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Oscar nominations are in: 'The King's Speech' rules with 12 nods

oscar-awardImage Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesThe Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences unveiled its nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The King’s Speech led the way with 12 nominations, and the Coen brothers’ western, True Grit, scored 10. Check out the list below, follow-up with Dave Karger‘s take, then head over to PopWatch to let us know who you think got snubbed.

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'127 Hours' eyes new life after Oscar announcement

Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, which opened on Nov. 5 and is currently playing in only 76 theaters, is poised to expand to more than 600 locations after the Oscar nominations are announced next week, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film, which stars James Franco as a weekend adventurer who is forced to amputate his own arm to escape from under a giant boulder, has grossed only $11.2 million. Franco is expected to receive a nomination for Best Actor, and Boyle and the film itself are also possible nominees.

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Bening, Firth, and Bale: What size do you like your favorite Oscar-worthy acting?

the-fighterImage Credit: Jojo WhildenI have no problem telling you right now that I’d like Annette Bening to win this year’s Oscar for Best Actress, and I’d like to give the award for Best Actor to Colin Firth. But hey, if your favorite candidate wins instead of mine, I’ve got no hard feelings. Once we get down to the nominees — or even down to that list of finalists most likely to be nominees — we’re talking about good actors, all of them. At which point, what distinguishes one worthy candidate from another, for me, isn’t so much a calibration of goodness as a calibration of size. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: Julia Roberts' Oscar plea for Javier Bardem

Julia-Roberts-BardemImage Credit: James Devaney/WireImage.comA couple weeks ago, I groused to you about how I thought Javier Bardem’s powerful performance in Biutiful has been unfairly overlooked during this awards season so far. Well, it turns out I have a sister in my disappointment: Julia Roberts. And she’s decided to do something about it. Tonight in Los Angeles, Roberts hosted a screening of Biutiful on behalf of Bardem (her costar in Eat Pray Love) for a select industry crowd. Along with Bardem and his glowingly pregnant wife, Penélope Cruz, I spotted actors Kyle MacLachlan and Robert Forster among the attendees. Taking a break from working the room, Roberts spoke exclusively to EW about her admiration for Bardem’s achievement, and her excitement at working with — speaking of  the Oscars — Meryl Streep.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What is it about Javier’s performance in Biutiful that you’re so passionate about? READ FULL STORY

'True Grit': John Wayne vs. Jeff Bridges -- which one has more true grit?

wayne-bridgesImage Credit: Everett Collection; Lorey SebastianIt doesn’t take rocket science to see why True Grit enjoyed the biggest opening weekend of any Coen brothers movie to date. The film may not have won the Coens their most rapturous reviews (though the critics were largely enthusiastic), and it’s hardly their best or most defining work. Yet it’s a remake of a famous and, indeed, iconic Hollywood movie — one that, while not quite a “classic,” remains a robust and beloved end-of-the-studio-system-era Western. OMG, I used the R-word! — I called True Grit a “remake.” The vulgarity, the lowbrow cluelessness on my part! From the outset, you see, the directorial and studio spin on this movie has been to insist that it’s a completely different animal from the deeply sentimental 1969 when-fresh-faced-teenybopper-met-grizzled-old-marshal fable of popular vengeance. The Coens, making their publicity rounds, have talked and talked about how they went back to Charles Portis’ original novel, which was published in 1968. But if, like me, you’ve never read the novel (and I would guesstimate that 97 percent of the people who saw True Grit over the weekend have not), then after all the remake? what remake?! spin, you might be startled to see how close the movie really does come to the 1969 version. At times, it borders on being a scene-for-scene, line-for-line gloss on it.

There are differences, of course. The Coen brothers’ version is more tasteful and intimate and art-directed, a kind of color-coordinated curio. Hailee Steinfeld’s Mattie Ross is notably younger than Kim Darby’s (which, at times, makes the new Mattie seem even more of an old movie concoction), and major sections of the picture are set at night (a technique that worked a lot better in No Country for Old Men). That said, the essential hook of the new True Grit is, and always was, the sheer curiosity factor of wanting to see Jeff Bridges, in his born-again middle-aged movie-star prime, take on the role of Rooster Cogburn, the part that won John Wayne his only Academy Award.

There’s a reason that a great many people still don’t hold Wayne’s cornball-crusty performance in very high esteem. By the late ’60s, movies were in the middle of a revolution, and they had a new audience, known (it now sounds so quaint) as the Film Generation. At the time, a lot of folks under a certain age felt that it was almost their duty to hate John Wayne. READ FULL STORY

Javier Bardem for Best Actor in 'Biutiful': What's the disconnect?

Javier-Bardem-ButifulImage Credit: Jose HaroIn Cannes earlier this year I chatted with Josh Brolin, who was promoting two films of his own but seemed most excited about his pal Javier Bardem’s turn in Biutiful. “Sean Penn told me it’s a f—ing masterpiece,” he said to me. “And Guillermo del Toro says Javier’s performance is unprecedented.” When I saw the film (directed by Alejandro González Iñarritu) the next day, I understood what Brolin was talking about. Bardem, a past Best Supporting Actor winner for No Country For Old Men, is nothing short of devastating as a Barcelona dad struggling to keep his family together amidst unspeakable personal and professional tragedies. But something bizarre has happened in this awards season so far: Despite being selected by Mexico as its official foreign-language entry, the film has failed to gain any awards traction for Bardem. No Broadcast Critics nomination for him, no SAG nod, nothing from the Golden Globes even. When I got Globe nominee Ryan Gosling on the phone on Tuesday, Bardem’s was the omission he was most troubled by. “Look at Javier,” Gosling said. “How could you not acknowledge that?”  READ FULL STORY

