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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Motion Picture

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Avatar

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The Blind Side

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An Education
An Education

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The Hurt Locker

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Up in the Air
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A Serious Man
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Inglourious Basterds
Inglourious Basterds

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District 9
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Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Actor

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George Clooney in Up In The Air
George Clooney in Up In The Air

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Morgan Freeman in Invictus
Morgan Freeman in Invictus

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Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker

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Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

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Colin Firth in A Single Man
Colin Firth in A Single Man

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Did You Know?
In the acting categories, 12 individuals are first-time nominees. Five of the nominees (George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Penélope Cruz, Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep) are previous acting winners. Matt Damon received an Oscar® for Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997).


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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Supporting Actress

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Anna Kendrick in Up In The Air
Anne Kedrick as Natalie Keener in Up In The Air

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Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Mo'Nique as Mary Jones in Precious

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Penélope Cruz in Nine
Penélope Cruz in Nine

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Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart

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Vera Farmiga in Up In The Air
Vera Farmiga as Alex Goran in Up In The Air

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Academy Award® Nominated Directors

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James Cameron ~ AVATAR
JAMES CAMERON (Director-Writer-Producer-Editor) was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, and grew up near Niagara Falls. In 1971, he moved to Brea, California where he studied physics at Fullerton Junior College while working as a machinist and, later, a truck driver. Setting his sights on a career in film, Cameron quit his trucking job in 1978 and raised money from a consortium of local dentists to produce a 35mm short film.

The visual effects in this film led to work on Roger Corman’s “Battle Beyond the Stars” (1980), on which he served as production designer, matte artist and visual effects director of photography. Next, he became second unit director on Corman’s subsequent sci-fi thriller, “Galaxy of Terror” (1981).

In 1983 Cameron wrote three scripts: “Rambo: First Blood Part 2,” “Aliens” and “The Terminator.” He directed “The Terminator,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 1984. It became an unexpected box office hit and made Time magazine’s ten best films of the year list.

Cameron subsequently directed “Aliens” (1986), then wrote and directed “The Abyss” (1989). Following that, he wrote, produced and directed “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991), “True Lies” (1994), and “Titanic” (1997). He also co-wrote and produced “Point Break” (1991) and “Strange Days” (1994), and produced “Solaris” (2003).

His films have blazed new trails in visual effects and set numerous performance records both domestically and abroad. “Titanic” currently holds both the domestic and worldwide box office records having grossed over $1.8 billion at the global box office. Cameron’s films have also earned numerous nominations and awards from a variety of organizations, culminating in “Titanic’s” fourteen Academy Award nominations (a record) and eleven Oscars, including Cameron’s three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing.

In 1999, Cameron co-created the one-hour television series “Dark Angel.” The show ran for two seasons on the Fox Network and gained a loyal following and a number of prestigious nominations and awards, including the People’s Choice Award for Best New Television Drama. It also launched a new star: Jessica Alba.

Cameron also set to work on a digital 3-D camera system, which he developed with partner Vince Pace. The goal was to bring back the experience of deep ocean exploration with unprecedented clarity to a global audience.

Using this new camera system, Cameron proceeded to make underwater documentaries with his company, Earthship Productions. His team’s historic exploration of the inside of Titanic was the subject of Cameron’s 3-D IMAX film, “Ghosts of the Abyss.” In May 2002, Cameron guided his robotic cameras inside the wreck of Bismarck, which resulted in groundbreaking discoveries about the sinking of the legendary German battleship, and the Discovery Channel documentary, “James Cameron’s Expedition: Bismarck. Cameron’s team then made three expeditions to deep hydrothermal vent sites in the Atlantic, Pacific and Sea of Cortez over a two-year period, which became the subject of “Aliens of the Deep,” also released in 3-D IMAX. He was joined in his exploration of these extreme environments by a team of young scientists and marine biologists to study how life forms discovered there represent life we may one day find on other planets and moons in our solar system. Most recently, Cameron returned again to the Titanic to complete his interior exploration of the ship, which was showcased in the Discovery Channel’s program, “Last Mysteries of the Titanic.”
Cameron continues to work with his engineering partner, Vince Pace, to develop camera systems and tools for 3D photography, for movies, documentaries, sports and special events. Their Fusion Camera System is the world’s leading stereoscopic camera system, and has been used on AVATAR, “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Hannah Montana: Best of Both Worlds,” “U2:3D,” “Tron: Legacy,” and “The Final Destination,” as well as numerous special event projects, such as the NBA All Star Game. Cameron is also continuing to develop a number of ocean projects, and other environmentally themed documentaries.
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Jason Reitman ~ UP IN THE AIR
JASON REITMAN (Director/Screenplay/Producer) is an Oscar®-nominated director who has established himself as an original, smart and funny storyteller known for his pitch-perfect commentaries on society. Reitman recently produced the horror comedy Jennifers Body for Fox. The Diablo Cody-scripted film was directed by Karyn Kusama and stars Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox. In addition, Reitman executive-produced Atom Egoyan’s Chloe starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, which debuted at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and has been picked up for release by Sony and is set for release in 2010. Reitman is also set to executive-produce Max Winkler’s directing debut Ceremony and is currently at work on an adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel Labor Day.

