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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Nominations for the 43rd Annual NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Image Awards have been released, marking some notable entries for in the realms of film, television, music and literature.
One of the biggest films of 2011, The Help, was recognized by the NAACP in several categories: the film itself earned a nod for Outstanding Motion Picture, while its stars Emma Stone and Viola Davis earned Outstanding Actress nominations. Furthermore, Supporting Actress nominations were assigned to cast members Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson and Octavia Spencer. This past weekend, Spencer took home a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. The Help's writer/director Tate Taylor earned a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture.
Other notable movies of 2011 to earn nods include Tower Heist and Pariah. Some of the bigger acting names on the list this year include Eddie Murphy (for Tower Heist), Laurence Fishburne (for Contagion), Paula Patton (for Jumping the Broom), Zoë Saldana (for Colombiana), Anthony Mackie (for The Adjustment Bureau), Don Cheadle (for The Guard) and Maya Rudolph (for Bridesmaids).
Check below for a complete list of the film, television, music and literature nominations. The 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards will broadcast live on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES
Outstanding Motion Picture
Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures)
Pariah (Focus Features)
The First Grader (National Geographic Entertainment)
The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Tower Heist (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Eddie Murphy - Tower Heist (Universal Pictures)
Laurence Fishburne - Contagion (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Laz Alonso - Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures)
Oliver Litondo - The First Grader (National Geographic Entertainment)
Vin Diesel - Fast Five (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Adepero Oduye - Pariah (Focus Features)
Emma Stone - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Paula Patton - Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures)
Viola Davis - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Zoë Saldana - Colombiana (TriStar Pictures)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Anthony Mackie - The Adjustment Bureau (Universal Pictures)
Charles Parnell - Pariah (Focus Features)
Don Cheadle - The Guard (Sony Pictures Classics)
Jeffrey Wright - The Ides of March (Columbia Pictures)
Mike Epps - Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Bryce Dallas Howard - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Cicely Tyson - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Kim Wayans - Pariah (Focus Features)
Maya Rudolph - Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
I Will Follow (AFFRM)
Pariah (Focus Features)
The First Grader (National Geographic Entertainment)
Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
A Separation (Sony Pictures Classics)
Attack the Block (Screen Gems)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (FilmDistrict)
Le Havre (Janus Films)
Life, Above All (Sony Pictures Classics)
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown - Kinyarwanda (AFFRM)
Angelina Jolie - In the Land of Blood and Honey (FilmDistrict)
Dee Rees - Pariah (Focus Features)
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown - Kinyarwanda (AFFRM)
Ann Peacock - The First Grader (National Geographic Entertainment)
Dee Rees - Pariah (Focus Features)
Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs - Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures)
Tate Taylor - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Love That Girl! (TV One)
Modern Family (ABC)
Reed Between the Lines (BET)
The Game (BET)
Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Dulé Hill - Psych (USA Network)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner - Reed Between the Lines (BET)
Phil Morris - Love That Girl! (TV One)
Pooch Hall - The Game (BET)
Terry Crews - Are We There Yet? (TBS)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tatyana Ali - Love That Girl! (TV One)
Tia Mowry-Hardrict - The Game (BET)
Tracee Ellis Ross - Reed Between the Lines (BET)
Vanessa Williams - Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Wendy Raquel Robinson - The Game (BET)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Craig Robinson - The Office (NBC)
Damon Wayans, Jr. - Happy Endings (ABC)
J.B. Smoove - Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Nick Cannon - Up All Night (NBC)
Tracy Morgan - 30 Rock (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Amber Riley - Glee (FOX)
Gabourey Sidibe - The Big C (Showtime)
Keshia Knight Pulliam - Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)
Maya Rudolph - Up All Night (NBC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braugher - Men of A Certain Age (TNT)
Hill Harper - CSI: NY (CBS)
L.L. Cool J - NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Taye Diggs - Private Practice (ABC)
Wendell Pierce - Treme (HBO)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Khandi Alexander - Treme (HBO)
Regina King - SouthLAnd (TNT)
Sandra Oh - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Taraji P. Henson - Person of Interest (CBS)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Corey Reynolds - The Closer (TNT)
Ice T - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
James Pickens, Jr. - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Nelsan Ellis - True Blood (HBO)
Omar Epps - House M.D. (FOX)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alfre Woodard - Memphis Beat (TNT)
