The Golden Eagle Announces 2021 winners, "The Blockade Diary" Named Best Film (Pics)

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The 19th annual Golden Eagle film award ceremony for outstanding achievements in the field of cinematography as voted on by the National Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences of Russia took place in the legendary Mosfilm studio.

The awards ceremony took place January 22, 2021, in the first pavilion of the Mosfilm film studio.


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Guests in attendance included film director, Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation Nikita Mikhalkov, Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova, Alexander Domogarov, Sergey Garmash, Pavel Derevyanko, Evgeny Stychkin, Artem Tkachenko, Svetlana Nemolyaeva, Nadezhda and Anna Mikhalkov, Marina Aleksandrova, Polina Maksimova, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Victoria Tolstoganova, Christina Asmus, Ekaterina Shpitsa, Sabina Akhmedova, Daria Zlatopolskaya with her husband, Anton Shagin, Anna Starshenbaum, Igor Petrenko, Alexey Uchitel, Alena Babenko, Maria Shumakova, Nonna Grishaeva, Alena Chekhova, Renata Piorovski, Svetlana Ivanova and others.

The best film in 2020 was the film "The Siege Diary" by Andrey Zaitsev.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova took the stage. She read out a greeting from Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“This prestigious professional award is given for outstanding achievements in the field of cinematography and a significant contribution to the development of Russian culture. For many years, it has been an indisputable evidence of the success of projects, allows us to judge their high artistic level. And of course, the presentation of the Golden Eagle Prize is always a great event for all laureates, for teams that worked on interesting creative ideas and devoted themselves to promoting them. I am sure that this well-deserved award will inspire you to new achievements, help you to embody extraordinary ideas that will surely resonate with the viewer. "

Lyubimova also expressed gratitude from the Ministry of Culture and from herself personally to the entire team - thanks to the ongoing cinematic work, it was possible to preserve the national distribution, despite the difficulties of filming in the current conditions. She also separately thanked the doctors, without whom today's holiday would have been impossible.

The ceremony opened with a performance by actress Polina Agureeva, who sang a song from the movie Don't Leave, accompanied on the screen by doctors working in the red zone, saving lives from the new coronavirus infection every day.

Then the chief physician of the First City Hospital named after N.I. Pirogov, Alexei Svet, took the stage to present the award for the best non-fiction film. “Since the winter of 2020, we realized that we are all heroes of a documentary series. When you don't know how the season will end, you have a constant Groundhog Day, every day you make rounds of patients who have the same disease, - he noted. - It is symbolic that I am presenting the award for non-fiction films. What we and you do is not a game. You bring us back emotions, and emotions bring back hope! "


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In the nomination for the best non-fiction film, the picture "The Space of Verse: Boris Slutsky" was recognized as the best. The prize went to director Viktor Tkachev. He thanked the team with which he worked, as well as Boris Slutsky for his life and for the fact that he did an incredibly hard work for the sake of culture, poetry, and Soviet life.

Actress Marina Aleksandrova has announced the Best Short Film nomination. The winner was the ONE MANGO, PLEASE project of Nadezhda Mikhalkova. She admitted that this prize is a bonus for her, since the project was filmed for charity to help save the life of a child.

In the category "Best Animated Film" the winner was "Mistress of the Copper Mountain." Production designer Anna Karpova said that this film is a declaration of love for Yekaterinburg and the Urals.

The best foreign film in the Russian box office was "1917" by Sam Mendes.


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The film "Streltsov,” nominated for the main prize, was presented by the "Horonko-Orchestra" to the composition "Lies,” documentary footage of the interview of Eduard Streltsov was also shown on the screen.

Then actors Pavel Derevyanko and Artem Tkachenko appeared on the stage to present a number of prizes. Svetlana Nemolyaeva received the award for Best Actress on Television for the film Diplomat. She said that all her childhood and life were spent at Mosfilm, and her parents, who had worked here for many years, would be especially happy about this award.

The best male role on television was recognized as the work of Maxim Matveev in the TV series "Trigger.” The prize was accepted by the producer of the project, Alexandra Remizova, explaining that the actor is now on the set, so he could not be at the ceremony.

In the category "Best TV movie or mini-series" (up to 10 episodes), the winner was "Odessa Steamer."  Director Sergei Ursulyak admitted that he is very happy with the award and grateful to those who gave him the opportunity to shoot this project and remember the person who played a huge role in the atmosphere of this life - Mikhail Zhvanetsky.

