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"Black Swan" Dominates 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, But Where's the Love for "Winter's Bone?"

With all the "Black Swan" hoopla, am I the only one who thinks that the film, while well-made, is not deserving of all these hyper-crazed adulations? Portman was good, but I prefer Annette Bening's understated performance in "The Kids Are All Right." Or heck, Jennifer Lawrence's "Winter's Bone" performance could easily outdance Portman's delusional ballerina portrayal any day.

And "Winter's Bone," celebrating its true independent spirit, was virtually snubbed at last night's Independent Spirit Awards. Sure, the excellent supporting cast was honored with Dale Dickey winning Best Supporting Female and John Hawkes for Best Supporting Male, but the engaging and deeply haunting Debra Granik movie (with the most nominations totaling to seven nods) lost out to...you guessed it, Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan." (Check out my "Winter's Bone" movie review right here)

And yes, I do admire Aronofsky, I thought "The Wrestler" was one of his personal
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Spirit Awards 2011 Winners: Black Swan, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Darren Aronofsky

Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (top); James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours (middle); Dale Dickey in Debra Granik's Winter's Bone (bottom) Winter's Bone Leads Spirit Award Nominations; The Kids Are All Right Is Runner-Up Best Feature (Award given to the producer) * Executive Producers are not listed. 127 Hours Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, John Smithson * Black Swan Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver Greenberg Producers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Rudin The Kids Are All Right Producers: Gary Gilbert, Philippe Hellmann, Jordan Horowitz, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg Winter’S Bone Producers: Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Anne Rosellini Best Director * Darren AronofskyBlack Swan Danny Boyle – 127 Hours Lisa CholodenkoThe Kids Are All Right Debra Granik – Winter’s Bone John Cameron MitchellRabbit Hole Best Female Lead Annette BeningThe Kids Are All Right [...]
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"True Grit," "The Social Network," "127 Hours" Lead Houston Film Critics! And Worst Films of the Year Are...

Danny Boyle.s .127 Hours,. David Fincher.s .The Social Network. and Joel & Ethan Coen.s .True Grit. led the Houston Area Film Critics Award nominations with six nominations each including Best Picture and Best Director. But the Houston Film Critics also chose the Worst Pictures of the year pitting "Jonah Hex" against "The Last Airbender."

Here's the complete list of nominees:

Best Picture:

127 Hours, Fox Searchlight (produced by Christian Colson, John Smithson, Danny Boyle)

Black Swan, Fox Searchlight (produced by Mike Medavoy, Scott Franklin, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver)

Inception, Warner Bros. (produced by Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas)

Kick Ass, Lionsgate (produced by Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, David Reid)

The Kids are All Right, Focus Features (produced by Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Philippe Hellmann)

The King.s Speech, The Weinstein Company (produced by Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin)

The Social Network,
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Houston Film Critics 2010 Nominations: The Social Network, Black Swan, 127 Hours

Annette Bening, Julianne Moore in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right Best Picture: 127 Hours, Fox Searchlight (produced by Christian Colson, John Smithson, Danny Boyle) Black Swan, Fox Searchlight (produced by Mike Medavoy, Scott Franklin, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver) Inception, Warner Bros. (produced by Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas) Kick Ass, Lionsgate (produced by Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, David Reid) The Kids Are All Right, Focus Features (produced by Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Philippe Hellmann) The King’s Speech, The Weinstein Company (produced by Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin) The Social Network, Columbia Pictures (produced by David Fincher, Scott Rudin, Danna Brunetti, Michael de Luca, Cean Chaffin, Kevin Spacey) Toy Story 3, Walt Disney Pictures (produced by Darla K. Anderson, John Lasseter, Nicole Paradis) True Grit, Paramount Pictures (produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin, Steven Spielberg) Winter’s Bone,
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Cool! "Winter's Bone" Dominates Independent Spirit Awards Nominations! See Complete List of Nominees

I'm so glad that "Winter's Bone" has been receiving all the accolades. I love this film when it was shown in limited release last summer. The backwoods drama won big at the Gothams Awards winning Best Feature and Best Ensemble, and now, it dominated the Independent Spirit Awards with seven nominations including Best Feature, Director for Debra Granik, Screenplay for Granik and Anne Rosellini, Female Lead for Jennifer Lawrence, Supporting Female for Dale Dickey, Supporting Male for John Hawkes, and Cinematography for Michael McDonough. ("Winter's Bone" Movie Review)

"Winter's Bone" will compete against "127 Hours," "Black Swan," "Greenberg" and "The Kids Are All Right" for best picture.

Related Links:

"127 Hours" interviews with James Franco, Danny Boyle, and Simon Beaufoy

"Greenberg" Movie Review and Interviews with Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, and Rhys Ifans

"The Kids Are All Right" Movie Review and Interviews with Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, and
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"Winter's Bone" Wins Big at Gotham Awards

What was once a Sundance darling is now a Gothams Award winner! Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone" won big at the 20th Gotham Independent Film Awards taking home the Best Feature and the Best Ensemble Performance awards.

