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2012 National Board Of Review Award Winners

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Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Zero Dark Thirty are riding the crest of a rather awesome wave right now. Yeah, someone really did use that saying in a conversation with me once. But let’s leave Sussex sensibilities behind for a minute and focus on Bigelow and Zeitlin.

Things are going pretty swimmingly for the pair, with Bigelow fresh off her NYFCC win, Zeitlin winning yet another accolade for his direction and both receiving prizes for their leading ladies.

It’s great to see Looper receiving Best Original Screenplay, but the money’s still on Moonrise Kingdom, especially when the Academy seem to keep sci-fi offerings reserved to the technical fields. But I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed for more Rian Johnson nominations and it’s brilliant to see it make their top ten, as it’ll definitely make my list of the best 2012’s had to offer.

Talking of their top ten, indie offerings sit alongside Oscar frontrunners, with The Perks Of Being A Wallflower getting a very deserved mention.

Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

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2012 British Independent Film Award Nominations

Never one to go with the obvious choices, BIFA’s 15th awards ceremony plays host to a set of nominations which once again prove the power of the documentary.

Although not as initially exciting as last year’s list, BIFA continue their mad love for Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman while giving Robbie Ryan and Domnhall Gleeson recognition for their continued blistering form.

Rufus Norris’ Broken sets the bar with an impressive nine nominations including Best Film, Best Director and a bunch of acting nods, with Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio picking up seven.

I’m thrilled to see The Imposter deservedly crossing over from the Best Documentary category, with Bart Layton’s film earning six nominations including Best Director. As I mentioned yesterday, it’s not going to be a quiet season for him.

Though those pesky Americans may manage to pop up in the form of Meryl Streep and Elle Fanning, for those who prefer it quintessentially British (albeit set in India…), there’s no need to fear – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has earned itself a trio of acting nominations.

The winners will be announced for the seventh time by BIFA Patron, James Nesbitt, on December 9th at the Old Billingsgate in London. So, as ever, check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading

Cinema Eye Honors Award Nominations

Hot on the heels of the International Documentary Association, the Cinema Eye Honors have released their nominees, with The Imposter and Searching For Sugar Man leading the way in what is certain to be a very busy Oscar run-up for them both.

Check out the full list of nominations below: Continue reading

Hello, I’m Back (AKA A Quick Awards Season Catch Up)

Right. Let’s get back to business.

With Awards Season itching to accelerate into full gear, my acquisition of a new laptop (yes, that’s right, I have been without one since Edinburgh…) comes at just the right time.

What have I kept you in the dark over, you cry? Well, not a lot to be honest, apart from the burning question of which of the powerhouse American trifecta made up of MacFarlane, Fey and Poehler will manage to fit Shot Scorsese into their presenting duties. Oh, and Beasts Of The Southern Wild is ineligible for the SAG Awards because the little bundle of joy that is Quvenzhane Wallis isn’t a ‘professional actor’, which definitely sucks.

So, to wrap up and bring you the start of what will be a very post-heavy Awards Season, here’s the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Award nominees, BFI London Film Festival winners and the International Documentary Association Award nominees: Continue reading

Sundance 2012 Film Festival Awards

Ahhh, Sundance. The Festival I wish I knew more about to make me sound cooler. This was the first year I’ve watched the Awards and it definitely gives you a real sense of the incredible humility and appreciation every single recipient had for the opportunity to even be considered as an applicant – something that a lot of other ceremonies could learn a lot from. Speeches were requested to remain short so that everyone could meet in the bar afterwards and amongst them came the gem, “thank you and have a lot of sex”, from one of the screenwriters of Young & Wild. Priceless.

The unfortunate illness Parker Posey was struck down with led to a rather off the cuff, spontaneous show thanks to John Cooper (who could be Ed Helms’ flamboyant brother) and Katie Aselton, but the 2012 Awards weren’t all sweetness and light due to a very moving tribute to the late Bingham Ray that opened the ceremony. Cooper struggled to keep it together, proving what an incredibly supportive family Sundance is and how they look after their own, Ray’s ‘poker partners’ providing anecdotes for the tribute.

Some very interesting projects and impressive talents were brought to the forefront during this year’s Festival and I pray we get to see a lot of them achieve distribution. Oh, and lastly, Malik Bendjelloul may be my new favourite person.

Check out the winners below (I’ve put all the Grand Jury winners at the end), as I’m sure it’s not the last we’ve heard from a lot of them: Continue reading