Thursday, December 1, 2016

'La La Land' leads pack of Critics' contenders; watch on Dec. 11

 The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) today announced the film nominees for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.  
 “La La Land” leads all films this year with 12 nominations, followed by “Arrival” and “Moonlight,” with 10 apiece, and  “Manchester by the Sea,” with eight.

“This year’s nominees showcase the best that
Hollywood has to offer, spanning a wide array of genres, subject matters, time periods, and more,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin.  “We hope that they will serve as a roadmap for viewers, offering guidance for movie lovers and ticket buyers as we launch this awards season. We are so thrilled to be able to recognize these incomparable artists and look forward to bringing them together for an unforgettable evening!”
The winners will be revealed live at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, which will be broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A&E at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.  The awards broadcast will immediately follow the “Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live” on A&E.  As previously announced, actor and comedian T.J. Miller will return as the show’s host.

Also as previously announced, HBO leads the television honors with 22 nominations, followed by ABC and Netflix with 14 each, and FX with 12.  Topping the list of nominated series is "The People v. O.J. Simpson" (FX) with six. "Game of Thrones" (HBO), "The Night Manager" (AMC), and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Netflix) follow closely behind with five each.   


Best Actress and Actor contenders Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dance their way through "La La Land." 

Movie nominations were announced this morning by Entertainment Weekly via EW.com and the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (People.com/PEN), as part of a multi-platform content and promotional partnership between EW and the “Critics’ Choice Awards.”

FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 22ND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS


BEST PICTURE
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Lion
Loving
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Sully
 
BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Tom Hanks – Sully
Denzel Washington – Fences

BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams – Arrival
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis – Fences
Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Janelle Monáe  – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – 
Manchester by the Sea

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Alex R. Hibbert – Moonlight
Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
Madina Nalwanga – Queen of Katwe
Sunny Pawar - Lion
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
20th Century Women
Fences
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight 

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight 
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Denzel Washington – Fences

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight
Yorgos Lanthimos/Efthimis Filippou – The Lobster
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea 
Jeff Nichols – Loving
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Luke Davies – Lion
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Eric Heisserer – Arrival
Todd Komarnicki – Sully
Allison Schroeder/Theodore Melfi – Hidden Figures
August Wilson – Fences

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Stéphane Fontaine – Jackie
James Laxton – Moonlight
Seamus McGarvey – Nocturnal Animals
Linus Sandgren – La La Land
Bradford Young – Arrival

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Arrival – Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte/André Valade
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig/James Hambidge, Anna Pinnock
Jackie – Jean Rabasse, Véronique Melery
La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Live by Night – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

BEST EDITING
Tom Cross – La La Land
John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge
Blu Murray – Sully
Nat Sanders/Joi McMillon - Moonlight
Joe Walker – Arrival

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Colleen Atwood – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Consolata Boyle – Florence Foster Jenkins
Madeline Fontaine – Jackie
Joanna Johnston – Allied
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh – Love & Friendship
Mary Zophres – La La Land

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hacksaw Ridge
Jackie
Star Trek Beyond

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
A Monster Calls
Arrival
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Jungle Book 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
The Red Turtle
Trolls
Zootopia

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Captain America: Civil War
Deadpool
Doctor Strange
Hacksaw Ridge
Jason Bourne

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange
Matt Damon – Jason Bourne
Chris Evans – Captain America: Civil War
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Gal Gadot – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Scarlett Johansson – Captain America: Civil War
Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad
Tilda Swinton – Doctor Strange

BEST COMEDY
Central Intelligence
Deadpool
Don’t Think Twice
The Edge of Seventeen
Hail, Caesar!
The Nice Guys

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dwayne Johnson – Central Intelligence
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

 BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship
Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris
Kate McKinnon – Ghostbusters
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
10 Cloverfield Lane
Arrival
Doctor Strange
Don’t Breathe
Star Trek Beyond
The Witch

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Elle
The Handmaiden
Julieta
Neruda
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

BEST SONG
Audition (The Fools Who Dream) – La La Land
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Trolls
City of Stars – La La Land
Drive It Like You Stole It – Sing Street
How Far I’ll Go - Moana
The Rules Don’t Apply – Rules Don’t Apply

BEST SCORE
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival
Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Micachu – Jackie
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion

“The Critics’ Choice Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics' organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today's film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

Friday, November 4, 2016

'OJ' and '13th' dominate first BFCA documentary awards


BROOKLYN, NY – "OJ: Made in America" took home the most awards in the theatrical division, and "13th" ruled the TV/Streaming side last night, when the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists' Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards at a gala event hosted by comic/magician Penn Jillette at BRIC here.

 "OJ: Made in America,"  the five-part ESPN series that actually played -- all seven hours and 43 minutes of it -- in a few theaters late last May after premiering at Sundance last winter, won Best Documentary, Best Director for Ezra Edelman, Best Limited Documentary Series and Best Sports Documentary.

