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    NY TIMES | "4 Months" & "Ratatouille" for Scott, "Blood" & "Zodiac" for Dargis as Best of '07

    "Everyone knows that this is an arbitrary and subjective exercise -- that's part of the fun of it -- but this year I've found it especially difficult to commit to so narrow and exclusive a list," notes New York Times critic A.O. Scott in declaring Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" and Brad Bird's "Ratatouille" the top two films of the year. Meanwhile, colleague Manohla Dargis said, "Top 10 lists are artificial exercises, assertions of critical ego, capricious and necessarily imperfect...More than anything they are a public ritual, which is their most valuable function." She picked Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," a...

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    CRITICS' POLL 2007: The Critics Speak: State of Distribution, Politics, 'Shmabortion', Year of the A

    Included within their ballots in the 2007 indieWIRE Critics Poll are comments on the year in film from many of the 106 participants. Today, we offer the third in a three part series of edited comments from the critics. In Part 1, a look at some of the orphan #1 picks from the critics, while in Part ...

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    AP: New Oscar voters eager to cast ballots

    Although the writers strike has created a swirl of uncertainty, Hollywood's awards season will be business as usual Wednesday, when the academy mails Oscar nomination ballots to its 5,829 voting members. Sandy Cohen reports.

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    CRITICS' POLL 2007: The Critics Speak: Best, Worst, the Auteurs and the Underrated

    Included within their ballots in the 2007 indieWIRE Critics Poll are comments on the year in film from many of the 106 participants. Today, we offer the second in a three part series of edited comments from the critics. In this edition, a look at cinephilia, comments about the best and worst of the ...

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    CRITICS POLL 2007 | Poll Comments: Critics Defend Their #1 Orphan Picks

    Included within their ballots in the 2007 indieWIRE Critics Poll are comments on the year in film from many of the 106 participants. Today, we offer the first in a three part series of edited comments from the critics. The group collectively cited a total of 176 best films; of these movies, a small ...

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    iW NEWS | "Into the Wild" Leads SAG Nominations

    Shut out from the Golden Globes, Sean Penn's "Into the Wild lead the Screen Actor's Guild Award nominations with four nods for best ensemble cast and actors Emile Hirsch, Hal Holbrook and Catheriner Keener individually. Globe leaders "Atonement", "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Sweeney Todd" were all entirely shut out. The Coen brothers' "No Country For Old Men" and Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton" each nabbed three nods, including a surprise supporting actor nomination for "No Country"'s Tommy Lee Jones. "No Country" was also nominated for best ensemble cast, alongside "Wild," "American Gangster," "Hairspray" and "3:10 To Yuma." The winners will...

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    iW NEWS | "No Country" and "No End in Sight" Take Toronto Critics Picks

    The Toronto Film Critics Association named the Coen Brothers' "No Country for Old Men" as the best film of 2007, while Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight" won best documentary. Viggo Mortensen was cited for best performance by a male for his work in David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises," which was a runner-up as best film to "No Country for Old Men." There was a tie for best performance by a female between English veteran Julie Christie, the Alzheimer's patient in Sarah Polley's "Away From Her," and Canadian newcomer Ellen Page, the pregnant teenager in Jason Reitman's "Juno." Brad Bird's Ratatouille, the story of a French rat who yearns to ...

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    AP: Oscar doom? Writers aim to snuff awards

    Could striking writers really shut down Hollywood's biggest party? The producer of the Academy Awards promised Tuesday that the show would go on, although some Oscar watchers said the result could be a disastrous telecast with celebrities forced to stumble through ad-libbed presentations of awards. ...

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    AWARDS WATCH | Writers Guild Disses Oscars, Globes

    Amidst speculation that high profile awards shows will be the target of picketing if the strike continues, the Writers Guild of America said Monday night that it has rejected a request for a waiver that would allow its writers to work on the upcoming Golden Globe Awards show, scheduled for Januaray 13th. The Guild also said in an announcement that it has denied a request by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the use of film clips during the annual Oscar ceremony (scheduled for February 24, 2008). "Writers are engaged in a crucial struggle to achieve a collective bargaining agreement that will protect their compensation and in...

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    AFP: Awards shows threatened by Hollywood writers strike

    Hollywood's writers strike is threatening to take the shine off the movie industry's awards season, with stars wary at the prospect of having to cross picket lines before walking up the red carpet. Rob Woollard reports.

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