Film Notes: Nominations for awards pick up; 'Stewart' show in N.Y.

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The awards train is picking up steam as fast as the Polar Express.

This week, the National Board of Review named "Zero Dark Thirty" best film of 2012 -- and cited other films and performances, noted below -- and next week will bring two possible predictors of Oscar nominations.

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, Busy Philipps and Taye Diggs will reveal the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. The announcement will be telecast live on cable's TNT and webcast live on tntdrama.com and tbs.com, and the awards handed out Jan. 27 at the Shrine Exposition Center.

At 8 a.m. Thursday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce its nominations for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards. The ceremony will be telecast live at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 10 in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on ABC. The ceremony also will be seen in more than 225 countries.

According to the National Board of Review website, the organization is a group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics and students committed to supporting both up-and-coming filmmakers and mission-driven organizations that promote the transformative power of visual storytelling.

Here is the full list of awards given by the National Board of Review on Wednesday:

Best film: "Zero Dark Thirty."

Best director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty."

Best actor: Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook."

Best actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty."

Best supporting actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "Django Unchained."

Best supporting actress: Ann Dowd, "Compliance."

Best original screenplay: Rian Johnson, "Looper."

Best adapted screenplay: David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook."

Best animated feature: "Wreck-It Ralph."

Special achievement in filmmaking: Ben Affleck, "Argo."

Breakthrough actor: Tom Holland, "The Impossible."

Breakthrough actress: Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Best directorial debut: Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Best foreign language film: "Amour."

Best documentary: "Searching for Sugarman."

William K. Everson Film History Award: "50 Years of Bond Films."

Best Ensemble: "Les Miserables."

Spotlight Award: John Goodman, "Argo," "Flight," "ParaNorman" and "Trouble With the Curve."

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: "Central Park Five."

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: "Promised Land," filmed in Western Pennsylvania.

In addition to its winning picks, the organization named its top films and the list included "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "Promised Land," along with "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Looper," and "Silver Linings Playbook."

It's a wonderful opportunity

That old saw about how you get to Carnegie Hall -- practice, practice, practice -- is paying off for actor and impersonator Chris Collins. He will perform his one-man show, "Thank You, Jimmy Stewart!" at the Weill Recital Hall at New York's Carnegie Hall at 2 p.m. Dec. 23.

The performance will benefit the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, hometown of the late Oscar-winning performer. The presentation will honor Mr. Stewart in three of his most memorable roles -- "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Harvey" and, of course, "It's a Wonderful Life."

Tickets are $40 and $50 and can be purchased through carnegiehall.org or 1-212-247-7800. The hall is at 154 W. 57th St.

The theater inside the Stewart museum at 835 Philadelphia St. in Indiana will present matinee showings of "It's a Wonderful Life" at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 2.

Museum admission: adults, $7; seniors, military members and students with ID, $6; patrons ages 7 to 17, $5; and children under 7 or members, free. See jimmy.org for more museum details, including a link to the museum store.

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Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: www.post-gazette.com/madaboutmovies.


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