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The Descendants is Big Winner With Florida Film Critics Circle

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The film “The Descendants” was crowned the big winner of 2011 by the Florida Film Critics Circle’s (FFCC) , taking the wins for Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley) and Adapted Screenplay (Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash).

Michael Hazanavicius won Best Original Screenplay for his critically acclaimed silent film “The Artist,” which finished a close second behind “The Descendants” for Best Picture.

In other awards, Michael Fassbender won Best Actor for his portrayal of a sex addict in “Shame,” Michelle Williams won Best Actress for her turn as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn,” and Albert Brooks won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a Mafioso in “Drive.”

“The Skin I Live In” won for Best Foreign Language Film, and “Project Nim” won for Best Documentary.

“Martha Marcy May Marlene” star Elizabeth Olsen won the Pauline Kael Breakout Award.

Founded in 1996, the Florida Film Critics Circle is comprised of 20 writers from state publications.

Complete list of winners:
Picture: The Descendants
Actor: Michael Fassbender, Shame
Actress: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Supp. Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive
Supp. Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Original Screenplay: Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Art Direction/Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Hugo
Foreign Language: The Skin I Live In
Animated: The Adventures of Tintin
Documentary: Project Nim
Breakout: Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Golden Orange: No Award

Werner Herzog 2 Docs Among 2012 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Nominess

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"The Tree of Life," led the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards with seven nominations including Best Picture and nods for Malick for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Brad Pitt for Best Supporting Actor, Jessica Chastain for Best Supporting Actress, Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography and Hunter McCracken for Most Promising Performer.

Critics favorite, "The Artist," garnered filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius nods for Director and Original Screenplay as well as nominations for Original Score and a Best Actor slot for star Jean Dujardin.

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog received two nominations in the Best Documentary category for his 2011 films "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" and "Into the Abyss." Other nominees include The Interrupters, Pina, Project Nim and Tabloid.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was nominated for Best Foreign Film, along with In a Better World, Incendies, A Separation and The Skin I Live In.

The winners of the CFCA Awards, now in their 23rd year, will be announced on the morning of December 19, 2011 and will be presented at a ceremony on January .

BEST PICTURE
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
Hugo
The Tree of Life

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius (-) The Artist
Terrence Malick (-) The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne (-) The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn (-) Drive
Martin Scorsese (-) Hugo

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney (-) The Descendants
Jean Dujardin (-) The Artist
Michael Fassbender (-) Shame
Gary Oldman (-) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Michael Shannon (-) Take Shelter

BEST ACTRESS
Kirsten Dunst (-) Melancholia
Elizabeth Olsen (-) Martha Marcy May Marlene
Anna Paquin (-) Margaret
Meryl Streep (-) The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams (-) My Week With Marilyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Albert Brooks (-) Drive
Nick Nolte (-) Warrior
Patton Oswalt (-) Young Adult
Brad Pitt (-) The Tree of Life
Christopher Plummer (-) Beginners

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain (-) The Tree of Life
Melissa McCarthy (-) Bridesmaids
Carey Mulligan (-) Shame
Octavia Spencer (-) The Help
Shailene Woodley (-) The Descendants

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Artist (-) Michel Hazanavicius
Martha Marcy May Marlene (-) Sean Durkin
Midnight In Paris (-) Woody Allen
A Separation (-) Asghar Farhadi
The Tree of Life (-) Terrence Malick

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants (-) Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Drive (-) Hossein Amini
Hugo (-) John Logan
Moneyball (-) Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (-) Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Puss In Boots
Rango
Winnie the Pooh

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Interrupters
Into the Abyss
Pina
Project Nim
Tabloid

BEST FOREIGN FILM
In a Better World
Incendies
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Drive (-) Newton Thomas Sigel
Hugo (-) Robert Richardson
Melancholia (-) Manuel Alberto Claro
The Tree of Life (-) Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse (-) Janusz Kaminski

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Artist (-) Ludovic Bource
Drive (-) Cliff Martinez
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (-) Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Hanna (-) The Chemical Brothers
Hugo (-) Howard Shore

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Liana Liberato (-) Trust
Brit Marling (-) Another Earth
Hunter McCracken (-) The Tree of Life
Elizabeth Olsen (-) Martha Marcy May Marlene
Shailene Woodley (-) The Descendants

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
J.C. Chandor (-) Margin Call
Simon Curtis (-) My Week With Marilyn
Drake Doremus (-) Like Crazy
Sean Durkin (-) Martha Marcy May Marlene
Tate Taylor (-) The Help

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Name WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Best Cutting Edge Independent Film of 2011

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The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, a group of 29 broadcast, print and online journalists from throughout North Texas, voted the comedy-drama THE DESCENDANTS as the best film of 2011, according to the results of its 18th annual critics’ poll released today.

