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  • The 2023 Oscars: Highlights & Full List of Nominees

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    The nominations for the 2023 Oscars were announced on Tuesday, January 24th, with Riz Ahmed, who won the Oscar for best live-action short last year, and Allison Williams, who currently stars in the horror hit M3GAN, announcing the nominees. The ceremony, which will take place Sunday, March 12, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood, has Jimmy Kimmel back as the host after previously leading the awards show in 2017 and 2018.

    The 95th Academy Award Nominations: Our Highlights

    Similar to the 2023 Golden Globes, A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once and The Banshees of Inisherin from Searchlight Pictures led the nominations. All Quiet on the Western Front, which got a single Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture – Non-English Language (formerly Foreign Language), received nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. With the nominations came some surprises, snubs, and standouts, promising an exciting show this year.

    It came as no surprise to cinephiles that A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once was nominated for eleven awards.

    Here are some brief highlights and in-depth looks at the nominations.

    • Asian Actors Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, and Hong Chau made history with their nominations
    • Prominent films by Black filmmakers, such as The Woman King and Till, although being must-watch films, were not nominated for any Oscars
    • Andrea Riseborough received a surprise nomination for Best Lead Actress for her performance in the film To Leslie
    • Brian Tyree Henry received a surprise nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Causeway
    • No Oscar nominations for acclaimed horror hits, including Nope, Pearl, and The Menu

    READ MORE: The 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Highlights & Full List of Nominees

    Everything Everywhere All at Once Makes History

    Leading with eleven nominations, including Best Lead Actress for Michelle Yeoh, Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan, and two Best Supporting Actress nominations for Stephanie Hsu and NYFA Guest Speaker Jamie Lee Curtis, the eccentric and heartwarming Everything Everywhere All at Once dominates the Oscars this year. Many were relieved to see recognition for Hsu, the only main cast member not to receive a Golden Globe nomination. Each actor is receiving their first Oscar nomination this year.

    The nominations also helped make history, as it’s the first time four actors of Asian descent — Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, and Hong Chau (The Whale) were nominated in the same year. Yeoh is also the first self-identified Asian actress nominated for Best Lead Actress.

    Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Brings a Spotlight to Craftsmanship

    Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Animated and was also nominated at the 95th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. The film is del Toro’s first stop-motion film and features the work of experienced craftspeople and visual artists. NYFA’s very own Tony Candelaria, who works as an Instructor at NYFA Los Angeles, also worked on the film. The film currently has an exhibit, Crafting Pinocchio, at The Museum of. Modern Art history in New York City.

    “No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation, and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” del Toro has said

    Netflix, who produced the film, also created the documentary Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio: Handcarved Cinema to show the audience how del Toro’s vision came to life. 

    Che India’s Chhello Show (Last Film Show) was considered an Oscars snub this year, as it did not earn any nominations in its expected category, Best International Feature Film.

    The Fabelmans Proves to be a ‘Best Picture’ Contender

    The Fabelmans, which won the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama and Best Director – Motion Picture for NYFA Guest Speaker Steven Spielberg, was nominated for seven Oscars this year, including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture. The Universal Pictures film, based on Spielberg’s own life, also stars NYFA alum Paul Dano and NYFA Guest Speaker Seth Rogen as family friend Benny. Dano also starred in The Batman, which was nominated for three Oscars.

    WATCH: Guest Speaker Series: Seth Rogen Q&A at NYFA

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Brings Marvel to the Table

    Marvel fans were overjoyed when Black Panther: Wakanda Forever earned six nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Angela Bassett, who played Queen Ramonda. Bassett, who won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, may be tough to beat for her category, which also includes Hong Chau (The Whale), Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin), Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once), and Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once).

    Everything Everywhere All at Once, Black Panther, and Elvis are just a few nominated for Best Costume Design.

    It’s the first Oscar nomination in an acting category for Marvel Studios and NYFA Guest Speaker Kevin Feige and Guest Speaker Nate Moore, both Producers of the film. Win or lose, the successful awards season for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever continues to pay tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who passed while the sequel to his film was in production.

    WATCH: NYFA’s Q&A-List with Tova Laiter: Nate Moore

    Elvis Continues to Sing for Austin Butler

    Austin Butler, who won Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in Elvis, was nominated for  Best Lead Actor. He joins the long list of actors with their first Academy Award nomination this year. The film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture. The nominations are bittersweet for the Elvis team, as Lisa Marie Presley, the famous crooner’s real-life daughter, passed away only days after the Golden Globes.

    “I know she’s smiling down right now,” Butler said. 

    The movie was filmed in Gold Coast, Australia, with the assistance of some hardworking NYFA Australia students. As Queensland continues to prove itself as a top-notch destination for filmmaking, we can’t wait to see what films come out of Australia (and from our NYFA Australia alums!) next.

    Till Director Chinonye Chukwu with Danielle Deadwyler, who played Mamie Till-Mobley in the film.

    No Female Director Nominations

    Despite an exceptional talent pool this year, including Sarah Polley for Women Talking, Charlotte Wells for Aftersun, Gina Prince-Bythewood for The Woman King, and Chinonye Chukwu for Till, no female directors were nominated this year. While some of the films had some recognition, such as Women Talking for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture, as well as Best Lead Actor for Aftersun’s Paul Mescal, The Woman King and Till were shut out of nominations entirely. It’s important to note that no Black woman has ever been nominated or won the award for Best Director.

    After the nominees were announced, in a message on Instagram, Chukwu said this:

    “We live in a world and work in industries that are so aggressively committed to upholding whiteness and perpetuating an unabashed misogyny towards Black women,” she said.

    “And yet. I am forever in gratitude for the greatest lesson of my life – regardless of any challenges or obstacles, I will always have the power to cultivate my own joy, and it is this joy that will continue to be one of my greatest forms of resistance.”

    Babylon Falls Short of La La Land

    Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, called a “love letter to cinema,” got three Oscar nominations, including Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design. Regardless of the all-star cast, which includes Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, who is one of the most famous Australian actors of our age, as well as Tobey Maguire, Jean Smart, Olivia Wilde, and Diego Calva, there were no further nominations. Director Chazelle won a 2017 Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing for La La Land. At NYFA, we’re particularly proud of Babylon, as NYFA Acting Instructor Miraj Grbic worked on the film. 

    First-Time Nomination for Fan Favorite Brendan Fraser

    While 2022’s The Whale has had some controversy, fans still applaud Brendan Fraser, who received a nomination for Best Lead Actor. It’s Fraser’s first-ever Oscar nomination as. The Whale marked his return to film after nearly 12 years. In what is lovingly being referred to as “the Brenaissance,” Fraser has been welcomed back into the fold. He is speculated to have upcoming roles in Behind the Curtain of Night, Martin Scorcese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, as well as a Coen Brothers movie.

