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It’s a happy night for Happy Valley

It’s a happy night for Happy Valley

In the first year that BAFTA allowed nominations from streaming services, with The Crown going into TV Awards night with an unbeaten five nominations, it was the traditional broadcasters who dominated, with Netflix going home empty-handed. BBC One’s Happy Valley winning Best Drama Series and ...

Moonlight causes Oscars upset

Moonlight causes Oscars upset

Two of the producers of the musical La La Land – the equal most nominated film in Oscar’s history and one of the hottest favourites for years – had already given their Best Picture acceptance speech when it emerged that the veteran actress Faye Dunaway had read out the wrong winne...

La La Land leads BAFTA nominations

La La Land leads BAFTA nominations

Fresh from its success at the Golden Globes, Damien Chazelle’s musical love-letter to Hollywood, La La Land, is leading the pack with eleven BAFTA nominations, including Best Film, Best Director and Screenplay for Chazelle, Best Actor for Ryan Gosling and Best Actress for Emma Stone. The next ...

La La Land and The Night Manager win big at the Globes

La La Land and The Night Manager win big at the Globes

The Oscar-tipped musical love-letter to Los Angeles, La La Land, has become the most successful film ever at the Golden Globes, winning all seven of the categories in which it was nominated. As well as being named the Best Film in the musical-or-comedy, its stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone took hom...

Globes set up La La Land and Moonlight as Oscar front-runners

Globes set up La La Land and Moonlight as Oscar front-runners

The 2017 Awards Season has kicked off in earnest with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announcing a plethora of nominations covering film and TV, comedy, musicals and drama. The front-runner among the film categories is Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash, La La Land, which is up fo...

Loach condemns middle-class censors

Raindance to honour Ken Loach with new award

The Raindance Film Festival is to present its inaugural Auteur Award to the veteran British director Ken Loach. He’ll be presented with the honour at an event at the festival on 29th September, at which the organisers say he’ll discuss “his career, films, the ever-changing film ind...

12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen to become BFI Fellow

12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen to become BFI Fellow

The BFI is to bestow its highest honour, a Fellowship, on the acclaimed British artist and director, Steve McQueen. McQueen rose to prominence when he won the Turner Prize for modern art in 1999, with a short film that reflected on the work of Buster Keaton. But his subsequent directing career, star...

Loach’s anti-austerity film wins him a 2nd Palme d’Or

Loach’s anti-austerity film wins him a 2nd Palme d’Or

The British director Ken Loach has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the second time. Ten years after winning the Palme d’Or for his story of Irish nationalism, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, the jury – this year led by the Mad Max director George Miller – chose I...

Woody Allen to open Cannes for a record 3rd time

Woody Allen to open Cannes for a record 3rd time

The Cannes Film Festival has picked one of its most regular visitors – and one of the most prolific directors – to open this year’s event, with Woody Allen returning to take centre stage on the first night for a record third time. His 1930s depiction of Hollywood, Cafe Society, wil...

Star Wars dominates Empire Awards

Star Wars dominates Empire Awards

Star Wars: The Force Awakens won the most awards at the Empire Awards, being honoured as the Best Sci-Fi, for its visual effects, for director JJ Abrams and for its lead actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who took the best male and female newcomer awards. But regarded as the top awards of the nigh...

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