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As 2009 comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the people and events that made this the Best. Lesbian. Decade. Ever. in pop culture.
Luckily for all of us, there was far more information to have mentioned from the last ten years than we could have included in this brief survey. That's why our lists for each year are not intended to be exhaustive, but are instead snapshots of different memorable moments that included the representation of lesbians and bisexual women in film, television, music, literature, comics, sports and the Internet since the year 2000.
Chavela Vargas[/link] comes out
Mexican ranchera music legend Chavela Vargas publicly came out as a lesbian at the tender age of 81.
Angelina Jolie wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar
Angelina Jolie won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted and told Talk Magazine, "I only play women I would date. »
Mariah Carey hopes her performance in new movie Precious will stop people talking about her critically-mauled debut in 2001's Glitter. The superstar's role as a wannabe singer earned her a Razzie Award 'win' and the film flop has been ranked one of the worst films ever made. Eight years on, Carey – who plays a social worker in Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire – hates the fact she's constantly reminded about Glitter, because it wasn't her fault it turned out so bad. She said: 'It just gets annoying when eight years later, they're like, 'The Glitter star, da-da-da.' I'm like, 'Yeah, you're current.' 'There have been worse movies. And I'm not sticking up »
- Ellie Pratt
The position of director has long been dominated by heterosexual, Caucasian males in Hollywood. For evidence of this, one need only look at the Academy Award for Best Director nominations over first 81 years of the award’s existence. Only three times have female directors received nominations (Lina Wertmüller in 1976, Jane Campion in 1993, and Sofia Coppola in 2003) and only once has an African-American director been nominated (John Singleton in 1991). Homosexual directors have had more luck, with such notable openly gay directors as Rob Marshall, Gus Van Sant, and Pedro Almodovar gaining nominations, while John Schlesinger and George Cukor even won the award. Still, directing in Hollywood is not a particularly diverse game. So it is noteworthy when, as Variety points out, “it’s possible the best-director noms might not include a single English-speaking, Caucasian, straight male”.
For a look at the directors who might instead seize this year’s Oscar nominations, »
- Brendan Bettinger
There is a chance that Mariah Carey will share screen with Vanessa Hudgens for her next feature film project. Words on the streets are, the five-time Grammy-winning singer is in talks to take on the role of a mother to the "Bandslam" beauty for a comedy movie that is based around the popular TV talent shows, "The X Factor" and "American Idol".
The 39-year-old is said to be keen on doing another film after gaining praises for her part in "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire". "Mariah is eager to capitalize on her acclaimed performance in Precious with another movie," an insider told Showbiz Spy. "There is one project where she would play one half of a mother and daughter singing duo who audition for a TV talent show. Vanessa Hudgens has already been approached for the daughter role."
Despite her eagerness to do another film, the "Obsessed »
Since Moses brought the tablets down from the mountain, lists have come in tens, not that we couldn't have done with several more commandments. Who says a year has Ten Best Films, anyway? Nobody but readers, editors, and most other movie critics. There was hell to pay last year when I published my list of Twenty Best. You'd have thought I belched at a funeral. So this year I have devoutly limited myself to exactly ten films.
On each of two lists.
The lists are divided into Mainstream Films and Independent Films. This neatly sidesteps two frequent complaints: (1) "You name all those little films most people have never heard of," and (2) "You pick all blockbusters and ignore the indie pictures." Which is is my official Top Ten? They both are equal, and every film here is entitled to name itself "One of the Year's 10 Best!"
¶ The Top 10 Mainstream Films
Bad Lieutenant. »
- Roger Ebert
"Avatar" may be beloved by film critics (83 score at Metacritic) and moviegoers ($232 million at box office), but what about voters at Hollywood awards? At the Golden Globes, "Avatar" is nominated for best drama picture against "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and "Up in the Air." Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association love it, but it's not their typical choice for winner. Usually, they prefer more snooty stuff like recent champs "Slumdog Millionaire," "Atonement," "Babel," "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Aviator." However, Golden Globes voters did choose a box office fantasy six years ago — "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" — »
Read This First: The first round has completed and the second round of voting is now open. To vote for the 53 films that moved on to the second round Click Here.
