Feb 182013
 

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The last of the big four guild awards, the Writer’s Guild of America Awards have been announced. The guild celebrates excellence in both film and television writing.

Argo continues its strong Oscar push with another guild win, picking up the adapted screenplay award. The film has now won the major  WGA, DGA and PGA awards; as well as the SAG award for best ensemble cast. According to Indiewire, the last film to win the big four guild awards and not win best picture at the Oscars was Apollo 13.

Zero Dark Thirty was awarded original screenplay; while Searching for Sugar Man took home the documentary writing award.

A complete list of the WGA award winners can be found on the WGA website.

Outstanding Achievement in Writing – Adapted Screenplay
“Argo”
Screenplay by Chris Terrio
Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman

Outstanding Achievement in Writing – Original Screenplay
“Zero Dark Thirty”
Written by Mark Boal

Outstanding Achievement in Writing – Documentary Screenplay
“Searching for Sugar Man”
Written by Malik Bendjelloul

 

By Sam McCosh

Feb 112013
 

 

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Argo continues its strong run up to the Oscars, taking out 3 awards at the 66th annual British Academy of Film awards. The film took home Best Picture and Best Editing, as well as Best Director for Ben Affleck. Affleck has now won most of the major pre-Oscar awards, which only serves to strengthen Argo‘s chances for Best Picture, and leave the Best Director race wide open (especially since the best director – Bigelow, isn’t even nominated).

Day-Lewis and Hathaway won their respective categories at the BAFTAs – these two are complete lock-ins for the Oscars. Waltz took out Best Supporting Actor; and in a surprise move, the BAFTAs awarded Riva best actress for her amazing performance in Amour.

In the British categories, Skyfall was named Best British Film, while documentary The Imposter was named the Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

Full list of winners below:

Best Film: Argo
Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best British Film: Skyfall
Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: The Imposter
Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained
Best Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Film Not In The English Language: Amour
Best Documentary: Searching For Sugar Man
Best Original Film Score: Skyfall
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi
Best Editing: Argo
Best Sound: Les Miserables
Best Animated Film: Brave
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Best Makeup and Hair: Les Miserables
Best Production Design: Les Miserables
Best Costumes: Anna Karenina
Best Short Film: Swimmer
Best Animated Short: The Making of Longbird
 
By Sam McCosh

Feb 032013
 

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Ben Affleck has won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film award at the 65th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards held overnight in Los Angeles. After wining the PGA and the ensemble cast award at the SAGS, Argo has a lot of momentum behind it as we inch ever so closer to the Academy Awards. However, only two films have ever won the Best Picture Academy Award without a Best Director nomination; and the films this year are of such a high standard, that a win for Argo is by no means a given.

Malik Bendjelloul has continued Searching for Sugar Man‘s winning streak, picking up the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.

Visit the official website for details on the other winners.

By Sam McCosh

[image via THR]

 

Jan 272013
 

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The completist film nerd in me is very happy. I have now seen all of the 2013 Oscar nominees for best picture. I have to say that 2013 has been a very strong year, and a year where the Academy has actually nominated many of what I believe to be the best films of 2012. After the jump check out my ranking of the best picture nominees. Of course this list is purely based on my personal tastes…

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Jan 092013
 

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The 65th EE British Academy Film Awards nominations have been announced in London, with the Steven Spielberg directed film Lincoln leading the pack with 10 nominations – although Spielberg himself was not nominated in the directing category.

Les Miserables and Life of Pi both picked up 9 nominations, with Les Miserables being the only film to garner a Best Film and a Best British Film nomination.

Only Argo, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty gained both best film and best director nominations, with directing nominations also going to Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained and Michael Haneke for Amour.

Amour also received a nomination for screenplay, and in the very strong ‘Film Not in the English Language’ category, along with fantastic dark comedy Headhunters and the emotional Rust & Bone.

I was very pleased to see The Imposter receive a documentary nomination, along with nominations for Bart Layton (director) and Domintri Doganis (producer) in the ‘Outstanding debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer’ category.

The awards will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry on February 10. Full list of nominations are after the jump.

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Jan 092013
 

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The five directors and directorial teams nominated for the DGA Award have been announced. Ben Affleck picks up his first nomination for Argo; while Steven Spielberg received his 11th (!!) feature film directing nomination for Lincoln. With only five nominations available, there was always going to be some incredible directors who didn’t quite make the cut. Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master), Quentin Tarantino (DJango Unchained) and David O. Russel (Silver Linings Playbook) didn’t receive nominations.

