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    Nominees Announced for WGA Awards

    Nominees for the Writers Guild Awards have been announced by The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Nominated for original screenplay are: "Babel," written by Guillermo Arriaga, "Little Miss Sunshine," written by Michael Arndt, "The Queen," written by Peter Morgan, "Stranger Than Fiction," written by Zach Helm, and "United 93," written by Paul Greengrass. While in the adapted screenplay category, the nominees are: "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer, story by Sacha Bar...

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    Oscar Nomination Ballots Due January 13

    The 5,830 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed Oscar nominations ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 13. Ballots received after that date will not be counted, according to an AMPAS release. The accountin...

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    DGA Unveils Award Nominees

    Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls"), Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Stephen Frears ("The Queen"), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel") and Martin Scorsese ("The Departed") have been nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2006, Dir...

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    A Weekend with Whitaker

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host a two-day event at its Walter Reade Theater later this month saluting acclaimed actor Forest Whitaker, who has been in the spotlight recently for this latest film, "The Last King of Scotland." The likely Oscar nominee will be saluted at Lincoln Center jus...

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    NY Critics Toast the Best of '06

    The New York Film Critics Circle saluted their favorite films of the year during their annual awards event, this year a cocktail party and dessert affair at The Supper Club in Midtown. indieWIRE was on hand for the festivities, capturing a couple of indieWIRE: Video clips, including "Half Nelson" filmmaker Ryan Fleck receiving his prize from star Ryan Gosling (clip via YouTube, linked below) and "The Departed" director Martin Scorsese accepting his best director award from Leonardo DiCaprio (clip via YouTube, linked below). indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez offers some personal highlights and thoughts on his personal blog, while Stu VanAirsdale r...

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    Reuters: Online film critics pick "United 93" as best movie

    "United 93," a tense drama set aboard one of four airliners seized by the September 11 hijackers, gathered more pre-Oscar momentum on Monday as it was named last year's best film by online critics. The Online Film Critics Society, an international association of Internet-based cinema journalists, al...

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    The Critics Have Spoken (Again); National Society Chooses "Pan's Labyrinth" As Best Film of 2006

    The National Society of Film Critics selected the best of 2006 on Saturday in New York City, naming Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" the best movie of the year. The group, comprised of 58 leading national critics, votes and announces its winners without hosting an annual ceremony. In its 41st annual awards announcement, "United 93" director Paul Greengrass was named best director and "An Inconvenient Truth" was voted the best nonfiction film of the year. The announcement from the National Society of Film Critics marks the final critics organization to announce picks for the best films of the year, as organizations in New York and L.A. p...

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    Reurters: Oscar watchers narrow list of top film nominees

    Hollywood experts on Friday narrowed their guesses for best film Oscar candidates to a short list including widely touted musical "Dreamgirls" and crime thriller "The Departed," after seeing this week's key award nominations. Close behind on the short list are comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" and seari...

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    PGA Picks "Babel," "Departed," "Dreamgirls," "Sunshine," and "The Queen"

    The Producers Guild of America has announced its nominees for producer of the year. Nominated for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures are: "Babel" (Paramount Vantage), producers: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Steve Golin, and Jon Kilik; "The Departed" (Warner Bros.), producer Graham King; "Dreamgirls" (Dreamworks SKG/Paramount Pictures), producer: Laurence Mark; "Little Miss Sunshine" (Fox Searchlight), producers: Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa; and "The Queen" (Miramax Films), producers: Andy Harries, Christine Langan and Tracey Seaward. The winner will be a...

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    "The year of the angry documentary"

    Looking at the Oscar documentary short list in The New York Times, Charles Lyons cites a preponderence of issue-oriented docs among the 15 films, noting "a shift toward gritty, guerrilla filmmaking, a willingness to tackle controversial subjects, no matter the obstacles":"This is the year of the ang...

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