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Though my ears aren't as fine tuned as my eyes when it comes to the cinema, I take pleasure freely from every craft. The best films are the ones that try to engage all senses. (Well, not smell. They tried that with Smell-o-Vision and it didn't work out so well.)
So here are my choices for Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing and Editing, Best Original Song and a fifth category that's kind of "off-Oscar." The Film Bitch Awards have always had a Best Adapted / Combination / Song Score category for films where the original score is only part of the defining musical sensation and the rest comes from pre-existing material or songs that are woven into the sound mix. Films honored include in these various aural categories include The Handmaiden, Arrival, Moonlight, Lion, Jackie, La La Land, Sully, The Witch, Doctor Strange, Sing Street and more. Which movies did you love listening to this year? »
- NATHANIEL R
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
Author: Zehra Phelan
Wheatley, whose films such as Sightseers and High-Rise have won critical acclaim will join the tour, appearing for special Q&A’s with appearances from the cast at select screenings – but of course, that all remains hush-hush right now. Be prepared as any member of the tremendous cast, including Sharlto Copley (Hardcore Henry), Armie Hammer (Nocturnal Animals), the new Captain Marvel, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Anthropoid), Jack Reynor (Sing Street), Babou Ceesay (Eye in the Sky), Enzo Cilenti (Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy), Sam Riley (Maleficent), Michael Smiley (The Lobster) and Noah Taylor (Submarine).
Why not have a read through the cities below to see if you can spot your hometown, »
- Zehra Phelan
TMZ has obtained footage from the set of the movie “A Dog’s Purpose” in which a handler is seen forcing a shaking German Shepherd into a pool of rapidly churning water as the dog attempts to scramble back up the side. Offscreen, a man can be heard saying: “You just gotta throw him in.” The video then cuts to show the dog in the water, his head disappearing below the surface, and the crew rushing over to him before someone yells, “Cut it! Cut it! Cut it!”
“A Dog’s Purpose” is produced by Amblin Entertainment, Walden Media, and DreamWorks. It is set to open in theaters nationwide on January 27th, but its intended audience of dog lovers might not be lining up anytime soon.
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- Jude Dry
Do you know what live streaming is?
Vulture in-depth interview with smart funny one of a kind Billy Eichner
This is Not Porn Jim Carrey impersonating celebrities in 1992
Coming Soon new images from Netflix superhero team series The Defenders
Mind of a Suspicious Kind a reminder of the amazing cinematography of Wings (1927) with a funny anecdote
If you were away for the weekend...
Team Experience Awards Moonlight, Arrival, Jackie, »
- NATHANIEL R
Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.
Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.
Most of the films I’ve selected »
- Edward Douglas
The Australian film-maker Stephan Elliott once jokingly told me that he’d made The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to bring screen musicals back from the grave into which Xanadu had put them. Yet despite reports of their death, musicals have never gone away, providing the backbone of the movie business in key territories such as India, and regularly flourishing elsewhere across the globe. In 2008, Phyllida Lloyd’s film of the Abba-fest Mamma Mia! became a record-breaking UK hit (paving the way for Sunshine on Leith et al), while stage-to-screen adaptations, from Chicago to Les Misérables, have consistently charmed Oscar voters in America.
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
We've reached the end of our Year in Review List Making if not the end of the year in review list making -- wait wha?!. Which is to say that we still have our own awards nominations (both Oscar and fun extras) in some 40 categories to come. That's right. It's time for the annual Film Bitch Award Nominations -- our 17th annual prizes (gulp) -- which begin with the age-old tradition of the top ten list.
If The Salesman borrows too liberally from Asghar Farhadi's masterpiece A Separation so be it (let's face it -- all the great auteurs steal from themselves. This is how we recognize their films). It's a riveting drama exposed by destabilizing cracks in the foundations.
Sing Street was the year's most rewarding nostalgia piece causing flashbacks of teenage identity experiments and that usually short lived 'i could be a pop star! »
- NATHANIEL R
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca), of which I'm a proud voting member, has revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" led the pack with 7 nods followed by Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" with 6. Winners will be announced on Thursday, January 26.
Complete List Of Galeca 2016/17 Dorian Awards Nominees:
Note: Categories with more than five nominees involved a tie)
Film of the Year
Jackie (Fox Searchlight)
La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
20th Century Women (A24)
Director of the Year
(Film or Television)
Film Performance of the Year . Actress
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women (A24)
For the second year in a row, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca) have rallied around an obvious favorite: “Moonlight.” Last year, Todd Haynes’s “Carol” swept Galeca’s Dorian Awards, and from its prominence amongst the nominees announced today, “Moonlight” will likely do the same.
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Not restricted to films with explicit queer themes, the films nominated for film of the year are “Jackie,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “La La Land, “20th Century Women,” and “Moonlight.” The nominees for Lgbtq Film of the Year are “Being 17,” “Closet Monster,” “Moonlight,” “Other People,” and “The Handmaiden.”
