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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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    H'Wood Reporter: Dramas aplenty vie for Golden Globe attention

    With nominations for the Golden Globe Awards just weeks away--announcements are set for the early morning hours of December 14--a clear front-runner has yet to emerge for one of the ceremony's top two prizes, namely the best drama of the year. Unlike the musical/comedy race, in which the Hollywood F...

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    DOC COLUMN: Oscar Gets Political, Salutes Women: Tracking the Oscar Short List

    Two weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 feature-length documentaries that made their "short list"--of which five will be nominated at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Appropriately, this year's list is a timely snapshot of where we are as a country, mirrored in...

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    AFP: Hong Kong films sweep Chinese 'Oscars'

    Hong Kong director Peter Chan, twice nominated for best director, finally garnered the award for his musical, "Perhaps Love" about a country girl striving to become a star and her relationships with two men at the 43rd annual Golden Horse Film Awards, dubbed the Chinese-language "Oscars." The film l...

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    5 Fest Favorites, Competing for IFP Prize, Screen This Weekend at MoMA

    Running November 24 - 27 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York are screenings of the five films nominated for the "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" prize at Wednesday's IFP Gotham Awards. Screening twice throughout the weekend are So Yong Kim's "In Between Days," Richard Wong's "Colma: The Musical," Steve Barron's "Choking Man," Goran Dukic's "Wristcutters: A Love Story," and Jake Clennell's "The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief." In the words of an announcement, "The five nominees represent this year’s best American independent films on the festival circuit that have yet to be picked up for theatrical distrib...

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    Hong Kong artists tipped to sweep Chinese 'Oscars'

    Hong Kong artists were tipped to sweep the Golden Horse Film Awards, the Chinese-language "Oscars," at a glittering ceremony attended by top stars. Hong Kong director Peter Chan leads the nominations with 12 nods for his movie "Perhaps Love" including for best film, best director and best actress for China's Zhou Xun. The run-up to the glamorous ceremony has been overshadowed by the sudden withdrawal of nominations from internationally acclaimed director Tsai Ming-liang and noted Chinese contemporary Tian Zhuangzhuang. An angry Tsai, who has won awards at the prestigious Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals, vowed to "forever boycott" the...

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