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I got Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale at the red carpet film premiere...

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Even Rotten Tomatoes got BSActress wrong. More to come.

Congrats to Melissa Leo and Christian Bale for their roles in The Fighter.

SAG Best Supporting Actress: Leo

Melissa Leo won as I predicted she will win Oscar too.

The Fighter gets 7 nods

The Fighte gets 7 nods including Melissa Leo. See my review on Blogcritics and at The Trough. I put it on my top ten list and so did many others. It is also up for best picture. Will it be this year’s Hurt Locker?

Golden Globes Best Drama, best actor and best actress (The Buzz is with Bening)

Here are the nominees for the best dramas of 2011:

Best Motion Picture–Drama nominees: Black Swan, The Fighter. Inception, The King’s Speech and  The Social Network.

The winner: The Social Network

The Golden Globe for best actor, comedy or musical goes to Paul Giamatti in “Barney’s Version”

 Best Performance Dramatic–actress: Halle Berry – Frankie and Alice; Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole; Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone; Natalie Portman – Black Swan; Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine.

The winner: Natalie Portman (not really the best though sorry)

Best Performance Dramatic–actor: Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network; Colin Firth – The King’s Speech; James Franco – 127 Hours; Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine; Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter.

The winner:  Colin Firth (my main man)

Best performance actress in a comedy or musical: Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right; Anne Hathaway – Love & Other Drugs; Angelina Jolie – The Tourist; Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right; Emma Stone – Easy A

Winner: Annette Bening

Best Performance–actress supporting role/drama: Amy Adams – The Fighter; Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech; Mila Kunis – Black Swan; Melissa Leo – The Fighter; Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Winner: Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Interesting that the only nominated film that is about a woman is Black Swan.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/video/article/golden-globes-winners-and-losers/#ixzz1BFn5fAcm

Golden Globe Winners and Losers–The Social Network wins best pic

first published: http://blogcritics.org/video/article/golden-globes-winners-and-losers/page-1/

Here is the Official Golden Globes site where you can click to follow any favorite category on twitter and preview all the nominations and categories. Ricky Gervais will be hosting the festivities.

Tonight the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will present the Golden Globes to the nominees announced this past December. At the top of the roll is the Cecil B. DeMille award to Robert DeNiro. 

There are few silver screen luminaries as bright as DeNiro.  At age 67 he has won 8 Golden Globes awards, two Academy Awards and the Kennedy Center Honor.  The DeMille award recognizes contribution to entertainment and past winners include: Martin Scorsese, Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino and Michael Douglas. The winners will be announced tonight and we know there can only be one winner in each category. But we can also talk about how and why that winner was chosen.  I think that only you can decide who was snubbed.  Let’s begin with a rundown of the top awards:

Best Performance–actor supporing role/drama: Christian Bale – The Fighter; Michael Douglas – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; Andrew Garfield – The Social Network; Jeremy Renner – The Town; Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech.

Winner: Christian Bale — he was long-winded too.

Best Motion Picture–Drama nominees: Black Swan, The Fighter. Inception, The King’s Speech and  The Social Network.

The winner: The Social Network

Best Performance Dramatic–actress: Halle Berry – Frankie and Alice; Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole; Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone; Natalie Portman – Black Swan; Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine.

The winner: Natalie Portman

The Golden Globe for best actor, comedy or musical goes to Paul Giamatti in “Barney’s Version”

Best Performance Dramatic–actor: Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network; Colin Firth – The King’s Speech; James Franco – 127 Hours; Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine; Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter.

The winner: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech

Best Performance–actress supporting role/drama: Amy Adams – The Fighter; Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech; Mila Kunis – Black Swan; Melissa Leo – The Fighter; Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Winner: Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Best Motion Picture comedy or musical Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque. The Kids Are All Right, Red, The Tourist

The winner: The Kids Are All Right…no surprise there. It was a good movie saw it on DVD.

Best performance actress in a comedy or musical: Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right; Anne Hathaway – Love & Other Drugs; Angelina Jolie – The Tourist; Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right; Emma Stone – Easy A

Winner: Annette Bening — Heloise predicted it with “The Buzz is with Bening”

Best performance by an actor–comedy or musical: Johnny Depp – Alice in Wonderland; Johnny Depp – The Tourist; Paul Giamatti – Barney’s Version; Jake Gyllenhaal – Love & Other Drugs; Kevin Spacey – Casino Jack

Winner: Paul Giamatti

Best Director: Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan; David Fincher – The Social Network; Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech; Christopher Nolan – Inception; David O. Russell – The Fighter.

Winner: David Fincher The Social Network

Best supporting actor: Christian Bale The Fighter.

Winner: TBA

Best Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Danny Boyle – 127 Hours; Christopher Nolan Inception; Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko – The Kids Are All Right; David Seidler – The King’s Speech; Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network.

Winner: Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network

Best original score: Alexandre Desplat – The King’s Speech; Danny Elfman – Alice in Wonderland; A. R. Rahman – 127 Hours;Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network; Hans Zimmer – Inception.

Winner:

Best supporting actor TV series: Chris Colfer in Glee.

Best Television series: Boardwalk Empire (HBO); Dexter (SHOWTIME); The Good Wife (CBS); Mad Men (AMC); The Walking Dead (AMC).

Winner: Boardwalk Empire

Best Performance by actress in television series: Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife (CBS); Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men (AMC); Piper Perabo – Covert Affairs; Katey Sagal – Sons Of Anarchy; Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer (TNT).

Winner: Katey Sagal

Best Performance by actor in television series: Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire (HBO); Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad; Michael C. Hall –Dexter (SHOWTIME); Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC); Hugh Laurie –House (FOX).

