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Golden Globes Nominations: History, Spies, Salmon … And A Few Girls For Good Measure

the 2013 Golden Globe nominations were announced

With Jessica Alba, Ed Helms and Megan Fox announcing the nominees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, we thought maybe there would be a few more unconventional choices this year. But alas, there was not a single Magic Mike nomination in sight. Instead, historical fare like Lincoln, Argo and Django Unchained led the pack on the movie side, while Game Change and Homeland took over on TV. With Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook dominating the comedy/musical categories, we’re kind of leaving it up to the older ladies of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — and Jack Black — to make this a less serious occasion. Also, apparently we need to check out Salmon Fishing in Yemen, since that little-seen Ewan McGregor/Emily Blunt flick nabbed a few nods (and we’re trying not to hold Beasts of the Southern Wild’s snub against it). But we are happy that New Girl, Girls, Downton Abbey and Nashville are bringing some awesome girl power to the event, which will be appropriately hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey on January 15. Check out the full list of nominees below.

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Best Picture, Drama
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewan MCGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs
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SAG Nominations Place Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln In Awards Season Tie

Silver Linings Playbook leads nominations this awards season

Yesterday, we began our unofficial tally of all the nominations received by this year’s critically acclaimed movies, and thanks to the work of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and writer/director David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook was the clear frontrunner. Now that the Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced today, it’s still on top — but Lincoln’s Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones and company have made it a tie at 33 nods apiece. Les Miserables firmly in third place after Hugh Jackman‘s nod for lead male actor, Anne Hathaway’s for supporting female actor, the whole ensemble’s cast nomination and a nod in the stunt cast category.

On the TV side of the SAGs, the nominations look a whole lot like every other TV awards show, with the likes of Downton Abbey, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire dominating the list. Can’t say we blame them, though!

Here’s where all the movies stand so far (this includes minor kudos, like the Satellite Awards, the L.A. Film Critics Awards and the like):

Silver Linings Playbook: 33
Lincoln: 33
Les Miserables: 27
The Master: 22
Zero Dark Thirty: 20
Argo: 20
Beasts of the Southern Wild: 17
Moonrise Kingdom: 16
Life of Pi: 14
The Sessions: 12
Django Unchained: 6

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[Photo: The Weinstein Company]

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Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln Top The Early Awards Season Tally – Will They Stay There?

Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Argo and Les Miz are among the top nominees of awards season so far

There’s a reason we’re bloggers and not rocket scientists or statisticians here — numbers ain’t our strong suit — but for the greater good, we decided to do a little counting, just to see where this year’s great movies stand so far in the Awards Season 2013 race. From the Gotham Awards to the National Review Board, the Spirit Awards to the Critics’ Choice — which was just announced today — we are keeping score now. And this is all leading up to Thursday’s Golden Globes nominations announcement.

This early in the game, with no different weight given to the different types of boards awarding nominations and kudos (or the different awards, be they for costume design or best feature), this is where the movies stand:

Silver Linings Playbook: 29
Lincoln: 26
Les Miserables: 23
The Master: 21
Zero Dark Thirty: 19
Argo: 18
Beasts of the Southern Wild: 17
Moonrise Kingdom: 16
Life of Pi: 14
The Sessions: 10
Django Unchained: 6

If nothing else, this should give you a good idea of which movies you need to add to your list before January!

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[Photos: Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, The Weinstein Company, Warner Bros.]

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Jennifer Lawrence, Magic Mike & More: 7 Unstuffy Things We Love About The Spirit Awards

Jennifer Lawrence and Matthew McConaughey are among the 2013 Spirit Awards nominees

We always approach awards season with a mix of fear, dread and excitement, and one of our earliest questions each time around is: Will this year’s nominees feel like homework or fun? The Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees, the first of many lists leading up to the Oscars, has just been released today, and if this is a sign of thing to come, the answer is “fun.” We certainly haven’t seen all of the nominees yet, and by its nature, this is an awards show that often contains a number of obscure titles and actors, but it looks like the indie world is also on board with some of the crowd-pleasers we’ve fallen in love with this year: Among the Best Feature nominees are Silver Linings Playbook, Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Beasts‘ remarkable breakout star, 8-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, roared her way to a Best Female Lead nod, along with Silver LiningsJennifer Lawrence. We’re rooting for Best First Feature to go to Perks of Being a Wallflower’s Stephen Chbosky and his producers. Twenty-nine-year old Zoe Kazan, who wrote and starred in Ruby Sparks, is the sole girl at the Screenplay party. But perhaps the best surprise of all is in the Supporting Male category, where Matthew McConaughey is nominated for playing strip-club owner Dallas in Magic Mike. Take that, everyone who thinks independent film is all about quietly contemplating the grass grow and talking in funny accents.

