News Nuggets: Golden Globe winners will be ‘Gravity,’ Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett

Glenn Whipp previews next weekend’s Golden Globes with his film predictions. In the drama categories, he picks “Gravity” (because “the HFPA favors less serious dramas”), Robert Redford (“All is Lost” might be the movie where he finally “gets his due”), and Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine” makes her “the year’s most inevitable choice”). The comedy choices are “American Hustle” (since “Silver Linings Playbook” was passed over last year), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street” brings his 10th nomination), and Amy Adams (“American Hustle” is her fifth nod to “finally win”). L.A Times.

Who is the biggest rival to Hollywood kingpins Harvey Weinstein and Scott Rudin? Anne Thompson reports that it is 27-year-old Megan Ellison, who has an excellent chance at two Best Picture Oscar nominations for producing both “American Hustle” and “Her.” Her company Annapurna already had top candidate “Zero Dark Thirty” and acting contender “The Master” last year, so 2013 is not a fluke for her. Thompson on Hollywood.

Pete Hammond interviews Bradley Cooper, who is now enduring another “grueling” six-month awards season. Last year, it was as an Oscar-nominated lead actor for “Silver Linings Playbook.” This time around, it is for his supporting role in “American Hustle,” another awards hopeful directed by David O. Russell. Cooper says, “Maybe it’s because I still have a sort of innocent love of movies but to be in these rooms with these actors who I admire, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my time. I really love it.” Deadline.

Warner Bros., Disney, and Universal each report that 2013 was the best year in the history of their companies. For WB, it becomes the second studio ever to surpass $5 billion for a year. Its fortunes were driven by “Man of Steel“, “Gravity“, and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Disney brought in $4.73 billion, led by “Iron Man 3,” “Monsters University,” and “Thor: The Dark World.” Universal earned $3.14 billion, mainly due to “Despicable Me 2,” “Fast and Furious 6”, and “Identity Thief.” The Wrap.

The upcoming “Breaking Bad” prequel series “Better Call Saul” could feature scenes from the past, present, and future. The AMC show will star Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the same lawyer he played on the original series which ended last September. Creator Vince Gilligan says, “It’s possible that we may indeed do that, and we’ll see the past and perhaps the future. Nothing is written in stone yet, we’re still figuring it out.” TV Line.

Scott Feinberg profiles three somewhat unlikely Oscar contenders who have been forced to reinvent their careers in recent years. Steve Coogan (“Philomena“) is a British comedian mostly unknown in America who turned to dramatic acting and writing. Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle”) is known as a star of gross-out blockbusters who became an indie standout. Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“) is called a “guy who earned the right to be fawned over for more than just his abs.” Hollywood Reporter.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award on February 6 at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The duo will be celebrated for their collaboration on five films but are also singled out for recent release “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Past recipients have included Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, Ryan Gosling, Nicole Kidman, and Christoph Waltz. Variety.

The Screen Actors Guild is auctioning red carpet bleacher seats to the SAG Awards now through January 7. You can bid on regular bleacher seats or VIP seats that have better positions for photos and autographs. SAG Foundation board president JoBeth Williams says that funds raised will “provide award-winning children’s literacy programs as well as crucial assistance and educational programming for performers.” SAG.

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