Anika Noni Rose - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife (CBS)
Diahann Carroll - White Collar (USA Network)
Loretta Devine - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Five (Lifetime Movie Network)
Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith (ABC)
Luther (BBC America)
The Least Among You (Showtime)
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Esai Morales - We Have Your Husband (Lifetime)
Idris Elba - Luther (BBC America)
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood (HBO)
Louis Gossett, Jr. - The Least Among You (Showtime)
Samuel L. Jackson - The Sunset Limited (HBO)
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose - Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith (ABC)
Jenifer Lewis - Five (Lifetime Movie Network)
Rosario Dawson - Five (Lifetime Movie Network)
Taraji P. Henson - Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (Lifetime)
Tracee Ellis Ross - Five (Lifetime Movie Network)
Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Aaron D. Spears - The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Bryton James - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Emerson Brooks - All My Children (ABC)
James Reynolds - Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Texas Battle - The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Christel Khalil - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Julia Pace Mitchell - The Young & the Restless (CBS)
Tatyana Ali - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Tonya Lee Williams - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Yvette Freeman - The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Outstanding News/Information - (Series or Special)
BET News Exclusive: The President Answers Black America (BET)
Judge Mathis (Syndicated)
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
Unsung (TV One)
Washington Watch with Roland Martin (TV One)
Outstanding Talk Series
Oprah's Lifeclass (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
The Doctors (Syndicated)
The View (ABC)
The Wendy Williams Show (Syndicated)
Outstanding Reality Series
All-American Muslim (TLC)
American Idol (FOX)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Sunday Best (BET)
Tia & Tamera (Style Network)
Outstanding Variety Series or Special
2011 BET Awards (BET)
Black Girls Rock! (BET)
Oprah Presents: Master Class (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Prince! Behind the Symbol (The Africa Channel)
UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Chaka Khan (BET)
Outstanding Children’s Program
A.N.T. Farm (Disney Channel)
Dora The Explorer (Nickelodeon)
Go, Diego! Go! (Nickelodeon)
I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View (HBO)
My Family Tree (Disney Channel)
Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program - (Series or Special)
China Anne McClain - A.N.T. Farm (Disney Channel)
Keke Palmer - True Jackson, VP (Nickelodeon)
Lance Robertson - Yo Gabba Gabba (Nickelodeon)
Leon Thomas III - Victorious (Nickelodeon)
Zendaya Coleman - Shake It Up (Disney Channel)
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Jay Chandrasekhar - Happy Endings - The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Kevin Hooks - Drop Dead Diva - Mother's Day (Lifetime)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. - Rules of Engagement - The Set Up (CBS)
Miguel Arteta - How to Make It in America - Mofongo (HBO)
Salim Akil - The Game - Parachutes/Beach Chairs (BET)
Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Ernest Dickerson - Treme - Do Watcha Wanna (HBO)
Ken Whittingham - Parenthood - Opening Night (NBC)
Kevin Sullivan - NCIS - Tell-All (CBS)
Paris Barclay - Sons of Anarchy - Out (FX Network)
Seith Mann - Dexter - Get Gellar (Showtime)
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Arthur Harris - Reed Between the Lines - Let's Talk About Ms. Helen's Son Part 1 (BET)
Prentice Penny - Happy Endings - The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil - The Game - Parachutes....Beach Chairs (BET)
Vali Chandrasekaran - 30 Rock - It's Never Too Late For Now (NBC)
Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio - Wizards of Waverly Place - Wizards vs. Angels (Disney Channel)
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker - SouthLAnd - Punching Water (TNT)
Janine Sherman Barrois - Criminal Minds - The Bittersweet Science (CBS)
Lolis Eric Elie - Treme - Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues? (HBO)
Pam Veasey - Ringer - Oh Gawd, There's Two of Them? (The CW)
Zoanne Clack - Grey's Anatomy - I Will Survive (ABC)
Outstanding Documentary - (Theatrical or Television)
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (Sony Pictures Classics)
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (Submarine Deluxe)
Sing Your Song (HBO Documentary Films)
The Rescuers (Michael King Productions)
Thunder Soul (Roadside Attractions)
Outstanding New Artist
Diggy Simmons (Atlantic Records)
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (Columbia Records)
Mindless Behavior (Streamline/Conjunction/Interscope Records)
Wynter Gordon (Big Beat/Atlantic Records)
Outstanding Male Artist
Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
Bruno Mars (Elektra Records)
Cee Lo Green (Elektra Records)
Chris Brown (Jive Records)
Common (Warner Bros. Records)
Outstanding Female Artist
Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)
Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
Ledisi (Verve Forecast)
Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Boyz II Men (Benchmark Entertainment/MSM Music Group)
Cee Lo Green feat. Melanie Fiona (Elektra Records)
Mary J. Blige feat. Drake (Geffen)
Sounds of Blackness (Malaco Music Group)
The Roots (Island Def Jam Music Group)
Outstanding Jazz Album
Chano y Dizzy - Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez (Concord Music Group Inc.)
