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December 3, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday its shortlist of 15 documentary feature finalists and, as always, the roll was as notable for its omissions as for its actual titles. Notably absent were such critically and commercially acclaimed docs as the Peter Jackson-produced West Memphis Three investigation, "West of Memphis," Sundance favorite "Queen of Versailles" and Monday's New York Film Critics Circle winner "The Central Park Five. " Another overlooked popular title,  "Paul Williams Still Alive," an in-depth look at the 1970s songwriter and the fickleness of fame, has also often been mentioned as a strong candidate in the original song category.
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April 7, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The six-book shortlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction was announced Monday. The U.K.-based prize, which comes with an award of about $50,000, is the most significant dedicated solely to fiction written by women. The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction , formerly the Orange Prize, was founded in 1991 after organizers noticed a distinct lack of appreciation for novels written by women. That year, while 60% of the novels published in the U.K. were by women, none made the shortlist for the Booker Prize.
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December 22, 2012
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday moved forward with nine potential nominated movies for the next round of voting in the foreign language film category for the 85th Academy Awards, narrowing the field from 71 qualifying films. There were no major surprises in the winnowed-down lineup, with the list including Austria's "Amour," directed by Michael Haneke and winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, as well as France's "The Intouchables," directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, which has been a worldwide box-office sensation.
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February 22, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The first-ever Daphne awards shortlist was announced Friday evening in Chicago, setting the stage to declare the best books of 1963. Yes, there were plenty of literary prizes in 1963, but they went to the wrong books. At least that's the idea behind the awards, created by Bookslut's editor Jessa Crispin. This happens: Famously, "Citizen Kane," declared by film historians the greatest film ever made, didn't get the Oscar -- the forgotten drama "How Green Was My Valley" did. The Chicago event took the form of a literary salon featuring deviled eggs, Bundt cake and whiskey.
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November 19, 2011
Fifteen feature-length documentaries have advanced for the upcoming Academy Awards, including Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's continued investigation of the three teenagers wrongly convicted of murder in Arkansas 20 years ago, "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory. " The 15 films announced Friday were chosen from 124 films that had originally qualified in the category. Members of the academy's documentary branch will now select the five nominees from among those titles on the shortlist.
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April 7, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The six-book shortlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction was announced Monday. The U.K.-based prize, which comes with an award of about $50,000, is the most significant dedicated solely to fiction written by women. The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction , formerly the Orange Prize, was founded in 1991 after organizers noticed a distinct lack of appreciation for novels written by women. That year, while 60% of the novels published in the U.K. were by women, none made the shortlist for the Booker Prize.
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September 11, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The 2012 Man Booker shortlist was announced Tuesday morning in London. It happened about 3 a.m. Pacific; we bring you our summary after the sun has made it over our horizon. The six shortlisted authors are in competition for one of the world's most lucrative and widely celebrated  prizes for literary fiction. The Man Booker, worth about $80,000, will be awarded at a gala ceremony in London on Oct. 16. The authors include those both expected and unexpected. Hilary Mantel's novel "Wolf Hall," a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic that happened to win the 2009 Man Booker Prize, has made the list with its sequel, "Bring Up the Bodies.
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April 9, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award announced its shortlist for 2013 on Tuesday, and a refreshingly diverse group it is, with five novels in translation -- from Japan, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, and France -- listed along with one British, one Irish and three American novels.  The prize, which carries a pot of more than $150,000, is the most valuable one in the world. Shortlisted titles this year include Karen Russell's "Swamplandia" (which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer last year)
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December 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The Motion Picture Academy on Friday released the shortlist of nine foreign-language films that will pass to the next round of the race, and it contained the category's characteristic mix of favorites and surprises. While some of the films making the cut were on many forecasters' lists--they include Hong Kong's "The Grandmaster" directed by Wong Kar Wai, Denmark's "The Hunt" directed by Thomas Vinterberg and Italy's "The Great Beauty" directed by Paolo Sorrentino--the list omitted Iran's "The Past," from filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who previously won the category with "A Separation.
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December 21, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday moved forward with nine potential nominated movies for the next round of voting in the foreign language film category for the 85th Academy Awards, narrowing the field from 71 qualifying films. There were no major surprises in the winnowed-down lineup, with the list including Austria's "Amour," which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, as well as France's "The Intouchables," which has been a worldwide box-office sensation.
