The best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by the cinema-going public, were honored at the 19th Jameson Empire Awards. Film fans from the UK and around the world selected their cinema highlights for the awards, which honour blockbusters, independent filmmaking and home-grown British films and were once again held at Grosvenor House, a JW

Jameson Empire Awards logo

Jameson Empire Awards logo

Marriott Hotel, in Park Lane in the heart of London’s Mayfair District.

To celebrate 25 years of the magazine, Empire bestowed two special Lifetime awards on star guests Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Current Empire cover-star Cruise was presented with Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime award by Rosamund Pike. Acknowledging his stellar career to date, the magazine highlighted his outstanding work on Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire and Interview with the Vampire. The Action Hero of Our Lifetime award was bestowed to action legend Arnold Schwarzenegger who was honored for his performances in a host of action movies including True Lies, The Terminator series and Total Recall.

Two other special awards were presented by Empire to Hugh Jackman and Simon Pegg. Jackman attended the ceremony to receive the Empire Icon award presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey while Simon Pegg collected the Empire Hero award. Pegg joins a list of previous winners that includes Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

Pegg’s recent film The World’s End scooped Best British Film in what was to be an outstanding evening for British filmmaking talent. James McAvoy and Emma Thompson took the Jameson Best Actor and Best Actress presented by Max Factor awards and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa was awarded Best Comedy presented by Magic 105.4. In addition, Oscar® and BAFTA-nominee Sally Hawkins received the award for Best Supporting Actress for Blue Jasmine. Joining Hawkins in the new supporting actor categories – introduced this year to acknowledge the extensive breadth actors shortlisted by readers – was Michael Fassbender who won the Best Supporting Actor presented by The National Lottery award for his role in 12 Years a Slave.

Tom Cruise attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Tom Cruise attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.


Arnold attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Arnold  Schwarzennegger attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Actors new to our screens were honoured in the Newcomer categories with Margot Robbie collecting the award for Best Female Newcomer presented by Max Factor for her exceptional performance in The Wolf of Wall Street while Aidan Turner collected Best Male Newcomer presented by Tresor Paris for his role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson’s epic sequel also took a second award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film presented by MediCinema.

Another film scooping multiple awards was Gravity for which director Alfonso Cuarón triumphed in the Best Director category and which received the prestigious Best Film accolade, presented by Sky Movies.

As previously announced, British director Paul Greengrass also received the Empire Inspiration Award, presented by Mazda Motors UK, for his work on the Bourne trilogy and recent commercial and critical success Captain Phillips.

The Jameson Empire Awards continue to recognise the diverse tastes of cinema-goers, with awards dedicated to popular genres including Best Horror which went to The Conjuring, and Best Thriller presented by Quaglino’s awarded to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Emma Thompson attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Emma Thompson attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

The five budding filmmakers in the running to win the Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds Amateur Short Film Competition also attended the event. To be in with a chance of winning, filmmakers were required to submit a 60 second remake of their favourite film. Spanning Oscar winners, to Indies, and romance to thrillers, the wide array of entries becomes more impressive every year. The five finalists and their entries are; Leigh Lahav from Israel (Gravity), Michael Hall from the UK (Gravity in 2D), Ramil Karipov from Russia (Paranormal Activity: Bad Realtor), David Smith from the UK (There Will Be Blood) and Joao Carrilho from Portugal (Vertigo). A panel made up of Directors, Ben Wheatley and Jon S. Baird, and fellow film buffs, Edith Bowman, Alex Zane and Empire Magazine’s Editor, Mark Dinning, chose the five finalists. Continue reading

Unilever Project Sunlight Rolls Out The Yellow Carpet At The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Actress and Mother Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins Unilever Project Sunlight and Its Mission to Create a Brighter Future for Children

Inspired by the power of film to motivate change, Unilever Project Sunlight partnered with the Film Independent Spirit Awards this weekend to cast a spotlight on those in the industry who are helping to create a brighter future – and inspire others to do the same. While awards season arrival shows typically dedicate red-carpet banter to quips and couture, Unilever Project Sunlight and Film Independent rolled out the “yellow carpet” to hear stories about social good, sustainable living and those who are making a difference to create a brighter future.

