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The romantic musical "La La Land,"  which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, earned 12 Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations today. It was followed by the coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" and the sci-fi tale "Arrival" with 10 nominations each.

 

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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play star-crossed lovers in the musical "La La Land"

 

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA). The 22nd annual awards ceremony will be televised live at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time by the A&E Network on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Actor-comedian T.J. Miller, who stars in the HBO series "Silicon Valley," will host the event for the second consecutive year.

 

The 21st Critics' Choice awards weren't held until Sunday, January 17, 2016. But the BFCA made a concerted effort this time to schedule its event ahead of rival awards shows.

 

The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards nominations are as follows:

 
BEST PICTURE
"Arrival"
"Fences"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Hell or High Water"
"La La Land"
"Lion"
"Loving"
"Manchester by the Sea"
"Moonlight"
"Sully"
 
BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck -- "Manchester by the Sea"
Joel Edgerton -- "Loving"
Andrew Garfield -- "Hacksaw Ridge"
Ryan Gosling -- "La La Land"
Tom Hanks -- "Sully"
Denzel Washington -- "Fences"
 
BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams -- "Arrival"
Annette Bening -- "20th Century Women"
Isabelle Huppert -- "Elle"
Ruth Negga -- "Loving"
Natalie Portman -- "Jackie"
Emma Stone --" La La Land"
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali -- "Moonlight"
Jeff Bridges -- "Hell or High Water"
Ben Foster  -- "Hell or High Water"
Lucas Hedges -- "Manchester by the Sea"
Dev Patel -- "Lion"
Michael Shannon -- "Nocturnal Animals"
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis -- "Fences"
Greta Gerwig -- "20th Century Women"
Naomie Harris -- "Moonlight"
Nicole Kidman -- "Lion"
Janelle Monáe -- "Hidden Figures"
Michelle Williams -- "Manchester by the Sea"
 
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Lucas Hedges -- "Manchester by the Sea"
Alex R. Hibbert -- "Moonlight"
Lewis MacDougall -- "A Monster Calls"
Madina Nalwanga -- "Queen of Katwe"
Sunny Pawar -- "Lion"
Hailee Steinfeld -- "The Edge of Seventeen"
 
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
"20th Century Women"
"Fences"
"Hell or High Water"
"Hidden Figures"
"Manchester by the Sea"
"Moonlight" 
 
BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle -- "La La Land"
Mel Gibson -- "Hacksaw Ridge"
Barry Jenkins -- "Moonlight"
Kenneth Lonergan -- "Manchester by the Sea"
David Mackenzie -- "Hell or High Water"
Denis Villeneuve -- "Arrival"
Denzel Washington -- "Fences"
 
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Damien Chazelle -- "La La Land"
Barry Jenkins --- "Moonlight"
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou -- "The Lobster"
Kenneth Lonergan -- "Manchester by the Sea"
Jeff Nichols -- "Loving"
Taylor Sheridan -- "Hell or High Water"
 
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Luke Davies -- "Lion"
Tom Ford -- "Nocturnal Animals"
Eric Heisserer -- "Arrival"
Todd Komarnicki -- "Sully"
Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi -- "Hidden Figures"
August Wilson (posthumously) -- "Fences"
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Stéphane Fontaine -- "Jackie"
James Laxton -- "Moonlight"
Seamus McGarvey -- "Nocturnal Animals"
Linus Sandgren -- "La La Land"
Bradford Young -- "Arrival"
 
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
"Arrival" -- Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte and André Valade
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" -- Stuart Craig, James Hambidge and Anna Pinnock
"Jackie" -- Jean Rabasse, Véronique Melery
"La La Land" -- David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
"Live by Night" -- Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
 
BEST EDITING
Tom Cross -- "La La Land"
John Gilbert -- "Hacksaw Ridge"
Blu Murray -- "Sully"
Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon -- "Moonlight"
Joe Walker -- "Arrival"
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Colleen Atwood -- "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
Consolata Boyle -- "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Madeline Fontaine -- "Jackie"
Joanna Johnston -- "Allied"
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh -- "Love & Friendship"
Mary Zophres -- "La La Land"
 
BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
"Doctor Strange"
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Jackie"
"Star Trek Beyond"
 
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"A Monster Calls"
"Arrival"
"Doctor Strange"
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
"The Jungle Book"
 
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"Finding Dory"
"Kubo and the Two Strings"
"Moana"
"The Red Turtle"
"Trolls"
"Zootopia"
 
BEST ACTION MOVIE
"Captain America: Civil War"
"Deadpool"
"Doctor Strange"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Jason Bourne"
 
