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2012-10-15 11:26:08

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that Dustin Hoffman will be the recipient of this year's "Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award," at this year's awards gala. "It is a great honor to recognize Dustin Hoffman for his directorial debut for the movie 'Quartet.' His exquisite work and directorial skills are remarkable," said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the...

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2009-06-24 16:51:55

Ten movies will be nominated in the best picture category at next year's Oscars, it was announced Wednesday at a press conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 82nd Academy Awards are to be presented March 7, 2010. After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year, said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis. The final outcome, of course, will be the same -- one best picture...

2006-06-30 16:52:43

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar organizers on Friday unveiled two changes for the 2006 foreign-language category, broadening the group that selects nominees as well as the films that might be considered for the world's top movie awards. Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gives out the Oscars, said in a statement the changes were "constructive but not earthshaking." For moviemakers outside the United States, an Academy Award can give their...

2006-03-08 07:41:06

By Martin A. Grove - Analysis LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Looking back at how "Crash" climbed over "Brokeback Mountain" to take the best picture prize at the Academy Awards on Sunday, the question isn't "Why didn't we see it coming?" but, "Why didn't we believe we were seeing it coming?" Despite the fact that "Brokeback" had swept the most meaningful awards races from December through February, the buzz was that "Crash" was gaining momentum while "Brokeback" was losing steam....

2006-03-08 05:21:50

By Martin A. Grove - Analysis LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Looking back at how "Crash" climbed over "Brokeback Mountain" to take the best picture prize at the Academy Awards on Sunday, the question isn't "Why didn't we see it coming?" but, "Why didn't we believe we were seeing it coming?" Despite the fact that "Brokeback" had swept the most meaningful awards races from December through February, the buzz was that "Crash" was gaining momentum while "Brokeback" was losing steam....

2006-03-06 16:41:56

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gritty race relations drama "Crash" pulled a stunning upset at the Oscars winning the best film award over highly favored gay romance "Brokeback Mountain" in a night heavy with political messages. On the home front it was a good, if not overwhelming night for Britain -- Rachel Weisz won the best supporting actress award for playing a social activist who is murdered for her beliefs in thriller "The Constant Gardener, although Judi Dench and...

2006-03-06 18:11:39

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Warning: Films about racial conflict, gay cowboys, Israeli assassins and effete New York intellectuals may be hazardous to your Oscar ratings, Nielsen Media Research figures revealed on Monday. Sunday's Academy Awards telecast averaged 38.8 million viewers, down nearly 8 percent from last year, bearing out predictions that a relative lack of star power and the serious, art-house subject matter of Oscar-nominated films such as "Crash,"...

2006-03-06 02:51:51

By Bernie Woodall LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Oscars gave its top prize on Sunday to a movie set in its own backyard, Los Angeles, a city with a sunny exterior that in "Crash" is pierced to yield darkness and mistrust based on race. "Crash" examines 36 hours in the lives of about a dozen L.A. dwellers of different ethnic and class backgrounds. Oscar voters, most of whom live in and around Los Angeles just like the characters of "Crash," surprised oddsmakers by picking the hometown...

2006-03-06 02:11:18

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gritty race relations drama "Crash" pulled a stunning upset at the Oscars on Sunday, winning the best film award over highly favored gay romance "Brokeback Mountain" in a night heavy with political messages. Philip Seymour Hoffman was named best actor playing homosexual writer Truman Capote in "Capote," while Hollywood sweetheart Reese Witherspoon's performance as country singer June Carter in the Johnny Cash biographical film, "Walk the...

2006-03-05 23:26:32

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Crash," the film drama that tells of racial bigotry and fear during a 36-hour period in Los Angeles, won the best film Oscar on Sunday in an upset victory over the favorite, gay romance "Brokeback Mountain." "Crash" headed into the Oscar ceremony in a neck-and-neck race with "Brokeback" for the best film award, but "Brokeback" was favored because it had prevailed in many earlier award races. The Oscars are given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and...