Meanwhile, "13th," which opened this fall's New York Film Festival before its current run on Netflix, captured three awards, including Best Documentary, Best Political Documentary and Best Director for Ava DuVernay.
      
The inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards honor the finest achievement in documentary features and non-fiction television. Nominees were determined by BFCA and BTJA members with expertise in the documentary field.

In addition to awards listed below, host Jillette led the celebrations for this year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honorees:  Danny Fields ("Danny Says"),  Iggy Pop ("Gimme Danger"),  Kirsten Johnson ("Cameraperson"), Owen Suskind  ("Life, Animated"),  Sharon Jones  ("Miss Sharon Jones!"),  Steve Gleason ("Gleason") and Theo Padnos ("Theo Who Lived").
  
INAUGURAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS WINNERS

Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature), "O.J.: Made in America"

Best Director (Theatrical Feature),
 Ezra Edelman, "OJ: Made in America
"

Best Documentary (TV/Streaming), "13th"

Best Director (TV/Streaming),
 Ava DuVernay, "13th"

Best First Documentary (Theatrical Feature),
  Jack Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, "Weiner"

Best First Documentary (TV/Streaming)
(TIE), Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker, "Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted and Unscripted"; and Deborah Esquenaz, "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"

Best Political Documentary, "13th

Best Sports Documentary, "OJ: Made in America"

Best Music Documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
"

Best Song in a Documentary, "I'm Still Here" ("Miss Sharon Jones"), written by Sharon Jones, performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Best Limited Documentary Series, "OJ: Made in America

Best Ongoing Documentary Series, "30 for 30
(ESPN)

Most Innovative Documentary, "Tower"


BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The BTJA is a partner organization and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit www.criticschoice.com.

Monday, October 10, 2016

'Gleason' 'OJ' and '13th' top list of Critics' Choice doc nominees

LOS ANGELES – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced the nominees for the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event on Thursday, Nov. 3, at BRIC, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“It is an amazing time for documentaries, with the ever-increasing number of platforms enabling producers to reach enthusiastic and growing audiences for non-fiction storytelling,” said BFCA and BTJA President Joey Berlin. 

“This is clearly demonstrated in the depth and quality of our inaugural nominees. We have a wealth of brilliant creators who are bringing to light some of the most entertaining and illuminating stories being told today.  Indeed, documentary filmmaking is modern investigative journalism. We look forward to celebrating all these fine and important achievements.”

Leading the nominees this year are "Gleason," "13th," and " 30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America," with five noms each.  Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations include:  '

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
13th (Netflix/Kandoo Films)
30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America (ESPN/Laylow Films)
Cameraperson (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)
Fire at Sea (Kino Lorber/Stemal Entertainment/21 Unofilm/Cinecittà Luce/Rai Cinema/Les Films d'Ici/Arte France Cinéma)
Gleason (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)
Life, Animated (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)
Tickled (Magnolia/A Ticklish Tale/Fumes Production/Horseshoe Films)
Tower (Kino Lorber/ITVS/Meredith Vieira Productions/GTS Films/Diana DiMenna)
Weiner (Sundance Selects/Motto Pictures/Edgeline Films)
The Witness (FilmRise/Five More Minutes Productions)

BEST DIRECTION OF A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Ezra Edelman – 30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America (ESPN/Laylow Films)
Ron Howard – The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Hulu/Imagine Entertainment/Apple Corps)
Kirsten Johnson – Cameraperson (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)
Keith Maitland – Tower (Kino Lorber/ITVS/Meredith Vieira Productions/GTS Films/Diana DiMenna Film)
Clay Tweel – Gleason (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)
Roger Ross Williams – Life, Animated (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)

BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Otto Bell  The Eagle Huntress (Sony Pictures Classics/Kissaki Films/Stacey Reiss Productions)
David Farrier and Dylan Reeve –  Tickled (Magnolia/A Ticklish Tale/Fumes Production/Horseshoe Films)
Adam Irving  Off the Rails (The Film Collaborative/Zipper Bros Films)
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg  Weiner (Sundance Selects/Motto Pictures/Edgeline Films)
James D. Solomon  The Witness (FilmRise/Five More Minutes Productions)
Nanfu Wang  Hooligan Sparrow (The Film Collaborative/Little Horse Crossing the River)

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY
13th (Netflix/Kandoo Films)
30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America (ESPN/Laylow Films)
Audrie & Daisy (Netflix/Actual Films)
Newtown (Abramorama/Mile 22/Independent Television Service)
Weiner (Sundance Selects/Motto Pictures/Edgeline Films)
Zero Days (Magnolia/Jigsaw Productions/Participant Media)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (TV/STREAMING)
13th (Netflix/Kandoo Films)
30 For 30: Fantastic Lies (ESPN)
Amanda Knox (Netflix/Plus Pictures)
Audrie & Daisy (Netflix/Actual Films)
Before the Flood (National Geographic/Appian Way/Insurgent Docs/RatPac Documentary Films)
Holy Hell (CNN/WRA Productions)
Into the Inferno (Netflix/Herzog-Film/Matter of Fact Media/Spring Films)
Jim: The James Foley Story (HBO/Kunhardt Films)
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (HBO/Film Manufacturers/World of Wonder Productions)
Rats (Discovery Channel/Dakota Group/Submarine Entertainment/Warrior Poets)

