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Awards 2009: Articles


Oscar Voting 'Secrets' Explain Kate Winslet Best Actress Win? + Immigration Drama Tops Marrakech

Kate Winslet in The Reader: Oscar voting explains surprising Best Actress nomination? A potential double nominee for the 2009 Academy Awards, Kate Winslet ended up getting shortlisted for only one movie: Stephen Daldry's Holocaust-themed drama The Reader. Perhaps even more surprising was the fact that Winslet was nominated in the […]


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Oscar Voting 'Secrets' Explain Kate Winslet Best Actress Win? + Immigration Drama Tops Marrakech



Critics' Favorite Films: Kathryn Bigelow + U.S.-Mexican Drama Ineligible for Oscars

Critics' favorite films: Kathryn Bigelow, seen here with cinematographer Barry Ackroyd while shooting The Hurt Locker, is this awards season top Best Director choice. The clear Academy Award front-runner, Bigelow will likely make Oscar history in (at least) two ways: a) first woman to win Best Director b) first person […]


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Critics' Favorite Films: Kathryn Bigelow + U.S.-Mexican Drama Ineligible for Oscars



Metro Manila Film Festival: Action-Fantasy Starring Actor-Politician Tops Controversial Fest

Ang Panday with Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. A special-effects-laden mix of fantasy, adventure, and European-inspired legends, Ang Panday (“The Blacksmith”) stars Filipino actor-politician Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. as the titular blacksmith who unexpectedly becomes a powerful force against the evil wizard Lizardo, played by veteran Phillip Salvador – who had […]


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Metro Manila Film Festival: Action-Fantasy Starring Actor-Politician Tops Controversial Fest



Susan Sarandon Sympathy Oscar Nod? + Megan Fox & Robert Pattinson Sexiest Stars

Susan Sarandon in The Lovely Bones. Best Actress Academy Award winner (Dead Man Walking, 1995) Susan Sarandon isn't exactly a top contender for the Academy Awards early next year for her performance as a young-looking granny in Peter Jackson's supernatural crime/psychological drama The Lovely Bones – a critical and box […]


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Susan Sarandon Sympathy Oscar Nod? + Megan Fox & Robert Pattinson Sexiest Stars



Zhang Yimou & John Woo Honorary Awards + Air Disaster Drama Tops Japanese Academy Award Nominations

Zhang Yimou on the set of A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop a.k.a. A Simple Noodle Story. Best known for his lush collaborations with Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern, Shanghai Triad, Curse of the Golden Flower), Zhang Yimou has been announced as the recipient of the Asian […]


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Zhang Yimou & John Woo Honorary Awards + Air Disaster Drama Tops Japanese Academy Award Nominations



Critics' Choices: French Family Drama Tops + Hollywood Nightmare Is Best Film of the Decade

Critics' choices: Summer Hours with Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, and Jérémie Renier. Olivier Assayas' French-made family drama was the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's, the New York Film Critics Circle's, and the Boston Society of Film Critics' Best Foreign Language Film of 2009. Summer Hours was also the Best Film […]


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Critics' Choices: French Family Drama Tops + Hollywood Nightmare Is Best Film of the Decade



Julia Roberts' Golden Globes + Gabourey Sidibe Cheated Out of Best Actress Award?

Duplicity with Julia Roberts. Three-time Golden Globe winner Julia Roberts not only is a (somewhat, considering the Hollywood Foreign Press Association) surprising nominee in the Best Actress - Comedy or Musical category, but she'll also be a presenter at the 2010 ceremony to be held in Beverly Hills. Roberts' three […]


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Julia Roberts' Golden Globes + Gabourey Sidibe Cheated Out of Best Actress Award?



Christoph Waltz & Mo'Nique: Critics Awards' Clean Sweep

Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds. Vienna-born veteran Christoph Waltz, whose big-screen career dates back to the early 1980s (Tristan and Isolde, Kopfstand), is this awards season's Best Supporting Actor fave and Oscar shoo-in for his vicious Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's WWII revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds. Also in the cast: Brad […]


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Christoph Waltz & Mo'Nique: Critics Awards' Clean Sweep



London Film Critics: Carey Mulligan Twice & Non-Hollywood Productions + Box Office Flops Top Satellite Awards

A Prophet with Tahar Rahim. Directed by Jacques Audiard from a screenplay by Audiard and Thomas Bidegain – itself from “an original screenplay” by Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit – A Prophet is one of several non-U.S. productions that found space on the London Film Critics' nominations roster. Best […]


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London Film Critics: Carey Mulligan Twice & Non-Hollywood Productions + Box Office Flops Top Satellite Awards



George Clooney & Viggo Mortensen: Awards Season's Unexpected & Expected

Utah Film Critics' Best Actor winner Viggo Mortensen in The Road. The performer best known for playing Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortensen was the surprise Best Actor choice in Utah. In John Hillcoat's The Road, he portrays a man struggling to survive with […]


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George Clooney & Viggo Mortensen: Awards Season's Unexpected & Expected



