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  • 91st Academy Awards – Oscar Winners Updated Live

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    The New York Film Academy congratulates this year’s nominees for the Academy Award!

    Here is a full list of the 2019 Academy Award nominees, with WINNERS being update live:

    Best Picture
    Black Panther
    BlacKkKlansman
    Bohemian Rhapsody
    The Favourite
    Green Book – WINNER
    Roma
    A Star Is Born
    Vice

    Directing
    BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee
    Cold War, Paweł Pawlikowski
    The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos
    Roma, Alfonso Cuarón – WINNER
    Vice, Adam McKay

    Original Screenplay
    The Favourite, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
    First Reformed, Paul Schrader
    Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farrelly – WINNER
    Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
    Vice, Adam McKay

    Adapted Screenplay
    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
    BlacKKKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee – WINNER
    Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
    If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins
    A Star Is Born, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, and Will Fetters

    Actor in a Leading Role
    Christian Bale, Vice
    Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
    Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
    Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody – WINNER
    Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

    Actress in a Leading Role
    Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
    Glenn Close, The Wife
    Olivia Colman, The Favourite – WINNER
    Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
    Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Actress in a Supporting Role
    Amy Adams, Vice
    Marina de Tavira, Roma
    Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk – WINNER
    Emma Stone, The Favourite
    Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

    Actor in a Supporting Role
    Mahershala Ali, Green Book – WINNER
    Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
    Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
    Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    Sam Rockwell, Vice

    Best Documentary Feature
    Free Solo – WINNER
    Hale County This Morning, This Evening
    Minding the Gap
    Of Fathers and Sons
    RBG

    Documentary Short
    Black Sheep
    End Game
    Lifeboat
    A Night at the Garden
    Period. End of Sentence. – WINNER

    Foreign Language Film
    Capernaum, Lebanon
    Cold War, Poland
    Never Look Away, Germany
    Roma, Mexico – WINNER
    Shoplifters, Japan

    Animated Feature
    Incredibles 2
    Isle of Dogs
    Mirai
    Ralph Breaks the Internet
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – WINNER

    Animated Short Film
    Animal Behavior
    Bao – WINNER
    Late Afternoon
    One Small Step
    Weekends

    Live Action Short
    Detainment
    Fauve
    Marguerite
    Mother
    Skin – WINNER

    Original Score
    Black Panther – WINNER
    BlacKkKlansman
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    Isle of Dogs
    Mary Poppins Returns

    Original Song
    “All the Stars,” Black Panther
    “I’ll Fight,” RBG
    “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
    “Shallow,” A Star Is Born – WINNER
    “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    Cinematography
    Cold War, Lukasz Zal
    The Favourite, Robbie Ryan
    Never Look Away, Caleb Deschanel
    Roma, Alfonso Cuarón – WINNER
    A Star Is Born, Matthew Libatique

    Film Editing
    BlacKkKlansman
    Bohemian Rhapsody – WINNER
    The Favourite
    Green Book
    Vice

    Production Design
    Black Panther – WINNER
    The Favourite
    First Man
    Mary Poppins Returns
    Roma

    Costume Design
    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
    Black Panther – WINNER
    The Favourite
    Mary Poppins Returns
    Mary Queen of Scots

    Sound Mixing
    Black Panther
    Bohemian Rhapsody – WINNER
    First Man
    Roma
    A Star Is Born

    Sound Editing
    Black Panther
    Bohemian Rhapsody – WINNER
    First Man
    A Quiet Place
    Roma

    Makeup and Hairstyle
    Border
    Mary Queen of Scots
    Vice – WINNER

    Visual Effects
    Avengers: Infinity War
    Christopher Robin
    First Man – WINNER
    Ready Player One
    Solo: A Star Wars Story

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    February 24, 2019 • Acting • Views: 3185

  • Support NYFA Instructor Adam Nimoy’s Spock Documentary

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    Adam and Leonard Nimoy

    A young Adam Nimoy with his iconic father, Leonard Nimoy (AKA Spock).

    In memory of Leonard Nimoy, his son Adam Nimoy, will be dedicating his next production For the Love of Spock to his father. Adam, who is an acting and directing faculty member of New York Film Academy in LA, will continue the work on the documentary he started with his father (who sadly passed early this year). Although it will not be considered a “Spockumentary,” it will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek (first aired September 8, 1966).

