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Academy Award Nominations

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011


Academy Award Nominations: King’s Speech Leads With 12



By Gregg Kilday
Hollywood Reporter


With 12 nominations, The King’s Speech led the pack as nominations were announced early Tuesday morning for the 83rd Academy Awards.


The circle of 10 best picture nominees encompasses Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter’s Bone.


Nominated for best actress are Annette Bening, who plays a lesbian mom protecting her family in The Kids Are All Right; Natalie Portman, who steps in the pointe shoes of a ballerina descending into madness in Black Swan; Nicole Kidman, who stars as a mother dealing with grief in Rabbit Hole; Jennifer Lawrence, who appears as a backwoods girl trying to hold her family together in Winter’s Bone; and Michelle Williams, who portrays a young woman whose marriage is falling apart in Blue Valentine.



Christian Bale led off the list of best supporting actors for his performance as a meth-addled ex-boxer in The Fighter. He’ll compete against John Hawkes, for his tough backwoods character in Winter’s Bone; Jeremy Renner, for his hopped-up street tough in The Town; Mark Ruffalo, for his sperm donor of a dad in The Kids Are All Right; and Geoffrey Rush for his shrewd speech therapist in The King’s Speech.


The best supporting actress nominees are Amy Adams, for her feisty girlfriend in The Fighter and Melissa Leo, who plays a formidable mom in the same movie; Helena Bonham Carter, for her portrait of the young Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech; newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who her spunky avenger in True Grit; and Aussi actress Jacki Weaver, for playing another manipulative matriarch in Animal Kingdom.


Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem, Buitiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours


Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech


Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine


Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, King’s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingrdom


Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David O’ Russell, The Fighter
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit


Best Picture
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone



Farrah Fawcett’s memory

Monday, March 8th, 2010


Farrah Fawcett’s memorial omitted by the Academy



 By Allan R. Ellenberger


My mother taught me that if you make a mistake, own up to it, make it right if you can, and then move on. Obviously the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believes otherwise. However they admit that the omission of Farrah Fawcett in their memorial at this years Oscar ceremonies was not an error.


“I would not say that it was an oversight,” Leslie Unger, spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told E! News. “No matter how carefully and how conscientiously people address who is included, there are people who just simply can’t be.”


I agree, it is impossible to include every entertainment personality that has passed on during the previous year. But some inclussions to me seem to be a no-brainer — and Farrah Fawcett is one of them.


I’m the first to admit that I was not a huge fan of Charlie’s Angels — but I get it. But once Farrah left and moved into television and film, I became an admirer — The Burning Bed (1984), Extremities (1986), Poor Little Rich Girl (1987) all cemented her place in film history. And her fight to beat the cancer that finally took her life earned her the admiration of people around the world.


The Academy can’t be shocked by today’s reaction to their oversight —  they had to know some kind of response would be forthcoming. Farrah’s longtime companion, Ryan O’Neal said of the omission:


“Farrah was a member of the Academy for over 40 years and we could not believe she did not get a mention. It was a terrible decision and very hurtful,” he said. O’Neal added that he and his daughter Tatum O’Neal plan to write to the Academy asking for an explanation. 


Others shared the disappointment. Oscar winner, Jane Fonda wrote, “Where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included.”


Film critic Roger Ebert wrote via Twitter: “Major fail. … No Farrah in the memorial. They have a whole lot of ‘splaining to do.”


But according to Ms. Unger, no apology or explanation is forthcoming. That’s okay. I have a feeling that by the end of the week, Ms. Unger will be forgotten, but Farrah will endure in the memories of her fans for years to come. In any case, click below for a brief photo tribute. Rest in peace, Angel!






Kathyrn Bigelow wins Directors Guild award

Sunday, January 31st, 2010


Guild honors Kathryn Bigelow as best director for ‘The Hurt Locker’


 'Hurt Locker'


It is the first Directors Guild of America win for the 58-year-old filmmaker and the first time a woman has won the award.


By Susan King
Los Angeles Times
January 31, 2010


The Directors Guild of America on Saturday night named Kathryn Bigelow best director of 2009 for “The Hurt Locker.” Not only is it the first guild win for the 58-year-old filmmaker, it is the first time a woman has won the award.


“This is the most incredible moment of my life,” Bigelow said. “This is amazing. I’m so deeply stunned, honored and awed.”


Bigelow already has received the majority of critics’ awards this year for her work on the harrowing Iraq war drama, including those from the Los Angeles Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.


In addition, she is nominated for the best director award by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. “The Hurt Locker” also received a BAFTA nomination for best picture, and won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award last week.


