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Hollywood Film Awards: The Race Is On! The Hollywood Awards Launch the Push toward Oscar – Associated Press

Once again, Hollywood Stars will be going to the first awards event of the season — The Hollywood Film Awards®.
The ceremony will be hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late night talk show host, James Corden and will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins.
Our confirmed presenters include: Steve Carell, Russell Crowe, Ice Cube, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Vin Diesel, Jamie Foxx, Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Amber Heard, Mark Ruffalo, David O. Russell, Kurt Russell, Amy Poehler, Quentin Tarantino, and Reese Witherspoon.
Our confirmed honorees include:Robert De Niro, Ridley Scott, Will Smith, Carey Mulligan, Jane Fonda, Benicio Del Toro, Amy Schumer, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Saoirse Ronan, Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson, Jessica Jason Leigh, Channing Tatum, Bruce Dern, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth, O’Shea Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchel, Ludacris, Jordana Brewester and Michele Rodriguez, Tom Hooper, Adam McKay, Asif Capadia and Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer. The craft categories include, Tim Alexander, Janusz Kaminski, David Rosenbloom, Alexander Desplat, Colin Gibson, Sandy Powell, Gary Rydstrom, and Lesley Vanderwalt.
This year, two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.”
“Movie awards season kicks off with Hollywood Film Awards” – Reuters
““The first mandatory stop … in the awards season” – New York Times
“The Hollywood Film Awards has become a pre-Oscar showcase” – Los Angeles Times
“The Race Is On! The Hollywood Awards Launch the Push toward Oscar” – Associated Press
With participating Hollywood insiders, our Advisory Team identifies and selects the recipients of our honors. Our winners are pre-selected to receive our awards. Our selection is based on their outstanding achievement and contribution to the art of cinema. They are not “nominees.”
2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Eddie Redmayne, Jean-Marc Vallée, Julianne Moore, Robert Duvall, Jack O’Connell, Mike Myers, Chris Rock and many more.
HFA co-chairs, advisory team and judges have included:
Ken Annakin,Simon Assaad, Alberto Barbera, Gilles Bianrosa, Irene Bignardi, Clare Binns, John Briley, Judith Bronowski, Elisabetta Brunella, […]

Will Fantasy Titles “Crimson Peak” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Make the Cut in Oscar’s Costume Design Race?

Fashion is on display every Oscar night. Fashion also is rewarded in the category of the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. The wardrobe for a film can provide exceptional glamor. But more importantly, well-designed costumes tell us something about the characters who wear them, in terms of their time, place, class, age, and self-image.
The Costume Designers’ branch is without question one of the most original in AMPAS. Every year, films that are usually forgotten in other categories, either due to being too poorly reviewed, too small, or too un-Oscary, manage to score here. It’s very rare that at least one of the nominees isn’t the “sole representative” of its film.
But notwithstanding its originality in terms of films rewarded, the branch is conservative in two other ways. The first is the love of past nominees. Though there is usually at least one first-timer nominated each year, the costume designers are far from the most welcoming branch when it comes to prospective first-time nominees. The second is the love of the period piece. Usually featuring relatively showy costumes and frequently research-intensive, period films tend to grab four-to-five of the nominations. There is typically one fantasy title, but not always. And truly contemporary films tend to be nominated only once or twice a decade.
Leading the way this year may be the great ten-time nominee/three-time winner Sandy Powell, who has both “Cinderella” and “Carol” in contention. Todd Haynes’s 1950s New York City drama will undoubtedly draw comparisons to his 1950s Connecticut film “Far From Heaven.” While Powell was remarkably not nominated for that effort, I suspect “Carol” will be a bigger hit with the Academy. “Cinderella,” on the other hand, blends period and fantasy with an extraordinary array of colors and costumes. While one may wonder how hard Disney will push this March release, the fact remains that the costumes were praised by virtually everyone who saw the film and if it gets a nomination anywhere, one would expect it to be here. At the end of the day, I think Powell is destined to repeat her 1998 feat and get a double nomination (as she did then, for “Velvet Goldmine” and “Shakespeare in Love”).
Also set in 1950s New York is “Brooklyn,” with costumes designed by Odile Dicks-Mireaux. The costumes are not only top-notch and spanning cultures, but they were instrumental in illustrating the protagonist’s transition between cultures and countries. I suspect […]

