2009 RAAM Awards Nominations Announced

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Tue, 01/27/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The full list of nominations in this year’s RAAM Awards to UK and Irish and Exhibition and Film Distribution were announced today. Universal Pictures Warner Bros Paramount Sony Entertainment Optimum E1 Films Artificial Eye Yash Raj and Studio 18 head the line up in film distribution nominations with Cineworld Odeon Vue Ambassador Woking Curzon Soho Plaza Truro Gaiety Cinema Group Movies@ SGC Cinemas leading the way in exhibition. RAAM gets its name from the initials of the founding directors Rob Arthur and Anthony Meehan. The RAAM International Award will be presented to Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions and three Industry Achievement awards go to Andrew Cripps president Paramount Pictures International Mike Ewin of Winstone Films and Paddy Kelly former general manager of Paramount Pictures in Ireland in recognition of their significant contributions to film making distribution and exhibition internationally and in the UK and Irish film markets. Twelve other award winners will be announced at the awards dinner on February 4th at the Millennium Hotel Grosvenor Square Mayfair London. The awards dinner is in support of The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund  the trade charity for the UK film and television industries. RAAM chairman Tony Meehan Chairman of says “This is the fifth year of the RAAM Awards with strong competition in all categories. We are indebted to Nielsen EDI for their support together with our external Advisory Board and each of our sponsors; Arts Alliance Media Britvic UK and Britvic Ireland Coca Cola Bottlers Ireland Walt Disney Film Studios Variety and the PD Group.” The nominations in the following award categories are: Movie of the Year 2008 Mamma Mia – Universal Pictures International Quantum of Solace – Sony Pictures International The Dark Knight – Warner Bros Foreign Language Movie of the Year Rab Ne Bana De Jodi – Yash Raj Sing is Kinng – Studio 18 The Orphanage – Optimum Releasing Independently Distributed Movie of the Year Four Christmases – Entertainment Films Sex and the City – Entertainment Films Twilight – E1 Films Distributor of the Year Paramount Pictures International Sony Pictures International Universal Pictures International Film and Cinema Marketing Campaign Curzon Cinemas – Artificial Eye – Waltz with Bashir SGC Cinema Dungarven – Opera Ireland – Live from the Metropolitan Opera New York Vue Cinema Doncaster – Universal – Mamma Mia Arts Alliance Media – Innovation in Cinema Award   20th Century Fox - 100-screen premiere of “Shine A Light” transmitted by satellite across the UK Real D - for its clever “light doubler” system to radically improve efficiency of 3D and therefore the size of screen that can be supported Sensio for innovative technology allowing live 3D broadcasts over existing 2D infrastructure Cinema of the Year – Ireland Sponsored by Coca Cola Bottlers (Ireland) Limited Cineworld Dublin Movies@Dundrum Vue Dublin Cinema of the Year – UK Cineworld – Glasgow Cineworld – Sheffield Showcase – Bluewater Retail Director of the Year Award – Sponsored by Britvic UK Independent Cinema of the Year - Ireland – Sponsored by Britvic Ireland Gaiety Cinema Group - Arklow Movies@Dundrum Movies@Swords Independent Cinema of the Year – UK  - Sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK Ambassador Cinema Woking Everyman Cinema – Belsize Park London Plaza Cinema Truro Cinema Circuit of the Year Cineworld Cinemas Odeon Cinemas Vue Entertainment