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Natalie Portman, Colin Firth collect first (of many) trophies – Awards Season Roundup

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.

Natalie Portman and Colin Firth have been announced as winners of the Desert Palm Achievement Awards for Acting by the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Speaking of Portman, wouldn’t it be funny if she and James Franco were Oscar winners for “127 Hours” and “Black Swan” by the time “Your Highness” comes out next year?

And as for “The King’s Speech,” Firth’s co-star, Helena Bonham Carter, will receive the Richard Harris Award for her contribution to British film at the British Independent Film Awards, scheduled for Dec.5.

Picking up what we started yesterday, Reuters looks at the Oscar chances for Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right.”

The Envelope thinks Best Picture is actually a four-horse race.

Jeff Wells reports from last night’s “Rabbit Hole” screening in New York, stating, “I still have no doubt about its ability to penetrate as a Best Picture contender.”

Teachers can now see “Waiting for ‘Superman’” at a discounted ticket price. I’d argue they see it every day in their own classrooms.

James L. Brooks’ “How Do You Know” will now be a teen-friendy PG-13.

And finally, many around the industry continue to mourn the tragic loss of Ronni Chasen. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • November 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    That wasn’t a very nice thing to say. The article is supposed to be about Colin Firth and Natalie Portman being awarded the Desert Palm Awards and you don;t mention Colin and his role in The King’s Speech, instead you go on to say wouldn’t it be nice if James Franco won the Oscar. That may be who you want to win, but it wasn’t nice to say it in an article about someone else who appears to be a leading Oscar contender.

  • November 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    No disrespect to Mr. Firth, at all, who is the frontrunner and an excellent actor. I just thought it would be neat if the next film that two potential Oscar winners happened to be a part of was a stoner comedy! Rare you can find two potential Oscar winners in a comedy like that, especially hitting theaters weeks after the Oscars. Just found that odd. Wasn’t trying to be rude, Lizzie.

  • November 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thank you for your reply Sean. Glad to know you didn’t mean anything disrespectful LOL.
    I am very keen for Mr Firth to win this year especially after losing out last year.

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