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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

89th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2016

Academy Awards Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 89th 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 via live broadcast and on their website. They've nominated many outstanding films, and lots of amazing performances from 2016, though there are always others that deserve recognition. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right into it! This year, The Academy selected a total of nine Best Picture nominees, including: La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Lion, Hidden Figures, and Hell or High Water. So without further ado, here is the full list of noms.

 Posted January 24 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

Chazelle, Davis, Jenkins, Lonergan & Villeneuve Land DGA Nominations

DGA Nominations - Denis Villeneuve

As we continue into the awards season in early 2017, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for the outstanding films of 2016. 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 2016, and they've chosen a very unique set of nominees this year. The biggest upset seems to be Garth Davis sneaking in a nomination for Lion, but I've seen Lion and it's a great film, though not one of my favorites. I'm very happy to see Dan Trachtenberg of 10 Cloverfield Lane getting a nomination, as well as Damien Chazelle, Denis Villeneuve & Barry Jenkins. Congrats to all! Full list below.

 Posted January 12 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

'La La Land' Leads the 2017 BAFTA Awards Nominations with 11 Total

BAFTA Awards 2017

With the Golden Globes out of the way, and the Oscar noms coming up, it's time for the Brits to reveal their favorites. The nominations for the 70th Annual BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) were announced today. The top film is La La Land, with a grand total of 11 nominations, followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals scoring nine nominations each. 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: Arrival, I, Daniel Blake, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. Five great films.

 Posted January 10 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

2017 Golden Globe Awards Winners - 'Moonlight' & 'La La Land' Win

Golden Globes Winners

The winners of the HFPA's 74th 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 late night comedian Jimmy Fallon. Hopefully this will be a lively show, as the HFPA can be quite boring. Our list below will be updated with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the live broadcast. The nominees featured a lots of great films from 2016, including Moonlight, La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge and Deadpool, of course, and I'm interested to find out which films/actors the HFPA fell for this time. Let's see who the winners are.

 Posted January 8 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

2017 Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include 'La La Land' & 'Deadpool'

WGA Nominations 2017 - Deadpool

The next set of 2016 awards nominees have been revealed. The WGA Awards nominations were unveiled today, featuring a very interesting set of films. Many of these are my favorite movies of the year anyway - between Damien Chazelle's La La Land, and Eric Heisserer's Arrival, and Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, we're pretty much set. But they also nominated a few other underrated scripts including Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick's Deadpool, Taylor Sheridan's fantastic crime thriller Hell or High Water, as well as Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures. As usual with the WGA, I'm impressed by the nominees, as the WGA is less about popularity and truly about quality. Check out the full list of film nominees below.

 Posted January 4 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

'Manchester by the Sea' Gets the Most 2017 SAG Awards Nominations

Screen Actors Guild Awards - Manchester by the Sea

The nominees for the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced today, putting awards season in full swing before along with the Global Globe nominations earlier this week. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are unique in that it's the actors themselves choose the best performances from amongst their peers. Last year's big winners were Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant and Brie Larson for Room. This year they've selected a very impressive set of notable films - including Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Fences, Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, plus a nice surprise appearance by Captain Fantastic in two categories.

 Posted December 14 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

2017 Golden Globes Nominees - 'La La Land', 'Moonlight' + 'Deadpool'

Golden Globes

The list of nominations for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2017), 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 impressive, but as always it's full of some wacky and eye-brow-raising picks, and a few snubs (of course - like Michael Shannon from, well, anything). The top nominees are Damien Chazelle's La La Land (with 7 noms), Barry Jenkins' Moonlight and Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea; with a surprise appearance from Deadpool. Another fascinating year of picks but not that surprising for the HFPA.

 Posted December 12 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

AFI's Top 10 Movies of 2016 - 'La La Land' & 'Arrival' Are on Their List

Arrival AFI List

We're now well into the awards season, so here we go with more best of the year picks. The American Film Institute (AFI) announced (via AFI.com) the official selections of AFI Awards 2016 – the awards season event favored by artists and entertainment executives for its intimacy and collaborative recognition – that records the year's most outstanding achievements in film. They've named 10 "Movies of the Year", including La La Land, Arrival, Moonlight, Hell or High Water, Silence, Sully and Disney's Zootopia. A diverse and impressive set of selections for 2016, proving there are indeed plenty of great films this year. Congrats to all.

 Posted December 9 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

Worth Watching: Chris Rock's Oscars Opening Monologue on Diversity

Chris Rock's Oscars Opening Monologue

"Otherwise known as the 'White People's Choice Awards.'" Last night's 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood was hosted by comedian/actor/filmmaker Chris Rock (hosting for his second time), which was rather perfect because the Oscars this year were clouded by some controversy surrounding diversity, or the lack there of, considering there were very few minority nominees. "This is the wildest, craziest, Oscars to ever host because you've got all this controversy - no black Oscar nominees," he started out by stating. Rock addresses the diversity issue, as well as being told to boycott, and then speaks about - very simply - what they want. "We want black actors to get the same opportunities - that's it." Watch below.

 Posted February 29 in Awards, Comedy, To Watch | Comments

2016 Academy Awards Winners - 'Spotlight' Tops + 'Leo' Gets His Gold

88th Academy Awards

The 88th 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 Chris Rock as our host of the show this year. With eight worthy Best Picture nominees, it should be exciting to find out which one is the big winner. It has been a very interesting year - no one knows for sure what will win, it could be anyone. Will Mad Max reign supreme or will Iñárritu top again? It's finally time to find out who is taking home an Oscar, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards. The full list below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
Spotlight
Spotlight directed
by Tom McCarthy
DIRECTOR:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
for The Revenant
ACTOR:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
for The Revenant
ACTRESS:
Brie Larson
Brie Larson
for Room

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2016 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 28 in Awards, Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

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