Friends - Stanley Jordan (Mack Avenue Records)
Guitar Man - George Benson (Concord Jazz)
Legacy - Gerald Wilson (Mack Avenue Records)
Road Show Vol. 2 - Sonny Rollins (Emarcy)
Outstanding Gospel Album - (Traditional or Contemporary)
Becoming - Yolanda Adams (N House Music Group)
Church on the Moon - Deitrick Haddon (Verity Gospel Music Group)
Hello Fear - Kirk Franklin (Verity Gospel Music Group)
Something Big - Mary Mary (Columbia Records)
The Journey - Andraé Crouch (RiverPhlo Entertainment)
Outstanding World Music Album
Afrodiaspora - Susana Baca (Luaka Bop)
Carnival Fever - Brother B (King Chero Records)
Live at 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Boukman Eksperyans (MunckMix, Inc.)
Sounds of Blackness - Sounds of Blackness (Malaco Music Group)
The First Grader - Alex Heffes (Varese Sarabande)
Outstanding Music Video
25/8 - Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
Hear My Call - Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
I Was Here - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
Someone Like You - Adele (Columbia Records)
Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)
Best Thing I Never Had - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
Fool for You feat. Melanie Fiona - Cee Lo Green (Elektra Records)
I Smile - Kirk Franklin (Verity Gospel Music Group)
So In Love feat. Anthony Hamilton - Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
Someone Like You - Adele (Columbia Records)
4 - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
F.A.M.E - Chris Brown (Jive Records)
I Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)
Lasers - Lupe Fiasco (1st & 15th/Atlantic Records)
The Light of the Sun - Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction
A Silken Thread - Brenda Jackson (Harlequin Kimani Press)
Boundaries - Elizabeth Nunez (Akashic Books)
Say Amen, Again - Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books)
Silver Sparrow - Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books)
The Plot Against Hip Hop: A Novel - Nelson George (Akashic Books)
Outstanding Literary Work - Non-Fiction
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America - Melissa Harris-Perry (Yale University Press)
Super Rich - Russell Simmons (Gotham Books)
The Cosmopolitan Canopy - Elijah Anderson (W. W. Norton & Company)
The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place - Hill Harper (Gotham Books)
Who's Afraid of Post- Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now - Toure (Free Press)
Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author
2Grieve 2Gether: A Journal from the Heart Helping Survivors & Supporters Navigate the Healing Process - Denise Hall Brown (2Lift 1Up Publishing)
A Defining Moment - Patricia Duncan (IJABA Publishing Inc.)
The Loom - Shella Gillus (Guideposts Books)
The Strawberry Letter - Lyah Le Flore (Ballantine/Random House)
We the Animals - Justin Torres (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography
A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother - Janny Scott (Riverhead Books)
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention - Manning Marable (Penguin Group (USA)-Viking)
My Song - Harry Belafonte (Knopf)
No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington - Condoleezza Rice (Crown Publishers)
The John Carlos Story - John Carlos, Dave Zirin (Haymarket Books)
Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional
A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets - Bertice Berry (Freeman House Publishing)
Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing - Synthia Saint James (Create Space)
Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community - Quraysh Ali Lansana (Teachers & Writers Collaborative)
The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God - T.D. Jakes (Atria Books)
Too Important to Fail: Saving America's Boys - Tavis Smiley (Author), Juan Roberts, (Illustrator) (SmileyBooks)
Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry
Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain: The Curtis Brown Poems - James Golden (iUniverse)
Head Off & Split - Nikky Finney (TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press)
Honoring Genius: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice - Haki Madhubuti (Third World Press)
Intimate Thoughts - Darrin Henson (Author), Anna Saunders (Illustrator) (Godzchild Publishing)
Last Seen - Jacqueline Jones Lamon (University of Wisconsin Press)
Outstanding Literary Work - Children Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band - Kwame Alexander (Author), Tim Bowers (Illustrator) (Sleeping Bear Press)
Before There Was Mozart - Lesa Cline-Ransome (Author), James Ransome (Illustrator) (Schwartz & Wade Books / Random House Children's Books)
Heart and Soul - Kadir Nelson (Author/Illustrator) (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books)
White Water - Michael S. Bandy (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Candlewick Press)
You Can Be A Friend - Tony Dungy (Author), Ron Mazellan (Illustrator) (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Little Simon)
Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens
Camo Girl - Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Aladdin)
Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary - Jerdine Nolan (Author), Sadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Paula Wiseman Books)
Jesse Owens: I Always Loved Running - Jeff Burlingame (Enslow Publishers, Inc.)