Through his company, Right of Way Films, Reitman is developing new scripts by Jenny Lumet and the Duplass brothers. He is also developing a feature film based on the cult children’s television show Yo Gabba Gabba.

He made his feature film directing debut with the 2006 hit Thank You for Smoking, based on the acclaimed novel by Christopher Buckley, which Reitman adapted for the screen. The film had its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by Fox Searchlight. Thank You for Smoking went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2006, Reitman was named Best Debut Director by the National Board of Review.

In December 2007, Fox Searchlight released Reitmans second feature, Juno, which follows the story of a pregnant teenager. Juno has earned widespread praise since its debut at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, and has grossed over $230 million worldwide.
Reitman was nominated for an Academy Award® for directing Juno. The film earned one win for Diablo Cody’s screenplay and additional nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Ellen Page). Juno won three Independent Spirit Awards and a Grammy Award. Reitman was born in Montreal on October 19, 1977. At age 19, his first short film, Operation, premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Reitman’s short films have played in over a hundred film festivals worldwide.

Reitman is half of the mash-up turntable band “Bad Meaning Bad.”
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Quentin Tarantino ~ INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
Quentin TaratinoWith his vibrant imagination and his trademark dedication to richly detailed storytelling, Quentin Tarantino has established himself as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation. Tarantino continues to infuse his distinct, innovative films with appreciative nods to classic moviemaking styles, genres and motifs.

Most recently collaborated with Robert Rodriquez on GRINDHOUSE, an unprecedented project from the longtime collaborators (FROM DUSK TO DAWN, FOUR ROOMS and SIN CITY) which presented two original, complete films as a double feature. Tarantino’s DEATH PROOF, one half of the double feature, is a white knuckle ride behind the wheel of a psycho serial killer’s roving death machine.
Tarantino guided audiences on a whirlwind tour of the globe in KILL BILL VOL. 1 and KILL BILL VOL. 2, in which Uma Thurman, as “the bride,” enacted a “roaring rampage of revenge” on her former lover and boss. KILL BILL VOL. 1 and KILL BILL VOL. 2 also star David Carradine as the doomed title character, and Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox and Michael Madsen as his equally moribund team of assassins.

Following the worldwide success of KILL BILL VOL. 1 and KILL BILL VOL. 2, Tarantino seized another opportunity to collaborate with longtime friend and colleague Robert Rodriguez as a special guest director on the thriller SIN CITY. Based on three of co-director Frank Miller’s graphic novels, SIN CITY was released in 2005. The ensemble cast included Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Elijah Wood.
Tarantino then turned his attention to the small screen, directing the season five finale of CSI. In the episode, entitled “Grave Danger,” Tarantino took the show’s fans on a chilling, claustrophobic journey six feet underground into a torturous coffin that contained CSI team member Nick Stokes (George Eads). The episode garnered Tarantino an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Tarantino made his television directorial debut in 1995 with an episode of the long-running drama ER entitled “Motherhood.”

Tarantino wrote and directed JACKIE BROWN, a comic crime caper loosely based on Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch, starring Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton. JACKIE BROWN was released in 1997. Grier garnered both Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance in the title role. Forster was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor. Jackson won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1998 for his performance as Ordell Robbie.

