Princesses go head to head for Oscar race

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Another major contender for next years Oscar race was confirmed today with Diana, starring Naomi Watts in the title role, being picked up for U.S. distribution by Entertainment One (Deadline). This puts the film in contention at the 87th Academy Awards in 2014 and will peg Watts for the best actress gong against best pal Nicole Kidman for her role as Grace of Monaco.

Diana tells the story of Princess Diana’s love affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, whom she met before Dodi Fayed, and is directed byDownfall’s Oliver Hirschbiegal. Khan, played by ABC’s Lost star Naveen Andrews, has to try and cope with dating the most famous woman in the world.

Grace of Monaco was not in competition at Cannes but never-the-less was scooped up by The Weinstein Co. who will heavily promote the film throughout the awards season later this year. Grace is directed by La Vie en Rose helmer, Olivier Dahan.

Cannes 2013 Film Festival announce lineup

Cannes 2013 Film Festival announced it’s program today which includes Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” opening the festivities and big name competition from Steven Soderbergh, Francois Ozon, Roman Polanski, Sofia Coppola, and closing film from Jerome Salle.

Opening Film
The Great Gatsby” (dir. Baz Luhrmann)

Official Selection
Behind The Candelabra” (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
Borgman” (dir. Alex Van Warmerdam)
Un Chateau En Italie” (dir. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
The Great Beauty” (dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
Grisgris” (dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
Heli” (dir. Amat Escalante)
The Immigrant” (dir. James Gray)
Inside Llewyn Davis” (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)
Jeune Et Jolie” (dir. Francois Ozon)
Jimmy P” (dir. Arnaud Desplechin)
Michael Kohlhaas” (dir. Arnaud Despallieres)

“Behind the Candelabra”HBO

Nebraska” (dir. Alexander Payne) 
Only God Forgives” (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
The Past” (dir. Asghar Farhadi”)
Soshite Chichi Ni Naru” (dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Tian Zhu Ding” (dir. Zhangke Jia)
Venus In Fur” (dir. Roman Polanski)
La Vie D’Adele” (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
Wara No Tate” (dir. Takashi Miike)

Out Of Competition
All Is Lost” (dir. J.C Chandor)
Blood Ties” (dir. Guillaume Canet)

 

“The Bling Ring”A24

Un Certain Regard 
Anonymous” (dir. Mohammad Rasoulof)
As I Lay Dying” (dir. James Franco)
Bends” (dir. Flora Lau)
The Bling Ring” (dir. Sofia Coppola)
Death March” (dir. Adolfo Alix Jr)
Fruitvale Station” (dir. Ryan Coogler)
Grand Central” (dir. Rebecca Zlotowski)
L’Image Manquante” (Rithy Panh)
L’Inconnu Du Lac” (dir. Alain Guiraudie)
La Jaula De Oro” (dir. Diego Quemada)
Miele” (dir. Valeria Golino)
Norte, Hangganana Ng Kasaysayan” (dir. Lav Diaz)
Omar” (dir. Hany Abu-Assad)
Les Salauds” (dir. Claire Denis)
Sarah Prefere La Course” (dir. Chloe Robichaud)

Midnight 
Blind Detective” (dir. Johnnie To)
Monsoon Shootout” (dir. Amit Kumar)

Special Screening
Max Rose” (dir. Daniel Noah) 
Weekend Of A Champion” (dir. Roman Polanski)
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (dir. Stephen Frears)
Stop The Pounding Heart” (dir. Roberto Minervini)
Seduced & Abandoned” (dir. James Toback)
Otdat Konci” (dir. Taisia Igumentseva)
Bombay Talkies” (dir. Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar)

Closing Film
Zulu” (dir. Jérôme Salle)

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Dates announced for 2014 and 2015 Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 86th and 87th Oscar® presentations. The 86th and 87th Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, and February 22, 2015, respectively.

Key dates for the Awards season are:

Saturday, November 16, 2013: The Governors Awards
Monday, December 2, 2013: Official Screen Credits due
Friday, December 27, 2013: Nominations voting begins
Wednesday, January 8, 2014: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 16, 2014: Oscar nominations announced
Monday, February 10, 2014: Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 14, 2014: Final voting begins
Saturday, February 15, 2014: Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, February 25, 2014: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014: 86th Academy Awards
Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015: 87th Academy Awards

 

The 86th and 87th Academy Awards ceremonies will be held at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

2013 Cannes Film Festival unveils new festival poster

Poster for Cannes Film Festival 2013

 

The poster for the 66th Cannes Film Festival features Hollywood couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward from Melville Shavelson’s 1963 film ” A New Kind of Love.”

 

 

The festival runs from 15th to 26th May.

 

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SXSW award winners announced

Narrative and documentary awards were dished out last night at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Grand Jury prizes were awarded to “Short Term 12” narrative feature and to documentary “William and the Windmill.”

The list of winners:

Documentary Feature

Grand Jury Winner: “William and the Windmill”

Special Jury Prize (Cinematography): “TOUBA”

Special Jury Prize for Directing: “We Always Lie to Stangers”

Narrative Feature

Grand Jury Winner: “Short Term 12”

Special Jury Prize (Ensemble Cast): “Burma”

Special Jury Prize (Acting): Tishuan Scott, “The Retrieval”

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORT
Winner: “Ellen Is Leaving”
(Honorable Mentions: “Sequin Raze” and “Skin”)

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Winner: “SLOMO”

ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: “Oh Willy”

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Winner: “The Apocalypse”

MUSIC VIDEOS
Winner: Vitalic, “Stamina”

Texas High School Short Film Jury Award:
Winner: “The Benefactress”

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: “Kiss of the Damned”

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: “Joven Y Alocada”

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD
Winner:

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Winner: Hannel Fiddel, “A Teacher”
(Honorable Mention: “Zero Charisma”)

LOUIS BLACK LONE STAR AWARD
Winner: “Loves Her Gun”

KAREN SCHMEER FELLOWSHIP
Jim Hession

 

 

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Oscars: no surprises in the winners list

There were no real surprises in the 85th Academy Awards. Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” scored big with Oscars for direction, cinematography, visual effects and original score. Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, Adele and Daniel Day-Lewis all won gongs as did “Amour” for best foreign language film and “Argo” for best picture. All predicted.

