Documentary ETERNAL SPRING (長春) has been announced as Canada’s official entry for BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE at next year’s Academy Awards.
The Film by Director, Writer and Producer Jason Loftus, is representing Canada in the nomination process for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards, to be held on March 12, 2023. The film is produced by Lofty Sky Entertainment and the international sales agent is Sideways Film.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we announce that Eternal Spring(長春) was selected from among 16 films submitted to the pan-Canadian selection committee for having the best chance of positioning itself well in the multi-stage Oscar race,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director and CEO, Telefilm Canada. “This venture represents an exceptional opportunity for Eternal Spring(長春) to reach new audiences and offers a golden opportunity to showcase the high quality of Canadian filmmaking. That is why Telefilm will be supporting the film team in this prestigious competition and we wish them the best of luck.” .
The 94th annual Academy Awards returned once again to Dolby Theatre as Cinema’s most prestigious night had altered course during the Pandemic. Taking top honours was Sian Heder‘s CODA, taking Best Picture. The Film is the first-ever Film with a predominantly Deaf Cast to win Best Picture. It premiered at Sundance in 2021, before selling to Apple for a record $25 million, proving a smart investment. The Film written and directed Heder, is based on the 2014 French coming-of-age film La Famille Bélier, centering on a young woman who is the child of deaf parents.
In addition to winning Best Picture, CODA also won Heder Best Adapted Screenplay and Troy Kotsur would take Supporting Actor.
Other major winners included Will Smith for his work in KING RICHARD, landing him Best Actor, proving third time’s the charm after having been nominated thrice for an Oscar.
Jessica Chastain gained much momentum in recent weeks, taking Best Actress for her portrayal of Tammy Faye Bakker in THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE. This also was her third time being nominated for an Oscar, proving once again that third time’s the charm!
Best Director went to Jane Campion for THE POWER OF THE DOG, which was seen as the favourite to win Best Picture. She has the distinction of being the third woman ever to win the category.
Hosted by a Trio of Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall, the night was not without drama. Funnyman Chris Rock when presenting Best Documentary, poked fun at Jada Pinkett Smith‘s baldness which landed him a slap on-stage from eventual Will Smith, in defense of his wife.
A friggin’ Rockstar. Live for Kristen Stewart. Don’t care what the Academy thinks. She has won the night. Chanel has done amazing work tailoring her looks all Awards Season. #Oscarspic.twitter.com/JRNYXxEkgk
“Belfast” “CODA” (Winner) “Don’t Look Up” “Drive My Car” “Dune” “King Richard” “Licorice Pizza” “Nightmare Alley” “The Power of the Dog” “West Side Story”
Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Winner) Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter” Penelope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers” Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos” Kristen Stewart, “Spencer”
Javier Bardem, “Being the Ricardos” Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog” Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick, Boom” Will Smith, “King Richard” (Winner) Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast” Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car” Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza” Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog” (Winner) Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story”
Best Original Song
“Be Alive” from “King Richard” “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto” “Down to Joy” from “Belfast” “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” (Winner) “Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days”
Best Documentary Feature
“Ascension” “Attica” “Flee” “Summer of Soul” (Winner) “Writing with Fire”
Best Adapted Screenplay
“CODA,” Sian Heder (Winner) “Drive My Car,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe “Dune,” Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth “The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal “The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion
Best Original Screenplay
“Belfast,” Kenneth Branagh (Winner) “Don’t Look Up,” Adam McKay, Story by McKay and David Sirota “King Richard,” Zack Baylin “Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson “The Worst Person in the World,” Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier
Best Costume Design
“Cruella” (Winner) “Cyrano” “Dune” “Nightmare Alley” “West Side Story”
Best International Feature Film
“Drive My Car” (Winner) “Flee” “The Hand of God” “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” “The Worst Person in the World”
