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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Grain" Wins Big at French Cesar Awards

    Abdellatif Kechiche's "The Secret of the Grain" (La Graine et le mulet) was the big winner at French's Cesar Awards tonight. The film won the prizes for best picture, director and original screenplay at the ceremony. Mathieu Amalric won the award for best actor for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Le scaphandre et le papillon) and Marion Cotillard won the best actress award for "La Vie en Rose" (La Mome). The award best first film and adapted screenplay went to Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis." The complete list of winners is available on the Cesar's website, while Variety published a dispatch from the event tonight. ...

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    Reuters: Snubs, omissions taint Oscar foreign film award

    No matter which movie wins the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday, critics and fans may remember this year for work that was snubbed or disqualified by Academy Award voters. Mary Milliken reports.

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON | Docs in the Spotlight: Oscar Nominee Michael Moore Calls for Distribut

    Oscar nominee Michael Moore stirred members of the doc community on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, laying out a plan to create a new theatrical distribution outlet for non-fiction film. On stage at the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Moore rallie...

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    HR: "Away From Her" earns film award in Canada

    Canadian actress-turned-director Sarah Polley won the best film prize for her Oscar-nominated debut feature "Away From Her" at the inaugural Canadian Indie Awards in Ottawa Wednesday. Etan Vlessing reports.

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    AFP: Host Jon Stewart ready to provide Oscars laughs

    Television comedian Jon Stewart will be injecting some stinging satire into the Oscars here Sunday, giving a political flavor to the Hollywood extravaganza in a presidential election year. Tangi Quemener reports.

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    AP: Michael Moore: Bring Fidel to the Oscars

    "Sicko" director Michael Moore jokes that Fidel Castro would be a "ratings grabber" at Sunday night's Academy Awards show. Moore's Oscar-nominated documentary on the health-care industry concludes with a trip to Cuba, where he seeks care for a group of 9/11 responders who have experienced health pro...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Oscar-Nominated Short Film Directors Bask in the Spotlight

    On Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Curtis Hanson hosted the Academy's pre-ceremony screening of the nominated live action and animated short films. With directors and producers of eight of the ten films in attendance, the sold-out event was a rare opportunity for the filmmakers to see each other's work and for the audience to hear what inspired these Oscar-caliber stories. The one-time-only gathering also drove home the point that none of this year's honorees are from the United States, and only one producer and one director have ever been nominated before. "We are seeing the future," announced ...

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    AFP: There will be blood as Oscars turn 80

    Violent movies are tipped to carve up the top honors when the red carpet is rolled out for the 80th Academy Awards on Sunday, reflecting Oscar voters' increasing willingness to honor darker fare. Rob Woollard reports.

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    iW NEWS | "Bourne", "Sweeney", "Sicko" Take ACE Eddies

    The American Cinema Editors handed out their 58th annual ACE Eddie awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday night. In the film categories, Christopher Rouse won for his work on "The Bourne Ultimatum" in the dramatic category, Chris Lebenzon won in the comedic category for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," while Geoffrey Richman, Chris Seward and Dan Swietlik won for "Sicko" in he documentary category. One of the narrative winners usually goes on to win the Academy Award for best editing, with only one instance (in 2001, when "Gladiator" won the Eddie and "Traffic" won the Oscar) in the past decade in which this didn't occur. ...

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    HR: Full steam ahead for Oscar telecast

    With the threat of picketing writers having passed, Oscar organizers on Thursday unveiled presenters and performers for their upcoming telecast. Host Jon Stewart and his writing team are expected to arrive in Hollywood on Saturday for some intensive Oscar prep before the February 24 ceremony. Gregg ...

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