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“The Avengers” Lords Over the MTV Movie Awards

April 17, 2013

imagesSunday night was all about some super heroes and a super silly lady as The Avengers took home 3 awards including Movie of the Year at the MTV Movie Awards while host Rebel Wilson won two statues. Wilson and her Pitch Perfect cohorts not only performed on the show but they won Musical Moment over Oscar winner Anne Hathaway and Wilson took home the Breakthrough Award. The other big winner of the night was Silver Linings Playbook which landed three awards including Actor and Actress for Bradley Cooper and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence… I have to say I was a bit dismayed that the brilliant films Les Miserables, Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Dark Knight Rises all went home empty-handed, but hey, I’ll admit I’m a bit older than the MTV voting demographic unfortunately, lol … For more on the show and the awards, head to the MTV site here and take a look at all the winners below.

2013 MTV MOVIE AWARD WINNERS:

Movie of the Year: The Avengers
Male Performance: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Breakthrough Performance: Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
Best Scared as Shit Performance: Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi
Best On Screen Duo: Mark Whalberg & Seth MacFarlane, Ted
Best Shirtless Performance: Taylor Lautner, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2
Best Fight: The Avengers
Best Kiss: Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best WTF Moment: Django Unchained
Best Villain: Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers
Best Musical Moment: Pitch Perfect

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“Argo” Wins Best Picture at a Surprisingly Unsurprising Oscars

February 25, 2013

argoOn what was a night many said there could be several big upsets, tonight’s Academy Awards was actually rather predictable. With only Christoph Waltz beating out Tommy Lee Jones and Robert DeNiro in the Supporting Actor race, most of the other winners were pretty easy to guess. Argo took Picture, Editing and Adapted Screenplay while Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway won their respective races. Ang Lee topped Speilberg for Best Director while Quentin Tarantino won Original Screenplay for Django Unchained. One big surprise was a tie (only the 6th tie in Oscar history) for Sound Editing between Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall… Take a look at all the winners below and watch here for more on the show, Seth MacFarlane’s decent hosting debut and the amazing performances by Jennifer Hudson and the cast of Les Miserables tomorrow.

2013 Academy Award Winners:

Best Picture: Argo
Director: Ang Lee (Life o Pi)
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Original Screenplay: Django Unchained
Adapted Screenplay: Argo
Editing: Argo
Cinematography: Life of Pi
Score: Life of Pi
Song: “Skyfall”- Adele (Skyfall)
Production Design: Lincoln
Makeup & Hair: Les Miserables
Costume Design: Anna Karenina
Sound Editing: TIE~ Zero Dark Thirty & Skyfall
Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man
Animated Film: Brave
Foreign Film: Amour
Doc Short Subject: Innocentelesmis-dream630-jpg_220136
Animated Short: Paperman
Live Action Short: Curfew

Most Wins~
Life of Pi: 4
Argo: 3
Les Miserables: 3
Lincoln: 2
Django Unchained: 2

They’re Here~ My Big Bold 2013 Oscar WINNER Predictions

February 20, 2013

lesmis-dream630-jpg_220136It’s been one heck of a topsy-turvy Oscar season. Since September, there seemed to be a different film out in front each week with Lincoln, Les Miserables, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook all looking like the film to beat. However, after all of the Guild Awards (SAG, DGA, PGA) and the Golden Globes, it has become clear that Argo is the true front-runner and likely will win Best Picture. If it does, it will be the first film to do so without a Best Director nomination since Driving Miss Daisy in 1989. And it may also be one of the only wins the film takes home. It has a shot in Screenplay, Editing and Score, but we’ll see… There are other sure things but there are 3 big races totally up in the air and we may see the awards spread over several different films… So, just who do I think will win? Take a look at my big, bold and totally unscientific Oscar predictions below and watch the big Academy Award show Sunday the 24th on ABC.

Best Picture:
Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty
Will win: Argo
Should win: Les Miserables
~ spoiler: Lincoln

Best Actor:
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)
Will win: Daniel Day-Lewis
Should win: Hugh Jackman (hello, degree of difficulty people)
~ spoiler: Hugh Jackman, but let’s be honest. Daniel Day-Lewis has this in the bag.

