Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig at the Oscars
Sporting an ultra-cool look, Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig, both members of the hip, experimental band How to Destroy Angels, arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Trent Reznor, formerly the frontman of the alternative rock group Nine Inch Nails, and fellow How to Destroy Angels band member Atticus Ross went on to share the Best Original Score Oscar for their work on David Fincher’s Facebook movie The Social Network.
After Reznor’s Oscar win, “I want to thank you like an animal” became a Twitter hit – in reference to a similar-sounding line found in the Nine Inch Nails’ 1994 song “Closer.”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Oscar 2011 competitors were:
- Hans Zimmer, at one point the favorite for the Best Original Score Academy Award, for his work on Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
- A.R. Rahman for Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours.
- John Powell for Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders’ How to Train Your Dragon.
- Alexandre Desplat for Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech.
‘The Social Network’: Trent Reznor feature film debut – as composer
As found on the IMDb, The Social Network is the first feature film to have music (co-)composed by Trent Reznor. Adapted by Aaron Sorkin from Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires, the film stars Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Justin Timberlake, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, and Rooney Mara.
Reznor’s next big-screen effort will be another collaboration with David Fincher: a Hollywood remake of the international Swedish blockbuster The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.
In front of the camera, Reznor has been seen in small roles in:
- Paul Schrader’s Light of Day (1998). With Michael J. Fox. Gena Rowlands. Joan Jett.
- Maria von Heland’s Recycled (2000). With Peter Lohmeyer. Amanda Ooms. Ingo Hasselbach.
Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig were married in 2009.
Update April 2015: Last year, Trent Reznor once again joined forces with David Fincher, co-writing with Atticus Ross the music for the psychological thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards
Pictured above is Zachary Levi and a guest on the 83rd Academy Awards’ Red Carpet on Sunday, Feb. 27, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
At the Oscar ceremony, Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore performed “I See the Light,” a Best Original Song nominee – music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater – from the animated feature Tangled.
The 2011 Best Song winner turned out to be Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together,” from another animated feature, Toy Story 3 – last year’s biggest domestic box office hit.
Zachary Levi movies
Below is a partial list of Zachary Levi films.* His movie debut took place in Mark Douglas Miller’s comedy short Reel Guerrillas (2005), while his feature film debut was in a supporting role in John Whitesell’s comedy Big Momma’s House 2 (2006).
- Thor: The Dark World (2013).
Director: Alan Taylor.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth. Natalie Portman. Anthony Hopkins. Tom Hiddleston. Zachary Levi. Christopher Eccleston. Jamie Alexander. Idris Elba. Rene Russo.
- Tangled Ever After (2012).
Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.
Voice Cast: Mandy Moore.
- Tangled (2010).
Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.
Voice Cast: Mandy Moore. Donna Murphy. Ron Perlman. Jeffrey Tambor. Richard Kiel.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009).
Director: Betty Thomas.
Cast: Zachary Levi. David Cross. Jason Lee. And the voices of: Justin Long. Amy Poehler. Anna Faris. Christina Applegate.
- Byron Phillips: Found (2009, short film).
Director: Joel David Moore.
Cast: Alesha Rucci.
- Shades of Ray (2008).
Director: Jaffar Mahmood.
Cast: Fran Kranz. Sarah Shahi. Brian George. Kathy Baker.
- Wieners (2008).
Director: Mark Steilen.
Cast: Kenan Thompson. Fran Kranz. Jenny McCarthy.
Zachary Levi will next be seen in Ryan Schifrin’s short No Rest for the Wicked: A Basil & Moebius Adventure, also featuring veteran Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange).
On television, Levi is best known for the TV series Less Than Perfect and Chuck. In the latter, he plays computer nerd Chuck Bartowski.
* Zachary Levi movie list via the IMDb. Updated in April 2015.
Photo of Zachary Levi at Oscars 2011: Ivan Vejar / © A.M.P.A.S.
Mandy Moore at the 83rd Academy Awards
A regal, silver-dressed Mandy Moore is seen above on the 2011 Academy Awards’ Red Carpet. As mentioned earlier in this article, during the Oscar ceremony Moore and Zachary Levi sang “I See the Light” from Disney’s animated hit Tangled, a musical about the Rapunzel fairy tale.
“I See the Light” was one of four nominees for the Best Song Academy Award. The other three were:
- “If I Rise” by A.R. Rahman (music), Dido (lyrics), and Roland ‘Rollo’ Armstrong (lyrics), from 127 Hours.
- “Coming Home” by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges, and Hillary Lindsey, from Country Strong.
- And the eventual winner, “We Belong Together” by Randy Newman, from Toy Story 3.
Tangled performed quite well at the U.S. and Canada box office, but Lee Unkrich’s Disney-Pixar release Toy Story 3 was the year’s biggest commercial hit.
Mandy Moore movies
As found on the IMDb, Mandy Moore has been appearing in big-screen productions since 2001 – besides one reported role in Terri L. Parker’s 1996 sci-fier Street Rats.
