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2019 Mpse Golden Reel Awards: ‘A Quiet Place’ wins over Oscar frontrunner ‘First Man’

“A Quiet Place,” won the top prize, Sound Editing (Effects and Foley), at the Golden Reel Awards bestowed by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse) on Sunday. One of its Oscar rivals for Best Sound Editing, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” picked up up a pair of awards while another, “Roma,” won one (foreign language). “Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse” claimed both the animated and music awards.

The Oscar frontrunner in this below-the-line race, “First Man,” was shut out at these awards as was the fifth nominee, “Black Panther.” But fans of “First Man” should not be too disheartened. This guild’s track record at predicting the eventual winner at the Academy Awards is spotty.

Last year, all five of the Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing numbered among the Mpse contenders. Eventual Oscar winner “Dunkirk” lost the category equivalent to “Blade Runner 2049.” The WWII epic did win for music over the sci-fi film.
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How Dogwoof hit the big time with Bafta winner 'Free Solo'

From humble beginnings, Dogwoof has quietly built up a thriving documentary production, sales and distribution company, and has just enjoyed its first £1m UK box-office hit.

Since its inception in 2003, London-based Dogwoof has always been perceived as a niche operator. Its company name has a kitchen-table, low-key feel. Documentaries, which long ago became its exclusive focus, are viewed as a marginal activity by much of the film industry. Dogwoof’s prolific activity as a UK distributor has tended to pigeonhole it, even as it has expanded into other areas of operations. Its expansion from its original team of two has been slow and steady.
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How Dogwoof hit the big time with £1m box office hit 'Free Solo'

From humble beginnings, Dogwoof has quietly built up a thriving documentary production, sales and distribution company, and has just enjoyed its first £1m UK box-office hit.

Since its inception in 2003, London-based Dogwoof has always been perceived as a niche operator. Its company name has a kitchen-table, low-key feel. Documentaries, which long ago became its exclusive focus, are viewed as a marginal activity by much of the film industry. Dogwoof’s prolific activity as a UK distributor has tended to pigeonhole it, even as it has expanded into other areas of operations. Its expansion from its original team of two has been slow and steady.
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'Roma' usurps 'The Favourite' by winning best film at 2019 Baftas

Roma also wins best director, but The Favourite does take a night high of seven wins.

The 72nd edition of the annual Bafta Film Awards saw Roma take best film and director for Alfonso Cuarón as the Netflix release triumphed over Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite in the night’s two most prestigious categories.

Roma also took home the foreign language film prize and the cinematography award for Cuarón. Its wins, off the back of Netflix’s emphatic campaigning during awards season, puts it in good stead for the Oscars later this month.

Baftas 2019 - full list of winners

Yorgos Lanthimos
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‘The Favourite’ Dominates, But ‘Roma’ Wins the Big One at BAFTA Awards

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‘The Favourite’ Dominates, But ‘Roma’ Wins the Big One at BAFTA Awards
The Favourite” lived up to its name until the last minute at the Ee British Academy Film Awards, which were presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on Sunday in London. Yorgos Lanthimos’ twisted period drama won most of the big awards until the homestretch, when Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” was named the year’s beat picture.

The Favourite” settled for wins for Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz won a best actress and best supporting actress. The film also took awards in the original screenplay, production design, makeup and hair, costume design and Outstanding British Film categories.

Rami Malek was named best actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Alfonso Cuaron won the best-director award for “Roma,” which also took prizes for its cinematography and for Best Film Not in the English Language.

Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor for his performance in “Green Book.”

BlacKkKlansman” won for adapted screenplay.
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Oscar Documentary Nominees Break the Mold

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Oscar Documentary Nominees Break the Mold
Known as a notoriously unpredictable bunch, the Academy’s documentary branch has become rather predictable in the past two years.

The evidence lies in the films they choose not to recognize come Oscar time: Films such as Brett Morgen’s 2017 Jane Goodall docu, “Jane,” and two of last year’s biggest nonfiction box office successes — Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and Tim Wardle’s “Three Identical Strangers.” Both Neville’s Mr. Rogers doc and Wardle’s film about identical triplets separated at birth premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. Both films also went on to do the seemingly impossible and strike a chord with audiences all over the country. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” grossed $22.8 million domestically, making it the 12th-highest-grossing doc of all time. Meanwhile, “Strangers” also defied documentary theatrical odds when it drew in $12.3 million.

