Visual Storytellers! Nominations for 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers 


Roger Deakins (pictured), who beautifully shot "True Grit" for the Coen brothers, received his ninth nomination from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). Deakins will be competing with Matthew Libatique ("Black Swan"), Wally Pfister ("Inception"), Danny Cohen ("The King's Speech"), and Jeff Cronenweth ("The Social Network").

Deakins won ASC awards for 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption" and 2001's "The Man Who Wasn't There" but he has not won an Oscar yet. He was previously nominated for an ASC award for the following films: "Fargo" (1997), "Kundun" (1998), "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2001), "No Country for Old Men" (2008), "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2008), "Revolutionary Road" (2009) and "The Reader" (2009).

Deakins will also be honored as the recipient of the ASC's 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cohen, Cronenweth and Libatique are all first-time nominees but this is the third nomination for Pfister who previously received nods for "Batman Begins" (2006) and "The Dark Knight" (2009).

According to Awards Committee Chairman Richard Crudo, the five nominees have set the standard for today's cinematography. “Although they were nominated for a variety of films, they share the common denominator of extraordinary talent and good taste. Just their mere presence on set would elevate any production” Crudo says.

The winner of the 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards will be announced on February 13.

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Trent Reznor Returns to David Fincher's Loving Arms for "Dragon Tattoo" 


Trent Reznor, together with Atticus Ross, made beautiful music together for director David Fincher's "The Social Network." Now, they're getting ready to hit the perfect beat again for the director's version of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

And reports reveal that the Nine Inch Nails frontman and Ross are two months into the composition process.

But Reznor and Ross are not the only ones from "The Social Network" to work with Fincher again. Rooney Mara, who was so memorable as the jilted girlfriend of Mark Zuckerberg, will play the juicy lead role of Lisbeth Salander, played by Noomi Rapace in the original Swedish version.

Completing the cast is Daniel Craig as Stellan Skarsgard. Robin Wright and Christopher Plummer will also join the ensemble. Sony Pictures will release "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on December 21, 2011 just in time for the awards season.

Will we get "The Social Network" vibe part two?

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Vancouver Film Critics Ride "The Social Network" Bandwagon, Check Out Complete List of Winners! 


David Fincher's "The Social Network" was the big winner at the Vancouver Film Critics' Circle winning three trophies including Best Film, Best Director for Fincher, and Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.

In the Canadian film categories, "Incendies" won Best Canadian Film, Best Director for Denis Villeneuve, and Best Actress for Lubna Azabal. I'm glad that Delphine Chaneac won Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film for "Splice." (Check out my interview with Delphine Chaneac for "Splice" right here)

Here's the complete list of winners (bolded) and nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

BEST FILM
The Social Network

True Grit
Black Swan

BEST ACTOR
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

James Franco, 127 Hours
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

BEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

BEST DIRECTOR
David Fincher, The Social Network

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Exit Through the Gift Shop

Inside Job
Waiting for “Superman”

BEST SCREENPLAY
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit
Christopher Nolan, Inception
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

BEST CANADIAN FILM
Incendies

Last Train Home
Trigger

BEST ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version

Paul J. Spence, Fubar II
Jay Baruchel, The Trotsky

BEST ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Lubna Azabal, Incendies

Molly Parker, Trigger
Tracy Wright, Trigger

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Jay Brazeau, Fathers & Sons
Maxim Gaudette, Incendies
Dustin Hoffman, Barney’s Version

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Delphine Chaneac, Splice

Minnie Driver, Barney’s Version
Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin, Incendies

BEST DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN FILM
Denis Côté, Curling
Bruce MacDonald, Trigger
Denis Villeneuve, Incendies

BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM
Fathers & Sons

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie
Mighty Jerome

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Carlos (France/Germany)

The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina/Spain)
Mother (Korea)
Un Prophète / A Prophet (France/Italy)

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE FILM INDUSTRY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Chris Haddock


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"Alice in Wonderland" Among Oscar Best Make-Up Shortlist 


The Academy's make-up branch has released its shortlist for Oscar Best Make-Up category. And the seven films in the shortlist are (alphabetical):

"Alice in Wonderland"
"Barney's Version"
"The Fighter"
"Jonah Hex"
"True Grit"
"The Way Back"
"The Wolfman"

Members of the Academy's make-up branch will watch 10-minute excerpts of each film on January 22. Then, they will nominate three films for final consideration. You wanna bet that the three films will be "Alice," "The Fighter," and "True Grit?" We're hoping one will be "Jonah Hex," just kidding.

Oscar nominations will be announced on January 25.

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Directors Guild of America Nominations! Missing? The Coen Brothers! 


Taylor Hackford, the President of the Directors Guild of America, has announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010.

Hackford noted that "2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the DGA, making the celebration of this year's five nominees especially meaningful."

Missing from the nominees were the Coen brothers who gave us the fantastic "True Grit." But have no fear, the Coens have won the DGA Award already (2007's "No Country for Old Men").

We will know who will emerge victorious at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29.

And the nominees are (in alphabetical order):
SOURCE: DGA.ORG

*** DARREN ARONOFSKY
Black Swan
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Aronofsky's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Roth
First Assistant Director: Joseph Reidy
Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
Second Second Assistant Director: Travis Rehwaldt
Location Manager: Ronnie Kupferwasser
This is Mr. Aronofsky's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.

*** DAVID FINCHER
The Social Network
(Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Fincher's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: JoAnn Perritano
First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
Second Second Assistant Director: Maileen Williams

This is Mr. Fincher's second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008. He previously won the DGA Commercial Award for Speed Chain (Nike), Gamebreakers (Nikegridiron.com), and Beauty for Sale (Xelibri Phones) in 2003 and was nominated in that category again in 2008.

*** TOM HOOPER
The King's Speech
(The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Hooper's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Erica Bensly
First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison
Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

This is Mr. Hooper's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

*** CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
Inception
(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Nolan's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Jan Foster
First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin
Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik
Additional Second Assistant Director: Lauren Pasternack

This is Mr. Nolan's third DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for The Dark Knight in 2008 and for Memento in 2001.

*** DAVID O. RUSSELL
The Fighter
(Paramount Pictures and The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Russell's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Mark Kamine
First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
Second Second Assistant Director: Timothy Blockburger

This is Mr. Russell's first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

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