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2017 Academy Awards Winners - 'Moonlight' & Damien Chazelle Win

2017 Academy Awards Winners

The 89th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with the esteemed Jimmy Kimmel as our host of the show this year. There are nine fantastic Best Picture nominees, and I'm looking forward to finally knowing who wins. It has been a very exciting, but also a challenging year in 2016. The big battle seems to be between La La Land and Moonlight. It's finally time to find out who is taking home all the Oscars, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight - refresh for all updates.

PICTURE:
Moonlight
Moonlight
DIRECTOR:
Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle for
La La Land
ACTOR:
Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck for
Manchester by the Sea
ACTRESS:
Emma Stone
Emma Stone for
La La Land

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2017 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

 Posted February 26 in Awards, Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

Read the Joint Statement from the Foreign-Language Oscar Nominees

Asghar Farhadi

Let their voices be heard! This is important. We try to keep politics out of the discussion here on FS, but this statement deserves our undivided attention. And I stand by and support all of these filmmakers and their message. Just in time for the Academy Awards this weekend, the filmmakers behind the five nominated Best Foreign-Language Films have released a joint statement. The statement condemns the ridiculous Muslim Travel Ban in America and allows them to express their sympathetic feelings towards human rights and a desire to support all people no matter where they're from or the color of their skin or what religion they choose to follow. It makes it even more powerful that all of these filmmakers came together to say this.

 Posted February 26 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

'Moonlight' Sweeps with 6 Major Wins at the 2017 Indie Spirit Awards

2017 Indie Spirit Awards - Barry Jenkins

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 they usually don't receive - celebrating their 32nd year. The 2017 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Moonlight, winning six awards total in almost all of the categories it was nominated in, including Best Director (go Barry Jenkins!), Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. This seems like a strong message to the Academy about how great this films is, even if it doesn't win any Oscars. Read on for the list of Indie Spirit Awards results.

 Posted February 26 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

'Arrival' & 'Moonlight' Win Best Screenplays at the 2017 WGA Awards

WGA Awards - Eric Heisserer

With just one week to go until the Academy Awards, the Writers Guild of America has announced the winners of the 2017 WGA Awards. Last year, the big WGA winners were Spotlight (Original), written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, as well as The Big Short (Adapted), written by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; plus Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief winning the award for Best Documentary. What have fellow writers determined to be the best scripts of 2016? The big winners are Arrival (Adapted), written by Eric Heisserer adapted from Ted Chiang's short story, and Moonlight (Original), written by Barry Jenkins. I'm so happy for both of these outstanding films! Congrats to both.

 Posted February 20 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

Berlinale 2017 Awards: Enyedi's 'On Body and Soul' Wins Golden Bear

Berlinale 2017 Awards

As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 67th Berlin Film Festival just ended (my own recap is coming soon), and the winners were announced at the Closing Ceremony, including the winner of the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film. That top prize was given to a film called On Body and Soul, described as an "unusual love story set in the everyday world", directed by Hungarian filmmaker Ildikó Enyedi (seen above). Oddly, I missed most of the big winners this year, except for the Polish film Spoor, which was one of my favorites of the fest (read my review). I'm also happy with A Fantastic Woman getting some recognition. Read on for all the winners.

 Posted February 19 in Awards, Berlinale, Movie News | Comments

'La La Land' & 'I, Daniel Blake' Win Top Prizes at 2017 BAFTA Awards

2017 BAFTA Awards

Last night, the United Kingdom had their big night for Hollywood at the 70th BAFTA Awards, honoring the best in film from last year (2016). These awards don't really have a major influence on the Oscars, but it's always interesting to see who our friends across the pond select as the winners. The two big winners are La La Land as Best Film, and I, Daniel Blake as Best British Film, both of these were expected to win. Emma Stone and Casey Affleck won the main acting awards. Last year, it was The Revenant and Brooklyn taking home the two big awards, for reference. The set of winners this time once is very diverse, with pretty much every excellent film from 2016 taking home something. Read on for the full list of 2017 winners below.

