Nellie Andreeva offers an exclusive that Diane Keaton will be subbing for Woody Allen at the next Golden Globe Awards in January. Allen is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for life achievement but will not appear in person at the ceremony. Keaton, who has starred in eight Allen films and dated him many years ago, will accept the award for him. While not confirmed in September when announcing his selection, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. now says they have known all along that Allen would not show up. The only time he has been on a TV awards show was at the Oscars in 2002 when he introduced a segment about post-911 New York. Deadline.
Five musicians are honored as CMT Artists of the year at a celebration in Nashville. Jason Aldean picked up this award for the fourth straight year, while Luke Bryan received it a second time. Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, and Tim McGraw were the other winners for 2013. Comedian Ron White hosted the live special. TV by the Numbers.
Sasha Stone discusses the "collapse of the American dream" as it relates to three Oscar contenders this year. She calls "The Wolf of Wall Street" from Martin Scorsese the best of this group and a "ferocious, unapologetic partner" to "Goodfellas." The "partner in crime" to that movie is "American Hustle" directed by David O. Russell. The most "richly written" of this trio is Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Awards Daily.
Kris Tapley brings an exclusive about films not eligible for the Writers Guild of America Awards this year. Tight WGA qualifying rules are excluding Oscar frontrunners "12 Years a Slave" (John Ridley), "Fruitvale Station" (Ryan Coogler), and "Philomena" (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope). Others that will not contend are "Blue is the Warmest Color" (Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (William Nicholson), "The Past" (Asghar Farhadi), and "Rush" (Peter Morgan). Hitfix.
Steve Pond believes some of the Oscar frontrunners for the Best Foreign Language Film category are Asghar Farhadi's "The Past", Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt", Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty," Haifaa al Mansour's "Wadjda," and Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster." Despite those, he also provides a list of 10 dark horse films that could upset. The Wrap.
Michael Ausiello scoops everyone with a treasure chest of spoilers for many TV shows. The secrets are included for "American Horror Story: Coven," "Arrow," "Glee," "The Good Wife," "Hannibal," "How I Met Your Mother," "Scandal," and more. TV Line.
The TCL Chinese Theatre honors Ben Stiller ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty") with their traditional handprint/footprint ceremony. Tom Cruise introduced him at the historical event that goes back to the earliest days of Hollywood. Daily Motion.
Robert Bianco profiles the new TNT drama "Mob City" from executive producer Frank Darabont ("The Walking Dead," "The Shawshank Redemption"). Set in 1947 Los Angeles, the program focuses on real-life people like Bugsy Siegel (Ed Burns), Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), and Police Chief Bill Parker (Neal McDonough) plus several fictional characters. USA Today.
"The Great Gatsby" leads the field for the Australian Oscars with 14 nominations. While it might only receive some technical nods in America, it has Aussie bids for Best Picture and for actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, and Isla Fisher. Thompson on Hollywood.
Woody Allen is indifferent to the Oscars; indeed, he didn't even show up to collect his four prizes. But this talented writer-director has crafted six roles that won Academy Awards for their performers. And another 12 parts in his pictures earned their portrayers acting nominations.
Allen's new film, "Blue Jasmine," is a showcase for Cate Blanchett who could well pick up a Best Actress bookend to her 2004 supporting award for "The Aviator." Her co-star Sally Hawkins is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Only two helmers -- William Wyler (14) and Elia Kazan (9) -- have directed more Oscar-winning performances.
And with 18 nominated performances overall, Allen is tied for sixth with Mike Nichols (18), Sidney Lumet (18), and George Stevens (18), ranking behind Wyler (36), Kazan (24), Martin Scorsese (22), George Cukor (21), and Fred Zinnemann (20).
After several films to start his career, Allen's first big success at the Oscars was "Annie Hall" (1977). His leading lady Diane Keaton played the title character and won as Best Actress. She defeated Anne Bancroft ("The Turning Point"), Jane Fonda ("Julia,"), Shirley MacLaine ("The Turning Point"), and Marsha Mason ("The Goodbye Girl").
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