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Cowboys and Aliens – Sam Rockwell saddles up

Posted by LiveFor on May 4, 2010

Sam Rockwell working with Jon Favreau again in the adaptation of the comic book, Cowboys and Aliens

It starts shooting in June and Rockwell, who can currently be seen in Iron Man 2 as Justin Hammer, will be joining Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and Harrison Ford.

Rockwell will play a bar owner named Doc who joins in the pursuit of the aliens. Once Favreau and the writers — Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof — learned that Rockwell was interested in the movie, they reconceived and expanded the role, which initially called for a heavy-set man.

Rockwell’s previous experience with Westerns was in 2007’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

I’m made up Rockwell will be in this sci-fi Western as I think he is a brilliant actor. From Lawn Dogs, Galaxy Quest through Charlie’s Angels Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Moon and more he is always great to watch.

Source: Heat Vision

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Source Code – On set photos from Duncan Jones’ new sci-fi

Posted by LiveFor on April 15, 2010


Another sci-fi film from Mr Jones (Moon). These don’t really show any of the sci-fi elements in Source Code, but we do get to see Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) on set.

This is the film centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of a commuter who witnesses a train explosion.

Jake plays the soldier who gets put into the place of someone on the train and has to keep going back to determine what happened.

Does sound intriguing and looking forward to seeing some footage from it.

More pics on Before the Trailer via io9.

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Judge Dredd – Duncan Jones has an idea

Posted by LiveFor on March 11, 2010

Duncan Jones, Director of Moon and currently making Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal has tweeted an idea he has for a Judge Dredd film.

@ManMadeMoon One day, I would love to tell you my idea for a Judge Dredd film… But not yet. :)

@ManMadeMoon Haha! Ok… I’ll give you my tweet version. It’s a Dredd take on the film “Man bites Dog,” & involves Death & the League of Fatties.

Now a film is currently in development based on a scrip by Alex Garland, but no director is attached. If anyone in Hollywood is listening I reckon Mr Jones would be a splendid choice to direct.

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Angelina Jolie to pull a Moon with Cuarón. Wanted 2 is no more

Posted by LiveFor on February 26, 2010

Wanted was a huge success for Universal. A great big messy film that was fun yet flawed, but could have been so much more. Obviously a sequel has been in the running for a while now and Angelina Jolie had been attached (despite what happened to her in the first film).

Now she has pulled out of the Timur Bekmambetovdirected sequel and so the studio have pulled the plug.

What will she do instead? Well she is currently filming The Tourist with Johnny Depp, but acording to Vulture she has signed up for Warner Bros.’ Gravity. This is an intriguing sounding space thriller to be directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) from a script he wrote with his 28-year-old son, Jonás.

The reason I mentioned Moon in the title is that, like Sam Rockwell in Duncan Jones lovely piece of sci-fi, Jolie would be alone on-screen for much of the movie, playing the sole surviving human member of a space mission, desperately trying to return home to Earth and her daughter.

/Film also mention Jolie would be playing the daughter, which is again similar to Moon with the main actor playing two parts. If that is true that would suggest the main character has been in suspended animation or travelled at almost light speed and the time dilation doo-dad effect means her daughter has aged.

I never really thought a sequel to Wanted was needed so not too bothered about that. Gravity sounds like a worthy move on Jolie’s part. Will give her a chance to act a bit more and Children of Men was stunning with a great look so Cuarón should make something great with this.

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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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District 9 writer to make sci-fi film about a rock man being slightly sinister

Posted by LiveFor on February 24, 2010

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell & Sharlto Copley


Terri Tatchell is the screenwriter of Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 – they’re also a couple which is cool. Terri has been nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay for this years Oscars. She chatted to io9 about that, Moon and the film she is working on next.

She was disappointed about Sharlto Copley (star of District 9) not being nominated, but also a certain film by Duncan Jones.

I was disappointed about Moon. I loved Moon. I thought Sam Rockwell was amazing in Moon. That one I’m definitely disappointed in. Avatar is definitely dominating everything, and it was an incredible film, very visually so. Star Trek was great. The Hurt Locker. I absolutely loved. That’s not scifi, but that deserves to be up there. I liked the Hurt Locker so much that I got halfway home from the theater and I realized I left my purse in the theater. That’s a compliment, that’s when you know you enjoyed a film. But yes, for science fiction specifically, I have to say I was disappointed Moon wasn’t included.

Her next film she is working on sounds very intriguing and the short she mentions is below.

The film I’m working on now is an adaptation of a short film called Terminus. It’s a bit more science fiction, fantasy. It’s about a stone creature that follows this stressed-out guy around, just stressing him more and more. It was incredibly well received, and the director that created it, [Trevor Cawood] hasn’t done a feature yet, and he’s really talented. I approached him about writing a feature script of that. It’s been a little more challenging than I expected it to be. I’m probably on my second draft now. I’m not ready to send it off yet, but we’ll see.


Not sure how they can turn this into a feature, but I do like the short film.

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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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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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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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