This is an awards season unlike any other. Last night, the 68th DGA Awards were held in Los Angeles and for the second year in a row, Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the top prize in feature filmmaking. Iñárritu won the DGA Award last year for directing Birdman, and won this year for directing The Revenant, which is still playing in theaters nationwide. Iñárritu won over industry favorites George Miller (of Mad Max: Fury Road) and Adam McKay (of The Big Short). Both of these guys could've/should've won and it would've been just as worthy. In addition to Iñárritu's, writer-turned-filmmaker Alex Garland won the inaugural award for Best First-Time Director for Ex Machina, which is the best new addition to the DGA Awards this year.
This year's Oscar race for Best Cinematography is really all about two of the finest cinematographers working today - Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, and Roger Deakins. While the rest of the nominees are also very talented, it will be one of these two taking home the golden statue. As an avid photographer, I have an immense appreciation and respect for the art of cinematography. There were some truly gorgeous films in 2015, including The Revenant which was shot using only natural light. This video mash-up features some of the very best shots from all five of this year's Best Cinematography nominees. It's breathtaking to watch.
As the Sundance Film Festival was wrapping up with its awards in Utah, Hollywood was abuzz announcing the Screen Actors Guild Awards winners. The SAG Awards honor the greatest performances from 2015, as chosen by other actors which means this is one of the most definitive lists of the best performances. Actors know their profession better than anyone. This year, Leonardo DiCaprio took home his first SAG Award for The Revenant (after four nominations), and actress Brie Larson also won her first SAG Award for the film Room. Both of these films are nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars as well. Read on for the full list.
The official awards for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at a ceremony in Park City. We've been anxiously awaiting the results of the awards at Sundance, and now we know who won big - The Birth of a Nation, the powerful directional debut of actor Nate Parker (read my review). The film won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize, which has been the case at Sundance for the last four years (last year Me & Earl & the Dying Girl won both). In addition, the other Audience Awards were the docs Jim: The James Foley Story and Sonita, and the film First Girl I Loved. Read on for the full list.
"This is how it happens, isn't it, Pete?" Just a few weeks ago, The Academy revealed the full list of nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards. This year there were eight films nominated for Best Picture, including two science fiction features, a Steven Spielberg movie, an expose on the 2008 financial collapse, and a couple of very powerful dramas. This video, made by Jacob T. Swinney, is just a recap of this year's nominations with clips edited to some good music. It even includes a David Bowie track, the same one from The Martian. But more than anything it's a wonderful look back at all of 2015's best film nominees. Have you seen all of them?
The complete list of nominees for the 88th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via oscar.go.com). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning live via online/television broadcast. They've nominated many outstanding films, and most of the standout performances of 2015, though there are always more. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right down to it! This year, The Academy selected a total of eight Best Picture nominee films, including: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight. So without further ado, here is the full list of 2016 Oscar noms.
As we continue into the awards season in early 2016, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for the outstanding films of 2015. Next up is the Directors Guild of America, one of the heavy weights and usually strong indicators of what's to come. The DGA announced nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2015, and they've chosen a near perfect set of nominees this year. To top it off, they announced an entirely new category - outstanding directorial achievement by first-time filmmakers, featuring some of my own favorite films this year: The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Son of Saul, Ex Machina, and The Gift. It's fantastic to see these films by budding filmmakers highlighted by the DGA. Full list below.
The winners of the HFPA's 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Academy Awards, have been announced tonight at a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel, hosted by the always hilarious Ricky Gervais. Hopefully he makes this night go by fast, as the HFPA can always be a bit boring. Our list below will be updated with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the live broadcast. The nominees featured a number of great films from 2015, but they had a few odd picks thrown in as usual, and I'm intrigued to find out which stories/actors the HFPA fell for this time. Find out who took home Globes!
With the Academy Award nominations coming up next week, it's time for the Brits to reveal their favorites first. The nominations for the 69th Annual BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) were announced today. The top films are Todd Haynes' Carol and Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, each rounding up a total of nine nominations. The BAFTAs have a large set of categories similar to the Oscars, and they always feature some very unique picks among the nominees. This year's Best Film line-up: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Revenant and Spotlight. Mad Max: Fury Road also received seven noms.
The next set of 2016 awards nominees have been revealed. The WGA Awards nominations were unveiled today, featuring a very diverse set of films from last year. Included among the nominees: Adam McKay's Wall Street underdog The Big Short, along with Ridley Scott's The Martian, and Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs, plus John McNamara's script for Trumbo in the adapted category. Plus on the original side they nominated the Coen Brothers' Bridge of Spies, along with Sicario, Spotlight, and surprisingly, Amy Schumer's Trainwreck. Some very interesting picks this time. Check out the list of film nominees below.
The list of nominations for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2016), the yearly precursor to the Academy Awards, have just been announced today - you can find all the film nominees below. The infamous Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees this morning from The Beverly Hilton. The selection this year is solid, but as always full of some wacky picks, and a few snubs. The top nominees are Todd Haynes' Carol, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant, and Jay Roach's Trumbo, picking up a few surprise noms same as the SAG Awards. Another interesting year of picks but not surprising for the HFPA.
The nominees for the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced today, putting awards season in full swing before the nominations for the Golden Globes are announced tomorrow morning. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are unique in that it's the actors themselves choose the best performances from amongst their peers. Last year it was Iñárritu's Birdman and The Theory of Everything battling for the top nominations, this year it's a very eclectic mix including the films Trumbo, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Brooklyn, Room and I Smile Back as the big highlights. Leonaro DiCaprio also gets a nom for The Revenant.
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that, this year, they might not receive at the Oscars. We love featuring these because there's always some gems to find. This is an excellent year of nominees, featuring a wide range of some of the best filmmaking of the year. The five Best Features alone: a stop-motion animated feature (Anomalisa), a film shot on an iPhone starring transsexuals (Tangerine), Todd Haynes' film about lesbian lovers (Carol), and the African fighters thriller (Beasts of No Nation). There's so many outstanding people featured this year, so take a look below. Read on for the list of noms.
"I'm not so sure you want to be me." It was an opportunity I couldn't pass - the chance to interview Jason Segel. He stars as the late author David Foster Wallace in one of my favorite films this year, The End of the Tour directed by James Ponsoldt. The film is about the actual end of his (book) tour, specifically the time David Foster Wallace spends with fellow writer/journalist David Lipsky, played in the film by Jesse Eisenberg. The two meet in winter and discuss all kinds of topics, and it's really a beautiful film about life and honesty, and still being real even though you may be brilliant, as with DFW. Segel gives a phenomenal, Oscar-worthy performance as David Foster Wallace - and I don't bat an eye saying that. I had to meet him.