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Golden Globes: Nolan sees lighter side of Bale

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Surprised to see Christian Bale in humor mode? Many people in the room were, but Bale's Batman collaborator, "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan, says he's seen the sly and winking side to the Welsh thespian before he ever spent time with him in Gotham City.

"Go back and watch 'American Psycho' and you see it, there's a lot of humor there. I went back and watched that film before I cast him [as Batman] and I was surprised at how much humor there was behind the performance. Now it's very dark humor, of course, but you do see it."

-- Geoff Boucher

Photo: Christian Bale celebrates backstage. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Golden Globe predictions: 'King's Speech' or 'Social Network' to reign?

Golden_globe_set_2008Predicting the Golden Globes is hard because the awards are bestowed by such a quirky group of foreign journalists with unusual tastes. But let's try it anyway. First the film categories.

-- Tom O'Neil

X = predicted winner

"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"The King's Speech"
X - "The Social Network"

PREDICTION: This is a close contest between "King's Speech" and "Social Network." Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. often like foreign-set films, especially when they involve the British aristocracy, as evidenced by past victories here by "Atonement," "The English Patient" and "Sense and Sensibility." But sometimes the foreigners strive to do the opposite – to prove how in tune they  are with hip Yankee fare such as "Avatar" last year – and "Social Network" this year? I think so, yes.

"Alice in Wonderland"
X - "The Kids Are All Right"
"The Tourist"

PREDICTION: "Kids" is the only movie on this list that has any hope of an Oscar nomination for best picture, so it'll probably prevail. But is it really a comedy?

Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
X - David Fincher, "Social Network"
Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"

PREDICTION: Unlike Oscar voters, Globe voters often spread the wealth and reward helmers of films that don't win best picture. But I don't think that's going to happen this year.

Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
X - Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"
James Franco, "127 Hours"
Ryan Gosling, "Blue Valentine"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter"

PREDICTION: Firth hasn't lost a single award yet this season – and he's not going to lose this one, or any other, en route to the Oscar crown.


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'The Social Network' wins Critics' Choice Movie Award for best film

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As expected, "The Social Network" won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for best film of 2010 on Friday evening, along with the best director award for David Fincher, best adapted screenplay for Aaron Sorkin and best score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The drama about the birth of Facebook has won the majority of critics honors this year, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics. It's nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and earlier in the week earned nominations from the Producers Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America.

However, it was not the evening's biggest winner by trophy count.  That distinction went to Christopher Nolan's enigmatic thriller "Inception," which took home six awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.: best action film; cinematography for Wally Pfister; art direction for Guy Henrix Dyas, Larry Dias and Doug Mowat;  editing for Lee Smith; and for visual effects and sound.

Best actor went to Oscar front-runner Colin Firth for "The King's Speech." The historical drama also won best original screenplay for David Seidler. Natalie Portman took best actress honors for the psychological thriller "Black Swan." Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won best supporting actor and actress for their work in "The Fighter," which won the best ensemble award. And 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld's breakout work in "True Grit" landed her the best young actor/actress award.

"Toy Story 3" won best animated feature, and "Easy A" took home the best comedy honors. Tim Burton's box office hit "Alice in Wonderland" won best costume design for Colleen Atwood as well as best makeup.

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" earned best foreign-language film honors, while "Waiting for 'Superman,' " was named best documentary.  Best song honors went to "If I Rise" from "127 Hours,"  music by A.R. Rahman and lyrics by Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong. The sole TV honor -- best television movie -- went to HBO's miniseries "The Pacific."

The awards were handed out at the Hollywood Palladium and telecast on VH1.

— Susan King


Photo: Jesse Eisenberg, Brenda Song and Andrew Garfield in "The Social Network." Credit: Merrick Morton/Columbia Tristar.

American Cinema Editors announce Eddie nominees in film, TV and documentary



The American Cinema Editors announced  its nominees Friday morning for the 61st annual Eddie Awards in film, TV and documentaries.

Nominated for best-edited feature film (dramatic) are Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.,  for "Black Swan"; Pamela Martin for "The Fighter";  Lee Smith, A.C.E., for "Inception"; Tariq Anwar for "The King's Speech";  and Angus Wall, A.C.E., and Kirk Baxter for "The Social Network."

Nominees for best-edited feature film (comedy or musical) are Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E., for "Alice in Wonderland";  Susan Littenberg for "Easy A"; Jeffrey M. Werner for "The Kids Are All Right"; Michael Parker for "Made in Dagenham'; and Jonathan Amos and  Paul Machliss for "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World."

Best-edited animated feature film nominees are Gregory Perler and Pam Ziegenhagen  for "Despicable Me"; Maryann Brandon, A.C.E., and  Darren T. Holmes, A.C.E., for "How to Train Your Dragon"; and Ken Schretzmann and Lee Unkrich, A.C.E., for "Toy Story 3."

On the TV side, nominees for best-edited half-hour series are Brian A. Kates, A.C.E. , for the pilot of "The Big C"; Jonathan Schwartz for the "Family Portrait" episode of "Modern Family"; and Anne McCabe for the "Years of Service" installment of "Nurse Jackie."

