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Ed Lauter, 74

Posted on 16 October 2013 by William Gatevackes

2008-04-05_185614_Ed_LauterYou might not recognize the name, but surely the face is familiar, especially if you watched a lot of films and TV shows from the 1970s to the 1990s. Ed Lauter, who played everything from prison guards to police detectives to FBI agents over his over forty year career, died Wednesday after a battle with mesothelioma. He was 74.

Lauter was born in Long Beach, Long Island, New York. He studied drama at the Herbert Berghof School and made his debut on the Broadway stage in 1970’s in The Great White Hope. He soon relocated to Los Angeles where he worked on TV shows and as a stand-up comedian before breaking into film. He made his film debut in the 1972 western, Dirty Little Billy.

Two years later, Lauter would star in what might be considered his breakthrough role as Captain Wilhelm Knauer in 1974’s The Longest Yard (he would have a cameo in the 2005 remake) and two years after that would co-star in Alfred Hitchcock’s final film, Family Plot (he would have had a role in Hitchcock’s next film, The Short Night, but the director passed away before that could happen).

The actor would go on to have supporting roles in films such as King Kong, Cujo, Lassiter, Death Wish 3, Real Genius, Born on the Fourth of July, The Rocketeer and True Romance. He had also made appearances in TV shows such as Hawaii Five-O, The A-Team, BJ and the Bear, Hardcastle and McCormick, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The X-Files. His most recent film work was 2011’s The Artist and 2012’s Trouble With the Curve and had recurring roles on TV in Psych and Shameless. He has numerous films in post-production that will be released as far as 2015.

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HUGO And THE ARTIST Sweep Oscars

Posted on 27 February 2012 by Rich Drees

The Artist and Hugo were the big winners at tonight’s Academy Awards, with each film picking up five Oscar statues each. The Artist took home the big prizes of Best Picture Director and Actor while Hugo’s awards were primarily in the technical categories. The two films were heavily favored going into the annual awards with Hugo sporting nominations in 11 categories while The Artist had nominations in 10.

You can read all the winners below.

At 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar recipient when he won the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Beginners. As he said in his acceptance speech to the Oscar statue just handed to him, “You’re only two years older than me darling. Where have you been all my life?”

Seemingly perennial nominee Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, the first woman Prime Minister of England in The Iron Lady. Although she self-effacingly stated when accepting her statue that she could hear half of America saying “’Oh no, not her again,’” it has been three decades since she last won for 1981’s Sophie’s Choice.

The Complete List of winners is as follows –

  • Actor In A Lead Role – Jean Dujardin, The Artist
  • Actor In A Supporting Role – Christopher Plummer, Beginners
  • Actress In A Lead Role – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
  • Actress In A Supporting Role – Octavia Spencer, The Help
  • Animated Feature – Rango
  • Art Direction – Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo, Hugo
  • Cinematography – Robert Richardson, Hugo
  • Costume Design – Mark Bridges, The Artist
  • Directing – Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Documentary Feature – Undefeated
  • Documentary Short – Saving Face
  • Film Editing – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  • Foreign Language Film – A Separation
  • Make Up – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady
  • Original Score – Ludovic Bource, The Artist
  • Original Song – Brett McKenzie, “Man or Muppet”
  • Picture – The Artist
  • Screenplay, Adapted – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendents
  • Screenplay, Original – Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris
  • Short Film (Animated) – The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr Morris Lessmore
  • Short Film (Live Action) – The Shore
  • Sound Editing – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty, Hugo
  • Sound Mixing – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson, Hugo
  • Visual Effects – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning, Hugo

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OSCARS 2012: Know Your Nominees:Best Picture

Posted on 25 February 2012 by William Gatevackes

In the days leading up to the 84th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well know, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

The Artist

Producer: Thomas Langmann

Release date: November 25, 2011

Box office gross as of February 1, 2011; $41,169,740 (Domestic: $17,030,695, Foreign: $24,139,045)

IMDB Synopsis: Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 10 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Art Direction; Best Achievement in Cinematography;Best Achievement in Costume Design; Best Achievement in Directing; Best Achievement in Film Editing; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Writing, Original Screenplay)

Other honors for this film:

Won, Best Film, The 2011 Washington DC Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Picture, New York Film Critics Circle.