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The Spirit Awards air Saturday, February 23, at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.

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We Could Not Be More Excited About Chris Tucker’s Silver Linings Playbook Comeback

Chris Tucker Stars In The Silver Linings Playbook

Chris Tucker is back, y’all! We hope to God! It’s hard to believe the actor and comedian hasn’t been in a movie since 2007 (Rush Hour 3) or that he has been in only three movies since 1997 (just the Rush Hour series!), but unless IMDb is run by a pack of liars, we’re forced to accept it as truth. Luckily, Tucker is finally making his big screen comeback in this week’s Silver Linings Playbook. In case you weren’t sure how to feel yet, you should be very. Very. Very. Excited.

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Jennifer Lawrence Tells Leno Of Her Love For Honey Boo Boo, Deep-Fried Cheese Steak, Old Strippers

When we first saw an excerpt of Jennifer Lawrence on The Tonight Show, it was all about her “Fat Witch” Halloween costume, and we loved it. But then we saw the whole thing and realized that is the mere tip of the iceberg of the awesomeness that was this interview. We already knew the Catching Fire star loves eating Cheetos with her great boyfriend Nicholas Hoult and doesn’t care that she’s not twig-skinny like most Hollywood stars, but here are new things we learned about the endearingly normal, self-deprecating star as she promoted the Silver Linings Playbook last night.

  • She got into a car wreck a couple of weeks ago because she mistook a breast cancer parade for a Honey Boo Boo parade while driving home from the Catching Fire set in Georgia. “It said ‘boobs’ on the [sign] but I thought it was saying Boo Boo,” she explained of how she rear-ended someone. She had to tell the person she ran into, “I’m sorry that I hit your family. I thought I saw Honey Boo Boo. Please forgive me.”
  • On another Georgia adventure, she found herself at a “dive bar with senior citizen strippers,” getting a lap dance from an aggressive Bo Peep, who warned her not to touch her when she bent down, and “then she inserted her breast into my mouth.” Jen still tipped her, though.
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Perks, Breaking Dawn, Les Miz, More: Our Top 10 Fall Movies Picks At A Glance

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Breaking Dawn Part 2 are among the 10 fall movies we're dying to see

Some of us love to pore over every fall movie preview we can get our hands on, reading reviews from Cannes and Toronto, marking our calendars with premiere dates and pre-ordering our tix on Fandango as soon as we can. For others, that sounds way too much like homework. That’s why we made this quick little guide to the top 10 flicks we’re dying to see, with the kind of blurb that won’t tax your short attention spans. And sure, we’re leaving out a whole bunch of Oscar contenders, guilty pleasures and interesting films we’ll eventually watch, but this is a list based on fandom, gut instinct and, yeah, intense crushes. Here they are in (order of premiere date):

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Logan Lerman will make you cry, you will wish Emma Watson and Ezra Miller were your best friends, and you will go home and hunt down your long-lost mixtapes. In select theaters September 21.

Pitch Perfect: No one does smart-talking like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson is our new imaginary girlfriend, and we think Elizabeth Banks (who produced) can do no wrong. In theaters September 28.

Alex Cross: We can’t wait to see how Tyler Perry does with someone else’s lines … as a sexy detective, no less. And Matthew Fox’s weightloss is purely fascinating. In theaters October 19.

Skyfall: Daniel Craig is our weakness — and in this James Bond installment, we’ll get to see the skeleton in Q’s closet. Let’s forget Quantum of Solace ever happened. In theaters November 9.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: We’ve been waiting for four years to see vampire Bella and the X-Men-style throwdown of Cullen clan vs. Volturi. In theaters November 16.

Silver Linings Playbook: Jennifer Lawrence finally gets to have some fun in a movie, opposite Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper, and they’re both playing mentally unstable people in a movie directed by possibly mentally unstable filmmaker David O. Russell. In theaters November 21.
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