Guy Lodge explains how many believe Sally Field was Oscar-nominated in "Forrest Gump," but she wasn't: "On the one hand, Field boasts the enviable claim that she's never lost an Oscar; on the other, she's rather pointedly lost out on a nomination or two, and "Forrest Gump" is the most glaring of them. I can hardly blame multiple readers for assuming that she was nominated in 1994 race; if her absence was a surprise then, it's positively astonishing now. Not, I should add, because I think her performance as the feistily doting ma of America's favorite idiot savant was worthy of such recognition ... But from an analyst's perspective rather than a critic's one, a nomination should have been an easy get." IN CONTENTION
Keira Knightley discusses putting her faith in director Joe Wright for "Anna Karenina": "The sumptuous but unorthodox path he took — depicting pivotal scenes as if they were taking part on a theater stage — was akin to 'jumping off a cliff' says Keira Knightley, who plays the movie's title character, an alluring Russian aristocrat who breaks entrenched societal taboos and embarks on a torrid love affair with the affluent soldier, Count Vronsky. 'I don't know that we did know it would work,' said Knightley. 'With "Anna Karenina," it's been done so many times before and there was a sense that if you're going to tell this story again, you might as well do something that's out there.'" MOVIELINE
Can the Latin Grammys boost struggling record sales this year? "In a year when Latinos were the most talked-about demographic in U.S. politics, the Latin Recording Academy has high hopes that its 13th annual awards show will be a turning point for the industry. The Latin Grammy Awards show, which will be broadcast live Thursday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, comes amid a continuing slump for Latin music. Its U.S. album sales, as measured in units, have dropped nearly 69% since 2006, according to Nielsen SoundScan, far worse than the 44% decline in overall album sales in the same period." WALL STREET JOURNAL
Marion Cotillard on how Katy Perry inspired her performance in "Rust and Bone": "One of the film's more euphoric and unexpected moments is when Stephanie reenacts the choreography from her aquatic show in her wheel chair to very recognizable song, Katy Perry's 'Firework.' It marks a moment of triumph for a character that feels she's finally mastering her new environment. 'I didn't really know that song before we shot the movie,' Cotillard says. 'There is something very moving in the melody of that song and it really helped me. It didn't make me smile, but it's unexpected. And we took that song because it was what they use in the Marineland, but I think it's a perfect fit.'" IN CONTENTION
Naomi Watts discusses her role in the fact-based disaster film "The Impossible": "So it was with great uncertainty that she took on the role of Maria, the brave, and very lucky, mother in 'The Impossible,' the upcoming film from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona that chronicles one family's horrific experience during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Despite a grave injury, the character, based on the real-life Maria Belon, was confident and sure-footed, able to display great courage in getting herself and her oldest son to safety while unsure of the fate of her husband and her two youngest boys. Watts spent a good amount of time with Belon to better understand her mind-set and determination. She had a lot of questions." LOS ANGELES TIMES
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Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
Golden Globes (Film): Mario Gomez, a med studen in Mexico, won our contest with the highest percentage of correct picks (86%) and highest point score (2,693). See our video chat with him here. Two other contestants also scored 86%: lulo1989 and eastwest. Tom O'Neil reaped best Experts' score. David Schnelwar had top score among our Editors. See the leaderboard here to see if you made the top tier.
Critics Choice Nominations: Bryce H scored an impressive 83% when sizing up 20 categories. That was one percentage point ahead of our smartest Editor, Daniel Montgomery. Our top Expert was also one of our Editors, Paul Sheehan, who reaped 74%. To see how you performed, check out our leaderboard plus the score section of your account page.
Golden Globe (Film) Nominations: Jonathan was our top User, reaping a staggering 86% when forecasting the lineup of 10 categories. That put him six percentage points ahead of our best Expert -- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) -- and eight ahead of our leading Editor, Daniel Montogomery. Did you made the cut on the leaderboard score breakdown?
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners: Christian aced all rivals, scoring 82%. That was almost 20 percentage points ahead of our top Expert (Edward Douglas of ComingSoon ) and Editor (Matt Noble), both of whom earned scores of 64%. Christian foresaw that surprise screenplay win for "Before Midnight." See leaderboard.