‘4 Months’ takes BBC award

Posted by · 3:02 pm · January 31st, 2009

The BBC Four World Cinema Award is an endearingly unassuming, low-fi ceremony — so unassuming and low-fi, in fact, I’d forgotten it took place until I happened upon the TV broadcast earlier this evening. (It seems nesting on a Saturday night has the odd advantage.) It’s a simple enough prize. UK critics elect a shortlist […]

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BAFTA predictions

Posted by · 2:00 pm · January 14th, 2009

The BAFTA nominations drop tomorrow, and while I hardly covered myself in glory with my foreign film Oscar forecast yesterday, I’m going to wade into the murky waters of prediction once more. On the one hand, it’s a fool’s errand trying to predict the BAFTA nods, as they can frequently be the most perverse and contrarian awards […]

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BAFTA announces foreign-language nominees

Posted by · 5:29 am · January 8th, 2009

I remain perplexed as to why they announce these separately from the main field of nominees (why further ghettoise a ghetto category?), but oh well. The BAFTA nominees for Best Film Not In The English Language are: “The Baader Meinhof Complex” “Gomorrah” “I’ve Loved You So Long” “Persepolis” “Waltz With Bashir” Hardly surprising, though you’d […]

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Chalk one up for ‘WALL-E’

Posted by · 6:12 am · November 11th, 2008

The Academy has revealed the 14-strong shortlist of films competing in the Best Animated Feature category, and, well, it doesn’t make for very inspiring reading. What’s most significant about the news is that it means the nominees will, as usual, be limited to three films; to accommodate five, more than 15 shortlisted titles are required. […]

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What was the debut of the year?

Posted by · 6:00 am · November 6th, 2008

Chances are it’s not a prize that studios are going to mount furious campaigns for, but the Guardian First Film Award has the classiest slate of nominees I’ve seen all year. Not so much an award as a nice little citation in their year-end Film&Music edition, their critics have drawn up a list of the […]

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Israel picks the animated ‘Waltz’ for its foreign Oscar contender

Posted by · 5:11 pm · September 23rd, 2008

A website called cinemascope is reporting that Israel has chosen Ari Folman’s “Waltz with Bashir” to represent the country in the foreign film Oscar race.  Very wise.  Nice to see animated films getting this kind of an awards push, what with “Persepolis” repping France last year.  Let’s just hope “Waltz” doesn’t get the shaft like […]

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France submits ‘Class’ over ‘So Long’ for foreign Oscar

Posted by · 9:45 am · September 19th, 2008

One big question mark floating around since the foreign language film submissions started trickling in has been which film France would submit, the Cannes sensation (and Palm d’Or winner) “The Class” or Philippe Claudel’s “I’ve Loved You So Long.” Anchored by a critically acclaimed performance from Kristin Scott Thomas, Claudel’s film is one of the […]

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