Monday Movie Report: Directors Guild, animation awards announced

“Roma” is continuing its good run this award season, picking up another big win in the Oscar race on Saturday.

At the 71st Directors Guild of America Awards ceremony Saturday, Alfonso Cuaron won the top prize for feature film. The win follows the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards also giving Cuaron the top honor for directing.

Other winners from the DGA awards was Tim Wardle earning the Documentary directing honor for the picture “Three Identical Strangers” and Bo Burnham receiving the First-Time Feature Film director prize for Eighth Grade.

Another ceremony taking place Saturday was the International Animated Film Association Awards, better known as the “Annies.” Winning the top prize, and numerous other awards, was “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

The full list of winners was:

Best Animated Feature

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Animated Feature-Independent

  • Mirai

Best Animated Special Production

  • Mary Poppins Returns

Best Animated Short Subject

  • Weekends, Past Lives Productions

Best Virtual Reality Production

  • Crow: The Legend

Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production

  • Cesar Velazquez, Marie Tollec, Alexander Moaveni, Peter DeMund, Ian J. Coony, Ralph Breaks The Internet

Character Animation In An Animated Feature Production

  • David Han, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Character Animation in a Live Action Production

  • Chris Sauve, James Baxter, Sandro Cleuzo, Mary Poppins Returns

Character Design In An Animated Feature Production

  • Shiyoon Kim, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Directing In An Animated Feature Production

  • Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Music in an Animated Feature Production

  • Michael Giacchino, Incredibles 2

Production Design In An Animated Feature Production

  • Justin K. Thompson, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

  • Dean Kelly, Incredibles 2

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

  • Bryan Cranston (as Chief), Isle of Dogs

Writing In An Animated Feature Production

  • Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Editorial In An Animated Feature Production

  • Bob Fisher, Andrew Leviton, Vivek Sharma,Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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It was a rather slow weekend at the box office, with none of the pictures in theaters earning more than $10 million. Despite the low numbers, though, execs should be pleased by the performance of “Glass,” which won the No. 1 spot again.

The full top five this weekend was:

1. Glass – $9,535,000
2. The Upside – $8,850,000
3. Miss Bala – $6,700,000
4. Aquaman – $4,785,000
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – $4,410,000

For the upcoming weekend, meanwhile, new releases include the animated sequel “The LEGO Movie 2,” the comedy “What Men Want,” the action thriller “Cold Pursuit” and the horror film “The Prodigy.”

For the small screen, home releases this week are:

  • Widows, my rating: 2.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.88 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%.
  • The Grinch, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.5 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 57%.
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.39 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 40%.
  • The Sisters Brothers, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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