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Oscars news: 'American Sniper' tops $200 million, Harvey Weinstein on 'The Imitation Game'

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Todd Cunningham reports: "the Iraq War saga 'American Sniper' soared like a superhero movie at the box office, with a $64.3 million second weekend in wide release that would make any caped crusader proud. The Clint Eastwood-directed telling of the tough return home by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, played in the movie by Bradley Cooper, continued its electrifying run with the best second weekend ever by an R-rated movie. In the process, 'American Sniper' hit the $200 million mark in domestic grosses just 10 days after earning nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor  and four other Oscar nominations." The Wrap -Break- New: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories Jordan Zakarin profiles "Whiplash" writer-director Damien Chazelle:  "A former jazz drummer himself, created a next-level Frankenstein’s monster of teachers from his past who he says 'created a climate of fear' with their insults, though none r..."' »


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Review: Why SAG Awards are an ideal model for all awards telecasts

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If I ran award shows, they'd go like the SAG Awards: quick, efficient, to the point, without a host or any filler. -Break- Don't get me wrong, I love a good host when the job is done well – see folks like Neil Patrick Harris, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for some of the best examples in recent years – but it's usually a thankless job, and a hostless show is always preferable to watching an ill-fitting emcee struggle for laughs. (Sorry Michael Strahan, but as hard as you tried, you hosting the Critics' Choice Awards a couple of weeks ago looked uncomfortable for you and the audience.) SAG Awards Live blog: Let's dish the best, worst and craziest moments But most of the big awards shows still try to jam in as much "content" and "entertainment value" as possible, as if to apologize for making us sit through the reading of »


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Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) top all Experts predicting SAG Awards TV winners

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A trio of Experts -- Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tariq Khan (Fox News), and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) -- are best among all others in predicting the 2014 Screen Actors Guild television winners announced Sunday. They each scored 50% right among the 12 Experts that we polled regarding the SAG champs. -Break- To see how all users fared, click here. Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Some of this year's SAG winners were fairly predictable, including Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"), "Orange is the New Black," and Frances McDormand ("Olive Kitteridge"). Underdogs like William H. Macy ("Shameless"), Uzo Aduba ("Orange is the New Black"), Mark Ruffalo ("The Normal Heart"), and "Downton Abbey" were much more difficult this year. After our three best pundits, we then have a four-way tie at 38% between Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier, Ken Tucker (Yahoo), and Susan Wloszcz...' »


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See how you did predicting the SAG Awards TV winners

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Congratulations to our User bondzzz for an outstanding 88% prediction rate for Sunday's Screen Actors Guild television winners. He actually tied with six other people but wisely used his 500 and 200 point bets for the best overall score of 10,356. Almost 900 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year's SAG TV champs in the eight categories, logging more than 7,200 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click SAG Awards (TV) 2014. -Break- Click here for a breakdown of all top scorers. And to see how we fared collectively predicting each category, click here. Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Some of this year's SAG winners were fairly predictable, including Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"), "Orange is the New Black," and Frances McDormand ("Olive Kitteridge"). But our winner bondzzz also picked some underdogs like William H. Macy ("Shameless"), Uz...' »


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Gold Derby's own Tom O'Neil tops all Experts predicting SAG Awards film winners

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Tom O'Neil of Gold Derby tops all awards Experts in predicting the 2014 Screen Actors Guild film winners announced Sunday. He was best among 15 Experts that we polled as the only one scoring a perfect 100% score regarding the SAG champs. -Break- To see how all users fared, click here. Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Most of this year's SAG winners were recycled from the Golden Globes and critics awards, including Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"), and Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood"). As with the PGA this weekend, they also chose "Birdman" for the top category. The one surprise happened when Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") defeated Michael Keaton ("Birdman") as Best Actor. For the other 14 Experts we polled, eight of them had an 80% score for second place: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier, Jenelle »


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Oscars race heats up after SAG and PGA Awards shockers: What's next?'

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Just two days ago, most Oscarologists predicted "Boyhood" and "Birdman" star Michael Keaton will skate to easy Oscar wins for Best Picture and Actor next month, but – hold your horses, Derbyites! – the SAG and PGA Awards just tripped up the frontrunners. Now that Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") won the Screen Actors' Guild Award, perhaps he should be considered the new Oscar leader? After all, 17 of the past 20 SAG champs in that race went on to snag the equivalent Oscar, including the last 10 in a row. Redmayne's victory was a shockeroo considering all Gold Derby Experts (except me -- ha!) predicted a Keaton victory, which seemed logical considering he portrayed an actor in a film being voted on by actors. Obviously, SAG members love "Birdman" – they gave it their prize for Best Ensemble – but they embraced Redmayne instead. Why? -Break- What does PGA Awards win for 'Birdman&#39...' »


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See how you did predicting the SAG Awards film winners

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Congratulations to our User AndreaGeisen for a perfect 100% prediction rate for Sunday's Screen Actors Guild film winners. She actually tied with 83 other people but wisely used her 500 and 200 point bets for the best overall score of 3,113. Over 1,100 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year's SAG film champs in the five categories, logging more than 5,500 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click SAG Awards (Film) 2014. -Break- Click here for a breakdown of all top scorers. And to see how we fared collectively predicting each category, click here. Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Most of this year's SAG winners were recycled from the Golden Globes and critics awards, including Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"), and Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood"). As with the PGA this weekend, they also chose "Birdman" for the top c...' »


