Best Feature

Best Director
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Female Lead
Brie Larson, Room

Best Male Lead
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation!!

Best Supporting Female
Mya Taylor, Tangerine!!

Best Supporting Male
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Best Cinematography
Ed Lachman, Carol

Best Screenplay
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight

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The 20th annual IPA Satellite Awards were handed out over the weekend. Spotlight took home Best Motion Picture, Best Ensemble, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director. Carter Burwell’s music for Carol won Best Original Score. In the acting categories, Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor, while Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan won Best Actress .

List of winners are below:

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  • THE REVENANT Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon


  • THE REVENANT Alejandro G. Iñárritu






  • KATE WINSLET Steve Jobs


  • MARK RYLANCE  Bridge of Spies


  • THE BIG SHORT Adam McKay, Charles Randolph


  • SPOTLIGHT Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

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(that’s 8pm Moscow, 3pm Rio, 12 noon NYC, 10am LA, 2am Tokyo, 12 midnight Bangkok)


It might not seem exciting to the average person, but here in awards world we’re waiting on one movie to break up many of the stats upon which we rely to figure out what will win Best Picture. There are two schools of thought when it comes to Oscar predicting. The first is to go on gut and intuition — or to sometimes pad that by speaking to actual voters (which can often be misleading). Intuition says that you jut feel the buzz. You can’t really explain why. You either feel it or you suspect it or you want it really really bad. The second method is to go by stats. Not just any stats, but the informative stats that are based on things like the number of people voting, the kinds of people voting, and the reasons why they are choosing what they choose. I have to admit that this year has confounded both methods. Intuition, because the pundits have been mostly wrong from the outset. And stats, because if pundits are right, this could be the year the stats all went to shit. Like credit default swaps shit.

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Congratulations to Crystal Leonard, who got 10/13 correct. Please email us, Crystal, for your prize!

The runners-up, with 9/13, were:
mike OneTwo
Anthony Cidoni
Jim Crisafulli
Bruce Wu
Tom Hardej
Jefri Zukiman
Andrew Carden
Jeremy Jentzen
Amanda Swearngin
david evans
D. Max Rosenberg
Philip Carron
Leah Level
Pete Davidson
Dorian Brown
Kostas Mais
Thomas Meier
Joel Curran
Bob Salera
Néstor Morales
Eric Petillo
Lucas Berchuck

And those correctly predicting Alejandro G. Inarritu AND The Revenant to win:
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Best Picture (Drama)

  • The Revenant

Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)

  • The Martian

Best Actor (Drama)

  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Best Actress (Drama)

  • Brie Larson – Room

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant

Best Actor (Musical or Comedy)

  • Matt Damon – The Martian

Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)

  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Sylvester Stallone – Creed

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If you haven’t yet entered our contest you can click the banner above. We will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to Amazon for the lucky winner. For the No Guts, No Glory – please choose only three of the biggest potential surprises of the night.

Mine are:

Christian Bale wins Best Actor for The Big Short
The Revenant wins Director and Picture
Alicia Vikander is a double winner
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Bridge of Spies and Carol lead the nominations with 9 apiece. The Revenant is nominated in 8 categories. Mad Max: Fury Road received 7 nominations. Brooklyn and The Martian were each nominated 6 times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina” received 5 nominations. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has 4 nominations.


  • THE BIG SHORT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt
  • BRIDGE OF SPIES Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg
  • CAROL Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
  • THE REVENANT Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
  • SPOTLIGHT Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar


  • THE BIG SHORT Adam McKay
  • BRIDGE OF SPIES Steven Spielberg
  • CAROL Todd Haynes
  • THE MARTIAN Ridley Scott
  • THE REVENANT Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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The Last Word on Earth has a pretty great rundown of what to expect from tomorrow’s BAFTA announcement. One thing I’ve noticed from the UK critics vs. the American critics is that it looks like The Hateful Eight is more liked over there than it is here — so I wonder if it might not pop there in a few categories. What do I know about the BAFTAS? Nothing but watching The Martian win would be great if for no other reason (and there are many) to watch Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere shit a brick. He’s not stopped bitching about it since Toronto.

There are a few ifs, buts and maybes thrown in here and there — like Spotlight and The Big Short not hitting strongly with BAFTA as they do over here, being that they are seen as kind of “U.S. issue” movies. A few pull quotes:

Meanwhile, back at The Martian – there’s an awful lot of goodwill toward Sir Ridders who frankly hasn’t made a good ‘un since Gladiator. He’s going to lead on Best Director and the film has a real shot at Best Film as well, a nomination it already has in the bag.

