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2010 Oscar Results – Avatar will be Hurting

Posted by LiveFor on March 8, 2010

The results are out and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker was the big winner. She is now the first female director to win best Director at the Academy Awards. Ben Stiller dressed up as a Na’Vi. Sandra Bullock is the best and worst actress and The Dude won best actor. Neil Patrick Harris opened the proceedings with a song while Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosted the show.

Best Supporting Actor:

* Matt Damon – Invictus
* Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
* Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
* Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
* Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Best Animated Feature Film:

* Coraline
* Fantastic Mr. Fox
* The Princess and the Frog
* The Secret of the Kells
* Up

Best Original Song:

* “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog
* “Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog
* “Loin de Paname” from Paris 36
* “Take It All” from Nine
* “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Best Original Screenplay:

* Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker
* Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
* Oren Moverman and – The Messenger
* Joel and Ethan Coen – A Serious Man
* Pete Docter and Bob Peterson – Up

Best Animated Short:

* French Roast
* Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
* The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
* Logorama
* A Matter of Loaf and Death

Best Documentary Short:

* China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
* The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
* The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
* Music by Prudence
* Rabbit à la Berlin

Best Live-Action Short:

* The Door
* Instead of Abracadabra
* Kavi
* Miracle Fish
* The New Tenants

Best Make-up:

* Il Divo
* Star Trek
* The Young Victoria

Best Adapted Screenplay:

* Neill Blomkamp and – District 9
* Nick Hornby – An Education
* Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche – In the Loop
* Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner – Up in the Air

Best Supporting Actress:

* Penelope Cruz – Nine
* Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
* Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart
* Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
* Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

Best Art Direction

* Avatar
* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
* Nine
* Sherlock Holmes
* The Young Victoria

Best Costume Design:

* Bright Star
* Coco Before Chanel
* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
* Nine
* The Young Victoria

Best Sound Editing:

* Avatar
* The Hurt Locker
* Inglourious Basterds
* Star Trek
* Pixar’s Up


Best Sound Mixing
:

* Avatar
* The Hurt Locker
* Inglourious Basterds
* Star Trek
* Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Cinematography:

* Maurio Fiore – Avatar
* Bruno Delbonnel – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
* Barry Ackroyd – The Hurt Locker
* Robert Richardson – Inglourious Basterds
* Christian Berger – The White Ribbon

Best Original Score:

* James Horner – Avatar
* Alexandre Desplat – Fantastic Mr. Fox
* Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders – The Hurt Locker
* Hans Zimmer – Sherlock Holmes
* Michael Giacchino – Pixar’s Up

Best Visual Effects:

* Avatar
* District 9
* Star Trek

Best Documentary Feature:

* Burma VJ
* The Cove
* Food, Inc.
* The Most Dangerous Man in America
* Which Way Home

Best Film Editing:

* Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron – Avatar
* Julian Clarke – District 9
* Bob Murawski and Chris Innis – The Hurt Locker
* Sally Menke – Inglourious Basterds
* Joe Klotz – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Best Foreign Language Film:

* Ajami – Israel
* El Secreto de sus Ojos – Argentina
* The Milk of Sorrow – Peru
* Un Prophéte – France
* The White Ribbon – Germany

Best Actor:

* Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
* George Clooney – Up in the Air
* Colin Firth – A Single Man
* Morgan Freeman – Invictus
* Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

Best Actress:

* Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
* Helen Mirren – The Last Station
* Carey Mulligan – An Education
* Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

Best Director:

* Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
* James Cameron – Avatar
* Lee Daniels – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
* Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

Best Picture:

* Avatar
* The Blind Side
* District 9
* An Education
* The Hurt Locker
* Inglourious Basterds
* Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* A Serious Man
* Up
* Up in the Air

There you have it. Did they make the right choice. Should The Hurt Locker have won best picture? In 10 years time which will you remember the most – The Hurt Locker or Avatar?

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The 2010 Razzies – Sandra Bullock won worst Actress, could she win an Oscar as well?

Posted by LiveFor on March 7, 2010

Sandra Bullock turned up in person to collect her Razzie for Worst Actress. The thing is in a few hours she could win Best Actress at the Oscars.

Sandra, who along with co-star Bradley Cooper also won Worst Screen Couple for their performance in comedy All About Steve, arrived with a trailer filled with DVDs for the audience. She’s a good sport for turning up to collect the prize. Has anyone seen All About Steve? Is it as bad as they say?

