Dame Judi Dench & Scarlett Johansson among British Independent Film Award nominees
Since the likes of Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson, James McAvoy, and Tom Hardy are in the running for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, expect at least a little overlapping between the determinedly indie-oriented BIFAs and other awards season nominees and/or winners elsewhere.
Judi Dench and Scarlett Johansson are competing in the Best Actress category; Dench for Stephen Frears' Philomena, Johansson for Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. Tom Hardy and James McAvoy are in the running for the Best Actor British Independent Film Award; Hardy for Steven Knight's Locke, McAvoy for Jon S. Baird's Filth.
The top BIFA 2013 movie, however, is David Mackenzie's Starred Up, with a total of eight nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay for Jonathan Asser, Best Actor for Jack O'Connell, and Best Supporting Actor for Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn. Next in line is Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant with seven nominations, followed by Filth, Sean Elli's Metro Manila, and Roger Michell's Le Week-end with five nominations each. Set in The Philippine's bustling capital, the socially conscious crime thriller Metro Manila is the United Kingdom's submission for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
Of this year's top BIFA 2013 nominees, only Filth failed to receive a Best Independent British Film nod; Philomena was shortlisted in its place. Director Stephen Frears, however, was bypassed along with Le Week-End's Roger Michell; in their place the BIFA jury selected Filth's Jon S. Baird and Under the Skin's Jonathan Glazer.
British Independent Film Awards jury, awards ceremony date
Jury members for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards included Chair Penny Woolcock (One Mile Away), Scarlett Johansson's Under the Skin co-star Antonia Campbell-Hughes, director Julien Temple (Earth Girls Are Easy), actress MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1), actress Natascha McElhone (Lady Capulet in the 2013 Romeo and Juliet), and three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell (Hugo, The Young Victoria).
Also: Art Malik (Actor), Ate de Jong (Director), Bart Layton (Director), James Floyd (Actor), Jill McCullough (Dialect Coach), Liza Marshall (Producer), Pippa Harris (Producer), Roland Gift (Musician), Sally El Hosaini (Director), and Steve Hamilton Shaw (Producer).
Previous BIFA Best Actor nominee Ewan McGregor (Young Adam) announced the nominees for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards at the hotel St Martins Lane – which just happens to be the name, with a slight different spelling (St. Martin's Lane, for the actual street), of a 1938 British movie featuring Vivien Leigh, Charles Laughton, and Rex Harrison.
The 2013 British Independent Film Award winners will be announced on Sunday, December 8, at the Old Billingsgate Market in London. James Nesbitt will return for his eighth year as the BIFA ceremony host.
British Independent Film Awards nominations
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
The Selfish Giant
Jon S. Baird, Filth
Clio Barnard, The Selfish Giant
Sean Ellis, Metro Manila
Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin
David Mackenzie, Starred Up
Jim Broadbent, Le Week-End
Steve Coogan, Philomena
Tom Hardy, Locke
Jack O'Connell, Starred Up
James McAvoy, Filth
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
John Arcilla, Metro Manila
Rupert Friend, Starred Up
Jeff Goldblum, Le Week-End
Eddie Marsan, Filth
Ben Mendelsohn, Starred Up
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD for BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
Charlie Cattrall, Titus
Tina Gharavi, I Am Nasrine
Jeremy Lovering, In Fear
Omid Nooshin, Last Passenger
Paul Wright, For Those in Peril
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Harley Bird, How I Live Now
Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas, The Selfish Giant
Caity Lotz, The Machine
Jake Macapagal, Metro Manila
Chloe Pirrie, Shell
Jonathan Asser, Starred Up
Clio Barnard, The Selfish Giant
Steven Knight, Locke
Hanif Kureishi, Le Week-End
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena
BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
Blue Is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
A Field in England
The Selfish Giant
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Shaheen Baig: Casting, Starred Up
Johnnie Burn: Sound Design, Under the Skin
Amy Hubbard: Casting, The Selfish Giant
Mica Levi: Music, Under the Skin
Justine Wright: Editing, Locke
Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
The Great Hip Hop Hoax
The Moo Man
The Spirit of '45
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
BEST BRITISH SHORT
THE RAINDANCE AWARD
Everyone's Going to Die
Judi Dench Philomena photo: The Weinstein Company.