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The USC Scripter theoretically gives their prize to both the original source material and the eventual script. The big surprise here is no Carol – which would have honored both the novel by Patricia Highsmith and the Phyllis Nagy script. These are the judges. Both The Martian and The Big Short are really the strongest here, with Brooklyn being a very strong contender to take them both. Here are the nominees:


The Big Short
Screenwriters Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, adapted from Michael Lewis’s nonfiction work “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine”
Paramount Pictures and W.W. Norton

Novelist Colm Tóibín and screenwriter Nick Hornby
Fox Searchlight and Viking

The End Of The Tour
Screenwriter Donald Margulies, adapted from David Lipsky’s memoir “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace”
A24 and Broadway Books

The Martian
Novelist Andy Weir and screenwriter Drew Goddard
Twentieth Century Fox and Crown Publishing Group

Emma Donoghue for the novel and screenplay
A24 and Little, Brown and Company

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[Press release] Amy Adams (two-time Golden Globe Award winner and six-time award nominee), Jaimie Alexander, Patricia Arquette (Golden Globe Award winner and four-time award nominee), Jim Carrey (two-time Golden Globe Award winner and six-time award nominee), Jamie Foxx(Golden Globe Award winner and three-time award nominee), Continue reading…


The 2015 European Film Awards have been handed out in Berlin. Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth led the night with Best Director and Best Actors wins. The Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy won Best Documentary, and Charlotte Rampling was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

See the Full List of Winners Below:

European Achievement in World Cinema (Honorary Award)
Christoph Waltz

Lifetime Achievement Award
Charlotte Rampling

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Best Picture: Ex Machina
Best Director: Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Richard Harris Award: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Best Actress: Saiorse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Actor: Tom Hardy, Legend
Best Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman, The Lobster
Best Supporting Actor: Brendan Gleeson, Suffragette
Best Screenplay: Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Best Documentary: Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance
Best International Independent Film: Room
Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director): Stephen Fingleton, The Survivalist
Producer of the Year: Paul Katis and Andrew De Lotbiniere, Kajaki: The True Story
Discovery Award: Orion: The Man Who Would Be King
Outstanding Achievement in Craft: Andrew Whitehurst for VFX, Ex Machina
Best Short Film: Edmond
Most Promising Newcomer: Abigail Hardingham, Nina Forever


No one in my business has a crystal ball. No one really knows what they’re talking about even if we pretend we do. There are a few things worth noting, however, from today’s Film Independent nominations. The Spirits gave a big boost to two films that really could use it – Cary Fukunaga’s uncompromising, brilliant masterpiece Beasts of No Nation, and Charlie Kaufman/Duke Johnson’s equally brilliant, uncompromising masterpiece Anomalisa. Both films represent the very best in independent film because they represent the true independent spirit. Both were put together on a wing and a prayer – with Anomalisa raising much of its funds through Kickstarter and Beasts of No Nation finally getting picked up by Netflix after every studio in town passed on it.

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The Spirit Awards have leaked or simply are on their website prior to their announcement this morning. They have really redefined what film awards mean with these, honoring films that are experimental, trying different rollouts and all but helping the film industry thrive and adapt. Tangerine, Beasts of No Nation, along with Carol (two Best Actress performance nominations!).

Best Feature
Beasts of No Nation

Best Director
Sean Baker, Tangerine
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Todd Haynes, Carol
Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Anomalisa
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
David Roger Mitchell, It Follows

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Denzel Washington will be honored by the HFPA on January 10, 2016 with the Cecil B. DeMille award. He will follow George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, etc. Press release after the jump
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And I hope he takes no prisoners. Ricky Gervais caused much controversy the last time he hosted the Globes but those of us in the cheap seats were snickering along. Anyway, he’s back. Press release, as follows:
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Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee will be recipients of this year’s honorary Oscars. Reynolds will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President said, “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished — with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference — will also enrich future generations.”

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

The Governors Awards will take place on November 14 at the Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

  • Fun Home: Best Musical
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Best Play
  • The King and I: Best Revival of a Musical
  • Skylight: Best Revival of a Play
  • Michael Cerveris, Fun Home: Best Lead Actor in a Musical
  • Kelli O’Hara: Best Lead Actress in a Musical
  • Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Best Lead Actor in a Play
  • Helen Mirren, The Audience: Best Lead Actress in a Play
  • Richard McCabe, The Audience, Featured Actor in a Play
  • Christian Borle, Something Rotten!: Featured Actor in a Musical
  • Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I: Featured Actress in a Musical
  • Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You: Featured Actress in a Play
  • Sam Gold, Fun Home: Best Director of a Musical
  • Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:
  • Best Director of a Play
  • Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris: Best Choreogrpahy
  • Lisa Kron, Fun Home: Best Book of a Musical
  • Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, Fun Home: Best Score
  • Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two: Best Costume Design of a Play
  • Catherine Zuber, The King and I: Best Costume Design of a Musical
  • Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Best Lighting Design in a Play
  • Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Best Scene Design in a Play
  • Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris: : Best Scene Design in a Musical
  • Natasha Katz, An American in Paris: Best Lighting Design in a Musical

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