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Film Critics: Today, December 13, winners from Dallas ForthWorthFCA, ChicagoFCA and Film Comment Magazine. Nominations from HoustonFCS, PhoenixCC. PhoenixFCS.

Friday, December 15, 2017

#Oscars2018 Foreign-Language Films Shortlist

Yesterday AMPAS announced the shortlist of nine (9) films that advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign-Language Film category.  Ninety-two films had originally been considered in the category.

Foreign Language Film nominations are determined in two phases.  The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 11.  The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

A few minutes ago Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash revealed the nominees from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.  The nominations for the 2018 edition of these awards are given to performances in films released in 2017.  Two nominating panels -one for television and one for film- each composed of 2,500 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year's nominees.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leads the pack with four (4) nominations followed by Lady Bird (3), and with two each, The Big Sick, Get Out, I, Tonya, and Mudboud.

As Scott Feinberg from THR notes in a tweet, "It has been 22 years since a film won the best picture Oscar without being nominated for this SAG award, so one of these five is almost certainly your eventual winner", he's referring to the top award, Cast in a Motion Picture.  I tend to agree with him but there are a few movies that not many have seen and could stop the trend, The Post, Phantom Thread, and All the Money in the World; another batch of independent movies that could upset the trend are The Florida Project and Call Me by Your Name and last, but not least, there is The Shape of Water that I'm certain will get a nomination and in my book still has high chances to win top Oscar.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#Oscars2018 Live Action Shorts Shortlist

On Monday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. A record 165 pictures had originally qualified in the category.

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January.

75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

Yes, was able to watch the live streams with all the nominations as there was a first batch -where the most expected foreign film nominations were announced- and a second batch broadcasted along American TV morning shows, where major categories were announced.  Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president, Meher Tatna, introduced presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone who announced the nominations.

In general, there are some surprises but the biggest for me is finding that this group of journalists already watched the much-buzzed film All The Money in the World and they even gave a nomination to Christopher Plummer for a role he filmed in a rush (!!!) not long ago.  Sigh.  Well, let's hope film is as interesting as many are hoping, including me.  They also seem to be the only ones that have seen Denzel Washington movie, sigh.

Monday, December 11, 2017

23rd Prix Lumières Nominations

Early this morning the foreign press based in Paris announced the nominations for the 2018 edition of the Lumières Awards which honors French and Francophone films since 1995 when Daniel Toscan du Plantier and Edward Behr created the award.

Around 100 eligible films were screened in France during 2017 and 44 gained a nomination; now eighty (80) Lumières Academy members -representing 30+ countries- will vote to define the winner in each category.  Very-lucky Academy members have access to a videotheque created jointly with Cinando and Le Marche du Film de Cannes where all films became available to them; the platform received more than 500 visits during the pre-selection stage.

Surely not surprising to many, 120 battements par minute (BPM) leads with six nominations -and surely will dominate the Cèsars- followed by Barbara and (surprising many) Le sens de la fête with four noms each.

20th British Independent Film Awards Winners

Last night was the awards ceremony with Lady Macbeth wining five awards including Best Actress for Florence Pugh, God's Own Country follows with four awards including Best British Film, The Death of Stalin also with four awards and most interesting, I Am Not a Witch wins 3 awards but remarkable is that film director, Rungano Nyoni wins Best Director and Best Debut Director, an achievement that happens not often, last time was in 2007 with Anton Corbijn for Control.

Thanks to BIFA's 2017 nominations became interested in watching Lady Macbeth, a film that I had decided will skip.  I'm grateful to BIFA as was going to skip one of the most outstanding films from 2017, a film with great performances, great tech specs, but, most of all, a great director that could transform a well-known tale into storytelling anew. The end-result is a mesmerizing film, impossible to take off your eyes from the screen from the very first frame until the last one.  All honors here are well-deserved and know film will collect more in the current awards season.

As film is doing so-well with American critics, it's worth noting that Get Out got the BIFA for Best International Independent Film which could mean a place in the BAFTA's.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

30th European Film Awards Winners

Last night the European Academy had their annual awards ceremony and have to admit that enjoyed the show, at least the first half as believe Wim Wenders speech was outstanding and the #MeToo moment was relevant - will take a lot for me to forget what the Polish lady said-.