Best Supporting Actor
Ciarán Hinds, “Belfast” Troy Kotsur, “CODA” (Winner) Jesse Plemons, “The Power of the Dog” JK Simmons, “Being the Ricardos” Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”
Best Animated Feature
“Encanto” (Winner) “Flee” “Luca” “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” “Raya and the Last Dragon”
Best Visual Effects
“Dune” (Winner) “Free Guy” “No Time to Die” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
“Dune” (Winner) “Nightmare Alley” “The Power of the Dog” “The Tragedy of Macbeth” “West Side Story”
Best Supporting Actress
Jessie Buckley, “The Lost Daughter” Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story” (Winner) Judi Dench, “Belfast” Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of the Dog” Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard”
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Coming 2 America” “Cruella” “Dune” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Winner) “House of Gucci”
Best Production Design
“Dune” (Winner) “Nightmare Alley” “The Power of the Dog” “The Tragedy of Macbeth” “West Side Story”
“Don’t Look Up” “Dune” (Winner) “King Richard” “The Power of the Dog” “Tick, Tick, Boom”
Best Original Score
“Don’t Look Up” “Dune” (Winner) “Encanto” “Parallel Mothers” “The Power of the Dog”
Best Live Action Short
“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run” “The Dress” “The Long Goodbye” (Winner) “On My Mind” “Please Hold”
Best Animated Short
“Affairs of the Art” “Bestia” “Boxballet” “Robin Robin” “The Windshield Wiper” (Winner)
Best Documentary Short Subject
“Audible” “Lead Me Home” “The Queen of Basketball” (Winner) “Three Songs for Benazir” “When We Were Bullies”
“Belfast” “Dune” (Winner) “No Time to Die” “The Power of the Dog” “West Side Story”
Nominations were announced earlier today for the 94th Academy Awards, to be held Sunday, March 27, 2022 at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at 8 PM ET. Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan made announcements this year. Leading the pack this year with a total 12 nominations is Jane Campion‘s THE POWER OF THE DOG, followed closely by Denis Villeneuve’s DUNE which garnered 10.
This year’s biggest snubs include Lady Gaga for House of Gucci, and while Denis Villeneuve‘s DUNE received much recognition technically, he isn’t up for Best Director. Though it achieved record-breaking Box Office success and acclaim, SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME only garnered one nomination for Special Effects.
Nominees are as follows.
“Don’t Look Up”
“Drive My Car”
“The Power of the Dog”
“West Side Story”
Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”)
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (“Drive My Car”)
Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”)
Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)
Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”)
BEST LEAD ACTOR
Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”)
Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”)
Will Smith (“King Richard”)
Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)
BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)
Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”)
Penélope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”)
Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)
Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”)
Troy Kotsur (“CODA”)
Jesse Plemons (“The Power of the Dog”)
J.K. Simmons (“Being the Ricardos”)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessie Buckley (“The Lost Daughter”)
Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”)
Judi Dench (“Belfast”)
Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”)
Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“CODA,” Siân Heder
“Drive My Car,” Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
“Dune,” Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth
“The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal
“The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Belfast,” Kenneth Branagh
“Don’t Look Up,” Adam McKay, David Sirota
“King Richard,” Zach Baylin
“Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Worst Person in the World,” Eskil Vogt, Joachim Troer
The Toronto Film Critics Association have announced their 2021 Award Winners today. Winning top honours of Best Film is DRIVE MY CAR, a Japanese Drama written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. The Film is Japan’s official entry at the upcoming Academy Awards.
Runners-up were LICORICE PIZZA and THE POWER OF THE DOG.
The Rogers Best Canadian Film Award will award one winner $100,000 from Rogers Communications Inc., with two runners-up each receiving $5,000. Finalists in this category are Beans, directed by Tracey Deer;Night Raiders, directed by Danis Goulet; Scarborough, directed by Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson. The winner will be announced at their upcoming (date TBD) Awards Gala.
