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As fans of film and celebrity culture, we often get caught up in thinking of actors and actresses as flawless people. In truth, we know this isn’t the case, but nonetheless it’s hard not to get swept up in the idea. You know, like when you watch someone like Jennifer Lawrence captivating audiences with raw beauty and naturalism (even while playing a character built on imperfections) in Silver Linings Playbook. And then there’s Chris Hemsworth, who shined so brightly in Rush that you wonder if he actually transformed into a god after playing Thor. Well, you get the idea.
The reality is that many popular actors and actresses deal with the same nagging issues and imperfections that plague the rest of us, and among these are eye issues. A massive percentage of the population suffers from imperfect vision, but in Hollywood these issues can be quite trying. »
- Phil Wheat
An unlucky nine have contended at all of the three top precursor prizes -- the Golden Globes, SAG and Critics' Choice Awards -- but were snubbed by the Oscars. Poor Leonardo DiCaprio makes the list below twice -- for his leading performance in "J. Edgar" (2011) and his turn in "The Departed" (2006) for which he reaped lead nominations at the Globes and Critics' Choice and a supporting nod at SAG. At the Globes and Critics' Choice, he had competed against himself in the Best Actor race, having also reaped bids for "Blood Diamond." At SAG, he contended in lead only for "Blood Diamond" and went on to earn a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for that role. However, he lost all four of those lead races to Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland"). Compare this list to the 13 performers who defied the odds and reaped Oscar bids without contending »
Robert Redford will receive the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s American Riviera Award.
The star of All Is Lost, who was nominated for a best actor Golden Globe last week, will collect the honour on Feb 7 2014.
The festival is scheduled to run from Jan 30 to Feb 9 2014.
The American Riviera Award honours an actor “who has had a strong influence on American Cinema”.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
In a year of powerful performances, 12 Years A Slave and Lee Daniels’ The Butler did well with the African American Film Critics Association, as expected. But the group did not reserve their acting accolades exclusively for Black cinema. So, while Steve McQueen’s film took four awards from the Aafca, Sandra Bullock and Jared Leto also found themselves in the winners’ circle.
Check out the full list of winners below, including their Top Ten of 2013:
12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
Best Supporting Actor:
Best Supporting Actress:
John Ridley – 12 Years A Slave
Best World Cinema:
Best Animated Film:
Best Independent Film:
Best Breakout Performance:
Lupita Nyong’o »
- Emma Thrower
Every week until the Oscars on March 2, 2014, Variety’s awards editor Tim Gray offers a rundown of the warming trends and cold fronts in our weekly “Temperature Gauge,” in addition to his latest projections in each of the major awards categories.
What’s New This Week?
With both Golden Globe and SAG.nominations, there’s a wealth of new angles to consider, and some surprising new contenders.
Rising: “Rush”: After Toronto enthusiasm, the acclaim quickly went silent. But with noms from SAG and the Golden Globes, the racing picture is back in the race.
Falling: “Saving Mr. Banks”: Year-end honors have been minimal. But will industry pros inside the Academy, including Btl workers, be more appreciative?
Steady: “Dallas Buyers Club.” It didn’t earn a Globe best-pic nom, but earned a SAG Ensemble bid, which is a more accurate predictor of Oscar attention.
