By Nestor U. Torre
Most Filipino films are fictional dramas, but our writers and directors may be missing out on a popular new preference for fact-based movies that is slowly but surely making an impact on the global filmmaking scene.
Hollywood’s glitziest night is under way as Academy Awards nominees in their finest gowns and tuxes hit the red carpet for Sunday’s show, with nominees Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams and Charlize Theron among the more statuesque arrivals.
Perhaps it is no surprise, given that 2012 was a US election year, but this year’s Oscars crop includes a heavy dose of politics—which has arguably influenced Hollywood’s top awards race.
The CIA thrillers “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.
By Rito P. Asilo
No actress can “disappear” into a role as proficiently as Meryl Streep does—after all, the prodigious 63-year-old icon isn’t Tinseltown’s greatest living actress for nothing. Jessica Chastain is also a thespic crackerjack, but this year’s Best Actress Oscar frontrunner (for “Zero Dark Thirty”) has been staking a claim to the Screen Queen crown for a couple of years now.