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Film Critics Update: Today, January 14 - Winners from Denver FCS.

Monday, January 20, 2020

26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

Yesterday the largest group of Academy voters announced their winners at a gala in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and cinema history was made! 

Parasite won the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a motion picture award and became the first non-English film to win the category! Yes, this win furthers the possibility of film making a very serious run to become the first non-English-language film to ever win the best picture Oscar.

As has been told, there is no biggest honor than peers recognizing the work of other peers and when actors recognize Parasite actors, when most film critics and industry groups didn't even consider them, is outstanding.  Besides actors performances were truly exceptional and undoubtedly helped the audience to submerge with them into story spiral; so, it's absolutely great that actors recognize other actors acting in a language that is NOT English.

Friday, January 17, 2020

92nd Academy Awards Nominations

A few days back the Academy announced the nominations for the edition that honors films from 2019 and there were no huge surprises, except for some films that were snubbed.

For me the most noticeable news are the differences between what film critics and journalist prefer and industry choices as two remarkable differences are in the actress and documentary categories.

Lupita Nyong'o was the clear press winner but unfortunately her performance was in an horror film, which AMPAS hardly honors in any way; so, no surprise that got no nomination.  Apollo 11 was also the clear by far most press honored but got no nomination and still wondering the reason why, even do I was not particularly pleased with the documentary that yes, put me to sleep (but then consider I saw the real thing live-lol).

Monday, January 13, 2020

#Oscars2020 LIVE nominations

25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards Winners

Last night was the awards show which was aired on The CW Network and was hosted by Taye Diggs.

Big winner of the night is Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood with four awards, 1917 followed closely behind with 3 awards.

Keegan-Michael Key delivered a special tribute to Eddie Murphy, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Kristen Bell received the #SeeHer Award for portraying strong female characters while promoting women on screen and off.

Winners are in *BLUE. To check all winners -films and television- at official site go here.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

2020 BAFTA Awards Nominations

A few minutes ago the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the nominations for the current awards edition honoring films released during 2019 and undoubtedly these are the first nominations that could give us a better predictor to Oscars nominations as are selected by the industry and not the press.

The nominations were announced by BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry along Ella Balinska and Asa Butterfield at BAFTA Piccadilly in London and at post end is the video with the announcement.

Monday, January 06, 2020

77th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners

A few minutes ago the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) had their televised press conference where Dakota Fanning, Tim Allen, and Susan Kelechi Watson announced the nominations for the 2020 edition of these infamous awards that always generate controversy because what is drama and what is comedy but always give TV audiences with a great show -many times more entertaining than the Oscars show- and this year's show has to be hilarious as Ricky Gervais will host again (his fifth time) the ceremony on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 8:00pm ET broadcast live from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on NBC and many TV stations around the world.  Great!

As was previously announced this edition Golden Globe Ambassadors are Dylan and Paris Brosnan, sons of Pierce Brosnan and will honor Tom Hanks with the Cecil B. deMille Award and Ellen DeGeneres with the newly created Carol Burnett Award.

Making awards history, Netflix secured its first-ever Golden Globes best picture nominations for not one but four of its films, The Irishman, Marriage Story, The Two Popes, and Dolemite is My Name plus landed a total of 17 nominations, more than double that of its nearest rival.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

#Oscars2020 International Feature Film Shortlist

Yes, I'm back after traveling in such a busy time for cinema crowded awards season but it's impossible to say NO to Paris in Christmas and la Cité de la Lumière was even more luisant.  Did followed the news so was aware of the shortlists announced on December 16 and here is the one that always has our attention now with 10 films instead of 9.

This edition AMPAS accepted ninety-one films which in the Phase I of the voting the International Feature Film Committee will view all and vote by secret ballot.  The group's top seven choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's International Feature Film Award Executive Committee, constitutes the shortlist of ten films.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

70th Annual EDDIE Award Nominations

A few minutes ago the American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced the awards that recognize outstanding editing in eleven categories of film, television and documentaries.

For the first time in ACE's 70-year history, three foreign language films are among the nominees including The Farewell, I Lost My Body and Parasite, despite there not being a specific category for films predominantly in a foreign language.

