U.K. critics gave the film seven nominations, with 'The Irishman' and '1917' just behind with six.
Joanna Hogg's Sundance-bowing autobiographical drama The Souvenir leads the pack of nominees for the 2020 London Critics' Circle film awards.
Announced Tuesday, the U.K.'s top film critics gave the title seven nominations, including film, screenwriter, actor for Tom Burke, supporting actress for Tilda Swinton and young performer Swinton's daughter Honor Swinton Byrne. The film was also shortlisted for British/Irish film of the year.
Further down, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman and Sam Mendes' 1917 landed six nominations each, while Marriage Story, Pain and Glory and Parasite landed five. The remaining four films in contention for film of the year are Joker, Knives Out, Midsommar and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
Elsewhere, multiple nominees include Florence Pugh, shortlisted as lead actress in Midsommar, supporting actress in Little Women and as British/Irish Actress for her body of work over the year. Those receiving double nominations include Bong Joon Ho, Pedro Almodóvar and Burke.
"Because our critics see almost everything that's released, they nominated more than 200 movies across their ballots," said awards chair Rich Cline. "And as usual, we have also made some surprise choices in our voting, which makes our list of nominees stand out in the current awards season. In addition, we've selected four women specifically for their work as writers and directors and highlighted work in films that tend to get overlooked this time of year."
The awards will be held in London's May Fair Hotel on Jan. 30, with Veep actress Sally Phillips on presenting duties.
As has earlier been announced, the London Critics' Circle film awards 2020 will also see Aardman Animations honored with a special award to commemorate the Circle's 40th anniversary, while Sally Potter and Sandy Powell will be presented with the Dilys Powell award for excellence in cinema.
The Television Academy is adjusting the eligibility and voting deadlines for this year’s Primetime Emmy calendar in response to concerns made by TV communication executives and awards strategists in the current coronavirus climate.
The dates for the Creative Emmy Awards and Primetime Emmy shows remain unchanged respectively on Sept. 12-13 and Sept. 20, and will only be moved should state and national safety directives deem them to be, should the coronavirus worsen.
This morning’s big changes involve the entry deadline moving close to four weeks from May 11 to June 5, and the Phase one voting period jumping from June 15-29 to July 2-13 with the new nominations announcement date being July 28 instead of July 14. The Phase one period thus shrinks from 15 days to 12 days.
Phase 2 voting, which was originally set for Aug 17-31, will start slightly later, and shave off four days, now occurring between Aug. 21-31.
Also being extended is the eligibility date for hanging episodes for regular series and limited series, as the TV Academy takes into account production and programming delays. Now, all hanging episodes must broadcast or post on an accessible platform by June 30, instead of May 31. Both regular and limited series must still premiere by the end of this year’s eligibility date which remains May 31. A minimum of six episodes continues to be required for a show to be qualified in the series category. A limited series in its entirety must air or post on a platform before June 30, and if it doesn’t, then the limited series will qualify in the 2020-2021 Emmy year.
Meanwhile, all TV Academy FYC events “whether with a live audience, streaming or recorded for posting on a viewing platform” per the org remain suspended for the current Emmy season.
In recent weeks, the TV Academy appeared to be standing firm on their original voting and eligibility dates. However, TV publicists and Emmy campaign strategists reportedly voiced their reservations about promoting too heavily and too soon, thus wanting to exercise a greater degree of sensitivity in a spring that’s been rocked by COVID-19: Many productions have shut down, leaving many out of work, and the whole atmosphere across the nation is rather dour as we all self quarantine. Emmy season has traditionally been decked with glam marketing, billboards, food trucks, stunt events, big DVD boxes and soirees. Earlier this year, to tame some of that, the TV Academy banned DVD mailers to voters, and in doing so, favored online screeners. The hope here with the TV Academy’s tweaking of the FYC calendar is that we’ll be on the other side of the curve in regards to coronavirus, and in a lighter-spirited environment. Between the entertainment capitals, New York City currently counts 23K COVID-19 cases and 365 deaths as of yesterday while Los Angeles counts 1,2K cases...
The Sundance Institute has postponed its annual festivals in both London and Hong Kong, with new dates still pending. The news, sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, comes as Sundance said it has made the decision to “reimagine the 58 live programs we had planned through August 2020.”
Sundance London is the UK spinoff of the Park City festival, and typically runs in the spring at Picturehouse Central, highlighting a selection of pics and filmmakers from the main January event.
Sundance Institute said today that among other events affected are the 2020 season of summer Labs in Utah and its Film Music Program at Skywalker Ranch. The decision also applies to the full slate of planned workshops and intensives which will no longer be in-person gatherings.
Most programs will be adapted “to offer meaningful and uninterrupted support through our digital platform for artists, Sundance Co//ab.” The first adapted live program, on the subject of making and launching a short film, ran on the platform last Friday and saw more than 1,600 participants register.
Said Sundance Institute, “We are inspired by everyone who is using this time of fear and uncertainty to find meaning in the form of poems, stories, essays, images, and ideas. The scale and urgency of this challenge are extraordinary, but so are the resilience, generosity, and community we have seen from our global community of artists. If we can approach this moment with that spirit, and listen to those who embody it, we can weather this crisis with our humanity intact and reimagine a future where we are more connected than ever before.”
Sundance Co//ab's webinars, member Q&As and masterclasses are now open at no cost and offer “the potential to gather independent creators… at a time when many are in need of community, mentorship, inspiration, and collective action.”
The Institute also noted it has set aside a fund for artist support, and is working to determine how best to provide assistance. Further, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Sundance Institute is expanding and accelerating a previously-planned initiative around field sustainability to meet urgent needs that have been raised by artists and peer arts organizations, launching biweekly virtual field meetings “dedicated to addressing these timely problems.”
In addition, the joint initiative with the NEA includes a national research committee to gather and conduct relevant, actionable studies and data collection, particularly regarding the economic and social impact of the coronavirus on artists.
Looking ahead to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, the org says, “We are in conversations with other film festivals and nonprofits to share ideas, and to ensure that we're eliminating...