Here are a few predictions for tonight’s awards ceremony. By the second Saturday of the fest, there are competition standouts that make a fest-goer 65 - 70% sure of the major category winners. This year, I feel about 20% sure. Which is good! A majority of the movies I saw at this year’s festival were somewhere on the good-to-great scale. And movies that one person adored, another loathed — that’s a good thing. I personally don’t want a movie I love to be universally accepted. I’ll explain that feeling another time. Anyway, without a frontrunner in any category, here are a few blind picks for tonight’s awards (made because it’s a silly guessing game — had to leave out a lot of films I loved off this list). Thoughts?
U. S. Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: Dear White People
U. S. Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: The Overnighters
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: 52 Tuesdays
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: The Green Prince
Audience Award, U. S. Dramatic: Whiplash
Audience Award, U.S. Documentary: No No: A Dockumentary
Audience Award, World Cinema Dramatic: God Help the Girl
Audience Award, World Cinema, Documentary: The Green Prince
Audience Award, Best of NEXT: Land Ho!
Directing Award, U. S. Dramatic: Fishing Without Nets
Directing Award, U. S. Documentary: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Directing Award, World Cinema Dramatic: Blind
Directing Award, World Cinema Documentary: 20,000 Days On Earth
Cinematography Award, U. S. Dramatic: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Cinematography Award, U. S. Documentary: All the Beautiful Things
Cinematography Award, World Cinema Dramatic: White Shadow
Cinematography Award, World Cinema Documentary: We Come as Friends
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic: Infinitely Polar Bear
Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic: To Kill a Man
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: I Origins (inevitable and already announced!)
And if any of the special awards from last year carry over….
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting: Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig, The Skeleton Twins
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Sound Design: Whiplash
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Wetlands
Editing Award, U. S. Documentary: CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart
Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary: The Notorious Mr. Bout
A Sundance Recap!
Kristen Stewart Sheds Her Skin in Sundance Entry Camp X-Ray (plus Whiplash, Dinosaur 13, and Locke)
Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens Becomes an Action Star in Sundance Entry The Guest (plus Frank, God’s Pocket, and Fishing Without Nets)
Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Jenny Slate Move On From S.N.L. in Style at Sundance (incl. Skeleton Twins, Obvious Child, Young Ones, Obvious and I Origins)
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a Masterful Return to His Slacker Roots (plus Dear White People, Low Down and Love is Strange)
Plus thoughts on Whiplash, Locke (starring Tom Hardy), Dinosaur 13 and more from Sundance.
Kristen Stewart as a Guantanamo Bay prison guard?
A new Sundance video blog! Talking the wild, Lynchian Escape from Tomorrow, which was shot entirely at Disneyworld (and without permission).
Why not? We’ll find out the winners at 7p MT. For now, I’m guessing and if I get any right, I can brag! But minimal bragging.
US Dramatic Grand Jury: Fruitvale
US Dramatic Audience Award: The Spectacular Now
US Dramatic Directing: John Krokidas for Kill Your Darlings
US Documentary Grand Jury: Blackfish
US Documentary Audience Award: Twenty Feet from Stardom
US Documentary Directing: The Team of 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film
World Dramatic Grand Jury: Circles
World Dramatic Audience Award: What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love
World Dramatic Directing: Sean Ellis for Metro Manila
World Documentary Grand Jury: Fire in Blood
World Documentary Audience Award: The Summit
World Documentary Directing: Nick Ryan for The Summit
Best of Next: Escape from Tomorrow
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Toy’s House
Operation Kino 98: The Sundance Film Festival And The End Of Fringe
This week on Operation Kino, we’re throwing out the usual format for plenty of reasons— none of the week’s new releases screened in time for us to see them, David is off recovering from surgery, and Katey and Patches are still (yes, still) at the Sundance Film Festival, where nightmares like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters can’t hurt them. So we’re devoting most of this week’s show to Sundance, discussing the festival with special guest Brian Moylan, and then tossing in a bonus tidbit from Da7e as he talks about the series finale of Fringe.
Amazingly, Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs biopic is not the worst thing ever!
One is hilarious, one gave me 18 fucking panic attacks.
New video blog from Sundance! I’m wearing a cat hat!
Saw this at midnight and had a blast. Ridiculous.
The follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset solidifies the series as the ultimate love story.