Mr. Show Talks Show Biz - A Q&A with Bob Odenkirk


He's one of those guys who's more of a household face than a household name, having appeared in popular shows like Weeds, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother and so on all the way back to Seinfeld in 1990. For more astute comedy fans he's well known as a writer/performer on Saturday Night Live (1987-95), as the creator and star of HBO's Mr. Show, alongside David Cross, as a featured cast member of Adult Swim's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! - actually, you know what, just check his IMDB profile. It'll blow your mind.

Right now he's playing crooked lawyer Saul Goodman on the AMC hit Breaking Bad (about a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a meth cook) and producing and performing a comedy show for kids called "The Not Inappropriate Show". We caught up with him in Montreal at this year's Just For Laughs Festival before one of his family-friendly performances to get his take on the state of the entertainment industry. 

Q: What TV shows are you watching now?
Even though I'm in it, I'm actually watching Breaking Bad. I actually haven't seen it all. I'm on second season and it's really amazing. The interesting thing about Breaking Bad is that it's like a movie... the main character has a personality arc, unlike most shows where the character personality is fixed from week to week. This character is gradually changing... mutating.

My favorite TV show, which I got to see on DVD is a British show called The Royle Family. It's awesome. That's where The Office came from. I also like 30 Rock, Hoarders, Intervention. I watch FOX News just to get mad.

Q: So what are your thoughts on the current state of the television industry?
Bob: I don't really care for the industry. But I do notice there are all these new channels. In one way it's exciting and in the other way it's very daunting. All of these people tend to be hungry for the big bucks. So you want the small outlets to do something cool. I remember HBO telling David Cross and I, "whatever you create for us, just make sure it's something different". Nowadays, even most of these small outlets are hungry for money. They just want to be in the mainstream. But I do think the Adult Swim channel is doing it right with comedy and AMC with drama.

Q: What's your take on comedy on the web?
Bob: I think it's cool... I love that there's an outlet for people. The only disadvantage is that you have to grow as an artist and you have to develop your sensibility and the web doesn't encourage that because what it wants you to do is just get peoples' attention today

Mr. Show would have died on We weren't doing things that were flashy and in the moment, or ridiculing pop culture of the moment - which gets a lot of attention - or doing extremely crude things. Those are the videos that are getting the big hits but they don't necessarily lead you into getting a show. Ultimately, to get picked up, somebody has to take a chance on your vision.

Q: Is that what happened for you?
Bob: Yes, and I myself as an artist in television need somebody to take a chance on me because I'll never write a middle of the road show. I can't do it. Although, I really liked King of Queens... and Everybody loves Raymond. I thought that show was masterful.

Q: Will there always be a future for sketch on television then, rather than online?
Bob: Sketch shows don't do that well on TV in America. They're just not that popular. It's the kind of comedy that draws a younger audience so older people don't really care about it. So that would hold it back. I mean the last sketch show that worked on prime time was The Carol Burnett Show.

Q: If you had your own TV network, what would you do?
Bob: There is this whole crop of young comic actors that I'm seeing right now that I would love to see get a chance. I know eventually most of them will be on screen but what I'm seeing right now is not just a bunch of funny people but more of a movement of a new generation. They're a good ten years younger than most of the people on TV, including SNL, and maybe it might be a matter of time till these people are seen but maybe not. So if you gave me my own network, I would give an outlet for these people who are starting to peak. 

Q: What's actually in the plan for you?
I've got a show in early development right now. I star in it and it's about me and my camera crew working for a network and going out to middle America and doing these life story pieces. This is an idea I had ten years ago and I'd be very excited to do this show. I'm still not sure if it's going to happen but I'm very proud of it.

Here's what the stars of Breaking Bad have to say about Season 4.

And check out this clip from Mr. Show:


Written by: Scott Goodyer  



How to Pitch a Movie

The Just For Laughs Comedy festival is in full swing in Montreal right now and the festival is simultaneously hosting their annual Comedy Conference where top film and television execs and insiders share the secrets to their success in a series of panels.

We'll be smuggling out some of the best advice offered up for all you comedy fans and future media moguls.

