Patricia Norris: Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award
Production Designer and Costume Designer Patricia Norris, a frequent David Lynch collaborator, will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the ADG’s 15th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Norris, only the second woman to be awarded the ADG’s Lifetime Achievement Award (Jan Scott was the first in 2001), has been nominated for five Academy Awards in the Best Costume Design category: Days of Heaven (1978), The Elephant Man (1980), Victor Victoria (1982), 2010 (1984), and Sunset (1989).
Previous recipients of ADG Lifetime Achievement Awards are Production Designers Ken Adam, Robert Boyle, Albert Brenner, Henry Bumstead, Roy Christopher, Stuart Craig, Bill Creber, John Mansbridge, Terence Marsh, Harold Michelson, Jan Scott, Paul Sylbert and Dean Tavoularis.
The information below is the ADG’s press release:
Norris began her career in the film industry as a stock girl in the wardrobe department at MGM Studios and worked her way up to become one of the industry’s most respected craft persons.
She held dual production and costume design credits for works such as Amos & Andrew (1993), The Journey of August King (1995), The Hi-Lo Country (1998), Delivering Milo (2001), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), and The Singing Detective (2003).
With more than two decades of collaboration with director David Lynch, Norris has worked on such Lynch classics as Wild at Heart (1990), Lost Highway (1997) and the pilot for Twin Peaks (1990) that won her an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction.
Nominations for the ADG Awards will be announced on Jan. 5.
Best Actress Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (for Stephen Daldry’s The Hours) and potential Oscar nominee for John Cameron Mitchell’s upcoming Rabbit Hole, will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 26th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs Jan. 27 -Feb. 6, 2011.
The Nicole Kidman tribute will take place on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre.
As per the festival’s press release, the Cinema Vanguard Award “was created in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film.”
That being the case, Nicole Kidman is certainly a deserving recipient. The timing of Kidman’s tribute is undoubtedly related to her Rabbit Hole Oscar-worthiness, but when it comes to risk-taking projects, she would have merited the Cinema Vanguard trophy even years ago.
Nicole Kidman movies: taking risks
Just consider this brief list of Nicole Kidman movies: Daldry’s The Hours, in which she plays Virginia Woolf; Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding; Jonathan Glazer’s Birth; Robert Benton’s The Human Stain; Lars von Trier’s Dogville; Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others; Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!; Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut; Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady; Gus Van Sant’s To Die For. And now Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, a drama about the loss of a child, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest.
Tickets for the Cinema Vanguard Award presentation to Nicole Kidman and discounted Mini-Paks for the festival can be purchased at www.sbfilmfestival.org or by calling 805-963-0023.
Nicole Kidman photo: Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Oct. 29 update
Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s Elle s’appelait Sarah / Sarah’s Key, about a connection between Nazi-occupied France and a couple living in modern-day Paris, will open the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs January 27-February 6.
Paquet-Brenner and one of the film’s leading players, Kristin Scott Thomas, are expected to be present at the screening. The opening night presentation will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 27.
The information below is from the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s press release:
Based on the international bestselling novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, the film beautifully interweaves two seemingly different stories, illustrating a remarkable connection between the past and present. The first story is that of Sarah Starzynski (Mélusine Mayance), a ten year old Jewish girl living in Paris during World War II.
After the Vichy government and Nazi occupiers begin arresting Jews, Sarah attempts to save her family by locking her four-year old brother in a cupboard. Seen through her eyes, Sarah and her parents are taken from their home and eventually sent to the Nazi death camps.
The second story follows Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist living in modern day Paris with her French husband. Julia is assigned to write a story on the Vel’d’Hiv roundup of 1942, and upon investigation discovers she has a personal connection.
The home owned by her husband’s family is actually the same one that Sarah and her family were taken from. The film takes an emotional look into a historical event long hidden, but now sure to never be forgotten.
Sarah’s Key is scheduled to open in the US in late spring 2011. Also in the film’s cast: Aidan Quinn, Michel Duchaussoy, and Dominique Frot.
Tickets for the Opening Night Film and Gala are available now and can be purchased through www.sbfilmfestival.org or by calling 805-963-0023.
Robert De Niro Golden Globes honor
Robert De Niro, among whose credits are Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear (right), Heat, and, ahem, Meet the Fockers, will be the next recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award.
De Niro, who was chosen by the HFPA’s board of directors, will receive the trophy in honor of his career at next January’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony.
Among previous Cecil B. DeMille Award winners are Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, Gregory Peck, Joan Crawford, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and De Niro’s fellow Meet the Fockers stars Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman.
