Awards Category

Another day, another list of nominations annnounced. Today it’s the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes, and pushing its reign further towards Oscar success is Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty“, which picked up nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Bigelow and Best Screenplay for Mark Boal. Quentin Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained” is bouncing back from being left out of yesterday’s SAG nominations with five nominations including two in Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. “Zero Dark Thirty” star Jessica Chastain has been nominated inRead More
The actors have spoken, and they love “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Lincoln” (who can blame them?). The two Oscar frontrunners led the pack this morning, landing four nominations each as the Screen Actors Guild announced their nominees for 2012. Both films were nominated for Best Actor – Bradley Cooper squeezed in somewhat surprisingly for “Silver Linings”, while Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln portrayal ranks among the finest of the year and was a sure bet. Jennifer Lawrence continues to dominate the Best Actress category, though her closest rival Jessica Chastain for criticalRead More
It’s almost that time of year again, when young actors who are lucky enough to be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences see a drastic rise in their profiles and the movie offers come flooding in. But first, you have to get nominated. With critics awards already underway and the SAG and Golden Globe nominations both coming this week (!!), now is the perfect time to check in on the dozens of young actors who are vying for just a few spots come Oscar nomination timeRead More
Its rival Santa Barbara Film Festival snapped up the chance to throw a party for Jennifer Lawrence, and now the Palm Springs International Film Festival is answering back by awarding Lawrence’s “Silver Linings Playbook” co-star Bradley Cooper with its Desert Palm Achievement Award. Both festivals have become mandatory stops on the road to Oscar, with likely nominees and winners being handed various plaques and honors that are pretty, but mostly help raise their profile enough for Academy voters to take notice. In a crowded Best Actor Oscar field, Cooper neededRead More
It was a big day for various film critics’ groups around the country announcing their year-end bests, and some of our favorite rising stars got a bit of a boost in their quest for Oscar gold. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Film Critics Society and the New York Film Critics Online all announced their winners today, while down in San Diego, they released their list of nominees, which also yielded some interesting results. After having some of her front-runner status chiseled away by Jessica Chastain in “ZeroRead More
Bradley Cooper has been named Best Actor by the National Board of Review for his performance in “Silver Lings Playbook”, while Jessica Chastain has won Best Actress for “Zero Dark Thirty”, which also took home the top honor of Best Picture. Supporting acting honors went to Leonardo Dicaprio for “Django Unchained” and Ann Dowd for “Compliance.” The cast of “Les Miserables” – Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks et al – will share the Best Ensemble award, though none were awarded individually. Over in the Breakthrough acting categories,Read More
Welcome to Oscar season, Jennifer Lawrence! Fresh off her first nomination of the year – Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards, now comes word via THR that the Santa Barbara Film Festival will be honoring the “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Hunger Games” star with their Outstanding Performer of the Year award. Prior to her first Oscar nomination for “Winter’s Bone” in 2010, she was given the Rising Star Award at rival awards-season-fest the Palm Springs Film Festival. This pretty much solidifies Lawrence’s status as a major front-runnerRead More
Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” and David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” led the way with five nominations each as the shortlists for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards were announced this morning. Both films were nominated for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay, while “Silver Linings” scored two acting nods – Best Female Lead for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Male Lead for Bradley Cooper – and “Moonrise” was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Male for Bruce Willis. Fellow Oscar hopeful “Beasts of the Southern Wild” made away with fourRead More
“Middle of Nowhere” actress Emayatzy Corinealdi has taken home one of the first awards of the 2012 season, winning Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Awards, which celebrates independent filmmaking. Corinealdi beat out fellow relative unknowns Mike Birbiglia for “Sleepwalk With Me”, Thure Lindhart for “Keep The Lights On”, Melanie Lynskey for “Hello, I Must Be Going” and Oscar hopeful Quvenzhane Wallis for “Beasts Of The Southern Wild.” Though Wallis lost here, she’s still expected to figure heavily into more prominent awards later on in the season, while Corinealdi and “MiddleRead More
Plenty of young rising stars are represented in the nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards. Rufus Norris’ “Broken”, starring Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth, led nominations with nine, including for Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Debut Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Ben Wheatley’s “Sightseers” and Peter Strickland’s “Berberian Sound Studio” followed with seven nominations each. In our favorite category at these awards, five relative unknowns are battling it out for the title of Most Promising Newcomer. This year’s nominees are “Spike Island”Read More