BEST DIRECTOR (TV/STREAMING)
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato –  Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (HBO/Film Manufacturers/World of Wonder Productions)
Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn – Amanda Knox (Netflix/Plus Pictures)
Ava DuVernay – 13th (Netflix/Kandoo Films)
Werner Herzog – Into the Inferno (Netflix/Herzog-Film/Matter of Fact Media/Spring Films)
Morgan Spurlock – Rats (Discovery Channel/Dakota Group/Submarine Entertainment/Warrior Poets)
Fisher Stevens – Before the Flood (National Geographic/Appian Way/Insurgent Docs/RatPac Documentary Films)

BEST FIRST FEATURE (TV/STREAMING) 
Everything is Copy - Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker (HBO/Loveless)
Holy Hell - Will Allen (CNN/WRA Productions)
Mavis! - Jessica Edwards (HBO/Film First Co.)
My Beautiful Broken Brain - Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland (Netflix)
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four - Deborah Esquenazi (Investigation Discovery/Motto Pictures/Naked Edge Films)
Team Foxcatcher - Jon Greenhalgh (Netflix/Hattasan Productions/Madrose Productions)
                       
BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES
30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America (ESPN/Laylow Films)
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (Showtime/Left/Right)
The Eighties (CNN)
The Hunt (BBC America/Silverback Films/NDR Naturfilm)
Jackie Robinson (PBS/Florentine Films)
Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (PBS/Higher Ground/Show of Force) 

BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES
            30 for 30 (ESPN)
Frontline (PBS)
Last Chance U (Netflix) 
Morgan Spurlock Inside Man (CNN) 
POV (PBS)
This Is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN)

BEST SONG IN A DOCUMENTARY
“Angel by the Wings” – The Eagle Huntress – Written by Sia – Performed by Sia (Sony Pictures Classics/Kissaki Films/Stacey Reiss Productions)
“The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story – Written by Sting and J. Ralph – Performed by Sting (HBO/Kunhardt Films)
“Flicker” – Audrie & Daisy – Written by Tori Amos – Performed by Tori Amos (Netflix/Actual Films)
“Hoping and Healing” – Gleason – Written by Mike McCready – Performed by Mike McCready (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)
“I’m Still Here” – Miss Sharon Jones! – Written by Sharon Jones – Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Cabin Creek Films/Starz Digital Media)
“Letters to the Free” – 13th – Written by Common, Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper – Performed by Common featuring Bilal (Netflix/Kandoo Films)

BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY
30 For 30: Fantastic Lies (ESPN)
30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America (ESPN/Laylow Films)
Dark Horse (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Eagle Huntress (Sony Pictures Classics/Kissaki Films/Stacey Reiss Productions)
Gleason (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)
Jackie Robinson (PBS/Florentine Films)
Keepers of the Game (Tribeca Digital Studios/Flatbush Pictures)

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (Hulu/Imagine Entertainment/Apple Corps)
Gimme Danger (Magnolia/Amazon)
Miss Sharon Jones! (Cabin Creek Films/Starz Digital Media)
The Music of Strangers (Participant Media/Tremolo Productions)
Presenting Princess Shaw (Magnolia)
We Are X (Drafthouse Films)

MOST INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY
Cameraperson (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)
Kate Plays Christine (Grasshopper Film/4th Row Films/Faliro House Productions/Prewar Cinema Productions)
Life, Animated (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)
Nuts (Amazon/mTuckman Media/Cartuna/Gland Power Films)
Tower (Kino Lorber/ITVS/Meredith Vieira Productions/GTS Films/Diana DiMenna Film
Under The Sun (Icarus Films/Vertov Studio/Saxonia Entertainment/Hypermarket Film)

As part of the gala awards ceremony the BFCA and BTJA also will be honoring this year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary. Honorees are as follows:

Danny Fields - Danny Says (Magnolia/Outre Films)
Iggy Pop - Gimme Danger (Magnolia/Amazon)
Kirsten Johnson – Cameraperson (Janus Films/Fork Films/Big Mouth Productions)
Owen Suskind - Life, Animated (A&E IndieFilms/The Orchard/Motto Pictures/Roger Ross Williams Productions)
Sharon Jones - Miss Sharon Jones! (Cabin Creek Films/Starz Digital Media)
Steve Gleason – Gleason (Open Road/Amazon/Exhibit A)
Theo Padnos - Theo Who Lived (Zeitgeist Films)


Qualified members of BFCA and BTJA will choose the winners from among the nominees in voting through Nov. 1.

The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The BTJA is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis.