13TH ANNUAL CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS -- WHO RECEIVED THE MOST NOMINATIONS? 


I'm a proud voting member of the Critics' Choice Awards. It's the award-giving sector of the Broadcast Film Critics Association .

The ceremony will be hosted by actor and comedian D.L. Hughley. VH1 will broadcast this year’s ceremony Live at 9:00 PM (ET/PT).

SO DON'T MISS THIS ONE! WATCH THE CEREMONY TO FIND OUT WHO WILL WIN THE FABULOUS CRITICS' CHOICE! IT'S A GREAT (AND MORE ACCURATE) PRE-CURSOR TO THE OSCARS!


"Into the Wild" leads the pack with 7 nominations including Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, and Writer. The film also received a nomination for Best Song with Eddie Vedder's "Guaranteed."

Tying with 5 nominations a piece are: "Atonement," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men," "Sweeney Todd," and "Hairspray."

Here's the complete list of the nominees, and TIVO THE SHOW NOW OR ELSE!!!!

NOMINEES FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS


BEST PICTURE:
American Gangster
Atonement
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Into the Wild
Juno
The Kite Runner
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
Sweeney Todd
There Will Be Blood

BEST ACTOR:


George Clooney – Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
Ryan Gosling – Lars and the Real Girl
Emile Hirsch – Into the Wild
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

BEST ACTRESS:

Amy Adams – Enchanted
Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie – Away From Her
Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
Ellen Page – Juno

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War
Hal Holbrook – Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson – Michael Clayton

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
Catherine Keener – Into the Wild
Vanessa Redgrave – Atonement
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE:

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Gone Baby Gone
Hairspray
Juno
No Country for Old Men
Sweeney Todd

BEST DIRECTOR:


Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Sidney Lumet – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Sean Penn – Into the Wild
Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joe Wright – Atonement

BEST WRITER:


Diablo Cody – Juno
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton
Nancy Oliver – Lars and the Real Girl
Sean Penn – Into the Wild
Aaron Sorkin – Charlie Wilson’s War

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

Bee Movie
Beowulf
Persepolis
Ratatouille
The Simpsons Movie

BEST YOUNG ACTOR:


Michael Cera – Juno
Michael Cera – Superbad
Freddie Highmore – August Rush
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada – The Kite Runner
Edward Sanders – Sweeney Todd

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS:

Nikki Blonsky – Hairspray
Dakota Blue Richards – The Golden Compass
AnnaSophia Robb – Bridge to Terabithia
Saoirse Ronan – Atonement

BEST COMEDY MOVIE:

Dan in Real Life
Hairspray
Juno
Knocked Up
Superbad

BEST FAMILY FILM (LIVE ACTION):

August Rush
Enchanted
The Golden Compass
Hairspray
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
The Company
Tin Man
The War

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
La Vie en Rose
Lust, Caution
The Orphanage

BEST SONG:


Come So Far – Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley – Hairspray
Do You Feel Me – Anthony Hamilton – American Gangster
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Once
Guaranteed – Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild
That’s How You Know – Amy Adams – Enchanted

BEST COMPOSER:

Marco Beltrami – 3:10 to Yuma
Alexandre Desplat – Lust, Caution
Clint Eastwood – Grace Is Gone
Jonny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood
Dario Marianelli – Atonement
Alan Menken – Enchanted

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

Darfur Now
In the Shadow of the Moon
The King of Kong
No End In Sight
Sharkwater
Sicko

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ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN" 


"No Country for Old Men" was the big winner for the New York Film Critics Circle awards!

This is more in-step with my favorites except for a few categories, specially Foreign Film ("The Lives of Others" -- wasn't that released, nominated, and won an Oscar for last year?)

Here's the list of the winners!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!!

NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS:

BEST PICTURE
"No Country for Old Men"

ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"

ACTRESS
Julie Christie, "Away from Her"

DIRECTOR
Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"

SCREENPLAY
Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Robert Elswit, "There Will Be Blood"

FOREIGN FILM
"The Lives of Others"

ANIMATED FILM
"Persepolis"

FIRST FILM
Sarah Polley, "Away from Her"

DOCUMENTARY
"No End in Sight"

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Sidney Lumet

SPECIAL CRITICS' AWARD
Charles Burnett, "Killer of Sheep"

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"BEOWULF" DRINKING GAME!!! 


Okay, after all these Oscar posts, let's drink!

Here's what I propose for a fun, drinking game when "Beowulf" comes to DVD. And it involves his over-delivery of the line, "I AM BEOWULF."

1) Gather around with your friends, and bring your favorite alcohol of choice. Imbibe, imbibe!

2) Watch the movie.

3) Then, drink a shot every time you hear Beowulf say, "I AM BEOWULF."

I guarantee you'll be as drunk as Beowulf and his party-heart men when the film ends.

Just don't let Angelina Jolie's crazy momma character and her creature of a son, Grendel, come to your party!

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WHAT I THINK OF "SWEENEY TODD" AND "CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR" 
Okay, I promised both Paramount studios ("Sweeney Todd) and Universal Pictures ("Charlie Wilson's War") not to release film reviews of their flicks prior to their opening dates (both are opening Dec. 21st).

But here's my quick, don't-blink-or-you'll-miss it, points of view...



I was one of the folks who's been championing this Broadway-to-film adaptation. I saw the musical last year with the great Patti Lupone as Mrs. Lovett.

The film version, is a bit...underwhelming. Will I be crucified by Broadway purists if I say, "SOMETIMES...THE MUSIC GETS IN THE WAY?"

I have a feeling that the film would have been better if Tim Burton and company adapted the original 1973 Christopher Bond play.

Johnny Depp did a splendid job singing, although his character was one-dimensional (revenge, revenge), but Helena Bonham Carter mesmerizes as Mrs. Lovett.

Here's my prediction, Burton, Depp, and Broadway fans will eat this up, shepherd's pie and all!



I love the cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman steals the show!

I also enjoyed the thesis of the movie, taken directly from the explosive book by George Crile.

In the end, you'll see this message, "we f***ed up the end game."

We helped the Afghan folks from the Soviets but we didn't end it well.

I wished Julia Roberts' role is much bigger though, but Tom Hanks is superb as always!

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UPDATE -- MORE NEW FAVORITE FILMS OF 2007...SO FAR!!!! 


I've been busy watching movies after movies after movies! It's cramming session time, and I need to watch as much awards-worthy flick before the year ends, so I'm informed when making my Oscar predictions, or choosing the Critics Choice awards (NOMINATIONS WILL GO OUT DEC. 11TH).

For a complete list of my favorite films of 2007 so far, click here.

Last week, I watched two wonderful films that truly inspired me, and one of them made me cry buckets!

Here are two new additions to my list:

"THE KITE RUNNER" -- A reader named Lindsey sent me this last week:

"Where's The Kite Runner on your list? This screenplay adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel is definitely worthy of Oscar buzz."

I stand corrected Miss Lindsey, I did enjoy "The Kite Runner." There were times I felt the film was rushed, and there's a little melodramatic twist towards the end, BUT NO MATTER -- "The Kite Runner" is blessed with having two great child actors (AHMAD KHAN MAHMIDZADA AND ZEKERIA EBRAHIMI), and the back story of Hassan will really break your heart! I also enjoyed the kite scenes (the swooping cinematography by Roberto Schaeffer), and after watching the flick, I read the last few pages of the book (written by Khaled Hossein) aloud, and it tore my heart away.

"LARS AND THE REAL GIRL" -- The premise is off-putting -- A man buys a sex doll for companion. But get past that, and you will see Ryan Gosling's brilliant performance as a guy, who momentarily suffers delusion, and sees a sex doll as a romantic companion. I also love how a small, tight-knit, religious community gathers together in support of Lars. This is the kind of religious folks I'd hang out with!

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