"The Help" Dominates SAG Awards, "Boardwalk Empire" and "Modern Family" Triumph! Check Out Complete Winners List! 


"The Help" just received more help from the Screen Actors Guild, propelling the Oscar-nominated flick on top of the heap. Viola Davis took home the Best Actress trophy while Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress award. "The Help" also received the Best Acting Ensemble award at the 18th Annual SAG Awards.

It's a fitting recognition for a film that has a stronger cast rather than a powerful script or direction. When I first saw the film, my complaint was the by-the-numbers script, but I praised the acting ensemble for they rose above and beyond the screenplay.

Meanwhile, Jean Dujardin of "The Artist" surprised everyone by winning the Best Actor award. I honestly thought that George Clooney from "The Descendants" would win the trophy, but alas. This just made the Best Actor Oscar category totally unpredictable!

And I love that Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor award for "Beginners." He will win the same category on Oscar night.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards (to see winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
*WINNER Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role
*WINNER Octavia Spencer, The Help

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series
*WINNER Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
*WINNER Betty White, Hot In Cleveland

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
*WINNER Modern Family
The Office

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, The Lost Valentine
*WINNER Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
*WINNER Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
James Woods, Too Big to Fail

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
*WINNER Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margules, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams, Suits
*WINNER Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series
*WINNER Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad
Dexter
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role
George Clooney, The Descendants
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
*WINNER Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
*WINNER Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
Bridesmaids
The Artist
The Descendants
*WINNER The Help
Midnight in Paris

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
The Adjustment Bureau
Cowboys & Aliens
*WINNER Harry Potter and the Deahtly Hallows: Part II
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series
Dexter
*WINNER Game of Thrones
Southland
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
True Blood

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"The Grey" Takes Big Box-Office Bite with $20 Million Opening! 


We love Liam Neeson saving the world, and we love watching him do so in the cold days of winter! We followed him in "Taken" and "Unknown," which were both released in the January-February window, and now, we love him in "The Grey," where Neeson is back saving the world only this time, he's fighting really mean wolves!

RELATED POSTS:

"The Grey" movie review
"The Grey" interviews with Liam Neeson, director Joe Carnahan, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Frank Grillo, and James Badge Dale

"The Grey" opened above expectations with $20 million, thereby cementing Neeson as our favorite action star du jour!

At No. 2 was last weekend's box-office champ, the fourth film in the "Underworld" franchise. "Underworld: Awakening" sold $12.5 million of box-office tickets and has made $45.1 million so far.

But the not-that-good "One for the Money" starring Katherine Heigl and based on the book by Janet Evanovich also surprised as the film debuted at No. 3 with $11.8 million. (See my "One for the Money" interview with Daniel Sunjata and Jason O'Mara right here)

Executive Producer George Lucas' "Red Tails" about the Tuskegee Airmen landed at No. 4 with with $10.4 million. (Check out my interview with Terrence Howard for "Red Tails" right here)

"Man on a Ledge," starring my BFF, Sam Worthington, did not fare as well. The unabashedly popcorn thriller, which scored a B+ grade with Cinemascore, only opened with $8.3 million and opening at No. 5.

RELATED POSTS:

"Man on a Ledge" movie review

For my interview with Sam Worthington for MAN ON A LEDGE, click here and here

For my interview with Elizabeth Banks, click here

With Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez, click here

With Edward Burns, click here

And with Anthony Mackie, click here

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Jan. 27, 2012:

1. "The Grey," $20 million
2. "Underworld: Awakening," $12.5 million
3. "One for the Money," $11.8 million
4. "Red Tails," $10.4 million
5. "Man on a Ledge," $8.3 million
6. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," $7.1 million
7. "The Descendants," $6.6 million

8. "Contraband," $6.5 million
9. "Beauty and the Beast," $5.3 million
10. "Haywire," $4 million

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Anything is Possible Through Love! John Goodman Talks About Oscar Front Runner "The Artist!" 


"The Artist" is unstoppable this awards season! And yes, it's going to win Best Picture Oscar, so watch the film right now! My favorite movie of 2011, was a silent film that has a lot to say! And our friend, John Goodman, stars as the uber-producer Al Zimmer. In the film, he shepherded Peppy Miller's character (Berenice Bejo) while unwittingly ruining George Valentin's (Jean Dujardin).

