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Film Critics: Today, January 17 winners from DenverFCS.

Friday, January 19, 2018

20th Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominations

Recently the CDG announced their nominees for the annual awards which celebrate excellence in film, television, and short-form Costume Design.

I would like to congratulate all of the nominees of the 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards. As we commemorate the 20th year of the CDGA, we are so proud of the legacy Costume Designers have created for the Film and Television industry. We look forward to celebrating the art of Costume Design and our honorees at our awards gala on February 20, 2018,” said Salvador Perez, President of the Costume Designers Guild Local #892.

The Career Achievement Award will be presented to Joanna Johnston; the Distinguished Collaborator Award goes to Guillermo del Toro and the Distinguished Service Awards goes to Maggie Schpak.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

16th Annual VES Awards Nominations

Yesterday the Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the nominees for the 2018 edition of the awards that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games plus the VFX supervisors.

Nominees in 24 categories were selected by VES members via events hosted by 10 of its Sections, including Australia, Bay Area, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington.

The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to create truly remarkable imagery in a variety of media,” said Mike Chambers, VES Chair.  “We are seeing best in field work that elevates the art of storytelling and engages the audience in new and innovative ways.  The VES Awards is the only venue that showcases and honors these outstanding artists across a wide range of disciplines, and we are extremely proud of all our nominees!

The Visual Effects Society Student Award recognizes the stellar work of emerging VFX artists worldwide, and we're proud to sponsor the award again. Each year, the submissions grow more impressive, and we’re excited to collaborate with the VES to recognize, applaud and celebrate this year’s talented nominees,"said Amy Bunszel, Autodesk Senior Vice President, Design & Creation Products.

30th Annual Scripter Award

The USC Libraries have named the finalists for the 30th Annual USC Scripter Award.  As has been announced in this particular competitive year, voting resulted in ties for film and television categories.

Due to a three-way tie in the nomination round, the writers of seven films and the works on which the films are based will compete for the honors this year.

Chaired by USC professor and past president of the Writers Guild of America, West, Howard Rodman, the 2018 Scripter selection committee selected the finalists from a field of 91 film and 28 television adaptations.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

23rd Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Winners

Last night the film critic's group had their awards ceremony and no, wasn't able to watch live but seems ceremony was business as usual with nothing relevant happening.

As expected The Shape of Water won top award and the most of the night, four; perhaps what was unexpected is Sally Hawkins not winning in the actress category.

As was announced before, Gal Gadot received the #SeeHer Award presented by the Association of National Advertisers in conjunction with the CW Network.  Gadot accepted the award from her Wonder Woman director, Patty Jenkins. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

70th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards Nominations

Yesterday DGA President, Thomas Schlamme, announced the five nominees for the two guild's feature film categories honored each year.

"2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the DGA Awards, and filmmaking has reached new heights with each passing year. These nominees embody the excellence that comes to life when unique vision, craft and skill come together in pursuit of masterful storytelling," said Schlamme. "Being nominated by their peers is what makes this award especially meaningful for directors, and I congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding work."

To refresh our memory let me share that for first feature-length film category eligible directors must have released their film theatrically in Los Angles or New York in 2017.  Foreign films are eligible and the director does not need to be a DGA member.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

54th Cinema Audio Society Awards Nominations

Yesterday CAS announced the nominees for the 2018 edition of the awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing.  The award is given in seven categories and also announced the Outstanding Product nominations.

"The CAS would like to congratulate all our nominees for their fine work in 2017. The standard of excellence from our creative community is on display for all to hear and we are delighted to be blessed with this year’s wealth of wonderful work,” said Mark Ulano, CAS President.

The Awards will be presented at a sealed envelope dinner on February 24th in the Bunker Hill Ballroom of the OMNI Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. During the awards the highest honor of the CAS, the CAS Career Achievement Award, will be presented to Re-recording Mixer Anna Behlmer, the CAS Filmmaker Award will be given to Joe Wright and the Edward J. Greene Award for the Advancement of Sound will be presented to Tomlinson Holman, CAS. The Student Recognition Award winner will also be named and receive a $2500 prize.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

32nd ASC Awards Nominations

A few minutes ago the American Society of Cinematographers unveils nominees in all five comptetitive categories for the current edition of the ASC Awards for Outstanding Cinematography.  The winners will be revealed at the organization's February 17 ceremony, which will be emceed this year by Ben Mankiewicz.  The event will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Four cinematographers selected as this year's ASC Awards honorees were previously announced with Russell Carpenter receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Russell Boyd the International Award, Alan Caso the Career Achievement in Television Award and Stephen Lighthill the President Award.  The 2017 Board of Governors Award honoree -a non-cinematographer selected for their contributions to filmmaking- will be announced later this month.

2018 BAFTA Awards Nominations

Yesterday the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for their current edition that honors films released during 2017 and while many say there are not much surprises, my spontaneous reaction was that there are some surprises.  Perhaps more noticeable is the inclusion of Stars Don't Die in Liverpool which until now, gathered almost no buzz or honors in the running awards season and no doubt The Post snub is also very noticeable.

