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Robert Redford, where art thou? Today’s SAG nominations may be pretty straightforward, but Redford’s omittance is more than a little surprising. But, as I said recently, campaigning pays, even if you are a seasoned professional. Replaced in the top five by Forest Whitaker, this doesn’t mean the Academy won’t opt for him, but with late screeners of The Wolf Of Wall Street and American Hustle finally making an impression, DiCaprio and Bale are just as hungry for that fifth spot.
12 Years A Slave unsurprisingly leads the pack, with only one nomination for Gravity, though Cuaron’s film is far less of a threat in the categories SAG celebrates. After its recent push, Spike Jonze’s Her is left in the cold without even Best Ensemble recognition, but this isn’t necessarily gospel for the critics’ darling. Nebraska also loses out on a Best Ensemble nod, and, »
- Emma Thrower
Steve McQueen's biopic of a free man forced into slavery in pre-Civil War America claims four key nominations from prominent industry body, buttressing Oscar chances
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The future looks bright for 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's acclaimed account of American slavery, as the film lead the field at nominations for the 20th Screen Actors Guild awards. McQueen's drama picked up four nominations, including the crowning prize for ensemble cast. Lee Daniels' The Butler, Jean-Marc Vallee's Dallas Buyers Club and John Wells's adaptation of Tracy Letts's August: Osage County bagged three nominations apiece.
In addition to being shortlisted for the cast, 12 Years a Slave gained a best actor nomination for Chiwetel Ejiofor's portrayal of Solomon Northup, sold into bondage in the American south. Lupita Nyong'o was shortlisted for the best supporting actress »
- Xan Brooks
Awards Season has begun -- and today, the nominations were announced for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.The event, which honors both the stars of film and television, takes place January 18 and the nominations give us some insight into which films are serious Oscar contenders this year.Judging by this list of nominees, "12 Years a Slave" is the film to beat. The movie nabbed four nominations this morning, followed closely by "The Butler," "August: Osage County" and "Dallas Buyers Club," which all got three.Check out the full list for both TV and Film below. Who are you rooting for?Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Bruce Dern / Woody Grant – “Nebraska” Chiwetel Ejiofor / Solomon Northup – “12 Years A Slave” Tom Hanks / Capt. Richard Phillips – “Captain Phillips” (Columbia Pictures) Matthew McConaughey / Ron Woodroof – “Dallas Buyers Club” (Focus Features) Forest Whitaker / Cecil Gaines – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (The Weinstein »
- tooFab Staff
The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for this year's SAG Awards, which cover both TV and movies but largely serve as a pre-Oscar momentum generator. A few bright spots: James Gandolfini was nominated for best supporting actor for Enough Said, Daniel Brühl was nominated in the same category for Rush, and Arrested Development was nominated for best comedy. The full list of nominees is below.Movies Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleBruce Dern, Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a SlaveTom Hanks, Captain PhillipsMatthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers ClubForest Whitaker, Lee Daniels' The Butler Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleCate Blanchett, Blue JasmineSandra Bullock, GravityJudi Dench, PhilomenaMeryl Streep, August: Osage CountyEmma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleBarkhad Abdi, Captain PhillipsDaniel Bruhl, RushMichael Fassbender, 12 Years a SlaveJames Gandolfini, Enough SaidJared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Outstanding Performance »
- Margaret Lyons
Nominations for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday morning, in anticipation of the ceremony to air Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 (at 8 p.m. Et) on TNT and TBS. With four nominations, director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave topped the roster, followed by three nominations each for August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club and Lee Daniels' The Butler. Breaking Bad was the most-nominated TV series, also with four. Among the major nominees in the movie categories are: Male Actor in a Leading Role Bruce Dern, Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Forest Whitaker, »
“Twelve Years a Slave” has solidified its status as an awards-season frontrunner, leading the SAG Awards nominations with four.
Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Oscar and SAG Award lead actress awards this year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” took a nomination for “American Hustle” — giving the David O’Russell drama a pair of nods. “Captain Phillips,” “Nebraska” and “Rush” also received two nominations.
- Dave McNary
The harrowing drama about a free black man who is kidnapped and sold into bondage on a Southern plantation had a leading four nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards this morning: best ensemble, lead actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, and supporting bids for Michael Fassbender and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o.
