Awards Season 2012

by (@shalapitcher)

The Help, The Artist Top SAG Noms – But Stunt Cast Honors Are Way Cooler

The Descendants, The Artist and The Help seem to be three of the biggest films so far in the 2012 awards season race. But the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced this morning, and The Help and The Artist were leading the nods with three apiece, while the George Clooney flick picked up only two. In the hottest contest, for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, The Artist and The Descendants are up against Bridesmaids and Midnight in Paris. The actor category recognized Clooney, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin, Brad Pitt for Moneyball, Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar and A Better Life star Demian Bichir. The lead actress contenders are Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, as well as the same four ladies that have been nominated all season long already: Viola Davis for The Help, Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin and Michelle Williams for My Week With Marylin. The supporting actor and actress categories also closely resemble every other kudosfest so far (though, sorry, Drive fans, Albert Brooks was left out of this one).

There are plenty of familiar faces in the TV categories too — Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Dexter and The Good Wife are up against newcomer Game of Thrones. (Good thing there’s no “you win or you die” rule here.)

The most exciting nominations to us? The stunt ensembles! The Adjustment Bureau, Cowboys & Aliens, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and X-Men: First Class are the movie casts up for the prize. And the Dexter, Game of Thrones, Southland, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and True Blood ensembles compete in the TV category. Wait, can that one be an arena battle, instead of a vote? Pretty please?

Head here for the complete SAG Awards list. The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live on Sunday, January 29, on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

[Photos: Getty Images, Paramount Pictures]

by (@shalapitcher)

2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Noms: Hugo And The Artist Dominate The Field

Awards season is really hitting its stride now, people. The nominations for the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were announced today at 6 a.m. The show, which will air live from the Hollywood Palladium at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 12, on VH1, is based on votes from the members of Broadcast Film Critics Association, and it’s had a pretty good record for predicting who will win the Oscars. (All four of last year’s acting winners took home Academy Awards, just for example.) So let’s see what they’re saying about this year’s flicks…

Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s fantastical 3D trip back to Paris in the Roaring ’20s, and French silent film The Artist the lead this year’s nominees with 11 apiece. It will be a particularly big night for Scorsese, who is the only nominee who is guaranteed to be walking home at the end of the night with a trophy; as we previously announced, the 69-year-old auteur is being honored with this year’s Music + Film award.

Following closely behind are Drive and The Help, each of which racked up eight nominations; The Help is up for Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain AND Octavia Spencer) and Best Acting Ensemble. Trailing these is The Descendants, which scored seven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for George Clooney, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Alexander Payne, and Best Supporting Actress and Best Young Actor/Actress for Shailene Woodley.

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The complete list of nominees, and more analysis, below!

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by (@shalapitcher)

Tree Of Life, Bridesmaids, The Descendants Among Weekend’s Top Award Winners

While Hollywood accountants were having heart attacks over the worst box office weekend in years, movie critics all over the country were doing their best to make sure the year’s best films get their due — if not in cash, then at least with a little extra buzz leading up to the Oscars. The American Film Institute, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle made their picks, adding to what we’ve already heard from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Independent Spirit Awards nominations. Here’s whose looking good so far:

Tree of Life, which was tailor-made for critics and film geeks, was named a top 10 film by AFI and the NYFCO; star Jessica Chastain was named Breakthrough Performer by the latter and Best Supporting Actress by the LAFCA (for Tree and five other films); NYCFO, LAFCA and SFFCC all named Terrence Malick Best Director; and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki earned Best Cinematography from those three and the BSFC.

Bridesmaids, which isn’t likely to earn any Oscar nods but will probably earn a few Golden Globe nominations, was named an AFI top 10 (Melissa McCarthy and the whole ensemble cast were also recognized by the NYCFO and the BSFC).
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by (@shalapitcher)

American Country Awards: Who Wins Hottest Legs And Cleavage?

So, Jason Aldean was the big winner at last night’s American Country Awards (seriously, country music people, how many freaking awards shows do you need?!?), taking home six prizes. Carrie Underwood took home a not-too-shabby three, while fellow Idol alum Scotty McCreery got New Artist of the Year. But those aren’t the titles we here at TheFABlife are interested in giving out. We saw the kind of skin and curves Carrie, Kristin Chenoweth, Jordin Sparks, Miranda Lambert and the JaneDear Girls’ Susie Brown were flashing. They may be “country,” but they know how to play up their sex appeal, big-city style. The question is, who did it best? Take a closer look and vote!

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by (@shalapitcher)

The Descendants, Hugo Gain Awards Season Edge From National Board Of Review

It’s still early days for movie awards season — regular folks haven’t even seen most of the contenders yet — but the latest round of critics picks are telling us a little about what to expect. Today the National Board of Review awarded Hugo Best Film and its director, Martin Scorsese, Best Director.

The Descendants picked up a number of significant prizes from the NBR, including Best Actor for George Clooney, Best Supporting Actress for Shailene Woodley and Best Adapted Screenplay for Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

Two of Shailene’s biggest competitors for next-big-thing status, Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara, were awarded the Best Breakthrough prize. Michael Fassbender got the Spotlight Award, which we can only assume goes to the person who has bestowed his hotness upon the most movies this year (and oh man, we just caught a screener of him in one more to come, Haywire … yum).