It's safe to say that "Winter's Bone," which earned two Sundance prizes last January including Best Drama Film and Screenwriting, is on its way to the Academy Awards. ("Winter's Bone" Movie Review)

"The Hurt Locker" started its ascend to Oscar victory last year with its two-punch Best Feature and Best Ensemble Gotham Awards.

Here's the complete list of winners and nominees of the 20th Gotham Independent Film Awards: (Winners are highlighted)

Best Feature

Black Swan -- Darren Aronofsky, director; Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Blue Valentine -- Derek Cianfrance, director; Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, producers (The Weinstein Company)

The Kids Are All Right -- Lisa Cholodenko,
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2010 Gotham Awards: Winter's Bone Wins Best Feature

Debra Granik's Winter's Bone went two for four at the 2010 Gotham awards claiming Best Ensemble and the coveted, top prize of Best Feature beating out the much-liked other Sundance titles in Blue Valentine and The Kids Are All Right and Tiff titles Black Swan and Let Me In. I think many indie film insider would agree that this was Winter's Bone award to lose, and with tomorrow's Indie Spirit nominations unveiling (where we should expect more mentions) 2010 will have been quite the comeback year for Debra Granik, whose debut film Down to the Bone would critically do well but pretty much disappeared from the map straight-after. The Roadside Attractions summer released film was produced by Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin. Other Noms: Black Swan Darren Aronofsky, director; Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Blue Valentine Derek Cianfrance, director; Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell,
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Gotham Awards 2010

Jennifer Lawrence in Debra Granik's Winter's Bone Winners designated by "*"   Best Feature Black Swan Darren Aronofsky, director; Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Blue Valentine Derek Cianfrance, director; Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, producers (The Weinstein Company) The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko, director; Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Jordan Horowitz, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Philippe Hellmann, producers (Focus Features) Let Me In Matt Reeves, director; Simon Oakes, Alex Brunner, Guy East, Tobin Armbrust, Donna Gigliotti, John Nording, Carl Molinder, producers (Overture Films) *Winter's Bone Debra Granik, director; Anne Rosellini, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, producers (Roadside Attractions)   Best Documentary 12th & Delaware Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors/producers (HBO Documentary Films) Inside Job Charles Ferguson, director; Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) *The Oath Laura Poitras, director/producer (Zeitgeist Films and American Documentary/Pov) Public Speaking Martin Scorsese, director; Martin Scorsese,
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Gotham Awards Nominees Announced!

So how do you define “independent” again?

The nominees for Ifp’s 20th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards (which some refer to as the official start to awards season) were announced moments ago.

The Gotham Awards will be held on November 29th. More here: http://gotham.ifp.org.

Here’s the list of “Independent Film” nominees:

Best Feature

Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky, director; Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance, director; Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, producers (The Weinstein Company)

The Kids Are All Right

Lisa Cholodenko, director; Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Jordan Horowitz, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Philippe Hellmann, producers (Focus Features)

Let Me In

Matt Reeves, director; Simon Oakes, Alex Brunner, Guy East, Tobin Armbrust, Donna Gigliotti, John Nording, Carl Molinder, producers (Overture Films)

Winter’s Bone

Debra Granik, director; Anne Rosellini, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, producers (Roadside Attractions
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Nominees for 2010 Gotham Awards Announced

Nominees for 2010 Gotham Awards Announced
The nominees for the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced today by the Independent Filmmaker Project. Twenty-six films were nominated across six categories. The selections were chosen by 20 film critics, journalists, and curators. The awards ceremony will be held on Nov. 29 in Manhattan. Previous winners for Best Feature include "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "Into the Wild" (2007), and "Capote" (2005).In addition to the film awards, career tributes will be given to actors Robert Duvall and Hilary Swank, director Darren Aronofsky, and Focus Features CEO James Schamus. The nominees are as follow:Best Feature "Black Swan"Darren Aronofsky, director; Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)"Blue Valentine"Derek Cianfrance, director; Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, producers (The Weinstein Company)"The Kids Are All Right"Lisa Cholodenko, director;  Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Jordan Horowitz, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Philippe Hellmann, producers (Focus Features)"Let Me In"Matt Reeves,
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Trailer for The Kids Are All Right

Universal Studios have just sent us the brand new trailer for The Kids Are Alright. The movie stars Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson. It’s directed by Lisa Cholodenko and is scheduled for release in the UK 29th October.

Jamie put up the new poster a little while ago which you can see here.

Synopsis

It’s all about family.

The most talked-about movie at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and the winner of the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival, The Kids Are All Right is directed by Lisa Cholodenko (High Art, Laurel Canyon) from an original screenplay that she wrote with Stuart Blumberg (Keeping the Faith). The movie combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth in a funny, vibrant, and richly drawn portrait of a modern family.

Nic and Jules (three-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and
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