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Santa Barbara Film Festival Honoring Sam Rockwell for ‘Three Billboards’ (Exclusive)

Santa Barbara Film Festival Honoring Sam Rockwell for ‘Three Billboards’ (Exclusive)
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has selected Sam Rockwell as the recipient of its 2018 American Riviera Award, Variety has learned exclusively.

Rockwell will be honored with a tribute celebrating his performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

at the Arlington Theatre.

“In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, audiences are treated to the kind of mesmerizing and extraordinary performance we have come to expect from Sam Rockwell,” said Roger Durling, the festival’s executive director. “We are long overdue to celebrate this tremendous talent who has lit up the screen for decades.”

Rockwell plays the second-in-command to Woody Harrelson’s police chief in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards.” Rockwell won a Golden Globe on Jan. 7 for his supporting actor role. The movie also won Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Actress in a drama for Frances McDormand and best screenplay for McDonaugh.

The American Riviera Award was established to recognize actors who have made a significant
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Penultimate Predictions a week out from the Oscar nominations

Seven days from now, we’ll know who and what the Academy Award nominees are. My final set of predictions will drop on Monday, but for now, I wanted to tinker just a little bit first. For what it’s worth, over the coming weekend, the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild will be giving out their awards, so while that can’t impact nominations, it’s still noteworthy. They’re arguably the two biggest precursors, and gems of the guild season, so there’s a chance that I might tinker with final predictions next week if something crazy goes on there. That’s a problem for future me though. As you’ll see below, not a whole lot has changed. Ballots are in though, so what’s done is done. I’m working my few Oscar voter sources to see if anything has gotten more love than expected.
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‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat

‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat
This year, it looks like the five DGA feature film director nominees could match up with the top five Best Picture Oscar nominees. Assuming that’s true, which movie is running ahead? Let’s break down their followings.

Dunkirk” is a $100-million spectacular World War II epic with appeal to men from action filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) who is eager to finally earn his first directing Oscar nomination.

Guilds: PGA, DGA, Ace, Asc, and Adg.

Read More:2018 Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ and More

Harmful meme: Why hasn’t it gotten more awards attention so far, like SAG? It’s landed nominations from the Globes, BAFTAs, and Critics Choice, but so far no wins. It lacks dialogue (so did “The Revenant”) and meaty characters. It’s radical that way, which is a good thing (it scored $505 million worldwide) and a bad
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‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat

‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat
This year, it looks like the five DGA feature film director nominees could match up with the top five Best Picture Oscar nominees. Assuming that’s true, which movie is running ahead? Let’s break down their followings.

Dunkirk” is a $100-million spectacular World War II epic with appeal to men from action filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) who is eager to finally earn his first directing Oscar nomination.

Guilds: PGA, DGA, Ace, Asc, and Adg.

Read More:2018 Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ and More

Harmful meme: Why hasn’t it gotten more awards attention so far, like SAG? It’s landed nominations from the Globes, BAFTAs, and Critics Choice, but so far no wins. It lacks dialogue (so did “The Revenant”) and meaty characters. It’s radical that way, which is a good thing (it scored $505 million worldwide) and a bad
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'Darkest Hour' lights up UK box office with £4m debut

'Darkest Hour' lights up UK box office with £4m debut
Star Wars: The Last Jedi drops out of top five.

Source: Universal Pictures

Darkest Hour

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running Total Week 1 Darkest Hour (Universal) £4.04m £4.04m 1 2 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Sony) £2.5m £29.9m 4 3 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox) £2.16m £2.35m 1 4 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £2.14m £13.53m 3 5 Coco (Disney) £1.88m £1.88m P*

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.38. *P = previews.

Universal

Gary Oldman-starring Churchill biopic Darkest Hour opened to a strong £4.04m from its 607 locations this weekend. Universal’s awards contender posted a hefty screen average of £6,656.

The debut is comfortably director Joe Wright’s best UK opening, far ahead of Pan (2015) on £2.74m and Pride & Prejudice (2005) on £2.53m. Pride & Prejudice remains his best total on £14.57m, ahead of Atonement (2007) on £12.4m, and Darkest Hour will be looking to surpass those figures, particularly as the film continues to attract awards buzz. Gary Oldman starrer
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Box Office: ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Darkest Hour’ Lead Awards Contenders

Box Office: ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Darkest Hour’ Lead Awards Contenders
Saoirse Ronan’s “Lady Bird” and Gary Oldman’s “Darkest Hour” are racking up the top cumulative performances at the domestic box office among awards-season contenders.

A24’s “Lady Bird” is pegged to take in $2 million at 652 sites during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, raising its 11-week take to $37.2 million. The coming-of-age comedy won Golden Globes as best comedy or musical and for Ronan as best actress in a comedy or musical on Jan. 7. Writer-director Greta Gerwig received Directors Guild and Writers Guild nominations for the film this past week.

