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91st Oscars Shortlists Nine Award Categories Announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars® in nine categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects. To download shortlists by category, visit


Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred sixty-six films were originally submitted in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  • “Charm City”
  • “Communion”
  • “Crime + Punishment”
  • “Dark Money”
  • “The Distant Barking of Dogs”
  • “Free Solo”
  • “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”
  • “Minding the Gap”
  • “Of Fathers and Sons”
  • “On Her Shoulders”
  • “RBG”
  • “Shirkers”
  • “The Silence of Others”
  • “Three Identical Strangers”
  • “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred four films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  • “Black Sheep”
  • “End Game”
  • “Lifeboat”
  • “Los Comandos”
  • “My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes”
  • “A Night at the Garden”
  • “Period. End of Sentence.”
  • “’63 Boycott”
  • “Women of the Gulag”
  • “Zion”

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Eighty-seven films had originally been considered in the category.

Los Angeles-based Academy members from all branches screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 10. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist. Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting will view the shortlisted films. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

  • Colombia, “Birds of Passage”
  • Denmark, “The Guilty”
  • Germany, “Never Look Away”
  • Japan, “Shoplifters”
  • Kazakhstan, “Ayka”
  • Lebanon, “Capernaum”
  • Mexico, “Roma”
  • Poland, “Cold War”
  • South Korea, “Burning”

Seven films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 91st Academy Awards. All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar® consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  • Black Panther
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • “Border”
  • “Mary Queen of Scots”
  • “Stan & Ollie”
  • “Suspiria”
  • “Vice”

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are:

  • “Annihilation”
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
  • Black Panther
  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • “Crazy Rich Asians”
  • “The Death of Stalin”
  • “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
  • “First Man”
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • “Isle of Dogs”
  • “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • A Quiet Place
  • Ready Player One
  • “Vice”

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 91st Academy Awards. Ninety songs were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

  • “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
  • “Treasure” from “Beautiful Boy”
  • “All The Stars” from “Black Panther
  • “Revelation” from “Boy Erased”
  • “Girl In The Movies” from “Dumplin’”
  • “We Won’t Move” from “The Hate U Give”
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • “Keep Reachin’” from “Quincy”
  • “I’ll Fight” from “RBG”
  • “A Place Called Slaughter Race” from “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
  • “OYAHYTT” from “Sorry to Bother You”
  • “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
  • “Suspirium” from “Suspiria”
  • “The Big Unknown” from “Widows”

Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Eighty-one films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  • “Age of Sail”
  • “Animal Behaviour”
  • “Bao”
  • “Bilby”
  • “Bird Karma”
  • “Late Afternoon”
  • “Lost & Found”
  • “One Small Step”
  • “Pépé le Morse”
  • “Weekends”

Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred forty films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  • “Caroline”
  • “Chuchotage”
  • “Detainment”
  • “Fauve”
  • “Icare”
  • “Marguerite”
  • “May Day”
  • “Mother”
  • “Skin”
  • “Wale”

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

Nominations voting begins on Monday, January 7, 2019 and concludes on Monday, January 14, 2019.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

The 91st Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Ant-Man And The Wasp (Blu-Ray) : Review


Following the events of Ant-Man, and further along, Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang / Ant-Man (Paul Rudd – Sausage PartyAnt-Man) is now suffering the consequences of the decisions he made, and the support he lent to be a hero. Yet, Lang is also fighting another battle, that of family and father.

Soon, he is approached very persuasively, by Hope van Dyne / Wasp (Evangeline Lilly – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and her father, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas – Last Vegas) with an mission that will ripple through the world of many, affecting countless lives, as Lang must now not only overcome personal obstacles, but needs to learn to work as a team as the choices of the past catch up to all.

Ant-Man and the Wasp, while possible to watch with one’s only background being the first Ant-Man film, forms part of the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), meaning that there are not only many references in the story, based on its placement in time, but several small, and some large, setups that will forward the MCU major story arch, as a whole. Most certainly, the aforementioned films would stand one in good stead, to watch. As would the recent Avengers: Infinity War.

