Awards Watch

Gurus o’ Gold: Last Guesses Before Nominations

The Gurus are making their last group gasp before nominations arrive on Tuesday. (A couple Gurus, stuck in Sundance, may add to the charts tomorrow.) Not a lot has changed in Best Picture, but some long-expected nominees have been pushed out in Actress. If the Gurus are channeling a true vibe, La La Land will lead the way with 14 nominations, followed by Arrival with 10. Dive in. Every category except for shorts is there this week. And after nominations, The Gurus will return with rankings of the nominees.

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Thelma Schoonmaker and Janet Ashikaga Honored by American Cinema Editors

American Cinema Editors (ACE) will present veteran editors Janet Ashikaga, ACE and Thelma Schoonmaker, ACE with the organization’s prestigious Career Achievement honors at the 67th Annual ACE Eddie Awards on Friday, January 27, 2017 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  The Career Achievement Award honors veteran editors whose body of work and reputation…

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Oscar Scraps Dawn Nominations Presser For Online Live Stream And Featured Placement On ABC’s “Good Morning America”

  [PR] We’ve got exciting news. To welcome our new class of nominees, several Oscar®-winning and nominated Academy members including Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe will join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to reveal the 89th Oscars® Nominations, on Tuesday, January 24, beginning at 5:18 a.m. PST/8:18 a.m. EST/1:18…

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Cinema Eye 2017 Awards

Cameraperson and OJ: Made In America Top 10th Annual Cinema Eye Honors Kirsten Johnson’s Cinematic Memoir Wins Outstanding Feature, Editing & Cinematography Ezra Edelman’s Epic Story of Race and Murder in Los Angeles takes Direction & Production January 11, 2017, Astoria, Queens, New York – Two of the year’s most acclaimed nonfiction films, Cameraperson and…

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The Tenth Annual Cinema Eye Honors

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ASC Nominations 2016

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced nominees in the Theatrical Release and Spotlight categories for the 31sstAnnual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. Winners will be named on February 4 at the Society’s awards gala held at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. Theatrical Release nominees this year include: Greig Fraser, ASC,…

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The 4 Kinds Of Best Picture Winners

I believe there are 4 kinds of Best Picture wins.

Big Love.
Big Obligation.
Big Avoidance.
Default.

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PGA Nominations For 2016

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture nominations for the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories are The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. All 2017 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on Saturday,…

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BAFTA 2016 Nominations

2016 NOMINATIONS (presented in 2017) BEST FILM ARRIVAL Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder I, DANIEL BLAKE Rebecca O’Brien LA LA LAND Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh MOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM…

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Globes 2016

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA MOONLIGHT BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA ISABELLE HUPPERT ELLE BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA CASEY AFFLECK MANCHESTER BY THE SEA BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY LA LA LAND Marc Platt Productions / Impostor Pictures / Gilbert…

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2016 National Film Critics Society Awards

Best Picture: Moonlight Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle, Things to Come Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea Best Cinematography:  James Laxton, Moonlight Best Foreign Film: Toni Erdmann Film Heritage Award:  “Pioneers of African-American…

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Houston Film Critics Society Awards

La Land Land Director — Damien Chazelle Screenplay — Hell Or High Water Actor — Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea Actress — Natalie Portman, Jackie Supporting Actor — Jeff Bridges, Hell Or High Water Supporting Actress — Viola Davis, Fences Animated Film — Kubo and the Two Strings Documentary — O.J.: Made in America Foreign…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Let The Ballots Be Filled

In the last pre-Globes Best Picture poll, a lot of stability on top of the Best Picture chart and a lot of instability in the last few potential slots for nomination. Also, The Gurus were asked if they had anything to say about it all at this moment… only 3 decided to speak up.

