Yay! "Metro Manila" Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards! 


Sean Ellis' "Metro Manila," a movie about my homeland, took home the top honors at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards! The movie won Best British Independent Film and Director. James McAvoy received the Best Actor award for "Filth" while Lindsay Duncan won Best Actress for "Le Week-End."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2013 British Independent Film Awards:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
Metro Manila

BEST DIRECTOR

Sean Ellis – Metro Manila

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Paul Wright – For Those In Peril

BEST SCREENPLAY
Steven Knight – Locke

BEST ACTRESS

Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-End

BEST ACTOR

James McAvoy – Filth

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

Metro Manila

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Sixteen Films & Friends (aka Team Loach)

BEST BRITISH SHORT
Z1

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Chloe Pirrie – Shell

THE RAINDANCE AWARD
The Machine

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
Blue Is The Warmest Color

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"Her," "12 Years a Slave" Lead Washington D.C. Film Critics Nominations! 


Spike Jonze's "Her" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominated the nominations for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Associations. Both movies received nods for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle," Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Here's the complete list of nominations, winners will be announced on Monday!

Best Film
"American Hustle"
"Gravity"
"Her"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"
Spike Jonze, "Her"
Baz Luhrmann, "The Great Gatsby"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Her"
Robert Redford, "All Is Lost"

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"
Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr. Banks"

Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Brühl, "Rush"
Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
James Franco, "Spring Breakers"
James Gandolfini, "Enough Said"
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Supporting Actress
Scarlett Johansson, "Her"
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"
Octavia Spencer, "Fruitvale Station"
June Squibb, "Nebraska"

Best Acting Ensemble
"American Hustle"
"August: Osage County"
"Prisoners"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Way, Way Back"

Best Youth Performance
Asa Butterfield, "Ender's Game"
Adéle Exarchopoulos, "Blue Is the Warmest Color"
Liam James, "The Way, Way Back"
Waad Mohammed, "Wadjda"
Tye Sheridan, "Mud"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"Before Midnight"
"Captain Phillips"
"The Spectacular Now"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Original Screenplay
"American Hustle"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Enough Said"
"Her"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"

Best Animated Feature
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Frozen"
"Monsters University"
"The Wind Rises"

Best Documentary
"The Act of Killing"
"Blackfish"
"Leviathan"
"Stories We Tell"
"20 Feet from Stardom"

Best Foreign Language Film
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
"The Hunt"
"The Past"
"Wadjda"

Best Art Direction
"Gravity"
"The Great Gatsby"
"Her"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Cinematography
"Gravity"
"The Great Gatsby"
"Her"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Editing
"Gravity"
"Her"
"Rush"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Original Score
"Frozen"
"Her"
"Gravity"
"Saving Mr. Banks"
"12 Years a Slave"

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, D.C.
"The East"
"Lee Daniels' The Butler"
"Olympus Has Fallen"
"Philomena"
"White House Down"

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Boston Film Critics Hails "12 Years a Slave," "The Wolf of Wall Street" Always a Bridesmaid  


There were some drama at this year's Boston Society of Film Critics' annual awards! Hayao Miyazaki's wonderful animated film, "The Wind Rises," was called "morally repugnant" by voting member Inkoo Kang from the Village Voice. But in the end, Miyazaki's movie won against "Frozen" because three members abstained from voting.

"12 Years a Slave" emerged as the big winner while Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" became the perennial runner-up.

Here's the complete list of the 2013 Boston Society of Film Critics awards:

Complete list of winners:

Best Picture - 12 Years a Slave
(runner-up: The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Actor
- Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
(runner-up: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Actress - Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
(runner-up: Judi Dench, Philomena)

Best Supporting Actor
- James Gandolfini for Enough Said
(runner-up: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club and Barkhad Adbi, Captain Phillips - TIE)

Best Supporting Actress - June Squibb for Nebraska
(runner-up: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave)

Best Director - Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
(runner-up: Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Screenplay
- Nicole Holofcener for Enough Said
(runner-up: Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Cinematography
- Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity
(runner-up: The Grandmaster)

Best Documentary - The Act of Killing
(runner-up: Blackfish)

Best Animated Film
- The Wind Rises
(runner-up: Frozen

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer) - Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill for Rush
(runner-up: The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy)
- Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station
(runner-up: Josh Oppenheimer, The Act of Killing)

Best Ensemble Cast
- Nebraska
(runner-up: The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Use of Music in a Film
- Inside Llewyn Davis
(runner-up: Nebraska)

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Ties! See Big Winners of 2013 LA Film Critics! 


It was a big win for Warner Bros. at the 2013 LA Film Critics awards announcement. Both of the studio's films, Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Spike Jonze's "Her," tied for the Best Picture award! But wait there's more! Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine" and Adele Exarchopoulos also tied for Best Actress while James Franco ("Spring Breakers") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") shared the Best Supporting Actor award.

Here's the full list of winners of the 2013 LA Film Critics:

Best Picture: Her and Gravity (tie)

Best Director:Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity (Runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her)

Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska (Runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave)

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine and Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color (Tie)

Best Supporting Actor: James Franco, Spring Breakers and Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (Tie)

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (Runner-up: June Squibb, Nebraska)

Best Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight (Runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her)

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity (Runner-up: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis)

Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity (Runner-up: Shane Carruth and David Lowery, Upstream Color)

Best Production Design: K.K. Barrett, Her (Runner-up: Jess Gonchor, Inside Llewyn Davis)

Best Feature Animation: Ernest & Celestine; runner-up: The Wind Rises

Best Documentary: Stories We Tell; runner-up: The Act of Killing

Best Music Score: T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis; runner-up: Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett, Her

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: Cabinets Of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce

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"The Great Beauty" Tops Europe's Oscars! See Complete Winners List of 26th European Film Awards! 


Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" dominated the 26th European Film Awards taking home the best film, director, actor, and editing trophies. The counterpart of the Academy Awards completely ignored the big Cannes winner (and possibly Oscar contender) "Blue is The Warmest Color."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 26th European Film Awards:

European Film
LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

European Director
Paolo Sorrentino for LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

European Actress
Veerle Baetens in THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

European Actor
Toni Servillo in LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

European Screenwriter
François Ozon for DANS LA MAISON (In the House)

European Comedy
Love Is All You Need, Susanne Bier, Denmark

European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI
Oh Boy!, Jan Ole Gerster, Germany

European Animated Feature Film
The Congress, Ari Folman, Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, France and Belgium

European Documentary
The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, Norway and UK

European Short Film
Dood Van Een Schaduw (Death of a Shadow), Tom Van Avermaet, Belgium and France, 20'

Carlo di Palma European Cinematographer Award
Asaf Sudry for Lemale et Ha'Halal (Fill The Void), Israel

European Editor
Cristiano Travaglioli for La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), Italy and France

European Production Designer
Sarah Greenwood for Anna Karenina, UK

European Composer
Ennio Morricone for The Best Offer, Italy

European Costume Designer
Paco Delgado for Blancanieves, Spain and France

European Sound Designer
Matz Müller and Erik Mischijew for Paradies: Glaube (Paradise: Faith), Austria, Germany and Fran

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