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Reply #75 on: January 10, 2008, 10:25:41 PM
WGA announces noms, poops its own party
Source: Hollywood Reporter

The WGA West said Thursday it's canceling its awards banquet, blindsiding the WGA East with the guilds jointly announced a list of feature film nominees for WGA Awards tilting heavily toward art films.

Six of the 10 noms for WGA Awards in the categories of original and adapted screenplays involve films that were released by studio specialty divisions. Following a bevy of DGA Award noms similarly dominated by adult-oriented fare, it appears the town is headed for the year of the art pic -- and of the strike-fractured awards season.

The WGAW issued a terse statement regarding its change of plans regarding an awards gala. It had been scheduled to stage a splashy -- though non-televised -- show at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 9, with the WGAE to hold a simultaneous banquet at the Millennium Hotel's Hudson Theatre in New York.

"The Writers Guild of America, West will be announcing the 2008 Writers Guild Awards winners," the WGAW said. "There will be no Writers Guild of America, West show until the strike is over."

A WGAE spokeswoman said the New York-based guild -- which is a separate operation from the WGAW, though the guilds negotiate jointly -- had just learned of the WGAW plans.

"We are exploring our options, and we will let you know when we have made a decision," WGAE spokeswoman Sherry Goldman said.

Among the nominated writers and their films, three of the four exceptions involved projects that can hardly be described as overtly commercial. In the original screenplay category, Tony Gilroy was nominated for Warner Bros.' edgy thriller "Michael Clayton" and Nancy Oliver for the quirky and modestly budgeted comedy "Lars and the Real Girl," an MGM release of a Sidney Kimmel Entertainment production, while James Vanderbilt fetched a nom for adapting Paramount's serial-killer tale "Zodiac."

Judd Apatow also was nominated for his original screenplay for Universal's "Knocked Up," the closest thing to a popcorn movie in the mix of films figuring in the WGA noms announced Thursday. Completing noms in the original category were Diablo Cody for the Fox Searchlight comedy "Juno" and Tamara Jenkins for Searchlight's family drama "The Savages."

Others attracting noms in the adapted screenplay category included the writing team of Ethan Coen and Joel Coen for "No Country for Old Men," released by Miramax; Paul Thomas Anderson for "There Will Be Blood," released by Paramount Vantage; Ronald Harwood for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" from Miramax; and Sean Penn for "Into the Wild" from Par Vantage.

The WGA also announced nominations for documentary screenplay.

Michael Moore's "Sicko," the top-grossing docu of 2007, was among the nominees along with Anthony Giacchino's "The Camden 28," Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman and Elizabeth Bentley's "Nanking," Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight," Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham and Bonni Cohen's "The Rape of Europa" and Alex Gibney's "Taxi to the Dark Side."

Six of the nominations in the original and adapted screenplay categories went to writer-directors. They include Gilroy, the Coens, Anderson and Penn, all of whom also were recently nominated for directing honors on their films by the DGA Awards (HR 1/9). In addition, "Diving Bell" which secured a DGA nom for Julian Schnabel, was represented with its WGA nom for Harwood.

Jenkins and Aptow round out the list of writer-directors who scored WGA noms.

Gilroy is a longtime film scribe and WGA member, with "Clayton" his first directing credit.

"I've been voting for myself for 20 years," he said after learning of the WGA nom. "So this means a tremendous amount to me."

On Wednesday, Gilroy joined a protest rally outside Viacom headquarters in New York's Times Square. There was "great energy" at the strike event, he said, but the ongoing writers strike won't keep WGA members and others from joining in an energetic celebration of honorees at the WGA Awards.

Harwood noted he also was nominated for a Golden Globe on "Diving Bell."

"I'm very disappointed and sad they had to cancel (the Globes gala), because the guild's fight is not with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.," he said.

Harwood added that he won't be participating in a slimmed-down Globes program, because "it would be wrong to attend in the current circumstances."

Apatow said he was "very surprised and thrilled to hear the news" of his WGA nom.

"Hopefully, now I will get to meet at least one of the Coen brothers," he added.

