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    "Good Night, and Good Luck" - NBR Best Film of '05

    National Board of Review, a New York group of 150 film professionals, academics and students, announced its annual awards, naming George Clooney's McCarthy-era drama "Good Night, and Good Luck" as best film of 2005.

    The awards presented by the New York Film Critics Circle are among a string of second-tier awards leading up to the March 5 Academy Awards. The slew of awards announced in December traditionally helps narrow the field for the Oscars.

    Director Ang Lee'sfilm "Brokeback Mountain" is shaping up as the critics' favorite, despite concerns that its depiction of a love affair between two men may have trouble winning over audiences in more conservative parts of the country.
    The New York Film Critics Circle gave the film its awards for best film, best director and best actor, for Heath Ledger.

    "Brokeback Mountain" already won best film from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Saturday, and it earned eight nominations for the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday.
    The National Board of Review's prize for directing went to Lee for "Brokeback Mountain." Lee's resume boasts a varied string of hits from the Jane Austen adaptation "Sense and Sensibility" in 1995 to martial arts epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" in 2000.
    "A lot of people among critics are responding to it because it is so daring," said Gene Seymour, chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle.
    "It has all the sweep of what we have come to know as a major Hollywood romance, but it carries within it such a grand departure," he said.
    The New York Film Critics named reese Witherspoon best actress for her role in the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line."
    Their awards for best supporting actor and best supporting actress went to William Hurt and maria Bello for their roles in "A History of Violence."
    Critically acclaimed "Capote," directed by Bennett Miller, won an award for best first film, while Werner Herzog will be honored for two non-fiction films "Grizzly Man" and "White Diamond," the group said.
    Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai's "2046" was named best foreign language film and Japanese film-maker Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" won best animated film.

    NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW AWARDS
    The National Board of Review, which has sometimes raised eyebrows for its esoteric picks, appeared not to have gone too far out on a limb this year. It picked Phillip Seymour Hoffman as best actor for "Capote" and "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman as best actress for "Transamerica."
    The National Board of Review also listed its 10 best films of the year in a selection that included many of those named by the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday.
    The list, which was not ranked in order, included independents such as "Brokeback Mountain," "Crash" and "Capote" as well as "A History of Violence," the political thriller "Syriana" and big studio productions "Walk the Line" and "Memoirs of a Geisha." Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen made the list for "Munich" and "Match Point," respectively.

    "Paradise Now," about Palestinian suicide bombers, was named best foreign-language film and "March of the Penguins" was given best documentary by the National Board of Review.
    The National Board of Review's picks have traditionally been closely watched because it has been the first to announce its awards, but its announcement was delayed this year amid controversy over its voting procedures.
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    Re: "Good Night, and Good Luck" - NBR Best Film of '05

    Thanks for info


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    Re: "Good Night, and Good Luck" - NBR Best Film of '05

    ^Thank you!

    Dec. 12, 2005

    AFI honors best of '05 film, TV
    By Gregg Kilday The Hollywood Reporter

    Critics darling "Brokeback Mountain," the upcoming effects extravaganza "King Kong" and the raucous comedy "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" are among the 10 films that the American Film Institute has judged as the most outstanding motion pictures of the year.

    The official selections of AFI Awards 2005 for top films and TV programs were announced Sunday after two days of deliberations by two juries that selected the year's best in film and television.

    The AFI will honor the creative ensembles behind each of the honorees Jan. 13 at a luncheon at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles.

    "AFI is proud to honor these 20 collaborative teams. As the institute recognizes and celebrates excellence across the century, these honorees will be part of the record that documents America's enduring cultural legacy," AFI director and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg said.

    In addition to "Mountain," "Kong" and "Virgin," the movies chosen are: "Capote," "Crash," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "A History of Violence," "Munich," "The Squid and the Whale" and "Syriana."

    The 10 TV programs are: "24," "Battlestar Galactica," "Deadwood," "Grey's Anatomy," "House," "Lost," "Rescue Me," "Sleeper Cell," "Sometimes in April" and "Veronica Mars."

