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Oscars news: Common and John Legend to perform 'Selma' song, 'Let It Go' team penning tune for Neil Patrick Harris

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Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” from "Selma" on this year's Feb. 22 kudocast. Common, a two-time Grammy champ (2002: Best R&B Song, “Love Of My Life”; 2007: Best Rap Duo/Group,“Southside” with Kanye West), plays civil rights leader James Bevel in the Best Picture nominee. Legend, a singer/songwriter, has won nine Grammys including Best New Artist in 2006. He contends this year for Best Solo Pop Performance for his smash hit "All of Me." Oscars -Break- New: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories As Glenn Whipp observes "pundits are jumping off the 'Boyhood' bandwagon, and not without reason. 'Birdman''s SAG/PGA victories make it a formidable contender. While only about 500 of the PGA's 6,500 voters also belong to the academy, the guild uses the same preferential balloting system as the Oscars. And since the ..." »

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Pete Hammond on Oscars' cliffhangers: Who's out front?

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"I can't call this race yet! Give me a little slack here, Tom!" Pete Hammond (Deadline) roars as we laugh (nervously) about this suddenly weird Oscar season. Just a few days ago, the derby looked like a "yawnfest," as Pete notes, but then the "Boyhood" bandwagon crashed into "Birdman" at the PGA Awards and Eddie Redmayne ("Theory of Everything") swooped down on "Birdman's" Michael Keaton at SAG. "I really don't know where I stand on Best Picture right now," Pete admits in our podcast chat. (Listen below.) "Best Picture is wide open. I was never on the 'Boyhood' bandwagon. I so love 'Boyhood,' but I thought it was a critics' movie very much the way 'The Social Network' was when it went up against 'The King's Speech.'" However, Pete concedes that it might win nonetheless thanks to the preferential ballot. While "Boyhood" may not »

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Our PGA Awards predictions champ reveals why 'Birdman' won

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Still scratching your head over how "Birdman" pulled off that upset win over frontrunner "Boyhood" at the Producers' Guild of America Awards? Well, our prediction-contest winner Michael Patison (jmpatison is his user ID) knew all along that it would prevail. "'Birdman' was such a vastly superior movie I could not bring myself to predict 'Boyhood' over it," he tells Gold Derby. Congratulations to Patison, who is a 21-year-old student at the University of Texas at Austin. He beat all other Users, Editors and -- yes -- even the Experts while predicting the 2014-2015 PGA Awards at Gold Derby. Patison wins our contest prize of a $100 Amazon gift card, plus eternal bragging rights and an exalted place in Gold Derby's Leaderboards. See the specific PGA leaderboard devoted to how all 650 participants fared.  -Break- Oscars Poll: What's Really ahead to win Best Picture? Patison add...' »

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Arcade Fire looks for Grammys redemption in Alternative Album race

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The Canadian band Arcade Fire has released four albums, and all of them have earned Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Album. They've never won, which is unusual when you consider that one of those losses was for "The Suburbs," which after failing in this race in 2010 went on to win Album of the Year later that night. Remarkably, Album of the Year is still the only Grammy Arcade Fire have ever won. -Break- They're nominated this year for "Reflektor," their critically acclaimed follow-up to "The Suburbs." Will the recording academy make it up to them after their previous loss? They've only got one other nomination this year: Best Music Video for "We Exist." Beck in Grammys battle against U2 and Black Keys for Best Rock Album They face St. Vincent, whose bid for her self-titled fourth album is her first nomination at the Grammys. But she'll have to break through »

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Oscars Poll: What's Really ahead to win Best Picture?'

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Now that the presumptive Oscar frontrunner "Boyhood" got knocked down at the PGA and SAG Awards by "Birdman," what's really ahead to win Best Picture? Vote in our new poll below. -Break- See our contest winners: Meet our readers who've won $$$ prizes making predictions "Boyhood" still leads our odds, but don't forget that "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" are tied with the most Oscar noms (nine) and usually the most-nominated film wins the big prize. "Boyhood" only has six bids. Hey, maybe we've been on the wrong side of Oscar's crosshairs all along and blockbuster "American Sniper" (six noms) will be the one to take the kill shot for Best Picture. The other films in the running for Best Picture are: "The Imitation Game" (eight noms), "Selma" (two noms), "The Theory of Everything" (five noms) and "Whiplash&..."' »

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16 hottest forums posts: Will it be 'Boyhood' or 'Birdman' for Oscar's Best Picture?'

