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'Burlesque,' 'True Grit' among Costume Designers Guild nominees

"Burlesque," "True Grit" and "The Tempest' are among the nominees for the 13th-annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. The announcement was made Thursday morning.

Nominated in the excellence in contemporary film category are  Amy Westcott for "Black Swan;" Michael Kaplan for "Burlesque;" JeffreyKurland for "Inception;" Jacqueline West for "The Social Network;" and Ellen Mirojnick for "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

Nominees for excellence in period film are Mark Bridges for "The Fighter;" Jenny Beavan for "The King's Speech;" and Mary Zophres for "True Grit."

Vying in the excellence in fantasy film category are  Colleen Atwood for "Alice in Wonderland;" Sandy Powell for "The Tempest;" and Michael Wilkinson and Christine Bieselin Clark for "Tron: Legacy."
On the television side, the nominees for outstanding contemporary TV series are Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko for "Big Love;" Randall Christensen, Daniella Gschwendtner and Steven Norman Lee for "Dancing With the Stars;" Lou Eyrich for "Glee;" Alix Friedberg for "Modern Family;" and Alonzo Wilson for "Treme."

Nominated in the outstanding period/fantasy TV series category are John A. Dunn for "Boardwalk Empire;" Janie Bryant for "Mad Men;" and Joan Bergin for "The Tudors."

Outstanding made for television movie or miniseries nominees are Penny Rose and Joe Hobbs for "The Pacific;" Cindy Evans for "Temple Grandin;" and Rita Ryack for "You Don't Know Jack."

Among the special awards to be handed out at the gala hosted by Kristin Davis on Feb. 22 at the Beverly Hilton are the Lacoste Spotlight Award to Halle Berry; the Disaronno Career Achievement in Film and Television Award to costume designer Julie Weiss and the Distinguished Collaborator Award to director Joel Schumacher. The late Michael Dennison will be inducted into the guild's Hall of Fame.

For a list of the nominees for costume design in commercials and more information go to

--Susan King

"Burlesque" photo from Screen Gems

SAG nominations: The good, the bad and the shockeroos [Update]

SAG Awards 1The SAG Awards pulled off a cowboy-styled rescue of "True Grit" two days after it got skunked at the Golden Globes. The guild kudos added another big surprise in the film races too. Hello, Hilary Swank!

More thoughts on the nominations:

"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"The King's Speech"
"The Social Network"

"The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right," "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" were locks, but some pundits thought the fifth slot would go to "Inception" or "The Town." Turns out "Black Swan" swooped down here, probably because it has special appeal to the actors casting these ballots. It's about show business. It's a thrillingly creepy update of "All About Eve" in tutus.

Jeff Bridges, "True Grit"
Robert Duvall, "Get Low"
Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
Colin Firth, "The King’s Speech"
James Franco, "127 Hours"

Maybe Javier Bardem ("Biutiful"), Mark Wahlberg ("The Fighter") and Ryan Gosling ("Blue Valentine") never had a prayer of getting in. Firth and Franco were destined to nab spots, being the front-runners, and Eisenberg had to be included because he's the hot new Thing. Room had to be made for Duvall because he's the revered veteran and for Bridges because he's last year's champ returning in a Coen brothers' flick. Oh, yeah, it helps that Bridges appears in a classic Oscar-winning role pioneered by John Wayne in 1969.

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

Swank bumped such formidable foes as Michelle Williams ("Blue Valentine"), Halle Berry ("Frankie and Alice"), Julianne Moore ("The Kids Are All Right"), Sally Hawkins ("Made in Dagenham") and National Board of Review champ Lesley Manville ("Another Year"). SAG was the one place where Moore and Manville could've heeded cries across the blogosphere for them to drop into supporting and thrive there. At SAG, actors decide what categories to enter. At the Golden Globes, there's an eligibility committee that decides these matters. HFPA put both Moore and Manville in lead – and then snubbed Manville.  [For the record, 12:30 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the HFPA snubbed Moore as well. Moore was nominated for a Golden Globe in the lead actress category].

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Golden Globes nominations: Halle Berry

Halle Berry Earlier this year, Halle Berry wasn't sure the drama she produced and stars in, "Frankie and Alice," would ever get a theatrical release. On Tuesday, Berry awoke in Los Angeles to learn she had received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the film as a woman whose multiple personalities include a white racist.

"We had a hard time finding a distributor because people said, ‘Who wants to see this?’"  Berry said. "These movies are becoming dinosaurs -- movies about complex issues and characters. Studios are interested in animated movies and comedies."

"Frankie and Alice" was shot in 2008 and 2009 and sat on the shelf without a distributor for more than a year until Freestyle Releasing acquired it in the spring. After a one-week academy qualifying run this month, the film will open on 400 screens Jan. 28.

This wouldn't be the first time a movie that had languished in distribution limbo became a late-to-the-season awards contender. Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for "Crazy Heart," a film scheduled to go direct-to-DVD before Fox Searchlight acquired it in July 2009, and 2009 best picture winner "Slumdog Millionaire" was left searching for a buyer when its original distributor, Warner Independent, went out of business.

Berry's performance in "Frankie and Alice" required more than the usual actorly preparation. "I broke it down like I do every character," Berry said. "I normally create a journal, create a life for a character. Only this time, instead of doing it for one character, I did it for three."

Now an audience of tens of millions will watch Berry play herself on the Golden Globes red carpet less than two weeks before the film's release.

"With this recognition, hopefully, that will inspire people to check it out," Berry said.

-- Rebecca Keegan

Photo: Halle Berry. Credit: Reuters


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