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What ‘Birdman’s’ Big Awards Weekend Means for a Wild Oscar Race
Back-to-back wins for Alejandro Inarritu’s daring comedy at SAG and Producers Guild Awards help throw awards season into disarray
This was supposed to be the weekend that would clear things up in the Oscar race. Instead, it was a weekend that threw the race into disarray, sending one contender soaring and another faltering.
Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” which was considered the leader of the race mostly by default even though it didn’t look anything like a typical Best Picture winner, had a chance to seal the deal but turned out to be a shaky frontrunner instead. »
- Steve Pond
Sundance Film Review: ‘Unexpected’
Kris Swanberg makes a huge leap into the indie mainstream with her delicate and beautiful third feature, “Unexpected.” The logline could sound like a gimmick: A 30-year-old Chicago high-school teacher and one of her students both discover they’re pregnant around the same time, but Swanberg’s film remains utterly down-to-earth. Small-scale and warmhearted in the best ways, this is an accomplished piece of work deserving special consideration in the indie marketplace and the care of a distributor savvy enough to market a story made by and about women.
For something as fundamental to human existence as pregnancy, surprisingly few movies tackle the experience head-on, and those that do are often broad comedies (“Knocked Up,” “Juno”) or horror films (“Rosemary’s Baby”). That’s just one way in which “Unexpected” immediately establishes itself as something different.
Sam (Cobie Smulders) enjoys her job teaching science at an inner-city school, but the »
- Geoff Berkshire
See how you did predicting the SAG Awards film winners
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...' »
Miss Colombia Takes Miss Universe Crown, Miss USA First-Runner Up
Paulina Vega edged Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 countries in the 63rd annual pageant, airing on NBC
After a three-hour live extravaganza on NBC Sunday night, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega emerged victorious as the 63rd Miss Universe in the long-running pageant. Miss USA Nia Sanchez was the first-runner up, followed by Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha.
Vega said that the pageants leading up to this year’s Miss Universe vent were the first she’d ever competed in, and intends for it to also be her last. The business student intends to return to her studies.
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- Jason Hughes
Editors' SAG Awards slugfest: What we loved (Eddie Redmayne) and hated (no-shows)'
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, »
Korea Box Office: ‘Gangnam Blues,’ ‘Big Hero 6’ Finally Topple ‘Ode’
Seoul — “Ode to My Father,” which had sat on top of the Korean box office for the past six weeks, was finally toppled. But newcomers “Gangnam Blues” and “Big Hero 6” were almost neck and neck over the Jan. 19—25 January.
“Gangnam Blues,” a local noir action movie written and directed by Yoo Ha, opened last Wednesday and beat “Ode” by drawing 150,000 admissions on the opening day. The action movie earned $7.57 million in its opening 5 days.
Arriving initially in third slot was another newcomer “Big Hero 6,” the first Disney animated feature based on a Marvel property. The Golden Globe Awards-nominated animation topped the chart on Sunday, narrowly beating “Gangnam” by scoring $5.03 million from the weekend alone. Over its five day run it managed $6.31 million, for second place behind “Gangnam,” but ahead of “ode.”
