‘Krisha’ Dominates the Inaugural American Independent Film Awards

There’s a new awards show on the block, and it may just be the most indie yet.

If there’s one thing this February needed, it’s definitely another awards show. With this weekend’s Oscars and Film Independent Spirit Awards virtually identical in terms of nominees, and debate raging on what the term “indie” actually classifies, The American Independent Film Awards look to set a place for the best of the year’s truly low-budget, self-produced films.

So, while the Spirit Awards and Oscars may consider Jackie and Moonlight to be independent films, standout movies like Krisha and Kate Plays Christine are conspicuously absent from some of the more prestigious award show lineups. There is some crossover among the nominees, however. The Fits, whose DP Paul Yee took home the AIFA’s best cinematography honor, is also nominated for Best First Picture in the Independent Spirit Awards.

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2017 Writers Guild Awards

Select videos of the event held on Sunday, February 19th.

For all of the videos, go here.

For the entire Writers Guild of America, East awards ceremony, go here.

2017 Writers Guild Awards was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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‘Arrival’ & ‘Moonlight’ Win Best Screenplays at the 2017 WGA Awards

WGA Awards - Eric Heisserer

With just one week to go until the Academy Awards, the Writers Guild of America has announced the winners of the 2017 WGA Awards. Last year, the big WGA winners were Spotlight (Original), written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, as well as The Big Short (Adapted), written by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; plus Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief winning the award for Best Documentary. What have fellow writers determined to be the best scripts of 2016? The big winners are Arrival (Adapted), written by Eric Heisserer adapted from Ted Chiang’s short story, and Moonlight (Original), written by Barry Jenkins. I’m so happy for both of these outstanding films! Congrats to both. ›››

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‘Moonlight’ and ‘Arrival’ Win Big at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards

Find out who walked away victorious at this year’s WGA Awards.

Story is king, and at last night’s ceremony for the 2017 Writers Guild of America Awards, the best of the best were recognized for their ability to keep it on its throne. Moonlight and Arrival once again succeeded at taking home top film prizes, while Donald Glover’s FX TV show Atlanta won awards in both the “Comedy Series” and “New Series” category.

Aside from the main awards, special honors were also handed out, including the Screen Laurel Award which went to Oliver Stone and the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television which went to Aaron Sorkin. Mike Judge also received a special achievement award for his many contributions to animation.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the 2017 WGA Awards:

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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced

2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced

2017 Writers Guild Awards winners announced

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) tonight announced the 2017 Writers Guild Awards winners for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories at concurrent ceremonies concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City. You can view the full nominations list here.



Moonlight, Written by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell McCraney; A24


Arrival, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures


Command and Control, Telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films



The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX


Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX


Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX


Confirmation, Written by Susannah Grant; HBO


The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Written by Scott Alexander, Joe Robert Cole, D.V. DeVincentis, Maya Forbes, Larry Karaszewski, Wally Wolodarsky, Based on the book The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin; FX


“The Party” (The Commute), Written by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark; youtube.com


“Passage” Part 4 (Fear the Walking Dead), Written by Lauren Signorino & Mike Zunic; amc.com


“Stop the Presses” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Joe Lawson; Netflix


“The Trip” (This Is Us), Written by Vera Herbert; NBC


“Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!” (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Written by Robert Carlock; Netflix


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner; HBO


Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Jim Downey, Tina Fey, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Tim Herlihy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Paul Masella, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Dave Sirus, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette; NBC


Triumph The Primary Election Special 2016, Written by Andy Breckman, Josh Comers, Raj Desai, David Feldman, R J Fried, Jarrett Grode, Ben Joseph, Matthew Kirsch, Michael Koman, Mike Lawrence, Brian Reich, Craig Rowin, Robert Smigel, Zach Smilovitz, David Taylor, Andrew Weinberg; Additional Materials by Ray James, Jesse Joyce, Jason Reich, Alex Scordelis; Hulu

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Berlinale 2017 Awards: Enyedi’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Golden Bear

Berlinale 2017 Awards

As another film festival comes to an end, it’s time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 67th Berlin Film Festival just ended (my own recap is coming soon), and the winners were announced at the Closing Ceremony, including the winner of the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film. That top prize was given to a film called On Body and Soul, described as an “unusual love story set in the everyday world”, directed by Hungarian filmmaker Ildikó Enyedi (seen above). Oddly, I missed most of the big winners this year, except for the Polish film Spoor, which was one of my favorites of the fest (read my review). I’m also happy with A Fantastic Woman getting some recognition. Read on for all the winners. ›››

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‘La La Land’ & ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Win Best Films at 2017 BAFTA Awards

2017 BAFTA Awards

Last night, the United Kingdom had their big night for Hollywood at the 70th BAFTA Awards, honoring the best in film from last year (2016). These awards don’t really have a major influence on the Oscars, but it’s always interesting to see who our friends across the pond select as the winners. The two big winners are La La Land as Best Film, and I, Daniel Blake as Best British Film, both of these were expected to win. Emma Stone and Casey Affleck won the main acting awards. Last year, it was The Revenant and Brooklyn taking home the two big awards, for reference. The set of winners this time once is very diverse, with pretty much every excellent film from 2016 taking home something. Read on for the full list of 2017 winners below. ›››

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2017 BAFTA Winners: ‘La La Land’ Takes Home Plenty of British Awards Too

2017 BAFTA Winners - La La Land

Just in case you thought La La Land was just an obsession of American critics and film industry insiders, the British equivalent of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just handed out the BAFTAs (which are basically the Oscars across the pond), and the musical from director Damien Chazelle took home plenty of awards with nary a competitor coming close to rivaling it.

