Awards Watch

Globe Reactions

“The Golden Globes, hooray! What wonderful news on such a snowy day in London.” Judi Dench, Others React to The Getting Global

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Golden Globes Reactions

“THE DISASTER ARTIST gets nominated for big Hollywood awards!! What a story!!” – Seth Rogan via Twitter “Thank you to the HFPA for this honor and thank you beyond measure to the one and only Billie Jean King. She is a brilliant, brave and game-changing human being, and I wish to be half the woman…

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NY Film Critics Online Awards for 2017

PICTURE The Florida Project (A24) (tie) Mudbound (Netflix) (tie)   DIRECTOR Dee Rees for Mudbound (Netflix)   ACTOR Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour (Focus)   ACTRESS Margot Robbie for I, Tonya (Neon)   SUPPORTING ACTOR Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project (A24)   SUPPORTING ACTRESS Allison Janney for I, Tonya (Neon)   SCREENPLAY Jordan Peele for Get Out (Universal)   BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER Timothée Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name (Sony…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Precursors Narrow The Field

The Gurus lay out Picture, Acting, Directing and Screenwriting in the hours before Golden Globes nominations. The groups of potential nominees get smaller as the year gets shorter.

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Oscar Shortlists 15 Feature Docs From 170 Submissions

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Award. One hundred seventy films were originally submitted in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Abacus: Small…

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Cinema Eye Honors Set Legacy Award; Heterodox Award Nominees

When We Were Kings to Receive 2018 Cinema Eye Legacy Award Heterodox Nominees Announced: Films That Blur the Line Between Fiction & Documentary December 6, 2017 | New York City NY – Cinema Eye today announced that Leon Gast’s When We Were Kings is the recipient of the 2018 Legacy Award, a recognition of classic nonfiction filmmaking that continues to…

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BFCA Nominations Announced

[pr]  – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced today the nominees for the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.  The winners will be revealed live on Thursday, January 11, 2018.  The awards show will return to The CW Network and will be broadcast live night from 8–10pm ET/PT. “The Shape of Water” leads all films this year with…

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Oscar Shortlists Ten Doc Shorts

 LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 90th Academy Awards was narrowed to 10 films, of which 5 will earn Oscar nominations. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 77 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for…

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Academy Museum Names Board of Trustees, Led By Ron Meyer, With Hanks, Sarandos, von Furstenberg, Gianopulos, Bailey, Blum

LOS ANGELES, CA – Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, announced that the institution has completed the formation of its Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Ron Meyer as Chair. Plans for the new museum were originally spearheaded by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and…

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Oscar Shortlist for VFX Has 20 Contenders

[pr]  LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Alien: Covenant” “Beauty and the Beast” “Blade Runner 2049 “Dunkirk” ‘‘Ghost in the Shell” “Guardians…

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10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted For Oscar 2017

[pr] LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. Sixty-three pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Cradle,” Devon Manney,…

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LAFCA 2017

“Call Me by Your Name” won for Best Picture of the Year, it was announced today by Claudia Puig, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). “I am so pleased to be honoring such a wide breadth of films and filmmakers this year. The winners come from several countries around the world and reflect…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Now We’ve Seen It All

The Gurus recovered from Thanksgiving and have seen the final two expected Oscar contenders, Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Looking only at Best Picture, Directing, Acting and Screenwriting, The Gurus consider in which categories these two newcomers might strike gold or not. And as always, the full Best Picture field, with some big movers and a debut.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Year of the Reconstructed Rom-Com

Award seasons have a theme that emerges as the season progresses. With the arrival of Phantom Thread and The Post, this year is loaded with rom-coms that don’t want to be rom-coms.

The form has been torn down in recent years and barely exists now in Hollywood movies, indies, or even TV. But take the idea of a romantic comedy about, say, the black guy being brought home to meet the over-exuberant white suburban parents and give it a twist… and BAM!… Get Out.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Thanks

The Gurus offer their usual Best Picture chart, with The Post having arrived for screenings and Phantom Thread due a day after the turkey’s been eaten. In addition, please check out the Oscar nominations that The Gurus would be thankful for as the first groups start voting next week. Lots of wonderful treats voters should have an eye out for.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Oscars For The Ages

The Gurus do the normal Top 10, then take a look at what age groups in The Academy they think will be the primary base of support for each movie. (Here’s a hint… Get Out is for the young voters, Victoria & Abdul for the elders.)

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THE PGA ANNOUNCES 2018 PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS NOMINEES FOR DOCUMENTARY MOTION PICTURES

 [pr] LOS ANGELES (November 20, 2017) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today its 2018 Documentary Motion Pictures nominees that will advance in the final voting process for the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The Producers Guild Awards honor excellence in motion picture and television productions, as well as some of the living legends who shape…

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Season of a Different Color

I don’t know if this will be an #OscarSoWhite year. But even if Denzel Washington and Octavia Spencer are nominated, it will be the same way as two seasons ago… and likely, two seasons into the future.

The problem is not how many nominations people of color get from The Academy. The problem is that we have such a small group of “movies of color” for Academy members to consider.

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Oscar To Peruse 26 Animated Features

26 ANIMATED FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2017 OSCAR RACE LOS ANGELES, CA – Twenty-six features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” “The Boss Baby” “The Breadwinner” “Captain Underpants The First Epic…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Pick The Winners Way Too Early

As The Gurus get into the weekly habit of prognosticating again, there was no messing around. Who is going to win? The Gurus, who are insightful, but not fools, didn’t vote for any of the movies or performances that haven’t yet been shown widely (that changes over Thanksgiving). For a “wide open season,” there are a bunch of categories that seem surprisingly close to settled in the minds of The Gurus.

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Awards Watch

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“Would I like to see Wormwood in a theater on a big screen? You betcha. I’d be disingenuous to argue otherwise. But we’re all part of, like it or not, an industry, and what Netflix offers is an opportunity to do different kinds of films in different ways. Maybe part of what is being sacrificed is that they no longer go into theaters. If the choice is between not doing it at all and having it not go to theaters, it’s an easy choice to make.”
~ Errol Morris

“As these stories continue to break, in the weeks since women have said they were harassed and abused by Harvey Weinstein, which was not the birth of a movement but an easy and highly visible shorthand for decades of organizing against sexual harassment that preceded this moment, I hope to gain back my time, my work. Lately, though, I have noticed a drift in the discourse from violated rights to violated feelings: the swelled number of reporters on the beat, the burden on each woman’s story to concern a man “important” enough to report on, the detailed accounting of hotel robes and incriminating texts along with a careful description of what was grabbed, who exposed what, and how many times. What I remember most, from “my story” is how small the sex talk felt, almost dull. I did not feel hurt. I had no pain to confess in public. As more stories come out, I like to think that we would also believe a woman who said, for example, that the sight of the penis of the man who promised her work did not wound her, and that the loss she felt was not some loss of herself but of her time, energy, power.”
~ “The Unsexy Truth About Harassment,” by Melissa Gira Grant