Judging by its very strong Oscar chances, the enthusiasm for “Moonlight” has overshadowed all other worthy queer films. “The Handmaiden” was notably absent from the Oscar short list for Best Foreign Language Film, and the other three Dorian nominees are not in contention at all. »
- Jude Dry
The costars reunited for a screening at Cinema Ugc Normandie in Paris, France on Tuesday evening, after their film took home a record-breaking seven Golden Globe awards on Sunday.
Gosling and Stone took home the best actor and best actress awards for the film, and La La Land came away with the award for best motion picture, comedy or musical, beating out fellow film contenders 20th Century Women, Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins »
Letterboxd, the global social network for sharing your taste in film, has released the results of its 2016 Year In Review, based on the Letterboxd community’s combined ratings as of January 1. They have awarded Barry Jenkins’ Golden Globe-winning “Moonlight” as the film of the year.
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“Our hearty congratulations to Barry Jenkins and ‘Moonlight’ on taking the top spot for 2016 in our Year in Review,” says Letterboxd co-founder Matthew Buchanan. “After the ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ juggernaut of 2015, which we unashamedly loved, we began 2016 with no idea what film might win people’s hearts, and we’re taking immense pleasure in seeing a low-budget movie with a diverse cast of mostly unknown actors and no franchise history top the list.”
- Vikram Murthi
Breaking onto the global stage with 2007's Once, a minimalist Irish musical which took the Oscar for Best Song, writer/director John Carney has had great success with a string of original musicals, including the Mark Ruffalo-starring Begin Again, and his latest, the Golden Globe-nominated Sing Street. In tandem with La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle, Carney is among a select few revitalizing the Hollywood musical. Sharing certain influences with that director—Singin’ in th… »
The 74th annual Golden Globe ceremony became a City of Stars, as hot favorite La La Land managed to pick up awards in all seven categories for which it received nominations. Other big winners were Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea. You can view the full list of winners below…
Best Motion Picture — Drama
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women
Best Director — Motion Picture
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
- Robert Kojder
Last night, the glitziest awards show of the season so far went down, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announcing their Golden Globe award winners. As always, the HFPA mixed in acclaim for frontrunners with some truly idiosyncratic selections. Yes, voters opted to continue much of the Oscar status quo, but when the HFPA members diverged from what the precursors and potentially the Academy will favor, boy did they ever go off script. All that will be covered in a moment, but just know that this doesn’t really impact the rest of the season that much. Perception of the race? Sure. But the reality? Not so much. The guilds about to announce this week will be of much more importance. Still, it was certainly fun to watch all of this go down yesterday. For those of you wondering, I got ten of the categories right, which isn’t too shabby. »
- Joey Magidson
Going into the 2017 Golden Globes, La La Land had the most nominations of any other film with seven, followed by Moonlight with six nominations and Manchester-by-the-Sea with five nominations. At the end of the night, La La Land made history by winning all seven of the awards it was nominated for, taking the most wins for any film in Golden Globes history. It was also the first movie to win every major Golden Globe it was nominated for since One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1976, which could set it up for a big night on Oscar Sunday next month.
Deadline reports that La La Land ran the table tonight, winning Best Picture Comedy or Musical, filmmaker Damien Chazelle winning Best Director and Best Screenplay, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone for Best Actor and Best Actress, Best Original Score by Justin Hurwitz and Best Original Song for "City of Stars. »
Simon Brew Jan 9, 2017
Well, awards seasons is in full flow, and it seems fair to now mark Moonlight and La La Land as the frontrunners for this year's Oscars. They both collected big gongs at the annual Golden Globe awards. And here's the full list of winners from last night's event...
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply
8 January 2017 8:29 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Sunday's Golden Globes were a big night for Lionsgate and FX, which collected the most wins in the film and television categories, respectively.
Lionsgate's Summit release La La Land won in all seven film categories for which it was nominated, setting a new record for most Golden Globes won by a single film. Sony Pictures Classics took home two honors for Elle, while A24 (Moonlight), Amazon (Manchester by the Sea), Focus (Nocturnal Animals), Paramount (Fences) and Disney (Zootopia) each won in one category. Fox (Hidden Figures, Rules Don't Apply, Deadpool), The Weinstein Co. (Lion and Sing Street) were »
- Ashley Lee
La La Land took home the award for best motion picture, comedy or musical, at Sunday evening’s Golden Globe Awards.
The Lionsgate film beat out fellow film contenders 20th Century Women, Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins and Sing Street for the honor.
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- Lindsay Kimble
In one of the biggest awards of the night, La La Land is taking home the trophy for the Best Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy at the 2017 Golden Globes, sweeping the evening in all the categories for which it was nominated. The film took the Best Movie win over some fierce contenders, including: 20th Century Women, Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins and Sing Street. Producers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger took the stage to accept the award on the film's behalf alongside part of the cast—including Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling—and crew who stood arm-in-arm and couldn't help but smile over the huge accomplishment. "This is so »
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