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Alfonso Cuaron Wins Best Director at DGA Awards (FULL WINNERS LIST)

Historically speaking, whoever wins the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director becomes the likely winner at the Academy Awards. This year, "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron won the feature film prize at the DGAs and should start getting ready to say hello to Oscar. A live-blog of the winners below, plus the full list after the jump.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 26, 2014 1:58 AM
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Why '20 Feet from Stardom' Leads the Oscar Doc Pack (UPDATED)

Now that the Oscar nominations have landed, where is the doc race? Under new rules as of last year, the doc contenders must grab the spotlight to win--as DVD screeners are now sent to every Academy voter. Many wonder if they will watch all five. Which gives the advantage to the ones they have already seen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 1:51 PM
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The Directors Guild of America Documentary Five Have Landed

The Directors Guild of America nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2013 have landed. All of these films have been lauded on the festival and awards circuit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2014 1:32 PM
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Don't Miss Oscar Shortlisted 'The Act of Killing' Bundle, Now on BitTorrent

Peer-to-peer file sharing protocol BitTorrent has launched a free bundle of supplemental material for the Oscar shortlisted documentary "The Act of Killing." In tandem with the film's release on iTunes, the bundle is now available to download.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 31, 2013 3:07 PM
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Reverse Shot Unveils Their Top Ten Films of 2013

Independent film journal Reverse Shot named their ten best films of 2013 this morning via Twitter. The list is a brainy mix of arthouse festival films for niche audiences as well as indies, such "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frances Ha," that broke out in 2013.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 30, 2013 12:34 PM
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WATCH: Director Joshua Oppenheimer Talks 'Act of Killing'

As part of Indiewire's ongoing Awards Season Spotlight, director Joshua Oppenheimer discussed his harrowing documentary "The Act of Killing," a frontrunner for an Oscar nomination. Check out some video snippets, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2013 1:36 PM
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European Film Academy Nominates 'The Act of Killing,' 'The Missing Picture' and 'Stop-Over' for Documentary Award

The European Film Academy has announced the three nominations in its Documentary category: Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Kaveh Bakhtiari’s “Stop-Over” and Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture.” More info, plus trailers, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 4, 2013 11:42 AM
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Cinedigm and Drafthouse Films Partner to Release 'The Act of Killing,' 'The Congress' and More on VOD in 2014

Digital distributor Cinedigm has partnered with Drafthouse Films to release a slate of critically acclaimed independent films across all home entertainment and VOD platforms beginning in 2014.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 4, 2013 1:05 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Blue Jasmine' Exceeds 'Midnight in Paris' Debut in Top Specialized Opening of 2013, Best Ever in Summer

Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" continues the auteur's recent rebound to levels similar to his heyday in the 1970s and 80s. His fifth consecutive release from Sony Pictures Classics scored his career-best best opening result (beating "Midnight in Paris") with a six-theater, three-day total of over $600,000. This number is a record for the June-August period for any live-action limited release.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 28, 2013 1:12 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Docs 'Act of Killing' and 'Blackfish' Open Strong, 'Way Way Back' and 'Fruitvale Station' Soar

Strong openings for documentaries "The Act of Killing" and "Blackfish," plus a rousing VOD day-and-date success for "Only God Forgives," yielded one of the better first weeks for multiple specialized films in some time. An exclusive run of "Computer Chess" also shows some early promise, while a much wider debut for the Kristen Wiig-starrer "The Girl Most Likely," although it is the biggest total grosser, suggests struggles ahead.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 21, 2013 6:01 PM
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