List of winners below:
DRIVE MY CAR
Runners-up: LICORICE PIZZA
THE POWER OF THE DOG
Jane Campion (THE POWER OF THE DOG)
Runners-up: Hamaguchi Ryusuke (DRIVE MY CAR)
Denis Villeneuve (DUNE)
Olivia Colman (THE LOST DAUGHTER)
Runners-up: Penelope Cruz (PARALLEL MOTHERS)
Kristen Stewart (SPENCER)
Denzel Washington (THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH)
Runners-up: Benedict Cumberbatch (THE POWER OF THE DOG)
Andrew Garfield (TICK, TICK…BOOM!)
Best Supporting Actress
Jessie Buckley (THE LOST DAUGHTER)
Runners-up: Kirsten Dunst (THE POWER OF THE DOG)
Ruth Negga (PASSING)
Best Supporting Actor
Bradley Cooper (LICORICE PIZZA)
Runners-up: Ciaran Hinds (BELFAST)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (THE POWER OF THE DOG)
DRIVE MY CAR
Runners-up: LICORICE PIZZA
THE POWER OF THE DOG
Best Animated Feature
THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES
SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)
While they were not televised this year, the 79th edition of the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS took place tonight in private at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. In response to some controversy over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association‘s lack of diversity and business practices, plus also COVID-19 considerations, the event was scaled back, without stars in attendance this year.
Winning top honours this year in the Film categories were THE POWER OF THE DOG, taking Motion Picture – Drama, Director (Jane Campion) and Supporting Actor (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and also WEST SIDE STORY which took Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Actress (Rachel Zegler) and Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose).
In the Television categories, HBO‘s SUCCESSION took top honours for Series Drama, plus Actor in Series Drama (Jeremy Strong) and Supporting Actress – Television (Sarah Snook).
Some surprises in the Motion Picture – Drama Actor and Actress categories with Will Smith defeating THE POWER OF THE DOG‘s Benedict Cumberbatch among others for his work in KING RICHARD, and BEING THE RICARDOS’ Nicole Kidman beating-out favourite Kristen Stewart for SPENCER.
Here are a list of winners:
Motion picture — Drama
“The Power of the Dog” | WINNER “Belfast” “CODA” “Dune” “King Richard”
Actor in a motion picture — Drama
Will Smith (“King Richard”) | WINNER Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”) Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”) Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”) Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)
Actress in a motion picture — Drama
Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”) | WINNER Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”) Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”) Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”)
Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick…Boom!”) | WINNER Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”) Peter Dinklage (“Cyrano”) Cooper Hoffman, “Licorice Pizza” Anthony Ramos, “In the Heights”
Actress in a motion picture — Musical or Comedy
Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”) | WINNER Marion Cotillard (“Annette”) Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”) Jennifer Lawrence (“Don’t Look Up”) Emma Stone (“Cruella”)
Supporting actor in a motion picture
Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) | WINNER Ben Affleck, “The Tender Bar” Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”) Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”) Troy Kotsur (“CODA”)
Supporting actress in a motion picture
Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) | WINNER Caitriona Balfe (“Belfast”) Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”) Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”) Ruth Negga (“Passing”)
Director — Motion Picture
Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”) – WINNER Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”) Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”) Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”)
Screenplay — Motion Picture
“Belfast”| WINNER “Being the Ricardos” “Don’t Look Up” “Licorice Pizza” “The Power of the Dog”
Motion picture — Foreign Language
“Drive My Car” (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Japan) | WINNER “Compartment No. 6” (Juho Kuosmanen, Finland) “The Hand of God” (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy) “A Hero” (Asghar Farhadi, Iran) “Parallel Mothers” (Pedro Almodóovar, Spain)
Motion picture — Animated
“Encanto” | WINNER “Flee” “Luca” “My Sunny Maad” “Raya and the Last Dragon”
Original score — Motion Picture
“Dune” — Hans Zimmer | WINNER “Encanto” — Germaine Franco “The French Dispatch” — Alexandre Desplat “Parallel Mothers” — Alberto Iglesias “The Power of the Dog” — Jonny Greenwood
Original song — Motion Picture
