Daily Podcast: 2018 Golden Globe Winners, Star Wars VR, Bloodshot, Justice League, Star Trek, Blade Runner


On the January 8, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined Hoai-Tran Bui, to talk about the latest news, including the 2018 Golden Globes winners, Bloodshot movie casting, a Justice League extended cut, Chris Hemsworth’s thoughts on Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek film, and the possibility of Blade Runner 3. And at the water cooler, we’ll be chatting about The Void’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience and Pillars of the Earth.

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At the Water Cooler:

  • Peter entered The Void and experienced the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience at Disneyland.
  • HT has been reading Pillars of the Earth
  • Jacob has been playing Stellaris and catching up on Black Mirror

In the News:

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Award Winners – Raindance WebFest 2017

The 25th Raindance Film Festival in partnership with Lexus announced this year’s WebFest Awards’ winners at the Vue West End on 1 October.

Showcasing the best of independent digital and streaming series, Raindance WebFest aims to promote and nurture that next generation of online video creators. Read on to see the full list of winners.


Best International Series


WINNER: Jezabel (dir. Julien Bittner)

Save me (dir. Fab Filippo)

Adventures of a Brokenheart (dir. Ariel Martínez Herrera)

High Life (dir. Luke Eve)

Clash of Narratives: A Tale of Two Georgias (dir. Robin Forestier-Walker)

The Breakup List (dir. Aaron Khoo)

Best Writing

WINNER: Adventures of a Brokenheart (written by Ariel Martínez Herrera & Martín García Garabal)

WINNER: Bertrand (written by Hélène Lombard & Julien Sibony)

Jezabel (written by Julien Capron)

Thierry Levure (written by Julien War)

In Absentia (written by Jessica Silvetti & Ethan Kogan)

Doucheaholics (written by Sean McCarthy)

Best Directing 


WINNER: Restoration (dir. Stuart Willis)

Chronicles of a Paranoiac: Cast Adrift, Hype It Up, Clonesome (dir. Nikita Tamarov)

That’s My DJ (dir. D.W. Waterson)

Adventures of a Brokenheart (dir. Ariel Martínez Herrera)

Bruce (dir. Tony Rogers)

Doucheaholics (dir. Sean McCarthy)

Best Lead Actor

WINNER: Jezabel – Hélène Kuhn

The Breakup List – Benjamin Kheng

Bertrand – Bertrand Usclat

It’s Not That Simple – Swara Bhasker

Best British Series

Pls Like

WINNER: Pls Like (dir. Tom Kingsley)

Stories of Note (dir. Caleb Yule)

I Gotta Be Me (dir. Steven Bloomer)

Millennial Theory (dir. Hugh O’Shea & Phillip Whiteman)

Best Ensemble Cast

WINNER: Bruce (dir. Tony Rogers)

Doucheaholics (dir. Sean McCarthy)

Chronicles of a Paranoiac: Cast Adrift, Hype It Up, Clonesome (dir. Nikita Tamarov)

That’s My DJ (dir. D.W. Waterson)

Hollywood (dir. Clemy Clarke)

Confess (dir. Moshe Rosenthal)

Achievement in Production


WINNER: Bruce – Costume

The Breakup List – Cinematography

That’s My DJ – Editing

Hypno – Colourist

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Award Winners – Raindance Film Festival 2017

The 25th Raindance Film Festival in partnership with Lexus announced this year’s Festival Awards’ winners at its awards ceremony at the May Fair Hotel on 29 September.

This year, Raindance Film Festival received a record-breaking number of submissions from over 120 countries and screened more than 200 projects, including features, shorts, music videos, web series and VR experiences. 2017 saw the introduction of the Raindance VRX Awards, celebrating pioneering VR experiences by independent creators from across the world.

A champion of independent filmmaking, Raindance aims to honour the best of indie cinema from across the world. Award winners were chosen by our amazing Jury, which consists of some of the best names in British talent, including Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). Read on to see the full list of winners.


