"The single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus." A quote from Nobel laureate Joshua Lederberg, Ph.D, that is shown at the beginning of Outbreak. In just a few months, followed by a few weeks of frantic decision making, the entire world has been upended by a virus. We still don't know when things will get back to "normal", or if they'll ever get back to normal, but for the time being everything is changing before our eyes and there's nothing we can do besides wait and see. Stay at home and stay safe. Ride out the storm and wait for sunny skies after it's all over. The biggest change affecting this website, and every reader, is that cinemas worldwide have shut their doors. Most countries have passed emergency laws requiring all entertainment venues, including all cinemas, to close down until further notice. Thankfully we have digital libraries at our fingertips, but I still miss the cinema. I wish I could still see films in theaters…
As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 70th 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 There Is No Evil, directed by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who was not allowed to leave his country to attend the festival. Hence the cell phone photo of him with the award seen above. The film explores themes of moral strength and the death penalty that ask to what extent individual freedom can be expressed under a despotic regime. It was the very last film to screen after everything else. Full list below.
The 92nd 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 - the same as last year, too. There are nine Best Picture nominees, and I'm very excited to finally find out who wins - perhaps there will be a few surprises, a few upsets, but most of all I really hope Bong Joon-ho's Parasite sweeps everything. Let it win the night!! It has been a very interesting awards season, shorter than previous years, but still with the usual set of controversies and complaints. 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.
Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2020 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 personal commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring all of the indie films which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don't receive - celebrating their 35th year. The 2020 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony in Santa Monica. The two main winners: Lulu Wang's The Farewell, taking home the top prize, and Uncut Gems, which won Best Director(s) & Editing, along with Adam Sandler nabbing the prize for Best Male Lead. The rest of the nominees from 2019 included many stellar films that got snubbed by other award shows, a much better selection than the Academy Awards. These are always a nice counter-balance to the Oscars, especially with Uncut and Farewell leading the way. Read on for the list of Indie Spirits results.
The official awards for the 2020 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 one of the most talked about of the fest. Finally, a real winner this year! The big Audience Award winners are: Minari, about a Korean-American family that movies to rural Arkansas to try and start a farm; Crip Camp, a documentary about a summer camp started in the 70s for disabled teenagers; and I Carry You With Me, about a chef leaving behind his lover to try and make a life in NYC. Other winners include filmmakers like Kirsten Johnson, Josephine Decker, Radha Blank, and Edson Oda. View the winners below.
We're full swing into the awards season, with the big ones being handed out before the Academy Awards countdown. The 26th annual SAG Awards honor the greatest performances from 2019, 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. The biggest news of the night - Bong Joon-ho's Parasite won the prestigious Best Ensemble (aka "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture") award!! Which is huge for this fantastic South Korean film, rocking the awards season and reminding us it doesn't matter where a film comes from - if it's excellent it should be recognized.
The complete list of nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (from Oscars.org). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning via live broadcast. Looking back on it, 2019 was a particualrly exciting year for cinema, with a set of extraordinary films - many of which (but not all!) are thankfully getting honored with well-deserved nominations. There's no need to spend any more time introducing, let's get right into it! This year, The Academy selected a total of nine Best Picture nominees, including: The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, and Parasite. What a day for Parasite! Without further ado, review the full list below.
The winners of the HFPA's 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Academy Awards, have been announced tonight at a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in LA, hosted by Ricky Gervais. Who's taking home a Globe this year? Here's hoping the HFPA makes some good picks. Our list below will be updated with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the broadcast. The nominees for 2019 are solid this year - way better than last year, with many worthy films being highlighted (like The Farewell, Parasite, Harriet, Dolemite, Knives Out). Even though these awards don't matter too much in the end, we're still curious to see what ends up winning. Let's find out who is taking home a Golden Globe award this year.
The list of nominations for the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2020), 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 isn't as controversial or as upsetting as it could be, but it is still a bit bland and obvious. Joker ended up with quite a few nominations, as did The Irishman. They also seemed to love 1917, The Two Popes, and Marriage Story. It's especially good to see Jojo Rabbit and Dolemite is My Name get some noms - these two don't deserve to be forgotten. Another strange year of picks but not that surprising for the HFPA.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with exactly 50 days left until Sundance 2020 kicks off on January 23rd, it's time to find out what's playing this year. Sundance has revealed their 2020 selection of ALL of their official feature films in the selection this year, including 118 films playing across 9 different categories, ranging from thrilling documentaries to bold comedies, provacative dramas, and everything else good. The entire line-up with Midnight and Premieres has been revealed - check out all the Sundance picks. There are plenty of exciting, ambitious, unique, and hopefully superb films headed to the mountains in January, and I can't wait to see as many of them as I can catch. Complete selection below.
"A real crowd-pleaser that deserves every bit of its critical and financial success for pulling the rug out from under America's true-crime obsession…" One of our favorite lists that kicks off this time of the year is from filmmaker John Waters - his Top 10 favorite films from this year. For 2019, Waters has chosen yet another (expected) eclectic mix of films, lead by Gaspar Noé's trippy rave-meets-horror film Climax, which opened in US theaters on March 1st (despite originally premiering at Cannes in 2018). I truly love seeing what Waters picks every year, because he's one of the few who has no shame about admitting his personal tastes. It's not the "best", it's the films that he loved and did something for him, and he explains so simply yet eloquently why he loves them. And boy oh boy does he have strange (and amazing) films on his 2019 list.
"What's so special about it?" "It makes you happy." Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official US trailer for a peculiar little indie sci-fi film titled Little Joe, the latest film from Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner (Lourdes, Amour Fou). This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the Best Actress award. Emily Beecham plays Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. Then things start to get really weird. Little Joe also stars Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, Phénix Brossard, Leanne Best, Andrew Rajan, and David Wilmot. There's a good dose of cleverness worked into this film, it's a very unique creation that some viewers will connect with more than others. I do think there's some good ideas in this film that go much deeper than just growing big red flowers.