Cannes 2022 Awards: Ruben Östlund Wins His Second Palme d'Or

Ruben Östlund - Palme d'Or

Winners of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes, France this weekend. The big surprise is that Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund has won his second Palme d'Or! He already won for his art world satire The Square back in 2017 (I was there that year and it was a good win), and this year he finally premiered his long-awaited follow-up titled Triangle of Sadness. The film took home the top prize in Cannes, besting Belgian director Lukas Dhont with his film Close, as well as Kelly Reichardt, the Dardennes, Albert Serra, and many other favorites among critics. Korean director Park Chan-wook also won for Best Director, and Korean actor Song Kang-ho took him the Best Actor prize – the first Korean to ever win this award which is a pretty big deal. Don't forget that Titane was the glorious Palme winner last year. All the major Cannes 2022 awards listed below.


 Posted on May 29 in Awards, Cannes 22, Movie News | Comments

Tons of Vintage 35mm Movie Trailers Scanned & Uploaded to YouTube

35mm Movie Trailers

If you didn't already know, we loveee movie trailers! FirstShowing has been hosting, posting, promoting, and covering movie trailers for 16 years already. There was a time, years ago, when we had to fight with the Hollywood studios to upload trialers to YouTube - they would send their anti-piracy legal teams after us (yes this is a true story) just because they didn't like them being posted on YouTube. Every single time I would argue with them and remind them that YouTube is where trailers belong now, they get so many views, they spread so easily, it's searchable, and it'll be the main place for trailers. Eventually they conceded. Thanks to a tip from our friends, we've heard about this user - there's a YouTube channel from Montreal that uploads full, high res scans of 35mm trailers. The way they used to make them! For decades, Hollywood had to strike 35mm prints of trailers and send them to theaters. Not anymore, but this is an epic collection of trailers - there's already hundreds of classics available on this channel. Check out a few of our favorite trailers below.


 Posted on May 10 in Movie News, To Watch, Trailer | 5 Comments

2022 Cannes Film Festival Selection - Cronenberg, Östlund, Reichardt

Cannes Film Festival Selection

Every year, cinephiles wake up early for the announcement from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 75th Cannes Film Festival taking place this May, they've confirmed an exciting set of films from a number of beloved, well-established filmmakers (usual for this festival), as well as some first-timers. Cannes is returning to its usual spot in May at the beginning of the summer, running from May 17th to 28th. Last year it was held in July due to pandemic setbacks, but now they're getting back into the groove with a big 75th anniversary celebration happening in late May. The 2022 selection is fantastic so far! Everyone from George Miller to Cronenberg to Kelly Reichardt to Park Chan-wook to Ruben Östlund to Baz Luhrmann to Quentin Dupieux to Riley Keough. All these major names! So far there are 67 films as part of this selection. They will add a few more films soon - Thierry Frémaux also revealed there will be some last minute additions confirmed over the next few weeks - keep an eye out. View the full list of 2022 films below.


 Posted on April 14 in Cannes 22, Foreign Film, Movie News | 1 Comment

Everyone's Favorite New Daily Social Media Movie Game - Framed

Framed Social Media Game

Move over Wordle, there's a fun new movie game in town! Inspired by Wordle (which was bought by the NY Times after becoming extraordinarily successful), Heardle and all the other spinoffs - there is a new social media movie game to play called Framed. I've been addicted to playing it over the last few weeks and it seems everyone else I know is enjoying it, too. "A game for cinephiles and casual movie watchers alike!" So how do you play? Visit the website located at and you'll see one frame from a film. You have to guess the film from this ONE frame. If you make the wrong guess (or have no idea) you can unveil up to 5 more frames before it's game over. Just type the title of the film in the box for your guess (correct titles will appear there) and have fun. That's it! The frames have been getting more & more obscure the past few days.


 Posted on April 1 in Feat, Movie News | 2 Comments

2022 Academy Awards Winners - 'CODA', Jane Campion, Will Smith

2022 Academy Awards

The 94th Academy Awards are finally 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 once again taking place much later than usual this year, we're already into spring, and the awards season has been very long since last fall. There are ten Best Picture nominees from 2021, and I don't think anyone has been able to figure which one is going to win before tonight. The frontrunner seems to be CODA, gaining momentum recently, but The Power of the Dog and West Side Story also have plenty of support. While there are some obvious expected wins, most of tonight will be a complete surprise. I'm enjoying this anticipation and I'm all for any of these three excellent films winning big - along with Dune and Spencer and The Lost Daughter as other favorites. Now it's time to find out who is taking home Oscars this year, and who isn't, at the annual Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with winners highlighted once revealed live on air - refresh for updates.

CODA - Best Picture
dir. by Siân Heder
Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion for
The Power of the Dog
Will Smith - King Richard
Will Smith for
King Richard
Jessica Chastain - The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Read on below for a complete list of #Oscars2022 nominees & winners. Tell us your thoughts on 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.


 Posted on March 27 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | 7 Comments

Jane Campion & Maggie Gyllenhaal Win 2022 Directors Guild Awards

DGA Awards

This weekend, the winners of the 74th Annual DGA Awards were announced in Los Angeles. We're in the last few weeks of the awards season this year, with only a few big ones left to go. This year, the New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion won the top prize for Best Film for The Power of the Dog, along with Maggie Gyllenhaal winning Best First Film for The Lost Daughter. Loved both of these films and I'm very happy for both of them to win. This is the first time ever in DGA history that two women have won both of these awards together. In addition, Stanley Nelson won the Documentary prize for his superb film Attica (watch the trailer); and filmmaker Barry Jenkins won the Series prize for his show The Underground Railroad. The Directors Guild Awards are one of the premiere prizes in Hollywood, honoring "Outstanding Directorial Achievement" in many different categories. Congrats to all of the winners and all of the nominees this year.


