Oscar hopes are looking better than ever for "Theory of Everything" star Eddie Redmayne, tapped as a frontrunner for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking since Tiff. The 32-year-old actor will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards on January 3rd. Palm Springs is one of several festivals that plays a key role in the annual anointing of awards during the season leading up to the Oscars. Like the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest works with studios to land Oscar-buzzy lineups and contenders for the fest's awards presentations. Sbiff, it was announced recently, will crown "Birdman" star Michael Keaton with a Modern Master Award on January 31. The last seven recipients of the Desert Palm prize, including Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club," Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln" and Colin Firth for "The King's Speech" all went on to win Best Actor Oscars. Our Toh! »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Think you're an Oscar know-it-all? Think again. Last year when predicting the nominations, our User Tom O'Brien (better known as helmetz in our world-famous Oscar forum) did so well that his current forecasts are now featured as part of Gold Derby's Top 24 Users. -Break- O'Brien is a 63-year-old television censor originally from Waterbury, Ct. Gold Derby sat down with O'Brien to find out how the heck he did so well last year and what he's predicting to win this year. Hint: You may want to copy some of his Oscar predictions! (See them all here) Oscar news: Raves for 'Interstellar,' four locks for Best Actor Spill the beans, Tom! How did you do so well at predicting last year's Oscar nominations? O'Brien: As a 63-year-old white male working in the industry, I am the embodiment of your average Academy voter. I just had to put myself in the mindset »
It's been a strange Oscar season so far. Recent years have seen the races locked in early, with "12 Years A Slave," "Argo," "The Artist" and "The King's Speech" all well on the path to glory by this point in time. And yet here we are in November, and most categories still feel open without clear front-runners and with a number of high-profile movies yet to be unveiled. You have to go back nearly a decade, to when "Crash," "Brokeback Mountain" and the sight-unseen "Munich" were all contenders, to find a year as unpredictable and nebulous as this one. Even some of the presumptive heavyweights haven't quite landed with customary accolades. Last week saw the arrival of the first reviews for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi blockbuster "Interstellar," a film that early buzz had suggested was a potential juggernaut for the awards season. But reaction was mixed. The film has its big fans, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
. Among those films in contention for the British Independent Film Awards is "The Imitation Game," which reaped bids for Best Picture, Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Actress (Keira Knightley) and Screenplay. Other Oscar contenders in the mix include "Mr. Turner," which scored five nominations including Picture, Director (Mike Leigh) and Actor (Timothy Spall) and "Calvary," which netted four including Picture and Actor (Brendan Gleeson). Winners, to be decided by a jury headed by Oscar champ Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") will be revealed in a London ceremony on Dec. 7. Bifa -Break- Oscar experts: 'Boyhood' will win 5, 'Interstellar' 4, 'Birdman' 2 Pete Hammond was a key player in the Contender series at the DGA Theater this weekend. This must-read live blog takes you behind the scenes of this showcase for studios to tout their wares before an industry crowd. Deadline Anne Tho...' »
As I said earlier this morning, I'll be seeing Christopher Nolan's Interstellar this evening in IMAX. It's arguably the most anticipated blockbuster of the year and ahead of its release was even considered to be a major Oscar contender in a variety of categories including Best Picture and Director (note the use of the word "was"). Now, before the movie has even screened for all critics (tonight's screening is the first all media across the country), it's already being stepped on and not merely based on its quality as a movie, but in relation to its chances at the Oscars, though it can be hard to tell the difference. The chirping began back on October 27 when The Hollywood Reporter awards columnist Scott Feinberg, who was predicting Interstellar to win Best Picture and Nolan to win Best Director before seeing the movie, posted an article headlined "Christopher Nolan's ' »
- Brad Brevet
The nominations for the 17th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards have been announced.
'71 leads the nominations with nine nods, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
Nominees up for the top prize of Best British Independent Film are '71, Calvary, Mr Turner, Pride and The Imitation Game. Previous winners have included The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and This Is England.
Keira Knightley is up for Best Actress for The Imitation Game, along with Alicia Vikander for Testament of Youth, Cheng Pei Pei for Lilting, Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Belle and Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for Catch Me Daddy. »
First of all, there's no big specialized competition on either November 21 or Thanksgiving weekend's Friday November 28. They'd have gotten elevated review attention either way. They're going Friday, not Wednesday; they've done it both ways, but both "The King's Speech" and "The Artist" opened the same Friday. There may be more competition for screens with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" on the 21st, which will dominate its first two days. This way "Imitation Game" will compete with "Birdman"'s wide opening. The Brit biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing also won the narrative Audience Award from the Hamptons International Film Festival. (Here are eight reasons why it's a Best Picture frontrunner to rival "The Theory of Everything.") »
- Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
2014 appears to be a year that's going to test my idea of what it means for a film to be the "best" of the year. The Imitation Game, in my estimation, is certainly one of the best the year has had to offer, but it's by no means to the level of Birdman or Boyhood, though to compare those two is futile. Of course, with the Oscars around the corner the idea of what makes something the "best" will get a whole new definition, something some outlets are making painfully obvious on the heels of mixed reviews for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. That being said, in my review of The Imitation Game I called it a "conventionally told story without the convention". Make no mistake, this is a biopic, but it's a biopic with subtlety and nuance. It will probably find detractors as the Oscar race heats up saying it's »
- Brad Brevet
Imagine "L.A. Confidential" rewritten as a stoner comedy and you'll have a pretty good idea of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," which premiered October 4 at the New York Film Festival. Adapted from the novel by Thomas Pynchon, it represents a significant shift from the dramatic intensity of Anderson's recent Oscar-nominated films "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master." "Vice" approaches its story of crime and corruption with elements of absurdity. Might it be too quirky for Oscar voters? -Break- Paul Thomas Anderson--cast discuss 'loose and chaotic' style of 'Inherent Vice' at Nyff Oscar voters usually aren't known for their sense of humor – by and large, they prefer emotional dramas like "The King's Speech" and "12 Years a Slave." Consider that out of Anderson's last five features, the only one that failed to earn any nominat »
Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper is the latest in a growing list of filmmakers, movie stars and celebrities to lend their cinematic recommendations to us for a Sky Movies Playlist. Hooper started out in theatre and television - including stints on EastEnders and Byker Grove - before graduating to movies with The Damned United in 2009. His work on The King's Speech in 2010 won him an Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture; more nominations came in 2012 for Les Misérables. »
French comedy-drama The Intouchables, about a wealthy quadriplegic who hires a street-wise minority from the projects as his caretaker, grossed over $425 million in theaters worldwide throughout 2012, so naturally rights were quickly acquired for an upcoming English-language retelling of the story. Now it's being reported the U.S. remake, headed up by The Weinstein Company, has finally found its star duo in Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man). Firth, long attached to the project, will take over as Fran?ois Cluzet's wealthy quadriplegic character, while Hart will replace Omar Sy as the young man from the projects who cares for him. Hart brings bankability to the project via a built-in fan base, largely from his stand-up comedy but more recently in films such as Think Like a Man, Ride Along, and About Last Night. However, the large bulk of his work relies on out-and-out hilarity, »
- Jordan Benesh
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
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