WEEKLY WRAP: NBR winners, Spirit nods and Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 8:18 pm · December 4th, 2009

Jeff BridgesThe National Board of Review offered the season’s first major precursors, with “Up in the Air” sitting pretty.

The Independent Spirit Award nominations were topped by “Precious” and, more surprisingly, “The Last Station.”

Indie award rivals the Gotham Awards, meanwhile, crowned “The Hurt Locker” as the year’s best.

Fresh off his Spirit nomination, we served up an extended interview with the great Jeff Bridges.

“Coraline” came out in front in the Annie Award nominations, with “Up” close behind.

This week’s Off the Carpet column identified “catharsis” as the potential theme of this year’s awards season.

Meanwhile, The Long Shot reflected on the balance between heart and head in the Oscar prediction game.

With the embargo finally lifted on “Invictus,” we got stuck in with a full review.

Looking ahead to next year’s potential awards stories, the Sundance competition lineup was revealed.

“The Blind Side” crossed the $100 million mark, with Sandra Bullock’s awards hopes further bolstered by the Santa Barbara fest.

We invited your suggestions for the key actor of the decade, nominating Nicole Kidman for the title.

We continued our run through the season’s original song contenders, spotlighting the brand-new “Avatar” theme and two from “Invictus.”

Kicking off our Tech Support Interviews for the season, we talked to the musical talents behind “Crazy Heart.”

Still on music, Michael Giacchino grabbed a quartet of Grammy nominations for his work on “Up” and “Star Trek.”

And finally, we continued our Great Performances series with a look back at 2003.

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  • 1 12-05-2009 at 12:38 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    solid week

  • 2 12-05-2009 at 7:38 am

    Patryk said...

    With Woody Harrelson out in front for Best Supporting Actor!