The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC on March 7th, and Hollywood East connections are sure to abound the show. Boston boy Matt Damon is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Invictus. This is his third nomination ever, with both previous being attributed to Good Will Hunting. While he lost for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1998, he was able to share his win for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, with fellow Beantown buddy, Ben Affleck.
By now, its well known that Ms. Streep is no stranger to the nominations category of all the major acting awards, and the Oscars are no exception. Meryl Streep is nominated at this year’s show for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the Boston connected Julie and Julia. This is her 16th Academy Award nomination, including 2 wins. One in 1980 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Kramer vs. Kramer and one in 1983 in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category for Sophie’s Choice.
Anna Kendrick received her first nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Up in the Air. The up and coming talent, who hails from Portland, Maine originally, also happens to be the second youngest to ever be nominated for a Tony Award.
As millions from around the country, and the globe watch the evening’s events unfold, Hollywood East Connection will be at the Boston Oscar Night Gala at the Langham Hotel, speaking to guests and the special celebrity guests that are sure to be in attendance. Keep your eyes peeled for all the insider scoop, plus let us know what you want us to ask the guests, and we’re dying to hear your 2010 Oscar predictions!
On Sunday night, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 67th Golden Globes aired on the tumultuous NBC network featuring stars of both television and film. Though the unusual amount of rain meant the usually glittery red carpet arrivals were somewhat subdued by oversized umbrella accessories, the downpours did little to dampen the festivities indoors. Hollywood East well-represented in the winners’ circle, as stars originally hailing from the area, or simply connected to it through recent projects, took home awards left and right.
On the television side, the inventive Fox musical series “Glee” picked up a Globe on its very first nomination for Best Television Series–Comedy or Musical. The series is helmed by Newton, Massachusetts bred creator, Brad Falchuk.
In movies, double nominee (in the same category no less) and perennial favorite, Meryl Streep, won in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical category for her delicious performance as the Boston-based Julia Child in Julie and Julia. Darien, Connecticut born Chloë Sevigny won in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in HBO’s “Big Love”. Sandra Bullock, star of the filmed in Boston flick, The Proposal, and recently named biggest box office star of 2009, continued to do big things in 2010, winning a Globe in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture–Drama category, for her role in the Blind Side. The eternally down-to-earth star also made news for donating $1 million for disaster relief in Haiti, a huge gesture that will truly affect the globe.
The Boston Society of Film Critics recently picked its favorites in the past year’s cinematography, and its list includes well-known favorites as well as hidden gems. For her role as the iconic TV cooking show host in Julie and Julia, Meryl Streep was named best actress, and Stanley Tucci was runner up in the supporting category for his role in that film as well. The Hurt Locker, an independent modern war drama, was named the year’s best film.
Founded in 1981, the Boston Society of Film Critics was started to help give voice to “Boston’s unique critical perspective” on both a national and international level. Each year they recognize both national and local film endeavors, as well as theaters and film societies. Past winners include Mystic River, Schindler’s List, and The Silence of the Lambs. This year’s awards will be handed out at a local ceremony, date to be determined, in early 2010.
The Golden Globe nominations were announced on Tuesday and there’s a host of Massachusetts connections amongst many of the nominees. Meryl Streep (what a surprise) was nominated for playing Boston-based author and cook Julia Child in the true story, Julie and Julia, which likewise was nominated for a Best Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy award. Joining Streep in the Best Actress category is Sandra Bullock for her role in The Proposal, which was filmed in and around the Boston area. In the Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) category, Boston’s own Matt Damon is nominated for his role in The Informant!, as well as in the Supporting Actor category for his role in Invictus. On the TV side of things, “The Office” was nominated for a Best Comedy or Musical Television Series award. The quirky show features Concord, MA’s Steve Carell, who was also nominated for a Best Actor award.
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