SAG Awards: Diane Kruger Surprise + Bizarre Best Cast vs. Individual Nominations Mismatch

Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds. The one major surprise in the SAG Awards' nominations, Diane Kruger is a Best Supporting Actress contender for her German film star and spy (shades of Swedish-born Nazi era superstar and rumored spy Zarah Leander?) in Quentin Tarantino's World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds. […]


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SAG Awards: Diane Kruger Surprise + Bizarre Best Cast vs. Individual Nominations Mismatch



Michelle Monaghan & Mélanie Laurent + Italian Politics: Surprise Critics' Winners + Oscar Songs

Michelle Monaghan in Trucker. Tom Cruise's leading lady in the action thriller Mission Impossible III, Michelle Monaghan was initially touted as a likely Best Actress awards season – i.e., Oscar – contender for her performance in writer-director James Mottern's low-budget drama Trucker, in which she plays a sex & booze-loving, […]


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Michelle Monaghan & Mélanie Laurent + Italian Politics: Surprise Critics' Winners + Oscar Songs



New York Film Critics: Meryl Streep & George Clooney + Olivier Assayas' French Drama Are Top Picks

The Hurt Locker with Guy Pearce and Brian Geraghty. After being all but ignored at this year's Venice Film Festival and at the 2008 Spirit Awards – where it received only two nominations in the acting categories (Best Actor for Jeremy Renner; Best Supporting Actor for Anthony Mackie), Kathryn Bigelow's […]


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New York Film Critics: Meryl Streep & George Clooney + Olivier Assayas' French Drama Are Top Picks



'Gay' Best Actor Winner for Second Consecutive Year: San Francisco Awards + Boston Goes to War

Colin Firth in A Single Man. San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Actor Colin Firth will quite likely receive his very first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a Los Angeles-based English professor grieving over the unexpected death of his lover (Matthew Goode) in Tom Ford's A Single Man, based […]


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'Gay' Best Actor Winner for Second Consecutive Year: San Francisco Awards + Boston Goes to War



Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: Three Major French Surprises + French Cinema Icon Gets Career Award

The Hurt Locker with Jeremy Renner. The Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles film critics' Best Picture is a low-budget Summit Entertainment release that turned out to be a major box office disappointment. Curiously, the Kathryn Bigelow-directed, Mark Boal-written Iraq War-set thriller about a U.S. Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was […]


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Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: Three Major French Surprises + French Cinema Icon Gets Career Award



'Samson & Delilah': Aborigine-Centered Drama Tops Australian Film Institute Awards

Samson & Delilah: 2009 film toplining newcomers Marissa Gibson and Rowan McNamara was the big winner at the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, collecting eight statuettes, among them Best Film, Best Director (Warwick Thornton), Best Original Screenplay (also Thornton), Best Cinematography (Thornton once again), and two Young Actor awards for […]


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'Samson & Delilah': Aborigine-Centered Drama Tops Australian Film Institute Awards



European Film Awards: Michael Haneke Rare Triple Win & Tahar Rahim

Michael Haneke at the European Film Awards. The Munich-born screenwriter-director (March 24, 1942) was the big winner at this year's ceremony, as his psychological/political drama The White Ribbon topped the Best European Film, Best European Director, and Best European Screenwriter categories. Only Matteo Garrone's 2008 mafia drama Gomorrah has also […]


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European Film Awards: Michael Haneke Rare Triple Win & Tahar Rahim



Louis Delluc Prize for Violent Prison Drama & Blockbuster Surprise + Honorees Julianne Moore & Jason Reitman

A Prophet with Tahar Rahim, winner of the Louis Delluc Prize. Jacques Audiard's violent prison drama chronicles the difficulties facing a young Frenchman of Algerian ancestry who, after being sent to jail for six years, must navigate between two warring factions while behind bars: the Corsicans and the Muslims. Shades […]


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Louis Delluc Prize for Violent Prison Drama & Blockbuster Surprise + Honorees Julianne Moore & Jason Reitman



Golden Globes' Best Foreign Language Film List + Erotic Hockey & Dancing Corpse in Top Ten Canadian Films

London River with Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyaté. Following the July 2005 London bombings, a Christian Falklands War widow and a Francophone African Muslim man look for their missing children in London River, one of this year's 68 potential Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe contenders. Curiously, London River is […]


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Golden Globes' Best Foreign Language Film List + Erotic Hockey & Dancing Corpse in Top Ten Canadian Films



'It's Complicated' Movie with Meryl Streep + Oscar-Buzzy Sandra Bullock & Jeff Bridges Festival Honors

It's Complicated with Meryl Streep, John Krasinski, and Caitlin FitzGerald. Winner of the National Board of Review's Best Ensemble award, Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy features Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Zoe Kazan, Lake Bell, Rita Wilson, Mary Kay Place, Hunter Parrish, Caitlin FitzGerald, and, at its center, two-time Oscar […]


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'It's Complicated' Movie with Meryl Streep + Oscar-Buzzy Sandra Bullock & Jeff Bridges Festival Honors



