On January 23, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards. Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER came out on top with 13 nominations, just one shy of the all-time record set by ALL ABOUT EVE, TITANIC and last year's LA LA LAND. If you haven't seen this surreal visual feast yet, read why our New American Cinema Programmer Guy Lavalle selected it as his #1 film of 2017.
Other films with multiple nominations include Martin McDonagh’s THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, winner of this year's People's Choice Award at TIFF (nine nominations) and Christopher Nolan's Second World epic DUNKIRK (seven nominations).
We're thrilled to see a number of films which had their Calgary debut at the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival recognized in various categories:
1. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Winner of our inauguralFan Favourite Award (voted on by fans who saw 10+ films at the festival), Luca Guadagnino's CALL ME BY YOUR NAME picked up four nominations including Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Timothée Chalamet), Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory) and Original Song for Sufjan Stevens' “Mystery of Love”. If you missed it at Calgary Film, the coming of age romance about a young 17-year-old boy who lusts after an older graduate student staying with his family in Northern Italy, is now playing at Cineplex Eau Claire.
2. LADY BIRD
At a time when women's voices in Hollywood are rising to the forefront more than ever, the Academy's recognition for LADY BIRD is a welcome change. A rare coming of age story told entirely from the perspective of a young woman was nominated for Best Picture, Greta Gerwig received Best Director and Best Original Screenplay nods, and the film's female stars were both nominated – Saoirse Ronan (Best Actress) and Laurie Metcalf (Best Supporting Actress).
3. A FANTASTIC WOMAN, LOVELESS and THE SQUARE
These Calgary Film selections from Chile (A FANTASTIC WOMAN), Russia (LOVELESS) and Sweden (THE SQUARE) make up three of the five countries represented in the Best Foreign Language category.
4. DEKALB ELEMENTARY
Honourable Mention for Best Live Action Short at Calgary Film, DEKALB ELEMENTARY played as part of the festival's Best of Shorts package. This impactful U.S. short inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia, was nominated for Best Live Action Short.
5. THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Willem Dafoe received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Bobby, a budget hotel manager who shows compassion for six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai) who live in his motel located in the shadows of Disney World.