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People’s Choice Awards: Computer Virus + Double Loser Robert Pattinson

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People’s Choice Awards’ winners Grown Ups and actor Adam Sandler: Computer virus infection? The People’s Choice Awards are supposed to be about the will of the people. And as so often happens, the people have chosen fare the “cultural elites” despise. Case in point is Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups, selected as The People’s Favorite Movie Comedy while Sandler himself took home the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Star. Grown Ups has taken in a remarkable $271.43 million at the worldwide box office; its Rotten Tomatoes Top Critics ratings, however, are on the underdeveloped side: 8 percent approval and a 3.4/10 average.

People’s Choice Awards winners: Utterly shocking choices and CVS gift bags

Ramon Novarro Beyond Paradise

Jan. 6 update: The People have spoken. Or rather, The People have clicked. About 180 million times or so to select their favorite actors, movies, singers, and reality television shows for the 2011 People’s Choice Awards, held on Jan. 5 at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. (See full list of film winners and nominees further below.)

Much was made of the fact that The People were the ones voting, not Armadillos or Green Aliens or worse – The (Liberal?) Elite, those stuffy types who hand out Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, etc.

That’s why it makes perfect sense for Katy Perry to hold more dearly her Favorite Female Artist People’s Choice Award than, say, a Grammy because her PCA Trophy was a direct result of The People’s love and admiration – instead of the result of voting by “computers or something.” (Her words, more or less.)

Computer virus infection?

But if so, how does Perry explain that Grown Ups was voted Favorite Movie Comedy and Adam Sandler Favorite Comedic Star? If that’s not a sign of a virus-infected computer, I don’t know what is.

And have you noticed how “The Elite” and/or Katy Perry’s computers are magically transformed into “My Peers” when the setting changes from the People’s Choice Awards to those various guild and/or academy award ceremonies?

As The People would say, whatever.

And now back to downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater and The People’s adoration.

Eclipse outshines competition while Robert Pattinson loses twice

As to be expected, David Slade’s blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was The People’s clear favorite, bagging awards for Favorite Movie, Favorite Drama Movie, and Favorite On Screen Team (Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner). Besides, Kristen Stewart was voted the year’s Favorite Movie Actress.

Shockingly, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner were less lucky. The two Eclipse rivals lost the Favorite Movie Actor award to Johnny Depp – the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Angelina Jolie’s co-star in the – conveniently, recently released – domestic box office and critical bomb The Tourist.

…And CVS gift bags for all?

And speaking of the winners of this year’s People’s Choice Awards, I should add that it’s unclear whether they were all given CVS gift bags along with their trophies, or if those priceless beauty products were reserved for a few “randomly selected” audience members.

Wrapping this up, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson cataclysmically lost the Favorite Movie Star Under 25 Award to Zac Efron, who’ll be over the hill and thus ineligible in that category in October 2012.

Along with the end of Oprah and the release of the last installment of the The Twilight Saga, that’s a clear sign that the world is coming to an end within the next 20 months or so. Start using your CVS beauty paraphernalia while you can.

People's Choice Awards winner Kristen Stewart
People’s Choice Awards: Kristen Stewart was ‘humanized’ for the downtown Los Angeles ceremony, as she had been playing a vampire in Baton Rouge.

People’s Choice Awards is a TV ratings flop

Jan. 6, ’11, update: Despite the presence of a number of both teen idols and CVS Pharmacy gift bags, the 2011 People’s Choice Awards turned out to be a television ratings dud.

Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Aniston, Johnny Depp, Elton John, Katy Perry, the Kardashian sisters, and Adam Sandler weren’t enough to make CBS’s Nielsen ratings rise above a mere 2.7/8 in the coveted 18–49 group, or 9.5 million viewers overall – down 20 percent from last year.

Excepting the 2008 show, also hosted by Queen Latifah and which suffered because of the Writers Guild strike that year, the 2.7 figure represents the People’s Choice Awards’ worst television ratings on record.

Not helping matters this year was that Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance (mis)led the way to the People’s Choice Awards ceremony, scoring a dismal 1.8/5 share for CBS.

Non-live = dud?