    Brendan Fraser grew to prominence in the ’90s and early ’00s in films like The Mummy, Blast from the Past, The Quiet American, and Bedazzled.

    “I like people feeling like they’re getting to know me again,” Fraser said in an interview with GQ. “Because we’ve all grown a little older together.”

    READ MORE: Producing Students Attend ‘The Whale’ Premiere at Lincoln Center

    ALL 2023 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

    Best Supporting Actor

    Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin

    Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway

    Judd Hirsch (The Fabelmans)

    Barry Keoghan (The Banshees of Inisherin

    Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Best Supporting Actress

    Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Hong Chau (The Whale

    Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin

    Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

    Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Best Animated Feature Film 

    Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Netflix) 

    Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (A24) 

    Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (DreamWorks Animation) 

    The Sea Beast (Netflix) 

    Turning Red (Pixar) 

    Best Animated Short Film

    The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse (Apple TV+) 

    The Flying Sailor 

    Ice Merchants

    My Year of Dicks

    An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It 

    Best Costume Design 

    Babylon (Paramount Pictures) 

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Studios) 

    Elvis (Warner Bros) 

    Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24) 

    Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (Focus Features) 

    Best Live Action Short

    An Irish Goodbye (Floodlight Pictures) 

    Ivalu (M&M Productions) 

    Le Pupille (Disney+) 

    Night Ride

    The Red Suitcase (Cynefilms) 

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling 

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix) 

    The Batman (Warner Bros.) 

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Studios)

    Elvis (Warner Bros.) 

    The Whale (A24) 

    Best Original Score 

    All Quiet on the Western Front  

    Babylon  

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    The Fabelmans 

    Best Sound

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix) 

    Avatar: The Way of Water (20th Century Studios) 

    The Batman (Warner Bros.) 

    Elvis (Warner Bros.) 

    Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures) 

    Best Adapted Screenplay

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix)   

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix)  

    Living (Sony Pictures Classics) 

    Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures) 

    Women Talking (MGM/United Artists Releasing) 

    Best Original Screenplay

    The Banshees of Inisherin (Searchlight Pictures)  

    Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)  

    The Fabelmans (Universal Pictures) 

    Tár (Focus Features)  

    Triangle of Sadness (Neon)  

    An Irish Goodbye (Floodlight Pictures) 

    Best Cinematography 

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix)   

    Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (Netflix) 

    Elvis (Warner Bros.) 

    Empire of Light (Searchlight Pictures) 

    Tár (Focus Features) 

    Best Documentary Feature Film 

    All That Breathes (HBO Documentary Films) 

    All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (Neon) 

    Fire of Love (National Geographic Documentary Films/Neon) 

    A House Made of Splinters

    Navalny (CNN/Warner Bros.) 

    Best Documentary Short Film 

    The Elephant Whisperers (Netflix) 

    Haulout

    How Do You Measure a Year? (Jay Rosenblatt Films) 

    The Martha Mitchell Effect (Netflix) 

    Stranger at the Gate

    Best Film Editing

    The Banshees of Inisherin (Searchlight Pictures) 

    Elvis (Warner Bros.) 

    Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24) 

    Tár

    Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount) 

    Best International Feature Film 

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany) 

    Argentina, 1985 (Argentina) 

    Close (Belgium)

    EO (Poland) 

    The Quiet Girl (Ireland) 

    Best Original Song 

    “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman

    “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick 

    “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever  

    “Naatu Naatu” from RRR   

    “This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Best Production Design 

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix) 

    Avatar: The Way of Water (20th Century Studios) 

    Babylon (Paramount Pictures) 

    Elvis (Warner Bros) 

    The Fabelmans (Universal Pictures) 

    Best Visual Effects

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix) 

    Avatar: The Way of Water (20th Century Studios) 

    The Batman (Warner Bros.) 

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Studios) 

    Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures) 

    Best Lead Actor

    Austin Butler (Elvis

    Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin

    Brendan Fraser (The Whale

    Paul Mescal (Aftersun

    Bill Nighy (Living

    Best Lead Actress

    Cate Blanchett (Tár

    Ana de Armas (Blonde

    Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie)

    Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans

    Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Best Director 

    Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin

    Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans

    Todd Field (Tár

    Ruben Östlund (Triangle of Sadness

    Best Picture

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix) 

    Avatar: The Way of Water (20th Century Studios) 

    The Banshees of Inisherin (Searchlight Pictures) 

    Elvis (Warner Bros.) 

    Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24) 

    The Fabelmans (Universal Pictures)

    Tár (Focus Features) 

    Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures) 

    Triangle of Sadness (Neon) 

    Women Talking (MGM/United Artists Releasing) 

    Tune in to support our alumni at the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 12, 2023!

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  • NYFA Attends the Lunar New Year Reception Hosted by the Chinese Consulate General in New York

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    On January 17th, 2023, several NYFA staff and faculty members attended a Lunar New Year reception hosted by the Consul General of China’s Consulate in New York, Ambassador Huang Ping, and his wife, Zhang Aiping.

    NYFA-Lunar New Year 2023-1

    Ambassador Huang met with David Mager and Evgenia Vlasova

    Bill Einreinhofer (NYFA’s Chair Emeritus of the Broadcast Journalism Department), David Mager (NYFA’s NYC Chair of Photography), Evgenia Vlasova (NYFA faculty member and filmmaker), and Sheng Lai (NYFA’s Global Programs Coordinator), attended this exciting event to welcome the Year of the Rabbit. In traditional Chinese culture, the rabbit symbolizes goodness and purity, health, beauty, and hope.

    NYFA-Lunar New Year-2

    From left to right: Sheng Lai, Consul Yang Hui, Cultural Counselor Chen Chunmei, Bill Einreinhofer, and David Mager

    More than 400 prominent guests attended the Chinese Consulate General’s reception. Attendees enjoyed art performances and a heartfelt speech by Ambassador Huang Ping. The ambassador wished everyone a happy new year and underlined the importance of cultural and educational exchanges and the ongoing friendship and cooperation between the two peoples of the United States and China.

    NYFA prides itself on its active and ongoing relationships with Chinese higher education institutions.

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  • NYFA Celebrates MA Producing for Executives Program’s Recent Graduates

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    NYFA MA Producing for Execs GraduatesNYFA held a virtual event on January 5th, 2023, to celebrate the school’s MA Producing for Executives program. The program’s students joined the call to share memories of their studies and celebrate their recent graduations.