Meanwhile, the overlap in nominations between the DGA and WGA left several of this seasons prestige films in this year's awards hunt without a nomination from either group. Among the missing are ThinkFilm's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Kelly Masterson; Focus Features' "Atonement," helmed by Joe Wright and penned by Ian McEwan and Christopher Hampton; and Universal's "Charlie Wilson's War," directed by Mike Nichols and written by Aaron Sorkin.

WGA Award-eligible screenplays involved feature films released in 2007 and produced "under the jurisdiction of Writers Guild of America, East and West or affiliate guilds in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and New Zealand." There were 164 eligible original screenplays and 103 adapted screenplays, officials said.

Eligible docus featured an onscreen writing credit and were exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for one week in 2007. The credited writers of these docus were required to join the WGAW's Nonfiction Writers Caucus or WGAE Nonfiction Writers Caucus in order to be considered.

A complete list of nominees follows:

Original screenplay
"Juno," written by Diablo Cody, Fox Searchlight
"Michael Clayton," written by Tony Gilroy, Warner Bros. Pictures
"The Savages," written by Tamara Jenkins, Fox Searchlight
"Knocked Up," written by Judd Apatow, Universal Pictures
"Lars and the Real Girl," written by Nancy Oliver, MGM

Adapted screenplay
"No Country for Old Men," screenplay by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, Miramax
"There Will Be Blood," screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel "Oil" by Upton Sinclair, Paramount Vantage
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the book by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Miramax
"Into the Wild," screenplay by Sean Penn, Based on the Book by Jon Krakauer, Paramount Vantage
"Zodiac," screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Based on the Book by Robert Graysmith, Paramount Pictures

Documentary screenplay
"The Camden 28," written by Anthony Giacchino, First Run Features
"Nanking," screenplay by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman & Elisabeth Bentley, story by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman, ThinkFilm
"No End in Sight," written by Charles Ferguson, Magnolia Pictures
"The Rape of Europa," written by Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham and Bonni Cohen, Menemsha Films
"Sicko," written by Michael Moore, Lionsgate/The Weinstein Co.
"Taxi to the Dark Side," written by Alex Gibney, ThinkFilm
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Reply #76 on: January 12, 2008, 10:24:43 PM
Editors unveil their Eddie noms
Winners are precursors to Oscars
Source: Hollywood Reporter

American Cinema Editors have announced 10 feature film nominations for the 58th annual ACE Eddie Awards, set for Feb. 16 at the Beverly Hilton.

Christopher Rouse for "The Bourne Ultimatum," Jay Cassidy for "Into the Wild," John Gilroy for "Michael Clayton," Roderick Jaynes for "No Country for Old Men" and Dylan Tichenor for "There Will Be Blood" will compete for best edited dramatic feature.

Nominees for best edited feature, comedy or musical are Michael Tronick for "Hairspray," Dana E. Glauberman for "Juno," Craig Wood and Stephen Rivkin for "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," Darren Holmes for "Ratatouille" and Chris Lebenzon for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

Two-thirds of the films that won Eddies during the past 15 years have also been best picture nominees.

Competing in the documentary category are Edgar Burcksen & Leonard Feinstein for "Darfur Now," Leslie Iwerks & Stephen Myers for "The Pixar Story" and Geoffrey Richman, Chris Seward & Dan Swietlik for "Sicko."
In television, the nominees for half-hour series are Ken Eluto for "30 Rock" ("The C Word" episode), Shannon Mitchell for "Californication" ("Hell-A Woman") and Grady Cooper for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" ("The Bat Mitzvah"). Contenders for their work on one-hour series for commercial TV are Norman Buckley for "Chuck (Pilot)," Malcolm Jamieson for "Damages (Pilot)" and Karen Stern for "Law & Order: SVU ("Paternity")."

Stewart Schill for "Dexter" ("It's Alive"), David Siegel for "Rome" ("De Patre Vostro") and Sidney Wolinsky for "The Sopranos" ("Made in America") are nominated for one-hour series for non-commercial TV.