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quevanzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Will win: Jennifer Lawrence
Should win: Jessica Chastain
~ spoiler: Emmanuelle Riva
* This race is really becoming a toss-up. Lawrence is the smart money, but many feel Chastain deserves it more and Riva has the growing buzz and would be the oldest Best Actress winner ever…

Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook), Tommy Lee Jones (Licoln), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Will win: Robert DeNiro
Should win: Tommy Lee Jones
~ spoiler: Christoph Waltz
* this is the biggest toss-up race of all. Any of the five could win (even Arkin if there’s an Argo sweep). Weinstein company is spending tons of $ to remind voters that DeNiro hasn’t won in 32 years, so I think that may give him the edge.

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
Will & Should win: Anne Hathaway
~ spoiler: Sally Field, but let’s be honest Hathaway can not lose.

Best Director:
Michael Haeneke (Amour), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), David O’Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Benh Zeitlan (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Will win: Steven Speilberg
Should win: Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow or Tom Hooper (oops they’re not nominated!)
~ spoiler: Ang Lee
* this race is also incredibly close with Spielberg, Lee and Russell all having a strong shot…

Best Original Screenplay:
Amour, Django Unchained, Flight, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty
Will win: Django Unchained
Should win: Zero Dark Thirty
~spoiler: Amour

Adapted Screenplay:
Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook
Will win: Argo
Should win: Lincoln
~ spoiler: Silver Linings Playbook

Editing:
Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty
Will win: Argo
Should win: Zero Dark Thirty
~ spoiler: Zero Dark Thirty

Cinematography:
Anna Karenina, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall
Will win: Life of Pi
Should win: Skyfall
~ spoiler: Skyfall

Production Design:
Anna Karenina, The Hobbit, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln
Will & Should win: Les Miserables
~ Spoiler: Anna Karenina

Costume Design:
Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman
Will & Should win: Anna Karenina
~ Spoiler: Les Miserables

Makeup & Hair:
The Hobbit, Les Miserables, LincolnSkyfall_wallpaper
Will & Should win: Les Miserables
~ spoiler: The Hobbit

Original Score:
Anna Karenina, Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall
Will win: Life of Pi
Should win: Skyfall
~ spoiler: Lincoln (it’s John Williams after all)

Song:
“Before My Time” (Chasing Ice), “Everybody Need’s a Friend” (Ted), “Pi’s Lullably” (Life of Pi), “Skyfall” (Skyfall), “Suddenly” (Les Miserables)
Will & Should win: “Skyfall”
~ spoiler: “Suddenly”

Sound Editing:
Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty
Will & Should win: Zero Dark Thirty
~ spoiler: Skyfall

Sound Mixing:
Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall
Will & Should win: Les Miserables
~ spoiler: Life o Pi

Visual Effects:
The Avengers, The Hobbit, Life of Pi, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman
Will win: Life of Pi
Should win: The Hobbit
~ spoiler: The Hobbit

Animated Film:
Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates: Band of Misfits!, Wreck it Ralph
Will win: Wreck it Ralph
Should win: ParaNorman (but, hey Wreck It Ralph was pretty damn good)
~ spoiler: Frankenweenie

Foreign Language Film:wreck-ralph-poster-trailer
Amour, Kontiki, No, A Royal Affair, War Witch
Wil win: Amour
Should win: No
~ spoiler: A Royal Affair

Documentary:
5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, Searching for Sugar Man
Will win: Searching for Sugar Man
Should win: How to Survive a Plague
~ spoiler: The Gatekeepers

The Critic’s Choice Awards Spread the Love while Argo Upsets Lincoln.