The DGA Awards have become one of the most dependable forecasters for the Academy Awards — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the DGA have disagreed just six times in the last 61 years.


The Oscar nominations are scheduled to be announced Tuesday; the awards will be handed out March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.


The 62nd annual DGA ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, with Carl Reiner making his 22nd appearance as master of ceremonies. Norman Jewison also was honored with the guild’s lifetime achievement award.


Click here to read entire article at the Los Angeles Times



The Academy Awards…

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009


Slumdog Millionaire’ fulfills its Oscar destiny


The Academy Awards (MSNBC)

 The Kodak Theatre is seen before the start of the 81st Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009. (Damian Dovarganes / AP)

Rags-to-riches tale wins best picture; Penn, Winslet take top acting honors

The Associated Press
Feb. 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES – “Slumdog Millionaire” took the best-picture Academy Award and seven other Oscars on Sunday, including director for Danny Boyle, whose ghetto-to-glory story paralleled the film’s unlikely rise to Hollywood’s summit.


The other top winners: Kate Winslet, best actress for the Holocaust-themed drama “The Reader”; Sean Penn, best actor for the title role of “Milk”; Heath Ledger, supporting actor for “The Dark Knight”; and Penelope Cruz, supporting actress for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Oscar Nominees List…

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


Nominees for the 81st Academy Awards


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
  • Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
  • Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
  • Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)
  • Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Viola Davis in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)


(Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Academy Award Nominations…

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


And the Oscar nominees are…



Slumdog Millionaire is one of the five nominated films with 10 nominations


‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ leads all contenders with 13 nods including best actor for Brad Pitt.


By Susan King
Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2009


“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a fable about a man who ages in reverse, dominated the 81st annual Academy Award nominations this morning, earning 13 nods, including best film, best actor for Brad Pitt and best director for David Fincher.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Golden Globe Winners…

Monday, January 12th, 2009


‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is the top dog



Danny Boyle, left, who won for directing, with stars Freida Pinto and Dev Patel.


By John Horn
January 12, 2009


In a ceremony alternatively as solemn and celebratory as the movie that won a leading four prizes — the rags-to-riches drama “Slumdog Millionaire” — Sunday night’s Golden Globe awards helped focus the Oscar race as it honored the late Heath Ledger for his performance in ” The Dark Knight.”


By winning trophies for best dramatic picture, director, screenplay and score, “Slumdog Millionaire” cemented its place as the awards season’s most beloved underdog: After losing its American distributor soon after it completed filming early last year, the modestly budgeted story of an unlikely Indian game show contestant now has become not only a powerful Academy Award contender but also a minor box-office hit.


“We really weren’t expecting to be here in America at all at one time so it’s just amazing to be standing here,” “Slumdog Millionaire” screenwriter Simon Beaufoy said in accepting his honor from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. A few months after Warner Bros. closed “Slumdog Millionaire” distributor Warner Independent Pictures, Fox Searchlight took over the $14-million film’s release, with Warners sharing costs and revenue.


If “Slumdog Millionaire” provided the most joyous moments at the 66th annual awards show, Ledger’s posthumous win for supporting actor offered its most poignant.


Ledger died last January from an overdose of prescription medications, before “The Dark Knight” was released and became the second-highest grossing movie in Hollywood, trailing only “Titanic.” “The Dark Knight” was the actor’s last completed film role.


“I for one will start to be able to look less at the gap in the future and the incredible place Heath made for himself with his talent and with his dedication,” Chris Nolan, the film’s director and co-writer, said in accepting Ledger’s award for his haunting performance as the Joker.


Ledger’s win was not unexpected, but in one of the more surprising picks by the 85 movie journalists who make up the HFPA, Mickey Rourke was named best dramatic actor for his role as an over-the-hill grappler in “The Wrestler.”


“It’s been a very long road back for me,” said a humbled Rourke, a veteran actor whose admittedly wild off-screen behavior tarnished his reputation and nearly cost him the lead role in “The Wrestler.” Rourke was initially dropped from the film when the producers couldn’t raise money to make the movie with him in the lead, and he was recast only after his replacement, Nicolas Cage, and director Darren Aronofsky parted ways on the movie. The actor even thanked his dogs for sticking with him when others did not.


More of an extended, freewheeling and alcohol-soaked dinner party than most awards show, Sunday night’s ceremony may have reached new highs (or lows) for bawdy banter.


Rourke’s acceptance speech was peppered with mild profanities, Aronofsky made a joking (but nevertheless obscene) gesture toward Rourke, and “Slumdog Millionaire” producer Christian Colson uttered a four-letter expletive when the broadcast’s producers cued music in the middle of his best drama acceptance speech. The remarks and gesture could spark complaints to the Federal Communications Commission; publicists from NBC did not immediately respond to e-mails seeking comment.


