Suraj Sharma captured the hearts of moviegoers everywhere as the star of Ang Lee's adaptation of "Life of Pi" (2012), a mind-bending tale of a young castaway adrift at sea with a predatory animal. A n...
Actor Jon Hamm is backing Indian baseball player Rinku Singh's petition to gain citizenship in the U.S. after portraying the sportsman's agent in the biographical movie Million Dollar Arm. The Mad Men star reveals he has kept in touch with 26-year-old Singh, one of the subjects of the Disney film, and has even penned a formal message of support to U.S. immigration authorities championing his bid to make America his permanent home.
He says, "I've seen Rinku. In fact, I've written a letter sponsoring his citizenship to the States.
"I do follow his story and I do wish him the best. He's been injured - he injured his elbow pitching - so hopefully he will come back stronger from that injury and make the Majors. That would be a wonderful coda (end to his story)."
Hamm plays top agent J.B. Bernstein in the sports drama, which chronicles his discovery of Indian cricketers Singh and Dinesh Patel through a 2008 reality TV contest and his efforts to turn them into baseball pitchers in America.
Both men went on to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates, where Singh is still signed.
Singh was portrayed onscreen by Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma, while Slumdog Millionaire actor Madhur Mittal played Patel.
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If a film called The Martian is looking for a director, it only makes sense to run to the man behind Alien. Ridley Scott is in talks to helm the Matt Damon film now that Drew Goddard has left the project to direct the Amazing Spider-Man spinoff Sinister Six. Based on the book by Andy Weir, the story follows an astronaut who is stranded on a Martian colony and must survive until NASA can mount a rescue mission. The Martian marks a significant turning point in Damon’s career: his first stranded-somewhere-all-by-himself movie.
A longtime staple of the thriller genre, almost every big star in Hollywood has made a film in which they must survive on their own in the wilderness, outer space or a confined space, often to great acclaim. In honor of Damon’s first foray into the genre – which, thanks to the involvement of two Oscar winners is already receiving some awards speculation, despite it still being in the early stages of production - we’ve rounded up some of the most famous stranded-alone films and how things worked out for their stars. Awards-wise, we mean. They're all relatively straightforward, plot-wise.
Movie: GravityStar: Sandra BullockWhere She Was Stranded: Outer SpaceWith: George Clooney, for a short whileHow It Worked Out: The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress and won seven of them, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron
Movie: Cast Away Star: Tom HanksWhere He Was Stranded: A deserted islandWith: A volleyball named WilsonHow It Worked Out: Hanks was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar
Movie: BuriedStar: Ryan ReynoldsWhere He Was Stranded: Buried alive in a coffin that's slowly losing airWith: Close-upsHow It Worked Out: No Oscar nominations, although it did earn Reynolds some of the best reviews of his career
Movie: 127 HoursStar: James FrancoWhere He Was Stranded: In a narrow canyon, with his arm trapped by a boulderWith: A video cameraHow It Worked Out: It was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor, and was the basis for an endless stream of jokes about Franco's career
Movie: MoonStar: Sam RockwellWhere He Was Stranded: In a spacecraft orbiting the moonWith: An awkward teenaged water park visitor who just needs some confidence... oh, wait, that was a different movieHow It Worked Out: Was nominated for two BAFTA awards, and won for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for director Duncan Jones
Movie: Panic RoomStars: Jodie FosterWhere They Were Stranded: A panic room in their home as robbers attempt to force them outWith: Her diabetic daughter Kristen StewartHow It Worked Out: No major awards, but it did get very good reviews
Movie: Man on a LedgeStar: Sam WorthingtonWhere He Was Stranded: On the window ledge of a 21st floor hotel roomWith: A lot of press attentionHow It Worked Out: It got mostly negative reviews and everyone promptly forgot about it
Movie: Phone BoothStar: Colin FarrellWhere He Was Stranded: In a phone boothWith: A remarkably poor conversationalist on the other lineHow It Worked Out: No awards, but generally positive reviews
Movie: Life of PiStar: Suraj SharmaWhere He Was Stranded: On a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean With: A tiger named Richard ParkerHow It Worked Out: The film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 4, including Best Director for Ang Lee
Movie: Snow DogsStar: Cuba Gooding Jr.Where He Was Stranded: In a cave out in the Arctic With: A pack of lovable huskiesHow It Worked Out: The less said about this one, the better
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Million Dollar Arm takes a lot for granted when it comes to its audience. It assumes that anyone paying to see this film must care about baseball. Odds are it's right — you've got to have some motivating factor beyond Jon Hamm's jawline. But it assumes you care enough that it doesn't matter how little its characters seem to. We see so few instances involving any carnal appreciation for the game throughout the bulk of the picture, least of all from cranky and materialistic sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm), that when the final act treats us to its coup de grâce tearjerkers we can't help but feel like we're being thrown one hell of a curveball.
