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    49 Songs Eligible For Oscar

    Forty-nine songs from eligible feature films are contending for nominations in the Original Song category for the 81st Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed here. They include 11 songs from "High School Musical 3" (or over a fifth of the contenders). On Tuesday, January 6, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the categ...

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    TIFFG Unveils Canada's Top 10 for '08

    Canada's Top Ten feature and short films for 2008 were announced by the Toronto International Film Festival Group, which organizes screenings and Q&As with filmmakers whose films are chosen by the organization. The films and other events will take place January 30 - February 7 at Cinematheque Ontario, and tickets go on sale December 16. Canada's Top Ten films are chosen by national panels of filmmakers, journalists, programmers and industry professionals among narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental films. Films in this year's roster include: "Adoration" by Atom Egoyan, "Before Tomorrow" by Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piuj...

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    "Milk" Tops With San Fran Critics

    The The San Francisco Film Critics Circle announced their annual awards, with Gus Van Sant's "Milk" dominating. The San Francisco-set Harvey Milk biopic won best picture, best director, and best original screenplay for Dustin Lance Black, while Sean Penn tied "The Wrestler"'s Mickey Rourke for best actor. Rourke's co-star Marisa Tomei won best supporting actress, and "Happy-Go-Lucky"'s Sally Hawkins and "The Dark Knight"'s Heath Ledger won best actress and best supporting actor. Other winners included "Frost/Nixon"'s Peter Morgan for best adapted screenplay, "The Dark Knight"'s Wally Pfister for best cinematography, "My Winnipeg" for best doc...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Slumdog," "Dark Knight" Lead Chicago Critics' Nominations

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" and Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" led the nominations for the 2008 Chicago Film Critics' Association Awards taking six nods apiece. Both received notices for both best picture and best director, as did Gus Van Sant's "Milk," Andrew Stanton's "WALL-E" and D...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Happy," "Slumdog" Big Satellite Winners

    The winners of the 13th annual, always eccentric Satellite Awards were announced by the International Press Academy, with Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" and Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" winning the Best Motion Picture categories for drama and comedy or musical, respectively. "Slumdog" also too...

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    "Battle" To Kick Off Stranger Than Fiction's Winter Season

    Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary film series programmed by Thom Powers and presented by IFC Center, will launch its ninth season on January 13, 2009 with a sneak preview of Ben Kempas' "Upstream Battle." Other films scheduled for the season include Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz's "Education of Shelby Knox," Nina Davenport's "Parallel Lines," Morgan Dews' "Must Read After My Death," Lucia Small and Ed Pincus's "Axe in the Attic," Alan Berlinher's "Intimate Stranger," Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio's "Girls Like Us," Joseph Dorman's "Arguing The World," Jon Hart and Mathew Kaufman's "American Swing," and a tribute t...

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    "Slumdog" Leads New York Film Critics Online

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" won both picture and best director (an award Boyle shared with the film's mysterious "co-director," Loveleen Tandan) from the New York Film Critics' Online's annual awards. The film also took awards for best score, best cinematography and best screenplay. The acting awards looked familiar, with Sally Hawkins, Sean Penn, Penelope Cruz and Heath Ledger once again winning in their respective categories, a repeat of nearly every critics' announcement thus far. Other awards included "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days for best foreign language film, "Man on Wire" for best documentary, "WALL-E" for best animated featu...

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    AFI Announces Top Ten of 2008

    The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2008, including their annual top ten list. Selections are made through AFI's 13-person jury process in which "scholars, film artists, critics and AFI trustees discuss, debate and determine the most outstanding achievements of the year, as well as provide a detailed rationale for each selection." The top ten are, in alphabetical order: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Gran Torino," "Iron Man," "Milk," "WALL-E," "Wendy and Lucy" and "The Wrestler." AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the se...

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    Fifteen Make Academy's Visual Effects Shortlist

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films were selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 81st Academy Awards: "Australia," "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," "Cloverfield," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Hancock," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," "The Incredible Hulk," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Iron Man," "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," "Quantum of Solace," and "The Spiderwick Chronicles." In early January, the members of the Academy's Visu...

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    Jackman to Host Oscars

    Actor Hugh Jackman has been tapped to host the 81st Academy Awards on on Sunday, February 22, 2009. Currently starring in Baz Luhrmann's "Australia," Jackman's credits include films in the X-Men series and work on stage in "Carousel" and "Oklahoma," among others.

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