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Writers Guild of America Screenplay Nominees

Friday, January 19----The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2006 season. Chosen by a membership of their peers, this is the highest accolade a screenwriter can hope for, aside from a Best Screenplay Oscar. WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA NOMINATIONS BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Guillermo Arriaga, BABEL Michael Arndt, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Peter Morgan, THE QU...

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...

Directors Guild of America Announces Its Nominees

Wednesday, January 10----The Directors Guild of America (DGA), which represents film and television directors, announced its five nominess for the DGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film at a ceremony in Los Angeles yesterday. DGA President Michael Apted made the announcement. Aside from being a highly prized award determined by one’s peers, the DGA Award has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

New York Critics Circle Chooses UNITED 93

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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 nominations. The film, direct...

Film Critics Associations All Over The Map With Awards

Monday, December 11----With the glut of announcements from various film critics associations, the Oscar race is beginning to take shape. However, as opposed to recent memory, when one film (be it GLADIATOR, LORD OF THE RINGS or MILLION DOLLAR BABY) was recognized across the board as the Best Film of the Year, this year's race has been flung wide open, with a few films making an impression and certain to be among Oscar nominees for the Academy's highest honor. In the past 72 hours, film critic...

FLIFF Moves Into Its Second Weekend

Thursday, October 26----As the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) moves into its second consecutive weekend, the schedule for Friday is a full and varied one. Listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as "the world's longest film festival", this year's edition runs for 30 days, with an extra week of programming and special events to be held in the resort town of Key West when the Festival comes to an end in its Fort Lauderdale home on Sunday, November 12. When do these Festi...

Sydney Film Fest Laughter sandwich with meaty filling

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With this his second (and last) Festival, Artistic Director Lynden Barber has again shown an astute ability to mix the provocative with the seductive, the challenging with the entertaining, giving patrons a snapshot of the concerns and amusements of filmmakers from around the world. Andrew L. Urban samples the menu.In a world troubled by violence, defeated by poverty, racked by intolerance and engulfed in conflict, it’s appropriate that a major film festival such as Sydney’s should gather fi...

Sydney Fest, deeper into an ocean of film

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The vibrancy of a film festival can be measured by a willingness to juxtapose films that confound thematic linkage, offering surprises and revelations in an ocean of film from around the world: this year’s program, Lynden Barber’s second as Artistic Director, suggests he is more interested in challenging us than placating us. He wants us to ‘go deeper’. Andrew L. Urban previews the 53rd Sydney Film Festival (June 9 – 25, 2006).With over 120 feature length films and more than 60 shorts ...

Tribeca Film Festival Opens With Controversial 9/11 Docudrama

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The 5th annual Tribeca Film Festival opened on Tuesday evening with the world premiere of a controversial 9/11 docudrama. United 93, which opens nationally in theaters this Friday via Universal Pictures, is a dramatized version of the events that occurred on September 11th, 2001, when Al Qaeda terrorists took over a US airplane that was meant to crash into the White House, on the same day that other airplane hijackings attacked the Pentagon in Washington DC, and brought down New York’s World T...

Anglo/Irish feature film Omagh awarded at Victoria VIFVF

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Festival's Top Prize Awarded to the Anglo/Irish feature film OmaghThe 12th annual Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival wrapped festivities up at The Reef this past Sunday, February 5. Festival Director Kathy Kay said, "The film buffs, volunteers and staff have bonded while putting on the Festival and it's so great to be able to have our closing festivities at the Reef because it makes for such a fine end to the the 12th annual Victoria Film Festival." Colin Easton, of Camosun College's Vi...

List of prizes at San Sebastian

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The International Jury of the 52nd DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL consisting of the members MARIO VARGAS LLOSA (President) YAMINA BENGUIGUI TOM DiCILLO MARTA ESTEBAN LAURA MORANTE EDUARDO SERRA DITO TSINTSADZE has decided to grant the following awards:JURY AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY toGuy Hibbert y Paul Greengrass OMAGH (UK-Ireland) JURY AWARD FOR BEST PHOTOGRAPHY toMarcel Zyskind. NINE SONGS (UK-USA) SILVER SHELL FOR BEST ACTOR toUlrich Thomsen BRODRE (BROTHERS) (Denmark) SIL...

San Sebastian delivers its Conchas

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Earlier we said: "If this one (Turtles Can Fly) doesn't take the big prize tomorrow, I for one, will be very much surprised". CUT TO: Saturday Night. September, 25 -- well: It did!Prizes. In the final sweepstakes "Turtles Can Fly", the odds-on favorite from Iran, did not disappoint and claimed the Concha De Oro (Golden Seashell) top prize for best film. Director Bahman Ghobadi dedicated his prize to the Kurdish people with a satisfied smile and an upheld fist. Other main prize winners ("Si...

New Directors at San Sebastian

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Eighteen movies (three in the Official Section and fifteen in Zabaltegi-New Directors) will compete at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival for the Altadis-New Directors Award, sponsored by Altadis and carrying Euro 90,000 (approx US$95,000).Seventeen countries feature in this selection offering an overview of films with very little in common. Two Argentine movies and another from Colombia represent Latin American cinema. Europe is present with titles from Switzerland, Italy, Germa...

Silver anniversary of Fantasporto splash in Cannes

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Going now to its 25th edition, Fantasporto has brought to Portugal for the first time the films of such names as David Cronenberg, André Tarkovsky, Brian de Palma, John Carpenter, Alain Resnais, David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar, Andrzej Zulawski, Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Peter Greenaway, Neil Jordan, Jean-Jacques Beneix, Joel and Ethan Cohen, Sam Raimi, Brian Yuzna, Peter Jackson, Hal Hartley, Anthony Minghella, Quentin Tarantino, Roberto Rodriguez, Danny Boyle, Paul Anderson, David Fincher, James...

line up of stars opening the 54th Berlinale red carpet

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Stars from around the world are set to attend the gala opening of the 54th Berlin International Film Festival. The opening night gala ceremony in the Berlianle Palast begins today at 7.00pm on Thursday, 5 February. The evening will be hosted by Anke Engelke and Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. The Berlin International Film Festival will be opened by Minister of State for Culture Dr Christina Weiss and the Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit. The opening night film, Anthony Minghella’s ...
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