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Benedict Cumberbatch -- "Doctor Strange"
Matt Damon -- "Jason Bourne"
Chris Evans -- "Captain America: Civil War"
Andrew Garfield -- "Hacksaw Ridge"
Ryan Reynolds -- "Deadpool"
 
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Gal Gadot -- "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"
Scarlett Johansson -- "Captain America: Civil War"
Margot Robbie -- "Suicide Squad"
Tilda Swinton -- "Doctor Strange"
 
BEST COMEDY
"Central Intelligence"
"Deadpool"
"Don’t Think Twice"
"The Edge of Seventeen"
"Hail, Caesar!"
"The Nice Guys"
 
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Ryan Gosling -- "The Nice Guys"
Hugh Grant -- "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Dwayne Johnson -- "Central Intelligence"
Viggo Mortensen -- "Captain Fantastic"
Ryan Reynolds -- "Deadpool"
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Kate Beckinsale --"Love & Friendship"
Sally Field -- "Hello, My Name Is Doris"
Kate McKinnon -- "Ghostbusters"
Hailee Steinfeld -- "The Edge of Seventeen"
Meryl Streep -- "Florence Foster Jenkins"
 
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
"10 Cloverfield Lane"
"Arrival"
"Doctor Strange"
"Don’t Breathe"
"Star Trek Beyond"
"The Witch"
 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Elle"
"The Handmaiden"
"Julieta"
"Neruda"
"The Salesman"
"Toni Erdmann"
 
BEST SONG
"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" -- "La La Land"
"Can’t Stop the Feeling" -- "Trolls"
"City of Stars" -- "La La Land"
"Drive It Like You Stole It" -- "Sing Street"
"How Far I’ll Go" -- Moana
"The Rules Don’t Apply" -- "Rules Don’t Apply"
 
BEST SCORE
Nicholas Britell -- "Moonlight"
Jóhann Jóhannsson -- "Arrival"
Justin Hurwitz -- "La La Land"
Micachu -- "Jackie"
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka -- "Lion"
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Awards season honors continued today with selections by the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle. Michelle Williams was chosen as Best Supporting Actress of 2016 for her performances in two films. In "Manchester by the Sea," she plays the ex-wife of the main character played by Casey Affleck. Williams also was honored for "Certain Women," in which she appears as a harried Montana wife and mother. 

 

The former star of TV's "Dawson's Creek" has received three Academy Award nominations during the past 11 years: Best Supporting Actress for "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) and Best Actress for "Blue Valentine" (2010) and "My Week with Marilyn" (2011).

 

 

Meanwhile, Mahershala Ali received Best Supporting Actor honors from the NYFCC for his performance in the drama "Moonlight." In the film, Ali plays Juan, a 1980s Miami crack dealer who takes a special interest in a poor child named Chiron (Alex R. Hibbert).

 

This has been a big year for Ali, the Oakland, California native who also appears in the upcoming film "Hidden Figures." He earned a 2015-2016 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Remy Danton in Netflix's "House of Cards." He also stars as Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes in the Netflix drama "Luke Cage."

 

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The formidable French star Isabelle Huppert (pronounced ooh-PAIR) has won Best Actress honors from the New York Film Critics Circle for her performances in two French-language films: "Elle" and "Things to Come."

 

In "Elle," directed by the Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, Huppert plays a woman who seeks vengeance against the unknown assailant who raped her. In "Things to Come," directed by France's Mia Hansen-Love, the actress stars as a Parisian philosophy teacher beset by a series of personal losses.

 

 

Casey Affleck, the younger brother of Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, has been named Best Actor of 2016 by the New York critics. He was cited for his performance in the drama "Manchester by the Sea." In the film, Affleck's character becomes the guardian of his teen nephew after the death of the boy's father. 

 

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"La La Land," director Damien Chazelle's romantic musical in the tradition of past Hollywood efforts, has been named Best Film of 2016 by the New York Film Critics Circle. The picture stars Ryan Gosling as a struggling Los Angeles musician who falls for an aspiring actress played by Emma Stone.


 


The Best Film award was the movie's only win. 


 



 


Other awards went to:


  • Best Director: Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"
  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"
  • Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, "Elle" and "Things to Come"
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"
  • Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea" and "Certain Women"
  • Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"
  • Best Cinematography: James Laxton, "Moonlight"
  • Best First Film: A tie between "Edge of Seventeen" (Kelly Fremon Craig) and "Krisha" (Trey Edward Shults)
  • Best Animated Film: "Zootopia"
  • Best Foreign Language Film: "Toni Erdmann"
  • Best Documentary: "O.J.: Made in America"

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"La La Land," director Damien Chazelle's romantic musical in the tradition of past Hollywood efforts, has been named Best Film of 2016 by the New York Film Critics Circle. The picture stars Ryan Gosling as a struggling Los Angeles musician who falls for an aspiring actress played by Emma Stone.

