January 11, 2013 4:00am EST
After becoming the youngest ever Academy Awards Best Actress nominee in history, nine-year-old Wallis grabbed the Critics Choice Best Young Actor/Actress trophy.
The gadget-savvy Beasts of the Southern Wild star read out her acceptance speech from her iPhone.
Lawrence was named Best Actress in an Action Movie for her turn as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and joined her Silver Linings Playbook castmates in collecting the Best Acting Ensemble trophy. She also picked up the Best Actress in a Comedy award for the film and co-star Bradley Cooper took home the Best Actor in a Comedy trophy.
Meanwhile, Daniel Craig scored a Best Actor in an Action Movie honour for his portrayal of James Bond in Skyfall, which stunned the experts by beating both The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers for the Best Action Movie title.
Oscar nominees Philip Seymour Hoffman and Anne Hathaway claimed the Critics Choice Best Supporting Actor and Actress gongs for their roles in The Master and Les Miserables, and Michael Haneke's celebrated Amour, which landed a Best Picture Oscar nomination earlier in the day, took home the Best Foreign Language Film.
Meanwhile, the acclaimed adaptations of novels Anna Karenina and Life of Pi doubled up in the early technical awards - Keira Knightley's film picked up Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design trophies, while director Ang Lee's Life of Pi landed the Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects awards.
There were also wins for Zero Dark Thirty (Best Editing) and Cloud Atlas (Best Make-Up), while Wreck-It Ralph was named Best Animated Movie and Quentin Tarantino, who is in London launching Django Unchained, picked up the Best Original Screenplay award for the western. Tony Kushner claimed the Best Adapted Screenplay award for Lincoln.
Les Miserables leads the Critics Choice nominations with 11 and filmmaker Judd Apatow was previously announced as the awards show's Genius Award recipient.
January 11, 2013 4:00am EST
The Western, set in Mississippi in 1858, stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio and has attracted criticism for its repeated use of racial slurs.
The moviemaker has also been accused of a lack of sensitivity, but Tarantino is adamant the uproar is good news as it means his fellow Americans are finally able to discuss their nation's controversial past.
He tells the U.K.'s Channel 4 News, "I don't think you can actually make a movie about slavery in America that is not going to be controversial... Oh, I couldn't be happier with the reaction to this movie, it's been fantastic. It's creating a nice debate. Even the people who don't like the film are actually (discussing the issue).
"I am responsible for people talking about slavery in America in a way they have not in 30 years... There is actually a dialogue going on about slavery right now that has not been happening at all. It's a subject people are afraid to talk about, and now because of this movie people aren't afraid to talk about it. People are talking about it."
Django Unchained has been criticised by music mogul L.A. Reid, who slammed Tarantino's lack of sensitivity in handling racial themes, and fellow moviemaker Spike Lee, who vowed never to watch it because of the controversial language.
January 10, 2013 2:41pm EST
The 2013 Critics Choice Movie Awards were chock full of wonderful surprises, including two for a wonderfully surprised Ben Affleck. The actor/director, who was notably snubbed for an Oscar nomination earlier in the day, walked away with the CMMA for Best Director and his film Argo won Best Picture. A stunned Affleck jokingly opened his speech with "I'd like to thank the Academy..."
The other big winner of the night was David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, which won four awards, including Best Comedy and its stars Jennifer Lawrence (who won three awards total at the ceremony) and Bradley Cooper who both won in their respective Best Actress and Actor in a Comedy categories. The film won the most CCMAs, which could give it some momentum going into the Oscars. Its biggest rival Lincoln, had record-breaking 13 CCMA nods, but only won three for Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Score.
