The LMGI (Location Managers Guild International) Awards show is an annual ceremony that is conducted to honor outstanding contributions to location scouting in the television and film fraternity. The guild organised its inaugural show in the March of 2014 at the Writers’ guild theatre in Beverly hills, California. After its huge success for the first year, the LMGI has since managed to continue honouring the contributions of location professionals around the world. The awards were previously called as LMGA, but had switched to LMGI in order to reflect the nature of filmmaking on an international level in 2016 for insuring inclusivity. The awards highlight the international television, features and commercials, in which the creative use of film locations set the tone, enhance the narrative as well as enrich the character.
For this year, LMGI celebrated the award ceremony with the theme ‘2020 Vision: We See It First’. However, the show was not conducted as per its usual tradition, due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic crisis. Instead, the segments were presented on a digital platform and stream for the global viewers. The LGMI honoured all the winners for their contributions to the entertainment industry in this online event, which was hosted by Isaiah Mustafa.
The seventh annual LMGI awards have included ‘Once upon a time in Hollywood’ and ‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ in its category of film location winners’ list. Once upon a time in Hollywood is a big budget ($90 million) 2019 released comedy and drama movie, directed by Quentin Tarantino, which starred top A-list actors, such as, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt along with Margot Robbie. It has received a massive success, both commercially as well as critically. The movie has been also honoured at Academy Awards.
While, Last Black Man in San Francisco is a drama movie starring Jimmie Falls and Jonathan Majors in the lead roles, which was also released in 2019. It is a low budget ($2 million) film, which is directed by Joe Talbot. The film has received several nominations and awards, including Sundance film festival directing award and Independent Spirit Award nomination for best first feature and others.
By analysing the trajectory of both movies, it is no doubt that both of these masterpieces deserve to be acknowledged for their remarkable performances and hard work. This LMGI Honour is surely going to be helpful for boosting the hype of these films, especially a low-budget project like ‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’.
Besides this, other categories were also well regarded. Mask of Zodiak won for outstanding commercial, whereas Toscana Film Commission won for Outstanding Film Commission. The Television series winners include Perry Mason (HBO), Killing Eve (BBC America) with a tie between ZeroZeroZero (Amazon prime) and Little America (Apple TV+), all for a fairly new category of outstanding locations in a limited Anthology. Eva Monley award won by Producer, director and Oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie. Other honours include Trailblazer award, which was won by Spike Lee, Humanitarian award won by Gary Sinise and so on.