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Tom Hooper wins top honors from the Directors Guild of America


The Directors Guild of America on Saturday evening named Tom Hooper best director of 2010 for "The King's Speech," the film based on the real-life story of King George VI's battle to overcome a debilitating stammer. It is the first guild win in the feature category for the 38-year-old filmmaker.

"Oh my God," said a surprised Hooper. "I am so grateful to my wonderful cast. I am overwhelmed. This is the highest honor of my life."

Hooper was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Movie Award. He's also in contention for a BAFTA and an Academy Award.

"The King's Speech" was the surprise winner last week at the Producers Guild of America Awards -- the Facebook drama "The Social Network" had been favored to win the prize -- and leads the list of most-nominated films heading into the Academy Awards with 12.

The DGA Awards are one of the most dependable bellwethers of the Academy Awards. In fact, in the last 62 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the DGA have disagreed in their choices only six times.

The 63rd annual DGA ceremony was held at the Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood and Highland with Carl Reiner hosting.

The guild awarded its prize for directing a TV drama series to Martin Scorsese for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," though Scorsese, who was said to be ill, did not attend the ceremony. Charles Ferguson won in the documentary category for his feature "Inside Job." Mick Jackson won for directorial achievement in movies for television and miniseries for HBO's "Temple Grandin," while Michael Spiller won for the ABC hit "Modern Family" in the TV comedy series category.

Glenn Weiss won in the musical/variety race for his direction of the 64th annual Tony Awards (CBS), and Larry Carpenter won for his work on "One Life to Live" in the daytime serials category.

The DGA also kicked off its 75th anniversary at the ceremony with DGA winners including Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, John Rich and Steven Spielberg introducing special film-clip presentations on "game-changing" moments in the guild's history.

Among the other awards handed out, Eytan Keller won for outstanding achievement in reality programs for "The Next Iron Chef" (Food Network); Eric Bross won top honors in the children's programs category for "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" (Nickelodeon); and Stacy Wall was recognized for his achievement in commercials directing.

-- Susan King

Photo: Tom Hooper at the James Hotel in Chicago. Credit: Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune


'The Social Network' awards sweep is not unprecedented

Schindlers list

A few times in awards history, one film has dominated the derby, snatching virtually every laurel en route to the Oscar finish line, but only once did a movie pull off a perfect romp: "Schindler's List" (1993). On other occasions, "L.A. Confidential" (1997), "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), "No Country for Old Men" (2007), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) and "The Hurt Locker" (2009) won most prizes, but not all, and, in "Brokeback's" case, of course, it tripped up at the Oscars.

Below is a breakdown of the best-picture prizes bestowed by every major awards group in those years. Note: The Critics' Choice Award was launched in 1995.

This year "The Social Network" has pulled off a perfect sweep so far, bagging best picture from the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics' Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., National Society of Film Critics, Critics Choice Award and Golden Globe.


Los Angeles Film Critics Assn: "Schindler's List"
National Board of Review: "Schindler's List"
New York Film Critics Circle: "Schindler's List"
National Society of Film Critics: "Schindler's List"
Golden Globes: "Schindler’s List" (drama), Mrs. Doubtfire" (comedy/musical)
Producers Guild of America: "Schindler's List"
Academy Awards: "Schindler's List"


National Board of Review: "L.A. Confidential"
New York Film Critics Circle: "L.A. Confidential"
Los Angeles Film Critics Assn: "L.A. Confidential"
National Society of Film Critics: "L.A. Confidential"
Critics Choice:  "L.A. Confidential"
Producers Guild of America: "Titanic"
Golden Globes: "Titanic" (drama), "As Good as It Gets" (comedy/musical)
Academy Awards: "Titanic"

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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

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

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

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

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'Social Network' wins best film at New York Film Critics Circle Awards


"The Social Network" seems unstoppable this award season. After winning best picture Sunday from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the Boston Society of Film Critics and earning an AFI Award  2010 as one of the best films of the year, the drama about the creation of the social networking site Facebook was named best film Monday by the New York Film Critics Circle.

