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Tom wins at the BRIT Awards
Tom wins at the BRIT Awards
Tom was at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday to collect his Critics’ Choice award – you can watch the interview with him and Emeli Sandé here (it’s about 35 minutes in).


Tom performs live on Burberry’s catwalk
Tom performs live on Burberry’s catwalk
On Monday afternoon, Tom closed Burberry’s womenswear show as part of London Fashion Week. In a truly special show, he performed an extended version of his new single,Hold Me that you can watch on Burberry’s Youtube channel here.

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Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 2013 Golden Globes Announcement

With the Oscar nominations and Critics Choice Awards announced on Thursday, it was up to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) earlier this evening to try to get in one final round of awards before the two-week wait until the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the even longer wait until Oscar night. Normally, I don’t take the Golden Globes very seriously, mainly because they’re a very different group from either the critics or the people in the industry honoring their own. These are foreign entertainment journalists working in Los Angeles and let’s just say that they’ve earned a rep for being easy to buy.The most important thing to remember is that the HFPA has separate categories for Drama and Comedy/Musical, which makes it far more difficult when honing down the acting categories to possible winners at the Oscars. It also doesn’t help that only 15 of the 30 actors nominated in the various acting categories at the Golden Globes have also received Oscar nominations, since there are ten less slots.

In the past, the HFPA has gone with movies as their Best Picture that don’t necessarily end up winning Oscars in that category. You’d have to go all the way back to 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire to find a year when the Golden Globes’ pick in the drama category and Oscar’s Best Picture were one and the same. Before that? The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King five years earlier. In fact, some might even consider winning a Golden Globe in the Best Picture category to be bad luck or some kind of jinx in terms of an Oscar win going by their track record. Okay, maybe I’m going a bit far there since last year’s Oscar Best Picture winner wasThe Artist, which won the Golden Globe in the Comedy/Musical category, the only movie since 2002’sChicago to take home that pair.

_Argo_afleckSo where does that leave last night’s Drama winner Argo (Warner Bros.), which won the Critics Choice award a few nights earlier? It was going up against four other films in the Drama category that received Oscar nominations with only two of them that had corresponding directing nominations. This win came after the big surprise of the night as Ben Affleck won Best Director for the movie, his second win of the week and second since being snubbed for an Oscar nomination in the directing category. Argo really didn’t feel like a “Golden Globe”-type movie, but clearly audiences have taken to the movie and that’s also true with the journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press. Or maybe they just had easier access to Affleck during the nomination process? Who knows, but having Affleck win two precursors and potentially winning the DGA as well leaves us with an Oscar category in which the director who wins on Oscar night may be doing so without any previous win. Except maybe the DGA. We have to keep in mind that it’s been a long time since a movie won Best Picture at the Oscars without having its director at least nominated.

Going by the last few years, Argo‘s win at the Golden Globes may pretty much end its awards run as now we get to the industry guilds and the Academy itself who rarely go with the same selection. What’s really going to be telling is the next few awards, starting with the Producers Guild’s award on January 26, the SAG Ensemble on January 27 and the DGA shortly after. One of those three groups could also pick Argo… or something else entirely. Basically, there are too many good movies in the running this year, so we shouldn’t be too surprised if we start seeing more support for some of the other movies in the running.

There were only two movies in the Comedy/Musical category that received Best Picture nominations, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and the musical Les Misérables. These two were considered the strongest contenders to win the category depending on which way the HFPA members went with, neither having a corresponding directing nomination to give us a hint. When it comes down to it, the HFPA love their musicals–one of the reasons why they have this category–so it seemed that Les Misérables would be an easy choice for them.

What’s interesting is that all three of the movies mentioned above are up for the SAG Ensemble award along with Spielberg’s Lincoln (DreamWorks), another potential frontrunner, and whichever one wins that night may make it far more obvious which way the Academy may go when selecting their best picture.

