The Solzy Awards for 2017

In selecting The Solzy Awards for 2017 in Film, some of the categories were so competitive in which they forced a tie because I wasn’t able to select just one. Rather than select just a top ten, I decided to go for twenty in choosing the Solzy Awards for 2017.  I saw over 250 films this year so limiting my list to just a top ten didn’t seem right because there’s a solid ten films…

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Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle: 2017 CIFCC Awards Nominations

Capping off their second year as a recognized awards-voting body, the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, a group which I helped found and participate as a proud member, has announced their nominees for the second annual CIFCC Awards.  The 26 voting members completed ballots with the goal of three final nominees in 21 categories.  They will commence a final round of voting ending on December 29, 2017 with winners announced on December 30, 2017. Leading all films…

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Oscars: Visual Effects Shortlist Announced for Academy Awards

As we get inch closer to the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlist of ten films that remain running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards to be held this March.   Alien: Covenant Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kong: Skull Island Okja The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets War for…

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Oscars: A Fantastic Woman makes Foreign Language shortlist

A Fantastic Woman, starring actress Daniela Vega, was among nine films that advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the Oscars.  The nine films were narrowed down from 92 submissions. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director Lebanon, “The Insult,”…

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24th SAG Awards: Nominations announced for Screen Actors Guild

The nominees for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2017, as well as the honorees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.  The SAG Awards actor nominations were announced by a very enthusiastic pairing of Niecy Nash and Olivia Munn. The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild…

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Women Film Critics Circle announces 2017 Nominations

The Women Film Critics Circle announced the nominations for the best movies of 2017 by and about women, and outstanding achievements by women, who get to be rarely honored historically, in the industry.  The WFCC is comprised of women film critics and scholars who came together in 2004 to form the first women critics’ organization in the United States, in the belief that women’s perspectives and voices in film criticism need to be recognized fully.  A presentation…

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23rd Critics’ Choice Awards: Nominations Announced

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced  the nominees for the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards this morning. The winners will be revealed live at the Critics’ Choice Awards gala on Thursday, January 11, 2018.  The ceremony will be broadcast live on the CW from 8-10 PM ET. FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 23rd ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS  BEST PICTURE The Big Sick Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk…

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National Board of Review names 2017 Award Winners

Yesterday, the National Board of Review announced the winners of their 2017 awards for film. “The Post is a beautifully crafted film that deeply resonates at this moment in time. We are so thrilled to award it our best film as well as to honor the wonderfully talented Greta Gerwig as our Best Director.” National Board of Review President Annie Schulhof said in a statement. Willie Geist will host the National Board of Review Awards Gala…

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Telluride: Darkest Hour puts Gary Oldman in Oscar race for Best Actor

Following the world premiere of Darkest Hour on Friday night at the 44th Telluride Film Festival, Gary Oldman’s Oscar for Best Actor is more than likely his to lose. The next stop for the film, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, will be the Canadian premiere on September 11th at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Oldman leads a cast that includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup,…

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Morgan Freeman to receive 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award

Actor Morgan Freeman has been named as the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. “I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur,…

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