In Competition

Best Film

The Constitution

WINNER: The Constitution (dir. Rajko Grlic)

Hello Again (dir. Tom Gustafson)

The Traveller (dir. Hadi Ghandour)

Swaying Mariko (dir. Koji Segawa)

Mukoku (dir. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri)

Noise (dir. Yusaku Matsumoto)

Maya Dardel (dir. Zachary Cotler & Magdalena Zyzak)

High & Outside: A Baseball Noir (dir. Evald Johnson)

Black Hollow Cage (dir. Sadrac González-Perellón)

Djam (dir. Tony Gatlif)

Best Director

WINNERMaya Dardel (dir. Zachary Cotler & Magdalena Zyzak)

Hello Again (dir. Tom Gustafson)

The Traveller (dir. Hadi Ghandour)

Mukoku (dir. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri)

Djam (dir. Tony Gatlif)

Best Screenplay

WINNER: The Constitution (written by Rajko Grlic and Ante Tomić)

Hello Again (written by Cory Krueckeberg)

High & Outside: A Baseball Noir (written by Dan O’Dair)

Black Hollow Cage (written by Sadrac González-Perellón)

Swaying Mariko (written by Koji Segawa)

Best Performance

WINNER: The Constitution – Nebojša Glogovac (dir. Rajko Grlic)

Black Hollow Cage – Lowena McDonell (dir. Sadrac González-Perellón)

Djam – Daphne Patakia (dir. Tony Gatlif)

The Traveller – Rodrigue Sleiman (dir. Hadi Ghandour)

Maya Dardel – Lena Olin (dir. Zachary Cotler & Magdalena Zyzak)


Best UK Feature

In Another Life

WINNERIn Another Life (dir. Jason Wingard)

The Dark Mile (dir. Gary Love)

Edie (dir. Simon Hunter)

Stooge (dir. Madeleine Farley)

Isolani (dir. R. Paul Wilson)

Best Documentary Feature

WINNERRiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet? (David McIlvride & Roger Williams)

Bluefin (dir. John Hopkins)

Home Truth (dir. April Hayes & Katia Maguire)

On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace (dir. Heitor Dhalia)

SPECIAL JURY MENTION:The Family I Had (dir, Katie Green & Carlye Rubin)

Speak Up (dir. Stéphane de Freitas & Ladj Ly)

Discovery Award

WINNERI Still Hide to Smoke (dir. Rayhana)

A Trip to the Moon (dir. Joaquín Cambre)

Children of the Night (dir. Andrea de Sica)

Scaffolding (dir. Matan Yair)

The Story of a Satellite (dir. Sonia Albert-Sobrino & Miriam Albert-Sobrino)



Best Short of the Festival

Viola, Franca

SPECIAL JURY MENTION: Viola, Franca (dir. Marta Savina)

Lethe (dir. Dea Kulumbegahsvili)

Goddess (dir. Karishma Dube)

Mixtape Marauders (dir. Peter Edlund)

WINNER: Game (dir. Jeannie Donohoe)

Best UK Short

SPECIAL JURY MENTION: Cla’am (dir. Nathaniel Martello-White)

Diagnosis (dir. Eva Riley)

Wild Horses (dir. Rory Alexander Stewart)

Work (dir. Aneil Karia)

46.0 (dir. Joseph A. Adesunloye)

Best Documentary Short

WINNERRiders of the Wall of Death (dir. Erik Morales)

American Psychosis (dir. Amanda Zackem)

Without Sun (dir. Paul de Ruijter)

My Deadly, Beautiful City (dir. Victoria Fiore)

Ink, Cocks & Rock’n’Roll (dir. Matt Harlock)

Best Animation Short

WINNER: Flutter (dir. Vladimir Todorov)

White Tunnel (dir. Lan-Chi Chien & Chin-Wei Chang)

Johnnos’s Dead (dir. Chris Shepherd)

Nocturne (dir. Anne Breymann)

Notes on Monstropedia (dir. Koji Yamamura)

Best of Music Video

WINNERTerror (dir. Joseph Armario)

Everybody (dir. Benjamin Roberds)

The Wolf (dir. Ezequiel Torres, Pablo Rafael Roldán & Fer Suniga)

Don’t Pull Away (dir. Tamar Glezerman)

The Strangle of Anna (dir. Dawn Shadforth)


VRX Awards

Best Cinematic Narrative VR Experience


WINNERAlteration (by Jérôme Blanquet and OKIO-Studio)

Broken Night (by Alon Benari and Tal Zubalsky)

The Tragic Story of Betty Corrigall (by Peter Boyd Maclean and the BBC)

UTURN (by Nathalie Mathe)

Best Documentary VR Experience

WINNER: First Impressions (by Francesca Panetta, Nicole Jackson and the Guardian VR)