She is in the running for Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Blind Side.

Michael Bay and Transformers 2 won Worst Picture and Director.

Below is the full list of Losers. Do you agree or disagree with any of them?

WORST PICTURE

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

WORST DIRECTOR

Michael Bay – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

WORST ACTOR

Jonas Brothers – The 3-D Concert Experience

WORST ACTRESS

Sandra Bullock – All About Steve

WORST SUPPORT ACTOR

Billy Ray Cyrus – Hannah Montana: The Movie

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sienna Miller – G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

WORST SCREEN COUPLE

Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper – All About Steve

WORST REMAKE/RIP-FF/SEQUEL

Land of the Lost

WORST PICTURE OF THE DECADE

Battlefield Earth

WORST ACTOR OF THE DECADE

Eddie Murphy

WORST ACTRESS OF THE DECADE

Paris Hilton

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Oscars 2010 – Who do you think will win?

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

I posted the Oscar nominations a while ago and now I’ve had a chance to think about it here are my predictions.

PICTURE:
Avatar

DIRECTOR:
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

ACTOR:
George Clooney – Up in the Air

ACTRESS:
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche – In the Loop

ANIMATED FEATURE:
Up

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
The White Ribbon (Germany)

ART DIRECTION:
Avatar

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Mauro Fiore – Avatar

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
The Cove

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
Rabbit à la Berlin

ANIMATED SHORT:
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)

LIVE-ACTION SHORT:
Instead of Abracadabra

VISUAL EFFECTS:
Avatar

COSTUME DESIGN:
Coco before Chanel

MAKEUP:
Star Trek

FILM EDITING:
The Hurt Locker

SOUND MIXING:
Avatar

SOUND EDITING:
The Hurt Locker

ORIGINAL SCORE:
Michael Giacchino – Up

ORIGINAL SONG:
“The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

There you go. Some of it based on logic, some on gut instinct and some are pure guesswork.

You can have a go at guessing over on the Live for Films Oscar Pool – head over and make your pick. The person with the most correct choices will be announced a day or two after the Oscars. There may even be a prize in it (still working on what to give to the winner).

VoucherCodes.co.uk, who list Amazon Promotional Codes and Lovefilm Discount Codes, are running an Oscars sweepstake so if you run a film site you have a chance to win some stuff here.

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Jameson / Empire Film Awards – The 2010 Nominations Announced

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

Another award ceremony has announced their nominees and some good ones to be had at the Jameson / Empire Film Awards. Here is the press release followed by the list of nominations.

Two of the biggest and most revered action/thriller directors lead the way in this year’s Awards with James Cameron’s Avatar and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds each garnering five nominations. Academy Award-nominated dramas proved equally popular with the multi-BAFTA Award-winning The Hurt Locker and District 9 receiving four nominations each whilst Up In The Air and An Education each receive three nominations.

In the running for the coveted position of Best Film (presented by Sony) are Avatar, Star Trek, District 9, Inglourious Basterds and The Hurt Locker.

Harry Brown, Sherlock Holmes and Inglourious Basterds all feature in the Best Actor category (presented by Citroën) with nominations for Sir Michael Caine and Robert Downey Jr. They are joined by Christoph Waltz with his Academy Award-nominated performance in Inglourious Basterds, Sam Worthington in Avatar and Robert Pattinson in New Moon.

The past year has also given movie fans a dazzling array of performances by a new generation of leading ladies. Zoe Saldana for her motion capture work in Avatar as Best Actress, alongside Carey Mulligan’s superb performance in An Education. They are joined by Emily Blunt in the title role of The Young Victoria, Melanie Laurent as vengeful refugee Shosanna Dreyfus in Inglourious Basterds and Anne-Marie Duff for her acclaimed performance as John Lennon’s mother in Nowhere Boy.

Avatar and Inglourious Basterds see directors James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino go head to head for the coveted title of Best Director alongside Neil Blomkamp for District 9, JJ Abrams for Star Trek and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker.

This has been another fantastic year for British filmmaking as reflected by nominees in many of the categories. The nominees for the Best British Film Award include Daniel Barber’s Michael Caine thriller Harry Brown, Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Lone Scherfig’s An Education, Sam Taylor-Wood’s directorial debut Nowhere Boy and Armando Iannucci’s political satire In The Loop (also nominated for Best Comedy).

