Four Rooms

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Via Vision;
Comedy;
Australian Import;
AUD$34.95 (≈$22.37 U.S.);
Rated ‘R’ for pervasive strong language, sexuality and some drug use.
Stars Tim Roth, Antonio Banderas, Valeria Golino, Madonna, Ione Skye, Lili Taylor, Alicia Witt, Sammi Davis, Amanda De Cadenet, Jennifer Beals, David Proval, Lana McKissack, Danny Verduzco, Tamlyn Tomita, Paul Calderon, Quentin Tarantino, Bruce Willis, Marisa Tomei Kathy Griffin, Marc Lawrence.

After encountering each other on the 1992 festival circuit, four up-and-coming indie filmmakers hit upon an idea for a collaboration. Each would write and direct a segment of an anthology film tied together by the framing device of a hotel bellhop dealing with eccentric guests on a wild New Year’s Eve.

Those directors were Allison Anders (Gas Food Lodging), Alexandre Rockwell (In the Soup), Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi) and Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), and resulting film was 1995’s Four Rooms.

While each could have conceivably written anything for their vignette, they all tried their hands at comedy, which alleviated any potential tonal problems. Tim Roth was cast as Ted the bellhop to serve as the one constant running through each sketch. Ultimately, however, the clash in filmmaking styles did not make for a smooth cinematic experience, resulting in Roth’s oddball performance being somewhat off-putting, and the film was not generally well received by critics or audiences at the time.

The first segment, by Anders, focuses on a coven of witches (Valeria Golino, Madonna, Ione Skye, Lili Taylor, Alicia Witt, Sammi Davis) trying to resurrect their idol, leading one of them to seduce Ted to gain the final ingredient needed to complete their spell.

The second, by Rockwell, finds Ted stumbling into the room of a crazy man (David Proval) with a gun who accuses Ted of being the man with whom his wife (Jennifer Beals) is having an affair.

In the third, by Rodriguez, a couple (Antonio Banderas and Tamlyn Tomita) head out for a New Year’s party, leaving their young children in Ted’s care to disastrous results.

The fourth, by Tarantino, finds Ted roped into a bet between a Hollywood director (played by Tarantino himself) and one of his pals (Paul Calderon). This is essentially an adaptation of the “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” episode Man From the South, which itself is based on the Roald Dahl short story of the same name. With its grounding in a hyper-specific pop culture reference and its free-flowing dialogue, this is raw, unfiltered Tarantino.

In addition to various interstitials that find Ted called to each room, there’s also what is essentially a fifth segment (taking place between rooms three and four) in which Ted tries calling his boss (Kathy Griffin) to complain about the guests, only to have a strange conversation with her roommate (Marisa Tomei).

Unsurprisingly, the effectiveness of the segments more or less corresponds with the career trajectory of whomever made it.

Anders devoting her segment to a supernatural theme doesn’t get the film started off on the strongest note. Ironically enough, it’s the lone female director of the group who resorts to gratuitous nudity, with several of the witches performing the spell topless. That at least gives it an edge over Rockwell’s segment, which is the least memorable.

The film is probably best known for the contributions by Rodriguez and Tarantino, who have gone on to have much more visible careers in the 28 years since. And since Roth was pretty much Tarantino’s go-to guy at the time (having featured roles in both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction), the film is generally more associated with them than the other two. The pair would even collaborate again the next year on From Dusk till Dawn and in 2007 on Grindhouse (apart from various other cameos in each other’s films).

In contrast, Anders would go on to become mostly a television director, while Rockwell (Beals’ husband at the time) made a few more obscure indie films before going into teaching at NYU’s film school.

Among some other tidbits: The film’s producer, Lawrence Bender, appears as a partygoer in between the first and second segments; Bruce Willis, who appears in Tarantino’s segment as a favor to the director, went uncredited due to allegedly violating SAG rules by taking no payment for the role; and the bikini-clad dancer seen from the neck down on the TV in Rodriguez’s segment is none other than Salma Hayek, who would basically perform a similar role (but with her face visible) in From Dusk till Dawn.

