Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for Best Director Oscar

Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for a Best Director Oscar because she’s a member of the Academy’s acting branch. The 36-year-old first rose to fame as an actress in films such as Frances Ha, No Strings Attached, and Jackie, so when she was …

Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for a Best Director Oscar because she’s a member of the Academy’s acting branch.

The 36-year-old first rose to fame as an actress in films such as Frances Ha, No Strings Attached, and Jackie, so when she was asked to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016, she was invited as an actor, meaning she can only vote on the acting categories for the annual Academy Awards.

However, Gerwig recently moved into writing and directing with 2017’s Lady Bird and 2019’s Little Women, for which many hoped she would be nominated for Best Director. She was ultimately snubbed in the category in favour of all-male nominees, something which caused an uproar on social media.

In an interview with Variety, Gerwig said that while she had no expectations of being nominated, “there was clearly a chance,” and added, “There’s probably a handful of votes that went that way. I mean, mine did – oh no, I can’t!”

The filmmaker then explained that she was planning to switch branches from acting to directing and commented: “I think that the directors’ branch could probably stand to bolster its lady numbers… This will go to the top of my to-do list!”

Little Women received six Oscar nominations, including a nod for Best Picture. And Gerwig was also thrilled that her partner Noah Baumbach landed six nominations for his movie Marriage Story.

“It felt like it (the Best Picture nomination) was for everyone… So, there was a lot of ecstatic texting among the Little Women chain,” she continued. “Noah’s across the room, and he was like, ‘I got six too!’ I don’t know, it was an amazing day.”

Elsewhere, Gerwig confessed that she had been carefully monitoring the impressive box office performance of Little Women because she knows the takings dictate whether she gets another opportunity to direct, something she really wants.

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Parasite lands top prize at London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Parasite was named Film of the Year at the 40th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Thursday night.The South Korean thriller landed the Film of the Year honour, while Bong Joon Ho was named Director of the Year.The filmmaker took to the stage …

Parasite was named Film of the Year at the 40th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Thursday night.

The South Korean thriller landed the Film of the Year honour, while Bong Joon Ho was named Director of the Year.

The filmmaker took to the stage at London’s May Fair Hotel and thanked his cast and crew for their work on the movie, calling his wins a “huge honour”.

His film is also up for four awards at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, two weeks after Parasite became the first foreign-language movie to win Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Parasite will also compete for six Oscars, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best International Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay.

The other double winners at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards were Marriage Story, which won Screenwriter of the Year for director Noah Baumbach and Supporting Actress of the Year for Laura Dern, and The Souvenir, which was named British/Irish Film of the Year. Its star Honor Swinton Byrne, the daughter of Tilda Swinton, won Young British/Irish Performer of the Year.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger continued their successful awards season streak by winning the leading actor and actress prizes for Joker and Judy, respectively, although there was a surprise in the Best Supporting Actor category, with Joe Pesci winning for The Irishman over current Oscars favourite Brad Pitt for his work on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The full list of London Critics’ Circle Film Awards winners is:

Film of the Year – Parasite

Actress of the Year – Renee Zellweger, Judy

Actor of the Year – Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Supporting Actress of the Year – Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Supporting Actor of the Year – Joe Pesci, The Irishman

British/Irish Film of the Year – The Souvenir

British/Irish Actress of the Year – Florence Pugh, Fighting with My Family/Midsommar/Little Women

British/Irish Actor of the Year – Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse/High Life/The King

Young British/Irish Performer of the Year – Honor Swinton Byrne, The Souvenir

Director of the Year – Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Screenwriter of the Year – Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Foreign Language Film of the Year – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Documentary of the Year – For Sama

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker – Mark Jenkin, Bait

British/Irish Short Film of the Year – The Devil’s Harmony

Technical Achievement Award – Barbara Ling (production design), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film – Sally Potter and Sandy Powell

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Laura Dern used her own divorce lawyer to prepare for Marriage Story role

Laura Dern looked to the divorce lawyer she used following the break-up of her own marriage to prepare for her Oscar-nominated role in Marriage Story.The actress has become an Oscars frontrunner for her role as feisty divorce attorney Nora Fanshaw foll…

Laura Dern looked to the divorce lawyer she used following the break-up of her own marriage to prepare for her Oscar-nominated role in Marriage Story.

