The two hugely successful fantasy novelists were approached by Academy bosses to announce the winner of Best Adapted Screenplay prize at the revered ceremony on Sunday (07Mar10).
The Twilight creator has accepted, but Rowling - who lives in the U.K. - turned down the invite to carry on working on her latest project, according to Britain's Daily Express.
Rowling writes on her website, “You won’t be hearing from me often I am afraid, as pen and paper is my priority at the moment.”
The movies nominated for the screenplay award are In the Loop (Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche), District 9 (Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell), Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire (Geoffrey Fletcher), An Education (Nick Hornby) and Up In The Air (Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner).
Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker received the prize for Best Original Screenplay for Mark Boal's writing, while Up In The Air's scribes Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner were honoured with Best Adapted Screenplay for their reworking of Walter Kirn's novel.
The Cove, a film about the killing of dolphins in Japan, won the Best Documentary Screenplay for Mark Monroe.
In the TV categories, Mad Men was named Best Drama Series, while 30 Rock landed the Best Comedy Series honour. Best New Series went to Modern Family.
Other winners included The Young and the Restless, which was named Best Serial, and The Simpsons, which won a Best Animation award at the simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
Reitman and his writing partner Sheldon Turner are favourites to land gold at the Oscars next month. The film is nominated for six awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
But Walter Kirn - who wrote the original novel on which the film is based - has been snubbed by organisers, and has taken to Twitter.com to blast the Academy for failing to invite him to the event.
In a message Kirn posted on Wednesday (17Feb10), he writes, "Caution to writers: Don't expect that because you write a novel that becomes an Oscar-nominated film that you'll be invited to the Oscars. Novelists are like oil in H'wood (Hollywood): they drill us, pipeline us, pump us and then burn us."
Though Garry Marshall hasn’t made a decent flick since 1990’s Pretty Woman he still apparently wields a not inconsiderable amount of clout in Hollywood. What else could explain the all-star ensemble of actors who gathered for Valentine’s Day? Among the major names found probing the turgid depths of the nearly 80-year-old director’s insipid rom-com are Julia Roberts Anne Hathaway Ashton Kutcher Jessica Alba Jamie Foxx Jessica Biel Taylor Lautner and various other prominent actors who either owe favors to Marshall or whose incriminating photos he holds in his possession.
A slice-of-life tale unfolding in Los Angeles over the course of a single Valentine’s Day the film chronicles the romantic adventures of a diverse cast of characters at various stages of relationships and encompassing virtually every conceivable demographic category. Their ages backgrounds and perspectives often dramatically differ but they each share one trait in common: Almost without exception they are all ceaselessly painfully disastrously unfunny.
Some temper their dishumor with a dose of the annoying like Kutcher whose dopey florist Marshall unwisely chose to anchor Valentine’s Day’s story around. Others add a dash of the preposterous like Roberts dressed in military fatigues in a laughable attempt to play a U.S. Army Captain on leave from the front. Still others add cloying sentiment to the mix like Bryce Robinson’s lovelorn 10-year-old whose grandparents played by Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo ply him with nostalgic romantic tips pre-fabricated for maximum inter-generational cuteness. Whatever your preferred method of cinematic torture may be you’ll undoubtedly encounter it in this film.
In addition to challenging the pain threshold Valentine’s Day offers a test of endurance as well its story requiring over two hours to satisfy the narrative demands of its swollen cast. If you didn’t despise Hallmark’s ersatz holiday before you certainly will after enduring this Bataan Death March of rom-coms.
Writer/producer Chuck Lorre was stunned after learning about Belarusian programme The Theorists, which is strikingly similar to his own creation - it also follows the madcap antics of scientists who have a pretty blonde for a neighbour.
Lorre brought the matter to fans' attention with a message after the end credits of an episode of The Big Bang Theory which aired in the U.S. on Monday (08Feb10).
