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    'Drive,' Gordon-Levitt and Williams Top Utah Critics' Awards

    Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' led the winners of the Utah Film Critics' annual awards, taking best picture and best cinematography honors and placing runner-up in the best director category.

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    Stephen Daldry To Receive Best Director Award in Palm Springs

    Three time Academy Award nominee Stephen Daldry will be awarded with the Director of the Year Award for "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" at the upcoming 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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    Deal Update: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Woody Allen's 'Nero Fiddled,' 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' Moves Up, 'Outrun' Gets Date

    With Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" the year's highest-grossing independent film (almost $60 million domestic) and a strong Oscar contender with four Golden Globe nominations, it's no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics will release his next indie funded film, "Nero Fiddled."

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    Oscar Watch: Passion Votes Drive Exciting Race, Likely Eight Best Picture Nominees--Not 'Bridesmaids'

    The change in Oscar voting rules, so that only films earning hundreds of number one votes will land a Best Picture slot-- leads to more speculation and excitement than ever this year. But it's already clear that there will be eight nominees.

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    'Tree of Life,' 'A Separation' Lead Village Voice Poll, 'Margaret' Lands Three Wins

    "The Tree of Life" has won yet another victory, topping the annual Village Voice critics poll and winning best director for Terrence Malick. The film was followed by Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation"; Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" came in third.

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    Immersed in Movies: 'Avatar' VFX Wiz Letteri Compares 'Apes' and 'Tintin,' Caesar and Haddock

    It's been a great year for Joe Letteri, Weta Digital's senior visual effects supervisor, with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" as the front runner for the VFX Oscar and "The Adventures of Tintin" opening today and competing in the animation category.

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    "The Color Wheel" Tops Indiewire's List of Best Undistributed Films; Other Films Tie For Top Spots

    Two American indies, a festival hit from an emerging German talent, a Norwegian tale of drug addiction and an Israeli drama topped a list of the Best Undistributed Films in Indiewire's year-end critics poll. More than 160 critics voted in this year's poll, the results of which were published...

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    Indie Spirit Nominee 'Without' Team Talk Micro-Budget Filmmaking, Distribution

    Writer-director Mark Jackson is up for the “Someone to Watch” award at the Indie Spirits, to be held in Santa Monica on February 25, for his micro-budget "Without." The film is a quiet character study featuring a daring performance by the newcomer, Joslyn Jensen.

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    Women's Film Critics Circle Award Winners

    I love the diversity of categories.  But where is the best woman director? UPDATE- the best womena director is the director of the best movie by women.  I think we name the women because people need to know their names in the same way that guys names are known.

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    Inaugural Shadow And Act Annual Black Cinema Toasts! 2011 Honorees #3 - Anthony Mackie

    Continuing on as promised with the S&A 2011 toasts proposals to, as I stated in the first honoree post last week Friday, all the brave, passionate black men, women and institutions in this ruthless, monocratic industry we cover here on S&A, who were, as the late Steve Jobs put it i...

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