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OSCARS: The Good, The Bad And The Uggie — Hammond Analysis

By | Monday February 27, 2012 @ 4:29am PST
Pete Hammond

In the end it was mostly predictable. The only stunning surprise of the 84th Annual Academy Awards was that somehow The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo came out of nowhere to win the Best Film Editing award, something no pundit I know of saw coming. But it served to stop the early momentum of Hugo, which at one point was leading front-runner The Artist  5 awards to 1. Was Harvey Weinstein nervous that there could be an upset brewing over his heavily favored film? No. When I caught up with him at the Governors Ball, he said he was just enjoying the show and not keeping tabs. Eventually Artist caught up and won all the big ones — the Oscars everyone was predicting including Best Picture, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin in addition to music and costumes. I am told The Weinstein Company plans to expand the little-film-that-could to 2000 screens by next weekend in what should be a real test of Oscar’s drawing power at the boxoffice. So far after a little over three months the film has just grossed over $30 million domestically. Weinstein will hope to double that with an Oscar bounce.

Among those congratulating Weinstein was Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux, who proudly championed the film at last May’s fest, even switching it from out of competition to a competition slot, where it won the first Best … Read More »

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OSCARS: Wins By Film

By | Sunday February 26, 2012 @ 9:42pm PST

OSCARS: Wins By Studio
OSCARS: Winners List

WINS BY FILM
Hugo — 5
The Artist — 5
The Iron Lady — 2
Beginners — 1
The Descendants — 1
The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore –1
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo — 1
The Help — 1
Midnight In Paris — 1
The Muppets — 1
Saving Face — 1
The Shore — 1
A Separation — 1
Rango — 1
Undefeated — 1

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OSCARS: Production Designer Dante Ferretti — ‘Hugo’

By | Monday February 20, 2012 @ 2:30pm PST

Diane Haithman is a contributor to AwardsLine

You might think the biggest challenge for Hugo production designer Dante Ferretti — a frequent Martin Scorsese collaborator and multiple Academy Award winner — would be realizing his first film in 3D. And it was, though he wasn’t alone in charting new ground. “It was everybody’s first time, actually,” the Italian designer says. Sure, that required some additional consideration: “For the set decoration, I had to put more stuff in different positions so you can create depth in the screen,” Ferretti explains. But putting in “more stuff,” he adds, was less daunting than the prospect of creating Paris in London. “Now I’ll tell you in this movie, everything is built on the stages in London. The movie takes place in Paris, but we shot only four days in Paris,” says Ferretti, with obvious pride. “Everything was built from scratch.” Read More »

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OSCARS: Costume Designers Roundup

By | Monday February 20, 2012 @ 1:15pm PST

When it comes to meting out naked statuettes for Costume Design, the Academy loves its period looks. Consider the most recent winners: Alice In Wonderland, The Young Victoria, The Duchess, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Marie Antoinette. This year, again, there’s no shortage of organza, tweed and cloches from films spanning the late 1920s to the early ’60s. Sure enough, a contender such as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo — with its contemporary gritty style — couldn’t upset the trend. AwardsLine contributor Monica Corcoran talked to the nominees about their craft and asked each to do the unspeakable, clothe Oscar himself. Read More »

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Sound Editors Honor ‘Hugo,’ ‘War Horse’ Among Others At Golden Reel Awards

By | Monday February 20, 2012 @ 8:38am PST

DreamWorks’ War Horse, Paramount’s HugoThe Adventures Of Tintin and Super 8, and Disney’s The Muppets were among the winnners at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards, which honor the year’s best work in the areas of sound editing for dialogue & ADR, effects & foley and music for film and TV. The group held its awards ceremony last night at the Westin Bonaventure, where producer Gale Anne Hurd was honored with the 2012 MPSE Filmmaker Award and sound editor George Watters II was tapped a MPSE Career Achievement Recipient. War Horse won Best Sound Effects and Foley In a Feature Film, while Hugo took best music; both are nominated for Sound Editing at the Oscars. On the TV side, Showtime’s Homeland, AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game Of Thrones were among the winners. Here’s the complete list: Read More »

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48th Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Hugo’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Too Big To Fail’, ‘Deadliest Catch’

