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The New York Times Leverages Its News Team For New Documentary On Historic Saudi Arabian Elections

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A new short film from The New York Times called “Ladies First: Saudi Arabia‘s Female Candidates” is blurring the lines between journalists and documentary filmmakers. Directed by Times reporter and video journalist Mona El-Naggar and edited by Adam Bolt, one of two editors behind the Academy Award-winning documentary “Inside Job,” the film follows three female candidates running in the first elections in Saudi Arabia allowing women to vote and run for office. The short premieres today at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History.

Read More: The New York Times & Pov Announce the Embedded Mediamaker Project for a Hybrid, Race-Related Documentary

“Ladies First” isn’t the first time the paper of record has explored the non-fiction filmmaking arena. Its acclaimed Op Docs initiative, launched in 2011, has produced short opinionated work by Errol Morris and others. However, “Ladies First” marks the rare fusion of the
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"The Social Network" is the Best Edited Dramatic Feature According to Ace Eddie Awards

"The Social Network" editors, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter, won the Ace Eddie Award for Best Edited Dramatic Feature at the 61st Annual Ace Eddie Awards. The David Fincher film beat "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," and "The King's Speech." We'll see if "The Social Network" will beat those movies (except for "Inception" which was not nominated in favor of "127 Hours") at the upcoming 83rd Academy Awards.

In the feature category for Musical or Comedy, Chris Lebenzon of "Alice in Wonderland" took home the trophy, winning over "Easy A," "The Kids Are All Right," "Made in Dagenham," and "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World."

In the Best Edited Animated Featuer Film category, surprise, surprise, "Toy Story 3" won over "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Despicable Me."

Tom Fulford & Chris King of "Exit Through the Gift Shop" won for Best Edited Documentary beating "Inside Job" and "Waiting for Superman."

The 61st Annual
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'Social Network' Scores 2011's Ace Eddie Award

Another feather is now in the cap of David Fincher's The Social Network and this is a big one as the American Cinema Editors have awarded it and its editing team, consisting of Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, top honors in the drama category. Network beat out fellow nominees Black Swan (Andrew Weisblum), The Fighter (Pamela Martin), Inception (Lee Smith) and The King's Speech (Tariq Anwar). As for the Oscar nominations, by comparison, the only difference in nominees is 127 Hours was nominated rather than Inception.

The Eddie nominees were announced on January 14, and back then I wrote, "If Network gets the win we can pretty much close the door on the Oscars." I also mentioned the notable statistic that six out of the last ten winners of the Eddie in the Best Feature Film (Dramatic) category have gone on to win Oscar's Best Picture. On top of that, the
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"Inception," "The Social Network" Win Writers Guild Awards! Check Out Complete List of Winners and Nominees!

As soon as we thought we could predict the outcome of the Oscars, here comes another surprise! This one's brought to you by the Writers Guild of America. Picked for Best Original Screenplay was Christopher Nolan's "Inception." The director, famously dissed for not getting a Best Director Oscar nomination, may just win the Best Original Screenplay come Oscar night. Oscar front-runner, "The King's Speech" was not nominated because it didn't quality under union rules which prompted Nolan to say during his WGA acceptance award that he looked forward to a time when he could accept the award "without qualification."

That could be the beginning of a great script Mr. Nolan, go write it :happy

For adapted screenplay, I'm happy to report that Aaron Sorkin's fantastic script won! Based on "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich, "The Social Network" was the only film last year that I predicted to win this very category.
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'The Social Network,' 'Inception' win Writers Guild Awards

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Two of the front-runners for the best screenplay awards at the Oscars confirmed their favorite status at the Writers Guild of America Awards Saturday night (Feb. 5).

"Inception" writer-director Christopher Nolan (above left) won the WGA's honor for best original screenplay at the ceremony, and Aaron Sorkin (above right) took home the award for best adapted screenplay for "The Social Network." His script is based on Ben Mezrich's book "The Accidental Billionaires."

Other awards went to the writing staff of "Mad Men" for best drama series, "Modern Family" for best comedy series and "Boardwalk Empire" for best new series. "Mad Men's" Erin Levy also won the award for best episodic drama for the episode "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword." The episodic comedy award went to Robert Carlock of "30 Rock" for "When It Rains, It Pours."