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Editors' SAG Awards slugfest: What we loved (Eddie Redmayne) and hated (no-shows)'

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In our new SAG Awards slugfest (watch or listen below), Gold Derby's editors talk in depth about Eddie Redmayne's triumph over presumed frontrunner Michael Keaton and what that means for the Oscars. Hmm, could SAG voters have been simply spreading the wealth, since Keaton would win a trophy at the end of the night as part of the winning "Birdman" ensemble? "They don't think that way," reveals Tom O'Neil. "Only award nuts like us think that way." Spoiler alert: Partway through the chat, Tom dismisses himself and then emails us later on saying that he'd just received a call from Redmayne who wanted to thank him for never waning in his support. The power of Gold Derby! -Break- SAG Awards: Complete list of film and TV winners We also explain how "Downton Abbey" was able to take out both "House of Cards" and "Game of Thrones" on the TV side, »


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SAG Awards good (Uzo Aduba), bad (Patricia Arquette reading) and ugly ('Game of Thrones' loss)

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards are not only seen as the quintessential peer award of all awards but also the premiere precursor to the Oscars. Some of the winners Sunday night definitely surprised and may have injected some life into a previously thought predictable Oscars. And we can't forget the dethroning of "Modern Family" and some of the surprise, big winners of the small screen. What do our Editors think are the Good/Bad/Ugly of this years batch of SAG winners? SAG Awards Live blog: Let's dish the best, worst and craziest moments -Break- Tom O'Neil Good: Eddie Redmayne proved the Experts wrong – hooray -- and he gave the performance of his career at the podium. Now who’s gonna remember Michael Keaton trumping Eddie’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, eh? Now, thanks to SAG, we have a Real heavyweight bout for Best Actor at the Oscars. »


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SAG Awards reactions: A play-by-play from our bitchy forums

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Gold Derby's forum posters are known for their brass, take-no-prisoners opinions, all of which were in play Sunday night as the winners were announced at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards. Just a small sample of their savagery below. Read more and have your say here. -Break- Film Awards Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood") Atypical: The glasses and paper Again! Ugh! PianoMann: Please let this stop before she wins the Oscar...  And was that a clap-track / canned applause right before J.K. Simmon's name was announced?! Mike: Arquette makes me cry. Again. Reading or not, she is sincere, real, humble, and her vulnerability was so sincere. 4th generation actor. Good for her and her family!   Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") surpriselover: Simmons is a class act. Its too bad that Teller couldn't be recognized for his amazing work in "Whiplash". msnowden1:...' »


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'Birdman' wins top SAG Award, but Eddie Redmayne upsets for Best Actor

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The SAG Awards went mostly as expected on the film side, with "Birdman" taking Best Ensemble. (Click here for the complete list of winners.) -Break- This follows the surprise at Saturday night's Producers Guild Awards, where "Birdman" defeated Oscars frontrunner "Boyhood," a major development given how the PGA mirrors the academy's voting process and how closely the groups have corresponded; PGA has predicted Best Picture for seven years in a row. The SAG Award for Best Ensemble doesn't have nearly as much predictive value. Just under half of its winners go on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Last year was one such miss; SAG picked "American Hustle" for Best Ensemble, while the academy chose "12 Years a Slave" for Best Picture. But SAG has predicted a few major Oscar upsets, including "Shakespeare in Love" (1998) and "Crash" (2005), and helped clarify "Argo's" p »


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SAG Awards Live blog: Let's dish the best, worst and craziest moments'

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Gold Derby editors can't stifle what we think of every moment at the SAG Awards. Here are our live musings from Tom O'Neil, Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery, Rob Licuria, Matt Noble, Ralph Galvan, Charles Bright, Zach Laws and myself. SAG Awards: Complete list of film and TV winners Marcus: For those not watching the show live, the "I am an actor" speeches this year were given by Robert Duvall, Mahershala Ali, Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Aniston and Zach Galifianakis. Jennifer killed it! Ralph: Uuzzzzoooo!!!!! I will accept all your "wows" and apologies for doubting me. Daniel: I hated, hated, hated the voice-over intro of the red carpet ("We'd go into the woods with Meryl Streep" .. ugh), but as usual loved the opening self-introductions by some of the nominees. -Break- Marcus: Dammit Chris! I had William H. Macy in my predictions forever until you sent that email about how people don&rs. »


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SAG Awards: Complete list of film and TV winners

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Winners of the 21st annual edition of the Screen Actors Guild Awards were revealed during the Jan. 25 kudocast that was simulcast on cablers TBS and TNT.  Film Awards Best Ensemble X - "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "The Imitation Game" "The Theory of Everything" -Break- Best Actor Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher" Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game#" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" X - Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Best Actress Jennifer Aniston, "Cake" Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything" X - Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" Reese Witherspoon, "Wild" Best Supporting Actor Robert Duvall, "The Judge" Ethan Hawke, "BoyhoodEdward Norton, & »


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