Rife as they are with studio politics, the Annie Awards can sometimes perversely turn against frontrunners in the animated Oscar race, but if you were looking for any such shake-ups this year, you were out of luck. Disney's all-but-certain Oscar winner "Frozen" was the night's big winner, taking five awards for Best Animated Feature, Direction, Music, Production Design and Voice Acting for Josh Gad's irrepressible summer-loving snowman.
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Well, if you didn't already think the cinematography Oscar race was a done deal, it certainly is now: season-long favorite Emmanuel Lubezki has taken the ASC Award for "Gravity."
Of all the cinematography precursors on the circuit, the ASC is the most resistant to 3D and CGI-enhanced imagery: recent Oscar winners in the category like "Avatar," "Hugo" and "Life of Pi" all failed to win here, so it wouldn't have been a surprise to see the voters plump for the more old-school work of "Inside Llewyn Davis" or even "The Grandmaster." The fact that they, too, joined the "Gravity" express underlines that this year, nothing is coming between Lubezki and his overdue first Oscar.
The Writers' Guild of America Awards have taken place in their customary confusing fashion, with the lack of co-ordination between the East Coast and West Coast ceremonies meaning certain key winners were revealed well before their awards were actually presented. The WGA should probably work on that. Anyway, the big news is that the three big winners in the film categories are Spike Jonze for "Her," Billy Ray for "Captain Phillips" and Sarah Polley for "Stories We Tell."
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I've locked eyes with Michiko Kakutani...
The Academy has released a statement concerning the decision to rescind the Best Original Song Oscar nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone." Here it is in full...
Former "Friends" star David Schwimmer joins an ABC comedy pilot
Schwimmer is starring in relationship comedy "Irreversible" in what could become his 1st regular TV gig since "Friends."
A review of tonight's "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as I have my erotic fiction boot camp...
While most of America is gearing up for the Super Bowl this weekend, autistic kid athlete Grayson Christian's big moment on the football field is probably more inspiring than anything we're likely to see on Sunday. On "Friday Night Tykes" (Tues. at 9:00 p.m. on Esquire Network), a devoted coach makes sure young Grayson gets to feel what it's like to score a winning touchdown -- and convinces his other players to get involved. Watch the clip below and grab the Kleenex.
Happy 10th anniversary, Janet Jackson's Nipplegate!
February 1st marks the 10-year anniversary of Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction, which then-FCC Commissioner Michael Powell now admits was an overblown controversy. PLUS: We should thank Janet Jackson for making the halftime show more watchable, a nipplegate retrospective, and how Justin Timberlake won while Janet lost.
Blame the Internet for making Super Bowl ads more weird
Advertisers are under increased pressure to make ads go viral, which is why we see so many weird Super Bowl ads these days. PLUS: Why do Super Bowl ads love dogs?
"RuPaul's Drag Race" will feature a "Duck Dynasty" challenge
The Season 6 premiere -- which was shot back in June, before the "Duck" controversy -- tasks contestants with paying homage to several TV shows, including "Duck Dynasty."
Here are your Super Bowl alternatives: Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl, Fish Bowl
AMC will carry the "Zombie Bowl," while Weather Channel will have the "Weather Bowl."
Bruno Mars is a "potentially risky experiment" for the Super Bowl halftime show
After a decade of mostly older, established acts, Bruno Mars is a way for the NFL to go back to younger, hipper performers.
Penny Marshall & Lorraine Bracco will play a lesbian couple on Fox's "Mulaney"
They're set to guest on the 2nd episode of the Lorne Michaels-produced sitcom.
Goodbye, Seth: "SNL" alums credit Seth Meyers with setting a nicer tone
Bill Hader expected "SNL" to be a cutthroat environment, but he says, "Seth brought in the idea that this place is made to be competitive, but we do not have to be competitive with each other." Adds Will Forte: "Essentially, what it created was this atmosphere where you just wanted the best stuff to get on because that was the only thing that mattered." PLUS: Meyers' Weekend Update will be remembered for all the great characters, from Stefon to Drunk Uncle, more of the best of Meyers, and Meyers leaves with no regrets.
