Sunday, February 18, 2018

32nd ASC Awards Winners

Last night the group had their awards ceremony and well, yes they went with the predictable as top award was for Roger Deakins.

Angelina Jolie was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award and the other three Awards Honorees were announced previously and are detailed below.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go official site here.

Friday, February 16, 2018

16th Annual VES Awards Winners

Last Tuesday February 13 the Visual Effects Society held the awards ceremony that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues.

Patton Oswalt sever as host for the 7th to the guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate talent in 24 awards categories.

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige presented the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to acclaimed producer-writer-director Jon Favreau.  Academy-Award winning producer Jon Landau presented the Georges Méliès Award to Academy Award-winning visual effects master Joe Letteri.

The well-deserved film categories big winners of the night, War for the Planet of the Apes and Coco collected each four awards.

Wish VES top winner goes to win category Oscar as film absolutely deserves recognition for how much is changing visual effects in film; but, wonder if the Academy will recognize it as most pundits predict front-runner is Blade Runner 2049 which has fantastic visual effects BUT in my book is time to Planet of the Apes to win.

2018 Writers Guild Awards Winners

Both branches of the writers guild announced on February 11th the winners of the 2018 edition with awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio/audio, promotional, and graphic animation categories at concurrent ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York City and The Beberly Hilton in Los Angeles.

The WGAE ceremony was hosted by writer and comic Amber Ruffin and Tracy Morgan and Rachel Dratch presented an honorary East Coast award to Tina Fey and Robert Carlock with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence and Mentorship. Ken Burns presented the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement to his long-time collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward.  Courtney Simon presented the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guil to Hamilton Nolan.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

30th Annual Scripter Award Winners

The authors and screenwriters behind the film Call Me by Your Name and the television The Handmaid's Tale received the 2018 USC Libraries Scripter Award in the February 10th ceremony at USC's Doheny Memorial Library.

In the film category, the winners were writer André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name, and screenwriter-director James Ivory, who adapted Aciman’s work for the screen.

In her welcoming remarks, USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan paid tribute to the legacy of the Scripter Awards, “Scripter is celebrating its 30th birthday, and whether it’s your first Scripter or your thirtieth, I am grateful to everyone who has supported this fine, enduring Trojan tradition.

USC Provost Michael Quick hailed the importance of libraries. “More than places where students have a space to learn and faculty have collections from which to launch their scholarship, libraries are the core for what we stand for in higher education,” he said.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

68th Berlinale Complete Lineup - Final

Today post becomes final as have checked all films, feature and shorts, with those published in Berlinale official site to make the list accurate to what will happen at the festival in a few days.

There are some interesting movies but no movie has call more my attention than the movie from Paraguay, the first one ever to compete for the Golden Bear, as I'm very curious to find why film called the attention of fest organizers, enough to place it in the main Competition.  Also is the one film that has clear lesbian interest and of course, becomes must-be-seen for me.  Let's hope film surprises many and maybe collects awards.

According to available trailers and/or film stills, seems there are films that suggest to have awesome visuals which is usual among films in the Berlinale as well as the "strange" (weird) films especially in the Forum section.  Perhaps the most surprising is to find great directors in the Panorama and Forum sections and not in the Competion (competing, out of the competion or special screening); so, will pay attention to why Kim ki-duk, Sergei Loznitsa, Santiago Loza, Corneliu Porumboiu, Claire Simon and others are not honored with a better section to decide if will watch films or not.  Sigh.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

32nd Teddy Award Lineup

The 32nd Teddy Award is presented within the framework of the Berlin International Film Festival from February 15 to 25, 2018. For 32 years the award has been rewarding movies and filmmakers, who, by engaging with queer topics, contribute to more tolerance, equality, acceptance and diversity in the society.  Prizes are awarded in the following categories:  Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film, Jury Award and the Manschaft Magazin Readers Award

Again this year Dieter Kosslick, Berlinale Director, did a remarkable introduction to Teddy Award Program guide and here is an excerpt.

Teddy #32: People. Dignity. Rights.
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."  As often an unwillingly as this sentence - the first article of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed 70 years ago -may be forgotten: there is nothing that we must defend more than people, their dignity and their rights.  ...

