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‘Tár’ Named Film of the Year at London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Todd Field’s Tár claimed the top prize at the 43rd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday night, where it was named film of the year. Meanwhile, Cate Blanchett won actress of the year — the third time she has done so — and Field landed director of the year. Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin was […]

Mental Health Visibility Only Goes So Far at the Oscars

Disability is usually the last identity category most people think of when we talk collectively about bolstering diversity, equity and inclusion across institutions — yet disabled people comprise the most diverse minoritized population in the world. After all, anyone can become disabled at any time. Disability is also often invisible: Think of how many people […]

Feinberg Snapshot: 10 Oscar Contenders That Have Been Overlooked and Undersung

Best Picture Thirteen Lives Ron Howard’s masterful portrait of the 2018 Thai cave rescue may have been hindered by a summer release and/or following the 2021 doc The Rescue. It deserves another look. Best Director Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick Maverick is one of 2022’s most critically and commercially successful films. It didn’t direct itself. […]

‘Aftersun’ Writer-Director Charlotte Wells on the Ambiguity of Her Personal Film: “I Had to Know What All the Answers Were”

One of the most important elements of A24’s Aftersun is its ambiguity; the tender, stark story of a father-daughter vacation plays with memory, leaving small hints about the eventual fate of its protagonist but leaving things mostly up to the audience to fill in. As the writer-director of what has become one of this awards […]

Charlotte Wells’ ‘Aftersun’ Dominates Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

Charlotte Wells’ father-and-child drama Aftersun has dominated the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards by earning four trophies, including best picture and best director. Wells’ debut feature about a young Scottish father on summer holiday with his tween daughter also earned star Paul Mescal the best actor crown, while Wells nabbed the best first feature prize. Aftersun […]

Debut Directors of ‘Smile’ and ‘Causeway’ Compete for a DGA Honor

Eric Appel (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story) Famous parody musician “Weird Al” Yankovic co-wrote the script of his own satirical biopic, which stars Daniel Radcliffe in the title role. Appel’s film charts Yankovic’s rise to fame as well as his fictionalized relationship with Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood). Elegance Bratton (The Inspection) Bratton’s first narrative feature […]

The Great British and Irish Film and TV Breakouts of 2022

The Oscars broke with tradition in 2022 by being somewhat light in winners from across the Atlantic, but normality looks likely to resume in 2023 — largely thanks to Martin McDonagh’s beloved Irish tragicomedy The Banshees of Inisherin. There are also a few other major U.K. heavyweights in the running, with Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins […]

‘Banshees of Inisherin,’ ‘Aftersun‘ Top London Critics’ Circle Nominations

Homegrown features lead the pack at the 43rd annual London Critics’ Circle film awards. The Banshees of Inisherin, Martin McDonagh’s Venice-bowing dark tragicomedy set on the West coast of Ireland, goes into the next year’s awards with nine nominations, while Aftersun, Scottish director Charlotte Wells’ acclaimed directorial debut, lurks just behind with eight noms. Announced Wednesday […]

Critics’ Conversation: The Great Film Performances of 2022

The year in acting was particularly rich for women, from the brilliant Blanchett and the sublime Seydoux to breakouts like Danielle Deadwyler and astonishing non-English-language turns flying — frustratingly — under the radar.

British Independent Film Awards: Charlotte Wells‘ ’Aftersun’ Wins 7 Honors, Including Best Film

Charlotte Wells’ debut feature Aftersun, starring Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio, was the big winner at this year’s British Independent Film Awards in London, earning seven honors from 16 nominations. The drama about a father and daughter’s complex relationship won the awards for best British independent film, presented by Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People, Where the […]

British Independent Film Awards: 25 Years of Being “Trendsetters,” “Guinea Pigs” and Giving Early Honors to Florence Pugh, Letitia Wright (and Many, Many More)

At the first British Independent Film Awards ceremony back in 1998, among the nominees for best British independent film was Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the directorial debut of a young(ish) Guy Ritchie and a film that propelled him (plus Jason Statham and producer Matthew Vaughn) straight into the big league. It was Ritchie’s first brush with film […]

British Independent Film Awards: ‘Aftersun’ Tops Craft Winners

Aftersun, the debut feature from Charlotte Wells that stars Paul Mescal, has topped the craft categories at the 2022 British Independent Film Awards. The drama, which became a breakout sensation in Cannes, where it was nabbed by A24 and Mubi, won three awards, including in the best cinematography category for Gregory Oke, for best editing […]