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The nominations for the 80th Annual Academy Awards were announced bright and early Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Assuming the ceremony goes on as scheduled, you can see the live broadcast Sunday, February 24th on ABC.
Notable additions/omissions from today’s announcement:
- Based on the major categories alone, it looks like Michael Clayton may be the frontrunner. It received six nominations.
- Aside from one nod each in the Best Supporting Actor category, both Into the Wild and Charlie Wilson’s War were virtually shut out from the top prizes.
- Sweeney Todd - winner for Best Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globes - was shut out for Best Picture. Johnny Depp’s nom was the only major accolade for the film.
- A much-deserving Amy Adams did not receive a nom nor did her film, Enchanted.
- Atonement - the movie with the most nominations at the Globes - only received 3 in the major areas. The two main stars (Knightley, McAvoy) were also shut out.
- Cate Blanchett earned two nominations this year (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I’m Not There).
- Angelina Jolie was not recognized for her heartbreaking performance in A Mighty Heart.
- And last but not least, great news for (my personal) standouts this year: Ellen Page (Juno), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) and screenwriter Click to continue reading 2008 Academy Award Nominations
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After more than a decade together, the Princess Bride and the Bad Boy are calling it quits. Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn - who had been officially married since 1996 - are finally putting an end to something that endured quite a bit of time. Their romance began shortly after Sean’s high-profile marriage to Madonna fell flat in 1989.
The couple - who have two kids together (Hopper Jack, 14, and Dylan Frances, 16) - have acted together in several films including She’s So Lovely and Hurlyburly. Sean also helmed The Crossing Guard and The Pledge; both movies starred Robin Wright Penn and Jack Nicholson.
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Picturehouse, FOCUS, Fox Searchlight, Miramax, Lionsgate, Picturehouse, Universal, Warner Bros, Weinstein Company, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Drama, Foreign, Foreign Language, Independent, Music, Musicals, Period, Romance, Science Fiction, Sequels, Comedy, Thrillers, Awards, Lists
Thanks to an interim waiver granted by the WGA, the 14th Annual SAG Awards telecast will air as scheduled on Sunday, January 27. Since plans for the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards are still up in the air, this could be TNT’s most viewed awards show in quite some time.
This year’s film nominees are:
OUTSTANDING LEADING MALE PERFORMANCE
- George Clooney, Michael Clayton
- Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
- Ryan Gosling, Lars And The Real Girl
- Emile Hirsch, Into The Wild
- Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises
OUTSTANDING LEADING FEMALE PERFORMANCE
- Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
- Julie Christie, Away From Her
- Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
- Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
- Ellen Page, Juno
Read More | Screen Actors Guild
The American Film Institute, probably best known its ‘100 Greatest’ countdowns, has just selected their top films of this year. Unlike the other lists we have seen on television, this particular grouping does not include rankings nor does it highlight a winner.
The AFI Movies of the Year are:
- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
- Into the Wild
- Knocked Up
- Michael Clayton
- No Country for Old Men
- The Savages
- There Will Be Blood
(You can find the AFI’s list of Top Shows here.)
Read More | AFI
Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Action, Adaptation, Animation, Drama, Family, Foreign, Foreign Language, Independent, Music, Musicals, Period, Political, Romance, Comedy, Thrillers, Awards, Lists
Assuming the ongoing writers’ strike doesn’t put a wrench into everyone’s plans, the 65th Annual Golden Globes ceremony is scheduled to air on Sunday, Jan. 13th. (The NBC telecast will come just 9 days prior to the Academy Award nominations.)
Here are the most notable omissions/additions in this year’s list of film honorees:
- Atonement led the nominations with seven; Charlie Wilson’s War came in second with five.
- Musicals (Sweeney Todd, Across the Universe, Hairspray) dominated the Comedy/Musical category.
- Cate Blanchett received two acting nominations (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I’m Not There).
- Philip Seymour Hoffman was also a double-nominee (The Savages, Charlie Wilson’s War)
- Hoffman’s Savages co-star, Laura Linney, was not nominated for her performance.
- The Kite Runner was nominated in the Foreign Film category.
- Javier Bardem was the only actor nominated from No Country for Old Men.
- Into the Wild was left out of all major categories.
(Click below for the full list of film nominees; click here for the TV nominations.)
Read More | Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Although there’s a large slate of movies yet to be released, the National Board of Review kicked off awards season this week with its list of honorees. Joel and Ethan Coen’s film, No Country for Old Men, walked away with NBR’s prize for Best Film along with two other categories.
The NBR is not necessarily known for predicting Oscar success. Nevertheless, the group consisting of educators, historians and film industry professionals did select Forrest Whitaker and Helen Mirren as its winners last year.
Here’s a list of the 2007 NBR honorees. Even if you can’t use these selections in your Academy Awards betting pool, you now know which films you should become familiar with:
- Best Film: No Country for Old Men
- Best Director: Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd
- Best Directorial Debut: Ben Affleck, Gone Baby Gone
- Best Actor: George Clooney, Michael Clayton
- Best Actress: Julie Christie, Away from Her (Read the FilmCrunch review here.)
- Best Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
- Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, Gone Baby Gone
Read More | National Board of Review of Motion Pictures
Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:
- Eastern Promises (R): starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts (directed by David Cronenberg)
- Good Luck Chuck (R): starring Jessica Alba, Dane Cook (directed by Mark Helfrich)
- In the Valley of Elah (R): starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron (directed by Paul Haggis)
- Resident Evil: Extinction (R): starring Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr (directed by Russell Mulcahy)
- Sydney White (PG-13): starring Amanda Bynes, Matt Long (directed by Joe Nussbaum)
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