Sasha Stone takes issue with the blogosphere for misrepresenting Meryl Streep‘s comments Tuesday at the National Board of Review Awards. Based on “wrong” interpretations of the speech, Streep has reportedly insulted Walt Disney, hurt Emma Thompson‘s Oscar chances for “Saving Mr. Banks,” and hurt her own Oscar chances in the same Best Actress category. Stone says Streep actually did the opposite and provides the text of the speech as proof of her argument. Awards Daily.
In a new column, Mark Harris says “the blazing and funny” Martin Scorsese film “The Wolf of Wall Street” does not “lack moral perspective, but it’s awfully self-serving about where it places its indignation.” He says the movie ultimately lets off the main character played by Leonardo DiCaprio “too easily” after treating money as a drug and “of excess leading to downfall, recovery, and possibly relapse.” Entertainment Weekly.
The Directors Guild of America doubly appreciates actor Bryan Cranston with their TV nominations announced Thursday. He earned nods for directing episodes of both “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family.” Other dramatic bids went to “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, “Game of Thrones” (David Nutter), “Homeland” (Lesli Linka Glatter), and “House of Cards” (David Fincher). Laffers honored are “The Big Bang Theory” (Mark Cendrowski, Anthony Rich), “Modern Family” (Gail Mancuso), and “30 Rock” (Beth McCarthy-Miller). L.A. Times.
Anne Thompson reads the tea leaves for Oscar nominations now that most of the guilds have announced their picks. She says the four films absolutely safe for Best Picture nods are “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” and “Gravity.” Producers that should be worried are the ones for “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which had no success with SAG, DGA, PGA, and most surprisingly, WGA. Thompson on Hollywood.
The NAACP Image Awards unveil their nominees for a ceremony taking place on February 21. The film category consists of “12 Years a Slave,” “The Best Man Holiday,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station,” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” The TV comedies nominated are “The Game,” “House of Lies,” “Modern Family,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” and “The Soul Man.” Drama contenders are “Boardwalk Empire,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “The Good Wife,” and “Treme.” The Wrap.
The Cinema Eye Honors held in New York spread the wealth among non-fiction films. The major winners are all competitive in the documentary category at the Ocars. “The Act of Killing” took the overall top prize, but Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell“) was selected as the best director. “Cutie and the Boxer” earned multiple awards. “The Crash Reel” from HBO took home the best TV documentary prize. Hitfix.
16 years after winning Golden Globes for writing “Good Will Hunting,” both Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are slated to present at this Sunday’s ceremony. Affleck also won for directing and producing “Argo” last year. Damon is nominated for “Behind the Candelabra” as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor. UPI.
The Hollywood Film Awards land a multi-year television deal with CBS starting next October. Dick Clark Productions, the same group that helms the Golden Globes and American Music Awards, will produce an event which bills itself as “the first stop of the awards season.” Each year, winners are selected in advance and cover a wide range of studios and films. It is the first film awards franchise for CBS in many years. Variety.