'The Help' Notches Three Acting Wins at SAG Awards

Posted by Derrick Deane on January 30, 2012

Brace yourselves, folks. We may be headed to a mind-numbingly predictable awards season capper when the Academy Awards rolls into town next month. Let's hope Billy Crystal's comedy skits can break through the deja-vu-ish repetitiveness. As far as tonight's SAG Awards are concerned, it can be summed up in one sentence: Everybody you thought would win, won. From Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer firmly in control of the supporting actor categories to Jean Dujardin and Viola Davis leading the... More

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Sundance in 60 Seconds: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'The House I Live In,' 'The Surrogate,' 'Invisible War' Take Top Awards From Juries and Audiences

Posted by Peter Martin on January 29, 2012

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival is all over, except for the shouting. And the repeat screenings. Oh, and the awards! They allow every audience member to voice their opinion on their favorites in four competition categories and the NEXT program. In addition, the competition jury awards reflect the valuable opinions of veteran industry professionals. The awards ceremony, hosted by Festival Director John Cooper (stepping in for Parker Posey, who took ill) was streamed live from Park City, Utah,... More

Cine Latino: Demián Bichir's Road to Stardom and Oscar

Posted by Elisa Osegueda on January 28, 2012

The long-awaited Oscar nominations were finally announced Tuesday morning and while it was no surprise to have heavyweights like Brad Pitt (Moneyball) and George Clooney (The Descendants) nominated in the best actor category, it was the unfamiliar name of Demián Bichir (A Better Life) called out that left many wondering, who exactly is Bichir? Some may recognize him as Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s Che, or as Esteban from the hit Showtime series Weeds and most recently as... More

Girls on Film: The Real Bigelow Effect

Posted by Monika Bartyzel on January 27, 2012

The other morning, I felt rather foolish as my Oscar hopes sunk; but the Academy always seems to manipulate us that way. We spend months trying to guess who they will pick for their top honors. We spend too much time calculating Oscar chances based on guild and critics’ awards, on journalistic buzz and Oscar-bait fair (I’m looking at you, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). We log our top tens, we fervently champion the films and talent we love, and we become so invested in the... More

The Conversation: What Do You Think of the 2012 Oscar Nominees?

Posted by Christopher Campbell on January 25, 2012

What a fun morning this was, getting up early as if it's Christmas and overlooking any joy in favor of traces of coal in our stockings. I never followed the Twittersphere on Oscar nomination day before this year, so I'm not sure if this is a new development, but how about all that cursing?! Going back through the tweets I selected I found so much foul language I thought I was in the bleachers of Yankee Stadium during a game against the Red Sox. (Damn you, Moneyball for being so great... More

The Academy Award Nominations: A Backstage Pass

Posted by Jhalecky10 on January 25, 2012

I was lucky enough to attend the Academy Awards Nominations announcement live from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences building very early this morning and I wanted to give you a special backstage look at what happens there.I was lucky enough to attend the Academy Awards Nominations announcement live from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences building very early this morning and I wanted to give you a special backstage look at what happens there. First of all, you enter the... More

Oscar Nominees React to Their Nominations

Posted by Derrick Deane on January 24, 2012

Oscar morning is a special and career-defining moment in Hollywood. For those who receive nominations, they will always be referred in future movie trailers as Academy Award nominee so-and-so. Below is a collection of quotes from actors, directors and various members of the film community, along with Albert Brooks' tongue-in-cheek response to being snubbed for best supporting actor in Drive. “It’s one thing to get excited, but you can’t get your hopes up. I’m trying to stay... More

A Complete List of the 84th Oscar Nominees

Posted by Peter Hall on January 24, 2012

Best Picture The Artist Thomas Langmann, Producer The Descendants Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Scott Rudin, Producer The Help Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers Midnight in Paris Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers The Tree of Life Nominees... More

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Oscar Nominations: 'The Descendants,' The Artist,' 'The Help,' 'Moneyball' and More Dominate Academy Award Nominations

Posted by Erik Davis on January 24, 2012

Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were handed out this morning, and many of those honored were already expected. Films like The Artist, The Descendants, Moneyball and The Help picked up multiple nominations, while previous awards favorites like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo walked away with nods, but not in the categories we expected. Where was the love for David Fincher? Or for Best Supporting Actor, where's Albert Brooks for Drive? And while Woody Allen's work was great in... More

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The Awards Line: Final Oscar Nomination Predictions for 2011

Posted by Erik Childress on January 24, 2012

BEST PICTURE 1. The Artist 2. The Descendants 3. The Help 4. Midnight in Paris 5. Hugo 6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 7. Moneyball 8. Bridesmaids 9. War Horse 10. The Tree of Life NOTABLE STAT: 39 Films since 2001 have been nominated by PGA, WGA & the American Cinema Editors. 34 of them have been nominated for Best Picture. 5 Films of 2011 share this honor (The Descendants, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Bridesmaids). Of the 39 films, 7 of... More

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