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London Critics hail 12 Years a Slave

London Critics hail 12 Years a Slave

The British-led US slave drama 12 Years a Slave has come away from the annual London Film Critics Circle awards as the big winner, being chosen as the Best Film, as well as picking the Best Actor award for Chiwetel Ejiofor and the prize for the Best Supporting Actress, for Lupita Nyong’o. Cate...

American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave lead Oscar nominations

American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave lead Oscar nominations

Last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters shocked the film industry when they overlooked Ben Affleck in the best director’s category, this year they outdid themselves, snubbing safe potential contenders such as Emma Thompson, Robert Redford and Tom Hanks in the acting categ...

Do journalists make good guests at the Globes?

Do journalists make good guests at the Globes?

My film journalism usually involves reviewing films and reporting on festivals and awards from around the world. But the unique position of UK Screen’s owner Sam Asi, a Hollywood Foreign Press Association member and Golden Globes voter, makes these awards different. We get to see them from the...

12 Years a Slave and Nebraska lead Spirit nods

12 Years a Slave and Nebraska lead Spirit nods

America’s Film Independent organisation likes to keep the industry guessing – it’s one of the first of Awards Season to announce its nominations and one of the last to hold its ceremony; the annual Spirit Awards won’t be handed out until 1st March, just one day before the Osc...

Record LFF ticket sales but who’ll remember 2013?

Record LFF ticket sales but who’ll remember 2013?

The BFI has hailed the success of Clare Stewart’s second London Film Festival at the helm, with last year’s record audience attendance being broken, with the figure passing the 150,000 mark for the first time. Sandwiched between two Tom Hanks films, the piracy drama Captain Phillips at t...

LFF brings pick of the festivals to London

LFF brings pick of the festivals to London

Coming late in the year, the London Film Festival is continuing its modest streak of bringing some of the best films of the year’s other festivals – including Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Toronto – to Britain. Many festivals insist on screening the world premieres for their films, ...

How Cannes helps the underdogs

How Cannes helps the underdogs

With Cannes 2013 over, the festival award winners are slowly receding into the memories of those who were fortunate enough to see them, some of them possibly unlikely to see the light of day again. Anyone eager to see the second-prize Grand Prix winner, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davies ...

Inside the Coen Brothers at Cannes

Inside the Coen Brothers at Cannes

No strangers to Cannes, the Coen Brothers were back this year with their study of a talented but struggling 1960s folk singer in New York City. Inside Llewyn Davis follows the protagonist of the title over a week, as he sofa-surfs around the city, rubbing the few people who like him up the wrong way...

Three hour lesbian film wins top honours at Cannes

Three hour lesbian film wins top honours at Cannes

A three-hour-long film about the love between two young women has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The Palme d’Or was awarded to French-language Blue is the Warmest Colour, directed by the Tunisian film-maker, Abdellatif Kechiche. The runner-up Grand Prix went to one of the most ...

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