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At a meeting held Monday, the 2009 Guldbagge (Golden Beetle) jury comprised of Katinka Faragó, Nils Petter Sundgren, Pia Johansson, Jannike Åhlund, Johan Renck, Mikael Marcimain and Guldbagge jury chairman Eva Swartz Grimaldi (not voting) picked Niels Arden Oplev’s box office smash The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the best Swedish picture of the year.

Adapted by Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg (from Stieg Larsson’s novel), and starring Michael Nyqvist and best actress winner Noomi Rapace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Palm Springs Film Festival, has been compared to both The Silence of the Lambs and S7ven. The film follows a journalist trying to uncover a disappearance that took place in the mid-1960s – a serial killer still on the loose may have been involved in it.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has grossed more than US$100 million at the international box office. It opens in the US in March.

Among the other winners of Sweden’s top film award were Michael Haneke’s drama The White Ribbon, one of the semi-finalists for the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar; best director Lisa Siwe for Glowing Stars; and best actor Claes Ljungmark for A Rational Solution.

Photo: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Nordisk Films)

Full list of Guldbagge winners:

Best Picture
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Män som hatar kvinnor
Prod.: Søren Stærmose

Best Foreign Language Film
The White Ribbon/Das weiße Band
Director: Michael Haneke

Best Documentary Film
Ebbe -The Movie
Director: Jane Magnusson and Karin af Klintberg

Best Director
Lisa Siwe
for Glowing Stars / I taket lyser stjärnorna

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Noomi Rapace
for her role as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Män som hatar kvinnor

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Claes Ljungmark
for his role as Sven-Erik in A Rational Solution / Det enda rationella

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Anki Lidén
for her role as grandma Ingrid in Glowing Stars / I taket lyser stjärnorna

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kjell Bergqvist
For his role as Jonny in The Wedding Photographer / Bröllopsfotografen

Best Screenplay
Ulf Malmros
for his script for The Wedding Photographer / Bröllopsfotografen

Best Cinematography
Hoyte van Hoytema
for his cinematography in Flickan / The Girl

Best Short Film
Scratches / Skrapsår
Director: Gabriela Pichler

Best Achievement
Lead animator Isak Gjertsen
The jury’s motivation:
For providing the technical conditions to create a magical experience in Metropia.

Line Producer Malte Forssell
The jury’s motivation:
For using tremendous skill to coordinate the shooting in three continents in Mammoth

Editor and composer Johan Söderberg
The jury’s motivation:
For a rhythmic merge of music and image in Videocracy

The Board of the Swedish Film Institute has also made the following awards:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Producer Waldemar Bergendahl

The Gullspira Award 2010 (for extraordinary contributions in films for children)
Maggie Widstrand
Unweary and always faithful to the children in her casting

The Audience Award
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/Män som hatar kvinnor
Director: Nils Arden Oplev

‘Avatar,’ ‘Nine’: Costume Designers Guild Nominations

The Costume Designers Guild has announced its list of nominees in three categories.

Omissions are even more interesting than many of the included films. Left out were Bright Star, Broken Embraces, It’s Complicated, Inglourious Basterds, Red Cliff, The White Ribbon, and A Single Man. The last film, a period drama set in 1960s Los Angeles, was directed by Tom Ford, who is himself a fashion designer.

Considering the inclusion of Crazy Heart and Precious, no one can accuse the CDG of being enamored of glitz and glamour. But The Hurt Locker is missing in action.

The CDG’s full list of motion picture nominees:

Contemporary
(500) Days of Summer, Hope Hanafin
Brüno, Jason Alper
Crazy Heart, Doug Hall
Precious, Marina Draghici
Up in the Air, Danny Glicker

Period
Coco Before Chanel, Catherine Leterrier
Julie & Julia, Ann Roth
Nine, Colleen Atwood
Sherlock Holmes, Jenny Beavan
The Young Victoria, Sandy Powell

Fantasy
Avatar, Mayes C. Rubeo, Deborah Lynn Scott
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Monique Prudhomme
Star Trek, Michael Kaplan

In the made-for-TV movie or miniseries category, the nominees are Michael Dennison for Georgia O’Keeffe, Catherine Marie Thomas for Grey Gardens and Barbara Kidd for Little Dorrit.

Additionally, the CDG will present several special awards at their Feb. 25 ceremony: The Young Victoria star Emily Blunt will receive the Swarovski Award, Sandy Powell the Lacoste Career Achievement in Film Award, Michael Travis the Career Achievement in Television Award, and Nine director Rob Marshall the Distinguished Collaborator Award. The guild’s Hall of Fame Award will be presented posthumously to Robert Turturice.