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 11:05pm PST

The 48th CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing were presented tonight by the Cinema Audio Society at a banquet in the Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel. They are presented annually to the winning Re-Recording and Production Mixers in each of four categories: Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Special; Television Series; Television Movies or Mini-Series; and Motion Pictures. The competition is open to feature films and television programs released or aired during the calendar year, and the winners are revealed in a sealed envelope ceremony. The winners are:
Motion Pictures:
Hugo
Production Mixer: John Midgley
Re-recording Mixer: Tom Fleischman, CAS
Scoring Mixer: Simon Rhodes

Television Series:
Boardwalk Empire – ‘To The Lost’
Production Mixer: Franklin D. Stettner, CAS
Re-recording Mixers: Tom Fleischman, CAS

Television Movies and Mini-Series:
Too Big to Fail
Production Mixer: James J. Sabat, CAS
Re-recording Mixers: Chris Jenkins, Bob Beemer, CAS
Scoring Mixer: Chris Fogel Read More »

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‘Rango’ Wins 4 Visual Effects Awards; ‘Hugo’, ‘Apes’, ‘Transformers’, Take 2 Each

Paramount’s Rango dominated this evening’s 10th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards with four wins in animated feature categories — Visual Effects, Animated Character, Created Environment and Virtual Cinematography. Hugo, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon took a pair of awards each in the feature categories. Boardwalk Empire and Game Of Thrones won two apiece in the TV categories. Stan Lee was honored with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the Georges Méliès Award. Ceremonies recognizing visual effects wizardry in 23 categories took place at the Beverly Hilton. The awards presentation will air at 7PM Pacific/10PM Eastern on ReelzChannel Sunday, February 19th. Complete list of winners follows:

Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, Cyndi Ochs, Kurt Williams

Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Hugo: Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning, Rob Legato, Karen Murphy

Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Rango: Tim Alexander, Hal Hickel, Jacqui Lopez, Katie Lynch

Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie, or Special
Inside the Human Body: Phil Dobree, Sophie Orde, Dan Upton

Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Terra Nova – Occupation & Resistance: Kevin Blank, Colin Brady, Adica Manis, Jason Zimmerman

Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones – Winter is Coming: Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, Angela Barson, Ed Bruce, Adam McInnes

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Oscars Q&A Fever As Campaigns Swing Into Final Stretch: Hammond

Pete Hammond

Hollywood has caught Q&A fever: I have now learned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has plans to keep the Q&A spirit alive year-round and not just “in season”. Academy regulations loosening rules that previously forbid members from attending filmmaker Q&As were severely relaxed this year — particularly in the months leading up to nominations, when members could attend and even be served food and drink at receptions, a past no-no. Post-nomination Q&As are limited to screenings and nominees (or others connected to nominated movies) and members are allowed to appear at just two each, with no food or receptions. But the Q&A craze has spread, and I hear the Academy has decided to make them an option at their own weekend film programs starting  in June at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. The programs (usually two on Saturday and two Sunday) give studios and distributors the opportunity to have filmmakers and actors appear after their movies for Q&As with members. Previously only films were shown, but this could increase overall attendance, a goal of the Academy’s to encourage seeing films on the big screen. Read More »

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Art Directors Guild Winners: ‘Hugo’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Dragon Tattoo’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’

Hugo, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo took the Art Directors Guild Awards for period, fantasy and contemporary movies tonight in ceremonies hosted by Paula Poundstone at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Production Designer Tony Walton received the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Hall of Fame inductees were Robert Boyle, William Darling, and Alfred Junge. Teams from the Harry Potter films were recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery: Executive Producer David Heyman, Producer David Barron; directors Christopher Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, and David Yates; creator and author J.K. Rowling; screenwriters Steve Kloves and Michael Goldenberg; production designer Stuart Craig; art director Neil Lamont and set decorator Stephenie McMillan.