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Join the fiery 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- Will it be 'Boyhood' or 'Birdman' for Oscar's Best Picture? - Click here to discuss Nicole Dunn: Surprised most people in this thread weren't even mentioning Birdman. Not saying it was an obvious PGA win, but it for it to be suddenly dropped after missing Globes was a naive consensus I think. If Inarritu can snag DGA somehow this is all over. I have a suspicion Linklater will still win DGA, so then this season becomes a new talking point of shattering stats and assumptions.  Renaton: It's much more likely it's the PGA than the editing nom one. It really hasn't been that long a film lost Bp after it won PGA, »

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Oscars cliffhanger: Will Eddie Redmayne follow Daniel Day-Lewis path to victory?

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You can't miss the parallels between Eddie Redmayne's performance in "The Theory of Everything" and Daniel Day-Lewis's Oscar-winning turn in "My Left Foot" in 1989. It's been in the back of my mind for a while, but seems especially relevant after Redmayne's surprise win at the SAG Awards. -Break- Redmayne and Day-Lewis are both British actors (the Oscars love those). And like Redmayne, Day-Lewis played a real person (Oscars love those too) and underwent a drastic physical transformation to portray a physical disability (Oscars jackpot). While Redmayne plays Als-afflicted scientist Stephen Hawking, who physically deteriorates until he is confined to a wheelchair and cannot speak, Day-Lewis portrayed Christy Brown, an artist with cerebral palsy who could only control his left foot. Oscars battle for Best Actor: Michael Keaton vs. Eddie Redmayne Sure, Redmayne is a youthful pretty boy in an Oscar categ...' »

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Oscars news: 'Birdman' vs. 'Boyhood, Adam Levine to sing 'Lost Stars' on Oscars'

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Surveying the race the PGA and SAG Awards, Sasha Stone says: "Right now, pundits are probably going to predict that 'Birdman' will win Best Picture and Richard Linklater ('Boyhood') will Best Director. That’s because they won’t want to think an industry could turn so coldly on a film that was that remarkable, that praised, that admired. Surely they won’t send him (or her) home empty-handed. Oh yeah? Just watch them. I won’t buy into the split theory because I’ve been at this bar way too long. Years like last year are rare. So far we’ve seen no industry support for Boyhood so we can’t know if there will be a split. Linklater would have to win the DGA – and I’ll bet you all the rocks in the pocket that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will win." Awards Daily -Break- New: Experts' Oscars »

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News Nuggets: SAG Awards best dressed is Julianne Moore; worst dressed is Rosamund Pike

26 January 2015 9:30 PM, PST

A new photo gallery celebrates the seven best dressed ladies from Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards. At the top of the list is winner Julianne Moore wearing a "killer" emerald green gown from Givenchy. Others near the top are Jennifer Aniston (Galliano), Lupita Nyong'o (Elie Saab), Felicity Jones (Balenciaga), Camila Alves (Donna Karan Atelier), Reese Witherspoon (Giorgio Armani), and Rashida Jones (Emanuel Ungaro). USA Today -Break- On the other end of the spectrum, here are the seven "epic fails" among the worst-dressed on the same SAG Awards red carpet. First up is nominee Rosamund Pike ("was this girl's stylist gone?"). Others among the worst are Lorelai Linklater, Uzo Aduba, Emma Stone, Anna Chlumsky, Dascha Polcano, and Adrien Brody. USA Today Why SAG Awards are an ideal model for all awards telecasts A new list of the most influential Brits includes Oscar nominees Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, and Rosamund Pi...' »

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Oscars battle for Best Actor: Michael Keaton vs. Eddie Redmayne

26 January 2015 6:10 PM, PST

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of everybody frantically changing their Best Actor Oscar predictions from Michael Keaton ("Birdman") to Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"). -Break- Keaton's odds were astronomical heading into Sunday night's SAG Awards, with Redmayne trailing in second place. Then the envelope was opened and all hell broke loose. To call the win unexpected would be an understatement; in fact, Gold Derby's very own Tom O'Neil was the only expert to predict it. Editors' SAG Awards slugfest: What we loved (Eddie Redmayne) and hated (no-shows) I myself had Redmayne at number-one for months before it became clear that "Birdman" was a more popular film within the industry than "The Theory of Everything," and now I’m been kicking myself for switching to Keaton. But before I take the plunge with the rest of our experts (indeed, the odds have already st...' »

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Tony Awards preview: What is ahead for Best Play?

