Meryl Streep & Sandra Bullock Best Actress Tie, Kiss: Critics' Choice Awards

Meryl Streep Sandra Bullock kissing“It's sort of surreal,” The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow told journalists backstage when asked about her Critics Choice Award victory over former husband James Cameron, in the running for the blockbuster Avatar. Cameron's 3D sci-fier, however, was the evening's big winner in terms of sheer number of trophies: six (not seven, as previously reported) in all, including best cinematography (Mauro Fiore), best visual effects, and “best action movie.”

Even more surreal was the Meryl Streep-Sandra Bullock smooch onstage, when they were both announced best actresses of the year: comedy princess Bullock for the drama The Blind Side; tragedienne Streep for the comedy Julie & Julia.

“This is an honor,” Bullock told the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium. “This one right here inspired me to do everything better. To the critics – I bet you never saw this coming and you might never again. … You [my agent] have a hard time finding me work, 'cause I don't want to leave home 'cause I love food and sex. We're so lucky to be here tonight when so many are in pain. I don't know what to say, but Meryl's a great kisser.”

Both actresses later paid their respects to one another backstage, but without touching lips again.

Jeff Bridges was the best actor winner for Crazy Heart. His chief competitor, George Clooney, was nowhere in sight because he's busy helping to stage a telethon to alleviate the suffering of Haitians following the deadly earthquake. Kevin Bacon, was there to accept the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Joel Siegel humanitarian award, and later told reporters that Siegel had been his neighbor and was such a nice guy that Bacon even “forgot he was a critic.”

Other winners include Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces as best foreign language film, Louie Psihoyos' The Cove as best documentary, Christoph Waltz as best supporting actor for Inglourious Basterds, Mo'Nique as best supporting actress for Precious, Saoirse Ronan as best young actress for The Lovely Bones, The Hangover as best comedy movie,” Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for their adapted screenplay for Up in the Air, and Quentin Tarantino for his original screenplay for Inglourious Basterds, which also won for best ensemble.

The musical Nine received ten nominations, including best picture, but ended up not winning anything.

Susan Sarandon presented the best picture winner: The Hurt Locker ($12 million domestically), not Avatar ($450 million domestically). Cost of the Iraq War to date, according to costofwar.com: $701 billion (domestically).

Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for VH1

“Do you ever ask the guys that?”

That's Sandra Bullock after being asked “who” she was wearing. The journalist assured Bullock that she did ask the actors, too. And I'm a witness: she did ask the exact same thing to best actor winner Jeff Bridges – who didn't know “who” he was wearing and had to look inside his clothes to see if there was anyone in his tux with him. (Donna Karan was in there somewhere.)

About critics in general, Bullock remarked that “in the past, most of the critics have said unpleasant things; this year it has been more pleasant than unpleasant [comments].” She also predicted that next year she'll get more unpleasant stuff because of her offbeat choice of material. When one reporter gushed that she's just the most “amazing” person in the whole wide universe, Bullock said that she was “an amazing actress” when in public.

“I don't think you can reach what she's been able to do,” said Bullock about co-winner Meryl Streep, who was waiting in the wings for her chance to speak with reporters. Streep later paid back the compliment when answering a question about which performers inspire her: “I'm inspired every year. Mostly actresses, but actors, too, I revere. I really admired especially Sandra's work this year. … Charm is this ineffable thing. This woman has it in spades.”

Streep later said she was thankful that Julie & Julia got made at all, adding that in the current economy it probably wouldn't have gotten made because “to make a movie about a couple of women, often you can't get funding.”

Well, how about pairing up Streep and Bullock in the next buddy-buddy flick?

“What am I wearing?” that's best actor winner Jeff Bridges (for Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart), having to look inside his tux to figure out who designed it. As for the his chances of taking home a best actor Academy Award, Bridges remarked he wasn't counting “the chickens” though he was thankful because “these awards, that's how we get people into the theaters.”

Bridges, who thus far has been the most unactorish winner backstage, also talked about different topics, from his 33-year marriage (“I'm madly in love with my wife. It was love at first sight”) to the first time he got nominated for an Oscar, back in 1972 for The Last Picture Show, to stepping on John Wayne's shoes in the True Grit remake.