But then again, it could also be that it’s a (very stupid) mistake to have a tape-delayed presentation of the show on the West Coast.

By the time the People’s Choice Awards began airing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle, everyone already knew that Robert Pattinson had lost two awards, that Adam Sandler was sporting a black eye, and whether or not Zac Efron had mentioned Vanessa Hudgens in his acceptance speech. After all, last night one could’ve watched the show live at several online venues.

Below are a series of brief comments posted during the People’s Choice Awards ceremony. Most recent “posts” on top.

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Robert Pattinson and People’s Choice Award winner Kristen Stewart in ‘Eclipse’: Is that a redhead up that tree?

Kristen Stewart goes from bayou vampire to L.A. human: People’s Choice Awards

Jan. 5, ’11, People’s Choice Awards update: Finally, a Twilight Saga victory: Kristen Stewart, wearing a snazzy mini-skirt – well, that looks like a mini-skirt – says she had never been to the People’s Choice Awards. Stewart, who was helped up the steps by fellow Twilight actor Taylor Lautner, won the Favorite Movie Actress Award.

“I was a vampire this morning in Baton Rouge [where she’s filming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn], so this is really weird,” Stewart remarked, referring to her spending the evening in downtown Los Angeles as a human being. She breathlessly added something that sounded like, “okay, thanks, bye.” And back to Baton Rouge and vampiredom she went (or will go shortly).

What’s interesting is that apparently Stewart’s Bella Swan has already been transformed into a vampire in Breaking Dawn. So, unless they’re going back and forth in time – certainly a possibility – Bill Condon is already shooting the post-transformation section of Breaking Dawn.

Posh vs. plush

Kristen Stewart is now in the audience, sitting between Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson. All three are being grilled by Queen Latifah, who should practice her British accent a little more. (Pattinson clearly said “posh”; she understood “plush” and then poked fun at his English accent.)

All that time, sitting next to Lautner was a mere commoner, i.e., One of the People. Latifah explained that’s proof that the People’s Choice Awards actually cares about ordinary human beings out there.

Feel free to believe it.

‘Eclipse’ wins

Likely Oscar contender Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and unlikely Oscar contender Ashton Kutcher (Killers) are presenting the Favorite Movie of the Year Award. Both Portman and Kutcher will next be seen in Ivan Reitman’s romantic comedy No Strings Attached.

David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has won. While Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson ascended the stage, a disembodied voice added that the third installment of the The Twilight Saga series was also the People’s Favorite Drama Movie. “You guys have given us the opportunity to currently film Breaking Dawn the fourth and fifth installments [of the series],” Lautner told the audience at the Nokia Theater. “… Mark my words, the best is yet to come.”

Kristen Stewart was next: “I just want to thank our producers … and everybody at Summit, of course, and the fans.” Robert Pattinson wrapped things up by saying that he had already broken his phone (handed to him by the People’s Choice Awards?). Tough luck.

Besides Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the Eclipse cast includes:

Plus the usual suspects

Kellan Lutz. Peter Facinelli. Elizabeth Reaser. Ashley Greene. Nikki Reed. Jackson Rathbone. Billy Burke.

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Zac Efron: ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ star and People’s Choice Awards’ favorite was all smiles at ceremony.

More People’s Choice Awards winners and losers: Zac Efron & Johnny Depp win, Robert Pattinson & Taylor Lautner bypassed

Horrifyingly, Johnny Depp – not Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner – was voted Favorite Movie Actor. Depp called his trophy a “stupefying” award because it comes from The People. If it weren’t for those movie-ticket buyers, concertgoers, and TV watchers, he and all the others wouldn’t have a career.

After spending way too much time talking about nothing with the Kardashian sisters, Queen Latifah got back to work and introduced Jim Parsons and Miranda Cosgrove, presenters of the Favorite Movie Star Under 25 Award.

Somewhat surprisingly, considering the way Twilight dominates these things, the winner was not Robert Pattinson but Zac Efron, the star of the box office flop Charlie St. Cloud.

Efron talked about roller coasters and career ups and downs, before declaring that his victory was a “sublime” moment he shared with the People’s Choice Awards’ audience, with whom he gets a steady “feeling of connection.” For real.

