New York Film Critics Online Embrace "Spotlight" 


Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight" was the big winner at this year's New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) awards taking home the best film, director for McCarthy, screenplay, and ensemble trophies.

Here's the full list of winners:


PICTURE:
Spotlight

DIRECTOR:
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

SCREENPLAY: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight

ACTRESS:
Brie Larson, Room

ACTOR: Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rooney Mara, Carol

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE:
Son of Saul

DOCUMENTARY:
Amy

ANIMATED FEATURE: Inside Out

ENSEMBLE CAST:
Spotlight

DEBUT AS DIRECTOR:
Alex Garland, Ex Machina

USE OF MUSIC:
Love & Mercy; Atticus Ross, Composer; Featuring the Music of Brian Wilson

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE:
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina, The Danish Girl

THE TOP 10 FILMS OF 2015:


“45 years”
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Brooklyn”
“Carol”
“Max Max: Fury Road”
“Sicario”
“Spotlight”
“Steve Jobs”
“Trumbo”

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"The Look of Silence" Wins 2015 IDA Documentary Awards  


Joshua Oppenheimer's searing documentary about the 1960s Indonesian genocide won big at the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards trampling down award season favorite "Amy." The Best Short Documentary award went to Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman's "Last Day of Freedom."

Here's the complete list of nominees and winners (highlighted) of the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards are:

Best Feature
"Amy"
"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"
"Listen to Me Marlon"
"The Look of Silence" -- WINNER
"The Russian Woodpecker"
"What Happened, Miss Simone?"

Best Short Documentary
"Body Team 12"
"Claude Lanzmann: Specters of the Shoah"
"The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul"
"Object"
"Last Day of Freedom" -- WINNER

ABC News VideoSource Award
"(T)error"
"Best of Enemies" -- WINNER
"Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll"
"Night Will Fall"
"What Happened, Miss Simone?"

Curated Series Award
"30 For 30" (ESPN)
"Independent Lens" (ITVS/PBS) -- WINNER
"Storyville" (BBC)
"America Reframed" (WORLD Channel)

Limited Series Award
"Blood Brothers" (Vara Television)
"Hard Earned" (Al Jazeera, Kartemquin Films)
"The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" (HBO) -- WINNER
"Life Story" (Discovery)
"Rebel Architecture" (Al Jazeera English)

Episodic Series Award
"Chef's Table" (Netflix)--WINNER
"Morgan Suprlock Inside Man" (CNN, Warrior Poets)
"Nova" (PBS)
"The Seventies" (CNN, Playtone, Herzog & Company)
"This is Life With Lisa Ling" (CNN, part2 pictures)

Short Form Series Award
"Do Not Track" -- WINNER
"Highrise: Universe Within"
"The New York Times Op-Docs"
"POV Interactive Documentaries"
"We Are the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss"

Courage Under Fire Award: Matthew Heineman, "Cartel Land"

Pare Lorentz Award: "How to Change the World," dir. Jerry Rothwell

Best Cinematography: "The Russian Woodpecker," cinematography by Artem Ryzhykov

Best Editing: "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," edited by Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgren

Best Music: "Best of Enemies," score by Jonathan Kirkscey

Best Writing: "Listen to Me Marlon," written by Stevan Riley, co-written by Peter Ettedgui

Career Achievement Award: Gordon Quinn

Amicus Award: Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation

Pioneer Award: Ted Sarandos

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award: Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, "(T)error"

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Michael Fassbender to Receive International Star Award at 27th Annual PSIFF Awards Gala 


Michael Fassbender, who gave two great performances this year for "Steve Jobs" and "Macbeth," is being honored at 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). He will join previously announced recipients Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy and Saoirse Ronan. The Awards Gala will be on Saturday, January 2, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Click here for more info on the fest. Here's the rest of the press release:

“Throughout his career Michael Fassbender has brought to life riveting performances on the screen in films such as Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave, Inglorious Basterds and Prometheus,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, Steve Jobs, Fassbender delivers another stunning performance of subtlety and power, presenting the Apple co-founder as both a witty and engaging person and a conflicted Machiavellian. For his masterful performance in this film, we are honored to present Michael Fassbender with the 2016 International Star Award, Actor.”

Saoirse Ronan will receive the International Star Award, Actress at the Awards Gala, which was previously announced. Past International Star Award honorees include BAFTA and Academy Award winning actors Javier Bardem and Helen Mirren.

Set backstage in the minutes before three iconic product launches spanning Jobs’ career—beginning with the Macintosh in 1984, and ending with the unveiling of the iMac in 1998—Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the pioneering Apple co-founder. Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady, Scott Rudin, Boyle, and Academy Award winner Christian Colson.


Michael Fassbender is an award-winning actor and producer. He made his big-screen debut in Zack Snyder’s 300. His other film credits include Hunger, Fish Tank, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Prometheus, A Dangerous Method, 12 Years a Slave, Inglorious Basterds, Jane Eyre, Haywire, The Counselor, Frank, Slow West. His next role is in Macbeth, which just opened in the U.S., followed by X-Men: Apocalypse and Assassin’s Creed.

For his role in Hunger, Fassbender won numerous international awards for best actor including the British Independent Film Award (BIFA), Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA), London Film Critics’ Circle Award and honors at the Stockholm Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival. In 2014 he was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor as Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Reese Witherspoon.


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New Movies Generating Oscar Buzz! 


We all know you’re watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when it comes out on Dec. 18th, but if you’re an Academy Awards fan, there are other great films to see before the year is over! Take a look at the movies generating Oscar buzz!



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New York Film Critics Circle Loves "Carol," Kristen Stewart! 




Though beaten to the "best films of the year" punch by the National Board of Review, The New York Film Critics Circle is not far behind, staking its place as one of the first major critics groups to unveil their best of the year. Unfortunately, the group is once again using Twitter to announce every step of the results of its voting, and I half wonder when they'll just move on to Tinder style swiping with some kind of app… but I digress.

Todd Haynes' "Carol" has won big in the NYFCC poll, taking Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. However, in the acting categories, the NYFCC has divided the awards between four different pictures. Generally speaking, the NYFCC has little to no bearing on the Oscars, but this perhaps indicates the field is still very wide open, with no certainties among the contenders.

READ MORE: Best Of 2015: 20 Breakthrough Performances Of The Year

Todd Haynes' "Carol" took the top spot at the 2015 New York Film Critics' Circle awards! The fantastic romantic drama won Best Film, Director for Haynes, Screenplay for Phyllis Nagy, and Cinematography for Edward Lachman.

Saoirse Ronan won the Best Actress award for "Brooklyn" while Michael Keaton took home the Best Actor trophy for "Spotlight." Kristen Stewart in the melancholic "Clouds of Sils Maria" won Best Supporting Actress and Mark Rylance from "Bridge of Spies" received the Best Supporting Actor award.

Here's the full list of the 2015 New York Film Critics’ Circle Award Winners:

Best Film: "Carol"
Best Director: Todd Haynes, "Carol"
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, "Spotlight"
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, "Clouds Of Sils Maria"
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, "Bridge Of Spies"
Best Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy, "Carol"
Best Cinematography: Edward Lachman, "Carol"
Best Animated Film: "Inside Out"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Timbuktu"
Best Nonfiction Film: "In Jackson Heights"
Best First Film: "Son Of Saul"
Special Award #1: Posthumous Award honoring the legacy of William Becker and Janus Films
Special Award #2: Ennio Morricone, Composer

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