It may have been largely shut out of the Academy Awards, but the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" got at least one more Best Picture honor to round out its awards season, as the International Cinephile Society today named it the best of 2013. The group of over 80 film journalists, academics and industry professionals -- of which yours truly is a member -- also handed the film wins for Best Original Screenplay, Best Ensemble and Best Actor for Oscar Isaac, who tied with "The Wolf of Wall Street" star Leonardo DiCaprio.
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It's almost over. Voting for the 86th annual Academy Awards ends tomorrow at 5pm PT. Most ballots have already been turned in, of course, and many were probably coming in early, as paper ballots somehow again hit mailboxes a week ahead of the official opening of online polls on Feb. 14. What will one of the most competitive seasons on record have to show for itself on Sunday night?
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!
"Mind Games," the new ABC drama that debuts tomorrow night at 10, opens with a scene where brilliant psychologist Clark (Steve Zahn) tells his brother Ross (Christian Slater) that when they pitch their new business idea to an investor, they should lead with their weaknesses.
For the last few days, various outlets have been running pieces about the supposed scandal surrounding Miley Cyrus’ 38-city Bangerz tour: “Irate parents are demanding arenas cancel shows because the concert is too raunchy!” “Ticket are showing up on the secondary market like crazy!” “Arenas are threatening to cancel shows!”
“Ray Donovan” adds Ann-Margaret
The Hollywood legend will recur as a woman from Elliott Gould’s past.
A&E will try out a “Bates Motel” after-show
The 30-minute “Bates Motel: After Hours” will be shown one hour after the Season 2 premiere next week. If all goes well, A&E could bring it back as a regular series.
RIP Harold Ramis: The comedy legend directed 4 episodes of “The Office”
Ramis, who began his career on “SCTV,” directed Pam’s childbirth. And, as producer Michael Schur tweeted, "Harold Ramis directed The Office Christmas episode S3, and it was so good we just made it an hour long so we wouldn't have to cut anything.”
“It’s ugly, it’s sweaty, it’s painful,” “Jeopardy!’s” Arthur Chu says of his strategy
"But it worked,” he says. "For thousands and thousands of dollars at stake, for me, that’s what I had to do. PLUS: Chu returns to “Jeopardy!” tonight.
Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony down sharply “The Amazing Race” has its lowest-rated premiere
The Sochi closer was the lowest-rated Closing Ceremonies ever in the 18-49 demo.
There are too many reasons why “Piers Morgan Tonight” failed
Was it his staunch Britishness? Or was it his abrasive personality? PLUS: Clearly, CNN made a serious misjudgment with Morgan.
“True Detective” is mistreating its women on purpose
The women of “True Detective” are presented as a "parade of scolds, sluts, and the strung-out,” says Willa Paskin. But that’s the point creator Nic Pizzolatto is trying to get across. "Ignoring women may be the show’s blind spot, but it is also one of its major themes,” she says. PLUS: This was the first disappointing episode, in defense of last night’s plot twists, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson did some tango or salsa dancing before last night’s big scene, and Michelle Monaghan defends the show’s treatment of its female characters.
Paula Deen rides Food Network’s Robert Irvine, says: “I’m back in the saddle”
Deen made her declaration Sunday at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
“Downton Abbey” creator addresses this season’s criticism, and the rape storyline
Says Julian Fellowes: "So many women have had to conceal things that have happened to them, because if they reveal them, they went down, too. It was very important that it should be completely clear that it is not the victim’s fault at all. This was a chance to make the argument for the innocent rape victim who has done nothing to deserve it.” PLUS: Why was this season so disappointing?
Jason Alexander took the “Which ‘Seinfeld’ character Are You?” quiz
And he got Jerry.
“Party Down South” star arrested for allegedly burglarizing a car
Lyle Boudreaux stole a cred it card, police say.
Look back at the last 3 “Late Night” launches
David Letterman in 1982, Conan O’Brien in 1993 and Jimmy Fallon 2009.