AFI FEST winners
World Cinema Prize: Boy (New Zealand) by Takia Waititi.
New Auteurs Award: Cheol-soo jang for Bedevilled (South Korea).
Young Americans Award: Littlerock by Mike Ott.
Breakthrough Award: Hamill by Oren Kaplan.
Live Action Short: Quadrangle by Amy Grappell.
Animated Short: Marcell the Shell with Shoes On by Dean Fleisher-Camp.
Honorable mentions: Photograph of Jesus by Laurie Hill & The High Level Bridge by Trevor Anderson.
Jury: Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, actress/director Katie Aselton, actress/director Greta Gerwig, programmer Todd Luoto.
Diego Luna at AFI FEST
AFI FEST 2010 continues on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Among the highlights are:
Diego Luna’s directorial debut Abel, a Mexican drama about an unusual nine-year-old and his relationship with his family; Thomas Vinterberg’s Danish drama Submarino, the story of two brothers at odds with inner demons following a traumatic childhood; and Michelangelo Frammartino’s Le quattro volte (literally, “The Four Times”), in which a soul inhabits four different entities, animal (both human and nonhuman), vegetable, and mineral.
Additionally, at 9:30 p.m. at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre AFI FEST “will offer a secret screening of a soon-to-be-released major Hollywood film. The title of the film will be announced on the day of the screening.”
New York’s Documentary Film Festival DOC NYC winners
Press Release: DOC NYC, New York’s documentary festival, now in the midst of its inaugural year, announces its award winners the night of Sunday, November 7th at the festival’s gala screening of Errol Morris’s new film Tabloid at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Prizes were awarded by juries in both the “Viewfinders” and “Metropolis” sections; festival audiences also selected an official DOC NsYC Audience Award. DOC NYC takes place at IFC Center the Ziegfeld Theatre and at New York University venues; the event began on Wednesday November 3 and continues through November 9th with encore screenings of the competition films and award-winners, as well as a tribute to acclaimed film historian and filmmaker Kevin Brownlow.
Windfall was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in the Viewfinders section, which showcases filmmakers with a distinct directorial voice in a lineup of eight features, including two world premieres, three U.S. premieres and several international festival favorites.
Directed by Laura Israel, Windfall explores the darker side of “green” energy through the tale of one upstate town. In giving the award, the jury cited the film’s “superior use of storytelling, cinematography, sound and music towards illuminating critical environmental issues, small-town drama and the lesson that it’s not going to be so easy being green.”
The jury for the Viewfinders competition was comprised of John Anderson (film critic for Variety, the Washington Post, and Newsday), Christopher Campbell (head writer for indieWIRE’s Spout blog and longtime contributor to Cinematical), and Adella Aladjevardi (Grants Manager at NY-based nonprofit film production company Cinereach).
In the “Metropolis” section, with six films that tell New York stories (including four world premieres and one US premiere), To Be Heard was awarded the Grand Jury Prize. Directed by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, Deborah Shaffer and Amy Sultan, To Be Heard follows the lives of three Bronx teenagers whose involvement with a radical poetry workshop transforms their lives.
In a statement about the decision, the Metropolis Jury wrote, “The members of the jury were very impressed with all of the films in this section and would like to offer our sincere congratulations to all of the filmmakers for their celebration of human creativity. But while each film presented a unique look at one of the diverse artistic communities of New York City, To Be Heard stood out for both its dramatic scope and its intimacy in showing us the transformative power of art to reshape lives.”
Additionally, the jury awarded a Special Jury Prize to Josef “Birdman” Astor’s Lost Bohemia, the story of the last days of the artists’ residential studios above Carnegie Hall and the unique characters who made their homes there.
“The unexpected is one of the gifts of documentary filmmaking, changing and deepening the cinematic experience. Astor’s film begins as a warm, nostalgic, hand made film about a little known slice of New York’s artistic history and then becomes a window into the vicious development policies that are ripping at the city’s soul. We gave Lost Bohemia a Special Jury Prize to acknowledge the film’s dual achievement.”
The Metropolis jury was comprised of Nelson George (author of City Kid,producer of Good Hair, and director of A Walk Through Fort Greene), Tom Hall (Artistic Director of the Sarasota Film Festival, Programming Director at newportFILM and writer for the blog The Back Row Manifesto), and Mary Kaye Schilling (culture editor for New York Magazine).
To Be Heard was also the recipient of the DOC NYC Audience Award, selected by audiences from all films screening in the festival’s two competitive sections.
