Edward Snowden Documentary Dominates Cinema Eye Honors 


Laura Poitras' "Citizenfour" won big at the 8th annual Cinema Eye Honors! The fantastic Edward Snowden doc took home four awards including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature and Outstanding Direction.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 8th annual Cinema Eye Honors:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
Citizenfour
Directed by Laura Poitras
Produced by Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Laura Poitras
Citizenfour

Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Mathilde Bonnefoy
Citizenfour

Outstanding Achievement in Production
Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Citizenfour

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (tie)
Erik Wilson
20,000 Days on Earth

Franklin Dow and Orlando von Einsiedel
Virunga

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television
The Price of Gold
Directed by Nanette Burstein
Produced by Libby Geist
For ESPN/30 for 30: John Dahl, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons

Audience Choice Prize
Keep On Keepin' On
Directed by Alan Hicks

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film
Finding Vivian Maier
Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
20,000 Days on Earth

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation (tie)
Syd Garon
Jodorowsky's Dune

Heather Brantman & Tim Fisher
Particle Fever

Spotlight Award
1971
Directed by Johanna Hamilton

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking
The Lion's Mouth Opens
Directed by Lucy Walker

Heterodox Award
Boyhood
Directed by Richard Linklater

Legacy Award
Paris is Burning
Directed by Jennie Livingston

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"Guardians of the Galaxy" Gets Writers Guild Nomination! Check Out Full List of Nominees! 


The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced their nominees for their yearly awards and I'm very happy to report that Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" received a nod! Woot woot!

It was one of my favorite movies of 2014 (see my Top 10 here) and I'm glad that its zippy, entertaining, but highly heartfelt script is nominated.

I'm also elated that Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" received a nod! That character-driven piece is all about writing (those soliloquies!) that gave Jake Gyllenhaal a great background to play with and director Gilroy (who also wrote the script) a fantastic material to helm!

Winners of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards will be revealed on Feb. 14th! I wonder who will receive a great Valentine from the WGA? Stay tuned...

Here's a complete list of nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

"Boyhood," Written by Richard Linklater
"Foxcatcher," Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," Written by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guiness
"Nightcrawler," Written by Dan Gilroy
"Whiplash," Written by Damien Chazelle

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

"American Sniper," Screenplay by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and James Defelice
"Gone Girl," Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel
"Guardians of the Galaxy," Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
"The Imitation Game," Screenplay by Graham Moore; Based on the book "Alan Turing: The Enigma" by Andrew Hodges
"Wild," Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

"Finding Vivian Maier," Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel; Sundance Selects
"The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz," Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff
"Last Days in Vietnam," Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester; American Experience Films
"Red Army," Written by Gabe Polsky; Sony Pictures Classics

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American Society of Cinematographers Reveal Nominees! 


The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) have announced the nominees for their 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards! We'll find out who will win on Feb. 15th when the ASC Awards take place at the Hyatt Recency Century Plaza.

Here's the full list of nominees:

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Unbroken

Óscar Faura for The Imitation Game

Emmanuel Lubezki ASC, AMC for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Dick Pope, BSC for Mr. Turner

Robert D. Yeoman, ASC for The Grand Budapest Hotel


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Fun Highlights of 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival! 


Big-name stars helped turn Palm Springs into Hollywood last Saturday night for the Awards Gala of the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Many Oscar hopefuls including Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), David Oyelowo (“Selma”), Robert Duvall (“The Judge”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), and Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) were in attendance.

Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Laura Dern, and Shirley MacLaine also showed up to present awards. Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu and Richard Linklater, two fantastic filmmakers, each received awards namely Director of the Year and Visionary award, respectively.

Check out the fun highlights of the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival.



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Why You Have to See "Selma" 


Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” was the opening night film of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. And it’s quite fitting that the movie about our hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (brilliantly played by David Oyelowo), is opening a festival that is known to celebrate artistic freedom. Check out my review of “Selma.”



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