But that isn't the worst of the film's assumptions. As a last ditch effort to find a ringer both talented and bankable enough to save his career, J.B. throws caution to the wind and high tails it to India on a scouting mission for strong-armed cricket bowlers. So casually racist that you'd think this film takes place long before 2008, J.B. hates everything about cricket (...why?) and India on the whole, submitting immediately to the idea that he's in a third-rate wasteland where nothing can get done, nobody knows anything, and any young boy would be elated to get out of dodge. And Million Dollar Arm has no interest in proving him wrong: The film never second-guesses (and assumes we won't either) the notion that Big Leagues hopefuls Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma) would be happier and better off in America. It assumes we won't take any issue with the idea that two boys from India must have never seen an elevator, a television, or a moment of good fortune. Sure, they might not have... but it's as if Million Dollar Arm expects us to believe there is no other option when a wide-eyed Sharma wanders through a Californian hotel like Wall-E exploring the starliner.
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The film gives itself so much regrettable leeway while carting through the necessary points of its true story, jumping from the laughable inception of J.B.'s plan to move his search overseas to the languid introduction of the two boys (neither of whom is given any backstory) and their entry into the MLB's consideration. But scattered throughout are beats and scenes that seem ripped from a different script entirely — J.B.'s gradual appreciation of Dinesh, Rinku, and much bemoaned translator, documentarian, and aspiring baseball coach Amit (Pitobash Tripathy) as his surrogate family. Of course the vast majority of his emotional realizations come at the behest of his beautiful, kooky tenant Brenda (Lake Bell), but the kids are usually at least nearby.
It's shocking how much the personal material does to salvage Million Dollar Arm, though. J.B.'s relationship with Dinesh, Rinku, and Amit, and — perhaps more importantly — the relationships between Dinesh, Rinku, and Amit themselves are funny, warm, and flavorful enough to give this otherwise faceless movie some real character. Secondary players Bill Paxton and Alan Arkin do little to surprise, playing disgruntled and unconscious respectively, but there's a reason these guys are always called on to do the same thing. And if that's not enough for you, Aasif Mandvi's kids keep throwing up. It plays both like an extended metaphor about the hidden joys in family life and a non sequitur gag from Tomcats. Take your pick.
Million Dollar Arm's charming points are strong enough to distract at times from its boisterous misgivings, but they peer through in the end. Not every baseball movie needs hair-tustling and eye-welling. Not every baseball movie warrants a Pride of the Yankees elegy about the glories of the diamond. But Million Dollar Arm wishes it was one of these movies (so much so that it actually rips the Lou Gehrig speech right out of Gary Cooper's mouth). Still, instead of building a story about the love of baseball or even about the magic of this story, Million Dollar Arm keeps all its genuine energy on a bunt: the story of some jackass who warms up to a couple of kids after a while. Not a bad play, but hardly the grand slam it was going for.
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The Avengers and Breaking Bad won big at the Saturn Awards on Wednesday. celebrates the best in genre movies and television. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films handed out four awards to the superhero flick, including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Supporting Actor for Clark Gregg.
Breaking Bad took home the prize for Best Presentation on Television as well as Best Actor for Bryan Cranston. Other winners included Revolution, Life of Pi, Jennifer Lawrence, and (really?) Matthew McConaughey. Check out the full list of winners below.
