Other Awards: January 2009 Archives

Are '30 Rock's' awards keeping its audience away?

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One of our favorite bloggers, Edward Copeland, has this to say about the SAG Awards last night:

These opening "I'm an actor" bits are getting really old. Thank God for Will Arnett and Steve Carell...Was there an overriding theme to that Trailblazers montage? Someone explain to me the connection between topical TV episodes of "Maude" and "All in the Family" and films such as "Milk" and "Boys Don't Cry" and sci-fi and horror films such as "Planet of the Apes" and "Frankenstein" ... Every time "30 Rock" cleans up at an awards show, it makes me feel more strongly like never watching it ... Damn, I was hoping Alan Rosenberg would resign for his mismanagement of the union ... Do all award voters fear Kiefer Sutherland will waterboard them if they don't keep nominating him for "24"? ... I didn't realize Robert Doqui had died. The living members of the "Nashville" ensemble grows smaller and smaller ... If "Slumdog" even wins ensemble, you know it's a lock for best picture.

Backstage and on the carpet at the SAGs

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A look at what the stars said backstage and on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Streep, Penn take top acting awards at SAGs

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Actress Meryl Streep accepts the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for "Doubt" on Sunday at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Meryl Streep of the Roman Catholic drama "Doubt" and Sean Penn of the Harvey Milk film biography "Milk" won lead-acting honors Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The prize for overall cast went to the rags-to-riches saga "Slumdog Millionaire," while Heath Ledger of the Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight" and Kate Winslet of the Holocaust-themed drama "The Reader" took supporting honors.

Jennifer Hudson tops Chicago Music Awards

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The Chicago Music Awards finally posted the winners from this year's ceremony, held Jan. 18. If you have as much difficulty reading the site as we do (someone please get this organization a decent graphic designer), the top nods are:

Pop Entertainer of the Year: Jennifer Hudson
R&B Entertainer of the Year: Kwiet Storm
Best New Entertainer: Divine Inspiration
Best Female Vocalist: Syleena Johnson
Best Male Vocalist: Ben One

The SAG Awards are this weekend -- 7 p.m. Sunday on TNT and TBS. -- and they're usually worth watching because of their Globes-like party atmosphere and mixture of TV and film honors. But this year's show could be really interesting, given the feuds still brewing within the actors' union over a prospective strike.

Will some actors use the acceptance speech to blast their fellow celebs? Will we have on-air cat fights? Oh ... please, can we have some on-air cat fights ... ?

Razzies feel the love for Mike Myers' '08 bomb

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Voters for 2008's worst movies love Mike Myers. They really love him.

Myers' comedy flop "The Love Guru" led the field Wednesday for the Razzies with seven nominations, among them worst picture and worst-acting slots for Myers, Jessica Alba, Verne Troyer and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley.

The number of nominations for "Love Guru" was appropriate given what a personal project it was for Myers, who not only starred but also co-wrote and produced the movie, said John Wilson, founder of the Razzies, an Oscar spoof that dishes out "dis-honors" for the lousiest stuff Hollywood dredged up the previous year.

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Kate Winslet after the Golden Globes, clutching both her acting awards. Should one of them really be for supporting actress? (AP file)

Thank you, Robert Osborne, for bringing to light what's been nagging at us about Kate Winslet's thrilling but shocking double-win at Sunday's Golden Globes. The nut of the nag: How could she possibly be called a supporting actress for "The Reader"?

Underdog-turned-favorite "Slumdog Millionaire" picked up 11 nominations today for the British Academy film awards, Britain's version of the Oscars.

Directors nominate Nolan for 'Knight'

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"The Dark Knight" has landed a Directors Guild of America nomination for filmmaker Christopher Nolan.

The guild's best-director nominees today also included Danny Boyle for the rags-to-riches tale "Slumdog Millionaire," David Fincher for the romantic fantasy "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Ron Howard for the Richard Nixon saga "Frost/Nixon" and Gus Van Sant for the Harvey Milk film biography "Milk."

People's Choice pictures

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"The Dark Knight" shone brightly at last night's People's Choice Awards. Here's the scoop.

Now, here are the photos ...

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Kid Rock, ahem, kisses Ellen DeGeneres as he presents her with the favorite talk show host award Wednesday night at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. (Photos by Matt Sayles/AP)

More after the jump ...

'Dark Knight' bags WGA screenplay nomination

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Add writing to Batman's bag of tricks. "The Dark Knight" earned a nomination today for best adapted screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.

Director Christopher Nolan and brother Jonathan Nolan co-wrote the screenplay for the Batman blockbuster, which is based on the DC Comics franchise.

Chicago actress Keke Palmer poses during a news conference today announcing the nominees for 40th annual NAACP Image Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Nick Ut/AP)

Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson are all multitasking for the NAACP Image Awards, earning nominations today in both music and film categories.

Knowles, Keys and Hudson are competing against one another for outstanding female music artist and for best music video.

'Dark Knight' fighting for cinematography award

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Batman is angling for top honors from the American Society of Cinematographers.

Wally Pfister, cinematographer on the Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight," is among contenders for the society's prize at its Feb. 15 awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Queen Latifah, host of the People's Choice Awards, is bringing new meaning to popular choice. She's giving fans the chance to write and pick a song for her next album.

The contest, launching on tonight's People's Choice ceremony on CBS, invites aspiring singer-songwriters to submit an original tune for Latifah's "Persona" album, due out this spring.

Actress Anne Hathaway poses on the red carpet Tuesday night at the 20th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

The world economy is in dire straits, but you sure wouldn't know it from the red carpet at the 20th-annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. The actresses were dripping with jewels, actors donned high fashion, and logos of jeweler Cartier and automaker Mercedes-Benz loomed large behind all as they posed for photographers.

"I'm just doing what I know how to do, and that's make movies and hopefully get people to go see them so I can continue to make more movies," said actor Leonardo DiCaprio, when asked if he felt uncomfortable in this setting, given widespread financial woes.

Animated films compete for British Oscars

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LONDON -- Animated films set in Israel and Iran are among five competitors for best foreign-language film at the British Academy Film Awards.

"Waltz With Bashir" and "Persepolis" were announced today as nominees. The British awards, known as BAFTA, are considered an indicator of success at the Academy Awards.

The Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight," slighted in earlier Hollywood honors, is among best-picture nominees today for the Producers Guild of America Awards.

Other best-picture nominees were Brad Pitt's romantic fantasy "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Ron Howard's Richard Nixon saga "Frost/Nixon," Sean Penn's Harvey Milk film biography "Milk" and Danny Boyle's rags-to-riches tale "Slumdog Millionaire."

"Waltz with Bashir" is an animated documentary from the Middle East.

"Waltz With Bashir," a groundbreaking animated documentary about Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, won the National Society of Film Critics' 2008 best picture award Saturday.

But "Happy-Go-Lucky," Mike Leigh's tale of a die-hard optimist whose worldview is put to the test, came away with four of the 10 awards for 2008 films. It won best director and best screenplay for Leigh, best actress for Sally Hawkins and best supporting actor for Eddie Marsan.

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