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Video highlights of the ACE Eddie Awards

Being an organization of savvy film editors, the American Cinema Editors compiled a reel of highlights from the ACE Eddie Awards held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The video is below. See the list of winners here.

Being a journalist who is often not savvy about video operations, I shot two segments on my own that offer extended looks at two peak acceptance speeches: Christopher Nolan ("Inception") offering thanks for the honorary filmmaker of the year award, and Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter ("The Social Network") accepting the prize for best editing of a dramatic feature. Both videos are after the jump -- and are a bit jumpy, truth be told, due to my unsteady grip on the camera. Sorry!

-- Tom O'Neil

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'Inception' takes top Motion Picture Sound Editing honors

"Inception" and "The Pacific" were the big winners Sunday night at the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards, winning two each.
Christopher Nolan's "Inception," which is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best film, won for sound effects and foley in a feature film and music in a feature film at the ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure.
HBO's World War II miniseries "The Pacific" picked up Golden Reels for long form dialogue and ADR [dubbing] in TV for the "Basilone" episode and long form sound effects and foley in TV for "Peleliu Landing."

Other sound editing winners announced Sunday:

Sound effects, foley, dialogue, ADR in an animation feature film: "How to Train Your Dragon"
Sound effects, foley, dialogue, ADR and music in a feature documentary: "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage"
Sound effects, foley, dialogue and ADR in a feature foreign language film: "Micmacs"
Music in a musical feature film: "Country Strong"
Dialogue and ADR in a feature film: "The Social Network"
Sound effects, foley, dialogue and ADR animation in television: "The Penguins of Madagascar: The Lost Treasure of the Golden Squirrel"
Long form documentary: "And Man Created Dogs"
Short form dialogue and ADR in television: "The Walking Dead: Guts"
Short form sound effects and foley in television: "The Tudors: The Sixth and Final Wife"
Short form musical in television: "Glee: The Power of Madonna"
Short form music in television: "Boardwalk Empire: Anastasia"
Direct to video-animation: "Family Guy: It's a Trap"
Computer interactive entertainment: "Disney Epic Mickey"

Special venue: "Journey to Mecca"
Direct to video-live action: "30 Days of Night: Dark Days"
Computer episodic entertainment: "A Drop of True Blood: Sam"
Verna Fields Award in sound editing for student filmmakers: "Stanley Pickle"
Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind") is the 2011 MPSE Filmmaker recipient and Oscar-winning sound designer and editor Walter Murch ("The Conversation," "The English Patient") received the 2011 MPSE Career Achievement award.
-- Susan King
 Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in "Inception." Credit: Warner Bros. 

BAFTA Awards: 'Inception' is the big winner so far

Leonardo DiCaprio Inception-bafta
"Inception," Christopher Nolan's surreal, dense thriller nominated for nine Orange British Academy Film Awards, is dominating the crafts categories at the awards ceremony presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. So far, it has won for production design, sound and special visual effects.

--Susan King

Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in "Inception." Credit: Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.

New 'Inception' featurette hits the Web

With only three weeks left till Oscar night, Warner Bros. is making its final recognition push for   Christopher Nolan's "Inception." Nominated for eight Academy Awards -- including best picture, original screenplay and cinematography -- the film, despite its close to $300 million domestic gross and countless Top 10 lists, has been viewed as an underdog in both the picture and screenplay categories.(Nolan won the Writers Guild of America for original screenplay Saturday night but said during his acceptance speech that it was a qualified win since his biggest competitor, "The King's Speech," was ineligible for WGA recognition.)

Now Warner Bros. is putting out a five-minute snippet that highlights the critics' love for the movie as well as the filmmaking feats accomplished in this mind-bending heist story. See for yourself what Warner Bros. is selling below, then let's see whether it makes a difference on Oscar night.


