Red 2 (BluRay): Review

The Film

Red 2, the second outing in the comedic action series with Frank Moses. Read the SAMDB Red 2 review of the cinema release.

BluRay brings this film to life, with the added detail and 7.1 sound, the only way to enjoy a fast paced action movie.

The Disc And Bonus Features

It’s great to see a title released that makes use of the added features and storage BluRay allows.

There are a host of added features, with deleted scenes, and a brief gag real. The fun and more informative section comes in the form of the documentary The Red 2 Experience, where we are given detailed background on the cast, with each actors take on their charater. There is a segment on all the weapons, and this being an action movie, will appeal to action and weapons buffs alike. Another segment details with the gadgets and spy-tech presented,  and not just that which we have become accustomed to, but the more bizzare items created by the slightly off-beat characters. Finally, a segment on the stunts of the film, although providing only a slight look at these.

The disc quality is superb, being encoded at a high bitrate, there are no artefacts on screen, and at 1080p the detail is fine and the colours vibrant. Sound is a 7.1 mix and makes full use of the surrounds.

A few of the added features did have small issues automatically navigating from one segment to the next, but with all the varied hardware available on which to watch the disc, this is bound to happen on a few players.

The Red 2 disc is available in stores now.

The Mortal Instruments City Of Bones (DVD): Review

The Film

Clarissa Fray, played by Lily Collins, has her quiet life in Brooklyn turned upside-down when she starts seeing strange and impossible things. Noticing signs all over, drawing the same symbol, and then witnessing what she thinks is a murder.

When her mother disappears, Clarissa “Clary” learns she is descended from a line of warriors charged with protecting the world from demons.

The visuals in The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones are stunning, adding the visual to an engrossing story of might and magic, as a young girl comes of age, and moves from the every day world into one of wonder and mystery.

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is a fun movie, with just the right amount of supernatural and action, while not concentrating on the romance as the main theme as far too many of this genre tend towards these days.

The Disc

The DVD is encoded at a high bitrate, so there are no artefacts visible on screen, and it can be scaled via software up to HD. The soundtrack is Dolby Digital, and makes good use of the surrounds to create the soundstage for the on screen action. There are no bonus features on the disc, and it is available now to buy in South Africa.

Academy Rescinds Original Song Nomination For “Alone Yet Not Alone”

On Tuesday night, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rescind the Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” music by Bruce Broughton and lyric by Dennis Spiegel. The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former Governor and current Music Branch executive committee member, had mailed
members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.

“No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one’s position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.

The Board determined that Broughton’s actions were inconsistent with the Academy’s promotional regulations, which provide, among other terms, that “it is the Academy’s goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner. If any campaign activity is determined by the Board of Governors to work in opposition to that goal, whether or not anticipated by these regulations, the Board of Governors may take any corrective actions or assess any penalties that in its discretion it deems necessary to protect the reputation and integrity of the awards process.”

An additional nominee in the Original Song category will not be named. The remaining nominees in the category are:

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2” Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from “Frozen” Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” from “Her” Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

The members from each of the Academy’s branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, musicians and composers nominate song and score.

During the nominations process, all 240 voting members of the Music Branch received a Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Song category and a DVD copy of the song clips with film and song title only (additional information including composer and lyricist is not provided).  Members were asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five nominees in the category. A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.

Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Review

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and indeed it does, bringing the intrepid band of reporters back once again as we follow the next chapter in their story. This time they are in New York, and part of the beginning of the 24 hour news channels.

Bungling their way through their success, each is strugglling with their own personal issues and inner-demons, demons which make the characters, and seem to aide them on their journey, supply some awkward, some comedic moments throughout the film.

There is no denying this team of talented comics are masters of their game. With such skills, the game steps in to high gear for the climax as it’s a virtual who’s-who of film and television stars making their appearance on the battleground of reporting.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Coninues is a fun film, yet there is a heartwarming story at its core, and an intelligence to the humour and antics. It opens Friday 14 February2014 in South Africa.

