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‘The Silence of the Lambs’ devoured the competition and won the top 5 Oscars

‘The Silence of the Lambs’ devoured the competition and won the top 5 Oscars
It was thirty years ago, on Valentine’s Day. A love affair with Oscar was about to begin. The psychological thriller “The Silence of the Lambs” opened in movie theaters to widespread critical acclaim. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris and starring 1988’s Best Actress Jodie Foster (“The Accused”) and Anthony Hopkins, the film knocked another spine-chiller (the Julia Roberts headlined “Sleeping with the Enemy”) off the top of the American box office chart. “Silence” would remain there for an impressive five weeks, grossing more than $130 million domestically and just over $270 million worldwide.

While the film pulled off the rare feat of pleasing both movie reviewers and regulars, it was initially seen as a wild card as an Oscar contender. After all, it was released before the 63rd Academy Awards (celebrating the best work of 1990) were even presented. Would “Silence” still resonate a year later? And then there was
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Foreign-Language Is the Favorite Category for Most of the World

Foreign-Language Is the Favorite Category for Most of the World
Organizations that give awards think every category is important. The American public, on the other hand, seems to only care about best picture, actor and actress.

However, to millions of people around the world, the most important category is the one devoted to movies that are not in the English language — what the Oscars call international feature film and what the Globes call foreign language.

For them, it’s not just about validation for one movie. Brillante Ma Mendoza, director of this year’s Philippines Oscar submission “Mindanao,” says, “An Oscar is more than a trophy,” adding that a nomination or win would be proof that “the whole Philippine film industry can stand with the best.”

Poland has been nominated three times in the past five years, including one win. Director Małgorzata Szumowska hopes the momentum carries to her film this year, “Never Gonna Snow Again.” After the award to Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,
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‘Into The Darkness,’ ‘Silent Forest’ Win Top Honors at Hybrid Goa Film Festival

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‘Into The Darkness,’ ‘Silent Forest’ Win Top Honors at Hybrid Goa Film Festival
Anders Refn’s WWII saga “Into the Darkness” (Denmark) and Ko Chen-Nien’s abuse drama “The Silent Forest” (Taiwan) won the major prizes at the 51st International Film Festival of India in Goa.

Into The Darkness” won the Golden Peacock for best film. The award carries a cash prize of Inr 4 million. The Silver Peacock for best director went to Ko, for “The Silent Forest.” The award comes with a cash prize of Inr 1.5 million.

Liu Tzu-Chuan won best actor, male, for “The Silent Forest,” while Zofia Stafiej won best actor, female, for her role in Piotr Domalewski’s comedy-drama “I Never Cry” (Poland).

Kamin Kalev won the special jury award for drama “February” (Bulgaria/France). Cassio Pereira dos Santos won best debut for trans coming-of-age film “Valentina” (Brazil). Indian director Kripal Kalita was given a special mention for for Assamese-language film “Bridge.”

The International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication Unesco Gandhi Award,
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"Gold List" Outstanding Asian and Pacific Islander (Api) achievements

by Nathaniel R

Despite all the amazing advances in diversity in film over the past few years one group that remains extremely underrepresented in American cinema is people of Asian descent. Even when an Asian-centered film breaks through to major success, awards are compartmentalized. You've probably noticed that even if said film wins Best Picture no actors are nominated in the acting categories. Only three actors of Asian descent have ever won Oscars: Miyoshi Umeki for Sayonara (1957), Ben Kingsley for Gandhi (1982), and Dr Haing S Ngor for The Killing Fields (1984). We hope Parasite's Oscar win at the start of 2020 was a fine omen of changes to come considering that the year that followed was actually a strong one for Asians in movies.

Cape (Coalitions of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) and Gold House have teamed up for a first, we hope annual, group of awards called the "Gold List" honoring
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12 best Candice Bergen films ranked, including ‘Carnal Knowledge,’ ‘Starting Over,’ ‘Let Them All Talk’ [Photos]

12 best Candice Bergen films ranked, including ‘Carnal Knowledge,’ ‘Starting Over,’ ‘Let Them All Talk’ [Photos]
Actress, model and avid photographer Candice Bergen is the daughter of famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, whose most famous dummy was Charlie McCarthy. She made her film debut as one of a clique of eight female students at a Vassar-like university in the 1966 social satire “The Group,” which touched on such then-taboo topics as abortion, lesbianism, abortion and free sex.

