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Awards 2007: Articles


'Critical Thinking': Oscar Influence Verifiable? + Cate Blanchett & Javier Bardem Top Picks

Josh Brolin in No Country for Old Men Much has been said about the absence of a front-runner for this year's Academy Awards. Be that as it may, one film is clearly the favorite among the myriad film critics' groups in the United States. Directed and written by Joel and […]


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'Critical Thinking': Oscar Influence Verifiable? + Cate Blanchett & Javier Bardem Top Picks



'No Country for Old Men' Awards: Joel and Ethan Coen Thriller Critics' Best Film + More Winners

No Country for Old Men with Josh Brolin. Joel and Ethan Coen's somber, brutal thriller is easily this awards season's top Best Film choice. Besides Josh Brolin, the cast includes Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, and Kelly Macdonald. 'No Country for Old Men' awards: U.S. critics' favorite 2007 […]


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'No Country for Old Men' Awards: Joel and Ethan Coen Thriller Critics' Best Film + More Winners



Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis + Amy Ryan & the Coen Brothers: More Critics' Award Winners

Julie Christie in Away from Her. The top Best Actress pick of 2007 by U.S.-based film critics groups, veteran Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago, Far from the Madding Crowd) brings to life a woman slowly losing her memory – and her personality – to Alzheimer's disease in Sarah Polley's Canadian drama […]


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Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis + Amy Ryan & the Coen Brothers: More Critics' Award Winners



Alfred Hitchcock Collaborator to Get Honorary Oscar + Critics Groups' Awards Season Lists Are Useful

Alfred Hitchcock classic: Mount Rushmore scene with Eva Marie Saint and Cary Grant in North by Northwest (1959), a sort of The 39 Steps reboot that boasted Oscar-nominated art direction by Robert F. Doyle – the next recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Oscar. Veteran […]


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Alfred Hitchcock Collaborator to Get Honorary Oscar + Critics Groups' Awards Season Lists Are Useful



Oscar Best Song Longlist Includes Freedom of Speech Ditty + Two Immigrant Family Dramas Top AFI Awards

Enchanted with Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey (with James Marsden in the background). Three songs from Kevin Lima's romantic fantasy are in the running for the 2008 Best Original Song Academy Award: “So Close,” “That's How You Know,” and “Happy Working Song,” composed by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Stephen […]


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Oscar Best Song Longlist Includes Freedom of Speech Ditty + Two Immigrant Family Dramas Top AFI Awards



L.A. Film Critics Go Their Own Way: Oil Baron & Edith Piaf + Surprising Romanian Actor Among Winners

There Will Be Blood with Daniel Day-Lewis. Whereas Joel and Ethan Coen's thriller No Country for Old Men is the undeniable early front-runner this awards season, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has opted for Paul Thomas Anderson's sociopolitical period drama There Will Be Blood, which also earned Anderson the […]


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L.A. Film Critics Go Their Own Way: Oil Baron & Edith Piaf + Surprising Romanian Actor Among Winners



Julie Christie Best Actress: 1965 Oscar Winner Is Back + Violence & 'Blood'

Julie Christie: Best Actress in Away from Her. In Sarah Polley's Canadian drama Away from Her, National Board of Review Best Actress winner Julie Christie plays a woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease, which takes her increasingly away from husband Gordon Pinsent – especially once she develops a relationship with fellow […]


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Julie Christie Best Actress: 1965 Oscar Winner Is Back + Violence & 'Blood'



Dubai Film Festival: Belly Dancing & Frozen Body + Tony Comstock Adult Film Star Documentaries

Laura Ramsey in Whatever Lola Wants: In its Arabian Nights sidebar, the Dubai Film Festival will screen Nabil Ayouch's French-Canadian romantic drama starring U.S. actress Laura Ramsey as the titular Lola, a postal worker who travels to Egypt in search of the reclusive, legendary belly dancer Ismahan (Lebanese actress Carmen […]


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Dubai Film Festival: Belly Dancing & Frozen Body + Tony Comstock Adult Film Star Documentaries



European Film Awards: Veterans Jeanne Moreau & Liv Ullmann + Alain Resnais & Helen Mirren

Manoel de Oliveira, Jeanne Moreau, and Liv Ullmann at the European Film Awards. Veteran Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, 99 years old next Dec. 11, was the recipient of the Honorary Award at this year's European Film Awards ceremony. Despite their multitude of films over the course of more than […]


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European Film Awards: Veterans Jeanne Moreau & Liv Ullmann + Alain Resnais & Helen Mirren