Here’s Variety‘s list of possible Oscar nominations, »
- Tim Gray
Peter O’Toole movies and Best Actor Oscar nominations (photo: young Peter O’Toole in the early ’60s) (See previous post: "Peter O’Toole ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Actor: Eight-Time Oscar Nominee Dead at 81.") At the 2003 Academy Awards ceremony, Meryl Streep handed Peter O’Toole an Honorary Oscar. That remained O’Toole’s sole Academy Award "victory." In fact, with eight Best Actor Oscar nominations to his credit, Peter O’Toole held — or rather, holds — the Oscars’ record for the most nods in any of the acting categories without a single (competitive) win. He was shortlisted for the following films: ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ "I can’t imagine anyone whom I’m less like than T.E. Lawrence," Peter O’Toole himself admitted, but his characterization in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962) was widely admired all the same. The movie itself, however historically inaccurate, also received enthusiastic praise, and was perceived as »
- Andre Soares
A slew of critics associations and societies made their 2013 favorites be known in the past few days, from Dallas, St. Louis and Detroit to groups representing online and African-American critics groups. Of the ten announcements listed below, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" took eight of the best picture prizes, while Spike Jonze's "Her" took the other two. Though notably Alfonso Cuarón won best director from six of the groups for "Gravity," a continuing trend among critics' prizes. In the acting races, Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock each took a handful of best actress prizes, while Brie Larson also scored one (from Detroit). Chiwetel Ejiofor dominated best actor, though Forest Whitaker, Matthew McConaughey and Oscar Isaac each got mentions. Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto, meanwhile, won almost all of the supporting acting races, as they have been pretty much all season. Full list of winners from each group below. »
- Peter Knegt
• Peter O'Toole: last of the 60s hellraisers
• Peter O'Toole: a career in clips
Katharine Hepburn, his consort in The Lion in Winter (1968), once told Peter O'Toole that he was profligate with his talent as an actor. But perhaps O'Toole's metier was always risk. Even in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), when he was not quite 30, he looked like an elegant wreck, dipped in suntan, his eyes full of fever. O'Toole, who has died aged 81, made his height, his giddy conviction and his theatricality hold that epic together. He was a freed bird in white robes, yet he shuddered like a schoolboy at the thought of torture.
Was O'Toole a great actor? Some said so – not least those who watched him grow up at the Bristol Old Vic in the 1950s. »
- David Thomson
The International Press Academy has announced its nominations for the 18th annual Satellite Awards and Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," David O. Russell's "American Hustle," and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the pack.
Winners will be announced on March 9, 2014 at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Here's the complete nominations:
Actress in a Motion Picture
Actor in a Motion Picture
Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
Nathaniel is back from his Iceland trip and going regional with Joe, Nick, and Katey for a one hour discussion of the barrage of film critics prizes from New York, Detroit, Boston and San Diego. And another thing: are La's "ties" okay with this panel?
Afterwards we pick on the Screen Actors Guild and their bizarre All is Lost joke (no Redford in actor but a stunt ensemble nomination when there's only one character and Redford did his own stunts?!) and the team splits on the quality of Rush, recently resurgent thanks to SAG. Then we're on to the Golden Globes for a discussion of the troublesome Comedy/Drama divide (read Joe's article for context) and we pick the best and worst of their nominees.
Also discussed: Jennifer Lawrence's backlash, Greta Gerwig's surprise, Forest Whitaker's acting, Leonardo DiCaprio's elusiveness, 12 Years a Slave's power, Philomena's luck, Dallas Buyers Club's ensemble, »
- NATHANIEL R
The African-American Film Critics Association has announced their Top 10 Films of the year, as well as the winners of their year-end film awards. Here's the full list:
Top 10 films:
1. "12 Years a Slave"
4. "American Hustle"
6. "Fruitvale Station"
7. "Dallas Buyers Club"
8. "Saving Mr. Banks"
9. "Out of the Furnace"
Best World Cinema: "Mother of George"
Breakout Performance: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"
Best Director: Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Best Screenplay: John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave"
Best Music: "Black Nativity," Raphael Sadiq
Best Independent Film: "Fruitvale Station"
Best Animation: "Frozen"
Best Documentary: "American Promise" »
Gregory Peck. Rex Harrison. Cliff Robertson. John Wayne. Marlon Brando. Robert DeNiro. Ben Kingsley. Forest Whitaker. These are the people who won Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award all eight times that Peter O’Toole was nominated. While he received an honorary award in 2003 — an honor that is often interpreted, and rightly so, as a “sorry you didn’t get this before” award — he has long been credited as holding the unique distinction of being nominated for an Oscar, without ever taking home the trophy, more times than anyone else. That designation was solidified last year when the Lawrence of Arabia star announced his official retirement from acting (after he wrapped filming on two yet-to-be-released titles: Mary and Katherine of Alexandria). O’Toole passed away today at age 81 from what THR reports as “a long illness” following decades of battling various ailments resulting from his notorious alcoholism. He was one of the most decorated and »
- Landon Palmer
In his storied career, stage and screen actor Peter O’Toole, who died Saturday at age 81 following a long bout of illness, dynamically pronounced countless memorable characters, from the daring T.E. Lawrence in “Lawrence of Arabia” to amorous Maurice in “Venus.”
He earned four Golden Globes and an Emmy for his work, and holds the record for the most acting Oscar nominations without a win — eight.