    According to Variety, William Shatner, who played Enterprise captain James T. Kirk, had agreed to appear in the doc.

    The new Star Trek’s Spock, Zachart Quinto, is expected to narrate the film.

    You can support Adam Nimoy’s documentary by visiting the Kickstarter campaign below.
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    June 15, 2015 • Documentary Filmmaking, Entertainment News • Views: 4794

  • NYFA Australia Showcasing Their Talent

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailIt’s showcase time at New York Film Academy Australia. Both our Sydney and Gold Coast campuses, together with Acting for Film students, had been working effortlessly over the months putting together performances that showcase the students’ talents.

    Gold Coast had a busy three-day showcase schedule running throughout early March, featuring 34 of the Academy’s skilled acting students. Each and every night, the Helensvale Cultural Centre was filled with friends and family who had come along to support the graduate actors’ and actresses’ live performances and showreels. The room was filled with great energy and positive vibes as all graduates pulled-off an outstanding performance.

    Congratulations to the Gold Coast Acting for Film graduates:

    New York Film Academy Gold Coast Students

    New York Film Academy Gold Coast Students: Brandon Sherwood, Callum Whitton, Anthony Christodoulou, David Austin, Samantha Willis, Tara Wraith, Michael Stoeckert, Marie-Clare Loi Zou, Jasper Batenga, Will Wensley (instructor), Stephanie Kutty, Paris Moletti, Taryn Roberts and Christine Campbell.

    Thursday 5th March Performers

    • Caleb Saron
    • Christine Campbell
    • David Austin
    • Jim Rossngton
    • John McMahon
    • Marie-Clare Lou Zou
    • Max Gundy
    • Natalie Hunt
    • Rebecca Lyon
    • Samantha Willis
    • Villami Kama
    • Zac Bankowski

    Wednesday 11th March Performers

    • Anthony Christodoulou
    • Brody Arrowsmith
    • Callum Whitton
    • Georgia Pilling
    • Kiara Watson
    • Natalie Jones
    • Nicola Haks
    • Paris Moletti
    • Rhys Williamson
    • Sam Farell
    • Stephanie Kutty
    • Steve Budgen

    Thursday 12th March Performers

    • Ashley Dunscombe
    • Brandon Sherwood
    • Clare Brimmer
    • Jasper Batenga
    • Joshua Conboy
    • Kerri-Anne Keenan
    • Laura Scott
    • Tara Wraith
    • Taryn Roberts
    • Zoe Bankowski

     

    As we headed down the coast of Australia, on Friday 6th March, Sydney was preparing for an over-capacity performance at the Australian Theater for Young People, located above the Sydney Theatre Company and accompanied with the breathtaking backdrop of Walsh Bay.

    Over the months leading up to the showcase, acting one-year program graduates of the night, Chantelle Von Appen, Chris Strauss, Alexander Merlo, David Pound, Nicole Torode, Rafael Haddad and Andrew Murdoch were able to experience exactly why New York Film Academy programs are defined by their intensive, hands-on reputation. Graduates’ commitment and dedication truly shined on the night, with their high caliber execution of mixed scene performances and beat poetry receiving a well-deserved standing-ovation from audience members, family, friends, NYFA staff and instructors.

    With a buzz in the air, graduates continued to showcase their works to a number of agents and casting directors at the Sony Theatrette. The opportunity for students to present their showreels was nerve-wracking but again, was received positively by students, agents and casting directors, alike.

    New York Film Academy Sydney

    New York Film Academy Sydney Students on-stage showcasing their talents.

    New York Film Academy Sydney

    New York Film Academy Sydney. From left, Rafael Haddad, David Pound, Nicole Torode, Jennie Hughes (NYFA Sydney, General Manager), Alexander Merlo, Chantelle Von Appen, Chris Strauss & Andrew Murdoch.

    New York Film Academy would like to thank all students, graduates and teaching staff who worked tirelessly to produce such a successful program, making it possible to accomplish these inspiring events and performances. We congratulate all students who have now joined our NYFA Alumni family and look forward to another prosperous year working with talented, upcoming actors and actresses.

