Category Archives: Awards and Festivals
Last 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.
The 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.
Each 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.
Updated 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.
For 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.
The 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.
At 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.
Once 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!
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.
The 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.
After 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.
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.
With 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.
There 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.
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.
It’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.
Director-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.
The 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.
One 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.
Director 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.
While 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.
The 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.
From 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.
The 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.
Golden 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.
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.
The 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.
The 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.