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2018 Cannes Awards: Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or; Spike Lee Takes Grand Prix for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda has won the highest honor from the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or for Shoplifters. He previously won the Jury Prize for 2013’s Like Father, Like Son. Shoplifters (review here) is the story of a family, both blood and cobbled together, who scrape by with multiple jobs and supplement their survival with minor thievery that threaten to ...

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Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Burning’ Tops ICS Cannes Awards

The International Cinephile Society (of which I am a member) has chosen its own Cannes winner just ahead of the festival’s closing ceremony and Lee Chang-dong’s Burning has won their Palme d’Or. Since the ICS follows the rules of the festival, this was Burning‘s only official win. Had the rules been loosened, it would have won nearly every category save ...

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2018 Cannes: ‘Border,’ ‘Girl,’ win top Un Certain Regard awards

The Un Certain Regard section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival has given the troll romance film Border (Gräns) its top award, the Grand Jury Prize. The film was picked up by Neon for US distribution. Check out my review of the film here. Newcomer Victor Polster won the jury’s Performance award for playing a transgender girl with hopes of ...

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Cannes: Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Wins Top Director’s Fortnight Prize

No one was more surprised than director Gaspar Noé himself when his new film, Climax, was met was near universal raves when it debuted in the Director’s Fortnight section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. So ready to be hated and vilified, the poster for the film even says “You Despised I Stand Alone. You Hated Irreversible. You Loathed Enter ...

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Lead MTV Movie and TV Awards Nominations

The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Award nominations have been announced and Black Panther leads the movie side with seven, including Best Movie, while Stranger Things dominates television, including Best Show, with six. While the top categories are separate others are integrated like Scene Stealer and Best Kiss. A few Oscar nominees broke into the heavily pop-cultured group of mentions ...

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Drama Desk Nominations: Carousel, SpongeBob lead musicals; Harry Potter, Angels in America lead plays

Nominations for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this morning by Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me, Nine, TV’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, TV’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Carousel leads the musical pack with 12 mentions. SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls followed close with 11 and 10, respectively. Ashley Park found ...

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SpongeBob SquarePants Leads Outer Critics Circle Nominations; Harry Potter, Mean Girls, My Fair Lady Score

The nominees for the 68th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, which recognize excellence on and Off-Broadway from the 2017–2018 season, have been announced. Leading the list with 11 nominations is the Broadway premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants, followed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Mean Girls which received 10 nominations apiece, and My Fair Lady, which received nine. The Outer Critics Circle, an organization of writers covering New York ...

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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Crown’ Top BAFTA TV Craft Awards

HBO’s Game of Thrones won its first BAFTA awards at this weekend’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV Craft Awards, earning two competitive prizes and one special award. The Emmy-winning saga, which is closing in on its run, won for its Production Design and Costume Design. Netflix’s The Crown, another Emmy favorite, won sound and cinematography prizes. BBC’s Blue ...

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SFFILM Awards: ‘Eighth Grade’ Wins Audience Award, New Directors Prize Goes to Ana Urushadze

The 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival (April 4-17) announced the winners of the juried Golden Gate Award (GGA) competitions and the two Audience Awards (for Documentary and Narrative features) at an event held at The Lab. This year the Festival awarded nearly $40,000 in prizes to emerging and established filmmakers. The SFFILM Golden Gate Awards have honored deserving filmmakers and their ...

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