The film’s home video history as far as the U.S. is concerned has been mostly confined to VHS and a handful of DVD releases over the years, making it Tarantino’s only film not yet on Blu-ray aside from a handful of region-locked European releases (even the “CSI” episode he directed is on Blu-ray). This region-free edition from Australian distributor Via Vision should allow many a Tarantino and Rodriguez collector to fill in that HD content hole.

The transfer looks great, pretty much exactly what one would expect a 1990s film from four different indie directors using different cinematographers and editors to look like. The main title animated sequence looks a bit soft but that likely owes more to compositing techniques at the time than any fault of the transfer.

The Blu-ray includes the film’s trailer, which contains snippets of footage that was apparently cut from the final version. There are also two vintage featurettes: a six-minute making-of, and a 21-minute deeper dive into the individual directors.

Lionsgate Working on Remastered 20th Anniversary ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’ 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook Release

Lionsgate May 25 announced it has partnered with Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to distribute a remastered 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Steelbook 20th Anniversary release of Kill Bill Vol. 1 later this year.

Speaking on the fiscal call, CEO Jon Feltheimer said the studio/distributor had secured distribution rights to three of Tarantino’s biggest theatrical successes: Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. II and Jackie Brown. Lionsgate also has rights to Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious BasterdsDjango UnchainedThe Hateful Eight and Death Proof, Feltheimer said.

Kill Bill Vol. 1, which stars Uma Thurman as a former assassin who awakes from a long coma and wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her, was released Oct. 10, 2003, generating almost $181 million in global ticket sales, including $70 million in North America. The movie proved a home entertainment success, with the DVD release reportedly surpassing the title’s North American box office in just one week.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 was released theatrically on April 16, 2004, generating $154 million at the global box office, including $66.2 million domestically.

“We look forward to collaborating with the Tarantino team on a celebration of Kill Bill’s 20th anniversary later this year with a new and remastered 4K [UHD Blu-ray Disc] edition,” Feltheimer said on the fiscal call.

Separately, the theatrical release of Keanu Reeves’ actioner John Wick: Chapter 4 provided a spark to Lionsgate’s motion picture business segment in the fiscal-year 2023 (ended March 31), helping increase theatrical revenue 85% to $120.1 million, from $65.3 million in the previous-year period.

The $55.4 million revenue increase was also driven by the theatrical releases of Jesus Revolution and Plane (all released in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023). John Wick: Chapter 4 was theatrically released on March 24, therefore contributing revenue from just seven days of the title’s theatrical release in the fiscal results. This increase was offset partially by a decrease of $5.4 million from “Other Film” due to lower revenue from our acquired library titles.

Lionsgate increased its film and television library revenue encompassing more than 18,000 titles over a trailing 12-month period to a record $884 million, up from more than $770 million in the prior-year period. Much of that increase includes the addition of the latest Tarantino theatrical releases.

Overall motion picture revenue, which includes home entertainment, television and international, increased almost 12% to $1.323 billion, from $1.185 billion in FY 2022. Studio backlog from the motion picture and television production business segments was $1.5 billion at the end of March.

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Dec. 6

Writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s 1990s classic Pulp Fiction will be released on 4K digital, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and in a limited-edition collector’s 4K Steelbook Dec. 6 by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the film also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken and Bruce Willis.

Tarantino delivers an unforgettable cast of characters in the film — including a pair of low-rent hit men (Travolta and Jackson), a gangster’s wife (Thurman), and a desperate prizefighter (Willis) — in a wildly entertaining and exhilarating adventure of violence and redemption.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and limited-edition collector’s Steelnook include the feature film in 4K Ultra HD, access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the following legacy bonus content:

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc

  • “Not the Usual Mindless Boring Getting to Know You Chit Chat”
  • “Here are Some Facts on the Fiction”
  • enhanced trivia track (subtitle file) 

 

Blu-ray Disc

  • Not the Usual Mindless Boring Getting to Know You Chit Chat”
  • “Here Are Some Facts on the Fiction”                                
  • Pulp Fiction: The Facts” — documentary                                        
  • deleted scenes
  • behind-the-scenes montages
  • production design featurette                                          
  • Siskel & Ebert “At the Movies” — The Tarantino Generation                            
  • Independent Spirit Awards                                
  • Cannes Film Festival – Palme d’Or Acceptance Speech                                   
  • “Charlie Rose Show”                                 
  • marketing gallery
  • still galleries
  • enhanced trivia track (text on feature)                                       
  • soundtrack chapters (index points in feature)   

‘True Romance’ on 4K Among Titles Due on Blu-ray from Arrow and MVD in June

The 1990s crime romance True Romance, the horror film The Initiation of Sarah and the 1980s slasher Edge of Sanity are being released on Blu-ray from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group in June.

The Initiation of Sarah (1978) comes to Blu-ray on June 21 with a brand-new 2K restoration from the camera negative. Satanic secrets and telekinetic terror combine in this made-for-TV horror movie directed by Hammer Films alumnus Robert Day (She), from a story co-written by Tom Holland (Fright Night), featuring cinematography by Ric Waite (48 Hrs). In the film, shy misfit Sarah Goodwin (Kay Lenz, House), has a secret gift: the ability to control — and destroy — with her mind. When Sarah goes off to college with her more outgoing and popular sister, Patty (Morgan Brittany, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat), their plans to join the most prestigious sorority on campus are scuttled by snobby president Jennifer Lawrence (Morgan Fairchild, Phantom of the Mall). Separated from her sister, Sarah is taken in by a rival, less popular sorority, whose mysterious house mother, Mrs. Hunter (Shelley Winters, The Night of the Hunter), is harboring a secret of her own: a scheme to harness Sarah’s terrifying power for revenge. The release includes audio commentary from TV movie expert Amanda Reyes, a new interview with writer Tom Holland, and a new appreciation of the film that examines it through a queer feminist lens with the hosts of the Gaylords of Darkness podcast.

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Also due June 21 is Edge of Sanity, a late ’80s slasher that takes elements from Jack the Ripper and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and blends them together. The iconic Anthony Perkins stars as Dr. Henry Jekyll, a scientist experimenting on the human psyche in 1880s England. After mixing ether and cocaine, Dr. Jekyll transforms into Edward “Jack the Ripper” Hyde and begins to go on a killing spree, hunting down prostitutes on the streets of England. Edge of Sanity was directed by Gérard Kikoïne and, in addition to Perkins, stars Glynis Barber, David Lodge and Harry Landis. Arrow’s release features a new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, a new audio commentary and new interviews.

Arrow closes the month out on June 28 with 1993’s True Romance on limited-edition Blu-ray, limited-edition 4K Ultra HD, limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook and limited-edition 4K Ultra HD deluxe Steelbook. Tony Scott directs this love story about a martial arts-loving Elvis fanatic (Christian Slater) that falls for a call girl (Patricia Arquette) and kills her pimp, forcing the two of them to go on the run. The Quentin Tarantino-penned script follows the two inseparable love birds as they go to great lengths to prove that love has no bounds. In addition to Slater and Arquette, the film also stars Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport and James Gandolfini. Special features include new restorations of both the theatrical and director’s cuts; audio commentary tracks with Scott, Tarantino, Slater and Arquette; a 60-page perfect-bound collectors’ booklet; and a double-sided poster.

‘Inglourious Basterds’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Oct. 12

Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds will come out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film starring Brad Pitt, as war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.

