January 2008 Archives

Kanye takes five Chicago Music Awards

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Rapper Kanye West, who was nominated in five categories in the 27th annual Chicago Music Awards, captured all five Sunday night at the ceremony at Park West.

The winnowing continues on the way to this year's "My Grammy Moment" contest. Now we're down to 15 musicians competing for a chance to play with the Foo Fighters during next month's Grammy telecast.

And congrats to the two Illinois musicians — Andrew Pearson and Michelle Morales — among the semifinalists! See their videos below ...

Oscars plan a clip-job show ... just in case

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As reported here weeks ago, the producers of the Oscars have a contingency plan for the telecast in case the writers strike is unresolved by show date, Feb. 24. Even though there's hope for an end to the strike, the producers today shared the details of that alternate plan — a history-filled clip job.

More Grammy performers, presenters announced

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Nominees Feist, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and the casts of "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil" and the film "Across The Universe" in a special Beatles segment are the latest performers for the 50th annual Grammy Awards telecast, announced today by The Recording Academy.

Annual Grammys CD a good sampler of nominees

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This is a little PR-ish, but I've always found these annual CD releases to be helpful for those with a genuine interest in the Grammys. Today, the "2008 Grammy Nominees" CD was released — a decent round-up of tracks and artists nominated for this year's prizes.

Don't you wish the Academy would do this for the Oscars? A DVD compilation of the year's nominated films — what a box-office booster that would be!

Sean Young has entered rehabilitation for alcohol abuse following a weekend outburst in which she was heckling from the audience at the Directors Guild of America awards.

Complicated films mean little buzz before Oscars

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One film has an oblique ending that’s left some viewers dissatisfied and others floored by its profundity. The other features a slowly developing plot and a brutal, operatically violent finale.

‘‘No Country for Old Men’’ and ‘‘There Will Be Blood’’ are both gorgeous and bold, expertly crafted and intelligently acted. But most moviegoers have seen neither of them — and they never will — even though they’re the two leading contenders for best picture at the Academy Awards.

Oscar-nominated films are often small, dark and unintended for mass audiences; they’re about art, after all, not commerce. But that’s especially true of this year’s crop, which has little mainstream buzz and among the lowest box-office totals in recent years.

WGA lets writers work on Grammys

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Life just got a lot easier for the head of the Recording Academy.

Last month, Neil Portnow vowed to stage a full-scale Grammy Awards show with or without support from the striking writers guild.

He’ll find it a lot easier to live up to that pledge now that the Writers Guild of America has agreed to let its members work the show on Feb. 10.

A few quotes overhead at tonight's Screen Actors Guild Awards ...

Stars ogling stars, and other award-show moments

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie caused a stir among even their fellow stars as Hollywood's hottest couple made their way into tonight's Screen Actors Guild Awards.

"I've never been this close to them," gushed Eva Longoria, who craned her neck to catch a glimpse. "Oh my gosh, she's stunning."

Pitt and Jolie stayed on the other side of the carpet from most reporters, delighting screaming bleacher fans by signing autographs and posing for photos.

Strike, what strike? SAGs focus on glamor

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LOS ANGELES — The Screen Actors Guild Awards could have been a feisty labor rally, but turned out to be just another Hollywood back-patting ceremony.

The Writers Guild of America strike, which is nearing its third month and has disrupted TV and movie production, drew scant onstage mention at tonight's awards.

Daniel Day-Lewis dedicated his Screen Actors Guild Award to Heath Ledger.

Day-Lewis, who was honored Sunday as leading actor for his performance in "There Will Be Blood," gave an acceptance speech that echoed comments he made last week about Ledger, the 28-year-old Australian actor whose death stunned Hollywood, on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

"In 'Brokeback Mountain' he was unique, he was perfect," Day-Lewis said. "That scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I think I've ever seen."

The SAG round-up: Winners, speeches, stars

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LOS ANGELES — "No Country for Old Men" emerged as the Oscars favorite Sunday by taking top honors for overall cast along with Javier Bardem's supporting-actor prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the lone gathering of A-list stars in an awards season hobbled by the writers strike.

Bardem had kind words for Joel and Ethan Coen, who directed "No Country" and adapted the screenplay from Cormac McCarthy's novel.

"Thank you, guys, for hiring me, and thank you for taking the hard work of choosing the good takes," Bardem said. The native of Spain won the same honor at the Golden Globes, and has been universally praised for his chilling role as a relentless killer tracking a fortune in missing drug money.