“No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” (Billie Eilish; written by Eilish, Miles Ale, Finneas O’Connell) | WINNER “Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Beyoncé; written by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson) “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto” (Sebastiáan Yatra; written by Lin-Manuel Miranda) “Down to Joy” from “Belfast” (written and performed by Van Morrison) “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (Jennifer Hudson; written by Jamie Alexander Hartman, Hudson, Carole King)
Television series — Drama
“Succession” | WINNER “Lupin” “The Morning Show” “Pose” “Squid Game”
Actor in a television series — Drama
Jeremy Strong, “Succession” | WINNER Brian Cox, “Succession” Lee Jung-jae, “Squid Game” Billy Porter, “Pose” Omar Sy, “Lupin”
Actress in a television series — Drama
Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, “Pose” | WINNER Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment” Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show” Christine Baranaski, “The Good Fight” Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Television series — musical or comedy
“Hacks” | WINNER “The Great” “Only Murders in the Building” “Reservation Dogs” “Ted Lasso”
Actor in a television series — musical or comedy
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” | WINNER Anthony Anderson, “black-ish” Nicholas Hoult, “The Great” Steve Martin, “Only Murders in the Building” Martin Short, “Only Murders in the Building”
Actress in a television series — Musical or Comedy
Jean Smart, “Hacks” | WINNER Hannah Einbeinder, “Hacks” Elle Fanning, “The Great” Issa Rae, “Insecure” Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”
Limited series, anthology series or motion picture made for Television
“The Underground Railroad” | WINNER “Dopesick” “Impeachment: American Crime Story” “Maid” “Mare of Easttown”
Actor in a limited series, anthology series or motion picture made for television
Michael Keaton, “Dopesick” | WINNER Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” Oscar Isaac, “Scenes from a Marriage” Ewan McGregor, “Halston” Tahar Rahim, “The Serpent”
Actress in a limited series, anthology series or motion picture made for television
Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown” | WINNER Jessica Chastain, “Scenes from a Marriage” Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha” Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision” Margaret Qualley, “Maid”
Supporting Actor — Television
O Yeong-Su, “Squid Game” | WINNER Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show” Kieran Culkin, “Succession” Mark Duplass, “The Morning Show” Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”
Supporting Actress — Television
Sarah Snook, “Succession” | WINNER Jennifer Coolidge, “White Lotus” Kaitlyn Dever, “Dopesick” Andie MacDowell, “Maid” Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”
Awards Season will culminate in the 94th annual Academy Awards, which take place Sunday, March 27, 2022.
The 93rd annual Academy Awards took place tonight at Union Station in Los Angeles, as Hollywood continues to navigate the Pandemic. The ceremony was preceded by a reduced Red Carpet and attendance was limited and socially-distanced within the venue, a departure from the usual Kodak Theatre, which still was used this year, but for a segment leading to the Humanitarian Award, which was awarded to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
Without a formal host this year, the broadcast also adopted a number of new changes including no interruption of winner’s speeches under Musical Director Questlove. Presenters and winners drew their attention to anti-racism, including Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Tyler Perry, stating in his speech, “It is my hope that all of us will teach our kids: refuse hate. Don’t hate anybody.”.
The evening’s big winner was NOMADLAND, taking Best Picture. The Film directed by ChloéZhao, made history as she became the first ever Asian woman to win in the Directing category, following Korean Director Bong Joon-Ho‘s win for Parasite last year. Just last September, the Film had won the People’s Choice Award here in Toronto at TIFF. Frances McDormand went on to win her fourth Oscar, taking Best Actress for her work in the Film.
An absent Sir Anthony Hopkins took home his second Oscar for Best Actor for his work in THE FATHER, which also took Adapted Screenplay earlier in the ceremony. He won previous for 1992’s Silence of the Lambs. Chadwick Boseman who posthumously was sweeping much of Awards Season was seen as the favourite to win, for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
History also was made as MINARI star Youn Yuh-Jung became the first ever South Korean Actress ever to be nominated and win an Oscar. The veteran accepted her Award from MINARI Producer Brad Pitt, starstruck and asking him where he was during production for the Film. Jokingly, she also forgave everyone for mispronouncing her name, questioning whether the Award was simply “American hospitality”.
