Category Archives: Best Actress

Watch 82nd Academy Awards Live Chat on 44-D’s

The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films of 2009 and will take place March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California and will be televised in the United States on ABC. Actors Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin will serve as co-hosts for the show.

44-D’rs will be live chatting the ceremony as well. Please visit www.chatroll.com to set up your chat account (this only takes about 10 seconds), and then come back here to join us in all the fun!

If you didn’t already download/print your Oscars ballot, please click here.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Wishing him the best birthday ever!!
Our fellow founder and friend, GeoT!
Please have a virtual slice 🙂

82nd Academy Awards and the winners are…

Best Motion Picture

Best Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actress

Best Director

Best Documentary Feature

Best Documentary Short

Best Animated Feature

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best in Cinematography

Best in Art Direction

Best Animated Short

Best Live Action Short

Best in Visual Effects

Best in Costume Design

Best in Film Editing

Best In Sound Mixing

Best in Sound Editing

Best in Music (Original Score)

Best in Music (Original Song)

Best in Makeup

44-D’s Blogs the Oscars Credits

Director/Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Audiegrl
Graphic Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GeoT
Web Development and Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Audiegrl
Research and Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BlueDog89
Videology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buellboy

Reviewers include: Betsm, Ogenec, TheLCster, Geot, Audiegrl, WillieBeyond, and more…

Many thanks to all who made the 44-D’s Blogs the Oscars project possible 🙂

blank

Advertisements

7 Comments

Filed under 82nd Academy Awards, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adap Screenplay, Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Short, Best Animated Short, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Doc Feature, Best Doc Short, Best Film Editing, Best Foreign Film, Best in Art Direction, Best LA Short, Best Makeup, Best Music Score, Best Music Song, Best Orig Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sup Actor, Best Sup Actress, Best Visual Effects, Hollywood, Live Stream Video, Make-up Category, Uncategorized, Video/YouTube

82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Actress

Posted by: Audiegrl



Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia
Meryl Streep as Julia Childs in Julie & Julia

Click here for the biography and filmography of Meryl Streep

Click here for complete coverage of Julie & Julia, that includes: nominations, trailers, cast, reviews, production notes, and more…

Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Gabourey Sidibe as Precious

Click here for the biography and filmography of Gabourey Sidibe

Click here for complete coverage of Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, that includes: nominations, trailers, cast, reviews, production notes, and more…

Helen Mirren in The Last Station
Helen Mirren in The Last Station

Click here for the biography and filmography of Helen Mirren

Click here for complete coverage of The Last Station, that includes: nominations, trailers, cast, reviews, production notes, and more…

Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

Click here for the biography and filmography of Sandra Bullock

Click here for complete coverage of The Blind Side, that includes: nominations, trailers, cast, reviews, production notes, and more…

Carey Mulligan in An Education
Carey Mulligan in An Education

Click here for the biography and filmography of Carey Mulligan

Click here for complete coverage of An Education, that includes: nominations, trailers, cast, reviews, production notes, and more…


Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®

4 Comments

Filed under 82nd Academy Awards, Best Actress, Books, Culture, Entertainment, Hollywood, Movies, Pop Culture, US, Video/YouTube, Women's Issues, World

Academy Award® Nominated: An Education

Posted by: Audiegrl, Geot, Bluedog89, and BuellBoy


It’s 1961 and attractive, bright 16-year-old schoolgirl, Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is poised on the brink of womanhood, dreaming of a rarefied, Gauloise-scented existence as she sings along to Juliette Greco in her Twickenham bedroom. Stifled by the tedium of adolescent routine, Jenny can’t wait for adult life to begin. Meanwhile, she’s a diligent student, excelling in every subject except the Latin that her father is convinced will land her the place she dreams of at Oxford University.

One rainy day, her suburban life is upended by the arrival of an unsuitable suitor, 30-ish David (Peter Sarsgaard). Urbane and witty, David instantly unseats Jenny’s stammering schoolboy admirer, Graham (Matthew Beard). To her frank amazement, he even manages to charm her conservative parents Jack (Alfred Molina) and Marjorie (Cara Seymour), and effortlessly overcomes any instinctive objections to their daughter’s older, Jewish suitor.

Very quickly, David introduces Jenny to a glittering new world of classical concerts and late-night suppers with his attractive friend and business partner, Danny (Dominic Cooper) and Danny’s girlfriend, the beautiful but vacuous Helen (Rosamund Pike). David replaces Jenny’s traditional education with his own version, picking her up from school in his Bristol roadster and whisking her off to art auctions and smoky clubs.