Best Science Fiction Film: Marvel’s The Avengers
Best Fantasy Film: Life of Pi
Best Horror/Thriller Film: The Cabin in the Woods
Best Action/Adventure Film: Skyfall
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe)
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Best Supporting Actor: Clark Gregg (Marvel’s The Avengers)
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi)
Best Director: Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers)
Best Writing: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Best Production Design: Dan Hennah (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Best Editing: Alexander Berner (Cloud Atlas)
Best Music: Danny Elfman (Frankenweenie)
Best Costume: Paco Delgado (Les Miserables)
Best Make-Up: Heike Merker, Daniel Parker, Jeremy Woodhead (Cloud Atlas)
Best Special Effects: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick (Marvel’s The Avengers)
Best Independent Film Release: Killer Joe
Best International Film: Headhunters
Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie
Best Network Television Series: Revolution
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: The Walking Dead
Best Presentation on Television: Breaking Bad
Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television: Teen Wolf
Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kevin Bacon (The Following) – tie
Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (Fringe)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead)
Best Guest Star on Television: Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter)
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Funnyman Asif Mandvi has joined Jon Hamm, Alan Arkin and Life Of Pi star Suraj Sharma in new baseball movie Million Dollar Arm. Mandvi and Shah will play a pair of real-life Indian cricket fans who won the chance to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates after taking part in a talent contest.
Craig Gillespie will direct the drama, which starts shooting in India next week (beg06May13).
Appearing on U.S. news programme The Daily Show, on which Mandvi is a regular contributor, Hamm says, "It's a true story. One of the guys is still in the Major Leagues at the Triple A level.
"They found these two kids, 16 and 17 years old, took them out of India, they didn't speak any English, they'd never played baseball, but they had the raw tools to bring it."
Life Of Pi star Suraj Sharma has joined the cast of new baseball movie Million Dollar Arm. The newcomer, who had never acted before landing the lead in Ang Lee's Oscars hit, will play one of two Indian cricket fans who won the chance to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates after taking part in a talent contest.
Craig Gillespie will direct the drama, which will also feature Alan Arkin and Jon Hamm as sports agent J.B. Bernstein.
Superheroes Iron Man, the Black Widow, Thor, The Hulk and Captain America were the big winners at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (14Apr13), landing three honours for Marvel's The Avengers. The cast of the film picked up the Movie of the Year and the Best Fight trophies, while Tom Hiddleston was named Best Villain for his role as warmonger Loki.
It was also a great night for Bradley Cooper and ceremony host Rebel Wilson, who were double winners - Cooper claimed the Best Male Performance award for his role in Silver Linings Playbook and also took home the Best Kiss honour for his smooch with co-star Jennifer Lawrence, while Australian comedienne Wilson scored the Breakthrough Performance prize for Pitch Perfect and she also joined the cast of the film to pick up the Best Musical Moment award.
The full list of winners is:
Best Male Performance - Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Female Performance - Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best WTF Moment - Jamie Foxx & Samuel L. Jackson (for the explosive Django Unchained climax)
Best Fight - Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston in Marvel's The Avengers
Best On-screen duo - Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane as Ted (Ted)
Best Kiss - Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Breakthrough Performance - Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect)
Best Shirtless Performance - Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II)
Best Villain - Tom Hiddleston (Marvel's The Avengers)
Best Musical Moment - Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect)
Best Scared-as-s**t Performance - Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi)
Movie of the Year - Marvel's The Avengers
Best Hero - Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Generation Award - Jamie Foxx
Trailblazer Award - Emma Watson
Comedic Genius Award - Will Ferrell
As far as awards shows go, the MTV Movie Awards are about as unpredictable as they come. From their array of unexpected hosts to nominating a variety of movies, you can never quite guess which stars and movies will walk away with the coveted golden popcorn trophy. The 2013 Rebel Wilson-emceed (the funny lady is a nominee herself for her performance in the hit comedy Pitch Perfect) MTV Movie Awards should be no exception, from nominees like Django Unchained to Jennifer Lawrence to The Dark Knight Rises to Channing Tatum to Ted.
