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Oscar hopes for Birdman got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner Boyhood.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. Both guilds are seen as highly predictive of which film will triumph at the Oscars, which will be held Feb. 22.
Richard Linklater's Boyhood, the acclaimed indie made with the unprecedented real-life time-elapse of 12 years, has long held as the awards seasons favorite. But Birdman fills the role of a classic Oscar winner, likeShakespeare in Love, as a celebration of showbiz. Its fortunes look especially bright considering the last seven Producers Guild Awards winners have also won best picture at the Academy Awards.
"Actors love »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
As far as being a good Oscar harbinger, the SAG awards have a fairly good track record. Last year for instance, they first awarded Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o, and then they all went on to win Oscars. However, American Hustle took the Outstanding Cast award, but was shut out by the Academy. Cut to tonight where Birdman took the Cast award. The continuing coronation of Julianne Moore in lead actress for Still Alice, J.K. Simmons in Supporting Actor for Whiplash and Patricia Arquette in Supporting Actress for Boyhood were locks at the Golden Globes, the Critics Choice Movie Awards and now SAG. They remain locks at the Oscars in the same corresponding categories, although Arquette’s handlers might hope CBS would lay off the heavy CSI: Cyber (in which she stars) promos until after voting closes on February 17th. The only roadblock could be at BAFTA on February 8th. »
- Pete Hammond
The SAG Awards annually serve as a predictor of Oscar success: Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o, and Jared Leto all won SAG Awards last year and went on to win Oscars just weeks later. This year's ceremony aired Sunday evening, giving movie fans plenty of excitement—plus a good idea of who might win big at the upcoming Academy Awards. But the winners list isn't the only memorable part of the SAG Awards: This year's show was full of noteworthy—sometimes funny, sometimes sentimental—moments, including Reese Witherspoon's graceful reaction to a technical glitch and Viola Davis' emotional, »
- Ariana Bacle
The red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium will launch around 3 p.m. following toasting ceremonies with Champagne Taittinger, the official champagne of the SAG Awards for the past 15 years.
The SAG Awards website will live stream the red carpet.
Happy show day!! Just hours until the 21st Annual #sagawards! pic.twitter.com/KUg42wBURc
— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) January 25, 2015
The no-host ceremonies will launch at 5 p.m. Pt with a live broadcast on TBS and TNT with the usual “I’m an actor” intro, followed by the presentation of five film and eight TV awards.
Presenters include Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Kevin Costner, Ethan Hawke, SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, Rashida Jones, Michael Keaton, Lorelei Linklater, Matthew McConaughey, Edward Norton, Julia Roberts and Emma Stone. »
- Dave McNary
On Sunday night, the Screen Actors Guild will hand out their prizes, beginning the portion of phase two for the awards season where the guilds chime in. SAG is a particularly noteworthy one due to how they don’t just attempt to clear up the acting categories…they also can be a Best Picture harbinger as well. Their Best Ensemble category is basically their Best Picture, so sometimes they opt to try and crown a frontrunner there as opposed to solely focusing on the best cast of the year. This year, there’s the potential for SAG to really crown the person to beat in Best Actor, so between that and Picture, there’s plenty to look at here. For comparison’s sake, here’s what they did last year. There was heavy and almost total crossover between SAG and Oscar, as Matthew McConaughey won both Best Actor prizes for Dallas Buyers Club, »
- Joey Magidson
One of the great things about awards season is that it provides a rich field for statistic analysis. Attentive viewers can use the Golden Globes (the first major awards show of the season) and SAG Awards (the second) as a sort of predictive measure for the major acting awards at the Oscars. We looked at the Oscar-nominated roles in the four major acting categories (sorry, Jen and Naomi), and cut out anyone who didn't win or get nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG. Then, we went back five years (because any more than that is insane - who are we, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
