kidsareallrightnews.pngJeremy Renner and Eva Mendes announced the nominees this morning. For best feature, the nominees are:

127 Hours
Black Swan
Greenberg
The Kids Are All Right
Winter's Bone

The full list of nominees:

BEST DIRECTOR
DARREN ARONOFSKY - Black Swan
DANNY BOYLE - 127 Hours
LISA CHOLODENKO - The Kids Are All Right
DEBRA GRANIK - Winter's Bone
JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL - Rabbit Hole

BEST SCREENPLAY
STUART BLUMBERG & LISA CHOLODENKO -
The Kids Are All Right
DEBRA GRANIK & ANNE ROSELLINI - Winter's Bone
NICOLE HOLOFCENER - Please Give
DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE - Rabbit Hole
TODD SOLONDZ - Life During Wartime

BEST FIRST FEATURE
(Award given to the director and producer)
EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW
DIRECTOR: Frazer Bradshaw
PRODUCERS: A.D. Liano, Laura Techera Francia
GET LOW
DIRECTOR: Aaron Schneider
PRODUCERS: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck
NIGHT CATCHES US
DIRECTOR: Tanya Hamilton
PRODUCERS: Sean Costello, Jason Orans,
Ronald Simons
THE LAST EXORCISM
DIRECTOR: Daniel Stamm
PRODUCERS: Marc Abraham, Tom Bliss,
Eric Newman, Eli Roth
TINY FURNITURE
DIRECTOR: Lena Dunham
PRODUCERS: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
DIANE BELL - Obselidia
LENA DUNHAM - Tiny Furniture
NIK FACKLER - Lovely, Still
BOB GLAUDINI - Jack Goes Boating
DANA ADAM SHAPIRO & EVAN M. WIENER -
Monogamy

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000;
award given to the writer, director, and producer)
* Executive Producers are not listed.
DADDY LONGLEGS
WRITERS/DIRECTORS: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
PRODUCERS: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott
LBS.
DIRECTOR: Matthew Bonifacio
WRITERS/PRODUCERS: Matthew Bonifacio,
Carmine Famiglietti
LOVERS OF HATE
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Bryan Poyser
PRODUCER: Megan Gilbride
OBSELIDIA
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Diane Bell
PRODUCERS: Chris Byrne, Matthew Medlin
THE EXPLODING GIRL
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Bradley Rust Gray
PRODUCERS: Karin Chien, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim

BEST FEMALE LEAD
ANNETTE BENING - The Kids Are All Right
GRETA GERWIG - Greenberg
NICOLE KIDMAN - Rabbit Hole
JENNIFER LAWRENCE - Winter's Bone
NATALIE PORTMAN - Black Swan
MICHELLE WILLIAMS - Blue Valentine

BEST MALE LEAD
RONALD BRONSTEIN - Daddy Longlegs
AARON ECKHART - Rabbit Hole
JAMES FRANCO - 127 Hours
JOHN C. REILLY - Cyrus
BEN STILLER - Greenberg

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
ASHLEY BELL - The Last Exorcism
DALE DICKEY - Winter's Bone
ALLISON JANNEY - Life During Wartime
DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA - Jack Goes Boating
NAOMI WATTS - Mother and Child

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
JOHN HAWKES - Winter's Bone
SAMUEL L. JACKSON - Mother and Child
BILL MURRAY - Get Low
JOHN ORTIZ - Jack Goes Boating
MARK RUFFALO - The Kids Are All Right

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
ADAM KIMMEL - Never Let Me Go
MATTHEW LIBATIQUE - Black Swan
JODY LEE LIPES - Tiny Furniture
MICHAEL McDONOUGH - Winter's Bone
HARRIS SAVIDES - Greenberg

BEST DOCUMENTARY
(Award given to the director)
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
DIRECTOR: Banksy
MARWENCOL
DIRECTOR: Jeff Malmberg
SWEETGRASS
DIRECTORS: Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor
RESTREPO
DIRECTORS: Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger
THUNDER SOUL
DIRECTOR: Mark Landsman

