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Originally posted 12/04/2008 04:25PM
Small proved big with the National Board of Review, which named Anne Hathaway 2008's best actress for her role in the indie movie Rachel Getting Married and the art film Slumdog Millionaire best picture of the year.
Clint Eastwood was cited as top actor for his role as a grouchy widower in the still-to-be released Gran Torino, while The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, was singled out for its direction, by David Fincher.
Slumdog Millionaire, about an Indian man who wins a fortune on a TV show, additionally took awards for breakthrough performance by an actor – Dev Patel – and for screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, who tied with Benjamin Button writer Eric Roth for best adapted screenplay.
Comprised of film historians, experts and buffs, the National Board of Review was founded in 1909. On Thursday, its 125 members helped kick off awards season by naming their selection of the year's best.
In the supporting actor categories, the board honored John Brolin for his role as the assassin Dan White in Milk, and Penelope Cruz in Woody Allen's romantic comedy Victoria Cristina Barcelona. Best animated feature was Wall-E.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 10/28/2008 08:55AM
She may be the most photographed woman in the world. But even Angelina Jolie can fly under the radar.
The actress – who recently returned from a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan – made a surprise appearance at Monday night's Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala, where she payed tribute to director Clint Eastwood.
In fact, Jolie's appearance was so unexpected, the A-list crowd gasped audibly when she was introduced.
The mother-of-six took time out of her busy schedule to present Eastwood – who helmed her most recent move, The Changeling – with the director of the year award.
"There are some people in this business that are icons, and we often wonder if, when we meet them, they'll live up to what we imagine them to be," she told the audience. "And Clint Eastwood in person is even better."
Originally posted 10/05/2008 03:00PM
He's won Oscars and ridden to the top of the box-office charts – so Clint Eastwood knows his movies. And his stars.
Of Angelina Jolie – the leading lady in his latest directorial effort, the period drama Changeling – Eastwood, 78, says: "I've always admired her talent. She's somewhat hampered sometimes by having this gorgeous face, the most gorgeous face on the planet. She's on covers and all that stuff.
"But," Eastwood told veteran movie journalist Lillian Ross at a Saturday Q&A sponsored by the New Yorker magazine at the Directors Guild of America, "she is a great talent, and it would be easy to overlook that, except after seeing this you realize that she is this great, talented person."
Originally posted 12/14/2006 02:00PM
For Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Sacha Baron Cohen and the other Golden Globe nominees, Thursday morning's news might have come before dawn, but it didn't take long for the reality to set in.
Originally posted 01/31/2005 08:00AM
Clint Eastwood solidified his chances to take home the Best Director Oscar on Feb. 27 by being named the Directors Guild of America's filmmaker of the year on Saturday, for the stark boxing drama Million Dollar Baby.
Originally posted 08/13/2004 08:00AM
This must have made Clint Eastwood's day: the 74-year-old Oscar-winning director and actor has settled a libel suit against the writer of an unauthorized biography who claimed Eastwood had abused his former wife, Maggie Eastwood, the Associated Press reports.
Originally posted 03/31/2004 01:00PM
SERENADED: Guests at the tiny Truckee, Calif., eatery Moody's Bistro and Lounge received a special treat Monday night when Paul McCartney took the stage and sang a few numbers for their supper, Reuters reports. McCartney, who was vacationing in the area with wife Heather Mills, joined a jazz trio already onstage to perform a few tunes, including "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," a co-owner for the restaurant said. McCartney had visited the establishment the previous year.
Originally posted 02/10/2004 01:00PM
It was power lunching without the pressure on Monday, as more than 100 Academy Award nominees gathered at a Beverly Hills hotel for a pre-Oscar lunch designed to break the tension of the annual awards show.
Originally posted 01/15/2004 11:15AM
Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and the rest of Clint Eastwood's heavyweight "Mystic River" ensemble joined a surprising critical favorite, "The Station Agent," as the top movie nominee for the 10th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Thursday morning by Mark Harmon and Andie MacDowell from West Hollywood.
Originally posted 01/06/2004 01:00PM
The Directors Guild of America announced its five nominees for the union's 56th annual award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement on Tuesday, yet another sign that the Oscar nominations are just around the corner. (Those babies get named Jan. 27.)
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