Thursday, February 18, 2010

Awards News: Kids Choice Awards, Genesis Awards and London Film Critics' Circle Awards

The Academy Awards get a lot of griping from people who are not happy with their choices – usually just about everyone.  But at least their choices are made by people who know the art of film, or at least they should.  To see what happens when awards are given with a more populist approach, you can compare them to the People’s Choice Awards, the MTV Awards or the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.  The nominees for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards were just announced and are listed below.   Miley Cyrus leads with four nominations – favourite movie actress, TV actress, female singer and song "Party in the USA."  The Twilight Saga: New Moon followed with three nominations for Favorite movie, actor and book.  The Jonas Brothers also received three nominations.  The awards ceremony will be hosted by Kevin James and held on March 27 in Los Angeles.

Also just announced, Humane Society of the United States announced the nominees for their 24th annual Genesis Awards, given in recognition of animal-friendly stories in film , TV and news.  In the film catergories, the nominees for top film were Up, Hotel for Dogs, and The Men Who Stare at Goats.  The documentary nominees were The CoveFood, Inc., and The End of the Line.  With the exception of Hotel for Dogs, all are excellent movies.  The awards ceremony will take place on March 20 in Beverly Hills.

Earlier today, the 30th annual London Film Critics' Circle Awards were held in central London.  The award for Film of the Year went to Un Prophète (A Prophet), a French prison drama.  Tomas Alfredson's Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) took Best Foreign Film, thus shutting out the highly regarded Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon) by Michael Haneke.  But the big winner on the night was Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank which is released here on Friday February 19.  It won best British film, best British director, as well as two acting awards:  best newcomer for Katie Jarvis, and best British supporting actor for Michael Fassbender.  Quentin Tarantino won and outstanding achievement award and Christoph Waltz won best actor for his sadistic Nazi in Inglourious Basterds.  The best actress award went to Mo'Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. The best British actor prize went to Colin Firth for his portrayal of a gay professor in A Single Man, while Carey Mulligan won best British actress for her role as a student in An Education.  Anne-Marie Duff won best British supporting actress for Nowhere Boy, Duncan Jones won breakthrough British film-maker for Moon, and Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Toni Roche won the screenwriting award for In The Loop.  The BAFTA Awards take place on Sunday, February 21. 

The following are the nominees and winners lists.


Complete list of nominees for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2010

Favorite movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Favorite movie actor
Zac Efron
Taylor Lautner
Shia LaBeouf
Tyler Perry

Favorite movie actress
Sandra Bullock
Miley Cyrus
Megan Fox
Zoe Saldana

Favorite animated movie
A Christmas Carol
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Monsters vs. Aliens

Favorite voice from an animated movie
Jim Carrey, A Christmas Carol
Seth Rogen, Monsters vs. Aliens
Ray Romano, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinsosaurs
Reese Witherspoon, Monsters vs. Aliens

Favorite TV show
"Sonny With a Chance"
"The Suite Life on Deck"
"Wizards of Waverly Place"

Favorite TV actor
Cole Sprouse
Dylan Sprouse
Joe Jonas
Nick Jonas

Favorite TV actress
Miranda Cosgrove
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Keke Palmer

Favorite music group
Black Eyed Peas
Jonas Brothers
Linkin Park

Favorite female singer
Miley Cyrus
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Favorite male singer
Sean Kingston

Favorite song
"I Gotta Feeling," Black Eyed Peas
"Paparazzi," Lady Gaga
"Party in the USA," Miley Cyrus
"You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift

Favorite cartoon
"The Penguins of Madagascar"
"Phineas and Ferb"
"The Simpsons"
"SpongeBob SquarePants"

Favorite reality show
"American Idol"
"Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?"

Favorite female athlete
Danica Patrick
Misty May Treanor
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Favorite male athlete
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Ryan Sheckler
Shaun White

Favorite video game
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Mario Kart Wii Fit
Wii Sports Resort

Favorite book
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series
"Twilight" series
"Vampire Diaries" series
"Where the Sidewalk Ends"


List of film and television nominees for Genesis Awards

Feature Film
Hotel for Dogs
The Men Who Stare at Goats

Feature Documentary
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The End of the Line

TV Comedy
"Dog Gone" episode of "Family Guy"
"Whale Whores" episode of "South Park"
"Mr. Monk and the Dog" episode of "Monk"

TV Drama
"The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken" epiosde of "Bones"
"The Closer" episode title TBA
"The Closer" episode title TBA

TV Talk Shows
Ellen DeGeneres - for episode focusing on "Eating Animals" book
Larry King - for episode on Alaska's aerial wolf hunt


The complete list of 2010 London Film Critics Awards winners:

Film of the Year:
A Prophet

The Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year:
Fish Tank

Foreign Language Film of the Year:
Let The Right One In

Director of the Year:
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

British Director of the Year:
Andrea Arnold, Fish Tank

Actor of the Year:
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Actress of the Year:
Mo’Nique, Precious

British Actor of the Year:
Colin Firth, A Single Man

British Actress of the Year:
Carey Mulligan, An Education

British Actor in a Supporting Role:
Michael Fassbender, Fish Tank

British Actress in a Supporting Role:
Anne-Marie Duff, Nowhere Boy

Screenwriter of the Year:
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche, In the Loop

The NSPCC Award: Young British Performer of the Year:
Katie Jarvis, Fish Tank

Breakthrough British Filmmaker:
Duncan Jones, Moon

Dilys Powell Award For Excellence in Cinema:
Quentin Tarantino

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