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Memo to TV Academy: Here are six other Voice-Over artists overdue for Emmys

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With Harry Shearer's first ever Emmy victory this year for Character Voice-Over Performance for "The Simpsons," we saw a very deserving performer finally get his due for his work in this field. The same also happened in 2011 and 2012 when veteran performer Maurice Lamarche won the category for his work on "Futurama." -Break- Creative Arts Emmys trivia: Bill Maher, Harry Shearer win first career Emmys However, there are still many working voice-over actors and actresses who deserve Emmy recognition but haven't gotten it yet. So here's a look at six performers who should also be singled out by the TV academy. Their careers have spanned decades, and while some may not be voicing current characters, voting members should nevertheless keep their eyes out for anything they're a part of. Billy West Since starting in the business in the early 1980s, West has been one of the hardest working people in the fi. »


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Reese Witherspoon takes 'Wild' ride at Telluride into Oscars race

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A year after helming "Dallas Buyers Club," which won Oscars for both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, Jean-Marc Vallee returns with "Wild," another true-life story about overcoming adversity. Oscar champ Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line") plays Cheryl Strayed who makes a rash decision, after years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own.  -Break- It is never too early to dish the Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now The Fox Searchlight title had its world premiere at the Telluride film festival on Friday in the prestigious Patrons Preview slot, which went to eventual Oscar champ "Argo" two years ago. The studio did well when it launched &quot »


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Will Emmy champ Jon Stewart add Oscar to mantel with directorial debut 'Rosewater'?

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Jon Stewart took time off from "The Daily Show" last summer to make his directorial debut with "Rosewater." He did double duty, also adapting "Then They Came For Me," the memoir by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari in which he recounts his almost four months of false imprisonment in his homeland for espionage. Gael Garcia Bernal plays the prisoner while Kim Bodnia is his interrogator in what is largely a two-hander with appearances by Shohreh Aghdashloo as his mother and Claire Foy as his wife back in London.   The film from Open Road plays at Telluride this weekend before getting a splashy premiere at the Toronto film festival next week. It opens in limited release on Nov. 7. Based on the early reviews, Stewart, who has a staggering 20 Emmys for writing and producing his late night talker, could well find himself in the running at the Oscars.  -Break- It is never too »


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Is 'Better Call Saul' a drama or comedy? Bob Odenkirk ends speculation (Exclusive Video)

28 August 2014 10:17 PM, PDT

On the Emmys red carpet Monday night, Bob Odenkirk spoke up about all those category rumors that have been plaguing "Better Call Saul" in recent weeks. (Watch our red carpet chat below.) So, is the much-anticipated "Breaking Bad" spin-off going to be a drama or comedy series? -Break- See complete list of Emmy winners and nominations "It's about the same [as 'Breaking Bad']," Odenkirk confirmed exclusively to Gold Derby at the Emmys. "Maybe a slightly bit more comedic. But it's mostly drama." From this, we can assume that "Better Call Saul" will be entering the drama races at next year's Emmys and won't pull an "Orange is the New Black"-style category switcheroo, as many awards watchers have been speculating. Time to re-think your 2015 Emmy strategies, folks. Back stage at the Emmys: Casts of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' It »


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'Project Runway' recap: Design challenge gives contestants wedding jitters

28 August 2014 9:31 PM, PDT

Team challenges are not Sandhya Garg's friend. The idiosyncratic "Project Runway" designer has won two challenges, but she has also posted low scores in two challenges, and they both happened to be group efforts. However, the lucky contestant has once again lived to design another day. -Break- 'Project Runway' recap: Who got to dress Heidi Klum for the Emmys? When she was teamed with Carrie Sleutskaya and Hernan Lander during week two's unconventional-materials challenge, they overpowered her and she delivered an uninspired dress based on their ideas. This week, however, she may have been her own worst enemy. This week, teams of two were tasked with making two wedding looks: one for the ceremony and one for the reception. Char Glover was nervous when she drew Sandhya as a partner, but she didn't push back on her ideas nearly as hard as Carrie and Hernan did. They agreed on the color yellow, »


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Is 'Better Call Saul' a drama or comedy? Bob Odenkirk ends category speculation (Exclusive Video)