The Guild also screened two short films by Cindy Peters. The first was a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the show. The second, 75 Years of Inspirational Design: A Personal Reflection in Eight Chapters featured production designers Albert Brenner, Terry Marsh, James D. Bissell, Jeannine Oppewall, Rick Carter, Rick Heinrichs, Roy Christopher and Guy Hendrix Dyas. The ceremonies were produced by Tom Wilkins and Greg Grande. Full list of winners follows:

FEATURE FILM

Period Film
HUGO Production Designer: Dante Ferretti

Fantasy Film

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY
HALLOWS PART 2 Production Designer: Stuart Craig

Contemporary Film

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt

TELEVISION

One-Hour Single Camera Television Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE

Television Movie or Mini-Series
MILDRED PIERCE Production Designer: Mark Friedberg

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series
MODERN FAMILY
Episode: Express Christmas – Production Designer: Richard Berg

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Video: ‘Hugo’ Featurette With Crew And Cast

By | Friday February 3, 2012 @ 10:00pm PST

Paramount has shared with Deadline this new Hugo video featuring commentary from the creative team and cast members with clips from the movie.

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Oscar Nominations Surprise As Academy Goes Its Own Way: Hammond

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 9:51am PST
Pete Hammond

OSCARS: Who Got Snubbed By Academy?
OSCARS: Nominations By Studio
OSCARS: Nominations By Film
OSCARS: 84th Academy Award Nominations

So despite all the pundits, guild nominations and critics awards already pontificating and pronouncing, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voters decided to throw a few curve balls into the race this year. This morning’s nominations were not shocking, but they were surprising in many ways. Yes, the key films that were expected to do best did indeed do best.  All 11 of those Hugo nominations and all 10 of those The Artist nominations were expected, as were the nods for The Descendants and Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris with 5 and 4 noms, respectively. Granted they were much further down the list but right up there in terms of key writing, directing, picture and in the case of Descendants acting mentions.

But in recent days just about every prognosticator had written off the Best Picture fortunes of War Horse, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and The Tree Of Life. Everyone that is except the Academy, which threw Best Pic noms at all three. And this in a year where there was a tweak to the rules that now say instead of a fixed number of 10 nominees (as has been the case for the last two years) there could be anywhere from 5 to 10 films chosen. Most were predicting around 7 picks, but the Academy apparently decided it liked a wider diversity of movies this year than … Read More »

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OSCARS: Indies Capture 60 Nominations

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 6:59am PST

Los Angeles, Jan. 24, 2012 — Independents captured 60 nominations in feature categories during this morning’s announcement of contenders for the 84th Academy Awards, according to the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA). (Companies listed include Independent companies involved in the film which are also IFTA Member companies)

Best Picture
The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)
Hugo (GK Films)
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life (Summit Entertainment)

Directing
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)
Martin Scorsese – Hugo (GK Films)
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight)

Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir –- A Better Life (Wild Bunch, Summit Entertainment)
Jean Dujardin –- The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)
Gary Oldman –- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Studio Canal, Focus Features)

Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close –- Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep –- The Iron Lady (Pathé International, Goldcrest Pictures, U.K. Film Council, The Weinstein Company)
Michelle Williams –- My Week With Marilyn (The Weinstein Company, U.K. Film Council)

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OSCARS: 84th Academy Award Nominations; Only 9 Best Picture Nods

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 5:33am PST

COMPLETE OSCAR COVERAGE:
Grazer, Mischer, Sherak Thrilled About “Diversity” Of Nominations And Show Prospects
Nominations Surprise As Academy Goes Its Own Way: Hammond
Reactions To Academy’s Nominations
Harvey Weinstein On His 16 Noms
Who Got Snubbed By Academy?
Paramount Re-Releasing ‘Rango’
‘Margin Call’ Nomination Bolsters VOD Fest Push
Indies Capture 60 Nominations
Nominations By Studio
Nominations By Picture — ‘Hugo’ Leads With 11

Oscars Nominations 2012The 84th Academy Awards nominations were announced live today at 5:30 AM PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on February 26th at the Kodak Theatre and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The  Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. Here is the list:

Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards

Best Picture

“The Artist” (The Weinstein Company) A La Petite Reine/Studio 37/La Classe Américaine/JD Prod/France3 Cinéma/Jouror Productions/uFilm Production, Thomas Langmann, Producer
“The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight) An Ad Hominem Enterprises Production, Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (Warner Bros.) A Warner Bros. Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Producer
“The Help” (Touchstone) A DreamWorks Pictures Production, Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
“Hugo” (Paramount) A Paramount Pictures and GK Films Production, Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
“Midnight in Paris” (Sony Pictures Classics) A Pontchartrain Production, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
“Moneyball” (Sony Pictures Releasing) A Columbia Pictures Production, Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
“The Tree of Life” (Fox Searchlight) A River Road Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determined
“War Horse” (Touchstone) A DreamWorks Pictures Production, Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Directing