Bonus content includes extended and alternate scenes; a roundtable discussion with Tarantino, Pitt and Elvis Mitchell; a  The New York Times Talk; the original short “Nation’s Pride”; “The Making of Nation’s Pride”; “The Original Inglourious Basterds”; and “A Conversation with Rod Taylor.”

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Season One of ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror’ Coming to Disc Oct. 6 From RLJ Films

AMC Networks’ RLJE Films will release season one of the documentary-horror series “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” Oct. 6 on DVD and Blu-ray.

The series originally aired on AMC Networks in 2018 as part of the AMC Visionaries series.

The documentary is directed by award-winning horror filmmaker Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, The Green Inferno) and written by Kurt Sayenga (“Breakthrough,” “Origins: The Journey of Humankind”). Roth brings together the masters of horror — the storytellers and stars who define the genre — to explore its biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. Each one-hour episode takes viewers on an exploration of how horror has evolved through the years and examines the genre’s impact on society as well as delving into how horror maintains its fan base and why audiences are addicted to fear.

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The series features interviews with author Stephen King (“Creepshow,” The Shining), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, “Kill Bill” franchise), Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” “Watchmen”), Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tippi Hedren (The Birds, Marnie), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and David Arquette (“Scream” franchise).

Bonus features include five featurettes and extended interviews with Stephen King, Edgar Wright, Quentin Tarantino, Diablo Cody, Roger Corman, John Landis and Joe Dante.

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Takes Top Honors in 2020 Home Media Awards

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood earned the top prize in the 10th annual Home Media Awards, which honor the best home video releases of 2019, taking Title of the Year and Best Theatrical Home Release.

Blu-ray Disc of the Year went to Lionsgate’s Apocalypse Now: Final Cut, which also won Best Catalog Home Release and Best Box Art. HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Series won TV on Disc of the Year and Best Packaging.

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Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in conjunction with an online consumer vote for eligible titles submitted for consideration by studios and distributors.

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2020 Home Media Award Winners

Title of the Year
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Deluxe Edition (Sony Pictures)

TV on Disc of the Year
Game of Thrones: The Complete Series
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (Lionsgate)

Blu-ray Disc of the Year
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut
Lionsgate

Best Box Art
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut
Lionsgate

Best Packaging
Game of Thrones: The Complete Series — Limited Edition
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Game of Thrones: The Complete Series Limited Edition (Warner/HBO)

Best Theatrical Disc
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Catalog Home Release
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut
Lionsgate

Best Movie Collection
The Infinity Saga Collector’s Edition
Disney/Marvel Studios

Best Documentary Movie
Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best AV Quality — Movie
Avengers: Endgame
Disney/Marvel Studios

Best International Film Home Release
Shoplifters
Magnolia Pictures

Best Direct-to-Video/Nontheatrical Movie Release
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Best Indie/Small-Budget Film Home Release
Freaks
Well Go USA

Best Current TV Series on Disc
Game of Thrones: Season 8
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Best Vintage TV Show on Disc
Ultraman: The Complete Series
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best Miniseries or Limited Series on Disc
Good Omens
BBC Studios

Best TV Documentary or Nonfiction Special
Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns
PBS Distribution

Best Complete TV Series Set
Game of Thrones: The Complete Series
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Best International TV Series on Disc
Doctor Who: Season 11
BBC Studios

Best AV Quality — TV
Game of Thrones: Season 8
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Best 3D Blu-ray Disc
Alita: Battle Angel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best DVD-Only Disc Release
Forever Knight: The Complete Series
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Alita: Battle Angel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Compilation
Twin Peaks: From Z to A
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Extras/Bonus Material
An American Werewolf In London: Limited Edition
Arrow Video

Best Restoration
Alice, Sweet Alice
Arrow Video

Best Upgrade
Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition — 4K Ultra HD
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Kidvid Home Release
Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting
Shout! Factory

Best Animation Home Release
Toy Story 4
Disney/Pixar

Best Action Home Release
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Adventure Home Release
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Home Release of a Comedy
Weird Science: Limited Edition
Arrow Video

