11 items from 2007
List of nominees
'Massive sweep' for Focus
'Damages' leads TV pack
Strike curbs enthusiasm
"Atonement", the tony British drama of love, lies and war, led the pack with seven nominations -- including best drama and acting noms for its two leads, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy -- as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on Thursday morning announced its nominations for the 65th annual Golden Globes.
"Charlie Wilson's War", a comic look at the roots of the U.S.' involvement in Afghanistan, followed with five nominations, including best comedy or musical.
On the TV side, the top contenders with four nominations apiece are the FX dramatic series "Damages", which revolves around a lethal legal case, and the HBO telefilm "Longford", which looked at a crime and its punishment in Great Britain. NBC's comedy "30 Rock", HBO's "Entourage" and ABC's freshman entry "Pushing Daisies" both scored three noms, as did the HBO telefilm "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee".
But this year's wide-open film awards season didn't get much narrower as a result of the Globe nominations as the HFPA chose to include a whopping seven films in its best drama category. In addition to "Atonement", the crowded list includes several looks at criminal behavior, "American Gangster", "Eastern Promises" and "No Country for Old Men"; two very different takes on American business, the oil-struck "There Will Be Blood" and "Michael Clayton", with its corporate intrigue; and the inspirational college drama "The Great Debaters". According to the HFPA, the expanded category came about because three films tied for fifth place.
That should make the competition for prime tables even tougher when the Globes ceremony, broadcast live by NBC, is held Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hilton.
In the case of the best comedy or musical category, the HFPA was a little more selective, nominating three musicals -- the Beatles-inspired "Across the Universe", the '60s-inflected "Hairspray" and the bloody "Sweeney Todd" -- along with two comedy-dramas, "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Juno", a wry look at an unexpected teen pregnancy.
With just five nominations in the best directing category, the contest suddenly got fiercer. On the dramatic side, brother filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen were nominated for "No Country" along with Ridley Scott for "Gangster" and Joe Wright for "Atonement". The only director with a film from the musical category is "Sweeney Todd"'s Tim Burton. The fifth nominee is Julian Schnabel for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," which also was nominated for best screenplay and best foreign-language film.
Cate Blanchett scored a double-header, picking up a best dramatic actress nom for her regal turn in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and supporting actress recognition for her Dylanesque performance in "I'm Not There". With best dramatic actor and supporting actor noms for, respectively, "The Savages" and "Charlie Wilson's War", Philip Seymour Hoffman was much in evidence. Clint Eastwood, though he didn't appear on film this year, also earned two nominations for his score and song for "Grace Is Gone", the study of an Iraq War widower.
Still, for all their largesse, the 82 voting members of the HFPA ignored several possible nominees. Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" was left out in the cold, save for score and song nominations. "Knocked Up" and "Superbad", which were both critical and commercial hits, also got the cold shoulder. Laura Linney, who stars with Hoffman in "Savages", wasn't awarded a nomination like her co-star. Tommy Lee Jones, lauded by critics for performances in both "In the Valley of Elah" and "No Country" wasn't mentioned. And the 3-D "Beowulf" didn't make an appearance in the Globe's new animated feature category, which encompasses just "Bee Movie", "Ratatouille" and "The Simpsons Movie".
With co-productions figuring prominently on both the studio and indie fronts, there were plenty of bragging rights to go around. »
13 December 2007 | IMDb News
Atonement was the dominant movie at this morning's announcement of the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods, including Best Picture (Drama) and three acting nominations. The adaptation of Ian McEwan's acclaimed bestseller also received nominations for directing, screenplay, and score as well as for its two leads, James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, and a supporting actress mention for young Saoirse Ronan. Critical favorite No Country for Old Men received four nominations, including picture, supporting actor (Javier Bardem), and directing and screenplay nominations for Joel Coen and Ethan Coen; legal thriller Michael Clayton also received four nods, including picture and three acting nominations for George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton. Rounding out the dramatic Best Picture nominees -- there were an unprecedented seven in all -- were American Gangster, Eastern Promises, The Great Debaters, and There Will Be Blood. Over on the Comedy/Musical side, Charlie Wilson's War led the pack with five nods, including Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), three acting nominations for stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and a screenplay nomination for Aaron Sorkin. Tim Burton's blood-filled adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd received four nominations in the Comedy/Musical categories for picutre, Best Actor (Johnny Depp), Best Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), and a directing nod for Burton. Indie hit Juno also scored well, with mentions for star Ellen Page and screenwriter Diablo Cody as well as a best picture nod, and summer musical Hairspray bounced back to life with nominations for picture, lead actress (Nikki Blonsky) and supporting actor (John Travolta). The other nominee for Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) was the Beatles musical Across the Universe. In the television categories, FX newcomer Damages was the leading series contender with four nominations, while the HBO movie Longford also received four nods. Freshman hit Pushing Daisies, returning comedies Entourage and 30 Rock, and miniseries Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee received three nominations each.