Iranian Kurdish Female Fighters (by Namak Khoshnaw and the BBC)

Songs of Vine (by Maira Clancy and Blake Montgomery)

¡Viva La Evolución! (by Fifer Garbesi)

Best Interactive Narrative VR Experience

WINNER: Manifest 99 (by Flight School Studio)

Life of Us (by Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin and Within)

Ray (by Future Lighthouse)

Treehugger: Wawona (by Marshmallow Laser Feast)

Best Mobile Interactive VR Experience

WINNER: Virtual Virtual Reality (by Tender Claws)

The Unfinished (by Innerspace VR)

In the Eyes of the Animal (by Marshmallow Laser Feast)

Horizons (by Horizons Music)

Best Animation VR Experience

WINNER: Dear Angelica (by Wesley Allsbrook and Saschka Unseld)

Arden’s Wake: The Prologue (by Eugene Chung and Penrose Studios)

Rain or Shine (by Nexus Studios)

Song of the Sea (by Cartoon Saloon)

Best Music VR Experience

WINNER: Beethoven’s Fifth (by Jessica Brillhart)

Mind Enterprises: Chapita (by Nexus Studios)

Peroration Six (by Floating Points)

Reeps One: Does Not Exist (by Reeps One, The Mill and Aurelia Soundworks)

Best Branded VR Experience

WINNER: The Chainsmokers Paris VR (by Brynley Bibson and Russ Harding)

Manchester City – Match Day (by JAUNT VR)

Snatch VR Heist Experience (by Sony Pictures Television Networks and Future Lighthouse)

Welcome To Laphroaig (by East City Films / VR City)

Best Sensual VR Experience

WINNER: Through You (by Lily Baldwin and Saschka Unseld)

Second Date (by Jennifer Lyon Bell)

In My Shoes: Intimacy (by Jane Gauntlett and Andrew Somerville)

Come! (by Michel Reilhac)

Best Social Impact VR Experience

WINNER: Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon (by Greenpeace)

42 Days (by Animal Equality)

Aftershock: Nepal’s Untold Water Story (by WaterAid)

You Are There. On the road to ending Polio (by Unicef)

Best Sound Design VR Experience

WINNER: Reeps One: Does Not Exist (by Aurelia Soundworks and Reeps One)

Life of Us (by Within)

The Resistance of Honey (by Peter Boyd Maclean, Bioni Samp and BBC)

The Tragic Story of Betty Corrigall (by Peter Boyd Maclean and BBC)

Special Prize Winner: Best Storytelling in #VR

Arden’s Wake

WINNER: Arden’s Wake (by Eugene Chung and Penrose Studios)


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2017 Emmy Winners: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ Win Big, ‘Veep’ Wasn’t Far Behind

69th Emmy Awards - 2017 Emmy Winners

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards aired on CBS Sunday night with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert serving as master of ceremonies for the prestigious night out with some of television’s finest talents.

The winners were announced live on television, and below we have the full list of those lucky enough to take home an Emmy during the broadcast last night, as well as offering some commentary on the awards from the night of the show. So without further adieu, let’s get to the 2017 Emmy winners.

Winners appear in bold.

Outstanding Drama Series:

Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Commentary: While I’m disappointed that the shows I loved the most didn’t take home this award, The Handmaid’s Tale is relevant, timely and perfectly executed. It’s undoubtedly deserving of this award and every trophy it received this evening. Congrats to Hulu and everyone involved.

Outstanding Comedy Series:

Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Commentary: I’m not sure that Veep deserved this win over Master of None and Atlanta, but it’s been consistently great for a long time, and it’s hard to argue with their success.

Outstanding Limited Series:

Big Little Lies
The Night Of

Commentary: And there it is. Strong actresses doing incredible work and creating an Emmy-winning limited series that took home a bunch of trophies tonight. HBO has a lot to celebrate.

