Oscar-winning "Shakespeare in Love" scribe Tom Stoppard will be honored with the WGA West's Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in film. In addition to screenwriting, Stoppard is also a four-time Tony-winning playwright.
Kirk Douglas will receive the lifetime achievement award from the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild. "No other actor personifies the term ‘iconic movie star’ more than Kirk Douglas," said Awards Committee Chairman Henri Bollinger. "His acting talent is the underlining basis for his extraordinary success, but it is also due to his uncanny understanding and appreciation for the role that publicity and promotion play in the ultimate success of movies that made him a box office sensation."
Oscarologists Scott Feinberg and Dave Karger discuss what the Oscars could learn from the Golden Globes. USA Today
Huffington Post Oscar metric hopes to scientifically predict the top Oscar winners. According to their analysis, "Lincoln" is far ahead to win Best Picture, Best Director (Steven Spielberg), and Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis).
Paul Rudd explains his awkward Golden Globes presentation with Salma Hayek: "'There was nothing on it,' he said, meaning the Teleprompter. 'Well, the first time, they had the wrong stuff for us, and then it just went off. But I didn’t know we were supposed to do another thing, and then all of a sudden, somebody said, "They’re just going through the thing."' [Announcing the nominees.] 'We were, like, "Oh. O.K. So, we were just on TV!"' Rudd laughed. (Hey, he was tired.)" Vanity Fair
Now that "Argo" pulled off a shockeroo at the Golden Globes, everybody wants to know, of course: will it win Best Picture at the Oscars next?
So far just a few of our noted Oscarologists have piped in with their updated predictions and "Lincoln" remains out front, according to Dave Karger (Fandango), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood/ Indiewire), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Kevin Polowy (Next Movie) and Richard Horgan (Mediabistro). But I am not alone forecasting another "Argo" upset – Thelma Adams (Yahoo) and my Gold Derby colleague Paul Sheehan agree. (Paul and I correctly predicted "Argo" and Ben Affleck would win those Globes.)
However, we must remember that the Globes have had a rotten track record predicting the top Oscar champ in recent years, which is curious considering the Globes have two Best Picture awards – for dramas and comedies/musicals. Therefore, the Globes get two chances to get it right. But the Globes and Oscars have agreed only twice in the past eight years: "The Artist" and "Slumdog Millionaire."
"Lincoln" looks like the smart choice at the Oscars because it leads with the most nominations (12) and let's not forget that the film with the most bids wins Best Picture 75% of the time.
If any film looks like the David who can take down the "Lincoln" Goliath, it's "Silver Linings Playbook" considering that it has the four key nominations that a film usually needs to win: Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Film Editing. Obviously, it has overwhelming support in the actors' branch (1,300 members out of 5,800) since it reaped bids in all four acting categories – the first film to do so in more than 30 years. And I do believe that "Silver Linings" has a shot at winning. But I also believe that support for "Argo" is very strong.
Yeah, yeah, "Argo" isn't nominated for Best Director and that usually spells doom for a contender, but there is that notorious example of "Driving Miss Daisy" prevailing without its director being nommed in 1989. That was a long time ago and now it's time for another exception to the rule.
Directors Guild announces nominees for documentary film: Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles") and Alison Klayman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry") join Oscar nominees Malik Bendjelloul ("Searching for Sugar Man"), Kirby Dick ("The Invisible War"), and David France ("How to Survive a Plague").
Academy member David Clennon urges Oscar voters to boycott "Zero Dark Thirty": "In response, Sony president Amy Pascal said she was 'outraged' that an Academy member would try to influence the voting process. '"Zero Dark Thirty" does not advocate torture,' she said on Friday. 'To not include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. We fully support Kathryn Bigelow and [screenwriter] Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie. We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in Ampas as a platform to advance their own political agenda.'" THE GUARDIAN
The Brit Awards are in February, and Sarah Tetteh makes the case for why the UK's top music prize is better than America's Grammys. HUFFINGTON POST
Seth MacFarlane praises Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but explains that he expects to be criticized as Oscar host: "'Please give Tina and Amy high marks because they did great,' MacFarlane said. Does the duo’s strong showing increase the pressure on him? MacFarlane seemed unfazed. 'It doesn’t matter how I do, Oscar hosts always get thrashed,' he deadpanned." DEADLINE
Golden Globes ratings reach a six-year high. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler execute their hosting duties brilliantly. With jokes about torture, James Cameron, James Franco and a drunken Glenn Close, I think everyone will be hoping for another round of their comedy next year.
