Toronto, ON – When the new year arrived, the unofficial Awards Season begins as the work of the past twelve months gets a serious review by experts of all kinds in various organizations spread all over the world that have set themselves up as arbiters of what the public should like. This is serious business. An award can produce an uptick in interest and everyone hopes that produces a bit more box office revenue or a higher price when it comes time to license a film for broadcast.
Although the focus for the next few weeks is on award shows, this is not to say that film festivals should be ignored. Two of the biggies in the US are the Sundance and Slamdance festivals later this month in Park City, Utah. Sundance (January 24-February 3) has evolved over the years to one of the more important festivals while Slamdance (January 25-31) has become what Sundance started out to be and describes itself as “a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking that lives and bleeds by its mantra: By Filmmakers For Filmmakers.”
The Awards Calendar year kicks off in just a few days with the 76th annual Golden Globes, co-hosted this year by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg. The show airs on January 6th and there are some Canadians to watch for this year. Although he is not nominated in this film, Stephan James costars with Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk. The film has been nominated for Best Motion Picture-Drama, Regina King is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and writer-director Barry Jenkins is nominated for Best Screenplay. Stephan James has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Drama for his work opposite Julia Roberts in Homecoming, with the series itself and Roberts both being nominated as well. Sticking with TV series for a moment, Sandra Oh is up against Julia Roberts in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Drama category. Oh’s nomination is for the quirky mini-series, Killing Eve. Other nominees in the Best Actress category include Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Keri Russell (The Americans).