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'Wild' leads pack among SAG Award noms

21 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Into the Wild, Sean Penn's study of a young man who ditches civilization for a life on the road, dominates the film nominations for the 14th annual SAG Awards, which were announced Thursday morning.

It scored four noms, including shout-outs for its ensemble cast, Emile Hirsch as best actor, Hal Holbrook as best supporting actor and Catherine Keener as best supporting actress.

In the category of outstanding performance by a cast of a motion picture, "Wild" faces off against 3:10 to Yuma, American Gangster, Hairspray and No Country for Old Men. SAG appears to favor films that have spent weeks, if not months, in release, ignoring such titles as Atonement, Sweeney Todd and The Great Debaters, which are just hitting theaters.

On the TV side, 30 Rock, The Sopranos and Ugly Betty lead the pack with three nominations apiece.

30 Rock and "Ugly Betty" were nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, where they will compete with "Desperate Housewives", Entourage and The Office. In addition to "The Sopranos", the nominees for best dramatic ensemble are Boston Legal, The Closer, Grey's Anatomy and rookie series Mad Men.

Because the WGA has granted its union ally SAG a waiver to produce the awards show -- which will be broadcast Jan. 27 by TNT and TBS from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles -- the SAG Awards promise to be one of the few untroubled spots in an embattled awards season.

"Wild", a Paramount Vantage release, was left in the dust when the nominations for Golden Globes were announced last week -- it picked up just two mentions for its score and Eddie Vedder's song "Guaranteed" -- but it roared back to life Thursday as Jeanne Tripplehorn and Terrence Howard announced the SAG picks at a predawn news conference at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

"Wild"'s Hirsch, who appears to starve himself in the film as he confronts a harsh Alaska winter, scored his first SAG nom and will compete for best dramatic film actor with George Clooney, who plays a troubled legal fixer in "Michael Clayton"; Daniel-Day Lewis, a ruthless oil baron in "There Will Be Blood"; Ryan Gosling, who romances a real, not-so-live doll in "Lars and the Real Girl"; and Viggo Mortensen, who goes mano a mano with the Russian mob in "Eastern Promises".

For dramatic film actress, the SAG nominating panel of 2,100 guild members stayed loyal to Cate Blanchett for again presiding over Elizabethan England in the sequel "Elizabeth: The Golden Age". Blanchett, who now has been nominated for SAG Awards 11 times, was first nominated in 1999 for "Elizabeth". She also was nominated this year for supporting actress for making like Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There".

In the best actress heat, Blanchett is surrounded by Julie Christie, who drifts off into Alzheimer's in "Away From Her"; Marion Cotillard, who embodies Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose"; Angelina Jolie, who plays another real-life woman, Mariane Pearl, in "A Mighty Heart"; and Ellen Page, who stars as a wisecracking pregnant teen in "Juno".

The best supporting male lineup consists of Holbrook, who appears as a lonely retiree in "Wild"; Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones, who represent opposite sides of the law in the same film, "No Country for Old Men"; Casey Affleck, who has a love-hate relationship with a celebrated outlaw in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; and Tom Wilkinson, who suffers a breakdown in "Michael Clayton".

Keener, who teaches Hirsch's character some hard-learned lessons about life on the road in "Wild", is nominated for supporting actress along with Blanchett; Ruby Dee, who plays the crime lord's mom in "American Gangster"; Amy Ryan, who plays another mom caught up in a crisis in "Gone Baby Gone"; and Tilda Swinton, a manipulating corporate attorney in "Michael Clayton".

On the TV side, James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, who each have won two SAG Awards as best dramatic actor and actress for their work in "The Sopranos", are again nominated in those categories for the mob series' cut-to-black final season. »

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Toronto Critics favor the Maple Leaf; Ncfom tops all with 4

19 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- It's a distinctly Canadian and distinctly Coen type of 2007 year in film for the Toronto Film Critics Assn. Awards. Almost replicating the entire New York Film Critics Circle list, tons of Canuck-tied people figure prominently on this year's award list with the differences found in Best Actor which goes to the David Cronenberg film starrer Viggo Mortensen and Ellen Page shares the Best Actress award for her memorable perf in Juno. Best Canadian film went to Sarah Polley's Away From Her and best foreign went to 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.The complete list of winners is as follows:Best Picture: No Country for Old Men   Best Director: Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)Best Screenplay: Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)   Best Actress: (Tie) Julie Christie (Away From Her) and Ellen Page (Juno)  Best Actor: Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)  Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett (I »

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2008 Golden Globes Noms: Atonement leads the pack