Best Home Release of a Drama
A Star Is Born Encore
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Best Faith-Based Home Release
Breakthrough
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Home Release of a Musical
Rocketman
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Science-Fiction Home Release
Alita: Battle Angel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Horror Home Release
The Haunting of Hill House
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Home Release of a Thriller
Crawl
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Home Release of a Western
Yellowstone: Season 2
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Fantasy Home Release
Game of Thrones: Season 8
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Best Music/Performance Home Release
Soul of ‘The Midnight Special’
Time Life

Best Superhero Disc
Avengers: Endgame
Disney/Marvel Studios

Best Extended Cut
The Cotton Club Encore
Lionsgate

Best Marketing Initiative
Midsomer Murders/The Brokenwood Mysteries/Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Holiday Pop-Up Collectibles Three-Part Packaging Diorama
RLJ Entertainment/Acorn Media

Best Retailer Exclusive
The Infinity Saga Collector’s Edition
Disney/Marvel Studios

Fan-Favorite Title of the Year
Alita: Battle Angel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

‘What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael’ Due on DVD and Digital June 16 From MVD and Juno Films

The documentary What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael will come out on DVD and digital June 16 from Juno Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

The film had its world premiere at Telluride and premiered theatrically at Film Forum in January 2020.

The documentary tells the story of Pauline Kael, tagged by Roger Ebert as the most influential film critic of the late twentieth century, chronicling her turbulent life and work through archival footage, her published writing and personal letters, and interviews with both friends and foes of her pen.

Kael is voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, and participants include Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, David O. Russell, Molly Haskell, Francis Ford Coppola and daughter Gina James.

Writing for The New Yorker and publishing a dozen best-selling books, Kael ruthlessly pursued what made a movie or an actor’s performance work, or not, and why. Her passion made her both admired and despised amongst her readers and her subjects. Kael’s own story is one of struggle and obsession: the fight to establish her voice and have it heard and to raise a daughter on her own in a time when the obstacles were high. The latter golden age of movies of the 1960s and 1970s are the focus of the film that pursues the question of what made Kael’s work so individual, controversial and good.

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Director and editor Rob Garver also produced for 29Pictures LLC, alongside Glen Zipper, producer of the Academy-Award winning documentary Undefeated, and co-producer Doug Blush (20 Feet From Stardom). Composer Rick Baitz (The Vagina Monologues) wrote original music for the film, and visual effects were created by Minbomb/LA.

“I think Pauline would be amused (and maybe worried) that a movie had been made about her,” said Garver in a statement.

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DVD bonus features include a never-before-released interview of Kael with Alfred Hitchcock, Tarantino interview excerpts, Paul Schrader interview excerpts and deleted scenes.

‘Joker,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘1917,’ Netflix’s ‘The Irishman’ Pace Oscar Race

A couple of Netflix originals joined a handful of studio films, a gritty comic book movie and a critically acclaimed competitor from South Korea in the race for Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards, as announced the morning of Jan. 13.

Netflix’s The Irishman and Marriage Story were among the nine films nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Netflix also earned Best Animated Feature nomination for Klaus and I Lost My Body, plus a Best Documentary Feature nom for American Factory from the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions.

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The Irishman earned 10 nominations. In addition to Best Picture, it will contend for Best Director for Martin Scorsese, Best Supporting Actor for Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects and Best Costume Design.

Marriage Story earned a total of six nominations. It is also up for Best Actor for Adam Driver, Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson, Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Original Score for Randy Newman.

Johansson was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Jojo Rabbit.

Warner’s Joker led all films with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director for Todd Phillips, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Film Editing, Cinematography, and Makeup and Hairstyling. The film is available now on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also earned 10 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt, Cinematography, Costume Design, Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. The film is available now on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally from Sony Pictures.

