Other Awards: January 2007 Archives

Chicago Music Awards winners up

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The Chicago Music Awards were Sunday night at Park West. The list of winners has been posted on the event's site — two awards to R. Kelly?! — and here are some snapshots from the event.

MADRID, Spain — Pedro Almodovar’s ‘‘Volver’’ won best picture and earned Penelope Cruz the best actress award Sunday at the Goya Awards, Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars. ...

Backstage at the SAGs: It's heavy!

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LOS ANGELES — Winners of the Screen Actors Guild Awards shared a similar reaction when they collected their trophies backstage: ‘‘Wow, this is heavy.’’ They may have been speaking figuratively about being honored by their peers, but the meaning was more likely literal: the bronze ‘‘Actor’’ statuettes weigh a hefty 12 pounds each. ...

Rays of 'Sunshine' for Oscars hopes after SAGs

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LOS ANGELES — Another week, another awards show, and the Oscar situation looks as up in the air as ever. "Little Miss Sunshine," took the Screen Actors Guild's ensemble prize Sunday night, the group's equivalent of a best picture award. Top acting honors, however, went to obvious front-runners Forest Whitaker, Helen Mirren, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson. ...

Vignettes from the SAGs

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LOS ANGELES — From her 1953 Broadway debut to voicing the queen in "Shrek 2," Julie Andrews watched as her career of more than 50 years was highlighted Sunday night when she received the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award. ...

List of SAG winners!

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A complete list of winners of the 13th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ...

SAG Awards tonight a template for Oscars?

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LOS ANGELES — This year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards appeared to be a dress rehearsal for the Academy Awards. Nominees in the four film-acting categories for tonight's 13th annual guild awards were virtually identical to contenders announced at the Oscar nominations last week, including front-runners Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson. With 19 of the 20 SAG nominees also earning Oscar slots, the guild awards are poised to give winners a chance to practice their academy thank-yous for Hollywood’s top prizes Feb. 25. ...

Worst of the worst, and worst of the best

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Edward Copeland on Film has posted the results of his latest survey, asking which actresses did the worst job despite winning a best actress trophy? (The top 5: Helen Hunt for "As Good As It Gets," Gwyneth Paltrow for "Shakespeare in Love," Elizabeth Taylor for "Butterfield 8," Julia Roberts for "Erin Brockovich" and Halle Berry for "Monster's Ball." There's also a list of the best best actresses. And if that weren't enough, this morning — as is the case each year the day before Oscar nominations go public — candidates for the Razzie Awards were announced, honoring the worst pictures and performances of the year ...

LOS ANGELES — The offbeat, dark comedy ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine’’ was the surprise winner of the top feature film award presented by the Producers Guild of America. The film beat back tough competition from such films as ‘‘Babel,’’ ‘‘The Departed,’’ ‘‘Dreamgirls’’ and ‘‘The Queen’’ — all considered likely to receive Oscar nominations when they are announced Tuesday. ...

The acceptance sppech is the toughest gig

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A successful movie star is a full-time performance artist. George Clooney, for example, effortlessly navigates the media gauntlet, playing the genial, self-deprecating charmer who still is able to rise to a serious occasion. Tom Cruise, on the other hand, has struggled in recent years as the gung-ho boyishness he projects — which served him well earlier in his career — has come to look too forced. With awards season in full swing, the winning stars face one of the toughest challenges in their ongoing performances: the acceptance speech. ...

Chicago Music Awards next week

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The 26th annual Chicago Music Awards are coming up Jan. 28 at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tickets ($35-55) are available at TIcketmaster.

'Children' still growing

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We're still hoping "Children of Men" has a chance on Oscar night. To that end, the following report buoys our hopes ...

