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    2013 Progie Awards

    By | January 16, 2014

    THE JAMES AGEE CINEMA CIRCLE’S

    PROGIE NOMINATIONS FOR

    BEST PROGRESSIVE FILMS & ARTISTS OF 2013

    Black-themed films dominate this year’s Progie Award nominations for 2013’s best progressive films and filmmakers. The nominees include biopics about Nelson Mandela, Jackie Robinson, Oscar Grant, Muhammad Ali, as well as a documentary about the 1985 aerial bombing of the Philadelphia Black nationalist group MOVE. German director Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic about the anti-fascist philosopher Hannah Arendt was nominated for two Progies, as was Jeremy Scahill’s scathing expose about U.S. covert ops, Dirty Wars.

    The James Agee Cinema Circle (of which yours truly is a proud, red book-carrying member) is an international, independent umbrella group of left-leaning film critics, scholars and historians dedicated to raising public awareness about films dealing with political, social, cultural, ethnic, economic, gender, ecological, immigrant, pro-human rights, pro-LGBTQ rights, pro-labor, etc., content and form. The JACC annually presents The Progies to the year’s best progressive features, indies, documentaries and artists. The Progies are the “un-Oscar”, the “people’s alternative Academy Awards,” honoring movies and talents of conscience and consciousness.

    Up to five nominees can be selected per category — except in case of a tie, when more than five nominees can be entered in a category. Also, any film nominated for the Langlois (the Progie for best progressive picture deserving theatrical release in the U.S.) is listed in order to shine a light on these deserving films, which is the purpose of the JACC and the Progies.

    Below is a complete list of all of the 2013 Progie nominees. Each Progie is awarded in a category named after a great cinema artist or film that made a contribution to movies that inspire, enlighten and entertain audiences. The award winners will be announced shortly before the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2.

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    THE TRUMBO: The Progie Award for BEST PROGRESSIVE PICTURE is named after Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, a member of the Hollywood Ten, who was imprisoned for his beliefs and refusing to inform. Trumbo helped break the Blacklist when he received screen credit for Spartacus and Exodus in 1960.

    NOMINEES:
    12 YEARS A SLAVE
    FRUITVALE STATION
    PHILOMENA
    ELYSIUM
    42
    ANGEL’S SHARE
    BLACKFISH
    DALLAS BUYER CLUB
    THE ACT OF KILLING

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    THE GARFIELD: The Progie Award for BEST ACTOR in a progressive picture is named after John Garfield, who rose from the proletarian theatre to star in progressive pictures such as Gentleman’s Agreement and Force of Evil, only to run afoul of the Hollywood Blacklist.

    NOMINEES:
    CHIWETEL EJIOFOR (12 YEARS A SLAVE)
    MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY (DALLAS BUYER’S CLUB)
    MICHAEL B. JORDAN (FRUITVALE STATION)
    IDRIS ELBA (MANDELA: WALK TO FREEDOM)
    SHANNON HARPER (WELCOME TO PINE HILL)

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    KAREN MORLEY AWARD: The Progie Award for BEST ACTRESS in a film portraying women in a progressive picture is named for Karen Morley, co-star of Scarface (1932) and Our Daily Bread (1934). Morley was driven out of Hollywood in the 1930s for her leftist views, but maintained her militant political activism for the rest of her life, running for New York’s Lieutenant Governor on the American Labor Party ticket in 1954. She passed away in 2003, unrepentant to the end, at the age of 93.

    NOMINEES:
    BARBARA SUKOWA (HANNAH ARENDT)
    CATE BLANCHETT (BLUE JASMINE)
    LUPITA NYONG’O (12 YEARS A SLAVE)
    OCTAVIA SPENCER (FRUITVALE STATION)
    JUDI DENCH (PHILOMENA)
    DANAI GURIRA (MOTHER OF GEORGE)

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    THE RENOIR: The Progie Award for BEST ANTI-WAR FILM is named after the great French filmmaker Jean Renoir, who directed the 1937 anti-militarism masterpiece Grand Illusion.

