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"Tower Heist," Vin Diesel Receive NAACP Image Awards Nominations! See the Complete, Somewhat Entertaining, Somewhat Surprising Nominations!  

When we think of "Tower Heist," we never associate the film as one of the best of 2011 right? Granted, I enjoyed Eddie Murphy in the film, but that's about it. The comedian is nominated as one of the Outstanding Actors of the Year, but so was Vin Diesel for "Fast Five." Yup, great acting there!

But of course the NAACP also gave love to the deserving "The Help," "The First Grader," and "Pariah." But mix those three with "Tower Heist" and another Best Picture nominee, "Jumping the Broom," and this award category just doesn't make any sense!

Let's see if they will at least pick the deserving winners at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards live telecast on NBC on Friday, February 17.

So without further adieu, here is the complete list of nominees (to see winners/nominees of other award giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)


Outstanding Motion Picture

“Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
“Pariah” (Focus Features)
“The First Grader” (National Geographic
“The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/
Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
“Tower Heist” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Eddie Murphy – “Tower Heist”
(Universal Pictures)
Laurence Fishburne – “Contagion”
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Laz Alonso – “Jumping the Broom”
(TriStar Pictures)
Oliver Litondo – “The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
Vin Diesel – “Fast Five” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Adepero Oduye – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Emma Stone – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Paula Patton – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Viola Davis – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Zoë Saldana – “Colombiana” (TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Anthony Mackie – “The Adjustment Bureau” (Universal Pictures)
Charles Parnell – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Don Cheadle – “The Guard” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Jeffrey Wright – “The Ides of March” (Columbia Pictures)
Mike Epps – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Bryce Dallas Howard – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Cicely Tyson – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Kim Wayans – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Maya Rudolph – “Bridesmaids” (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“I Will Follow” (AFFRM)
“Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
“MOOZ-lum” (AFFRM)
“Pariah” (Focus Features)
“The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
“A Separation” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Attack the Block” (Screen Gems)
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” (FilmDistrict)
“Le Havre” (Janus Films)
“Life, Above All” (Sony Pictures Classics)


Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical or Television)

“Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” (Submarine Deluxe)
“Sing Your Song” (HBO Documentary Films)
“The Rescuers” (Michael King Productions)
“Thunder Soul” (Roadside Attractions)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Arthur Harris – “Reed Between the Lines” – Let’s Talk About Ms. Helen’s Son Part 1 (BET)
Prentice Penny – “Happy Endings” – The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil – “The Game” – Parachutes….Beach Chairs (BET)
Vali Chandrasekaran – “30 Rock” – It’s Never Too Late For Now (NBC)
Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio – “Wizards of Waverly Place” – Wizards vs. Angels (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker – “SouthLAnd” – Punching Water (TNT)
Janine Sherman Barrois – “Criminal Minds” – The Bittersweet Science (CBS)
Lolis Eric Elie – “Treme” – Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues? (HBO)
Pam Veasey – “Ringer” – Oh Gawd, There’s Two of Them? (The CW)
Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – I Will Survive (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown – “Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
Ann Peacock – “The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
Dee Rees – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Tate Taylor – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Jay Chandrasekhar – “Happy Endings” – The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Kevin Hooks – “Drop Dead Diva” – Mother’s Day (Lifetime)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. – “Rules of Engagement” – The Set Up (CBS)
Miguel Arteta – “How to Make It in America” – Mofongo (HBO)
Salim Akil – “The Game” – Parachutes/Beach Chairs (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Ernest Dickerson – “Treme” – Do Watcha Wanna (HBO)
Ken Whittingham – “Parenthood” – Opening Night (NBC)
Kevin Sullivan – “NCIS” – Tell-All (CBS)
Paris Barclay – “Sons of Anarchy” – Out (FX Network)
Seith Mann – “Dexter” – Get Gellar (Showtime)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown – “Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
Angelina Jolie – “In the Land of Blood and Honey” (FilmDistrict)
Dee Rees – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Salim Akil – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Tate Taylor – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)


