Angela Bassett To Receive 38th Annual SBIFF Montecito Award

Angela Bassett To Receive 38th Annual SBIFF Montecito AwardAngela Bassett To Receive 38th Annual SBIFF Montecito AwardAngela Bassett will be honored with the Montecito Award at the 38th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Bassett will receive the award on Thursday, February 9th, 2023 at an in-person conversation about her career leading up to this year’s performance in Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER directed by Ryan Coogler from Disney Studios.

“Ms. Bassett has had an illustrious career as an actor, director and producer and in WAKANDA FOREVER reminds us why she’s so greatly revered. She’s regal, fierce and commanding as Queen Ramonda. We bow down.” SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling stated.

Angela Bassett is an actress, director, and executive producer known for captivating, emotionally-tinged performances full of dignity in treasured films such as MALCOLM X, BOYZ IN THE HOOD, WAITING TO EXHALE, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, and of course, WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. She has since made star-turns in the historic BLACK PANTHER, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-FALLOUT, BUMBLEBEE from Paramount, as well as the television hits 9-1-1, and MASTER OF NONE. Other recent projects include Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning animated feature SOUL, for which she lent her melodious voice for the character, Dorothea Williams; feature films OTHERHOOD and GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE from Netflix; and THE FLOOD from National Geographic, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Narrator. Further, she was nominated for two Emmys, including Outstanding Narrator for the IMAGINEERING STORY: THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW. Bassett recently wrapped production on the Netflix Originals feature film, DAMSEL, opposite Millie Bobby Brown.

The Montecito Award is named after one of the most beautiful and stylish areas in Santa Barbara. Past recipients include Penélope Cruz, Amanda Seyfried, Lupita Nyong’o, Melissa McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts and Javier Bardem.
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“Everything Everywhere All at Once” Lead Independent Spirit Awards Film Nominations

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The film categories of 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations were revealed on Tuesday morning, Nov, 22, 2022.

“Everything, Everywhere All At Once” leads the list with 8 nominations. “TAR” followed closely with 7 nominations, while “Aftersun” and “Women Talking” received 5 and 4 nominations respectively.

For the acting categories, the nominees were Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once), Mia Goth (Pearl), Paul Mescal (Aftersun), Cate Blanchett (TÁR), Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie), Jeremy Pope (The Inspection), Taylor Russell (Bones And All), Dale Dickey (A Love Song), Regina Hall (Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.), and Aubrey Plaza (Emily The Criminal).

This year, the awards ceremony will use gender-neutral acting categories in lead and supporting across film and television.

“We’re thrilled to join the other festivals and award shows that are already moving to celebrate great acting without reference to gender. We’re also happy to welcome non-binary performers into the Spirit Awards without forcing them to choose to identify as male or female,” Film Independent president Josh Welsh said at the time.

For a full list of nominees, go to filmindependent.org.

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Cate Blanchett To Receive Honor At Palm Springs Film Festival

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The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Cate Blanchett is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award.

“Cate Blanchett is truly one of the best actresses of this generation, whose performances are always extraordinary no matter the role. In her latest film Tár, Cate perfectly embodies Lydia Tár as an orchestra conductor at the height of her career whose life begins to unravel,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. ” There is no one better suited for this role and it is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, to Cate Blanchett.”

Two-time Oscar winner Blanchett will receive the honor during a ceremony at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 5, 2023.

Her film Tar saw its initial theatrical release Oct. 7 through Focus Features.

Blanchett was honored at the festival previously with the Desert Palm Achievement Award: Actress (2016) for Carol and Truth, Career Achievement Award and Ensemble Performance Award Babel (2007).

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Cate Blanchett To Receive 38th Annual SBIFF Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award

Cate Blanchett To Receive 38th Annual SBIFF Outstanding Performer Of The Year AwardCate Blanchett will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 38th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Blanchett will be honored on Friday, February 10, 2023 for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Lydia Tár in Todd Feld’s TÁR from Focus Features. Setting a historic record, this is the second time Blanchett will be feted at the festival as the Outstanding Performer of the Year.

In 2014, she received the honor for her role as Jasmine French in BLUE JASMINE. In 2008, she was crowned the Modern Master Award for her role as Queen Elizabeth in ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE and as multi-faceted Bob Dylan in I’M NOT THERE.