Three will compete for editing of a miniseries or motion picture for non-commercial television: Michael Ornstein and Michael Brown for "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," Mary Jo Markey for "Life Support" and Tatiana S. Riegel and Leo Trombetta for "PU-239."

Contenders for editing of a miniseries or motion picture for commercial television are Scott Vickery and Robert Ferretti for "The Company" ("Part 2"); Henk Van Eeghen, Mark J. Goldman, Stephen Semel and Christopher Nelson for "Lost" ("Through the Looking Glass"); and Paul Dixon for "Pictures of Hollis Woods."

This year, ACE created a new category for best edited reality series. The nominees are Chuck Montgomery & Michael Glickman for "Cops" ("Country Love"); Pam Malouf, Hans Van Riet & David Timoner for "Dancing With the Stars (404)"; and Ben Holder & Mike Denny for "Man vs. Wild" ("Everglades").
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Reply #77 on: January 13, 2008, 04:35:33 PM
how the hell did zodiac not go up for an Eddie?
Obviously what you are doing right now is called (in my upcoming book of psychology at least) validation. I think it's a normal thing to do. People will reply, say anything, and then you're gonna do what you were subconsciently thinking of doing all along.


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Reply #78 on: January 14, 2008, 10:59:11 PM
PGA unveils film nominations
'Diving Bell,' 'Juno,' 'No Country' nab nods

Opting for specialty fare, the Producers Guild of America has tapped Miramax's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Fox Searchlight's "Juno," Warner Bros.' "Michael Clayton," Miramax/Paramount Vantage's "No Country for Old Men and Vantage/Miramax's "There Will Be Blood" as the nominees for its top feature film award.

The winner of the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award will be announced Feb. 2 in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton. The event isn't telecast, so it won't be picketed by the Writers Guild of America.

The PGA, which has more than 3,300 members, announced the noms Monday morning but did not disclose the names of the nominated producers. It will do so prior to the awards show.

All five of the nominated pics received WGA mentions last week for best screenplay. The DGA matched on four of the five nominees but opted for "Into the Wild" rather than "Juno."

The org overlooked both Golden Globe best picture winners, "Atonement" and "Sweeney Todd."

The PGA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have diverged on their final pic choice in the past three years (the Acad has 464 members in its producers branch). The PGA selected "Little Miss Sunshine" last year, while the Oscar went to "The Departed"; in 2006, the PGA chose "Brokeback Mountain" and the Acad went with "Crash"; in 2005, "The Aviator" won at the PGA, while "Million Dollar Baby" took the Oscar.

"Diving Bell" producer Kathy Kennedy noted that specialty fare, such as last year's winner "Little Miss Sunshine," has been receiving growing recognition among producers.

"This one took a little over five years, and I think that producers appreciate the tenacity it takes to keep an independent film going," Kennedy added. "I'd like to believe that our film's originality, emotion and hope is what resonated among members."

The PGA's determination of eligible producers for the Zanuck trophy will be used by AMPAS as a guideline for naming the eligible producers on best picture Oscar nominations. The PGA has no limits on the number of producers; the Academy limits the number to three, though it modified that policy last June to allow for exceptions.

The PGA also announced Monday that it had nommed DreamWorks' "Bee Movie," Pixar's "Ratatouille" and Fox's "The Simpsons Movie" for its animation award.

Documentary noms went to Phil Donahue Prods./Mobilus Media's "Body of War," HBO's "Hear and Now," the Weinstein Co.'s "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song," TWC's "Sicko" and HBO's "White Night/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

Longform TV mentions went to HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," ESPN's "The Bronx Is Burning," Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2," PBS and BBC's "Jane Eyre" and USA's "The Starter Wife."

The PGA previously announced TV noms in four other categories along with its honorary awards.