Some of the evening’s most memorable looks:
Carey Mulligan has arrived. Promising Young Woman star in Valentino. If this isn’t a testament to believing in herself… ✨ pic.twitter.com/4iZpE6te3q
Hollywood Suite‘s got you covered this Summer with several BAFTA, Independent Spirit and Oscar-winning Films to keep you entertained June through August. See their line-up!
JUNE June 1–7 Oscar Best Picture
Patton (1970), Moonlight (2016), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), All About Eve (1950), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Hurt Locker (2008) and Out of Africa (1985).
June 8–14 BAFTA Best Film
The Full Monty (1997), The Commitments (1991), Bicycle Thieves (1948), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Killing Fields (1984), Boyhood (2014) and Goodfellas (1990).
June 15–21 Oscar Best Actress
Boys Don’t Cry (1999), The Lion in Winter (1968), Children Of A Lesser God (1986), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), Monster’s Ball (2001) and Black Swan (2010).
June 22–28 Oscar Best Supporting Actress
Shampoo (1975), Melvin and Howard (1980), Cactus Flower (1969), The Last Picture Show (1971), The Fighter (2010), California Suite (1978) and My Cousin Vinny (1992).
JULY June 2–-July 5 Oscar Best Director
The Deer Hunter (1978), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Graduate (1967), Traffic (2000), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Cabaret (1972).
July 6–12 Oscar Best Picture
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Chariots of Fire (1981), The Artist (2011), Casablanca (1942), Silence of the Lambs (1991), The King’s Speech (2010) and Annie Hall (1977).
July 12–19 Film Independent Spirit Awards Best Film
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Sideways (2004), The Wrestler (2008), Juno (2007), Lost in Translation (2003), The Player (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994).
July 20–26 Oscar Best Supporting Actor
Django Unchained (2012), Good Will Hunting (1997), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Julia (1977), Jerry Maguire (1996) and Whiplash (2014).
AUGUST July 27–August 2 BAFTAs Best Actress
Secrets and Lies (1996), Charade (1963), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), A Taste of Honey (1961), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), On Golden Pond (1981) and Still Alice (2014).
August 3–9 Oscar Best Picture
Slumdog Millionaire (2008), 12 Years A Slave (2013), Rain Man (1988), Dances With Wolves (1990), Forrest Gump (1994), Gandhi (1982) and Around The World In 80 Days (1956).
August 10–16 Oscar Best Original Screenplay
Breaking Away (1979), The Crying Game (1992), Ghost (1990), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Almost Famous (2000), Gosford Park (2001) and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004).
August 17–23 Oscar Best Actor
Wall Street (1987), The Last King of Scotland, (2006), Milk (2008), Save The Tiger (1973), There Will Be Blood (2007), Philadelphia (1993) and Shine (1996).
August 24–30 Oscar Best Actress
Norma Rae (1979), Monster (2003), The Iron Lady (2011), Sophie’s Choice (1982), Funny Girl (1968), Erin Brockovich (2000) and Misery (1990)
August 31 Most Oscars Won By a Film
Summer wraps with the “King of the World,” record-holding 11-time Oscar winner, Titanic (1997).
Awards Season concludes with a huge bang! Bong Joon Ho‘s PARASITE becomes the first non-English Film ever to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Above this, it also becomes the first Korean Film ever to win Best International Feature Film, the inaugural edition of the Award which has been re-branded from Best Foreign Language Film with The Academy‘s focus on inclusion. Parasite also scored for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, tallying-in at four wins. Bong joked with the audience “I’m ready to drink tonight till tomorrow morning”, also thanking his idol and fellow nominee Martin Scorsese, whose Films he studied.