Tarantino co-wrote, directed and starred in PULP FICTION, which won the Palme D’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, numerous critics’ awards, and a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. Tarantino made a return visit to Cannes in 2004 to take on the prestigious role of jury president. PULP FICTION was nominated for seven Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, and Tarantino received an Academy Award® for Best Screenplay. The time-bending, crime fiction collage stars John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Eric Stoltz, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Maria de Medeiros, Amanda Plummer and Christopher Walken.
He made a bold debut with RESERVOIR DOGS, a cops and robbers tale that Tarantino wrote, directed and produced on a shoe-string budget. The film boasts an impressive cast that includes Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen.

Following the success of RESERVOIR DOGS, the screenplays that Tarantino wrote during his tenure as a video store clerk became hot properties: Tony Scott directed Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in TRUE ROMANCE and Robert Rodriguez directed George Clooney and Salma Hayek in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.

Tarantino joined Allison Anders, Robert Rodriguez and Alexandre Rockwell by directing, writing and executive producing a segment of the omnibus feature FOUR ROOMS.

Tarantino’s diverse work as a producer exemplifies both his dedication to first-time filmmakers and his enthusiastic support for his experienced peers and colleagues. Tarantino served as an executive producer on Eli Roth’s HOSTEL, a chilling horror film about vacationers who fall victim to a service that allows its patrons to live out sadistic fantasies of murder. In 2005, Tarantino also produced first-time director Katrina Bronson’s DALTRY CALHOUN, starring Johnny Knoxville and Juliette Lewis. Tarantino’s additional executive producer credits include Robert Rodriguez’s FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and Roger Avary’s KILLING ZOE. The longtime fan of Asian cinema presented Yuen Wo Ping’s IRON MONKEY to American audiences in 2001 and Zhang Yimou’s HERO in 2004.
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Lee Daniels ~ Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Lee Daniels began his career in entertainment as a casting director and manager after a chance meeting with a Hollywood producer, who recognized that Daniels had the business and artistic savvy to succeed. He initially started out as a casting director working on projects such as Under the Cherry Moon and Purple Rain, and continued managing talent that included several Academy Award nominees and winners.

Monster’s Ball, the first production of Lee Daniels Entertainment, was a remarkable pioneering achievement. The film marked Daniels as the first African-American sole producer of an Academy Award earning substantial critical and box office success, Monster’s Ball was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2002—Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress, for which Halle Berry won an Oscar.

Daniels’ next producing effort was The Woodsman. The film, starring Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick and Mos Def made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. Nominated for three 2005 Independent Spirit Awards, the film received the CICAE Arthouse Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; Jury Prize, Deauville International Film Festival and Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.

Shadowboxer, marks Daniels’ directorial debut. This bold and heart wrenching tale of a pair of controversial assassins stars Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Ferlito, Mo’Nique, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Macy Gray and had it’s world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Daniels received a nomination for the New Directors Award at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival on behalf of the film.

Krystal joins them along the way. The film will be shot in New Mexico and Tennessee. It is produced by Daniels, written by Russell Schaumberg and will be directed by Aaron Woodley who directed the critically acclaimed Rhinoceros Eyes.

Outside of his work in film, Daniels briefly stepped into the world of politics and community development. Upon the request of Harlem neighbor and former president Bill Clinton, Daniels produced public service announcements to inspire young people of color to vote.The effective campaign was launched in March 2004 and featured actor/musician LL Cool J and Grammy winner Alicia Keys.
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Kathryn Bigelow ~ THE HURT LOCKER
KATHRYN BIGELOW (Director and Producer) has distinguished herself as one of Hollywood’s most innovative filmmakers. In 1985, Bigelow directed and co-wrote the stirring cult classic Near Dark, produced by Steven- Charles Jaffe. The film was critically lauded as a “poetic horror film.” As always, Bigelow’s visual style garnered positive reactions from the press, who described it as “dreamy, passionate and terrifying, a hallucinatory vision of the American nightworld that becomes both seductive and devastating.” Following the release of the film, the Museum of Modern Art honored Bigelow with a career retrospective.