“The Artist” (The Weinstein Company) Michel Hazanavicius
“The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight) Alexander Payne
“Hugo” (Paramount) Martin Scorsese
“Midnight in Paris” (Sony Pictures Classics) Woody Allen
“The Tree of Life” (Fox Searchlight) Terrence Malick

Actor in a Leading Role

Demián Bichir in “A Better Life” (Summit Entertainment)
George Clooney in “The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight)
Jean Dujardin in “The Artist” (The Weinstein Company)
Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (Focus Features)
Brad Pitt in “Moneyball” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn” (The Weinstein Company)
Jonah Hill in “Moneyball” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Nick Nolte in “Warrior” (Lionsgate)
Christopher Plummer in “Beginners” (Focus Features)
Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (Warner Bros.)

Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs” (Roadside Attractions)
Viola Davis in “The Help” (Touchstone)
Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” (The Weinstein Company)
Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn” (The Weinstein Company)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist” (The Weinstein Company)
Jessica Chastain in “The Help” (Touchstone)
Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids” (Universal)
Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs” (Roadside Attractions)
Octavia Spencer in “The Help” (Touchstone)
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Australian Academy Of Cinema Names First International Awards Nominees

Mike Fleming

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television, which previously honored Aussie productions, has launched five new award categories that will recognize international product in Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress. In other words, the Aussies are going Hollywood. The nominees were announced tonight by Jacki Weaver, the Aussie actress who was Oscar nominated for Animal Kingdom. I am not sure how these will factor into the Oscar conversation, but here are the nominees:

INAUGURAL AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS NOMINEES

BEST FILM

The Artist – Thomas Langmann (The Weinstein Company)

The Descendants - Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Hugo – Graham King, Tim Headington, Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp (Paramount Pictures)

The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver (Columbia Pictures)

Margin Call - Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto (Roadside Attractions)

Melancholia – Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth (Magnolia Pictures)

Midnight In Paris – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Jaume Roures (Sony Pictures Classics)

Moneyball - Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt (Columbia Pictures)

The Tree of Life – Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner, Sarah Green (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Jennifer Fox, Luc Roeg, Bob Salerno (Oscilloscope Pictures)
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HAMMOND: Tough Economic Times Make Nostalgic Films Hottest Bets For Oscar

By | Saturday January 7, 2012 @ 10:43am PST
Pete Hammond

It wasn’t that long ago that the top pictures being talked up during awards season all had do with war, murders, corporate baddies, ruthless oil barons, criminals, the disconnect between people, and well, just our basic bummerness. Recent Best Picture winners like The Hurt Locker, The Departed, No Country For Old Men, Crash, Slumdog Millionaire and nominees like There Will Be Blood, Babel, Michael Clayton and The Reader among many others exploring our darkest moments seemed to be what the Academy — and the public for that matter — wanted in their entertainment.

But then bad economic times hit, really bad times, and the result seems to have spawned a different kind of top Oscar contender. Last year was the turning point as a more traditional period film that promoted a better view of ourselves handily defeated a more cynical movie that defines our times. In the battle of The King’s Speech vs. The Social Network, good old fashioned entertainment won out over edgy and complex, if superlative, filmmaking.

This year, at the top of most pundits lists we are seeing a return to the kinds of movies that might have worked in the Great Depression of the 1930s, when pure entertainment ruled the roost and Shirley Temple and Astaire and Rogers were must-sees. With frontrunners and early award magnets like the Weinstein Co’s black-and-white silent film The Artist, Martin Scorsese’s love letter to the earliest days of the movies in Paramount’s Hugo, Woody Allen’s nostalgic and romantic Midnight In Paris from Sony Classics, and the Weinstein’s glistening film-about-the-making-of-a-film My Week With Marilyn (just longlisted for a leading 16 BAFTA awards), it is a different kind of race entirely. These are the favorites in many categories, while darker fare struggles to compete on the same level. It’s as if people are trying to use movies again for escape from the harsh realities of living in this modern, difficult world. Read More »

