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TV Land Awards 2011: Best and Worst

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One thing the TV Land Awards lack is suspense. The awards were held last weekend on April 10 at the Javits Center in New York City, so the award recipients are no big secret. But then again, we already know how all the shows being honored on the awards turned out anyway, so creating suspense really isn't the main objective here. It's about nostalgia and a chance to see who got bald and who got fat. Who got (more) famous and who drifted off into obscurity. It's the closest thing TV will ever get to a high school reunion, and for that it's also one of the most fun of the second-tier awards shows.

Here are the highlights (and regrettable lowlights) of the show, which aired on TV Land on Sunday:

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New Critics' Choice TV Awards categories, presentation date set

The Broadcast Television Journalists Assn., the new partner of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., announced Wednesday morning the categories and voting procedures for its new Critics' Choice Television Awards.

The BTJA will present the awards at a luncheon on June 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Besides honoring the best in programs and performances that aired between June 1, 2010, and May 31, 2011, the critics will also vote on the "most exciting new series" that is premiering this summer and fall.

The Critics' Choice TV Awards nominees will be announced on June 6; the most exciting new series will be named three days later.

-- Susan King


The Comedy Awards: Best & Worst

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Comedy Central has been around in its current form for 20 years, yet somehow it has avoided following its corporate siblings MTV, Spike, Logo, CMT, TV Land, VH1 and Nickelodeon into the world of kudoscasts until now. But this year marks the dawn of the new, more award-y Comedy Central with the first-ever Comedy Awards.

No one at the awards, taped in New York on March 26 but aired April 10, seemed to really know what they were all about, least of all Jon Stewart, who won one for best late-night comedy series and seemed truly baffled as to what to say about it. Luckily, others had plenty to say. But we'll get to that in a moment.

Here are the highlights and lowlights from the show.

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Genesis Awards honor 'How to Train Your Dragon,' 'Oprah,' others for portrayal of animal rights issues

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The Genesis Award for the feature film that did the best job of highlighting animal rights issues last year was presented Saturday night to a movie that wasn't even about a real creature: DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon."

Genesis-awards Its animated format and mythological setting notwithstanding, the film delivered an "inspiring message about tolerance and respect for all living creatures," the Humane Society of the United States said in its presentation of the 25th annual Genesis Awards. The ceremony was held in Century City.

Television winners included HBO's "True Blood" for a story about dogfighting; "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for programs about dolphin slaughter, elephant poaching and pet overpopulation; ABC's "Nightline" for a report on dairy cow abuse; and Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" for satirizing bullfighters.

KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles was honored for a series of investigative reports into dogfighting, puppy mills and abuse at a chicken hatchery. And Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez won for a March 3, 2010, article that questioned the value of having captive whales and dolphins perform shows at SeaWorld.

Kristin Actress Kristin Davis, best known for her role as Charlotte in "Sex and the City," was given the Wyler Award, named after the late Genesis Award founder Gretchen Wyler, "in recognition of the media attention she has brought to the plight of orphaned African elephants impacted by the increase in elephant poaching for their ivory tusks."

Animal Planet, which will televise the Genesis Awards on April 30, was also a recipient, honored for its reality series "Last Chance Highway."

-- Lee Margulies 

Top photo: "How to Train Your Dragon." Credit: Paramount Pictures / Associated Press

Middle photo: Singer Leona Lewis at the Genesis Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images. More photos from the 2011 Genesis Awards.

Bottom photo: Genesis Award honoree actress Kristin Davis. Credit: Jason Redmond / Reuters


Russell Simmons, Ricky Martin big winners at the GLAAD Media Awards

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The 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented in 25 of the 32 media categories Saturday evening at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York. Additional awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 10 and in San Francisco on May 14.

Here's a list of the GLAAD award winners:

Excellence in Media Award: Russell Simmons

Vito Russo Award: Ricky Martin

Outstanding Drama Series: "True Blood"

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character):  the "30 Rock" episode "Klaus & Greta"

Outstanding Digital Journalism-Multimedia: "Bridal Bliss: Aisha and Danielle" by Bobbi Misick (Essence.com)

Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "Ricky Martin Coming Out as a Gay Man and a New Dad" on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Outstanding TV Journalist-Newsmagazine: "Gay Teen Suicides" (series) "Anderson Cooper 360"

Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi's Suicide Spurs Action Across the U.S." by Judy Peet of the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J.

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Rich, the New York Times

Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: the Denver Post

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: "The Advocate/Out"

Outstanding Music Artist: Scissor Sisters, "Night Work"

Outstanding Comic Book: "X-Factor" by Peter David

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater: "Something Happened" by L. Trey Wilson

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway: "The Pride" by Alexi Kaye Campbell

Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway: "When Last We Flew" by Harrison David Rivers.

For a complete list of winners, go to http://ww.glaad.org

— Susan King

Photo: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in outstanding drama series winner "True Blood." Credit: Jaimie Trueblood/HBO


The Razzie Awards: "The Last Airbender" is the best winner, er, loser

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The night before the Academy Awards presents Oscars to the best achievement in films, the 31st annual Razzie Awards celebrated the  "Berry Worst Achievement in Film" for 2010

The big "winner" -- so to speak -- at the satirical ceremony presented by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation on Saturday evening at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre was M. Night Shyamalan's critically skewered 3-D fantasy film, "The Last Airbender."

