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Screen Actors Guild Awards: LL Cool J Is Ageless

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:14 am.

Last night, the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards continued with the lack of diversity for awards season. However, this isn’t much different than this time last year. Mo’Nique was the only person of color to win in 2010.

All of the typical winners snagged their Screen Actors Guild award: Melissa Leo and Christian Bale for The Fighter, Natalie Portman for Black Swan and Colin Firth for King’s Speech.

Some people who were in the building were Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J (does this man ever age?), Dennis Haysbert, Taye Diggs, Morgan Freeman, Rosario Dawson and Kim Kardashian managed to squeeze her way in to another Hollywood event.

This awards show leaves me with no excitement for the Academy Awards.  Where is Ricky Gervais when you need him?

Check out the video below of LL Cool J on the red carpet!

SAGs: LL Cool J of NCIS Los Angeles
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Oscar Nominations: Worst Lack of Diversity Since 2001

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 8:40 am.

This morning, Academy Award–winner Mo’Nique helped announce the 2011 Oscar nominations. Everyone was nominated as expected: Black Swan, The King’s Speech, and The Social Network received nods for Best Picture; Natalie Portman, Annette Benning, Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo received nods for acting. And the Academy still isn’t showing any love to Leonardo DiCaprio. You would think DiCaprio is half-Black, half-Asian with the way the Academy shuns him!

Shockingly, not one single African-American was nominated in one of the acting categories. Not since the 2001 Academy Awards have there been no African-Americans nominated in any of the acting categories. Sure, one might argue, “There weren’t enough Black films that came out this year!” But what’s beyond the surface is the challenge for dramatic Black films to get the green light in Hollywood.

The Oscars will air February 27, 2011, with James Franco and Anne Hathaway as the hosts. Click here for the complete list of nominees.

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Shady Golden Globe Host Tells Hollywood To Get Over It

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 12:00 am.

I don’t know about you but I loved Ricky Gervias as the host of the Golden Globes. It seems like uppity Hollywood is not familiar with insult comedy. However, this has been part of the urban comedy tradition for decades. Harlem’s Apollo Theater is infamous for mocking its crowd and performers, BET’s own Comic View would have comedians tearing up innocent folks in the audience, and if a celeb was in the house at HBO’s Def Comedy Jam then they’d get a stab too.

Of course one of the best host monologues ever was Chris Rock’s at the MTV Video Music Awards. He mocked J-Lo’s booty, chopped up Ricky Martin, wore out R. Kelly, and if the celebs were upset — Rock probably would’ve ripped them up more.

Sure, people say, “This is the Golden Globes!” Please! This is not Kennedy Center Honors – this is an awards show with folks liquored up. Golden Globes, VMAs, Oscars — it’s all the same thing and you need a good host to spice it up.  This means next year they are going to have some bland and boring host.

Ricky Gervais took to his blog and said he will not host the Globes again by his choice – but that rumors of him being fired or reprimanded are “garbage.”  He also added, “Thanks to the twitterverse, the blogosphere, all the journos and the coolest stars for coming to my rescue.  It was heartwarming to realise I wasn’t losing my mind. Some reactions nearly had me believing I’d gone too far too. Nearly.  Can’t wait for the people who thought it was over the top to see my stand-up shows. F**k me, they will s**t themselves.”

I might just have to get a ticket!

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No Diversity and No Surprises at the Golden Globes

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 12:30 am.

No shockers last night at the 68th Annual Golden Globes.  Several wins for Glee, Natalie Portman for best actress in Black Swan and tons of bad fashion. As we already know, there is no diversity this year at the award shows so not one person of color won — I guess Precious was a once in a decade event!  Thank God for the NAACP Image Awards

Notable wins include the legendary songwriter Diane Warren for best song for Cher’s “You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me” from Burlesque, Robert DeNiro receiving the Cecil B. Demille Award, and the most moving speech of the night came from Chris Colfer for best supporting actor for Glee.

The openly gay Colfer said, “All the amazing kids that watch our show and who are constantly told no by…bullies at school and told they can’t have what they want because of who they are. Well screw that!” Considering bullying has been headline news of late, Colfer’s words are highly relevant and important.

The at times drab night was somewhat picked up by Ricky Gervais, who took some stabs at the Hollywood elite like Angelina Jolie (commentating on how The Tourist bombed), John Travolta (those gay rumors), Hugh Hefner (marrying a 24-year-old), Robert Downey, Jr. (drug problems) and of course Mel Gibson.

Other folks in attendance were LL Cool J, Diddy, Lee Daniels, Alicia Keys, Golden Globe nominee Idris Elba (who lost to Al Pacino) and Halle Berry.

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2011 Golden Globe Nominations: Halle and Idris Get Noms

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 8:45 am.

The 2011 Golden Globe nominations are in — the diversity of last year’s award season is no more. You’ll get more color at the Country Music Awards!

