Beverly Hills, CA -- Fifteen features have been accepted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards®.

The 15 features are:

* Alpha and Omega
* Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
* Despicable Me
* The Dreams of Jinsha
* How to Train Your Dragon
* Idiots and Angels
* The Illusionist
* Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
* Megamind
* My Dog Tulip
* Shrek Forever After
* Summer Wars
* Tangled
* Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
* Toy Story 3

"The Dreams of Jinsha," "The Illusionist," "Summer Wars" and "Tangled" have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet the category's other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process.

Under the rules for this category, in any year in which 8 to 15 animated features are released in Los Angeles County, a maximum of 3 motion pictures may be nominated. If 16 or more animated features are submitted and accepted in the category, a maximum of 5 motion pictures may be nominated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

 

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that producer Scott Rudin will receive the 2011 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The award will be presented to Rudin at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The Producers Guild of America's Selznick Achievement Award recognizes a producer's outstanding body of work in motion pictures. The honor has a rich and distinguished history with past recipients including such legendary producers as Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Robert Evans, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Roger Corman, Laura Ziskin, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, and last year's 2010 recipient was Pixar's John Lasseter.

"Scott Rudin's body of work speaks for itself. He has impressively set a high bar for filmmaking and the Guild is proud to honor him with the Selznick Award this year," said PGA Co-Presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon.

"This is an extraordinary honor, and I'm thrilled to join the company of the distinguished filmmakers who have previously received this award," said Rudin. "I'm very grateful to the Producers Guild and pleased to accept this on behalf of the tremendous array of artists who have made such enormous contributions to the films we've made together."

Scott Rudin has produced many critically acclaimed and commercially successful films including THE SOCIAL NETWORK, TRUE GRIT, MONEYBALL, GREENBERG, IT'S COMPLICATED, FANTASTIC MR. FOX, JULIE & JULIA, DOUBT, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, REPRISE, THE QUEEN, MARGOT AT THE WEDDING, NOTES ON A SCANDAL, VENUS, CLOSER, TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, I HEART HUCKABEES, SCHOOL OF ROCK, THE HOURS, IRIS, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, ZOOLANDER, SLEEPY HOLLOW, WONDER BOYS, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT, THE TRUMAN SHOW, IN & OUT, RANSOM, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, CLUELESS, NOBODY'S FOOL, THE FIRM, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, SISTER ACT and THE ADDAMS FAMILY as well as the upcoming THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Rudin has also produced many successful and renowned theater projects including "Passion," "Hamlet," "Seven Guitars," "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum," "Skylight," "The Chairs," "The Blue Room," "Closer," "Amy's View," "Copenhagen," "The Designated Mourner," "The Goat," "Caroline, or Change," "The Normal Heart," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Doubt," "Faith Healer," "The History Boys," "Shining City," "Stuff Happens," "The Vertical Hour," "The Year of Magical Thinking," "Gypsy," "God of Carnage" and "Fences."

 

 

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CHICAGO, IL -- WestMidWest Productions announced today that it will Premiere the highly anticipated "Revenge of the Electric Car" trailer exclusively on Facebook as soon as its Facebook Fan page acquires its 10,000th fan.

"Revenge of the Electric Car" is the new feature documentary film about electric cars by Chris Paine, director of the 2006 film, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" Slated for release in early 2011, "Revenge of the Electric Car" tells a new story of the global resurgence of electric vehicles and takes audiences behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors: documenting the high-stakes race to be the first to bring electric vehicles to the masses.

As the film's most loyal fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of a trailer, the filmmakers have promised today to post the world premiere of the film's first trailer on the film's Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/revengeoftheelectriccar when the page reaches 10,000 fans. Not yet seen publically, when the video is posted on the page it will be the first and only public place to view the trailer.
The decision to release the trailer on Facebook comes after four years of connections with fans of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" have been scattered across all mediums. Fans of Chris Paine's first documentary on electric cars have been in touch with the filmmakers through email, phone, the film's website, Facebook, Twitter, community groups, non-profit organizations, and more.

"We've developed a loyal and passionate community of electric car enthusiasts, environmentalists, and other fans of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car?' over the years," says Director Chris Paine, "it only makes sense to share the first public release of the trailer with fans and friends first, through an outlet where they connect to each other."

The filmmakers have also added features to the "Revenge of the Electric Car" website that allow those die-hard fans of electric cars to connect, including submitting stories of fans who have "taken revenge" for the electric car by converting their own car or starting an electric car business; and even a way to request the film in your city.

WestMidWest Productions is a Chicago-based film production company, producing "Revenge of the Electric Car" and distributing the film in early 2011.

 

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New York, NY -- The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers announced today that actors Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson will serve as hosts of the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards Show on November 29th in New York City.

