The Nominees for the 5th Aceys Artists’ Choice Film Awards

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What a wonderful year of films from which to choose the best! Congratulations to this year’s diverse slate of nominees:

Best Performance In A Major Role

  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
  • Adam Driver, Marriage Story
  • Awkwafina, The Farewell
  • Julianne Moore, Gloria Bell
  • Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
  • Lupita Nyong’o, Us
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  • Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Alfre Woodward, Clemency
  • Reneé Zellweger, Judy

Best Performance In A Supporting Role

  • Alan Alda, Marriage Story
  • Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy
  • Rob Morgan, Just Mercy
  • Nicole Kidman, Bombshell
  • Shia LaBoeuf, The Peanut Butter Falcon 
  • Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
  • Florence Pugh, Little Women
  • Willy Russ, Edge of the Knife
  • Wesley Snipes, Dolemite Is My Name

Best Performance by a New or Overlooked Talent

  • Ana de Armas, Knives Out
  • Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose
  • Gabriela Cartol, The Chambermaid
  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriett
  • Zach Gottsagen, The Peanut Butter Falcon
  • Armie Hammer, Hotel Mumbai
  • André Holland, A High Flying Bird
  • Noah Jupe, Honey Boy
  • Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse
  • Mame Bineta Sane, Atlantics

Best Performance By An Ensemble

  • Birds of Passage
  • Edge of the Knife
  • A High Flying Bird
  • Knives Out
  • Little Women
  • Parasite

Excellence in Cinematic Beauty & Technical Achievement

  • 1917, Roger Deakins
  • Atlantics, Claire Mathon
  • Burning Cane, Phillip Youmans
  • Earthquake Bird, Chung-hoon Chung
  • Feathers, Christopher Soos
  • Gloria Bell, Natasha Braier
  • Joker, Lawrence Sher
  • The Kitchen, Maryse Alberti

Excellence In Sound Recording, Edit, & Mix

  • Arctic, Christopher Bonis, Arni Gustafsson, Tim Hoogenakker, Mark A Mangini, & Thomas Ouziel
  • Birds of Passage, Gabriel Bocanegra, Carlos E. García, & Claus Lynge
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, & Mark Ulano
  • The Lighthouse, Robert Fernandez, Mariusz Glabinski, Damian Volpe
  • The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Yagmur Kaplan, Lawrence He

Excellence In Music: Score, Songs, or Soundtrack

  • Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, Arturo Cardelús
  • Dolemite Is My Name, Scott Bomar, Dave Jordan, & Trygge Toven
  • The Farewell, Alex Weston, Susan Jacobs, & Dylan Neely
  • I Lost My Body, Dan Levy & Pierre-Marie Dru
  • Jojo Rabbit, Michael Giacchino & John Houlihan
  • Joker,  Hildur Guðnadóttir, George Drakoulias & Randall Poster
  • Knives Out, Nathan Johnson
  • Pain & Glory, Alberto Iglesias
  • Uncut Gems, Daniel Lopatin
  • Us, Michael Abels
  • Woman At War, Davíð Þór Jónsson

Excellence in Production Design & Art Direction

  • Aniara, Linnéa Pettersson & Maja-Stina Åsberg
  • High Life, Yorick Le Saux & Tomasz Naumiuks
  • Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent
  • Joker, Mark Friedberg
  • Judy, Kave Quinn
  • Pain and Glory, Antxón Gómez

Excellence In Costume Design & Wardrobe

  • 1917, David Crossman & Jacqueline Durran
  • Dolemite Is My Name, Kym Barrett
  • Invisible Life, Marina Franco
  • Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo
  • Judy, Jany Temime
  • The Third Wife, Phuong Thao Tran

Excellence in Hair & Makeup

  • Dolemite Is My Name, Camille Friend & Scott Wheeler
  • Joker, Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann
  • Judy, Jeremy Woodhead
  • Little Women, Fríða Aradóttir, Judy Chin
  • Rocketman, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble

  • 6 Underground, Kenny Bates, Mike Gunther, & Gregg Smrz
  • Buffalo Boys, Kazu Patrick Tang & Top
  • Close, Julian Spencer
  • Ford v Ferrari, Robert Nagle
  • Furie, Kefi Abrikh & Yannick Ben
  • John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Jonathan Eusebio
  • Joker, G.A. Aguilar
  • Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, Shun-Yee Yuen, Zhang Hai Yang

Excellence in Editing

  • Dolemite Is My Name, Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
  • Honey Boy, Dominic LaPerriere & Monica Salazar
  • Jojo Rabbit, Tom Eagles
  • Marriage Story, Jennifer Lame
  • Pain and Glory, Teresa Font
  • Parasite, Jinmo Yang
  • Uncut Gems, Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie

Best Screenplay

  • Birds of Passage, Maria Camila Arias & Jacques Toulemonde Vidal
  • To Dust, Jason Begue & Shawn Snyder
  • Earthquake Bird, Wash Westmoreland
  • The Farewell, Lulu Wang
  • Jo Jo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
  • Knives Out, Rian Johnson
  • Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
  • Parasite, Bong Joon Ho, Jin Won Han
  • Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Henry Dunham
  • The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten

Excellence In Directorial Debut

  • Atlantics, Mati Diop
  • Burning Cane, Phillip Youmans
  • Chambermaid, Lila Avilés
  • Edge of the Knife, Gwaai Edenshaw & Helen Haig-Brown
  • An Elephant Sitting Still, Bo Hu
  • Honey Boy, Alma Har’el
  • Last Black Man in San Francisco, Joe Talbot
  • The Mustang, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
  • Ray & Liz, Richard Billingham

