Category Archives: awards

Hollywood’s New Leaders in Film

Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and […]

Gotham Awards Once Again Remind of the Oscar Season Possibilities

It’s rather wonderful that the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project is always the one to get the awards season ball rolling with its nominations for the annual Gotham Awards. The organization’s process, recognizing a narrow field of categories decided by separate, tight-knit juries, is unusual, and certainly nowhere near the film Academy’s methodology. So the […]

APSA to Honor Late Abbas Kiarostami, Newcomer Ilgar Najaf

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are to honor the late Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami with a special prize. It has commended Kiarostami’s final feature “24 Frames” and will give him posthumous admission to the APSA Academy. “’24 Frames’ is an exquisite reverie on scenes from nature. Through still, but precise frames, and aided by subtle staging […]

Hollywood’s New Leaders in Law and Finance

Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and […]

Busan: ‘Gasoline’ Fills up at Project Market Awards

Oh Seung-uk’s “Gasoline” from Korea was the front runner Tuesday at the Asian Project Market (APM), part of the Busan Film Festival. It picked up the Lotte award of $8,900 (KRW10 million) and the MONEFF award that provides $20,000 worth of post-production services. Bui Thac Chuyen’s “Glorious Ashes” (Vietnam) won the Busan award of $15,000. […]

‘Icarus,’ ‘LA 92’ Among Initial IDA Documentary Awards Nominees

The International Documentary Assn. has announced its initial round of nominees for the 33rd annual IDA Documentary Awards. Nominations for best feature and short, along with awards for creative recognition, will be announced on Nov. 1. The 33rd annual IDA Documentary Awards will take place on Dec. 9. Pare Lorentz Award “Watani: My Homeland” (Recipient) […]

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’ Takes Top Honors at London Film Festival

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” has won the award for best film at the BFI London Film Festival, the second time that the Russian director has claimed the honor. The film, about a boy who vanishes while his parents undergo an acrimonious divorce, is Russia’s entry in the foreign-language Oscar race. The festival jury, headed by director […]

Salesforce Chairman Marc Benioff to Receive Variety’s EmPOWerment Award

Proving it is possible to close the pay gap between women and men in the workforce, enterprise software company Salesforce, under chairman and CEO Marc Benioff, has effectively bridged that disparity for its 28,000 global employees. Salesforce’s cloud-based, customer relationship management program allows businesses to manage their sales, service and marketing online rather than spending […]

‘Sweet Country’ Leads Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations

Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country” emerged as an early favorite in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The Australian race tension drama received nominations on Friday in three APSA categories, including best film. Two other films collected three nominations — Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “The Third Murder” and Georgian director Sashishi Deda’s “Scary Mother” – though neither is in […]

Playback: Willem Dafoe on ‘The Florida Project’ and a Return to Superhero Movies in ‘Aquaman’

Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. Willem Dafoe is making waves for his performance in Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” the critically-acclaimed story of a community of extended-stay motel guests in Central Florida. He plays the kind-hearted property manager Bobby in the […]