Bruins Set to Shine in Awards Season
By Mark Davis
Published Dec 12, 2013 4:02 PM
UCLA is well-represented among this year's nominees for Grammys and Golden Globes.
Hollywood’s annual awards season brought some early gifts to Bruins in the entertainment industry and their fans. Kudos to each of them.
In recent years, films recognized by the National Board of Review and given Golden Globe nominations have been a good predictor of Oscar nods, which is good news for director Alexander Payne M.F.A. ’90. On December 4, the National Board of Review placed Payne’s new film, Nebraska, on its list of top 10 best films of the year and recognized stars Will Forte ’93 and Bruce Dern with Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor honors, respectively. On December 12, Nebraska earned Payne two Golden Globe nominations (Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Director), and received additional nods for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. Payne previously has won two Golden Globes and two Oscars for screenwriting, for Sideways (2004) and The Descendants (2011).
Also on the Golden Globes nominations list was the TV series The Big Bang Theory, up for Best Comedy Series. The show features Mayim Bialik ’00, Ph.D. ’07, and thorough fact-checking from science consultant and UCLA professor David Saltzberg (who also writes The Big Blog Theory, which dissects the science used in each episode).
When Grammy nominations were announced on December 6, many, including the artist herself, were surprised to see Sara Bareilles ’03 up in two categories.
“It all feels very surreal,” Bareilles told reporters after earning her third and fourth Grammy nominations for Album of the Year (Blessed Unrest) and Best Pop Solo Performance ("Brave"). “I think my entire team was sort of looking at each other with this childlike astonishment, it was just so unexpected. I feel so honored and so grateful. I kind of can’t believe it and I know a lot of people can’t believe it, but . . . I’m thrilled.”
In other Bruin-Grammy news, "Days Are Gone," the debut release from sister act Haim, featuring Estes Haim ’10, helped Ariel Rechtshaid land a nomination for Producer of the Year.
Saxophonist and jazz icon Dave Koz ’85 can’t have been surprised by his nod for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Summer Horns. It was his ninth nomination and third year in a row to make the list. The release is his seventh to hit #1 on the Mediabase Smooth A/C Chart.