The Los Angeles Film Critics announced a good chunk of their initial year-end awards. And, as always, the winners were an intriguing mix of commercial and not so much. Here's a rundown so far and some quick thoughts on each.
Jacki Weaver wins best supporting actress, 'A Prophet's' Niels Arestrup best supporting
'The Social Network,' 'The Kids Are All Right,' '127 Hours' also make the list
The American Film Institute announced its annual Movies of the Year list which honors the best in American film.Â There were few surprises as "Inception," "The Social Network," "127 Hours," "The Town," "Black Swan," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "Toy Story 3" and "Winter's Bone" made the cut.Â The few noteworthy films that didn't make the list include "Rabbit Hole"Â and "Shutter Island."Â The organization also gave a special awards to the British production "The King's Speech"Â and the documentaryÂ "Waiting for Superman.'
Juliette Lewis surprises for supporting actress
Is it surprising a movie set mostly at Harvard University dominated the 2010 Boston Society of Film Critic's year end awards? Probably not considering the David Fincher drama may dominate today's critic's groups run down. "Network" won picture, director (Fincher), actor (Jesse Eisenberg), screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and a special award for music. Natalie Portman won best actress for "Black Swan" while Christian Bale won best supporting actor for "The Fighter" and the org made a statement by giving Juliette Lewis best supporting actress for "Conviction."
A Dame still jazzed about working with Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor's "The Tempest" didn't turnout to be what everyone at the old Miramax and Walt Disney Studios hoped for. Even after a gala opening at the Venice Film Festival and a centerpiece screening at the New York Film Festival, the adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play received exceptionally tepid reviews. Awards season hopes dashed long ago, the film received only a 41 on Metacritic and a putrid 26% on Rotten Tomatoes when it opened in limited release Friday. One of the film's stars who will leave the production unscathed, however, is Dame Helen Mirren.
'Iron Man 2,' 'Inception' and 'Clash of the Titans' also in the mix
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 semifinalists for the best visual effects Oscar today. In early January, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee will narrow the list to seven.
All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 20. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.
Rock n'roll comedian demonstrates his theatrical chops
Don't let Russell Brand fool you. Sure, he's had his share of run ins with the law and the paparazzi, but he's no dummy. I had the chance to see Brand work some of his magic this past weekend when he received an award at Variety's Power of Comedy event. The night was a benefit for the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a cancer awareness charity. Brand had the odd duty of trying to tie his Power of Comedy Award into the fundraising aspect of the event. To be quite honest, it was no easy task, but like an expert politician Brand walked a fine line of touching on both his own career and the need to test yourself (or have your loved ones) tested for cancer. Two days later I'm sitting in front of the honoree to discuss his role as
Trinculo in Julie Taymor's adaptation of "The Tempest."
Plus: 'True Grit' is headed for Berlin and more
In case anyone is wondering, Warner Bros. is taking an awards season campaign for its critically acclaimed blockbuster "Inception" very seriously. Contrary to pundit opinion, Chris Nolan's complex thriller isn't just a lock for a nomination, but it could easily win. And Warner Bros. is looking at the race like a marathon and not a sprint -- a strategy its had success with in the past.
Plus: Amy Adams learns fishnets might not be the way to go
Fair warning: you're not going to learn anything about "The Dark Knight Rises" in this story or interview with Christian Bale. It's not that Bale wouldn't answer such questions, but when you're sitting down to discuss his already acclaimed performance in David O. Russell's "The Fighter," there really isn't time.
Oscar winner moderates Q&A with Bardem and director Inarritu
Sean Penn left little doubt as to whom he’s backing for best actor in the Oscar race when he moderated a Q&A at a packed screening of “Biutiful,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s searing new movie starring Javier Bardem. Hosted by SAG Film Society, the event took place at the Directors Guild of America theater in Los Angeles.
DreamWorks Animation dominates Animation's highest honors
When John Lasseter wants something he usually gets it. And, for the most part, because the creative maestro has been such a creative and financial powerhouse at both Pixar and Walt Disney Studios, there has been little criticism of his efforts. However, today's Annie Award nominations should make Lasseter and the rest of the senior executives at the Mouse House realize they have made a petty and embarrassing mistake.