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”

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”

‘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”

Nomadland is a poetic journey

Nomadland is a poetic journey off the beaten path of the forgotten. This American neo-Western is directed, written, edited, and produced by the refreshingly and viscerally authentic Chloé Zhao. In Zhao’s third feature, a recently widowed woman, played by the chameleon Frances McDormand, embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything during … Continue reading “Nomadland is a poetic journey”

WOMEN IN FILM: Filmmaker Cindy Di Xin

China native Cindy Di Xin is an award-winning filmmaker who has written and directed six short films. She earned a master’s degree in film production with an emphasis in directing from Chapman University in Orange County, California, and The School of Visual Arts in New York City.  In the past three years, Cindy has been … Continue reading “WOMEN IN FILM: Filmmaker Cindy Di Xin”

Study reveals most awarded directors of all time. Jane Campion ranks…

While the actors usually take the majority of the acclaim in a Hollywood blockbuster, it’s those on the other side of the camera who keep everything on track and bring their vision to life. But who are the very best film directors in the world? Once upon a time, only a small group of directors … Continue reading “Study reveals most awarded directors of all time. Jane Campion ranks…”

Eternals’ director Chloé Zhao captures journey of injured Budweiser Clydesdale

After sitting out last year’s Super Bowl for the first time in 37 years to support COVID-19 vaccine awareness, Budweiser is back in the game with a commercial spotlighting a beloved Budweiser Clydesdale’s path to recovery, symbolizing the resiliency that the people of America continue to show through difficult times. The spot, entitled “A Clydesdale’s … Continue reading “Eternals’ director Chloé Zhao captures journey of injured Budweiser Clydesdale”

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”

Women directors comprise only 17% of top 250 grossing films

Hollywood made femme-centric history in 2020 with more female filmmakers than ever before directing top-grossing films. For the first time, three women were nominated at the Golden Globes for Best Director – Motion Picture. After achieving these milestones, it seemed women were at the precipice of a new era. Unfortunately, the film industry regressed into … Continue reading “Women directors comprise only 17% of top 250 grossing films”

Drive My Car, Power of the Dog take top awards at LAFCA

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) voted on the best achievements in film in 2021 on Saturday, announcing its award winners through its Twitter account. The LAFCA’s best film winner has won the Oscar for Best Picture 11 times in the 47 years the organization has been giving out awards, including four times in the last … Continue reading “Drive My Car, Power of the Dog take top awards at LAFCA”

Get Out tops WGA 101 Greatest Screenplays of 21st Century

The  Writers Guilds of America West and East announced the WGA list of 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far), as voted by the Guilds’ members, honoring outstanding screenwriting over the last two decades. From horror films and sci-fi – Get Out (#1, Written by Jordan Peele), Arrival (#27, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer) – to superhero blockbusters – Black … Continue reading “Get Out tops WGA 101 Greatest Screenplays of 21st Century”

Lost Daughter sweeps top prizes at Gotham Awards

Awards Season has officially kicked off. The Gotham Film & Media Institute (The Gotham) tonight announced the winners of the 31st Annual Gotham Awards at a ceremony held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Winning Best Feature and three additional awards was The Lost Daughter, director and screenwriter Maggie Gyllenhaal’s assured screen adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel … Continue reading “Lost Daughter sweeps top prizes at Gotham Awards”

Eternals makes history by being first Marvel film to be Certified Rotten

It had to happen sometime. Marvel Studios, which has had an incredible 12-year-run with critics and audiences may finally have a dud on its hands. Marvel’s Eternals is now the worst-reviewed MCU movie ever. With over 257 reviews in, its critical Rotten Tomatoes score has dropped to a 49%, which gives it a “rotten” rating, … Continue reading “Eternals makes history by being first Marvel film to be Certified Rotten”

A chat with Faryl Amadeus, writer, director and star of Mary Meet Grace

In Faryl Amadeus’ dramatic new short film, which moves quickly and fluidly from drama to thriller, Mary Meet Grace tells the story of a troubled young woman who gets a phone call from a stranger saying that the birth mother she never knew has died. She impulsively accompanies him into the desert to spread her … Continue reading “A chat with Faryl Amadeus, writer, director and star of Mary Meet Grace”

Chicago 7, Judas, Queen’s Gambit among Location Guild noms

Nominees for the 8th Annual Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) Awards were announced today by LMGI President John Rakich/LMGI. The awards honor the outstanding and creative visual contributions by location professionals in film, television and commercials from around the globe. The LMGI Awards also recognize outstanding service by film commissions for their support “above and beyond” during the production … Continue reading “Chicago 7, Judas, Queen’s Gambit among Location Guild noms”

Marvel’s Eternals releases final trailer

Not too bad. Not too bad at all. A new trailer and poster for Marvel Studios’ Eternals were released, offering an upfront look at the MCU’s newest team-up, featuring a group of celestial heroes, from beyond the stars, who have had a love affair with the Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called the … Continue reading “Marvel’s Eternals releases final trailer”

Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to join the organization to 395 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection decisions are based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority of Academy Aperture 2025.  The 2021 class is 46% … Continue reading “Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites”

Eternals: Get your first look in this teaser trailer

After her Best Director and Best Picture wins at the Oscars, anticipation is enormous to see director Chloé Zhao’s follow-up to Nomadland. And that follow-up is Marvel’s The Eternals. Today, the studio released the first teaser trailer for the November entry into the MCU. The Eternals trailer offers a glimpse at the exciting new team … Continue reading “Eternals: Get your first look in this teaser trailer”