Best-edited one-hour series for commercial TV nominees are Kelly Dixon for the "Sunset" episode of "Breaking Bad"; Mark Conte, A.C.E., for the "I Can't" installment of "Friday Night Lights";  Bradley Buecker, Doc Crotzer, Joe Leonard and John Roberts for the "Journey" episode of "Glee"; Scott Vickery, A.C.E., for the "Running" episode of "The Good Wife"; and Hunter Via for the "Days Gone By" episode of "The Walking Dead."

Vying for best-edited one-hour series for non-commercial TV are Sidney Wolinsky, A.C.E., for the pilot of "Boardwalk Empire"; Louis Cioffi, A.C.E., for the "Dexter" episode "Take It!";  and Kate Sanford, A.C.E., and Alexander Hall for the "Do You Know What It Means" episode of "Treme."

Best-edited miniseries or motion picture for TV nominees are Marta Evry, A.C.E., and  Alan Cody, A.C.E., for the "Okinawa" episode of "The Pacific"; Leo Trombetta, A.C.E., for "Temple Grandin";  and Aaron Yanes for "You Don't Know Jack."

Nominees for best-edited documentary are Tom Fulford  and Chris King for "Exit Through the Gift Shop"; Chad Beck and Adam Bolt for "Inside Job"; and Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Greg Finton and Kim Roberts for "Waiting for 'Superman.'"

Best-edited reality show contenders are Kelly Coskran and Josh Earl for "The Deadliest Catch" episode "Redemption Day"; Rob Goubeau, Jeremy Gantz, Hilary Scratch, Ken Yankee, Mark S. Andrew, A.C.E., Heather Miglin, John Skaare and Paul J. Coyne for the "Colusa High" episode of "If You Really Knew Me"; and Yvette Mangassarian-Amirian, Eric Myerson, Michael Caballero, David Michael Maurer and Edward Salier, A.C.E., for the "Whale Wars 3" episode "Vendetta."

Writer-director Christopher Nolan will receive the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. Two career achievements will be announced next week.

The winners will be announced at the 61st annual ACE awards ceremony Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

-- Susan King

Photo: Mia Wasikowska in "Alice in Wonderland."

Credit: Disney Enterprises


Poll: Which DGA Award nominee will be snubbed by the Oscars?

Christopher_nolan_in_shadows_by_lizConsidering that DGA Award nominees and the Oscar contenders for best director usually differ by one out of five, the question award pundits wonder is: Who'll get skunked by the academy?

Joel and Ethan Coen may have been snubbed by the Directors Guild of America because they opted to helm a traditional genre film. Beyond including lots of gee-whiz wilderness scenes, it's hard to show much camera dazzle with a western. However, most film critics agree the Coens pulled it off. Apparently, movie-goers do too. "True Grit" just topped $100 million at the box office, which occurred after DGA nomination ballots were mailed. Oscar ballots are still out. Assuming academy members may be impressed enough by its recent success to include the Coens in their directors' lineup, that means someone must be booted.

Maybe it'll be Christopher Nolan ("Inception"), who's never been nominated for his directorial achievement at the Oscars. He's been nominated once for screenplay ("Memento," 2000) but scorned totally by the directors' branch. That's odd considering he's received two DGA Award nominations: for "Memento" and "The Dark Knight" (2008).

But if Oscar voters snub Nolan, it may trigger the same huge outcry that occurred the last time they did it. "The Dark Knight" was also snubbed for best picture that year. Its omission has been cited as the impetus for the academy's expansion of the best picture list to 10 nominees to make  room for popcorn flicks.

Or maybe David O. Russell will be snubbed because "The Fighter" is about low-brow boxing?

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo of Christopher Nolan by Liz Baylen / Los Angeles Times.

Directors Guild nominations: Tom Hooper's 'wonderful surprise'

Tom hooper Just a few hours after hearing of his Directors Guild nomination, Tom Hooper spoke excitedly of the news. "I am so thrilled about the DGA nomination," said the director of "The King's Speech."

"It is such a big deal," he said by phone from New York. "It's where your peers vote for you. I got a call after midday from [DGA President] Taylor Hackford. I knew it was coming up, but I had forgotten about it.  It was such a wonderful surprise. You can't take anything for granted. It's pretty exciting. "

Vying with Hooper for the DGA's top prize are Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David Fincher for "The Social Network," Christopher Nolan for "Inception" and David O. Russell for "The Fighter."

The award will be presented at the DGA ceremony on Jan. 29.

Susan King

Tom Hooper photo by Matt Sayles / Associated Press.

Directors Guild nominations: David O. Russell gets emotional

DORussell "You have no idea how emotional I am today," says David O. Russell about his first Directors Guild nomination for feature film for "The Fighter," which was announced Monday.

"I am really, really grateful," he says by phone from a plane jetting him from Los Angeles to New York, where he will present an award to one of the film's stars, Melissa Leo.

"I cried," says Russell, about receiving the news while driving to LAX. "There are a lot of great filmmakers this year and it's very humbling to be included. I feel like our film and myself are underdogs, so I was moved," said Russell.

