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"Black Swan" garnered the most nominations from the Online Film Critics Society, which announced nominees in 13 categories on Monday morning. Darren Aronofsky's ballet-set melodrama picked up seven noms, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Natalie Portman) and Best Supporting Actress (Mila Kunis). Other films winning multiple nominations include "The Social Network" and "True Grit," with six; "127 Hours" and "Inception," with five'; and "Winter's Bone," with four. The six nominees for Best Picture are "Black Swan," "Inception," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone." "The King's Speech" »
The London Critics' Circle has set its nominees for the 31st Film Awards, a fete that will be held February 10.
Here are the nominees:
Actor Of The Year:
- MIKE FLEMING
The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award nominees have been announced. The King's Speech and The Fighter each earned four nods, including Best Ensemble Cast. Here are the nominees in the feature film categories:
Best Ensemble Cast
Fighter, Kids, King’s Speech, and Social Network were the sure things here. I thought the fifth slot could go to The Town or Inception, but instead SAG voters went with Black Swan, which scored an impressive three nominations overall. Inception, meanwhile, was shut out of the nominations. »
- Dave Karger
Forty-one songs (listed below) are eligible for Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. Voting members will view/listen to clips of each song on January 6, and members unable to attend will receive DVD copies of the same clips. The songs must contain original lyrics and music and must have been made specially for their films. The Academy's qualifying and voting criteria is listed below. Nominees will be announced January 25. 127 Hours pictured; A. R. Rahman's "If I Rise" is among the contenders. The original songs are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title: “Alice” from “Alice in Wonderland” “Forever One Love” from “Black Tulip” “Freedom Song” from “Black Tulip” “Bound to You” from “Burlesque” “Welcome to Burlesque” from “Burlesque” »
It may be beginning to look a lot like Christmas where you are, but in Hollywood these days, it’s feeling more like the doldrums of January or February than a typical holiday blockbuster season. With the exception of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 and, to a lesser extent, Tangled, no big movies have really connected with wide audiences so far in this critically important period for the studios’ bottom lines. There are several heavyweight contenders yet to come before the year is out, including Tron: Legacy, How Do You Know, Little Fockers, Yogi Bear, and Gulliver’s Travels. »
- Josh Rottenberg
I will have commentary and even let you in on which films and actors I nominated, but for now here’s the complete list of nominations.
Nominations For The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
Ryan Gosling – “Blue Valentine”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Winter’s Bone”
Best Supporting Actor
- Jeff Bayer
Black Swan received a record 12 Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, including nods for Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and director Darren Aronofsky. True Grit and The King's Speech followed with 11 nominations each, while Inception received 10 and The Social Network nabbed nine. The 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony will take place on Jan. 14, on VH1. Read below for all the nominations:
Nominations For The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
- Jeff Labrecque
The American Film Institute's list of Top 10 Films of 2010, announced on Sunday afternoon by the AFI, includes "The Social Network," "Inception," "Toy Story 3" and "The Fighter." The AFI also saluted "Black Swan," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "The Town," True Grit" and "Winter's Bone" as the films "which best advance the art of the moving image; enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form; inspire audiences and artists alike; and/or make a mark on American society." The list contains almost all of the films considered top Oscar »
The Social Network has won the first major pre-Oscar Best Picture prize of the awards season, earning honors from the National Board of Review. The acclaimed film also won awards for Best Director (David Fincher), Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). Last year’s winner, Up in the Air, ended up as an Oscar nominee but lost to The Hurt Locker; in other recent years, the NBR winner has lined up with the eventual Oscar winner (Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men). Missing from the group’s top 10: 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, »
- Dave Karger
Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner were on hand to announce this year's nominees for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the prizes traditionally handed out the night before the Academy Awards and recognizing the independent films that might be too small, weird or generally out-there for Oscar attention. Nominated for the top prize of Best Feature were 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right, Winter's Bone-- all films, save Greenberg, firmly in the Oscar race as well. Also well-represented in the nominations was Rabbit Hole, nominated for Best Director for John Cameron MItchell, Best Screenplay for David Lindsay-Abaire as well as dual acting nominations for stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. There was also special mention for Nicole Holofcener's Please Give, which snagged a Best Screenplay nod as well as the Robert Altman prize for ensemble acting. Films with strong Oscar buzz often do well at the Independent Spirits, »
The nominees for the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning and the best film nominees include "127 Hours," "Winter's Bone," "Greenberg," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Black Swan." The annual awards kudocast represents the best in American independent film as chosen by committees selected by parent organization Film Independent. Debra Granik's Sundance Film Festival dramatic grand jury winner "Winter's Bone" landed seven nominations including film, director, best female lead, best supporting female, best supporting male, screenplay and cinematography. "The Kids Are All Right" had five nominations while "Black Swan," "Greenberg" and "Rabbit Hole" each landed four. "127 Hours," "Jack Goes Boating" and "Tiny Furniture" found »
- HitFix Staff
Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway will cohost this season’s Oscar ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer have decided to continue the two-host trend from last year’s show, when Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin shared emceeing duties. But they clearly seem to be courting a different generation: Franco and Hathaway’s combined age (61) is less than Steve Martin’s.
