Her roles were largely stereotypical, yet her charm and goofiness made her memorable. Here’s a look at her work beyond Gone With the Wind.

DESIGN IN FILM: THE MODERN HOUSEAn eight-minute video montage of modern homes—real and fake—as seen on the silver screen.

An examination of the lengthy career of the Chinese-American character actor, from Charlie Chan to Woody Allen.

70MMThirty visually stunning films that illustrate the grandeur of large-format filmmaking.

Our look at the Texas actor’s 43-year film career, including an ill-advised Oscar campaign. 

A look at the professional life of an actress who proved to be much more than just the Wicked Witch of the West.

NEBRASKANSA look at some of the memorable talentsfrom Astaire to Zanuck—to come from the Cornhusker State.

Twenty-five cool photos reveal what goes on outside of movie camera range.

Our list of at least a dozen silent film performers that are happily still with us.

12 GREAT MOVIE SONGSElvis, The Beatles and The Supremes join our list of favorite movie themes of the 1960s.

WILHELM SCREAMWe trace the history of one of the most famous and beloved sound effects in movies.

LOST HORIZONA dud receives its due as we explore the elements that made this 1973 musical so preposterously memorable.

One hundred films whose final words of dialogue make indelible lasting impressions.

25 GREAT SILENT MOVIE POSTERSOur selection of artwork from the early days of motion pictures that expertly illustrate the tone and tale of the films they represent.

RAVES AND RASPBERRIES We select some choice bits from reviews by the late Roger Ebert.

ERROL FLYNN GETS WHACKEDThe actor recalls an unforgettable moment with Bette Davis on the set of The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.

CINEMATIC RIDESTen films where carnival attractions add to the plot and give their protagonists a cheap thrill.

Three overwrought cautionary tales from the 1930s examine the perils of smoking marijuana in polite society.

20 DIRECTORS / 20 FILMSSome of the world’s best moviemakers from Hollywood’s Golden Era provide a behind-the-scenes look at their creations.

LOS ANGELES IN THE 1920SVintage clips offer a look at famous boulevards, studios, theaters, eateries and more.

BILLY WILDEROur favorite lines of dialogue from the Oscar-winning writer/director.

WOODY ALLENChoice lines of dialogue, from Take the Money and Run to Midnight in Paris.

KATHARINE HEPBURNTen authoritative moments when Kate's movie character speaks her mind.

UFA MOVIE POSTERSA look at the early one sheets from the longest standing film studio in Germany.

THE LANGUAGE OF NOIRWe celebrate tough talk from the best of Hollywood’s gritty crime dramas.


Aerial shots of Hollywood in 1958 includes Griffith Observatory, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and major studios.

AMERICAWe celebrate one of the most exuberant dance numbers committed to film, a thrilling showcase for freakishly talented folks with music in their bones.

HOLLYWOOD POSTCARDSTen vintage postcards revealing the glories of Southern California's movie mecca.

MAJOR FILMS, MINOR GAFFESTwenty-five mistakes in some of the greatest movies ever made.

GEORGE GERSHWINTen classic songs as seen on the silver screen.

GREAT ENDINGSA memorable tussle in Death Valley caps Erich von Stroheim’s broken classic.

10 GREAT POSTERSOur look at striking works of art that just happen to sell movie tickets.

MUST READMGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot provides a fascinating look at a lost treasure.

IN THE COOL, COOL, COOL OF THE EVENINGJane Wyman and Bing Crosby charm with the Oscar-winning song from Here Comes the Groom (1951).

PLUNDER ROADFilm noir at its best—and most economical. No backstory, a lean look and just 72 minutes long.

W.C. FIELDSTen of his most memorable character names.

Aliens and mutants take center stage in twenty-five spectacular movie posters from the 1950s.

Our list of ten must-see films—ten artful depictions of the human condition—by one of the world’s most influential directors.

Accomplished directors from the past 50 years talk about their triumphs and challenges in bringing a story to the big screen.

We single out five films that display the talent and range of the Warner Bros. character actor.

AL HIRSCHFELDWe select our ten favorite movie posters by the famed caricaturist.

Five films that best represent the fluttery voiced character actress’s charms.