More winners are after the jump; you can see the full list at the WGA site.
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Inception and The Social Network Win at the Writers Guild Awards

It's no surprise that Aaron Sorkin's script for The Social Network won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards last night -- that script is the favorite for pretty much any award it's up for.  The same is roughly true for David Seidler's script for The King's Speech in the original category.  But the very British The King's Speech does not meet WGA eligibility, leaving a vacuum at the top.  Christopher Nolan stepped up and won Best Original Screenplay for Inception, news that ought to please the masses. In television, Mad Men was named the Best Drama Series for the third year in a row, while Modern Family managed to end 30 Rock's three-year reign as Best Comedy Series.  Hit the jump to see the full list of winners. Screen Winners Original Screenplay Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros. Adapted Screenplay The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
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2011 Writers Guild Awards Winners

2011 Writers Guild Awards Winners
The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) tonight announced the winners of the 2011 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the Axa Equitable Center in New York City.

Screen Winners

Original Screenplay

Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.

Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John J. McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight

The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures

The Kids Are All Right, Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus Features

Please Give, Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires
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Inception & The Social Network Take Top Film Prizes at Writer's Guild Awards

The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) announced the winners of the 2011 WGA for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing. The ceremony was held at simultaneous ceremonies at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the Axa Equitable Center in New York City. Screen Winners Original Screenplay Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros. Adapted Screenplay The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; Sony Pictures Documentary Screenplay Inside Job, Written by Charles Ferguson; Co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt; Sony Pictures Classics Television Winners...
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Winners of the 2011 Writers Guild Awards

The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) presented the awards for outstanding achievement in writing during 2010 on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. You can view the winners below and the full list of nominees can be found here . Screen Winners Original Screenplay Inception , Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros. Adapted Screenplay The Social Network , Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich; Sony Pictures Documentary Screenplay Inside Job , Written by Charles Ferguson; Co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt; Sony Pictures Classics Television Winners Drama Series "Mad Men," Written...
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‘Inception’ and ‘The Social Network’ Win Writers Guild Awards

HollywoodNews.com: The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) tonight announced the winners of the 2011 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the Axa Equitable Center in New York City.

Screen Winners

Original Screenplay

Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.

Adapted Screenplay

The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; Sony Pictures

Documentary Screenplay

Inside Job, Written by Charles Ferguson; Co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt; Sony Pictures Classic

Television Winners

Drama Series

Mad Men, Written by Jonathan Abrahams, Lisa Albert, Keith Huff, Jonathan Igla,Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy,

Tracy McMillan, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner; AMC

Comedy Series

Modern Family, Written by Jerry Collins,
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2011 Writer's Guild Awards Winners Announced

The 2011 Writers Guild Awards were handed out tonight. The Social Network and Inception were among the winners during simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

Don't get too excited, because you may recall that Oscar nominees The King’s Speech, Winter’s Bone, Toy Story 3, and Another Year were disqualified. I wonder which film's would have won if they had made the cut?

Here are the winners from the film categories below:

Original Screenplay

Inception

Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.

Adapted Screenplay

The Social Network

Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; Sony Pictures

Documentary Screenplay

Inside Job

Produced, Written and Directed by Charles Ferguson; Co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt; Sony Pictures Classics
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'Inception' and 'Social Network' win at WGA Awards

'Inception' and 'Social Network' win at WGA Awards
Inception and The Social Network both won at tonight’s Writers Guild of America Awards. Christopher Nolan won the best original screenplay category for Inception while Aaron Sorkin was the victor in the best adapted screenplay category for The Social Network, which is adapted from the book The Accidental Billionaires. Winners in the television categories included Mad Men (Drama Series), Modern Family (Comedy Series), and Boardwalk Empire (New Series). Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck, and Adam Bolt also picked up a trophy for their doc, Inside Job (Documentary Screenplay).

Read more:

‘Mad Men,’ ‘Modern Family’ pick up WGA Awards
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Full List of WGA Winners

Full List of WGA Winners
The full list of WGA winners: Also read: Aaron Sorkin, Christopher Nolan Win WGA Awards Screen Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, "Inception" Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network" Documentary Screenplay: Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck and Adam Bolt, "Inside Job" Television Drama Series: "Mad Men," written by Jonathan Abrahams, Lisa Albert, Keith Huff, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Tracy McMillan, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner (AMC) Comedy Series: "Modern Family," written by Jerry Collins, Paul Corrigan, Alex Herschlag, Abraham Higginbotham, Elaine Ko, Joe Lawson, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O'Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Brad
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‘Inception’ Is The Big Winner At The Writers Guild Awards

Inception” has finally gotten some real love.

It’s been a bit puzzling as to why Christopher Nolan’s expertly structured and endlessly fascinating sci-fi tale hasn’t been getting more attention from industry award-givers. While it’s received kudos for its technical prowess, “Inception” has yet to be truly acknowledged for its significant achievements in directing, writing and acting.

Until now, as Nolan’s script was given the award for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America at the WGA Awards. “Inception” emerged the winner against some extremely strong competition, including “The Kids Are All Right” and “The Fighter.”