Won, Best Picture, Boston Society of Film Critics.

Won, Best Picture, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Picture-Musical or Comedy, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Feature Film, 2012 Producers Guild Awards.

Won, Best Film, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature, 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 97% (178 Positive Reviews, 5 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: A crowd-pleasing tribute to the magic of silent cinema, The Artist is a clever, joyous film with delightful performances and visual style to spare.

Dissenting Opinion: “Ignores everything that’s fascinating and memorable about the silent-film era, focusing instead on a patchwork of general knowledge, so eroded of inconvenient facts that it doesn’t even qualify as a roman à clef.”–Jamie N. Christley, Slant Magazine.

Official Site: http://weinsteinco.com/sites/the-artist/

The Descendants

Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Release date: November 16, 2011

Box office gross as of February 1, 2011; $86,086,672 (Domestic: $59,186,672, Foreign: $26,900,000)

IMDB Synopsis: A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 5 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Directing; Best Achievement in Film Editing; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Film, The 2011 Washington DC Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Picture, 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Picture-Drama, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature Film, 2012 Producers Guild Awards.

Nominated, Best Film, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 90%  (192 Positive Reviews, 22 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Funny, moving, and beautifully acted, The Descendants captures the unpredictable messiness of life with eloquence and uncommon grace.

Dissenting Opinion: “From beginning to end, everything that happens in “The Descendants” feels false.”–Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Official Site: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thedescendants/

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Producer: Scott Rudin

Release date: December 25, 2011

Box office gross as of February 1, 2011; $21,960,998 (Domestic only)

IMDB Synopsis: A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 2 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 46% (59 Positive Reviews, 69 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has a story worth telling, but it deserves better than the treacly and pretentious treatment director Stephen Daldry gives it.

Dissenting Opinion: “It’s a unique journey that’s equal parts sympathy card and celebration of human resilience.”–Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com.

Official Site: http://extremelyloudandincrediblyclose.warnerbros.com/index.html

The Help

Producers: Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Release date: August 10, 2011

Box office gross as of February 1, 2011; $205,313,398 (Domestic: $193,613.398, Foreign: $35,700,00)

IMDB Synopsis: An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid’s point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 4 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role x2)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture-Drama, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature Film, 2012 Producers Guild Awards.

Nominated, Best Film, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 76% (149 Positive Reviews, 47 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Though arguably guilty of glossing over its racial themes, The Help rises on the strength of its cast — particularly Viola Davis, whose performance is powerful enough to carry the film on its own.

Dissenting Opinion: “”The Help” comes out on the losing end of the movies’ social history. The best film roles three black women will have all year require one of them to clean Ron Howard’s daughter’s house. It’s self-reinforcing movie imagery.”–Wesley Morris. Boston Globe.

Official Site: http://www.dreamworksstudios.com/films/the-help

Hugo

Producers: Graham King, Martin Scorsese

Release date: November 23, 2011

Box office gross as of February 1, 2011; $90,001,874 (Domestic: $59,301,874, Foreign: $30,700,000)

IMDB Synopsis: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 11 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Art Direction; Best Achievement in Cinematography;Best Achievement in Costume Design; Best Achievement in Directing; Best Achievement in Film Editing; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score; Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing; Best Achievement in Visual Effects; Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Film, The 2011 Washington DC Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Film, National Board of Review.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture-Drama, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature Film, 2012 Producers Guild Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 94% (177 Positive Reviews, 11 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids’ movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema.