Rounding out the composite list of the top 10 films of the year were THE ARTIST (2), EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (3), MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (4), THE TREE OF LIFE (5), HUGO (6), 50/50 (7), DRIVE (8), SHAME (9) and MONEYBALL (10).

For Best Actor, the association named George Clooney for THE DESCENDANTS. Runners-up included Jean Dujardin for THE ARTIST (2), Michael Fassbender for SHAME (3), Brad Pitt for MONEYBALL (4) and Michael Shannon for TAKE SHELTER (5).

Michelle Williams was voted Best Actress for MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. Next in the voting were Tilda Swinton for WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (2), Meryl Streep for THE IRON LADY (3), Charlize Theron for YOUNG ADULT (4) and Kirsten Dunst for MELANCHOLIA (5).

In the Best Supporting Actor category, the winner was Christopher Plummer for BEGINNERS. He was followed by Albert Brooks for DRIVE (2), Max von Sydow for EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (3), Armie Hammer for J. EDGAR (4) and Kenneth Branagh for MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (5).

For Best Supporting Actress, the association named Shailene Woodley for THE DESCENDANTS. Runners-up included Berenice Bejo for THE ARTIST (2), Octavia Spencer for THE HELP (3), Melissa McCarthy for BRIDESMAIDS (4) and Carey Mulligan for SHAME (5).

Alexander Payne was voted Best Director for THE DESCENDANTS. Next in the voting were Michel Hazanavicius for THE ARTIST (2), Terrence Malick for THE TREE OF LIFE (3), Martin Scorsese for HUGO (4) and Woody Allen for MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (5).

The association voted A SEPARATION as the best foreign-language film of the year. Runners-up were THE SKIN I LIVE IN (2), INCENDIES (3), 13 ASSASSINS (4) and a tie between OF GODS AND MEN and CERTIFIED COPY (5).

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS won for Best Documentary over PROJECT NIM (2), THE INTERRUPTERS (3), PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES (4) and BUCK (5).

RANGO was named the best animated film of 2011, with THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN as runner-up. Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash won the Best Screenplay award for THE DESCENDANTS over Woody Allen for MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.

The award for Best Cinematography went to Emmanuel Lubezki for THE TREE OF LIFE, followed by Janusz Kaminski for WAR HORSE.

The association voted WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN as the winner of the Russell Smith Award, named for the late Dallas Morning News film critic. The honor is given annually to the best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film.

The Artist Tops 69th Golden Globes Awards nominations

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The Artist continues to dominate award season, snagging 6 nods when the 69th Golden Globes Awards nominations were announced this morning. Another Weinstein Company release, My Week With Marilyn, received 3 nominations.  The Flowers of War, In The Land of Blood and Honey, The Kid With A Bike, A Separation, and The Skin I Live In all received 1 nomination for Best Foreign Film.

The 69th Golden Globes Awards nominations

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
THE DESCENDANTS
THE HELP
HUGO
THE IDES OF MARCH
MONEYBALL
WAR HORSE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
GLENN CLOSE     ALBERT NOBBS
VIOLA DAVIS     THE HELP
ROONEY MARA     THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
MERYL STREEP     THE IRON LADY
TILDA SWINTON     WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
GEORGE CLOONEY     THE DESCENDANTS
LEONARDO DICAPRIO     J. EDGAR
MICHAEL FASSBENDER     SHAME
RYAN GOSLING     THE IDES OF MARCH
BRAD PITT     MONEYBALL

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
50/50
THE ARTIST
BRIDESMAIDS
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
JODIE FOSTER     CARNAGE
CHARLIZE THERON     YOUNG ADULT
KRISTEN WIIG     BRIDESMAIDS
MICHELLE WILLIAMS     MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
KATE WINSLET     CARNAGE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
JEAN DUJARDIN     THE ARTIST
BRENDAN GLEESON     THE GUARD
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT     50/50
RYAN GOSLING     CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.
OWEN WILSON     MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS
CARS 2
PUSS IN BOOTS
RANGO

