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    BBC: Oscar hopefuls hit by BAFTA rule

    A rule change means Oscar hopefuls Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro and George Clooney cannot be entered for the 2007 Bafta film awards. Bafta has decided only movies released in the UK before its ceremony on 11 February are eligible, instead of the end of March, as in previous years. Some of the majo...

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    AWARDS WATCH | New York Critics Pick "United 93" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" Top Choice in LA

    Two notable critics groups named their top choices for 2006 in the last 24 hours, both considered harbingers in the Oscar race among awards watchers. Unlike last year, the two groups had separate choices for best film, with the New York Film Critics Circle naming "United 93" by Paul Greengrass as its choice for best picture, while the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) bestowed their top prize to Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima." In the best director category, however, the L.A. critics cited Greengrass for best director ("United 93") while New York gave the honor to Martin Scorsese for "The Departed." Last year, both groups...

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    AFI Names 2006 Top Ten Films of 2006

    The AFI Awards named its "10 most outstanding motion pictures and TV programs of the year" Sunday. The ten films are: "Babel" (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstn" (Larry Charles), "The Devil Wears Prada" (David Frankel), "Dreamgirls" (Bill Condon), "Half Nelson" (Ryan Fleck), "Happy Feet" (George Miller), "Inside Man" (Spike Lee), "Letters from Iwo Jima" (Clint Eastwood), "Little Miss Sunshine" (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris), "United 93" (Paul Greengrass). AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the honorees at a luncheon sponsored by Hewlett-Packard on...

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    New York Critics Name "United 93" Best Film; Scorsese Named Best Director

    The New York Film Critics Circle completed its voting for its 2006 awards with Best Picture going to Paul Greengrass's "United 93," while Martin Scorsese picked up the Best Director nod for "The Departed." Forest Whitaker received Best Actor from the group for "The Last King of Scotland," while Dame Helen Mirren was named Best Actress for her role in "The Queen." Best foreign film went to "Army of Shadows," while Best Non-fiction film went to "Deliver Us From Evil," and Best Screenplay went to Peter Morgan for "The Queen." Jackie Earle Haley received the Best Supporting Actor nod for "Little Children," while Jennifer Hudson took the Best Sup...

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    LA Film Critics Name "Letters from Iwo Jima" best picture of the Year; Paul Greengrass Takes best di

    Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" was named best picture of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), while Stephen Frears' "The Queen" took runner-up, Henry Sheehan, president of the organization announced Sunday evening. Paul Greengrass ("United 93") received the best director prize, while Eastwood took runner-up, and in the actress category, Dame Helen Mirren took the top spot for "The Queen," while Penelope Cruz was given the second position for her role in "Volver." "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen tied for best actor with Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland." [Click on title to view the full list of wi...

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    H'Wood Reporter: War, child labor, Gore in documentary spotlight

    Movies about the war in Iraq and forced child labor in South America have earned top honors from the International Documentary Association. James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments," which offers intimate portraits of life among everyday Iraqis, won the group's feature documentary award Friday. The short film award went to Marcelo Bukin for "Angel's Fire" (Fuego de Angel). In his speech, he described his visually ambitious film as "a kind of poem about sacrificing souls and bodies." Both awards were presented by Morgan Freeman, who acknowledged former Vice President Al Gore after taking the stage at the DGA Theater in Hollywood. Sheigh Crabtree rep...

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    AFP: Gandhi-themed movie wins Indian film awards

    A runaway hit comedy based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi took top honours at the second Global Indian Film Awards in a star-studded ceremony in Malaysia. "Lage Raho Munnabhai" (Carry on Munnabhai), directed by Vidhu Chopra and touted as one of Bollywood's biggest money spinners of the year, ed...

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    AFP: Aboriginal language film sweeps Australian film awards

    Australia's first Aboriginal language movie has dominated the country's top cinema awards, winning best film and best direction at a star-studded ceremony in Melbourne. "Ten Canoes," the first feature to depict life in an Aboriginal community in the days before European invasion, won six awards at t...

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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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