“West Side Story” and “Dune” among American decorators
The Set Decorators Society of America has announced its nominations for the upcoming SDSA Film-2021 Awards with ‘Dune’, ‘West Side Story’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’ all landing nominations.
SDSA nominations celebrate decor, design and excellence in the art of decorating film sets.
“Coda,” “Don’t Look Up,” “Hand of God,” “No Time to Die” and “The Lost Daughter” are nominated for Best Achievement in Set/Design of a Contemporary Feature Film.
‘Being the Ricardos’, ‘House of Gucci’, Licorice Pizza’, ‘Nightmare Alley’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’ picked up Best Achievement in Decoration/Design of a Period Feature Film, while ‘Dune “, “The King’s Man, “Matrix Resurections”, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth” were nominated for Best Achievement in Decoration/Design of a Fantasy or Science- fiction.
Nominations for Best Direction/Design of a Musical or Comedy Feature Film went to ‘Cruella’, Cyrano’, ‘The French Dispatch’, ‘Tick, Tick, Boom!’ and “West Side Story”.
Voting for the winners begins February 2 and ends February 11. The winners of the SDSA will be announced on the Set Decor YouTube page on February 22.
HBO Max Launches 6th Annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries (APAV) Short Film Competition
Submissions opened on Tuesday for the competition, which is used to feature AAPI-origin cinematic storytellers. The top three winners win cash prizes and the opportunity to premiere their projects on HBO Max, after their theatrical screening at the 2022 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
“In an age when the most personal stories are also the most universal, the diversity of our storytellers is more important than ever,” said Jackie Gagne, Senior Vice President, Multicultural Marketing at HBO Max and HBO. “Our competition is designed to celebrate emerging creative APA filmmakers and the unique experiences and unsung talents that exist within the Asia-Pacific American community.”
This year’s theme is the “Power of Love” and emerging storytellers are invited to submit projects that center and depict the ways in which Asian-Pacific Americans perceive and show love in their relationships, friendships or their families.
“Hacks” actor Poppy Liu is the ambassador and spokesperson for the 2022 HBO Max Visionaries program.
“I think some of the most exciting work in our community happens at the independent level and it’s an incredible opportunity to bring visibility to those stories that haven’t yet made their way to the mainstream: stories that exist at the intersections of our identities, stories that expand the narrow understanding of the AAPI experience, stories that celebrate the abundance and range of talent within our community,” Liu added.
For complete rules and guidelines, visit www.hbomaxvisionaries.com. All submissions must be submitted by March 1 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Gold House Launches Gold List Recognizing Outstanding Asian Achievement
Gold House and CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) are launching the 2022 Gold List to highlight the outstanding work of Asian filmmakers and talent over the past year to ensure they receive the recognition that is due to them before the high-level rewards race.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings topped with the awards for Best Picture, Director (Destin Daniel Cretton), Supporting Actor (Tony Leung) and Supporting Actress (Awkwafina), while the Japanese film Drive My Car, the animated documentary Flee and the independent fantasy film The Green Knight also received recognition in several categories.
The Gold List covers 13 categories (including two new categories since the inaugural 2021 list) and serves as an extension of the successful #GoldOpen movement, which propels multicultural films to the top of the box office, including hits like Crazy Rich Asians and Parasite. While notable Asian films have achieved huge commercial success (4 of the top 10 domestic box office films of 2021 were led by Asian writer-directors), the future of these films that continue to be greenlit rests also on creative acclaim – which has been sorely lacking in Asian projects and their creators.
“Many Asian-led films, especially independent films, do not receive the budget or support to launch expensive For Your Consideration campaigns or are given certain levels of access that are essential to secure nominations and eventual wins. . The Gold List, voted on by top Asian Hollywood executives and creatives, celebrates our community’s most notable achievements in the film industry and encourages voters to consider gold. In another pandemic year where so much is getting lost and mixed up, it’s even more imperative that we help worthy art break out,” said Jeremy Tran, Executive Director of Gold House.
“Since elevating writers and creative executives, we have focused on systemic changes that enable great creativity. But that’s only half the battle, we also have to make sure that our projects are recognized, especially in forums where our communities have often been forgotten. We hope the Gold List inspires voters to consider Asian films and creations when deciding on award recognition,” said Michelle K. Sugihara, Executive Director of CAPE.
Visit the Golden List