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EXCLUSIVE: Three-time Oscar Nominee Amy Adams to Receive Santa Barbara's Cinema Vanguard Award

Amy Adams will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award on January 31. Adams, who also recently won Best Supporting Actress from the LA Film Critics Association, is being recognized for her performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 10, 2012 2:40 PM
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AFI Awards 2012: Film and TV Ten Bests

The American Film Institute's AFI Awards are revealing because they are chosen by two juries--filma nd TV--who represent a cross-section of critics, academics and industry insiders.  The AFI Award juries focus on the community’s creative ensembles as collaborators. See full awards lists below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2012 2:30 PM
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Watch: Kirk Douglas Presents Namesake Award for Excellence in Film to Robert De Niro at Santa Barbara

On December 8, Robert De Niro received the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film in Santa Barbara. Nonagenarian Kirk Douglas himself presented De Niro with the statuette, riffing on the Fockers and saying "I'm looking at you." Douglas noted, "De Niro doesn't simply play a character, he becomes a character."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2012 1:50 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' Star Bradley Cooper Honored with Palm Springs' Desert Palm Achievement Award

Bradley Cooper will recieve the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting at its January 5 awards gala.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 10, 2012 1:09 PM
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British Independent Film Awards: 'Broken' Takes Best Film, 'Berberian Sound Studio' and 'The Imposter' Big Winners

At the 15th British Independent Film Awards, the big winners of the night were "Berberian Sound Studio" with four awards, including Best Director for Peter Strickland and Best Actor for Toby Jones, and Bart Layton's phenomenal "The Imposter," which took home prizes for Best British Documentary and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best British Debut. With prizes selected by a jury, there was a fairly even distribution amongst the main contenders.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 9, 2012 8:36 PM
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LA Film Critics Awards Led by 'Amour' and 'The Master'

As predicted, on Sunday the Los Angeles Film Critics Association rewarded many indie films that had been under-appreciated by other groups so far. They awarded Best Film and Actress to Michael Haneke's "Amour," which had clocked several key foreign film wins thus far. Emmanuelle Riva shared the actress prize with Jennifer Lawrence of "Silver Linings Playbook," which was runner-up for Best Screenplay.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 9, 2012 6:11 PM
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VIDEO: Paramount Creates 'Flight' Hybrid TV Spots Aimed at Academy

Paramount never gives up on trying effective new ways to reach Academy members. They've found in recent years that online video spots--like the one they created to show how Brad Pitt was transformed into Benjamin Button in the David Fincher film--are very effective with Academy members. They actually created a TV spot for "Transformers" highlighting the use of sound. Now they're broadcasting a brand spanking new Academy 90-second "Flight" TV spot that will debut this Sunday on "CBS Sunday Morning" and will also be the lead-in spot to "60 Minutes" on Sunday evening. See the spot below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2012 7:49 PM
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Oscar Watch: 'Lincoln' vs. 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Whither 'Life of Pi'?

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2012 5:22 PM
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IDA Documentary Awards Top Honors to 'Searching for Sugar Man'; 'On Death Row,' 'Saving Face' Also Win

The International Documentary Association announced its 2012 IDA Documentary Awards this evening at a ceremony at the Director's Guild, with Swedish music documentarian Malik Bendjelloul's five-year labor of love "Searching for Sugar Man" taking home the Best Feature prize, as well as Best Music. Werner Herzog's brilliant "On Death Row," a multi-episode extension of last year's "Into the Abyss," took home the Best Limited Series award. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 8, 2012 1:30 AM
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Oscar Talk: 'Django Unchained,' 'The Hobbit,' Doc Shortlist, Impact of NYFCC & NBR

On this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley and I assess the impact of the New York Film Critic and National Board of Review results. We also look at where "Django Unchained" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," are likely to land in the Oscar race. And we agree that with the new documentary rules, the Academy doc branch did a good job with their shortlist of 15. We pick likely frontrunners.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2012 12:28 PM
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