"I think it is a consistent favorite across the board," said NYFCC chairman Armond White, film critic for the New York Press, about "Social Network." "It seemed to be a big favorite. The group as a whole loved it."

The film, which also was named best film by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, also won best director Monday for David Fincher.

Best actress honors went to Annette Bening for her role as a lesbian mother who is troubled when her children find their sperm donor father in "The Kids Are All Right." Mark Ruffalo earned supporting actor for the film and Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg won for their screenplay.

Colin Firth was named best actor as the stammering King George VI in "The King's Speech." The LAFCA also named him best actor on Sunday.

Best supporting actress went to Melissa Leo, as Mark Wahlberg 's manager mother in "The Fighter."

Matthew Libatique earned the best cinematography award for "Black Swan." He was also  LAFCA's pick in this category. Best animated film went to France's traditionally hand-drawn 2D "The Illusionist," in an upset of the highly favored "Toy Story 3."

The best nonfiction film award went to "Inside Job," while "Carlos" was named best foreign language film. Best first feature went to the Australian crime drama "Animal Kingdom."

The NYFCC was founded in 1935 and includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and online sites. Their choices are frequently different than the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences , though both organizations chose "The Hurt Locker" as best film of 2009 and Kathryn Bigelow as best director.

The awards presentation takes place Jan. 10 at the Crimson, in New York's Flatiron district.

-- Susan King

Photo: Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Joseph Mazzello in "The Social Network." Credit: Merrick Morton / Associated Press

Get ready for the big awards push: critics' awards, Globe and SAG noms

Award fans, rejoice. Over the next week, the Oscar derby goes into full trot with major kudos news breaking almost every day. Here's the schedule.

SAG Awards Golden Globes

SUNDAY, DEC. 12 Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., New York Film Critics Online

MONDAY, DEC. 13 New York Film Critics Circle, Critics' Choice Awards nominations

TUESDAY, DEC. 14 Golden Globe nominations

THURSDAY, DEC. 16 SAG Awards nominations

The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the New York York Film Critics Circle are the old establishment awards bestowed by groups that used to include only members from print publications: LAFCA dating back to the mid-1970s, NYFCC dating back to the mid-1930s. Nowadays, they permit critics from websites to join too, but still they remain focused on major media. Throughout their histories they've had enormous influence on the Oscar derby. The Angelenos pushed "Rocky" and "Unforgiven" Oscar-bound. The New Yorkers can take much of the credit for the best-pic victories of "The Lost Weekend," "Marty," "In the Heat of the Night," "The Deer Hunter" and "The Silence of the Lambs" at the Oscars. Both groups have championed many Oscar-winning actors too. This year experts predict "The Social Network" will win best picture from both groups and Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") will prevail as best actor.

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L.A. and New York critics may soon trip up the derby

Los Angeles New York Film Critics

The next dramatic twists in the Oscar derby track come Sunday, Dec. 12, and Monday, Dec. 13, when voting occurs at the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the New York Film Critics Circle. Both groups' awards have had profound effects on Oscars in the past like last year when they propelled "The Hurt Locker" ahead in the best picture race. In previous years, they gave key pushes to "Unforgiven," "The Silence of the Lambs" and actress Marcia Gay Harden.

Sometimes the critics' groups like to shake things up by picking offbeat stuff like the Los Angeles group naming "WALL-E" best picture two years ago. "WALL-E" didn't have the clout to win the equivalent prize at the Oscars, but "Toy Story 3" does, so watch out.

But also watch out for really wacky choices too, particularly at the Gotham ballot session where all of the following received votes for best actress in past years: Bianca, the blow-up sex doll from "Lars and the Real Girl"; Eve, the fiesty female robot in "WALL-E"; and Tom Cruise in "Vanilla Sky." Yes, you read that correctly: Tom Cruise.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photos: "Lars and the Real Girl" (MGM), "WALL-E" (Pixar)


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