Morgen’s “Jane” grossed just
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CAA’s Scott Lonker Exits Agency to Run Jimmy Kimmel’s Kimmelot Banner

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CAA TV packaging agent Scott Lonker has been tapped by Jimmy Kimmel to run his recently launched media production company Kimmelot, the company announced on Monday.

Launched last fall and described as Kimmel’s “creative lab,” Kimmelot creates content in the unscripted, scripted, digital, app/mobile-based realms, with initial projects focused on comedy. Lonker will step down from his role at CAA to serve as president of the Los Angeles-based media company, which operates under Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment.

“I could not be more excited. Scott is smart, creative, experienced and well-liked and, while the fact that he decided to leave a great job at CAA to run Kimmelot does make me question his instincts, I’m sure it will all work out fine,” Kimmel said in a statement.

Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Forms New Content Company Kimmelot With Brent Montgomery

Said Lonker, “I have had the dream job
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Inside Upstart Neon’s Big Return to Sundance With 4 Major Acquisitions (So Far)

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Inside Upstart Neon’s Big Return to Sundance With 4 Major Acquisitions (So Far)
Neon left Park City, Utah, last year after lighting up the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with four acquisitions, including a splashy $10 million check for the technology dystopian thriller “Assassination Nation” — that wound up grossing just $2 million in theaters last fall.

You might think the 2-year-old company would be gun-shy in Park City this year, but instead it emerged with four films at this year’s festival — second only to the free-spending Amazon Studios.

Neon partnered with Hulu to win a bidding war for the buzzy Lupita Nyong’o comedy thriller “Little Monsters,” in a deal worth mid-seven figures, and bought the thriller “The Lodge” for just under $2 million, Latin American survival thriller “Monos” and partnered with Topic Studios to acquire rights to “Luce,” starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer.

In addition, Neon was also locked in pricey bidding wars for high-profile titles including Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” which Amazon bought for $13 million,
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Alfonso Cuaron wins the DGA Award for Roma, full list of winners revealed

Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar hopes received a major boost last night with the Director’s Guild of America honouring the filmmaker with the DGA Award for Best Feature Film for his acclaimed Netflix drama Roma.

The DGA Award is seen as a major indicator for the Best Director Oscar, having only differed with the Academy Awards on seven occasions since its inception in 1949. Cuaron previously won the DGA Award for Gravity, and went on to receive the Best Director Award that same year, while last year’s winner Guillermo del Toro also won the Oscar for the Best Picture-winning The Shape of Water.

Other winners from the 71st annual DGA Awards including Bo Burnham (First Time Feature Film Director for Eighth Grade), Tim Wardle (Documentary Director for Three Identical Strangers), Adam McKay (Drama Series Director for Succession), Bill Hader (Comedy Series Director for Barry) and Ben Stiller (Movies for Television
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DGA Winner Alfonso Cuarón Builds Oscar Momentum for ‘Roma’

For the fifth time in six years, a Mexican director took home the Directors Guild of America’s top prize as Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA Award for “Roma” Saturday at the end of a long ceremony. It’s his second win after “Gravity,” for which he went on to win the directing Oscar; he is now the frontrunner for his second Academy Award, as the two groups’ selections rarely diverge.

Cuarón is the second director in DGA history to win for a foreign-language film, after Ang Lee. Last year’s DGA winner, Guillermo del Toro, who went on to win Best Director and Picture Oscars, happily presented the award to his old friend. “Gracias, cabrón,” said Cuarón.

Cuarón told IndieWire that making “Roma” has been a surprisingly cathartic journey, from recreating his childhood in Mexico City to witnessing its triumph: “I said it was going to be a film
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DGA Winner Alfonso Cuarón Builds Oscar Momentum for ‘Roma’

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For the fifth time in six years, a Mexican director took home the Directors Guild of America’s top prize as Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA Award for “Roma” Saturday at the end of a long ceremony. It’s his second win after “Gravity,” for which he went on to win the directing Oscar; he is now the frontrunner for his second Academy Award, as the two groups’ selections rarely diverge.

