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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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    iW NEWS | "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days", "The Band's Visit" Win Big at European Film Awards

    Christian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," from Romania, won the award for best European film and Mungiu won the best director award at the European Film Awards in Berlin tonight. The film, winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes this spring, is set for an awards qualifying run from IFC Films & Red Envelope Entertainment in the U.S. later this month. Sasson Gabai from "The Band's Visit" won the award for best actor and the film was named European discovery of the year at the ceremony. It will also open for a qualifying run this month. Helen Mirren was honored as best actress for "The Queen." Fatih Akin won the best screenplay award for "Th...

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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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