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Oscar might be the word of the day, but for some folks, their own names were what rung loudest and proudest during this morning's 2013 Academy Award nominations read-out. Sure, some of them were just as baffled by some of the snubs as the vociferous folks of the Twitterverse, but they couldn't complain too much because, hey, they just got a chance at the most elite prize in the biz.
So, in the day's spirit of actors and such talking about actors and such, we've gathered here the nominees' various reactions to this year's nods. You can probably read between the lines on a few of these.
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook": "I'm so honored and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented actresses. Having the fortunate opportunity to work with David O. Russell was an extraordinary gift and I am so thrilled for my fellow cast members Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver who are all nothing short of amazing. This was a labor of love that we all poured our hearts into and could not be more thankful to The Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein for their unyielding support of the film" (ET Online). Get More »
Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" has led to a lot of noise-making over its sensitive (and potentially misleading) interrogation content, and the streak continued on as anti-torture protesters, some wearing hoods and orange prison suits, picketed the film's politician-filled Washington D.C. premiere last night.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, angry campaigners affiliated with Amnesty International hit the event — which was attended by several members of Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama's administration and various journos — and declared via signage that "torture is wrong," along with suggesting that the cinematic hunt for Osama bin Laden was sanctioned by the Pentagon. Get More »
Was Jessica Chastain's Character in 'Zero Dark Thirty' Based on a Real Person and Other Pressing Questions
Director Kathryn Bigelow's gripping drama "Zero Dark Thirty" is much more than a nail-biting play-by-play of the top-secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. For all but the final action-packed 20 minutes of the film, it's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the military-intelligence specialists whose decade-long hunt for the al Qaeda leader consumed (and in some cases killed) their every thought.
Since not everyone who buys a ticket for the film is an avid reader of "The Atlantic," here are answers to potential burning questions about the movie's depiction of the search for OBL. Get More »
With all the awards season momentum it's been gathering, "Zero Dark Thirty" seems poised to gather enough trophies to fill a compound in Abbottabad, but an even darker controversy is brewing which might leave the film dead in the water.
Entertainment Weekly has posted some quotes from the film's screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow defending torture scenes showing an al Qaeda detainee named Ammar (Reda Kateb) being given "the works" by CIA honchos played by Jason Clark and Jessica Chastain. That includes strippings, sleep deprivation, being put on a dog leash and waterboardings, but many critics insist that these techniques are NOT what led the CIA to Osama bin Laden, and in fact have proved to often be counterproductive. Get More »
It's been known for a few months that director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind "The Hurt Locker," were planning on reuniting to tell the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
However, the project just took something of an interesting turn, as Boal's untitled script had apparently focused on the very team that wound up killing the terrorist leader on May 1 -- a script that now has a definitive ending. Get More »