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By Bonnie Carroll
Santa Barbara 23rd International Film FestivalThe Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which ran through (January 4-February 3), rolled out the red carpet for the motion picture’s elite. Specific Award events, and opening & closing gala events gave fans a chance to see so many stars travel into the Arlington TheatreSanta Barbara 23rd International Film Festival. At least 20 Academy Award® nominees, made an appearance at the 23rd edition of the festival.
SBIFF’s Modern Master recipient Cate Blanchett received two nods for Best Actress, (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”) and Best Supporting Actress for ”I’m Not There,” while critics’ favorite Javier Bardem received aBest Supporting Actornomination for his performance in “No Country For Old Men,” along with Casey Affleck (The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford).  Other Best Actress nominees Santa Barbara 23rd International Film Festivalhonored included Julie Christie (“Away From Her”), Ellen Page (Juno) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) was honored, as well as Supporting Actress nominee Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”). Best Actor nominee Tommy Lee Jones (In The Valley of Elah, No Country For Old Men) was also nominated.
The event included informative panel discussions, question and answer opportunities with directors following films, a bevy of parties, bSanta Barbara 23rd International Film Festivalreakfasts and interview sessions, where first hand information could be collected by fans and press. A breakfast at Fess Parker Hotel, and a second film breakfast at the Mira Monte Hotel were both great venues to learn about film makers and their films. Local theatre’s were packed with movie fans who wanted to see the 2008 film submissions. The Apple Box provided great films for families, and introduces some great new movies for kids.
The SBIFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising Santa Barbara 23rd International Film Festivalconsciousness of film as an art form.  The SBIFF presents quality American and world independent films, Latin American and Asian sidebars as well as documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a premier tourist destination.  The SBIFF is also committed to education through its Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies, and educational seminars.  With a projected audience of over 60,000 viewing more than 200 films over its eleven-day run, the SBIFF attracts an affluent local and national consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in nearby Los Angeles.  For more information, please visit www.sbfilmfestival.org.

Meryl StreepJulia ChildIt was reported by Variety that Actress Meryl Streep will play the late iconic American Chef Julia Child in an upcoming film which is an adaptation of her book Julie & Julia 365 Days, 524 Recipes. Julia brought French cooking to American kitchens, including mine, with her cookbooks and television shows, and she passed away in 2004. Nora Ephron, who is known for directing "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," is adapting the screenplan and directing the film.

Grand Award Winners to be Announced at Annual Awards Gala
Featuring the Biggest Names in News and Entertainment
AWRT - American Women In Radio & TelevisionAmerican Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) is pleased to announce the 2008 winners of the annual Gracie Awards. National award winners will be presented at a black-tie Gala, hosted by E! News anchor and managing editor Giuliana Rancic, in the Broadway Ballroom of the New York Marriott Marquis on Wednesday, May 28, 2008. Local market, public and student award winners will be announced later this week.
The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, commercials, news, features and other programs
The Gracies 2008Each year, the Gracies Gala attracts the best and brightest in radio, television, cable and new media. This year's national winners—including Disney Channel/Hannah Montana's Miley Cyrus, TNT/Saving Grace's Holly Hunter, Fox/American Idol's Cecile Frot-Coutaz, NBC/Heroes' Ali Larter, NBC News' Hoda Kotb, Harpo Radio's Dr. Maya Angelou, CBS News' Nancy Giles, CNN's Heroes-An All Star Tribute, Lifetime's Army Wives, Oxygen's Who Cares About the Girls, CNBC's The Suze Orman Show, WE TV's Wedding Central and Nickelodeon/MTV Networks' Half of Us Special—represent a broad cross-section of outstanding actors, anchors, stories and programs (see below for a complete list of winners).
"The strength and diversity of this year's Gracie Award winners is a testament to the vital presence of women in the industry," stated 2007/2008 Chair of AWRT, Mary Bennett, Executive Vice President, Marketing Division of the Radio Advertising Bureau. "We are honored to shine a spotlight on them."
Added AWRT President Maria Efantis Brennan, CAE, "Every year we think we can't possibly have a more distinguished group of Gracie Award winners, and every year we're surprised and honored by the overwhelming response from our industry. We're also thrilled to have Dove and the Campaign for Real Beauty return as the Gracies' 2008 title sponsor."
The Gracies are presented by the Foundation of AWRT, the philanthropic arm of AWRT, which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary and sports. 
Tickets for the Gala are $395 for AWRT Members/$500 for Non-Members and can be purchased online at www.awrt.org. Sponsored tables are available ranging from $7,500 to $20,000. For more information, please contact Erin Mote at (703) 506-3290. For more information about the Gracie Awards, please visit http://www.awrt.org/awards/gracies.html.
About AWRT: The year 2008 marks the 57th Anniversary of American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), the longest established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWRT carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry at large. Founded in 1951, AWRT works to improve the quality of electronic media; promote the entry, development and advancement of women in the field; foster communication and idea exchange; and give back to the community we serve.
About The Foundation of AWRT: The Foundation of AWRT is the philanthropic arm of American Women in Radio and Television, supporting educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation of AWRT has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation of AWRT.

