In this ongoing series of blog posts, we’ll be sharing the observations of our Entertainment Reporter, Kristyn Burtt, with you between now and the Oscars. We’ll be covering the Oscars from set up to day of at the Kodak Theatre and will be on the red carpet talking to celebrities on the day of the event as well.
Today, we’re looking at Best Actor and Best Actress roles that are up for the Oscar – and this is a hot race for the Oscars this year. Let us know your thoughts by posting here on our blog.
Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”
George Clooney in “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”
Kristyn believes these that her favorite (and mine) won’t win find out why.
Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis in “The Help”
Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”
Oscar winner is predicted for one Grand Dame. Who do you think?
Don’t worry, we will be back with more Behind the Scenes coverage on the road to the Oscars with our Behind the Red Carpet coverage featuring Kristyn Burtt.
If you want to keep up on the latest – get the free iPad app for Oscars – it’s your backstage pass for the event with lots of great fan resources – Bonus – the app also features an interactive ballot and backstage pass on Oscar Sunday.The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
We’re excited to share news about the upcoming WIN Awards on Friday, the 24th of February at the Barnsdall Art Theatre in Los Angeles.
Last year we covered this event and met some very amazing women… from the singing group Cimorelli, a family performance group of 6 sisters, Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren, and Dani….
…. to Cheryl Hines.
The Women’s Image Network (WIN) produces The WIN Awards to shape positive public opinion about the value of women and girls by celebrating outstanding film and television that fosters powerful and dimensional female media images.
WIN was founded in 1987 Actress Phyllis Stuart as New York charity, Light Productions, Inc., as a 501c3 non-profit corporation which creates projects to enliven and encourage the community into social action. Operating in California as (WIN) since 1993, Stuart and her team have produced dozens of live events, film festivals, awards shows, television shows and films, employing media advocacy to encourage television, film and advertising artists to create work that create dimensional female media portrayals.
That’s why we’re excited to support this event and WIN. This year they have announced the nominees (as listed below) which cover a range from movies to TV production, directing, acting and more.
This year the Nominees Range from Feature Film to TV and Drama to Comedy
Made For TV Movie / Mini Series
Mildred Pierce (HBO) A Killer Films/ John Wells Production in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and HBO Miniseries; Directed by: Todd Haynes; Teleplay by: Todd Haynes, Jon Raymond; Based on the Novel by: James M. Cain; Executive Producers: John Wells, Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler; Co-Executive Producer: Ilene S. Landress
Too Big to Fail (HBO) A Spring Creek and A Deuce Three Productions in association with HBO Films; Directed by Curtis Hanson; Written by Peter Gould; Based on the Book written by: Andrew Ross Sorkin; Executive Producers: Paula Weinstein, Jeffrey Levine, Curtis Hanson; Co-Executive Producer: Carol Fenelon; Produced by: Ezra Swerdlow; Co-Producers: Peter Gould, Andrew Ross Sorkin
Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story(Lifetime) Written by: Michael Bortman, Directed by: Gary Harvey, Producers: Anne Carlucci, Harvey Kahn, Damon Lee, David A. Rosemon
Actress Made For TV Movie / Mini Series
Kate WinsletMildred Pierce (HBO)
Evan Rachel WoodMildred Pierce (HBO)
Diane LaneCinema Verite (HBO)
Taraji P. HensonTaken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (Lifetime)
Elizabeth McGovern Downton Abbey (PBS)
Film / Show Directed By a Woman
