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    "Sunshine" Wins Four, "Half Nelson" Gets Two at Independent Spirit Awards; "Quinceanera" and "Sweet

    "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Half Nelson," two films that emerged from the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, were the biggest winners at Film Independent's Spirit Awards today. "Sunshine," nominated for four Oscars this year including best picture, won four awards at the Santa Monica beachside ceremony, including the prize for best feature, along with awards for best director (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris), best supporting male (Alan Arkin), and best first screenplay (Michael Arndt). Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's "Half Nelson" won two awards for its acting. Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling won the Spirit Award for best actress and Shareeka Epps won the ...

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    Film Independent Criticized for Non-Profit Spirit Awards Status

    In a highly critical article questioning the categorization of the Spirit Awards as a charitable event, published on the front page of the Los Angeles Times on the morning of Film Independent's annual awards show, the paper reports that a nonprofit watchdog group gave FIND its lowest rating (a zero) because only slightly more than half of its budget goes to events benefitting members. After being contacted by The LA Times, the paper's Paul Pringle reports that FIND re-classified its $1.3 million Spirit Awards and $2 million Los Angeles Film Festival (according to 2005 numbers) as charitable services to boost the program-spending ratio to abou...

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    Spirits and Oscars on Tap This Weekend

    Its awards weekend in Los Angeles, with the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon and the Academy Awards on Sunday.

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    NY Times: Let Them Eat Foie Gras (Gift Bags Are So Last Year)

    By the glow of candlelight, the Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg and 10 friends dined on foie gras and New York strip steak this week as they looked out over the lights of Los Angeles. The meal was gratis, and so was the Champagne, elegantly poured by silent, liveried servers at Soho House, a British-style private club practically created overnight in an empty mansion for the week leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. It caters to the whims of Hollywood celebrities while marketing an upscale lifestyle to discerning consumers on its guest list. This is the new swag, a twist on the widespread practice of giving to the already rich and famo...

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    SHORTS | Everyone's a Winner at the Academy's Pre-Oscars Shorts Screening

    Five nights before the February 25th award ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences kicked off Oscar Week by screening this year's nominated live action and animated short films in front of a sold-out crowd at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. All but two of the directors...

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    AFP: Oscars go global as Hollywood red carpet welcomes the world

    The 79th Academy Awards take place here Sunday with an array of international movie talent descending on the glitziest red carpet of all for what are poised to be the globalization Oscars. An unusually diverse field are jostling for honors, with no fewer than nine countries--Australia, Benin, Britain, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the United States--represented in the acting categories alone. The cosmopolitan theme also extends to the subject matter of films competing at the industry's most prestigious annual awards, whether it is the Japanese-language "Letters from Iwo Jima" or the multilingual drama "Babel." Rob Woollard reports...

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    AP: Spike Lee wins Polk Award

    Director Spike Lee was named Tuesday as a winner of the annual George Polk Awards for his documentary on life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Lee, the director of "Malcolm X" and "Do the Right Thing," was honored for "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," along with its producer, S...

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    "Children of Men" Wins Cinematography Guild Prize

    Emmanuel Lubezki won the feature film award for best cinematography for "Children of Men" at the 21st annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles this weekend, winning the prize for the first time. The lifetime achievement award went to Allen Daviau for his work on such films as "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "The Color Purple," and "Avalon", while Ron Howard received the ASC Board of Governors Award and Michael Ballhaus was presented the International Achievement Award. Gerald Hirschfeld received the ASC Presidents Award and the ASC John Alonzo Heritage Award was presented to two student fil...

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    "Babel" and "Departed" Tie for Dramatic Eddie Award; "Dreamgirls" and "Inconvenient Truth" Also Hono

    For only the second time, the ACE Eddie Awards featured a tie with "Babel" and "The Departed" sharing the award for best edited feature film (drama) at the 57th annual event. Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise were honored for their world on "Babel" while Thelma Schoonmaker was presented with the prize for her work on "The Departed" at the event this weekend in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, in the best edited feature film (comedy or musical) category, the Eddie Award went to Virginia Katz for "Dreamgirls" and the ACE Eddie Award for best edited documentary went to Jay Cassidy and Dan Sweitlik for "An Inconvenient Truth." Alex Lamb from Chapman Uni...

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    Reuters: Oscar-nominated actors are bad--and that's good

    They are a bloody dictator, diamond smuggler, crack-smoking school teacher, lecherous old man, and self-centered dad. But when it comes to winning an Oscar for best acting, the more human flaws, the better. This year's Oscar nominees for best lead actor--Forest Whitaker, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosl...

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