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Edward Norton Speaks Out About Oscar Campaigns

posted by Nell Minow

Awards are big money, a huge influence on ticket-buyers. And that means studios spend big money to try to get them. Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton spoke out about the abuses of the system in an Indiewire interview. Not to […]

2015 Kennedy Center Honorees Announced

posted by Nell Minow

The 2015 Kennedy Center honorees are: George Lucas   Rita Moreno   Cicely Tyson   Carole King   The Eagles   Seiji Ozawa

Critics Choice Television Awards 2015

posted by Nell Minow

WINNERS OF THE 2015 CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION AWARDS · Best Drama Series: The Americans (FX) · Best Actor in a Drama Series: Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC) · Best Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX) […]

Tony Nominations 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Tony nominations are out! I was delighted to see “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” get several nominations, including best play, best actor Alex Sharp, and best director Marianne Elliott. It is one of the most […]

Watch These Stunning Winners of the Drone Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Drones will literally change our view of the world and it is very exciting to see the possibilities in the winners of this year’s New York City Drone Film Festival.  You can get a Superman’s-eye view:  

Christian Movie Madness Tournament

posted by Nell Minow

ChristianCinema.com is hosting the First Annual Christian “Movie Madness” Tournament. Audiences can vote for their favorite films in a bracket-style tournament competition, based on basketball’s March Madness tournament. ChristianCinema.com hopes to promote great films and create industry-wide buzz about audience-favorite […]

Oscars 2015 — Highlights and Low Points, Plus All the Winners

posted by Nell Minow

It’s kind of unfair that Neil Patrick Harris is so good at so many things, but it sure does make him the ideal Oscar host. Showing the same grace, wit, charm, and star power he brought to the Tony and […]

Watch for#Askhermore Questions on the Red Carpet

posted by Nell Minow

The Representation Project, using the hashtag #askhermore, is urging reporters on the red carpet to ask women about more than their clothes, jewelry, and manicures. They’ll be live-tweeting tonight, and encourage everyone to tweet the questions we want to hear […]

Awards: Independent Spirit and Razzies 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight’s the big night. The Oscars. And that means that yesterday two of the other most significant movie awards were announced. The Independent Spirit awards are given to the people who make movies outside the studio system. These are passion […]

Black Reel Awards: Selma Ties the Record

posted by Nell Minow

It is a great honor to be one of the voters for the Black Reel Awards and I am so proud of our winners this year, with “Selma” deservedly tying the record set by “Precious” with eight awards. Outstanding Motion […]

Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette — Why We’re Rooting for them on Oscar Night

posted by Nell Minow

No one is smarter about actors and Oscars than Susan Wloszczyna, and I was honored to be included in her latest Big O piece about front-runners Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette, and why wins for the two of them will […]

SAG Awards 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Screen Actors Guild awards for television and movies in 2014 are in and it looks like Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, and J.K. Simmons are in line to bring home Oscars on February 22. The tough one to call right […]

Why the Oscar Almost Always Goes to the Wrong Song

posted by Nell Minow

The rules governing which songs are eligible for the Oscar are out of date and out of whack. Okay, it’s fine with me if “Everything is Awesome” from “The LEGO Movie” wins this year, first because I love the song […]

Critics Choice Awards 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Sweetest moment of the Critics Choice Awards last night: when Emily Blunt was accepting her award for Best Actress in an Action/Sci-Fi Movie, her husband John Krasinski ran out from backstage, where he was waiting to present an award, to […]

Oscar Nominations 2015: Surprises, Disappointments, Predictions

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Oscar nominations are out!  Most of the expected nominees made it, but there were some surprises and disappointments, especially the omission of the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself” and the animated mega-hit “The LEGO Movie,” both of which […]

2015 Awards from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists

posted by Nell Minow

I am so proud to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and of our 2015 awards. AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS These awards are presented to females and/or males. Best Film BOYHOOD Best Director (Female or […]

Golden Globes 2015: The Good, The Bad, and the What Were They Thinking?

posted by Nell Minow

Thoughts on the 2015 Golden Globes: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were marvelous as always. We knew they’d take on the Sony hack and “The Interview” and they got right to it. “North Korea referred to The Interview as ‘absolutely […]

Awards Season Heats Up

posted by Nell Minow

This is the week when we start seeing things come together as we get ready for the biggest awards night in the world of movies, the Oscars, coming up on February 22, 2015. Tonight is the Golden Globes. Amy Poehler […]