BEST FOREIGN FILM
(Award given to the director)
KISSES (Ireland)
DIRECTOR: Lance Daly
MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON (France)
DIRECTOR: Stéphane Brizé
OF GODS AND MEN (Morocco)
DIRECTOR: Xavier Beauvois
THE KING'S SPEECH (United Kingdom)
DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
(Thailand)
DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film's director, casting director, and its
ensemble cast)
PLEASE GIVE
DIRECTOR: Nicole Holofcener
CASTING DIRECTOR: Jeanne McCarthy
ENSEMBLE CAST: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall,
Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt,
Lois Smith, Sarah Steele

2011 NOMINEES
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

The 14th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources
demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award
includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget. The Finalists are:
IN-AH LEE producer of AU REVOIR TAIPEI
ADELE ROMANSKI producer of THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER
ANISH SAVJANI producer of MEEK'S CUTOFF
Piaget Producers Award Nominating Committee:
Karin Chien (chair), Seth Caplan, Lisa Cortes, Amy Kaufman, Barry Mendel

FILMMAKER GRANT NOMINEES
ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

The 17th annual Acura Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has
not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Acura.
The Finalists are:
HOSSEIN KESHAVARZ director of DOG SWEAT
LAUREL NAKADATE director of THE WOLF KNIFE
MIKE OTT director of LITTLEROCK
Acura Someone To Watch Award Nominating Committee:
Alison Dickey (chair), Kyle Patrick Alvarez, James Faust, Tom Hall, Ella Taylor

AVEENO® TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
The 16th annual AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction
features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted
grant funded by AVEENO®. The Finalists are:
ILISA BARBASH & LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR directors of SWEETGRASS
JEFF MALMBERG director of MARWENCOL
LYNN TRUE & NELSON WALKER directors of SUMMER PASTURE

AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction Nominating Committee:
Darius Marder (chair), Lesley Chilcott, Geeta Ghandbir, Eugene Hernandez, Laura Thielen

JAMESON FIND YOUR AUDIENCE AWARD
The Jameson FIND Your Audience Award was established this year to help make it possible for one Spirit
Award-nominated film to find a broader audience. Spirit Award-nominated films in need of expanding their
marketing and distribution efforts will be considered. The award includes a $50,000 marketing and
distribution grant, funded by Jameson Irish Whiskey. The grant was designed to meet independent
filmmakers' biggest challenge today: How to get their films out into the marketplace. A blue-ribbon
committee will determine the winner.
All of the winners of our filmmaker grants will be highlighted at the Spirit Awards and announced at
the Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on January 15 at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.

 

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In an interview in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Douglas breaks the silence to discuss his battle with cancer. Despite reports to the contrary, the Oscar-winning actor is in relatively good shape considering what he's been through. His trademark voice hasn't been destroyed as a result of his extensive treatments.

"After all the adversity I've had this year," says Douglas, "with my health and my son's incarceration, my ex-wife and the lawsuit -- to be able to sit here and talk to you, I'm so happy."

Douglas is generating Oscar buzz for his performances in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Solitary Man.

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Tom Hanks will star for Kathryn Bigelow in Triple Frontier, a new drama set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. The screenplay is being written by Hurt Locker's Mark Boal.

Source: Deadline.com

Wednesday Afternoon: Johnny Depp is now also in the running for a role in Kathryn Bigelow's Triple Frontier.

Tuesday Afternoon: Tom Hanks is reportedly giving serious consideration to a role in Triple Frontier, the new collaboration between the Hurt Locker director/writer combo of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. The film takes place in the world of organized crime world that exists in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

Bigelow was the first female director to win the Best Director Oscar for Hurt Locker, and adding Hanks to her latest project would ensure another round of Oscar buzz before cameras even start rolling. Boal also received a screenwriting Oscar for the war flick.

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New York, NY -- The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today the winners at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony in New York City's Cipriani Wall Street.

Presented by IFP, the Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM is one of the leading awards for independent film and the first major honors of the film awards season. As previously announced, the awards ceremony streamed live in its entirety to a global audience via a partnership with The Big Live, Inc. You can see the show at www.ifp.org.

A total of 30 films received nominations in seven competitive categories, including: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance, Festival Genius Audience Award and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You®.