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin in “Argo”
Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln”
* Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”

Best Animated Short Film

“Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee
“Fresh Guacamole,” PES
“Head Over Heels,” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,’ ” David Silverman
* “Paperman,” John Kahrs

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

* “Brave,” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
“Frankenweenie,” Tim Burton
“ParaNorman,” Sam Fell and Chris Butler
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” Peter Lord
“Wreck-It Ralph,” Rich Moore

Achievement in Cinematography

“Anna Karenina,” Seamus McGarvey
“Django Unchained,” Robert Richardson
* “Life of Pi,” Claudio Miranda
“Lincoln,” Janusz Kaminski
“Skyfall,” Roger Deakins

Achievement in Visual Effects

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
* “Life of Pi,” Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
“Marvel’s The Avengers,” Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
“Prometheus,” Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
“Snow White and the Huntsman,” Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Achievement in Costume Design

* “Anna Karenina,” Jacqueline Durran
“Les Miserables,” Paco Delgado
“Lincoln,” Joanna Johnston
“Mirror Mirror,” Eiko Ishioka
“Snow White and the Huntsman,” Colleen Atwood

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

“Hitchcock, “Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
* “Les Miserables,” Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Best Live-Action Short Film

“Asad,” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
“Buzkashi Boys,” Sam French and Ariel Nasr
* “Curfew,” Shawn Christensen
“Death of a Shadow” (Dood van een Schaduw), Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
“Henry,” Yan England

Best Documentary Short Subject

* “Inocente,” Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
“Kings Point,” Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
“Mondays at Racine,” Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
“Open Heart,” Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
“Redemption,” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Best Documentary Feature

“5 Broken Cameras,” Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
“The Gatekeepers,” Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon
“How to Survive a Plague,” David France and Howard Gertler
“The Invisible War,” Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
* “Searching for Sugar Man,” Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

Best Foreign-Language Film

* “Amour,” Austria
“Kon-Tiki,” Norway
“No,” Chile
“A Royal Affair,” Denmark
“War Witch,” Canada

Achievement in Sound Mixing

“Argo,” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
* “Les Miserables,” Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
“Life of Pi,” Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
“Lincoln,” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
“Skyfall,” Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in Sound Editing (tie)

“Argo,” Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
“Django Unchained,” Wylie Stateman
“Life of Pi,” Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
* “Skyfall,” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
* “Zero Dark Thirty,” Paul N.J. Ottosson

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams in “The Master”
Sally Field in “Lincoln”
* Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”
Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”

Achievement in Film Editing

* “Argo,” William Goldenberg
“Life of Pi,” Tim Squyres
“Lincoln,” Michael Kahn
“Silver Linings Playbook,” Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
“Zero Dark Thirty,” Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Achievement in Production Design

“Anna Karenina,” production design: Sarah Greenwood; set decoration: Katie Spencer
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” production design: Dan Hennah; set decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
“Les Miserables,” production design: Eve Stewart; set decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
“Life of Pi,” production design: David Gropman; set decoration: Anna Pinnock
* “Lincoln,” production design: Rick Carter; set decoration: Jim Erickson

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

“Anna Karenina,” Dario Marianelli
“Argo,” Alexandre Desplat
* “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna
“Lincoln,” John Williams
“Skyfall,” Thomas Newman

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

“Before My Time,” from “Chasing Ice”; music and lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” from “Ted”; music by Walter Murphy, lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby,” from “Life of Pi”; music by Mychael Danna; lyric by Bombay Jayashri
* “Skyfall,” from “Skyfall”; music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly,” from “Les Miserables”; music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Adapted Screenplay

* “Argo,” screenplay by Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi,” screenplay by David Magee
“Lincoln,” screenplay by Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook,” screenplay by David O. Russell

Original Screenplay

“Amour,” written by Michael Haneke
* “Django Unchained,” written by Quentin Tarantino
“Flight,” written by John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom,” written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty,” written by Mark Boal

Achievement in Directing

“Amour,” Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Benh Zeitlin
* “Life of Pi,” Ang Lee
“Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook,” David O. Russell

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”
* Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour”
Quvenzhane Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”
* Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman in “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”
Denzel Washington in “Flight”

Best Motion Picture

“Amour,” Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, producers
* “Argo,” Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, producers
“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, producers
“Django Unchained,” Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, producers
“Les Miserables,” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, producers
“Life of Pi,” Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, producers
“Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, producers
“Silver Linings Playbook,” Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, producers
“Zero Dark Thirty,” Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, producers

 

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Ginger Liu blogging the Oscars “Under the Goodyear Blimp”

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I’m blogging and Tweeting “Under the Goodyear Blimp.” It’s going to be a classic Hollywood affair with legends presenting awards to essentially an indie field. But what I’m most excited to see, as I’m an American Brit, is the Academy’s homage to 50 years of Bond plus Adele making the first and perhaps only performance of her Golden Globe winning “Skyfall.” Will it be Oscar for Adele?

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