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
THE FLOWERS OF WAR     (CHINA)
(Jing Ling Shi San Chai)
IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY     (USA)
GK Films; FilmDistrict
THE KID WITH A BIKE     (BELGIUM)
(Le Gamin au Velo)
A SEPARATION     (IRAN)
(Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
THE SKIN I LIVE IN     (SPAIN)
(La piel que habito)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
BERENICE BEJO     THE ARTIST
JESSICA CHASTAIN     THE HELP
JANET MCTEER     ALBERT NOBBS
OCTAVIA SPENCER     THE HELP
SHAILENE WOODLEY     THE DESCENDANTS

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
KENNETH BRANAGH     MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
ALBERT BROOKS     DRIVE
JONAH HILL     MONEYBALL
VIGGO MORTENSEN     A DANGEROUS METHOD
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER     BEGINNERS

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
WOODY ALLEN     MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
GEORGE CLOONEY     THE IDES OF MARCH
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS     THE ARTIST
ALEXANDER PAYNE     THE DESCENDANTS
MARTIN SCORSESE     HUGO

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
WOODY ALLEN     MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
GEORGE CLOONEY, HESLOV, BEAU WILLIMON     THE IDES OF MARCH
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS     THE ARTIST
ALEXANDER PAYNE, NAT FAXON, JIM RASH     THE DESCENDANTS
STEVEN ZAILLIAN, AARON SORKIN     MONEYBALL

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
LUDOVIC BOURCE     THE ARTIST
ABEL KORZENIOWSKI     W.E.
TRENT REZNOR, ATTICUS ROSS     THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
HOWARD SHORE     HUGO
JOHN WILLIAMS     WAR HORSE

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“HELLO HELLO” — GNOMEO & JULIET
Music by: Elton John; Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin
“THE KEEPER” — MACHINE GUN PREACHER
Music & Lyrics by: Chris Cornell
“LAY YOUR HEAD DOWN” — ALBERT NOBBS
Music by: Brian Byrne; Lyrics by: Glenn Close
“THE LIVING PROOF” — THE HELP
Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason, Jr.; Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas
“MASTERPIECE” — W.E.
Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry

Take Shelter and The Tree of Life Top 2011 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

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The 2011 Toronto Film Critics Association’s 2011 awards were announced today and The Tree of Life and Take Shelter were the biggest winners. Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” won Best Picture, and Malick was named Best Director; and also honored with two TFCA awards was “Take Shelter”: Michael Shannon won Best Actor, and Jessica Chastain was named Best Supporting Actress.

The TFCA honored two films by Chilean directors: “Mysteries of Lisbon” was named Best Foreign-Language Film, and winning Best Documentary Feature was “Nostalgia for the Light”. British writer-director Joe Cornish’s “Attack the Block” won Best First Feature.

The full list of Toronto Film Critics Association Awards winners and runners-up:

BEST PICTURE
“The Tree of Life” (eOne Films)
Runners-up:
“The Artist” (Alliance Films)
“The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

BEST ACTOR
Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter”
Runners-up:
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Michael Fassbender, “Shame”

BEST ACTRESS
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
Runners-up:
Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Runners-up:
Albert Brooks, “Drive”
Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain, “Take Shelter”
Runners-up:
Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life”
Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”

BEST DIRECTOR
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Runners-up:
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive”

BEST SCREENPLAY
“Moneyball”, written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, story by Stan Chervin, based on the book by Michael Lewis
Runners-up:
“The Descendants”, written by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
“The Tree of Life”, written by Terrence Malick

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Attack the Block”, directed by Joe Cornish
Runners-up:
“Margin Call”, directed by J.C. Chandor
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”, directed by Sean Durkin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“The Adventures of Tintin” (DreamWorks Animation)
Runners-up:
“Puss in Boots” (DreamWorks Animation)
“Rango” (Paramount Pictures)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“Mysteries of Lisbon” (Alfama Films)
Runners-up:
“Attenberg” (filmswelike)
“Le Havre” (filmswelike)
“A Separation” (Mongrel Media)

ALLAN KING DOCUMENTARY AWARD
“Nostalgia for the Light” (Icarus Films)
Runners-up:
“Into the Abyss” (Mongrel Media)
“Project Nim” (Mongrel Media)

ROGERS CANADIAN FILM AWARD FINALISTS
“Café de Flore,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
“A Dangerous Method”, directed by David Cronenberg
“Monsieur Lazhar”, directed by Philippe Falardeau

Project Nim and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Nominated for Phoenix Film Critics Society 2011 Annual Awards

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The Phoenix Film Critics Society announced the nominees for the 2011 Annual Awards. The winner in each category will be announced on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.