In 1991, Bigelow directed the action thriller Point Break, which starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. Executive produced by James Cameron, Point Break explored the dangerous extremes of a psychological struggle between two young men. The Chicago Tribune commended her astonishing filmmaking sensibilities and described her as “a uniquely talented, uniquely powerful filmmaker…Bigelow has tapped into something primal and strong. She is a sensualist in the most sensual of mediums.”

When Strange Days was released in 1995, Roger Ebert called it a “technical tour de force.” In the film, Bigelow explored the unsettling prospects of computer-generated virtual reality and the impending new millennium. Strange Days received rave reviews and was highly praised for its energy and unique, intense visuals. Janet Maslin, in The New York Times, stated that “the furiously talented” Bigelow was “operating at full throttle… using material ablaze with eerie promise… she turns Strange Days into a troubling but undeniably breathless joyride.” Starring Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis, Strange Days was co-written by James Cameron and released by Twentieth Century Fox.

Bigelow also directed The Weight of Water, starring Sean Penn, Sarah Polley, Catherine McCormack and Elizabeth Hurley. Based on the bestselling Anita Shreve novel, The Weight of Water made its world premiere in a gala screening at the 25th annual Toronto International Film Festival in 2000 and drew praise from critics and filmmakers alike. Variety described the film as being “Bigelow’s richest, most ambitious and personal work to date; imbued with suspense, benefiting from Bigelow’s penchant for creating a visual sense of menace and an atmosphere of fear.”

On the release of K-19: The Widowmaker, The New York Times declared Bigelow “one of the most gifted…directors working in movies today.” Starring Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson and Peter Saarsgard, it was one of the more critically well-received films of the summer of 2002. The film tells the true story of a heroic Soviet naval crew who risked their lives to prevent a near nuclear disaster aboard their submarine. Critics praised Bigelow as “an expert technician who never steps wrong” (Roger Ebert).

Bigelow went where no other filmmaker has gone before, making Soviet soldiers from the Cold War era the heroes of a major American production. For Bigelow, there was a larger purpose to telling this important forgotten chapter of history. “…At times I allow myself to hope that K-19 will also have another role to play, that it can help to throw open the narrow ideological window through which we, as Americans, have viewed a particular past and culture. In those moments I’m thinking back over the many disquieting things I saw in Russia, and most of all the people I met there: Our former enemies whose great courage we may now, finally, after all these years, be prepared to acknowledge.”

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Academy Award® Nominated ~ Achievement in Adapted Screenplay

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Jason Reitman (Director/Screenplay/Producer)
Jason ReitmanHe is an Oscar®-nominated director who has established himself as an original, smart and funny storyteller known for his pitch-perfect commentaries on society. Reitman recently produced the horror comedy Jennifers Body for Fox. The Diablo Cody-scripted film was directed by Karyn Kusama and stars Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox. In addition, Reitman executive-produced Atom Egoyan’s Chloe starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, which debuted at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and has been picked up for release by Sony and is set for release in 2010. Reitman is also set to executive-produce Max Winkler’s directing debut Ceremony and is currently at work on an adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel Labor Day.

Through his company, Right of Way Films, Reitman is developing new scripts by Jenny Lumet and the Duplass brothers. He is also developing a feature film based on the cult children’s television show Yo Gabba Gabba.

He made his feature film directing debut with the 2006 hit Thank You for Smoking, based on the acclaimed novel by Christopher Buckley, which Reitman adapted for the screen. The film had its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by Fox Searchlight. Thank You for Smoking went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2006, Reitman was named Best Debut Director by the National Board of Review.

In December 2007, Fox Searchlight released Reitmans second feature, Juno, which follows the story of a pregnant teenager. Juno has earned widespread praise since its debut at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, and has grossed over $230 million worldwide.

Reitman was nominated for an Academy Award® for directing Juno. The film earned one win for Diablo Cody’s screenplay and additional nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Ellen Page). Juno won three Independent Spirit Awards and a Grammy Award. Reitman was born in Montreal on October 19, 1977. At age 19, his first short film, Operation, premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Reitman’s short films have played in over a hundred film festivals worldwide.
Reitman is half of the mash-up turntable band “Bad Meaning Bad.”


Sheldon Turner (Screenplay)
Sheldon TurnerA screenwriter and producer, he graduated from Cornell University before enrolling in NYU Law School. Turner passed the bar in New York City and Los Angeles, but decided not to practice law and instead pursued screenwriting.

