Jennifer Lawrence Talks SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE HUNGER GAMES, CATCHING FIRE, Her Early Work, Wanting to Direct, Oscar Nominations, and More

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Current Best Actress Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence was recognized as Outstanding Performer of the Year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).  Whether it was her memorable debut in The Poker House, her first Oscar-nominated role in Winter’s Bone, indies like The Beaver and Like Crazy, or her star-making turns in last year’s The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook (for which she has received her second Oscar nomination), the 22-year-old from Kentucky is proving herself to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actors.  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what she had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Jennifer Lawrence talked about what this past year has been like for her, how she got her start in acting, why she’s never taken any acting lessons, what the experience of making her first feature film The Poker House was like, what spoke to her about the character of Tiffany when she read the script for Silver Linings Playbook, why she doesn’t like to read her scenes ahead of time, working with Bradley Cooper again on the Depression-era drama Serena (due out in theaters in September), what made her hesitate about taking on the role of Katniss Everdeen for The Hunger Games franchise, what it was like to revisit the character for Catching Fire, what she learned from working with Jodie Foster on The Beaver, why she fought for the role of Ree in Winter’s Bone, her desire to direct, and the fact that she’s a bit less terrified of this award season.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

BLACK SWAN Wins Big at 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, Takes Home Best Film, Director and Actress

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The Oscars don’t take place until tomorrow night, but today the Independent Spirit Awards were held, honoring the best in independent film from 2010. Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan walked away with four prizes: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography. James Franco won Best Actor for his work in 127 Hours and Winter’s Bone swept the Best Supporting categories with Dale Dickey and John Hawkes taking home Best Supporting Actress and Actor, respectively. The Kids Are All Right picked up Best Screenplay, while Exit Through the Gift Shop won Best Documentary (No, Banksy wasn’t there. Mr. Brainwash accepted the award). Hit the jump to check out the complete list of winners. Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow night when Matt live blogs the Oscars.

2011 Oscar Nominations Announced; THE KING’S SPEECH Leads with 12 Nominations

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The nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been announced.  The King’s Speech led the pack with 12 nominations.  True Grit followed with 10 nominations while early favorite The Social Network racked up eight.  Most of the nominees were easy to predict.  While I’m not surprised that John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) nabbed acting nominations, I’m happy they were recognized for their work.  I’m also ridiculously happy that Exit Through the Gift Shop picked up a nod for Best Documentary.

As far as snubs go, the biggest one has to be Christopher Nolan for Inception.  While he picked up the DGA nomination, the Academy chose to go with Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit.  As someone who loved the hell out of True Grit, it’s hard for me to complain.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees along with my commentary.  Winners will be announced on February 27th.  James Franco and Anne Hathaway are set to host the awards ceremony.

Cool Posters for THE HAUNTING, WINTER’S BONE, SOURCE CODE and More

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I’m a movie poster dork and I always like seeing what various artists do when creating posters for movies they enjoy or are looking forward to.  The folks at Phantom City Creative have done some pretty sweet work by creating three posters dedicated to the film’s of director Robert Wise: The Body Snatcher, The Haunting, and The Andromeda Strain.  Each of their posters is limited to an edition of 113, measures 11×17, and costs $30 (plus shipping) or $75 (plus shipping) if you buy all three posters together.

Moving on, artist Sam Smith designed posters for his ten favorite films of 2010 and came up with some really stunning work.  I particularly love his posters for Winter’s Bone and Toy Story 3.  Finally, Lloyd Stas, whose work we featured last week when he designed posters for the work of Edgar Wright, has taken a stab at Duncan Jones’ upcoming film Source Code.  Hit the jump to check out all of the posters.

Best Performances, Directors, and Other Miscellany of 2010

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In my profession, there are two very important things you must do: watch movies and keep notes.  I did an alright job with the first one, but admittedly fell short on the latter.  While last year I was able to confidently provide what I thought were the best kills and quotes, this year I didn’t do a good job with record keeping and so I’ve omitted those categories.  Next year I’ll be more meticulous and make it a point to see movie where people get destroyed while saying witty things.

However, I did see enough movies to confidently make a list of the folks I thought were the best actors, directors, and other miscellaneous greats.  Hit the jump to check out my picks.

THE KING’S SPEECH and THE FIGHTER Lead Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

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Awards season keeps chugging right along, and today nominations for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The King’s Speech and The Fighter received the most nominations, with 4 each. King’s Speech has long been an Oscar favorite, but David O. Russell’s The Fighter has gained considerable steam in the past few weeks following its highly successful limited release.  Not too many surprises here, save for some much-welcomed love for The Kids are All Right’s Mark Ruffalo and Winter’s Bone’s John Hawkes. Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees in both film and television. The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on January 20th.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Named Best Picture by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle

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The San Francisco Film Critics Circle have announced their 2010 award winners and — you’re not gonna believe itThe Social Network took home Best Picture.  And Best Director.  And Best Adapted Screenplay.  The talent behind such fine films as The King’s Speech, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, Winter’s Bone, Animal Kingdom, Toy Story 3, and The Tillman Story also won some awards, but not quite as many.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Receives Top Honor from Southeastern Film Critics Association

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The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) have announced their picks for 2010 and given David Fincher’s The Social Network top honors.  I’m not personally a member of SEFCA but that’s only because when I went to apply for membership they were all like, “Sorry, Matt, but you’re too awesome,” and I was all like, “I can’t help it.  I was born this way.”  That’s exactly how it went down.

Other big winners from SEFCA were The King’s Speech and Winter’s Bone.  Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners.

Critics Choice Awards Nominations Announced; BLACK SWAN Lands Record 12 Nominations

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association have announced their nominees for the 2010 Critics Choice Awards. Leading the pack with a record 12 nominations is Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.  After David Fincher’s The Social Network racked up wins from the NBR, LAFCA, and BSFCA, the 12 nominations from the BFCA is a nice boost to Black Swan (although Social Network picked up 9 nominations).  The King’s Speech and True Grit each racked up 11 nominations.

Hit the jump for a full list of the nominees.  Winners will be awarded on January 14, 2011.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Takes Top Prize at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

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The critics’ lists just keep on coming. We already brought you the American Film Institute and the Boston Society of Film Critics’ awards for the best in film of 2010 earlier today, and now the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has announced the winners of their awards. The Social Network was, again, the big winner. David Fincher’s award-magnet picked up Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Music, and in a tie with Carlos’ Olivier Assayas, Best Director. In a bit of a surprise, the other big winner was the French-German television mini-series-turned theatrical film Carlos. The film took home the award for Best Foreign-Language Film as well as Best Director. Oscar heavyweight The King’s Speech only managed to pick up one award, Best Actor. Hit the jump for a full list of winners and runners-up.

AFI Announces the Top 10 Movies and TV Programs of 2010

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The American Film Institute have announced their top 10 movies and TV programs of 2010.  As usual, they forgo a ranking system and instead list each winner alphabetically.  On the film side, we have Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, The Social Network, The Town, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone, with special awards for the British (and thus disqualified) The King’s Speech and Waiting For Superman.  A fine list, and I don’t immediately see any egregious snubs.

The AFI only honored three TV programs with more than two seasons: Mad Men, 30 Rock, and Breaking Bad.  The rest were new series (The Big C, Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead), one-offs  (The Pacific, Temple Grandin), or standout sophomores (Glee, Modern Family).  Hit the jump to see the full lists.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Takes Top Prize from the National Board of Review

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While different folks have their own dates for when awards season has officially “begun”, I set it at the date the National Board of Review announces their picks for the year.  In two of the past three years, the NBR’s pick for Best Picture has gone on to win the Oscar.  However, last year’s NBR winner, Up in the Air, went home empty-handed.

This year, the NBR has given the top prize to The Social Network.  The film also picked up the prizes for Best Director (David Fincher), Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Best Actor).  Other winners included Lesley Manville getting Best Actress for Another Year, Christian Bale winning Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter, and Jacki Weaver receiving Best Supporting Actress for Animal Kingdom.  Hit the jump for the full list of awards, including the National Board of Review’s Top 11 films, Top 10 Independent Films, Top 6 Foreign Films, and Top 6 Documentaries.

Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced; WINTER’S BONE Leads with 7 Nominations

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The nominations for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced.  Here’s a quick breakdown of some interesting facts about the nominees.  After winning the top prize at the Gotham Awards last night, Winter’s Bone leads the pack with seven nominations.  And if you need more proof that the Best Actress race this year is crazy, it was the only category with a six nominees.

It’s also a good year for women filmmakers as Lisa Cholodenok (The Kids Are All Right) and Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) pick up nominations for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Nicole Holofcener also picked up a Best Screenplay nomination along with the Robert Altman Award for Please Give. Hit the jump for a full list of the nominees.  The Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT on IFC.

2010 Gotham Independent Film Award Winners Include WINTER’S BONE and THE OATH

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The Independent Filmmaker Project have announced the winners of the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards.  Winter’s Bone was the big winner, landing both “Best Feature” and “Best Ensemble Performance.”  The other honorees include Holy Rollers, Daddy Longlegs, Littlerock, The Oath, and Waiting for Superman.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Nominations Announced for 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards; Nominees Include WINTER’S BONE and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

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The nominations for the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards have been announced.  It’s a little too early to begin the award prognostications and the Gotham Awards aren’t a good indicator, but it is interesting to see the films they’ve singled out.  Winter’s Bone leads the pack with three nominations, including Best Feature, Best Ensemble Performance, and Breakthrough Actor (Jennifer Lawrence).  The other nominees for best feature were Black Swan, Blue Valentine, The Kids Are All Right, and Let Me In.

Hit the jump for a full list of nominees.  The Gotham Independent Film Awards will be held on November 29th.

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