOUR
Hamilton

FAVORITE LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

FAVORITE LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island

FAVORITE LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America

FAVORITE LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Uma Thurman, The Parisian Woman

FAVORITE FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Grey Henson, Mean Girls

FAVORITE FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Barrett Wilbert Weed, Mean Girls

FAVORITE FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Chris Evans, Lobby Hero

FAVORITE FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Phillipa Soo, The Parisian Woman

FAVORITE FUNNY PERFORMANCE
Barrett Wilbert Weed, Mean Girls

FAVORITE DIVA PERFORMANCE
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls

FAVORITE ONSTAGE PAIR
Grey Henson & Barrett Wilbert Weed, Mean Girls

FAVORITE BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE (MALE)
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

FAVORITE BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
Erika Henningsen, Mean Girls

FAVORITE REPLACEMENT (MALE)
Brendon Urie, Kinky Boots

FAVORITE REPLACEMENT (FEMALE)
Katharine McPhee, Waitress

FAVORITE NEW SONG
“I’d Rather Be Me” – Mean Girls (Music by Jeff Richmond; Lyrics by Nell
Benjamin)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

2018 Theatre World Awards

Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Jamie Brewer, Amy and the Orphans
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Johnny Flynn, Hangmen
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once on This Island
James McArdle, Angels in America
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants
Charlie Stemp, Hello, Dolly!
Katy Sullivan, Cost of Living

John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre 
Victor Garber

The Oscar Narrative: First 2019 Predictions - Best Picture

First 2019 Predictions
Backseat
Black Panther
Boy Erased
First Man
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Incredibles 2
Mid '90s
The Irishman
Wendy
Widows

Other Contenders - The Front Runner, Mary Poppins Returns, Beautiful Boy, A Quiet Place,  A Star is Born, Where'd You Go Bernadette, Deadpool 2, BlacKKKlansman, Rio, The Favourite, Peterloo, Life Itself, Bohemian Rhapsody, Everybody Knows, Wildlife, Judy, The Other Side of the Wind, Under the Silver Lake, On the Basis of Sex, The Rider, The Women of Marwen, At Eternity's Game, The Life and Death of John F. Donovan, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Ad Astra, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and Wasp, Lean on Pete, Paddington 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald", You Were Never Really There, Georgetown, The Wife, The House that Jack Built, Love Simon, Isle of Dogs, The Death of Stalin, Disobedience, Annihilation, Venom, Halloween, Creed II, Aquaman

Commentary - At this point in the race, it is so hard to narrow down. So let's start with The Irishman. Netflix is bringing Martin Scorsese and a killer cast back to the gangster drama. The last time he visited this subject (The Departed), he won his first Oscar and the film won Best Picture. Netflix proved this year with some of its Oscar successes that it can launch a successful Oscar campaign. Barry Jenkins and Damien Chazelle both return this year after their nail-biting 2016. First Man is about Neil Armstrong, and If Beale Street Could Talk is an adaptation of James Baldwin. Both look like solid early Oscar contenders. Steven McQueen returns with Widows, a thriller with an awesome cast, and Adam McKay brings us a new Dick Cheney biopic with Amy Adams, Christian Bale, and Sam Rockwell. Once again, both are two you should probably put your money on. Joel Edgerton's latest, an adaptation of Boy Erased, could be a real contender this year. He has proven his worth both in front of the camera and behind it, and the material and cast are worthy. Benh Zeitlin shocked the world when Beasts of The Southern Wild became the surprise hit of the 2012 Oscar season. After six long years, he has returned to the fold with Wendy. With little detail, it is too soon to tell, but I don't want to make the mistake of underestimating him again. Finally, I am going to once again, probably foolishly so, bet on two of the big guys. Incredibles 2 has the potential to join this race, as every couple years Pixar gets one in. Finally, Black Panther was such a cultural phenomenon that I think, if its buzz can sustain, it could go where Deadpool and Wonder Woman have come up short in recent years. In lieu of going through all of the other contenders let me list the ones I think have the best shot of joining this group: The Front Runner (Jason Reitman), Where'd You Go Bernadette? (Richard Linklater), Mary Poppins Returns (Disney is planning a big push), The Favourite, Peterloo, Life Itself, Wildlife, A Star is Born, Beautiful Boy, and Rio.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Oscar Narrative: First 2019 Predictions - Best Director

First 2019 Predictions
Damien Chazelle "First Man"
Barry Jenkins "If Beale Street Could Talk"
Adam McKay "Backseat"
Steve McQueen "Widows"
Martin Scorsese "The Irishman"