Andre Braugher's "Brooklyn" epiphany: He wanted to avoid another "critically acclaimed flop"
Braugher, who was used to starring in TV dramas, changed his thinking, and that's how he ended up on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" -- which, it turns out, has become a prestigious show. PLUS: How "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" became the year's hottest new sitcom.
Nicole Eggert files for bankruptcy for the 3rd time in a year
The former "Baywatch" babe and "Charles in Charge" star is in heavy debt.
Behind the creation of NFL on Fox's "ginormous" theme music
Says composer Scott Schreer: "We quadrupled the horns. We added piccolo trumpets. We had four layers of brass trombone—it was ginormous; it was huge. We had full sections of horns and strings and brass. Ginormous!"
Bill Murray as Peter Pan flies on to the Letterman set
Watch Murray's flying entrance from tonight's "Late Show."
What was Johnny Carson's NYC "Tonight Show" like?
"There was a ring-a-ding quality to those early shows," notes Vanity Fair, which adds that Carson had run-ins with mobsters during his first decade on "The Tonight Show." PLUS: Jimmy Fallon reminisces about Carson in extended "Tonight Show" promo.
"Jeopardy!" contestant has become polarizing with his use of game-theory
Arthur Chu has alternately won fans and annoyed viewers by playing for the tie, aggressively buzzing and searching for daily doubles.
Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas gets the Lifetime movie treatment on Saturday
The gold medalist is the subject of "The Gabby Douglas Story."
Why isn't the Oscars celebrating the 75th anniversary of "Gone with the Wind"?
Is it because of "12 Years a Slave"?
Watch the "Billy on the Street" Season 3 trailer with Seth Meyers, Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris
Plus, Paul Rudd, Joel McHale, Amy Poehler and more.
Julie Chen changes her legal name
Julie Moonves is now Julie Chen Moonves.
How the daytime soap came back from the dead
Viewers appear to be starving for soapy plot lines, as nighttime soaps like "Scandal" and "Dallas" have thrived in recent years.
3 books by "Real Housewives" stars are due out in February
Suddenly, the Bravo franchise has become a publishing juggernaut. PLUS: "Vanderpump Rules" has become a hate-watch classic.
Does Bill Maher's proposed congressional meddling violate election law?
Can Maher find a Stephen Colbert-type loophole to campaign against a U.S. representative?
Ranking the "Top Chef" seasons
Based on quality, Las Vegas is No. 1.
"Game of Thrones" exhibit lets fans "Ascend the Wall"
The NYC exhibit gives fans a virtual reality look at that giant wall. PLUS: Disney movies get mashed up with "Game of Thrones."
The most shocking part of "Wahlburgers" is that Mark Wahlberg is actually in it
Turns out "Marky Mark" is featured prominently on his A&E reality show.
Nicolas Brendan to help write "Buffy" comic books
The former "Buffy" star will co-write three comic books for Season 10.
Rob Lowe has now left 3 shows
Here's an analysis of Lowe's exits from "The West Wing," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Parks and Recreation."
Vera Farmiga has trouble getting into "Bates Motel"
"They won't let me into MY OWN HOUSE."
Expect to wait a while for more "Sherlock"
Steven Moffat's work on "Doctor Who" plus the "Sherlock" stars' growing film careers will delay work on Seasons 4 and 5. PLUS: Why we can't get enough of Sherlock Holmes.
Two weeks ago cinematographer Roger Deakins picked up his eleventh Oscar nomination to date, and as many who trade in these circles are well aware, he's still on the lookout for his first win. "Prisoners" won't likely be the film to get him there as "Gravity" is gobbling up most of the attention in that field this season, but the consistent recognition (including a twelfth American Society of Cinematographers nomination) is unique and continues to mark Deakins as one of the greats.