There were some definite surprises in the 63 songs submitted for the Best Song Oscar in today's announcement from the Academy of Motion Pictures.
After facing a rigorous qualification standard, the following contenders will be screened in context on Tuesday, January 12, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. For members who cannot make the screening, a DVD copy will be made available and a mail-in-ballot provided. This is a change from previous years where the screening had to be in person and a New York one was provided as well.
Then it gets complicated. After viewing, the members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system vote. If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or more, there will be no nominees in the category. If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiving the next highest score shall be the two nominees. If two or more songs (up to five) achieve that score, they shall be the nominees. Make sense?
But wait, there's more!
The Academy notes: "A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film. If more than two songs from a film are in contention, the two songs with the most votes will be the nominees."
This is the most important part. If a studio can only get in two nominees it's not necessarily in their best interests to submit more than that number. Therefore, it's somewhat eyebrow raising that "The Princess and the Frog," "Hannah Montana The Movie" submitted 5 each. Does Disney know something all the other studios don't? An interesting strategy to say the least.
As for other contenders, "Nine," "Crazy Heart" and "Avatar" submitted their frontrunners, but in a surprise turn only Lykke Li's "Possibility" was submitted (or qualified, it's unclear) from the best-selling "New Moon Soundtrack. No "Meet Me on the Equinox" from Death Cab for Cutie? Hmmm. Some investigating is needed regarding that one.
Other surprises? Yes, songs from "Bruno," "I Love You Beth Cooper," "Couples Retreat" and even (no joke) "Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!".
The full list released by the Academy:
* “All Is Love” from “Where the Wild Things Are”
* “Almost Over You” from “My One and Only”
* “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”
* “AyAyAyAy” from “The Maid”
* “Back to Tennessee” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
* “Being Bad” from “Duplicity”
* “Blanco” from “Fast & Furious”
* “Brothers in Arms” from “Brothers at War”
* “Butterfly Fly Away” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
* “Cinema Italiano” from “Nine”
* “Colorblind” from “Invictus”
* “Depression Era” from “That Evening Sun”
* “Don’t Walk Away” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
* “Dove of Peace” from “Bruno”
* “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog”
* “Fly Farm Blues” from “It Might Get Loud”
* “Forget Me” from “I Love You, Beth Cooper”
* “God Bless Us Everyone” from “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
* “Here” from “Shrink”
* “Hideaway” from “Where the Wild Things Are”
* “Hoedown Throwdown” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
* “I Bring What I Love” from “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love”
* “I See You” from “Avatar”
* “(I Want to) Come Home” from “Everybody’s Fine”
* “If You’re Wondering” from “The Lightkeepers”
* “Impossible Fantasy” from “Adventures of Power”
* “Innocent Child” from “Skin”
* “Invictus 9,000 Days” from “Invictus”
* “Legendary” from “Tyson”
* “Let Freedom Reign” from “Skin”
* “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36”
* “Ma Belle Evangeline” from “The Princess and the Frog”
* “My One and Only” from “My One and Only”
* “Na Na” from “Couples Retreat”
* “Never Knew I Needed” from “The Princess and the Frog”
* “New Divide” from “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
* “New Jersey Nights” from “Adventures of Power”
* “New York Is Where I Live” from “Did You Hear about the Morgans?”
* “No Time for Love” from “Simon & Malou”
* “One Day” from “Post Grad”
* “Only You” from “The Young Victoria”
* “Other Father Song” from “Coraline”
* “Petey’s Song” from “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
* “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” from “Ponyo”“
* "Possibility” from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
* “Raining Sunshine” from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
* “Running Out of Empty (Make Ourselves at Home)” from “Lymelife”
* “Smoke without Fire” from “An Education”
* “Somebody Else” from “Crazy Heart”
* “Stu’s Song” from “The Hangover”
* “Take It All” from “Nine”
* “Through the Trees” from “Jennifer’s Body”
* “Trust Me” from “The Informant!”
* “Un Bouquet des Violettes” from “New York, I Love You”
* “We Are the Children of the World” from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
* “We Love Violence” from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
* “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart”
* “When You Find Me” from “Adam”
* “Winter” from “Brothers”
* “The Word Is Love” from “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!”
* “You Got Me Wrapped around Your Little Finger” from “An Education”
* “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
* “You’ve Been a Friend to Me” from “Old Dogs”
There were some definite surprises in the 63 songs submitted for the Best Song Oscar in today's announcement from the Academy of Motion Pictures.
