Other Awards: December 2006 Archives

Chicago critics 'Departed' for best pic pick

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Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" was named the year's best picture Thursday by the Chicago Film Critics Association. The film topped the annual balloting with three prizes, including best director (Scorsese) and adapted screenplay (William Monahan). The only other movie to win multiple honors was "The Queen," cited for best actress (Helen Mirren) and original screenplay (Peter Morgan). Clint Eastwood's "Letters From Iwo Jima," a Japanese-language companion to his "Flags of Our Fathers," was named best foreign-language film.

New Year's Eve awards-show recap on TV Guide!

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This is what we live for here at The Gold Rush. On New Year's Eve, the TV Guide channel will be airing a 15-hour marathon of all the awards shows from 2006. It's Joan and Melissa Rivers' "Red Carpet Rewind Marathon," starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. What better way to get revved up for the upcoming season than to relive the shock and awe of "Crash"?!

Chicago homegirls Oprah, Fey get award-show props

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Only because this is a Chicago-based blog: Check out this odd little news item about our homegirl Oprah. Apparently, even though she's a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and thus an Oscar voter, she is being allowed to voice her editorial support for certain movies on her show — despite Academy rules forbidding voters to do just that.

Also, from the same site, more Chicago homegirl news: Tina Fey will host the 59th annual Writers Guild of America Awards on Feb. 11.

Edward Copeland on Film; Chicago Film Critics noms

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The punchy film blog Edward Copeland on Film is a great source for film raves and pre-Oscars tidbits. Check out Ed's latest round-up of other critics group awards, including the Chicago Film Critics nominations, just announced.

Awards Tracker!

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The Oscars are almost as much about momentum as the films themselves. Here’s a list of what honors the top movies are winning so far this awards season:

Oscar contenders will become clearer this week

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During the next week or so, we'll have a better idea who the frontrunners are in the race for Oscar gold, as a key group of film awards is announced. Here's a good article from down under framing the situation and looking ahead at what's coming.

Chicago's own music awards show

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Did you know Chicago had its own "Grammys"? The 26th annual Chicago Music Awards announced its annual slate of nominees today (hit the link, then click on "nominees" for the full list) at the Velvet Lounge. The top award, Pop Entertainer of the Year, includes such luminaries as probable Oscar contender Jennifer Hudson, plus Joan Hammel, Kanye West, Ladi Lyke and R. Kelly. The awards ceremony is Jan. 28 at Park West.

Streep given Hollywood leadership award

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Actress Meryl Streep has Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes. Now she can add the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award to her collection.

Lansing presented Streep the award today at the Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The annual event honors the most influential women in entertainment.

Much-a Blige at Billboard Music Awards

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Earning a whopping nine awards, R&B veteran Mary J. Blige dominated the field at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, held tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . The 35-year-old singer nabbed a number of R&B/hip-hop honors, including album ("The Breakthrough") and song ("Be Without You") of the year, as well as Hot 100 airplay song of the year. ...

Polanski honored at Europe's Oscars

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WARSAW, Poland — Roman Polanski was honored with a lifetime achievement award in the country of his childhood at the 19th annual European Film Awards. "It's a moving moment for me, of course, to receive this award, and particularly to receive it in Warsaw," the 73-year-old filmmaker said.

Polanski was given the award for creating what the academy said "were some of the most unforgettable moments in cinema" with films such as "Rosemary's Baby," "Chinatown" and "The Pianist." He won a best director Oscar for 2002's "The Pianist."

Jessica didn't exactly "work" Dolly's classic

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Blogs are abuzz today about Jessica Simpson's underwhelming performance of Dolly Parton's "Nine to Five" during last night's Kennedy Center Honors (to be aired on TV later in December). But she apparently was just waaaaaay nervous.

Paris Hilton backs out of Billboards

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Paris Hilton may have bowed out of her appearance at tonight's Billboard Music Awards, but Gwen Stefani is still scheduled to perform, along with a host of other artists, including Ludacris, Mary J. Blige, the Fray, the Killers andJanet Jackson — making her first major television performance since the infamous wardrobe malfunction.