When winners weren’t talking like gangster rappers, a few appeared surprised and flattered, including the English actress Kate Winslet, who won for dramatic actress (as an unhappy suburban housewife in “Revolutionary Road”) and supporting actress for “The Reader” (in which she played a German troller worker with a horrendous secret.)


“I was so shocked to win one. Honestly, I can’t believe it,” Winslet said backstage after collecting her second trophy. “To have been here so many times and to have not won so many times. To win twice in one night . . . ,” said the actress, a previous Golden Globe nominee for “Little Children.”


Because the HFPA is composed of journalists working for foreign publications, it was not entirely unanticipated that only one of the six acting winners was American (Rourke being the exception).


“Happy Go Lucky’s” Sally Hawkins, who was named top actress in a musical or comedy, is English, while “In Bruges’ “ Colin Farrell, the selection for best actor in a musical or comedy, is Irish. Winslet is British and Ledger was born in Australia.


In the other film awards, Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” collected the award for best comedy or musical, “Waltz With Bashir” was named top foreign language film, “Wall-E” took the animation prize, and Bruce Springsteen’s ballad for “The Wrestler” — a song that Rourke personally asked the rocker to compose — was honored as best original song.


The Golden Globes are hardly a sure-fire predictor of Academy Awards nominations or wins. Last year, the ceremony’s top drama, ” Atonement,” didn’t win best picture ( “No Country for Old Men” did), and its choice for comedy or musical — “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” — wasn’t even nominated for the best picture Oscar.


But few would deny that “Slumdog Millionaire” is now a favorite for winning multiple Oscars. And in some ways, this year’s Golden Globe show dramatized that, even in a recession, Hollywood is back to its usual business of displays of wealth and back-slapping, with any worries about employment far from the forefront.


Last year’s 100-day Writers Guild of America strike turned 2008 Globes into a surreal news conference that was both free of stars (who refused to cross WGA pickets) and television viewers.


But striking writers — or the prospect of a possible 2009 walkout by the Screen Actors Guild — were apparently not on most people’s minds. In fact, the night’s first television winner, Tom Wilkinson, couldn’t remember the name of historian David McCullough, the author of ” John Adams,” the source material for the HBO mini-series for which Wilkinson won a supporting actor award.


For a complete list of nominations and winners for the 66th Golden Globes, please click on ‘Continue Reading’



The Emmy Awards…

Monday, September 22nd, 2008


These Emmy Awards are not a popularity contest




2008 Emmy scorecard

Click above for a complete list of this year’s honorees from the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards


By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 22, 2008


When the 1960s period piece “Mad Men” won the Emmy for outstanding drama series at Sunday’s 60th annual Emmy Awards, it made history in at least two ways. It became the first basic-cable program to take top series honors. But it also added a more dubious mark: Compared with previous Emmy series winners, “Mad Men” is by far the least-watched, with an average of fewer than 1 million viewers tuning in during its first season last year. That’s a fraction of the audience of even NBC’s ever-ratings-challenged “30 Rock,” which again took the comedy prize this year.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



The Emmy Race…

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Emmys race comes down to old or new




It’s youth versus maturity. Change versus experience. A lot like our presidential race. The results could tell us plenty about what we value.


By Mary McNamara, Times Television Critic
September 21, 2008


IT’S A race to decide what we value most: the vibrant and new or that which is mellow with experience. Shall we surrender to the seductive nature of callow youth or the guaranteed satisfaction that only maturity can provide?


Astonishingly enough, it would seem that the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on ABC tonight have managed to become part of the larger cultural conversation.


“Change” howled the Obama campaign from its infancy. “Experience” the Clinton supporters bellowed right back. And we know how that one turned out. Now we are in the midst of a campaign that redefines May-December relationships on both tickets while everyone grows hoarse debating the merits of record versus vision.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Win Oscar Bleacher Seats…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Fans can win bleacher seats for 2009 Oscars




The Academy will put 300 seats up for grabs in an online lottery

The Associated Press
Tues., Sept. 16, 2008

Stargazers seeking an up-close glimpse of Hollywood’s royalty can win seats on Oscar night along the red carpet.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that 300 bleacher seats will be up for grabs in an online lottery.


Beginning at 9 a.m. PDT Monday, movie buffs can enter for a chance to win a seat in front of the Kodak Theater for the Oscars scheduled for Feb. 22. The lottery runs through 9 p.m. Sept. 28.


Applicants can register for up to four seats at


In previous years, as many as 20,000 fans have applied online for the bleacher seats.