Bergen, now 74, might be part of the 2021 awards season conversation for her work in Steven Soderbergh’s HBO Max dramedy “Let Them All Talk” alongside cast mates Meryl Streep and Dianne Wiest as old friends who stage a reunion while sailing to the United Kingdom aboard the cruise ship Queen Mary 2.

See‘Let Them All Talk’ star Candice Bergen could make Oscars history with a nomination

The actress was Oscar-nominated for her supporting role in the 1979 comedy “Starting Over,” but lost out to Streep in “Kramer vs. Kramer.” However, her trophy case is far from empty,
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12 best Candice Bergen movies ranked

12 best Candice Bergen movies ranked
Actress, model and avid photographer Candice Bergen is the daughter of famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, whose most famous dummy was Charlie McCarthy. She made her film debut as one of a clique of eight female students at a Vassar-like university in the 1966 social satire “The Group,” which touched on such then-taboo topics as abortion, lesbianism, abortion and free sex.

Bergen, now 74, might be part of the 2021 awards season conversation for her work in Steven Soderbergh’s HBO Max dramedy “Let Them All Talk” alongside cast mates Meryl Streep and Dianne Wiest as old friends who stage a reunion while sailing to the United Kingdom aboard the cruise ship Queen Mary 2.

The actress was Oscar-nominated for her supporting role in the 1979 comedy “Starting Over,” but lost out to Streep in “Kramer vs. Kramer.” However, her trophy case is far from empty, thanks to her TV work on the long-running CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown.
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4K Movies: Start Your Collection with ‘Tenet’ and Other Films

4K Movies: Start Your Collection with ‘Tenet’ and Other Films
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Finally took the plunge and upgraded your home theater setup to a 4K ultra HD experience, but find that you now also need to upgrade your DVD and Blu-ray collection? You’re in luck — there are plenty of affordable box sets and 4K films that will allow you to beef up your movie collection for a modest investment.

From classic Hollywood to big-budget action, add films of all genres to your bookshelf. Though, let’s be honest, this selection leans heavily towards action because there’s no better way to make sure your new TV is calibrated correctly than via watching copious explosions and/or car chases.

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India Consolidates Film Units Under National Film Development Corporation Umbrella

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India Consolidates Film Units Under National Film Development Corporation Umbrella
India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has announced the merger of four of its film media units, Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives, and Children’s Film Society, with the National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc).

The Nfdc will now carry out all the functions that were being performed by the separate film units, as a single entity. “The merger of film media units under one corporation will lead to convergence of activities and resources and better coordination, thereby ensuring synergy and efficiency in achieving the mandate of each media unit,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Films Division was established in 1948, primarily to produce documentaries, shorts and news magazines recording government programs and keeping a cinematic record of Indian history.

The Children’s Film Society was formed in 1955 to provide children and young people value-based entertainment through the medium of films, while the National Film
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Amazon Prime Video New Releases: December 2020

Amazon Prime Video New Releases: December 2020
As a most unusual holiday season begins, it’s going to be harder for streaming services to demand our attention. With its new releases for December 2020, Amazon Prime is trying its best anyway.

This is actually an uncommonly jam-packed and intriguing roster of content for Bezos’s outfit. The list this month is highlighted by the release of The Expanse season 5 on Dec. 16. The beloved sci-fi series made the jump from Syfy to Amazon last year and things went well enough that it’s coming back for more. That returning show is complemented by another new genre series. The Wilds premieres on Dec. 11 and will follows a group of teenage girls lost (or Lost) on a deserted island.

Amazon’s original movies in December are just as intriguing. Riz Ahmed plays a heavy metal drummer losing his hearing in Sound of Metal on Dec. 4. Rachel Brosnahan stars as a mother
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Amazon Prime Announces Over 80 New Movies/TV Shows For December

Amazon Prime Announces Over 80 New Movies/TV Shows For December
Hard as it is to believe with everything going on right now, but Christmas is only about five weeks away, and the streaming market is already looking crowded. Although Netflix can probably expect to continue their dominance over subscribers through the end of 2020, Amazon Prime are releasing some notable titles for the last month of the year, including original films like I’m Your Woman and new episodes of The Expanse.

In terms of the former, it stars Rachel Brosnahan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in a picture about a woman who has to go on the run after her husband gets into trouble with his business partner. We’ll also be seeing the much-anticipated Sound of Metal, which features Riz Ahmed as a heavy metal drummer who develops hearing loss. This one will receive a limited theatrical release before heading to Amazon on December 4th. And elsewhere, viewers can expect
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‘The White Tiger’ Prowls Into Awards Season With Notable Performances From Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Newcomer Adarsh Gourav

‘The White Tiger’ Prowls Into Awards Season With Notable Performances From Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Newcomer Adarsh Gourav
A new discovery is always welcomed in Hollywood, and breakout star Adarsh Gourav makes his presence well known in Netflix’s “The White Tiger.” Written and directed by acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani, the ambitious and intriguing tale is likely to draw lazy comparisons to Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” due to mere geographic location. Much darker with a more dense narrative, the film likely won’t have the same awards traction as the 2008 Oscar sweeper.