Outstanding Television Movie:

Black Mirror: San  Junipero
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Wizard of Lies

Commentary: Black Mirror beat out HBO’s big TV movie players, making Netflix a huge player at the Emmys. There will only be more of these kind of upsets to come.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Claire Foy – The Crown
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Commentary: Much like Big Little Lies, I can’t imagine The Handmaid’s Tale not winning the overall Outstanding Drama Series category. It’s a big night for Hulu. We’ll find out shortly.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us
Anthony Hopkins – Westworld
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us

Commentary: I never would have thought that a seemingly melodramatic but touching show like This Is Us would be a key contender at the Emmys, let alone actually winning a major award.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Pamela Adlon – Better Things
Jane Fonda –  Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney – Mom
Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Commentary: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a force of comedic nature on this show, and she deserves every single award that comes her way for playing Selina Meyer.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Aziz Ansari – Master of None
Zach Galifianakis – Baskets
Donald Glover – Atlanta
William H. Macy – Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Commentary: After winning directing for a comedy series, this was a great win to add to Atlanta‘s record. Donald Glover is just getting started.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie:

Carrie Coon – Fargo
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon – Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies

Commentary: Big Little Lies is clearly a big winner throughout the whole night, and it would be an upset if it didn’t win the overall Limited Series category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie:

Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Robert De Niro – Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor – Fargo
Geoffrey Rush – Genius
John Turturro – The Night Of

Commentary: Riz Ahmed beat out some pretty heavy hitters, including the legendary Robert De Niro. That’s a huge win for the actor and his career has a promising future to be sure.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Ann Dowd – The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley – The Handmaid’s Tale
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is The New Black
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Chrissy Mets – This Is Us
Thandie Newton – Westworld

Commentary: Ann Dowd was so touchingly emotional during her speech. The Handmaid’s Tale is another series led by strong female talent that is making big waves at the Emmys this year. I wonder if it will end up with the big prize.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
John Lithgow – The Crown
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland
Michael Kelly – House of Cards
David Harbour – Stranger Things
Ron Cephas Jones – This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Commentary: I’ve yet to see The Crown, and while John Lithgow’s performance looks to be astounding, there’s something about this TV show that feels like the television version of Oscar bait. Still, probably worth watching just for John Lithgow’s performance.

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series:

Vince Gilligan – Better Call Saul, “Witness”
Stephen Daldry – The Crown, “Hyde Park Center”
Reed Morano – The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred (Pilot)”
Kate Dennis – The Handmaid’s Tale, “The Bridge”
Leslie Linka Glatter – Homeland, “America First”
The Duffer Brothers – Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Jonathan Nolan – Westworld, “The Bicameral Mind”

Commentary: Wow, The Handmaid’s Tale is cleaning up this year. The chances of the show winning Outstanding Drama Series appear to be really good if the track record so far is any indicator.

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series:

John Fields and Joe Weisberg – The Americans, “The Soviet Division”
Gordon Smith – Better Call Saul, “Chicanery”
Peter Morgan – The Crown, “Assassins”
Bruce Miller – The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred (Pilot)”
The Duffer Brothers – Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan – Westworld, “The Bicameral Mind”

Commentary: A timely win for a timely show that has more significance than many shows on television. This is a big win for Hulu.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Vanessa Bayer – Saturday Night Live
Leslie Jones – Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Kathryn Hahn – Transparent
Judith Light – Transparent
Anna Chlumsky – Veep

Commentary: Yes! Easily the best cast member on Saturday Night Live, this was a much deserved award for her. She’s consistently hilarious and crafts incredible characters. Love it.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Louie Anderson – Baskets
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale – Veep
Matt Walsh – Veep

Commentary: Alec Baldwin’s performance as Donald Trump on SNL has been a big draw for the series and one of the many reasons the show deserved its Outstanding Variety Sketch Series win. Kudos to Baldwin for starting his speech with a savage blow by saying, “Mr. President, at long last, here’s your Emmy.”

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series:

Donald Glover – Atlanta
Jamie Babbit – Silicon Valley
Mike Judge – Silicon Valley
Morgan Sackett – Veep
David Mandel – Veep
Dale Stern – Veep

Commentary: Atlanta is an outstanding show, and I’m so glad that Donald Glover’s hard work on the FX series got recognized by the Emmys. Looking forward to the second season.