The Grand Jury Award recipients in both the “Metropolis” and “Viewfinders” sections receive a 35mm Film Recording and Digital Cinema Package provided courtesy of DOC NYC’s major sponsors The Documentary Film Group at PostWorks New York and Laser Pacific Los Angeles.
Festival passes and tickets for the remaining two days of the festival are on sale at www.docnyc.net and IFC Center box office.
DOC NYC was conceived by and is hosted by the IFC Center, itself one of the country’s most important presenters of documentaries, both for theatrical premieres and through the weekly “Stranger Than Fiction” series, launched in 2005 and now New York’s leading documentary showcase.
Annette Bening & Harrison Ford + Javier Bardem to Receive Film Festival Honors
Annette Bening, a top contender for the 2011 Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as a lesbian mother in The Kids Are All Right, will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) American Riviera Award.
The ceremony honoring Bening, 52, will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Friday, January 28, 2011, at the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s 26th edition, which runs January 27-February 6, 2011.
According to the SBIFF’s website, “the American Riviera Award was established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema.”
Among the three-time Academy Award-nominee Bening’s credits are Valmont (1989), The Grifters (1990), Bugsy (1991), Love Affair (1994), American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004), Running with Scissors (2006), and Mother and Child (2010).
Previous recipients of the American Riviera Award include Sandra Bullock (10), Mickey Rourke (09), Tommy Lee Jones (08), Forest Whitaker (07), Philip Seymour Hoffman (06), Kevin Bacon (05) and Diane Lane (04).
Bullock, Whitaker, and Hoffman went on to take home Oscars that year. Rourke and Jones were nominated.
Tickets for the American Rivera Award are available now, discounted 20 percent until November 30 and can be purchased through www.sbfilmfestival.org or by calling 805-963-0023.
Photo: The Kids Are All Right (Suzanne Tenner / Focus Features)
Harrison Ford: Santa Barbara Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award
Harrison Ford, whose Morning Glory opens in the US on Nov. 10, will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award for Excellent in Film at a black-tie gala dinner, which serves as a fundraiser for SBIFF, at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Friday, November 19.
“I’m delighted to give this award to Harrison Ford ,” Kirk Douglas, 94, was quoted as saying. “It’s always a pleasure to honor these young actors who do so well.”
Nominated for a Best Actor Academy for Peter Weir’s Witness (1985), Ford has also starred in more than 40 features, including Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Mosquito Coast, Working Girl, Regarding Henry, and What Lies Beneath.
Sally Field as Aunt May, Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben: ‘Spider-Man’
Martin Sheen will play Uncle Ben in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot, and now it has been announced that two-time Oscar winner, former Gidget, and former Flying Nun Sally Field (right, as Tom Hanks’ mother in Forrest Gump) is “in negotiations” to play Aunt May.
Clearly, Sony wants to surround Andrew Garfield, one of the leads in David Fincher’s The Social Network and Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, with prestigious names. Also in the new Spider-Man cast: Easy A‘s Emma Stone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1‘s Rhys Ifans.
Meanwhile, on Broadway, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark will have its opening delayed by three weeks. The official reason is that the Julie Taymor musical, which features song by U2’s Bono and The Edge, still needs some technical tweaking to make it play smoothly.
Javier Bardem: Palm Springs International Star Award
Javier Bardem, co-winner of the Best Actor award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and a likely Oscar contender for his antihero in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s drama Biutiful (above), will receive the International Star Award at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 8.
Much like the Santa Barbara Film Festival, which also takes place early in the year, the Palm Springs Film Fest honorees tend to be performers and/or directors who happen to be likely Oscar contenders.
Previously, Bardem was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award in 2000 for Before Night Falls and took home a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his evil assassin in No Country for Old Men(2007).
He has also won a Best Actor European Film Award and the Spanish Academy’s Goya Award for The Sea Inside (2004). Bardem, in fact, has won a total of four Best Actor Goyas.
Colin Firth & Keira Knightley: British Independent Film Awards nominations
The fact that The King’s Speech rules over the 2010 British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations is no surprise.
The story of how King George VI was able to overcome a stubborn stutter after being made king, The King’s Speech received a total of eight nods, including Best Film, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth, as the king), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Screenplay (David Seidler), and Best Technical Achievement for Eve Stewart’s production design.
Surprising is the omission of Mike Leigh’s Another Year from the Best Film roster (the same happened to his well-received Happy-Go-Lucky two years ago), though Leigh himself earned a Best Director nod. (Since Leigh’s films purportedly have no actual screenplays as most of the dialogue is improvised, perhaps it’s only fair that Another Year failed to be shortlisted in that category.)
