Just Mercy, a film about the heroic American lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson's early career and efforts to free innocent black men from death row, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday night in front of a packed Roy Thomson Hall. The fourth feature from the young writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton, who co-adapted this one with Andrew Lanham from Stevenson's novel of the same name, played through the roof, thanks largely to a powerful story strongly brought to life by Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson and Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian, one of his clients. The reality is that Just Mercy, which counts Jordan and Stevenson among its executive producers, is a somewhat glossy, on-the-nose, big-studio film, and is not nearly as polished or impressive as Cretton's 2013 indie Short Term 12, which introduced Brie Larson and a host of other terrific young talent to cinephiles. (Larson also starred in Cretton's 2017 film The Glass Castle and plays a small … [Read more...] about Toronto: ‘Just Mercy’ Wins Cheers, But Can It Win Awards?
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click to enlarge DOYLE MURPHY A couple of award-winning Riverfront Times issues. It has been a good couple of months for the Riverfront Times. Over the weekend, the Association for Alternative News, the top organization for alt weeklies, recognized one of our staffers and a talented contributor with national awards in Boulder, Colorado at its annual convention. RFT Art Director Evan Sult won second place in the illustration category for his powerful cover, "Title Mine," drawing readers into an important feature story on Washington University's handling of sexual assault allegations. Contributing writer Robert Lagellier also won second place in the feature writing category for his story, "The Pool Repairman and the Hollywood Hustle," a wild tale if there ever was one. And as long as we're bragging, staff writer Danny Wicentowski cleaned up in June at the Society of Professional Journalists 2019 Diamond Journalism Awards. Competing against non-daily papers from a region … [Read more...] about RFT Staffers Are Winning Awards — We Told You They Were Good
A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has won a $5,000 award named for the late CIA director William E. Colby. Paul Scharre’s “Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War” is this year’s winner of the Colby prize, given annually since 1999 by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Announced Tuesday, the award is presented for a work of fiction or non-fiction about military history, intelligence operations or international affairs. Scharre’s writings have appeared in The New York Times and Time magazine among other publications, and he has been a commentator for CNN, Fox News and the BBC. Runner-ups for the Colby award were former director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s “Facts and Fears” and Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow’s “War on Peace.” Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about War veteran Paul Scharre wins award for book ‘Army of None’
DUNGANNON-based modular buildings specialist McAvoy Group has won a fourth award in recent month in recognition of its pioneering work in applying digital technology to offsite construction. One of the leading offsite specialists in the UK and Ireland, it has been named BIM Contractor of the Year at the UK BIM Awards. The awards promote the digitisation of the building industry, recognising digital construction excellence and rewarding organisations that implement innovative technological solutions in the built environment.Innovators and pioneers of digital construction are celebrated in a number of categories, showcasing outstanding achievements from across the construction industry.The judges said they selected the McAvoy submission based on its thorough interpretation of its achievements in the delivery of digital construction. The citation went on: "There is clearly an excellent strategic-level interest in the use of this technology in the group's offsite operations and we saw that … [Read more...] about McAvoy wins award for digital construction technology
ANT McPartlin has won the National Television Award for TV Entertainment Presenter for the 18th consecutive year - despite spending most of the year on a break from work after his drink-drive crash. Ant admitted he was "genuinely shocked" as he accepted the award with his presenting partner Declan Donnelly and beat tough competition from Holly Willoughby to win the gong. "Thank you this is a genuine shock, especially this year," he said. "I'm shaking here, we want to say thank you to everybody, I really don't feel like I can accept this this year. "The one reason we've won the award this year is because of this guy, his hard work, dedication, wit, funniness and being the best mate there is out there, I love you man, well done. Ant and Dec were not at the awards bash because they are tied up filming BGT but accepted the award from the London Palladium. They also made a dig at rival Dermot O'Leary who previously said he would quit the business if Ant and Dec won for the 18th year in a … [Read more...] about NTAs 2019 – Emotional Ant McPartlin ‘genuinely shocked’ to win award as Dec Donnelly makes cheeky dig at Dermot O’Leary and tells him to retire