The Trigger became the best TV series. Director Dmitry Tyurin thanked for this award, first of all, the production company "Sreda" and the scriptwriter Andrei Zolotarev.

Another film, claiming the main award, "The Union of Salvation,” was presented by Anton Shagin and Larisa Dolina, who performed the composition of Andrei Sapunov "Dream.”

The singer also called for a minute of silence to be honored by Boris Grachevsky and the people we have lost due to the coronavirus.

The best music was in the film "Doctor Lisa." Receiving the award, composer Yuriy Poteeenko noted that he greatly appreciates the recognition of academics and urged filmmakers to use live music, not samples.

Actress Polina Maksimova and actor Dmitry Lysenkov presented the nomination for Best Sound Engineer. The prize was awarded to Pavel Doreuli for his work on the Union of Salvation. “We are fighters of the invisible front, but there are a lot of us in fact, the film is made not by one person, but by a very large team of people,” he stressed.

In the Best Visual Effects category, DK FX won the award for Union of Salvation. Project supervisor Andrey Bogomolov thanked for the prize, noting that it was a great work of a large number of people.

The best was the editing in the film "Streltsov." The award was received by Alexander Koshelev and Dmitry Korabelnikov.

The film "Dear Comrades!,” Claiming the main award, was presented by actors Yevgeny Stychkin and Yevgeny Dyatlov, who sang an old Cossack song "Not for me.”

Tatyana Vavilova, who worked on the Union of Salvation, won the nomination "Best work on make-up and plastic special effects." Receiving the statuette, she could not hide her emotions and admitted that she was very glad that they appreciated this very serious work.

The work of the costume designer was also the best in the film "Union of Salvation." Ekaterina Shapkaits thanked everyone who worked with her on this picture for the award; it was a pleasure for her to work in this project.

The best production designer was Sergei Agin for the film “Union of Salvation.”

Another nominee for the main award - the film "Blockade Diary" was presented by actress Victoria Tolstoganova, having read the poems of Olga Berggolts. Also shown were shots of Dmitry Shostakovich performing the Seventh Symphony.

Andrey Zaitsev won the Best Screenplay category (the film The Blockade Diary). According to him, this tape would not have existed if it had not been for the "Blockade Book" by Daniil Granin and Ales Adamovich. “We all understand in general terms what happened at that time, but when you read the diaries of dying people, you understand exactly how it happened. And I realized that I had to make a film based on this book,” he said.

The best in the category "Male Supporting Role" was Alexander Domogarov in the film "Union of Salvation.” He thanked producers Konstantin Ernst, Anatoly Maksimov and director Andrei Kravchuk for "having decided on a very difficult step in the middle of the film."

The prize for Best Actress in a Supporting Role went to Maria Aronova (the film Ice 2). She could not attend the ceremony, the producer Alexander Andryushchenko received the prize for her.

The fifth film claiming the main award - "Ice 2" - was presented by Vasily Zorky, performing the song "Hallelujah of Love.”


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Actress Svetlana Khodchenkova and actor Sergei Garmash presented the main awards.

The prize for the best camera work went to Igor Grinyakin (Union of Salvation). “The image is the work of a huge team, thanks to everyone and everyone - from drivers to actors who worked on the film. And thanks to the producers for making a movie about Russian history, keep doing it, ”he said.

Olga Ozollapini's work in the film "The Blockade Diary" was recognized as the best female role in the cinema. With tears in her eyes, she said that director Andrei Zaitsev several times did not take her for the role, considering her a comedian. In the end, she was approved just a month before filming began.

Best Male Movie Role - Yuri Borisov in Kalashnikov. He thanked everyone for the recognition of his work.

Andrei Konchalovsky 's film "Dear Comrades!" Was recognized as the "Best Director's Work.” The award for the father was received by his son Peter Mikhalkov.

Svetlana Druzhinina was awarded the prize For Contribution to Russian Cinematography. She remembered that she has been working in cinema for over 65 years and this is a great happiness for her.

Druzhinina also presented the main award of the ceremony - "Best Film of the Year.” He went to the painting "Blockade Diary." For director Andrei Zaitsev, the prize came as a complete surprise. “Without talented people working on this picture, no plan can be realized. It is these people who breathe life into cinema, I am very grateful to everyone,” he said.

The main prize of the Golden Eagle ceremony was specially made by the Mercury jewelry company. The film award was organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Mercury, Fetisoff Illusion.

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