When you want an opinion about great acting, you go to the master. But because Cate Blanchett, Glenn Close, and hundreds of others were unavailable, we settled for Madonna. Watch as I take a break from The Snap to join forces with VH1 to interview "Madonna," played here by fantastic impersonator Nadya Ginsburg and dubbed by The Legends Panel, on the newest episode of the network's webseries Madonna Dearest. Turns out Madonna has really harsh opinions about "Interstellar," "Boyhood," and "Into the Woods." Some gross ones too! Part II will be coming up in the next few weeks. For now, enjoy this quick morsel of Ciccone wisdom. »
- Louis Virtel
Today we have a UK trailer for "The Turning," which is based on Australia's best-selling book of short stories by Tim Winton. It stars Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Mirando Otto and Richard Roxburgh. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Ten stories explore the impact of past on present, and how the seemingly random incidents that change and shape us can never be escaped or let go of. All of the stories are bound together by recurring themes; the passing of time, regret, addiction and obsession. "The Turning" has more than a dozen directors, including Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham (300: Rise of an Empire) and Justin Kurzel (Assassin's Creed). It's been playing at multiple festivals for over a year, but a Us release date has yet to be set. Trailer: »
There’s a film with Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, and Richard Roxburgh that Us audiences haven’t had a chance to see yet. The Turning is an Australian anthology film that adapts a set of short stories by Tim Winton, with more than a dozen directors, including Mia Wasikowska and Anthony Lucas (The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello), David Wenham (300: Rise of […]
- Russ Fischer
It shouldn’t be difficult to see a movie that’s been made, is available, has received almost unanimous praise and involves popular movie stars, including Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne onscreen and Mia Wasikowska behind the camera. The Turning probably just feels like it’s taking forever to come out, but even though the first trailer debuted in 2013, it’s merely been taking the long road through the international film festival scene. It hasn’t been sitting on a shelf or anything like that. Now this beautiful-looking Australian production is about to open in the UK and Ireland next month, and a slightly new trailer is online, mostly different in its positive pull quotes — because there’s enough favor for substitutions. What about a Us release? Main Street Films are set to distribute the anthology film sometime this year, though it’s surely a difficult venture since the thing is three hours long in its original »
- Christopher Campbell
Marrakech’s jury prexy, Isabelle Huppert, has just completed a four-month stint in the United States, where she co-starred with Cate Blanchett in the Sydney Theater Company production of Jean Genet’s “The Maids,” at the Lincoln Center Festival, followed by her film roles in Joachim Trier’s “Louder than Bombs,” alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne, and in Guillaume Nicloux’s “The Valley of Love,” with Gerard Depardieu.
In an interview at the Marrakech film festival she explained that her recent intensive U.S. experience is a pure coincidence of back-to-back projects.
Huppert explained that she’s very happy with the roles that she has been offered recently and is not overly concerned about being typecast, for example »
- Martin Dale
The Turning has released a UK trailer.
The stories centre around the themes of how the past impacts the present and the huge effect that seemingly random incidents can have on our lives.
The film was released last year in Australia.
The Turning will be released in the UK on February 6. A Us release date is yet to be announced. »
The epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy – and his Middle-earth series – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has become just the second film of 2014 to cross $800 million at the global box office, with the fantasy epic pushing its global haul to $803.1 million this past weekend.
The Battle of the Five Armies remains the lowest-grossing instalment of the Middle-earth franchise behind The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($869.3 million), and is the second-biggest movie of last year after Transformers: Age of Extinction, which sits on $1.087 billion.