For the first time, IFP will honor the recipient of the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You award with a theatrical release package so the winner WILL show at a Theater Near You. The package includes a one-week run at Cinema Village in New York City, distribution consultation and market strategy from CrowdStarter, advertising support in the New York Times, publicity consultation from Donna Daniels PR and a cash award of $15,000 from The Royal Bank of Canada.

In addition to the competitive awards, career tributes were given to actors Robert Duvall and Hilary Swank (Swank tribute sponsored by euphoria Calvin Klein), director Darren Aronofsky and Focus Features CEO, James Shamus.


The 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film AwardTM Recipients:
Best Feature presented by actors Steve Buscemi and Melissa Leo.

WINTER'S BONE

Directed by Debra Granik; Produced by Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin
Released by Roadside Attractions

The Best Feature Jury included: actors Ethan Hawke and Parker Posey; producer Christine Vachon; director Melvin Van Peebles and editor Tricia Cooke.

Best Documentary presented by actor Sam Rockwell and documentarian Barbara Kopple

THE OATH

Directed and produced by Laura Poitras
Released by Zeitgeist Films and American Documentary/POV

The Best Documentary Jury included: actor Alec Baldwin; composer Terence Blanchard; documentarians Barbara Kopple and Robert Kenner and editor Mary Lampson


Breakthrough Director Award presented by actors Julianna Margulies and Paul Rudd

KEVIN ASCH

Writer and director, HOLY ROLLERS

Released by First Independent Pictures

The Breakthrough Director Jury included: actor Zooey Deschanel; cinematographer Maryse Alberti; composer Carter Burwell; producer Frida Torresblanco.


Breakthrough Actor Award presented by actors Michelle Williams and Jesse Eisenberg

RONALD BRONSTEIN

Actor, DADDY LONGLEGS

Released by IFC Films

The Breakthrough Actor Jury included: actor Josh Brolin; filmmakers David Gordon Green and Peter Sollett; actress Amber Tamblyn; and producer Monty Ross.


Best Ensemble Performance Award presented by actors Ethan Hawke and Ethan Coen.

Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Lauren Sweetser, Garret Dillahunt, Devin Breznahan
in WINTER'S BONE

Released by Roadside Attractions

The Best Ensemble Performance Jury included: actors Anthony Mackie and Lili Taylor;
producer Lisa Cortes; writer Larry Gross; and filmmaker Miguel Arteta.


Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Award presented by actor Rosie Perez and RBC CEO, Mark Standish

LITTLEROCK

Mike Ott, director; Frederick Thornton, Laura Ragsdale, Sierra Leoni, producers

The recipient of The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near YouTM award was determined by the editors of Filmmaker magazine, a publication of IFP, and a curator from The Museum of Modern Art.


The Festival Genius Audience Award presented by actors Anthony Mackie and Leighton Meester

WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN"
Davis Guggenheim, director; Leslie Chilcott and Michael Brietal, producers

The Festival Genius Audience Award was voted on line by filmgoers who love movies.

 

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Following up on last month's announcement of the Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative, Sundance Institute announced today the ten films selected to participate in the inaugural year of this cultural exchange program. The first Film Forward slate includes five American and five international films which will be presented in collaboration with public and private partners. These films and their filmmakers will kick off the ambitious project in New York and Tunisia in December.

The five American films that will tour throughout the United States and abroad as part of the initiative are: A Small Act directed by Jennifer Arnold; Amreeka directed by Cherien Dabis; Freedom Riders directed by Stanley Nelson; La Mission directed by Peter Bratt, and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner, Winter's Bone, directed by Debra Granik. The five international films chosen to complete the line up of independent films are: Afghan Star directed by Havana Marking; Boy directed by Taika Waititi; Last Train Home directed by Luxin Fan; Son of Babylon by Mohamed Al-Daradji, and Udaan directed by Vikramaditya Motwane.

"This exciting and diverse slate of independent films presents the common humanity we share across all boundaries," said Keri Putnam, Executive Director, Sundance Institute. "Film Forward deeply reflects Sundance Institute's core mission by presenting films to new audiences around the world to inspire cross-cultural dialogue."

