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If this year's Gotham Awards winner is any indication, A Serious Man might be in serious trouble with its Oscar chances as Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker appears to be the "preferred" independent film of the year. - If this year's Gotham Awards winner is any indication, A Serious Man might be in serious trouble with its Oscar chances as Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker appears to be the "preferred" independent film of the year. The Coen Bros. film lost out in the Best Feature and Best Ensemble categories, but I'm really curious in seeing how this all plays out in the next couple of weeks with the New York based film critics' year end kudos. The biggest surprise of the the 19th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards was the Breakthrough Actor award going to Catalina Saavedra's performance in The Maid over Ben Foster »
The Cinema Eye Honors, my favorite awards ceremony after the Indie Spirits, has released the nominations in eleven categories with Louie Psihoyos’ The Cove racking up a total of seven nominations . - The Cinema Eye Honors, my favorite awards ceremony after the Indie Spirits, has released the nominations in eleven categories with Louie Psihoyos’ The Cove racking up a total of seven nominations while 2nd place with four nominations each, we find Robert Kenner’s overrated Food, Inc., Anders Ostergaard’s miraculous Burma VJ and a pair of films that I'm sure many in the general public know nothing about in Darius Marder’s Loot and Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s October Country. Winners will be announced on the 15th of January. Loot (which got a "money back guarantee" from Hammer to Nail's Michael Tully) follows two WWII veterans and their guide across the »
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The Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominees earlier today. Listed below is the complete list of this year's nominated films, cast and crew members. MakingOf would like to congratulate the nominees and applaud the diverse roster of talented filmmakers. Please scroll down for links to exclusive interviews we've conducted with some of the nominated directors and writers.
The Independent Spirit Awards eligibility requirements for consideration are that the feature film must be 70 minutes in length and the total cost must be below $20 million. A film also must have screened at a major film festival or had a one-week engagement at a commercial theater.
The awards' ceremony has taken place the past 24 years the Saturday afternoon before the Academy Awards in Santa Monica. The ceremony is moving this year to downtown L.A. and will be held in the evening on Friday, March 5th.
This year's Independent Spirit Awards Nominees:
Although the nominees for the Academy Awards won't be announced until sometime next year, a few of the other award ceremonies are already in full swing including the Independent Spirit Awards, which recognize the best films shot for $20 million or less. This year's Spirit Award nominees were announced earlier today, and I think there are definitely some interesting choices. First off, the big one that everyone is picking up on is the fact that Paranormal Activity was nominated for Best First Feature. And why shouldn't it be? The Blair Witch Project won the exact same award back in 2000. Anvil! The Story of Anvil has been redeemed somewhat for the Oscar snub by getting a nod here for Best Documentary, and surprisingly, Jemaine Clement picked up a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Gentlemen Broncos. Other than that, some of the movies that scored multiple nominations include Precious, (500) Days of Summer, »
Actors Taraji P. Henson and Matt Dillon announced the nominees for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Tuesday morning. Dramatic films "The Last Station" and "Precious" lead the pack with five nods each.
The winners will be announced on Friday, March 5, 2010 in L.A.
2010 Spirit Award Nominations
Best Feature (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed)
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization behind the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations this morning for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The awards show will be held March 5, two days before the Oscars. The event will be held at the La Live campus downtown.
Visit the Spirit Awards official site right here.
And now, the nominees of the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards:
Precious and The Last Station have the most nods with 5 nominations a piece. So glad to see Jeff Bridges’ nomination for Crazy Heart. Even Paranormal Activity saw a nomination in Best First feature category.
The ceremony will air live and uncut on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Pst/11:00 p.m. Est on IFC from downtown Los Angeles.
The complete list of nominations:
Best Feature (Award given to the Producer)
Lee Daniels, “Precious”
Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer)
"The Hurt Locker's" march to the Oscars has begun! The film, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, is nominated for best feature, breakthrough actor, and best ensemble performance at the 19th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards.
"The Hurt Locker" is one of my favorite films this year (Click Watch My Top 10 Best Movies of Summer 2009!) so I'm rooting for this brilliant flick!
The ceremony will be held Nov. 30 at Cipriani Wall Street.
And the nominees for the 19th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards are:
IndieWire has revealed the nominations for th 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, which will be held on Monday, November 30 and is the first major awards ceremony of the awards season. Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker and Robert Siegel's Big Fan both lead the way with three nominations apiece, with both up for Best Feature. The complete list of nominations are below.
“I was terrified watching it with them, but the topics raised in the [doc] made everything that much more tangible,” said “October Country” co-director Donal Mosher. Mosher and fellow director Michael Palmieri screened their film at the Woodstock Film Festival over the weekend with the two of its main subjects, Mosher’s parents, seeing it for the first time. The doc, which won a top prize in June at SilverDocs, will have … »
- The current issue of Filmmaker Magazine has hit kiosks and the only reason why I'd be pointing this out is because it includes its annual "25 New Faces" feature (available here) which is basically: a sampling of the future voices, filmmakers, editors, actors and cinematographers who in the opinion of the magazine's editors represent the future of independent filmmaking and who, I admittedly know only two of the twenty-five. Sebastián Silva helmed The Maid, got rave reviews at Sundance and got picked up by Elephant Eye (read here), and Derek Cianfrance, who finally commenced filming Blue Valentine with thesps Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams on board - 2 bucks says that this preems in Park City. Here are the names of those who made the cut: docu-filmmaker Ian Olds (Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi), filmmaking duo Eleanor Burke & Ron Eyal (Stranger Things), editor Nat Sanders (The Freebie), filmmaker Jessica Oreck »
Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's "October Country" won the Sterling U.S. Feature Award at Silverdocs: The AFI-Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, which concludes Monday in the Washington, D.C. area. The Sterling World Feature Award went to Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson's "Mugabe and the White African."
"October" documents the multi-generational story of a working-class family coping with poverty, teen pregnancy, foster care, child molestation and war.
"Mugabe" explores, through the lens of a 74-year-old white farmer, Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's controversial land seizure program, which intended to re-distribute white-owned farmland.
The award for a short film went to Andreas Koefoed's "12 Notes Down," the portrait of a 14-year choir performer coping with the fact that his voice is changing.
- Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's October Country and Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson's Mugabe and the White African are the big winners at the 7th edition of the Silverdocs Documentary Festival (one of the two major strictly documentary showcase film festivals for North America - other being Toronto's Hotdocs). Both films receive a cash prize of 10 thousand big ones. The jury which included Margaret Brown (one of our favorite doc filmmakers) awarded October Country with the Sterling Award for a Us Feature, while the jury that included Geoffrey Smith (The English Surgeon) awarded Mugabe... with the Sterling Award for a World Feature. Last year's winner were The Garden, and Smith's English Surgeon. Here is the issued press release featuring all the award winners, with the public favorite being announced tomorrow. Sterling Award for a Us Feature goes to October Country directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, »
Organized by Film Independent, the fest announced the bulk of its lineup Tuesday,encompassing more than 70 feature films, 70 shorts and 50 music videos drawn from more than 30 countries.
Said Rebecca Yeldham, who recently stepped into her new role as the festival's director: "The Laff is a celebration of culture, cinema and community. We're dedicated to our public, and we're dedicated to our filmmakers. We see ourselves as part of the international community of artists and passionate cinephiles."
Joining Yeldham and programming director Rachel Rosen at the Hotel Palomar in Westwood, actors Gael Garcia Bernal »
- By Gregg Kilday and Jay A. Fernandez
14 items from 2009
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