The world may be winding down for the holiday season, but with the Oscar race heating up and so much content coming out, we’re in no rush to slow down anytime soon! For all of you who barely have enough time to catch a breath, you don’t even have to worry about looking at all those awards show updates; we have you covered with the latest buzz (and major disappointments—we absolutely mean you, Golden Globes!) as we race toward the Academy Awards. Keep scrolling for the rest of this piping hot tea!
In case you’re looking for something to watch over the holidays, we’ve also included all of the latest film releases and streaming updates that involve our fellow community members. So get cozy and get to scrolling!
Each category is organized alphabetically, so don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom!
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FILM & TV NEWS
Must-See Film & TV Releases
**Please note that the following dates are specific to the United States.
You can now watch all short films produced through the AT&T Hello Lab mentorship program! Catch work from
Alison-Eve Hammersley, Jessica Mendez Siqueiros, Malakai, and Vishnu Vallabhaneni in this playlist. (YouTube) | LINK
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn's The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, is a barrier-breaking "silent revolution" about the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in Canada. (Netflix) | LINK
Lauren Greenfield's The Kingmaker will leave you on your edge of your seat as it details the shocking true story of the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. If you loved Greenfield's The Queen of Versailles, this is absolutely a must-watch. (Showtime) | LINK
Marielle Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is in theaters, and we can promise that it will restore your faith in humanity. | LINK
Phillip Youmans' lauded debut feature, Burning Cane, is a thought-provoking character exploration of motherhood and religion, set in rural Louisiana. (Netflix) | LINK
Sam Taylor-Johnson's powerful 90's-set rehab drama, A Million Little Pieces, is now in theaters. | LINK
Sophia Takal's Black Christmas opens in theaters on December 13 the holiday slasher flick you didn't know you needed. A fresh take on Jason Blum's 1974 cult classic, this film follows a cutthroat group of sorority sisters that fight back against a campus killer. | LINK
Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy is a coming of age drama (and India's official entry for the 2020 Oscars) about a Mumbai streep rapper that will have you stunned with its stellar performances and socially-conscious messages about inequality. (Amazon Prime) | LINK
Over 70% of documentary nominees from the PGA Awards are directed or co-directed by women. | LINK
On November 18, the Voice of a Woman Awards announced its 2019 shortlist for 40 women directors in advertising and communications, which included the following directors:
A.V. Rockwell, Adi Halfin, Alicia MacDonald, Amber Grace Johnson, Anna Ginsburg, Aoife McArdle, Charlotte Regan, Cristiana Miranda, Daisy Zhou, Dee Rees, Georgia Hudson, Jaci Judelson, Jenn Nkiru, Karen Cunningham, Katina Mercandante, Kim Gehrig, Kirsten Lepore, Laerke Herthoni, Lisa Paclet, Lucy Walker, MJ Delaney, Natalia Leite, Nina Holmgren, Quinn Wilson, Rachel McDonald, Sasha Rainbow, Siri Bunford, & Sophie Edelstein. | LINK
The 77th Annual Golden Globes were announced on December 9, and once again, women filmmakers were virtually shut out of the boys' club. Lulu Wang's The Farewell and Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire are the only two women-helmed films nominated for a best feature category (Best Foreign Film), while no women were nominated in the directing and writing categories. If you're not boycotting the event by now, the awards will take place on January 5, 2020. | LINK
The 29th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards took place on December 2. Among the winners are Ava DuVernay (Breakthrough Series – Long Format for When They See Us) and Taylor Russell (Breakthrough Actor for Waves). | LINK
On December 8, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced their picks for the year's best in film. Among the winners are Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and her cinematographer Claire Mathon (who also worked on Mati Diop's Atlantics), Ja'Tovia Gary (The Governy Documentary), Jennifer Lopez (for Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers), and Zhao Shuzhen (for Lulu Wang's The Farewell). | LINK
The Academy has released the names of the 159 Documentary Features that were submitted for the 2019 race. The documentary feature shortlist will be announced on December 16. | LINK
Greta Gerwig's Little Women and Lulu Wang's The Farewell are among 10 films named to the American Film Institute’s AFI Motion Pictures of the Year list. The honorees will attend a private AFI Awards luncheon on January 3, 2020. | LINK
The Sundance 2020 features lineup has been announced. The “Day One” banner includes Oscar hopeful Haifaa al-Mansour’s Saudi Arabian drama, The Perfect Candidate, and Justin Simien’s horror-satire, Bad Hair. Also premiering at the festival is Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted and Janicza Bravo’s "social media tell tale," Zola. 46% of all feature film directors in competing categories are women. | LINK
The Hollywood Critics Association announced their nominations on November 25. The awards will take place on January 12, 2020. Included in the nominations are:
Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Chinonye Chuwku (Clemency), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Gurinder Chadha (Blinded By the Light), Lauren Greenfield (The Kingmaker), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Natasha Braier (Honey Boy), Olivia Wilde, (Booksmart), Susanna Fogel (Booksmart), & Taylor Russell (Waves). | LINK
The Independent Spirit Awards announced their official nominations on November 21. The awards will take place on February 8, 2020. Included in the nominations are:
Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Chinonye Chuwku (Clemency), Danielle Krudy & Bridget Savage Cole (Blow the Man Down),
Gulp Splash / Jocelyn Deboer & Dawn Luebbe (Greener Grass), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Natasha Braier (Honey Boy), Olivia Wilde (Booksmart), Rashaad Ernesto Green (Premature), & Waad al-Kateab (For Sama). | LINK
On Your Radar
Gillian Zinser | Lief | LINK
Erin Brown Thomas | “Human” | LINK
Ilana Garcia-Mittleman | "FEMENINA" | LINK