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It's true that history isn't always kind to the decisions made by Oscar voters: "How Green Was My Valley" over "Citizen Kane," "Dances with Wolves" over "Goodfellas," "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain," to name a few controversial calls. But are all unpopular Oscar-winners universally reviled? Not so, according to our forum posters, who are sticking their necks out for some of the most unpopular winners of recent years. -Break- 16 Best Picture Champs Trashed by Critics Poster Joe Burns got the ball rolling, making his case in defense of Helen Hunt for Best Actress in "As Good as it Gets" ("Seriously, why do people dislike her so much? She gives a terrific performance"), and "The King's Speech" for Best Picture ("Many will disagree with me, but I find this film wonderful and entertaining, even if it loses some if its impact on repeated vi..."' »
Michelle Phan first gained fame by creating beauty videos on YouTube, but she has now established herself as a powerful online entrepreneur. Phan's latest venture will bring her expertise beyond makeup. She has teamed up with Cutting Edge Group to launch Shift Music Group, a new company that will highlight up-and-coming musical acts through social media. Shift will look to uncover new artists by spreading awareness on social media and utilizing the power of YouTube and its highly-engaging creative community. A release claims Shift "will provide a unique platform for breakout acts and established artists to promote and share their music." Cutting Edge Group, which provides investment capital and music services for Hollywood films such as The King's Speech, is joining forces with Phan to launch the new company. This isn't the first venture Phan has launched; she also launched Ipsy, a site that allows beauty influencers to create their own curated collections, »
- Sam Gutelle
I hadn't seen David Fincher's Gone Girl before creating this list. I felt I'd let his latest film simmer for a bit before attempting to figure out where exactly it fit within a filmography that now spans 22 years. I must also confess to being a David Fincher fanboy. It was Fincher's films before any other that got me to start looking at the way movies were made and who was making them rather than simply consuming one after the other. His leaning toward dark and brooding material is as much about his taste in the movies he makes and his approach to movie making. Even with films such as The Social Network, looking at the fellas behind the creation of Facebook, Fincher delivers a dark, moody and atmospheric piece of cinema. But let's not spoil the conversation of each film before getting to the list. What follows is »
- Brad Brevet
Thirteen episodes of the series have been ordered with Lodge Kerrigan ("Keane," "Clean, Shaven") and Amy Seimetz ("Sun Don't Shine") writing and directing all the episodes between them. Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman will produce.
Meanwhile, Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver is set to play the female lead opposite Patrick Stewart in Starz's live-action, character-driven comedy series "Blunt Talk". Adrian Scarborough ("The King's Speech") also stars.
Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy") and Jonathan Ames ("Bored To Death") will produce the project which has scored a twenty-episode, two-season, straight-to-series order. Stewart plays an alcholohic and legendary British news anchor intent on conquering the world of American cable news.
Weaver will play Blunt’s straight-talking and motherthy producer-manager. Scarborough plays Walter’s manservant who rivals him in debauchery. »
- Garth Franklin
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..." »
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...' »
The race for Oscar is akin to a political campaign, and the first three Fall film festivals have made a significant impact on all the major races. Consider that Venice, Telluride and Toronto take place within three weeks of each other and you have a huge indicator of how the season will progress. With that in mind, here are eight major takeaways that are still buzzing in our heads as the Oscar race begins. "The Imitation Game" just got a huge head start. Harvey's had a tough year at the box office. He isn't going to have a tough year with Oscar. "The Imitation Game" was the hit of Telluride and took the People's Choice Award at Toronto (something The Weinstein Company movies seem to have an awful amount of luck with). It's not quite the slam dunk that "The King's Speech" or "The Artist" were because it "appears »
- Gregory Ellwood
"The Imitation Game" won the People's Choice Award for Best Picture at the Toronto International Film Festival, thus officially emerging as a top Oscar contender. Of the previous 36 Tiff winners, 25 (almost 70%) became Oscar rivals, reaping 122 nominations and 43 victories. Five bagged the Academy Award for Best Picture: "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "American Beauty" (1999), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010) and last year's winner, "12 Years a Slave." Seven other Toronto champs were nominated for Oscar's top prize: "The Big Chill" (1983), "Places in the Heart" (1984), "Shine" (1996), "Life is Beautiful" (1998), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (2009) and "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012). -Break- "The Imitation Gam..." »
Given the jam-packed crowds and red carpet at Tuesday's Imitation Game premiere, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Morten Tyldum's look at the life of codebreaker Alan Turing took home the 2014 Grolsch People's Choice Award. The annual Tiff honour is quite often a predictor of Oscar victory, with 12 Years A Slave, Silver Linings Playbook, The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and American Beauty all having nabbed the People's Choice before their eventual Best Picture wins. Will the trend continue?