Inevitably, a journalist asked him if he felt uncomfortable putting his hand inside Maggie Gyllenhaal's pant(ie)s in Crazy Heart. Bridges looked somewhat taken aback, and remarked that his character enjoyed it. Next question.

Upon accepting his best adapted screenplay Critics Choice Award for Up in the Air (shared with Sheldon Turner), writer-director Jason Reitman remarked, “George [Clooney] is a brilliant writer and director … and I'm a better writer and director because of him.” Too bad Clooney and Reitman didn't write the dialogue and direct the performances of Todd Phillips and his The Hangover cast at a q&a with journalists backstage.

Questions ranged from what Heather Graham was wearing to what Ed Helms thought of being an “alternative” heartthrob to how many dresses Heather Graham has tried on this awards season to “will Zac Efron be in The Hangover 2”?

The actors (also there were Bradley Cooper and Justin Barth) and the director kept hamming it up; the only answer I can more or less recall was that of an actor (was that Ken Jeong?), which in a couple of sentences went from prayers for the Haiti earthquake victims to some joke about his “little penis.” (Is that from the movie? I haven't watched The Hangover. After that one, I'm not sure I want to.)

The press room photo shoot looks grueling. Kevin Bacon, winner of the Joel Siegel humanitarian award, just went through it, now.

Rob Marshall's Nine and Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds; each with ten nominations, and James Cameron's Avatar with nine, are the leading nominees for the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics' Choice Awards, which will be handed out this evening at the Hollywood Palladium. The show will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth.

In addition to the aforementioned three films, the other seven best picture nominees are: Lone Scherfig's An Education; Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker; Clint Eastwood's Invictus; Lee Daniels' Precious; Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man; Pete Docter's Up and Jason Reitman's Up in the Air. Bigelow, Cameron, Daniels, Eastwood, Reitman, and Tarantino received best director nods.

The best actor nominees are George Clooney, Up in the Air; Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart; Colin Firth for A Single Man; Morgan Freeman for Invictus; Viggo Mortensen for The Road and Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker.

In the running for best actress are Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria; Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side; Carey Mulligan, An Education; Gabourey Sidibe, Precious; Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia; and Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones.

Among the performers nominated in the supporting categories are Matt Damon, Invictus; Woody Harrelson, The Messenger; Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds; Marion Cotillard, Nine; Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air; Mo'Nique, Precious; and Julianne Moore, A Single Man.

Kevin Bacon will receive the Joel Siegel humanitarian award.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association is comprised of 200 TV, radio and online film critics. The ceremony will be televised live at 9 p.m. ET on VH1. Those on the West Coast will have to wait until 9 p.m. local time to watch the show.

Photos: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard in Nine (David James / The Weinstein Co.) (top); Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (François Duhamel / The Weinstein Co.) (bottom)

Zac Efron & Bradley Cooper, Susan Sarandon: Critics' Choice Awards' Presenters

Critic's Choice Awards presenters include Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Emily Blunt, Bradley Cooper, Rob Corddry, Abbie Cornish, Josh Duhamel, and Zac Efron (above, in 17 Again).

Also, Vera Farmiga, Heather Graham, Ed Helms, Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Jeong, Adam Lambert, Tobey Maguire, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Susan Sarandon and Sarah Silverman.

Kristin Chenoweth will host the show, to be held on Friday, Jan. 15. Nick Jonas and the Administration will perform as the house band, while John Krasinski and Amy Poehler will pay tribute to the late John Hughes. Were Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Jon Cryer, and Rob Lowe unavailable?

Photo: Chuck Zlotnick / Warner Bros.

'Avatar,' 'Star Trek': Film Editors Nominations

More sci-fi films are up for major Hollywood awards. Three of the nominees for the American Cinema Editors' ACE Eddie Awards are Avatar, District 9 and Star Trek. The two other dramatic feature entries are The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air.

Two Meryl Streep vehicles directed by women are in the running in the best comedy or musical category: Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia and Nancy Meyers' It's Complicated. Streep's flicks are competing against (500) Days of Summer, The Hangover and A Serious Man.

In the animated film category, the contenders are Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Up, while the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It, The Cove and Food, Inc. are up for the documentary award.

The three nominees in the miniseries or TV movie category, are Grey Gardens, Into the Storm and Taking Chance.

Winners will be announced at ACE's awards ceremony Feb. 14 at the Beverly Hilton.

Feature film (dramatic)
Avatar, Stephen Rivkin, John Refua & James Cameron
District 9, Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker, Bob Murawski & Chris Innis
Star Trek, Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey
Up in the Air, Dana Glauberman

Feature film (comedy or musical)
500 Days of Summer, Alan Edward Bell
The Hangover, Debra Neil-Fisher
Julie & Julia, Richard Marks
A Serious Man, Roderick Jaynes (a.k.a. Joel and Ethan Coen)
It's Complicated, Joe Hutshing & David Moritz

Documentary
The Cove, Geoffrey Richman
Food, Inc., Kim Roberts
This Is It, Don Brochu & Kevin Stitt

Best edited animated feature film
Coraline, Christopher Murrie & Ronald Sanders
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Andrew Weisblum
Up, Kevin Nolting

Half-hour series for television
30 Rock: “Apollo Apollo,” Ken Eluto
Curb Your Enthusiasm: “The Bare Midriff,” Steven Rasch
Entourage: “The Sorkin Notes,” Steven Sprung

One-hour series for commercial television
24: “8pm-9pm,” Leon Ortiz Gil
Breaking Bad: “ABQ,” Lynne Willingham
ER: “And in the End,” Randy Jon Morgan & Jacque Toberen
Law & Order SVU: “Hardwired,” Karen Stern
Lost: “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham,” Christopher Nelson

One-hour series for non-commercial television
Dexter: “Living the Dream,” Stewart Schill
Dexter: “Remains to be Seen,” Louis Cioffi
True Blood: “Hard-Hearted Hannah,” Louise Innes

Miniseries or motion picture for television
Grey Gardens, Alan Heim & Lee Percy
Into the Storm, John Bloom & Antonia Van Drimmelen
Taking Chance, Lee Percy & Brian A. Kates

Reality series
The Deadliest Catch: “Stay Focused Ordie,” Kelly Coskran & Josh Earl
Expedition Africa: “Stanley and Livingstone,” Jonathon Braun, Brad Ley, Sven Pape & Molly Schock
Top Chef: “The Last Supper,” Annie Tighe, Alan Hoang, Adrienne Salisbury & Kevin Leffler

 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

'Star Trek,' 'Il Divo' (But Not 'Avatar'): Oscar Make-Up Semi-Finalists

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the seven semi-finalists in the Make-Up category for the 2010 Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

District 9
Il Divo
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
The Road
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

The biggest and best surprise was the inclusion of Il Divo among the seven. Paolo Sorrentino's biting satire has been mostly ignored by US critics' groups (the San Diego critics were an exception), so it's good to see that it's gotten some added recognition. The make-up job in question transformed actor Toni Servillo into Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti.

One surprising omission is that of James Cameron's Avatar. That's probably because much of the Na'vi's look is a result of computer-generated imagery, not actual make-up jobs.

On Saturday, January 23, all members of the Academy's Make-Up Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The 2010 Academy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the US, it'll be televised live by ABC.

'Avatar,' 'The White Ribbon': ASC Awards

The American Society of Cinematographers has announced its list of nominees. They are Barry Ackroyd for The Hurt Locker, Dion Beebe for Nine, Christian Berger for The White Ribbon, Mauro Fiore for Avatar, and Robert Richardson for Inglorious Basterds.

Dion Beebe previously won the ASC Award for Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and was nominated for Collateral (2004). Robert Richardson's nod is his ninth; he's never won. Christian Berger, Mauro Fiore, and Barry Ackroyd are first-timers. Berger has already won best cinematography awards from the Los Angeles and New York critics, and the National Society of Film Critics.

ASC nominations are usually similar to Oscar nominations for best cinematography. But similar doesn't mean exactly alike. Robert Richardson, for example, has had nine ASC nominations but only five Oscar nods. (At least he's taken home two Academy Awards, for The Aviator and JFK.)