    Speaker Dr. Joy Zhu, NYFA’s Executive Vice President for the China Region, joined the virtual event to deliver an inspirational speech. According to Zhu, the MA Producing for Executives program is “a rare and innovative learning experience for students at New York Film Academy.” Zhu followed her speech with expressions of excitement about the anticipated future contributions to the creative and entertainment industries from the program’s recent graduates.

    NYFA MA Producing for Execs Zoom Call

    Sonny Calderon, NYFA’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, also joined the call to congratulate the students on their achievements and program completion.

    The event included student representatives, who addressed their peers and expressed gratitude to NYFA’s Producing Department academic team, faculty, and staff. NYFA’s China Office staff members Irene Yu, Sarah Wu, Zexia Wang, and NYFA’s LA Campus academic affairs officer Erni Chen also attended the celebration.

    Learned from the success of this unique online program, NYFA continues to deepen its program development and launched the Online MA in Entrepreneurial Producing and Innovation. In this bold program, students expand their knowledge and develop advanced business, creative, leadership, and marketing skills while gaining a global perspective of the film, television, and other emerging entertainment industries.

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  • The 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Highlights & Full List of Nominees

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    Next up in the 2023 awards season are the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will air on Feb. 26th at 5 PM pacific / 8 PM eastern. Similar to the Golden Globes, this year’s awards bring some exciting changes to the ceremony, including a switch to Netflix. As they step into the world of live broadcasting, Netflix plans to live stream the awards on its YouTube channel.

    The partnership between the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Netflix is promising, as the streaming service experiments with new features and award shows look to bring in viewers. Both Netflix and SAG have an opportunity to mix things up, hopefully providing a memorable ceremony for the audience.

    The SAG Awards 2023: Nomination Highlights

    The SAG Awards brings a competitive 2023 ceremony, as The Banshees of Inisherin and  Everything Everywhere All at Once both earned four nominations for acting. The films were also nominated for an ensemble award. Other notable nominees include NYFA Alum Bill Hader for his work on Barry, more nominations for Black Panther; Wakanda Forever for NYFA Guest Speakers Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, as well as an ensemble award for The Woman King, which featured NYFA Acting alum Masali Baduza.

    Here is an overview of some of the nominations this year.

    Barry

    2023 SAG Nominations: 

    • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (Bill Hader)
    • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

    NYFA alum Bill Hader was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes for Barry. Hader also writes, produces, and directs the show. NYFA Guest Speaker Henry Winkler is also a part of the Barry cast and was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical-Comedy or Drama Television Series at the 2023 Golden Globes. Winkler paid our NYFA Los Angeles Campus a visit earlier this year to run a master class with our Acting for Film students.

    The cast of The White Lotus: Sicily included Will Sharpe, NYFA Alum Aubrey Plaza, Meghann Fahy, and Theo James (pictured above.)

    The White Lotus: Sicily

    2023 SAG Nominations: 

    • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
    • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Jennifer Coolidge)

    The White Lotus already took home Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Jennifer Coolidge. While she was not nominated at the SAG Awards, Aubrey Plaza, an NYFA teen camp alum, was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television at the Golden Globes. Her character, Harper, is one of the many central characters in season two of the series.

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    2023 SAG Nominations:

    • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Angela Bassett)
    • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

    At the Golden Globes, Marvel Studios and NYFA Guest Speakers Kevin Feige and Nate Moore were finally recognized for the Marvel films, as Angela Bassett won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. The film was nominated for two SAG awards as well, including another best actor nod for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. 

    Nate Moore, a Producer on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Eternals, visited our campus this year and shared his experiences on NYFA’s Q&A List with Tova Laiter

    Moore has been credited with developing Black superhero characters such as T’Challa and Falcon for the MCU, serving as the Executive Producer on the Disney+ limited series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Co-Producer on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Congratulations to Nate Moore, Kevin Feige, and the entire cast and crew of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on their win and nominations so far!

    The Fabelmans

    2023 SAG Nominations:

    • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Paul Dano)
    • Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

    A lot of successful filmmakers attribute their success to tenacity. One could say the same for legendary director and filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who fell in love with filmmaking at a young age and carried his dream into adulthood. At the Golden Globes, the film that told the story of his childhood, family, and first sparks of passion for film, The Fabelmans won Best Motion Picture – Drama. The NYFA Guest Speaker Spielberg also won Best Director. The film also stars NYFA alum Paul Dano and NYFA Guest Speaker Seth Rogen, rounding out the talented ensemble.

    Fun fact: When Batman punches a thug at the beginning of the film, he says, “I’m vengeance!”. This is taken from Batman: The Animated Series (1992).

    The Batman

    2023 SAG Nominations:

    • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

    Speaking of Dano, the NYFA alum also starred in the SAG nominee for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture, The Batman. The Batman joins a long history of films depicting the winged crime fighter, with Dano starring as The Riddler. The all-star cast includes Robert Pattinson as Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, and an unrecognizable Colin Farrell as Penguin. 

    The Carnival set in Elvis, filmed on the Gold Coast in Australia.

    Elvis

    2023 SAG Nominations:

    • Austin Butler – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

    Austin Butler, who won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes this month, was also nominated for a SAG award. We’re so excited for the recognition of this fantastic film, as many of our NYFA Australia acting alum worked on Elvis, which was filmed in Gold Coast, Queensland. Shout out to Connor Barton, Lachlan Crane, Darcie Morris, and Darcy Worthington for their fantastic work on this film.

    Viola Davis is the first Black actor to win the Triple Crown of Acting, winning an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony.

    The Woman King

    2023 SAG Nominations:

    • Viola Davis – Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
    • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

    Another film that celebrated Black excellence in 2022 was the action-adventure epic The Woman King, which was nominated for one Golden Globe (Viola Davis, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama). The film is nominated for two SAG awards, recognizing Davis as well as the entire stunt ensemble. New York Film Academy AFA Acting for Film alum Masali Baduza played Fumbe, joining a stunning mostly Black cast that also includes John Boyega. Off-screen, Gina Prince-Bythewood was also dedicated to hiring Black women and women of color to work on the film.

    Read More: A Two Front War: Blackness & Representation in ‘The Woman King’

     

    Here is the full list of 2023 SAG nominees!