British Independent Film Awards: Moon Mystery Tops + Andrzej Wajda Passion & Death Tale Is FIPRESCI Winner

Moon with Sam Rockwell. This year's British Independent Film Awards Best Picture winner, Duncan Jones' Moon has elements in common with, among other sci-fi/mystery thrillers, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Basil Dearden's The Man Who Haunted Himself. Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and supercomputer GERTY (which sounds kinda […]


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British Independent Film Awards: Moon Mystery Tops + Andrzej Wajda Passion & Death Tale Is FIPRESCI Winner



NBR: Carey Mulligan Pushes Meryl Streep Aside & Fave Clint Eastwood Returns

Up in the Air with George Clooney and Vera Farmiga. As the United States remains mired in one of its worst economic crises ever, the National Board of Review (NBR) has selected Jason Reitman's Up in the Air – the story of a frequent-flying, company-downsizing expert – as the year's […]


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NBR: Carey Mulligan Pushes Meryl Streep Aside & Fave Clint Eastwood Returns



Blue Dragon Awards: 'Mother' Snub Surprise + Where's Anne of Green Gables?

Mother with Kim Hye-ja. The Blue Dragon Film Awards' Best Korean Film (and Best Foreign Film Spirit Award nominee), Bong Joon-ho's Mother strangely ended up taking home only two other statuettes: Best Supporting Actor (Jin Ku) and Best Lighting. Veteran television star Kim Hye-ja lost the Best Actress Blue Dragon […]


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Blue Dragon Awards: 'Mother' Snub Surprise + Where's Anne of Green Gables?



Spirit Awards: Where's Oscar Season Favorite & How American Is Tolstoy? + Split Annies

Precious with Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton. The Spirit Awards' eventual big winner – topping all of its five nominations – was Lee Daniels' dysfunctional family drama Precious, adapted by Geoffrey Fletcher from the novel Push by Sapphire. Gabourey Sidibe plays the illiterate Harlem adolescent Claireece “Precious” Jones, a rape […]


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Spirit Awards: Where's Oscar Season Favorite & How American Is Tolstoy? + Split Annies



Stockholm Film Festival Awards Winners + Susan Sarandon

Dogtooth by Giorgos Lanthimos (top); Mo'Nique in Precious (middle); Edgar Flores in Sin Nombre (bottom) In Giorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth, winner of the 2009 Stockholm Film Festival's Bronze Horse for best film, a patriarch (Christos Stergioglou) tries to shield his cloistered wife (Michelle Valley) and two daughters (Aggeliki Papoulia and Mary […]


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Stockholm Film Festival Awards Winners + Susan Sarandon



Golden Horse Awards: Spanish-Titled Social Drama Tops

Screenwriter-director Leon Dai's Taiwanese black-and-white social-cum-family drama No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (above), Taiwan's submission for the 2010 best foreign language film Academy Award, was the top winner at the 2009 Golden Horse Awards ceremony held Saturday evening in Taipei. The real-life inspired tale of a poor single father who […]


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Golden Horse Awards: Spanish-Titled Social Drama Tops



Asia-Pacific Screen & Mar del Plata Film Festival Awards + Watch Gotham Awards Online

2009 Asia-Pacific Screen Award winners: Australia's Gold Coast on Nov 26. 2009 ("*" denotes the winner in each category) Writer-director Warwick Thornton's Samson & Delilah, Australia's submission for the 2010 best foreign-language film Academy Award, took best film honors at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Screen Awards held in Queensland, Australia. Samson & Delilah tells the story […]


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Asia-Pacific Screen & Mar del Plata Film Festival Awards + Watch Gotham Awards Online



Golden Globes Predictions Best Picture Comedy or Musical: Meryl Streep vs. Matt Damon?

< The Informant! (above, with Matt Damon), d: Steven Soderbergh; scr: Scott Z. Burns A pathological liar helps the US government nab a nefarious agribusiness conglomerate. Julie & Julia (above, with Meryl Streep Stanley Tucci), d & scr: Nora Ephron Julia Child starts cooking decades ago, while in the early […]


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Golden Globes Predictions Best Picture Comedy or Musical: Meryl Streep vs. Matt Damon?



Oscar Documentary Feature Semi-Finalists: From Brutal Dolphin Slaughter to Lighthearted Agnès Varda

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 semi-finalists in the 2010 Academy Awards' Documentary Feature category. Eighty-nine films had been in the running. The 15 documentary feature semi-finalists are: The Beaches of Agnes, Agnès Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris) Burma VJ, Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films) […]


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Oscar Documentary Feature Semi-Finalists: From Brutal Dolphin Slaughter to Lighthearted Agnès Varda



Warren Beatty & Martin Scorsese with Career Awards + Animation Oscar Semifinalists

Warren Beatty will receive the Art Directors Guild's Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, “given to an individual whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience,” at the ADG Awards ceremony on February 13, 2010, at the International Ballroom of […]