Other Contenders - Benh Zeitlin "Wendy", Joel Edgerton "Boy Erased", Mike Leigh "Peterloo", Orson Welles "The Other Side of the Wind", Luca Guadagnino "Rio", Luca Guadagnino "Suspiria", Ryan Coogler "Black Panther", Ryan Coogler "Creed", Jonah Hill "Mid '90s", Richard Linklater "Where'd You Go Bernadette?", Jason Reitman "The Front Runner", Jason Reitman "Tully", Paul Dano "Wildlife", Rob Marshall "Mary Poppins Returns", Bradley Cooper "A Star is Born", Yorgos Lanthimos "The Favourite", Spike Lee "BlacKKKLansman", Josie Rourke "Mary, Queen of Scots", Wes Anderson "Isle of Dogs", Dan Fogelman "Life Itself", Felix van Groeningen "Beautiful Boy", Asghar Farhadi "Everybody Knows", Marielle Heller "Can You Ever Forgive Me", Mimi Leder "On the Basis of Sex", Robert Zemeckis "The Women of Marwen", Julian Schnabel "At Eternity's Gate", David Robert Mitchell "Under the Silver Lake", Claire Denis "High Life", James Gray "Ad Astra", Xavier Dolan "The Life and Death of John F. Donovan", Steven Spielberg "Ready Player One", Lars Von Trier "The House that Jack Built", Andrew Haigh "Lean on Pete", Alex Garland "Annihilation", Tamara Jenkins "Private Life", Ron Howard "Solo: A Star Wars Story", Terry Gilliam "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote", Anthony and Joe Russo "Avengers: Infinity War", Chloe Zhao "The Rider", Paul King "Paddington 2", John Krasinski "A Quiet Place", Lynne Ramsay "You Were Never Really There"

Commentary - Where to even begin? Martin Scorsese always seems like a safe bet. Even his last-minute Wolf of Wall Street managed to capture Oscar attention and few people had actually seen it. Returning to his gangster roots could prove to once again be Oscar gold. Two years ago, two friends, Barry Jenkins and Damien Chazelle battled it out and split the top two prizes. They both return this year with buzzed projects that could return them to the race. Adam McKay was an odd contender, the man who brought us Anchorman never felt like he would be Oscar bait. But after The Big Short, and the fact that is upcoming film is a Dick Cheney biopic, makes me think his new career as an awards contender director will continue. Finally, Steve McQueen has yet to make a movie since 12 Years a Slave, and if this one gets even half the buzz the last one did, he is in. These are my first five, but there are plenty more to keep on the radar. Previous Oscar nominees and winners like Benh Zeitlin, Mike Leigh, Ricahrd Linklater, Jason Reitman (with two possibilities), Rob Marshall, Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee, Julian Schnabel, Robert Zemeckis, Yorgos Lanthimos, Steven Spielberg, Tamara Jenkins, Ron Howard, and Asghar Farhadi have already proven their popularity in at least one Oscar category. There are the indie auteurs and visionaries like Luca Guadagnino, Marielle Heller, Claire Denis, David Robert Mitchell, Xavier Dolan, Lynne Ramsay, Terry Gilliam, Mimi Leder, and Wes Anderson in the running. There are names that need to be looked at like Joel Edgerton, Jonah Hill, Dan Fogelman, Josie Rourke, Felix van Groeningen, nd the return of Orson Welles. Finally, don't forget the big guys like John Krasinski, the Russo Brothers, and the one that you should really watch for, Ryan Coogler (with two possibilities).

Thursday, May 10, 2018

2018 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations

FAVORITE NEW MUSICAL 
The Band’s Visit
Frozen
Mean Girls
Prince of Broadway
SpongeBob SquarePants

FAVORITE NEW PLAY 
1984
The Children
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Meteor Shower
The Parisian Woman

FAVORITE MUSICAL REVIVAL
Carousel
My Fair Lady
Once On This Island

FAVORITE PLAY REVIVAL
Angels in America
Children of a Lesser God
Lobby Hero
M. Butterfly
Three Tall Women

FAVORITE LONG-RUNNING SHOW
Anastasia
Dear Evan Hansen
Hamilton
Waitress
Wicked

FAVORITE TOUR
The Book of Mormon
Hamilton
Les Misérables
Waitress
Wicked

FAVORITE LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
Paul Alexander Nolan, Escape to Margaritaville
Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

FAVORITE LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Erika Henningsen, Mean Girls
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
Caissie Levy, Frozen
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Patti Murin, Frozen

FAVORITE LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Joshua Jackson, Children of a Lesser God
John Leguizamo, Latin History for Morons
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Denzel Washington, The Iceman Cometh

FAVORITE LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower
Uma Thurman, The Parisian Woman

FAVORITE FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Jelani Alladin, Frozen
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
Alex Newell, Once On This Island

FAVORITE FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kerry Butler, Mean Girls
Lilli Cooper, SpongeBob SquarePants
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Lea Salonga, Once On This Island
Barrett Wilbert Weed, Mean Girls

FAVORITE FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Sam Clemmett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Chris Evans, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America

