Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos celebrates with the director of Netflix’s “The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Charlie Rose at the home of Sarandos and his wife, Nicole A. Avant, at a toast for the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The Square” this weekend.
Dame Helen Mirren and producer Cathy Schulman co-host the annual Women in Film pre-Oscars event in Los Angeles. Among the attendees were Oscar nominees Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave“), June Squibb (“Nebraska“), Julie Delpy (“Before Midnight“), and producers from “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Frozen,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Others included Lake Bell, Jaime King, Sarah Paulson, Elisabeth Rohm, and Gabourey Sidibe. L.A. Times.
Sandy Cohen reveals the secrets behind Oscar rehearsals on Friday. Pharrell Williams practiced his song “Happy” with a choir of high school students and 20 pro dancers. He will be introduced by Jamie Foxx at the ceremony Sunday. Idina Menzel, who will perform “Let It Go,” was “awed by the technology” and orchestra, which is playing off-site at the Capitol Records building (as they did last year). Karen O rehearsed “The Moon Song” with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig on acoustic guitar. No details emerged about U2 (“Ordinary Love“), but they did stay well into the night. Huffington Post.
Scott Feinberg is making one final change to his Oscar nominations: ditching Jennifer Lawrence (“12 Years a Slave“) for Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave“) as Best Supporting Actress. He is making the change based on his conversations with several voters and because Lawrence hasn’t been able to make the campaign events like Nyong’o has. Even with BAFTA and Globe wins for Lawrence (often a great indicator), he feels the SAG win for Nyong’o is even more important in an incredibly tight category. Hollywood Reporter.
“Gravity” takes home the top trophy Friday from the Hollywood publicists guild. It defeated “American Hustle,” “Despicable Me 2,” “The Heat,” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” The television award was given to “American Horror Story: Coven,” which won over “The Crazy Ones,” “Glee,” “The Good Wife,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Variety.
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.