Winners will be revealed during ACE's annual ceremony on Friday, January 17 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, ceremony is presided by ACE President, Stephen Rivkin.

These are the nominees.

56th Cinema Audio Society Awards Nominations

Yesterday the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) announced the nominees for the annual awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2019 in three feature films categories, four television categories and two product categories.

The awards ceremony will be on January 25, 2020 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

22nd Costume Design Guild Awards Nominations

Yesterday the guild announced their nominations and once again they released the info via Twitter and up-to-this-moment haven't upgrade their official site, but eventually they will.

The CDG awards celebrate excellence in film, TV, and short form costume design and winners will be announced at the ceremony on January 28, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton to be hosted by Mindy Kaling.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

24th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Nominations

Yesterday the Art Directors Guild (ADG) announced the nominations in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and animated features for the 2020 edition and becomes the first Industry organization (i.e. Academy voters) to announce their nominees.  Tomorrow the second Guild (SAG) will announce what's going to be honored by the actors who definitively are Academy voters and are the largest group of all.

As previously announced by the ADG, Syd Mead, the “visual futurist” and concept artist known for his design contributions to science-fiction films such as Star-Trek: The Motion Picture, Aliens, and Blade Runner, has been named the recipient of the William Cameron Menzies Award.

Monday, December 09, 2019

45th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

Yesterday the so-called "most powerful" group of American voted their 2019 awards and unlike their east coast counterparts their top award went to Parasite which also collected best director and supporting actor plus was runner-up in two categories: screenplay and production design.

This marks the second year in a row that L.A. critics have named a film not in the English language as their year's best, and the fifth time in their 45-year history with all of those wins happening in the last 20 years: Roma in 2018, Amour in 2012, Letters From Iwo Jima in 2006, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000.

Last year LAFCA and NYFCC coincided in naming their best film of 2018, which has happen only 13 times in 45 years), both named Roma; but, this year they didn't and the only categories they coincide is Best Actor to Antonio Banderas and Best Cinematography to Portrait of a Lady in Fire.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

32nd European Film Awards Winners

Last night the European Film Academy had their awards ceremony which was able to watch it live on TV.  Do know that the concept of entertainment in Europe is different to the one that prevails in USA and yesterday was clearly evident for me as the ceremony production values were not that bad but there is so much producers should learn as there were many moments that were so much NOT entertainment and showed they sort of amateurish status.

Just as an example most presenters and award winners had no idea of what to do in the stage as a consequence on TV looked clumsy; but the most basic was unforgiving, NO presenter nor award winner should come down the stairs, NEVER, they should leave the stage by any side.  Worst was when camera was right in front of them, so basically they walk into the camera or so we watched on TV.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

2019 New York Film Critics Circle Award Winners

Yesterday the first major critics group announced their annual winners for current edition and there is no clear trend after Gotham and NBR announcemnts as winners are very dispersed, except for Parasite in foreign-language and The Irishman in best film.

Group is know for both honoring major Oscar players and also making unconventional and beloved choices; examples of the later is this year selecting Lupita Nyong'o for best actress or two-years ago selecting Tiffany Haddish for best supporting actress.

Below there is a quite interesting group of honorees as for example last year among the winners there were only two foreign language films (Roma and Cold War) while this year there are six films and all except two (Portrait of a Lady on Fire and I Lost My Body) are submission to Oscars International Feature Film category; as well as, one (Honeyland) is also for consideration in the Oscars Documentary category and another (I Lost My Body) in the Animated Film category.  Group honored submissions from Senegal, Atlantique; South Korea, Parasite; North Macedonia, Honeyland; and, Spain, Pain and Glory.  Interesting and unexpected but I'm glad these movies are being honored by members of the American market as stimulates its local viewership.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

2019 National Board of Review Awards

Yesterday the NBR announced its winners and their choices gives us a brief sight into what current awards season could look like as we have to recall that the NBR is made up of film enthusiasts, industry professionals, academics and filmmakers which undoubtedly makes organization a quite interesting blend from all walks of life.

The 2019 awards continue the NBR's tradition of recognizing excellence in filmmaking, going back 110 years.  This year 285 films were viewed by a select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics, and students, many of which were followed by in-depth discussions with directors, actors, producers and screenwriters.

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