Best Director

  • 3 Faces, Jafar Panahi
  • The Farewell, Lulu Wang
  • Honey Boy, Alma Har’el
  • JoJo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
  • Joker, Todd Phillips
  • The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers
  • Little Women, Greta Gerwig
  • Parasite, Bong Joon Ho
  • The Souvenir, Joanna Hogg
  • Woman At War, Benedikt Erlingsson

Lifetime Achievement In Film

  • TBA

Best Animated Film

  • Dcera (Daughter), Daria Kashcheeva, Ondrej Sejnoha & Martin Vandas
  • I Lost My Body, Marc Du Pontavice
  • Klaus, Gustavo Ferrada, Mercedes Gamero, Jinko Gotoh, Mikel Lejarza, Sergio Pablos, Marisa Roman, Matthew Teevan
  • Lost & Found, Andrew Goldsmith, Lucy J. Hayes, & Bradley Slabe
  • He Can’t Live Without Cosmos, Aleksandr Boyarskiy, Konstantin Bronzit, & Sergey Selyanov

Outstanding Film: Short or Experimental

  • 6SKIN, Aideen Barry & Alice Maher
  • Botchan Retreat, Nathan Smith and Max Pollard
  • Brotherhood, Habib Attia, Sarra Ben Hassen, Maria Gracia Turgeon, & Meryam Joobeur
  • Dog Eat Dog, Rikke Gregersen & Rebekka Rognøy
  • Nefta Football Club, Damien Megherbi, Justin Pechberty, & Yves Piat
  • A Sister, Jacques-Henri Bronckart & Delphine Girard
  • Sometimes, I Think About Dying, Stefanie Abel Horowitz

Outstanding Film: Documentary

  • Black Mother, Khalik Allah & Leah Giblin
  • The Cave, Kirstine Barfod, Sigrid Dyekjær, & Feras Fayyad
  • For Sama, Waad Al-Kateab & Edward Watts
  • Honeyland, Atanas Georgiev, Tamara Kotevska, & Ljubomir Stefanov
  • Midnight Family, Luke Lorentzen, Kellen Quinn
  • Midnight Traveler, Hassan Fazili, Su Kim, & Emelie Mahdavian
  • The World Before Your Feet, Jeremy Workman

Outstanding Film: Comedy

  • Booksmart, Chelsea Barnard, David Distenfeld, Jessica Elbaum, Megan Ellison, & Katie Silberman
  • Diamantino, Maria João Mayer, Justin Taurand, & Daniel van Hoogstraten
  • Dolemite Is My Name, John Davis, John Fox, & Eddie Murphy
  • The Farewell, Anita Gou, Daniele Tate Melia, Andrew Miano, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Lulu Wang, Chris Weitz, & Jane Zheng
  • Fighting With My Family, Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, Michael J. Luisi, Stephen Merchant, & Kevin Misher
  • Give Me Liberty, Val Abel, Alice Austen, Walter S. Hall, Michael Manasseri, Kirill Mikhanovsky, George Rush, & Sergey Shtern
  • Knives Out, Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson

Outstanding Film: Musical or Music Subject

  • The Dirt, Allen Kovac, Erik Olsen, & Julie Yorn
  • Leto, Pavel Burya, Georgy Chumburidze, Mikhail Finogenov, Murad Osmann, Ilya Stewart
  • Rocketman, Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn
  • Wild Rose, Faye Ward
  • Yesterday, Bernard Bellew, Tim Bevan, Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis, Eric Fellner, & Matthew James Wilkinson

Outstanding Film: Art House Or Limited Release

  • 3 Faces, Jafar Panahi
  • Ash Is Purest White, Shôzô Ichiyama
  • Atlantics, Judith Lou Lévy & Eve Robin
  • Birds of Passage, Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra, & Katrin Pors
  • The Chambermaid, Lila Avilés & Tatiana Graullera
  • An Elephant Sitting Still, Dongyan Fu
  • Midnight Family, Luke Lorentzen, Kellen Quinn
  • Midnight Traveler, Hassan Fazili, Su Kim, & Emelie Mahdavian
  • Monos, Fernando Epstein, Alejandro Landes, Cristina Landes, Santiago A. Zapata

Artistic Achievement In Film (Top Prize)

  • 1917, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mende, Brian Oliver, & Jayne-Ann Tenggren
  • 3 Faces, Jafar Panahi
  • Atlantics, Judith Lou Lévy & Eve Robin
  • Birds of Passage, Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra, & Katrin Pors
  • The Farewell, Anita Gou, Daniele Tate Melia, Andrew Miano Producer, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Lulu Wang, Chris Weitz, & Jane Zheng
  • Honey Boy, Anita Gou, Alma Har’el, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Leggett, & Daniela Taplin Lundberg
  • Joker, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • The Mustang, Alain Goldman, Cédric Iland, Catherine Morisse, Adrian Politowski
  • Pain and Glory, Agustín Almodóvar, Ricardo Marco Budé, Esther Garcíal, Ignacio Salazar-Simpson
  • Parasite, Bong Joon Ho, Kwak Sin Ae, Moon Yang Kwon, Jang Young Hwan

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Where to Watch the Nominees for the 5th Aceys Artists’ Choice Film Awards

What a wonderful year of films from which to choose the best! Congratulations to this year’s diverse slate of nominees:

Best Performance In A Major Role

Best Performance In A Supporting Role

Best Performance by a New or Overlooked Talent

Best Performance By An Ensemble

Excellence in Cinematic Beauty & Technical Achievement

Excellence In Sound Recording, Edit, & Mix

  • Arctic, Christopher Bonis, Arni Gustafsson, Tim Hoogenakker, Mark A Mangini, & Thomas Ouziel Screening Options
  • Birds of Passage, Gabriel Bocanegra, Carlos E. García, & Claus Lynge Stream on Netflix
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, & Mark Ulano Streaming Options
  • The Lighthouse, Robert Fernandez, Mariusz Glabinski, Damian Volpe Streaming Options
  • The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Yagmur Kaplan, Lawrence He Streaming Options