The drama sees Benedict Cumberbatch star as Turing, the groundbreaking British mathematician, philosopher, and cryptologist who led the team that cracked the German Enigma Code, turned the tide of WWII and consequently saved millions of lives. Though Turing is largely responsible for the creation of the modern computer, along with his critical time at Bletchley Park, his subsequent persecution for homosexuality by the UK government in the early »
- Emma Badame
The Imitation Game leads this year's winners at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch won the People's Choice Award, which was announced at the Festival's annual awards brunch on Sunday (September 14).
Other winners at this year's awards include Beats of the Antonov and What We Do in the Shadows.
The full list of this year's Toronto International Film Festival winners is as follows:
People's Choice Award For Documentary - Beats of the Antonov, directed by Hajooj Kuka
The audience award-winner at the Toronto International Film Festival is often the best Picture Oscar winner as well. This year, "The Imitation Game" won the People's Choice Award won last year by "12 Years a Slave," and in prior years by several films directed by Brits, "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "American Beauty." (Other Tiff audience winners such as "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Precious" go on to win Oscars other than best Picture.) Very British "The Imitation Game" is directed by Norwegian Morten Tyldum ("Headhunters") and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as genius World War II code-cracker Alan Turing, who gets help from mathematicians played by Keira Knightley (indiewire interview here) and Matthew Goode. Oscar-savvy Weinstein Co. is backing the moving period drama, which opens November 21. Other awards this year are unlikely to have much impact »
- Anne Thompson
After dominating a lot of the on-the-ground chatter at the Telluride Film Festival and then transitioning to the Toronto fest with a headwind, The Weinstein Company's Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game" has won Toronto's coveted People's Choice Award. Previous winners of the prize have included "12 Years a Slave," "Silver Linings Playbook," "The King's Speech," "Precious," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "American Beauty." So it goes without saying: it can be a pretty significant Oscar bellwether. We've been telling you since it premiered in Colorado that it was a strong player in the game and here we are. Other films that seemed to have an angle on the prize this year, given reactions to the many films in play, included "The Theory of Everything" and "The Last 5 Years." But "The Imitation Game" is a thoroughbred like "Argo," like "The King's Speech." It's a film that a lot of people can agree on, »
- Kristopher Tapley
As awards season begins to pick up pace, certain films are starting to generate real buzz. Though awards at the Toronto International Film Festival are not always an indicator of future success, The Imitation Game certainly didn’t hurt its chances by picking up the People’s Choice Award at the festival.While it's not a guarantee of Oscar glory, the People's Choice Award has become a bit of an early indicator: in recent years 12 Years A Slave, The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire all saw their wins followed by a Best Picture prize. Expect, then, at least a few nominations for Morten Tyldum's film come January.The film, which tells the story of Alan Turing, one of Britain’s unsung heroes, questions how and why the man who contributed so greatly to his country’s war effort could end up vilified and hounded by its government. As the maths genius-turned-codebreaker, »
Who will win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay? You can now make your predictions in our prediction center. -Break- You Decide: Who will will Adapted Screenplay Oscar? 'Unbroken,' 'Gone Girl' ...? It's hard to identify a common theme in this Oscar race; in the last 10 years, the award has gone to dramas ("Crash") and comedies ("Little Miss Sunshine," "Juno"), true stories ("Milk") and fiction ("The Hurt Locker"), period films ("The King's Speech") and sci-fi ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Her"). But if there's one thing a screenplay winner usually needs, it's broad academy support. The last nine winners in a row were also Best Picture nominees. A number of strong Best Picture hopefuls might contend for their original scripts, including "Boyhood," written and directed by two-time past Oscar-nominee Richard »
This year's Toronto International Film Festival belonged to the actors.