Other highlights of the ceremony, which was hosted by entertainment maven Sam Rubin, included an emotional Best Actress winner Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) who gave credit to director Kathryn Bigelow and a charming moment by Best Young Actress winner Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) who read her speech off her cell phone. Check out the full list of the 18th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards below. BEST PICTUREWINNER: ArgoBeasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedLes MisérablesLife of PiLincolnThe MasterMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty BEST ACTORBradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookWINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis – LincolnJohn Hawkes – The SessionsHugh Jackman – Les MisérablesJoaquin Phoenix – The MasterDenzel Washington – Flight BEST ACTRESSWINNER: Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark ThirtyMarion Cotillard – Rust and BoneJennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PlaybookEmmanuelle Riva – AmourQuvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern WildNaomi Watts – The Impossible BEST SUPPORTING ACTORAlan Arkin – ArgoJavier Bardem – SkyfallRobert De Niro – Silver Linings PlaybookWINNER: Philip Seymour Hoffman – The MasterTommy Lee Jones – LincolnMatthew McConaughey – Magic Mike BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSAmy Adams – The MasterJudi Dench – SkyfallAnn Dowd – ComplianceSally Field – LincolnWINNER: Anne Hathaway – Les MisérablesHelen Hunt – The Sessions BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESSElle Fanning – Ginger & RosaKara Hayward – Moonrise KingdomTom Holland – The ImpossibleLogan Lerman – The Perks of Being a WallflowerSuraj Sharma – Life of PiWINNER: Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild BEST ACTING ENSEMBLEArgoThe Best Exotic Marigold HotelLes MisérablesLincolnMoonrise KingdomWINNER: Silver Linings Playbook BEST DIRECTORWINNER: Ben Affleck – ArgoKathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark ThirtyTom Hooper – Les MisérablesAng Lee – Life of PiDavid O. Russell – Silver Linings PlaybookSteven Spielberg – Lincoln BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYWINNER: Quentin Tarantino – Django UnchainedJohn Gatins – FlightRian Johnson – LooperPaul Thomas Anderson – The MasterWes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise KingdomMark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYChris Terrio – ArgoDavid Magee – Life of PiWINNER: Tony Kushner – LincolnStephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a WallflowerDavid O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYLes Misérables – Danny CohenWINNER: Life of Pi – Claudio MirandaLincoln – Janusz KaminskiThe Master – Mihai Malaimare Jr.Skyfall – Roger Deakins BEST ART DIRECTIONWINNER: Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer; Katie Spencer/Set DecoratorThe Hobbit – Dan Hennah/Production Designer; Ra Vincent & Simon Bright/Set DecoratorsLes Misérables – Eve Stewart/Production Designer; Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set DecoratorLife of Pi – David Gropman/Production Designer; Anna Pinnock/Set DecoratorLincoln – Rick Carter/Production Designer; Jim Erickson/Set Decorator BEST EDITINGArgo – William GoldenbergLes Misérables – Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris DickensLife of Pi – Tim SquyresLincoln – Michael KahnWINNER: Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor BEST COSTUME DESIGNWINNER: Anna Karenina – Jacqueline DurranCloud Atlas – Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves GayraudThe Hobbit – Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard TaylorLes Misérables – Paco DelgadoLincoln – Joanna Johnston BEST MAKEUPWINNER: Cloud AtlasThe HobbitLes MisérablesLincoln BEST VISUAL EFFECTSThe AvengersCloud AtlasThe Dark Knight RisesThe HobbitWINNER: Life of Pi BEST ANIMATED FEATUREBraveFrankenweenieMadagascar 3ParaNormanRise of the GuardiansWINNER: Wreck-It Ralph BEST ACTION MOVIEThe AvengersThe Dark Knight RisesLooperWINNER: Skyfall BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIEChristian Bale – The Dark Knight RisesWINNER: Daniel Craig – SkyfallRobert Downey Jr. – The AvengersJoseph Gordon-Levitt – LooperJake Gyllenhaal – End of Watch BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIEEmily Blunt – LooperGina Carano – HaywireJudi Dench – SkyfallAnne Hathaway – The Dark Knight RisesWINNER: Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games BEST COMEDYBernieWINNER: Silver Linings PlaybookTedThis Is 4021 Jump Street BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDYJack Black – BernieWINNER: Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookPaul Rudd – This Is 40Channing Tatum – 21 Jump StreetMark Wahlberg – Ted BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDYMila Kunis – TedWINNER: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PlaybookShirley MacLaine – BernieLeslie Mann – This Is 40Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIEThe Cabin in the WoodsWINNER: LooperPrometheus BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMWINNER: AmourThe IntouchablesA Royal AffairRust and Bone BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREBullyThe Central Park FiveThe ImposterThe Queen of VersaillesWINNER: Searching for Sugar ManWest of Memphis BEST SONG“For You” – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Act of Valor“Learn Me Right” – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – BraveWINNER: “Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall“Still Alive” – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive“Suddenly” – performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer – Les Misérables BEST SCOREArgo – Alexandre DesplatLife of Pi – Mychael DannaWINNER: Lincoln – John WilliamsThe Master – Jonny GreenwoodMoonrise Kingdom – Alexandre Desplat Louis XIII Genius Award: Judd Apatow [Photo credit: Photo Credit: Tiffany Rose/WireImage] More: ‘Lincoln’, ‘Les Misérables’ Lead 18th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards Nominations2013 Golden Globes: 'Lincoln,' 'Argo' Lead Movie Nominations. 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January 10, 2013 12:15pm EST
Film fans flocked to blog sites to offer up their surprise when the movie star wasn't nominated in the Best Director category for his acclaimed Argo on Thursday morning (10Jan13) - and he was the easy winner of Fandango's Biggest Snub survey.
Thousands voted and Affleck picked up 52 per cent - ahead of fellow Best Director absentees Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), who landed 20 per cent and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) who came in third with 12 per cent.
Nominee Ang Lee was just as stunned not to hear Affleck and Bigelow's names alongside his when the nominations were announced.
The Life of Pi director says, "It's not that I don't think the others should have been nominated - I'm happy for everyone including myself - but these two seemed to be the sure thing from the beginning."
Meanwhile, Fandango film fans were also stunned that the new James Bond film, Skyfall, didn't land a Best Picture nod and John Hawkes led the overlooked actors as many moviegoers fully expected him to grab a Best Actor mention for his role in The Sessions.
In a related poll, Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis' Best Actress nomination topped a Happiest Surprise survey with 35 per cent, closely followed by Oscars host Seth MacFarlane's Best Song mention for Ted.
January 10, 2013 12:15pm EST
The Pulp Fiction moviemaker is in the U.K. for the London premiere of his latest film Django Unchained on Thursday evening, and ahead of the screening he agreed to an interview with a TV crew from Channel 4 News.
Respected broadcaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy sat down in a studio with Tarantino for the eight-minute long chat, but the conversation became heated when he asked the director why he is so adamant violence in movies is not to blame for real-life killings.
Tarantino fumed, "I'm not going to tell you why I'm so sure. Don't ask me a question like that, I'm not biting. I refuse your question... I'm not your slave and you are not my master. You can't make me dance to your tune. I'm not a monkey."
As Guru-Murthy attempted to quote from a recent interview with Jamie Foxx, who takes the lead role in Django Unchained, Tarantino became visibly annoyed and cut in, saying, "Then you should talk to Jamie Foxx about that, and I think he is actually here so you can... I don't want to (talk about it) because I am here to sell my film. This (interview) is a commercial for my movie, make no mistake... I don't want to talk about what you want to talk about, I don't want to talk about the implications of violence. The reason I don't want to talk about it is because I have said everything I have to say about it... And I am shutting your butt down."
Asked why he believes there is no correlation between movie violence and real-life massacres, Tarantino exploded, shouting: "It's none of your damn business what I think about that... I'm saying no, and I'm shutting you down... I don't have any responsibility to you to explain anything I don't want to...
"I've explained this many times in 20 years but I just refuse to repeat myself over and over again because you want me to - for you and your show and your ratings."
The moviemaker recently attacked critics who are blaming bloody blockbusters for the recent Newtown, Connecticut school massacre, insisting such comments are disrespectful to the victims.
