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International Press honor 'Orange is the New Black,' 'Nebraska' other surprises

The International Press Academy handed out its awards this week just before the Oscars, and although it is not usually a predictor of Academy winners, it does tend to honor movies and TV shows that often get overlooked by award shows.

Scenes from the International Press Academy.
Scenes from the International Press Academy.
Mike Szymanski, Studio City Community Activism Examiner
Maria Conichita Alonsa and Mirjiana von Blaricom
Mike Szymanski, Studio City Community Activism Examiner

Two big honors, the Best Ensemble Cast awards went to the movie "Nebraska" and the TV show "Orange is a New Black."

Sherman Oaks resident June Squibb won the Best Supporting Actress award for "Nebraska."

The official winners for the 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards honor categories in Film, Television, Blu-ray DVDs, and Video Games. The based-on-a-true story “12 Years a Slave” received Motion Picture and Director honors, while “Dallas Buyers Club’s” Matthew McConaughey won for Actor in a Motion Picture along with Actor in a Supporting Role winner Jared Leto. The IPA selected Cate Blanchett as Actress in a Motion Picture for "Blue Jasmine."

Headlining the TV award winners were “Breaking Bad” and “Orange is the New Black.” Bryan Cranston won for Best Actor, Drama, and Taylor Schilling received a nod for Best Actress, Comedy or Musical.

In a gala ceremony held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Culver City, Calif., the eclectic group of journalists and reviewers celebrated the distinguished accomplishments of artists in 38 categories, and also paid tribute to its Special Achievement honorees, Mike Medavoy (Mary Pickford Award), Garrett Brown (Tesla Award), Guillermo del Toro (Auteur Award), Gabrielle Tana (Independent Producer of the Year Award), and Ryan Coogler (Honorary Satellite Award).

Other honorees include Michael B. Jordan, Breakthrough Performance Award, and Sophie Nélisse, Breakthrough Performance Award in "The Book Thief."

The IPA is a global association of professional entertainment journalists representing a multitude of print, broadcast, and digital media outlets. It's membership also includes FEDEORA, The Federation of European and Mediterranean Film Critics, which joined the IPA in 2011, extending the IPA’s membership of foreign and domestic correspondents, whose markets reach millions worldwide via print, television, radio, and the Internet. The group's founder Mirjana von Blaricom is from Sherman Oaks.

The awards have often turned into raucous and unpredictable events, such as the year Cloris Leachman made snoring sounds during the video tribute for director Peter Bogdanovich, who directed her Academy Award winning role for The Last Picture Show. Her co-star Timothy Bottoms gave her a long deep kiss on stage and he said, “I learned that from you in the movie.” Then, when reading the tribute, Leachman stopped and said, “Can we read this a little faster? I’m getting hungry.”

Courtney Love surprised audiences for attending the awards and giving out a special honor to Mike Medavoy, who helped her through her addictions.

Best Animated was given to "The Wind Rises" instead of the favored "Frozen" that won most other shows, and Robin Wright won for Netflix's "House of Cards." John Goodman won for Best Actor on TV for "Alpha House" which is only available on Amazon.

Hal Sparks hosted the show with Steven Conor and Kendra Munger as co-hosts.

"It's hard to think of any of these as the best, since they are so different," Sparks said, referring to the difference of Cate Blanchett's role in "Blue Jasmine" as a socialite who loses everything to Sandra Bullock playing an astronaut stuck in a capsule through most of the movie "Gravity."

See more about the special awards in this coverage: Courtney Love, Hal Sparks help present International Press Academy Awards

The winners are:


1. Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

. *Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Sony Pictures Classics

2. Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

*Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features

3. Actress in a Supporting Role

*June Squibb Nebraska Paramount

4. Actor in a Supporting Role

*Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features

5. Motion Picture

*12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight

6. Motion Picture, International Film

*The Broken Circle Breakdown Belgium

7. Motion Picture, Animated or Mix Media

*The Wind Rises Studio Ghibli

8. Motion Picture, Documentary

*Blackfish Magnolia Pictures

9. Director

*Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight

10. Screenplay, Original

*David O. Russell, Eric Singer American Hustle Sony

11. Screenplay, Adapted

* Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope Philomena The Weinstein Company

12. Original Score

*Steven Price Gravity Warner Bros.

13. Original Song

*Young and Beautiful The Great Gatsby Warner Bros.

14. Cinematography

* Bruno Delbonnel Inside Llewyn Davis CBS Films

15. Visual Effects

* Tim Webber, David Shirk, Chris Lawrence, and Gravity Warner Bros.

Neil Corbould

16. Film Editing

*Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, and Alan Baumgarten American Hustle Sony

17. Sound (Editing and Mixing)

* Glenn Freemantle, Chris Munro, Niv Adiri, Gravity Warner Bros.

Skip Lievsay, and Christopher Benstead

18. Art Direction and Production Design

* Catherine Martin and Beverly Dunn The Great Gatsby Warner Bros.

19. Costume Design

* Michael O’Connor The Invisible Woman Sony Pictures Classics


20. Miniseries / Motion Picture Made for Television

*Dancing on the Edge Starz

21. Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television

*Elisabeth Moss Top of the Lake Sundance Channel

22. Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television

*Michael Douglas Behind the Candelabra HBO

23. Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

*Laura Prepon Orange is the New Black Netflix

24. Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

*Aaron Paul Breaking Bad AMC

25. Television Series, Drama

*Breaking Bad AMC

26. Television Series or Miniseries, Genre

*Game of Thrones HBO

27. Actress in a Series, Drama

*Robin Wright House of Cards Netflix

28. Actor in a Series, Drama

*Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad AMC

29. Television Series, Comedy or Musical

*Orange is the New Black Netflix

30. Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical

* Taylor Schilling Orange is the New Black Netflix

31. Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical

* John Goodman Alpha House Amazon Studios

32. Original Short-Format Program

* #JustSaying (#SamoKa••em) Tuna Fish Studio

Blu-ray DVD

33. Best Overall

*Star Trek Into Darkness Paramount

34. Youth

*Rise of the Guardians Paramount, DreamWorks Animation

Video Games

35. Outstanding Action / Adventure

*Battlefield 4 DICE

36. Outstanding Mobile Game

*Badland Frogmind

37. Outstanding Role Playing Game

*Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Level 5, Studio Ghibli

38. Outstanding Sports / Racing Game

*Need for Speed Rivals Ghost Games, Electronic Arts



Gravity 3

12 Years a Slave 2

American Hustle 2

Dallas Buyers Club 2

The Great Gatsby 2

Nebraska 1

Blackfish 1

Blue Jasmine 1

Broken Circle Breakdown 1

Inside Llewyn Davis 1

The Invisible Woman 1

Philomena 1

The Wind Rises 1


Warner Bros. Pictures 5

Fox Searchlight 2

Sony 2

Paramount Pictures 2

Sony Pictures Classics 2

CBS Films 1

Focus Features 1

Magnolia Pictures 1

The Weinstein Company 1

Studio Ghibli 1



Breaking Bad 3

Orange is the New Black 3

Alpha House 1

Behind the Candelabra 1

Dancing on the Edge 1

Game of Thrones 1

House of Cards 1

#JustSaying (SamoKa••em) 1

Top of the Lake 1


Netflix 4



Amazon Studios 1

Starz 1

Sundance Channel 1

Tuna Fish Studio 1


(Mike Szymanski is the vice president of the International Press Academy.)

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