Launched in 2013, Unilever Project Sunlight embodies the consumer product company’s global mission – the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – that encourages people to take small steps that together make a big difference towards building a brighter future for children. Project Sunlight aims to build momentum behind a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at or Continue reading


Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon’s 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. SA_14_logo_FINAL

With writer, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt hosting, highlights include the first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit’s state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Patton also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Weird Al Yankovic and… his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton’s newly developed app that turns any Hollywood big budget film into an indie film.

The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, and over the past 29 years, has become the premier awards show for the independent film community, celebrating films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Artists who have received industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel & Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Scarlett Johansson, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams and many more.

This year’s major category winners were 12 Years a Slave, which won Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Female and Best Cinematography and Dallas Buyers Club, which won Best Supporting Male and Best Male Lead; Fruitvale Station which won Best First Feature and Nebraska, which won Best First Screenplay; Blue Jasmine, which won Best Female Lead, Short Term 12 which won Best Editing; This is Martin Bonner, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Blue is the Warmest Color, which won Best International Film and 20 Feet from Stardom which won Best Documentary.

The 7th annual Robert Altman Award was given to one film’s director, casting director, and ensemble cast. Jeff Nichols’ Mud received this award, along with casting director Francine Maisler and ensemble cast members Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant and Reese Witherspoon.

The 2014 Roger and Chaz Ebert Fellowship which includes a cash grant of $10,000 was awarded to Lulu Wang. This annual award is given to a filmmaker currently participating in Film Independent’s signature diversity mentorship program, Project Involve. Wang wrote and directed her first feature film Posthumous set in Berlin, starring Jack Huston and Brit Marling.

The Bright Future Award, sponsored by Unilever Project Sunlight, honors a filmmaker whose work best exemplifies a commitment to telling stories of positive change in the world. The inaugural Bright Future Award recipient is Patrick Creadon, whose film, If You Build It, exemplifies the power of hands-on education and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Unilever Project Sunlight.

On January 11 the following winners were honored at the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood: Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston received the Piaget Producers Award. The award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The annual award, in its 17th year, includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget. Finalists were Jacob Jaffke, Andrea Roa and Frederick Thornton.

Jason Osder, director of Let the Fire Burn, received the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award. The award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not received significant recognition. The award is in its 19th year and includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Stella Artois. Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez for Manakamana and Kalyanee Mam for A River Changes Course were also finalists for the award.

Shaka King, director of Newlyweeds, received the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award. The award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award is in its 20th year and includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant. The finalists for the award included Aaron Douglas Johnston for My Sister’s Quinceañera and Madeleine Olnek for The Foxy Merkins.

 Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton and Tata Vega from the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom performed at the show.

Nominees, special award recipients and celebrities who attended included  Shohreh Aghdashloo, Fred Armisen, Katie Aselton, Joe Don Baker, Angela Bassett, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Lake Bell, Maria Bello, Cate Blanchett, Joy Bryant, Merry Clayton, Paul Dano, Rosario Dawson, Majandra Delfino, Julie Delpy, Bruce Dern, Laura Dern, Melonie Diaz, Mark Duplass, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Will Forte, Willie Garson, Greta Gerwig, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jonathan Groff, Bill Hader, Kathryn Hahn, Jon Hamm, Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Garrett Hedlund, Judith Hill, Gaby Hoffmann, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Karpovsky, Stana Katic, Anna Kendrick, Zoe Kravitz, Brie Larson, Jared Leto, Gong Li, Jacob Lofland, Darlene Love, Diego Luna, Jane Lynch, Marc Maron, Matthew McConaughey, Cristin Milioti, Elisabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong’o, Paula Patton, Sarah Paulson,
Brad Pitt, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Radnor, Keanu Reeves, Jeremy Renner, Krysten Ritter, Elizabeth Rohm, Yolonda Ross, Andy Samberg, Michael Shannon, Michael Sheen, Tye Sheridan, Columbus Short, Paul Sparks, Octavia Spencer, June Squibb, Keith Stanfield, Geoff Stults, Bonnie Sturdivant, Miles Teller, Juno Temple, Tata Vega, M. Emmet Walsh, David Walton, John Waters, Michaela Watkins, Reggie Watts, Josh Welsh, Ming-Na Wen, Forest Whitaker, Reese Witherspoon, Alfre Woodard and Shailene Woodley.