Growing frustrated on the subject of violence in movies in a recent NPR interview, Tarantino raged, "I'm really annoyed. I think it's disrespectful... to the memory... of the people who died to talk about movies. Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health."
Tarantino's latest film, blood-soaked, shoot-em-up slave drama Django Unchained was released just days after the Newtown massacre, during which 20 children were killed.
January 10, 2013 10:12am EST
In our quest to bring you the best TV content, sometimes we have to look... backwards. That's why we have Thursday TV Throwback, wherein each week our staff of pop culture enthusiasts will be tasked with bringing back some of the best television clips that have been forgotten by time, space and the general zeitgeist. This week, it's time for our first annual Oscar Edition — where we take on the task of locating the humble, small screen beginnings of Oscar nominees.
Quentin Tarantino, Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Golden Girls
Before Tarantino made film history with Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and the like, he made an appearance as an Elvis impersonator on Golden Girls. Check out 04:38 and 05:23 for proof:
Christoph Waltz, Best Supporting Actor, Parole Chicago
This is probably our favorite. Christopher Waltz starred in a German TV series called Parole Chicago back in 1979. It took place in 1920's Berlin, with Waltz starring as a stupid criminal. Below, he demonstrates the stupid as he tries to catch a cat, for some reason:
Naomi Watts, Best Actress: Hey Dad...!
Watts played Simon's girlfriend Belinda on a few episodes of the Australian sitcom Hey Dad...! back in '90:
Ben Affleck, Snubbed director of Argo: Voyage of the Mimi
This is one for the ages. Little Affleck starred as Clement Tyler (C.T.) Granville on Voyage of the Mimi, an educational series filmed on the high seas. So before he schooled us on the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis, Affleck taught us all about humpback whales. Here he is, in the Arctic test chamber for the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. He was a bit worried when he learned about filming in the Arctic wind tunnel, but luckily his bowl cut kept his ears warm:
Tommy Lee Jones, Best Supporting Actor: Charlie's Angels
Youthful Tommy Lee Jones was quite the looker! He appeared in the pilot of the hit series as Aram, a man who becomes entwined with an undercover Sabrina (Kate Jackson). Check out the sideburns:
Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress: Get Real
Before she hit the big screen and never looked back with The Princess Diaries, Hathaway starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg in the short-lived Fox drama-comedy Get Real. Here are her feet:
Helen Hunt, Best Supporting Actress: Desperate Lives (PCP Commercial)
This one is a classic — Hunt later mocked it herself on Saturday Night Live — but the list wouldn't be complete without the 1982 video of Hunt flipping out on crank. Enjoy:
Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress: Monk
Just when you thought Jennifer Lawrence couldn't get any more badass — you find out she took on the scene-stealing role of "Mascot" on an episode of Monk back in 2006. Her dedication to the role is very apparent when she bites him in the arm:
Bradley Cooper, Best Actor: Alias
Cooper starred as Will Tippin, Sydney Bristow's (Jennifer Garner) overlooked, nerdy best friend on Alias from 2001-2003. He was more than a little surprised when he found out she was a spy:
Additionally, Cooper appeared as a love interest for Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) on Sex and the City in 2009:
Hugh Jackman, Best Actor: Correlli
Jackman met his future wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, on the set of a short-lived Australian series called Correlli. The following footage depicts Jean Valjean's first days as an inmate:
Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actor: ABC Afterschool Specials — Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia
Both Phoenix brothers — nominee Joaquin, and the late River — appeared in this 1984 after-school special. Behold its greatness:
Alan Arkin, Best Supporting Actor: Sesame Street
Anyone remember Larry? Hopefully this will jog your memory:
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We've picked our favorite movies of the year and made award season predictions, but now the Academy has finally revealed their picks for the top movies, actors, actresses, and filmmakers of 2012. The Oscar nominations are in and to help you dig deep into the main contenders, we've compiled a year's worth of stories that pull back the curtain on those deemed "the Best."
Check out the stories below to find looks into Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, and more of the top films of 2012. Don't worry: the Oscars aren't until Feb. 24 — you have just over a month to get through all of them!