Kick - Walter Dean (HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books)
Planet Middle School - Nikki Grimes (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
For all the controversy and hype surrounding "Eyes Wide Shut," the film will most likely be remembered as director Stanley Kubrick's last opus -- finished just days before he died in his sleep March 7.
The 70-year-old eccentric filmmaker's career was founded on spectacle, from the shocking "A Clockwork Orange" to the profound "2001: A Space Odyssey." It somehow seemed fitting that "Eyes Wide Shut," despite the star talent of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, would make its mark by bearing the director's ghost.
The year that was marked the passing of other legends, as well -- from George C. Scott (Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" star) to singer Mel Tormé to movie critic Gene Siskel.
Some, like Sylvia Sidney and DeForest Kelley, died after long, rich careers; others, such as Dana Plato and David Strickland, succumbed in relative youth to their inner demons.
From marquee names to behind the sceners, Hollywood will mourn:
Kirk Alyn, 88, died March 14. In 1948, the first actor to play Superman on the big screen.
Hoyt Axton, 61, died Oct. 26, heart attack. Singer-actor who wrote hits such as Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World"; appeared in "Gremlins" and "The Black Stallion."
Ian Bannen, 71, died Nov. 3, car accident. Theater veteran who starred in "Waking Ned Devine," appeared in "Braveheart" and was nominated for an Oscar in 1965 for "Flight of the Phoenix."
Mary Kay Bergman, 38, died Nov. 11, suicide. Actress who voiced numerous "South Park" characters in the TV series and film.
Dirk Bogarde, 78, died May 8, heart attack. British veteran of more than 70 films, including "Death in Venice."
Rory Calhoun, 76, died April 28, emphysema and diabetes. Western film actor in the 1940s and '50s and star of CBS' "The Texan" series.
Allan Carr, 62, died June 29, cancer. Producer of the hit 1978 musical "Grease" and Tony Award winner for "La Cage aux Folles" on Broadway.
Iron Eyes Cody, about 90, died Jan 4, natural causes. American American actor best known as the "Crying Indian" in 1970s anti-litter public-service announcements.
Ellen Corby, 87, died April 14. Oscar nominee for the 1948 film "I Remember Mama"; Emmy winner for her grandmother role on TV's "The Waltons."
Harry Crane, 85, died Sept. 14, cancer. Co-created the TV sitcom "The Honeymooners''; wrote for entertainers such as the Marx Brothers, Red Skelton and Bing Crosby.
Charles Crichton, 89, died Sept. 14. Acclaimed British director of film comedies, including "The Lavender Hill Mob" and "A Fish Called Wanda."
Frank De Vol, 88, died Oct. 27, congestive heart failure. Film composer who received Oscar nominations for "Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte," "Pillow Talk" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.'' Wrote the theme music for TV's "The Brady Bunch."
Edward Dmytryk, 90, died July 1, heart and kidney failure. Directed films such as "The Caine Mutiny"; one of the blacklisted Hollywood Ten during the 1940s Red Scare.
Allen Funt, 84, died Sept. 5, complications from stroke. Hosted and created prankster TV show "Candid Camera."
Betty Lou Gerson, 84, died Jan. 12, stroke. Provided the voice for villainess Cruella De Vil in Disney's 1961 animated "One Hundred and One Dalmatians."