Universal’s 1917, which was the No. 1 film at the box office the weekend of Jan. 10-12, also earned 10 nominations, including Best Picture, Director for Sam Mendes, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, and Makeup and Hairstyling.

Other Best Picture nominees include Ford v Ferrari, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, and South Korea’s Parasite.

Ford v Ferrari will be released through digital retailers Jan. 28, and on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 11 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It also earned nominations for Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Parasite, which is also up for Best International Feature Film (formerly Best Foreign-Language Film) among its six noms, will be released through digital retailers Jan. 14, and on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 28 from Universal. It is also contending for Best Director for Bong Joon Ho, Original Screenplay, Film Editing and Production Design.

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In addition to Klaus and the French film I Lost My Body, nominees for Best Animated Feature include Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4, Fox’s Missing Link. The latter three are all available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally.

The top-grossing film and top-selling home video of 2019, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, distributed by Disney, earned a single nomination, for Best Visual Effects.

Composer John Williams earned his 52nd Oscar nomination, for Best Original Score for Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film is also up for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing.

The winners will be announced Feb. 9 on ABC. A full list of nominees is available here.

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Leads Golden Globes as Traditional Studios Dominate Film Categories, Streamers Take a Handful of TV Trophies

Traditional studios led the way in the film categories, while streamers and Pay-TV networks divvied up the TV categories at the 77th Annual Golden Globes ceremony Jan. 5 in a ceremony held in Los Angeles and broadcast on NBC.

The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are seen as one of the bigger precursors to the Academy Awards.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won three Globes, including Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino, and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt. The film is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally from Sony Pictures.

Best Motion Picture — Drama went to Universal Pictures’ World War I film 1917, which was recently released in theaters. The film also won Best Director for Sam Mendes.

South Korea’s Parasite won Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language. Universal Pictures will release the film digitally Jan. 14, and on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 28.

Best Motion Picture — Animated went to Fox’s Missing Link, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital.

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Warner’s Joker won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for Joaquin Phoenix, and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir. The film, a dark imagining of the origin of the DC Comics Batman villain, is available now digitally, and on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 7.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama went to Renee Zellweger for playing Judy Garland in Judy, which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally from Lionsgate.

A24’s The Farewell, on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for Awkwafina.

Taron Egerton won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for playing Elton John in Rocketman. The film also won Best Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Rocketman is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally.

Netflix did find some love in one movie category, as Marriage Story won Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern.

Netflix also won in the TV categories with the third season of “The Crown,” as Olivia Colman won Best Actress in a TV Series — Drama after taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy, who had previously won for the role in the category during the show’s first season.

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HBO programming won four awards, with “Succession” taking two, winning Best Television Series — Drama for its just concluded its second season, and Brian Cox for Best Actor in a TV Series. The miniseries Chernobyl won Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, with Stellan Skarsgard taking the trophy for best performance by a supporting actor on television.

Amazon Prime Video’s “Fleabag” repeated its Emmy success, taking Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Hulu series took a couple of trophies as well, with Ramy Youssef of “Ramy” winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy, and Patricia Arquette of “The Act” taking the award for best supporting actress on television.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television went to Russell Crowe for Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, on DVD from Paramount and CBS.

FX’s Fosse/Verdon won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Michelle Williams, following her Emmy win for the role.

Several presenters and winners took a moment to call attention to the devastating bush fires in Australia. But aside from a smattering of more pointed comments throughout the night, honorees largely avoided the kind of blatant politicizing these kinds of awards ceremonies are often criticized for. Host Ricky Gervais began the event by calling out Hollywood hypocrisy in his opening monologue.

“Apple rolled into the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” Gervais said to a smattering of shocked laughter. “You say you’re woke but the companies you work for, I mean unbelievable, Apple, Amazon, Disney, if ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent. Wouldn’t you?”

“So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use this as a platform to make a political speech right, you’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” Gervais continued. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, all right, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your god, and f**k off, OK.”