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Warren Beatty & Martin Scorsese with Career Awards + Animation Oscar Semifinalists



European Film Awards Nominations: Penélope Cruz & Pedro Almodóvar

Tahar Rahim in A Prophet (top); Dev Patel, Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire (middle); The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke (bottom) Six films are vying for the top prize at the 2009 European Film Awards. They are: Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, about a teenager (best actress nominee Katie Jarvis) upset […]


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European Film Awards Nominations: Penélope Cruz & Pedro Almodóvar



Anjelica Huston, Jonathan Demme & Kirk Douglas: Honorary Oscar Presenters

Oscar winners Anjelica Huston, Jonathan Demme, and Quentin Tarantino, and Honorary Award recipient Kirk Douglas will be some of the presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' first Governors Awards event on November 14 at Hollywood & Highland Center's Grand Ballroom. The evening will feature presentations of […]


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Anjelica Huston, Jonathan Demme & Kirk Douglas: Honorary Oscar Presenters



White Couple with Black Child Movie 'Skin' + Phone Sex & Alfred Hitchcock AFI FEST

Sophie Okonedo as black daughter of white parents in Skin Winner of four audience awards, including at the AFI Dallas and Santa Barbara film festivals, Skin tells the factually inspired (and quite curious) story of Sandra Laing (Hotel Rwanda's 2005 Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo as an adult; Ella Ramangwane […]


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White Couple with Black Child Movie 'Skin' + Phone Sex & Alfred Hitchcock AFI FEST



Amanda Seyfried & Tahar Rahim + Gemma Arterton & John Hurt: London Film Festival

Julianne Moore, a potential Oscar 2010 candidate for A Single Man, and Amanda Seyfried at the premiere of Atom Egoyan's thriller Chloe during the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival at the Vue West End on October 22. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried attending the Chloe […]


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Amanda Seyfried & Tahar Rahim + Gemma Arterton & John Hurt: London Film Festival



British Indies' Awards + Gay Seattle Winners & Host Ricky Gervais

Katie Jarvis in Fish Tank (top); Sam Rockwell in Moon (middle); Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper in An Education (bottom) 'Moon,' 'Fish Tank': British Independent Film Award Nominations Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank leads the list of 2009 British Independent Film Award nominees. The tale of a rough teenager (Katie Jarvis) whose […]


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British Indies' Awards + Gay Seattle Winners & Host Ricky Gervais



European Film Awards: Tomm Moore Among Best Animated Feature Nominations

Mia and the Migoo (top); Niko & the Way to the Stars (middle); The Secret of Kells (bottom) The European Film Academy has announced the three nominees for the new European Film Award category “Best Animated Feature Film.” They are: Mia and the Migoo (Mia et le Migou) (France 2008) […]


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European Film Awards: Tomm Moore Among Best Animated Feature Nominations



Insect Sounds Documentary Tops European Film Awards + Oscar Foreign Language Film Entries

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Brutal French prison & Nazis-in-the-making among contenders Sixty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards®, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. The 2009 submissions are: Albania, “Alive!,” Artan Minarolli, director; Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus […]


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Insect Sounds Documentary Tops European Film Awards + Oscar Foreign Language Film Entries



Jared Leto & Riccardo Scamarcio + Mussolini 'Whore' Controversy & Venice Film Festival Winners

Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham and director Jaco van Dormael: The curious case of 'Mr. Nobody' talent. 'Mr Nobody' director Jaco van Dormael and actors Jared Leto, Diane Kruger and Sarah Polley: Venice Film Festival Mr. Nobody director Jaco van Dormael along with actors Jared Leto, […]


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Jared Leto & Riccardo Scamarcio + Mussolini 'Whore' Controversy & Venice Film Festival Winners



Honorary Oscars: Lauren Bacall, Gordon Willis & Roger Corman

Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman, and Gordon Willis have been chosen by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be the next recipients of the Academy's Honorary Award. Additionally, producer-executive John Calley will be given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Previously, special awards […]


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Honorary Oscars: Lauren Bacall, Gordon Willis & Roger Corman



Ingmar Bergman Auction & Irving Thalberg Exhibition + Montreal Film Festival Winners

Clapperboard used in Ingmar Bergman's 1962 drama 'The Silence' Nearly 340 items that belonged to Ingmar Bergman are to be auctioned by Bukowskis in Stockholm on Sept. 28. Among the items are film cameras, Golden Globe awards, and the chess set that was “probably” used by Max von Sydow's Antonius […]


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Ingmar Bergman Auction & Irving Thalberg Exhibition + Montreal Film Festival Winners



Gay Boys Shorts & 'American Primitive' + 'Pornography' Horror Thriller & Outfest Awards

July 19: The tale of a poor backwater family struggling against poverty, addiction, and assorted personal and social maladies, Tina Mabry's Mississippi Damned was the jury's pick for best U.S. narrative film at this year's edition of Outfest, Los Angeles' gay and lesbian film festival. Among the other Outfest 2009 […]


