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Six Reasons Jennifer Aniston Could Win the Oscar for ‘Cake’

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What a difference a week makes. Once considered a long shot for an Oscar nom, Jennifer Aniston has now received the holy trifecta — nominations for best actress from SAG, Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice Awards. An Oscar nomination seems more and more likely.

It’s all the more impressive that Aniston has received such attention for a small independent film. In “Cake,” written by first-time screenwriter Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz, she plays Claire Simmons, a woman who suffers from chronic pain and becomes obsessed with learning more about a member of her support group who committed suicide. Aniston has never been given such a meaty role on the bigscreen before, and she rewards the filmmakers’ gamble with a beautiful, heartfelt performance.

Aniston has made a lot of progress in a short time in the race and will likely continue. There are so many factors that go »

- Jenelle Riley

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14 biggest Oscars surprises: Nominated without at least one bid from Critics' Choice or Globes or SAG'

16 December 2014 12:32 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Since the Critics' Choice Awards were introduced in 1995, 14 performers have reaped Oscar nominations without first contending at either these kudos Or the Screen Actors Guild Awards Or the Golden Globes. That is good news for the likes of Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner"), Hilary Swank ("The Homesman"), Tom Wilkinson ("Selma") and Laura Dern ("Wild") who were snubbed by these precursor prizes. All were at one time in our top five for the Oscars and could be vindicated come nominations morning.  Below, we profile the lucky few who came out of left field to contend at the Oscars without first having been in the running at at least one of these awards. However, for all of them the nominations had to be reward enough, as none of them won the Oscar. -Break- Best Actor Clint Eastwood, "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah" (2007) Javier Bardem, "Biutiful&quo..."' »

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Jennifer Aniston ambushes Oscar's Best Actress race'

12 December 2014 2:49 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

What looked like a loooooong shot just five days ago is now official: Jennifer Aniston ("Cake") will be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars, according to the latest expert predictions at Gold Derby. On Monday, Aniston was in distant ninth place in our charts behind Amy Adams ("Big Eyes"), Shailene Woodley ("The Fault in Our Stars") and Emily Blunt ("Into the Woods"). Our experts believed Hilary Swank ("The Homesman") would take that fifth slot in the category where four other contenders seem like a lock: Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Reese Witherspoon ("Wild"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl") and Felicity Jones ("Theory of Everything"). -Break- But Swank failed to show up in the nominations issued by the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Tuesday and the Golden Globes on Wednesday. Instead, Aniston made both cuts and now she's got major momentum. Can s...' »

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Almost Arthouse #30: ‘The Homesman’ & ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada’

11 December 2014 11:46 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Our first episode since July (we know, we’re terrible) brings on discussion of two Tommy Lee Jones directorial efforts: First up is the director’s latest (which premiered at Cannes), The Homesman, which deftly tackles the rough and tough lives of pioneer women and a drunken drifter in 1850. The film stars Jones himself, Hilary Swank, Meryl Steep, and James Spader. Last on the docket is the neo-western The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), starring Jones, Barry Pepper, January Jones, and Melissa Leo. Joining hosts Ty Landis and Tom Stoup for this week’s chat is The Film Stage’s Danny King

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'Nightcrawler' leads San Diego film critics nominations

11 December 2014 4:24 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Nice of the San Diego crowd to keep things interesting. "Nightcrawler" led the way with nominations from the SoCal group, picking up nine tips of the hat including for Riz Ahmed in Best Supporting Actor, which is neat. "Gone Girl" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" were a step behind with eight while "Birdman" and "Boyhood" grabbed seven apiece. Check out the full list below. Winners will be announced Dec. 15. And as always, well, you know: The Circuit. Best Film "Boyhood" "Gone Girl" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Nightcrawler" "Selma" "The Theory of Everything" Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" David Fincher, "Gone Girl" Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" Best Actor Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Brendan Gleeson, "Calvary" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Tom Hardy, "Locke" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Best Actress Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night" Felicity Jones, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Shocking Golden Globes snubs: Angelina Jolie (twice), Bradley Cooper, ...

