“Green Book” Wins Top Prize At Producers Guild Awards

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Comedy drama “Green Book” continues its march into the awards season with another accolade on Saturday. The Producers Guild of America Awards awarded the film with Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures during the 30th PGA Awards ceremony, which was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Directed by Peter Farrelly, “Green Book” tells the real-life story of Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) and his tour with renowned classical pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) during the 1960s. Peter Farrelly (known for gross-out comedies which he directed with his brother Bobby Farrelly) also wrote the screenplay with Brian Hayes Currie and Nick Vallelonga.

The film also recently won Best Picture at the Golden Globes’ musical or comedy category and the National Board of Review’s best film of 2018.

On the animation category, another film is having a strong awards season run as another Golden Globe winner “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures.

PGA has traditionally been a strong predictor for Oscar glory, although during recent years, 2016 winner La La Land and 2015 winner The Big Short lost to Moonlight and Spotlight respectively.

Here is the full list of winners of the PGA Awards:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Green Book
Producers: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures:
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Producers: Morgan Neville, Nicholas Ma, Caryn Capotosto

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Producers: Avi Arad, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg

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“Roma” Wins Big At Critics’ Choice Awards

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association revealed their best of over the past year, and black-and-white drama “Roma” took the main prize. Could the Oscars possibly be next?

The film’s director Alfonso Cuarón also won best director, a follow up to his big win at the Golden Globes just last weekend.

Also building strong momentum is Christian Bale, who won for his Dick Cheney portrayal in McKay’s biographical satire “Vice.” Glenn Close and Lady Gaga meanwhile shares a trophy in a surprising tie for Best Actress.

Here’s the full list of winners at Sunday’s 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards:

FILM NOMINEES

BEST PICTURE
Roma

BEST ACTOR
WINNER: Christian Bale — Vice

BEST ACTRESS
WINNER (TIE): Glenn Close — The Wife
WINNER (TIE): Lady Gaga — A Star Is Born

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali — Green Book

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Elsie Fisher — Eighth Grade

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Favourite

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

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“Shoplifters” Wins Palm Springs’ Best Foreign Language

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“Shoplifters,” Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda was named Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at Palm Springs International Film Festival. The jury award winners were announced today at the Riviera Palm Springs, California.

The film premiered at Cannes last year and won the top prize Palme d’Or, highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. It is also on the Academy Awards’ shortlist for a Best Foreign Language category.

The family drama, which was also scripted and edited by Kore-eda, tells the story of an impoverished Japanese family who reply on shoplifting to cope with their life.

Other announced winners include Marcello Fonte, star of Italy’s Dogman and Joanna Kulig, of Poland’s Cold War, took top honors in the foreign language acting categories.

The Audience Awards for is set to be announced tomorrow, which includes Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature.

The 30th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival screened 226 films from 78 countries. The festival is held from January 3-14, 2019.

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“The Favorite”, “A Star Is Born” Lead BAFTA Nominations

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True to its appellation, “The Favorite” is the BAFTA’s favorite film of the year, leading the list of nominees for 2019 BAFTA Film Awards, announced today. The film received nods for best film, outstanding British film and lead actress for Olivia Colman.

Bradley Cooper might have walked away empty-handed empty handed at last Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, but he’s making history over at the BAFTAs, where he earned five nominations across multiple disciplines, a record in the organization’s 72-year history.

Cooper earned nominations in best film, actor, director, adapted screenplay and original music categories for his film “A Star Is Born.” In total, the musical drama earned seven nominations.

Giving Cooper a run for his money is director Alfonso Cuaron, who also earned five nominations for best film, director, original screenplay, editing and cinematography for his black and white Netflix drama “Roma.” The film earned seven nods, including best foreign-language film.

BAFTA Awards show is set to take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 10, with actress Joanna Lumley returning as host.

