"The Master" Leads Chicago Film Critics Nominations 


Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" led the pack, scoring 10 nominations at the Chicago Film Critics Awards. Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" followed with 9 nods. Both movies will compete with Ben Affleck's "Argo," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," and Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" for the Best Picture of the Year.

Here's the complete list of nominees of the Chicago Film Critics Awards. For a full list of winners/nominees this Awards Season, click here:

BEST PICTURE
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lincoln
The Master
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck, Argo
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Master
Emily Blunt, Looper
Judi Dench, Skyfall
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino
Looper by Rian Johnson
The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty by Mark Boal

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Argo by Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
Lincoln by Tony Kushner
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Silver Linings Playbook by David O. Russell

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Amour
Holy Motors
The Intouchables
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Rust & Bone

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Central Park Five
The Invisible War
The Queen of Versailles
Searching For Sugar Man
West of Memphis

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Secret World of Arrietty
Wreck-It Ralph

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
Mihai Milaimare Jr., The Master
Roger Deakins, Skyfall
Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Jonny Greenwood, The Master
Alexandre Desplat, Moonrise Kingdom
Alexandre Desplat, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ART DIRECTION
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Lincoln
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom

BEST EDITING
Willian Goldenberg, Argo
Alexander Berner & Claus Wehlisch, Cloud Atlas
Leslie Jones & Peter McNulty, The Master
Stuart Baird, Skyfall
William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor, Zero Dark Thirty

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Samantha Barks, Les Miserables
Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Tom Holland, The Impossible
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods
Nicholas Jarecki, Arbitrage
Colin Trevorrow, Safety Not Guaranteed
Benz Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

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"Silver Linings Playbook" Wins Big at 17th Satellite Awards 


David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" danced atop the 17th Annual Satellite Awards winning Best Picture, Editing, Director, Actor (Bradley Cooper), and Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). In the supporting acting categories, Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables," while Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor for playing the big bad in "Skyfall."

Winners were announced Sunday, Dec. 16, at the InterContinental Hotel at Century City in Los Angeles.

Here's the complete winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 17th Annual Satellite Awards (for a complete list of Awards Season winners/nominees, click here):

Motion Picture
ARGO .
*** SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
LES MISÉRABLES
SKYFALL
MOONRISE KINGDOM
THE SESSIONS
LINCOLN DREAMWORKS/TOUCHSTONE
LIFE OF PI
ZERO DARK THIRTY

Director
*** DAVID O. RUSSELL -- SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
BEN AFFLECK -- ARGO
KIM KI-DUK -- PIETA DRAFTHOUSE FILMS
BEN LEWIN -- THE SESSIONS
STEVEN SPIELBERG -- LINCOLN
KATHRYN BIGELOW -- ZERO DARK THIRTY

Actress in a Motion Picture Name
*** JENNIFER LAWRENCE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
EMILIE DEQUENNE OUR CHILDREN
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY ANNA KARENINA
EMMANUELLE RIVA AMOUR
LAURA BIRN PURGE
LAURA LINNEY HYDE PARK ON HUDSON
JESSICA CHASTAIN ZERO DARK THIRTY

Actor in a Motion Picture
JOHN HAWKES THE SESSIONS
OMAR SY THE INTOUCHABLES
HUGH JACKMAN LES MISÉRABLES
JOAQUIN PHOENIX THE MASTER
DENZEL WASHINGTON FLIGHT
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS LINCOLN
*** BRADLEY COOPER SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Actress in a Supporting Role
AMY ADAMS THE MASTER
HELENE FLORENT CAFÉ DE FLORE
*** ANNE HATHAWAY LES MISÉRABLES
HELEN HUNT THE SESSIONS
JUDI DENCH SKYFALL
SAMANTHA BARKS LES MISERABLES

