Thursday, January 5, 2017

Guilds Begin to Weigh In / Telluride Films Dominate Online Film Critics Awards / New Trailer for La La Land / HBO Drops Trailer for Bright Lights / Hollywood Elsewhere Looks at 2017


We are in the awards transition period.  The critics have largely weighed in, Oscar nomination ballots are going out to the AMPAS membership (voting starts today) and the Golden Globes are being handed out on Sunday.  It's time for the Guilds to make their mark.  The Film Editors teed off this week with their Tuesday announcement of nominees.  The Writer's Guild named their nominees yesterday and the Art Directors Guild announces today. The actors had already spoken with their SAG Award nominees announced on Dec. 14.

Coming up quickly are nominees from the Producers Guild on Jan. 10th and the Directors Guild two days later.

Here's what we learned this week.  Among "Eddie" editing nominations were a good number of TFF #43 films.  Drama nominees included: Arrival, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.  La La Land was included among the nominees in the comedy feature category.

Complete coverage of all categories and nominees is here from The Hollywood Reporter and here from Indiewire.

The Writers Guild nominated four TFF #43 films for theur screenplays.  Moonlight, La La Land and Manchester by the Sea were nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category and Arrival was nominated as the Best Adapted Screenplay.  It should be noted that Moonlight has been deemed an adapted screenplay for Oscar consideration.

Here's complete coverage of the WGA nominees from yesterday from the Writers Guild itself as well as from Indiewire.


The Online Film Critics Society went for Telluride 2016 films in a big way as they announced their awards on Tuesday.  TFF #43 films won a total of eight of the OFCS awards.

Barry Jenkins Moonlight was the big winner with the OFCS awarding it four prizes: Best Picture, Direction and Supporting wins for Maharshala Ali and Naomie Harris.

La La Land picked up two wins for film editing and cinematography.

Manchester by the Sea's Casey Aflleck was named Best Actor and Eric Heisserer won for Best Adapted Screenplay for Arrival.

Here's the comprehensive rundown of winners from the OFCS press release.


Lionsgate tweeted out a new trailer for Damien Chazelle's La La Land on Tuesday as the film continues to do well in limited release and also expands into more and more theaters.  This trailer uses the John Legend song Start a Fire as the aural backdrop for scenes from the film.

Take a look at it here from YouTube:


In light of its decision to push the premiere of the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Debboe Reynolds and Carrie Fisher up to Jan. 7th, it shouldn't be a surprise that HBO released a trailer for the doc yesterday.  Here it is from YouTube:

Coverage of the trailer and the doc's premiere is here from:



and Indiewire


Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere has posted an evolving listing of films (80 at the time of this post) of films suspected or confirmed for 2017 release that he calls "high end releases".  From that list I have culled ten that have a reasonable chance of playing Telluride plus an additional ten that I would personally put on my Telluride 2017 wish list.

On the "could play" list:

Downsizing/Alexander Payne
Roma/Alfonso Cuaron
Wonderstruck/Todd Haynes
The Sisters Brother/Jacques Audiard
Mektoub is Meltoub/Abdellatif Kechiche
Tully/Jason Reitman
Untitled Andrey Zvyaginstev Film
The Current War/Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Happy Ending/Michael Haneke
You Were Never Really Here/Lynne Ramsay

Wish List:

Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project
The Finest Hour/Joe Wright
Blade Runner 2049/Denis Villenueve
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Montara/Stephen Speilberg
Mother/Darren Aronofsky
Last Flag Flying/Richard Linklater
Chappaquiddick/John Curran
The Shape of Water/Guillermo Del Toro
Battle of the Sexes/Faris and Dayton
Molly's Game/Aaron Sorkin

Wells' complete post is here.


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