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Awards Watch Archive for January, 2006

Thelma Adams’ Oscar Snubs!

Are the Oscars over yet? I know that this year the Oscar season is shorter, but it already seems like a one-horse race: Brokeback Mountain. Here are some contenders that were seriously snubbed when the final nominations came down yesterday: BEST PICTURE: Walk the Line was this year’s Ray, only sharper — great performances, great…

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On Schedule

Golden Globe Coverage… No Front Page Spoilers… Winners On Separate Page… 19. Best Actor/Comedy/Musical (7:18p) 18. Best Director (7:13p) 17. Best Original Song (6:49p) 16. Best Score (6:47p) 15. Best Foreign Language Film (6:39p) 14. TV – Series/Comedy (6:36p) 13. Best Screenplay (6:28p) 12. TV – Actress – Mini/MOW (6:18p) 11. TV – Actor –…

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How Many Have You Seen? The 311 Films Eligible For Oscar

ADAMS WAY THE ADVENTURES OF SHARK BOY AND LAVA GIRL IN 3-D AEON FLUX ALIENS OF THE DEEP ALONE IN THE DARK THE AMITYVILLE HORROR ANGELS WITH ANGLES ARE WE THERE YET? THE ARISTOCRATS ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 ASYLUM BAD NEWS BEARS THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE BALLETS RUSSES BATMAN BEGINS BE COOL THE…

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Robert Altman to Receive Honorary Academy Award®

Robert Altman Beverly Hills, CA — Director-producer-writer Robert Altman has been voted an Honorary Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Award, an Oscar® statuette, will be presented at the 78th Academy Awards® Presentation on March 5, 2006. The Honorary Award will be given to Altman…

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Scientific and Technical Achievements To Be Honored with Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the 17 winners of Scientific and Technical Academy Awards, which will be presented at The Beverly Hilton on Saturday, February 18. Awards Administration Director Rich Miller said that unlike other Academy Awards, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards do not have…

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Academy Announces Films in Competition for Achievement in Makeup

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films being considered for Achievement in Makeup for the 78th Academy Awards®. The films in consideration are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” “Cinderella Man” “A History of Violence”…

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Seven Films Sound Off for 2005 Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films in consideration for Achievement in Sound Editing for the 78th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”…

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Women Film Critics Circle

Awards: December 28, 2005 BEST PICTURE BY A WOMAN Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio: Jane Anderson BEST PICTURE ABOUT WOMEN (tie winners) In Her Shoes: Curtis Hanson Nine Lives: Rodrigo Garcia BEST ACTRESS Charlize Theron: North Country BEST ACTOR David Strathairn: Good Night and Good Luck BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE (tie winners) Paula Parker: Hustle &…

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Visual Effects Society

Nominations: January 9, 2006 Awards: February 15, 2006 Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture King Kong Eileen Moran, Joe Letteri, Christian Rivers, Eric Saindon Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture Kingdom of Heaven – Wes Sewell, Victoria Alonso, Tom Wood, Gary Brozenich Best Single Visual Effect of the Year…

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People’s Choice Awards

Nominations: November 11, 2005 Awards: January 10, 2006 FILM Favorite Female Movie Star Sandra Bullock Favorite Male Movie Star Johnny Depp Favorite Leading Lady Reese Witherspoon Favorite Leading Man Brad Pitt Favorite Female Action Star Jennifer Garner Favorite Male Action Star Matthew McConaughey Favorite Movie Comedy Wedding Crashers Favorite Movie Drama Star Wars: Episode III…

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London Film Critics

Nominations: December 15, 2005 Awards: February 8, 2006 The Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year The Constant Gardener Film of the Year Brokeback Mountain Foreign Film Downfall British Newcomer Kelly Reilly (Mrs Henderson Presents) Screenwriter Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (Crash) British Producer Simon Channing Williams (The Constant Gardener) British Actress in Supporting…

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Independent Spirit Awards

Nominations: November 29, 2005 BEST FEATURE Brokeback Mountain Producers: Diana Ossana, James Schamus Capote Producers: Caroline Baron, William Vince, Michael Ohoven Good Night, and Good Luck. Producer: Grant Heslov The Squid and the Whale Producers: Wes Anderson, Peter Newman, Charles Corwin, Clara Markowicz The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Producers: Michael Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones…

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Gotham Awards

Nominations: October 25, 2005 Awards: November 30, 2005 Best Feature CAPOTE – Directed by Bennett Miller / Written by Dan Futterman / Produced by Caroline Baron, William` Vince and Michael Ohoven Best Documentary MURDERBALL – Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro / Produced by Jeffrey Mandel and Dana Adam Shapiro Breakthrough Director Bennett…