Hollywood Film Awards: A Parade of Hollywood Stars Celebrating Cinema

The stars scheduled to present honorees with their awards at the “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards,” hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late-night talk show host, James Corden. Presenters Steve Carell, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Vin Diesel, Jamie Foxx, Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Amber Heard, Ice Cube, Amy Poehler, Mark Ruffalo, David O. Russell, Kurt Russell, Quentin Tarantino and Reese Witherspoon will be in attendance at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on Sunday, November 1, 2015 to honor their colleagues and friends.
The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar® nominations and wins.
Honorees for this year’s show include:
• Robert De Niro – “Hollywood Career Achievement Award”
• Ridley Scott – “Hollywood Producer Award” for The Martian
• Tom Hooper – “Hollywood Director Award” for The Danish Girl
• Will Smith – “Hollywood Actor Award” for Concussion
• Carey Mulligan – “Hollywood Actress Award” for Suffragette
• Benicio Del Toro – “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for Sicario
• Jane Fonda – “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award” for Youth
• Joel Edgerton – “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” for Black Mass
• Alicia Vikander – “Hollywood Breakout Actress Award” for The Danish Girl
• Saoirse Ronan – “New Hollywood Award” for Brooklyn
• The Hateful Eight – “Hollywood Ensemble Award”
• Cast of Straight Outta Compton: Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. & Jason Mitchell – “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award”
• Amy Schumer – “Hollywood Comedy Award” for Trainwreck
• Adam McKay – “Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award” for The Big Short
• Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – “Hollywood Screenwriter Award” for Spotlight
• Furious 7 – “Hollywood Blockbuster Award”
• Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth – “Hollywood Song Award” for their hit “See You Again” from the Furious 7 soundtrack
• Asif Kapadia – “Hollywood Documentary Award” for Amy
• Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter – “Hollywood Animation Award”
• Janusz Kaminski – “Hollywood Cinematography Award,” for Bridge of Spies
• Alexandre Desplat – “Hollywood Film Composer Award” for The Danish Girl and Suffragette
• David Rosenbloom – “Hollywood Editor Award” for Black Mass
• Tim Alexander – “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” for Jurassic World
• Gary Rydstrom – “Hollywood Sound Award” for Bridge of Spies
• Sandy Powell – “Hollywood Costume Design Award” for Cinderella
• Lesley Vanderwalt – “Hollywood Make-Up & Hair Styling Award” for Mad Max: Fury Road
• Colin Gibson – “Hollywood Production Design Award” for Mad Max: Fury Road
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Living Legends John Williams and Ennio Morricone Compete for the Oscar for Best Original Score

The Academy Award for Best Original Score rewards those musicians who compose the original music for our films. It is without question one of the most recognized crafts categories. It is not difficult to think of examples of film scores that are simply iconic, from “Gone With the Wind” to “The Godfather” to “Once Upon a Time in the West” to “Jurassic Park.”
The nominees are chosen by the music branch (who also choose the nominees for Best Original Song, which, as we will analyze in December, is a very different category due to several different reasons).
Epic films, as well as best picture contenders and animated features, frequently find favor here. The music branch is also renowned for being an “insiders’ club.” It is rare that more than one of the five nominees is a first-timer, and there are certain stalwarts who we are used to seeing year after year.

Without question the branch’s favorite composer ever is 49-time nominee John Williams. This year he is once again providing the music from the galaxy far far away in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It is destined to be a hit, and Williams can never be ruled out. So I suspect that he is going to find himself joining Walt Disney as the second person to receive a fiftieth Oscar nomination.