January 11, 2013

argoAll of the big contenders won at least one award at tonight’s Critic’s Choice Awards ceremony honoring the best films and performances according to the biggest critics group in the nation. The big surprise was Argo taking home Best Picture over supposed front-runner (and the biggest Oscar contender this morning) Lincoln. Not only did it win the biggest award of the night, but Ben Affleck also took home Best Director. It was the first of several awards I think Affleck will win this year despite his shocking omission at the Oscar nominations today…. In the acting categories Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) continued to mow over the competition in the Lead Actor and Supporting Actress category. However, the two other acting categories are just gearing up with their horse races as Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) took home Lead Actress and Supporting Actor in very competitive fields. In fact Chastain held off her strongest competition, Jennifer Lawrence who nonetheless won three, yes three other awards tonight. Lawrence took home Actress in an Action Film, Actress in a Comedy and was part of the Best Ensemble award to Silver Linings Playbook. That last award was a bit of a shocker to me as I thought either Lincoln or Les Mis would take that one. (I still maintain that Les Mis will grab that Ensemble award at the SAG kudosfest at the end of the month though)…. Screenplay honors went to Django Unchained and Lincoln while Life of Pi, Skyfall and Anna Karenina won below the line categories. Scroll down for al the winners and head here for more on the Broadcast Film Critics Association and tonight’s awards.

2013 Broadcast Film Critics Choice Movie Award Winners:

Best Picture: Argo
Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actor: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Ensemble: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Younger Actor/Actress: Quevanzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained
Best Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln
Best Animated Film: Wreck It Ralph
Best Foreign Film: Amour
Best Documentary: Searching For Sugar Man
Best Cinematography: Skyfall
Best Editing: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Score: Lincoln
Best Song: “Skyfall” by Adele from Skyfall
Best Art Direction: Anna Kareninasilver-linings-poster
Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina
Best Makeup: Cloud Atlas
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Best Comedy Film: Silver Linings Playbook
Beat Actor Comedy: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actress Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Action Film: Skyfall
Best Actor Action: Daniel Craig, Skyfall
Best Actress Action: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film: Looper

Total Awards:
Silver Linings Playbook: 4
Lincoln: 3
Skyfall: 3
Argo: 2
Anna Karenina: 2
Life of Pi: 2
Zero Dark Thirty: 2
Amour: 1
Beasts of the Southern Wild: 1
Cloud Atlas: 1
Django Unchained: 1
Les Miserables: 1
The Hunger Games: 1
Looper: 1
The Master: 1
Searching for Sugar Man: 1
Wreck It Ralph: 1

“Lincoln” Lords over the Oscar Nominations

January 10, 2013

lincolnLincoln got a field best 12 Oscar nominations this morning in all the categories you would expect. Life of Pi, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook and Argo were next in line in terms of multiple nominations… However, there were snubs and surprises all over the place… I’ll have a full analysis later today but for now check out the list of nominees below.

Best Picture
Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Original Screenplay
Amour, Michael Hanake
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo, Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin,
Life of Pi, David Magee
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Best Animated Feature:
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall, Roger Deakins

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

Best Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

Best documentary short subject
Inocente
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption

Achievement in film editing
Argo, William Goldenberg
Life of Pi, Tim Squyres
Lincoln, Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Best foreign language film of the year
“Amour” Austria
“Kon-Tiki” Norway
“No” Chile
“A Royal Affair” Denmark
“War Witch” Canada

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
“Hitchcock”
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
“Les Misérables”
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Anna Karenina” Dario Marianelli
“Argo” Alexandre Desplat
“Life of Pi” Mychael Danna
“Lincoln” John Williams
“Skyfall” Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Achievement in production design
“Anna Karenina”
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
“Les Misérables”
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
“Life of Pi”
Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“Lincoln”
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Best animated short film
“Adam and Dog” Minkyu Lee
“Fresh Guacamole” PES
“Head over Heels” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
“Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”” David Silverman
“Paperman” John Kahrs

Best live action short film
“Asad” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
“Buzkashi Boys” Sam French and Ariel Nasr
“Curfew” Shawn Christensen
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)” Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
“Henry” Yan England

Achievement in sound editing
“Argo” Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
“Django Unchained” Wylie Stateman
“Life of Pi” Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
“Skyfall” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
“Zero Dark Thirty” Paul N.J. Ottosson

Achievement in sound mixing
“Argo”
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
“Les Misérables”
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
“Life of Pi”
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
“Lincoln”
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
“Skyfall”
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in visual effects
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
“Life of Pi”
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
“Prometheus”
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