He wrote, "Belarus (has) a bustling TV production industry. One of their most recent hits is a sitcom about four nerdy scientists who live next door to a beautiful blonde waitress. The characters are named Sheldon, Leo, Hovard, Raj and Natasha, and the show is entitled, The Theorists... Each episode appears to be a Russian translation of a Big Bang Theory episode."
But when Lorre complained to attorneys at Warner Brothers about the alleged rip-off, he was informed they couldn't pursue a lawsuit: "We were told that it's next to impossible to sue for copyright infringement in Belarus because the TV production company that is ripping us off is owned and operated by the government of Belarus."
The Oscar-nominated screenwriters and book author Walter Kirn claimed the the 22nd Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for the hit film.
The Scripters recognise the author and writers of a produced literary work-to-film adaptation.
Reitman and Turner have already won a string of awards and are favourites to land gold at the Oscars next month (Mar10).
Also honoured at the Scripters was Eric Roth, the writer behind adaptations like Forrest Gump.
He was presented with a Scripter Literary Achievement Award.
The honours were handed out at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday (07Feb10).
The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner is up for the Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar, competing against George Clooney (Up In The Air), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Colin Firth (A Single Man).
In the Best Director category, Bigelow will fight it out with her ex-husband Cameron, along with Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Lee Daniels (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire) and Jason Reitman (Up In The Air).
The Hurt Locker and Avatar will lead the Best Picture category - the films are among 10 nominees for the prestigious accolade, including Up In The Air, The Blind Side and Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire.
Avatar, which smashed box office records by grossing more than $2 billion this weekend (30-31Jan10) to become the best-selling international release of all time, is also nominated for a slew of technical awards, such as Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Meanwhile, Sandra Bullock has landed her first Oscar nomination for The Blind Side - the star will go up against Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia), Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire) for the title of Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Matt Damon (Invictus), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) are among the nominees for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar, while Penelope Cruz (Nine), Mo'Nique (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Horse) and Up In The Air's Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick will battle for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role prize.
The nominees for 10 of the 24 categories were unveiled by Anne Hathaway and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak at an early morning news conference on Tuesday (02Feb10) at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The Oscars, presented by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, will be handed out on 7 March (10) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
The nominees for the 10 main categories are as follows:
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
George Clooney - Up In The Air
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Morgan Freeman - Invictus
Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
Helen Mirren - The Last Station
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Matt Damon - Invictus
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Penelope Cruz - Nine
Vera Farmiga - Up In The Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Horse
Anna Kendrick - Up In The Air
Mo'Nique - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
James Cameron - Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Jason Reitman - Up In The Air
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up In The Air
Best Original Screenplay:
Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman - The Messenger
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy - Up
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche - In the Loop
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell - District 9
Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Nick Hornby - An Education
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner - Up In The Air
Best Animated Film:
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Best Foreign Language Film:
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)
Un Prophete (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru).
Clooney is renowned for playing jokes on his movie crew and castmates but decided to behave himself while shooting Reitman's award-winning drama, in which he stars as a corporate downsizer.
Reitman admits he was surprised to have escaped the actor's pranks on set - but he soon realised he had become another one of Clooney's victims at the 17 January (10) awards show when his Golden Globe went missing.
The director says, "He never pranked anybody during the shoot and we all felt a little hurt to be honest, and then the other night at the Golden Globes, he hid my Golden Globe!"
Reitman was awarded the honour alongside his Up In The Air co-writer Sheldon Turner.
During an Up in the Air screening and Q&A on Sunday, the film's two award-winning screenwriters, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, answered questions about the supposed bad blood between them.
Reitman, according to The Envelope, explained that it was a strange situation for him when he first learned he would be sharing credit. But after meeting Turner, Reitman says he felt, "we actually did write this movie together in a way."
Although they never collaborated and wrote completely separate drafts, a WGA arbitration determined that both would be awarded credit for adapting the Walter Kirn novel.
Reitman says he never read Turner's script, and the pair didn't meet until after Reitman had finished the movie.