"The Diving Bell And The Butterfly" (Miramax)
"Juno" (Fox Searchlight)
"Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)
"No Country For Old Men" (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage/Miramax)

"Bee Movie" (Dreamworks Animation)
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation)
"The Simpsons Movie" (20th Century FOX)

"Body Of War" (Phil Donahue Productions/Mobilus Media)
"Hear And Now" (HBO)
"Pete Seeger: The Power Of Song" (The Weinstein Company)
"Sicko" (The Weinstein Company)
"White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki" (HBO)

"Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" (HBO)
"The Bronx Is Burning" (ESPN)
"High School Musical 2" (The Disney Channel)
"Jane Eyre" (PBS/BBC)
"The Starter Wife" (USA Network)
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Reply #79 on: January 16, 2008, 06:55:13 AM
2008 British Academy Awards

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Brian Grazer/Ridley Scott
ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Scott Rudin/Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – JoAnne Sellar/Paul Thomas Anderson/Daniel Lupi

ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster/Joe Wright/Christopher Hampton
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Frank Marshall/Patrick Crowley/Paul L Sandberg/Paul Greengrass/Tony Gilroy/Scott Z Burns/George Nolfi
CONTROL – Orian Williams/ Todd Eckert/Anton Corbijn/Matt Greenhalgh
EASTERN PROMISES – Paul Webster/Robert Lantos/David Cronenberg/Steve Knight
THIS IS ENGLAND – Mark Herbert/Shane Meadows

for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film
CHRIS ATKINS (Director/Writer) – Taking Liberties
MIA BAYS (Producer) – Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
SARAH GAVRON (Director) – Brick Lane
MATT GREENHALGH (Writer) – Control
ANDREW PIDDINGTON (Director/Writer) – The Killing of John Lennon

ATONEMENT – Joe Wright
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Paul Thomas Anderson

JUNO – Diablo Cody
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
THIS IS ENGLAND – Shane Meadows

ATONEMENT – Christopher Hampton
THE KITE RUNNER – David Benioff
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Paul Thomas Anderson

nominations announced on Friday 4 January
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY – Kathleen Kennedy/Jon Kilik/Julian Schnabel
THE KITE RUNNER – William Horberg/Walter Parkes/Rebecca Yeldham/Marc Foster
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann/Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
LUST, CAUTION – Bill Kong/James Schamus/Ang Lee
LA VIE EN ROSE – Alain Goldman/Olivier Dahan

SHREK THE THIRD – Chris Miller
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE – Matt Groening/James L Brooks

GEORGE CLOONEY – Michael Clayton
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – There Will Be Blood
JAMES McAVOY – Atonement
VIGGO MORTENSEN – Eastern Promises
ULRICH MάHE – The Lives of Others

CATE BLANCHETT – Elizabeth: The Golden Age

JAVIER BARDEM – No Country for Old Men
PAUL DANO – There Will Be Blood
TOMMY LEE JONES – No Country for Old Men
TOM WILKINSON – Michael Clayton

KELLY MACDONALD – No Country for Old Men
TILDA SWINTON – Michael Clayton

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Marc Streitenfeld
ATONEMENT – Dario Marianelli
THE KITE RUNNER – Alberto Iglesias
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Jonny Greenwood
LA VIE EN ROSE – Christopher Gunning

ATONEMENT – Seamus McGarvey

ATONEMENT – Paul Tothill
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Christopher Rouse
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Roderick Jaynes

ATONEMENT – Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer
ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE – Guy Hendrix Dyas/Richard Roberts
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Jack Fisk/Jim Erickson
LA VIE EN ROSE – Olivier Raoux

ATONEMENT – Jacqueline Durran
LA VIE EN ROSE – Marit Allen

ATONEMENT – Danny Hambrook/Paul Hamblin/Catherine Hodgson
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Kirk Francis/Scott Millan/Dave Parker/Karen Baker Landers/Per Hallberg
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Peter Kurland/Skip Lievsay/Craig Berkey/Greg Orloff
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Christopher Scarabosio/Matthew Wood/John Pritchett/Michael Semanick/Tom Johnson
LA VIE EN ROSE – Laurent Zeilig/Pascal Villard/Jean-Paul Hurier/Marc Doisne