The following is a complete list of the winners:
Best Feature: 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Producers: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best First Feature: Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company) Director: Ryan Coogler, Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Best First Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska (Paramount Pictures)
John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000): This is Martin Bonner (Monterey Media inc) Writer/Director: Chad Hartigan, Producer: Cherie Saulter
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Supporting Male: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Best Female Lead: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
Best Male Lead: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club, (Focus Features)
Robert Altman Award: Mud (Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate) Director: Jeff Nichols, Casting Director: Francine Maisler, Ensemble Cast: Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon
Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Editing: Nat Sanders, Short Term 12 (Cinedigm)
Best International Film: Blue is the Warmest Color (France- IFC Films)  Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom (Radius-TWC) Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers

The Film Independent Spirit Awards is sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company and IFC and by Principal Sponsors Stella Artois and Experian. Unilever Project Sunlight is the Official Sponsor of the Live Arrivals Show streamed exclusively on Yahoo and additional sponsors include Skype, LensCrafters and Kiehl’s Since 1851. Dark Horse is the Official Wine Sponsor, WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. Water is provided by Fiji Water and spirits by Patrón Tequila. Digital broadcast support is provided by TV Pro Gear. The production team for this year’s Spirit Awards includes executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey, Producers Chris Donovan, Shawn Davis and John Hamilton.

Piaget, Lincoln And IFC To Serve As Premier Sponsors Of The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Principal Sponsors Include Stella Artois and Experian

Premiere broadcast to air exclusively on IFC on Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 pm ET/PT

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series and Los Angeles Film Festival, announced its sponsors for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held in a tent at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The Film Independent Spirit Awards is sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company and IFC and by Principal Sponsors Stella Artois and Experian. Unilever Project Sunlight is the Official Sponsor of the Live Arrivals Show streamed exclusively on Yahoo and additional sponsors include Skype, LensCrafters and Kiehl’s Since 1851Dark Horse is the Official Wine Sponsor, WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. Water is provided by Fiji Water and tequila by Patron Tequila. Digital broadcast support is provided by TV Pro Gear. As previously announced, the awards ceremony will premiere later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT exclusively on IFC, with writer, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt serving as host of the ceremony.

Now in its 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience. The winners of the Spirit Awards are voted upon by Film Independent and IFP Members. Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under$500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and the Robert Altman Award, Best International Film, and Best Documentary. The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award, the Bright Future Awards, sponsored by Unilever Project Sunlight and the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award. For more information about the Spirit Awards, please visit

For the seventh consecutive year, Piaget is proud to be a premier sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Once again, the luxury Swiss watchmaker and jeweler will present the Piaget Producers Award in recognition of outstanding creative vision and achievement. Piaget will continue to host its exclusive backstage VIP lounge, where the event’s most celebrated artists retreat to relax amidst a wonderful display of Piaget’s newest high jewelry creations and exceptional timepieces.

For the second year, the Lincoln Motor Company ihas signed on to be the official automotive sponsor of the Spirit Awards and celebrate the finest achievements in filmmaking, inventive storytelling and the independent spirit of individuals marking their own paths. For the people who spend most of their days on film sets or in editing rooms, Lincoln is turning the spotlight behind the scenes to honor those who make quality films possible. Lincolninvites viewers of the Awards to visit the Lincoln Lounge and Gallery to explore the personal stories of the gaffers, cinematographers, assistant directors, and makeup artists who have worked tirelessly to create the independent films being recognized this year. Throughout 2014, Lincoln will build upon its long-standing relationship with film by continuing to support and encourage innovative ideas and projects that echo the brand’s 90-year heritage.

Stella Artois is proud to be the official beer sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards for the fourth year. Stella Artois is a longtime supporter of independent film and film festivals across the country and around the world. This year, Spirit Awards guests, 21 and older, will have the opportunity to enjoy a Stella Artois. StellaArtois is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the number one Belgian beer in the world and is present in more than 80 countries. Stella Artois is best enjoyed served in its signature Chalice, which, together with the 9-Step Pouring Ritual, provides the best possible drinking experience. Perfectly poured and presented, Stella Artois is crisp, clean and full-flavored. Visit for more information.

Unilever is partnering with the Film Independent Spirit Awards for the first time, as the Arrivals Show sponsor. Its recently-launched Unilever Project Sunlight initiative aims to build momentum behind a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations. At this year’s awards show, Unilever Project Sunlight will be reporting from the “yellow carpet,” where attendees will share their vision for creating a bright future; the interviews will be live streamed on on March 1 from 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST to 1:30pm PST/4:30pm EST. Unilever Project Sunlight is also creating the first-ever Bright Future Award, recognizing a filmmaker whose work motivates individuals to take action to create a better world. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care brands with products found in seven out of 10 homes around the world and used by two billion people daily. Visit for more information about how Unilever, which includes brands like Dove, Suave, Lipton and Hellmann’s, is using its global scale to make a big difference.

