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The Hollywood Film Awards Series: “Amy”, “Black Mass”, “Jurassic World” and more are the latest honorees

Amy Winehouse Arrives at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London on July 23, 2009
Continuing on with the Hollywood Film Awards Series, we have a ton of new honorees to take a look at. Yesterday’s press release cited films like Amy, Black Mass, Bridge of Spies, Cinderella, The Danish Girl, Furious 7, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Suffragette at the Hollywood Film Awards, making for a wide variety of titles with upcoming honors on their plates. It’s still just a small sample of what the awards ceremony will have to offer, but it does give us a look at what the precursors could potentially turn into down the line. That alone makes this a compelling list to look at today.

In case you missed it, these are the honors that were announced yesterday:

Hollywood Blockbuster Award
Furious 7

Hollywood Documentary Award

Hollywood Cinematography Award
Janusz Kaminski, Bridge of Spies

Hollywood Film Composer Award
Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl, Suffragette

Hollywood Editing Award
David Rosenbloom, Black Mass

Hollywood Visual Effects Award
Tim Alexander, Jurassic World

Hollywood Sound Award
Gary Rydstrom, Bridge of Spies

Hollywood Costume Design Award
Sandy Powell, Cinderella

Hollywood Make-Up & Hairstyling Award
Lesley Vanderwalt, Mad Max: Fury Road

Hollywood Production Design Award
Colin Gibson, Mad Max: Fury Road

Hollywood Song Award
See You Again, Furious 7

furious 7 group photo

All are strong picks, but the one I want to discuss a bit more in depth right now is Amy taking the documentary honors…

Quietly, Amy is becoming a force to reckon with in the Best Documentary Feature category. The doc is a look at six time Grammy award winner Amy Winehouse, often in her own words. Her tragic tale makes use of unseen archive footage and previously unheard of musical tracks. Director Asif Kapadia shines a light on Winehouse and the world in a very special way. At 97% currently on Rotten Tomatoes and with over $8 million at the box office, Amy is one of the most successful docs in some time. That certainly puts it in the conversation for a nomination at the Oscars with a few other documentary contenders. I’ll have a piece on that category soon, but Amy is one of the big ones in the running, for sure.

Regarding the Academy relations of the other honorees, I suspect that Jurassic World is a likely nominee in Best Visual Effects, while composer Alexandre Desplat always tends to be in the running for Best Original Score. I’ve seen both The Danish Girl and Suffragette, so I’ve heard the scores, and while I think the former is stronger than the latter, neither one would shock me with a nod. Black Mass could be a nom in a few categories, but unless it’s in the Best Picture lineup, I’m not sure Best Film Editing will happen. It’s not impossible though, believe me there. As for Bridge of Spies, the cinematography by Janusz Kaminski is excellent and the sound by long time nominee Gary Rydstrom is very effective, so potential citations in Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing are definitely on the table. Furious 7 and Mad Max: Fury Road are tech nominees or bust, so Best Original Song for the former and Best Production Design for the latter are undeniably in play, but the most likely nominee of this group is Cinderella in Best Costume Design. You can bank on that one happening for Sandy Powell.

Overall, this announcement highlights a bunch of potential tech honorees for Oscar voters to consider. Amy is the most prestigious of the group, competing in a mini major of a category, but don’t sleep on any of these. Titles like Black Mass, Bridge of Spies, and The Danish Girl will be mentioned multiple times on the precursor circuit, so this is just the start. Don’t sleep on any of these, as they’re all going to be competing all throughout the season. There will be some snubs, but I can all but guarantee that a handful will be cited by the Academy when all is said and done…

Stay tuned for more installments of the Hollywood Film Awards Series soon!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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