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Award Season Confusion VI: Toronto Film Critics Association Awards: Tree of Life Wins Best Picture and Director!

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Terrence Malik’s Tree of Life won Best Picture – and Malik was named Best Director – as the Toronto Film Critics Association announced the selections for their annual awards, further muddying the waters as to who/what might conceivably be forerunners for the Oscars®.

Muddying the waters even more, the TFCA named Michael Shannon Best Actor for his performance in Take Shelter, and Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn.

Supporting nods went to Jessica Chastain for Take Shelter and Christopher Plummer for Beginners.

The complete list of winners follows the jump.

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18th Annual SAG Awards: Movies: The Help Scores Four Nominations; Modern Family Leads TV With Five!

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The Artist may have continued to build credibility as a genuine Oscar® candidate as it scored nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, but The Help took the most nomination by a single film with four [Viola Davis nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role; Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role; The Help nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture].

On the television side, Modern Family scored Five Nominations [Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series; Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, Modern Family nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series].

Dexter led cable shows with three noms.

A complete list of the nominees follows the jump.

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Hugo and The Artist Lead The Way With 11 Critics Choice Award Nominations!

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Hugo and The Artist were at the head of the class as the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the nominations for the 17th annual Critics choice Awards. Each received 11 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director.

The Best Picture category also included previous award winners The Descendants and The Tree of Life.

Summer smash The Help and the ultra-violent fable Drive each garnered eight noms – including Best Picture and Best Director – with Drive’s Ryan Gosling picking up a Best Actor nod and The Help’s Viola Davis earning a Best Actress nom.

The Descendants and War Horse came away with seven noms apiece – including Best Picture and Director.

A complete list of nominees follows the jump.

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Awards Season Confusion V: San Francisco Critics Circle Names Tree of Life Best Film, Terrence Malik Best Director!

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Another day, another choice. The San Francisco Critics Circle have announced their awards for excellence in film for 2011. Terrence Malik’s Tree of Life took Best Film while Malik claimed the award for Best Director.

Further adding to awards season confusion, the SFCC named Gary Oldman Best Actor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and We Need To Talk About Kevin’s Tilda Swinson Best Actress.

For a complete list of winners, follow the jump.

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Awards Season Confusion IV: New York Film Critics Online Hail The Artist and Its Director!

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After being named the New York Film Critics Online choice for best film of 2011, the silent movie The Artist is the only film to take home more than one Best Picture title from the various awards given out thus far this awards season. The NYFCO also named The Artist director Michael Hazanavicius Best Director.

Michael Shannon won Best Actor for Take Shelter and Meryl Streep scored Best Actress for The Iron Lady.

The complete list of NYFCO Awards winners follows the jump.

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Awards Season Confusion III: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Names The Descendants Best Picture!

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association today named Alexander Payne’s The Descendants 2011’s Best Picture and Terrence Malik [Tree of Life] Best Director. The LAFCA Awards added to the stunning lack of consensus as to the possibilities for both Oscar nominations and award winners.

Follow the jump for the complete list of LAFCA Award winners.

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Awards Season Confusion Continues: American Film Institute Names Top 10 Films of 2011!

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The American Film Institute named its top ten films and TV series of 2011 today. Since they release their top ten list in alphabetical order, their list doesn’t point to any one film as a frontrunner for other awards – like the Oscars® – and possible major award winners from outside the U.S. are not considered [though they do often receive special recognition].

Film: Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, J. Edgar, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse.

Missing the cut: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Beginners, Drive, The Ides of March, and Young Adult.

The Artist and the Harry Potter Series were singled out for special recognition in non-American film.

CONTEST: Body of Lies Washington, DC Screening Announcement!

Spend the night with Leonardo and Russell Crowe as EclipseMagazine.com and Warner Brothers team up to bring you the Washington, DC Screening of Body of Lies. The Screening will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2008 (that’s tomorrow night!) at Gallery Place in DC. I’m working with Warners on automating our contests, so we’re testing out this cool new system. To get your tickets, CLICK HERE!!! and enter the code ECLP9886.  This movie looks amazingly good so go, enter the code, download your pass, it’s that simple.

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Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best man U.S. Intelligence has on the ground, in places where human life is worth no more than the information it can get you.  In operations that take him around the globe from the Middle East to Washington, Ferris’s next breath often depends on the voice at the other end of a secure phone line – CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe).  Waging war from a laptop in the suburbs, Hoffman is on the trail of an emerging terrorist leader who has orchestrated a campaign of bombings while eluding the most sophisticated intelligence network in the world.  To lure the terrorist out into the open, Ferris will have to penetrate his murky world, but the closer he gets to the target, the more he discovers that trust is both a dangerous commodity and the only one that will get him out alive.