The Artist, My Week With Marilyn had multiple nominations including Best Film. Incendies, Point Blank and The Skin I Live In were each nominated for Best Foreign Film; and African Cats, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Page One: Inside the New York Times, and Project Nim were nominated for Best Documentary.

Interesting category, The Overlooked Film of the Year saw nominations for A Better Life, The Conspirator, and Texas Killing Fields.

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2011 (in alphabetical order)
"The Artist”
"The Descendants"
"Drive"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Moneyball"
"My Week With Marilyn"
"Super 8"
"The Tree of Life"

BEST DIRECTOR
"Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
"Michael Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
"Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
"Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"
"Tate Taylor, "The Help"

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
"George Clooney, "The Descendants"
"Jean Dujardin, "The Artist
"Michael Fassbender, “Shame”
"Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
"Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
"Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"
"Viola Davis, "The Help"
"Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
"Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
"Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
"Kenneth Branagh, "My Week with Marilyn"
"Albert Brooks, "Drive"
"John Hawkes, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
"Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"
"Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
"Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"
"Bryce Dallas Howard, "The Help"
"Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
"Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
"Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING
"Bridesmaids"
"Contagion"
"Margin Call"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Super 8"

BEST SCREENPLAY – ORIGINAL
"The Artist"
"Beginners"
"Midnight in Paris"

BEST SCREENPLAY – ADAPTATION
"Descendants"
"The Help"
"Hugo"

BEST LIVE ACTION FAMILY FILM
"Dolphin Tale"
"Hugo"
"The Muppets"
"We Bought a Zoo"

THE OVERLOOKED FILM OF THE YEAR
"A Better Life"
"The Conspirator"
"Texas Killing Fields"

BEST ANIMATED FILM
"The Adventures of Tintin"
"Rango"
"Winnie the Pooh"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Incendies"
"Point Blank"
"The Skin I Live In"

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"African Cats"
"The Greatest Movie Ever Sold"
"Page One: Inside the New York Times"
"Project Nim"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"I Believe In You, "Johnny English Reborn"
"Life's a Happy Song, "The Muppets"
"The Living Proof, "The Help"
"Star Spangled Man, "Captain America"

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
"The Artist"
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
"Moneyball"
"Super 8"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"The Artist"
"Hugo"
"Tree of Life"

BEST FILM EDITING
"The Artist"
"Super 8"
"Tree of Life"

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
"The Artist"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"Hugo"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"The Artist"
"Hugo"
"Jane Eyre"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"Hugo"
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

BEST STUNTS
"Drive"
"Fast Five"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE ON CAMERA
"Elle Fanning, "Super 8"
"Thomas Horn, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
"Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
"Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

BREAKTROUGH PERFORMANCE BEHIND THE CAMERA
"Sean Durkin, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
"Michael Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
"Tate Taylor, "The Help"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH IN A LEAD OR SUPPORTING ROLE – MALE
"Asa Butterfield, “Hugo"
"Joel Courtney, "Super 8"
"Thomas Horn, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH IN A LEAD OR SUPPORTING ROLE – FEMALE
"Elle Fanning, "Super 8"
"Amara Miller, "The Descendants"
"Chloe Grace Moretz, "Hugo"
"Saoirse Ronan, "Hanna"

My Week with Marilyn and The Artist Nominated for multiple SAG Awards

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Nominees for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® were announced this morning in Los Angeles and the Help led with four nominations. My Week with Marilyn and The Artist received multiple nominations including a nomination for best motion picture ensemble for The Artist.

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.

18th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo - “A BETTER LIFE” (Summit Entertainment)
GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King - "THE DESCENDANTS” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / J. Edgar Hoover - "J. EDGAR" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JEAN DUJARDIN / George - "THE ARTIST" (The Weinstein Company)
BRAD PITT / Billy Beane - "MONEYBALL" (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
GLENN CLOSE  / Albert Nobbs - "ALBERT NOBBS” (Roadside Attractions)
VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)
MERYL STREEP / Margaret Thatcher - “THE IRON LADY” (The Weinstein Company)
TILDA SWINTON / Eva - “WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Marilyn Monroe - “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
KENNETH BRANAGH / Sir Laurence Olivier - “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” (The Weinstein Company)
ARMIE HAMMER / Clyde Tolson - "J. EDGAR" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JONAH HILL / Peter Brand - "MONEYBALL" (Columbia Pictures)
NICK NOLTE / Paddy Conlon - “WARRIOR” (Lionsgate)
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Hal - “BEGINNERS” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy - "THE ARTIST" (The Weinstein Company)
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)
MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan - “BRIDESMAIDS” (Universal Pictures)
JANET McTEER / Hubert Page - "ALBERT NOBBS” (Roadside Attractions)
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
THE ARTIST (The Weinstein Company)
BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy
JAMES CROMWELL / Clifton
JEAN DUJARDIN / George
JOHN GOODMAN / Al Zimmer
PENELOPE ANN MILLER / Doris

