Awards 2007: Articles


'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

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



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



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



Rape of Nanking + Abused Haitian Workers: Oscar Documentary Semifinalists

For the Bible Tells Me. 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 […]


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Rape of Nanking + Abused Haitian Workers: Oscar Documentary Semifinalists



Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners & Israel Oscar Entry Disqualified

Eran Kolirin at the Tokyo Film Festival. 2007 Tokyo Film Festival Awards 2007 Tokyo Film Festival: October 20–28. 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 Visit […]


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Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners & Israel Oscar Entry Disqualified



'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



Wayne Wang Movie Tops San Sebastian Film Festival Awards

Wayne Wang's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers won the Golden Shell for Best Film at this year's edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival. Written by Yiyun Li from her own short story, Wang's film depicts the difficult relationship between a Beijing widower and his recently divorced daughter living […]


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Wayne Wang Movie Tops San Sebastian Film Festival Awards



Costa-Gavras Getting Eisenstein Honor + 'The Band's Visit' Tops Israeli Academy Awards

Screenwriter, director, and producer Costa-Gavras, 74, never one to shy away from inflammatory themes, will be honored with the second-ever Eisenstein Award handed out by the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The Sept. 28 ceremony will launch a two-day Costa-Gavras mini-festival, with screenings of four of the […]


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Costa-Gavras Getting Eisenstein Honor + 'The Band's Visit' Tops Israeli Academy Awards



'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



Michel Piccoli Locarno Film Festival Honoree + Andrzej Wajda Subversive Film vs. Polish Censors

Michel Piccoli, Japanese drama 'Rebirth': Locarno Film Festival winners The Best Film at the 60th Locarno Film Festival, which came to a close this past Saturday, Aug. 11, was Masahiro Kobayashi's Golden Leopard-winning The Rebirth / Ai No Yokan, a stark drama with little dialogue that, as per Variety's Derek […]


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Michel Piccoli Locarno Film Festival Honoree + Andrzej Wajda Subversive Film vs. Polish Censors



National Film Awards: Controversies Obscure Winners + New Academy Rules

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 + New Academy Rules



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



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 & Moscow + Seattle Film Festival Winners: German Comedy & Norwegian Drama Are Top Choices

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 & Moscow + Seattle Film Festival Winners: German Comedy & Norwegian Drama Are Top Choices



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



Indian Academy Film Awards: Aamir Khan Bollywood Political Musical + Hrithik Roshan & Rani Mukherji Among Winners

As expected, the big winner at the 8th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards held Saturday night at the Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield, United Kingdom, was Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's political musical Rang De Basanti / Paint It Yellow, the tale of several alienated university students – among them Aamir […]


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Indian Academy Film Awards: Aamir Khan Bollywood Political Musical + Hrithik Roshan & Rani Mukherji Among 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



Ariel Awards Winners: Guillermo del Toro Tops

Guillermo del Toro's dark fairy-tale Pan's Labyrinth/ El laberinto del fauno was the big winner at the Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 49th Ariel Awards ceremony held at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City on Mar. 20. Set in the 1940s, the Mexican-Spanish co-production about a […]


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Ariel Awards Winners: Guillermo del Toro Tops



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'



César Awards Winners, Michèle Morgan Homage

Perhaps there's hope for this evening's Oscar ceremony. On Saturday, I watched (most of) the French Academy of Film Arts and Sciences' 32nd César du cinéma ceremony held last night (late morning/early afternoon Los Angeles time) at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The event, hosted by actress Valérie Lemercier […]


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César Awards Winners, Michèle Morgan Homage



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. 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 […]


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



César Nominations: Alain Resnais Is Back

Lambert Wilson, Laura Morante in Private Fears in Public Places. The best thing about the 2007 César nominations is the fact that Alain Resnais' beautiful, haunting, magical Coeurs / Private Fears in Public Places received a total of 8 nominations, including a best director nod for Resnais himself, and a […]


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César Nominations: Alain Resnais Is Back



Genie Awards Winners: Good Cop Bad Cop Flick Tops

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 Quebecois hockey biopic The Rocket / Maurice Richard, including awards for Best Director (Charles Binamé), Best Actor […]


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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

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. London Film Critics' Awards chair Marianne Gray stated that The Queen – winner of the […]


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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 […]


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Martin Scorsese Tops DGA Awards: Best Director Oscar Next



SAG Awards: British Dames Julie Andrews & Helen Mirren + Immigration & Identity Theft Drama Tops Sundance

Julie Andrews: British dames top SAG Awards. “If my life is any guide,” SAG Life Achievement winner Julie Andrews remarked backstage at the 2007 SAG Awards ceremony, “the chances are if you work very hard, a piece of good fortune will pass your way, but you'd better be ready for […]


