Arm Chair Critics Unite – the Official Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominees Announced – What Say You?

It’s interesting to see all the commentary by my Facebook friends on who’s going to this movie, or could you believe how horrible that movie was and then to be at events like this, where a group like the BFCA make talking about how good a movie is – an official event.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, also known as the Critics’ Choice Awards, are bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement at the annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony in January. The awards are currently broadcast live on the VH1 television network.

This year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony will take place on January 12, 2012 at the Hollywood Palladium. Mingle Media TV is hoping to be there on the Red Carpet reporting – so stay tuned!!

This year’s nominee list: (notice we’re just going to make comments on the first category… you tell us your thoughts).

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

“The Artist”            (Fantastic!)

“Bridesmaids”         (Not so much!)

“The Descendants”    (Clooney!)

“The Help”    (Joyful!)

“The Ides of March”  (Hot!)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius

“50/50” – Will Reiser

“Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen

“Win Win” – Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni

“Young Adult” – Diablo Cody

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Descendants” – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” – Eric Roth

“The Help” – Tate Taylor

“Hugo” – John Logan

“Moneyball” – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“The Artist” – Guillaume Schiffman

“Drive” – Newton Thomas Sigel

“Hugo” – Robert Richardson

“The Tree of Life” – Emmanuel Lubezki

“War Horse” – Janusz Kaminski

BEST ART DIRECTION

“The Artist” – Production Designer: Laurence Bennett, Art Director: Gregory S. Hooper

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” – Production Designer: Stuart Craig, Set Decorator: Stephenie McMillan

“Hugo” – Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo

“The Tree of Life” – Production Designer: Jack Fisk, Art Director: David Crank

“War Horse” – Production Designer: Rick Carter, Set Decorator: Lee Sandales

BEST EDITING

“The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion

“Drive” – Matthew Newman

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

“Hugo” – Thelma Schoonmaker

“War Horse” – Michael Kahn

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

“The Artist” – Mark Bridges

“The Help” – Sharen Davis

“Hugo” – Sandy Powell

“Jane Eyre” – Michael O’Connor

“My Week With Marilyn” – Jill Taylor

BEST MAKEUP

“Albert Nobbs”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″

“The Iron Lady”

“J. Edgar”

“My Week With Marilyn”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″

“Hugo”

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

“Super 8″

“The Tree of Life”

BEST SOUND
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″

“Hugo”

“Super 8″

“The Tree of Life”

“War Horse”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

“The Adventures of Tintin”

“Arthur Christmas”

“Kung Fu Panda 2″

“Puss in Boots”

“Rango”

BEST ACTION MOVIE

“Drive”

“Fast Five”

“Hanna”

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

“Super 8″

BEST COMEDY

“Bridesmaids”

“Crazy, Stupid, Love”

“Horrible Bosses”

“Midnight in Paris”

“The Muppets”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“In Darkness”

“Le Havre”

“A Separation”

“The Skin I Live In”

“Where Do We Go Now”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Buck”

“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”

“Page One: Inside the New York Times”

“Project Nim”

“Undefeated”

BEST SONG

“Hello Hello” – performed by Elton John and Lady Gaga/written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin – “Gnomeo & Juliet”

“Life’s a Happy Song” – performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – “The Muppets”

“The Living Proof” – performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason, Jr. – “The Help”

“Man or Muppet” – performed by Jason Segel and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – “The Muppets”

“Pictures in My Head” – performed by Kermit and the Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman – “The Muppets”

BEST SCORE

“The Artist” – Ludovic Bource

“Drive” – Cliff Martinez

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

“Hugo” – Howard Shore

“War Horse” – John Williams

Movie Recommendation “The Help” It’s the Feel Good Movie You’ve Needed

We’ve written about the new movie opening tomorrow called “The Help” and I’m sure you’ve seen the best selling book or a clip for the movie on TV… but just in case, here’s some cool behind the scene’s photos and videos to get you into the theatre for what will surely be a “feel good” movie!!

- Save us a seat – we’re bringing the popcorn with lots of butter!

Meet the 4 Main Characters:

Aibileen:

Hilly:

Minnie:

Skeeter:

Check out photos from Sissy Spacek’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony 

Sissy Spacek Getting Her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Sissy Spacek Getting Her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

THE HELP costars Jessica Chastain and Ahna O’Reilly with Sissy Spacek

THE HELP costars Jessica Chastain and Ahna O’Reilly with Sissy Spacek

At the Premiere of “The Help” Movie

Leslie Jordan, Sissy Spacek,  Allison Janney, Emma Stone, Anha O'Reilly, Viola Davis, Ocativa Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Tate Taylor, Brunson Green, Kathryn Stockett,  Aunjanue Ellis, David Oyelowo, Mike Vogel, Chris Lowell Mary Steenburgen, Chris Columbus

Leslie Jordan, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Emma Stone, Anha O’Reilly, Viola Davis, Ocativa Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Tate Taylor, Brunson Green, Kathryn Stockett, Aunjanue Ellis, David Oyelowo, Mike Vogel, Chris Lowell Mary Steenburgen, Chris Columbus
Leslie Jordan on the Red Carpet for "The Help" Movie

Leslie Jordan on the Red Carpet for "The Help" Movie

Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer on the Red Carpet for "The Help" Movie

Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer on the Red Carpet for "The Help" Movie

At the After Party for the Premiere of “The Help” Movie

Allison Janney,  Jessica Chastain, Anha O'Reilly, Viola Davis

Allison Janney, Jessica Chastain, Anha O’Reilly, Viola Davis
Kathryn Stockett, Emma Stone, Viola Davis

Kathryn Stockett, Emma Stone, Viola Davis

“Like” THE HELP on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/thehelpmovie

THE HELP

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Genre:                          Drama

Rating:                         PG-13

U.S. Release date:         August 10, 2011

Running Time:               137 mins.

Cast:                             Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel

Director:                       Tate Taylor

Producers:                     Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Executive Producers:      Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, L. Dean Jones Jr., Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, John Norris, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei

Screenplay by:               Tate Taylor

Based on the novel by:   Kathryn Stockett

                                                                                                           

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” is a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.

“The Help” Takes You Back in Time to the 1960′s Inspires You to Create Change

"The Help" Movie

"The Help" Movie

Not that I’m too quick to admit this but I am a child of the sixties, one who grew up in the south and experienced from the sidelines the lines that were drawn between us based on color. I can tell you that it took a lot of courage for anyone to cross the line to build a friendship with someone of another race.

My mother’s youngest sister was one of those people who, at that time in my young life, created change by accepting others for who they were, and gave me strength to join her in standing up for what was right and to not fear what others would think of me.

Fast forward to today, writing a blog post on the upcoming new feature from Dreamworks Studios and Participant Media called “The Help” opening on the 10th of August is somewhat bittersweet as I see where we were from my childhood and where we are today and where we need to go in the future. Here’s a clip with the director with some background on the upcoming feature:

The story is based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, “The Help” and stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter,  Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s. These women build a very unlikely friendship based on a writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. Armed with the courage that their sisterhood has forged, these women stand together and make the town see that times are changing.

This movie is sure to evoke emotions from hope to humor and should inspire you and yours to create change that makes a difference for us all.

Cast:   Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone

Director:    Tate Taylor

Producers:   Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Executive Producers: Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, Dean Jones, Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei

Screenplay by:   Tate Taylor       Based on the novel by:   Kathryn Stockett

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Website and Mobile site: DreamWorksStudios.com

Don’t miss this movie. We won’t!