Adam Sandler not dead

Adam Sandler, proving he’s not dead,* showed up at downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater to receive the evening’s first People’s Choice Award. Sandler won as “The People’s” Favorite Comedy Actor, apparently for Grown Ups, one of last summer’s critically panned blockbusters.

Sandler sported a black eye, and came up with a joke about going to a Black Eyed Peas concert and being misunderstood – “black eye please” – when he purchased his ticket. I think I heard some laughter, but I’m not sure.

Sandler also made some remark about supporting “the troops” before presenter Jennifer Aniston, Sandler’s co-star in the upcoming Just Go with It, informed him that Grown Ups was The People’s favorite comedy feature. At that point, “the troops” were set aside as David Spade and Rob Schneider joined Sandler onstage.

* On certain websites, Adam Sandler gets killed off just about every week – much to the shock and horror of many, as The People don’t quite seem to grasp the concept of the word “hoax.”

Elton John standing ovation

Black Swan actress Mila Kunis handed the Favorite Talk Show Host award to Conan O’Brien.

More importantly, Elton John got a standing ovation. The “Rocket Man” singer is presenting the Favorite Country Artist award. John claimed he was a country music fan while growing up in England. Fact or fiction?

People’s Choice Awards guest list

Besides the names mentioned elsewhere in this post, this year’s People’s Choice Awards guest list included the following:

Malin Akerman. Julie Bowen. Michael Chiklis. Kaley Cuoco. Lisa Edelstein. Jane Lynch. Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester (the stars of the upcoming The Roommate). Zachary Levi. AnnaLynne McCord. Jerry O’Connell. Pauley Perrette. Emma Roberts. Kate Walsh. Stephen Moyer. Neil Patrick Harris. Taye Diggs.

The ceremony also featured musical numbers showcasing Kid Rock, Selena Gomez, and The Scene.

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People’s Choice Awards’ Favorite Action Movie: The widely ridiculed – and wildly successfulIron Man 2, with Robert Downey Jr.

People’s Choice Awards winners and nominees

The People’s Choice Awards have something like 8,536 categories covering film, television, music, video, the Internet, literature – oops! definitely not literature.

In any case, below is a complete list of the film categories and a partial list of the television categories.

Alice in Wonderland.
Iron Man 2.
Toy Story 3.
* The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Angelina Jolie.
Jennifer Aniston.
Julia Roberts.
Katherine Heigl.
* Kristen Stewart.

* Johnny Depp.
Leonardo DiCaprio.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Pattinson.
Taylor Lautner.

Alice in Wonderland.
Dear John.
The Social Network.
* The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Emma Watson.
Kristen Stewart.
Robert Pattinson.
Vanessa Hudgens.
* Zac Efron.

* Iron Man 2.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Robin Hood.

Angelina Jolie.
Bradley Cooper.
* Jackie Chan.
Jake Gyllenhaal.
Robert Downey Jr.

Despicable Me.
How to Train Your Dragon.
The Karate Kid.
Shrek Forever After.
* Toy Story 3.

Date Night.
Easy A.
* Grown Ups.
Sex and the City 2.
Valentine’s Day.

* Adam Sandler.
Drew Barrymore.
Steve Carell.
Tina Fey.
Will Ferrell.

Date Night, Tina Fey & Steve Carell.
Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao.
Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr. & Don Cheadle.
The Karate Kid, Jaden Smith & Jackie Chan.
* The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner.

The Crazies.
The Last Exorcism.
Let Me In.
* A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Resident Evil: Afterlife.

The Good Wife.
Gossip Girl.
Grey’s Anatomy.
* House.
The Vampire Diaries.

Chace Crawford.
* Hugh Laurie.
Ian Somerhalder.
Patrick Dempsey.
Taye Diggs.

Blake Lively.
Julianna Margulies.
Kate Walsh.
* Lisa Edelstein.
Sandra Oh.

The Big Bang Theory.
* Glee.
How I Met Your Mother.
Modern Family.
Two and a Half Men.