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Martin Scorsese To Receive BAFTA Fellowship For Contribution To Film

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 3:27am PST

In a busy awards season for Martin Scorsese, the director will be presented with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ highest honor, the Academy Fellowship. Scorsese will receive the prize February 12 at the main BAFTA awards ceremony. Already finding favor with critics groups this season for Hugo, Scorsese is receiving global honors like the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Music+Film Award and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s American Riviera Award. The full BAFTA press release is below: Read More »

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Post-Production Chaos In France Spurs Damage Control To Stem Losses

By | Thursday December 22, 2011 @ 10:13am PST

With a large portion of Paris’ post-production facilities facing liquidation, French film body the CNC today expanded a task force to help stem potential losses. The difficulties at Tarak Ben Ammar’s Quinta Industries, which notably includes lab LTC and visual effects specialist Duran Duboi, have led some producers and distributors to fear for projects they have underway at the companies. I reported last week that copies of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo had recently been held hostage at LTC when workers protested the liquidation. This week, technical industry lobby group FICAM laid out a list of 36 films whose future it said was endangered by the financial turmoil. The org feared creditors would seize servers at Quinta’s labs, resulting in the loss of film sequences and millions of euros worth of work. FICAM’s report included Fidélité’s big budget Asterix And Obelix 3D: God Save Britannia whose effects were being handled by Duran Duboi. But ahead of the crisis meeting, producer Marc Missonnier told me the film was not at risk. “We have a copy of all of the rushes,” he said adding that the extra costs incurred will be “absorbable.” Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval, who is handling sales on Asterix, played down the issue when I spoke with him. The flurry of French press and TV reports claiming the film could be in trouble “gave me like 700,000 euros worth of free publicity,” he said. Maraval also confirmed The Artist star Jean … Read More »

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‘Hugo’ & ‘The Artist’ Lead Critics Choice Movie Award Nominations With 11 Each

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 3:00am PST
Pete Hammond

Two movies dealing with the earliest days of the film industry, Martin Scorcese’s Hugo from GK Films/Paramount and the black-and-white silent The Artist from The Weinstein Company, both scored a near-record 11 nominations each today in the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards. Both earned Best Picture, directing and writing nods, along with a boatload of technical nominations. The French sensation The Artist also scored two major acting mentions for lead actor Jean Dujardin and supporting actress Berenice Bejo. As for Scorsese, in addition to his producing and directing nods for Hugo, his George Harrison: Living In The Material World for HBO is up for feature documentary. And he also will receive the 2nd annual Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award.

The Critics Choice Movie Awards are January 12, airing live from the Hollywood Palladium on VH1. The diverse list of nominations released today falls in line with other critics groups in spreading the wealth, indicating no slam-dunk frontrunner in what remains a wide open race and unpredictable lineup of films. The early September release Drive had a surprisingly strong showing with 8 nominations including picture and director (Nicolas Winding Refn) and acting nods for star Ryan Gosling and supporting actor Albert Brooks. The FilmDistrict noirish thriller has been a critical favorite but was only a modest box office performer. DreamWorks’ smash August entry The Help also received 8 nominations. In addition to a Best Picture nod, half of the honors were in the acting categories including lead Viola Davis, supporting contenders Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain, and Acting Ensemble. Read More »

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ Held Hostage In Paris Over The Weekend

By | Monday December 12, 2011 @ 8:30am PST

Live in France long enough and one can become inured to the strikes and social movements that, for good or bad, happen with regularity. But, this weekend a relatively small protest particularly stood out when Martin Scorsese’s Hugo was held hostage by labor issues. On Friday, workers at the LTC post-production labs just outside Paris went on strike to protest the possible liquidation of the company. In so doing, they also blocked access to about 140 copies of Scorsese’s movie and planned to do so all weekend. Hugo opens in France on Wednesday this week on just under 700 screens, according to Metropolitan Filmexport president Victor Hadida. Hadida tells Deadline that the copies in question were 35mm and in 2D (the rest of the copies are going out in digital 3D). Attempts by Metro to get them extricated from the lab were unsuccessful. So, says Hadida, an alternative solution was needed, stat. Read More »

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