Every year there are some differences between BAFTA and Oscar nominations as even when both honor English-language films, British Academy members tend to favor British films above American films, well, perhaps more clearly, American independent films.  This year is no exception as Get Out and Lady Bird were snubbed from film top categories and got nominations only for actors; believe this could and should be different when Oscar nominations are known by the end of this month.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners

Ceremony was too-rush for my taste as in the beginning winners could do long acceptance speeches but as show went on jokes/funny-moments started to disappear and long-faced presenters just read nominees and called the winner. Then, the all-black red carpet plus black ballroom look felt in two extreme senses, one: very-elegant and two: a funeral. Viewers decided which side suited best their feelings. Me saw elegance.

Many tend to forget the Globes are given by journalists and NOT by movie makers, the greatest thing HFPA has is that used to give a very-entertaining, fun-to-watch show that many enjoyed for the entertainment value and not for who won the infamous awards which throughout the years have more scandals than "credibility". Nevertheless, as many winners mentioned in their acceptance speech, the group managed to elect a female president and believe that's their greatest achievement in current anniversary edition.

Friday, January 05, 2018

29th Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations

Today the Producers Guild of America announced the nominations for their annual Awards and no doubt that from all guilds announcements these are the nominees most film pundits anxiously await as is directly related to the 10 possible Oscar nominees and of course, PGA winner frequently becomes Academy Best Film winner.

Before the announcement there were too-many speculations, predictions, guessing-games and crystal-ball visions.  But most expect Get Out, Lady Bird, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, Call Me by Your Name, The Shape of Water and Dunkirk are to be nominated.  Then the second group of probable nominees are The Florida Project, The Post, Darkest Hour, I Tonya and some even mention one film that could be a BIG push for Netflix if gets a PGA nomination: Mudbound.

2018 Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Nominations

The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) have announced nominations for outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater during 2017. Winners will be honored at the black-tie annual MUAHS Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live, hosted by Comedienne Loni Love.

The announcement was made by MUAHS President Sue Cabral-Ebert.  “Congratulations to all the nominees who should be very proud of their extraordinary creations! We had a record number of artisan entries this year, and we look forward to celebrating their unique achievements and exceptional bodies of work,” said Cabral-Ebert.

As previously announced, legendary Academy Award nominated actor Gary Oldman will be honored with the 2018 Distinguished Artisan Award. Oscar winning Make-Up Artist Greg Cannom  and Emmy Winning Hair Stylist Mary Guerrero will receive the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. Additional awards will honor nominees for outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater.

2018 Writers Guild Awards Nominations

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2017. Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 11, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2017 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Writers Guild of Ireland, Writers’ Guild of South Africa, New Zealand Writers Guild, Film Writers’ Association (India), La Guilde Francaise des Scénaristes (France), Scriptwriters Guild of Israel, Société des Auteurs de Radio, Télévision et Cinéma (Québec), or Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (VDD/Germany), collectively known as affiliate Guilds. Theatrical screenplays produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild must have been submitted for Writers Guild Awards consideration.

22nd Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Nominations

Yesterday the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) announced the nominations for the 22nd edition of their Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and, for the first time, animation features.  The announcement was made by Art Directors Guild President Nelson Coates and Awards Producers Thomas Walsh and Thomas Wilkins.

As previously announced, ADG Awards will honor eight-time Academy Award Nominee Katheleen Kenedy with the Cinematic Imagery Award. The “William Cameron Menzies Award” will honor Disney’s Oscar nominated animation filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker. A special Leadership Award will be bestowed upon International IATSE President Matthew D. Loeb. The Outstanding Creative Achievement Award will be given to Production Designer Michael Baugh. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Production Designer Norm Newberry Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated Production Designer/Set Designer James Murakami, Scenic Artist John Moffitt, and Senior Illustrator/Art Director Martin Kline. The late Oscar-winning Production Designer Sir Ken Adam (Dr. Strangelove, James Bond) Senior Illustrator and Bambi’s Concept Designer Tyrus Wong will be inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

68th Annual ACE EDDIE Awards Nominations

A few moments ago the American Cinema Editors Society announced the nominations for the 2018 EDDIE Awards which recognizes outstanding editing in film, television and documentaries.

Noteworthy are the changes organizers did to television and documentary categories where in general there is a clear category simplification and if you wish to learn changes go official site here.

Know is the first industry tech group to announce nominations but the biggest surprise is that there is NO surprise! (lol)  Just check the list of 10 films divided in Dramatic and Comedy categories and will notice that are the same films everybody have been talking about since the start of current awards season.  Perhaps the only dark horses are Molly's Game, Baby Driver and Blade Runner 2049; the rest are the films many are betting will get an Oscar Best Film nomination.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

#Oscars2018 Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday that seven (7) films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 90th Academy Awards.

On Saturday, January 6, 2018, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

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