If Christmas is right around the corner it must be time for a rival awards consultant to try and scuttle a competing campaign through rumor, innuendo or even false accusations. From "A Beautiful Mind" to "Dreamgirls" to "The Hurricane" these whispers are nothing new and have genuinely been blamed for ruining the Oscar hopes of many potential nominees or winners. On the other hand, for such accusations to reveal themselves only hours after the Golden Globe nominations were announced today is something else entirely. This year's possible victim: Best Actor candidate Tobey Maguire.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association giveth and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association taketh away. The results of this morning's Golden Globe announcements -- which this prognosticator took in person for some ridiculous reason if not to Tweet -- were full of expected results, and some major surprises.
Many of the trends were called early: Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon and Meryl Streep getting double nods for respective films. The dominance of "Avatar" (cough, predicted first here), the love for Emily Blunt, "500 Days of Summer," "Up in the Air," "The Hangover" and "Inglourious Basterds"; and , as always, the love for the big stars to show up at the Globes party on both sides of the movie and TV aisle.
We'll let HitFix's Daniel Fienberg comment on some of the more intriguing TV choices, but let's do a quick rundown of the winners and losers this morning.
The ever populist Broadcast Film Critics announced their nominees for the 14th Annual Critics Choice Awards and it no doubt made The Weinstein Company's day. Both "Nine" and "Inglourious Basterds" received 10 nominations including Best Picture.
The Critic's Choice is a peculiar bunch. They list 10 nominees for Best Picture (just like Oscar will this year), but their other categories can have anywhere from five to six nominees. Additionally, they have agent/manager friendly awards such as Best Young Actor/Actress and People's Choice castoffs such as Best Action Movie and Best Comedy. I don't meant to disparage the BFCA membership which is made up of many of the TV entertainment reporters you see on your local newscast (shoot, a few are even friends of mine), but their increasing attempts to become more relevant during awards season seem forced and, to be quite honest, unnecessary. The stars arrive because the studios can put another "best picture nominee" headline across their trade ads, TV spots and increasingly frequent newspaper ads.
In any event, the awards will be handed out on Jan. 15 at 9 PM ET/PT on VH1. Here is the complete list of 2010 nominees.
"The Hurt Locker" is turning into the little film that could. At least with critics that is.
Kathryn Bigelow's impressive war thriller has now won both Best Picture awards from the nation's most prestigious critics groups, the Los Angeles Film Critics and the New York Film Critic's Circle. Not an easy feat. The only film to match that accomplishment this decade is "Brokeback Mountain" and only five since 1990 ("Mountain," "Schindler's List," "Leaving Las Vegas," "L.A. Confidential" and "Saving Private Ryan"). Additionally, Mo'Nique, Christoph Waltz and Meryl Streep's wins are cementing their status as frontrunners for Oscar in their respective categories.
The complete winners list and analysis for the 2009 New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards:
“The Hurt Locker”
Reaction: This was a tad unexpected. Not many would have guessed that both the LA and NY critics would go for "Hurt." This was probably the one chance "A Serious Man" had at major critical recognition and even "Up in the Air" was believed to have a shot here. Nope.
Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker”
Reaction: "Up in the Air" may be the "movie of the moment," but Bigelow winning the Oscar for Best Director is increasingly becoming "the award of the moment." It's time and deserved.
"“In the Loop”
Reaction: As a good friend of mine would remark, "happy, happy, joy, joy." Any recognition "Loop" continues to receive is A-OK in this pundit's book.
Meryl Streep for “Julie & Julia”
Reaction: The trend everyone will soon be talking about. Could Streep finally be on her way to Oscar No. 3?
George Clooney for “Up In The Air” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
Reaction: Can't really fault this win considering how fantastic, no pun intended, Clooney was in "Fox" as well as "Air." It seems as though its going to be a two-man race between Clooney and Jeff Bridges for the Best Actor Oscar. SAG may tell the tale.
Best Supporting Actress:
Mo’Nique for “Precious”
Reaction: If she wins the Globe this may become the biggest lock of Oscar night.
Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz for “Inglourious Basterds”
Reaction: If he wins Globe and SAG this may be the second biggest lock of Oscar night.
Christian Berger for “The White Ribbon”
Reaction: As someone who studied cinematography in film school I'm still not understanding the love for Berger's work here.