28 August 2014 8:32 PM, PDT

On the Emmys red carpet Monday night, Bob Odenkirk spoke up about all those category rumors that have been plaguing "Better Call Saul" in recent weeks. (Watch our red carpet chat below.) So, is the much-anticipated "Breaking Bad" spin-off series going to be a Drama or a Comedy? -Break- See complete list of Emmy winners and nominations "It's about the same [as 'Breaking Bad']," Odenkirk confirmed exclusively to Gold Derby at the Emmys. "Maybe a slightly bit more comedic. But it's mostly drama." From this, we can assume that "Better Call Saul" will be entering the drama races at next year's Emmys and won't pull an "Orange is the New Black"-style category switcheroo, as many awards watchers have been speculating. Time to re-think your 2015 Emmy strategies, folks. Back stage at the Emmys: Casts of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' It »


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Why the Emmys bitchslapped 'The Normal Heart': Yes, Hollywood still hates gays

28 August 2014 6:54 PM, PDT

Sure, no town on the planet speaks up louder in support of Lgbt rights than Hollywood, but the Emmys just provided (long suspected) proof that many of its leading citizens really don't mean it. Voters just dealt shocking losses to "The Normal Heart" that were so unjust, offensive, bizarre and ridiculous that the only thing that can explain them is that the ghost of "Brokeback Mountain" homophobia has returned to terrify awardsland. -Break- How could "The Normal Heart" and Matt Bomer have lost Best Screenplay and Supporting Actor? All 14 of the Experts polled by Gold Derby predicted Bomer was a shoo-in. Ten picked "Normal Heart" to snag the scripter's prize – the other four opted for "Fargo." "Heart" also seemed to be within striking distance of winning Best Actor (6 out of 14 Experts backed Mark Ruffalo) and Supporting Actress (4 of us picked Julia Roberts).  Did homophobia crush 'The...' »


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Why were Emmy ratings so good in dog days of summer?

28 August 2014 3:20 PM, PDT

This year's Emmys drew the second-largest audience in eight years: 15.6 million viewers and a 4.2 rating in the 18 to 49 key sales demographic. This far exceeded expectations, as NBC had moved the ceremony up a month so that they would not have to preempt their number-one program “Sunday Night Football.” NBC had also shifted the Emmys from Sunday to avoid the MTV Video Music Awards. (Never mind that NBC could have aired the Emmys on a Monday in September.) -Break- Our contest winner reveals Emmy prediction tips The opening monologue by host Seth Meyers got a lot of mileage out of the airdate, remarking that they were the first Emmys on a Monday in almost four decades: "No one remembers the 1976 Emmys because they were held on a Monday.” As these jokes came at five o’clock on the west coast, they should have been missed by many in the workforce, who »


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You decide: Will SAG Awards preview Oscars again?

28 August 2014 1:50 PM, PDT

The Screen Actors Guild Awards is a peer-group kudofest in which performers are honored by their industry. Since it began in 1994, it has become one of the best precursors for predicting the four acting categories at the Oscars. Indeed, all four of last year's SAG individual film winners -- Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") -- went on to repeat at the Academy Awards. -Break- It is never too early to dish all the film awards Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now However, SAG is less reliable when predicting the eventual Best Picture champ at the Oscars. That was the case last year when "American Hustle" won Best SAG Ensemble while "12 Years a Slave" went on to take the top prize at the Academy Awards. In the 20-year history of the SAG »


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Sorry, Doris Day: Honorary Oscars go to Maureen O'Hara, Harry Belafonte'

28 August 2014 10:40 AM, PDT

The motion picture academy announced Thursday that actor/singer Harry Belafonte will receive the Hersholt humanitarian prize at the upcoming Governors Awards while actress Maureen O'Hara, animator Hayao Miyazaki and writer Jean-Claude Carrière will all get honorary Oscars. This year's ceremony will take place on Nov. 8 in the Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The timing is such that many of this year's hottest Oscar prospects will attend to glad-hand voters. (Chris Beachum and I discuss the merits of the process and the four honorees in a video embedded at the bottom of this post.) -Break- It is never too early to dish the Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now Miyazaki and Carriere are already Oscar champs, with the former winning in 2002 for "Spirited Away" and Carrière sharing in a win with Pierre Étaix for the Live Action Short “Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anni...' »


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Oscars mystery solved: Which films are at which festivals?