Excellence In Music: Score, Songs, or Soundtrack

Excellence in Production Design & Art Direction

Excellence In Costume Design & Wardrobe

Excellence in Hair & Makeup

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble

Excellence in Editing

Best Screenplay

Excellence In Directorial Debut

Best Director

Lifetime Achievement In Film

  • TBA

Best Animated Film

Outstanding Film: Short or Experimental

Outstanding Film: Documentary

Outstanding Film: Comedy

  • Booksmart, Chelsea Barnard, David Distenfeld, Jessica Elbaum, Megan Ellison, & Katie Silberman Streaming Options
  • Diamantino, Maria João Mayer, Justin Taurand, & Daniel van Hoogstraten Streaming Options
  • Dolemite Is My Name, John Davis, John Fox, & Eddie Murphy Stream on Netflix
  • The Farewell, Anita Gou, Daniele Tate Melia, Andrew Miano, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Lulu Wang, Chris Weitz, & Jane Zheng Streaming Options
  • Fighting With My Family, Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, Michael J. Luisi, Stephen Merchant, & Kevin Misher Streaming Options
  • Give Me Liberty, Val Abel, Alice Austen, Walter S. Hall, Michael Manasseri, Kirill Mikhanovsky, George Rush, & Sergey Shtern Streaming Options
  • Knives Out, Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson Streaming Options

Outstanding Film: Musical or Music Subject

Outstanding Film: Art House Or Limited Release

Artistic Achievement In Film (Top Prize)

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The Winners for the 4th Aceys: Artists’ Choice Film Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 4th Annual Aceys Awards for Film!

(Winners in bold.)

Best Performance In A Major Role

  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Olivia Coleman, The Favourite
  • Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
  • Tomasz Kot, Cold War
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me
  • Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Eva Melander, Border
  • Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here
  • J.D. Washington, BlacKkKlannsman

Best Performance In A Supporting Role

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Nina Arianda, Stan & Ollie
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Regina Hall, The Hate U Give
  • Russell Hornsby, The Hate U Give
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Michael Peña, Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Tessa Thompson, Sorry To Bother You
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
  • Steve Yuen, Burning

Best Performance by a New or Overlooked Talent

  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
  • Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians
  • Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting
  • Stephan James, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Joanna Kulig, Cold War
  • Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Robbie Sheehan, The Song Of Sway Lake
  • Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give
  • Tessa Thompson, Sorry To Bother You
  • Steven Yuen, Burning

Best Performance By An Ensemble

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn
  • The Favourite
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Shoplifters
  • Suspiria
  • Vice

Excellence in Cinematic Beauty & Technical Achievement

  • The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs: Bruno Delbonnel
  • Burning: Kyung-pyo Hong
  • Capernaum: Christopher Aoun
  • The Favourite: Robbie Ryan
  • Happy As Lazzaro: Hélène Louvart
  • If Beale Street Could Talk: James Laxton
  • Madeline’s Madeline: Ashley Conner
  • Roma: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Suspiria: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
  • We The Animals: Zak Mulligan

Excellence In Sound Recording, Edit, & Mix

  • Bohemian Rhapsody: John Casali, Tim Cavagin, Paul Massey, & John Warhurst
  • First Man: Mary Ellis, Ai-Ling Lee, Frank A. Montaño, & Jon Taylor
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout: Gilbert Lake, James H. Mather, Chris Munro, & Mike Prestwood Smith
  • A Quiet Place: Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor, & Ethan Van der Ryn
  • Roma: Craig Berkey, Steve Browell, Sergio Diaz, Craig Henighan, Skip Lievsay, & Liliana Villaseñor
  • A Star Is Born: Steven Morrow, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Jason Ruder, & Dean A. Zupancic

Excellence In Music: Score, Songs, or Soundtrack

  • Black Panther: Ludwig Göransson & Dave Jordan
  • BlacKkKlansman: Terence Blanchard & Rochelle Claerbaut
  • Happy As LazzaroKarol Mossakowski & Lina Cardillo
  • Mary Poppins: Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
  • The Song Of Sway Lake: Ethan Gold & Robin Urdang
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Daniel Pemberton & Kier Lehman
  • A Star Is Born: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell, Hillary Lindsey, Natalie Hemby, Lori McKenna, Nick Monson, Laul Blair, & Édith Piaf
  • Suspiria: Thom Yorke & Robin Urdang

Excellence in Production Design & Art Direction

  • Black Panther: Hannah Beachler & Alan Hook
  • BlacKkKlansman: Curt Beech & Marci Mudd
  • The Favourite: Fiona Crombie & Lynne Huitson
  • Sorry To Bother You: Jason Kisvarday & Stephen Dudro
  • Suspiria: Inbal Weinberg, Merlin Ortner, & Monica Sallustio

Excellence In Costume Design & Wardrobe

  • Black Panther: Ruth E. Carter
  • The Favourite: Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns: Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen Of Scots: Alexandra Byrne
  • The Nutcracker & the Four Realms: Jenny Beavan
  • Suspiria: Giulia Piersanti

Excellence in Hair & Makeup

  • Border: Erica Spetzig & Pamela Goldammer
  • The Favourite: Samantha Denyer
  • Mary Queen Of Scots: Jessica Brooks, Hannah Edwards, Sarah Kelly, & Marc Pilcher
  • Suspiria: Manolo García & Fernanda Perez
  • Vice: Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe & Patricia Dehaney