Hollywood.com will be watching all the action while it happens and updating you with all the winners as the wacky, wild night unfolds. Check out the complete list of nominees and winners — in every category from Movie of the Year to Scared as S**t Performance — here:
Movie of the YearDjango UnchainedSilver Linings PlaybookTedWINNER: Marvel's The AvengersThe Dark Knight Rises
Best Female PerformanceAnne Hathaway — Les MisérablesMila Kunis — TedWINNER: Jennifer Lawrence — Silver Linings PlaybookEmma Watson — The Perks of Being a WallflowerRebel Wilson — Pitch Perfect
Best Male PerformanceBen Affleck — ArgoWINNER: Bradley Cooper — Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis — LincolnJamie Foxx — Django UnchainedChanning Tatum — Magic Mike
Breakthrough PerformanceEzra Miller — The Perks of Being a WallflowerEddie Redmayne — Les MisérablesSuraj Sharma — Life of PiQuvenzhané Wallis — Beasts of the Southern WildWINNER: Rebel Wilson — Pitch Perfect
Best Scared As S**t PerformanceJessica Chastain — Zero Dark ThirtyAlexandra Daddario — Texas Chainsaw 3DMartin Freeman — The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyJennifer Lawrence — House at the End of the StreetWINNER: Suraj Sharma — Life of Pi
Best On-Screen DuoLeonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson — Django UnchainedBradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence — Silver Linings PlaybookWINNER: Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane — TedRobert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo — Marvel's The AvengersWill Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis — The Campaign
Best Shirtless PerformanceChristian Bale — The Dark Knight RisesDaniel Craig — SkyfallWINNER: Taylor Lautner — The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2Seth MacFarlane — TedChanning Tatum — Magic Mike
Best FightJamie Foxx vs. Candieland Henchmen — Django UnchainedDaniel Craig vs. Ola Rapace — SkyfallMark Wahlberg vs. Seth MacFarlane — TedWINNER: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston — Marvel's The AvengersChristian Bale vs. Tom Hardy — The Dark Knight Rises
Best Kiss Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx — Django UnchainedKara Hayward and Jared Gilman — Moonrise KingdomWINNER: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper — Silver Linings PlaybookMila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg — TedEmma Watson and Logan Lerman — The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Best WTF MomentWINNER: Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson — Django UnchainedDenzel Washington — FlightAnna Camp — Pitch PerfectJavier Bardem — SkyfallSeth MacFarlane — Ted
Best VillainJavier Bardem — SkyfallLeonardo DiCaprio — Django UnchainedMarion Cotillard — The Dark Knight RisesTom Hardy — The Dark Knight RisesWINNER: Tom Hiddleston — Marvel's The Avengers
Best HeroWINNER: Martin Freeman — The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyKristen Stewart — Snow White And The Huntsman
Best Musical MomentAnne Hathaway — Les MisérablesChanning Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez — Magic MikeWINNER: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee — Pitch PerfectBradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence — Silver Linings PlaybookEmma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller — The Perks of Being a Wallflower
2013 Trailblazer AwardEmma Watson
Comedic Genius AwardWill Ferrell
2013 Generation AwardJamie Foxx
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Finally, Channing Tatum's torso gets its due: After getting snubbed all award season long, the genius (and abs) of Magic Mike managed to garner three separate nominations for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. While the list of nominees includes plenty of expected names (America's BFF Jennifer Lawrence, America's annoying theater kid Anne Hathaway, America's hot dad Ben Affleck), it also includes several fan-favorite selections that weren't quite Oscar-worthy (Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pitch Perfect).