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Beasts of the Southern Wild' Star Quevenzhane Wallis: Hollywood.com Breakout Actor 2012: Our one-on-one with the youngest nominee in Academy Awards history (she's only nine years old!).
'Les Misérables': Anne Hathaway Reveals She Was the Cosette to Her Mother's Fantine: Hathaway has been garnering praise all year for her work in Les Mis. The Oscars loved her — what about her Mom? The star opens up about her family's close connection to the famed Broadway musical.
'Django Unchained' Unraveled: See Christoph Waltz in Action: The cast and crew of Django explains why every actor in town wants to work with Waltz, and why Waltz will always be there for Quentin Tarantino.
Wes Anderson on the Young Adult Fiction Books that Inspired 'Moonrise Kingdom': Anderson's story of young love was born from his own love for fiction as a kid. Here, he tells Hollywood.com about what inspired the Original Screenplay nominee.
'Django Unchained' Star Jamie Foxx Calls Tarantino a 'Hip-Hop Artist': Back at Comic-Con, Foxx compared the Pulp Fiction's penchant for spontaneity and surprises to that of a hip hop artist. The Oscars echoed the praise with a Best Screenplay nod.
A Gettysburg Affair on The 'Lincoln' Red Carpet with Steven Spielberg, Tommy Lee Jones: Hollywood.com hits the red carpet to chat it up with the Oscar-nominated costar and legendary director on their Best Picture frontrunner.
Ben Affleck on How He Knew 'Argo' Could Be Funny and Dramatic: The Oscar-nominated director lauds his costars unsung abilities and how they saved the movie.
'Life of Pi': How Ang Lee Helped Irrfan Khan Nail an Impossible Role: Khan explains what makes the Brokeback Mountain director such a visionary of modern times — even in scenes that don't require grand vistas and intricate special effects.
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'Beasts of the Southern Wild': Training Pigs to Pull Off Special Effects: As impressive as the Sundance hit's performances were the astounding, low-budget special effects whipped up by the Beasts production team. Find out how they did it here.
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The historical epic will go head-to-head for Best Picture with the likes of Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty and Life of Pi, which trails with 11 nods.
Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrays former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in the movie, scored a mention for Best Actor, while Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones both picked up nods for their supporting roles and Steven Spielberg landed a nomination for Best Director.
It also earned a spot in the Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score categories, while the remainder of Lincoln's nods were for technical achievement, such as film editing and costume design.
The nominations were announced by actress Emma Stone and ceremony host Seth MacFarlane on Thursday (10Jan13), with the winners being unveiled during the Los Angeles prizegiving on 24 February (13).
The complete list is as follows:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Michael Haneke - Amour
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Actor in a Leading Role:
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight
Actress in a Leading Role:
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts - The Impossible
Actor in a Supporting Role:
Alan Arkin - Argo
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Actress in a Supporting Role:
Amy Adams - The Master
Sally Field - Lincoln
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Life Of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Amour - Michael Haneke
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
Flight - John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal
Animated Feature Film:
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Foreign Language Film:
A Royal Affair
Before My Time - Chasing Ice
Everybody Needs A Best Friend - Ted
Pi's Lullaby - Life of Pi
Skyfall - Skyfall
Suddenly - Les Miserables
Dario Marianelli - Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat - Argo
Mychael Danna - Life of Pi
John Williams - Lincoln
Thomas Newman - Skyfall
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel's The Avengers
Snow White and the Huntsman
Makeup and Hairstyling:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Seamus McGarvey - Anna Karenina
Robert Richardson - Django Unchained
Claudio Miranda - Life of Pi
Janusz Kaminski - Lincoln
Roger Deakins - Skyfall
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Jacqueline Durran - Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado - Les Miserables
Joanna Johnston - Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka - Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood - Snow White and the Huntsman
5 Broken Cameras
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man
Mondays at Racine
Short Film - Animated:
Adam and Dog
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare
Short Film - Live Action:
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
William Goldenberg - Argo
Tim Squyres - Life of Pi
Michael Kahn - Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers - Silver Linings Playbook
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg - Zero Dark Thirty
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Life of Pi
January 09, 2013 11:57am EST
Everything is different, yet nothing's changed: the Season 4 premiere of Justified was a wacky, wild ride — albeit one that set the stage for a really intriguing season, with Raylan barely holding on as a f***ed up, brokenhearted mess, and Boyd gleefully managing the Harlan criminal enterprise with the love of his life by his side. Even though these two characters make magic when they're on screen together, Tuesday's episode (and, from what we hear, the next few) found both men on two equally engaging (and equally batshit) separate journeys. One involved braces, breasts, and a secret bag from the '80s, the other a "snake church" run by Timmy from Jurassic Park. Basically, if last night can be used as an indicator, Season 4 is going to be really, really fun, and a departure from last year's darker fare.