Much Anticipated Afrikaans Film Premieres April

Die WindpompCape Town film producer Chris Roland asked the question, “What does the Afrikaans community want?” The answer was a “Hollywood” movie set in South Africa, and in Afrikaans. When Roland came across the story for Die Windpomp, he was instantly convinced it had the right elements to give the Afrikaans community what it wanted.

From the makers of Stander and Hotel Rwanda comes what many are already calling the best Afrikaans film ever made, starring Ian Roberts, Marga van Rooy, and Grethe Fox, and hot newcomers Leandie Du Randt, Armand Greyling and Sean-Marco Vorster.

Written and directed by Etienne Fourie, who also wrote Klein Karoo, Die Windpomp revolves around 20 year old Hendri’s (Armand Greyling) quirky, colourful story that happens one summer in his grandfather’s retirement village. Against the backdrop of garden ornaments, bingo nights and the weird and wonderful behaviour of the elderly, Hendri befriends a kind but nosey neighbour, Tannie Marietjie (Marga van Rooy) and her two closest mates, Rossouw and Miggie (Ian Roberts and Grethe Fox). It’s only when Hendri meets Margot (Leandie du Randt) and falls head over heels in love, thats this sleepy village starts to wake up. But all is not as it seems. There are secrets Hendri could have never imagined.

Die Windpomp releases on April 25th and is distributed by Times Media Films.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2: Review

Beginning soon after the events of the disastrous food storm of the first film, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 follows our hero Flint as he and friends are all forced to leave their island. Flint accepts an invitation from his inventor idol, Chester V, and joins The Live Corp. Company. Flint is sent on a special mission to retrieve his machine, still active on the island, and so the intrigue and plot twists start.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 is a lovely, feel good story, so full of homages to movies, visual puns, cute character that will district you from the main on-screen action, and a lively and colourful environment.

The story alone is well written, with more than enough to hold the attention of the adult audience, while easy enough for the younger viewer to understand. The voice cast are perfectly suited for their roles, and the visuals and sound design are outstanding.

For a fun escape for reality, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 is a fun adventure for the family. It opens 31 January 2014 on South African screens.

Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones: Review

As the series of Paranormal Activity movies continues, this current incarnation is more of a spin-off. Although still in the form of a ‘found footage’ film, events are not contained to one set location, nor are the contained to one family or group.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones follows Jesse as he begins to experience a number of strange, seemingly supernatural incidents. He investigates further, finding himself possessed by a malevolent entity that is now putting his family, friends and neighbours at risk.

The film feels as if it is trying too hard to capture the fear of unknown supernatural powers of the first film, and although there are several scenes designed to frighten, they feel very formulaic and thus fail at their purpose.

Fans of the series will no doubt flock to see this, as it does indeed change things up as far as prey for evil entities goes, but could also lose fans through such as change as well.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a found footage horror, with mediocre scares, likely to appeal to fans of the series alone. It opens 24 January 2014 in South African cinemas.

Catch Florence Masebe In Elelwani – In Cinemas 31 January

South African soapie fans will be able to see one of their favourite stars, veteran actress Florence Masebe, on the big screen when Venda film ‘Elelwani’ opens on 31 January. Masebe attained household celebrity status by appearing on shows like ‘Egoli’, ‘Suburban Bliss’, ‘Soul City’, ‘Muvhango’, ‘Generations’, ‘7de Laan’, ‘Justice for All 3’, ‘Morwalala’, ‘Inkaba’ and e.tv’s flagship soap, ‘Scandal’, in which she plays the role of Precious Thito.

‘Elelwani’ is the latest of her big-screen roles, which have included ‘Born Free 2’, ‘Chikin Biz Niz’, ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ and ‘Black Butterfly’. Her portrayal of the title role in ‘Elelwani’ won her the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), held in Nigeria last year. “The film received 11 nominations in total, and I was surprised and delighted that I brought back the biggest one,” says Masebe.

Born in Limpopo, Masebe studied drama at the University of Cape Town and started acting professionally in 1993, appearing in children’s programmes and taking on cameo roles. Her launch to local stardom began with the youth programme ‘Electric Workshop’. From then on, her career took off. As one of the members of the original cast of ‘Generations’, she followed up her success on the show by landing one role after another, including co-hosting ‘Fokus’ with Freek Robinson, and continuity presenting for SABC2.

