On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 The American Film Institute (AFI) announced its red carpetCenterpiece Galas plus eleven Special Screenings for the 25th edition of AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi, a showcase of the most highly anticipated films and performances of the year. AFI FEST kicks off awards season with galas and Special Screenings that spotlight the work of film masters, moving image icons and breakthrough talents. Many of the casts are international, and the directors hail from across the globe.
As previously announced, the World Premiere of J. EDGAR (DIR Clint Eastwood) is the Opening Night Gala and Pedro Almodóvar is this year’s Guest Artistic Director.
The Centerpiece Galas to be presented at AFI FEST 2011 are THE ARTIST (DIR Michel Hazanavicius),CARNAGE (DIR Roman Polanski), THE LADY (DIR Luc Besson), LAW OF DESIRE: An Evening with Pedro Almodóvar, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (DIR Simon Curtis) and SHAME (DIR Steve McQueen). All galas will be presented in the historic Chinese Theatre.
AFI FEST’s Special Screenings section features BUTTER (DIR Jim Field Smith); CORIOLANUS (DIR Ralph Fiennes); I MELT WITH YOU (DIR Mark Pellington); INTO THE ABYSS (DIR Werner Herzog); JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME (DIR Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass); THE KID WITH A BIKE (DIR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne); MELANCHOLIA (DIR Lars von Trier); MISS BALA (DIR Gerardo Naranjo, AFI Conservatory Class of 2001), Mexico’s foreign-language Oscar submission; PINA (DIR Wim Wenders), Germany’s foreign-language Oscar submission; RAMPART (DIR Oren Moverman) and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (DIR Lynne Ramsay).
For the third consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings. AFI FEST Patron Passes and the Special Screenings Pass – which ensure access to sold-out presentations and other high-demand films and events – are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST. The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization. Pass purchases are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Individual tickets to AFI FEST will be available to AFI members on Wednesday, October 26 in a 24-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on October 27. In addition, AFI members receive a 10% discount on all passes. Information about AFI membership is available at AFI.com/membership.
AFI FEST will take place November 3 through 10 in Hollywood, California, at the historic Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
AFI FEST presented by Audi Galas and Special Screenings
OPENING NIGHT GALA:
J. EDGAR: As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. DIR Clint Eastwood. SCR Dustin Lance Black. CAST Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench. USA. World Premiere.
Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese
THE LADY: Luc Besson tackles the inspiring true story of Burmese activist, leader and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, exquisitely portrayed by Michelle Yeoh. DIR Luc Besson. SCR Rebecca Frayn. CAST Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Susan Wooldridge, Benedict Wong. France/UK.
Friday, November 4, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese
CARNAGE: Roman Polanski directs a dream cast of Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly in a razor-sharp, acidly funny comedy of ill manners. DIR Roman Polanski. SCR Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski. CAST Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly. France/Germany/Poland.
Saturday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN: Michelle Williams gives a luminous performance as Marilyn Monroe, ably supported by Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench in this intimate portrait of the tragic Hollywood icon. DIR Simon Curtis. SCR Adrian Hodges. CAST Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Emma Watson. UK.
Sunday, November 6, 6:00 p.m., The Chinese
LAW OF DESIRE – An Evening with Pedro Almodóvar: An evening in celebration of Pedro Almodóvar and the 25th anniversary of El Deseo, the production company that he founded with his brother, Augustin Almodóvar; the event will consist of a conversation with Pedro Almodóvar and a screening of El Deseo’s first film, LAW OF DESIRE. DIR Pedro Almodóvar. SCR Pedro Almodóvar. CAST Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Miguel Molina. Spain.
Monday, November 7, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese
THE ARTIST: Silence is golden in director Michel Haznavicius’ delightful and dialogue-less black-and-white feature about Hollywood’s bumpy transition from silent films to “talkies.” DIR/SCR Michel Hazanavicius. CAST Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle. USA.
Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., The Chinese
SHAME: In director Steve McQueen’s searing follow-up to HUNGER, Michael Fassbender delivers a fearless portrayal of a man spiraling out of control into sexual addiction. DIR Steve McQueen. SCR Abi Morgan, Steve McQueen. CAST Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie. UK.
Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m., The Chinese
BUTTER: Jennifer Garner stars in this comedy about a Midwestern housewife who embarks on a ruthless campaign to conquer the world of competitive butter carving. DIR Jim Field Smith. SCR Jason A. Micallef. CAST Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry, Pruitt Taylor Vince. USA.
Sunday, November 6, 6:30 p.m., Chinese 1
CORIOLANUS: In his directing debut, Ralph Fiennes masterfully adapts Shakespeare’s gripping tragedy about power, politics and pride into a bracingly modern and urgent political thriller. DIR Ralph Fiennes. SCR John Logan. CAST Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain. UK.
Monday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., Chinese 1 and Tuesday, November 8, 1:30 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian
I MELT WITH YOU: Four friends gather for an annual birthday celebration in Big Sur and come face to face with the hard truths of who they have become. DIR Mark Pellington. SCR Glenn Porter (based on the story by Glenn Porter and Mark Pellington). CAST Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino, Sasha Grey. Canada/USA.
Monday, November 7, 8:00 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian and Wednesday, November 9, 1:45 p.m., Chinese 1
INTO THE ABYSS: In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill – and why a state kills. Like a modern IN COLD BLOOD, Herzog’s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory. DIR Werner Herzog. USA.
Sunday, November 6, 5:30 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian and Monday, November 7, 1:15 p.m., Chinese 3
JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME: On his way to the store to buy wood glue, Jeff looks for signs from the universe to determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. DIR/SCR Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass. CAST Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, Susan Sarandon. USA.
Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m., Chinese 1 and Wednesday, November 9, 2:00 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian
THE KID WITH A BIKE: Awarded the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this tale of redemptive love bares the Dardennes’ evocative signature style. CAST Cécile de France, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo, Olivier Gourmet. Belgium/France/Italy.
Tuesday, November 8, 8:00 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian and Thursday, November 10, 11:00 a.m., Chinese 1
MELANCHOLIA: Denmark’s most celebrated and notorious filmmaker returns with a drama about depression, severely dysfunctional families and the end of the world. DIR/SCR Lars von Trier. CAST Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, Cameron Spurr, Charlotte Rampling, Jesper Christensen, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Kiefer Sutherland. Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany.
Sunday, November 6, 8:30 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian and Tuesday, November 8, 3:15 p.m., Chinese 3
MISS BALA: Gerardo Naranjo’s haunting and elegant film tells the story of a beauty pageant hopeful swept up in the violent world of Mexico’s drug cartels. Naranjo is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory (AFI Class of 2001). DIR Gerardo Naranjo. DIR/SCR Gerardo Naranjo, Mauricio Katz. CAST Stephanie Sigman, Noe Hernandez, James Russo. Mexico’s official foreign-language Oscar submission.
Friday, November 4, 8:30 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian
PINA: Wim Wenders captures the world of choreographer Pina Bausch and her dance company in spectacular 3D with thrilling performances of many of her most famous works. DIR/SCR Wim Wenders. CAST Ensemble of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal. Germany/France. Germany’s official foreign-language Oscar submission.
Saturday, November 5, 7:45 p.m., Chinese 1 and Monday, November 7, 4:00 p.m., Chinese 1
RAMPART: Woody Harrelson gives a ferocious performance as a dirty cop who is embroiled in the Los Angeles Police Department’s infamous Rampart corruption scandal. DIR Oren Moverman. SCR James Ellroy, Oren Moverman. CAST Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Ice Cube, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon. USA.
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 p.m., The Chinese
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN: Tilda Swinton gives a career defining performance as Eva, a reluctant mother whose contentious relationship with her evil son sheds new light on the nature vs. nurture debate. DIR Lynne Ramsay. SCR Lynne Ramsay, Rory Stewart Kinnear. CAST Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller. UK.
