American Film Institute Announces Best Movies, TV of 2010 


The American Film Institute has released its annual list of the 10 best movies of the year and 10 best TV programs of the year. If you don't agree with the list, you can blame the jurors this year, and they are (from the Hollywood Reporter):

This year's motion picture jury was chaired by producer Tom Pollock, a member of the AFI board of trustees, and consisted of Jeanine Basinger, Wesleyan University; Donn Cambern, editor; Diablo Cody, writer/producer; Lee Daniels, director/producer; Jane Gaines, Columbia University; Gazzale; Akira Mizuta Lippit, University of Southern California; Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight; Elvis Mitchell, At the Movies; Claudia Puig, USA Today; Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly; and Michael Wood, Princeton University.

Producer Richard Frank of the AFI board of trustees chaired the TV jury, which consisted of Steven Bochco, producer/writer; Gazzale; Marshall Herskovitz, producer/writer/director; Jennifer Love Hewitt, actor/producer; Henry Jenkins, USC; Anna McCarthy, New York University; Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times; James Poniewozik, Time Magazine; Matt Roush, TV Guide Magazine; Maureen Ryan, AOL; John Schaffner, production designer; and Janet Staiger, University of Texas at Austin.


AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

BLACK SWAN
THE FIGHTER
INCEPTION
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
127 HOURS
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
THE TOWN
TOY STORY 3
TRUE GRIT
WINTER'S BONE

AFI TELEVISION PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

THE BIG C
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
BREAKING BAD
GLEE
MAD MEN
MODERN FAMILY
THE PACIFIC
TEMPLE GRANDIN
30 ROCK
THE WALKING DEAD

AFI SPECIAL AWARDS

THE KING'S SPEECH
WAITING FOR SUPERMAN


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Los Angeles Film Critics Also Like "The Social Network!" 


The Los Angeles Film Critics Association joined the many friends of "The Social Network" by awarding it Best Picture of the year. David Fincher was named Best Director (he tied with Olivier Assayas for "Carlos"), and Aaron Sorkin won Best Screenplay. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross also won Best Music/Score where they tied with Alexandre Desplat for "The Ghost Writer."

I'm loving it that the LA Film Critics did not forget Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer." It's one of the best films of the year, and Olivia Williams was runner up for Best Supporting Actress. (Check out my interview with Olivia Williams back in February where I told her some possible awards buzz for her performance in "Ghost Writer")

Here's the complete list of winners:

PICTURE: The Social Network
Runner-up: Carlos

DIRECTOR: Olivier Assayas, Carlos, and David Fincher, The Social Network (tie)

ACTOR: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

ACTRESS: Kim Hye-ja, Mother
Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone

MUSIC/SCORE: Alexandre Desplat, The Ghost Writer, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network (tie)

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Guy Hendrix Dyas, Inception
Runner-up: Eve Stewart, The King's Speech

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Runner-up: Roger Deakins, True Grit

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Runner-up: Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Niels Arestrup, A Prophet
Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Carlos
Runner-up: Mother

ANIMATION: Toy Story 3
Runner-up: The Illusionist

SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Runner-up: David Seidler, The King's Speech

DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION FILM: Last Train Home
Runner-up: Exit Through the Gift Shop

NEW GENERATION: Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture

DOUGLAS E. EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO: Film Socialism

LEGACY OF CINEMA AWARDS: Serge Bromberg, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, and the F.W. Murnau Foundation and Fernando Pena for the restoration of Metropolis

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Paul Mazursky

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Boston Society of Film Critics Really Like "The Social Network!" Facebook Film Won 5 Trophies 


The Boston Society of Film Critics voted and they really liked "The Social Network." The Sony Pictures release won five awards including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg, Best Director for David Fincher, Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Use of Music in a Film for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Here's the complete list of winner of the Boston Society of Film Critics awards:

Best Picture -- The Social Network

Best Actor -- Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network

Best Actress -- Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor -- Christian Bale for The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress -- Juliette Lewis for Conviction

Best Director -- David Fincher for The Social Network

Best Screenplay -- Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network

Best Cinematography -- Roger Deakins for True Grit

Best Documentary -- Marwencol

Best Foreign-Language Film -- Mother

Best Animated Film -- Toy Story 3

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer) -- Andrew Weisblum for Black Swan

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy) -- Jeff Malmberg for Marwencol

Best Ensemble Cast -- The Fighter

Best Use of Music in a Film -- Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network

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More Friends for "The Social Network!" This Time It's the New York Film Critics Online! Oh, They Love "Black Swan" and James Franco Too! 


