Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took three prizes, including best film, at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ 7th ACTA International Awards, which were held tonight at the Avalon Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.The revenge drama also earned best screenplay honors for writer-director Martin McDonagh and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.Margot Robbie took home the best lead actress prize for her portrayal of Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, for which Allison Janney claimed the supporting actress award.Gary Oldman was named best lead actor for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.Meanwhile, the best director laurels went to Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk.Hugh Sheridan hosted the ceremony.“On behalf of the Australian Academy, I congratulate all our winners tonight. We have again seen a dynamic mix of international and Australian screen achievement honored, celebrating some of the world’s biggest names in film, including Australian … [Read more...] about ‘Three Billboards’ Named Best Film at Australian Academy’s International Awards
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Voting by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for the year's best in film is under way.As previously announced, LAFCA chose Max von Sydow as the recipient of this year’s Career Achievement Award.The awards will be handed out at the group's annual dinner, set for Saturday, Jan. 13, at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.The Hollywood Reporter will be updating the list below with the winners' names as they are announced. Keep checking back for the latest. Picture: Runner-up: Director: Runner-up: Actress: Runner-up: Actor: Runner-up: Supporting actress: Runner-up: Supporting actor: Runner-up: Foreign-Language Film: Runner-up:Editing: Runner-up: Production Design: Runner-up:Music score: Runner-up:Cinematography: Dan Laustsen, The Shape of WaterRunner-up: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049 Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Prize: Next Generation:Special Citation:Career Achievement Award: Max von Sydow … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Film Critics Association Voting Under Way
Mark Boal was handed the Writers Guild of America award for best original screenplay Saturday night for his explosive drama script, "The Hurt Locker."The journalist-turned-movie-scribe spun his harrowing time embedded with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team in Baghdad in 2004 into a thriller directed by DGA award winner Kathryn Bigelow.Adding to their cache of frequent-awards miles, "Up in the Air" writers Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner flew off with the WGA's adapted screenplay honor. The pair has already taken home the Golden Globe for best screenplay and several critics' honors. Reitman was nommed by the WGA once before, in 2007, for his adaptation of Christopher Buckley's novel "Thank You for Smoking."The major television writing awards went to usual suspects "Mad Men" for drama series and "30 Rock" for comedy series. It was the second win in a row for Matthew Weiner's staff and third for Tina Fey's."Network TV is seen by so few people" that it is "as precious as live theater," … [Read more...] about WGA awards ‘Locker,’ ‘Up in the Air’
Alankrita Shrivastava’s controversial Lipstick Under My Burkha [pictured] and Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Hotel Salvation bookend the festival.Other highlights include a tribute to musician Zakir Hussain, and a director round table. Click here for further details. What is the festival about and what kind of films do you select?So you’re championing Indian independents?The Lunchbox that was picked up by Sony Classics. It’s still an uphill struggle though.Tell us about the range on offerSexy Durga just won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam and will come to us for the Los Angeles premiere.It seems from looking at the selection that Indian filmmakers are not afraid of courting controversy and tackling tough subjectsLipstick Under My Burka. It’s directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and is serious and lively and irreverent. [It’s about] four women struggling to express themselves as sexual beings. Very bold filmmaking for any filmmaker and it’s been in the news … [Read more...] about Mike Dougherty talks Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles
Best feature noms went to the French-language "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and the Pakistan-set "A Mighty Heart," while the starring duo of Tony Leung and Tang Wei of the Shanghai drama "Lust, Caution" both figure in the top acting categories.But Americana also ruled as "I'm Not There," Todd Haynes' kaleidoscope deconstruction of the work of Bob Dylan, led the field. With four nominations, including best feature, director and supporting noms for Cate Blanchett and Marcus Carl Franklin, it also was named the inaugural winner of the Robert Altman Award, recognizing Haynes, casting director Laura Rosenthal and the ensemble cast.While the Spirit Awards focus on American independent film, a film can qualify if at least one U.S. citizen or permanent resident is credited in two or more of the categories of writer, director or producer, which opened the door for this year's globetrotting noms.In addition to "I'm Not There," "Diving Bell," a film told from the point of view of a stroke … [Read more...] about Spirits blowin’ in wind