Alec Baldwin.
Jim Parsons.
Matthew Morrison.
* Neil Patrick Harris.
Steve Carell.

Alyson Hannigan.
Courteney Cox.
Eva Longoria Parker.
* Jane Lynch.
Tina Fey.

America’s Got Talent.
* American Idol.
Dancing With The Stars.
Hell’s Kitchen.
So You Think You Can Dance.

Criminal Minds.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
* Lie To Me.

Emily Deschanel, Bones.
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Mark Harmon, NCIS.
Simon Baker, The Mentalist.
* Tim Roth, Lie to Me.

* Fringe.
True Blood.
The Vampire Diaries.

Previous post: The 2011 People’s Choice Awards ceremony, hosted by Queen Latifah, will be held at 9 p.m. this evening at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Nominees include, inevitably, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, actors Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, in addition to Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and other box office favorites.

In addition to Eclipse, in the running for Favorite Movie are the following blockbusters: Lee Unkrich’s Toy Story 3, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, and Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Presenters at the People’s Choice Awards 2011 ceremony include Pattinson, Stewart, Lautner, Zac Efron, Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris, Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Swift, Mila Kunis, and Conan O’Brien.

You can watch the People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet arrivals online via USTREAM (see above). The Red Carpet streaming should begin at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT. The show will be broadcast live on the East Coast at 9 p.m. on CBS.

“This is the first and biggest party of the year” celebrating the fans’ choices, 2011 People’s Choice Awards host Queen Latifah told the crowd, among them Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Adam Sandler, gathered at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

The Queen added that “a record-shattering” 170 million votes were cast this year, “the biggest People’s Choice Awards’ voting of all time.” Of those, 168 million were for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner. (Actually, this last part about Eclipse and its stars didn’t come from Latifah. I am saying it.)

Queen Latifah later did a bit of self-promotion by presenting a clip from Ron Howard’s upcoming comedy The Dilemma, which caused a stir a while back because of a gay joke that some perceived as insensitive. Needless to say, the gay joke was not part of the clip. Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum, Winona Ryder and Latifah herself star in The Dilemma.

Nielsen ratings source: Variety.

Image of People’s Choice Awards winners Grown Ups and Adam Sandler: Columbia Pictures.

Image of People’s Choice Awards winner Kristen Stewart and two-time loser Robert Pattinson in Eclipse: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

People’s Choice Awards’ winner Zac Efron Charlie St. Cloud image: Universal Pictures.

Kristen Stewart People’s Choice Awards image via BuddyTV.

Image of Robert Downey Jr. in the People’s Choice Awards’ winner Iron Man 2: Marvel / Paramount Pictures.

People’s Choice Awards website.

DGA Award nominations

Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David Fincher (The Social Network), Christopher Nolan (Inception), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), and David O. Russell (The Fighter) are the 2010 Directors Guild of America Awards’ five nominees.

Missing from the roster are Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island), Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer), Ben Affleck (The Town), Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), Danny Boyle (127 Hours), and, most notably, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (True Grit).

Aronofsky and Russell are first-time DGA nominees. Christopher Nolan was nominated for Memento (2001) and The Dark Knight (2008); in both instances he was bypassed by the directors’ branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Tom Hooper had been previously nominated in the DGA’s Movies for Television/Miniseries category for John Adams (2008). David Fincher received his first feature-film DGA nod for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He had previously won the DGA Commercial Award in 2003 and was nominated in that category again in 2008.

To date only five times have the DGA choices fully matched the Academy’s shortlist: 1977, 1981, 1998, 2005, and 2009.

So, don’t be at all surprised if the Coen brothers replace David O. Russell when the Academy Award nominations are announced Jan. 25.

Photo: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

Black Swan
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Aronofsky’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Roth
  • First Assistant Director: Joseph Reidy
  • Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Travis Rehwaldt
  • Location Manager: Ronnie Kupferwasser

The Social Network
(Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Fincher’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: JoAnn Perritano
  • First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
  • Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Maileen Williams

The King’s Speech
(The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Hooper’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Erica Bensly
  • First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison
  • Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Nolan’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Jan Foster
  • First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
  • Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Lauren Pasternack

The Fighter
(Paramount Pictures and The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Russell’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Mark Kamine
  • First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
  • Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Timothy Blockburger

DGA Documentary nominations

Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home, Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job, Alex Gibney’s Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting for ‘Superman, and Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s Restrepo are the Directors Guild of America’s nominees for the 2011 DGA Award in the Documentary Feature category.