11 December 2014 6:45 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Golden Globes turned their back on many of their long-time favorites, including Angelina Jolie and her WWII biopic "Unbroken" as well as her smash hit "Maleficent" and Clint Eastwood and actor/producer Bradley Cooper for their passion project "American Sniper."  Below, our list of other shocking snubs in the film categories -Break- Golden Globes: Complete list of film and TV nominations Not Nominated: Best Drama Film "American Sniper" "Gone Girl" "Interstellar" "Unbroken" Not Nominated: Best Drama Actor Ben Affleck, "Gone Girl" Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper" Matthew McConaughey, "Interstellar" Timothy Spall, "Mr. Turner" Not Nominated: Best Drama Actress Jessica Chastain, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night" Hilary Swank, "The Homesman&quo..." »

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The 2015 Golden Globe Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

11 December 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Surprises and snubs from Thursday morning's announcement of the 2015 Golden Globe nominees are to be expected; the Globe voters can't nominate every worthy person, movie, and TV show, and yet they always include some head-scratching inclusions and omissions.

It's hard to get outraged -- after all, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group that gives out the Globes every January, isn't taken nearly as seriously or regarded with anywhere near the prestige enjoyed by the Academies that grant the Oscars and the Emmys. Nonetheless, the Globes do shape the conversation about which movies and TV shows deserve prizes each year, and no one wants to be left out of consideration. Here, then, are this year's notable Globe snubs and surprises.

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In the age-old Team Jen vs. Team Angelina struggle, the HFPA came down decidedly in the former camp this year. Jennifer Aniston won a rare dramatic honor with her »

- Gary Susman

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Birdman leads SAG nods

10 December 2014 9:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Birdman garnered four Screen Actors Guild nominations on December 10 for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and ensemble, while Norton and Benedict Cumberbatch earned three apiece. Fox Searchlight led the studios on six nods.

There are career-first nods for Norton — who arrived in style with an individual nomination for Fox Searchlight/New Regency’s Birdman and ensemble recognition for Birdman and Fox Searchlight’s The Grand Budapest Hotel — as well as for Jones, Keira Knightley and TV’s Uzo Aduba, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany.

Focus FeaturesThe Theory of Everything earned three for Redmayne, Jones and ensemble; IFC FilmsBoyhood garnered three for Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and ensemble; and The Weinstein Company/Black Bear’s The Imitation Game earned three for Cumberbatch, Knightley and ensemble.

Cumberbatch is also in contention for his individual work in Sherlock: His Last Vow, broadcast in the Us by PBS.

Spc’s Foxcatcher generated nods for Steve Carell and Marc »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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SAG Awards Movies: Jennifer & Jake Take The Cake As Actors Offer Some Surprises

10 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Predictably it was a big morning for Boyhood and Birdman at the SAG nominations, the first really important awards announcement of the season as it comes from an actual guild and not a critics group. Those two films are very actor-centric and true ensembles so I would imagine they will fight it out for the ultimate Cast award, SAG’s version of Best Picture, while nominees The Imitation Game and The Theory Of Everything will likely split those sympathetic to British casts. Guild noms are a much better indicator generally of the way Oscar winds are blowing, so the importance of this SAG list can’t be underestimated even though, as usual, these nominees are chosen by lottery by a random 2100 person sample of  SAG’s more than 100,000 -strong overall membership who will vote on the final winners. It should be noted that the discrepancy between SAG and Oscar acting »

- Pete Hammond

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SAG Awards: What the Nominations Mean for the Oscar Race

10 December 2014 8:47 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Theory of Everything in, Foxcatcher and Into the Woods out? Cake’s Jennifer Aniston in, The Homesman’s Hilary Swank out? St. Vincent’s Naomi Watts in, Wild’s Laura Dern out? Boardwalk Empire and Homeland in, True Detective and The Good Wife out? Brooklyn Nine-Nine in, Parks and Recreation out? Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi in, The Blacklist’s James Spader out? ShamelessWilliam H. Macy and Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet in, Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor and House of LiesDon Cheadle out? Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany in, Scandal’s Kerry Washington out?

