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Patricia Arquette goes supporting at Oscars for 'Boyhood' (Exclusive)

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A rep for IFC films has confirmed exclusively to Gold Derby that Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood") will compete in the Oscar race for Best Supporting Actress instead of lead. It was a tough decision. Arquette has so much screen time and such strong emotional impact upon viewers that the film could have been called "Motherhood," but it's really the core story of a boy growing up in a fractured family over 12 years. Over the past month, Gold Derby has featured Arquette as a prediction option in both races, resulting in a clear preference by our Experts, Editors and Users. In the lead race, she's currently ranked eighth, but in supporting, she's way out front to win with the backing of 12 our 16 Experts. See our official racetrack odds. -Break- Oscars Poll: Who's Really more overdue, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore? Of course, Oscar voters have the option of ignoring the IFC Films »


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'71' at Nyff: 'Unbroken' star Jack O'Connell lays groundwork for Oscars'

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We have to wait till Christmas to see newcomer Jack O'Connell as an Olympian-turned-war hero in Angelina Jolie's hot Oscars contender "Unbroken." He has had featured roles in two other films this year and stars in "71," an intense war drama that debuts on Sept. 27 at the New York Film Festival. This early exposure can't hurt when hits the Oscar campaign trail later this year. -Break- Angelina Jolie & Ava DuVernay could make this a historic year for female directors at Oscars In "'71," he plays Gary Hook, a young British soldier stationed in Belfast, Northern Ireland just weeks before the Bloody Sunday massacre on Jan. 30, 1972 ignited the Troubles. The film takes him from boot camp to moments of near-certain death, though the film is more of a showcase for rookie director Yann Demange. O'Connell delivers an emotional performance despite the script giving us only limited detail about hi...' »


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'Unbroken' is early frontrunner for Adapted Screenplay Oscar

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We recently opened our predictions for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, and the early favorite is "Unbroken," Angelina Jolie's upcoming drama about Olympian-turned-World War II-hero Louis Zamperini. Our experts, editors, and users all favor it to win, giving it 9/4 odds overall. -Break- Oscars Best Picture race led by 'Boyhood,' 'Unbroken,' 'Birdman,' 'Foxcatcher' (Photo Gallery) It's no wonder "Unbroken" is out front for the screenplay award; it has one of the strongest writing pedigrees of any film this season. Adapted from the nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, who also wrote the source material for Oscar-nominated "Seabiscuit," it's credited to four writers, all of whom are familiar to academy voters. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are already four-time Oscar champs, including a pair of writing wins for "Fargo" (1996) and "No Country for Old Men" ...' »


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Will Starz's 'The Missing' be found by Emmys as Best Miniseries in 2015?'

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Last year, Starz broke into the Emmys' miniseries game with their BBC co-production "The White Queen." While they lost out to FX's "Fargo," next year they hope to replicate that Emmy magic with  "The Missing." Starring James Nesbitt ("The Hobbit"), Frances O'Connor ("Mr. Selfridge") and French actor Tcheky Karyo, "The Missing" follows the story of a young English boy who's abducted in Belgium in 2006 and the repercussions his kidnapping have on his parents and the investigators over the next eight years. -Break- Who got Best Actor Oscars boost from Tiff: Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, ...? Last night at the Director's Guild of America theater in Hollywood, director Tom Shankland revealed that they filmed all of the 2014 scenes before they filmed the 2006 abduction/aftermath moments. That gave the cast and crew enough time to get to know each other before taking on the f...' »


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News Nuggets: Who are the most liked TV actors working today?

7 hours ago

Television fans have spoken, and the most popular actor on the small screen is something of a surprise: Michael Weatherly ("NCIS"). He has an impressive Q score of 34 (Q scores have long been used by marketers for advertising effect). The second highest score of 33 is held by four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). Next in line are: Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal"), Kunal Nayyar ("The Big Bang Theory"), Jon Seda ("Chicago Pd"), Shemar Moore ("Criminal Minds"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"), Paul Wesley ("The Vampire Diaries"), and Jason Beghe ("Chicago Pd"). The Wrap -Break- Billy Crystal reflects on last month's Emmy Awards, saying that his tribute to the late Robin Williams "was the hardest thing I've ever had to do." He discussed it with "Today" host Matt Lauer and "became understandably overwhelmed with emotion" as he recalled »


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Oscars News: Can Chris Rock make an awards comeback with raunchy comedy 'Top Five'?