The Oscar race is still very interesting in several categories. Sure Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") and Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables") further cemented themselves as favorites, but with wins by "Argo" in Drama Picture and Directing and Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained") triumphing in Supporting Actor, we have some wide-open races. Imagine how crazy the Oscar race for Picture and Directing will get if Ben Affleck wins DGA.
Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig making believe they had seen the performances of the Best Actress Comedy nominees including new starlet and one-time police officer Judi Dench and Meryal Streep playing a sassy sheriff and telling people to “Get out!”
HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly from Dubai making her remarks funny, brief and understandable as opposed to the incoherent rambling about what the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. does besides the Golden Globes.
The look on rival nominee Taylor Swift's face when the camera cut to her during Adele’s acceptance speech for Best Original Song. It was priceless and made me all the happier for Adele’s win.
Bill Clinton made an appearance to introduce “Lincoln”! OMG! OMG! It was Bill Clinton!
Anne Hathaway's ("Les Miserables") shout out to Sally Field ("Lincoln") in her acceptance speech about how she admired her for being able to overcome those first roles and develop as an actor.
Aziz Ansari being carried out to stage by Jason Bateman and proceeding to pretend he had just gotten baked with the cast of "Downton Abbey" and saying that Michelle Dockery needed to bring more cookies. Ansari’s humor and Dockery’s reaction were priceless.
The clip for "Argo" ending with Alan Arkin’s line about taking a leak next to Warren Beatty at the Golden Globes.
Sacha Baron Cohen's little riff on his “Les Miserables” co-stars was very funny …
But Cohen's reference to Hathaway’s wardrobe malfunction felt a little tasteless and uncalled for.
The teleprompter that obviously was not working when Selma Hayek and Paul Rudd were supposed to be doing the introduction for Best TV Drama. With someone as funny as Rudd on stage, you would think that he could have come up with a line or two instead of standing there awkwardly.
Tina Fey’s disguises fell a bit flat to me.
A lack of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler throughout the rest of the telecast after their opening bit. If you have a host for the ceremony, you might as well use them. Maybe the Globes should schedule themselves until 11:30 next year to give their hosts some extra time, but ONLY if it’s the two we saw last night.
Given his track record, we probably should have guessed that "Django Unchained" would be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars but that Leonardo DiCaprio wouldn't receive a corresponding Best Supporting Actor bid. Though he has been nominated three times before, this is the fifth time he has been snubbed for his performance in a Best Picture nominee.
Many were surprised in 1997 when DiCaprio wasn't nominated for "Titanic"; the blockbuster romance tied the record for the most nominations (14) and went on to win 11, including Best Picture. What's more, two actresses were nominated for playing his on-screen love interest: Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart.
In 2002 he starred in "Gangs of New York," his first of several films with director Martin Scorsese, but the lion's share of acclaim went to his co-star Daniel Day-Lewis, who had a showier role as villainous Bill the Butcher and was nominated for Best Actor instead.
Scorsese finally won the Best Director Oscar in 2006 for "The Departed," which also won Best Picture, but DiCaprio didn't go along for the ride. He wasn't completely overlooked that year, though; he didn't make the cut for "The Departed," but received a Best Actor nomination for "Blood Diamond."
Most recently, DiCaprio headlined Christopher Nolan's 2010 sci-fi thriller "Inception," a blockbuster hit that earned eight nominations, including Best Picture, but unfortunately for DiCaprio none of those nominations were for acting.
There was one exception to DiCaprio's Best Picture curse. His second collaboration with Scorsese was "The Aviator" (2004), in which he played the title character, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. The film was up for Best Picture, and he was nominated for Best Actor, though the Oscar went to his eventual "Django" co-star Jamie Foxx for "Ray."
DiCaprio has two high-profile films opening in 2013, both potential awards contenders – Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" – which means he'll have two more chances not to be nominated for a Best Picture contender.
