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'Black Swan' leads Critics' Choice nominations

Black-SwanImage Credit: Niko TaverniseBlack Swan received a record 12 Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, including nods for Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and director Darren Aronofsky. True Grit and The King’s Speech followed with 11 nominations each, while Inception received 10 and The Social Network nabbed nine. The 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony will take place on Jan. 14, on VH1. Read below for all the nominations: READ FULL STORY

'Social Network' wins L.A., Boston, New York Online critics awards

Can any movie other than The Social Network pick up a critics’ prize this year? After winning Best Picture honors from the National Board of Review and the Washington, D.C. Film Critics Association, David Fincher’s film has added three more awards to its arsenal with today’s announcements from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and the New York Film Critics Online. Aaron Sorkin also swept the three prizes for his screenplay, as did Toy Story 3 for Best Animated Film. Black Swan‘s Natalie Portman won two Best Actress awards, while three different actors—The King’s Speech‘s Colin Firth, 127 Hours‘ James Franco, and The Social Network‘s Jesse Eisenberg—each picked up a Best Actor prize. Check out all the winners after the jump. READ FULL STORY

American Film Institute announces top 10 films

The American Film Institute has announced its list of top 10 features of the year, which reads like a tally of leading Oscar contenders: Black SwanThe FighterInceptionThe Kids Are All Right127 HoursThe Social NetworkThe TownToy Story 3True Grit, and Winter’s Bone. The AFI jury (which included my EW colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum) also gave special awards to two films that were not eligible for the top 10: The King’s Speech (ineligible because it’s British) and Waiting for “Superman” (which couldn’t be considered because it’s a documentary). The AFI top 10 didn’t include any surprises; rather, dark horse entries like Get Low, Rabbit Hole, and How to Train Your Dragon all weren’t able to break in. Last year only five of the AFI’s top 10 films (The Hurt LockerPreciousUp in the AirUp, and A Serious Man) ended up scoring Best Picture nominations (An Education and District 9 weren’t eligible, while AvatarInglourious Basterds, and The Blind Side were just plain snubbed). This year I’d say they’re going to line up 9 for 10.

'Toy Story,' 'Dragon,' 'Tangled,' 'Despicable,' 'Illusionist' up for Annie Awards

tangledImage Credit: © DisneyThere may only be three slots in the Best Animated Film category at the Oscars this year, but five movies will compete for the Best Feature prize at the Annie Awards. Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Tangled, and Toy Story 3 were all nominated today by the International Animated Film Society. In the overall nomination count, Dragon leads Toy Story by a margin of 15 to 3, but that is because Disney and Pixar decided not to cooperate with the Annie Awards process in protest of what the companies feel is unfair voting by its competitors. (Read all the nominees here.)

Certainly the Academy’s three eventual Oscar nominees will come from the Annies’ list of five. The question is, which two will end up falling short?

'The King's Speech' tops British Independent Film Awards

Expected Oscar favorite The King’s Speech picked up five trophies at the British Independent Film Awards yesterday, winning Best Film, Best Screenplay, and acting prizes for all three of its main cast members: Colin Firth (Best Actor), Geoffrey Rush (Best Supporting Actor), and Helena Bonham Carter (Best Supporting Actress). Surprisingly, though, King’s Speech director Tom Hooper lost his award to Gareth Edwards for the alien invasion drama Monsters. The Best Actress prize went to Never Let Me Go‘s Carey Mulligan, who won the same award last year for An Education.

Producers Guild announces Best Documentary nominees

The Producers Guild of America has announced its six nominees for Best Documentary Feature of 2010. The nominees are Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Earth Made of Glass, Inside Job, Smash His Camera, The Tillman Story, and Waiting for “Superman”. Client, Inside, Tillman, and Superman are all also semifinalists for the Best Documentary Oscar. Missing from the PGA list are other Academy semifinalists Restrepo and Exit Through the Gift Shop as well as Oscar snubbee Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. But we Joan fans are getting used to being disappointed. The PGA Awards will take place on Jan. 22.

