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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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 (@hallekiefer)

Tiger Woods’ Hot Dog Assailant Inspired By Drive

Call us crazy, but the only thoughts we had while watching Drive last weekend were 1) how do we get Ryan Gosling to kiss us on the mouth and 2) Do you think he’ll let us borrow that jacket? He would, right? He seems like a nice guy. Now we find that, not only did the Drive trailer baffle at least one audience member, but it also inspired some meat-related crime! Meat-related crime against Tiger Woods!

In a sad attempt to be a real human being and a real hero, Tiger Woods hot dog hurler Brandon Kelly apparently chucked said wiener at the golfer during the Open, telling police later, “I threw the hot dog toward Tiger Woods because I was inspired by the movie Drive. As soon as the movie ended, I thought to myself, ‘I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger.'” Wow,  we must have been in the bathroom for that scene. Watching Ryan hurl a brat in slow motion at a professional golfer would have been the only thing that could have made that movie better.

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Woman’s Lawsuit Over ‘Misleading’ Drive Trailer Leads To Our Own Complaints

If you don’t like a movie, you usually just leave the theater. But a woman in Michigan must have realllllly hated Drive, because now she’s suing over the film’s “misleading” trailer. Sarah Deming is filing a lawsuit against the distributors of the Ryan Gosling flick, saying she was duped into buying a ticket as the result of a manipulative promo. We agree that ticket prices are getting out of control (12 bucks!?), but this is a little extreme. Among her complaints against FilmDistrict Distribution:

– Drive was promoted as being in the same vein as Fast and Furious, when it actually wasn’t like it at all.

– “Drive bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film, for reasons including but not limited to Drive having very little driving in the motion picture.”

– “Extreme gratuitous defamatory dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith.”

She is demanding her money back, and aims to file a class action lawsuit in the coming days to prevent more of what she sees as audience exploitation. And she’s right! We’ve been misled for years not only by trailers, but movie titles too! Check out the gallery below for 20 films we’ve been tricked into seeing over the years. Maybe you’ll learn from our mistakes…

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by (@hallekiefer)

Hey Girl, Ryan Gosling Has A Secret DUI You’ll Wish You Didn’t Know About

Despite what those Ryan Gosling bulldog photos might have suggested, it turns out that the Drive actor is probably not some kind of government cyborg designed to make American women ovulate on sight. Just when we thought we had almost figured out why! According to some unpleasantness unearthed by Star Magazine, Ryan Gosling’s DUI from 2005 had the actor pleading no contest to “exhibiting speed,” a misdemeanor charge they should really rename since it makes the crime seem way more cool than it actually is.

Gosling was allegedly sentenced to two years probation and had to pay $849, one dollar for every mile per hour he was driving. Just kidding! Ryan’s head probably would have exploded at that speed. Since Star failed to dig anything else up, we’re hoping Ryan has opted to stay sober behind the wheel ever since. Which is a good idea. Drive starring a drunk Ryan Gosling would be a very different movie. Not necessarily a bad movie, but definitely a more dangerous one.

by (@hallekiefer)

Ryan Gosling Has Some Thoughts About Making Babies

Hey girl, Ryan Gosling was talking about babies…wait, did we just hear your ovaries squealing? “I’d like to be making babies but I’m not, so I’m making movies,” the Drive star explained. “When someone comes along I don’t think I’ll be able to do both and I’m fine with that. I’ll make movies until I make babies. I have no idea when the handover will happen.” What’s smaller than a nanosecond? How about that amount of time, from right now?

In case Ryan is having any trouble finding someone to make babies with (which, PUH-LEEZE), his co-star in  Ides of March Evan Rachel Wood is doing an even better P.R. job then Gosling’s actual P.R. people, who are geniuses. “Ryan’s amazing because he has this way about him that’s incredibly attractive, not just in a sexy way but he’s smart, he’s cool, he’s talented, he’s really creative, and he has this mysterious quality to him that drives people crazy,” Wood gushed. Unfortunately, Ryan still has yet to find The One after dating Rachel McAdams and Sandra Bullock, explaining, “I had two of the greatest girlfriends of all time. I haven’t met anybody who could top them.” Wait a minute…was that the sound of Eva Mendes‘s ovaries growling?

by (@hallekiefer)

Ryan Gosling Constantly Disappointing Fans Who Think He’s Ryan Reynolds

As hard as it might be to believe, apparently there are people who mistake Ryan Gosling for Ryan Reynolds…and then feel disappointed about. Van Wilder fans: the most easily disappointed fans in the world! “They’re disappointed when I’m not Ryan Reynolds,” the Drive star told E! Online. “‘Oh can I get my picture with you?’ And you’re like, sure, and they’re like, ‘I thought you were more muscley.’ No. ‘Have you gotten, like, more unattractive for a role?’ No. Just the role of my life.'” More unattractive! Jeez, did Green Lantern melt these people’s brains?

“Sometimes they’ll take a picture with me and then they’ll look at it, and I’ll see their faces fall and they realize when they look at the picture, that’s not Ryan Reynolds,” he explains. Wow, Gosling sure has been laying it on thick the past couple weeks, hasn’t he? First he was like, “Oh, let me act all bashful about breaking up this street fight!,” then he was all, “Let me take Eva Mendes to Disney World,” now he’s coming at us like, “I’m not as handsome as that dreamy Ryan Reynolds.” We’re on to you, Gosling, and let us just warn you: your charm is working. Like. A. Glove.

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Drive Trailer Reminds Us That Ryan Gosling Is Also A Badass

As much as we squee over the adorable aspects of Ryan Gosling, like bringing his dog George to visit Jimmy Fallon or being our fantasy husband in Blue Valentine (well, right up until the end scene), we also need to be reminded sometimes that he is also a cut-from-marble example of hard-core badassry.

Enter the Drive trailer, which premiered at Comic-Con and costars both Carey Mulligan and Christina Hendricks, both toned down for the occasion. There are so many moments in this movie that serve to hammer home Gosling’s tough-guy persona: the terrifying bald mask! The flipping police cars! The nail about to be literally hammered through that guy’s skull! But then they throw us a bone with a Mulligan/Gosling slow-motion kiss in the elevator. This film truly has something for everyone. Especially creepy mask enthusiasts.

by (@katespencer)

Carey Mulligan Bares Midriff At Comic Con

We love the understated style of Carey Mulligan, and what treat it was to see her back in action at Comic Con yesterday. The actress mixed sensible with sexy with this multi-colored dress, which showed off her stomach while still keeping her legs covered. The style teases the eye with a bit of skin yet still maintains the class we’ve come to expect from the Oscar nominee. We glad to see that she’s kept her signature cropped hair-do, too. We’re loving the length and the darker highlights!

Carey was in San Diego to promote her new movie Drive, which co-stars uber-hunk Ryan Gosling. Do you think she met up with fellow Brit Packer RPattz and his honorary Brit Pack girlfriend for drinks at the end of the day? We can only dream!

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Ryan Gosling Celebrates Drive‘s Palme D’Or With A Smooch And A Smoke

We’re pretty sure Ryan Gosling had a good time this weekend at Cannes. Not only did the star of Drive wear a series of colorful tuxes and sporty pajama tops at the film’s events, he celebrated director Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Palme d’Or win last night with a loosening of the bowtie, a two-handed smooch on the lips and a little smoke…of what, we’re not going to assume. Hopefully Gosling will show a similar indifference to decorum if the film scores when Drive hits the states in September. We want to see this action at the Oscars!

Check out pics of Gosling and Refn hamming it up at Cannes in the gallery below. This isn’t the first time they’ve smooched!

[Photos: Getty Images/Splash News Online]

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