Down in front! Sean Young ejected from DGAs

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Anyone remember Sean Young? I mean, not for her wacky stunts — the whole Catwoman outfit when she tried to get that role in the "Batman" sequel, etc. — but as an actress? It was, after all, a long way down from the beauty of "Blade Runner" through "Stripes" and eventually "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective."

She was ejected last night from the Directors Guild Awards ceremony, apparently for drunkenly heckling someone at the podium.

Coen bros. take top directors award

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LOS ANGELES — Joel and Ethan Coen won the top prize from the Directors Guild of America on Saturday for "No Country for Old Men," giving them the inside track for the same honor at the Academy Awards — assuming the Oscars go on amid the writers strike.

"Oh, we get two of them," Ethan Coen said when he and his brother were presented with their trophies.

My Grammy Moment narrows field of competitors

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The Recording Academy today announced the 45 "My Grammy Moment 2008" quarterfinalists who will vie for the chance to perform on the 50th Annual Grammy Awards with current five-time Grammy-nominated rock band the Foo Fighters.

Sunday's SAGs expect a 'bittersweet' success

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LOS ANGELES — It’s usually a familiar sight during Hollywood’s awards season: miles of red carpet dotted with scores of superstars in their finest designer duds.

But with the Golden Globes reduced to a press conference and the fate of the Oscars still in question, Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards will bring the first — and possibly only — dose of Tinseltown glamour for an industry subdued by the writers strike.

‘‘We’re the only big-time televised awards show on TV this year, so we’ll get a lot of viewers,’’ said SAG President Alan Rosenberg. ‘‘It’s kind of a bittersweet thing. Nobody wants to be in the position we’re in.’’

Reasons to watch the SAG Awards on Sunday

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The Globes got the shaft, and we still don't know whether we'll have a real Oscars show or not. So get your red carpet fix this weekend at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The actors union got the go-ahead from its brethren in the striking writers union, so this telecast will have written jokes and speeches — and truckloads of stars, at long last!

Tune in at 7 p.m. Sunday on either of two cable networks, TBS or TNT. TV Guide's channel has a preview at 3 p.m., and E's starts at 4 p.m.; both do red-carpet coverage at 5 p.m.

Why should you tune in? Some darn good reasons ...

Troubled pop star Amy Winehouse has canceled a Saturday appearance at the NRJ Awards in Cannes, France, after opting to enter a rehab clinic at an undisclosed location. But according to a statement, Winehouse is still planning to attend the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards, where she is nominated for six trophies.

Read the full story here.

The Recording Academy announced today full details of the performances planned for the Grammys next month ...

Oscars are motivation to end the strike

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The Oscars may have stars, after all. Amid talks between striking writers and studios that reignited this week, USA Today quotes James Schamus, head of Focus Features and a negotiator for the Writers Guild during its contract settlement in 2005, ‘There’s still a way to go, but I’m confident they’ll come to an agreement. I think fences are being mended.’’

And the Oscars apparently are the finish line in this race for an agreement to end the strike: ‘‘I think people are seeing the Academy Awards as an unofficial deadline,’’ says Sasha Stone of OscarWatch. ‘‘Everyone is beginning to look bad in this.’’

Tom Cruise set to present at Sunday SAGs

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Tom Cruise is set to be a presenter at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony Sunday, joining a roster of A-listers appearing on the show.

Cruise, a three-time Oscar and SAG Awards nominee, will help hand out the coveted Actor trophies at the Shrine Auditorium.


LOS ANGELES — With idled entertainment industry workers and Oscar-nominated actors among the interested observers, striking writers and studios are talking again after weeks of bargaining silence.

The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said in a joint statement they will start informal discussions today aimed at full negotiations and an end to the nearly 3-month-old strike.

The announcement came the day nominations were announced for the Academy Awards, raising the prospect that the Feb. 24 ceremony might proceed without the threatened union picketing that derailed the Golden Globes.

In a goodwill gesture toward another big ceremony Tuesday, the guild said it had decided against picketing the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards.

20th Oscar nod for acclaimed soundman

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LOS ANGELES — Kevin O’Connell’s previous 19 Oscar nominations were nothing like this. The 50-year-old sound mixer, who holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations without a win, received his 20th nomination Tuesday.

More surprises and snubs — 'Norbit' gets a nom?

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It was a wide-open field heading into this morning’s Oscar nominations, so of course there were going to be some notable omissions and surprising choices. Some of them were just stunners, though. Among them ...

Feels great just to be nominated, 'Juno'?