Let's start with Raylan, whose wild ride began with good intentions: He received a late night call from one of the many hotties he's spent the night with, only this one wasn't a booty call — the woman was a bounty hunter, who would pay up if Raylan could deliver an escaped parolee convicted of double homicide. Easy enough, and Raylan needed the money for his unborn baby with she-who-will-not-be-named (okay, Winona). He caught the chatty criminal before I had time to grab my popcorn from the microwave, delivering one of many memorable lines from last evening after the man continually excused his actions (They were heroin dealers! They totally deserved to get murdered!). "You run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. You run into assholes all day, you're the asshole."
Truer words, Raylan. (Also, pot-kettle?) But the unlikely duo was about to encounter two criminal (and one well-meaning) assholes — Raylan received another late-night call as he attempted to drive his bounty over the state line, this time from comedian Patton Oswalt, known here as Constable Bob Sweeney. Sweeney, an old high school classmate, had been watching over Arlo's house while the old man rotted in prison, and a couple of kids had broken in and stolen some copper (more on them later). Raylan locked his bounty in his trunk and went over to investigate, and while poor Bob — who never amounted to anything after high school — prattled endlessly about long-forgotten high school victories, Raylan found what the kids were really looking for: a bag containing the 1979 driver's license of one Waldo Truth. (Aside: This is probably where I should mention that the episode began with a flashback to the early '80s, where a man fell from the sky with a bunch of bricks of what looked like cocaine. End of flashback.)
Raylan took the bag, not thinking much of it, and went over to the hardware store to buy some copper. There he ran into the female half of the teen duo from Arlo's house, who promptly enticed him with a literal and metaphoric screw (while wearing braces) and flashed her ample chest. But Raylan's an ass-man, and not a statutory rapist, so he politely declined her generous request...
... Which ended up to be a poorly-planned ruse. While she flashed her goodies, her boyfriend ran off with Raylan's car — which, if you remember, carried an escaped parolee in the truck. Bob told Raylan that most of the stolen cars in town end up immediately crushed in a junkyard for $500, so they hightailed it over to Criminal N' Sons Shady Illegal Activities Junkyard to retrieve it, and him. The man had already been freed by the wonder twins, who were holding him in the shed at gunpoint. This all led to a classic Justified-ian sequence where Raylan had several guns pointed at him, but somehow got out of it based on a stroke of luck — or, this time, a stroke of Bob. Bob stabbed the teen girl — who was being held by the parolee — in the foot, giving him time to regain control and announce to the duo that he knew they wanted the bag, not the copper or the car. Phew. Got that? This marked the end of Raylan's first adventure with Constable Bob, but he's a great comedic foil for Raylan who has been a total laconic downer his entire life, so I'm very excited to see more of him and his adorable man-crush on Raylan. See you on Twitter, Patton.
