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What happened to 'Top Five' at Golden Globes, and can it rebound at Oscars?

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"Top Five" is a comeback of sorts for Chris Rock, a celebrated stand-up comic and TV host whose filmic ventures have ranged from successful (the "Madagascar" animated franchise) to not so much ("Pootie Tang," "I Think I Love My Wife," the critically drubbed "Grown Ups" films). But with "Top Five," which he wrote, directed, and stars in, he has gotten the best reviews of his film career. So why were he and the film snubbed at the Golden Globes? -Break- Shocking Golden Globes snubs: Angelina Jolie (twice), Bradley Cooper, ... The film has scored 81 on MetaCritic and 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Manohla Dargis (New York Times) calls it "fast and blisteringly funny … a romantic comedy that’s also an extended riff on art, identity, authenticity and what it means to be a black entertainer." Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) adds that it's Rock's "best movie by a mile … authentica..." »


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'The Hobbit' is as big a hit as 'Lord of the Rings,' so why no Oscars love?

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"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third and final installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy, is already a hit: it opened Wednesday with an impressive $24 million first-day haul. The previous two films in the franchise were also blockbusters – "An Unexpected Journey" (2012) made more than $1 billion worldwide, and "The Desolation of Smaug" (2013) earned nearly that much – but even though the films have made money on par with Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, they have not fared nearly as well with critics and awards voters. -Break- 'Interstellar,' 'Hobbit,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy' on Oscars shortlist for Visual Effects The three "Hobbit" films have averaged a respectable 61 on MetaCritic (58 for "Journey," 66 for "Smaug," and 59 for "Battle") and 67% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes (64% for "Journey," 74% for "Smau..." »


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Our Critics Choice noms contest winner dishes 'Foxcatcher' snub, predicts 'Boyhood'

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"I was a little surprised that 'Foxcatcher' got snubbed in the best film and ensemble categories. I had read such favorable reviews of it that I thought the critics really liked it," admits Gold Derby's contest champ Amber Knieriem (Hummingbird Amber in our forums). Knieriem beat all others while predicting the Critics Choice Awards nominations, earning the #1 position on our leaderboard and winning a $100 Amazon gift certificate thanks to her 88% accuracy. See all of Knieriem's predictions here. Also in our chat, this 40-year-old cataloguer from Utah talks about her favorite performances of the year and what she thinks the critics will name Best Picture. Below, read the entire Q&A with our 2014 Critics Choice Awards nominations contest winner. -Break- Critics' Choice Awards: Complete list of nominations When predicting the nominees, do you usually go with the flow or go your own way? I usually go my own ...' »

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Our Golden Globes Film contest champ talks Angelina Jolie snub, Meryl Streep upset

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"Though I haven't heard great things about 'Unbroken,' I was a little shocked to see that the HFPA paid no attention to Angelina Jolie. Usually they're all over her," admits Gold Derby's contest champ Michael Swan (mswan in our forums). Swan beat all others while predicting the Golden Globes Film nominations, earning the #1 position on our leaderboard and winning a $100 Amazon gift certificate thanks to his 89% accuracy. See all of Swan's predictions here. Also in our chat, this 24-year-old film/television production company receptionist from West Hollywood, CA warns that even though Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood") is favored to win Best Supporting Actress, "You can never count out Meryl Streep ("Into the Woods"). Especially at the Golden Globes." Below, read the entire Q&A with our 2014 Golden Globes Film nominations contest winner. -Break- Golden Globes: Complete list of film and TV nominations »


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Oscars predictions slugfest: Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair) vs. Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby)'

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The scandal over those star-bashing emails at Sony film studio could actually end up benefiting Angelina Jolie and her new film "Unbroken" at the Oscars, Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair) says in our webcam/podcast chat. "Angelina had a very tough week with SAGs and Globes, but that was before these emails came out with Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal. Very shabby. Whatever the truth is about all of that stuff, Angelina came off as a real class act and I have a feeling that will build some sympathy for her." Like most of Gold Derby's experts, Hogan has "Boyhood" out front for Best Picture, Director (Richard Linklater) and Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), but he sides with me picking Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") over Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), who now has a slight edge in the Best Actor race. See latest rankings. -Break- "Eddie has a much more inspirational role »


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Our Christmas wish list for 'American Horror Story: Freak Show': No ghosts, More Dandy, ...