Joy Division Biopic Tops British Independent Film Awards

Dutch photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn's Control, a black-and-white drama about troubled Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, won five trophies – including best film, best director, and best debut director – at the British Independent Film Awards held tonight at the Roundhouse in London. Corbijn had photographed Joy Division numerous times back […]


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Joy Division Biopic Tops British Independent Film Awards



Julie Christie Out & Telugu-Language Movie In: Spirit Awards + Thessaloniki Winners

There were several surprise nominees for the 2007 Spirit Awards, announced earlier today. Most notable among those were Rajnesh Domalpalli's Telugu-language drama Vanaja (above), which garnered nominations for best first feature film and best cinematography (Milton Kam); Marisa Tomei's best supporting actress nod for Sidney Lumet's thriller Before the Devil […]


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Julie Christie Out & Telugu-Language Movie In: Spirit Awards + Thessaloniki Winners



Stockholm Film Festival + Blue Dragon Award Winners: Abortion Drama & Gangster Action Comedy Top Picks

Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days received the Bronze Horse for best film at the 2007 edition of the Stockholm Film Festival. Mungiu's drama about a young woman helping a friend to undergo an illegal abortion during the Nicolae Ceausescu era was chosen for […]


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Stockholm Film Festival + Blue Dragon Award Winners: Abortion Drama & Gangster Action Comedy Top Picks



Oscar Best Documentary Feature Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the list of 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will move forward to the next voting phase for the 80th Academy Awards. Seventy feature documentaries had originally qualified in that category. Those were watched by the Academy's Documentary […]


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Oscar Best Documentary Feature Shortlist



Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners

Eran Kolirin at the Tokyo Film Festival. 2007 Tokyo Film Festival Awards 2007 Tokyo Film Festival: October 20-28, 2007 Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town, was the top winner at the 2007 edition of the Tokyo Film Festival. The Band's […]


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Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners



Gotham Awards: 'Great World of Sound'

Best Feature Great World of Sound – Craig Zobel, director; Melissa Palmer, David Gordon Green, Richard Wright, Craig Zobel, producers (Magnolia Pictures) I'm Not There – Todd Haynes, director; Christine Vachon, James D. Stern, John Sloss, John Goldwyn, producers (The Weinstein Company) * Into the Wild – Sean Penn, director; […]


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Gotham Awards: 'Great World of Sound'



Israeli Best Foreign Language Film Entry Disqualified for the Oscars

Israel's submission for the best foreign-language film Academy Award, Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, has been disqualified for the 2007 Oscar in that category because more than half of the film's dialogue is in English. As the Israeli Academy's best film winner, The Band's Visit was automatically selected as Israel's […]


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Israeli Best Foreign Language Film Entry Disqualified for the Oscars



Vancouver Film Festival Awards

In the Toronto Globe and Mail, Marsha Lederman discusses Nick Wilson's documentary The Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery. Wilson's documentary focuses on the U.S. government's never-ending multibillion-dollar War on Drugs (the older sister of the equally ineffectual and wasteful War on Terror) and one of its targets, […]


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Vancouver Film Festival Awards



'If You Love This Planet' Screening + Oscar Documentary Shortlist

Terre Nash's If You Love This Planet and John Zaritsky's Just Another Missing Kid are the two 1982 Oscar-winning documentaries screening on Monday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater as the next installment of “Oscar's Docs, Part Three: Academy […]


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'If You Love This Planet' Screening + Oscar Documentary Shortlist



San Sebastian Film Festival Awards: Wayne Wang Father-Daughter Drama Tops

2007 San Sebastian Film Festival Awards 2007 San Sebastian Film Festival: Sept. 20–29 '07. 2007 San Sebastian Film Festival Winners     Official Selection GOLDEN SHELL FOR BEST FILM: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by WAYNE WANG (USA) SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: Buda az sharm foru rikht / Buddha Collapsed […]


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San Sebastian Film Festival Awards: Wayne Wang Father-Daughter Drama Tops



'Eastern Promises': David Cronenberg & Viggo Mortensen Thriller Tops Toronto Film Festival

Viggo Mortensen as 'Eastern Promise's Russian gangster Nikolai Luzhin. 'Eastern Promises': David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen thriller wins People's Choice Award at 2007 Toronto Film Festival The People's Choice Award at the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival, which ran September 6-15, '07, went to David Cronenberg's Anglo-Canadian thriller Eastern Promises, […]


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'Eastern Promises': David Cronenberg & Viggo Mortensen Thriller Tops Toronto Film Festival



