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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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Cool Photo – Jeff Bridges signing autographs

Posted by LiveFor on February 22, 2010

Source: NY Times

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Jeff Bridges talks about Crazy Heart, Drugs, Tron, The Dude and more with Jonathan Ross

Posted by LiveFor on February 13, 2010

There was a great interview on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross last night. It was with The Dude himself Jeff Bridges and they covered an awful lot of things during it.

Jeff chatted about how the set of The Big Lebowski was a drug free zone, but how he had in the past had good and bad times on drugs. Iron Man was a weird shoot as they had no script and so was improvised.

He took the role in Crazy Heart (check out the LFF review) so he could play guitar and gives hints about Tron Legacy – there are no hats, but there are bikes.

Watch the full interview below as they also chat about Starman, True Grit and much more (i’ve included a couple of versions in case one of them gets pulled.

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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

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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Crazy Heart, 2010 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on January 22, 2010

Director: Scott Cooper
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell
Score: 8/10

A fantastic review by pjowens75

There is one brief moment in CRAZY HEART, one that has absolutely no bearing on the plot or story, that goes a long way towards explaining just why this simple little movie works so well. It’s a distant shot of Bad Blake and Jean Craddock strolling together across a parking lot, when Bad, naturally and nonchalantly, reaches to put his arm around her waist and she, just as naturally and nonchalantly, brushes it away. It’s an action that could be easily missed, so real but so small. Whether a conscious decision by director Scott Cooper, or the actors’ improvisation, it was an action so simple and believable, that it just belonged.

CRAZY HEART is about Bad Blake, a country singer whose career is in a downward spiral, and who more often plays his one or two hits at bowling alleys and small town bars. His life has become a series of bottles and one night stands, and he is constantly cussing out his agent for not getting him better gigs for more money. Because, after all, he used to BE somebody. As played by Jeff Bridges, Bad is a man who lives life day to day; who deals with life’s hurdles as they come along, not in any extraordinary way or with any sort of gusto, but just as things that need to be taken care of. It’s this matter-of-fact approach that makes Blake so identifiable to us, and I suspect that a lot of men Blake’s age will identify with him and recognize some of Blake in themselves.

There are a couple of plot devices that help move the story along, like an offer to be the opening act for his former protégé Tommy Sweet, played by Colin Farrell, an offer that Bad finds insulting at first, but relents and takes because he needs the money. The few brief scenes between Farrell and Bridges are handled realistically, and they treat each other as old friends, with the mutual respect of days gone by. And although Blake will have none of joining Sweet onstage during a chorus of his current hit, he will hang around unseen in the shadows to watch his protégé perform.

But it is a romance with a much younger Jean Craddock, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, that forces Bad to come to grips with himself, and the fact that he is not the rowdy young star he once was. Gyllenhaal does an admirable job of portraying Jean not as a star struck groupie like most other women who approach Bad, but as a struggling reporter with baggage of her own, who is gradually won over by his charm. You can see the tug of war going on within her as she struggles with the pros and cons of another relationship and the effect it may have on her son.

And on the surface there are many more cons than pros, for Blake spends most of his waking moments inside a bottle. In one scene early in the film, a short of cash Bad is given a bottle of his favorite whiskey by the owner of a liquor store in return for a promise to sing a song for the man’s wife at the show that night. When the time comes, however, Bad dedicates the song but has his band perform it without him as he runs offstage to throw up in an alley trash can. It’s these disappointments that Jean must choose to deal with, or not, because she knows that she can’t count on Bad to deal with them himself. Because Bad is happy the way he is. But there are no histrionics; no scenes filled with a lot of screaming, yelling, or fighting. Just the reality and believability of two people dealing with their feelings the only way they know how.

Jeff Bridges does a remarkable job making Bad Blake a real living and breathing human being. He’s not a hero and he’s not a villain. He’s just a man, going through what all men must at some point in their lives. He makes Bad so real that he’ll have you hanging on every word, either chuckling or wincing as you watch him deal with the results of his own way of life. Bridges shows us the weariness in the eyes of a man whose body is much older than his mind, and the glazed over drunkenness as he falls face down on his bed, never dropping his bottle which he sees as neither friend nor foe but simply as a part of life.

Awards are usually given to actors for playing extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It isn’t very often that an actor gets attention for playing simply a normal man dealing with everyday issues in his own life. I can think of no more capable or deserving an actor than Bridges to pull this off convincingly. Seldom do you see an actor as seemingly comfortable in a part as Bridges is in Bad Blake. Blake isn’t special, he’s just a normal guy like you or me, and it’s Bridges unique brand of magic that makes us cheer on the everyman.

Perhaps therein lies the strength of this film, the fact that we can love Bad or hate him, but in the end, we can’t help but wish him well.

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Crazy Heart – Jeff Bridges’ photos from the shoot

Posted by LiveFor on January 10, 2010

I have been a fan of Jeff Bridges as an actor for years, but I also really love the photos he takes on each shoot with his Widelux camera.

Here are a few from his latest film, Crazy Heart (there are loads more pics on his site).

In the photos here you can see Jeff, Colin Farrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

You can also check out some of his photos from Iron Man.

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2010 Golden Globe Nominations

Posted by LiveFor on December 15, 2009

The nominations for the 2010 Golden Globe Awards are out and to be honest there is not that much of a surprise. However, they are often give a good idea as to what will show up in the Oscars – (THE RESULTS ARE NOW OUT AND THE WINNERS ARE…)

Nice to see Inglourious Basterds nominated and Avatar has slipped in there despite not being on general release yet.

I personally hope Jeff Bridges gets the award for best actor as the Dude abides.

The awards will be given on Sunday 17th January 2010 on NBC.

Best Motion Picture — Drama
The Hurt Locker
Inglorious Basterds
Up in the Air

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Biullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabire Sadibe, Precious

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
Julie & Julia

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Matt Damon, The Informant
Daniel Day Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mo-Nique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Penelope Cruz, Nine

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Matt Damon, Invictus
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Best Animated Feature Film
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Princess and the Frog

Best Foreign Language Film
Broken Embraces
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Best Director — Motion Picture
Kathryn Bigelow, the hurt locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Up in the Air
It’s Complicated
District 9

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“I Will See You,” Avatar
“The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart

What do you think of the nominations? Who should have been nominated but wasn’t? Who would you like to see win?

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Crazy Heart – Clip from Jeff Bridges Country Singer film

Posted by LiveFor on December 5, 2009

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Crazy Heart – Trailer for Jeff Bridges country singer film

Posted by LiveFor on November 17, 2009

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Crazy Heart – Poster for Jeff Bridges Country Singer film

Posted by LiveFor on November 14, 2009

I can’t wait to see this. Bridges is always cool and this has early rumblings for an Oscar.

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician.

It is directed by Scott Cooper and also stars Colin Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall and is out on 11th December.

Source: First Showing

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