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While "American Horror Story: Freak Show" is taking a break for the holidays, we've put together our Christmas wish list of wants and must-haves for the gruesome FX miniseries. What does Gold Derby want to see more (and less) of when the show returns January 7 for its final run of episodes? The show may be on hiatus, but our "Ahs: Freak Show" prediction contest is still up and running. Predict which characters will die next, whether Dandy will kill anyone, whether Elsa will sing, and so much more. It's fun and easy! Click here to start predicting and you could win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Dear 'Ahs: Freak Show,' this year for Christmas, Gold Derby wishes for ... 1. No more ghosts. From the outset, "Freak Show" had the distinction of being the only "American Horror Story »


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Oscars news: Oprah on relevance of 'Selma,' Angelina Jolie on building 'Unbroken' team

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As Joe Neumaier reports, "Oprah Winfrey’s new movie 'Selma' centers on a key moment in the civil rights movement of the 1960s but also holds a mirror to the struggle in the age of Ferguson and Garner. 'You look out your window and see people protesting, and then look at ‘Selma,’ and it looks similar,' Winfrey tells the Daily News as protesters still fill the streets to protest police killings of unarmed black men. 'It’s a wonderful thing that people are protesting,' she adds. 'When they say, ‘Enough is enough’ and ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ that’s what (Martin Luther) King said (in Selma).'” New York Daily News -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 22 categories In advance of Friday's opening of "Mr. Turner," Brian Brooks talks to Spc co-president Michael Barker who reveals, "We became involved ... years ago. »


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Nine semi-finalists for Foreign Language Film at Oscars: 'Ida,' 'Force Majeure,' 'Wild Tales,' ...

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On Friday, the academy announced the nine semi-finalists in the Foreign-Language Film race. As expected, "Ida" from Poland, "Force Majeure" from Sweden, "Leivanthan" from Russia and "Wild Tales" from Argentina all made the cut. Also in contention are: “Accused" (Netherlands), "Corn Island" (Georgia), “The Liberator" (Venezuela), “Tangerines" (Estonia) and "Timbuktu" (Mauritania).  -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 22 categories Among the high-profile pictures snubbed were two Cannes champ -- Turkey's "Winter Sleep," which won the Palme d'Or and Hungary's "White God" which picked up the Un Certain Regard prize -- as well as Belgium's "Two Days, One Night," which has won several awards for Marion Cotillard, and Canada's "Mommy." The nine semi-finalists will be sc..." »


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Oscars nominations by the numbers: Just how many votes do you need?

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Every December, the academy updates its branch totals in anticipation of voting for the nominations, which kicks off on Dec. 29 and runs until Jan. 8. Nominations will be announced a week later and the Oscars are on Feb. 22. This year, 6,124 members can take part in the voting process; that is up from 5,856 just two years ago. This uptick in membership is the result of the decision by the academy to do away with the cap that allowed only for replacement of those members who had died or declined to renew.  We know the introduction of online voting has increased participation to record levels. Assuming all members take part in the process, we can calculate the "Initial Magic Number" of votes needed to get a nomination in the various categories. -Break- Seven categories -- Animated Feature, Foreign-Language Feature, Makeup & Hairstyling, Visual Effects, and the three Shorts (Animated, Documentary, Live-Action) -- require attendance at specia. »

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How did our 'The Voice' predictions champ secretly know Craig Wayne Boyd and Blake Shelton would win?

18 December 2014 8:05 PM, PST

"I picked Craig Wayne Boyd to win the show from the minute I saw his audition because not only was he a country singer, but he also had a cool factor," says Denton Davidson, our big winner in "The Voice" predictions contest for the seventh season this week. He adds, "I knew girls would like him and even more than that, he is actually a great singer. I was really surprised to see the judges almost eliminate him Twice because I knew when America got control he would have a huge fan base. Country music sells more music than other genres in the Us and people forget that sometimes." Blake Shelton country artist Craig Wayne Boyd wins 'The Voice' -Break- Davidson is a 34-year-old development operations manager for a non-profit group in Minneapolis. For his efforts, he wins a $100 Amazon gift card and bragging rights for yet another reality show. »


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Oscars news: Benedict Cumberbatch on reality of 'The Imitation Game,' Channing Tatum joins 'Team Oscar'

