Glenn Close & Mads Mikkelsen: Awards Season Honorees + Disturbing Tilda Swinton Drama Tops London

Glenn Close: Palm Springs Film Festival Career Achievement Award

Glenn Close's publicists must have been working round the clock these last few months. A highly likely Best Actress Oscar contender for her performance in Albert Nobbs, Close has already received the San Sebastian International Film Festival's Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award and, a couple of days ago, the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Career Achievement Award. Now comes the announcement that Close will be taking home another Career Achievement Award, this time at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's awards gala ceremony on January 7, 2012, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

In Albert Nobbs, Close plays a 19th-century Irishwoman who passes as a (strange-looking) man in order to eke out a living in those difficult times. In the past, the Academy has often shown a penchant for cross-dressing actors, e.g., Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot, Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria, Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, John Lithgow The World According to Garp, Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously, William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman, etc. (Barbra Streisand in Yentl was a notable exception to this Academy rule.) Apparently, so do late 2011/early 2012 film festivals.

Now, what have Meryl Streep's publicists been doing lately?

Past recipients of the Palm Springs Festival's Career Achievement Award include Cate Blanchett, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and Helen Mirren. The festival runs January 5-16.

The information below is from the Palm Springs Film Festival's press release:

In her forthcoming film Albert Nobbs, Close plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th-century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making. Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Brendan Gleeson join a prestigious, international cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker and Pauline Collins. Rodrigo Garcia directs from a script that Glenn Close, along with Man Booker prize-winning novelist John Banville and Gabriella Prekop, adapted from a short story by Irish author George Moore. Roadside Attractions will release the film theatrically this December.

Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill's The World According to Garp. Her performance earned her awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review as well as her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for her performances in Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill, Barry Levinson's The Natural, Adrian Lyne's smash Fatal Attraction and Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons, for which she was also a BAFTA Award nominee. She recently received the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Her other films include Richard Marquand's Jagged Edge, Barbet Schroeder's Reversal of Fortune, Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, István Szabó's Meeting Venus, Ron Howard's The Paper, Stephen Herek's 101 Dalmatians, Kevin Lima's 102 Dalmatians, Wolfgang Petersen's Air Force One, Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune, Rose Troche's The Safety of Objects, James Ivory's Le Divorce, Chris Terrio's Heights, Rodrigo García's Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her and Nine Lives, and Lajos Koltai's Evening.

On television, Close headlines the critically acclaimed legal thriller Damages for the fifth season, now on DirecTV, portraying high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes, earning a 2010 Emmy Award nomination and two consecutive Emmys as Best Actress in a Drama Series for the first two seasons. For the show's 2009 premiere season, she won a Golden Globe Award in addition to the Emmy and received a SAG nomination. Prior to Damages, Close won rave reviews and an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Captain Monica Rawling in a season-long story arc on FX's The Shield.

Glenn Close photo: Palm Springs Film Festival

Mads Mikkelsen: European Films Awards' Achievement in World Cinema Prize

Mads Mikkelsen will receive the European Film Academy's European Achievement in World Cinema 2011 Honorary Award “in recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film.” Previous recipients include Milos Forman, Roman Polanski, Antonio Banderas, Lars von Trier, Isabelle Huppert, Maurice Jarre, Liv Ullmann, Roberto Benigni, Gabriel Yared, and Victoria Abril.

Among the Danish-born Mikkelsen's credits are Nicolas Winding Refn's crime dramas Pusher (1996) and With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II (2004); Anders Thomas Jensen's The Green Butchers (2003) and Adam's Apples (2005); Susanne Bier's Open Hearts (2002) and the Oscar-nominated After the Wedding (2006); and Ole Christian Madsen's Flame and Citron (2008).

Outside of Denmark, Mikkelsen was the creepy villain with the bleeding eye in Martin Campbell's Casino Royale (2006); Igor Stravinsky in Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009); a corporate go-getter with a past in Peter Lindmark's Swedish drama Exit (2009); One Eye in Winding Refn's English-language Valhalla Rising (2009); Draco in Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans (2010); and Rochefort in Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers (2011).