Dissenting Opinion: “It’s as if David Copperfield wandered into a History of Film lecture. Maybe it isn’t a great idea to wait till you’re nearly 70 to make your first kid movie.”–Kyle Smith, New York Post.

Official Site: http://www.hugomovie.com/

Midnight In Paris

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Release date: May 20, 2011

Box office gross as of February 1, 2011; $148,333,649 (Domestic: $56,473,065, Foreign: $91,860,584)

IMDB Synopsis: A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 4 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Directing; Best Achievement in Art Direction; Best Writing, Original Screenplay)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture-Musical or Comedy, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature Film, 2012 Producers Guild Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 93% (179 Positive Reviews, 14 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: It may not boast the depth of his classic films, but the sweetly sentimental Midnight in Paris is funny and charming enough to satisfy Woody Allen fans.

Dissenting Opinion: “Pure Woody Allen. Which is not to say great or even good Woody, but a distillation of the filmmaker’s passions and crotchets, and of his tendency to pass draconian judgment on characters the audience is not supposed to like.”–Richard Corliss, Time Magazine.

Official Site: http://www.sonyclassics.com/midnightinparis/

Moneyball

Producers: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt

Release date: September 23, 2011

Box office gross as of February 1, 2011; $106,781,156 (Domestic: $75,605,492, Foreign: $31,175,664)

IMDB Synopsis: The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 7 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Film Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing; Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay;Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture-Drama, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature Film, 2012 Producers Guild Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 95% (203 Positive Reviews, 11 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Director Bennett Miller, along with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, take a niche subject and turn it into a sharp, funny, and touching portrait worthy of baseball lore.

Dissenting Opinion: “Those who enter the cinema unstirred by either the sport or by the joys of stats are unlikely to come out converts.”–Catherine Shoard, The Guardian.

Official Site: http://www.moneyball-movie.com/site/

The Tree of Life

Producers: Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner, Grant Hill

Release date: May 27, 2011

Box office gross as of February 1, 2011; $54,303,319 (Domestic: $13,303,319 , Foreign: $41,000,000)

IMDB Synopsis: The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 3 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Cinematography; Best Achievement in Directing)

Other honors for this film:

Runner-Up, Best Picture, 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Picture, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 84% (203 Positive Reviews, 38 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Terrence Malick’s singularly deliberate style may prove unrewarding for some, but for patient viewers, Tree of Life is an emotional as well as visual treat.

Dissenting Opinion: “[Malick is] a meticulous visionary who knows where to place a camera, but he hasn’t a clue about how to tell a story with simplicity and coherence.”–Rex Reed, New York Observer.

Official Site: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thetreeoflife/

War Horse

Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy

Release date: December 25, 2011

Box office gross as of February 1, 2011; $111,380,706 (Domestic: $75,980,706 , Foreign: $35,400,000)

IMDB Synopsis: Young Albert enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 6 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Art Direction; Best Achievement in Cinematography; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score; Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture-Drama, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature Film, 2012 Producers Guild Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 76% (149 Positive Reviews, 46 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Technically superb, proudly sentimental, and unabashedly old-fashioned, War Horse is an emotional drama that tugs the heartstrings with Spielberg’s customary flair.

Dissenting Opinion: “It’s overlong, painfully earnest and sometimes even hokey.”–Christy Lemire, Associated Press.

Official Site: http://www.warhorsemovie.com/

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OSCARS 2012: Know Your Nominees:Best Director

Posted on 24 February 2012 by William Gatevackes

In the days leading up to the 84th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well know, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Michel Hazanavicius

Nominated for: directing that loving ode to Hollywood’s past, The Artist.

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Director, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Director, New York Film Critics Circle.

Won, Best Director, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, 2012 Directors Guild Awards.

Won, David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Hazanavicius is known in Europe for his work on the OSS 117 franchise.

History with Oscar:

This is Michel Hazanavicius’ first Oscar nomination, although he is also nominated this year for Best Writing, Original Screenplay and with Anne-Sophie Bion for Best Achievement in Film Editing.

