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2017 Award Winners Announced by Los Angeles Women's Film Festival

In addition to the festival award-winners, other highlights include the celebrity-filled opening night gala, and festival closing screening of Endless Night, directed by Isabel Coixet.
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Press release: The 13th annual Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival announces the 2017 Best of the Festival Award Winners, and other highlights. Selected from among the Festival's divers array of feature films, documentaries, and shorts programs, the Festival awarded top honors to: The Drowning, directed by Bette Gordon (Best Dramatic Feature); Snowflake, directed by Alana Smithee (Best Dramatic Short); After Auschwitz: The Story of Six Women, directed by Jon Kean (Best Documentary Feature); and Breaking Silence, directed by Nadya Ali (Best Documentary Short). Details on the winning films below. The four-day Festival presented nearly 100 films during its run

2017 Academy Award Nominations Announced

And the nominees are...
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have revealed their nominees for outstanding film achievement of 2016. La La Land ties the record for most nominations with 14, matching Titanic and All About Eve. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The nominees (with links to our reviews) are: Best Picture Arrival | Review Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water | Review Hidden Figures La La Land Lion

USC Libraries 2017 Scripter Finalists

Honoring the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories.
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Press release: The USC Libraries have named the finalists for the 29-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. Since 1988, Scripter has honored the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. Last year, the USC Libraries inaugurated a new Scripter award, for television adaptation.The television and film finalists compete in separate categories for their own Scripter award. The finalist writers for film are, in alphabetical order by film title: Screenwriter Eric Heisserer for Arrival, adapted from the novella “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang August Wilson for the play and screenplay of Fences Screenwriters Allison Schroeder and

(Updated) 2017 Golden Globes Winners Announced

And the nominees are...
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The Hollywood Foreign Press has selected their nominations in film and television for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, the Golden Globe Awards will air live coast-to-coast on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. [Updated with winners in Bold] Best Motion Picture - Drama Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water | Review Lion Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Amy Adams, Arrival Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane Isabelle Huppert, Elle Ruth Negga, Loving Natalie Portman, Jackie Best

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees in Visual Media

How did they do? What would you have nominated?
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2017 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The eligibility period was October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8-11:30 pm ET/5-8:30 pm PT. Honoring the "best" music in Visual Media are the following categories. Links go to our coverage of the films. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media Amy [Republic Records] Miles Ahead [Columbia/Legacy]

2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
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Press release: Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2017 Spirit Awards this morning. The Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. "Now more than ever,

Diane Keaton to Receive 45th AFI Life Achievement Award

America's highest honor for a career in film to be presented June 8, 2017. Tribute will air on TNT and Turner Classic Movies.
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Press release: The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that legendary actress Diane Keaton will be the recipient of the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Keaton at a Gala Tribute on June 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its fifth year with Turner, premiering on TNT and followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "Diane Keaton is one of the most beloved leading ladies of American film," said Sir Howard

Steven Spielberg to Present John Williams with AFI Life Achievement Award

This marks the first time in AFI history that it will be bestowed upon a composer.
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Press release: Steven Spielberg will present John Williams with the American Film Institute's (AFI) 44th Life Achievement Award. This marks the first time in AFI history that America's highest honor for a career in film will be bestowed upon a composer. Williams' career will be celebrated at the private Gala Tribute on June 9, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The televised special, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams, will air on TNT on June 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/ PT), followed by an encore presentation on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on September

2016 Academy Award Nominations Have Been Announced

Who is bringing Oscar home this year?
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[Updated with winners in bold.] The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have revealed their nominees for outstanding film achievement of 2015. Alejandro G. Iñarritu's The Revenant leads the roster with 12 nominations. Hosted by Chris Rock, the Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 28, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The nominees (with links to our reviews) are: Best Picture The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight Best Actor

2016 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

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Press release: Carol, The Revenant, Steve Jobs and The Big Short led the the nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, announced early in the morning today, December 10. Among the TV nominees the highlights were American Crime, Fargo, Mr. Robot, Outlander, Transparent and Wolf Hall, with three nominations each. The nominations were introduced by HFPA president Lorenzo Soria and announced by America Ferrera, Angela Bassett, Chloe Grace Moretz and Dennis Quaid. For both films and TV this year’s nominations made it clear that this would be a wide open race, with no clear favorites. With five nominations - best

Mad Max: Fury Road Named 2015 Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review

For 106 years, the National Board of Review has dedicated its efforts to the support of domestic and foreign cinema as both art and entertainment.
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NBR President Annie Schulhof said, “2015 has been a banner year for popular cinema. We are thrilled to be awarding George Miller and Ridley Scott, two iconic filmmakers at the top of their game, while also celebrating the next generation of talent.” Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review: Links for films we've reviewed. Best Film: Mad Max: Fury Road [Ron's dissenting opinion] Best Director: Ridley Scott - The Martian Best Actor: Matt Damon - The Martian Best Actress: Brie Larson - Room Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone - Creed Best Supporting

2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
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[Updated with the Winners marked in bold.] Press release: Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight and Tangerine. (Links to reviews appear on film's first mention below.) 2016 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer.

