Today in Movie Culture: Thanos Reviews the Best Picture Nominees, the True Stories of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and More

Today in Movie Culture: Thanos Reviews the Best Picture Nominees, the True Stories of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

 

Oscar Nominees Recap of the Day:

The Oscars are just a few days away, and for the occasion, the animated web series Villain Pub got Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War to comment on all the Best Picture contenders, including A Star is Born, Green Book and fellow Marvel movie Black Panther:

 

Actor in the Spotlight

Speaking of the Oscars, Best Actor nominee Willem Dafoe, who can currently be seen in theaters in the blockbuster hit Aquaman, sat with GQ recently to talk about his most iconic roles. Some of the movies he discusses include Spider-Man, Platoon and present Academy Awards contender At Eternity’s Gate:

 

Filmmaker in Focus:

In anticipation of the Oscars, ScreenPrism’s The Take recognizes the career of Spike Lee, who is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for his work with BlacKkKlansman. This video celebrates the new movie, how it carries forth elements of Lee’s previous movies and its relevance to current events:

 

Adaptation Celebration of the Day:

Speaking of BlacKkKlansman, CineFix spotlights the movie and its Oscar-nominated screenplay, written by Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott. This video details how different the adaptation is from the real events chronicled in Ron Stallworth’s 2014 memoir:

 

Movie Truth of the Day:

Another multiple Oscar nominee based on a true story is Bohemian Rhapsody, which has been noted for how much was changed from the real life of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. ScreenPrism’s The Take also looks into the reasons for changing facts for a biopic with this profile of the hit rock musical:

 

Making of Video of the Day:

Ahead of the Oscars, Insider spotlights Best Animated Feature nominee Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and breaks down why the movie is such an innovative creation, detailing the work that went into the animation and comparing its production to animated classics of the past:

 

Director Commentary of the Day:

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is now in theaters, and once again the team behind this franchise has created an uncanny animated feature that looks like it’s entirely made from Lego bricks. For the New York Times, director Mike Mitchell shares an early scene from the movie and offers commentary about its making, including some interesting trivia about gags and voice actors:

 

Video Essay of the Day:

With the sequel How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World now playing everywhere, video essayist Matt Draper takes a look at the first How to Train Your Dragon movie, analyzing its message about how to, as Hiccup and Toothless do, change society for the better:

 

Cosplay of the Day:

Speaking of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, we’ve got some more fans of the franchise to showcase. Here are a couple more cosplayers dressed up as How to Train Your Dragon characters Hiccup and Astrid posing for a few shots:

 

Fan Art of the Day:

Alita: Battle Angel, which topped the box office last weekend, has a growing fanbase, and those who love the hit movie are already showing off their fandom with artwork paying homage to the manga adaptation. Here’s a time-lapse video of artist Christopher Straver drawing the title character:

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