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January 10, 2013 | By Susan King
  Scarcely 12 hours after he was snubbed for an Academy Award nomination for best director, Ben Affleck took home top honors Thursday night at the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s Critics' Choice Movie Awards: His Iran hostage drama “Argo” won best film, and he received the best director prize. Upon receiving his award, Affleck joked about receiving the honor that “counts.” Steven Spielberg's historical epic “Lincoln” went into the awards show with a record-breaking 13 nominations, and the film about the 16th president of the United States did win best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, best adapted screenplay for Tony Kushner and best score for John Williams.  PHOTOS: Top Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain won best actress for her role in “Zero Dark Thirty” as a CIA operative who spends years hunting down Osama bin Laden.
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January 16, 2014 | By Susan King
It's been a good week for "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen's unflinching portrait of slavery in the U.S. The historical drama won the Golden Globe on Sunday for dramatic film and earned nine Oscar nominations Thursday morning. And at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday evening, the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. named it the best film of 2013. The drama also earned awards for supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o and adapted screenplay for John Ridley. "Gravity" earned the night's most wins, with a record-breaking seven trophies: best director for Alfonso Cuaron, actress in an action movie for Sandra Bullock, sci-fi/horror movie, visual effects, cinematography, score and editing, for which Cuaron shared the honor with Mark Sanger.
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December 15, 2009 | By Susan King
The gripping Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" is shaping up to be this year's critics' darling. After being named best film Sunday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the independent production was selected Monday morning as the best of 2009 by the New York Film Critics Circle. Kathryn Bigelow, another LAFCA choice, was also named best director by the New York critics for the ensemble drama. "The Hurt Locker" was also named one of the 10 best films of the year Sunday by the American Film Institute and earned eight nominations Monday for the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.
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December 16, 2013 | By Times Staff Writers
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and Alphonso Cuaron's "Gravity" dominated the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s 19th Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations on Monday morning. "Slave" and "Hustle," which also tied for the most Golden Globe nods last week, received 13 Critics' Choice nominations each, while "Gravity" received 10 nominations. The following is a complete list of nominees: Picture "American Hustle" "Captain Phillips" "Dallas Buyers Club" "Gravity" "Her" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "Nebraska" "Saving Mr. Banks" "12 Years a Slave" "The Wolf of Wall Street" Actor Christian Bale -- "American Hustle" Bruce Dern -- "Nebraska" Chiwetel Ejiofor -- "12 Years a Slave" Tom Hanks -- "Captain Phillips" Matthew McConaughey -- "Dallas Buyers Club" Robert Redford -- "All Is Lost" Actress Cate Blanchett -- "Blue Jasmine" Sandra Bullock -- "Gravity" Judi Dench -- "Philomena" Brie Larson -- "Short Term 12" Meryl Streep -- "August: Osage County" Emma Thompson -- "Saving Mr. Banks" Supporting actor Barkhad Abdi -- "Captain Phillips" Daniel Bruhl -- "Rush" Bradley Cooper -- "American Hustle" Michael Fassbender -- "12 Years a Slave" James Gandolfini -- "Enough Said" Jared Leto -- "Dallas Buyers Club" Supporting actress Scarlett Johansson -- "Her" Jennifer Lawrence -- "American Hustle" Lupita Nyong'o -- "12 Years a Slave" Julia Roberts --...
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January 16, 2010 | By Susan King
"Avatar" won a record-breaking six Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday night, but it was the independent Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" took home the best picture honors from the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. Kathryn Bigelow also won as director of the harrowing ensemble war film. "The Hurt Locker," which is nominated for best picture and director at Sunday's Golden Globes, has received the lion's share of critics' awards, including honors from the L.A. Film Critics Assn.
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December 12, 2012 | By Scott Sandell
The Screen Actors Guild nominations are set to be unveiled early Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Will the actors from "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook" be nominated for best ensemble cast, or will another film come in as a bigger surprise? The guild will start the nominations at 6 a.m. Wednesday, preceded by nominations for stunt performers at 5:50 a.m., and will air live on TNT. The SAG nominations come on the heels of Tuesday's nods for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and one day ahead of the Golden Globe nominations.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2009
The gripping Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" is shaping up to be this year's critics' darling. After being named best film Sunday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the independent production was selected this morning as the best of 2009 by the New York Film Critics Circle. Kathryn Bigelow, another LAFCA choice, was also named best director by the New York critics for the ensemble drama. "The Hurt Locker" was also named one of the 10 best films of the year Sunday by the American Film Institute and earned several major nominations today for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
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March 8, 2010 | By Rachel Abramowitz
Sandra Bullock, America's sweetheart of popular movies, has suddenly become Oscar's sweetheart too. One of Hollywood's most beloved comic actresses, Bullock walked off with the Academy Award for playing true-life Southern power mom Leigh Anne Tuohy in the unexpected blockbuster "The Blind Side." Based on the nonfiction bestseller by Michael Lewis, and written and directed by John Lee Hancock, the film told the story of how Tuohy and her family adopted and nurtured homeless black teenager Michael Oher, who became a star Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman.
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January 29, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
What sets the Screen Actors Guild Awards apart from all the other major televised awards shows? It doesn't bestow best picture honors. This guild keeps its focus on performances -- its trophy is called "the Actor. " So the race to watch on Sunday is cast in a motion picture -- the guild's equivalent to the Academy Award's top prize. This year, all eyes will be on “The Artist,” the charming black-and-white nearly silent film that pays homage to the bygone era when silent films made way for talkies.
