Cinema Expo execs salute best efforts

'Quantum of Solace,' 'Red Cliff' among honorees

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AMSTERDAM -- Superior feats in the film biz were feted Wednesday at Cinema Expo, including honors bestowed on studios releasing 37 top-grossing films representing more than $10 billion in combined international boxoffice.

Distribution execs from 10 companies accepted Nielsen EDI International Gold Reel Awards for pics from the past 12 months with international boxoffice surpassing $100 million.

"We have been presenting these for eight years, and tonight we have a record number of films to honor," Nielsen Entertainment president Eric Weinberg said. "These films have generated more than $2 billion more outside the U.S. than within."

Gold Reels were awarded to all six major studios plus Summit International, New Line International, Pathe and Toho. Fox copped six awards; Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. grabbed five each; Summit International and Disney drew four apiece; and New Line, Pathe and Toho received one each.

The films honored ranged from such studio tentpoles as Sony's "Quantum of Solace" and Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" to more finely targeted genre fare like the Summit-distributed Hilary Swank-Gerard Butler dramedy "P.S. I Love You" and John Woo's Chinese-language actioner "Red Cliff."

Elsewhere among the evening's kudos, "Taken" helmer Pierre Morel was honored as international director of the year. The Fox action thriller has rung up $222 million in worldwide boxoffice to date, including $77 million internationally.

Disney exec vp Daniel Frigo was toasted as international distributor of the year, and Odeon/UCI chief Rupert Gavin accepted the laurels for exhibitor of the year. Chas Evans, Paramount's senior vp international creative affairs, drew a special award of appreciation.

Cinema Expo concludes its four-day run at the RAI convention center today. The annual exhibition confab is a unit of Nielsen Business Media, parent company of Nielsen EDI and The Hollywood Reporter.

A complete list of this year's Nielsen EDI International Gold Reel Awards follows:

"Journey to the Center of the Earth," New Line International
"Kung Fu Panda," Paramount Pictures International
"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," Paramount Pictures International
"Monsters vs. Aliens," Paramount Pictures International
"Star Trek," Paramount Pictures International
"Tropic Thunder," Paramount Pictures International
"Slumdog Millionaire," Pathe
"Angels & Demons,"     Sony Pictures Releasing International
"Hancock," Sony Pictures Releasing International
"Quantum of Solace," Sony Pictures Releasing International
"Terminator Salvation," Sony Pictures Releasing International
"You Don't Mess With the Zohan," Sony Pictures Releasing International
"P.S. I Love You," Summit International
"Red Cliff," Summit International
"Red Cliff II," Summit International
"Twilight," Summit International
"Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea," Toho Co.
"Australia," 20th Century Fox International
"Marley & Me," 20th Century Fox International
"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," 20th Century Fox International
"The Day the Earth Stood Still," 20th Century Fox International
"Valkyrie," 20th Century Fox International
"X-Men Origins: Wolverine," 20th Century Fox International
"Fast & Furious," Universal Pictures International
"Mamma Mia!" Universal Pictures International
"The Incredible Hulk," Universal Pictures International
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," Universal Pictures International
"Wanted," Universal Pictures International
"Bedtime Stories," Walt Disney Studios International
"Bolt," Walt Disney Studios International
"High School Musical 3: Senior Year," Walt Disney Studios International
"WALL-E," Walt Disney Studios International
"Get Smart," Warner Bros. International
"Gran Torino," Warner Bros. International
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Warner Bros. International
"The Dark Knight," Warner Bros. International
"Yes Man," Warner Bros. International