Notably absent from the DGA Awards’ shortlist are Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop and Amir Bar-Lev’s The Tillman Story. Last Train Home, about a Chinese peasant family’s long trek home, is the only DGA nominee not found on the Academy Awards’ list of documentary feature semi-finalists.

All but one of the shortlisted documentary filmmakers are first-timers. The sole exception is Alex Gibney, who was nominated for Taxi to the Dark Side in 2007, the documentary about the American military’s torture practices in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo that earned Gibney an Academy Award.

The DGA Award winners will be announced on Saturday, January 29, in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Complete list of nominees below:

Last Train Home
Eye Steel Film, ITVS, Canada
Council for the Arts
Zeitgeist Films

Inside Job
Representational Pictures
Sony Pictures Classics

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
ES Productions
Magnolia Pictures

Waiting for ‘Superman’
Public Education LLC
Paramount Vantage
Mr. Guggenheim’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Shari Tavey

Outpost Films
National Geographic Entertainment

‘Inception’: American Society of Cinematographers Nominations

The American Society of Cinematographers has announced its 2010 nominees. They are: Roger Deakins for True Grit, Matthew Libatique for Black Swan, Wally Pfister for Inception, Danny Cohen for The King’s Speech, and Jeff Cronenweth for The Social Network.

This marks Roger Deakins’ ninth ASC nomination; one that will be accompanied by a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ASC Awards ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Deakins previously won ASC Awards for The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001). He was a double nominee twice: in 2008 (The Reader and Revolutionary Road) and 2007 (No Country for Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford).

His nod for True Grit is his fifth in collaboration with the Coen brothers, following No Country for Old Men, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Fargo (1996), and O Brother Were Art Thou? (2000).

Deakins has also earned eight Academy Award nods, but has never won.

Pfister’s ASC nomination is his third – and his third for collaborating with Christopher Nolan. The previous two were for Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).

Cohen, Cronenweth and Libatique are first-time ASC nominees. Jeff Cronenweth’s father, Jordan Cronenweth, won the very first ASC Award back in 1986 for Peggy Sue Got Married.

Last year’s winner was Christian Berger for his black-and-white work on Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon. The Oscar went to the glitzier and much more commercial Avatar, shot by ASC nominee Mauro Fiore.

Writers Guild Awards: Nominations

David Seidler’s widely praised screenplay for The King’s Speech was left out of the 2011 Writers Guild of America (WGA) nominations announced earlier today. Also missing from the WGA shortlist were Debra Granik for Winter’s Bone and Mike Leigh for Another Year. What’s up with that? [List of Writers Guild Award nominations.]

Well, The King’s Speech, Another Year (not that it has a great chance at the Oscars), and Winter’s Bone — along with Toy Story 3, The Ghost Writer, Biutiful, How to Train Your Dragon, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Love and Other Drugs, Blue Valentine, and a number of other 2010 releases – were all ineligible for the Writers Guild Awards. Nominees must be submitted by companies that are signatories of the WGA guidelines or, in the case of non-US productions, that are affiliated with the WGA.

In other words, if you’re looking at the WGA nominations as an indicator for the 2011 Oscars, you’ll be (somewhat) out of luck. Last year, only four of the ten WGA nominees went on to receive matching Oscar nods. For the record, they were: The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, A Serious Man, and Precious.

This year, the WGA/Academy list will likely be more similar. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra’s I Love You Phillip Morris will quite possibly be replaced by Toy Story 3, while David Seidler’s The King’s Speech will likely take the spot of Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give. But there’s a good chance the other WGA nominees will be shortlisted at the Oscars as well.

The WGA Award winners will be announced on Feb. 5.

At TheWrap, Steve Pond has a list of eligible films for the 2010 WGA Awards.