Melodrama “Ode” pushed its total past 12 million admissions Sunday and recorded a cumulative haul of $86.55 million, according to Kobis, »
- Sonia Kil
SAG Awards good (Uzo Aduba), bad (Patricia Arquette reading) and ugly ('Game of Thrones' loss)
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. »
SAG: Viola Davis wants more realistic female characters
Viola Davis' career has been filled with incredible characters, and she was honored by SAG with the Best Female Actor in a Drama Series award for portraying the smart, dogged, and conflicted Annalise Keating on "How to Get Away with Murder." But the Tony-winning, Oscar-nominated actress knows that there's still a need for more complex female characters in movies and film. "The sexualized, messy, outwardly strong, inwardly vulnerable women I know in my life -- they're anywhere from a size 0 to a size 24. They're the women who are usually marginalized on TV. They don't exist there. They don't exist sometimes in the movies. But they do exist in life," Davis said in the SAG press room. "To me, that's where you can find the expansiveness of stories. You get real women up there. We want to see ourselves. We want to be inspired by that. We don't want to »
- Louis Virtel
Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman on Their Sundance Comedy The Overnight, and Prosthetic Penises
Earlier this Sundance, Vulture Kyle brought you the news of Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman going full frontal side-by-side in their hilarious new Los Angeles swingers movie, The Overnight (which also features Taylor Schilling and Judith Godrèche as their respective wives). There is so much to love about this movie, in which two couples with kids try to spark a new friendship, from paintings of buttholes to spontaneous pit stops at happy endings massage parlors. But the centerpiece of the movie comes [Spoiler] when Schwartzman’s character drops trou to go skinny dipping at a dinner party and reveals a giant horse penis, which sends Scott’s character into a spiral of insecurity about his own micropenis—until his new well-endowed friend gets him to love his body… and do a naked dance that gives new meaning to the phrase swinging dicks. As I waited around to talk to Scott and Schwartzman, »
- Jada Yuan
Sundance Film Review: Sarah Silverman in ‘I Smile Back’
Rarely has a performer striven so concertedly to shed any trace of his/her comedy roots as Sarah Silverman does over the course of “I Smile Back,” an addiction drama in which the acerbic comedienne gives the kind of warts-and-all, let-it-all-hang-out (body parts, fluids, etc.) turn that awards’ consultants dreams are made of. But Silverman’s performance is more than an attention-getting stunt, and it’s her hellish rendering of a New Jersey housewife under the influence of drugs, alcohol and mental illness that elevates director Adam Salky’s sophomore feature above the suburban-nightmare movie-of-the-week it otherwise often resembles. Even with the buzz sure to ignite around its Sundance premiere, “Smile” will prove a tough sell commercially, where more sensitive types will blanch at the film’s Olympian gauntlet of self-abuse, reckless endangerment and public humiliation.
Playing addicts of one kind or another has been a tried-and-true recipe for funnymen »
- Scott Foundas
2015 SAG Awards Makeup Trends: Bold Lips, Smoky Eyes and Soft Liner
The makeup trends we saw at the 2015 SAG Awards were definitely among the more predictable this awards season. Smoky eyes, bold lips and eyeliner looks are far from breaking new ground. But as the stars made their way down the red carpet, we couldn't help but love how their subtle makeup contrasts and individual styles had us applauding their red carpet beauty looks. Emma Stone, Patricia Arquette and Laura Carmichael wore their orange-red lips against completely different color backdrops, but still all managed to have their pouts be the standout of their looks. Maisie Williams went the deep Bordeaux lip route which added the perfect touch of drama to her curls. Nashelly Messina, E! Style Collective member and »
Top Fashion Moments from E!'s Live From the Red Carpet at the 2015 SAG Awards—Watch Now!
Let's get straight to business: There're a lot of looks to discuss from the 2015 SAG Awards! If there's a single word to sum up the red carpet, it's polarizing. All eyes were on Lupita Nyong'o's striped and splattered Elie Saab gown, and no one missed Julianne Moore's glittering emerald Givenchy Couture gown. Emma Stone made a bold fashion statement in a Dior Couture tuxedo-gown hybrid, and Naomi Watts turned heads in navy off-the-shoulder Balenciaga gown. And let's not forget about Jennifer Aniston, who put her perfectly sculpted figure on full display in a vintage Galliano gown with a ultra-plunging neckline. "I kind of just dropped dead for it," she spilled to Maria »
SAG: William H. Macy on Finally getting to give a speech
William H. Macy didn't expect to win a SAG Award for Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series, but he picked up a trophy for his work on Showtime's "Shameless." The venerable actor and onetime "Fargo" Oscar nominee opened up in the SAG press room about a topic he mentioned in his victory speech: years of writing speeches and never getting to give them. Macy also discussed the craziness of his show and the origins of Flicka, his nickname for wife Felicity Huffman. »