Made in Dagenham is another effort that cannot be found among the shortlisted best films, but Matthew Vaughn’s $28 million production Kick-Ass, hardly a critical favorite, is one of the top five.
The other Best Picture nominees are Chris Morris’ terrorism satire Four Lions, Mark Romanek’s dystopian Never Let Me Go, and Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi thriller Monsters.
Last year’s BIFA winners were Duncan Jones’ Moon for Best Picture, Best Actress Carey Mulligan for An Education, and Best Actor Tom Hardy for Bronson.
Only one British Independent Film Award winner has gone on to earn a matching Academy Award nomination: Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, which also took home the Best Picture Oscar in early 2009.
Here are a few other 2010 British Independent Film Award curiosities:
In addition to the omission of Another Year and Made in Dagenham, others missing in action include Kick-Ass leads Aaron Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz; Made in Dagenham‘s Miranda Richardson (supporting); Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe in most categories (the only nominee is Best Supporting Actress Tamsin Greig); and Four Lions Chris Morris in the Best Director category (he was replaced by Mike Leigh), though Morris is up for the Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director.
Clio Barnard’s experimental The Arbor, about playwright Andrea Dunbar and her troubled relationship with daughter Lorraine, is up for Best Documentary – a special kind of documentary, as it features actual performances. In fact, The Arbor‘s Manjinder Virk is up for both Best Actress and Most Promising Newcomer for lip-syncing to Lorraine’s voice.
Another Year‘s Ruth Sheen is up for Best Actress while Lesley Manville is up for Best Supporting Actress, though some would categorize Sheen’s role as supporting and Manville as a lead. [Correction: I’d inexplicably cast Manville in Made in Dagenham in an earlier version of this post, when the whole point of this paragraph was Another Year‘s supporting/lead switch.]
Last year’s Best Actress winner Carey Mulligan is back with a nod for Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go.
Last year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee A Prophet is up for the Best Foreign Film Award.
British Independent Film Award winners
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
* The King’s Speech
Never Let Me Go
BEST FOREIGN FILM
I Am Love
* A Prophet
The Secret In Their Eyes
Mike Leigh - Another Year
Matthew Vaughn - Kick-Ass
Tom Hooper - The King’s Speech
* Gareth Edwards - Monsters
Mark Romanek - Never Let Me Go
Manjinder Virk - The Arbor
Ruth Sheen - Another Year
Andrea Riseborough - Brighton Rock
Sally Hawkins - Made in Dagenham
* Carey Mulligan - Never Let Me Go
Jim Broadbent - Another Year
Riz Ahmed - Four Lions
* Colin Firth - The King’s Speech
Scoot McNairy - Monsters
Aidan Gillen - Treacle Junior
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lesley Manville - Another Year
* Helena Bonham Carter - The King’s Speech
Rosamund Pike - Made in Dagenham
Keira Knightley - Never Let Me Go
Tamsin Greig - Tamara Drewe
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kayvan Novak - Four Lions
Guy Pearce - The King’s Speech
* Geoffrey Rush - The King’s Speech
Bob Hoskins - Made in Dagenham
Andrew Garfield - Never Let Me Go
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Manjinder Virk - The Arbor
Andrea Riseborough - Brighton Rock
Tom Hughes - Cemetery Junction
* Joanne Froggatt - In Our Name
Conor McCarron - Neds
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
Debs Gardner Paterson - Africa United
* Clio Barnard - The Arbor
Rowan Joffe - Brighton Rock
Chris Morris - Four Lions
Gareth Edwards - Monsters
Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell, Christopher Morris - Four Lions
Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn - Kick-Ass
* David Seidler - The King’s Speech
William Ivory - Made in Dagenham
Alex Garland - Never Let Me Go
* Enemies of the People
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Fire In Babylon
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
In Our Name
Jackboots On Whitehall
* Son of Babylon
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
The Arbor - Sound - Tim Barker
Brighton Rock - Cinematography - John Mathieson
The Illusionist - Animation - Sylvain Chomet
The King’s Speech - Production Design - Eve Stewart
* Monsters - Visual Effects - Gareth Edwards
BEST BRITISH SHORT
Photograph Of Jesus
The Road Home
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)
Helena Bonham Carter
THE VARIETY AWARD
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Announced at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday 5 December
Photo: Never Let Me Go (Alex Bailey / Fox Searchlight)