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Director Blake Edwards dies at 88

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The director of such notable films as “Operation Petticoat” (1959), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), “The Pink Panther” films (1963, 1964, 1975, 1978),  and “10” (1979), has died. The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that Blake Edwards passed away yesterday in Santa Monica, with his wife, actress Julie Andrews, and close family at his bedside.  More on the  director’s death and career highlights on the Times’ website.

Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees

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The nominees for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced in West Hollywood today. The awards ceremony will be at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center next month, on January 30.

 Here are some of the actors and actresses lucky enough to get nominated by their peers for outstanding performances in 2010. The full list of movie and television nominations is on the  SAG website.

  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
    JEFF BRIDGES / Rooster Cogburn – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)
    ROBERT DUVALL / Felix Bush – “GET LOW” (Sony Pictures Classics)
    JESSE EISENBERG / Mark Zuckerberg – “THE SOCIAL NETWORK” (Columbia Pictures)
    COLIN FIRTH / King George VI – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
    JAMES FRANCO / Aron Ralston – “127 HOURS” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

 

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
    ANNETTE BENING / Nic – “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
    NICOLE KIDMAN / Becca – “RABBIT HOLE” (Lionsgate)
    JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Ree Dolly – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
    NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    HILARY SWANK / Betty Anne Waters – “CONVICTION” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

 

  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
    CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
    JOHN HAWKES / Teardrop – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
    JEREMY RENNER / James Coughlin – “THE TOWN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    MARK RUFFALO / Paul – “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
    GEOFFREY RUSH / Lionel Logue – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)

 

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
    AMY ADAMS / Charlene Fleming – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
    HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Queen Elizabeth – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
    MILA KUNIS / Lily – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
    HAILEE STEINFELD / Mattie Ross – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)

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