Nellie Andreeva offers an exclusive that Diane Keaton will be subbing for Woody Allen at the next Golden Globe Awards in January. Allen is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for life achievement but will not appear in person at the ceremony. Keaton, who has starred in eight Allen films and dated him many years ago, will accept the award for him. While not confirmed in September when announcing his selection, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. now says they have known all along that Allen would not show up. The only time he has been on a TV awards show was at the Oscars in 2002 when he introduced a segment about post-911 New York. Deadline.
Steve Pond believes some of the Oscar frontrunners for the Best Foreign Language Film category are Asghar Farhadi's "The Past", Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt", Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty," Haifaa al Mansour's "Wadjda," and Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster." Despite those, he also provides a list of 10 dark horse films that could upset. The Wrap.
Robert Bianco profiles the new TNT drama "Mob City" from executive producer Frank Darabont ("The Walking Dead," "The Shawshank Redemption"). Set in 1947 Los Angeles, the program focuses on real-life people like Bugsy Siegel (Ed Burns), Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), and Police Chief Bill Parker (Neal McDonough) plus several fictional characters. USA Today.
Woody Allen is indifferent to the Oscars; indeed, he didn't even show up to collect his four prizes. But this talented writer-director has crafted seven roles that won Academy Awards for their performers. And another 11 parts in his pictures earned their portrayers acting nominations.
Only two helmers -- William Wyler (14) and Elia Kazan (9) -- have directed more Oscar-winning performances.
And with 18 nominated performances overall, Allen is tied for sixth with Mike Nichols (18), Sidney Lumet (18), and George Stevens (18), ranking behind Wyler (36), Kazan (24), Martin Scorsese (22), George Cukor (21), and Fred Zinnemann (20).
After several films to start his career, Allen's first big success at the Oscars was "Annie Hall" (1977). His leading lady Diane Keaton played the title character and won as Best Actress. She defeated Anne Bancroft ("The Turning Point"), Jane Fonda ("Julia,"), Shirley MacLaine ("The Turning Point"), and Marsha Mason ("The Goodbye Girl").