Grammys: ‘Twilight,’ ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Jan. 31, ’10, update: The early-bird 2010 Grammy Awards ceremony is currently taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The televised portion of the ceremony will begin at 8pm this evening. Organizers have to do it in two installments: the Grammys hand out 21,389 awards. Those couldn’t all be part of the televised show, or it’d run well into the next century.

The movie winners are: best compilation soundtrack album “Slumdog Millionaire,” produced by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman; composer Michael Giacchino for “Up,” chosen the best score soundtrack album; and composers A.R. Rahman, Gulzar, and Tanvi Shah for the Oscar-winning song “Jai Ho” (from Slumdog Millionaire), voted the best song created for a motion picture, television show, or visual media.

All exaggerations aside, about 100 or so awards are being handed out during the Grammy’s afternoon ceremony, which began at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. Nine more winners, among them album, song, and record of the year, and best new artist – will be announced during the evening show, which CBS will telecast live on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET.

The five Grammy nominees for Record of the Year are Beyoncé for “Halo,” The Black Eyed Peas for “I Gotta Feeling,” Kings of Leon for “Use Somebody,” Lady Gaga for “Poker Face,” and Taylor Swift for “You Belong With Me.”

Jan. 30

Cadillac Records, Inglourious Basterds, Slumdog Millionaire, True Blood, and Twilight are the five nominees for the Grammy 2010 for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.

Alexandre Desplat’s The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Nicholas Hooper’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Danny Elfman’s Milk, Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek, Michael Giacchino’s Up are in the running for Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.

The Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media nominees are “All Is Love” (From Where The Wild Things Are) by Karen O & Nick Zinner; “Decode” (From Twilight) by Josh Farro, Hayley Williams & Taylor York; “Jai Ho” (From Slumdog Millionaire) by Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah; “Once In A Lifetime” (From Cadillac Records) by Ian Dench, James Dring, Amanda Ghost, Beyoncé Knowles, Scott McFarnon & Jody Street; and “The Wrestler” (From The Wrestler) by Bruce Springsteen.

Some of those songs and scores are from 2008 movie releases. Of these, only “Jai Ho” won an Oscar, while Alexandre Desplat’s The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Danny Elfman’s Milk score received Oscar nods. Michael Giacchino will likely be up for an Oscar when this year’s nominations are announced next Tuesday.

The five Grammy nominees for Record of the Year are Beyoncé for “Halo,” The Black Eyed Peas for “I Gotta Feeling,” Kings of Leon for “Use Somebody,” Lady Gaga for “Poker Face,” and Taylor Swift for “You Belong With Me.”

The Grammy 2010 winners will be announced Sunday evening. Full list of nominees here.

Photo: Twilight (Summit Entertainment)

The Berlin Film Festival has announced the jury members for its 2010 edition. They are: German filmmaker Werner Herzog, the jury president; Chinese actress Yu Nan; Italian writer-director Francesca Comencini; Spanish producer Jose Maria Morales; Somali-born writer Nuruddin Farah; American Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger; and German actress Cornelia Froboess.

The 67-year-old Herzog has been making movies since 1962. Among his best-known efforts are The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1976), Woyzeck (1979), Nosferatu (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Grizzly Man (2005), and the recent The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009).

Renée Zellweger won a best supporting Oscar for Cold Mountain (2003), in which she co-starred with Nicole Kidman; Zellweger was nominated for two other Academy Awards: for Bridge Jones’ Diary (2001) and Chicago (2002).

Francesca Comencini, the director of the well-received drama A casa nostra / Our Home (2006), is the daughter of legendary Italian filmmaker Luigi Comencini. Her sister, Cristina Comencini, directed the Oscar-nominated Don’t Tell (2005).

Veteran Cornelia Froboess has more than 80 features and television movies to her credit. Among them is the light musical Mein Mann, das Wirtschaftswunder / My Husband, the Economic Miracle (1961), in which she plays the daughter of Nazi era icon Marika Rökk.

The Berlin festival runs from Feb. 11-21. The jury will announce the winners of the Golden Bear and other awards on Feb. 20.

Anne Hathaway, nominated for an Academy Award for Rachel Getting Married, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak will announced the nominations for the 2010 Academy Awards on Tuesday, February 2. Hathaway and Sherak will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 Oscar categories at 5:30 a.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Among Hathaway’s other screen credits are The Devil Wears Prada, opposite Meryl Streep, Bride Wars, Get Smart, Passengers, Becoming Jane, Brokeback Mountain and The Princess Diaries. She’ll next be seen in Valentine’s Day, followed by the role of the White Queen in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Love and Other Drugs, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.

Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards Web site, www.oscar.com.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Photo: Jon Didier / © A.M.P.A.S.

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