And the Winner Is: Telluride Film Fest Sweeps Golden Globes

And the Winner Is: Telluride Film Fest Sweeps Golden Globes

I know, I know. The directors of the Telluride Film Festival are all about the art, not the business, of filmmaking. The event celebrates the finest ribbons of dreams; it is not a horse race, where the goal is to pick a winner. But historically and with uncanny consistency winners emerge. Check Oscar history. Check the results of Sunday’s Golden Globes. In the run-up to the Oscars, (the Globes count), in reviewing this year’s releases, critics wondered out loud if we the people were looking for movies that made us feel good – or good movies that made us think more deeply about our world. They suggested the choice was between “La La Land,” a singing, dancing tribute to Hollywood’s golden past when movies were GREAT and times seemed simpler and better, and movies like “Moonlight,” “Manchester By the Sea,” and “Arrival,” which, in dealing with themes like class, race, privilege, and the Other, ultimately wrestle with the notion of  The American Dream. At the Golden Globes, the answer turned out to be all of the above. “La La Land” won BIG, seven Globes. But “Moonlight” won Best Motion Picture, Drama, which is especially heartwarming for Film Fest because director Barry Jenkins got his start in the student program for aspiring young filmmakers. And Casey Affleck (of “Manchester”) won best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama. And Amy Adams of “Arrival” was nominated for Best Actress.


Here is my review of the Telluride Film Festival 2016.


Below is Stephanie Marcus’ summary of the Golden Globes in the Huff Post: 

Ah, the Golden Globes. You know, the “fun” award show, because the audience is allowedencouraged to drink while patiently waiting for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to honor the very best in television and film.

But unlike previous years, the famous crowd on Sunday won’t be drinking to dull the harsh comedic jabs. Ahead of the show, host Jimmy Fallon assured everyone that no one in the room should be nervous about anything he might say. While mean-spirited is far from Fallon’s brand of humor, he did tell The Hollywood Reporter that Donald Trump won’t escape his crosshairs.

“The whole night won’t focus on [Trump], but it will be a week before the inauguration, so it will be on everyone’s mind,” he said. “It’s the first and maybe the last party that we’ll have in 2017.”

As we begin the night, the competition is fierce in the film category.  “La La Land” leads the pack with seven nominations, followed by “Moonlight” with six and “Manchester by the Sea” with five nominations. On the television side, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” was nominated five times, while “The Night Manager” is up for four nominations, and “Westworld” earned three noms.


Best Motion Picture, Drama
”Hacksaw Ridge”
”Hell or High Water”
”Manchester by the Sea”

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

”20th Century Women”
”Florence Foster Jenkins”
”La La Land”
”Sing Street”


Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Amy Adams, “Arrival”
Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”
Lily Collins, “Rules Don’t Apply”
Hailee Steinfeld, “The Edge of Seventeen”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Joel Edgerton, “Loving”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Simon Helberg, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”

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