18 December 2014 1:44 PM, PST

As Chris Jancelewicz observes, "Despite all the fame and attention, Benedict Cumberbatch manages to invest himself fully into his movies, including his latest role as noted scientist/math genius Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game.' Playing a real-life person is a challenge he's familiar with (he played Julian Assange in last year's 'The Fifth Estate'), and by all appearances he's mastered the art. Moviefone spoke with Cumberbatch at the Toronto Film Festival, where we chatted about the difficulty of taking on Turing, his propensity for tackling real-life roles, and his abysmal math skills." Moviefone -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 19 categories ​Steve Pond does a stellar job handicapping the Foreign-Language Feature race. In the intro to his must-read analysis, he notes: "By the end of the week, all but nine of the contenders will likely be elimina..." »


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Does SAG Award for Best Ensemble preview Best Picture at Oscars?

18 December 2014 10:15 AM, PST

There is good news for "Boyhood" even though it lags far behind Oscars rival "Birdman" for the SAG Ensemble award. Only nine of the 19 films that have taken this top prize have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.  -Break- That success rate of just 47% stands in stark contrast to just how well the guild has done at forecasting the eventual Oscar champs for acting. In its first two decades, the SAG Awards bestowed 80 trophies to individual performers (it didn't give out an Ensemble prize in its first year). Those choices have previewed the Academy Awards winners 55 times -- 57 if you count Benicio del Toro, who won in lead at SAG in 2000 for "Traffic" and supporting at the Oscars and Kate Winslet who did the reverse, winning supporting at SAG in 2008 for "The Reader" and lead at the Oscars. Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 22 categories Why the disconnect »


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15 hottest forums posts: Your heated reactions to Craig Wayne Boyd winning 'The Voice'

18 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST

Join the feisty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- Craig Wayne Boyd wins 'The Voice' - Click Here to Join Our Discussion ETPhoneHome: No! After having him pegged as the winner for weeks, I moved off Craig Wayne Boyd at the last moment. I should have just stuck with my gut. Oh well, that was fun as the first season I watched the show. I'll definitely be checking back in when it starts up again in a few months. Gucci: Thank goodness this winner will fade into obscurity. Hamilton Bacon: You will be eating your words! No doubt, Matt McAndrew and Chris Jamison, and perhaps a few others from this season, will see some commercial success. And unless you totally turn off country music, »

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News Nuggets: Tony Awards queen Audra McDonald going for 'Lady Day' Emmy win next?

18 December 2014 5:55 AM, PST

The all-time leader in Tony Awards acting wins is aiming for an Emmy next. Audra McDonald is filming her performance as the legendary Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" later this month for HBO. She won the Tony last May for this role, which centers on one of Holiday's final shows four months before her death in 1959. McDonald  has now prevailed at the Tonys six times, also becoming the only person to win in four different acting categories (lead musical, featured musical, lead play, featured play). HBO has not yet announced when the program will air on the premium network. Playbill -Break- Two-time Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham "won the red carpet this year (by losing it)" according to a new essay by Jason Sheeler. He says that most red carpets at awards shows have turned into a "shameless interstate billboard," but then the "Girls" star »


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Betrayals and blindsides lead Natalie Anderson to 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' victory

17 December 2014 10:13 PM, PST

After 39 days in San Juan del Sur, Natalie Anderson was finally crowned the sole "Survivor" of Season 29 Wednesday night. But she had to get her hands dirty in the process. In the two-hour finale, Natalie used her hidden Immunity idol to save Jaclyn Schultz, thereby ensuring that her Bff Baylor Wilson got the boot instead. Then, Natalie helped convince Jaclyn that Keith Nale was the biggest threat with the jury, so the Louisiana firefighter was sent packing. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Natalie, Jaclyn and Missy Payne were the Final 3, with Natalie earning five jury votes, Jaclyn receiving two and Missy nabbing only her daughter's vote. The final jury proceedings mostly went off without a hitch, except for one moment when Reed Kelly called Missy the "Wicked Stepmother" and attacked her gameplay. That outburst resulted in cheers from the live »


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Betrayals and blindsides lead Natalie Anderson to 'Survivor' victory

