Everything is Everywhere at 2023 Academy Awards

When I met writer/director Daniel Kwan at the 2023 Writers Guild Awards, I told him while he was clutching his trophy for Everywhere, Everything All at Once, that he was going to win an Oscar the following Sunday. Daniel, humbled by all of the Awards Season’s accolades, smiled back and said, “Don’t jinx it.” Apparently, … Continue reading “Everything is Everywhere at 2023 Academy Awards”

Everything, Everywhere dominates Spirit Awards

Once again it was Everything, Everywhere All at Once dominating an awards show. This time, the unstoppable winning film from Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert made a stop on the way to the Oscars at The 2023 Independent Spirit Awards. The film which had 8 nominations, took home 7 including Best Feature. Close behind were Todd … Continue reading “Everything, Everywhere dominates Spirit Awards”

Everything, All Quiet, Banshees lead Oscar noms

And let the Oscar race begin. Oscar-winning actor-producer Riz Ahmed and actor Allison Williams (M3gan, Get Out, Girls) announced the 95th Oscars nominations today (January 24), live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org and the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed and broadcast media. Ahmed and Williams announced the … Continue reading “Everything, All Quiet, Banshees lead Oscar noms”

Gallery: AFI Awards celebrate Fabelmans, Avatar, Top Gun, Bear and more

Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for those attending the American Film Institute’s (AFI) 2022 AFI AWARDS at an exclusive invite-only luncheon. At the event, AFI revealed its official rationales (below) for all 21 honorees, providing the cultural and artistic context to mark these outstanding creative endeavors as the year’s notable milestones. Celebrating film and … Continue reading “Gallery: AFI Awards celebrate Fabelmans, Avatar, Top Gun, Bear and more”

The Bear, Andor, The Batman among SAG noms

Nominees for the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honoring outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances for the past year were announced this morning by Ashley Park (Emily in Paris) and Haley Lu Richardson (The White Lotus) via Instagram Live. Among the TV nominees are Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul, Adam Scott for Severance, Jeremy Allen White who just won … Continue reading “The Bear, Andor, The Batman among SAG noms”

Everything Everywhere All at Once leads Spirit Film noms

Film Independent, the nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering independence and inclusivity in visual storytelling, have announced the nominations for the film categories at the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Multiverse-hopping adventure film Everything Everywhere All at Once  leads all films with eight nominations including best feature, director, lead actor for Michelle Yeoh, supporting actor for Ke Huy … Continue reading “Everything Everywhere All at Once leads Spirit Film noms”

AFI FEST announces full festival lineup

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the full lineup for this year’s AFI FEST Film Festival including Bones and all, directed by Academy Award-nominee Luca Guadagnino, Le Pupille, directed by Alice Rohrwacher, Nanny, directed by Nikyatu Jusu, SR., directed by Chris Smith, and Women Talking by Academy Award-nominated writer and director Sarah Polley, which … Continue reading “AFI FEST announces full festival lineup”

Reel Women: Visionary Director and Photographer Kharen Hill

Kharen Hill is renowned for her entertainment, advertising and music photography. Her ability to create amazing images with lighting and her creative choices in selecting location and themes makes her work unique and memorable.  Working with clients across North America and the world her photography is recognized for its vivid use of color and her … Continue reading “Reel Women: Visionary Director and Photographer Kharen Hill”

Actor Jon goes Hamm on Apple TV+

Jon Hamm has played many memorable roles – uh, Don Draper anyone? And don’t forget Kristen Wiig’s douchey boyfriend, in the 2011 smash hit Bridesmaids. Or Hamm as determined FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley, in The Town. But while Apple TV+ is setting itself apart with its series and movies starring such A-Listers as Jennifer Aniston, … Continue reading “Actor Jon goes Hamm on Apple TV+”

