Awards

The 36th London Film Critics Circle Awards

18 Jan, 2016 Posted in: Actors and Actresses, Awards

The Film4-backed 45 Years takes Best Actor, Best Actress and Best British Film at the 36th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Other prizes for Film4-backed films included Breakthrough Filmmaker for director John Maclean for Slow West, Best Documentary for Amy and a gong for cinematography for Carol’s director of photography Ed Lachman.

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Tom Courtenay wins Best Actor

At a black-tie ceremony hosted by comedian Robin Ince, Film4-backed films went home with a total of six prizes. Andrew Haigh’s tender drama 45 Years was named British/Irish Film of the Year by a voting body comprising around 90 of the UK’s professional critics. It also won the night’s top acting prizes, as veteran stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay were named Actress and Actor of the Year.

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45 Years producer Tristan Golligher

Adding to its list of honours in the US, Asif Kapadia’s Amy took the award for Documentary of the Year. Musician-turned-filmmaker John Maclean won the Philip French Award for Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker for his striking debut Slow West, while Todd Haynes’s period romance Carol took the multi-disciplinary Technical Achievement Award for Ed Lachman’s 16mm cinematography.

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Host comedian Robin Ince

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Judi Dench presented the Dilys Powell award for excellence in film to Kenneth Branagh

The full list of winners for the 36th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards:

 

FILM OF THE YEAR: Mad Max: Fury Road

BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR: 45 Years

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR: The Look of Silence

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR: Amy

ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Tom Courtenay — 45 Years

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Charlotte Rampling — 45 Years

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Mark Rylance — Bridge of Spies

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Kate Winslet — Steve Jobs

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: George Miller — Mad Max: Fury Road

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy — Spotlight

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Tom Hardy — Legend, London Road, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Saoirse Ronan — Brooklyn, Lost River

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: Maisie Williams — The Falling

PHILIP FRENCH AWARD FOR BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: John Maclean — Slow West

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR: Stutterer — Benjamin Cleary

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ed Lachman, cinematography — Carol

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM: Kenneth Branagh

 

Six Film4 titles score a record 15 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Director for Room

14 Jan, 2016 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards

Six Film4-backed films received a record 15 Oscar nominations for the 88th annual awards ceremony, which will air live on 28th February 2016, including Best Picture and Best Director nominations for Room.

“We are deeply grateful that the Academy and its members have embraced our films Carol, Room, Ex Machina, 45 Years, Youth and Amy and recognised the extraordinary talent and creativity in bringing them to audiences far and wide. 15 nominations across the films is an amazing validation of our belief in the potential of these bold, inspirational stories we championed at Film4. It’s enormously rewarding to see everyone’s hard work and creativity illuminated by an Oscar nomination and I am delighted to see so many of our friends and partners honoured today. Congratulations to you all – it’s very well deserved,” said David Kosse, Director of Film4.

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Amongst the films backed by Film4, Todd Haynes’ CAROL received 6 nominations including Best Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress for Rooney Mara, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Lenny Abrahamson’s Room received 4 nominations including Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Brie Larson and Best Adapted Screenplay for Emma Donoghue.

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Alex Garland’s Ex Machina received 2 nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Achievement in Visual Effects.

AMY was nominated for Best Documentary Feature and Charlotte Rampling was nominated for Best Actress for her role in 45 YEARS. Paolo Sorrentino’s YOUTH received a nomination for Best Original Song.

 

 

Film4-backed films Oscar® nominations in full:

 

CAROL

Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett
Actress in a Supporting Role: Rooney Mara
Adapted Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy
Achievement in Cinematography: Ed Lachman
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original score): Carter Burwell
Achievement in Costume Design: Sandy Powell

 

ROOM

Best Motion Picture of the Year: Ed Guiney
Achievement in Directing: Lenny Abrahamson
Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson
Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue

EX MACHINA

Original Screenplay: Alex Garland
Achievement in Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

45 YEARS:

Actress in a Leading Role: Charlotte Rampling

YOUTH

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original song): Simple Song # 3, music and lyrics by David Lang

AMY

Best Documentary Feature: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees

Film4-backed films receive a record 22 BAFTA nominations

08 Jan, 2016 Productions Posted in: Awards, Bafta

With a total of 22 nominations in this year’s BAFTAs, Film4 films have received more BAFTA nominations than ever before.

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Todd Haynes’ Carol receives nine nominations, joint top of all films nominated in this year’s awards, including nods in the Best Film category as well as for Cate Blanchett for Best Actress and Todd Haynes for Best Director. Rooney Mara also receives a nomination for Best Supporting Actress alongside Phyllis Nagy for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Alex Garland’s Ex_Machina receives five nominations in total. Nominated for Outstanding British Film, Alex Garland is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Alicia Vikander for Best Supporting Actress.

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Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years

Of the five films nominated in the Outstanding British Film category, four are Film4-backed films: Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, Asif Kapadia’s Amy (which is also nominated for Best Documentary), Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Alex Garland’s Ex_Machina.

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For Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Brie Larson is nominated in the Best Actress category (as well as for the Rising Star award) while Emma Donoghue is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Debbie Tucker Green is also recognised in the Best Debut Feature category for Second Coming.

