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Oscars: “The Artist” prevails on an uneven night – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” lost a number of key technical categories to Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” but still prevailed in the top Oscar slot on Sunday night, claiming trophies for Best Picture, Director, and Actor (for Jean Dujardin).
It was a great night for Harvey Weinstein, who helped power Meryl Streep to an unexpected win over perceived frontrunner Viola Davis on the Best Actress race. Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) and Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) rounded out last night’s acting categories.
I went 19 out of 24 in my picks, believing the Academy would spread a lot of its technical love around to films not named “Hugo.” All is all, a successful Oscar season. Here are the winners from the 84th Annual Academy Awards (bolded below):
Best Picture
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
“Hugo”
“Midnight In Paris”
“The Help”
“Moneyball”
“War Horse”
“The Tree of Life”
Best Actor
Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”
Best Actress
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
Best Director
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”
Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
JC Chandor, “Margin Call”
Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, “Bridesmaids”
Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
John Logan, “Hugo”
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, “The Ides of March”
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, “Moneyball”
Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Best Animated Feature
“A Cat In Paris”
“Chico & Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2″
“Puss in Boots”
“Rango”
Best Foreign Feature
“Bullhead” (Belgium)
“Footnote” (Israel)
“In Darkness” (Poland)
“Monsiuer Lazhar” (Canada)
“A Separation” (Iran)
Best Art Direction
“The Artist”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“Hugo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“War Horse”
Best Cinematography
“The Artist”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”
Best Costume Design
“Anonymous”
“The Artist”
“Hugo”
“Jane Eyre”
“W.E.”
Best Documentary Feature
“Hell and Back Again”
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
“Pina”
“Undefeated”
Best Documentary Short
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
“God Is the Bigger Elvis”
“Incident in New Baghdad”
“Saving Face”
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”
Best Film Editing
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Moneyball”
Best Make-Up
“Albert Nobbs”
“Harry Potter [...]

And the Oscars will go to … — AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Do or die time. After month and months of tracking the Oscar race, it’s time to put up (and shut up) by posting my official picks for Sunday night’s Academy Awards.
And while I have been saying (OK, complaining) that too many of tonight’s winners are all but predetermined, there’s still a few mysteries to be solved, primarily in the below-the-line categories, where deserving films could take home Oscar gold.
So, without further ado, here are my selections for tonight’s winners, bolded in each category. I hope they help you win an Oscar pool or two. Enjoy the show!
Best Picture
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
“Hugo”
“Midnight In Paris”
“The Help”
“Moneyball”
“War Horse”
“The Tree of Life”
Best Actor
Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”
Best Actress
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
Best Director
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”
Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
JC Chandor, “Margin Call”
Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, “Bridesmaids”
Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
John Logan, “Hugo”
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, “The Ides of March”
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, “Moneyball”
Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Best Animated Feature
“A Cat In Paris”
“Chico & Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2″
“Puss in Boots”
“Rango”
Best Foreign Feature
“Bullhead” (Belgium)
“Footnote” (Israel)
“In Darkness” (Poland)
“Monsiuer Lazhar” (Canada)
“A Separation” (Iran)
Best Art Direction
“The Artist”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“Hugo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“War Horse”
Best Cinematography
“The Artist”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”
Best Costume Design
“Anonymous”
“The Artist”
“Hugo”
“Jane Eyre”
“W.E.”
Best Documentary Feature
“Hell and Back Again”
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
“Pina”
“Undefeated”
Best Documentary Short
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
“God Is the Bigger Elvis”
“Incident in New Baghdad”
“Saving Face”
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”
Best Film Editing
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Moneyball”
Best Make-Up
“Albert Nobbs”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“The Iron Lady”
Best Original Score
“The Adventures of Tintin”
“The Artist”
“Hugo”
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
“War Horse”
Best Original Song
“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from “Rio” [...]

