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Monday
Feb282011

Why Didn't 'The Social Network' Win More Oscars?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- It grabbed four major Golden Globes. Before, after and along the way, it won a wealth of praise. So why didn't The Social Network win more Oscars?

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, The Social Network scored three -- best adapted screenplay, best original score and best editing. In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, David Fincher seemed all but certain to walk away with the trophy for directing. Best picture, while something of a long shot, also seemed within reach.

The King's Speech bested the Facebook drama in both categories. Colin Firth also beat out Jesse Eisenberg to win the best actor prize, but that was expected.

Why did the Hollywood excitement for The Social Network, a saga about the creation of Facebook, all but evaporate? There is the fact that the film's stars, subject matter and core audience are so young. Not so with The King's Speech, which deals with a relatively ancient topic, includes actors in the prime of their careers, and is more likely to resonate with the majority of age 50-plus Academy voters.

But the people behind The Social Network stand by their movie and the way it was promoted.

"We released the movie at the time we felt it was most appropriate, and it performed beyond our expectations," Social Network producer Mike De Luca told Deadline.com at Sunday night's Vanity Fair post-Oscars party. "Maybe it wasn't as pleasing as The King's Speech to Oscar voters. And historically, there is a disconnect between the critics and those voters. But the emotional complexity is what I love about The Social Network. I did take comfort in Steven Spielberg's reminder of the great films that didn't win best picture." 

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Monday
Feb282011

'The King's Speech' Emerges as Big Winner at Oscars

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The big winner at Sunday's Academy Awards turned out to be The King's Speech, as the movie took home four awards on the night, including the award for best picture.

Natalie Portman won her first Oscar Sunday night, taking best actress honors for her role in Black Swan, while Colin Firth contributed to the tally for The King's Speech by winning the award for best actor.

In a self-deprecating and emotional speech, Firth joked, "I have a feeling my career has just peaked." With his typical British reserve, he said he was "experiencing stirrings" that were "threatening to turn into dance moves."

Firth thanked his wife, Livia, for the award and "everything good in my life," while the pregnant Portman thanked "my love," her fiancee and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millipied for giving "me my most important role of my life."

Tom Hooper, the director of The King's Speech, pulled off a surprising win over The Social Network director David Fincher. Speech, which led the number of nominations with 12, also won the award for best original screenplay, while The Social Network grabbed the gold statue for best adapted screenplay.

The Fighter co-stars Melissa Leo and Christian Bale were among the early winners, receiving Oscars for best supporting actress and best supporting actor.

Leo got the night off to a raucous beginning, when she dropped the F-bomb during her speech. When Bale accepted his award, he told the audience, "I'm not going to drop the F-bomb, like she did. I've done that plenty before." Both were expected to win after taking home the same awards at the Golden Globes. But some doubt had been cast on Leo, after the ads she took out in the Hollywood trades promoting herself backfired. Still, Leo pulled off the win in the end.

"This has been an extraordinary journey," Leo said about the award season. "It's about selling motion pictures and respecting the work."

Among those thanked by Bale in his acceptance speech was Dicky Ecklund, the washed-up fighter he played in The Fighter.

President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at the Oscars. During an introduction for best song, he cited "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca as his favorite movie theme song.

Later in the telecast, Randy Newman, who has been nominated 20 times and won once previously, received the Oscar for "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland took home the first Oscar for art direction. Cinematographer Wally Pfister won his first Oscar for Inception, and gave credit to Christopher Nolan, who was snubbed for a best director nomination. Inception took home several technical awards, for sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects. Pfister beat out perpetual nominee Roger Deakins, the cinematographer on True Grit. Deakins has yet to win an Oscar.

Toy Story 3, which was also nominated for best picture, won best animated feature.