Actor in a Supporting Role
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN THE MASTER
ROBERT DE NIRO SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
JOHN GOODMAN FLIGHT
*** JAVIER BARDEM SKYFALL
TOMMY LEE JONES LINCOLN
EDDIE REDMAYNE LES MISÉRABLES

Motion Picture, International Film

AMOUR SONY PICTURES CLASSICS AUSTRIA
A ROYAL AFFAIR MAGNOLIA PICTURES DENMARK
*** THE INTOUCHABLES THE WEINSTEIN CO. FRANCE (tie)
OUR CHILDREN LE FILMS DU LOSANGE BELGIUM
KON-TIKI THE WEINSTEIN CO. NORWAY
*** PIETA DRAFTHOUSE FILMS SOUTH KOREA (tie)
BEYOND THE HILLS SUNDANCE SELECTS ROMANIA
WAR WITCH TRIBECA FILM CANADA
CAESAR MUST DIE ADOPT FILM ITALY

Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
PARANORMAN
WRECK-IT RALPH
*** RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
BRAVE
ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT
FRANKENWEENIE
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED

Motion Picture, Documentary
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE SUNDANCE SELECTS
THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH FIRST RUN FEATURES
THE GATEKEEPERS SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY SUNDANCE SELECTS
WEST OF MEMPHIS SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
*** CHASING ICE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT MUSIC BOX FILMS
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

Screenplay, Original
ERIC TOLEDANO, OLIVIER NAKACHE THE INTOUCHABLES THE WEINSTEIN CO.
JOHN GATINS FLIGHT PARAMOUNT PICTURES
KIM KI-DUK PIETA DRAFTHOUSE FILMS
ROMAN COPPOLA, WES ANDERSON MOONRISE KINGDOM FOCUS FEATURES
PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON THE MASTER THE WEINSTEIN CO.
*** MARK BOAL ZERO DARK THIRTY COLUMBIA PICTURES

Screenplay, Adapted
BEN LEWIN THE SESSIONS FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES (BASED ON DOCUMENTARY “BREATHING LESSONS: THE LIFE AND WORK OF MARK O’BRIEN” DIRECTED BY JESSICA YU)
TONY KUSHNER, JOHN LOGAN, PAUL WEBB LINCOLN DREAMWORKS/TOUCHSTONE (BASED ON “TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN” BY DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN)
CHRIS TERRIO ARGO WARNER BROS. (BASED ON “ESCAPE FROM TEHRAN” BY JOSHUAH BEARMAN)
TOM STOPPARD ANNA KARENINA FOCUS FEATURES (BASED ON THE NOVEL BY LEO TOLSTOY)
DAVID O. RUSSELL SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK THE WEINSTEIN CO. (BASED ON NOVEL BY MATTHEW QUICK)
*** DAVID MAGEE LIFE OF PI TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX (BASED ON THE NOVEL BY YANN MARTEL)

Original Score
*** ALEXANDRE DESPLAT ARGO WARNER BROS.
DARIO MARIANELLI ANNA KARENINA FOCUS FEATURES
THOMAS NEWMAN SKYFALL COLUMBIA PICTURES
JONNY GREENWOOD THE MASTER THE WEINSTEIN CO.
JOHN WILLIAMS LINCOLN DREAMWORKS/TOUCHSTONE
DAN ROMER, BENH ZEITLIN BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD/FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES

Original Song

LEARN ME RIGHT BIRDY BIRDY & MUMFORD AND SONS BRAVE
STILL ALIVE PAUL WILLIAMS PAUL WILLIAMS PAUL WILLIAMS: STILL ALIVE
SKYFALL ADELE ADELE ADKINS, PAUL EPWORTH SKYFALL
*** SUDDENLY HUGH JACKMAN ALAIN BOUBIL, HERBERT KRETZMER LES MISÉRABLES
FIRE IN THE BLOOD/SNAKE SONG EMMYLOU HARRIS EMMYLOU HARRIS, NICK CAVE, WARREN ELLIS LAWLESS LOVE ALWAYS COMES AS A SURPRISE PETER ASHER PETER ASHER & DAVE STEWART MADAGASCAR 3

