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'Beasts' little girl gets two nominations at Critics' Choice awards

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There are a lot of kids’ tables at the Critics’ Choice Film Awards.

By that, I mean there is literally a children’s category among the contenders — best young actor/actress — which separates Quvenzhané Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild, who is also nominated in the overall lead actress category, from her adult peers.

And there are also separate “kids’ table”-type groups for not only comedies (which the Golden Globes does, too) but action and sci-fi/horror movies, which isolates those projects and actors from contention in the traditional, non-genre categories. The group also includes a “best ensemble acting prize” which at the Screen Actors Guild Awards is the equivalent of best-picture, and tends to include six nominees among its acting contenders, so the predictive power of these nominations gets somewhat thrown off course.

Still, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which represents about 270 television, radio and online critics, has given us something to think about as the nominations for the Golden Globes approach on Thursday — as long as you can filter out those quirks. READ FULL STORY

Critics' prizes confirm 'Zero Dark Thirty' as Oscar favorite, boost 'The Master' and 'Amour'

Zero Dark Thirty and Kathryn Bigelow won major critics’ prizes on Sunday, confirming the Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller as an Oscar frontrunner. Both the Boston and New York Online critics honored the movie as the year’s best, and screenwriter Mark Boal was recognized for best screenplay by the New York group. But it was two other films – The Master and Amour — that dominated the Los Angeles Film Critics awards to insert themselves in to the Oscar conversation. Joaquin Phoenix upset Lincoln‘s Daniel Day-Lewis for best actor and Amy Adams won for best supporting actress. Paul Thomas Anderson also won for best director, and the film was named the runner-up for best picture. The Los Angeles critics named Amour best picture, and actress Emmanuelle Riva tied with Jennifer Lawrence for best actress, completing a sweep of today’s critics’ awards for the 85-year-old French actress.

Lincoln fared well also, with Day-Lewis taking home two acting prizes, and Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones winning awards for their supporting performances. Screenwriter Tony Kushner was recognized by the Boston Society critics.

Click below to see today’s list of winners: READ FULL STORY

National Board of Review highlights 'Compliance' actress Ann Dowd and 'Zero Dark Thirty'

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The National Board of Review chose Zero Dark Thirty as its best film, but it was the selection of a few out-of-the-box nominees that are most compelling — including a supporting actress nomination for character actress Ann Dowd’s work in the indie thriller Compliance.

Zero Dark Thirty, which also claimed the group’s best director prize for Kathryn Bigelow, can count this — along with the same wins at the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday — as a serious momentum-builder in the race for the Oscars. But ever since it began screening last week, the film has been heralded far and wide as a heavyweight award season player. Academy voters, it’s fair to say, are already aware.

For someone like Dowd, whose film is lesser known and doesn’t have the same marketing machine behind her, this is a critical victory, a massive “CONSIDER THIS” sign pointed directly at her. If they haven’t already, the Screen Actors Guild nominating committee, Golden Globe voters, and Academy members would be wise to check out her work in the film, in which she plays a well-meaning fast-food manager who is manipulated into thinking one of her employees (Don’t Trust the B‘s Dreama Walker) is guilty of a crime.

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'Moonrise Kingdom' and 'Silver Linings Playbook' lead Indie Spirit noms

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Runaway kids and a guy with a runaway temper led the Independent Spirit Award nominations with Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook collecting five bids each, including best picture.

Their rivals in the best picture race are Bernie, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Keep the Lights On.

With big-screen behemoths like Lincoln, Argo, and Les Miserables dominating Oscar talk, Film Independent’s awards  — chosen by filmmakers, actors, critics, and festival programers — cast the spotlight on some smaller films that are nonetheless worthy of consideration this award season.

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Gotham Awards: Jack Black, Jared Leto and more from the red carpet + full list of winners

Matt Damon, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jared Leto and more turned up at the Independent Film Project’s 22nd annual Gotham Awards in downtown New York City last night to honor the best of independent cinema. Girls actor Alexander Karpovsky may have been a presenter at the event, but he was most excited about watching host Mike Birbiglia take the stage. “I’m a huge Mike Birbiglia fan so I’m looking forward to his jokes,” he said on the red carpet.

