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In what will be a handy boost to her Best Actress Oscar campaign for "Rust and Bone," French star Marion Cotillard will receive a career tribute at next month's IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards, traditionally the first stop on the awards calendar. Also due to receive non-competitive honors at the ceremony are Matt Damon, David O. Russell and Participant Media chairman Jeff Skoll. The ceremony takes place a little over a week after Cotillard's film lands in US theaters. Joana Vicente, director of the IFP, stated: "Marion Cotillard is not only a delight to watch, she is one of the most talented women working in cinema around the world today. Her acting choices are always challenging and rewarding, and her performances show that she is a truly skilled artist, totally dedicated to her craft. We are so honored to present this Tribute to a woman of her magnitude.” Here's hoping the Academy agrees. [Filmmaker]
Tom O'Neil claims "Silver Linings Playbook" could suffer in the Oscar race because it won't reap many craft nods outside editing. Didn't stop "The Departed" or "Million Dollar Baby" recently, did it? [Gold Derby]
The Film Experience's Oscar Horrors series continues with a reflection on the Best Art Direction win for "Pan's Labyrinth." [The Film Experience]
The film's been out a while, but this is a good read: Nick Bradshaw interviews the makers of "Searching for Sugar Man," a good bet to crack the Oscar documentary shortlist. [Sight & Sound]
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