While most of Hollywood was enjoying the 2011 SAG Awards Sunday evening, Christopher Nolan was being lauded at this year's Santa Barbara Film Festival where he was honored with the festival's Modern Master Award.
Christopher Nolan talks 'Dark Knight Rises' and says Henry Cavill is going to be 'amazing' as 'Superman' in Santa Barbara
'Inception' filmmaker honored by Leonardo DiCaprio at Santa Barbara Film Fest
Plus: A rundown of special pre-Oscar events in Los Angeles
After almost all of "The Avengers" were on stage to present at this year's Golden Globes (out of costume of course), is it any surprise the Academy is bringing in some of the biggest superhero guns it can find to appear at this year's Oscar show? Hugh Jackman is already in the mix, but now AMPAS has revealed Robert Downey, Jr. will return to present at the Kodak Theater as well.
A two-time nominee for "Chaplin" and "Tropic Thunder," Downey, Jr. is best known to moviegoers for his roles as Tony Stark, aka "Iron Man" and as the super sleuth Sherlock Holmes (with a sequel conveniently on the way). Will this entice more young men to tune in this year? Probably not, considering he also presented last year (with Tina Fey), but considering Jackman's hosting stint actually improved those TV demo rating numbers, it can't hurt to try.
Move over Jim Carrey, Madea's ready to show her stuff
No one does movie posters better than Lionsgate and after first giving us a "Godmother" version of their new upcoming Tyler Perry comedy "Madea's Big Family," they've taken the no nonsense talking grandmother to the dance floor. No, not the club dance floor, Lincoln Center's ballet stage! Debuting exclusively on HitFix, check out Tyler Perry as Madea who we all know is "The Real Black Swan."
Plus: Feinberg says 'Modern Family' and 'Mad Men' on the TV side
After a momentous and very long Saturday night at the Director's Guild Awards, Hollywood will focus its attention to the 17th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards Sunday evening. Unlike the Golden Globes, this union of TV and movie honors actually means something because of the large crossover between both the Television and Motion Picture Academies. So, in may ways you're looking at a sneak preview for best actor at the Oscar just as much as best actress in a drama series at the Emmys.
'King's Speech' now officially the Oscar frontrunner
In a surprise, Tom Hooper has won the 2011 DGA Award for feature film directing for "The King's Speech." Hooper upset expected winner David Fincher ("The Social Network") and Christopher Nolan ("Inception) who were the expected frontrunners for the prize.
'Like Crazy' and 'How To Die In Oregon' big winners
81st Academy Awards host's appearance is just a little too convenient
One of the more memorable moments of the breathtaking 81st Academy Awards was when first time host Hugh Jackman pulled nominee Anne Hathaway out of the audience and the two engaged in a quick, but well choreographed moment in that show's opening number. In fact, it's clear that sequence was one reason Hathaway was asked to co-host this year along with James Franco. Today, the Academy announced that Jackman would return to present at this year's Oscar shindig.
Promo shows an energy we haven't seen in some while
Can James Franco and Anne Hathaway bring glamour and laughs to this year's 83rd Academy Awards? Judging by this brand new ABC promo, it looks like it. Of course, the TV spot was created by the network and not show producers Don Misher and Bruce Cohen, but if this is the spirit the duo are going for, this could be an Oscar show for the ages (especially if Franco wins best actor for "127 Hours).
(Or perhaps we're just excited to transition from Sundance back to good ol' awards season.)
Plus: 'Here,' 'Gun HIll Road,' 'The Convincer' and more
PARK CITY - It's been a hectic week at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and throw in the Oscar nominations and you've got a scenario of a massive backlog of film reactions from Park City in the cue. With that in mind, here's a rundown of some of the films this pundit has been able to take in since Saturday. Quick and easy.
The Canadian filmmaker got little sleep last night
Be honest. If you found out you'd be nominated for an Academy Award chance are you'd (A) cry your eyes out (B) scream for joy or (C) jump up and down for joy like a little kid. Well, even though he thought he'd be cool about it, option C was director Denis Villeneuve's reaction. The Canadian filmmaker earned his first nomination in the best foreign language film category for his riveting drama "Incendies." Luckily for Awards Campaign, Villeneuve was up in Park City, Utah promoting the picture which is screening in the spotlight category (fellow nominee "In A Better World") and took some time to talk about the good news on camera.