The Foundation supports several public service campaigns including most recently AWRT Empowering America which pays tribute to many of America's most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this initiative, the Foundation of AWRT has adopted needy urban middle schools around the country and provided educational donations derived from collateral based on the Empowering America program. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs including the Gracie Allen Awards®, a live, New York-based gala that awards exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.
visit its web site at www.awrt.org.
2008 Gracie Allen Awards®
National Award Winners
(In Alphabetical Order)
Ali Larter in Heroes
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series
Universal Media Studios
Annette Flournoy with Oprah and Friends
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Producer - News Series or Special
Harpo Radio
Army Wives
Outstanding Drama
Lifetime Television
Ashleigh Banfield
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Anchor News or News Magazine
Court TV
Better with Age
Outstanding Magazine Show
Black History Month: Jay-Z
Outstanding Commercial - Single Entry
Nickelodeon/MTV Networks
Cecile Frot-Coutaz with American Idol
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Producer - Entertainment Series or Special
Fremantle Media North America/Fox
Child Brides: Stolen Lives
Outstanding Interactive Web Site
CNN Heroes-An All Star Tribute
Outstanding Special Program
CNN Presents: God's Warriors
Outstanding Documentary – Long Format
Conversations with Carlos Watson
Outstanding Portrait/Biography Program
Run Rabbit Run Productions
Darfur Refugee Women
Outstanding Feature - Hard News
World Vision Report
Debra Messing in The Starter Wife
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Female Lead - Mini-Series
USA Network
Dr. Maya Angelou with Oprah and Friends
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Host - Information
Harpo Radio
Dr. Phil Show
Outstanding Interactive Web Site
Dr. Phil Show
E True Hollywood Story-Kathy Griffin
Outstanding Portrait/Biography Program
E Network
End Violence Against Women Campaign
Outstanding Public Service Announcement - Campaign
Lifetime Television 
ESPN SportsCenter-The Fugees
Outstanding Feature - Soft News
Florence Henderson in The Florence Henderson Show
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Host - Information or Entertainment
Retirement Living TV
Gail Mancuso with 30 Rock
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Director - Entertainment Series or Special
Greenspan: Power, Money & the American Dream
Outstanding Documentary – Mid-length Format
Half of Us Special featuring Mary J. Blige
Outstanding Public Affairs Program
Nickelodeon/MTV Networks
Hoda Kotb
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Host - News Program
NBC News
Holly Hunter in Saving Grace
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Female Lead - Drama Series
Turner Network Television
Judy Davis in The Starter Wife
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Supporting Actress – Mini-Series
USA Network
Lia Knight in The Lia Show
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Host - Entertainment
Jones Radio Networks
Maid School
Outstanding Interview Program
CBS News
Mary Laurence Flynn
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Producer - News Series or Special
NBC News
Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Female Lead - Comedy Series (Children/Adolescent)
Disney Channel
More Time
Outstanding Magazine Show
Meredith Corporation/More Magazine
Nancy Giles
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent
CBS News Sunday Morning
Nancy Miller with Saving Grace
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Producer - Entertainment Series
Turner Network Television
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams -
The Forgotten
Outstanding Feature - Hard News
NBC News
One with Kay Yow
Outstanding Sports Program
Orphans Rescued
Outstanding Feature - Hard News
CBS News
Paula Deen with Paula's Home Cooking
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Host - Information or Entertainment
Follow Productions/The Food Network
Pushing Daisies
Outstanding Comedy
Warner Bros. Television/ABC
Queen Latifah in Life Support
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Female Lead - Drama Series or Special
Home Box Office
Rory Kennedy with Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Director - News Series or Special
Home Box Office
Sarah's Brain
Outstanding Series
CBS News
Sexual Abuse of Native American Women
Outstanding Investigative Program
Susan Sheperd with 11 Central Avenue
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Producer - Entertainment Series or Special
800 LB Productions
The Backyardigans
Outstanding Children/Adolescent Program
Nickelodeon/MTV Networks
The Gayle King Show
Outstanding Talk Show
Harpo Radio
The Internet and Civil Rights in China
Outstanding Series
Radio Free Asia Mandarin Service
The Satellite Sisters
Outstanding Comedy
Satellite Sisters
The Suze Orman Show
Outstanding Talk Show
The World According to Giles and Moriarty
Outstanding Interview Program
CBS Radio News
Tina Fey in 30 Rock
Individual Achievement Award
Outstanding Female Lead - Comedy Series
Tu Pride: Melissa, Talesha, Elan
Outstanding Commercial - Campaign
Nickelodeon/MTV Networks
Wedding Central
Outstanding Reality Show
What Killed Rebecca Riley?
Outstanding Investigative Program
CBS News
Where's Molly?
Outstanding Feature - Soft News
Who Cares About Girls
Outstanding Documentary – Mid-length Format
Oxygen Media
Youth Voices From Katrina
Outstanding Documentary
Youth Radio