 

The Best Film award was the movie's only win. 

 

 

Other awards went to:

  • Best Director: Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"
  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"
  • Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, "Elle" and "Things to Come"
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"
  • Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea" and "Certain Women"
  • Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"
  • Best Cinematography: James Laxton, "Moonlight"
  • Best First Film: A tie between "Edge of Seventeen" (Kelly Fremon Craig) and "Krisha" (Trey Edward Shults)
  • Best Animated Film: "Zootopia"
  • Best Foreign Language Film: "Toni Erdmann"
  • Best Documentary: "O.J.: Made in America"

 

TO JAKEEM, I've been getting your updates from this ongoing post (2016) & I believe Bogie66 is also logging in this current & marvelous stuff.

It's something I cover as well. I love the classics by far the best & go to current flix-(seeing "Rules Don't apply" today on Friday)

 

& have been an *Oscar oddsmaker since 1982.  & would love to hear from you on & off TCM about just that stuff,etc  I correspond w/several others off of here & a few I met via these boards.

 

(BOTH, PLEASE DROP ME A LINE)

 

(jeffshannon50@gmail.com)

 

Tom 0'Neil is just 1 fellow pundit I correspond with for yrs & Sasha stone as well

 

"La La Land' seems poised to become the 7th musical to sweep BP & the 89th Annual *Academy Awards

 

THANK YOU

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Some members of the audience were clearly enjoying 20th Century Women (2016) more than I judging by the occasional laughter at quirky jokes.  I thought Mike Mills' film was a dud.  It stars Annette Bening as the chain smoking seventies mother of a teenage boy.  It's a coming-of-age film of sorts not unlike Almost Famous in that the boy is surrounded by adult characters.  And yes, Billy Crudup is in both.  But it just seemed like a string of hit and miss scenes to me which was confirmed by the director and producer themselves in a Q & A afterwards.  Mills said he was a fan of plotless films such as Amarcord.  This did not have Amarcord's charm.  The producer recounted how Mills would send her scenes as written over a five year period.  And sure enough the film feels like it was constructed with a 'how can I fit in this scene' method.  The characters are based on his mother, sister and himself.  Mills kept referring to things that he 'loves' and I realized he was describing elements of his own movie of which he was clearly enamoured.  Well, I'm glad he liked it.  And finally Annette Bening seemed far too old to be playing this character.  Greta Gerwig is the standout as a punk lodger.

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The romantic musical "La La Land,"  which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, earned 12 Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations today. It was followed by the coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" and the sci-fi tale "Arrival" with 10 nominations each.

 

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Gosling and Stone play struggling lovers in the musical "La La Land"

 

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA). The 22nd annual awards ceremony will be televised live at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time by the A&E Network on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Actor-comedian T.J. Miller, who stars in the HBO series "Silicon Valley," will host the event for the second consecutive year.

 

The 21st Critics' Choice awards weren't held until Sunday, January 17, 2016. But the BFCA made a concerted effort this time to schedule its event ahead of rival awards shows.

 

The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards nominations are as follows:

 
BEST PICTURE
"Arrival"
"Fences"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Hell or High Water"
"La La Land"
"Lion"
"Loving"
"Manchester by the Sea"
"Moonlight"
"Sully"
 
BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck -- "Manchester by the Sea"
Joel Edgerton -- "Loving"
Andrew Garfield -- "Hacksaw Ridge"
Ryan Gosling -- "La La Land"
Tom Hanks -- "Sully"
Denzel Washington -- "Fences"
 
BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams -- "Arrival"
Annette Bening -- "20th Century Women"
Isabelle Huppert -- "Elle"
Ruth Negga -- "Loving"
Natalie Portman -- "Jackie"
Emma Stone --" La La Land"
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali -- "Moonlight"
Jeff Bridges -- "Hell or High Water"
Ben Foster  -- "Hell or High Water"
Lucas Hedges -- "Manchester by the Sea"
Dev Patel -- "Lion"
Michael Shannon -- "Nocturnal Animals"
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis -- "Fences"
Greta Gerwig -- "20th Century Women"
Naomie Harris -- "Moonlight"
Nicole Kidman -- "Lion"
Janelle Monáe -- "Hidden Figures"
Michelle Williams -- "Manchester by the Sea"
 