Some of the expected were nominated like Inception for best picture, James Franco for best actor in 127 Hours and five nods for Glee.

Again, not much to look for in the diversity front but Halle Berry received a best actress nomination for her performance as a woman suffering with split personalities in Frankie & Alice. Halle has been nominated two times before and won in 2000 for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

Idris Elba received a nomination for best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for television for Luther. This is Elba’s first Golden Globe nomination and it is long overdue.  His greatest performance, HBO’s Sometimes in April in 2005, was ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Whatever the case, being honored by mainstream awards does not indicate success, and many of the nominations are well-deserved like Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right, Melissa Leo for The Fighter and The Social Network.

The complete list of nominations are below.

BEST PICTURE, DRAMA
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

BEST PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street 2
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

BEST SCREENPLAY
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Despicable Me
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Biutiful
The Concert
The Edge
I Am Love
In A Better World

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Bound to You,” Burlesque
“Coming Home,” Country Strong
“I See the Light,” Tangled
“There’s A Place For Us,” Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
“You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me,” Burlesque

TELEVISION

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Julianne Marguiles, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

BEST MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Carlos
The Pacific
Killers of the Earth
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack

BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Idris Elba, Luther
Ian MacShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennier Love Hewitt, The Client List

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-O
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Straithairn, Temple Grandin

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

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MTV Movie Award Winners

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 1:05 am.

mtvmovieThe 19th annual MTV Movie Awards aired last night, which was hosted by Aziz Ansari.  The night was full of cussing, tons of promotion for The Jersey Shore and wins for the vampires in New MoonSandra Bullock accepted the MTV Generation Award by kissing Scarlett Johansson and saying, ”No matter what you might have seen or read, I love what I do. I’m not going anywhere.” Clearly referencing her well-publicized split from  Jesse James. “Whoever established the high road and how high it should be, should be fired.”

Christina Aguilera performed, Tom Cruise did a fun bit with J-Lo and Beyonce won her first MTV Movie Award for Best Fight for her catfight with Ali Larter in last year’s Obsessed, but this wasn’t a televised award.

What did you think of the MTV Movie Awards?

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Female Performance:  Kristen Stewart (New Moon)

Best Breakout Star:  Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)

Best Scared as Sh*! Performance: Amanda Seyfried (Jennifer’s Body)

Best Kiss:  Stewart and Robert Pattinson (New Moon)

Best WTF Moment: Ken Jeong (The Hangover)

Best Villain: Tom Felton (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

Biggest Badass Star: Rain

Best Male Performance: Pattinson

Best Comedic Performance: Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover)

Best Movie: New Moon

Best Fight: Beyonce Knowles vs. Ali Larter (Obsessed)

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MTV Movie Award Nominations

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 12:00 am.

TwilightBack in April, the MTV Movie Awards had viewers vote for nominees and now the nominations are out! Last summer’s comedy hit, The Hangover, racked up the most nominations with six. Avatar and New Moon both gathered five noms. The shows airs June 6th and will be hosted by Aziz Ansari. The winners are decided by you — so you can vote at MovieAwards.MTV.com until June 5th. Here is the full list of nominees:

BEST MOVIE
Alice In Wonderland
Avatar
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hangover
The Twilight Saga: New Moon

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Amanda Seyfried – Dear John
Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Zoe Saldana – Avatar

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Channing Tatum – Dear John
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Taylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Zac Efron – 17 Again

BEST BREAKOUT STAR
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Chris Pine – Star Trek
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Logan Lerman – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Quinton Aaron – The Blind Side
Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Ben Stiller – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Bradley Cooper – The Hangover
Ryan Reynolds – The Proposal
Sandra Bullock – The Proposal
Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover

BEST VILLAIN
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Helena Bonham Carter – Alice In Wonderland
Ken Jeong – The Hangover
Stephen Lang – Avatar
Tom Felton – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

BEST FIGHT

Beyoncé Knowles vs. Ali Larter – Obsessed
Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber vs. Ryan Reynolds – X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Logan Lerman vs. Jake Abel – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Robert Downey Jr. vs. Mark Strong – Sherlock Holmes
Sam Worthington vs. Stephen Lang – Avatar

BEST KISS
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning – The Runaways
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds – The Proposal
Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner – Valentine’s Day
Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington – Avatar

BEST WTF MOMENT
Betty White – The Proposal, Cops a Feel
Bill Murray – Zombieland , Bill Murray?! A Zombie?!
Isabel Lucas – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Unexpected Transformation
Ken Jeong – The Hangover , Naked Trunk Surprise
Megan Fox – Jennifer’s Body, Vomits a Mysterious Black Ooze

GLOBAL SUPERSTAR
Robert Pattinson
Kristen Stewart
Taylor Lautner
Johnny Depp
Daniel Radcliffe

