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Russia spawns rival awards events

Russia's new Academy of Film Art founded by director Nikita Mikhalkov has rolled out the first ever edition of its new awards for cinema excellence the Golden Eagles. But the awards which are being touted as Russia's answer to the Oscars have sparked a major controversy as they are competing head on with the 15 year-old NIKA awards, held in April, which also claims to be Russia's premier film event.

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