“Cate Blanchett is an artist that has nothing left to prove; she is one of the most brilliant actresses ever – yet she keeps challenging herself and proving over and over again that she’s the most outstanding performer!” SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling noted.

Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed, Academy Award-winning actor, producer, artistic director, humanitarian, and dedicated member of the arts community. Blanchett plays the titular role and executive produces Todd Field’s highly anticipated feature film “TÁR,” which marks the writer-director-producer’s first film in over 15 years. The film was warmly welcomed at the Telluride Film Festival and Venice International Film Festival, where Blanchett was awarded the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress for her second time since I’m Not There. This fall, Blanchett will appear in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest film, “PINOCCHIO,” and the mockumentary hit series “Documentary Now!” She has now begun production in Australia on Warwick Thornton’s “The New Boy,” in which she stars and produces via the production company Dirty Films. She most recently wrapped production on “Disclaimer,” directed by Alfonso Cuaron, in which she also stars and executive produces. In 2021, Blanchett appeared in Adam McKay’s smash hit, Don’t Look Up, as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.
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Documentary “Our American Family” Release Dates Set

our american family“Our American Family” is set for release in the US Theatrically in New York (Cinema Village), Los Angeles (Laemmle Monica) on September 2 and on VOD in the US, Canada, UK and major territories on September 6, both timed to National Recovery Month.

Directed and produced by Hallee Adelman & Sean King O’Grady, Our American Family provides a look at a close-knit Philadelphia family dealing with generational substance abuse. Captured at a pivotal “nothing to lose” moment, for over the course of a year, five family members tired of life with addiction on center stage, each struggle to transcend their crippling histories.

Hallee Adelman is a writer, filmmaker, and co-founder of World of HA Productions. She is an executive producer on the Emmy-winning documentary “The Social Dilemma,” and the Oscar-nominated international film, “Writing with Fire.”

Sean King O’Grady is a filmmaker based in Michigan. His award-winning feature films have screened at Sundance, Tribeca, Telluride, Berlinale, Sitges, SXSW and dozens of other festivals around the world.

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‘Hacks’ and ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Lead Dorian TV Nominations

The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics has announced its nominees for its 14th Dorian TV Awards for the best in all of TV, mainstream to LGBTQIA+ content.

HBO comedy “Somebody Somewhere” and the HBO Max comedy “Hacks” leads the list of TV’s best, with five nominations apiece.

“Somebody Somewhere” received nod for best TV performance (Bridget Everett), supporting TV performance (Jeff Hiller) and best TV musical performance, best unsung TV show category, and the best LGBTQ show. “Hacks” received nods for best TV comedy along with ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” HBO’s “Barry” and HBO Max’s “The Other Two” and “Our Flag Means Death.”

Hit LGBTQ show “Heartstopper” is up for best LGBTQ show, best TV drama, while its actor Kit Connor has a best TV performance nomination.

BEST TV DRAMA
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Heartstopper (Netflix)
Yellowjackets (Showtime)
Severance (Apple TV+)
Succession (HBO)

BEST TV COMEDY
Abbott Elementary (ABC)
Barry (HBO)
Hacks (HBO Max)
The Other Two (HBO Max)
Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)

BEST LGBTQ SHOW
Hacks (HBO Max)
Heartstopper (Netflix)
The Other Two (HBO Max)
Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)
Somebody Somewhere (HBO)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Dopesick (Hulu)
The Dropout (Hulu)
Midnight Mass (Netflix)
Station Eleven (HBO Max)
The White Lotus (HBO)


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Photos from “Cynthia Erivo Goes Back to Broadway” Red Carpet At The 2022 Tribeca Film Festival

Broadway is back and better than ever. Cynthia Erivo arrived in style at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival at the Spring Studios in New York City.

The award-winning English actress, singer, and songwriter was in town for the Storytellers – Cynthia Erivo Goes Back to Broadway’ event on Jun. 12, 2022, wearing a triped red and white sweat, metallic heels, black wrap skirt and the coolest green glasses in town.

Joining Cynthia at the red carpet were American actor, singer, dancer, director, and choreographer Andre De Shields and journalist, former editor-in-chief of The Advocate, and current columnist at MSNBC
Zach Stafford.

