By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Atlanta Film Critics Awards

Best Film: La La Land

 

Best Director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

 

Best Actress: Annette Bening (20th Century Women)

 

Best Actor: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

 

Best Supporting Actress: Lily Gladstone (Certain Women)

 

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

 

Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

 

Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren (La La Land)

 

Best Editing: Tom Cross (La La Land)

 

Best Score: Cliff Martinez (The Neon Demon)

 

Best Song: ‘Drive It Like You Stole It’ (Sing Street)

 

Best Ensemble: American Honey

 

Best Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings

 

Best Documentary Film: 13th

 

Best Foreign Language Film: Toni Erdmann

 

Empire of the South Award (Best Motion Picture Filmed in Georgia): Hidden Figures

 

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“We’ve talked about this before in the past, my obsession with the Shakespearean histories having the ideal combination of the sweet and the sour. In ‘Henry IV, Part II’ which we’ve discussed before, in the end of that story it’s very complex and haunting because Prince Hal becomes Henry the King, and he has transcended his hoodlum days and at the ceremony is Falstaff, his good friend with whom he has really fucked around and been a loser with, and Falstaff comes up to him and says, ‘Now that you’re king we can really party,’ and the king famously says, ‘I know thee not, old man.’ It becomes Henry IV’s anointment and Falstaff’s catastrophe. That’s life. I have experienced very little unfettered triumph. There are moments, such as when my children are born, but even that comes with new fears and anxieties. In a sense the better you can communicate that life is both at once, the more powerful over time something becomes. One strives for something where the threads are there because it lasts in way that is very palpable. The idea of a tragedy is powerful in literature and theater, but in cinema it doesn’t work, certainly not commercially, and less so critically. Why is that? I think it has to do with how movies are so close to us.”
~ James Gray

 

“Hollywood executives can rattle off the rules for getting a movie approved by Chinese censors: no sex (too unseemly); no ghosts (too spiritual). Among 10 prohibited plot elements are “disrupts the social order” and “jeopardizes social morality.” Time travel is frowned upon because of its premise that individuals can change history. U.S. filmmakers sometimes anticipate Chinese censors and alter movies before their release. The Oscar-winning alien-invasion drama “Arrival” was edited to make a Chinese general appear less antagonistic before the film’s debut in China this year. For “Passengers,” the space adventure starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, a scene showing Mr. Pratt’s bare backside was removed, and a scene of Mr. Pratt chatting in Mandarin with a robot bartender was added.”
~ “Hollywood’s New Script”