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Documentary WATERMARK Wins Toronto Film Critics Association’s 2013 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award | VIDEO

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WATERMARK, directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky

WATERMARK, directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, described as a mesmerizing portrait of the planet’s lifeblood,  won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s 2013 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.  Also nominated for the award were Gabrielle, directed by Louise Archambault, and The Dirties, directed by Matt Johnson.  The $100,000 value of the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award makes it by far the richest annual arts prize in Canada.  As runners-up, Archambault and Johnson each received $5,000

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ABFF Hollywood Awards Nominations, FRUITVALE STATION Earns Multiple Nods

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The ABFF Hollywood Awards an online platform created to recognize the work of persons of African descent in the motion picture industry and outstanding films portraying the Black experience announce the nominees for the 2014 award season.  FRUITVALE STATION is up for multiple awards including Movie of the Year, Best Actor for Michael B. Jordan,  Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer, Best Screenplay, and Best Director for Ryan Coogler.  Other films receiving nominations include MOTHER OF GEORGE grabbed Best Actress for Danai Gurira, and Best Screenplay for THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE.  

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THE HUNT, THE ACT OF KILLING Among Winners of Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards; THE DIRTIES Dominate Canadian Awards

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THE DIRTIESTHE DIRTIES

Thomas Vinterberg’s THE HUNT was named Best Foreign Film, while Joshua Oppenheimer’s THE ACT OF KILLING was selected as Best Documentary at the 14th Annual Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards. THE DIRTIES, desribed as a conceptually daring story of two film geeks plotting a high school shooting, led all winners in the Canadian section. Matt Johnson’s debut feature earned accolades for Best Canadian Film and Best First Film by a Canadian Director (a new VFCC award this year). Johnson also picked up Best Actor in a Canadian Film for his efforts in front of the camera. Best Canadian Documentary was awarded to Chelsea McMullan’s My Prairie Home, an evocative portrait of transgender musician Rae Spoon.

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THE ACT OF KILLING, BLACKFISH Among Films Nominated for EE British Academy Film Awards in 2014

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The nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2014 were announced this morning in London and THE ACT OF KILLING received two nominations for Film Not in the English Language and Documentary. Also nominated in the Documentary category are: THE ARMSTRONG LIE, BLACKFISH, TIM’S VERMEER, and WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS.  BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, THE GREAT BEAUTY, METRO MANILA and WADJDA are nominated alongside THE ACT OF KILLINg to complete for Film Not in the English Language. The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 16 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

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Directors Guild of America Announces 2013 Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

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Directors Guild of America Announces 2013 Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Directors Guild of America announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2013. The winner will be named at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

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THE ACT OF KILLING, AT BERKELEY, LEVIATHAN Among Winning Films of National Society of Film Critics

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Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang) and Hide Your Smiling Faces (Daniel Patrick Carbone)Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang) and Hide Your Smiling Faces (Daniel Patrick Carbone)

The National Society of Film Critics, made up of many of the country’s most distinguished movie critics, on Saturday, January 4th, 2014, chose INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS as Best Picture of the Year 2013. The film also won awards for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR won the award for Best Foreign-Language Film, and THE ACT OF KILLING and AT BERKELEY (Frederick Wiseman) tied for Best Non-Fiction Film. In an amazing nod to independent films, LEVIATHAN won the award for Experimental Film;  STRAY DOGS and HIDE YOUR SMILING FACES won the award for Best Film Still Awaiting American Distribution.

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Writers Guild of America Announces 2014 Documentary and Feature Film Nominations

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No Place on Earth, Written by Janet Tobias & Paul Laikin

No Place on Earth, Written by Janet Tobias & Paul Laikin

Award season continues with the Writers Guild of America announcing nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2013. Winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.

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Producers Guild of America Announces 25th PGA Award Nominations; FRUITVALE STATION Receives Special Honors

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The Producers Guild of America announced the motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards.  Although no indie films made the list of nominees for The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, FRUITVALE STATION will be honored with the Stanley Kramer Award. The Producers Guild will also present special honors to Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Robert Iger (Milestone Award), Peter Jackson & Joe Letteri (Vanguard Award), Chuck Lorre (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), and Chris Meledandri (Visionary Award). The 2014 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 19th.

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12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE DIRTIES Lead 2013 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Nominations

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THE DIRTIESTHE DIRTIES

Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE leads the 2013 Vancouver Film Critics Circle’s International category with six nominations including Best Film.  12 YEARS A SLAVE is joined in the Best Film category by Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY and Joel and Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.The nominees for Best Documentary are THE ACT OF KILLING, BLACKFISH and WEST OF MEMPHIS. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film are BLANCANIEVES, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR and THE HUNT.

Matt Johnson's THE DIRTIES, a conceptually daring story of two film geeks planning a high school shooting, received five VFCC nominations in the Canadian category, including Best Canadian Film and Best First Film by a Canadian Director. THE DIRTIES will face off against Louise Archambault’s GABRIELLE and Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s WATERMARK for Best Canadian Film. In the new award for Best First Film by a Canadian Director, THE DIRTIES is joined by Barnaby’s RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS and Chloé Robichaud’s SARAH PREFERS TO RUN.

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9 Foreign Language Films Advance in 86th Academy Awards Oscar Race

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Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards. Seventy-six films had originally been considered in the category. The shortlist will eventually be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles.  The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 16, 2014,and the Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014.

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