Focus Features’ eighth weekend of “Darkest Hour” will take in a projected $5.7 million at 1,693 venues this weekend for a 10th place finish, pushing its domestic total to $36.9 million. Oldman won the Golden Globe for best actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill during his first weeks as prime minister in 1940.

Fox Searchlight’s 10th weekend of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” generated
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri review – a search for justice writ large

Frances McDormand excels as a mother taunting the police to uncover the truth about her daughter’s death

Life and death, heaven and hell, damnation and redemption collide in this blisteringly foul-mouthed, yet surprisingly tender, tragicomedy from British-Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh. Lacing a western-tinged tale of outlaw justice with Jacobean themes of rape, murder and revenge, McDonagh’s second American-set feature finds a grieving mother naming and shaming the lawmen who have failed to catch her daughter’s killer.

The subject is no laughing matter, but as with his 2008 debut feature, In Bruges, McDonagh’s Chaucerian ear for obscenity provokes giggles, guffaws and gasps in the most inappropriate circumstances. More importantly, he underpins the anarchic nihilism of his narrative with a heartbreaking meditation upon the toxic power of rage. When characters, struggling to make sense of all this chaos, utter platitudes such as “anger just begets greater anger” and “through
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The Shape of Water and all of the winners at the Critics Choice Awards

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The Shape of Water and all of the winners at the Critics Choice AwardsThe Shape of Water and all of the winners at the Critics Choice AwardsAdriana Floridia1/12/2018 12:42:00 Pm

Last night, The Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their top prizes for film and television.

The same films keep coming out on top. It looks like this year's awards race is going to be a tight one between Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water, which won Best Picture among other awards from the Bfca, and Three Billboard's Outside Ebbing, Missouri which picked up three acting honours.

Check out all of the Critics Choice winners below!

Best Picture

The Big Sick

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig
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Making of 'Three Billboards': How a Haunting Greyhound Bus Trip Inspired the Dark Revenge Comedy

Making of 'Three Billboards': How a Haunting Greyhound Bus Trip Inspired the Dark Revenge Comedy
Martin McDonagh was on a Greyhound bus somewhere in the South — it was 20 years ago, he can't remember exactly where — when he spotted something on the side of the road that has haunted him ever since.

He was a 27-year-old playwright at the time, making his first marks on the London stage, and had decided to go on an exploratory journey into the American heartland so that he could soak up some of the culture he'd read about in the works of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams. But as his bus rolled along a stretch of rural...
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What Three Billboards and In Bruges director Martin McDonagh's plays tell us about his films

Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest film winner at the 2018 Golden Globes, scooping four awards including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. It was an epochal moment for the writer-director, not least because he is on record as saying that films saved his life and one senses that his theatrical work was initially conceived as a means to break into the film industry. Despite this, McDonagh is arguably the most brilliant living playwright and his stage work offers a clear blueprint for what came later.
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The Shape of Water bests Three Billboards at 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards, while Big Little Lies leads TV winners

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance The Shape of Water emerged as the big winner from the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards, scooping four awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Meanwhile, HBO’s Big Little Lies dominated the television categories, also winning four prizes.

The Shape of Water defeated Oscars frontrunner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in the majority of the categories in which they competed, though Frances McDormand beat Sally Hawkins to the Best Actress prize and Sam Rockwell was crowned Best Supporting Actor for his work in Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh’s incendiary drama.

Elsewhere, Gary Oldman followed up his Golden Globe victory with another Best Actor prize for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, while Jordan Peele added his name firmly to the Oscar conversation with a screenplay victory for Get Out.

See Also: Golden Globes 2018: Winners and Losers from the World of Film

In the speciality categories,
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Movie Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017.

Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.

Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Hedges, Zeljko Ivanek, and Clarke Peters.

Synopsis:

Distraught at the lack of development in her daughter’s murder case after seven months, Mildred Hayes resorts to renting out three billboards on the outskirts of town in order to catch the attention of local law enforcement.

Diving back into the mind of Academy Award-winning writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a film quite unlike anything you’ve seen before – which, if you’re familiar with McDonagh’s off-beat cinema, is exactly what you expect. His savage script and relatable characters create a scenario that is at once both bizarre and totally understandable in its irrationalism.

Frances McDormand dominates as a mother, raw with
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Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele among nominees for 2018 DGA Awards

In the midst of the furore around all-male director shortlists for the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs, the Directors Guild of America has given Greta Gerwig a spot on their list of nominees, for her work on coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird.

Gerwig will compete against Globe winner Guillermo del Toro, who is nominated for romantic fantasy The Shape of Water.

The other nominees are Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan for war thriller Dunkirk and, perhaps surprisingly, Jordan Peele made the list for his sharply satirical horror movie Get Out.

See Also: Golden Globes 2018: Winners and Losers from the World of Film

Directing honours have been shared throughout awards season thus far, though Del Toro’s victory at the Globes has him emerging as a frontrunner heading in to the Oscars.