Get all of the Golden Globe Nominations in our Road to the Oscars section
Producer Avi Lerner said no one is cast yet. "Offers are out for all the main roles," he said.
The 2000 novel centers on Cassie Black, a former robber of casino gamblers who leaves her life of crime to become a Porsche saleswoman. But when a dark secret from her past threatens to be exposed, she returns to her former line of work and faces her old nemesis: a shady private investigator who moonlights doing dirty work for casino owners.
The project once was in development at Warner Bros. but was put in turnaround and is now being produced by Bill Gerber and Lerner.
Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning playwright Christofer (The Shadow Box) adapted the novel after a previous screenplay was written by Connelly, so writing credits are yet to be determined.
Christofer is repped by ICM and attorney John LaViolette. »
The duo had led all nominees going into the ceremony with a total of 17 for Heart and 16 for Trail. Heart also topped the Creative Arts Emmy Awards winners with a total of five trophies, while Trail nabbed one.
Trail was AMC's first original effort in the longform arena.
"This is confirmation that we are on the right track," Rob Sorcher, executive vp original programming, packaging and production at AMC, said after the ceremony. "We're so proud to be associated with this project."
Church said backstage that the Western has appeal because it's "uniquely American. (Westerns represent) a very narrow sliver of American history that has been deservedly canonized," he said. »
TV movie Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee emerged victorious at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday night, winning five prizes. The HBO drama took home the awards for Best Make-Up, Best Picture Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Cinematography. Elsewhere, filmmaker Spike Lee's New Orleans documentary When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts won four awards, including Best Director for Lee. Singer Justin Timberlake was also a surprise winner when his spoof track "Dick In A Box," which he performed alongside Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg, walked away with Best Original Music And Lyrics. Speaking at the Los Angeles ceremony, Samberg joked, "I think it's safe to say that when we first set out to make this song, we were all thinking, 'Emmy!' The other thing we were thinking was, 'Hey! There's this young up-and-comer, Justin Timberlake, who is clearly very talented and could really use a break'." Comedienne Kathy Griffin was also a winner - her TV show Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List won Best Reality Program. The Creative Arts Emmys are a precursor to the September 16 airing of The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards. »
The Primetime Emmy Award nominees for outstanding programs are set to be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Producers Peer Group at a special inaugural nominee celebration Sunday.
The party will be hosted by Henry Winkler, with a special musical performance by Jude. In addition, all nominees will receive their official Emmy nominations certificate during a special ceremony.
Emmy-nominated producers from the following programs are set to attend: The Office, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, House, Broken Trail, The Starter Wife, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Inside the Twin Towers, The Ron Clark Story, "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," Real Time With Bill Maher, "The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner," "Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed," "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," A Tribute to James Taylor and Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired, among others.
The event is set to take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at One Sunset in West Hollywood. »
The HBO movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee topped the winners list Saturday at the 58th annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home five statues including makeup, picture editing, sound mixing and editing and cinematography.
Regarding the Emmy recognition for Bury, executive producer Dick Wolf said after the show: "I'm both honored and humbled by the academy's recognition of 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.' This project has been both a labor of love and a labor of conscience for everyone who worked on it. I thank the incredible team of professionals who made the dream a reality."
Overall, Bury is this year's most-nominated program, with a total of 17 Emmy noms.
Elaine Stritch provided one of the night's highlights with her acceptance speech for her win as best guest actress in a comedy series for her role on NBC's 30 Rock.
"I think it's kind of obvious how long I've been this profession," said Stritch, who was carrying a walking cane after having recently broken her foot. "And I can't get over that I still feel the way I do, it's un-fucking-believable," the three-time Emmy winner said to applause from the audience.
"I'm a recovering alcoholic, a riddled diabetic and I've got laryngitis," Stritch added, "but I just won an Emmy."
"In 1951, I was named most promising newcomer; I'm glad I finally realized my potential," quipped the actress, who made her debut in the film An American in Paris.
"It was enormously thrilling to play this part," she added. "I've done many musicals and comedies, and this part had real drama in it and real humanity." »
On "24," from Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV, Feore will play the husband of the new president (Cherry Jones).
Details on Mader and Reddick's characters on Lost are being kept under wraps.
Mader, who co-starred on Fox's Justice last season, will guest star in the first episode of ABC's Private Practice. She is repped by Innovative Artists, Untitled Entertainment and attorney Dave Feldman.
Dick Wolf was happy for Law & Order: SVU co-star Mariska Hargitay's nomination for lead actress in a drama series. "It's wonderful to think that people are starting to recognize the consistent level of acting that takes place on all three ('Law & Order') series," he said. "It's hard for procedurals to get Emmy nominations because they're not showy; they're more about the story." NBC's "SVU" also garnered noms for guest stars Marcia Gay Harden and Leslie Caron.
