There's been such a flurry of awards-related news over the past few days that I somehow completely missed the announcement over the weekend that Chris Hemsworth has been selected to announce the Academy Award nominations on Thursday with new AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. There was a time when this task routinely fell to a former Oscar winner or nominee -- which, in case you need reminding, Hemsworth is not. But they've been mixing it up of late -- Emma Stone did the honors last year. Will it fall to Hemsworth to announce a Best Supporting Actor nod for his "Rush" co-star Daniel Brühl? [AMPAS]
BEVERLY HILLS - There was a roar of cheers when Steve McQueen entered the FOX/Fox Searchlight Golden Globes party Sunday night. I know because I was standing right behind McQueen and his cast as they tried to walk into the packed Globes after party. The "12 Years a Slave" win for Best Picture - Drama and the surprising wins for FOX's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Andy Samberg in the TV Series - Comedy or Musical categories made it (initially) the place to be.
Typically it's easy enough to gauge where the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is going to lean. It's a small enough group and there are enough of their whisperers out there that usually long before the show, more or less, everyone has a pretty good idea. But this year things were all over the place and the younger members of the group exemplify some shifting tastes. So we ended up with a love-spreading evening that dotted all the t's and crossed all the i's.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out wins for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday night. "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" were the big winners in the Best Picture ranks, while "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" took major prizes as well.
Check out the full list of nominees and winners below, and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit.
The day before the Golden Globes has always been packed full of industry events and pre-show parties. 2014 was no different, especially if you were anywhere near Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills or West Hollywood.
The ballots have been cast. Voting is over (for the moment). There is nothing any pundit, actor, director, studio head or awards season sweet talker can do to affect the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards. It's done. Now, all anyone in the game can do is wait. And maybe try to shake off their nervousness with a few drinks over this busy event weekend.
We're within a week of the big moment. Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday next week and we'll find out which films are the dominant forces throughout the Academy's various craft categories. Yesterday we began final Tech Support analysis of the field with the categories of Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Original Song and Visual Effects. Today we round out the field with the rest.
Love "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?" Love Richard Gere? Well, consider your day made. Fox Searchlight announced today that production on a sequel to the British feelgood hit from 2012 is officially under way in India, with Fox Searchlight once more backing the enterprise, and the first film's Oscar-nominated director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") back behind the camera.
The Georgia Film Critics' Association, who had one of the more interesting nomination lists of the circuit so far, have named Spike Jonze's "Her" the best film of the year., also handing it awards for Jonze's screenplay and Arcade Fire's score. Joaquin Phoenix initially tied with "12 Years a Slave" star Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, but the latter was handed the win based on nomination votes; Ejiofor's co-stars Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o were also rewarded. Alas, the extensive love for "Upstream Color" at the nomination stage didn't result in any awards, though "Short Term 12" for Best Adapted Screenplay is an against-the-grain choice. Full list of winners after the jump; everything else at The Circuit.
I think our 50-state tour of the American critics' awards is slowly drawing to a close, but not before we hear from the Iowa Film Critics' Association. And they like "12 Years a Slave" even more than the numerous other groups who have liked "12 Years a Slave" in the past six weeks. Steve McQueen's film took every award it could from the group, including Best Picture, Director and three acting prizes. (They don't appear to have a screenplay category.) "American Hustle" and "Nebraska" had strong support, to judge from the runner-up citations, but not enough to halt the sweep. Full list of winners and runners-up (second and third place, if you're being hyper-specific) after the jump; everything else at The Circuit.