BEST FEATURE Moonlight Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski
BEST MALE LEAD Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea
BEST FEMALE LEAD Isabelle Huppert Elle
BEST DIRECTOR Barry Jenkins Moonlight
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Molly Shannon Other People
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast) Moonlight Director: Barry Jenkins Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM Toni Erdmann (Germany and Romania) Director: Maren Ade
BEST SCREENPLAY Moonlight Barry Jenkins Story By Tarell Alvin McCraney
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000) Spa Night Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas
BEST DOCUMENTARY O.J.: Made In America Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow
BEST FIRST FEATURE The Witch Director: Robert Eggers Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Moonlight James Laxton
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY The Witch Robert Eggers
BEST SUPPORTING MALE Ben Foster Hell or High Water
BEST EDITING Moonlight Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD (Honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.) Jordana Mollick
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD (Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.) Nanfu Wang Director of Hooligan Sparrow
KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD (Recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.) Anna Rose Holmer Director of The Fits
Do the actors get a buy out of any sort on their contracts? I didn't realize they were so one sided.
No. Not really. So here is how the contracts typically go.
Actors contracts are 1 year renewal-able for X number of years. So the production is only required to pay them through the first full year of their contract. At the end of that year the production can tell them they’re not picking up the next year and they’re out of a job.
If at the end of that year they want to leave and the production wants them to stay… they stay. They can make themselves unpleasant to try and get the production to release them but that gives them a bad reputation in the industry and who wants to hire someone who is going to give you a headache? No one when there are 50 other actors as talented and as pretty waiting to take their place. Often times when you hear about actors with difficult contract stories they end up crashing and burning. The most famous example of this was David Caruso who made everyone on NYPD Blue’s life miserable so they’d release him from his contract because he assumed he was a break out star and going to go into movies. He didn’t work for years afterward.
Everyone in the pilot has a set standard fix year contract. At the moment it is “7 years” but remember the pilot is made before the first season so it runs through the 6th season. Each actor’s agent negotiated things like credit, payment perks at the time but if the actor didn’t have a history they probably got very little in the original contract. So for the original cast that’s Ginny, JMo, and Bobby had the power to negotiate. Everyone else took what they got for the most part.
Now series regular money in a pilot contract isn’t peanuts. But it’s not actually enough to really deal with the extra stuff that you need to deal with once your show hits. Like the fact that suddenly you have to live in an apartment building with a doorman and security or else creepy people will knock on your door or worse. If the actor’s character took off and they’re now more popular than they were before the show they’ll also want a pay raise to put them on par with their value to the show (Lana Parrilla is a number one classic example). In order to get that kind of pay increase almost every actor on a network show with a pilot contract renegotiates during season 2. When contracts are renegotiated years are added on. So anyone who wanted a pay raise in the last six years has a contract that runs through season 7 at least. The example of someone who refused to take more money early for extra years is George Clooney on ER. But Once doesn’t have any actor like that. Everyone on Once with the possible exception of JMo were people who weren’t in a position to turn down pay raises.
And the possible exception of JMo brings in something else. The rumor is that JMo has a top dollar contract. That is that she has to be paid more than any other actor on the show. So for her to get a pay raise she wouldn’t have had to renegotiate at all. She’d have just had to have sat back and let (likely) Ginny and Lana do it for her. Because every time they got a raise that came above whatever JMo was making she’d get a raise to match and exceed that. Now there are ways to pay an actor outside of the top dollar constraints **coughZootopiacough** but either way JMo could get raises in her pay without needing a new contract. Everyone else had to to do it by adding years.
Actors who came onto the series from guest roles are different. That’s Emilie, Colin, and Bex. They don’t have the same floor base level that someone in the pilot had but they also have a lot more freedom in their negotiations. If they were someone with a history and known quantity behind them (Emilie having been a series regular on Lost and Roswell) they could get a fair bit. Others who were desperate for work and had no bankable history (Bex) would have had to take what they could get. Now it’s typical that guest-to-regular contacts are three years long. So Colin and Emilie would be on at least their second contracts but that doesn’t mean they run through season 7. Bex however would be on her first contract which if it is the typical 3 years means she has a contract that runs through season 7.
Now let’s assume that there is someone in the mix who didn’t renegotiate their contract literally years ago. What does it mean now. Well it means that they basically have until the UpFronts (May) to play chicken with the network. Now almost all those things get settled well before the UpFronts but one of the reasons they wouldn’t want to announce show renewal yet is because if they are still in talks with one or more of the actors they don’t want to embarrass the actor by exposing them to the accusation that they’re holding the show hostage. Because the first question after a renewal is announced is are all the actors contracts covered.
The professional thing is for these things to happen outside of the public eye. The actors agents want that. The actors want that. The network wants that. But the thing to remember in this process is that no matter how much we as fans love the actors they aren’t the ones with the power in these situations. That’s the multibillion dollar corporation. And it’s not just this show that they control. But that network has the power to influence if that actor gets hired by another network. Because all they have to do is spread around that the actor was a pain in the ass during contract negotiations and the next person thinking of hiring them goes “nah” and picks one of the other fifty people just like your fav that they can cast instead.