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series:

Donald Glover – Atlanta, “B.A.N.”
Stephen Glover – Atlanta, “Streets on Lock”
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe – Master of None, “Thanksgiving”
Alec Berg – Silicon Valley, “Success Failure”
Billy Kimball – Veep, “Georgia”
David Mandel – Veep, “Groundbreaking”

Commentary: You’d be hard-pressed to find a better comedy today than Master of None (though Atlanta comes close), and this win by Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe is undoubtedly worth it. The duo even got a standing ovation.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie:

Regina Kind – American Crime
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies
Shailene Woodley – Big Little Lies
Judy Davis – Feud: Bette and Joan
Jackie Hoffman – Feud: Bette and Joan
Michelle Pfeiffer – Wizard of Lies

Commentary: You just can’t go wrong with Laura Dern. She’s fantastic in everything she does, but she was especially great in this HBO series. I can’t wait to see what she brings to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie:

Alexander Skarsgard – Big Little Lies
David Thewlis – Fargo
Alfred Molina – Feud: Bette and Joan
Stanley Tucci – Feud: Bette and Joan
Bill Camp – The Night Of
Michael K. Williams – The Night Of

Commentary: Another win for Big Little Lies, which is good news for HBO. Though they had a 50/50 chance of winning this category since they split the nominees with FX.

Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, TV Movie Or Dramatic Special:

Jean-Marc Vallée – Big Little Lies
Noah Hawley – Fargo, “The Law of Vacant Places”
Ryan Murphy – Feud: Bette and Joan, “And the Winner Is… (The Oscars of 1963)
Ron Howard – Genius, “Einstein: Chapter One”
James Marsh – The Night Of, “The Art of War”
Steven Zaillian – The Night Of, “The Beach”

Commentary: I wasn’t expecting Big Little Lies to have such a big presence in the winners circle, but maybe I underestimated it. The series is undoubtedly good, but I just wasn’t expecting such a presence.

Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, TV Movie Or Dramatic Special:

David E. Kelley – Big Little Lies
Charlie Brooker – Black Mirror, “San Junipero”
Noah Hawley – Fargo, “The Law of Vacant Places”
Ryan Murhpy – Feud: Bette and Joan, “And the Winner Is… (The Oscars of 1963)”
Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen and Michael Zam – Feud: Bette and Joan, “Pilot”
Richard Price and Steven Zaillian – The Night Of, “The Call of the Wild”

Commentary: There’s a win for Netflix, adding the long list of awards being won by streaming services this evening.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series:

Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline
B.D. Wong – Mr. Robot
Hank Azaria – Ray Donovan
Denis O’Hare – This Is Us
Brian Tyree Henry – This Is Us
Gerald McRaney – This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series:

Alison Wright – The Americans
Alexis Bledel – The Handmaid’s Tale
Cicely Tyson – How to Get Away with Murder
Ann Dowd – The Leftovers
Laverne Cox – Orange Is the New Black
Shannon Purser – Stranger Things

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series:

Billy on the Street
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show

Commentary: Anyone who reads this site knows how much I love SNL, and that’s why I review every new episode. This past season was a high point for the sketch show in recent years as they lampooned the current administration, and this is a well-deserved victory.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Real Time with Bill Maher

Commentary: You can pick any episode from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and it would be worthy of an Emmy. They may not be produced as often as some of the other nominees, but the work they do is not only funny but poignant.

Outstanding Directing For a Variety Series:

Jeremy Konner – Drunk History, “Hamilton”
Andy Fisher – Jimmy Kimmel Live, “The (RED) Show”
Paul Pennolino – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, “Multi-Level Marketing”
Jim Hoskinson – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Episode 0179”
Don Roy King – Saturday Night Live, “Jimmy Fallon”

Commentary: Don Roy King is a directing legend and he takes on the Herculean task of bringing this crazy, difficult show together. It’s a huge, heaping responsibility, and Don Roy King does an amazing job with it.

Outstanding Writing For a Variety Series:

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Saturday Night Live

Commentary: Every episode of Last Week Tonight is an eye-opening revelation, and it’s because of the brilliant writing staff who investigates thoroughly and brings us the most important details in a satirical fashion, never afraid to call anyone out.

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program:

The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
Ru Paul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Commentary: With the exception of American Ninja Warrior clips here and there, I haven’t watched any of these shows, and it’s just not a category that I care about at all. But I would have liked Ru Paul’s Drag Race to win just for the sake of diversity and inclusion.

Meanwhile, the Creative Arts Emmys were handed out last weekend, and here are some of the notable winners:

Outstanding Children’s ProgramOnce Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (HBO)

Outstanding Animated ProgramBob’s Burgers (FOX)

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction SpecialThe 13th (Netflix)

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction SeriesPlanet Earth II (BBC)

Outstanding Variety SpecialCarpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017 (CBS)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Melissa McCarthy – Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Dave Chappelle – Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Seth MacFarlane – Family Guy (FOX)

Outstanding Main Title DesignStranger Things (Netflix)

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme MusicStranger Things (Netflix)

Outstanding Special Visual EffectsWestworld (HBO)


That’s all for the 2017 Emmy winners. How do you feel about the shows that won this year?

