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Will 'Captain Phillips' win Tom Hanks his third Oscar?

By Paul Sheehan
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Oct 11 2013 10:44 am
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"Captain Phillips" opened Friday to generally stellar reviews, scoring 94 among the top critics surveyed by Rotten Tomatoes and 82 over at aggregator MetaCritic

One-time Oscar nominee Paul Greengrass ("United 93") directed this tense thriller and Tom Hanks is getting some of the best notices of his long career for his portrayal of real-life hero Rich Phillips who stood up to Somali pirates in 2009.

The two-time Academy Award champ looks like a lock to land at least a Best Actor bid. He is currently in fourth place on our leaderboard, with odds of 15/2. But don't underestimate this old-hand at the Oscars game. Were he to win, Hanks would match last year's achievement by Daniel Day-Lewis who became the first three-time Best Actor winner (putting him one behind all-time leader Katharine Hepburn). 

RELATEDWill 'Captain Phillips' be this year's 'Argo'?

Well-liked, Hanks is a Hollywood mainstay and has served as an academy governor  for years. He last contended for "Castaway" in 2000, losing to Russell Crowe ("Gladiator"). With this new film, the actor delivers a powerhouse performance. After dominating the action in "Captain Phillips" for a tense two hours, Hanks has a quiet moment at the end of the picture that is so simple and yet so memorable. 

Could that be enough to keep 1980 directing champ Robert Redford ("Ordinary People") from claiming his first acting Oscar for "All is Lost"? Or will newcomer Chiwetel Ejiofor prevail for Best Picture frontrunner "12 Years a Slave"? 

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Oscars rematch: Round 2 for Sandra Bullock ('Gravity') vs. Meryl Streep ('August: Osage County')

By Marcus James Dixon
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Oct 11 2013 09:29 am
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Ding, ding!

The Oscar rematch we've been waiting for is upon us: the formidable Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") hopes to once again take out veteran Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County") in this year's highly competitive Best Actress race.

These movie queens first duked it out in 2009, with Bullock scoring the ultimate Oscar knockout for "The Blind Side" over Streep's tasty turn in "Julie & Julia." The battle leading up to that year's stand-off at the Academy Awards was one for the record books.

The Screen Actors Guild nominated both with Bullock winning for her role as real-life do-gooder Leigh Anne Tuohy. Meanwhile, Streep's performance as Julia Child in "Julie & Julia" won many of the film critics kudos, including those from New York, Phoenix, Boston and San Francisco.

While the Golden Globes found a way to honor both leading ladies -- Streep as Best Comedy Actress and Bullock for Best Drama Actress -- the Broadcast Film Critics couldn't decide between them and wound up rewarding both as Best Actress in a rare tie. At the podium, Streep and Bullock engaged in a lip-smacking smooch that sent fanboys swooning.

This year, the gloves are back on as Bullock and Streep are in contention for Best Actress and have a real shot at the prize according to Gold Derby's polling of experts, editors and users.

As an astronaut stranded in space struggling to survive, Bullock gives an understated and subtle performance in the blockbuster "Gravity." She comes in second place in our rankings with odds of 4 to 1.

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Golden Globes update: 'Nebraska' contending as comedy

By Paul Sheehan
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On Thursday, Gold Derby confirmed that Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" was asking the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. to classify it as a drama at the Globes while "Before Midnight" was entering as a comedy.

On Friday, we learned that Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" is pursuing the laffer route as well. This is a savvy move on the part of Paramount as the comedy/musical categories at this year's Globes are far less competitive. 

The switch gives Bruce Dern a much better shot at landing a nomination. The two-time past supporting nominee ("The Great Gatsby," 1974; "Coming Home," 1978) is determined to compete this time as a lead. However, that move might keep co-star Will Forte -- who has more screen time as the beleagured son coerced into a road trip with his doddering dad (Dern) -- from reaping a bid. 

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Dern's other competition for Comedy/Musical Actor includes: Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), Ben Stiller ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"), James Gandolfini ("Enough Said") and Joaquin Phoenix ("Her") who won this award in 2005 for playing Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line."  

RELATEDGolden Globes switcheroos - 'Blue Jasmine' is drama, 'Before Midnight' comedy

Payne's past pictures have contended on both sides of the Globes fence. His 1999 breakout hit "Election" earned Reese Witherspoon a Comedy/Musical Actress nod; she lost to Janet McTeer ("Tumbleweeds"). 

"About Schmidt" -- which is akin to "Nebraska" in that it too followed an older fellow hoping to reconnect with his past -- lost Best Drama to "The Hours" in 2002. However, Jack Nicholson won Best Drama Actor over eventual Oscar champ Adrien Brody ("The Pianist"). 

HIs two most recent films both did well with the Globes: "Sideways" won Best Comedy in 2004 while "The Descendants" took Best Drama in 2011. 

Who do you think is going to win Best Comedy/Musical Actor? Vote below using our easy drag-and-drop menu.

