"The Hurt Locker" won big at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at a ceremony held at New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street. The film beat "Amreeka," "Big Fan," "The Maid," and "A Serious Man" for the Best Feature Trophy.
"The Hurt Locker" also won the Best Ensemble Performance Award beating "Adventureland," "Cold Souls," "A Serious Man," and "Sugar."
(For the complete list of nominees, click here)
Presented by IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project), the Gotham Independent Film Awards™ is one of the leading awards for independent film and the first major honors of the film awards season.
A total of 22 films received nominations in six competitive categories, including: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.
For the second year, the recipient of the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You award will receive a cash award of $5,000 provided by Reiff & Associates.
Career tributes were also presented to actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and producer/executives Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Co-Chairman of Working Title Films. The awards ceremony was hosted by the up-and-coming comedian, Kumail Nanjiani.
Here's the list of the winners of the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Award:
Best Feature presented by actress Shohreh Aghdashloo
"THE HURT LOCKER"
Directed and produced by Kathryn Bigelow; Written and produced by Mark Boal; Produced by Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro
Released by Summit Entertainment
The Best Feature Jury included: actress Shohreh Aghdashloo; filmmakers Julie Taymor and William Friedkin, producer Wendy Finerman and musician/composer Stewart Copeland.
Best Documentary presented by actor Melonie Diaz and filmmaker Brett Morgen
Directed and produced by Robert Kenner; Produced by Elise Pearlstein
Released by Magnolia Pictures
The Best Documentary Jury included: editor Sabine Hoffman and filmmakers Edet Belzberg, Albert and Allen Hughes, Brett Morgen and Julia Reichert.
Breakthrough Director Award presented by actors Rosie Perez and Anthony Mackie
Writer and director, BIG FAN
Released by First Independent Pictures
The Breakthrough Director Jury included: actors William H. Macy and Rosie Perez, filmmaker Marc Forster, producer Heather Rae, director of photography Matthew Libatique, and editor Christopher Tellefsen.
Breakthrough Actor Award presented by actors Ellen Burstyn and Oliver Platt
Actress, THE MAID
Released by Elephant Eye Films
The Breakthrough Actor Jury included: actors Ellen Burstyn, Melonie Diaz and Oliver Platt, and filmmakers Jesse Peretz and David O. Russell.
Best Ensemble Performance Award presented by actress and author Brooke Shields and writer/director Richard LaGravenese
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse and Evangeline Lilly in "THE HURT LOCKER"
Released by Summit Entertainment / Casting director: Mark Bennett
The Best Ensemble Performance Jury included: actors Dylan Baker, America Ferrera, Brooke Shields, writer/director Richard LaGravenese, and producer Susan Stover.
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Award presented by actors Patricia Clarkson and Sam Rockwell
"YOU WONT MISS ME"
Ry Russo-Young, director, producer and co-writer
The recipient of The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You™ award was determined by the editors of Filmmaker magazine, a publication of IFP, and a curator from The Museum of Modern Art.
For more info on the 2009 Gotham Independent Film Awards visit their official site right here.
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"Nine," the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, led the Satellite Award scoring 11 nominations including Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical category.
Rob Marshall also received a Best Director nomination, and stars Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Daniel Day-Lewis received Best Acting nods, and the cast got Best Ensemble.
John Woo's "Red Cliff" followed with seven nominations.
Roger Corman is the 2009 Recipient of the AUTEUR AWARD while master cinematographer and eight-time Oscar nominee, Roger Deakins, is the 2009 Recipient of the NIKOLA TESLA AWARD.
The 2009 14th Annual Satellite Awards are given by the International Press Academy. Winners will be announced on Sunday, December 20th, at the Grand Salon/Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles.
Visit the Satellite Awards official site right here.
And the nominees for the 2009 14th Annual Satellite Awards are:
Motion Picture (Drama)
"The Hurt Locker"
"Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"
"The Stoning of Soraya M."
Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)
"Julie & Julia"
"A Serious Man"
"Up in the Air"
Foreign Language Film
"I Killed My Mother"
"The White Ribbon"
"Winter in Wartime"
"The Beaches of Agnes"
"Every Little Step"
"It Might Get Loud"
"The September Issue"
"Valentino: The Last Emperor"
Motion Picture (Animated or Mixed Media)
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
"The Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"The Princess and the Frog"
"Where the Wild Things Are"
Jane Campion, “Bright Star"
Neill Blomkamp, “District 9"
Lone Scherfig, “An Education"
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker"
Rob Marshall, “Nine"
Lee Daniels, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"
Shohreh Aghdashloo, “The Stoning of Soraya M."
