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‘4.1 Miles’ Wins Special Jury Prize at BAFTA Los Angeles Student Film Awards

Documentary short “4.1 Miles” by Daphne Matziaraki from Uc Berkeley won the special jury prize Thursday from British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles Student Film Awards in a gala ceremony at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The docu short was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year.

BAFTA Los Angeles’ first-ever student film award for animation presented by Laika generated a tie between Alicja Jasina of USC for “Once Upon a Line” and Kal Athannassov, John McDonald, and Echo Wu from Ringling College of Art & Design for “The Wishgranter.” The prize for live action was awarded to Jimmy Keyrouz from Columbia for “Nocturne in Black.” Matziaraki was also presented with the doc student film award for “4.1 Miles.”

The panel of judges included directors Ron Clements and John Musker (“Moana”); actors Shohreh Aghdashloo and Ioan Gruffudd; producer David Gelb; and editor Joan Sobel.

For the first time, BAFTA L.A.
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BAFTA announces 2017 Student Film Award winners

BAFTA announces 2017 Student Film Award winners
Special jury prize awarded to Daphne Matziaraki for documentary 4.1 Miles.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Student Film Awards.

In a gala ceremony in Los Angeles there was a tie in the first ever BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by Laika between Alicja Jasina for Once Upon A Line (USC) and Kal Athannassov, John McDonald and Echo Wu for The Wishgranter (Ringling College of Art & Design).

The BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary was awarded to Daphne Matziaraki for 4.1 Miles (USC), which also won the special jury prize.

The BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action was awarded to Jimmy Keyrouz for Nocturne In Black (Columbia University).

This year, the BAFTA Student Film Awards underwent an international expansion, resulting in more than 400 submissions from 15 countries.

The BAFTA La Access For All campaign has benefited from the expansion and will drive funds towards the organisation’s scholarship
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Michael Shannon’s Nocturnal Animals hits video in February

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Universal City, California, January 23, 2017 – Exploring the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption, Academy Award® nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in Nocturnal Animals, coming to Digital HD on February 7, 2017, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 21, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Also starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron) in his Golden Globe® Award-winning role, Nocturnal Animals on Blu-ray™ and DVD comes with an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette about the making of the film including an inside look with writer/director Tom Ford.

In the haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension from acclaimed writer/director Tom Ford (A Single Man), Susan (Amy Adams) is in an unfulfilling second marriage when she receives a package containing a manuscript from her ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). Moved by Edward’s writing, Susan cannot
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Nocturnal Animals Blu-ray, DVD, VOD & Digital HD Release Details & Cover Art

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Deadly deceptions abound in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, coming out on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on February 21st following its February 7th Digital HD debut, and we have a look at the film’s home media cover art and list of bonus features.

Press Release: Universal City, California, January 23, 2017 – Exploring the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption, Academy Award® nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in Nocturnal Animals, coming to Digital HD on February 7, 2017, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 21, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Also starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron) in his Golden Globe® Award-winning role, Nocturnal Animals on Blu-ray™ and DVD comes with an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette about the making of the film including an inside look with writer/director Tom Ford.

In the haunting romantic
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Best Editing Oscar: How Do Voters Separate Great Editing and Directing? (Hint: It’s Not Easy.)

Best Editing Oscar: How Do Voters Separate Great Editing and Directing? (Hint: It’s Not Easy.)
When Thelma Schoonmaker won the first of her three Academy Awards for “Raging Bull,” she humbly told journalists that she believed she was being honored for work done by the director, Martin Scorsese.

“I won the Oscar for ‘Raging Bull’ for those fight sequences,” said Schoonmaker in a 1991 interview with Wide Angle/Closeup. “If you look at those fight sequences, those were so incredibly storyboarded and shot in an incredible way – that is the conception a good director has to bring.”

Read More: Oscars 2017 -Editors on Bold Storytelling in ‘La La Land,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Moonlight,’ and More

All below-the-line talent interprets a director’s vision through their crafts, but the editor’s work is most closely associated with the director’s. From 1981 to 2016, every Best Picture winner, except “Birdman,” was nominated for Editing. “Birdman” features long, unedited takes and elaborate camera movements; that might be the only way
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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Editing

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Editing
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The editors are often credited with picking the eventual Oscar-winner. So let’s assume that this year’s top four rivals, “Arrival,” “La La Land,” “Manchester By the Sea” and “Moonlight,” will land nods, along with war movie “Hacksaw Ridge.”