See Also: Read our reviews of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here and here
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies features a cast that includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, »
- Gary Collinson
I am ready for Oscar speeches. I am ready for badass Oscar speeches. And here are 10 that remind you what it looks like when a bad-ass wields a gold statue and tells it like it is. 1. Lee Grant remembers what Hollywood did to her. And now they will never forget. Lee Grant, who won a Best Supporting Actress for "Shampoo," was blacklisted in the '50s and had to put her entire career on hold. She eventually rebounded with an Emmy for "Peyton Place" and a couple of Oscar nominations. When the time came to approach the dais, she had reckoning on her mind. Addressing her Oscar, she said, "We had a fight 20 years ago. I think he's changed. I know I haven't." Bam. 2. George Burns was the hottest young star of '75. George Burns picked up an Oscar for "The Sunshine Boys" at the age of 80. And yet, he »
- Louis Virtel
Given the big names involved—Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne, and Miranda Otto, in segments directed filmmakers including Mia Wasikowska, Justin Kurzel, David Wenham, and more—it's a bit surprising the Aussie omnibus "The Turning" is taking its time appearing on U.S. shores. Main Street Films has the U.S. rights, but not much has been heard about a release date. But the moody film is headed to the U.K., and a new trailer just dropped. Based on the ten short stories by Tim Winton, this multi-threaded film starts with the relationship between a young woman living in a trailer park with her abusive husband, and spreads out from there. Here's the official synopsis: Ten stories interweave in their respective narratives, creating an intriguing and twisting central plot-line that often centres around the enigmatic members of the Lang family, each consumed by their shared pasts. The Turning »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Party Report’s early picks of the prestigious, unique and special gatherings at the festival. Look for these intimate invites in your inbox
Despite causing agita throughout the industry for threatening not to circulate his annual “Sundance Party List” for talent, publicists and media — Chris Ryan’s encyclopedic tome is forthcoming and will be likely forwarded several times by the time you’re reading this post.
This is not that list.
Instead of a comprehensive treatise, I’ve picked the intimate, special and the unique gatherings of the creative community and people who make Sundance scene special and so broadly popular, »
- Mikey Glazer
Tim here. As you’ve probably heard, unless this is literally the first thing you’ve read on the internet all day, the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars got thrown for a loop when the prohibitive frontrunner, The Lego Movie, was unexpectedly denied a nomination. In the blink of an eye, one of the most boring races suddenly turned into the most unpredictable of all 24.
So why don’t we start hacking away at the five titles, and see what we can make of them, now that we’ve suddenly got some excitement on our hands?
Studio: Walt Disney Animation (8th nomination)
Nathaniel kind of liked it, I kind of liked it a bit less. Which mostly describes the reception that the film has received from everybody: nobody much dislikes the genial adventure-comedy about a boy and his charmingly soft robot, »
- Tim Brayton
#EggplantFriday is creating quite the bulge on social media -- and even though Instagram banned the low-hanging hashtag ... we got our hands around the trend and whipped up 10 celeb attempts that, sadly, fell limp. 10. Nicki Minaj 9. Taylor Swift 8. Amy Adams & Christoph Waltz /div> 7. Selena Gomez & Cara Delevinge 6. Kate Hudson 5. Kirstie Alley 4. Cristiano Ronaldo 3. Dave Grohl 2. Cate Blanchett 1. Liev Schreiber & Naomi Watts Read more »
- TMZ Staff
I'm typing up my final predictions article so while I'm doing that why not peruse my final predictions in the Screenplay categories (my big risk is Ida there) and something completely different: the Visual Effects Society nominations.
They looked at CG heavy 2014 on the big screen and small and declared that these were the things they most liked looking at! I do suggest hitting the jump to see the whole list because they have a lot of interesting and highly specific categories like "Outstanding effects simulations in a photoreal/live action feature motion picture" which pits that funny scene from X-Men Days of Future Past when Quicksilver runs around the kitchen in slo-mo with that looped destructive beach sequence in Edge of Tomorrow that goes on forever until Tom Cruise gets the hang of it.
The "supporting visual effects" is always an interesting category. I'm hoping Birdman wins but I »
- NATHANIEL R
Julianne Moore says she felt pretty relaxed at the Golden Globes before she picked up the award for best actress in a motion picture, drama for her role in Still Alice. But even this veteran actress has her limits. "It had been a long, long night. It was so hot in there and I was feeling pretty calm for most of the night," Moore told People at the New York City screening of the film at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Tuesday night. "My husband was there and we had a good night." "Then, after a while, you're like, 'Wow, »
- Alexandra Zaslow, @alexandrazaslow
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