R.I.P. Alan Rickman (1946 – 2016) *One of Film’s Finest Character Actors is Gone*

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman wasn’t a leading man.  He wasn’t the first name on the billing for films he was in: he simply made them better by his inclusion.  On a morning when Oscar nominations (Rickman never received one, sadly) were being handed out, a pall was cast over the celebration of film as word spread that the talented actor had passed away from cancer at the age of 69.

I always brightened up when I saw Rickman’s name on the billing or watched him own scenes in the face of “greater” actors.  He’ll be most remembered for his role as the Potions Master Severus Snape in the eight-film Harry Potter series, but also for one of the great screen villains of all-time, Hans Gruber, from the first DIe Hard film.  Rickman’s final performance will be voiceover, as he’ll be the Caterpillar in Disney’s Through the Looking Glass later this year.  Here are my Top 10 Rickman Performances, followed by his official obit from the BBC.
1. Die Hard
2. Harry Potter Series
3. Love Actually
4. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
5. Galaxy Quest
6. Dogma
7. Truly, Madly, Deeply
8. Sense & Sensibility
9. Sweeney Todd
10. Bottle Shock Continue reading R.I.P. Alan Rickman (1946 – 2016) *One of Film’s Finest Character Actors is Gone*

2016 Oscar Nominees; Who Should Win vs. Who Will Win!!!! The Revenant Lead the Way With 12 Nominations, Mad Max: Fury Road Picks Up 10 and, Star Wars Gets FIVE!

Oscars

As always, when the Oscar nominations are announced there are surprises and snubs, the entire preceding cast under a pall as the news of actor Alan Rickman’s death spread through the room.  Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee and John Krasinski announced the nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, which will be handed out February 28, 2016.  Dominating the proceedings was The Revenant which hauled in 12 NOMINATIONS including ones for director Alejandro Innaritu, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, and Picture.  Mad Max: Fury Road  was not far behind with 10 including Picture and nods as well for director George Miller.  Star Wars didn’t get a well-deserved Best Picture nod, but was certainly not forgotten with five nominations.  Ridley Scott was snubbed for directing The Martian one day after receiving a DGA nomination for his effort.

Imperator Furiosa, Charlize Theron, Mad Max fury Road

Both The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur were left out of Best Animated Feature.  Aaron Sorkin, after winning a Golden Globe for his Steve Jobs script, was snubbed altogether. Then, baffingly, in a year when there was only one good song in movies, Wiz Khalfia’s “See You Again” from Furious 7, it wasn’t even nominated.  Also, in the strongest year for film in perhaps a decade, the Academy chose to nominate only 8 films for Best Picture when they can nominate 10 and Sicario or Steve Jobs and Ex Machina or Star Wars would have rounded that list off nicely.  Here’s the breakdown by  category along with the KT Pick and who we predict will take home the gold. Continue reading 2016 Oscar Nominees; Who Should Win vs. Who Will Win!!!! The Revenant Lead the Way With 12 Nominations, Mad Max: Fury Road Picks Up 10 and, Star Wars Gets FIVE!