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Honorary Oscars Go To 18 Scientific And Technical Achievements

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 18 scientific and technical achievements represented by 34 individual award recipients, as well as five organizations, will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. “This year we are particularly…

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Writers Guild Nominations 2016

SCREENPLAY NOMINEES ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Hell or High Water, Written by Taylor Sheridan; CBS Films La La Land, Written by Damien Chazelle; Lionsgate Loving, Written by Jeff Nichols; Focus Features Manchester by the Sea, Written by Kenneth Lonergan; Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions Moonlight, Written by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell McCraney; A24 ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Arrival, Screenplay by…

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Online Film Critics Society Announces Winners

2016 ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS – WINNERS PRESS RELEASE The powerful coming-of-age drama Moonlight dominated the 2016 Online Film Critics Society Awards, winning a total of four awards out of seven nominations. The film beat out competition from La La Land, Arrival, Jackie and Manchester by the Sea amongst others to be named Best…

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American Cinema Editors Nominate

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 67TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS RECOGNIZING THE BEST EDITING OF THE YEAR IN FILM, TELEVISION AND DOCUMENTARIES American Cinema Editors (ACE) today announced nominations for the 67th Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in ten categories of film, television and documentaries.  Winners will be revealed during ACE’s annual black-tie awards ceremony…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Doc & Foreign Faves

The Gurus are on vacation, but they left behind their thoughts about the short-list races of Feature Documentary and Foreign Language, offering up their personal preferences about both categories. And as always, Best Picture. Happy New Year to all. Oscar nomination voting starts in less than a week.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The (Shock) Corridor

My problem with The Corridor is that the period has become desperate and grabby. The smartest and the most simplistic players are stuck playing the same game… using fake awards events (high and low) and all forms of screening/dining contraptions and terrible hackneyed advertorial that not even ad buyers expect to be read.

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Gurus o’ Gold: ChristmaChanukah Time!

The Gurus answer the question on everyone’s mind… what are the best gifts The Academy could give us this holiday season? And, as always, the latest look at Best Picture, where there isn’t a lot of change. Happy Holidays!!!

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“I was 15 when I first watched Sally Hardesty escape into the back of a pickup truck, covered in blood and cackling like a goddamn witch. All of her friends were dead. She had been kidnapped, tortured and even forced to feed her own blood to her cannibalistic captors’ impossibly shriveled patriarch. Being new to the horror genre, I was sure she was going to die. It had been a few months since I survived a violent sexual assault, where I subsequently ran from my assailant, tripped, fell and fought like hell. I crawled home with bloody knees, makeup-stained cheeks and a new void in both my mind and heart. My sense of safety, my ability to trust others, my willingness to form new relationships and my love of spending time with people I cared about were all taken from me. It wasn’t until I found the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that something clicked. It was Sally’s strength, and her resilience. It was watching her survive blows to the head from a hammer. It was watching her break free from her bonds and burst through a glass window. It was watching her get back up after she’d been stabbed. It was watching her crawl into the back of a truck, laughing as it drove away from Leatherface. She was the last one to confront the killer, and live. I remember sitting in front of the TV and thinking, There I am. That’s me.”
~ Lauren Milici On “The Final Girl”

“‘Thriller’ enforced its own reality principle; it was there, part of the every commute, a serenade to every errand, a referent to every purchase, a fact of every life. You didn’t have to like it, you only had to acknowledge it. By July 6, 1984, when the Jacksons played the first show of their ‘Victory’ tour, in Kansas City, Missouri, Jacksonism had produced a system of commodification so complete that whatever and whoever was admitted to it instantly became a new commodity. People were no longer comsuming commodities as such things are conventionally understood (records, videos, posters, books, magazines, key rings, earrings necklaces pins buttons wigs voice-altering devices Pepsis t-shirts underwear hats scarves gloves jackets – and why were there no jeans called Bille Jeans?); they were consuming their own gestures of consumption. That is, they were consuming not a Tayloristic Michael Jackson, or any licensed facsimile, but themselves. Riding a Mobius strip of pure capitalism, that was the transubstantiation.”
~ Greil Marcus On Michael Jackson