"Abduction," "Zookeeper" Among Movies That Want to Have Oscar Glory! See Complete List From A to Z! 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that there are two hundred sixty-five feature films eligible for the 2011 Academy Awards. And boy oh boy, the list is interesting. From "Abduction" to "Zookeeper" and everything in between, pretty much any film that opened in a movie theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, is eligible. Under Academy rules, each film must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

So "Shark Night 3D" is definitely eligible!

Here's the full list of productions eligible for the 84th Academy Awards:


Taylor Lautner. Lily Collins. Alfred Molina. Jason Isaacs. Maria Bello. Sigourney Weaver. Denzel Whitaker. Michael Nyqvist. Jake Andolina. Oriah Acima Andrews. Ken Arnold. Steve Blass. Derek Burnell. Ben Cain. Holly Scott Cavanaugh. Radick Cembrzynski. Richard Cetrone. Mike Clark. Jack Erdie. Rita Gregory. Tim Griffin. Nathan Hollabaugh. Mike Lee. James Liebro. Frank Lloyd. Christopher Mahoney. Emily Peachey. William Peltz. Elisabeth Rohm. Nickola Shreli. Victor Slezak. Antonique Smith. Roger Guenveur Smith. Adam Stanley. Art Terry. Ilia Volok. Cherokee Walker. Allen Williamson.

Matt Damon. Emily Blunt. Anthony Mackie. John Slattery. Michael Kelly. Terence Stamp. Donnie Keshawarz. Anthony Ruivivar. David Bishins. Lisa Thoreson. Florence Kastriner. Phyllis McBryde. Natalie E. Carter. Chuck Scarborough. Jon Stewart. Capt. Gregory P. Hitchen. Darrell James LeNormand. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Kar. RJ Konner. Susan D. Michaels. Gregory Lay. Lauren Hodges. James Carville. Mary Matalin. Amanda Mason Warren. Sandhi Santini. Laurie Dawn. Christine Lucas. Betty Liu. Jim Edward Gately. Don Hewitt, Sr.. Venida Evans. Kyoko Bruguera. David Gregoire. Julie Hays. Fabrizio Brienza. Kate Nowlin. Rob Yang. Jennifer Ehle. Johnny Cicco. Pedro Pascal. Michael Boyne. Sarah Bradford. Pete Epstein. Brian Haley. Kirsty Meares. Laura Kenley. Jessica Lee Keller. Kieran Campion.

Jamie Bell. Andy Serkis. Daniel Craig. Nick Frost. Simon Pegg. Toby Jones. Mackenzie Crook. Daniel Mays. Gad Elmaleh. Joe Starr. Enn Reitel. Tony Curran. Sonje Fortag. Cary Elwes. Phillip Rhys. Ron Bottitta. Mark Ivanir. Nathan Meister. Sebastian Roche. Kim Stengel. Mohamed Ibrahim. Sana Etoile.


Glenn Close. Mia Wasikowska. Aaron Johnson. Janet McTeer. Pauline Collins. Brenda Fricker. Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Brendan Gleeson. Maria Doyle Kennedy. Antonia Campbell Hughes. Mark Williams. James Greene. Bronagh Gallagher. John Light. Serena Brabazon. Michael McElhatton. Dolores Mullally. Bonnie McCormack. Phyllida Law. Kenneth Collard. Judy Donovan. Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Emerald Fennell. Daniel Costello. Angeline Ball. Philip O'Sullivan. Katie Long. Katie O'Brien. Mark Doherty. Rhys Burke. Lauren Kinsella. Katie Ann McDonough. Kathleen Warner Yates. Cate Mac Gabhann. Antoinette Healy. Annie Starke. Cathy White. Malcolm Blacow. Lily Melcher. Lucie Melcher. Raul Riva.

ANIMATION VOICEOVERS. Miroslav Krobot. Marie Ludvikova. Karel Roden. Leos Noha. Alois Svehlik. Tereza Voriskova. Jan Sedal. Miloslav Marsalek. Jiri Strebl. Marek Daniel. Klara Meliskova. Jan Vondracek. Karel Zima. Thomas Zielinski. Martin Mysicka. Marek Pospichal. Ondrej Maly. Simona Babcakova. Ivan Trojan. Vaclav Neuzil. Jan Holik. Tobias Jirous. Lenka Zogatova. Jan Nebesky. David Svehlik. Tomas Bambusek. Krystof Plasil. Marek Matejka. Lukas Kral. Stanislav Majer. Jan Jankovsky. Krystof Rimsky. Zuzana Stavna. Ondrej Jezek. Jan Zalud. Martin Bohadlo. Mardi. Pavel Turek. Miroslav Sedlbauer. Tomas Dianiska. Frantisek Kriz. Stepanka Ludvikova.