The following is a list of Sunday night's winners:

Best Picture: The King's Speech.
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech 
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan 
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter 
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter 
Best Achievement in Directing: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech 
Foreign Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Cinematography: Inception
Sound Mixing: Inception
Sound Editing: Inception
Original Score: The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Original Song: "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 - Randy Newman
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Documentary (short subject): Strangers No More
Film Editing: The Social Network
Makeup: The Wolfman
Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing
Live Action Short Film: God of Love
Visual Effects: Inception

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Sunday
Feb272011

Results from the 2011 Academy Awards

Image Courtesy - ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- The 83rd annual Academy Awards was held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday night. The following is a list of this year's winners:

Best Motion Picture of the Year:
The King's Speech
This is a story about an Australian speech therapist helping the King of England with his speech impediment. The film stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter and has grossed over $100 million in the U.S. The film won a total of four awards on the night.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Colin Firth: The King's Speech
In this film, Firth plays the role of King George VI, who enlists assistance from a speech therapist for aid with his stammering. Firth has been nominated twice, but this is his first win. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Natalie Portman: Black Swan
In the movie, Portman plays the role of Nina Sayers, a ballerina whose mental state becomes unstable after being cast as Swan Queen in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. This is Portman's first time winning an Oscar. 

Best Achievement in Directing:
Tom Hooper: The King's Speech
The film's tag line was "It takes leadership to confront a nation's fear. It takes friendship to conquer your own." 

Best Original Song:
Toy Story 3: Randy Newman ("We Belong Together")
The third installment of the popular toy film series sees Woody and company having to deal with their owner preparing to depart for college.

Best Achievement in Editing:
The Social Network: Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall
This film depicts how popular social networking website Facebook was founded.

Best Achievement in Visual Effects:
Inception: Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, & Paul Franklin
The mindblowing visual effects in this sci-fi film helped bring home the first Academy Award win for these four. 

Best Documentary, Features
Inside Job: Charles Ferguson & Audrey Marrs
Ferguson ended his acceptance speech on the night with some humor, saying, "Let the record show I'm not wearing jeans." 

Best Short Film, Live Action:
God of Love: Luke Matheny
In his acceptance speech for his first Oscar win, Matheny made sure he thanked his mom, NYU, and a host of others.

Best Documentary, Short Subjects:
Strangers No More: Karen Goodman & Kirk Simon
Goodman and Simon have each recieved four Oscar nominations, and this is their first time winning. 

Best Achievement in Costume Design:
Alice in Wonderland: Colleen Atwood
Atwood has been nominated nine times in this category, and this is her third time winning the award. She has won it in the past for the films Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago

Best Achievement in Makeup:
The Wolfman: Rick Baker & Dave Elsey
Baker has been nominated for a dozen oscars throughout his career, and this is the seventh gold statue he has taken home.

Best Achievement in Sound Editing:
Inception: Richard King
Richard King has now won a total of three Oscars throughout his career. 

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing:
Inception: Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo & Ed Novick
This is a sci-fi film about a thief, whose playground is the dreams of others.  

Best Original Score:
The Social Network: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
This is the first time these two have won an Academy Award. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
Christian Bale: The Fighter
In The Figher, Bale plays the role of Dicky Eklund, a former boxer who now manages his younger brother, Micky's boxing career.

Best Foreign Language Film:
In a Better World: Susan Bier (Denmark)
This is the third movie from Denmark to win the award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Best Original Screenplay:
The King's Speech: David Seidler
This film chronicles Britain's King George VI rise to the throne, and how a speech therapist helped the king in his role.

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Social Network: Aaron Sorkin
This film has grossed almost $100 million the U.S. 

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:
Toy Story 3 (2010): Lee Unkrich
This is the first Oscar win for Lee Unkrich.

Best Short Film, Animated:
The Lost Thing: Shaun Tan & Andrew Ruhemann
Tan and Ruheman emerged victorious after being nominated for the first time. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
Melissa Leo: The Fighter
This is Leo's first time as an Academy Award winner. She has been nominated two times.

