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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Actor

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George Clooney in Up In The Air
George Clooney in Up In The Air

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Morgan Freeman in Invictus
Morgan Freeman in Invictus

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Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker

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Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

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Colin Firth in A Single Man
Colin Firth in A Single Man

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Did You Know?
In the acting categories, 12 individuals are first-time nominees. Five of the nominees (George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Penélope Cruz, Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep) are previous acting winners. Matt Damon received an Oscar® for Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997).


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Academy Award® Nominated: A Serious Man

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A Serious ManImaginatively exploring questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behavior, dental phenomena, academia, mortality, and Judaism – and intersections thereof – A Serious Man is the new film from Academy Award‐winning writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen. They tell the story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F‐Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job

While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter‐writer is trying to sabotage Larry’s chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person – a mensch – a serious man?

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The cast includes: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Adam Arkin, Aaron Wolff, and Jessica McManus

Reviews

IMDB member
“I saw this movie at TIFF on Saturday. The Coens quietly (and I mean quietly – no-one could hear even their amplified voices) introduced the movie with reference to the actors present but not the movie, letting it speak for itself. And it did. In its own way. It is an off-beat (what else?) and serious work that radiates bleak despair while searching for a funny bone. In the process, the movie makes other black comedies look positively light and airy. The movie evokes laughs from a different place than most – from a profound discomfort watching people twist themselves this way and that to fit in and be regarded seriously, whether situationally, socially or religiously. A great piece of work that will have you thinking long afterwards, especially considering the odd and difficult-to-contextualize prologue and, um different, ending which bookend a remarkable work.”

Did You Know?

The names of the characters who ride the school bus with Danny Gopnik are the names of children that the Coen brothers grew up with.

The criminal lawyer that Larry is told to go to, Ron Meshbesher, is actually a local lawyer in Minneapolis. He is of the firm Meshbesher and Spence. The address that is on the retainer envelope at the end of the movie is their actual downtown address.

The voice of Dick Dutton, the Columbia Record Club employee who harasses Larry on the phone, is supplied by actor Warren Keith. This is the second time he has appeared in a Coen Brothers film playing a character heard only on the phone. He also supplies the voice of Reilly Diefenbach, the GMAC finance officer who calls Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo (1996).

Sarah Gopnik repeatedly talks about going to “The Whole”. The Whole is the music club in the basement of the University of Minnesota student union. It opened in the 1960s.

Two Nominations

Best Motion Picture
Best Original Screenplay

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Academy Award® Nominated: Crazy Heart

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A worn-down country singer and a burgeoning journalist form an unusual bond in this drama adapted from the novel by Thomas Cobb. His spirit broken by multiple failed marriages, too much time on the road, and too many nights with the bottle, Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) had started to feel like he was headed down the path of no return. When probing young writer Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal) digs deep enough to unearth the broken man behind the legend, however, Bad realizes that redemption may not be such a long shot after all. The film has been described by Leonard Maltin as “half Big Lebowski, half Urban Cowboy meets The Wrestler“.

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Credits

Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Cooper
Writer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Cooper
Based on Novel by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Cobb
Producers . Rob Carliner, Judy Cairo, Robert Duvall, Michael A. Simpson, and Scott Cooper
Executive Producers . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Bridges, T-Bone Burnett and Eric Brenner
Line Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alton Walpole
Original Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T-Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton
Cinematography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barry Markowitz
Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Axelrad

The voice cast includes: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal,James Keane, Anna Felix, Paul Herman, Tom bower, Ryan Bignham,
Beth Grant, and Rick Dial

Reviews

IMDB member
“Saw an early screening of “Crazy Heart”. “Crazy Heart” is a very good film for one reason. Many critics have praised it and will continue to do so. Many critics will write it off as “just another washed-up musician struggling to overcome their addictions and weaknesses and make sense of things”, etc. In a way, they are right. In a way, this is another one of those movies. But, because of Jeff Bridges’ absolutely amazing performance, this film is more than that. If you want to see an actor breathe real-life into their character, endow truthful subtlety in their part, and absolutely nail a role that they were born to play, then you need to see Jeff Bridges rendition of Bad Blake. I believed that Bridge’s portrayal of “The Dude” in “The Big Lebowski” was the essential role of his career, but after seeing this performance, I’ve changed my tune. It’s true that we will not be witnessing cinematic history with the incredible plot or awe-inspiring film-making. However, if you are a fan of acting and want to see one of those performances that comes along every once in a rare while, please check out this film.”

