CRONICAS, a suspense thriller about a Miami, Florida TV reporter's investigation into a string of child murders in Ecuador, has won top honours at the second annual Latino DVD Awards. The award ceremony was held Tuesday night (11APR06) in West Hollywood, California. The film, from director SEBASTIAN CORDERO, was named Best Of The Show and also won for Best Special Features. Other winners included The Sea Inside for Best Theatrical DVD, FLORES DE OTRO MUNDO for Best Non-Theatrical DVD and THE MAMBO KINGS SPECIAL EDITION for Best Classic/Catalog DVD.
A Singaporean movie has been disqualified from the Foreign Language category at next year's (06) Academy Awards, because it was shot mainly in English.
Academy judges have ruled ERIC KHOO's BE WITH ME contained more English than Mandarin or regional dialect Hokkein.
It joins three other films on the Oscars scrapheap - two of which failed to reach judges by the deadline and another was axed from consideration because it had previously appeared on television.
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Spanish actor Javier Bardem is delighted his new movie has stirred up frenzied controversy about euthanasia, because he thinks it's time the world faced the issue head-on and discussed it.
In The Sea Inside, the screen star plays real-life writer and activist RAMON SAMPEDRO, who fought the Spanish government for 30 years for his right to die after becoming a quadriplegic following a car crash.
And the OSCAR-winning Best Foreign Language Film has become a huge talking point in Bardem's native Spain.
Continue reading: Oscar-Winning Film Prompts Euthanasia Debate
Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic picked up the most statuettes, but Clint Eastwood's powerful boxing drama took the Best Picture prize, the Best Director OSCAR for Eastwood, and the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards for its stars Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman.
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Wine-drinking comedy SIDEWAYS was the toast of the 20th annual INDEPENDENT Spirit Awards in California yesterday (25FEB05), claiming six of the ceremony's prizes.
Double winners at the ceremony were the indie movies Mean Creek, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES and MARIA FULL OF GRACE.
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OSCAR-winning film-maker Pedro Almodovar has quit the SPANISH FILM ACADEMY because he is disgusted with its voting procedure for annual awards.
The Talk to Her director was aghast when his latest offering Bad Education lost out to The Sea Inside for the Spanish Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination, and failed to win any GOYAs (Spain's national film award) while ALEJANDRO AMENABAR's movie picked up 14 statuettes.
Almodovar and his producer brother AUGUSTIN criticised new voting protocol, saying they disagreed with new directives which mean artists can only be nominated for awards by members of their own discipline.
Continue reading: Almodovar Quits Spanish Academy
Euthanasia drama The Sea Inside (MAR ADENTRO) won a staggering 14 trophies at Spain's annual GOYA AWARDS last night (30JAN05).
Alejandro Amenabar's true story of a man wanting to end his life with dignity after a diving accident leaves him paralysed, is also favourite to win Best Foreign Language Film at next month's (FEB05) Oscars.
Continue reading: The Sea Inside Sweeps Spanish Film Awards
LATEST: Spanish actor Javier Bardem has slammed ex-model JILL MARSHALL's lawsuit against him, claiming the beauty's nose was broken through "her own conduct".
Marshall filed suit this month (JAN05) accusing Bardem of breaking her nose on the dancefloor of New York's Gypsy Tea nightclub during an afterparty for the premiere of his film The Sea Inside.
Marshall claims her injury was so severe, she required surgery following the alleged incident. Besides suing Bardem, she has also accused Gypsy Tea of negligence for continuing to serve alcohol to the actor "while in a state of intoxication" and their failure to provide security to prevent the incident.
Continue reading: Bardem Responds To Broken Nose Lawsuit
The Howard Hughes biopic is also up for OSCARs in the Best Supporting Actor (Alan Alda) and Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett) categories at the 27 February (05) ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theater.
Other films with multiple nominations include Finding Neverland, which has nine, while Clint Eastwood movie Million Dollar Baby has received seven nods, including two for Eastwood in both the directing and acting categories.
Continue reading: Aviator Soars Away With 11 Oscar Nominations
Spanish movie The Sea Inside has been named Best Picture at the BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Thailand.
The film, based on a true story about a paralysed man's fight for the right to euthanasia, also won its star Javier Bardem the Best Actor award.
Continue reading: Bardem And Bening Triumph At Bangkok Festival
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