Producers Guild Nominations: Is Winter’s Bone out?

Today the Producers Guild of America announced its 10 nominations for Best Film. 127 Hours and The Town have made the cut while indie favorite Winter’s Bone has been left off the list. The nominees are:

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit

There are still 10 days before Academy ballots are due. Could the PGA nomination influence the Oscars? I still think Winter’s Bone, which is in my top five of 2010, has enough momentum going for it. Always remember that anything can happen.

Here are the PGA nominees for animated film and documentary:

Animated Film
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Earth Made of Glass

Inside Job
Smash His Camera
The Tillman Story
Waiting for “Superman”

New York Film Critics 2010 Winners

The New York Film Critics have thrown some definite surprises into the mix with their annual awards, announced this afternoon. The Social Network topped yet another critics list and, along with director David Fincher, it is still the Best Picture frontrunner.  But Jesse Eisenberg and Aaron Sorkin were both left off the list this time around.

Instead Colin Firth was named Best Actor for The King’s Speech. Along with Firth’s win courtesy of the LA Film Critics, the Best Actor race is enthralling to watch unfold.

After being ignored by the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, The Kids Are All Right made a small comeback. Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, writer-director Lisa Cholondenko, and writer Stuart Blumberg were honored in the actress, supporting actor, and screenplay categories. Fingers crossed the film gets some much-needed recognition when the Golden Globe nominations are announced tomorrow.

Rounding out the acting awards is Melissa Leo for The Fighter. With this win, Leo seems to have pushed early favorite Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom out of the running.

The complete list of winners is below.

Best Film: The Social Network

Best Foreign Language Film: Carlos

Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Actress: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Best Screenplay: Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right

Best Documentary: Inside Job

Best Animated Feature: The Illusionist

Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Best First Film: Animal Kingdom

Critics Roundup: LA Film Critics, AFI, NY Film Critics Online

There is nothing quite like sitting on a Greyhound bus and reading the tweets of your fellow film bloggers as several critics groups announce their annual awards. I probably seemed like a crazy person, muttering to myself about The Social Network. This awards’ season critical darling cleaned up at the Boston Film Critics, LA Film Critics and NY Film Critics Online awards. It was also named one of the ten best films of the year by the American Film Institute.

There were also plenty of surprises, courtesy of Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Niels Arestrup and Carlos, to keep things interesting.  Here is a breakdown of the winners.

LA Film Critics

The most surprising and interesting critics awards yet. Sure The Social Network was named Best Picture but its star Jesse Eisenberg was left out of the mix. With Firth’s LAFCA win, the Best Actor race definitely came alive today. (He apparently lost the Best Actor prize from the Boston critics by just one vote.) Likewise, Natalie Portman for her performance in Black Swan was left off the winner’s list in favor of Kim Hye-Ja in Mother. Arguably the most surprising win of all is Niels Arestrup for his supporting role in A Prophet. (For an explanation of A Prophet‘s and Mother‘s Oscar eligibility, head here.)

Best Picture – The Social Network
(Runner-up: Carlos)

Best Actor – Colin Firth, The Kings Speech
(Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez, Carlos)

Best Actress – Kim Hye-Ja, Mother
(Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone)

Best Supporting Actor – Niels Arestrup, A Prophet
(Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech)

Best Supporting Actress – Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
(Runner-up: Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer)

Best Director – Olivier Assayas, Carlos and David Fincher, The Social Network (tie)

Best Screenplay – The Social Network
(Runner-up: The King’s Speech)

Best Cinematography – Black Swan
(Runner-up: True Grit)

NY Film Critics Online

What has made me beyond ecstatic here is Melissa Leo’s win. Leo is by far my favorite, and often one of the most unappreciated, actresses. Any attention a performance of her’s receives makes me happy. Other than that, the NY Film Critics named, at this point, fairly expected winners.

Best Picture – The Social Network

Best Actor – James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Actress – Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Director – David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Breakthrough Performer – Noomi Repace, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Best Debut Director – John Wells, The Company Men

Best Ensemble Cast – The Kids Are All Right

Best Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

American Film Institute Top 10

In a top 10 list that is fairly safe, although it is filled with excellent movies, Winter’s Bone stands out to me as an exciting selection. Special awards were given to The King’s Speech and Waiting for Superman.

Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
127 Hours
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

The Social Network Tops Boston Film Critics

It seems as though 2010 is the year of The Social Network. The Boston Society of Film Critics named the David Fincher film of the best film of 2010. Jesse Eisenberg and Aaron Sorkin also picked up prizes in their respective categories. Notably, though, Best Actor runner-up Colin Firth lost to Eisenberg by just one vote. Maybe the Best Actor race is not as clear cut as we think.

The complete list of winners is available here.

Best Picture The Social Network
Runner up: Toy Story 3

Best Director David Fincher for The Social Network
Runner up: Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan

Best Actress Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Runner up: Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right

Best Actor Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
Runner up: Colin Firth in The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress: Juliette Lewis in Conviction
Runner Up: Melissa Leo in The Fighter

Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale in The Fighter
Runner Up: Andrew Garfield in The Social Network


Best Screenplay Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network
Runner up: Nicole Holocener for Please Give

The King’s Speech Tops BIFA

At the 13th Annual Moet British Independent Film Awards, The King’s Speech received five awards: best film, best screenplay, best actor (Colin Firth), best supporting actress (Helena Bonham Carter) and best supporting actor (Geoffrey Rush). Surprisingly, director Tom Hooper did not win the directing prize. Instead, Gareth Brooks, the director of Monster, did. Monster received three awards in total.

For her performance in Never Let Me Go, Carey Mulligan was named best actress. Bonham Carter’s win comes as a surprise to some after Lesley Manville was named the best actress for her role in Mike Leigh’s Another Year by the NBR.

The King’s Speech, which opened this weekend in the U.S., is an early front-runner in the Oscars race.

The complete list of BIFA winners is below:

Best British Independent Film
The King’s Speech

Best Director
Gareth Edwards – Monsters

The Douglas Hickok Award [Best Debut Director]
Clio Barnard – The Arbor

Best Screenplay
David Seidler – The King’s Speech

Best Actress
Carey Mulligan – Never Let Me Go

Best Actor
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actor
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Most Promising Newcomer
Joanne Froggatt – In Our Name

Best Achievement in Production

Raindance Award
Son of Babylon

Best Technical Achievement
Monsters – Visual Effects – Gareth Edwards

Best Documentary
Enemies of the People

Best British Short

Best Foreign Film
A Prophet