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NEW YORK — ‘‘Juno’’ landed four Oscar nominations this morning, including best picture, completing its late-breaking ascent and securing its reputation as this year’s ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine.’’

Brits fare jolly good in Oscar nods

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LONDON — Oscar loves a British accent — and a Brit who can pass for American is even better.

British and Irish actors — from 13-year-old Saoirse Ronan to 66-year-old Julie Christie — are strongly represented in the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards, announced today.

Foreign intrigue in Oscars category

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OK, we know: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," which won the Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and the awesome animated French movie "Persepolis," which won a jury prize at Cannes — neither film got shortlisted for the foreign film Oscar category. But you have to admit that the nominees announced today are a pretty good lot.

And the winning studio is ... Miramax

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A list of film studios with multiple nominations for the 80th Academy Awards ...

Oscars 'Enchanted' by songs, but where's Vedder?

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Songs from the film ‘‘Enchanted’’ dominated the best original song category nominees for the 2008 Academy Awards, which were announced this morning. Three of the five nods, all with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, went to the film in the form of ‘‘Happy Working Song,’’ ‘‘So Close’’ and ‘‘That’s How You Know.’’

The other nominees are ‘‘Raise It Up’’ from ‘‘August Rush,’’ the music and lyric credits for which are ‘‘to be determined,’’ according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and ‘‘Falling Slowly’’ from ‘‘Once,’’ with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

'Knocked' out: The Oscar snubs

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While Cate Blanchett hogged two separate acting nominations for herself, many others went lacking...

Several award-winning actors proclaimed their support for the writers strike after the Oscar nominations were announced this morning, saying they would trade in their prizes for a fair contract.

"I think it's a worthy sacrifice," said Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian John Leguizamo. "This is an opportunity for writers to get the respect they deserve."

The stars react to this morning's announcement of the year's Oscar nominees — and to the possibility of a strike-ridden Oscars:

Informal negotiations between the striking Writers Guild of America and several producers are set to begin today, apparently with the goal of accomplishing what the film directors did in reaching a contract last week, according to Variety.

If a deal isn't hammered out soon and the strike lingers through the Oscars on Feb. 24, you might be able to get a seat at the ceremony — because few stars would cross a picket line to attend.

Take that, striking writers!

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Funniest comment thus far this morning about how the Oscars might fare withthe ongoing writers strike, from the nominations report at Defamer: "If anyone was concerned about the Academy's ability to draw star power to this year's ceremony in the face of the ongoing WGA strike, fear no longer. After all, if they can recruit Kathy Bates to read this year's annoucements [sic], they can accomplish ANYTHING!"

Box office tally of the best picture nominees

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Here's the North American box-office performance as of Sunday for Oscar best-picture nominees:

— "Atonement," Focus Features, seven nominations, released December, $31.8 million.
— "Juno," Fox Searchlight, four nominations, released December, $85.3 million.
— "Michael Clayton," Warner Bros., seven nominations, released October, $39.3 million.
— "No Country for Old Men," Miramax, eight nominations, released November, $48.6 million.
— "There Will Be Blood," Paramount Vantage, eight nominations, released December, $8.7 million.

Two for Cate, none for 'Atonement' stars

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This morning's nominations include a host of British actors — though Golden Globes nominees Keira Knightley and James McAvoy were noticeably absent from the acting categories for their roles in the lauded film "Atonement."

"Atonement" did get its expected best picture nod, and Irish actress Soairse Ronan is up for best supporting actress for her role in the film.

Elsewhere, there will be plenty of other Brits to cheer on Oscars night: Daniel Day-Lewis was nominated as best actor, Julie Christie for best actress (even though she said earlier she really didn't want the recognition, she says this morning she will attend), Tom Wilkinson for best supporting actor and Tilda Swinton for best supporting actress.

Meanwhile, Australian actress Cate Blanchett is nominated for not one but two acting awards — best supporting actress for her role as Bob Dylan in "I'm not There" and best actress for the title role of "Elizabeth: The Golden Age."

What's YOUR reaction to the Oscar noms?

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We'll soon be reporting the reactions of the movie stars nominated this morning for the Oscars — but what do you think? Did the Academy get it right? Was your favorite celeb picked? Was your favorite celeb snubbed? Comment below and let us know!

Complete list of Oscar nominees

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Here's the complete list of 80th annual Academy Award nominations announced this morning:

8 each for 'No Country' and 'Blood'

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" led with eight Academy Awards nominations each this morning, among them best picture and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem — but whether any actors would show up was in doubt because of the writers strike.

