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S. Montgomery says he hates movies but can't stop thinking about them. He hates movie critics as well, which is why he has edited several of our film reviews. And finally, he abhors awards season, which helps to explain why most of his Alt Film Guide contributions have focused on all sorts of film awards.


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Watch Oscar Nominations Online Live Streaming

Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards in several categories will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24 at 8:30 a.m. ET / 5:30 a.m. PT by Academy President Tom Sherak and Winter's Bone's 2011 Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who'll next be seen in The Hunger Games and would surely like to plug her […]


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Watch Oscar Nominations Online Live Streaming



Oscar Predictions Best Actress: Meryl Streep, Viola Davis

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady Three actresses are shoo-ins for the 2012 Academy Awards' Best Actress shortlist: Meryl Streep for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, Michelle Williams for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My […]


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Oscar Predictions Best Actress: Meryl Streep, Viola Davis



Oscar Predictions Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer & Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain, The Help The list of potential Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominees is nearly as long as the list of female cast members in Tate Taylor's socially conscious comedy-drama The Help. In fact, several The Help actresses are either likely or possible Oscar contenders. Much like in the […]


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Oscar Predictions Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer & Jessica Chastain



Jeremy Irvine & Donald Sutherland + Michael Fassbender & Kenneth Branagh: London Film Critics Awards

Jeremy Irvine Jeremy Irvine, the star (along with the titular character) of Steven Spielberg's World War I drama War Horse, arrives at the 2012 London Film Critics Awards. Irvine was a contender for Young British Performer of the Year, along with John Boyega for Attack the Block, Yasmin Paige for […]


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Jeremy Irvine & Donald Sutherland + Michael Fassbender & Kenneth Branagh: London Film Critics Awards



'A Separation,' 'Pina': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists

Anders W. Berthelsen, Paprika Steen, Sebastián Estevanez in Ole Christian Madsen's SuperClásico The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of nine films still in contention for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Sixty-three films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed […]


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'A Separation,' 'Pina': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists



Meryl Streep & Michael Fassbender: BAFTA Nominations

The Artist: Jean Dujardin as George Valentin BEST FILM THE ARTIST Thomas Langmann THE DESCENDANTS Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor DRIVE Marc Platt, Adam Siegel THE HELP Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM MY WEEK WITH […]


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Meryl Streep & Michael Fassbender: BAFTA Nominations



Steven Spielberg & Woody Allen Movies: American Cinema Editors Nominations

Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan in Steven Spielberg's War Horse BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC) The Descendants Kevin Tent, A.C.E. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter, A.C.E. Hugo Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E. Moneyball Christopher Tellefsen, A.C.E. War Horse Michael Kahn, A.C.E. BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY […]


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Steven Spielberg & Woody Allen Movies: American Cinema Editors Nominations



Bérénice Bejo & Omar Sy: Prix Lumières

Omar Sy, Maïwenn BEST FILM L'Apollonide - Souvenirs de la maison close / House of Tolerance by Bertrand BONELLO * The Artist by Michel HAZANAVICIUS L'Exercice de l'État by Pierre SCHOELLER Le Havre by Aki KAURISMAKI The Intouchables / The Intouchables by Eric TOLEDANO, Olivier NAKACHE BEST DIRECTOR Bertrand BONELLO […]


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Bérénice Bejo & Omar Sy: Prix Lumières



Golden Globes Best Picture Comedy or Musical Winner Prediction: A Silent Movie

Golden Globes predictions 2012: Best Picture - Comedy or Musical 'The Artist' (image: Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in 'The Artist') (See previous post: “Golden Globes 2012 Best Picture - Drama Winner Prediction.”) Jonathan Levine's 50/50, Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, and Simon […]


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Golden Globes Best Picture Comedy or Musical Winner Prediction: A Silent Movie



Golden Globes Best Picture - Drama Winner Prediction: Martin Scorsese

Asa Butterfield in Martin Scorsese's Hugo Here are our last-minute Golden Globes 2012 predictions. Beginning with Best Picture - Drama. The six nominees are Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Tate Taylor's The Help, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, George Clooney's The Ides of March, Bennett Miller's Moneyball, and Steven Spielberg's War Horse. US-based […]


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Golden Globes Best Picture - Drama Winner Prediction: Martin Scorsese



Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain: More U.S. Critics Winners

Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Warrior The Nevada Film Critics Society, not to be confused with the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, has announced its Best of 2011 list. Martin Scorsese's period adventure fantasy Hugo was voted Best Picture. Scorsese was the Best Director and Asa Butterfield the Best Child Actor. […]


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Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain: More U.S. Critics Winners



Woman Comedians: Judd Apatow vs. Jerry Lewis + Critics' Choice Awards

While accepting the award for Best Comedy for Bridesmaids at the 2012 Critics' Choice Awards ceremony, Judd Apatow ended his speech with the following: “Jerry Lewis [photo] once said that he didn't think women were funny. So I'd just like to say, with all respect, fuck you.” Jerry Lewis' negative […]


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Woman Comedians: Judd Apatow vs. Jerry Lewis + Critics' Choice Awards



Scripter Awards: 'A Dangerous Method' & 'The Descendants' Among Nominees

Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method The 2012 finalists for the USC Scripter Awards, honoring both screenwriters and the original authors of adapted screenplays, are the following: Christopher Hampton for A Dangerous Method, adapted from John Kerr's nonfiction book A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein […]