Judi Dench is only British Independent Film Award nominee surely to get BAFTA & Academy Award nominations
Among this year's British Independent Film Award nominees, only one has a truly good chance of being shortlisted for both the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. That's Best Actress BIFA nominee Judi Dench for Stephen Frears' “based on a true story” drama Philomena, in which Dench plays a woman whose son was taken away from her after she was sent to a convent. For the record, Dench has four previous Best Actress Oscar nominations (Mrs. Brown, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal), in addition to one win and a nomination as Best Supporting Actress (win: Shakespeare in Love; nomination: Chocolat).
Needless to say, the British Independent Film Awards have little influence on North America's awards-season favorites. There are a number of reasons for that – e.g., little-known nominated movies, performers, and directors that are ignored by starry-eyed critic's groups, foreign press associations, guilds, and academies; lack of or minimal U.S. distribution; lack of or minimal awards-season marketing; and/or belated U.S. releases. That last item refers to movies such as Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, starring British Independent Film Award nominee Scarlett Johansson, and which opens in the United States only in 2014. In fact, each year a number of BIFA nominees – with luck – find distribution in the UK only the year after the nominations.
'Philomena' screenplay, Kristin Scott Thomas
Apart from shoo-in Judi Dench, one reasonably strong possibility is a Best Adapted Screenplay nod for Philomena's Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, who transferred Martin Sixsmith's book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee to the screen. Additionally, there's the (more modest) chance of a Best Picture nod for Philomena and of a Best Supporting Actress nod for Kristin Scott Thomas for her performance in Ralph Fienne's period drama The Invisible Woman. That's about it.
Best Actor BIFA nominee Steve Coogan has a lesser chance of being shortlisted for Philomena in the United States, but will probably land a BAFTA nod – much like Philomena should be shortlisted in the BAFTAs Best British Film category. In the U.S., chances are Coogan will go the way of James McAvoy in The Last King of Scotland and Gordon Pinsent in Away from Her; both McAvoy and Pinsent were duly ignored in North America, whereas their better-known co-stars Forest Whitaker and Julie Christie, respectively, were shortlisted by just about every single North American awards-giving group.
But then again, one can't completely write off (actor) Steve Coogan. Not when he and his Philomena movie have The Weinstein Company's fearless and relentless awards-season – read: Academy Awards – army backing them up. I mean, how many Oscar pundits were expecting David O. Russell's The Weinstein Company-distributed Silver Linings Playbook – starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver – to be shortlisted in all four of the Academy Awards' acting categories?
Academy Awards vs. British Independent Film Awards: Nominees in the acting categories
Since the British Independent Film Awards' inception in 1998, the following nominees and winners in the acting categories have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations:
- Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech;
- Carey Mulligan for An Education;
- Viggo Mortensen for Eastern Promises;
- Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland;
- Peter O'Toole for Venus;
- Helen Mirren for The Queen;
- Rachel Weisz for The Constant Gardener;
- Judi Dench for Mrs. Henderson Presents;
- Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake;
- Samantha Morton for In America;
- Ben Kingsley for Sexy Beast.
Of the above, four (Colin Firth, Forest Whitaker, Helen Mirren, and Rachel Weisz) eventually took home Oscar statuettes.
Note: Months after they had been shortlisted for Academy Awards, Meryl Streep was nominated for a Best Actress BIFA for The Iron Lady; Judi Dench won a Best Actress BIFA while Cate Blanchett was nominated for Best Supporting Actor/Actress for Notes on a Scandal; Ian McKellen won Best Actor for Gods and Monsters; and Emily Watson won Best Actress and Rachel Griffiths was nominated for Best Supporting Actor/Actress for Hilary and Jackie.
To date, only two British Independent Film Award winners have gone on to earn matching Academy Award nominations: Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire and Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Both movies also took home the Best Picture Oscar in, respectively, early 2009 and early 2011.
Judi Dench as Philomena Lee in Philomena movie photo: The Weinstein Company.
Bruce Dern in 'Nebraska': AFI FEST 2013 highlight
The Los Angeles-based AFI FEST, which kicked off last Thursday, Nov. 7, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, Nov. 11, the highlight of AFI FEST 2013 is Alexander Payne's Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at TCL Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for veteran Bruce Dern, who earlier this year took home the Best Actor award the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. (Image: Bruce Dern, Will Forte in Nebraska.)