Helen Mirren needs a bigger trophy case

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LOS ANGELES — Oh, to be Helen Mirren this weekend. It started Friday morning, when Mirren got word that her film ‘‘The Queen’’ topped the list of nominees for the British Academy Film Awards, the British equivalent of the Academy Awards. On Friday afternoon, the American Film Institute honored another Mirren movie, ‘‘Elizabeth I,’’ as one of the year’s 10 best television productions. ...

'Little MIss' shines at Critics' Choice Awards

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine,’’ the heartwarming story about family dysfunction, and the musical ‘‘Dreamgirls,’’ led winners at the 12th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Friday night. Both films earned four awards, though ‘‘The Departed’’ took home top prizes for best picture and best director. ...

Actors chew scenery at the AFI luncheon

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LOS ANGELES — Abigail Breslin and her stuffed Curious George doll had lunch with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee at the American Film Institute’s annual awards ceremony. The 10-year-old star of ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine’’ mingled with Hollywood heavyweights with the ease of an industry veteran. Her mom, Kim Breslin, held onto Curious George while Abigail posed for photos. Friday’s AFI luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel was the latest stop on Abigail’s awards-season travels. She was at the Palm Springs Film Festival last week and on Monday she heads to the Golden Globes, where she may be the youngest wearer of Harry Winston diamonds. ...

Reality mogul takes over MTV Movie Awards

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LOS ANGELES — Reality TV mogul Mark Burnett is a self-professed fan of the MTV Movie Awards but says they’ve gotten a bit staid — something he plans to change as executive producer of this year’s ceremony. ‘‘They’ve become so well-produced that it doesn’t feel as MTV as in the early days,’’ Burnett said Thursday. ‘‘MTV invented brevity in television, quick-cutting and [the idea] that anything could happen.’’

British Oscar noms announced: Bond vs. Queen

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LONDON — ‘‘The Queen’’ and ‘‘Casino Royale’’ led the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards announced today, with Helen Mirren among the nominees for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig cited for his performance as James Bond. ...

Writers Guild nominates films for screenplays

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LOS ANGELES — The palace drama ‘‘The Queen,’’ the crime epic ‘‘The Departed,’’ the road-trip comedy ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine’’ and the satiric ‘‘Borat’’ were among Writers Guild of America nominees today for best screenplay.

NAACP award nominations singing 'Dreamgirls' tune

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‘‘Dreamgirls’’ hit yet another high note by garnering eight NAACP Image Awards nominations Tuesday, including one for best motion picture. ‘‘Dreamgirls’’ star Beyonce Knowles led the individual nominees with five nods. ...

LOS ANGELES — ‘‘Casino Royale’’ and ‘‘The Queen’’ are more than just two of 2006’s most favorably reviewed films — on Wednesday they became winners of the eighth annual Golden Tomato Awards.

LOS ANGELES — ‘‘Casino Royale’’ and ‘‘The Queen’’ are more than just two of 2006’s most favorably reviewed films — on Wednesday they became winners of the eighth annual Golden Tomato Awards.

Let ’em eat cake: The People's Choice Awards

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LOS ANGELES — The movie swashbuckler ‘‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’’ and its stars Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley led winners during tonight’s 33rd annual People’s Choice Awards. Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Nickelback, Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria and Patrick Dempsey were also favorites. ...

DGAs noms — Is Eastwood getting shut out?

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Directors Guild of America president Michael Apted today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2006. The winner will be announced at the 59th annual DGA awards dinner on Feb. 3 in Los Angeles. ...

More critics awards in New York narrow the field

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The New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Sunday narrowed the field of predictable Oscar shoo-ins to four films — but then awarded a surprise (perhaps) as its Best PIcture: "United 93."

In another unexpected top pick: ‘‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’’ a gothic fairy tale directed by Guillermo del Toro and set against the backdrop of 1940s fascist Spain, was named best picture of 2006 by the National Society of Film Critics at the group’s annual meeting. ...

Online Film Critics nominations out

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The Online Film Critics group have set their nominations for 2006. The list isn't yet up on their site, but Edward Copeland's got it here.