"The Fighter" stars Mark Wahlberg as the Boston-based professional boxer "Irish" Micky Ward who gets a second chance at the welterweight title, and Christian Bale as his half-brother, Dicky Eklund, a former boxer deep in the abyss of drugs. Leo plays their mother.

Ironically, Darren Aronofsky, who is also nominated for a DGA for "Black Swan," was at one point set to direct "The Fighter."

Joining Russell and Aronofsky in the DGA nominations are David Fincher for "The Social Network," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech" and Christopher Nolan for "Inception."

--Susan King

Photo of David O. Russell by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Directors Guild nominations: Christopher Nolan is 'thrilled'

Christopher Nolan , 40, earned his third Directors Guild nomination Monday in the feature film category for his surreal box-office hit, "Inception." He was previously nominated for "The Dark Knight" and "Memento."

In a statement released  Monday Nolan said:

"Im thrilled that the DGA membership has chosen to nominate me and my DGA team (Jan Foster, Nilo Otero, Brandon Lambdin, Greg Pawlik, Lauren Pasternack) for our work on Inception. The recognition of our peers is extremely gratifying -- this is an incredible honor."

Vying with Nolan for the DGA award are Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"),  Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech) and David O. Russell ("The Fighter").

The winner will be announced Jan. 29.

-- Susan King

Photo: Christopher Nolan. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Directors Guild nominations: No love for the Coen brothers or Danny Boyle

True grit 
Given that the Directors Guild of America Awards nominations are often considered a bellwether for how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will largely vote for the Oscars, Christopher Nolan's chances for Oscar consideration just got a whole lot brighter Monday morning with his nomination for "Inception."

Unfortunately, those hopes waned a bit more for the Coen brothers, who were omitted from the DGA's Top Five list for "True Grit," whose domestic box office now stands at $110 million. The two were honored with a win back in 2008 for "No Country for Old Men" and went on to win both best picture and director.

And while Fox Searchlight will be celebrating the recognition Monday for Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," they must be mourning the omission of Danny Boyle ("127 Hours"), who was left off the list of five. Boyle also won the DGA, back in 2009, as a precursor to his Oscar win for "Slumdog Millionaire." 

Rather than choosing the two veterans, the DGA went with Aronofsky and David O. Russell for "The Fighter," two directors who have never been nominated by their guild. Nolan has received two nominations over the course of his career, one for 2000's "Momento" and for "The Dark Knight" in 2008. David Fincher, who was granted a nod for "The Social Network," was nominated in 2008 for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Tom Hooper, who was also nominated for "The King's Speech,"  has never been nominated in the feature film category, but the British director was recognized in 2009 for his HBO miniseries, "John Adam."

Nicole Sperling

Photo: Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges in the Coen brothers' "True Grit." Credit: Paramount Pictures.

DGA nominates five: David Fincher, Tom Hooper, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and Christopher Nolan

FincherDavid Fincher just added a new accolade to the many he's collected this award season: The filmmaker was among five directors who earned a DGA Award nomination for outstanding achievement in feature film Monday morning, with Fincher being recognized for "The Social Network,"  the drama about the creation of Facebook.

"I am very grateful to the Directors Guild of America for recognizing 'The Social Network' and extremely proud of my collaborators for their hard work and talent," Fincher said in a statement Monday morning. "Im honored to be included in a group of filmmakers I so admire."

This is the second nomination for Fincher, 48, in this category. Two years ago, he was a contender for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." He won the  2003 DGA commercial award for "Speed Chain," "Gamebreakers" and "Beauty for Sale."

He's already been feted for his work on the Aaron Sorkin-penned film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Movie Award.

Three of the DGA nominees are first-timers in the feature film award category: Darren Aronofsky, 41,  for his psychological thriller, "Black Swan";   Tom  Hooper, 38, for the historical drama "The King's Speech" (Hooper was previously nominated for a DGA Award for movies for television/miniseries for  2008's "John Adams"); and David O. Russell, 52, for his boxing drama, "The Fighter."

Rounding out the five nominees is Christopher Nolan for his surreal, enigmatic thriller "Inception." Nolan, 40, was previously nominated for 2008's "The Dark Knight" and 2001's "Memento."

There were no real surprises among the nominees. All five are also nominated for a Golden Globe for best director. But missing from the five are Danny Boyle, who won two years ago for "Slumdog Millionaire," for "127 Hours," and Joel and Ethan Coen, winners three years ago for "No Country for Old Men," for "True Grit," as well as Ben Affleck for "The Town" and Lisa Cholodenko for "The Kids Are All Right."

The DGA Awards are considered one of the most reliable bellwethers for the best director Oscar. In fact, in the last 62 years, the DGA and the academy have differed in their final selection only six times. Last year's DGA winner, Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker," went on to receive the Academy Award.

The winner will be named at the 63rd annual DGA Awards dinner on Jan. 29 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The DGA also will launch at the ceremony its yearlong 75th anniversary celebration. Past DGA winners like Bigelow, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, the evening's co-chairs, will offer special presentations during the evening that spotlight "game-changing" moments  in DGA history.

Susan King

Photo: David Fincher. Credit: Dan Steinberg/Associated Press


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