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The Women’s March, Solange, and the dictionary are now Webby Awards winners


In a very 2017 twist, Merriam-Webster is receiving the internet’s highest honor this year. 

The Webby Awards announced their winners Tuesday morning for the 21st annual ceremony, which will take place May 16.

Solange, Gillian Anderson, and Steve Buscemi are among the winners who will be giving short and sweet five word speeches at the ceremony this year. 

The judging panel this year included Jimmy Kimmel, Making a Murderer’s Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, TED Radio Hour HostGuy Raz, Instagram’s Eva Chen, Questlove, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi.  Read more…

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We’ve had enough of these freeloading lottery winners

The American Health Care Act is only 122 pages long. It’s so short that White House spokesman Sean Spicer gave us yet another meme when he compared two stacks of paper to show how lean it was.

Clearly, this is a tight and focused document. No cruft, no useless bureaucratic nonsense.

Except for the six pages about lottery winners and whether they are eligible for Medicaid.

No, really. You can download the full thing and check it out for yourself.

This bill is bad news for nearly everyone but the very rich. So why does the lottery winner section bother me so much?

I think it’s because it so clearly shows the Republican animus towards the poor. It’s another chapter in the fiction of “makers versus takers” and “welfare queens.”

I’m certainly no fan of lotteries. I think they’re a way of shifting state expenses onto citizens who can least afford to pay for them.

But targeting lottery winners for special scrutiny is ridiculous scapegoating. It’s ginning up a problem that seems easy to solve, rather than actually addressing health care in America.


Here Are the Winners of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival Awards

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival is drawing to a close, but there is still one order of business to attend to: announcing the Jury Award winners.

While on the ground at this year’s SXSW, we were able to talk to so many fantastic filmmakers, sit in on engaging panel discussions, and watch a plethora of exciting films. Now it’s time to see which of the 130 films screened at SXSW rose to the top. Here is the full list of winners of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

Narrative Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: Most Beautiful Island (Director: Ana Asensio)

Special Jury Recognition for Best Breakthrough Performance: James Freedson-Jackson forThe Strange Ones

Special Jury Recognition for Best Ensemble: Matt Jones, Eleanore Pienta and Will Rogers for A Bad Idea Gone Wrong

Documentary Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: The Work (Director: Jarius McLeary and Gethin Aldous)

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The Winners and Losers of the 2017 Oscars (and the /Film Oscar Prediction Contest Results)

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Predicting the Oscars is like predicting the weather. You can look at the charts and determine the general course of the storm, but it’s impossible to tell if the wind is going to knock a tree through your living room window. Last night’s ceremony was peak Oscars. Everything went exactly how it was supposed to go before finding time to also uproot the oak in your front yard and cave-in one of walls with it.

So let’s talk about the winners and losers of this year’s Academy Awards. Not the actual winners, the people who went home with potentially life-changing statuettes, but the people who walked away from that ceremony looking like a million bucks and those who…didn’t. And while we’re talking about winners, we have also have the results from our /Film Oscar prediction contest!

Let’s go ahead and start with those contest results. As we talked about on Friday, members of the /Film crew were given 100 points per category and could split them up as they saw fit between the nominees. If they put points on a winner, they got those points. A perfect score would be 2700 and…none of us came close to that. However, less than 100 points separated the top three, making this a much closer race than last year (when Ethan Anderton dominated the whole thing). Here are the results:

  • Peter Sciretta – 785 points
  • Devindra Hardawar – 1040 points
  • Angie Han – 1130 points
  • Ethan Anderton – 1320 points
  • Christopher Stipp – 1350 points
  • David Chen – 1379 points
  • Jacob Hall – 1400 points
  • Jack Giroux – 1475 points

My strategy of putting all 100 points on single nominees without splitting backfired in the homestretch, when Jack Giroux’s prediction of a Moonlight upset gave him the final push into victory. So congrats to Jack! You win bragging rights for the next 12 months and the ability to lord this over the rest of us.

So let’s turn the spotlight to the actual ceremony. Who won the evening? Who lost? Who took the most painful and bizarre moment in Oscar history right on the chin?