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Scripter Awards: 'A Dangerous Method' & 'The Descendants' Among Nominees



LGBT Awards from Justin Bieber to Kermit the Frog + Nathan Fillion & Hugh Jackman Among PCA Winners

Weekend with Tom Cullen, Chris New The Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association has announced its list of Dorian Award nominations for film, television, and pop figures in various categories. Though dominated by movies and characters featuring/playing gays/lesbians/bisexuals/etc., the Gay & Lesbian Critics have made some eclectic choices. For Film […]


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LGBT Awards from Justin Bieber to Kermit the Frog + Nathan Fillion & Hugh Jackman Among PCA Winners



'Transformers 3' & 'Harry Potter': Visual Effects Society Nominations

Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Captain America: The First Avenger Charlie Noble Mark Soper Christopher Townsend Edson Williams Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Tim Burke Emma Norton John Richardson David Vickery Pirates of the Caribbean: […]


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'Transformers 3' & 'Harry Potter': Visual Effects Society Nominations



Woody Allen & Martin Scorsese DGA Award Nominations + Cute Dog to Get BAFTA Nod?

The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius (right) is the only first-timer among the five nominated directors for the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards. Hazanavicius' competition consists of Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alexander Payne for The Descendants and Martin Scorsese for […]


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Woody Allen & Martin Scorsese DGA Award Nominations + Cute Dog to Get BAFTA Nod?



Woody Allen & Kristen Wiig: WGA Nominations

Charlize Theron, Young Adult Yesterday, Twitter was abuzz with comments about a proposed Bridesmaids sequel sans Kristen Wiig. Let Universal try that. Wiig and fellow writer Annie Mumolo have been shortlisted for their Bridesmaids screenplay for the 2012 Writers Guild of America Awards. Paul Feig directed the sleeper hit comedy. […]


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Woody Allen & Kristen Wiig: WGA Nominations



'Harry Potter' & 'Transformers 3': Oscar Visual Effects Semi-Finalists

Shia LaBeouf in Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon It's not often that you find a heavy family drama listed among the year's semi-finalists for the Best Visual Effects Academy Award. But that's the case of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which has been shortlisted along with nine […]


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'Harry Potter' & 'Transformers 3': Oscar Visual Effects Semi-Finalists



'Tintin,' 'Harry Potter': Art Directors Guild Nominations

Rhys Ifans, Anonymous The Art Directors Guild (ADG) 2011 nominations include a few surprises, most notably the omissions of Steven Spielberg's War Horse, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Francis Lawrence's Water […]


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'Tintin,' 'Harry Potter': Art Directors Guild Nominations



Meryl Streep & Michelle Williams: Honorary Golden Bear & More Critics Awards

Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby, Take This Waltz With four nominations, Michel Hazanavicius' silent comedy-drama The Artist is the top nominee in the international categories of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle's 2011 Awards. (See further below the full list of Vancouver Film Critics nominations.) Starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, The […]


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Meryl Streep & Michelle Williams: Honorary Golden Bear & More Critics Awards



Film Critics Awards: Jessica Chastain & Korean Surprise + Michael Bay Bomb & Cosmic Consciousness

I Saw the Devil with Lee Byung-hun. Released in August 2010 in South Korea, Kim Jee-woon's psychological action thriller I Saw the Devil stars Blue Dragon Award nominee Lee Byung-hun as a National Intelligence Service agent out to avenge the gory death of his fiancée. Written by Kim and Park […]


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Film Critics Awards: Jessica Chastain & Korean Surprise + Michael Bay Bomb & Cosmic Consciousness



Film Critics Awards: Mormon Missionary Sex Slave Documentary Unexpected Win

Tabloid with Joyce McKinney. The Detroit Film Critics Society's surprising Best Documentary of 2011, Errol Morris' Tabloid, offers a glimpse into “The Case of the Manacled Mormon” a.k.a. “The Mormon Sex in Chains Case.” Long before the Internet, the British yellow press and their voracious readers enjoyed collective orgasms that […]


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Film Critics Awards: Mormon Missionary Sex Slave Documentary Unexpected Win



Vanessa Redgrave & Tilda Swinton: British Actors Rule SF + Ryan Gosling Thriller Tops 2 Disparate Groups

Vanessa Redgrave in Coriolanus, with Harry Fenn as the young Caius Martius, later known as Coriolanus. In actor-turned-director Ralph Fiennes' modern-day film version of William Shakespeare's Coriolanus, veteran Vanessa Redgrave plays Volumnia, the mother of the title character (played by Fiennes), a Roman general who, thanks to the encouragement of […]


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Vanessa Redgrave & Tilda Swinton: British Actors Rule SF + Ryan Gosling Thriller Tops 2 Disparate Groups



Madonna Out, Elton John In: Best Song Oscar Contenders + George Clooney Movie Adds Two More Best Picture Wins

Madonna W.E. director. Best known as a pop singer and all-around provocateuse (except, perhaps, when it came to ridiculing George W. Bush following the start of the Iraq War), Madonna has been an off-again-on-again movie actress since the mid-1980s, when she was featured in a supporting role in Susan Seidelman's […]


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Madonna Out, Elton John In: Best Song Oscar Contenders + George Clooney Movie Adds Two More Best Picture Wins



Angelina Jolie Political Film Leads to Controversy & PGA Award + Best Animated Feature Oscar Contender Disqualified

Angelina Jolie In the Land of Blood and Honey director. Best known as the star of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, opposite Brad Pitt, and Wanted, opposite James McAvoy, Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Angelina Jolie (Girl Interrupted, 1999) has made her directorial feature film debut with the Bosnian War drama […]


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Angelina Jolie Political Film Leads to Controversy & PGA Award + Best Animated Feature Oscar Contender Disqualified



Golden Globe Awards: Meryl Streep & George Clooney Shoo-Ins + Best Director Angelina Jolie?

Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady. The Golden Globe Awards' Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama category will definitely include Meryl Streep for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's Thatcher-lite The Iron Lady. That will mark the 17th nomination for Streep, who […]


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Golden Globe Awards: Meryl Streep & George Clooney Shoo-Ins + Best Director Angelina Jolie?



'The Artist' & Bérénice Bejo + Multiple Surprises: From Michael Shannon to Brit Marling

The Artist with Bérénice Bejo and Malcolm McDowell. Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Michel Hazanavicius' homage to Hollywood's silent era, The Artist, are the clear Best Film favorites this awards season. The Artist's leading lady Bérénice Bejo, however, hasn't been receiving that much recognition from U.S. film critics groups; the […]


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'The Artist' & Bérénice Bejo + Multiple Surprises: From Michael Shannon to Brit Marling



Awards Season: George Clooney Clear Favorite + Pope Movie Satire Tops 'Cahiers du Cinéma'

The Descendants with George Clooney and Shailene Woodley. Since the late 1990s, screenwriter-director Alexander Payne has been hopping about the United States, making movies focused on white, presumably heterosexual, middle-aged American men and their problems: Matthew Broderick in the Nebraska-set Election (1999), Jack Nicholson in the Nebraska-set About Schmidt (2002), […]


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Awards Season: George Clooney Clear Favorite + Pope Movie Satire Tops 'Cahiers du Cinéma'



EFA Best European Film Honors Another Controversial Filmmaker + Homages to Early Cinema Lead in U.S.

Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst. The European Film Academy (EFA) Awards' Best European Film winner, Melancholia tells the story of two sisters (Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg) as one of them is about to get married and a fast-approaching planet is about to collide with the Earth. Melancholia became the third Lars […]


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EFA Best European Film Honors Another Controversial Filmmaker + Homages to Early Cinema Lead in U.S.



Meryl Streep Breaks New York Critics Record

Meryl Streep, Anthony Head in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady The most curious thing about Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist winning the New York Film Critics Circle's Best Film and Best Director awards is that 85 years ago this “innovative” work would have had little-to-no novelty value. It's in black and […]


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Meryl Streep Breaks New York Critics Record



Gotham Awards: Philosophical Terrence Malick & Gay Dad-Straight Son Nominations Tie

Mélanie Laurent, Ewan McGregor, Beginners The 2011 Gotham Awards were full of surprises: Favorites didn't win; winners' speeches were often interesting, humorous, and/or moving; and some of the jokes were quite funny. (Not every joke was funny, though. “That's a switch, the banks bailing us out,” actress Judy Greer told […]


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Gotham Awards: Philosophical Terrence Malick & Gay Dad-Straight Son Nominations Tie



Ricky Gervais to Strike Again, Golden Globes Lawsuit

Will Tom Cruise boycott the Golden Globes ceremony if he gets a Best Actor nomination for Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol? (Hey, Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise and the Golden Globes are the Golden Globes; a Best Actor nomination in this case is as much a possibility as one for […]


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Ricky Gervais to Strike Again, Golden Globes Lawsuit



Billy Crystal: Oscar Host Returns

Billy Crystal will be replacing Eddie Murphy as Oscar host, who quite the show after Oscarcast co-producer Brett Ratner officially resigned from his post. There has been no official confirmation from the Academy as of yet. Crystal tweeted the following a little while ago: “Am doing the Oscars so the […]


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Billy Crystal: Oscar Host Returns



Morgan Freeman Next Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient: Golden Globes

Morgan Freeman, this year's recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, will also take home the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards ceremony. As per the HFPA, the DeMille Award is given to “talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on […]


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Morgan Freeman Next Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient: Golden Globes



THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, RIO, RANGO Submitted for Best Animated Feature: 2012 Oscar

Kung Fu Panda 2 Those who were wondering if Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin would be considered a full-fledged “animated feature,” now have their answer – sort of. Spielberg's film adaptation of Hergé's work is one of 18 features in consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category for […]


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THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, RIO, RANGO Submitted for Best Animated Feature: 2012 Oscar



'We Need to Talk About Kevin': Best Film at London Film Festival

Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin Lynne Ramsay's British family drama We Need to Talk About Kevin, which stars Tilda Swinton as the mother of a young mass murderer, won the Best Film Award at the 2011 BFI London Film Festival (LFF). The LFF awards ceremony was held […]


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'We Need to Talk About Kevin': Best Film at London Film Festival



Mads Mikkelsen: European Films Awards' Achievement in World Cinema Prize

Mads Mikkelsen will receive the European Film Academy's European Achievement in World Cinema 2011 Honorary Award “in recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film.” Previous recipients include Milos Forman, Roman Polanski, Antonio Banderas, Lars von Trier, Isabelle Huppert, Maurice Jarre, Liv Ullmann, Roberto Benigni, Gabriel Yared, and […]


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Mads Mikkelsen: European Films Awards' Achievement in World Cinema Prize