And the nominees are ...

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Strike or no strike, the Oscar nominations are about to be announced this morning. Stay tuned for the scoop ...

Frankly, my dear ... we're rich!

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No big surprise: "Gone With the Wind" is the best-picture Oscar winner that's grossed the most moolah over the years. "The Sound of Music" is No. 2, while "Titanic" is third on the list of the Top 10 biggies.

Look! An award show with actual stars!

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Russell Crowe, Kate Beckinsale and John Travolta will be among the stars set to present trophies at this weekend's Screen Actors Guild Awards, officials said Monday.

Crowe, Beckinsale and Travolta will be joined at Sunday's awards ceremony by Debra Messing, Tommy Lee Jones, Terrence Howard, Nikki Blonsky and Holly Hunter, SAG officials said.

Previously announced presenters include Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Emile Hirsch and Burt Reynolds at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.


PARIS — Luxury brands Christian Dior and Giorgio Armani kicked off Paris couture week Monday with glittering displays, but many of the outfits may not get an airing on the most prestigious night of the year: the Academy Awards.

A strike by writers, entering its 12th week, already has forced the cancellation of the Golden Globe awards, and could lead to the Oscar ceremony — scheduled for Feb. 24 — being scrapped for the first time in its 80-year history.

The loss would be more than symbolic for global fashion brands, which reap millions of dollars of free publicity from media coverage of celebrities walking the red carpet.

Study: Dramas and women rule Oscars

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They say laughter is the best medicine — and you’ll need it if you’re a comedian hoping to win an Oscar.

A new study reveals that actors in dramatic films are nine times more likely to be nominated for an Oscar than those in comedies.

That’s not surprising, but this may be: The study also found that women are twice as likely to get the Oscar nod than men.


NEW YORK — As the Hollywood writers’ strike threatens to disrupt the 50th annual Grammy telecast, some in the music industry are befuddled, frustrated and even resentful.

‘‘I feel torn, because I’m a writer,’’ R&B singer-songwriter Jill Scott, who is nominated for three Grammys, told The Associated Press on Friday. ‘‘I feel like I’m caught in the middle. ... I don’t know how to feel.’’

The Writers Guild of America, which went on strike two months ago, has said it was unlikely to grant the Recording Academy a waiver to allow writers to work on the Feb. 10 show, the music industry’s most important event, set to be broadcast live on CBS from Los Angeles.


LOS ANGELES — Advice for actors looking to get nominated for worst performance: multiple roles help.

Lindsay Lohan and Eddie Murphy scored multiple nominations today for the Razzies, which sort out the worst that Hollywood dredged up the previous year.

‘‘Ratatouille’’ and ‘‘Once’’ warmed the hearts of moviegoers and critics alike — and now, they’ve taken top honors in the ninth annual Golden Tomato Awards.

The Golden Tomato Awards pay tribute to the best-reviewed films of the previous year as determined by the Web site RottenTomatoes.com, which compiles reviews from print, online and broadcast film critics to measure the percentage of favorable critiques.

Grammys petition urges WGA to let show go on

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The Recording Academy has asked its members to sign a petition urging the Writers Guild of America to accept an agreement that would grant a waiver for writers to work on the upcoming Grammys.

The fate of the Feb. 10 telecast is in doubt after the WGA announced that it was unlikely to grant a waiver for music’s biggest night. If a waiver is not granted, its members could picket the event, set to be broadcast live by CBS.

WGA scaling back its own awards show

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While the writers strike continues to cause turmoil throughout awards season, the ceremony will go on for the Writers Guild of America — albeit scaled down considerably.

Oscars voted by old-fashioned paper process

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Dangling chads will never stand in the way of the Academy Awards.

Oscar nominees have been calculated using the same low-tech, all-paper process the film academy has relied on for years.

They call it the ‘‘preferential voting system,’’ and it’s used in municipal elections all over the country, said Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Democrats used a version of the vote-counting method at the recent Iowa caucuses, he said.

Grammy contest gets John Legend high

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Now this is in-flight entertainment.

Lucky fans flyin from New York to Los Angeles aboard a special Delta Airlines plane covered in Grammy decals will enjoy (or not, if you want to try and get some sleep) a concert by five-time Grammy winner John legend — not piped in on the movie screens, but live up in front of the cabin. A concert at 30,000 feet!

