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THE KING’S SPEECH Wins Best Picture; Full List of Oscar Winners

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In what easily had to be one of the most painful, unfunny Oscar ceremonies in recent memory, The King’s Speech finally reached the end of its inevitable march to Best Picture.  It was the first Best Picture winner to win less than five Oscars (it won four, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay).  Does that make it more or less unworthy of the Best Picture crown?  I don’t know.  I don’t care. But i was wishing that The Social Network win it.

Full List of Winners Below:

 

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BEST PICTURE: The King’s Speech

BEST DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper, 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 ANIMATED FEATURE: Toy Story 3

BEST ART DIRECTION: Alice in Wonderland

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Inception

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Alice in Wonderland

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Inside Job

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Strangers No More

BEST EDITING: The Social Network

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: In a Better World

BEST MAKE-UP: The Wolfman

BEST SCORE: The Social Network

BEST SONG: Toy Story 3

BEST ANIMATED SHORT: The Lost Thing

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT: God of Love

BEST SOUND EDITING: Inception

BEST SOUND MIXING: Inception

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Inception

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Social Network

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The King’s Speech

 

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2011 Oscar Nominations Announced; THE KING’S SPEECH Leads with 12 Nominations

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The nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been announced.  The King’s Speech led the pack with 12 nominations.  True Grit followed with 10 nominations while early favorite The Social Network racked up eight.  Most of the nominees were easy to predict.  While I’m not surprised that John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) nabbed acting nominations, I’m happy they were recognized for their work.  I’m also ridiculously happy that Exit Through the Gift Shop picked up a nod for Best Documentary.

As far as snubs go, the biggest one has to be Christopher Nolan for Inception.  While he picked up the DGA nomination, the Academy chose to go with Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit.  As someone who loved the hell out of True Grit, it’s hard for me to complain.

Winners will be announced on February 27th.  James Franco and Anne Hathaway are set to host the awards ceremony.

 

The-Social-Network-movie-poster-David FincherBEST FILM

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King’s Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

[Matt’s note: Absolutely no surprises here, although I suppose you could argue that The Town got snubbed]

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
  • David O. Russell – The Fighter
  • Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
  • David Fincher – The Social Network
  • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit

[These five films are the real nominees and actually, the contest at this point is really between The King’s Speech and The Social Network.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Fincher ends up winning Best Director but The King’s Speechtakes home Best Picture]

BEST ACTOR

  • Javier Bardem – Biutiful
  • Jeff Bridges – True Grit
  • Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
  • Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
  • James Franco – 127 Hours

[Oscar writers are masturbating furiously about all the jokes they can make since host James Franco is also a nominee]

BEST ACTRESS

  • Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
  • Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
  • Natalie Portman – Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

[Again, no real surprises but nice to see Lawrence in the mix.  However, at this point, the race looks like a contest between Natalie Portman and Annette Bening]

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Christian Bale – The Fighter
  • John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
  • Jeremy Renner – The Town
  • Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right
  • Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

[From now on, you can say Oscar nominee John Hawkes.  That’s amazing]

the-kings-speech-movie-poster(1)BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Amy Adams – The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
  • Melissa Leo – The Fighter
  • Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
  • Jackie Weaver – Animal Kingdom

[Very happy that the Academy recognized Weaver’s tremendous performance in Animal Kingdom even though the film barely saw a release in the U.S.]

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Another Year
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King’s Speech

[It’s tough to see The King’s Speech not winning this although I think these are all worthy films, although I would have liked to seen Black Swanpick up a nomination]

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

[This is Aaron Sorkin’s award to lose.]

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3

[And the award for Best Toy Story 3 in Best Toy Story 3 goes to…]

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Biutiful
  • Dogtooth
  • In a Better World
  • Incendies
  • Outside the Law

[There are a lot of Dogtooth fans out there that are very happy this morning since the film didn’t seem likely to receive a nomination.  I personally haven’t seen the film yet, but it’s been on my list for a while now]

black_swan_movie_poster_01BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Gasland
  • Inside Job
  • Restrepo
  • Waste Land

[Banksy is now not only one of the world’s most popular street artists.  He’s an Oscar nominee.  Also, the second biggest snub has to be not nominating Waiting for “Superman”.  Why does the Academy hate children?!]

BEST EDITING

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The King’s Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network

[Very surprised Inception didn’t get nominated in this category.  The editing in that film is so crucial to the storytelling.  In 127 Hours, it’s fine, but slightly abrasive]

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Black Swan
  • Inception
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Social Network
  • The King’s Speech

[This is a tough category, but it’s one of the few where Black Swan could take home the prize]

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Hereafter
  • Inception
  • Iron Man 2

[Two major surprises in this category: First, there are five nominees when usually there are only three.  Second, Hereafter?  Really?  For what?  Afterlife blur effects?  Yeah, the tsunami scene is cool, but it doesn’t hold a blurry candle to the entirety of how Edgar Wright used effects in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World]

BEST MAKEUP

  • The Way Back
  • The Wolfman

[Oh, Make-up.  You’re such a lazy category.]

