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Friday roundup: Timberlake, Krasinski to announce Golden Globe noms; Mandela wanted Freeman to play him in films; TromaDance heads home to New Jersey

Justin Timberlake Here's hoping that Justin Timberlake, "The Office's" John Krasinski and "Inglourious Basterds" star Diane Kruger are early risers. The three have been selected to announce the nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday. They'll join Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. chief Philip Berk at the Beverly Hilton at the ungodly hour of 5 a.m. Here's hoping there's coffee.

The celeb announcers are no strangers to award shows. Kruger netted the Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and Krasinski has two Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble, which he shares with his "Office" cast mates. And lest you think that Timberlake has only Grammy Awards on his mantle (six, at last count), he also earned two Emmys for his work on "Saturday Night Live." 

Well, there's nothing like the approval of a living historical figure to lend a performance that extra degree of credence. Just ask Morgan Freeman, who says that former South African President Nelson Mandela wanted the actor to play him if a film version of his autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom," ever came to pass. The Oscar winner labored for a decade to bring that project to the screen, but to no avail. He's happy, however, that Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort, "Invictus" -- on which Freeman also serves as executive producer -- has allowed him the opportunity to finally play the role. According to Freeman, he was granted unprecedented access to Mandela as he researched for the film. His efforts clearly paid off: Freeman's performance has earned him considerable Oscar buzz, as well as a Career Achievement Award in acting from the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 5.

After 11 years of creating havoc in Park City, Utah, TromaDance, the independent film festival founded by Troma head Lloyd Kaufman, is heading back to its East Coast roots. The 2010 edition of the fest, which Kaufman viewed as an alternative to the "crass commercialism" of the Sundance Film Fest, will take place at the ShowRoom theater and Asbury Lanes (the latter of which will offer one of the fest's coolest selling points: "independent bowling!") Asbury Park, N.J., on April 7. Aside from the location, the 11th TromaDance will remain the same, with free screenings, no entry fees for filmmakers submitting their work and no VIP treatment for celebs (though the term, from a Troma perspective, is entirely subjective; keep in mind that the company's biggest star remains the mutant superhero Toxic Avenger). Submissions for the fest have been extended until March 20. 

And fresh from the rumor mill, there's word going around that 2009 "American Idol" runner-up and polymorphous pop singer Adam Lambert may get a chance to redeem himself in the public eye with a performance at the Academy Awards. Granted, that would require Lambert's song "Time for Miracles," from the "2012" soundtrack, to land a nomination, but should that happen, Lambert would be front and center for a global viewing audience. Last time that happened -- at the American Music Awards on Nov. 22, for those that might have missed the near-universal media coverage after his performance -- Lambert was widely criticized for an overtly sexualized tear through his hit single "For Your Entertainment," which resulted in about 1,500 viewer complaints and the cancellation of an appearance on "Good Morning America." Lambert has wisely distanced himself from the AMA performance, saying that he wishes to focus on his career (plummeting album sales might be more of the inspiration here), so a spin on the Kodak Theatre stage might be the forward momentum his image needs at the moment. 

But again, the song needs to be nominated first. 

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Justin Timberlake. Credit: Getty Images.

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Mavis Spencer is Miss Golden Globe 2010

Mavis Spencer is Miss Golden Globe 2010


Will Mavis Spencer follow in the footsteps of Laura Dern, Rumer Willis, Melanie Griffith and, um, Candace Savalas?

Could be -- she's the latest celebrity offspring to be named Miss Golden Globe. Mavis' parents are Oscar nominee and multiple Emmy-winning actress Alfre Woodard (also a Golden Globe winner for 1997's "Miss Evers' Boys") and writer-producer Roderick Spencer, so clearly she has a leg up on this talent business already. She's also an accomplished model and a champion equestrienne — and did we mention that she's only 18? You may officially feel bad about your misspent teen years right now.

The Miss Golden Globe title -- as well as its male counterpart, Mr. Golden Globe (natch) -- has afforded early exposure to a sizable number of future performers. Among the celeb kids who held the positions before blossoming into stars are Anne Archer (1971), Melanie Griffith (1975), Laura Dern (1982), Joely Fisher (1992), Freddie Prinze Jr. (1996), "L Word" star and Cybill Shepherd offspring Clementine Ford (1998), Susan Lucci's daughter Liza ("Passions") Huber (2000), Lorraine (daughter of Jack) Nicholson (2007) and last year's title holder, Rumer Willis. There's even been a legacy Miss Golden Globe in Dakota Johnson, whose folks are Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. So if Mavis plans to follow her mom into the acting biz -- which may be the case, since it's her chosen major at Columbia next year -- she's certainly in the right company to make something of her career. 

The nominations for the 2010 Golden Globes will be announced on Dec. 15, with the ceremony taking place Jan. 17.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Mavis Spencer. Credit: Getty Images. 

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National Board of Review names 'Up in the Air' best picture [Upated]


UPDATED 1:25 p.m.: "Up in the Air," a serio-comic look at the world of corporate downsizing, was named best film of 2009 Thursday by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

Directed by Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air" revolves around a corporate downsizer (George Clooney) who begins to question his isolated life. The film, which opens today (see review on D1), also won awards for best actor (Clooney shared the prize with Morgan Freeman for his role as Nelson Mandela in "Invictus"), supporting actress for Anna Kendrick and best adapted screenplay for Reitman and Sheldon Turner.

