Off the Carpet: Pondering the twists in Oscar's road with nominations on the horizon

Off the Carpet: Pondering the twists in Oscar's road with nominations on the horizon

Also: What surprises could be in store, if any?

All of a sudden, this is the last Oscar column before the nominations are revealed Thursday. Wait, I have to settle on predictions soon? But… But… Seriously, there are a number of categories this year that are sort of gridlocked in interesting ways, with bubble contenders looking really strong and lots of intangible stuff flying around to keep anyone who does this — and understands it as nuanced rather than absolute — from feeling overly confident.

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That time Taylor Swift, Lorde and Eddie Redmayne were the center of the Golden Globes

That time Taylor Swift, Lorde and Eddie Redmayne were the center of the Golden Globes

FOX and WB In Style parties were the place to be after the big show

BEVERLY HILLS — Once the Golden Globes show is over, the party really begins. Actually, let's rephrase that: that's when the "parties" begin. This year there were six on the grounds of the Beverly Hilton and another just a few miles away. But, as you'd suspect, the place to be is where the winners are and for the movie world that meant the FOX/20th Century Fox/Fox Searchlight shindig or the now legendary annual Warner Bros./In Style fete. The former featured big winners from "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Birdman," "How To Train Your Dragon 2" and FX's "Fargo." The latter is the party where every possible movie, TV and music star collides in a shoulder-to-shoulder extravaganza of pop culture. There was one moment at the WB/In Style event, however, which just has to be discussed before anything else.

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Golden Globes add to the Oscar season mix with 'Boyhood,' 'Budapest' boosts

Golden Globes add to the Oscar season mix with 'Boyhood,' 'Budapest' boosts

Two of the year's biggest critical darlings walked away with top honors Sunday night

The one notable surprise Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards was "The Grand Budapest Hotel" triumphing in the Best Picture - Comedy/Musical category. And the pop in the FOX party on site was a substantial one. The film joined "Boyhood," itself capping off a serious run on the critics' awards circuit, as the year's Best Picture victors. And boy did that make the Globes look classy.

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Best and Worst of the Golden Globes: Amy & Tina, George Clooney, Prince

Best and Worst of the Golden Globes: Amy & Tina, George Clooney, Prince

Herp derp breasts, plus: 'How to Train Your Dragon,' Common, Margaret Cho and more

From North Korean assaults to the Paris tragedies, from Ferguson to the plights of women in minorities in Hollywood,  Sunday was a night for Hollywood to get funny about some very serious issues and get serious about some very serious issues.

And some of those attempts went better than others.

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2015 Golden Globes Winners and Nominees - Complete List

2015 Golden Globes Winners and Nominees - Complete List

Who are the HFPA's favorite this year?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out the 72nd Golden Globes Sunday night at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Here's a rundown of all the nominees and the winners as they were announced.

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Jessica Chastain charms and Rene Russo holds court at pre-Globes gatherings

Jessica Chastain charms and Rene Russo holds court at pre-Globes gatherings

The annual Spirits Brunch and BAFTA Tea bring out the stars

LOS ANGELES — It was pencils down at 5pm PST Thursday afternoon as balloting for the nominations stage of the 87th annual Academy Awards drew to a close. This weekend, then — until the competition takes hold once again Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards — provides a beat to breathe. But not too much. It's still the circuit. And this year's toasted talents were out in force Saturday at events like the morning's Film Independent Spirit Awards brunch in West Hollywood and the annual BAFTA Tea gathering down the street in the afternoon.

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Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's 'Mistress America' finds a home with Searchlight

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's 'Mistress America' finds a home with Searchlight

First Sundance acquisition two weeks before the festival begins

Sundance is about two weeks away and the first major acquisition has already occurred. Fox Searchlight has picked up Noah Baumbach's "Mistress America" which is scheduled to premiere on Jan. 24 in Park City, Utah.  "America" is the second collaboration between Baumbach and Greta Gerwig after 2012's critically acclaimed dramedy "Frances Ha." Once again the duo co-wrote the screenplay, Baumbach directed and Gerwig stars.  She's joined ths time around by newcomer Lola Kirke and a relatively unknown cast.  

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Bradley Cooper
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‘Honeymoon With Harry’ could mark Bradley Cooper's directorial debut

He'll star in the movie alongside Robert de Niro

Bradley Cooper wants "movie actor" to be one of many business cards he carries in his wallet. In 2014, he showed off that ambition, shepherding "American Sniper" to the big screen as a producer and jumping to Broadway after developing his take on "Elephant Man." Now, as many Renaissance men and women do, he’s looking to direct, with the stars are aligning for his debut.

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Tell us what you thought of 'Selma'

Tell us what you thought of 'Selma'

Ava DuVernay's MLK biopic opens wide this weekend

After landing with authority and already weathering a significant storm of controversy, Ava DuVernay's "Selma" has arrived nationwide. The film did pretty well in limited release, amassing over $2 million at around 20 venues since its Christmas Day limited bow. Now, a week shy of the Martin Luther King holiday, it lights out for more territories.

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'Star Wars' director JJ Abrams will help announce nominees for all 24 Oscar categories

'Star Wars' director JJ Abrams will help announce nominees for all 24 Oscar categories

Alfonso Cuarón will join him, while Chris Pine and Cheryl Boone Isaacs will reveal major categories

The Academy announced Friday that next week's Oscar nominations announcement will be a "two-part presentation" and that for the first time ever, nominees all 24 Oscar categories will be announced live on television.

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