Todd Phillips' 'Joker' Wins Golden Lion at the 2019 Venice Film Festival

Joker Venice

Send in the clowns. The 76th Venice Film Festival wrapped up this weekend on the Lido, and the awards were handed out. The top prize at Venice is a Golden Lion (in honor of the iconic lion that is the symbol of the city) and it's one of the greatest achievements in cinema, along with the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. This year's big winner is Joker, the dark, gnarly, unlike-anything-before-it audacious comic book movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as the green-haired Gotham City villain. Other winners include an Italian actor named Luca Marinelli, who stars in the title role of Martin Eden, a major film which many critics loved here. And the young actor from the Australian film Babyteeth, named Toby Wallace, even though his co-star Eliza Scanlen didn't win (though she deserved to share this with him). All the winners are amusing and it makes me laugh because they're bold choices. The full list of Venezia 76 winners can be found below.

Cannes 2019 Awards: Bong Joon-ho's Film 'Parasite' Wins Palme D'Or

Bong Joon-ho's Parasite - Cannes 2019

The Korean master takes top prize! Winners of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes, France this weekend. The big winner this year is acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, whose new film Parasite won the Palme out of 21 other films in competition. It's one of my favorite films of the festival (read my review), and pretty much everyone here loved it. There was a big cheer from the crowd when it won! One of my other favorites, Ladj Ly's Les Miserables (read my review) took home the Grand Prix third place prize tied with Brazilian thriller Bacurau, and Céline Sciamma's incredible film Portrait of a Lady on Fire won Best Screenplay - though it should've picked up more than just this, maybe even Palme. All the 2019 winners are listed below.

The First Word Podcast - The 2019 Academy Awards, feat. Clayton Davis

The First Word - 2019 Academy Awards

"I want to thank the Academy for recognizing a film centered around an indigenous woman… a character that had been historically relegated to the background in cinema, as artists our job is to look where others don't." After the Academy Awards this past weekend, we recap the winners and nominees and chat about the big awards show. Download our latest episode of The First Word podcast now, featuring special guest Clayton Davis from the website Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. In this Oscars recap episode, we analyze all the awards along with a great discussion about how voting works and how voters are influenced. Listen below.

2019 Academy Awards Winners - Alfonso Cuarón Wins Best Director

2019 Academy Awards

The 91st 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 no host this year, as they couldn't work it out. There are eight Best Picture nominees, and I'm anxious to finally find out who wins - we expect some surprises and upsets, and hopefully some sweet victories. It has been a very tumultuous awards season, with all kinds problems and controversies. But now it's 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 updates.

Green Book
Green Book directed by Peter Farrelly
Alfonso Cuarón - Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón
for Roma
Rami Malek - Best Actor
Rami Malek from Bohemian Rhapsody
Olivia Colman - Best Actress
Olivia Colman from
The Favourite

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2019 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.

'If Beale Street Could Talk' Wins Best Film at 2019 Indie Spirit Awards

2019 Indie Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indie films which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don't receive - celebrating their 34th year. The 2019 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The main winner this year was Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, winning Best Director and Best Film, the two top prizes. The rest of the nominees from 2018 included many of the best films and performances from last year, a much better selection than the Academy Awards or pretty much anything else. These are always a nice counter-balance to the Oscars, especially this year with a great mix of smaller films getting recognized. Read on for the list of Indie Spirit Awards results.

Watch: Oscar Nominees Mash-Up to Recap the 2018 Awards Season

Oscar Nominees Mash-Up 2018

The Academy Awards ceremony is just around the corner! As we near the end of the 2018 awards season, it's time for one final look back at the movies that have earned all the acclaimed and all the nominations. Our friend and famed video editor Louis Plamondon, aka the "Sleepy Skunk", has launched his annual (see last year's video) supercut / mash-up video featuring all (or most of) the Oscar nominated films from 2018. This lively recap gives us one final good look at the 2019 Academy Awards and all of the acclaimed, exciting, masterful, inspiring, empowering films from last year that are being honored. I'm partial to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Roma, The Favourite, If Beale Street Could Talk, and First Man, so I'm placing my bets and hoping these films take home the Oscars on Sunday. Until then, feast your eyes on this.