Board of Review favorite Clint Eastwood earned best director honors for "Invictus," a drama about how South African President Mandela brought the country together in 1995 through the Rugby World Cup. Eastwood won best actor last year from the group for "Gran Torino." And his 2003 drama "Mystic River" and 2006's war drama, "Letters From Iwo Jima," won best film from the group.

The Board of Review comprises film professionals, educators, historians and students. The group is often a leading bellwether for the Academy Awards. For the last two years its best film selections -- "No Country for Old Men" and "Slumdog Millionaire" -- went on to receive the Oscar for best picture.

Carey Mulligan won best actress for "An Education" as a British teenager in the 1960s who falls in love with an older man. Woody Harrelson was named supporting actor for "The Messenger." And Joel and Ethan Coen earned original screenplay honors for "A Serious Man."

Jeremy Renner won breakthrough performance by an actor for "The Hurt Locker," and Gabourey Sidibe earned breakthrough performance by an actress for "Precious."

Earlier this week, "The Hurt Locker" won the Gotham Independent Award for best film, and "Precious" and "The Last Station" dominated the nominations for Film Independent's Spirit Awards. The awards season kicks into high gear the week of Dec. 13 with the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the New York Film Critics Circle making their selections along with the announcement of nominations for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The NBR awards will be presented at their annual gala Jan. 12 at Cipriani's 42nd Street in New York.

Other winners announced Thursday include:

Best foreign language film: "The Prophet"

Best documentary: "The Cove"

Best animated feature: "Up"

Best ensemble cast: "It's Complicated"

Spotlight Award for best directorial debut: Duncan Jones for "Moon," Oren Moverman for "The Messenger" and Marc Webb for "(500) Days of Summer."

Special filmmaking achievement award: Wes Anderson for "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

William K. Everson Film History Award: Jean Picker Firstenberg

NBR Freedom of Expression: "Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country," "Invictus" and "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"

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Original post: “Up in the Air,” which opens Friday, was named today as the best film of 2009 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

The dramedy directed by Jason Reitman revolves around a corporate downsizer (George Clooney) who begins to question his isolated life.

The film also won awards for best actor (Clooney tied with Morgan Freeman for “Invictus”), supporting actress for Anna Kendrick and adapted screenplay by Reitman and Sheldon Turner.

The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures consists of film professionals, educators, historians and students. The group is often a leading bellwether for the Academy Awards. Its past two best film selections — “No Country for Old Men” and “Slumdog Millionaire” — went on to receive the top Academy Award.

Earlier this week, “The Hurt Locker” won the Gotham Independent Award for best film, and “Precious” and “The Last Station” dominated the nominations for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards. The awards season kicks into high gear the week of Dec. 13 with the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the New York Film Critics Circle making their selections, along with the announcement of nominations for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Board of Review awards will be presented at the organization's annual gala on Jan. 12 in New York.

-- Susan King

Photo: George Clooney in "Up in the Air." Credit: DreamWorks

Monday roundup: Actors praise actors in SAG preview, award show previews

Photo_05_hires  Variety continues its Screen Actors Guild Awards preview with a series of enlightening quotes from actors -- including a number of Oscar and Emmy winners or nominees -- on their favorite performances of the year, many of whom are strong contenders for this year's award season. 

Among those contributing to the preview are Julianne Moore, who praises Meryl Streep's turn as Julia Child in "Julie and Julia"; Ben Affleck on "Hurt Locker's" Jeremy Renner; Tom Cruise on Peter Sarsgaard in "An Education"; Holly Hunter on Abbie Cornish in "Bright Star"; and Charlize Theron, who waxes enthusiastically on Michelle Monaghan's underrated starring role in "Trucker." The most moving of the lot is Martin Sheen's tribute to Hal Holbrook in "That Evening Sun"; Sheen reminisces about starring with Holbrook in the Emmy-winning 1972 TV movie "That Certain Summer," one of the first productions to deal with homosexuality in a serious manner before praising the 87-year-old for producing yet another seamless screen character. What might have been another round of actor-on-actor gladhanding is actually an insightful collection of observations, especially in regard to what catches an actor's eye when regarding another performance. The Screen Actors Guild Awards themselves will air Jan. 23 on TNT and TBS.

Meanwhile, over at, there's a comprehensive listing of upcoming award shows and nomination announcements, starting with tonight's Gotham Awards and wrapping with the Dec. 15 Golden Globe noms. Author Peter Knegt does a fine job of assessing each of the events and breaking down how wins at each of these shows may translate into Oscar gold (based on last year's awards) and potential box office returns. It's a useful guide to the dizzying schedule of award shows that seem to come every few days before and after the December holidays.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Hal Holbrook in "That Evening Sun." Credit: Freestyle Releasing.

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Golden Globes category for best animated feature expands to five nominees

2009-golden-globes-logo2When the nominees for the 67th Golden Globe Awards are announced Dec. 15, there will be five films in contention for the best animated feature category. The announcement came today after members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. voted last week to expand the number of nominations for this year's awards. 

The rule now states that eligible films must be feature length (70 minutes or more) with no more than 25% live action. If less than eight animated films qualify, the award will not be given, though the films would qualify for best picture. If less than 12 films qualify, the category is limited to three nominations per year.

The news of the expanded nominations for the Golden Globes comes on the heels of word from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that 20 features have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category for the 82nd Oscars. The number of submitted films virtually assures that five films will be in contention for that award.

The Golden Globes will broadcast live on Jan. 17 on NBC.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

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