Set in Kentucky (kidding), Nebraska accompanies an elderly man (Dern) and his son (Will Forte) as they travel from Billings, Montana, to Lincoln, Nebraska, so he can collect sweepstakes prize money he believes he has won. In sum, Nebraska is what's called a Road Movie, in which the Road is a metaphor for Life.
Shades of brothers Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise getting to know one another in Barry Levinson's Rain Man, or pre-op male-to-female transgender dad/mom Felicity Huffman getting to know his/her gay sex worker son Kevin Zegers in Duncan Tucker's Transamerica, or old hag Fernanda Montenegro getting to discover her Good Self after traveling throughout the Brazilian Northeast with “son figure” Vinícius de Oliveira in Walter Salles' Central Station. Or Jack Nicholson on his way to meeting his estranged daughter Hope Davis in Alexander Payne's own About Schmidt, released 11 years ago. Hoffman, Huffman, Montenegro, and Nicholson were all shortlisted for the Academy Awards; of the four, Hoffman was the only one who eventually took home an Oscar statuette.
Bruce Dern movies
The 2013 AFI FEST Nebraska screening will also feature a tribute to Bruce Dern, 77, whose film career began with a small role in Elia Kazan's Wild River, supporting Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, and Jo Van Fleet back in 1960.
Among Dern's more than 80 film credits, mostly in supporting roles, not infrequently in villainous ones, are Tom Gries' Western Will Penny (1967), with Charlton Heston; Jack Clayton's The Great Gatsby (1974), with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow; Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976), with William Devane and Karen Black; John Frankenheimer's thriller Black Sunday (1977), with Robert Shaw and Marthe Keller; and Hal Ashby's Vietnam War era drama Coming Home (1978), with Jane Fonda and Jon Voight.
Also: That Championship Season (1982), with Stacy Keach (who is also featured in Nebraska) and Robert Mitchum; Jan de Bont's horror thriller The Haunting (1999), with Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Mary Stuart Masterson's family drama The Cake Eaters (2007), with Elizabeth Ashley and Kristen Stewart; and Farhad Mann's immigration drama Fighting for Freedom (2013).
According to the IMDb, Bruce Dern has two other projects in the works: Matt Shakman's thriller Cut Bank, starring Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer; and, “rumored,” Mark David's The Gift Bank. Dern received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Coming Home.
From 1960-1969, Bruce Dern was married to three-time Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Diane Ladd (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Wild at Heart, Rambling Rose). Their daughter is Best Actress Oscar nominee Laura Dern (Rambling Rose).
For more information on the Nebraska screening and Bruce Dern tribute, check out the AFI FEST 2013 website.
Will Forte, Bruce Dern Nebraska photo: AFI FEST 2013.
Romanian film producer Ada Solomon: European Film Awards' Prix EURIMAGES
The European Film Academy has announced that the 2013 European Co-Production Award – Prix EURIMAGES will go to Romanian film producer Ada Solomon. The purpose of the European Film Awards' Prix EURIMAGES is to acknowledge “the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry.” (Image: Ada Solomon.)
According to the European Film Academy's press release, Ada Solomon has been in the film business for two decades. She is Head of Distribution at Parada Film and Executive Director of the NexT International Film Festival in Bucharest. Additionally, she teaches at the Romanian capital's National Film School and, along with Tudor Giurgiu, manages three mini-plex movie theaters in that country.
Ada Solomon movies
Since establishing her production company HiFilm, Ada Solomon productions include documentaries by her husband, filmmaker Alexandru Solomon (Kapitalism – Our Improved Formula); shorts directed by Cristian Nemescu (Marilena from P7) and Radu Jude (The Tube with a Hat); and the debut features of Radu Jude (The Happiest Girl in the World), Paul Negoescu (A Month in Thailand), and Melissa de Raaf and Razvan Radulescu (First of All, Felicia).
Solomon has also produced a couple of EURIMAGES-supported efforts: Adrian Sitaru's Best Intentions, winner of two awards at the 2011 Locarno Film Festival and of two Romanian Gopos Awards (that country's equivalent to the Oscars); and Radu Jude's Everybody in Our Family, which won six Gopos Awards and the 'Heart of Sarajevo'trophy at the 2012 Sarajevo Film Festival.
