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Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 Cannes Possible Films - The Buzz

Know we have three more months to Cannes but believe it or not many have already started to talk about the mother of all festivals perhaps was due to the perception that this years' Berlinale was on the soft side and the hope of Cannes to be strong. The good news is that there are good chances of a very strong lineup as there are master filmmakers that could have ready their films for Cannes and there is always the chance for Cannes second or more timers to go back with great movies.

No, this is not my Wish List but a compilation of possible films that could make it to Cannes. List is made from several Cannes articles plus some lists with most anticipated films of 2017, films I've been tracking and my daily readings.

As we all know, Cannes begins in Berlin, not in the red carpet but in the Industry Market, so it's no surprise that many articles appeared while the Berlinale was running and after the Berlinale Market was closed a few days back.

53rd Annual CAS Award Winners

Yesterday night the Society had their award ceremony and perhaps the biggest surprise is the film that won the Animated category!

No surprise which film got the top award as was the favorite to win this and yes, the Oscar; which most likely will happen when we consider that in six of the last ten years, the winner of CAS Live Action feature competition went to win the Oscar.

Jon Faveau was presented the Filmmaker Award, John Prichett received the Career Achievement Award and Wenrui Fan from Chapman University was presented with a Student Recognition Award.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

67th Berlin International Film Festival Award Winners

There were some surprises but none as big as the top award winner as film critics were favoring other films.  Once again we have proof that what film critics like is not what juries (or voters) like and sometimes, not even what audiences like.

Many including me -but I'm totally biased- were expecting Aki Kaurismäki to win the Golden Bear so, when he was called for the Best Director award it was evident that was all for him and his surely glorious film. Sigh.  Then my second hope was for Sebastian Leilo, so when he wins Best Script all hopes were over.  I'm glad both films won something but obviously for me would have been fantastic if any of those two won the top award.

Friday, February 17, 2017

31st Teddy Award Winners

Posting winners as they are announced.

Very pleased with top award winner as well as this year jury gave some awards to lesbian interest films, thank you!

And the Teddy goes to ...

Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman)by Sebastián Lelio, a co-production from Chile, Germany, USA and Spain

Statement of the Jury:
A Fantastic Woman is a perfectly crafted film with magnificent cinematic approach that tells an intimate yet under-represented narrative. This film offers a very authentic universe firmly grounded by the mesmerizing and natural performance of Daniela Vega as Marina. Sebastián Lelio has infused the story with understanding and compassion illuminating the ongoing discrimination and marginalization of transgender people around the world.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017 BAFTA Awards Winners

The show is over with lots of surprises, but in the end La La Land won the top awards and the most awards of the night.

Posting winners as they're announced.

Winners are in *BLUE.

#BAFTA2017 Red Carpet Live Stream

Watch Red Carpet ... enjoy!

29th Annual Scripter Award Winner

The 2017 USC Scripter awards were presented last night in a ceremony held on the University of Southern California campus and as previously announced, for the first time there was also an award for television; category that usually I don't share info BUT the first TV award was a tie and one of the winners is a favorite of mine directed by Susanne Bier, The Night Manager.  Great.

Feature film award went to screenwriter of Moonlight and to the author of the drama school project In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.  No doubt this award increases Moonlight adapted screenplay chances to win Oscars category as, for example, last year Scripter Award winner went to the Academy Award.

21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award Winners

The Art Directors Guild announced last night the winners of its Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in 11 categories of film, television, commercials and music videos during a ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Hidden Figures, Passengers and La La Land won in feature films to narrow their chances at Oscars as during the past five years, the ADG period film category winner went to win the Oscar three times, once it went to the winner in the fantasy category and once Oscar went to a ADG non-winner. When we consider the past, Hidden Figures seems to have the best odds; but also Passengers chances increased a bit and well, seems that La La Land has too-strong competitors.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Day 1 #Berlinale2017

The opening ceremony was fun to watch because really enjoy Anke Engelke humor style and her jokes were so sharp that made me laugh loud. Here is one example when she asked international guests: "Are you here for the festival? Or is someone keeping you from going back to your home country?" That got big laugh.

Most surprising is me paying attention to Germany's officials speeches with direct comments about two infamous world leaders that made me quiver and wonder where is this world going ... sigh. See, when they talk about John F. Kennedy's famous Berlin speech and about something only Berlin has lived in recent history: walls that divide people, I pay attention.

But the best part of any festival opening ceremony is when they show the film clips and Berlinale 2017 was no exception with three clip sections between speeches. The clips gave me the impression that there are a few films that will be visually interesting and when add what I read about story plus what I know about the director they become most-be-seen for me.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

15th Annual VES Award Winners

Yesterday the Visual Effects Society held the 15th Annual VES Awards, the yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues. Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host to the more than 1000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate VFX talent in 24 awards categories and herald the VES’s 20th anniversary.