More than 1,000 Gold Derby readers predicted the winners in 14 categories at the Golden Globes for film. In total, our Users logged almost 14,000 predictions.
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Frontrunner "Lincoln" won only one out of its seven categories -- Best Drama Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis -- far less than the five awards our experts forecast. "Argo" won Drama Picture and Director instead, while "Django Unchained" won Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino).
Despite the surprises, seven of our users managed to correctly predict 86% of the winners: JackDudley, RJ, bclores, Wilkomirsk11, Vincent_van_Cleemput, LoganPeterson, and AlbertoRodriguezGutirrez.
Gold Derby's Paul Sheehan matched that score, leading the way among experts. Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) followed with 79%. Glenn Whipp (LA Times), Richard Horgan (Fishbowl LA), and Tariq Khan (Fox News) were tied at 72%.
Chris Beachum was our top predictor among editors, with 79%. Darrin Dortch and David Schenlwar were next with 72%.
Gold Derby's Paul Sheehan was not only the best expert predicting the Golden Globe winners for film, he also tied seven of our users with 86% accuracy, ahead of all other users, editors, and experts who made predictions at Gold Derby.
17 of our 18 experts predicted all 14 film categories, among whom Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) finished second with 79% correct.
Eight experts picked 58% of winners: Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Guy Lodge (In Contention), Kevin Polowy (Next Movie), Richard Rushfield (BuzzFeed), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today).
Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil predicted 12 out of 14 categories and scored 67%.
14 CATEGORIES: EXPERTS' PREDICTIONS SCORES
Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) - 86%
Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) - 79%
Richard Horgan (Fishbowl LA) - 72%
Tariq Khan (Fox News) - 72%
Glenn Whipp (LA Times) - 72%
Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) - 65%
Thelma Adams (Yahoo) - 58%
Edward Douglas (Coming Soon) - 58%
Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly) - 58%
Guy Lodge (In Contention) - 58%
Kevin Polowy (Next Movie) - 58%
Richard Rushfield (BuzzFeed) - 58%
Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) - 58%
Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today) - 58%
Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes) - 50%
Chuck Walton (Fandango) - 50%
Keith Simanton (IMDb) - 43%
Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby) - 67%
Tariq Khan (Fox News) not only led the way among our 10 experts predicting the Golden Globe TV winners, he also tied 16 of our users with 91% accuracy, better than anyone else who logged predictions at Gold Derby.
Our next best predictor was Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), who correctly picked 82% of winners, followed by top Critics' Choice expert Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes) and Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil, who scored 73%.
Five experts scored 64%: Glenn Whipp (LA Times), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), and Gold Derby's Paul Sheehan. Richard Horgan (Fishbowl LA) predicted 55%.
EXPERTS' PREDICTION SCORES
Tariq Khan (Fox News) - 91%
Peter Travers (Rolling Stonee) - 82%
Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes) - 73%
Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby) - 73%
Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly) - 64%
Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) - 64%
Keith Simanton (IMDb) - 64%
Glenn Whipp (LA Times) - 64%
Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today) - 64%
Richard Horgan (Fishbowl LA) - 55%
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The Globes often favor new and buzzworthy shows and big-name stars, and this year was no exception, with Showtime's watercooler thriller "Homeland" winning Best Drama Series for the second year in a row, while HBO's edgy "Girls" won Best Comedy Series. Acting prizes went to A-listers including Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey"), Julianne Moore ("Game Change"), and Kevin Costner ("Hatfields and McCoys").
Were the winners predictable? Yes, according to our users' results. A whopping 16 correctly predicted 91%: jal2170, JdannyBF, Vektor, pgrimald, february77, LeonardHuang, ssfweb, pcioth01, Max, tomglee92, aticus, PopOfCulture, amflag, uncreativename, igottafindbubba, and vinipereira.
That matches the performance of our top expert, Tariq Khan (Fox News). He was followed by Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) with 82%. Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes) and Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil were tied for third with 73%.
Our editors were less reliable this time around. Tied at 73% were Matt Noble and Darrin Dortch, followed by a four-way tie between Chris Beachum, Marcus Dixon, Robert Licuria, and Daniel Montgomery with 64%.
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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.