Best Analog or Digital Special Effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War: Daniel Sudick, Kaustubh Athavale, Aharon Bourland, Jeff Capogreco, Dan DeLeeuw, Rohit Prakash Gujar, Varun Hadkar, Laurie Pellard, Kelly Port, Doug Spilatro, & Charles Tait
  • Black Panther: Daniel Sudick, Geoffrey Baumann, Rohit Prakash Gujar, Stuart Lashley, & Kenneth Nelson
  • First Man: J.D. Schwalm & Paul Lambert
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story: Dominic Tuohy, Kenneth Au, & Megan Flood
  • Suspiria: Franco Ragusa & Luca Saviotti

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble

  • Black Panther: Jonathan Eusebio, Andy Gill, & Darrin Prescott
  • Deadpool 2: Scott J. Ateah & Jonathan Eusebio
  • The Debt Collector: Luke LaFontaine
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout: Wade Eastwood
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me: Domonkos Pardanyi & Gary Powell

Excellence in Editing

  • Black Panther: Debbie Berman & Michael P. Shawver
  • BlacKkKlansman: Barry Alexander Brown
  • First Man: Tom Cross
  • Hereditary: Lucian Johnston & Jennifer Lame
  • Shirkers: Lucas Celler, Kimberley Hassett, & Sandi Tan
  • Suspiria: Walter Fasano

Best Original Film Concept or Story

  • Sorry to Bother You: Boots Riley
  • The Favourite: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • A Quiet Place: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck
  • Happy As Lazzaro: Alice Rohrwacher
  • Roma: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Searching: Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman

Best Screenplay Adaptation of Work of Fiction or Nonfiction

  • BlacKkKlansman: Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, & Spike Lee
  • Border: Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, & John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Burning: Chang-dong Lee & Jungmi Oh
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk: Barry Jenkins

Best Original Screenplay

  • Beirut: Tony Gilroy
  • The Favourite: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • First Reformed: Paul Schrader
  • Roma: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Sorry to Bother You: Boots Riley
  • Vice: Adam McKay

Excellence In Directorial Debut

  • Blindspotting: Carlos López Estrada
  • Hereditary: Ari Aster
  • Nancy: Christina Choe
  • Shirkers: Sandi Tan
  • Sorry to Bother You: Boots Riley
  • A Star is Born: Bradley Cooper

Excellence In Direction: Overlooked or Alternative

  • Blindspotting: Carlos López Estrada
  • Border: Ali Abbasi
  • Happy as Lazzaro: Alice Rohrwacher
  • Leave No Trace: Debra Granik
  • The Rider: Chloé Zhao
  • Shoplifters: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Let The Sunshine In: Claire Denis

Best Director

  • BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee
  • The Favourite: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Happy as Lazzaro: Alice Rohrwacher
  • The Other Side Of the Wind: Orson Welles
  • Roma: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Sorry to Bother You: Boots Riley
  • You Were Never Really Here: Lynne Ramsay

Lifetime Achievement In Film

  • Spike Lee

Best Animated Film

  • Bao: Becky Neiman
  • Incredibles 2: Brad Bird, John Walker & Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, & Scott Rudin
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet: Clark Spencer
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Outstanding Film: Short or Experimental

  • Bao: Becky Neiman
  • Chuchotage (Susotázs): Andrea Kuczkó, Gábor Rajna, Gábor Sipos, Judit Stalter, Barnabás Tóth, & Lajos Tóth
  • Concussion Protocol: Laura Poitras
  • Hair Wolf: Valerie Steinberg
  • Madre: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
  • Magic Alps: Andrea Italia
  • A Siege (Ostrom): Nóra Alföldi, István Kovács, Ernö Mesterházy, & Mónika Mécs
  • Vox Lipoma: Cecilia Nessen
  • Zion: Carter Collins & Floyd Russ

Outstanding Film: Documentary

  • Free Solo: Jimmy Chin, Shannon Dill, Evan Hayes, & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • Minding the Gap: Bing Liu & Diane Moy Quon
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening: Joslyn Barnes, Su Kim, & RaMell Ross
  • Shirkers: Jessica Levin, Maya E. Rudolph, & Sandi Tan
  • Three Identical Strangers: Tara Elwood, Grace Hughes-Hallett, & Becky Read
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma, & Morgan Neville

Outstanding Film: Comedy

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, & David Yarnell
  • Deadpool 2: Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, & Ryan Reynolds
  • An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn: Sam Bisbee, Theodora Dunlap, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Andrew Starke, & Lucan Toh
  • The Favourite: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, & Lee Magiday
  • Sorry To Bother You: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, & Kelly Williams
  • Vice: Megan Ellison, Will Ferrell, Dede Gardner

Outstanding Film: Musical or Music Subject

  • Bohemian Rhapsody: Jim Beach & Graham King
  • The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Megan Ellison, Robert Graf, & Sue Naegle
  • Cold War: Ewa Puszczynska & Tanya Seghatchian
  • Mary Poppins Returns: John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, & Marc Platt
  • A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper, Bill Gerber, Lynette Howell Taylor, Jon Peters, & Todd Phillips

Outstanding Film: Art House Or Limited Release

  • A Bread Factory: Daryl Freimark, Matt Miller, & Patrick Wang
  • Burning: Chang-dong Lee, Joon-dong Lee, & Gwang-hee Ok
  • Capernaum: Michel Merkt & Khaled Mouzanar
  • Cold War: Ewa Puszczynska & Tanya Seghatchian
  • Eighth Grade: Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Christopher Storer, & Lila Yacoub
  • Happy As Lazzaro: Carlo Cresto-Dina, Gregory Gajos, Arthur Hallereau, Alexandra Henochsberg, Pierre-François Piet, Tiziana Soudani, & Michael Weber
  • Madeline’s Madeline: Krista Parris & Elizabeth Rao
  • Shoplifters: Hirokazu Koreeda, Kaoru Matsuzaki, Hijiri Taguchi, & Akihiko Yose
  • Song Of Sway Lake: Michael Bederman, Allison Rose Carter, Ari Gold, & Zak Kilberg