The film tells the story of Balram Halwai (Gourav), an Indian driver who uses his wit and cunning ways to make his rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India.

In a year where Netflix has packed its awards arsenal with an eclectic showcase of films from a diverse set of filmmakers, Academy voters and guild members could find certain elements attractive, most prominently Gourav. His finding is sure to be praised
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Steven Yeun Drama ‘Minari’ Sets Limited Theatrical Release With Expansion to Follow (Exclusive)

Steven Yeun Drama ‘Minari’ Sets Limited Theatrical Release With Expansion to Follow (Exclusive)
Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” has been one of the best reviewed films of the year, starting its journey at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won the audience and grand jury prize. One of the big questions has surrounded its theatrical release plan, and Variety has learned exclusively that the film will have a qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 11 with a wider rollout beginning on Feb. 12, which is the Korean New Year. The film will continue its expansion going into Oscar nominations, currently scheduled for March 15, 2021.

The film follows a Korean family in the 1980s as they move to a farm in rural Alabama.

The A24 film has received outstanding reviews thus far, currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is proving to be a strong player in categories like best picture and director, and star Steven Yeun has emerged as
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5 Ways Gladiator Was Historically Accurate (& 5 Ways It Wasn’t)

5 Ways Gladiator Was Historically Accurate (& 5 Ways It Wasn’t)
Hollywood has never shied away from plumbing the annals of history for inspiration. Oftentimes, it has led to highly entertaining films and Oscar-winning performances, as evidenced by films like Gandhi, Braveheart, and Titanic.

Related: Top 14 Films Set In Ancient Rome, Ranked According To Rotten Tomatoes

Although the dramatic value of these films is often beyond reproach, their historical accuracy is highly questionable. It must make sense from a filmmaker’s point of view to eschew strict adherence to the facts in order to focus on artistic merit, especially if the subject matter is so remote that it may as well be myth. Such is the case with the perennial fan-favorite Gladiator, which embodies both historical fact and blatant fiction.
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2021 Oscar predictions: Steven Yeun (‘Minari’) and Riz Ahmed (‘Sound of Metal’) could make history for Asian actors

2021 Oscar predictions: Steven Yeun (‘Minari’) and Riz Ahmed (‘Sound of Metal’) could make history for Asian actors
It’s rare to see actors of Asian descent represented in the Best Actor race at the Oscars, but this year there are two ranked among the top 10 contenders, according to our racetrack odds as of this writing: Steven Yeun (“Minari”) and Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”). If either one of them gets in, it would be historic. And if both make the cut, it would be unprecedented.

See‘Minari’ trailer: Sundance winner stars Oscar contender Steven Yeun a Korean-American family man in Arkansas [Watch]

Yeun plays a Korean-American father who moves his family to Arkansas to start a farm. He has never been nominated for an Oscar before, but he earned acclaim and multiple critics’ awards for his sinister supporting role in “Burning” (2018). Playing sympathetic patriarchs in family dramas has paid off before with nominations for actors including Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness”), George Clooney (“The Descendants”) and Demian
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The Walking Dead Favorite Steven Yeun Could Make Oscars History with Minari

The Walking Dead Favorite Steven Yeun Could Make Oscars History with Minari
The Walking Dead fan favorite Steven Yeun is reportedly campaigning for a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for his role in Minari. Additionally, co-star Yeri Han will campaign for Best Actress with co-stars Alan S. Kim, Will Patton, and Yuh-Jung Youn hoping to be considered for supporting categories. Word of the talent gearing up for Oscar nominations comes from A24, the studio behind the acclaimed movie.

Steven Yeun could become the first Asian-American ever to be recognized for Best Actor if he manges to get a nomination for Minari. Russian-American actor Yul Brynner, who was part Mongolian, won a Best Actor Oscar for his lead role in the 1956 movie The King and I. Years later, half-Indian English actor Ben Kingsley managed to get the win for starring in 1982's Gandhi, which also won Best Picture; Kingsley received an additional Best Actor nomination for 2003's House of Sand and Fog.
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‘Minari’ Star Steven Yeun Could Become First Asian American Best Actor Nominee (Exclusive)

‘Minari’ Star Steven Yeun Could Become First Asian American Best Actor Nominee (Exclusive)
The Oscars best actor race has continued to fill up with an abundance of talent as A24 has confirmed that Steven Yeun will campaign as a lead actor for his performance in “Minari.”

