Note Pad Archive for December, 2011

Austin Film Critics Association 2011 Awards

December 28, 2011 (Austin, TX) – The Austin Film Critics Association today announced its 2011 awards, with Martin Scorsese’s ode to classic cinema, HUGO, winning Best Film. It lead a group of awards that AFCA Founder and President Cole Dabney called “a unique blend highlighting the best of both Hollywood and indie filmmaking.” The hyper-stylized…

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Academy “Celebrates the Movies” as Poster Art Kicks Off Oscar® Campaign

“Whether it’s a first date or a holiday gathering with friends or family, movies are a big part of our memory,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy Awards not only honor the excellence of these movies, but also celebrate what they mean to us as a culture and to each of us individually.”

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15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards Nominations

“The Tree of Life”, Terrence Malick’s exploration of suburban family life in the 1950’s, received seven nominations for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Malick), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. Joining…

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Oklahoma Film Critics Circle names “The Artist” Best Film of 2011

Top 10 Films 1. “The Artist” 2. “Drive” 3. “The Descendants” 4. “Hugo” 5. “Shame” 6. “Moneyball” 7. “Midnight in Paris” 8. “Melancholia” 9. “Tree of Life” 10.“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” Best Film “The Artist” Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist” Best First Feature Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” Best Actress Michelle…

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The association’s 20th annual awards saw ballots from 47 members, all film journalists working in print, radio and on-line media in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. TOP TEN FILMS The Descendants The Artist Hugo Moneyball The Tree of Life Drive Midnight in Paris Win Win War Horse The…

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Chicago Film Critics Climb Tree Of Life

PICTURE: The Tree of Life DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick (-) The Tree of Life ACTOR: Michael Shannon (-) Take Shelter ACTRESS: Michelle Williams (-) My Week With Marilyn SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks (-) Drive SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain (-) The Tree of Life ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Artist (-) Michel Hazanavicius ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Moneyball (-) Steven Zaillian…

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Golden Globe Nominee Reactions

The best reaction, was the first reaction … “”Best Motion Picture, Drama … Rampart opens January 27, but I don’t see it on the list here. There’s a lot of things left off the list here, I just wanna say …” – Woody Harrelson, reading the list of nominees for Best Motion Picture, Drama – which…

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The 69th Golden Globes Nominees

1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA a. THE DESCENDANTS Sofia Vergara Ad Hominem Enterprises; Fox Searchlight Pictures b. THE HELP DreamWorks Pictures, Participant Media; Touchstone Pictures c. HUGO Paramount Pictures presents a GK Films Production; Paramount Pictures d. THE IDES OF MARCH Columbia Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Crystal City Entertainment; Sony Pictures…

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December 14, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. One hundred seven pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical…

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Nominations Announced for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Actor Awards Ceremony will be Simulcast Live on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) LOS ANGELES (Dec. 14, 2011)—Nominees for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2011 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for outstanding action performances…

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“I always thought that once I had lived in Chicago for a while, it would be interesting to do a portrait of the city – but to do it at a significant time. Figuring out when would be the ideal time to do that was the trick. So when this election came around, coupled with the Laquan McDonald trial, it seemed like the ideal time to do the story. Having lived in Chicagoland for thirty-five-plus years and done a number of films here, I’ve always been struck by the vibrancy of the city and its toughness. Its tenderness too. I’ve always been interested in the people at the center of all the stories. This is a different film in that regard, because we’re not following a couple of individuals over the course of the project in the way that a lot of the films I’ve done have, but I still feel like people’s voices and aspirations and hopes are at the center of this series.

It wasn’t easy. We started back in July 2018, it was actually on the Fourth of July – that was our first shoot. It’s like most documentaries in that the further you go along the more involved and obsessed you get, and you just start shooting more and more and more. We threw ourselves into this crazy year in Chicago. We got up every day and tried to figure out if we should be out shooting or not, and what it is we should shoot. We were trying to balance following this massive political story of the mayor’s race and these significant moments like the Laquan McDonald trial with taking the pulse of people in the city that we encounter along the way and getting a sense of their lives and what it means to live here. By election day, Zak Piper, our producer, had something like six cameras out in the field. You could double-check that, it might have been seven. We had this organized team effort to hit all the candidates as they were voting, if they hadn’t already voted. We hit tons of polling places, were at the Board of Elections and then were at the parties for the candidates that we had been able to follow closely. Then of course, we were trying to make sure we were at the parties of the candidates who made it to the runoff. So, yeah, it was kind of a monster.”
~ Steve James On City So Real

“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho