17 items from 2013
Stories We Tell? The Act Of Killing? No, it was Jehane Noujaim’s The Square that took the Ida’s top prize from under the Oscar frontrunners’ noses. One of the Academy’s fifteen shortlisted documentaries and winner of the Sundance Audience Award, this is a notable win for Netflix’s first film acquisition.
Check out the full list of winners below:
Best Limited Series Award:
Best Continuing Series Award:
David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award:
My Sister Sarah
Humanitas Documentary Award:
Pare Lorente Award:
Abcnews Videosource Award:
The Trials Of Muhammad Ali
Creative Recognition Award Winners:
- Emma Thrower
Jehane Noujaim's "The Square" edged out Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" to emerge as the big winner of the 2013 Ida Documentary Awards! The documentary about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution also beat Jason Osder's "Let the Fire Burn," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell" for the prize.
Here's a full list of winners of the 2013 Ida Documentary Awards:
Best Feature Award
Director: Jehane Noujaim
Producer: Karim Amer; Executive Producers: Geralyn Dreyfous, Mike Lerner, Sarah Johnson, Jodie Evans, Lekha Singh, Gavin Dougan, Dan Catullo III, Lisa Nishimura, Adam Del Deo, Khalil Noujaim, Alexandra Johnes, Jeff Skol; Noujaim Films, Netflix Originals
Best Short Award
Best Limited Series Award
Not a bad week for Jehane Noujaim’s film about Egyptian activists battling the establishment. The Square scored the Best Feature trophy tonight at the 29th annual Ida Documentary Awards, three days after it made the Oscar shortlist. The film, which also is up for a Spirit Award, is the first documentary picked up by Netflix. Other winners announced at the ceremony hosted by Paul Provenza at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles included Slomo for Best Short, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Continuing Series and CNN’s Morgan Spurlock-hosted Inside Man for Best Limited Series. Alex Gibney, who won an Oscar for Taxi To The Dark Side and was nominated for Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, received a Career Achievement Award. Here is the full list of winners at the 2013 Ida Documentary Awards, presented by the International Documentary Association: Career Achievement Award Alex Gibney Ida Amicus Award »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The International Documentary Association’s 2013 Ida Documentary Awards honoured Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian activism story The Square with the best feature award on Friday night (December 6) in Los Angeles.
The Ida Amicus Award went to Impact Partners co-founder Geralyn Dreyfous, who also founded the Utah Film Center. Dreyfous’ executive producer credits include The Square, Born Into Brothels, The Invisible War and The Crash Reel.
Laura Poitras received Ida’s Courage Under Fire Award in recognition of “conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth.” Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, broke the story of National Security Agency (Nsa) whistleblower Edward Snowden, revealing the Prism programme in the process.
Poitras is currently in Berlin editing a film about Nsa surveillance, the third of »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian Revolution documentary “The Square” has won the best feature award from the International Documentary Association.
“I am dedicating this award to my fellow Egyptians,” Noujaim said in her acceptance Friday night at the Directors Guild of America theater.
The Ida trophy adds to a growing list of kudos for the film, which depicts the revolution of 2011 from its roots in Tahrir Square. “The Square” won the Audience Award for World Cinema in the documentary category at Sundance and — after Noujaim updated the film with new footage — won the People’s Choice Award in the doc category at the Toronto Film Festival. It was also nommed Nov. 26 for a Spirit Award.
“Thank you for proving the power of interconnected stories can change the world,” said producer Karim Amer in his acceptance speech.
Netflix recently closed a deal for distribution rights to “The Square,” the first documentary deal »
- Dave McNary
What makes a great performance? Acting is such a subtle and mysterious art form that sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on all of the minute nuances that elevate a good portrayal to a great one. Maybe that’s why so many of us get so worked up into a tizzy when we see a movie star drop a ton of weight for a role. It’s something we can see, something we can explain in raw numbers.
