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    iW NEWS | "Stranded," "Smiling" Win Top IDFA Prizes

    Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded," the story of the survivors of a 1972 plane crash, won the VPRO Joris Ivens Award, the top prize at the 2007 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The film, reported on earlier this week in indieWIRE, is headed for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in January. At tonight's ceremony, Tamar Varom's "To See If I'm Smiling," about women in the Israeli army, won both the Silver Wolf competition and the festival's audience award. The Silver Cub for short docs went to Oscar Perez's "The Tailor." The First Appearance Award for new filmmakers went to Robert Nugent for "End of the Rainbow." Nitzan Gilady's "Jerusa...

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    iW NEWS | IPA Announces Satellite Noms

    The International Press Academy announced their 12th annual Golden Satellite Award nominations Friday, with many indies among the very eccentric pack. The nominees for best motion picture (drama) were "Away From Her," "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead," "Eastern Promises," "The Lookout," "No Country For Old Men" and "3:10 To Yuma." In the comedy/musical category, "Hairspray," "Juno," "Knocked Up, "Lars and the Real Girl," "Margot at the Wedding" and "Shoot 'Em Up" were the nominees. Some notable independent releases also featured throughout the acting categories, including Tilda Swinton in "Stephanie Daley," Christian Bale in "Rescue Dawn,"...

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    HR: Shhh! Oscar contenders get silent treatment

    If you think you've heard every Oscar trick in the book, try this one on: The newest way to promote a movie to voters might be not to promote it at all. Steven Zeitchik reports.

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    iW NEWS | "Control" Leads British Indie Awards

    The 10th British Independent Film Awards were given out at London's Roundhouse on Wednesday, with Anton Corbijn's "Control" taking home five awards, including nods for best film, best director, Toby Kebbell's supporting performance and "most promising newcomer" Sam Riley. Other notable winners included best actor Viggo Mortensen for his work in "Eastern Promises," best actress Judi Dench for "Notes on a Scandal," Patrick Marber's screenplay for "Notes," and "Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten" for best documentary. "The Lives of Others" was awarded best foreign independent film, while both Daniel Craig and Ray Winstone picked up previously...

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    AWARDS WATCH | "Into The Wild," "Sicko" Take Top Gotham Honors

    The 17th Annual Gotham Awards were handed out tonight at Brooklyn's Steiner Studios, with no films taking multiple honors and Sean Penn's "Into The Wild winning best feature of the year. In addition to "Wild," Michael Moore's "Sicko" was named best documentary feature, "Juno"'s Ellen Page won the b...

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    INSIDE WORD | Sundance, Gothams, Spirits... Coming Soon

    News on tap... A busy week is in the works, with the Film Independent Spirt Awards set to announce their nominations on Tuesday morning. Get the latest in indieWIRE's Awards Watch section around Noon, ET. And on Tuesday night, we'll have the winners of this year's IFP Gotham Awards (list of nominees...

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    AWARDS WATCH | "I'm Not There" Atop Spirit Award Nominations; "Juno," "Diving Bell," "Savages" Also

    Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" led this morning's announcement of the 2008 Film Independent's Spirit Awards, with four nominations including best feature, best director and acting nods for Marcus Carl Franklin and Cate Blanchett, both for playing fragments of Bob Dylan. "There," which opened in 130 locations over Thanksgiving weekend, also recieved the inaugural Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast. Alongside "There," with four nominations each, were Jason Reitman's "Juno," Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and Tamara Jenkins' "The Savages," all of which open in the n...

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON | Schnabel Touting "Diving Bell" and Gotham Awards Set to Honor Independ

    A lot of movies come out this time of year, noted Miramax president Daniel Battsek straining to make his voice heard over the din of a busy Manhattan lunch hour at Brasserie Ruhlmann in Rockefeller Center last week. Speaking to an intimate group of journalists, insiders and Academy members seated at...

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    AWARDS WATCH | 15 Films Selected for Oscar Short List in Doc Feature Category

    Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the "short list" of titles competing in the Best Documentary Feature category at the 80th Academy Awards, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Documentary Branch screening committee viewed the eligible documentaries in a p...

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    AWARDS SEASON NOTEBOOK | Five Films -- All Nominated for a Gotham Award -- That Are "Not Playing at

    One of the coolest categories at the annual Independent Feature Project's (IFP) annual Gotham Awards, taking place on November 27th in Brooklyn, is "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You," offering a prize recognizing films that have had solid play on the fest circuit but have not yet had major theatrical runs. The five indies nominated in the category this year are Ronald Bronstein's "Frownland," Lanre Olabisi's "August the First," John Fiege's "Mississippi Chicken," Jeremy and Randy Stalberg's "Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa," and Chris Fuller's "Loren Cass." These are all solid films that have gotten some decent fest buzz, yet even ...

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