Other Awards: December 2007 Archives

Rainn to reign over Spirit Awards

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Actor Rainn Wilson, who plays tyrannical salesman Dwight Schrute in "The Office," will host the Spirit Awards, the art-house world's version of the Oscars, on Feb. 23. ...

Spirit Awards show gets OK from striking writers

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The Writers Guild of America says its members will be allowed to work for the Spirit Awards honoring independent film, despite uncertainties surrounding other awards shows because of the Hollywood writers strike. ...

Another victim of the writers strike: the 34th annual People's Choice Awards. The show hasn't been canceled, but the format of the fan-voted awards broadcast on CBS will change dramatically. ...

More critics awards for Coen Bros. film

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The Las Vegas Film Critics Society — what screens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas — has joined other critics groups in picking the Coen Brothers' "No Country for Old Men" as best picture. The society announced its annual Sierra Awards today.

The film is the one movie to emerge as a serious Oscar contender, having also won the top honors at the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Toronto Film Critics Association, Washington D.C. Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics and our own Chicago Film Critics Association. It's also up for several Golden Globe awards.

The Sierra Awards also gave best supporting actor to Javier Bardem from the film, as well as best director to Joel and Ethan Coen.

SAGs may be the only red carpet worth watching

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So with the writers striking and their union failing to grant waivers for the Golden Globes and the Oscars — meaning many celebs will stay away from those events in support of the strike — the SAG Awards, whose nominees were announced today, may be the show for this year's star spotting.

The writers guild, at this point, plans to picket both the Globes and the Academy Awards. When a similar strike lingered in 1980, many stars stayed at home rather than cross the picket lines to reach the red carpet for that year's Emmy Awards.

The SAG Awards, however, have been granted one writer to help pen jokes and speeches for that show. It's on TV, too, albeit cable, on Jan. 27. Still, at least the celebrities won't shy away from it. It may be the only red carpet worth watching all year.

List of SAG Award nominees

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The list of nominees for the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards ...

SAG nominations reverse Globes picks

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LOS ANGELES — The road-trip drama ‘‘Into the Wild’’ received a leading four Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations today, including honors for lead actor Emile Hirsch and supporting players Hal Holbrook and Catherine Keener.

Directed by Sean Penn, ‘‘Into the Wild’’ also was nominated for performance by its overall cast, along with the Western ‘‘3:10 to Yuma,’’ the crime sagas ‘‘American Gangster’’ and ‘‘No Country for Old Men,’’ and the musical ‘‘Hairspray.’’

Conspicuously absent from the guild field was the British romantic melodrama ‘‘Atonement,’’ which was shut out after leading the Golden Globe nominations a week earlier with seven nominations. ...

Academy adding a new TV awards show

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is launching an awards show next year to honor what it’s calling ‘‘television with a conscience.’’

The Television Academy Honors will recognize programming that presents ‘‘issues of concern to society in a compelling, emotional and insightful way,’’ the organization says. The awards will be handed out April 22 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. ...

Producers Guild giving award to Oprah

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LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey and other producers behind the Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker film ‘‘The Great Debaters’’ — also nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama film this morning — will receive an award from the Producers Guild of America for illuminating provocative social issues. ...

HBO tops WGA Award noms with five

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HBO led all TV networks in attracting nominations in the 60th anniversary WGA Awards, fetching two noms for dramatic series writing and three for comedy series writing.

In the dramatic series category, HBO’s ‘‘The Sopranos’’ and ‘‘The Wire’’ are joined by Showtime’s ‘‘Dexter,’’ NBC’s ‘‘Friday Night Lights’’ and AMC’s ‘‘Mad Men.’’ ...

In line with the New York critics awards announced earlier, the Chicago Film Critics Association picked Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men" as the best picture of 2007. The CFCA announced its 20th annual awards this morning.

The CFCA announced yesterday there would be no ceremony for this year's awards.

Here is a complete list of the winners ...

Chicago critics awards show canceled

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Sun-Times Columnist

Due to a number of scheduling issues, the Jan. 7 awards show for the Chicago Film Critics Association has just been axed, and also the announcement of the actual recipients of the 2007 CFCA awards is being moved up a day. The winners will be broadcast at 6:45 and 7:45 a.m. Thursday by Dean Richards on WGN-Channel 9.

John Travolta’s Vision Award for Artistic Excellence — announced yesterday — will now be sent to him. Travolta is the first actor to receive the Vision Award — only presented twice before, to filmmakers Robert Altman and William Friedkin.

'Into the Wild' leads Critics' Choice Awards

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Sean Penn’s ‘‘Into the Wild’’ received a leading seven nominations for the Critics’ Choice Awards, announced today by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

‘‘Juno’’ got six nominations, while ‘‘Atonement,’’ ‘‘Michael Clayton,’’ ‘‘No Country for Old Men,’’ ‘‘Sweeney Todd’’ and ‘‘Hairspray’’ tied with five each.

The 13th annual awards will be presented during a live VH1 broadcast Jan. 7, with D.L. Hughley as host. ...

NY critics weigh in, picking 'No Country'

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NEW YORK — The Coen brothers’ ‘‘No Country for Old Men’’ was named best picture today by the New York Film Critics Circle, further adding to the crime drama’s awards haul in the lead-up to the Oscars. ...

LA critics' picks move Oscar race forward

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LOS ANGELES — The oil-boom epic ‘‘There Will Be Blood’’ was chosen as 2007’s best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, one of the first key groups to weigh in during the long buildup to the Academy Awards.

Based on the novel ‘‘Oil!’’ by Upton Sinclair, the film received three other honors: Best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis as a California petroleum baron who clashes with his son and a local preacher in the early 1900s; best director for Paul Thomas Anderson; and production design for Jack Fisk. ...

Board of Review: Coen Bros. best film of 2007

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NEW YORK — ‘‘No Country for Old Men,’’ the Coen brothers’ searing take on crime and carnage along the Rio Grande, is the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures’ pick for the best film of 2007. ...

ACM country awards staying in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — The Academy of Country Music Awards will be held in Las Vegas for a sixth year, but will move from Tuesday night to Sunday. ...

‘Ratatouille’ leads Annie Awards noms

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LOS ANGELES — The rodent tale ‘‘Ratatouille’’ leads contenders for the Annie Awards honoring animation, picking up 13 nominations, among them best picture and voice-acting honors for Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm and Janeane Garofalo.

‘‘Ratatouille,’’ from Disney and Pixar Animation, was joined in the best animated feature category by DreamWorks’ insect story ‘‘Bee Movie,’’ Sony Pictures’ penguin romp ‘‘Surf’s Up,’’ Sony Pictures Classics’ coming-of-age chronicle ‘‘Persepolis’’ and 20th Century Fox’s ‘‘The Simpsons Movie,’’ a big-screen take on the TV cartoon hit. ...


WASHINGTON — From ‘‘Good Vibrations’’ to ‘‘GoodFellas,’’ Brian Wilson and Martin Scorsese scored. Steve Martin strutted as one of the ‘‘wild and crazy guys.’’ Diana Ross sang to Motown stardom. Pianist Leon Fleisher surmounted a debilitating injury.

Their contributions to American culture won them a visit Sunday to the White House and recognition by President Bush, followed by an evening of celebration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For their career achievements, the five were named in September as members of the 30th class of Kennedy Center honorees. ...

BERLIN — Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s ‘‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’’ won the best film prize Saturday at the 20th annual European Film Awards in Berlin. ...