January 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like the Best Actress Oscar race is as tight as can be. While Jennifer Lawrence, thought to be a frontrunner for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook”, took home two Best Actress awards tonight from the Critics’ Choice Awards, they were for genre-specific categories – one in Action for her role as Katniss in “The Hunger Games” and one for “Silver Linings”‘ Tiffany in Comedy. Meanwhile, the really sought-after prize of Best Actress went instead to “Zero Dark Thirty” star Jessica Chastain, thought to be Lawrence’s biggest competition. It’s still a toss-up between the two in regard to what will happen on Oscar night, but tonight: Advantage Chastain.
Someone who doesn’t seem to have such a tight race on her hands is Anne Hathaway, who easily won the Best Supporting Actress award for her heartbreaking role as Fantine in “Les Miserables.” It’s no wonder the actress gave a heartfelt and slightly overwrought speech tonight – she’s obviously practicing for the big night next month. While it’s hers to lose, she’ll have to fend off Helen Hunt, Amy Adams, Jacki Weaver and particularly Sally Field before claiming the statue.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhane Wallis, another Best Actress Oscar nominee, won Best Young Actor from the BFCA tonight, beating out Logan Lerman for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, Tom Holland for “The Impossible”, Suraj Sharma for “Life of Pi”, Kara Hayward for “Moonrise Kingdom” and Elle Fanning for “Ginger and Rosa.”
“Argo” took home the biggest prize of the night – Best Picture, and Ben Affleck won Best Director, a bit of a boost after the disappointment of being snubbed of a nomination earlier this morning by the Academy. The full list of Critics’ Choice Award winners tonight can be found below.
January 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s a history-making year for the Best Actress category as the nominations for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhane Wallis and “Silver Linings Playbook” star Jennifer Lawrence made history. Nine year old Wallis becomes the youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress, while Lawrence, at 22, becomes the youngest person to be nominated twice for Best Actress (she received her first nomination in 2010 for “Winter’s Bone”). Also making history in the category is Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour”, who becomes the oldest Best Actress nominee ever at age 85. Naomi Watts for “The Impossible” and Jessica Chastain – thought to be Lawrence’s biggest competition for the win – for “Zero Dark Thirty” rounded out the top five.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Silver Linings Playbook” not only made history but were also two of the biggest winners of the morning, each earning more nominations than expected. In addition to Wallis, “Beasts” also garnered a Best Director nod for Behn Zeitlin and a Best Picture nomination. “Silver Linings” got its expected Best Picture, Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Supporting Actor (Robert DeNiro) and Best Actor (Bradly Cooper) nominations, but it surprised in Best Supporting Actress, where Jacki Weaver was nominated. That category is still led by Anne Hathaway’s powerhouse performance in “Les Miserables” (which missed out on Best Director for Tom Hooper but garnerd Hugh Jackman a Best Actor nod), while Amy Adams was nominated for “The Master”, Sally Field for “Lincoln” and Helen Hunt for “The Sessions.”
The category with the biggest shocks of the morning definitely came from Best Director, which snubbed not only Hooper for “Les Mis”, but also thought-to-be-sure-bets Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty” and Ben Affleck for “Argo.” The two films had been thought to be the frontrunners for not only Best Director but also Best Picture, and will seemingly face a much steeper uphill climb on the latter. Steven Spielberg got an expected and deserved nomination for “Lincoln” (which led all nominations with 12), while Zeitlin for “Beasts”, Russell for “Silver Linings”, Ang Lee for “Life of Pi” (which came in second with 11 noms, including Best Picture) and Michael Haneke for “Amour” (which also picked up a Best Picture nom) rounded out the five.
The full list of nominations, announced this morning by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone, can be found below (thanks to AwardsDaily).
January 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: New images of Liam Hemsworth as Gale and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta have been added.
Oh yeah, “The Hunger Games” is still a thing. In just ten short months, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which will see the return of Jennifer Lawrence’s teen heroine Katniss Everdeen, will be released, and today EW has our first look at Lawrence and newcomer Sam Calflin, who plays fan favorite Finnick.
The two, wearing futuristic wetsuits and wielding their signature weapons – Katniss with her bow and arrows, Finnick with his trident – cover the magazine’s new issue, which also unveils a rather intimate moment between the two as the movie’s first official still. As fans of the book now and as director Francis Lawrence is now translating to screen, Finnick is a bit of a flirt who teases and flusters the usually level-headed Katniss, who he meets when they are both chosen to compete in the Quarter Quell, an anniversary edition of the Hunger Games that pits previous victors against one another. We’re not sure yet if Claflin is pulling off that sexy side of his character, but it’s still early yet, with filming only having wrapped recently in Hawaii. No images in sight just yet of returning characters like Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Elizabeth Banks as Effie, or other newcomers like Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Finnick’s cunning and fearless partner.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 21, 2013, and the first two images of Lawrence and Claflin can be viewed below.