 Posted February 22 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

Nadav Lapid's Satire 'Synonyms' Wins Golden Bear at Berlinale 2019

Berlinale 2019 Golden Bear

As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 69th Berlin Film Festival is finishing up, and the winners were revealed at the Closing Ceremony, including the winner of the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film. That top prize was given to a film called Synonyms, directed by Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid (seen above), regarded by most critics as the best of the fest anyway. It's a French-Israeli dramatic satire set in Paris that's about the difficulties of immigration and integration. Other big winners include François Ozon's By the Grace of God about abusive priests, and the documentary Talking About Trees covering Sudanese cinema. Full list of the winners below.

Sundance 2019 Awards: 'Brittany Runs' Wins Over the Festival Crowd

Sundance Film Festival

The official awards for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival were announced this weekend at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. We've all been curious to see who's taking home awards at Sundance this year, and now we know - it's not many of the films most people have been buzzing about. Like last year. These are unexpected but nonetheless worthy picks from audiences and each jury. The big Audience Award winners are: Brittany Runs a Marathon, about an overweight young woman who pushes herself to train for the NYC Marathon, starring Jillian Bell; Knock Down the House, a documentary about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other underdog politicians; and The Infiltrators, a doc-feature hybrid about children detention centers. Other winners include filmmakers Joanna Hogg, Chinonye Chukwu, and Nanfu Wang. View all the winners below.

91st Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2018

Oscar Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 91st Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning via live broadcast. This has been one of the most controversial and frustrating awards seasons in a long time, with so many great films going unrecognized - but these Oscar nominations are surprisingly solid. There's no need to spend any more time introducing, let's get right into it! This year, The Academy selected a total of eight Best Picture nominees, including: Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Roma, and A Star is Born. Rami Malek also got a nod. Without further ado, here's the full list of nominees.

2019 Golden Globe Awards Winners - 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Wins Big

Golden Globes Winners

The winners of the HFPA's 76th 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 Sandra Oh & Andy Samberg. Hopefully the HFPA doesn't get too crazy with their picks this year. Our list below will be updated with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the broadcast. The nominees for 2018 are some of the most confusing yet, with category mix-ups (isn't A Star is Born a musical?) and snubs and odd choices, but at least they've highlighted some of the best films of the year. Let's find out who is taking home Globes.

 Posted January 6 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

2019 Golden Globes Nominees - 'A Star is Born', 'The Favourite', 'Vice'

Golden Globes

The list of nominations for the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2019), 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 crazier than usual, with musicals in the drama category, despite there being a musical category. Damien Chazelle's First Man only got a few nominations, but none of the big ones - a big upset. Obviously the HFPA loves A Star is Born, The Favourite, and Vice more than almost anything else, but they always have their favorites that they feature. Another odd year of picks but not that surprising for the HFPA.

Venice 2018: Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' Wins the Golden Lion Award

Roma Golden Lion

The 75th Venice Film Festival wrapped up this weekend on the Lido, and the awards were handed out. The top prize at Venice is a Golden Lion (in honor of the iconic lion that is the symbol of the city) and it's one of the greatest achievements in cinema, along with the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. This year's big winner is Alfonso Cuarón's Roma taking the Golden Lion, his epic new B&W drama that floats through Mexico in the 1970s, taking us back to his youth. This is also a big win for Netflix, which produced and will be releasing the film later this year. I was rooting for Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale to win, but it at least received a Special Jury Prize which makes me happy. The full list of Venezia 75 winners can be found below.




Alex's Top 10 - 2018
1. The Nightingale
2. Vox Lux
3. Into Spider-Verse
4. Shirkers
5. First Man
6. Old Man & Gun
7. M:I - Fallout
8. The Favourite
9. If Beale Street...
10. Blindspotting
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Adam's Top 10 - 2018
1. Upgrade
2. Annihilation
3. A Star is Born
4. Into Spider-Verse
5. BlacKkKlansman
6. Suspiria
7. Assass. Nation
8. Avengers: Inf. War
9. Bumblebee
10. Bad Times Royale
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