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Producers Guild Announces Documentary Nominations

Sundance Video: James Marsh Talks HBO's Project Nim, Roadside Lands U.S. Theatrical Rights
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has chosen its five documentary features to be voted on for best documentary. Last year, "The Kings Speech" won the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures--the fourth year running that the Producers Guild presaged the best picture Oscar winner. Of the list below,  the films that are also on the Oscar shortlist of 15 are "Project Nim" and "Bill Cunningham New York." The International Documentary Association awards will be announced Friday night. Stay tuned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2011 12:06 PM
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Oscar Talk: Impact of New York Critics, National Board of Review, Indie Spirits, We Bought a Zoo Review

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2011 11:53 AM
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Ten Animated Short Films Advance Toward Oscar Nominations

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2011 4:29 PM
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Martin Scorsese's Hugo Wins Best Film of 2011 from National Board of Review

The National Board of Review winners are led by Martin Scorsese's 3-D homage to silent cinema, "Hugo," which won best film and director. While George Clooney was left out of the New York Film Critics awards and Indie Spirit nominations, he won best actor from NBR, which is a group of film enthusiasts, academics, young filmmakers and students. He had a good day, as "The Ides of March," which he wrote and directed, also earned a spot on the top ten list. Tilda Swinton was named best actress for "We Need to Talk About Kevin," which helps to elevate the British actress in the awards race. With his NBR win, "Beginners" star Christopher Plummer continues his march to a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, as does "The Descendants" Shailene Woodley. "The Desendants," one of the top ten films (below), earned three additional awards, for actor, supporting actress and adapted screenplay for Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2011 3:28 PM
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Night at the Britannias: Harry Potter Gets a Push, Stiller Finally Gets His Chappy

  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 1, 2011 1:44 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Santa Barbara Names Viola Davis Outstanding Performer of the Year

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present actress Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Friday, January 27, 2012, at the height of awards season. Oscar-watchers are pitting frontrunner Davis against her veteran "The Doubt" co-star Meryl Streep in this year's Best Actress contest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2011 2:11 PM
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Interview: Ralph Fiennes Talks Directing and Playing Coriolanus with Oscar-Contender Redgrave; Lands Skyfall

Rookie feature director Ralph Fiennes and veteran screenwriter John Logan ("The Aviator") have crafted a strong modern adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody war tragedy "Coriolanus." Fiennes shines in the central role, which he played on the London stage in 2000 to raves. It plays to his strengths as an actor who doesn't seek to be liked. He plumbs the depths of a brilliant, ambitious, stubborn, ruthless, deadly, ramrod straight Roman general--with no talent for politics. "This man has no mercy in him," says Coriolanus's ally Menenius, well-played by Brian Cox. Fiennes is also getting some Oscar talk for his all-stops-out performance as Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" finale; at the Toronto Festival, he also played a corrupt British prime minister opposite Bill Nighy in David Hare's spy thriller "Page Eight." During Toronto (our flipcam interview is below) he took a brief hiatus from playing Shakespeare's Prospero in Trevor Nunn's London production of "The Tempest," and started Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" as Magwitch opposite Jeremy Irvine as Pip ("War Horse") in November. Since Toronto, Fiennes finally closed his long rumored deal to play a Bond villain opposite Daniel Craig in Sam Mendes' upcoming "Skyfall," written by his pal Logan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2011 11:36 AM
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Oscar Watch: Weinsteins Boast One Great Pick-Up, Two Great Performances in Weak Movies

It's Oscar season, and Harvey Weinstein is back. He's blogging at HuffPo about how his daughters consider him to be cool, and crowing about "The Artist" in the NYT. Lo and behold, Weinstein's canny pre-Cannes acquisition "The Artist" came out ahead at the New York Film Critics Circle with best picture and director and lead the Indie Spirit field with five nominations, while Meryl Streep won best actress for "The Iron Lady" from the NYFCC and Michelle Williams earned an Indie Spirit actress nod for "My Week with Marilyn."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2011 3:53 PM
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Gotham Awards + 9

  • By Charles Lyons
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  • November 29, 2011 2:51 PM
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Tuesday Awards Wrap-Up: Who Comes Out Ahead?

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2011 1:43 PM
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