Williams’s age (83) may be preventing him from being as prolific as he once was. In the result, he is not fulfilling composer duties for Steven Spielberg for the first time in 30 years. Instead, another Academy favorite – Thomas Newman – stepped into that role for “Bridge of Spies.” In addition to the fact that Newman has 12 nominations of his own, the score also featured many of the trademarks that have made Spielberg scores so successful in this category. Given that the film has already been released, I’d say Newman is even more assured of a spot than Williams. (One never knows how to analyze a score’s potential before hearing it.) Newman also has “Spectre” coming out this year but despite his nomination for “Skyfall,” I doubt Newman will become a double nominee, given the strength of the competition.
Alexandre Desplat won this category last year for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” capping off an extraordinary decade in which his European sensibilities have found favor on both sides of the Atlantic. “The Danish Girl” reunites him with Tom Hooper and gives him […]

Hollywood Film Awards: Will Smith and Jane Fonda to be Honored

Two-time Academy Award® nominated actor Will Smith will be honored with the “Hollywood Actor Award” for his performance in Concussion, and Academy Award® winning actress Jane Fonda will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award” for her role Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth. The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will be hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late-night talk show host, James Corden. The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on Sunday, November 1, 2015.
The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar® nominations and wins.
“Will Smith and Jane Fonda, two of Hollywood’s finest actors, deliver tour de force performances in Concussion and Youth,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are thrilled to have them join the star-studded list of honorees at this year’s ceremony.”

About Will Smith
Two-time Academy Award® nominee Will Smith has enjoyed unprecedented success in a career encompassing films, television and multi-platinum records. For his memorable portrayal of Muhammad Ali in Michael Mann’s Ali, he received his first Academy Award® nomination, which was followed by his second nomination for the true-life drama, The Pursuit of Happyness. Smith recently wrapped production on the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on the DC comic book, Smith will play Deadshot opposite Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne. The film is slated for release on August 5, 2016.
About CONCUSSION
Will Smith stars in CONCUSSION, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, with David Morse and Albert Brooks. A Columbia Pictures presentation in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, the film is written and directed by Peter Landesman, based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, and produced by […]

Hollywood Film Awards – Ridley Scott to be Honored For “The Martian”

Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated director and producer Ridley Scott will be honored with the “Hollywood Producer Award” for the film The Martian. The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins.
This year, the multi-nominated Ridley Scott shows once again he is the master of all film genres as he produces and directs the story of astronaut Mark Watney, who is presumed dead after a firestorm and left behind by his crew. The film stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Kate Mara.
“Ridley Scott is one of the most prolific, talented and respected members of the film community,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are honored to have him as part of this year’s show.”

Previously announced honorees for this year’s show include:
• Robert De Niro – “Hollywood Career Achievement Award”
• Furious 7 – “Hollywood Blockbuster Award”
• Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth – “Hollywood Song Award” for their hit “See You Again” from the Furious 7 soundtrack
• Asif Kapadia – “Hollywood Documentary Award” for Amy
• Tom Hooper – “Hollywood Director Award” for The Danish Girl
• Carey Mulligan – “Hollywood Actress Award” for Suffragette
• Benicio Del Toro – “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for Sicario
• Saoirse Ronan – “New Hollywood Award” for Brooklyn
• Alicia Vikander – “Hollywood Breakout Actress Award” for The Danish Girl
• Cast of Straight Outta Compton: Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr. & Jason Mitchell – “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award”
• Amy Schumer – ““Hollywood Comedy Award” for Trainwreck
• Joel Edgerton – “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” for Black Mass
• Adam McKay – “Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award” for The Big Short
• Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – “Hollywood Screenwriter Award” for Spotlight
• “Inside Out” directed by Pete Docter – “Hollywood Animation Award”
• Janusz Kaminski – “Hollywood Cinematography Award,” for Bridge of Spies
• Alexandre Desplat – “Hollywood Film Composer Award” for The Danish Girl and Suffragette
• David Rosenbloom – “Hollywood Editor Award” for Black Mass
• Tim Alexander – “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” for Jurassic World
• Gary Rydstrom – “Hollywood Sound Award” for Bridge of Spies
• Sandy Powell – “Hollywood Costume Design Award” for Cinderella
• Lesley Vanderwalt – “Hollywood Make-Up & Hair Styling Award” for Mad Max: Fury Road
• Colin Gibson – “Hollywood Production […]

