Awards Tracker

All things Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Tonys

Category: Melissa Leo

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

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
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.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
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.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
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.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
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.


BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MOVIE CAST
"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."

Continue reading »

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.


Scorecard: Major awards bestowed so far

Siz leading awards groups have doled out trophies so far this derby season. Below is a rundown of who won what.

CC = Critics' Choice
GG = Golden Globe
LAFCA = Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
NBR = National Board of Review
NSFC = National Society of Film Critics
NYFCC = New York Film Critics Circle

BEST PICTURE
"The Social Network" – CC, GG, LAFCA, NBR, NSFC, NYFCC

BEST DIRECTOR
David Fincher, "The Social Network" -- CC, GG, LAFCA, NBR, NSFC, NYFCC

BEST ACTOR
Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network" – NBR, NSFC
Colin Firth, "The King's Speech" – CC, GG, LAFCA, NYFCC

Continue reading »

Golden Globes: Melissa Leo is finally allowed into the party

Melissaleo
Melissa Leo drew plenty of critical acclaim for her role as a desperate single mother in "Frozen River." But getting a win for her turn as a manipulative mom in "The Fighter" brings the 50-year-old  actress a new level of validation.

Back in 2008, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. didn't nominate her for her "River" turn, and she noted backstage Sunday, with maybe a small amount of bitterness, that she had to stand outside a Globes party and watch the happenings on a monitor.

Leo, who's looking like a front-runner for supporting actress at the Oscars, is quickly evolving into this year's Richard Jenkins, the "Visitor" star and actor's actor whose award-season narrative is all about dues-paying. Leo seems to be aware of, and savvily tapping into, that storyline, making several remarks about how hard she's worked while under the radar all these years.

"I have a son," she said. "He's 23 years old, I've raised him on the back of acting."

RELATED:

Angelina Photos: Red carpet arrivals

Ricky Gervais makes some stars squirm

Ricky Gervais gets back almost as good as he gets

Golden Globes shows love to 'The Social Network'

'Glee' is TV's big, emotional winner

Winners' scorecard

Golden Globes: Candid quotes

The Big Picture: Golden Globes

Golden Globes red carpet: Angelina Jolie, Justin Bieber are loving life

Ministry of Gossip: Golden Globes

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Melissa Leo. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters



Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Stay Connected:




Recent Posts

Categories


Archives