Oscar crafts alternative mystery plan

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Still going! Producers of the Oscars continue to insist that the show will go on as planned Feb. 24, but now the plans are beginning to change. According to Variety, the usual show is in the works — but there's also an alternative plan if the strike lingers on another month. What that alternative is remains a mystery, "but it's likely that the alternative show would rely on industry heavyweights penning their own speeches and presenting the awards."

Either way, they released the 80th Oscars poster for the year ...

Oscar shortlists foreign-language pics

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Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the foreign-language film category for the 80th Annual Academy Awards, though the big surprise is the omission of Romania’s ‘‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,’’ which won the Palme d’Or at the 2007 Festival de Cannes and has been named best foreign-language film by numerous critics groups.

LONDON — The tragic period romance ‘‘Atonement’’ dominated the race for the British Academy Film Awards, with nominations in 14 categories, including best picture, actor, actress and director.

‘‘No Country for Old Men,’’ ‘‘There Will Be Blood’’ and ‘‘The Bourne Ultimatum’’ also received multiple nods for Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars, organizers announced this morning.

A Grammys picket could derail that show, too

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Striking writers have been forbidden to work on the 50th annual Grammys telecast next month — which isn't a huge blow, given that it's mostly a performance show, not a monologues-and-speechfest — but will they picket the ceremony?

"The WGA has not yet taken a position on picketing the Grammys ceremony," Writers Guild of America spokesman Gregg Mitchell said Monday.

The catch: Grammys producer John Cossette Prods. is on the WGA's list of "struck companies."

If they picket, once again a televised awards show could be in jeopardy because — like the ruined Globes this week — many celebrities won't cross the picket lines and thus won't go to the show, giving us fans few reasons to tune in. That's especially important for members of the Screen Actors Guild, which has told its members to support the striking writers.

And, yes, that affects the Grammys. Because SAG members include Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Alicia Keys, not to mention all the other movie stars who attend and present at the show.

Striking writers can't work on Grammys, either

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LOS ANGELES — The striking Hollywood writers guild says it will likely not allow its members to work on next month’s Grammy Awards telecast.

Time writer Rebecca Winters Keegan kept a diary of her experience covering the Golden Globes press conference last night, asking, "If an awards show happens in Hollywood but nobody famous attends, does it really happen at all?" Her funny chronicle of what actually did happen includes entries such as, "5:15 p.m.: A lone fat guy is swimming laps in the pool area where HBO normally holds its gala," and, "6:23 p.m.: Presenter Mary Hart thanks her agent and hails Viggo Mortensen's 'scary naked fight scene' in 'Eastern Promises.' This news conference is becoming the best proof of the need for writers the WGA could hope for."

The crime tale ‘‘No Country for Old Men,’’ the historical epic ‘‘There Will Be Blood’’ and the teen-pregnancy comedy ‘‘Juno’’ were among the Producers Guild of America nominees today for best film of 2007.

The announcements were televised last night, but no stars actually attended the press conference for this year's sad, stricken Golden Globes. So we were robbed of seeing how they reacted to the news — the winners and the losers. Here, we've cobbled together reports of the various yee-haws and oh-drats ...

Our favorite Golden Globes reaction

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Globes winner Samantha Morton tells the BBC News: "I thought the Globes were next month."

Party at Ernie's! Borgnine's Globes party

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Not every Golden Globes party was canceled.

Despite the scrapping of Sunday’s ceremony and official studio events, Ernest Borgnine — who, at 90, was the oldest Globes nominee ever — still threw a private bash at his hilltop home.

The evening started with pizza and champagne as an assortment of publicists, photographers and friends joined Borgnine, his wife, Tova, and daughter, Nancy, to watch the awards-presentation press conference in his living room.

Big surprise, Globes ratings nosedive

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The Hollywood writers strike took the glitz, the glamour and roughly two-thirds of the audience from this year’s Golden Globe Awards. NBC’s no-frills, one-hour presentation of the winners Sunday night drew a 4.8 rating and 7 share, according to preliminary estimates from the nation’s 55 largest metered markets by Nielsen Media Research.

No glamour as celebs celebrate quietly

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Nothing fancy or frilly for the winners and losers of this year's dressed-down Golden Globes — some celebrated tonight barefoot and by cooking their own food.

The writers strike forced cancellation of the usual fashion-drenched soiree in favor of a news conference that winners watched from televisions in living rooms and hotel suites.

NBC's one-hour snoozeathon let viewers down

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The Golden Globes awards telecast is usually a rollicking, star-studded party. This year's was more like a laundry list.