Director Chloé Zhao joins Superprime

Los Angeles-based production company Superprime has added two-time Academy Award-winning Chloé Zhao (Nomadland, The Eternals) to its roster of talented filmmakers. Chloé is a Chinese writer, director, editor and producer.  In September, Chloé appeared on Time Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, on the heels of repeatedly making history … Continue reading “Director Chloé Zhao joins Superprime”

Chloé Zhao on winning, howling and more

Oscar night saw people of color, and especially women, brought to the forefront. A record 9 of the 22 acting nominees were people of color and Chloé Zhao became the second woman – and first woman of color – to win the award for Best Directing for her opus about grief and the damaged American … Continue reading “Chloé Zhao on winning, howling and more”

Chadwick Boseman should have won an Oscar

Chadwick Boseman should have won the Oscar for Best Actor last night during the 93rd Academy Awards. But he didn’t. The award went to Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, one of the greatest actors in our lifetime. No disrespect to Sir Hopkins, but Boseman should have won. The 93rd Oscars were basically a successful statement about … Continue reading “Chadwick Boseman should have won an Oscar”

Nomadland wins Best Picture, Chloé Zhao Director

Last night, Nomadland won three of its six Academy Award nominations. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences presented the 93rd Oscars. Due to the pandemic, the show did not take place at its usual home, The Dolby Theater. This year, the hostless event took place in downtown Los Angeles at Union Station with … Continue reading “Nomadland wins Best Picture, Chloé Zhao Director”

Reel 360’s 2021 Oscar Predictions

It’s finally here — the end to a very long and strange and god knows what else kind of film year. We are happy to finally say good-bye to the 2020 movie season which culminates with the Academy Awards. We are tired. Run down. But vaccinated! So we are ready to sit down and make … Continue reading “Reel 360’s 2021 Oscar Predictions”

Nomadland takes top prize at Spirit Awards

Last night, in the penultimate awards show before we end with the Academy Awards on Sunday, the Spirit Awards honored the best of the best in the world of independent film. Even without the big cacophonous beach tent, host Melissa Villaseñor made the 2021 awards show unforgettable. She began her monologue addressing the lack of … Continue reading “Nomadland takes top prize at Spirit Awards”

Nomadland wins 4 BAFTAS, including Picture, Director

The 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs)presented over two ceremonies in one weekend, celebrated the very best in film of the past year. Sunday’s ceremony, hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary, was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall with nominees attending virtually. The show included three featured musical performances: by Liam Payne, Celeste, … Continue reading “Nomadland wins 4 BAFTAS, including Picture, Director”

Chloé Zhao wins DGA Award for Nomadland

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2020 were announced tonight during the 73rd Annual DGA Awards virtual ceremony. Chloé Zhao won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for Nomadland. The moving film about grief and acceptance follows woman in her sixties (Frances McDormand) who, … Continue reading “Chloé Zhao wins DGA Award for Nomadland”

A wrap? Producer Scott Rudin’s unhinged behavior

For the past few years the climate in Hollywood (among many other cities and industries) has been evolving from sexist and toxic work environments to more transparent, harmonious, and inclusive. After allegations against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Joss Whedon have been coming to light we are now hearing more shocking allegations against others. … Continue reading “A wrap? Producer Scott Rudin’s unhinged behavior”

‘Nomadland’ takes top prize at Producers Guild Awards

As begin to place our bets on what will win at the Oscars, we now have two pretty safe wagers – Ma Rainey’s Chadwick Boseman for Best Actor and now, Nomadland for Best Picture. The Producers Guild of America Awards awarded Chloé Zhao’s opus with their top prize. The film rode past Emerald Fennell’s Promising … Continue reading “‘Nomadland’ takes top prize at Producers Guild Awards”

‘Mank’ leads Oscar noms with 10

Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas announced the 93rd Oscars nominations today (March 15), live from London, via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed and broadcast media. Chopra Jonas and Jonas announced the nominees in 23 categories at 5:19 a.m. PT. For a complete … Continue reading “‘Mank’ leads Oscar noms with 10”