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

    Steve Carrell – The Patient

    Taron Egerton – Black Bird

    Sam Elliott – 1883

    Paul Walter Hauser – Black Bird

    Evan Peters – Dahmer

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

    Emily Blunt – The English

    Jessica Chastain – George and Tammy

    Julia Garner – Inventing Anna

    Niecy Nash Betts – Dahmer

    Amanda Seyfried – The Dropout

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

    Anthony Carrigan – Barry

    Bill Hader – Barry

    Steve Martin – Only Murders in the Building

    Martin Short – Only Murders in the Building

    Jeremy Allen White – The Bear

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

    Christina Applegate – Dead to Me

    Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary

    Jenna Ortega – Wednesday

    Jean Smart – Hacks

     

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

    Abbott Elementary

    Barry

    The Bear

    Hacks

    Only Murders in the Building

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

    Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul

    Jason Bateman – Ozark

    Jeff Bridges – The Old Man

    Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

    Adam Scott – Severance

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

    Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus

    Elizabeth Debicki – The Crown

    Julia Garner – Ozark

    Laura Linney – Ozark

    Zendaya – Euphoria

     

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

    Better Call Saul

    The Crown

    Ozark

    Severance

    The White Lotus

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

    Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Hong Chau – The Whale

    Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin

    Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All at Once

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

    Paul Dano – The Fabelmans

    Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin

    Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin

    Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Eddie Redmayne – The Good Nurse

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

    Cate Blanchett – Tár

    Viola Davis – The Woman King

    Ana de Armas – Blonde

    Danielle Deadwyler – Till

    Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

    Austin Butler  – Elvis

    Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin

    Brendan Fraser – The Whale

    Bill Nighy – Living

    Adam Sandler – Hustle

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

    Babylon

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    The Fabelmans

    Women Talking

     

    Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    The Batman

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Top Gun: Maverick

    The Woman King

     

    Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

    Andor

    The Boys

    House of the Dragon

    The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

    Stranger Things

     

    Want more on awards season? Check out our recap from the 2023 Golden Globes!

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  • Golden Globes 2023 Recap and Post-Show Highlights

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    From historic wins to memorable unscripted moments, this year’s Golden Globes set the stage for an incredible awards season. This year’s awards, televised after not being aired in 2022, showcased a range of talent. Seasoned film and television vets finally got their flowers, first-time nominees swept up awards, and a few members of the NYFA community were recognized for their achievements. In our post-show recap, we’ll share some of the wins and our favorite moments from the ceremony.

    Here are some of the highlights of the star-studded event.

    Guillermo del Toro’s Wins for Reimagined Pinocchio

    Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, which was actually turned down by multiple studios, won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Animated. Unlike the Disney film, this stop-motion version of Pinocchio was based on Gris Grimly’s illustrated edition of the original story.

    Del Toro peeking in on Pinocchio’s world. Image via Netflix.com.

    “Guillermo described the world and look he wanted as “perfectly imperfect,” so that the characters were never uncannily realistic,” said Guy Davis, a character designer for the film. “The world has a visceral texture and feeling of age that gives everything a sense of history.”

    Shout out to NYFA LA Instructor Tony Candelaria, who worked on the film and is now working on Shape Island for Apple TV+!

    NYFA Guest Speakers, Alum Win Big for The Fabelmans

    In other NYFA community wins, NYFA Guest Speaker Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. A hearty congratulations to NYFA Acting alum Paul Dano, NYFA Guest Speaker Seth Rogen, and the entire cast and crew on their win! Spielberg also landed Best Director – Motion Picture for The Fabelmans.

    The film is based on Spielberg’s life, and despite being one of the most successful filmmakers of all time, he took a long time to tell the story.

    “I spent a lot of time trying to figure out when I can tell that story,” he said in an interview with People. “And I figured out when I turned about 74 years old, I said, ‘You better do it now.’ ”

    Marvel Studios (Finally) Gets Their Due

    Marvel Studios and NYFA Guest Speaker Kevin Feige got their first major award last night for the comic book films, as Angela Bassett won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. Her iconic role as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever sealed the deal and was her second Golden Globe award. In her speech, Bassett paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who passed away before the sequel was in production.

    “We have joy in knowing that with this historic ‘Black Panther’ series, it is a part of his legacy that he helped to lead us,” said Bassett. “We showed the world what Black unity, leadership, and love looks like, behind and in front of the camera. To the Marvel fans, thank you for embracing these characters and showing us so much love.”

    The White Lotus Wins Best TV Limited Series

    HBO Max’s The White Lotus won Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. We’re so excited for NYFA Alum Aubrey Plaza and the rest of the cast and crew on this honor. Justice for Tanya!

    Speaking of Tanya, Twitter loved that Jennifer Coolidge and Jean Smart sat next to each other at the awards. We need a movie with these two icons!!

    An Austin Butler Win is a Win for Australia Film

    Austin Butler won Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in Elvis. We’re particularly proud of this film, as the movie was filmed in Gold Coast, Australia, with the help of some amazing NYFA Australia students. Queensland continues to thrive as a filmmaking destination, with the industry pulling in $465 million for the local economy in 2022. 

    Elvis was also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director – Motion Picture for Baz Luhrmann. We can’t wait to see what films and television shows come out of Queensland next!

    Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan Make History

    In a true instance of art imitating life, Michelle Yeoh won for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy and Ke Huy Quan for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie.  Their characters famously share a scene in Everything Everywhere All at Once in parallel lives where they are famous movie stars. The actors made history this year with their wins, as Yeoh is the second actress of Asian descent to win for her category, and Ke Huy Quan is the first actor of Asian descent to win the award since 1985.

    Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang in Everything Everywhere All at Once, exploring one of her many parallel lives.

    Quan, who broke into the film industry with his childhood role in The Goonies, was humbled and gracious about his Hollywood comeback. As for a Goonies sequel? “I’m open to revisiting the character,” Quan said.

    Ryan Murphy Celebrates Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

    While accepting the Carol Burnett Award for his outstanding contributions to television, Ryan Murphy applauded Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, who won Best Actress in a TV Drama award in 2022 for her role in his FX series Pose. As last year’s awards were not televised, Murphy took a moment to recognize Rodriguez’s making history as the first transgender actor to win a Golden Globe.

    Murphy had another achievement for his series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. American Horror Story alum Evan Peters won his first Golden Globe for Best Actor – Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Motion Picture for the show, reflecting his incredible character work. In his speech, Peters thanked the cast and crew for a team effort and recognized the show was “hard to make and hard to watch.” He said he hoped “some good” came out of making the series.

    Abbott Elementary Picks Up More Awards

    Abbott Elementary has already won major awards since the beginning of the series. At the 2023 Golden Globes, it picked up three more awards, including Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Quinta Brunson), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical-Comedy or Drama Television Series (Tyler James Williams), as well as Best Comedy Series.

