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‘Snow White’ & Barbie win vid awards

2001 Video Premiere Award Winners

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” took the prize for overall new extra features on a DVD library title but Barbie won out over Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” at the 2001 Video Premiere Awards in Hollywood Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Roger Ebert delivered a performance on the audio commen-tary of “Citizen Kane” that was judged superior to the A-list directors that he praises and criticizes, including the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Rob Reiner and Robert Wise.

In her feature film debut, Barbie’s “Barbie in the Nutcracker” from Mattel and distributed by Artisan was voted best animated video premiere film of this year by the Video Premieres Academy, representing 125 producers, directors, writers, cinematographers and others in the creative community. Some programs were viewed and judged in advance of their release.

Lions Gate’s comedy “100 Girls” was named live-action movie of the year, while Warner’s special DVD edition of “Into the Arms of Strangers” won the top award for overall new extra features.

Alecia Elliott, Shawn King and Clark Anderson were each scheduled to perform their nominated songs in the program that also featured the unan-nounced premiere performance and video debut of a tribute to America in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

Donation to charity

“Proud, Strong and Free,” sung by 16 year-old Lauren Frost, followed a presentation from Video Business publisher Rose Einstein noting that more than $100,000 of the sponsor-ships and ticket sales for the show were donated to the September 11th Fund. The Video Premiere Awards is a presentation of Daily Variety sister publication Video Business.

Eighteen-year-old Elliott won for her song from “Prancer Returns” called “If You Believe.”

“The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” was the first video premiere movie inducted into the Academy of Artistic Achievement. The award was pre-sented to Disney’s Buena Vista Home Entertainment president Robert Chapek and executive veep of TV animation Sharon Morrill.

The movie was said to be inducted not because it is by far the best-selling video premiere movie of all time with nearly $300 million in domestic video sales alone, but because of its unprecedented level of artistry for a video premiere movie.

Universal Pictures chairman Stacey Snider introduced Universal Pictures franchise development president Louis Feola, who received the first Video Premieres Pioneer Award for his instrumental role in creating what has become a $1.2 billion industry of movies made for video.

More than 750 people were sched-uled to attend the event hosted by KTLA personality Sam Rubin.

Other winners who were on hand to accept their awards included Michael Gross (actor, “Tremors 3: Back to Perfection”), Portia Realer (actress, “Keepin’ It Real”), and Van Ling (DVD menu design, “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace”).

Presenters included Coolio, Fred Ward, Tracy Scoggins, Morgan Rusler, Sasha Alexander and Dave Thomas.

And the winners are …

BEST LIVE-ACTION VIDEO PREMIERE MOVIE

“100 Girls” Yitzhak Ginsberg, Terence Michael, Ehud Bleiberg, Richard Finney, producers (Trimark)

ANIMATED VIDEO PREMIERE MOVIE

“Barbie in the Nutcracker” Jesyca C. Durchin, Jennifer Twiner McCarron, producers (Artisan)

OVERALL NEW EXTRA FEATURES, NEW RELEASE

“Into the Arms of Strangers” Paul Hemstreet and Jeffrey Lerner, producers (Warner)

OVERALL NEW EXTRA FEATURES, LIBRARY TITLE

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” David Jessen, producer (Buena Vista)

ORIGINAL RETROSPECTIVE DOCUMENTARY

“Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood” Brent Zacky and Kevin Burns, directors; Zacky, Burns and Monica Bider, writers; Zacky, producer; “Cleopatra Five Star Collection” (Fox)

NEW, ENHANCED OR RECONSTRUCTED MOVIE SCENES

“Star Trek: The Motion Picture — Director’s Edition” David C. Fein, producer; Michael Matessino, restoration supervisor; Daren R. Dochterman, visual effects supervisor (Paramount)

ANIMATED CHARACTER PERFORMANCE

Scamp Scott Wolf, voice; Andrew Collins, supervising animator; “Lady and the Tramp” (Buena Vista)

ACTOR

Michael Gross “Tremors 3: Back to Perfection” (Universal)

ACTRESS

Portia Realer “Keepin’ It Real” (York/Maverick)

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Jack Palance “Prancer Returns” (USA)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Linda Hamilton “Skeletons in the Closet” (Artisan)

ORIGINAL SONG

“If You Believe” performed by Alecia Elliott; Randy Goodrim, songwriter; Adam Anders, producer; “Prancer Returns (USA)

AUDIO COMMENTARY

Roger Ebert “Citizen Kane” (Warner)

DIRECTOR

Doug Campbell “The Tomorrow Man” (Bedford/MTI)

SCREENPLAY

Roger Nygard and Joe Yanetty “Suckers” (Victory)

ORIGINAL SCORE

Randy Miller, Kristin Wilkinson “Prancer Returns” (USA)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Garett Griffin “The Riff” (York/Maverick)

VISUAL EFFECTS

Jamison Scott Goei “Mimic 2” (Dimension-Buena Vista)

EDITING

Kevin D. Ross “100 Girls” (Artisan)

DVD MENU DESIGN

“Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” Van Ling,(Fox)

INTERNET VIDEO PREMIERE

“Star” BMWFilms.com; directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Madonna

VIDEO PREMIERE PIONEER AWARD

Louis Feola

VIDEO PREMIERE ACADEMY OF ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT

“The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” (Buena Vista)

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