Emily Blunt, “The Young Victoria"
Abbie Cornish, “Bright Star"
Penelope Cruz, “Broken Embraces"
Carey Mulligan, “An Education"
Catalina Saavedra, “The Maid"
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart"
Hugh Dancy, “Adam"
Johnny Depp, “Public Enemies"
Colin Firth, “A Single Man"
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker"
Michael Sheen, “The Damned United"
Actress (Comedy Or Musical)
Sandra Bullock, “The Proposal"
Marion Cotillard, “Nine"
Zooey Deschanel, “(500) Days of Summer"
Katherine Heigl, “The Ugly Truth"
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia"
Actor (Comedy Or Musical)
George Clooney, “Up in the Air"
Bradley Cooper, “The Hangover"
Matt Damon, “The Informant!"
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Nine"
Michael Stuhlbarg, “A Serious Man"
Emily Blunt, “Sunshine Cleaning"
Penelope Cruz, “Nine"
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air"
Mozhan Marno, “The Stoning of Soraya M."
Mo'Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger"
James McAvoy, “The Last Station"
Alfred Molina, “An Education"
Timothy Spall, “The Damned United"
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds"
Jane Campion, “Bright Star"
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, “(500) Days of Summer"
Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker"
Joel and Ethan Coen, “A Serious Man"
Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, “Up"
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, “District 9"
Nick Hornby, “An Education"
Nora Ephron, “Julie & Julia"
Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air"
Robert Richardson, “Inglourious Basterds"
Guillermo Navarro and Erich Roland, “It Might Get Loud"
Dion Beebe, “Nine"
Dante Spinotti, “Public Enemies"
Lu Yue and Zhang Yi, “Red Cliff"
Roger Deakins, “A Serious Man"
Julian Clarke, “District 9"
Chris Innis and Bob Murawski, “The Hurt Locker"
Greg Finton, “It Might Get Loud"
Claire Simpson and Wyatt Smith, “Nine"
Angie Lam, Yang Hongyu and Robert A. Ferretti, “Red Cliff"
David Brenner and Peter S. Elliot, “2012"
Gabriel Yared, “Amelia"
Marvin Hamlisch, “The Informant!"
Elliot Goldenthal, “Public Enemies"
Michael Giacchino, “Up"
Rolfe Kent, “Up in the Air"
Carter Burwell and Karen O, “Where the Wild Things Are"
"The Weary Kind"from “Crazy Heart"(T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham)
"We Are the Children of the World"from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"(Terry Gilliam)
"Cinema Italiano"from “Nine"(Maury Yeston)
"I See in Color"from “Precious: Based on the Novel Push"by Sapphire (Mary J. Blige)
"Almost There"from “The Princess and the Frog"(Randy Newman)
"Down in New Orleans"from “The Princess and the Frog"(Randy Newman)
Terry Gilliam, Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
Nathan Crowley, Patrick Lumb and William Ladd Skinner, “Public Enemies"
Eddy Wong, “Red Cliff"
Chris Kennedy, “The Road"
Ian Philips and Dan Bishop, “A Single Man"
Barry Chusid and Elizabeth Wilcox, “2012"
Consolata Boyle, “Cheri"
Monique Prudhomme, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
Tim Yip, “Red Cliff"
Sandy Powell, “The Young Victoria"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
"It Might Get Loud"
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
Outstanding New Talent
Tesla Award (Achievement in Technology)
Mary Pickford Award (Outstanding Artistic Contribution)
Ten Best Films of 2009
* "Bright Star"
* "An Education"
* "(500) Days of Summer"
* "The Hurt Locker"
* "Inglourious Basterds"
* "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"
* "A Serious Man"
* "The Stoning of Soraya M."
* "Up in the Air"
Motion Picture Made for TV
"The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"
"Into the Storm"
Actor in Miniseries (Motion Picture Made for TV)
Kenneth Branagh, “Wallander"
Brendan Gleeson, “Into the Storm"
Kevin Bacon, “Taking Chance"
William Hurt, “Endgame"
Jeremy Irons, “Georgia O'Keeffe"
Ian McKellen, “The Prisoner"
Supporting Actress in Series (Miniseries/Motion Picture Made for TV)
Jane Lynch, “Glee"
Judy Parfitt, “Little Dorrit"
Chloe Sevigny, “Big Love"
Anika Noni Rose, “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"
Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty"
Cherry Jones, “24"
Actress in Miniseries (Motion Picture Made for TV)
Drew Barrymore, “Grey Gardens"
Jessica Lange, “Grey Gardens"
Sigourney Weaver, “Prayers for Bobby"
Judy Davis, “Diamonds"
Lauren Ambrose, “Loving Leah"
Janet McTeer, “Into the Storm"
Supporting Actors in Series (Miniseries/Motion Picture Made for TV)
John Noble, “Fringe"
Tom Courtenay, “Little Dorrit"
Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother"
John Lithgow, “Dexter"
Chris Colfer, “Glee"
Harry Dean Stanton, “Big Love"
Television Series (Drama)
"The Good Wife"
Actress in a Series (Drama)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife"
Jill Scott, “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"
Glenn Close, “Damages"
Stana Katic, “Castle"
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men"
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie"
Actor in a Series (Drama)
Bill Paxton, “Big Love"
Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment"
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men"
Lucian Msamati, “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad"
Nathan Fillion, “Castle"
Television Series (Comedy or Musical)
"The Big Bang Theory"
"How I Met Your Mother"
"Flight of the Conchords"
Actress in a Series (Comedy or Musical)
Lea Michele, “Glee"
Tina Fey, “30 Rock"
Toni Collette, “United States of Tara"
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds"
Brooke Elliott, “Drop Dead Diva"
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family"
Actor in a Series(Comedy or Musical)
Matthew Morrison, “Glee"
Jemaine Clement, “Flight of the Conchords"
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock"
Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report"
Danny McBride, “Eastbound & Down"
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory"
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As we reported back in October, director Oren Peli's follow-up to the phenomenally successful "Paranormal Activity" is an exploration into the horrors of Area 51.
