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Golden Globes Motion Picture Awards: An Overview

AvatarThe Golden Globe Film Awards are seen as a strong forerunner to who wins at the Oscars each year, which is probably why there’s plenty of buzz around Tinseltown at this time of year. The 67th Golden Globe Awards have created quite a stir, especially with James Cameron’s Avatar taking Best Motion Picture for a Drama. This year, the ceremony was hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, the man behind The Office and star from such movies as Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying.

Gervais’s edgy humour characterized the evening with a borderline chirp about “enjoying a drink, just as much as any man” while holding a glass of beer, to introduce Mel Gibson. The awards were dominated by the populist choice this year, which can possibly be attributed to the massive worldwide success of James Cameron’s Avatar in recent weeks.

Avatar beat out the critically-acclaimed Up in the Air and The Hurt Locker to win Best Motion Picture for Drama, while Box Office sensation, The Hangover, out-muscled the competition in Best Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy with its hilarious bachelors misfire in Las Vegas antics. Both choices seemed to be buoyed by their public appeal and success at the Box Office.

Then in the performance category, Jeff Bridges ripped Morgan Freeman (Invictus) and George Clooney’s (Up in the Air) hearts out by winning a Golden Globe for his impressive dramatic performance as an alcoholic country singer on the mend in his role as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart. Sandra Bullock rounded off a good year with a Best Actress win for her touching performance in The Blind Side, dashing hopes for Emily Blunt (Young Victoria), Helen Mirren (The Last Station) and newcomer Carey Mulligan (An Education).

When it came to Musical and Comedy performances, Robert Downey Jr. took the award for Best Actor for his wily performance as Sherlock Holmes ahead of some serious competition in Nine’s Daniel Day-Lewis, while Meryl Streep took the stage for her larger-than-life portrayal of American cooking legend Julia Childs in Julie & Julia, trampling her contenders and other nomination for It’s Complicated.

Inglourious Basterds finally cracked the nod in the Best Supporting Actor category for Christoph Waltz’s much talked about turn in Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time” take on World War II. Then Mo’Nique foiled Up in the Air’s double nomination in Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, claiming Best Supporting Actress for her role in Precious.

Best Director went to James Cameron for Avatar amid some serious competition from Jason Reitman and Kathryn Bigelow, while Up in the Air finally struck gold with Best Screenplay going to Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, dislodging District 9’s chances of winning in the process.

Crazy Heart took Best Original Song for that “what every Country & Western performer longs for” kind of song by T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham. Best Animated Film went to Up, as did Best Original Score, which went to Michael Giacchino. Das weise Band – Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte rounded off the Film Awards with Best Foreign Film.

Overall, Avatar triumphed, while Up in the Air and The Hurt Locker seemed to have been snubbed. It would’ve been good to have seen what had happened if Up had been put head-to-head with Avatar, but it’ll probably be a few more years before animated features reach that kind of respect. On that note, it’s easy to see how some of the Best Picture – Drama nominees would have preferred Avatar to have been relegated to Best Animation.
Skin Movie Review: Apartheid's Legacy Personified

Skin is the extraordinary true story of Sandra Laing, a "coloured" girl, born to white parents in 1950s Apartheid South Africa. It's a fascinating story about a woman trying to forge her way into South African culture, going against the grain because of her skin colour and racial classification. This has got to be one of the most interesting lives to have lived during the struggle, as Sandra essentially bridged the divide between white and black South Africans. She spent her childhood, being teased behind her back and was discriminated against by her peers and teachers. Growing up wasn't any easier, as the rebellious young Sandra fell in love with one of her father's fresh produce suppliers, opting for a life of love rather than comfort... trying to find solace in the township with her new husband.

Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Lives of Bees) adopts the character of Sandra as a teenager and young adult, making an easy transition from the ages of 16 to her 40s. Her performance shows a willful young woman, undeterred by her father's shame, resilient against perception and determined to live life to the full. Sam Neill plays Abraham Laing with a good understanding of the old South Africa and enough vindication to play the complex hard-hearted man. Both international stars manage to get a grasp on the South African accent, without tripping over it. Homegrown talent, Alice Krige owns the part of Sannie Laing, balancing ...continued.

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Golden Globes 2010: Film Winners & Nominees

The first hurdle to the 2010 Academy Awards, the 67th Golden Globes Television & Motion Picture Awards Ceremony hosted by Ricky Gervais, delivered the following WINNERS and Nominees in their respective film categories.

