Monday, November 30, 2009

Golden Satellite Noms

Apparently the award season has started... the first two awards have revealed their nominations already... one is the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the other is the Golden Satellite Awards.

These two (especially The Gotham Awards) are not really popular and usually fly under the radar but they do seem to look at some of the independent movies...

Here are the nominees for The Golden Satellite Awards:

Motion Picture, Drama
The Hurt Locker
Bright Star
An Education
The Messenger
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
The Stoning of Soraya M.

Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Julie & Julia
The Informant!
A Serious Man
It’s Complicated
Up in the Air

10 BEST FILMS OF 2009 – [ listed alphabetically ]-
- (500) Days of Summer
- A Serious Man- An Education
- Bright Star
- Inglourious Basterds
- Nine
- Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
- The Hurt Locker
- The Stoning of Soraya M.
- Up in the Air

Best Actress, Drama
Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria)
Abbie Cornish (Bright Star)
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Stoning of Soraya M.)
Catalina Saavedra (The Maid)
Penélope Cruz (Broken Embraces)

Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama
Johnny Depp (Public Enemies)
Hugh Dancy (Adam)
Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Michael Sheen (The Damned)
Colin Firth (A Single Man)

Actress In A Motion Picture, Comedy Or Musical
Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer)
Katherine Heigl (The Ugly Truth)
Sandra Bullock (The Proposal)
Marion Cotillard (Nine)

Actor In A Motion Picture, Comedy Or Musical
Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine)
Bradley Cooper (The Hangover)
Matt Damon (The Informant!)
Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man)
George Clooney (Up in the Air)

Actress In A Supporting Role
Emily Blunt (Sunshine Cleaning)
Mozhan Marnò (The Stoning of Soraya M.)
Mo’nique (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)
Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)
Penélope Cruz (Nine)

Actor In A Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Alfred Molina (An Education)
Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
James McAvoy (The Last Station)
Timothy Spall (The Damned)

Motion Picture, Foreign Language Film
Red Cliff - China
The Maid - Chile
The White Ribbon - Germany
Broken Embraces - Spain
I Killed My Mother - Canada
Winter in Wartime - Netherlands

Motion Picture, Animated Or Mixed Media
Where the Wild Things Are
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Princess and the Frog
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Motion Picture, Documentary
Every Little Step
The Cove
It Might Get Loud
The September Issue
The Beaches of Agnès
Valentino: The Last Emperor

Neill Blomkamp (District 9)
Rob Marshall (Nine)
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Lee Daniels (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)
Jane Campion (Bright Star)
Lone Scherfig (An Education)

Screenplay, Original
Jane Campion (Bright Star)
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter (Up)
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer)
Joel & Ethan Coen (A Serious Man)

Screenplay, Adapted
Nora Ephron (Julie & Julia)
Nick Hornby (An Education)
Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell (District 9)
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air)

Original Score
Elliot Goldenthal (Public Enemies)
Rolfe Kent (Up in the Air)
Michael Giacchino (Up)
Carter Burwell, Karen O (Where the Wild Things Are)
Marvin Hamlisch (The Informant!)
Gabriel Yared (Amelia)

Almost There, Randy Newman (The Princess and the Frog)
I Can See in Color, Mary J. Blige (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)
Down in New Orleans, Randy Newman (The Princess and the Frog)
Cinema Italiano, Maury Yeston (Nine)
The Weary Kind, Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart)
We are the Children of the World, Terry Gilliam (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus)

Dion Beebe (Nine)
Dante Spinotti (Public Enemies)
Guillermo Navarro, Erich Roland (It Might Get Loud)
Lu Yue, Zhang Li (Red Cliff)
Roger Deakins (A Serious Man)
Robert Richardson (Inglourious Basterds)

Visual Effects
Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Wayne Billheimer, John Frazier (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Craig Hayes (Red Cliff)
John Paul Docherty, Richard Bain (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus)
Tim Ledbury (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
Robert Habros, Charlie Bradbury, Stephen Pepper, Winston Helgason (District 9)
Volker Engel, Marc Weigert, Mike Vezina (2012)

Film Editing
Greg Finton (It Might Get Loud)
Angie Lam, Yang Hongyu, Robert A. Ferretti (Red Cliff)
Julian Clarke (District 9)
David Brenner, Peter S. Elliot (2012)
Chris Innis, Bob Murawski (The Hurt Locker)
Claire Simpson, Wyatt Smith (Nine)

Sound (Mixing & Editing)
Cameron Frankley, Mark Ulano, Richard Van Dyke, Ron Bartlett (Terminator Salvation)
Ethan Van Der Ryn, Erik Aadahl, Geoffrey Patterson, Gary Summers, Greg P. Russell (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Joel Dougherty, Chuck Fitzpatrick (It Might Get Loud)
Steve Burgess (Red Cliff)
Paul N.J. Ottosson, Michael Mcgee, Rick Kline, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Michael Keller (2012)
Margit Pfeiffer, Jim Greenhorn (Nine)

Art Direction & Production Design
Terry Gilliam, Dave Warren, Anastasia Masaro (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus)
Nathan Crowley, Patrick Lumb, William Ladd Skinner (Public Enemies)
Eddy Wong (Red Cliff)
Chris Kennedy (The Road)
Barry Chusid, Elizabeth Wilcox (2012)
Ian Phillips, Dan Bishop (A Single Man)

Costume Design
Tim Yip (Red Cliff)
Consolata Boyle (Chéri)
Monique Prudhomme (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus)
Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria)
Colleen Atwood (Nine)

Tesla Award In Recognition Of Visionary Achievement In Filmmaking Technology
Roger Deakins

Auteur Award
Roger Corman


True Blood

Kristin Chenoweth for Glee

Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

For the Gotham Award noms, go their website:

Review - Planet 51

Over the Raya break, I went back to hometown... the qurban activity was scheduled for Saturday so I decided to go out with them kids to the mall and watch a movie. They wanted to watch 2012 or Astro Boy but I've seen them already.

They haven't seen New Moon but haven't seen Twilight as well... so Planet 51 is the only other option left. We went to East Coast Mall, which has a GSC there... which happens to be my fave cineplex...

Planet 51... Area 51... Get it?
The movie starts out showing a couple getting attacked by aliens. It turned out to be a movie that people are watching. But in fact, these people are aliens... um, guess in their own planet, they would not be considered aliens huh?
Anyway, as with our people, some of them are obsessed with aliens and alien invasions...
One day, an actual alien came down to their planet... only it's not an alien... it's a human... okay, alien to them I guess... so pandemonium erupted and everybody panicked... etc etc etc...
Except for Lem, the main character, who befriended the human and wants to help him go back to his spaceship so that he could return home...
There is also a cute robot who acts like a dog... called Rover, who has an obsession with rocks... I think he was modelled after Wall-E...

Anyway, the movie's entertaining enough... some of the jokes are adult-oriented... the kids did not get it while I was laughing out loud... most animations are like that... the kids only saw pretty fish while we laugh like crazy for the jokes in Finding Nemo...

A decent enough movie to take the kids to during the school holidays... :)


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