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Gotham Awards

Nominations: October 25, 2005 Awards: November 30, 2005 Best British Film A Cock & Bull Story The Constant Gardener The Descent The Libertine Mrs Henderson Presents Best Actor Ralph Fiennes – The Constant Gardener Matthew MacFadyen – In My Father’s Den Chiwetel Ejiofor – Kinky Boots Johnny Depp – The Libertine Bob Hoskins – Mrs…

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British Academy Film Awards

Nominations: January 19, 2006 Awards: February 19, 2006 Best Film Brokeback Mountain Diana Ossana/James Schamus The Alexander Korda award for the outstanding British film of the year Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Peter Lord/David Sproxton/Nick Park/Steve Box/Mark Burton/Bob Baker The Carl Foreman award for special achievement by a British Director, writer or…

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ASC Guild

Nominations: January 11, 2006 Awards: February 26, 2006 Wally Pfister BATMAN BEGINS Warner Bros. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman Rodrigo Prieto BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Focus Features Directed by Ang Lee. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams Robert Elswit GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. Warner Independent…

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Art Directors Guild

Nominations: January 17, 2006 Awards: February 13, 2006 Period or Fantasy Film MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA John Myhre Contemporary Film WALK THE LINE David J. Bomba Nominations Nominations: January 17, 2006 Period or Fantasy Film BATMAN BEGINS Nathan Crowley CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Alex McDowell GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK Jim Bissell KING KONG…

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Annie Awards

Nominations: December 5, 2005 Awards: February 5, 2006 PRODUCTION CATEGORIES Best Animated Feature Wallace & Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Aardman Features Best Home Entertainment Production Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch Best Animated Short Subject The Fan and The Flower Best Animated Television Commercial United Airlines “Mr. Pants” – Acme…

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American Cinema Editors

Nominations: January 13, 2006 Awards: February 19, 2005 BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC): Crash Hughes Winborne Lions Gate Films Inc. BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): Walk the Line Michael McCusker Twentieth Century Fox BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY: March of the Penguins Sabine Emiliani Warner Independent Pictures BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR NON-COMMERCIAL…

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Writer’s Guild of America

Nominations: January 4, 2006 Awards: February 4, 2006 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Crash Screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, Story by Paul Haggis, Lions Gate Films ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Brokeback Mountain Screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana Based on the Short Story by Annie Proulx Focus Features DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room…

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“The core fear is what can happen to you, personally. Your body. That’s what horror films deal with, precisely. We are a very thin skin wrapped around a pumping heart and guts. At any given moment it can come down to that, be it diseases, or somebody’s assault, or war, or a car wreck. You could be reduced to the simple laws of physics and your body’s vulnerability. The edged weapon is the penultimate weapon to disclose that reality to you.”
~ Wes Craven, 1996, promoting Scream

MAMET
Well, that, to me, is always the trick of dramaturgy; theoretically, perfectly, what one wants to do is put the protagonist and the audience in exactly the same position. The main question in drama, the way I was taught, is always what does the protagonist want. That’s what drama is. It comes down to that. It’s not about theme, it’s not about ideas, it’s not about setting, but what the protagonist wants. What gives rise to the drama, what is the precipitating event, and how, at the end of the play, do we see that event culminated? Do we see the protagonist’s wishes fulfilled or absolutely frustrated? That’s the structure of drama. You break it down into three acts.

INTERVIEWER
Does this explain why your plays have so little exposition?

MAMET
Yes. People only speak to get something. If I say, Let me tell you a few things about myself, already your defenses go up; you go, Look, I wonder what he wants from me, because no one ever speaks except to obtain an objective. That’s the only reason anyone ever opens their mouth, onstage or offstage. They may use a language that seems revealing, but if so, it’s just coincidence, because what they’re trying to do is accomplish an objective… The question is where does the dramatist have to lead you? Answer: the place where he or she thinks the audience needs to be led. But what does the character think? Does the character need to convey that information? If the answer is no, then you’d better cut it out, because you aren’t putting the audience in the same position with the protagonist. You’re saying, in effect, Let’s stop the play. That’s what the narration is doing—stopping the play… It’s action, as Aristotle said. That’s all that it is—exactly what the person does. It’s not what they “think,” because we don’t know what they think. It’s not what they say. It’s what they do, what they’re physically trying to accomplish on the stage. Which is exactly the same way we understand a person’s character in life—not by what they say, but by what they do. Say someone came up to you and said, I’m glad to be your neighbor because I’m a very honest man. That’s my character. I’m honest, I like to do things, I’m forthright, I like to be clear about everything, I like to be concise. Well, you really don’t know anything about that guy’s character. Or the person is onstage, and the playwright has him or her make those same claims in several subtle or not-so-subtle ways, the audience will say, Oh yes, I understand their character now; now I understand that they are a character. But in fact you don’t understand anything. You just understand that they’re jabbering to try to convince you of something.
~ David Mamet

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