Film Critics Awards. Today, January 20. Winners from GALECA's Dorian Gray Awards.

Monday, February 08, 2016

21st Prix Lumières Winners

Was a true pleasure to be able to watch the Lumières awards ceremony live as film clips are always very enjoyable and Isabelle Huppert homage was fantastic with so many clips from films that I have seen and yes, could think of a few films that had no clip, after all we have to recall that she has an extensive filmography, just in IMDb there are 126 films listed for her acting career and we all know that data base could have omissions. Just in case, I should say that Huppert is one of my favorite actors in the world, so yes have seen almost everything with her.

Since the nominations imagined that a film by a female director in a French-Turkish co production could swept the awards and gee, I was correct! Mustang collected 4 awards out of the 6 nominations and most interesting was honored with the Best Film and Best First Films awards! Congratulations and yes, the honors are extremely well-deserved as Deniz Gamze Ergüven first feature film looks and feels like the work of a more experienced director and her non-actors female cast had mesmerizing performances. Bravo!!! Hope film does as good as here in the Cesar.

2016 Robert Awards Winners

Last night the Danish Film Academy had their award ceremony and surprisingly the big winner of the night were not any of the two nominations leading films as top awards went to Land of Mine by Martin Zandvliet and got a total of six awards.

The annual awards are voted by the Danish Film Academy, which was founded in 1982 and is comprised by more than 2,000 members.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

68th Annual DGA Awards Winners

Have to admit that since the moment great Todd Haynes was not a DGA nominated, I lost interest in this award and well, in the Oscar's category as assumed will happen the same and gee, how right was I.

I really disliked The Revenant so no praises from me to AGI but have to admit that is a great milestone that an "hispanic"/Mexican director is the first ever to win a DGA award back-to-back as if you do not recall, he won last year for Birdman. Congrats for the milestone honor.

30th Goya Awards Winners

According to award official site news, last night awards ceremony lasted 3 hours 10 minutes and was seen locally by almost 4 million viewers, which is higher than last year award ceremony. Yes, 2016 ceremony was quite entertaining, made me laugh hard/loud a few times, watched entire ceremony (training for the Oscars) and the best part was watching Juliette Binoche in my TV screen so many times, sigh.

Perhaps the most surprising moment in the ceremony was when Juliette Binoche didn't win a Goya as definitively her performance was extraordinary in Nadie Quiere La Noche and have to admit that the next best performance was multiple Goya winner, Penelope Cruz in Ma Ma; so when the winner's name was announced I was extremely surprised, as much as the winner actress was (lol!).

6th Les Magritte du Cinéma Awards Winners

Last night Belgian francophone cinema was honored with the top award and is no surprise when we find Jaco Van Dormael's The Brand New Testatment as the top winner of the night, film had the most nominations and was Belgium's submission to Oscar that made it to the shortlist of 9 but got no nomination.

The 2016 Honorary Magritte went to Vincent Lindon, and notable is Alleluia winning many tech awards but no top awards. Perhaps the most emotional moment was the homage to extraordinary Chantal Akerman that lives in her magnificent film legacy.

Friday, February 05, 2016

66th Berlinale Complete Lineup

Finally today the post is ready with all the main sections: Competition,  Berlinale Special, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Perspektive Deutches Kino, Berlinale Shorts, NATIVe, Retrospective & Homage and Culinary Cinema. You will also find links to Talent Campus, European Film Market & Co-production Market and World Cinema Fund. There are a few more sections that didn't make it to the post, like Berlinale Classics but you can check them at the official site or use the info in the following paragraph.

If you wish to learn about any movie in the festival in a VERY FAST and clean way then my best suggestion is to download the fest app.  Very nice Berlinale 2016 app works on iphone and ipad. In the ipad photos and videos are amazing!  Imagine app is also available in other op's.

After checking info about ALL of the below films my head is overflowing with too-much information; then perhaps more interesting is the fact that among the messy clutter there are some films that stand out.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

10th AFA Nominations

Organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy, the Asian Film Awards will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. For this edition, 77 nominations have been made for 15 awards. The nominations represent 36 films from 9 countries.

World-renowned Hong Kong director Mr. Johnnie TO Kei-fung will serve as this year’s Jury President and lead a jury comprising by two popular celebrity jurors, Hong Kong actor Mr. Sean LAU Ching-wan and mainland Chinese actress Ms. GAO Yuanyuan, as well as 12 respected film industry professionals, festival programmers and critics from all over the world.

14th Annual VES Awards Winners

Last night the Visual Effects Society had their award ceremony with funny man, Patton Oswald hosting. 23 awards categories were recognized and not surprisingly top award winner is Star Wars: The Force Awakens with four awards followed by The Revenant with 3.

