The 86th edition of the Academy Awards takes place on Sunday, March 2 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Ellen DeGeneres is hosting this kudocast that airs on ABC for the second time.
These predictions are based on a combination of the four sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: 30 Experts, 8 Editors, Top 24 Users (those who scored highest predicting last year's winners) and All Users.
Best Director, Alfonso Cuaron
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects
"12 Years a Slave"
Best Supporting Actress, Lupita Nyongo
Best Adapted Screenplay
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos celebrates with the director of Netflix’s "The Square" Jehane Noujaim and Charlie Rose at the home of Sarandos and his wife, Nicole A. Avant, at a toast for the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The Square” this weekend.
Dame Helen Mirren and producer Cathy Schulman co-host the annual Women in Film pre-Oscars event in Los Angeles. Among the attendees were Oscar nominees Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), June Squibb ("Nebraska"), Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight"), and producers from "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Frozen," "Philomena," and "The Wolf of Wall Street." Others included Lake Bell, Jaime King, Sarah Paulson, Elisabeth Rohm, and Gabourey Sidibe. L.A. Times.
Sandy Cohen reveals the secrets behind Oscar rehearsals on Friday. Pharrell Williams practiced his song "Happy" with a choir of high school students and 20 pro dancers. He will be introduced by Jamie Foxx at the ceremony Sunday. Idina Menzel, who will perform "Let It Go," was "awed by the technology" and orchestra, which is playing off-site at the Capitol Records building (as they did last year). Karen O rehearsed "The Moon Song" with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig on acoustic guitar. No details emerged about U2 ("Ordinary Love"), but they did stay well into the night. Huffington Post.
Scott Feinberg is making one final change to his Oscar nominations: ditching Jennifer Lawrence ("12 Years a Slave") for Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") as Best Supporting Actress. He is making the change based on his conversations with several voters and because Lawrence hasn't been able to make the campaign events like Nyong'o has. Even with BAFTA and Globe wins for Lawrence (often a great indicator), he feels the SAG win for Nyong'o is even more important in an incredibly tight category. Hollywood Reporter.
"Gravity" takes home the top trophy Friday from the Hollywood publicists guild. It defeated "American Hustle," "Despicable Me 2," "The Heat," and "Saving Mr. Banks." The television award was given to "American Horror Story: Coven," which won over "The Crazy Ones," "Glee," "The Good Wife," and "How I Met Your Mother." Variety.
The motion picture academy may have a notoriously short memory, but Razzie Award voters reached back more than a year to decide their Worst Picture.
"Movie 43," released Jan. 25, 2013, was the winner of that dubious achievement, as well as Worst Director (for 13 credited filmmakers including Elizabeth Banks, Brett Ratner, and Peter Farrelly) and Worst Screenplay (19 writers were "honored" for their unfortunate contributions).
"Movie 43" was a strong contender as soon as it was released to scathing reviews (18 on MetaCritic, 4% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes) and poor box office (less than $30 million worldwide), but it seemed to be overshadowed last summer by the higher profile critical flops "After Earth," "The Lone Ranger," and "Grown Ups 2," which were all ahead of "Movie 43" in our racetrack odds.
Despite losing Worst Picture, "After Earth" managed to tie "Movie 43" with three wins of its own: Worst Actor (Jaden Smith), Worst Supporting Actor (Will Smith), and Worst Screen Combo for the father and son team.
Winners were announced for the 34th Annual Razzie Awards during an hour-long ceremony in Hollywood on Saturday, March 1, the day before the Oscars. Below is the complete list of winners.
And for our report on this year's winners, click here.
"Grown Ups 2"
"The Lone Ranger"
"A Madea Christmas"
X -- "Movie 43"
Johnny Depp, "The Lone Ranger"
Ashton Kutcher, "Jobs"
Adam Sandler, "Grown Ups 2"
X -- Jaden Smith, "After Earth"
Sylvester Stallne, "Bullet to the Head"/"Escape Plan"/"Grudge Match"
Halle Berry, "The Call"/"Movie 43"
Selena Gomez, "Getaway"
Lindsay Lohan, "The Canyons"
X -- Tyler Perry, "A Madea Christmas"
Naomi Watts, "Diana"/"Movie 43"
Gold Derby's very own Paul Sheehan was the best Expert with an outstanding 86% correct on his 2013 Independent Spirit Awards winner predictions. 12 film journalists took part in this year's contest.
There is then a large six-way tie at 72% right between Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Tariq Khan (Fox News) Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone).
Congratulations to our site User JamesNeat, who earned a score of 93% accuracy predicting the Independent Spirit Awards winners. He actually tied with Justin Poletti, GOJeffreyYounger, and DerekReviews but used his 500 and 200 point bets wisely and had the better point score of 2,537.
Over 1,100 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year's Spirit champs, logging over 14,000 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click Independent Spirit Awards 2013.
Those were the only four Users who beat our best Editor -- David Schnelwar -- who came in at 86% accuracy. The other four Editors tied with 65% right -- Marcus Dixon, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, and myself.
There is then a large six-way tie at 72% right between Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Tariq Khan (Fox News) Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). The final three spots are Keith Simanton (IMDB) at 65%, Susan Wloszczyna (Roger Ebert) at 58%, and Claudia Puig (USA Today) at 50%.
What did the Independent Spirit Awards tell us about the Oscars?
These kudos can't influence tomorrow night's Oscars because the academy's deadline for ballots has passed. And, as in the past, the Indie Spirits went to the strongest Oscar contenders among their nominees.
Granted, they nominated more Oscar frontrunners than usual this year, but that probably tells us more about the decreasing independence of the Indie Spirits than it does about the Oscars.
So, the Indie Spirits showed us what we already knew:
Saturday's Indie Spirit Awards offered an unprecedented preview of Sunday's Oscars. "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyongo) and Adapted Screenplay here as it is predicted to do on Sunday. While the film also claimed Best Director (Steve McQueen) and Cinematography, it is not expected to repeat in those races at the Oscars. (See full list of winners here.)
Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club") and Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and supporting players Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") and Lupita Nyongo ("12 Years a Slave") -- picked up prizes here as well.
And the Spirits pick for Best Documentary -- "20 Feet from Stardom" -- is predicted to prevail again on Sunday.
"Blue is the Warmest Color" won Best International Film. It was ineligible for the foreign-language category at the Oscars as it did not open in its native France before the deadline.
The academy snubbed "Fruitvale Station" which won Best First Feature. However, Best First Screenplay winner Bob Nelson ("Nebraska") is in contention on Sunday for his original script; however, that Oscar race looks like it is between "American Hustle" and "Her."
Winners for the 29th annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced on Saturday (March 1), one day before the Oscars, during an afternoon ceremony on Santa Monica beach. The 1:30 p.m. start means that only a taped version of the show will air on IFC at 10 p.m. ET/PT. (Read full report on winners here.)
American feature film nominees, culled from entries with budgets of under $20 million, were determined by a committee while winners were chosen by members of Film Independent.
Shane Carruth, "Upstream Color"
J.C. Chandor, "All Is Lost"
X - Steve McQueen, "12 Years A Slave"
Jeff Nichols, "Mud"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave"
Oscar Isaac, "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Michael B Jordan, "Fruitvale Station"
X - Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Robert Redford, "All Is Lost"