I applaud Cohen, Mischer, and AMPAS for thinking outside the box and not going with a predictable choice. Both Franco and Hathaway are sharp and funny, and »
- Dave Karger
In the drama, the actor plays a climber who is forced to amputate his own arm with a penknife after becoming trapped under a boulder during a hike in Utah.
Franco suffered a number of injuries throughout the challenging shoot in a canyon fissure, leaving him with marks resembling drug injection scars.
He tells Britain's Total Film, "I had a lot of scars. I guess they weren't as bad as I thought... I guess it just proves that Danny (Boyle, director) knows what he's doing because it didn't scar me for life.
"I went to a doctor for insurance purposes for another movie and he saw these scars and he was like, 'Errr...?' He soon assessed that they were not track marks." »
Wednesday night’s premiere of “127 Hours” at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater was in many ways business as usual for Danny Boyle’s film. It got lots of attention for the energy and imagination Boyle brought to the story of trapped hiker Aaron Ralston. It picked up rave reviews. And afterwards, the headlines were all about the audience member who collapsed during the film and required medical attention. “People use the mantra that all publicity is good publicity,” Boyle told theWrap in a recent interview. “I’m not sure it is in this case.” For »
The Spider-Man star is currently studying for a Ph.D. in English at the prestigious school in New Haven, Connecticut and he was unable to miss an important seminar on Tuesday.
The lecture meant Franco had to rush back to New York City to attend the screening of his latest film, and eventually made it to the red carpet 20 minutes late.
But director Danny Boyle wasn't angry about his lead actor's tardiness, praising Franco for his dedication to education.
He tells the New York Daily News, "They're (the classes) tough, and they're right to be as well. (He is) genuinely doing it (studying). He's not dillydallying. It's not for show." »
The Spider-Man star plays real-life adventurer Aron Ralston, who had to cut off his arm with a penknife to free himself from a boulder after falling down a crevice on a hiking trip in Utah.
And he admits the pivotal scene in the new film could have been a bloodbath that led to theatres full of fainting fans had director Danny Boyle not been careful about what he shot and how much gore he showed.
Franco says, "Danny really had to balance that scene. You can go too far and just have it be gratuitous gore, and it's almost like a horror movie.
"Or you can cut away and make it maybe a little more watchable, but then that takes away from what Aron went through."
Ralston himself is thrilled with the scene and the film on the whole, revealing, "Out of the six screenings I've personally been at, I think there's been a total of, like, seven faintings." »
The BFI London Film Festival came to a close last night with Danny Boyle's latest, 127 Hours, the ouch-inducing tale of climber Aron Ralston and his brush with death after being trapped under a boulder in the desert during a weekend hike.The film stars James Franco, and sticks him in a single location for most of its running time, with his arm under a huge rock. It's a testament to him that the film is as gripping as it is, and to Boyle's directing style. And that's true even if you know exactly how he gets away.Unsurprisingly, such a buzzed about film drew a capacity crowd to the Festival's closing gala, including such luminaries as Rosamund Pike (who was sitting directly in front of Empire, and who is quite tall), as well as Boyle, Franco, the real Ralston, writer Simon Beaufoy and composer Ar Rahman.127 Hours, for the rest of the country, »
According to The Wrap, director Danny Boyle's new feature "127 Hours" is so intense it has caused three people to faint and may have contributed to one seizure during a screening at the Toronto Film Festival. The film centers on the true life ordeal of hiker Aaron Ralston,(James Franco) who's arm was pinned under a rock in a narrow canyon while hiking alone. Ralston eventually amputated his own arm with a pocket knife in order to escape death. The harsh reality of this pivotal scene is what has overwhelmed some audience members, as Boyle did not pull any punches. Nonetheless, the »
- Alex Dorn
Toronto -- Oscilloscope Laboraties has acquired North American rights to James Franco's directorial debut, "Saturday Night," a documentary which recounts the making of an episode of "Saturday Night Live."
Franco's latest film "127 Hours," in which he stars as mountain climber Aron Ralston, has its official world premiere Sunday night at the Toronto International Film Festival after a successful sneak screening at the Telluride Film Festival last weekend.
In the meantime, the actor is brushing up his bona fides as a filmmaker with "Saturday," which premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and will be released in theaters in early 2011.
Oscilloscope head Adam Yauch issued an enthusiastic thumbs-up about the film, saying, "SNL is my mother fuckin' shit, and James is my mother fuckin' man. But I don't know if we've met. James, have we met? »
- By Gregg Kilday
Back in 2003, Aron Ralston went canyoneering in Blue John Canyon. When a loose boulder wound up tumbling on top of him, crushing his arm, Ralston found himself alone and unable to seek help. After five days, he opted to resort to dramatic measures, cutting off the pinned appendage. Just reading a brief synopsis of Ralston's experience is unsettling enough; imagine seeing the story unfold on screen. Apparently it was too much for some at the Telluride Film Festival because according to indieWIRE, two people required medical attention during screenings of Danny Boyle's film 127 Hours, which is based on Ralston's story.
On Saturday night, one moviegoer was taken out of a screening on a gurney and just a little later, another viewer suffered a panic attack during a subsequent showing. Here's Fox Searchlight's Michelle Hooper's summary of the events:
From what I understand, an older gentleman was light-headed at »
- Perri Nemiroff
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