DIFF winners announced over the weekend

This weekend, the Dallas International Film Festival awarded its prizes for the best of the fest. Among the winners was Wolf, which we profiled here, about the inappropriate relationship between a minister and a young member of his church. It received a $30,000 camera rental Grand Jury Prize for the Panavision Texas Competition. Also a winner was First Position, which we reviewed here (and pictured), which took the Audience Award for Documentary Feature.

Other winners include:

• Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature: Faith, Love and Whiskey.

• Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Feature: Tchoupitoulas.

• Grand Jury Prize for the Whole Food Environmental Vision Competition: Dirty Energy, about the Deepwater Horizon disaster (awarded two years to the day after the spill).

• Silver Heart Award ($10,000): The Invisible War.

• Audience Award for Narrative Feature: My Way, a Korean war movie.

• Audience Award for Short Film: Nani.

• Best Short Film: Aaron Burr, Part 2.

Best Student Short: Nani.

Best Animated Short: A Morning Stroll.

Special citations were given the Michael Rainey Jr., Luv, for breakout performance; Kim Kold, Teddy Bear, the acting; David Zellner’s Kid-Thing, special mention for Texas filmmaker; and The Love Competition for short filmmaking.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Oscar watching parties

And the Oscar goes to…

From area venues:

*Barbara’s is having an Oscar party!! Watch the Academy Awards on the big screen. Fill out a nominee list with the ones that you think are going to win. The person with the most correct winners wins a great prize. We have the list for you to fill out, and all entries must be in before start time. And of course, you can wear your evening dress or tux if you would like to.

DEETS: Barbara’s Pavilion, 325 Centre St. 7:30 p.m.

*Movie Awards Viewing Party brought to you by the 5013c Oak Cliff Foundation and the  Oak Cliff Film Festival! Come watch the spectacle unfold before your eyes on the big screen. Of course this is a fine opportunity to dress to the nines and party like a star! Enter the Pick the Winners poll for $3. Winner will be announced at the end of the night and will get 2 free badges to the 2012 Oak Cliff Film Festival.

DEETS: The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. 6 p.m. TheTexasTheatre.com.

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—  Rich Lopez

Canasta for a good cause, this Sunday at Tony’s Corner Pocket

The American novelist Mary McCarthy once quipped that Canasta has the advantage of “doing away with the bother of talk after dinner.” But the classic Uruguayan card came popular among the aged and experiencing a rebirth among hipsters has much more to offer. While Canasta may not have the high-stakes glamor of Baccarat, or the back-room luridness of Poker it harkens back to the halcyon days of the 1950′s when it was first introduced to the United States, with smartly dressed men and more smartly dressed cocktails. It’s that paen for a more stylish age that has caused this once nigh-forgotten game to experience a rebirth of late.

If you’ve caught the Canasta bug there’s an opportunity this Sunday, Feb. 12, to indulge in all the melds your heart can muster at Tony’s Corner Pocket  (817 West Dallas). Brunch and registration start at noon with “Pick a Partner” at 12:30. Then at 1 pm single elimination tournament play kicks off. Canasta is played with teams of two, but don’t worry if you don’t have a partner to come with you. Single players are welcomed. Registration is $10, with half of the proceeds going to the tournament winners and the other half benefiting Montrose Grace Place, a non-profit helping homeless youth.

Register early by e-mailing houstonglbtcanasta@yahoogroups.com

—  admin

Voice of Pride finals tonight

Sing for your life

Voice of Pride comes to a climax tonight as winners in both solo and group categories are selected. After all those preliminaries in various clubs, tonight’s the night this crop of singers will pull it all together and offer up as much awesomeness as they possibly can. Winners earn a cash prize and performances at Pride. So this is a big deal.

DEETS: Rose Room, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. DallaTavernGuild.org.

—  Rich Lopez

2011 Grammy Winners

Album of the Year Arcade Fire — The Suburbs

Best New Artist Esperanza Spalding

Record of the Year Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now”

Song of the Year Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now”

Best Pop Vocal Album Lady Gaga —The Fame Monster

Best Rock Album Muse — The Resistance

Best R&B Album John Legend & The Roots — Wake Up!

Best Rap Album Eminem — Recovery

Best Country Album Lady Antebellum — Need You Now

My lameness: Best new artist? New heard of. Album of the year winner? Never heard of. Record of the year winner? Never heard of. Sigh.

Joe. My. God.

—  David Taffet

The Golden Globe Awards: Complete List Of Winners

Glee
As mentioned earlier, there were some big LGBT-related wins at the Golden Globes tonight. While Glee's Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch took home acting awards, the show itself won for best television series – comedy or musical. A complete list of winners, AFTER THE JUMP.

Winners at the 68th annual Golden Globes:

Movies

Best drama: The Social Network

Best comedy/musical: The Kids Are All Right

Actor, drama: Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Actress, drama: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Actor, comedy/musical: Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version

Actress, comedy/musical: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Supporting actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Supporting actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best director/motion picture: David Fincher, The Social Network

Animated feature film: Toy Story 3

Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Original song: Diane Warren, You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (Burlesque)

Original score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Foreign-language film: In a Better World (Denmark)

Cecil B. DeMille Award (for lifetime achievement): Robert De Niro

Television

Best drama series: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Best comedy/musical series: Glee (Fox)

Actor, drama series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Actress, drama series: Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Actor, comedy/musical series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Actress, comedy/musical series: Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)

Supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie: Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)

Supporting actress, series, miniseries or TV movie: Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)

Actor, miniseries or TV movie: Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack (HBO)

Actress, miniseries or TV movie: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin (HBO)

Miniseries or TV movie: Carlos (Sundance Channel)


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—  admin