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Academy Voter Liam Neeson has no Time to Watch Nominated Films

February 17th, 2011 10:25pm EST
Liam Neeson
Actor Liam Neeson has discovered a snag in the Oscars officials' decision to nominate 10 Best Films - busy voters like him don't have the time to watch all the movies in contention.

The Unknown star has been a member of the Academy for the last few years, and as such, receives screener copies of the films up for the top Oscar - but he never gets around to watching them.

He confesses, "There's just not enough hours in the day, so I personally voted for the past two years because I think it's not fair if I see two films and I don't see the other 40."

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'King's Speech' Wins Seven Awards At BAFTAs (See Winners)

February 14th, 2011 9:02am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
"The King's Speech" continued its reign over the movie industry's awards season by taking home seven trophies at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The critically-acclaimed film won its three leading stars the main acting prizes - Colin Firth was named Best Actor for his role as stuttering British monarch George VI; Helena Bonham Carter took home the Best Supporting Actress title, while the Best Supporting Actor award went to Geoffrey Rush.

The movie picked up the coveted Best Film honor, beating fellow contenders "Black Swan," "Inception," "The Soc...
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Inside The Interview Room At The Oscar Nominees Luncheon

February 8th, 2011 11:00am EST
Jeff Bridges
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit with approximately fifty other journalists to interview the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominees at the annual Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. It is a terrific opportunity for all of the honorees to celebrate their accomplishments in film for 2010 without the pressures of the red carpet, a global audience, and the fact that only one person will go home with that coveted Oscar statuette. The luncheon is a very private and supportive event where nominees individually receive a certificate honoring their nomination. The interview room is pretty...
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Melissa Leo Defends Posing For Saucy Oscars Ad

February 8th, 2011 10:16am EST
Melissa Leo
Actress Melissa Leo has defended posing for a provocative photograph to rally for Oscars votes, insisting the "awards process" is about "pimping yourself out."

The star is nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the upcoming ceremony, and is facing competition from her The Fighter co-star Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom).

Leo donned a tight low-cut black dress to pose for a sexy promo shot, which ran in a number of Hollywood trade magazines and online with the tagline 'Consider' in a bid to gain votes ah...
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'Inception' And 'The Social Network' Dominate WGA Awards

February 6th, 2011 5:12pm EST
Inception
Christopher Nolan, an Oscar snubee for Best Director this year, was honored Saturday for Best Original Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards for 'Inception.' Meanwhile, Aaron Sorkin continued his march to the Oscar podium with a win for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'The Social Network.' This might sound like doom for 'The King's Speech,' which has been on a roll recently with guild wins, but the film was not eligible for the WGA award due to strict rules.

On the TV side, the Drama Series award went to 'Mad Men' while 'Modern Family' nabbed the comedy award. In terms of specific episodes...
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'The King's Speech' Bosses End Dispute With Animal Rights Group

February 6th, 2011 9:00am EST
The King's Speech
Producers of The King's Speech have settled a dispute with animal rights campaigners who threatened to sue over the use of the phrase 'No Animals Harmed' in the film's credits.

Bosses at the American Humane Association (AHA), who have a trademark on the phrase, demanded the removal of the end-credits pledge that no animals were harmed during the shoot, as they were not involved in the production.

The public advocacy group only allows the tag to be used when officials have been given access to the set and copies of the script to certify that animals are treated well, according to the Holly...
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SAG Awards Top Moments: Why Was Natalie Portman's Acceptance Speech Censored?

January 31st, 2011 9:20am EST
Natalie Portman | Photo Credits: John Shearer/WireImage.com
Here are our top moments of the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards:

10. Most Nurturing: "It shouldn't be called the SAG award, it should be called the Uplifting Award," The King's Speech actor Geoffrey Rush says on behalf of the cast, before giving nods to the movie's supporting actors, including his on-screen family and Freya Wilson, who played the young future Queen Elizabeth. His SAG family must be very proud.

9. The Kanye West Memorial Award: Has someone been enjoying a little post-Prohibition tipple? A spacey, dark-lipped Paz de la Huerta commandeers the mic after Steve Buscemi's speech...
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The Rite Leads Slow Box Office Weekend

January 31st, 2011 9:14am EST
The Rite
The exorcism thriller The Rite topped a slow weekend at the movies, Box Office Mojo reports.

