Monday Movie Report: 2016 Award Season Contenders To Be Honored At Festivals


Isabelle Huppert, who earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for her work in 2016’s “Elle” will be soon be honored again.

According to Variety, the actress will receive the Women in Motion Picture Award from the Cannes Film Festival. In turn, Huppert has chosen Palestinian Director Maysaloun Hamoud for the Young Talents Award, which comes with a $55,000 grant.

Last year’s Women in Motion Award went to the stars of “Thelma and Louise,” Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. Along with their work on screen, both actresses have worked as women’s rights advocates. This year, the award will be presented at a dinner Sunday night in Cannes.

Francoi-Henri Pinault, chairman of the company Kering which is partnering in the award’s presentation, said “(Huppert) is an actress with raw talent who succeeded in gaining recognition in an environment in which female representation is still a major challenge. By presenting her with this award, we wish to salute her considerable contribution to the world of cinema,” according to Variety.

The Cannes Film Festival will open Wednesday and run until May 28.

Academy Award Winner Casey Affleck, meanwhile, is set to receive President’s Award at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The award is presented by the Czech festival to an actor, director or producer who has contributed to the development of contemporary world cinema, according to Variety.

Affleck at this year’s Academy Award ceremony, accepting the Oscar for his work in “Manchester by the Sea.” Courtesy: REUTERS-Lucy Nicholson

Variety reports that Jiri Bartoska, the president of the festival, said, “We regard Casey Affleck as one of the most intriguing actors in contemporary American film.”

Affleck, who earned his Oscar for his part in “Manchester by the Sea,” will introduce a screening of “A Ghost Story” at the festival, a picture that he also stars in, noted Variety. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is set for a U.S. release on July 7.

The Karlovy Vary festival is scheduled June 30-July 8.


At the domestic box office this past weekend, it was the Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” taking the biggest slice of the pie with $63 million. The number largely eclipsed the two new releases, “Snatched” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”

The full top five was:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $63,007,000
2. Snatched – $17,500,000
3. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – $14,700,000
4. The Fate of the Furious – $5,301,160
5. The Boss Baby – $4,600,000

Opening this coming weekend, meanwhile, is the sci-fi thriller sequel “Alien: Covenant,” the romantic drama “Everything, Everything” and the kids movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”

For the smaller screen, home video releases include:

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, ATMR Rating: 1 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 33%
  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%
  • The Space Between Us, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 17%