Kate Winslet, Kathryn Bigelow feted at SFFILM Awards Night


San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts became a megawatt celebrity gathering spot this week as actress Kate Winslet, filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and co-screenwriters Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani were honored at the 2017 SFFILM Awards Night.

The organization, best known for putting on the San Francisco Film Festival, presented Oscar-winner Winslet received the Peter J. Owens Award for Acting for her accomplished performances from blockbusters such as “Titanic” to more independent fare such as “The Reader” (which won her the Oscar.)

“Titanic” director James Cameron was also on hand, and described what makes Winslet such a pleasure to work with, praising her for her collaborative skills and her dedication to craft of acting. The two are teaming up again for the upcoming “Avatar” sequel, currently shooting. Winslet can be seen in Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel,” opening Friday in the Bay Area.

Oscar-winning director Bigelow (also Cameron’s ex-wife), acclaimed for such visceral films as “The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Detroit,” was honored with the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction. On the red carpet, Bigelow shared how she feels it’s important for filmmakers to revisit history, such as the 1967 Detroit riots, so we can learn from such painful events 50 years later. “Detroit” is now available for rental.

Rounding out the honorees for its 60th anniversary, SFFILM presented its Kanbar Award for Storytelling to Gordon and Nanjiani (who stars in HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) who wrote the acclaimed romance “The Big Sick,” which starred Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. “The Big Sick,” based on Gordon and Nanjiani’s real-life romance, is available on Amazon Prime and other streaming platforms.

The San Francisco International Film Festival returns April 4-17.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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