Oscars: Could Glenn Close’s Irish win boost her Oscar profile? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Best Actress nominee Glenn Close could be in for a big Oscar telecast IF there are a large number of Irish voters in the Academy.
The Irish certainly took to Close’s performance as a Dublin manservant in “Albert Nobbs,” rewarding the actress with the Irish Film And Television Academy’s best international actress award Saturday evening. THR reports that she topped fellow Oscar nominee Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) as well as Tilda Swinton (“We Need To Talk About Kevin”) and Kirsten Wiig (“Bridesmaids”) for the top prize.
In addition to Close, the Irish recognized Ryan Gosling (“Drive”) for best international actor; Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) for leading actor; Chris O’Down (“Bridesmaids” for best supporting actor; Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna”) for lead performance in film; “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” for best international film; and “The Guard” for virtually every other prize, including Best Director (John Michael McDonagh), best screenwriter and the Irish Film Board Rising Star.
But given that Close is the one with Oscar dreams, lets’ focus on her for a minute as the Oscars fast approach.
Close first played the character of Albert Nobbs in an off-Broadway production in 1982. Ever since, she has been fighting to bring the sympathetically tragic character to the silver screen.
I caught up with the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and found it to be a wonderful story of self-discovery, of finding love and loving oneself. I want to repost a portion of a lengthy discussion I had with Close at TIFF, as well as the actress’s acceptance speech from the Hollywood Film Awards, where we honored Close with the Hollywood Career Achievement Award.
Close hasn’t won the Best Actress Oscar … yet. Could this be her year?
HollywoodNews.com: You first played Albert on stage decades ago. How had your thought process changed over the years in terms of approaching her as a character?
I think the essence of the character is probably them same. It’s me! I’ve aged 30 years. And that’s bound to make for a deeper impact. And also, on film, film is such a much more intimate medium than the stage. It was very difficult. There were some scenes where I didn’t know how much to show in my face. I was always going to Rodrigo, “Am I saying too much?” The first time she really looks somebody in the eye is after telling Hubert her story. That’s kind [...]

Oscars®: The Hollywood Film Awards® congratulate this year’s Oscar® nominees – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Hollywood Film Festival® and the Hollywood Film Awards® gala want to congratulate all of our honorees who received Academy Award nominations this morning – George Clooney, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer,Jean DuJardin, Berenice Bejo, Gore Verbinsky, Michel Hazanavicius, Octavia Spencer,Letty Aronson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Scott Farrar.
We’re proud to see that your outstanding work continues to be recognized during the annual awards season. And we wish you the best of luck at the 84th Academy Awards®, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26.
George Clooney, Hollywood Actor Award, “The Descendants”

Michelle Williams, Hollywood Actress Award, “My Week With Marilyn”

Glenn Close, Hollywood Career Achievement Award, “Albert Nobbs”

Christopher Plummer, Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, “Beginners”

Michel Hazanavicius, Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award, “The Artist”

Hollywood Ensemble Award, The Cast of “The Help”

Berenice Bejo and Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Letty Aronson, Hollywood Producer Award, “Midnight In Paris”

Scott Farrar, Hollywood Visual Effects, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Emmanuel Lubezki, Hollywood Cinematographer Award, “The Tree of Life”

Gore Verbinski, Hollywood Animation Award, “Rango”

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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Meryl Streep, “Weekend,” “Modern Family” win big at Gay and Lesbian awards

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association today announced their top choices for the best in film and television of 2011.
The group’s Dorian Award winners this time include two big victories for the bold gay romance “Weekend” (for Film of the Year as well as LGBT Film of the Year).
Meryl Streep earned Film Performance of the Year for her uncanny turn as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the biopic “The Iron Lady,” while Michael Fassbender nabbed the We’re Wilde About You Rising Star of the Year honor for his daring performance as a sex addict in “Shame.”
In the more unusual film categories, the comic drama “50/50,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young man diagnosed with cancer, was named Unsung Film of the Year, and “The Muppets” took Campy (Intentional or Not) Film of the Year.
On the TV side, the FX network’s wild ghosts tale “American Horror Story” was deemed TV Drama of the Year. The chiller’s star, Jessica Lange, won TV Performance of the Year for her portrayal as a faded actress with a link to the Other Side.
The ABC sitcom “Modern Family” won for both TV Comedy of the Year and LGBT-themed TV Show of the Year, while Fox’s still-popular “Glee” and the HBO concert special “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour” tied for TV Musical Program of the Year. Campy TV Show of the Year honors went to ABC’s buzz-blessed primetime soap “Revenge,” and the Unsung TV Show title was given to the network’s scrappy family comedy “Suburgatory.”
The complete list of Dorian Award winners is below. A celebratory toast will be held Sunday, Feb. 19 in Los Angeles.
2012 DORIAN AWARD WINNERS (IN BOLD)
FILM OF THE YEAR
Midnight in Paris / Sony Pictures Classics
The Artist / The Weinstein Company
The Descendants / Fox Searchlight
The Skin I Live In / Sony Pictures Classics
The Tree of Life / Fox Searchlight
Weekend / IFC Films
FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Christopher Plummer / Beginners (Focus Features)
Leonardo DiCaprio / J Edgar (Warner Bros.)
Janet McTeer / Albert Nobbs (Liddell Entertainment)
Meryl Streep / The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company)
Michael Fassbender / Shame (Fox Searchlight)
Rooney Mara / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony/Columbia)
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR (Film, DVD or TV)
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life / Entertainment One
Cave of Forgotten Dreams / Sundance
Page One: Inside the New York Times / Magnolia Pictures
Pina / IFC [...]