Peele was also nominated by the DGA in its First-Time Feature category, which will
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“The Shape of Water” wins big at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards

Last night, the critics portion of the precursor season came to a head with the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the winners here get a nice little boost as Academy Award voting is currently wrapping up. Remember, critics aren’t members of the Academy, so there’s limited impact to be found for Oscar, but televised victories are never a bad thing. Wins here are fuel for nominations, and little more. Still, forward momentum is useful and appreciated, to say the least. For a few movies, it was a great evening, with one Guillermo del Toro helmed picture doing particularly well. The Bfca went wild (comparatively) for The Shape of Water, which led the field with four wins, to go along with entering the night as the overall nominations leader. Other multi winners were Coco, Darkest Hour, Get Out, I, Tonya, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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Here’s What the Critics’ Choice Awards Winners Mean for the Oscar Race

Critics’ Choice Awards voters were less keen on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” than the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The film drama winners at the CCAs mostly matched those at the Golden Globes four nights prior, with the exception of Best Picture and Best Screenplay. While the 90-member HFPA gave both honors to Martin McDonagh’s drama about a grieving mother opposing her town’s police department , the 300 national Bfca critics voted “The Shape of Water” Best Picture, recognizing “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out” for respective adapted and original screenplays.

Read More:Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates With Best Picture and Best Director Prizes

Additional favorites have emerged in the acting races: Frances McDormand for Best Actress (“Three Billboards”), Gary Oldman for Best Actor (“Darkest Hour), Allison Janney for Best Supporting Actress (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards.” The CCAs have
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri review – darkly hilarious portrait of disenfranchised USA

Frances McDormand gives her best performance since Fargo as a plucky vigilante who confronts both the police and the tragedy of her daughter’s death by erecting roadside monuments to her grief and rage

Martin McDonagh’s fiercely written, stabbingly pleasurable tragicomedy stars a magnificent Frances McDormand; watching it is like having your funny bone struck repeatedly, expertly and very much too hard by a karate super-black-belt capable of bringing a rhino to its knees with a single punch behind the ear.

Related: Three Billboards director Martin McDonagh: 'Little girls don’t have a James Dean to emulate’

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‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Top Critics’ Choice Awards

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Top Critics’ Choice Awards
“Get Out,” “The Shape of Water,” “Big Little Lies” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” were just some of the films and television series honored by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. and Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. Thursday at the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

Overall nominations leader “The Shape of Water” walked away with the most movie awards with four, including best picture and best director for helmer Guillermo del Toro. On the television side, “Big Little Lies” also reigned with four wins, including yet another best limited series prize. “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won in the top drama and comedy fields.

Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) joined Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) in the winners circle for film acting honors, while Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) and Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) were
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Critics’ Choice Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

Critics’ Choice Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The critics have spoken, and logged another win for Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.” The whimsical fish-man romance went into the ceremony with the most nominations, 14, and came out with the most wins, four, including Best Picture and Best Director. The ceremony, which also included television honors in numerous categories. Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won three awards, all for its acting: lead actress Frances McDormand and supporting actor Sam Rockwell both won, and the film’s entire cast won the best ensemble award. Other acting awards went to Gary Oldman for “Darkest Hour” and Allison Janney for...
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Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates With Best Picture and Best Director Prizes

Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates With Best Picture and Best Director Prizes
Following the Golden Globes earlier this month, the 2017-18 awards season continues with the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The ceremony honored the best in film and television from 2017. Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” led all films with 14 nominations this year, including Best Picture and Best Director. “Feud: Betty and Joan” leds the television categories with six nominations, but HBO’s highly competitive “Big Little Lies” is a close second with five.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions

The Critics’ Choice Award honored director Damien Chazelle and actors Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali, and Viola Davis with prizes last year. All of them went on to earn Oscars. The Best Picture award went to “La La Land.”

Check out all of the nominations for the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards below. Winners will appear in bold.

Film Award Winners

Best Picture

The Big Sick

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk
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Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, Martin McDonagh, Guillermo Del Toro earn first DGA nods

William Oldroyd, Taylor Sheridan vie for first-time feature director honours.

Source: Merie Wallace, courtesy of A24

Greta Gerwig

Four first-time nominees are in contention for the Directors Guild Of America’s (DGA) top feature prize as Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, Martin McDonagh and Guillermo Del Toro join Christopher Nolan on the roster for next month’s 70th annual DGA Awards.

Gerwig is nominated in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film For 2017 category for Lady Bird, Peele for Get Out, McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Del Toro for The Shape Of Water.

Nolan receives his fourth nod for Dunkirk and has never won the DGA honour. He was nominated for Inception in 2010, The Dark Knight in 2008, and Memento in 2001. The DGA unveiled its nominees on Thursday (January 11).

The contenders will learn their fate when the awards are handed out on at the 70th annual DGA Awards in Beverly Hills on February 3

Peele earned two nominations
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