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Peter Chiang/Charlie Noble/Mattias Lindahl/Joss Williams
THE GOLDEN COMPASS – Michael Fink/Bill Westenhofer/Ben Morris/Trevor Woods
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX – Tim Burke/John Richardson/Emma Norton/Chris Shaw
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END – John Knoll/Charles Gibson/Hal Hickel/John Frazier
SPIDER-MAN 3 – Scott Stokdyk/Peter Nofz/Kee-Suk Ken Hahn/Spencer Cook

ATONEMENT – Ivana Primorac
LA VIE EN ROSE – Jan Archibald/Didier Lavergne

HEAD OVER HEELS – Osbert Parker/Fiona Pitkin/Ian Gouldstone
THE CRUMBLEGIANT – Pearse Moore/John McCloskey

DOG ALTOGETHER – Diarmid Scrimshaw/Paddy Considine
HESITATION – Julien Berlan/Michelle Eastwood/Virginia Gilbert
THE ONE AND ONLY HERB MCGWYER PLAYS WALLIS ISLAND – Charlie Henderson/James Griffiths/Tim Key/Tom Basden
SOFT – Jane Hooks/Simon Ellis
THE STRONGER – Dan McCulloch/Lia Williams/Frank McGuinness

(voted for by the public) – nominees announced on Tuesday 8 January

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Reply #80 on: January 21, 2008, 09:27:44 AM
Lohan, Murphy lead Razzie worst-of noms

Advice for actors looking to get nominated for worst performance: multiple roles help. Lindsay Lohan and Eddie Murphy scored multiple nominations Monday for the Razzies, which sort out the worst that Hollywood dredged up the previous year.

Lohan's thriller, "I Know Who Killed Me," in which she plays two characters who may or may not be the same person, received a leading nine Razzie nominations, among them worst picture of 2007.

Murphy's "Norbit," released amid a film-honors season that earned Murphy an Academy Awards nomination for "Dreamgirls" last year, received eight Razzie nominations, five of them for Murphy alone, more than anyone has ever gotten in a single year.

Besides worst picture, "Norbit" had nominations for Murphy as worst actor in the title role, supporting actress as Norbit's beefy wife, supporting actor as an Asian man and worst screen couple for Norbit opposite either of Murphy's other characters. Murphy also shared a screenplay nomination for co-writing "Norbit."

"We decided that each of his characters was so offensive that he deserved individual nominations," said Razzies founder John Wilson.

According to Wilson, Murphy's closest competition for worst screen couple is Lohan in "I Know Who Killed Me," in which she plays a small-town girl abducted by a psychopath and an alter-ego, a stripper who's missing body parts.

Lohan's movie played like a cross between the torture tale "Hostel" and "The Patty Duke Show," Wilson said.

For worst actress, Lohan polled more heavily than any actor since Sofia Coppola in "The Godfather Part III," Wilson said.

"`I Know Who Killed Me' is the most fabulously brainless movie since `Showgirls,'" which Razzie voters picked as the worst movie of the 1990s, Wilson said. "By the end of it, you still don't know what happened. Are they twins or aren't they? Did she imagine it? Can I please have my hour and 50 minutes back?"

The other worst-picture nominees were "Bratz," a live-action take on the cartoon about four chic young girls; "Daddy Day Camp," with Cuba Gooding Jr. starring in a sequel to Murphy's "Daddy Day Care"; and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," Adam Sandler and Kevin James' comedy about firefighters posing as a gay couple.

Sandler and Gooding joined Murphy in the worst-actor category, along with Nicolas Cage for "Ghost Rider" and Jim Carrey for "The Number 23."

Lohan was cited twice as worst actress for "I Know Who Killed Me," while the four "Bratz" stars — Logan Browning, Janel Parrish, Nathalia Ramos and Skyler Shaye — shared a nomination. Also nominated were Jessica Alba for three films, "Awake," "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" and "Good Luck Chuck"; Elisha Cuthbert for "Captivity"; and Diane Keaton for "Because I Said So."

Along with Murphy, supporting actor included Orlando Bloom for "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," James and Rob Schneider for "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" and Jon Voight for "Bratz," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," "September Dawn" and "Transformers."