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Gay Boys Shorts & 'American Primitive' + 'Pornography' Horror Thriller & Outfest Awards



Karlovy Vary Film Festival Awards: 'Angel at Sea' Tops

2009 Karlovy Vary Film Festival Awards 2009 Karlovy Vary Film Festival: July 3-11 Photos: © Karlovy Vary Film Festival   Set in a small town in southern Morocco, Frédéric Dumont's Angel at Sea is a coming-of-age tale about a 12-year-old whose life undergoes a radical change after his father tells […]


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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Awards: 'Angel at Sea' Tops



'Moon' Tops Edinburgh Film Festival + Well-Regarded Indie Finds Distribution

2009 Edinburgh Film Festival Awards 2009 Edinburgh Film Festival: June 17-28, 2009 After spending three years at a moon base extracting a gas needed to reverse Earths energy crisis, an astronaut (Sam Rockwell) is about to return to his home planet when he starts seeing and hearing things. His company […]


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'Moon' Tops Edinburgh Film Festival + Well-Regarded Indie Finds Distribution



Academy Invites Paul Rudd & Hugh Jackman + Italian Film Critics Choose Political Satire

James McAvoy in Atonement (top); Michelle Williams, Lucy in Wendy and Lucy (bottom) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 134 artists and executives to join its roster in 2009. As per the Academy's press release, all the various branches could pick a maximum of 166 new […]


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Academy Invites Paul Rudd & Hugh Jackman + Italian Film Critics Choose Political Satire



Moscow Film Festival Awards + New Best Song Oscar Rules

Set in a small town in the early 1950s, Nikolai Dostal's Pete on the Way to Heaven revolves around a (somewhat mentally impaired) young man who pretends he's the local traffic inspector much to the amusement of his fellow denizens. Things become serious when an inmate escapes from the local […]


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Moscow Film Festival Awards + New Best Song Oscar Rules



'Public Enemies' Johnny Depp & Christian Bale Images + Saturn Awards & Silver Docs Film Festival Winners

'Public Enemies' with Johnny Depp. In Michael Mann's period crime drama Public Enemies, Johnny Depp plays John Dillinger, the Depression Era bank robber who became the top target of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Christian Bale plays Dillinger's nemesis, investigator Melvin Purvis; Marion Cotillard is Dillinger's gal, Billie Frechette; and Billy […]


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'Public Enemies' Johnny Depp & Christian Bale Images + Saturn Awards & Silver Docs Film Festival Winners



Oscar Update: Ten Best Picture Nominees

Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It with You, the Best Picture winner of 1938. There were 10 nominees that year, among them The Adventures of Robin Hood, Four Daughters, Jezebel, The Citadel, and Angels with Dirty Faces. In terms of rules […]


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Oscar Update: Ten Best Picture Nominees



Cannes Winners: From Michael Haneke to Xavier Dolan

Cannes Film Festival winner 'The White Ribbon,' directed by Michael Haneke. One of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival's clear favorites, Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, a stark tale about a small northern German town beset by strange happenings right before the beginning of World War I, took the Palme d'Or […]


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Cannes Winners: From Michael Haneke to Xavier Dolan



Cannes Palme d'Or Favorites & Other Categories

Best Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg as a bereaved mother in Antichrist. Penélope Cruz, Almodóvar's diva in Broken Embraces. Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne in Bright Star. Katie Jarvis as an aimless teenager in Fish Tank. Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Benito Mussolini's secret mistress Ida Dalser in Vincere. Best Screenplay favorites Any of […]


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Cannes Palme d'Or Favorites & Other Categories



David di Donatello Winners: Italian Mafia Drama Tops

Matteo Garrone's organized crime drama Gomorrah (above, top photo), based on Roberto Saviano's polemical book, took top honors at the 2009 David di Donatello awards. The Italian Film Academy voted Gomorrah the best Italian film of the year and Garrone the best director, in addition to handing the film five […]


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David di Donatello Winners: Italian Mafia Drama Tops



Student Academy Awards Finalists + Tribeca Film Festival Winners

Sebastian's Voodoo (top), The Last Mermaids (middle), Bohemibot (bottom) Thirty-six students from 20 US colleges and universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2009 Student Academy Awards competition. Academy members will pick the winners after watching the competing films at special screenings. […]


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Student Academy Awards Finalists + Tribeca Film Festival Winners



German 'Schindler's List' Tops Lola Awards + Bruce Lee Biopic Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

Ulrich Tukur in John Rabe. Inspired by real-life events, the World War II drama John Rabe won the 2009 German Film Academy's Lola for best film. Directed by Florian Gallenberger, John Rabe tells the story of a German businessman (best actor winner Ulrich Tukur) credited with saving more than 200,000 […]


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German 'Schindler's List' Tops Lola Awards + Bruce Lee Biopic Tops Hong Kong Film Awards



David di Donatello Nominations: 'Gomorrah'

Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo, a biopic of former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, and Matteo Garrone's organized crime thriller Gomorrah, both starring Toni Servillo, were the top nominees for the Italian Academy's 2009 David di Donatello awards. Il Divo led the field with 16 nominations, followed by Gomorrah with 11. […]