Black Reel Awards Nominations 2014

posted by Nell Minow

One of the great pleasures of this time of year is voting for so many of my favorite filmmakers as a part of the Black Reel Awards. Thanks, as ever, to Tim Gordon for allowing me to participate. I think […]

Online Film Critics Awards 2014

posted by Nell Minow

I am proud to be a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and very pleased to announce this year’s awards: Best Picture: The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Animated Feature: The Lego Movie Best Film Not in the English Language: […]

Critics Choice Award Nominees 2014

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to be a member of the Broadcast Movie Critics Association and very excited about attending this year’s award ceremony on January 15, 2015, hosted by Michael Strahan. I’m thrilled that we will be presenting special awards […]

2014 Award Nominations: SAG and Golden Globes

posted by Nell Minow

Awards season is heating up. Yesterday, the Screen Actors Guild announced their nominees and this morning we heard from the Golden Globes. Both are considered early indicators of the Oscars, but for different reasons. SAG is the actors voting for […]

Washington Area Film Critics Awards 2014: Birdman, Boyhood, Roger Ebert’s Life Itself and the Best DC Movie of the Year

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud to announce the winners of the 2014 awards from the Washington Area Film Critics. It is especially meaningful to me that we chose Roger Ebert’s story, “Life Itself,” as our top documentary of the year. It’s not about […]

Washington Area Film Critic Awards 2014: Nominations

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Area Film Critics Association is proud to announce our nominees for our 2014 awards: Best Film: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Boyhood Gone Girl Selma Whiplash Best Director: Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) Ava DuVernay (Selma) David Fincher […]

Common Sense Media Gives Its First Seal of Approval

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of Common Sense Media. I helped them get started and have been very impressed by how much they have achieved. They have just awarded their first-ever seal of approval to this week’s release of “Alexander and […]

Critics Choice Awards Moves to A and E

posted by Nell Minow

Great news! The 2015 Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast on A and E! This is one of my favorite events of the awards season, and I hope to be there on January 15, 2015. Stay tuned for more details!

New MacArthur Genius Award Winners Include Alison Bechdel and Joshua Oppenheimer

posted by Nell Minow

It is always a treat to see the worthy awardees of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grants.” The foundations awards are unique because you cannot apply for them and there are no restrictions on the use of the money given to […]

Emmy Nominations: Looks a Lot Like Last Year

posted by Nell Minow

The Emmy nominations are in!  And they look a lot like last year. Reliable favorites like “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” garnered a lot of nods.  But once again the Academy overlooked Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black,” whose multiple […]

Yes, Trailers Get Awards, Too

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a different kind of artistry and it is a lot of fun to check out the winners of the 15th annual Golden Trailer Awards.  After all, who can resist a selection that includes an award for “Trashiest Trailer?”

Oscars 2014: Best and Worst Moments and List of Winners

posted by Nell Minow

Highlights of the Oscar award show: Ellen DeGeneres was a great host, funny and irreverent but respectful of the event and the fans.  The photo that brought down Twitter was a hoot.  But the pizza thing was not so great. […]

Lupita Nyoung’o Made a Beautifully Gracious Statement

posted by Nell Minow

I hope Lupita Nyoung’o wins the Best Supporting Actress award tomorrow night.  She deserves it.  But there’s another reason: I want to hear her acceptance speech.  Her speech at the Essence Awards this week was beautifully heartfelt, gracious, and wise. […]

Do the Oscars Overlook Movies About Young People?

posted by Nell Minow

My friend John Hanlon has a thoughtful piece on CNN.com about the way the Oscars and other movie awards overlook stories about young people and performances by actors in their teens and twenties. It’s unfortunate but undeniable that award shows […]

Judy Garland’s Children Will Appear on the Oscars’ Tribute to “The Wizard of Oz”

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscar broadcast this Sunday will have a special 75th anniversary tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” and all three of Judy Garland’s children will appear together: Liza Minnelli (an Oscar-winner herself for “Cabaret” and the daughter of Oscar winner […]

Grae Drake and Leonard Maltin Talk About the 2014 Oscar Race

posted by Nell Minow

Two of my very favorite movie people, Leonard Maltin and Grae Drake, give you all you need to know about what to see and what to skip for this year’s Oscar nominees.

Vote for Your Oscar Favorites on Rotten Tomatoes

posted by Nell Minow

You can vote for your own Oscar favorites on Rotten Tomatoes. And you can see how your pick compare with fans across the country.