Leading the honors with seven nominations each are Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, followed by Silver Linings Playbook with six nominations and The Dark Knight Rises with five. Rounding out the most-nominated films are The Avengers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pitch Perfect, and Skyfall with four each. Check out the full list of nominations below:
MOVIE OF THE YEARDjango UnchainedSilver Linings PlaybookTEDThe AvengersThe Dark Knight Rises
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCEAnne Hathaway – Les MisérablesMila Kunis – TEDJennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PlaybookEmma Watson – The Perks of Being a WallflowerRebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect
BEST MALE PERFORMANCEBen Affleck – ArgoBradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis – LincolnJamie Foxx – Django UnchainedChanning Tatum – Magic Mike
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCEEzra Miller – The Perks of Being a WallflowerEddie Redmayne - Les MisérablesSuraj Sharma – Life of PiQuvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern WildRebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect
BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCEJessica Chastain – Zero Dark ThirtyAlexandra Daddario – Texas Chainsaw 3DMartin Freeman – The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyJennifer Lawrence – House at the End of the StreetSuraj Sharma – Life of Pi
BEST ON-SCREEN DUOLeonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson – Django UnchainedBradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PlaybookMark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane as Ted – TedRobert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo – The AvengersWill Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis – The Campaign
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BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCEChristian Bale – The Dark Knight RisesDaniel Craig – SkyfallTaylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2Seth MacFarlane as Ted – TedChanning Tatum – Magic Mike
BEST FIGHTJamie Foxx vs. Candieland Henchmen – Django UnchainedDaniel Craig vs. Ola Rapace – SkyfallMark Wahlberg vs. Seth MacFarlane as Ted – TedRobert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston – The AvengersChristian Bale vs. Tom Hardy – The Dark Knight Rises
BEST KISSKerry Washington and Jamie Foxx – Django UnchainedKara Hayward and Jared Gilman – Moonrise KingdomJennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookMila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg – TedEmma Watson and Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
BEST WTF MOMENTJamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson – “Candieland Gets Smoked” in Django UnchainedDenzel Washington – “Final Descent” in FlightAnna Camp – “Hack-Appella” in Pitch PerfectJavier Bardem – “Oops… There Goes His Face” in SkyfallSeth MacFarlane as Ted – “Ted Gets Saucy” in Ted
BEST VILLAINJavier Bardem – SkyfallLeonardo DiCaprio – Django UnchainedMarion Cotillard – The Dark Knight RisesTom Hardy – The Dark Knight RisesTom Hiddleston – The Avengers
BEST MUSICAL MOMENTAnne Hathaway – Les MisérablesChanning Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez – Magic MikeAnna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee – Pitch PerfectBradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PlaybookEmma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Voting for all categories began today and continues through Saturday, April 13, at MovieAwards.MTV.com.
Rebel Wilson, nominated for “Best Female Performance” and “Breakthrough Performance” as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, will host and be joined by MTV’s Inaugural “Comedic Genius Award” recipient Will Ferrell, who is nominated for “Best On-Screen Duo” with Zach Galifianakis for The Campaign.
The 2013 MTV Movie Awards will air live on Sunday, April 14 at 9 PM ET on MTV.
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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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Accompanied brother to an audition during last year of high school; ended up landing role of Pi Patel in "Life of Pi," directed by Ang Lee
Made feature film debut, playing title character in Lee's feature adaptation of "The Life of Pi"
Suraj Sharma captured the hearts of moviegoers everywhere as the star of Ang Lee's adaptation of "Life of Pi" (2012), a mind-bending tale of a young castaway adrift at sea with a predatory animal. A native of New Delhi, India, Sharma had no acting experience before he was cast in the film, which was based on Yann Martel's 2001 best-selling fantasy novel of the same name. Accompanying his older brother to an audition, Sharma was encouraged to try out himself and wound up landing the lead role. After beating out 3,000 hopefuls, Sharma had to spend 10 months in Taiwan training to act opposite an imaginary tiger and learning how to breathe underwater for more than a minute. He was also required to gain and then lose a drastic amount of weight. All his hard work paid off, as evidenced by the glowing reviews he received for his film debut as Pi Patel, a young man who learns how to survive being stranded in a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean after the ship carrying his family and their zoo animals sinks. Adrift at sea for 227 days, his only companion for most of the journey is a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, with whom he struggles to steer clear of. Sharma brought to life a character who struggles with practical matters like how to get fresh water as he also questions humanity and religion. Sharma's debut earned him critical acclaim, as well as plenty of awards buzz that year.