Octavia Spencer wins the Supporting Actress Golden Globe – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: In a little bit of a surprise, Octavia Spencer won the Golden Globe for Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Drama on Sunday evening for her work in Tate Taylor’s “The Help.”
In a move that just might cement her as the Oscar frontrunner, the actress (who also took home a Critics’ Choice award this week) topped Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”), Jessica Chastain (“The Help”), Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs”) and Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”).
Now I’m anxious to see if Viola Davis can pull off an “upset” in her category, as well.
For continued Golden Globes coverage throughout the evening, keep visiting HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Alley.
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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Janet McTeer Delighted by ‘Albert Nobbs’ Gay/Lesbian Support

By Beck/Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Esteemed British actress Janet McTeer, who is up for Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe honors for her performance in “Albert Nobbs,” is delighted that she and her character are being embraced by the gay and lesbian community.
“I think it’s awesome,” says the 6’1″ Tony winner and OBE, who wanted her character to be markedly different from Glenn Close’s titular character in the film. (Warning: the following three paragraphs contain spoilers.) Albert Nobbs is a woman in 19th century Ireland who took on a male persona in order to get a job and get off the streets, and has lived as a man for 30 years. Her path crosses with that of McTeer’s Hubert, who also turns out to be a woman passing as a man.
“Albert is very different from Hubert. With Albert, you’re not sure if he’s gay, straight or whatever, and I’m not sure Albert knows. Albert is a damaged human being. What I very much wanted to portray with Hubert is someone spectacularly happy and at peace being themselves,” says McTeer. And she did. Hubert, who is happily married, comes off as “a bloke you’d like for a neighbor, or someone you want to go out and have a pint with, and still retains these lovely feminine qualities.”
She’s been told that, “The lesbians and the crossdressers and the transsexuals are all going to want to claim you.’ And I said, ‘Good, because they can all claim Hubert. Hubert is someone I think of as both a he and a she….I really wanted to play a character like that — one who doesn’t explain herself, doesn’t feel the need to justify herself. I can’t bear labels. I couldn’t give a —- about anyone’s sexuality unless I want to sleep with them myself.”
Right now, McTeer and Close are busy working together again — as opposing (female) attorneys who have a history — on the final season of Close’s “Damages.” McTeer jokes that they’re in each other’s contracts nowadays. They’ll be breaking from series production on the East Coast to head to Hollywood for the Jan. 15 Golden Globes — where Close is up for Best Actress and Best Original Song. They’re each up for Screen Actors Guild Awards, too. And they’re considered by many to be shoo-ins for [...]

Online Film Critics go with “The Tree of Life,” “Drive” — AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: If the critics had any say, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” would be a shoo-in for a Best Picture nomination next year.
The film topped this year’s “Sight and Sound” poll of international critics. It landed on the lists of multiple critics’ organizations. And earlier this morning, the ethereal human drama was announced as the leading nomination grabber from the Online Film Critics Society (of which I am a member), which recognized Malick’s picture in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director (Malick), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Joining “The Tree of Life” in Best Picture for the 15th annual OFCS awards are Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”.
Malick, Hazanavicius, Refn and Scorsese were joined in the Best Director race by “Melancholia” director Lars von Trier.
“Drive” was the second most nominated film, picking up six mentions including the aforementioned Picture and Director as well as Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks), Best Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography. Brooks was nominated alongside John Hawkes in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Nick Nolte in “Warrior,” Pitt and Christopher Plummer in “Beginners.”
In Best Supporting Actress, the nominees were Chastain, Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids,” Janet McTeer for “Albert Nobbs,” Carey Mulligan for “Shame” and Shailene Woodley for “The Descendants.”
Woodley and Mulligan’s co-stars shared nominations in the Best Actor slate, George Clooney and Michael Fassbender respectively, who were nominated alongside Jean Dujardin in “The Artist,” Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and Michael Shannon in “Take Shelter.”
The Best Actress category features Kirsten Dunst in “Melancholia,” Elizabeth Olsen in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady,” Tilda Swinton in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and Michelle Williams for “My Week with Marilyn.”
The full list of nominees for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards are below. Winners will be announced on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012:
Best Picture:
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
Hugo
The Tree of Life
Best Animated Feature:
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
Rango
Winnie the Pooh
Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Lars von Trier – Melancholia
Best Lead Actor:
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
Michael Shannon – Take Shelter
Best Lead Actress:
Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia
Elizabeth Olsen [...]