This morning’s announcements of the 21st SAG Award nominations were watched closely by much of Hollywood, despite coming well before sunrise, because they are the season’s first set of noms chosen by people who might also be in — and are »

- Anjelica Oswald

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SAG nominees snubs and surprises: Jennifer Aniston rattles the Best Actress race

10 December 2014 8:19 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 2015 SAG Awards nominations are in — and looking mostly familiar. With the circuit flooded with nominations and critical shout-outs, the major guilds are ready to take us into the homestretch with their take on the year's best. But, as with every event this season, SAG’s announcement also came with a couple surprises and a few glaring omissions. Sizing up both the television and film nominees, Dan Fienberg and I walked away from the SAG announcement with these takeaways: Snub: "Selma" couldn’t rally the voters After wrapping production over the summer, Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic raced towards its late December qualifying run, making a surprise premiere at AFI Fest and declaring itself an awards contender. Since the debut, the "Selma" screening machine has worked tirelessly to push it into the conversation (which, thanks to the country’s current state, it didn’t need too much »

- Matt Patches, Daniel Fienberg

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SAG Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

10 December 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Screen Actors Guild nominations are often a sign of who will be invited to the Oscars, since actors constitute the largest group of Academy voters. After Wednesday morning’s nomination announcement, that could mean good news for “Birdman” (which picked up four noms, more than any other film), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”), and Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), and not great news for Jessica Chastain (overlooked for “A Most Violent Year”) and “Selma” (Paramount didn’t send out screeners in time). On the TV side, the nominees don’t necessarily create momentum for the Emmys, but they can’t hurt in building buzz for freshman shows like Showtime’s “The Affair” and Cinemax’s “The Knick,” which were shut out. Here are the biggest snubs and surprises in both TV and film.

Snub: Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year.”

Chastain has had a busy year with roles in “Insterstellar” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Geoff Berkshire

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SAG Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

10 December 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Screen Actors Guild nominations are often a sign of who will be invited to the Oscars, since actors constitute the largest group of Academy voters. After Wednesday morning’s nomination announcement, that could mean good news for “Birdman” (which picked up four noms, more than any other film), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”), and Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), and not great news for Jessica Chastain (overlooked for “A Most Violent Year”) and “Selma” (Paramount didn’t send out screeners in time). On the TV side, the nominees don’t necessarily create momentum for the Emmys, but they can’t hurt in building buzz for freshman shows like Showtime’s “The Affair” and Cinemax’s “The Knick,” which were shut out. Here are the biggest snubs and surprises in both TV and film.

Snub: Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year.”

Chastain has had a busy year with roles in “Insterstellar” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Geoff Berkshire

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SAG Award Nominations Analysis: Aniston, Gyllenhaal Boosted, ‘Selma’ Shut Out

10 December 2014 7:16 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a good morning for Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal, whose heralded performances in smaller films managed to break into crowded fields with nominations for the SAG Awards. Not doing as well today is Paramount, which found both their Oscar hopefuls, “Interstellar” and “Selma,” shut out of all categories.

With the SAG the first of the guilds to announce nominations for motion pictures, the SAG Awards are often seen as a great harbinger for the Academy Awards. Last year, all four SAG Award winners in film went on to Oscar glory. While there is no correlation between the SAG Awards’ best ensemble category and Oscar’s best picture, many continue to insist a connection exists. Last year, only three of the five film ensembles nominated went on to score best picture noms at the Oscars, with “August: Osage County” and “Lee DanielsThe Butler” left off the Academy list. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Gyllenhaal, Watts, Aniston: SAG adds a few fresh pieces to the Oscar season puzzle

10 December 2014 7:06 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When I look out over this morning's Screen Actors Guild nominations, one thing is abundantly clear: "Foxcatcher" needed this. After landing with a major splash at the Cannes Film Festival, the film went on to feel more like a low-key blip (no real critics love so far) that wasn't going to connect with voters. Today, not only is Steve Carell chalked up for a lead actor nomination, but Mark Ruffalo is right there with him in a supporting race that was starting to seem very, very up in the air. Speaking of up in the air supporting races, SAG gave us a pretty interesting bend in the road by nominating Naomi Watts' fiery turn as a Bill Murray's pregnant Russian stripper girlfriend in "St. Vincent." Honestly I kind of love the nomination, because for a film that's pretty derivative overall, Watts was touching and fresh in that role. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Announced: 'Birdman' Leads the Way

