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Movie awards season is well under way

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at 7:44 a.m.

Whether you like or loathe movie awards season, brace yourself because it’s well under way, and some recent announcements are starting to signal paths to the Oscars.

The Independent Spirit Awards, which honor films outside the Hollywood mainstream, announced their nominations last week ( “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Moonrise Kingdom” led the pack). And the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review announced their award winners this week.

Both the New York Critics and National Board named “Zero Dark Thirty,” which chronicles the capture of Osama Bin Laden, as its best picture of the year. Kathryn Bigelow (Oscar winner for “The Hurt Locker”) also was named best director by both groups. The nods further propel the film’s Oscar chances. “Zero” is set to open in Wichita on Jan. 9.

Other New York critics winners: Daniel Day-Lewis as best actor for “Lincoln,” Rachel Weisz as lead actress for “The Deep Blue Sea,” Sally Field as supporting actress for “Lincoln,” and Matthew McConaughey as supporting actor for his work in two very different films — the dark comedy “Bernie” and the male stripper tale “Magic Mike.”

Other Board of Review winners: Bradley Cooper as best actor in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jessica Chastain as lead actress for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Leonardo DiCaprio as supporting actor for “Django Unchained,” and Ann Dowd as supporting actress for “Compliance.”

Golden Globe award nominations will be announced Thursday. Academy Award nominations won’t come until Jan. 13.

Filmmaking adventures — This year for me has been about taking risks and exploring my dark side as a filmmaker. My personal goal was to make 10 short horror-type films — a pretty ambitious undertaking in one year.

I’ll show six of them in an event titled “A Night with Rawdzilla,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Alibi Room, 919 E. Douglas. Admission is free but you must be 21 to attend.

I’ve often said I wish filmmaking were like painting, where you could knock one out right after another (not that painting is that simple, mind you). Making a feature film can take years of your life, so I wanted to concentrate on shorts. This has allowed me to (hopefully) hone my skills and further develop my “style.”

I have a wonderful crew of friends who made it all possible. They’re brave, daring, talented souls, willing to jump off a bridge with me — all for the love of making movies.

Note: The films should be considered rated R and contain profanity, violence, some gore, intense situations — and a lot of heart (as well as other body parts).

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