Even so, not all live coverage was the same. Viewers who mistakenly watched NBC were fed a package of clutter and commercials padding out the program to a full hour — a blink of an eye by awards-show standards, but twice its necessary length.

By contrast, viewers tuned to the generic announcements carried by networks including CNN, E! and the TV Guide channel knew all the winners in half the time. And they were spared NBC's blabby co-hosts, Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell of "Access Hollywood," as well as useless "analysis" by Entertainment Weekly writer Dave Karger. NBC stooped to vamping and artificial suspense, at the expense of giving its viewers what they had come for.

The scene: A quiet Globes night in L.A.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A roar went up from the lobby bar of the Beverly Hilton before tonight's Golden Globes. But it wasn't fans thrilling at the sight of Angelina Jolie or George Clooney on the red carpet — it was the New York Giants upsetting the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL playoffs.

The Globes typically kick off Hollywood's award season with more than 1,000 stars and powerbrokers on hand for a rollicking ceremony. But they were knocked back into humdrum reality by the Hollywood writers strike, forced to trade that tradition for an awkward news conference with all the drama of a Los Angeles weathercast.

Quotes and quips from Golden Globes night

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Some reactions to the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced tonight at a news conference held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Beverly Hills, Calif. ...

The tragic romance "Atonement" was named best drama Sunday at a Golden Globes event that was deflated from star-studded revelry to dry, news conference-style awards announcement because of the Hollywood writers strike. "Atonement" had the most nominations but failed to win many until this biggie.

Don't wait for TV: 'Sweeney' takes two Globes

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AP's ahead of the TV broadcast in reporting ...

The bloody stage adaptation "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" was chosen as best musical or comedy tonight at a drab Golden Globes announcement held in lieu of the usual ritzy party because of the Hollywood writers strike.

First Globes winners announced

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Boy, they're flying through the announcements of the Golden Globes tonight — faster than we can type them up, nearly. Who'd-a thunk we'd miss acceptance speeches and skits?

Here are the first winners of the night ...

Non-WGA pickets strike Globes anyway

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A blogger at The Envelope reports that, even though the WGA agreed not to picket tonight's Golden Globes once it was reduced from a gala to a press conference, a handful of picketers stood near the Beverly Hilton Hotel chanting, "Settle the strike! Let us go back to work!"

These strikers are not, as it turns out, WGA members. Tom O'Neil quotes one: "We're below-the-line people who work in other areas of the business and we've been tossed out of work because of the strike! Writers aren't the only ones affected by this strike, you know. And many of us have been hit the hardest!"

Is it a Coen bros. night?

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Counting down to the Globes press conference. Everyone we read out there comes to the same conclusion: The Coen brothers are going to take it, as this AFP story concludes: "Experts are almost unanimous in predicting that "No Country for Old Men" is likely to earn the Globes' best drama film accolade."

You're not as bummed out as Ernest Borgnine

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A lot of actors are disappointed Sunday's Golden Globes telecast has been reduced to a press conference, but few are more bummed out than 90-year-old Ernest Borgnine.

Borgnine is nominated in the best film.miniseries actor category for "A Grandpa For Christmas." It's an honor he never thought he'd be alive to enjoy.

"It's 52 years since my Oscar for 'Marty,' and it sure brought the people out of the woodwork," he told the New York Post. "At 90, I'm suddenly the fair-haired boy again. I keep the Oscar in our back room. I just polished it up a bit. One dealer wanted to buy it. He said it would probably bring more than John Wayne's saddle."

Air’s out of the Golden Globes balloon

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Here is the cold, hard reality of the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards that will be handed out Sunday at the Beverly Hilton: A lot of people are going to lose a lot of money.

While the Writers Guild of America continues its strike, throwing much of awards season into question, it still has some awards of its own to hand out.

The WGA today announced its nominees for the most outstanding achievements in writing for the screen in the past year. Among the nominees for best original screenplay were stripper-turned-scribe Diablo Cody for the teen pregnancy comedy ‘‘Juno,’’ and Tony Gilroy, who wrote and directed ‘‘Michael Clayton,’’ about a fixer at an upscale New York law firm.

Who does Globes switch realy hurt? The little guy

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LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s blue-collar infrastructure is going to take a beating this weekend. With the Golden Globes, the town’s famously party-hearty awards show, now reduced to a glorified news conference because of the writers strike, the couriers who deliver elaborate floral displays to winners, the waiters who keep their glasses filled with champagne, and the drivers who shepherd the drunks home after late-night parties will be sitting idly by — on what is ordinarily one of their most lucrative nights.

