Category Archives: Awards and Festivals

The Complete List of 2017 WGA Award Winners

Amy Adams (right) as Louise Banks in ARRIVAL by Paramount PicturesLast night, simultaneous ceremonies took place in New York and Los Angeles for the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, with some exciting titles taking home the top prizes, including Arrival and Moonlight for film and The Americans and Atlanta for television.

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2017 BAFTA Awards: The Complete List of Winners

bafta-excerptThe BAFTA Awards — which are essentially the across-the-pond-Oscars — were handed out this weekend and, to no surprise, Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land cleaned up by picking up five trophies including Best Film, Best Actress, and Best Director.

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How To Watch All the Academy Award-Nominated Short Films

piper-excerptEach year, the Academy Awards tends to put a huge focus on the feature films nominated for Best Picture, but there are other films that deserve your attention — particularly the short films. And if you haven’t seen any of the shorts (and you should before the Oscars on February 26), here is a helpful guide on where you can watch them.

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Your Complete Guide to the 2017 Oscars Parties and Events

Jimmy Kimmel ExcerptUpdated 2.17: Jimmy Kimmel Live! host is set to present the Oscars to some of the brightest stars in the industry on February 26, but before that night arrives, as well as the day of, there are going to be glamorous and star-filled parties and events to celebrate the big night. Here at the Tracking Board, we have all information on the pre-parties, after-parties, and more.

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We For She Unveils 2017 WriteHer List

we for she excerptFor the third year, We for She has released it’s WriteHer List. The list highlights the industry’s favorite television scripts written by women and depicting female-driven stories. This year, the list even includes one of the Launch Pad Pilot Competition’s own alums.

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SXSW Adds James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” to Lineup; Midnighters, Shorts, VR Programs Unveiled

franco-excerptThe Austin-based fest will play host to the world premiere of James Franco’s adaptation of Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, which follows the true story of the cult movie The Room (a.k.a. the Citizen Kane of bad movies.

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The Complete List of 2017 Annie Awards Winners

zootopia-excerptAt the 44th Annual Annie Awards this weekend, presented at UCLA’s Royce Hall, the Disney animated film Zootopia took home the top prize, further cementing its lead to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

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The Tracking Board’s 2017 Oscar Pool

Oscars ExcerptOnce again we’re crowning one winner of the Tracking Board’s Annual Oscar Pool and award them with an exclusive prize package! Enter by February 25 for your chance to win!

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The Complete List of 2017 DGA Award Winners

Director Damien Chazelle and Emma Stone on the set of LA LA LAND.The Directors Guild of America honored outstanding directors in film and television on Saturday at their 69th annual awards ceremony with Damien Chazelle taking the trophy for his lauded homage to the classic Hollywood musical La La Land and HBO winning big on the TV side.

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Berlin — Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez to Star in Dark Comedy “Love Child”

Penelope Cruz ExcerptIMR International is bringing the new film from writer-director Todd Solondz, Love Child, to Berlin next week, and Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez are attached to star.

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Berlin — Romantic Thriller “Siberia” Taps Keanu Reeves for Lead with Matt Ross Directing

Keanu Reeves ExcerptAt Berlin next week, IM Global and WME will be introducing the thriller Siberia for international buyers and domestic rights, respectively. Keanu Reeves is attached to star in the project, with Frank & Lola helmer Matt Ross directing.

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“Baby Driver,” “Free Fire,” “Small Crimes” Announced in 2017 SXSW Film Festival Feature Lineup

baby-driver-excerptThe features lineup for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival (March 10-19, 2017) has been announced and is filled with highly anticipated world premieres, festival favorites, and unique genre pics that are fittingly on-brand for the Austin-based fest. Highlights include Edgar Wright’s heist pic Baby Driver, the shoot-em-out action comedy Free Fire, and Evan Katz’s Cheap Thrills follow-up, Small Crimes.

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Sundance Film Festival 2017: Complete List of Award Winners

sundance-winners-excerptAfter a deluge of amazing independent film and snow, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival came to an end this past weekend and handed out awards to some of the top features, documentaries, and shorts at the fest. Macon Blair’s I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize while Matt Ruskin’s drama Crown Heights took the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic competition.

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ISA Spotlight: Winners Announced for the Park City 2017 Table Read My Screenplay Contest

We’ve partnered with the ISA Spotlight to provide the opportunity to highlight the winning screenplays from the Table Read My Screenplay – Park City contest and to introduce you to these talented writers.

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Producers Guild Awards 2017: Complete List of Winners

la-la-land-excerptWith La La Land and Zootopia taking top honors at the Producers Guild Awards, there weren’t many huge surprises during this year’s ceremony when it came to the film winners. However, there were some pleasant surprises on the TV side of things with Stranger Things and Atlanta walking away with trophies.

