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'The Artist,' 'Tinker Tailor' lead BAFTA nominations

Oscar frontrunner The Artist leads the nominees for this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards with 12 nominations, followed by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with 11. Though it wasn’t nominated for Best Film, Hugo also fared well with 9 nominations. The Artist‘s Bérénice Bejo was listed in the lead actress category despite her supporting campaign on these shores. Left out of the acting races: J. Edgar‘s Leonardo DiCaprio, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘s Rooney Mara, Drive‘s Albert Brooks, and The Descendants‘ Shailene Woodley. (Albert Nobbs costars Glenn Close and Janet McTeer were not eligible since their film didn’t open in the UK in time.) War Horse, meanwhile, received five craft nominations but was shut out of all the major categories. Viewers can watch the BAFTA ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 pm ET on BBC America.

Here is the entire list of feature nominees:

Best Film
The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy READ FULL STORY

Paul Feig on 'Bridesmaids' sequel: 'Only... if we could make it as good or better than the original, and that's very hard'

Bridesmaids was named Best Comedy at last night’s Critics Choice Awards, which can only help our favorite “stone-cold pack of weirdos” and their Oscar chances in the coming weeks. But what about the film’s chances of a sequel?

Ever since the film’s massive box office and critical success last summer, there’s been talk of a follow-up. While nothing is set in stone (Bridesmaids cast members including Wiig came up with some sequel ideas, which they shared with EW, and Universal told us that they hope to reassemble the entire gang), EW caught up with Feig, Mumolo, and Wendi McLendon-Covey, all pictured above with cast mates Maya Rudolph and Ellie Kemper, at the Critics Choice Awards, to discuss the future of Bridesmaids.

'The Artist' and 'The Help' dominate the Critics Choice Awards

The Artist cleaned up at the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Awards, winning four trophies including Best Picture and Best Director. The Help, meanwhile, also won big, taking home three prizes including acting awards for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. The Descendants‘ George Clooney and Beginners‘ Christopher Plummer picked up the male acting awards. Last year, all four acting winners repeated their victories at the Oscars. The full list of winners is below.

Best Picture The Artist

Directors Guild nominees: Fincher in, Spielberg out

The Directors Guild Awards, perhaps the most predictive pre-Oscar prize of the season, has thrown quite a wrench into the Oscar race with its list of five nominees for Best Director of the year. Along with The Artist‘s Michel Hazanivicius, Hugo‘s Martin Scorsese, The Descendants‘ Alexander Payne, and Midnight in Paris‘ Woody Allen, the DGA named The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘s David Fincher over touted contenders like War Horse‘s Steven Spielberg and The Tree of Life‘s Terrence Malick. Dragon Tattoo has now been nominated by the Directors, Writers, and Producers Guilds. Could it snag a Best Picture nod on Jan. 24 as well? It’s certainly looking likelier than The Tree of Life, which has now officially been shut out by all four guilds.

Check back tomorrow for my updated predictions in the six main races.

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'Melancholia,' Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst win National Society of Film Critics awards

Lars von Trier’s Melancholia took home its first major U.S. awards yesterday when the National Society of Film Critics voted it the Best Picture of the Year, and star Kirsten Dunst as Best Actress. Brad Pitt won Best Actor for both Moneyball and The Tree of Life; Albert Brooks won Best Supporting Actor for Drive; and Jessica Chastain won Best Supporting Actor for The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, and The Help.

Unlike most other year-end awards, the National Society of Film Critics — which is comprised of 58 film critics from across the country (including EW’s Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum) — also releases the first-and-second runners-up to each of its awards, along with the vote totals in its weighted ballot system. You can check out the full list of winners and runners-up below:  READ FULL STORY

Producers Guild Top 10: 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Ides of March' in; 'Tree of Life' out

The Producers Guild of America has announced its 10 nominees for Best Picture of the Year, and along with expected contenders like The Artist, War Horse, The Descendants, The Help, and Hugo were two minor surprises: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Ides of March. Left off the list, meanwhile, were Drive, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and most interestingly, The Tree of Life. That polarizing film, which has done well in the critics awards so far, clearly takes the biggest hit in the overall Oscar race and is no longer a sure thing for a Best Picture nomination.