The big surprise was The Butler, »
- Anthony Breznican
The Screen Actors Guild has released their 2014 nominations honoring their colleagues in film and television. Although the winners won't be announced until January 18, the SAG noms are definitely of interest to Oscar prognosticators.
"12 Years a Slave" led the pack with four nominations, which includes best actor and best supporting actor, best female performance, and best cast. "August: Osage County" did very well, as did "The Butler" and "Dallas Buyers Club."
Check out the full list below, and start making your Oscar predictions!
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in »
- Jenni Miller
The biopic about legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was in limbo for a short while following Sacha Baron Cohen’s departure due to creative differences with the remaining members of the band. However, the movie is back on track now with the announcement that Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas, Skyfall) has been cast as the titular singer and Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) is set to direct.
Cohen clashed with Queen when the incendiary actor intended to take the film in a gritty, R-rated direction that explored all corners of Mercury’s tumultuous life. The details on his version were never disclosed but it was likely Cohen would have wanted to touch on Cohen’s sexual relationships (both male and female), parties, and eventual battle with AIDS. The surviving members of Queen, however, opted for a lighter, PG-rated film that would no doubt gloss over some of these elements.
It’s a »
- Christopher Sheridan
Huge news on this Tuesday morning as it looks as if Sunshine On Leith and Wild Bill helmer Dexter Fletcher is to direct Ben Whishaw in the biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Fletcher, who was previously known for his acting work on Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and the superb 80s kids show Press Gang, looks to have beat off all competition for the coveted gig after impressing with this year’s superb musical based around the music of The Proclaimers.
Peter Morgan (Rush, The Queen) is writing the Freddie Mercury biopic which for a long time had the talents of Sacha Baron Cohen attached to it. Now the talented Skyfall actor Whishaw will assume the role of the iconic frontman, with the film covering the band’s early years leading the way to their Live Aid performance in 1985.
Sony have first dibs to distribute the film.
- Paul Heath
For years, Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the Queen frontman. However, Baron Cohen dropped out earlier this year due to creative differences with the Mercury's Queen bandmates. The remaining Queen members identified Ben Whishaw as their ideal choice in October. Whishaw reportedly screen tested for the juicy role last month, and Deadline confirms Whishaw has landed the part. Additionally, Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) has signed on to direct. Hopefully this is the iteration that will get off the ground, because Whishaw is a promising young talent and I am curious to see what he can do as Mercury. The script by Peter Morgan (Rush) starts with Queen’s formation in the early 1970s and ends around their 1985 Live Aid set, which you can watch in full after the jump. »
- Brendan Bettinger
‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’: AFI Awards 2013 - big-studio movies rule once again (photo: Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in ‘American Hustle’) The American Film Institute has released AFI Awards list featuring the Top Ten Movies of 2013. As usual, the AFI Awards mostly focus on mainstream, popular fare from the big studios; in fact, they’re a sort of more upscale, Oscar-friendlier People’s Choice Awards, i.e., no Twilight, no The Fast and The Furious, no Adam Sandler, scattered super-hero movies, mostly bypassing Harry Potter. (You’ll see why they’re so big-studio-friendly once you scroll down a bit to check out the list of this year’s AFI Awards’ jury members.) Six of the AFI’s Top Ten 2013 movies come courtesy of the Hollywood majors: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, 12 Years a Slave was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, »
- Anna Robinson
After receiving seven awards from the Boston Online Critics, the Bsfc are quite obviously also all aboard the slave train, handing 12 Years A Slave Best Picture, Director and Actor.
Cate Blanchett continues to win over the regional societies with her work in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and Ryan Coogler, Emmanuel Lubezki and Joshua Oppenheimer find themselves justly rewarded once more.
However, it’s the Bsfc’s decision to honour Enough Said that is the main talking point here, upsetting in both the Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay categories. Although a refreshing change of pace, it’s hard to believe this will do any real damage to current frontrunner Mr. Jared Leto’s chances of Oscar glory. But Fox Searchlight are working hard on its campaign, and both the film and actor are extremely well-liked. Don’t count the late, great Gandolfini out of a nomination just yet.