Of course, this wasn't the end of "The Tale of the Mysterious Bag" for Raylan — not by a long shot. He finally went over to see his filicide-enthusiast father in prison, who swore on his dead wife's life that he knew nothing of the bag. This would have been the end of it, until he said "Put that bag back in the wall and forget about it." Raylan hadn't said the bag was in the wall, so, sorry dead wife. It will probably be awhile before we find out the importance of Waldo Truth's old driver's license, but apparently it's worth approximately the cost of a man's life — a fellow inmate had the unfortunate luck of overhearing Arlo and Raylan's conversation, and when he approached the old goon later that night, he was rewarded with a stab to the jugular. Believe it or not, this was actually the second murder of the night.
Which brings us to Boyd, arguably the most fantastic person on television right now besides Daryl Dixon. Boyd was using his patented, twisted manner of speech to interrogate a former Oxy dealer (late on his payment) who had recently been saved by one "Last Chance Holiness Church." Boyd, wonderfully, used Biblical verse to justify (hey!) selling pills, comparing them to modern-day wine (albeit in pill form), which Jesus was totally a fan of. "I've got to be honest now, Boyd," the frightened man said. "A lot of the time the way you say things, I can't make hide nor hair." Ha! But that's what makes him beautiful, girl. Also, this line totally came full circle at the end of the episode when Boyd's lack of verbal clarity led to the same man being shot in the face. But more on that later.
In a sequence that fit in wonderfully with the whimsical, comedic tone of the episode, Ellen May (the hooker Ava punched) returned — stupid as ever, snorting a white substance with a john. This john handed her a fake million or billion or trillion dollar bill advertising the very same Last Chance Holiness Church, which they used, hilarrrriously, as their snorting vessel. Of course the show needed a way to bring the strung out Ellen May to the church, so she had a little mishap — the john made her close her eyes, and when he came back into the room for some sexy times, he was dressed AS A GIANT BEAR. You guys, he was a furry. I only found out what this was very recently, and it is endlessly frightening. Ellen May thought so too, so she shot at him several times — not enough to kill him, but enough to scare her into sobriety re: the Church.
So for Boyd and Ava — who are adorably running a large portion of Harlan's criminal enterprise with the whoring and the Oxy — the Church was already becoming a problem. Enter Boyd's mysterious, definite no-goodnik war buddy, Colt (Ron Eldard!), who had been recently discharged due to bad behavior (shooting his comrade in the arm). Boyd offered his old pal a job, effective immediately — then went over to take care of the Oxy payment once and for all: by putting dynamite between the former dealer's legs. He revealed the location of the money he owed, leading to the aforementioned verbal misunderstanding: "Take care of him," Boyd said to Colt. Boyd meant "tie him loose," but Colt took it as "shoot him in the head!" Hey, we all make mistakes. "Well, I guess I have to be more careful with my words," Boyd crooned. The night ended with a peek at the Timmy-led Church (with Ellen May in attendance), which consisted of people holding up snakes on folding chairs in a tent in the woods. This, apparently, is how you get sober in Harlan. All in all, it was a wonderful return for a show that got a little too dark last season, introducing a gaggle of new characters and plot lines that are sure to bring new life to the already vivid series. Your thoughts, pray tell? Follow Shaunna on Twitter @HWShaunna [PHOTO CREDIT: Prashant Gupta/FX] MORE: Raylan Returns: What to Know Before 'Justified' Debuts, Guns Blazing 'Justified' Gets Season 4: More Timothy Olyphant Shooting Junkies 'Cougar Town' Season Premiere React: Same Old 'Cougar Town', Now with Sex Jokes!
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In the early hours of Thursday, Jan. 10, Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone will take a stage to announce the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards. Most years, the process is the cap to a long season with the same three titles dominating every category, the final choices rarely surprises.
This year is a bit different.
Sure, there are frontrunners, but more so than in the last decade, most categories are anyone's to win — or even pop into at the last minute with a surprise nomination. With the amount of Best Picture nominees in flux, no clear leader to any acting pack, and a bevy of technical awards that could go to any of the prestigious films to roll out over the year, the 2012 Oscar nomination line-up is one big question mark.
To test our powers of prediction, we weighed the odds and ran down every category with our picks for who may walk away with a nomination at the end of tomorrow. If they do, we'll still be up for one of the toughest Oscar pool years in a long, long time….
