Film screenings ramp up for end-of-the-year festivities and awards

by Bob Deutsch

Film screenings ramp up for end-of-the-year festivities and awards

As the year comes to an end, Hollywood producers and actors are beginning their campaigns for the upcoming awards season. As such, the major unions – such as the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Actors (AFTRA) and the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) – have been holding screenings for their members to give them an opportunity to make an informed voting decision for end-of-the-year awards.

Most recently, SAG-AFTRA held a free screening of “Les Miserables” for its member on December 9, courtesy of Universal Pictures.

In addition to the union’s screening this holiday season in Los Angeles, across the country in New Orleans, the city is taking advantage of it’s warmer weather by offering an abundance of holiday-themed film showings. The Times-Picayune reports that the W hotel in the city’s famed French Quarter is conducting a series of outdoor movie screenings called the “Naughty and Nice Holiday Film Series.” On December 19 the hotel will feature “Love Actually” starring Hugh Grant and featuring Colin Firth, Keira Knightley and Liam Neeson.

On the same evening, the Deutsches Haus Kino will also screen “Joyeux Noel,” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 and tells the story of Christmas Day truce that happened on the Western Front of World War I.

It’s clear that the holiday season is a great time for event organizers and business owners to draw in the surrounding community by showing heralded feature films on excellent outdoor movie screens.

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