The Indiana Film Journalists Association has hopped onto the runaway "12 Years a Slave" train, ticking the film off for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Musical Score awards today. But they provided a little more intrigue in other acting categories, giving prizes to Adèle Exarchopoulos and Barkhad Abdi, and a runner-up tip of the cap to "American Hustle" star Jeremy Renner (his first mention of the season). Check out the full list of winners below, and keep track of the season's madness at The Circuit.
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Do you remember a time way back when -- maybe a week or so ago -- when people were worried that "12 Years a Slave" wasn't winning enough critics' awards? Well, the regional critics sure are rectifying that situation. Steve McQueen's film has nailed down another Best Picture win, this time from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics' Association, also taking Best Supporting Actress and Screenplay. "Gravity" was well-served too, taking Best Director, Cinematography and Score. Naturally, local son Matthew McConaughey wasn't going to be denied Best Actor. Nothing particularly new in this list, then, though the ranked listing of the top five vote-getters is a bit unusual. Full list after the jump; everything else at The Circuit.
"12 Years a Slave" has dominated a number of regional critics awards announcements today, bringing its tally of Best Picture prizes into the double digits. So expect a number of posts reflecting that in the next hour or so. The Southeastern Film Critics Association went for the film in a big way, handing it prizes for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay in addition to Best Picture. Jeff Nichols, though, took the group's Gene Wyatt Award (for best capturing the spirit of the south) for the second time in his career. He previously won for "Shotgun Stories." Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of it all at The Circuit.
So yes, the headline is that "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" led this morning's Critics's Choice Movie Awards nominations (courtesy of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, of which I am a member). But when you stop and analyze the list, it's worth pointing out that three of "Hustle's" 13 nominations came in the "comedy" categories that were added along with a few other dubious genre fields by the group last year in order to land more high-profile attendees to the annual awards show. "12 Years" had no such padding from a genre bump, so it's really the dominant force here and I expect it to carry through to a win next month as it continues to be the critics' choice region-to-region for the year's best film.
"Better Call Saul" will be available on Netflix, soon after the season finale
Netflix viewers won't have to wait long to watch the Saul Goodman spinoff. Unlike "Breaking Bad," there will be a short wait for "Better Call Saul."
Oh, NeNe. Some people have real problems, like Kandi wrestling with her crazy mother and Porsha not being able to buy both of the ridiculously expensive pairs of shoes she wants! You, however, need to get into a huff when your cast mates can't make it to the bus on time. Sure, Phaedra was three hours late, but what's a few hours between friends? Not that you're friends. And Kandi stopped at Chik-Fil-A when you had a perfectly lovely fruit plate waiting. So, never mind. Get into a huff. You're allowed, NeNe.
Give "Homeland" credit for doing what it had to do
The Showtime series may have just alienated its biggest fans, says James Poniewozik, "and there's no guarantee they'll come back for a show about–who? what?" The writers had painted themselves into a corner, he says, and "'Homeland' and Showtime deserve credit for doing what the story called for." PLUS: This was long overdue, "The Star" didn't redeem Season 3, Where does "Homeland" go from here?, why you should stick with "Homeland," and why it's time to ditch "Homeland."
"Family Guy" reveals Brian's fate
Is the dog still dead?
Are these the 3 black female "SNL" finalists?
According to the NY Daily News, Sasheer Zamata, Natasha Rothwell, and Kerry Coddett -- who has publicly slammed "SNL" for its lack of diversity -- are the three remaining hopefuls.
Next "Survivor" season will divide teams into brains, brawn, beauty
Jeff Probst says the groupings reflect "the different qualities that people bring to Survivor. Not saying these necessarily are the only three, but these are three very distinct type of people." PLUS: Probst says Tyson is unlike any winner.
"Sister Wives" stars triumph after a federal judge strikes down parts of Utah's anti-polygamy law
As the NY Times reports, the TLC stars challenged a state law on "cohabitation" -- "the language used in the law to restrict polygamous relationships — violates the First Amendment guarantee of free exercise of religion, as well as constitutional due process." But a law banning multiple marriages is still in place.
Howard Stern to Netflix?
With Howard TV dead, the TV version of the shock jock's radio show could wind up on Netflix. The NY Daily News reports the video on-demand company has reached out to Stern.
Katie Couric is expected to earn $6M a year from her part-time Yahoo! job
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To score an exclusive interview, "Today" paid for a five-day trip to NYC for 15 people
All that to interview the family who was stuck in subzero temperature for two days.
Check out pics from "Game of Thrones" Season 4
Very blurry pics from an HBO preview.
J.J. Abrams/Alfonso Cuaron's "Believe" taking a break to accompany a new showrunner
The NBC series was expected to launch after the Winter Olympics.
Matthew Perry cast himself in the wrong "Odd Couple" part
He'd be perfect as the persnickety Felix Unger, not Oscar.
What's next for "Revenge" after a "holy moly" midseason finale?
Showrunner Sunil Nayar talks about last night's shocker.
Pregnant "Teen Mom" Jenelle Evans arrested
The "Teen Mom 2" star was taken into custody after getting into a fight with her boyfriend -- see her mugshot.
UK "X Factor" winner will get to open for Beyonce
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Ex-Disney Channel star Dylan Sprouse: Yes, those those are my nude photos
The former "Suite Life of Zack and Cody" confessed to taking the naked selfies that have surfaced on the web.
"The Bachelorette's" Trista & Ryan renew their wedding vows 10 years later
"It's an understatement to say I hit the jackpot," says Trista Sutter.
"Masters of Sex" creator: "Yeah, yeah. We're gonna definitely take leaps"
Michelle Ashford talks about the Season 1 finale, and why her show is unlike anything else, including "Mad Men." PLUS: The finale worked, despite rom-com tropes, "Masters" had an unusual approach to telling its story, and Michael Sheen is the least sympathetic antihero on TV.
Ex-"Real Housewives" star Michaele Salahi weds on pay-per-view
The former "Real Housewives of D.C." star got married over the weekend to Journey rocker Neal Schon, and their wedding was broadcast via pay-per-view.
"SNL" presents Guy Fieri's Christmas special
Bobby Moynihan has a dead-on Fieri.
An "AbFab" movie?
"I'm very close to picking up a pen," says Jennifer Saunders. "That's how close (a movie) is."
Peter O'Toole once appeared on Letterman smoking a cigarette atop a camel
RIP to the "Lawrence of Arabia" star.
Lifetime unveils Christina Ricci in "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" trailer
The Lifetime movie also features Billy Campbell and Clea DuVall.
Since James Franco started popping up on critics' awards lists -- most notably with that tied LAFCA win -- for his off-the-wall performance in "Spring Breakers," I've noticed a lot of readers dismissing him as a "joke" contender. (Isn't that the inside-the-box thinking for which we usually chastise voters?) But while A24 has been appropriately playful with their campaign, it's no joke to them, nor to Franco himself. He talks to Mark Olsen: "Honestly, I don't know why people say, 'Really? Is this a real campaign?' I'm an Academy voter. I've been nominated for an Oscar. I'm more proud of this performance than anything that I've done ... I've been working in this industry for 16 years. I know when I'm a part of something that's cutting edge. I want to go out and say yeah … consider it." [LA Times]
Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” just concluded a debut season so strong that I ranked it the fifth-best show overall of 2013. I interviewed creator Michelle Ashford here, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I can spot a statistically average masturbator from a mile away...