Denzel Washington, "Flight" Screenwriter Talk About Their Oscar Nominations 


Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" received a total of 2 Oscar nominations including Denzel Washington for "Flight" and Best Original Screenplay for John Gatins. Here's what the nominees say about their nods (to see complete 2013 Oscar nominations, click here)

Denzel Washington - FLIGHT

“ ‘Flight’ was one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever had in my career, and it was an honor to be directed by Robert Zemeckis. It’s always nice to be asked back to the show, and it will be fun to share the evening with our nominated screenwriter John Gatins."

John Gatins - FLIGHT

I’m truly humbled. This nomination represents the 12 years I spent writing the script married with the most amazing performance by Denzel Washington, and capped by the genius vision of Robert Zemeckis. Words cannot explain the honor I feel to have my name on the same poster as Bob, Denzel, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, Melisa Leo, James Badge Dale and Kelly Reilly.

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"Paranorman," "Anna Karenina," "Moonrise Kingdom" Release Oscar Statements About Nominations 


Focus Features received a total of six Oscar nominations revealed this morning. The studio's "Moonrise Kingdom" received a nod for Best Original Screenplay for Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. "Anna Karenina" received 4 nods including Production Design, Cinematography, Costume Design, and Original Score. Meanwhile, "Paranorman" was nominated for Best Animated Feature of the Year. And guess what? I agree with that!

Here are the statements from the nominees (to see full 2013 Oscar nominations list, click here):

MOONRISE KINGDOM

Best Original Screenplay
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“I was in the car with my family when we heard the news – everyone was so excited! It’s a wonderful honor to be nominated among many great films and storytellers – Wes and I are thrilled.”
-Roman Coppola, nominee for Best Original Screenplay (MOONRISE KINGDOM)

PARANORMAN

Best Animated Feature Film
Sam Fell and Chris Butler
“We are overjoyed that our movie has been Oscar-nominated! We made it with the unending support of brilliant producers and an amazing crew at LAIKA, a unique and cutting-edge studio. On behalf of all of them, we are so proud that the enduring craft of stop-motion has been acknowledged by the Academy -- and that the individuality of Norman himself is being celebrated.”
-- Sam Fell and Chris Butler, directors of the Best Animated Feature nominee ParaNorman
PARANORMAN
Best Animated Feature Film
"My heartfelt thanks to the Academy for honoring LAIKA and ParaNorman with this nomination. Working with our directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell and my fellow producer Arianne Sutner to bring ParaNorman to audiences worldwide has been the most rewarding experience of my professional life. We’re indebted to Focus Features and Universal Pictures for their advocacy and resolve, to our exceptional cast members for their keenly felt performances, and above all to our unparalleled, extraordinarily talented crew for handcrafting a moving and beautiful work of art."
-Travis Knight, President and CEO of LAIKA

ANNA KARENINA
Achievement in production design
Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
“Realizing our director Joe Wright’s bold and unique vision for ANNA KARENINA was a challenge, and ultimately a thrill. To have our work recognized by the AMPAS members is an honor, and a joy. We are proud to accept this nomination on behalf of what was a tremendous crew.”
-Sarah Greenwood (production designer) and Katie Spencer (set decorator), nominees for Best Production Design (ANNA KARENINA)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
Dario Marianelli
"I am delighted to be nominated, and humbled by being in the company of composers whose work I have admired for so long. For the fourth time, director Joe Wright has inspired me and made sure that I would not miss any of the opportunities that his movie opened up for the music. I feel very grateful towards him."
- Dario Marianelli, nominee for Best Original Score (ANNA KARENINA)

Achievement in cinematography
Seamus McGarvey
“The director of the film I’m currently working on just texted me. We had a $100 bet that I wouldn’t get nominated, but he texted me that he’s $100 richer! I’m over the moon!”
-Seamus McGarvey, nominee for Best Cinematography (ANNA KARENINA)

Achievement in costume design
Jacqueline Durran
“I’m very excited! I’m also very pleased that other members of the ANNA KARENINA gang were nominated since this film was a collaboration.”
-Jacqueline Durran, , nominee for Best Costume Design (ANNA KARENINA)

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85th Oscar Nominations Announced! Some Predictable, Others Surprising! See Full Nominees List! 