The 2015 Oscar-nominated Short Films in Theaters January 30

Get a leg up in your Oscar office pool.
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Press release: ShortsHD is once again bringing the wildly popular Oscar-nominated Short Film program (Live Action, Animation, and Documentary) in over 350 theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada starting January 30 and will continue to expand in the following weeks. A list of participating theaters is available here. Together with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be available on Vimeo OnDemand, iTunes Stores in 54 countries, Amazon Instant Video, Verizon and will be released across the U.S. on VOD/Pay Per View platforms. LIVE ACTION AYAIsrael & France / 39 minsDirectors: Mihal Brezis and Oded BinnunProducers: Yael Abecassis, Hilel

2015 Academy Award Nominations Have Been Announced

Everything is awesome for some people this today.
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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2014 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The nominees are: Best Animated FeatureBig Hero 6The BoxtrollsHow To Train Your Dragon 2Song of the SeaThe Tale of Princess Kaguya Best Documentary FeatureCITIZENFOURLast Days In VietnamVirungaFinding Vivian MaierThe Salt of the Earth Best Documentary ShortCrisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1JoannaOur CurseThe Reaper (La Parka)White Earth Best Film EditingAmerican SniperBoyhoodThe Imitation GameWhiplashThe Grand Budapest Hotel Best Original Song"Everything is Awesome," The

2015 Razzie Nominations Have Been Announced

"[Blended] is offensive on many levels." - RonsReviews
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Press Release: Hollywood was not happy with box office returns for 2014, their lowest-grossing year in recent history. Despite a handful of high-grossing hits, there were way more major misses — movies based on recycled premises and re-worked concepts that were already tired a decade or more ago, the cinematic equivalent of re-treaded tires. Those are the films The Golden Raspberry Awards have annually "saluted" since 1980. Nominees for the 35th Annual Razzie Awards, satirizing the Worst Achievements in Film for 2014, include new names and several Repeat Offenders, returning for more pie-in-the-face/light-hearted joshing by the one Tinsel Town trophy

2015 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

More celebration and disappointment for the award watchers.
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Press release: The nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards were announced bright and early this morning at the Beverly Hilton hotel. During the traditional pre-dawn ceremony in Beverly Hills, HFPA president Theo Kingma introduced Kate Beckinsale, two-time Golden Globe Award-nominee Peter Krause, Paula Patton, and Golden Globe-winner and five-time nominee Jeremy Piven to do the honors. The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air on Sunday, January 11, 2015, live coast-to-coast on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST). Update 1/11: Winners are in Bold MOTION PICTURES Best Drama Boyhood Foxcatcher The

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees in Visual Media

Get caught up on the nominees.
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The eligibility period was October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. The ceremony will be held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and portions will be broadcast live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT), Honoring the "best" music in Visual Media are the following categories. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media American Hustle [Legacy Recordings] Frozen [Walt Disney Records] Get On Up - The James Brown Story

2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Nominees for Best Feature included Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma, and Whiplash.
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Press release: Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2015 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hollywood, with actors Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma and Whiplash. "As we celebrate 30 years of great independent film," said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent, "this year’s nominees are an astonishingly

Cinema Eye Announces the 2015 Unforgettables

"The Unforgettables celebrates the fearlessness of this unique collaboration between filmmakers and subjects."
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As announced on their website, "Cinema Eye, the organization that celebrates artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking, have announced their annual list of “The Unforgettables” - this year’s most notable and significant nonfiction film subjects. “Filmmakers know that their relationships with their subjects are often the most important element of in the success of their films,” Cinema Eye Founding Director AJ Schnack said. “Many of the greatest documentaries ever made - from Grey Gardens to Crumb to American Movie - were built on compelling individuals who allowed a filmmaker to capture and observe their lives. With the Unforgettables we celebrate

The 66th Primetime Emmy Nominations Have Been Announced

What do you think of them?
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This morning, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced their 66th Primetime Emmy Award nominations for outstanding achievement by programs that aired from June 1, 2013 until May 31, 2014, recognizing what they consider the best of the medium and allowing TV writers the world over the opportunity to again misuse the word "snub." It's the usual mix of overly familiar names like last year's series winners with Modern Family (will they go five in a row?) and Breaking Bad (will it win for each half of its final season or will non-miniseries True Detective trump?), and a few

The 2014 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films Review: Great Talent and Creativity on Display