Rogerebert.com Writers Salute Oscar Favorites

posted by Nell Minow

My friends at Rogerebert.com wrote brief essays paying tribute to the Oscar nominees selected as the favorites by visitors to the site, continuing Roger’s beloved “If We Picked the Winners” tradition.

Black Reel Awards 2014: 12 Years a Slave Breaks the Record

posted by Nell Minow

I always look forward to the announcement of the Black Reel Awards, which each year pay tribute to the greatest achievements of African-Americans and people of the African Diaspora in feature and independent films and television.  This year, I was especially […]

Faith-Based Oscar Disqualified Song Creates Controversy

posted by Nell Minow

For the first time ever, the Motion Picture Academy has disqualified a nominee for ethical reasons.  The nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” as best song came as a surprise.  Most people had not heard of the song or the […]

Critics Choice Awards 2014

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very proud of all of our nominees and winners: BEST PICTURE 12 Years a Slave BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity BEST ACTOR Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club BEST ACTRESS Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR […]

And the Oscar Will Go To….Oscar Nominations 2014

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Oscar nominees were announced this morning. I’m sorry to see “Inside LLewyn Davis,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Enough Said” overlooked and I really wanted to see Scarlett Johansson get a nomination for “Her,” but […]

Be Sure to Watch the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Critics Choice Awards, and not just because I get to vote.  The critics are the only ones who sit through most of the movies released each year and who have no ties to the industry to influence […]

Golden Globes 2014: Highlights and Lowlights

posted by Nell Minow

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey stole the show again in their second year as hosts of the first big awards show of the season, The Golden Globes.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 72nd award ceremony spread the wealth, with several […]

Movie Addict Headquarters: Our Thoughts on the Golden Globes

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks, as always, to Betty Jo Tucker for having me on her wonderful Movie Addict Headquarters show to talk about the Golden Globes with our pals A.J. Hakeri and Mack Bates.

The Critics Choice Awards 2014 — Don’t Miss It!

posted by Nell Minow

This year, I’ll be watching from home, too!  Be sure to tune in to see the Critics Choice Awards on January 16, 2014, 8 Eastern and Pacific, on the CW.  The host is “The Talk’s” witty and beautiful Aisha Tyler.

Angela Lansbury Becomes a Dame — The Queen’s Honours List 2014

posted by Nell Minow

The magnificent Angela Lansbury will become a Dame (female equivalent of a knighthood), announced today as a part of Queen Elizabeth II’s annual honours (British spelling) list.  From her earliest appearances as the insolent maid in “Gaslight” and Elizabeth Taylor’s […]

Trailer: 2014 Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres

posted by Nell Minow

Online Film Critics Awards 2013

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to announce this year’s award winners (in bold) and nominees from the Online Film Critics Society: Best Picture ^ 12 Years a Slave^  American Hustle Before Midnight Blue Is the Warmest Color Drug War Gravity Her […]

Alliance of Women Film Journalist Awards 2013

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored, as always, to be a part of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and proud to announce our awards for 2013 AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS Best Film 12 Years a Slave Best Director (Female or Male) Steve […]

Golden Globe Nominations 2013 (Movies)

posted by Nell Minow

Best Picture, Drama 12 Years a Slave Captain Phillips Gravity Philomena Rush Best Picture, Comedy American Hustle Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska The Wolf of Wall Street Best Director Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips Steve McQueen, 12 Years […]

AWFJ Nominations: Women Journalists Pick the Best of This Year’s Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists headed by Jennifer Merin.  In addition to the usual assortment of awards, we also honor the contributions of women who make films and films that […]

More Awards: LA Film Critics

posted by Nell Minow

A very tight contest, with ties for best picture, best actress, and best supporting actor.  The biggest surprise was the award for James Franco’s “Alien” in “Spring Breakers,” an over-the-top performance in a film that divided critics between those who […]

Washington Area Film Critics Association: 2013 Awards

posted by Nell Minow

And the winners are…. Best Film: 12 Years a Slave Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) Best Supporting Actress: […]

Washington Area Film Critic Awards: The Nominees are Out!

posted by Nell Minow

It’s awards season! I’m voting in at least four different critics awards groups and will keep posting updates. Despite the manipulation of the awards process and questions about the relevance of critic awards, I think they are meaningful. First, critics […]

Awards 2013: Gotham, National Board of Review, NY Film Critics

posted by Nell Minow

The first movie awards of 2013 are in.  I’ve already cast my first round of votes for three more upcoming awards and will vote on the Washington Area Film Critics Awards over the weekend. National Board of Review Best Film:  HER […]

