Matthew Eng finds it very difficult to resolve the “blatantly inadequate” age-inappropriate stunt casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn in “American Hustle.” Even though he loved her Oscar win last year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” he says that there is not a person alive who believed for one moment that she “was ever really that woman, unhappily married for years to that man (Christian Bale), counting the days in that house, and nearly burning down that kitchen.” On age factors alone, he would have preferred someone like Marisa Tomei, Maria Bello, or Cameron Diaz. Film Experience.
Michael Ausiello reports that the combined Emmy category of Best TV Movie/Miniseries may be split into two awards. An academy committee will discuss the proposal on February 4. The Emmys had offered two separate categories for many years, but forced them to compete against each other after the 2010 ceremony only offered two miniseries contenders (“The Pacific” and “Return to Cranford”). One person predicts there might be as many as four dozen miniseries in contention this year, justifying two categories once again. TV Line.
Mark Harris predicts that eight films will make the cut for Oscar’s Best Picture of 2013: In order, they are: “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “Captain Phillips,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” Movies not making the cut will be “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and “Philomena.” Grantland.
Thursday’s Critics Choice Awards announce honorees in two special categories. The Joel Siegel Award for humanitarian work will be presented to Forest Whitaker by his “The Butler” co-star Oprah Winfrey. The Louis XIII Genius Award for excellence in cinematic arts will be presented to Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke by Matthew McConaughey. Ceremony presenters include Jensen Ackles, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, Don Cheadle, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Ben Kingsley, Nia Long, Kellan Lutz, James Marsden, Jared Padalecki, Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, Ian Somerhalder, Isaiah Washington, and Marlon Wayans. Critics Choice.
What are the most anticipated films at this month’s Sundance Film Festival? Take the poll and look through the photo gallery of 13 movies, including: “Boyhood” (Ethan Hawke), “Calvary” (Brendan Gleeson), “Camp X-Ray” (Kristen Stewart), “Cold in July” (Michael C. Hall), “Frank” (Michael Fassbender), “A Most Wanted Man” (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and more. HitFix.
More presenters are added for Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. They include Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Rohm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson. They join the previously announced Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey. Awards Daily.
At that same SAG Awards ceremony, Rita Moreno will receive the lifetime achievement award. The EGOT champ (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) will be presented the award by Morgan Freeman, who starred with Moreno on the 1970s children’s show “The Electric Company.” TV Guide.
Alex Gibney will become the first documentary filmmaker to receive the Writers Guild’s Paul Selvin Award. It is presented annually to a WGA member whose script “best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties.” The award is for his work on “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and will be rewarded at the WGA ceremony on February 1. The Wrap.