17 December 2014 10:13 PM, PST

After 39 days in San Juan del Sur, Natalie Anderson was finally crowned the sole "Survivor" of Season 29 Wednesday night. But she had to get her hands dirty in the process. In the two-hour finale, Natalie used her hidden Immunity idol to save Jaclyn Schultz, thereby ensuring that her Bff Baylor Wilson got the boot instead. Then, Natalie helped convince Jaclyn that Keith Nale was the biggest threat with the jury, so the Louisiana firefighter was sent packing. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Natalie, Jaclyn and Missy Payne were the Final 3, with Natalie earning five jury votes, Jaclyn receiving two and Missy nabbing only her daughter's vote. The final jury proceedings mostly went off without a hitch, except for one moment when Reed Kelly called Missy the "Wicked Stepmother" and attacked her gameplay. That outburst resulted in cheers from the live »


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Oscars news: Angelina Jolie had 'fun' making 'Unbroken,' Mark Wahlberg on remaking 'The Gambler'

17 December 2014 1:24 PM, PST

In this fascinating feature, Anne Thompson recaps the making of "Unbroken" and concludes with a compelling Q&A with director Angelina Jolie who admitted, "What could be more fun than retracing the footsteps of somebody you really love and admire, and every day you learn from them? How do we shoot 47 days in a raft and move everybody in the raft? And then you're smiling to yourself thinking, 'How did they do this? Where did they sleep?' What a great challenge." Thompson on Hollywood -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 19 categories The regional critics groups awards announcments are coming in daily now. On Wednesday, the following result was revealed: Phoenix: "Birdman" for Picture, Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone); "Wild" for Actress (Reese Witherspoon); "Whiplash" for Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) »


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Oscars flashback: Amy Adams led Best Actress race, Julianne Moore not even in contention

17 December 2014 12:38 PM, PST

When we launched our Oscars prediction center in late August, our current Best Actress frontrunner Julianne Moore did not even figure in our calculations. Sure, there was some talk of her contending for her Cannes-winning work in "Maps to the Stars," but that oddball David Cronenberg film had not locked in a deal stateside. And her other possible vehicle, the low budget "Still Alice," was without distribution. That all changed after this heartbreaking story of an academic dealing with a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's screened at the Toronto filmfest in early September. Sony Pictures Classics scooped it up and suddenly this four-time Oscar also-ran was being tipped to finally win.   -Break- To compare the state of the race at various points in time, go to this page, scroll down and click any two dates (after Aug. 22) on the calendars. You will see who our Experts were predicting to prevail on each date. »


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Oscars calendar: Deadlines and dates for Golden Globes, Critics' Choice, SAG, ...'

17 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST

Prior to the Oscar nominations being announced on Jan. 15, the major critics groups will have feted their winners as will the Golden Globes. And while the Critics' Choice Awards winners will have been decided as well, that ceremony taking place 12 hours after the Oscar nominations are revealed.  Below, we detail these key dates.  -Break- Note: Winners events are in gold while nomination announcments are italicized.  Dec. 16 - SAG Awards: Voting Opens Dec. 22 - Golden Globes: Voting Opens Dec. 29 - Oscars: Nomination Ballots Mailed/Online Jan. 2 - American Cinema Editors: Nominations Announced Jan. 2 - PGA Awards: Film Nominations Close Jan. 4 - WGA Awards: Film Nominations Close Jan. 5 - PGA Awards: Film Nominations Announced Jan. 5 - Art Directors Guild: Nominations Announced Jan. 5 - PGA Awards: Voting Opens Jan. 5 - BAFTA Awards: Nominations Close Jan. 5 - New York Film...' »

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Oscars mystery solved: How nomination ballots (except for Best Picture) are counted

17 December 2014 10:36 AM, PST

Voting for Oscar nominations begins on Dec. 29 and runs through Jan. 8, with nominations announced on Jan. 15. Ballots will be available online or put in the post for those of the 6,124 academy members who requested this method. While the Best Picture nominees are determined by a complicated counting method which we explained in detail here, the contenders in acting, directing, writing and the craft categories (except makeup/hairstyling and visual effects) will be selected under the preferental system that has been in place for years. To illustrate how that system works, let's apply it to last year's Best Actor race.  -Break- Between our Experts, Editors and Users, 2,219 nomination ballots were cast for Best Actor. As per the preferential system, we sorted these ballots by first choice and only those men listed at the top of at least one ballot continued on in the process. (The Actors branch of the academy has 1,150 members. »

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