2017/2018 Key Dates
Film Critics: Today, January 17 winners from DenverFCS.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

#Oscars2018 LIVE Nominations

In about 5 hours, at 5:20am PST or 8:20am ET, the first part of the Oscars nominations will start.  The first part is available only via live stream as second part is when announcement go live in all USA network channels morning shows, after the 8:30am break.

65th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards Nominations

A few hours ago the Motion Picture Sounds Editors announced the nominations for the 2018 edition of the Golden Reel Awards.

Nominees represent the work of the world's most talented sound artists and their contribution to the past year's most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions.

The MPSE Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 24 categories encompassing feature films, television, animation, computer entertainment and student work; and covers the various areas of sound editing: Dialogue, ADR, Effects, Foley and Music.

Kathryn Bigelow will receive the Filmmaker Award and John P. Fasal will be presented the Career Achievement Award.  The awards ceremony will be on February 18th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Monday, January 22, 2018

24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

Yesterday evening the guild had their awards ceremony and for the first time ever had a host and was female as well as all award presenters.  So was a night of female actors, which I suppose goes well with all the demonstrations happening during the day all over the good old USA.

Obviously this female thing does not reflect the industry, which is still male dominated; but, it's time the country has a strong shift toward better equality as if trend goes there, then the rest of the world will follow sooner than later.  Sigh.

All right, enough of non-cinema related comments.  We know Actors guild is the largest of all and the one that has more Academy voters, so all eyes were fixed into what guild members will do and seems Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri as well as Frances McDormand have increased their chances to win top AMPAS awards.  As a matter of fact and according to what we have learn with PGA and SAG winners, it seems like Oscars male actor is lock while best picture could be a race between The Shape of Water and Three Billboards outside Ebbing and best actress a close race between Sally Hawkins and Frances McDormand.  Still coming are DGA awards and then we will get an idea of what could happen with the best director category.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

29th Producers Guild of America Awards Winners

Last night the guild had their awards ceremony and as expected (by me) The Shape of Water won top award to absolutely improve its chances to get AMPAS maximum honor.

Same happens to Coco in animation and Jane in documentary; but still hope Oscar documentary category will include that French doc everyone is talking about.  Sigh.

Biggest surprises came in the TV categories as even when honors were given to great shows (ones that behave like long-form-films) like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Handmaid's Tale, will not deny my surprise with the winner of the Non-Fiction category, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Sigh.

Friday, January 19, 2018

20th Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominations

Recently the CDG announced their nominees for the annual awards which celebrate excellence in film, television, and short-form Costume Design.

I would like to congratulate all of the nominees of the 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards. As we commemorate the 20th year of the CDGA, we are so proud of the legacy Costume Designers have created for the Film and Television industry. We look forward to celebrating the art of Costume Design and our honorees at our awards gala on February 20, 2018,” said Salvador Perez, President of the Costume Designers Guild Local #892.

The Career Achievement Award will be presented to Joanna Johnston; the Distinguished Collaborator Award goes to Guillermo del Toro and the Distinguished Service Awards goes to Maggie Schpak.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

16th Annual VES Awards Nominations

Yesterday the Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the nominees for the 2018 edition of the awards that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games plus the VFX supervisors.

Nominees in 24 categories were selected by VES members via events hosted by 10 of its Sections, including Australia, Bay Area, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington.

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!

The Visual Effects Society Student Award recognizes the stellar work of emerging VFX artists worldwide, and we're proud to sponsor the award again. Each year, the submissions grow more impressive, and we’re excited to collaborate with the VES to recognize, applaud and celebrate this year’s talented nominees,"said Amy Bunszel, Autodesk Senior Vice President, Design & Creation Products.

30th Annual Scripter Award

The USC Libraries have named the finalists for the 30th Annual USC Scripter Award.  As has been announced in this particular competitive year, voting resulted in ties for film and television categories.

Due to a three-way tie in the nomination round, the writers of seven films and the works on which the films are based will compete for the honors this year.

Chaired by USC professor and past president of the Writers Guild of America, West, Howard Rodman, the 2018 Scripter selection committee selected the finalists from a field of 91 film and 28 television adaptations.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

23rd Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Winners

Last night the film critic's group had their awards ceremony and no, wasn't able to watch live but seems ceremony was business as usual with nothing relevant happening.

As expected The Shape of Water won top award and the most of the night, four; perhaps what was unexpected is Sally Hawkins not winning in the actress category.

As was announced before, Gal Gadot received the #SeeHer Award presented by the Association of National Advertisers in conjunction with the CW Network.  Gadot accepted the award from her Wonder Woman director, Patty Jenkins. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

70th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards Nominations

Yesterday DGA President, Thomas Schlamme, announced the five nominees for the two guild's feature film categories honored each year.