From the film bootcamp session featuring David Milner (Producer/Executive, 3Arts Entertainment),  Joe Medjuk (Executive Producer,  Montecito Picture Company) , Kirsten Smith (Writer/Producer, 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, The Ugly Truth), and Kit Giordano (Creative Executive, Red Hour Films) here are the top 5 tips for pitching your comedy movie:

1. Get paid - You could lock yourself away in a tiny garrett and live on Ramen noodles while you pen your masterpiece but a lot of writers think spec is for suckers. Pitch the idea - not the completed script- and you could actually get paid to write.

2. Pimp yourself - This is not the time to be modest about your accomplishments or experience. This is the time to convince people that you are actually capable of executing what you propose to do, so by all means toot your own horn and make them have faith in you.
3. Keep it snappy - pitch meetings with studio execs or production companies are generally  25 minutes or less.  In that time you need to communicate the theme and tone, the story arc, principle relationships, maybe a few key actors who'd be perfect for the part and some killer moments or lines. Make sure it's all killer, no filler, but still know your story and characters well so that if they ask you a question, you can elaborate with ease.

 4. Be original - Apparently The Hangover was a movie no one wanted to make for a long time. But once it was made, everyone wanted another one or some reasonable facsimile. That's just how the business is.  But what film execs are really looking for is a new idea and a new story from a unique perspective. 
5. Cry - The purpose of a pitch meeting is to make people fans of your project, so excellent storytelling is crucial. Good pitchers have been known to laugh, cry and do whatever it takes to engage the people in the room as they take them through the ups and downs of their story. If someone is a funny person, execs believe that they'll produce a funny script. So, if you haven't got the chops, consider pairing up with someone who does.

The Just for Laughs Festival and comedy conference continues through Sunday, July 18th, so if you're in Montreal you can come check it out yourself. There are Comedy Pro passes available for all you big fans.

We'll be sharing more insider secrets from the festival right here so check back soon.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions about the comedy industry you wanted answered, post them in the comments section below and we'll hook you up with answers.

Written by: Scott Goodyer



Fairwell Irwin Barker

Irwin Barker

Irwin Barker - "Cancer has my body but not my spirit, and I'll continue to make jokes, not so much about cancer, but in spite of it.

Irwin's 3-year battle with a rare form of cancer came to an end in Toronto on Monday. This comedian/writer's visit to THE HOUR this season was an eye-opener for a lot of our viewers. What would you do if you were told you only had 1 year to live? See why Irwin chose not to spend that year "resentful and grumpy or hating the world" but rather to embrace his time left and "travel light", using comedy and laughter to guide the way.

Read his bio and watch his interview here



Jonas the Tiger Stolen!


When we heard the very sad news that Jonas the Tiger and two camel compatriots were stolen on their way home to the Bowmanville Zoo, we immediately suspected a situation like the one above.  To Mexico, George!  And freedom!

More seriously, Jonas and the camels are in some danger being away from the people who are able to care for them properly.  There's some concern that they won't get proper food and water, and there's also concern for the safety of the thieves.  Jonas is a lovely tiger, but he's still a large wild animal.  I'm sure you know what a tiger looks like, but here's a clip of Dave Salmoni and Jonas when they were last on the show.  If anyone in Ontario or Quebec sees a Bowmanville Zoo trailer, or a tiger (alone or with camels), please contact the police.

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We're all hoping Jonas and his friends come home safely!



Goodbye to Sebastian Horsley

"I think it's important to be whoever you are without shame." - Sebastian Horsley

When the show went to London a couple of years ago, we had Sebastian Horsley in the red chair.  He'd just written his memoir, 'Dandy in the Underworld', a tale of his life as an artist, junkie and self-professed dandy.  A fascinating interview with one of a dying breed of eccentrics, and you can watch it below.

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Sebastian was found dead this morning of a suspected heroin overdose.  The Guardian's obituary is here. He was definitely one of a kind, and unafraid to be who he was, without shame and without apology.  Good evening from the moosef**kers, Sebastian - and farewell and good night.



