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MIRREN AND WHITTAKER SHINE AT S.A.G. AWARDS by Alex Deleon, Santa Barbara This is the jolly season of awards in Southern California -- seems like there's a different one every week somewhere in L.A. or vicinity. Following the Golden Globes (Foreign Press Awards) a couple of weeks back we now have the Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.) awards which are similar and yet a bit different. Both sets of awards go to both film and television personalities, but the Globes recognize all kinds of categories (w...

A full slate of events

Debuting its slate of local and international films, and welcoming filmmakers and stars to town, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival opened over the weekend to enthusiastic audiences. Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, and director George Hickenlooper were lauded by a packed house at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday as “Factory Girl,” a film about 1960s “It Girl” Edie Sedgwick, who was born and tragically died in Santa Barbara. Also in attendance were Edie’s brother Jonathan Sedgwi...

Screen Actors Guild Awards Predict Oscars

Monday, January 29----In what will likely be a repeat by the time the Oscars are given out on February 25, the Screens Actors Guild gave out its top awards to film and television thespians in the convivial atmosphere of the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Winners were visibly moved to be recognized by their peers as they polished the speeches that they very likely will need to give again at the Kodak Theater for the big bonanza of the Academy Awards. The SAG Award for Best Ensemble Performa...

Screen Actors Guild presented its awards

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Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2006 at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The 13h Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® was simulcast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m., ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT The honorees were selected by the active Guild membership nation...

POSH SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL DRAWS 31 OSCAR CONTENDERS!

January 25, 2007 Santa Barbara is a very upscale seaside paradise a scant 90 miles up the coast from Los Angeles, distinguished more for its socio-economic exclusivity, high rents, distinctive Spanish architecture and sprawling beachfront university than for the modest international film festival to which it has been home since 1985. Slowly building year by year and able to draw easily on Hollywood based talent because of its relative proximity to Tinseltown, the Santa Barbara fest has now c...

Posh Santa Barbara Film Festival Draws 31 Oscar Contenders!

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Santa Barbara is a very upscale seaside paradise a scant 90 miles up the coast from Los Angeles, distinguished more for its socio-economic exclusivity, high rents, distinctive Spanish architecture and sprawling beachfront university than for the modest international film festival to which it has been home since 1985. Slowly building year by year and able to draw easily on Hollywood based talent because of its relative proximity to Tinseltown, the Santa Barbara fest has now come into its own and ...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Draws 31 Oscar Contenders!

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Santa Barbara is a very upscale seaside paradise a scant 90 miles up the coast from Los Angeles, distinguished more for its high rents, distinctive Spanish architecture and sprawling beachfront university than for the modest international film festival to which it has been home since 1985. Slowly building year by year and able to draw easily on Hollywood based talent because of its relative proximity to Tinseltown, the Santa Barbara fest has now come into its own and has staked out its claim as ...

The Golden Globes: Hollywood's Biggest Party

Tuesday, January 16----Even from a distance of 5000 miles, sitting comfortably in front of my flat screen television, and watching with amusement the telecast of the Golden Globe Awards, it was clear that this is one of Hollywood's biggest and most irreverent parties. It has long been noted that because the Awards Ceremony takes place in a hotel ballroom, where food is being served, and liquor is constantly being brought out, that this awards show is a far cry from the dignified demeanor of th...

The BAFTA are here

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its nominees in fifteen seperate categories for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, affectionately knowns as the BAFTAs. By and large, they read like a re-do of the Golden Globes, with some prominent exceptions. Which film dominated the proceedings? THE QUEEN, of course. The acclaimed behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Family received the most BAFTA nods, with 10 nominations in all, in the categories of Best Film, Best Di...

THE DEPARTED Scores Big At The Critics Choice Awards

Monday, January 15-----The Critics Choice Awards, chosen by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), were announced at a gala awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday. Coming just days before the Golden Globe ceremonies, to be held later tonight, and just two weeks before the Oscar nominations are announced, the clear momentum for certain films and talents seems to be reaching a crescendo. Unless there are some major surprises this evening at the Golden Globes ceremonies, the w...

The BAFTAS Are Here

Friday, January 12----The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its nominees in fifteen seperate categories for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, affectionately knowns as the BAFTAs. By and large, they read like a re-do of the Golden Globes, with some prominent exceptions. Which film dominated the proceedings? THE QUEEN, of course. The acclaimed behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Family received the most BAFTA nods, with 10 nominations in all, in the categor...

PAN'S LABYRINTH Named Best Picture By National Society of Film Critics

Monday, January 8-----The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), one of the most prestigious film critics organizations in North America, has chosen the Spanish-language film PAN’S LABYRINTH as the Best Picture of the Year. The choice of a non-English language film harkens back to the heyday of foreign films in the 1960s and 1970s, when the films of Truffaut, Fellini, Bergman and Kurosawa were given the Society’s highest accolade. In fact, all top three vote-getters in the Best Picture c...