Oscar 2012: Hans Zimmer Opting Out of Oscar Race Probably to Have Little Effect on Nominations

At the Ghent Film Festival, Hans Zimmer told The Hollywood Reporter that he'll sit out this year's Oscar race for Best Original Score. According to Zimmer, the murder of his longtime publicist Ronni Chasen* was one reason for his decision, though that came about chiefly as a result of his […]


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Oscar 2012: Hans Zimmer Opting Out of Oscar Race Probably to Have Little Effect on Nominations



Alexander Payne, Terrence Malick In; Woody Allen Out: Gotham Awards 2011

George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, The Descendants Alexander Payne's George Clooney vehicle The Descendants and Sean Durkin's thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene earned three nominations each for the 2011 Gotham Awards. Mike Mills' family comedy-drama Beginners and Jeff Nichols' psychological drama Take Shelter followed suit with two nominations apiece. [List of […]


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Alexander Payne, Terrence Malick In; Woody Allen Out: Gotham Awards 2011



Oscar 2012: Best Documentary Short Subject Semi-Finalists

Lucy Walker's The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom Lucy Walker's The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Rebecca Cammisa's God Is the Bigger Elvis, and Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill's In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution are among eight films still in the running for the 2012 Academy […]


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Oscar 2012: Best Documentary Short Subject Semi-Finalists



Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese: DGA Honors Presenters

Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, and Martin Scorsese will be presenters at the eighth Directors Guild of America Honors, to be held at the DGA Theater in New York City on Thursday, October 13. Actor and talk-show host Richard Belzer will serve as Master of Ceremonies. [Photo: Alice Guy Blaché.] Meryl […]


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Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese: DGA Honors Presenters



MILLENNIUM Series Gets Three Nods: International Emmys 2011 Nominations

Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Julie Walters, MILLENNIUM Series: International Emmys 2011 Nominations Arts programming: All My Life: Adoniran Barbosa (TV Globo/Brazil). Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne (Twenty Twenty Television/U.K.). In der Werkstatt Beethovens — Die Neunte, Thielemann und die Wiener Philharmoniker (Unitel GmbH & Co. KG/ZDF/3sat/Germany). Memories of Origin — Hiroshi Sugimoto the […]


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MILLENNIUM Series Gets Three Nods: International Emmys 2011 Nominations



Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Julie Walters Nominated: International Emmys 2011

Julie Walters as Mo Mowlam, MO British and Brazilian television productions topped the 2011 International Emmy Award nominations, announced Monday, Sept. 3, at the international film and television market and convention MIPCOM in Cannes. UK programs received seven nods; Brazilian shows were right behind with six nods. Among the International […]


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Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Julie Walters Nominated: International Emmys 2011



'Twilight Portrait' Tops Reykjavik Film Festival

Angelina Nikonova's Twilight Portrait Angelina Nikonova's Russian drama Twilight Portrait was given the Reykjavik International Film Festival's Golden Puffin Discovery Award last Saturday, Oct. 1. Twilight Portrait has absolutely nothing to do with vampires or werewolves. Instead, it's a sociopolitical revenge drama set in modern-day Russia. Special jury mentions went […]


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'Twilight Portrait' Tops Reykjavik Film Festival



Maggie Smith, 'Downtown Abbey': Emmy Winners

Maggie Smith, 'Downton Abbey,' Kate Winslet: Emmy Awards 2011 winners (image: Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in 'Downton Abbey') Outstanding Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special Cinema Verite * Downton Abbey The Kennedys Mildred Pierce The Pillars of the Earth Too Big To Fail Outstanding Leading Actress in […]


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Maggie Smith, 'Downtown Abbey': Emmy Winners



Toronto 2011 Awards: WHERE DO WE GO NOW?, AVALON, THE FIRST MAN

Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Cadillac People's Choice Award Nadine Labaki for Where Do We Go Now? Cadillac People's Choice Midnight Madness Award Gareth Evans for The Raid Cadillac People's Choice Documentary Award Jon Shenk for The Island President   The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize […]


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Toronto 2011 Awards: WHERE DO WE GO NOW?, AVALON, THE FIRST MAN



SAG Life Achievement Award Winners

James Earl Jones, 2008 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient 1962 Eddie Cantor 1963 Stan Laurel 1965 Bob Hope 1966 Barbara Stanwyck 1967 William Gargan 1968 James Stewart 1969 Edward G. Robinson 1970 Gregory Peck 1971 Charlton Heston 1972 Frank Sinatra 1973 Martha Raye 1974 Walter Pidgeon 1975 Rosalind Russell 1976 […]


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SAG Life Achievement Award Winners



Mary Tyler Moore: SAG Life Achievement Award Recipient

Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore has been named the recipient of the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” The star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Ordinary […]


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Mary Tyler Moore: SAG Life Achievement Award Recipient



Emmy Awards: Will Arnett & Amy Poehler, Ashton Kutcher Presenters

Emmy nominees Amy Poehler, Will Arnett (right), Sofia Vergara and Julianna Margulies will be presenters at the Sept. 18 Emmy Awards ceremony. Also presenting will be Ashton Kutcher and Zooey Deschanel. Amy Poehler (Wild Girls Gone, Baby Mama) is up for two Emmys, as Lead Actress and producer of the […]


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Emmy Awards: Will Arnett & Amy Poehler, Ashton Kutcher Presenters