FAVORITE FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Laura Benanti, Meteor Shower
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Poppy Miller, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Phillipa Soo, The Parisian Woman
Olivia Wilde, 1984

FAVORITE FUNNY PERFORMANCE
Laura Benanti, Meteor Shower
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Kerry Butler, Mean Girls
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Barrett Wilbert Weed, Mean Girls

FAVORITE DIVA PERFORMANCE
Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Caissie Levy, Frozen
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Alex Newell, Once On This Island
Lea Salonga, Once On This Island

FAVORITE ONSTAGE PAIR
Jelani Alladin & Patti Murin, Frozen
Anthony Boyle & Sam Clemmett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Lilli Cooper & Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants
Grey Henson & Barrett Wilbert Weed, Mean Girls
Caissie Levy & Patti Murin, Frozen

FAVORITE BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE (MALE)
Jelani Alladin, Frozen
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Alex Newell, Once On This Island
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

FAVORITE BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Erika Henningsen, Mean Girls
Jai’Len Christine Li Josey, SpongeBob SquarePants
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
Brittany Pollack, Carousel

FAVORITE REPLACEMENT (MALE)
Daniel Breaker, Hamilton
Noah Galvin, Dear Evan Hansen
Norm Lewis, Once On This Island
Taylor Trensch, Dear Evan Hansen
Brendon Urie, Kinky Boots

FAVORITE REPLACEMENT (FEMALE)
Phoenix Best, Dear Evan Hansen
Kara Lindsay, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Katharine McPhee, Waitress
Bernadette Peters, Hello, Dolly!
Betsy Wolfe, Waitress

FAVORITE NEW SONG
“Bikini Bottom Day”—SpongeBob SquarePants (music and lyrics by Jonathan Coulton)
“Hero Is My Middle Name”—SpongeBob SquarePants (music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper)
“(Just a) Simple Sponge”—SpongeBob SquarePants (music and lyrics by Panic! at the Disco)
“I’d Rather Be Me”—Mean Girls (music by Jeff Richmond; lyrics by Nell Benjamin)
“Monster”—Frozen (music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)

Monday, May 7, 2018

The 68th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards

Outstanding New Broadway Play
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Admissions

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Desperate Measures

Outstanding Book Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Tina Fey, Mean Girls

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley, and Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Revival Of A Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Angels in America

Outstanding Revival Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
My Fair Lady

Outstanding Actor In A Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels In America

Outstanding Actress In A Play
Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women

Outstanding Actor In A Musical
Ethan Slater, Spongebob Squarepants

Outstanding Actress In A Musical
Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play
Nathan Lane, Angels In America

Outstanding Featured Actress In A Play
Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women

Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical
Lindsay Mendez, Carousel

Outstanding Solo Performance
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke

Outstanding Director Of A Play
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Director Of A Musical
(TIE) Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants and Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Choreographer
Justin Peck, Carousel

Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical) 
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical) 
Finn Ross and Ash Woodward, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical) 
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel

John Gassner Award (Presented For An American Play, Preferably By A New Playwright)
Jocelyn Bioh, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

2018 Off-Broadway League's Lucille Lortel Awards

Outstanding Play
(TIE) Cost of Living AND School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play WINNER (tie)

Outstanding Musical
KPOP

Outstanding Revival
Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train

Outstanding Solo Show
Harry Clarke performed by Billy Crudup

Outstanding Director
Anne Kauffman, Mary Jane

Outstanding Choreographer
Sonya Tayeh, The Lucky Ones

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Sean Carvajal, Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Carrie Coon, Mary Jane

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Gregg Mozgala, Cost of Living

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Mirirai Sithole, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Damon Daunno, The Lucky Ones

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Ashley Park, KPOP

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Jason Tam, KPOP

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Tiffany Mann, Jerry Springer - The Opera

Outstanding Scenic Design
Louisa Thompson, In The Blood

Outstanding Costume Design
Dede M. Ayite, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Outstanding Lighting Design
Alan C. Edwards, Harry Clarke

Outstanding Sound Design
Leah Gelpe, Mary Jane

Outstanding Projection Design
Hannah Wasileski, Pipeline

Lifetime Achievement Award
Eve Ensler

Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee
Michael Friedman

Outstanding Body of Work
WP Theater

Sunday, May 6, 2018

29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards: New York Part

Outstanding Film – Wide Release
Call Me By Your Name

Outstanding Documentary
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric

Outstanding Music Artist
Halsey, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

Outstanding Talk Show Episode
“Australian Marriage Equality” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine
“The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
“Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)

Outstanding Newspaper Article
“The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV” by Gracie Bonds Staples (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Outstanding Magazine Article
“Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage
Billboard

Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia
“’This Is How We Win’: Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory” by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com)

Excellence in Media Award
Ava DuVernay

Vito Russo Award
Samira Wiley

Special Recognition Award
“Smile” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44