You're always going to snub someone during awards season. It's inevitable. Happily, however, the 2015 SAG Awards nominations didn't include as many of the head scratching nominations as we've seen in previous years. Sure, Naomi Watts' nomination for "St. Vincent" is quizzical, at best, but we've moved on from Helen Mirren getting a lead actress nod for "Hitchcock" or Betty White's illustrious "Hot in Cleveland" run (and we love us some Betty White).
Artful film defenders, nostalgic baby boomers, and Marion Cotillard devotees were up in arms earlier this year when The Weinstein Company picked up James Gray’s "Godfather"-esque "The Immigrant" out of the Cannes Film Festival, only to lock the film in a dungeon, let it suffer in solitary confinement for months, dump it into a few theaters, then quietly hand it off to Netflix where it could fade into obscurity. Don’t try to understand Harvey Weinstein’s logic — he’s the man who beat "Saving Private Ryan" with "Shakespeare in Love," a campaign we’re still talking about 16 years later. So when word comes in that TWC is finally giving "The Immigrant" an awards push — in the form of an online FYC and a few Academy screenings — we need to accept this is all part of Harvey’s grand plan.
The 2015 SAG Awards nominations are in — and looking mostly familiar. With the circuit flooded with nominations and critical shout-outs, the major guilds are ready to take us into the homestretch with their take on the year's best. But, as with every event this season, SAG’s announcement also came with a couple surprises and a few glaring omissions.
If you're an actor working in Hollywood and you get a phone call at 6 AM it better be because you just got nominated for a major award or just landed the part of a lifetime. On this particular morning phones were ringing to a select few to inform them of their 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.
"Boyhood" has been steamrolling in the critics phase of the awards season, something we all saw coming. But today the film received some real, tangible love from an actual industry organization: the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette were chalked up in the supporting races, while the film's cast was nominated in the ensemble category. For Hawke, it all makes for the biggest of cherries on top of a hugely fulfilling creative endeavor.
When I look out over this morning's Screen Actors Guild nominations, one thing is abundantly clear: "Foxcatcher" needed this. After landing with a major splash at the Cannes Film Festival, the film went on to feel more like a low-key blip (no real critics love so far) that wasn't going to connect with voters. Today, not only is Steve Carell chalked up for a lead actor nomination, but Mark Ruffalo is right there with him in a supporting race that was starting to seem very, very up in the air.
The Screen Actors Guild announced this year's nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards. The winners will be announced during a live telecast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 25. The nominees are as follows...
The SAG Awards nominations are only hours away, but we're focusing our predictions first on the awards show that seems to matter the most this week to Hollywood, the Golden Globes.
Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma."
I believe that we are very quietly going through a golden age of cinematography. Simple as that. I spend more time talking to DPs than just about anything else in my business, though, mostly because they have the best stories and engage, for me, in the most fulfilling ways. So maybe I have a touch of bias. But when I look out across the industry, I'm gobsmacked by the talent on display, worthy heirs to a kingdom collectively forged by the titans: Shamroy, Surtees, Hall, Milner, Toland, Stradling, Storaro, Willis, Ruttenberg, etc.