Cinematography
BEN RICHARDSON BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD/FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
MIHAI MALAIMARE JR THE MASTER/THE WEINSTEIN CO.
JANUSZ KAMINSKI LINCOLN/DREAMWORKS/TOUCHSTONE
ROGER DEAKINS SKYFALL/COLUMBIA PICTURES
SEAMUS MCGARVEY ANNA KARENINA/FOCUS FEATURES
*** CLAUDIO MIRANDA LIFE OF PI/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

Visual Effects
STEVE BEGG, ARUNDI ASREGADOO, ANDREW WHITEHURST SKYFALL COLUMBIA PICTURES
RICHARD STAMMERS, CHARLEY HENLEY, MARTIN HILL PROMETHEUS TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
BILL WESTENHOFER LIFE OF PI TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
*** MICHAEL LANTIERI, KEVIN BAILLIE, RYAN TUDHOPE, JIM GIBBS FLIGHT PARAMOUNT PICTURES
DAN GLASS, GEOFFREY HANCOCK, STEPHANE CERETTI CLOUD ATLAS WARNER BROS.
CHRIS CORBOULD, PAUL FRANKLIN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES WARNER BROS.

Film Editing
LISA BROMWELL THE SESSIONS FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
JEREMIAH O’DRISCOLL FLIGHT PARAMOUNT PICTURES
DYLAN TICHENOR ZERO DARK THIRTY COLUMBIA PICTURES
ALEXANDER BERNER CLOUD ATLAS WARNER BROS
*** JAY CASSIDY SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK THE WEINSTEIN CO.
CHRIS DICKENS LES MISÉRABLES UNIVERSAL

Sound (Editing and Mixing)
DENNIS LEONARD FLIGHT PARAMOUNT PICTURES
*** JOHN WARHURST, LEE WALPOLE, SIMON HAYES LES MISÉRABLES UNIVERSAL
CRAIG HENIGHAN, CHRIS MUNRO SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN UNIVERSAL
BAARD H. INGEBRETSEN, TORMOD RINGES KON-TIKI THE WEINSTEIN CO.
DREW KUNIN, EUGENE GEARTY, PHILIP STOCKTON LIFE OF PI TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
VICTOR RAY ENNIS, ANN SCIBELLI, JOHN CUCCI, MARK P. STOECKINGER PROMETHEUS TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

Art Direction & Production Design
*** RICK CARTER, CURT BEECH, DAVID CRANK, LESLIE MCDONALD LINCOLN DREAMWORKS/TOUCHSTONE
NATHAN CROWLEY, KEVIN KAVANAUGH, JAMES HAMBIDGE, NAAMAN MARSHALL THE DARK KNIGHT RISES WARNER BROS.
NIELS SEJER A ROYAL AFFAIR MAGNOLIA PICTURES
DAVID CRANK, JACK FISK THE MASTER THE WEINSTEIN CO.
SARAH GREENWOOD, NIALL MORONEY, THOMAS BROWN, NICK GOTTSCHALK, TOM STILL ANNA KARENINA FOCUS FEATURES
EVE STEWART, ANNA LYNCH-ROBINSON LES MISÉRABLES UNIVERSAL

Costume Design
COLLEEN ATWOOD SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN UNIVERSAL
*** MANON RASMUSSEN A ROYAL AFFAIR MAGNOLIA PICTURES
CHRISTIAN GASC, VALERIE RANCHOUX FAREWELL, MY QUEEN COHEN MEDIA GROUP
JACQUELINE DURRAN ANNA KARENINA FOCUS FEATURES
KYM BARRETT, PIERRE-YVES GAYRAUD CLOUD ATLAS WARNER BROS
PACO DELGADO LES MISÉRABLES UNIVERSAL

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

MARY PICKFORD AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
TERENCE STAMP

NIKOLA TESLA AWARD IN RECOGNITION OF VISIONARY ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING TECHNOLOGY
WALTER MURCH

AUTEUR AWARD
PAUL WILLIAMS

HONORARY SATELLITE AWARD
BRUCE DAVISON

NEWCOMER AWARD
QUVENZHANE WALLIS BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

BEST ENSEMBLE, MOTION PICTURE
LES MISÉRABLES

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Precious! "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Breaks December Box-Office Records! 


Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" topped the box-office weekend with an $84.8 million opening, shattering the record-openings of the three previous "Lord of the Rings" films. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel, "The Hobbit" also broke December box-office records previously set by Will Smith's "I Am Legend" which opened with $77.2 million in 2007, and James Cameron's "Avatar" which debuted with $77 million.

Internationally, "The Hobbit" was also king with $138.2 million for a global total of $223 million. Some critics did not think "The Hobbit" was precious, but moviegoers gave the film an "A" CinemaScore which meant this "Hobbit" has long legs, or hairy feet. ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" movie review)

"Rise of the Guardians" followed at No. 2 with $7.4 million, "Lincoln" at No. 3 with $7.2 million, "Skyfall" at No. 4 with $7 million, and "Life of Pi" completed the Top 5 with $5.4 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Dec. 14th:

1. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” $84.8 million ($138.2 million international).

2. “Rise of the Guardians,” $7.4 million ($20.1 million international).

3. “Lincoln,” $7.2 million.

4. “Skyfall,” $7 million ($12.2 million international).

5. “Life of Pi,” $5.4 million ($11.5 million international).

6. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” $5.2 million ($13 million international).

7. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $3.3million ($4.7 million international).

8. “Playing for Keeps,” $3.2 million ($1.4 million international).

9. “Red Dawn,” $2.4 million.

10. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $2 million ($370,000 international).

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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Movie Review 


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Your Complete Guide to Awards Season 2012-2013! Check Out Winners/Nominees of All Award-Giving Bodies  


As we walk down towards the Super Bowl of the movie awards season aka the Academy Awards aka the Oscars, all the various critics associations and guilds release their own kudofest. It can get confusing and beguiling, so I created a nifty package for you -- I compiled all the nominees, winners of various award-giving bodies so you can make informed decision when it comes to predicting the 2013 Oscars, because you know, this particular season is awfully hard to predict.

So come and take the Awards Avenue with me!

And here we go (click on each link):

85th Annual Academy Awards -- the 2013 Oscars!
ACE Eddie Awards (Editing)
AFI Awards
African-American Film Critics' Association
Alliance of Women Film Journalists
American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)
Annie Awards
Art Directors Guild Awards
Austin Film Critics Association
Black Film Critics Circle
Boston Online Film Critics Awards
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
British Independent Film Awards
Central Ohio Film Critics
Chicago Film Critics Awards
Cinema Audio Society
Cinema Eye Honors
Critics Choice Awards
Costume Designer Guild Awards
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics
Detroit Film Critics Awards
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Dorian Awards (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association)
European Film Awards
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
Golden Globe Awards
Golden Reel Awards (Sound Editing)
Gotham Awards
Houston Film Critics Society
IDA Awards
Independent Spirit Awards
Indiana Film Journalists Association
Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Las Vegas Film Critics Awards
London Critics' Circle Awards
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
National Board of Review
National Society of Film Critics
Nevada Film Critics
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
New York Film Critics Online Awards
Oklahoma Film Critics
Online Film Critics Association
Phoenix Film Critics Awards
Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards
San Diego Film Critics Awards
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Satellite Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards
St. Louis Film Critics Awards
Toronto Film Critics Association
USC Scripter Awards
Utah Film Critics Association
Visual Effects Society
Washington DC Area Film Critics Awards
Writers Guild of America Awards (WGA)

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