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Lucas Hedges -- "Manchester by the Sea"
Alex R. Hibbert -- "Moonlight"
Lewis MacDougall -- "A Monster Calls"
Madina Nalwanga -- "Queen of Katwe"
Sunny Pawar -- "Lion"
Hailee Steinfeld -- "The Edge of Seventeen"
 
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
"20th Century Women"
"Fences"
"Hell or High Water"
"Hidden Figures"
"Manchester by the Sea"
"Moonlight" 
 
BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle -- "La La Land"
Mel Gibson -- "Hacksaw Ridge"
Barry Jenkins -- "Moonlight"
Kenneth Lonergan -- "Manchester by the Sea"
David Mackenzie -- "Hell or High Water"
Denis Villeneuve -- "Arrival"
Denzel Washington -- "Fences"
 
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Damien Chazelle -- "La La Land"
Barry Jenkins --- "Moonlight"
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou -- "The Lobster"
Kenneth Lonergan -- "Manchester by the Sea"
Jeff Nichols -- "Loving"
Taylor Sheridan -- "Hell or High Water"
 
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Luke Davies -- "Lion"
Tom Ford -- "Nocturnal Animals"
Eric Heisserer -- "Arrival"
Todd Komarnicki -- "Sully"
Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi -- "Hidden Figures"
August Wilson (posthumously) -- "Fences"
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Stéphane Fontaine -- "Jackie"
James Laxton -- "Moonlight"
Seamus McGarvey -- "Nocturnal Animals"
Linus Sandgren -- "La La Land"
Bradford Young -- "Arrival"
 
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
"Arrival" -- Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte and André Valade
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" -- Stuart Craig, James Hambidge and Anna Pinnock
"Jackie" -- Jean Rabasse, Véronique Melery
"La La Land" -- David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
"Live by Night" -- Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
 
BEST EDITING
Tom Cross -- "La La Land"
John Gilbert -- "Hacksaw Ridge"
Blu Murray -- "Sully"
Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon -- "Moonlight"
Joe Walker -- "Arrival"
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Colleen Atwood -- "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
Consolata Boyle -- "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Madeline Fontaine -- "Jackie"
Joanna Johnston -- "Allied"
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh -- "Love & Friendship"
Mary Zophres -- "La La Land"
 
BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
"Doctor Strange"
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Jackie"
"Star Trek Beyond"
 
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"A Monster Calls"
"Arrival"
"Doctor Strange"
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
"The Jungle Book"
 
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"Finding Dory"
"Kubo and the Two Strings"
"Moana"
"The Red Turtle"
"Trolls"
"Zootopia"
 
BEST ACTION MOVIE
"Captain America: Civil War"
"Deadpool"
"Doctor Strange"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Jason Bourne"
 
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Benedict Cumberbatch -- "Doctor Strange"
Matt Damon -- "Jason Bourne"
Chris Evans -- "Captain America: Civil War"
Andrew Garfield -- "Hacksaw Ridge"
Ryan Reynolds -- "Deadpool"
 
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Gal Gadot -- "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"
Scarlett Johansson -- "Captain America: Civil War"
Margot Robbie -- "Suicide Squad"
Tilda Swinton -- "Doctor Strange"
 
BEST COMEDY
"Central Intelligence"
"Deadpool"
"Don’t Think Twice"
"The Edge of Seventeen"
"Hail, Caesar!"
"The Nice Guys"
 
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Ryan Gosling -- "The Nice Guys"
Hugh Grant -- "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Dwayne Johnson -- "Central Intelligence"
Viggo Mortensen -- "Captain Fantastic"
Ryan Reynolds -- "Deadpool"
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Kate Beckinsale --"Love & Friendship"
Sally Field -- "Hello, My Name Is Doris"
Kate McKinnon -- "Ghostbusters"
Hailee Steinfeld -- "The Edge of Seventeen"
Meryl Streep -- "Florence Foster Jenkins"
 
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
"10 Cloverfield Lane"
"Arrival"
"Doctor Strange"
"Don’t Breathe"
"Star Trek Beyond"
"The Witch"
 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Elle"
"The Handmaiden"
"Julieta"
"Neruda"
"The Salesman"
"Toni Erdmann"
 
BEST SONG
"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" -- "La La Land"
"Can’t Stop the Feeling" -- "Trolls"
"City of Stars" -- "La La Land"
"Drive It Like You Stole It" -- "Sing Street"
"How Far I’ll Go" -- Moana
"The Rules Don’t Apply" -- "Rules Don’t Apply"
 
BEST SCORE
Nicholas Britell -- "Moonlight"
Jóhann Jóhannsson -- "Arrival"
Justin Hurwitz -- "La La Land"
Micachu -- "Jackie"
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka -- "Lion"