'The Speed of Life' Wins First Queer Lion: Venice Film Festival

'The Speed of Life' movie wins first Queer Lion: Early Venice Film Festival 2007 Award winners (image: Jeremy Allen White in 'The Speed of Life') The Venice Film Festival's first Queer Lion for a film with a gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, etc. theme and/or characters went to Ed Radtke's out-of-competition […]


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'The Speed of Life' Wins First Queer Lion: Venice Film Festival



Montreal World Film Festival Winners: Autistic Boy Tragedy Tops

Nic Balthazar's feature-film debut, Ben X, shared with veteran director Claude Miller's A Secret / Un Secret the 31st Montreal World Film Festival's Grand Prix of the Americas. Ben X tells the story of a mildly autistic boy who escapes from his miserable existence – he is constantly bullied at […]


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Montreal World Film Festival Winners: Autistic Boy Tragedy Tops



Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep + Robert Redford to Open AFI FEST

The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival – in press releases referred to as “AFI FEST 2007 presented by Audi” – has announced that Lions for Lambs (see trailer below) will be its Opening Night Gala screening on Thursday, November 1, 2007, at the ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome Theatre. Written […]


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Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep + Robert Redford to Open AFI FEST



Andrzej Wajda Subversive Political Film vs. Polish Censors + Amanda Winners

'Man of Marble': Andrzej Wajda subversive filmmaking in Communist Poland Andrzej Wajda's 1977 political drama Man of Marble / Czlowiek z marmuru, made at the time when Poland was still under Communist rule, is the subject of Matilda Mroz's article “Fracturing the Marble Façade: Visceral Excavation in Andrzej Wajda's Man […]


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Andrzej Wajda Subversive Political Film vs. Polish Censors + Amanda Winners



National Film Awards: Controversies Obscure Winners

National Film Awards 2007: Controversies obscure winners (image: Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji in 'Black') Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Bengali-language Kaalpurush - Memories in the Mist, the story of a mild-mannered office clerk (Rahul Bose) whose faltering career is counterbalanced by his wife's sudden celebrity, received Best Feature Film honors at the […]


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National Film Awards: Controversies Obscure Winners



Venice Film Festival Awards: (Quasi) Sexually Explicit Ang Lee Drama Tops

Yesterday, surprising many prognosticators, the controversial spy thriller Se, Ji / Lust, Caution (above) earned Ang Lee (left) his second Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for best film. Lee, whose Brokeback Mountain won the Golden Lion in 2005, remarked that his accepting the award “in the shadow of the passing […]


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Venice Film Festival Awards: (Quasi) Sexually Explicit Ang Lee Drama Tops



Outfest Winners: The Bible vs. Gays + Down with Traditions in The Philippines

Cyrus Amini's 25 Cent Preview (left), the story of two down-and-out San Francisco street hustlers, was the Grand Jury's choice for best American narrative feature at the 25th Outfest – the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film's stars, Merlin Gaspers and Dorian Brockington received a joint best […]


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Outfest Winners: The Bible vs. Gays + Down with Traditions in The Philippines



Karlovy Vary Film Festival Awards: Icelandic Thriller Tops + Jerusalem Winners

Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2007 Awards: Icelandic thriller 'Jar City' wins Crystal Globe (image: 'Jar City' director Baltasar Kormákur and producer Lilja Pálmadóttir) Baltasar Kormákur's Jar City was named the Crystal Globe winner at the 2007 Karlovy Vary Film Festival's awards ceremony held at the Grand Hall of the Thermal […]


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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Awards: Icelandic Thriller Tops + Jerusalem Winners



Moscow Film Festival Awards 2007

29th Moscow Film Festival Awards - 2007 Golden St. George The 29th Moscow Film Festival Award was held between June 21-30, 2007.   Vera Storozheva's Traveling with Pets tells the story of a woman who, after the end of a disastrous marriage, discovers freedom and love.   Best Film: Traveling […]


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Moscow Film Festival Awards 2007



Nastri d'Argento Winners: 'The Unknown Woman'

Unsurprisingly, Giuseppe Tornatore's dark drama La Sconosciuta / The Unknown Woman was the top winner at this year's Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbons) presented by the National Union of Italian Film Journalists at the Teatro Antico di Taormina, Sicily, this past June 23. Even so, as was the case at the […]


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Nastri d'Argento Winners: 'The Unknown Woman'



Shanghai Film Festival Winners + Academy Invites Best Foreign Language Film Contenders