    View the photos from the events here:

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  • Photography Guest Speaker Jen Davis: Body Image, Intimacy, Self Identity

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    Jen Davis - Photography

    Photography Guest Speaker Jen Davis

    Jen Davis, a photographer renowned for her intimate self-portraits, was our guest lecturer last Friday, February 20th at the Battery Place campus.

    Photography students were taken through Davis’ 11 year journey of honest self-portraits dealing with issues regarding personal growth, self identity, body image, love, intimacy and self acceptance. The journey was not just personal, it also gave students great insight into her technical photographic development.

    “Mapping the trajectory of her career and showing her most recent work, she gave us a completely uninhibited view of her working methods and her approach to personal discovery through photography.  It was an inspiring afternoon in the presence of a provocative contemporary artist.” Paul Sunday, New York Film Academy’s Co-Chair Photography Department summed up the afternoon.

    During her early years at Columbia College Chicago, completing her BFA in Photography, she began experimenting with natural light. “Light became very seductive to me,” Davis explains. “The light guided the photography” and with her transition from a 4×5 to medium format, she felt this allowed her to learn “about how the frame works in a different way.”

    All of her of work developed from her interest in women, the body and how it “related to me.” She began studying her own body as her interest in flesh and skin became her main focus. Her first image with herself as the subject (or “object” as she describes it), was taken at the beach. As this specific image was projected on a white screen in front of a lecture room of students, she explains that she never expected to share this photo as it was done purely for herself.

    Once she began her MFA at Yale University, she began to explore men as her subjects, capturing “masculinity and vulnerability” while also “using photography to gain access” to forms of intimacy with her male subjects. As Davis presented her work to the students, it became clearer that she, in fact, used her photography to guide her though her personal growth. “[Photography] was a vehicle to experience that,” she said when referring to her introduction to love and intimacy.

    As the talk came close to an end, a Q&A session left the audience with these wise words: “Don’t worry about putting yourself against what has already been done, because everything has already been done.” Just don’t put walls and limitations on yourself. She recommends “putting tape over your digital SLR.” Stop judging your work and “just shoot, shoot, shoot!”Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    February 27, 2015 • Guest Speakers, Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5445

  • NYFA Documentary Adviser Editor on Oscar Winning ‘Crisis Hotline: Veteran’s Press 1’

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    Crisis Hotline

    Crisis Hotline: Veteran’s Press 1 has won this years Documentary Short Subject Oscar. The film’s editor Geof Bartz, is also New York Film Academy’s Documentary Curriculum Adviser and Master Class Professor.

    Crisis Hotline: Veteran’s Press 1, which won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject, was edited by Geof Bartz, New York Film Academy’s Documentary Curriculum Adviser, Master Class Professor and Supervising Editor in HBO’s Documentary Department. This is Bartz’ third Oscar win from a total of 5 nominations over the years.

    Crisis Hotline is a touching 40-minute documentary, condensed from 100 hours of footage of VA’s suicide hotline call center, located in Canandaigua, New York. The documentary delves into the deep compassion, emotions and stresses call center operators endure when working daily to help and save suicidal veterans. Many of these operators are in fact veterans themselves, military family members and former service members.

    Nearly every hour, a veteran takes his or her own life. The film brings much needed attention to this issue and other challenges veterans (and their families) face when returning to civilian life.

    “We are hopeful this documentary will help raise awareness of this important issue with the American public,” VA Secretary Robert McDonald said.

    Producers Dana Perry and Ellen Goosenberg Kent went on-stage to accept their aware, with Perry dedicating the film to her son Evan who died at age 15 in 2005.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

  • ’50 Shades of Grey’ Breaks Records at the Box Office, Not with Viewers

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    ’50 Shades of Grey’ breaks records at the Box Office. Viewers left not-so-impressed.

    50 Shades of Grey strategically had its official release date set for Valentine’s with Variety announcing the record breaking $94.4 million debut over the 4-days. The reviews, however, were not so generous.

    The verdict? You are either going to be “okay” with it or hate it. Critics and most viewers are leaning towards the latter with IMDb giving it an unimpressive 4/10, based on 61,686 votes. ‘Bubab2’, a reviewer on IMDb, summed it up in one sentence saying the issues included, “the cruddy screenplay, the corny dialogue, the ridiculous script, the highly improbable storyline.”