Producers Guild of America nominations

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced its list of 2010 nominees early this morning. There were absolutely no surprises in the Best Motion Picture category. Not even a Winter’s Bone upset, let alone the inclusion of something like Please Give or Blue Valentine. [List of Producers Guild nominations.]

The Producers Guild Award nominations and winners are usually seen as a solid indicator of who/what will be in and who/what will be out at the Oscars. It’s certainly true that the Producers Guild have a good “Oscar-matching” track record, but there have been a number of exceptions as well.

For instance, Christopher Nolan’s 2008 Producers Guild nomineeThe Dark Knight failed to land a Best Picture Oscar nod. It was replaced by Stephen Daldry’s The Reader.

Last year, two PGA nominees, J.J. AbramsStar Trek and Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, failed to land a matching Oscar nomination. The more intellectual Academy opted for loftier fare: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s A Serious Man and, ahem, John Lee Hancock’s The Blind Side.

The 2011 PGA Award winners will be announced on Jan. 22.

Photo: The Town (Claire Folger / Warner Bros.)

‘Inception’: American Cinema Editor Awards

Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King’s Speech, and The Social Network have been nominated for the American Cinema Editor’s “Eddie” Awards in the Feature Film Drama category. The nominated comedies/musicals are Alice in Wonderland (is that a comedy or a musical?), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Kids Are All Right, Made in Dagenham, and the low-budget domestic hit Easy A. (See list of American Cinema Editors nominations below.)

The ACE’s five nominees in the Drama category match those found in the Directors Guild shortlist, announced a few days ago. Whether that doesn’t bode well for Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s True Grit is debatable.

For instance, Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine (2006) were nominated by both the ACE and the DGA; at the Oscars, the two Best Film contenders were left out of the Best Editing category, while Dayton and Faris were omitted from the Best Director category as well.

In 2008, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was also shortlisted by both the ACE and the DGA. Although the second Batman film did receive a Best Editing Oscar nod, it was left out of the Best Director and Best Film categories. That same year, Stephen Daldry’s The Reader failed to be included in the ACE’s and the DGA’s rosters, but went on to received Best Picture and Best Director Oscar nominations.


Black Swan
Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.

The Fighter
Pamela Martin

Lee Smith, A.C.E.

The King’s Speech
Tariq Anwar

The Social Network
Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter


Alice in Wonderland
Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.

Easy A
Susan Littenberg

The Kids Are All Right
Jeffrey M. Werner

Made in Dagenham
Michael Parker

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss


Despicable Me
Gregory Perler & Pam Ziegenhagen

How to Train Your Dragon
Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. & Darren T. Holmes, A.C.E.

Toy Story 3
Ken Schretzmann & Lee Unkrich, A.C.E.


The Big C: “Pilot”
Brian A. Kates, A.C.E.

Modern Family: “Family Portrait”
Jonathan Schwartz

Nurse Jackie: “Years of Service”
Anne McCabe


Breaking Bad: “Sunset”
Kelley Dixon

Friday Night Lights: “I Can’t”
Mark Conte, A.C.E.

Glee: “Journey”
Bradley Buecker, Doc Crotzer, Joe Leonard & John Roberts

The Good Wife: “Running”
Scott Vickrey, A.C.E.

The Walking Dead: “Days Gone Bye”
Hunter Via


Boardwalk Empire: “Pilot”
Sidney Wolinsky, A.C.E.

Dexter: “Take It!”
Louis Cioffi, A.C.E.

Treme: “Do You Know What it Means”
Kate Sanford, A.C.E. & Alexander Hall


The Pacific: “Okinawa”
Marta Evry, A.C.E. & Alan Cody, A.C.E.

Temple Grandin
Leo Trombetta, A.C.E.

You Don’t Know Jack
Aaron Yanes


Exit Through the Gift Shop
Tom Fulford & Chris King

Inside Job
Chad Beck & Adam Bolt

Waiting for ‘Superman’
Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Greg Finton & Kim Roberts


The Deadliest Catch: “Redemption Day”
Kelly Coskran & Josh Earl

If You Really Knew Me : “Colusa High”
Rob Goubeaux, Jeremy Gantz, Hilary Scratch, Ken Yankee, Mark S. Andrew, A.C.E., Heather Miglin, John Skaare & Paul J. Coyne

Whale Wars 3: “Vendetta”
Yvette Mangassarian-Amirian, Eric Myerson, Michael Caballero, David Michael Maurer & Edward Salier, A.C.E.

