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German Film Critics Select Possessed Actress + Surprising Art Directors Guild Award Nominations

Sandra Huller in Requiem
Ulrich Muhe in The Lives of Others
Sandra Hüller in Requiem (top); Ulrich Mühe in The Lives of Others (bottom)

Surprisingly, the Association of German Film Critics did not pick Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's internationally acclaimed Das Leben der Anderen / The Lives of Others as the best German film of 2006. Instead, their choice was Hans-Christian Schmid's Requiem, based on the real-life story of a woman who believed herself possessed by the devil. (That same story also inspired the undemonic The Exorcism of Emily Rose.) Henckel von Donnersmarck had to content himself with winning the best first film prize.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Lives of Others has had the biggest opening for a German-language film ever in the United States. (I'm assuming that those figures – as usual – haven't been adjusted for inflation. I mean, what about Das Boot?) Having been greeted with overwhelmingly positive notices in Germany and abroad, the – in my invariably humble opinion, overlong and unconvincing – spy melodrama is up for a best foreign-language film Academy Award.

As the bedeviled Requiem lead, Sandra Hüller was voted best actress (she also won the Silver Bear at last year's Berlin Film Festival), while Ulrich Mühe, as the conflicted spy in The Lives of Others, was chosen best actor.

Wolfgang Kohlhaase was the best screenwriter for Sommer vorm Balkon / Summer in Berlin, directed by Andreas Dresen. The film revolves around the travails of two women (Inka Friedrich, Nadja Uhl) spending the summer in Berlin.

2007 Art Directors Guild Awards

2007 Art Directors Guild award nominations: January 18, 2007

2007 Art Directors Guild award winners: Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Feb. 17, 2007

(“*” denotes the winner in each category)

 

Curse of the Golden Flower by Zhang Yimou
Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale
Ivana Baquero in Pan's Labyrinth
Curse of the Golden Flower (top); Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale (middle); Ivana Baquero in Pan's Labyrinth (bottom)

 

FEATURE FILMS

Period Film
* CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER PD: HUO TINGXIAO
DREAMGIRLS PD: JOHN MYHRE
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS PD: HENRY BUMSTEAD
THE GOOD SHEPHERD PD: JEANNINE OPPEWALL
THE PRESTIGE PD: NATHAN CROWLEY

Fantasy Film
CHILDREN OF MEN PD: GEOFFREY KIRKLAND
* PAN'S LABYRINTH PD: EUGENIO CABALLERO
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST PD: RICK HEINRICHS
SUPERMAN RETURNS PD: GUY HENDRIX DYAS
V FOR VENDETTA PD: OWEN PATERSON

Contemporary Film
BABEL PD: BRIGETTE BROCH
* CASINO ROYALE PD: PETER LAMONT
THE DA VINCI CODE PD: ALLAN CAMERON
THE DEPARTED PD: KRISTI ZEA
THE QUEEN PD: ALAN MACDONALD

 

TELEVISION

Single Camera Television Series
24 - “7AM - 8AM” PD: JOSEPH HODGES
DEADWOOD - “TRUE COLORS” PD: MARIA CASO
HEROES - “SIX MONTHS AGO” PD: RUTH AMMON
STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP - PILOT PD: CARLOS BARBOSA
* UGLY BETTY - “THE BOX AND THE BUNNY” PD: MARK WORTHINGTON

Multi-Camera Television Series
THE CLASS - PILOT PD: GLENDA ROVELLO
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER -
"WORLD'S GREATEST COUPLE” PD: STEPHAN OLSON
* MAD TV - EPISODE 1207 PD: JOHN SABATO
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE -
"EXILE ON LAME STREET” PD: CABOT MCMULLEN
TWO AND A HALF MEN -
"THE PISTOL-PACKIN' HERMAPHRODITE” PD: JOHN SHAFFNER

Television Movie or Mini-Series
* STEPHEN KING'S DESPERATION PD: PHILIP DAGORT
THE LOST ROOM PD: KEITH NEELY
RETURN TO HALLOWEENTOWN PD: EDWARD L. RUBIN

Variety or Awards Show, Music Special, or Documentary
* 58TH ANNUAL EMMY AWARDS PD: JOHN SHAFFNER &
JOE STEWART
COMIC RELIEF 2006 PD: BRUCE RYAN
HELL'S KITCHEN - EPISODE 201 PD: JOHN JANAVS
TONY BENNETT: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC PD: JOHN MYHRE
UNANIMOUS - EPISODE 101 PD: JOHN JANAVS

 

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR COMMERCIALS FOR 2006
CAPITAL ONE - “HOT DOG” PD: CARLOS MENENDEZ
CAPITAL ONE - “TRASH” PD: CARLOS MENENDEZ
NETZERO - “RUSSIAN SUB” PD: MICHAEL GAW
* VICTORIA'S SECRET - “SEXY” PD: JEFFREY BEECROFT

 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dean Tavoularis

Outstanding Contributions to Cinematic Imagery Award: Terry Gilliam

 

Art Directors Guild Site

2007 Costume Designers Guild Awards

2007 Costume Designers Guild award nominations: Jan. 11.

2007 Costume Designers Guild award winners: Beverly Regent Hotel in Beverly Hills on Feb. 17.

(“*” denotes the winner in each category)

 

Qin Junjie, Ye Liu, Gong Li, Jay Chou in Curse of the Golden Flower
Sergi Lopez in Pan's Labyrinth
Michael Sheen, Helen Mirren in The Queen (top); Qin Junjie, Ye Liu, Gong Li, Jay Chou in Curse of the Golden Flower (middle); Sergi López in Pan's Labyrinth (bottom).

 

Excellence in contemporary film
Patricia Field for The Devil Wears Prada
* Consolata Boyle for The Queen
Nancy Steiner for Little Miss Sunshine
Lindy Hemming for Casino Royale
Michael Wilkinson for Babel

Excellence in period film
Milena Canonero for Marie Antoinette
Sharen Davis for Dreamgirls
* Chung Man Yee for Curse of the Golden Flower
Ngila Dickson for The Illusionist
Penny Rose for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Excellence in fantasy film
Sammy Sheldon for V for Vendetta
Kym Barrett for Eragon
* Lala Huete for Pan's Labyrinth
Judianna Makovsky for X-Men: The Last Stand
Renee April for The Fountain

Outstanding made-for-television movie or miniseries
* Mike O'Neill for Elizabeth I
Julie Weiss for Mrs. Harris
Tom McKinley for High School Musical
Michael T Boyd for Into the West
Andrea Galer for Bleak House

Outstanding contemporary television series
* Eduardo Castro for Ugly Betty
Catherine Adair for Desperate Housewives
Juliet Polcsa for The Sopranos
Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko for Big Love
Amy Westcott for Entourage

Outstanding period/fantasy television series
* April Ferry for Rome
Katherine Jane Bryant for Deadwood
Patia Prouty and Maria Schicker for Cold Case

Excellence in commercial costume design
* Jennifer Rade for Target Branding Circle and Target Holiday Home Decor
Casey Storm for Geico's Caveman

Swarovski President's Award: Sandra Bullock

Distinguished Actor Award: Helen Mirren

Lacoste Career Achievement in Film Award: Patricia Norris

Career Achievement in Television Award: Grady Hunt

 

Costume Designers Guild Site

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1 Comment to German Film Critics Select Possessed Actress + Surprising Art Directors Guild Award Nominations

  1. erxhota

    All three winners in the motion picture cagtegories were worthy. Good thing that they gave awards to the best ones and not necessarily to the most popular Hollywood films.