As we know both films have an Oscar nomination, so we can safely assume that Oscar's Best Visual Effects has a race between the last installment of Star Wars and The Revenant.

To read press release with list of winners in all categories go official site here.  Winners are in *BLUE.

The Visual Effects Society announces the nominees for the current edition of the awards that honor outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games as well as VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

2016 Teddy Awards Selection

Today organizers published the #Teddy30 program magazine with all films that will be competing for the most prestigious LGBT award in the world. As by now have read about almost ALL films in #Berlinale2016 already have an idea of the most interesting films and to which specific interest belong, so the task to list and classify the films is a bit more easier.

This post will list ALL films, including the films that will be screened in the Panorama section to celebrate the 30th anniversary.

During the Berlinale the award is presented in the following categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary/Essay Film and Best Short Film as well as the Special Jury Award. Every year films from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival compete for the Teddy Awards.

Monday, February 01, 2016

20th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards Winners

Last night the production designers guild had their award ceremony where the winners for 11 categories of film, television, commercials and music videos were announced.

The Revenant, The Martian and the last installment of Mad Max were honored this year with an ADG award. All three film winners are Oscar-nominated and worth-noting is that the ADG period winner often has gone on to win the Oscar in the production design category.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners

Last night the Sundance film festival had their awards ceremony and to my surprise the ceremony was streamed live but started when the SAG awards were still on, so watched very little. Nevertheless decided to include the winners as there are some films that I'm sure will travel the fest circuit during 2016 and will end-up with honors in the 2016-2017 awards season.

The ceremony is the culmination of the 2016 edition, which presented 123 feature-length and 72 short films -selected from 12,793 submissions- to independent film-loving audiences.

Jury prizes were awarded by six groups of film and culture leaders, who screened all films in their respective sections and jointly decided which standout artistic and story elements to recognize. This year’s jurors were: Simon Kilmurry, Jill Lepore, Shola Lynch, Louie Psihoyos, Amy Ziering, Mark Adams, Lena Dunham, Jon Hamm, Avy Kaufman, Franklin Leonard, Randall Poster, Fernanda Solórzano, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Mila Aung-Thwin, Tine Fischer and Asif Kapadia. In addition, Festival audiences voted for their favorite films to receive five Audience Awards in each of the U.S. and World Competitions and NEXT.

22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

The show started very-well with wins in TV categories that absolutely approve (lol); then came the first film category, one that had 2 outstanding lead performances that for whatever reasons (we know them, don't we?) ended up as supporting actresses, the one that I was still wondering what could happen and the one where I was rooting for any of the 2 lead actresses to win.

The climax came when Alicia Vikander won for her remarkable lead performance in The Danish Girl and I was very glad, as glad as if Rooney Mara had won. Sigh. After came what was called "big surprise", which I don't think is a suprise as Idris Elba gave an extraordinary performance in Beasts of No Nation, the surprise was AMPAS choosing Stallone instead of Elba, but SAG put the supporting actor into the right context.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

5th AACTA International Awards Winners

As I really like the winners, here is the official press release for the awards where we find great Mad Max: Fury Road plus the outstanding performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol honored by the Australian Film Institute (AFI) and the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) in the 2016 edition of their international awards.

Some of the world’s biggest names in film joined their Australian peers in Hollywood last night to honor big-screen excellence from the last year at the 5th AACTA International Awards.

66th Annual ACE EDDIE Awards Winners

Last night the American Cinema Editors had their award ceremony and can't say that was a surprise that the Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film Dramatic went to Mad Max: Fury Road or finding a movie that is no comedy -and is the top runner for the Best Film Oscar- won in the comedy or musical category.

Imagine that Mad Max has become the front runner in AMPAS Best Film Editing category but the guild is not one of the largest and wonder what will happen when all qualifying voters vote in this category. Nevertheless past years stats suggests that the category winner could be the film directed by George Miller and edited by Margaret Sixel.

To check winners in TV and other categories go official site here. Winners are in *BLUE.

Today the American Cinema Editors announced their nominations for the EDDIE Awards and there are some surprises but the biggest undoubtedly is the absence of Spotlight which many pundits expected to be included in most guilds nominations.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

63rd Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards Nominations

A couple of days back the Motion Picture Sounds Editors announced their nominations for the current edition of the Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions.

“This year’s Golden Reel nominees have produced an outstanding body of work encompassing motion pictures, television, documentaries, gaming and other mediums,” said MPSE president Frank Morrone. “Our members continue to impress with their ability to develop new techniques and find creative ways to employ sound as a means of enriching storytelling. We congratulate all of this year’s nominees for their achievements.”

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