Among the 300-plus films premiering at the annual movie feast - the north star to much of Hollywood's fall season and the continent's largest film fest - there were, of course, many terrific movies and a theater's worth of fine filmmakers. But nothing captured the spotlight of this year's Toronto, which wraps up on Sunday, like the performances.
That's unlike many previous years where the loudest buzz from Toronto rang out for a freshly proclaimed masterpiece like 12 Years a Slave or a stunning cinematic event like Gravity, both of which left last year's festival hoisted upon the shoulders of enthusiastic Oscar prognosticators and awed moviegoers.
While likely best-picture nominees certainly played at Toronto, no movie quite stood out like those heavyweights or previous Tiff sensations like the Academy Award-winners Slumdog Millionaire or The King's Speech. Instead, the applause was thickest for its stars, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Toronto — If it's September, not only is it fall film festival time, but it's also time for the return of the Contender Countdown. Yes, your weekly snapshot of the Best Picture race is back and who knew 2014 might actually deliver another real race? By this point last season, the showdown between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" was well under way. There were some films on the horizon that had a chance at joining the fray, but it never really came to pass. The 2015 season is markedly different. Venice, Telluride and Toronto have ended with only two major contenders having been vetted by pundits and audiences alike, "The Imitation Game" and "Birdman." Neither is the frontrunner yet, although the former may jump into the lead fairly quickly. Toronto's major honor, the People's Choice Award, will be announced on Sunday. Over the past six years three winners went on to win the Best Picture Oscar ("Slumdog Millionaire, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Michael Cieply describes Benedict Cumberbatch as "a nearly perfect Oscar bet" for "The Imitation Game." With veteran campaigner Harvey Weinstein behind the project, he refers to the film as "The King's Speech" meets "A Beautiful Mind" on "Brokeback Mountain." Cumberbatch plays British mathematician Alan Turing and his successful quest to break the Nazi military code during World War II. However, he was a closeted gay man who was horribly treated after the war. Cumberbatch just won an Emmy Award in August for "Sherlock: His Last Vow" and now seeks his first Oscar nod. New York Times -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Nicole Sperling talks of the many surprises at the Toronto Film Festival in the past few days. She calls the "relative unknown" Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") the new frontrunner for Best Actor ...' »
When you think of the Toronto International Film Festival, you probably thing of highbrow arty fare, impenetrable foreign movies, and the kind of creatively functional, feel-good crowd-pleasers that transcend the festival circuit and go on to make lots of money and win lots of Oscars.
And then there's "The Equalizer," Sony's big-screen, Denzel Washington-led adaptation of the '80s crime show, which opened at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. In the movie, Washington's character, a shadowy figure who now works at a Home Depot-style hardware store, gets targeted by Russian mobsters in Boston after he goes out of his way to try and save a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz).
So, no, it's not exactly "The King's Speech."
But that doesn't mean that it should be struck from the festival's program. How does this new "Equalizer" hold up? And, when it opens at the end of the month, »
- Drew Taylor
Toronto (AP) - The commodity that most fuels the fervor of the annual Toronto International Film Festival is that elusive lifeblood of Hollywood's awards season: buzz.
That's what the major films will be seeking at Tiff, which opens Thursday with the premiere of the Robert Downey Jr. courtroom drama The Judge. The festival packs some 285 feature films into 10 days of north-of-the-border movie-going gluttony.
An eager reception. A hearty standing ovation. Viral tweets. These are the seeds that many of the fall's most anticipated films will hope to sow in Toronto, the first sprouts of - they hope - lengthy Oscar campaigns. Toronto is where best picture-winning films like The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire debuted, and while there isn't an obvious 2014 candidate to that lineage, there are a host of films looking to capture Toronto's spotlight. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Those lucky enough to attend Telluride last weekend, Tiff this month or Nyff shortly thereafter will all get a chance to see the period biopic Mr. Turner starring Timothy Spall (The King's Speech, the Harry Potter franchise). Directed by Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake), the film looks at the life of British painter J.M.W. Turner, who lived from 1775-1851. But the film focuses on the last 25 years of his life through plenty of ups and downs from family illness to romance. From this trailer, Spall seems to deliver an award worthy performance, and there's plenty of beauty in the cinematography and production design too. Here's the first Us trailer for Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, originally from Apple: Mr. Turner is written and directed by Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky). In the film Timothy Spall plays eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner. Profoundly affected »
- Ethan Anderton
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