‘Elelwani’ is the first Venda-language feature film to be made in South Africa. Director Ntshavheni wa Luruli first approached Masebe about the film when they were both working on the popular SABC2 soapie ‘Muvhango’. “We are both from Venda, and the story is close to our hearts,” she says. “It has been incredibly rewarding to see our dream turned into the reality that is the film. It’s a respectful interpretation of Venda traditions and I urge all South Africans to watch it.”

The film is based on the novel by Titus Ntsiene Maumela, which was one of the first Venda novels to be published in South Africa. “Many Venda people already know the story because the book was widely read, so we are excited that South Africans will now have a chance to see the story come to life in the cinemas,” adds Masebe.

It tells the story of Elelwani, a young woman who leaves her rural village for the big city, where she completes her studies. She’s offered a dream job in Chicago and becomes engaged to Vele, the love of her life. The two set out on a drive to her village, intending to tell her parents of their plans to marry and spend their future together. After their arrival, Elelwani is blindsided when her parents reveal that she has been promised to the tribal king. Torn between a glowing future and familial duty, she initially rebels, but finally consents.

What follows is a cinematic initiation into the culture of the Venda in a film that is a thriller influenced by the tradition of oral storytelling. Shot against the magnificent green backdrop of the Thohoyandou area of Limpopo, incredibly beautiful images and a disturbing plot combine to create a film shot through with magical realism. Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, himself a Venda, deals maturely with a sensitive topic and the tale comes to a complex and grounded resolution.

“‘Elelwani’ is a unique film and an important milestone in South African cinema history,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing the film locally. “Not only does it provide a window into Venda culture, but it’s also a well told tale that is beautifully shot, with solid performances from the lead characters.”

“Elelwani” was made possible by a generous grant by the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund and additional funding by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC).

Nominations Announced For The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

Nominees for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2013 in five film and eight television
categories as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced the morning of December 11, 2013 in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Sasha Alexander (TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles and the 20 th Annual Screen Actors Guild
Awards® Social Media Ambassador) and Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) who announced the nominees for this year’s
Actors®. SAG Awards® Committee Vice Chair Daryl Anderson and Committee Member Woody Schultz announced the stunt ensemble
nominees.

Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards® are selected solely by actors’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. Two nominating panels — one for television and one for film — each composed of 2,200 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s Actor® and stunt ensemble honors nominees. Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official teller, mailed the nominations secret ballots on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Voting was completed at noon on Monday, Dec. 9.

Final voting information was mailed via postcard on Monday, Dec. 16. The eligible SAG-AFTRA membership across the country,
numbering approximately 100,000 actors, may vote on all categories. Online voting is encouraged. In keeping with the SAG Awards®’
commitment to sustainable practices, paper ballots will be available only upon request, which must be made by Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. All
votes must be received at Integrity Voting Systems by noon on Friday, Jan. 17. Results will be tallied and sealed until the envelopes are opened by the presenters at the 20 th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony on Jan. 18, 2014.

