Chicago, IL, January 25, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Excitement is building at the Chicago International Film Festival as this year’s Academy Award® nominations were announced earlier this week. The 42nd Chicago International Film Festival premiered the following Oscar® nominated films during their two week festival in October 2006.
The Festival’s Centerpiece film, Babel, received seven nominations, including a Best Director nomination for Alejandro González Iñárritu, who came to Chicago in person to introduce his mesmerizing film of four interlocking stories of fate and circumstance. Babel also received Oscar® nominations in the following categories: Best Picture; Best Supporting Actress; (Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi); Film Editing; Original Score; and Original Screenplay.
Stephen Frears’s film, The Queen, received six nominations including a Best Director and Best Picture nomination. The Queen also received Oscar® nominations in the following categories: Best Leading Actress (Helen Mirren); Original Score; Original Screenplay; and Costume Design. Mr. Frears, received his Career Achievement Award from the Festival, when he attended the Chicago premiere of his film. His striking portrayal of the royal family during the week following Princess Diana’s death won the Audience Choice Award at the 42nd Chicago International Film Festival.
Chicago audiences had the chance to watch the powerful performance of Peter O’Toole, in the Festival’s Closing Night Film, Venus. Mr. O’Toole’s Oscar® nomination is for Best Leading Actor for his masterful portrayal of the silver-tongued Maurice.
Iraq in Fragments, directed by James Longley, received a Best Documentary Feature nomination, for capturing a vivid picture of a people and country pulled in different directions. Mr. Longley introduced his award-winning film and was on hand to receive the Gold Hugo for Best Documentary Feature at the 42nd Chicago International Film Festival.
Nominated for an Oscar® in the Best Foreign Language Film category, Days of Glory (Indigenes) was awarded the Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize in addition to winning the Audience Choice Award at the 42nd Chicago International Film Festival, for its original vision of embracing the issues of racism and colonialism in human terms.
Join in celebrating the best of the silver screen at the 43rd Chicago International Film Festival’s annual Academy Awards® Party, co-presented by RedEye, metromix.com and metromix on CLTV. The event will take place at 6:00PM, on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago. Ticket prices start at $50 (if purchased by February 9, 2007) with a limited number of VIP reserved seating tickets, starting at $80. Cinema/Chicago members can take advantage of discounted ticket prices. Tickets can be purchased online at www.chicagofilmfestival.com or by calling 312-683-0121, x-154 or x-115.
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