The Library of Congress announced this morning the 25 films being added to the National Film Registry. The annual list ranges, as it always does, across the decades, from "White Fawn's Devotion" in 1910 to Ah-nuld's career-making turn as "The Terminator" in 1984. Who knew that the best way to launch a political career was to appear buck naked in a sci-fi film and stab Bill Paxton?
Of course, you realize the irony: We're only preserving this account for our mechanized overlords to discover one day in the rubble, meaning they'll have to send another Terminator back in time to clear out the Library of Congress vault ... or perhaps just to talk Schwarzy into sticking to porn movies ...?
Here are some clips from some of the films chosen for preservation for generations to come ...
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's decision to divvy up its Golden Globe nominations among a slew of pictures has made the task of predicting winners at the Jan. 11 event harder.
So where do the leading candidates stand?
Three movies tied for most nominations with five apiece: Paramount's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Universal's "Frost/Nixon" and Miramax's "Doubt." That would seem to make "Button" and "Frost/Nixon" the best bets for best picture (drama) ("Doubt" wasn't nominated) and hence the early front-runners for Academy Awards.
In fact, handicapping the Globes race is much more complicated.
Musical cowboy Gene Autry is among the lifetime achievement Grammy recipients announced today.(File)
Gene Autry, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Four Tops, Hank Jones, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin and Tom Paxton all will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 7. They will be acknowledged during the Grammy telecast the next evening.
Jan. 11 will be a big night for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes -- but for different reasons.
Cruise is nominated for best supporting actor for his comic turn (and, ooh baby, chest hair) in the movie "Tropic Thunder" at the Golden Globes that night. But wife Holmes will be back in New York wrapping the last performance of "All My Sons," the Broadway show she helped make a hit.
The Catholic school drama "Doubt" led contenders today for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with five nominations, including honors for Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis.
The late Heath Ledger also earned a supporting-actor nomination, whose maniacal turn as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" has made him an Academy Awards front-runner. The Batman blockbuster also had a nomination for best stunt ensemble.
Andrew Stanton, director of the animated film "WALL-E," poses with a toy version of the film's robot star today in Beverly Hills. The film received two Golden Globe nominations.(Chris Pizzello/AP)
Hollywood's most famous trash compactor continued his journey from the dump to the Oscars.
The robot star of "WALL-E" will roll the red carpet at the Golden Globes, now that the Disney/Pixar animated film secured nominations for animated feature and original song.
That likely means rubbing elbows -- are those technically elbows? -- with this awards season's hottest celebs, including Brad Pitt, who'd do well to avoid a red-carpet throwdown with the little 'bot, "WALL-E" director Andrew Stanton joked today.
Colin Farrell (right) and Brendan Gleeson in a scene from "In Bruges."
Though "In Bruges" was released in February -- an eternity away from the fall premieres of most awards-seeking films -- the Colin Farrell film emerged as an unlikely contender at the Golden Globes.
"In Bruges" scored three nominations from the Globes this morning, including best picture for a musical or comedy and dueling best actor in a musical or comedy nominations for Farrell and his co-star Brendan Gleeson -- a first for each.
"That was my agent on the phone. He says the Globes screwed us!" Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey on "Grey's Anatomy."(File)
Today's Golden Globes nominations contained few real surprises -- though the "Tropic Thunder" nods reminded us why we like this awards show so much better than the Oscars, who never would have deigned to honor such wacky comedies.
But one message is clear after one look-see at the nominees list: broadcast TV is doomed.
Brooke Shields (from left), Rainn Wilson, Elizabeth Banks and Terrence Howard celebrate after they announced nominations for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards this morning in Beverly Hills, Calif.(AP)
Here's the list of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards announced this morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. ...
"Is that what you're wearing to the Globes, dear?" Jon Hamm and January Jones in "Mad Men," both nominated.(File)
The HBO psychotherapy series "In Treatment" and the movie dramatization of the 2000 election aftermath "Recount" both earned five Golden Globes nominations this morning.
"In Treatment" was nominated for best television drama, with series star Gabriel Byrne, Melissa George, Dianne Weist and Blair Underwood getting nods for their acting. "Recount" will compete for best TV movie or miniseries, with Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson, Laura Dern and Denis Leary nominated for their acting.
Two very different sides of Meryl Streep received Golden Globes nominations this morning, for "Doubt" (left) and "Mamma Mia!"(File)
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon" and "Doubt" led the Golden Globes with five nominations each this morning, though the former two had a leg up with best-drama slots.
Other best-drama nominees: "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire."