Besides Murphy, supporting actress nominees were Jessica Biel for "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" and "Next," Carmen Electra for "Epic Movie," Julia Ormond for "I Know Who Killed Me" and Nicollette Sheridan for "Code Name: The Cleaner."

A spoof of Hollywood awards, the Razzies made their announcement the day before the Oscar nominations come out. Razzie "winners" will be announced Feb. 23, a day before the Oscars.
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Reply #81 on: January 26, 2008, 10:45:43 AM
Elswit wins cinematographers' award

Robert Elswit won the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Award in a feature film Saturday for the oil epic "There Will Be Blood."

The dark drama, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, about greed and oil prospecting has earned Elswit the recognition of several critics' groups this award season: He is also nominated for an Academy Award. Elswit was last nominated by the ASC two years ago for "Good Night, and Good Luck."

The 22nd annual ASC Awards were presented during a gala ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom Saturday evening.

The other contenders for the feature film award were Roger Deakins for both "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and "No Country for Old Men," Janusz Kaminski for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and Seamus McGarvey for "Atonement."

Ben Nott won the ASC award in the movie/miniseries/pilot category for the TNT miniseries "The Company." Glen Winter received the award for episodic TV for the "Noir" installment of the CW series "Smallville."

The ASC Board of Governors Award was given to actress Annette Bening in "recognition of her artistry in front of the lens and contributions to filmmaking." The award was presented to her by cinematographer Allen Daviau, who shot her 1991 film "Bugsy."

The ASC Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Stephen H. Burum; the ASC International Award was presented to Walter Lassally; the ASC Career Achievement in Television Award was handed out to George Spiro Dibie; and the ASC Presidents Award was given to visual effects creator Richard Edlund.
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Reply #82 on: January 27, 2008, 01:26:37 AM
Coens win for 'No Country for Old Men'

Joel and Ethan Coen won the top prize from the Directors Guild of America on Saturday for "No Country for Old Men," giving them the inside track for the same honor at the Academy Awards — assuming the Oscars go on amid the writers strike.

"Oh, we get two of them," Ethan Coen said when he and his brother were presented with their trophies.

The Coens were only the second two-person team to win the Directors Guild honor, following Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for 1961's "West Side Story."

"Ethan and I have a bookshelf in our office where we keep various plaques and such that we've gotten over the years that we call our ego corner," Joel Coen said.

When brother Ethan is having a bad day, he goes over with Windex and silver polish and "spit shines his medals for an hour or two," Joel Coen said. "It makes him feel better. This is a really big one, in every respect. It's going to keep him busy."

As with Martin Scorsese, who as last year's winner for "The Departed" presented the award to the Coens, the Directors Guild winner almost always goes on to win the same prize at the Oscars.

The fate of the Oscars remains uncertain, though. Writers, who have been on strike for nearly three months, have refused to work on some major awards shows, among them the Golden Globes, whose ceremony was scrapped for lack of stars.

The Coens' former cinematographer, Barry Sonnenfeld, also was a guild winner. Sonnenfeld, whose films include the "Men in Black" series, won a small-screen prize, receiving the award for television comedy for directing an episode of "Pushing Daisies."

"Mad Men" earned the TV drama honor for Alan Taylor, while Yves Simoneau won the TV movie award for "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

Other TV winners included Glenn P. Weiss for musical variety for "The 61st Annual Tony Awards"; Bertram Van Munster for reality programming for "The Amazing Race"; Paul Hoen for children's programs for "Jump In"; and Larry Carpenter for daytime serials for "One Life to Live."

Asger Leth won the documentary honor for "Ghosts of Cite Soleil," his portrait of two brothers who are gang leaders in a notorious Haitian slum.

Unlike other major honors, such as Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, the DGA ceremony is untelevised, making it a more laid-back gathering of Hollywood's elite and shielding it from some of the attention the industry's labor strife has brought to other ceremonies.

The Golden Globes banquet was canceled after stars made clear they would stay away in support of the Writers Guild of America strike, and the Oscars may face the same dilemma come Feb. 24.

