Monday Movie Report: Mortensen, Jackman and Close earn fest honors

Viggo Mortensen, whose latest work in the new movie “Green Book” is getting noticed this award season, will be honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Taking place from Jan. 30-Feb. 9, the fest will give its American Riviera award to Mortensen. The festival’s website states that the award is given for outstanding achievement in American Film.

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Monday Movie Report: Hollywood Film Award results

The season of gold statues got underway Sunday night with the Hollywood Film Awards ceremony, where numerous 2018 movies were honored for a wide array of aspects.

Hosted by actress and comedian Awkwafina, the HFA took place in Beverly Hills and marks the first major event of award season, with the Gotham Independent Film Awards coming next on Nov. 26. While not the most prestigious ceremony of the award season bunch, the HFA still provide an opportunity to gain some notoriety and get the word out about some contenders.

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Monday Movie Report: ‘Shape of Water’ earns another award, Huppert receives lifetime achievement honor in Rome

“The Shape of Water,” which won the Oscar for Best Picture at the most recent Academy Awards, isn’t finished collecting hardware just yet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film earned Best Production Design Saturday evening from the Directors Guild of Canada in Toronto. Paul Austerberry, responsible for the production design work on the film, also took home the Oscar for the same category at the Academy Awards.

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Monday Movie Report: ‘Green Book’ wins big at Toronto film fest

The comedy drama “Green Book” secured itself as an award season contender this weekend, winning top honors at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Peter Farrelly, won the Grolsch People’s Choice Audience Award. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Green Book” took the top spot, while director Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” earned runner-up. Jenkins’ 2016 film “Moonlight” went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

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Does the Academy need a new category for unique performances?

Every year the Academy Awards are given to deserving nominees in the best actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress categories. Despite some upsets here and undeserving winners there, most of the time, the argument can be made that the Academy gets the awards right.

The problem is that, despite having deserving winners and more so deserving nominees, there is still a category of performances that are left out. They are the more unique forms of acting. The ones where the actor can’t necessarily be seen, but the performance can still have a major effect on the audience.

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