Saturday, March 17, 2018

2018 Cannes Possible Films - The Buzz

As happens every single year, Cannes buzz starts during Berlinale and gets louder when Berlinale ends.  Even do been following the buzz since then this year haven't post anything as some of you guessed right, my life has changed and now it's not easy to keep on writing for you, loyal readers.  But no matter how many changes have happened or will occur, Cannes is Cannes for me and have to (or at least will try to) write my regular posts about the buzz, my wish list and all the other stuff done in the previous years.

No, this is not my Wish List but the usual compilation of possible films that could make it to Cannes which usually do in February but well, I'm doing it a month later and by now most industry publications have done their own lists, so it's not a novelty but will be a lot easier to make it, lol.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

43rd César Awards Winners

Last night the French Academy had their award ceremony and no, was not able to watch it live but as expected the big winner of the night was BPM as collected 6 awards but was followed very closely by See You Up There with 5.

What I really regret is not watching live the surprise appearance by Marion Cotillard to present along with Pedro Almodovar the Honorary César to Penelope Cruz, sigh.  Also, there are not many opportunities to see Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert and Marion Cotillard in one and the same event!!! But I'm watching videos and as soon as full awards ceremony video becomes available will include it in post.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

A few days back the guild had their award ceremony and for the first time, the event red carpet was live-streamed from The Novo by Microsoft at L. A. and was hosted by Frankie Grande.  If you wish to check the red carpet event watch video at the end of post.

Frankie Grande also hosted the ceremony.  The night opened with a solo performance by him accompanied by pianist Jeremy Weinglass.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go official site here.  

54th Cinema Audio Society Awards Winners

A few days back the society had their awards ceremony and according to twitter buzz, it was too-long as ceremony took over three and a half hours to present 7 awards and 4 honorary awards ... (LOL!). Just imagine presenting 23 or more awards using this ratio!

The top sound mixing award went to Dunkirk, a film that lost MPSE sound editing to Blade Runner 2049; so, perhaps Oscars will behave alike, with mixing to Dunkirk and editing to Blade Runner 2049.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go official site here.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

68th Berlin International Film Festival Award Winners

It's over we know all winners and there are some very-pleasant surprises. 

Spontaneously will share some perceptions, first the big Festival winners seems to be Brazil Cinema; Latin America also did really good but is Paraguay who conquers Berlinale 2018 with a film that obviously I'm "dying" to see (now more that know has to have the necessary quality).

Then, no doubt female directors did really well in this edition as hopefully is because they do great films; yes, seems that when festival programmers are "forced" to include female directors, great films, films that win top awards have not only accolades but a better-chance to be seen by audiences around the world.  Great.

65th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards Winners

A few days back the group had their awards ceremony where Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 won top awards that could suggest could do good at Oscars category.  But the Oscar equivalent category for sound editing is Sound Editing Effects and Foley which was won by Blade Runner 2049 which makes film the favorite to win on March 4th.

"All of us who work creatively in sound are storytellers," MPSE president Tom McCarthy in his opening address. "We assist filmmakers, directors and producers in weaving soundtracks into visual presentations. We support the dialogue and emotion of stories. Tonight, we renew our yearly tradition of celebrating the art of sound in all areas of multi-media entertainment. We recognize the contributions of sound artists to features; television, cable and streaming programming; gaming; and multi-media—content that has reached audiences in every country, state, and community around the world."

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go to official site go here.

2018 BAFTA Awards Winners

A few days back BAFTA had their awards ceremony and followed the awards winners via twitter to later watch the TV broadcast with a ceremony that was a succession of awards presented by cinema personalities and was kind of boring with exception of the outstanding beginning with the Cirque du Soleil doing The Shape of Water inspired presentation.

Truth is that got interested in finding via twitter which film was winning what; but when became obvious that the big winner of the night was going to be 3B's completely lost me and my interest as do not particularly enjoyed that film.  Sigh.

Yes, the big winner of the night was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as collected five statues and most were top awards as Best Film, Best British Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay.  The Shape of Water had the most nominations but collected only three with only one top award, Best Director to Guillermo del Toro who becomes frontrunner/favorite to win same category Oscar.

32nd Teddy Award Winners

Last night was the awards ceremony which was more likely a drag (?) show.  Perhaps I'm starting (lol) to get older but this type of show absolutely is not my cup-of-tea, much less the show by the group that won the documentary award.  Sigh.

Nevertheless I'm glad the ceremony was streamed live as it's easier to follow winners this way than only via twitter.

Regarding the winners it's interesting that FIPRESCI found the Paraguay movie the "best" in competition and this award jury gave film no honors, except becoming one of the three nominees, that assume means, finalists.  Brazil becomes the cinema country with more honors in this edition as wins top award and documentary award.

