×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Amy Adams, Steve McQueen, Boots Riley Tapped for San Francisco Honors

SFFILM, the San Francisco cinema society that presents the San Francisco International Film Festival every spring, has announced honorees for its annual SFFILM Awards Night, set for Dec. 3.

Amy Adams will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for Acting, for her performance as Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice”; filmmaker Steve McQueen will receive the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction, for “Widows”; and Boots Riley, a favored Bay Area son, will receive the Kanbar Award for Storytelling for his zany Oakland-set satire “Sorry to Bother You.”

“San Francisco and the Bay Area have a politically active persona and an interest in diversity and inclusion that we hope to imprint on these contenders that we champion with awards,” says SFILM Executive Director Noah Cowan.

Cowan was particularly pleased to invite Riley as an honoree. The musician-turned-filmmaker has a long history with the organization, which supported and helped fund “Sorry to Bother You” ahead of its Sundance bow in January. “It’s interesting how that movie continues to linger in people’s minds,” Cowan says. “It seemed like the right thing to do, to support it at home.”

Meanwhile, Cowan praises the “intense and artistically precise” world of “Widows,” and McQueen for vividly bringing it to life. “There are many good directors working today, but few have the distinctive vision and aesthetic control of Steve McQueen,” he says.

And in “Vice,” one of the few films still left to be unveiled this season, Cowan says Adams delivers a showcase performance. He praises the McKay’s ability to harness his commercial instincts and apply them in the worlds of finance (“The Big Short”) and, now, politics. Cowan also marvels at how Adams steals the spotlight from a transformed Christian Bale in a kind of “power behind the throne” narrative.

“It’s one of those reminders of how incredibly versatile she is,” Cowan says. “Her ability to jump between satire, comedy, drama, and actually just be an incredible villain, is what sold us. With a performance of this force, it seemed like a good year to honor her.”

On its second year taking place in the thick of awards season, Cowan says he hopes SFFILM’s Awards Night will continue to carve its own niche in a space dominated by similar events from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara. Part of the goal is to remain selective and purposeful in his and the organization’s annual selections.

“More awards isn’t good enough anymore,” Cowan says. “What people want and need is a unique voice that can actually speak to the qualities of individual contenders.”

SFFILM Awards Night supports various year-round initiatives, including SFFILM Education, which will utilize funds raised to increase the number of Bay Area youth served by film screenings that promote media literacy and inspire meaningful social dialogue; gather student, family, and teacher feedback to build a national platform for sharing lesson plans for current films; and expand the organization’s family-oriented public programming.

The 2018 SFFILM Awards Night will take place Monday, Dec. 3, at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Center.

More Film

  • Indian film director Rajkumar Hirani'Sanju' film

    Shanghai: Rajkumar Hirani Talks China-India Film Axis, Silent on #MeToo Accusations

    Rajkumar Hirani, the Indian film director who is part of the Shanghai International Film Festival’s competition jury, says he is pleased by the reception that Indian films are getting in China. But in conversation in Shanghai he sidestepped the accusations of sexual assault that were recently levelled against him. “I don’t think we should talk [...]

  • Michael Gambon. Actor Ray Winstone poses

    Ray Winstone Joins Marvel's 'Black Widow' (EXCLUSIVE)

    “The Departed” star Ray Winstone has joined Marvel’s “Black Widow” standalone movie, sources tell Variety. “Stranger Things'” David Harbour and “Midsommar’s” Florence Pugh are also on board to star alongside Scarlett Johansson. Cate Shortland has signed on to direct from Jac Schaeffer’s script, with Kevin Feige producing. Marvel had no comment on the casting. The [...]

  • Dylan O'Brien'Bumblebee' film premiere, Arrivals, Los

    Dylan O'Brien's 'Monster Problems,' 'Clifford' Backed by Paramount, eOne

    Paramount Pictures and Entertainment One have closed a deal to co-finance “Clifford The Big Red Dog” and “Monster Problems,” with “Maze Runner” star Dyan O’Brien. Under the deal, announced Thursday, eOne will distribute all rights directly in Canada and the UK, excluding television in the UK, and Paramount shall distribute all other rights including in [...]

  • PMKBNC

    PMK-BNC Executive Joy Fehily Resigns, Will Consult and Manage Seth MacFarlane (EXCLUSIVE)

    Top Hollywood publicist and executive Joy Fehily has resigned from her post at public relations firm PMK-BNC, individuals familiar with the move told Variety. Fehily steps down in the midst of a five-year deal with the show business institution, insiders said, which reps A-list actors and below-the-line talent as well as huge brands like American [...]

  • Donald Trump Chucky Childs Play

    'Child's Play' Stars on New Chucky's 'Creepy' Resemblance to Donald Trump

    At Wednesday night’s world premiere of the “Child’s Play” remake, it was obvious that evil doll Chucky — the star of seven films over three decades — had a little work done. And now he bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump. “Oh, you caught that?” Aubrey Plaza asked Variety on the black carpet outside [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content