DIAMOND SETTINGSWe take a look at five of our favorite baseball movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s.


A dozen books that became publishing phenomena and, at times, well-made and popular films.

SCREEN TESTSAudition footage from Monroe, Dean, Brando and others.

MOVIE MOMENTS THAT MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVINGOur collection of ten little moments of breathtaking beauty, expert craftsmanship and happy accidents that rank as our favorites.

A tribute to a character actress who’s made aunts and spinsters her specialty.

STARS ON STARS: 30 CANDID OPINIONSA collection of favorite quotes from movie folk discussing their peers.

We take a good look at the work of MGM’s legendary art director.

JOHN QUALENFive of our favorite performances from the character actor’s lengthy career.

We select three movie musicals we deeply wish the sunny singer/actress would have made.

Twelve examples of what made the late actor such an enduring movie star.

Ten artful, playful and downright silly shots from some of the most famous movies in existence.

JEFFREY HUNTERWe tip our hat to the underrated (and very pretty) actor best known for going toe-to-toe with John Wayne in The Searchers and hanging on the cross in Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings.

ELVIS PRESLEYFive essential films for the Elvis movie fan.

We take a closer look and listen at Johnny Mercer’s witty ditty about the coming of the season.

BILL GOLD’S MOVIE POSTERSOur salute to the legendary graphic artist, including 25 of his posters for some of the most famous movies ever made.

BEAUTIFUL MENFilm giants Cary Grant and his ilk will have to wait. Here we look at ten not-so-obvious choices—actors blessed with incredible good looks, if not legendary status.

BEAUTIFUL WOMENTen of the most physically stunning females to grace the silver screen.

FOOTBALLFive classic films where gridiron shenanigans drive the plot. 

THE 43 FACES OF JOHNNY DEPPWe review the wide variety of characters the actor has played, from early teenager roles to larger-than-life eccentrics.

FRED ASTAIREFive lively numbers from the peerless hoofer.

THE ROAD TO HELEN LAWSONJudy Garland, Susan Hayward and the bumpy road Valley of the Dolls producers experienced in casting an important role in a truly lousy film.

 AMERICAN LANDMARKS ON FILM From the Empire State Building to the Golden Gate Bridge, we take a look at ten famous sights that added drama to the movies.

THE GIRL HUNT BALLETWe revisit the stylish Fred Astaire dream ballet from The Band Wagon (1953).

IOWA FILMS & STARSTen contributions the Hawkeye State has made to motion picture history.

FOX THEATEROur fond look back at one of San Francisco’s grandest movie palaces.

AUTOBIOGRAPHIESTen great titles penned by industry legends.

THE BAND WAGONNanette Fabray recalls a glaring mistake in the 1953 classic musical.

TRIGGERWe celebrate the life and somewhat creepy afterlife of Roy Rogers's favorite mount.

CHARACTERS: AGNES GOOCHPeggy Cass's memorable turn as a plain Jane coaxed into living a little in Auntie Mame (1958).

DESIGNS ON FILMA handsome volume by author and designer Cathy Whitlock chronicles the history of Hollywood set design.

REBECCAFive screen tests for Hitchock’s 1940 classic, with comments by David O. Selznick.

CHARACTERS: BABY ROSALIEIn a daffy send-up of Shirley Temple, June Preisser plays an aging child star in MGM's let's-put-on-a-show musical, Babes in Arms (1939).

PRESTON STURGESSnippets of dialogue from six of the writer/director’s best films.

ANSELMO BALLESTEROur gallery of ten striking one sheets from the Italian poster artist.

GREAT MOVIESCelebrating the cool jazz short, Jammin’ the Blues (1944).

BETTY HUTTONTwelve films that exemplify the charms of this freakishly energetic performer.

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZSmart dialogue from the Oscar-winning screenwriter.

DESERT NOIROur report from this year’s Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs.

RED DREAM FACTORYWe profile eight films from a unique Russian-German film studio of the twenties and thirties.

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Golden Globe Nominations

Django Unchained made its strongest showing yet in the awards sweepstakes, garnering five Golden Globe nominations—two for Best Supporting Actor and the rest for Best Screenplay, Director and Motion Picture — Drama. We gladly present to you the following list of nominees (minus the ones for television).