Just as the family’s long-held dream of getting their brilliant daughter into Oxford seems within reach, Jenny is tempted by another kind of life.

Will David be the making of Jenny or her undoing?

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The cast includes: Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams, Emma Thompson, Cara Seymour, Matthew Beard, and Sally Hawkins

Reviews

IMDB member from Canada
“Overall, well done. The talented Carey Mulligan is definitely someone to watch as her career develops. She plays her role as mature, smart and savvy — almost a bit more than was believable, considering the circumstances of the character. Her suave and worldly love interest is well played by Peter Sarsgaard, and the knot in your gut tightens as the story unfolds and you sense where it’s heading. I loved the way Rosamund Pike played the girlfriend of Sarsgaard’s business partner. Both she and the mother seemed to illustrate the razor’s edge walked by women of the time who had to smile and pretend everything was fine even when it wasn’t. So much of this movie shows women’s struggle at many levels to claim choices for themselves that didn’t involve sacrificing their intelligence, dignity, dreams or humanity. I think the story’s initially smooth momentum becomes a bit choppy in the latter part of the film, which seemed not quite sure how to wrap up the story to a conclusion. Despite some shortcomings, the film is still definitely worth seeing.”

Did You Know?

Director Lone Scherfig says she experimented with giving the actors options during scenes. For instance, she told Peter Sarsgaard that if he felt like it he could start a conversation with an extra playing a doorman in one scene despite there not being any written dialogue.

Carey Mulligan mentioned in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival that some of the most enjoyable moments of filming where when there were actors who only came in for a day or so, like Sally Hawkins and Emma Thompson, and she particularly enjoyed the four scenes she shot with the latter, whom she described as being “amazing“, and called her acting “brilliant“.

Three Nominations

Best Motion Picture
Best Actress ~ Carey Mulligan
Best in Adapted Screenplay

Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®

6 Comments

Filed under 82nd Academy Awards, Best Actress, Best Adap Screenplay, Best Picture, Books, Culture, Education, England, Entertainment, Hollywood, Pop Culture, Students, Uncategorized, US, Video/YouTube, Women's Issues, World, Young Women

Nominated for Best Actress ~ Carey Mulligan ~An Education

Ensemble post by: Audiegrl, Geot, Bluedog89, and BuellBoy

Carey MulliganTwenty-two years old at the time of shooting An Education, Carey Mulligan had previously appeared in two feature films: And When Did You Last See Your Father? directed by Anand Tucker and Pride & Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright. She will soon be seen in Jim Sheridan’s Brothers, and also The Greatest, directed by Shana Feste and co-starring Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan.
Her television credits include “My Boy Jack,” directed by Brian Kirk (Ecosse Films); “Doctor Who: Blink” (BBC Television); “Northanger Abbey” (Granada Television) and “The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard” (Kudos Productions).

Carey Mulligan in An Education

Carey Mulligan in An Education

On stage, Mulligan most recently appeared as the ingénue Nina in the Broadway transfer of Ian Rickson’s production of The Seagull, opposite her An Education costar Peter Sarsgaard. She had already won glowing notices for her performance in the show’s original London production, co-starring Kristin Scott-Thomas and Chiwetel Ejiofor at the Royal Court. She has also appeared in The Hypochondriac at the Almeida; Forty Winks at the Royal Court and Tower Block Dreams at the Riverside.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®Learn more about An Education

Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®

4 Comments

Filed under 82nd Academy Awards, Best Actress, Best Adap Screenplay, Best Picture, Books, Culture, Education, England, Entertainment, Hollywood, Pop Culture, Students, Uncategorized, US, Video/YouTube, Women's Issues, World, Young Women

Academy Award® Nominated: Julie & Julia

Ensemble post by: Audiegrl, Geot, and BuellBoy


Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends… until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

In 1949, Julia Child is in Paris, the wife of a diplomat, wondering how to spend her days. She tries hat making, bridge, and then cooking lessons at Cordon Bleu. There she discovers her passion. In 2002, Julie Powell, about to turn 30 and underemployed with an unpublished novel, decides to cook her way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a year and to blog about it. We go back and forth between these stories of two women learning to cook and finding success. Sympathetic, loving husbands support them both, and friendships, too, add zest.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The cast includes: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Helen Carey, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Jane Lynch