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February 13, 2014 | By John Horn
Winning an Oscar - or just being nominated - can transform a Hollywood future. Yet just because some actors and filmmakers weren't shortlisted for an Academy Award doesn't mean their great work is going unrewarded. Critics have rightly pointed to 2013 as one of the best movie years in recent history. Consequently, the fields for top Oscars were impossibly crowded, with highly praised performances by Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Robert Redford and Oprah Winfrey left on the sidelines.
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December 28, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It makes for an unlikely combination: some of Hollywood's biggest stars rubbing up against relative obscurities from the international festival circuit. Yet that's exactly what happens each year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which has become an essential stop for celebs working the awards circuit while also showcasing iforeign language cinema (including Oscar hopefuls). "To me, that's the beauty of the festival, that combination," said festival director Darryl Macdonald.
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December 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The Motion Picture Academy on Friday released the shortlist of nine foreign-language films that will pass to the next round of the race, and it contained the category's characteristic mix of favorites and surprises. While some of the films making the cut were on many forecasters' lists--they include Hong Kong's "The Grandmaster" directed by Wong Kar Wai, Denmark's "The Hunt" directed by Thomas Vinterberg and Italy's "The Great Beauty" directed by Paolo Sorrentino--the list omitted Iran's "The Past," from filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who previously won the category with "A Separation.
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December 14, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“American Hustle,” “The Great Gatsby” and "Jackass Presents:   Bad   Grandpa" are among the films competing for a nomination for makeup and hairstyling in the 86th Academy Awards. The films, as well as “Dallas Buyers Club,” "Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” are the remaining picks shortlisted, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Saturday. PHOTOS: Movie scenes from 'American Hustle' On Jan. 11, members of the Academy's Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to screen excerpts from the seven films.
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December 3, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
"Blackfish," "20 Feet From Stardom" and "Tim's Vermeer" are among the 15 films that have made the Oscar shortlist for documentary features, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.  Members of the documentary branch narrowed the field from a record 151 qualified entries, selecting an excellent group of films that also included Sarah Polley's acclaimed family investigation "Stories We Tell" (which took the nonfiction prize...
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July 11, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
PEN American Center announced the finalists for its 2013 awards Thursday. The organization will present 16 prizes, giving away nearly $150,000 to writers, editors and translators. At $25,000, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction is the largest single award. Michigan-based independent publisher Dzanc Books made the shortlist with Jac Jemc's "My Only Wife. " The University of Chicago Press' rare foray into original fiction paid off, with "A Naked Singularity" by Sergio de la Pava -- a 688-page novel -- landing on the shortlist as well.
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October 11, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
The Oscar race is narrowing -- for one category at least. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its shortlist in the documentary short subject contest Thursday morning, and the group includes films as diverse as "The Education of Mohammad Hussein," which examines what it's like to come of age as a Muslim in America post-9/11, and "Kings Point," about a retirement community outside Palm Beach, Fla. The other six titles center mainly...
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January 31, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Claremont Graduate University on Thursday named three poets as finalists for its Kingsley Tufts Award . With a $100,000 prize, the Kingsley Tufts award is one of the most significant awards given to an American poet; previous recipients include D.A. Powell, Lucia Perillo, Yusef Komunyakaa, Carl Phillips, and Chase Twichell. The three finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award are Marianne Boruch for "The Book of Hours" (Copper Canyon Press), Edward Haworth Hoeppner for "Blood Prism" (Ohio State University Press)
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April 9, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award announced its shortlist for 2013 on Tuesday, and a refreshingly diverse group it is, with five novels in translation -- from Japan, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, and France -- listed along with one British, one Irish and three American novels.  The prize, which carries a pot of more than $150,000, is the most valuable one in the world. Shortlisted titles this year include Karen Russell's "Swamplandia" (which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer last year)
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April 4, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction announced its shortlist Thursday , with five novelists competing for the title of Britain's funniest author with the book that "best captures the comic spirit of P.G. Wodehouse," the author of, among many others, the "Jeeves and Wooster" novels.  "This is one of the strongest shortlists I have seen," said judge and Everyman's Library publisher David Campbell. "All five novels are truly brilliantly funny. " Notably absent from the list of finalists this year was perennial British prize-winner Hilary Mantel.
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