'A Time for Justice' & 'Maya Lin' Screening + Rome Film Fest Winners

A Time for Justice Charles GuggenheimThe two 1994 Oscar-winning documentaries, the short A Time for Justice (right) and the feature Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, will be screened as part of “Oscar's Docs, Part Four: Academy Award-Winning Documentaries 1988–1997” on Monday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

The evening will feature a post-screening discussion with Maya Lin producer-director Frieda Lee Mock, producer Terry Sanders, composer Charles Bernstein, and editor William T. Cartwright.

Produced by Charles Guggenheim, A Time for Justice focuses on the American Civil Rights Movement from the point of view of those who fought for the right to vote during the 1950s and 1960s.

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision Frieda Lee MockMaya Lin (right) is about the artist who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. This screening will present a new 35mm print.

[Photo: The Vietnam War Memorial.
Adam Stoltman.]

Now, this was the year when the Academy saw itself accused of favoritism because Mock had previously been the chairwoman of the Documentary Committee. Compounding matters, the Academy was accused of near-sightedness after Steve James' widely praised Hoop Dreams failed to nab a nomination in the documentary feature category. In the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan remarked that if Committee members “knew the meaning of the word shame they would now be making arrangements for mass suicides.”

“Oscar's Docs” is a comprehensive screening series of every short subject and feature to win the Academy Award for documentary filmmaking since the category was established in 1941.

Tickets to each “Oscar's Docs” screenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue).

For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

Kenneth Turan quote: Inside Oscar by Mason Wiley and Damien Bona

2008 Rome Film Festival Awards

2008 Rome Film Festival: Oct. 22-31, 2008

The best film winner at the 2008 edition of the Rome Film Festival was Siddiq Barmak's drama Opium War. Following a helicopter crash, two American soldiers are stranded in Afghanistan. After some relaxing moments — with the help of that substance found in poppies — they encounter an Afghan family living inside a tank. 


Golden Marc'Aurelio Critics' Award for Best Film

OPIUM WAR by Siddiq Barmak

Special Mention

A CORTE DO NORTE (Northern land), by João Botelho

AIDE TOI, LE CIEL T'AIDERA (With a Little Help from Myself) by François Dupeyron

Silver Marc'Aurelio Critics' Award for Best Actress

DONATELLA FINOCCHIARO for Galantuomini by Edoardo Winspeare

Silver Marc'Aurelio Critics' Award for Best Actor

BOHDAN STUPKA for Serce na dloni (With a Warm Heart) by Krzysztof Zanussi


Golden Marc'Aurelio Audience Award

RESOLUTION 819 by Giacomo Battiato


Golden Marc'Aurelio Acting Award

Gina Lollobrigida


Alicenella città Under 12 Prize for Best Film (ages 8 – 12)

MAGIQUE! by Philippe Muyl

Alicenella città Over 12 Prize for Best Film (ages 13 – 17)

SUMMER by Kenneth Glenaan

International Competition Jury: Edoardo Bruno, Michel Ciment, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Emanuel Levy, and Roman Gutek

David Rockwell: Academy Awards Ceremony Set Designer

David RockwellDavid Rockwell: Oscar 2009 set designer.

David Rockwell, whose firm designed the Kodak Theatre at Los Angeles' Hollywood & Highland Center, will design the sets for the 2009 Academy Awards telecast, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced.

Other projects designed by the Rockwell Group include a freestanding building for the Cirque du Soleil at Walt Disney World in Florida; the Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center in New York; the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, scheduled to open in 2009; in addition to several restaurants and hotels.  David Rockwell's firm is also involved with the master plan of Coney Island, including Steeplechase Plaza.

Potential Oscar 2009 contenders

The list of potential Oscar 2009 contenders is quite extensive, ranging from Anne Hathaway in the Best Actress category for her performance in Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. As The Joker in Nolan's Batman film, Heath Ledger is sure to earn a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod.

The Dark Knight Rises' Christian Bale is a distant possibility in the Best Actor category, but Leonardo DiCaprio has a fighting chance for Sam Mendes' drama Revolutionary Road, which also stars potential Best Actress nominee Kate Winslet. Winslet could also be shortlisted in that category for another drama, Stephen Daldry's The Reader. Penélope Cruz, for her part, is a shoo-in in the Best Supporting Actress category for her latest Anna Magnani impersonation, this time in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Allen is an unlikely Best Director candidate, but he could get a writing nod. Cruz's fellow cast members Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, and Rebecca Hall are all highly unlikely Oscar 2009 candidates.

The 81st Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. In the United States, the Oscarcast will be televised live by ABC.

David Rockwell photo: Todd Plitt / Imagebox.

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