Wednesday, November 9, 8:00 p.m., Chinese 1 and Thursday, November 10, 4:00 p.m., Chinese 6
Photo credit to: The American Film Institute (AFI)
Source: The American Film Institute (AFI)
On Friday, March 4, 2011 The 42nd NAACP Image Awards were handle out live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.
The awards show was broadcast for two-hours from 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX Network. The 42nd NAACP Image Awards was hosted by Holly Robinson Peete and Wayne Brady.
The 42nd NAACP Image Awards Complete Winners List is courtesy of http://www.thewrap.com
- Outstanding Comedy Series: “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”
- Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: David Mann – “Meet the Browns”
- Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives”
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ice Cube – “Are We There Yet?”
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”
- Outstanding Drama Series: “Grey’s Anatomy”
- Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles”
- Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King – “Southland”
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard – “Law & Order: Los Angeles”
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: S. Epatha Merkerson – “Law & Order”
- Outstanding TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: “Sins of the Mother”
- Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Idris Elba – “Luther”
- Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Jill Scott – “Sins of the Mother”
- Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series: Darnell Williams (“All My Children”
- Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series: Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless”
- Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special): “Unsung”
- Outstanding Talk Series: “The View”
- Outstanding Reality Series: “Sunday Best”
- Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): “UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Lionel Richie”
- Outstanding Children’s Program: “True Jackson, VP”
- Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special): Keke Palmer – “True Jackson, VP”
- Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television): “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots”
- Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Aaron McGruder – “The Boondocks”
- Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series: Shonda Rhimes – “Private Practice” – (Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?)
- Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Kevin Rodney Sullivan – “Modern Family” (Game Changer)
- Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series: Millicent Shelton – “Men of a Certain Age” (Go with the Flow)
- Outstanding Motion Picture: “For Colored Girls”
- Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Denzel Washington – “The Book of Eli”
- Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Halle Berry – “Frankie and Alice”
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Samuel L. Jackson – “Mother and Child”
- Outstanding New Artist: Willow Smith
- Outstanding Male Artist: Usher
- Outstanding Female Artist: Mary J. Blige
- Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: John Legend and The Roots
- Outstanding Jazz Album: “From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf – Live in Marciac” – The Wynton Marsalis Quintet and Richard Galliano
- Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary): “You Are Not Alone” – Mavis Staples
- Outstanding World Music Album: “VOCAbuLarieS” – Bobby McFerrin
- Outstanding Music Video: “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” – Alicia Keys
- Outstanding Song: “Bittersweet” – Fantasia Barrino
- Outstanding Album: “Wake Up!” – John Legend and The Roots
- Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction: Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan
- Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
- Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography: You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles by Ray Charles Robinson, Jr.
- Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional: A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life by Antwone Fisher
- Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry: 100 Best African-American Poems by Nikki Giovanni
- Outstanding Literary Work – Children: My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Authors), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
- Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens: Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me by Condoleezza Rice
The NAACP Image Awards also presented special awards to Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA – Surgeon General awarded (The Chairman’s Award) and General Colin L. Powell (The President’s Award).
If you want to find out who was nominated visit http://diversitynewspublications.com/2011/01/american-idol-glee-30-rock-nominated-for-the-42nd-naacp-image-awards/ and who attended the Nominees’ Luncheon visit http://diversitynewspublications.com/2011/02/the-42nd-naacp-image-awards-nominees%E2%80%99-luncheon-at-the-beverly-hills-hotel/
About NAACP Image Awards:
The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. For more information visit http://www.naacpimageawards.net
About the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP):
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information visit http://www.naacp.org
Photos Courtesy and (C) 2011 by Events & Celebrity Photographer Rodrigo Vaz for Diversity News Publications. (C) 2011 By Diversity News Publications.
Editor’s Note: Congratulations to all the winners, especial thank you to Rodrigo Vaz for covering the event for us.