2014 Film Critics' Awards Today, February 16. The LAST GROUP: Winners from IPA.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

68th Bodil Awards Winners

Big winner in last night awards ceremony was Silent Heart by Billie August that won Best Film, Best Actress and Supporting Actor. In photo the Silent Heart winners: Danica Curcic, Billie August and Pilou Asbæk.

Viggo Mortensen was honored with this year's Honorary Bodil, Niels Thatum received the Cinematography award for his work in visually outstanding When Animals Dream, editor Molly Malene Stensgaard received a Special Bodil for her work in Nymphomaniac, Rie Lykke got the Henning Speed Walking and the new award for Screenplay went to Christian Thorpe for his Silent Heart script.
Bahs award for his set design in

Saturday, February 28, 2015

9th Asian Film Awards Nominations

Recently the Asian Film Awards Academy announced the 74 nominations of 42 films from eight (8) countries. Winners will be selected by a jury that comprises 14 film industry professionals and critics; the awards ceremony will be held on March 25 at The Venetian Theatre in Macao.

Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards celebrates excellence in Asian cinema through the annual presentation of awards to the many diverse talents and films that make up the dynamic film industries of the region. Founded by the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival in late 2013, the AFA Academy aims to promote, develop and enrich Asian cinema, its talents and audiences by organizing the AFA and a diversity of other programs across Asia through working closely with film, arts and culture partners from around the world. This year AFA received over a thousand films from 34 countries across Asia.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

87th Academy Awards Winners

The American Awards season is over BUT we know that the World Award Season continues with more awards to come from all over the world. Good.

Can't say that enjoyed the TV Show (but really enjoyed Twitter while the awards ceremony was on) and well, by now, I accept that no matter who won what in most major categories, this was going to be a "B" year for the Oscars and it was, sigh.

The industry honored Birdman over Boyhood or Budapest, a result that again shows how far away are those that do movies from those that review movies and watch movies. But fact is that all the eight Best Picture nominees got at least one award and that's about the only positive thing I could say about this year Oscars.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2015 Czech Lion Awards Winners

Yesterday the Czech Film and Television Academy had the annual ceremony where according to Czech news dispatches many were surprised as front runner with unprecedented 14 nominations, Fair Play by Andrea Sedláčková, was Czech Republic submission to Oscar, got snubbed. Still seems audiences enjoyed film more than industry as film collected the Audience Viewers' Choice award.

2015 EDDA Awards Winners

Iceland's submission to Oscar Vonarstræti (Life in a Fishbowl) swept the Edda Awards yesterday when film got ALL twelve awards where was nominated.  That's what you call a true swept.  The award has 25 categories, so other films also won something including Paris of the North that won 2.

Winners are in *BLUE. To learn winners in all categories go official site here, available only in Icelandic.  But on Monday news will be in English and will post link.

2014 Independent Film Awards - Update 5 Final

This year will do the same as last year with only listing the winners of the three Indie Awards, two in US and one in UK. We start today with the Gotham nominations and post will become final on February 15 with the Spirit Award winners.

2014 British Independent Film Awards
Nominations: Press Release
Winners: Official Site
Official Site here.
Comments: The highest number of nominations this year goes to ‘71 with nine (9) nominations including Best British Independent Film; Best Director and Debut Director for Yann Demange; Best Screenplay for Gregory Burke; Best Actor for Jack O’Connell and Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris. Pride picked up seven (7) nominations and Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mr Turner picked up five (5) nominations each.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

40th César Awards Winners

After an extremely long awards ceremony I was exhausted. Organizers should do something about the length of the acceptance speeches as some take too long saying not much; but even when social media goes crazy complaining or viewers get tired watching broadcast, know is very polite to let award winners have their 15 minutes of fame. See, this award show is more about the winners than about ratings, TV viewers or even the audience at the theater. Which is the way it should be, isn't?

Timbuktu is the big winner with 7 awards out of 9 nominations, followed by Thomas Cailley debut feature film, Les Combattants with 3 awards out of 9 nominations.  Unfortunately a very unconventional thus great non-commercial cinema film, was the big loser as from 10 nominations got only 1 award for Best Costumes, the magnificent Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Very Late 2015 Oscar Predictions

As tomorrow we have the Cesar Awards I was wondering if should do Cesar or Oscar predictions. Decided to enjoy the Cesar awards hoping that my favorites win in every single category (or I will be very disappointed, lol) and to torment myself once again with Oscar predictions.