Outstanding Comedy Series
“Love That Girl!” (TV One)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Reed Between the Lines” (BET)
“The Game” (BET)
“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Dulé Hill – “Psych” (USA Network)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner – “Reed Between the Lines” (BET)
Phil Morris – “Love That Girl!” (TV One)
Pooch Hall – “The Game” (BET)
Terry Crews – “Are We There Yet?” (TBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tatyana Ali – “Love That Girl!” (TV One)
Tia Mowry-Hardrict – “The Game” (BET)
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Reed Between the Lines” (BET)
Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Craig Robinson – “The Office” (NBC)
Damon Wayans, Jr. – “Happy Endings” (ABC)
J.B. Smoove – “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
Nick Cannon – “Up All Night” (NBC)
Tracy Morgan – “30 Rock” (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Amber Riley – “Glee” (FOX)
Gabourey Sidibe – “The Big C” (Showtime)
Keshia Knight Pulliam – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
Maya Rudolph – “Up All Night” (NBC)
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“Treme” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braugher – “Men of A Certain Age” (TNT)
Hill Harper – “CSI: NY” (CBS)
L.L. Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
Taye Diggs – “Private Practice” (ABC)
Wendell Pierce – “Treme” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Khandi Alexander – “Treme” (HBO)
Regina King – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)
Sandra Oh – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Taraji P. Henson – “Person of Interest” (CBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Corey Reynolds – “The Closer” (TNT)
Ice T – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)
James Pickens, Jr. – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Nelsan Ellis – “True Blood” (HBO)
Omar Epps – “House M.D.” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alfre Woodard – “Memphis Beat” (TNT)
Anika Noni Rose – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Diahann Carroll – “White Collar” (USA Network)
Loretta Devine – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Five” (Lifetime Movie Network)
“Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith” (ABC)
“Luther” (BBC America)
“The Least Among You” (Showtime)
“Thurgood” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Esai Morales – “We Have Your Husband” (Lifetime)
Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)
Laurence Fishburne – “Thurgood” (HBO)
Louis Gossett, Jr. – “The Least Among You” (Showtime)
Samuel L. Jackson – “The Sunset Limited ” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose – “Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith” (ABC)
Jenifer Lewis – “Five” (Lifetime Movie Network)
Rosario Dawson – “Five” (Lifetime Movie Network)
Taraji P. Henson – “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” (Lifetime)
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Five” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
Bryton James – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Emerson Brooks – “All My Children” (ABC)
James Reynolds – “Days of Our Lives” (NBC)
Texas Battle – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Christel Khalil – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Julia Pace Mitchell – “The Young & the Restless” (CBS)
Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Tonya Lee Williams – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Yvette Freeman – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)
“BET News Exclusive: The President Answers Black America” (BET)
“Judge Mathis” (Syndicated)
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)
“Unsung” (TV One)
“Washington Watch with Roland Martin” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
“Anderson” (Syndicated)
“Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
“The Doctors” (Syndicated)
“The View” (ABC)
“The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Series
“All-American Muslim” (TLC)
“American Idol” (FOX)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Sunday Best” (BET)
“Tia & Tamera” (Style Network)

Outstanding Variety Series or Special
“2011 BET Awards” (BET)
“Black Girls Rock!” (BET)
“Oprah Presents: Master Class” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
“Prince! Behind the Symbol” (The Africa Channel)
“UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Chaka Khan” (BET)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel)
“Dora The Explorer” (Nickelodeon)
“Go, Diego! Go!” (Nickelodeon)
“I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View” (HBO)
“My Family Tree” (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special)
China Anne McClain – “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel)
Keke Palmer – “True Jackson, VP” (Nickelodeon)
Lance Robertson – “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nickelodeon)
Leon Thomas III – “Victorious” (Nickelodeon)
Zendaya Coleman – “Shake It Up” (Disney Channel)

Deadline via Indiewire

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"The Artist," "We Need to Talk About Kevin" Win Big at 32nd London Film Critics' Circle! See Full Winners List! 

The London Film Critics' Circle has announced the winners of their annual awards. Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" took home the Best Film of the Year at the 32nd London Film Critics' Circle Awards. Lynne Ramsay's "We Need to Talk About Kevin" won the British Film of the Year Award.

In the acting categories, Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") won Best Actor, Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Anna Paquin ("Margaret") tied for the Best Actress prize, Kenneth Branagh ("My Week With Marilyn") won Best Supporting Actor, and Sareh Bayat won Best Supporting Actress for "A Separation," which also won Best Foreign Film and part of the Critics' Circle Top 10 Best Films of 2011.

Here's the complete list of winners (for the nominees, click here):

• The Artist (Entertainment)

The Attenborough Award: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
• We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)

• A Separation (Artificial Eye)

• Senna (Universal)

• Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist (Entertainment)

• Asghar Farhadi - A Separation (Artificial Eye)

• Andrew Haigh - Weekend (Peccadillo)

• Jean Dujardin - The Artist (Entertainment)

• Anna Paquin - Margaret (Fox)
• Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé)

• Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn (Entertainment)

• Sareh Bayat - A Separation (Artificial Eye)

• Michael Fassbender - A Dangerous Method (Lionsgate), Shame (Momentum)

• Olivia Colman - The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé), Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)

• Craig Roberts - Submarine (StudioCanal)

• Maria Djurkovic, production design - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

The Dilys Powell Award: EXCELLENCE IN FILM
• Nicolas Roeg


1. The Artist
2. A Separation
3. Drive
4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. The Tree of Life
6. We Need to Talk About Kevin
7. Melancholia
8. Shame
9. Margaret
10. The Descendants

VIA Indiewire

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Sam Worthington Talks About Being Hungover on a Saturday Morning! Check Out My Tease, Full Interview Coming Up! 
I'm such a big tease, so I want to share with you what's coming up on

First, my full interviews with the cast of "The Grey" including Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, James Badge Dale, Dallas Roberts, and director Joe Carnahan. Here's a little tease for 'ya, Mister Dermot seemed to had a great time with my interview :wink

And my BFF, Mister Sam Worthington, gave me love! He said he's a fan for I made him laugh...awwwwww

I sat down with the actor for "Man On A Ledge," so you will be able to see my full interview with him, plus Elizabeth Banks, Edward Burns, Anthony Mackie, Jamie Bell, and the hot Genesis Rodriguez!