On the other hand, perhaps tellingly, Oscar hopefuls “20th Century Women,” “Jackie,” “Fences,” “Lion,” “Loving,” and “Hidden Figures” did not land drama or comedy editing nods from the American Cinema Editors, which leaves them on the cusp for Best Picture.

Frontrunners

Tom Cross (“La La Land”)

John Gilbert (“Hacksaw Ridge”)

Joe Walker (“Arrival”)

Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders (“Moonlight”)

Jennifer Lame (“Manchester by the Sea”)

Contenders

Julian Clarke (“Deadpool”)

Roderick Jaynes (“Hail, Caesar!”)

Mark Livolsi (“The Jungle Book”)

Yorgos Mavropsaridis (“The Lobster”)

Jake Roberts (“Hell or High Water”)

Thelma Schoonmaker (“Silence”)

Joan Sobel (“Nocturnal Animals”)

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Editing

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Editing
Read More: 2017 Oscar Predictions

The editors are often credited with picking the eventual Oscar-winner. So let’s assume that this year’s top four rivals, “Arrival,” “La La Land,” “Manchester By the Sea” and “Moonlight,” will land nods, along with war movie “Hacksaw Ridge.”

On the other hand, perhaps tellingly, Oscar hopefuls “20th Century Women,” “Jackie,” “Fences,” “Lion,” “Loving,” and “Hidden Figures” did not land drama or comedy editing nods from the American Cinema Editors, which leaves them on the cusp for Best Picture.

Frontrunners

Tom Cross (“La La Land”)

John Gilbert (“Hacksaw Ridge”)

Joe Walker (“Arrival”)

Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders (“Moonlight”)

Jennifer Lame (“Manchester by the Sea”)

Contenders

Julian Clarke (“Deadpool”)

Roderick Jaynes (“Hail, Caesar!”)

Mark Livolsi (“The Jungle Book”)

Yorgos Mavropsaridis (“The Lobster”)

Jake Roberts (“Hell or High Water”)

Thelma Schoonmaker (“Silence”)

Joan Sobel (“Nocturnal Animals”)

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St. Louis Film Critics Awards Nominations Announced

2016 StLFCA Annual Award Nominees

[Nominations Announced December 12, 2016.]

Best Film

Arrival

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Director

Damien Chazelle - La La Land

Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea

David Mackenzie - Hell or High Water

Denis Villeneuve - Arrival

Best Actor

Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton - Loving

Ryan Gosling - La La Land

Tom Hanks - Sully

Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic

Best Actress

Amy Adams - Arrival

Issabelle 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

Lucas Hedges - Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel - Lion

Michael Shannon - Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis - Fences

Lily Gladstone - Certain Women

Great Gerwig - 20th Century Women

Naomie Harris
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San Diego Film Critics Hail "Hell or High Water"

The first win for "Hell or High Water" from critics groups this award season. The film won Best Picture, director for David MacKenzie, supporting actor for Ben Foster, cinematography, screenplay, and ensemble.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Picture: Hell Or High Water

Runner Up: La La Land

Best Director: David Mackenzie, Hell Or High Water

Runner Up: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Actor, Male: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea

Runner Up: Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Actor, Female: Sonia Braga, Aquarius

Runner Up: Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor, Male . Tied: Ben Foster, Hell Or High Water & Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actor, Female: Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea

Runner Up: Judy Davis, The Dressmaker

Best Comedic Performance: Ryan Gosling, The Nice Guys

Runner up: Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar!

Best Ensemble: Hell Or High Water

Runner Up: Hidden Figures

Breakthrough Artist: Lily Gladstone,
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[Watch] ‘Nocturnal Animals’ film editor Joan Sobel on juggling multiple storylines in Tom Ford thriller

[Watch] ‘Nocturnal Animals’ film editor Joan Sobel on juggling multiple storylines in Tom Ford thriller
During our recent webcam chat (watch above), “Nocturnal Animals” editor Joan Sobel admits that upon first reading director Tom Ford‘s screenplay for the film, “I cried. It was that powerful.” This Focus Features release stars Amy Adams as an art gallery owner haunted by her ex-husband’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) violent novel about a man’s (Gyllenhaal) desperate search for his wife […]
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'Nocturnal Animals' Review: Twisty Thriller Plays With Truth, Fiction, Murder