December 13, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
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 in the Best Actress in a Drama category but making for a change, Chastain won’t be competing against her currently expected Oscar competitior Jennifer Lawrence, as Lawrence has been nominated in the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy category. Chastian will come up against Marion Cotillard for her brilliant turn in “Rust and Bone” and Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”.
Lawrence’s “Silver Linings Playbook” co-star Bradley Cooper also gets some love from the HFPA with a nom in the Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy category, alongside Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables” and Jack Black in the critically acclaimed but little seen “Bernie“.
There were several notable films and performances left out though, including “Beasts of the Southern Wild” nor the Globes-friendly “Magic Mike” and “Pitch Perfect“. The cast of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower had begun to garner small wins with critic’s groups, and the Golden Globes seemed like a good place for their awards hopes to expand but there was no room for Ezra Miller nor Emma Watson.
Click below for a full list of nominations. The Golden Globes ceremony will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and will air Sunday, January 13 on NBC.
December 12, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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 critical darling “Zero Dark Thirty” was nominated as well. Working against Chastain’s film is the fact that it was left out of the lineup for Best Ensemble, the acting branch’s version of Best Picture.
The indie darling of the year, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, was not eligible for SAG nominations for its impressive duo, Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry, due to their non-union status while filming, and whether this is a blow to their Oscar chances will remain to be seen. Musical “Les Miserables” landed an expected nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Fantine Anne Hathaway (and a rather unexpected one for Valjean Hugh Jackman in Best Actor), though none of the other young supporting players managed to break in.
The full list of film nominations can be found below, and the winners will be announced on January 27th, 2013.
December 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Awards, Features
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 time on January 15th.
From likely winners to maybe-nominees to long shots that deserve some more attention (in descending order), we assess the chances of up and coming actors in each acting category below.
December 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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 “Zero Dark Thirty”, who won the National Board of Review, and is part of the film that is winning just about every Best Picture race thus far, Jennifer Lawrence got a bit of her momentum back for her performance in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” – the LA Film Critics awarded her Best Actress, in a tie with French actress Emmauelle Riva for “Amour.”
LA also awarded Best Supporting Actor to “Beast of the Southern Wild” actor Dwight Henry, who needed the boost to remind voters that he, too, gave an impressive performance in Behn Zeitlin’s Sundance breakout feature. Thus far, all of the buzz has been linked to the film’s star, nine year old Quvenzhane Wallis, who decisively took home the Best Breakthrough Award from NYFCO today, and is a near lock for a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
Also getting a bit of a much needed boost today was the young supporting cast of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, one of our favorite movies of the year, who will need all the help they can get if they hope to crack through the Top Five of any acting categories come Oscar time. The Boston Society of Film Critics clearly loved the film and its stellar cast, handing Best Supporting Actor to Ezra Miller, while Best Supporting Actress hopeful Emma Watson lost to Sally Field for “Lincoln” by one vote. Watson was recognized again by the San Diego Film Critics Society, who nominated her in the category alongside a very young field that also included Rebel Wilson for “Pitch Perfect” and Samantha Barks for “Les Miserables.”
Full lists of winners and nominees can be viewed below.
November 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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-runner in the Best Actress race this year, as the award had previously been awarded to eventual Oscar nominees and winners including Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger, Helen Mirren, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Colin Firth, James Franco and last year’s Viola Davis. “Ms. Lawrence impressed us earlier this year in ‘The Hunger Games’, but has now left us moonstruck with her career-defining performance in ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ – recalling classic turns by Lombard, Stanwyck and Colbert,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling tells THR. “Naming her our Outstanding Performer of the Year is an understatement.”
While the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award isn’t always given out to such a young up and comer, we do expect and hope for more of our favorite rising stars to show up at SBIFF’s Virtuosos Awards ceremony. Last year, they honored Rooney Mara, Shailene Woodley, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Patton Oswalt and Andy Serkis – and three of them went on to score Oscar nominations. Your move, Palm Springs.
November 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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 four expected nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director for Benh Zeitlin, Quvenzhane Wallis for Best Female Lead and Best Cinematography. Newly invigorated indie “Middle of Nowhere” also got four, including Best Female Lead for Gotham’s Breakthrough Actor Emayatzy Corinealdi, Best Supporting Male for David Oyelowo and Best Supporting Female for Lorraine Toussaint.
Some of our other favorite noms include Michael Pena nominated for Best Supporting Male for “End of Watch”, Mary Elizabeth Winstead for Best Female Lead for “Smashed” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” for Best First Feature. The full list of nominations can be found below.
November 15, 2012 | Posted by Up&Comers Contributor
A list by Emiah Gardner
If you’re a Hollywood follower, you know the drill. Small-time star has a bit-part in a big movie and suddenly goes wild. Soon, that star achieves A-list status and is able to choose any part he wants after paying his dues as a walk-on. Well, that’s how it used to be, anyway. With the growing number of movie actors who are TV actors and vice versa, it’s become kosher for TV and movie worlds to collide. In fact, some of the fresh-faced new A-listers are some of the TV show elite, using the small screen to catapult their rise to the silver screen. Check out this list of 15 big screen rising stars who launched their career in television.