Bette MidlerBette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (HBO) Encanto Enterprises and Funny Business in association with HBO Entertainment; Director: Bette Midler; Executive Producer: Bette Midler: Producers: Bette Midler, Seanne Farmer; Writers: Bette Midler, Eric Kornfeld, Bruce Vilanch (Additional Material); Original stage production conceived and directed by: Bette Midler
Vera Farmiga Higher Ground (Sony Pictures Classics) BCDF Pictures, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, The Group Entertainment (TGE) Production Company, Ruminant Films Written by: Tim Metcalfe, Carolyn S Briggs (Screenplay), (Carolyn S Briggs (Memoir: “This Dark World”), Director: Vera Farmiga, Producers: Carly Hugo, Claude Dal Farra, Matthew Parker, Renn Hawkey, Jon Rubinstein, Brice Dal Farra, Jonathan Burkhart, Lauren Munsch, Carolyn S Briggs
Liz GarbusBobby Fischer Against The World (HBO) Moxie Firecracker, HBO Documentary Films and LM Media; Director: Liz Garbus Producers: Stanley Buchthal, Liz Garbus, Matthew Justus, Rory Kennedy; Executive Producers: Dan Cogan, Nick Fraser, Maja Hoffmann, Martin Pieper, Sheila Nevins (HBO); Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham (HBO); Co-Producers: Christoph Jorg, David Koh
Shari Springer Berman (Co-Director) Cinema Verite (HBO) A Pariah Production in association with HBO Films; Writer: David Seltzer; Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini; Executive Producers: Gavin Polone, Zanne Devine; Producer: Karen McCarthy
Laurie-Ann GibsonLady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden (HBO) Mermaid Films in association with HBO Entertainment; Executive Producers: Lady Gaga, Troy Carter, Vincent Herbert, Jimmy Iovine, Mo Morrison; Co-Producer: Steven Johnson; Creative Producer: Nicole Ehrlich
Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (WEtv) Executive Producers: Charles Steenveld, Barry Poznick, John Stevens; Co-Executive Producers: Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Robert Caplain; Executive Producers (WE tv): Annabelle McDonald, John Miller
How Do I Look?(Style Network) Executive Producers: Riaz Patel; Taylor Hennessey; Renee Simon; Co-Executive Producer: Camilla Rahaman; Supervising Producers: David Price, David Garfield; Producers: Samantha Hackett; Ashley Loewen; Coordinating Producers: Sal Ruggiero; Associate Producer, Andrew Hunter
Project Runway(Lifetime) Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Meryl Poster, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Heidi Klum, Jane Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy, David Hillman, Barbara Schneeweiss, Colleen Sands, Gil Goldschein
E! Investigates: Teen Suicide (E! Entertainment) Executive Producer: Suzanne Ross, Host And Correspondent: Laura Ling, Supervising Producer: Carey Zeiser, Producer: Randy Ferrell, Segment Producer: Dan Masek
Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane(Style Network) Executive Producers: Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Kimora Lee Simmons, Mike Nichols, Sarah Weidman (The Style Network); Co-Executive Producer: Tracy Mazuer
Triangle: Remembering The Fire (HBO) Blowback Productions for HBO Documentary Films; Directed by: Daphne Pinkerson; Produced by Daphne Pinkerson and Marc Levin; Written by Michael Hirsch, Richard Lowe and Daphne Pinkerson; Edited by Richard Lowe & Christopher K. Walker; Line Producer: Kara Rozansky, “Scenes from “The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal” Directed by Mel Stuart; Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham (For HBO); Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins (For HBO); Narrated by Tovah Feldshuh
Wishful Drinking (HBO) A World of Wonder Productions in association with HBO Documentary Films; Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato; Writer: Carrie Fisher; Stars: Carrie Fisher; Producers: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato; Co-Producer: Mona Card; Senior Producer: Lisa Heller (For HBO); Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins (For HBO)
