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    SF Chronicle: Early Buzz on Oscars

    Kowtowing to young audiences, who prefer watching stuff blow up to following nuanced stories, major studios are finding it increasingly difficult to rack up Oscar nominations. The lion's share of them may wind up going to "Babel," "The Queen," "The Last King of Scotland," "Little Children," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Illusionist"--all smaller films that opened in limited release and have been marketed to sophisticated filmgoers. One encouraging trend this year is the number of strong performances by women. The playing field may get really crowded next month with the openings of "Blood Diamond," "Dreamgirls," "The Good German" and "The Go...

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    15 Films Selected for Oscar Short List in Doc Feature Category

    Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the "short list" of titles competing for one of five nominations for the 79th Academy Awards. Eighty-one eligible films were submitted for consideration for the Best Documentary Feature category this year, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Ar...

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    The Guardian: "Red Road" rolls over competition

    "Red Road," the Cannes jury prize-winning thriller about a CCTV operator bent on revenge, has swept the board at this year's Scottish Baftas. The movie won five awards, including best film, best actress for Kate Dickie, best actor for Tony Curran, as well as best director and best screenplay for And...

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    The Guardian: Bollywood heads for Yorkshire as Sheffield outshines New York

    The world's largest film industry's awards weekend will involve a four-day extravaganza in five cities. Rome wanted it. So did Hong Kong and New York. But Yorkshire saw them all off and the Bollywood Oscars, a glittering celebration of celluloid romance, song and dance, will come to the white rose c...

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    Gothams to Honor Robbins, Kuras

    At this month's Independent Feature Project Gotham Awards, Tim Robbins will receive the inaugural Gotham Awards Humanitarian Tribute and D.P. Ellen Kuras will receive the re-instated "below the line" tribute to an individual working behind the camera, according to an IFP announcement today. The organization, which announced competitive nominees last month, also unveiled event partnerships with The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Times, IFILM.COM, and Revver. The Gotham Awards, to be hosted this year by David Cross, will be held on November 29th. Programs on tap include a "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" screening series at MoM...

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    Sarah Silverman Returns as MC of the 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards

    Sarah Silverman will return as Master of Ceremonies for the 2007 Spirit Awards Film Independent announced Tuesday. Nominations for the 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards will be announced on Tuesday, November 28 at 8:00 am PST, and the ceremony will take place will in a tent on the beach in Santa...

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    AWARDS WATCH: "Volver" and "The Lives of Others" Lead European Film Award Nominations

    The nominees for the European Film Awards were announced at the Seville Film Festival today, with Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" from Spain and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others" from Germany dominating the nominations. Each received six nods, including a nomination for best European film of the year. Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," a co-production of multiple countries, received five nominations. Selected in the race for Best European Film were Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto," Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica," von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others," Michael Winterbottom And Mat Whitecross's "The Road To Guant...

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    Short and Feature Docs Nominees Named for 22nd IDA Awards

    The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced its nominees in the features and shorts categories for the 22nd IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards. The feature docs competing are: "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?" "Deliver Us From Evil," "Iraq in Fragments," "Showbusiness: A Season to Remember," and "Sierra Leon's Refugee All Stars." The five nominated shorts include: "The Blood of Yingzhou District," "The Diary of Immaculee, Angel's Fire," "The Short History of the Potato Pie & How it Became a Flying Saucer," and "The Wild Sheep, and the Fox and Love." The winners will be announced live for the first tim...

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    Oscar Consideration for Animated Feature Deadline Nov. 1

    The deadline for the Animated Feature Film category for the 79th Academy Awards is fast approaching. To qualify, filmmakers must submit entry forms and supporting material to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences by 5pm PST Wednesday, November 1. The deadline to submit accompanying prints...

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    Hollywood Fest Awards Prizes

    Terry Green's "Heavens Fall" won the best feature film prize at the 2006 Hollywood Discovery Awards, capping the annual Hollywood Film Festival in Los Angeles. Philippe Diaz' "The Empire in Africa" won the award for best documentary and Eelko Ferwerda's "American Dreams" won the best short film prize, with Mayur Deshpande winning best animated short or "Haptics." Meanwhile, in Beverly Hills the next night, organizers hosted the annual Hollywood Awards ceremony, named Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" the Hollywood Movie of the Year. Nearly 100,000 voters selected the winner via the Yahoo Movies and Entertainment Tonight websites. For a comp...

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