There was a new award given this year, Teddy Newcomer Award given to a first or second feature-lenght film with a queer subject matter.  Retablo by Alvaro Delgado Aparicio wins the first edition of this award.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

20th Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners

On February 20th winners were announced in the platinum anniversary gala hosted by Gina Rodriguez which celebrated special honorees Guillermo del Toro, Joanna Johnston, Maggie Schpak and Kerry Washington as well as the winners of the seven competitive award categories.

Additionally John Mollo was posthumously inducted into the Guild's Hall of Fame by Mark Hamill, who paid tribute to the iconic designer known for his work on the first two installments of the Star Wars films, among others.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

32nd ASC Awards Winners

Last night the group had their awards ceremony and well, yes they went with the predictable as top award was for Roger Deakins.

Angelina Jolie was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award and the other three Awards Honorees were announced previously and are detailed below.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go official site here.

Friday, February 16, 2018

16th Annual VES Awards Winners

Last Tuesday February 13 the Visual Effects Society held the awards ceremony that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues.

Patton Oswalt sever as host for the 7th to the guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate talent in 24 awards categories.

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige presented the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to acclaimed producer-writer-director Jon Favreau.  Academy-Award winning producer Jon Landau presented the Georges Méliès Award to Academy Award-winning visual effects master Joe Letteri.

The well-deserved film categories big winners of the night, War for the Planet of the Apes and Coco collected each four awards.

Wish VES top winner goes to win category Oscar as film absolutely deserves recognition for how much is changing visual effects in film; but, wonder if the Academy will recognize it as most pundits predict front-runner is Blade Runner 2049 which has fantastic visual effects BUT in my book is time to Planet of the Apes to win.

2018 Writers Guild Awards Winners

Both branches of the writers guild announced on February 11th the winners of the 2018 edition with awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio/audio, promotional, and graphic animation categories at concurrent ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York City and The Beberly Hilton in Los Angeles.

The WGAE ceremony was hosted by writer and comic Amber Ruffin and Tracy Morgan and Rachel Dratch presented an honorary East Coast award to Tina Fey and Robert Carlock with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence and Mentorship. Ken Burns presented the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement to his long-time collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward.  Courtney Simon presented the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guil to Hamilton Nolan.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

30th Annual Scripter Award Winners

The authors and screenwriters behind the film Call Me by Your Name and the television The Handmaid's Tale received the 2018 USC Libraries Scripter Award in the February 10th ceremony at USC's Doheny Memorial Library.

In the film category, the winners were writer André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name, and screenwriter-director James Ivory, who adapted Aciman’s work for the screen.

In her welcoming remarks, USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan paid tribute to the legacy of the Scripter Awards, “Scripter is celebrating its 30th birthday, and whether it’s your first Scripter or your thirtieth, I am grateful to everyone who has supported this fine, enduring Trojan tradition.

USC Provost Michael Quick hailed the importance of libraries. “More than places where students have a space to learn and faculty have collections from which to launch their scholarship, libraries are the core for what we stand for in higher education,” he said.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

68th Berlinale Complete Lineup - Final

Today post becomes final as have checked all films, feature and shorts, with those published in Berlinale official site to make the list accurate to what will happen at the festival in a few days.

There are some interesting movies but no movie has call more my attention than the movie from Paraguay, the first one ever to compete for the Golden Bear, as I'm very curious to find why film called the attention of fest organizers, enough to place it in the main Competition.  Also is the one film that has clear lesbian interest and of course, becomes must-be-seen for me.  Let's hope film surprises many and maybe collects awards.

According to available trailers and/or film stills, seems there are films that suggest to have awesome visuals which is usual among films in the Berlinale as well as the "strange" (weird) films especially in the Forum section.  Perhaps the most surprising is to find great directors in the Panorama and Forum sections and not in the Competion (competing, out of the competion or special screening); so, will pay attention to why Kim ki-duk, Sergei Loznitsa, Santiago Loza, Corneliu Porumboiu, Claire Simon and others are not honored with a better section to decide if will watch films or not.  Sigh.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

23rd Prix Lumières Winners

Last night at the Institut du monde arabe in Paris, the International Press had their awards ceremony and believe there were no surprises as 120 battements par minute swept the awards by collecting six out of the six nominations, which indeed is a clean sweep!

As expected, Jeanne Balibar won the Best Actress for her performance in Barbara and notabl, Visage, Villages won Best Documentary with the presence of Agnes Varda who said, she was in Paris for this event while JR was in Los Angeles for the Oscars Luncheon (yes, JR took Varda's full size cardboard to the Oscars to became the Toast of the event! - and Meryl Streep was amused and left her in a fit of giggles -lol-).

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