The film starring Anthony Hopkins nabbed $15 million in its first week. Last week's No. 1, No Strings Attached, fell to second with an estimated $13.7 million.

No Strings Attached claims top spot at the box office

The weekend's other new film, The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, tied with...

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2011 SAG Awards List Of Winners

January 31st, 2011 8:15am EST
Colin Firth
 

Natalie Portman, Colin Firth and the cast of The King's Speech took the top prizes at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

Firth won Best Actor for his role in the British monarchy drama, which also took the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Meanwhile Portman claimed the Best Actress award for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's ballet drama Black Swan. The Fighter was also a big winner, with cast mates Christian Bale and Melissa Leo earning honors for Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively.

Elsewhere, Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Em...
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'Black Swan,' Black Dress - Natalie Portman Was Radiant At The DGA Awards

January 30th, 2011 9:10pm EST
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman showed up to the 63rd Annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Saturday night looking radiant in a long black dress.

The star's latest film, Black Swan, was nominated for an award for director Darren Aronofsky but was beat out by Tom Hooper, who helmed heavy Oscar favorite The King's Speech for the ceremony's top honor.

Hooper was presented with the outstanding directorial achievement by his peers for his story of stuttering British monarch King George VI.

The DGA Awards are thought to be the best indicato...
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'The King's Speech' Shocks With DGA Win

January 30th, 2011 6:05pm EST
The King's Speech
'The King's Speech' director Tom Hooper turned a few heads Saturday by winning the Directors Guild of America award, beating out the favorite, David Fincher, who helmed 'The Social Network.' After pulling off a similar upset with the Producers Guild last week, 'The King's Speech' seems poised to march to the status of front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar.

On the TV side, awards went to Martin Scorsese for directing the pilot episode of 'Boardwalk Empire' and to Michael Spiller, who helmed the 'Halloween' episode of 'Modern Family.' Mick Jackson also won for his work directing the HBO...
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Helena Bonham Carter Had To Speed Read History Books

January 30th, 2011 2:00pm EST
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter cheated as she researched her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech - she "sped-read" through history books because there was so much material on the royal.

The Planet Of The Apes star portrays King George VI's wife Elizabeth in the Oscar-nominated drama, opposite Colin Firth as the stammering monarch.

But Bonham Carter confesses she took a short cut through Elizabeth's early years up until 1939 because she didn't have enough time to properly learn all about Queen Elizabeth II's mother, who died in 2002 at the grand old age of 101.

She says, "I just pretended ...
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Colin Firth Has 'A Problem' With The British Monarchy

January 28th, 2011 12:32pm EST
Colin Firth
Colin Firth is not a fan of Britain's royal family, because he has "a problem" with "unelected bodies".

The actor is nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of stuttering King George VI in acclaimed royal drama The King's Speech, while he also won a Golden Globe award for the role earlier this month.

Firth recently admitted he had little knowledge of the story of the troubled monarch before taking on the job, as he is "not a royal watcher" - and now he concedes the concept of the royal family makes him uncomfortable.

During in an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, which is due to air...
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Harvey Weinstein Wants 'The King's Speech' Edited For PG Rated Re-release

January 26th, 2011 8:20pm EST
The King's Speech
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is urging The King's Speech director Tom Hooper to return to the editing room and cut the 'F' word from his hit film - so the Oscar favorite can become a family favorite.

Weinstein is keen to boost the film's box office following its 12 Oscar nominations on Tuesday - and he's asked Hooper to consider cutting the profanity that earned the period drama an 'R' rating in the U.S.

The producer is keen to re-release the film to cinemas with the language in one scene toned down - as part of a new marketing strategy he hopes will prompt young cinemagoers to see the mo...
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Stuttering Nicole Kidman Felt For Colin Firth's King

January 26th, 2011 1:42am EST
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Nicole Kidman had a special connection to Colin Firth's new film The King's Speech - because she grew up with a stammer.

In the film, the actor plays stuttering British king George VI and Kidman can understand what the royal went through.

She tells Newsweek, "I had one (stammer) as a kid... I just remember everyone always saying to me, 'Calm down, think about what you're gonna say,' and then I grew out of it.

"I remember when I was little just being so excited to get it out and I couldn't get it out."

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The Oscar Nominations: Surprises, Snubs And Flubs

January 25th, 2011 10:48pm EST
The King's Speech
As reported earlier, the Oscar nominations were announced this morning. As in recent years, everything went according to plan. There were a few surprise inclusions, but most of them weren’t shocking. And the snubs weren’t too surprising either.

