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DGA announces its’ Nominees for Best Director!

Newsflash, Oscarwatchers! Dear readers, dear cineastes, the all mighty Directors Guild just announced their nominees. Five only. For best director of a motion picture 2010.

This announcement is RRREALLY good news for the nominated directors and their pictures. And bad news for those that are left out.

Some surprises, of course.

Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech” His first nomination

Christopher Nolan, “Inception” Nominated twice before for “Momento”(one of my top ten films of the DECADE! And also, the Batman sequel “The Dark Knight”)

Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan” Also a first-time nominee!

and the Big Surprise, the universally not-liked David O. Russell of “The Fighter” shows that yes, they like him, they really like him.

And of course, David Fincher, who was nominated once before for “Benjamin Button” is nominated AGAIN for that Film I Will Not Name.

Surprisingly, no Coens for “True Grit” which is doing so well at the box-office. Also, no Danny Boyle for “127 Hours.” Bad news for those films and though they may make it into the Oscar Top Ten, this puts their actors suddenly in a big of jeopardy, to put it mildly.

Also, no John Cameron Mitchell for “Rabbit Hole.” So Nicolle Kidman look out.

No Lisa Cholodenko for “The Kids Are All Right” and no Debra Granik for “Winter’s Bone.” So all male nominees. No women at all after last year’s great breakthrough triumph of Katherine Bigelow winning Best Director for “The Hurt Locker.”

Also out, I’m now thinking is Matt Damon for “True Grit” although Jeff Bridges and the awful tyke Hailee Steinfeld seem in the stronger positions in their categories.

Also, no Tony Goldwyn for “Convinction.” Not good news for Hillary Swank. Though I think the never nominated Sam Rockwell could surprise in Supporting.

Also, not good for James Franco’s Best Actor chances of “127 Hours.” I think he’ll get a nomination but without a directing nomination, “127 Hours” is in a much weaker position than it was yesterday. Although people aren’t going to it.

I think these five gentlemen are IN LIKE FLINT though as Nominees for Best Director at the Oscars.

Congratulations to Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech” who is the one who named me the Oscar Messenger, let’s not forget!

This group of five men are locked and loaded. So now we know…

Golden Globe Nominations! King’s Speech leads with 7!!!

Very gratified to report that the wonderful “King’s Speech” which I have been championing ever since I saw it at its’ first press screening at Toronto received seven Golden Globe nominations this morning. More than any other film, and that usually means it’s going to win!

It was nominated for Best Film -Drama, Best Actor, the wonderful Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actor, Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actress, Helena Bonham-Carter, Best Director, Tom Hooper(who named me “The Oscar Messenger” after all, LOVE him!), Best Screenplay and Best Score.

Congratulations to Colin, Geoffrey, Helena, Tom and to Harvey Weinstein who produced all this magnificence.

Yesterday that OTHER FILM, whom I will not mention by name any more, won all the critics’ awards across the country, and today, “The King’s Speech” is on top!

Also nominated for Best Actor -Drama was Ryan Gosling, whom I just interviewed for “Blue Valentine.” That is going to be up on YouTube shortly and Best Actress-Drama- Michelle Williams for the same moving film, whom I also interviewed. And she’ll be coming soon, too. www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow

Omissions~ They left  out a LOT of possible contenders like Jeff Bridges, and Hailee Stanfield from “True Grit”. In fact, “True Grit” (which I STILL haven’t seen) was shut out completely. And Danny Boyle for Director and “127 Hours” were not nominated, though its’ star James Franco was. Franco was expected. The shut out of “127 Hours” and Boyle were not. Nothing for Robert Duvall in “Get Low.” Nothing for “True Grit” other than the despised Jennifer Lawrence’s expected but undeserved nomination. Will somebody please put a stop to that woman! Her adulation in that faux-Ozarkian indie is incomprehensible to me.

And Leonardo Di Caprio was left out ~ TWICE! For “Shutter Island” AND for “Inception” Yikes! Methinks this was not category confusion but actual, for real, MOVIE confusion. There were astounding similarities in the plots of both movies. And certainly Leo’s characters.  So Leo got left out twice, but Johnny Depp was nominated TWICE for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. For “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tourist.” BOTH Annette Bening and Julianne Moore were nominated for “The Kids Are All Right” in the Musical/Comedy Best Actress category.

