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    iW NEWS | "Hunger," "Bruges" Lead British Indie Noms

    Steve McQueen's "Hunger" and Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" led the 11th British Independent Film Award nominations with seven nods apiece. Both were nominated for Best British Independent Film, alongside "Man on Wire," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Somers Town." McQueen and McDonagh both received nods for Best Debut Director, while McQueen also got a best director nod, competing against "Slumdog"'s Danny Boyle, "Somers"' Shane Meadows, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"' Mark Herman and "Son of Rambow"'s Garth Jennings. Among the acting nominees were "Hunger"'s Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham, "Bruges"' Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and R...

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    iW NEWS | "Dark Knight" Leads Hollywood Awards

    The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awardsceremony was held Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" was chosen as "Hollywood Movie of the Year" by public voting, while previously determined honorees included Josh Brolin, Kirstin Scott Thomas, Marisa Tomei, James Franco, Sally Hawkins and Robert Pattinson for acting, Clint Eastwood and John Patrick Shanley for directing, and Shanley and Dustin Lance Black for screenwriting. The ceremony also saw the announcement of winners from the film festival's Discovery Awards competition. The winners included David Pomes' "Cook Count...

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    "Kassim," "Wire," "Stranded," "Waltz" and "Young" Compete for IDA Honors

    The five feature film nominations were announced today for the International Documentary Association's 2008 IDA Documentary Awards competition. "Kassim The Dream," "Man On Wire," "Stranded: I Have Come From A Plane That Crashed On the Mountains," "Waltz With Bashir" and "Young @ Heart" will compete ...

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    iW NEWS | Santa Barbara To Fete Scott Thomas

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Kristin Scott Thomas with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 24th edition of the Fest, which runs January 22-February 1, 2009. "A masterful performance by a British actress in a French film and a triumphant Broadway debut in Chekhov in the same year - Kristin Scott Thomas is in a league by herself and an artistic force to be reckoned with," said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling in a statement. The award was created "in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path - taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film." Formally known as The In...

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    iW NEWS | Shearer To Host Britannia Awards

    Harry Shearer has been announced as the host of the 17th Annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts Britannia Awards on November 6, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Ben Affleck, Annette Bening, Jack Black, Patricia Clarkson, Anjelica Huston, Hugh Laurie and Paul Thomas Anderson...

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    iW NEWS | "Rene" Doc Winner For European Film Awards

    Helena Trestikoba's "Rene" has been announced as the winner of the European Film Academy's documentary award. The recipient of the award is chosen by an independent jury and this year's jury was made up of Danish producer Karoline Leth, Finnish programme director of the Moscow Film Festival, Kirsi Tykkylaeinen, and British producer Alan Hayling. "This is a film which tells a powerful story," said the jury in a statement. "Filmed over 20 years, about an extraordinary character on the edge of society. It is a longitual documentary of outstanding quality. The jury found its examination of the relationship between subject and filmmaker fascinat...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | Back and Forth: Chatting About the Gotham Award Nods

    Awards seasons continues to emerge, with today's announcement of the Gotham Independent Film Award nominations... indieWIRE offers new latest back and forth, featuring editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez and assistant editor Peter Knegt talking today via instant messenger about this morning's Gotham Aw...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Ballast" Leads Gotham Awards With Four Nominations

    Lance Hammer's "Ballast" led the 18th Annual Gotham Independent Film Award nominations, which were announced this morning by IFP. "Ballast" garnered four nods, including Best Feature, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Breakthrough Director, and Best Breakthrough Actor. The other films feted for Best ...

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    67 Foreign Language Oscar Submissions Tops Last Year, Sets New Record

    A whopping 67 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category at the 81st Oscars, topping last year's record of 63 countries. Announcing the list today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences noted that Jordan has submitted its first entry. The nominat...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | Back and Forth: Guessing the Gothams, Buzzing About the Actors

    As awards season continues to shift and take shape, films are in and films are out...indieWIRE offers its latest back and forth. Editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez and assistant editor Peter Knegt chatted yesterday via instant message about the looming Gotham Award nominations, speculation about the h...

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