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“The King’s Speech,” “Glee” Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

"The King's Speech," "Glee" Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

"The King's Speech," "Glee" Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

“The King’s Speech,” “Glee” Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations. The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations are in and there are some surprises. While “The King’s Speech” earned the most nods with 7, including Best Picture, recent critically-panned fare like “Burlesque” and “The Tourist” also earned Best Picture nominations. “The King’s Speech,” the latest award-baiting Colin Firth drama, earned nods for Best Picture – Drama, Best Actor – Drama for Firth, Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. The David Fincher-directed Facebook drama “The Social Network” and the Mark Wahlberg-starring “The Fighter” trailed with six nods each. “The Social Network” also included nods for stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, while “The Fighter” picked up acting nominations Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo. The surprises come in the varied Best Picture – Musical or Comedy category, which honored the polarizing “Alice in Wonderland” remake, the acclaimed “The Kids Are All Right,” the Bruce Willis-starring “Red,” and the recently panned “Burlesque” and “The Tourist.” Is this a clever way to ensure “The Kids Are All Right” the win? Johnny Depp is also a double-nominee this year in the Best Actor – Musical or Comedy category, where he’s being honored for his turn as the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” and for “The Tourist.” Angelina Jolie picked up a nomination is the Best Actress – Musical or Comedy category, as did Emma Stone for “Easy A.” On the television front, “Glee” was the front-runner, earning five nominations, including Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy, and acting nods for Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, and Chris Colfer.   Eight other shows, including “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Dexter,” all scored three nominations each.
68th Annual Golden Globes Nominees:

Best Picture — Drama

Black Swan

The Fighter


The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Best Picture — Musical or Comedy

Alice in Wonderland


The Kids Are All Right


The Tourist

Best Actor — Drama

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

James Franco, 127 Hours

Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine

Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Actress — Drama

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp, The Tourist

Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version

Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs

Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs

Angelina Jolie, The Tourist

Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network

Jeremy Renner, The Town

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

David Fincher, The Social Network

Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Christopher Nolan, Inception

David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Screenplay

127 Hours, Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle

Inception, Christopher Nolan

The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

The King’s Speech, David Seidler

The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin

Best Original Song

“Bound to You,” Burlesque (performed by Christina Aguilera; written by Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler)

“Coming Home,” Country Strong (performed by Gwyneth Paltrow; written by Bob PiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges)

“I See the Light,” Tangled (performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi; written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater)

“There’s a Place For Us,” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (performed by Carrie Underwood; written by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey)

“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet,” Burlesque (performed by Cher; written by Diane Warren)

Best Original Score

Inception, Hans Zimmer

The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat

The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Alice in Wonderland, Danny Elfman

127 Hours, A.R. Rahman

Best Foreign Language Film


The Concert

The Edge

I Am Love

In a Better World

Best Animated Feature

Despicable Me

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist


Toy Story 3


Best TV Series — Drama

Boardwalk Empire


The Good Wife

Mad Men

The Walking Dead

Best TV Series — Musical or Comedy

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

The Big C


Modern Family

Nurse Jackie

Best Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie


The Pacific

The Pillars of the Earth

Temple Grandin

You Don’t Know Jack

Best Actor — Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Hugh Laurie, House M.D.

Best Actress — Drama

Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Steve Carell, The Office

Thomas Jane, Hung

Matthew Morrison, Glee

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Thoery

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy

Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Linney, The Big C

Lea Michele, Glee

Best Actor — Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie

Idris Elba, Luther

Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth

Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Best Actress — Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie

Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth

Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Judi Dench, Return to Cranford

Romola Garai, Emma

Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0

Chris Colfer, Glee

Chris Noth, The Good Wife

David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Hope Davis, The Special Relationship

Jane Lynch, Glee

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Julia Stiles, Dexter

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones Among Celebs Involved With May 7 Haiti Benefit

Jude Law Haiti Benefit

Jude Law Haiti Benefit

Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones Among Celebs Involved With May 7 Haiti Benefit.  The Haiti earthquake may have happened several months ago, but Americans have not forgotten about the island country’s woes. To further support the injured natives affected by the Jan. 12 natural disaster, the Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation will be teaming up with the New York Dermatology Group to raise funds for Haitians who have lost limbs as a result of the earthquake. The philanthropic event, Rx Haiti Benefit, will be held at 6 p.m. ET May 7 at New York’s The Greenhouse.  David Colbert, MD of the NYDG addressed the event in a press release. “I came back from Haiti believing that one of the most important things we can do is to provide the prosthetics and related services that people who were injured will need to function again,” Colbert said. “If each of us does one little thing, it can add up to a very big thing, so we are raising money for a prosthetics clinic in Port-au-Prince that we know will make a big difference.” Numerous celebrities will be participating in the fundraiser, including Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott, Rachel Weisz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Williams, Sienna Miller, Jude Law, Helmut Lang, John Currin, Rachel Feinstein, Naomi Watts, Zac Posen, Christopher Niquet, Edie Falco, Margery and Ted Mayer, and EJ Camp. The night will begin with a VIP reception at $750 per person, followed by a cocktail party and the Rx Haiti auction.Among the items up for bid are designer dresses, jewelry, guitars signed by Jagger and the rest of the Rolling Stones, a luxury Yachts of Seabourn cruise and many other materials donated by musical artists, fashion designers and other personalities. Ivan Sabel, chairman of the Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation, thanked everyone involved with the benefit. “Their contributions will directly impact the lives of many Haitian amputees in need,” he said. “Together, we will improve human mobility in Haiti through sustainable clinical care, training, education, and supplies.”

Scorsese, DiCaprio join again in ‘Shutter Island’

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated nearly a decade working together as they presented the director’s latest film, “Shutter Island,” at the Berlin film festival Saturday.  Based on a novel by “Mystic River” author Dennis Lehane, the 1950s psychological thriller is the fourth film pairing Scorsese with DiCaprio, after “Gangs of New York” (2002), “The Aviator” (2004) and the Oscar-winning “The Departed” (2006).    “Each experience has been unique. It’s been a progression, now it’s been 10 years,” DiCaprio, 35, said at a news conference with the director as their new film premiered out of competition in Berlin.  The two heaped praise on one another, with DiCaprio saying “the biggest gift that he’s given me is an appreciation for cinema and cinema’s history, and an entirely new perspective on my view of this art form.”    “I grew up on his work, really,” he said. “As a younger actor, you’d be a fool not to jump at the opportunity to work with somebody who I consider and many consider the definitive director of our time.”  The 67-year-old director, for his part, said working with DiCaprio has lead to a special relationship.    “Trust is really the key” and was built up over time, Scorsese said, adding that they “really reached a kind of comradeship in ‘The Departed.’”    “I see him as a young man developing as a wonderful actor,” he said. “I’m very happy to be around when this is happening with somebody with such extraordinary talent, to be able to focus that and perfect it.”   “Shutter Island” also stars Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams. It is set in 1954, a time of Cold War paranoia, when Scorsese himself was growing up.    It follows the investigation into the disappearance of a murderess from a mental institution on an island. DiCaprio plays a U.S. Marshal in Boston looking for the woman, and his involvement in the case starts to make him question his own sanity  “This was a complex jigsaw puzzle of emotional back stories and dream sequences and truth and fiction,” DiCaprio said. “It was challenging and fulfilling.”  Scorsese said he was attracted to the material in part “because it’s set in the 50s and because of the tone of fear and paranoia and secrecy and trauma.”   “I grew up during the 50s, I grew up during the Cold War, I grew up expecting air raids every day,” he said. “That’s what we were told.”   Scorsese and DiCaprio may not be done collaborating yet.   “We’re always talking about different projects,” DiCaprio said. “If I’m lucky enough to work with him, I would consider it a gift.”

Are the Golden Globe Awards the Stupidest Movie Prizes Ever?

golden-globe_011405Don’t get me wrong I love the Golden Globes TV show. You can see it this Sunday on NBC. What other awards telecast sits dressed-to-thrill stars at tables and serves up booze in large quantities prompting loose lips and the delicious possibility of embarrassing acceptance speeches? But, my God, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that distributes these globe-shaped dildos has for sixty six years now been perpetrating a scam that would make Bernie Madoff blush. The 82 voting members of this organization (the Academy has 6000) have had their credentials challenged year after year. Very few members are full-time journalists. The skinny is that they’re in it for the parties and the movie stars and, of course, the annual network TV show which nets them a tasty $6 million. The Globes are notorious for boneheaded decisions. Here are my nominees for their worst calls this year:

–No nomination for Milk, The Dark Knight and The Wrestler as Best Drama, but they find room for The Reader—what’s that all about?

–Clint Eastwood gets ignored for a career-capping performance in Gran Torino, but Brad Pitt makes the cut in Ben Button for having his face digitally painted on small people. Huh? To add insult to injury, the Globes have a comedy category yet pass on Pitt for his real best acting this year in Burn After Reading.

Tropic Thunder gets ignored for Best Movie Comedy in favor of—get ready—the egregiously unfunny Mamma Mia!

–Here’s my biggest beef with the Globes (I’d enjoy hearing yours): To stock the audiences with stars who draw TV ratings—Brangelina, Kate & Leo—they ignore non-glam actors who deliver truthful performances. Nowhere among the Globe nominees this year are:

Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Benicio Del Toro (Che) as Best Actor

Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy) as Best Actress

Josh Brolin (Milk), Eddie Marsan (Happy Go Lucky) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) as Best Supporting Actor

Rosemary DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married) and Elsa Zylberstein (I’ve Loved You So Long) as Best Supporting Actress

Get yourself in the tabloids, people, that’s the true path to a Golden Globe.

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