'Nocturnal Animals' Review: Twisty Thriller Plays With Truth, Fiction, Murder
Tom Ford is drunk on movies. Like the fashion icon he is, the director brings a keen eye for style, texture and design to the images he creates. But bruised humanity and the emotions roiling underneath elegant surfaces – those are his true subjects as a filmmaker. A Single Man (2009) was a masterful debut with Colin Firth giving a career-best performance as a gay professor feeling suicidal over the death of his lover. Ford hits it out of the park again in Nocturnal Animals, a stunning film noir that resonates with ghostly,
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Nocturnal Animals review – Tom Ford’s seductive cautionary tale

This stylish psychodrama is a skilful synthesis of the mood of Hitchcock, the skewed reality of Lynch and Kubrick’s obsessive attention to detail

Like the heavy-framed Céline glasses that Amy Adams dons to read the story-within-a-story of this interlocking psychological drama, Tom Ford’s second feature is a handsomely crafted affair, designed to within an inch of its life to combine crystal-clear vision with eye-catching style. Working from Austin Wright’s 1993 novel, Tony and Susan, writer-director Ford filters the central concerns of the source material (a cautionary tale about love, loyalty, guilt and false gods) through the precise prism of his own distinctively machined lens. Crisp editing by Joan Sobel ensures the film’s joints are supple, with finely honed narrative hinges opening and closing in pleasingly swish fashion. That the finished product should appear just a little too transparent is perhaps the price one pays for this level of polish.
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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as
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271 Invited To Join The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine,
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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years.
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn.
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Academy Invites 271 New Members

Academy Invites 271 New Members
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy.
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Win A Pass To The Advance Screening of Admission In St. Louis

Ready to go back to school? Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (This is 40) are paired for the first time on-screen in the new comedy/drama Admission. Every spring, high school seniors anxiously await letters of college admission that will affirm and encourage their potential. At Princeton University, admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a gatekeeper evaluating thousands of applicants. Year in and year out, Portia has lived her life by the book, at work as well as at the home she shares with Princeton professor Mark (Michael Sheen). When Clarence (Wallace Shawn), the Dean of Admissions, announces his impending retirement, the likeliest candidates to succeed him are Portia and her office rival Corinne (Gloria Reuben). For Portia, however, it’s business as usual as she hits the road on her annual recruiting trip.

On the road, Portia reconnects with her iconoclastic mother, Susannah (Lily Tomlin). On her visit to New Quest,
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Production Beginning on Focus Features. Admission; Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen To Star

Production begins this week in New York and New Jersey on Focus FeaturesAdmission, directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.

The comedy/drama stars Screen Actors Guild Award winner Tina Fey (30 Rock), Paul Rudd (soon to be seen in This is 40), BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen (The Queen), Golden Globe Award nominee Gloria Reuben (ER), Wallace Shawn (of the upcoming A Late Quartet), and Academy Award nominee Lily Tomlin (Nashville). The screenplay is adapted by Karen Croner (One True Thing) and Mr. Weitz from Jean Hanff Korelitz.s 2009 novel of the same name.

Mr. Weitz, an Academy Award nominee as one of the screenwriters of About a Boy, most recently adapted and directed Being Flynn for Focus. He is producing Admission with Andrew Miano, his partner in the production company Depth of Field, and Kerry Kohansky-Roberts (Nick and Norah
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Admission Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd Begins Shooting in New York

Admission Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd Begins Shooting in New York
Production begins this week in New York and New Jersey on Focus Features' Admission, directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.

The comedy/drama stars Screen Actors Guild Award winner Tina Fey (30 Rock), Paul Rudd (soon to be seen in This Is 40), BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen (The Queen), Golden Globe Award nominee Gloria Reuben (ER), Wallace Shawn (of the upcoming A Late Quartet), and Academy Award nominee Lily Tomlin (Nashville). The screenplay is adapted by Karen Croner (One True Thing) and Mr. Weitz from Jean Hanff Korelitz's 2009 novel of the same name.

Mr. Weitz, an Academy Award nominee as one of the screenwriters of About a Boy, most recently adapted and directed Being Flynn for Focus. He is producing Admission with Andrew Miano, his partner in the production company Depth of Field, and Kerry Kohansky (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
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