Rock band U2

Rock band U2 will perform their Oscar®-nominated song, “Ordinary Love” at the upcoming Oscars®, show producers announced. U2’s exclusive Oscar show performance will be the first time the band will perform the song live. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

“Ordinary Love” was written by the group for “MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM” and is nominated for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”

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20 FEET FROM STARDOM20 FEET FROM STARDOM

The editors of the Oscar-nominated 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival beat BLACKFISH and TIM'S VERMEER to win the award for Best Edited Documentary (Feature) at the 64th annual ACE Eddie Awards. THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY won the award for BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION). 

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THE SELFISH GIANTTHE SELFISH GIANT

The 33rd London Critics' Circle Film Section held its annual awards on Sunday night and THE SELFISH GIANT was one of the big winners, taking home two awards - British Film and Young British Performer for Conner Chapman - giving filmmakers Clio Barnard and Tracy O'Riordan and actors Chapman, Shaun Thomas and Lorraine Ashbourne a chance to celebrate on stage. Other winners present include Andre Singer, producer of Documentary of the Year THE ACT OF KILLING. The ceremony opened on a solemn note with the announcement of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, which was confirmed just as the event was starting. Hoffman won Supporting Actor at last year's CC Film Awards for his role in THE MASTER.

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Jehane Noujaim, director of THE SQUARE won DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in DocumentaryJehane Noujaim, director of THE SQUARE won DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2013 were announced at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday night. Jehane Noujaim, director of THE SQUARE won DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. This is Ms. Noujaim’s second DGA Award and third nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for STARTUP.COM in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for CONTROL ROOM.

The complete list of 2014 Directors Guild winners:

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WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKSWE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS

WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS made up for its lack of a Oscar nomination by winning the The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 25th Producers Guild Awards held last night at the Beverly Hilton. Directed by Alex Gibney, the film is described as the definitive story of Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks, and explores the people and events behind the upstart website that rocked the U.S. government, ushered in a new era of transparency and ignited an information war. FRUITVALE STATION was honored with the Stanley Kramer Award which was presented by star Michael B. Jordan. 

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20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong’o 

SAG-AFTRA presented its coveted Actor statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2013 at the “20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Saturday, January 18, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Honored with awards were Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong’o for performances in motion pictures.

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19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards , DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, BLUE JASMINE, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM 

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the winners for the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” received two major awards, one for Best Actor, which went to Matthew McConaughey, the other going to Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor. The award for Best Actress went to Cate Blanchett (“BLUE JASMINE”) and Adele Exarchopoulos (“BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR”) took home Best Young Actor/Actress. Best Foreign Language Film went to “BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR” and Best Documentary Feature to “20 FEET FROM STARDOM.”

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Denver Film Critics Society 2013 Awards, THE ACT OF KILLING, THE GRANDMASTER

THE ACT OF KILLING that features former Indonesian death squad leaders re-enacting their crimes was honored by the Denver Film Critics Society as the Best Documentary of 2013. THE ACT OF KILLING emerged top doc over other nominees that included BLACKFISH, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, CUTIE AND THE BOXER, and STORIES WE TELL.  THE GRANDMASTER, the new film by director Wong Kar-wai which spans the five first decades of the 20th Century in China, and depicts the life of legendary kung fu master Ip Man, portrayed by Tony Leung won for Best Foreign Language Film. Other nominees for Best Foreign Language Film include THE GREAT BEAUTY, THE HUNT, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, and THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN.

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nominations for the 86th Academy Awards

The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning and although there were quite a few snubs, films like DALLAS BUYERS CLUb and NEBRASKA received multiple nominations including Best Picture. There were not many surprises in the Documentary category, with THE ACT OF KILLING, CUTIE AND THE BOXER, DIRTY WARS, THE SQUARE and 20 FEET FROM STARDOM grabbing nominations. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. 

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