News Nuggets: It’s the closest Best Picture Oscar race in history!

Kris Tapley proclaims this might be the “closest Best Picture Oscar race ever!” He adds that “it’s wonderful when an exemplary year of filmmaking yields an awards season as unpredictable and wide open as this one is.” With “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” and “Gravity” all winning major awards, the top prize could go to any of them. With a Producers Guild Awards tie Sunday night (between ‘Slave’ and ‘Gravity’), he calls that “mind-boggling” since it is an incredibly difficult thing to happen when the distribution of votes must be exact. HitFix.

Was the true-life Ron Woodroof, portrayed by Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” actually bisexual and not a homophobe? Forrest Wickman researches the question and finds evidence that he “was not a homophobe…according to those who knew him, but rather openly bisexual.” His ex-wife Brenda also stated they remained close until his death in 1992 and that he was bisexual. Screenwriter Craig Borten (who co-wrote the script with Melisa Wallack) says that “his arc is real yet told in a dramatic way for the film” and that “his diagnosis changed him.” Slate.

How long will the popular “Sherlock” series starring Benedict Cumberbatch continue for the BBC and PBS? Executive producer Stephen Moffat jokingly sates that “it will continue until Benedict gets too famous.” Cumberbatch is a fast rising star with many feature films on his recent and upcoming resume (including “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and “August: Osage County“). The detective drama returned Sunday night after a long absence to its best U.S. ratings yet. The Wrap.

This year’s Grammy Awards will close the CBS ceremony with a super group of rockers. The final performance on Sunday’s show will feature Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl (from Nirvana and Foo Fighters), and Lindsey Buckingham (from Fleetwood Mac). Other newly announced as performers on the program are Jay-Z and Beyonce. Entertainment Weekly.

Emmy winning actor and comedian Brad Garrett will host the West Coast edition of the Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1. The guild is also teaming up with the L.A. Times to webcast the ceremony on the newspaper’s website. Additional presenters will be announced later this week. The East Coast ceremony will be held on the same date and hosted by comedian Colin Quinn. Hollywood Reporter.

James Jacks, producer of “The Mummy” film franchise, dies Monday of a heart attack at age 66. His first film was Richard Linklater‘s “Dazed and Confused, and he also produced four Joel and Ethan Coen movies: “Raising Arizona,” “Barton Fink,” “Miller’s Crossing,” and “Intolerable Cruelty.” He and former Universal president Sean Daniel formed Alphaville Productions in 1992. Thompson on Hollywood.

Writer, director and producer John Wells will be honored with the Board of Governors Award from the American Society of Cinematographers on February 1. Wells was the co-creator of “E.R.,” “The West Wing,” and “Shameless,” and recently directed his first feature film, “August: Osage County.” He was also president of the Writers Guild of America 1999-2001 and 2009-2011. Variety.

All of the most searched awards nominees, show highlights, and red carpet buzz are featured on the active Bing awards website. Look for things like which Grammys Best New Artist contender is the fan favorite among searches (the answer is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis over Kendrick Lamar). Or find out that Taylor Swift is expected to sweep for Album of the Year and Country Album for “Red.” Bing Awards.

7 thoughts on “News Nuggets: It’s the closest Best Picture Oscar race in history!

  1. You have three movies are coming close(maybe too close) to be considered best picture that they maybe decide give the best picture Oscar to another movie other then the three who are neck and neck.Your right about being the closest in history.

  2. What is so close about it? “12 Years” is a slam dunk. It won the Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice Award, PGA along with a slew of critics prizes. “Her” has actually won more critics prizes for Best Picture than “American Hustle” has. I think the closest in history were when there was an upset, hence proving it was closer than everyone thought. “Shakespeare In Love” vs. “Private Ryan” or “Crash” vs. “Brokeback Mountain”, etc. I think you guys are being dramatic. “12 Years” is more of a favorite than you are giving it credit for.

  3. In 1952, the Academy had two top movie dramas ,”Streetcar Named Desire” and ‘”A Place In The Sun”for for Best Picture that they had to pick another film for best picture,”An American in Paris” a musical.That was how tight it was back then,I’m just thinking of that year when the academy couldn’t decide but instead picked another film instead.Just thinking about it for no reason.

  4. American Hustle has no chance at Best Picture. It just isn’t a Best Picture type of film. I’ll eat my words if I’m wrong, I don’t think it is that close. “12 Years” has the momentum and if anything else has a chance it will be “Gravity”. American Hustle is a distant 3rd.

  5. In addition to 1952, 1981 is a textbook example of a dark horse stealing a close Best Picture race. All the pre-Oscar buzz was between “On Golden Pond” (Henry Fonda’s only Best Actor win, Katharine Hepburn’s fourth for Best Actress) and “Reds” (Warren Beatty won Best Director, Maureen Stapleton won Best Supporting Actress); no one predicted “Chariots of Fire” would win Best Picture. This year’s race is definitely too close to call, though IMO “Gravity” will have the edge if Alfonso Cuaron wins DGA as expected (it’s been six decades since Oscar disagreed on Best Picture vs. Best Director two years in a row).

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