The Best and Worst Moments of the Emmy Awards 2013

posted by Nell Minow

I think people complain about award shows because they are not very entertaining.  That is because the actual presentation and acceptance of awards is pretty dull for everyone except for the awardee’s friends and family, unless some catastrophe occurs.  Traditionally, […]

Add Your Vote to the Critics Choice Television Awards

posted by Nell Minow

The Broadcast Film Critics awards for television will be given out on the Reelz Channel on June 16.  Viewers will decide the winner of the best TV moment award.  Was it the finale of “The Office?”  The sad death on […]

BFCA Television Award Nominees

posted by Nell Minow

 The nominees for this year’s Broadcast Film Critics Association television awards were just announced: BEST COMEDY SERIES ·      The Big Bang Theory – CBS ·      Louie – FX ·      The Middle – ABC ·      New Girl – FOX ·      Parks and Recreation – […]

Tony Musical Nominees: All Based on Movies!

posted by Nell Minow

You may not be able to make it to New York to see the nominees for this year’s Tony Award for best musical, but you can look at what inspired them — all four of this year’s nominees are based […]

My Thoughts on the Oscars — The Good, The Bad, and the Hair!

posted by Nell Minow

Did you watch the Oscars?  I did, and here’s what I thought.   1. Best Picture: “Argo.” 2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.” 3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.” 5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, […]

Flavorwire’s New Oscar Categories

posted by Nell Minow

I’m with Flavorwire!  It’s time for some new Oscar categories like “best ensemble,” “best casting,” “best comedy,” and “best soundtrack.”  I’d also like to see “best performance under age 20,” “best newcomer,” and “best contemporary costume design.”  I’ll be thinking about […]

The Razzies — The Worst Films of 2012

posted by Nell Minow

The day before the Oscars, the Razzies are awarded to the worst films of the year. Adam Sandler, who swept the awards last year for “Jack and Jill,” managed to get only two Razzies (worst actor, worst screenplay).  The last […]

Spirit Awards — The Best in Independent Films

posted by Nell Minow

I admit that the awards show I enjoy most each year is the “Spirit Awards,” and not just because I am lucky enough to get to vote for them.  They truly reflect their name in paying tribute to films that […]

10 Things to Watch for on Oscar Night

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out my Gallery on 10 Things to Watch for on Oscar Night — and if you watch the awards tomorrow night, let me know what you think!

Tonight at the Grammy Awards

posted by Nell Minow

The biggest award in the recording industry is the Grammy and tonight is the 55th annual presentation.  It will be broadcast at 8 pm (7 Central) on CBS, hosted by rapper-turned-TV star LL Cool J.  I’m looking forward to the […]

Behind the Ballot: How the Oscar Voting Happens

posted by Nell Minow

For some insight on how the Academy members vote for the Oscars, check out these behind-the-scenes insights.   Watch the Oscars two weeks from tonight at 7 pm (Eastern) on ABC.

Oscar Roundtable: Best Actor

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Thelma Adams for including me in her Oscar Roundtable.  We began with a discussion of Best Actor nominees — who will win, who should win, and who was left out.  I was sorry that John Hawkes’ performance […]

Critics Choice and Golden Globes

posted by Nell Minow

I’m back from Los Angeles and an amazing night of glamour and excitement at the Critics Choice Awards.  All the star were there — from the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar Nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis to Daniel Day-Lewis, Stephen Spielberg, and Sally […]

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards for 2012

posted by Nell Minow

  AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS:   Best Film:  “Zero Dark Thirty”   Best Director:  Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”   Best Screenplay, Original:  Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”   Best Screenplay, Adapted:  Chris Terrio – “Argo”   […]

Online Film Critics Awards

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud to be a member of the Online Film Critics Society.  This year’s awards are: Best Picture: “Argo” Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master” Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The […]

CW to Broadcast the Critics Choice Awards on January 10th

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to be attending the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday evening — be sure to watch it on the CW network at 8:00 pm (ET/PT) and see if you can glimpse me in my fabulous blue ball gown!  And […]

Internet Film Critic Society Awards for 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored to be a part of the Internet Film Critic Society and pleased to announce our awards for 2012 (except for the “worst film” selection — I liked “Battleship!”) Best Drama: Argo Best Comedy: 21 Jump Street Best Horror […]

2012 Additions to the National Film Registry

posted by Nell Minow

Each year, the Library of Congress announces the names of films added to the National Film Registry — an assortment that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant.  This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 600. […]