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David di Donatello Nominations: 'Gomorrah'



Liam Neeson in 'Clash of the Titans,' Gen Art Film Festival Winners

Liam Neeson, 56, whose wife Natasha Richardson died about three weeks ago (March 18, '09), is set to begin work on a remake of Clash of the Titans. Neeson will play Zeus, the ancient Greeks' top god (Zeus is akin to the Latin Deus, God), a role played by Laurence […]


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Liam Neeson in 'Clash of the Titans,' Gen Art Film Festival Winners



Genie Awards: World War I Drama Wins Best Picture

In a bizarre twist, the Canadian Academy of Film & Television chose Passchendaele, Paul Gross' flag-waving World War I melodrama about Canadian valor, as the best Canadian film of 2008. I say bizarre because even though Passchendaele was in the running for a best film Genie Award, neither its screenplay […]


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Genie Awards: World War I Drama Wins Best Picture



'Lake Tahoe' Tops Ariel Awards + Tiburon Film Festival Winners

Fernando Eimbcke's minimalist comedy Lake Tahoe presents a series of vignettes showing a small-town teenager (Diego Cataño) trying to cope with the death of his father. Lake Tahoe won three Ariels: best film, best director, and best supporting actor (Héctor Herrera). The night's biggest winner, however, was Rodrigo Plá's drama […]


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'Lake Tahoe' Tops Ariel Awards + Tiburon Film Festival Winners



'The Rape of Europa,' 'Ochberg's Orphans' Academy Screening

Ochberg's Orphans (right) and The Rape of Europa will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 27th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.  Admission is free. Directed by Jon Blair and produced […]


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'The Rape of Europa,' 'Ochberg's Orphans' Academy Screening



Asian Film Awards: From 'Ponyo' to 'Tokyo Sonata'

2009 Asian Film Award nominations: Jan. 21, 2009 2009 Asian Film Award winners: March 23, 2009 Best Film Forever Enthralled, China The Good, the Bad, the Weird, South Korea Ponyo on the Cliff, Japan The Rainbow Troops, Indonesia Red Cliff, China Tokyo Sonata, The Netherlands / Japan / Hong Kong […]


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Asian Film Awards: From 'Ponyo' to 'Tokyo Sonata'



Elio Germano Movie Tops Miami Film Festival

2009 Miami Film Festival: March 6-15, '09 Directed by Daniele Vicari, and adapted from attorney Gianrico Carofiglio's novel by Vicari, Carofiglio, Francesco Carofiglio, and Massimo Gaudioso, Il Passato è una terra straniera / The Past is a Foreign Land stars Elio Germano as a brilliant but bored law student who, […]


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Elio Germano Movie Tops Miami Film Festival



Torino GLBT Film Festival: From Ventura Pons & Ferzan Ozpetek to 'Gays Gone Wild'

Apr. 28: Filmmaker Kit Hung (above, with festival programer Cosimo Santoro), whose Soundless Wind Chime was screened at the 2009 Torino GLBT Film Festival. In the film, a young Chinese man gets involved with a Swiss con artist drifting away in Hong Kong. Tribute to Spanish filmmaker and painter Adorfo […]


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Torino GLBT Film Festival: From Ventura Pons & Ferzan Ozpetek to 'Gays Gone Wild'



Danish Film Critics & Japanese Academy Award Winners

Henrik Ruben Genz's Terribly Happy, about a Copenhagen cop (Jakob Cedergren) transferred to a Danish village where locals have their own ideas about right and wrong, was the big winner at the Danish Film Critics Association's 2009 Bodil Awards. In addition to its best film win, Terribly Happy also received […]


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Danish Film Critics & Japanese Academy Award Winners



'Séraphine' Wins Best Film César

The 2009 César ceremony, held this evening at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, offered a few surprises. (In the US and probably elsewhere, TV5 will be showing the César ceremony this evening.) One of the evening's favorites, Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner The Class, taken from François Begaudeau's book […]


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'Séraphine' Wins Best Film César



Oscar 2009

2009 Academy Awards 2009 Academy Award nominations: Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Jan. 22, 2009 2009 Academy Award winners: Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2009 (“*” denotes the winner in each category)     Best film The Curious Case of Benjamin […]


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Oscar 2009



Oscar Buzz: Kate Winslet Breaks Bette Davis' Record?

Clip posted by MovieTitleSequences. Emily Oberman and Bonnie Siegler in the New York Times (by way of David Hudson's The Daily) “There's an Oscar for pretty much every aspect of filmmaking, except one: the title sequences. Titles, though, have always played a significant part in motion pictures. They may have […]


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Oscar Buzz: Kate Winslet Breaks Bette Davis' Record?