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees Announced

Friday, January 5------With the 2007 only four days old, the awards season frenzy that had a brief respite over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays has resumed in full force. Yesterday morning, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the organization that represents acting talent on both the large and small screen, announced its nominations for the prestigious SAG Awards. Announcements were made by Elijah Wood (LORD OF THE RINGS) and Sandra Oh (SIDEWAYS, GREY’S ANATOMY). The honors, which are p...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival line up

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The 2007 Santa Barbara International Film Festival announces their slate of films for the 22nd installment. The festival, which welcomes Chrysler and The New Yorker as Premiere Sponsors, takes place over 11 days beginning Thursday, January 25, through Sunday, February 4, and will feature 22 World Premieres, 18 US Premieres, and introduce films from 40 countries. “This is the most ambitious and most diverse line up of events and films the Festival has ever had,” commented SBIFF Director Ro...

IndieWire Critics Poll Names Romanian Drama As Best of the Year

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Friday, December 29-----In a last farewell nod to the best films of the past year, respected film website IndieWire has announced the results of its first annual Critics Poll. The Romanian drama THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, an emotionally devastating meditation on the thin line between life and death, was the top choice of a group of 100 leading North American film critics. The film, the second feature of director Cristi Puiu, won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, wa...

The Last of the Film Critics Prizes

Friday, December 22----The final film critics prizes were announced by the film critics associations in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas and the Southeast (including Florida, Georgia and other states south of the Mason Dixon line). There was concensus in certain categories, but critics also differed enough to keep the Oscar race varied and interesting. BEST PICTURE The Phoenix Film Critics Association, along with the Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association, chose the 9-11 docudrama UNITED 93...

Satellite Awards Orbit THE DEPARTED and DREAMGIRLS

Wednesday, December 20----The Satellite Awards, the annual honors given to films and television programs by the International Press Academy, announced their choices for best films and best performances of the year. THE DEPARTED was named as Best Motion Picture Drama and the musical DREAMGIRLS copped top honors as Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. DREAMGIRLS also earned awards for best director Bill Condon -- who tied for that honor with Clint Eastwood for FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS --as wel...

Satellite Awards Orbit THE DEPARTED and DREAMGIRLS

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The Satellite Awards, the annual honors given to films and television programs by the International Press Academy, announced their choices for best films and best performances of the year. THE DEPARTED was named as Best Motion Picture Drama and the musical DREAMGIRLS copped top honors as Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.DREAMGIRLS also earned awards for best director Bill Condon -- who tied for that honor with Clint Eastwood for FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS --as well as supporting actress Jennifer ...

Broadcast film critics weigh in with their nominees

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The marathon of end-of-the-year film nominees continues, with the announcement of the choice by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) of their annual Critics Choice Awards. The Association is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing 200 television, radio and online critics. Founded in 1995, the BFCA presents its annual Critics Choice Awards each year to honor the finest achievements in filmmaking. The winners will be revealed at a gala awards ce...

Broadcast Film Critics Weigh In With Their Nominees

Monday, December 18----The marathon of end-of-the-year film nominees continues, with the announcement of the choice by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) of their annual Critics Choice Awards. The Association is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing 200 television, radio and online critics. Founded in 1995, the BFCA presents its annual Critics Choice Awards each year to honor the finest achievements in filmmaking. The winners will be...

Golden Globe Nominees Announced

Friday, December 15----Nominations for the Golden Globe Awards were announced yesterday morning in Los Angeles. The Awards, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a membership group of less than 100 international journalists whose beat is coverage of Hollywood and the American film scene, has grown in stature over the past few years, making them almost the most stellar in a glut of end-of-the-year honors. Now broadcast on a major television network in the US and seen via satellite t...

Golden Globe nominations

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Nominations for the 64th edition of the golden Globe Awards have been announced by the Hollywood Foreign Presss Association. Biggest winners are Babel and The Departed with 7 and 6 nominations; Warner and Paramount happy with 13 and 12 nominations. Another good vintage year for Clint and Leonardo both enjoy two nominations (Leonardo cited twice for best actor, Eastwood for best director) Eddie Murphy returns to top spot as best supporting actor, and Helen Mirren and Annette Bening cited in two c...

Golden Globe nominations

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HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION - 2007 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2006Nominations for the 64th edition of the golden Globe Awards have been announced by the Hollywood Foreign Presss Association. Biggest winners are Babel and The Departed with 7 and 6 nominations; Warner and Paramount happy with 13 and 12 nominations.Another good vintage year for Clint and Leonardo both enjoy two nominations (Leonardo cited twice for best actor, Eastwood for best director) Eddie Murph...

San Francisco Film Critics Go Their Own Way

Wednesday, December 13---The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named the emotional domestic drama LITTLE CHILDREN as its Best Picture of the Year. The group, which includes twenty-three film critics from around the Bay Area, will present their awards next month at a special evening ceremony. This is the first win for LITTLE CHILDREN among film critics associations, and portends well for some key Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for the film, its director Todd Field, and its stellar ...

New York Critics Circle Chooses UNITED 93

Tuesday, December 12---UNITED 93, the harrowing re-enactment of the last hours on one of the doomed planes hijacked on September 11, 2001, has received the nod as Best Picture of the Year, from the New York Critics Circle, considered the most prestigious and influential of all the national film critics associations. The win by UNITED 93, which was echoed last week by the Washington DC Film Critics Association, catapults the docudrama into prime position for multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nomi...
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