DGA announces list of presenters for Saturday ceremony

Martin Scorsese 
It will be a star-studded affair Saturday night at the annual DGA award ceremony, with such luminaries as Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese on hand to honor this year's best directors. Also attending will be a slew of this year's Oscar nominees, including Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone"), Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") and Natalie Portman ("Black Swan").

Other directors on hand to recognize the DGA recipients are Michael Apted, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola and DGA President Taylor Hackford. Carl Reiner will return as the host for the 63rd annual award show at which either Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"), Christopher Nolan ("Inception") or David O. Russell ("The Fighter") will walk away with the top prize of the evening.

— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Martin Scorsese. Photo credit: Abbot Genser/HBO.

Oscar nominations: Surprises and snubs [video]

Now that the Oscar nominations are out, what to make of it all?

"The King's Speech" leads with 12 and looks poised to duke it out with "The Social Network" for best picture, but "True Grit" proved a bit of a surprise with 10 nominations, including nods for best picture, directors Joel and Ethan Coen (who also are in the running for adapted screenplay), actor Jeff Bridges and supporting actress Hailee Steinfeld. Perhaps an even bigger eyebrow-raiser is "Winter's Bone," which premiered at Sundance a year ago and walked away with four top nominations Tuesday morning.

Among the snubs: Although "Inception's" Christopher Nolan is up for original screenplay, he didn't get a nod for director, leaving him with a career shutout in that category. Also left in the cold were the documentaries "Waiting for Superman" and "Client 9."

For more surprises and snubs, watch the video above as Times film reporters Nicole Sperling and John Horn analyze the Academy Awards.

-- Scott Sandell


'The King's Speech,' 'True Grit' top Academy Award nominations

Oscar nominees react

The full list of nominations


Oscar nominations: Ben Affleck, Chris Nolan among those left off the list

The town
This year's two heist movies, one of the mind, one of the cash, were robbed of Oscar nominations for their respective directors. Ben Affleck missed a nomination for "The Town," and his Boston-set heist film was also omitted from the Top 10 list. In fact, the film, which grossed more than $92 million at the box office, received only one nomination -- for supporting actor Jeremy Renner. In contrast, Christopher Nolan's "Inception" tracked down eight nominations, but Nolan was not honored for his directing efforts.

Rather, the academy chose Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David O. Russell for "The Fighter," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech," David Fincher for "The Social Network" and Joel and Ethan Coen for "True Grit."

In the acting category, the biggest snub probably belonged to Andrew Garfield, who was left off the supporting actor list in favor of John Hawkes of "Winter's Bone." And in the acting category, Ryan Gosling's performance in "Blue Valentine" was ignored by the Academy in favor of Javier Bardem, who received a nomination for "Biutiful."

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Jon Hamm in "The Town." Credit: Warner Bros.

Oscar nominations: Proving a conspiracy against Christopher Nolan?

Christopher nolan oscar nominations newsOf all the major snubs among the Oscar nominations, arguably the most noteworthy was the absence of Christopher Nolan's name on the list of best directors. Again.

Nolan may be one of today's most successful filmmakers, but he's never been nominated for his directorial achievement despite receiving three equivalent bids from the Directors Guild of America: "Inception" (2010), "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "Memento" (2000).

Indeed, voters' failure to nominate "The Dark Knight" for best picture was so shocking, it's considered one of the reasons the academy expanded the list of nominees to 10. At least that may have resulted in Nolan's first-ever nomination for best picture with Tuesday's inclusion of "Inception."

But why was he singled out again for a new slap?

Clearly, Nolan isn't universally scorned across all areas of the academy. Members of the writers' branch like him. He just received his second screenplay nomination, after "Memento." And, of course, his films do extremely well in the tech categories.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Leo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan on the set of "Inception." Credit: Warner Bros.

My 100% perfect Oscar nomination predictions

Oscar Silhouette1 question Oscar nominations will be unveiled next Tuesday. Below: my predictions in the top six Academy Awards races.

