The latest from David O. Russell beat out indie darling Beasts of the Southern Wild to take home four awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Female Lead (Jennifer Lawrence). Other major awards went to John Hawkes and Helen Hunt for The Sessions, Amour, and The Invisible War.
Films shot and set in Miami will be feted in the Miami International Film Festival's Florida Focus and other sections, including Sundance documentary competition feature Blackfish and the world premiere of Eenie Meenie Miney Moe
Helen Mirren is crowning herself Queen once again in an anticipated West End play that will have a one-night cinema run in theaters in the U.K. and worldwide. Also in today's round-up of news, a Nelson Mandela biopic heads to U.S. theaters; Full Frame becomes an Oscar qualifier and Colin Farrell receives Irish-American honors.
Kathryn Bigelow's controversial film has received multiple Oscar nominations and grossed over $102 million at the worldwide box office, but the film has been seen by virtually nobody in Parkistan.
Alexandre Moors's Blue Caprice and Penny Lane's Our Nixon will bookend the showcase of emerging filmmakers taking place March 20 - 31. New Director/New Films is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
Host Seth MacFarlane and actress Kristin Chenoweth will perform a "must see" number after the Best Picture award presentation, plus Oscar-nominated War Witch actress is headed to the awards from Congo, Christian Bale is headed to "Everest," and the European Film Awards are headed to Riga, all in today's FilmLinc Digest.
Best known for his anti-war masterpiece Trial on the Road (1971), which was banned in the USSR for over 15 years, and Khrustyalov, My Car! (1987), which divided audiences at Cannes, the largely unsung master succumbed to illness just before the completion of his decades-in-the-making new film.
Filmmakers and industry are set to flock to Columbia, MO for the True/False Film Festival, which opens in at the end of the month. Favorites from Sundance and Toronto are among this year's offerings.
An Iranian official took aim at the Berlin International Film Festival for giving a prize to dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi's Closed Curtain at the events recent awards ceremony. The film screened at the festival "illegally."