A thriller featuring Mark Wahlberg, and a relationship drama that received eight Oscar nominations anchor this week’s home video releases.
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This week’s home video releases include several key players from the most-recent Academy Awards race.
This week’s home video releases include a 3D update of a classic adventure film and a drama that’s at the heart of this year’s Oscar race.
Oscar nominations were announced today and, as usual, there were few surprises. That said, I didn’t expect to see Demián Bichir make his way into the best actor race for “A Better Life.” Certainly, people like his performance, but his chances seemed slim going into today’s nominations. So, you never know what’s going to happen. I was also pleased to see the strong support for Terrence Malick and “The Tree of Life.” This is a great film that got too little attention from Critics’ organizations.
Following is a complete list of nominees …
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
“Midnight in Paris”
“The Tree of Life”
Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”
George Clooney in “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”
Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
It’s a big day for movie awards. Not only did the Broadcast Film Critics Association announce the nominees for its annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards today, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society announced the winners of its Sierra Awards. I vote in both groups, so I always like to publicize the winners.
“The Artist” was the big Sierra Awards winner, nabbing five honors, including Best Picture. The male star of the film, Jean Dujardin, picked up Best Actor, and the movie also nabbed Best Score, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.
“Hugo” also performed well, winning awards for Best Family Film and Best Film Editing and helping its young star, Asa Butterfield, take the Youth In Film honor.
Following is a complete list of winners, plus the Las Vegas Film Critics Society list of the top 10 films of 2011.
Longtime readers know that I’m a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association thanks to my affiliation with Alice Radio (96.5 FM in Reno, NV) and Idaho Country (KQFC-FM in Boise, ID). Today our organization released its nominee list for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will be telecast live at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 on VH1. Often, Critics’ Choice award winners go on to nab Oscars, so the nominee list gives you a nice look at the movies that are likely to be players in the coming months.
Martin Scorsese’s charming family film “Hugo” and the beautiful silent-movie “The Artist” led all contenders this year with 11 nominations each. Also toward the top of the pack were “The Help” and “Drive,” each scoring eight nominations.
Following is a complete list of nominees. Winners will be revealed live during the Jan. 12 VH1 broadcast.
Finally, awards season is over. Here’s a look at the big winners at the 83rd Academy Awards, handed out Sunday night.
Best Picture: “The King’s Speech.”
Best Actor: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech.”
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan.”
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter.”
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter.”
Best Director: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech.”
Best Foreign Language Film: “In a Better World,” Denmark.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network.”
Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler, “The King’s Speech.”
Best Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 3.”
Best Art Direction: “Alice in Wonderland.”
Best Cinematography: “Inception.”
Best Sound Mixing: “Inception.”
Best Sound Editing: “Inception.”
Best Original Score: “The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Best Original Song: “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Randy Newman.
Best Costume Design: “Alice in Wonderland.”
Best Documentary Feature: “Inside Job.”
Best Documentary (short subject): “Strangers No More.”
Best Film Editing: “The Social Network.”
Best Makeup: “The Wolfman.”
Best Animated Short Film: “The Lost Thing.”
Best Live Action Short Film: “God of Love.”
Best Visual Effects: “Inception.”
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”
Winners of the 81st Academy Awards (all nominees listed with winners in bold)
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)