"2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the DGA Awards, and filmmaking has reached new heights with each passing year. These nominees embody the excellence that comes to life when unique vision, craft and skill come together in pursuit of masterful storytelling," said Schlamme. "Being nominated by their peers is what makes this award especially meaningful for directors, and I congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding work."

To refresh our memory let me share that for first feature-length film category eligible directors must have released their film theatrically in Los Angles or New York in 2017.  Foreign films are eligible and the director does not need to be a DGA member.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

54th Cinema Audio Society Awards Nominations

Yesterday CAS announced the nominees for the 2018 edition of the awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing.  The award is given in seven categories and also announced the Outstanding Product nominations.

"The CAS would like to congratulate all our nominees for their fine work in 2017. The standard of excellence from our creative community is on display for all to hear and we are delighted to be blessed with this year’s wealth of wonderful work,” said Mark Ulano, CAS President.

The Awards will be presented at a sealed envelope dinner on February 24th in the Bunker Hill Ballroom of the OMNI Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. During the awards the highest honor of the CAS, the CAS Career Achievement Award, will be presented to Re-recording Mixer Anna Behlmer, the CAS Filmmaker Award will be given to Joe Wright and the Edward J. Greene Award for the Advancement of Sound will be presented to Tomlinson Holman, CAS. The Student Recognition Award winner will also be named and receive a $2500 prize.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

32nd ASC Awards Nominations

A few minutes ago the American Society of Cinematographers unveils nominees in all five comptetitive categories for the current edition of the ASC Awards for Outstanding Cinematography.  The winners will be revealed at the organization's February 17 ceremony, which will be emceed this year by Ben Mankiewicz.  The event will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Four cinematographers selected as this year's ASC Awards honorees were previously announced with Russell Carpenter receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Russell Boyd the International Award, Alan Caso the Career Achievement in Television Award and Stephen Lighthill the President Award.  The 2017 Board of Governors Award honoree -a non-cinematographer selected for their contributions to filmmaking- will be announced later this month.

2018 BAFTA Awards Nominations

Yesterday the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for their current edition that honors films released during 2017 and while many say there are not much surprises, my spontaneous reaction was that there are some surprises.  Perhaps more noticeable is the inclusion of Stars Don't Die in Liverpool which until now, gathered almost no buzz or honors in the running awards season and no doubt The Post snub is also very noticeable.

Every year there are some differences between BAFTA and Oscar nominations as even when both honor English-language films, British Academy members tend to favor British films above American films, well, perhaps more clearly, American independent films.  This year is no exception as Get Out and Lady Bird were snubbed from film top categories and got nominations only for actors; believe this could and should be different when Oscar nominations are known by the end of this month.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners

Ceremony was too-rush for my taste as in the beginning winners could do long acceptance speeches but as show went on jokes/funny-moments started to disappear and long-faced presenters just read nominees and called the winner. Then, the all-black red carpet plus black ballroom look felt in two extreme senses, one: very-elegant and two: a funeral. Viewers decided which side suited best their feelings. Me saw elegance.

Many tend to forget the Globes are given by journalists and NOT by movie makers, the greatest thing HFPA has is that used to give a very-entertaining, fun-to-watch show that many enjoyed for the entertainment value and not for who won the infamous awards which throughout the years have more scandals than "credibility". Nevertheless, as many winners mentioned in their acceptance speech, the group managed to elect a female president and believe that's their greatest achievement in current anniversary edition.

Friday, January 05, 2018

2018 Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Nominations

The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) have announced nominations for outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater during 2017. Winners will be honored at the black-tie annual MUAHS Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live, hosted by Comedienne Loni Love.

The announcement was made by MUAHS President Sue Cabral-Ebert.  “Congratulations to all the nominees who should be very proud of their extraordinary creations! We had a record number of artisan entries this year, and we look forward to celebrating their unique achievements and exceptional bodies of work,” said Cabral-Ebert.

As previously announced, legendary Academy Award nominated actor Gary Oldman will be honored with the 2018 Distinguished Artisan Award. Oscar winning Make-Up Artist Greg Cannom  and Emmy Winning Hair Stylist Mary Guerrero will receive the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. Additional awards will honor nominees for outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater.

2018 Writers Guild Awards Nominations

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2017. Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 11, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2017 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Writers Guild of Ireland, Writers’ Guild of South Africa, New Zealand Writers Guild, Film Writers’ Association (India), La Guilde Francaise des Scénaristes (France), Scriptwriters Guild of Israel, Société des Auteurs de Radio, Télévision et Cinéma (Québec), or Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (VDD/Germany), collectively known as affiliate Guilds. Theatrical screenplays produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild must have been submitted for Writers Guild Awards consideration.

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