Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Makes the National Film Registry List 


Michael Jackson's 1983 video "Thriller" is among the 25 motion pictures that have been selected this year for preservation by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

The Hollywood Reporter tells us:

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. These films are not selected as the "best" American films of all time; rather, they are chosen as works of enduring importance to American culture.


So now, "Thriller" is one of the 525 films since the Registry's inception to be preserved and honored as a significant element of our history.

Here's the complete list of 2009 selections:

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Exiles (1961)
Heroes All (1920)
Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Jezebel (1938)
The Jungle (1967)
The Lead Shoes (1949)
Little Nemo (1911)
Mabel's Blunder (1914)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Precious Images (1986)
Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)
The Red Book (1994)
The Revenge of the Pancho Villa (1930-36)
Scratch and Crow (1995)
Stark Love (1927)
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
A Study in Reds (1932)
Thriller (1983)
Under Western Stars (1938)

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Marion Cotillard, Quentin Tarantino to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival 


The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard and Quentin Tarantino. Cotillard will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award while Tarantino will get the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.

The Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

For more info, visit the Palm Springs Film Festival site right here.

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Oklahoma Film Critics Love "The Hurt Locker" 


The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle picked Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War piece "The Hurt Locker" as Best Picture of 2009. Bigelow also took home the Best Director prize.

In the acting categories (it's beginning to look like a "repeat"), George Clooney for Best Actor ("Up in the Air"), Meryl Streep Best Actress ("Julie and Julia"), Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor ("Inglourious Basterds"), and Mo'Nique for Best Supporting Actress for "Precious."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2009 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Film of 2009
“The Hurt Locker”

Best 10 Films of 2009

1. “The Hurt Locker”
2. “Up in the Air”
3. “Inglourious Basterds”
4. “(500) Days of Summer”
5. “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
6. “A Serious Man”
7. “Up”
8. “District 9”
9. “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
10. “Avatar”

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Best First Feature

(tie) Neill Blomkamp, “District 9” & Marc Webb, “(500) Days of Summer”

Best Actress

Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Actor

George Clooney, “Up in the Air”

Best Supporting Actress

Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Screenplay (Original)

Scott Neustadtler & Michael H. Weber, “(500) Days of Summer”

Best Screenplay (Adaptation)

Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”

Best Documentary

“Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” directed by Sacha Gervasi

Best Foreign Film

“Coco Before Chanel,” directed by Anne Fontaine

Best Animated Film

“Fantastic Mr. Fox,” directed by Wes Anderson

Obviously Worst Film

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Not-So-Obviously Worst Film

“Amelia”

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Phoenix Film Critics Society Names "Inglourious Basterds" Top Film of 2009 


The Phoenix Film Critics Society has chosen Quentin Tarantino's revenge fantasy "Inglourious Basterds" the best film of the year! They also named Tarantino Best Director, his cast Best Ensemble, and Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor for his role as the "Jew Hunter" Hans Landa.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Picture

Inglourious Basterds

Top Ten Films of 2009 (in alphabetical order)

Avatar
District 9
(500) Days of Summer
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
Sherlock Holmes
Star Trek
Up
Up In The Air

Best Director

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role

George Clooney, Up In The Air

Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role

Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Mo’Nique, Precious

Best Acting Ensemble

The cast of Inglourious Basterds

Best screenplay written directly for the screen

Up

Best screenplay adapted from another medium

Up In The Air

Best Live Action Family Film

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Overlooked Film

Moon

Best Animated Film

Up

Best Foreign Language Film

Broken Embraces

Best Documentary

Capitalism: A Love Story

Best Original Song

“Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Best Original Score

Up

Best Cinematography

Avatar

Best Film Editing

Avatar

Best Production Design

Avatar

Best Costume Design

The Young Victoria

Best Visual Effects

Avatar

Best Stunts

Star Trek

Breakout on Camera

Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Breakout Behind the Camera

Neill Blomkamp, District 9

Best Performance by a Youth – Male

Jae Head, The Blind Side

Best Performance by a Youth – Female

Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones

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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" the Best AND Worst of the Year? 


The people had spoken and they picked "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" as both the Best Action Movie of 2009 and the Worst Movie of the Year!

AOL's Moviefone has released its 2009 year-end movies poll and one thing is clear -- moviegoers, at least the ones voting on Moviefone, loved "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The vampire romance saga was chosen as the Best Movie of the Year.

But my favorite question? "How would you rate 2009 overall," to which the answer was a resounding "Eh!"

