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DAILY NEWS: “Beauty” Winning Big As Oscars Near; Koh Lands at Palm; Strand Nabs “River”

DAILY NEWS: "Beauty" Winning Big As Oscars Near; Koh Lands at Palm; Strand Nabs "River"

DAILY NEWS: "Beauty" Winning Big As Oscars Near; Koh Lands at Palm; Strand Nabs "River"

By Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

>>”Beauty” Dominates Pre-Oscar Awards; Takes Top DGA Award & SAG Honors

(indieWIRE/3.13.2000) — With Oscar night now a little less than two
weeks away, “American Beauty” is emerging as the odds-on favorite to
become this year’s big Academy Award winner. The film’s director,
Sam Mendes, won the Director’s Guild of America feature film award
Saturday night, making him the top contender for the upcoming directing
Oscar. And at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, “Beauty” won
the three top awards.

“American Beauty” was tops with SAG members, winning The Actor award
for best cast, while actress Annette Bening and actor Kevin Spacey
received the top awards in their categories.

“Beauty” has dominated other awards-seasons ceremonies, including
the Writer’s Guild of America original screenplay prize for writer
Alan Ball, the American Society of Cinematographers award for Conrad
, and the Producers Guild prize for Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks.

In other awards presented this weekend, Nanette Burstein and Brett
‘s, “On the Ropes,” — an Oscar nominee — won the top documentary award at Saturday night’s DGA ceremony, while
filmmaker Steven Spielberg was honored with the Guild’s Lifetime
Achievement Award.

>>Koh Joins Palm Pictures and Sputnik7

(indieWIRE/3.13.2000) — Chris Blackwell has named David Koh the
Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Palm Pictures where Koh
will work with the company’s theatrical and home video/DVD divisions,
as well as in conjunction with Blackwell’s entertainment site,

Koh recently worked in Acquisitions and Co-Productions at WinStar/Fox
. Koh recently produced a photo exhibition with Nam June Paik
and also launched the first Santa Fe Film Festival. He has also
served as a curator and programmer at the Anthology Film Archives.

“David’s unparalleled experience will be a tremendous asset to Palm
as we build this vertically integrated company,” explained Palm
founder and Chairman Chris Blackwell in a prepared statement, “He
possesses a keen sensibility towards incorporating the audiovisual
and digital realms.”

>>Strand Acquires Lou Ye’s “Suzhou River”

(indieWIRE/3.13.2000) — Strand Releasing has acquired the rights
to Lou Ye‘s Rotterdam Film Festival award-winner, “Suzhou River,”
in advance of the movie’s screening at this month’s New Directors,
New Films
series in New York.

The second feature by Shanghai-born filmmaker Lou Ye, Strand will
release “Suzhou River” this fall. Lou’s first-feature is titled
Week-end Lover,” he recently produced “Super City,” a group of
10 features by a new generation in Chinese filmmakers.

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