Sunday, February 21, 2010

Weekly Awards Round-Up - Feb. 15-21, 2010

The Writers Guild of America announced the winners of their awards on Feb. 20. Mark Boal won Best Original Screenplay for The Hurt Locker, while Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won Best Adapted Screenplay for Up in the Air. Best Documentary Screenplay went to Mark Monrow for The Cove. More information can be found here.

The winners of the BAFTAs (the British equivalent of the Academy Awards) were announced on Feb. 21. The Hurt Locker won six awards - Best Picture, Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Best Original Screenplay (Mark Boal), Best Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd), Best Film Editing (Bob Murawski and Chris Innis) and Best Sound. Avatar won two awards - Best Visual Effects and Best Production Design. The Young Victoria won both Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hair. Up also walked away with two trophies - Best Animated Film and Best Score (Michael Giacchino). Duncan Jones was given the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Moon. Fish Tank won Outstanding British Film, while A Prophet won Best Foreign Film. Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner picked up yet another Best Adapted Screenplay award for Up in the Air. I Do Air won the award for Best Live-Action Short Film, and Mother of Many won Best Short Animated Film. Colin Firth won Best Actor for A Single Man, Carey Mulligan won Best Actress for An Education, Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for Inglourious Basterds, and Mo'Nique won Best Supporting Actress for Precious. Kristen Stewart was given the Orange Rising Star Award. More information can be found here.

The winners of the London Critics Circle Awards were announced on Feb. 18, and they include A Prophet for Best Film and Fish Tank for Best British Film. [The Guardian]

A Serious Man was named Best Film of 2009 by the International Cinephile Society on Feb. 17. Indiewire has the complete list of winners.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb. 20. [Yahoo]

At the Academy Award nominees luncheon on Feb. 15, Oscar telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic suggested that the nominees have two acceptance speeches prepared for March 7 - the first being something fun and/or inspirational, about what winning the award means personally and leaves out the "boring" laundry list of thank-yous; the second being said laundry list, which the nominees can read off into a "Thank You Cam" as they exit the stage at the Kodak Theater.

At the luncheon, Shankman and Mechanic also announced that the five nominees for the Best Original Song Academy Award will not be performed at this year's ceremony. [Deadline Hollywood]


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