La La Land took home several big awards, including Best Film and Best Director, and it snagged a few other trophies too. Lion also had a decent showing, while the rest of the awards had their love spread out over a great variety of films. Get the full list of 2017 BAFTA winners after the jump.

Other unexpected wins include Casey Affleck taking home Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea (which also won Best Original Screenpay) and Viola Davis winning Best Supporting Actress for Fences. One surprising win though came from Dev Patel, landing Best Supporting Actor for Lion. That category seems to be one of the hardest to predict this year across with board, so it’ll be interesting to see who gets the Oscar in that section this year.

Lion also took home Best Adapted Screenplay, so the film could end up making a bigger showing at the Oscars than some might think. It’s nominated for Best Picture, and while no one thinks it has a chance at beating La La Land, that doesn’t mean other awards are out of its reach. The same can be said for Manchester by the Sea as well.

Frankly, I’m still hoping Moonight is the one to start upsetting La La Land (though I love both equally), but that wasn’t going to happen at the BAFTAs since it only just got a limited release in the United Kingdom this past weekend and doesn’t have nearly as much buzz over there.

Anyway, here’s the full 2017 BAFTA winners list, with each winner bolded.

Best Film
I, Daniel Blake
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Outstanding British Film
American Honey
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
I, Daniel Blake
Notes on Blindness
Under the Shadow

Best Director
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Best Leading Actress
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Leading Actor
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nocturnal Animals
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Supporting Actor
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
Dev Patel, Lion
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Viola Davis, Fences

Best Adapted Screenplay
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
Nocturnal Animals

Best Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water
I, Daniel Blake
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Outstanding Debut
Mike Carey (Writer), Camille Gatin (Producer) — The Girl With All the Gifts
George Amponsah (Writer/Director/Producer), Dionne Walker (Writer/Producer) — The Hard Stop
Pete Middleton (Writer/Director/Producer), James Spinney (Writer/Director), Jo-Jo Ellison (Producer) — Notes on Blindness
John Donnelly (Writer), Ben A. Williams (Director) — The Pass
Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers) — Under the Shadow

Best Film Not in the English Language
Son of Saul
Toni Erdmann

Best Documentary
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
The Eagle Huntress
Notes on Blindness

Best Animated Film
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Cinematography
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Nocturnal Animals

Best Editing
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Nocturnal Animals
Manchester by the Sea

Best Make Up and Hair
Florence Foster Jenkins
Doctor Strange
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Best Production Design
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Nocturnal Animals

Best Special Visual Effects
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Jungle Book
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Original Music
La La Land
Nocturnal Animals

Best Sound
Deepwater Horizon
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Best British Short Film
Mouth of Hell
The Party

Best British Short Animation
The Alan Dimension
A Love Story

The EE Rising Star Award
Anya Taylor-Joy
Laia Costa
Lucas Hedges
Tom Holland
Ruth Negga

The Academy Awards winners in the United States will be announced on February 26 on ABC.

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Cameras from ARRI, RED, and Sony Honored at the 2017 Academy Sci-Tech Awards

‘Moonlight’, shot on an ARRI Alexa camera

These are your above-the-line winners of the 2017 Academy Sci-Tech Awards.

The Academy held their annual Sci-Tech Awards ceremony yesterday in L.A., honoring the most innovative cameras, gear, and software of the year. RED, Sony, Panavision, and ARRI were recognized for their contributions to advancement in image capture, namely ARRI’s pioneering design and engineering of the Alexa, which has been, by far, the most popular camera among filmmakers and DPs for the past 3 years.

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2017 BAFTA Awards Winners Announced

2017 BAFTA Awards Winners Announced

2017 BAFTA Awards winners announced

At tonight’s EE British Academy Film Awards, La La Land was named Best Film, with Damien Chazelle winning Director and Emma Stone receiving the award for Leading Actress. Linus Sandgren won for Cinematography and Justin Hurwitz won Original Music.

RELATED: The Full List of 2017 BAFTA Awards Nominations

Casey Affleck won Leading Actor for his role in Manchester by the Sea, which also earned its writer/director Kenneth Lonergan the award for Original Screenplay.

Supporting Actor went to Dev Patel for Lion, for which Luke Davies won Adapted Screenplay. Supporting Actress went to Viola Davis for her role in Fences. All four actors are first-time BAFTA winners.

Outstanding British Film was won by I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach.

The ceremony was hosted for a 12th year by Stephen Fry and held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and featured performances by Cirque du Soleil and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the BBC Young Musician 2016.

Ava DuVernay’s film, exploring race in the US criminal justice system, 13th, won the award for Documentary. Kubo and the Two Strings took the award for Animated Film, and Film Not in the English Language was won by Hungarian holocaust drama, Son of Saul.

Arrival received the award for Sound, Hacksaw Ridge won for Editing, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them collected the BAFTA for Production Design, Florence Foster Jenkins took the award for Make Up and Hair, Jackie won Costume Design and The Jungle Book received the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects.

Writer/director Babak Anvari and producers Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill and Lucan Toh received the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Under the Shadow.

Home won the British Short Film award, while the BAFTA for British Short Animation was won by A Love Story.

The EE Rising Star Award, voted for by the public, went to Tom Holland.

The Special Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was presented to film distributor and exhibitor Curzon for its work in bringing art house and foreign language cinema to British audiences.

Nathan Lane, Simon Pegg and HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of BAFTA, presented the Academy’s highest honour, the Fellowship, to writer, director, actor and producer Mel Brooks.


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