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading

  • Role BRUCE DERN / Woody Grant – “NEBRASKA” (Paramount Pictures)
  • CHIWETEL EJIOFOR / Solomon Northup – “12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • TOM HANKS / Capt. Richard Phillips – “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” (Columbia Pictures)
  • MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Ron Woodroof – “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (Focus Features)
  • FOREST WHITAKER / Cecil Gaines – “LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • CATE BLANCHETT / Jasmine – “BLUE JASMINE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • SANDRA BULLOCK / Ryan Stone – “GRAVITY” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • JUDI DENCH / Philomena Lee – “PHILOMENA” (The Weinstein Company)
  • MERYL STREEP / Violet Weston – “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” (The Weinstein Company)
  • EMMA THOMPSON / P.L. Travers – “SAVING MR. BANKS” (Walt Disney Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • BARKHAD ABDI / Muse – “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” (Columbia Pictures)
  • DANIEL BRÜHL / Niki Lauda – “RUSH” (Universal Pictures)
  • MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Edwin Epps – “12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • JAMES GANDOLFINI / Albert – “ENOUGH SAID” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • JARED LETO / Rayon – “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Rosalyn Rosenfeld – “AMERICAN HUSTLE” (Columbia Pictures)
  • LUPITA NYONG’O / Patsey – “12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • JULIA ROBERTS / Barbara Weston – “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” (The Weinstein Company)
  • JUNE SQUIBB / Kate Grant – “NEBRASKA” (Paramount Pictures)
  • OPRAH WINFREY / Gloria Gaines – “LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
12 YEARS A SLAVE (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Ford
PAUL DANO / Tibeats
GARRET DILLAHUNT / Armsby
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR / Solomon Northup
MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Edwin Epps
PAUL GIAMATTI / Freeman
SCOOT McNAIRY / Brown
LUPITA NYONG’O / Patsey
ADEPERO ODUYE / Eliza
SARAH PAULSON / Mistress Epps
BRAD PITT / Bass
MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS / Robert
ALFRE WOODARD / Mistress Shaw

AMERICAN HUSTLE (Columbia Pictures)
AMY ADAMS / Sydney Prosser
CHRISTIAN BALE / Irving Rosenfeld
LOUIS C.K. / Stoddard Thorsen
BRADLEY COOPER / Richie DiMaso
PAUL HERMAN / Alfonse Simone
JACK HUSTON / Pete Musane
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Rosalyn Rosenfeld
ALESSANDRO NIVOLA / Federal Prosecutor
MICHAEL PEÑA / Sheik (Agent Hernandez)
JEREMY RENNER / Mayor Carmine Polito
ELISABETH RÖHM / Dolly Polito
SHEA WHIGHAM / Carl Elway

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (The Weinstein Company)
ABIGAIL BRESLIN / Jean Fordham
CHRIS COOPER / Charles Aiken
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / “Little” Charles Aiken
JULIETTE LEWIS / Karen Weston
MARGO MARTINDALE / Mattie Fae Aiken
EWAN McGREGOR / Bill Fordham
DERMOT MULRONEY / Steve
JULIANNE NICHOLSON / Ivy Weston
JULIA ROBERTS / Barbara Weston
SAM SHEPARD / Beverly Weston
MERYL STREEP / Violet Weston
MISTY UPHAM / Johnna

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (Focus Features)
JENNIFER GARNER / Dr. Eve Saks
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Ron Woodroof
JARED LETO / Rayon
DENIS O’HARE / Dr. Sevard
DALLAS ROBERTS / David Wayne
STEVE ZAHN / Tucker