    NOMINEES:
    DIRTY WARS
    THE ACT OF KILLING

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    THE GILLO: The Progie Award for BEST PROGRESSIVE FOREIGN FILM is named after the Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo, who lensed the 1960s classics The Battle of Algiers and Burn!

    NOMINEES
    A TOUCH OF SIN
    BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
    THE GREAT BEAUTY
    CLASS ENEMY
    WADJDA

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    THE DZIGA: The Progie Award for BEST PROGRESSIVE DOCUMENTARY is named after the Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov, who directed 1920s nonfiction films such as the Kino Pravda series and The Man With the Movie Camera.

    NOMINEES:
    THE ACT OF KILLING
    DIRTY WARS
    BLACKFISH
    STORIES WE TELL
    LET THE FIRE BURN
    THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI
    THE SQUARE
    WIKILEAKS: WE STEAL SECRETS

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    OUR DAILY BREAD AWARD: The Progie Award for the MOST POSITIVE AND INSPIRING WORKING CLASS SCREEN IMAGE is named after King Vidor’s 1934 classic about an American collective farm, which starred Karen Morley and was produced by Charlie Chaplin.

    NOMINEES:
    THIS IS MARTIN BONNER
    NEBRASKA
    WELCOME TO PINE HILL
    ANGEL’S SHARE

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    THE ROBESON: The Progie Award for the BEST PORTRAYAL OF PEOPLE OF COLOR that shatters cinema stereotypes, in light of their historically demeaning depictions onscreen. It is named after courageous performing legend, Paul Robeson, who starred in Song of Freedom and The Proud Valley, and narrated Native Land.

    NOMINEES:
    FRUITVALE STATION
    12 YEARS A SLAVE
    LET THE FIRE BURN
    TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI
    42

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    THE SERGEI: The Progie Award for LIFETIME PROGRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENT ON- OR OFFSCREEN is named after Sergei Eisenstein, the Soviet director of masterpieces such as Potemkin and 10 Days That Shook the World.

    NOMINEES:
    COSTA-GAVRAS
    ROBERT GUEDIGUIAN
    ALEX GIBNEY
    JOHN SAYLES
    ROBERT REDFORD
    GAEL GARCIA BERNAL
    OLIVIER ASSAYAS

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    THE BUNUEL: The Progie Award for the MOST SLYLY SUBVERSIVE SATIRICAL CINEMATIC FILM in terms of form, style and content is named after Luis Bunuel, the Spanish surrealist who directed The Andalusian Dog, Belle de Jour and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.

    NOMINEES
    THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
    SPRING BREAKERS
    HER

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    THE PASOLINI: The Progie Award for BEST PRO-GAY RIGHTS film is named after Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who directed The Gospel According to St. Matthew, The Decameron and The Canterbury Tales.

    NOMINEES:
    BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
    BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
    REACHING FOR THE MOON
    KILL YOUR DARLINGS
    CONCUSSION
    SAL

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    THE LAWSON: The Progie Award for BEST ANTI-FASCIST FILM is named after John Howard Lawson, screenwriter of 1938’s anti-Franco Blockade and the 1940s anti-nazi films Four Sons, Action in the North Atlantic, Sahara and Counter-Attack, and one of the Hollywood Ten.

    NOMINEES:
    ELYSIUM
    THE ACT OF KILLING
    NO
    HANNAH ARENDT

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    THE LANGLOIS: For BEST PROGRESSIVE PICTURES DESERVING THEATRICAL RELEASE IN THE US and distribution in other countries and platforms is named after film archivist Henri Langlois, co-founder of Paris’ Cinémathèque.

    NOMINEES:
    GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA
    STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY
    HAPPY
    STRANGER BY THE LAKE
    A FIELD IN ENGLAND
    IT FELT LIKE LOVE
    SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM
    LILY
    FORTY YEARS FROM YESTERDAY
    BLUEBIRD
    MEETING LEILA
    WHEN I SAW YOU
    THE LIBERATOR: SIMON BOLIVAR
    MY SWEET PEPPER LAND
    VALENTINO’S GHOST
    JODOROWSKY’S DUNE
    ME AND YOU
    MACHSOM
    DRONES
    WINTER IN THE BLOOD
    THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

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