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    iW NEWS | European Film Awards Announce Nominations

    At the Seville Film Festival, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 20th European Film Awards. The 1,800 EFA members will now vote for the winners which will be presented on December 1st in Berlin. Nominees for Best European Film 2007 were Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven," Kevin MacDonald's "The Last King of Scotland," Olivier Dahan's "La Vie en Rose," Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parannaud's "Persepolis" and Stephen Frears' "The Queen." Acting nominees include last year's Oscar queen Helen Mirren competing against this year's likely heir: Marion Cotil...

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    AFP: Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" leads Taiwan "Oscars" nominations

    Taiwanese director Ang Lee's spy thriller "Lust, Caution" leads nominations for this year's Golden Horse Film Awards, considered the Chinese-language "Oscars," organisers said Saturday. "Lust, Caution" is nominated for 12 awards, including the coveted best director and best film, for the 44th awards...

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    LAT: Oscar's Foreign Policy Issues

    The Los Angeles Times takes on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' rulebook in a story by Patrick Goldstein. From this year's The Band's Visit to 2004's Maria Full of Grace, Goldstein explains how the 44-page Academy rulebook has consistently fallen in the way of notable contenders in t...

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    iW NEWS | "Control" Leads British Independent Film Award Nominations

    Anton Corbijn's "Control" led the nominations of the 10th annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) with a record ten, including best director, best screenplay and acting nods for Sam Riley, Samantha Morton and Toby Kebbell. Other multiple nominated films included Anand Tucker's "And When Did You Last See Your Father?" with seven, David Mackenzie's "Hallam Foe" with six and David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" with five. All four mentioned films were nominated for Best British Independent Film alongside Richard Eyre's "Notes on a Scandal." The nominees for Best Foreign Independent Film were "Black Book," "La Vie en Rose," "The Lives of...

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    AWARDS WATCH | Zobel, Penn, Baumbach Films Lead Gotham Nominations

    More than four months before Oscar night, the annual awards season essentially got underway this morning as the IFP announced the nominations for its 17th annual Gotham Awards, honoring the best in independent film. Craig Zobel's low budget indie "Great World of Sound" was the biggest single nominee with three nods -- for best feature, breakthrough director and breakthrough actor -- topping a list that included double nominees "Into the Wild" and "Margot at the Wedding," as well as Julia Loktev's "Day Night Day Night." In total, 28 films were nominated in six categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Acto...

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    IW NEWS | IFP to Honor NYC's Mayor Bloomberg at Gotham Awards

    The Independent Feature Project (IFP) will honor New York's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg at the 2007 Gotham Awards. The Mayor will be saluted for for his work supporting film production in New York City. "The Bloomberg administration understands that independent production is the lifeblood of New York's...

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    Uninvited: "The Band's Visit" Turned Away by AMPAS, Middle East Fests

    "The Band's Visit," it turns out, has not been welcomed with open arms. While first-time filmmaker Eran Kolirin's much-beloved movie about a group of Egyptian musicians astray in Israel won a special prize in Cannes, a distribution pact with Sony Pictures Classics and was looking like a shoo-in as a foreign-language Oscar nominee, the fish-out-of-water comedy has recently faced a series of roadblocks. In the same week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) deemed "The Band's Visit" ineligible for the foreign-language category because it contained too much English dialogue, the film found itself at odds with two Middle Eastern f...

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    iW NEWS | "The Band's Visit" Oscar Hopes Uncertain due to English Content

    The Jerusalem Post is quoting an Israeli television report that Israel's submission for best foreign-language Oscar consideration, "The Band's Visit" -- which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival -- has been disqualified from the race for "containing too much English-language dialogue." indieWIRE has attempted to gain independent confirmation from the film's U.S. distributor Sony Pictures Classics as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A Sony Classics insider told indieWIRE tonight that the distributor is awaiting a discussion with the Academy on the pending matter. The issue was also addressed in ...

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    iW NEWS | Academy Shortlists 8 Doc Shorts

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the narrowed field from 23 eligible contenders to 8 in the Documentary Short Subject category. They are "Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy," "Freeheld," "If It Happens," "La Corona," "Ochberg's Orphans," "Portraits of a Lady," "Salim Baba" and "Sari...

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    iW NEWS | IDA Award Nominations Announced

    The IDA has announced their 2007 nominees for the International Documentary Association Awards in seven categories spanning film and television. The nominees in the feature film category are Dan Klores' "Crazy Love," Richard E. Robbins' "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience," Michael Moore's "Sicko," Alex Gibney's "Taxi To the Dark Side" and Mary Olive Smith's "A Walk To Beautiful." In the short film category, the nominees are Zam Salim's "Black and White," Alice Elliott's "Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy," Mariam Jobrani's "The Fighting Cholitas," Cynthia Wade's "Freeheld" and Yoni Brook's "A Son's Sacrifice." "Operation Homecomin...

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