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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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    INSIDE WORD | UPDATED: Oscar's Feature Doc Shortlist Nearly Complete

    Doc insight... Word is out on many of the films that have made the shortlist in the feature documentary category for the Academy Awards. Reliable sources have confirmed for indieWIRE the inclusion of ten of the titles on the Academy list: Tricia Regan's "Autism: The Musical," Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's "Body of War," Tony Kaye's "Lake of Fire," Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman's "Nanking," Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight," Richard Robbins' "Operation Homecoming - Writing the Wartime Experience," Wejun Chen's "Please Vote For Me,"Michael Moore's "Sicko," Alex Gibney's "Taxi to the Dark Side," and Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine's "War/Dance." ...

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    iW THIS WEEK | Awards Watch Re-Cap: Spielberg Gets a Globe; Spirits Go Green; "Todd" Sneaks a Peek

    Looking at happenings on the Awards Watch front... Among this week's news, Steven Spielberg was announced as the recipient of the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award, while the Spirit Awards announced plans to go green. On the blog front, Tim Burton showed 17 minutes of the still unfinished "Sweeney Todd", allowing attendee Tom O'Neill to proclaim it the Oscar frontrunner. O'Neill's fellow Los Angeles Times' blogger Pete Hammond discussed the state of the indie and Oscar, while Sasha Stone of AwardsDaily considered the dipping chances of "There Will Be Blood." Newsweek's Oscar blog suggested "No Country For Old Men" and "Atonement" were bes...

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