The film stars Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio ("Blood Diamond," "The Aviator," "The Departed"), Oscar winner Russell Crowe ("Gladiator," "A Beautiful Mind"), Mark Strong ("Stardust"), Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani ("M for Mother"), Oscar Isaac ("The Nativity Story") and Simon McBurney ("The Golden Compass").

"Body of Lies" is directed by Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott ("Black Hawk Down," "Gladiator") from a screenplay by Oscar winner William Monahan ("The Departed") based on the novel by former Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.  Donald De Line ("The Italian Job") and Ridley Scott are the producers, with Michael Costigan ("American Gangster," "Brokeback Mountain") and Charles J.D. Schlissel ("The Prestige") serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team is led by cinematographer Alexander Witt ("American Gangster"), Oscar-nominated production designer Arthur Max ("American Gangster," "Gladiator") Oscar-winning editor Pietro Scalia ("Black Hawk Down"), and Oscar-winning costume designer Janty Yates ("Gladiator").  Marc Streitenfeld ("Kingdom of Heaven") composed the score.

Opening nationwide on October 10, 2008, "Body of Lies" will be distributed by Warner Bros Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  The film has been rated "R" by the MPAA for "strong violence, including some torture, and language throughout."

No Country for Old Men selected Best Picture by Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association!

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39 Washington, DC area Film Critics (WAFCA – of which I’m one) huddled together in a small broom closet this weekend to do our annual duty of selected the best of the year. In the last three weeks we were hit with an avalanche of DVD Screeners (about 50) and had a bunch of screenings to attend (about 100) and walked away with our eventual best Picture selection. Generally, I disagree with my fellow members, but last year and this year they got everything right, with the exception of Clooney for Michael Clayton – a film I absolutely HATED. I’m still mixed on No Country for Old Men, which is why I haven’t written a review yet. The first 90 minutes I sat there thinking, I’m watching the clear Best Picture of the Year, but then that weird ass last 20 minutes just ruins the entire film for me. I left the theater really angry and wondering what the f just happened. I’m still not entirely sure if the last 20 minutes is enough to throw out the first 90 minutes of brilliance or not. Ultimately, I did cast my ballad for No Country and am glad that it won. Because the other selections where two films that I absolutely loathe (Atonement and Michael Clayton.) So we did good this year and I’m happy with the results. Without Further adieu……

BEST PICTURE
Winner: No Country for Old Men

BEST DIRECTOR
Winner: Ethan and Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men)

BEST ACTOR
Winner: George Clooney (Michael Clayton)

BEST ACTRESS
Winner:
Julie Christie (Away from Her)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner:
Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner: Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Winner: Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Winner: Diablo Cody (Juno)

BEST ENSEMBLE
Winner: No Country for Old Men

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Winner: Ratatouille

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Winner: Sicko

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Winner: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

BEST ART DIRECTION
Winner: Sweeney Todd

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Winner: Ellen Page (Juno)

Atonement fails on almost every level. Michelle Alexandria’s EclipseMagazine.com Movie Review

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The trailer for Atonement had me giddy with excitement I thought I was going to be in for a truly epic love story that spanned time, distance, war, betrayal, but what I got was this anemic, pretentious, non-epic turd. I love Keira Knightley (Cecilia Tallis) but frankly she can’t act and it’s proven once again here. Her face looked strangely like it’s been CGI’ed. Her mouth moves but there’s no expression in her cheeks or eyes. It looks so plastic that it was creepy. And that’s a word I’ll be using a lot throughout this review – CREEPY. The entire experience of watching this film felt CREEPY. There’s the CREEPY friend of her brother, Leon Tallis (played by Patrick Kennedy), a wealthy owner of a Chocolate factory, Paul Marshall (Benedict Cumberbatch) who turns out to be a pedophile. Then there is Cecilia’s creepy looking 13 year old sister Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan), and her visiting cousins, these two curly haired ugly looking kids and their older sister Lola Quincey (Juno Temple) who looked 11 or 12, but they strangely dressed her up to look older. Think Jon Bonnet Ramsey.  Continue reading Atonement fails on almost every level. Michelle Alexandria’s EclipseMagazine.com Movie Review