The awards continue to acknowledge and celebrate the emergence of new talent. This year’s nominees for Best Newcomer are: Carey Mulligan for her BAFTA Award-winning role in An Education, Aaron Johnson for his performance as a young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, Sharlto Copley in District 9, Anna Kendrick for her roles in Up In The Air and New Moon, and Katie Jarvis in the critically acclaimed Fish Tank.

Cinemagoers were kept in stitches by films such as the hit buddy movie The Hangover, the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man, In The Loop and George Clooney’s dual roles in The Men Who Stare At Goats and Up In The Air – all of which are nominated for the Best Comedy Award.

Meanwhile, the Best Horror nominees that saw filmgoers cringing in their seats comprise of Tomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One In, Oren Peli’s terrifying Paranormal Activity, Ruben Fleischer’s comedy horror Zombieland, Chan-wook Park’s Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winning Thirst and Sam Raimi’s return to form, Drag Me To Hell.

The Best Thriller category sees Harry Brown and Michael Mann’s Public Enemies up against Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr.

Finally, Duncan Jones’ Moon, JJ Abrams’ Star Trek and James Cameron’s Avatar will go up against Neil Blomkamp’s District 9 and Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy film.

This year’s Jameson Empire Awards also welcomes the return of the hugely popular amateur filmmaking competition Done In 60 Seconds. All entries have now been submitted and the public are now starting to vote for their favourite Done in 60 Seconds film. Voting will close on March 12 and then the UK’s top five finalists will join 15 international finalists to be judged by a super-panel comprising Empire Editor Mark Dinning, actor Jason Issacs and director Edgar Wright. The resulting top five will then be invited to the Awards itself, but only one can win the coveted prize. The public can vote for their favourite UK Done in 60 Seconds video by visiting the website: www.empireonline.com/awards2010.

The Jameson Empire Awards 2010 will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Sunday March 28 at 4.30pm.

List of Nominees:

Best Film
Avatar
Star Trek
District 9
Inglourious Basterds
The Hurt Locker

Best Actor
Sir Michael Caine (Harry Brown)
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Robert Pattinson (New Moon)
Sam Worthington (Avatar)
Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes)

Best Actress
Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy)
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Zoe Saldana (Avatar)
Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria)
Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds)

Best Director
James Cameron (Avatar)
Neil Blomkamp (District 9)
JJ Abrams (Star Trek)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

Best British Film
Harry Brown
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
An Education
Nowhere Boy
In The Loop

Best Comedy
In The Loop
A Serious Man
The Hangover
Up In The Air
The Men Who Stare At Goats

Best Horror
Let The Right One In
Paranormal Activity
Zombieland
Thirst
Drag Me To Hell

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Moon
Star Trek
Avatar
District 9
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

Best Thriller
Harry Brown
Public Enemies
Inglourious Basterds
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes

Best Newcomer
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy)
Sharlto Copley (District 9)
Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air/New Moon)
Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank)

What do you think will win?

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BAFTAS 2010: The Winners – The Hurt Locker beat Avatar and Moon did well

Posted by LiveFor on February 21, 2010

Well it looks as if we Brits preferred the exploits of the bomb disposal team in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker over James Cameron’s Avatar. Bigelow’s film won best film and director, original screenplay, cinematography, as well as editing and sound awards.

Well done to Duncan Jones who won Outstanding Debut (that’s him behind the BAFTA award below).

BEST FILM
* The Hurt Locker
Avatar
An Education
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Up In the Air

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
* Fish Tank
An Education
In the Loop
Moon
Nowhere Boy

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
* Duncan Jones – Moon
Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, David Pearson – Mugabe and the White African
Eran Creevy – Shifty
Stuart Hazeldine – Exam
Sam Taylor_Wood – Nowhere Boy

DIRECTOR
* The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow
Avatar – James Cameron
District 9 – Neill Blomkamp
An Education – Lone Scherfig
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
* The Hurt Locker – Mark Boal
The Hangover – Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
A Serious Man – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Up – Bob Peterson, Pete Docter

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
* Up In the Air – Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
District 9 – Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
An Education – Nick Hornby
In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire – Geoffrey Fletcher

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
* A Prophet
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Let the Right One In
The White Ribbon