Mo’nique & Tom Sherak to announce Oscar nominations

Nominations for the 2011 Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and last year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Mo’Nique.

Sherak and Mo’Nique will unveil the nominations in 10 of the Oscar’s 24 categories at a 5:30 a.m. news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards website,

The 2011 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the US, it’ll be broadcast live on ABC.

Zac Efron & Justin Bieber among Golden Globe presenters

Zac Efron, Justin Bieber, and Olivia Wilde are the latest additions as presenters at the Golden Globes awards ceremony. They’ll be joining the previously announced Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Lopez, and Matt Damon, who’ll be handing Robert De Niro the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

The presence of Bieber, Efron, and Wilde – in addition to Pattinson – is a clear indication that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC are clearly attempting to lure a younger group of viewers to their show. Also, Bieber has a movie to push, Jon M. Chu’s upcoming musical-documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

Hosted by Ricky Gervais at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, the 2011 Golden Globe Awards will air live Jan. 16 on NBC at 5 p.m.

More Golden Globe presenters: Robert Pattinson & Matt Damon

Three Golden Globes 2011 presenters have been announced: Robert Pattinson, whose Water for Elephants opens next spring; Matt Damon, the lead in Paul GreengrassGreen Zone, and one of the stars in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s True Grit and Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, none of which received a single Golden Globe nomination; and actress-turned-American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, whose The Back-Up Plan was mostly ignored by the filmgoing public and was totally ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Matt Damon will be presenting Robert De Niro with the Cecil B. De Mille Award. It’s unclear which award Pattinson and Lopez will be presenting. Last year, Pattinson’s fellow Twilight Saga player Taylor Lautner was a Golden Globes presenter, and if I remember it correctly [apparently I didn’t; see comment below] he stepped on Chloe Sevigny’s dress. Millions of women – and lots of guys who dig wearing dresses – would have been thrilled; Sevigny looked like she was ready to turn herself into a werewolf-eating vampire.

The 68th Golden Globe Awards will air live Sunday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Ricky Gervais will once again host the proceedings.

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Motion Pictures:

Black Swan
Production Mixer
Ken Ishii, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Dominick Tavella, CAS
Craig Henighan

Production Mixer
Ed Novick
Re-recording Mixers
Lora Hirschberg
Gary A. Rizzo

Shutter Island
Production Mixer
Petur Hliddal
Re-recording Mixers
Tom Fleischman, CAS

The Social Network
Production Mixer
Mark Weingarten, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Ren Klyce
David Parker
Michael Semanick, CAS

True Grit
Production Mixer
Peter F. Kurland, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Skip Lievsay, CAS
Craig Berkey, CAS
Greg Orloff, CAS

Television Movies and Mini-Series:

The Pacific Part 2
Production Mixer
Andrew Ramage
Re-recording Mixers
Michael Minkler, CAS
Daniel Leahy

The Pacific Part 5
Production Mixer
Andrew Ramage
Re-recording Mixers
Michael Minkler, CAS
Daniel Leahy
Craig Mann

The Pacific Part 8
Production Mixer
Gary Wilkins, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Michael Minkler, CAS
Daniel Leahy
Marc Fishman

The Pacific Part 9
Production Mixer
Gary Wilkins, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Michael Minkler CAS
Daniel Leahy

Temple Grandin
Production Mixer
Ethan Andrus
Re-recording Mixer
Rick Ash
Television Series:

24 (3:00PM – 4:00PM)
Production Mixer
William F. Gocke, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Michael Olman, CAS
Kenneth Kobett, CAS

Boardwalk Empire (A Return to Normalcy-Episode 12)
Production Mixer
Franklin D. Stettner, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Tom Fleischman, CAS

Dexter (Take It)
Production Mixer
Greg Agalsoff
Re-recording Mixers
Pete Elia, CAS
Kevin Roache

