Looking for something to cheer up your day? The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Paul Feig and Ellen DeGeneres have something that just might do it.
"You can't go home again," wrote Thomas Wolfe, and that much-worn phrase echoes mournfully in the mind as one observes the chilly corridors and gaping personal distances of "The Past," Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi's first feature since winning the Oscar for his crisp, complex and universally acclaimed marital drama "A Separation."
An elegantly turned melodrama, detailing the terse emotional warfare that ensues when an Iranian man travels to Paris to finalize his divorce from his estranged French wife, it might well have been titled "Another Separation": Farhadi's fascination with the politics and shadow structures of marriage and family -- within and without Iranian tradition-- is a binding element of his filmography.
The Black Film Critics Circle has named "12 Years a Slave" the best film of the year. Steve McQueen's drama won five prizes, but the group eschewed the usual bandwagon in the Best Actress field by finding room to recognize "Short Term 12" star Brie Larson. Check out the full list of winners below and remember to stay current with the season's goings-on at The Circuit.
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has crowned "12 Years a Slave" the years Best Film and given Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" a shellacking. The latter film "won" three awards: the AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award, the Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent award (Cameron Diaz) and the Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t Award. Well, then. Check out the nominees here and the full list of winners below. As always, keep track of it all via The Circuit.
Have you ever wondered who the power players really are on the awards circuit and how they stack up this time of year? Are you curious to dive deep on the industry side of things to discover just how that element of the Hollywood machinery operates? Then HitFix's inaugural Oscar Power List is right up your alley.
As notices for "August: Osage County" continue to cool, Meryl Streep's beginning to look the most vulnerable of the presumed Best Actress frontrunners -- but she's still Meryl Streep, so awards will keep coming her way regardless. The latest comes from the Palm Springs Film Festival, which will present her with the Icon Award at the awards gala on December 4. The prize, first given to Michael Douglas, is effectively a career achievement award, though festival chairman Howard Metzner's statement focuses specifically on her "Oscar-worthy" work in "August." Incidentally, Streep's co-star Julia Roberts will receive the Spotlight Award. [PSIFF]
Things have been kind of quiet in the land of Zach Braff of late. Unless you count his appearance as a bellhop monkey in "Oz the Great and Powerful." Or the critically savaged play he wrote a couple of years ago, the title of which escapes me. (I saw it; the critics were not entirely wrong.) On the directorial front, meanwhile, he hasn't made a feature film since his 2004 debut, "Garden State" -- which earned him enough first-film accolades, including Independent Spirit and National Board of Review wins, plus a WGA nod, that you'd have expected a follow-up sooner rather than later.
The Florida Film Critics Circle wasn't looking to flip the script today as members of the group handed Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" the prize for Best Picture of 2013. The film's star, Lupita Nyong'o, picked up two honors, for Best Supporting Actress and the year's Breakout Award. Check out the full list of winners below, and as always, keep track at The Circuit.