International Outreach Award
AWRT - American Women In Radio & TelevisionAmerican Women in Radio & Television (AWRT) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2008 AWRT International Outreach Award is international journalist and author Mariane Pearl. The award – which recognizes an individual in the electronic media or allied field who has bridged borders and broken barriers to help Americans learn more, connect more or do more to support solutions that tackle issues of global concern – will be presented at a reception at the Hilton Washington Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 14Mariane Pearl, 2008, in conjunction with AWRT’s 2008 Leadership Summit & Business Conference.
Mariane Pearl was five months pregnant when her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, was kidnapped and brutally murdered by a militant Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan in 2002. Her book A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Daniel Pearl introduced the world to Daniel as he was when he was alive and also provided a heartbreaking, first-person account of his disappearance and death. She co-founded the Daniel Pearl Foundation to further the ideals that inspired her husband’s life and work and to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music and innovative communications.
An award-winning international journalist, Pearl has traveled the globe reporting and producing documentaries on the sensitive issues surrounding the application of genetic technology to contemporary challenges. Biological Memory, the second report in her series, won the prestigious Science and Society Award at the International Festival of Scientific Film. After September 11, 2001, she reported from Pakistan, examining media coverage of the war in neighboring Afghanistan. She currently serves as a “Global Diary” columnist for Glamour magazine.
“Mariane Pearl had the courage to turn tragedy into a purpose-driven mission that will inspire many generations to come,” said AWRT President Maria Efantis Brennan, CAE. “It’s our honor to recognize her with the AWRT International Outreach Award.”
“I am honored and it is certainly a great encouragement to receive this award,” said Mariane Pearl.
The AWRT International Outreach Award presentation is part of the AWRT Leadership Summit & Business Conference—an annual gathering of professionals and leaders for information exchange, professional development and networking. For more information and to register for the 2008 AWRT Leadership Summit & Business Conference, please visit www.awrt.org.