 

Emma Stone also seems a lock to win Best Actress *Gold

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Some members of the audience were clearly enjoying 20th Century Women (2016) more than I judging by the occasional laughter at quirky jokes.  I thought Mike Mills' film was a dud.  It stars Annette Bening as the chain smoking seventies mother of a teenage boy.  It's a coming-of-age film of sorts not unlike Almost Famous in that the boy is surrounded by adult characters.  And yes, Billy Crudup is in both.  But it just seemed like a string of hit and miss scenes to me which was confirmed by the director and producer themselves in a Q & A afterwards.  Mills said he was a fan of plotless films such as Amarcord.  This did not have Amarcord's charm.  The producer recounted how Mills would send her scenes as written over a five year period.  And sure enough the film feels like it was constructed with a 'how can I fit in this scene' method.  The characters are based on his mother, sister and himself.  Mils kept referring to things that he 'loves' and I realized he was describing elements of his own movie of which he was clearly enamoured.  Well, I'm glad he liked it.  And finally Annette Bening seemed far too old to be playing this character.  Greta Gerwig is the standout as a punk lodger.

Bogie, are you know also going to new releases?  I started with 1982 when I was just 17-18 & throught the '80's & '90's went to approx. 36-60 new films in the theatre annually

 

PLEASE DROP ME A LINE & I THANK YOU (jeffshannon50@gmail.com0 would love to also correspond about current releases & of course my annual *Oscar predix-(2016 marks my 35th year)

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Bogie, are you know also going to new releases?  I started with 1982 when I was just 17-18 & throught the '80's & '90's went to approx. 36-60 new films in the theatre annually

 

PLEASE DROP ME A LINE & I THANK YOU (jeffshannon50@gmail.com0 would love to also correspond about current releases & of course my annual *Oscar predix-(2016 marks my 35th year)

"Almost Famous" is a great one 4 stars!

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I thought I Saw the Light (2015) was a grand disappointment.   It had film festival releases in 2015, a general release in 2016 and is being considered for awards this year.  It is a very flat telling of the Hank Williams story which I put down to bad choices in dramatizing at the script level.  You never really feel engaged with his story despite the valiant effort of its charismatic star, Tom Hiddleston.  I'm not a Grand Ole Opry expert but this Englishman did his own singing which I thought was pretty astounding. I still want to catch the Canadian film, Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave (1980) starring Sneezy Waters.  It is based on Sneezy's stage act.  You should read the imdb reviews of that one.

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The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association unveiled its nominations for 2016 today. The five nominees for Best Film are "Arrival," "Hell or High Water," "La La Land," "Manchester by the Sea" and "Moonlight."

 

 

 

 

 

The WAFCA has a membership of 39 District of Columbia-based film critics from television, radio, print, and the internet. 

 

The winners in all categories will be revealed Monday at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

 

http://www.awardsdaily.com/2016/12/03/wafca-film-announce-nominations/

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Lily Gladstone, a Montana product of Native American heritage, has been voted the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2016 Best Supporting Actress award. The 29-year-old actress won for her performance in director Kelly Reichardt's drama "Certain Women," based on a 2009 compilation of short stories by author Maile Meloy. Gladstone, a descendant of the Blackfeet, Blood and Nez Perce nations, plays a lonely Montana ranch hand who becomes fixated on a young law student and night class instructor (Kristen Stewart).

The runner-up: Michelle Williams -- who also starred in "Certain Women" -- for her performance in Kenneth Lonergan's drama "Manchester by the Sea."

 

 

 

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Gladstone plays a lonely Montana ranch hand in the 2016 drama "Certain Women"

 

Mahershala Ali, who plays a Cuban-born 1980s Miami crack dealer in the acclaimed drama "Moonlight," was named Best Supporting Actor of 2016 by the L.A. film critics. Ali received the same honor last week from the New York Film Critics Circle. 

 

 

The LAFCA's runner-up was the Japanese actor-comedian Issey Ogata, who co-stars in Martin Scorsese's "Silence." The drama, set in The Land of the Rising Sun in the 17th-century, is based on the 1966 novel by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō (1923-1996).

 

 

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Ali (right) has emerged as a leading Oscar contender for his performance in"Moonlight"

 

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France's Isabelle Huppert (pronounced ooh-PAIR) was announced today as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's choice as Best Actress of 2016. The 63-year-old star was cited for her performances in the French-language films "Elle" and "Things to Come." Huppert was honored for both films last week by the New York Film Critics Circle. 

