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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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


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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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Tsangari: With my next film, White Knuckles, it comes with a budget — it’s going to be a huge new world for me. As always when I enter into a new thing, don’t you wonder how it’s going to be and how much of yourself you are going to have to sacrifice? The ballet of all of this. I’m already imaging the choreography — not of the camera, but the choreography of actually bringing it to life. It is as fascinating as the shooting itself. I find the producing as exciting as the directing. The one informs the other. There is this producer-director hat that I constantly wear. I’ve been thinking about these early auteurs, like Howard Hawks and John Ford and Preston Sturges—all of these guys basically were hired by the studio, and I doubt they had final cut, and somehow they had films that now we can say they had their signatures.  There are different ways of being creative within the parameters and limitations of production. The only thing you cannot negotiate is stupidity.
Filmmaker: And unfortunately, there is an abundance of that in the world.
Tsangari: This is the only big risk: stupidity. Everything else is completely worked out in the end.
~ Chevalier‘s Rachel Athina Tsangari

“The middle-range movies that I was doing have largely either stopped being made, or they’ve moved to television, now that television is a go-to medium for directors who can’t get work in theatricals, because there are so few theatricals being made. But also with the new miniseries concept, you can tell a long story in detail without having to cram it all into 90 minutes. You don’t have to cut the characters and take out the secondary people. You can actually put them all on a big canvas. And it is a big canvas, because people have bigger screens now, so there’s no aesthetic difference between the way you shoot a movie and the way you shoot a TV show.

“Which is all for the good. But what’s happened in the interim is that theatrical movies being a spectacle business are now either giant blockbuster movies that run three hours—even superhero movies run three hours, they used to run like 58 minutes!—and the others, which are dysfunctional family independent movies or the slob comedy or the kiddie movie, and those are all low-budget. So the middle ground of movies that were about things, they’re just gone. Or else they’re on HBO. Like the Bryan Cranston LBJ movie, which years ago would’ve been made for theaters.

“You’ve got people like Paul Schrader and Walter Hill who can’t get their movies theatrically distributed because there’s no market for it. So they end up going to VOD, and VOD is a model from which no one makes any money, because most of the time, as soon as they get on the site, they’re pirated. So the whole model of the system right now is completely broken. And whether or not anybody’s going to try to fix, or if it even can be fixed, I don’t know. But it’s certainly not the same business that I got into in the ’70s.”
~ Joe Dante

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