Cinematography Race Gives “Sicario”’s Roger Deakins a Chance to Earn Lucky Nomination # 13

Cinematography is perhaps the most revered of cinematic art forms. The reason for this is simple – our films would literally not exist without the camera. From crafting mood and atmosphere to wowing us with the sheer ability to have “pulled off” a shot, cinematographers (also known as directors of photography or “D.P.s”) are the amazing talents responsible for realizing a director’s vision through command of the camera. And after the director, D.P.s are arguably the most important person on a film’s set.
The cinematographers’ branch in the Academy is a group that loves epic luscious landscapes and war films. The branch is also relatively keen on foreign-language titles. And there is usually – though by no means always – significant overlap between the Cinematography race and the Best Picture race. (An unfortunate bizarre fact – this is the only Oscar category outside of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor that has never featured a female nominee, while every other has featured a winner. Anywho, on to the contenders…)
One likely nominee is wrapping up its first week in theatres. Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” allowed the great Roger Deakins to create a hectic, gritty world with amazing shots (particularly those night shots!) that built the mood oh-so-well. A twelve-time nominee who was nominated for his last collaboration with Villeneuve (“Prisoners”), I suspect Deakins will once against find himself in the race.
Unfortunately, Deakins may have a difficult time finally getting that statuette on his mantle. The favorite in this category is likely back-to-back winner Emmanuel Lubezki, seeking win #3 for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Reverent.” Fresh off wins for “Birdman” and “Gravity,” the exceptionally talented Lubezki is seeking to recreate the early 1800s American West. That sounds intriguing enough. It’s going to feature harrowing scenes and scenery, all under the watchful eyes of Lubezki and Iñárritu. And from what we’ve seen, it indeed looks like a visual feast.
Another director who is known to get the most of camerawork is, of course, Quentin Tarantino. One of the last directors insisting on using film as opposed to digital technology, “The Hateful Eight” is only going to re-emphasize his approach to filmmaking, being released in ultra-wide format. Robert Richardson earned nominations six and eight for “Inglourious Basterds” and “Django Unchained,” respectively (he’s won for “JFK,” “The Aviator,” and “Hugo”). This latest title will present many opportunities for epic landscapes and showy, mood-building scenes. And there’s the scope. […]

The Hollywood Film Awards Series: Acting contenders Benicio del Toro, Saoirse Ronan, and Alicia Vikander are next to be honored

Pressing on with the Hollywood Film Awards Series, we now have some potential acting contenders to discuss. Yes, the honorees announced yesterday for the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards include some possible Academy Award nominees like Benicio del Toro (for Sicario), Saoirse Ronan (for Brooklyn), and Alicia Vikander (for The Danish Girl), among others, plus Tom Hooper (also for The Danish Girl) being given a Directing citation. They’re hardly the only names in the running for Oscar attention, of course, but they’re definitely a few of the bigger ones. As such, I’ll be getting into their chances a little bit below, along with the other folks set to be honored during the Hollywood Film Awards…
First of all, as a point of reference, here are the latest honorees announced for the Hollywood Film Awards:
“Hollywood Director Award”
Tom Hooper for The Danish Girl
“Hollywood Supporting Actor Award”
Benicio del Toro for Sicario
“New Hollywood Award”
Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn
“Hollywood Breakout Actress Award”
Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl
“Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award”
Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Mitchell for Straight Outta Compton
Before we get to the actors and actresses, let’s quickly discuss Hooper and the Best Director field. A prior winner in Director for The King’s Speech, Hooper is a very classical director whose style perhaps appeals more to the Academy than the general public. The Danish Girl is a a strong fit for his aesthetic, provided you enjoy the look of his films. Personally, I’m hit or miss on Hooper movies, but his direction in this one is very lush and easy on the eyes. In terms of another nomination for Best Director, I think he’s behind a number of other contenders, but citations like this one will definitely keep him in the conversation. A bit of precursor love in the right spots and he could certainly slip in, especially if The Danish Girl shapes up to be a Best Picture nominee.
In terms of the male actors, we have a bunch of Best Supporting Actor contenders in del Toro, Hawkins, Jackson Jr., and Mitchell. Sicario is an X factor in the race to me overall, with del Toro probably the most likely nomination for the film outside of a Best Cinematography nomination, though it’s hard to tell. Supporting Actor could easily make room for del Toro, especially if he keeps racking up precursor attention like this one over some higher profile competitors. As for the gentlemen […]

