#Manchester by the Sea
:FAMILY DRAMA, LOSS :
When his beloved older brother dies, handyman Lee Chandler returns to his hometown, a close-knit fishing community in Massachusetts. There, Lee struggles to cope with his current grief and a tragedy from his past while also summoning the strength to comfort his teenage nephew, who has been left in his care.
Director : Kenneth Lonergan
Stars : Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler,
Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges.
Release Date – 16 December, 2016
Budget – $8,500,000
Gross – $45 million (approx)
On Release :
IMDB – 96 /100
RANK – 156
Roger Ebert – 4/4
Post Nomination :
IMDB – 8.1
RANK – 170
After BAFTAs – 220
Metacritic – 96
Oscar Nominations : (6)
Best Actor : Casey Affleck(WIN WIN)✅
Best Supp. Actress : Michelle Williams
Best Supp. Actor : Lucas Hedges
Original Screenplay : Lonergan ✅
Golden Globes 2017 wins : (1)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama : Casey Affleck
BAFTA 2017 wins :(2)
Best Actor : Casey Affleck
Original Screenplay : Kenneth Lonergan
Trivia & Comments :
“It’s one of the most remarkable performances I’ve ever seen” -“Manchester by the Sea’ director Kenneth Lonergan thanks Casey Affleck
Matt Damon intended to direct and star but scheduling conflicts got in the way. He’s one of the producers of the film.
Affleck got his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Robert Ford in ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’
Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘You Can Count on Me’ won both the Grand Jury Prize and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
“Manchester by the Sea.” Like “Moonlight” in the adapted screenplay category, “Manchester” is a victim of the success of “La La Land.” As such, Oscar voters will be looking for a way to honor it. In addition to Casey Affleck’s win in the lead actor category, you can expect it to finish strong here.
Lucas Hedges got his intense ‘Manchester by the Sea’ performance by keeping his mouth shut.
To film a scene in which Hedges’ teenage character has an emotional breakdown after the death of his father (Kyle Chandler), the Oscar-nominated star spent the entire day in silence. By the time cameras rolled, his need to communicate would be greater than any fear of getting it wrong — a piece of advice given to him by his mentor, Mary-Louise Parker. “The result was a buildup inside of me,” Hedges says. “I took a risk and the dam came crashing down.”
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea
Kenneth Lonergan’s haunting family drama stands out from the pack thanks to its subtlety, complexity and bravery in tackling the big issues
Who will win: Affleck, for “Manchester by the Sea.” That’s right: A movie other than “La La Land” will actually win something this year. There’s an ever-so-slight chance that Denzel Washington could pull off the upset, because — well, because he’s Denzel Freakin’ Washington. But aside from the SAG Award (which notably went to Washington), Affleck (pictured above) has earned nearly every major pre-Oscar award this season. If he was going to run out of gas, one would think it would have happened already.
Who should win: “Affleck.” That’s nothing against the competition here (especially Washington or, one of my favorites, Mortensen). But the guy is so good, so natural, so believable, so heartbreaking in just about everything he does, from “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” to “Gone Baby Gone” to “Out of the Furnace.” Although he had a great supporting cast on which to lean in “Manchester,” he really carried the bulk of the dramatic burden on his own, helping it become the shattering drama that it is.
Affleck’s win seemed inevitable until Fences’ Denzel Washington pulled an upset at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.If Affleck does end up losing to Washington (again), no one has any cause to carp: Washington’s performance is so stupendously meaty you’re tempted to get out the grill and reach for the seasonings. Still, Affleck’s performance as a man crippled by grief is a maximal-minimal classic: He holds back tears, and everyone else sobs buckets. He’ll win. As he deserves to.
Movie Review :
The devastating human drama was pegged from the start to be one of 2016’s most memorable films, and that fact hasn’t changed.
Manchester by the Sea – This films broods along like a molasses filled leather shoe in mud. Then the revelations come, the emotion flows, and in one dynamic and heartbreaking scene the film is reborn. Certainly not an easy film to watch, but well worth it.
Best Family Drama of 2016
Unforced aUnforced uples with a nuanced, insightful script to tell a story that, although seemingly simple, is achingly complex.
The sadness of “Manchester by the Sea” is the kind of sadness that makes you feel more alive, rather than less, to the preciousness of things.
Affleck is magnificent, but the movie is something less than that, because it can’t completely overcome some built-in challenges. Even so, Manchester by the Sea deserves honors for being so different, and for working on the mind in a particular way.
Its initial enigma seems to need no explanation; yet, once deciphered, the film does not falter but moves only deeper into the emotional territory it charts.
This is an incredibly sad tale about sad people in a sad town. It’s the typical bone-dry film that critics drool over, but it just didn’t leave an impression on me. Casey Affleck’s performance is really great, the screenplay is occasionally funny but mostly somber, and the directing is fine.
-Amazon Studios, the film and television programming arm of Jeff Bezos’s online retail giant. It has gatecrashed the Oscars in its first full year of releasing original movies, picking up seven nominations, including a Best Picture nod for Kenneth Lonergan’s haunting Manchester by the Sea. It is the first ever Best Picture nomination for a digital streaming service but with Amazon, its rival Netflix, and other digital players such as Hulu now firmly in the business of buying, developing and producing original movies, it is unlikely to be the last.
Silicon Valley is not just straying into traditional Hollywood territory. It is launching a full-on incursion as the digital disruptive forces that have revolutionised the music industry now threaten the mighty movie business. Netflix will spend approximately $1bn on producing and acquiring original movies over the next three years, while Amazon is releasing around 15 a year, with budgets ranging from $5m to $40m. Google is commissioning original series for its YouTube Red subscription service, while Apple is having ongoing discussions with Hollywood executives about original film and TV productions: it recently sounded out Imagine Entertainment, the company founded by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, about a possible takeover.