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Who Could Break In? In 2009, the Academy opened up the Best Picture race from five to 10 nominees. In 2011, they changed the rules again to allow the potential number of nominees to change based on the vote (with a minimum of five and a maximum of 10). So we're going with nine movies from 2012 for Best Picture. What could sneak in? Thanks to the BAFTAs, it seems more possible that Skyfall could be James Bond's first time in the Best Picture ring. There's also the French drama Amour, which could transcend the Foreign Film confines to nab the 10th slot.
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Who Could Break In? Naomi Watts was a longtime favorite for her physically demanding work in The Impossible, but quiet buzz has us swapping her out for Hitchcock's Mirren. Foreign language favorites Cotillard and Riva also look like solid picks, but raves for Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild could bump the young actress into the top five.
Denzel Washington – Flight
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman– Les Misérables
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Who Could Break In? This is one of the only categories that looks locked, but voters may have erased Joaquin Phoenix's anti-Oscar rant from memory long enough to move him into Hawkes or Washington's slots. The dark horse is Jack Black, who has been garnering more and more love in the awards season push for his performance in Bernie.
Best Supporting Actress
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy
Who Could Break In? Best Exotic Marigold Hotel could take a second slot in this race, with Dame Judi Dench bouncing Kidman from the ring (or even replacing her costar Smith). Amy Adams also looks like a major contender, but the favorite from The Master has lost traction since the movie debuted in September.
Best Supporting Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Leonardo Dicaprio – Django Unchained
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Alan Arkin – Argo
Javier Bardem – Skyfall
Who Could Break In? Robert De Niro is still a major player for the Supporting Actor category, but he's more of a legend worth nodding to than a stand out in Silver Linings Playbook. With unexpected love from both the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs going to Javier Bardem for his villainy in Skyfall, he stands a good chance of taking the fifth spot. Or maybe the voters will realize the greatness of Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike….
Ben Affleck – Argo
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
Who Could Break In? Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) earned the fifth slot in the Director's Guild award nominations earlier in the race, but the stylish magic of Tarantino may outnumber him when it comes to the Oscars. Close-ups and canted angles versus zooms and whip pans to bloodshed — which does the Academy favor?
Best Original Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
Rian Johnson – Looper
Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty
Who Could Break In? The Writer's Guild honored Flight writer John Gatins for his work on the alcoholism drama, but with Tarantino (who is not a WGA member and was ineligible for their nom) in the mix, his weaker work looks to be ousted. Writer/Director Michael Haneke's elegant work on Amour could also be honored if the Academy feels bad for not stepping up and giving it a Best Picture nomination.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Chris Terrio – Argo
Stephen Chbosky – Perks of Being a Wallflower
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
David Magee – Life of Pi
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Who Could Break In? If too few members of the Academy caught Chbosky's touching translation of his own novel, love for Beasts of the Southern Wild may be strong enough to bump it into this category (it was based on a short play called "Juicy and Delicious"). Enough Les Misérables support could also bump the musical into the category, replacing either Perks or The Master.
Best Animated Feature
The Rabbi's Cat
Who Could Break In? Sorry, Rise of the Guardians. Although you're a technical marvel, your holiday magic just didn't impact enough people this holiday season to make you an Oscar contender. We'll go with the relatively unknown (but highly-praised by those who have seen it) Rabbi's Cat.
Best Documentary Feature
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Mea Maxima Culpa
Searching for Sugarman
Who Could Break In? Jafar Panahi's astounding self-portrait This Is Not a Film is a whirlwind of emotion — that's also shot mostly on an iPhone. The low-tech feel puts it under the flashy documentaries above, but one hopes the Academy could see beyond the cinematography.
Best Foreign Language Film
A Royal Affair
Beyond the Hills
Who Could Break In? Amour is the one to beat, but watch out for Norawy's Kon-Tiki, which could rise all the way to the top if voters feel split over giving Amour Best Picture and Best Foreign Language love.