January 22, 2009

Nominees for the 81st Academy Awards

The following are the nominees for some of the major awards for the 81st Annual Academy Awards:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Christian Colson

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Richard Jenkins for The Visitor
Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn for Milk
Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie for Changeling
Melissa Leo for Frozen River
Meryl Streep for Doubt
Kate Winslet for The Reader

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Josh Brolin for Milk
Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams for Doubt
Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis for Doubt
Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler

Best Achievement in Directing
Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry for The Reader
David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant for Milk

Best Original Song
Slumdog Millionaire: A.R. Rahman, Gulzar ("Jai Ho")
Slumdog Millionaire: A.R. Rahman, M.I.A ("O Saya")
WALL·E: Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman ("Down to Earth")

Best Animated Fim
Kung Fu Panda

January 12, 2009

Golden Globe updates (4): Slumdog wins top honor

"Slumdog Millionaire" has lived up to its underdog theme at the Golden Globes, sweeping all four of its categories, including best drama and director for Danny Boyle.

The movie also won best screenplay and musical score.

Featuring a generally unknown cast in a story set on the streets of Mumbai, the movie follows a young Indian man who appears on a game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" and exceeds people's expectations, raising the suspicions of the game show host and law enforcement.

Golden Globe update (3): 30 Rock sweeps TV comedy awards

TV series "30 Rock" gained awards for Best Comedy, Best Actor (Alec Baldwin) and Best Actress (Tina Fey). The series won in all three of the categories in which it was nominated.

Golden Globe updates (2): Wall-E is best animated film

Disney/Pixar's "Wall-E" has been named Best Animated Film at Golden Globes. The movie beat off competition from "Kung-Fu Panda" and "Bolt."

Other winners so far include:

1) Sally Hawkins (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy): Happy-Go-Lucky
2) Heath ledger (Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture): The Dark Knight
3) Kate Winslet (Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture): The Reader
4) Slumdog Millionaire (Best Screenplay - Motion Picture)
5) Waltz With Bashir (Israel)(Best Foreign Movie)

Golden Globe updates (1): Ledger wins award

Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes Sunday night. Kate Winslet won the first Golden Globe of the night for her supporting role in "The Reader".

January 8, 2009

'Ghajini' breaks box-office

The Bollywood movie "Ghajini" became the only Indian film to earn one billion rupees (RM71.9mil) at the box office across the country in less than a week of its release on Christmas.

At a time when every industry is hit by recessionary trends and Bollywood did not fare quite well at the box office, the film starring lead actor Aamir Khan broke all the previous records and set the cash registers ringing within a few days of its release.

"Ghajini" is a remake of a Tamil film of the same name. The film is a romantic action thriller that explores the life of a rich businessman who suffers from 'anterograde amnesia' following a violent encounter. With the aid of Polaroid Instant camera images and permanent tattoos on his torso, the man tries to avenge the murder of his girlfriend, Kalpana, who has been murdered.

However, to all those who have been calling the movie a remake of Christopher Nolan's "Memento", actor Aamir Khan says the movie is just inspired from the Hollywood flick and is not a copy or remake of it.

Besides, raking in huge profits in domestic markets, "Ghajini" has done well in the overseas market as well. The movie opened with $0.92 million in the Middle East, followed by North America with $1.4 million and Australia with $254,000.

January 6, 2009

The 15 Big Movies Coming in 2009

Here is Entertainment Weekly's list of "15 Big Movies Coming in 2009":

1) Public Enemies
2) Terminator Salvation
3) The Ugly Truth
4) Where The Wild Things Are
5) Watchmen
6) Taking of Pelham 1-2-3
7) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
8) Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
9) Julie & Julia
10) Up
11) Obsessed
12) Year One
13) Land Of The Lost
14) X-Men Origins: Wolverine
15) Angels & Demons