As far as the acting categories, Jennifer Lawrence won in the Comedy/Musical category for Silver Linings Playbook, which kept her away from her strongest competition in the Oscar actress category, Jessica Chastain, who in turn won in the Drama category for Zero Dark Thirty. Like Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway winning in their respective categories, Lawrence and Chastain were the least surprising wins of the Golden Globes, although it now makes it a full-on heads up horse race for which one will win on Oscar night. At least Hugh Jackman had some competition worth considering in the Musical/Comedy category with all the recent support for Bradley Cooper in Russell’s comedy, but Jackman’s win further proved the HFPA’s love for musicals as Les Misérables won a few moments later.

Incidentally, this is the first time since 2005 that the Critics Choice and Golden Globes for Supporting Actor went to two different performances despite being one of the most consistent categories over the years. In 2005, the Critics Choice went to Paul Giamatti for Cinderella Man. He went on to receive the Screen Actors Guild’s honor in the category, while the Golden Globe went to George Clooney for Syriana for which he won the Oscar. In 2006, Eddie Murphy won all three precursors, but then lost the Oscar to Alan Arkin. Philip Seymour Hoffman winning over the critics and German actor winning the Golden Globe (from a group including many foreigners) opens things up for the Screen Actors Guild to go elsewhere since Waltz wasn’t nominated by them and that could determine who wins on Oscar night, which could very well be a third actor altogether. Either way, it’s great to have a category where there may be some surprises.

As far as the screenplay category, it’s not one I’d normally take seriously when it comes to the Golden Globes, but they followed the very different Broadcast Film Critics Association by giving the award to Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained two days earlier, so we have to start taking it seriously. Most people assumed that Mark Boal’s screenplay for Zero Dark Thirty had this in the bag on Oscar night, but there’s a chance the controversy the movie has stirred up–not to mention Mark Boal’s recent Oscar win… over Tarantino, in fact–could shift the advantage to Tarantino to win his first Oscar since Pulp Fiction.

Lastly, Animated Feature went to Disney•Pixar’s Brave as opposed to Disney’s own Wreck-It Ralph, which won the Critics Choice award, and the fact there isn’t one movie even those two groups agreed upon means that the Oscar is still anyone’s game.

Things may be a bit slow in terms of Oscar updates over the next few weeks though I do have a couple of ideas I’ll try to share while everyone else is at Sundance.

–source: edward douglas for comingsoon.net

 

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Olympics queen Emeli Sandé has four nominations, with Alt-J and Mumford and Sons each picking up three. See the full list of nominees for the 2013 Brit Awards.

Emeli Sandé leads the nominations for the 2013 Brit Awards with four, including one in the coveted British Album category.

The Scottish singer, who won the Critics’ Choice award at last year’s Brits, is also nominated twice in the British Single category, for Next to Me and Beneath Your Beautiful (with Labrinth), and could be crowned best British Female.

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British folk band Mumford and Sons are nominated in three categories, as are Mercury Prize winners Alt-J. The two acts will go head-to-head in the British Group and British Album categories. The other nominees for British Album are Paloma Faith and Plan B.

The Rolling Stones, who celebrated their 50th anniversary as a band last year, are nominated for Best British Live Act – an award which returns after last being handed out in 2009 – and have been confirmed as one of the performers at the ceremony, as well as Muse, Sandé and One Direction.

The veteran British rock band, who sold out two dates at London’s O2 Arena in November 2012 in less than ten minutes, were also nominated at the inaugural Brit Awards ceremony in 1977, losing out to the Beatles in the Best British Group category.

However, they will not receive the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award – won last year by Blur – as this prize has been omitted from the 2013 ceremony. Previous winners of the award have included Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Weller and Status Quo.

Adele is up for two awards, despite not having released an album since January 2011. Her theme to the James Bond film Skyfall is nominated for British Single, while she will take on boy band One Direction and Mumford and Sons for the new Global Success award which will recognise a British act’s worldwide success.

Amy Winehouse is posthumously nominated in the British Female category. The British singer-songwriter died at her home in Camden last year aged 27, with a second inquest recently confirming that accidental alcohol poisoning was the cause of death.