Australian Academy's Documentary & Short Film Nominations

Tony Krawitz's The Tall Man The first batch of nominees for the first Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, an upgraded version of the Australian Film Institute Awards, has been announced. The nominations are in the Best Documentary, Best Short Animation, and Best Short Fiction Film categories. […]


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Australian Academy's Documentary & Short Film Nominations



Roman Polanski, Madonna: Venice Film Festival

Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz in Roman Polanski's Carnage What do Roman Polanski, David Cronenberg, George Clooney, Todd Solondz, Tomas Alfredson, and Madonna have in common? In addition to human genes, they'll have movies screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival according to Variety's Nick Vivarelli. […]


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Roman Polanski, Madonna: Venice Film Festival



Producers Guild Awards' 2012 Dates

Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech The Producers Guild of America has announced the key dates for its 2012 PGA Awards: nominees will be announced on January 3; winners will be announced on January 21. Also worth noting, the number of nominees for the Outstanding Producer of Theatrical […]


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Producers Guild Awards' 2012 Dates



GYPSY's Martin Sulik, Ján Mizigár Photo: Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Ján Mizigár, Martin Sulik Ján Mizigár received a Special Mention Award at the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for his performance as an adolescent confronted with difficult issues in Martin Sulik's Gypsy. The Czech-Slovak coming-of-age drama also won the Special Jury Prize, the European Cinemas Label Award, and the […]


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GYPSY's Martin Sulik, Ján Mizigár Photo: Karlovy Vary Film Festival



Judi Dench, John Turturro, Goran Bregovic: Karlovy Vary 2011 Honorees

Judi Dench Yossi Madmoni's Israeli family drama Restoration, in which two brothers fight for the affection of both their father and the wife of one of the brothers, won the Crystal Award (worth $30,000) at the 2011 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Earlier this year, Restoration took home the Screenwriting […]


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Judi Dench, John Turturro, Goran Bregovic: Karlovy Vary 2011 Honorees



Saturn Awards: Christopher Nolan Mind-Bending Sci-Fier Tops

Film Best International Film * Monsters. The Complete Metropolis. Centurion. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mother. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Best Science Fiction Film * Inception. Hereafter. Iron Man 2. Never Let Me Go. Splice. TRON: Legacy. Best Fantasy Film * Alice in Wonderland. The Chronicles of Narnia: […]


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Saturn Awards: Christopher Nolan Mind-Bending Sci-Fier Tops



Turkish Drama 'Hayde Bre': Shanghai Film Festival Best Film

Orhan Oguz's Hayde Bre Orhan Oguz's Turkish drama Hayde Bre won the Golden Goblet for Best Feature Film at the 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival. [List of Shanghai Film Festival winners.] The Shanghai Film Festival's Official Competition jury led by Barry Levinson wrote the following in a statement about Hayde […]


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Turkish Drama 'Hayde Bre': Shanghai Film Festival Best Film



Neil Patrick Harris Tony Awards: 7 Million Viewers

Neil Patrick Harris and his War Horse, Tony Awards 2011 Originally staged by the U.K.'s National Theatre, War Horse won the Tony Award for Best Play last night in New York City. Set during World War I, War Horse uses both human actors and life-size horse puppets to tell the […]


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Neil Patrick Harris Tony Awards: 7 Million Viewers



Electronic Oscar Voting: Problems and Pitfalls

Electronic balloting for the Oscars could theoretically mean a Best Picture Oscar for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, if a Robsten fan-cum-computer hacker decides that it's about time the Academy recognizes their idols. Or, if we get an art-house hacker, why not a Best Picture Oscar for […]


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Electronic Oscar Voting: Problems and Pitfalls



Palme d'Or Predictions: Terrence Malick, Jean Dujardin

Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life Who'll take home the 2011 Palme d'Or? I wonder if Little Fockers star and Official Competition jury president Robert De Niro, and fellow jury members Martina Gusman, Olivier Assayas, Johnnie To, Jude Law, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Uma Thurman, Linn Ullmann, and Nansun Shi have any […]


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Palme d'Or Predictions: Terrence Malick, Jean Dujardin



Aki Kaurismäki's LE HAVRE, TAKE SHELTER, Mohammed Rasoulof: Early Cannes Winners

Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, about an author-turned-shoeshiner (André Wilms) who tries to assist a young African immigrant pursued by France's immigration police, has won the International Federation of Film Critics' FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film in the Official Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Other […]


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Aki Kaurismäki's LE HAVRE, TAKE SHELTER, Mohammed Rasoulof: Early Cannes Winners



Lars von Trier 'Not Mel Gibson' But Cannes' 'Persona Non Grata' Following 'I Understand Hitler' Remark

This probably isn't the last of Lars von Trier – according to him, his project with Martin Scorsese is still a go – but the 'persona non grata' filmmaker has found the need to explain himself once again, this time to The Hollywood Reporter. Von Trier apparently wants to make […]


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Lars von Trier 'Not Mel Gibson' But Cannes' 'Persona Non Grata' Following 'I Understand Hitler' Remark



David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski: Venice Film Festival

Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method Roman Polanski's Carnage, starring Oscar winners Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly; David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, with Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud, and Keira Knightley as the woman in-between; and Aleksandr […]


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David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski: Venice Film Festival



THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Kim Cattrall: GLAAD Award Winners

Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko's Oscar-nominated The Kids Are All Right was announced as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) choice for Outstanding Film - Wide Release of 2010 at a ceremony held at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Glee's Naya […]


