Monday, December 10, 2018

Los Angeles Critics' Name 2018's Top Films / Oscar Predictions Update / Acquiring Minds Want to Know / Berlin Announces Opening Film

Good Monday film friends...


The LA Film Critics Association met and voted for their top films and performances for the past year yesterday and here are their results with Telluride films in Bold.

Best Picture
Winner: Roma
Runner-up: Burning

Best Direction
Winner: Debra Granik/Leave No Trace
Runner-up: Alfonso Cuaron/Roma

Best Actress
Winner:Olivia Colman/The Favourite
Runner-up: Toni Collette/Hereditary

Best Actor
Winner:Ethan Hawke/First Reformed (TFF #44)
Runner-up:Ben Foster/Leave No Trace

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Regina King/If Beale Street Could Talk
Runner-up: Elizabeth Debicki/Widows

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Steven Yeun/Burning
Runner-up: Hugh Grant/Paddington 2

Best Screenplay
Winner: Nicole Holofcener and Tim Whitty/Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Runner-up: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara/The Favourite

Best Production Design
Winner: Black Panther
Runner-up: The Favourite

Best Editing
Winner: Minding the Gap
Runner-up: Roma

Best Cinematography
Winner: Roma
Runner-up: If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Music Score
Winner: If Beale Street Could Talk
Runner-up: First Man

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: (Tie) Burning and Shoplifters

Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
Winner: Shirkers
Runner-up: Minding the Gap

Best Animation:
Winner: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
Runner-up: Incredibles 2

New Generation: Chloe Zhao

Special Citation: The Other Side of the Wind

Douglas Edwards Award: Green Fog

Lifetime Achievement: Hayao Miyazaki


Here's my latest take on four major Oscar categories.  The film/performer's position as of my last set of predictions for that category follow in parentheses and TFF #45 films are Bold.

BEST PICTURE (Last updated Nov. 26th)

1) A Star Is Born (1)
2) Roma (2)
3) Green Book (3)
4) The Favourite (4)
5) Black Panther (8)
6) BlacKkKlansman (7)
7) If Beale Street Could Talk (6)
8) Vice (5)
9) Mary Poppins Returns (12)
10) First Reformed (-)***TFF #44

Others: First Man, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Widows, Boy Erased

BEST DIRECTION (Last update Nov. 26th)

1) Alfonso Cuaron/Roma (1)
2) Bradley Cooper/A Star Is Born (2)
3) Spike Lee/BlacKkKlansman (3)
4) Barry Jenkins/If Beale Street Could Talk (4)
5) Yorgos Lanthimos/The Favourite (5)

Others: Peter Farrelly/Green Book, Ryan Coogler/Black Panther, Rob Marshall/Mary Poppins Returns, Adam McKay/Vice

BEST ACTRESS (Last updated Nov. 8th)

1) Glenn Close/The Wife (1)
2) Lady Gaga/A Star Is Born (2)
3) Olivia Colman/The Favourite (3)
4) Melissa McCarthy/Can You Ever Forgive Me? (4)
5) Emily Blunt/Mary Poppins Returns (-)

Others: Yalitza Aparicio/Roma, Nicole Kidman/Destroyer, Viola Davis/Widows

BEST ACTOR (Last Updated Nov. 8th)

1) Christian Bale/Vice (3)
2) Bradley Cooper/A Star Is Born (1)
3) Viggo Mortensen/Green Book (2)
4) Ethan Hawke/First Reformed (-)***TFF#44
5) Rami Malek/Bohemian Rhapsody (4)

Others: Lucas Hedges/Boy Erased, WIllem Dafoe/At Eternity's Gate, Ryan Gosling/First Man


A couple of interesting and Telluride related news items concerning film distribution deals emerged this week.


The long awaited Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace has been picked up for release by specialty outfit Neon.  The film was scheduled to be screened at T-ride in both 2015 and 2016 but legal issues prevented that from occurring in both years.

As a side note, the film was recently screened at a Telluride Film Festival event in San Francisco.  So, in a sense, the twice scheduled and twice denied film finally did screen for TFFers.

Here's a sampling of coverage of the film's acquisition from: Variety, Deadline, Indiewire, The Wrap.

Meanwhile, Werner Herzog's documentary conversation with former Soviet Union Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, Meeting Gorbachev, that played this year's TFF #45 was also acquired for distribution this week by The Orchard.  Reporting is that The Orchard will release the film early next year.

Here are details from The Wrap and Deadline.


The 69th Berlin Film Fest will open with Lone Scherfig's newest The Kindness of Strangers with Zoe Kazan , Andrea Riseborough and Bill Nighy.  The film is set for release sometime in 2019 and, as yet, has no U.S. distribution.

It is of note for Telluride fans as T-ride usually has a film or two from Berlin in the TFF lineup.  This year included Berlin entry Dovlatov and in 2017 TFF screened Berlin films A Fantastic Woman, The Other Side of Hope and Hostages.

Additionally, Lone Scherfig has a bit of a Telluride history having screened Italian for Beginners in 2001 and An Education in 2009.

So, until we have a definite distributor and release date, maybe put this on your TFF #46 possibles list.

IMDb describes The Kindness of Strangers as "The story of four strangers suffering through the worst crises of their lives."

The press release from the Berlinale is linked here.

That's today's semi-packed MTFB.  More to come on Thursday...including Screen Actors Guild/Aftra and Critics' Choice (BFCA) nominations!


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