Inception-movie-posterBEST ART DIRECTION

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Inception
  • The King’s Speech
  • True Grit

[Alice in Wonderland does have impressive art direction…provided you’ve never seen a Tim Burton movie before]

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • I Am Love
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Tempest
  • True Grit

[I’m betting The King’s Speech will win because dressing people in period costumes is apparently the most amazing thing ever]

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • Inception
  • The King’s Speech
  • Salt
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • Inception
  • Toy Story 3
  • TRON: Legacy
  • True Grit
  • Unstoppable

BEST SCORE

  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Inception
  • The King’s Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network

[It was a long shot, but I was hoping Daft Punk would get a nomination for their TRON: Legacyscore.  Oh well.]

BEST SONG

  • “Coming Home” from Country Strong
  • “I See the Light” from Tangled
  • “If I Rise” from 127 Hours
  • “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • Killing in the Name
  • Poster Girl
  • Strangers No More
  • Sun Come Up
  • The Warriors of Qiugang

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

  • Day & Night
  • The Gruffalo
  • Let’s Pollute
  • The Lost Thing
  • Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT

  • The Confession
  • The Crush
  • God of Love
  • Na Wewe
  • Wish 143

 

 

[Updated With a Poll] THE SOCIAL NETWORK Wins 4 Golden Globe Awards Including Best Motion Picture (Drama)

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I have just endured three painful hours of the Golden Globes.  Thankfully, folks who deserved awards got them (except for Community, which wasn’t even nominated, so way to screw that up, Hollywood Foreign Press Association).  You can click here to check out my live blog of the entire ceremony, but if you just want a listing of who won what, then hit the jump.  The Social Network took home four Golden Globes including Best Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Director (David Fincher), and Best Motion Picture (Drama).

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Here are the winners from the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards

BEST MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA): The Social Network

BEST MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): The Kids Are All Right

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA): Colin Firth for The King’s Speech

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA): Natalie Portman for Black Swan

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): Paul Giamatti forBarney’s Version

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): Annette Bening forThe Kids Are All Right

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE: Christian Bale for The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE: Melissa Leo for The Fighter

BEST SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network

BEST DIRECTOR: David Fincher for The Social Network

BEST SCORE: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: In a Better World

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Toy Story 3

BEST TV SERIES (DRAMA): Boardwalk Empire

BEST TV SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): Glee

BEST MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE: Carlos

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES (DRAMA): Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES (DRAMA): Katey Segal for Sons of Anarchy

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): Laura Linney for The Big C

BEST ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE: Al Pacino for You Don’t Know Jack

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE: Claire Danes for Temple Grandin

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, MINISERIES, OR TV MOVIE: Chris Colfer for Glee

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, MINISERIES, OR TV MOVIE: Jane Lynch forGlee


THE SOCIAL NETWORK Blu-ray Review

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The Facebook movie. That’s what The Social Network was called by many when it was announced that they were making a movie about the company, as – I guess – some people thought it would be an adaptation of the site. Of course, when writer Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher came in, and it was revealed to be a movie about the creation of Facebook, not an adaptation of the site itself, it went from a “huh” to a must see, and now Academy favorite. Jesse Eisenberg stars alongside future Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer in a film about how Facebook was born of ruined friendships and relationships. The film aims to be a generationally defining film, and it mostly succeeds.

Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) begins the film arguing with his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara) about final clubs and rowing. She dumps him because he’s socially awkward and heavily class conscious, he’s mean to people below him, and resents those ahead of him. He then goes home, writes nasty things about her on his blog, and then creates Facemash, a website where the reader compares two women (mostly likely women they know) and pick who is hotter. This crashes the Harvard servers and gets the attention of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer) and Divya Narenda (Max Minghella). They want him to make a website called “Harvard Connection,” selling the exclusivity of Harvard’s email accounts to create the newest MySpace. Mark instead starts a site with his friend Eduardo (Andrew Garfield) called The Facebook. It launches and quickly spreads all over campus, which raises their profiles, and gets them groupies… but Erica still won’t talk to Mark. They keep expanding, and Eduardo wants to monetize the site, when in steps Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). The creator of Napster, Sean is a great nerd wheeler and dealer, and gets Mark in with some of the right people. But as he grows more successful, he alienates Eduardo, and is also facing lawsuits from the Winklevosses, while Parker’s lechery and pettiness begins to shine through to Mark. At the center of the film is the question: is anything making Mark happy, or if not happy, then has he forgotten about Erica?

