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    New York Critics Name "United 93" Best Film; Scorsese Named Best Director

    The New York Film Critics Circle completed its voting for its 2006 awards with Best Picture going to Paul Greengrass's "United 93," while Martin Scorsese picked up the Best Director nod for "The Departed." Forest Whitaker received Best Actor from the group for "The Last King of Scotland," while Dame Helen Mirren was named Best Actress for her role in "The Queen." Best foreign film went to "Army of Shadows," while Best Non-fiction film went to "Deliver Us From Evil," and Best Screenplay went to Peter Morgan for "The Queen." Jackie Earle Haley received the Best Supporting Actor nod for "Little Children," while Jennifer Hudson took the Best Sup...

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    LA Film Critics Name "Letters from Iwo Jima" best picture of the Year; Paul Greengrass Takes best di

    Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" was named best picture of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), while Stephen Frears' "The Queen" took runner-up, Henry Sheehan, president of the organization announced Sunday evening. Paul Greengrass ("United 93") received the best director prize, while Eastwood took runner-up, and in the actress category, Dame Helen Mirren took the top spot for "The Queen," while Penelope Cruz was given the second position for her role in "Volver." "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen tied for best actor with Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland." [Click on title to view the full list of wi...

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    H'Wood Reporter: War, child labor, Gore in documentary spotlight

    Movies about the war in Iraq and forced child labor in South America have earned top honors from the International Documentary Association. James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments," which offers intimate portraits of life among everyday Iraqis, won the group's feature documentary award Friday. The short film award went to Marcelo Bukin for "Angel's Fire" (Fuego de Angel). In his speech, he described his visually ambitious film as "a kind of poem about sacrificing souls and bodies." Both awards were presented by Morgan Freeman, who acknowledged former Vice President Al Gore after taking the stage at the DGA Theater in Hollywood. Sheigh Crabtree rep...

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    AFP: Gandhi-themed movie wins Indian film awards

    A runaway hit comedy based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi took top honours at the second Global Indian Film Awards in a star-studded ceremony in Malaysia. "Lage Raho Munnabhai" (Carry on Munnabhai), directed by Vidhu Chopra and touted as one of Bollywood's biggest money spinners of the year, ed...

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    AFP: Aboriginal language film sweeps Australian film awards

    Australia's first Aboriginal language movie has dominated the country's top cinema awards, winning best film and best direction at a star-studded ceremony in Melbourne. "Ten Canoes," the first feature to depict life in an Aboriginal community in the days before European invasion, won six awards at t...

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    NY Times: Stalking Oscar, With Carnage and Mayhem Galore

    The fight for the Oscar is often a bloody one, filled with subplots, capers, and strategic stabs to the back, metaphorically speaking. But this year an unusual amount of mayhem is showing up in the movies themselves. Academy members in the thick of screenings for the Oscars could be forgiven for wishing they had donned surgical scrubs for what has become a very bloody year. In part this year's Oscar race is simply reflecting a long, but steady trend toward more frank violence in movies that still manage to get an R rating... So the 6,000 or so members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-- which often seems to lack a funny bone,...

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    Reuters: Eastwood film wins first award in Oscar season

    The Clint Eastwood film "Letters from Iwo Jima" was named best film of 2006 by the National Board of Review on Wednesday in the first major award of the Oscar season. Helen Mirren was named best actress for her portrayal of Britain's ruling Queen Elizabeth in "The Queen," while Forest Whitaker won t...

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    AWARDS WATCH: "Volver" and "The Lives of Others" Top European Film Awards

    The European Film Awards were presented Saturday night in Warsaw, Poland with Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" from Spain and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others" from Germany dominating the awards. Each won three of the prizes selected by the 1,700 European Film Academy members, while...

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    AFP: Europe's Oscars pit Almodovar, Loach and German newcomer

    The European Film Awards, the continent's version of the Oscars, will Saturday pit international arthouse names Pedro Almodovar and Ken Loach against German newcomer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The ceremony in the Polish capital will combine the glitzy and highbrow in a celebration of the finest of Europe's movie industry. Almodovar's "Volver" has six nominations. The comical drama is shortlisted for best European film, the Spaniard is up for best director and his star Penelope Cruz for best actress. Loach is shortlisted for best film for "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," his hard-hitting story of two brothers during Ireland's 1920s st...

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    The Reeler at The Gothams: "'Half Nelson''s hat trick rescues long night, raises hard questions"

    A hard look at the Gotham Awards from Stu VanAirsdale at The Reeler:If, as IFP executive director Michelle Byrd has been at pains to stress of late, "independence" is more abstraction than brand name, awards like Babel's and Norton's and Kate Winslet's likely confused the relative values of each quantity beyond calculation. Such ambiguity does more than make the room safe for majors, however; it imposes an authority vacuum that makes the organization's primary fundraiser an essentially irrelevant event. Worse yet, beyond the tide of unlikely red-carpet walkers (except that the carpet was blue, natch) like Bahrani and So Yong Kim, the Gothams ...

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