“Lincoln” and “Les Mis” Lead the BAFTA Noms

January 9, 2013

a01-lincoln-movie-ear-09-4_3_r560Lincoln continues its run as the Oscar front-runner as it pulled in 10 BAFTA nominations this morning ahead of Les Miserables and Life of Pi with 9 each and Skyfall with 8 (including Javier Bardem and Judi Dench in the Supporting Actor categories). The big surprise was the snub of Lincoln and Les Mis directors Steven Spielberg and Tom Hooper who both missed the cut… In fact, the story of the day is actually the other people snubbed by the British academy. Getting no love this morning were Denzel Washington, Naomi Watts, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert DeNiro who all didn’t make the cut…. So just who did? Take a look at the full list below which featured a surprisingly strong showing for Anna Karenina and a huge shocker with Ben Affleck in the Best Actor category. Winners will be announced just before the Oscar ceremony next month.

2013 BAFTA Award Nominations~

BEST FILM:
Argo
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST BRITISH FILM:
Anna Karenina
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Seven Psychopaths
Skyfall

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
AMOUR Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
HEADHUNTERS Morten Tyldum, Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn
THE HUNT Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann
RUST AND BONE Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
UNTOUCHABLE Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun
DOCUMENTARY
THE IMPOSTER Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis
MARLEY Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel
McCULLIN David Morris, Jacqui Morris
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
WEST OF MEMPHIS Amy Berg
ANIMATED FILM
BRAVE Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
FRANKENWEENIE Tim Burton
PARANORMAN Sam Fell, Chris Butler
DIRECTOR
AMOUR Michael Haneke
ARGO Ben Affleck
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
LIFE OF PI Ang Lee
ZERO DARK THIRTY Kathryn Bigelow
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
AMOUR Michael Haneke
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
THE MASTER Paul Thomas Anderson
MOONRISE KINGDOM Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ARGO Chris Terrio
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
LIFE OF PI David Magee
LINCOLN Tony Kushner
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK David O. Russell
LEADING ACTOR
BEN AFFLECK Argo
BRADLEY COOPER Silver Linings Playbook
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Lincoln
HUGH JACKMAN Les Misérables
JOAQUIN PHOENIX The Master
LEADING ACTRESS
EMMANUELLE RIVA Amour
HELEN MIRREN Hitchcock
JENNIFER LAWRENCE Silver Linings Playbook
JESSICA CHASTAIN Zero Dark Thirty
MARION COTILLARD Rust and Bone
SUPPORTING ACTOR
ALAN ARKIN Argo
CHRISTOPH WALTZ Django Unchained
JAVIER BARDEM Skyfall
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN The Master
TOMMY LEE JONES Lincoln
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS The Master
ANNE HATHAWAY Les Misérables
HELEN HUNT The Sessions
JUDI DENCH Skyfall
SALLY FIELD Lincoln
ORIGINAL MUSIC
ANNA KARENINA Dario Marianelli
ARGO Alexandre Desplat
LIFE OF PI Mychael Danna
LINCOLN John Williams
SKYFALL Thomas Newman

CINEMATOGRAPHY
ANNA KARENINA Seamus McGarvey
LES MISÉRABLES Danny Cohen
LIFE OF PI Claudio Miranda
LINCOLN Janusz Kaminski
SKYFALL Roger Deakins
EDITING
ARGO William Goldenberg
DJANGO UNCHAINED Fred Raskin
LIFE OF PI Tim Squyres
SKYFALL Stuart Baird
ZERO DARK THIRTY Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg
PRODUCTION DESIGN
ANNA KARENINA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencerskyfall-daniel-craig-javier-bardem
LES MISÉRABLES Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
LIFE OF PI David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
LINCOLN Rick Carter, Jim Erickson
SKYFALL Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock
COSTUME DESIGN
ANNA KARENINA Jacqueline Durran
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
LES MISÉRABLES Paco Delgado
LINCOLN Joanna Johnston
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Colleen Atwood
MAKE UP & HAIR
ANNA KARENINA Ivana Primorac
HITCHCOCK Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater
LES MISÉRABLES Lisa Westcott
LINCOLN Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou
SOUND
DJANGO UNCHAINED Mark Ulano, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Wylie Stateman
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Tony Johnson, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Brent Burge, Chris Ward
LES MISÉRABLES Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst
LIFE OF PI Drew Kunin, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill
SKYFALL Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Peter Bebb, Andrew Lockley
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
LIFE OF PI Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer
MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE Nominees TBC
PROMETHEUS Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth
SHORT ANIMATION
HERE TO FALL Kris Kelly, Evelyn McGrath
I’M FINE THANKS Eamonn O’Neill
THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
SHORT FILM
THE CURSE Fyzal Boulifa, Gavin Humphries
GOOD NIGHT Muriel d’Ansembourg, Eva Sigurdardottir
SWIMMER Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
TUMULT Johnny Barrington, Rhianna Andrews
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM Mark Gill, Baldwin Li
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
ELIZABETH OLSEN
ANDREA RISEBOROUGH
SURAJ SHARMA
JUNO TEMPLE
ALICIA VIKANDER