- Chris Nashawaty
Indonesian death squads, killer whale conspiracies, military explosives, Egyptian revolutionaries and family secrets. It’s fair to say the Ida’s Best Feature nominees are a hard-hitting bunch. With a strong record of predicting what will be nominated at the Oscars (they preempted Searching For Sugarman’s win and The Invisible War’s nod last year), it’s definitely wise to keep your eyes on who takes the main prize on December 6th.
Though Stories We Tell, Blackfish and The Act Of Killing standout as the big players that are sure to garner at least one nomination between them come January 16th, the Best Short category includes only one film (Slomo) on the Oscar shortlist.
Documentary writer/director/producer extraordinaire Alex Gibney finds himself the recipient of the Ida’s Career Achievement Award in a year that saw double-doc-whammy We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks and The Armstrong Lie. »
- Emma Thrower
The International Documentary Association (Ida) nominations for the 2013 Ida Documentary Awards have landed. The Ida will honor Oscar and Emmy-winner Alex Gibney with its Career Achievement Award; he has two films in the feature Oscar hunt this year, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and "The Armstrong Lie." Geralyn Dreyfous, producer and Impact Partners Film Fund co-founder, will receive the Ida Amicus Award, and filmmaker Laura Poitras will receive Ida’s Courage Under Fire Award, in recognition of “conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth.” Five films nominated in Ida’s Feature category continue to lead the documentary field heading into a competitive Oscar season: Joshua Oppenheimer’s international festival hit "The Act of Killing" challenged audiences with its surreal renactment by the perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's searing CNN documentary"Blackfish" exposes the impact on orcas and »
- Anne Thompson
Sony Pictures is nearing a three-year co-financing deal with Blue Anchor Entertainment that would bring between $300 million and $350 million in equity to the studio, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The transaction, which is not closed, could also include an additional line of credit.
The deal with Blue Anchor would be the fourth major co-financing agreement made this year by a major studio following similar funding pacts by 20th Century Fox with Chip Seelig, Universal with Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. with RatPac-Dune Entertainment.
Blue Anchor’s principals are John Laviolette, a partner in the Beverly Hills entertainment law firm Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, and producer Joseph M. Singer, whose producing credits include “Courage Under Fire,” “Dante’s Peak” and “Dr. Dolittle.” Singer has also worked as an investment banker and as a Universal executive.
- Dave McNary
Awards will be handed out at the 29th Annual Ida Awards Gala on Dec 6.
Gibney will receive the 2013 Career Achivement Award, while Dreyfous will pick up the Amicus Award and Poitras will be honoured with the Courage Under Fire Award in recognition of “conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth”.
Ida executive director Michael Lumpkin commented: “The outstanding individuals Ida has chosen to honour this year represent the very best of our thriving documentary filmmaking community.
“The dedication of Gibney, Poitras and Dreyfous to the art and craft of nonfiction storytelling has contributed greatly to expanding our understanding of the shared human experience and creating a more informed, compassionate and connected world.”
The 29th Annual Ida Documentary Awards will be held on Dec 6 at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles. A full list »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Gibney will be feted with a career achievement award at the Ida’s 29th annual gala, which will be held at the Director’s Guild. The prolific filmmaker’s latest efforts include this year’s “The Armstrong Lie” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.” Gibney’s 2007 pic “Taxi to the Dark Side” won an Oscar for best documentary feature, an Emmy for individual achievement in research, a best director nom from the DGA and a Writer’s Guild Award for best screenplay.
