Oscars News: Patricia Arquette in supporting is her best shot to ‘hit gold’

Susan Wloszczyna discusses decisions made by Oscar consultants, especially in relation to choosing between a lead or supporting category. Patricia Arquette is now the favorite as a supporting actress for her 12-years-in-the-making performance in “Boyhood.” She had also considered a lead run, but strong contenders like Amy Adams (“Big Eyes“), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“), and Reese Witherspoon (“Wild“) might have caused the final selection. In a situation like this, it isn’t just about getting nomination but also trying to find a way to win. Women in Hollywood

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Anne Thompson interviews Jake Gyllenhaal about his new role in “Nightcrawler.” She says he is one “dark horse” awards candidate that emerged out of the Toronto Film Festival and could earn a second Oscar nomination. It is a well-reviewed Los Angeles noir in which he “transforms himself physically into pale, gaunt Lou Bloom, a dangerous sociopathic creep” similar to Robert De Niro in “Taxi Driver.” Thompson on Hollywood

Kris Tapley says that Millennium Entertainment will push Al Pacino and his film “The Humbling” into the 2014 Oscar race after all. Reviews at festivals were mixed, but Pacino “did get his share of praise” for his performance. Tapley adds that he “would have to pull off a miracle to really compete” against such a stellar group of Best Actor contenders. He also might have the film “Manglehorn” in the mix. HitFix

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Scott Feinberg reports that Oscar season is in full swing with awards-related gatherings now happening across Los Angeles on Tuesday. Open Roads held a Cubano sandwich party for “Chef” with actor/director/writer Jon Favreau. SAG nominating committee members and Oscar voters will receive its DVD soon. Fox Searchlight also screened “Birdman” with star Michael Keaton for “a crowd of industry tastemakers.” Hollywood Reporter

Ryan Lattanzio predicts that actor David Oyelowo could be having “a banner season” ahead with both “Selma” and “Interstellar” on the way. He plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Ava DuVernay historical movie “Selma,” which will hit theaters on Christmas Day. He has a mysterious role in the Christopher Nolan sci-fi flick “Interstellar” on November 7. Oyelowo made a name for himself last year with his “bravura” performance in “The Butler.” Thompson on Hollywood

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