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The Complete List of Winners from the 2017 SAG Awards

hidden figures 4There were a few big surprise wins at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, but politics were on the minds of those attending, as most speeches highlighted the events around the country following an executive order out of the White House.

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17 Breakout Actors, Writers and Directors From Sundance 2017

sundnace-breakout-excerpt There was no shortage of amazing films at this year’s Sundance, making the discovery of breakout actors, filmmakers, and writers exciting. Here are 17 names — some familiar faces, others new — that made a considerable impression with their films at this year’s fest.

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The Academy’s Animation Conundrum

Kubo ExcerptIt’s time for animated films to be allowed onto the Oscar playing field and for bodies like the Academy, which are meant to recognize and award excellence in filmmaking, to give them more consideration beyond simply their designated Best Animated Feature category.

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Lakeith Stanfield & Nnamdi Asomugha Shine In “Crown Heights”

crown-heights-excerptDirector-writer Matt Ruskin, along with standout performances by Lakeith Stanfield and Nnamdi Asomugha, brings the the gripping and heartbreaking story of a wrongfully accused man in prison and the country’s fractured justice system into the spotlight.

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Jenny Slate Comedy “Landline” Connects in All the Right Places

landline-excerptThe endearing, yet scathingly funny family dramedy reunites the Obvious Child director Gillian Robespierre with star Jenny Slate for story about sisterhood and family dysfunction set to the backdrop of Discmans, dial-up modems, and bodysuits.

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Jack Black Brings Comedic Kitsch to a Tragic Story in “The Polka King”

polka-king-excerptOne would think that a film titled The Polka King would be celebratory and bouncy like the music and the Maya Forbes-directed biopic about Jan “King of Pennsylvania Polka” Lewan definitely has a lot of that. Even so, the true story of the rise and fall of Lewan is quite tragic, but Jack Black drapes it in so much charismatic Polka charm that you hardly even notice.

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Charming Comedy “Wilson” Gives Heart to a Horrible Jerk

wilson-excerptDirector Craig Johnson serves up some major inappropriateness through the vessel that is the great Woody Harrelson, but above all, the indie comedy manages to balance heart and horrible with comedic charm.

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Current Awards Season Affecting “Mudbound” Bidding War, Which Includes A24, Annapurna (Exclusive)

mudbound-excerptWhile most of the Hollywood contingent at Sundance has already left Park City, there are still plenty of festival deals being made, chief among them one for Dee Rees’ acclaimed drama Mudbound, which is the hottest acquisition title left on the board.

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2017 Oscar Nominations: Top 10 Takeaways, from Diversity and “Deadpool” to the Terrible Treatment of Tom Hanks

Deadpool ExcerptThe Oscar nominations were unveiled Tuesday morning and things went pretty much as expected, with Lionsgate’s lovely musical La La Land leading the field with a record-tying 14 nominations. There were still some snubs and surprises, so here are the top 10 takeaways from the Academy’s big announcement.

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Short Takes: “Roxanne Roxanne,” “Fun Mom Dinner,” & “Manifesto”

sundance-short-takes-2-excerptFrom pioneering rap artists to moms letting loose, this year’s Sundance is filled with projects starring, written, and/or directed by some of the industry’s up-and-coming female talent — but some of the films are more worth your time than others.

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2017 Oscar Nominations – The Complete List, Led by “La La Land”

LLL d 29 _5194.NEFThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards. Lionsgate’s musical “La La Land” led the pack with a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, including two for Best Song.

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“Wind River” Has Plenty of Snow-Capped Suspense and Taylor Sheridan-Brand Violence

wind-river-excerptGolden Globe-nominated writer Taylor Sheridan (and possibly Oscar-nominated by the time you read this) also sits in the director’s chair as he tells murder mystery set in a snowy Native American reservation in Wyoming. The writer’s signature intensity is ever present and feels too safe — which only leaves room for Sheridan’s directing chops to grow.

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Sundance Sales So Far: Amazon, Netflix Duke It Out for 2017 Festival Supremacy

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The Sundance Film Festival has reached its halfway point and the sales market has been brisk thanks to streaming giants like Amazon and Netflix, who as expected, have been as active as anyone in Park City.

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Short Takes: “Colossal,” “Bitch,” & “The Yellow Birds”

colossal-excerptThe kaiju dramedy Colossal; the conceptual horror-ish pic Bitch, and the war mystery The Yellow Birds all made a premiere at this year’s fest and left some good, boring, and fascinating impressions.

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CBS Taps Stephen Colbert to Host 2017 Emmy Awards

stephen colbert excerptThe Late Show star Stephen Colbert has booked hosting duties on this year’s Emmy Awards which will air on CBS. This is the first time the late night host has taken the gig, though he won several statues while running the desk at The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

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