Skype is thrilled to be back at the Film Independent Spirit Awards again this year connecting the show to those who can’t make it to the beach! Skype is for doing things together, whenever people are apart. Its text, voice and video function make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter most, wherever they are. Skype can be used on whatever device works best,* including a mobile devices, laptops, tablets and even on select TVs. It’s free to get started and if friends and family are using Skype, users can speak, see and instant message them on Skype at no cost. Skype Credit also allows use of additional features, including the ability to call phones, access WiFi hotspots, make group video calls** and send texts. *Internet connection, compatible device and OS required. For more information see ** Group video calls can be between 3 to 10 people, depending on device and connection speed. At least one person on the call needs to have a Skype Premium account.

LensCrafters, the leading optical retailer in North America, is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Founded in 1983, LensCrafters currently operates over 900 stores in the U.S., Canada andPuerto Rico. LensCrafters offers the best selection of the latest trends in eyewear from leading designer brands as well as incomparable personalized service from on-site doctors of optometry to a lens finishing laboratory. With a mission of helping people look and see their best, LensCrafters ensures you don’t miss a single frame of your favorite film. From the opening scene to the closing credits, trust your eyes to LensCrafters.

Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care products, is proud to support the Spirit Awards by sponsoring the Someone To Watch Grant. The brand is honored to be a part of this event, highlighting the talented filmmakers and actors that work within the community. As a supporter of the Spirit Awards Kiehl’s will host a pop-up experience and photo-booth for attendees to partake in, and Kiehl’s products will also be featured for guests to enjoy.

Dark Horse Wine is proud to be the official wine of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. This new, exceptionally great-tasting, globally sourced wine will be served throughout the Spirit Awards, including on the red carpet, backstage and on tables. Beth Liston, the winemaker for Dark Horse, believes winemaking is a treasure hunt. She marshals the best agricultural resources and winemaking expertise from around the world to deliver the unexpected: bold wines at a winning price. Dark Horse: Be Bold.

Yahoo is the official online partner of the 2014 Spirit Awards and the exclusive distributor or the Live Arrivals Show on Saturday, March 1st at 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST. You can view pre- and post-show coverage of the Spirit Awards at

And the award for highest quality ultra-premium spirits goes to…The Patrón Spirits Company. Patrón is proud to support the Film Independent Spirit Awards and showcase its portfolio at the event, including bottles of Patrón Silver tequila and Patrón XO Cafe coffee liqueur at each table, as well as a “tasting wall” to sample inventive cocktails, and a bloody maria bar. Simply Perfect in every way, Patrón tequila is an ultra-premium luxury white spirit that’s delicious on the rocks, and mixes flawlessly into most any cocktail. From the highest-quality Weber Blue agave plants grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, to the centuries-old distillation process, to the handcrafted glass bottles, Patrón is produced with unparalleled attention to detail. Brands in the Patrón portfolio include Gran Patrón Burdeos, Gran Patrón Piedra, Gran Patrón Platinum, Patrón Silver, Patrón Reposado, Patrón Anejo, Patrón XO Cafe, Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa, and Patrón Citrónge (extra fine orange liqueur), as well as Pyrat Caribbean rums, and Ultimat ultra-premium vodka.

FIJI® Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji islands), is the No. 1 imported bottled water in the United States. FIJI Water, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouth feel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs.  Widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, all major retail channels and through a convenient home/business delivery service, FIJI Water has expanded globally to more than 50 countries. Part of the Roll Global LLC family of companies, FIJI Water supports environmental efforts around the world and in our own backyard through our membership in 1% for the Planet. To discover Earth’s Finest Water, please visit, like us on Facebook, or follow us onTwitter.

On 3 Productions, the leader in customized gifting experiences backstage at the entertainment industry’s most prestigious events, returns to produce the Official Presenter Gift Lounge.

Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover. Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers, as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary of showcasing the best of American and international cinema. Film Independent also produces the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit

Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style® Honors Two-Time Academy Award® Winner Catherine Martin

Martin Honored for Contributions to the Worlds of Fashion and Entertainment

The Rodeo Drive Committee and the City of Beverly Hills inducted legendary costume and production designer Catherine Martin into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style® on February 28, 2014 at the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.  Cate Blanchett presented Martin with the award followed by a special toast from “The Great Gatsby’s” Tobey Maguire.

Martin was the twenty-first recipient of the coveted award and the first Australian to receive the prestigious prize.  She was also recognized with her signature permanently embedded into the sidewalk of the famous street. The on-going award, inaugurated in 2003, honors style legends for their contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment.   Martin joins such honorees as Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Gianni and Donatella Versace, photographer Mario Testino, costume designer Edith Head, and editor Diana Vreeland – to name a few.

Ms. Martin’s work for “The Great Gatsby” has been heralded by critics and has garnered two 2014 Academy Award® nominations for Best Costume Design and Production Design. Martin collaborated with Miuccia Prada to design dresses for the big party scenes and researched the archives of Tiffany & Co. and Brooks Brothers to create ultra-luxe jewelry and menswear from the era.

She has also collaborated with many of Hollywood’s brightest stars in her films including Leonardo DiCaprio,Nicole Kidman, Ewan MacGregor, Carey Mulligan, Claire Danes, Hugh Jackman, and Beyonce. Martin previously won Academy Awards® for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction – Set Decoration for “Moulin Rouge” in 2001.

“12 Years A Slave” Bestowed Top Honors At 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards

“Breaking Bad” And “Orange Is The New Black” Win Television Nods

The International Press Academy announces its official winners for the 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards honoring Film, Television, Blu-ray DVDs, and Video Games

The International Press Academy (IPA) today announced the winners for the 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards.  “12 Years a Slave” received Motion Picture and Director honors, while “Dallas Buyers Club‘s” Matthew McConaughey won for Actor in a Motion Picture along with Actor in a Supporting Role winner Jared Leto.  The IPA selected Cate Blanchett as Actress in a Motion Picture, and June Squibb as Actress in a Supporting Role.

The International Press Academy (IPA) is a global association of professional entertainment journalists representing a multitude of print, broadcast, and digital media outlets.  FEDEORA, The Federation of European and Mediterranean Film Critics, joined the IPA in 2011, extending the IPA’s membership of foreign and domestic correspondents, whose markets reach millions worldwide via print, television, radio, and the internet.

Topping the television award winners were “Breaking Bad” and “Orange is the New Black.”  Bryan Cranston won for Best Actor, Drama, and Taylor Schilling received a nod for Best Actress, Comedy or Musical.

In a gala ceremony, the 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards celebrated the distinguished accomplishments of artists in thirty-eight categories, and also paid tribute to its Special Achievement honorees, Mike Medavoy (Mary Pickford Award), Garrett Brown (Tesla Award), Guillermo del Toro (Auteur Award), Gabrielle Tana (Independent Producer of the Year Award), and Ryan Coogler (Honorary Satellite Award).

Other honorees include, “Nebraska,” Motion Picture, Ensemble Award; “Orange is the New Black,” Television, Ensemble Award, Michael B. Jordan, Breakthrough Performance Award, and Sophie Nelisse, Breakthrough Performance Award.

The categories and winners for the 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards are as follows:


February 23, 2014


1. Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Cate Blanchett                           Blue Jasmine   Sony Pictures Classics

2. Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Matthew McConaughey              Dallas Buyers Club  Focus Features

3. Actress in a Supporting Role
*June Squibb                               Nebraska  Paramount

4. Actor in a Supporting Role
*Jared Leto                                  Dallas Buyers Club  Focus Features

5. Motion Picture
*12 Years a Slave                         Fox Searchlight

6. Motion Picture, International Film
*The Broken Circle Breakdown    Belgium

7. Motion Picture, Animated or Mix Media
*The Wind Rises                           Studio Ghibli

8. Motion Picture, Documentary
*Blackfish                                      Magnolia Pictures

9. Director
*Steve McQueen                           12 Years a Slave  Fox Searchlight

10. Screenplay, Original
*David O. Russell, Eric Singer      American Hustle  Sony

11. Screenplay, Adapted
*Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope            Philomena  The Weinstein Company