Oscar Predictions: Best Actor & Best Actress

Best Actor Sean Penn, Milk Some say “the Academy” is homophobic – as if its 6,000 or so members have all been carved out of the same monolithic block. Surely there are anti-gay members in the Academy, but there are many (more?) members with no such inclination. Brokeback Mountain didn't […]


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Oscar Predictions: Best Actor & Best Actress



Oscar Predictions: Best Song, Best Visual Effects

Oscar 2009: Predictions Best Actor, Best Actress Best cinematography Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire The Slumdog Millionaire look is one of the film's chief assets. Best film editing Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire Dickens' editing has been crucial to the success of the film. Best original score A. R. Rahman, Slumdog […]


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Oscar Predictions: Best Song, Best Visual Effects



Best Visual Effects Winners: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Movies

2009 Visual Effects Society award nominations: Jan. 19, 2009 2009 Visual Effects Society award winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2009 Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA – PRINCE CASPIAN Wendy Rogers, Dean Wright, Andrew Fowler, […]


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Best Visual Effects Winners: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Movies



'The Dark Knight' & 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button': Art Directors & Cinema Editors Awards

2009 Art Directors Guild Award nominees: Jan. 9, '09 2009 Art Directors Guild Award winners: Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Feb. 14, '09 ("*" denotes the winner in each category) MOTION PICTURES Period Films CHANGELING Production Designer: James J. Murakami * THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON Production […]


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'The Dark Knight' & 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button': Art Directors & Cinema Editors Awards



Irish Academy Awards: 'Hunger' Tops

With six wins, Steve McQueen's Hunger was the big winner at the 2009 Irish Academy Awards. The story of Irish republican prisoner Bobby Sands' last days, Hunger won trophies for best film, best actor (Michael Fassbender, as Sands), best supporting actor (Liam Cunningham), original score (David Holmes), production design, and […]


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Irish Academy Awards: 'Hunger' Tops



Berlin Film Festival Awards: Peruvian Story Tops

2009 Berlin Film Festival Awards 2009 Berlin Film Festival: Feb. 5-15, 2009 2009 Berlin Film Festival: Competition Line-Up   Golden Bear for Best Film: La teta asustada / The Milk of Sorrow (Peru) by Claudia Llosa Grand Jury Prize (tie): Alle Anderen / Everyone Else (Germany) by Maren Ade and […]


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Berlin Film Festival Awards: Peruvian Story Tops



Michelle Pfeiffer 'Cheri' in Berlin + French & German Film Critics Choices

Derek Elley reviews Stephen Frears' Chéri in Variety: “Like a passable bottle of champagne, Cheri fizzes and slides down quite easily but lacks real body and doesn't really hit the spot. Driven along by Alexandre Desplat's busy score, scrumptious duds by Consolata Boyle, pastel-tinged widescreen lensing by Darius Khondji and, […]


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Michelle Pfeiffer 'Cheri' in Berlin + French & German Film Critics Choices



BAFTA Awards: Bollywood-ish Hit Tops

2009 Orange British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards 2009 BAFTA award nominations: Jan. 15, 2009. (Foreign-language film and Rising Star nominees are announced separately.) 2009 BAFTA award winners: Feb. 8, 2009 BAFTA Awards 2009 Longlists (“*” denotes the winner in each category)     It's Hollywood on […]


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BAFTA Awards: Bollywood-ish Hit Tops



Kate Winslet & Michael Fassbender: London Film Critics Winners

2009 London Film Critics' Circle Award nominations: Dec. 18, '08 2009 London Film Critics' Circle Award winners: Feb. 4, '09 FILM OF THE YEAR The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Frost/Nixon Milk WALL-E * The Wrestler THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR Happy-Go-Lucky Hunger In Bruges Man on […]


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Kate Winslet & Michael Fassbender: London Film Critics Winners



Goya Awards: Controversial 'Camino'

2009 Goya Awards 2009 Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Goya Award nominees: December 19, 2008 2009 Goya Award winners: Madrid, February 1, 2009 (“*” denotes the winner in each category) Photos: © Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences   Written and directed by Javier Fesser, […]


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Goya Awards: Controversial 'Camino'



Michael Fassbender Curious British Critics Awards Loser

2009 Evening Standard British Film Award nominations: Jan. 13, '09 2009 Evening Standard British Film Award winners: Feb. 1, '09 ("*" denotes the winner in each category)   Director Steve McQueen's widely acclaimed (in the UK) Hunger – which has been all but ignored by American critics and assorted US-based […]


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Michael Fassbender Curious British Critics Awards Loser



Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists' Oscar Symposium + Spanish Film Critics Winners

Oscar-nominated make-up artists Conor O'Sullivan and John Caglione Jr. ('The Dark Knight'), Mike Elizalde and Thomas Floutz ('Hellboy II: The Golden Army') and Greg Cannom ('The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'). Oscar nominees at Academy's Make-Up Artist and Hairstylist Symposium Feb. 22, '09, update: The 2009 Oscar-nominated make-up artists Greg […]


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Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists' Oscar Symposium + Spanish Film Critics Winners



