May 24, 2017

“50/50” New York premiere and early wins – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Jonathan Levine’s “50/50” is celebrating a few major victories ahead of its wide release this Friday.

The heartwarming and frequently hilarious dramedy, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an NPR editor reeling from the news he’s been diagnosed with cancer, picked up the Audience Favorite Feature at the Aspen Filmfest 2011, according to the festival’s site. Levine’s film nudged out “The Women on the Sixth Floor,” while the documentary “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” claimed the audience prize in the documentary category.

“50/50” also held its premiere in New York City Monday night, followed by an exclusive after party at the Four Seasons. That led to a fairly hilarious Tweet from Gordon-Levitt, who revealed:

Not allowed to be early to a premiere. So yeah, sitting in a parked car. 50/50

You see, kids? It’s not all glamour and fame.

But Gordon-Levitt will feel the effects of stardom when he accepts the Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award at the 15th annual Hollywood Film Awards in October. Congratulations, Joseph. We sincerely hope these early awards are indicators of the successful Oscar run you and your film deserve.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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