Here is the complete list of nominations:

Best Film
BlackkKlansman
The Favourite
Green Book
ROMA
A Star Is Born

Outstanding British Film
Beast
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
McQueen
Stan & Ollie
You Were Never Really Here

Leading Actor
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Christian Bale, Vice
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Steve Coogan, Stan & Ollie
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Leading Actress
Glenn Close, The Wife
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Viola Davis, Widows
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DGA Announces 2019 Feature Film Nominees

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Directors Guild of America has announced its nominees for 2019 DGA Awards’ Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Among those in the running are Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Adam McKay (“Vice”) and Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)

“To be chosen by one’s peers in a year full of such extraordinary films is the true mark of outstanding directorial achievement,” said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. “In bringing all elements of the filmmaking process together, each of these directors has demonstrated an exceptional command of the medium, creating excellence for the screen. Congratulations to all of the nominees.”

The list reinforces the fact that the leading contenders continue to be narrowed down, in fact the list is identical with that of the Golden Globes. That best director trophy sent to Alfonso Cuarón.

Cuarón previously won the DGA for “Gravity” five years ago, while McKay was nominated for “The Big Short” three years ago. Its the first for Lee, Farrelly and Cooper who was also nominated for First-Time Feature Film category for his debut directorial effort on “A Star Is Born.”

Also announced were nominees for categories in TV series, commercials and documentaries.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday, Feb 2, at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

See the list of nominees below:

Best Feature Film Director
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlackKklansman
Adam McKay, Vice

Best First-Time Feature Film Director
Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Carlos Lopez Estrada, Blindspotting
Matthew Heineman, A Private War
Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You

Best Directing For A Dramatic Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark, “Reparations”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland, “Paean To The People”
Chris Long, The Americans, “START”
Adam McKay, Succession, “Celebration”
Daina Reid, The Handmaid’s Tale, “Holly”

Best Directing For A Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta, “FUBU”
Bill Hader, Barry, “Chapter One”
Hiro Murai, Atlanta, “Teddy Perkins”
Daniel Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “We’re Going To The Catskills!”
Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “All Alone”

Best Directing For TV Movies And Miniseries
Cary Fukunaga, Maniac
David Leveau and Alex Rudzinski, Jesus Christ Superstar
Barry Levinson, Paterno
Ben Stiller, Escape At Dannemora
Jean-Marc Vallée, Sharp Objects

Best Documentary Directing
Morgan Neville, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Ramell Ross, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Free Solo
Tim Wardle, Three Identical Strangers
Betsy West and Julie Choen, RBG

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Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include “Roma, “Black Panther,” “Green Book”

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The Writers Guild of America officially joins the awards circuit, announcing its list of 2019 nominees for Best Screenplays.

Among those receiving nominations for original screenplay are Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” and Adam McKay’s “Vice”, along with Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski for “A Quiet Place” and Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade”.

The Adapted Screenplay category include titles such as “BlackKklansman”, “Black Panther”, “If Beale Street Could Talk”, “A Star is Born” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Conspicuously missing are The National Society of Film Critics’ screenplay runner up “The Favorite” and National Board of Review screenplay winner “First Reformed.”

Writers Guild Awards will be held on February 17 at dual ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham

Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly

A Quiet Place, Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck

Roma, Written by Alfonso Cuarón

Vice, Written by Adam McKay

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

BlacKkKlansman, Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (Based on the book by Ron Stallworth)

Black Panther, Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole (Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Based on the book by Lee Israel)

If Beale Street Could Talk, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins (Based on the novel by James Baldwin)

A Star Is Born, Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters (Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson)

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Bathtubs Over Broadway, written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant

Fahrenheit 11/9, written by Michael Moore

Generation Wealth, written by Lauren Greenfield

In Search Of Greatness, written by Gabe Polsky

VIDEO GAME WRITING

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Associate Narrative Directors Matthew Zagurak, Joel Janisse, James Richard Mittag; Narrative Director Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jonathan Dumont, Melissa MacCoubrey, Hugo Giard; Scriptwriters Madeleine Hart, Betty Robertson, Jesse Scoble, Diana Sherman, Kelly Bender, Jojo Chia, Ian Fun, Zachary M. Parris, Ken Williamson, Daniel Bingham, Jordan Lemos, Simon Mackenzie, Katelyn MacMullin, Susan Patrick, Alissa Ralph, Stephen Rhodes; Team Lead Writer Sam Gill; AI Writers Jonathan Flieger, Kimberly Ann Sparks; Ubisoft Quebec

Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 5-Same Stitch, Lead Writer James Windeler; Written by Meghan Thornton, Ross Beeley, Lauren Mee; Story by Meghan Thornton, Michael Kirkbride; Telltale Games

God of War, written by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design Orion Walker, Adam Dolin; Sony Interactive Entertainment

Marvel’s Spider-Man, Story Lead Jon Paquette; Writers Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum; Co-Written by Christos Gage; Additional Story Contributions by Dan Slott; Insomniac Games & Sony Interactive Entertainment

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Narrative Designers Alex Scokel, Eric Fenstermaker, Kate Dollarhyde, Megan Starks, Olivia Veras, Paul Kirsch; Additional Writing Tony Evans, John Schmautz, Casey Hollingshead, Nitai Poddar; Narrative Design Leads Carrie Patel, Josh Sawyer; Obsidian Entertainment

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Golden Globes 2019 Winners And Surprises

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20th Century Fox

The 76th Golden Globe Awards, the year’s first major awards ceremony leading up the to the Oscars has just concluded, and it was “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” that emerged victorious, winning Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy respectively.

Rhapsody’s win was slightly a surprise: in spite of the fact that the film was a massive boxoffice hit, so far grossing $743 million worldwide, and Rami Malek’s bravura performance earning near universal praise, the film itself was not as beloved by film critics.

It was also a good night for another leading oscar contender, “Roma” which won Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language and Best Director and Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron.

Netflix is sure to have an increase in subscription after having had a great showing in Sunday night’s awards show: in addition to Roma’s trophies, it also won for Chuck Lorre’s comedy “The Kominsky Method.”

Altogether, there were a total of 14 trophies in film categories and 11 in television that were handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which comprised of voting 93 members.

Here is the full list of winners and nominees.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Green Book”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
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“The Rider” Chosen As Best Picture Of 2018 By The National Society of Film Critics

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Sony Pictures Classics

The National Society of Film Critics has chosen Chloe Zhao’s contemporary western drama “The Rider,” as best picture of 2018, the film critic organization announced on Saturday.

“The Rider” has received near universal acclaim since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2017, where it won Art Cinema Award. The film had since had a successful run at Telluride and at Sundance last January, and received nominations at Independent Spirit Awards including best feature, director, editing and cinematography.

Drawing inspiration from its actors’ real life experiences, the docu-fiction tells the story of a young, Native-American cowboy and professional horse trainer Brady Blackburn (played by a real-life rider Brady Jandreau), his physical and emotional struggles after a near-fatal rodeo competition accident left him with steel plate in his head.

Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white “Roma” was the best picture runner-up, and also won for best cinematography, best foreign-language film and best director for Cuaron.

Roma’s win is considered a big boost for its path to the Academy Awards where the film is considered to be one of top contenders to win the big prize.

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On the acting front, Olivia Colman won best actress in “The Favourite,” while Ethan Hawke as best actor for “First Reformed.”

See below for the full list of winners:

Best Picture: The Rider, dir. Chloé Zhao
Runners-up: Roma (dir. Alfonso Cuarón), Burning (dir. Lee Chang-dong)

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Runners-up: Lee Chang-dong (Burning), Chloé Zhao (The Rider)

Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Runners-up: Regina Hall (Support the Girls), Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Runners-up: Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Ben Foster (Leave No Trace), John C. Reilly (The Sisters Brothers and Stan & Ollie)

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