28 August 2014 9:06 AM, PDT

Last year, eventual Best Picture Oscar champ "12 Years a Slave" began its trek to the stage of the Dolby Theater at the Telluride film festival over Labor Day weekend. Its closest rival -- "Gravity" -- had kicked off the Venice filmfest days earlier and another of the nine nominees -- "Philomena" -- also played along the Lido. All three then travelled to the Toronto film festival, where their campaigns kicked into high gear as did that for "Dallas Buyers Club." A few weeks later, another nominee, "Captain Phillips," unfurled during the film confab in Gotham.  Already this year, "Birdman" has seen its Oscar hopes soar with its launch at Venice; it will screen at both the Telluride and New York film festivals. But what of the other awards hopefuls? Below, a breakdown of them by their festival. -Break- It is never too early to dish the Oscars Join the red-hot »


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Does size matter when it comes to supporting roles at Emmys?

27 August 2014 10:15 PM, PDT

The longer a performance, the more time that it has to showcase range, build empathy and make an impact. Thus screen time is a key factor when predicting the Emmy acting races. However, while these totals (as detailed below) provide food for thought, it is important to remember that voters are not timing performances. Thus, the numbers should only reinforce predictions instead of making them. -Break- Emmys red carpet chats: Allison Janney ('Mom') and Kate Mulgrew ('Oitnb') It is arguable whether having the most screen time in absolute or fractional terms is more beneficial. Kate Mulgrew ("Orange is the New Black") was on screen for about the same number of minutes as Allison Janney ("Mom"), but Mulgrew’s episode was over twice as long, so her presence may have felt comparatively limited and contributed to Janney’s victory. Anna Chlumsky ("Veep") actually clocked more time than either. »


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5 lessons from this year's Emmys'

27 August 2014 9:55 PM, PDT

To help you do even better at predicting the winners of next year's Emmys, take heed of these five lessons from this year's awards. -Break- Did Creative Arts awards predict Emmy winners? 1. Different years have different panels. It is difficult not to take every win as indicative of a larger trend, but the truth is that the judging panels comprise mere dozens of voters and a few stray ballots really can make a difference. Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) was far out front in Gold Derby’s odds for last year’s Best Comedy Supporting Actor race, in which none of the nominees made an outstanding episode submission. He was a sensible choice because the consensus was that he had the most passable episode and because he could fall back on his general popularity. After all, he would go on to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for TV Comedy Actor »


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Did Creative Arts awards predict Emmy winners?

27 August 2014 9:34 PM, PDT

Heed the Creative Arts, yet pay them no attention. Basing predictions for the main ceremony over what transpired in the technical categories would have yielded mixed results this year. -Break- Our contest winner reveals Emmy prediction tips Except for a minor shift toward “Sherlock: His Last Vow" in the Best Movie/Mini Writing category that dubiously improved its Gold Derby odds from 50/1 to 33/1, its four Creative Arts wins (Cinematography, Editing, Music, Sound Editing) did not factor into predictions. The Creative Arts had actually been a bloodbath for favored “Fargo” and “The Normal Heart,” as they respectively claimed only Casting and Makeup from a combined 17 nominations. Despite these red flags, each maintained their frontrunner positions in just about every movie/mini category for the main ceremony, usually with the other as runner-up. However, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” again dominated w..." »


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Meet the guy who kicked your ass predicting Emmys

27 August 2014 3:39 PM, PDT

Among the 1,700 people who predicted Emmys at Gold Derby, three users tied for having the highest percentage of accuracy (66%)  -- jonjon893, JoseGonzalez and PaulV -- but JonJon893 won our contest prize of $1,000 because he had the highest point score (8,144) when betting against our racetrack odds.  -Break- See his predictions here. Check out the full leaderboard here and note that Gold Derby executive editor Paul Sheehan had the same top score (66%), thus beating all other 13 Experts, but he's ineligilble for the prize. Our contest winner's real name is Jonathan Sydel, a 21-year-old resident of Coral Springs, Florida who works in a movie theater and elementary school library.   "I knew 'Breaking Bad' would sweep ever since its final season aired," he tells Gold Derby. "As for 'Modern Family,' a show about a family of acceptance, I knew it would tie with 'Frasier,' especially because of the..." »