Update #2: Comments have been closed as polling for the first round has ended and the second round will be opening very shortly.
Update: After looking over the logs I have noticed Several people have been voting for fewer than five films. Of course the poll allows you to do this, but the rules clearly state you need to vote for Five films, which will make for a far more accurate count. As a result I have deleted the logs and votes for those that voted for three films or less. I can understand how you may have accidentally voted for only four films, but no fewer. I will continue to monitor the logs up and through the closing »
- Brad Brevet
Precious has been named the best film of 2009. The Oscar-tipped feature, which has already received numerous Golden Globes and SAG award nominations, has been honoured by Rolling Stone magazine as the top film of the year. The Lee Daniels-directed drama, which is produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, stars an ensemble cast that includes Mo'Nique, Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Paula (more) »
- By Marcell Minaya
The war movie was named best drama, while Jeremy Renner earned the Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama accolade.
Star-studded musical Nine, which garnered 11 nominations, only managed to triumph in two categories - best musical and best cinematography.
Meanwhile, Meryl Streep claimed the title for best actress in a comedy or musical for her role in Julie & Julia, and Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique were named best supporting actor and actress for their roles in Inglourious Basterds and Precious: Based On The Novel Push by Sapphire, respectively.
In the TV categories, hit musical series Glee scored four wins: best TV series (comedy or musical), best supporting actress for Jane Lynch, best actor (comedy or musical) accolades for Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele in their respective categories.
Drew Barrymore won acclaim as best actress in a miniseries or small screen movie for her role in Grey Gardens, while the film also claimed the Motion Picture Made for Television prize, and Glenn Close was honoured as best actress in a drama series for her performance in Damages.
The awards, selected by the International Press Academy, took place in Los Angeles on Sunday. »
Emily Blunt has impressed critics with her performance on both "The Young Victoria" and "Sunshine Cleaning", leading to her being nominated for two 2009 Satellite Awards titles. When the winners of the awards were announced however, it was unraveled that she has lost to Shohreh Aghdashloo and Mo'Nique.
On Monday, December 21, the International Press Academy made public Shohreh Aghdashloo bested Blunt in the category for Best Actress in Drama, and Mo'Nique stole her chance at securing Best Supporting Actress title. While she failed to add her award collection, her co-star in "The Devil Wears Prada" Meryl Streep took home Best Actress in Comedy/Musical honor for her performance in "Julie & Julia".
The 26-year-old was not the only double-nominated actress who walked away with no kudo. Her fellow competitor Penelope Cruz has to admit defeat as well. Nonetheless, both of Cruz' movies nailed at least one award. "Broken Embraces" was in tie »
Various "Best of 2009" lists are finally starting to come out of the woodwork, and it won't be long now before they're all blurring together. But if you only read a few of these lists before the end of the year, one that always deserves a look is Roger Ebert's. Even though you may not agree with all of his reviews, he's still the de facto standard for film critics, and he usually manages to throw a few interesting picks into the mix as well. This year he has done something a little different: he decided to do two separate top 10 lists, one for mainstream Hollywood releases and one for independent films. This allows him to give recognition to a lot of movies that no one has had a chance to see yet. Most of his mainstream choices are fairly straightforward, but the one that's sure to spark the most »
2009 Satellite Awards International Press Academy’s 2009 Satellite Award nominations: Nov. 29, 2009 2009 Satellite Award winners: Dec. 20, 2009 ("*" denotes the winner in each category) Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Stacy Ferguson, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine (David James / The Weinstein Co.) Best Motion Picture (Drama) Bright Star An Education * The Hurt Locker The Messenger Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire The Stoning of Soraya M. Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) The Informant! It’s Complicated Julie & Julia * Nine A Serious Man Up in [...] »
- Anna Robinson
It seems like Roger Ebert has come under fire recently for being too soft on films, but if you look back through his lifetime of reviewing movies he hasn't changed all that much. Then again, who doesn't change their opinions as they get older. While some 14-year-olds out there may believe certain blockbusters are their favorite films right now, ten years down the line they may look at those films and wonder "What was I thinking?" People change over time, but the one thing you can be sure of when it comes to Ebert is that no matter what his opinion of a film is, after you get done reading his review you will know exactly why he has come to his conclusion.