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SAG Awards: British Dames Julie Andrews & Helen Mirren + Immigration & Identity Theft Drama Tops Sundance



Pedro Almodóvar vs. Guillermo del Toro: 'Volver' Marks Filmmaker's Goya Awards Comeback

Volver with Penélope Cruz and Carmen Maura. Pedro Almodóvar mother-daughters comedy-drama Volver – literally, “To Return” – marks the filmmaker's Goya Awards comeback, topping five categories, including Best Picture and Best Director. Almodóvar had been at odds with the Spanish Academy after two of his most internationally acclaimed films – Best […]


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Pedro Almodóvar vs. Guillermo del Toro: 'Volver' Marks Filmmaker's Goya Awards Comeback



Academy Awards: Mexicans Invade the Oscars! The British Are Back! + Pedro Almodóvar Snubbed

Pan's Labyrinth with Doug Jones as the Faun. Whereas Pedro Almodóvar's Volver received on single Academy Award nomination – Penélope Cruz is up for Best Actress – Guillermo del Toro's Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy Pan's Labyrinth / El Laberinto del fauno has been shortlisted for a total of six Oscars, including Best Foreign […]


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Academy Awards: Mexicans Invade the Oscars! The British Are Back! + Pedro Almodóvar Snubbed



Katharine Hepburn Oscars Exhibition + Crowd-Pleasing Indie Tops Producers Guild Awards

Katharine Hepburn Oscars: Morning Glory with Adolphe Menjou. An RKO star in the 1930s and an MGM star in the 1940s, Katharine Hepburn won a record-setting four Best Actress Oscars. These will be on display at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' upcoming exhibition “Meet the Oscars, Los […]


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Katharine Hepburn Oscars Exhibition + Crowd-Pleasing Indie Tops Producers Guild Awards



Best Foreign Language Film Oscar European Slant + Hip Hop Immigration Drama Tops Guldbagge Awards

Water with Lisa Ray. Set in the late 1930s, during the British occupation of India, Deepa Mehta's Water created quite a stir during its production in that country. Spoken in Hindi, the film stars Canadian actress Lisa Ray as a young widow living with several other widowed women and girls in […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Oscar European Slant + Hip Hop Immigration Drama Tops Guldbagge Awards



BAFTA Awards' Royal Movies + Veteran Vilmos Zsigmond & Swimmer Problems in Palm Springs

James McAvoy in The Last King of Scotland. This year, the British Academy decided to support two (at least part-) British “royal movies”: Stephen Frears' The Queen, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, and Kevin Macdonald's The Last King of Scotland, starring James McAvoy as a Scottish doctor who becomes part of […]


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BAFTA Awards' Royal Movies + Veteran Vilmos Zsigmond & Swimmer Problems in Palm Springs



What Are the Golden Globes? 'Prestige' International Awards Embracing 'Diversity'?

What are the Golden Globes? Babel set with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Gael García Bernal. What are the Golden Globes? One possible answer: An awards season ceremony that, at least in 2007, opted to embrace (admittedly, mostly English-language) multinational and multiethnic nominees. Case in point: surprise Best Motion Picture Drama Babel, directed and […]


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What Are the Golden Globes? 'Prestige' International Awards Embracing 'Diversity'?



WGA Awards: Populist & Outlandish Screenplays Are Winners + Year-Old 'Maurice Richard' Tops Genie Nominations

Robert Benton and Jeff Bridges on the Nadine set. This year's WGA Laurel Award recipient was veteran screenwriter-director Robert Benton, whose writing credits range from the crime dramas Bonnie and Clyde and The Late Show to the comedies What's Up Doc? and Nadine. By then a three-time Academy Award winner, Benton (Best Director & Best Adapted […]


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WGA Awards: Populist & Outlandish Screenplays Are Winners + Year-Old 'Maurice Richard' Tops Genie Nominations



Dark Fantasy Tops NSFC + Transgender Drama & Raunchy Kate Winslet Movie Top Ireland & Iowa

Pan's Labyrinth: The Pale Man (Doug Jones) in underground, dark fantasy. Guillermo del Toro's post-Spanish-Civil-War-set Pan's Labyrinth / El laberinto del fauno was the National Society of Film Critics' surprise Best Film winner. Perhaps even more surprising, its two runners-up were both movies featuring non-English-language dialogue, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Letters […]


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Dark Fantasy Tops NSFC + Transgender Drama & Raunchy Kate Winslet Movie Top Ireland & Iowa



Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth Double Awards Season Dose + Mexican Directors Are U.S. Critics' Winners

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. Set in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death, Stephen Frears' The Queen, written by Peter Morgan, goes out of its way to present Queen Elizabeth II as a kind-hearted heroine determined to save both the British monarchy and a hunted deer. For […]


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Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth Double Awards Season Dose + Mexican Directors Are U.S. Critics' Winners



'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