Are the 5 below our Oscar nominees? Quite possibly -the DGA has a good track record of mirroring the Oscar nominations. The DGA Awards will be announced on February 2nd.

 

BEN AFFLECK
Argo
 
Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager:  Amy Herman
First Assistant Director:  David Webb
Second Assistant Director:  Ian Calip
Second Second Assistant Directors: Clark Credle, Gavin Kleintop
First Assistant Director (Turkey Unit): Belkis Turan
 

KATHRYN BIGELOW
Zero Dark Thirty
 
Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager:  Colin Wilson
First Assistant Director:  David A. Ticotin
Second Assistant Directors:  Ben Lanning, Sarah Hood
First Assistant Director (Jordan Unit): Scott Robertson
Second Assistant Directors (Jordan Unit): Jonas Spaccarotelli, Yanal Kassay
Second Second Assistant Director (Jordan Unit): Tarek Afifi
Unit Production Manager (India Unit): Rajeev Mehra

 
TOM HOOPER
Les Misérables
 
Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager:  Patrick Schweitzer
First Assistant Director:  Ben Howarth
Second Assistant Director:  Harriet Worth
Second Second Assistant Director: Dan Channing Williams

 
ANG LEE
Life of Pi
 
Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager:  Michael J. Malone
Unit Production Manager (Taiwan): Leo Chen
First Assistant Directors:  William M. Connor, Cliff Lanning
Second Assistant Directors:  Robert Burgess, Ben Lanning
Unit Production Manager (India Unit): Sanjay Kumar
First Assistant Director (India Unit): Nitya Mehra
Second Assistant Director (India Unit): Ananya Rane
Second Second Assistant Directors (India Unit): Namra Parikh, Freya Parekh
Second Assistant Directors (Montreal Unit): Derek Wimble, Renato De Cotiis

 
STEVEN SPIELBERG
Lincoln
 
Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager:  Susan McNamara
First Assistant Director:  Adam Somner
Second Assistant Director:  Ian Stone
Second Second Assistant Directors: Eric Lasko, Trevor Tavares

Jan 052013
 

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The Writers Guild of America have announced the nominations for their annual awards which recognise the best in writing for the screen.

I was extremely happy to see a favourite of mine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower receive a nomination in the adapted screenplay category, alongside Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Argo. Chris will no doubt be happy that Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master picked up a well-deserved nomination in the original screenplay category.  In the documentary screenwriting category, Searching for Sugar Man continues its strong Oscar push with a WGA nomination.

It is important to note however, that due to strict WGA guidelines  a number of potential Oscar nominees were not eligible for WGA nominations. These include: Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour, Rust & Bone and Les Misérables.

The award winners will be announced on February 17th. Full list of nominations below:
 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Flight, Written by John Gatins
Looper, Written by Rian Johnson
The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal
 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman
Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel
Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book
Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick
 

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns
The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney
Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger
West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin
 
By Sam McCosh

Jan 032013
 

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The nominees for the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards have been announced today ahead of the award ceremony to be held on January 26th. There is an interesting mix of indies and studio blockbusters; and while they are not always on the money, this does give us the first true indication about what could be nominated for an Academy Award.

The nominees in the film categories are listed below.

 

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

Argo
Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn

Django Unchained
Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher

Les Misérables
Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh

Life of Pi
Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark

Lincoln
Producers:  Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

Moonrise Kingdom
Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales

Silver Linings Playbook
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon

Skyfall
Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson

Zero Dark Thirty
Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Brave
Producer:  Katherine Sarafian

Frankenweenie
Producers:  Allison Abbate, Tim Burton

ParaNorman
Producers:  Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner

Rise of the Guardians
Producers:  Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg

Wreck-It Ralph
Producer:  Clark Spencer

 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

A People Uncounted
Producers: Marc Swenker, Aaron Yeger

The Gatekeepers
Producers: Estelle Fialon, Philippa Kowarsky, Dror Moreh

The Island President
Producers: Richard Berg, Bonni Cohen

The Other Dream Team
Producers: Marius Markevicius, Jon Weinbach

Searching For Sugar Man
Producers: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

 
By Sam McCosh