Alexander Payne

Nominated for: directing George Clooney as a man trying to reconnect with his daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident in The Descendants.

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Director, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actor, National Board of Review.

Nominated, Best Director, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, 2012 Directors Guild Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Payne also directed Sideways, About Schmidt, and Election.

History with Oscar:

Alexander Payne has been nominated for an Oscar three times in the past, winning once, and is nominated for another two awards this year–with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published and with Jim Burke and Jim Taylor for Best Motion Picture of the Year, both for The Descendants.

2000: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (with Jim Taylor), Election (Lost to John Irving, The Cider House Rules).

2005: Best Achievement in Directing, Sideways (lost to Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby).

2005: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (with Jim Taylor),  Sideways (Won).

Martin Scorsese

Nominated for: adapting “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” to the big screen in Hugo.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Director, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Director, National Board of Review.

Runner-Up, Best Director, 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Director, Boston Society of Film Critics.

Nominated, Best Director, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, 2012 Directors Guild Awards.

Nominated, David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Scorsese is one of the honored and reknown directors in film today, with a resume that includes Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed and many others.

History with Oscar:

Martin Scorcese has been nominated for an Oscar eight times in the past, winning once, and is nominated for another award this year–with Graham King for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Hugo.

1981: Best Director, Raging Bull (Lost to Robert Redford, Ordinary People).

1989: Best Director, The Last Temptation of Christ (Lost to Barry Levinson, Rain Man).

1991: Best Director, Goodfellas (Lost to Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves).

1991: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (with Nicholas Pileggi), Goodfellas (Lost to Michael Blake, Dances with Wolves).

1994: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (with Jay Cocks), The Age of Innocence (Lost to Steve Zaillian, Schindler’s List).

2003: Best Director, Gangs of New York (Lost to Roman Polanski, The Pianist).

2005: Best Achievement in Directing, The Aviator (lost to Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby).

2007: Best Achievement in Directing, The Departed (Won).

Woody Allen

Nominated for: directing a business trip to Paris that results in a trip through time in Midnight in Paris.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Director, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, 2012 Directors Guild Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Woody Allen has had a long and productive career both behind and in front of the cameras. Notable films include Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Match Point.

History with Oscar:

Woody Allen has been nominated for an Oscar an impressive twenty-one times in the past, winning three times, and is nominated for another award this year–Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Midnight in Paris.

1978: Best Director, Annie Hall (Won).

1978: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (with Marshall Brickman), Annie Hall (Won).

1978: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Annie Hall (Lost to Richard Dreyfuss, The Goodbye Girl).

1979: Best Director, Interiors (Lost to Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter).

1979: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Interiors (Lost to Nancy Dowd, Waldo Salt, Robert C. Jones, Coming Home).

1980: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (with Marshall Brickman), Manhattan (Lost to Steve Tesich, Breaking Away).

1985: Best Director, Broadway Danny Rose (lost to Milos Foreman, Amadeus).

1985: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Broadway Danny Rose (lost to Robert Benton, Places in the Heart).

1986: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, The Purple Rose of Cairo (lost to Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, Witness).

1987: Best Director, Hannah and Her Sisters (Lost to Oliver Stone, Platoon).

1987: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen , Hannah and Her Sisters (Won).

1988: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen , Radio Days (Lost to John Patrick Shanley, Moonstruck).

1990: Best Director, Crimes and Misdemeanors (Lost to Oliver Stone, Born on the Fourth of July).

1990: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Crimes and Misdemeanors (Lost to Tom Schulman, Dead Poets Society).

1991: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Alice (Lost to Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost).

1993: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Husbands and Wives (Lost to Neil Jordan, The Crying Game).

1995: Best Director, Bullets Over Broadway (Lost to Robert Zemeckis, Forrest Gump).

1995: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (with Douglas McGrath), Bullets Over Broadway (Lost to Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary, Pulp Fiction).

