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ADG Awards: ‘Birdman’, ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’, & ‘Guardians’ Take Top Film Prizes – ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘True Detective Among TV Winners

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Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians Of The Galaxy took the top film honors tonight at the Art Directors Guild’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Birdman took the Contemporary Film prize, The Grand Budapest Hotel won for Period Film and Guardians Of The Galaxy took the Fantasy Film trophy. Christopher Nolan paid tribute to the artists he's worked with, in particular his longtime art director Nathan Crowley, in… Read

‘The Imitation Game’ Wins USC Scripter Award For Adapted Screenplay

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Screenwriter Graham Moore and author Andrew Hodges have won the 27th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for The Imitation Game, based on Hodges' book Alan Turing: The Enigma. The winners were announced tonight at a black-tie gala at the Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library on the USC campus. The Scripter Award honors the writers of adapted screenplays and the authors of material on which their films are based. It has been a fairly reliable bellwether of the Oscars, with the… Read

ADG Awards Live Blog

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The Art Directors Guild’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards is now in the history books with Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians Of The Galaxy winning the top film prizes.  HBO’s Game Of Thrones, True Detective, and Silicon Valley, and FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show cleaned up on the TV side. Here’s how it all went down.    Read

‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Wins Annie Awards’ Top Honor

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We have an animated Oscar front-runner, ladies and gentlemen. How To Train Your Dragon 2 dominated the 42nd annual Annie Awards tonight. The DreamWorks Animation sequel won Best Animated Feature, Best Director for Dean DeBlois and four other trophies during the ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Its two studio rivals were way behind: Awards-season favorite but Oscar-snubbed The Lego Movie won only one award, for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s writing, and Disney’s Big Hero… Read

42nd Annual Annie Awards – Complete Winners List

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DreamWorks Animation’s highflying sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2 sailed away with the big prize tonight at the 42nd annual Annie Awards. Writer-director Dean DeBlois‘ film scored a leading six trophies, including Director and Best Animation Feature over the other four Oscar nominees in the category and snubbed multiple award winner The Lego Movie. The top TV honor went to Fox’s The Simpsons, still going strong in its 26th season. Homer and the gang bagged their 13th… Read

‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Takes Top Dramatic Honors At Sundance; Is It The Next ‘Whiplash’? – Winners List

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UPDATED with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year. "I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of… Read

‘Birdman’ Dominates Australian Academy’s AACTA International Awards

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Birdman landed four wins including Best Film tonight at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ fourth annual AACTA International Awards for film in Los Angeles. Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s film, which went in with a leading seven nominations, also won Best Direction, Screenplay and Lead Actor, for Michael Keaton. Still Alice‘s Julianne Moore was named Best Actress. The ceremony was part of the G'Day USA Gala at the Hollywood Palladium, which also honored T… Read

42nd Annual Annie Awards – Live Stream

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  Score along at home as the 42nd annual Annie Awards at being handed out tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Westwood. The nominees for the big prize, Best Animated Feature, are Big Hero 6, Cheatin’, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea, The Book Of Life, The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie and The Tale Of Princess Kaguya. The winner likely will be the front-runner for the Academy Award. Watch the live stream… Read

Sundance Film Festival Awards – Live Stream

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The Sundance Film Festival nears the end of its frenzied deal run with tonight’s feature film awards ceremony, hosted by Tig Notaro at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse in Park City. The gala, scheduled to start at 6 PM MT (hey, it’s Sundance, who knows if they will be on time), will bestow both juried and audience awards. Check out the live stream and follow along with our up-to-the-minute winners… Read

‘American Sniper’s Oscar-Nominated Writer Answers Controversies — Michelle Obama Praises Film

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Lots of talk today about the controversy behind American Sniper during a screenwriters panel featuring seven Oscar nominees at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The key points in that regard were powerfully made by Sniper’s Academy Award and WGA-nominated writer, Jason Hall who succinctly described his film as the story of Chris Kyle, veteran of four tours of duty in Iraq as a soldier who was “back home, but not back”.  He added that Kyle suffered from… Read

Robert Redford-Nick Nolte Pic’ A Walk In The Woods’ Lands Whopping Broad Green Deal – Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: Upstart distributor Broad Green has gotten on the acquisitions board big time, just before they begin giving out prizes that concludes the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The distributor has paid a whopping high-seven-figure P&A commitment for A Walk In The Woods, the Ken Kwapis-directed drama that stars Sundance impresario Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal. I’m told this could be the second-largest P&A… Read

Bleecker Street Acquires ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’ – Sundance

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UPDATE: This deal, which hit mid- to high-six figures I’m told, is in the books. Release below. EXCLUSIVE: In a fitting climax to one of the most vibrant deal-heavy Sundance Film Festivals in memory, Bleecker Street is wrapping up an acquisition of I’ll See You In My Dreams, the Brett Haley-directed drama that stars Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb and Rhea Perlman. The logline: A sudden loss disrupts Carol’s orderly life, propelling… Read