The Jungle Book was named photoreal feature film winner, earning five awards.  Kubo and the Two Strings was named top animated film. Also director Taika Waititi presented the VES Visionary Award to acclaimed producer and Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Physical Production Victoria Alonso. Jim Morris, President, Pixar Animation Studios, presented the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to multiple Academy Award-winning visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston. Awards presenters included directors Gareth Edwards and Albert Hughes, Yara Shahidi, Auli’I Cravalho, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Brenton Thwaites.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

#Oscars Class of 2017

Always talk about the American schools tradition of the annual class group photo for the school yearbook and me having my own collection from my high-school years; those are good memories from a time when you were no child anymore but were not an adult yet.  Alright that's not what happens at the Academy annual Nominees Luncheon but as the world goes more and more backwards, it gives me permission to go back to the good old innocent times.  Sigh.

So, going back to reality, yesterday the Academy had their annual luncheon and below is the infamous photo in the highest resolution I was able to find, so you can zoom photo without getting too-many pixels.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

31st Goya Award Winners

According to award official site news, last night awards ceremony lasted for 3 hours (10 minutes less than last year) and was seen locally by 3.6 million viewers which is lower than last year. No, this year did not watch the ceremony as was not in the mood to stand a long ceremony where films that I didn't enjoy were going to be honored with awards and a high-deserved film was going to be ignored.  Unfortunately I was right, so I'm glad that I didn't wasted 3 hours of my life, sigh.

As expected Julieta by Pedro Almodovar was excluded from top awards confirming once again that local industry does not like their most famous master filmmaker.  Top honor goes to a first-feature director who happens to be an actor I do not enjoy, Tarde para la Ira (The Fury of a Patient Man) by Raúl Arévalo and Best Director goes to J. A. Bayona for his English-spoken non-Spaniard cast film A Monster Calls. Alright Best Actress went to Emma Suárez for her performance in Julieta, which is the only Goya award Julieta got.

7th Les Magritte du Cinéma Award Winners

Last night Belgian francophone cinema was honored with the annual awards in a ceremony hosted by Anne-Pascale Clairembourg and with none other than Virginie Efira acting as the President plus winning the top award (ex aequo).

The Magritte d'honneur this year went to a great actor with many outstanding performances in French films, great André Dussolier.

Current edition was market by the emergence of a new generation of Belgian cinematographers but then the big winner of the nigh was Les Premiers les Derniers by Bouli Lanners. not only because won top award but also because won the most awards, 5 out 8 possible.

31st ASC Awards Winners

Last night the ASC announced their award winners and to my surprise the film I believe has wonderful cinematography was honored with top award.  Yes, Greig Fraser cinematographer of Lion won honor from his peers and definitively increases its chances to win the category at the Academy Awards.

The Spotlight Award goes to Gorka Gómez Andreu for his work in magnificent Skhvisi sakhli (House of Others) by Russudan Glurjidze.

Denzel Washington honor generated quite a lot social media buzz; but, is Dakota Johnson the one social media went amok for -she presented the Spotlight Award- and stole the night limelight.  To be fair, no doubt that Johnson noise allowed more people to be aware that there is a cinematographer society and has annual awards (!).

To check winners in all categories go official site here.  Winners are in *BLUE.

A few minutes ago the American Society of Cinematographers announced their nominees for the current edition of their awards that honor Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.

Each of the nominated films offers a unique vision on the part of the director of photography,” said Kees van Oostrum, ASC President. “These movies also represent a less formulaic or traditional photographic style, and some of their stories highlight socially conscious subject matter that drives a strong surge in photographic realism.”

Introduced by Society vice-president Bill Bennett, ASC, former ASC president Richard Crudo presented the nominations in these two categories before a luncheon held on January 11 at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood.

As announced before the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Edward Lachman, the Board of Governors Award to Denzel Washington, the Career Achievement in Television Award to Ron Garcia, the International Award to Phillipe Rousselot and the Presidents Award to Nancy Schreiber.

69th Annual DGA Awards Winners

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for the current edition were announced last night during the 69th Annual ceremony.  As expected, Damien Chazelle won the cinema top award for La La Land and what I believe is a well-deserved honor as his movie is a magnificent achievement, Garth Davis won First-Time Feature Film for directing Lion.

Ezra Edelman won the Documentary award for directing O.J.: Made in America and increases film chances to win the doc category at next Academy Awards; the same happens to Chazelle in the director category and yes, also La La Land in the Best Film category.  Believe Chazelle deserves the Academy award but also believe that Whiplash was a superior work in every cinematic sense, so wouldn't mind him being honored for the directing Oscar but wished another film had better chances to win top Oscar, sigh.

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