Monday, November 20News For London

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Does awards season still matter?

Does awards season still matter?

Film
As awards season comes to a close, Edward Lauder speaks to London-based film critic and IGN UK’s movie editor Chris Tilly about whether film critics and the awards they hand out are still relevant in the internet age. Sub-editor: Nader Kaddor With an ever increasing number of online torrenting sites and paid streaming services, do awards really matter? Do people care which movies are the critics’ favourites or which actor performed the best this year? “I think you only have to look at the spike in the box office takings of the films that got lots of Oscar nominations to know that they still mean something in business terms. Many small films with modest budgets, award nominations can give them a real global lift,” says IGN UK's Chris Tilly. “Take 12 Years a Slave and Gravity last
50 Shades of Grey audience under the microscope

50 Shades of Grey audience under the microscope

Culture, Film
The moviegoers at 50 Shades of Grey proved more entertaining than the film itself. During the screening on Valentine's Day, protesters outside the cinema greeted the very verbal audience coming out of the cinema with fake blood and banners. By Hayley Daen. Sub Editor Danae Diz.   Despite the protestations and unhappy rumblings of some of the moviegoers who had gone to see 50 Shades of Grey, there were others waiting just outside who felt even more strongly. Stan, a sprightly man in his early 40s, struggled to plaster every girl leaving the cinema with a flier damning the BDSM-laden film. Two of his colleagues, Charlotte and Oli stretched a banner that read ‘MR GREY IS A RAPIST,’ as they bellowed about the sick nature of BDSM and shamed all those who had seen the film. Another
How to win a BAFTA

How to win a BAFTA

Film
Now that all the BAFTAS have been dished out for yet another year, now’s your time to prepare yourself for 2016’s ceremony. This list is designed to help you come away with a BAFTA next year. Reporter: Edward Lauder Sub-Editor: Nader Kaddour Be British BAFTA is a celebration of British cinema, therefore it makes sense that they will prioritise your film, your performance or your script if you are from the small island. Try to be as British as possible, constantly apologising for everything, saying long words and having a posh accent can also help. Have an unpronounceable name Benedict Cumberbatch (this one really is a mouth full), Ralph Fiennes (or is it Rafe…), Chiwetel Ejiofor (try to say that name in a hurry). It could help if you had an interesting and unpronounceable name