Cuarón is the second director in DGA history to win for a foreign-language film, after Ang Lee. Last year’s DGA winner, Guillermo del Toro, who went on to win Best Director and Picture Oscars, happily presented the award to his old friend. “Gracias, cabrón,” said Cuarón.

Cuarón told IndieWire that making “Roma” has been a surprisingly cathartic journey, from recreating his childhood in Mexico City to witnessing its triumph: “I said it was going to be a film
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Directors Guild Awards 2019: Joyce Eng, Tariq Khan, Perri Nemiroff, Susan Wloszczyna top all Experts predicting winners

Congratulations to our Experts Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Tariq Khan (Fox TV), Perri Nemiroff (Collider) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby) for the best score of 42.86% when predicting the 2019 Directors Guild Awards winners on Saturday. They are the four top Experts of the 16 journalists who cover the entertainment industry throughout the year. See Experts’ scores.

Over 1,400 people worldwide predicted these three film and four TV winners in a total of seven categories chosen by DGA voters. The ceremony was held in Hollywood and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. The film winners were “Roma” (feature film), “Eighth Grade” (first-time director) and “Three Identical Strangers” (documentary). The comedy champs were “Barry” (comedy series), “Escape at Dannemora” (limited series), “Saturday Night Live” (variety) and “Succession” (drama series).

SEE2019 DGA Awards: Complete winners list in all 11 categories

You can see how your score compares to all others in our leaderboard rankings of all contestants, which
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Directors Guild Awards 2019 winners: Best prediction scores by our Editors and Users

Congratulations to our User Max for a great score of 57.14% when predicting the 2019 Directors Guild Awards winners on Saturday. He is actually tied with 24 other people at that percentage but has a better point score total of 12,834 by using the 500 super bets wisely.

Over 1,400 people worldwide predicted these three film and four TV winners in a total of seven categories chosen by DGA voters. The ceremony was held in Hollywood and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. Our top scorer had four of the seven categories correct: “Roma” (feature film), “Barry” (comedy series), “Escape at Dannemora” (limited series) and “Saturday Night Live” (variety). He missed on “Eighth Grade” (first-time director), “Three Identical Strangers” (documentary) and “Succession” (drama series).

SEE2019 DGA Awards: Complete winners list in all 11 categories

You can see how your score compares to all others in our leaderboard rankings of all contestants, which also includes links to see each participant’s predictions.
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'Roma' director Alfonso Cuarón eyes second Oscar after DGA win

'Roma' director Alfonso Cuarón eyes second Oscar after DGA win
Bo Burnham claims first-time feature prize for Eight Grade.

While many in the industry still believe it would be a stretch for Roma to win the best picture Oscar later this month, the likelihood of Alfonso Cuarón claiming his second Academy Award for directing shot up after he won the feature film prize at the 71st annual DGA Awards on Saturday (2).

Cuarón can now add his secnd DGA prize for outstanding achievement to the one he earned at the directors guild’s 66th annual ceremony for Gravity and he heads into the 91st Academy Awards on February 24 as the clear favourite,
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'Roma' director Alfonso Cuarón wins 71st annual DGA award

'Roma' director Alfonso Cuarón wins 71st annual DGA award
Bo Burnham claims first-time feature prize for Eight Grade.

While some in the industry still believe it would be a stretch for Roma to win the best picture Oscar, few doubt Alfonso Cuarón’s chances for a second best director Academy Award and that argument carries a lot more water following Saturday’s (2) DGA win.

Cuarón earned his second DGA prize for outstanding achievement at the 71st annual DGA Awards after winning at the directors guild’s 66th annual ceremony for Gravity (and claiming the Oscar in 2014 at the culmination of awards season).

He heads into the 91st Academy Awards
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DGA Awards: Alfonso Cuarón Wins For ‘Roma’; Adam McKay & ‘Succession’ Top TV — Full Winners List

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DGA Awards: Alfonso Cuarón Wins For ‘Roma’; Adam McKay & ‘Succession’ Top TV — Full Winners List
Alfonso Cuarón took the top feature film award for Roma at tonight’s 71st Annual DGA Awards, fellow feature film nominee Adam McKay took the TV drama series nod for Succession and Bo Burnham snagged the first-time director nod for Eighth Grade.

