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Top Gun: Maverick Oscar Nominations Get Divided Response From The Internet

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Top Gun: Maverick secures six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, but they’re getting a divided response from the internet.


Top Gun: Maverick has secured six Oscar nominations ahead of the 2023 Academy Awards, but the internet is divided in its opinions on the nominations. Top Gun: Maverick was released in 2022 as the long-awaited sequel to 1986’s Top Gun. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film starred Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell 30 years after the events of the original film and featured Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Bashir Salahuddin, and Jon Hamm among its star-studded casting list. The film made just shy of $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office, a mark that finished as the second-highest of 2022 behind Avatar: The Way of Water.

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The Academy has announced its list of 2023 Oscar nominations, and though Top Gun: Maverick hauled in six nominations, the response from the internet has been divided. Top Gun: Maverick got Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Music Written For Motion Pictures, Best Sound, Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Best Motion Picture of the Year, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Reaction from the internet has included a mixture of praise for the film and its nominations and ridicule for the Academy due to some of the film’s nominated categories. Check out the internet’s response to Top Gun: Maverick‘s Oscar nomination below:


Why Top Gun: Maverick Was Considered One Of The Best Films Of 2022?

Tom Cruise in Top Gun Maverick training sequence

There is a lot of goodwill following Top Gun: Maverick as awards season gets underway. The film received a lot of credit since its premiere for being a non-superhero movie bringing audiences back to movie theaters after the COVID-19 pandemic played a massive role in declining box-office results. In addition to that goodwill, Top Gun: Maverick was a visual stunner. Tom Cruise’s dedication to practical stunts, including work inside the cockpit, went a long way to making the film stand out as the best blockbuster action-adventure film during the summer of 2022. Doing practical stunts also allowed the filmmakers the opportunity to create a more rich audio experience, which the film also got an Oscar nomination for.

Top Gun: Maverick‘s Best Screenplay Oscar nomination is one of the few surprising nods that the film got, as the actual story of the film is considered to be one of its weaker aspects. Though much of the story didn’t stand out, Top Gun: Maverick‘s crowd-pleasing ending certainly could have played a role in the film getting more praise for its screenplay than most would have expected. Beyond screenplay, though, very few audience members would push back against Top Gun: Maverick receiving critical and industry acclaim for its gorgeous stunts and atmosphere. Some have even taken issue with the film not getting a Best Cinematography nomination, which is understandable.

How Will Top Gun: Maverick Perform At Oscars 2023?

Tom Cruise in Top Gun Maverick in front of American flag

Given the sheer number of nominations that Top Gun: Maverick has already gotten, the Oscars are already set up to be a big win for the film, the cast, the crew, and its producers. Given how stunning many of the action sequences were in the film, the Top Gun sequel could be in line to secure wins for technical aspects, like Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Regardless of how the film does at the Academy Awards in March, a Top Gun 3 is still hoped to be on the table. With how much success Top Gun: Maverick experienced, it seems like a lock, but some Oscar hardware wouldn’t hurt matters.

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Director Jafar Panahi Anxiously Awaits Iranian Court Ruling on His Release From Jail

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A ruling on Jafar Panahi’s release from Tehran’s Evin prison is deemed imminent now that Iran’s supreme court has overturned the conviction that led to the incarceration last year of the auteur who is considered one of Iranian cinema’s greatest living masters.

Panahi’s wife, Tahereh Saeedi, has launched an appeal on Instagram stating that his lawyers have managed to successfully overturn the six-year sentence issued against the director in 2010 for “propaganda against the system.” That sentence has become obsolete due to the country’s 10-year statute of limitations. Panahi’s case has now been sent to an Iranian court of appeals.

“Last week we were informed that Jafar will be out in a week,” Saeedi said in the appeal posted on Instagram this week. However, “a week passed by and Jafar is still not with us,” she went on to lament.

Panahi’s lawyer, Saleh Nikhbakht, told French news agency AFP that under Iranian law, “he should immediately be released on bail and his case reviewed again.” But the directors’ wife and others in Iran’s film community fear that Iranian security forces will manage to force the judiciary to keep him behind bars.

“The liberation of Jafar is in total accordance of their own laws,” Saeedi pointed out in the appeal. “But they [Iranian authorities] are above the law; without any respect for the law,” she said.

Panahi, 62, is known globally for prizewinning works such as “The Circle,” “Offside,” “This is Not a Film,” “Taxi,” and most recently “No Bears,” winner of last year’s Venice’s Special Jury Prize. He was arrested last July in Tehran in the wake of the country’s conservative government crackdown. Panahi had been there to visit Tehran’s prosecutor’s office to follow up on the situation of fellow dissident filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulov, who had been incarcerated a few days earlier after signing an appeal against police violence.

