AND THE MADNESS HAS BEGUN...
The Past few days saw the actual start of "awards season" with three groups announcing accolades or nominations for accolades for 2016. The National Board of Review named a number of films to their various lists of quality for the year as did the The Gotham Awards and The Golden Satellites also got into the act. All three organizations highly rewarded films that played at Telluride in September.
Start with The National Board of Review which went for Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea in a huge way. NBR named the drama the Best Film of the year along with nods for Casey Affleck as Best Actor, Lonergan for Best Original Screenplay and Lucas Hedges for Outstanding Breakthrough performance.
Barry Jenkins was named Best Director for Moonlight which also was rewarded for Naomie Harris' performance as Best Supporting Actress.
Amy Adams was named Best Actress for Arrival. That meant that TFF #43 films claimed three of the four acting prizes.
In addition to Manchester being named Best Film, the NBR named its Ten Best list which included: Moonlight, Arrival, La La Land and Sully.
Additionally, Pablo Larrain's Neruda was named one of the top five Foreign Language films and The Eagle Huntress was named among the top five Documentaries.
Complete coverage including full lists of all winners are here from:
The Hollywood Reporter
The Film Experience
Meanwhile, where The NBR announcement was a Manchester by the Sea lovefest, The Gotham Awards were all about Jenkins' Moonlight. The intimate indie film nabbed four awards when The Gothams were announced on Tuesday: Best Feature, Screenplay, the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for its ensemble.
Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea won for Casey Affleck's performance to round out awards received for films from TFF #43.
Complete Gotham's coverage is here from:
And finally, The Golden Satellite Award nominations were also announced this week and La La Land dominated that field with 13 nominations including Best Picture. Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight also were named as nominees for Best Picture. They each had seven nominations from the International Press Academy.
Complete Golden Satellite nominations are here from Awards Daily.
Almost without exception the Oscar experts that I read warn not to read very much into these early awards. I tend to believe them but I also think that this kind of publicity does serve as a method to keep a film's title hot and at the front of the minds of Oscar voters as we make the run to the end of the year.
Also, all three of what are now clearly the biggest Oscar possibilities from TFF #43 had something to crow about from these announcements.
JENKINS ANALYZES A SCENE FROM MOONLIGHT AND MORE
The Film Stage's coverage of Gotham Award winners from earlier this week also includes three video features about that night's biggest winner, Barry Jenkins Moonlight. Check out their coverage as well as the video using this link.
That's a wrap for this Thursday. The Critic's Choice nominations are due today as well as announcements from the New York Film Critics so look to Twitter for that news (@Gort2). More on Monday.
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