Still, the writers' strike did cast a pall over the directors' big night, even though their guild last week negotiated a new contract after just days of meetings with producers. A fair number of Directors Guild members also belong to the writers union, whose strike has shut down TV shows and postponed movies, throwing thousands in the entertainment industry out of work.

Hal Holbrook, nominated for the supporting-actor Oscar for Directors Guild nominee Sean Penn's "Into the Wild," said before the Directors Guild awards that the "strike is becoming really dangerous. They're losing their homes. ...

"All I can hope is since we all have to share in producing anything — from the studio to the actors to the camera person to the costume lady, whatever, the set dresser — we all share," Holbrook said.

Many in Hollywood hope the Directors Guild deal will help resuscitate talks between writers and producers, whose negotiations broke down Dec. 7, a month after guild members walked off the job.

Dan Glickman — who heads the Motion Picture Association of America, Hollywood's top trade group — said before the directing awards that the union's new contract "offers a very good template for the other guilds," which could jump-start the labor impasse in time to let the Oscars go on.

"I sure hope so. The Oscars are kind of the link between the world of consumers and the world of entertainment," Glickman said. "I mean, a billion people or more watch the Oscars, and so it would be a real shame if we weren't able to keep that precedent, that history of this event going."

Winners, presenters and host Carl Reiner generally ignored Hollywood's labor problems during the Directors Guild ceremony, keeping the tone celebratory. There were only a few passing references to contract negotiations.
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Reply #83 on: January 28, 2008, 12:32:38 AM

Day-Lewis, Christie win top honors at key Oscars indicator

Daniel Day-Lewis and British veteran Julie Christie underscored their status as Oscars front-runners on Sunday after winning the top prizes at the 14th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

British-born star Day-Lewis was crowned best actor for his performance as a tyrannical oil prospector in "There Will Be Blood" while Christie earned the best actress prize for playing an Alzheimer's sufferer in "Away From Her."

Day-Lewis and Christie's wins shorten the odds on them claiming the equivalent acting awards at the Oscars, which take place on February 25.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards have been a reliable indicator of likely Oscars success. For the past three years, the best actor and actress winners have gone on to win Academy Awards.

Day-Lewis dedicated his award to Heath Ledger, who died aged 28 in New York last week, saying the Australian actor was someone whose performances inspired him to keep working.

"There are many actors in this room tonight including my fellow nominees who've given me that sense of regeneration. Heath Ledger gave it to me," he said, to loud applause. Ledger's performance in the 2005 gay cowboy drama "Brokeback Mountain" had been "unique," Day-Lewis said.

"That scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I've ever seen and I'd like to dedicate this to him," he added.

Christie, 66, meanwhile paid tribute to the cast and crew of her drama about a woman slowly descending into dementia and joked: "If I've forgotten anybody it's just that I'm still in character."

In other awards, Javier Bardem cemented his status as an Oscars certainty after picking up the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of a psychopathic hitman in "No Country for Old Men."

The Spanish star paid tribute to the film's directors, Joel and Ethan Coen, after collecting his prize.

"Thank you for hiring me and showing the hard work and dedication to get the good takes instead of the ones where I really sucked," Bardem said.

"To receive this is thoroughly unbelievable. I'm a Spanish actor and being welcomed this way from all of you it's more than I can express in words."

"No Country for Old Men," a favorite to dominate at the Oscars after earning eight nominations, also won the award for best ensemble cast.

The best supporting actress saw a surprise win for 83-year-old Ruby Dee, winning for her performance in the Ridley Scott-directed crime drama "American Gangster." The heavy pre-awards favorite had been Australian icon Cate Blanchett for her portrayal of Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There."

Dee was also last week nominated for an Oscar for the role.

A complete list of winners of the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:


Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood."

Actress: Julie Christie, "Away From Her."

Supporting actor: Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men."

Supporting actress: Ruby Dee, "American Gangster."

Cast: "No Country for Old Men."

Stunt ensemble: "The Bourne Ultimatum."