NEWS
March 3, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik
With the ballots cast, Sandra Bullock's tour de force performance as Southern spitfire Leigh Anne Tuohy in "The Blind Side" continues to carry weight with voters; an informal poll of Oscar strategists has her winning the lead actress award on Sunday. It's hard to disagree. Bullock's Southern mother character is a great role, and she executes it perfectly. It doesn't hurt that she's in nearly every scene -- as opposed to her primary competitor, Meryl Streep, who has only half of the scenes in "Julie & Julia" -- and that she's made an effort to be out among the voters and tastemakers -- also unlike Streep.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2013 | By Susan King
  Scarcely 12 hours after he was snubbed for an Academy Award nomination for best director, Ben Affleck took home top honors Thursday night at the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s Critics' Choice Movie Awards: His Iran hostage drama “Argo” won best film, and he received the best director prize. Upon receiving his award, Affleck joked about receiving the honor that “counts.” Steven Spielberg's historical epic “Lincoln” went into the awards show with a record-breaking 13 nominations, and the film about the 16th president of the United States did win best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, best adapted screenplay for Tony Kushner and best score for John Williams.  PHOTOS: Top Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain won best actress for her role in “Zero Dark Thirty” as a CIA operative who spends years hunting down Osama bin Laden.
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December 13, 2012 | By Susan King and Rene Lynch
Two vastly different films about the scourge of slavery in America, a thriller about the rescue of American hostages in Iran and a study of the dogged quest to capture one of the world's most wanted men -- Osama bin Laden -- were among the top nominees Thursday morning for the Golden Globe awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., made up of journalists from around the world, put their focus on U.S. events with their nominations for best dramatic films of the year. The Civil War epic "Lincoln," which revolved around the 16th U.S. president's efforts to end slavery and the Civil War, scored a record seven Golden Globe nominations for director Steven Spielberg.
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December 12, 2012 | By Scott Sandell
The Screen Actors Guild nominations are set to be unveiled early Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Will the actors from "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook" be nominated for best ensemble cast, or will another film come in as a bigger surprise? The guild will start the nominations at 6 a.m. Wednesday, preceded by nominations for stunt performers at 5:50 a.m., and will air live on TNT. The SAG nominations come on the heels of Tuesday's nods for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and one day ahead of the Golden Globe nominations.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2012
"Lincoln" earned a record-breaking 13 nominations for Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s Critics' Choice Movie Awards. It received nominations for best film, director for Steven Spielberg, actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, supporting actress for Sally Field, supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones and acting ensemble. "Les Miserables" followed with 11 nominations, while the quirky romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" scored 10 nods. STORY: 'Lincoln' scores 13 Critics' Choice nominations The following is a complete list of nominations.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
As a front-runner to win top honors in the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, "The Artist" is a rarity. Not only is it in black and white, almost entirely silent and a French director's take on old Hollywood, it is the only movie among the nine best picture nominees filmed entirely in Los Angeles. The 1960s civil rights drama "The Help," another potential favorite for best picture, was shot in Mississippi; "The Descendants," starring George Clooney, was filmed in Hawaii; and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," a whimsical tale about the early days of cinema, was produced mainly on a soundstage in the United Kingdom.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
What sets the Screen Actors Guild Awards apart from all the other major televised awards shows? It doesn't bestow best picture honors. This guild keeps its focus on performances -- its trophy is called "the Actor. " So the race to watch on Sunday is cast in a motion picture -- the guild's equivalent to the Academy Award's top prize. This year, all eyes will be on “The Artist,” the charming black-and-white nearly silent film that pays homage to the bygone era when silent films made way for talkies.
NEWS
January 6, 2010
Two past supporting actor winners and a guy with three previous supporting nominations lead the list of possibilities in a tight race for lead actor this year. All have scored major precursor award show nominations -- including from the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Movie Awards and the Screen Actors Guild -- for their widely varying performances. As the commitment-phobic corporate hatchet man in "Up in the Air," 2009 National Board of Review winner George Clooney is back in the hunt just four years after winning the supporting actor Oscar for "Syriana" and two years after his first lead nod, for "Michael Clayton."
BUSINESS
February 1, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
As a front-runner to win top honors in the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, "The Artist" is a rarity. Not only is it in black and white, almost entirely silent and a French director's take on old Hollywood, it is the only movie among the nine best picture nominees filmed entirely in Los Angeles. The 1960s civil rights drama "The Help," another potential favorite for best picture, was shot in Mississippi; "The Descendants," starring George Clooney, was filmed in Hawaii; and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," a whimsical tale about the early days of cinema, was produced mainly on a soundstage in the United Kingdom.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2012
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday 'The Artist' wins big at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. ( Los Angeles Times ) And in case you missed the show, here's a look at some of the best and worst moments from it. ( Los Angeles Times ) Heather Locklear is "just fine" after being hospitalized Thursday night, the "Melrose Place" star's parents say. A 911 call was made from her house after she reportedly mixed alcohol and prescription meds. ( Los Angeles Times )
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2010 | By Rachel Abramowitz
Sandra Bullock, America's sweetheart of popular movies, has suddenly become Oscar's sweetheart too. One of Hollywood's most beloved comic actresses, Bullock walked off with the Academy Award for playing true-life Southern power mom Leigh Anne Tuohy in the unexpected blockbuster "The Blind Side." Based on the nonfiction bestseller by Michael Lewis, and written and directed by John Lee Hancock, the film told the story of how Tuohy and her family adopted and nurtured homeless black teenager Michael Oher, who became a star Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman.
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