The Los Angeles Film Critics' Association (LAFCA) announced the awards winners today. The critics' associations awards are the precursors to the Academy Awards.
RUNNER-UP: La La Land
WINNER: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
RUNNER-UP: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
WINNER: Adam Driver, Paterson
RUNNER-UP: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
WINNER: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
RUNNER-UP: Rebecca Hall, Christine
Best Supporting Actor
WINNER: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
RUNNER-UP: Issy Ogata, Silence
Best Supporting Actress
WINNER: Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
RUNNER-UP: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
WINNER: Your Name
RUNNER-UP: The Red Turtle
Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: The Handmaiden
RUNNER-UP: Toni Erdmann
WINNER: I Am Not Your Negro
RUNNER-UP: OJ: Made in America
WINNER: Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster
RUNNER-UP: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
WINNER: Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski, OJ: Made in America
RUNNER-UP: Tom Cross, La La Land
Best Production Design
WINNER: Ryu Seong-hee, The Handmaiden
RUNNER-UP: David Wasco, La La Land
Best Music Score
WINNER: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
RUNNER-UP: Mica Levi, Jackie
WINNER: James Laxton, Moonlight
RUNNER-UP: Linus Sandgren, La La Land
New Generation Award
WINNER: Trey Edward Shults and Krisha Fairchild, Krisha
Belated Film News -- The National Board of Review announced the winners during Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The precursor awards provides some indication of where the Awards race is headed, in terms of prognosticating the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards. I've seen plenty films to somewhat predict the nominees, but I am unable to foretell the winners right now. I will scribe a few discussion pieces, regarding the Awards race -- once I witness the major contenders such as "Manchester by the Sea", "La La Land", and "Fences" (I promise you).
Best Film: Manchester by the Sea
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Amy Adams, Arrival
Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Best Supporting Actress: Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Best Adapted Screenplay: Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese, Silence
Best Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings
Breakthrough Performance (Male): Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Breakthrough Performance (Female): Royalty Hightower, The Fits
Best Directorial Debut: Trey Edward Shults, Krisha
Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Best Documentary: O.J.: Made in America
Best Ensemble: Hidden Figures
Spotlight Award: Creative Collaboration of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Cameraperson
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Top Five Foreign Language Films
Land of Mine
Top Five Documentaries
The Eagle Huntress
Miss Sharon Jones!
Top Ten Independent Films
20th Century Women
Eye in the Sky
Hello, My Name Is Doris
Morris From America
ABC extended its contract with the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The television network will broadcast the Academy Awards (also known as the Oscars) through 2028.
The Academy Awards is Hollywood's most prestigious and glamorous evening. The ceremony honors the given year films and the industry.
The Academy’s President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and CEO Dawn Hudson are currently implementing and championing diversity and inclusion. The Academy recently invited additional six hundred or so new members. Furthermore, precursor awards assist prognosticators (including yours truly) to predict the Academy Awards.
The 89th Academy Awards will be held during Sunday, February 26, 2017 evening at the Dolby Theater and televised by the aforementioned network. The Oscars will be televised live in more than two hundred and twenty five countries and territories worldwide.
Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” one minute trailer leaked online on Thursday, August 4, 2016 ahead of the release. Starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, and James D’Arcy, the film subjects allied Belgian, British, Canadian, and French soldiers surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce World War II battle.
Nolan previously helmed “Interstellar” (2014), “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), and “Inception” (2010). Produced by Nolan and the wife Emma Thomas, “Dunkirk” will debut on Friday, July 21, 2017.
No poster was released by Warner Bros. Pictures.
If you desire my opinion, “Dunkirk” appears to be an epic “event movie”. Cannot wait to see it.
NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) tapped the comedian Jimmy Fallon (“The Tonight Show”) to host the 74th Golden Globe Awards.
The ceremony will air during Sunday, January 8, 2017 evening – live at the Beverly Hilton, airing 7pm to 10pm Central Time, 8pm to 11pm Eastern Time, and 5pm to 8pm Pacific Time. The Golden Globes kick off the Awards Season, followed by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, and Academy Awards.
The 74th Golden Globe Awards nominations are announced during Monday, December 12, 2016 morning. Per usual, the Golden Globes will honor motion picture and television achievements.
Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures announced “The Secret Life of Pets 2” development. The sequel is scheduled to release on July 13, 2018. Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy will produce the follow up. Chris Renaud and Brian Lynch will return to direct and write the script, respectively.
“The Secret Life of Pets” set the best United States opening weekend for an original film (animated or otherwise) record with $104.3 million. The animated flick follows animals’ activities albeit the owners are attending work or school.
Please note I did not attend the 2016 San Diego Comic Con also known as SDCC and/or Hall H. The San Diego Comic Con commenced on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 and concluded on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Several film trailers premiered with major announcements. I understand there is a television component of the convention; however, my specialty is motion pictures.
“Doctor Strange” (Walt Disney Studios, debut on November 4, 2016), “Snowden” (Open Road Films, September 16, 2016), “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros. Pictures, June 2, 2017), “The Lego Batman Movie” (Warner Bros. Pictures, February 10, 2017), “Kong: Skull Island” (Warner Bros. Pictures, March 10, 2017), and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Warner Bros. Pictures, November 18, 2016) trailers launched. So much excitement. Additional trailers also premiered such as "Blair Witch" (formerly titled "The Woods") and "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword".
Academy Award Winner Brie Larson ("Room") is confirmed to portray Captain Marvel. No director is currently attached to the film. Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are currently writing the script. Meanwhile, Kevin Feige will produce the untitled film. It is scheduled to debut on March 8, 2019. Girl power!
The Weekend Box Office Report is forthcoming during Monday, July 25, 2016.
I will occasionally provide movie news here. Please remember my specialty is film criticism (providing film reviews). (Do not tell me I am a good film reporter. Ha.)
Variety reported “The Divergent Series: Ascendant” will skip the cinemas and transition to a television movie and a spinoff series. Lee Toland Krieger (“The Age of Adaline") was tapped to direct. “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” (2016) provided disappointing box office returns. Meanwhile, “Divergent” (2014) and “Insurgent” (2015) delivered respectable box office revenue.
Despite the understandable news, I believe “Ascendant” should’ve concluded the film series. Decrease the production budget and marketing campaign. It is foolish due to some folks would’ve liked to see the finale in the cinema. (I do not watch television, so this news sucks for me.)
In other film news, Legendary Entertainment won the Pokémon live action film rights. Universal Pictures will internationally distribute the untitled film. Pokémon is the latest app phenomenon.
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