Nominations were announced for the 92nd Oscars with indie films American Factory, For Sama, and the short film St. Louis Superman, receiving nominations.
American Factory (2019)
NAME OF FILM: AMERICAN FACTORY (2019)
DIRECTOR(S): Steve Bognar, Julia Reichert
GENRE: Documentary Film
SYNOPSIS: In 2014 a shuttered GM factory in Dayton, Ohio became the home of the Chinese billionaire-owned Fayou Glass America. Suddenly American factory workers deeply rooted in the Rust Belt found themselves hopeful for a chance to pull their community out of financial despair, but challenged by the seemingly insurmountable cultural differences of the Chinese counterparts now working alongside them. With surprising access to the humanity and xenophobia on both sides, this fascinating and masterful documentary reveals the complicated nature of global endeavors. Culture clashes go from humorous to tense, especially when the dirty word “union” is uttered, and an even grimmer fate looms over all of those on the factory floor: automation. A powerful reminder of the values that connect us—the need to provide, the desire to feel useful, the struggle to change—as well as the ideals that drive us apart, this must-see film sits at a crossroads of so many key issues it is bound to spark important conversations about America’s present and future.
American Factory won the top awards at 2020 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking including Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking.
The Directors Guild of America announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2019.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Parasite lead the film nominations for the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ 11th Dorian Awards.
The National Society of Film Critics voted the South Korean film PARASITE as Best Film of 2019 along with Best Screenplay for Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won.
Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood leads the nominations for the Music City Film Critics’ Association 2019 Film Awards with 9 nominations.
Marriage Story, Parasite, Apollo 11, and Monos, are among the films nominated by the Online Film Critics Society for the awards for best films of 2019.
Former president Barack Obama shared his favorite movies of 2019 which included critically acclaimed indies such as American Factory, Parasite, Apollo 11.
The San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle announced their 2019 award winners with awards going to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Apollo 11, Parasite, One Cut of the Dead.
The Oklahoma Film Critics voted Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood as the Best Picture of 2019. Awards also went to American Factory, Parasite and The Black Man in San Francisco.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association voted 1917 as the best film of 2019. The Russell Smith Award for best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film went to The Lighthouse.
The Academy announced shortlists for the 92nd Academy Awards in nine categories including Documentary Feature, International Feature Film, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects.
The Chicago Film Critics Association announced the nominees for their top film honors of 2019. Nominees include Atlantics, Honey Boy, Hail Satan?, Transit and Uncut Gems.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, MARRIAGE STORY, PARASITE Among Films Nominated for Phoenix Critics Circle 2019 Awards
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Marriage Story, and Parasite are among the films nominated by the Phoenix Critics Circle for the best films of 2019 awards.
Parasite was named Best Picture of 2019 by Los Angeles Film Critics. Other awards went to Ja’Tovia Gary’s The Giverny Document for Best Independent Film and American Factory for Best Documentary.
The Southeastern Film Critics Association named Parasite – Best Film of 2019, and recognized other films including The Peanut Butter Falcon as ‘film that best evokes the spirit of the South.”
Parasite, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s dark, class-based comedy about a poor family that scams a rich one, took three top awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association including Best Picture.
For Sama directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts wins the top prize for Best Feature at the 35th IDA (International Documentary Association) Awards.
Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story was the big winner at the 29th Annual IFP Gotham Awards winning Best Feature, Audience Award, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Adam Driver.
The Lighthouse and Uncut Gems lead the nominations for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards with 5 nominations each, followed by Give Me Liberty with 4 nominations.
The Producers Guild of America revealed its 2020 Documentary Motion Picture nominees along with honors for Netflix’x Ted Sarandos, Marta Kauffman, and actress Octavia Spencer.
Apollo 11 took home the award for Best Documentary Feature as well as Best Editing, Best Score, Best Archival Documentary, and Best Science/Nature Documentary at the 4th Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.
One hundred fifty-nine features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 92nd Academy Awards.
American Factory and Apollo 11 lead 2020 Cinema Eye Honors nominations with 5 apiece, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature.