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'The Dark Knight' dominates Saturn Awards with 11 nods while 'Twilight' is almost shut out

March 11, 2009 |  4:39 am

"The Dark Knight" dominates the competition at the upcoming Saturn Awards, leading with 11 nominations, including a best picture bid as well as acting nods for leads Christian Bale and Maggie Gyllenhaal and supporting players Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart. Three years ago, "Batman Begins" won three of its nine Saturn Awards races — fantasy film, lead actor (Christian Bale), and writing (Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer).

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This 35th annual edition of the awards honors films across four genres — sci-fi, fantasy, horror and action/adventure/thriller. That last catch-all category is where "The Dark Knight" is competing against "Changeling," "Gran Torino," "Quantum of Solace," "Traitor," and "Valkyrie."

"Valkyrie," directed by sci-fi veteran Bryan Singer, earned mixed reviews but did surprisingly well in terms of the Saturns. Besides that best picture bid, the film's seven Saturn nods include one for leading man Tom Cruise and another for Singer. Cruise is a previous seven-time Saturn nominee with one win for "Vanilla Sky" back in 2001, while Singer is a five-time contender winning for "X-Men" in 2000.

As the acting races span all four genres, Cruise's competition besides Bale (a two-time nominee) includes Oscar nominee Brad Pitt, who picked up his third Saturn nod with his bid for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." That epic time-traveling fantasy earned nine nods in total. Sci-fi hit "Iron Man" scored eight including a lead actor nom for Robert Downey Jr., who won this award in 1993 for "Heart and Souls" and had one other nod. Harrison Ford contends for his work in the sci-fi romp "Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which has six nominations in total. Ford won lead actor for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in 1982 and has now been nominated for all four films in the franchise.

Heartthrob Robert Pattinson was snubbed for his leading role in "Twilight." Did past four-time nominee Will Smith, who won the award last year for "I Am Legend," edge him out with his nod for "Hancock"? That critical flop but commercial hit also landed a bid for best fantasy film as well as a second supporting actress nod for Charlize Theron. The only nomination for "Twilight" came in the fantasy film race where it faces off against "Hancock" as well as "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and "Wanted."

Pattinson's "Twilight" love interest, Kristen Stewart, was likewise left off the list of lead actress nominees. Oscar contender Angelina Jolie competes here as "Changeling" earned her a third Saturn nod. Among her competiton are two other Oscar winners — Cate Blanchett, who picked up Saturn nod No. 4 for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and Gwyneth Paltrow, who landed her second Saturn nom for "Iron Man" — as well as four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore, who is now a four-time Saturn nominee with her bid for "Blindness," newbie Emily Mortimer ("Transsiberian"), and one-time past Saturn nominee Gyllenhaal.

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Oscars predix: Richard Jenkins, Sally Hawkins and Will Smith zoom forward | Leo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood fall back

November 4, 2008 |  1:08 pm

What a difference a day and a new gang of Oscar gurus make! Proof of how wide open the derby is can be tracked in the vast differences between our newest pundit predix (below) and the rundown we published yesterday (CLICK HERE). Six seers participated in both juries. Our new group: Patrick Day (LATimes.com), Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network), Michael Musto (Village Voice), T.L. Stanley (Gold Rush, Hollywood Reporter), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com).

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Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") proves to be a dramatic dark horse, zooming from far beyond the pack of best-actor rivals (no votes yesterday) to leading it, being tied with Sean Penn ("Milk") and Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler") for reaping unanimous support now.

Another notable leap ahead: Sally Hawkins ("Happy-Go-Lucky") from 3 votes to 5. Darting onto the derby track after no support yesterday: Melissa Leo ("Frozen River") and Will Smith ("Seven Pounds").

Notable fallbacks: Clint Eastwood ("Gran Torino") dropped from 5 votes to 2 and Leonardo DiCaprio ("Revolutionary Road") from 4 to 1. Falling out completely: Nicole Kidman ("Australia") and Benicio Del Toro ("Che").

BEST PICTURE Day Lewin Musto Stanley Travers Wells
'Australia'  

X

 

  

   
'Benjamin Button'

X

X

 

X

X

X

'Changeling'

 

X

       
'Dark Knight'

X

 

X

X

X

 

'Doubt'

     

X

 

 
'Frost/Nixon'

X

X

 

 

X

X

'Gran Torino'    

X

     
'Milk'

X

 

X

X

X

 

'Revolutionary Road'

 

X

 

 

X

'Slumdog Millionaire'

X

 

X

X

X

X


BEST ACTOR Day Lewin Musto Stanley Travers Wells
Leo DiCaprio, 'Revolutionary Road  

 

 

 

 

X

Clint Eastwood, 'Gran Torino'

 

 

X

 

X

 

Richard Jenkins,

'The Visitor'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Frank Langella, 'Frost/Nixon'

X

X

X

X

X

 

Sean Penn, 'Milk'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Brad Pitt, 'Benjamin Button'

 

 

 

X

 

X

Mickey Rourke, 'The Wrestler'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Will Smith, 'Seven Pounds'

X

X

       

BEST ACTRESS Day Lewin Musto Stanley Travers Wells
Cate Blanchett, 'Benjamin Button'

 X

 

     

 

Anne Hathaway, 'Rachel Getting Married'

 

X

X

X

X

X

Sally Hawkins, 'Happy-Go-Lucky'

X

X

X

X

 

X

Angelina Jolie, 'Changeling'

X

X

 

  

X

 

Melissa Leo, 'Frozen River'          

X

Meryl Streep, 'Doubt'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Kristin Scott Thomas, 'I've Loved You So Long'

 

 

X

X

X

X

Kate Winslet, 'Revolutionary Road'

X

X

X

X

 



Will Smith aims for his third Oscar nomination with 'Seven Pounds'

September 29, 2008 |  9:04 am

When blockbuster superstar Will Smith stars in a serious movie, all Oscarologists should take his award chances seriously. In the past, Will Smith proved to be a heavyweight academy contender by scoring nominations for "Ali" and "The Pursuit of Happyness."

Now here's the trailer for his December release, "Seven Pounds," a title that refers to the weight of the human heart. It features Will Smith as a guilt-ridden IRS agent who helps seven strangers while trying to redeem his own sordid past. Among them is a woman (Rosario Dawson) with a heart condition with whom he falls in love.

Photo credit: Columbia Pictures


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