13 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Atonement may have gotten the largest overall number of noms, but we should expect a different outcome for total number of wins coming January. 13th. Today's list of noms sort of reminds me of what they are doing in schools today to boost self-confidence and not bruise egos: handing out medals/trophies to every single student not for 'winning' but for their 'participation'. In an embarrassing attempt to include everyone, there will be a total of 12 titles vying for Best Movie of the year (Best Drama has a ridiculous number of 7 noms, while Best Comedy/Musical has a five.  Despite this, I'll be glued to the set.  The glorified dinner party also sorts its nominations out in the most bizarre of manners - take for example the Best Dramatic performance of the year for an actress: hands down you'd think that Marion Cotillard and La Vie en rose would »

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'No Country for Old Men' Tops New York Film Critics Circle Vote

12 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

New Coen Brothers movie No Country For Old Men has dominated yet another influential end of year critics' poll - it has been voted Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle. Filmmaking siblings Joel Coen and Ethan Coen also won the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay honors for the crime drama, which is based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy. Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor for his role in There Will Be Blood, and the Best Actress prize went to Julie Christie for her performance in Away From Her. No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood are emerging as the front-runners to take top honors at the 2008 Academy Awards - both pictures lead various U.S. critics' polls, which are regarded as solid indicators of Oscar glory. »

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San Fran Film Critics’ Circle support Jesse James

11 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The San Francisco Film Critics’ Circle voted pretty much in agreeance with every other critic societies in major U.S cities the the exception of their pick for Best Film which went to Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford a picture that Warner Bros didn't even bother promoting the feature film in my neck of the woods. Casey Affleck who had been getting mentions for his perf in Gone Baby Gone was acknowledged her for supporting actor in his man who shot Jesse James performance. Tamara Jenkins continues to get votes for her original screenplay with “The Savages” and the critics from local Bay Area publications awarded two distinct prizes, the The Marlon Riggs prize -- named after the late gay African-American filmmaker to honor “courage and innovation” by a Bay Area artist -- was bestowed upon Lynn Hershman-Leeson. Her latest feature, »

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N.Y. critics heap honors on Coens' 'Country'

11 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Joel and Ethan Coen's violent crime drama No Country for Old Men swept the New York Film Critics Circle awards Monday, taking home honors for best picture, director, screenplay and supporting actor for Javier Bardem.

The group named Sarah Polley's Alzheimer's drama Away From Her best first film, its star Julie Christie as best actress and Daniel Day-Lewis as best actor for Paul Thomas Anderson's oil baron saga There Will Be Blood, which also earned best cinematography honors for Robert Elswit. Charles Ferguson's Iraq War expose No End in Sight was named best nonfiction film.

NYFCC chairman and Newark Star-Ledger critic Stephen Whitty said the quickest vote was for >Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis as best animated feature, selected in just one round of paper ballots. The toughest calls, he said, were for Bardem as supporting actor and Amy Ryan (Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone) as supporting actress, each taking four ballot rounds when most awards took three.

In a surprise case of deja vu, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others was named best foreign-language film. Although it won the same honor at the Oscars in the spring and at last year's Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards, it hadn't opened in New York before the end of 2006 and wasn't eligible for previous NYFCC honors.

Whitty said one factor contributing to its win might have been that this year's Festival de Cannes Palme d'Or winner and this weekend's LAFCA winner, Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, had no set New York opening. »

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Boston Society of Film Critics: No Country for Old Men wins Best Pic

10 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The first among a slew of critic associations, societies and circles, the Boston Society of Film Critics awarded home town fav. Gone Baby Gone with a pair of wins, but the real tussle in many categories (we should be seeing similar results in other cities) is between the American film classic favorite No Country for Old Men and art-house, Euro-like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Frank Langella picks up est actor and thus receiving more kudos for his perf in Starting Out in the Evening while Marion Cotillard will be part of a two-way race for Oscar (against Julie Christie's Away From Her). Best documentary film goes to Dan Klores' Crazy Love and Pixar's summer film release will be a lock for Best animation this year. Here is the complete list of winners below:... Best Picture: No Country For Old Men  Best Actor: Frank Langella for »

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Washington Film Critics Assn: No Country for Old Men grabs top honors

10 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Assn. have selected "No Country for Old Men" as best film of 2007 with the Coens grabbing the best directing award and the film winning acting ensemble and supporting actor for Javier Bardem. The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Assn. is comprised of 39 D.C.-based film critics from television, radio, print and the Internet. The only real threat to Cate Blanchett's winning Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars this year comes from Amy Ryan’s perf in Gone Baby Gone. Here is the complete list of winners below:… Best Picture: No Country For Old Men   Best Actor: George Clooney for Michael Clayton   Best Actress: Julie Christie for Away From Her   Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men   Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan for Gone Baby Gone Best Ensemble: No Country for Old Men   Best Breakthrough Performance: Ellen Page »

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New York Film Critics Online: Diving Bell and There Will Be Blood tied for Best Film

