Julian Assange Talks to Hollywood Foreign Press Association

In an explosion of relevancy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, best known as the people behind the Golden Globes, the awards ceremony that for a brief moment in time was the predictor for the Academy Awards, landed a Skype interview with WikiLeaks founder and interwebs pinup boy, Julian Assange. The fifty reporters who joined on the Skype video interview will be filing the stories tomorrow and into the week, and the HFPA have dropped juicy hints about  what the platinum haired cyber-star discussed as part of the association’s rapidly expanding Round Table series of interviews.

Last month HFPA vice president Lorenzo Soria told Variety that the Association wanted a return to real journalism. Today he told Variety:

We knew that getting a story with the importance of the Wikileaks controversy would be helpful in our efforts to broaden our reach beyond just interviewing the latest movie star. We hope that interviewing Julian Assange opens the door to other major interviews….My story for (Italian daily) La Stampa runs tomorrow and I know they’re really excited. This is clearly not the kind of story you work on every day.

The Skype call was arranged between the HFPA’s offices in West Hollywood and the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Assange has been living since June 2012 when he was granted diplomatic asylum. In his interview Assange warned of the dangers posed by the American security complex. He also stated  that his family had received death threats. The interview took several months to arrange, and is timed perfectly to coincide with the release of the biopic The Fifth Estate, which Assange told the HFPA was

opportunistic and hostile.

The movie may well be, but it is also fomenting  an increased interest in WikiLeaks, Assange, and the charges against him in Sweden. And while Assange may feel contrary to the adage that any publicity is good publicity, he’s getting a lot–and by speaking up again The Fifth Estate so clearly and loudly, so is the film. People will go to see it, and hopefully they will look deeper and longer into Assange, into WikiLeaks, into Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.

And it also remains to be seen if the HFPA will nominate The Fifth Estate for any Golden Globe categories.

Assange’s stay in the Ecuadorian Embassy began in June of last year when the British government sought, per the HFPA’s explanation:

to extradite him to Sweden under a European Arrest Warrant for questioning in relation to a sexual assault investigation. Metropolitan police officers have been stationed outside the embassy since Assange entered the building and have been ordered to arrest him if he attempts to leave…

WikiLeaks has been involved in the publication of material documenting extra-judicial killings in Kenya, a report on toxic waste dumping on the Ivory Coast, Church of Scientology manuals, Guantanamo Bay detention camp procedures, the July 12 2007 Baghdad air strike video and other documents.

At one point there were five WikiLeaks film projects in development. I’m just bummed no one is making  a musical…

Golden Globes Ceremony 2013: FDL Live Blog

It’s the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s own award show (on NBC at 5pm West Coast, 8pm East, right now!) with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey doing the hosting honors! The HFPA loves, loves, loves television and movie stars, and judging from the list of Best Director nominees, likes to set itself apart from those Oscar people.   So tune in, turn on, and drop names with Firedoglake as we dish the gowns, the speeches, and discuss who we would have voted voted for and why!

MOTION PICTURES

Best Drama
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Musical/Comedy
“Les Miserables”
Best Director
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Best Actress in a Drama
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Actor in a Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”


Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Amour”

Best Animated Feature
“Brave”

Best Original Song
“Skyfall,” music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth (“Skyfall”)

Best Original Score
Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”

TELEVISION

Best TV Comedy or Musical
“Girls”

Best TV Drama
“Homeland”

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Best Actor in a TV Drama
“Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Best Miniseries or TV Movie
“Game Change”

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Maggie Smith, “Downtown Abbey: Season 2″

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Ed Harris, “Game Change”

Golden Globes Red Carpet Arrivals: FDL Live Blog

Oh we love a parade! Especially an awards show parade of  dazzling movie and teevee stars all dressed up! And the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes–which have radically diverged from the Academy Awards this year  in the Best Director category.  I kinda thought Django Unchained was a comedy (and it would have swept in that category, though hard toss up between Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz as to who was the Best Supporting Actor no matter if it’s comedy or drama). And Philip Seymour Hoffman was brilliant in The Master. Alan Arkin in Argo–that may be the winner. It’s hard to say with the Globes/HFPA, a strange bunch who have managed to turn their little awards gig into the  major event of the pre-Oscars awards season.

So join us now!  Tune into the Globes (on NBC) as we let rip the bon mots and shred the arrivals.

MOTION PICTURES

Best Drama
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Musical/Comedy
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kindgom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Director
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Best Actress in a Drama
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best Actor in a Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Jack Black, “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Maggie Smith, “Quartet”
Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best Screenplay
Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
David O’Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Chris Terrio, “Argo”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Amour”
“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Kon-Tiki”
“Rust and Bone”

Best Animated Feature
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Original Song
“For You,” music and lyrics by Monty Powell, Keith Urban (“Act of Valor”)
“Not Running Anymore,” music and lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi (“Stand Up Guys”)
“Safe & Sound,” music and lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett (“The Hunger Games”)
“Skyfall,” music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth (“Skyfall”)
“Suddenly,” music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil (“Les Miserables”)

Best Original Score
Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”
Alexandre Desplat, “Argo”
Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina”
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil, “Cloud Atlas”
John Williams, “Lincoln”

TELEVISION

Best TV Comedy or Musical
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Episodes”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Smash”

Best TV Drama
“Breaking Bad”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey”
“Homeland”
“The Newsroom”

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Miniseries or TV Movie
“Game Change”
“The Girl”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“The Hour”
“Political Animals”

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Sienna Miller, “The Girl”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock (Masterpiece)”
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Maggie Smith, “Downtown Abbey: Season 2″
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Danny Huston, “Magic City”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”


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