Black Reel Award Nominees 2102

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to be a vote for the Black Reel Awards and very proud of this year’s nominees. Outstanding Motion Picture Beasts of the Southern Wild | Michael Gottwald, John Penn & Dan Javey (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Django Unchained | Reginald […]

Critic’s Choice Nominations 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I am, as ever, honored to be a part of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which selects the Critics Choice Awards (be sure to watch the award ceremony live on the CW January 10 — I’ll be there!!)  Here are […]

The Washington Area Film Critics Awards 2012

posted by Nell Minow

This morning, the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their winners for 2012, honoring a wide sweep of films, from musicals to science fiction. And while only three films garnered more than one award, it was clear that […]

National Board of Review Kicks Off the 2012 Awards With “Zero Dark Thirty”

posted by Nell Minow

The first big movie awards announcement each year comes from the National Board of Review, a group of film academics, students, and professionals.  The Osama Bin Laden manhunt drama “Zero Dark Thirty” from “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, tops the […]

Mel Brooks to be Honored by AFI

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute has announced that Mel Brooks will be presented with its highest honor.  “Mel Brooks is America’s long-reigning king of comedy – and as he taught us long ago, it’s good to be the king,” said Sir […]

Seth MacFarlane to Host the Oscars

posted by Nell Minow

And next year’s Oscar host is…not a stand-up turned actor like Billy Crystal or Whoopi Goldberg or Steve Martin but a man who has never even attended the Academy Awards before and who did not even appear on screen in […]

Kennedy Center Honors Announced: Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, and More

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Kennedy Center honors have been announced: Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, blues musician Buddy Guy, dancer Natalia Makarova and the rock band Led Zeppelin.  Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, but keyboardist-bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy […]

Silverdocs: Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Silverdocs, the Silver Spring, Maryland documentary film festival that concluded this weekend, received 2018 submissions for 114 places on the schedule. Awards included: “Only the Young”  (best U.S. feature), directed by Jason Tippit and Elizabeth Mims, is about three teenagers […]

MTV’s Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

They are brash, rude, silly, immature, and disrespectful, but the MTV Movie Awards are a lot of fun. Over at the NPR blog Monkey See, Linda Holmes writes: At the same time, there’s something to be said for these loose, largely […]

The Black Reel Awards Nominates “Registry of Honor” Historic Films

posted by Nell Minow

The Black Reel Awards pay tribute each year to the greatest achievements in film featuring African-American actors, directors, and screenwriters.  Now they have looked back in history to nominate candidates for a “registry of honor” to bring attention to the […]

Nominations: MTV Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

MTV has announced the nominees for its popcorn box movie awards, which will be given out on a live broadcast June 3 at 9:00 PM EST.  Unsurprisingly, “Twilight,” “Harry Potter,” and “The Hunger Games” are featured prominently.  I’m glad to […]

My Gallery on the Oscars is Up!

posted by Nell Minow

Take a look at my Gallery on the Oscars to see my thoughts on the best and worst of last night’s broadcast, and let me know what you thought!

And the Oscars Go To…..

posted by Nell Minow

There were no big surprises but there were many touching and inspiring moments in the midst of the glamour at the Oscar ceremony.  Billy Crystal returned for the ninth time as the modern era’s most adept host, making gentle fun […]

Happy Oscar Day!

posted by Nell Minow

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and the Very, Very Independent — the Spirit Awards and the Razzies

posted by Nell Minow

The Spirit Awards for independent film were announced yesterday, as were the Razzie nominations for the worst films and performances of 2011.  Good news for “The Artist,” not such good news for Adam Sandler, who broke the record for the […]

Slate Analyzes Oscar Acceptance Speeches

posted by Nell Minow

The dresses and the acceptance speeches are often more hotly debated than the awards on Oscar night.  Everyone remembers Sally Fields’ famous, “You like me!” speech and Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s impetuous, “I love you!” Jack Palance did one-handed push-ups.  Adrian […]

Black Reel Awards Pay Tribute to “The Help”

posted by Nell Minow

It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to participate in one of my very favorite annual movie awards presentations, the Black Reel Awards, which pay tribute to the greatest achievements of the African-American community to the year […]

Best Actress Roundtable: The Critics Debate

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Thelma Adams for including me in her critics roundtable discussion of this year’s Best Actress Oscar nominees.  I found the debate fascinating!

My New Gallery on the Oscar Nominations — Biggest Surprises and Closest Races

posted by Nell Minow

Check out my new gallery about the Oscar nominations!

