"Searching for Sugar Man" Receives Top Honors at IDA Documentary Awards 


One of my favorite documentaries this year, "Searching for Sugar Man," received top honors at the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards winning the Best Feature prize. The documentary about the search for the elusive musician, Rodriguez, is truly a brilliant film illuminating failed dreams and eventual redemption.

Here's the complete winners list of the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards:

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

ARNOLD SHAPIRO

JACQUELINE DONNET EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AWARD

DAVID FRANCE

PIONEER AWARD

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE DOCUMENTARY FILM PROGRAM AND FUND

BEST FEATURE AWARD

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Director/Producer/Writer: Malik Bendjelloul

Producer: Simon Chinn

Executive Producer: John Battsek

Red Box Films, Sony Pictures Classics

BEST SHORT AWARD

SAVING FACE

Director: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Producers: David Coombe, Daniel Junge, Alison Greenberg, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Sabiha Sumar

Co-Producers: Aaron Kopp, Fazeelat Aslam

Senior Producer: Lisa Heller (HBO)

Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins (HBO)

HBO Documentary Films, Milkhaus, LLC, and JungeFilm, LLC

BEST LIMITED SERIES AWARD

ON DEATH ROW

Director/Writer: Werner Herzog

Producer: Erik Nelson

Coordinating Producer: Robert Erickson

Executive Producers: Dave Harding, Amy Briamonte; Andre Singer and Lucki Stipetic (Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film); Nick Raslan (Skellig Rock); Henry Schleiff and Sara Kozak (Investigation Discovery)

Creative Differences, Investigation Discovery

BEST CONTINUING SERIES AWARD

AMERICAN MASTERS

Executive Producer: Susan Lacy

Series Producer: Prudence Glass

Supervising Producer: Julie Sacks

Coordinating Producer: Junko Tsunashima

THIRTEEN in association with PBS

DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD

LA CAMIONETA

Director/Producer/Writer: Mark Kendall

Producer: Rafael González

Writer: Shannon Kennedy

Executive Producer: Esther Robinson

School of Visual Arts

ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD

HARVEST OF EMPIRE

Directors: Peter Getzels, Eduardo López

Producers: Wendy Thompson-Marquez, Eduardo López

Onyx Films, EVS Communications, Loquito Productions

HUMANITAS DOCUMENTARY AWARD

BITTER SEEDS

Director/Producer: Micha X. Peled

Teddy Bear Films

PARE LORENTZ AWARD

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

Director: Jon Shenk

Producers: Bonni Cohen, Richard Berge

Executive Producers: Jon Else, Sally Jo Fifer, Dan Cogan

Actual Films, Inc., Samuel Goldwyn/Independent Lens

CREATIVE RECOGNITION AWARDS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY


WOMEN WITH COWS

Cinematography by: Peter Gerdehag

BEST EDITING

ROOM 237

Editing by: Rodney Ascher

BEST MUSIC

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Original Songs by: Sixto Rodriguez

Additional Score by: Malik Bendjelloul

BEST WRITING

ANN RICHARDS’ TEXAS

Screenplay by: Keith Patterson

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Sally Field to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival 


The Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced that Sally Field will receive the Career Achievement Award on January 5 during the awards gala. Field will join previously announced honorees -- the ensemble cast of Ben Affleck's "Argo," Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible"), and Robert Zemeckis ("Flight").

Field, currently starring in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," also won the New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress award for the role.

Here's more on Field's career highlights:

Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award winner for her performances in Places in the Heart, for which she also received a Golden Globe®, and Norma Rae, for which she received a Golden Globe, along with the New York Film Critics Circle prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Field has also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in Steel Magnolias, Murphy’s Romance, Kiss Me Goodbye, Absence of Malice and Smokey and the Bandit. Her many film credits include Forrest Gump, Eye for an Eye, Mrs. Doubtfire, Soapdish, Not Without My Daughter, The End, Hooper, Stay Hungry and Punchline. Most recently, Field appeared as Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man, which opened in July of this year.