Rewatch Value

Being part of the MCU automatically adds a great deal of rewatch value to the film, however, the Ant-Man and the Wasp holds its own, and even as a stand-alone film, there is plenty of reason for subsequent viewings. Thoroughly enjoyable, packed with action, and that Marvel goodness we all know.

Read the full SAMDB review of Ant-Man and the Wasp.


Overall, the disc is of a decent technical quality, with a great main feature, and would do well with any film collection.

Ant-Man And The Wasp is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.


Video is encoded at a high average bitrate. There are no visible artefacts on-screen. Colours are vibrant, with no visible colour bleed. Details in darker or faster scenes are good too.

Viewers with the necessary hardware or software could scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.


Audio is compressed at a high average bitrate, and presented in a DTS-HD 7.1 mix. Dialogue is clear via the centre channel, with the front, rear and surround channels used to great effect, with distinct audio, to expand the on-screen world, and further draw the viewer into the action.

The soundscape is broad, and mixed in such as way as to constantly surround the viewer, and is used to great effect throughout the film.


Navigation is simple, and easy to follow. On initial play, the viewer is asked to choose a disc language, then taken to the main menu, which consists of a motion background of some clips from the main feature, accompanying music, and navigation bar with text links to play the main feature, bonus features, scene selection, and set up.

The play sub-menu allows the viewer to choose between playing the film, or opting to play the film with an introduction by director Peyton Reed before.

The bonus features sub-menu has a text list of each bonus feature, with a further sub-menu for the ‘making of’ featurettes. Here the viewer can select each individually, or via a playlist that will play each of the four in succession. The same goes for the gag reel and outtakes, leading the viewer to a sub-menu,

The scene selection sub-menu has small, colour, still thumbnails, for a total of eighteen chapters.. These are both numbered and labelled, and so should help when trying to navigate to a particular part of the main film. It is worth noting, that navigation is not done via the thumbnails, but via a progress bar to the left of these thumbnails.

The setup sub-menu has further sub-menus for languages and subtitles. The languages sub-menus has a text list of available languages and sound formats, while the subtitles sub-menus has a list of available subtitle languages, or the option to turn them off.

Bonus Features

There are four bonus featurettes that shed light on the process and journey of making the film. These can be played one at at time, in any order, or via a playlist that will play them all.

Making-of Featurettes – There are a few short videos that take the viewer behind the scenes of the film, showing some on-set footage, and garnering input and insight from both cast and crew. While brief, these are sure to be of interest to fans and budding filmmakers alike, even if just for a once off viewing.

Back In The Ant Suit: Scott Lang: A look at the character Scott Lang / Ant-Man, with some behind the scenes footage of Paul Rudd. This is a short, yet insightful look at the character, where he comes from, and how far he has come since the first movie in the Ant-Man series, and some of the characters other outings in the MCU.

A Suit Of her Own: The Wasp: Hope Van Dyne / Wasp, a look at the character, the actress, and the question of whether Ant-Man does indeed need a partner, and if so, what must they overcome to realise this joining and team. Brief, but with some interesting input from cast and crew.

Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Jane: The team that started it all, with Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer. While this is about the two as an on-screen duo, the viewer is treated to some of the choices and thoughts of the actors themselves.

Quantum Perspective: The VFX And Production Design Of Ant-Man And The Wasp: The longest of the short featurettes included as bonus material on the disc, and how the various ideas for the stories main plot devices and effects were conceived. Again, with input from both cast and relevant crew, this is something that would be of interest to both fans and filmmakers.

Gag Reel And Outtakes – Some very brief clips with outtakes from Stan Lee and another set from Tim Heidecker. These, unfortunately, are not too funny, and do not feel like true outtakes, but rather more like a long list of improvised lines

Deleted Scenes – There are two deleted scenes included on the disc, which one can play individually, or play both via a playlist. There is also the option of either watching the scenes with or without audio commentary by director Peyton Reed. The scenes should prove of interest to fans and filmmakers alike, and the addition of the directory commentary for these scenes is a great added bonus.