The actress has become an Oscars frontrunner for her role as feisty divorce attorney Nora Fanshaw following her Best Supporting Actress wins at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards – and she may have top celebrity lawyer Laura Wasser to thank.

Wasser, who has represented the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Garner and Kim Kardashian, assisted Dern during her split from musician Ben Harper in 2012, and revealed she helped her former client make the role more authentic.

“I don’t think I gave her any specific advice; I think we just talked things through,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I hope she wins the Oscar, I really do.”

The Big Little Lies star shares two children with her musician ex – son Ellery, 18, and daughter Jaya, 15. In 2010, Harper filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, but the pair briefly reconciled. Dern restarted legal proceedings in 2012, with the divorce finalised in September 2013.

Elsewhere in the interview, Wasser revealed she allowed Marriage Story director Noah Baumbach to shoot the Netflix project in her offices.

“When he (Baumbach) decided to write this and shoot this movie, he said, ‘Do you think we can use some of the conference rooms in your office for the scenes?'” she explained.

And the finished film proved so real that Wasser confessed she found it difficult to watch.

“It was like, ‘I hope I can bill for watching this two-hour movie, because I feel like I’m right back at my job!'” she quipped.

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Adam Driver to receive prize at Palm Springs Film Festival

Adam Driver has been chosen as the recipient of a prestigious award at the 2020 Palm Springs Film Festival.The 36-year-old will be honoured with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at a star-studded gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on 2 January…

Adam Driver has been chosen as the recipient of a prestigious award at the 2020 Palm Springs Film Festival.

The 36-year-old will be honoured with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at a star-studded gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on 2 January.

Driver was chosen for the award thanks to his stellar performance in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, in which he plays a stage director going through a messy divorce with his actress wife, as well as starring roles in fact-based drama The Report, with Annette Bening, The Dead Don’t Die, and in the finale of the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, in which he portrays villain Kylo Ren.

“This has been a career year for Adam Driver with an award-winning role in Marriage Story, and solid performances in The Report and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “In Marriage Story, Adam Driver brings raw human emotions in his portrayal of a man going through an acrimonious divorce in this powerful and moving story. For this outstanding performance, we are honoured to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor to Adam Driver.”

Earlier this month, the actor beat the likes of Willem Dafoe and Adam Sandler to scoop the Best Actor gong at the Gotham Awards in New York for his role in Marriage Story.

He joins the likes of past Desert Palm Achievement Award recipients including Casey Affleck, Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matthew McConaughey, Eddie Redmayne, and Gary Oldman – all of whom went on to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

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Scarlett Johansson: ‘Nothing was improvised on Marriage Story’

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver didn’t improvise any of their dialogue in Marriage Story because director Noah Baumbach was specific about sticking to the script.In the new drama, the Avengers star and Star Wars actor play an estranged couple goin…

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver didn’t improvise any of their dialogue in Marriage Story because director Noah Baumbach was specific about sticking to the script.

In the new drama, the Avengers star and Star Wars actor play an estranged couple going through a cross-country divorce process while trying to juggle parenting duties.

There are many scenes in which they have arguments and discussions that feel so realistic many people have assumed they were improvised, but Scarlett has now revealed that it was all in the script in the first place.

“What surprises a lot of people about that film is that every single hesitation, every unfinished sentence, every moment where an actor talks, all of that stuff is scripted,” she told Vanity Fair magazine. “It’s just so well written. Every single thing that comes out of our mouths is totally scripted, and nothing is improvised. No hesitation. No ‘If….’ No ‘But….’ It’s all completely scripted, and Noah is so specific about it.”

The director approached the 35-year-old about starring in his divorce drama before he had even written the script and he created the character with her in mind.

Although she was saying his lines, he felt like it could have been Scarlett’s movie as she made it feel so personal.

