SAG Award Winners

It’s late, I’m tired, we’ve had a billion award shows so far this year. All I really care about still are the Spirit Awards and the Oscars. Still, we wouldn’t be much of a movie web site if we didn’t post the winners from the Screen Actors Guild awards would we? Especially since they basically got it right… for once. Even if it was a little bit predictable. Also Betty White is awesome.


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges, ‘Crazy Heart’
George Clooney, ‘Up In The Air’
Colin Firth, ‘A Single Man’
Morgan Freeman, ‘Invictus’
Jeremy Renner, ‘The Hurt Locker’

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock, ‘The Blind Side’
Helen Mirren, ‘The Last Station’
Carey Mulligan, ‘An Education’
Gabourey Sidibe, ‘Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire’
Meryl Streep ‘Julie & Julia’

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon, ‘Invictus’
Woody Harrelson, ‘The Messenger’
Christopher Plummer, ‘The Last Station’
Stanley Tucci, ‘The Lovely Bones’
Christoph Waltz, ‘Inglourious Basterds’

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Penelope Cruz, ‘Nine’
Vera Farmiga, ‘Up In The Air’
Anna Kendrick, ‘Up In The Air’
Diane Kruger, ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Mo’Nique, ‘Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire’

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
‘An Education’
‘The Hurt Locker’
‘Inglourious Basterds’
‘Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire’


Betty White’s Lifetime Achievement Award


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15th Annual Critics Choice Awards Winners

One might presume that the more prestigious (at least in name rcognition) Golden Globes are the precursos to the Oscars to which everyone should look at before checking off boxes on their Oscar ballot. Not so fast, the group of almost 200 critics from the Broadcast Critics Association have predicted the winners of the Oscar every year for the past ten years but 2004 and 2005. If there’s any doubt now that The Hurt Locker is pretty much a lock for best picture as is Kathryn Bigelow for best director, they are fading fast. In fact, not that it’s any surprise, but this is one of the first year’s I can remember in which just about every one of the six major categories are all pretty much locks – as proved here by the Critics. The tie for lead actress is a little bit weird, but I”m sure the Academy will hash it out.

Box office success (i.e. fan favorites) were also high on the evening’s priorities, with The Hangover taking home best comedy, Up walking away with best animated film, and Avatar continuing its rule of Hollywood with a record-breaking six awards, including best action film and a slew of tech honors, including best visual effects and sound.

Check out the full list below. Is this just about en exact duplicate of what we’ll see at The Kodak Theatre on March 7th?

Avatar, An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up, Up In The Air

Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up In The Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Viggo Mortensen – The Road
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Christian McKay – Me And Orson Welles
Alfred Molina – An Education
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Marion Cotillard – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air
Mo’Nique – Precious
Julianne Moore – A Single Man
Samantha Morton – The Messenger

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Cinecast Episode 148 – Top 10 Actresses of 2009; Avatar

Episode 148:

Anticipated for many months now, James Cameron’s Avatar is finally upon us and all we can muster up is a lot of bitching. Maybe not fair to a guy we have grown up with and loved over the years or to a movie that is not based on a video game, remake or previous existing property, perhaps. The criticism is as valid as the heap of praise for the last monster-sized blockbuster of 2009. We switch gears from negative to positive rather abruptly with our top ten picks of best female performances in 2009 and even reminisce on some Mike Judge and other DVD releases this week. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below and by all means post your own top ten. We’d love to see it.
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Cinecast Episode 144 – Feeling a bit “Rusty”

Episode 144:
Twilight is upon us! Thankfully our own expert on all things Twilight, Marina Antunes, drops by our virtual studio to offer her thoughts on the film as the guys in the row fell asleep or watched disaster flicks instead. And by popular demand, we also bring back time track listing (in the show notes below) so that you can skip over the stuff you don’t want and know right where to go to hear all about Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. We managed to catch some other stuff in theatrical release including 2012, Surrogates and the latest in the Oprah archive, Precious. Add to this our doomsday marathon, weekly DVD picks and some other bits of goodness, we hope you enjoy the show and be sure to drop us a line either by email or in the comments section below.

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VIFF 09 Review: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire



Life is full of adversity and for some, the hurtles can be too much to bear. So is the case for Clareece ‘Precious’ Jones, the title character in Lee Daniels’ poorly titled Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, but rather than take the easy way out and walk away from life and all of the problems that plague it, Precious takes the higher road and decides to tacked the problems which are continuously stacked in her way.

Precious is 16 and pregnant with her second child. She can’t read or write, she’s verbally and physically abused by her mother and continuously raped by her father. It’s a sad life and one too depressing to be believed and though the immediate thought is that there are simply too many issues piled onto the character, it’s the overwhelming amount of issues that render the book and to an extent the film, so successful. Both mediums provides the story of a girl broken far beyond repair (or so one would imagine) and yet here she is, surviving. But everyone has a breaking point and though Precious’ comes much later than anyone could image, when she finally reaches it she takes the high road and changes her life for good.

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Sure to Alienate Audiences: Precious Gets a Trailer

Precious One SheetComing out of Sundance this year, one of the films causing a stir was Lee Daniels’ Precious (previously known as Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire. The film was, from all my readings, considered an across the board winner and though the film won both the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, it seemed unlikely that it would be picked up for distribution.

A few weeks later we posted news that Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey had signed on to help distribute the film; good thing too otherwise I doubt anyone would get the chance to see it. Daniel’s film is based on a groundbreaking novel by Sapphire which tells the story of Claireece Precious Jones, an abused teen trying to make her way in life. Precious’ story was a devastating read but it resonated an unexpected joie de vivre and hope that seems to have translated well onto film.

Precious stars new comer Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe in the title role with Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz appearing in supporting roles. I know it sounds ludicrous to have a line-up of musicians as supporting actors but it sounds as though they all pull through and looking at the trailer, it looks like the reviews weren’t exaggerating.

No official release date but the film is scheduled to play at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard line-up.

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