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March 28, 2022

CHRIS ROCK AT THE OSCARS — 2022

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Hold my beer.

Chris Rock deserves a fucking medal for how he comported himself at the Oscars after Will Smith walked on stage and slapped the defenseless Chris Rock on live television.

Chris Rock — professional.

Will Smith — amateur.

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I interviewed Chris Rock once. He was great. But the lesson I learned from him tonight was priceless.

Such grace is rare, very rare.
 
Respect Lion.
 
As for for the narcissist Will Smith, if it were you or me, we'd be in handcuffs down at the pokey for a day or three, and fired from whatever job we had that provided entrée into the event.
 
As a film critic, I vow to never watch, much less review, another Will Smith movie.
 
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Here's what the Academy had to say after its investigation into Will Smith's unprovoked attack on Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
 
Open Letter to Our Academy Family
The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.
 
During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented. 
 
Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith's actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.
 
We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.
 
This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith's behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted. 
Thank you,
 
David Rubin           Dawn Hudson
President                CEO

Cozy Cole

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July 17, 2021

CANNES 2021: THE COMPLETE AWARDS

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101_0155COMPETITION

Palme d’Or: “Titane”

Grand Prix

TIE: Asghar Farhadi, “A Hero” AND Juho Kuosmanen’s “Compartment No. 6”

Best Director

Leos Carax, “Annette”

Best Actor

Caleb Landry Jones, “Nitram”

Best Actress  

Renate Reinsve, “The Worst Person in the World”

Jury Prize

TIE: Nadav Lapid “Ahed’s Knee” AND Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Memoria”

Best Screenplay 

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, ”Drive My Car”

Camera d’Or

”Murina,” Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Short Films Palme d’Or 

“All the Crows in the World,” Tang Yi

Short Films Special Mention

“August Sky,” Jasmin Tenucci

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UN CERTAIN REGARD

Un Certain Regard Award

“Unclenching the Fists,” Kira Kovalenko

Jury Prize

“Great Freedom,” Sebastian Meise

Prize for Ensemble Performance

“Bonne Mere,” Hafsia Herzi

Prize for Courage

“La Civil,” Teodora Ana Mihai

Prize for Originality

“Lamb,” Valdimar Johannsson

Special Mention

“Prayers for the Stolen,” Tatiana Huezo

CANNES VIEW

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT

Europa Cinemas Label: “A Chiara,” Jonas Carpignano

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize

“Magnetic Beats,” Vincent Maël Cardona

CRITICS’ WEEK

Nespresso Grand Prize

“Feathers,” Omar El Zohairy

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize

Elie Grappe and Raphaëlle Desplechin, “Olga”

GAN Foundation Award for Distribution

Elie Grappe and Raphaëlle Desplechin, “Zero Fucks Given”

Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award

Sandra Melissa Torres, “Amparo”

CINÉFONDATION

First Prize: “The Salamander Child,” Theo Degen

Second Prize: “Salamander,” Yoon Daewoon

Third Prize

TIE: “Love Stories on the Move”, Carina-Gabriela Dasoveanu AND “Cantareira,” Rodrigo Ribeyro

Queer Palme

"The Divide"

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July 16, 2021

Cannes Un Certain Regard Prizes 2021

 
Un Certain Regard Prizes 2021

  Un Certain Regard 2021 Winners & Jury © Mathilde Gardel / FDC

Refocused on the discovery of emerging filmmakers, the 2021 Un Certain Regard has offered twenty features in its competition. Six of them were first films that compete as well for the Camera d'or. The opening film was Arthur Harari's Onoda - 10 000 Nights in the Jungle.

Lead by the director and screenwriter Andrea Arnold, the Jury was made up of the director and screenwriter Mounia Meddour, the actress Elsa Zylberstein, the director and screenwriter Daniel Burman and Michael Covino, director and actor.

In our discussions, the two things we were constantly saying were: "this film is very brave" and  "this film come from the heart". 

Many of the films are very passionate and many of the films are talking about things which are hard to talk about. 

We’d like to acknowledge all the filmmakers for their brave and beautiful work. Their films created vigorous debates.
—Andrea Arnold

Un Certain Regard Prize

RAZZHIMAYA KULAKI (UNCLENCHING THE FISTS)

directed by Kira KOVALENKO

Jury Prize

GROSSE FREIHEIT (GREAT FREEDOM)

directed by Sebastian MEISE

Ensemble Prize

BONNE MÈRE (GOOD MOTHER)

directed by Hafsia HERZI

The Beach in Cannes

Courage Prize

LA CIVIL

directed by Teodora Ana MIHAI

Prize of Originality

LAMB

directed by Valdimar JÓHANNSSON

Special Mention

NOCHE DE FUEGO (PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN)

directed by Tatiana HUEZO

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