10 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- West coast favorite There Will Be Blood became an east coast winner in  the New York Film Critics Online awards. The Gotham-based group of 24 web-based reviewers and three print critics choose Paul Thomas Anderson's film for Best Picture tied with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It appears that Zodiac is getting zero love in year-end attention even among the online critics, but Sarah Polley's early entry is getting plenty of attention which boosts well for long-term profits for the Lionsgate drama. Here is the complete list of winners: Best Picture Best Picture: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (tie) There Will Be Blood      Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood  Best Actress: Julie Christie for Away From Her  Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men    Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett for I'm Not There  Best Breakthrough Performance: Ellen Page for »

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New York Film Critics Circle add to consensus: Ncfom is the film to beat

10 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- These days No Country for Old Men is in total domination mood and the folks at the New York Film Critics Circle have come to the same conclusion. What is curious about this list is that There Will Be Blood actually shared in some of the honors and that The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is nowhere to be seen. A blast from the past in The Lives of Others only reminds us that it got a week one release in Los Angeles only - almost the same deal for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days - whose distrib IFC can't seem to get their act together with a release strategy. My favorite award mentions are  Sidney Lumet's lifetime achievement award, and a special critics' award to Charles Burnett for his re-release of Killer of Sheep. The Nyfcc awards ceremony is set for Jan. 6 at Spotlight in New York.The »

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'No Country for Old Men' Tops With Critics' Awards

10 December 2007 | IMDb News

As the awards season begins, no less than four critics' groups announced their awards over the past two days, with the highest-profile group, the New York Film Critics Circle, giving its top honor to emerging favorite No Country for Old Men. Quickly turning into the movie to beat this season, the Coen brothers movie also won the Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem) awards from the Gotham critics. Top acting honors went to Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) and Julie Christie (Away From Her), with the supporting actress award going to Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), who is appearing on as many winners' lists as the Coen brothers. Other winners included The Lives of Others (Foreign Language Film), Persepolis (Animated Film), and No End in Sight (Documentary).

In Los Angeles on Sunday, there was blood -- and lots of it -- as Paul Thomas Anderson's historical epic There Will Be Blood swept the awards, taking Best Picture, Director, and Lead Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) honors. Marion Cotillard of La Vie En Rose was named Best Actress, Vlad Ivanov of the Romanian abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was the surprise supporting actor winner, and -- yes -- Amy Ryan was named best supporting actress for Gone Baby Gone as well as Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days also won the foreign language film award, and Tamara Jenkins's The Savages received best screenplay honors. No End in Sight was the documentary winner, with Ratatouille and Persepolis sharing the animated feature award.

Also handing out awards on Sunday was the Boston Society of Film Critics, which jumped on the No Country for Old Men bandwagon, naming it their best picture and Javier Bardem as the supporting actor winner. While Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) was the lead actress winner, the group threw a couple curveballs with awards to lead actor Frank Langella for the acclaimed but little-seen drama Starting Out in the Evening, and to director Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (which also won cinematography and foreign language film honors). Once again, Amy Ryan won the supporting actress award for Gone Baby Gone. Other winners included Ratatouille (screenplay) and Crazy Love (documentary).

And sharing in the fun was the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, which along with Boston and New York named No Country for Old Men as their Best Picture, and giving the Coen brothers directing honors and Javier Bardem the supporting actor award; to exacerbate the sense of deja vu, Amy Ryan was again the supporting actress winner for Gone Baby Gone. A bevy of usual suspects rounded out the DC awards, with George Clooney (Michael Clayton) and Julie Christie (Away From Her) nabbing lead acting awards, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly taking the foreign language film honor. Other winners included Michael Moore's Sicko (documentary), Ratatouille (animated film), Charlie Wilson's War (adapted screenplay) and Juno (original screenplay and breakthrough performance for Ellen Page).

Following up these critical honors will be the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations this Thursday morning; the Academy Award nominations will be unveiled next month on Tuesday, January 22. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff

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NBR goes wild for 'No Country'

6 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men came out on top of the National Board of Review Awards on Wednesday as the Miramax Films/Paramount Vantage co-production picked up best picture, best ensemble cast and best adapted screenplay honors.

George Clooney and Julie Christie took home best actor and actress prizes. Clooney's Michael Clayton from Warner Bros. and Christie's Away From Her from Lionsgate landed on NBR's Top Ten Films and Top Independent Films lists, respectively. Michael Douglas received a career achievement award.

Tim Burton took home the best director prize for the DreamWorks/Warner Bros. musical Sweeney Todd. Diablo Cody (Juno) and Nancy Oliver Lars and the Real Girl tied for best original screenplay. All three films made the NBR top 10 films list.