Winner:  Steve Buscemi

Best song: You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me from Burlesque. The only good thing about this film.  Cher sang it too.

Best Foreign language film: In A Better World (Denmark)

Best animated featured film: Winner Toy Story 3 

Best actor in a TV movie or mini series: Al Pacino for “You Don’t Know Jack” as he portrayed Jack Kavorkian. He was bad ass for real.

Claire Danes for “Temple Grandin” as best actress in a mini series or TV movie.

Best supporting actress in a TV miniseries winner: Jane Lynch for Glee

Jim Parsons best actor in a TV series or musical or comedy in his role in The Big Bang Theory (never watch it)

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Golden Globe Red Carpet: Will it be what was she wearing or what was she thinking? Before the show there will be an hour-long red carpet special. You can add your comments here. What you like, what worked, who worked it and how the hotties keep it hot. We want to hear from you. The look this awards season is the off-the-shoulder long gown, pastel color. It works well for most figures and faces. In my comments below I’ve noted the “what was she thinking” candidates. Jesse Eisenberg just pulled up in the limo. He was also in Holy Rollers this year. He played an orthodox Jew who does some illegal and orthodox drug running using other orthodox Jews. Strategy: customs will never suspect the religious. Good film, no Network but worth a look on streaming Netflix.

Shock and awe?  The mention of The Tourist in category for best musical or comedy is shocking IMO. But it did not come out of the blue but out of the mind of director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. After a pre-screening others agreed that the film was preposterous enough for billing as a comedy. The critics were not so kind and it barely garnered one star/five. They talked me out of seeing it.

Halle Berry’s inclusion as nominee for best actress in a drama might be seen as either awe or awful idea. Her film Frankie and Alice had a limited release at the end of 2010 and will be widely released February 2011. That’s why it made the 2010 cut. However, some blacks are already razzed-up about the mere thought that another award could come for a movie that “exposes” Miss Berry. The woman she portrays is mentally unbalanced and works as a stripper, so Halle bares T&A naturally.

Any sweep predictions? That may be hard to divine. Best bet: The King’s Speech might leave the audience speechless. The Oscar buzz begins tonight. So in that sense there are no losers. Because the Golden Globe nods will put them on the Academy’s red carpet win or lose.

Movie Review: The Fighter

Christian Bale at the red carpet film premiere...

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 The Fighter (DVD from Amazon)

First published at Blogcritics: http://blogcritics.org/video/article/movie-review-the-fighter/ I have put this film in my top ten best films of 2010.

The Fighter  has received a total of six Golden Globe nominations including one for best drama.  Mark Walhberg, producer, also stars in this film based on the real life of “Irish” Mickey Ward. Wahlberg received a best actor nod along with co-star Christian Bale who plays his brother Dickey Ekland. Melissa Leo – playing Alice Ward, their mother - rounds it out to three with her nomination for best actress. 

David O. Russell (Globe nomination for best director) directs. He has ten other films in his filmography, but this true tale will put him on the map. Russell lands a technical knockout, so it is no surprise that the critical world has been touched.

This film is based on the life of two brothers and their parents who act as managers. The brothers have seen better days. However, they are not alone. The brothers share their boxing lives with seven sisters who have never seen a fight worth passing up. Dysfunction is their middle name but everyone gets managed by strong mother figure Alice Ward. She is superb and dramatically convincing.

The Fighter begins as a documentary within a film that is being shot around the decrepit neighborhood. Dicky Eklund former contender and his dramatic fall from grace are the subjects.  Now a common crack addict, reduced to recounting his druggie days in the hood where he cheats on his wife, and sneaks out to the local crack house to smoke his plastic homemade pipe–his life on the cutting room floor. Yet he touts the dreary documentary every chance he gets. Ironically he ends up watching it from the prison cafeteria. 

Dickey plays mentor to his younger brother Mickey who absorbs the lessons and his brother’s advice, which often saves his ass in the ring. This mom and pop operation cement their son’s relationship because the parents act as bad managers in the past and present: Dickey is a washed-up fighter who clearly points out his drug store for the documentary cameras. Mickey takes over where his brother’s career left off, as an up-and-coming fighter who surprisingly gets a shot at the welterweight title.

The Wards are a dysfunctional family on good days and just plain scrappy with anyone they meet on other days. Mickey’s sisters don’t take to his new girlfriend Charlene Fleming (Amy Adams). Charlene is a tough gal who cusses, throws punches, and threatens just like the Ward sisters, so she fits right in even without their approval. The Wards fight on the street and in the ring and don’t mind who watches the antics.

After getting a few good fights under his belt, Mickey decides to get serious about winning. He is sought out by a real manager who takes him to Las Vegas to train and arranges a match with the welterweight contender Sanchez.

Mickey is the underdog in the fight and is losing so badly that everyone hollers “Stop the fight!” The fight continues. Out of the blue–Mickey throws the wretched body blow that Dickey told him not to forget. It lands and Sanchez goes down with a thud. Mickey Ward has defeated an undefeated boxer. So he is eligible for the world championship in London, England.

It is all about the fight and his heart is in winning. Reluctantly Mickey brings everyone on board the Ward Express to prepare for the big match. They are happy and Dickey is sober. The Fighter painstakingly reconstructs this historic battle for the end of the film with the kind of attention to detail that leaves everyone engaged. It’s a real knockout with four out of five punches.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/video/article/movie-review-the-fighter/page-2/#ixzz19ndSIJNA

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