Mikkelsen won the Danish critics' Bodil Award for Pusher II; he was also nominated for Open Hearts, The Green Butchers, and Prague (2006). Additionally, he has received two Best Actor European Film Award nominations to date, for After the Wedding and Flame and Citron.

From the set of the Arnaud des Pallières-directed Franco-German co-production Michael Kohlhaas, Mikkelsen sent the following statement to the European Film Academy:

“There is very little to say when you are honoured with an award of this calibre other than that I am deeply grateful. Seeing the list of former recipients, all giants, and realising that people outside my family keep an eye on my work, makes me accept this award with great humbleness and a big smile.”

Based on Heinrich von Kleist's novel, Michael Kohlhaas also features Bruno Ganz, Sergi López, and Amira Casar.

Mads Mikkelsen, who will be turning 46 next Nov. 22, will be an honorary guest at the 2011 European Film Awards Ceremony on 3 December 2011 in Berlin.

Mads Mikkelsen picture: Kenneth Willardt

'We Need to Talk About Kevin': Best Film at London Film Festival

Lynne Ramsay's British family drama We Need to Talk About Kevin, which stars Tilda Swinton as the mother of a young mass murderer, won the Best Film Award at the 2011 BFI London Film Festival (LFF). The LFF awards ceremony was held this evening in Central London; comedian Marcus Brigstocke hosted the event. Jury chair John Madden and fellow judge Gillian Anderson presented the Best Film award.

The Best British Newcomer award went to actress Candese Reid for her performance in Tinge Krishnan's dark social drama Junkhearts. Edgar Wright and Minnie Driver presented the award.

Pablo Giorgelli was given the Sutherland Award Winner for the Argentinean drama Las Acacias, described as “a slow-burning, uplifting and enchanting story of a truck driver and his passengers.” The Sutherland Award, this year presented by Terry Gilliam, is given to the director “of the most original and imaginative feature debut in the Festival.”

Werner Herzog's Into the Abyss was the recipient of the Grierson Award for Best Documentary, presented “in commemoration of John Grierson, the grandfather of British documentary.” Featuring a series of interviews about those connected to a Texas death-row inmate, Into the Abyss is described as a “study of the senselessness of violence and its consequences.”

Additionally, Ralph Fiennes and David Cronenberg were given the BFI Fellowship, a sort of Career Achievement Award. Liam Neeson presented the BFI Fellowship to Fiennes; Cronenberg got his from Jeremy Thomas and Michael Fassbender, one of the stars of Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method.

We Need to Talk About Kevin photo: Oscilloscope Pictures

Christian-Muslim Relationships & Ayrton Senna + Justin Bieber: Cinema Eye Honors Nominations

From the the remains of political prisoners buried in Chile's Atacama desert to Muslim-Christian relationships within a (very large) family in Indonesia: Clio Barnard's The Arbor, Steve James' The Interrupters, Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light, Leonard Retel Helmrich's Position Among the Stars, James Marsh's Project Nim and Asif Kapadia's Senna are all in the running for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking at the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. It's the first time that six films are competing for the top Cinema Eye award.

Seven documentaries received four nominations each, the highest number this year:Tristan Patterson's Dragonslayer, Danfung Dennis' Hell and Back Again, The Arbor, The Interrupters, Nostalgia for the Light, Position Among the Stars and Senna. In all, 33 films from 12 countries are vying for Cinema Eye awards in 11 categories.

The five nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Direction are Steve James, best-known for Hoop Dreams (which caused quite a stir when it was bypassed by the 1994 Academy Awards), Clio Barnard, Danfung Dennis, Patricio Guzmán, and Leonard Retel Helmrich. Missing from the roster are Senna's Asif Kapadia and Project Nim's James Marsh. (Marsh's Man on Wire was the Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction of 2009.)