Turner wrote Paramount’s remake of The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. This was followed by his second produced screenplay The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. He currently has a number of projects in development in both film and television at several studios, including Enron: Conspiracy of Fools at Warner Bros. with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star and Robert Schwentke directing; Down River, an actionadventure film, at New Regency; Orbit at Fox 2000 with Tom Bezucha directing; the XMen spinoff, Magneto, at Fox with David Goyer attached to direct; The Nice Guy at Universal with Ed Zwick attached to direct; The Arizona Project at Miramax with Ben Affleck set to direct; and he has recently set up Paths of Glory, based on the book by Jeffrey Archer, and the video game adaptation of Infamous, both at Sony. He is also writing Broken for F/X, a drama set in postKatrina New Orleans.

In addition to being a prolific screenwriter, Turner is also producing several projects that he is not writing: Man Camp at Sony, Split at ABC, Kiss & Tell with Isla Fisher attached, and the rock & roll vampire tale Nightlife.

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Jesse Armstrong (Screenplay)
Jesse ArmstrongHe is a writer on Armando Iannucci’s THE THICK OF IT and IN THE LOOP. He is also co-creator and writer of 5 series of Channel 4’s award-winning PEEP SHOW. Jesse was born and educated in Oswestry, Shropshire and attended Manchester University. He now lives in Brixton with his family. After University, Jesse worked for a Labour MP and member of the Home Affairs team before beginning to write comedy full-time in 1997. Since then he has written for SMACK THE PONY, THAT MITCHELL & WEBB LOOK and many other TV shows. He is also an associate editor of the New Statesman magazine, for whom he writes the weekly ‘Tactical Briefing’ column. Jesse also co-wrote the film MAGICIANS for Universal Films, released in 2007 and is currently working on a feature film with Chris Morris, and a sitcom for BBC1.

Simon Blackwell (Screenplay)
Simon BlackwellHe started his career with BBC radio, writing for a wide variety of shows, including DEAD RINGERS and THE SUNDAY FORMAT, which won the Sony Radio Academy Gold and Silver awards respectively in the comedy category. His TV work has involved BAFTA-winning programmes like HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, THE SKETCH SHOW (later remade for U.S. TV with Kelsey Grammer) and ALISTAIR McGOWAN’S BIG IMPRESSION, sitcoms (MOVING WALLPAPER, MUMBAI CALLING). He writes the street-talking WWII RAF pilots for BBC1’s ARMSTRONG & MILLER SHOW, as well as their overly frank, divorced dad. Simon has co-written (with Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche and Jesse Armstrong) THE THICK OF IT since its first series in 2005. The show won the BAFTA for Best Situation Comedy that year, as well as being voted Best New Comedy in the British Comedy Awards and winning awards from the Royal Television Society, Broadcast Magazine and The Writers’ Guild. Other work with Armando has included Channel 4’s GASH, and 2004: THE STUPID VERSION and TIME TRUMPET for the BBC. Simon wrote an episode of the most recent series of the multi-award winning PEEP SHOW, and THE OLD GUYS, the studio sitcom he has written with PEEP SHOW creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, will air on BBC1 in February 2009.

Armando Iannucci (Screenplay)
Armando IannucciHe is acclaimed as one of the most influential comedy writers and show runners in Britain. He wrote and directed the BAFTA-winning shows I’M ALAN PARTRIDGE (starring Steve Coogan) and the political comedy THE THICK OF IT as well as fronting his own satirical shows THE FRIDAY NIGHT ARMISTICE for BBC 2 and THE ARMANDO IANNUCCI SHOWS for Channel 4. His spoof news show THE DAY TODAY (with Chris Morris) led to him winning a unique Special Jury British Comedy Award, in recognition of his distinctive contribution to radio and television comedy.