‘The King’s Speech’ led with 12 nominations, more than most predicted. ‘True Grit’ was close behind with a strong 10 – an astonishing turnaround from its ridiculous zero nominations at the Golden Globes – while ‘The Social Network’ trailed with a somewhat disappointing 8 nominations.

Joel and Ethan Coen of ‘True Grit’ likely edged out Christo...
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Inside Look At Today's Oscar Announcements!

January 25th, 2011 2:37pm EST
83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations
I was lucky enough to be inside the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre this morning while the 83rd Annual Academy Award Nominations were announced. Here is a timeline and some insider information on how the morning played out:

2 AM : Time to wake up and get ready for the announcements. Since the nominations are coordinated with morning shows on the East Coast, I knew I would have to try and get some sleep before I had to be up in the middle of the night. My bed time? 5:37 PM. Just enough beauty sleep for this 2 AM wake up call.

3:30 AM: My official call time over at the Academy's headquarters i...
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Oscar Nominations 2011: Complete List Of Academy Award Nominees

January 25th, 2011 9:34am EST
2011 Oscar Nominations
The Oscar nominations are in! The King's Speech dominated with 12 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Colin Firth, and Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter. "True Grit" wasn't far behind with 10 nominations.

Also nominated for best picture were "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be held on February 27, 2011. Check out all the nominees below:

Actor in a Leading Role

* Javier Barde...
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'The King's Speech' Poised For Oscar Upset After Producers Guild Awards

January 23rd, 2011 12:55pm EST
The King's Speech
The King's Speech has picked up momentum in the race towards Oscar glory after winning the top prize at the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards on Saturday.

The film's producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, were awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer Of The Year Award at the ceremony.

The movie, starring Colin Firth as the stammering British King George VI, was among 10 nominees including The Social Network and Black Swan.

Other winners at the 22nd annual PGA Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, included Toy Story 3 in the Best Animate...
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'The King's Speech' Gets Massive 14 Nominations For BAFTA Awards

January 18th, 2011 9:51am EST
The Kings Speech
Critically-acclaimed "The King's Speech" is set to dominate the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards next month, after scoring a massive 14 nominations.

The Tom Hooper movie, about stammering British monarch King George VI, has picked up nods in the Best Film and Best Director categories, while Colin Firth is tipped for Best Actor and his co-star Helena Bonham Carter will compete for the Best Supporting Actress prize.

The picture is facing a challenge from Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, which has picked up 12 nominations, including nods for its star Natalie Portman, ...
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'The Queen' Is Film Fans' Favorite Movie Monarch

January 18th, 2011 7:05am EST
The Queen
Helen Mirren's portrayal of The Queen is movie fans' favorite royal role, according to a new online poll.

In anticipation of Colin Firth's Best Actor win at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday for The King's Speech, and his assured Oscar nomination, websites WENN and Fandango.com staged a weekend vote to find the best movie monarch.

Mirren topped the poll with 47 per cent, while Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth I came in second with 31 per cent of the vote.

Judi Dench came in third and fourth with her portrayals of Elizabeth I (Shakespeare in Love) and Queen Victoria (Mrs. Brown), and Nigel Hawt...
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Golden Globes: 'The Social Network Previals,' Gervais Sails

January 17th, 2011 3:17pm EST
The Social Network
‘The Social Network’ was the big winner at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, with four awards – Best Drama, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Score. 'The King’s Speech' – which led in nominations with seven – came away with just one win, for Best Drama Actor (Colin Firth).

‘The Kids Are All Right’ re-emerged in the Oscar race with two wins (Best Comedy – and how could it NOT win that given the competition?) and Best Comedy Actress for Annette Bening (ditto). And ‘The Fighter’ takes the lead in the supporting races, with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo ...
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'Green Hornet' Takes Top Spot At Box Office

January 17th, 2011 9:16am EST
Green Hornet
Seth Rogen's superhero film "The Green Hornet" stung competition at the box office this weekend after taking profits of $34 million.

Director Michel Gondry's big-screen adaptation about a richboy-turned-masked vigilante opened at the top spot, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ron Howard's new comedy "The Dilemma," starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, opened at number two with $17.4 million in earnings.

The Coen brothers' western "True Grit" slipped from one to three with $11.2 million.