Meanwhile, Aaron Sorkin’s script for “The Social Network” took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay (no surprise there) and Charles Ferguson’s “Inside Job” won for Best Documentary Screenplay. Both films were winners at the recent Directors Guild Awards as well.

We love everything about “The Social Network,
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'Inception' and 'Social Network' Scripts Top the WGA Awards

No big surprises here as the Writers Guild of America announced their winners tonight and Aaron Sorkin's script for The Social Network and Christopher Nolan's script for Inception took home top honors. Charles Ferguson's script for Inside Job was also awarded for Best Documentary Screenplay.

It's important to note that screenplays for Oscar nominated films such as The King's Speech, Winter's Bone, Toy Story 3 and Another Year were all ineligible for the WGA awards as the WGA restricts "nominations to films that are written for productions that are signatories to the guild's Minimum Basic Agreement, or the agreements of several affiliated international guilds... their purpose is to honor the best films produced by WGA members, or under WGA guidelines."

So, if you currently predict David Seidler's screenplay for The King's Speech is the likely Oscar winner over Nolan's Inception script then perhaps these awards don't mean as much to you.
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Charles Ferguson's Inside Job Wins Writers Guild Award

Eliot Spitzer in Charles Ferguson's Inside Job. In 2010, former New York governor Spitzer had his own private documentary as well, Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Inside Job, which last week earned Charles Ferguson the Directors Guild Award, has earned Ferguson another trophy: the Writers Guild (WGA) Award for Best Documentary Screenplay, which he shared with co-writers Chad Beck and Adam Bolt. As quoted by Variety, in his acceptance speech Ferguson remarked, "this is only the second film I've ever made." His first, No End in Sight, about the disastrous Us involvement in Iraq, was an Academy Award nominee three years ago; it lost the Oscar to Alex Gibney's Taxi to the Dark Side. Inside Job depicts the causes — greed, corruption, stupidity — that led to the global economic meltdown of 2008, whose effects are still with us. Inside Job is also in the
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Inside Job DVD Release Date Announced (+Blu-ray) – Narrated by Matt Damon

Inside Job, Narrated by Matt Damon and Directed by Charles Ferguson, will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray on March 8, 2011.

Inside Job takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown. The documentary provides an analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse.

The documentary is written by Chad Beck and Adam Bolt.

Inside Job (DVD)

Inside Job (Blu-ray)
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'Black Swan,' 'Social Network' nominated for editing awards

'Black Swan,' 'Social Network' nominated for editing awards
The American Cinema Editors announced their nominees for the 61st Annual Ace Eddie Awards today. The awards ceremony will be held Feb. 19. Among the nominated films are Black Swan, The King’s Speech, Inception, The Social Network, The Kids Are All Right, How To Train Your Dragon, and Toy Story 3. The nominees are:

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic):

Black SwanAndrew Weisblum, A.C.E.

The FighterPamela Martin

InceptionLee Smith, A.C.E.

The King’s Speech — Tariq Anwar

The Social NetworkAngus Wall, A.C.E., & Kirk Baxter

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy Or Musical
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American Cinema Editors Unveil Their Nominations

The American Cinema Editors on Friday announced the nominees for the 2011 Ace Eddie Awards, with many of the primary Oscar favorites to again duke it out in the feature-film categories.

Awards will be handed out on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

A complete list of nominees follows.

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic):

Black Swan,” Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.

The Fighter,” Pamela Martin

Inception,” Lee Smith, A.C.E.

“The King’s Speech,” Tariq Anwar

The Social Network,” Angus Wall, A.C.E. and Kirk Baxter

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy Or Musical):

Alice in Wonderland,” Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.

Easy A,” Susan Littenberg

The Kids Are All Right,” Jeffrey M. Werner

Made in Dagenham,” Michael Parker

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss

Best Edited Animated Feature Film:

Despicable Me,” Gregory Perler and Pam Ziegenhagen

How To Train Your Dragon,” Maryann Brandon,
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American Cinema Editors Announce Nominees

hollywoodnews.com: The American Cinema Editors announced the nominees for the 61st annualL Ace Eddie awards. They recognize the best editing of the year.

Ace, the American Cinema Editors, is an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950. Film editors are voted into membership on the basis of their professional achievements, their dedication to the education of others and their commitment to the craft of editing.

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic):

Black Swan

Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.

The Fighter

Pamela Martin

Inception

Lee Smith, A.C.E.

The King’s Speech

Tariq Anwar

The Social Network

Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy Or Musical):

Alice in Wonderland

Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.

Easy A

Susan Littenberg

The Kids Are All Right

Jeffrey M. Werner

Made In Dagenham

Michael Parker

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss

Best Edited
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