26 January 2015 1:02 PM, PST

British works dominate the field in the 2014-15 race for Best Play at the Tony Awards. The current frontrunner is "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," Simon Stephens's adaptation of the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, while Nick Payne's "Constellations" is its strongest currently-running rival. Jez Butterworth's "The River" may sneak in, but its main attraction is star Hugh Jackman's biceps, rather than the slight story of a fisherman (Jackman) bringing various girlfriends to his remote cabin; also working against it is the fact that it closes on Feb. 8. -Break- Tony Awards preview: What is ahead for Best Musical? But these shows can expect competition from yet-to-open English imports about royalty: Peter Morgan's "The Audience," which details Queen Elizabeth II's meetings with her prime ministers, and "Wolf Hall, Parts I and II," Mike Poulton's two-part adaptation o...' »

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SAG Awards (TV): 10 sizzling stats, records and facts

26 January 2015 9:56 AM, PST

Screen Actors Guild voters broke their pattern of repeat television winners in many cases Sunday night. Indeed, none of this year's individual champs had won for these current roles before. Of the newly-declared champs, Uzo Aduba ("Orange is the New Black") and Mark Ruffalo ("The Normal Heart") have their first career SAG trophies. Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder"), William H. Macy ("Shameless"), Frances McDormand ("Olive Kitteridge"), and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards") had previous victories but for different film and TV projects. -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners The cast of "Orange is the New Black" knocked off four-time reigning champ "Modern Family" as Best TV Comedy Ensemble. That show had won this category the most of any ensemble, one more than "Seinfeld" (1994, 1996, 1997). Prior to this year, the only African-American act...' »

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Uzo Aduba makes history at SAG Awards with Comedy Actress win for 'Orange is the New Black'

26 January 2015 9:25 AM, PST

Uzo Aduba ("Orange is the New Black") became the first African American to win Best TV Comedy Actress at the SAG Awards after being only the second to even contend in this category; Vanessa Williams lost her 2007 bid for "Ugly Betty" to Tina Fey ("30 Rock"). -Break- While it is heartening to see this color barrier broken, it is worth noting that neither woman was the star of her show. Unlike its film awards, SAG does not differentiate between lead and supporting on the TV side.  Editors' SAG Awards slugfest: What we loved (Eddie Redmayne) and hated (no-shows) Aduba is used to making history, having been the first African American to win Comedy Guest Actress at the Emmys last summer. Among those she edged out was co-star Laverne Cox. Prior to their bids, only four African American women had even contended in this category since the TV academy introduced it in »

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SAG Awards (Film): 10 fascinating facts, records and stats

26 January 2015 8:44 AM, PST

All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »

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Will SAG Awards champ Viola Davis be first African American to win Drama Actress at Emmys? (Poll)

26 January 2015 8:10 AM, PST

Viola Davis became just the second African American to win Best TV Drama Actress at the SAG Awards, claiming the prize Sunday for her starring role in "How to Get Away with Murder." The first to break through the color barrier was Chandra Wilson, a featured player on "Grey's Anatomy," who won this award in 2006. (SAG does not differentiate between lead and supporting on the TV side). -Break- However, Wilson was unable to parlay this victory into an Emmy, despite four consecutive bids in the Supporting Actress category. She lost in 2005 and 2006 to Blythe Danner ("Huff"), in 2007 to co-star Katherine Heigl and in 2008 to Dianne Wiest ("In Treatment"). While four African American women have won that Emmy race -- Gail Fisher ("Mannix," 1970); Alfre Woodard ("Hill Street Blues," 1983), Madge Sinclair ("Gabriel's Fire," 1991) and Mary Alice ("I'll Fly Away,&quo..."' »

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

26 January 2015 5:25 AM, PST

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

26 January 2015 12:07 AM, PST

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

25 January 2015 11:05 PM, PST

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

25 January 2015 10:52 PM, PST

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

25 January 2015 10:27 PM, PST

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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