For the first time this year the result of a direct vote by the Cinema Eye nominations committee, the ten contenders for the Audience Choice prize are Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking nominees Senna, Project Nim, and The Interrupters, in addition to Cindy Meehl's Buck, Richard Press' Bill Cunningham New York, Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Errol Morris' Tabloid, Michael Collins' Give Up Tomorrow, Göran Olsson's The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, and, are you ready, Jon M. Chu's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

Tim Hetherington, one of the journalists killed in Libya during that country's blood revolution, was nominated in the Nonfiction Short Filmmaking category for the autobiographical Diary. Fellow nominees are Yuri Ancarani's Il Capo (Italy), Davina Pardo's Minka (USA), Jakub Stozek's Out of Reach (Poland) and Andy Taylor Smith's This Chair Is Not Me (UK). None of those five shorts are among the semi-finalists for the 2012 Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Short Subject category.

The Cinema Eye Honors winners will be announced on January 11, 2012 at New York City's Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

Nostalgia for the Light picture: Icarus Films

Hans Zimmer Opting Out of Oscar Race Probably to Have Little Effect on Nominations

At the Ghent Film Festival, Hans Zimmer told The Hollywood Reporter that he'll sit out this year's Oscar race for Best Original Score. According to Zimmer, the murder of his longtime publicist Ronni Chasen* was one reason for his decision, though that came about chiefly as a result of his desire to “to take a step back and say 'I'm not in the race,” and thus focus on his current projects.

The composers themselves, not the studios, must submit their own scores. The fact that Zimmer won't be submitting his work for Rango or Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows most likely won't change the prospects for the Best Original Score category as neither work has been perceived as a top contender for a nomination. Or, for that matter, Zimmer's scores for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Kung Fu Panda 2, and The Dilemma.

Zimmer, who is currently working on the score for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, has been nominated for nine Academy Awards in the Music categories. He won for The Lion King (Best Original Score) in early 1994. In the last ten years, he earned only two Oscar nods: Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Inception (2010).

* If the Beverly Hills Police Department is to be trusted, Chasen was the random victim of a lunatic acting alone on a deserted local street. He then bragged about the murder, was found out, and finally killed himself before any questions could be asked.

Hans Zimmer picture:

Ronald Reagan, 'Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers': IDA Best Documentary Nominations

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced its list of 2011 award nominees. Up for Best Feature are Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega's Better This World, Peter D. Richardson's How to Die in Oregon, Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light, Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion's The Redemption of General Butt Naked, and Tatiana Huezo's The Tiniest Place.

Themes range from political repression and the cosmos (Nostalgia for the Light), political repression and terrorism paranoia (Better This World), and political repression and hope in a small village in El Salvador (The Tiniest Place) to euthanasia and (How to Die in Oregon) and the story of a Liberian warlord (The Redemption of General Butt Naked). Of the five Best Feature nominees, only Nostalgia for the Light was also nominated in that category for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, which were announced yesterday. Notably absent from the IDA roster are James Marsh's Project Nim and Asif Kapadia's Senna.

Other IDA nominees in various categories include Eugene Jarecki's Ronald Reagan documentary for HBO, Reagan; Leonard Retel Helmrich's Position Among the Stars, a tale about an Indonesian Muslim-Christian family that is also up for the Cinema Eye Honors best feature documentary award; and Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, which two years ago was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.

Also, Danfung Dennis will be handed the 2011 Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for his feature debut, the Afghanistan war/American family life film Hell and Back Again, winner of the Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Jury Award and World Cinema Cinematography Award. Veteran Les Blank will get the Career Achievement Award; previous recipients of the award include Sheila Nevins, Michael Apted, Ken Burns, Albert Maysles, Haskell Wexler, Michael Moore, Errol Morris, and Barbara Kopple.

The International Documentary Association's 2011 awards ceremony will be held on December 2 at the Directors Guild of America in West Hollywood.