If you are playing an Oscar pool then you can get inspiration from what I think will win. In past exciting editions my accuracy rate has been very high, but this year the "boring" factor have influenced me, so use my predictions at your own risk (lol). More seriously suggest to ALWAYS consult several Oscar pundits to get a good view of the forest and then make your guess.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

17th CDG Awards Winners

The last industry group had their awards ceremony just a few days before the Oscars show which perhaps is too late to influence voters; but as many are commenting, they managed to confirm what already seems to be clear, Birdman is the film to beat.

But the most interesting fact is that Birdman has NO Oscar nomination in this category!  So for your guessing game you have to choose between Into The Woods and The Grand Budapest Hotel.  For me the choice is obvious as besides the B movies, the third film in this year's Oscar race is Wes Anderson film.

Monday, February 16, 2015

2014 Film Critics' Awards - Final

Yesterday night the last film critics group in the list had their awards announced consequently this post has become final.

The 2014-2015 awards season once more show us the disparity between those that make movies and those that review movies as when we review what happened among the critics we realize that in general their honors are again far from what the industry rewards.

Nevertheless let's start with what they agree.  Industry and critics honor equally actors in two categories, supporting actress and actor.  Place your bets at your office pool that Patricia Arquette will win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and J.K. Simmons will win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.  ... and that's about all they agree. (lol)

62nd Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards Winners

Not many surprises as (again) Birdman gets group sound editing music award, while Get On Up the musical feature sound editing award, Unbroken gets the dialogue/ADR, American Sniper the FX/Foley and Big Hero 6 the sound and music editing for feature animation.

American Sniper, Birdman and Unbroken are nominated for the Oscar in sound editing category, along with The Hobbit and Interstellar. So, MPSE wealth is spread among several films, but in a way the tech award  relation to Oscar category goes to the now expected Birdman.

Also honored in the awards ceremony, Darren Aronofsky with the Filmmaker Award and sound editor Skip Lievsay with Career Achievement Award.

29th Annual ASC Award Winner

By now does not come as a surprise that the movie everyone not long ago expected to win all the tech awards is not winning much and the most unexpected is sweeping almost all tech awards including cinematography.

We all know that everyone is excited with Birdman cinematography, photographed to appear as one continuous take; but me, I can't understand the fuzz. Why would someone want to do something that is not WHEN you can do it for real? Of course the answer is that doing it for real is VERY HARD, while simulating is a lot easier. So, why celebrate a simulation? Is this an example of what is to come in especial/visual effects in cinematography? A lot of long/medium takes seamless edited to look like one long take? But do not be surprise with my comments as it is obvious to me that because the visually claustrophobic cinematography I disliked Birdman to the highest level.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

2015 Writers Guild Awards Winners

The Writers Guild of America, West and The Writers Guild of America, East held simultaneous awards ceremonies yesterday with Lisa Kudrow hosting the Los Angeles ceremony, while Larry Wilmore doing the same in the New York event.

The quite confusing double ceremonies saga continues with Los Angeles Laurel Awards for Screen presented to Harold Ramis and for TV to Shonda Rhimes; Special achievement awards were presented to Len Uhley (Animation Writing Award), Margaret Nagle (Paul Selvin Award) and Pedro Almodovar (Jean Renoir Award). Still in Los Angeles, the guild's Morgan Cox Award was given to Jeff Melvoin and its Valentine Davies Award went to Ben Affleck.

2015 Annual MUAHS Guild Awards Winners

Last night they had their award ceremony where Guillermo del Toro was honored with the guild's Distinguished Artisan Award.

The guild didn't spread the wealth as from the five motion picture categories, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Grand Budapest Hotel got 4 (2 each) leaving only one to another movie and the spot was taken by Birdman.

51st Cinema Audio Society Award Winners

Last night the society had their awards ceremony where Richard Linklater received the Cinema Audio Society Award.  Winners in all categories were announced live via facebook but soon will be at their official site here.

If you wish to now check winners in other categories than motion picture use the facebook link that will work for a while as the timeline moves fast in that social media.

When the awards season started many where speculating that Interstellar could get most, if not all, the tech awards including Oscar.   As season developed we noticed that Interstellar went into oblivion and Birdman rose even in the tech categories.  So it is no surprise to find that out that Birdman won the outstanding sound mixing in a live action feature award.  In the past 12 years, six of the CAS winners went on to win an Oscar, so historic data tells us that is a 50/50 record, but how the 2014/2015 awards season has evolved suggests that Birdman is the Oscar front-runner in this category.

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