Monday, February 22, 2016

20th Annual Satellite Awards Winners

Yesterday the International Press Academy had their awards ceremony and by now there are no big surprises with this group winners that gave top awards to Spotlight.

While reading the press release noticed perhaps the most interesting awards of the night with Best First Feature award going to Jayro Bustamente for Ixcanul and Breakthrough Performance to Jacob Tremblay in Room; also Amy Schumer won a special award for Breakthrough Comedian of the Year for Trainwreck.

Not that expected but well-deserved is the Best Actress award that went to Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn and glad that Alicia Vikander got the Best Supporting Actress award for her LEADING role in The Danish Girl. Ah! the group didn't broke the awards season trend where outstanding Carol is snubbed; well, let's be kind as comment that got one award for Carter Burwell as his original score in Carol. Sigh.

To read winners in all cinema categories plus TV categories go official site here. Winners are in *BLUE.

Yesterday the International Press Academy (IPA) announced its nominations for the 2015 edition of its annual Satellite Awards and here are some nominations for some of the 19 categories in motion pictures. As happens every year the award has too-many nominees per category, which serious industry pundits do not appreciate as seems like an effort to please everyone, unfortunately I tend to agree and this year will not be the exception, especially when in the TV categories Lady Gaga was nominated and social media went full force with the news. Sigh.

Nevertheless the group that includes American and foreign entertainment journalists in print, TV, radio, broadcast,and online outlets including critters, interviewers, bloggers and photographers chooses every year mostly popular, mainstream films and believe this year is no exception.

Special honors were announced for Spotlight, which will receive an Ensemble: Motion Picture Award; American Crime, Ensemble: TV; Trainwreck's Amy Schumer, an honorary Satellite for Breakthrough Comedian of the Year; and Jacob Tremblay for Room, Breakthrough Performance. In addition, the group will give its annual Tesla Award to Hive Lighting and its co-founders Robert Rutherford and Jon Edward Miller; its Auteur Award to director Robert M. Young; and its Humanitarian Award to filmmaker Spike Lee.

Seven (7) actors and six (6) actresses got nominations as well as ten (10) motion picture which I find too-many to reflect any possible trend in the current American awards season. Nevertheless list includes many of this awards season favorites. Leading the pack is The Martian with 9 nominations followed by Spotlight with 8, with 7 each Spectre and The Danish Girl, and with 5 each Bridge of Spies, Carol, Sicario and The Revenant.

Motion Pictures Categories

Motion Picture
The Big Short
Black Mass
Bridge of Spies
The Martian
The Revenant

Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
The Prophet
The Peanuts Movie
The Good Dinosaur
Shaun The Sheep Movie
*Inside Out

Motion Picture, Documentary
Where to Invade Next
*The Look of Silence
The Hunting Ground
He Named Me Malala
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
Cartel Land
Best of Enemies
Becoming Bulletproof

Motion Picture, International Film
The Throne, South Korea
The Second Mother, Brazil
The High Sun, Croatia
The Brand New Testament, Belgium
The Assassin, Taiwan
*Son of Saul, Hungary
Labyrinth of Lies, Germany
Goodnight Mommy, Austria
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Sweden

Lenny Abrahamson for Room
Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant
Tom Hooper for The Danish Girl
*Thomas McCarthy for Spotlight
Ridley Scott for The Martian
Steven Spielberg for Bridge of Spies

Cate Blanchett in Carol
Blythe Danner in I'll See You in My Dreams
Brie Larson in Room
Carey Mulligan in Suffragette
Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years
*Saorise Ronan in Brooklyn

Actress in a Supporting Role
Elizabeth Banks in Love & Mercy
Jane Fonda in Youth
Rooney Mara in Carol
Rachel McAdams in Spotlight
*Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs

Matt Damon in The Martian
Johnny Depp in Black Mass
*Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs
Tom Hardy in Legend
Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl
Will Smith in Concussion

Actor in a Supporting Role
*Christian Bale in The Big Short
Paul Dano in Love & Mercy
Benicio Del Toro in Sicario
Michael Keaton in Spotlight
Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight
Sylvester Stallone in Creed

To check nominees in other Motion Pictures categories as well as in TV categories go to official site here.  The Awards ceremony will be on February 21st, 2016 in Century City, California.

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