Check out my little tease with Sam Worthington, where he said he's in great spirits for he was hungover on a Saturday morning, and I said, me too! :wink

Oooh, and check it out! I"m Manny on a Ledge! I'm about to jump!!!!

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Cinema Audio Society Loves "Super 8," "Pirates of the Caribbean," and Even Lady Gaga! Check Out Complete List of Nominees! 

The Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for the 48th Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2011 in four categories.

In the Motion Pictures category, "Hanna," "Hugo," "Moneyball," "Pirates of teh Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and "Super 8" were deemed the 2011 movies with excellent sound mixing.

Winners will be announced at the 48th Annual CAS Awards on February 18th and it will be a sealed envelope dinner. Director Rob Mashall is set to receive the CAS Filmmaker Award that night.

Here's the complete list of CAS Awards nominees for all categories (For all the other winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Motion Pictures:


Production Mixer:
Roland Winke
Re-recording Mixers:
Christopher Scarabosio
Craig Berkey, CAS
Scoring Mixer:
Andrew Dudman


Production Mixer:
John Midgley
Re-recording Mixer:
Tom Fleischman, CAS
Scoring Mixer:
Simon Rhodes


Production Mixer:
Ed Novick
Re-recording Mixers:
Deb Adair, CAS
Ron Bochar, CAS
David Giammarco
Scoring Mixer:
Brad Haenel

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Production Mixer:
Lee Orloff, CAS
Re-recording Mixers:
Paul Massey, CAS
Chris Boyes
Scoring Mixer:
Alan Meyerson

Super 8

Production Mixer:
Mark Ulano, CAS
Re-recording Mixers:
Tom Johnson
Andy Nelson
Anna Behlmer
Scoring Mixer:
Dan Wallin

Television Movies and Mini-Series:

Cinema Verite

Production Mixer:
Petur Hliddal
Re-recording Mixers:
Lora Hirschberg
Scott Lewis
Douglas Murray
Scoring Mixer:
Greg Townley


Production Mixer:
Shane Connelly
Re-recording Mixers:
Mark Hensley
Tamara Johnson, CAS

The Kennedys: Hour 7

Production Mixer:
Henry Embry, CAS
Re-recording Mixer:
Frank Morrone, CAS
Stephen Traub
Scoring Mixer:
Larold Rebhun

Mildred Pierce : Part 5

Production Mixer:
Drew Kunin
Re-recording Mixer:
Leslie Shatz
Scoring Mixer:
Todd Whitelock

Too Big to Fail

Production Mixer:
James J. Sabat, CAS
Re-recording Mixers:
Chris Jenkins
Robert J. Beemer, CAS
Scoring Mixer:
Chris Fogel

Television Series:

Boardwalk Empire – To The Lost

Production Mixer:
Franklin D. Stettner, CAS
Re-recording Mixers:
Tom Fleischman, CAS

Breaking Bad – Face Off

Production Mixer:
Darryl L. Frank, CAS
Re-recording Mixers:
Jeffery Perkins
Eric Justen

Dexter – Just Let Go

Production Mixer:
Greg Agalsoff
Re-recording Mixers:
Pete Elia, CAS
Kevin Roache, CAS

Game of Thrones – Baelor

Production Mixer:
Ronan Hill
Re-recording Mixers:
Mark Taylor
Doug Andham, CAS

The Walking Dead – What Lies Ahead

Production Mixer:
Bartek Swiatek, CAS
Re-recording Mixers:
Gary D. Rogers, CAS
Daniel J. Hiland, CAS

Television – Non-Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials:

American Experience – Triangle Fire

Production Mixer:
G. John Garrett, CAS
Production Mixer:
Rick Angelella
Production Mixer:
Everett Wong
Re-recording Mixer:
Coll Anderson

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Production Sound:
Mark Maloof
Re-recording Mixer:
Bill Marino

Deadliest Catch: New Blood

Re-recording Mixer:
Bob Bronow, CAS

Great Performances At The Met: Nixon in China

Re-recording Mixer:
Ken Hahn, CAS
Music Mixer:
Jay Saks

Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour

Production Mixer:
John Harris
Re-recording Mixer:
Brian Riordan, CAS

The Nominees for the Cinema Audio Society Technical Awards for 2011 are:


Calrec Apollo Broadcast Mixing Console (software release 1.6 and later)

Movie Slate Sound Dept. Plugin by Pureblend Software

Remote Audio Meon LiFe

Yamaha 01V96i Digital Mixer

Zaxcom Nomad Production Sound System


Avid Pro Tools 10

Avid Eucon Protocol Version 2.6.2

Dolby Media Meter 2

Izotope Ozone 5 Advanced

Meyer Sound Acheron Designer Screen Channel Loudspeaker

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