1. "The Social Network"
2. "The King's Speech"
3. "The Fighter"
4. "True Grit"
5. "Black Swan"
6. "Toy Story 3"
7. "Inception"
8. "The Town"
9. "127 Hours"
10. "The Kids Are All Right"

The top seven films on this list are locks for nominations. Mystery looms over what will nab those bottom three rungs where four films jockey for inclusion. "Winter's Bone" is the one not shown here, but could break in.

1. David Fincher, “The Social Network”
2. Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
3. Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
4. Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
5. David O. Russell, “The Fighter”

Fincher will win, of course. The only suspense surrounds who'll be nominated. The above five are the DGA nominees. One of them (but not Fincher) might be bumped for Joel and Ethan Coen ("True Grit") or Danny Boyle ("127 Hours"). There's a remote chance Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") could squeak in now that a woman finally won here for the first time last year.

1. Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"
2. James Franco, "127 Hours"
3. Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
4. Robert Duvall, "Get Low"
5. Jeff Bridges, "True Grit"

Colin Firth will win, James Franco and Jesse Eisenberg are guaranteed nominations. Duvall and Bridges are vulnerable and could be bumped by Javier Bardem ("Biutiful"), Mark Wahlberg ("The Fighter") or Ryan Gosling ("Blue Valentine").

1. Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
2. Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"
3. Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
4. Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
5. Hilary Swank, "Conviction"

Some pundits doubt that Swank will make the list, but she scored a SAG nomination and that's always a great omen. Otherwise, expect Julianne Moore ("The Kids Are All Right") or Michelle Williams ("Blue Valentine") to sneak in. Outside shot: Lesley Manville ("Another Year"), who won National Board of Review. Some pundits believe Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit") will be nommed in lead even though she campaigned in supporting. That happened just two years ago with Kate Winslet ("The Reader"), but I don't see that scenario repeating now.

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'King's Speech' dominates BAFTA nominations

King's Speech 

"The King's Speech" dominated the nominations for the Orange British Academy Awards on Monday evening,  scoring 14 nominations, followed by "Black Swan" with 12, "Inception" with nine and "127 Hours" and "True Grit" with eight. "The Social Network," which has won the major critics awards this season, as well as the Critics Choice Movie Awards and the Golden Globe for best film, received six nominations.
Besides best film, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts gave "King's Speech" nominations for lead actor for Colin Firth, who just won the Golden Globe; supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter; supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush; director for Tom Hooper; original screenplay for David Seidler, as well as for best British film, cinematography, costume design, editing, makeup and hair, original music, production design and sound.
Joining "King's Speech" in the best film category are "Black Swan," "Inception," "The Social Network" and "True Grit."

The other best director nominees are Danny Boyle for "127 Hours," Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," Christopher Nolan for "Inception" and David Fincher for "The Social Network."
Along witjh Firth in the best actor category are Javier Bardem for "Biutiful," Jeff Bridges for "True Grit," Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network" and James Franco for "127 Hours."
Leading actress nominees are  Annette Bening and Julianne Moore for "The Kids Are All Right," Natalie Portman for "Black Swan," Noomi Rapace for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit."
Nominated in the supporting actor category are Christian Bale for "The Fighter,"  Andrew Garfield for "The Social Network," the late Pete Postlethwaite for "The Town,"' Mark Ruffalo for "The Kids are All Right" and Rush.

Joining Bonham Carter in the supporting actress category are Amy Adams for "The Fighter," Barbara Hershey for "Black Swan," Lesley Manville for "Another Year" and Miranda Richardson for "Made in Dangenham."

Notably missing from the list of nominees were "The Fighter" and its director, David O. Russell, Oscar best actress contender Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone" and supporting actress contender Melissa Leo, who just won the Golden Globe, for "The Fighter."
The nominees for animated film are "Despicable Me," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Toy Story 3."

The awards will be handed out Feb. 13 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London.
For a complete list of nominees go to

-- Susan King

Photo: BAFTA nominees Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech." Credit: The Weinstein Co.



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