Videovision Entertainment acquisitions have received nine Academy Award Nominations, it was announced by Sanjeev Singh, Head Of Acquisition and Distribution for the company. The nominations were received by the films Goodnight And Good Luck, March Of The Penguins, Murderball and Paradise Now.
George Clooney’s Good Night And Good Luck which was released on 13 January, stars Clooney himself, Robert Downey Jr., David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels and Frank Langella received six nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. The film which was shot in black-and-white, is set during the McCarthy-era witch hunts of the 1950s and tells a tale of broadcasting courage and the story of broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow’s efforts to expose the hounding tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee in their anti-communist crusade.
March Of The Penguins the documentary feature that has captured the imagination of audiences around the world received the nomination for Best Documentary Feature. The film documents the remarkable journey made by Emperor Penguins every year, as they abandon their ocean homes and clamber onto the frozen ice and to begin a journey into a region so bleak and extreme that it supports no other wildlife during this time of the year. These penguins do this solely driven by the overpowering urge to reproduce and to assure the survival of their species. The film will be released on 24 February.
Murderball, is a documentary feature about tough, highly competitive rugby players. These quadriplegic players, whether injured by car wreck, fist fight or gun shot, were forced to live life sitting down. In their own version of full contact sport, they take part with custom made Gladiator-like wheelchairs. The film is scheduled for release on 24 March.
Palestine’s Official entry in the Academy Awards, Paradise Now received the coveted nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film was released in South Africa on 6 January and has received tremendous critical acclaim. Last year, the film opened the Durban International Film Festival with its lead star, Kais Nashef in attendance. The film won the Best Director prize at the Durban Film Festival and Best Picture at the Three Continents Film Festival.
Sanjeev Singh, Videovision Entertainment’s head of Acquisition and Distribution, commented, “We are thrilled that the films that we have acquired for South Africa have received nine Oscar Nominations. We acquired Goodnight And Good Luck, March Of The Penguins, Murderball and Paradise Now, ahead of them being featured at major international film festivals. We identified these films as quality films and acquired them before they received accolades. We also wish to congratulate the makers of Tsotsi on receiving South Africa’s second Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language film. Last year, our production, Yesterday which was shot in isiZulu received South Africa’s first Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language film category.”