Film Bits: ‘La La Land’ Wins Big at Weekend Awards Ceremonies

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‘La La Land’ Makes Golden Globes History


La La Land won big at last night’s Golden Globes, earning a record 7 statues and sweeping its nominations, including Best Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Actor and Actress Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Score, and Best Song. This continues the trend of Awards Season, largely building off the momentum of various critic society awards. Moonlight took home Best Picture Drama, confirming that this year’s Oscars would be a battle between these two heavyweights. In a surprising moment from the night, Aaron Taylor-Johnson won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Nocturnal Animals, beating out the favorite Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, another battle which is sure to be play out once more next month during the Oscars. Host Jimmy Fallon received poor to mixed reviews, which is about in keeping with his whole shtick anyway—can we finally get over Jimmy Fallon now? No? Sigh. Click here for the full list of winners.

(The Golden Globes)

Houston Film Critics Society Announces 2016 Winners


Last Friday, the Houston Film Critics Society, representing movie critics from TV, radio, print, and the internet, and which this writer belongs to, hosted their tenth annual Houston Film Critics Awards, celebrating the best films of 2016 at a ceremony in Houston, Texas. Once again, La La Land was the big winner, racking up 7 awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. Tower took home the Texas Independent Filmmaking Award for its stunning and visceral look at the UT clock tower shooting, while Taylor Sheridan won Best Screenplay for Hell or High Water. For the full list of winners, see below.

Texas Independent Filmmaking Award: Tower

Best Picture: La La Land

Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Screenplay: Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land

Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

Best Original Song: “City of Stars”, La La Land

Best Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Foreign Film: The Handmaiden

Technical Achievement: For Outstanding Production Design, La La Land

Best Documentary: O.J.: Made in America

Best Poster: Theatrical A, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

(Houston Film Critics Society)

‘Rogue One’ Remains Unstoppable


Rogue One continues to top the box office charts, coming in at number one for the fourth week in a row, taking in $21.9 million. Nipping closely at its heels was Hidden Figures, which brought in $21.8 million, giving the latest Star Wars a run for its money. The animated Sing wasn’t too far behind either, bringing in $19.5 million in its third week of release. Rounding out the top five were the newcomer Underworld: Blood Wars, with $13.1 million, and La La Land, which earned an even $10 million in its fifth week of release. For the full top ten, see below.

  1. Rogue One-$21.9 million
  2. Hidden Figures-$21.8 million
  3. Sing-$19.5 million
  4. Underworld: Blood Wars-$13.1 million
  5. La La Land-$10 million
  6. Passengers-$8.8 million
  7. Why Him?-$6.5 million
  8. Moana-$6.4 million
  9. Fences-$4.7 million
  10. Assassin’s Creed-$3.8 million

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