Rounding out the top five are "The King's Speech" and Darren Aronofsky's...
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'The Social Network' Tops Golden Globes (Full List Of Winners)

January 16th, 2011 11:56pm EST
The Social Network
The Social Network has virtually locked in its Best Film Oscar after landing four big awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Just two days after picking up the main prize at the Critics Choice Awards, the film won top honors at the Globes, while there were also accolades for David Fincher (Best Director), Aaron Sorkin (Best Screenplay) and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Best Score).

The night's big loser was The King's Speech, which led all nominations with seven, but went home with only one - a Best Actor gong for Oscars favorite Colin Firth.

The ceremony's highlight came when Mic...
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'Inception' And 'Social Network' Lead Critics Choice Awards

January 15th, 2011 11:00am EST
Inception
Mind-bending drama Inception and The Social Network were the big winners at the Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, picking up 10 honors between them.

The Social Network claimed Best Film, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Score (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross), while Inception took home six prizes, including Best Action Film, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.

The 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards also honoured Oscar favourites Natalie Portman and Colin Firth with acting awards for their roles in Black Swan and The King's Sp...
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'Golden Globes' Picks: 'Two Jews On Film' Almost Agree On Theirs (Video)

January 14th, 2011 11:20am EST
The Kings Speech
It's that time of year...Hollywood's super fun award show, The Golden Globes...where anything can happen. Just look at one of this year's picks from The Hollywood Foreign Press...'The Tourist' for best comedy. You've got to be kidding. The only reason that film was nominated was to get Johnny Depp and Miss Jolie to the show.

That said...there are a lot of wonderful films nominated this year. Darren Aronofsky's dark and brilliant tale of an obsessed ballerina, 'The Black Swan' has Natalie Portman, Barbara Hershey, and Mila Kunis doing some of their best work.

Then there was David Finc...
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Colin Firth Dedicates Walk Of Fame Star To His Wife

January 14th, 2011 9:18am EST
Colin Firth
Colin Firth fought back tears on Thursday as he dedicated his Hollywood Walk of Fame honor to his wife Livia.

The actor, who is tipped to win an Oscar for his portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech, was saluted with the 2,429th star on the famous Los Angeles strip during a ceremony outside British pub The Pig & Whistle.

Firth became emotional as he received the honor and told the crowd that Livia's support has proved invaluable since he found fame.

He said, "When I look down there at that star, it's her name I see. I want to thank everybody that has accompanied me on this ex...
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DGA Nominations: Are Coen Bros. Doomed At Oscars?

January 11th, 2011 10:35am EST
Coen,_Joel
The Directors Guild of America announced is nominees for Best Director yesterday, and there was only one major surprise: the omission of Joel and Ethan Coen for ‘True Grit.’ They were edged out by these nominees:

David Fincher for ‘The Social Network’

Tom Hooper for ‘The King’s Speech’

David O. Russell for ‘The Fighter’

Christopher Nolan for ‘Inception’

Darren Aronofsky for ‘Black Swan’

The Coens still have a shot at being nominated at the Oscars, but it means edging out one of these nominees, probably Russell or Nolan. All five of the movies nominated at the DGA stand an extremely ...
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The Oscar Race: Any More Clear With PGA and WGA Nods?

January 5th, 2011 1:43pm EST
Oscars
The Oscar race just got a little more clear – but barely. The Producers Guild of America announced their nominees yesterday, with 10 nominees for the Best Picture Award. The only real surprise is that ‘Winter’s Bone’ – thought to be a possible Best Picture Oscar contender – was left off the list. Here’s a rundown of the movie nominees:

'127 Hours'
Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson

'Black Swan'
Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver

'Inception'
Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas

'The Fighter'
Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg

'The K...
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'Two Jews On Film' Pick Their Top 10 For 2010 (Video)

January 3rd, 2011 4:05pm EST
True Grit
2010 was truly a year for amazing films. We had The Coen Brothers' fantastic remake of the classic western, True Grit. Films about people overcoming great obstacles...'Frankie & Alice', 'Conviction', 'The Fighter' '127 Hours' and of course, one of the 'Two Jews On Film' favorites...'The King's Speech'. We had movies about a dancer's obsessed with perfection...Darren Aronofsky's brilliant, twisted tale, 'The Black Swan', and a film about a man obsessed with money and power 'Casino Jack'...And then there was that movie about a guy that changed our lives forever...'The Social Network'...one...
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