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Wednesday Roundup: Oscar-nominated animated shorts; Berlinale lineup; Peckham receives WGA's Selvin Award; American Cinematheque

February 3, 2010 |  4:25 pm

Have you seen all the Oscar nominees for best animated short film? Twitch has kindly provided your chance to view four of the five; the video posted above is the thoroughly unhinged "Logorama" from French director Francois Alaux. You'll find links to Fabrice O. Joubert's 3-D short "French Roast," Nicky Phelan's hilarious "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty" and Javier Recio Garcia's "The Lady and the Reaper" (produced by Antonio Banderas' Kandor Moon) via the Twitch link; unfortunately, Nick Park's "A Matter of Loaf and Death," which continues the adventures of his Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit, has been taken down (it'll be available for download via AT&T U-verse in June), but you can see a 48-second trailer here.

The latest honoree at the 2010 Writers Guild of America (WGA) awards is "Invictus" screenwriter Anthony Peckham. The South Africa scribe, who also recently co-penned "Sherlock Holmes," will receive the Paul Selvin Award, which pays tribute to the script that honors the pursuit of civil and constitutional rights (Selvin was the WGA's counsel for a quarter-century); previous winners include Dustin Lance Black (for "Milk"), David E. Kelley, Michael Mann, Cynthia Whitcomb and Gary Ross. Peckham will be honored along with Barry Levinson and Larry David at the ceremony, which takes place on Feb. 20.

You can expand your diet of Oscar winners all month long at the American Cinematheque; in addition to screenings of  "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and "In the Loop," the Cinematheque will present a Feb. 10 double bill of "Inherit the Wind" (1960), which earned Oscar nods for best actor (Spencer Tracy), screenplay (Nedrick Young and Harold Jacob Smith), editing (Frederic Knutson) and black-and-white cinematography (Ernest Laszlo), and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967), which won Oscars for Katherine Hepburn and screenwriter William Rose. It takes place at the Aero, which also pays tribute to the late Jennifer Jones on Feb. 11 with a double bill of 1948's "Portrait of Jennie" and "Love Letters" (1945), for which she received a best actress nod; their Valentine Day's weekend schedule includes two-fers of "Breakfast at Tiffany's (1960; Oscars for Henry Mancini's score and "Moon River") and "Sabrina" (1954; Oscar for Edith Head's costume design) on Feb. 13, and Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (1940; Best Picture winner) and "Notorious" (1946; noms to Claude Rains and screenwriter Ben Hecht). The Egyptian's Valentine's Day programming is equally trophy-laden, with Win Wenders' "Wings of Desire" (1987; best director at the Cannes Film Festival) on Feb. 13 and the double feature of "Casablanca" (1940; best picture, best director for Michael Curtiz, and best screenplay) and Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity" (1944; Oscar noms for picture, actress, director, screenplay, music, cinematography).

Meanwhile, the Berlin International Film Festival has released the full schedule for its 60th anniversary lineup; the complete competition lineup is available after the break.

In addition to the competition program, the Berlinale will feature special screenings of a newly restored and complete version of Fritz Lang's silent science fiction classic "Metropolis," as well as a showing of the Silver Bear-winning "Pauline at the Beach," in tribute to its late director, Eric Roehmer. Out-of-competition films include the world premiere of Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give," Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids are All Right," and the UK documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop," about graffiti artist Banksy. 

The competition screening list is as follows:
Opening Film: "Apart Together" (China), Wang Quan'an 
"A Family" (Denmark), Pernille Fischer Christensen 
"A Somewhat Gentle Man" (Norway), Hans Petter Moland 
"A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop" (China), Zhang Yimou
"Caterpillar" (Japan), Koji Wakamatsu 
"Exit Through the Gift Shop" (Great Britain), Banksy, out of competition 
"Faith" (Germany), Burhan Qurbani 
"Greenberg" (U.S.), Noah Baumbach 
"Honey" (Turkey), Semih Kaplanoglu 
"Howl" (U.S.), Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman 
"If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle" (Romania/Sweden), Florin Serban 
"Jew Suss -- Rise and Fall" (Austria/Germany), Oskar Roehler 
"How I Ended This Summer" (Russian Federation), Alexei Popogrebsky 
"Mammuth" (France), Benoit Delepine, Gustave de Kervern 
"My Name is Khan" (India), Karan Johar, out of competition
"On The Path" (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia/Austria/Germany), Jasmila Zbanic 
"Please Give" (U.S.), Nicole Holofcener, out of competition
"Puzzle" (Argentina/France), Natalia Smirnoff 
"Shekarchi" (Germany/Iran), Raffi Pitts
"Shutter Island" (U.S.), Martin Scorsese, out of competition
"Submarino" (Denmark), Thomas Vinterberg 
"The Kids Are All Right" (U.S./France), Lisa Cholodenko, out of competition
"The Killer Inside Me" (U.S./Great Britain), Michael Winterbottom 
"The Ghost Writer" (France/Germany/Great Britain), Roman Polanski
"The Robber" (Austria/German), Benjamin Heisenberg
Closing Film: "About Her Brother" (Japan), Yoji Yamada, out of competition

-- Paul Gaita

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