Armando started his career in radio, as a music and comedy presenter on Radio Scotland, before moving in 1989 to national radio as a Comedy Producer for BBC Radio. His hit shows THE MARY WHITEHOUSE EXPERIENCE and ON THE HOUR transferred to television. In particular, ON THE HOUR became THE DAY TODAY on BBC 2 in 1994, and brought Chris Morris to TV, as well as introducing the world to Steve Coogan’s terrible TV personality Alan Partridge. THE DAY TODAY has been widely acclaimed as one of the most influential shows in British TV comedy.
The Alan Partridge character soon got his own chat show, KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU…WITH ALAN PARTRIDGE and a sit-com I’M ALAN PARTRIDGE, both of which Armando show-ran and co-wrote.
Armando has also fronted his own satirical shows, including THE FRIDAY NIGHT ARMISTICE on BBC Two, which climaxed in a three-hour live Election Night edition on election night, 1997. It was the longest live comedy show ever on British Television, and matched the same ratings are the serious election coverage on the opposing channel ITV. Among the highlights of the TV series was a feature in which Armando tricked O J Simpson into signing a piece of paper that said “I did it”.
THE THICK OF IT, winner of the Best New TV Comedy at the 2005 British Comedy Awards about a beleaguered Minister trying to cope with the pressure imposed by his army of spin doctors, and the spoof clip show TIME TRUMPET, were both written/directed and co-produced by Armando.

THE THICK OF IT has received numerous awards and was recently criticised by the British Government for portraying politicians as terrible people. THE THICK OF IT’s plotlines are regularly inspired by anonymous contributions from former members of the British Government.

Armando has his radio show, ARMANDO IANNUCCI’S CHARM OFFENSIVE on BBC Radio 4, and has been a regular columnist for The Observer. A book of his earlier newspaper work for the Telegraph and the Guardian was published in a 1997 collection, FACTS AND FANCIES which was also adapted for a Radio 4 series.

He is also heavily involved in classical music, and writes a monthly column for Gramophone magazine. His opera SKIN DEEP for which he wrote the libretto, to music by David Sawer, premieres with Opera North and Royal Danish Opera in 2009.

He has just completed filming IN THE LOOP, a feature film comedy set in the world of Whitehall and Washington, and starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee and James Gandolfini. Location filming included unprecedented filming at 10 Downing Street.

Tony Roche (Screenplay)
Tony RocheHe began his writing career in BBC radio working for Alan Davies (star of JONATHAN CREEK) and Bill Bailey (SPACED, HOT FUZZ). Since then he’s written for numerous shows including THE SUNDAY FORMAT (British Comedy Award winner) DEAD RINGERS (Sony Gold Award winner) and ARMANDO IANNUCCI’S CHARM OFFENSIVE (another Sony award winner). He wrote his own sitcom, WORLD OF PUB, which transferred from radio to TV where it starred (among others) Peter Serafinowicz, Phil Cornwell, Kevin Eldon, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig and David Walliams. He then co-created and co-wrote BROKEN NEWS with John Morton (PEOPLE LIKE US) for BBC 2; and 7 DAYS WITH ANDREW MARLATT (the man behind the US website satirewire) for BBC 3. Other TV credits include writing for ALISTAIR McGOWAN’S BIG IMPRESSION and THE ALL NEW HARRY HILL SHOW (winner, Silver Rose of Montreux). As well as Dom Joly and David Frost. Tony has written and directed his own short film, the multi-award winning HOW TO TELL WHEN A RELATIONSHIP IS OVER starring Julian Barratt (THE MIGHTY BOOSH) and Susan Earl (HARDWARE). IN THE LOOP is Tony’s first feature film. Forthcoming projects include a romantic comedy drama series for Kudos productions and the BBC developed with Andy Tenant and Wink Mordaunt (HITCH).

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Neill Blomkamp (Director/Screenplay)
Neill BlomkampA South African-born director, Blomkamp moved to Canada at the age of 18, beginning his career as a visual effects artist in the world of film and television. Garnering much recognition as one of the brightest young talents in the industry, Blomkamp was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding visual effects at the age of 21. Shortly afterwards, he made the move into directing, serving first as a music video director and then transitioning into the world of commercials. Blomkamp quickly drew attention as a director with a unique talent for seamlessly blending computer generated imagery with live action, while infusing elements of emotion, humor, and mood.

Helming million-dollar commercials for Nike, Citroen, Gatorade, Panasonic, and Namco, Blomkamp also directed many celebrated short films, including the Wieden and Kennedy-financed short, Tempbot, which garnered the coveted No Spot Short Film Festival Best Overall Film.