ANIMATED FILM
* Up
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox

LEADING ACTOR
* Colin Firth – A Single Man
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up In The Air
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker
Andy Serkis – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

LEADING ACTRESS
* Carey Mulligan – An Education
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
Audrey Tautou – Coco Before Chanel

SUPPORTING ACTOR
* Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Alec Baldwin – It’s Complicated
Christian Mckay – Me And Orson Welles
Alfred Molina – An Education
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
* Mo’nique – Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire
Anne-Marie Duff – Nowhere Boy
Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air
Kristin Scott Thomas – Nowhere Boy

ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP
Vanessa Redgrave

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
Joe Dunton

MUSIC
* Up – Michael Giacchino
Avatar – James Horner
Crazy Heart – T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Alexandre Desplat
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Chaz Jankel

CINEMATOGRAPHY
* The Hurt Locker – Barry Ackroyd
Avatar – Mauro Fiore
District 9 – Trent Opaloch
Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson
The Road – Javier Aguirresarobe

EDITING
* The Hurt Locker – Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
Avatar – Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
District 9 – Julian Clarke
Inglourious Basterds – Sally Menke
Up in the Air – Dana E. Glauberman

PRODUCTION DESIGN
* Avatar – Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
District 9 – Philip Ivey, Guy Poltgieter
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Nominees TBC
Inglourious Basterds – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco

COSTUME DESIGN
* The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell
Bright Star – Janet Patterson
Coco Before Chanel – Catherine Leterrier
An Education – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
A Single Man – Arianne Phillips

SOUND
* The Hurt Locker – Ray Beckett, Paul N. J. Ottosson, Craig Stauffer
Avatar – Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson, Addison Teague
District 9 – Nominees TBC
Star Trek – Peter J. Devlin, Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Mark Stoeckinger, Ben Burtt
Up – Tom Myers, Michael Silvers, Michael Semanick

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
* Avatar – Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones
District 9 – Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – John Richardson, Tim Burke, Tim Alexander, Nicolas Aithadi
The Hurt Locker – Richard Stutsman
Star Trek – Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton

MAKEUP & HAIR
* The Young Victoria – Jenny Shircore
Coco Before Chanel – Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen, Jane Milon
An Education – Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Sarah Monzani
Nine – Peter ‘Swords’ King

ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD
* Kristen Stewart
Jesse Eisenberg
Nicholas Hoult
Carey Mulligan
Tahar Rahim

Do you think the British Academy of Film and Television picked the right winners? Which way do you think the Oscars will go?

Pictures from BAFTA

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Jeff Bridges – Is fifth time the charm for the Dude to get an Oscar?

Posted by LiveFor on February 3, 2010

Article by Richard Bodsworth

To many he is simply known as, The Dude. From his roles in The Big Lebowski and Tron it is easy to place him in the ‘cult’ category but Jeff Bridges is also a quality actor. This years Oscar nominations were announced yesterday and for the fifth time in his livelihood Bridges finds himself in prime position to win a golden statuette, an accolade that has eluded him at all previous attempts. Now seems as good a time as any to take a brief look at some of the performances that have solidified his sterling career so far.

Even from his first big role in Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 coming-of-age drama, The Last Picture Show, Bridges proved he was an actor to be reckoned with. His performance of Duane Jackson earned him his first Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category but eventually lost out to co-star Ben Johnson. A couple of years later in 1974 he was nominated in the same category, this time for Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino’s crime drama Thunderbolt and Lightfoot opposite Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood. However the Academy rightly opted for Robert De Niro’s legendary performance as the young Vito Corleone in the second instalment of The Godfather trilogy, making it two for two against Bridges.

Disney’s Tron followed in 1982, although not considered a blockbuster at the time it has grown to become a cult classic and Bridges is set to reprise his role of video game programmer Kevin Flynn later this year in Tron Legacy. Another nomination and another rejection in 1984 when he was up for Best Actor in 1984 for his performance as an alien who falls to Earth and takes the appearance of a dead man in John Carpenter’s Starman. This time pipped by F. Murray Abraham who featured in the award-hording Amadeus.