And the Oscars Go To….Someone on This List

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscar race begins with this morning’s announcement of nominations.  Biggest surprises: only two nominees for best song, overlooking songs by Lady Gaga, Elton John, Chris Cornell, Sinead O’Connor, and Mary J. Blige, no Pixar film on the Best Animated Feature […]

Awards: Golden Globes

posted by Nell Minow

And now, the Golden Globes.  “The Artist,” “The Help,” Christopher Plummer. and Octavia Spencer are moving ahead in the race to the Oscars.  The Globes give out twice as many awards by including television and having separate categories for comedy/musical […]

Awards: Broadcast Film Critics

posted by Nell Minow

The Critics Choice Award broadcast was great fun tonight with a brilliantly edited tribute to Martin Scorsese, who received a special award for his treatment of music in his movies.  Viola Davis, in my opinion the finest actor who isn’t […]

Critics Choice Movie Awards on VH1 Tomorrow!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m sorry not to be there in person this year but you can bet I’ll be watching when the Critics Choice Awards are on VH1 tomorrow night.  I admit to some bias as a very proud member of the Broadcast […]

Alliance of Woman Film Journalists Awards

posted by Nell Minow

More awards are rolling in as we get ready for the big three — this week’s Critics Choice Movie Awards this Thursday night on VH1 (Twitter hashtag #ccma), the Golden Globes on Sunday, and of course the Oscars coming next […]

Oscar Candidate Filmed on a Smartphone

posted by Nell Minow

The Wrap reports that a contender for this year’s Oscars is “Olive,” made entirely on a smart phone, a Nokia N8.  It stars two-time Oscar nominee Gena Rowlands and its song, by Ben Lear (son of television producer Norman Lear) […]

More Awards: Online Film Critics Pick ‘Tree of Life,’ ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’

posted by Nell Minow

The Online Film Critics have announced their awards for 2011:   Best Picture: The Tree of Life Best Animated Feature: Rango Best Director: Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life Best Lead Actor: Michael Fassbender – Shame Best Lead Actress: […]

More Awards — Nominations from the Online Critics and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists

posted by Nell Minow

I have the honor and challenge of voting in both of these. Be sure to check out some of the off-beat and very satisfying special categories for the AWFJ. Online Film Critics Society Nominations Best Picture The Artist The Descendants Drive […]

Golden Globe Nominations: Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Motion Picture, Drama “Descendants” “Help” “Hugo” “The Ides Of March” “Moneyball” “War Horse” Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama Glenn Close “Albert Nobbs” Viola Davis “The Help” Rooney Mara “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Meryl […]

More Awards: Black Reel Awards and BFCA

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud of the nominations from two groups I belong to, the Black Reel Awards and the Broadcast Film Critics. Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actor John Boyega – Attack the Block Demián Bichir– A Better Life Laz Alonso – Jumping […]

More Awards: AFI, Boston and LA Critics Like “The Artist,” “Hugo”

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute: AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR Bridesmaids The Descendants The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo The Help Hugo J. Edgar Midnight In Paris Moneyball The Tree Of Life War Horse AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR Breaking […]

Washington Area Film Critics Pick ‘The Artist,’ Scorsese, Clooney, Williams

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Area Film Critics announced our awards for 2011 this morning: Best Film: The Artist Best Director: Martin Scorsese (Hugo) Best Actor: George Clooney (The Descendants) Best Actress: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks […]

National Board of Review Picks “Hugo,” Clooney, Swinton

posted by Nell Minow

The National Board of Review announced their awards for 2011.  I’m especially pleased for the recognition for “Margin Call,” Christopher Plummer’s performance in “Beginners,” and the excellent documentary “Crime After Crime.” Best Film: Hugo Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo Best […]

Awards 2011 — Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

Like the Presidential primaries, the end-of-year movie award lists get earlier all the time.  Here’s what’s come in so far: Gotham Awards (for independent films) Best feature: “Tree of Life” and “Beginners” Best ensemble: “Beginners” New York Film Critics Best […]

And the Oscar Goes To…….

posted by Nell Minow

* Best Picture – The King’s Speech * Best Director – Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech * Best Actor – Colin Firth for The King’s Speech * Best Actress – Natalie Portman for Black Swan * Best Supporting Actor […]

Independent Spirit and Razzie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Just before the Oscars every year, the Film Independent Spirit and Razzie awards are given out. It was a good year for “Black Swan” and not such a good year for “The Last Airbender” and Jessica Alba. Film Independent gives […]