The 10 films selected as the most outstanding American motion pictures of the year include three comedies, "Borat," "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Little Miss Sunshine"; one live-action musical, "Dreamgirls"; one animated musical, "Happy Feet"; one thriller, "Inside Man"; one docu-drama, "United 93"; and three dramas, "Babel," "Half Nelson" and "Iwo Jima." On the TV side, the 10 outstanding TV programs of the year are "Battlestar Galactica," "Dexter," "Elizabeth I," "Friday Night Lights," "Heroes," "The Office," "South Park," "24," "The West Wing" and "The Wire."The AFI Awards, currently in their seventh year, recognize the creative ensembles, both in front of and behind the camera, for the film and TV titles chosen. They will be honored at a luncheon sponsored by Hewlett-Packard on Jan. 12 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. HP also has created 20 scholarships to the AFI Conservatory, one for each of the AFI honorees. The titles were selected by two 13-person juries that … [Read more...] about AFI keys in on best of 2006
Alter is best known for his award-winning work as a locations manager, with credits that range from David Lynch's "Lost Highway" and "Liar Liar" to "Anchorman" and Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming "Bruno." He won a California On Location Award for his work on Alexander Payne's "Sideways."But what he's always wanted to do was direct. And produce."I kept working in locations but always had a eye on directing and producing," he says.At long last, his first directing job is a film noir with a pinch of Dostoevsky, a movie that features, unsurprisingly, some of the best locations in Los Angeles, including ones that an indie of its size has no business procuring.Among the highlights is the Bradbury Building, a landmark edifice featured in such classics as the original "D.O.A." and "Blade Runner."Alter hadn't shot there in all his years as a location manager, but for his debut he used all his connections and shot for the moon. That led to the locations influencing the script."The script didn't … [Read more...] about Commentary: First-time helmer perfectly suited to stir up ‘Sleep’ with the best of L.A.
Alter is best known for his award-winning work as a locations manager, with credits that range from "Liar Liar" and David Lynch's "Lost Highway" to "Anchorman" and Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming "Bruno." He won a California On Location Award for his work on Alexander Payne's "Sideways."But what he always wanted to do was direct. And produce."I kept working in locations but always had a eye on directing and producing," Alter says.At long last, his first directing job is a film noir with a pinch of Dostoevsky, a movie that features, unsurprisingly, some of the best locations in Los Angeles, including those that an indie of its size has no business procuring.Among the highlights is the Bradbury Building, a landmark edifice featured in such classics as 1950's "D.O.A." and "Blade Runner."Alter hadn't shot there as a location manager, but for his directorial debut he used all of his connections and shot for the moon. That led to the locations influencing the script."The script didn't call for … [Read more...] about First-time helmer perfectly suited to stir up ‘Sleep’ with the best of L.A.
DUBAI -- Nathalie Dubois, chairman and CEO of the Los-Angeles based gift-suites company DPA, knows a thing or two about bling.The first to bring celebrity gift suites to Europe and the Middle East, Dubois is once again on hand at the Dubai International Film Festival, presenting the festival's official gift suite, where diamond-decked pacifiers from a Dubai-based company were among the star attractions on Friday.In keeping with the bridging cultures theme of the festival, and her own multicultural background, Dubois' Dubai suite is full of all that glitters from both the United Arab Emirates, Europe and the U.S."I always try to incorporate some companies from the region we are working in, which gives guests and celebrities an opportunity to learn about new products, " she said on a whirlwind tour of her colorful suite at the Al Qasr Hotel.In a selection that rivals even the best of the infamous Dubai shopping malls, the DPA suite included USB pens shaped like hearts from Philips … [Read more...] about DPA puts celebrities in comfort zone
The AFI's other movies of the year are "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Gran Torino," "Milk," "WALL-E," "Wendy and Lucy" and "The Wrestler."The 10 outstanding TV shows of the year are "Breaking Bad," "In Treatment," "John Adams," "Life," "Lost," "Mad Men," "The Office," "Recount," "The Shield" and "The Wire."The AFI will honor the creative ensembles behind the films and series at its AFI Awards 2008 luncheon on Jan. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.Two 13-person juries deliberated over the weekend to reach the choices.The motion picture jury consisted of chair Leonard Maltin along with Jeanine Basinger, Mary Corey, Mark Harris, Jim Hosney, Rick Jewell, Elvis Mitchell, Daniel Petrie Jr., Tom Pollock, Richard Schickel, Vivian Sobchack, Anne Thompson and Robert Towne.The TV jury consisted of chair Richard Frank along with Neal Baer, John Caldwell, Jean Picker Firstenberg, Mary McNamara, Kathleen Nolan, James Poniewozik, Del Reisman, Matt … [Read more...] about AFI names year’s best