Patricia Clarkson can currently be seen starring in the romantic drama, CAIRO TIME, which won the Best Canadian Feature award at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival. Following CAIRO TIME, Clarkson is also in theaters now in the features LEGENDARY and EASY A with Emma Stone and her Gothams co-host, Stanley Tucci. Clarkson last appeared in Martin Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and in 2009 was seen in Woody Allen's WHATEVER WORKS alongside Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as Stanley Tucci's BLIND DATE opposite Tucci. Clarkson's continuous innovative work in independent film earned her the Independent Award for Acting Excellence at the 2009 ShoWest Awards. In 2003, her role in PIECES OF APRIL earned her nominations for Academy, Golden Globe, SAG, Broadcast Film Critics and Independent Spirit awards. The National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics named her Best Supporting Actress of the Year for her work in PIECES OF APRIL and THE STATION AGENT. On television, Clarkson won an Emmy in 2002 and 2006 for her guest-starring role on HBO's acclaimed drama "Six Feet Under."

Stanley Tucci has appeared in over 50 films and countless television shows. In 2008 Tucci starred in JULIE & JULIA and THE LOVELY BONES, for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination along with Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Broadcast Film Critics nominations. In the past few years he has appeared in films such as THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE TERMINAL and ROAD TO PERDITION. Tucci just wrapped CAPTAIN AMERICA and is filming THE FIRST AVENGER. He can currently be seen in the upcoming musical, BURLESQUE and in EASY A, in which he re-teams with Patricia Clarkson. Tucci has also done many films behind the camera including BLIND DATE, JOE GOULD'S SECRET, THE IMPOSTERS and BIG NIGHT. Tucci is no stranger to the theater; and has appeared in over a dozen plays, on and off Broadway. Earlier this year, Tucci made his Broadway directorial debut with a revival of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play. In addition to his accomplishments on film and the stage, Stanley was also nominated for an Emmy for his guest role as Dr. Moretti on "ER." In 2007, his appearance on "Monk," received critical attention as well as an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Tucci also starred in the highly acclaimed HBO drama, CONSPRIACY, a film for which Tucci earned both an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Made-for-TV-Movie or Miniseries.

"We were delighted to hear that Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman passed on hosting the Gotham Awards this year," said Patricia and Stanley. "It encouraged the two of us to launch a massive Twitter and Facebook campaign to get the hosting gig. As two actors who love and respect each other's work, and happen to be incredibly good friends too, what could be more fun than hosting the Gotham Awards on their 20th Anniversary. We took the job with the understanding that every time either of us says the word "independent," everyone at home watching or attending the awards themselves must take a shot. Here's to a fun evening for all."

"We are thrilled that last year's actor tributee, Stanley and indie stalwart, Patti Clarkson will be co-hosting the 20th Anniversary Gotham Awards," said Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP.

IFP also announced the first batch of confirmed presenters at the awards including: Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Barbara Kopple, Anthony Mackie, Leighton Meester, Rosie Perez, Sam Rockwell, John Turturro and Michelle Williams

IFP's 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM ceremony will be held on Monday, November 29 at Cipriani Wall Street. As the first major awards of the film season, the Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films. Previous winners for Best Feature and Best Documentary include THE HURT LOCKER (2009), FOOD, INC (2009), FROZEN RIVER (2008), TROUBLE THE WATER (2008), INTO THE WILD (2007), SICKO (2007), HALF NELSON (2006), CAPOTE (2005), MURDERBALL (2005) and SIDEWAYS (2004). The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting its Breakthrough Actor recipients prominently into national awards season attention, including recent winners and ultimate Oscar® contenders: Melissa Leo (2008), Ellen Page (2007), Rinko Kikuchi (2006), Amy Adams (2005) and Catalina Sandindo Moreno (2004).

Awards will be given out across 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. In addition actors Robert Duvall and Hilary Swank, director Darren Aronofsky and focus Features CEO, James Shamus, will each be presented with a career tribute.

This year, the IFP has created a new award, The Festival Genius Audience Award. To be eligible, a U.S. film must have won an audience award at a U.S. or Canadian film festival from November 2009 through October 2010. The Festival Genius community, 200,000 film fans worldwide, will vote online for the winner. To vote and see this year's nominees go to http://gothamawards.slated.com.

The Premier sponsors of the 2010 Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM are The New York Times and The Royal Bank of Canada. RBC is also the sponsor of the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You award. IFP welcomes new presenting sponsor of the Actress Tribute award, euphoria Calvin Klein and presenting sponsor, Fox Searchlight; returning sponsors Focus Features and Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Official Spirit, Russian Standard Vodka, Official Hotel, Andaz Wall Street, Official Partners MoMA and Slated and preferred sponsor of the Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor Awards, Alfred Dunhill. The Gotham Awards will be promoted nationally in an eight-page special advertising section in The New York Times on Friday, November 19, 2010.

The previously announced list of the nominees for the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards can be accessed at http://gotham.ifp.org.

 

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