And the moment we, avid movie buffs, have been waiting for -- the 85th Annual Academy Awards nominations! Two things stuck in my mind as Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone were reading the nominees this morning; First, I was very happy that Michael Haneke's "Amour" received love from the Academy including Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Actress (Emmanuelle Riva), and Director. Second, hurray for Quvenzhané Wallis, the memorable child actress from "Beasts of the Southern Wild" received her first Best Actress Oscar nomination. She was considered a non-professional actor and was snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild, so yay for the Academy.

Speaking of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the film received kudos for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay (Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin), and Director for Zeitlin.

What I'm bummed about? Ben Affleck was ignored! His fantastic film, "Argo," received kudos for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay for Chris Terrio, yet, Affleck, nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award, was snubbed! Also missing was Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow of "Zero Dark Thirty," which was nominated for Best Picture. And Tom Hooper of "Les Miserables," also nominated for the DGA award was snubbed, and gasp, Quentin Tarantino as well!

Here's the complete list of nominees of the 85th Annual Academy Awards! Winners will be announced live on the Oscar telecast, hosted by MacFarlane, on Feb. 24 on ABC at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

How did the other award-giving bodies compare to the Oscar nominations? Click here to compare and contrast.

85th Annual Academy Award Nominees:

Best Picture

"Amour"
"Argo"
"Beasts Of The Southern Wild"
"Django Unchained"
"Les Miserables"
"Life Of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director

Michael Haneke - "Amour"
Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts Of The Southern Wild"
Ang Lee - "Life Of Pi"
Steven Spielberg - "Lincoln"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Denzel Washington - "Flight"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables"
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour"
Quvenzhane Wallis - "Beasts Of The Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts - "The Impossible"
Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings PLaybook"
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Alan Arkin - "Argo"
Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"
Tommy Lee Jones - "Lincoln"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Master"
Robert De Niro - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables"
Sally Field - "Lincoln"
Amy Adams "The Master"
Helen Hunt - "The Sessions"
Jacki Weaver - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Original Screenplay

Michael Haneke - "Amour"
Quentin Tarantino - "Django Unchained"
John Gatins - "Flight"
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola - "Moonrise Kingdom"
Mark Boal - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Adapted Screenplay

Chris Terrio - "Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
David Magee - "Life Of Pi"
Tony Kushner - "Lincoln"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Foreign Language Film

"Amour"
"Kon-Tiki"
"No"
"A Royal Affair"
"War Witch"

Best Animated Feature Film

"Brave"
"Frankenweenie"
"ParaNorman"
"The Pirates"
"Wreck-It Ralph"

Best Original Song

"Chasing Ice"
"Life Of Pi"
"Ted"
"Les Miserables"
"Skyfall"

Best Cinematography

Seamus McGarvey - "Anna Karenina"
Robert Richardson - "Django Unchained"
Claudio Miranda - "Life Of Pi"
Janusz Kaminski - "Lincoln"
Roger Deakins - "Skyfall"

Best Film Editing

William Goldenberg - "Argo"
Tim Squyres - "Life Of Pi"
Michael Kahn - Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers - "Silver Linings Playbook"
William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran - "Anna Karenina"
Paco Delgado - "Les Miserables"
Joanna Johnston - "Lincoln"
Eiko Ishioka - "Mirror Mirror"
Colleen Atwood - "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Best Documentary Feature

"5 Broken Cameras"
"The Gatekeepers"
"How To Survive A Plague"
"The Invisible War"
"Searching For Sugar Man"

Best Visual Effects

"The Avengers"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Life Of Pi"
"Prometheus"
"Snow White And The Huntsman"

Best Production Design

Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer - "Anna Karenina"
Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright - "The Hobbit"
Eve Stewart - "Les Miserables"
David Gropman, Anna Pinnock - "Life Of Pi"
Rick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T Frank - "Lincoln"