The film was being approached with caution by Hollywood, but now, we've heard that Paramount Pictures has landed U.S. distribution rights to "Area 51."
Paramount was also the studio behind the director's "Paranormal Activity." Variety told us that as many as four other bidders wanted the film, but in the end, Paramount won.
Peli also wrote "Area 51" which uses the same "found footage" narrative structure the writer-director used in "Paranormal Activity." The film tells the story of three teens whose curiosity leads them to Area 51 in the Nevada desert.
There's no definite date for release yet, but "Area 51" will be abducted in theaters sometime in 2010.
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Vampires and werewolves continued to dominate box-office with a $42.5 million Thanksgiving weekend for "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."
Based on Stephenie Meyer's novel, "New Moon" remained on top even though during Thanksgiving day, "The Blind Side" seemed to topple the vampire romance flick.
The Sandra Bullock starrer proved to be strong in its second weekend, earning $40.1 million for the No. 2 position.
The best part? So far, Hollywood has made $9.5 billion and it's almost on the verge of breaking its previous record of $9.7 billion set in 2007.
"2012" remained at No. 3 with $18 million. New releases did not quite do good at the box office. Disney's "Old Dogs" starring John Travolta and Robin Williams only scored $16.8 million to come in at No. 4 while Warner Bros.' "Ninja Assasin" opened at a weak No. 6 with $13.1 million.
My pick of the week, "Fantastic Mr. Fox," pulled in $7 million to finish at No. 9 and the gripping post-apocalyptic drama "The Road" opened strongly with a $1.5 million weekend.
Here are the Top 10 Box Office films for the weekend of Nov. 27th:
1. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," $42.5 million.
2. "The Blind Side," $40.1 million.
3. "2012," $18 million.
4. "Old Dogs," $16.8 million.
5. "Disney's A Christmas Carol," $16 million.
6. "Ninja Assassin," $13.1 million.
7. "Planet 51," $10.2 million.
8. "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," $7.1 million.
9. "Fantastic Mr. Fox," $7 million.
10. "The Men Who Stare at Goats," $1.5 million.
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Two New Additions to our EMERGING TALENT Showcase! Brenton Covington's "Eleanor Rigby" and Alex Duong's "So Far, So Kush"
This love is long overdue. So I apologize profusely to Brenton Covington and Alexander Duong, two impressive filmmakers who contacted me a few months back to see if I would be interested in watching their short films.
For my Thanksgiving break, I made it my mission to finally sit down and catch up on their films, and I'm glad I did!
First we have Brenton Covington, a filmmaker from Tempe, Arizona. He wrote, produced, edited, and directed the short film "Eleanor Rigby." It's a contemplative piece about an elderly man remembering the sins of his past.
"Eleanor Rigby" is gripping in its entirety, well acted, smartly paced, and will make you wish you'll be able to see a full-feature of the project.
Visit Covington's official site right here.
And then we have the comedy "So Far, So Kush." Alex Duong wrote, produced, directed, and acted in this comedy about a pair of bumbling friends who are on the hunt for the greatest weed of all -- the Kush.
Duong stars as Danny, a Midwestern laundry attendant, who decides to take his pal Brian (Munch) on a road trip to Los Angeles to find Kush.
"So Far, So Kush" is relentlessly funny, and just like "Eleanor Rigby," I want to see the full feature film of the project as well.
Here's Duong's mini-biography from IMDB:
Alex Duong, is the youngest of six children of Huong Thanh Le (tailor) and Noul Van Duong (factory worker). Alex is of Vietnamese, Chinese, and French heritage. He grew up in the lower class portion of East Dallas, Texas where he attended Skyline High School and North Dallas High and went on to pursue a degree in medicine.
While on a full-scholarship, Duong excelled in his undergrad studies and was left with an open semester where he enrolled in theatre courses which led to his first acting gigs in regional theatre productions.
Deciding to pursue his hobby as a career, He uprooted himself and made the trip to Los Angeles in the winter of 2006.
And visit the Facebook page of "So Far, So Kush" right here.
Good Luck and Congratulations to both Brenton Covington and Alex Duong!
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