A string of performances over the 80’s and 90’s including Peter Weir’s Fearless, Against All Odds and Jagged Edge continued to build his reputation as a great actor. He would also team up with brother Beau Bridges in The Fabulous Baker Boys, in which the siblings play a pair of faltering jazz pianists who bring in a female singer (Michelle Pfeiffer, who would later lose out on an Oscar for her part) in hope of changing their fortunes. Later appearances in well crafted thriller Arlington Road with Tim Robbins and racehorse drama Seabiscuit would also add substantial clout to his resume. Bridges once more missed out on recognition for his skills in Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King after again being beaten by a co-star, this time for a Golden Globe, the award would go to Robin Williams. He would later team up with Gilliam for 2005’s Tideland and also acted as narrator for Lost in La Mancha, the fascinating documentary following Gilliam’s failed attempt to bring the story of Don Quixote to life.

Perhaps his greatest, and certainly the most iconic role of his career was that of Jeffery ‘The Dude’ Lebowski in the Coen brothers 1998 classic The Big Lebowski. The film, which tells the story of an unemployed stoner and bowling lover who simply refers to himself as ‘The Dude’, was not a huge commercial success at the time, but over time the film, and the character have gone on to become an institution. Along with its instantly quotable lines (I could fill the page with, “that rug really tied the room together” etc. but I wont), the “way of The Dude” has even spawned its own religion, Dudeism. Yes that is correct, I was ordained last night, check it out www.dudeism.com

President Jackson Evans in The Contender, Rod Lurie’s political drama about the corrupt on goings in Washington during the search for a new Vice-President, was his fourth attempt at Oscar gold. Although a decent performance it was certainly not the greatest and Bridges eventually lost out to Benicio Del Toro for his portrayal in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic.
Bridges has never been considered a ‘big movie’ type of guy, whether that is his own decision I don’t know, but over the past few years he has moved closer into the mainstream market. He would lend his voice to animation fare Surfs Up before featuring in teen-comedy Stick It and playing the role of magazine editor Clayton Harding in the underwhelming How To Win Friends & Alienate People. He also took on a supporting role in blockbuster Iron Man, playing villain Obadiah Stane and most recently an almost ‘Dude’ like role in the big screen adaptation of Jon Ronson’s The Men Who Stare At Goats.

So here we are in 2010 and ‘The Dude’ is back in Oscar contention for his turn as washed up country singer Bad Blake in Crazy Heart (check out the LFF review). Having already picked up a Golden Globe among other gongs he certainly has to be considered the front runner. Variety’s called Bridges “The whole show…” while Roger Ebert commented “Some actors are blessed. Jeff Bridges is one them.” Sadly and angrily, here in the UK we have to wait until February 19th to see the film! He will have to be cautious however if Mickey Rourke’s robbery last year is anything to go by. After cleaning up at essentially every award ceremony for The Wrestler, the Academy decided against awarding him the Best Actor Oscar. Will this year be the year, or will Jeff Bridges forever be the bridesmaid? We will find out in March.

What is your favourite Jeff Bridges performance (I hope someone says Blown Away) and what do you make of his chances of finally claiming Oscar gold?

Richard Bodsworth

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Oscars 2010 – Nominations are out for the 82nd Academy Awards

Posted by LiveFor on February 2, 2010

The 82nd Academy Awards nominees have now been announced and here they are for your viewing pleasure.

Avatar and The Hurt Locker lead the pack with the 9 nominations each including best picture and best director for both.

No woman has ever won the best director Oscar so Kathyn Bigelow could make history if she wins. Could The Hurt Locker beat James Cameron’s Avatar?

Also this is the first time since 1943 that there have been 10 Best Picture Nominations.

It all kicks off on Sunday 7th March and will be on TV on ABC starting at 8PM (EST) / 5PM (PST). Read on for the full list of 2010 nominees.

PICTURE:
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

DIRECTOR:
James Cameron – Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air

ACTOR:
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up in the Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

ACTRESS:
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Helen Mirren – The Last Station
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Penélope Cruz – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman – The Messenger
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – A Serious Man
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter – Up

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell – District 9
Nick Hornby – An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche – In the Loop
Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner – Up in the Air

ANIMATED FEATURE:
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Up

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Ajami (Israel)
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)
Un Prophète (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)

ART DIRECTION:
Avatar
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Mauro Fiore – Avatar
Bruno Delbonnel – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Barry Ackroyd – The Hurt Locker
Robert Richardson – Inglourious Basterds
Christian Berger – The White Ribbon

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Music by Prudence
Rabbit à la Berlin

ANIMATED SHORT:
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death

LIVE-ACTION SHORT:
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

VISUAL EFFECTS:
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

COSTUME DESIGN:
Bright Star
Coco before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