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THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Kim Cattrall: GLAAD Award Winners



Jamie Campbell Bower Among National Movie Award Winners

Jamie Campbell Bower, Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street The National Movie Awards are a sort of British version of the People's Choice Awards. This year's winners included popular favorites Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Best Fantasy Film, The King's Speech as […]


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Jamie Campbell Bower Among National Movie Award Winners



Yannis Economides' KNIFER Tops Greek Academy Awards

Yannis Economides' Knifer Now in its second year, the Hellenic Film Academy Awards ceremony was held in Athens on May 4. Veteran filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis (Zorba the Greek, The Trojan Women) received an honorary award, while absentee filmmaker Yannis Economides' Macherovgaltis / Knifer was the big winner, taking home seven […]


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Yannis Economides' KNIFER Tops Greek Academy Awards



'Attenberg': Greece Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Submission

Athena Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg Athena Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg is Greece's official submission for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Last year, Attenberg earned Ariane Labed the Best Actress Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. In addition to […]


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'Attenberg': Greece Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Submission



Lesbian Drama Best Film: Tribeca Film Festival Awards

Carice van Houten and Rutger Hauer in 'Black Butterflies' Carice van Houten, 'She Monkeys': 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Awards Writer-director Lisa Aschan's feature film debut, the Swedish lesbian drama She Monkeys / Apflickorna, took top honors at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Co-written by Josefine Adolfsson, the Best Narrative Feature […]


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Lesbian Drama Best Film: Tribeca Film Festival Awards



GALLANTS, Nicholas Tse, Carina Lau: Hong Kong Film Awards 2011 Winners

Derek Kwok, Clement Cheng's Gallants Best film: Gallants Best Asian film: Confessions (Japan) Best director: Tsui Hark, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Best actor: Nicholas Tse, The Stool Pigeon Best actress: Carina Lau, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Best supporting actor: Teddy […]


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GALLANTS, Nicholas Tse, Carina Lau: Hong Kong Film Awards 2011 Winners



Non-European Productions Bypassed at Cannes 2011: Malick, Kawase, Miike, Leigh, Cedar Exceptions

Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (top); Naomi Kawase's Hanazu no tsuki (bottom) As usual, the Cannes Film Festival's Official Competition film line-up is overwhelmingly centered on European (co)productions: British, French, Austrian, Italian, Spanish, Danish. The five “outsiders” hail from Israel, Australia, the United States, and Japan. […]


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Non-European Productions Bypassed at Cannes 2011: Malick, Kawase, Miike, Leigh, Cedar Exceptions



Cannes Veterans: From Pedro Almodóvar & Lars von Trier to the Dardenne Brothers and Aki Kaurismäki

Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya in Pedro Almodóvar's La piel que habito / The Skin I Live In The list of 19 films in competition for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or was announced earlier today. According to festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux and festival president Gilles Jacob, 1,715 entries […]


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Cannes Veterans: From Pedro Almodóvar & Lars von Trier to the Dardenne Brothers and Aki Kaurismäki



Razzies Winners: M. Night Shyamalan Fantasy Tops (or Bottoms)

'The Last Airbender': Razzies winner stars Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz. 2011 Razzies: 'The Last Airbender' tops (or bottoms) Much like the Academy Awards aren't necessarily about the very best releases of any given year, the Razzies (a.k.a. the Golden Raspberry Awards) – the yang to the Oscars' yin (or […]


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Razzies Winners: M. Night Shyamalan Fantasy Tops (or Bottoms)



Oscar Upset: Best Director Predictions & Other Categories

Heidi the Cross-Eyed Opossum Picks Oscar 2011 winner Colin Firth Many have complained that the 2011 Oscar ceremony was dull. That hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco were out of their element. That the ceremony was predictable. That the jokes were lame. Now imagine if you had a German cross-eyed […]


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Oscar Upset: Best Director Predictions & Other Categories



Watch the Spirit Awards: Paul Rudd Crotch & Eva Mendes Breast Grabbed + Box Office- & Oscar-Friendly Winners

Spirit Awards' Best Film 'Black Swan' and Best Actress Natalie Portman. Spirit Awards: Box office- & Oscar-friendly winners The Spirit Awards aren't the Oscars, we're told. No, they aren't. But they share a lot more in common with one another than the free-spirited, it's-all-about-the-art crowd would have us believe. Held […]


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Watch the Spirit Awards: Paul Rudd Crotch & Eva Mendes Breast Grabbed + Box Office- & Oscar-Friendly Winners



Amy Adams Oscar: Best Supporting Actress Nominee and Award Presenter

Amy Adams: Oscars' four-time Best Supporting Actress nominee. Amy Adams: Oscar presenter 2011 Amy Adams, a three-time Oscar nominee within a six-year span, will be a presenter at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony. Adams is in the running this year as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in David O. […]


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Amy Adams Oscar: Best Supporting Actress Nominee and Award Presenter



Best Sound Awards Go to Quality Winners 'True Grit,' 'Inception'

'True Grit': Best Sound winner starring Jeff Bridges. 'True Grit' tops Cinema Audio Society Awards Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the Western True Grit won the 2011 Cinema Audio Society's award for Best Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures. True Grit stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, and Josh […]


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Best Sound Awards Go to Quality Winners 'True Grit,' 'Inception'



