With the 88th Academy Awards ceremony just mere days away, the season of spoofs has officially begun, and it's been kicked off in style by none other than The Screen Junkies' and their Honest Trailers. Published earlier today, their new video pokes fun at the pros and cons of the eight films vying for the Best Picture statuette, and poses a question that always makes a resurgence around February - 'what did win the Oscar last year?'
Beginning with the line 'In a world where a bunch of rich people dress up in fancy clothes to give each other trophies, these eight films will compete for Hollywood's highest honour', the trailer delves into each movie. The Big Short (2015) becomes 'No Money Mo Problems', The Revenant (2016) changes to 'Frozen', and Spotlight (2015) becoming 'Newsies: Might Want to Avoid These Houses'. What the Screen Junkies do best however, is their no-holds barred approach, saying that Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' Bridge of Spies (2015) is not their best film, and seems to have been nominated purely because it's star-team are cinematic royalty.
They also remind us that The Martian (2015) for all its comedic lines, is still a harrowing tale of a man on the precipice of death and not what the Golden Globes declared 'Best Motion Picture Comedy'. And they affirm that they haven't seen it Brooklyn (2015) and we haven't seen it, and that's okay because 'you can only see so many movies'. The video ends with dimming lights, rising scores, and a rush of garbled names. The best of which would have to be 'Leonardo Datoscardoe'. You can check out the Honest Trailer video below, or over at the Screen Junkies YouTube Channel, before the main event airs around the globe this Sunday.
With the Academy Awards set to be handed out this weekend, the plague of diversity in Hollywood films is once again being called into question - this time in a recently released study. And it seems that having no actors or actresses of colour nominated in the Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor or Best Actress categories is just the tip of the iceberg. The report, released Monday, entitled 'The Comprehensive Annenberg Report On Diversion', comes from the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at the University Of Southern California’s Annenberg School For Communication & Journalism.
It finds that the epitome of the Hollywood A-Class are white males, and that women, ethnic minorities, and LGBT people often fall within the realm of 'invisibility'. In the most honest and brutal terms Hollywood "still functions as a straight, white, boys club." Utilising data from 109 films released in 2014, as well as 305 scripted TV shows, the study focused on 11,000 speaking roles and 11,500 directors, writers, show-runners and executives. And it provided a stark look at the major studios of Disney, Sony, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros.
Here's hoping Hollywood can do better next year, when The Academy's new steps will be put in place to secure greater diversity in their voting population, and hopefully on their winners podium too.
While fans wait the cold, long winter (or in Australia - the hot, dry summer) until HBO's Game of Thrones (2011) returns this April, they can enjoy a hilarious new mash-up video featuring US Republican Donald Trump to tide them over. The video, created by political satirist Huw Parkinson for the Australian Broadcasting Commissions show Insiders (2001), takes a mocking look at the Presidential candidate's fierce media exchange over comments to 'build a wall' to keep immigrants out of America.
Titled 'Game of Thrones: Winter is Trumping', the parody begins with Trump telling the Khaleesi and her Dothraki horde that he will not let them pass into the borders of Qarth, before going head-to-head with Jon Snow and the men of the Night's Watch to reinforce their boundaries. Lines like 'The people are with me. 100% are the people', simply reinforcing the profound stupidity of the situation.
It is not the first time Parkinson has created such genius political mash-ups either, with the producer also behind the viral 'Seinfeld in Australian Politics' and 'I'm a Fixer' Christopher Pyne parodies. The new video comes in light of Trump's increasing successes in early voting, with the ex-businessman knocking a bunch of well-established Republican candidates out of the race, including Jeb Bush. You can watch the parody video below.
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