Did You Know?

The movies character Bad Blake is based on a combination of Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard.

The novel on which the film was based was actually inspired by country singer Hank Thompson.

The concert scenes where Bad Blake opens for Tommy Sweet were filmed at a Toby Keith concert at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque. Keith is thanked in the credits.

Ryan Bingham, who plays Tony (the musician Bad talks to at the bowling alley) is a real-life rising country-rock star. Bingham co-wrote “The Weary Kind” with T-Bone Burnett and Bingham’s recording of “The Weary Kind” won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Jeff Bridges has always been musically inclined, and actually released an album titled Be Here Soon in 2000.

Three Nominations

Best Actor~Jeff Bridges
Best Supporting Actress~Maggie Gyllenhaal
Best in Music (Original Song)

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Nominated for Best Supporting Actress ~ Maggie Gyllenhaal ~Crazy Heart

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Maggie GyllenhaalMaggie Gyllenhaal is one of the great young actresses of today. After receiving rave reviews out of the 2002 Sundance competition for her starring role opposite James Spader in Lion’s Gate’s SECRETARY, she went on to receive a Golden Globe® nomination for “Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical,” an Independent Spirit Award nomination for “Best Actress,” a Chicago Film Critics’ Award for “Most Promising Performer,” a Boston Film Critics’ Award for “Best Actress,” a National Board of Review Award for “Breakthrough Performance” and an IFP/ Gotham “Breakthrough Performance” Award.

Years later, back at Sundance in 2007, Maggie starred in SHERRYBABY which opened in theaters September of last year. The film was well-received by critics and garnered her second Golden Globe nomination, this time for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama. Gyllenhaal was also nominated for a 2006 Independent Spirit Award for her role in Don Roos’ HAPPY ENDINGS, opposite Lisa Kudrow and Tom Arnold.

Maggie was recently seen in the Warner Bros. box office hit DARK KNIGHT, directed by Chris Nolan and in Sam Mendes’ AWAY WE GO. Next up will be THE BIG BANG with Emma Thompson.

In August 2006, Maggie was seen in TRUST THE MAN with Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and David Duchovny and in Oliver Stone’s WORLD TRADE CENTER with Maria Bello and Nicholas Cage. She also starred in Marc Forster’s STRANGER THAN FICTION with Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson. In the past few years, she appeared in John Sayles’ CASA DE LOS BABYS with Daryl Hannah and Lily Taylor and Mike Newell’s MONA LISA SMILE in which Maggie co-starred with Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles and Kirsten Dunst. She was also seen in CRIMINAL with Diego Luna and John C. Reilly as well as Spike Jonze’s ADAPTATION.

Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart

Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart

Also accomplished on stage, Gyllenhaal starred as Alice in Patrick Mauber’s award-winning Closer at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for director Robert Egan, and previously at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has also appeared in Anthony and Cleopatra at the Vanborough Theatre in London. In 2004, Maggie starred in Tony Kushner’s play Homebody/Kabul, which ran in both Los Angeles and at B.A.M. Next, Maggie will be seen alongside Peter Sarsgaard and Mamie Gummer in Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov.

Maggie made her feature film debut in 1992, alongside Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke in WATERLAND. This was followed by a memorable performance as “Raven,” the Satan worshipping make-up artist in John Waters’ quirky Hollywood satire, CECIL B. DEMENTED, which led her to a co-starring role in DONNIE DARKO, a fantasy-thriller about disturbed adolescence.

Gyllenhaal is a 1999 graduate of Columbia University where she studied Literature

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We Are The World 25 For Haiti

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The recording of ‘We Are The World 25 For Haiti’ embodies the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. Through the contributions of the new voices to this rendition of ‘We Are The World,’ and with the help of our partners, the We Are The World Foundation will be committed to transparency and will help further the spirit of activism that was at the heart of the original song and movement.

We are developing mechanisms to permit our donors and members of the community to monitor the funds raised, the expenses paid, and the charitable grants funded by the We Are The World Foundation, a newly created not-for-profit organization founded by Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie who have invited Wyclef Jean, Paul Haggis, Randy Phillips, Peter Tortorici and Ambassador Luis Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank to join them on the board. The Foundation is dedicated to raising money and to making grants to charitable organizations with meaningful and efficient relief and development programs that are responding to the continuing crisis in Haiti.

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