Thursday, November 26, 2015

9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winners

A few minutes ago the awards ceremony closed with the announcement of the big winner of the night and to my surprise the top award goes to Cementery of Splendour and NOT to what I was expecting, The Assassin. Sigh. Nevertheless I'm sure that Apichatpong Weerasethakul movie most be a dreamy trip into great cinematography and storytelling. Great.

Still considering the nominees, winners tend to be on the unexpected side as most not honored films have collected major awards in the festival circuit, which I believe only means that this year jury had bold or unconventional choices, sigh.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

31st Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

A few moments ago Film Independent had the press conference where Elizabeth Olsen and John Boyega announced the nominations for the 2015 Spirit Awards and can't deny that I'm very pleased with Carol by Todd Haynes leading the pack with six (6) nominations closely followed by Tom McCarthy's Spotlight and Cary Joji Fukunaga's Beasts of no Nation with five (5) each.

There are many omissions but for me most notorious is the absence of a movie I was hoping could make it to the American Indie awards, Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas.  Know that I'm not alone as many seem to have huge deception with the film snub.

The best news come from the Best Female Lead as BOTH Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have a nomination, which means that some (hope ALL) award organizers recognize both actresses as lead in Carol.

2015 Luz Prize Winner

A few minutes ago at The European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg was announced the winner of the annual prize and the winner is none other than Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven! Congratulations.

Believe movie has very good chances of being selected among AMPAS foreign-language shortlist of nine (9) and perhaps even get an Oscar nomination; this award just increase -a bit- those chances the movie already had.  Great.

Monday, November 23, 2015

52nd Golden Horse Awards Winners

Last Saturday night was the 2015 Golden Horse Awards ceremony and as expected the big winner of the night was Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin that collected five awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and more. Following closely was Chang Tso-Chi's Thanatos, Drunk with four awards.

Worth mentioning is Jia Zhang-ke's Mountains May Depart winning Best Original Screenplay and Tharlo by Pema Tseden winning Best Adapted Screenplay.

Friday, November 20, 2015

88th Academy Awards Live Short Films Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that ten (10) live short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards.

One hundred forty-four (144) pictures had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

These are the 10 short films.

88th Academy Awards 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 88th Academy Awards.

Sixty (60) pictures had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

These are the 10 short films.

88th Academy Awards Animated Feature Submissions

A few days ago AMPAS announced that sixteen (16) animated films have qualified for Academy Awards consideration, triggering the possibility that when the Oscar nominations are announced, there will be as many as five (5) nominees in the category.

Under Academy rules, if there are 16 or more animated features in a given year, then the animated feature film awards screening committee may nominate up to five of the films.

Monday, November 16, 2015

2016 César Awards - Les Révélations Selection

After the horrifying news that come from Paris since last Friday, a brief warm air came today with the announcement of the thirty-two (32) actors that were selected by the Academy as the Newcomers Selection.

Now the 4276 French Academy members will vote to select the nominees in the 2016 César Awards Best Female Newcomer and Best Male Newcomer categories.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

28th European Film Awards Nominations

A few moments ago the European Film Academy (EFA)announced the nominations for the 2015 European Film Awards (#EFA2015) at the Seville European Film Festival. This year my spontaneous first reactions is that EFA's belong to British Cinema as seems there are many British productions and co productions among the nominees.

There were fifty-two (52) films in consideration that you can check here so there is NO doubt about which films could get a nomination this year as there are many that in first look you could think were snubbed but then you see that they were NOT in consideration.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

2015 British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Today Gemma Chan and Thomas Brodie-Sangster announced the nominations for this year's edition of the BIFA's and there are a total of twenty-eight (28) different British feature films nominated. Laurence Green, chairman of the BIFA Board, said, “BIFA’s committed voters watched over 260 films this year – more than ever. After thousands of hours of viewing, nearly 30 jury meetings and two rounds of voting, their nominations cover a breathtaking range of British films and filmmaking talent. With the support of the BFI, BIFA is delighted to be making it possible for the public to see these films before the winners are announced, bringing them to cinemas right across the UK and so giving audiences the chance to discover the very best of British film for themselves.”

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

28th European Film Awards - The Jury Awards

The European Film Academy announces the first winners who will be honored at this year’s 28th European Film Awards.

A special seven-member jury convened in Berlin and, based on the EFA Selection list and the additional film entries, decided on the winners in the categories cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, composer and sound design. The following are the jury members.

Monday, October 26, 2015

88th Academy Awards Documentary Short Films Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for #Oscars2016 has been narrowed to ten (10) films, of which three to five will earn a nomination.

Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s seventy-four (74) eligible entries and selected the following ten.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

#Oscars2016 Foreign-Language Submissions Facts

Current edition missed by 2 films the submission record established last year of 83 submissions; still, 81 submissions is a huge amount of cinema to be considered and distilled into a short list of 9 films. AMPAS foreign-language committee members have once again the annual hard and uphill task of watching films from many places in the world, some with high quality and others with not so-much-so quality.

From the 81 countries that submitted a film, only one, Paraguay, is a newcomer with it's first submission ever; all other 80 countries have submitted before. Most interesting is to consider that this year there are some submissions in languages that usually are not represented in the Oscars like, for example, Welsh in UK's submission, Warao in Venezuela's submission, Basque in Spain's submission, and Kaqchikel in Guatemala's submission.

Friday, October 23, 2015

25th IFP Gotham Awards Nominations

Yesterday the first set of nominations that recognize American cinema were released by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) whom announced the nominees for their annual Gotham awards. So we are clear let me remind you that this New York based award nominations represents the tastes of four five-person committees comprised of writers, critics and programmers; so suggest you take these nominations with a grain of salt and try not to do implications to what could happen in the 2015-2016 American awards season.

Was waiting for official site to publish nominations but they haven't yet, maybe due to the fact that they have a new website that you can check here.  But know that eventually all info will be at that link.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations

APSA Chairman Michael Hawkins today announced the nominations for the 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film, in the Best Feature Film category and five craft award achievements.

Leading the nominations is Taiwan's The Assassin nominated for Best Feature Film, Achievement in Directing for Hou Hsiao-hsien and Achievement in Cinematography for APSA Academy member Mark Lee Ping-Bing. Competing alongside The Assassin for Best Feature Film are Thailand’s Cemetery of Splendour, Japanese drama Journey to the Shore and the Korean features End of Winter and Alive.

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