Below is a partial list of Mandy Moore films.*
- Tangled Ever After (2012).
Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.
Voice Cast: Zachary Levi.
- The Death and Return of Superman (2011, short).
Director: Max Landis.
Cast: Max Landis. Morgan Krantz.
- Tangled (2010).
Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.
Voice Cast: Zachary Levi. Donna Murphy. Ron Perlman. Richard Kiel.
- License to Wed (2007).
Director: Ken Kwapis.
Cast: Robin Williams. John Krasinski. Eric Christian Olsen.
- Southland Tales (2006).
Director: Richard Kelly.
Cast: Dwayne Johnson. Sarah Michelle Gellar. Amy Poehler. Miranda Richardson. Seann William Scott. Lou Taylor Pucci. Christopher Lambert.
- Romance & Cigarettes (2005).
Director: John Turturro.
Cast: James Gandolfini. Susan Sarandon. Kate Winslet. Bobby Cannavale. Steve Buscemi. Mary-Louise Parker. Christopher Walken. Barbara Sukowa. Elaine Stritch.
- Chasing Liberty (2004).
Director: Andy Cadiff.
Cast: Stark Sands. Jeremy Piven. Annabella Sciorra.
* Mandy Moore movie list updated in April 2015.
Mandy Moore photo on the Oscars’ Red Carpet: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler’s List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden’s Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love.
There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film.
Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King’s Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was distributed in the United States by none other than The Weinstein Company, chaired by Bob and Harvey Weinstein.
Steven Spielberg movies
May 2015 Update: Ever since the mid-1970s, Steven Spielberg movies have been eagerly awaited cinematic events. Below is a partial list of the best-known work of Spielberg the Director.
- The Night Gallery (1969, TV pilot).
Steven Spielberg directed the segment “Eyes,” starring Joan Crawford.
- Duel (1971, TV).
Cast: Dennis Weaver.
- The Sugarland Express (1974).
Goldie Hawn. William Atherton. Michael Sacks. Ben Johnson.
- Jaws (1975).
Cast: Roy Scheider. Robert Shaw. Richard Dreyfuss.
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss. Melinda Dillon. Cary Guffey. Teri Garr. François Truffaut. Bob Balaban.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Cast: Harrison Ford. Karen Allen.
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
Cast: Henry Thomas. Dee Wallace. Robert MacNaughton. Peter Coyote. Drew Barrymore.
- The Color Purple (1985).
Cast: Whoopi Goldberg. Margaret Avery. Danny Glover. Oprah Winfrey.
- Empire of the Sun (1987).
Cast: Christian Bale. John Malkovich. Nigel Havers. Miranda Richardson. Joe Pantoliano. Leslie Phillips.
- Always (1989).
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss. Holly Hunter. Brad Johnson. Audrey Hepburn. John Goodman.
- Hook (1991).
Cast: Robin Williams. Dustin Hoffman. Julia Roberts. Bob Hoskins. Maggie Smith. Caroline Goodall.
- Schindler’s List (1993).
Cast: Liam Neeson. Ralph Fiennes. Ben Kingsley.
- Jurassic Park (1993).
Cast: Sam Neill. Laura Dern. Jeff Goldblum. Richard Attenborough. Joseph Mazzello.
- Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Cast: Tom Hanks. Matt Damon. Tom Sizemore. Edward Burns. Barry Pepper. Adam Goldberg. Jeremy Davies.
- Catch Me If You Can (2002).
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio. Tom Hanks. Christopher Walken. Martin Sheen. Nathalie Baye. Amy Adams. James Brolin.
- Minority Report (2002).
Cast: Tom Cruise. Colin Farrell. Max von Sydow. Samantha Morton. Jessica Harper.
- Munich (2005).
Cast: Eric Bana. Geoffrey Rush. Daniel Craig. Ciarán Hinds. Mathieu Kassovitz. Marie-Josée Croze.
- War Horse (2001).
Cast: Jeremy Irvine. Emily Watson. Benedict Cumberbatch. Tom Hiddleston. David Thewlis. Peter Mullan. Niels Arestrup. David Kross. Toby Kebbell. Céline Buckens. Eddie Marsan.
- Lincoln (2012).
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis. Sally Field. Tommy Lee Jones.
Upcoming Steven Spielberg films
Steven Spielberg has completed filming the thriller Bridge of Spies, from a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Mark Rylance, Austin Stowell, and Sebastian Koch.
Additionally, Spielberg is currently working on The BFG – no relation to the expression “BFF” – based on a Roald Dahl novel, and featuring, among others, Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, and Penelope Wilton.
Announced Spielberg movie projects include:
- It’s What I Do, to star Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) as wartime photographer Lynsey Addario.
- Montezuma, from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Moneyball), adapting an original by blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo – one of the Hollywood Ten – whose efforts included Roman Holiday, The Brave One, Spartacus, and Johnny Got His Gun.