MAKEUP:
Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

FILM EDITING:
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

SOUND MIXING:
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

SOUND EDITING:
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

ORIGINAL SCORE:
James Horner – Avatar
Alexandre Desplat – Fantastic Mr. Fox
Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders – The Hurt Locker
Hans Zimmer – Sherlock Holmes
Michael Giacchino – Up

ORIGINAL SONG:
“Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog
“Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog
“Loin de Paname” from Paris 36
“Take It All” from Nine
“The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Sadly Duncan Jones’ Moon and Sam Rockwell’s performance in it haven’t been recognized. Also no mention of The Road which is a shame.

Not really that many surprises in the for the big awards. Will Avatar clean up? What do you think of the nominees? Who should have been picked and who do you think will win?

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Christina Hendricks was at the DGA and so was Cameron and Bigelow

Posted by LiveFor on February 1, 2010


At the recent Directors Guild of America Awards Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director for The Hurt Locker over her ex James Cameron’s Avatar.


Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Firefly) was there. I don’t know if she won anything!

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2010 BAFTA Nominations

Posted by LiveFor on January 21, 2010

The nominations are out for The British Academy of Film and Television Arts 2010 awards. Not really anything that surprising and I think Avatar will clean up, although An Education may do quite well (although I didn’t actually enjoy it). Avatar, The Hurt Locker and An Education each have 8 nominations.

I’ve put my thoughts on who I think will win after each one.

Have a look at the nominations and let me know what you think. Who will win? Who should have been nominated?

Best film
Avatar
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Precious
Up In The Air

It think this one will be a close run battle between Avatar and The Hurt Locker. Hopefully The Hurt Locker will take it.

Leading actor
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
George Clooney (Up In The Air)
Colin Firth (A Single Man)
Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll)

Jeff Bridges won a Golden Globe for his performance in Crazy Heart. However, as it is a British Award it could be between Firth and Serkis. Probably Firth, but as Serkis is playing a real person who had a disability and he sings I’m going with him. I would have liked Sam Rockwell to have been in the nominations as his performance in Moon is the best I’ve seen in a long time.

Leading actress
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones)
Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)
Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Audrey Tautou (Coco Before Chanel)

It will probably be Carey Mulligan and, even though I didn’t like the film, she did do a cracking job. My personal choice would be Audrey Tautou.

Supporting actor
Alec Baldwin (It’s Complicated)
Christian McKay (Me And Orson Welles)
Alfred Molina (An Education)
Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

It’s a bingo! Christoph Waltz has got to win that one.

Supporting actress
Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy)
Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air)
Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air)
Mo’Nique (Precious)
Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy)

I haven’t seen any of those films unfortunately, but I call Mo’Nique.

Outstanding British film
An Education
Fish Tank
In The Loop
Moon
Nowhere Boy

Moon should win, but I reckon the BAFTA will go to An Education.

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, David Pearson (directors, producers – Mugabe And The White African)
Eran Creevy (writer/director – Shifty)
Stuart Hazeldine (writer/director – Exam)
Duncan Jones (director – Moon)
Sam Taylor-Wood (director – Nowhere Boy)

Again I am going to have to go with Duncan Jones for Moon. Just a fantastic film.

Director
James Cameron (Avatar)
Neill Blomkamp (District 9)
Lone Scherfig (An Education)
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)

Like Best Picture I think it will be The Hurt Locker or Avatar. Hopefully whichever one that doesn’t get best picture should get it. My personal choice would be either Neill Blomkamp or Quentin Tarantino.

Original screenplay
The Hangover (Jon Lucas, Scott Moore)
The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
A Serious Man (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Up (Bob Peterson, Pete Docter)

Adapted screenplay
District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell)
An Education (Nick Hornby)
In The Loop (Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche)
Precious (Geoffrey Fletcher)
Up In The Air (Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner)

Film not in the English language
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Let The Right One In
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Animated film
Coraline
Fantastic Mr Fox
Up

Music
Avatar (James Horner)
Crazy Heart (T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton)
Fantastic Mr Fox (Alexandre Desplat)
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (Chaz Jankel)
Up (Michael Giacchino)

Cinematography
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Road

It would be good if The Road won this one, but Avatar is bound to pick this one up.