Glee (The Power of Madonna)
Production Mixer
Phillip W. Palmer, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Joseph H. Earle Jr., CAS
Doug Andham, CAS

Modern Family (Chirp)
Production Mixer
Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Dean Okrand

Television – Non-Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials:

Baseball – The Tenth Inning – Bottom of the Tenth
Production Mixer
Re-recording Mixers
Dominick Tavella, CAS

Deadliest Catch: Redemption Day
Re-recording Mixer
Bob Bronow, CAS

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Production Mixer
Bruce Cameron
Re-recording Mixer
Ian Rodness

Great Performances at The Met: Armida
Music Mixer- Live Performance
Jay Saks
Re-recording Mixer
Ken Hahn, CAS

Lennon NYC
Production Mixer
Roger Phenix
Re-recording Mixer

DVD Original Programming:

30 Days of Night: Dark Days
Production Mixer
Michael T. Williamson, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Eric Lalicata, CAS

Calvin Marshall
Production Mixer
Kent Romney
Re-recording Mixers
Mark Server
David Raines, CAS

Lost Boys: The Thirst
Production Mixer
Conrad Kuhne
Re-recording Mixers
Kelly Vandever
Todd Beckett

Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back
Production Mixer
Re-recording Mixers
Mark Rozett, CAS
Kelly Vandever

Tinkerbell and The Great Fairy Rescue
Production Mixer
Doc Kane
Re-recording Mixers
David E. Fluhr, CAS
Adam Jenkins

Photo: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

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Funny you request respect and courtesy in your “comments” text, but you showed no respect or courtesy to Robert Pattinson in your headline or story. The big news was that he lost twice? Really? Too bad he doesn’t have a PR rep to massage your stories the way some of his co-stars do.

Where is the coverage of his new Life trailer? Where is the coverage of his other new film, The Childhood of a Leader being in the Horizon’s competition at the Venice Film Festival? You’re bias has always been obvious, but really, what’s the point?

Sia -

people don’t watch award shows. I love Twilight but I went to youtube to see the clips. Don’t care to watch that whole thing.

Guy Montag -

I watched both “The Tillman Story” and “Restrepo” at the theaters. I wanted to like “Restrepo”, but it didn’t move me nearly as much as “The Tillman Story” (nor was it as good a story). I’m disappointed “The Tillman Story” didn’t make the cut.

P.S. Reading Sebatian Junger’s accompanying book to his movie,”War”, provides much needed context to his film.

kelly conroy -

the twilight movie is so awesome i wish i could see real actors in person but i liked the movies of twilight! keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cynthe -

I would have watch had Jackie Evancho even been mentioned.

Sana -

I bet that if Adam Lambert had been nominated or had performed on that show the numbers would have been up. They might as well get a big van and cart the same people around from one award show to another. We are tired of the same celebrities on every show. Don’t the networks get it by now?

francie -

this show was very poorly produced. i was embarassed for the presenters and winners alike to have to be part of such a debacle. won’t watch again.

celine -

i watched it because robsten i was disappointed the way kris action to rob and i was expecting that rob should win not zac, rob made 2 movies for 2010 remember me made good with the budget of 16 mil and eclipse and i was expecting angelina jolie for the best actress not kristin, too bad and acting very cold to rob.

heidi savoie -

i like all the movies i can’t wait till the other movies come out i watch them all the time when i get off at work at night thats i watch right before i go to bed i have people wanting to look at the movies

francie -

i thought this awards show was very poorly hosted, with too much commercialism, and both winners and presenters seemed embarassed to be there. the show was just plain dumb- in its entirety . i will not watch again.

Sia -

Pretty sure Rob would of won if the votes weren’t split.
Both had Taylor and Kristen in each category.

Tim Crescenti -

the bit of research we have done on Elton John for a project clearly shows he repeatedly loved Jim Reeves music, even singing “He’ll have to go” in many concerts. He also recorded a duet with Tammy Wynette… a beautiful song “A Woman’s Needs.” And listen to “Country Comfort”…..

K -

Totally true that Elton John was a country music fan when he was growing up. Not exclusively, though.


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