Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Meet Oscar

Park City, Jan 23. The early morning announcement of the Academy Awards [www.imdb.com] marked the next step of the journey that many films began at Sundance last year. Three of the narrative films were on the nomination slate: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE [www.imdb.com](Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Abigail Breslin and Best Original Screenplay; HALF NELSON [www.imdb.com] (Best Actor for Ryan Gosling); THE ILLUSIONIST [www.imdb.com] (Best Cinematography). And two documentaries are also up for Oscars: AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH [www.imdb.com] (Best Documentary, Original Song); IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS [www.imdb.com] (Best Documentary). Finally WEST BANK STORY [www.imdb.com] is up for Short Film: Live Action.

Screenwriter Peter Morgan [www.imdb.com], who was nominated for his screenplay for THE QUEEN [www.imdb.com], is in Sundance this year with LONGFORD [festival.sundance.org], another behind-the-scenes drama of British political history.

Peter Bowen

Senior Editor, Filmmaker Magazine