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Movie Quote of the Day – Black Swan, 2010 (dir. Darren Aronofsky)


Thomas Leroy: What did you do? What did you do?
Nina Sayers: I felt it.
Thomas Leroy: What?
Nina Sayers: . . .perfect. It was perfect.

Black Swan Sweeps Independent Spirit Awards


BEST FEATURE

  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • Greenberg
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Winter’s Bone

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
  • Danny Boyle  – 127 Hours
  • Lisa Cholodenko – The Kids Are All Right
  • Debra Granik – Winter’s Bone
  • John Cameron Mitchell – Rabbit Hole

BEST FEMALE LEAD

  • Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
  • Greta Gerwig – Greenberg
  • Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
  • Natalie Portman – Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

BEST MALE LEAD

  • Ronald Bronstein – Daddy Longlegs
  • Aaron Eckhart – Rabbit Hole
  • James Franco – 127 Hours
  • John C. Reilly – Cyrus
  • Ben Stiller – Greenberg

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

  • Ashley Bell – The Last Exorcism
  • Dale Dickey – Winter’s Bone
  • Allison Janney – Life During Wartime
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega – Jack Goes Boating
  • Naomi Watts – Mother and Child

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

  • John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
  • Samuel L. Jackson – Mother and Child
  • Bill Murray – Get Low
  • John Ortiz – Jack Goes Boating
  • Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Stuart Blumberg & Lisa Cholondenko – The Kids Are All Right
  • Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini – Winter’s Bone
  • Nicole Holofcener – Please Give
  • David Lindsay-Abaire – Rabbit Hole
  • Todd Solondz – Life During Wartime

BEST FOREIGN FILM

  • Kisses (Ireland)
  • Mademoiselle Chambon (France)
  • Of Gods and Men (Morocco)
  • The King’s Speech (United Kingdom)
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • Exit Through The Gift Shop
  • Marwencol
  • Restrepo
  • Sweetgrass
  • Thunder Soul

BEST FIRST FEATURE

  • Everything Strange and New
  • Get Low
  • The Night Catches Us
  • The Last Exorcism
  • Tiny Furniture

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

  • Diane Bell – Obselidia
  • Lena Dunham – Tiny Furniture
  • Nik Fackler – Lovely, Still
  • Bob Glaudini – Jack Goes Boating
  • Dana Adam Shapiro & Evan M. Wiener – Monogamy

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

  • Daddy Longlegs
  • Lbs.
  • Lovers of Hate
  • Obselidia
  • The Exploding Girl

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Adam Kimmel – Never Let Me Go
  • Matthew Libatique – Black Swan
  • Jody Lee Lipes – Tiny Furniture
  • Michael McDonough – Winter’s Bone
  • Harris Savides – Greenberg

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its
ensemble cast)

  • Please Give –  Nicole Holofcener (director), Jeanne McCarthy (casting director), Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith and Sarah Steele

Piaget Producers Award

  • In-Ah Lee – Au Revoir Taipei
  • Adele Romanski – The Myth of the American Sleepover
  • Anish Savjani – Meek’s Cutoff

Acura Someone to Watch Award

  • Mike Ott – Littlerock
  • Laurel Nakadate – The Wolf Knife
  • Hossein Keshavarz – Dog Sweat

AVEENO Truer than Fiction Award

  • Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor – Sweetgrass
  • Jeff Malmberg – Marwencol
  • Lynn True, Nelson Walker – Summer Pasture

POLL: Predict The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards!


The Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics’ Choice Awards are tonight (they air starting at 5PM PST on VH1), so I thought it might be fun to get your thoughts on who you think will win tonight. Black Swan leads the nominees with 12 nominations, followed by The King’s Speech and True Grit with 11 each. After the cut I’ve got polls set up for some of the major categories. You can see all the categories and nominations here. Also, while you’re at it, if you could take a second to vote for Cinema Fanatic at the 2011 Total Movie Blog Awards, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Cinema Fanatic’s Favorite Fifteen Films of 2010


So we’ve gotten to the end of the year, which, of course, means end-of-the-year lists. I don’t think 2010 was the worst year ever, but it pales in comparison to 2009. Last year I was in love with so many films – starting very early in the year and continuing into January of this year with the films I wasn’t able to see before ’09 ended. I really just think 2010 will go down as a mediocre year. I did, however, still manage to come up with a list of my 15 favorite films of the year. I’d like to emphasize that this list is based on my favorites and not necessarily a “best” list. I’d  also like to note that, unlike last year, I was able to see almost all of the 2010 releases I was interested in seeing before the New Year. There were three, however, that I missed that I wish I could have seen before making this list: The King’s Speech, 127 Hours and Blue Valentine. There’s no guarantee those would have made the list anyhow, but I still wish I could have seen them. Regardless, I did manage to see fifty-five 2010 releases this year, a personal record for new releases. I’d also like to note that I’ve seen over 500 new-to-me films this year, but I’ll make a proper round-up post for that tomorrow (I’m watching movies til Midnight tonight!).

The list is after the cut, because I think my #1 is a little shocking and I want to keep up the suspense.

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Austin Film Critics Like “Black Swan,” Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Joins “The Social Network”


Austin Film Critics:

Top 10 Films:

  1. Black Swan
  2. The Social Network
  3. Inception
  4. Toy Story 3
  5. The King’s Speech
  6. True Grit
  7. The Fighter
  8. Un Prophete
  9. Winter’s Bone
  10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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“Black Swan” Leads 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Nominations


Black Swan came out ahead with 12 nominations, followed by The King’s Speech andTrue Grit with 11 each. The Social Network received nine.

BEST PICTURE

Nominees:

  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Social Network
  • The Town
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

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“The Social Network,” “Black Swan” Sweep New York Film Critics Online Awards


Best Picture: The Social Network

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New International Poster For “Black Swan”


From what I hear, Natalie Portman’s performance in this film is nothing short of extraordinary. I am simply dying to see it. Really love this new poster.

Thanks to LiveForFilms

New Posters For Aronofksy’s “Black Swan”


These posters. I just can’t even describe my love for these posters.

The film hit the festival circuit earlier this fall to almost universal acclaim. The film opens on December 3rd.

“Love and Other Drugs” To Open, “Black Swan” To Close AFI Fest 2010


Edward Zwick’s film is set to open the festival on November 4th. This could give the Jake Gyllenhaal/Anne Hathaway film Love and Other Drugs just the right kind of push to get launched into the 2010 Awards Season. I’m really excited for film. It’s set to open wide on November 24th, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman is set to close the festival on November 11th. Portman is already the front-runner for Best Actress this year based on the buzz the film has already generated on the festival circuit. Black Swan is set for a limited release on December 1st.

Let’s not forget, as well, that AFI Fest has hired David Lynch as their first ever guest artistic director. I feel like I would LOVE to go to this festival. Hopefully one of you can go for me and revel in its awesomeness!