Best Animated Film:
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
Reaction: How unhappy is John Lassiter today after "Up" loses both premier critics group awards? Very.
Best Non-fiction Film:
“Of Time and the City”
Reaction: Haven't seen it, but somewhat unexpected.
Best Foreign Language Film:
Reaction: Another trend. Also, a film few have seen outside the cineaste.
Best First Feature:
“Hunger,” director Steve McQueen
Reaction: Nice recognition for the British newcomer.
Special Award -To Andrew Sarris for his contribution to film criticism
Reaction: Got to give the love to one of your own.
The nominations for the 67th Annual Golden Globes are less than a day away and the HFPA has announced which three stars will rise up to reveal this year's contenders. And what a pretty trio they are.
Justin Timberlake, John Krasinkski and Diane Kruger will all be bright eyed and peppy to announce the nominations from the Beverly Hilton beginning at 8 AM ET, 5 PM PT on the morning show or news network of your choice. None of the three have been Golden Globe nominees in the past, but that won't stop them from giving some love to the HFPA in hopes of future returns.
For music superstar Timberlake it's the sort of publicity appearance that makes you wonder "Is he really serious about not doing a new album anytime soon?" Timberlake is currently playing Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, in David Fincher's new drama about the founding of Facebook, "The Social Network." Considering how much time he's given to his acting career the past few years, could he be contemplating focusing entirely on his thespian efforts? If he takes any time to talk to the press on Tuesday morning, we'll try and find out.
Look for comprehensive Golden Globe Nominations coverage beginning at 8 AM ET/ 5 PM PT Tuesday on HitFix.
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards themselves will be hosted by Ricky Gervais and broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17 on NBC (5 to 8 pm PT, 8 to 11 pm ET) from - wait for it -- The Beverly Hilton.
No one is more of a surprise fan of James Cameron's "Avatar" than this prognosticator, but the New York Film Critics Online organization did themselves no favors by voting the film Best Picture today for their year end awards. On the other hand, their choices for some of the other major categories and honoring "In the Loop" for Best Ensemble show increasingly good taste.
A complete list of winners below.
The American Film Institute announced it's top ten films for 2009 today. The surprises included the inclusion of one of the year's biggest comedies, two animated features and a few indies that may or may not receive awards recognition elsewhere.
The full list of winners:
The Los Angeles Film Critic's announced their 2009 Awards today and the choices were full of surprises. Contrary to public opinion, the almost 35-year-old organization is actually more progressive than their New York counterparts and displayed some of that independent spirit in this year's honorees.
The complete list of winners with analysis below.
Arguably the second most prestigious critics group in the country, the Los Angeles Film Critics announced the first half of their 2009 award recipients this afternoon. Commentary and the complete list of winners by 2:30 PM PST.
T-Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton, "Crazy Heart"
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Reaction: Two great winners. Here's hoping this begins a strong campaign for Desplat to win the Oscar for Best Original Score.
Philip Ivey, "District 9"
Runner-up: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, "Avatar"
Reaction: Both are worthy recipients, but the body of work for "Avatar" is much more impressive than "District 9."
Christian Berger, "The White Ribbon"
Runner-up: Barry Ackroyd, "The Hurt Locker"
Reaction: A bit perplexed. Black and white cinematography should not be rewarded just because no one does it anymore. "Ribbon's" look was not that impressive. Oh, well. Can't argue with Ackroyd as runner up for "Locker" though. This and Boston's award earlier today might be some nice momentum for his Oscar nod hopes.
Runner-up: Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
Reaction: Doesn't matter to me whether she believes in campaigning or not. Mo'Nique hands down gave one of the best performances of the year and deserves every honor she gets. Happy to see the love for the talented and classy Ms. Kendrick as well.
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
Runner-up: Peter Capaldi, "In the Loop"
Reaction: No disagreement here. Happy to see Capaldi in the gem "In The Loop" get some recognition. Hands down one of the best films of the year.
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”
Runner-up: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, "In the Loop"
Reaction: Great to see more love for "Loop." "Air" will make this pundit's top ten, but not sure it's the best screenplay of the year. Still, the film's strength is in the writing and acting, so can't really fault it though.
"The Beaches of Agnès" and "The Cove" (tie)
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C.W. Winter and Anders Edstrom, "The Anchorage"