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2006-07-11 14:56:47

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar organizers on Tuesday said they invited 83 countries to submit movies for foreign-language film nominations for the movie industry's top honors, including first-timers Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. For filmmakers outside the United States, an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can give their work global recognition and help boost ticket sales, making nominations tremendously important. The Beverly Hills-based Academy established a...

2006-03-16 12:08:01

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - World leaders have their faults, former South Africa President Nelson Mandela said on Thursday, regaling the cast of an Oscar-winning gangster movie with tales of his own teenage years as a pig thief. "All of us were very mischievous in our younger days," he said after meeting with the cast of Tsotsi. "You know, we had a method as young chaps of about 16 or 17, of stealing pigs." South Africa's first Academy Award-winning film, Tsotsi portrays a violent young...

2006-03-12 07:52:53

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Cheering fans thronged the streets of one of South Africa's toughest slums on Sunday to welcome home the makers of the country's Oscar-winning film "Tsotsi," which depicted the harsh realities of township life. Gripping the golden Oscar statue, director Gavin Hood, star Presley Chweneyagae and other cast and crew members paraded through Alexandra township near Johannesburg in an open-top bus after a rapturous welcome at the airport on their arrival from Los...

2006-03-05 23:00:47

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Tsotsi," the South African film about a Johannesburg shantytown thug, won the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday. Directed and written by 42-year-old Gavin Hood, the film features a searing performance by Presley Chweneyagae as a gun-toting, emotionally dead gangster who suddenly learns that human life has some value when he is forced to care for a baby he has kidnapped. "God Bless Africa!," Hood said, upon receiving his award. "We may have...

2006-02-24 17:17:08

By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - You've got Palestinian suicide bombers, young men about to explode in a South African shantytown, Nazis, Italian incest victims and World War One soldiers. This year's five foreign-language Oscar nominees are a varied lot, and there are hints the race is too close to call, which has added excitement to what has been called the most boring of the top Academy Awards categories. For the first time in Oscar history, a Palestinian film,...

2006-01-31 18:09:44

By Arthur Spiegelman and Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Palestinian filmmaker Hamy Abu-Assad fell in love with Hollywood on Tuesday when the Academy Awards made history by nominating a Palestinian film for an Oscar for the first time. Abu-Assad's dramatic portrayal of suicide bombers preparing to die in "Paradise Now" was one of five films nominated for best foreign language film. Other nominees included France's "Joyeux Noel," Germany's "The Final Days," South Africa's...

2005-10-28 07:46:41

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rape, murder, pedophilia and rare male nudity on the conservative African stage -- no wonder South Africa's hottest playwright is credited with revolutionizing theater in his homeland. Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom is part of a growing cadre of young black South African artists smashing through African taboos to portray in theater and film the ultraviolence and explicit sex they say reflects real life in the country's roughest townships....

2005-10-27 01:27:15

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - South African director Gavin Hood, coming off the acclaimed feature "Tsotsi," has signed on to direct "Prodigy," the true story of an 11-year-old college graduate. The story centers on math prodigy Adragon De Mello, who began a new life after college, enrolling in the seventh grade under an assumed name. The independently produced movie, based on an Esquire magazine article, follows the boy's relationship with his volatile father, a...

2005-10-26 07:27:30

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Having invited 91 countries to submit films for consideration in the foreign-language Oscar category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday that a record 58 took up the offer. Three countries that had not previously been represented submitted films: Costa Rica, which offered Esteban Ramirez's "Caribe"; Fiji, which submitted Vilsoni Hereniko's "The Land Has Eyes"; and Iraq, which entered Jamil Rostami's...

2005-09-25 05:53:33

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Tired of African films that make audiences want to slit their wrists, the director of the continent's top Oscar contender has opted for a universal tale of triumph over AIDS, poverty and violence. The South African-British film "Tsotsi," a raw but redemptive story about a Johannesburg gang leader, won the People's Choice award at the Toronto festival and is tipped for a foreign-language Oscar nomination. While "Tsotsi" -- township slang...


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