2016/2017 Key Dates
2016 Film Critcs Awards, today January 14, Winners from GeorgiaFCA.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

69th Annual DGA Awards Nominations

Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2016.

These phenomenal filmmakers have captured our hearts and minds, breathing life into stories rarely told and revealing worlds rarely seen,” said Barclay. “What makes this recognition truly special is the knowledge that these five directors have made a lasting impression on their peers – directors and members of the director’s team who intimately understand the blood, sweat and tears necessary to create a feature film.”

19th Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominations

The Costume Designers Guild announced today the nominees for the 2017 edition of the awards that honor Excellence in costume design in film, television, and short-form programs.

As previously announce Jeffrey Kurland will be honored with the Career Achievement Award and none other than Meryl Streep will receive the Distinguished Collaborator Award.

The guild also announced that Mandy Moore will host the awards gala.   “I am honored to be hosting this year’s ceremony,” she said. “I’ve always been in awe of my Costume Designers and am especially thrilled to be working with the brilliant Hala Bahmet on our series ‘This Is Us.’ I’m excited to join in celebrating the art of costume design and help shine a spotlight on the artists who are so essential to character creation.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

31st ASC Awards Nominations

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.

29th Annual Scripter Award Finalists

The USC Libraries have named the authors and screenwriters of Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures, Lion and Moonlight as finalists for the 29th annual Scripter Award.

Since 1988, Scripter has honored the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. Last year, the USC Libraries inaugurated a new Scripter award, for television adaptation. Television and film finalists compete in separate categories.

Chaired by Howard Rodman, USC professor and president of the Writers Guild of America, West, the 2017 Scripter selection committee selected the finalists from a field of 80 film and 45 television adaptations.

2017 MUAHS Annual Awards Nominations

Today Sue Cabral-Ebert, President of the Make-up Artists and Hair Stylistst Guild (MUAHS), announced the nominees in twenty-three (23) categories honoring make-up artists and hair stylists outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater.

Said Cabral-Ebert, “This year’s record entries for the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards from the talented global community of artisans is very exciting, and we look forward to celebrating their unique achievements and exceptional bodies of work. Congratulations to all the nominees who should be very proud of their extraordinary creations!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

15th Annual VES Awards

The Visual Effect Society Awards recognizes and honors most outstanding visual effects work of the year and honors the artists who create them and today announced the nominees in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life.

The VES Awards will herald the organization’s milestone 20th anniversary.  The VES Awards will be held on February 7th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to multiple Academy Award-winning visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston. The Visionary Award will be presented to acclaimed producer and Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Physical Production Victoria Alonso.

The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to create truly remarkable imagery in a variety of media,” said Mike Chambers, VES Chair. “We are seeing best in field work that elevates the art of storytelling and engages the audience in new and innovative ways. The VES Awards is the only venue that showcases and honors these outstanding artists across a wide range of disciplines, and we are extremely proud of all our nominees!

2017 Producers Guild of America Nominations

In a very busy day with lots of announcements the PGA released the motion picture nominations for the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories are The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures.

This year, the Producers Guild will present special honors to Tom Rothman (Milestone Award), James L. Brooks (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Irwin Winkler (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), the feature film Loving (Stanley Kramer Award), and Megan Ellison (Visionary Award).

53rd Annual CAS Awards Nominations

A few moments ago the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) announced the nominees for the current edition of the awards that honor Outstanding Achievements in Sound Mixing in film and television as well as Technical Achievement in production and post-production.

We are blessed this year with a rich portfolio of Cinema Audio art applied. As the creative contributions of sound mixing to modern filmmaking becomes more obvious to the world at large, these productions truly represent the talents of our community,” said Mark Ulano, CAS President. “We are proud to congratulate all our well deserving nominees for their stellar work. We also have the good news of announcing for the first time nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture Documentary.”

2017 BAFTA Awards Nominations

Early this morning Dominic Cooper and Sophie Turner at BAFTA's headquarters announced the nominations for Film Awards and now we have a different view of what the cinema industry could be honoring this year as by now have a clear idea of what film critics like, some idea of what American Guilds -with too-many regulations- could honor and as of this moment what British Academy members will honor this year.  Let's recall that some British Academy members are also AMPAS members and these nominations always give a necessary boost to some films and often resemble what Oscar nominations could look.

