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    AWARDS WATCH | "There Will Be Blood" Wins L.A. Critics Prize

    One day before the New York Film Critics Circle weighs in with its picks for the best movies of 2007, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) has announced Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" was their big winner. "Blood" nabbed the awards for best picture, best director, best actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and best production design (Jack Fisk). Only twice in the past thirty years has a film won both top prizes in Los Angeles and not gone on to an Oscar nod for best picture. Just behind "Blood" was Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," named runner-up for best picture and director. However, it lost the award for...

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    iW NEWS | New York Online Go For "Blood"

    Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" tied Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" for best picture at the New York Film Critics Online's annual awards. "Blood" received 5 awards in total, including Anderson for director, Daniel Day-Lewis for actor, Jonny Greenwood's score and Robert Elswit's cinematography. Other winners included "Away From Her"'s Julie Christie for actress and Sarah Polley for directorial debut, Javier Bardem for best supporting actor for "No Country For Old Men," and Cate Blanchett's turn as Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" for supporting actress. Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman shared th...

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    iW NEWS | Boston Critics Celebrate "No Country," "Diving Bell"

    "No Country For Old Men won best picture honors at the Boston Society of Film Critics awards Sunday afternoon. Joel and Ethan Coen's film also took best supporting actor for Javier Bardem. Julian Schnabel beat the Coens for best director, with his "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" also taking best foreign-language film and best cinematography for Janusz Kaminski. Among other winners, Frank Langella took best actor for his performance in "Starting Out In The Evening," while "La Vie En Rose"'s Marion Cotillard won best actress. Boston-set "Gone Baby Gone" won best supporting actress for Amy Ryan and best directorial debut for Bostonian Ben Af...

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    AFP: "Lust, Caution" sweeps Chinese-language Oscars

    Taiwanese director Ang Lee's erotic spy thriller "Lust, Caution" swept the top honours at the Golden Horse Film Awards, seen as the Chinese-language Oscars. Amber Wang reports.

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    iW NEWS | "A Walk to Beautiful" Wins Top IDA Doc Prize

    Mary Olive Smith's "A Walk to Beautiful" won the top prize at the International Documentary Association (IDA) Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards on Friday night in Los Angeles. It is described as the story of "five courageous women in Ethiopia who have suffered from devastating childbirth injuries and have been shunned by their family and villages." Yoni Brook's "A Son's Sacrifice" won the short documentary award, Paul Taylor's "We Are Together" won the inaugural Alan Ett Music Documentary Award, and Ken Burns' longtime collaborator Buddy Squires received the IDA Outstanding Documentary Cinematography Award. Producer/Director Spike ...

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON | "Atonement" Has High Hopes, "Grace" Spotlighted; Critics Prepare to We

    With December well under way, awards season is about to enter a new phase as east and west coast critics groups prepare to weigh in with choices that will intensify the increasingly competitive race for end of the year attention. A year ago, must-read awards season blogger David Carr referred to the...

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    AWARDS WATCH | "No Country For Old Men" Tops NBR Awards

    The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures announced their annual awards Wednesday afternoon, naming Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country For Old Men" 2007's Best Film of the Year. The awards, which kick off a series of critics' awards announced throughout December and early January, also awarded the Coens best adapted screenplay and gave the cast, which includes Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Kelly MacDonald, its award for best ensemble cast. "No Country" joined "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford," "Atonement," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "The Bucket List," "Into The Wild," "Juno," "The Kite Runner," "...

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    INSIDE WORD | TODAY: Sundance, Slamdance, NBR

    Lot's of news... The Slamdance Film Festival is unveiling the lineup for its upcoming festival. indieWIRE will have the news at 1 p.m. ET. Also today, the Sundance Film Festival will unveil the roster for its short film section. iW will have the news at 4 p.m. ET. Finally, the National Board of Revi...

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    AP: "Ratatouille" leads animation nominees

    The rodent tale "Ratatouille" leads contenders for the Annie Awards honoring animation, picking up 13 nominations. "Ratatouille," from Disney and Pixar Animation, was joined in the best animated feature category by DreamWorks' insect story "Bee Movie," Sony Pictures' penguin romp "Surf's Up," Sony P...

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON | "4 Months" Crowned in Berlin as European Film Awards Celebrate 20 Year

    Pride was the theme of the evening on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the European Film Awards, and fittingly so. The awards, first presented with a small group of founding members in 1988 -- with Pedro Almodovar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" winning best picture == has now grown...

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