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
BART LAYTON (Director), DIMITRI DOGANIS (Producer) The Imposter
DAVID MORRIS (Director), JACQUI MORRIS (Director/Producer) McCullin
DEXTER FLETCHER (Director/Writer), DANNY KING (Writer) Wild Bill
JAMES BOBIN (Director) The Muppets
TINA GHARAVI (Director/Writer) I Am Nasrine

Ben Affleck plays with the Big Kids at the DGA Noms

January 8, 2013

MC_BenAffleckArgo_prBen Affleck officially got an invitation to the big kids table as he grabbed his first DGA Nomination for his critical and commercial hit third film Argo. Affleck is the only first time nominee going against previous winners Tom Hooper (previous winner for The King’s Speech), Ang Lee (wins for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain), Kathryn Bigelow (won for The Hurt Locker) and Steven Spielberg who now has 11 nominations and 3 wins (The Color Purple, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan)…. Left off the Director’s Guild list were David O’Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained). Take a look at the list of nominees below which is usually quite an accurate Oscar predictor and watch for the winner announcement next month.

2012 Director’s Guild Award Nominees for Motion Picture:

Ben Affleck (Argo)
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Tom Hooper (Les Miserables)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)

“Perks of Being a Wallflower” Joins the Front-Runners “Argo” and “Lincoln” at the WGA Nominations

January 4, 2013

argoSeveral of this year’s usual Awards suspects received nominations for the Writers Guild Awards this morning including Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln. However, one of my favorites and a hopeful Oscar spoiler, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, managed a nom in the Adapted Screenplay category as well. It will face off against Argo, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi. In the original screenplay category, Zero Dark Thirty takes on The Master, Looper, Flight and Moonrise Kingdom. Interestingly, several big movies were ineligible to compete for the WGA because they were written outside the strict WGA rules. That meant Oscar contenders like Django Unchained, Les Miserables, The Impossible, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Beasts of the Southern Wild were all ineligible…. We’ll see if the WGA noms reflect the Oscar race next week when the Academy makes its announcement. In the meantime, check out all the nominees below.

2012 Writers Guild Award Nominations~

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures
Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures
The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company
Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features
Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures
Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox
Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment
Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects
The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films
Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media
West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics

“Skyfall” Solidifies its Oscar Hopes as it Joins “Les Mis”, “Lincoln” and more with the PGA Noms

January 3, 2013

Skyfall is not only the highest grossing Bond film by a mile having topped $1 billion worldwide and nearing $300 million in the U.S., Skyfall_wallpaperbut it’s also the most critically acclaimed film in the series. I’m also stating here today that it will reap an Oscar nomination for Best Picture next week. Just how good of a shot does it have? I think a great one, especially with a nomination for the Producers Guild Award today. Skyfall becomes the first Bond film to be in the running for the PGA Award and joins Oscar front-runners Argo, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, and Les Miserables on the nomination list. Also getting nominated were the indie films Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild. I’d say the aforementioned 8 will all get Oscar nominations next week while the latter two are the most vulnerable to the films like The Impossible or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. We will see… In the meantime, check out the PGA film nominees below and check back for the winners on January 26th.

