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The Newport Beach Film Festival announces 2020 Award Winners & Nominees

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OCFS screened films RICHARD JEWELL, HONEYLAND, LITTLE WOMEN, MARRIAGE STORY, 1917, TWO POPES, JOKER, PARASITE, KNIVES OUT. Cynthia Erivo arrives at the premiere of HARRIET. Not pictured but worth mentioning this award season: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, THE FAREWELL, JUST MERCY, and CLEMENCY.

The Newport Beach Film Festival and Orange County Film Society has screened five of this year’s ten Academy Award Best Picture nominees and ten of it’s twenty acting nominees, and three of it’s five Academy-voted Best director nominees.

In addition, Festival guest and honoree Cynthia Erivo is poised to become the youngest EGOT winner ever, having already won an Emmy, Grammy & Tony award.⁠ Cynthia is nominated for performance by an actress in a leading role for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in HARRIET and has a second nomination for the film’s theme song “Stand Up.”

On the documentary side, NBFF Alumni film FOR SAMA has been nominated for Best documentary feature, as is OCFS-screened HONEYLAND, which is also the first film ever to be nominated for the Academy Awards for International Feature and Documentary Feature in the same year.

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Hollywood has a new love story, starring Tessa Thompson!

Tessa Thompson stars opposite Nnamdi Asomugha in writer-director Eugene Ashe‘s romantic Jazz Era film Sylvie’s Love, which made it’s World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020.

Set in ’50s and ’60s New York City, the story follows aspiring television producer Sylvie (Thompson) as she meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance that comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.

“Sylvie’s Love” does not yet have U.S. distribution.

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Anne Hathaway on new Role in Netflix Original ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’

Academy award-winning actress Anne Hathaway joined director Dee Rees and co-stars Edi Gathegi, Rosie Perez, and Willem Dafoe for the red carpet premiere of “The Last Thing He Wanted” at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Adapted from the Joan Didion novel of the same title, the film is set against the nebulous milieu of the Iran-Contra scandal. Veteran D.C. journalist Elena McMahon played by Hathaway abandons the 1984 campaign trail out of a misguided sense of duty to her father.

“The Last Thing He Wanted” will debut on February 21 via Netflix

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Actress Kerry Washington takes a Seat at the Hollywood Producer Table

Golden Globe nominated actress set down for in-depth discussion “Women Breaking Barriers: How Far Have We Come?” at the SundanceTV Headquarters, moderated by HFPA member Elisabeth Sereda. Panelists also included Julie Taymor (Oscar nominated director), Frankie Shaw (Golden Globe nominated actress, producer, writer and director) and Lisa Jackson (filmmaker and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author).

Panelists discussed their thoughts on the best ways to continue pushing boundaries and creating positive change in the entertainment business. Having dominated the Hollywood big screen for over 20 years, Washington now has her eyes set on joining the ranks of elite producers. Take a look.

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