And sadly “Another Year” was nowhere to be seen. No Mike Leigh. No Leslie Manville. And also no Noomi Rapace for “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” Sadly.

IN were Jackie Weaver for “Animal Kingdom.”!!! And Mila Kunis, and NOT Barbara Hersey for “The Black Swan.”  I think the Academy will correct that. And switch the two. This is for Best Supporting Actress, and as I predicted BOTH Melissa Leo and Amy Adams got in for “The Fighter” and they will cancel each other out, leaving the way for her Royal Highness Helena Bonham-Carter to win here. And at the Oscars, too, I’m betting.

And Michael Douglas DOES go supporting as Peggy Siegel told me he would, also back in Toronto. For “Wall Street 2” which I enjoyed immensely. And NO Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids Are All Right” though it scored big everywhere else and won him a Best Supporting Actor nod from the New York Film Critics. So Douglas is IN. Ruffalo is now OUT?

After “The King’s Speech”, came “The Fighter” with six nominations, as I predicted. And THAT OThER MOVIE also got six. Best Foreign Film nominations included Tilda Swinton’s “I Am Love.”

These nominations HELP all those nominated, but hurt the ones unexpectedly left out, like “True Grit” and “Another Year.”

For the complete list, see www.awardsdaily.com

National Board of Review reactions…

Wellllll, David Poland of www.moviecitynews.com calls it the National Bored with Reviews…and says it reflects nothing but how ineffective Fox Searchlight has been with the Board this year. They represent or ARE represented by “Black Swan” and “127 Hours” which got nada…Guess they won’be be buying a table at their shindig this year….www.nbrmp.org

David, my former boss, I guess, I was once a Guru o’ Gold, Yes, it’s true, David thinks this is the Week of Irrelevant Awards…but he does have an amusing take on it….Worth reading….He thinks this helps Leslie Manville get a nomination…That would be in Best Actress for “Another Year.”

But NOT Jackie Weaver…I mean, I haven’t even seen “Animal Kingdom.” David knows…well, what he knows..

The completely unknown Jackie Weaver was named Best Supporting Actress for “Animal Kingdom.” Sony Pictures Classics sent out the screener for this Australian film before anyone else did, way back in Sept. I think. Along with “Mother and Child”, which I adored, and obviously these award-giving bodies had the time to watch them as Autumn leaves were falling…But I haven’t gotten one! Hey! Sony! Send me a SCREENER!

I’ll tell you who they did send my way, the handsome and funny Armie Hammer, who plays the Winklevi in TSN. See him cracking me up and vice versa and talking Oscar in my Main Frame. At www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow

And St. Anne Thompson at St. Anne’s Warehouse, or rather Thompson on Hollywood at www.indiewire.com thinks that this does not mean anything to Colin Firth. That he shouldn’t worry, that the Academy Actor’s Branch will reward him anyway. And I’m so sure they will.

And Sasha must be VERY happy about this. I never thought Jesse Irritatingberg would EVAH get any kind of serious awards attention for “TSN” but Sasha did. And I went to read what every one said and I got an “error” on that NBR thread’s comments section on www.awardsdaily.com. Maybe it’s fixed now…There was so much traffic Sasha’s server crashed! Whoa! I wouldn’t know WHAT to do if that ever happened to this humble blog…But it’s fixed now, I think…

Anne Thompson said she passed Christian Bale(Best Supp. Actor for “The Fighter) in a Hollywood hallway and he looked “very happy.” I bet. He’s never gotten any serious awards consideration. EVAH. Batman or no Batman.

And me, I think none of these award winners will be repeated at the Oscars. Sorry, I don’t. Well, except for Aaron Sorkin for Best Adapted Screenplay. Otherwise, none of the others should expect anything except nominations….Jesse Irritatingberg and Jackie Weaver are all of a piece to me…I hope her performance(if I EVAH get to see it!) doesn’t give me a headache like he did.

And the NBR’s recent awards, have hardly been bell-weathers for the Oscars. Only one performer Penelope Cruz went on to win for “Vicki Cristina Barcelona” Nominations, maybe. I’ll have to do my homework but Sasha has probably already done it. But last year, for instance nobody won. But they were all nominated…

Hmmmm….

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