 Posted February 12 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

Damien Chazelle & Garth Davis Win the 2017 Directors Guild Awards

Directors Guild Awards

Two big wins for two young directors. Over the weekend, the 69th Annual DGA Awards were announced. As expected, La La Land director Damien Chazelle won the main prize for Best Director, meaning he'll likely go on to win the Oscar. Lion director Garth Davis won the award for Best First Feature. The Directors Guild Awards are one of the top awards in Hollywood, and it's exciting to see Damien Chazelle win. This is is his first nomination, and his first win, despite getting lots of attention for Whiplash he didn't make the cut that year. I'm surprised to see Davis win for Lion, but Lion seems to be the sleeper favorite in Hollywood that many people are voting for. Congrats to both Damien and Garth, both first time nominees and winners.

 Posted February 6 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

A Beautiful Video Compilation of Every Best Cinematography Winner

Best Cinematography Winner

This is splendid. YouTube channel Burger Fiction has put together a beautiful compilation video of every Best Cinematography winner at the Oscars from 1927 to 2015, when it was award to Emmanuel Lubezki of The Revenant, a back-to-back win after Birdman. For admirers of cinematography, this is a breathtaking and awe-inspiring video. And it just makes me want to watch everything all over again. From Cleopatra, The Thief Of Bagdad, Ben-Hur, Doctor Zhivago, Dance With Wolves, Braveheart, The Aviator, Couching Tiger Hidden Dragon, There Will Be Blood to Inception, there's so many excellent films awarded in this category.

 Posted February 3 in Awards, Feat, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Stunning Supercut of All the 2017 Academy Award Nominees

2017 Academy Award Nominees

The countdown is on! We're only 24 days away from the Academy Awards ceremony, where we'll see if Damien Chazelle's La La Land takes home all the big prizes or not. To celebrate the Oscar season, Canada's Cineplex movie theater chain put together this excellent supercut video featuring footage from all of the different movies nominated for Academy Awards this year. This is essentially another retrospective looking back at the movies of 2016, featuring footage from the best of the best of last year. If there's something you don't recognize, make it your top priority to catch up and watch whatever films you haven't seen yet. Enjoy.

 Posted February 2 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

'Hidden Figures', Emma Stone & Mahershala Ali Win 2017 SAG Awards

2017 SAG Awards

With the Sundance Film Festival wrapped up in Utah, Hollywood took over to announce the Screen Actors Guild Awards winners. The SAG Awards honor the greatest performances from 2016, as chosen by other actors which means this is one of the most definitive lists of the best on-screen performances. Actors know their profession better than anyone and are very particular about good performances. This year, Denzel Washington won for Fences, taking home his first SAG Award after four nominations. The very talented Mahershala Ali also won for Best Supporting Actor in Moonlight, which makes me very happy. Emma Stone and Viola Davis were the big winners on the Best Female Actor side of things. Full list found below.

 Posted January 29 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

Sundance 2017 Awards: 'Dina' & 'Chasing Coral' Are Big Doc Winners

Sundance Film Festival

The official awards for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at a ceremony in Park City. We've been patiently waiting to see who won the awards at Sundance this year, and now we know - it's a solid mix of winners across the board, and no double Audience Award & Grand Jury winners (as has been the case the past few years). The big Audience Award winners are: Chasing Coral, the documentary about coral bleaching from Jeff Orlowski; and Crown Heights from Matt Ruskin, the feature film telling the true story of an innocent man being locked up for 20 years for a murder he did not commit. The documentary Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower also won an Audience Award. Read on for the full list from 2017.

 Posted January 29 in Awards, Movie News, Sundance 17 | Comments

Check Out the Official Trailer for the 89th Academy Awards Ceremony

89th Academy Awards Trailer

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 26th, one month from now. The Academy has released an official trailer, just a fun 60-second TV spot, to hype up the ceremony and entice movie lovers to tune in. The trailer mostly features clips from all of the Oscar nominated movies, but it's still an exciting little teaser to remind you that we'll be finding out the winners of Hollywood's most prestigious awards soon enough. I have a good feeling that La La Land is going to win Best Picture, but I'm still excited to watch the Oscars and find out who actually ends up taking home golden statues. Who are you rooting for?

 Posted January 27 in Awards, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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