    The film jury was comprised of producer Robert G. Rehme, director Martha Coolidge, critic David Denby, scholar Anna Everett, director Norman Jewison, producer Tom Pollock, director Jay Roach, critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, scholar Vivian Sobchack, author David Thomson, critic Kenneth Turan, scholar Stephen Ujlaki and producer Laura Ziskin.

    The TV jury was comprised of director Marshall Herskovitz, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president Dick Askin, writer Lionel Chetwynd, scholar Mary Corey, producer Tony Jonas, producer Jeffrey Kramer, critic Melanie McFarland, scholar Tara McPherson, producer Dorothea Petrie, director Frank Pierson, critic James Poniewozik, writer Del Reisman and critic Matt Roush.


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    Re: "Good Night, and Good Luck" - NBR Best Film of '05

    Both are excellent films, please see Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck.

    Dec. 14, 2005

    Clooney follows heart to nomination windfall
    By Anne Thompson for The Hollywood Reporter

    George Clooney is feeling the love.

    "Good Night, and Good Luck," his treatise on 1950s journalism, and "Syriana," his provocative Middle East thriller, picked up six Golden Globe nominations Tuesday. And Clooney had an individual stake in four of them -- as producer, director and co-writer of "Good Luck," and supporting actor in Warner Brothers Pictures' "Syriana."

    And that good fortune follows "Good Luck's" best picture laurel Monday from the National Board of Review.

    "If you had asked me last January when I was finishing 'Syriana' and starting 'Good Night, and Good Luck,' that both films would be critical successes and making money, I would have laughed you out of the room," Clooney said. "The nice thing is, if these films make money, we can make more of these films."

    Said his "Good Night" co-writer Grant Heslov, "We wanted a film that would create discussion, and this has."

    It wasn't so long ago that Clooney and his Section 8 partner, director Steven Soderbergh, were getting slammed for a string of boxoffice flops, including "Solaris," "Welcome to Collinwood," "Criminal" and Clooney's directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."

    But since then Clooney has succeeded in balancing starring roles in such big-budget studio fare as Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven" and "Ocean's Twelve" with riskier projects like his live TV drama "Fail Safe" and the HBO series about Washington politics, "K Street."

    Now, said Warner Independent Pictures president Mark Gill, who released "Good Night," Clooney's articulate and serious side is finally being unveiled. "He's a good bit more complex than people realized initially," Gill said. "First he was that guy on the TV show, then he was that charming movie star who was great at parties. Now he's revealing that he's always been the son of a TV newsman."

    In fact, Clooney said, his father Nick, a longtime TV newsman, was the first person for whom he screened "Good Night." And, said the actor-turned-director, "He said that I got the newsroom right."

    While most movie stars at Clooney's level are protecting the brand and validating themselves with $20 million paydays, Clooney has taken another route.

    He isn't afraid to alienate his fan base by making movies with a decidedly liberal political bent, like Stephen Gaghan's "Syriana," which wouldn't have gotten made without Clooney's backing. And he's begun writing and directing his own movies like "Good Night."

    Using his stardom as leverage, Clooney is even willing to take unassuming character parts in indie films, if that's what it takes to get a project made.

    In order to win nonmarquee actor David Strathairn the starring role in "Good Night," Clooney agreed to play the supporting part of CBS News chief Fred Friendly. "I cast myself to pay for the film," Clooney said. "That's part of the deal." When a completion bond company backed out of the $7.5 million black-and-white drama, Clooney even offered to put up his house, worth $7 million, to insure the movie.

    Most recently, between promoting "Syriana" and "Good Night," Clooney completed a starring role in Soderbergh's post-World War II mystery "The Good German," which he also expects to stir controversy.

    Clooney also has developed a knack for finding just the right controversy that wins awards -- "Good Night" already has won prizes for its acting and screenplay at the Venice International Film Festival -- and in turn attracts audiences.

    "I felt that we were sticking our necks out" he said, "but these films were not designed to make money. Everything else is icing. You've got to stick with your convictions, do what you want to do and hope that it strikes a chord. That you can't control. We couldn't have done 'Good Night, and Good Luck,' without doing 'Unscripted' and 'K Street.' At least we're living or dying on our own taste."


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