"We could not be more excited about this program and these films," said Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. "Each one of them powerfully represents universal themes and stories that will foster exactly the kind of cross-cultural understanding and dialogue that the President's Committee and the program's federal partners, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services believe are so important in today's interconnected world.

Film Forward will travel to six U.S. states and six countries reaching a number of underserved communities in each location. Among the U.S. locations will be: the Saginaw Chippewa Reservation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Piney Woods Boarding School in Jackson, Mississippi; the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx, New York; the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee; the Jacobs Burns Center, in Pleasantville, New York and the Puerto Rico Film Society in Puerto Rico. American embassies abroad will play a key role in hosting the Film Forward program and presenting these films to new international audiences. Locations will include Tunisia, Kenya, Turkey and China.

The program concludes in September 2011 and the centerpiece of the program will be a gala showcase of all ten films screened simultaneously on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in May. The event will be presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Associates.

Film Forward filmmakers will present their work and lead master classes, discussion panels, Q&As and participate in other engagements between filmmaker and audience. These activities will be programmed around the screenings in all locations, cultivating engaged dialogue, fostering appreciation of other viewpoints while developing new audiences for independent film.

The films in the initiative represent fresh explorations of universal themes, and the evolving nature of drama in our global community. Boy, La Mission, Udaan and Winter's Bone navigate the transition to adulthood and re-define family in broadly different circumstances; Amreeka and Last Train Home depict contemporary challenges of immigration for those seeking work and a better life; Afghan Star explores the story of youthful dreams and the clash of global pop culture in a traditional Muslim society; Son of Babylon focuses on the enduring nature of family love in a society decimated by war. Finally, exploring the impact of individual and collective action are: A Small Act which shows the impact of one individual's choice to give, within a global context, and Freedom Riders depicts the real-life drama of a small group of courageous youth who risked everything 50 years ago, and transformed American life.

The final calendar of locations, venues and dates for the initiative will be announced in the coming weeks.

FILM FORWARD FILMS

A Small Act (Director: Jennifer Arnold)-A young Kenyan's life changes dramatically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, he founded his own scholarship program to replicate the kindness he once received.

Afghan Star / Afghanistan/UK (Director: Havana Marking)-After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Pop Idol has come to television in Afghanistan: millions are watching and voting for their favorite singer. This film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk their lives to sing.

Amreeka (Director and Screenwriter: Cherien Dabis)-When a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son move to rural Illinois, they find their new lives replete with challenges. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat, Joseph Ziegler.

Boy / New Zealand (Director and screenwriter: Taika Waititi)-When his father returns home after many years away, 11-year-old Boy and his little brother Rocky must reconcile reality with the fantasy dad they created in their imagination. Cast: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone.

Freedom Riders (Director: Stanley Nelson)-The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called the Freedom Riders who in 1961 creatively challenged segregation in the American South.

La Mission / USA (Director and Screenwriter: Peter Bratt)-A traditional, Latino father in San Francisco's Mission District struggles to come to terms with his teenage son's homosexuality. Credited by Latino media as being both authentic and genuine to various aspects of American Hispanic cultures. Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Talisa Soto Bratt, Jesse Borrego.

Last Train Home / Canada (Director: Lixin Fan)-Getting a train ticket in China proves a towering ordeal as a migrant worker family embarks on a journey, along with 200 million other peasants to reunite with their distant family.

Son of Babylon / Iraq (Director: Mohamed Al Daradji; Screenwriters: Mohamed Al-Daradji, Jennifer Norridge, Mithal Ghazi) In the days after the fall of Saddam Hussein, a young Kurdish boy and his grandmother venture through Iraq on a quest to find their missing father/son. Cast: Yasser Talib, Shazda Hussein, Bashir Al-Majid.

Udaan / India (Director Vikramaditya Motwane; Screenwriter: Motwane)-Following his expulsion from boarding school, Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur. After 8 years away, he finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother whom he didn't even know existed. Udaan explores deep-rooted family dynamics and a triumph of the human spirit.
Cast: Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Aayan Boradia, Ram Kapoor.

Winter's Bone (Director: Debra Granik; Screenwriters: Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini)-An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her missing father while trying to keep her family intact. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin Breznahan..

 

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