Jason Lee. David Cross. Jenny Slate. Justin Long. Matthew Gray Gubler. Jesse McCartney. Amy Poehler. Anna Faris. Christina Applegate. Alan Tudyk. Michael Northey. Sophia Aguiar. Lauren Gottlieb. Tera Perez. Andy Buckley. Chad Krowchuk. Luisa D'Oliveira. Tucker Albrizzi. Nelson Wong. Michael Karman. Amber-Rochelle DeMarco. Marcela Caceres. Natalie Sutcliffe. Ian Harmon. Phyllis Smith. Read More...

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Here's "The Dark Knight Rises" Trailer We've All Been Waiting For! 
I love "The Dark Knight" series and I have much respect for Christopher Nolan as a storyteller, so I'm looking forward to seeing the third and final chapter. This trailer was attached to the large format theaters (not IMAX) screenings of "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" and now, without further adieu, behold the new trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises." One minor wish, can we have more Catwoman in the next incarnations of the trailer...please?

Here's more on "The Dark Knight Rises" from Yahoo:

As Batman deals with his new status as a wanted vigilante, he must also contend with two new enemies, Bane and Catwoman.

Genres: Adaptation, Action/Adventure, Crime/Gangster and Sequel
Release Date: July 20th, 2012 (wide)
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Cast and Credits
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Produced by: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Charles Roven

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39 Original Songs Fight for Oscar Glory! Is Your Favorite on the List? 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the thirty-nine songs eligible for nominations in the Original Song category.

How do the songs qualify? In order to be eligible, "a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits." Hence, we hear most of the original songs during the first part of the closing credits.

So here's what's coming up next: On Thursday, January 5, the voting members of the Music Branch will see clips featuring each song, in random order. Right after the screenings, members will vote using a point system of voting. The average score is 8.25 and if there's no song that achieved that score, then there will be no nominees in the category. A maximum of two songs may be nominated from one movie.

We'll find out which of the songs below will be the final nominees when the nominations are announced live on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 a.m. PT.

And of course, the Oscars will be on Sunday, February 26.

The thirty-nine original songs vying for the Oscars are (in alphabetical order):

"The World I Knew" from "African Cats"
"Lay Your Head Down" from "Albert Nobbs"
"Star Spangled Man" from "Captain America: The First Avenger"
"Collision of Worlds" from "Cars 2"
"Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu" from "DAM999"
"DAM999 Theme Song" from "DAM999"
"Mujhe Chod Ke" from "DAM999"
"Rainbird" from "Dirty Girl"
"Keep On Walking" from "The First Grader"
"Where the River Goes" from "Footloose"
"Hello Hello" from "Gnomeo & Juliet"
"Love Builds a Garden" from "Gnomeo & Juliet"
"Bridge of Light" from "Happy Feet Two"
"The Mighty Sven" from "Happy Feet Two"
"Never Be Daunted" from "happythankyoumoreplease"
"Hell and Back" from "Hell and Back Again"
"The Living Proof" from "The Help"
"Coeur Volant" from "Hugo"
"It's How We Play" from "I Don't Know How She Does It"
"When the Heart Dies" from "In the Land of Blood and Honey"
"Ja Nao Estar" from "José and Pilar"
"The Keeper" from "Machine Gun Preacher"
"Life's a Happy Song" from "The Muppets"
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets"
"Pictures in My Head" from "The Muppets"
"Summer Song" from "The Music Never Stopped"
"Imaginary Friends" from "Olive"
"Sparkling Day" from "One Day"
"Taking You with Me" from "Our Idiot Brother"
"The Greatest Song I Ever Heard" from "POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold"
"Hot Wings" from "Rio"
"Let Me Take You to Rio" from "Rio"
"Real in Rio" from "Rio"
"Shelter" from "Take Shelter"
"Gathering Stories" from "We Bought a Zoo"
"Pop" from "White Irish Drinkers"
"Think You Can Wait" from "Win Win"
"The Backson Song" from "Winnie the Pooh"
"So Long" from "Winnie the Pooh"

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Chicago Film Critics Climb "The Tree of Life!" Check Out Complete List of Winners!  

Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" topped the nominations of the Chicago Film Critics Association's awards so it's just fitting that the movie led the winners, receiving 4 awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain, and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki's work.

The Best Actor trophy went to Michael Shannon for "Take Shelter," while Michelle Williams received the Best Actress award for "My Week with Marilyn."