“You want actors who are there to bring truth to the scenes, and only they can do it at the moment – she’s amazing at it,” Noah praised. “I mean, everything is right there… I feel like I’m watching her movie a lot of times because it feels so personal, what she’s doing, even though they’re my lines.”

Marriage Story, which also stars Laura Dern and Ray Liotta, is now streaming on Netflix.

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Noah Baumbach: ‘Working with Greta Gerwig made me a better writer’

Noah Baumbach believes his partner Greta Gerwig helped improve him as a writer because he was always trying to impress her when they worked together. The Marriage Story director met the actress while casting his 2010 film Greenberg and they went on to …

Noah Baumbach believes his partner Greta Gerwig helped improve him as a writer because he was always trying to impress her when they worked together.

The Marriage Story director met the actress while casting his 2010 film Greenberg and they went on to co-write the screenplay for 2012 film Frances Ha and become a couple.

During an interview as part of the BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series, Baumbach replied, “Absolutely” when asked if his collaborations with Gerwig helped improve him as a writer.

“If for no other reason I was trying to impress her,” he explained. “She would send me scenes and boy it was so good, it was so exciting to the point that, if I knew maybe a scene was coming, I’d just be refreshing email hoping it would come through. It would always make me feel good if she liked what I sent her or laughed at a thing or something like that. So certainly, on those movies, but I know I’ve improved as a human being because of her and as a director at least in my eyes from watching her, from working with her, and watching her movies now too.”

The pair co-wrote 2015’s Mistress America, which also starred Gerwig, who has since gone on to write and direct her own films, Lady Bird and Little Women. Although they’re not officially listed as co-writers on each other’s projects, they are “always very involved” in the other’s work.

In a new cover interview with Vogue magazine, Gerwig, 36, admitted she was “frustrated” that journalists considered her Baumbach’s muse rather than co-writer in the beginning and questioned whether he opened doors for her.

“The answer is: Yes, of course, for so many reasons. But he’s also this incredibly important collaborator and influence on me. The most important,” she said. “But I think I was hell-bent on making my own films, so I would’ve done it anyway.”

Gerwig graces the cover of Vogue with their son Harold, who was born in March.

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Noah Baumbach: ‘Laura Dern inspired me to write her key Marriage Story speech’

Noah Baumbach was inspired to write Laura Dern’s standout monologue in Marriage Story following multiple discussions with the actress. In one scene in Baumbach’s new drama, Dern as divorce lawyer Nora delivers an impassioned monologue to her client, S…

Noah Baumbach was inspired to write Laura Dern’s standout monologue in Marriage Story following multiple discussions with the actress.

In one scene in Baumbach’s new drama, Dern as divorce lawyer Nora delivers an impassioned monologue to her client, Scarlett Johansson’s character Nicole, about how mothers will always be “held to a different, higher standard” than fathers, and concludes her rant with, “It’s f**ked up, but that’s the way it is.”

During an interview as part of BAFTA’s Screenwriters’ Lecture Series, Baumbach was asked about the scene, which received spontaneous applause on the film festival circuit, and he said it helped to have the Big Little Lies star involved in the movie before he wrote the screenplay.

“A lot of the impetus for that scene came from talking to Laura ’cause Laura, Adam (Driver), and Scarlett… I’d had involved in the movie even before I was writing it,” he explained. “We were talking about (the character) even from an actor’s perspective, of like, what got her into this job in the first place, what is you know, it wasn’t always Machiavellian… so it was the sort of notion that she got into it to crusade for people and for women in particular and I thought, ‘Well then, we should hear that,’ that should come forward.

“Working on that scene with Laura was amazing too because there were so many ways to envision it. And I would just say, ‘Why don’t you say it now like you’re having these ideas for the first time, why don’t you say it now like it’s prepared, why don’t you try it now like you get angrier as you tell it and one that it’s almost cathartic as you…’ And she could just dial it in and out and so that was just one of those fun days at work.”

The director also credited his partner and frequent screenwriting collaborator, Greta Gerwig, for having discussions about the speech while he was working on the screenplay and being involved in the project in an unofficial capacity.

Marriage Story is now streaming on Netflix.