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

23rd Prix Lumières Winners

Last night at the Institut du monde arabe in Paris, the International Press had their awards ceremony and believe there were no surprises as 120 battements par minute swept the awards by collecting six out of the six nominations, which indeed is a clean sweep!

As expected, Jeanne Balibar won the Best Actress for her performance in Barbara and notabl, Visage, Villages won Best Documentary with the presence of Agnes Varda who said, she was in Paris for this event while JR was in Los Angeles for the Oscars Luncheon (yes, JR took Varda's full size cardboard to the Oscars to became the Toast of the event! - and Meryl Streep was amused and left her in a fit of giggles -lol-).

32nd Goya Award Winners

Last Saturday was the annual Goya awards gala and no, didn't watched live as was expecting what always happens, films I don't like win awards ... sigh.

Well, this year I was wrong as out-of-the-blue the big winner of the night became a film I haven't seen but definitively will love to watch as I see everything by Isabel Coixet, especially when the male lead belongs to an actor I highly enjoy his performances, Bill Nighy. By-the-way, The Bookshop will have its international premiere at the 2018 Berlinale as a Special Gala.

8th Les Magritte du Cinéma Award Winners

Last Saturday was the annual awards ceremony of the award that honors Belgian cinema released during 2017 and a milestone event happened, as is the first time a film has 6 nominations and wins 6 awards.  The second film by Philippe Van Leeuw, Insyriated, won the top award and five more, including Best Director for Van Leeuw.

Insyriated premiered at 2017 Berlinale in the Panorama section where won the Label Europa Cinemas award and the award that suggests audience acceptance, the first place in the Panorama Audience Awards.  Starring none other than one of my most favorite actresses, Hiam Abbass, tells the following story:

70th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards Winners

Last Saturday the guild had their awards ceremony with Judd Apatow as host and as many expected, Guillermo del Toro won the top award for his master work in The Shape of Water.  There is little doubt del Toro now becomes the Oscars frontrunner for both best director and best film categories, especially after a while back film also earned the PGA top award.

For those that enjoy statistics, since the award inception 70 years ago, only in seven, yes only 7 occasions the guild top award winner didn't also won the directing Oscar.

Oscars Class of 2018

More than 175 Oscar nominees came together at noon on Monday, February 5, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Timothée Chalamet, Sally Hawkins, Daniel Kaluuya, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep attended the pre-Oscars event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Mary J. Blige, Willem Dafoe, Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Laurie Metcalf, Sam Rockwell and Octavia Spencer also join the celebratory lunch.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

43rd César Awards Nominations

Today Alain Terzian, President of the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques and Many Payet, awards ceremony host, announced during a breakfast press conference at Fouquet's restaurant on the Champs-Elysees in Paris the nominees for the 2018 edition of the awards that honor films released during 2017.

Terzain congratulated Agnes Varda for her honorary Oscar and also her nomination in the best documentary category with Faces Places.  He also praised 2017 as a great year for French cinema abroad and unveiled a new award this year, the Audience Award (César du Public) that will be given to the film with more tickets sold in cinemas during a 10-week period in 2017.

Monday, January 29, 2018

22nd Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Winners

Two nights ago the guild announced the winners for the 2018 edition of these annual awards that honor production design in 11 categories of film television, commercials, music videos and, for the first time, animation features.

ADG President Nelson Coates and Art Directors Council Chair Mark Worthington presided over the awards ceremony with comedian Jonathan Fernandez serving as host.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories check press release at official site here (pdf file).

68th Annual ACE EDDIE Awards Winners

A couple of days ago the ACE society had their awards ceremony and perhaps the biggest surprise is to have I, Tonya winning an editing award as believe there was nothing outstanding in film when it came to editing, sigh.

More expected Dunkirk collected the Dramatic award which paves a road to an Oscar win in the editing category.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories, go official site here.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

90th Academy Awards Nominations

Recently AMPAS announced the nominations for the 2018 edition of the Oscars honoring films released in 2017.  The announcement was made by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis; Haddish performance was not really adequate to be reading the most famous, most expected award nominations where names mean everything for those being honored with an Oscar nomination.

Nevertheless, Haddish and Serkis announced online the nominees in 11 categories at 5:22am PT, with pre-taped category introductions by Academy members Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson and Michelle Yeoh. Haddish and Serkis announced online and live TV in many countries of the world, the remaining 13 categories at 5:38 a.m. PT.

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