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'Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence to reveal Oscar nominees

The world knows her as Katniss from the upcoming film version of The Hunger Games and saw her as the young, blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique in last summer’s X-Men: First Class, but last year around this time Jennifer Lawrence was making her breakthrough thanks to an Oscar nomination for a dark little indie mystery called Winter’s Bone.

Now she’ll be the one announcing a new crop of contenders.

The 21-year-old actress will join Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to reveal the nominees live on Jan. 24. She probably won’t be repeating that va-va-voom red dress from last year, but here’s hoping she sports something else that turns every straight guy into the wolf from a Tex Avery cartoon.

Last year, Mo’nique, who won best supporting actress for Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, helped Sherak read the new contenders, and the year before that Anne Hathaway, a previous best actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married (and eventual cohost of the telecast), did the honors.

Sure, it sounds like an easy gig, but how would you like to be the one who gets up in front of the world at 5:30 a.m. to potentially say the name of The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius? (For the record, it’s pronounced: “MISS-ter Share-ACK, Why-don’t-YOU-take-this-one.”)

Click through for a photo gallery of the actress in some of her more notable roles. READ FULL STORY

Film Independent Spirit Awards: Host Joel McHale reacts inappropriately to 'Black Swan,' '127 Hours,' and 'Winter's Bone' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Joel-McHaleImage Credit: Kyle Christy/IFCIt is fair to say Joel McHale was chosen to host this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards more for his comedy chops than his indie movie cred (although he was actually pretty good in Steven Soderbergh’s admittedly major studio-financed The Informant!). The Community star makes the most of that fact in the exclusive promo clip below, which finds him reluctantly watching a selection of nominated movies and reacting with amusing inappropriateness to the likes of 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, and Greenberg (“Oh, Greg Focker, will you ever get it right?”).

Check out the video and tell us what you think. Are you looking forward to the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which IFC will broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m.? Who would you like to see win? READ FULL STORY

Writers Guild nominees announced

I-Love-You-Phillip-MorrisImage Credit: Patti PerretUnlike the Producers and Directors Guild awards, the Writers Guild nominees never match up too closely with the Academy Awards since several top Oscar contenders usually aren’t eligible for the WGA prize. (Entries must be filmed under guild jurisdictions to qualify.) That’s why we don’t see The King’s Speech, Another Year, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, or Toy Story 3 in the just-announced WGA lists. So which screenplays took advantage of the extra spaces? Clearly, it’s Please Give and I Love You Phillip Morris, two films that haven’t made much of an impression in the overall awards hunt so far. The only surprise omission in my mind is Rabbit Hole in the adapted category. I’m also shocked that Oscar front-runner Waiting for “Superman” didn’t make it into the documentary list, though Superman director Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth didn’t get a WGA nod either and it went on to win the Oscar. Here are the nominees:  READ FULL STORY

Writers Guild Awards: 'Toy Story 3,' 'Blue Valentine,' and others ineligible

Nominations for the Writers Guild Awards won’t be announced until Jan. 4, but the nomination ballot is missing some noticeable titles. Variety reports Another Year, Biutiful, Blue Valentine, The Ghost Writer, The King’s Speech, Made in Dagenham, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Toy Story 3 and Winter’s Bone are among those deemed ineligible because they were not formally submitted for consideration and/or were not produced under WGA jurisdiction. As the trade notes, the WGA’s picks for original and adapted screenplay have each won an Oscar 11 of the last 16 years. Winners are announced Feb. 5.

'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

Sundance: 'The Kids Are All Right,' 'Winter's Bone,' and films from around the world

The marketing campaign for this year’s Sundance Film Festival urges rebellion, renewal, and a return to the aesthetic roots of independent filmmaking, while festival volunteers wear jackets emblazoned with the establishment logo of corporate sponsor Kenneth Cole. In other words, it’s Sundance, Jake. And this year I’ve been wearing the (non-logo) badge that identifies me as a member of the three-person jury judging 14 entries in the World Dramatic category of the competition. The awards ceremony is tonight; I’ll report on some of the outstanding selections I’ve seen next week, after I’ve removed my ID badge.

So much for my silence on this site, while Owen has been commenting eloquently on what he and I agree has been a particularly rewarding Sundance. But nothing stops me from sharing my enthusiasm for two of the films I’ve liked best outside of my jurisdiction.

I’ll start with my favorite U.S. drama with movie stars: The Kids Are All Right, directed by Lisa Cholodenko from a screenplay she cowrote with Stuart Blumberg, stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a long-time married lesbian couple in California, mothers, via sperm donor, of an academically gifted 18-year-old daughter (Mia Wasikowska) and an athletic 15-year-old son (Josh Hutcherson) on a quest to find their biological father. The kids don’t have to look far: Open records lead sister and brother to Mark Ruffalo as a free-wheeling, peace-and-love-style bachelor restaurant entrepreneur whose charm enchants his chromosomal offspring — and challenges their mothers.

Rebellious filmmaking? Yes, insofar as Cholodenko’s warm, smart, audience-friendly, often very funny movie features two marvelous, famous actresses in full flower as lesbians — not to mention gay sex, straight sex, and READ FULL STORY

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