Up in the Air George ClooneyGeorge Clooney in Up in the Air.

'Up in the Air,' George Clooney among Denver Film Critics' 2010 nominees

The nominations for the 2010 Denver Film Critics Society Awards have been announced. In the running for Best Picture are Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man, and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. Directors Reitman and Bigelow have also been shortlisted, along with Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds and – surprisingly – Duncan Jones for Moon.

Up for Best Actor are George Clooney, Up in the Air; Viggo Mortensen, The Road; Morgan Freeman, Invictus; and Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart. The Best Actress nominees are Carey Mulligan, An Education; Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia; Abbie Cornish, Bright Star; and Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side.

Those in the running in the supporting categories are the following: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds; Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones; Woody Harrelson, The Messenger; and Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles for Best Supporting Actor. In addition to Mo'Nique, Precious; Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air; Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air; and Julianne Moore, A Single Man, for Best Supporting Actress.

Besides Duncan Jones and Me and Orson Welles' Christian McKay, among the Denver Film Critics' most unexpected nominees are Park Chan-wook's Thirst and Götz Spielmann's Revanche in the Best Foreign Language Film category, and Michael Stephenson's Best Worst Movie and Jeff Stilson's Good Hair in the Best Documentary category. Even more surprising (scratches head) was the inclusion of I Love You Man's Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, et al. among the nominees for Best Acting Ensemble.

The Denver Film Critics Award winners will be announced on January 27, 2010. See full list of nominees below.

Nominations for the 2010 Denver Film Critics Awards

Best Film
A Serious Man, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.
Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman.
Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams.
The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Best Foreign Language Film
Thirst, directed by Chan-wook Park.
Sin Nombre, directed by Cary Jôji Fukunaga.
Summer Hours, directed by Olivier Assayas.
Revanche, directed by Götz Spielmann.

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker.
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds.
Duncan Jones, Moon.
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air.

Best Actor
George Clooney, Up in the Air.
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart.
Viggo Mortensen, The Road.
Morgan Freeman, Invictus.

Best Actress
Carey Mulligan, An Education.
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia.
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side.
Abbie Cornish, Bright Star.

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds.
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones.
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger.
Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles.

Best Supporting Actress
Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire.
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air.
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air.
Julianne Moore, A Single Man.

Best Acting Ensemble
George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman, Danny R. McBride, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, Up in the Air.
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, The Hurt Locker.
Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, J. K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau, Jaime Pressly, I Love You Man.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Star Trek.

Best Original Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds.
Michael H. Weber, Scott Neustadter, (500) Days of Summer.
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker.
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, A Serious Man.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn, Up in the Air.
Geoffrey Fletcher, based on the novel by Sapphire, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire.
Scott Cooper, based on the novel by Thomas Cobb, Crazy Heart.
Scott Z. Burns, based on the novel by Kurt Eichenwald, The Informant.

Best Documentary
The Cove, directed by Louie Psihoyos.
Anvil! The Story of Anvil, directed by Sacha Gervasi.
Best Worst Movie, directed by Michael Stephenson.
Good Hair, directed by Jeff Stilson.

Best Original Score
Brian Eno, The Lovely Bones.
Michael Giacchino, Star Trek.
Elliot Goldenthal, Public Enemies.
Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant.

Best Original Song
“The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart: Performed by Ryan Bingham (Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett).
“Winter,” Brothers: Performed by U2 (Bono and The Edge).
“(I Want You to) Come Home,” Everybody's Fine: Performed by Paul McCartney (Paul McCartney).
“Other Father Song,” Coraline: Performed by They Might Be Giants (John Flansburgh and John Linnell).

Best Colorado Film
Ink, directed by Jamin Winans.
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardener, directed by Daniel Junge.

 

Source: Denver Film Critics Society website.

George Clooney Up in the Air photo: Dale Robinette / Paramount Pictures.

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  1. efron

    Viggo Mortensen has my vote all the way.
    He is always a fine actor. The Road is a magnificent role for him as the Man and he becomes the total character.
    No one else on your list is as good.
    And don't we all get a bit tired of Clooney playing himself. At least he changes suits.