Awards Buzz: 'Hidden Figures,' 'La La Land,' 'I Don't Feel at Home' Surprise and Confirm

Awards Buzz: 'Hidden Figures,' 'La La Land,' 'I Don't Feel at Home' Surprise and Confirm

Jan 30, 2017

Hidden Figures

Now that the Academy Award nominations have been announced, award shows take on a different perspective. Rather than calling attention to lesser-known movies, award shows often serve to confirm the frontrunners, although surprise winners still bloom forth.

Last night, for example, Emma Stone was the recipient of the lead actress award for La La Land, as expected. But instead of her costar Ryan Gosling or, even more likely, Casey Affleck taking home the best lead actor prize for Manchester By the Sea, Denzel Washington was recognized for his self-directed performance in Fences. Washington said he was surprised, too, and didn't have a speech prepared, though he was still eloquent in accepting the award.

For their supporting roles, Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) and and Viola Davis (Fences) won awards, as expected. To close the evening, Hidden Figures received the prize for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, which was a bit of a surprise.

The most rousing acceptance speech was probably by actor David Harbour, in behalf of the Netflix series Stranger Things, which won the best cast award for television. 

Check out Screen Actors Guild for a complete list of movie and television awards.


La La Land

This past Saturday evening, the Producers Guild handed out awards, including three for movies. In recognition of La La Land, Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt shared the award for outstanding producer of a theatrical motion picture In the animated field, Clark Spencer won the award for his work on Zootopia.

In the category of theatrical documentaries, Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow won for O.J.: Made in America. The guild has posted a complete list of the many winners on their site, including a slew of prizes for outstanding television programs.



I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Also held this past Saturday evening, the Sundance Film Festival Awards are solely given to films that screened at the just-concluded festival, which is an annual launch pad for many noteworthy independent titles. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (above), a suspense thriller starring Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood and directed by Macon Blair, was awarded the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. Happily, we don't have to wait long to see it; the movie will debut on Netflix on February 24.

Dina was awarded the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Directed by Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, the documentary follows a woman with Asperger syndrome and her relationship with her financé. The World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic, was awarded to The Nile Hilton Incident, while Last Men in Aleppo received the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Documentary.

Audience awards were handed out to Crown Heights (U.S. dramatic) and Chasing Coral (U.S. documentary). For a complete list of awards, visit the official Sundance site.

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