Richard Attenborough Award Winners + Oscar Shorts Screenings

2009 WGA Award motion picture nominations: January 7, 2009 2009 WGA Award winners: February 7, 2009 MOTION PICTURES ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Burn After Reading, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Focus Features Milk, Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Written by Woody Allen, The Weinstein Company […]


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Richard Attenborough Award Winners + Oscar Shorts Screenings



SAG Awards: Jeremy Piven & Anthony Hopkins + Meryl Streep & Penélope Cruz

SAG Awards: Laura Linney Holly Hunter Dev Patel, Freida Pinto Photos: Lester Cohen (Hunter), Kevin Mazur (Patel/Pinto), Michael Buckner (Linney) Sean Penn Kate Winslet, Sally Field Meryl Streep Photos: Kevin Mazur (Field/Winslet, Penn), Michael Caulfield (Streep) Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet Photos: Kevin […]


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SAG Awards: Jeremy Piven & Anthony Hopkins + Meryl Streep & Penélope Cruz



Sundance & Slamdance Winners

Among the top winners at Sundance 2009 were Grand Jury and Audience: U.S. Dramatic winner Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire (as opposed to the upcoming sci-fi thriller Push, starring Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans). Directed by Lee Daniels and adapted by Damien Pearl, Push follows an overweight, pregnant […]


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Sundance & Slamdance Winners



Christopher Nolan, Michelle Williams: Online Film Critics Winners

2009 Online Film Critics Society award winners: Jan. 19, '09 ("*" denotes the winner in each category) BEST PICTURE The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Dark Knight Slumdog Millionaire * WALL-E The Wrestler BEST FOREIGN FILM A Christmas Tale The Counterfeiters I've Loved You So Long * Let the […]


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Christopher Nolan, Michelle Williams: Online Film Critics Winners



Bavarian Film Awards: German Terrorism in the '70s

2009 Bavarian Film Awards 2009 Bavarian Film Awards: Jan. 18, 2009   The 2009 Bavarian Film Award winners (it was a tie) for best productions were Uli Edel's The Baader Meinhof Complex and Florian Gallenberger's John Rabe. Starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Martina Gedeck (above, top photo), The Baader Meinhof Complex […]


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Bavarian Film Awards: German Terrorism in the '70s



Oscar Presenters Unannounced & Best Song Longlist

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokesperson Leslie Unger has stated that none of the Oscar 2009 presenters will be announced before the February 22 telecast. In other words, watch the Oscarcast or miss out on Seth Rogen? Unger was quoted as saying, "There will be fantastic movie stars that appeal to a whole range […]


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Oscar Presenters Unannounced & Best Song Longlist



Veteran Jan Troell Film Tops Swedish Oscars + BAFTA Longlist Snubs

Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments, a 2008 Golden Globe nominee and Sweden's entry for the 2009 best foreign-language film Academy Award, received eight Golden Beetle nominations, including best film, director, actor, actress, and screenplay. Set in the early 1900s, Everlasting Moments follows a young working-class woman (Finnish actress Maria Heiskanen) who wins a camera in a lottery, thus gaining a […]


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Veteran Jan Troell Film Tops Swedish Oscars + BAFTA Longlist Snubs



Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists: Cannes Grand Prix Winner Out

Wide acclaim and a handful of top European Film Awards didn't help Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah land a spot in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' list of best foreign-language film semi-finalists. And in case you're looking for Let the Right One In among the nine films still in […]


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Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists: Cannes Grand Prix Winner Out



Anne Hathaway May Not Win the Best Actress (Drama) Golden Globe

Anne Hathaway may not win the best actress, drama, Golden Globe for her performance in Rachel Getting Married, after all. A technical snafu is the reason for Hathaway's name having a winner's star next to it on the Golden Globes' site last Thursday, on the very day she was sharing […]


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Anne Hathaway May Not Win the Best Actress (Drama) Golden Globe



Bollywood-ish Sleeper Hit Tops DGA & Critics Choice Awards

2009 Directors Guild feature film nominations: January 8, 2009. Documentary and television nominations: January 9, 2009 2009 Directors Guild award winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, January 31, 2009  FEATURE FILMS DANNY BOYLE, Slumdog Millionaire Mr. Boyles Directorial Team: * Unit Production Manager: Sanjay Kumar * First Assistant […]


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Bollywood-ish Sleeper Hit Tops DGA & Critics Choice Awards



Ed Catmull Getting Academy's Special Award + Bollywood-ish Hit Wins Best Cinematography

Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, has been chosen by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award “for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the […]


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Ed Catmull Getting Academy's Special Award + Bollywood-ish Hit Wins Best Cinematography



'Waltz with Bashir' Tops National Society of Film Critics Awards

2009 National Society of Film Critics award winners: January 3, 2009 An animated film won the National Society of Film Critics 2009 Awards. No, not WALL-E, but Ari Folman's anti-war documentary-ish Waltz with Bashir, about Israel's disastrous 1982 invasion of Lebanon. It's hard not to believe that current events _ […]


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'Waltz with Bashir' Tops National Society of Film Critics Awards