Grammy tell-all due out in time for the show

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Just in time for the Grammys, the show's longtime executive producer is publishing a tell-all, behind-the-scenes book about music's biggest night. ...

Performers set for Chicago Music Awards

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R&B entertainer Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites. Phil Guy & The Blues Machine, country singer Dayna Malow, spoken-word superstar Malik Yusef and house music disciple Screamin’ Rachel have been announced as the performers at the 27th annual Chicago Music Awards, Jan. 27 at Park West, 322 W. Armitage.

Winners in Globes, Oscar woes? Spirits and SAGs

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The de-glitzing of the Golden Globes has been a blow to everyone from movie marketers to caterers. But could it lift award shows that aren’t hit by the strike? The Film Independent Spirit Awards and the SAG Awards, both of which have been granted WGA waivers, could find themselves reaping the fruits of a Globes downsizing in media attention, TV ratings and advertising revenue.

Retooled telecast for People's Choice Awards tanks

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What happens to an awards show forced to scuttle its live ceremony because of the Hollywood writers strike? For the People’s Choice Awards, it meant losing nearly half its TV audience.

The two-hour taped show that aired Tuesday on CBS was watched by 6 million viewers, compared with the 11.3 million that watched last year, according to Nielsen Media Research figures.

Here's what's actually on TV for the Globes

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This is how this Sunday's Golden Globes event seems to be shaping up, how it'll look on TV and who the heck will be involved ...

Forget the clips, what about the clothes?!

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Sure, filmmakers are lamenting the loss of the Golden Globes, and fretting about the Oscars. But there's another group of workers really worried about the state of award shows this season: the fashion designers. Including this one in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Globes nix Spielberg award, too

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The TV show was canceled, the parties, too. Now the presentation of the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement to Steven Spielberg, scheduled for Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony, has been postponed until next year's Globes. The retooling of the Globes affair into a glorified news conference led the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to make the decision, in the hope that the strike will be settled by then and a 2009 Globes ceremony will exist. Optimistic, perhaps.

Academy hopes Oscars red carpet not shredded

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While the writers’ strike has pulled the rug out from under the Golden Globes, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is quietly making plans for the 80th Annual Academy Awards, scheduled for Feb. 24, hoping that it isn’t tripped up as well.

But with no writers on hand, the trophy show already is behind schedule. ...

The stars of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" were among the fan favorites at the 34th annual People's Choice Awards tonight, as CBS scrapped its usual live broadcast of the show in favor of a strike-friendly, pre-taped program. ...

Oscar insists show will go on ... somehow

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LOS ANGELES — Academy Awards organizers insisted today their show will go on, though some say the Oscar broadcast could evaporate after the writers strike shut down the Golden Globes ceremony.

Without special agreements with the Writers Guild of America, awards planners cannot hire union members to work on their shows, and such major telecasts would be the target of pickets. With the Screen Actors Guild in lockstep with writers, nominees and other celebrities would have stayed away from Sunday’s Globes. The same prospect now hangs over the Oscars.

‘‘No matter what anybody says, if the WGA goes on strike and SAG is in support, then there’s no Oscar show. It’s as simple as that,’’ said Harvey Weinstein, whose former company Miramax was a frequent Oscar winner and who now runs the Weinstein Co. ...

The latest Awards Tracker list

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A list of honors the top movies are winning leading up to the Oscars ...

DGA nominations include Penn, Coens

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Sean Penn earned a nomination today as best filmmaker from the Directors Guild of America for his tragic road tale ‘‘Into the Wild,’’ along with Joel and Ethan Coen for their bloody crime saga ‘‘No Country for Old Men.’’ ...

Accountants still prepping for Oscar tally

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The Oscars must still be planning for a show because the accounting firm for the balloting process released a press release today announcing that it's prepping to count the votes yet again. ...

When award shows suffer, films suffer

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"The season of trophies is truly a season in hell."

That's Sean Penn, quoted in USA Today, describing this November-March run we chronicle so lovingly here at The Gold Rush. But Penn also went on to admit understanding of what these shows are really all about — promoting the film's he and other filmmakers craft so lovingly. Awards shows, he says, get "butts in seats."

But if there are no — or at least fewer, or scaled-back — awards shows, earnings will suffer, which is why many in Hollywood are glum over the Globes news ... and worried about the Oscars. ...

Globes parties nixed, too

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In a major blow to NBC's hopes for star attendance at the Beverly Hilton on the night of the Golden Globes, most of the studios and networks late Monday canceled their Globes bashes.

