December 1, 2012 |
Americans associate the holidays with many things: mob scenes at the malls, heavy meals with the relatives and an abundance - some would say overabundance - of movies. Award-worthy movies. Family movies. Big action spectacles. Small indie tear-jerkers. All of which are lumped into a convenient package with a Hollywood bow on it called the holiday movie season. It's the time of year when the studios jockey for the biggest slice of the audience pie as well as promoting their prestige films for the plethora of awards to come, including the Golden Globes, the guild awards and the crown jewel, the Academy Awards - in other words, pursuing both cash and class.
June 24, 2012 |
A feature film about two sisters fleeing an African civil war and a documentary centering on a Mexican cattle-ranching community took home the top prizes at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sunday. "All is Well," a Portuguese-language film directed by Pocas Pascoal, was deemed the best narrative film at the festival by a jury including actress Rachael Harris, actor Robert Townsend and film critic Sheri Linden. The movie, which was awarded a $15,000 prize, follows two Angolan sisters as they run away from homeland strife and escape to Lisbon, Portugal, where they struggle to survive on the streets.
June 24, 2012 |
The Palm Springs International ShortFest , hailed by its presenters as North America's largest festival and market for short films, presented its best-of-festival award and a $2,000 prize Sunday night to the Peruvian “Behind the Mirrors,” a 16-minute crime story by Julio O. Ramos set in a brothel. The film was among 324 live action, animated and documentary shorts screened at the festival, where more than 3,000 titles were available in an accompanying market. The festival's grand jury award was given to the 11-minute American short “Paulie,” a look at a seventh-grade genius who takes matters into his own hands when a classroom bully beats him in an essay contest.
November 10, 2011
Spin the reels back for a look at some of the winners from this year's key festivals: SUNDANCE Grand Jury Prize, dramatic: "Like Crazy," directed by Drake Doremus Audience Award, U.S. dramatic: "Circumstance," directed by Maryam Keshavarz Audience Award, documentary: "Buck," directed by Cindy Meehl CANNES Palme d'Or: "Tree of Life," directed by Terrence Malick Grand Prix: "Once Upon a...
January 31, 2010 |
Dark films, particularly those that engage with social and political themes, dominated the Sundance Film Festival awards Saturday night. "Winter's Bone," writer/director Debra Granik's mystery-tinged tale about an impoverished teenager (Jennifer Lawrence) searching for her missing, meth-cooking father in the wooded Missouri Ozarks, won both the grand jury prize in the U.S. dramatic category and the prestigious Waldo Salt screenwriting award. And rugged terrain of a different sort was the setting for the winner of the U.S. documentary grand jury prize, "Restrepo," Sebastian Junger's and Tim Hetherington's vérité examination of a U.S. Army unit stationed in Afghanistan's dangerous Korengal Valley.
December 2, 2009
Although British actor Colin Firth has yet to be nominated for an Academy Award, plenty of other organizations have taken note of his work, particularly in Europe. And his "A Single Man" has already earned kudos at film festivals. BAFTA Awards 2002: Nominated for supporting actor film award for "Bridget Jones's Diary." 1996: Nominated for lead actor TV award for "Pride and Prejudice." British Independent Film Awards 2007: Nominated for supporting actor for "And When Did You Last See Your Father?"