Sally Field initially found out about her Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama series from her teenage son. "He ran into the house yelling, 'Mom, you were nominated, ' " said Field, who garnered her seventh Emmy nomination for her role as Nora Walker on ABC's freshman series "Brothers & Sisters." Field, who would follow the news by going about the day in her normal fashion -- commuting to work from Malibu to Burbank -- said it's the devotion to her family that her character has, despite everything that she thinks she has, that resonated with audiences. "It's about a mother who has gone through some changes and loves her children more than anything. It's about love, hate and all that's involved with these people you are bound to for your entire life." Field added that she hasn't really tapped into what it is about playing this particular character that stands out from the myriad others she has played. "I really won't know that 'til I'm sitting on the porch some day," she said. But when asked how she'd celebrate her Emmy win, Field replied with one word: "Work". "I'm glad to be working", she said.
The prolific Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of Fox's American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, both of which scored nominations Thursday, said the news of his nomination was "delightful, isn't it? I'm really happy with it. The live finale of 'So You Think You Can Dance' is tonight, so it's a tough day!" Idol, nominated 29 times since its 2003 start and with no wins to date, is a team effort, he said. "The worst thing is when you're not nominated. It's sort of a ritual and it's terrific and fantastic to be nominated and we don't think, 'We're going to win!' Each year, we say it can't be 'The Amazing Race' again and then we go congratulate 'The Amazing Race.' It's a shame we all start with the same 'A' vowel. My ass is always half off of the seat when they start to read the winner and you hear the 'Aaaa' sound." Remarking on the previous season of Idol, Lythgoe said, "With 'Idol Gives Back, ' we really went to town and had some good mentors: the editors, the camera teams, the director, Bruce Gowers, who doesn't know what's going to hit him every week." Shooting for four days in Africa and locations in the U.S. like New Orleans he said, "was like two finales and we were continuing to do the show and a lot of hard work went into it." Next up, Fox's "The Search for the Next Great American Band."
After receiving a nomination for supporting actor in a comedy series, Neil Patrick Harris has decided it is time to start acting like a star. "I've decided to be an absolute monster on-set," he said. "Or at least, now, my monstrous behavior is well justified." The co-star of CBS' How I Met Your Mother said he is still numb to the good news. "It's such a communal experience working on a show," he said. "We're all big fans of each other. We have great writers, and there are a lot of people that made it happen. To get a nomination reflects the show's worth." The former child actor is thrilled to be acknowledged for his work in an adult role. "It's a different chapter. It's nice to commit to a part and take a big strong stab at it and take recognition for it." Next up, Harris will appear as himself in New Line Cinema's Harold & Kumar 2 and participate in reading of The Marriage of Bette and Boo, which he hopes will lead to more theater work. "I love doing stage, and it complements the sitcom well," he said. "It's a nice way to keep flexing your muscles."
There are a lot of perks that come with an Emmy nomination, but The Office co-star Rainn Wilson said he is most excited about the title. "Now anytime anyone mentions my name they're going to say 'Emmy-nominated Rainn Wilson ... table for two.' " Wilson, who is shooting Fox Atomic's The Rocker, a film about a heavy metal drummer who gets a second shot at fame with his nephew's high school band, said he felt stunned and grateful when everyone from producers to publicists called to tell him about his nomination for supporting actor in a comedy series for the NBC show. Wilson said it's only a matter of time before his character, Dwight, has his unmistakable face on Mount Rushmore. "I was at an airport, and a baggage handler showed me a text on his phone that said, 'I can and do cut my own hair, ' which is a Dwight quote. He said, 'My daughter and I send Dwight quotes back and forth.' I'm iconic!" Until he returns to The Office set Aug. 6, Wilson is writing a film for Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking), in which he will star as a down-and-out ninja.
Mary-Louise Parker said that she was just glad it wasn't an emergency when the phone rang at 5:45 a.m. Thursday at her Los Angeles home. Instead, it was her publicist notifying her of her new status as a double Emmy nominee -- for lead actress in a comedy series for her role as the pot-dealing mom Nancy Botwin on Showtime's Weeds and for lead actress in a miniseries or movie as Zenia Arden on Oxygen's The Robber Bride. "It was really early here", Parker said. "Honestly, I was completely surprised -- I'm always surprised." Parker said she's also amazed that her Weeds character has gone over so well with audiences. "I'm not really sure why -- I really thought people were going to object to the ('Weeds') character and find her controversial," Parker said. "A lot of people must smoke pot or something because nobody has really objected to it." To celebrate, Parker is taking part in a Southern California summer tradition: "I'm taking my boy to Disneyland tomorrow," she said. "I guess I'll get some extra cotton candy or something."
Tim Daly was driving to work to shoot the first day of ABC's Grey's Anatomy spinoff Private Practice when his publicist called to tell him about his nomination for outstanding guest actor in a drama series as J.T. Dolan on HBO's The Sopranos. "It was a total surprise. I didn't even know the nominations were coming out," Daly said. "I know it's very cliche, but the people with whom I share this nomination are just unbelievable." Daly, who comes from a clan of esteemed actors, chalked up his first nom to the family genes. "My father (James Daly) was nominated for an Emmy, and my sister (Tyne Daly) has won a million, so it's one of the happy side effects of the congenital disease in my family I guess," he said. "It's certainly better than a sharp stick in the eye." He said that he would be looking forward to September's Emmy ceremony. "I don't think of acting as a competition sport. It's just nice for people to be acknowledged and to see people in a nice suit," Daly said. "Beyond that, it's all sort of silliness."
Anna Paquin was lying in bed having her coffee, watching a little TV and checking e-mails when the phone rang early in the morning. "I was curious to why someone was calling," said Paquin, who was nominated for supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for her role in HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee but didn't even know the Emmy noms were being announced. "After I found out I thought, 'OK, that's really awesome.' That's the best way to find out about something so nice -- for it to be unexpected." Paquin, who recently finished shooting the HBO pilot True Blood, said she was proud to be a part of the docudrama that garnered 17 nominations, including nods for fellow castmembers Aidan Quinn and August Schellenberg. "I'm so glad a story is out there that took the viewpoint of one of the many Native Americans who were influenced by such tragedies," she said. »
Ruthless New Jersey mobsters and a good-hearted young woman from Queens lead the series races in the 59th Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
"It's wonderful and humbling to become the most-nominated show in Emmy history," "ER" executive producer John Wells said.
Not too bad for a show that was first earmarked for a quiet, under-the-radar existence on Friday night.
"Starting off as the little show that could, we made it through all the obstacles, and to get to this point is incredibly gratifying," Betty creator/executive producer Silvio Horta said.
In total, three freshman series, Betty and NBC's Heroes and 30 Rock, made the cut in the best series categories. The snub of another one, critical darling Friday Night Lights, was considered one of the major upsets when the main nominations were unveiled at dawn Thursday.
But while Betty and Heroes are critical and commercial hits, the acclaimed but low-rated 30 Rock, which landed 10 noms, was in danger of cancellation until its renewal in April.
"Hopefully (the nominations) will let people know that the show exists," said 30 Rock creator/executive producer Tina Fey, also nominated for her starring role on the show and for writing the pilot.
As usual, a longform project, HBO's telefilm Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, leads the Emmy nomination field overall with 17 noms. It is followed closely by AMC's miniseries Broken Trail with 16 noms, including one for star Robert Duvall.
Also as usual, HBO racked up the most nominations, 86, while ABC and NBC are neck and neck for second place with 70 and 69, respectively.
But with HBO's tally down from 97 last year and ABC and NBC improving from 63 and 47, respectively, HBO's lead over the broadcast networks is the smallest since four noms separated it from No. 2 NBC in 2002.
Several basic cable networks, including AMC (18 noms), Comedy Central (12) and Bravo (nine), had their best showing ever.
"We always hope for the best, but this has exceeded even our highest expectations," said Michele Ganeless, executive vp and GM of Comedy Central.
But aside from HBO, the cable networks, including well-regarded Showtime and FX, were shut out of the best series races.
Fueled by 30 Rock, NBC's The Office (nine nominations), Heroes (eight) and the USA Network miniseries The Starter Wife (10, including one for star Debra Messing), Universal Media Studios almost doubled its previous record with 60 nominations this year. ABC Studios is a close second with 56, also the studio's best showing.
19 July 2007 | IMDb News
The Sopranos was the top dog at this year's Emmy nominations, grabbing 15 nominations including Best Drama Series and acting nods for stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco. The hit HBO mob drama, which wrapped up its run just a few weeks ago, goes up against newcomer Heroes for the Drama Series honor (the show also received a nomination for breakout star Masi Oka) and established hits Grey's Anatomy, Boston Legal, and House, MD. On the comedy side, last year's winner, The Office, will take on two new shows, Ugly Betty and 30 Rock (each of which picked up two acting nods), as well as hit sitcom Two and a Half Men and cable fave Entourage, which earned its first Comedy Series nomination; Betty is the leader among comedy series with 11 nominations total. In the miniseries and TV movie categories, HBO telefilm Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee received 17 nominations, which was also the most for any series or special. The Emmy awards will be given out on Sunday, September 16 and broadcast on Fox.
Get all the major Emmy nominations and more in our 2007 Road to the Emmys section.
11 items from 2007
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