“Life of Pi” Cinematographer Miranda Wins Critics’ Choice Award

The Critics have spoken… And, they’ve heralded Claudio Miranda

The Chilean filmmaker picked up the first Critics’ Choice Award of his career, in his first try, from the Broadcast Film Critics Association on Thursday night.

Claudio Miranda

Miranda won the Best Cinematography trophy for his work on Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.

It’s the latest win for Miranda, who was just nominated for an Academy Award for serving as the Director of Photography on the critically acclaimed Life of Pi. He’d previously won a Satellite Award and a trophy from the New York Film Critics Online.

Meanwhile, Searching for Sugar Man – about Mexican American singer Rodriguezpicked up its latest Best Documentary Feature trophy.

“Skyfall” Villain Bardem Wins Satellite Award…

He’s no longer chasing satellites; Javier Bardem has actually snagged one this weekend…

The 43-year-old Spanish actor took home the best supporting actor award at this weekend’s Satellite Awards for his critically acclaimed performance in Skyfall.

Javier Bardem II

It’s the latest recognition for Bardem’s awe-inspiring performance in the latest Bond film. Last week, he received a Critics Choice Movie Award nomination, as well as a SAG Award nod from the Screen Actors Guild.

The night’s other big Latino winner: Claudio Miranda.  The Chilean cinematographer picked up the best cinematography award for his work on Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.

Presented by the International Press Academy, which includes the European Critics Association, the 17th annual Satellite Awards were held this evening at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Bardem Receives Critics Choice Movie Award Nomination

It’s turning out to be a rewarding awards season for Javier Bardem

The 43-year-old Spanish actor and Oscar-winner has been nominated for a 2013 Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor from the Broadcast Film Critics Association for his villainous role in the latest Bond film, Skyfall.

Javier Bardem in Skyfall

Bardem is competing against Argo’s Alan Arkin, Silver Linings Playbook’s Robert De Niro, The Master’s Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lincoln’s Tommy Lee Jones and Magic Mike’s Matthew McConaughey.

Last week Bardem received a Satellite Award nomination from the International Press Academy for his Skyfall performance.

Meanwhile, the Broadcast Film Critics Association nominated Chilean cinematographer Claudio Miranda for Best Cinematography for his work on Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, as well as Spanish costume designer Paco Delgado for Best Costume Design for his work on Les Misérables.

Winners will be announced on January 10, 2013, at a ceremony to be broadcast live on the CW network.

Louis C.K. Nominated for Writers Guild of America Award…

Louis C.K. has the write stuff…

The 45-year-old half-Mexican American actor/comedian has picked up a nomination from the Writers Guild of America for its 2013 awards.

Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. earned the nod for co-writing his critically acclaimed FX series Louie – which writes, directs and edits – with Pamela Adlon and Vernon Chatman.

Earlier this year, he earned a Primetime Emmy for his behind-the-scenes work on the series. And, he was just nominated for a Satellite Award for his acting, as well as a PGA Award for producing Louie, proving he’s a truly talented artist.

The 2013 WGA Awards will take place Sunday, February 17, with simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Here’s the list of nominees in Louis C.K.’s category:


30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Luke Del Tredici, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Matt Hubbard, Colleen McGuinness, Sam Means, Dylan Morgan, Nina Pedrad, John Riggi, Josh Siegel, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC

Girls, Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO

Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.; FX

Modern Family, Written by Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Audra Sielaff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC

Parks and Recreation, Written by Megan Amram, Greg Daniels, Nate Dimeo, Katie Dippold, Daniel J. Goor, Norm Hiscock, Dave King, Greg Levine, Joe Mande, Aisha Muharrar, Nick Offerman, Chelsea Peretti, Amy Poehler, Alexandra Rushfield, Michael Schur, Mike Scully, Harris Wittels, Alan Yang; NBC

Louis C.K. Earns a Satellite Award Nomination…

Louis C.K. continues his reign as the “King of Comedy”…

The 45-year-old half-Mexican American actor/comedian has been nominated for a Satellite Award by the International Press Academy for his starring role in FX’s comedy series Louie.

Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. – who picked up two awards at this year’s Primetime Emmys, including one for his behind-the-scenes work on Louie – has earned a nod in the Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical category.

He’ll compete against House of Lies Don Cheadle, Community’s Joel McHale, The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, Up All Night’s Will Arnett and The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki.

This is Louis C.K.’s second consecutive Satellite Awards nomination for his role on Louie.

The 17th annual Satellite Awards cover a total of 31 film and TV categories. Winners will be announced during a gala on December 16 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City, California.

Martinez Nominated for Two World Soundtrack Awards

The Oscars may have marked the end of 2011-2012 awards season… But Cliff Martinez is still reaping critical acclaim for his work.

The 58-year-old Spanish-American composer—a veteran drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers—has been nominated for two 2012 World Soundtrack Awards.

Cliff Martinez

The World Soundtrack Academy hands out awards in three categories: Film composer of the year; best original score of the year and best original song written directly for a film.

Martinez, who was nominated for a Satellite Award last December, has received nods in two of those categories. He’s up for film composer of the year his work on Contagion and Drive, as well as best original film score of the year for his critically acclaimed music for Drive.

But Martinez isn’t the only Latino nominee…

Like Martinez, Alberto Iglesias has been nominated in two categories.

The 57-year-old Spanish composer, who was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences earlier this summer, has been nominated in the film composer of the year category for his work on Le Moine, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Last year’s Hollywood Film Composer Award winner will also face-off against Martinez in the best original film score of the year category for his Oscar-nominated score from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Meanwhile, songs performed by Madonna, Mary J. Blige and Sinead O’Connor are in contention for best original song written directly for a film.

Winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards and concert on October 20, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.

Here’s a look at this year’s nominees:

Film Composer of the Year
Alexandre Desplat (A Better Life, Carnage, De Rouille Et d’Os (Rust & Bone), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Moonrise Kingdom, The Ides Of March)
Alberto Iglesias (Le Moine (The Monk), La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Cliff Martinez (Contagion, Drive)
Howard Shore (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, Hugo)
John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse)

Best Original Film Score of the Year
Drive by Cliff Martinez
Hugo by Howard Shore
The Adventures Of Tintin by John Williams
The Ides Of March by Alexandre Desplat
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by Alberto Iglesias

Best Original Song written directly for a Film
“Lay Your Head Down” from Albert Nobbs (music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close, performed by Sinead O’Connor)
“Breath Of Life” from Snow White And The Huntsman (music & lyrics by Florence Welch & Isabella Summers, performed by Florence + the Machine)
“The Living Proof” from The Help (music & lyrics by Thomas Newman, Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas, performed by Mary J. Blige)
“Man Or Muppet” from The Muppets (music & Lyrics by Bret McKenzie, performed by Jason Segel and Walter
“Masterpiece” from W.E. (music & lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost & Jimmy Harry, performed by Madonna)

Ruiz Receives Satellite Award Posthumously…

He may be gone, but Raúl Ruiz is not forgotten, as the acclaimed director’s last completed project picks up another award.

The prolific and enigmatic Chilean filmmaker’s Mistérios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon) received the best foreign film award at the International Press Academy‘s 16th annual Satellite Awards on Sunday.

Chilean Filmmaker Raul Ruiz

Ruiz’s Portuguese-language melodrama is a masterful adaptation of the 19th-century novel by Camilo Castelo Branco.

It follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.

Mistérios de Lisboa, which Ruiz had called one of his most theoretical films, had already picked up prizes at the São Paulo International Film Festival, San Sebastián
International Film Festival
, Prix Louis Delluc and at the Portuguese Golden Globes.

Ruiz, who passed away at the age of 70 this past August, was a highly regarded director of more than 100 films in several languages.