Audio Commentary – An audio commentary by director Peyton Reed, that plays while one watches the main feature. He gives an insight into the story on-screen while talking, plus how these different story pieces fit together over the course of the film, and Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as a whole, and of course the various story arcs between those. This commentary should prove interesting to fans of the film and MCU, and prove insightful to budding filmmakers. A great addition to the disc, and a great listen after watching the film.

Info – While this is not strictly a bonus feature, it is likely necessary for a host of reasons, and is basically a disclaimer for the interviews and opinions therein.


Packaging is a standard Blu-Ray case, with a poster on the front, with the film title. The back has a short synopsis, with a listing of the bonus features, and the usual technical information and logos. There are no case inserts, but there is not really a need for anything such as chapters headings, as these are included on the actual disc, and would appear on-screen.


iKhaya – Will Secrets Ever Cease, As One Lie Births Another?

What happens when shocking secrets are revealed, and the two worlds collide? iKhaya season one, answered this question, as the drama series showed us how Eddie Sebatjane maintained two lives, two wives, and far too many secrets.

In the conclusion of season one, Eddie’s worlds came to literal catastrophe as Cebile, Eddie’s second wife ran over and killed Mosima – his first wife’s daughter, in a hit and a run. Will Eddie suffer in silence this time round, or will he bring this new dark secret to the fore and risk sending the mother of his, now only living, child to prison? Will Raisibe, in her quest for justice for her daughter Mosima, find out that she is living under the same roof with the very killer she is searching for.

The intrigue continues in season two of iKhaya from Monday, 7 January, as Eddie attempts to build a harmonious home, as he tries to stay with both his wives from two totally different worlds. Will he be able to shape an “amicable” polygamous marriage, despite the horrendous secret that could tear his whole world apart? What does the future hold as Raisibe leaves her rural world to assert herself as Eddie’s first wife?

Produced by Urban Brew Studios, the drama continues on iKhaya in January with Eddie (Saint Seseli), Raisibe (Molobane Maja-Mbatha), Cebile (Nqobile Siphamla). Also, among the returning cast this season is Mpho Molepo, Aubrey Makola, Laki Khoza, Thulane Shange, Sphamandla Dhludhlu alongside Khomotso Manyaka. The role of Gundane is now played by Siya Sesimani. With the introduction of a new character MJ, played by Nyanyiso Dzedze.

“It’s no secret that Mzansi Magic is about stories that are authentic and challenge our viewers’ perspectives, whilst creating meaningful conversations. The new season of iKhaya seeks to tell a story that our viewers will relate to whilst staying highly entertained,” says Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

With Eddie’s dual lives and lies entwined under one roof, how long will he manage to keep the new dark secret that lingers and threatens to destroy what is left of his family? Find out how he attempts to head two families bound by deceit, secrets and lies on Monday, 7 January 2019 at 8PM on Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161).

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Monologue Workshop With Bonnie Rodini – January 2019

Only 10 places available
Don’t be caught out at an audition without a prepared monologue
Monologue Workshop (6 Classes over 6 weeks)
Specific monologues will be selected for each actor. The class is designed to help the actor find their character truthfully and and make the words their own through action. Actors will have the opportunity of working on 2 or 3 very different characters in each monologue. The film industry has exploded in South Africa and exciting top notch films are being brought here. Actors must be ready for any eventuality. Auditions are becoming more and more demanding and actors need to be able to rise to this challenge. It is therefore essential to have a monologue ready to perform, if requested by the director, at a call back.

Registration Deadline: 9 January so I have time to select suitable monologues for each person.

Days: Wednesday + Friday mornings
January 16, 25, 30 and February 8, 13, 22
Time: 10:00 am – 1:15 pm
Venue: 30 Alpina Road
Claremont (Off Keurboom road)

Investment: R3500 for 6 classes.

Tel: +27 83 265 2236