The characters in “Coco” are all so adorable, but as likable as Miguel, Coco, Mama Imelda and Hector all are, every character in the Disney Pixar film has a very distinctive personality. Now if you were one of the characters from “Coco,” who would you be? Take this quiz to find out.
The Academy Awards last night brought many surprise wins and losses. “Parasite,” a Korean dark comedy about the class struggle in South Korea, swept with four major awards. The movie took home the Oscar for Best Director, Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay, and the most sought after Best Picture. The night was history-making as “Parasite” is the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture.
Director Bong Joon-ho made history last night with his film “Parasite.”
“Parasite” was competing for the award against “1917,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “The Irishman,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Joker,” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Director Bong Joon-ho made history with his film. “Parasite” is the first-ever non-English language film to win the award for Best Picture. There have only been 11 non-English movies nominated for Best Picture out of the 563 that have been nominated in the Academy’s history. The award is the only one where all Academy members are allowed to cast a vote for and is presented to the producers of the film. Last year’s winner was “Green Book.”
The unexpected and welcomed victory is an important moment in Oscar’s history and people are taking notice.
In a time when certain voices are being oppressed, the elevation of these kinds of stories and communities is important. Representation matters and film is one way we can show other cultures and participate in major cultural conversations.
Compared to the rest of the movies nominated for Best Picture, “Parasite” had the lowest production budget.
The film, which cost about $11 million to produce, became Bong Joon-ho’s first film to gross over $100 million worldwide. The movie earned $167.6 million worldwide with $35.5 million made in the U.S.
“I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now,” producer Kwak Sin Ae said through a translator.
The historic moment has angered some people who wish the award went to an American film.
Earlier during the award season, Bong Joon-ho stated that the Best Picture award was a local award. The statement, which caught everyone’s attention, was an unintentional drag of the Academy while also painting an honest picture of the award’s history.
The U.S. is how to the largest Korean diaspora community in the world. Around 2.2 million people in the U.S. identify as being of Korean descent. The Korean community makes up about 0.7 percent of the U.S. population. South Koreans make up 99 percent of those with Korean heritage living in the U.S.
Yet, a larger chorus of voices are praising the film and celebrating the historic win.
What do you think about “Parasite” winning the Oscar for Best Picture?
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “Hamilton” if finally becoming a movie. Thanks to Disney and its determination to own everything you love, the filmed version of Hamilton, starring the original cast, will hit movie theaters nationwide next year.
Unlike many other Disney films, this won’t be an adaptation.
The just-announced that the “Hamilton” film won’t be re-casted or adapted to the screen. Instead, the film will actually be a theatrical release of a filmed Broadway performance.
Filmed on stage at The Richard Rodgers Theatre, Disney’s “Hamilton” will feature Lin-Manuel Miranda himself.
Back in 2016, when “Hamilton” was a new Broadway phenomenon, the show’s creative team decided to film the musical before the original cast departed. “We’re filming the original cast before I go. WE GOT YOU,” Miranda tweeted back then, adding in a second tweet, “What are we doing with that footage? No idea. Throwing it in a vault at Gringotts for a bit probly. But we’re getting it.”
In that original cast, Miranda played the title character, U.S. Treasury Secretary and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
The cast also included Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, and Anthony Ramos (who is next starring in the movie version of Miranda’s previous musical, “In the Heights”). Odom Jr., Diggs, and Goldsberry all won Tony Awards for their performances, while Miranda took home the best score, best book, and best musical prizes.
Rights to the stage film went for a whopping $75 million, in a deal brokered by Endeavor Content on behalf of Miranda, according to Variety.
Endeavor shopped the project around Hollywood, presenting to studios including Warner Bros. But ultimately, Disney bagged it.
The splurge was well worth it, “Hamilton” has become a true cultural phenomenon.
As reporter Mike Fleming Jr. put it, “I can’t think of an acquisition of a finished film that has gone for more money than this one.” But the investment seems logical; the theatrical run seems guaranteed to draw lots of Hamilfans, especially those who have for whatever reason not been able to see the stage production. And afterward? It’ll make great a great addition to the studio’s streaming service, Disney+.
“Hamilton” debuted on Broadway in 2015 and continues to be an important play across the country.
Miranda’s musical play won numerous accolades since it’s debut, including 11 Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. “Lin-Manuel Miranda created an unforgettable theater experience and a true cultural phenomenon, and it was for good reason that “Hamilton” was hailed as an astonishing work of art,” Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger said in a statement. “All who saw it with the original cast will never forget that singular experience. And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”
Sold-out shows and astronomical ticket prices and sales to the side, the show has been praise for revitalizing and revolutionizing Broadway as a whole.
Celebrities Seeing Hamilton became a miniature entertainment beat in its own right. Total Broadway grosses to date for Hamilton stand at $636.5 million, with every performance playing to capacity. That figure does not include massive revenues from North American tours and the hit London production.
Lin-Manuel Miranda fell in love with musicals thanks to Disney.
“I fell in love with musical storytelling growing up with the legendary Howard Ashman-Alan Menken Disney collaborations —‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and The Beast,’ ‘Aladdin,’” Miranda said. “I’m so proud of what Tommy Kail has been able to capture in this filmed version of ‘Hamilton’—a live theatrical experience that feels just as immediate in your local movie theater. We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of ‘Hamilton’ to the largest audience possible.”
Miranda originated the role off-Broadway and on Broadway, staying with the show through July, 2016.
As Hamilton, Miranda was the first person to perform now-iconic songs like “My Shot,” which he first performed at a 2009 White House event. He was succeeded on Broadway by Javier Muñoz, who had been his alternate up until that point. As of this writing, the role is played on Broadway by Jimmie “JJ” Jeter. Other current A.Hams include Joseph Morales, who plays the role on the “Philip” tour, Edred Utomi on the “Angelica” tour, Julius Thomas III in San Francisco, and Karl Queensborough in London.