Last year, the PGA honorees matched the eventual Best Picture nominees nine for 10, but this year it may not be as easy to compare the two — the Academy’s new voting rules dictate that there will be somewhere between five and 10 Best Picture nominees this go-round, depending on how many films receive at least 5 percent of the overall No. 1 votes. The PGA awards will take place on Jan. 21; all the nominees are listed below.


'Warrior': Nick Nolte on his winning sports drama and his hope for a '48 Hrs.' reunion at the Oscars

In Warrior, Nick Nolte plays a recovering alcoholic whose destructive addiction cost him his family, including his two sons, played by Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. In his raging days, Paddy Conlon pushed his boys to be champions — one more than the other, perhaps — and when they enter the world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting, Nolte’s guilt-ridden pop seizes the opportunity to right past wrongs and salvage some sense of family. Characterized by a solemn bearing that masks a volcanic temper, Paddy fits Nolte almost too close for comfort, and it might be the best performance of his career. Last week, the SAG recognized him with a Best Supporting Actor nomination.

Warrior, which arrives on video tomorrow, is the beginning of a career renaissance for the 70-year-old Nolte, who previously earned Academy Awards nominations for The Prince of Tides (1991) and Affliction (1997). He’ll pop up in next year’s star-studded L.A. noir, Gangster Squad, opposite Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Josh Brolin. And he plays the mysterious old horse trainer in HBO’s Luck, David Milch’s new drama about life at the racetrack.

Famously garrulous and philosophical, Nolte talked to EW about his latest good fortune and reflected on a career that has had more than its share of ups and downs.  READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes: Surprises and sure things

Not to sound like a broken record here, but before we start discussing how this morning’s Golden Globe nominations may affect the Oscar race, it’s important to remember that there is absolutely no overlap between the voting bodies of the Globes and the Academy Awards. More often than not in the last decade, the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture had not won the Globe. Nevertheless, it’s always interesting to see which films are gaining or losing momentum on any given day. So let’s look at the five biggest sure things and surprises from today’s announcement.


1. The Artist dominates with six nominations With its international cast, nostalgic tone, and delightful dance numbers, this movie was right up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s street. It’s no wonder it scored the most nominations. READ FULL STORY

SAG Award nominees: 'The Help,' 'Bridesmaids' in, 'Hugo,' 'Harry Potter' out

The Screen Actors Guild Awards have announced their nominees, with The Help leading the pack with four nominations. The Artist also fared very well, while Hugo, Harry Potter, War Horse, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close received no recognition. Here are their lists:

The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
Midnight in Paris READ FULL STORY

'The Artist' and 'Hugo' lead Broadcast Film Critics nominations

The Artist and Hugo continued their domination of the early awards season, each racking up 11 Critics’ Choice nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, perhaps the only critics group that presages the Academy Award nominations with any accuracy. Drive and The Help each scored eight nods, while The Descendants and War Horse received seven. Also in the BFCA’s Best Picture top 10: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, and The Tree of Life. (Not included, meanwhile: Bridesmaids, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.) Among the surprises in the acting categories: Drive‘s Ryan Gosling over Tinker Tailor‘s Gary Oldman, Martha Marcy May Marlene‘s Elizabeth Olsen over Albert Nobbs‘ Glenn Close, and three previously dark-horse Best Supporting Actor candidates: Young Adult‘s Patton Oswalt, Warrior‘s Nick Nolte, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ Andy Serkis. And interestingly, although the BFCA did nominate Noomi Rapace last year for Best Actress for the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara was overlooked for her performance in David Fincher’s remake. Here’s the entire list of nominees:

The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse


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