    There was a great deal of criticism on the much anticipated sex scenes too. Australian news anchor, Lisa Wilkinson, completely ripped into the movie, describing it as “domestic violence dressed up as erotica.” Ouch.

    They weren’t all negative. After much scrolling (lots of scrolling to be precise), we found a positive review, surprisingly, from a male viewer. “The movie becomes an intriguing roller-coaster of emotions, decisions, psychological struggle and compromises for both partners who both love each other and want each other,” says ‘mowglilp’. He was pleasantly surprise.

    Putting aside the downfalls mentioned by reviewers, it leads us to ponder the thought that maybe the book and people’s expectations were inflated prior to watching the film. We should also consider each person who had read the book created his or her own interpretation of the imagery. The scenes play out differently from what he or she created in their mind, consequently creating a huge anticlimax for the viewer (please, excuse the pun).

    It could also be that less effort was interjected into the production process, as film investors already knew they would be bringing in the numbers purely based on the books following. If that was indeed the case, their box-office numbers proved them right.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    February 18, 2015 • Entertainment Australia, Entertainment News • Views: 3850

  • AACTA International Awards & G’DAY USA Winners Announced in Los Angeles

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    Scarlett Johansson Presents Chris Hemsworth at 2015 G'DAY USA and AACTA International Awards 2015

    Scarlett Johansson presents Chris Hemsworth ‘Excellence in Film’ award at G’DAY USA and AACTA International Awards 2015 (Source: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images North America)

    It’s starting to feel a lot like awards season. As the Australian 4th Annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards in Sydney concluded, the AACTA International Awards commenced in Los Angeles on 31 January 2015. 4th AACTA International Awards has partnered-up with G’DAY USA, joining forces for a star-studded night. The night gives much deserved recognition to Australians performing exceptionally in film and television outside the country.

    AACTA President, Geoffrey Rush, shared the stage with fellow presenters including Nicole Kidman, comedian Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Debicki, John Travolta, Jonathan LaPaglia, Rachel Griffiths and Russell Crowe.

    Award winners included:

    • BIRDMAN for ’Best Film’, ‘Best Screenplay’, ‘Best Direction’ (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) and ‘Best Lead Actor’ (Michael Keaton)
    • STILL ALICE for ‘Best Lead Actress’ (Julianne Moore)
    • BOYHOOD for “Best Supporting Actress” (Patricia Arquette)

    Chris Hemsworth was also honored with the ‘Excellence in Film’ award, presented to him by Scarlett Johansson.

    Our New York Film Academy Australia students were recently invited to attend their 4th Annual AACTA Awards, with their highlights (amongst the many) including, watching Cate Blanchett host the Award Ceremony, talking to the Spierig Brothers about their film Predestination, shaking hands with AACTA President Geoffrey Rush, getting photos taken with Rose Byrne, and speaking with Bobby Canavale. NYFA Australia student Chantelle Von Appen added that the event was, “Basically getting an inside to the Industry.”

    Students have also showcased their personal photos from the event on Facebook.

    With the Australian awards all wrapped-up, the US film industry has just started warming up for the Oscars with nominees having just been announced.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

  • Australian Film Awards 2015: Russell Crowe, Rose Byrne and NYFA Australia

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    4th Annual AACTA Awards 2015

    4th AACTA Awards Red Carpet (Image from AACTA Facebook)

    The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2015 second star-studded awards event last night announced Russell Crowe directed film The Water Diviner and The Babadook (debut film for director Jennifer Kent) dual winners for ‘Best Film’. CEO Damian Trewhella considering this unusual, but not unprecedented.

    The big names kept coming, with AACTA president Geoffrey Rush awarding Rose Byrne the ‘Inaugural Trailblazer Award’.

    The Babadook , as expected, cleaned-up on the night, taking home three of the total four nominated categories (how they didn’t win an Oscar is beyond us). Other multi-award winner also included:

    • The Code for ’Best Television Drama Series’, ‘Best Direction in Television Drama or Comedy’, Ashley Zukerman for ‘Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama’ and Chelsea Preston Crayford for ‘Best Guest or Supporting Actress in Television Drama’
    • Please Like Me for ‘Best Screenplay in Television’ and Debra Lawrence for ‘Best Performance in Television Comedy’

    This year nominees and winners definitely raised the bar for the Australian film and television industry.

