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Monday, February 26-----While readers can turn to almost any newspaper, internet site or media outlet to get the results of the 79th Academy Awards (it is, after all, watched by over a billion people worldwide), this story will focus on what were, at least for me, the surprises of the evening….actually the surprises that kept the evening lively and unpredictable.   Among the night's biggest surprises:BEST PICTURE: While the choice of THE DEPARTED is certainly worthy (certainly compared t...

THE DEPARTED and LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Scribes Win Awards

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Monday, February 12----The indie hit road comedy LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and the crime thriller THE DEPARTED were the big winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards, setting up a showdown between the two movies at the Oscars in two weeks. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, about a dysfunctional family that takes their young daughter across country to compete in a beauty pageant, won best original screenplay honors for Michael Arndt. In a moving acceptance speech, Arndt said he wrote LITTLE MISS SUNSHI...

Martin Scorsese Wins DGA Award As Best Director

Monday, February 5----Martin Scorsese was the big winner at the 59th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards Dinner, held this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Scorsese won the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for his multiple Oscar-nominated police thriller, THE DEPARTED. This prestigious win makes him the favorite to win the Oscar, after seven nomination tries. This is also Scorsese's first win after a record seven DGA Award nominati...

THE DEPARTED Scores Big At The Critics Choice Awards

Monday, January 15-----The Critics Choice Awards, chosen by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), were announced at a gala awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday. Coming just days before the Golden Globe ceremonies, to be held later tonight, and just two weeks before the Oscar nominations are announced, the clear momentum for certain films and talents seems to be reaching a crescendo. Unless there are some major surprises this evening at the Golden Globes ceremonies, the w...

The Last of the Film Critics Prizes

Friday, December 22----The final film critics prizes were announced by the film critics associations in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas and the Southeast (including Florida, Georgia and other states south of the Mason Dixon line). There was concensus in certain categories, but critics also differed enough to keep the Oscar race varied and interesting. BEST PICTURE The Phoenix Film Critics Association, along with the Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association, chose the 9-11 docudrama UNITED 93...

Satellite Awards Orbit THE DEPARTED and DREAMGIRLS

Wednesday, December 20----The Satellite Awards, the annual honors given to films and television programs by the International Press Academy, announced their choices for best films and best performances of the year. THE DEPARTED was named as Best Motion Picture Drama and the musical DREAMGIRLS copped top honors as Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. DREAMGIRLS also earned awards for best director Bill Condon -- who tied for that honor with Clint Eastwood for FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS --as wel...

Rome Film Festival Switches Light On

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By Liza Foreman ROME – The Inaugural International Rome Film Festival kicked off without a hitch Friday, with the Nicole Kidman starrer “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus ...
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