12. Original Score
*Steven Price                                Gravity  Warner Bros.

13. Original Song
*Young and Beautiful                    The Great Gatsby  Warner Bros.

14. Cinematography
*Bruno Delbonnel                         Inside Llewyn Davis  CBS Films

15. Visual Effects
*Tim Webber, David Shirk, Chris Lawrence, and           Gravity  Warner Bros.
Neil Corbould

16. Film Editing
*Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, and Alan Baumgarten    American Hustle  Sony

17. Sound (Editing and Mixing)
*Glenn Freemantle, Chris Munro, Niv Adiri,        Gravity  Warner Bros.
Skip Lievsay, and Christopher Benstead

18. Art Direction and Production Design
*Catherine Martin and Beverly Dunn         The Great Gatsby  Warner Bros.

19. Costume Design
*Michael O’Connor                                  The Invisible Woman  Sony Pictures Classics Continue reading

2014 Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners Announced

LACOSTE Returns as Presenting Sponsor for Awards Gala on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

The CDG Awards ceremony, one of the most prestigious and well-respected entertainment industry awards season events, celebrated the spirit of collaboration between Costume Designers and Actors and Directors. The winners of the seven competitive awards were revealed at a gala on Saturday, Feb.22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Continuing its decade-long support of the Guild, LACOSTE is returning as Presenting Sponsor of the CDGA. LACOSTE has been featured in numerous films such as Last Vegas, The Heat, Bridesmaids and This Is 40, as well as television shows including Glee, House of Lies, The Newsroom, Pretty Little Liars and Royal Pains.

Whether on playing fields or in everyday life, LACOSTE’s story is rooted in a quest for authenticity, performance and elegance. Each Crocodile-branded product is designed to allow men and women to feel free in their mind and body, with clothes and accessories that enable confidence and ease by adapting to an ever-changing life. It’s this vision of optimism and courage that is promoted by the new brand campaign: “Life is a Beautiful Sport.” In keeping true to that philosophy, the LACOSTE SPOTLIGHT AWARD honors an actor whose talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design.
This year’s LACOSTE SPOTLIGHT AWARD was presented to five-time Academy Award® nominated actress, Amy Adams. Adams has built an impressive body of work including Spike Jonze’s Her opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film, The Master. Adams’ role in The Master garnered her a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination in addition to her fourth Academy Award® nomination.

Adams recently won a Golden Globe for “Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy” and a Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy” for her performance in David O. Russell’s American Hustle. She and her fellow castmates including, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, took home the award for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Adams’ role has also garnered her an Academy Award® and BAFTA nomination for “Best Actress in a Leading Role.” Michael Wilkinson, Adams’ Costume Designer for American Hustle, has also received an Academy Award®, BAFTA and CDGA nomination for his work on the film. Additionally, Adams’ Costume Designer for Her, Casey Storm, earned his first CDGA film nomination this year.

Adams’ other film credits include The Fighter, Enchanted, Man of Steel, Doubt, Julie & Julia, Robert Lorenz’s Trouble with the Curve opposite Clint Eastwood; Walter Salle’s adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal beat generation novel, On The Road; Disney’s The Muppets opposite Jason Segel; Shawn Levy’s Night At The Museum: Battle of The Smithsonian opposite Ben Stiller; Christine Jeffs and Karen Moncrieff’s critically acclaimed film Sunshine Cleaning opposite Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin; Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War opposite Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Bharat Nalluri’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day opposite Frances McDormand; and Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio.

This year, acclaimed writer, producer and director, Judd Apatow received the Distinguished Collaborator Award in recognition of his support of Costume Design and creative partnerships with Costume Designers. An Honorary Career Achievement Award was presented to Costume Designer April Ferry for her outstanding work in film and television.

As Costume Designers we take great pride in seeing our work on the screen, bringing characters to life through costumes. The Costume Designers Guild would like to congratulate all of the nominees and the winners,” said Salvador Perez Jr., President of the Costume Designers Guild Local #892.

Excellence in Period Film
“12 Years a Slave” (Patricia Norris)

Excellence in Fantasy Film
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (Trish Summerville)

Excellence in Contemporary Film
“Blue Jasmine” (Suzy Benzinger)

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
“Behind the Candelabra” (Ellen Mirojnick)

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series
“Downton Abbey” (Caroline McCall)

Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries
“House of Cards” (Tom Broecker)

Excellence in Commercial Costume Design
“Call of Duty: Ghosts Masked Warriors” (Nancy Steiner)

Career Achievement Award
April Ferry

Lacoste Spotlight Award
Amy Adams