At long last, the end of the seemingly interminable Awards Season is in sight! This morning, AMPAS president Tom Sherak had the unenviable (and quite dangerous!) duty of waking up Mo’Nique before sunrise to announce the nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, which will air on ABC on Sunday, February 27. Without further ado, here’s the list of nominees that were just announced…
Best Picture: Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
For 10 days or so each and every January, Hollywood takes a brief respite from the relentless pace of Awards Season and trades in their formalwear for thermal underwear. Everyone who’s anyone in the movie industry is currently in Park City, Utah for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. And of all the silver screen icons that are in town right now, there is one young actress who might just end up being the Next Big Thing™. Meet Lizzie Olsen, who is already being labeled with celestial monikers like the “breakout star” (The Wrap) and “new supernova in the Sundance galaxy” (NY Post) by breathless journalists.
If the 21 year-old Lizzie Olsen’s face looks more familiar than her name, it’s most likely because her older sisters are the most famous twins in the known universe. Yes, Lizzie is the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, stars of Full House (and, well, not much else). Although the NYU student Lizzie doesn’t yet have the same name recognition as her sisters, she seems poised for big things. She stars in two movies that have got critics and festival goers abuzz, the one-shot horror film Silent House and the “maximum-creepy” thriller, Martha Marcy May Marlene (say that five times fast!). And although it will likely be a few months before either one of these films makes its way to a theater near you, we figured now would be as good a time as any to introduce you to Lizzie Olsen!
Earlier this afternoon, many a Twi-Hard’s pulse began racing when a site called Geek Tyrant (they don’t deserve a link, trust us) claimed to have gotten their hands on the first photo of child actress Mackenzie Foy playing Renesmee on the set of Breaking Dawn. Shortly thereafter, normally reputable sites like /Film and Vulture passed along the news as fact without bothering to do any actual reporting of their own.
Instead of following suit, we here at TheFABLife reached out to all of our Twilight friends in the Twitter community and quickly determined that the pictures were not, in fact, stills from the highly anticipated Breaking Dawn (Ed. Note: Only 300 more days!). Rather, the pictures of actress Mackenzie Foy are from the Fall 2010 Garnet Hill children’s wear catalog. Don’t worry, Twi-Hards, you can always count on TheFABLife to keep it real with our coverage of any and all things Twilight; there’s no fooling us! That said, when any stills or footage of the rapidly aging half-vamp offspring DO emerge, you can bet we’ll have them up for you lickity split.
Did you forget to watch the 2011 Golden Globes this evening? Well, aside from missing out on Ricky Gervais committing career hara kiri in front of an audience filled with Hollywood’s biggest power players, you missed a whole bunch of acceptance speeches with varying levels of grace and aplomb.
Before we get into the tonight’s full list of winners, we would be remiss if we didn’t call attention to Natalie Portman’s bizarre laugh. As TheFABLife buddy Molly Lambert over at This Recording noted on Twitter, Portman’s guttural guffaw sounded a lot like Charlene Yi in Knocked Up. Practice your laugh game before the Oscars, girl!
As the show closed, we made our way back to the Press Tent in hopes of catching another up close glimpse of Natalie Portman (who utterly transfixed us on the red carpet earlier, to the point where it wasn’t until after she left that we realized we were standing in a shallow pool of drool). As we waited around, we quickly realized that we were actually standing in the exact same place where every celebrity who attended stayed until the end of the show was getting picked up by their limos/Escalades/4-wheelers*. That’s when we saw…
The drop dead gorgeous Mila Kunis standing all by her lonesome, politely thumbing away on her BlackSwanBerry. Was she texting Macauley Culkin? Was she rearranging a reunion with Fez? Was she trying to send your @unclegrambo a DM? Sadly, we’ll never know, as we were far too nervous to actually talk to her and far too respectful of her personal space to peer over her shoulder.
As she was wrapping up her missive — yes, we were probably staring — our ears recognized a familiar, deep timbred voice. We broke our gaze, turned our head and thought to ourself, “Man, that guy looks a lot like Jon Hamm.” And guess what? It was! He and Kunis embraced on the carpet and we immediately began envisioning the future of what almost certainly would be the Best Looking Couple In The Universe™. Sadly, their conversation was interrupted by…