2012 Producers Guild Award Nominees~

Best Picture:
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Animated Film:
Brave
Frankenweenie
Paranorman
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck It Ralph

Best Long Form TV Movie or Miniseries:
American Horror Story (FX)
The Dust Bowl (PBS)
Game Change (HBO)
Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Sherlock (PBS)

“Lincoln” Leads the Golden Globe Nominees

December 13, 2012

lincolnThe Hollywood Foreign Press has spoken and they love them some Lincoln. Steven Spielberg‘s historical drama outpaced the competition this morning pulling in a field best 7 Golden Globe nominations including Picture, Director, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Score and Screenplay. Coming in a surprisingly strong second was Django Unchained with 5 nods including two in Supporting Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz) that really shakes up that race. Also grabbing 5 nods was Argo while Les Miserables, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook all pulled down 4 nominations. The biggest surprise in the acting categories was the inclusion of Nicole Kidman in the Supporting race for the hot mess of a movie The Paperboy. After getting a nom from SAG yesterday, could Kidman be a true Oscar nominee spoiler over snubbed ladies like Samantha Barks, Maggie Smith, Ann Dowd, and Kelly Reilly? We’ll see… Also of note, the small February comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen shocked with 3 bids in the Musical/Comedy Category…. Big snubs included Keira Knightley (I think her Oscar hopes are done now), Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ted, Barbra Streisand, Anthony Hopkins, Eddie Redmayne, Robert DeNiro, and Emmanuelle Riva. So, who did make it? Take a look at the movie nominees below.

2012 Golden Globe Nominations for Film~
BEST PICTURE: DRAMA

“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

“Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck
Kathryn Bigelow
Ang Li
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino

BEST ACTOR: DRAMA

Daniel Day-Lewis
Richard Gere
John Hawkes
Joaquin Phoenix
Denzel Washington

BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA

Jessica Chastain
Marion Cotillard
Helen Mirren
Naomi Watts
Richard Weisz

BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Emily Blunt
Judi Dench
Jennifer Lawrence
Maggie Smith
Meryl Streep

BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Jack Black
Bradley Cooper
Hugh Jackman
Ewan McGregor
Bill Murray

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams
Sally Field
Anne Hathaway
Helen Hunt
Nicole Kidman

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Alan Arkin
Leonardo DiCaprio
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Tommy Lee Jones
Christoph Waltz

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Amour”
“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Kon-Tiki”
“Rust and Bone”

BEST SCREENPLAY

“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Lincoln”
“Django Unchained”
“Argo”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Anna Karenina
Argo
Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi
Lincoln

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Wreck-It-Ralph”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“For You”- Keith Urban (Act of Valor)
“Not Running Anymore”- Jon Bon Jovi (Stand Up Guys)
“Safe and Sound” (The Hunger Games)~ yes, Taylor Swift is now a Golden Globe nominee, Blargh!
“Skyfall”- Adele (Skyfall)
“Suddenly” (Les Miserables)

On the TV side, Game Change dominated with 5 nominations while Homeland picked up 4 despite a snub for Morena Baccarin. Modern Family and Downton Abbey each picked up 3 nods. Surprises included nominations for Smash, Hayden Panitierre (Nashville), Danny Huston (Magic City~ what is that again?) and snubs for The New Normal, Mad Men in the Drama Series category, Parks & Recreation and Happy Endings in the Comedy category…. One fun category will be Lead Actress Comedy/Musical where Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will go head to head. For more on the Globes airing in January on NBC, head here and check out the TV nominees below.

2012 Golden Globe Nominations for TV~

Best Television Series Drama

Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey: Season 2
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The Newsroom

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series Drama

Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey: Season 2 -julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Television Series Comedy Or Musical

The Big Bang Theory
Episodes
Girls
Modern Family
Smash

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series Comedy Or Musical

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Julia Louis-dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series Comedy Or Musical

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Louis C.k., Louie
Matt Leblanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & Mccoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game ChangeGame-Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & Mccoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey: Season 2
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

And here are some interesting notes~ Maggie Smith and Nicole Kidman are both up for 2 awards and Meryl Streep picks up her 17th nomination for Hope Springs far extending her lead for the most nominations by an actor in Globes history.