Danny Bhoy On Tour


If you saw Danny Bhoy on the show, we're sure you'll want to check out the man that the Montreal Gazette called "the sharpest wit to hail from Scotland since Billy Connolly" live and in-person.  Well, you're in luck - he's on tour!  Here's where he'll be appearing:

TORONTO: April 29 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
LONDON:  April 30 at Centennial Hall
OTTAWA: May 1 & 2 at the NAC Theatre
MONCTON:  May 4 at the Capitol Theatre
SAINT JOHN: May 5 at the Imperial Theatre
GLACE BAY: May 7 at the Savoy Theatre
HALIFAX: May 8 at the Schooner Showroom
CHARLOTTETOWN: May 9 at the Confederation Centre
REGINA: May 11 at the Conexus Arts Centre
WINNIPEG: May 12 at the Burton Cummings Theatre
EDMONTON: May 13 at the Winspear Centre
CALGARY: May 14 at MacEwan Hall
VICTORIA: May 15 at the Royal Theatre
VANCOUVER: May 16 at the Vogue Theatre

Check out for ticket information and more.



Eddie Izzard On Tour

One of tonight's guests, the hilariously talented Eddie Izzard, is on tour in Canada with his new show 'Stripped'... and if you want to catch him, here's where you can!

  • April 30 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
  • May 1 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
  • May 10 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
  • May 12 - Regina, SK - Conexus Arts Centre
  • May 14 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
  • May 17 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
  • May 20 - Victoria, BC - The Royal Theatre
  • May 21 - Vancouver, BC - The Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • May 22 - Vancouver, BC - The Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • May 25 - Montreal, QC - Theatre St Denis Hall 1
  • May 28 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre Southam Hall
  • May 30 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
  • May 31 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster.



Book Excerpt: Beatrice & Virgil


Upcoming guest Yann Martel's eagerly awaited novel 'Beatrice & Virgil' came out yesterday, April 6th, and we've got an excerpt for you here.  Check it out, and be sure to keep an eye our for Yann on a show in the near future.

From 'Beatrice & Virgil' by Yann Martel:

(Virgil and Beatrice are sitting at the foot of the tree.
They are looking out blankly.

VIRGIL: What I'd give for a pear.


VIRGIL: Yes. A ripe and juicy one.


BEATRICE: I've never had a pear.


BEATRICE: In fact, I don't think I've ever set eyes on one.

VIRGIL: How is that possible? It's a common fruit.

BEATRICE: My parents were always eating apples and carrots. I guess they didn't like pears.

VIRGIL: But pears are so good! I bet you there's a pear tree right around here. (He looks about.)


BEATRICE: What does a pear taste like?

VIRGIL: Wait. You must smell it first. A ripe pear breathes a fragrance that is watery and subtle, its power lying in the lightness of its impression upon the olfactory sense. Can you imagine the smell of nutmeg or cinnamon?


VIRGIL: The smell of a ripe pear has the same effect on the mind as these aromatic spices. The mind is arrested, spellbound, and a thousand and one memories and associations are thrown up as the mind burrows deep to understand the allure of this beguiling smell - which it never comes to understand, by the way.

BEATRICE: But how does it taste? I can't wait any longer.

VIRGIL: A ripe pear overflows with sweet juiciness.

BEATRICE: Oh, that sounds good.

VIRGIL: Slice a pear and you will find that its flesh is incandescent white. It glows with inner light. Those who carry a knife and a pear are never afraid of the dark.

BEATRICE: I must have one.

VIRGIL: The texture of a pear, its consistency, is yet another difficult matter to put into words. Some pears are a little crunchy.

BEATRICE: Like an apple?

VIRGIL: No, not at all like an apple! An apple resists being eaten. An apple is not eaten, it is conquered. The crunchiness of a pear is far more appealing. It is giving and fragile. To eat a pear is akin to . . . kissing.

BEATRICE: Oh, my. It sounds so good.

VIRGIL: The flesh of a pear can be slightly gritty. And yet it melts in the mouth.

BEATRICE: Is such a thing possible?

VIRGIL: With every pear. And that is only the look, the feel, the smell, the texture. I have not even told you of the taste.


VIRGIL: The taste of a good pear is such that when you eat one, when your teeth sink into the bliss of one, it becomes a wholly engrossing activity. You want to do nothing else but eat your pear. You would rather sit than stand. You would rather be alone than in company. You would rather have silence than music. All your senses but taste fall inactive. You see nothing, you hear nothing, you feel nothing - or only as it helps you to appreciate the divine taste of your pear.