44D’s Reviews

IMDB member in New Zealand
“Meryl Streep continues to amaze. There’s never been an actress quite like her. Her body of work is a gallery of character without parallel. After 3 decades she is still brand new. She never became a parody of herself like many other great actresses before her and, chances are, she never will. Here she recreates a popular icon, fearlessly. Her joy is utterly contagious and her side of the film is a marvel. Amy Adams, good as she is, becomes an unwelcome distraction. We want to stay with Meryl’s Julia all the way. I think that Norah Ephron (Mixed Nuts) must have known, she must have! Didn’t she notice in the cutting room, that we were going to be turning away from the story every time we move away from Julia Child? In any case I’m glad we had the chance to see this new Meryl Streep creation. Kudos also to Stanley Tucci. Stanley and Meryl create one of the most original believable couples in decades. Thanks to modern technology we will be able to re-edit the film for private consumption and have a sensational short : Julia in Paris.”

Did You Know?

Because of Meryl Streep’s height (5’6″) several camera/set/costume tricks had to be employed to mimic Julia Child’s height (6’2″). Countertops were lowered, Streep wore extra high heels, and forced perspective camera angles were used.

Both the Paris and Boston train terminal shots were done in the beautifully restored New Jersey Transit Hoboken Train Terminal waiting room.

Stop The Train‘ by Henry Wolfe is included in the soundtrack. Henry (Real name Henry Gummer) is Meryl Streep’s son.

Paul Child was 10 years older than Julia, however in reality Meryl Streep is 11 years older than ‘Stanley Tucci’.

One Nomination

Best Actress~Meryl Streep

Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®

2 Comments

Filed under 82nd Academy Awards, Art, Best Actress, Books, Culture, Entertainment, France, Hollywood, Pop Culture, Uncategorized, United States, US, Video/YouTube, World

Nominated for Best Actress ~ Meryl Streep ~Julie & Julia

Ensemble post by: Audiegrl, Geot, and BuellBoy

Meryl StreepA two-time Academy Award® winner and recipient of a record-breaking fifteen Oscar® nominations, MERYL STREEP (Julia Child) has portrayed an astonishing array of roles in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theatre through film and television. She was recently honored by the Lincoln Center Film Society with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Most recently, Streep was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Actress for her performance in Doubt, in which she starred opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. She will next be heard as the voice of Mrs. Fox in director Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and she will be seen starring for Nancy Meyers in the writer-director’s untitled project for Universal Pictures.

Prior to that, she starred opposite Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Christine Baranski in the smash hit Mamma Mia!, based on the hugely successful Broadway musical. In 2007 she appeared opposite Robert Redford and Tom Cruise in Lions for Lambs, which Redford also directed, and in New Line’s Rendition with Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Streep made her film debut in 1977’s Julia opposite Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave. In her second screen role, she starred opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter, which earned Streep her first Academy Award® nomination. The following year she appeared in Woody Allen’s Manhattan and won her first Academy Award® for her role opposite Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer. She then received her third Academy nomination for The French Lieutenant’s Woman and later went on to win the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Sophie’s Choice, in which she starred alongside Peter MacNicol and Kevin Kline.

Other early film credits include her Oscar-nominated performances in Mike Nichol’s Silkwood, Sydney Pollack’s Out of Africa, Ironweed, directed by Hector Babenco, and Fred Schepisi’s A Cry in the Dark, which also won her the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, The New York Film Critics Circle, and an AFI award. She also appeared in Falling in Love with Robert De Niro and Mike Nichols’s Heartburn.

Meryl Streep as Julia Childs in Julie & Julia

Meryl Streep as Julia Childs in Julie & Julia

In the 1990’s Streep took on a variety of roles including She-Devil and Postcards from the Edge, for which she received Golden Globe nominations as well as an Oscar nomination for the latter; Defending Your Life with Albert Brooks, Death Becomes Her opposite Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis, The House of the Spirits, The River Wild, Clint Eastwood’s screen adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, which won her a SAG Award and Golden Globe and Oscar® nominations; Marvin’s Room with Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio, which earned her another Golden Globe nomination, Barbet Schroeder’s Before and After, One True Thing opposite Renee Zellweger, for which Streep received SAG, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations as well as the Golden Camera Award at the Berlin Film Festival, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Wes Craven’s Music of the Heart, which earned Streep her twelfth Academy Award® nomination.
In 2003, Streep’s work in The Hours won her SAG and Golden Globe nominations. That same year, her performance in Spike Jonze’s Adaptation won her a Golden Globe for Supporting Actress and BAFTA and Oscar® nominations. Her other recent films include The Manchurian Candidate, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Prime with Uma Thurman, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, Evening, and The Devil Wears Prada, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress as well as Academy Award®, SAG and BAFTA nominations.