“Roma simply doesn’t exist without the generosity of spirit and effortless grace of Yalitza (Aparicio) and Marina (De Tavira). They somehow with the rest of my beautiful cast managed to bring to life this film from my memory,” Cuarón said in accepting the award for his film that is an homage to his childhood.

The guild award has been a top bellwether for the best directing Oscar. Last year’s winner Guillermo del Toro, who presented tonight’s award to Cuarón, went on to win the Academy Award in directing for The Shape of Water. The film won four Oscars in all, including best picture. The guild
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DGA Awards: Alfonso Cuaron Wins Feature Award for ‘Roma’

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DGA Awards: Alfonso Cuaron Wins Feature Award for ‘Roma’
Alfonso Cuaron has won the Directors Guild Award for top feature film for “Roma,” keeping up his awards-season momentum.

Cuaron topped Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book.”

“Thank you, cabron — you are my film career,” a deeply moved Cuaron told last year’s winner, Guillermo del Toro.

Cuaron explained backstage that he had used “cabron,” often an expletive in Spanish, as a term of endearment for del Toro. “Like everything else, it’s a matter of context,” he added.

Cuaron also thanked Participant Media, which financed the black-and-white Spanish-language film, and Netflix, which released it, for their “glorious stupidity.”

The filmmaker singled out Oscar-nominated stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

“‘Roma’ simply doesn’t exist without the generosity of spirt and effortless grace of Yalitza and Marina,” he said. “They somehow, with the rest of my beautiful cast,
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Deadline’s DGA Awards Live Blog

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Deadline’s DGA Awards Live Blog
Alfonso Cuarón took the top film honor tonight For Roma at the 71st Annual DGA Awards. Bo Burnham snagged the first-time director nod for Eighth Grade and Tim Wardle won for documentary feature for Three Identical Strangers.

Top TV awards went to Adam McKay for Succession, Bill Hader for Barry and Ben Stiller for Escape at Dannemora.

Don Mischer received the guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction.

Kathleen McGill and Mimi Deaton were honored with special awards tonight. McGill, a unit production manager, received the Frank Capra Achievement Award, and Deaton, an associate director, received the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award. Both awards are given in recognition of career achievement and service to the guild.

FX Networks, behind such series as Atlanta, Pose, Mayans M.C. and Snowfall, received the guild’s 2019 Diversity Award which has been bestowed only a handful of times in the DGA Awards’ long history.
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DGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

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DGA Awards: The Complete Winners List
Roma” filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron won one of the top prizes at Saturday night’s 71st Directors Guild of America Awards, beating out Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book” for the feature film award.

Bo Burnham was also among the guild’s big winners, taking home the first-time feature film prize for his coming-of-age drama “Eighth Grade.” He was up against Cooper, Carlos Lopez Estrada for “Blindspotting,” Matthew Heineman for “A Private War,” and Boots Riley for “Sorry to Bother You.”

While Cooper lost out on both awards, two other actors-turned-directors were victorious: Ben Stiller and Bill Hader. Stiller won in the movies for television and limited series category for his prison-break drama “Escape at Dannemora,” while Hader won for comedy series for “Barry,” which he also toplines.

McKay didn’t take the top film award,
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Alfonso Cuaron Wins Directors Guild Award for ‘Roma’

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Alfonso Cuaron Wins Directors Guild Award for ‘Roma’
Alfonso Cuarón has been named the best director of 2018 for “Roma” at the 71st Annual Directors Guild Awards, which were handed out on Saturday night in Hollywood.

The win reinforces Cuarón’s position as a strong favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Director, and marks the fifth time in the last six years that one of a close-knit group of three Mexican-born directors has won the DGA Award. Cuarón also won for “Gravity,” while his close friends Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro have also won in that stretch, Iñárritu for “Birdman” and “The Revenant” and del Toro for “The Shape of Water.”

The win for Cuarón and “Roma” is the most significant guild award ever won by Netflix, which backed the director’s black-and-white, Spanish language memory piece. It is the second foreign-language film to win the DGA feature-film award, after Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger,
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