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Our contest winner reveals Emmy prediction tips

27 August 2014 3:39 PM, PDT

Among the 1,700 people who predicted Emmys at Gold Derby, three users tied for having the highest percentage of accuracy (66%)  -- jonjon893, JoseGonzalez and PaulV -- but JonJon893 won our contest prize of $1,000 because he had the highest point score (8,144) when betting against our racetrack odds.  See his predictions here. Check out the full leaderboard here and note that Gold Derby executive editor Paul Sheehan had the same top score (66%), thus beating all other 13 Experts, but he's ineligilble for the prize. -Watch- Our contest winner's real name is Jonathan Sydel, a 21-year-old resident of Coral Springs, Florida who works in a movie theater and elementary school library.   "I knew 'Breaking Bad' would sweep ever since its final season aired," he tells Gold Derby. "As for 'Modern Family,' a show about a family of acceptance, I knew it would tie with 'Frasier,' especially because of the..." »


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News Nuggets: David Chase finally reveals if Tony died in 'The Sopranos' finale

27 August 2014 10:55 AM, PDT

Even after seven years, the series finale for HBO's "The Sopranos" has had fans debating whether Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) died or not. The final scene ended with an abrupt black screen that held on the screen for several seconds. Even co-star Michael Imperioli has stated in the past that he thought that meant Tony had died. Show creator David Chase now tells writer Martha P. Nochimson that the answer is a simple "no" to that question. The dark, mobster-themed show won Best Drama Series at the Emmys in 2004 and for that final season in 2007. Entertainment Weekly. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube With the Emmys now over, it's time to focus on a six-month Oscar season. The first DVD screener being sent to Academy members this year is "Snowpiercer," which voters should receive this week. Radius and The Weinstein Company are behind this "futuristic post-apocalyp. »


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Oscar hopes for 'Birdman' soar with rave reviews from Venice film festival

27 August 2014 6:33 AM, PDT

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's showbiz satire "Birdman" kicked off the 71st edition of the Venice film festival on Wednesday and soared into the Oscar race with a slew of rave reviews. Critics singled out star Michael Keaton for his turn as a faded film star, known for playing a superhero, who hopes to stage a comeback on Broadway. Also being hailed is the scene-stealing performance of Edward Norton as his rival both on and offstage.  -Break- It is never too early to dish the Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now Variety scribe Peter DeBruge called the film "a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution, that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career." For Mark Adams (Screen International), the film "finally offers the talented Michael Keaton a role. »


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Emmys red carpet chats: Allison Janney ('Mom') and Kate Mulgrew ('Oitnb')

27 August 2014 12:39 AM, PDT

On the Emmys red carpet outside the Nokia Theatre, two of the night's Best Comedy Supporting Actress nominees stopped to chat with Gold Derby: eventual winner Allison Janney ("Mom") and runner-up Kate Mulgrew ("Orange is the New Black"). Below, watch our exclusive one-on-one red carpet chats. -Break- See complete list of Emmy winners and nominations Allison Janney, "Mom" (Best Comedy Supporting Actress) Biggest Emmy shockers: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Jessica Lange ... Kate Mulgrew, "Orange is the New Black" (Best Comedy Supporting Actress) Emmys: The good ('Breaking Bad'), bad (Seth Meyers) and ugly ('Weird' Al) ' »


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Emmys red carpet chats: Gary Cole and Armando Iannucci ('Veep')

27 August 2014 12:38 AM, PDT

On the Emmys red carpet outside the Nokia Theatre, two of this year's nominated performers from "Veep" stopped to chat with Gold Derby: Best Comedy Guest Actor contender Gary Cole and producing/writing nominee Armando Iannucci. Below, watch our exclusive one-on-one red carpet chats. -Break- See complete list of Emmy winners and nominations Gary Cole, "Veep" (Best Comedy Guest Actor) Biggest Emmy shockers: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Jessica Lange ... Armando Iannucci, "Veep" (Best Comedy Series/Best Comedy Writing) Emmys: The good ('Breaking Bad'), bad (Seth Meyers) and ugly ('Weird' Al) ' »


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