Best Motion Picture — Drama

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Director
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Screenplay
, Chris Terrio

Django Unchained
, Quentin Tarantino
Lincoln, Tony Kushner

Silver Linings Playbook,
David O. Russell
Zero Dark Thirty
, Mark Boal

Best Original Score
Anna Karenina
, Dario Marianelli

, Alexandre Desplat

Cloud Atlas
, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimet & Reinhold Heil

Life of Pi
, Michael Danna
Lincoln, John Williams

Best Original Song
“For You ” (music and lyrics by Keith Urban), Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” (music and lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi), Stand Up Guys
“Safe & Sound” (music and lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett), The Hunger Games
“Skyfall” (music and lyrics by Adel and Paul Epworth), Skyfall
“Suddenly” (music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Schonberg and Alain Boublil), Les Miserables

Best Animated Film

Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians

Wreck-It Ralph

Best Foreign Language Film

The Intouchables


A Royal Affair

Rust & Bone

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Jodie Foster


Screen Actors Guild Nominations

Les Misérables, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook continue to receive positive reinforcement, while outstanding cast nominations eluded heavy Oscar favorites Zero Dark Thirty and The Master for the 19th annual SAG Awards. Here’s who’s up for what:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Denzel Washington, Flight

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, Argo
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables


Silver Linings Playbook

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Amazing Spider-Man

The Bourne Legacy

The Dark Knight Rises

Les Misérables


National Board of Review Awards

The latest group to honor 2012’s crop of theatrical releases gave momentum to Kathryn Bigelow’s tough action film Zero Dark Thirty, naming it, its director and its female star the year’s best. Here’s the complete list of those recognized.

Best Film
Zero Dark Thirty

Top 10 Films
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained
Les Miserables


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Promised Land

Silver Linings Playbook

Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Supporting Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained

Supporting Actress
Ann Dowd, Compliance

Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson, Looper

Adapted Screenplay
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Animated Feature
Wreck-It Ralph

Special Achievement in Filmmaking
Ben Affleck, Argo

Breakthrough Actor
Tom Holland, The Impossible

Breakthrough Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis,  Beasts of the Southern Wild

Directorial Debut
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Foreign Language Film

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

The Intouchables

The Kid With a Bike


War Witch

Searching For Sugarman

Top 5 Documentaries
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry


The Gatekeepers

The Invisible War

Only the Young

William K. Everson Film History Award
50 Years of Bond Films

Les Miserables

Spotlight Award
John Goodman (Argo, Flight, Paranorman, Trouble With the Curve)

NBR Freedom of Expression Award
Central Park Five

NBR Freedom of Expression Award
Promised Land

Top 10 Independent Films



End of Watch

Hello I Must Be Going
Little Birds

Moonrise Kingdom

On the Road


Sleepwalk With Me


Los Angeles Film Critics Association

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has made its choices for the best of the year, happily listed below.

Best Picture
The Descendants
The Tree of Life

Best Director
Terrence Malick
The Tree of Life
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Actor
Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress
Yun Jung-Hee, Poetry
Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Patton Oswalt, Young Adult

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, The Tree of Life
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Best Screenplay
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Cao Yu, City of Life and Death

Best Production Design
Dante Ferretti, Hugo
Maria Djurkovic, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Music Score
The Chemical Brothers, Hanna
Cliff Martinez, Drive

Best Foreign-Language Film
City of Life and Death

A Separation

Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Arbor

Best Animation
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

New Generation
Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond and Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Career Achievement
Doris Day

The Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award
Bill Morrison, Spark of Being


2011 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

Because we love terrific movies and are cuckoo for recognition of same, we are happy to keep a running account of who wins what throughout the next three months leading up to the Oscars on February 26. We begin now, with the announcement of the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Here are the recipients of today’s honors.

Best Picture
The Artist

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Screenplay
StevenZaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Actor
Brad Pitt, Moneyball, The Tree of Life

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Cinematographer
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Best Foreign Film

Best First Film
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

Special Award
Raoul Ruiz