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2011 TCA AWARDS: ‘Friday Night Lights’ Wins Program Of The Year, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Named Best New Show

Nellie Andreeva

As a new NBC series, Friday Night Lights won Outstanding New Program at the Television Critics Association’s awards in 2007. Four years later, as a departing DirecTV show, Friday Night Lights tonight won the top TCA award, Program of the Year. HBO’s Game of Thrones was named outstanding new program during the non-televised ceremony hosted by Parks and Recreation co-star Nick Offerman at the Beverly Hilton. Oprah Winfrey got a career achievement TCA award to go with her recently awarded Oscar “for her influence through 25 seasons of The Oprah Winfrey Show,” while Offerman received an Individual Achievement in Comedy Award to make up for the Emmy-nomination snub last month. CBS’ The Amazing Race, whose best series Emmy-winning streak was broken last year, is starting a new one at the TCA Awards, winning the first award in newly established reality program category. Here is the list of the winners in 12 categories voted by the members of TCA, a media organization comprised of more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the U.S. and Canada:

Program of the Year
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Modern Family (ABC)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
The Amazing Race (CBS) Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Restrepo’ Director Tim Hetherington Killed In Libya

By | Wednesday April 20, 2011 @ 1:20pm PDT

UPDATE: Tim Hetherington, who co-directed last year’s Oscar-nominated war documentary Restrepo, has been killed in an early-morning mortar attack in Misrata, Libya. He was 41. As details emerge about the attack, which also injured four other journalists, Deadline has learned that Hetherington was set to be honored next week in Los Angeles — along with his Restrepo co-director Sebastian Junger — with an award from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Meanwhile, friends in the industry have begun speaking out about the award-winning photojournalist.

Landmark Theatres CEO Ted Mundorff, whose exhibition chain showed Restrepo — which follows a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, known as one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military — remembers meeting Hetherington last year, when the film premiered: ”Restrepo was opening at the Landmark and he was so excited, surprised and a little overwhelmed at the recognition that the film received. Tim was as enthusiastic on June 25, the day Restrepo opened, as he was eight months later, when we caught up again during the award season. He never lost that humility, graciousness and most of all that sense of excitement. I’m sure there are many, many people who join me in sending heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this terribly sad time. We have lost a remarkable talent and a true hero.”

The UK-born Hetherington produced pieces for ABC News’ Nightline, worked with CNN and Vanity Fair from the front lines in such hotspots … Read More »

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OSCAR: 15 Documentaries Will Advance

By | Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 12:21pm PST

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®.  One hundred-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

“Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC)
“Enemies of the People,” Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films)
“Exit through the Gift Shop,” Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)
“Gasland,” Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)
“Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,” Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors (White Pine Pictures)
“Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)
“The Lottery,” Madeleine Sackler, director (Great Curve Films)
“Precious Life,” Shlomi Eldar, director (Origami Productions)
“Quest for Honor,” Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director (Smothers Bruni Productions)
“Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)
“This Way of Life,” Thomas Burstyn, director (Cloud South Films)
“The Tillman Story,” Amir Bar-Lev, director (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)
“Waiting for ‘Superman’”, Davis Guggenheim, director (Electric Kinney Films)
“Waste Land,” Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)
“William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe,” Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors (Disturbing the Universe LLC)            

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