 

The runner-up was British actress Rebecca Hall, who plays the title role in "Christine," based on the story of a real-life Florida news anchor who killed herself on live television in 1974.

 

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In "Elle," Huppert plays a woman seeking vengeance against the man who raped her 

 

Adam Driver, best known for his roles in the HBO series "Girls" and the screen blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," has been named Best Actor of 2016 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Driver won for his performance as a poetic busman in Jim Jarmusch's drama "Paterson." 

 

The runner-up was Casey Affleck, who has won just about every other Best Actor award during the current awards season. Affleck stars in Kenneth Lonergan's drama "Manhattan by the Sea."

 

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Driver stars as a man named Paterson who lives in the city of Paterson, N.J.

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has named "Moonlight" as its choice for Best Picture of 2016. The West Coast-based group also honored the movie's director Barry Jenkins, cast member Mahershala Ali as Best Supporting Actor and the movie's cinematographer James Laxton.
 
The runner-up for Best Picture was the musical "La La Land," which also finished second in four other categories.
 
"Moonlight," a drama about the life and hard times of a poor, gay black man, is a three-part tale in which three different actors appear as the key character, Chiron. He is played as a child by Alex Hibbert, as a teenager by Ashton Sanders and as a young adult by Trevante Rhodes. In addition to Ali, the drama stars André Holland, Naomie Harris and singer Janelle Monáe.
 
The LAFCA announced it will present a special citation to Turner Classic Movies for preserving historic cinema and bringing it to a wider audience via FilmStruck.
 
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Barry Jenkins of "Moonlight" has won several noteworthy Best Director awards so far this season

 

The complete list of awards voted on by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association is as follows:

  • Best Film  -- Winner: "Moonlight"; Runner-up: "La La Land" 
  • Best Foreign Language Film -- Winner: "The Handmaiden"; Runner-up: "Toni Erdmann" 
  • Best Director -- Winner: Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"; Runner-up: Damien Chazelle, "La La Land
  • Best Actress -- Winner: Isabelle Huppert, "Elle" and "Things to Come"; Runner-up: Rebecca Hall, "Christine" 
  • Best Actor -- Winner: Adam Driver, "Paterson"; Runner-up: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"
  • Best Animated Film -- Winner: "Your Name"; Runner-up: "The Red Turtle" 
  • Best Screenplay -- Winners: Efthimis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, "The Lobster"; Runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manhattan by the Sea" 
  • Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film -- Winner: "I Am Not Your Negro"; Runner-up: "O.J.: Made in America" 
  • Best Supporting Actress -- Winner: Lily Gladstone, "Certain Women"; Runner-up: Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea" 
  • Best Editing -- Winners: Bret Granato, Maya Mumma and Ben Sozanski, "O.J.: Made in America"; Runner-up: Tom Cross, "La La Land" 
  • Best Production Design -- Winner: Ryu Seong-hee, "The Handmaiden"; Runner-up: David Wasco, "La La Land" 
  • Best Supporting Actor -- Winner: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight; Runner-up: Issey Ogata, "Silence" 
  • Best Music Score -- Winners: Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, "La La Land"; Runner-up: Mica Levi, "Jackie" 
  • Best Cinematography -- Winner: James Laxton, "Moonlight"; Runner-up: Linus Sandgren, "La La Land"; Third Place: Rodrigo Prieto, "Silence"
  • Special Citation: Turner Classic Movies.
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If you are a fan of dry quirky humour of the Finnish variety you may like Toni Erdmann (2016).  It's actually a German film about a man who likes to play practical jokes.  He visits his daughter unannounced when she is working in Bucharest.  The fact that she is in the midst of a big presentation week with a client doesn't hinder him from carrying out annoying pranks.  He is kind of like Andy Kaufman's alter ego Tony Clifton.  Someone who doesn't know when to stop.  For me, i found his trying, annoying visit translated into how I felt about the film.  Its 162 minutes did not help matters.  Sandra Huller is quite good as the daughter.  It is currently rated 8.2 on the imdb.

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You may be asking yourself why did Clint Eastwood bother to make Sully (2016) a film about Captain Sullenberg's 'miracle on the Hudson' which was well documented on television.  Seeing the film does not provide any answers other than to assume that it adds to the canon of films Eastwood likes to make about American heroes.  The reenactment of the crash is good but of course that does not fill 90 minutes.  To flesh the film out we have lots of dry after-crash testimony at the investigation, telephone conversations with Sully's worried wife (Laura Linney in a remarkably thankless part) and Sully's imagination gone wild - CGI recreation of 'what ifs' as his plane crashes into buildings in downtown Manhattan - cool.  The only thing missing there are shots of Godzilla extras trying to get out of the way of the doomed aircraft.

