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2008 Academy Award Nominations

Academy Awards statueThe nominations for the were announced bright and early Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Assuming the ceremony goes on as scheduled, you can see the live broadcast Sunday, February 24th on .

Notable additions/omissions from today’s announcement:


2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations (Film)

Thanks to an interim waiver granted by the , the telecast will air as scheduled on Sunday, January 27.  Since plans for the and the are still up in the air, this could be most viewed awards show in quite some time.

This year’s film nominees are:


  • George Clooney, Michael Clayton
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
  • Ryan Gosling, Lars And The Real Girl
  • Emile Hirsch, Into The Wild
  • Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises


  • Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Julie Christie, Away From Her
  • Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
  • Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
  • Ellen Page, Juno

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2008 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

Assuming the ongoing doesn’t put a wrench into everyone’s plans, the 65th Annual ceremony is scheduled to air on Sunday, Jan. 13th. (The telecast will come just 9 days prior to the nominations.)

Here are the most notable omissions/additions in this year’s list of film honorees:

(Click below for the full list of film nominees; click here for the TV nominations.)

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Hollywood Foreign Press Association

‘No Country for Old Men’ Earns Big Honor

No Country for Old MenAlthough there’s a large slate of movies yet to be released, the National Board of Review kicked off awards season this week with its list of honorees.  film, , walked away with NBR’s prize for Best Film along with two other categories.

The NBR is not necessarily known for predicting success.  Nevertheless, the group consisting of educators, historians and film industry professionals did select and as its winners last year.

Here’s a list of the 2007 NBR honorees.  Even if you can’t use these selections in your betting pool, you now know which films you should become familiar with:

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Review: Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl

Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling) is a shy but amiable man yearning for love in a world he has trouble confronting. When he finds the woman of his dreams on the Internet, Lars emerges from his funk and proceeds to introduce his new girlfriend to friends and family. There’s only one problem: His new sweetheart is a life-size, anatomically accurate sex doll, and Lars has convinced himself she’s real. With love and concern, family, friends and other locals resolve to play along while Lars undergoes surreptitious mental evaluations.

In August, I made a prediction about an upcoming film called Lars and the Real Girl. The educated guess was part of a sporadically written column I write called The Preview Review, where I watch new trailers, look at who’s involved and try to speculate as to the film’s commercial and critical success.  Here’s what I had to say about Lars:

Prediction: Lars and the Real Girl will be a simple story with deep, complex characters, awkward comedy, and unconditional familial support.  It will be on par with the fantastic Little Miss Sunshine, but with one great bonus—Ryan Gosling.
Well, I was largely correct in my assertion—not too impressive, admittedly—but I did walk out of the theater with some caveats.  Read the full review after the jump.

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