10 December 2014 5:45 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The 2015 Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning by Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Eva Longoria and it was a bid day for Birdman, leading the way with four nominations, missing out only on a leading female actor nomination, a role the film doesn't really have. Following Birdman is Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything with three nominations each and Benedict Cumberbatch is the actor of the hour, scoring nominations as part of the Imitation Game ensemble as well as a lead actor nomination and a nomination for his performance in "Sherlock". The most baffling nomination of the lot is the one for Naomi Watts, whose work in St. Vincent is hardly worthy of a nomination, serving as the only sore spot in a film that even those that liked it didn't really like. The nomination for Robert Duvall in The Judge is »

- Brad Brevet

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SAG Awards: What the Nominations Mean for the Oscar Race

10 December 2014 5:26 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Theory of Everything in, Foxcatcher and Into the Woods out? Cake's Jennifer Aniston in, The Homesman's Hilary Swank out? St. Vincent's Naomi Watts in, Wild's Laura Dern out? Boardwalk Empire and Homeland in, True Detective and The Good Wife out? Brooklyn Nine-Nine in, Parks and Recreation out? Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi in, The Blacklist's James Spader out? Shameless' William H. Macy and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet in, Transparent's Jeffrey Tambor and House of Lies' Don Cheadle out? Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany in, Scandal's Kerry Washington out? This morning's announcements of the 21st SAG

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- Scott Feinberg

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'Birdman' leads 2014 Phoenix Film Critics Society nominations

9 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Finally "Boyhood" gets trumped, though just barely. Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" was the nominations hog with the Phoenix crowd with 10 mentions. But Richard Linklater's opus was just a few steps behind with eight. Also with eight nominations was "Gone Girl," which picked up refreshing recognition in the Best Supporting Actress arena for Carrie Coon. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Into the Woods" and "The Theory of Everything" picked up seven nods apiece. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Dec. 16. And keep track of the season at The Circuit! Best Picture "Birdman" "Boyhood" "Gone Girl" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "The Imitation Game" "The Lego Movie" "A Most Violent Year" "The Theory of Everything" "Whiplash" Best Director Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" David Fincher, "Gone Girl" Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Best Actor in a Leading Role Bradley Cooper, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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"Boyhood" Tops Boston Society of Film Critics

8 December 2014 1:42 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Like the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics also chose Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" as the best film of the year! But wait, there's more! "Boyhood" also won Best Film Editing, Best Screenplay (Tie with "Birdman"), Best Ensemble, and Best Director for Linklater.

Here's the full list of winners:

Best Picture

"Boyhood"

Runner-up: "Birdman"

Best Director

Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"

Runner-up: Clint Eastwood, "American Sniper"

Best Actor

Michael Keaton, "Birdman"

Runner-up: Timothy Spall, "Mr. Turner"

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, "The Immigrant," "Two Days, One Night"

Runner-up: Hilary Swank, "The Homesman"

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash

Runner-up: Edward Norton, "Birdman"

Best Supporting Actress

Emma Stone "Birdman"

Runner-up: Laura Dern, "Wild"

Best Screenplay (tie)

"Birdman," "Boyhood"

Runner-up: "Mr. Turner"

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman"

Runner-up: Dick Pope, "Mr. Turner"

Best Editing

Sandra Adair, "Boyhood"

Runner-ups: Joel Cox, Gary Roach, "American Sniper"

Best Use Of Music In A »

- Manny

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SAG Awards: Predictions in an Unpredictable Year

8 December 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sorry critics, but the SAG Awards are the first of the true precursor honors that indicate which way the Academy Awards may be leading. The nominees are voted on by 4,200 SAG members selected at random every year — 2,100 vote on film awards, 2,100 vote on TV awards. The full SAG-aftra voting body then selects the winners, who will be announced in a ceremony on Jan. 25, 2015. The nominees will be announced on Dec. 10 at an ungodly hour.

Last year, all four SAG award winners in film went on to score the Academy Award. (The fifth category, best ensemble, has no Oscar equivalent, though many erroneously associate it with best picture.) Still, there are always some anomalies in matching up the races every year — I still wonder if voters thought they were casting ballots for Melanie Laurent in “Inglourious Basterds” the year Diane Kruger got a nod.

And because the nominations are announced early, »

- Jenelle Riley

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