 Posted on March 13 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

2022 Indie Spirit Awards: 'The Lost Daughter' Wins Three Top Prizes

The Lost Daughter - Indie Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring all of the indie films which deserve honor and recognition - celebrating their 37th year. The 2022 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Sunday evening, in their usual spot just a few weeks before the Oscar ceremony. The biggest winner this year: Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Lost Daughter (now on Netflix), taking home the three top prizes: Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Zola also ended up with one key win - Taylour Paige for Best Actress. Questlove's Summer of Soul picked up Best Doc, and Japanese drama Drive My Car won Best International Film. The other nominations from all the 2021 releases included many excellent indie films many critics have been talking up all year, deserving of some extra time in the spotlight - gems like Wild Indian, Swan Song, The Novice, Passing. These awards are always a nice counter-balance to the Oscars, so many underrated films that deserve to be seen. Read on for the list of 2022 film winners.


 Posted on March 6 in Awards, Indies, Movie News | Comments

SAG Awards 2022 Winners Include Jessica Chastain & Troy Kotsur

SAG Awards 2022 - Jessica Chastain

As we get closer and closer to the Academy Awards this year (coming up on March 28th), the next important set of winners have been revealed. The 28th annual SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild Awards) honor the greatest performances from 2021, as chosen by other actors which means this is one of the most definitive lists of the best performances. All of the nominees, too. Actors know their profession better than anyone and are very particular about good performances. So what did they pick from 2021? I am considerably happy with all four of the individual winners this year - especially Troy Kotsur and Ariana DeBose. And while we don't cover TV winners, "Squid Game" also won three awards! Huge fan of the show and this a delight to see. Read on for the full list of winners from 2021 + be sure to watch any / all of the films mentioned below.


 Posted on February 28 in Awards, Movie News | 1 Comment

Apple is Re-Releasing Best Picture Nominee 'CODA' Back in Theaters


Good news for one of the best films of 2021! Sian Heder's CODA is returning to theaters again this weekend - starting on February 25th. Apple picked up the film after its rapturous premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival last year, and originally opened the film in theaters in the fall. After a successful theatrical run and Apple TV+ streaming debut, they're releasing CODA back into theaters again - for free. CODA (which stands for Child of Deaf Adults) also picked up a total of three (!!) Academy Award nominations this year - for Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur) and Best Picture. I am so happy for this film! I fell hard for it at Sundance last year (read my review) and I've been championing it ever since. This re-release is an obvious push for more attention during this Oscar season, but it's also a great way to get more people to see this wonderful film. It certainly deserves that Best Picture nomination, along with many more accolades.


 Posted on February 21 in Indies, Movie News | 2 Comments

Berlinale 2022 Awards: 'Alcarràs' from Catalonia Wins Golden Bear

Golden Bear Winner 2022

The 72nd Berlin Film Festival (also known as Berlinale locally) has started wrap up after a week, and the winners of the festival awards were revealed on Wednesday at an event held in person in Berlin, including the winner of the coveted Golden Bear (Goldener Bär) for Best Film. That top prize from this year was given to a Catalonian drama about a family of peach farmers titled Alcarràs, directed by Carla Simón. The fest returned to a full-on, in-person event in 2022, after shifting temporarily online last year (plus a summer series). And unfortunately it's a rather rotten year. The festival didn't have many good films at all to feature, nothing but mediocre premieres. While I'm happy about Alcarràs, it is one of the best films in a very weak competition line-up. This fest seems to have missed all the other good ones. Full list of 2022 winners below.


 Posted on February 16 in Awards, Berlinale, Movie News | Comments

94th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2021

Academy Award Nominations 2021

The complete list of nominees for the 94th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees via live broadcast. The nominations from 2021 are, as usual, an exciting and intriguing set of nominees with plenty of surprises and expected picks - including Drive My Car from Japan, the animated documentary Flee, and Spielberg's West Side Story sneaking in. Jane Campion's excellent The Power of the Dog has a total of 12 nominations, and Denis Villeneuve's Dune has a total of 10 nominations - the two clear frontrunners out of all of the films from last year. Did you enjoy them, too? The Academy chose a total of ten Best Picture nominees from 2021, including: CODA (this makes me so happy!), Belfast, Nightmare Alley, West Side Story, Dune, and Drive My Car. Without further ado, check out the full list of nominations.


 Posted on February 8 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | 2 Comments

Sundance 2022 Awards: 'Nanny' & 'The Exiles' Win Grand Jury Prizes

Sundance 2022 Awards

The official awards for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, usually held in Park City, Utah every January, were announced this evening with a small ceremony held on social media. The festival continued on with an at-home online event after the in-person show in Utah was cancelled. Nonetheless, there were many great films to discover at the festival this year. Sundance gives Jury Awards and it also gives out Audience Awards, voted on by any and every viewer after they watch the film. The prizes this year are a completely surprising, eclectic mix of interesting films all around. None of what I was expecting, except for Cha Cha Real Smooth, but I'm glad to see the jury going with their gut(s) anyway. As always, if any of these films interest you, we hope you note them down and take the time to watch as soon as you can. All 2022 winners are listed below.


 Posted on January 30 in Awards, Movie News, Sundance 22 | 1 Comment



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