So, today when he revealed his top ten films of 2009 along with his top ten independent films of 2009 it gives good reason to take notice. His inclusion »
- Brad Brevet
There is no other name in film criticism that is more well known, respected, debated, despised, adored or authoritative. Roger Ebert is the image of "film critic" and as such a lot of people like to hear what he thinks of any particular film. Today, Ebert released his list of the top 10 films of the year.
Ebert has done something rather interesting this year. He's broken his picks into two separate lists. One list for top 10 Mainstream films. And another list for top 10 Indie films.
Ebert himself explains his decision to do his lists this way:
"The lists are divided into Mainstream Films and Independent Films. This neatly sidesteps two frequent complaints: (1) "You name all those little films most people have never heard of," and (2) "You pick all blockbusters and ignore the indie pictures." Which is is my official Top Ten? They both are equal, and every film here is »
- John Campea
"Mo'Nique will Not turn up to accept her award from the New York Film Critics Circle, which seems to lend credence to the story that she wants to be paid to show up for these things," a member of the circle e-mails Gold Derby. Mo'Nique's rep confirms that the star of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" will not attend the Manhattan critics' banquet on Jan. 11 where director Lee Daniels will accept the supporting-actress award on his star's behalf at Crimson restaurant. However, Terrie Williams tells Gold Derby that the reason isn't because the critics refuse to pay Mo'Nique an appearance fee. Williams says, "Mo'Nique and her family will just be returning »
Anna Kendrick has really struck the gold with her Natalie Keener role in "Up in the Air". Having won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress and been nominated at the 67th Annual Golden Globes, the actress who plays Jessica Stanley in the "Twilight Saga" series is nominated for another prestigious awards, the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
On Thursday morning, December 17, the 24-year-old has been named among the nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. For the title, she will be competing against fellow "Up in the Air" star Vera Farmiga as well as other
Beside Anna Kendrick, the Screen Actors Guild also put her co-star and leading
man of the drama movie George Clooney for the Best Actor category. »
The British star's fiance, John Krasinski, joined Timberlake for the big reveal and the pop star poked fun at The Office actor by making a passing comment to his new pal about how the couple might celebrate Blunt's Best Actress nomination for her role in The Young Victoria.
Timberlake smiled cheekily and quipped to the crowd, "Ho ho ho! Somebody's gonna have a good night tonight!"
Blunt learned about her nomination via text message and made sure to catch the video footage of her announcement - but the coverage left her blushing, because she couldn't help but wonder what her future mother-in-law would think of Timberlake's raunchy suggestion.
She says, "My make-up artist sent me a text as I was sitting getting my hair done on set, so I found out that way. But when I saw that (footage with Timberlake), I was like, 'His (Krasinski) mother has to watch that!'"
Blunt will find out if she triumphs over Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire) for the award when the ceremony takes place on 17 January in Los Angeles. »
Las Vegas Film Critics Society revealed their choices for the best achievements in film this year. Here they are: Best Picture The Hurt Locker Best Actor Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker Best Actress Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds Best Supporting Actress Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel [...] »
This morning's SAG Awards nominations solidified "Inglorious Basterds" as a front-runner, boosted the profiles of "Precious" and "An Education" and left "Up in the Air" hanging. Nominations for these awards are decided by 2,100 members of the 100,000-strong guild. They have a solid track record at predicting the eventual Oscar acting nominees. Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture "An Education" "The Hurt Locker" "Inglourious Basterds" "Nine" "Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire" With 10 best-picture Oscar nominees this year, it seems almost certain that all of these SAG ensemble contenders will make the cut. While "Up in the Air" earned three individual SAG acting nods, it failed to make the »
The morning the Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for the 16th annual SAG awards. The actual ceremony will be held Saturday, January 23rd. There are a lot of gay-faves on the list of nominees.
For starters, Colin Firth picked up a nomination for A Single Man,and Sigourney Weaver is in the running for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries thanks to Prayers for Bobby.
And surprisingly (at least for me) the cast of True Blood is up for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
You can check out the full list of nominess after the break!
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
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