Awards Night 2017

Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight, at the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival. Photo credit: Will Gordon

Every year the Mill Valley Film Festival provides attendees a first glimpse at potential Academy Award® contenders and the 39th edition did not disappoint! Lucky MVFF audiences previewed 18 Academy Award® nominated films at last year’s Festival before they were released in theaters including (winners in orange):

Nicole Kidman at the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival. Photo credit: Drew Altizer

Arrival – with guest Amy Adams
Borrowed Time
Fire at Sea
Jackie – with guest director Pablo Larraín
Joe’s Violin
La La Land – with guests Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz
Land of Mine
Lion – with guest Nicole Kidman
Loving – with guests Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, and Jeff Nichols
A Man Called Ove
Manchester By the Sea – with guest Lucas Hedges
Moonlight – (MVFF39 Audience Award Winner) with guest Barry Jenkins 
The Red Turtle
The Salesman – with guest director Asghar Farhadi
Toni Erdmann
20th Century Women – with guests Mike Mills, Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Lucas Jade Zumann

These acclaimed films received 59 total nominations and won a whopping 14 awards at the 89th Academy Awards in February. We’re very proud to be able to bring these wonderful films to you, our festival community.

Jeff Nichols (director), Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, stars of Loving at the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival. Photo credit: Tommy Lau

You may have also seen some of the Oscars’ big winners and nominees in Marin presenting their award-winning films and engaging with MVFF audiences during insightful post-screening discussions and unique tributes to their work.

To watch these fascinating conversations again, or for the first time, check out the MVFF39 video gallery.

*MVFF Trivia! Over the past seven years, MVFF has hosted exclusive regional premieres of six of the seven Academy Award Best Picture winners: Moonlight (MVFF39), Spotlight (MVFF38), 12 Years a Slave (MVFF36), Argo (MVFF35), The Artist (MVFF34) and The King’s Speech (MVFF33).