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How did he get attracted to working on "The Artist?"
*** Did he channel Harvey Weinstein for the character of Al Zimmer? HA!
*** The production process of making "The Artist"
*** At the heart of "The Artist," is the unwillingness of Valentin (Dujardin) to work in talkies

Have Fun!



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TOP 10 BEST MOVIES OF 2011
Berenice Bejo Talks About "THE ARTIST"
James Cromwell Talks About "THE ARTIST"

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Terrence Howard Talks About "Red Tails" 


Terrence Howard stars as Col. A.J. Bullard in "Red Tails" from executive producer George Lucas. The film's commendable subject is the Tuskegee Airmen, and Howard was more than game to help Lucas and company bring this film into fruition.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted him to RED TAILS?
*** When he first heard that George Lucas was making RED TAILS what did he think?
*** Working with first-time feature film director Anthony Hemingway
*** Meeting one of the real-life Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Roscoe Brown

HAVE FUN!



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Michel Hazanavicius Wins 2012 DGA Award for "The Artist!" Check Complete List of Winners! 


Michel Hazanavicius was the big winner at the 64th annual Directors Guild of America Awards. The director of the fantastic black-and-white silent film "The Artist" took home the award for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film category. Jon Cassar of "The Kennedys" received the 2012 DGA Award for the category of Movies for Television and Mini-Series.

Hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the DGA also honored Ed Sherin with the 2012 Honorary Life Member Award, Katy Garretson with the 2012 Frank Capra Achievement Award, and Dennis Mazzocco with the 2012 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award.

It is now safe to bet that Hazanavicius will win the Best Director Award Oscar!

Here's the complete list of winners and nominees of the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards (to check winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
*WINNER Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
David Fincher, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
*WINNER Jon Cassar, The Kennedys (Reelz Channel)

Jeff Bleckner, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Beyond The Blackboard (CBS)
Stephen Gyllenhaal, Girl Fight (Lifetime)
Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Spheeris, Alicia Keys, Patty Jenkins Five (Lifetime)
Michael Stevens, Thurgood (HBO)

DRAMATIC SERIES
*WINNER Patty Jenkins, The Killing, “Pilot” (AMC)

Michael Cuesta, Homeland, “Pilot” (Showtime)
Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad, “Face Off” (AMC)
Tim Van Patten, Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming” (Pilot) (HBO)
Michael Waxman, Friday Night Lights, “Always” (NBC)

COMEDY SERIES
*WINNER Robert B. Weide, Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Palestinian Chicken” (HBO)

Fred Savage, Modern Family, “After the Fire” (ABC)
Don Scardino, 30 Rock, “Double-Edged Sword” (NBC)
Michael Spiller, Modern Family, “Express Christmas” (ABC)
David Steinberg, Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Divorce” (HBO)

MUSICAL VARIETY
*WINNER Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Louis J. Horvitz, The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live With Host Justin Timberlake (NBC)
Don Mischer, 83rd Annual Academy Awards (ABC)
Chuck O'Neil, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

REALITY PROGRAMS
*WINNER Neil P. Degroot, Biggest Loser, “Episode #1115” (NBC)

Eytan Keller, The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, “Next Iron Chef Episode” (Food Network)
Brian Smith, Master Chef, “Episode #201” (FOX)
J. Rupert Thompson, Fear Factor 2.0, “Scorpion Tales” (NBC)
Bertram Van Munster, The Amazing Race, “You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win?” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY FILM
*WINNER James Marsh, Project Nim

Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Steve James,The Interrupters
Richard Press, Bill Cunningham New York
Martin Scorsese, George Harrison: Living in the Material World

COMMERCIALS
* WINNER Noam Murro (Biscuit Filmworks)

Handle Bar Moustache, Heineken Premium Light- Wieden & Kennedy/NY
· Unit Production Manager: James Powell Veal
· First Assistant Director: Tommy Gormley
· Second Assistant Director: Ian Robert Calip
· Second Second Assistant Director: Michael King

Hot House, DirecTV – Grey/NY
· Unit Production Manager: James Powell Veal
· First Assistant Director: Scott C. Harris
· Second Assistant Director: Mark R. Robinson
· Second Second Assistant Director: Brady Sloan

