BEVERLY HILLS, January 18, 2011 – “The Kids Are All Right,” produced in association with Artist International and executive produced by Steven Saxton, CEO of AI’s parent company, Hollywood Studios International, had an exceptional evening as it took home two Golden Globe Awards, including the top honor for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical on Sunday night. Annette Bening, who was nominated along side her co-star Julianne Moore, took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy of Musical. “It was a tremendous night for independent film and we are thrilled this terrific movie has received the recognition we always felt it was worthy of,” said Saxton. Joel Newton, Artist International’s Managing Director and a Co-Producer on the project: “We are incredibly excited for everyone involved and hope these awards encourage more and more people to see this special film.”
Director Lisa Cholodenko, Annette Bening and her Golden Globe for Best Actress, and Executive Producer Steven Saxton
Last night’s awards come on the heels of a series of accolades the film has been racking up lately. In December, “The Kids Are All Right,” released by Focus Features, picked up the most awards from the New York Film Critics Circle with a total of three consisting of best screenplay, Bening’s lead performance and Mark Ruffalo’s supporting role. Prior to that, it took top honors at the Berlin International Film Festival, and last month it was nominated for a slew of Independent Spirit Awards. The picture received the second most nominations, with a total of five, picking up nods for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Female lead for Bening and Best Supporting Male for Ruffalo. Historically, the Golden Globes are seen as a predictor of Oscar nominations. The Oscar nominations will be announced January 25.
Steven Saxton with Producer Celine Rattray and Co-Producer Joel Newton
From the moment “The Kids Are All Right” ignited a bidding war at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, it has been one of the mose talked about and praised films of 2010. Dubbed “the breakout hit of the summer,” the comedy-drama about a lesbian couple whose world is forever changed after their son and daughter bring their bioloical sperm donor father into their life, grossed more than $20 million in U.S. box office revenue. It garnered near unanimous praise from critics and moviegoers alike, and with the recent release of the DVD, continues to tug at the heart strings of an ever-growing audience.
Saxton with the Best Picture Golden Globe and Rattray
Saxton and Newton at the Focus Features afterparty
Saxton with Mark Ruffalo on the red carpet
ABOUT ARTIST INTERNATIONAL
Artist International is a management/production company that partners with artists to create great content. The company provides professional representation to actors, writers, directors, athletes, music performers, artists, and other entertainment properties. Its four divisions – music, literary, sports, and talent – operate with the singular focus of understanding the goals, passions and talents of its clients and maximizing their potential. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Hollywood Studios International, Artist International is positioned to collaborate with artists to bring new content to life, whether by internal means or external partnerships.
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