Ron Clements, John Musker Talk About Their Golden Globes Nomination for "The Princess and the Frog" 


"The Princess and the Frog" received a Golden Globes nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. Ron Clements and John Musker, filmmakers of the Walt Disney Pictures flick, say:

"It has been a great year for feature animation which has demonstrated the breadth of the medium. We are very proud to have our hand-drawn "Princess and the Frog" honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association alongside such exceptional films."

- Ron Clements & John Musker

*** THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS AT DISNEY FOR THIS QUOTE

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Henry Selick, Bill Mechanic of "Coraline" Issue Golden Globes Statements! 


CORALINE was nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Animated Feature Film) this morning. Below are statements from the filmmakers regarding the nomination.

"This Golden Globe nomination is sweet validation for the years of hard work it took to bring Coraline to life using stop-motion animation with the greatest crew of animators, artists, and technicians I've ever been privileged to work with. I share this nomination with all of them and we all share our thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press."

- Henry Selick, director/screenwriter and producer (Best Animated Feature Film) for CORALINE



"It is a very pleasant surprise and honor for our movie to be recognized with this nomination. The hundreds of artists who worked so hard and for so long on Coraline all share in the joy."

- Bill Mechanic, producer (Best Animated Feature Film) for CORALINE

*** THANKS TO MY FOCUS FRIENDS FOR THESE QUOTES

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Michael Stuhlbarg Talks About His Golden Globes Nomination for Best Actor! 


Michael Stuhlbarg was nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Actor Comedy or Musical) this morning for his performance in Joel & Ethan Coens' A SERIOUS MAN.

Below is a statement from Michael regarding his nomination:

"A huge thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, I am truly humbled and grateful. This whole ride has been such an unbelievable blessing, I am honored to share this with the Coen Brothers and the rest of the A SERIOUS MAN family."

-Michael Stuhlbarg (Best Actor Comedy or Musical) for A SERIOUS MAN

THANKS TO MY FRIENDS AT FOCUS FOR THIS QUOTE!

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"Up in the Air," "Nine" Lead Golden Globes Film Nominations 


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced its nominations this morning for the 67th annual Golden Globes Awards. "Up in the Air" received six nominations including Best Picture, Drama, while "Nine" received five noms including Best Picture, Comedy (huh? "Nine" is definitely NOT a comedy!).

"Avatar," "Inglourious Basterds," "The Hurt Locker," and "Precious" are also Best Picture, Drama contenders, while "(500) Days of Summer," "The Hangover," "It's Complicated," "Julie and Julia" complete the Best Picture, Comedy list.

Sandra Bullock received two acting nominations. One for drama for "The Blind Side" and one for comedy for "The Proposal." She's really having a terrific year!

Meryl Streep is also having a terrific year. She's a double contender for Best Actress, Comedy or Musical for "Julie and Julia" and "It's Complicated."

I enjoyed "Nine," but didn't love it, and I suspect many voters felt the same. The nominees from the film are certainly deserving especially Marion Cotillard (Best Actress, Comedy or Musical) and Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress, Comedy or Musical). In my review of "Nine" (check it out here), I singlehandedly talked about those two actresses amidst the sprawling ensemble -- they saved the film for me.

But with "Nine's" screenplay nor director Rob Marshall not nominated, I predict the film will just be a bridesmaid and never a bride.

Here's the complete list of the nominees of the 67th Annual Golden Globes:

FILM

BEST FEATURE - DRAMA

"Avatar"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Precious"
"Up in the Air"

BEST FEATURE - COMEDY
"(500) Days of Summer"
"The Hangover"
"It's Complicated"
"Julie & Julia"
"Nine"

ACTOR - DRAMA
Jeff Bridges - "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney - "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth - "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman - "Invictus"
Tobey Maguire - "Brothers"

ACTRESS - DRAMA
Emily Blunt - "The Young Victoria"
Sandra Bullock - "The Blind Side"
Helen Mirren - "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan - "An Education"
Gabourey Sidibe - "Precious"

ACTOR - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Matt Damon - "The Informant"
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Nine"
Robert Downey Jr. - "Sherlock Holmes"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - "500 Days of Summer"
Michael Stuhlbarg - "A Serious Man"

ACTRESS - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Sandra Bullock - "The Proposal"
Marion Cotillard - "Nine"
Julia Roberts,"Duplicity"
Meryl Streep - "It's Complicated"
Meryl Streep - "Julie & Julia"

DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE
Kathryn Bigelow - "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron - "Avatar"
Clint Eastwood - "Invictus"
Jason Reitman - "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Matt Damon - "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson - "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer - "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci - "The Lovely Bones"
Christopher Waltz - "Inglourious Basterds"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz - "Nine"
Vera Farmiga - "Up in the Air"
Anna Kendrick - "Up in the Air"
Mo'Nique - "Precious"
Julianne Moore - "A Single Man"

SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - "District 9"
Mark Boal - "The Hurt Locker"
Nancy Meyers - "It's Complicated"
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner - "Up In The Air"
Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Baaria" (Italy) - Medusa Film; Summit Entertainment
"Broken Embraces" (Spain) - El Deseo SA; Sony Pictures Classics
"The Maid" (Chile) - Forastero; Elephant Eye Films
"A Prophet" (France) - Chic Films; Sony Pictures Classics
"The White Ribbon" (Germany) - Wega Films; Sony Pictures Classics

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
"Coraline"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Princess and the Frog"
"Up"

BEST SCORE
Michael Giacchino - "Up"
Marvin Hamlisch - "The Informant!"
James Horner - "Avatar"
Abel Korzeniowski - "A Single Man"
Karen O, Carter Burwell - "Where The Wild Things Are"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Cinema Italiano" from "Nine" - Music & Lyrics by: Maury Yeston
"I Want to Come Home" from "Everybody's Fine" - Music & Lyrics by: Paul McCartney
"I Will See You" from "Avatar" - Music by: James Horner, Simon Franglen; Lyrics by: James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell
"The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart" - Music & Lyrics by: Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett
"Winter" from "Brothers" - Music by: U2; Lyrics by: Bono

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"The Hurt Locker" Invades New York Film Critics Circle 


Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" is the critics' favorite from coast to coast. Over the weekend, the LA Film Critics hailed the Iraq-war drama the Best Film of the year, and now, the New York Film Critics Circle gave "The Hurt Locker" the Best Picture award and Bigelow, the Best Director.

Meryl Streep won Best Actress for "Julie and Julia," while George Clooney won Best Actor for "Up in the Air" and his voice work for the animated "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

And the Best Supporting Acting categories are shaping up to be the most predictable ones. Mo'Nique won Best Supporting Actress for "Precious," while Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for "Inglourious Basterds."

The New York Observer film critic, Andrew Sarris, is receiving a Special Award.

Here are the winners of the 2009 New York Film Critics Circle Awards:

Best Picture "The Hurt Locker"

Best Director Kathryn Bigelow
"The Hurt Locker"

Best Screenplay "In The Loop"

Best Actress Meryl Streep
"Julie and Julia"

Best Actor George Clooney
"Up In The Air"/"Fantastic Mr. Fox"

Best Supporting Actress Mo'Nique
"Precious"

Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz
"Inglorious Basterds"

Best Cinematographer Christian Berger
"The White Ribbon"

Best Animated Film "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary) "Of Time and The City"

Best Foreign Film "Summer Hours"

Best First Film "Hunger"
Steve McQueen

Special Andrew Sarris

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