    Quinta Brunson with her Golden Globe.

    The entire city of Philadelphia is pulling for you guys!

    NYFA would like to congratulate all of the winners and nominees at this year’s 2023 Golden Globes.

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  • New York Film Academy Looks Back at the 2022 Highlights

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    As the clock winds down on 2022 and ushers in a brand new year, now is the perfect time to take stock of our accomplishments.

    New York Film Academy (NYFA) alums, students, faculty, and staff continue to amaze us – their collective achievements are no less impressive than what we set out to achieve this year! To recognize these successes, let’s toast one final time with this engaging infographic, which reveals NYFA’s triumphant highlights from the past 12 months!

     

     

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    December 30, 2022 • Acting • Views: 723

  • NYFA Acting Alum Sèdo Tossou Stars in “Black Santiago Club”

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    At NYFA, we are committed to developing multitalented students with creative goals in film, media, and television. Recently, we spoke with 2019 NYFA 1-Year Acting program alum Sèdo Tossou, star of the new Canal+ International TV series Black Santiago Club, which premieres in the spring of 2023. In the recent Q&A, Sèdo highlighted his experiences at NYFA, his experiences filming Black Santiago Club and his thoughts about the future of West African cinema. 

    About NYFA Acting Alum Sèdo Tossou

    A native of Benin who was raised in France, Sèdo grew up pursuing a variety of artistic endeavors. In addition to earning a classical music degree in piano, Sèdo played the guitar, sang, and danced – with a specialty in hip-hop and dancehall styles – extensively during his youth. This well-rounded artistic background led him to represent Team France in the World Championship for the Performing Arts. Sèdo competed as an actor, model, and pianist, winning several medals for his work and receiving a scholarship to NYFA. 

    Sèdo Tossou’s Experience at NYFA Los Angeles

    Upon visiting the NYFA Los Angeles campus, Sèdo fell in love. He chose NYFA Los Angeles because he could visit major film studios like Universal and Warner Brothers and “collaborate with other filmmakers and photographers” to further his acting aspirations.

    After graduating from NYFA’s One-Year Acting in Film degree program in the spring of 2019, Sèdo played a web designer in nine episodes of the FYI TV series Dream Life.

    In 2020, he returned to his native continent, establishing the Sedo N’Nogni acting school with the goal of training and professionally equipping African filmmakers to pursue their craft. 

    Sèdo noted that international filmmakers often “arrive in Africa and they like their projects, but they work with people from outside,” providing few opportunities for African actors to hone their skills.

    On Filming Black Santiago Club

    Sedo first received word about Black Santiago Club in January 2021, when Benin’s minister of culture invited him to speak about his Sèdo N’Nogni film school. Shortly thereafter, he was approached by the show’s producers Keewu Productions, the Senegalese production company behind Sakho and Mangane. They offered Sèdo an opportunity to play the show’s villain, Victor, a shady businessman with some dastardly tricks up his sleeve, an offer he accepted. 

    Black Santiago Club vintage photoBlack Santiago Club in their early days. Image via Womex.com.

    Black Santiago Club: The History Behind the Band

    Despite his Beninese heritage and his own experiences as a musician, Sèdo was not familiar with the show’s titular music group until production began. He explained that “growing up in France, [he] was not as familiar with the Beninese musicians” and added that “not too many people of [his] generation know about Black Santiago Club.” The group, the oldest music group from Africa, plays Congolese rumba, high-life, and afrobeat styles. Since forming in 1964, the band has played an integral role in West African history and culture.

    When asked about key takeaways from Black Santiago Club, Sèdo replied that he hoped audiences would discover through the series that there are “shows in Africa that are being produced that are as captivating, if not more, as shows that are produced in the Western world,” notably the United States and Europe. 

    Tossou’s Tips on How To Play a Villain

    Sèdo had never played a villain before, stating that villainous characters are “not [his] type” of on-screen persona. Rather, he has typically portrayed “the nice guy” in productions, “the husband or love interest usually,” in his words. Additionally, since Black Santiago Club is Sèdo’s first production wherein he plays a villain, he wanted to ensure that his role is as truthful and credible as possible. 

    “I don’t want to be the villain who’s trying to act like the villain like look at me I’m so bad, I’m so mean. I needed to create something that will make me dangerous. Or at least looked dangerous and feel dangers without it being overdone or not truthful.”

    He continued by describing the pivotal role body language played in developing his on-screen character: “I worked on my movements and my posture. I worked on how I would move my head, and my legs. I wanted a natural, creepy, weird, mysterious physical language.” 

    Sèdo wanted to create a body language for Victor that translated well with global audiences. He also read the script time and time again to ensure he delivered every line of dialogue as naturally as possible during production. Furthermore, Sèdo channeled his personal experiences and emotions into Victor, commenting, “All those emotions are worth something; I was like, ‘Well, let’s use this!’” 

    Sèdo leaned on his NYFA experience during production for Black Santiago Club. When he struggled to demonstrate the proper emotion in one scene, Sèdo remembered what one teacher said to him about finding triggers, specifically “that the scene is what you experience when you’re doing it;” in other words, he let the events of a scene influence his emotional responses. Sèdo said that during his course of study at NYFA, he “grew older with a lot more maturity and trauma, so it’s way easier to cry now” than it was for him before attending NYFA. 

    Black Santiago ClubOn set filming “Black Santiago Club.”

    The Future of the West African Film Industry

    Sèdo hopes to see a successful film industry emerge in West Africa, similar to Nollywood, Nigeria’s answer to Hollywood. He specifically mentioned his hopes for a developing film industry in nations such as his native Benin, as well as Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, and Senegal. Sèdo then stated that although television production is an established industry in West Africa, film is not. 

    He said that there are “not enough films being produced per year to generate enough money to develop an economy and then create opportunities for actors and directors to live off it” as their primary income. Additionally, he commented that Beninese films “are produced and are seen here in Benin in our only movie theater. There’s one movie theater for 12 million people” in the country.

    In short, West Africa does not provide many outlets for local filmmakers to showcase their work to local audiences. Sèdo then expressed his desire to produce quality films, with an emphasis on training screenwriters. 

    Advice to Incoming NYFA Students

    Sèdo concluded with a few words of advice to incoming NYFA students. He encouraged them to use every single day of their experience productively, with a focus on networking, because that time passes quickly. Regarding students at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus, Sèdo said, “If you’re in LA, you need to go into the building where directors, screenwriters, even people working in video games, might need voiceover people” for their projects. He concluded by encouraging incoming students to utilize their time efficiently, search for networking and collaboration opportunities, and finally “take advantage of everything that NYFA has to offer” during their studies. 

