"Ex Machina" Wins Big at Moët British Independent Film Awards 


Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" was the big winner at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards. The artificial intelligence flick won Best British Independent Film, Director and Screenplay for Garland, and Outstanding Achievement in Craft (Visual Effects) for Andrew Whitehurst.

Here's the full list of winners of the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards:


BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

Ex Machina, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Alex Garland

BEST DIRECTOR

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

BEST ACTRESS
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST ACTOR

Tom Hardy, Legend

DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR

Stephen Fingleton, The Survivalist

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Paul Katis & Andrew De Lotbiniere, Kajaki: The True Story

BEST SCREENPLAY

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance, Judith Dawson, Louise Osmond

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Olivia Colman, The Lobster

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Brendan Gleeson, Suffragette

THE DISCOVERY AWARD
Orion: THe Man Who Would Be King, Jeanie Finlay

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Room, Ed Guiney, David Gross, Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CRAFT

Andrew Whitehurst, Visual Effects, Ex Machina

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM

Edmond, Emilie Jouffroy, Nina Gantz

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Abigail Hardingham, Nina Forever

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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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