There have a whole mess of issues surrounding both the release and Oscar nominations of Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma. Accusations have been fired at the film for misrepresentations and at the Academy for lacking in diversity, but at the heart of all of this is a film that should be watched by audiences. So it’s great to see that some energy has been put into promotion of the feature.
Movielicious has reported on four new propaganda-style posters for Selma, including stylised depictions of David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson. These posters get to the meat of what the film is supposed to be about and they hark back to famous footage of King. Check them out, courtesy of Movielicious:
Selma stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Common, Tim Roth and Carmen Ejogo. The films is currently in theatres.
Th Palm Springs International Film Festival has already announced the names of 8 recipients for its prestigious awards: Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Linklater, Reese Witherspoon and the collective cast of The Imitation Game. Now we can add another two names to the list, and they’re more than capable of handling such impressive company.
Robert Duvall and Alejandro G. Inarritu have both been named on the PIFF page as being the latest names in the line-up of honourees. Duvall has been named as the recipient of the Icon Award, following his appearance in The Judge, directed by David Dobkin, alongside Robert Downey Jr.. For his role as the titular judge who finds himself on the wrong side of the law with only his slimy lawyer son to protect him, Duvall has already been nominated for a Golden Globe, an SAG Award and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award. It’s hard to think of an actor more deserving of the Icon Award than Duvall, considering his length and prolific career in almost every pocket of cinema.
Inarritu has been receiving all the right attention for his stunning work Birdman: or, the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, alongside his revitalised star Michael Keaton. Birdman has been storming the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, and now Inarritu will receive the PIFF’s Director of the Year Award.
Both the Director of the Year and the Icon Award have a legend-studded history of recipients. Winners of the Icon Award include Meryl Streep and Michael Douglas. As for the Director Award, winners include Steve Mcqueen for 12 Years a Slave, Stephen Daldry for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Jason Retiman for Up In The Air.
If you think that’s all the PIFF has to offer then you couldn’t be more wrong. Well, to be fair you’re pretty close. One more award still needs to be announced, so we can expect that over the next week or two.
The Palm Springs Festival will begin on January 2nd, 2015.
More news from the Palm Springs International Film Festival!
The Wrap has reported that David Oyelowo, who stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, has been named as the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor. Oyelowo will join an esteemed list of winners of this award, including Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Huffman, Jeremy Renner and Lupita Nyong’o.
Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspiring march from Selma to Montgomery in 1955. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as Bevel, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Release in theatres is scheduled for Christmas Day.
Names of award winners for the PSIFF have been pouring in over the last couple of weeks. So far the list includes Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, Richard Linklater and Julianne Moore. Here’s the list as it stands so far: Rosamund Pike – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress (Gone Girl) David Oyelowo – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor (Selma) J.K. Simmons – Spotlight Award, Actor (Whiplash) Eddie Redmayne – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor (The Theory of Everything) Julianne Moore – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress (Still Alice) Reese Witherspoon – The Chairman’s Award (Tracks) The Theory of Everything– Ensemble Performance Award Richard Linklater – Sonny Bono Visionary Award(Boyhood)
As if this weren’t already a list that was bustling with heavyweights, we still have yet to hear who will be receiving the awards for Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, or the Icon Award. Oyelowo is definitely a deserving addtion to this list. We will keep you updated as the announcements continue.
If there’s one thing I’ll say about Time Magazine, they are a thorough bunch. So it’s always intriguing to see what they make of the movies that have come out over this year. They have a pretty comprehensive list entertainment lists ranging from Best Movie Performances to Worst Songs to Best Plays and Musicals. We’ll just be looking at the movie categories here, but do take a look at the whole selection if you have a moment – after we go through the important ones at first. Check them out:
Top 10 Best Movies
1.The Grand Budapest Hotel 2. Boyhood 3. The LEGO Movie 4. Lucy 5. Goodbye to Language 6. Jodorowsky’s Dune 7. Nightcrawler 8. Citizenfour 9. Wild Tales 10. Birdman
Top 10 Worst Movies
1.Blended 2. A Million Ways to Die in the West 3. Men, Women & Children 4. Walk of Shame 5. Let’s Be Cops 6. The Legend of Hercules 7. Winter’s Tale 8. The Nut Job 9. Transcendence 10. Hateship Loveship
Top 10 Best Movie Performances
1.Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game 2. Julianne Moore, Still Alice 3. Chadwick Boseman, Get On Up 4. Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night 5. Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 6. Jack O’Connell, Unbroken 7. David Oyelowo, Selma 8. Essie Davis, The Babadook 9. Jenny Slate, Obvious Child 10. Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive
Not a bad set of lists there. A few surprises to see on the Best list like Lucy and Goodbye to language, not to mention a good portion of documentaries like Citizenfourand Jodorowsky’s Dune. as for the Worst, no real surprises there, but a very good way of picking a few scabs (I really had forgotten how much I disliked Blended). Between the Best Movies and the Best Performances there are a lot of dependable Oscar hopefuls stretching over a few categories. Good to see Essie Davis get some credit for her role in The Babadook and Tilda Swinton for Only Lovers Left Alive. I’ve been lucky enough to see most of the films on the list, and I would strongly recommend on them. Not the Worst list so much, although if you’re looking for a masochistic giggle this Christmas, see how long you can watch Transcendencewithout shouting at the screen.
What’s your favourite movie on this list? Any of your favourites not make the grade?
And the good news just keeps on coming! Legendary writer and director Richard Linklater has been recognised by the powers that be of the Palm Springs International Film Festival to receive the Visionary Award for his work on Boyhood, released earlier this year. A clown car of worthy actors have been selected for some of the most coveted awards at the festival, and they’ll have to make some room in the boot for Linklater. Here’s a list of a few of the winners announced so far:
The PSIFF Awards have served as a pretty dependable early warning system for Oscar nominations, so this is the best sort of news for all involved.
Festival Chairman Harold Matzner describes Linklater’s Boyhood as “…A one of a kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast”, and especially praises Linklater for “…his creative innovations in filmmaking…”.
The full name of the award is the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, and the previous winners combined are a check-list of untouchable film makers: Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Hazanavicius and Tom Hooper. The awards will be hosted by Cartier, in case you were wondering.
To be honest I was certain Linklater would take the Director of the Year award, but the Visionary award is it’s own special medal of prowess and exuberance in the field.
This is really only the start of the announcements, though. Many award winners are yet to be named, including the recipients of Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, the Icon Award, the Chairman’s Award and the Ensemble Performance Award. We’ll keep you updated as the info comes in, so keep those peepers peeled!
The Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from January 2nd-12th 2015. The Gala Awards will be held on January 3rd .