1996: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen , Mighty Aphrodite(Lost to Christopher McQuarrie, The Usual Suspects).

1998: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen , Deconstructing Harry (Lost to Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting).

2006: Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Match Point (lost to Paul Haggis & Robert Moresco, Crash).

Terrence Malick

Nominated for: directing the esoteric coming of age film, The Tree of Life.

Other honors for this film:

Won, Best Director, 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Director, San Francisco Critics Circle Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Malick has directed films such as Badlands, The Thin Red Line, and The New World.

History with Oscar:

Terrence Malick has been nominated for an Oscar two times in the past.

1999: Best Director, A Thin Red Line (Lost to Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan).

1999: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, A Thin Red Line (Lost to Bill Condon, Gods and Monsters).

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OSCARS 2012: Know Your Nominees:Best Actor

Posted on 22 February 2012 by William Gatevackes

In the days leading up to the 84th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well know, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Demián Bichir

Nominated for: playing Carlos Galindo, an immigrant gardener who is trying to give his son A Better Life.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role , 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Male Lead, 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards..

Where you might know him from:

Bichir played Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s Che and Ernesto Reyes in the TV Show Weeds.

History with Oscar:

This is Demián Bichir’s first Oscar nomination.

George Clooney

Nominated for: playing Matt King, a man who must reconnect with his estranged children after his wife suffers a life-threatening accident in The Descendants.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Actor, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actor, National Board of Review.

Won, Best Actor, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama , The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role , 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Do I really have to write anything here? Everytime he changes girlfriends, it’s front page news.

After a career doing a number of small roles in unsuccessful films and TV show, Clooney got his big break playing Dr. Doug Ross on the TV series ER. He made the jump to films, and has starred in a number successful ones, and has directed quite a number of them as well. He is a frequent collaborator with fellow nominee Brad Pitt, having shared the screen with him in Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen, Burn After Reading and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which Clooney also directed.

History with Oscar:

George Clooney has been nominated for an Oscar five times in the past, winning once, and is nominated for another award this year–with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, The Ides of March.

2006: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Syriana (Won).

2006: Best Achievement in Directing, Good Night, and Good Luck (lost to Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain).

2006: Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Good Night, and Good Luck (with Grant Heslov) (lost to Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco, Crash).

2008: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Michael Clayton (lost to Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood).

2010: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Up in the Air (lost to Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart).

Jean Dujardin

Nominated for: playing George Valentin, a silent movie superstar whose career goes into decline with the advent of sound recording in The Artist.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy , The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role , 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Actor, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Male Lead, 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Unless you’ve lived in Europe, you might not know him. But he has starred in the OSS 117 and Lucky Luke franchises, which savvy fans in the U.S. might have seen.

History with Oscar:

This is Jean Dujardin’s first Oscar nomination.

Gary Oldman

Nominated for: playing George Smiley, a retired British spy who is brought back in the fold to weed out a traitor in the highest levels of British intelligence in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Some of his most famous roles were Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK, Sirius Black in the Harry Potter franchise, and Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

History with Oscar:

Surprisingly, this is Gary Oldman’s first Oscar nomination.

Brad Pitt

Nominated for: playing Billy Beane, who revolutionizes Major League Baseball by using computer statistical analysis to hire players in Moneyball.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actor, New York Film Critics Circle (honored for Moneyball and The Tree of Life).

Won, Best Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama , The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role , 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Again, do I really have to write anything here? Everytime he goes out for coffee with his family, it’s front page news.

If you need reminding as to who Brad Pitt is, he was the star of Se7en, Fight Club and Troy. In addition to all the films he co-starred in with George Clooney, Pitt also co-starred in True Romance with Gary Oldman.

History with Oscar:

Brad Pitt has been nominated for an Oscar two times in the past,  and, like Clooney, is nominated for another award this year– for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Moneyball, which Pitt co-produced with Michael De Luca and Rachel Horovitz.

1996: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Twelve Monkeys (Lost to Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects).