BRIDESMAIDS (Universal Pictures)
ROSE BYRNE / Helen
JILL CLAYBURGH / Annie’s Mom
ELLIE KEMPER / Becca
MATT LUCAS  / Gil
MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan
WENDI McLENDON-COVEY / Rita
CHRIS O’DOWD / Rhodes
MAYA RUDOLPH / Lillian
KRISTEN WIIG / Annie

THE DESCENDANTS (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
BEAU BRIDGES / Cousin Hugh
GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King
ROBERT FORSTER / Scott Thorson
JUDY GREER  / Julie Speer
MATTHEW LILLARD  / Brian Speer
SHAILENE WOODLEY  / Alexandra King

THE HELP (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote
VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD / Hilly Holbrook
ALLISON JANNEY / Charlotte Phelan
CHRIS LOWELL / Stuart Whitworth
AHNA O’REILLY / Elizabeth Leefolt
SISSY SPACEK / Missus Walters
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson
MARY STEENBURGEN / Elaine Stein
EMMA STONE / Skeeter Phelan
CICELY TYSON / Constantine Jefferson
MIKE VOGEL / Johnny Foote

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Sony Pictures Classics)
KATHY BATES / Gertrude Stein
ADRIEN BRODY / Salvador Dali
CARLA BRUNI / Museum Guide
MARION COTILLARD / Adriana
RACHEL McADAMS / Inez
MICHAEL SHEEN / Paul
OWEN WILSON / Gil 

10 live action short films in the running for 84th Academy Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. One hundred seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

"Je Pourrais Être Votre Grand-Mère (I Could Be Your Grandmother)," Bernard Tanguy, director-producer (Rézina Productions)
"Love at First Sight," Michael Davies, director and Sandra Gorel, producer (Spellbound Films)
"Pentecost," Peter McDonald, director (EMU Productions)
"Raju," Max Zähle, director and Stefan Gieren, producer (Hamburg Media School/Filmwerkstatt)
"The Road Home," Rahul Gandotra, director-producer and Ameenah Ayub, producer (London Film School)
"The Roar of the Sea," Ana Rocha Fernandes and Torsten Truscheit, directors (Niama Filmproduktion GmbH)
"Sailcloth," Elfar Adalsteins, director-producer (Berserk Films)
"The Shore," Terry George, director-producer (All Ashore Productions Limited)
"Time Freak," Andrew Bowler, director and Gigi Causey, producer (Team Toad)
"Tuba Atlantic," Hallvar Witzø, director (The Norwegian Film School/Den Norske Filmskolen)

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in Los Angeles. 

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2012.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, and the Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.

Seth Rogen to host 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Seth Rogen will serve as host for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The 27th annual awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 25, and the premiere broadcast will air later that evening at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.

“Seth is one of the smartest and funniest actors today and we look forward to him making this one of the funniest Spirit Awards yet,” said Jennifer Caserta, Executive Vice President & General Manager, IFC.

African-American Film Critics Awards Laud Pariah, The Black Power Mixtape and Kinyarwanda

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The African-American Film Critics Awards were announced yesterday and The Tree of Life won the top award, best film of 2011. The Black Power Mixtape received the award for best documentary, Kinyarwanda won the award for best foreign film, and Pariah snagged the award for best independent film.

Best Picture
"The Tree of Life"

Best Director
Steve McQueen, "Shame"

Lead Actor
Woody Harrelson, "Rampart"

Lead Actress
Viola Davis, "The Help"

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, "Drive"

Breakout Performance
Adepero Oduye, “Pariah"

Best Documentary
"The Black Power Mixtape"

Best Screenplay: Ava DuVernay
“I Will Follow"

Best Foreign film
Alrick Brown, “Kinyarwanda"

Best Song
Jason Reeves & Lenka Kripac, writers, “The Show” from “Moneyball"

Best Independent Film
"Pariah"

Special Achievement
George Lucas, (Cinema Vanguard); Richard Roundtree, (AAFCA Legacy); Hattie Winston (AAFCA Horizon) and Institution, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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