Tuesday, December 20, 2016

AWARD SEASON NEWS ROUND-UP

As several critic groups announce their picks for the best of the year, it appears that "Moonlight" and "Manchester By The Sea" continue to dominate the field in award recognition. These films have not only won top spots from varied critics organizations across the country for the performances and technical achievements but received nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globes and both were selected by the American Film Institute as one of the ten best films of the year.

I just realized that I have never mentioned the Golden Globes or their nominations in this blog. I guess because I don't fully take them seriously as honoring the best in cinema ever since giving Pia Zadora the prize for "New Star of the Year" back in 1981. This year their nominations managed to be inspired ("Best Actor" nominee, Colin Farrell for "The Lobster", "Best Actress", Hailee Steinfeld in “The Edge of Seventeen” and a "Best Director" nod for Tom Ford) and head-scratching (acting noms for Lily Collins, Jonah Hill and Ryan Reynolds for "Deadpool"?).

Here is a listing of winners and nominations:

2016 AFI Films of the Year:

"Arrival"
"Fences"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Hell or High Water"
"La La Land"
"Manchester by the Sea"
"Moonlight"
"Silence"
"Sully"
"Zootopia"

2016 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards:

Best Picture: "Moonlight"
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"
Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"
Best Adapted Sceenplay: Seo Kyung-Chung & Chan-wook Park. "The Handmaiden"
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, "Jackie"
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"
Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea"
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Handmaiden"
Best Documentary: "OJ: Made in America"
Best Animated Feature: "Kubo and the Two Strings"
Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, "La La Land"
Best Editing: Tom Cross, "La La Land"
Best Art Direction: Seong-hie Ryu, "The Handmaiden"
Best Original Score: Mica Levi, "Jackie"

2016 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards:

Best Picture: "Moonlight"
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"
Best Original Screenplay (tie):Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea" & Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Heisserer, "Arrival"
Best Actor: Denzel Washington, "Fences"
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, "Elle"
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, "Fences"
Best Animated Feature: "The Red Turtle"
Best Foreign-Language Picture: "The Handmaiden"
Best Documentary: "I Am Not Your Negro"
Best Cinematography: James Laxton, "Moonlight"
Best Original Score: Mica Levi, "Jackie"
Best Film Editing (tie): Joe Walker, "Arrival" & Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, "Moonlight"

2016 Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards:

Best Picture: "Moonlight"
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, "La La Land"
Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"
Best Ensemble: "Moonlight"
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, "Elle"
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"
Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea"
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Handmaiden"
Best Documentary: "Cameraperson"
Best Animated Film: "Kubo and the Two Strings"
Best Cinematography: Natasha Braier, "The Neon Demon"
Best Editing: Nels Bangerter, "Cameraperson"
Best Original Score: Mica Levi, "Jackie"

2016 SAG Awards Nominations (film):

Cast in a Motion Picture:

“Captain Fantastic”
“Fences”
“Hidden Figures”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”

Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Amy Adams, “Arrival”
Emily Blunt, “The Girl on the Train”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble in a Movie:

“Captain America: Civil War”
“Dr. Strange”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Jason Bourne”
“Nocturnal Animals”

2016 Golden Globe Award Nominations (Film):

Best Motion Picture (Drama):

“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”

Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy):

“20th Century Women”
“Deadpool”
“La La Land”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Sing Street”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama):

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Joel Edgerton, “Loving”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

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 Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy):

Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Jonah Hill, “War Dogs”
Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy):

Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”
Lily Collins, “Rules Don’t Apply”
Hailee Steinfeld, “The Edge of Seventeen”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Simon Helberg, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Director (Motion Picture):

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Screenplay:

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”

Best Motion Picture (Foreign Language):

“Divines” (France)
“Elle” (France)
“Neruda” (Chile)
“The Salesman” (Iran/France)
“Toni Erdmann” (Germany)

Best Motion Picture (Animated):

“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Sing”
“Zootopia”

Best Original Song (Motion Picture):

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – “Trolls”
“City of Stars” – “La La Land”
“Faith” – “Sing”
“Gold” – “Gold”
“How Far I’ll Go” – “Moana”

Best Original Score (Motion Picture):

Nicholas Britell, “Moonlight”
Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”
Johann Johannsson, “Arrival”
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka, “Lion”
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and Benjamin Wallfisch, “Hidden Figures”