Hollywood loves a bad boy and so does Oscar, with academy voters nominating several roles this year that are less than cordial, if not downright crazy.
There's Christoph Waltz for his chilling performance as smooth-talking, Jew-hunting Nazi Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds; Stanley Tucci for his scary, blue-eyed turn as pedophile George Harvey in The Lovely Bones; and Mo'Nique for her role as Mary Jones, the abusive mother in Precious.
In Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Emily Mortimer is the lucky lady being chased by Leonardo DiCaprio. Unfortunately, it’s because she’s escaped from a mental institution and he’s the investigator trying to track her down.
On February 19, get set to have yourselves scared silly.
From Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese comes Shutter Island, the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.
The thriller (a departure in genre for almost all involved) marks the fourth collaboration between the legendary director and DiCaprio, following on the heels of the well-received Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004) and The Departed (2002).
The engineers behind the latest in ambient occlusion, digital intermediate processing, sub-pixel offsets and micro-positioning platforms were celebrated at a Saturday night gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and hosted by a very unscientific Elizabeth Banks.
Britain's love of the underdog triumphed Sunday as intimate war drama The Hurt Locker beat 3D spectacular Avatar to take six prizes, including best picture, at the British Academy Film Awards.
Kathryn Bigelow won the best-director battle with Avatar's James Cameron, her ex-husband, for her intense depiction of a bomb-disposal squad in Iraq.
"It means so much that this film seems to be touching people's hearts and minds," Bigelow said.
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