What film is chosen as the best Oscar movie from the past 64 years? According to an interactive poll just announced, the overall top choice is “Forrest Gump,” which won the Academy Award for 1994. The other final three contenders, which were narrowed down over the past few weeks, were “Ben-Hur,” “The Godfather,” and “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.” Nearly 529,000 voters participated in six rounds of voting. ABC News.
Photographer Art Streiber goes behind-the-scenes at Oscar rehearsals, which started on Thursday. He will continue to add more photos in the coming days, but two things stand out from these debut pictures. The third category of the ceremony Sunday night will be Best Makeup and Hair. The fourth award will be Best Animated Short Film, which will be presented by Kim Novak and Matthew McConaughey. Entertainment Weekly.
“Gravity” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” are the top contenders at the 40th annual Saturn Awards with eight nominations each. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” earned seven nods. These awards were founded in 1972 to mainly recognize science fiction, horror, fantasy, thriller, and action/adventure. Some of the top television nominees are “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones,” “American Horror Story: Coven,” “Continuum,” and “Breaking Bad.” L.A. Times.
Thelma Adams and Kevin Polowy provide their final Oscar predictions for this year. They agree on the top eight categories: “12 Years a Slave” will take home Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, and Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o). “Gravity” (Alfonso Cuaron) prevails for Director. “Dallas Buyers Club” (Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto) will have the two male acting wins. “Blue Jasmine” (Cate Blanchett) is expected for Best Actress. They both pick “Her” for Original Screenplay. Yahoo Movies.
Pete Hammond offers his final Oscar analysis and predictions. He says that the Best Picture race “is one of the most unpredictable in years” and that it is “not probable there will be a winner on the first ballot” where 50% is required. With preferential voting in play, the second spot on the ballots “could end up being the most important.” His top eight category winners are “Gravity” for picture and director, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Lawrence in acting, and “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” for screenplay. Deadline.
For the first time ever, the Academy Awards will stream live on Watch ABC, which is available both online and for mobile devices. They can be accessed from Oscar.com, ABC.com, WatchABC.com, or through the Watch ABC app. Viewers must log in using their cable or satellite subscription name and password. Also on these websites will be ABC’s live red carpet coverage and the post-Oscars special from “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Hollywood Reporter.
If overall views of a movie trailer are any indication, “Gravity” should easily win Best Picture at Sunday’s Oscars. According to the company Visual Measures, the blockbuster film’s onilne trailer has been seen 42 million times. The next closest among the nine contenders is “The Wolf of Wall Street” with 27.5 million views. Next up are “Captain Phillips” (18.2 million) and “American Hustle” (18 million). In the last slot is “Philomena” with just 445,214 clicks. Campaign Live.
In another way of looking at the Oscar contenders, how do they stack up strictly based on box office returns? Of course, the top Best Picture contender would still be “Gravity” with $269.2 million domestic. In the acting categories, the top names would be Sandra Bullock and a trio from “American Hustle” (Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper), which has brought in $144.1 million domestic. Box Office Guru.