Jake Gyllenhaal exclusive: Anne Hathaway's congratulatory text to her Golden Globe-nominated costar

Jake-Gyllenhaal-Anne-HathawayImage Credit: Don Arnold/WireImage.comOne of the happiest results from this morning’s Golden Globe nominations in my mind was the recognition of Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway for their terrific performances in the comedic drama Love & Other Drugs. I had the pleasure of interviewing them together for our EW cover story and enjoyed seeing their unique friendship first-hand. Now that they’re both Golden Globe nominees (for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical), Gyllenhaal — who’s never gotten a Globe nod before, strangely — got on the phone to discuss his competition (including two Johnny Depp performances, Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist) and what Hathaway had to say when she texted him after the big news.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve had an Oscar nomination, a SAG Award nomination, and you’ve won a BAFTA. What took you so long with the Golden Globes?
JAKE GYLLENHAAL: [Laughs] It’s such a random thing! The irony of this one is that it isn’t the typical awards-season fare. Most movies that are acknowledged during awards season tend to be darker, and what’s special about this nomination is that it’s something about romance and hope.

So who’s your biggest competition for the win: Johnny Depp or Johnny Depp?
Right? Tell me about it. It’s a celebrity deathmatch with twin Johnny Depps. It’s pretty awesome that he was nominated twice. He’s such a badass.

I know you and Anne love to text each other all the time. So have you texted with her today?
She texted me this morning and I haven’t texted her back yet! Her text was…hold on a second, I’m going to grab my phone and I’ll tell you. This is an exclusive, hold on. [Rustles around for his phone.] She said, “Dude! Exclamation point. Congrats! Millions of exclamation points. You did it! Exclamation points. First Golden Globe nom, right? Millions of question marks. X.”

Wow, she knows her stuff.
She knows her awards history. It’s nice because the last movie we did [Brokeback Mountain] was acknowledged with awards. There’s something about us working together that seems to feel good and feel right.

2010 Entertainers of the Year: James Franco on why he's going to so many grad schools

James-FrancoImage Credit: Matt Carr/Getty Images“I’m tired.” James Franco says this as a statement of fact, not as a complaint or an excuse. He has just stepped off a train from New Haven, Conn., where he attends Ph.D. classes at Yale, and is on his way to meetings in Providence. Lately, he has shuttled to and from school, press events for two movies, and a signing for his new book of short stories, Palo Alto. Before that, he premiered shorts he directed at Sundance and Cannes, attended four other graduate programs, guest-starred on 30 Rock (he played himself, though his addiction to a Japanese body pillow was fictional), continued shooting episodes of General Hospital, and debuted a multimedia solo art show. Fortunately, he got a little shut-eye on the train: “At this point, I can sleep just about anywhere.”

The actor is no longer just an actor. He has been collecting hyphens the way other celebrities collect vintage cars or ex-girlfriends. His performance in Danny Boyle’s survival film 127 Hours will likely snag him an Oscar nom (conveniently he’ll already be at the Kodak cohosting the awards show with Anne Hathaway), but it’s just one part of Franco’s big year. The 32-year-old says his transformation into a Renaissance man began around five years ago. “I was 27, 28, and that’s a time in a lot of people’s lives when they start assessing themselves,” he says. Franco had been a recognizable star for years, thanks to his role as Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man franchise. But bad experiences on films made him pause for reevaluation: “Basically I had done a few projects that I just hated. It wasn’t only the final product, it was my approach to the movies, and I knew I had to change something.”  READ FULL STORY

Did Ryan Gosling's gut tell him not to do 'The Lovely Bones'?

So it turns out Ryan Gosling wasn’t too young to play Saoirse Ronan’s grieving father in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. He was too fat. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter during an actors’ roundtable, the Blue Valentine star said that Jackson wasn’t pleased when his star showed up to set at 210 pounds, 60 pounds heavier than when the director had hired him. “We had a different idea of how the character should look. I really believed [he should be 210 pounds],” Gosling said. “I’d gotten it wrong. Clearly. And then I was fat and unemployed.” READ FULL STORY

'True Grit': Will it be an Oscar player?

true-gritImage Credit: Lorey SebastianEarlier this week I had the opportunity to see Joel and Ethan Coen’s eagerly awaited adaptation of True Grit, the last assumed major Oscar contender of the year. I’ll leave it to my esteemed colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum to provide a proper review in the coming days, but I’d say the Coen brothers have a second consecutive Best Picture nominee on their hands. The film is beautifully shot and—no surprise considering the cast—very well acted. It’s a hoot to see Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and a host of fascinating looking character actors act with their jowls and mutton chops amidst the Coens’ majestically shot 19th Century landscape.

So in which categories is True Grit most likely to be a major contender? I’d call it a sure thing for a Best Picture nod given that race’s 10 slots. And the Coens could certainly make it into the director and adapted screenplay hunts as well. As for the cast, Matt Damon makes the most of his one-liners but simply isn’t in the film enough to be a serious supporting actor contender. Ditto Josh Brolin, who doesn’t even appear until the last act. Jeff Bridges could end up scoring a Best Actor nomination thanks to his droll performance as marshal Rooster Cogburn, but I wouldn’t say Colin Firth needs to worry about losing to him again this year. In my mind the strongest acting candidate from the film is newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who knocks her large supporting role out of the park, exuding precociousness and confidence from her introductory scene. She had me smiling nearly the entire film and I’d imagine most Academy members will have the same reaction. READ FULL STORY

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