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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

#Oscars2017 Documentary Features Shortlist

A few weeks ago The Academy announced One hundred forty-five (145) documentary films were submitted for consideration, now announces the shortlist with a surprising fifteen docs -instead of the usual ten- in the shortlist from where five (5) will be honored with a nomination.

As expected Golden Bear winner Fire at Sea made the short list but also the three docs that up-to-today have won film critics awards, OJ: Made in America, 13th and I Am Not Your Negro.  Then also made the shortlist Weiner, which I tried to watch but really was annoying watching the excess of delusional situations, so stopped watching.

Monday, December 05, 2016

2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Since early morning the film critics group started to deliberate, vote and announce their winners.  The process went long after the infamous lunch break until the last announcement was made for a special citation.  In between the most pleasant news came when they announced Best Actress winner as with a not-so-usual agreement, East coast and West coast cinema pundits agree on a non-American actress, Isabelle Huppert!

2016 British Independent Film Awards winners

Yesterday BIFA had their awards ceremony and surprise-surprise there was NO live streaming!  They decided to do the red-black-carpet, some winners interviews and perhaps more that I was not interested in watching.  Nevertheless was able to follow winners in twiter feeds from official site plus more that announced live.

The most pleasant news for me is the recognition of Andrea Arnold that won Best Director and her film American Honey got the Best British Independent Film award plus Sasha Lane won Best Actress and Robbie Ryan won Outstanding Achievement in Craft. American Honey was the top award winner and lead with four (4) awards. Most interesting is to have UK's submission to Oscar in the foreign language category, Under the Shadow, following with three (3) awards. Surprisingly, Cannes Palm d'Or winner, I, Daniel Blake collected two (2) awards.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

2016 New York Film Critics Circle Award Winners

Since nine this morning the group started to vote and a few minutes ago finally reached the last category to after too-many hours of voting unveil the winners of this group that many call "harbingers of the Oscar nominations" but unfortunately last year was far very-far away from what happened, as Carol was barely honored by the Academy.

These are the award winners listed at the group official site.

22nd Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the film nominees for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. “This year’s nominees showcase the best that Hollywood has to offer, spanning a wide array of genres, subject matters, time periods, and more,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin.  “We hope that they will serve as a roadmap for viewers, offering guidance for movie lovers and ticket buyers as we launch this awards season. We are so thrilled to be able to recognize these incomparable artists and look forward to bringing them together for an unforgettable evening!”

La La Land leads all films this year with twelve (12) nominations including Best Picture, Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Emma Stone for Best Actress, Damien Chazelle for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Linus Sandgren for Best Cinematography, David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco for Best Production Design, Tom Cross for Best Editing, Mary Zophres for Best Costume Design, Two Best Song Nominations for “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars,” and Justin Hurwitz for Best Score.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2016 Film Critics Awards

As really enjoy when I guess right almost all Oscar winners and knowing that guessing is done best by following awards buzz and not considering how good movies are, then this year have to do again the critics' post and today is a good day to start post that will be a work in progress until the last group announces their winner which will happen in early February 2017.

Most critics' groups are American but you will also find groups from Canada, Ireland and UK. This year will include for again the FIPRESCI Grand Prix, an award that is voted by 553 film critics from all over the world. As in previous years' posts will publish link to read all winners and will list winners in the following categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Documentary. Before the list, and to have ALL critics in one post, is the summary for the major film critics' groups (each has an individual post in blog).

21st Annual International Press Academy Satellite Awards Nominations

The International Press Academy (IPA) announces its nominations for the 21st Annual Satellite Awards and for the first time the IPA is awarding a separate independent film and major studio film as Best Picture. Each year, the IPA celebrates nominees from domestic and international submissions for 37 categories: 19 in Motion Pictures, 12 in Television, 2 in Blu-ray DVDs and 4 in Video Games.
Film critics and entertainment writers from throughout the world are members of the IPA, and its decisions are derived from domestic and international film festivals, guild screenings and press screenings.