See the rest of the winners (Tilda Swinton, Harry Potter, The Help) on the National Board of Review site.

Related: Independent Spirit Award Nominees Give Us Awards Season Fever

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by (@shalapitcher)

Grammy Nominations Concert Winners: Nicki Minaj’s Shoes, Melle Mel’s Arms, Zombies

While Kanye West, Adele, the Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars are surely celebrating the many nods they received at last night’s Grammy nominations special, the winners of the evening were definitely zombies, who got a big nod from Lady Gaga during her performance. Other groups who will benefit from the evening: podiatrists (because we want Nicki Minaj’s and Taraji P. Henson’s shoes now) and gyms (because between Melle Mel’s arms and Grace Potter‘s legs, we are all feeling a little inadequate this morning). Losers: the color pink, because Katy Perry’s abuse of this monochromatic thing is making us weary of it; jeans — well, just Jason Aldean’s sad, holey, unhemmed pair; and the cows who gave their lives to Reid Perry’s pants. For a full account of the Grammy nominations, head over to VH1 Tuner.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Shailene Woodley: Rising Star Or Wilderness Survivalist?

Shailene Woodley is heading into awards season with major buzz for her breakout role in The Descendants: She lost out to Felicity Jones at last night’s Gotham Awards, but she did win awards at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival, and today she received a nod for Best Supporting Actress at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. It’s a bit hard to reconcile all those shiny kudos with the down-to-earth girl who walked past our office this morning chatting about the evils of corporate farming. But when the 20-year-old star of Secret Life of the American Teenager starts chatting about the environment, we can see the earnest, passionate nature that works in her acting as much as in her real life.

“If I wasn’t acting, I’d be either studying massage therapy or probably in the woods with some random group trying to survive in the wild, and I’m not kidding, just to see if I could do it. Or going to herbalism school,” she told TheFABlife.

And when we asked her about her personal style, this California girl was way more Berkley than Hollywood. “At home, I only shop at thrift stores and vintage stores, a) for, like, the environment, but b) because you find the best clothes ever that way and they’re super comfortable,” she said. “I’m always in baggy jeans and a white T-shirt. And no bras, I hate bras.”
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by (@hallekiefer)

Independent Spirit Award Nominees Give Us Awards Season Fever

Awards: They’re how we let celebrities know that we love them, without having to shimmy through their bedroom windows at night. While the cream of the acting crop still has to wait a few months to know if they’ll get a little golden man to display on the back of their toilets, the New York Film Critics Circle announced their 2011 movie winners today. Winners included Brad Pitt for Best Actor in Moneyball and The Tree Of Life, Meryl Streep for Best Actress in not-yet-released The Iron Lady, Jessica Chastain for Best Supporting Actress for The Tree of Life, The Help and Take Shelter, and Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor in Drive. We’ll never look at a salad fork the same away again, Mr. Brooks, and for that you deserve some kind of recognition.

Meanwhile, the Independent Spirit Awards have announced the nominees for their 2012 accolades, which include some picks you probably saw coming: Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn, Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene, Shailene Woodley for The Descendants and Ryan Gosling for being hot. We mean, for Drive! The Spirit Awards won’t reveal their winners until February 25, which gives us plenty of time to decide which actor from Drive truly deserves that little winged thingie. Either way, we can all agree Ron Perlman was robbed, right?

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by (@katespencer)

Hollywood Film Awards Gala Gives Stars A Good Excuse To Look Hot

Last night, we covered the Hollywood Film Awards gala wearing an Old Navy dress and some chunky boots from three seasons ago. Luckily the A-listers with whom we chatted on the red carpet have impeccable taste — and skilled stylists — and posed in outfits worthy of the #1 spot on every best-dressed list on the Web. Michelle Williams (recipient of the Hollywood Actress Award), Emma Stone (honored with the cast of The Help), Carey Mulligan (Hollywood Supporting Actress Award), Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Elle Fanning were all working it last night, making us drool with envy over their dresses. And guys like Tom Felton, George Clooney and the always adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt, suited up and smiled for the cameras too. The event, held at the iconic Beverly Hilton, is the unofficial kick-off to awards season, and the stars brought their A-game last night. It’s gonna be a long four months of parties, press, drama and dresses galore. We.Cannot.Effing.Wait.

We’ve got out favorite looks — and behind the scenes moments — in the gallery below.

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by (@hallekiefer)

Eddie Murphy To Host Next Year’s Oscars

UPDATE: It’s official! Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars at next year’s ceremony on February 26, 2012. “Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” Oscars producer Brett Ratner announced today. “With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances — especially onstage — I know he will bring an excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February.”

After living through the sad trumpet sound that was the Anne Hathaway James Franco Oscars ceremony, rumors about Eddie Murphy’s Oscars hosting gig make us so excited, we forgot all about Norbit. Well, we almost forgot all about it, as clearly we were still able to remember to reference…okay, now it’s gone.

Deadline reports that next year’s Oscars producer, director Brett Ratner, is submitting Murphy’s name to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences today, with the hopes that Eddie, who is allegedly “showing interest,” will officially come onboard as 2012 host. Ratner likely came up with the idea from casting Murphy across from Ben Stiller in his upcoming Tower Heist, where he was reminded how good Murphy can be even when not channeled by a whimsical, kind-hearted CGI donkey.