'The Social Network' wins National Board of Review prize

social-networkImage Credit: Merrick MortonThe Social Network has won the first major pre-Oscar Best Picture prize of the awards season, earning honors from the National Board of Review. The acclaimed film also won awards for Best Director (David Fincher), Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). Last year’s winner, Up in the Air, ended up as an Oscar nominee but lost to The Hurt Locker; in other recent years, the NBR winner has lined up with the eventual Oscar winner (Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men). Missing from the group’s top 10: 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, and Black Swan — though it’s worth noting that four of last year’s 10 Oscar nominees weren’t recognized by the NBR either. The King’s Speech, meanwhile, made the top 10 list but failed to win any awards. Perhaps the biggest surprise (and a very pleasant one at that) is Jacki Weaver’s supporting actress victory for the amazing Australian drama Animal Kingdom. She and Eisenberg, along with Another Year‘s Best Actress winner Lesley Manville, pick up the biggest boosts in the overall awards race. The full list of winners is below.  READ FULL STORY

'Winter's Bone,' 'Kids Are All Right' top Spirit Award nominees

Image credit: Sebastian Miynarski

Indie hits Winter’s Bone and The Kids Are All Right dominated the Film Independent Spirit Award nominees this morning, as Winter’s Bone earned a phenomenal seven nominations and Kids scored five. Both films were named in the Best Feature category, which also includes 127 Hours, Black Swan, and Greenberg. The upcoming drama Rabbit Hole also did very well, earning four nods, including acting citations for Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

Particularly because these nominees were chosen by a small group of industry professionals, there were a few surprising omissions. Though Kids stars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo received nods, their castmate Julianne Moore did not. Likewise, Get Low scored two nominations (Best First Feature and Best Supporting Male for Bill Murray), but leading man Robert Duvall was overlooked. It also would have been nice to see Halle Berry in there for Frankie & Alice. And of course I’m steamed over the exclusion of Blue Valentine from the Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Feature races. Here are the nominees:

Best Feature
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
Winter’s Bone

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone
John Cameron Mitchell, Rabbit Hole

Best Male Lead
Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs
Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole
James Franco, 127 Hours
John C. Reilly, Cyrus
Ben Stiller, Greenberg

Best Female Lead
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Greta Gerwig, Greenberg
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Male
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Samuel L. Jackson, Mother and Child
Bill Murray, Get Low
Jon Ortiz, Jack Goes Boating
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Best Supporting Female
Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism
Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone
Allison Janney, Life During Wartime
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jack Goes Boating
Naomi Watts, Mother and Child

Read the rest of the nominees after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Winter's Bone' wins big at Gotham Awards

winters_boneImage Credit: Sebastian MlynarskiThe acclaimed indie drama Winter’s Bone was the big winner at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards tonight, taking home the Best Film and Best Ensemble prizes. Director Debra Granik’s Sundance prize-winner was the front-runner going into the ceremony, having been nominated for four awards in total, and has an outside chance of snagging of one next year’s 10 Best Picture Oscar nomination slots. Winter’s Bone wasn’t able to sweep the awards, however. In somewhat of a surprise, Daddy Longlegs leading man Ronald Bronstein (a past Gothams winner for his directorial debut, Frownland) beat Winter’s Bone star Jennifer Lawrence for Best Breakthrough Performance, while Waiting for “Superman” topped it for the Festival Genius Audience prize, which was voted on by filmgoers. The night’s biggest shut-outs, meanwhile, were The Kids Are All Right and Tiny Furniture, both of which went 0-for-2. The entire list of winners is below.

Best Film: Winter’s Bone
Best Documentary: The Oath
Best Ensemble: Winter’s Bone
Best Breakthrough Performance: Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs
Best Breakthrough Director: Kevin Asch, Holy Rollers
Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You: Littlerock
Festival Genius Audience Award: Waiting for “Superman”

Spirit Awards: Nominate these long shots!

We’re only a week away from the Nov. 30 announcement of the Film Independent Spirit Award nominees, which always manage to sneak a few pleasant surprises (like The Vicious Kind‘s Adam Scott last year) in with the expected indie hits. So here are three contenders I’m hoping might be recognized along with surefire nominees like The Kids Are All Right, Winter’s Bone, and Blue Valentine.

Best Actor: Dermot Mulroney, Inhale You’ve probably never heard of this drama, which was released last month. The story of an assistant D.A. who travels to dangerous Juarez, Mexico, to buy black-market lungs for his seriously ill daughter, it’s not always easy to watch. But Mulroney (pictured, left) gives a forceful performance as a dad who has run out of options.

Best Supporting Actress: Ann Guilbert, Please Give Just looking at her face (pictured, center) makes me laugh. As Catherine Keener’s grumpy New York City neighbor who just won’t die, the Dick Van Dyke Show veteran simply steals the show. Check out the trailer to see how she turns one word (“Dry”) into a comedic master class.

Best Foreign Film: Animal Kingdom Since it’s Australian, this is the only category where the riveting crime drama is eligible. Just for the mesmerizingly villainous performance of Ben Mendelsohn (pictured, right) alone, David Michod’s twisted family tale deserves a slot.

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