    New York Film Academy would like to thank Sèdo Tossou for his time and wish him much success with the new TV series Black Santiago Club. We encourage you to tune in to Black Santiago Club on Canal+ International when it premieres next spring. If you are an aspiring storyteller interested in pursuing goals in filmmaking, we offer a variety of film programs at our New York, Los Angeles, and South Beach (Miami) campuses, as well as online. 

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  • Janek Ambros, MFA Producing Alum, Produces Festival Hits ‘Ukrainians in Exile’ and ‘Monica’

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    Assembly Line Entertainment, a once-emerging film financing and production company is now an internationally recognized company with films appearing at Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), DTLA Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and Shanghai Film Festival, among others. 

    Founded by MFA Producing alum, director, and producer Janek Ambros, Assembly Line Entertainment released its latest film, Ukrainians in Exile (2023), to great acclaim. The film focuses on the border crisis, narrated by an anonymous woman who resides in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Speaking in Ukrainian, the narrator details her experiences and contemplates the challenges of citizens forced to leave and whether neighboring countries will embrace the refugees during this crisis. 

    Janek Ambros, MFA Producing Alum, Produces Two New Festival Hits ‘Ukrainians in Exile’ and ‘Monica’

    Ukrainians in Exile (entitled ‘Ukrayintsi u Vyhnanni’ in Ukrainian) is a documentary following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian government and the evacuation of Ukrainian citizens. Shot in the Polish city of Przemysl, located on the Ukrainian border, Prezemysi became an important junction for evacuating Ukrainian refugees.

    NYFA MFA Producing alum Janek Ambros

    NYFA MFA Producing alum Janek Ambros

    The film, shot in March 2022 following the February invasion, was executive-produced by NYFA Guest Speaker Janusz Kaminski. Kaminski is a two-time Academy Award winner, collaborator with NYFA Guest Speaker Steven Spielberg, and fellow NYFA producing alum Robbie Leacock. 

    The short documentary premiered internationally at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico in October 2022, alongside other famous and trending films like Bardo, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, and Speilberg’s The Fabelmans. The film most recently won ‘Best Short Doc” at the 76th Salerno Film Festival. 

    According to Ambros, “I hope this documentary encourages people to warmly welcome Ukrainian refugees that are in dire need of help as well as other refugees from other conflicts.”

    Production still for Ukrainians in Exile (2023)

    Production still for Ukrainians in Exile (2023)

    The NYFA alum is a multi-talent entertainment industry professional and touts credits, including Exposure 36 (2022), The Legend of Tayos (2021), Mondo Hollywoodland (2019), Human Capital (2019), and Imminent Threat (2015). His films have cast well-known A-list stars, including Emily Browning, Patricia Clarkson, Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ethan Hawke. Read more about Mondo Hollywoodland when it came out in this related article

    Janek Ambros Produces Film Festival Winner Monica (2022)

    Ambros was co-executive producer of the 2022 film Monica, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in competition for the Golden Lion and won “Best Italian Film.” The film screened at the AFI Film Festival and starred Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson, and Emily Browning. Monica was directed and co-written by Andrea Pallaoro. The story portrays a woman’s return home to care for her dying mother. Monica is a complex story of redemption that explores aging, abandonment, and dysfunction. 

    Watch the trailer for Monica (2022): 

    Assembly Line Entertainment, a unique organization, garners inspiration from the 1960s Hollywood film era that uses social and character-driven storylines to make statements about contemporary. The organization was produced by fellow NYFA producing alum Robbie Leacock, driven by a long-standing professional relationship with Ambros. Read about the start of Assembly Line Entertainment and the partnership between Ambros and Leacock during their time as students at NYFA.  

    Ambro’s upcoming films include Sharp Teeth, War Game, and an adaption of Russel Lees’ “Nixon’s Nixon,” a satire about Kissinger and Nixon’s desperate attempt to stay in power the night before Nixon resigns. In an article written by Matt Grobar on Deadline, the director and NYFA alum said, “When I stumbled upon Russell’s play, I was immediately drawn to the incredibly nuanced portrayals of Nixon and Kissinger,” and continued, “It’s a great deep dive into these characters and their antics which can act as a microcosm for American hegemony and imperialism, done with such a twisted sense of humor and satire.”

    As always, NYFA is incredibly proud of the hard work of its alumni and wishes Janek Ambros continued success in his production career. Follow Assembly Line Entertainment’s Instagram for their latest works and upcoming features.

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    December 16, 2022 • Community Highlights, Producing, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 72

  • José Ignacio International Film Festival Produces 13th Edition of Generación J with NYFA Support

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    Beginning in 2023, New York Film Academy (NYFA) will be in José Ignacio, Uruguay, for the 13th edition of the José Ignacio International Film Festival (JIIFF). Between the 14th and 22nd of January 2023, filmmakers, creatives, writers, directors, and producers from across the globe will compete in short-form and long-form film categories, pitch ideas to a panel of judges, and network with fellow creatives. This festival will be NYFA’s second year in support of JIIFF through an academic scholarship opportunity for festival participants. 

    NYFA and JIIFF in 13th Edition 2023

    Between the 14th and 22nd of January 2023, filmmakers, creatives, writers, directors, and producers from across the globe will compete in short-form and long-form film categories, pitch ideas to a panel of judges, and network with fellow creatives. This will be NYFA’s second year in support of JIIFF through an academic scholarship opportunity for festival participants. 

    Generación J and Emerging Fiction Filmmakers & Producers in Uruguay

    The festival screens the films of professional filmmakers, writers, producers, and directors. In addition, JIIFF offers labs and working sessions where attendees can learn and cultivate their craft with industry experts. 

    One such subset of the festival, Generación J, is supported by the National Audiovisual and Cinema Institute of Uruguay (INCAU). Sponsored by Punta del Este Studios, the Generación J segment of the festival includes working sessions. Part of the session will be held at the studio’s building, which provides professional stages, a warehouse, production offices, and services for the media and entertainment industry.

    Generación J invites international tutors with professional experience in the film and entertainment industry to train ten young filmmakers, producers, and directors on producing, directing, and screenwriting for the fiction genre. 

    Three awardees of Generación J’s creative categories in directing, producing, and screenwriting will receive an academic scholarship to attend a NYFA short-term workshop. Participants can learn at one of NYFA’s campus locations in New York City, Los Angeles, or South Beach (Miami) or attend the workshop virtually.