The five Animated Short Film nominees are well worth seeking out.
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The Oscar® Nominated Short Films is the perfect opportunity for general theater-goers to see the Live Action, Animation and Documentary nominees. Presented by ShortsHD with Magnolia Pictures, the shorts are programmed as three separate events in over 250 theaters across the United States, Canada and Europe with more than 400 theaters slated to screen the films during its theatrical release. The winners will be announced at the 86th Academy Awards® ceremony on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from the following five nominees in the Best Animated Short Film category: “Feral” (Directors Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden, USA/Non-dialogue). Synopsis: A wild boy

The 2014 Oscar Nominations: The Hustle of Hollywood

Who is going to take home Oscar?
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Written by Gordon S. Miller This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their nominees for the 86th Academy Awards (Oscar), which will be handed out at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014. It's amazing that what was once a three-hour-plus, glorified informercial for movies has greatly expanded into a months-long reality show thanks to the coverage it receives on the Internet from gossipy award bloggers imbued with delusions of grandeur and the audiences they draw for their work. I am a huge fan of both the show and the business of "show business" and have

BAFTA Announces Their 2013 Film Awards Nominees

And the nominees are....
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced the nominnes for the 2013 BAFTA. Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity led the way with 11 nominations, edging out both 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, each nominated in ten categories. Captain Phillips trailed behind them with nine nominations. The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 16 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD, preceded by a red carpet show on BBC Three. The ceremony is

71st Annual Golden Globes Nominations Have Been Announced

And the nominees are...
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This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed their nominees for the 2014 Golden Globe. There were a lot of familar names for those who waste time paying attention to film-award bloviators, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle tied with the most at seven nominations each, although seeing American Hustle along with Her, Nebraska, and The Wolf Of Wall Street in the Comedy category seemed a bit odd and questionable. For example, Spike Jonze's Her has humor in it, but I want to see a producer or HFPA representative tell me with a straight face how that romantic drama

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees in Visual Media

And the Grammy nominees are...
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The eligibility period was October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. The ceremony will be held on January 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and portions will be broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/P. I am surprised they don't go live across the country so stay off social media that night if you don't want it spoiled. Honoring the "best" music in Visual Media are the following categories.

2014 Spirit Award Nominees Announced

The 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees are...
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Earlier this week, Film Independent announced the nominations for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which recognized 45 films. “The nominations this year are from such an amazing pool of talented film artists,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent. “Their work demonstrates the deep originality and uniqueness of vision that are at the heart of independent film. At Film Independent, we work all year round to promote that spirit, and the nominees celebrated here today are tremendous ambassadors for their crafts, both in front of and behind the camera.” Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, distributed by Fox Searchlight

AMPAS Honors Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Piero Tosi at 2013 Governors Awards

Watch last night's Governors Awards ceremony.
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Last night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its 5th Annual Governors Awards at the Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, CA. “The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who’ve made indelible contributions in their respective fields,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honorees and look forward to bringing their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements.” Honorary Awards are intended “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to

Winners of 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

How did the TV academy do?
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Last night, the Academy of Televison Arts and Sciences handed out Emmy Awards for outstanding achievement during the 2012-2013 season. The awards were spread out as no television series earned more than two and HBO's Behind the Candelabra won three. Modern Family went four for four, winning Best Comedy for every season it's been on the air. Breaking Bad won its first Best Drama award for the first half of its fifth season. How did the Academy voters do? Let us know in the comments below the list of winners. Comedy Supporting Actress: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie Comedy Writing: Tina

AMPAS Selects 2014 and 2015 Show Dates

Mark your calendars, Oscar watchers.
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The saying goes, there's no rest for the wicked. That can be expanded to included Oscar watchers as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in conjunction with their television partner ABC have announced the key dates for the 86th Academy Awards and the airdate for the 87th Academy Awards. They are: Saturday, Nov 16, 2013: The Governors Awards Monday, Dec 2, 2013: Official Screen Credits due Friday, Dec 27, 2013: Nominations voting begins Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT Thursday, Jan 16, 2014: Oscar nominations announced Monday, Febr 10, 2014: Nominees Luncheon Friday, Febr

Join Us for the 40th Annual Annie Awards

Streaming here on 2/2/13 at 7PM PST.
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Award Season is still in progress and tonight The International Animated Film Society is hosting the 40th Annual Annie Awards at UCLA's Royce Hall. For those curious who aren't attending, the event will be streamed below. According to their website, the "Annie Awards will be presented in 30 categories including best animated feature, television production(s), television commercial, short subject, video game and student film, as well as the achievement and honorary awards." The nominees and honorees are listed after the USTREAM window, and links are available to works reviewed here at Cinema Sentries. [Update: Winners have been designated in Bold]

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