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● Most Grammy pundits agree that Eminem -- who leads with the most nominations (10) -- is going to have his biggest trophy sweep ever, but he's got a defeatist attitude, according to Royce da 5'9", a singerEminem grammy on Em's label, Shady Records. "He doesn't think he's gonna win anything," he told MTV News. "He wouldn't bet me, though. But I think he honestly thinks he's not gonna win. Which I think is ridiculous." MTV

● Grammy rumor: "This year the big show opener will be a tribute to Aretha Franklin featuring Christina Aguilera, fresh off her Super Bowl fumble, and Jennifer Hudson, among others. Odds are that the Queen of Soul may even make an appearance to put an exclamation point on the segment and her recovery from a recent undisclosed illness." WAYNE'S WORLD

● After causing a fashion uproar at the Golden Globes for wearing different-colored shoes, Helena Bonham Carter promises that her footwear will match at the upcoming Oscars, but the rest of her ensemble will "probably be a catastrophe." LONDON TELEGRAPH

● When Gold Derby executive editor Paul Sheehan and I hooked up with Jeffrey Wells for a video slugfest at the Hollywood Museum, the Hollywood-Elsewhere wag equated Oscar voters' love for "The King's Speech" to an alcoholic having a relapse. "It's back to the booze and slurping," he says, now that voters are seemingly about to pick a "huggy bear, comfy blanket" movie for best picture. GOLD DERBY

BaftaSasha Stone predicts what will happen at BAFTA when the British film awards are doled out Sunday. Expect "The King's Speech," of course, but she warns: "The BAFTAs have been known to shock, however. Last year's 'Hurt Locker' win, for instance, was a bit of a heartstopper. …. Tilda Swinton won for 'Michael Clayton' just before winning the Oscar, as did Marion Cotillard. Famously, Roman Polanski won Best Director at the BAFTA before then winning the Oscar as well for 'The Pianist.' " AWARDS DAILY

● If you want to win your office Oscar pool, pay special attention to those tricky crafts categories. Kris Tapley does an artful job handicapping the race for best art direction. Though predicting "The King's Speech," he warns that " 'Alice in Wonderland' is definitely a spoiler possibility," noting that Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" pulled off an upset here a few years ago. IN CONTENTION

 -- Tom O'Neil

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Quiz: What was the last film to win three Oscars for acting?

If "The King's Speech" wins all three of its nominations for acting (Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter), it will become only the third film to do so. The first was "Streetcar Named Desire" in 1951 (Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter). What's the other? To see the answer, click on the "Continue Reading" link under the photos below. [For the record: An earlier version of this post left out Kim Hunter and said Marlon Brando had won.]

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SAG Awards: Colin Firth hopes 'King's Speech' makes a difference to people

Colinfirth "The King's Speech" is about royal public life getting sabotaged by private matters — and when the cast of the film won the ensemble award as the climax of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, there was an appropriate bit of stutter and flutter amid the pageantry.

Colin Firth didn't know the trophy had been won — he was backstage after winning the previous award for lead actor in a film — and Helena Bonham Carter almost stayed in her seat. "I thought 'The Fighter' was going to win it," she said backstage as the applause still echoed in the Shrine Auditorium.

After receiving the trophy, the cast left the stage in the wrong direction and, once off, they had to pause for a few moments so Geoffrey Rush could make a stop. But really, where it mattered most, the cast of elite British actors sparkled — on screen and on the SAG stage.

Firth said he has also been having meaningful encounters on the streets these days as people "talk about themselves, their sons, their daughters, the person in their life who has a problem with speech," the actor said. "I never knew there were so many people in that place out there. You hope as an actor that something you do will make a difference, you know? A lot of it is fun or escapism or light, but I think deep in all of us we hope something we do will really matter to people in a deep way."


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— Geoff Boucher 

Photo: Colin Firth accepts the award for outstanding male actor in a leading role for "The King's Speech" at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.

Tom O'Neil's gutsy SAG Awards predictions

SAG Awards 11The SAG Awards start in just a few hours. Herewith Tom O'Neil's predictions for who will walk away with trophies:

X = Predicted Winner

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

Firth is an awards juggernaut and can't be stopped.

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

Annette Bening has a shot at winning here. She's a beloved veteran who plays gay –- like Sean Penn, who won best actor two years ago for "Milk." But Natalie Portman has mojo, sex appeal and gives the kind of fierce physical performance that wows. It also helps that she stars in a film about the performaning arts –- that's very appealing to fellow actors who vote here.  Oh, yeah, and it also helps that she's pregnant and beaming about it.