BEATRICE: But what does it actually taste like?

VIRGIL: A pear tastes like, it tastes like . . . (He struggles. He gives up with a shrug.) I don't know. I can't put it into words. A pear tastes like itself.

BEATRICE: (sadly) I wish you had a pear.

VIRGIL: And if I had one, I would give it to you.


Excerpted from Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel. Copyright (c) 2010 by Yann Martel. Excerpted by permission of Knopf Canada, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



Cheech and Chong are Back - in Montreal


Tommy Chong was on the show via satellite last night (watch him here) to chat about the possibility of legalization of marijuana in California... and though he said he didn't have to move back to Canada any more, he is coming to Montreal with partner Cheech Marin for Just For Laughs!

The Just For Laughs Festival presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Qu├ębec will be welcoming the legendary comedy duo for the first time as they host their very own Videotron Just For Laughs Gala on Friday, July 16 at 7:00 pm at the historic St. Denis Theatre. Tickets are on sale now - for details visit:

The guys are also currently on the 'Get it Legal' Tour - you can get details on that at:  They'll also be releasing a concert film DVD called 'Hey Watch This' which comes out on - what else - 4/20.

The Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 2 until July 25, with the majority of English shows taking place from July 6 until July 18.  For details visit:



It Takes A Nation: Is it ever okay to tell a lie?

Our second difficult question from kids for the nation comes from three-year-old Darla, who perfectly coordinated her outfit with her surroundings in her video. Nice work, Darla! Her question is in the video below - and she's pretty cute too.

Another tough one. If you have an answer, leave it here, tweet @strombo on Twitter, or upload your video answer - or question from your kids - to us at



How do I upload my Video?

We know that all you parents are quick with the video cameras for everything from first words to first steps - so there must be a few awkward questions caught on tape.  If you've got a great question from your kids - or an answer for those poor beleaguered souls out there - we've made it easier to for you to send us your videos.

Just visit our It Takes A Nation page, and use our simple video uploader.  It doesn't take very long, and will get your video right into our hot little hands.  Check it out at



2010 Oscars Official Open Thread

Watching the Oscars tonight - with The Hour's Oscar Pool Scorecard, of course?  Then welcome to our 2010 Oscar Open Thread.  Post your thoughts on the red carpet and the ceremony, the winners - and who you thought should have won.  I'll be making the odd note through the night.

And after it's all over, let us know how you scored in the Oscar Pool - bragging rights go to the winner!



Do you have your scorecard for Sunday?


The Oscars are on Sunday, and while I'm sure that all of The Hour fans out there already have fabulous plans and parties lined up, it won't be complete without The Hour's Official Oscar Pool Scorecard and Drink Coaster!  Download it now - you'll need Adobe PDF Reader if you don't have it. Then come back Sunday night or Monday morning and let us know how you did!

Oh, and my plans?  If wine, my laptop and my tv chair sounds fabulous to you, then just call me 'Steven and Chris'.



Douglas Coupland in Canada Reads

Author Douglas Coupland will be on the show tonight - and he's not just partially behind one of the best shows the CBC has ever made ('jPod'), but he's also on the short list for the CBC's annual battle of the books, Canada Reads, for his breakout novel, 'Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture'.  Cadence Weapon is defending his book while it's in the running.

If you want to check out Douglas' book, and all the books up to be the one Canada will read in 2010, check them out here:



Tom Brokaw Explains Canada to Americans

Sometimes, it's interesting to see how we're viewed from the outside. This intro aired before the Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver in the US.



Kevin Smith: Too Fat to Fly?


This weekend past, friend of The Hour Kevin Smith (the lovely man who signed all those great comic books we're giving away this week) was ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight.  Why?  Apparently, Silent Bob was determined a security risk for being overweight.