    On the night, a group of film and acting students from our very own New York Film Academy Australia had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with their idols. They walked the red carpet and took part of all the events of the ceremony including meeting with the actors, directors, produces and influential industry professionals. They took advantage of the opportunity to network and collated their own celebrity snapshots.

    NYFA Australia offer a range of industry related hands-on courses including Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Screenwriting and many more. The programs are designed to allow students hands-on and real-life industry experience and this particular event is the perfect example of what the Academy has to offer.

    For further details on New York Film Academy courses throughout the Australian and abroad, contact us.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

  • AFI | AACTA Awards 2015 Announce First Winners in Sydney

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    AACTA Luncheon 2015

    AACTA Award First Winners (Image from AACTA Facebook)

    The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2015 are well underway, with the first group of winners being announced on Tuesday 27 January during the 4th AACTA Awards Luncheon at The Star Event Centre, Sydney.

    The annual awards commemorate and celebrate Australian film and television achievements and is considered Australia’s equivalent of the Oscars and the BAFTAs.

    A strong lineup saw The Broken Shore, Tender, Ukraine is Not a Brothel and Predestination all nominated five times.

    Some of the current winners include:

    • AACTA Award for Best Direction in a Television Light Entertainment or Reality Series WINNER: The Broken Shore (Martin McGrath ACS – ABC)
    • AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in Television WINNER: The Code (Episode 1 Deborah Peart ASE – ABC)
    • AACTA Award for Best Short Animation WINNER: Grace Under Water (Anthony Lawrence)
    • AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film WINNER: Florence has Left the Building (Mirrah Foulkes and Alex White)
    • AACTA Award for Best Cinematography WINNER: Predestination (Ben Nott ACS)

    A special congratulations to:

    • NYFA Australia director mentor, Samantha Lang, for her involvement in the award winning Carlotta. The production was the 2015 winner of ‘AACTA Award for Best Proudction Design in Television’ and ‘AACTA Award for Best Costume Design in Television’.
    • NYFA Australia lecturer Grant Thompson, for his nomination in the Best Documentary Television Program category, for Taking on the Chocolate Frog.

    This is just a small group of the impressive list of winners from the 4th AACTA Awards Luncheon.

    Students of New York Film Academy Australia have also been invited to attend this amazing event, later this week. A selected group of student were excited to have been given access to this unique opportunity, many being inspired by the works of the local nominees and winners. We are sure to see NYFA Australia students on stage in the near future accepting their own accolades. In the meantime, they will enjoy the honor to be amongst the talent and professionals of the Australian film and television industry.

    You can find out more details on our New York Film Academy Acting for Film programs on our website. The program is available throughout the United States and at our Sydney and Gold Coast campuses in Australia. Contact us for more details.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

  • The Babadook: A Non-Nominee Worth Awarding

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    Image Credit: Matt Nettheim

    The Babadook, a thrilling horror flick and debuting film of Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent, has gained much praise by scary movie fans and the industry alike (the film has won a bunch of awards including “Best First Film” award from New York Film Critics Circle). So when the Oscars chose to ignore its existence, it had many wondering what does it actually takes to be considered as a nominee? Are scary movies out of the running?

    The film sees Essie Davies playing Amelia, a struggling mother, bring-up her son Samuel (impeccably played-by first-time actor Noah Wiseman) and a pop-up book. As Davies fights her psychological demons, the film gets darker, her son gets freakier and the pop-up book gets weirdly more intertwined into the family’s reality.

    Ok, to be fair, the Academy has paid tribute to scary movies in the past including awarding horror films The Exorcist and Silence of the Lambs, but it’s been some time and we think The Babadook should have been one of those films to crack the Oscars this year. Maybe they just expect a little extra from the genre and if so, we see Kent coming back with something freakier and scarier, so much so that the Academy will just simply not be able ignore.

    Check out The Babadook trailer and tell us what you think. Too weird? Should it have been a nominee consideration? Let us know your thoughts.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    January 22, 2015 • Entertainment Australia, Entertainment News • Views: 4166