The winners of the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival's Jin Jue Awards were announced at the Shanghai Grand Theatre this past Sunday, June 24. Franziska Meletzky's Frei nach Plan / According to the Plan, was given the best film award. Written by Elke Rössler, this German comedy-drama revolves around the […]


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Shanghai Film Festival Winners + Academy Invites Best Foreign Language Film Contenders



Norwegian Drama 'Sons' Tops Seattle Film Festival

The winners at the 33rd Seattle International Film Festival were announced this past June 17. The Norwegian production Sons / Sønner, which sounds like a darker version of Todd Field's Little Children, was given the New Director Award. The film follows a short-tempered man's attempts to prevent an alleged sexual […]


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Norwegian Drama 'Sons' Tops Seattle Film Festival



David di Donatello Winners: 'The Unknown Woman' Tops

No particular film dominated the Italian Film Academy's 51st David di Donatello Awards, presented this evening at the Gran Teatro di Tor di Quinto in Rome, though Giuseppe Tornatore's La Sconosciuta / The Unknown Woman (above) came out as the top winner of the evening. Tornatore's dark drama about a […]


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David di Donatello Winners: 'The Unknown Woman' Tops



Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukherji: Indian Academy Film Awards' Winners

The 8th Indian Film Academy Award nominations in the Popular Categories were announced on April 30, 2007. The 8th Indian Film Academy Award winners in the Popular Categories were announced at the Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield/Yorkshire on June 9, 2007. The winners of the Technical Awards were announced on […]


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Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukherji: Indian Academy Film Awards' Winners



Cannes Winners: Stark Abortion Drama Tops

“Cannes is the heart of world cinema. The Oscars are very important in the United States, but globally, it's Cannes,” declared Honorary Palme d'Or winner Jane Fonda upon arriving at the closing-night awards ceremony hosted by German actress Diane Kruger. Indeed, winners and presenters from around the globe went up […]


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Cannes Winners: Stark Abortion Drama Tops



Roman Polanski Blames Computers for Journalists' Idiocy + Iranian Revolution Animated Film for the Palme d'Or?

Alain Delon, Bianca di Sofia at 'To Each His Own Cinema' Cannes screening At Cannes Film Festival, Roman Polanski blames computers for journalists' idiocy “I believe this is a unique, a truly rare occasion, to have such a group of important film directors seated [together] … and to have such […]


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Roman Polanski Blames Computers for Journalists' Idiocy + Iranian Revolution Animated Film for the Palme d'Or?



'Fair Trade,' 'Milan': Student Academy Award Finalists

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that five finalists, selected from a record 49 entries representing 33 countries, will compete for the 2007 Honorary Foreign Film Award in the 34th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. In June, the winning student filmmaker will be brought to Los […]


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'Fair Trade,' 'Milan': Student Academy Award Finalists



Tribeca Film Festival Awards: Marina Hands Best Actress

The Israeli drama Hofshat Kaits / My Father My Lord won the top narrative feature award at the 6th Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by David Volach, Hofshat Kaits tells the story of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who must decide between the tenets of his religion or the welfare of his family. […]


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Tribeca Film Festival Awards: Marina Hands Best Actress



German Academy Awards - Lola 2006-2007

57th German Film Academy Awards - Lola 2006-2007 The 57th German Film Academy's Lola Award nominees were announced on March 16, 2007. The 57th German Film Academy's Lola Award winners were announced at the Palais am Funkturm in Berlin on May 4, 2007. † Qualifying films were released in Germany […]


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German Academy Awards - Lola 2006-2007



Nastri d'Argento Nominations: Anti-Berlusconi Film In

The two top nominees for the 61st Nastri d'Argento Italian Cinema Awards presented by the National Union of Italian Film Journalists (Sindacato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani) are Giuseppe Tornatore's suspense drama La Sconosciuta / The Unknown Woman (above, lower photo) and Nanni Moretti's anarchic political satire Il Caimano / The […]


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Nastri d'Argento Nominations: Anti-Berlusconi Film In



Hong Kong Film Awards: Patrick Tam Comeback Movie Tops + Tiburon Festival Winners

April 15 update: Fu zi / After This Our Exile, Patrick Tam's first directorial effort in 17 years, won the top prize at the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony held tonight at the harbor front Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui. “Thank you for the judges' support for […]


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Hong Kong Film Awards: Patrick Tam Comeback Movie Tops + Tiburon Festival Winners



'Julia': Jane Fonda-Vanessa Redgrave Classic + Nordic Film Festival Winners

A newly struck print of Fred Zinnemann's moving and beautifully shot 1977 Academy Award nominee Julia will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly […]