Christian Bale, "The Fighter"
John Hawkes, "Winter's Bone"
Jeremy Renner, "The Town"
Mark Ruffalo, "The Kids Are All Right"
X -- Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"

Most award gurus are betting on Christian Bale, who won the Golden Globe and lots of critics' awards, but I think Rush will prevail because of the tsunami of sudden love we're seeing for "King's Speech." It was only one of two films sent to the full SAG membership on DVD. (The other was "Social Network.") That helps too.

Amy Adams, "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech"
Mila Kunis, "Black Swan"
X -- Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"
Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"

Based on the argument I made for Geoffrey Rush winning, I should also back Helena Bonham Carter, but she doesn't give an emotionally flashy performance -– not like Melissa Leo, who mugs, grandstands and rattles the rafters as the fiesty mom of a boxer who doesn't pull her punches.

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

Most pundits say "Social Network" or "Fighter" will win here, but I think this where we'll see more surprise awards love for that rumbling volcano "King's Speech."

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'King's Speech' goes deep with the cast for SAG voters

Kingspeech1 Harvey Weinstein really wants a SAG ensemble win for his cast of "The King's Speech." The Weinstein Co. is pushing what they call "a dream cast" in a new round of 60-second television spots that have been airing in advance of the Screen Actors Guild filling in ballots before Friday's deadline. (The SAG Awards will be presented Sunday evening.)

Not only do the ads highlight the three leads: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, who all landed Oscar nominations this week, but they go further into the supporting cast that includes Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi and Jennifer Ehle -- award-winning British actors who have not been recognized by any of the awards organizations but who have been called out by various critics. Pearce has been called "fantastic," while Ehle is "first-rate" and Michael Gambon is "majestic."

With the Oscars still a month away and many believing the race is opening up, a SAG win Sunday night will be crucial to the momentum of the nominees. None of that seems to be lost on Weinstein and Co. as they promote their British drama "The King's Speech."

--Nicole Sperling

Photo: Colin Firth portrays King George VI in "The King's Speech." Credit: Laurie Sparham / The Weinstein Co.

Oscar nominations: Helena Bonham Carter, best supporting mom

Helena Bonham Carter wasn't in the best of places to learn of her Oscar nomination. Not that there's anything wrong with London; it's more the fact that she's battling a cold. But luckily, "The King's Speech" producer Harvey Weinstein hasn't been pushing her too hard.

“I’ve been kind of lying low, frankly. I’d told him I prefer to be best supporting mom than best supporting actress.”

So, why is a movie about a stuttering king garnering this kind of response?

“It’s not just about royals. Anybody who’s got a sense of inadequacy or walks with any degree of fear in life relates to it, which, frankly, is everybody. It’s great that this film has gotten the success it’s had. It’s a tiny British movie. It has wit and heart. The biggest thing is its humanity. People are standing up and clapping at the end here [in the U.K.], which is unheard of.”

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-- Rebecca Keegan

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

'The King's Speech' earns Santa Barbara fest honor


The cast of "The King's Speech" has been named the best motion picture ensemble of the year at the 26th Santa Barbara Film Festival.

The drama about the struggles of England's King George VI to control his stuttering problem received the Producers Guild of America award Saturday night and is poised to earn several Academy Award nominations Tuesday morning. Colin Firth, who plays the monarch, has already won the Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Movie Award for his performance and is considered the favorite to receive the lead actor Oscar.

Besides Firth, the period drama also stars Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi and Claire Bloom.

The award will be handed out on Jan. 31 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre during the 11-day festival. Firth, Bonham Carter and others in the cast are expected to attend, as well as Tom Hooper, the film's director. Rush is also receiving another honor that night -- the Montecito Award Tribute.

"We are thrilled to not only recognize the extraordinary performance by Geoffrey Rush, but to be able to celebrate Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, two of our generation's most incredible actors, as well as a Broadway and West End stage and screen legend like Claire Bloom, who launched her career with Charlie Chaplin, is a dream come true," said the festival's executive director Roger Durling in a statement.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival takes place Jan. 27-Feb. 6.

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--Susan King

Photo: Colin Firth, left, and Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech." Credit: Laurie Sparham/The Weinstein Co.

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

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"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.
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-- Susan King

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


Golden Globes: Helena Bonham Carter gets a fan


Helena Bonham Carter, in an outfit that would make Lady Gaga swoon, is stopped as she exits the ladies' room by a sparkling Anne Hathaway: "I love you and your outfit. You're fabulous."

— Yvonne Villarreal

Photos: Helena Bonham Carter, left, and Anne Hathaway. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.


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