Field began her career in the television series Gidget and then went on to star in the The Flying Nun. She received Emmy® Awards for her title role in the landmark miniseries Sybil and for her performance on ER. She also received Emmy nominations for her role in Showtime’s A Cooler Climate and the NBC miniseries A Woman of Independent Means, which she co-produced and for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Field co-starred in the ABC series drama Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2011, and for her role as Nora Walker, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award® and an Emmy Award as well as two Golden Globe nominations.


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"Hitchcock" Movie Review 


Good evening! “Hitchcock” goes into wide release this weekend, hoping to be showered with adoration this awards season. Based on the book by Stephen Rebello, (“Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”) the movie is directed by Sacha Gervasi (“Anvil: The Story of Anvil”) and the script is written by John J. McLaughlin (“Black Swan”).

Anthony Hopkins plays the beloved director while Helen Mirren is Alma Reville, Hitchcock’s longtime collaborator and long-neglected wife. The rest of the cast includes Scarlett Johansson (Janet Leigh), Jessica Biel (Vera Miles), Toni Collette (Peggy Robertson), and James D’Arcy (Anthony Perkins).

Is the movie good enough for the Oscars? Watch my review:



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"Zero Dark Thirty" Tops 2012 National Board of Review Awards -- See Complete List of Winners 


And yet another win for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty." It's beginning to look a lot like 2009 when the director's "The Hurt Locker" won pretty much every major award-giving body.

"Zero Dark Thirty" took home the Best Picture award and Bigelow was also named Best Director with Jessica Chastain receiving the Best Actress award.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2012 National Board of Review Awards (the gala will be held in New York City on January 8th):

Best Film: ZERO DARK THIRTY
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY
Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY
Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, COMPLIANCE
Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, LOOPER
Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Animated Feature: WRECK-IT RALPH
Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck, ARGO
Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE
Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Best Foreign Language Film: AMOUR
Best Documentary: SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN
William K. Everson Film History Award: 50 YEARS OF BOND FILMS
Best Ensemble: LES MISÉRABLES
Spotlight Award: John Goodman (ARGO, FLIGHT, PARANORMAN, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE)
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: CENTRAL PARK FIVE
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: PROMISED LAND

Top Films
(in alphabetical order)


ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISÉRABLES
LINCOLN
LOOPER
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
PROMISED LAND
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(In Alphabetical Order)


BARBARA
THE INTOUCHABLES
THE KID WITH A BIKE
NO
WAR WITCH

Top 5 Documentaries
(In Alphabetical Order)


AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
DETROPIA
THE GATEKEEPERS
THE INVISIBLE WAR
ONLY THE YOUNG

Top 10 Independent Films
(In Alphabetical Order)


ARBITRAGE
BERNIE
COMPLIANCE
END OF WATCH
HELLO I MUST BE GOING
LITTLE BIRDS
MOONRISE KINGDOM
ON THE ROAD
QUARTET
SLEEPWALK WITH ME

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"Argo" Cast to Be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival 


The cast of Ben Affleck's "Argo" will be honored at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3 - 14) with the Ensemble Performance Award! And rightfully so! "Argo" is one of the best films of 2012 and features a splendid cast headed by Affleck and Bryan Cranston. Also featured in the ensemble for the Iran hostage drama are John Goodman, Clea DuVall, Scott McNairy, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber, Rory Cochrane, Christohper Denham, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina.

The cast of "Argo" will join fellow honorees Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible"), and Robert Zemeckis ("Flight").

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"Argo" movie review
Ben Affleck interview for "Argo"
Bryan Cranston interview for "Argo"

Here's the full press release:

Palm Springs, CA (December 5, 2012) – The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present the film Argo with its Ensemble Performance Award. Cast members from the film, including Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston will attend to accept the award. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Helen Hunt, Naomi Watts and Robert Zemeckis. The Festival runs January 3-14.

“Argo features a plethora of colorful characters brought to life by an outstanding acting ensemble,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Directing what is, unquestionably, his most accomplished film to date, Ben Affleck leads an extraordinary cast, also including Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, each of whom delivers powerhouse performances. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the entire cast of Argo with the 2013 Ensemble Performance Award.”

Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic thriller Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis. The drama focuses on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event. Ben Affleck directs and stars in the film, which also stars Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina. Argo is produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck, and George Clooney. The screenplay is by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape,” by Joshuah Bearman.

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