Meryl Streep had two nominations, best dramatic actress for "Doubt" and musical or comedy actress for "Mamma Mia!"; and Kate Winslet also had two, best dramatic actress for "Revolutionary Road" and supporting actress for "The Reader."
Clint Eastwood will be competing at the Golden Globes this year ... not for acting or directing, but for best original motion picture score in his film "Changeling."
Other nominees for best score unveiled Thursday include: Alexandre Desplat for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," James Newton Howard for "Defiance," A.R. Rahman for "Slumdog Millionaire" and Hans Zimmer for "Frost/Nixon."
That was the year that was: Jennifer Hudson poses with the award she won for best supporting actress for her work in "Dreamgirls" at the Golden Globe Awards back in January 2007.(AP file)
Hobbled by last year's writers strike -- but safe from this year's possible actors walkout (not so, the Oscars) -- the Golden Globes return to their rightful place this year as the big, fun party of awards season. And tomorrow's nominations are once again the official start to the Oscars race.
Barbra Streisand arrives for Sunday night's Kennedy Center Honors.(AP)
By BRETT ZONGKER
Barbra Streisand got an awkward kiss on the cheek from the president, and yes, she gave him a smooch back.
Streisand, a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, was a guest Sunday at the White House just before one of Washington's few A-list events: the Kennedy Center Honors.
"Art transcends politics this weekend," the longtime Democrat said beforehand. Still, she said it would have been "lovely" if she could have received the award while President-elect Barack Obama was in office.
The board's picks, announced this afternoon, are considered the first major harbinger of the Academy Awards. The win boosts the awards hopes for "Slumdog," which is viewed as the independent film most likely to follow "Juno" and "Little Miss Sunshine" in Oscar contention.
As the box-office bankroll climbed for "The Dark Knight" last summer, the Hollywood consensus was that a posthumous nomination for Heath Ledger was the Batman blockbuster's best Academy Awards hope.
But now that critics have gotten a peek at all the last-minute Oscar contenders, "The Dark Knight" has emerged as a solid contender for best picture and best director for Christopher Nolan.
Web sites such as TheEnvelope.com and Awardsdaily.com rank Nolan and Ledger among key Oscar contenders and list "The Dark Knight" alongside best-picture possibilities such as Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon," Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
Jazmine Sullivan backstage at last night's "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live" in Los Angeles.(Matt Sayles/AP)
Jazmine Sullivan's first song was a No. 1 hit on the R&B and hip-hop charts, and her raspy voice has drawn her comparisons to Lauryn Hill. Still, the singer-songwriter was struggling for name recognition in a crowded field of music newcomers.
The Recording Academy just made it easier for her. On Wednesday, it nominated her for five Grammys, including best new artist. Her nominations match veterans like John Mayer and Alison Krauss.
Chicago shines again on Grammy nomination night. Kanye scored six nods tonight, mostly for production and co-writing. Lupe Fiasco, however, earned his four nominations based on how cool is his album "The Cool."
This time last year, anyone attempting to divine the Oscar nominees would have had a lot more to go on. ''No Country for Old Men,'' ''Michael Clayton,'' ''Into the Wild,'' ''Eastern Promises,'' ''Away From Her,'' ''La Vie en Rose'' and ''In the Valley of Elah'' were all already in release. Other potential nominees such as ''Atonement'' and ''Juno'' had played festivals, leaving a trail of reviews to aid one in prognosticating.
This time around, reels of the most likely Oscar nominees are locked in a vault somewhere in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Oscar buzz for earlier releases such as ''W.'' and ''Rachel Getting Married'' is barely audible anymore. The perception that this is an off year for movies could change once the studios march out their top-of-the-line product.
The Grammy Museum, opening Saturday in Los Angeles, is more than just a glorified Hard Rock Cafe-style collection of music memorabilia. The $34 million facility boasts three floors of exhibit space filled with artifacts, sound stations and interactive, video-driven elements that invite deep exploration of how music is created, recorded and consumed.
Here's a look inside the place ...
Tim Leiweke, CEO of AEG (left), and Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy, stroll out of the Grammy Museum yesterday in Los Angeles.(Ric Francis/AP)
Anne Hathaway's family drama ''Rachel Getting Married,'' the border-smuggling tale ''Frozen River'' and the Deep South saga ''Ballast'' lead the nominees for the Spirit Awards with six nominations each, including best picture.
Other best-picture nominees announced today: Michelle Williams' down-on-her-luck drama, ''Wendy and Lucy,'' and Mickey Rourke's broken-down athlete tale ''The Wrestler.''