Pinata, Volkswagen Tiguan – Deutsch/LA
· Unit Production Manager: James Powell Veal
· First Assistant Director: Scott M. Metcalfe
· Second Assistant Director: Ty Arnold

Is It Real?, EA Battlefield 3 - Wieden & Kennedy/Portland
· First Assistant Director: Michael David Salven
· Second Assistant Director: Erv E. Gentry
· Second Second Assistant Director: Eric Schneider
Lance Acord (Park Pictures)
The Force, VW Passat – Deutsch LA
· First Assistant Director: Thomas Smith
· Second Assistant Director: Rob Kay

Paint the Town, NIKE Basketball – Wieden & Kennedy/Portland
· First Assistant Director: John Lowe
· Second Assistant Director: Stanley Wiencko
· Second Second Assistant Director: John Scott Wilson

Sweetest Moment, NBA – Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
· First Assistant Director: Mike Saffie
· Second Assistant Directors: Sam Alvelo, Marcin Borkowski

The Chosen, NIKE - 72andSunny
· First Assistant Directors: Howell Caldwell, John Lowe
· Second Assistant Directors: Ben Randolph, Bob King, Stanley Wiencko
· DGA Trainee: Gabriel Blom

Dante Ariola (MJZ)

Parallels, Jim Beam – Strawberry Frog
· Unit Production Managers: Natalie Hill, Brady Vant Hull
· First Assistant Director: David Dean
· Second Assistant Director: Carl Jackson
· Second Second Assitant Directors: Vincent Terrazzino, Gail Shand

Black Betty, Volkswagen – Deutsch/LA
· Unit Production Manager: Natalie Hill
· First Assistant Director: David Dean
· Second Assistant Director: Carl Jackson

Gas Powered Everything, Nissan Leaf – TBWA Chiat Day
· Unit Production Manager: Brady Vant Hull
· First Assistant Director: David Dean
· Second Assistant Director: Carl Jackson
Fredrik Bond (MJZ)
Date, Heineken - Wieden & Kennedy/Amsterdam
· First Assistant Director: William Booker

The Entrance, Heineken - Wieden & Kennedy/Amsterdam
Steve Miller (@radical.media)

Pommel Horse, Dos Equis – Euro RSCG Worldwide/NY
· First Assistant Director: John Churchill
· Second Assistant Directors: Frank Tignini, Trevor Tavares
· Second Second Assistant Director: Gavin Kleintop

Speed Dating, Dos Equis - Euro RSCG Worldwide/NY
· First Assistant Director: John Churchill
· Second Assistant Directors: Frank Tignini, Trevor Tavares
· Second Second Assistant Director: Gavin Kleintop

Pygmy, Dos Equis – Euro RSCG Worldwide/NY
· First Assistant Director: John Churchill
· Second Assistant Directors: Frank Tignini, Trevor Tavares
· Second Second Assistant Director: Gavin Kleintop

Guinea Pigs, Geico – Martin Agency
· First Assistant Director: John Churchill
· Second Assistant Director: Trevor Tavares

Sushi, Geico – Martin Agency
· First Assistant Director: John Churchill
· Second Assistant Director: Trevor Tavares

Fort, Cheetos – Goodby Silverstein and Partners
· First Assistant Director: Michael Salven
· Second Assistant Director: Robert Kay

Parking Lot, Ortega – Grey Worldwide
· First Assistant Director: Michael Salven
· Second Assistant Director: Robert Kay

DAYTIME SERIALS
*WINNER William Ludel, General Hospital, “Intervention” (ABC)

Larry Carpenter, One Life to Live, “Episode #10917” (ABC)
Casey Childs, All My Children, “Episode #10712” (ABC)
Mike Denney, The Young and the Restless, “Episode #9710” (CBS)
Scott McKinsey, General Hospital, “Episode #12364” (ABC)
Cynthia J. Popp, The Bold and the Beautiful, “Episode #6057” (CBS)
Angela Tessinari, All My Children, “Episode #10704” (ABC)

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
*WINNER Amy Schatz, A Child’s Garden of Poetry (HBO)

John Fortenberry, Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred (Nickelodeon)
Jeffrey Hornaday, Geek Charming (Disney Channel)
Michael Lembeck, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (Disney Channel)
Patricia Riggen, Lemonade Mouth (Disney Channel)
Damon Santostefano, Best Player (Nickelodeon)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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