In 2004, Blomkamp was recognized as one of the Top 5 Directors to Watch at the First Boards Awards, featured in the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at Cannes, and short-listed at the Shark Awards. In 2005, Blomkamp received the award for Outstanding VFX in a commercial for Citroen – Alive with Technology at the VES Awards in California. He has since been featured in Shots, Shoot, Campaign, and Creativity magazines, and won three awards in London, England at the BTAA award show.

Most recently, Blomkamp directed three Halo live action commercials for Microsoft.

Terri Tatchell (Screenplay)
Terri TatchellDistrict 9 is the first produced feature-length screenplay from the Canadian writer TERRI TATCHELL (Screenplay by). Writing partner to Neill Blomkamp, she has co-written much of his past work. Tatchell’s other writing credits span the mediums including a 90-minute one-act multimedia stage play, news and magazine print, commercials and short films.

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District 9

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Nick Hornby (Writer/Screenplay)
Nick HornbyHe is the award-winning author of five international best-selling books that have served as a rich seam of inspiration for film-makers: Fever Pitch (two adaptations; the first from a screenplay by Hornby starring Colin Firth, the second directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon), High Fidelity (directed by Stephen Frears with John Cusack and Jack Black), About A Boy (directed by the Weitz brothers, starring Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette), How to Be Good (in development at Miramax, produced by Laura Ziskin) and A Long Way Down (in development with An Education’s producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey). In 2007 Slam was published, his first novel for teenagers, and his latest novel Juliet, Naked was published in September this year.

An Education

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Geoffrey Fletcher (Writer/Screenplay)
Geoffrey FletcherHe is a writer-director who has penned numerous screenplays and directed many short films. Initially working with a video camera and cast of toys and action figures, he began making films as a child. Those films in part led to his acceptance to NYU’s Tisch Graduate Film Program, which he attended after his graduation from Harvard University. He has also apprenticed under Martin Scorsese and studied with Spike Lee. Magic Markers, a short film Geoffrey wrote, directed, shot and edited, received accolades from numerous organizations including the Directors Guild of America and the Sundance Film Festival. The film has since been instituted as part of New York University’s curriculum for its Graduate and Undergraduate Film Programs.

His latest work is the new feature film Precious: Based on the Novel ‘PUSH’ By Sapphire, for which he wrote the screenplay. The film was presented by executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry and released by Lionsgate in November of 2009. Precious won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. It is only the third film to do so in the Festival’s twenty-five-year history. Precious also won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, making it the only film to win the top prizes at both Sundance and Toronto.

Geoffrey was recently heralded by Variety as one of its “10 Screenwriters to Watch.” He has since been nominated for a WGA Award, a USC Libraries Scripter Award, a BAFTA Award, a Critic’s Choice Award, an NAACP Image Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. He is the recipient of the Best Adapted Screenplay award from the AAFCA and the Satellite Awards.

Geoffrey is also an adjunct professor of film at Columbia University and New York University. He is currently at work on his feature directorial debut from an original script.

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

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Nominated for Best Actor ~ George Clooney ~Up In The Air

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George ClooneyAcademy Award® winner George Clooney has gone from actor to producer to executive producer to screenwriter to director.

The son of an anchorman, Clooney has also become a strong First Amendment advocate with a deep commitment to humanitarian causes.
In 2006, Clooney received three Academy Award® nominations: for Best Director, for Best Original Screenplay (Good Night, and Good Luck.) and for Best Supporting Actor (Syriana). It was the first time in Academy history that an individual received acting and directing nominations for two different films. Clooney won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® and Golden Globe for Syriana, of which he was also an executive producer. He was also nominated for SAG, BAFTA and Critics Choice Awards.

One of the most critically acclaimed films of 2007 was Michael Clayton, for Warner Bros. Clooney’s performance earned him a Golden Globe and Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor.

In April of 2008, Clooney starred in Leatherheads, a romantic comedy he directed for Universal. It was the first film produced by Smokehouse, the production company Clooney formed with Grant Heslov. Next for Smokehouse Productions is The Men Who Stare at Goats directed by Heslov and starring Clooney as a former member of the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion.