- The sci-fier Ready Player One.
Destry Spielberg is the director’s daughter with his Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom leading lady Kate Capshaw. Spielberg had been previously married to Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Irving (Barbra Streisand’s Yentl).
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.
Oscar-nominated cinematographer Matthew Libatique and editor Andrew Weisblum
Pictured above are Black Swan cinematographer Matthew Libatique and editor Andrew Weisblum on the 2011 Oscars’ Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre. Both Libatique and Weisblum were shortlisted for their work on Darren Aronofsky’s psychological drama starring Best Actress Oscar winner Natalie Portman.
The 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography was Wally Pfister for Christopher Nolan’s Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, and Michael Caine.
Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall shared the Best Film Editing Oscar for their work on David Fincher’s The Social Network, featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, and Rooney Mara.
‘Black Swan’ cast
Besides Natalie Portman, Black Swan also features Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel, and Benjamin Millepied. The low-budget production has grossed more than $200 million worldwide.
Cinematographer Matthew Libatique and editor Andrew Weisblum photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty
Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27, ’11, at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood.
Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as the lesbian companion / wife to Julianne Moore and mother / adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.
Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations
The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening’s fourth Academy Award nomination. Her previous ones were:
- The Grifters (1990). Best Supporting Actress.
Director: Stephen Frears.
Cast: Anjelica Huston. John Cusack.
Winner: Whoopi Goldberg in Jerry Zucker’s Ghost.
- American Beauty (1999). Best Actress.
Director: Sam Mendes.
Cast: Kevin Spacey. Chris Cooper.
Winner: Hilary Swank in Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry.
- Being Julia (2004). Best Actress.
Director: István Szabo.
Cast: Jeremy Irons. Shaun Evans.
Winner: Once again Hilary Swank, this time for Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby.
As can be seen above, Annette Bening has yet to take home an Academy Award, though late last year she was the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Actress for The Kids Are All Right.
Warren Beatty Best Actor Oscar nominations
Warren Beatty has never won a Best Actor Oscar either. However, he did come out on top in the Best Director category for Reds (1981), a romantic-historical drama starring Beatty himself, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Maureen Stapleton.
Warren Beatty’s four Best Actor nominations were for the following:
- Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
Director: Arthur Penn.
Cast: Faye Dunaway. Gene Hackman. Estelle Parsons. Michael J. Pollard.
Winner: Rod Steiger in Norman Jewison’s In the Heat of the Night.
- Heaven Can Wait (1978).
Director: Warren Beatty and Buck Henry.
Cast: Julie Christie. Charles Grodin. Dyan Cannon. Jack Warden. James Mason.
Winner: Jon Voight in Hal Ashby’s Coming Home.
- Reds (1981).
Director: Warren Beatty.
Cast: Diane Keaton. Jack Nicholson. Maureen Stapleton.
Winner: Henry Fonda in Mark Rydell’s On Golden Pond.
- Bugsy (1991).
Director: Barry Levinson.
Cast: Annette Bening. Ben Kingsley. Harvey Keitel.
Winner: Anthony Hopkins in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs.
Photo of Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars’ Red Carpet: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.
‘The Kids Are All Right’ director Lisa Cholodenko and screenwriter Stuart Blumberg
The Kids Are All Right writer-director Lisa Cholodenko and screenwriter Stuart Blumberg, both nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, are pictured on the 2011 Oscars’ Red Carpet.
Starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson, the comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right tells the story of a “lesbian family” – two mothers (Bening, Moore); their two children (Wasikowska, Hutcherson) – whose (mostly) happy household is nearly torn apart after the kids’ biological father and semi-anonymous sperm donor (Ruffalo) comes into their lives.
The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko and screenwriter Stuart Blumberg photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.
‘The Kids Are All Right’ producers Gary Gilbert and Jordan Horowitz on the Red Carpet
Seen above are Best Picture Oscar contender The Kids Are All Right producers Gary Gilbert and Jordan Horowitz on the 83rd Academy Awards’ Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
A curiosity: Gary Gilbert was nominated as one of The Kids Are All Right producers; Jordan Horowitz was not. Barring a handful of exceptional cases, according to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences regulations only three producers per film are eligible to receive an Oscar nomination.
The nominated producers of The Kids Are All Right were Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, and Celine Rattray.
‘The Kids Are All Right’: Oscar nominations
Ultimately, The Kids Are All Right lost the Best Picture Oscar to Tom Hooper’s British period drama The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom.
As mentioned earlier in this post, Best Actress nominee Annette Bening lost to Natalie Portman for Black Swan. Besides, Best Supporting Actor nominee Mark Ruffalo lost to Christian Bale for David O. Russell’s The Fighter. And Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg lost in the Best Original Screenplay category to David Seidler for The King’s Speech.
Photo of The Kids Are All Right producers Gary Gilbert and Jordan Horowitz: Ivan Vejar / © A.M.P.A.S.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.