This year’s nominees include diverse films such as Fences, La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea and Hell and High Water. On the TV side, major nominees include The People v. O.J. Simpson and Game of Thrones.

26th Annual IFP Gotham Awards Winners

Last night the awards ceremony was entertaining enough to keep me awake most of the time with a few exceptions that included speeches that put me to sleep!  But none I regret more missing than Cate Blanchett Tribute presentation! (Winona Ryder put me to sleep, sigh)  So today will check the ceremony video as soon as organizers upload it to their youtube channel.

As expected Moonlight won most awards but the biggest surprise came from who won the Best Actress award as the favorite was Natalie Portman and none other than Isabelle Huppert won what she called -as she claim was told- a very-American award.  Even do I was very pleasantly surprised have to recognize that there is a strong marketing effort behind her with the ultimate goal to get an Oscar nomination/award; still up-to-this-moment efforts seem to be rewarded in a very positive way.  No, I do not believe Elle is one of Huppert's best performances nor one of the best French movies of the year; but perhaps has the right ingredients to be recognized and honored by the American industry and audiences.

Friday, November 25, 2016

2016 Lux Film Prize Award Winner

Recently the European Parliament announced the winner of the 2016 Lux Prize and as many expected, Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade was honored with the award.

#Oscars2017 Animated Short Films Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that ten (10) animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards.

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting. Sixty-nine (69) short films had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 shorts are listed below.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

#Oscars2017 Live Action Short Films shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that ten (10) live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards.

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.  One hundred thirty-seven (137) short films had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below.

10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winners

Winners in the current edition of the APSA's were announced today in a live to the world streamed ceremony and top winner is none other than Turkey's submission to #Oscars2017 Cold of Kalandar by Mustafa Kara.

The Jury awarded two Jury Grand Prizes and one Special Menion.

Jury Grand Prize for her performance to Youn Yuh-jung in 죽여주는 여자 Jookyeojooneun Yeoja (The Bacchus Lady), E J-Yong, South Korea
Jury Grand Prize to cinematographer Mark Lee Ping Bing for Chang jiang tu (Crosscurrent), Yang Chao, China
Jury Grand Prize Special Mention for his performance to Sunny Pawar in Lion, Garth Davis, Australia

Friday, November 11, 2016

2017 Golden Globes News

Yesterday the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced this edition Miss Golden Globe and this time they surprised us with a trio, three Sylvester Stallone daughters, Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet.

“For the first time in Golden Globe history, we have proudly selected not one but three Miss Golden Globe representatives. The Stallone sisters will continue our time honored tradition of handing out the statuettes at the awards ceremony,” said Soria. “Each of the lovely young women in the triad have had success whether it be in academics, sports or pursuing a modeling career. With being raised by such role models Sylvester and Jennifer, we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for these ladies.”

A while back was announced that eight-time Golden Globe-winner, Meryl Streep will be the recipient of the 2017 Cecil B. deMille Award and Jimmy Fallon will host the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

29th European Film Awards Nominations

At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 2016 European Film Awards.

Leading the field is Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade’s hilarious father-daughter dramedy, with five (5) nominations, including film, directing and screenplay, as well as acting nominations for Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek. It is followed by I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach with four (4) plus Julieta by Pedro Almodovar and Elle by Paul Verhoeven with three (3) nominations each.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

2016 British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Cannes 2016 Palm d'Or winner I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach unsurprisingly leads the nominations with 7 nods; but more surprising is that film is closely followed by American Honey, Adult Life Skills, Notes On Blindness, and to my big surprise, Under the Shadow with 6 nods each.

Yes, Under the Shadow belongs to horror genre -which I dislike-, it's UK's official submission to Oscars 2017 and well, I'm curious as film has too-many accolades to be "just" regular horror, so there must be something else en film and yes, will give film a try. Sigh.

Over 130 British films were submitted for consideration and 32 different British feature films have been nominated across the awards according to the nominations announced earlier today. As previously announced, Naomie Harris will receive The Variety Award, which recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK.

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