Dreyfous will receive the Amicus Award, a prize that has only been presented three other times in the history of the Ida Awards, to Michael Donaldson, »
- Allegra Tepper
The International Documentary Association today announced that it will honor filmmaker Alex Gibney with its 2013 Career Achievement Award, its Amicus Award to producer Geralyn Dreyfous, and its Courage Under Fire award to filmmaker Laura Poitras, who broke the story of Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden. Oscar and Emmy winner Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") has had a remarkably prolific year. "Mea Maxima Culpa" (Toh! interview here), his heartbreaking portrait of now grown-up deaf victims of child abuse and the role of the Catholic Church in hushing it up, debuted on HBO early in 2013; the thrilling "We Steal Secrets" (Toh! interview here) on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the now convicted-for-treason whistleblower Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning), had a spring release; and "The Armstrong Lie" (Toh! interview here) is forthcoming, charting Lance Armstrong's "come-back" year, followed by his doping scandal.Dreyfous’ executive producing and producing credits include »
- Beth Hanna
Matt Damon is probably one of the most normal people in Hollywood. There are never any salacious tabloid stories about him, he married a former bartender, and he walks his daughters to school just like other, non-famous dads.
But, just because his life isn't scandalous, doesn't mean the 42-year-old is boring. To prove it to you, here are 15 things you probably didn't know about the "Elysium" star.
1. We all know that Damon and Ben Affleck are best friends. But, did you know that the Bostonians are also distant cousins? Tenth cousins, once removed, to be exact.
2. Before Damon and his bestie/cousin hit it big with their screenplay "Good Will Hunting," the pair were so broke that they shared a joint bank account.
3. At 16 years old, Damon decided he was going to leave Boston for New York City to chase his dream of becoming an actor. His well-educated parents did »
- Dana Taddeo
Denzel Washington is known for his tremendous on-screen presence. However, there's more to the star than meets the eye. In fact, there are a few things about the six-time Oscar nominee that most don't know, such as how he got his unusual first name and his encounter with a prophet who foresaw his success.
This weekend Denzel stars alongside Mark Wahlberg in his latest movie, "2 Guns." Since Washington is an actor who will always blow you away on screen, you might as well get to know him a bit better off it. Below, check out 25 little-known facts about the star.
1. Washington is named after his father, who was named after the doctor who delivered him, Dr. Denzel. The actor often points out how, although both first names are spelled the same, his father's name is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable (Den-zel), whereas the actor's name is pronounced »
- Erin Whitney
It's startling that even Matt Damon -- who very few people would argue against being the definition of an A-list actor -- feels the crunch of the modern day Hollywood studio system.
Case in point: Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra," which starred Damon and Michael Douglas in awards friendly roles, was not distributed to U.S. theaters. (It debuted on HBO in May after a bow at the Cannes Film Festival; Damon and Douglas earned Emmy nominations for their work.) Damon is adamant that he chooses his roles based on the director, but one of his frequent collaborators, Soderbergh, is done making movies. Perhaps this is why we're seeing Matt Damon in his first full-on science-fiction movie, "Elysium."
- Mike Ryan
In honor of Wednesday’s news that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift the 1994 ban on women serving in ground combat units, we decided to take a quick look at some portrayals of women in the military in pop culture.
Many of these are far from feminist representations of women in service, and in fact, most of the time, they’re pretty much the complete opposite — exaggerating stereotypical “femininity” in the face of combat, and using it for comedy. But there are a few standout films and TV shows — like China Beach and Courage Under Fire »
- Lindsey Bahr
Which Actors Slimmed Down, Bulked Up or Porked Out the Most?
Actors and actresses who are truly dedicated to their craft go to great lengths to subsume themselves into the characters they play so as to be as convincing and believable as possible. Some attempt to do this by creating complex backstories for their characters to help inform their performances during any given scene. Others go beyond writing subtext to making lifestyle changes that emulate their characters or by living their lives "in character" before and during production so that they will always no how to act and react. Then, there are those rare actors and actresses who are so committed to making their performances believable that they actually risk their lives by undergoing spectacular body transformations, whether shedding weight, packing on muscle, or simply letting themselves go. Help us choose the Top 10 movies containing the most impressive, the most extreme, »
- BrentJS Sprecher
17 items from 2013
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