The film took home Razzies for worst picture, worst director, worst screenplay, worst supporting actor for Jackson Rathbone, who also won for "Twilight Saga: Eclipse," and the new Razzie category, worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D.

The evening's other major loser was "Sex and the City 2," which took home worst actress for all four of its stars -- Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon -- worst sequel and worst screen ensemble honors.

Worst actor went to Ashton Kutcher for two films -- "Killers" and "Valentine's Day" -- and worst supporting actress went to Jessica Alba for four films -- "The Killer Inside Me," "Little Fockers," "Machete" and "Valentine's Day."

Though the Razzie nominees rarely attend the ceremony, Sandra Bullock did show up last year, the night before she won her Oscar for "The Blind Side," to pick up her Razzie for the comedic dud "All About Steve."

 -- Susan King

Photo: Dev Patel in the Razzie Award-winning "The Last Airbender." Credit: Industrial Light and Magic/AP


Oscars: Amy Adams and Mila Kunis join presenter lineup

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Supporting actress nominee Amy Adams ("The Fighter") and Mila Kunis ("Black Swan") have  been added to the list of presenters Sunday at the 83rd Academy Awards.

The announcement was made Thursday morning. Adams was previously nominated two times in the supporting actress category, for 2005's "Junebug" and 2008's "Doubt." Kunis came to fame on the sitcom  "That '70s Show" and is also the voice of Meg on "Family Guy."

The Academy Awards will air live on ABC Sunday evening from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland.

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--Susan King

Photo: Mila Kunis. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/L.A. Times


Pan African Film Festival announces filmmaker awards

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The Pan African Film Festival announced its filmmaker awards on Wednesday during a brunch ceremony.

The largest international film festival in the U.S., which opened Feb. 16 and closes Wednesday, handed out awards in seven categories:

Best picture (narrative feature): "Besuro"

Honorable mention: "The Athlete"

Documentary feature: "Thunder Soul"

Honorable mention: "War Don Don"

Short film (narrative short): "The Abyss Boys"

Honorable mention: "Hear Me"

First Feature Film (Narrative Feature): "I Will Follow," directed by Ava DuVernay

Honorable mention: "Hopeville," directed by John Trengove

Audience Award narrative feature: "The First Grader"

Audience Award documentary feature: "Gang Girl: A Mother's Journey to Save Her Daughter"

Audience Award short film: "The Black Mozart in Cuba"

The ceremony also presented winners of the Pan African Film Festival Board of Directors Awards:

Best short film: "Precipice"

Best documentary: "The Manuscripts of Timbuktu"

Best feature film: "Viva Riva"

Honorable mentions: "The Child" and "The Figurine"

Pan African Film Festival-British Academy of Film and Television Arts Festival Choice Award: "I Sing of a Well"

— Susan King

Photo: Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Omari Hardwick star in the award-winning "I Will Follow." Credit: Pan African Film Festival.


Oscars: Bardem, Mirren and McConaughey added to list of presenters

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Three more presenters for the Academy Awards were announced Wednesday by Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer.

Javier Bardem, who won the supporting actor Academy Award three years ago for "No Country for Old Men" and is nominated for lead actor this year for "Biutiful";  Helen Mirren, the lead actress Oscar-winner for 2006's "The Queen" and Matthew McConaughey, have been added to the list of presenters at the 83rd Academy Awards this Sunday evening.

The Academy Awards will be telecast live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland. James Franco, a lead actor nominee for "127 Hours," and Anne Hathaway are the co-hosts.

 

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--Susan King

Photo: Javier Bardem, who just won the Goya Award for "Biutiful," will be a presenter at the Academy Awards. Credit: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images


Costume Designers Guild honors 'King's Speech,' 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Black Swan'

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"The King's Speech," "Black Swan" and "Alice in Wonderland" took the top feature film honors Tuesday evening at the 13th Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Jenny Beavan won excellence in period film for "The King's Speech," while Amy Westcott earned her award for excellence in contemporary film for "Black Swan" and Colleen Atwood for excellence in fantasy film for "Alice in Wonderland."

On the television side, Lou Eyrich won outstanding contemporary television series for "Glee"; John Dunn and Lisa Padovani earned their award for outstanding period/fantasy TV series for "Boardwalk Empire" and Cindy Evans picked up her honor for outstanding made for television movie or miniseries for "Temple Grandin."

The excellence in commercial costume design trophy went to Aude Bronson-Howard for "Chanel-Bleu de Chanel."

Honorary awards were also presented at the ceremony hosted by "Sex and the City" star Kristin Davis.

Halle Berry received the Lacoste Spotlight Award; Julie Weiss was given the Disaronno Career Achievement in Film and Television Award; Joel Schumacher received the Distinguished Collaborator Award and the late Michael Dennison was inducted into the Guild's Hall of Fame.

--Susan King

Photo: Johnny Depp, left, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway star in "Alice in Wonderland," which won a Costume Designers Guild Award on Tuesday night.



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