I don't think I remember the Academy doing this before -- or perhaps I simply haven't paid enough attention in years past -- but the names of all 46 presenters at this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony have been revealed. And a deep and varied list it is too. 29 of them are Oscar nominees. 14 of them are Oscar winners. One of them is Jason Sudeikis.
Larry King pitches himself to replace Piers Morgan on CNN
"In truth,” he says of Morgan, "when someone is on the air for the amount of years I was on, whether it’s me or anyone, whoever replaces him, you don’t want to be the person who replaces him. It’s very hard to step in — putting myself aside — into any shoes that have been there forever.”
It’s official: Erin Andrews is the new “Dancing with the Stars” co-host
She replaces Brooke Burke-Charvey, who was abruptly dismissed on Friday. PLUS: Brooke Burke-Charvet jokes: "They fired us all!"
Report: “American Idol” will lose money this year for the 1st time
J.Lo’s and Ryan Seacrest’s salaries, combined with a $5-million new set, plus paying for last year’s executive producers means “Idol” is expected to be in the red this year.
“Breaking Bad’s” final episodes are now on Netflix
All 62 episodes of the AMC series are now available for streaming.
Russia makes fun of its snowflake malfunction in Sochi closing ceremonies
Don’t say Russians don’t have a sense of humor! PLUS: What NBC edited out of the closing ceremony.
Here’s the full list of Oscar presenters
Kristen Bell, Whoopi Goldberg and Kerry Washington will be among those presenting at this year’s ceremony.
Al Roker makes up with NYC’s mayor
There was an “awkward backpat man hug” this morning on “Today” between Roker and Bill de Blasio.
“Duck Dynasty” gets a college football bowl game
The Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana has been renamed the “Duck Commander Independence Bowl.”
“Doctor Who” adds a new, male companion
Actor Samuel Anderson's character, Danny Pink, is a teacher who will work alongside Jenna Coleman.
Alec Baldwin exiting public life, blasts MSNBC stars and Anderson Cooper
Baldwin detailed his experience working at MSNBC, explaining: "The problem with everybody on MSNBC is none of them are funny, although that doesn’t prevent them from trying to be.”
HBO releases the full “Silicon Valley” trailer
"Jobs was a poser. He didn't even write code."
CBS’ “The NFL Today” adds Bart Scott
The former Baltimore Raven is joining Tony Gonzalez on CBS’ pre game show.
January Jones once looked like a boy with a mullet
The “Mad Men” star posted a photo of her 9-year-old self on Instagram over the weekend.
“Today” names Tamron Hall new 9 a.m. co-host
Hall will continue to anchor her own show on MSNBC.
When "Avatar" was competing at the Oscars four (!) years ago, 3D was a relative novelty in multiplexes -- and a total one in the awards race. With the technology now a fixture in both contexts, have voter perceptions of it changed? This is the question asked Jen Chaney, as she notes the progression from "Avatar's" relegation to technical awards to the very real possibility of "Gravity" becoming the first 3D Best Picture. (Alfonso Cuaron, meanwhile, will most likely make it two in a row for 3D films in the Best Director race.) "There will be a 3D Best Picture winner at some point in our lifetimes," she concludes. "If not now, if not this year, then certainly in the not-so-distant future." [The Dissolve]
The Academy may have long ago lost interest in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth exploits, but the same cannot be said of the readers of UK film magazine Empire. With seven bids, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" leads the nominations for the 2014 Empire Awards, which are entirely reader-voted -- resulting in an unusual list made up equally of prestige Oscar contenders and populist multiplex fare. By way of illuistration, "12 Years a Slave" is just behind with six nods, while "Captain Phillips" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" each notched up five.
At first, "Looking in the Mirror" appears as though it's meant to focus on Dom's 40th birthday and subsequent party in Dolores Park, but the most compelling moments again center on Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Richie (Raúl Castillo). The series has not been afraid to bluntly depict those uncomfortable moments when ethnicity and social class clash and, sadly, nothing that occurs during this half hour is out of the norm for the Gay community. There are two moments in particular that are clearly painful for Richie.