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Awards Watch: Contenders Play Nefarious Cinema Icons in Somewhat Ridiculous NYT Video Gallery

Check out The New York Times' Touch of Evil video gallery from their Hollywood issue. With a slew of awards contenders--including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Viola Davis, Kirsten Dunst, Glenn Close, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Jean Dujardin and Adepero Oduye--the videos --paying homage to "nefarious icons" of cinema--range from clever and cute to creepy and ridiculous.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 2:38 PM
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Meryl Streep & Phyllida Lloyd Talk The Iron Lady

Watch Meryl Streep and director Phyllida Lloyd talk "The Iron Lady" at this post-screening Q & A, held December 6 at NYC's Director's Guild. THR's Scott Feinberg moderated the conversation. Streep says "to capture how someone speaks is to capture them." Asked what she wants people to get from this film, Streep says she wishes that everybody that got on the subway and sees an old lady would realize that "a whole huge life lay beind all those wrinkles and those seemingly non-descript, forgettable [women]. There is nothing less exciting in our consumer society than an old lady, [but] the whole panoply of human experience is in there, to just imagine that--that's what I would hope [when people watch this film]."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 12:14 PM
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Awards Circuit: Octavia Spencer Gets PSIFF Breakthrough Performance Award; Dujardin and Bejo Share SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award

Film festivals play a key role in highlighting Oscar contenders during this crowded and noisy awards season. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor "The Artist" actors Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo with their Cinema Vanguard Award on February 4. The award recognizes "an actor who has forged his/her own path - taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film." Past winners include Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga and Ryan Gosling. SBIFF's exec director Roger Durling states: "In an age of sight and sound spectacle, there is great risk in a silent film. Jean and Bérénice's acting is an amazing pas des deux both physically and emotionally - recalling classic Hollywood pairings like Hepburn and Tracy, and of course indelibly Ginger and Fred." Dujardin notes the rest of the film's ensemble -- James Cromwell, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle and Malcolm McDowell --and adds, "This award is just as much for them as it is for us.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 12:07 PM
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Martin Scorsese To Receive Music+Film Award at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Martin Scorsese will be honored with the Music+Film Award at the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on January 12. The award recognizes a filmmaker who "has touched audiences through cinematic storytelling, and has heightened the impact of films through the brilliant use of source and original music"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 10:13 AM
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Annie Awards Nominations Led By Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rango

It's a strange year in the Oscar animated category, as there are so many sequels. The Annie Award nominations often become a bellwether of where the race could go. Thus Dreamworks had a very good day, as "Kung Fu Panda 2" led the field with twelve nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2011 3:03 PM
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Tyrannosaur Tops British Independent Film Awards, Fassbender Wins Best Actor

The 14th British Independent Film Awards, created by Raindance in 1998 to celebrate and promote merit and achievement in British independent films, gave three awards to "Tyrannosaur": for Best British Independent Film, Best Debut Director Paddy Considine, and Best Actress Olivia Colman, who beat Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin"; Lynne Ramsay won Best Director. Michael Fassbender continues to strengthen his position in the Oscar race, by winning Best Actor for "Shame."   Previous winners include "The King’s Speech," "Moon," "Control," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Constant Gardener" and "This Is England." Nominees and winners (bold) are listed below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2011 6:00 PM
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Melancholia Wins European Film Award, Trier Sends Friendly Wave

The European Film Awards don't have that much impact on awards races stateside beyond adding some momentum to the winners, in this case, Feature winner, "Melancholia," which led the field with eight nominations, also winning production design and cinematography, Tilda Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), who won Best Actress over "Melancholia"'s Kirsten Dunst, and Documentary, Wim Wenders ("Pina"). Director Lars von Trier refused to transmit an acceptance statement, as he has stopped making them, sending instead "a friendly wave." At the Berlin award ceremony streamed live, the European Film Academy (2,500 filmmakers from across Europe) presented winners in 17 categories, including European Film ("Melancholia"), Director (Susanne Bier, for last year's "In a Better World"), Actress (Swinton) and Actor Colin Firth, for last year's Oscar-winner "The King's Speech," which also won best editing and the European People's Choice Award. Terry Gilliam, commenting that his career was going backwards, accepted best short for "The Wholly Family" (below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2011 4:59 PM
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London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg

London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 3, 2011 11:39 AM
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IDA Documentary Awards: Best Feature Doc Goes to Nostalgia for the Light UPDATED

There are so many well-made, well-lauded documentaries this year, that the finalists for the International Documentary Association awards aren't even on the Oscar shortlist of fifteen. Thus Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's "Nostalgia for the Light" won Best Feature at the 2011 IDA Documentary Awards Friday night, beating out terrorist thriller "Better This World," end-of-life drama "How to Die in Oregon," "The Redemption of General Butt Naked," and "Tiniest Place."
  • By Anne Thompson and Justin Lowe
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  • December 3, 2011 1:17 AM
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Yates and Heyman Talk Harry Potter Finale, New Projects; Gravity, Curious Incident, Testament

After eight "Harry Potter" films, producer David Heyman (who discovered J.K. Rowling's unpublished manuscript in 1997) and director David Yates, the highest-grossing British director of all time after directing the last four, aren't throwing in the towel on the franchise just yet. They came into L.A. for Yates to accept the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA LA at Wednesday's Brittania Awards. Needless to say the Brits want to see some Oscar gold for this blockbuster series based on J.K. Rowling's bestsellers that has grossed $7.6 billion worldwide, a record for any franchise. Until now they have been largely overlooked by Oscar, earning nine nominations over seven movies, all in technical categories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2011 9:43 PM
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