Best Achievement in Cinematography:
Inception: Wally Pfister
Filming for Inception was done in six countries, including Canada, England, Morocco, France, Japan, and the U.S.

Best Achievement in Art Direction:
Alice in Wonderland: Robert Stromberg (Production Design); Karen O'Hara (Set Decoration)

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Sunday
Feb272011

Oscar Countdown: Preview to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards

Photo Courtesy - Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Will the cast and crew of The King's Speech deliver a victory speech at the Oscars? The story of how England's King George VI overcame his stutter with the help of a speech therapist is widely considered to be the favorite to win the best picture category at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood. The King's Speech leads all films with 12 nominations, including acting nods for Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

The King's Speech's chief rivals in the best picture category appear to be True Grit, which has 10 nominations overall; The Social Network, which has eight nominations; and The Fighter, which has seven nominations.

Many critics believe Colin Firth is a shoo-in to win the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech. The other nominees are Jesse Eisenberg, nominated for The Social Network; James Franco, for 127 Hours; Javier Bardem, for the Spanish-language film Biutiful; and Jeff Bridges, for True Grit.

Natalie Portman is a favorite to win the best actress Oscar for her role as a ballerina descending into madness in Black Swan. She'll oppose Annette Bening, who's nominated for The Kids Are All Right; Nicole Kidman, for Rabbit Hole; Jennifer Lawrence, for Winter's Bone; and Michelle Williams, for Blue Valentine.

The Fighter star Christian Bale and The King's Speech star Geoffrey Rush seem to be drawing the most attention among the best supporting actor nominees. The best supporting actress category includes two more Fighter stars -- Amy Adams and Melissa Leo -- as well as 14-year-old True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld.

Oscar nominee James Franco will join Anne Hathaway as co-host of the Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. ABC will air the ceremony live on Sunday, beginning 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT. A red carpet special -- hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, Project Runway's Tim Gunn, Maria Menounos and Vanity Fair West Coast editor Krista Smith -- will air an hour before the big show.

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Sunday
Feb272011

Academy Awards 2011: List of Oscar Nominations

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The 83rd annual Academy Awards show is Sunday night at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Best Picture

The Fighter
The King's Speech
Black Swan
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
The Kids Are All Right
Inception
127 Hours
Winter's Bone

Best Actor
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
James Franco, 127 Hours
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Best Actress
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress

Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Coen Brothers, True Grit
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network
127 Hours
True Grit
Toy Story 3
Winter's Bone


Best Original Screenplay

Inception
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Kids Are All Right
Another Year


Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist


Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful
Dogtooth
In a Better World
Incendies
Outside the Law


Best Original Score

The Social Network
How to Train Your Dragon
Inception
The King's Speech
127 Hours


Best Original Song
"Coming Home," from Country Strong
"I See the Light," from Tangled
"If I Rise," from 127 Hours
"We Belong Together," from Toy Story 3

Best Sound Mixing
Inception
The King's Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit


Best Sound Editing

Inception
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable


Best Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Inception
The King's Speech
True Grit


Best Cinematography
Black Swan
Inception
The King's Speech
The Social Network
True Grit


Best Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2


Best Film Editing
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network


Best Costumes
Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King's Speech
The Tempest
True Grit


Best Makeup

The Way Back
The Wolfman

Best Documentary Feature
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land


Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang


Best Animated Short Film
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let's Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage


Best Live Action Short Film
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143


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Saturday
Feb262011

Helena Bonham Carter: No Fat Suit for 'The King's Speech'

Photo Courtesy - Philip Schulte/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Helena Bonham Carter usually wows with her way out-of-the-box ensembles. But at Friday night's QVC Red Carpet Style Party in Los Angeles, clad in her signature black, she dished about how she actually liked the demure clothes she wore in The King's Speech.

"They were really comfy," Carter told ABC News. "I could eat, which I did, lots."