Parasite’s scores come as a mild surprise as 1917 which had gained a lot of momentum since its Holiday release, was seen as the favourite to win Best Picture.
Continuing with a pattern seen much of this Awards Season, the acting categories were taken by Joaquin Phoenix (Best Actor for Joker), Renée Zellweger (Best Actress for Judy), Brad Pitt (Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) and Laura Dern (Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story).
Phoenix drew much reaction with an impassioned speech touching upon concern for the environment and animal consumption, while stressing the importance of humanity and giving people “second chances”, just as he had been given after having made regrettable decisions in the past.
Fashion as always was front and center on the Red Carpet, with black and/or muted pink very commonly seen on stars like Gal Gadot, Margot Robbie, Penélope Cruz, Charlize Theron and Laura Dern. Natalie Portman made a statement wearing an outfit which listed the names of female Filmmakers who didn’t get recognized at the Oscars this year.
While there was no host for the Oscars this year, various Presenters took to the stage at points throughout the night including Janelle Monáe, Billy Porter, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Brie Larson, Sigourney Weaver, Gal Gadot and more.
Now in their 34th year, the FILMINDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS took place in Santa Monica this past weekend, celebrating the achievement in Independent Film over the past year. Taking top honours was Barry Jenkins’ IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, winning Best Feature. The Adaptation of the Novel by James Baldwin also was awarded Best Director and Supporting Actress, Regina King who the next day, would win an Oscar for the same performance.
As is consistent with most of this Awards Season, we’ve seen a split in the recognition of Films and the Spirit Awards were on-trend. CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? and SUSPIRIA received two awards each, the former winning for Best Supporting Actor, Richard E. Grant and Best Screenplay, Jeff Whitty and Nicole Holofcener. Grant shared some inspiring words about his experience playing Jack Hock, himself having seen several of his friends die victims of HIV. He dedicated his award in memory of those who passed away as a result of the disease.
The Cast of SUSPIRIA received the prestigious Robert Altman Award, honouring its Female Ensemble including Chloë Grace-Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Dakota Johnson and more. Its Cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom also was awarded for her work.
Hosted by Aubrey Plaza, the audience were treated to her expletive-filled dead-pan humour where several including Netflix nor even THE FAVOURITE Director Yorgos Lanthimos (equating the sound of his name to a Harry Potter spell, “You just shout Yorgos Lanthimos and someone gets fingered in a corset!”) were safe from her jokes. Kidding aside, she points out that 60% of Director nominees at the Spirit Awards this year were women, stating “Don’t get too excited, in this case 60% just means three women, but calling it 60% makes it sound way scarier to your uncles.”. On the growing phenomenon of Films getting digital releases over theatrical, she says, “I truly believe people should see movies how they’re meant to seen in the theatres.”.
Plaza‘s amazing Opening Monologue
Not only did Best Actress winner Glenn Close rule at the Awards, she and her adorable Havanese dog Pip charmed on the Blue Carpet, she dressed in a shimmery pink lamé suit, before getting her own private dinner hosted by Chanel at STK. Pip also attended.
The Cast of Suspiria also ruled the Blue Carpet with Mother Suspiriorum herself, Dakota Johnson, leading the charge and giving her time generously to fans who queued on the sand for a chance to see the stars.
See some of our Snaps:
Glenn Close x Pip
Barry Jenkins and “If Beale Street Could Talk” Team
Josh Hamilton, Elsie Fisher x Bo Burnham
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth and the ladies of Suspiria
Chloë Grace Moretz x Riley Keough
Ray Romano x Mark Duplass
Yalitza Aparicio x Javier Bardem
Taraji P. Henson x Shangela
You also cannot miss Shangela’s daring performance
We attended together with our friends at Hollywood Suite, the exclusive broadcaster of the Spirit Awards and will never forget this amazing journey. Their Cam Maitland did an awesome job interviewing talent on the Blue Carpet which will air at later points. You can subscribe via your television provider at $6 per month, plus basic cable. Hollywoodsuite.com.