- Emma Thrower
The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has seen more than a few tie victories in recent years: The very first time I voted, in 2006, there was a lead-actor split between Forest Whitaker and Sacha Baron Cohen. In 2010, we awarded best director to David Fincher and Olivier Assayas, and just last year, Jennifer Lawrence and Emmanuelle Riva shared the actress prize. Whenever this happens — usually as the result of a deadlock between a near-certain Oscar contender and a gonzo left-field choice — something like a general cheer goes up from the membership for having arrived at such a happy but unexpected compromise.
Still, in my eight years as a Lafca member, I’ve never seen us share the wealth quite so lavishly as we did during yesterday’s spirited and sometimes contentious five-and-a-half-hour voting meeting, which resulted in no »
- Justin Chang
Huggins joined Imagine in 2004 as senior VP of motion pictures. She was promoted in 2006 to exec VP and in 2010 to co-president of production.
Huggins has worked on “J. Edgar,” “Restless,” “Rush,” “Flightplan” and music documentaries “Made in America” and “Katy Perry: Part of Me 3-D.” She is producing the James Brown biopic “Get on Up” at Universal and exec producing “The Heart of the Sea” at Warner Bros. She also works with Jason Katims on his NBC TV series “Parenthood.”
Huggins previously worked as an exec VP at Interscope and Radar Pictures and as a film editor.
- Dave McNary
Erica Huggins has been promoted to president of Imagine Entertainment, chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard announced with co-chairman Michael Rosenberg on Monday. Rosenberg was president until being upped to co-chair last month. Huggins has worked at Imagine since 2004, working on films such as “J. Edgar,” “Rush” and “Restless.” She became co-president of production in 2010, and is currently producing the James Brown biopic “Get on Up” and executive producing Howard’s next directorial effort, “The Heart of the Sea.” “For nearly 10 years Erica has proven to have true talent as a filmmaker,” Grazer said in a statement. “She has been. »
- Lucas Shaw
Breaking: Longtime Imagine Entertainment executive Erica Huggins has been promoted to president of the production company by chairman and co-founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and co-chairman Michael Rosenberg. This comes while Huggins is producing Get On Up, the James Brown biopic at Universal that stars Chadwick Boseman with Tate Taylor directing, and she is exec producing the Howard-directed The Heart Of The Sea at Warner Bros with Chris Hemsworth leading the cast. Kim Roth becomes sole president of production. Huggins joined Imagine in 2004 as Svp of Motion Pictures. Two years later she became Evp and in 2010 became co-president of production. Over that time she has worked on such films as J. Edgar, Restless, Rush, and Flightplan, among others, as well as the Howard-directed music docu Made In America and Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3-D. She also works with Jason Katims on the NBC series Parenthood and has been »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has as of late extended its role call of "Virtuosos" Award winners, an annual tip of the hat to a given year's stand-out performers not honored elsewhere in its tribute program. And this year's line-up is as exemplary as ever. Daniel Brühl ("Rush"), Adèle Exarchopoulos ("Blue is the Warmest Color"), Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station"), Brie Larson ("Short Term 12"), Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") and June Squibb ("Nebraska") are the lucky recipients this time around. It might just be the most impressive group yet. "2013 has been a banner »
- Kristopher Tapley
The 36th annual "Kennedy Center Honors" celebrates the careers of opera singer Martina Arroyo, jazz man Herbie Hancock, rock and pop star Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine, and rock guitarist Carlos Santana. The special was taped in Washington Sunday night and will air on CBS December 29. Santana was first up and was feted by Harry Belafonte, Juanes, Tom Morrello, Buddy Guy, Sheila E., and Steve Winwood. Arroyo was then honored by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, tenor Joseph Calleja, and soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. Bill O'Reilly introduced the Hancock segment which included Snoop Dogg and Mix Master Mike. Kathy Bates began the MacLaine tribute with Sutton Foster, Patina Miller, and Anna Kendrick performing. The final tribute for Joel featured Tony Bennett, Don Henley, Garth Brooks, and Rufus Wainwright. USA Today. The Santa Barbara Film Festival taps seven stand-out performers for their Virtuosos Awards. Daniel Bruhl ("Rush"), Adele Exarchopoulo »
Spike Jonze's "Her" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominated the nominations for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Associations. Both movies received nods for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle," Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Here's the complete list of nominations, winners will be announced on Monday!
"12 Years a Slave"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Brühl, »
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