"I think the source of the speculation comes from the fact that maybe there was the assumption that we did in fact write together. I met Jason for the first time after the movie was done," said Turner. "Now that we've been sort of through this (awards) 'circuit,' which Jason is a lot more familiar with than I am, we've become friends. It's a unique situation."
"When our credits went up the first time and they say you're sharing credit with this other guy, you go, 'Who's Sheldon Turner?'" Reitman said.
After two WGA arbitrations (the first is automatic when a writer-director is involved) and Turner (but not Griffin) was awarded co-writing status, Reitman got used to the idea he wouldn't have sole credit for a screenplay that was very personal to him and that he thought he wrote by himself, The Envelope says.
"But then I meet him and he's a great guy and beyond that we were actually drawn to this book for the same reason and we both sat down to write the same screenplay. Even though we never sat in the same room or shared a keyboard, we actually did write this movie together in a way, and because of that I'm very proud to share the credit with him," Reitman recounted.
"One of the proudest moments for me was seeing the movie for the first time and seeing all the things Jason realized. How could I not be proud to sit next to him and have my name next to him? Actually, I think it's a success story in the way things can work," Turner said.
Still, eyebrows were raised when Reitman spoke at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and then appeared to leave the stage as music played and Turner got no chance to speak. At the Globes two days later Turner jumped up quickly and started talking first.
"Whoever gets to the mike first gets to talk. Sheldon is obviously athletic but I'm fast," Reitman said. "This whole thing is so silly."
Crazy Heart won for Best Song and Best Actor/Drama (Jeff Bridges), while moviemaker James Cameron was named Best Director for Avatar, which also took home the Best Motion Picture/Drama honour.
It was a big day for the sci-fi blockbuster which became the first film of the new century to claim five weeks at number one at the U.S. box office earlier in the day.
It also passed Star Wars to become the third biggest-grossing movie in America. The film has already become the second most successful film globally - behind Cameron's Titanic.
The Hangover claimed the night's other top movie award for Comedy or Musical and Robert Downey Jr. was a surprise Best Actor/Comedy or Musical winner for his turn as super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes.
Best Actress awards went to Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep, who shared the honour and a kiss at the Critics Choice Movie Awards on Friday night (15Jan10).
Other double winners were Up, which claimed the Best Animated Feature Film and Best Score, TV drama Dexter, which picked up acting honours for John Lithgow and Michael C. Hall and TV movie Grey Gardens.
The evening was bittersweet for many celebrities, who had the earthquake disaster in Haiti on their minds.
Maggie Gyllenhaal urged everyone to give generously to charity causes, while stars paid tribute to George Clooney, who is organising a celebrity telethon on Friday night (22Jan10), on the red carpet and the stage.
And it was a big night to honour spouses with winners Sandra Bullock, Mo'Nique, Robert Downey Jr., Michael C. Hall and James Cameron fighting back tears as they honoured husbands and wives.
The full list of winners is:
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Mo'Nique (Precious)
Best Actress in a TV Series/Comedy or Musical - Toni Collette (United States of Tara)
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV Movie - John Lithgow (Dexter)
Best Animated Feature Film - Up
Best Actor in a TV Series/Drama - Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Best Actress in a TV Series/Drama - Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Best Original Song/Motion Picture - The Weary Kind by Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart)
Best Original Score/Motion Picture - Michael Giacchino (Up)
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie - Grey Gardens
Best Actress in a Motion Picture/Comedy or Musical - Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie - Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance)
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie - Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)
Best Screenplay/Motion Picture - Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air)
Best Actor in a TV Series/Comedy or Musical - Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Best Foreign Language Film - The White Ribbon
Best TV Series/Drama - Mad Men
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV Movie - Chloe Sevigny (Big Love)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Best Director - James Cameron (Avatar)
Best TV Series/Comedy or Musical - Glee
Best Motion Picture/Comedy or Musical - The Hangover
Best Actress in a Motion Picture/Drama - Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture/Comedy or Musical - Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture/Drama - Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Best Motion Picture/Drama - Avatar
Cecil B. DeMille Award - Martin Scorsese