Mark is a kid for much of the film and a billionaire by the end of it. Like Charles Foster Kane, we are presented early with the idea of the thing that he wants that he can never have. And like so much of modern living, Zuckerberg is constantly connected to everyone, and yet spends much of the film alienating himself and alienated from those around him. His hatred of most people is prevalent, and he comes across as isolated from almost everyone but Sean Parker. But the incoherence of his distaste is tied into a sense of entitlement: The Winklevoss are everything that he fears his ex-girlfriend would want; Eduardo does well in an audition for a final club, and it seems to piss Mark off. Mark is never happy for anyone else, and even public affection from groupies only momentarily distracts him. In a lot of ways Mark is the perfect face for the internet era.

From a behind the scenes standpoint, you’ve got Fincher and Sorkin, and they know how to write and direct. It’s a great match: As it’s a talky film, Fincher finds ways to make it as cinematic as he can – though I think he goes a little too far with a crew race sequence set to “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” As a set piece it’s entertaining but it also stops the film cold and – like some elements of the film – seems to be laughing a little too hard at the Winklevosses. That the twins are both from an old world of privilege and chumps is essayed, so when it’s underlined, it’s unfortunate. Plus the music cue is so familiar. But it’s a small moment in an otherwise brilliant movie. Better is the film’s opening stomp to The White Stripes’ Ball and Biscuit, and the amazing tennis Eisenberg and Mara play as their relationship ends. But probably the best sequence in the movie is when Zuckerberg creates Facemash, shows what leads to it, and how quickly it catches on. With that, you buy that Mark has a gift.

The-Social-Network-movie-poster-David FincherUltimately, there are films that are going to be remembered, films that swing for the fences and try to say something about our world, and where we are in humanity. The Social Network is one of those films, and as such, whether it wins awards or not, it’s going to be around for a very long time.

Sony’s Blu-ray presents the film in widescreen (2.35:1) and in DTS-HD 5.1 surround. This was shot digitally, so the transfer improved on my theatrical presentation. I don’t know how this material could look any better. The film is on the first disc, with two commentaries, the first with David Fincher, and the second with Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg, Armie Hammer, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake. Sadly, Timberlake does not bring sexy back, but everyone is fully engaged, and Fincher is a pro at this by now. He has a great sense of humor about his process, and digs into it, while the performers are – at times – painfully honest about their work.

Disc two offers the feature length documentary “How Did They Make a Movie out of Facebook?” (93 min.) with comments from all the commentators, along with Rooney Mara, Brenda Song, Max Minghela, Kevin Spacey and more. David Fincher has been working with DVD producer David Prior for over a decade now, and the two are great at cutting the bullshit and highlighting different aspect of the production process, with some time dedicated to how Armie Hammer and Mike Pence played the Winklevosses. Jeff Cronenweth and Fincher get a section to talk about the visuals (8 min.), shooting on the Red and shooting at Harvard, while editors Angus Wall, and Kirk Baxter and sound mixer and sound effects editor Ren Klyce get their own section to talk about the post-production process for the film (18 min.). Then there’s a piece on composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (19 min.), who deservedly get a spotlight for their work on the film. This is followed by “In the Hall of the Mountain King: Music Exploration” (3 min.), and it offers a first and final mixes and music only versions of the crew race. “Swarmatron” (5 min.) highlights one of Reznor’s sound machines, and impressive machine that takes over a room. Finishing the supplements is a multi-angle featurette on the “Ruby Skye VIP Room,” (20 min.) with angles on Rehearsal, the tech scout, interviews and principal photography.

 

Jesse Eisneberg and Dana Carvey Set to Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

With his performance in The Social Network generating a lot of buzz for a Best Actor nod when Oscar nominations are announced on January 25th, there’s no better time for NBC to announce that Jesse Eisenberg will host Saturday Night Live on January 29th. Though Eisenberg has mostly played the straight man, even in comedies like Zombieland, I’m looking forward to seeing him cut loose a little bit for the late night sketch comedy series. The actor will be joined by musical guest Nicki Minaj who is also making her SNL debut.

In addition, NBC annnounced that former SNL alum Dana Carvey is returning for his fourth time as host of the sketch comedy series. His appearance seems somewhat spontaneous considering he’s been mostly out of the spotlight for the past few years and he doesn’t seem to have anything to promote. However, if Carvey is returning, I’m willing to bet some other SNL alums might stop by for a surprise appearance. My fingers will be crossed for Mike Myers to show up for a new Wayne’s World sketch. Linkin Park will also appear as the musical guest. Sound good?

 

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