Elsewhere, Bruce Springsteen is up against Frank Ocean in the International Male category, while Rihanna, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift are among the nominees for International Female.

It had already been announced that this year’s Critics’ Choice Award will go to Chichester-born singer-songwriter Tom Odell.

The Brit Awards 2013 take place on Wednesday, February 20, and will be hosted by James Corden.

The Complete List Nominees:

British Breakthrough Act

Alt J
Ben Howard
Jake Bugg
Jessie Ware
Rita Ora

British Female

Amy Winehouse
Bat for Lashes
Emeli Sandé
Jessie Ware
Paloma Faith

British Group

Mumford and Sons
Muse
One Direction
The xx

British Live Act

Rolling Stones
Coldplay
Mumfords
Muse
Vaccines

British Male

Ben Howard
Calvin Harris
Ollie Murs
Richard Hawley
Plan B

Global Success

Mumford and Sons
Adele
One Direction

British Producer

Damon Albarn
Jake Gosling
Paul Epworth

British Single

Adele, Skyfall
Alex Clare, Too Close
Coldplay + Rihanna, Princess of China
Rita Ora/DJ Fresh, Hot Right Now
Emile Sandé, Next To Me
Florence+ the Machine, Spectrum
James Arthur, Impossible
Jessie J, Domino
Labrinth ft. Emeli Sandé, Beneath Your Beautiful
Ollie Murs, Troublemaker
Rita Ora, RIP
Rizzle Kicks, Mama Do The Hump
Robbie Williams, Candy
Rudimental, Feel the Love
Stooshe, Black Heart

Special Prize

War Child

Critics’ Choice

Tom Odell

International Female

Rihanna
Alicia Keys
Cat Power
Lana del Ray
Taylor Swift

International Group

Alabama Shakes
Black Keys
Fun
Killers
Script

International Male

Bruce Springsteen
Frank Ocean
Gotye
Jack White
Michael Buble

British Album

Alt J
Emeli Sandé
Mumford and Sons
Paloma Faith
Plan B

— source: telegraph.co.uk image from spin.com and nme.com

Tom Odell wins Brits Critics’ Choice Award

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A 22-year-old British singer-songwriter, whose career took off after he was championed by Lily Allen, has become the first man to win the Brits Critics’ Choice Award.

Chichester-born Tom Odell has been tipped to break out in the coming year, with the critics’ award following a nomination for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 earlier this month.

The Brits first awarded the critics’ choice for an up and coming British musician in 2008 when it went to Adele. Since then artists including Jessie J, Florence and the Machine and Emili Sande have been honoured. Runners up for this year’s award were electro pop duo AlunaGeorge and Laura Mvula.

Odell said he was “thrilled and honoured” to win the award. “Looking at the list of amazing female artists who have won the award already, I just hope I don’t let the boys down.”

Odell, who has been writing songs for the best part of a decade, wrote and recorded his debut album over the summer.

His style has been compared to American singer Jeff Buckley, who died in 1997. After his nomination for the Sound of 2013, the BBC described his style as: “Vulnerability married to memorable melody.”

Lily Allen, now Lily Rose Cooper, was alerted to Odell by a friend and she signed him to her label. It came after just four gigs.

Odell’s energy onstage “reminded me of David Bowie,” Cooper said. She told the NME: “His voice is fragile yet powerful and he sings mainly love songs,” adding: “It’s not soppy and moany at all, it’s energetic and insightful. And he’s totally gorgeous as well.”

This year the Brits will introduce its first global success award, aimed at honouring British acts that have achieved huge success overseas. Adele, Mumford & Sons and One Direction are likely to be front runners for the inaugural award.

This year, James Corden will return to present the awards ceremony on 20 February, handing the winning acts statuettes designed by Damien Hirst.

The charity War Child will receive a Special Recognition award on its 20th anniversary, after helping 800,000 children in war-torn countries. The Outstanding Contribution prize, which went to Blur last year, has been dropped.

by nick clark for independent.co.uk

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