Along with Yeun, co-star Yeri Han will also campaign for best actress, while his cast mates Alan S. Kim, Will Patton and Yuh-Jung Youn will look for consideration in the supporting categories.

Asian representation in the acting categories has been one of the ugliest stains in the Academy’s long history. If nominated for best actor, Yeun would be the first Asian American to ever be recognized in the category. Yul Brynner, of Mongol descent, won best actor for 1956’s “The King and I,” while Ben Kingsley, who is half Indian, won best actor for 1982’s “Gandhi,” which took home best picture. Kingsley was also nominated for 2003’s “House of Sand and Fog.”

Yeun’s performance as Jacob,
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Women Directors Could Make History at the Next Oscars (Column) – Awards Circuit

Women Directors Could Make History at the Next Oscars (Column) – Awards Circuit
A director’s chair folds from side to side, holding the full weight of the user. Not just their body, but the dreams of a career in cinema that is about to be realized before the world. What’s even more profound: how many of those chairs are occupied by women of color this year, many in their feature debuts.

Regina King has been at the forefront of the discussion with her first feature, “One Night in Miami,” from Amazon Studios. She’s looking to become the seventh Black director nominated for an Oscar, following in the footsteps of the late John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) and Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), who is also in the conversation for “Da 5 Bloods.” After winning her fourth Emmy, for HBO’s “Watchmen” — making her the second-most-awarded Black woman in Emmy history — King is one of the top contenders in
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Bhanu Athaiya, India’s First Oscar Winner for ‘Gandhi,’ Dies at 91

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Bhanu Athaiya, India’s First Oscar Winner for ‘Gandhi,’ Dies at 91
Bhanu Athaiya, the costume designer who became the first Indian to win an Oscar, for Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” (1982), died at her home in Mumbai Thursday after a prolonged illness. She was 91.

Athaiya was suffering from a brain tumor for the last eight years, her daughter Radhika Gupta told news agency Pti.

Athaiya was born in Kolhapur, western India, in 1929. She began her career as a fashion illustrator for magazines before she moved to designing costumes for films. She made her debut with Raj Khosla’s “C.I.D.” (1956) and went on to design for some of the landmark films of Indian cinema, including Guru Dutt’s “Pyaasa” (1957) and “Kaagaz Ke Phool” (1959) and Abrar Alvi’s “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam” (1962).

She designed for more than 100 Indian films over a career spanning nearly 60 years. Her output in the 1960s included “Gunga Jumna,” “Waqt,” “Amrapali,” “Teesri Manzil” and “Milan.” In the 1970s she worked on “Johny Mera Naam,
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‘Minari’ Trailer Highlights Steven Yeun and the Terrific Ensemble From A24

‘Minari’ Trailer Highlights Steven Yeun and the Terrific Ensemble From A24
The first official trailer for Lee Isaac Chung’s critically lauded Sundance hit, “Minari,” has landed.

Chung, who also wrote the script inspired by his own childhood, tells the story of a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny farm in Arkansas in search of better opportunities.

Split between the Korean and English language, the trailer highlights and emphasizes the beautiful ensemble of actors that Chung assembles. The cast, which includes Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Yuh-Jung Youn and Will Patton, is one of the year’s finest. A possible contender for the SAG cast ensemble prize, the A24 film started its run from Park City, Utah very strong.

Variety‘s Peter Debruge gave “Minari” high praise back in January saying, “As written — but even more importantly, as performed by an all-around terrific ensemble — the characters are easy to admire, and even easier to love. So,
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5 movies to watch this Gandhi Jayanti

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5 movies to watch this Gandhi Jayanti
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is not a name but an emotion for every Indian and will be so for countless generations to come. Being at the very forefront in India’s freedom movement, the icon the world fondly calls Bapu has left behind a legacy for each one of us to abide by his ideologies and philosophies.

Over the years, countless filmmakers, over a host of diverse languages have attempted to recreate the magic of the Mahatma on our screens with each one of them showcasing the different layers of his personality and contribution to India’s making both pre and post-independence. With the coming Friday being his 151th birth anniversary, there’s no better occasion to watch 5 Indian movies based on his life and teachings that left behind an indelible mark on the foundation that this country stands on today.

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The first movie that comes to mind when
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