Black Reel Award Winners

posted by Nell Minow

I am deeply honored to be one of the participants in selecting the winners of the Black Reel Awards and very proud of the winners we chose this year. Outstanding Film Night Catches Us | Magnolia Outstanding Director Tanya Hamilton […]

‘Mominees’ to Tweet the Oscars

posted by Nell Minow

How could I, as the Movie Mom, not love the idea of having the Oscar nominees’ mothers involved in the awards ceremony? The producers of the show have announced that they will have video comments from the mothers about their […]

Oscar Nominations!

posted by Nell Minow

The nominations are out! Start your prediction calculations. Actor in a Leading Role * Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” * Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” * Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” * Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” * James […]

The Razzies!

posted by Nell Minow

The Razzies salute the worst movies of the year. A day before the Oscar nominations, they announce their candidates for the most excruciatingly painful cinematic experiences of the previous 12 months. The best thing about them — anyone can vote! […]

Winners: Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

It’s looking good for “The Social Network,” Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Trent Reznor as the leading predictors of the Oscar race gave out their awards this weekend. Golden Globe winners: MOTION PICTURES: — Picture, Drama: […]

Tonight: Critic’s Choice Awards!

posted by Nell Minow

The first big awards show of the year is the one from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. I am a proud member, and spent a lot of time making sure my votes on the impressive list of nominees were just […]

Movie Mom’s Top 10 of 2010 (And the Hall of Shame)

posted by Nell Minow

1. Toy Story 3: The best movie of the year was Pixar’s tribute to the power of imagination and story-telling, even after you grow up. The first five minutes are one of the most joyous ever put on screen, the […]

Black Reel Award Nominees

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most profound professional honors I have received is the opportunity to vote for the Black Reel Awards. I am especially proud of this year’s nominees: Outstanding Film The Book of Eli Warner Bros. Pictures Brooklyn’s Finest Overture […]

Golden Globe Nominees! (And a few comments)

posted by Nell Minow

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA Black Swan The Fighter Inception The King’s Speech The Social Network Comment: Where is “True Grit?” And “Toy Story 3″ should be in this category. BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL Alice in Wonderland Burlesque The Kids Are […]

WAFCA Movie Award Winners 2010

posted by Nell Minow

And the Washington Area Film Critic Awards go to… Best Film?: “The Social Network” Best Director: David Fincher, “The Social Network” Best Actor: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech” Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone” Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The […]

Washington Area Film Critic Nominations

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Area Film Critics are proud to announce the nominees for our 2010 awards. Stay tuned — the winners will be announced Monday morning on the Punch Drunk Critics podcast. Best Film: Black Swan Inception 127 Hours The Social […]

Razzies and Spirit Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Sandra Bullock certainly gets the good sport award for her gracious acceptance of the worst actress Razzie for her performance in All About Steve. She came out on stage with a wagon full of DVDs for everyone. If she wins […]

Beliefnet Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Congratulations to Beliefnet judges and community members for selecting an outstanding group of winners for the Beliefnet movie awards. Judges Best Spiritual Film: The Road Best Inspirational Film: Precious and Up (Tie) Best Spiritual Documentary: ‘More Than a Game’ People’s […]

Join Me For the Critic’s Choice Awards!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve picked up my tickets and will soon be at the Critic’s Choice Awards, to be broadcast tonight on VH1. Participate in the LIVE blog party before and during the show. It will be moderated by VH1 senior staff and […]

Critic’s Choice Award Show: This Friday on VH1

posted by Nell Minow

Presenters will include: Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Emily Blunt, Cedric the Entertainer, Bradley Cooper, Rob Corddry, Abbie Cornish, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Vera Farmiga, Heather Graham, Ed Helms, Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Jeong, Adam Lambert, Tobey Maguire, Tracy […]

Critic’s Choice Award Show

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to tune into VH1 on Jan 15 to watch the Critic’s Choice Awards! I will be there, so see if you can spot me. Kevin Bacon will receive our Joel Seigel award, presented by Meryl Streep (who, of […]

Online Film Critics Pick ‘Hurt Locker’

posted by Nell Minow

The Online Film Critics announced our picks for the best of 2009: Best Picture: The Hurt Locker Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker Best Actor: Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker Best Actress: Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds Best Supporting Actor: […]