Artistic Achievement In Film (Top Prize)

  • BlacKkKlansman: Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele, & Shaun Redick
  • Border: Nina Bisgaard, Piodor Gustafsson, & Petra Jönsson
  • Burning: Chang-dong Lee, Joon-dong Lee, & Gwang-hee Ok
  • Cold War: Ewa Puszczynska & Tanya Seghatchian
  • The Favourite: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, & Lee Magiday
  • Minding the Gap: Bing Liu & Diane Moy Quon
  • Roma: Nicolás Celis, Alfonso Cuarón, & Gabriela Rodriguez
  • Shoplifters: Hirokazu Koreeda, Kaoru Matsuzaki, Hijiri Taguchi, & Akihiko Yose
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
  • Sorry To Bother You: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, & Kelly Williams

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The Nominees for the 4th Aceys: Artists’ Choice Film Awards

Best Performance In A Major Role

  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Olivia Coleman, The Favourite
  • Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
  • Tomasz Kot, Cold War
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me
  • Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Eva Melander, Border
  • Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here
  • J.D. Washington, BlacKkKlannsman

Best Performance In A Supporting Role

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Nina Arianda, Stan & Ollie
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Regina Hall, The Hate U Give
  • Russell Hornsby, The Hate U Give
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Michael Peña, Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Tessa Thompson, Sorry To Bother You
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
  • Steve Yuen, Burning

Best Performance by a New or Overlooked Talent

  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
  • Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians
  • Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting
  • Stephan James, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Joanna Kulig, Cold War
  • Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Robbie Sheehan, The Song Of Sway Lake
  • Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give
  • Tessa Thompson, Sorry To Bother You
  • Steven Yuen, Burning

Best Performance By An Ensemble

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn
  • The Favourite
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Shoplifters
  • Suspiria
  • Vice

Excellence in Cinematic Beauty & Technical Achievement

  • The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs: Bruno Delbonnel
  • Burning: Kyung-pyo Hong
  • Capernaum: Christopher Aoun
  • The Favourite: Robbie Ryan
  • Happy As Lazzaro: Hélène Louvart
  • If Beale Street Could Talk: James Laxton
  • Madeline’s Madeline: Ashley Conner
  • Roma: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Suspiria: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
  • We The Animals: Zak Mulligan

Excellence In Sound Recording, Edit, & Mix

  • Bohemian Rhapsody: John Casali, Tim Cavagin, Paul Massey, & John Warhurst
  • First Man: Mary Ellis, Ai-Ling Lee, Frank A. Montaño, & Jon Taylor
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout: Gilbert Lake, James H. Mather, Chris Munro, & Mike Prestwood Smith
  • A Quiet Place: Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor, & Ethan Van der Ryn
  • Roma: Craig Berkey, Steve Browell, Sergio Diaz, Craig Henighan, Skip Lievsay, & Liliana Villaseñor
  • A Star Is Born: Steven Morrow, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Jason Ruder, & Dean A. Zupancic

Excellence In Music: Score, Songs, or Soundtrack

  • Black Panther: Ludwig Göransson & Dave Jordan
  • BlacKkKlansman: Terence Blanchard & Rochelle Claerbaut
  • Happy As LazzaroKarol Mossakowski & Lina Cardillo
  • Mary Poppins: Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
  • The Song Of Sway Lake: Ethan Gold & Robin Urdang
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Daniel Pemberton & Kier Lehman
  • A Star Is Born: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell, Hillary Lindsey, Natalie Hemby, Lori McKenna, Nick Monson, Laul Blair, & Édith Piaf
  • Suspiria: Thom Yorke & Robin Urdang

Excellence in Production Design & Art Direction

  • Black Panther: Hannah Beachler & Alan Hook
  • BlacKkKlansman: Curt Beech & Marci Mudd
  • The Favourite: Fiona Crombie & Lynne Huitson
  • Sorry To Bother You: Jason Kisvarday & Stephen Dudro
  • Suspiria: Inbal Weinberg, Merlin Ortner, & Monica Sallustio

Excellence In Costume Design & Wardrobe

  • Black Panther: Ruth E. Carter
  • The Favourite: Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns: Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen Of Scots: Alexandra Byrne
  • The Nutcracker & the Four Realms: Jenny Beavan
  • Suspiria: Giulia Piersanti

Excellence in Hair & Makeup

  • Border: Erica Spetzig & Pamela Goldammer
  • The Favourite: Samantha Denyer
  • Mary Queen Of Scots: Jessica Brooks, Hannah Edwards, Sarah Kelly, & Marc Pilcher
  • Suspiria: Manolo García & Fernanda Perez
  • Vice: Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe & Patricia Dehaney

Best Analog or Digital Special Effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War: Daniel Sudick, Kaustubh Athavale, Aharon Bourland, Jeff Capogreco, Dan DeLeeuw, Rohit Prakash Gujar, Varun Hadkar, Laurie Pellard, Kelly Port, Doug Spilatro, & Charles Tait
  • Black Panther: Daniel Sudick, Geoffrey Baumann, Rohit Prakash Gujar, Stuart Lashley, & Kenneth Nelson
  • First Man: J.D. Schwalm & Paul Lambert
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story: Dominic Tuohy, Kenneth Au, & Megan Flood
  • Suspiria: Franco Ragusa & Luca Saviotti

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble

  • Black Panther: Jonathan Eusebio, Andy Gill, & Darrin Prescott
  • Deadpool 2: Scott J. Ateah & Jonathan Eusebio
  • The Debt Collector: Luke LaFontaine
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout: Wade Eastwood
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me: Domonkos Pardanyi & Gary Powell