Photos: AIPimaging.com

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2022 BAFTA Awards: “The Power of the Dog” Wins Best Film

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The Power of the Dog
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It was a big day for “The Power of The Dog”, with the film winning the top prize at the 2022 BAFTA Film Awards. Netflix’s Western drama also won best director for Jane Campion.

Based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name, the Western psychological drama came into the night with eight nominations.

The ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in London also brought Warner Bros plenty to celebrate, as its sci-fi epic “Dune” dominated in the technical categories categories, five trophies which is the most for the night. The film won for Production Design, Special Visual Effects, Cinematography, Sound and Original Score.

For the top acting cateogires, Joanna Scanlan won leading actress for After Love, and Will Smith won best actor for King Richard.

This year’s BAFTA Awards, which was hosted by Rebel Wilson, saw the return of a full in person ceremony, after last year’s mostly virtual show.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

BEST FILM

THE POWER OF THE DOG
Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman

LEADING ACTRESS

JOANNA SCANLAN
After Love

DIRECTOR

THE POWER OF THE DOG
Jane Campion

LEADING ACTOR

WILL SMITH
King Richard

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“Borat,” “Drag Race” and “WandaVision” Lead MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominees

aiphotoimaging aiphotographicCarey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya, Zendaya, and the late Chadwick Boseman also scored nominations at the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Fan-favorite WandaVision led the television awards with five nominations, while Borat Subsequent Moviefilm led the film awards with three nominations. RuPaul’s Drag Race leads the unscripted awards with four nominations.

Other top nominees includes “Emily in Paris” (4 nominations), “The Boys” (4 nominations) and “Bridgerton” (3 nominations).

Starting today, April 19th, fans will be able to vote for their favorites across 25 gender-neutral categories by visiting vote.mtv.com through April 30, 2021.

The 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” telecast will air live on Sunday, May 16 from the Palladium in Los Angeles, CA at 9PM ET/PT.

The show’s host, presenters and further details will be revealed at a later date.

Here are this year’s nominees:

BEST MOVIE
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
“Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Promising Young Woman”
“Soul”
“To All the Boys: Always and Forever”

BEST SHOW
“Bridgerton”
“Cobra Kai”
“Emily in Paris”
“The Boys”
“WandaVision”

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE
Carey Mulligan – “Promising Young Woman”
Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Daniel Kaluuya – “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Sacha Baron Cohen – “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Zendaya – “Malcolm & Marie”

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW
Anya Taylor-Joy – “The Queen’s Gambit”
Elizabeth Olsen – “WandaVision”
Elliot Page – “The Umbrella Academy”
Emma Corrin – “The Crown”
Michaela Coel – “I May Destroy You”
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“Wolfwalkers” Garners GKIDS’ Historic 12th And Cartoon Saloon’s Consecutive 4th Oscar® Nomination For “Best Animated Feature”

Hand-Drawn, Critically-Acclaimed Film is Also Winner of Top Audience Award at AFI Fest; Recognized by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review for “Best Animated Feature” Honors; and a Current BAFTA, Producers Guild, and Multi-Annie Award Nominee

WOLFWALKERS” GARNERS GKIDSGKIDS, the distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated films, is has announced its latest, WOLFWALKERS, was nominated for an Oscar for “Best Animated Feature” this morning by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The film marks GKIDS’ historic twelfth Oscar nomination since its inception in 2010. It also marks the fourth consecutive nomination—a streak in this category—for award-winning Ireland-based animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, which has made only four features films to date.

The best-reviewed animated film of 2020, WOLFWALKERS is directed by two-time Academy Award -nominated director Tomm Moore and director Ross Stewart, and is the final installation in Cartoon Saloon’s hand-drawn Irish folkloric trilogy, which include “The Secret of Kells” (2010) and “Song of the Sea” (2015).

GKIDS has a long-standing relationship with Cartoon Saloon, having served as the U.S. distributor for all of the studios’ Academy Award nominated films including Moore’s “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” and Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner.” In addition to handling distribution, GKIDS CEO/Founder Eric Beckman and President Dave Jesteadt are executive producers on both “The Breadwinner” and WOLFWALKERS.


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