Miramax also scored big with a best foreign film win for Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and best directorial debut and best supporting actress wins for Ben Affleck and Amy Ryan, respectively, for Gone Baby Gone. The director's brother Casey Affleck won best supporting actor for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

The Iraq War expose Body of War took home best documentary, Ratatouille took home best animated feature, and both The Great Debaters and Persepolis won the Bvlgari Award for NBR Freedom of Expression. »

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'No Country for Old Men' Named Best Picture by National Board of Review

6 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

In a year with no one film as a specific front-runner of the awards season, the National Board of Review has given a leg up to the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men, honoring it as Best Picture, as well as with the group's ensemble cast award and adapted screenplay honor. In a reflection of the lack of heavyweight pictures and performances favored for potential Academy Award nominations, the National Board spread around its awards to a number of movies and actors. Tim Burton was named Best Director for Sweeney Todd, while former Oscar winners George Clooney (Michael Clayton) and Julie Christie (Away From Her) were honored as Best Actor and Actress; the supporting awards went to two highly acclaimed performances: Casey Affleck for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone (which also starred Affleck). The Diving Bell and the Butterfly won the Foreign Film Award, with Body of War and Ratatouille named the best documentary and animated films, respectively. A group of film aficionados and academics, the National Board is not a critics' group per se, but has gained its fame by handing out the first honors of the awards season. Winners named by critics' groups in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles will follow in the next week, with the Golden Globe nominations being announced on Thursday, December 13. Other awards include: Breakthrough Performance by an Actor - Emile Hirsch, Into The Wild; Breakthrough Performance by an Actress - Ellen Page, Juno; Best Directorial Debut - Ben Affleck, Gone Baby Gone; Best Original Screenplay (tie): Diablo Cody, Juno and Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl. In addition to its Best Picture award, the National Board of Review also names the top ten films of the year, in alphabetical order: The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Atonement, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bucket List, Into The Wild, Juno, The Kite Runner, Lars And The Real Girl, Michael Clayton, and Sweeney Todd. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff »

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No Country for Old Men is the toast of National Board of Review

5 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The first year-end critics awards is now in and though I may not recall how many times The National Board of Review's best film matches that of the Oscars, I'm thinking that No Country for Old Men is easily the hands on favorite. Curiously, I'm looking at the list below and only 2 films among all the winners were shown in theaters before the month of September - with only an animated Rat Pixar and Julie Christie's tour-de-force perf in Sarah Polley's Away From Her. The board had a lot of people supporting the Affleck brothers work this year - younger bro got recognition for his work in the Jesse James picture and Affleck Sr. got kudos for his directing skills in Gbg. Below you'll find the complete list of winners commencing with Best Film. No Country for Old Men  Director: Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street »

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'No Country for Old Men' Named Best Picture by National Board of Review

5 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

In a year with no one film as a specific front-runner of the awards season, the National Board of Review has given a leg up to the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men, honoring it as Best Picture, as well as with the group's ensemble cast award and adapted screenplay honor. In a reflection of the lack of heavyweight pictures and performances favored for potential Academy Award nominations, the National Board spread around its awards to a number of movies and actors. Tim Burton was named Best Director for Sweeney Todd, while former Oscar winners George Clooney (Michael Clayton) and Julie Christie (Away From Her) were honored as Best Actor and Actress; the supporting awards went to two highly acclaimed performances: Casey Affleck for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone (which also starred Affleck). The Diving Bell and the Butterfly won the Foreign Film Award, with Body of War and Ratatouille named the best documentary and animated films, respectively. A group of film aficionados and academics, the National Board is not a critics' group per se, but has gained its fame by handing out the first honors of the awards season. Winners named by critics' groups in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles will follow in the next week, with the Golden Globe nominations being announced on Thursday, December 13. Other awards include: Breakthrough Performance by an Actor - Emile Hirsch, Into The Wild; Breakthrough Performance by an Actress - Ellen Page, Juno; Best Directorial Debut - Ben Affleck, Gone Baby Gone; Best Original Screenplay (tie): Diablo Cody, Juno and Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl. In addition to its Best Picture award, the National Board of Review also names the top ten films of the year, in alphabetical order: The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Atonement, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bucket List, Into The Wild, Juno, The Kite Runner, Lars And The Real Girl, Michael Clayton, and Sweeney Todd. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff »

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Christie Admits to Cosmetic Surgery

5 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie icon Julie Christie has confessed she has undergone minor cosmetic surgery and is often tempted to have more work done. The Oscar-winning British beauty, who stunned film fans in Darling and Doctor Zhivago, admits she had work done on her jawline in the mid 1990s and fears if might not be the last time she goes under the knife. She says, "I'm tempted every time I look in the mirror. You want to get your familiar face back when you see all the lines around your chin, neck, eyes, mouth, arms and everything else." »

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