These, in my judgment, are the five awards-related stories from the past week that every self-respecting movie buff should know about…
Posts Tagged ‘Clint Eastwood’
I’m very pleased to bring you the sixth episode of “Feinberg & Friends,” a podcast about the awards race that airs on The Race every week, usually on Tuesdays.
Each episode features a discussion between me and a different guest — a film blogger, critic or journalist of some other variation — about 10 different awards-related topics (which we list in the text accompanying the audio so that you know exactly what you’re signing up for) and runs for approximately 30 minutes (so that if one topic is not of particular interest to you it will only be about three minutes before we’re on to the next one, which hopefully will be).
I was delighted that my friend Sasha Stone, whose Oscar blog AwardsDaily.com was one of the first on the Web (it was established in 1999 as OscarWatch.com), agreed to join me for this episode. I really enjoyed our chat, during which we tackled the following 10 questions…
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday that actor Morgan Freeman will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 15. Actress Amy Adams (The Muppets) and writer/director Pedro Almodovar (The Skin I Live In) revelaed the news during a press conference.
The 74-year-old, whose booming voice has been likened to God’s, made his film debut in 1964. In the years since, he has given memorable performances in dozens of critically and/or commercially successful films. Among the best known: Jerry Schatzberg’s Street Smart (1987), Bruce Beresford’s Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Edward Zwick’s Glory (1989), Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven (1992), Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption (1994), David Fincher’s Se7en (1995), Steven Spielberg’s Amistad (1997), Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby (2004), Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone (2007), Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008), and Eastwood’s Invictus (2009).
Freeman has received five Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe nominations, winning the best supporting actor Oscar for Million Dollar Baby and the best actor (musical or comedy) Globe for Driving Miss Daisy.
Last night, as part of a weekend-long celebration of Clint Eastwood, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosted a special screening of Eastwood’s new film J. Edgar, followed by a Q&A with Eastwood, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer, and writer Dustin Lance Black. I arrived in time to catch the second half of the film (the entirety of which I saw at its world premiere on Thursday night) and the Q&A (which was moderated by Charles McGrath of the New York Times).
The 25th annual AFI Fest got underway tonight at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood with the world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, Warner Brothers’ highly anticipated bio-pic of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who is portrayed in the film byLeonardo DiCaprio.
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Among the things that factored into this week’s projections (which appear further down on the page)…
The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, will honor Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller with its 2011 Hollywood Director Award.
Miller is being recognized for his work on the critically acclaimed blockbusterMoneyball, which was adapted fromMichael Lewis’s best-selling novel and stars Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s general managerBilly Beane. Miller will collect his statuette at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Oct. 24.
If I took one thing away from my interview in Toronto last month with Bryce Dallas Howard (which you can hear for yourself below), it’s that the 30-year-old actress/producer is absolutely lovely — smart, funny, and remarkably humble and down-to-earth. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me, based on everything that I’d previously heard about her and the fact that her father is Ron Howard, one of the most liked and respected men in Hollywood… but I must confess that it sort of did, primarily because she was so convincing on screen this year playing not one but two — forgive me — irredeemable bitches, a southern racist and a philandering girlfriend, in Tate Taylor’s The Help and Jonathan Levine’s 50/50, respectively.
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Today’s recommendations of important, interesting and eccentric stories pertaining to the awards race…
The vast majority of this year’s awards hopefuls have already played at least once on the festival circuit (Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, and/or New York) and/or gone into general release. Most of those that have not are set for October or November releases. But a select few others are being held until December, the last month in which they are eligible to qualify for Oscar consideration this year, and only being selectively screened for the press before then, if at all.