Brevard College will host the Banff Mountain Film Festival on its campus March 14 and 15.
The annual festival attracts over a thousand visitors to the campus, and Brevard College is one of only two in the region chosen to host the festival. The festival began in 1976 and is held each November. It is an international film competition featuring the world’s best footage of mountain subjects. After the competition in November, the best films are chosen for a world-wide tour.
This year’s tour will travel to more than 275 communities and 30 countries. BC students and sponsors recently screened 27 film choices and made selections of audience favorites and award-winning films from more than 300 films in this year’s competition. Selections this year include award-winners Badgered and 20 Seconds of Joy.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival will be held in the Paul Porter Center for the Performing Arts. Films will be shown at 7 p.m. both nights. Advance tickets for the public are $12 and $15 at the door and $5 for students with a valid BC id.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (828) 884-8127.

Best Picture

Best Director

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Animated Feature Film

Best Foreign Film

Best Original Screenplay

'Lars and the Real Girl'
 - Nancy Oliver

'Michael Clayton'
 - Tony Gilroy

 - Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird

'The Savages'
 - Tamara Jenkins

Best Adapted Screenplay

 - Christopher Hampton

Best Documentary Feature

Best Original Score

'Atonement'  - Dario Marianelli Oscar 2008 Winner

'The Kite Runner'
 - Alberto Iglesias

'Michael Clayton'
 - James Newton Howard

 - Michael Giacchino

'3:10 to Yuma'
 - Marco Beltrami

Best Original Song
'Falling Slowly'
'Once' -'Happy Working Song' Oscar 2008 Winner

 - 'Raise It Up'

'August Rush'
 - 'So Close'

 - 'That's How You Know'

Best Film Editing

'The Bourne Ultimatum' - Christopher RouseOscar 2008 Winner

'Into the Wild'
 - Jay Cassidy

'No Country for Old Men'
 - Roderick Jaynes

'There Will Be Blood'
 - Dylan Tichenor

Best Documentary - Short Subject

  - Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth Oscar 2008 Winner

'La Corona (The Crown)' - Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega

'Salim Baba'
 - Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello
'Sari's Mother' - James Longley

Best Cinematography

 - Seamus McGarvey

'No Country for Old Men'
 - Roger Deakins

'There Will Be Blood' - Robert Elswit Oscar 2008 Winner

Best Costume Design

'Across the Universe'
 - Albert Wolsky

 - Jacqueline Durran

'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' - Alexandra Byrne Oscar 2008 Winner

'La Vie en Rose'
 - Marit Allen

Best Sound Mixing

'The Bourne Ultimatum' - Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis Oscar 2008 Winner

'No Country for Old Men'
 - Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland

 - Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane

'3:10 to Yuma'
 - Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Jim Stuebe

 - Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin

Best Sound Editing

'The Bourne Ultimatum' - Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg Oscar 2008 Winner

'No Country for Old Men'
 - Skip Lievsay

 - Randy Thom and Michael Silvers

'There Will Be Blood'
 - Matthew Wood

 - Ethan Van der Ryn and Mike Hopkins

Best Live Action Short Film

'At Night'

'Il Supplente (The Substitute)'

'Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)' Oscar 2008 Winner
'Tanghi Argentini'

'The Tonto Woman'

Best Animated Short Film

'I Met the Walrus'

'Madame Tutli-Putli'

'Même les Pigeons vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go To Heaven)'

'My Love (Moya Lyubov)'

'Peter & the Wolf' Oscar 2008 Winner
Best Makeup

'La Vie en Rose' - Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald Oscar 2008 Winner

 - Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji

'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'
 - Ve Neill and Martin Samuel

Best Art Direction

'American Gangster'
 - Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Beth A. Rubino

 - Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer

'The Golden Compass'
 - Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

'Sweeney Todd' - Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo Oscar 2008 Winner

'There Will Be Blood'
 - Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert F. Boyle - Art Direction/Production Design Oscar 2008 Winner

Best Visual Effects

'The Golden Compass'
 - Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood Oscar 2008 Winner

'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'
 - John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier

 - Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier

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