Black Reel Award Nominees

posted by Nell Minow

I am truly honored and blessed to be invited to vote on the Black Reel Awards, and very proud of our nominees: Best Actor Quinton Aaron | The Blind Side Jamie Foxx | The Soloist Morgan Freeman | Invictus Souléymane […]

Golden Globe Nominations

posted by Nell Minow

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards NOMINATIONS HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2010 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009 NOMINATIONS PRESS RELEASE 1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA a. AVATAR Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox b. THE […]

Critic’s Choice Nominees

posted by Nell Minow

The Broadcast Film Critics have announced our nominations, often the best predictor of the Oscars. I am hoping to attend the awards event, which will be broadcast on VH1 on January 15. I’ll be voting on these soon, so if […]

Women Journalist Film Awards

posted by Nell Minow

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced its awards for 2009: With sincerest appreciation of all the great work that’s been done in film this year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of […]

Washington Area Film Critics Awards 2009

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) today announced their 2009 winners, awarding Best Film to “Up in the Air.” The film’s star, George Clooney, took home the Best Actor award, his second win (“Michael Clayton,” 2007). In a […]

Oscar Thoughts from Three Top Critics

posted by Nell Minow

Jeannette Catsoulis tells us the Oscars should embrace the lowbrow in Las Vegas CityLife: [S]tudios spend all year milking dollars from young people only to turn around at Oscar time, overcome with shame and a newly minted commitment to quality, […]

The Spirits and the Razzies

posted by Nell Minow

Just before the Oscars every year, two other important awards are announced. The Razzies (named for the rude noise called a “raspberry”) are given to the worst of the year from Hollywood. This year the recipients are: Worst Picture: The […]

Beliefnet Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Congratulations to Beliefnet judges and community members for selecting an outstanding group of winners for the Beliefnet movie awards. Judges Best Spiritual Film: The Road Best Inspirational Film: Precious and Up (Tie) Best Spiritual Documentary: ‘More Than a Game’ People’s […]

Epiphany’s Most Inspiring Film Award Winners

posted by Nell Minow

Epiphany has announced the winners of its most inspiring film awards. Fireproof,” from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, has won the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for “Most Inspiring Movie of 2008,” sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, a […]

Epiphany Nominees for Most Inspiring Movies and Television Programs

posted by Nell Minow

Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of the Movieguide® family guide to movies and entertainment, has announced in a Hollywood online press conference the nominees for the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2008 and the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for […]

Beliefnet Spiritual Film Awards: We Want Your Vote

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out the nominees for Beliefnet’s Spiritual Film Awards and vote for your favorites.

Nominations! The Oscars (and the Razzies)

posted by Nell Minow

BEST PICTURE “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “Frost/Nixon” “Milk “The Reader” “Slumdog Millionaire” BEST ACTRESS Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married” Angelina Jolie, “Changeling” Melissa Leo, “Frozen River” Meryl Streep, “Doubt” Kate Winslet, “The Reader” BEST ACTOR Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon” […]

Critic’s Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

I was not able to make it to this year’s Critic’s Choice Awards in person, but I really enjoyed casting my votes and watching it on television. Here are the winners and keep in mind they are often a better […]

Top Ten Spreadsheet

posted by Nell Minow

Movie City News has collected the top ten lists of all the top critics (yes, even me) and put them into a spreadsheet. Just about everyone picks four or five of ten heavily-promoted awards films — “Wall?E,” “Milk,” Slumdog Millionaire,” […]

Women Critics Film Awards

posted by Nell Minow

As expected, the associations of female critics have a slightly different take on the best and worst films of the year than the male-dominated critic groups. One thing that makes them fun is the extra categories, like Most Offensive Male […]

Black Reel Awards

posted by Nell Minow

One of the awards announcements I most look forward to each year is the selections of the Black Reel Awards, given out by the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film, a nonprofit organization with a mission to target, […]

Golden Globe Nominations: Television

posted by Nell Minow

TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA * Dexter * House * In Treatment * Mad Men * True Blood ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA * Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters * Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit * January Jones, […]

Golden Globe Nominations: Film

posted by Nell Minow

FILM BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA * The Curious Case of Benjamin Button * Frost/Nixon * The Reader * Revolutionary Road * Slumdog Millionaire BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY * Burn After Reading * Happy-Go-Lucky * In Bruges * Mamma Mia! * […]

Broadcast Film Critics Announce Nominees

posted by Nell Minow

The Broadcast Film Critics Association is the group behind the Critics Choice Awards, the first awards broadcast of the year and the one that has recently been a good predictor of the Oscars. This morning we announced our nominees. As […]

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