Carter is up for a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth. The petite star said that the Queen's more covered-up looks led some people to believe that she had added some padding to her figure.

"Someone actually asked me, 'Was the fat suit comfortable?' And I was like, 'Uh, I wasn't wearing a fat suit.' The looks weren't the most flattering. But God bless her, she wasn't renowned for her figure."

QVC's annual bash brought out a bevy of stars in addition to Carter. Attendees included Mandy Moore, Joan Rivers, Donald and Melania Trump, Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff, Gossip Girls mom Kelly Rutherford and celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves.

The hot topic of the night: who's going to wear what to the Oscars? Carter said she's eager to see how fellow Oscar nominee Javier Bardem suits up but declined to discuss what she might rock on the red carpet.

"I don't know," she said. "I might just go very straightforward and grown up."

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Thursday
Feb242011

Las Vegas Oddsmaker: 'The King's Speech' Is Favorite to Win Best Picture Oscar

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Odds are The King's Speech will win big at this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. Las Vegas oddsmaker John Avello lists the film, which has a leading 12 nominations, as the favorite to win best picture, and star Colin Firth the favorite to win best actor. Avello says, "I believe if The King's Speech gets on one of those rolls, like they can during an Oscar night, it could win at least five, possibly six."

Avello also believes Black Swan star Natalie Portman is the frontrunner to win best actress; The Fighter co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo are the leaders in the supporting actor and actress categories; and The Social Network director David Fincher is the favorite to win best director.

Don't expect Winter's Bone to pick up major hardware at the ceremony. Avello says it's the least likely film to win best picture.

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Monday
Feb142011

'The King's Speech' Wins Big at the BAFTAs

Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company(LONDON) -- The King's Speech ruled the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, or the BAFTAs, in London on Sunday.

The film received seven awards at England's equivalent of the Oscars, including best picture, best actor for Colin Firth, best supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush and best supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter.

Natalie Portman was named best actress, for Black Swan.

The Social Network earned three awards, including best director for David Fincher and best adapted screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.

Inception also received three prizes.  In addition, Inception actor Tom Hardy won the Rising Star Award, as determined by a public vote.

Here are the winners in the major BAFTA categories:

Best Film
-- The King's Speech

Best British Film
-- The King's Speech

Leading Actor
-- Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Leading Actress
-- Natalie Portman,  Black Swan

Supporting Actor
-- Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Supporting Actress
-- Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech

Director
-- The Social Network, David Fincher

Animated Film
-- Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich

Original Screenplay
-- The King's Speech, David Seidler

Adapted Screenplay
-- The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin

Rising Star
-- Tom Hardy

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Monday
Jan312011

'The King's Speech,' 'The Fighter' Among Top Winners at SAG Awards

Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company(LOS ANGELES) -- The King's Speech ruled the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The film won two awards, including the top prize, outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.  Colin Firth received an outstanding male actor award for his performance in the film, which has quickly made a strong case to win the best picture Oscar.

Black Swan actress Natalie Portman and The Fighter co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo were also honored.

On the TV side, ABC's Modern Family and HBO's Boardwalk Empire won the awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy and drama, respectively.  To her surprise, 89-year-old Betty White was recognized as the top female actor in a comedy series for Hot in Cleveland.

Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi, 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin, The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, You Don't Know Jack's Al Pacino and Temple Grandin's Claire Danes were also winners in the TV acting categories.

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Friday
Jan282011

Screen Actors Guild Awards to Be Presented Sunday

Photo Courtesy - Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best performances by film and TV actors in the past year, will be held this Sunday at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

The Fighter and The King's Speech each have four nominations to lead all films.  ABC's Modern Family is the most-nominated television show, with four nods.

It was announced Thursday that Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Renner, Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Sofia Vergara and Robin Wright will present at the SAG Awards, joining a list that already included Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, Eva Longoria, Hilary Swank, Betty White and many other stars.

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live in all time zones on TBS and TNT, beginning 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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