Better This World, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway
Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway's Better This World


Directors/Producers/Writers: Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega
Prod.: Mike Nicholson
Executive Prod.: Julie Goldman, John Battsek, Nicole Stott, Chana Ben-Dov, Sally Jo Fifer (ITVS), Simon Kilmurry (American Documentary|POV)
Loteria Films, Bullfrog Films, Cat & Docs

Director/Prod.: Peter D. Richardson
Executive Prod.: Melody Korenbrot, Sheila Nevins (HBO)
Supervising Prod.: Jacqueline Glover (HBO)
Associate Prod.: Sophie Harris, Jordan Curnes
Clearcut Productions in association with HBO Documentary Films

Director/Writer: Patricio Guzmán
Prod.: Renate Sachse
Atacama Productions (France), Blinker Filmproduction GmbH and WDR (Germany), and Cronomedia Ltda. (Chile), Icarus Films

Directors/Prod.: Eric Strauss & Daniele Anastasion
Executive Prod.: Gregory Henry, David Shadrack Smith
Part2 Pictures

Dir.: Tatiana Huezo
Executive Prod.: Liliana Pardo, Henner Hoffman
Prod.: Nicolás Celis
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica/Foprocine



Director/Prod.: Goro Toshima

Director/Producer/Writer: Barbara Hammer
Barbara Hammer Productions

Director/Prod.: Davina Pardo
Prod.: Andrew Blum
Birdling Films

Director/Prod.: Sara Nesson
Executive Prod.: Sheila Nevins (HBO)
Prod.: Mitchell Block
Supervising Prod.: Sara Bernstein (HBO)
Consulting Prod.: Ross Kauffman
Portrayal Films, Inc. in association with HBO Documentary Films

Director/Prod.: Ruby Yang
Executive Prod.: Walter & Shirley Wang
Prod.: Thomas Lennon
Thomas Lennon Films, Smiley Film Distribution & World Sales, Cinema Guild



Executive Producer/Dir.: Rachel Libert
Executive Prod.: Josh Braun, Ken Druckerman, Susannah Ludwig, Banks Tarver
Prod.: Kevin Vargas
Left/Right Inc., Discovery Channel- Planet Green

Director/Prod.: Spike Lee
Executive Prod.: Shelia Nevins (HBO)
Prod.: Sam Pollard
Supervising Prod.: Jacqueline Glover (HBO)
Line Prod.: Butch Robinson
40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks for HBO Documentary Films

Director/Producer/Writer: Amber Edwards
Executive Prod.: Ken Bloom
Co-Prod.: Dave Davidson
Hudson West Productions, PBS

Dir.: Brenda Kovrig, Mike Downie, David New, Sarah Goodman, Jeff Thrasher, Sean Michael Turrell,Ryan J. Noth, Geoff Morrison
Executive Prod.: Michael McMahon
Prod.: Joel McConvey, Kristina McLaughlin, Kevin McMahon, Michael McMahon, Geoff Morrison, Ryan J. Noth
Primitive Entertainment Inc., FilmCAN, FilmOption International Inc.

Dir.: Tom Barbor-Might, Jon Brooks, Neil Edson
Executive Prod.: James DuBern, James Baker
Prod.: Tom Barbor-Might, Toby Lichtig
Current TV



30 FOR 30
Executive Prod.: Keith Clinkscales, John Dahl, Joan Lynch, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons, John Skipper, John Walsh
ESPN Films

Executive Prod.: Mark Samels
Senior Prod.: Sharon Grimberg

Executive Prod.: Catherine Olsen
Prod.: Andrew Johnson, Carissa Neekon, Rosa Kim, Julia Nunes
CBC News Network

Executive Prod.: Simon Kilmurry
Co-Executive Prod.: Cynthia López
VP of Programming and Production: Chris White
Series Prod.: Yance Ford
Coordinating Prod.: Andrew Catauro
American Documentary | POV

Executive Prod.: Jim Fraenkel, Adam Yamaguchi
Prod.: Christof Putzel, Adam Yamaguchi, Mariana van Zeller, Darren Foster, Cerissa Tanner, Jeff Plunkett, Alex Simmons (with Shawn Efran, Mitch Koss, John Carlos Frey)


This award recognizes exceptional achievement in non-fiction film and video production at the university level and brings greater public and industry awareness to the work of students in the documentary field.