Excellence in Editing

  • Black Panther: Debbie Berman & Michael P. Shawver
  • BlacKkKlansman: Barry Alexander Brown
  • First Man: Tom Cross
  • Hereditary: Lucian Johnston & Jennifer Lame
  • Shirkers: Lucas Celler, Kimberley Hassett, & Sandi Tan
  • Suspiria: Walter Fasano

Best Original Film Concept or Story

  • Sorry to Bother You: Boots Riley
  • The Favourite: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • A Quiet Place: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck
  • Happy As Lazzaro: Alice Rohrwacher
  • Roma: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Searching: Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman

Best Screenplay Adaptation of Work of Fiction or Nonfiction

  • BlacKkKlansman: Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, & Spike Lee
  • Border: Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, & John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Burning: Chang-dong Lee & Jungmi Oh
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk: Barry Jenkins

Best Original Screenplay

  • Beirut: Tony Gilroy
  • The Favourite: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • First Reformed: Paul Schrader
  • Roma: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Sorry to Bother You: Boots Riley
  • Vice: Adam McKay

Excellence In Directorial Debut

  • Blindspotting: Carlos López Estrada
  • Hereditary: Ari Aster
  • Nancy: Christina Choe
  • Shirkers: Sandi Tan
  • Sorry to Bother You: Boots Riley
  • A Star is Born: Bradley Cooper

Excellence In Direction: Overlooked or Alternative

  • Blindspotting: Carlos López Estrada
  • Border: Ali Abbasi
  • Happy as Lazzaro: Alice Rohrwacher
  • Leave No Trace: Debra Granik
  • The Rider: Chloé Zhao
  • Shoplifters: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Let The Sunshine In: Claire Denis

Best Director

  • BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee
  • The Favourite: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Happy as Lazzaro: Alice Rohrwacher
  • The Other Side Of the Wind: Orson Welles
  • Roma: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Sorry to Bother You: Boots Riley
  • You Were Never Really Here: Lynne Ramsay

Lifetime Achievement In Film

  • TBA

Best Animated Film

  • Bao: Becky Neiman
  • Incredibles 2: Brad Bird, John Walker & Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, & Scott Rudin
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet: Clark Spencer
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Outstanding Film: Short or Experimental

  • Bao: Becky Neiman
  • Chuchotage (Susotázs): Andrea Kuczkó, Gábor Rajna, Gábor Sipos, Judit Stalter, Barnabás Tóth, & Lajos Tóth
  • Concussion Protocol: Laura Poitras
  • Hair Wolf: Valerie Steinberg
  • Madre: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
  • Magic Alps: Andrea Italia
  • A Siege (Ostrom): Nóra Alföldi, István Kovács, Ernö Mesterházy, & Mónika Mécs
  • Vox Lipoma: Cecilia Nessen
  • Zion: Carter Collins & Floyd Russ

Outstanding Film: Documentary

  • Free Solo: Jimmy Chin, Shannon Dill, Evan Hayes, & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • Minding the Gap: Bing Liu & Diane Moy Quon
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening: Joslyn Barnes, Su Kim, & RaMell Ross
  • Shirkers: Jessica Levin, Maya E. Rudolph, & Sandi Tan
  • Three Identical Strangers: Tara Elwood, Grace Hughes-Hallett, & Becky Read
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma, & Morgan Neville

Outstanding Film: Comedy

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, & David Yarnell
  • Deadpool 2: Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, & Ryan Reynolds
  • An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn: Sam Bisbee, Theodora Dunlap, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Andrew Starke, & Lucan Toh
  • The Favourite: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, & Lee Magiday
  • Sorry To Bother You: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, & Kelly Williams
  • Vice: Megan Ellison, Will Ferrell, Dede Gardner

Outstanding Film: Musical or Music Subject

  • Bohemian Rhapsody: Jim Beach & Graham King
  • The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Megan Ellison, Robert Graf, & Sue Naegle
  • Cold War: Ewa Puszczynska & Tanya Seghatchian
  • Mary Poppins Returns: John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, & Marc Platt
  • A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper, Bill Gerber, Lynette Howell Taylor, Jon Peters, & Todd Phillips

Outstanding Film: Art House Or Limited Release

  • A Bread Factory: Daryl Freimark, Matt Miller, & Patrick Wang
  • Burning: Chang-dong Lee, Joon-dong Lee, & Gwang-hee Ok
  • Capernaum: Michel Merkt & Khaled Mouzanar
  • Cold War: Ewa Puszczynska & Tanya Seghatchian
  • Eighth Grade: Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Christopher Storer, & Lila Yacoub
  • Happy As Lazzaro: Carlo Cresto-Dina, Gregory Gajos, Arthur Hallereau, Alexandra Henochsberg, Pierre-François Piet, Tiziana Soudani, & Michael Weber
  • Madeline’s Madeline: Krista Parris & Elizabeth Rao
  • Shoplifters: Hirokazu Koreeda, Kaoru Matsuzaki, Hijiri Taguchi, & Akihiko Yose
  • Song Of Sway Lake: Michael Bederman, Allison Rose Carter, Ari Gold, & Zak Kilberg

Artistic Achievement In Film (Top Prize)

  • BlacKkKlansman: Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele, & Shaun Redick
  • Border: Nina Bisgaard, Piodor Gustafsson, & Petra Jönsson
  • Burning: Chang-dong Lee, Joon-dong Lee, & Gwang-hee Ok
  • Cold War: Ewa Puszczynska & Tanya Seghatchian
  • The Favourite: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, & Lee Magiday
  • Minding the Gap: Bing Liu & Diane Moy Quon
  • Roma: Nicolás Celis, Alfonso Cuarón, & Gabriela Rodriguez
  • Shoplifters: Hirokazu Koreeda, Kaoru Matsuzaki, Hijiri Taguchi, & Akihiko Yose
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
  • Sorry To Bother You: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, & Kelly Williams

 

 

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The Aceys Shortlist Of 2018 Short or Experimental Films & Where to Watch Them

Want to catch up on 2018 short and experimental films? We’ve compiled this handy list of some of our picks for the year’s best––and we included links where you can see them or learn more about them!