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Pamela McClintock says that almost every studio wanted the new Chris Rock film "Top Five" after its Toronto debut. With Rock directing and Scott Rudin producing, they ultimately chose Paramount for distribution after being offered the full asking price of $12.5 million plus a marketing budget of at least $20 million. That made it the biggest deal from this year's Toronto festival. Paramount worldwide president Megan Colligan called the comedy "an awesome blend of heart, raunch and classic New York filmmaking." The R-rated movie will now open in December starring Rock as a comic who wants to become a serious actor. After such an enthusiastic response, it could at least be a strong contender in the Golden Globe comedy categories. Hollywood Reporter -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Thelma Adams proclaims that "The Imitation Game" has "risen to the top of the Oscar pac. »


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Can 'Whiplash' win at Oscars for J.K. Simmons without any other nominations?

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According to our racetrack odds, the Best Supporting Actor Oscar is a close contest between J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"). However, while "Foxcatcher" is a major contender for Best Picture, "Whiplash" isn't expected to reap bids in any other major category. Can Simmons prevail if he's the sole nominee for his film? Or can "Whiplash" gain traction in other categories as well? -Break- You Decide: Who will will Original Screenplay Oscar? 'Boyhood,' 'Foxcatcher' ...? These days, it's hard to win an acting Oscar without broad academy support. Best Picture has included nine or 10 nominees since the academy expanded the category in 2009. Of the 20 acting winners over these past five years, all but four have come from Best Picture nominees. The exceptions: Jeff Bridges (Best Actor, "Crazy Heart," 2009),  Meryl Streep...' »


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Oscars Poll: Who's Really more overdue, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore?'

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Our forum posters are debating what could be one of this year's most crucial Oscar questions: Who's really more overdue for a win, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore? Neither has won before, and both have films in contention this year: Adams in "Big Eyes," in which she plays a real-life painter whose husband took credit for her work, and Moore as an early Alzheimer's sufferer in "Still Alice." -Break- Julianne Moore leaps into the Oscars race with 'Still Alice' The answer to the question could determine who really is the frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar.   Currently, Reese Witherspoon ("Wild") is in first place, but barely. This 2005 Oscar champ ("Walk the Line") has the support of six of our 16 Experts, while Moore -- who just jumped into this race -- has the backing of five and Adams of the yet-to-be seen Tim Burton movie has the votes of four of them. »


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'Dancing with the Stars' says goodbye to its first contestant in season 19

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Last night's "Dancing With the Stars" season premiere featured standout performances by several contestants, especially actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who impressed the judges so much they invited him and partner Witney Carson to perform an encore of their top-scoring jive during Tuesday night's results show. But a few contestants couldn't overcome their first-week jitters, and one team won't get a chance to redeem themselves. -Break- 'Dancing with the Stars' season 19 premiere: A wardrobe malfunction & an early frontrunner? Olympic athlete Lolo Jones finished near the bottom of the leaderboard after she lost track of the choreography during her cha cha with first-time "DWTS" pro partner Keo Motsepe, but even though she finished with a higher judges' score than fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who stumbled over clothes after a prop malfunction, it was Lolo who was sent home after the scores were combined...' »


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Oscars Best Actor race led by Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch, ... (Photo Gallery)

16 September 2014 2:18 PM, PDT

Steve Carell could never find a way to win an Emmy Award despite 10 attempts. Is he now in line to a victory at the Academy Awards for his murderous role in "Foxcatcher"? -Break- Take a tour through our new photo gallery below to see the top 15 contenders for the 2014 Best Actor race. The order of the photos is determined by the current Gold Derby rankings for this category (from Experts, Editors, and Users). Mostly known as a comic actor, Carell has a very dramatic and sinister role in the new Bennett Miller film. Because of that and great reviews, he is in our overall top spot with 3/1 odds. Michael Keaton has also made a career out of many comedy roles. He has never been nodded for an Oscar despite three decades on the big screen. For "Birdman," he currently has second place odds of 27/10. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the »


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'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions

16 September 2014 11:56 AM, PDT

Slow and steady could win the race for "The Imitation Game," which has been climbing in our experts' predictions for Best Picture. As of this writing, it ranks fifth with 9/1 odds. That's up from one week ago (September 9), when it was seventh with 25/1 odds, and up even more from two weeks ago (September 2), when it was in 10th place with 33/1 odds. Will it keep going until it takes Best Picture in February? -Break- 'The Imitation Game' wins Toronto Film Festival award - Oscar next? The surge was inspired by the strong reviews it has received on the festival circuit, including Telluride and Toronto. Then, over the weekend, it won the top prize at the Toronto fest, the People's Choice Award, which in recent years has gone to Best Picture Oscar champs "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010), and "12 Years a Slave" (2013), in addition to Best Picture nominees "Prec..." »


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News Nuggets: Who are the 7 final candidates for the 'True Detective' lead actress role?

16 September 2014 9:12 AM, PDT

Jeff Sneider reveals the exclusive list of the seven women aiming to star in the second season of HBO's "True Detective." Creator Nic Pizzolatto and network executives are holding final auditions to make their selection for the female lead. The ladies are: Rosario Dawson ("Sin City"), Jessica Biel ("Total Recall"), Jaimie Alexander ("Thor"), Malin Akerman ("Trophy Wife"), Brit Marling ("Babylon"), Kelly Reilly ("Flight"), and Oona Chaplin ("Game of Thrones"). Rumored actresses Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") and Rachel McAdams ("About Time") have not been completely ruled out. The lead actress could be opposite the trio of lead men Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn. The Wrap -Break- Calling it an "absolute stunner," Universal Pictures is negotiating the return of lead actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to the "Bourne" film series. The...' »


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Oscars News: Think again if you believe the Best Actress race is 'thin' this year

16 September 2014 8:15 AM, PDT

Glenn Whipp says to "think again" if you believe the Oscar race for Best Actress is "thin" this year. He partially blames "the allure of the new, with some pundits flailing their arms each time an unseen movie debuts." A few days ago, Julianne Moore ("Stil Alice") jumped to the tops of prediction lists strictly because she came out of nowhere and was the most recent person to be screened. Along with Moore, Reese Witherspoon ("Wild") and Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything") are strong possible choices. He also adds in the lesser-viewed Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle"), Marion Cotillard ("The Immigrant"), Lindsay Duncan ("Le Week-End"), and Jenny Slate ("Obvious Child") to consider. L.A. Times -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Gregory Ellwood provides eight important revelations after Venice, Telluride, and »


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'Dancing with the Stars' season 19 premiere: A wardrobe malfunction & an early frontrunner?

15 September 2014 8:36 PM, PDT

13 couples performed in a "Dancing With the Stars" season premiere so jam-packed the judges didn't always have time to judge. But through the fast-paced live broadcast, a frontrunner has already emerged. -Break- 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 cast: Win prizes predicting who'll win and lose In season 18's premiere last spring, we could already tell that Olympic ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White would be major contenders (Davis ultimately won). Season 19's opener also showcased a contestant who might be difficult to beat: "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor Alfonso Ribeiro, paired with pro dancer Witney Carson. Their jive wowed the four judges – including Julianne Hough, a former "DWTS" pro dancer, making her debut as a regular judge. Bruno Tonioli called Ribeiro "the king of the night," and Len Goodman thought he delivered "the best dance of the night." He s »


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Oscars Best Picture race led by 'Boyhood,' 'Unbroken,' 'Birdman,' 'Foxcatcher' (photo gallery)

15 September 2014 1:15 PM, PDT

The new Richard Linklater film "Boyhood" was 12 years in the making. Will that magic number help it to follow last year's Best Picture champ "12 Years a Slave" to the top prize at this year's Oscars? -Break- Take a tour through our new photo gallery below to see the top 20 contenders for the 2014 Best Picture race. The order of the photos is determined by the current Gold Derby rankings for this category (from Experts, Editors, and Users). After great critical reviews earlier this year, "Boyhood" is in the first position with 11/2 odds at this stage. It was shot over a dozen years and follows the story of a boy (Ellar Coltrane) growing into a young man. Just behind it with 6/1 odds, is the Angelina Jolie directorial effort "Unbroken," the true World War II story of a war hero and Olympic star (Jack O'Connell). Will "Birdman" finally be an Oscar ticket for director Alejandro Gonz. »


