Monday, March 13, 2023

March 13 - Last Train To The Oscars

Libros del Kultrum published a Spanish of Peter Guralnick's definitive biography of Elvis Presley titled 'Elvis: Ultimo Tren A Memphis & Amores Que Matan'. The 1,500-page double book edition was translated by Alberto Manzano.

Synopsis: Guralnick narrates in detail the brilliant rise and tremendous decline of a singer who, to this day, is a popular and cultural myth.

No Oscar for 'ELVIS'

In what must have been a bitterly disappointing night for Baz Luhrmann and his team, after receiving 8 Academy Award nominations, his 'ELVIS' biopic went home without winning even one statue  at the 95th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The movie was nominated in the categories: 'Best Picture', 'Best Production Design', 'Best Sound', 'Best Cinematography', 'Best Makeup and Hairstyling', 'Best Costume Design' and 'Best Film Editing'. 

The big winner was the movie 'Everything Everywhere, All At Once', taking home 7 statues.

It was a disappointing evening for the filmmakers  and fans after 8 nominations. Many fans had hoped that Austin Butler would pick up the Oscar in the category of Best Actor for his starring role in Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS', but Brendan Fraser took that stage home for his work on 'Whale'. Catherine Martin was nominated in 3 categories: 'Best Picture', Best Production Design' and 'Best Costume Design'.

In the lead up to the Oscars, 'ELVIS' had amassed an increasing number of major awards (nearly 50) and Butler has been enjoying this year's awards season, garnering wins at the Golden Globes and British Academy Film Awards, and a nod at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. To top it off with an Oscar nomination for your first main role isn't that bad at all! 

Priscilla neatly added, "My whole life I’ve had to put up with people impersonating my husband, and I don’t know how that boy did it, but every move, every wink… If ELVIS was here, he’d say, ‘Hot damn, you are me!’”.

Elvis author Sally Hoedel summed it up nicely: "There were 449 movies released in the United States in 2022. That’s about half of what was released in 2019. Of those 449 films, ten were nominated for best picture and only five actors were nominated for best actor. Being nominated is meaningful recognition."

Mandy Walker made history one week ago when she became the first female director of photography to take home the top prize at the American Society of Cinematographers Award in the feature film category – and it looked like she might repeat the win at the Oscars, becoming the first woman in the 95-year history of the Academy Awards. But ultimately the prize was taken by James Friend for his stunning work in 'All Quiet on the Western Front'.

'ELVIS' From The Screen To The Stage

The 'ELVIS' movie may not have picked up any Oscars, but it seems as though it may be destined to find its way from the screen to the stage as it appears that Baz Luhrmann's plans are progressing quickly for the stage version of Elvis. 

Speaking on the red carpet at the Oscars, the director said: "It will be a bit like Moulin Rouge!. There will be an Elvis stage musical. We're getting into that now." Shedding more light on plans, Luhrmann ruled himself out of the director's chair for the stage production, though said he would produce it. 

Moulin Rouge! and Strictly Ballroom are both produced on stage by Australian company Global Creatures, though it is unknown if the organisation will spearhead the Elvis stage show. Locations, dates and casting are to be confirmed. 

It isn't unusual for Luhrmann to not direct stage versions of his films. Alex Timbers (Beetlejuice, Here Lies Love) was responsible for bringing Moulin Rouge! to the stage, so may be a natural fit for the Elvis gig. 'Moulin Rouge!' continues to play both in the West End and on Broadway, while a 'Strictly Ballroom' revival is currently touring the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

Trouble in Graceland?

According to this tabloid, Riley Keough locked Priscilla Presley out of Graceland as part of the dispute over Lisa Marie Presley's last will. "Graceland" denied the news. Riley or Priscilla did not react (of course!). 

(Source: Amazon Spain / Harper Bazar / Variety / What's On Stage / The Elvis Presley Travel Service / Strictly Elvis / Enquirer / Elvis Information Network)