Ernest Gold, 77, died March 17, complications from stroke. Composer for films such as "It's a Man, Mad, Mad, Mad World"; won an Academy Award for "Exodus."
Sandra Gould, 73, died July 20, stroke. Played nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz on TV's "Bewitched."
Huntz Hall, 78, died Jan. 30, heart failure. Starred in more than 100 "Dead End Kids" and "Bowery Boys" films in the 1930s through the '50s.
Brion James, 54, died Aug. 7, heart attack. Played the murderous droid Leon in Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner."
Madeline Kahn Madeline Kahn, 57, died Dec. 3, ovarian cancer. Oscar-nominated actress-comedian who starred in "Blazing Saddles" and "Paper Moon."
Garson Kanin, 86, died March 13, heart failure. Oscar-nominated screenwriter ("Adam's Rib," "Pat and Mike"); penned hit play "Born Yesterday." DeForest Kelley
DeForest Kelley, 79, died June 11, long illness. Starred as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy on TV's original "Star Trek" series and in several of the franchise's big-screen movies.
Richard Kiley, 76, died March 5, bone marrow disease. Actor/singer best known for introducing audiences to original power ballad, "The Impossible Dream," via Broadway's "Man of La Mancha."
Stanley Kubrick, 70, died March 7 in his sleep. Acclaimed director of films such as "Dr. Strangelove," "Spartacus," "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining."
Desmond Llewelyn, 85, died Dec. 19, car accident. British actor who played James Bond's gadget-guru Q through "From Russia With Love" (1963) to "The World Is Not Enough" (1999).
Victor Mature, 86, died Aug. 4, cancer. Hunky star of the 1940s and 50s, with leading roles in "Samson and Delilah" and "My Darling Clementine."
Jay Moloney, 35, died Nov. 16, suicide. Talent agent known as the "boy wonder," who once represented Hollywood heavies such as Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Clayton Moore, 85, died Dec. 28, heart attack. Longtime star of TV's "The Lone Ranger."
Dana Plato, 34, died May 8, apparent accidental drug overdose. Former child star of the 1970s sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes."
Abraham Polonsky, 88, died Oct. 26, heart attack. Oscar-nominated screenwriter ("Body and Soul"); one of the blacklisted Hollywood Ten.
Mario Puzo, 78, died July 2, heart failure. Novelist/screenwriter ("The Godfather") who two Oscars for his screenplays for "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather Part II" (1974).
Irving Rapper, 101, died Dec. 20. Golden-era director best known for collaborating with Bette Davis on four films, including "Now, Voyager" (1942).
Oliver Reed, 61, died May 2, apparent heart attack. British actor best known for starring in "Oliver!" and "Women in Love."
Charles "Buddy" Rogers, 94, died April 21, natural causes. Starred in 1927's "Wings," the first film to win the Best Picture Oscar; widower of silent-star Mary Pickford.
George C. Scott George C. Scott, 71, died Sept. 22, ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Gruff-voiced leading man who starred in "Dr. Strangelove" and "Anatomy of a Murder." Won (and refused) the Oscar for 1970's "Patton"; won Emmy and Golden Globe for 1997's Showtime film "12 Angry Men."
Sylvia Sidney, 88, died July 1, throat cancer. Veteran actress whose career spanned the 1930s through the 1990s. Nominated for an Oscar for 1973's "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams." Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel, 53, died Feb. 20, brain tumor. With Roger Ebert, the nation's most influential movie critic and purveyor of the "thumbs up/thumbs down" rating system on their syndicated TV series. Writer for Chicago Tribune.
Susan Strasberg, 60, died Jan. 21, breast cancer. Theater/TV/film actress ("The Diary of Anne Frank"); daughter of famed acting guru Lee Strasberg; cohort of Marilyn Monroe.
David Strickland, 29, died March 23, suicide. Co-star of the NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan"; played a lovelorn ex-boyfriend in "Forces of Nature" (1999).
Mel Torme, 73, died June 5, complications from stroke. Velvety crooner of jazz and pop, who co-wrote "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)."
Norman Wexler, 73, died Aug. 23, heart attack. Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "Joe" and "Serpico." Also wrote "Saturday Night Fever" and "Stayin' Alive."
John Woolf, 86, died June 28, heart failure. British producer of "Oliver!" and "The African Queen."