    JIIFF Save the Date January 2023

    Scholarships Awarded to Generación J for NYFA Workshops in Filmmaking and Producing

    Generación J winners can win one of three NYFA short-term workshops. Total tuition costs will be covered by NYFA (not including travel, lodge, or equipment fees), and students will learn filmmaking and production from entertainment industry professionals. 

    Awardees can win one of the following three workshops: 

    • 4-Week Online Film & TV Producing | Students get a comprehensive overview of the production process in this program. This workshop covers the fundamentals of producing, directing, film financing, line producing, and pitching (and more) for film and television. Students will learn to use Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software.
    • 15-Week Online Producing | Students interested in a similar curriculum as the 4-week online workshop above but would like additional flexibility in scheduling should consider the 15-week online workshop. While the coursework is the same as the 4-week workshop, the course is designed to meet the needs of students with other commitments such as work, school, childcare, etc. 
    • 4-Week In-Person Film and TV Producing | In this 4-week intensive on-campus workshop, students explore the entire spectrum of the role of a film or television producer. The topics covered include the creative producing process, film packages, story, and script analysis, production management, camera, lighting, sound classes, Avid editing system, pitching, entertainment law, and case studies.

    Now in its second year of support and partnership with JIIFF, NYFA first awarded training scholarships to three competitors in the 2022 Generación J competition. The 2022 winners for each category of emerging creatives were Agustina Trujillo (production), Emanuel Sobré (directing), and Guillermo Trochón (screenplay).

    As a continued supporter of the Uruguayan film community, NYFA has offered master classes and training opportunities in recent years. The José Ignacio International Film Festival’s 12th and 13th editions encouraged young creatives to study at the visual and performing arts school. In November of 2022, NYFA offered a master class in Creative Film Financing at the Test & Invest Uruguay Business Summit in Punta del Este, Uruguay. NYFA president, Michael Young, was a guest panelist at the Summit, speaking on the Audio Visual Industries in LATMAM. Similarly, in 2021 NYFA offered a master class in Hollywood-style film and television production in another partnership with Punta del Este Studios and INCAU. 

    An essential part of the world for NYFA, Latin America makes up a large portion of the international student body enrolled in long-term programs. Notable international alumni and students from Latin America include acting alum Manuel Garcia Rulfo (Mexico), MFA in Documentary Filmmaking alum Carolina Sosa (Uruguay), filmmaking alum Lucy Luna (Mexico), acting alum Maisa Silva (Brazil), and acting alum Andrea Muñoz (Colombia) are a few examples. 

    For more information, follow NYFA on social or visit JIIFF’s homepage for details about previous winners and how to apply to next year’s Generación J competition. 

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    December 14, 2022 • Community Highlights, Diversity, Outreach, Producing • Views: 17

  • Golden Globes 2023 Nominees & Winners (Updated)

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    The Golden Globes are back, returning to NBC for its 80th year on January 10th, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Hosted by Jerrod Carmichael, this year brings multiple nominations for hit television shows such as Abbott Elementary and Only Murders in the Building, as well as critically acclaimed films The Fabelmans, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, and The Banshees of Inisherin. 

    New York Film Academy (NYFA) celebrates multiple NYFA alumni and guest speaker nominations for films and television shows, including Elvis, White Noise, The Fabelmans, The White Lotus: Sicily, Pam & Tommy, and Barry.

    jerrod carmichaelCarmichael will make history as the first-ever solo Black host for the Golden Globes. Image via People.

    It will be the first year that the ceremony streams on Peacock, NBC’s streaming platform, in addition to airing live on NBC.

    The 2023 Golden Globes: What’s Changed

    In 2022, the Golden Globes was infamously canceled at NBC and held in a private, non-televised ceremony after an ethics, finance, and diversity scandal. This year, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) promised changes to protect the integrity of the event and the safety of all involved, including a ban against members accepting gifts and a hotline for reporting misconduct.

    The HFPA also made pledges to diversify its voting pool, which now includes 103 new internationally based voters and 21 additional members, which is now 52 percent female and 51.5 percent racially and ethnically diverse. 

    However, the ceremony still has challenges regarding viewership and relevancy, similar to many award shows. In 2022, the Oscars made significant changes to improve numbers from 2021, such as new categories and fan-voting categories, to combat the all-time low viewership of 10.4 million. 

    Additional challenges for the Golden Globes include actors who will no longer participate, such as Tom Cruise, who returned his Golden Globes statues in 2021. Brendan Fraser will not attend the ceremony despite his nomination for The Whale.

    Nominations: The Highlights

    This year, streaming giants HBO Max and Netflix tied for 14 nominations in television, followed by Hulu with nine. Leading the film distributors is Searchlight Pictures with 12 noms, followed by A24 with ten and Netflix with nine. 

    NYFA Alum and Guest Speaker Nominations (Film)

    Elvis

    Multiple NYFA Australia acting alum, including Darcie Morris, Connor Barton, Darcy Worthington, and Lachlan Crane, worked on Elvis, which was filmed in Gold Coast, Queensland. The film was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama and also picked up nominations for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Austin Butler and Best Director – Motion Picture for Baz Luhrmann.

    White Noise

    NYFA Guest Speaker Adam Driver, who visited our NYFA New York campus to discuss his military and film career, was nominated this year for his performance as Professor Jack Gladney in the apocalyptic and absurdist White Noise. Directed by Noah Baumbach, the film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name. 

    Golden Globes Nominations 2023Adam Driver is unrecognizable as a distressed father in ‘White Noise.’ Image via GQ.

    The story follows a family in crisis during an airborne toxic event and co-stars Greta Gerwig and Don Cheadle. This is Driver’s third Golden Globes nomination. 

    The Fabelmans

    Golden Globes front-runner The Fabelmans, directed by NYFA Guest Speaker Steven Spielberg, picked up nominations for Best Director – Motion Picture, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, and Best Original Score. The film is centered on a middle-class Jewish couple, played by Michelle Williams and NYFA alum Paul Dano, and their son, Sammy, who proves to be a young filmmaking prodigy. The film also stars NYFA Guest Speaker Seth Rogen as family friend Benny.

    NYFA Alum and Guest Speaker Nominations (TV)

    The White Lotus: Sicily 

    Cultural sensation The White Lotus: Sicily wouldn’t be the same without the Audrey Hepburn-esqe Harper, played by NYFA teen camp alum and Guest Speaker Aubrey Plaza. The series adds to the growing list of film and television accomplishments of Plaza, who already appeared in this year’s indie hit, Emily the Criminal. 

    aubreyplazawhitelotusNYFA alum Aubrey Plaza checks into The White Lotus. Image via HuffPost.