Another Ada Solomon production, Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose, won the Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival and is Romania's submission for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
Solomon is currently working on Radu Jude's third feature film, Aferim!; and, with husband Alexandru Solomon, on the provocatively titled Tarzan's Testicles, which has nothing to do with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Johnny Weissmuller, Lex Barker, Christopher Lambert, Casper Van Dien, or Kellan Lutz. Instead, the Solomon's film is a mix of documentary and science fiction inspired by Abkhazian scientific experiments that attempted to crossbreed humans and monkeys back in the old days of the Soviet Union.
Established by the Council of Europe in 1988, EURIMAGES is “a support fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works.” As per the European Film Academy's release, in the last 35 years EURIMAGES has offered financial support to 1,542 European co-productions, totaling approximately 468 million euros.
The Prix EURIMAGES will be presented at the 2013 European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin on Saturday, December 7.
Ada Solomon photo: European Film Academy.
Paul Potts movie 'One Chance' wins Starz Denver Film Festival Audience Award
Among the winners at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), which ran Nov. 6-17, was David Frankel's One Chance, the story of Paul Potts, a timid shop assistant and amateur opera singer who eventually topped “Britain's Got Talent.” James Corden plays Potts, while Julie Walters and Colm Meaney are his parents.
Director Frankel's best-known movies are The Devil Wears Prada (2006), which earned Meryl Streep a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for playing Anne Hathaway's style-conscious boss and nemesis, and the sentimental blockbuster Marley & Me (2008), toplining Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. A 2012 reunion with Meryl Streep in Hope Springs, also featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, did only moderate business.
This year's Starz Denver Film Festival featured screened 126 features and 144 shorts from 44 countries; 34 titles were Colorado productions. As per the festival's press release, an estimated 50,000 moviegoers attended the screenings.
Starz Denver Film Festival winners
STARZ PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS
Winner: One Chance
DIRECTOR David Frankel PRODUCERS Simon Cowell, Michael Menchel, Kris Thykier, Harvey Weinstein, Brad Weston WRITER Justin Zackham CAST Julie Walters, Colm Meaney, Mackenzie Crook, James Corden, Jemima Rooper, Alexandra Roach
Winner: Code Black
DIRECTOR Ryan McGarry PRODUCER Linda Goldstein Knowlton WRITERS Ryan McGarry, Joshua Altman
Winner: What Do We Have In Our Pockets?
DIRECTOR/WRITER Goran Dukic PRODUCER Mikal Portnoi Lazarev CAST Azazel Jacobs, Diaz Jacobs
The Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Foreign Feature Film
Winner: A Touch of Sin, (China) directed by Jia Zhangke
Special Jury Award
The Fifth Season (Belgium), directed Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth
The Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film
Winner: The Search For Emak Bakia, directed by Oskar Alegria
The New Directors Award
Winner: Hide Your Smiling Faces, directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone
The Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award
Winner: Unorthodox, directed by Patrick Waismann
The ASIFA-Colorado Best Animated Short Award
Winner: Virtuoso Virtual, directed by Maja Oschmann and Thomas Stellmach
Liberty Global International Student Short Award
Winner: Noah (Canada), directed by Patrick Cederberg and Walter Woodman
Winner: Falfurrias, written by Edward Tyndall
Winner: Slip Kid, written by Stephen G. Eoannou
James Corden as Paul Potts in One Chance photo: The Weinstein Company.
Gotham Awards: Nominations don't necessarily mean Oscar recognition
Nominations for the indie-oriented, East Coast-based Gotham Awards, announced a few days ago, don't necessarily translate into nominations for the equally indie-oriented, West Coast-based Spirit Awards. And they certainly don't mean the likelihood of a matching Academy Award nod.
In fact, in the last five years (2012-2008), of the 25 nominees in the Gotham Awards' Best Feature category, only seven films – or less than one in three – received matching Academy Award nominations despite the fact that since 2009 up to ten films have been eligible for the Best Picture Oscar.
Gotham Awards' Best Feature vs. Academy Awards' Best Picture
The Gotham Awards' Best Feature / Academy Awards' Best Picture “double nominees” were the following:
- Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker
- Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man
- Debra Granik's Winter's Bone
- Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right
- Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan
- Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life
- Alexander Payne's The Descendants
Last year, not a single Best Feature Gotham Award nominee received a Best Picture Oscar nod.