In theater, Streep appeared in the 1976 Broadway double-bill of “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” and “A Memory of Two Mondays,” the former winning her the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Theater World Award and a Tony nomination. Other theater credits include Secret Service, The Cherry Orchard, the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V and Measure for Measure, the Brecht/Weill musical Happy End, Alice at the Palace, which won her an Obie; Central Park Productions of The Taming of the Shrew and The Seagull, and, most recently, Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Brecht’s Mother Courage, directed by George C. Wolfe.

In TV, Streep won Emmys for the eight part mini-series “Holocaust” and for the Mike Nichols-directed HBO movie Angels in America, which also won her Golden Globe and SAG Awards. She was also Emmy-nominated for her performance in First Do No Harm, which she also co-produced with director Jim Abrahams.

In 2004, Streep was honored with an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Did You Know?

With her 16th nomination this year, Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer. Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson are tied at 12 nominations each.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®Learn more about Julie & Julia

Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®

4 Comments

Filed under 82nd Academy Awards, Best Actress, Books, Culture, Entertainment, France, Hollywood, Pop Culture, Students, Teachers, Uncategorized, United States, US, Video/YouTube, Women's Issues, World

Academy Award® Nominated: The Blind Side

Posted by: Audiegrl, Geot, Bluedog89, BuellBoy and Betsy


Sandra Bullock (“The Proposal”), Tim McGraw (“Friday Night Lights”) and Oscar® winner Kathy Bates (“Misery”) star in Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Blind Side,” which depicts the remarkable true story of All-American football star Michael Oher.

Teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael—wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter—come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds.

Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. And as the family helps Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field, Michael’s presence in the Tuohys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.

Vodpod videos no longer available.
The cast includes: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates, Lily Collins, Jae Head, and Ray McKinnon

44D’s Reviews

Betsy
My husband and I took our grandkids to see the movie “The Blind Side”. Our 16 year old granddaughter told me that her boyfriend told her it was a “REALLY” good movie.

I must say I’m happy that we went to see it. It’s a true story of a wealthy southern family in Memphis, TN who take in a poor homeless African American teenager. Leigh Anne Tuohy is the person who insisted that he move in with the family. She found him a tutor to help him with his school work. He ended up playing football for “Ole Miss” and is now a left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. I’ve read many things about this movie, some I thought gave it the kind of credit it deserved, and some I thought were not so great.

This was a “feel good” movie. It was one where you laughed and you cried. I came out thinking that it would be great if everyone could do what the Tuohy’s did for this young man. Sandra Bullock was absolutely great in the movie, she played Leigh Anne Tuohy, who was responsible for bringing “Big Mike” into their home. I thought Quinton Aaron was great in the role of “Big Mike” Oher. Sean Tuohy was played by Tim McGraw.

Of course, this is my kind of movie. I would definitely go see it again.”

Audiegrl
“I’m really not interested in sports, so my sole purpose for watching this movie was to see Sandra Bullocks performance. I wasn’t disappointed. She explained her character during an interview on Lopez Tonight. She discussed how her character Leigh Anne Tuohy discovered another person, Michael Oher who was from a completely different background and race…who was meant to be apart of her family all along. I love that message, and hope that people get a chance to see her amazing performance, and learn a valuable lesson about life.”

Did You Know?

Michael Oher was drafted 23rd overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The Ravens were scheduled to pick 26th overall, but traded that pick and their 5th round pick to the New England Patriots to move up three spots and draft Oher.

Both Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw have strong ties to the South and similarities to the real life Tuohy family. Bullock’s father was from Alabama; she was born and raised in Virginia, was a high school cheerleader (like Collins Tuohy), dated a football player and attended college in North Carolina. McGraw was born, raised and attended college in Louisiana and loved playing sports as a kid even though he was unaware at the time that his biological father was a professional baseball player.

While the movie shows Collins Tuohy and Michael Oher studying together at home and school. Collins, an A student, rearranged her schedules, and dropped out of several advanced placement classes, to share more classes with Michael and help him graduate.

Two Nominations

Best Motion Picture
Best Actress ~ Sandra Bullock

Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®Back to 44-D’s Virtual Red Carpet to the Oscars®

6 Comments

Filed under 82nd Academy Awards, Best Actress, Best Picture, Children, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Hollywood, Pop Culture, Students, Teachers, Uncategorized, Video/YouTube, Women's Issues, Young Men