La La Land leads with eleven (11) nominations followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals with nine (9) nominations each, Manchester by the Sea has six (6), and with five (each) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Hacksaw Ridge, Lion and I, Daniel BlakeMoonlight and Florence Foster Jenkins have both been nominated four (4) times.

74th Golden Globe Awards Winners

Last Sunday was the always colorful Golden Globes awards ceremony which this year was highly unusual for me as kept me awake for the whole broadcast (lol) as besides the feature film categories had interest in several TV categories, but undoubtedly winners speeches kept me awake and yes, positively impress with what was said in prime TV by the most amazing American living actress, the recipient of the Cecil B, deMille award. Bravo!!! She is a great actress and a greater human being with impressive eloquence and definitively knows how to use words.

Had lots of fun with the many Red Carpet broadcasts and high quality online streams, most impressed with Twitter stream quality even when those interviewing were not much better than the norm or those in E! (lol). Did not enjoy much Jimmy Fallon, miss too-much Ricky Gervais darker humor and even the too-American (but funny) humor of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. No doubt that the best sketch was from presenters Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig which made me cry from laughing so-loud. So, no matter Fallon, the net is that ceremony was quite entertaining just from what was happening and NOT because of production guidelines; hope Oscar producers take note as what happened in this ceremony could be motivated in the Academy Awards ceremony.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

2017 Writers Guild Awards Nominations

Yesterday the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) announced the nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2016; best news for me are the inclusion of films like Nocturnal Animals and Loving, two films that have been absent in most up-to-date film critics honors.

As announced previously the 2017 Screen Laurel Award goes to Oliver Stone and the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television to Aaron Sorkin. The East group will honor John Waters with the WGAE's Career Achievement Award and Steve O'Donnell with receive the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence.

21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards Nominations

A few minutes ago the Art Directors Guild announced the nominations for the current edition that becomes quite unusual as out of the 11 categories there are two (2) that had ties and consequently have six (6) nominees, one category belongs to feature films and the other to television.  

The 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards celebrating “Return to Hollywood” will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

67th Annual ACE EDDIE Awards Nominations

Yesterday the American Cinema Editors Society announce the nominations for the 2017 EDDIE Awards and believe there are no surprises as the awards season has and could continue to honor the same films with nominations and awards.  Sigh.

Nevertheless the most interesting news come from who will be honored with the ACE Filmmaker of the Year Award as is none other that J. J. Abrams.

J.J. Abrams is a once-in-a-generation artist who has been making his mark in cinema and television for over twenty years,” stated the ACE Board of Directors.  “Through his production company, Bad Robot, J.J. has engaged and delighted audiences around the world with his innovative brand of storytelling.  

Whether he’s reinventing a beloved franchise or creating something entirely new and groundbreaking — be it Star Trek, Star Wars, Westworld, Lost, Alias and many others — his name is synonymous with nothing less than spectacular entertainment. He is one of the most exciting voices working in our industry, and we’re thrilled to celebrate his body of work thus far.”

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

87th Academy Awards VFX Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a while back that ten (10) films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 2017 Oscars edition.

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 7, 2017.  Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.  Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Friday, December 16, 2016

22nd Prix Lumières Nominations

A few moments ago the foreign press based in Paris announced the nominations for the current edition of the award that honors French and Francophone films since 1996 and this edition has Elle by Paul Verhoeven, A Woman's Life by Stéphane Brizé, Staying Vertical by Alan Guiraudie, Frantz by François Ozon and Last Days of Louis XIV by Albert Sierra leading the pack with four (4) nominations each.

More than 80 films were reviewed by the 100+ film journalists from more than 20 countries; Lumières Academy members had the opportunity to also watch films in the Cinando /Le Marché du Film de Cannes video library, which registered more than 800 visits.  All theses figures are testimony of the interest that French Cinema generates around the world.

Maybe you'll agree that 2016 was not an outstanding year for French cinema as with a very-few exceptions most films leaned to the usual-average side of the scale.  Still worth mentioning that none of the six Best Film nominated films or nominated directors (they are the same) have won the award before and more relevant, this year selection is diverse with not one film standing out. 

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