Editing
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Up In the Air

Production design
Avatar
District 9
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
Inglourious Basterds

Doctor Parnassus should get this one, but Avatar will probably be the winner.

Costume design
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
An Education
A Single Man
The Young Victoria

Sound
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek
Up

Out of those Star Trek had the best sound. A good mix of stuff from the original series and a massive soundscape to go with the visual effects. A great documentary on the Blu-Ray covers how they made many of the sounds.

Special visual effects
Avatar
District 9
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek

This one has got to go to Avatar.

Make-up & hair
Coco Before Chanel
An Education
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

Short animation
The Gruffalo
The Happy Duckling
Mother Of Many

Short film
14
I Do Air
Jade
Mixtape
Off Season

The Orange Rising Star Award (voted for by the public, nominations announced earlier this month)
Jesse Eisenberg
Nicholas Hoult
Carey Mulligan
Tahar Rahim
Kristen Stewart

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The Oscars – Voters are finding it difficult to pick the 10 best films of 2010!

Posted by LiveFor on January 20, 2010


Unlike recent years the Academy of Motion Pictures increased the number of nominees for best picture from 5 to 10. All well and good and considering the many good films that were out last year you would think there would be no problem picking the 10. In fact you’d think the problem would be which films to leave out. Well guess again, turns out that with only 4 days left to choose, some of the Academy members are having a tough time picking more than five according to Peter Hammond of the LA Times.

Perhaps that’s why, even more than in recent years, Oscar strategists are continuing to create campaign opportunities right up to the last minute. You might think everyone would be burnt out by Globe weekend partying but events, big and small, for Tobey Maguire, Lee Daniels, Wes Anderson, Gabourey Sidibe, Colin Firth and others this week, just days before the deadline, are luring academy members in the hopes that a vote or two can make a difference in a close race for nominations, or even for Saturday’s SAG awards.

In countless conversations with academy voters over the past two weeks it’s apparent that not everyone is able to come up with 10 movies. In fact it’s an epidemic. According to the overwhelming majority of members they get to five or six and give up on the other slots. One voter went so far as to actually send Peter an e-mail asking him to suggest seven other movies to augment their own three choices.

“I can barely find five movies to nominate. I have no idea what to do for 10,” one exasperated member told said. When prodded for more information it was apparent they had only just a few of the real contenders and many in their pile of DVD screeners had so far gone unopened.

One veteran consultant said that from a survey of 60 potential voters that found only 18 had bothered to actually pick 10 movies for best picture nominations.

Of course it isn’t required that members vote for 10 to have their voices heard, but the academy does subtly encourage making the effort. Here’s the official language on all ballots:

“In order for any achievement to be among those chosen from this balloting it must have at least one first place vote. It is important that your FIRST CHOICE be written on the FIRST LINE. You need not fill in all 10 lines. The more preferences you indicate however, the greater the certainty that your ballot will influence the Best Picture nominees list.”

With the complicated tabulating system, a voter is probably not mistaken in thinking that the first three choices are the only ones that will count anyway, but this is fairly uncharted territory this year.

Some voters conversely have said they welcome the chance to name 10 movies as it frees them to go with their heart even if they believe it’s a wasted vote. After listing the usual suspects like “The Hurt Locker,” “Up in the Air,” “An Education,” etc., one guy said he selected “Drag Me To Hell” because that’s the best time he had at the movies all year and it doesn’t matter that it can’t possibly be nominated because he has nine other slots in which to “influence” the race, as the academy language suggests.

Would’t it be great if Drag Me To Hell got nominated. Just imagine if Sam Raimi’s film won an Oscar. How would Sony feel then about taking him from the Spider-Man films? If any members of the Acadamy should be reading this (hey you never know) then make it so.

To be honest this beggars belief. They get sent copies of loads of films. They watch a load, are surrounded by films and then can’t even think of more than five films to put down. Instead of going with films they think everyone else will pick or those that are worthy (as they say in Tropic Thunder any film where the character is not full-retard will usually win) they should just pick the films they have enjoyed as, at the end of the day, that is the best way to judge whether you liked a film or not.

They have 10 choices and it looks as if many of those 10 will be left empty and those films that the studios haven’t been pushing, such as Moon, will get left behind.

God damn, I wish I was a member of the Acadamy.

How do you feel about the news? How difficult is it to pick 10 films for Best Picture? What would you pick?

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