Hitler comedy Jojo Rabbit primed for Oscars after winning top Toronto award

Taika Waititis whimsical second world war film has won the peoples choice award at this years Toronto film festival, following in the footsteps of Green Book Second world war comedy Jojo Rabbit has won this years peoples choice award at the Toronto film festival, a prize thats seen by many as a major predictor of Oscar success. The film, which follows a young German boy who turns his idol Adolf Hitler into an imaginary friend, is written and directed by Taika Waititi, who also stars in the film. Its described as an anti-hate satire based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens and also stars Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell. Waititis previous films include What We Do in the …

Send in the crowns: in trumping Venice competition, Joker begins grand slam | Xan Brooks

The victory for Todd Phillipss revisionist comic book blockbuster is a credit to a festival in touch with crazed politics, contemporary paranoia and superb cinema Todd Phillips Joker spins the tale of a pathetic loser who ends up a winner, the low-class upstart who upsets the applecart and explodes the establishment. Nobody least of all Joaquin Phoenixs snivelling party entertainer believed he stood a snowballs chance in hell. But his message hit home and the voters clamoured change and we live in interesting times where the old rules dont apply. As with the man, so with the film. Since its incel vigilantes. Its been seen as left-wing; its been seen as right-wing. Its politics are so turbulent, so unrefined – …

And the loser is … when award show hosts tank on stage

The backlash surrounding comedian Sebastian Maniscalcos performance as VMAs host puts him in good, or rather bad, company While MTV is no longer the vanguard of youth culture, the channel has gone to great lengths to keep their annual flagship event, the Video Music Awards, reflective of and subservient to young audiences. Which made it so baffling when they announced that this years ceremony, which aired this past Mondays night, would be hosted by stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco. Though Maniscalcos rise to fame over the last year has made him arguably the biggest name in comedy at the moment, hes also a Gen-Xer whose material is aimed directly at members of his and his parents generation making him an odd …

Forrest Gump 2: a sequel berserk enough to suit our hellish times?

Screenwriter Eric Roth says his sequel to the Tom Hanks Oscar magnet was scuppered by 9/11, but Forrest would be entirely at home in the Trump and Brexit era On paper, revealing everything that would have happened in the films aborted sequel and, well, its a much harder sell. Forrest Gump 2 would have been absolutely berserk, which means it would have probably won even more Oscars. How berserk was it? Well, it would have put Gump in the back of Princess Diana. It would have put him right in the middle of the 1995 Haley Joel Osment character whom Gump meets right at the end? The film would have opened with him being diagnosed with Aids and losing all …

Guardian film Black Sheep nominated for best short documentary Oscar

Ed Perkins film about a young black boys response to a racist gang after he moves out of London is up for an Academy award murder of schoolboy Damilola Taylor in 2000. Walker, the same age as Taylor and of similar background, found himself confronting a gang of local racists and, after first fighting back, went to extraordinary lengths to fit in and gain their friendship. The film features interviews with Walker looking back 15 years on from the events he describes, which are re-enacted in the locations where they took place, with Kai Francis Lewis playing Walker. Responding to the nomination, Walker said that he was, humbled and proud. I worked on this film to tell my story and …