However, in 2002 O’Toole was presented the Academy Honorary Award for his entire body of work. In his acceptance speech he joked, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot!”
Here are the late »
- Associated Press
Word has just reached us of the death of an acting legend, Peter O'Toole, who passed away at the Wellington Hospital in London after a long battle with illness. He was 81. He shot to fame in 1962 with the title role in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, a performance which earned him the first of his eight Oscar nominations (he sadly never won). This was the first highlight in an entire career of highlights on the stage and screen, and he counts a varied array of movies amongst his filmography, including Beckett, What's New Pussycat?, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Supergirl, The Last Emperor, and Troy. In recent years, he was seen in Stardust, Venus (which he yet again lost out on Oscar, this time Forest Whitaker in the Last King of Scotland), and his highly memorable role in Ratatouille, well for me at least, as food critic Anton Ego. His last two films, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Peter O’Toole, arguably the most strikingly charismatic, most eerily handsome, most preternaturally gifted actor of his acting generation, died Saturday at a London hospital at age 81.
O’Toole was part of the 1954 graduating class of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art along with Richard Burton, Albert Finney, and Alan Bates. After a supernova first decade — a 10-year run from 1958 to 1968 that included two stage Hamlets, two filmed Henry IIs, and an incandescent, career-defining title role in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia — O’Toole let the momentum slip. The 1970s were a blur of bombs and bad health »
- EW staff
Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’: 2013 San Francisco Film Critics Awards nominations (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’) There were few surprises among the nominations for the 2013 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards. First of all, the somewhat surprising absentees: Amy Adams and Christian Bale for American Hustle; Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks; Julia Roberts for August: Osage County; Forest Whitaker for The Butler; Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips; Joaquin Phoenix for Her; Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis. Additionally, Spike Jonze’s Her is missing from the Best Picture roster, even though Jonze was nominated in both the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories. (See San Francisco Film Critics Awards 2013 Winners.) Now, among the surprising inclusions are Best Actress nominee Brie Larson for Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 (Larson is turning out to be 2013′s Elizabeth Olsen — think Martha Marcy May Marlene »
- Steve Montgomery
In this banner year for black filmmakers, the African-American Film Critics' Association -- which doesn't exclusively honor black-themed cinema, but leans heavily in that direction -- was always going to be spoilt for choice. No surprise, then, to see "12 Years a Slave" take Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Breakout Performance for Lupita Nyong'o, while their Best Picture runner-up, "Lee Daniels' The Butler," won acting awards for Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Sandra Bullock and Jared Leto round out the top prizewinners, while it's nice to see Andrew Dosunmu's superb "Mother of George" recognized further down. Full list after the jump. »
- Guy Lodge
12 Years a Slave topped the African-American Film Critics Association's (Aafca) list of its top 10 films of 2013, the organization announced Friday. The film also earned honors for best director, best screenplay and best newcomer for Steve McQueen, John Ridley and Lupita Nyong'o, respectively. The ceremony honoring this year's winners will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, Calif. In the acting categories, Forest Whitaker won best actor for his work in Lee Daniels: The Butler. Sandra Bullock was honored as best actress for Gravity. Oprah Winfrey received best supporting actress for her role in The
- Meng Liu
The Producers Guild of America has tapped Ryan Coogler’s “Frutivale Station” as the recipient of its 2014 Stanley Kramer Award to honor films that illuminate social issues.
The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Coogler’s first feature-length film is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a Bart police officer in Oakland on New Year’s Day in 2009.
The Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.
“’Frutivale Station’ is an important film that raises awareness about an injustice that we encounter in the news with grim regularity,” said awards co-chairs Lori McCreary and Michael De Luca. “First time writer/director Ryan Coogler has captured the hearts and minds of both audiences and »
- Dave McNary
“Fruitvale Station,” which was passed over in the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes nominations, has been named the recipient of the Stanley Kramer Award by the Producers Guild of America. The award goes to films or individuals that raise awareness of social issues. Ryan Coogler’s low-budget film deals with the 2008 shooting death of Oscar Grant, a young African-American man from Oakland who was shot and killed by transit officers in a subway station on New Year’s Eve. The film stars Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, and is produced by Forest Whitaker. After winning the Grand Jury Prize and. »
- Steve Pond
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