“Drive,” “Descendants” top Satellite Awards Sunday night – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: “The Descendants” and “Drive” sped away with the most wins at the Satellite Awards Sunday night, including Best Picture for Alexander Payne’s bittersweet drama and Best Director for Nicolas Winding Refn.
“Drive” actually topped “Descendants” on the evening, claiming four trophies including Best Actor for Ryan Gosling and Best Supporting Actor for Albert Brooks.
Elsewhere, Viola Davis won Best Actress honors for her role as a Southern housemaid in “The Help,” while Jessica Chastain (who appears alongside Davis in Tate Taylor’s drama) took home Best Supporting Actress honors for her work in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” At this stage of the race, it appears like Chastain’s the one to beat in the Best Supporting Actress race … so long as voters can come to a consensus on which performance they’d like to honor.
As for “The Artist,” it grabbed one Satellite award, for Art and Production Design.
Here’s a complete list of the winners, handed out Sunday night in Beverly Hills:
MOTION PICTURE
Motion Picture: “The Descendants”
Actress in a Motion Picture: Viola Davis, “The Help”
Actor in a Motion Picture: Ryan Gosling, “Drive”
Actress in a Supporting Role: Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life”
Actor in a Supporting Role: Albert Brooks, “Drive”
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive”
Screenplay, Original: “The Tree of Life,” Terrence Malick
Screenplay, Adapted: “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, Nax Faxon
Foreign Film: “Mysteries of Lisbon”
Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media: “The Adventures of Tintin”
Motion Picture, Documentary: “Senna”
Original Score: “Soul Surfer,” Marco Beltrani
Original Song: “Lay Down Your Head” from “Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne and Glenn Close
Cinematography: “War Horse,” Janusz Kaminski
Visual Effects: “Hugo,” Robert Legato
Film Editing: “The Guard,” Chris Gill
Sound (Editing and Mixing): “Drive,” Dave Patterson, Lon Bender, Robert Fernandez, Victor Ray Ennis
Art Direction & Production Design: “The Artist,” Gregory S. Hooper, Laurence Bennett
Costume Design: “Water for Elephants,” Jacqueline West
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Best First Feature: Paddy Considine, “Tyrannosaur”
Best Ensemble: “The Help”
Outstanding Performance in a TV Series: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry: Mitzi Gaynor
Nikola Tesla Award in Recognition of Visionary Achivement in Filmmaking Technology: Douglas Trumbull
Auteur Award: Peter Bogdanovich
Humanitarian Award: Tim Hetherington (1970-2011)
Earlier this year, George Clooney accepted the Hollywood Actor Award at our Hollywood Film Awards for his work on “The Descendants.” Here’s his memorable acceptance speech. Could he give a similar address at the Oscars next year?

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SAG Analysis: What do these noms mean? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: OK, now that we’ve had a moment to process this morning’s SAG nominations (and if you haven’t seen them yet, they are up on the site), let’s step back and try to figure out what all of this means.
It’s much easier to focus on the snubs, and we’ll certainly get to those momentarily. But having absorbed the various selections of regional critics’ groups over the past few days and analyzed the CCMA – BFCA’s Critics’ Choice noms in addition to SAG, here are a few positives that jump out at me:
- “The Artist,” “The Descendants” and “The Help” aren’t going away. They likely will be in the final group of pictures competing for the Best Picture. What films they compete against (and how many get into the race at all) remains to be seen. Legitimate contenders appear to include “Midnight in Paris” and “War Horse.” Everything else – from “Drive” to “Moneyball” to “Hugo” – feel more like longshots (but still possibilities, for sure).
- Leonardo DiCaprio has a very good chance of getting into the Best Actor race for “J. Edgar,” even though the film appears to have lost some of its awards steam. SAG and CCMA/BFCA (Critics Choice Movie Awards) nods help DiCaprio’s odds.
- After missing out on a CCMA/BFCA nom, Glenn Close is back in the picture for “Albert Nobbs.” Glad to see Tilda Swinton’s also still in the picture for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” The other Best Actress nominees were givens.
- This “Melissa McCarthy for the Oscar” campaign isn’t as far-fetched as some might have thought. At this point, I’ll be more surprised if we don’t hear her name when the Oscar nominations are announced.
- Ditto Nick Nolte for “Warrior” (again, SAG and CCMA/BFCA nods help his cause).
- Demian Bichir’s nom for “A Better Life” is very nice. But I don’t think it gets him anywhere with the Oscar.
- Ditto Armie Hammer for “J. Edgar,” who did excellent work. Maybe I’m wrong?
OK, let’s take a look at the noticeable snubs.
- Did SAG not screen “Young Adult,” because I don’t’ see the film anywhere on this list?
- Same with “Drive.” No Albert Brooks? That’s a total shock.
- Same with “Shame.” No Fassbender? No Mulligan? For shame, SAG.
- Shailene Woodley’s absence in the Best Supporting Actress category is glaring.
- “Hugo” isn’t represented, either.
- And finally, one [...]

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