Saturday, 16 January 2016

THE BUZZ REPORT: Youth View Awards, Oscar nominations, new Film Commissioner, and more

Thrilling headlines tend to be in limited supply when it comes to the local film industry, but the New Year has started off with a double scoop of good news, thanks to the appointment of Renee Robinson as our new Film Commissioner, effective February 1 (succeeding Carole Beckford, who has moved on to greener pastures) – and the arrival of Tuff Gong Pictures, the film arm of the Marley Group of Companies, to coincide with Bob Marley’s 71st birthday celebrations. Hopefully, these much-welcomed developments will set in motion plans for a blockbuster Jamaica Film Festival 2016 and marked improvement in representation for our struggling filmmakers….. Meanwhile, over in Hollywood, the Oscar
nominations are out (see for the complete list), and The Revenant leads the pack with 12 mentions, including bids for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) and Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio). Other top contenders going for gold at next month’s ceremony are Spotlight, Brooklyn and The Martian….. And speaking of awards season, the Youth View Awards (YVAs) seem poised to bring more electrifying action to the National Indoor Sports Centre, when the trophies are handed out February 20, during a star-packed show that will feature live performances and five new categories. Among this year’s multiple nominees are Spice, Dexta Daps and Alkaline….. Meanwhile, we wish nothing but travelling mercies for culinary whiz Brian Lumley (left), the Best Dressed Chicken Ambassador, who we hear is heading off to Qatar, where he’ll no doubt introduce locals to
some of his finger-lickin’ Jamaican dishes….. And, on a sad note, we join the rest of the world in mourning the untimely deaths of singer Natalie Cole (one of our faves at 2011’s Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival) and stage-and-screen veteran Alan Rickman, whom we absolutely adored for his acting range (Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland) and iconic star power (the Harry Potter films)….. And a big TALLAWAH salute to Lloyd Parkes and the We the People Band (right), who are celebrating 40 years of excellence in Jamaican music. And the band played on. Stay tuned…..

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