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HFPA Re-Elects President In Runoff Vote

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Aida Takla O’Reilly, incumbent president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, was re-elected tonight in a runoff vote following an unusual three-way split among O’Reilly and two rivals. An HFPA source revealed the result to Deadline following the vote at the Golden Globes organization’s headquarters in West Hollywood. In the runoff O’Reilly received 44 votes to Theo Kingma’s 38. The other candidate Meher Tatna came in third in the initial round. O’Reilly was elected president last year by a margin of only one vote, and a different source said if tonight’s vote had not been split in the initial three-way count Kingma might have defeated O’Reilly.

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69th Golden Globe Award Nominations

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 3:27am PST

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Golden Globe Awards NomineesBEVERLY HILLS (Thursday, December 15, 2011): This morning at 5:30 AM the nominations in 25 categories for movies and television for the 2012 Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The stars were introduced by Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Aida Takla-O’Reilly. The ballots were submitted to the accounting firm of Ernst and Young on Monday. The awards will be televised by NBC live on January 15 at a star-studded ceremony hosted again by comedian Ricky Gervais:

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards NOMINATIONS

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2012
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OLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR  THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31,  2011

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
THE  DESCENDANTS - Ad Hominem Enterprises; Fox Searchlight Pictures
THE HELP – DreamWorks Pictures, Participant Media; Touchstone Pictures
HUGO – Paramount Pictures presents a GK Films Production; Paramount Pictures
THE IDES OF MARCH – Columbia Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Crystal City Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing
MONEYBALL – Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing International
WAR HORSE – DreamWorks Pictures; Touchstone Pictures

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

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
GEORGE CLOONEY – THE DESCENDANTS
LEONARDO DICAPRIO – J. EDGAR
MICHAEL FASSBENDER – SHAME
RYAN GOSLING – THE IDES OF MARCH
BRAD PITT – MONEYBALL

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
50/50 – Summit Entertainment and Mandate Pictures; Summit Entertainment
THE ARTIST – La Petite Reine, Studio 37, La Classe Americaine, JD Prod, France3 Cinema, Jouror Production, uFilms; The Weinstein Company
BRIDESMAIDS – Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Apatow Productions; Universal Pictures
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – A Mediapro, Versatil Cinema & Gravier Production; Sony Pictures Classics
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN – The Weinstein Company

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
JODIE FOSTER – CARNAGE
CHARLIZE THERON – YOUNG ADULT
KRISTEN WIIG – BRIDESMAIDS
MICHELLE WILLIAMS – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
KATE WINSLET – CARNAGE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
JEAN DUJARDIN – THE ARTIST
BRENDAN GLEESON – THE GUARD
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT – 50/50
RYAN GOSLING – CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.
OWEN WILSON – MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

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HFPA Vs DCP: Golden Globes Case To Trial

Nellie Andreeva

When they should be working on putting together next January’s Golden Globes telecast, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Prods will be busy battling each other in court. U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank ruled this morning that the legal dispute between the organization behind the Golden Globes, the HFPA, and the awards show’s longtime producer DCP should go to trial because there were “numerous genuine disputes of material fact” over the issue of rights to the Golden Globes franchise. The trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 30.

The HFPA sued DCP in November, claiming that the producer did not have the right to make a new long-term deal with NBC last October without its consent. “We look forward to proceeding to trial and vindicating our rights,” HFPA president Aida Takla-O’Reilly said of today’s ruling. DCP noted one point on which the judge sided with them: While rejecting DCP’s request for dismissal, she granted the company’s request not to accept HFPA’s re-wording of an old agreement between HFPA and DCP, which has had different interpretations by the two sides on the grounds that too much time has passed. “We are gratified the judge agreed with us in connection to the reformation claim and we’re looking forward to addressing the remaining factual issues,” DCP said in a statement. “We firmly believe our position will be vindicated as we were within our … Read More »

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HAMMOND: HFPA Gives Away Record $1.5M

Pete Hammond

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association held its annual lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel and presented a record $1,579,500 in financial grants to 46 film schools and nonprofit organizations. Over the past 17 years, the org best known for awarding Golden Globes in January has awarded $13.5 million through their grants program, according to newly elected HFPA president Aida Takla O’Reilly.

All this philanthropic activity comes even as the sometimes controversial group of foreign entertainment journalists remains embroiled in ongoing legal battles with their longtime Globes production company, Dick Clark Productions, over rights to their annual highly rated awards show on NBC (and an Emmy nominee this year) as well as another legal dust-up with former publicist Michael Russell.

Despite the legal woes and bad Wall Street news, the HFPA luncheon was an upbeat affair, drawing numerous entertainment execs like Fox’s Peter Rice, FX’s John Landgraf, Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Fox Searchlight’s Nancy Utley, among others. There was also the usual starry turnout to help hand out the checks including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Walhberg, Gerard Butler, Kevin Bacon, Yoshiki Hayashi, Jessica Chastain, Hugh Dancy, Lea Michele, Taylor Lautner, Elizabeth Moss, Elizabeth Olsen, Jim Sturgess, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Gabriel Macht, who all took turns introducing each other in the fast-paced, breezy presentation.

Over the years, awards-season strategists have also seen the lunch as a great opportunity to get some of their potential awards contenders in front of a captive audience of HFPA voters, and it was no different this year as Butler, DiCaprio, Olsen and Chastain are all actors with upcoming releases expected to figure in year-end awards considerations. Last year at this lunch, for instance, I noticed Annette Bening and Nicole Kidman on the lineup, and both did end up with Globes (and Oscar) nods. The exposure certainly can’t hurt as they say, especially in the overly crowded fall field of contenders. At the very least, the luncheon sort of serves as one of those “unofficial” precursors of the impending season. “I guess it’s all starting all over again,” one awards consultant still suffering battle scars from last year wearily told me. Read More »

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