Thursday, December 16, 2010

Screen Actors Guild nominations announced

As the countdown to the Oscars continues, the Screen Actors Guild has announced their nominations. Topping the list is The King's Speech and The Fighter with four nominations each, followed by Black Swan with three.

Best Ensemble nominations went to Black Swan, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, and The Social Network. While the category is the actors' equivalent of Best Picture, it's a rough gauge of the Oscar's top nominations because so many films may be driven by a solo performance, writing, directing, or other production values.

Best Actor nominations went to Jeff Bridges for True Grit, Robert Duvall for Get Low, Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network, Colin Firth for The King's Speech, and James Franco for 127 Hours. Best Actress nominations went to Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right, Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone, Natalie Portman for Black Swan, and Hilary Swank for Conviction.

Check out the full list of nominees.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The movies of 2010 ... in six minutes

Youtube user Genrocks has created an absolutely brilliant six-minute video mashup of over 200 films released in 2010. Check it out:

The films clips are from, in order:

01. Iron Man 2; 02. The Social Network; 03. Saw 3D; 04. TRON: Legacy; 05. Never Let Me Go; 06. Legion; 07. The Book of Eli; 08. Easy A; 09. The Runaways; 10. Farewell; 11. Kick-Ass; 12. Jonah Hex; 13. Harry Brown; 14. The Sorceror’s Apprentice; 15. Percy Jackson & The Olympics: The Lightning Thief; 16. Despicable Me; 17. Stone; 18. Dinner For Schmucks; 19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1; 20. Hereafter; 21. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World; 22. Black Swan; 23. Howl; 24. Faster; 25. Casino Jack; 26. Casino Jack and the United States of Money; 27. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel; 28. Waiting for Superman; 29. Inception; 30. Resident Evil: Afterlife; 31. The Town; 32. The Expendables; 33. The A-Team; 34. The American; 35. The Concert; 36. The Tempest; 37. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang; 38. The Tourist; 39. Metropia; 40. Burlesque; 41. Love Ranch; 42. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer; 43. The Warrior’s Way; 44. Twelve; 45. Going The Distance; 46. Chain Letter; 47. Catfish; 48. Machete; 49. Step Up 3D; 50. Devil; 51. Clash of the Titans; 52. Countdown to Zero; 53. Jackass 3D; 54. Alice in Wonderland; 55. Buried; 56. Red; 57. Mesrine; 58. Predators; 59. MacGruber; 60. Robin Hood; 61. Green Zone; 62. The Way Back; 63. Due Date; 64. Daybreakers; 65. Knight and Day; 66. Heartbreaker; 67. The Karate Kid; 68. Secretariat; 69. Middle Men; 70. Repo Men; 71. Hot Tub Time Machine; 72. All Good Things; 73. Skyline; 74. Animal Kingdom; 75. Fair Game; 76. Paper Man; 77. Eclipse; 78. Megamind; 79. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; 80. True Grit; 81. Accidents Happen; 82. Date Night; 83. Perrier’s Bounty; 84. Killers; 85. How To Train Your Dragon; 86. The Other Guys; 87. Unstoppable; 88. Leap Year; 89. Cop Out; 90. When In Rome; 91. Centurion; 92. Salt; 93. Takers; 94. Barney’s Version; 95. Diary of a Wimpy Kid; 96. The Winning Season; 97. Just Wright; 98. Legendary; 99. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest; 100. Ong Bak 3; 101. Rogues Gallery; 102. Defendor; 103. District 13: Ultimatum; 104. Conviction; 105. The Losers; 106. The Disappearance of Alice Creed; 107. Brooklyn’s Finest; 108. Wild Target; 109. Four Lions; 110. The King’s Speech; 111. Boogie Woogie; 112. 127 Hours; 113. Somewhere; 114. Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll; 115. Letters to Juliet; 116. The Kids are All Right; 117. Sex and the City 2; 118. Vampires Suck; 119. Love and Other Drugs; 120. Life As We Know It; 121. Blue Valentine; 122. Jolene; 123. The Extra Man; 124. The Last Song; 125. Our Family Wedding; 126. Morning Glory; 127. Greenberg; 128. Remember Me; 129. Please Give; 130. Certified Copy; 131. The Last Exorcism; 132. Peacock; 133. Flipped; 134. Cemetery Junction; 135. I Love You Phillip Morris; 136. Toy Story 3; 137. The Romantics; 138. Welcome to the Rileys; 139. I’m Still Here; 140. Get Him To The Greek; 141. The Yellow Handkerchief; 142. The Greatest; 143. The Virginity Hit; 144. Furry Vengeance; 145. Eat Pray Love; 146. Don McKay; 147. Solitary Man; 148. Cyrus; 149. Case 39; 150. Dear John; 151. The Good Guy; 152. Jack Goes Boating; 153. You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger; 154. Leaves of Grass; 155. How Do You Know; 156. Death at a Funeral; 157. Tamara Drewe; 158. The Killer Inside Me; 159. The Back-Up Plan; 160. Another Year; 161. Great Directors; 162. The Ghost Writer; 163. Splice; 164. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale; 165. The Wolfman; 166. Piranha; 167. A Nightmare on Elm Street; 168. Charlie St. Cloud; 169. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time; 170. Biutiful; 171. The Lovely Bones; 172. Monsters; 173. Cairo Time; 174. The Crazies; 175. Valhalla Rising; 176. Ondine; 177. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story; 178. Stolen Lives; 179. Creation; 180. Chloe; 181. The Debt; 182. Princess Ka’iulani; 183. Like Dandelion Dust; 184. Shutter Island; 185. Inhale; 186. Heartless; 187. Rabbit Hole; 188. Let Me In; 189. Hemingway’s Garden of Eden; 190. The Fighter; 191. From Paris With Love; 192. Shrek Forever After; 193. The Next Three Days; 194. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole; 195. Spring Fever; 196. Stonewall Uprising; 197. Smash His Camera; 198. My Soul To Take; 199. Life During Wartime; 200. The Joneses; 201. Mr. Nobody; 202. The Good Heart; 203. The Lottery; 204. Leaving; 205. Night Catches Us; 206. Nowhere Boy; 207. Babies; 208. Barry Munday; 209. Tooth Fairy; 210. Yogi Bear; 211. The Borrowers; 212. You Again; 213. Standing Ovation; 214. Soul Kitchen; 215. Multiple Sarcasms; 216. The Nutcracker in 3D; 217. The Last Airbender; 218. Youth in Revolt; 219. Edge of Darkness; 220. Last Night; 221. Extraordinary Measures; 222. Ramona and Beezus; 223. Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore; 224. Alpha and Omega; 225. Tangled; 226. Marmaduke; 227. Grown Ups; 228. Inside Job; 229. Gulliver’s Travels; 230. The Spy Next Door; 231. The Dry Land; 232. Tiny Furniture; 233. La mission; 234. City Island; 235. Letters to God; 236. She’s Out of My League; 237. Lottery Ticket; 238. Wonderful World; 239. The Infidel; 240. Holy Rollers; 241. Why Did I Get Married Too?; 242. Paranormal Activity 2; 243. Frozen; 244. The Switch; 245. Finding Bliss; 246. Made in Dagenham; 247. For Colored Girls; 248. Crazy on the Outside; 249. The Last Station; 250. The Bounty Hunter; 251. I’m Here; 252. I Am Love; 253. Red Hill; 254. Country Strong; 255. Peepli Live; 256. Oceans; 257. Sanctum; 258. Little Fockers; 259. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work; 260. Exit Through The Gift Shop; 261. Winter’s Bone; 262. Get Low; 263. Fish Tank; 264. Valentine’s Day; 265. The Tillman Story; 266. The Company Men; 267. Tales from Earthsea; 268. Spoken Word; 269. To Save A Life; 270. Hubble 3D;