Clooney’s most recent film was the Coen brothers’ Burn After Reading, which reunited him for the third time with the filmmakers. (He also worked with them on O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Intolerable Cruelty.)

Upcoming for Clooney is 20th Century Fox’s animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox, in which he voices the title character.

Heslov and Clooney worked together at Section Eight, a company in which Clooney was partnered with Steven Soderbergh. Section Eight produced many films, including Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 12, Ocean’s 13, Michael Clayton, The Good German, Good Night, and Good Luck., Syriana, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Jacket, Full Frontal and Welcome to Collinwood.

In Section Eight’s television division, Clooney was an executive producer and directed five episodes of Unscripted, a reality-based show that debuted on HBO. He was executive producer and cameraman on K Street, also for HBO

George Clooney as Ryan Bingham in Up In The Air

George Clooney as Ryan Bingham in Up In The Air

Clooney made his directorial debut in 2002 with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, for Miramax, winning the Special Achievement in Film Award from the National Board of Review.

For his second directorial project, Good Night, and Good Luck., in 2005, in addition to Oscar® nominations for writing and directing, he also won the Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of America and the Freedom Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film also earned Clooney nominations for two Golden Globes, two BAFTAs, a SAG Award, an Independent Spirit Award, two Critics Choice Awards, a WGA Award and a DGA Award. In 2006, he won the American Cinematheque Award and the Modern Master Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

Clooney received critical acclaim for the award-winning drama Three Kings (Warner Bros.) and the Oscar®-nominated Out of Sight (Universal). His other film credits include Solaris (Fox), The Peacemaker (DreamWorks), Batman & Robin (Warner Bros.), One Fine Day (20th Century Fox) and From Dusk Till Dawn (Miramax). He has starred in several television series but is best known to TV audiences for his five years on the hit NBC drama ER. His portrayal of Dr. Douglas Ross earned him Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice and Emmy nominations.

Clooney was executive producer and co-star of the live television broadcast of Fail Safe, an Emmy-winning telefilm developed through his Maysville Pictures. Fail Safe was nominated for a 2000 Golden Globe Award as Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. The film was based on the early 1960s novel of the same name.

In 2006, Clooney and his father, Nick, went to Darfur to film the documentary Journey to Darfur. His work on behalf on Darfur relief led to his addressing the United Nations Security Council. He also narrated the Darfur documentary Sand and Sorrow.

In 2007, Clooney, along with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub, co-founded Not On Our Watch, an organization whose mission is to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities in Darfur.

Among the many honors received as a result of his humanitarian efforts in Darfur was the 2007 Peace Summit Award given at The 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates at their annual meeting in Rome. Among those presiding over the ceremonies were Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, Lech Walesa, Mikhail Gorbachev and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. In 2008, Clooney was designated a U.N. Messenger of Peace. He was one of eight individuals chosen to advocate on behalf of the U.N. and its peacekeeping efforts.

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Nominated for Best Supporting Actress ~ Anna Kendrick ~Up in the Air

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Anna KendrickAnna Kendrick is an acclaimed young actress who is rapidly making her mark in theatre, film and television. She made her feature film debut in Todd Graff’s Sundance Film Festival 30 hit Camp and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the Someone to Watch category, as well as a best supporting actress nomination at the Annual Chlotrudis Awards. She is starring in Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second installment of the Twilight franchise, as Jesssica Stanley. She recently filmed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World for director Edgar Wright. She also appeared in Rocket Science, from Oscar®nominated Jeffrey Blitz, the filmmaker behind the documentary Spellbound. Last summer, she starred in The Marc Pease Experience for director Todd Louiso.

Kendrick became the second youngest Tony Award nominee ever when she was nominated as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Dinah in the Broadway revival of High Society. She was also honored with Drama League and Theatre World Awards, as well as Drama Desk and FANY Award nominations.

Anne Kendrick as Natalie Keener in Up In The Air

Kendrick was featured in the New York City Opera House production of A Little Night Music starring Jeremy Irons, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Susan Stroman. She was a lead performer in the Cabaret segment of “My Favorite Broadway/The Leading Ladies” at Carnegie Hall Live, and workshopped Jane Eyre and The Little Princess for Broadway.


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