    Plaza was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television. The series was nominated for Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television. This is her first Golden Globes nomination.

    Pam & Tommy

    Pam & Tommy almost broke the internet with how similar Lily James and Sebastian Stan looked to their counterparts, Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee. NYFA alum Francesco Panzieri and Andrea Muñoz, who both worked on the show, share the honor of the nomination for Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television. NYFA Guest Speaker Seth Rogen was nominated for his role as Rand Gauthier on the show. 

    Barry

    NYFA alum Bill Hader has once again earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy in Barry, playing the titular character. The show is also written, produced, and directed by Hader. NYFA Guest Speaker Henry Winkler, who visited our NYFA Los Angeles Campus earlier this year for a phenomenal master class with Acting for Film students, also earned a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical-Comedy or Drama Television Series.

    Golden Globes Nominations 2023NYFA alum Bill Hader was nominated for the third time for ‘Barry.’

    Additional highlights include nominations for Better Call Saul for Best Television Series – Drama, which NYFA Guest Speaker Gordon Smith worked on as the head writer, as well as a nom in the same category for The Crown, which featured NYFA Alum Alfredo Tavares. Audience favorite Only Murders in the Building was nominated for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, which featured NYFA Alum Devin LaRon Chandler, and NYFA Guest Speakers Matteo Borghese and Rob Turbovsky, the co-executive producers and writers of the show.

    Abbott Elementary

    NYFA Guest Speaker Wendy O’Brien joined the NYFA community at the Los Angeles campus in November 2022 for a Q&A with the school’s LA Acting for Film Creative Director, Lynda Goodfriend. O’Brien, a recent Emmy Award-winning Casting director for the hit television series Abbott Elementary, touts a long list of credits for casting some of the most popular shows on television. Her credits include Sons of Anarchy; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Lincoln Lawyer, and Mayans, M.C.

    This year, Abbott Elementary was nominated for four Golden Globes across three categories in acting and best musical or comedy television series.

    New York Film Academy congratulates all of this year’s nominees. The winners will be announced on January 10, 2023. Make sure to follow our social media platforms for live updates of all the winners, backstage moments, the red carpet, interviews & more! Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

    All Golden Globes Nominations 2023 

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    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

    Donald Glover, Atlanta

    Bill Hader, Barry

    Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building

    Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building

    Jeremy Allen White, The Bear – Winner

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

    Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary – Winner

    Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

    Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building

    Jenny Ortega, Wednesday

    Jean Smart, Hacks

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

    Jeff Bridges, The Old Man

    Kevin Costner, Yellowstone – Winner

    Diego Luna, Andor

    Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

    Adam Scott, Severance

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

    Emma D’Arcy, House of the Dragon

    Laura Linney, Ozark

    Imelda Staunton, The Crown

    Hilary Swank, Alaska Daily

    Zendaya, Euphoria – Winner

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Taron Egerton, Black Bird

    Colin Firth, The Staircase

    Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven

    Evan Peters, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story – Winner

    Sebastian Stan, Pam and Tommy

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Jessica Chastain, George and Tammy

    Julia Garner, Inventing Anna

    Lily James, Pam and Tommy

    Julia Roberts, Gaslit

    Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout – Winner

    Best Television Series Drama

    Better Call Saul

    The Crown

    House of the Dragon – Winner

    Ozark

    Severance

    Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Black Bird

    Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

    Pam and Tommy

    The Dropout

    The White Lotus: Sicily – Winner

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical-Comedy or Drama Television Series

    Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown

    Hannah Einbinder, Hacks

    Julia Garner, Ozark – Winner

    Janelle James, Abbott Elementary

    Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus – Winner

    Claire Danes, Fleishman Is in Trouble

    Daisy Edgar-Jones, Under the Banner of Heaven

    Niecy Nash-Betts, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

    Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus 

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Murray Abraham, The White Lotus

    Domhnall Gleeson, The Patient

    Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird – Winner

    Richard Jenkins, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

    Seth Rogen, Pam and Tommy

    Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

    Abbott Elementary – Winner

    The Bear

    Hacks

    Only Murders in the Building

    Wednesday

    FILM

    Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

    Babylon

    The Banshees of Inisherin – Winner

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Triangle of Sadness

    Best Motion Picture – Drama

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    Elvis

    The Fabelmans – Winner

    TAR

    Top Gun: Maverick

    Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

    RRR (India)

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)

    Argentina, 1985 (Argentina) – Winner

    Close (Belgium)

    Decision to Leave (South Korea)

    Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

    Todd Field, Tár

    Tony Kushner & Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans

    Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin – Winner

    Sarah Polley, Women Talking

    Best Original Song – Motion Picture

    “Carolina,” Taylor Swift (Where the Crawdads Sing)

    “Ciao Papa,” Guillermo del Toro & Roeban Katz (Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio)

    “Hold My Hand,” Lady Gaga and Bloodpop (Top Gun: Maverick)

    “Lift Me Up,” Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)

    “Naatu Naatu,” Kala Bhairava, M. M. Keeravani, Rahul Sipligunj (RRR) – Winner

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

    Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin

    Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin

    Brad Pitt, Babylon

    Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once – Winner

    Eddie Redmayne, The Good Nurse

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

    Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Winner

    Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Dolly De Leon, Triangle of Sadness

    Carey Mulligan, She Said

    Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

    Diego Calva, Babylon

    Daniel Craig, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Adam Driver, White Noise

    Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin – Winner

    Ralph Fiennes, The Menu

    Best Motion Picture – Animated

    Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Winner

    Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

    Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

    Turning Red

    Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

    Austin Butler, Elvis – Winner

    Brendan Fraser, The Whale

    Hugh Jackman, The Son

    Bill Nighy, Living

    Jeremy Pope, The Inspection

    Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

    Cate Blanchett, TAR – Winner

    Olivia Colman, Empire of Light

    Viola Davis, The Woman King

    Ana de Armas, Blonde

    Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans

    Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

    Lesley Manville, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

    Margot Robbie, Babylon

    Anya Taylor-Joy, The Menu

    Emma Thompson, Good Luck to You Leo Grande

    Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once – Winner

    Best Director – Motion Picture

    James Cameron, Avatar: The Way of Water

    Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Baz Luhrmann, Elvis

    Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin

    Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans – Winner

    Best Original Score

    Alexandre Desplat, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

    Hildur Guðnadóttir, Women Talking

    Justin Hurwitz, Babylon – Winner

    John Williams, The Fabelmans

    Carter Burwell, The Banshees of Inisherin

    *Read our updated recap of the 2023 Golden Globes here.

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