Hollywood Film Awards Date Set for 2015

The next Hollywood Film Awards will take place on Nov. 1, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California
The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins.

“The Hollywood Film Awards is an incredible brand, previewing some of the biggest movies and stars of the year, while launching the award season,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions.
This year, two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.”
With participating Hollywood insiders, our Advisory Team identifies and selects the recipients of our honors. Our winners are pre-selected to receive our awards. Our selection is based on their outstanding achievement and contribution to the art of cinema. They are not “nominees.”
2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Eddie Redmayne, Jean-Marc Vallée, Julianne Moore, Robert Duvall, Jack O’Connell, Mike Myers, Chris Rock and many more.
Read more about the HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS®

About: Hollywood Film Awards billed as the launch of awards season

The Hollywood Film Awards® was founded in 1997 and honors excellence in filmmaking and traditionally signals the Official Launch of the Award Season®. The HFAs showcase to the public at large previews of quality films released during the calendar year. The first-ever Hollywood Film Awards® gala took place in October 1997 in the historic Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Hollywood. Kirk Douglas took home the inaugural “Hollywood Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The Hollywood Film Awards launch the awards season. Over the past 18 years, prior honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins.
With participating Hollywood insiders, our Advisory Team identifies and selects the recipients of our honors. Our winners are pre-selected to receive our awards. Our selection is based on their outstanding achievement and contribution to the art of cinema. They are not “nominees.”
2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Eddie Redmayne, Jean-Marc Vallée, Julianne Moore, Robert Duvall, Jack O’Connell, Mike Myers, Chris Rock and many more.

HFA co-chairs, advisory team and judges have included:
Ken Annakin,Simon Assaad, Alberto Barbera, Gilles Bianrosa, Irene Bignardi, Clare Binns, John Briley, Judith Bronowski, Elisabetta Brunella, James Cameron, Greg Cavic, Teresa Cavina, Bruno Chatelin, Michel Ciment, David Cook, Martha Coolidge, Wes Craven, Mike Curb, Pam Dixon, Richard Donner, Chris Dorr, Cheryl Downey, Bruce David Eisen, Udy Epstein, Dan Fainaru, Edward S. Feldman, Bob Fisher, Giovanna Fulvi, George Gallo, Marina Goldovskaya, Mike Goodridge, Giorgio Gosetti, Manuel Grosso, Nicole Guillemet, Paul Haggis, Jim Hamilton, Sandra Hebron, Eyal Hertzog, Shaun Hill, Richard Holmes, Allan Hunter, John L. Jacobs, Peter Hyams, Norman Jewison, Tobias Kniebe, Ted Kotcheff, Margret Koehler, Martin Landau, Dale Launer, Mimi Leder, Mark Lewis, George Litto, Derek Malcolm, David Mamet, Penny Marshall, Christopher Mercier, Despina Mouzaki, Jacob Neiiendam, Stephen Nemeth, Geoff Pevere, David Permut, Michel Reihac, Jose Maria Riba, Jonathan Romney, Mary Rose, Doreen Ringer Ross, Fred Roos, David Rubin, Mark Rydell, Ilda Santiago, Tim Sarkes, Tom Schulman, Arnold Schwartzman, Aradhana Seth, Dmitry Shapiro, Christie Smith, Serge Siritzky, Elliot Solomon, Quentin Tarantino, Dianne estelle vicari, Paula Wagner, Robert B. Weide, Murray Weissman, Nancy Willen, Irwin Winkler, and other established entertainment industry executives.
To read more about the Hollywood Film Awards

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