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (The Weinstein Company)
MARIAH CAREY / Hattie Pearl
JOHN CUSACK / Richard Nixon
JANE FONDA / Nancy Reagan
CUBA GOODING, JR. / Carter Wilson
2TERRENCE HOWARD / Howard
LENNY KRAVITZ / James Holloway
JAMES MARSDEN / John F. Kennedy
DAVID OYELOWO / Louis Gaines
ALEX PETTYFER / Thomas Westfall
VANESSA REDGRAVE / Annabeth Westfall
ALAN RICKMAN / Ronald Reagan
LIEV SCHREIBER / Lyndon B. Johnson
FOREST WHITAKER / Cecil Gaines
ROBIN WILLIAMS / Dwight D. Eisenhower
OPRAH WINFREY / Gloria Gaines
TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • MATT DAMON / Scott Thorson – “BEHIND THE CANDELABRA” (HBO)
  • MICHAEL DOUGLAS / Liberace – “BEHIND THE CANDELABRA” (HBO)
  • JEREMY IRONS / King Henry IV – “THE HOLLOW CROWN” (WNET/Thirteen)
  • ROB LOWE / John F. Kennedy – “KILLING KENNEDY” (National Geographic Channel)
  • AL PACINO / Phil Spector – “PHIL SPECTOR” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • ANGELA BASSETT / Coretta Scott King – “BETTY & CORETTA” (Lifetime)
  • HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Elizabeth Taylor – “BURTON AND TAYLOR” (BBC America)
  • HOLLY HUNTER / G.J. – “TOP OF THE LAKE” (Sundance Channel)
  • HELEN MIRREN / Linda Kenney Baden – “PHIL SPECTOR” (HBO)
  • ELISABETH MOSS / Robin Griffin – “TOP OF THE LAKE” (Sundance Channel)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
  • BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)
  • JEFF DANIELS / Will McAvoy – “THE NEWSROOM” (HBO)
  • PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
  • KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
  • ANNA GUNN / Skyler White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)
  • JESSICA LANGE / Fiona Goode – “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN” (FX)
  • MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
  • KERRY WASHINGTON / Olivia Pope – “SCANDAL” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
  • JASON BATEMAN / Michael Bluth – “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT” (Netflix)
  • TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
  • DON CHEADLE / Martin “Marty” Kaan – “HOUSE OF LIES” (Showtime)
  • JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
  • JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
  • EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
  • TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
  • JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Sally Wheet
MARGOT BINGHAM / Daughter Maitland
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson
BRIAN GERAGHTY / Agent Warren Knox
3STEPHEN GRAHAM / Al Capone
ERIK LA RAY HARVEY / Dunn Purnsley
JACK HUSTON / Richard Harrow
RON LIVINGSTON / Roy Phillips
DOMENICK LOMBARDOZZI / Ralph Capone
GRETCHEN MOL / Gillian Darmody
BEN ROSENFIELD / Willie Thompson
PAUL SPARKS / Mickey Doyle
MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Arnold Rothstein
NISI STURGIS / June Thompson
JACOB WARE / Agent Selby
SHEA WHIGHAM / Elias “Eli” Thompson
MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS / “Chalky” White
JEFFREY WRIGHT / Valentin Narcisse

BREAKING BAD (AMC)
MICHAEL BOWEN / Uncle Jack
BETSY BRANDT / Marie Schrader
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White
LAVELL CRAWFORD / Huell
TAIT FLETCHER / Lester
LAURA FRASER / Lydia Rodarte-Quale
ANNA GUNN / Skyler White
MATTHEW T. METZLER / Matt
RJ MITTE / Walter White Jr.
DEAN NORRIS / Hank Schrader
BOB ODENKIRK / Saul Goodman
AARON PAUL / Jesse Pinkman
JESSE PLEMONS / Todd
STEVEN MICHAEL QUEZADA / Gomez
KEVIN RANKIN / Kenny
PATRICK SANE / Frankie

DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
BRENDAN COYLE / John Bates
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Molesley
JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY / Lady Sybil Crawley
SIOBHAN FINNERAN / Sarah O’Brien
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
ROB JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
MATT MILNE / Alfred
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
AMY NUTTALL / Ethel
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
ED SPELEERS / Jimmy
DAN STEVENS / Matthew Crawley
CARA THEOBOLD / Ivy
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy
JOHN BRADLEY / Samwell Tarly
OONA CHAPLIN / Talisa Maegyr
4GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE / Brienne of Tarth
EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister
MACKENZIE CROOK / Orell
CHARLES DANCE / Tywin Lannister
JOE DEMPSIE / Gendry
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister
NATALIE DORMER / Margaery Tyrell
NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei
MICHELLE FAIRLEY / Lady Catelyn Stark
JACK GLEESON / Joffrey Baratheon
IAIN GLEN / Ser Jorah Mormont
KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow
LENA HEADEY /Cersei Lannister
ISAAC HEMPSTEAD WRIGHT / Brandon “Bran” Stark
KRISTOFER HIVJU / Tormund Giantsbane
PAUL KAYE / Thoros of Myr
SIBEL KEKILLI / Shae
ROSE LESLIE / Ygritte
RICHARD MADDEN / Robb Stark
RORY McCANN / Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
MICHAEL McELHATTON / Roose Bolton
IAN McELHINNEY / Barristan Selmy
PHILIP McGINLEY / Anguy
HANNAH MURRAY / Gilly
IWAN RHEON / Ramsay Snow
SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark
CARICE VAN HOUTEN / Melisandre
MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark

HOMELAND (Showtime)
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM / Dar Adal
SARITA CHOUDHURY / Mira Berenson
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison
RUPERT FRIEND / Peter Quinn
TRACY LETTS / Sen. Andrew Lockhart
DAMIAN LEWIS / Nicholas Brody
MANDY PATINKIN / Saul Berenson
MORGAN SAYLOR / Dana Brody
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

30 ROCK (NBC)
SCOTT ADSIT / Pete Hornberger
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy
KATRINA BOWDEN / Cerie
KEVIN BROWN / Dot Com
GRIZZ CHAPMAN / Grizz
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon
JUDAH FRIEDLANDER / Frank Rossitano
JANE KRAKOWSKI / Jenna Maroney
JOHN LUTZ / Lutz
JAMES MARSDEN / Criss
JACK McBRAYER / Kenneth Parcell
TRACY MORGAN / Tracy Jordan
KEITH POWELL / Toofer

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (Netflix)
WILL ARNETT / George Oscar “G.O.B.” Bluth II
JASON BATEMAN / Michael Bluth
JOHN BEARD / Himself
MICHAEL CERA / George-Michael Bluth
DAVID CROSS / Tobias Fünke
5PORTIA DE ROSSI / Lindsay Bluth Fünke
ISLA FISHER / Rebel Alley
TONY HALE / Buster Bluth
RON HOWARD / Narrator/Himself
LIZA MINNELLI / Lucille Austero
ALIA SHAWKAT / Maeby Fünke
JEFFREY TAMBOR / George Bluth, Sr./Oscar Bluth
JESSICA WALTER / Lucille Bluth
HENRY WINKLER / Barry Zuckerkorn

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler
KALEY CUOCO / Penny
JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter
SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz
KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper
MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

VEEP (HBO)
SUFE BRADSHAW / Sue Wilson
ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer
GARY COLE / Kent Davidson
KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty
TONY HALE / Gary Walsh
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer
REID SCOTT / Dan Egan
TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan
MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock

SAG AWARDS ® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • ALL IS LOST (Lionsgate)
  • FAST & FURIOUS 6 (Universal Pictures)
  • LONE SURVIVOR (Universal Pictures)
  • RUSH (Universal Pictures)
  • THE WOLVERINE (20 th Century Fox)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
  • BREAKING BAD (AMC)
  • GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
  • HOMELAND (Showtime)
  • THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Screen Actors Guild 50th Annual Life Achievemnt Award
RITA MORENO

Frozen Heats Up The 2014 Awards Season

The Walt Disney Company Africa is proud to share the news that Disney Animation Studios’ latest animation, Frozen, continues to receive worldwide popular and critical acclaim, by earning two Academy Award nominations announced today, Thursday 16 January.

The big-screen comedy adventure is in the running for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and  Best Original Song (for ‘Let it go’). Frozen features the fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) who sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. In cinemas now, Disney’s Frozen continues to be well received by audiences, with over US $700 million in worldwide and over R25m in local box-office sales – it’s no doubt Summer’s coolest film, in spite of the current heat!

The nominations come hot on the heels of the film’s win earlier this month as the Best Animated Feature Film at the 71st Golden Globe Awards, and its announcement as a nominee in the 2014 Best Animated Film category at the BAFTA awards.

Featuring Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Get A Horse! rounds off the animation nods for Disney this year with its nomination in the Best Animated Short category. Shown before Frozen, the ground-breaking animated short follows Mickey and his favourite gal pal Minnie Mouse (voice of Marcellite Garner) and their friends as they delight in a musical haywagon ride. With both classic black-and-white, hand-drawn animation and up-to-the-minute technical wizardry—often in the same frame—this short takes us back to a timeless age, captivating audiences of every age. Click here to get a sneak preview.

In the technical categories, Marvel Studios’ billion box-office spectacular Iron Man 3 scored a nod in the Best Visual Effects category, whilst Disney’s wild-west adventure epic The Lone Ranger receives the accolade as one of the nominees for Best Make-up and Hairstyling. Both are currently available nationwide in leading retailers on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Academy Awards will be announced on Sunday, 2 March 2014.