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'Julia': Jane Fonda-Vanessa Redgrave Classic + Nordic Film Festival Winners



Asian Film Awards: Monster Movie Tops

“It's almost strange that it's the first ceremony,” remarked French director Luc Besson at the 1st Asian Film Awards presentation held this evening at Hong Kong's Convention and Exhibition Centre, as part of the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival which kicked off last night. “Good films come from everywhere,” […]


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Asian Film Awards: Monster Movie Tops



French Film Critics' Etoile d'Or Awards: Several Surprising Ties

About a month ago, I posted an incomplete list of winners of the French Film Critics 2007 Étoiles d'Or, which had been announced the month before. Since I've finally completed the list of the French film critics' winners – and nominees – I've decided to post a brief article about […]


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French Film Critics' Etoile d'Or Awards: Several Surprising Ties



Mar del Plata Film Festival Winners: Cesc Gay 'Fiction'

22nd Mar del Plata Film Festival Awards - 2007 The 22nd Mar del Plata Film Festival Award was held between Mar-8-18, 2007. The 22nd Mar del Plata Film Festival Award winners were announced on Mar. 18, 2007. Directed by Cesc Gay, Fiction tells the story of a film director who, while resting at […]


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Mar del Plata Film Festival Winners: Cesc Gay 'Fiction'



Beyoncé & Melissa Etheridge: Oscar Performers + Dystopian Drama Tops Best Cinematography Award

Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls Oscar Performers: Beyoncé Knowles, Melissa Etheridge & James Taylor Oscar telecast producer Laura Ziskin has announced the show's musical performers at the upcoming 2007 Academy Awards. Beyoncé Knowles will perform “Listen” (music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler, lyric by Anne […]


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Beyoncé & Melissa Etheridge: Oscar Performers + Dystopian Drama Tops Best Cinematography Award



Jutra Awards: Rwanda Drama Tops

Olivier Gourmet in Congorama Quebec's 2007 Jutra Awards, presented on Sunday, Feb. 18, offered a whole array of surprises. Even though the bilingual box office smash Bon Cop, Bad Cop and the drama Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali received the most nominations – 12 apiece – […]


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Jutra Awards: Rwanda Drama Tops



Berlin Film Festival Awards: Climate Change Movie Wins Golden Bear

Yu Nan in Tuya's Marriage “When I started making films, my teacher said film should show people's dreams. This film made my dreams come true,” remarked Chinese director Wang Quan'an upon accepting the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear for his rural drama Tuya's Marriage, a portrait of the social and […]


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Berlin Film Festival Awards: Climate Change Movie Wins Golden Bear



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

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 […]


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



Genie Awards Winners: Good Cop Bad Cop Flick Tops

Roy Dupuis in Maurice Richard Last night, the Canadian Academy's Genie Awards ceremony proved itself no more and no less prone to inane outcomes than those of other film academies the world over. Nine Genies went to the Québécois hockey biopic Maurice Richard / The Rocket, including awards for best […]


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Genie Awards Winners: Good Cop Bad Cop Flick Tops



Visual Effects Society Awards: Johnny Depp Movie Beats James Bond

2007 Visual Effects Society Awards 2007 Visual Effects Society award nominations: January 8, 2007 2007 Visual Effects Society award winners: Kodak Grand Ballroom in Hollywood on February 11, 2007 With special effects provided by Industrial Light & Magic, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest won in six categories at […]


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Visual Effects Society Awards: Johnny Depp Movie Beats James Bond



London Film Critics Awards: Helen Mirren & Meryl Streep + Cillian Murphy Movies Top Irish Film Awards

James Cromwell and Helen Mirren in The Queen (top); Trish Gates in United 93 (bottom) The winners of the 2007 London Film Critics' Circle Awards were announced this evening at a ceremony held in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children at the Dorchester Hotel. […]


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London Film Critics Awards: Helen Mirren & Meryl Streep + Cillian Murphy Movies Top Irish Film Awards



Martin Scorsese Tops DGA Awards: Best Director Oscar Next

Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Departed Well on his way to his first Academy Award, last night Martin Scorsese received the Directors Guild of America's feature-film top honors for The Departed, Scorsese's way overrated I-can-smell-a-rat gangster flick that the director himself has referred to as his “B-movie.” (And despite […]


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Martin Scorsese Tops DGA Awards: Best Director Oscar Next



