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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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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON: "Volver," "Pan's Labyrinth," "Half Nelson," and even "Inland Empire," C

    For a few hours the past two weeks, at busy Hollywood, CA intersections, director David Lynch sat on a folding chair flanked by a live cow and a banner hyping Laura Dern's performance in his new film, "Inland Empire". Nearby, a week ago, filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu dropped by the plush Arclight Cinemas for a Q & A and booksigning alongside a screening of his new movie, "Babel." Just as politicians wrapped up baby-kissing and gladhanding earlier this month, campaigning on both coasts was kicked up a notch. It's awards season in L.A. and New York, time for specialty and indie marketers to find ways for their would-be nominees to press...

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    SF Chronicle: Early Buzz on Oscars

    Kowtowing to young audiences, who prefer watching stuff blow up to following nuanced stories, major studios are finding it increasingly difficult to rack up Oscar nominations. The lion's share of them may wind up going to "Babel," "The Queen," "The Last King of Scotland," "Little Children," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Illusionist"--all smaller films that opened in limited release and have been marketed to sophisticated filmgoers. One encouraging trend this year is the number of strong performances by women. The playing field may get really crowded next month with the openings of "Blood Diamond," "Dreamgirls," "The Good German" and "The Go...

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    15 Films Selected for Oscar Short List in Doc Feature Category

    Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the "short list" of titles competing for one of five nominations for the 79th Academy Awards. Eighty-one eligible films were submitted for consideration for the Best Documentary Feature category this year, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Ar...

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    The Guardian: "Red Road" rolls over competition

    "Red Road," the Cannes jury prize-winning thriller about a CCTV operator bent on revenge, has swept the board at this year's Scottish Baftas. The movie won five awards, including best film, best actress for Kate Dickie, best actor for Tony Curran, as well as best director and best screenplay for And...

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