2009: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (lost to Sean Penn, Milk).

 

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OSCARS 2012: Know Your Nominees:Best Supporting Actress

Posted on 21 February 2012 by William Gatevackes


In the days leading up to the 84th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well know, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Bérénice Bejo

Nominated for: playing young ingenue whose career as an actress skyrockets with the introduction of sound in The Artist.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role , 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Actress, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Where you might know her from:

She has primarily acted only in Europe, but American audiences may remember her as Christiana in A Knight’s Tale.

History with Oscar:

This is Bérénice Bejo’s first Oscar nomination.

Jessica Chastain

Nominated for: Playing Celia Foote, a naive Southern housewife in The Help.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Award (Awarded for her roles in The Tree of Life and Take Shelter as well).

Won, Best Supporting Actor, 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards  (Awarded for her roles in Coriolanus, The Debt, Texas Killing Fields, The Tree of Life and Take Shelter as well).

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role , 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Where you might know her from:

If you haven’t seen the numerous other films she put out last year, perhaps you remember her from her recurring role as Assistant District Attorney Sigrun Borg on the TV series Law and Order: Trial By Jury.

History with Oscar:

This is Jessica Chastain’s first Oscar nomination.

Melissa McCarthy

Nominated for: Playing Megan, a gruff and raunchy sister-in-law-to-be in Bridesmaids.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Boston Society of Film Critics.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role , 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Where you might know her from:

She is on TV every week, playing Molly in Mike & Molly, a role for which she won an Emmy.  

History with Oscar:

This is Melissa McCarthy’s first Oscar nomination.

Janet McTeer

Nominated for: playing Hubert, an energetic, cross-dressing artist in Albert Nobbs .

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role , 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Supporting Female, 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Where you might know her from:

Fans of BBC America might recognize her from her many roles in various British TV series. Fans of the live stage might know her from extensive stage work, most recently on Broadway taking over the role of Veronica in God of Carnage. And those of you with good ears might recognize her voice as the narrator of Velvet Goldmine.

History with Oscar:

Janet McTeer has one previous Oscar nomination.

2000: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Tumbleweeds (Lost to Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry).

Octavia Spencer

Nominated for: playing Minny Jackson, an outspoken and combative maid in The Help.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Washington DC Film Critics Association

Won, Best Supporting Actress, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role , 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Where you might know her from:

She has played numerous roles on television. including Constance Grady on Ugly Betty, Serenity Johnson on Halfway Home, and Arvina Watkins on Raising the Bar.

History with Oscar:

This is Octavia Spencer’s first Oscar nomination.

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Oscar 2012: BAFTAs Reaffirm The Favorites—With One Big Exception

Posted on 13 February 2012 by William Gatevackes

Last night, The British Academy of Television and Films Arts gave out their awards. Oscar favorite The Artist took home seven awards, including Picture, Director (Michel Hazanavicius) and Actor (Jean Dujardin). And Oscar favorites Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer took home awards for the Supporting categories for their work The Help and Beginners respectively.

These awards aren’t much of a surprise. However, the woman who won Best Actress might throw a spanner in the works of many an Oscar office pool–Meryl Streep took home the award for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Viola Davis? Watch out!

It might be easy to write this win off (and her Golden Globe win as well) as the British (and, in the Golden Globe’s case, the international media) honoring Streep for her sterling portrayal of a person who was an iconic figure in European and British history. However, there are a lot of British members in the Academy and Streep holds a lot of respect within the organization. I think that makes it fair to say that the Best Actress Oscar has become a two person race.