Sundance Winners: Human Trafficking & Brazil Violence + Oscar Shorts & Hong Kong Film Critics' Winners

The 2007 Sundance Film Festival winners have been announced. The best U.S. narrative feature was Christopher Zalla's Padre Nuestro / Sangre de Mi Sangre (top photo), about a young Mexican who hops on a truck transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico to New York City, where the young man's father supposedly […]


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Sundance Winners: Human Trafficking & Brazil Violence + Oscar Shorts & Hong Kong Film Critics' Winners



Goya Awards: Pedro Almodóvar vs. Guillermo del Toro

Yohana Cobo, Penélope Cruz in Volver (top); Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero in Pan's Labyrinth (bottom) The Spanish Academy's Goya Awards were presented on Jan. 28. Although best picture winner Volver seemed like an easy pick, it actually faced stiff competition from both Agustín Díaz-Yanes' adventure period piece Alatriste and Guillermo […]


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Goya Awards: Pedro Almodóvar vs. Guillermo del Toro



SAG Awards: British Dames Julie Andrews & Helen Mirren

Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland; Helen Mirren in The Queen (bottom) The 2007 SAG Award winners were announced on Sunday, Jan. 28. Pretty much everybody that was expected to win won, from Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker to Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons. (Mirren I won for […]


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SAG Awards: British Dames Julie Andrews & Helen Mirren



Academy Awards: British Talent Tops Nominations + Pedro Almodóvar Snubbed

Among those foreign invaders from across the Atlantic are best direction nominees Stephen Frears (for The Queen, which is also up for a best film nod) and Paul Greengrass (for United 93); best actress nominees Helen Mirren (right, for The Queen), Kate Winslet (for Little Children), and Judi Dench (for […]


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Academy Awards: British Talent Tops Nominations + Pedro Almodóvar Snubbed



Katharine Hepburn Oscar Exhibit + Crowd-Pleasing Tops Producers Guild Awards

In February, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be displaying fifty new Oscars, four statuettes that belonged to record-breaker Katharine Hepburn, two Testimonial Awards, and one statuette for visitors to hold while being photographed for posterity. The exhibition, named “Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles,” will take place […]


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Katharine Hepburn Oscar Exhibit + Crowd-Pleasing Tops Producers Guild Awards



BAFTA Awards' Royal Movies + Swimmer Problems Top Palm Springs

Helen Mirren and Sylvia Syms in The Queen (top); Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (bottom) Though usually more open to non-English-language films than the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Orange British Academy of Film and Television Arts failed to place either Pedro Almodóvar's Volver or Guillermo […]


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BAFTA Awards' Royal Movies + Swimmer Problems Top Palm Springs



Golden Globes: Multi-Country & Multi-Language Movie Wins Best Picture Drama

Everything – at least as far as the winners were concerned – went according to plan at the 2007 Golden Globe awards ceremony. That is, until the very last winner of the evening was announced: Babel. Babel?? Set in multiple countries, in multiple time frames, and with dialogue in multiple […]


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Golden Globes: Multi-Country & Multi-Language Movie Wins Best Picture Drama



Golden Beetles' 'Farewell Falkenberg' + 'Maurice Richard' Tops Genie Nominations

Golden Beetles: 'Falkenberg Farewell' Among Nominees The Swedish Film Institute has announced the nominees for its 2007 Golden Beetle (Guldbagge) awards. All three best film nominees are their respective directors' feature-film debuts: Farväl Falkenberg / Falkenberg Farewell (above) is Jesper Ganslandt's touching – and more than little disturbing – coming-of-age […]


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Golden Beetles' 'Farewell Falkenberg' + 'Maurice Richard' Tops Genie Nominations



Raunchy Kate Winslet Movie + More Film Critics Surprises

National Society of Film Critics Surprising Winners The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), composed of 58 U.S. critics mostly based in New York City and Los Angeles, has chosen Guillermo del Toro's Spanish-language dark fantasy Pan's Labyrinth as the best film of 2006. Set in 1940s Spain, Pan's Labyrinth […]


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Raunchy Kate Winslet Movie + More Film Critics Surprises



'Cars': Pixar Movie Tops Annie Awards But DreamWorks Animation Release Wins Most Awards

Cars with Lightning McQueen: Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson (as McQueen) and veteran Paul Newman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hud), the Pixar blockbuster directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Joe Ranft was the 2006 Annie Awards' Best Animated Feature. However, DreamWorks Animation's Flushed Away was the […]


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'Cars': Pixar Movie Tops Annie Awards But DreamWorks Animation Release Wins Most Awards