The Screen Actors Guild handed out awards for the 17th time tonight with The King’s Speech and The Fighter each taking home two wins. Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech won awards in the “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” (more or less, SAG’s equivalent to the Academy’s “Best Picture” category ) and “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role” for Colin Firth. Meanwhile, David O. Russell’s The Fighter dominated the supporting categories by landing “Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role” awards for both Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. In what should be (in my opinion, at least) an open-shut case for the Academy, Natalie Portman was awarded “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” for her stellar work in Black Swan.
For those wondering what, if any, effect the SAG Awards may have on the eventual Academy Awards, it’s important to note that the event is believed to be a better gauge of Oscar winners than its most recent predecessor (the Golden Globes). This is because the Screen Actors Guild is comprised mostly of American actors (the largest branch of the Academy) as opposed to the Globes which is made-up of a smaller group of foreign journalists known as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Long story short (though certainly not etched in stone), look for The King’s Speech to take home Best Picture next month.
Hit the jump to check out the complete list of winners (television included) from the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
I have just endured three painful hours of the Golden Globes. Thankfully, folks who deserved awards got them (except for Community, which wasn’t even nominated, so way to screw that up, Hollywood Foreign Press Association). You can click here to check out my live blog of the entire ceremony, but if you just want a listing of who won what, then hit the jump. The Social Network took home four Golden Globes including Best Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Director (David Fincher), and Best Motion Picture (Drama).
Tonight I’ll be live-blogging the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. The Golden Globes continue to receive attention because they used to be seen as a reliable indicator of what films would be receiving Orscar love. However, due to shifting deadlines, Oscar ballots are already due and there’s no way that the Globes can affect the Oscar nominees. Also, the Globes, which are hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are known for being delightfully carefree with their integrity and will nominate you if you show them enough love. They’re basically like the MTV Movie Awards except they serve food and there aren’t any sketches.
However, I think host Ricky Gervais will do a fine job tonight and I’m curious to see if the Globes will follow through on their clearly bought-and-paid-for-love of films like Burlesque and The Tourist. Click here for a list of the nominees and hit the jump for my on-going live-blog and be sure to keep refreshing the page for my comments. The 2011 Golden Globe Awards air at 8pm (EST) on NBC.
For his latest role, Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning actor Al Pacino is taking on the role of Dr. Jack Kevorkian (aka Dr. Death) for the HBO Films presentation You Don’t Know Jack.
In 1990, 61-year-old former pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian astonished the world as he took the end-of-life debate head-on and performed his first assisted suicide of a terminally ill patient. Aided by his loyal friend Neal Nicol (John Goodman) and his older sister Margo Janus (Brenda Vaccaro), Kevorkian began offering his death counseling services to a grateful and growing list of clientele. As he earned the support of Hemlock Society activist Janet Good (Susan Sarandon), he incurred the wrath of the county prosecutor’s office and the infamous doctor started a media frenzy with his epic legal battles defending a patient’s right to die.
During a recent interview to promote You Don’t Know Jack, actor Al Pacino said that he decided to make a television movie for the opportunity to work with accomplished filmmaker Barry Levinson and this great cast. Here’s what he had to say:
HBO has released of two teaser trailers for their Jack Kevorkian film, You Don’t Know Jack. Both trailers are slyly and artfully cut to some appropriately unsettling and melancholy sounding music. Certainly a polarizing individual, Kevorkian shot into the public eye in the late 1980′s and early 90′s when he made his philosophy on assisted suicide known. Kevorkian created two machines, the “Thanatron” and “Mercitron” which killed those who wanted release from life. The “doctor” dodged imprisonment until 1998 when he allowed 60 Minutes to broadcast a suicide he assisted. Seeing as his medical license was revoked at the time, he was subsequently prosecuted and imprisoned. After only serving slightly more than 8 years of his projected 10-25 year sentence, Kevorkian was freed. Kervorkian is currently terminally ill with Hepatitis C, and is seeking a congressional seat in his home state of Michigan. Directed by Barry Levinson, You Don’t Know Jack stars Al Pachino as Jack Kevorkian and co-stars John Goodman and Susan Sarandon. Hit the jump for HBO’s synopsis of the film and the two teasers.
The New York Times Arts Beat is reporting that Al Pacino will star in an adaptation of Philip Roth’s latest novel, The Humbling. The film will be directed by Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy) and will be written by legendary screenwriter Buck Henry (The Graduate, To Die For). Pacino will star in the lead role and also bought the movie rights to the novel, which is about “an aging and irrelevant stage actor who finds hope of renewal through a younger woman”. This sounds pretty bland and cliche to me, but I do have a little bit of hope for this one just because of Buck Henry’s involvement.
Barry Levinson and Al Pacino also just finished working together on the cleverly named Jack Kevorkian biopic, You Don’t Know Jack, which will air on HBO sometime next year.