Less than half of the Best Ensemble winners at the SAG Awards have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, but SAG has much greater predictive power in the acting races. Consider Best Actor: 81% of nominees (81 out of 100) line up with the Oscars, as do 80% of winners (16 out of 20). That makes SAG a crucial stop on the campaign trail for leading men.
In a new red carpet interview, Golden Globes host Tina Fey honors the late "Saturday Night Live" star Jan Hooks, who died at age 57 this month. Fey cast Hooks as the mother of Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) a few years ago. She says, "Jan was so funny and the crew was so mesmerized. It made me sad when she passed and it made me mad at the time that how available she was. Jan should have had a bigger career. Jan deserved a big movie career, certainly as big as Rob Schneider. E! Online
Kris Tapley takes us inside the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton where Matthew McConaughey was being honored by the American Cinematheque on Tuesday. Among those singing the praises of last year's Best Actor Oscar champ ("Dallas Buyers Club) was "Interstellar" helmer Christopher Nolan: "There's no question that this is a performer who can't say, 'Pass the salt,' without it being truthful, without meaning something …I've never worked with an actor so relentless in his pursuit of truth in everything he does." In Contention
Season 13 of "Project Runway" ends on Thursday night, and for a while it seemed like Kini Zamora would win in a cakewalk. He led our racetrack odds for three consecutive weeks leading up to the two-part finale that started on October 16. But his preview collection was ripped to shreds by judges, and now our users are divided over who will prevail. Does Kini have any hope of salvaging a win? Or will one of his competitors take advantage of his rare misstep?
"Drop your buffs," exclaims Jeff Probst in CBS's new preview for Episode 5 of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur," titled "Blood is Blood." The tribe switch we wondered about last week is finally here, but presumably not everyone in the game will benefit from this shake-up.
Also in the trailer (which you can watch below), Jon Misch appears to go crazy after the switch, threatening, "If you're not with me, you don't know what's going on." Meanwhile, Dale Wentworth gets in a fight over his bowl of rice and Natalie Anderson worries that the singles will all be voted out. Let the games begin.
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It's no secret that Contributing Editor Ralph Galvan and myself are sworn enemies here at Gold Derby. In fact, we disagreed so much when predicting the Emmys that we ended up writing competing articles over who'd win the various acting races. (Here's one, and here's another.)
When Ralph and I sat down to discuss our new obsession -- "Top Chef" Season 12 -- you could cut the tension with a butcher's knife. Below, read our feisty Q&A about the current season and see why we're both predicting Mei Lin as this year's winner.
This season of "Dancing With the Stars" continues to defy expectations. With contestants trading the lead back and forth on the judges' leaderboard and viewers at home voting in unexpected ways, our users are facing a tough battle to predict the results, leading to major changes in our own leaderboard. Among this season's big surprises: Would you have expected race car driver Michael Waltrip to still be in the competition going into week seven?
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