Film Name

Description

Where to watch online

(no paywall whenever possible)

’63 Boycott
(short)
63 Boycott chronicles the Chicago School boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly CPS students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis https://worldchannel.org/episode/lusa-63-boycott/?asset_slug=63-boycott-kl4eo7
Age of Sail
(short)
Set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery (voiced by Ian McShane), an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours. https://youtu.be/TH3HOcRayC8
All Inclusive
(doc short)
Director Corina Schwingruber Ilić sees the cruise (ship) as a microcosm of society in a confined space, where the opposites of our times collide: wealth and poverty, mass and loneliness, nature and artificiality, culture and commerce.
Animal Behaviour (short) Animated anthropomorphized characters in a therapy session… Oscar nominee
Aria
(short)
Athens, today. Seventeen-year-old, Aria working at the local kebab place, is waiting for a driving lesson with her father. trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKrQdZrpUsQ
Ayka A poor Kazakhstani woman without a job struggles to raise her child.
Bao
(short)
A Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from empty nest syndrome gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive. Oscar nominee https://www.amazon.com/Bao-Domee-Shi/dp/B07L6NXQRZ
Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)
(stop-action short)
Accompanied by a 10,000-year-old shape-shifter and friend known as Sabe, Biidaaban sets out on a mission to reclaim the ceremonial harvesting of sap from maple trees in an unwelcoming suburban neighbourhood in Ontario. excerpt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0MH29hym_0
Bilby
(short)
Set in the Australian outback, ‘Bilby’ follows the desert-dwelling marsupial Perry through the trials and tribulations of “parenthood” after he saves a defenseless chick from predators and inadvertently becomes her protector. Animated.
Bird Karma
(short)
A tale of a long-legged bird’s journey of blissful joy, inescapable greed and the accidental discovery of the consequences when too much is not enough. Animated.
Black Sheep
(short)
After the high-profile killing of Damilola Taylor, Cornelius’ family move out of London. But when they discover their new town is run by racists, Cornelius takes a drastic step to survive. Oscar nominee. Documentary. https://youtu.be/A-Y5zvnDxsI
Blue Christmas (short) On Christmas Eve, 1968, in a Scottish coastal town, a debt collector goes to work to avoid confronting his wife’s worsening psychosis at home.
Broccoli
(comedy short)
A man eats nothing but broccolli, which causes problems at work and gets him into conflict with a neighborhood hot dog vendor.
The Burden
(short)
An animated musical with animal personification and apocalyptic undertones. The story is divided into four episodes which takes place in a supermarket, a long term hotel, a call center and a hamburger restaurant.
Caroline
(short)
When plans fall through, a six-year-old is faced with a big responsibility on a hot Texas day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SegEkdXoA
Chuchotage
(short)
During a professional conference in Prague, two interpreters in the Hungarian booth realize that only one person is listening to them. They vie for her attention. trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY-Nq08SuYg
Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle) (experimental) A film by Nathaniel Dorsky in the spirit of the early Chinese landscape, shifting perspective and rediscovering abstract imagery. (info here)
Come On Mandy A possibly homeless is woman the center of this voyeuristic film about the complete indifference of her dog in in response to hearing its name repeated over and over again.
Concussion Protocol (doc short) Mesmerizing footage of every concussion of the 2017-18 NFL season, played in reverse. https://theintercept.com/2018/02/01/concussion-protocol/
Counterfeit Kunkoo (short) In a city overflowing with buildings and slums, Smita must find herself a house to rent. She is hard-working, honest and respectful – the ideal tenant – except for one glaring flaw. She is a middle-class Indian woman without a husband
Cyclists (Biciklisti) (animated short) The cycling season is nearing its grand finale. During the final race, the two men in the lead are competing for more than the Grand Trophy; they are fighting for the affection of a lady.
December
(short) (overly melodramatic)
An urban romance doesn’t work out.
Deer Boy
(short)
A story about a hunter’s son, who was born with antlers, and about how each man kills the thing he loves.
Detainment
(short)
Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993. Oscar nominee
Don’t Be A Hero (short) A middle-aged woman battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break. But after the adrenaline rush wears off, she still has to deal with her deeply unhappy life. Inspired by a true story. https://www.filmsshort.com/short-film-pages/dont-be-a-hero-peter-lee.html#.XFck5s9KhE4
Emergency
(short)
Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R9-ZsRAX3c
End Game
(documentary short)
Filmed and edited in intimate vérité style, this movie follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death and are dedicated to changing our thinking about both. Oscar nominee https://www.netflix.com/title/80210691
End Of The Line (short) A lonely man goes to the pet store and buys a tiny man in a cage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9yGEr-ote4
Fauve
(short)
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer… Oscar nominee https://vimeo.com/293033666
Feathers
(short)
Elizier, an emotionally-dejected new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School for Boys, must overcome memories of a tragic past and the present hazing by his peers in order to tackle larger issues dominating his young life.
The Fisherman (short) After his mother’s death, James travels to Mexico in search of the father he’s never known, armed only with his father’s last known whereabouts and his mother’s ring.
Gagarin, I Will Miss You (Gagarin, mi mancherai)
(short)
An astronaut falls, maybe to Earth. The exploration of this mysterious place uncovers the nature of the voyage as well as the identity of the traveller. (if you like films that never explain and leave you wondering for weeks afterward, this is for you.) trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXTKMGviLII
Gingerbread
(short)
The Lincolns’ debate having a seance in the White House to help them grieve over the loss of their young son, Robert.
Great Choice
(short)
A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial. trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sabqgSDrICw
Hair Wolf
(short)
The staff of a black hair salon fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture. HBO starts Feb 11th!