Best Motion Picture - Drama

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Avatar (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2008)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
Up in the Air (2009)

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

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The Hangover (2009)

(500) Days of Summer (2009)
It's Complicated (2009)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Nine (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

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Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)

George Clooney for Up in the Air (2009)
Colin Firth for A Single Man (2009)
Morgan Freeman for Invictus (2009)
Tobey Maguire for Brothers (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

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Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009)

Emily Blunt for The Young Victoria (2009)
Helen Mirren for The Last Station (2009)
Carey Mulligan for An Education (2009)
Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

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Robert Downey Jr. for Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Matt Damon for The Informant! (2009)
Daniel Day-Lewis for Nine (2009)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt for (500) Days of Summer (2009)
Michael Stuhlbarg for A Serious Man (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

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Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia (2009)

Sandra Bullock for The Proposal (2009)
Marion Cotillard for Nine (2009)
Julia Roberts for Duplicity (2009)
Meryl Streep for It's Complicated (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Matt Damon for Invictus (2009)
Woody Harrelson for The Messenger (2009)
Christopher Plummer for The Last Station (2009)
Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Movie Poster (2009)

Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Penélope Cruz for Nine (2009)
Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air (2009)
Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air (2009)
Julianne Moore for A Single Man (2009)

Best Director - Motion Picture

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James Cameron for Avatar (2009)

Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008)
Clint Eastwood for Invictus (2009)
Jason Reitman for Up in the Air (2009)
Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

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Up in the Air (2009): Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

District 9 (2009): Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
The Hurt Locker (2008): Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds (2009): Quentin Tarantino
It's Complicated (2009): Nancy Meyers

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

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Crazy Heart (2009): T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham (The Weary Kind)

Avatar (2009): James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell (I See You)
Brothers (2009): U2, Bono (Winter)
Everybody's Fine (2009): Paul McCartney ((I Want To) Come Home)
Nine (2009): Maury Yeston (Cinema Italiano)

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

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Up (2009): Michael Giacchino

Avatar (2009): James Horner
The Informant! (2009): Marvin Hamlisch
A Single Man (2009): Abel Korzeniowski
Where the Wild Things Are (2009): Carter Burwell, Karen Orzolek

Best Animated Film

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Up (2009)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Coraline (2009)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Best Foreign Language Film

Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

Los abrazos rotos (2009)
Baarìa (2009)
La nana (2009)
Un prophète (2009)

New Clicks Club Card Movie Benefit @ Nu Metro Cinemas

Nu Metro and Clicks ClubCard are making it easier to go to the movies*! Cinemas have come a long way, and with the recent success of 3D features such as Avatar with X-Games and Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 in the pipeline for later this year, it seems we're on the verge of a new era in cinema attendance and technology.

However, if you want a better film experience, you'll need to be willing to pay more... R65 at Ster-Kinekor and R60 at Nu Metro, which excludes a pair of 3D glasses (R6 extra). Now before you start comparing those prices with the 25c you paid in the '60s, you'll be happy to know that movie benefit schemes are available. Momentum Multiply (NM), Discovery Vitality (SK) and Edgars Club Card (SK) give movie goers significant discounts on movie ticket purchases. However, these memberships all have an associated joining fee or monthly/annual subscription fee.

*That's what makes the new Nu Metro Clicks ClubCard Movie Benefit so fantastic - it's true, you do pay lessClicks ClubCard, a free to join loyalty rewards programme hosted by Clicks - Your Health, Beauty and Pharmacy Store, has teamed up with Nu Metro to give you all 2D Nu Metro movies for only R27.50, 3D features for R45 and best of all, you can even get a movie buddy in on the deal on one Clicks card! The Clicks discount booking facility is now available online. You can blink now.

Clicks have introduced this fantastic new benefit to their Clicks ClubCard, which already gets you savings points at Clicks and Musica. So you can save on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Video Game purchases and go to Nu Metro movies cheap, cheap! It doesn't stop there... you can also get savings points on Coke, popcorn and goodies at the movie confectionery kiosk by swiping your Clicks Club Card! Are you feeling it?

Movies used to be expensive if it wasn't Woza Wednesday or Half-Price Tuesday... now they're always affordable with Clicks and Nu Metro. Movie snacks still have a mark-up and you can only use the benefit on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, but now you get the comfort of knowing that you'll be getting some of your money back to spend at Clicks! So if you haven't got a Clicks ClubCard, I suggest you apply for one today and start saving when you go to the movies! Next they'll be telling us, we're actually allowed to bring snacks bought at Clicks into cinemas!? Watch this space.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2011 08:30
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