Sasha Stone claims Oscar fates are “in the balance” for Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street“) and Amy Adams (“American Hustle“) when nominations are announced Thursday. Both won Golden Globes on Sunday and look like they “might have momentum” for Oscar nods. DiCaprio is now the “Prince turned King in Hollywood.” Unfortunately, he would have to bump out veteran Robert Redford (“All is Lost“). Adams’ task is even tougher since she must replace Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County“). Awards Daily.
The 86th annual Academy Awards will be a celebration of heroes. The theme of the March 2 ceremony will be honoring real-life and fictional heroes, past and present. Show producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan say, “People around the world go to the movies to be inspired by the characters they see on the screen. By celebrating the gamut of heroes who have enriched our movie-going experience, we hope to create an evening of fun and joy. And that includes the filmmakers and actors who take risks and stimulate us with provocative subjects and daring characters. They are all heroes in the cinematic landscape.” HitFix.
Anne Thompson interviews legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, a man “revered by actors because he puts storytelling front and center.” He is an Oscar contender again this year for “Prisoners.” If nodded, it would be his 11th time at the Academy Awards without a single victory so far. His resume includes such films as “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “Skyfall.” Thompson on Hollywood.
When the Beatles receive the Grammys life achievement award on the January 26 telecast, both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be there to accept and perform. Other ceremony performers announced include John Legend, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Sara Bareilles with MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King. USA Today.
Fox is moving away from a traditional pilot season model to a cable model. Chairman Kevin Reilly says, “Pilots still are a helpful tool, especially on the comedy side where the alchemy is fragile, and you really need the casting to inform your decision on the project.” But going forward, “we will be ordering pilots geared towards series.” Instead of making many pilots and choosing a small number, the network will be more selective with their eyes on which ones will ultimately be airing. Deadline.
The first presenters are announced for Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. They include current SAG nominees Don Cheadle, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey, plus previous SAG winner Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, and Clark Gregg. The Wrap.
What are some of the major takeaways from the Golden Globes this year? “Her” is still a major Oscar contender. Watch out for “The Wolf of Wall Street.” “Dallas Buyers Club” will be a Best Picture nominee. “12 Years a Slave” is not really the frontrunner. “American Hustle” will win Best Picture. Cinema Blend.
The Sunday debut of “True Detective” draws the largest HBO audience for a premiere episode since “Boardwalk Empire” in 2010. Telling the story of two Louisiana homicide detectives (Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson), it is an anthology series with just eight episodes. Both actors could be major contenders for Emmy Awards in August, but there is no word yet whether it will be in the drama or miniseries categories. Variety.