29th Palm Springs Int’l Film Fest Names ‘Félicité’ As Best Foreign Language Film
The Senegalese film Félicité won the FIPRESCI Best Foreign Language Film of the Year to highlight the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) juried award winners, who were honored today at a luncheon at the Hilton Palm Springs.
The festival, held from January 2-15, 2018, screened 180 films from 77 countries. Last year, it welcomed 135,000 attendees for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also… Read
Saoirse Ronan To Receive SBIFF’s Newly Renamed Santa Barbara Award
Lady Bird starSaoirse Ronan may be only 23 years old but she already is proving to be a veteran award winner at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where she is slated to receive the newly renamed
Santa Barbara Award on Sunday February 4th at the Arlington Theatre. Given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film, this SBIFF honor follows the Outstanding Performer Of The Year just two years ago for Brooklyn , and a… Read
Notes On The Season: Oscar Voting Ends As Critics Make Choices And Campaigns Take A Last Shot; Amy Pascal Competes Against Herself
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
UPDATED WITH FURTHER CLARIFICATION: Oscar ballots are due today at 5 PM PT, capping one of the most intense pre-nominations weeks in memory. Voting for the nine semi-finalists for Best Foreign Language Film though is still continuing, in fact, with special screenings in New York, San Francisco and London for voters only in those cities. L.A. members have been involved in the process since the beginning … Read
Peter Bart: Awards Season Boosts Indies’ Box Office Muscle As Franchise Revenue Sags
Study the ad campaigns emblazoned across the media this week and you realize the degree to which the specialty film business operates in a different universe than Hollywood's sequels-and- remakes grind. And the crowning irony is that, while Hollywood's numbers go down, the indie business is going up.
With a boost from the award shows, the specialty pictures that dominate attention this week essentially violate all the rules of studio commerce: no spectacle, no stars, no… Read
‘Darkest Hour’ Clicking Toward $40M+ As Gary Oldman Collects Best Actor Wins For Churchill Biopic
Last night, Gary Oldman collected his second best actor award this week for his mindblowing portrayal of Winston Churchill in Focus Features/Working Title’s Darkest Hour, giving him wins at both the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes.
Meanwhile the Joe Wright-directed World War II biopic clicked past the $30M mark, making it Focus Features’ second highest grossing title so far off its 2017 slate after Atomic Blonde ($51.6M).
Darkest Hour in its marketing… Read
11th Cinema Eye Honors Topped By Yance Ford’s ‘Strong Island’ And Netflix
Strong Island, director Yance Ford’s decade-long examination into the murder of his brother and the impact of the crime on his family, won three major awards tonight at the 11th Annual Cinema Eye Honors.
Overall, Netflix received more awards than any other distributor, winning a total of six awards. At a lunch Wednesday in Manhattan, this year's Heterodox Award, given to films that provocatively expand the blurry line between fiction and nonfiction, was presented to Sean… Read
Critics’ Choice Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Best Picture, ‘Big Little Lies’ Dominates – Full Winners List
UPDATED with more details, full winners list: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water came into tonight’s Critics’ Choice Award with the most nominations and came away with the marquee prize, winning Best Picture in the ceremony at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. It and HBO’s Big Little Lies each had four wins to lead the way.
The event, hosted by Olivia Munn and co-run by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association… Read
Why ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Denis Villeneuve’s “Most Challenging Artistic Journey” Of His Life
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve makes character-driven, darkly arresting, eclectic material that both perplexes and amazes simultaneously. And for quite some time, they were the type of arthouse pieces that typically begin their cinematic journeys at the Cannes Film Festival. But he was given the opportunity to lend his cinematic sensibilities to a larger sci-fi spectacle with Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott's 35-year-old classic Blade Runner. It's an… Read
‘The Boss Baby’ Director Tom McGrath Discusses His Love Letter To His Brother
Looking for his next project following Megamind and three Madagascar films, director Tom McGrath was happy to go "from soup to nuts" with Dreamworks' The Boss Baby, a adaptation of a children's book by Marla Frazee, in which he would be tasked with visualizing a child's imagination of the corporate world.
A "cute story about parenting"—in which seven-year-old Tim competes with a new baby, dressed in suit and tie, for his parent's affection—The Boss Baby would be an "Incept… Read
‘The Shape Of Water’ Costume Designer Luis Sequeira On Cold War Fashions & Elisa’s Dazzling Red Shoes
Previously working with Guillermo del Toro on his FX series The Strain, costume designer Luis Sequeira sought a balance between worlds of whimsy and Cold War fashion for the director’s latest original monster movie, The Shape of Water.
Following a budding romance between a South American fish-man and a mute janitor in ’60s Baltimore, del Toro’s fantasy required grounding in history to achieve a greater resonance, in line with the kinds of socially conscious fables for… Read
‘Coco’ Scribes Matthew Aldrich & Adrian Molina Discuss “Transformative” On-Screen Representation
Setting out to pen Pixar’s Day of the Dead-themed Coco, from an original story by Lee Unkrich, screenwriters Matthew Aldrich and Adrian Molina found an exciting amount of cultural material to draw from in visualizing the Mexican holiday, while recognizing that they would be held accountable for representing Mexico’s culture and traditions faithfully.
The stakes at hand were all the more apparent when the writers actually traveled down to Mexico with the Coco team as part… Read
DGA Awards Nominees: ‘Shape Of Water’, ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Dunkirk’, ‘Three Billboards’, ‘Get Out’
UPDATED with more details: The DGA has unveiled nominees for its 70th Annual DGA Awards in the feature film category as well as for the category for first-time director. The theme of first-timers is clear: Four of the five films in the marquee category are first-time DGA nominees: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missiouri) and Jordan Peele (Get Out), the latter of whom made both… Read