Check out the full results of the Moviefone poll below:

1. What was the best movie of the year?
'New Moon' - 41%
'Avatar' - 14%
'The Hangover' - 13%
'Star Trek' - 11%
'Up' - 9%
'Inglourious Basterds' - 9%
'Up in the Air' - 2%

2. What was the worst movie of the year?
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' - 24%
'Land of the Lost' - 23%
'Year One' - 21%
'Old Dogs' - 12%
'Bride Wars' - 11%
'Couples Retreat' - 6%

3. What was the best action movie?
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' - 24%
'Avatar' - 23%
'Star Trek' - 22%
'2012' - 13%
'District 9' - 11%
'Watchmen' - 5%

4. What was the best chick flick?
'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' - 52%
'The Proposal' - 21%
'He's Just Not That Into You' - 9%
'Julie & Julia' - 8%
'The Time Traveler's Wife' - 5%
'Confessions of a Shopaholic' - 4%

5. What was the funniest movie?
'The Hangover' - 52%
'The Proposal' - 18%
'Zombieland' - 12%
'I Love You, Man' - 9%
'Bruno' - 5%
'Funny People' - 3%

6. What was the best animated movie?
'Up' - 57%
'The Princess and the Frog' - 12%
'Monsters vs. Aliens' - 10%
'Coraline' - 9%
'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' - 6%
'Fantastic Mr. Fox' - 5%

7. What was the best horror movie?

'Paranormal Activity' - 42%
'Zombieland' - 20%
'Drag Me to Hell' - 16%
'Orphan' - 12%
'My Bloody Valentine 3D' - 8%

8. Who was the year's sexiest female star?
Megan Fox, 'Transformers' - 45%
Zoe Saldana, 'Star Trek' - 17%
Sandra Bullock, 'The Proposal' - 13%
Penelope Cruz, 'Nine' - 9%
Beyonce, 'Obsessed' - 7%
Jennifer Aniston, 'He's Just Not That Into You' - 6%

9. Who was the year's sexiest male star?
Robert Pattinson, 'New Moon' - 46%
Taylor Lautner, 'New Moon' - 20%
Johnny Depp, 'Public Enemies' - 15%
Bradley Cooper, 'The Hangover' - 7%
Sam Worthington, 'Avatar' - 6%
George Clooney, 'Up in the Air' - 5%

10. Which actor gave the best performance?
George Clooney, 'Up in the Air' - 29%
Morgan Freeman, 'Invictus' - 24%
Viggo Mortensen, 'The Road' - 16%
Matt Damon, 'The Informant!' - 15%
Daniel Day-Lewis, 'Nine' - 8%
Jeff Bridges, 'Crazy Heart' - 7%

11. Which actress gave the best performance?
Sandra Bullock, 'The Blind Side' - 44%
Meryl Streep, 'Julie & Julia' - 27%
Gabby Sidibe, 'Precious' - 12%
Penelope Cruz, 'Broken Embraces' - 6%
Vera Farmiga, 'Up in the Air' - 5%
Carey Mulligan, 'An Education' - 4%

12. Which actor gave the worst performance?
Jack Black, 'Year One' - 22%
Will Ferrell, 'Land of the Lost' - 21%
Steve Martin, 'The Pink Panther 2' - 17%
Nicolas Cage, 'Knowing' - 15%
Matthew McConaughey, 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' - 14%
Robin Williams, 'Old Dogs' - 9%

13. Which actress gave the worst performance?
Megan Fox, 'Transformers' - 31%
Beyonce, 'Obsessed' - 23%
Hilary Swank, 'Amelia' - 13%
Sandra Bullock, 'All About Steve' - 11%
Kate Hudson, 'Bride Wars' - 10%
Malin Akerman, 'Watchmen' - 9%

14. Who was the best scene stealer?
Anna Kendrick, 'Up in the Air' - 30%
Zach Galifianakis, 'The Hangover' - 23%
Christoph Waltz, 'Inglourious Basterds' - 13%
Mo'Nique, 'Precious' - 12%
Betty White, 'The Proposal' - 11%
The Demon, 'Paranormal Activity' - 9%

15. What was the most disappointing movie of the year?
'Bruno' - 29%
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' - 23%
'Terminator Salvation' - 14%
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' - 13%
'Watchmen' - 11%
'Where the Wild Things Are' - 9%

16. What was the best sleeper hit of the year?
'Paranormal Activity' - 23%
'District 9' - 22%
'(500) Days of Summer' - 21%
'Zombieland' - 14%
'Precious' - 13%
'The Hurt Locker' - 8%

17. Who was the male breakout star of the year?
Taylor Lautner, 'New Moon' - 53%
Zach Galifianakis, 'The Hangover' - 17%
Chris Pine, 'Star Trek' - 12%
Sam Worthington, 'Terminator Salvation' & 'Avatar' - 9%
Christoph Waltz, 'Inglourious Basterds' - 6%
Sharlto Copley, 'District 9' - 3%

18. Who was the female breakout star of the year?
Anna Kendrick, 'Up in the Air' - 36%
Zoe Saldana, 'Star Trek' & 'Avatar' - 30%
Gabby Sidibe, 'Precious' - 17%
Rachel Nichols, 'Star Trek' & 'GI Joe' - 7%
Isabel Lucas, 'Transformers' - 5%
Carey Mulligan, 'An Education' - 3%

19. How would you rate 2009 overall?
Eh - 47%
Awesome - 46%
Sucked - 7%

20. Which 2010 movie are you most excited to see?
'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' - 47%
'Iron Man 2' - 18%
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I' - 14%
'Alice in Wonderland' - 9%
'Toy Story 3' - 5%
'Robin Hood' - 2%
'Sex and the City 2' - 1%
'Tron' - 1%

SOURCE: MOVIEFONE

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