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says: “We are delighted that seven of our films have been honoured with a record number of BAFTA nominations this morning. They are a perfect example of the bold, inspirational voices that Film4 is known for backing – each film has been expertly crafted by exceptionally gifted writers, filmmakers and actors. It is enormously gratifying to see our belief in their unique talent recognised by BAFTA and its members in this way. Congratulations to all the filmmakers and all our many partners who helped bring these extraordinarily films into being.”

Film4 BAFTA nominations in full:

Carol
Best Film: Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
Director: Todd Haynes
Adapted Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy
Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett
Supporting Actress: Rooney Mara
Cinematography: Ed Lachman
Production Design: Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
Costume Design: Sandy Powell
Make Up & Hair: Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan

Ex Machina
Outstanding British Film: Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Alex Garland (Director)
Original Screenplay: Alex Garland
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander
Special Visual Effects: Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst

Room
Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue
Leading Actress: Brie Larson
Rising Star: Brie Larson

Amy
Outstanding British Film: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
Documentary: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees

45 Years
Outstanding British Film: Andrew Haigh, Tristan Goligher

The Lobster
Outstanding British Film: Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthimis Filippou

Second Coming
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Debbie Tucker Green (Writer/Director)

Film4-backed films receive 41 nominations at the BIFAs

03 Nov, 2015 Productions Posted in: Actors and Actresses, Awards, BIFA

Film4 has received a total of 41 nominations for the films it has backed at this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), with the nomination lists for the Best British Film and Best Director awards consisting entirely of Film4-backed talent and films.

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Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster tops the list with seven nominations. Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth each receive six nominations while Alex Garland’s Ex Machina and Asif Kapadia’s Amy garnered five nominations each. Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise have four nominations each.

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Film4 films make up the entirety of the nominations for the Best British Independent Film award: 45 Years, Amy, Ex Machina, The Lobster and Macbeth. Similarly, the nominations for Best Director are all for Film4-backed films – Andrew Haigh, Asif Kapadia, Alex Garland, Yorgos Lanthimos and Justin Kurzel. And John Maclean is nominated for Best Debut Director for Slow West alongside Louise Osmond who is nominated in the Best Documentary category for her film Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance.

Film4 also dominates the Best Screenplay nominations with 45 Years, Ex­ Machina, High-Rise and The Lobster.

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Carey Mulligan is nominated for Best Actress for her role in Suffragette alongside Charlotte Rampling for her role in 45 Years. Tom Courtenay (45 Years), Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Michael Fassbender (Macbeth) and Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise) are all nominated in the Best Actor category.

And last, but not least, in the Best International Independent Film category two of Film4′s most anticipated films are nominated. Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Todd Haynes’ Carol, both of which are also generating much Academy Awards buzz across the pond.

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says: “I’m thrilled for all our filmmakers who have been nominated for this year’s BIFAs. These awards are vital in highlighting and recognising the work of independent British filmmaking talent and Film4 is immensely proud to have been involved in all of these projects. Good luck to all those nominated.”

The BIFAs are held on 6th December 2015 at Old Billingsgate in central London. 

 

Cannes 2015 Wrap Up

23 May, 2015 Posted in: Awards, Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Opinion

I’ve just come out of the press screening of the festival’s Closing Night film – the ecological documentary The Ice and the Sky – and, for me, Cannes is finished for another year. A few great films and a handful of good-to-very good ones doesn’t feel like a terrific return but I missed a lot of what went on in the Directors Fortnight section this year – including the universally well-liked Turkish film Mustang – where the overall quality was reportedly very high (though I couldn’t say that about the Fortnight’s Closing Film, Dope). So, still plenty of Cannes titles to catch up on over the course of the year, and of course some films that I didn’t really enjoy or understand on first viewing here may very well improve on second viewing, in calmer surroundings (as happened with last year’s Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep).

For now though, I’ll sign off with my personal Cannes top 10 (a clear top 3 and then the rest, all in alphabetical order), and a no-doubt poor attempt at some prize predictions:

Cannes Top 3:

THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, in Competition)

CAROL (Todd Haynes, in Competition)

MY GOLDEN DAYS (Arnaud Desplechin, in Directors Fortnight)

The Rest:

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, in Competition)

HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT (Kent Jones/Serge Toucabia, in Cannes Classics)

THE MEASURE OF A MAN (Stephane Brize, in Competition)

MEDITERRANEA (Jonas Carpignano, in Critics Week)

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhang-ke, in Competition)

SON OF SAUL (Laszlo Nemes, in Competition)

THE TREASURE (Corneliu Porumboiu, in Un Certain Regard)

As for predictions, I’d go for Carol to win the Palme d’Or, Hou Hsiao-Hsien to win the Director prize, Zhao Tao to win Best Actress for Mountains May Depart and a toss-up between British actors Michael Caine and Tim Roth for Actor, in Youth and Chronic repsectively. Son of Saul should win the Camera d’Or for Best First Film, but that film – and its director Laszlo Nemes and lead actor Geza Rohrig – could easily win the top prize in any of the above eligible categories.