Best Original Score

Dario Marianelli - "Anna Karenina"
Alexandre Desplat - "Argo"
Mychael Danna - "Life Of Pi"
John Williams - "Lincoln"
Thomas Newman - "Skyfall"

Best Make Up

"Hitchcock"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Les Miserables"

Best Sound Editing

"Argo"
"Django Unchained"
"Life Of Pi"
"Skyfall"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Sound Mixing

"Argo"
"Les Miserables"
"Life Of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Skyfall

Best Documentary Short Film

"Inocente"
"Kings Point"
"Mondays At Racine"
"Open Heart"
"Redemption"

Best Animated Short

"Adam And Dog"
"Fresh Guacamole"
"Head Over Heels"
"Maggie Simpson In The Longest Daycare"
"Paperman"

Best Live-Action Short Film

"Asad"
"Buzkashi Boys"
"Curfew"
"Death Of A Shadow"
"Henry"

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Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Pick Dorian Award Nominees 


The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA), of which I'm a proud voting member, have announced the Dorian Award nominees for 2012's best in film and television across 20 categories.

In the film category, "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Keep the Lights On," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," and "Moonrise Kingdom" are competing for the Best Picture title.

Winners of the Dorian Awards will be announced on Wednesday, January 16.

Here are the nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

FILM OF THE YEAR

Argo (Warner Bros.)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight)

Keep the Lights On (Music Box)

Les Miserables (Universal)

Lincoln (DreamWorks/Touchstone)

Moonrise Kingdom (Focus)


FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTOR

Alan Cumming / Any Day Now (Music Box)

Bradley Cooper / Silver Linings Playbook (Weinstein)

Daniel Day-Lewis / Lincoln (DreamWorks/Touchstone)

Hugh Jackman / Les Miserables (Universal)

Joaquin Phoenix / The Master (Weinstein)

John Hawkes / The Sessions (Fox Searchlight)



FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTRESS

Anne Hathaway / Les Miserables (Universal)

Emmanuelle Riva / Amour (Sony Pictures Classics)

Jennifer Lawrence / Silver Linings Playbook (Weinstein)

Jessica Chastain / Zero Dark Thirty (Sony/Columbia)

Marion Cotillard / Rust and Bone (Sony Pictures Classics)



LGBT FILM OF THE YEAR

Any Day Now (Music Box)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros.)

Gayby (Wolfe Releasing/The Film Collaborative)

Keep the Lights On (Music Box)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit/Lionsgate)



DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (IFC)

Bully (Weinstein)

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (Samuel Goldwyn)

How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)

The Invisible War (Cinedigm)

The Queen of Versailles (Magnolia)



VISUALLY STRIKING FILM OF THE YEAR

(honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

Anna Karenina (Focus)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros.)

Les Miserables (Universal)

Life of Pi (Fox)

Moonrise Kingdom (Focus)



CAMPY FLICK OF THE YEAR

2016: Obama's America (Rocky Mountain)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros.)

Magic Mike (Warner Bros.)

The Paperboy (Millennium)

Pitch Perfect (Universal)

Rock of Ages (Warner Bros./New Line)



UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR

Bernie (Millennium)

The Cabin in the Woods (Lionsgate)

Chronicle (Fox)

Holy Motors (Indomina)

Looper (Sony)

Your Sister’s Sister (IFC)



TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Homeland (Showtime)

Mad Men (AMC)



TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Girls (HBO)

Happy Endings (ABC)

Louie (FX)

Modern Family (ABC)



TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTOR

Aaron Paul / Breaking Bad (AMC)

Damian Lewis / Homeland (Showtime)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson / Modern Family (ABC)

Jim Parsons / The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Jon Hamm / Mad Men (AMC)



TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTRESS

Claire Danes / Homeland (Showtime)

Jessica Lange / American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

Julianne Moore / Game Change (HBO)

Edie Falco / Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Lena Dunham / Girls (HBO)

Sofia Vergara / Modern Family (ABC)



TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Darren Criss, "Teenage Dream," Glee (Fox)

De'Borah Garner, The Fray's "You Found Me," The Voice (NBC)

Jennifer Hudson, Tribute to Whitney Houston, The Grammys (CBS)

Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee, "Let Me Be Your Star,” Smash (NBC)

Raza Jaffrey, Katharine McPhee and cast: "A Thousand and One Nights,” Smash (NBC)



LGBT TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

Happy Endings (ABC)

Modern Family (ABC)

The New Normal (NBC)

Smash (NBC)



CAMPY TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

666 Park Avenue (ABC)

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

GCB (ABC)

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)

Liz & Dick (Lifetime)

Smash (NBC)



UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Bunheads (ABC Family)

Catfish (MTV)

Fringe (FX)

GCB (ABC)

Happy Endings (ABC)

Parenthood (NBC)



TV OR MOVIE TITLE OF THE YEAR

Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (ABC)

GCB (ABC)

I Was Impaled (Discovery Fit & Health)

I'm Having Their Baby (Oxygen)

It's Christmas, Carol! (Hallmark Channel)



WE'RE WILDE ABOUT YOU (NEWCOMER AWARD)

Andrew Rannells

Anna Camp

Ben Whishaw

Eddie Redmayne

Ezra Miller



WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR

(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Bill Maher

Chelsea Handler

Jon Stewart

Lena Dunham

Sarah Silverman

Stephen Colbert



WILDE ARTIST OF THE YEAR


(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television)

Lena Dunham

Louis C.K.

Ryan Murphy

Tony Kushner

Tig Notaro



TIMELESS AWARD

(honoring an actor or performer whose exemplary career has been marked by character, wisdom and wit)

Sir Ian McKellen

ABOUT GALECA

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, founded in 2008 by Us Weekly television critic John Griffiths, is comprised of over 80 established film and TV critics and entertainment journalists who cover those fields for recognized media outlets across America and the United Kingdom. Our members write or report for the likes of TV Guide, Us Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Movies.com, ETOnline, The Advocate, Out, The Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, major TV network affiliates, and regional titles such as The Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, Frontiers L.A. and InsideOut Nashville. GALECA is home to the annual Dorian Awards, which honor movies and TV programs of all types. Overall, GALECA's aim is to generate camaraderie in an unsettling media environment, to preserve and champion the crafts of criticism and entertainment journalism, and to help elevate the screen arts and culture at large.

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American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards Nominees! 


The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the nominees for their 27th Annual awards. And the fantastic cinematographers getting nods are:

Seamus McGarvey -- "Anna Karenina"
Danny Cohen -- "Les Miserables"
Claudio Miranda -- "Life of Pi"
Janusz Kaminski -- "Lincoln"
Roger Deakins -- "Skyfall"

Winner of the ASC Awards will be announced on February 10th at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

Here's the full press release; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

LOS ANGELES, January 9, 2013 — Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (Anna Karenina), Danny Cohen, BSC (Les Miserables), Claudio Miranda, ASC (Life of Pi), Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln) and Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (Skyfall) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The winner will be announced at the ASC Awards celebration on February 10 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

“The films our members have nominated are visually distinctive, and very diverse: a theatrical epic, a grand musical, an imaginative 3-D fable, a sweeping biographical drama, and a stylish spy thriller,” notes ASC President Stephen Lighthill. “What they all have in common is that each project’s cinematographer contributed captivating visuals that enhanced and elevated the storytelling.”

This year’s nod brings Deakins’ total to 11. He won ASC Awards for The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (2002). His other nominations were for Fargo (1997), Kundun (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2001), No Country for Old Men (2008), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2008), Revolutionary Road (2009), The Reader (2009) and True Grit (2011). He was also the recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

This is Kaminski’s fifth nomination. His prior nominations were for Schindler’s List (1994), Amistad (1998), Saving Private Ryan (1999) and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2008).

Cohen, McGarvey and Miranda have all been recognized once previously – Cohen for The King’s Speech (2011); McGarvey for Atonement (2008); and Miranda for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009).


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