Obviously, he did not go quietly.  He tweeted up a storm on Twitter @thatkevinsmith (where we got the photo above), wrote a couple of blog posts and recorded a SModcast about the incident.  Southwest responded via Twitter, on their blog and by calling Kevin - but given this is a company that has had no issue with kicking off overweight passengers in the past, it's not a shock that he wasn't satified by their response.  If you haven't heard much about this, here's a link roundup:

Regardless of the situation, Southwest had to have seen the PR nightmare to come from kicking a guy with a rabid following off one of their planes.  Who do you think is in the right here?  Would you mind sitting next to Kevin on a plane?



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82nd Academy Awards Nominees

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The Oscars are coming on March 7th, and this morning, the nominees were announced! Ahead of tonight's Oscar chat with Richard Roeper, the nominees are below. And if you want to have an Oscar Pool, or just keep score along with The Hour, download our Oscar Pool Scorecard.

Congrats to Hour guests Morgan Freeman, Anna Kendrick, Jason Reitman, Anika Noni Rose and Nick Hornby for their nominations! And congratulations to all the Canadians nominated: James Cameron, with nine nominations for 'Avatar'; Jason Reitman with six nominations for 'Up in the Air'; transplanted South African Neill Blomkamp with four nominations for 'District 9'; Christopher Plummer for supporting actor in 'The Last Station'; Anastasia Masaro for Art Direction for 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'; Patrice Vermette for Art Direction for 'The Young Victoria'; and Monique Prudhomme for Costume Design for 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'.

How do you feel about the nominations? Let us know!

Thanks to Philip for pointing out that we missed Christopher Plummer - I'm not sure how that happened!

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Nominees for the 82nd Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role:

* Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight)
* George Clooney in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Colin Firth in "A Single Man" (The Weinstein Company)
* Morgan Freeman in "Invictus" (Warner Bros.)
* Jeremy Renner in "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role:

* Matt Damon in "Invictus" (Warner Bros.)
* Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger" (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
* Christopher Plummer in "The Last Station" (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Stanley Tucci in "The Lovely Bones" (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount)
* Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a leading role:

* Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.)
* Helen Mirren in "The Last Station" (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Carey Mulligan in "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)
* Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia" (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role:

* Penelope Cruz in "Nine" (The Weinstein Company)
* Vera Farmiga in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight)
* Anna Kendrick in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

Best animated feature film of the year:

* "Coraline" (Focus Features)- Henry Selick
* "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox) - Wes Anderson
* "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) - John Musker and Ron Clements
* "The Secret of Kells" (GKIDS) - Tomm Moore
* "Up" (Walt Disney) - Pete Docter

Achievement in art direction:

* "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
* "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro, Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
* "Nine" (The Weinstein Company) - Art Direction: John Myhre, Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
* "Sherlock Holmes" (Warner Bros.) - Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
* "The Young Victoria" (Apparition) - Art Direction: Patrice Vermette, Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Achievement in cinematography:

* "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Mauro Fiore
* "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Warner Bros.) - Bruno Delbonnel
* "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Barry Ackroyd
* "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Robert Richardson
* "The White Ribbon" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Christian Berger

Achievement in costume design:

* "Bright Star" (Apparition) - Janet Patterson
* "Coco before Chanel" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Catherine Leterrier
* "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Monique Prudhomme
* "Nine" (The Weinstein Company) - Colleen Atwood
* "The Young Victoria" (Apparition) - Sandy Powell

Achievement in directing:

* "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - James Cameron
* "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Kathryn Bigelow
* "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Quentin Tarantino
* "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) - Lee Daniels
* "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) - Jason Reitman

Best documentary feature:

* "Burma VJ" (Oscilloscope Laboratories) - A Magic Hour Films Production, Anders Ostergaard and Lise Lense-Moller
* "The Cove" (Roadside Attractions) - An Oceanic Preservation Society Production, Nominees to be determined
* "Food, Inc." (Magnolia Pictures) - A Robert Kenner Films Production, Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
* "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" - A Kovno Communications Production, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
* "Which Way Home" - A Mr. Mudd Production, Rebecca Cammisa

Best documentary short subject:

* "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province" - A Downtown Community Television Center Production, Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
* "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner" - A Just Media Production, Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
* "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant" - A Community Media Production, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
* "Music by Prudence" - An iThemba Production, Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
* "Rabbit a la Berlin" (Deckert Distribution) - An MS Films Production, Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Achievement in film editing:

* "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
* "District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) - Julian Clarke
* "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
* "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Sally Menke
* "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) - Joe Klotz

Best foreign language film of the year:

* "Ajami" (Kino International) - An Inosan Production, Israel
* "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" (Sony Pictures Classics) - A Haddock Films Production, Argentina
* "The Milk of Sorrow" - A Wanda Vision/Oberon Cinematografica/Vela Production, Peru
* "Un Prophete" (Sony Pictures Classics) - A Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production, France
* "The White Ribbon" (Sony Pictures Classics) - An X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production, Germany

Achievement in makeup:

* "Il Divo" (MPI Media Group through Music Box) - Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
* "Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) - Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
* "The Young Victoria" (Apparition) - Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score):

* "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - James Horner
* "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox) - Alexandre Desplat
* "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
* "Sherlock Holmes" (Warner Bros.) - Hans Zimmer
* "Up" (Walt Disney) - Michael Giacchino

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song):

* "Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* "Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Music by Reinhardt Wagner, Lyric by Frank Thomas
* "Take It All" from "Nine" (The Weinstein Company) - Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
* "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight) - Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best motion picture of the year:

* "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
* "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.) - An Alcon Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determined
* "District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) - A Block/Hanson Production, Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
* "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics) - A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
* "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - A Voltage Pictures Production, Nominees to be determined
* "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production, Lawrence Bender, Producer
* "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) - A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production, Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
* "A Serious Man" (Focus Features) - A Working Title Films Production, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
* "Up" (Walt Disney) - A Pixar Production, Jonas Rivera, Producer
* "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) - A Montecito Picture Company Production, Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Best animated short film:

* "French Roast" - A Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films Production, Fabrice O. Joubert
* "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty" (Brown Bag Films) - A Brown Bag Films Production, Nicky Phelan and Darragh O'Connell
* "The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)" - A Kandor Graphics and Green Moon Production, Javier Recio Gracia
* "Logorama" (Autour de Minuit) - An Autour de Minuit Production, Nicolas Schmerkin
* "A Matter of Loaf and Death" (Aardman Animations) - An Aardman Animations Production, Nick Park

Best live action short film:

* "The Door" (Network Ireland Television) - An Octagon Films Production, Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
* "Instead of Abracadabra" (The Swedish Film Institute) - A Directorn & Fabrikorn Production, Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellstrom
* "Kavi" - A Gregg Helvey Production, Gregg Helvey
* "Miracle Fish" (Premium Films) - A Druid Films Production, Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
* "The New Tenants" - A Park Pictures and M & M Production, Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Achievement in sound editing:

* "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
* "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Paul N.J. Ottosson
* "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Wylie Stateman
* "Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) - Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
* "Up" (Walt Disney) - Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Achievement in sound mixing:

* "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
* "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
* "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
* "Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) - Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
* "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro, Distributed by Paramount) - Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Achievement in visual effects:

* "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
* "District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) - Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
* "Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) - Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Adapted screenplay:

* "District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) - Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
* "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Screenplay by Nick Hornby
* "In the Loop" (IFC Films) - Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
* "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) - Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
* "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) - Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Original screenplay:

* "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Written by Mark Boal
* "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Written by Quentin Tarantino
* "The Messenger" (Oscilloscope Laboratories) - Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
* "A Serious Man" (Focus Features) - Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
* "Up" (Walt Disney) - Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy



Haiti Relief

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The CBC has just put together a new Haiti Relief site, with all the information you need on Hatian relief efforts. Visit it at:



How to Help in Haiti


The earthquake in Haiti has left untold devastation and death in its wake, and with several aftershocks overnight, the situation is only getting worse. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to get supplies in to the country - but money donated to the organizations on the ground will get to the people that need help right away. The federal government has also committed to give up to $50 million to match Canadians' donations to eligible charities aiding relief efforts in Haiti - so your contribution will count for twice as much. Here's the Frequently Asked Questions about the government's commitment to match your donations at the CIDA site.

If you'd like to donate, visit CBC's Haiti Relief site at:

CBC News has a full list of charities and emergency contacts here. Foreign Affairs also has a list, and if you're not sure about a charity - or not sure if the government will match your donation - search for it here.

If you have friends or family in Haiti, our thoughts are with them and with you.