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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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    "This is England" Takes Top Prize at British Independent Film Awards

    Shane Meadows' "This is England" won the "Best British Independent Film" award Wednesday night at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) at Hammersmith Palais in London. Kevin Macdonald took the best director prize for "The Last King of Scotland," while "Red Road" stars Tony Curran and Kate Dickie won the best actor and actress nods. Best supporting actor/actress went to Leslie Phillips for "Venus," and the promising newcomer award was presented to Thomas Turgoose for "This is England." Peter Morgan took best screenplay for "The Queen," and best foreign independent film went to "Hidden" (Cache) by Michael Haneke. "Road to Guantanamo" by ...

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    AWARDS WATCH: Gothams to "Half Nelson" and "Iraq in Fragments"

    "Half Nelson" took home a trio of prizes at the 16th annual IFP Gotham Awards. Along with the best feature prize, the film also nabbed honors in the other two categories in which it was nominated - a director's prize for Ryan Fleck, and a breakthrough actor award for newcomer Shareeka Epps. The stor...

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    European Film Awards to Honor Garrel, Pell and Rozenbaum December 2

    The European Film Academy Critics' Award 2008 Prix FIPRESCI will go to Philippe Garrel's "Les Amants Reguliers," the event announced. Additionally, the prize for Artistic Contribution 2006 will go to Pierre Pell and Stephane Rozenbaum in recognition of their production design for Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep." Both nods will presented during the European Film Awards, taking place in Warsaw, Poland on December 2. "Philippe Garrel made his first film when he was 16, and by 20 had earned the reputation of the Nouvelle Vague's Wunderkind and 'younger brother of Godard,'" Andrei Plakhov, president of FIPRESCI commented in a statement. "Hi...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Indie world's Gotham Awards suffer identity crisis

    When the Gotham Awards are handed out in New York Wednesday, the winners won't necessarily be independently produced movies with a local flavor. That was the original mission of the event when it was established 16 years ago but times have changed, to the chagrin of some observers. This year's lineu...

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    AWARDS WATCH: "Half Nelson," "Little Miss Sunshine" Top Spirit Award Nominations

    "Half Nelson" and "Little Miss Sunshine," a pair of first features by American filmmaking duos, lead the list of nominees for Film Independent's Spirit Awards honoring the best in independent film. Both films are nominated for best feature along with "American Gun," "The Dead Girl," and "Pan's Labyrinth." "Half Nelson" from Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden and "Little Miss Sunshine" by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris are also nominated for best director, with Fleck singled out for "Nelson" and video directors Dayton & Faris nominated for "Sunshine." Each received five competitive nominations, which were announced this morning, while "Nelson" producers...

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