Michael Fassbender, “The Artist” win big in Rome – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Busy week on the books here at Awards Alley, with several guilds expected to single out their choices for “Best of 2011” as we inch closer to the Oscar nominations on Jan. 24. The Producers Guild will be up first, and we’ll cover those 10 selections once they are revealed.

In the meantime, we have noticeable wins from the Capri, Hollywood – the International Film Festival in Rome for contenders who hope to hear their names called on Oscar morning. And as we have been saying, every little bit of recognition leading up to Oscar nominations matters.

Best Actor at the fest went to Michael Fassbender, who delivered an amazing performance in Steve McQueen’s “Shame” but still needs to overcome the film’s controversially frank approach to hardcore sex.

Best Actress winner Berenice Bejo, meanwhile, continues to ride a wave of goodwill for her involvement in her husband’s winning picture, “The Artist” (which also claimed the Best Picture prize at the fest).

Elsewhere, “Hugo” star Ben Kingsley was given the festival’s Legends career honor, and Emanuele Crialese earned the Capri Peace prize for his work as the director of “Terrafirma,” Italy’s candidate for the foreign language Oscar this year.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
Harvey Weinstein
– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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