Kristy Crocetto claims to be a big Leonardo DiCaprio fan, saying he is “one of the finest American actors of my generation.” But she does not believe he deserves an Oscar for his role as “the sleaziest scam artist stock broker known to man” in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” With words like “lazy,” “over-the-top,” and “predictable,” she feels there are better performances in his Best Actor category. The people who defend a DiCaprio win are not saying it is “Oscar-worthy” but believe he should finally win after being “passed over time and again” for better films. Huffington Post.
Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at age 83 on Saturday. He won as Best Actor for the 1961 film “Judgment at Nuremberg.” Born in Austria, the role of defense attorney Hans Rolfe in Stanley Kramer’s movie was only his second Hollywood film. He also received Oscar nominations for “The Man in the Glass Booth” (1975) and “Julia” (1977). In addition to his film career, he had several top roles in TV movies and miniseries, including “Miss Rose White” (1992) and “Stalin” (1993), both of which garnered him Emmy Awards bids. Entertainment Weekly.
Steve Pond wonders if sex abuse charges against Woody Allen from many years ago could actually hurt Cate Blanchett‘s Oscar chances this year for his film “Blue Jasmine.” His step-daughter Dylan Farrow is alleging she was molested by Allen in the early 1990s when she was seven. At the Santa Barbara Film Festival this weekend, Blanchett responded that “it’s been a long and painful situation for the family, and I hope they find some resolution and peace.” Pond adds that he doesn’t think it will affect her winning, since “she has been one of the surest bets.” The Wrap.
In the continuation of a split awards season, “12 Years a Slave” wins as Best Picture at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, yet Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity“) is Best Director. “12 Years” stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o took home prizes Sunday for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The other acting awards went to Best Actress Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) and Best Supporting Actor Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”). Variety.
Many stars of film, television, and music are featured in this weekend’s Super Bowl. With 30-second commercials going for up to $4 million each on Fox, the companies and agencies involved count on the massive exposure. Watch the many spots and choose your favorites featuring Don Cheadle, Stephen Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres, Bob Dylan, Laurence Fishburne, Scarlett Johansson, the Muppets, U2, Quvenzhane Wallis, and a “Full House” reunion of Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier. USA Today.
Super Bowl weekend is typically one of the worst of the year for box office returns, and this year is no different. In its third week, “Ride Along” starring Kevin Hart continues in the top position with $12.3 million. Now in its 11th week, Disney’s animated feature “Frozen” takes in another $9.3 million. Comedy “That Awkward Moment” (with Zac Efron and Miles Teller) disappoints in third place with $9 million for its debut. The other major film premiere was “Labor Day” with Kate Winslet, but it bombs in seventh place with $5.3 million. Thompson on Hollywood.
At the Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, members remain hopeful that new contract negotiations will be much smoother than six years ago. Producers “surprised” the writers with an opening proposal cutting $60 million, so they worry it is not off to a great start. The 2008 negotiations led to a long strike that shut down the industry for many weeks. Committee chairmen are Chip Johannessen and Billy Ray, who won the adapted screenplay award this weekend for “Captain Phillips.” Deadline.
For his final appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” Seth Meyers is joined by several surprise guests for the February 1 episode. Meyers has been Weekend Update anchor for several years and also the show’s co-head writer. Guests included his former co-anchor Amy Poehler, Bill Hader (in character as Stefon), Andy Samberg, and Fred Armisen. Meyers moves on to host “Late Night” for NBC after the Winter Olympics. TV Line.