'The Social Network' and a Big Surprise: American Cinema Editors Awards

'The Social Network' with Jesse Eisenberg: Best Film Editing winner. 'The Social Network,' 'tops American Cinema Editors' Awards David Fincher's The Social Network, which of late had been losing Oscar ground to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, was the dramatic feature winner at the 2011 American Cinema Editors' Awards ceremony […]


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'The Social Network' and a Big Surprise: American Cinema Editors Awards



Movie Veterans & the Oscars: From Roman Polanski & Lauren Bacall to Sandra Bullock

Lauren Bacall, Mimi Rogers in Barbra Streisand's The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 Lauren Bacall Lauren Bacall was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Barbra Streisand's domineering mother in the Streisand-directed melodrama The Mirror Has Two Faces. In one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history, Bacall […]


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Movie Veterans & the Oscars: From Roman Polanski & Lauren Bacall to Sandra Bullock



'Inception' Surprise, Julia Roberts: American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards

'Inception' movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Cinematography by Wally Pfister. 'Inception' cinematographer Wally Pfister, Julia Roberts take home American Society of Cinematographers Awards Inception cinematographer Wally Pfister – not, as many had been expecting, True Grit lenser Roger Deakins – was the feature film winner at the 2011 American Society of […]


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'Inception' Surprise, Julia Roberts: American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards



Colin Firth, J.K. Rowling Noteworthy Bafta Ceremony Speeches

Bafta winners Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush in 'The King's Speech.' 'The King's Speech' tops Bafta Awards, Colin Firth Best Actor Tom Hooper's The King's Speech was the big winner at the British Academy Awards a.k.a. Bafta Awards (or simply Baftas), held this evening, Feb. 13, '11, […]


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Colin Firth, J.K. Rowling Noteworthy Bafta Ceremony Speeches



Watch Bafta Awards Ceremony, Spanish Academy Awards Online

Bafta award. Watch the BAFTA Awards The 2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards ceremony, often referred to as the BAFTA Awards or simply the Baftas (sometimes in caps, BAFTAs), is currently taking place in London. Directed by Tom Hooper, and starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham […]


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Watch Bafta Awards Ceremony, Spanish Academy Awards Online



London Evening Standard Award Winners: Andrew Garfield, 'Neds' Among Unusual Choices

London Evening Standard Award Best Actor winner Andrew Garfield in 'Never Let Me Go.' Andrew Garfield, Kristin Scott Thomas among surprising 'London Evening Standard' Award winners If you're in search of surprises this awards season, look no further than the 2011 London Evening Standard Awards' roster of British cinema winners, […]


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London Evening Standard Award Winners: Andrew Garfield, 'Neds' Among Unusual Choices



London Film Critics Awards: Colin Firth vs. Christian Bale Mystery

London Film Critics' Best Actor winner – and Best British Actor loser – Colin Firth in 'The King's Speech.' London Film Critics' Circle Awards: Best Actor Colin Firth, but Best British Actor Christian Bale? Of late, David Fincher's The Social Network has been lagging behind Tom Hooper's The King's Speech […]


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London Film Critics Awards: Colin Firth vs. Christian Bale Mystery



Annie Awards: DreamWorks Animation vs. Pixar-Disney. Unfair Edge?

Annie Awards winner 'How to Train Your Dragon,' directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. Annie Awards and DreamWorks Animation 'marriage' A commenter took me to task for stating in a post written last night (Feb. 5, '11) that the “marriage” between the International Animated Film Association and DreamWorks Animation […]


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Annie Awards: DreamWorks Animation vs. Pixar-Disney. Unfair Edge?



'Black Swan,' 'Inception': Art Directors Guild Awards' Winners

Art Directors Guild winner 'Black Swan,' with Natalie Portman. 'Inception,' 'Black Swan' among Art Directors Guild winners Earlier tonight, Feb. 5, the Art Directors Guild (ADG) announced the winners of its 2011 Production Design Awards in nine categories of film, television, commercials, and music videos. The awards ceremony took place […]


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'Black Swan,' 'Inception': Art Directors Guild Awards' Winners



DreamWorks Animation 'How to Train Your Dragon' Sweeps Controversial Annie Awards

DreamWorks Animation 'How to Train Your Dragon' with Chief Stoick (Gerard Butler): Annie Awards controversy. DreamWorks Animation feature 'How to Train Your Dragon' sweeps controversial Annie Awards The Annie Awards-DreamWorks Animation marriage has been unofficially consummated. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the DreamWorks / Paramount animated feature How […]


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DreamWorks Animation 'How to Train Your Dragon' Sweeps Controversial Annie Awards



WGA Awards: Christopher Nolan Victory with 'Qualification'

WGA Awards winner 'Inception': Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan blockbuster. Christopher Nolan, Aaron Sorkin win WGA Awards Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the multi-layered sci-fi thriller Inception was the Best Original Screenplay winner at the 2011 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards, held on Feb. 5 […]


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WGA Awards: Christopher Nolan Victory with 'Qualification'



Visual Effects Society Awards: 'Inception' Top Winner

Visual Effects Society Awards' top winner 'Inception': Paris-folding sequence. 'Inception' tops Visual Effects Society Awards Inception has been the favorite for the 2011 Best Visual Effects Oscar since it opened last summer. On Feb. 1, '11, came further confirmation that Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller is the film to beat in […]


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Visual Effects Society Awards: 'Inception' Top Winner



SAG Awards: Barbara Hershey & Natalie Portman + Susan Sarandon & Son Jack Henry Robbins

Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan Natalie Portman: SAG Awards' Best Actress for 'Black Swan.' Natalie Portman: SAG Awards' Best Actress winner 'bleeped' TNT and TBS bleeped Natalie Portman, this year's Best Actress SAG Award winner for her performance as a mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller […]


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SAG Awards: Barbara Hershey & Natalie Portman + Susan Sarandon & Son Jack Henry Robbins



Daft Punk 'TRON: Legacy' Score Wins Critics Award

Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde in Joseph Kosinski's TRON: Legacy, which earned Daft Punk the Denver film critics' Best Original Score award. The Social Network's David Fincher may have lost the Directors Guild Award to Tom Hooper on Saturday night, but both Fincher and his film received top honors from the […]


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Daft Punk 'TRON: Legacy' Score Wins Critics Award



Oregon Euthanasia Documentary, Binational Romantic Drama: Sundance Winners

Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, Like Crazy Time for some Oscar 2012 predictions. Earlier this evening, the Sundance Film Festival announced the winners of its 2011 edition. [Full list of Sundance 2011 winners.] Drake Doremus' romantic drama Like Crazy, about a young American and his young British lover who are […]


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Oregon Euthanasia Documentary, Binational Romantic Drama: Sundance Winners



Charles Ferguson's INSIDE JOB Wins DGA Award – Best Documentary

Charles Ferguson has won the DGA Award for Best Director of a Documentary, Inside Job, which is also up for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category. Inside Job tells the ugly story behind the economic meltdown of 2008. Unlike the DGA-Oscar match-ups in the Narrative Feature category […]


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Charles Ferguson's INSIDE JOB Wins DGA Award – Best Documentary



Christopher Nolan 'Oscar Snub' No Snub?

Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Nolan, Inception Despite the box office success of the sci-fier/thriller Inception, Christopher Nolan was snubbed once again in the Academy Awards' Best Director category. Nolan had been bypassed before: in early 2009, The Dark Knight was nowhere to be found among the Best […]


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Christopher Nolan 'Oscar Snub' No Snub?



Watch Online Live Streaming Oscar Nominations Announcement

Watch live streaming video from academyawards at livestream.com You can watch online the announcement of the 2011 Oscar nominations, as the Academy's Big Morning will be live streamed. Will The King's Speech get more nominations than any other movie? Probably. How many? Who knows… Other titles and people that will […]


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Watch Online Live Streaming Oscar Nominations Announcement



'The King's Speech': Surprising Producers Guild Award Winner

Colin Firth, The King's Speech My Producers Guild Award predictions couldn't have been more off the mark. Well, come to think of it, I did get the Best Animated Feature right, Toy Story 3. But the PGA Award for the producer of the Best Documentary went to Lesley Chilcott for […]


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'The King's Speech': Surprising Producers Guild Award Winner



Producers Guild Awards Predictions: Facebook vs. Buckingham Palace?

Justin Timberlake, The Social Network If David Fincher's The Social Network, produced by Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, and Scott Rudin, doesn't win the Producers Guild (PGA) Award on Saturday, Jan. 22, that'll be an upset akin to, say, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen winning the Directors Guild […]


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Producers Guild Awards Predictions: Facebook vs. Buckingham Palace?



Christopher Nolan Sci-Fi/Adventure Among Sound Editors' Nominations

Daniel Radcliffe in David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film Black Swan Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Inception The Kids Are All Right The King's Speech The Social Network TRON: Legacy True Grit Best […]


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Christopher Nolan Sci-Fi/Adventure Among Sound Editors' Nominations



Catherine Deneuve & Roman Polanski: César Awards' Nominations

Best Film HEARTBREAKER produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun, directed by Pascal Chaumeil OF GODS AND MEN produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat, Etienne Comar, directed by Xavier Beauvois GAINSBOURG (VIE HÉROÏQUE) produced by Marc du Pontavice, Didier Lupfer, directed by Joann Sfar MAMMUTH produced by Jean-Pierre […]


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Catherine Deneuve & Roman Polanski: César Awards' Nominations



IN A BETTER WORLD, SUBMARINO: Danish Film Critics' Bodil Award Nominations

Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm in Susanne Bier's In a Better World BEST DANISH FILM In a Better World (Susanne Bier) Clown (Mikkel Nørgaard) R (Michael Noer & Tobias Lindholm) Truth About Men (Nikolaj Arcel) Submarino (Thomas Vinterberg) BEST ACTRESS Julie Brochorst Andersen (Hold Me Tight) Trine Dyrholm (In a Better […]


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IN A BETTER WORLD, SUBMARINO: Danish Film Critics' Bodil Award Nominations



Costume Designers Guild Nominations: Kings & Queens

Anne Hathaway in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland The Costume Designers Guild (CDG) was supposed to announced their nominees on Jan. 21 (that's what it says on their site) – but apparently they opted to make their 2011 shortlists public one day early. Nominees for the 2011 CDG awards include […]


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Costume Designers Guild Nominations: Kings & Queens



Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes Opening Monologue Video: Charlie Sheen, Gay Scientologists, Mel Gibson

“A night of partying and heavy drinking, or as Charlie Sheen calls it, 'breakfast.'” That's how Ricky Gervais began his introduction to the 2011 Golden Globes held earlier this evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. He then went to describe Sheen's misadventures in a hotel room while […]


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Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes Opening Monologue Video: Charlie Sheen, Gay Scientologists, Mel Gibson