David Fincher's "The Social Network" continues its march towards the Academy Awards with more trophies! The New York Film Critics Online voted it as the Best Picture of the year with Fincher winning Best Director and Aaron Sorkin receiving the Best Screenplay. ("The Social Network" movie review)

Meanwhile, Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" earned three trophies including Best Actress for Natalie Portman, Cinematographer (and fellow proud Filipino) Matthew Libatique, and Score by Clint Mansell.

James Franco won Best Actor for his wonderful performance as a trapped rock climber Aron Ralston for "127 Hours." (Check out my interview with Franco and director Danny Boyle for "127 Hours")

Here's the complete list of the winner of the New York Film Critics Online awards:

Picture
“The Social Network”

Actor
James Franco, “127 Hours”

Actress
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

Director
David Fincher, “The Social Network”

Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”

Breakthrough Performer
Noomi Repace, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”

Debut Director
John Wells, “The Company Men”

Ensemble Cast
“The Kids Are All Right”

Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

Documentary
“Exit Through The Gift Shop”

Foreign Language
“I Am Love”

Animated
“Toy Story 3”

Cinematography
“Black Swan”

Film Music or Score
“Black Swan”

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"Narnia" Sails Past Competition for No. 1 Box-Office Crown! Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp Flop! 


Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp could not beat the great lion Aslan. "The Tourist" starring the world's biggest stars failed to capture the No. 1 crown from "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." (Interviews with Georgie Henley and Will Poulter from "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

The third film in the "Narnia" series scored another No. 1 hit for the franchise earning $24.5 million for the weekend even though it's decidedly lower compared to the other "Narnia" movies.

The first film, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," is still the biggest opener with $65.6 million and nearly $300 million total. The second, "Prince Caspian," opened at No. 1 with $55 million and swashbuckled to $141 million.

"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" was not as successful as the first two, but it still opened at No. 1. Creatively? The first film is still the best of the series, followed by "Dawn Treader" with "Prince Caspian" lagging behind. ("The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" movie review)

Lagging behind was the inept and lifeless "The Tourist" featuring Jolie and Depp in a ho-hum mystery that featured zero chemistry between the two stars. Apparently, viewers agreed and only gave the film a No. 2 opening with a very lackluster $17 million take. With a supposed $100 million budget, "The Tourist" would need millions of traveler's checks just to break even.

At No. 3 was "Tangled" with $14.6 million. The lovely Disney animated wonder has just crossed the $115 million mark this weekend. ("Tangled" movie review)

Meanwhile, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" finished at No. 4 with $8.5 million and is closing in on the $260 million mark domestically. ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" movie review)

And it's the Oscar season, and two of the biggest Academy Award baits enjoyed box-office moolah. Fox Searchlight's "Black Swan" landed in No. 6 with $3.3 million in just 90 theaters y'all! ("Black Swan" movie review)

Opening in just four theaters was "The Fighter" featuring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in a boxing family drama. I love this movie, and Bale WILL WIN BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OSCAR! "The Fighter" made a strong $80,000 per theater and will expand into 2,000 theaters on December 17.

Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of Dec. 10:

1 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) $24.5 M
2 The Tourist (PG-13) $17.0 M
3 Tangled (PG) $14.6 M
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (PG-13) $8.5 M
5 Unstoppable (PG-13) $3.8 M
6 Black Swan (R) $3.3 M
7 Burlesque (PG-13) $3.2 M
8 Love and Other Drugs (R) $3.0 M
9 Due Date (R) $2.5 M
10 Megamind (PG) $2.5 M

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