Alright, it's time to just take the dive. Ballots have long been in and nothing as of late can influence the Academy's nominations, so what will be on Thursday, in so many words, will be. What is Team HitFix thinking in the way of final predictions?
We're in the home stretch with votes being tallied and the line-up of nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards being readied. We'll know what's what on Thursday, bright and early, as will those who find themselves in this very competitive race.
Guy Lodge, Greg Ellwood and I will have a sweeping list of our predictions for you later today and you can parse them at your leisure. (I'm pretty much decided.) But as we gear up for the big reveal, as ever, I have some thoughts…
"12 Years a Slave" may have barely scraped by at the Golden Globes last night, but if it's any consolation, it was a more decisive winner with the North Carolina Film Critics' Association. Steve McQueen's film took six awards, including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and three acting wins. Cate Blanchett notched up yet another Best Actress win, "Inside Llewyn Davis" took the other writing award and "Monsters University" got one of its few animated wins of the season. Full list of winners after the jump; catch up with all the awards so far at The Circuit.
Made up of a globasl array of film journalists and academics, the International Cinephile Society tends to live up to its name with its awards -- and this year, tyheir nominations are typically big on foreign and art house fare, mixed in with the more expected Oscar contenders. So it is that "12 Years a Slave," "Her" and "Blue is the Warmest Color" lead the way with seven nominations apiece, while unusual individual nominations include Juliette Binoche for "Camille Claudel 1915" and Kristin Scott Thomas for "Only God Forgives." Full list after the jump; check out everything else at The Circuit.
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.