When we caught up with Birbiglia, he said he prepared for the gig with a little help from his followers. “I wrote some jokes, then I threw a lot of them out and then I got my Twitter followers to write jokes so I don’t have to take credit for mean things.” Birbiglia also revealed that he worked as a coat-check person at the Gotham Awards when he first moved to New York City 12 years ago. “They paid me more then than I’m being paid tonight,” he quipped, while adding he didn’t bring a coat to the event “out of respect.” READ FULL STORY

Independent Spirit Awards will be held Feb. 23

It’s almost Hollywood law: After the super-human slog of awards season, on the day preceding the Academy Awards, everyone gets to dress down and let loose at the Independent Spirit Awards.

So it has been, and so it shall be again — Film Independent, the not-for-profit organization behind the Indie Spirits, announced Wednesday that the 28th Indie Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, the day before the 85th Oscar ceremony.

The show will be broadcast that night on IFC at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Nominations for the Indie Spirits will be announced on Nov. 27. At the 27th Spirit Awards, held last February and hosted by Seth Rogen, The Artist became the first film since 1986’s Platoon to win the top prize at both the Indie Spirits and the Academy Awards.

Read more:
‘Bernie,’ ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ score 2012 Gotham Award nominations
Hollywood Film Awards: Seth Rogen kicks off Oscar season
Inside the 27th Indie Spirit Awards: A brisk-yet-tedious celebration of films we’ve already been celebrating

Hollywood Film Awards: Seth Rogen kicks off Oscar season

Awards season can seem a little ridiculous at times. The Oscars are a tradition and the Golden Globes are a party, but there sometimes seem to be about 36 other awards shows vying for attention. Before you know it, they’re going to start handing out awards before the movies even come out. What’s that, you say? The Hollywood Film Awards already steamrolled that notion? How can you possibly honor a film or performance that you haven’t even seen?

It’s a fair question, but that didn’t stop giant Hollywood stars from turning out last night for the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards, the brainchild of a canny promoter named Carlos de Abreu. Dustin Hoffman “won” for Hollywood Breakthrough Director, Bradley Cooper and Marion Cotillard took home acting awards, Quentin Tarantino was named the best screenwriter, presumably for the still unfinished Django Unchained. Perhaps the Hollywood Film Awards are the “official launch of awards season,” but I defer to Seth Rogen, who pointed out some industry truths when he introduced Judd Apatow, who was honored with the Hollywood Comedy Award.

“This is the first stop of the awards season. Or if you work in comedy, it’s known as the last stop of the awards season. READ FULL STORY

'Bernie,' 'Moonrise Kingdom' score Gotham nominations

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The Master, Bernie, and Moonrise Kingdom were nominated by the Gotham Independent Film Awards for Best Feature. One of the first major awards ceremonies of the Oscar season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards focus attention on worthy independent films and breakthrough performances. Mike Birbiglia, who was nominated for a Breakthough Actor award for his performance in Sleepwalk With Me, will also host the ceremony on Nov. 26.

Click below for complete nominations. READ FULL STORY

Toronto Film Festival: 'Silver Linings Playbook' wins audience award

David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook won the Blackberry People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, which concluded with a ceremony this afternoon. Based on Matthew Quick’s darkly comic novel, the film follows a mentally unstable former teacher (Bradley Cooper) who moves in with his parents and befriends a young widow (Jennifer Lawrence).

Along with Ben Affleck’s Argo (the first runner up for the People’s Choice Award) and J.A. Bayona’s The ImpossiblePlaybook emerges from the festival as a strong Oscar contender thanks to buzz from glowing reviews and enthusiastic audience responses. Other winners at the fest include Midnight Madness champion Seven Psychopaths, written and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), plus FIPRESCI prize winners Dans la maison (In the house), a French drama by Francois Ozon, and Mikael Marcimain’s Call Girl.

Click here for a full list of winners.

Read more:
Toronto Oscar Watch: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Cloud Atlas
Silver Linings Playbook’ Preview
Toronto Q&A: Rockwell, Harrelson, Walken on ‘Seven Psychopaths
Toronto: Midnight premiere of ‘Seven Psychopaths’ total madness
Toronto 2012: ‘Argo’ and ‘The Gatekeepers’ get the festival off to an exciting start

New Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron honored by Outfest

Zadan (left) and Meron.

This February, they’ll be giving out the awards, but right now the newly announced Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be receiving their own trophy.

The producing partners, whose credits include Footloose, Chicago, and Hairspray, have been selected to receive the Visionary Award from Outfest, the organization dedicated to gay and lesbian entertainment, at the group’s 8th annual Legacy Awards.

They will receive the award at the Oct. 13 ceremony from Glee‘s Darren Criss, who recently starred on Broadway in the duo’s revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. READ FULL STORY

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