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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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'Les Miserables' Review Roundup; Hooper and Cast Talk Singing Live

The review embargo for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" has lifted. Critics are singing the praises of the film's strong performances (Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman are standouts), and admire the successful hybridizing of the musical with the Victor Hugo source material, but for some the film sags under its own bombast. Review roundup below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2012 2:51 PM
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Palm Springs Honors 'Lincoln's Sally Field with its Career Achievement Award

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring Sally Field with its Career Achievement Award on January 5 during the awards gala for its 24th edition. In addition to Field, the gala will honor the cast of Ben Affleck's "Argo," Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible") and Robert Zemeckis ("Flight").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2012 12:54 PM
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DGA Awards Achievers Michael Apted, Eric Shapiro, Susan Zwerman & Dency Nelson

The Directors Guild announces the recipients of four achivement awards, set to be handed out at their 65th annual awards dinner on February 2. These honorees are in addition to the previously announced recipient of the Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award for Motion Picture Direction, Milos Forman.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 5, 2012 4:22 PM
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Review Roundup: Dustin Hoffman's 'Quartet' is Genial Escapist Fun

Dustin Hoffman's genteel directorial debut "Quartet," starring Maggie Smith and a legion of other notable Brit actors as members of a musicans' retirement community, will play best for music-loving Anglophiles who enjoy the company of wily and entertaining British seniors. Yet again, Dame Smith steals the show as a proud aging diva who arrives with no idea how much she wounded the husband she once jilted during her more playful days at the top of the opera world. Tom Courtenay is her courtly swain, while Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins chew up the scenery as the remaining members of a once-famous quartet.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 5, 2012 3:26 PM
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