Then there were the clip collages with kudos to the 30th anniversary video which gave me satisfaction as to my viewing pleasure, have seen almost all the movies they shown.  Always homages have nice videos with the honored filmography, but Aleksandr Sukorov video was breathtaking with many well-crafted images from his outstanding oeuvre.  Images from Mother and Son will always move me beyond tears as not often you see such beauty in cinema.  Gorgeous homage to Sukorov.

Friday, December 08, 2017

#Oscars2018 Animated Shorts Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. Sixty-three (63) pictures had originally qualified in the category.

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.

Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

#Oscars2018 VFX Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a few days back that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards.

Believe 20 films in a shortlist are too-many and understand why many of those films are in list, because visual effects are great -even when many of those films are not that good (lol)- and some go to the outstanding side of the scale.

There are a couple of films I haven't seen yet but according to general buzz believe will find a spot among the nominees:  Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 and Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water.  Still, you never know in this category as there are too-many super heroes films with spectacular effects, many blockbusters, some flops and then too-few-great films.  Always will hope for great movies to be nominated and to win, but with this not-too-short-shortlist my only hope for a nod is for great Wonder Woman (lol!).

#Oscars2018 Documentary Features Shortlist

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 Awards. One hundred seventy films were originally submitted in the category.

This is perhaps the most predictable main category for this Academy Awards edition as bet that top award will go to any of these documentaries:  Faces Places, Ex Libris or Last Men in Aleppo.

As a matter of fact my crystal ball says those three will have nominations plus the fourth spot will go to Jane and the fifth perhaps go to Ai Weiwei film or let's say it's still open for me to decide later.

My winner and top hopeful to win 2018 Oscar obviously is Faces Places as doc is a fantastic visual voyage, the photos are superb and the whole experiential idea just blows my mind (thanks to how is presented in documentary).  Then, wish Agnes Varda gets a competitive Oscar so she can place it besides her honorary Oscar, sigh.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

#Oscars2018 Documentary Shorts Shortlist

Recently AMPAS announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 90th edition has been narrowed to 10 films, of which five (5) will earn a nomination.

Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 77 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title

23rd Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced today the nominees for the 2018 edition with The Shape of Water leading the pack with 14 nominations followed a bit far by Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, Lady Bird and The Post with 8 nominations each.

Blade Runner 2049 collected 7 nominations followed by The Big Sick and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri each with 6, and Get Out and I, Tonya with 5.  Group has a clear leader but as what is happening this year, there are several movies with multiple nominations and no mater how large the amount of films with nominations remarkable is that group adds no new film to the race of major categories as all have been already honored by other film critics groups.

Monday, December 04, 2017

43rd Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Winners

The so-called "most powerful" group of American critics voted their 2017 awards and top award went to Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name which is a surprise in the sense that film in America was the object of negative reviews, especially those related to film story being about "gay statutory rape" (sic). Sigh.

Then, under group standards believe voting was "fast" as only took five-and-a-half hours and I recall voting for longer than six hours, lol.  Still was too-long for me to follow live.

Most interesting were the awards given to female actors as it's great to see outstanding Sally Hawkins being honored as she has had many-many great performances along her career and Laurie Metcalf being recognized for her work in the big screen.

Friday, December 01, 2017

2017 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Winners

Early today the east coast group started to vote for their annual winners and seems that there is no visible trend from an independent film award and the two major film critics, as for example Best Film category in Gotham went to Call Me by Your Name, in NBR to The Post and the NYFCC to Lady Bird.  There are high probabilities current award season will be interesting and perhaps even unpredictable which makes all exercises a lot more fun.

The NYFCC also announced that this year's ceremony will be dedicated to the memory of late film critic, filmmaker and author Richard Schickel.  The awards will be handed out in New York in January.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2017 Film Critics Awards

Today, November 29 the post becomes alive again and activity will become intense until a week before Christmas when will quiet a bit with January activity will gain full force to end quietly around the first weeks of February 2018.

The annual film critics awards post starts today.  Now all the fuzz and buzz about #Oscars2018 foreign-language submissions is over and it's time to start with all the fuzz and buzz from film critics that always gives you a better idea about the films that could win nominations and the one that will collect the award.  Yes, we know that not very often great films win AMPAS accolades, so IF we wish to guess right on the Oscars office pool or any of the many online polls -some with good prices- then here will find info for better guessing.  Enjoy!

Post will be a work in progress until the last critics group announces their winner which will happen in early February 2018.

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