Here's the complete list of nominees and highlighted winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominations from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

The Artist
The Descendants
The Tree of Life

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne – The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive
Martin Scorsese – Hugo

George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Michael Shannon – Take Shelter

Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia
Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Anna Paquin – Margaret
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Albert Brooks – Drive

Nick Nolte – Warrior
Patton Oswalt – Young Adult
Brad Pitt – The Tree of Life
Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Carey Mulligan – Shame
Octavia Spencer – The Help
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Martha Marcy May Marlene – Sean Durkin
Midnight In Paris – Woody Allen
A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick

The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Drive – Hossein Amini
Hugo – John Logan
Moneyball – Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Puss In Boots
Winnie the Pooh

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Interrupters
Into the Abyss
Project Nim

In a Better World
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Drive – Newton Thomas Sigel
Hugo – Robert Richardson
Melancholia – Manuel Alberto Claro
The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse – Janusz Kaminski

The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Drive – Cliff Martinez
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Hanna – The Chemical Brothers
Hugo – Howard Shore

Liana Liberato – Trust
Brit Marling – Another Earth
Hunter McCracken – The Tree of Life
Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants

J.C. Chandor – Margin Call
Simon Curtis – My Week With Marilyn
Drake Doremus – Like Crazy
Sean Durkin – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Tate Taylor – The Help

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"Drive," "The Descendants" Lead Satellite Awards Winners 

The International Press Academy has announced the winners of the 16th Annual Satellite Awards and Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" and Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" triumphed!

"Drive" took home the most wins, four total, including Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor, Nicholas Winding Refn for Best Director, and the film also won Best Editing.

But "The Descendants" received the big honor of the night, the Best Picture award, and the film also won Best Adapted Screenplay.

It's interesting that the IPA honored Gosling for Best Actor and Viola Davis for Best Actress -- both are not considered Oscar frontrunners, but gave the performances of their lives nonetheless.

The 16th Annual Satellite Awards™ were held Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in the Rodeo Ballroom of The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Here's the complete list of nominees and highlighted winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominations from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Best Picture:
The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
Midnight in Paris
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
War Horse

Best Actor:
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo diCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Ryan Gosling, Drive
Tom Hardy, Warrior
Woody Harrelson, Rampart
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress:
Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Emily Watson, Oranges and Sunshine
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Michelle Yeoh, The Lady

Best Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Colin Farrell, Horrible Bosses
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Christoph Waltz, Carnage
Hugo Weaving, Oranges and Sunshine

Best Supporting Actress:
Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life

Elle Fanning, Super 8
Lisa Feret, Mozart's Sister
Judy Greer, The Descendants
Rachel McAdams, Midnight in Paris
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Carey Mulligan, Shame
Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Director:
Tomas Alfredson, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
John Michael McDonagh, The Guard
Steve McQueen, Shame
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Steven Spielberg, War Horse
Tate Taylor, The Help

Best Foreign Film:
The Kid With The Bike
Las Acadias
Le Havre
Miss Bala
Mozart's Sister
Mysteries of Lisbon
A Separation
13 Assassins
The Turin Horse

Best Animated or Mixed Media Film:
The Adventures of Tintin
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Muppets
Puss In Boots

Best Documentary:
American: The Bill Hicks Story
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Interrupters
My Perestroika
One Lucky Elephant
Project Nim
Under FIre: Journalists in Combat

Best Original Screenplay:
Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur
Rene Feret, Mozart's Sister
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
John Michael McDonagh, The Guard
Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan, Shame

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Steven Moffat and Joe Cornish & Edgar Wright, The Adventures of Tintin
Glenn Close and John Banville, Albert Nobbs
Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
Tate Taylor, The Help
Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, War Horse

Best Original Score:
Soul Surfer

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Super 8
Water For Elephants
War Horse

Best Original Song:
"Bridge of Light" (Happy Feet 2)
"Gathering Stories" (We Bought a Zoo)
"Hello Hello" (Gnomeo and Juliet)
"Lay Your Head Down" (Albert Nobbs)
"Life is a Happy Song" (The Muppets)
"Man or Muppet" (The Muppets)

Best Cinematography:
War Horse
The Tree of Life
The Artist

Best Visual Effects:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Film Editing:
The Guard

War Horse
The Descendants

Best Sound:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Super 8
The Tree of Life
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Art Direction:
The Artist
Mysteries of Lisbon
Water For Elephants

Best Costume Design:
Mysteries of Lisbon
The Artist
Jane Eyre
Water For Elephants

Mary Pickford Award
For Outstanding Artistic Contribution To The Entertainment Industry
Mitzi Gaynor

Nikola Tesla Award
In Recognition Of Visionary Achievement In Filmmaking Technology
Douglas Trumbull

Auteur Award
Peter Bogdanovich

Humanitarian Award
Tim Hetherington (1970-2011)

Best Ensemble, Motion Picture
The Help Dreamworks/Touchstone

Best First Feature
Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur Strand Releasing

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