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Arshad and I did another trailer reaction and this time to J.D. Dillard's Sleight! It premiered at Sundance last year and got picked up by Blumhouse Productions and WWE. After his mother's death, a young street magician (Jacob Latimore) turns to dealing drugs to support his little sister. When she is kidnapped by his supplier, he uses his magical abilities and intelligence to find her. I adored Chronicle so I know I'm going to enjoy Sleight especially because it is set in the inner-cities and the combination of the environment and this kind of story is something I've never seen before. I know we said the film comes out April 7th but it comes out on the 28th so get ready!



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BEST PICTURE
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land (Will Win)
Lion
Moonlight (Who I Want)
Manchester by the Sea

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences) (Will and Who I Want to Win)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) (Will and Who I Want to Win)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Isabelle Huppert (Elle) (Will and Who I Want to Win)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Emma Stone (La La Land) (Big Chance)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Viola Davis (Fences) (Will and Who I Want)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle (La La Land) (Will Win)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) (Who I Want)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Kubo and the Two Strings (Big Chance)
Moana 
My Life As a Zucchini
The Red Turtle (Will Win)
Zootopia (Who I Want)

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro (Who I Want)
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made In America (Will Win)
13th (Big Chance)


DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe's Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Land of Mine (Denmark)
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
The Salesman (Iran) (Will Win)
Tanna (Australia)
Toni Erdmann (Germany) (Who I Want)

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
Arrival (Will and Who I Want)
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Hell or High Water
La La Land (Will Win)
The Lobster (Who I Want)
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women (Big Chance)

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Jackie
La La Land (Will Win)
Lion
Moonlight (Who I Want)
Passengers

ORIGINAL SONG
"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land
"Can't Stop The Feeling" from Trolls
"City of Stars" from La La Land (Will Win)
"The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story
"How Far I'll Go" from Moana (Who I Want)

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Arrival (Will Win and Who I Want)
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight (Who I also Want)
Silence

FILM EDITING
Arrival (Will Win and Who I Want)
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight (Who I also Want)

COSTUME DESIGN
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Who I Want)
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie (Who I Want)
La La Land (Will Win)

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond (Will Win and Who I Want)
Suicide Squad

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Who I Want)
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land (Who Will Win)
Passengers

SOUND EDITING
Arrival (Who I Want)
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land (Will Win)
Sully

SOUND MIXING
Arrival (Who I Want)
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land (Will Win)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Thirteen Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

VISUAL EFFECTS
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book (Who I Want)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Will Win)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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I took one look at a still of Eliza Hittman's sophomore film, Beach Rats and have never felt more compelled to watch a film about a half-naked white boy than in this moment. Written and Directed by Hittman, Beach Rats follows Frankie, a teen struggling to escape his bleak home life in Brooklyn while trying to come to terms with his sexual orientation. He spends his summer with his delinquent boy gang, girlfriend and older men he meets online. It sure sounds like we're in for a wiiiiild summer!



Beach Rats premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, received raving reviews and went on to win the festival's Directing Award for U.S. Drama. I haven't watched Hittman's previous film, It Felt Like Love but I know that she is one of this generation's freshest and boldest cinematic voice.  This teaser trailer is undeniably seductive and leaves me salivating for more! It's unclear when the film will come out but knowing that Neon acquired the film, I know it's in good hands so let the waiting game begin!


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If you’ve been with SRT’s, you probably recognize Arshad, my film school buddy since day one. Here we react to one of my most anticipated films of this year, John Wick: Chapter 2! Arshad hasn't seen the film yet so I was excited to see what he thought of the trailer! My love for Keanu knows no bounds and so, watching this induced a full meltdown especially when I saw who the hidden star of this film was! Oh man, prepare yourself for the most epic reunion (wink wink)!


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