Director/Executive Producer/Writer: János Richter
Executive Prod.: Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella
Prod.: Georg Zeller
ZeLIG- School for Documentary, Andanafilms, Icarus Films

Director/Writer: Mark Olexa
Executive Prod.: Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella
Prod.: Georg Zeller, Nadia Caruso
ZeLIG - School for Documentary

Director/Prod.: Trevor Wright
Executive Dir.: Jack Emery
Prod.: A. Todd Smith, Jordan Augustine
Full Mountain Pictures, Brigham Young University

Director/Producer/Writer: Briar March
Executive Prod.: Jan Krawitz, Jamie Meltzer, Kris Samuelson
On the Level Production

Director/Writer: Regina Tan
Prod.: Haley Quartarone, Juvia Chua, Emily Manheim
Writer: Eysham MD Ali



The IDA/HUMANITAS AWARD is given to a documentarian whose film strives to unify the human family by exploring the stories of human beings who are different in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs.

Director/Producer/Writer: Maggie Betts
Executive Prod.: Roland Betts
Prod.: Ben Selkow, Joedan Okun, Benjamin Prager
Tent Full of Birds Productions

Director/Prod.: Peter D. Richardson
Executive Prod.: Melody Korenbrot, Sheila Nevins (HBO)
Supervising Prod.: Jacqueline Glover (HBO)
Associate Prod.: Sophie Harris, Jordan Curnes
Clearcut Productions in association with HBO Documentary Films

Director/Producer/Writer: Ramon S. Diaz
Executive Prod.: Tony Gloria for Unitel, Sally Jo Fifer (ITVS), Simon Kilmurry (American Documentary|POV)
CineDiaz, POV, Women Make Movies

Director/Writer: Leonard Retel Helmrich
Producer/Writer: Hetty Naaijkens - Retel Helmrich
Scarabee Films and HUMAN Broadcasting in association with HBO Documentary Films

Dir.: Tatiana Huezo
Executive Prod.: Liliana Pardo, Henner Hoffman
Prod.: Nicolás Celis
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica/Foprocine



This award is given each year for the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary.

Director/Writer: Ali Samadi Ahadi
Prod.: Jan Krueger, Oliver Stoltz
Dreamer Joint Venture Filmproduktion, Red Flag Releasing

Director/Producer/Writer: Amber Edwards
Executive Prod.: Ken Bloom
Prod.: Dave Davidson
Hudson West Productions, PBS

Directors/Producers/Writers: Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
Executive Prod.: Jodie Evans, Sally Jo Fifer (ITVS) Simon Kilmurry (POV)
Co-Executive Prod.: Cynthia López (POV)
VP of Programming and Production: Chris White (POV)
Series Prod.: Yance Ford (POV)
Coordinating Prod.: Andrew Catauro (POV)
ITVS, American Documentary/POV

Director/Producer/Writer: Chad Freidrichs
Prod.: Jamie Freidrichs, Paul Fehler, Brian Woodman
Unicorn Stencil Documentary Films

Director/Producer/Writer: Eugene Jarecki
Executive Prod.: Nick Fraser, Sheila Nevins (HBO)
Co-Executive Prod.: Roy Ackerman
Senior Prod.: Lisa Heller
Prod.: Kathleen Fournier
Co-Prod.: Melinda Shopsin, Christopher St. John
Associate Prod.: Daniel DiMauro, Shirel Kozak
Consulting Prod.: Alexander Johnes
Charlotte Street Films in association with HBO Documentary Films

Reagan photo: HBO

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