In the Best Documentary (Feature) category, out of the 25 Gotham nominees in the last five years, the seven matches at both the Gotham Awards and the Academy Awards were the following:
- Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World
- James Marsh's Man on Wire
- Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Trouble the Water
- Robert Kenner's Food, Inc.
- Charles H. Ferguson's Inside Job
- Danfung Dennis' Hell and Back Again
- David France's How to Survive a Plague
In the acting and directing categories, direct comparisons are impossible to make because until this year the Gotham Awards have shortlisted only “Breakthrough” performers and directors, and ensemble casts. Of the 26 Gotham-nominated “Breakthrough” actors in the last five years, only four have been shortlisted for an Academy Award:
- Melissa Leo (Frozen River)
- Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
- Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)
- Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Beasts of the Southern Wild's Benh Zeitlin is the Gothams' only Breakthrough Director to have been nominated for a Best Director Oscar.
Gotham Awards introduce Best Actor, Best Actress categories: Oscar 2014 possibilities
This year, things are different as the Gotham Awards have introduced Best Actor and Best Actress categories – besides the old Best Breakthrough Actor (male or female). Four of the Gothams' Best Actor nominees and one of the Best Actress nominees are, at least for now, strong possibilities for the Academy Awards:
- Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
- Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
- Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
- Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
- Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
In the other categories, nominees with solid Oscar chances at this stage are the following:
- Breakthrough Director nominee Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station)
- Breakthrough Actor nominees Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
- Best Feature nominees Inside Llewyn Davis and 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary category: Impossible to predict
The Best Documentary category is impossible to predict at this point, as eligibility for the Academy Awards depends on the films' release dates, theatrical settings, and published reviews in Los Angeles and New York City. Having said that, Joshua Oppenheimer's widely acclaimed Gotham nominee The Act of Killing – about Indonesia's death squads and their offspring, the right-wing paramilitary militia Pemuda Pancasila – has had screenings in both cities; if it fully meets the Academy's eligibility criteria, The Act of Killing would then be a strong Oscar 2014 contender.
Another possibility would be Jason Osner's Let the Fire Burn, which chronicles the events leading to the Philadelphia Police Department setting off an explosive in a building housing the radical black liberation group MOVE in 1985; the explosion and the ensuing catastrophic fire resulted in the deaths of eleven people, including six children.
The 2013 Gotham Award winners will be announced on December 2 at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street. The nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards will be announced on January 16.
Gotham Award nominee Robert Redford All Is Lost photo: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.
Gotham Awards: Nominations
12 Years A Slave. Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Ain't Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery, director; Tony Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Amy Kaufman, Cassian Elwes, producers (IFC Films)
Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Sara Woodhatch, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)
Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors; Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, producers (CBS Films)
Upstream Color, Shane Carruth, director; Shane Carruth, Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair, producers.
The Act Of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge, Joshua Oppenheimer, producers (Drafthouse Films)
First Cousin Once Removed, Alan Berliner, director and producer (HBO Documentary Films)
Let the Fire Burn, Jason Osder, director and producer (Zeitgeist Films)
Our Nixon, Penny Lane, director; Brian L. Frye, Penny Lane, producers (Cinedigm and CNN Films)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)
Adam Leon for Gimme The Loot (Sundance Selects)
Alexandre Moors for Blue Caprice (Sundance Selects)
Stacie Passon for Concussion (RADiUS-TWC)
Amy Seimetz for Sun Don't Shine (Factory 25)
Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films)
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Robert Redford in All Is Lost (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Isaiah Washington in Blue Caprice (Sundance Selects)
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon (Relativity Media)
Brie Larson in Short Term 12 (Cinedigm)
Amy Seimetz in Upstream Color (erbp)
Shailene Woodley in The Spectacular Now (A24)
Dane DeHaan in Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics)
Kathryn Hahn in Afternoon Delight (The Film Arcade and Cinedigm)
Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)
Lupita Nyong'o in 12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Robin Weigert in Concussion (RADiUS-TWC)
Spotlight on Women Filmmakers 'Live the Dream' $25,000 grant
Afia Nathaniel, director, Dukhthar
Gita Pullapilly, director, Beneath The Harvest Sky
Deb Shoval, director, AWOL
Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine photo: Sony Pictures Classics.