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84th Academy Award Round-up and Winners

The 84th Academy Award Nominations were held on February 26, 2012. Billy Crystal served as host marking this his 9th time.  Crystal as always had a funny movie/song opening and his opening monologue was quite funny and he kept the award show moving.  As far as the awards, I found it quite coincidental that the jokes made were almost hinting who was going to win.  That or it was just a huge writing coincidence.  As far as the awards, there were some surprises and some well deserved wins.

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84th Academy Award Nominations

The 84th Academy Award Nominations were announced on January 24, 2012. This year there are nine Best Picture nominees. “The Ides of March”, which was co-written and directed by George Clooney was noticeably missing from the Best Picture category but was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Otherwise most of the nominees are very similar to this year’s Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice nominees. Kudos to the Academy for giving a Best Actress in a Supporting Role nod to Melissa McCarthy for her role in “Bridesmaids”. McCarthy was previously snubbed of a Golden Globe nomination, so it is nice to see that she got an Oscar nomination for a role which many thought would garner one.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards will air on February 26, 2012, with host Billy Crystal making this his 9th time as MC-ing the event.

Here are some nomination highlights:

BEST PICTURE
“The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
“The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
“The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
“Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
“Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
“Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
“The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined
“War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
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69th Annual Golden Globe Nominations

The 2012 Golden Globe Nominations were announced today, December 15, 2011. Here’s the round-up…in terms of Movies, George Clooney, received multiple nominations including Best Screenplay and Best Director for “The Ides of March” and Best Performance by an Actor (Motion Picture Drama) for his work on the “The Descendants”. “The Descendants” and “The Help” both have 5 nominations, while leading the pack is “The Artist” with 6 nominations. Ryan Gosling earned a double acting nominations for “The Ides of March” (Motion Picture Drama) and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (Motion Picture Comedy).

In terms of Television, HBO leads the nominations with 18 followed by Showtime with 8. Freshman comedy “New Girl” earned 2 nominations including Best Television Series – Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actress (Television Comeday) nomination for Zooey Deschanel. ABC’s “Modern Family” earned 3 nominations, while noticeably absent are nominations for AMC’s “Mad Men”.

Here are some nomination highlights:
Source: Hollywood Foreign Press Association
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
THE DESCENDANTS
THE HELP
HUGO
THE IDES OF MARCH
MONEYBALL
WAR HORSE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
GLENN CLOSE – ALBERT NOBBS
VIOLA DAVIS – THE HELP
ROONEY MARA – THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
MERYL STREEP – THE IRON LADY
TILDA SWINTON – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

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Summer Movie Season: August 2011

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The Summer Movie Season is almost over as we go into the last month of summer. How time flies! This month the films are more low-key but there are a few films that may bring in the crowds. Kicking off the the month, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds star in “The Change-Up” which has a “Freaky Friday” sort of premise where each guy swap lives literally in each other’s body. Also opening is the prequel to “Planet of the Apes”, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” starring James Franco. This film can go either way, but watching the trailer reminds me of the “Gozilla” remake starring Matthew Broderick, which was kind of a bust.

Based upon the best selling novel, “The Help”, makes its way to the big screen. Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, and Academy Award nominee Viola Davis head the cast in what looks to be a poignant yet funny film. From the director of “Zombieland”, “30 Minutes or Less” looks to be a funny film that could be a hit or a miss. Also following in the 3D concert film fad is “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie”. This concert film should be a hit on paper judging on past concert films such as Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus concert, The Jonas Brothers, and Justin Bieber in “Never Say Never”.

Step aside Mr. Schwarzenegger and welcome the new Conan, Jason Momoa, who stars in the remake of “Conan the Barbarian”. The original film came out in 1982, so with all of the advancements in technology the film should have much improved visual effects from the original…the script on the other hand is a different story. I guess we shall see once the reviews come in.

Toward the end of the month, Paul Rudd along with Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, and Rashida Jones star in “Our Idiot Brother”, which looks to be a funny film.

My spotlight picks of the month are “One Day” and “The Whistleblower. “One Day” is based upon the best-selling novel by David Nicholls and stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. This film was suppose to open last month but it got pushed to this month. Nonetheless, the book was really good, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it translates to screen. Thus far the trailers look on point. If you haven’t seen the trailers for “One Day” yet, click here to watch both trailers. “The Whistleblower stars Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, in a film that is based on actual events where a police officer tries to keep the peace in post-war Bosnia but uncovers corruption and cover ups. Looks like an intriguing thriller that already has some Oscar buzz surrounding it.

Well that’s my August overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for the start of the Fall Movie Season and my picks of the month. If you’ve seen any of the films from this month…leave some feedback/suggestions in the Comments section on what to see.

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