The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild announced their 2014 awards winners tonight and two Oscar nominees in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category both came home with some championship hardware.
Ellen Page came out Friday at the inaugural Time to Thrive Conference held by the Human Rights Campaign in Las Vegas. In a speech opening the conference, the former best actress nominee spoke about being a lesbian, publicly, for the first time.
We're in the home stretch, everyone. Voting for the 86th Academy Awards is finally underway and you can feel the tension in the air from Culver City to Burbank.
(Actually, that could just be allergies, but I digress…)
The point is, this year's show has the potential for more upsets or unexpected winners since "The Departed," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Queen" battled it out in 2007. Every studio is nervous and thanks to some unexpected controversies almost nothing is guaranteed. With that in mind, ponder these nine questions that are on the minds of many awards season watchers.
Be careful out there, Academy members.
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards are shaping up to be a big afternoon for "12 Years A Slave" which comes into the show with 12 nominations including best feature. What many in the crowd are looking forward to, however, is Patton Oswalt's inaugural stint as Spirits Awards show host. The popular comedian and actor has already said he wants to shake the show up by giving away live birds to winners instead of the traditional Spirit Awards statue which has a bird on top. We're not sure if he's serious or kidding, but we're a little worried about a throng of doves getting stuck in the Spirits Awards tent on Santa Monica's beach. As with any awards show, Patton will not have to carry the program alone.
It's going to be a very big year for Shailene Woodley. The former "Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Spectacular Now" star has two highly anticipated movies, both based on popular novels, on the way. In June, she plays a cancer patient in the adaptation of John Green's tearjerker "The Fault in Our Stars," but in a little over a month she'll have the fate of a city on her shoulders in the dramatic adventure "Divergent." Last week, before zip lining with co-star Theo James onto Jimmy Kimmel, Woodley sat down to chat about the role that might transform her into a major movie star.
Do you know who is the most excited about the new teaser trailer for "Tammy"? No, it's not the growing legion of Melissa McCarthy fans. No, it's not Warner Bros. who is hopeful they have a major mid-summer hit on their hands. It's Artis Leon Ivey Jr., better known as Coolio, because the former hip-hop artist just scored bank.
Even after $102 million at the box office and an Academy Award nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, "Bad Grandpa's" Irving has just one thing on his mind: Yes, he still can't get enough tail.
Irving sat down with HitFix last week to talk about his neverending quest for tail, Billy's current status (let's just say he's under supervision), his affection for Helen Mirren and whether or not he has a ticket to the Oscars. It's an incredibly unconventional interview, but if you're a fan of "Bad Grandpa" you'll probably eat it up.
BEVERLY HILLS - "American Hustle" was well-represented at the annual Oscars luncheon on Monday. Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and David O. Russell were all in attendance, but sadly, one nominated member of the crew was not. The wonderful Jennifer Lawrence was unavailable to attend (Adams thought it might be due to "Mockingjay" production commitments). Yep, sorry internet. No J-Law gifs or memes for you to explode over this time around. Still, Adams and Cooper were happy to share the spotlight when they popped by the press room for a quick Q&A with assembled media.
BEVERLY HILLS — It's been a much different awards season for Sandra Bullock than when she won her first Oscar a little less than four years ago. She became the frontrunner after that year's Golden Globes and you could sort of tell the pressure got to her toward the end (not that she wasn't her always down-to-earth, affable self). This year, Cate Blanchett has been in the driver's seat for most of the season and if Bullock won it would be something of an upset. Still, the blockbuster star shows no signs of abandoning ship. There is a joy in how she lovingly and energetically discusses director Alfonso Cuarón and "Gravity," unarguably the best film she's ever starred in.
On Monday, she joined many of her fellow nominees at the annual Oscar luncheon. She didn't have to make a quick trip to the press room, but discussing "Gravity" has clearly never been a chore for Bullock. At one point she was asked about whether it was difficult to trust Cuarón on such a risky endeavor. Her response speaks volumes.
BEVERLY HILLS — Jonah Hill loves Martin Scorsese. Not only did the master filmmaker guide him to his second Academy Award nomination for "The Wolf of Wall Street," but Hill was so eager to work with him he did it for scale. And considering "Wolf" had a budget of $100 million-plus, the actor might want to reconsider his representation.
Hill took a few minutes Monday during the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon to speak to the press about his Best Supporting Actor honor and he showered Scorsese with love.