If you’re a movie lover, be sure to check out the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards airing tonight on VH1 (8/7 central). As long-time readers know, I’m a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, so I vote in the awards, and that makes them near and dear to my heart.
Personal biases aside, these awards have an excellent track record of predicting future Oscar nominees and winners. So, if you watch this show and the Golden Globes (Sunday), you’ll be well prepared for the Academy Awards race.
If you’re looking forward to the upcoming superhero flick “The Avengers,” you may be interested in the trailer. It’s too soon to make predictions about the movie, but it’s always fun to see early footage. Check it out here: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/embed/theavengers/
I’m pleased to let all of you know that I’m going to be a program participant at Renovation: the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, which is slated for Aug. 17-21 in Reno, NV.
This is a huge event in the science-fiction world, so I’m thrilled to play a small part in it. Among other things, it sounds like I will be making a presentation on Nevada movies with former Nevada film commissioner Robin Holabird. This is a fun topic and Robin is a blast to work with, so I’m looking forward to that. As we work out the details, I’ll be sure to post them here.
Hope to see you at the convention this summer!
Following is a complete list of nominees and winners from the 82nd Academy Awards. Note that winners are listed in bold with an asterisk.
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Matt Damon in “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”
I’m pleased to report that my weekly Video Verdict column was picked up this week by two additional newspapers: The Lansing State Journal (Lansing, MI) and Florida Today (Brevard and Melbourne counties in Florida). So, if you live in those areas, you will now be able to find my DVD reviews in print each week.
Thanks to my friends at both papers for adding the column. If you live outside the markets that carry the column in print, you can always find it right here at ForrestHartman.com. Also, I’m continually looking to add new outlets, so if you’d like to see me in your favorite paper, give management a call and send them to this Web site.
The cast of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
So far, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is the most anticipated film of 2009 … at least with ForrestHartman.com readers. In actuality, only about 14 folks have voted in my new movie poll, so we can’t use that sampling to draw any broad conclusions. But, hey, polls are fun. If you haven’t voted, click on this link and chime in now: http://foresthartman.com/2009/02/25/poll-what-movie-are-you-most-looking-forward-to/