News Nuggets: Is ‘Gravity’ now the film to beat at the Oscars?

Guy Lodge wonders if “Gravity” is the film to beat at the Oscars now that it leads at BAFTA with 11 nominations. Some of the nods were surprising, including the ones for Best British Film and Best Original Screenplay. Its toughest competitor, “12 Years a Slave,” underperformed and could not get nods in costume design, makeup, or sound. “American Hustle” equalled the bid total of 10 for “Slave,” giving it more support than David O. Russell‘s previous films “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Hitfix.

Wesley Morris discusses the 20 performances that should receive Oscar nominations but will not. They include Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis“), Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine“), Scarlett Johansson (“Don Jon” and “Her“), Matthew McConaughey (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), and Alfre Woodard (“12 Years a Slave”). Grantland.

Ramin Setoodeh recaps Tuesday’s National Board of Review dinner honoring this year’s film winners. The highlight was a nine-minute “tour-de-force” speech from Meryl Streep, there to honor Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks.” After praising Thompson, she then blasted the movie’s version of “sugarcoated hero” Walt Disney for his sexist and anti-Semitic stances. Other honorees were Bruce Dern and Will Forte (“Nebraska“) and Octavia Spencer (“Fruitvale Station“). Variety.

The second round of Golden Globe presenters is unveiled for this Sunday’s ceremony on NBC. The list includes Tom Hanks, Chris Hemsworth, Melissa McCarthy, Seth Meyers, Liam Neeson, Chris O’Donnell, Margot Robbie, Mark Ruffalo, Kyra Sedgwick, Channing Tatum, Emma Watson, Naomi Watts, and Olivia Wilde. They join the previously announced names of Kevin Bacon, Julie Bowen, Laura Dern, Robert Downey, Jr., Jimmy Fallon, Colin Farrell, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Uma Thurman, and Reese Witherspoon. Thompson on Hollywood.

Katey Rich profiles three-time Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker, the editor behind most of Martin Scorsese‘s films. In the wide-ranging interview, she discusses “navigating tricky waters of depicting the terrible behavior” in “The Wolf of Wall Street‘ and trimming the film from four hours to three. She also says that Leonardo DiCaprio would do anything for Scorsese: “He’s so brave in this movie, isn’t he? It’s wild, what he’s doing. I think that he understands that Marty will do right by him, once we get into the editing room. That trust is built over the years more and more and more. I love that he can really make fun of himself. And there’s nothing like a handsome actor doing that.” Vanity Fair.

Garry Marshall is tapped to receive the top lifetime achievement award for television from the Writers Guild of America. The WGA will present Marshall with the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television on February 1. He started his writing career on “The Joey Bishop Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” then moved on to develop such shows as “The Odd Couple,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley,” and “Mork and Mindy.” The Wrap.

For the 20th anniversary of the annual Grammy nominees album, the Recording Academy has assmbled 18 of this year’s nominees for a January 21 release. The album will feature top candidates for record, song, new artist, album, pop vocal, and country album. The list includes top hits from Jason Aldean, Sara Bareilles, James Blake, Daft Punk, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Robin Thicke, and Justin Timberlake. Billboard.

Oscar winner Dick Smith is set to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild. The honor will be presented by his former apprentice Rick Baker on February 15. Smith is known for his work on “Amadeus,” “The Exorcist,” “The Godfather,” and “Taxi Driver” in his long career and also received an honorary Academy Award last year. Hollywood Reporter.

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