On Jan. 7, Rasoulov was granted a two-week release permit for health reasons, his lawyer told AFP. Panahi’s lawyer also said that Panahi, during his detention in Tehran’s Evin prison for political prisoners, has contracted a skin disease which requires treatment in a hospital outside the jail.

Rasoulov and Panahi’s imprisonment took place before the wave of protests sparked in September by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while she was held in custody for allegedly wearing a loose hijab. Those protests have caused more than 500 civilians to be killed by government security forces and more than 100 members of the Iranian film industry to be arrested or banned from making movies.

On Jan. 4, Iranian authorities released Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film “The Salesman,” almost three weeks after she was jailed for criticizing a crackdown on the anti-government protests.



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Archer Star Reacts To Live-Action Jon Hamm Movie Fancasting

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Exclusive: Archer voice actor Chris Parnell reacts to Jon Hamm’s fan-casting as the eponymous main character in a live-action film adaptation.


Chris Parnell, who voices Cyril Figgis on the long-running animated sitcom Archer, gives his thoughts on Jon Hamm’s fan-casting as the secret agent Sterling Archer in a possible live-action film adaptation. Archer follows the narcissistic and clever eponymous main character and parodies espionage while also making commentary on culture, society, and the human condition. The show, which debuted in 2009 and is still running, has received wide critical acclaim and has even racked up four Primetime Emmy Awards during its run. But like many animated shows, there has been a discussion about what a potential live-action Archer movie may look like and its cast.

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In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant‘s Grant Hermanns, Parnell discussed the possibility of an Archer movie and whether he thought it would be better to remain in the animated format or adapt a live-action feature film. Parnell, who also revealed that production for Archer season 14 is already underway, said that he didn’t expect himself and the rest of the voice cast to necessarily be able to play their respective characters in a live-action format. He also commented on the possibility of casting Jon Hamm in the live-action role of Archer for the prospective movie. Check out Parnell’s full quote below:

“I’d love it if it happened, especially if I was involved with it. If it happens, that would be very cool. But, I don’t know that there’s an assurance that any of us would get to play our actual characters. I think, if anything, it might be more likely to have an animated movie version of the show, but I’m open to whatever. I don’t know that you’re gonna get too many actors who want to have their voices dubbed in English. [Chuckles] He is a fun guy, he’s a good guy. I don’t know how he’d feel about that. I can’t speak for Jon, but I think he would probably feel like he could bring enough of Jon’s style to the live-action version that that wouldn’t be necessary, but you can also put a wig on Jon and dapper him up. [Laughs]”


Will An Archer Movie Happen?

Archer holds his pistol from Archer

The idea of an Archer movie adaptation has been floating around for some time now. Executive producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis stated back in 2016 that a discussion between the producers and Archer creator and writer Adam Reed about a movie happens once every couple of years. Back then, the producers said that in a perfect world, Hamm would be the actor to play Archer if the film ended up being a live-action project. Reed also supported that Hamm would also be his choice while revealing that a lot of Archer‘s production and costume design was influenced by the look of Hamm’s show Mad Men.

Should An Archer Movie Stay Animated Or Live-Action?

Lana and Archer in Archer Season 13 wearing their parachute gear

If the movie does get made, the big question is whether the producers would be better off sticking with their tried and true animated format or taking a risk to make it a live-action production. Any plot for the film adaptation of the super spy animated show would also have to work without Archer’s mother and spy agency head Mallory Archer. After Mallory voice actor Jessica Walter passed away in 2021, her character was written out of the show during season 13, with the egotistical Sterling having to take the reins of the agency and lead the way.

While live-action films generally rake in more money, the action-packed high jinks of a Sterling Archer story would likely be expensive to bring to life in live-action. H. Jon Benjamin, who voices Sterling on the show, said in 2022 that he was interested in participating in a feature film adaptation, citing the success of the recent Bob’s Burgers movie – a series where he also lends his voice to the main character. Benjamin’s voice is synonymous with Archer, so it would be tough to envision the character without him. But as Archer‘s Benjamin himself admits, the voice actor doesn’t quite match up with the animated character’s looks. If an Archer movie does come to fruition, difficult choices will have to be made regarding its casting and the live-action vs. animated format.

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‘Girl’ Review: Luminous Visuals Buoy a Heartsore Portrait of Immigrant Unrest

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It’s five years since Theresa May, then the United Kingdom’s first prime minister of the Brexit era, coined the term “citizen of nowhere” to denigrate residents of the country who identified themselves more globally. Those three words swiftly became a media catchphrase to encapsulate the Conservative government’s apparent hostility toward immigrants; liberal-minded multinationals adopted the […]

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