- Louis Virtel
Biggest Trends at the 2015 SAG Awards: Regal Purple Gowns, Thigh-High Slits, Plunging Necklines & More
We again put on our trend spotter goggles as stars hit the 2015 SAG Awards red carpet and found no shortage of statement-making looks. First on our radar were stunning royal purple gowns, as worn to perfection by Camila Alves, Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Rodriguez. Camila's Donna Karan Atelier gave just the right amount va-va-voom, while the dress' velvety texture and deep plum color added a statement twist to the look. Keira Knightley's tiered Erdem frock with a sheer illusion neckline accentuated the actress' small baby bump and glowing complexion. And Elizabeth Rodriguez's sweet one-shoulder number was the perfect pop of color amid the sea of black, white and red on the SAG Awards red »
The SAG Awards Brought Together Our Favorite '90s Crushes
Julianne Moore wasn't the only one feeling nostalgic at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. While the best actress winner reminisced about her old soap opera days, we couldn't help but think back to our favorite '90s hunks - probably because the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles was full of them Sunday night. Not only did the SAG Awards gather today's top talent, it also brought together some of the finest guys from the decade of hacky sacks and grunge. Spoiler Alert: Jordan Catalano still looks good. Obviously! So take a trip back in our time machine, and see how »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Watch Those As the World Turns Scenes Julianne Moore Mentioned in Her SAG Award Speech
In her acceptance speech for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, Still Alice star Julianne Moore gave a shout-out to her early days on the soap opera As the World Turns. "When I was on As the World Turns," Moore, 54, said to cheers, "I was so excited when they wrote two parts for me, the classic twin sister role, the good and the evil one ... and then I realized it was super boring to act by myself. And what I really loved, what I really craved, was being with another actor. »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
Viola Davis & Uzo Aduba Make SAG History: Both Lead Actress Titles Won By Black Women
Viola Davis won the outstanding lead drama actress prize at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in “How to Get Away With Murder.” Davis is just the third actress of color to nab the title.
Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” won the award in 2005, followed by Chandra Wilson in 2006, who won for the same show. Those two victories — along with Davis’ — were all for series produced by Shonda Rhimes.
The award for outstanding comedy actress also went to an African-American performer — Uzo Aduba won her first-ever SAG award for her work on “Orange Is the New Black” at the Jan. 25 ceremony, marking the first year both winning lead actresses were people of color.
The SAG Awards suggest that Hollywood is moving in the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
SAG Awards 2015: Surprises, Salutes and No-Shows
A few unexpected winners, a stumble on stage and some empty chairs were the highlights of Sunday’s show
The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards were held Sunday night in Los Angeles, with top prizes going to casts including those of “Birdman” and “Downton Abbey,” and with individual leading performance wins for Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne.
Broadcasting on TBS, guild SAG-aftra chose the best performances in film and television this year and handed out marble statuettes accordingly at the Shrine Auditorium.
“I have written so many great acceptance speeches that I never got to give,” joked William H. Macy, who »
- Matt Donnelly
2015 SAG Awards Accessory Trends: Ear Cuffs, Statement Rings and More
If you got it, flaunt it…right? Such was not the case at the 2015 SAG Awards. The typically low-key awards show saw mild makeup, effortless-looking hair and little to no accessories, particularly on the jewelry front. In fact, a number of stars—including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lupita Nyong'o and Rashida Jones—decided to go sans neckpieces despite their plunging necklines. To be fair, the lack of neckwear did emphasize the beauty and design of their gowns. All was not totally lost, however, as some bling did catch our eyes. Last year's 2014 ear cuff trend is still apparently going strong. Unlike its predecessors, this year's crop was less obvious, proving the strength »
Viola Davis Calls Out Her 4-Year-Old Daughter in Heartfelt SAG Awards Acceptance Speech
She killed it! How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis gave a heartfelt speech Sunday night after winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series. "When I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably a few things happen," she said. "Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life and then I build from there. And the other thing that happens is she always says, 'Mommy, can you put me in the story?' " After invoking her daughter's desire to be a part of her mother's imaginative creations, »
- Aaron Parsley, @freshparsley
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