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George Clooney to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

15 September 2014 1:09 PM, PDT

George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11. The honorary prize is presented each year to an entertainer who has "demonstrated outstanding achievement in film and television." The Hollywood Foreign Press Association refers to him as "an actor, writer, producer, director, activist, practical joker and former Sexiest Man Alive." -Break- Discuss the Cecil B. DeMille Award choice in our notorious forums Clooney won his first Golden Globe as Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor for the 1999 movie "O Brother Where Art Thou?" He followed with another victory as Best Film Supporting Actor for the 2005 film "Syriana." The 2011 film "The Descendants" brought him another win, and then he had a producing victory for 2012 Best Drama Film "Argo." For his career, he has accumulated 13 Globe nominations. At the Academy Awards, he has Oscars for producing &qu »


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Will Ellen DeGeneres return as Oscars host this year? (Poll)

15 September 2014 12:49 PM, PDT

Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are already confirmed to return to their posts for the next ceremony. Will they bring along last year's host Ellen DeGeneres for another turn at the podium? -Break- It will be the third time for Meron and Zadan in charge of the Academy Awards. Actor, comedian, and animator Seth MacFarlane was their choice in 2012. The ceremony last March was the highest-rated since 2000 and was a big hit on social media. That was largely due to the selfie DeGeneres took with such stars as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep. Take our new poll below, and let us know who you think will be selected to host the next Oscars. Discuss your choice for Oscar host in our notorious forums If not DeGeneres, will the producers go back to the well with a past emcee like Billy Crystal, »


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News Nuggets: The hottest fall movie for fans is 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

15 September 2014 11:10 AM, PDT

Todd Cunningham reveals the top 10 most anticipated movies for the upcoming fall months. In the top spot is the red hot sequel "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. It arrives in theaters on November 21. The others on the "must see" list are: "Gone Girl" (Ben Affleck), "Interstellar" (Matthew McConaughey), "The Equalizer" (Denzel Washington), "Penguins of Madagascar" (Benedict Cumberbatch), "The Judge" (Robert Downey, Jr.), "Dumb and Dumber To" (Jim Carrey), "Fury" (Brad Pitt), "The Good Lie" (Reese Witherspoon), and "Foxcatcher" (Steve Carell). The Wrap -Break- A sizzling new full-length trailer for "The Hunger Games" new installment "Mockingjay" is finally available. It offers a look at the war-torn land Panem and a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), now acting as a mouthpiece to President Snow »


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Oscars News: Is 'The Imitation Game' on the right track for big Oscar wins?

15 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT

Anne Thompson reminds that the Oscar Best Picture winner is often the same as Toronto's People's Choice Award champ. If that is the case this time, could we already crown "The Imitation Game" with Benedict Cumberbatch? Other recent films that accomplished the double victories were "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," and "American Beauty." Watch a new video interview with Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, and director Morten Tyldum as they promote the film at the festival. The film opens nationwide in the United States on November 21. Thompson on Hollywood -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Jordan Ruimy offers up his "best of the fest" from Toronto. The top lead performers were Julianne Moore ("Still Alice" and "Maps to the Stars") and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"). The best supporting players were...' »


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Oscars predictions: Julianne Moore zooms up, threatens Reese Witherspoon

15 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Notice the charts above that reveal the Oscar rankings of Gold Derby's Experts in the all-important Best Actress race. On the left are the current predictions from Sept. 14, in the middle are their predictions from Sept. 10 and on the right are their predictions from two weeks ago (Sept. 1). While Reese Witherspoon ("Wild") currently holds onto her #1 position at the top of the Experts' leaderboard, there's a dramatic upheaval taking place in that #2 position, as Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") has sky-rocketed past Amy Adams ("Big Eyes") since news broke on Sept. 10 that Sony Pictures Classics will launch Moore's "Still Alice" into this derby. While that's great news for four-time Oscar also-ran Moore, it's devastating news for five-time loser Adams, who back on Sept. 1 was actually the Experts' pick to win her very first Oscar. -Break- Will Oscar voters go 'Wild' for Reese Witherspoon a...' »


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