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Guillermo del Toro & Jordan Peele Win Top 2018 Directors Guild Awards

Directors Guild Awards Awards

Over the weekend, the winners of the 70th Annual DGA Awards were announced in Los Angeles. Continuing his awards streak, Guillermo del Toro was this year's bigger winner, taking home the main prize for Best Director of The Shape of Water (he also won Best Director at the Golden Globes, as well as Best Film at the Producers Guild Awards). In addition to del Toro, Get Out director Jordan Peele won the award for Best First Feature. And City of Ghosts director Matthew Heineman won the award for Best Documentary. The Directors Guild Awards are one of the top awards in Hollywood, and it's exciting to see these two talented filmmakers winning. Congrats to both Guillermo and Jordan, both outstanding winners for their fine films.

'Burden' & 'The Sentence' Win the Audience Awards at Sundance 2018

Sundance Film Festival

The official awards for the 2018 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 not any of the films we expected. This seems to be one of the oddest sets of winners in years, but that's the way it goes. The big Audience Award winners are: Burden, a story about a former Klansman being taken in by a Reverend starring Garrett Hedlund & Forest Whitaker, from director Andrew Heckler; The Sentence, a documentary by Rudy Valdez; and Search, the computer screen film (read my review) directed by Aneesh Chaganty. Other major winners include filmmakers Desiree Akhavan, Sara Colangelo, Christina Choe, Reed Morano, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Bing Liu, Derek Doneen, and Gustav Möller. View the full list from 2018.

Watch This: Lovely Supercut of the 2018 Academy Award Nominees

2018 Academy Award Nominees Video

The countdown is on! We're now 39 days away from the Academy Awards ceremony, where we'll see if Three Billboards or The Shape of Water or maybe even Get Out wins the top prize in Hollywood. With the nominations revealed earlier this week (you can view the full list here), our friend Louis Plamondon aka "Sleepy Skunk" has put together a supercut video made exclusively for Cineplex recapping all of the major nominees. I'm very glad they included all of the Best Foreign Language Films in this as well, as they deserve the recognition, too. My #1 favorite film of 2017 was Call Me By Your Name and I am overjoyed that it was nominated for Best Picture, but I'm happy with all the others, too. This should be an exciting Oscars show.

 Posted January 24 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

90th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2017

Oscar Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 90th 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. They've nominated many of the best films, and lots of terrific performances from 2017, though there are always more that deserve recognition. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, let's get right into it! This year, The Academy selected a total of nine Best Picture nominees, including: Get Out, Lady Bird, Dunkirk, and Phantom Thread. History was also made with the first female Best Cinematography nominee ever. So without further ado, here's the full list of noms.

Frances McDormand & Gary Oldman Big Winners of 2018 SAG Awards

2018 SAG Awards

We're full swing into the awards season, with the big ones being handed out before the Academy Awards countdown. The 24th annual SAG Awards honor the greatest performances from 2017, 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, Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the entire awards, picking up four big wins in total - including the Best Ensemble. This is an impressive feat, but also a bit depressing, because I feel the awards should've been spread out a bit more to all of the other great films from 2017. Full list below.

2018 Golden Globe Awards Winners - 'Three Billboards' Top Winner

Golden Globes Winners

The winners of the HFPA's 75th 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 Seth Meyers. Hopefully this will be an exciting show, as the HFPA is often very 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 2017, including Get Out, The Shape of Water, Dunkirk and Call Me By Your Name, of course, and I'm curious to find out which films/actors the HFPA fell for this time. Let's see who wins big.

 Posted January 7 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

2018 Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include 'The Big Sick' & 'Logan'

2018 Writers Guild Awards Nominees - Logan

The next set of 2017 awards nominees have been revealed. The WGA Awards nominations were unveiled today, highlighting an outstanding set of the best films of the year. I'm happy to say that they've once again nominated truly the best screenplays from 2017, featuring many of my favorite films of the year such as Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, James Franco's The Disaster Artist, Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, and Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya. The biggest surprises are Jordan Peele's Get Out, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani's The Big Sick, and James Mangold's Logan, but these all deserve to be included anyway. As usual with the WGA, I'm very impressed by the nominees, as the WGA is less about popularity and truly about quality. Congrats to all. Check out the list of film nominees below.

 Posted January 4 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

'Three Billboards' & 'Lady Bird' Lead the 2018 SAG Awards Nominations

Three Billboards - SAG Awards

The nominees for the 24th 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 Mahershala Ali for Moonlight and Emma Stone for La La Land, both of whom deserved the glory. This year they've selected another exceptional set of notable performers - from films including Get Out, The Disaster Artist, Darkest Hour, The Florida Project, Call Me by Your Name, and I Tonya. Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird are the top nominees. I'm very happy with all this, especially Sally Hawkins and Timothee Chalamet, the two best performances of the year.

2018 Golden Globes Nominees - 'Disaster Artist', 'Dunkirk' + 'Get Out'

Golden Globes

The list of nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2018), 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 interesting, but as always it's full of some weird and confusing picks, and a few snubs (like Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele from Best Director). The top nominees are The Shape of Water with 7 noms, plus The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with 6 noms each. Lady Bird and Get Out at least did get Best Film noms. Another intriguing year of picks but not that surprising for the HFPA.

Venice 2017: 'The Shape of Water' & 'Foxtrot' Win Top Prizes at Venezia

Guillermo del Toro - Venice Film Festival

The 74th 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 Guillermo del Toro's fantasy love story The Shape of Water, starring Sally Hawkins as a lonely woman who falls in love with a fish creature at a secret lab (read my review). The runner-up prize went to Foxtrot, another brilliant film, this one criticizing modern life in Israel (read my review). I'm very happy about these two, and all of the Venice prizes (more below). An exciting first year at the festival for me.

Cannes 2017: Ruben Östlund's Brilliant 'The Square' Wins Palme d'Or

Ruben Östlund Wins Palme d'Or

What a year! Winners of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes featuring Monica Bellucci as the host. The big winner of Palme d'Or is Swedish director Ruben Östlund (seen screaming above) with his new film The Square, which makes fun of the art world and brilliantly criticizes modern society. In addition, Nicole Kidman received a special 70th Anniversary award for her many outstanding contributions to cinema over the years, including appearing in 3 films at this year's festival: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Beguiled, and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (as well as "Top of the Lake: China Girl"). Lynne Ramsay's fantastic You Were Never Really Here also picked up two awards, including Best Actor. No one knew what to expect, but these winners rule.

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.

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