Sex Crimes Unit (HBO) Jackson Films and HBO Documentary Films; Director: Lisa F. Jackson; Producer: Lisa F. Jackson; Co-Producer: Jennifer Ollman; Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham (For HBO); Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins (For HBO)
Gloria: In Her Own Words (HBO) HBO Documentary Films and Kunhardt McGee Productions; Director: Peter Kunhardt; Producers: Peter Kunhardt, Sheila Nevins; Executive Producer: Dyllan McGee (Kunhardt McGee Productions); Supervising Producer: Jacqueline Glover (For HBO)
Love Crimes of Kabul (HBO) HBO Documentary Films; Director: Tanaz Eshaghian; Producer: Tanaz Eshaghian; Co-Producer: Christoph Jorg; Local Afghan Producer: Ali Ahmad Safi; Supervising Producer: Sara Bernstein (For HBO); Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins (For HBO)
Film / Show Produced By a Woman
Kris JennerKeeping Up With The Kardashians (E! Entertainment) Kris Jenner Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E! Entertainment) Executive Producers: Ryan Seacrest, Jonathan Murray, Jeff Jenkins, Farnaz Farjam-Chazan, Kris Jenner, Gil Goldschein, Co-Executive Producer: Melissa Bidwell
Toni Braxton, Tamar Braxton, Jane LipsitzBraxton Family Values (WEtv) Magical Elves; Executive Producers: Julio Kollerbohm, Tamar Braxton, Jane Lipsitz, Toni Braxton, Dan Cutforth, Vincent Herbert, Gaylen Gawlowski, Troy Carter, John Miller (WE), Annabelle McDonald (WE)
Bette MidlerBette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (HBO)Encanto Enterprises and Funny Business in association with HBO Entertainment; Executive Producer: Bette Midler: Producers: Bette Midler, Seanne Farmer; Writers: Bette Midler, Eric Kornfeld, Bruce Vilanch (Additional Material); Original Stage Production Conceived and Directed by: Bette Midler
Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden (HBO) Mermaid Films in association with HBO Entertainment; Executive Producers: Lady Gaga, Troy Carter, Vincent Herbert, Jimmy Iovine, Mo Morrison, Co-Producer: Steven Johnson, Creative Producer: Nicole Ehrlich
Gay Rosenthal, Carrie Franklin, Sarah Weidman, Brittany DanielRuby (Style Network) Gay Rosenthal Productions, Executive Producers: Gay Rosenthal, Carrie Franklin, Sarah Weidman (The Style Network), Paul Barrosse, Nicholas Caprio, Brittany Daniel, Tim Puntillo, Supervising Producer: Natalie Aaron; Producer: Ruby Gettinger
Private Practice Did You Hear What Happened To Charlotte King (ABC) Mark Gordon Company, Shondaland; Creator: Shonda Rhimes; Written by: Shonda Rhimes, Directed by: Allison Liddi-Brown; Executive Producers: Mark Tinker, Craig Turk, Steve Blackman, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark R. Gordon; Co-Executive Producers: Jennifer Cecil, Barbie Kligman, Ann Kindberg; Supervising Producers: Fred EinesmanAyanna Floyd-Ohl; Producers: Hans Van Doornewaard, Karen Wyscarver, Sanford Golden; Co-Producers: Chris Van Dusen, David Glazier
The Good Wife In Sickness (CBS) CBS Television Studios, King Size Productions, Scott Free Productions; Creators: Michelle King, Robert King; Executive Producers: Robert King, Michelle King, Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy, Writers: Robert King & Michelle King (Teleplay), Steve Lichtman (Story By), Director: Felix Enriquez Alcala
Army Wives Movement To Contact (Lifetime) ABC Television Studios, Mark Gordon Company; Creator: Katherine Fugate; Writer: Rebecca Dameron; Director: John Kretchmer; Executive Producers: Mark R. Gordon, Deborah Spera, Jeff Melvoin; Co-Executive Producers: John Kretchmer, Debra Fordham; Consulting Producers: Marshall Persinger, James Stanley; Supervising Producer: Karen Maser; Producer: Barbara D’Alessandro
HawthoRNe: For Better Or Worse (TNT) Sony Pictures Television; Creator: John Masius, Executive Producers: Jada Pinkett Smith, Jamie Tarses, Jeff Rake, Arvin Brown, Mikael Salomon, Showrunner: Sarah Thorp, Co-Executive Producer: Bill Chais
Actress Drama Series
Debra Winger In Treatment: Frances, Week 4
Julianna MarguliesThe Good Wife: In Sickness
Anna PaquinTrue Blood: She’s Not There
Jada Pinkett SmithHawthoRNe: For Better Or Worse
Lena HeadeyGame of Thrones: The Kingsroad
Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment, Executive Producers: Josh Berman, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Alex Taub, Co-Executive Producers Bob Wilson and Jamie Babbit Consulting Producers: Amy Engelberg, Wendy Engelberg and Bill Fordes
Raising Hope20th Century Fox Television, Amigos de Garcia Productions; Creator: Greg Garcia, Executive Producers: Greg Garcia; Co-Executive Producers: Michael A Mariano, Bobby Bowman, Michael Pennie, Christine Zander
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) HBO Entertainment; Creator: Larry David; Executive Producers: Larry David, Jeff Garlin , Gavin Polone, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Larry Charles, Tim Gibbons, Erin OÕMalley; Producer: Laura Streicher; Co-Producer: Megan Murphy
Chelsea Lately (E! Entertainment) 3 Arts Entertainment, Curly One Productions; Executive Producers: Corin Nelson, Chelsea Handler Mark Schulman; Co-Executive Producer: Peter Johansen; Supervising Producer; Heather McDonald; Story Producers: Sue Murphy, Dora Mendoza; Producers: Deb Cullen, Dan Isaacson
Parks And Recreation(NBC) Universal Television, Deedle-Dee Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment Creators/Executive Producers/Showrunners: Greg Daniel, Michael Schur, Consulting Producers: Tucker Cawley, Norm Hiscock, Mike Scully, Producers: Morgan Sackett, Amy Poehler, Greg Daniels, Executive Story Editor: Daniel J Goor, Story Editor: Rachel Axler
Actress Comedy Series
Joan RiversFashion Police
Martha Plimpton Raising Hope
Brooke ElliottDrop Dead Diva
Amy Poehler Parks And Recreation
Chelsea HandlerAfter Lately
Actress Feature Film
Emily WatsonWar Horse
Vera FarmigaHigher Ground
Viola DavisThe Help
Emma StoneThe Help
Ellen Barkin Another Happy Day
Higher Ground(Sony Pictures Classics) BCDF Pictures, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, The Group Entertainment (TGE) Production Company, Ruminant Films Written by: Tim Metcalfe, Carolyn S Briggs (Screenplay), (Carolyn S Briggs (Memoir: “This Dark World”), Director: Vera Farmiga, Producers: Carly Hugo, Claude Dal Farra, Matthew Parker, Renn Hawkey, Jon Rubinstein, Brice Dal Farra, Jonathan Burkhart, Lauren Munsch, Carolyn S Briggs
War Horse(Dreamworks Studios) DreamWorks Studios, Kennedy/Marshall Company, Amblin Entertainment; Writers: Lee Hall, Richard Curtis (Screenplay), Michael Morpurgo (Novel), Nick Stafford (Play), Director: Steven Spielberg Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Adam Somner, Tracey Seaward, Frank Marshall, Revel Guest
The Help(Dreamworks Studios) Reliance Big Entertainment, Participant Media, Image Nation, 1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures, Touchstone Pictures; Producer: Brunson Green. Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan; Executive Producers: Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, L. Dean Jones, Jr., Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, John Norris, Jeff Skoll, Mohamed Kalaf-Al-Mazrouei; Writers: Tate Taylor (screenplay) Kathryn Stockett (novel), Director: Tate Taylor
Another Happy Day(Phase Four Films) Mandalay Pictures, DIMS Film LLC, Parts and Labor, Princess Pictures, Cineric Inc; Sam Levinson, Writer/Director, Producers: Celine Rattray, Todd Traina, Johnny Lin, Michael Nardelli, Salli Newman, Pamela L. Fielder, Ellen Barkin, Co-Producers: Cindy Tolan, Todd J Labarowski, Anne O’Sheas
Last Grammy Red Carpet for the Week – Playboy Mansion
Mingle Media TV and host, Misty Kingma, were invited to come out and cover the “Fame At The Mansion” Playboy Mansion Post Grammy Awards Party Red Carpet. After the 54th Grammys Hollywood celebrities started arriving in their limousines, top entertainment industry taste-makers started mingling, the champagne started flowing, and we were there on the red carpet with a throng of photographers flashing.
The host of the event was entertainment mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Hugh Hefner was honored at this black tie event as the Angelwish “Humanitarian of the Year” for his commitment to helping charities and those in need.