The HBO, NBC Universal/Focus and the Warner Bros./In Style parties were called off, while a representative for the Weinstein Co. said the indie company was still mulling its options. ...

Globes giving up gala

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NBC and the HFPA settled on a plan today to air the Golden Globes without, well, actually airing the Golden Globes.

The network said it will broadcast several hours of coverage beginning at 4 p.m. PST that encompasses a red carpet and one-hour news conference at the Beverly Hilton.

In short, the show will go on — but without the sizzle. ...

No pickets at tonight's Critics Choice Awards

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — With no picket signs in sight, stars were free to attend the Critics’ Choice Awards tonight.

The Writers Guild of America strike, which began Nov. 5, has effectively shut down Hollywood and cast a pall over Tinseltown’s awards season. But the Critics’ Choice Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, isn’t covered by guild contracts. ...

Sacrifice the Globes, save the Oscars

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California critic Barry Koltnow makes that argument today on the Pop Matters site, saying everyone but the 82 members of the Globes voting body could live without that event just fine. But, he says, "when a celebrity dies, his or her obituary never begins: 'Golden Globe winner so and so.' But it might begin 'Oscar nominee so and so.' It definitely will begin: 'Oscar winner so and so.' "

Globes option: 'Everyone will be drunk'

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Roger Friedman writes this morning in his column — in advance of today's expected announcement from NBC as to whether or not we'll have a televised Golden Globes ceremony next week because of the writers strike — that one of the options floating around is "a 'clip' show with elements from past shows and currently nominated movies."

"That will be some party," an unnamed actor is quoted as saying last night. "Everyone will be drunk."

Is NBC going to unplug the Golden Globes?

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and NBC engaged in eleventh-hour sessions Sunday to try to reach an accommodation over the upcoming Golden Globes, with NBC appearing to be seriously considering pulling the telecast. ...

Actors encouraged to snub Globes

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LOS ANGELES — Golden Globe-nominated actors are expected to snub the awards in support of striking Hollywood writers, the actors union said today, jeopardizing one of the entertainment industry's signature showcases.

NBC, however, said it was sticking by its plans to air the Jan. 13 ceremony, despite the uncertainty about how much — if any — star power the Globes could muster. ...

Grammy duet: Amy Winehouse and Kanye West?!

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Amy Winehouse is scheduled to perform at next month's Grammy Awards — reminding audiences that, aside from getting herself embroiled in crazy personal problems, she's also a helluva singer — and she's mulling a collaboration for the Feb. 10 performance. Possibly with Chicago rapper Kanye West. ...

Perhaps you recall the hokey 'My Grammy Moment' contest last year hat culminated in a young singer sharing the stage briefly with Justin Timberlake? Well, the gimmick was successful enough that they're doing it again this year. The star you can play with: Foo Fighters. ...

Simple solution: Move the Oscars back to March

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At long last, someone stands up amid the writers strike and suggests the simplest solution: postpone the show and wait for the strike to be settled. ...


LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globe Awards were thrust into deeper jeopardy Wednesday when the striking writers guild refused to negotiate with Globe organizers about staging a picket-free ceremony.

The actors union then said it would advise celebrity nominees and presenters to boycott the show, which is scheduled to be televised Jan. 13 on NBC. That would rob the boozy, informal affair of the star power that makes the Globes the official kickoff to Hollywood’s awards season. ...

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is hoping last-minute negotiations with the Writers Guild of America will allow the Golden Globes to go on.

Jorge Camara, president of the HFPA, said in a statement today that the organization is negotiating with the writers guild to reach an an interim agreement that will permit the Golden Globe Awards to be broadcast as scheduled, without picket lines, on Jan. 13. ...

Jennifer Hudson hungry for another trophy

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Chicago's Jennifer Hudson won a Golden Globe and an Oscar last year for her brassy role in the film "Dreamgirls," but apparently she's not done collecting gold trophies. ...

Veteran actress: Oh, please don't nominate me!

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Julie Christie dreads being nominated for the Oscars again. While most actresses pine for such an honor, Christie would rather be overlooked, she's been telling British newspapers, and not have to leave her native Wales for Los Angeles.

"I get deep anxiety about it," she told the Daily Express. "It's like you have to go to Mars and pretend to be a Martian."

Christie, 66, is expected to get an Oscar nod for her portrayal of an Alzheimer's victim in "Away From Her." She won best actress for "Darling" in 1965.

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