2018 Independent Spirit Awards Winners - Get Out

With the Oscars just around the corner, it’s almost time to wrap up awards season. But before Hollywood has its biggest night, the Independent Spirit Awards always take the time to honor some of the smaller, indie movies. In this case, some of these movies have already made quite a run during awards season, were distributed by a major studio and ended up with a bunch of Oscar nominations, but they were also independently financed.

The 2018 Independent Spirit Awards winners were announced Saturday night, and Get Out came away with the big prize for Best Feature. In addition, Jordan Peele won Best Director. But the film wasn’t able to come away with Best Screenplay. Instead, that honor went to Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird. Check out the rest of the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards winners below. Read More »

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri - 2018 BAFTA Winners

This past weekend, our friends across the pond doled out the British equivalent of the Oscars with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, or the BAFTAs. The honors sometimes serve as a prognosticator of what might unfold at the Academy Awards, and since the awards for Best Film and Best Director ended up being split across two different movies, that makes the Oscar race all the more interesting.

The 2018 BAFTAs handed out last night gave Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri the top prize for Best Film, but it wasn’t director Martin McDonagh who ended up winning Best Director. Instead that honor went to The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro. Could this be a preview of how the Oscars will go down next month?

Get the full list of the 2018 BAFTA winners below. Read More »

2018 DGA Nominees DIscussion

The Director’s Guild Of America awards have already been handed out, giving Guillermo del Toro one of several major victories on his path to potentially (and seemingly likely) winning Best Director at the Academy Awards. But before the awards took place, all of the DGA nominees got together for an extensive conversation about their filmmaking process and more.

At the Director’s Guild of America’s Los Angeles Theater on February 3, 2018, Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), and Jordan Peele (Get Out) all sat down for a three-hour conversation for the annual Meet the Nominees symposium.

Watch the 2018 DGA nominees discussion below. Read More »

ADG and ACE Awards

As we lurch into the final weeks before the Oscars, a few more awards groups have given out their top prizes. Ceremonies like the Art Directors Guild’s Awards and the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards offer some much-deserved accolades to films and artists that often escape the spotlight at the Academy Awards…and they also offer a way for us to narrow down our Oscars betting pools.

Here’s who won big at the ADG Awards and ACE Eddie Awards this weekend.

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three billboards backlash

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has all the makings of an Oscar frontrunner. The festival favorite boasts a riveting turn from lead Frances McDormand, a deliciously sharp screenplay from director Martin McDonagh, and a tour-de-force performance from Sam Rockwell as a self-loathing corrupt cop. It received near-universal praise at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. At key awards ceremonies, Three Billboards swept — winning the Golden Globe for Best Drama, the SAG Award for Best Ensemble, the TIFF People’s Choice Awards, and landing a spot in the AFI top 10 of 2017.

Most importantly, it was timely. Three Billboards is a story about a bereaved mother Mildred Hayes who shakes up a small Midwestern town with her bitter attacks against the beloved Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) for his department’s inability to find the culprit behind her daughter’s rape and murder. The film hit the festival circuit right at the crest of #MeToo movement, an industry-wide reckoning of the systemic abuse and harassment of women at the hands of Hollywood’s most powerful men. It seemed fitting, then, that the Oscar frontrunner would be about righteous female vengeance, led by a middle-aged actress whose furious performance threatened to sear through the screen.

And yet, Three Billboards finds itself facing its own reckoning, with a backlash as fierce as Mildred’s single-minded quest for justice.

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three billboards outside ebbing missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has jumped to the front of the Oscar race again, scooping up three wins at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.

Check out the complete list of winners below.

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Lady Bird - 2018 DGA Awards Nominations

Following this week’s announcement of the BAFTA nominations, the Director’s Guild of America is next in line to reveal their nominations for the best achievement in directing from the previous year in cinema for their 70th annual awards ceremony.

The 2018 DGA Awards nominations were announced today, and Lady Bird fans will be happy to see that director Greta Gerwig has finally been given her due diligence by landing a nomination. Furthermore, Get Out director Jordan Peele has landed two nominations, one in the primary outstanding directorial achievement award and one for being a first-time director.

Get the full list of 2018 DGA Awards nominations below. Read More »

The Shape of Water - 2018 BAFTA Nominations

After the Golden Globes were handed out last weekend, it’s time for the more significant, meaningful awards to take the spotlight. Today we have the 2018 BAFTA nominations, the equivalent of the Academy Awards for our friends in the United Kingdom.

The Shape of Water led the pack by racking up 12 nominations, including being one of five nominees for Best Film. Joining Guillermo del Toro‘s masterpiece were also Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Darkest Hour, both landing nine nominations each. However, not all the awards favorites were shown love with Steven Spielberg’s The Post left out in the wind with zero nominations.

See the full list of 2018 BAFTA nominations below. Read More »

Jacob Hall’s Top 10 Movies of 2017

 Top 10 Movies of 2017

Insert obligatory opening statement about how much 2017 stunk overall! Insert obligatory follow-up statement about how the movies of 2017 were a highlight in 365 days of raw sewage!

These are my top films of 2017. So let’s go ahead and insert another obligatory comment about how many great movies didn’t make the cut. Here are the honorable mentions that are all tied for #11: Baby Driver, The Disaster Artist, Good Time, Colossal, War for the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ingrid Goes West, Logan, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Free Fire, and Thelma.

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Dunkirk - 2018 ACE Eddie Award Nominations

Even though we’re now officially into 2018, awards season continues in Hollywood. The Golden Globes are coming up this weekend and now the various guilds and organizations that represent the talented people who work behind the scenes of your favorite movies are putting forth the nominations for their own awards.

Today, it’s the American Cinema Editors announcing the nominees for their 68th ACE Eddie Awards. Like the Golden Globes, the ACE Eddie Awards divide the motion picture categories up into “dramatic” and “comedy,” which means Get Out is again strangely regarded as a comedy. Other nominees across the movie board include Dunkirk, Baby Driver and The LEGO Batman Movie. Meanwhile, television nominees include Portlandia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones and more.

Check out the full list of the 2018 ACE Eddie Award nominations below. Read More »