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"The King's Speech" leads Golden Globes nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations for the 68th annual Golden Globes awards, and The King's Speech leads with seven nominations, including Best Drama and Colin Firth for Best Actor.

Additional Best Drama nominations went to Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, and The Social Network. Best Comedy/Musical nominations went to Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right, Red, and The Tourist.

In addition to Colin Firth's Best Acting nod, additional Best Actor in a Drama nominations went to Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network, James Franco for 127 Hours, Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine, and MarkWahlberg for The Fighter. Best Actress in a Drama nominations went to Halle Berry for Frankie and Alice, Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone, Natalie Portman for Black Swan, and Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine.

Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical nominations went to Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right, Anne Hathaway for Love and Other Drugs, Angelina Jolie for The Tourist, Julianne Moore for The Kids Are All Right, and Emma Stone for Easy A. Best Acting nods went to Johnny Depp for Alice in Wonderland, Johnny Depp for The Tourist, Paul Giamatti for Barney's Version, Jake Gyllenhaal for Love and Other Drugs, and Kevin Spacey for Casino Jack.

You can find the complete list of Golden Globe nominees on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's website.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Critics Choice Awards

Natalie Portman's film Black Swan topped the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics' Choice Awards nominations, with a record 12 nominations including one for Best Picture. Additional nominations for the film included Portman for Best Actress and Mila Kunis for Supporting Actress, as well as additional nominations for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and more.

The King's Speech and True Grit each received 11 nominations. Inception received 10 nominations. The Social Network received nine, including Jesse Eisenberg's first Best Actor nomination for a film that has cemented his acting creds.

The BFCA represents 250 film critics in the United States and Canada working in television, radio, and online media. In their press release announcing the nominations, they claim their awards are the best predictors of Oscar winners:

Historically, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. All four major acting category winners at the Academy Awards in 2010 were first Critics' Choice Movie Awards winners in the same categories and were present at the January 15, 2010 ceremony to graciously give their first acceptance speeches of the awards season.

We shall see if their track record holds true. Check out the full list of nominations on their site.

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards 2010

The end of the year holiday season also brings the beginning of the year's movie awards season, and one of the first out of the gate is the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which just announced their winners for films released in 2010.

Topping the list is The Social Network, the film about the founding of Facebook. In addition to being named Best Picture for 2010, it also won Best Screenplay and tied for both Best Director and Best Music Score.

The award for Best Actor went to Colin Firth for The King's Speech, while Kim Hye-Ja won Best Actress for Mother. Supporting Actor went to Niels Arestrup for The Prophet, and Supporting Actress went to Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom.

Check out all of the winners and runners up on the Los Angeles Film Critics 2010 Awards page.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Movie Reviews: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

An epic of epic epicness.

Michael Cera manages to turn his always delightful hapless-in-love persona into an action hero in this big screen adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novels when he discovers, after starting to fall for a new girl, that he must defeat her seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

The film itself is presented as part video game, part graphic novel, a clever approach that helps rather than hinders the final film. Anything less might have made the film seem like it was taking itself too seriously. The ensemble cast in wonderful (including Cosmo fave and now Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick). The cinematography and effects are good. But even so, something dragged with the script. Something felt lacking. I wish I could put my finger about what it was, but I really can't. All I really have, in the end, is a feeling. In the end, I felt satisfied but a little underwhelmed after all the hype. Still recommended, but I'm glad I waited for video.

My Grade: B