Below is a list of the rest of the winners from last night:

Picture

The Artist

Actor

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Actress

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Director

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Supporting actress

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Supporting actor

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Animated film

Rango

Documentary

Senna

Outstanding British film

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Film not in the English language

The Skin I Live In

Outstanding debut

Tyrannosaur

Adapted screenplay

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan

Original screenplay

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Production design

Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo

Cinematography

The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman

Makeup and hair

The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland, Marese Langan

Costume design

The Artist – Mark Bridges

Editing

Senna – Gregers Sall and Chris King

Sound

Hugo – Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley

Original score

The Artist – Ludovic Bource

Rising star award

Adam Deacon

Academy fellowship

Martin Scorsese

Outstanding contribution to British cinema

John Hurt

Special visual effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler and David Vickery

Short animation

A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe

Short film

Pitch Black Heist – John Maclean and Geraldine O’Flynn

Via: Guardian

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Some Silent Bloopers From THE ARTIST

Posted on 30 January 2012 by Rich Drees

Following its wins at the Directors Guild Awards on Saturday and the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, we thought we’d share the blooper reel for The Artist that has currently been making the rounds this past weekend.

Blooper reels are that rare beast that many know about thanks to Dick Clark’s old show, but are actually seldom seen anymore. More often than not, the desire to protect performers egos and images are what keeps these collections of actors flubbing lines or being interrupted by on-set technical mistakes from reaching the public as DVD or blu-ray extras. But this short collection of flubs, taken from the upcoming French DVD release of the film, seems to have the same warm vibe that the film itself has.

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OSCARS 2012: The Screen Actors Guild Awards Reaffirms The Oscar Frontrunners

Posted on 30 January 2012 by William Gatevackes

Convential wisdom states that whoever wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards has the best chance to take home an Oscar. If so, three “sure things” have gotten a little more sure and one toss-up category has become just a little more clearer.

The “sure things” are Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for The Help and Christopher Plummer for Beginnings, all who were odds on favorites for an Oscar before the SAGs, each won in their respective categories. Their SAG wins are pretty much confirming what everyone already expected.

However, Jean Dujardin winning the prize for Best Actor does tell us something new. He has been an award year favorite, yet behind Academy favorite George Clooney in the odds to win an Oscar.  His win here throws that paradigm out the window and slingshots Dujardin into being the odds on favorite to take home a statue on February 26th.

The Help taking home the big award for the night has cause the Internet to ask “Did The Help Sink The Artist‘s Oscar Chances……?” and “Did “The Help” Change The Oscar Game?,” meaning that the Best Picture race has just got a little bit more interesting. It hasn’t. These writers just failed to notice that The Help won for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, not Best Picture. With Davis, Spencer and Jessica Chastain’s names appearing on many an awards ballot this year and with a cast that also features actresses the caliber of Sissy Spacey, Allison Janney, Cicely Tyson and Mary Steenburgen–just to name a few–the film NOT winning for best ensemble would be a shock. But the SAG’s don’t have a Best Picture and great ensembles do not necessarily equate to great pictures. So, the film’s win here does nothing to help its chances on Oscar night.

Here are a list of the nominees for the awards, with the winners in bold.

Films

Ensemble

The Artist

Bridesmaids

The Descendants

WINNER: The Help

Midnight in Paris

Lead actress

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

WINNER: Viola Davis, The Help

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Lead actor

Demián Bichir, A Better Life

George Clooney, The Descendants

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

WINNER: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Supporting actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Armie Hammer, J. Edgar

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Nick Nolte, Warrior

WINNER: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Supporting actress

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

WINNER: Octavia Spencer, The Help

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THE ARTIST’s Michel Hazanavicius Wins DGA Award

Posted on 29 January 2012 by Rich Drees

Taking another step towards a potential Academy Awards win, The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius  took the the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards last night winning their Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Hazanavicius beat out nominees were Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, David Fincher and Alexander Payne for the award.

As a barometer for who will win an Oscar, a DGA winner has only not gone on to win the Academy Award six times, most recently in 2002 when Roman Polanski (The Pianist) beat out DGA honoree Rob Marshall (Chicago). Perhaps something to remember while filling out your Academy Award office pool.

The DGA’s award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary went to James Marsh for Project Nim.

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