December 04, 2016

“The Artist,” “The Help” and The Razzies in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Tomorrow morning at this time, we’ll know which films and talent will be competing for Academy Awards next month. Will it be “The Artist” versus “The Descendants,” or can another movie rise up and create an upset? We’ll be tracking the latest throughout today and tomorrow as we head toward Oscar nominations on Jan. 23. With that in mind, here’s the latest awards news:

– Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” continues to snatch up key awards. On Saturday night, the silent ode to vintage Hollywood earned the top prize from the Producers Guild. Then, it grabbed the U.K. Regional Plaudit Film of the year Award. However, last year’s winner was “The Social Network.”

– Jeff Wells says what most of us feel: “The Artist” has clinched Best Picture. “I was at a Sundance after-party for Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage and having a pretty good time when I heard the news, and I wasn’t even moved to tweet. Game over, let it go, drink up, watch the snow.”

– Meryl Streep, a Best Actress contender for “The Iron Lady,” revealed that she’ll narrate an IMAX documentary titled “To the Arctic 3D.”

– “The Help” and “Pariah” collected the top NAACP Image Award nominations.

– And finally, The Razzies announced a move to April Fool’s Day.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
Harvey Weinstein
– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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About Sean O'Connell

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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