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‘Moonlight’ & ‘The Handmaiden’ Amongst GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

31 January 2017 7:22 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

GLAAD, the world’s Lgbtq media advocacy organization, announced the nominees for its 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards today. Taking a strong stand for inclusivity, only two films were nominated for Outstanding Film — Wide Release, both featuring non-white gay characters: “Moonlight” and “Star Trek Beyond.”

Similarly, in the Outstanding Film — Limited Release category, three films with non-white characters were nominated: Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden,” Jay Dockendorf’s “Naz & Maalik,” and Andrew Ahn’s “Spa Night” were nominated. Chris Kelly’s “Other People” and Joey Kuhn’s “Those People” round out the bunch.

Read More: Gay and Lesbian Critics Association Honor ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Jackie’ with Dorian Award Noms

“At a time when progress is at a critical juncture, it is imperative that Hollywood tell more Lgbtq stories that reflect the community’s rich diversity – and build understanding that brings all communities closer together,” said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis. “This »

- Jude Dry

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Michael Snydel’s Top 10 Films of 2016

5 January 2017 7:17 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The dominant conversation about film in 2016 was its impending end. Just about every sphere of the cinematic world from filmmakers to established critics to loudmouth pundits had a doomsday proclamation about film, conflating national anxiety and middling blockbusters with far-flung conclusions. With the year in the books, it’s pretty easy to disagree with them. And I say that even as I diverge with public opinion on some of the biggest films of the year – Jackie, La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester By the Sea, etc.

But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my favorite experiences with film this year were less my most-anticipated than the ones that defied easy description. They weren’t always my favorites but films like The Love Witch, Lemonade, Operation Avalanche, Kate Plays Christine, and Aferim! were welcome reminders of the myriad ways that film could feel strange and new – and in »

- Michael Snydel

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