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The Wild Card: Mel Gibson and Hacksaw Ridge

For a weird moment there, Hacksaw Ridge had more Oscars than La La Land and many people started wondering if we were about to see one of the most outrageous upsets in Academy Awards history. In the end, Mel Gibson‘s war film only walked away with Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing, but that’s two more awards than many pundits saw coming. The editing prize was especially shocking, since that award is very often tethered to the eventual Best Picture winner. It’s hard to say if the film industry as a whole has “forgiven” Gibson for the misogynistic, anti-Semitic remarks that derailed his career a decade ago, but these awards suggest that plenty of people are willing to let him back into the Hollywood fold. We can’t call this a full victory, though – Gibson was still the target of (hacky) jokes from host Jimmy Kimmel, a reminder that he is never going to fully escape his past, even as everyone works hard to make it weird and “cute” instead of despicable.

Winner: Viola Davis

No one gave a better speech last night than Viola Davis, who won Best Supporting Actress for her work in Fences. It was literally everything you could want from someone accepting their industry’s highest honor: vulnerable but powerful, towering but intimate, moving and inspiring. It was, somehow, a work of art. Tears flowed not as a sign of weakness, but as a sign of pride and strength. It was a performance unto itself, evidence enough of why Davis has joined the small number of performers to have nabbed the “Triple Crown” of acting: an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony. Being good at awards speeches is a special and specific art and no one does it better than her.

Loser: Jimmy Kimmel

As host Jimmy Kimmel pointed out himself, hosting the Academy Awards is a painful and thankless task and almost no one is good at doing it. And now, we can toss Kimmel on the pile of people who bombed horribly while headlining the film industry’s biggest night. Saddled with lousy jokes and comedic bits that were more endless than amusing, Kimmel came off like a cruder version of Ellen DeGeneres – every skit felt like a desperate attempt to create something that would go viral. However, Kimmel’s failures as a host go beyond lousy comedy. In turning Moonlight star Mahershala Ali‘s name into a goofy catchphrase and asking Lion star Sunny Pawar to participate in a re-enactment of The Lion King, Kimmel showcased a racial tone deafness that clashed with all of those speeches about diversity. The eventual victory of Moonlight, a progressive and intimate movie about truly walking a mile in the shoes of someone unlike yourself, clashed with Kimmel’s awful, clueless white guy schtick. 

Winner: John Legend and Auli’i Cravalho

The performances of the Best Song nominees were a highlight of last night’s ceremony. Each was staged with energy and drama and everyone sounded great on a stage that has been nothing short of unforgiving to those many of those who perform on it. However, two performers stand out above the rest. First, there’s young Moana star Auli’i Cravalho, who braved the stage (at 16!) and belted “How Far I’ll Go” and made it look easy. She was even smacked in the head mid-performance by one of her back-up dancers and continued, unfazed. This kid’s got a future, folks. Also impressive was John Legend, who performed both of the nominated songs from La La Land and offered a preview of the alternate universe where he played Ryan Gosling’s role in the film. And while I love La La Land, that is an alternate universe I would certainly not mind visiting.

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2017 Oscar Winners Live-Blog: The 89th Academy Awards Results

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All that planning and campaigning and prognosticating, all that prayer and sweat and blood — they’ve all been leading up to this. Tonight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. As usual, there are plenty of smug know-it-alls out there who think they know exactly how this is all going to shake out; as always, you can count on there being a few surprises thrown into the mix.

We’ll be updating live as the results are announced, so follow along with our 2017 Oscar winners live-blog below. 

8:30 PM: OK, here goes! Good luck with your Oscar pools, everyone!

8:48 PM: And the first award of the night goes to…

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals 

Commentary: Ali’s been the frontrunner all through awards season, so his win here hardly comes as a surprise. Still, it’s well deserved — and a rare instance of the Academy awarding a performance that isn’t especially showy.

Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Commentary: Sorry, Deadpool — this year’s big Academy Award-winning superhero movie has turned out to be Suicide Squad.

Costume Design

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Floster Jenkins
La La Land

Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America

9:24 PM: As my colleague Jacob Hall just pointed out to me, we are one hour into this and we’ve only given out three awards.

9:25 PM: And yet, a break to hand out candy to these poor underfed celebrities. Move it along, Jimmy!

Sound EditingArrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Sound Mixing

Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

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