https://www.hbo.com/search?q=hair%20wolf&page=1&size=5

trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Br1RhxPyc

Icare
(short)
Despite the huge developments in modern aviation, an inventor is obsessed with achieving his dearest dream: to fly using nothing but his arms.
III
(animated short)
Middle aged woman and man meet in a waiting room. Slowly, they get closer. He helps her take off her heavy, black fur coat that covers her naked body. That’s how the game between them begins: they keep seducing and exposing themselves. Their hands reach inside their bodies in which organs resemble floral forms. (Info here)
Irish Prince
(short)
On the day of his 56th anniversary a town elder tells of how he met his wife. However his mates find the story a bit too familiar. https://vimeo.com/263067241
Late Afternoon (short) An elderly woman drifts back through her memories. She exists between two states, the past and the present. Oscar nominee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsWbnTTzBBM
Lifeboat
(short)
Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night. Documentary. Oscar nominee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6KafHaD1ZM
The Lion
(short)
A corporate recording session implodes when a seasoned voice over artist is pushed to his breaking point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNBKWdymfLI
The Lion And His Wall
(documentary short)
An L.A. mural artist describes his passion project, a giant, building-sized mural.
Los Comandos (short) In El Salvador, gang violence has overrun the country, disproportionately targeting children and teenagers, and turning it into ‘The Murder Capital of the World’. The emergency medical unit, Los Commandos de Salvamento is one of the few institutions standing up to the gangs’ reign of terror, and is a place of refuge and community for young people. 16 year old Mimi is a dedicated Commando caught in the violence. When her friend and fellow Commando, 12 year old Erick Beltran, is gunned down while serving, she faces pressure to leave El Salvador and Los Commandos, and head north for a better life.
Lost & Found
(short)
A clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life. https://youtu.be/35i4zTky9pI
Magic ’85
(short)
Gabriel helps Trevor to a conscious death during the height of the AIDS epidemic in Los Angeles in 1985.
Magic Alps
(short)
Italian border authorities are confounded by a refugee who insists that his goat is part of his family trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=376inPuHaWQ
Marguerite
(short)
An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past. Oscar nominee.
Maude
(short)
When Teeny arrives to a gorgeous home for what she thinks is just another routine babysitting job, she is shocked to see who answers the door. Over the course of the day, Teeny decides to become the woman she had no idea she always wanted to be. Until she gets caught.
May Day
(short)
A dozen desperate job seekers find themselves trapped in the most awkward job interview ever.
Mother
(short)
While at home in her apartment with her own mother in Spain, a woman gets a phone call from her six-year-old son, who’s on holiday in France with his father. Every parent’s nightmare ensues. Oscar nominee.
My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes
short)
A filmmaker tries to uncover a better understanding of his deceased father through the random objects he inherited, including a pile of VHS dirty movies. Oscar nominee https://youtu.be/eLhctg8j5kI
A Night At The Garden (Nancy) Archival footage of an American Nazi rally that attracted 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden in 1939, shortly before the beginning of World War 2. Oscar nominee. https://youtu.be/MxxxlutsKuI
One Small Step (short) A Chinese-American girl named Luna dreams of becoming an astronaut. Oscar nominee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWd4mzGqQYo
Paseo
(short)
The story of Luna, a Chinese-American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut.
Pépé le Morse (short) On the windy and cloudy beach, Granny is praying, Mum is shouting, the sisters don’t care, Lucas is alone. Grandpa was a weird guy, now he’s dead.
Period. End of Sentence.
(short)
In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. Documentary. Oscar nominee.
Redemption Square (short) A journey into the hidden world of Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.
Shadow Cut
(short)
A restless young man approaches adulthood in rural New Zealand. He spends an afternoon with his best friend, struggling to confide his plans for the future.
A Siege (Ostrom) Very realistic and gritty wartime drama… about the little ways that the war touched lives and the sacrifices women made to survive. trailer:
https://www.asiegefilm.com/media-horizon/
Skin
(short)
A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash. Oscar nominee
Umbra (Tariki)
(short)
A few minutes after midnight, the young lady realizes that her partner disappeared after their sex. She goes out worried to seek her partner in the darkness of streets.
Todo se calma (short) Engulfed in her home, a woman makes plans to not leave the house. (info here)
Token
(short)
A young black girl struggles to feel accepted by her white surroundings.
The Trader (Sovdagari)
(short)
A traveling trader provides a window into rural life in the Republic of Georgia, where potatoes are currency and ambition is crushed by poverty. https://www.netflix.com/title/80209006
Vox Lipoma A short about Ingmar Bergman’s power, sexuality and facial lipoma that gives him no rest.
Wale
(short)
An 18 year old youth offender is trying to get his own business going as a mechanic. But enterprise isn’t so easy when you’re a young, black male with a criminal past. And it doesn’t get any easier when you’re framed by one of your new clients for a harrowing crime.
Weekends
(short)
Weekends have been the glimmer of hope for the working youth. Kevin, PPT and Pari are 3 colleagues, who are also in pursuit of that elusive perfect Weekend. But somehow their plans always end up getting cancelled. Oscar nominee https://www.kanopy.com/wayf/product/weekends
Women of the Gulag (short) The film tells the story of the last known group of women who survived being held in the Soviet-era forced labor camps called Gulag.
Zion
(short)
A portrait of Zion Clark, a young wrestler who was born without legs and grew up in foster care. https://www.netflix.com/title/80239831

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