Actor in a movie or miniseries: Kevin Kline, "As You Like It."

Actress in a movie or miniseries: Queen Latifah, "Life Support."

Actor in a drama series: James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos."

Actress in a drama series: Edie Falco, "The Sopranos."

Actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock."

Actress in a comedy series: Tina Fey, "30 Rock."

Drama series cast: "The Sopranos."

Comedy series cast: "The Office."

Stunt ensemble: "24."


Lifetime Achievement: Charles Durning
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Reply #84 on: February 03, 2008, 10:57:12 AM
"No Country" takes Hollywood producers' top prize

Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men," a tale of moral decline wrapped in a gritty crime drama, won the top film prize from Hollywood's producers on Saturday, making it the clear front-runner in the race to the Oscars.

One week ago, the Coen Brothers were also named the year's best directors by the Directors Guild of America for their adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel about a drug deal gone wrong along the U.S.-Mexican border in Texas.

Last Sunday, the cast of "No Country," including Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem, was cited for best ensemble performance by the Screen Actors Guild.

Honoring the film's makers -- Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen -- with the Producers Guild of America's (PGA) award for producer of the year solidifies the movie's top position in the race for best motion picture at the February 24 Oscars, the world's top movie honors.

Many of the members of Hollywood's guilds also belong to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose roughly 6,000 members vote for the Oscars.

The PGA named Brad Lewis as the best animated movie producer for "Ratatouille," the Disney/Pixar tale of a rat who becomes the chef in a French kitchen.

Michael Moore and Meghan O'Hara were singled out as the top producers for a documentary with "SiCKO," a scathing look at the U.S. healthcare system.

Among television honors, the producers gave their top prize for best drama to the makers of HBO mob show "The Sopranos." The award for best comedy production went to NBC's "30 Rock."
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Reply #85 on: February 10, 2008, 01:44:50 AM
`Juno,' `No Country' honored by WGA

"Juno" and "No Country for Old Men" won top honors Saturday at the Writers Guild of America Awards.

The guild announced the winners after canceling its awards ceremony set for Saturday night because its members were on strike. Writers on both coasts were meeting to review a tentative agreement that could end a walkout that began Nov. 5.

Diablo Cody won the original screenplay prize for "Juno," a tale of a wisecracking teen who gets pregnant and decides to give her baby up for adoption.

Brothers Ethan and Joel Coen received the adapted screenplay award for "No Country for Old Men," which features a relentless hit man played by Javier Bardem searching for Josh Brolin, who makes off with a fortune left behind at a drug deal gone awry.

Cody and the Coen brothers are nominated in the same categories for the Academy Awards later this month. Both films also are competing for the best-picture prize.

Alex Gibney won the WGA's documentary screenplay award for "Taxi to the Dark Side," which is nominated for best documentary at the Oscars.

In the television categories, "The Wire" won for dramatic series, while "30 Rock" earned an award for best comedy series.

Other awards included:

• New Series: "Mad Men."

• Episodic Drama: "The Sopranos" (The Second Coming).

• Episodic Comedy: "The Office" (The Job).

• Comedy/Variety: "The Colbert Report."

• Daytime Serials: "The Young & the Restless."
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Reply #86 on: February 23, 2008, 08:32:38 PM
List of winners at Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Reuters) - Following is a complete list of winners announced Saturday at the 23rd annual Spirit Awards, which honor the top independent, low-budget movies of the year.


BEST DIRECTOR - Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

BEST MALE LEAD - Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Savages"

BEST FEMALE LEAD - Ellen Page, "Juno"

BEST SUPPORTING MALE - Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Talk To Me"

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE - Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"

BEST SCREENPLAY - Tamara Jenkins, "The Savages"



BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Janusz Kaminski, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"



SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD - Rahmin Bahrmani ("Chop Shop")

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD - Neil Kopp ("Paranoid Park," "Old Joy")

PRODUCERS AWARD - Laura Dunn ("The Unforeseen")

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - "August Evening" (best feature under $500,000)

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - "I'm Not There" (previously announced)
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