BEST SCARED-AS-SH**T PERFORMANCE
Alison Lohman – Drag Me To Hell
Amanda Seyfried – Jennifer’s Body
Jesse Eisenberg – Zombieland
Katie Featherston – Paranormal Activity
Sharlto Copley – District 9

BIGGEST BADASS STAR
Rain
Angelina Jolie
Channing Tatum
Sam Worthington
Chris Pine

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Vote for MTV Movie Award Nominees

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 9:13 am.

avatar-teaser-posterThe MTV Movie Awards are Sunday, June 6th and you can now vote for the nominees over at MTV.com.  Of course the show will be dominated by Twilight and Avatar but maybe you can add a lil’ diversity.  There are several picks to chose from that will be narrowed down to a handful of nominees.  Here are some stand outs:

Best Female Breakout Star:
Gabourey Sidibe
‘Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire’

Naturi Naughton
‘Fame’

Hope Olaide Wilson
‘Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself’

Best Kiss:
Zoe Saldana & Sam Worthington
‘Avatar’

Zoe Saldana & Zachary Quinto
‘Star Trek’

Best Male Breakout Star:
Quinton Aaron
‘The Blind Side’

Anthony Mackie
‘The Hurt Locker’

Best Female Performance:
Beyoncé Knowles
‘Obsessed’

Taraji P. Henson
‘Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself’

Zoe Saldana
‘Avatar’

Best Movie:
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

The Blind Side

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Click here to vote!

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‘Precious’ Makes History, Mo’ and Screenplay Win; Plus, Live Blogging from the Oscars

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 12:00 am.

oscarIt’s Oscar time!  Stay here for updates on the Oscars, when the winners are announced their names will appear below in red.  Also, click here to read BET’s Live Blog straight from the press room of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre — blogged by BET’s own Sian-Pierre!

Supporting Actress:
Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. This makes Mo’Nique the fifth Black woman to win an Academy Award for acting! She joins the ranks of Hattie McDaniel, Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson.  Mo’Nique thanked Hattie McDaniel, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, her BET family, the Academy and said, “First, I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics.”  Congratulations Mo’Nique!

Adapted Screenplay:
Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire The first-time an African-American has won this award (third African-American nominated.

Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Animated Feature Film:
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Up

Original Song:
“Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Loin de Paname” from Paris 36, Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas
“Take It All” from Nine, Maury Yeston
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from Crazy Heart, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Original Screenplay:
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Tom McCarthy, Up

Documentary Short:
Music by Prudence, Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

Sound Editing:
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

Cinematography:
Avatar
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

Sound Mixing:
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Original Score:
Avatar, James Horner
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Alexandre Desplat
The Hurt Locker, Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
Sherlock Holmes, Hans Zimmer
Up, Michael Giacchino

Documentary Feature:
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Film Editing:
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Actor:
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Actress:
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia.

Director:
James Cameron, Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air.

Best Picture:
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

Click Here To Read BET’s Live Blog Straight From the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre.  Be sure to check out our Oscar page full of all things Academy Awards.

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Mo’Nique Receives an Oscar Nomination; ‘Precious’ Makes History

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 8:49 am.

monique-preciousNo surprise — Mo’Nique received an Oscar nomination for her now-legendary performance as Mary Jones in PreciousThe BET talk show host has already won a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and countless other awards since the Lee Daniels film debuted at Sundance last year. Unless the Academy Awards pulls one of its legendary upsets, this Oscar is all Mo’Nique’s, which would make her the fifth Black woman to win an Oscar for acting in 82 years (wow!).  She is now the 16th Black woman to receive an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.

Other nominations include Morgan Freeman for best actor in Invictus and Gabourey Sidibe received a best actress nod for Precious.  Sidibe is only the eighth Black actress to receive a nod for lead actress.  Freeman has been nominated twice before for lead actor, once in 1989 for Driving Miss Daisy and another in 1994 for The Shawshank RedemptionThe Princess and the Frog received three nominations, one for best animated feature and two for best original song.

Precious racked up four more nominations (totaling six) and history was made.  Lee Daniels was nominated for best director, the first time since John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood in 1991 that an African American received a nod in this category.  In addition, Precious earned a nomination for best adapted screenplay, which was honored to Geoffry Fletcher — only the third time an African American received a nod in this category, which hasn’t happened in over 25 years.  Precious was also nominated for best picture with nine other films — this is the first time that a film with a predominately Black cast and Black director was nominated in this category.  The film also received a best editing nod.

Expect the usual suspects Oscar night — Avatar for best film, Sandra Bullock for best actress and Mariah in a busty, tight dress.

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will air March 7th, hosted by Steve Martin and Alec BaldwinClick here for a full list of nominees.

Check out the clip below of Halle Berry winning the Oscar for best actress in a leading role at the 74th Annual Academy Awards.

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