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The Irishman and Marriage Story help Netflix lead Golden Globe nominations

Netflix led the 2020 Golden Globe nominations on Monday, with its films The Irishman and Marriage Story contributing to the streaming service earning a staggering 34 nods.Marriage Story topped the list with six nominations – including nods for Scarlett…

Netflix led the 2020 Golden Globe nominations on Monday, with its films The Irishman and Marriage Story contributing to the streaming service earning a staggering 34 nods.

Marriage Story topped the list with six nominations – including nods for Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, and Laura Dern – while Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman was hot on its tail with five. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, meanwhile, was nominated for four gongs.

Both Scorsese’s mob drama and Tarantino’s star-studded movie epic earned nominations for their directors, while The Irishman is up for the Best Picture – Drama gong and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will battle it out for the Best Picture – Comedy/Musical prize.

The Irishman stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are both nominated for the Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture category, alongside Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Brad Pitt, while the Netflix film’s screenplay by Steven Zaillian is also up for an award – but will have to beat Tarantino to take home that gong.

Leonardo DiCaprio will battle it out for the Best Actor – Comedy/Musical for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, against Daniel Craig for Knives Out, Roman Griffin Davis for Jojo Rabbit, Taron Egerton for Rocketman, and Eddie Murphy for Dolemite Is My Name.

Renee Zellweger earned herself a nod in the Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama category for her role as Judy Garland in Judy, while Saoirse Ronan is nominated for Little Women, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, and British actress Cynthia Erivo for Harriet.

Christian Bale received a nod in the Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category for Ford v Ferrari, opposite Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory, Joaquin Phoenix for Joker, Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes, and Driver for Marriage Story.

Cate Blanchett is up for the Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy prize for her role in Where’d You Go Bernadette, alongside Awkwafina for The Farewell, Ana de Armas for Knives Out, Beanie Feldstein for Booksmart, and Emma Thompson for Late Night.

Beyonce and Taylor Swift will be fighting for the Original Song award, thanks to their respective tunes Spirit, from The Lion King, and Beautiful Ghosts, from Cats. They also have tough competition from Frozen II ballad Into the Unknown, Stand Up from Harriet – written and performed by its lead actress Erivo – and (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman.

Over on the television front, Sacha Baron Cohen is up for the TV Movie or Limited Series Actor gong for his role in The Spy, alongside Russell Crowe for The Loudest Voice, Jared Harris for Chernobyl, Sam Rockwell for Fosse/Verdon, and Christopher Abbot for Catch-22. Rockwell’s Fosse/Verdon co-star Michelle Williams is nominated in the TV Movie or Limited Series Actress category for her role in the series but will have to beat Helen Mirren for Catherine the Great, Joey King for The Act, and Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever for Netflix series Unbelievable.

British stars were also out in force in the nominations list, with Jodie Comer and Killing Eve nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama and Best Television Series – Drama, respectively. The Crown also saw Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tobias Menzies nominated.

And Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued her huge success with her series Fleabag being nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Andrew Scott.

The nominations were announced by Tim Allen, Dakota Fanning, and Susan Kelechi Watson at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday morning.

Tom Hanks was previously announced as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

The 2020 Golden Globes, hosted for the fifth time by Ricky Gervais, will take place on 5 January.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

1917

The Irishman

Joker

Marriage Story

The Two Popes

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Dolemite Is My Name

Jojo Rabbit

Knives Out

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Rocketman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Daniel Craig, Knives Out

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Taron Egerton, Rocketman

Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit

Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Ana de Armas, Knives Out

Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart

Emma Thompson, Late Night

Awkwafina, The Farewell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Annette Bening, The Report

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Director – Motion Picture

Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Sam Mendes, 1917

Todd Phillips, Joker

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Bong Joon Ho & Jin Won Han, Parasite

Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Frozen II

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Lion King

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

The Farewell

Les Miserables

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat, Little Women

Hildur Guonadottir, Joker

Randy Newman, Marriage Story

Thomas Newman, 1917

Daniel Pemberton, Motherless Brooklyn

Best Original Song – Motion Picture:

Beautiful Ghosts – Cats

I’m Gonna Love Me Again – Rocketman

Into the Unknown – Frozen II

Spirit – The Lion King

Stand Up – Harriet

Best Television Series – Drama

Big Little Lies

The Crown

Killing Eve

The Morning Show

Succession

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Barry

Fleabag

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Politician

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Catch-22

Chernobyl

Fosse/Verdon

The Loudest Voice

Unbelievable

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

Brian Cox, Succession

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Tobias Menzies, The Crown

Billy Porter, Pose

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader, Barry

Ben Platt, The Politician

Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself

Rami Youssef, Ramy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice

Jared Harris, Chernobyl

Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Christopher Abbott, Catch-22

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Joey King, The Act

Katilyn Dever, Unbelievable

Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Merritt Wever, Unbelievable

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Andrew Scott – Fleabag

Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl

Henry Winkler, Barry

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Marriage Story dominates Gotham Awards

Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama Marriage Story was the big winner at the 2019 Gotham Awards on Monday night. The Netflix film, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as an estranged couple going through a cross-country divorce, won four prizes, for…

Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama Marriage Story was the big winner at the 2019 Gotham Awards on Monday night.

The Netflix film, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as an estranged couple going through a cross-country divorce, won four prizes, for Best Feature, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, and the Audience Award.

During his multiple trips to the stage at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, Baumbach thanked Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos for financing his movie and his cast.

“My special effect is the cast,” he said during his final acceptance speech, according to Deadline. “I hide behind them. When I was cutting the movie, I felt like it was not mine anymore. It was theirs. That’s the greatest gift any director can get.”

Another big winner was Awkwafina, who won Best Actress for her first dramatic role in The Farewell, about a young American who returns to China to tend to her ailing grandmother.

Failing to hide her surprise at the podium, she told the audience, “Holy s**t! Oh my God, I didn’t write anything, and they were like, ‘You should write something!’ Oh my God. I never won anything. I can’t even win an argument in the Instagram comments… I would like to thank grandmas everywhere for spoiling us, for loving us and for believing us.”

During the ceremony, hosted by the Independent Filmmakers Project, American Factory won Best Documentary, Taylor Russell won Breakthrough Actor for his performance in Waves and Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre won the Breakthrough Director Award for The Mustang.

In the TV categories, the winners were PEN15 and When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s drama about the Central Park Five case, meaning Netflix won six of the night’s 10 awards.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Feature – Marriage Story

Audience Award – Marriage Story

Best Screenplay – Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Best Actor – Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Best Actress – Awkwafina, The Farewell

Best Documentary – American Factory

Breakthrough Actor – Taylor Russell, Waves

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award – Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre, The Mustang

Breakthrough Series (Short Form) – PEN15

Breakthrough Series (Long Form) – When They See Us

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Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson to share top honour at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson will be honoured with a top acting honour at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).The pair stars as a couple going through a gruelling and heartbreaking divorce in Noah Baumbach’s family drama Ma…

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson will be honoured with a top acting honour at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).

The pair stars as a couple going through a gruelling and heartbreaking divorce in Noah Baumbach’s family drama Marriage Story, which has garnered rave reviews from critics since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August.

Now, Driver and Johansson are being honoured with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, which was created to recognise “select individuals who have distinguished themselves with exceptional performances in film this past year,” and will be presented with their joint prize in a ceremony on 17 January.

SBIFF executive director Roger Durling heaped praise on Driver and Johansson in a statement announcing the award on Monday and recognised their ability to switch between their huge Star Wars and Avengers movies to smaller budget films.

“Scarlett and Adam have had such admirable arcs to their careers, making smart choices between independent films and big Hollywood franchises,” he shared. “They both are such lyrical performers, imbuing their acting with keen sensitivity and intellect. Together in Baumbach’s Marriage Story, they regaled us with their best work to date.”

Previous Outstanding Performer of the Year Award recipients include Rami Malek – who then went on to win an Oscar for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody – Steve Carell, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, and the late Heath Ledger.

Marriage Story will be released in select cinemas and on Netflix from 6 December.

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