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"American Honey" was a big winner at the annual British Independent Film Awards in London Sunday, capturing prizes for Best Film, Best Director (Andrea Arnold), Best Actress (screen newcomer Sasha Lane) and Best Achievement in Craft (cinematographer Robbie Ryan).

 

Meanwhile, "Moonlight" -- which received four big honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Sunday -- won BIFA's award for Best International Independent Film.

 


 

"American Honey" stars Lane as an aimless teen who runs off with a group of magazine salesmen. The film also features Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley. Its director, Arnold, is a British filmmaker whose live-action short "Wasp" won a 2004 Oscar.

 

The 21-year-old Lane is a Texas native who was discovered by Arnold during spring break in Florida two years ago. She dropped out of Texas State University when the director persuaded her to become the lead actress in the independent film.

 

"American Honey" and "Moonlight" are the co-leaders in Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations with six each. The 32nd Spirit Awards event will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

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The romantic musical "La La Land" dominated the annual awards list of the the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association today. The picture, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, won seven awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Original Score. 

Damien Chazelle (pictured below) won awards for directing "La La Land" and writing the original screenplay. 

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Here is a complete list of the WAFCA's 2016 nominations (winners are in bold):


BEST PICTURE

"Arrival"

"Hell or High Water"

"La La Land"

"Manchester by the Sea"

"Moonlight"


BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle -- "La La Land"

Barry Jenkins -- "Moonlight"

Kenneth Lonergan -- "Manchester by the Sea"





David Mackenzie -- "Hell or High Water"

Denis Villeneuve -- "Arrival"

 


BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck -- "Manchester by the Sea"

Joel Edgerton -- "Loving"

Andrew Garfield -- "Hacksaw Ridge"

Ryan Gosling -- "La La Land"

Denzel Washington -- "Fences"

 

BEST ACTRESS

Amy Adams -- "Arrival"

Annette Bening -- "20th Century Women"

Ruth Negga -- "Loving"

Natalie Portman -- "Jackie"

Emma Stone -- "La La Land"

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali -- "Moonlight"

Jeff Bridges -- "Hell or High Water"

Ben Foster  -- "Hell or High Water"

Lucas Hedges -- "Manchester by the Sea"

Michael Shannon -- "Nocturnal Animals"

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis -- "Fences"

Greta Gerwig -- "20th Century Women"

Naomie Harris -- "Moonlight"

Molly Shannon -- "Other People"

Michelle Williams -- "Manchester by the Sea"

 



BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

"20th Century Women"

"Fences"

"Hell or High Water"

"Manchester by the Sea"

"Moonlight" 


 

BEST YOUTH PERFORMANCE


Lucas Hedges -- "Manchester by the Sea"

Lewis MacDougall -- "A Monster Calls"

Sunny Pawar -- "Lion"

Hailee Steinfeld -- "The Edge of Seventeen"

Anya Taylor-Joy -- "The Witch"

 

BEST VOICE PERFORMANCE

Jason Bateman  -- "Zootopia"

Auli'i Cravalho -- "Moana"

Ellen DeGeneres -- "Finding Dory"

Ginnifer Goodwin -- "Zootopia"

Liam Neeson -- "A Monster Calls"

 


BEST MOTION CAPTURE PERFORMANCE

Liam Neeson -- "A Monster Calls"

Mark Rylance -- "The BFG"


 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Damien Chazelle -- "La La Land"

Barry Jenkins (screenplay), Tarell Alvin McCraney (story) -- "Moonlight"

Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou -- "The Lobster"

Kenneth Lonergan -- "Manchester by the Sea"

Taylor Sheridan -- "Hell or High Water"

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Luke Davies, adapted from the memoir "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierley -- "Lion"

Tom Ford, based on the novel "Tony and Susan" by Austin Wright  -- "Nocturnal Animals"

Eric Heisserer, based on "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang -- "Arrival"


Patrick Ness, based on his novel -- "A Monster Calls"

August Wilson (posthumously), based on his play -- "Fences"


 


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

"Finding Dory"

"Kubo and the Two Strings"

"Moana"

"Sausage Party"

"Zootopia"


 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

"Gleason"

"I Am Not Your Negro"

"O.J.: Made in America"

"13th"

"Weiner"

 


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

"Elle"

"The Handmaiden"

"Julieta"

"The Salesman"

"Toni Erdmann"


 


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

"Arrival" -- Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" -- Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock

"Jackie" -- Jean Rabasse, Véronique Melery

"La La Land" -- David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

"The Witch" -- Craig Lathrop 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY


Stéphane Fontaine -- "Jackie"

James Laxton -- "Moonlight"

Seamus McGarvey -- "Nocturnal Animals"

Linus Sandgren -- "La La Land"

Bradford Young -- "Arrival"


 


BEST EDITING

Tom Cross -- "La La Land"

Blu Murray -- "Sully"

Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon -- "Moonlight"

Sebastián Sepúlveda -- "Jackie"

Joe Walker -- "Arrival"

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Nicholas Britell -- "Moonlight"

Jóhann Jóhannsson -- "Arrival"

Justin Hurwitz -- "La La Land"

Mica Levi -- "Jackie"


Cliff Martinez -- "The Neon Demon"

 



The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC:

"Jackie"

"Jason Bourne"

"Loving"

"Miss Sloane"

"Snowden"

 




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Add the newly established Atlanta Film Critics Society to the growing list of people who've seen "La La Land" and liked it. The group, which has not posted its membership, announced that the film musical (starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, pictured below) has won its awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. 

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The AFCS's overall list of awards for 2016 is as follows:


BEST FILM -- "La La Land"



BEST DIRECTOR -- Damien Chazelle, "La La Land"


BEST ACTOR -- Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"




 

BEST ACTRESS -- Annette Bening, "20th Century Women"

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR -- Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS -- Lily Gladstone, "Certain Women"

 



BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE -- The cast of "American Honey"

 


BEST ANIMATED FILM -- "Kubo and the Two Strings"

 




BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM -- "13th"

 




BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM -- "Toni Erdmann" (Germany)


 

BEST SCREENPLAY -- Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"




 


BEST SCORE -- Cliff Martinez, "The Neon Demon"


 


BEST SONG -- "Drive It Like You Stole It" from "Sing Street"

 


 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY -- Linus Sandgren, "La La Land"

 

BEST EDITING -- Tom Cross, "La La Land"

 

EMPIRE OF THE SOUTH AWARD (Best Motion Picture Filmed in Georgia) --"Hidden Figures"


 




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Two of the regular film critics for "The New York Times" -- A.O. Scott and Stephen Holden -- have placed director Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" at the top of their 2016 Best Movies lists. The newspaper's third critic -- Manohla Dargis -- ranked the film at No. 3 on her list. Dargis' top choice was the documentary "No Home Movie," the final film by the late Belgian director Chantal Akerman (1950-2015).

 

"Moonlight" is a three-part drama in which three different actors appear as the key character, Chiron. He is played as a child by Alex Hibbert, as a teenager by Ashton Sanders and as a young adult by Trevante Rhodes. The film also stars André Holland, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali and singer Janelle Monáe.

 

The critics also were bullish on "O.J.: Made in America," Ezra Edelman's acclaimed 464-minute documentary about the American football hero-turned-murder suspect O.J. Simpson. The film was shown in theaters and presented on television as a five-part series on ESPN and ABC.

 

Scott and Holden ranked it No. 2 on their lists. Dargis placed it fourth on hers.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/movies/the-best-movies-of-2016.html?_r=0

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Actor Ryan Reynolds first played the Marvel Comics character Wade Wilson in the 2009 film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." That superhero movie focused on the early years of the ultimate X-Man and title character (played by Hugh Jackman), and featured his association with the ninja-like Wilson on the government black ops squad Team X.

 

 

 

As Stan Lee's True Believers all know, Wilson eventually became the masked antihero Deadpool, a wisecracking mercenary with an accelerated healing factor. As a result of his artificially induced mutamt powers, he was able to beat cancer.

 

It took a while, but Reynolds reprised the role of Wilson in "Deadpool," which was released by 20th Century-Fox in February 2016 and became a worldwide box-office hit to the tune of $782.6 million. Needless to say, a sequel is scheduled for 2018.

 

As a result of Reynolds' success with "Deadpool" in 2016, Entertainment Weekly magazine has named the 40-year-old Canadian actor its Entertainer of the Year. 

 

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Reynolds as Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool)

 

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/12/07/ryan-reynolds-ew-entertainer-year

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I highly recommend Fisher Stevens documentary on climate change, Before the Flood (2016).  The film is produced and presented by Leonardo DiCaprio who was appointed as a representative on climate change by the UN in 2014.  DiCaprio no doubt used his celebrity and UN position to open doors and gain interviews with many of the people featured in the film.  It is very much up to date and not a complete downer by any means.  Stevens acknowledged in a Q&A that climate change awareness suffered a loss of momentum with the 2008 financial crisis.  But there is still time to effect change for the better with countries like Sweden, Denmark and China leading the way.

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