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News Nuggets: Best Actress Oscar race 'deplorable' with so many returning champs

By Chris Beachum
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Oct 10 2013 08:55 am
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entertainment news nuggetsColumnist Mark Harris has his first look at this year's Oscar race and calls the Best Actress category "deplorable." Using Gold Derby rankings, he is not happy that all five slots in that category could be previous champs (Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson). Grantland.

entertainment news nuggetsWriter Scott Feinberg says the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film may already be over. He wonders if Iran's "The Past" from director Asghar Farhadi and starring Cannes winner Berenice Bejo is the big frontrunner. Hollywood Reporter.

entertainment news nuggetsCanadian short story writer Alice Munro wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature. Her story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" was adapted by Sarah Polley in 2006 for the film "Away From Her" starring Oscar nominee Julie Christie. USA Today.

entertainment news nuggetsMaureen Dowd has a lengthy interview with Robert Redford about "All is Lost," his best chance ever to win a Best Actor Oscar. In it, he reveals that he has rarely viewed any of his movies and that he has mostly played "intrinsically American guys going up against implacable forces." New York Times.

entertainment news nuggets"Jimmy Kimmel Live" scores record ratings Wednesday as Kimmel and Kanye West have an awkward conversation about their recent feud. Deadline.

entertainment news nuggetsControversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange calls the upcoming movie "The Fifth Estate" directed by Bill Condon "a wretched film." It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange and opens nationwide October 18. Cinema Blend.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis score six AMA nominations, Justin Bieber snubbed

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Red-hot duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis reaped a leading six nominations for this year's edition of the American Music Awards, including a bid for Artist of the Year.

Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five bids apiece, including for Artist of the Year. Swift won this top prize in 2009 and 2011 while Timberlake has never contended for that award. That race is rounded out by four-time nominee Rihanna and three-time contender Bruno Mars. (See complete list of nominations here.)

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Justin Bieber -- who won Artist of the Year in both 2010 and 2012 -- was snubbed by these kudos, which determine nominees "based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming and social activity."

Others with multiple bids include Florida Georgia Line and Robin Thicke with four apiece and Imagine Dragons with three.  

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Golden Globes switcheroos: 'Blue Jasmine' is drama, 'Before Midnight' comedy

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Derbyites, many of you have to update your Golden Globe predictions as it turns out that "Blue Jasmine" will be contending there as a drama while "Before Midnight" will compete as a comedy.

All of you who had Cate Blanchett among your top five Comedy/Musical Actress choices need to replace her with another contender. Likewise, you will need to bump one of your top five Drama Actress picks to make room for her there if you expect Blanchett to reap a bid in that category when nominations are announced on Dec. 12. 

It makes sense for Sony Pictures Classics to position this Woody Allen film about a woman on the verge as a drama at the Globes.

After all, six of the last 10 Drama Actress champs went on to take home Oscars (seven if you count Kate Winslet, who won the Globe in 2008 for "Revolutionary Road" but got the Oscar for "The Reader," which had won her the supporting prize at the Globes) whereas only three of the last 10 Comedy/Musical Actress winners have repeated at the Oscars: Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line," 2005), Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose," 2007) and Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook," 2012). 

Blanchett is our current Oscar frontrunner but faces a growing threat from Sandra Bullock who is showcased in the smash hit "Gravity." If Blanchett can beat Bullock -- who won both the Drama Globe and Oscar in 2009 for "The Blind Side" -- at the Globes then she is better positioned to prevail at the Oscars also. 

RELATEDExperts' updated Oscars predix - Blanchett still leads Best Actress, Bullock rising fast

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News Nuggets: Whisper campaigns start against Oscar contenders 'Captain Phillips,' '12 Years'

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Oct 09 2013 10:32 am
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entertainment news nuggetsSteve Pond suggests that negative whisper campaigns have already started against Oscar contenders "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity," and especially "Captain Phillips." His column discusses that this happens almost every year as rival studios and campaigners want to lay the groundwork that the opposing films have inaccuracies and are unworthy of Oscars. The Wrap.

entertainment news nuggetsSasha Stone wonders if "Gravity" will change the Oscar game for Academy voters. She says that it will be this 3-D spectacular that will have an enduring impact and not previous films by James Cameron ("Avatar") and Martin Scorsese ("Hugo"). Awards Daily.

entertainment news nuggetsDrake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and Keith Urban will perform on the live Grammy nominations special airing on CBS December 6. HitFix.

entertainment news nuggetsThe 68th annual Tony Awards will be held on Sunday, June 8, at Radio City Music Hall. Nominations will be announced on April 29. No word yet on a host, but Neil Patrick Harris has been the emcee the past three years. USA Today.

entertainment news nuggetsLea Michele breaks her silence about the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith in a new interview. The "Glee" episode devoted to his character Finn airs October 10 on Fox. TV Line.

entertainment news nuggetsHarrison Ford admits that he would be interested in starring in a sequel to the Ridley Scott classic sci-fi film "Bladerunner." He is currently on a press tour for the upcoming "Ender's Game." Cinema Blend.

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Save the date: Tonys to take place on June 8, 2014

By Gold Derby News Desk
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Oct 09 2013 10:22 am
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The 68th annual edition of the Tony Awards will take place on June 8, 2014 at Radio City Music Hall in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The three-hour telecast, showcasing the best of Broadway, will air live on CBS as it has done since 1978. 

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These top theater kudos are a favorite of the Emmy Awards. The 2012 Tonys contended at this year's Emmys (the lag is due to this kudocast airing after the May 31 deadline) winning the Special Class category for awards shows for the fourth year in a row. 

This year's Broadway season will run until April 24, 2014. The nominating committee, comprised of 30 theater professionals, will meet on the weekend of April 26 and nominations will be announced on April 29. 

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Experts' updated Oscars predix: Ejiofor over Redford for Best Actor but McConaughey, Hanks in play

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Oct 09 2013 09:16 am
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Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") continues to stay just ahead of Robert Redford ("All is Lost") in the increasingly tight Best Actor race as per our Oscarologists' updated predictions. However, watch out for Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club") and Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips") who have seen support rise as their movies screen. 

Eleven Experts still expect Ejiofor to prevail: Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out, Gawker),Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Alex Suskind (Moviefone), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere).

Seven pundits continue to back the bid by Redford: Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Guy Lodge (HitFix), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Steve Pond (TheWrap) and  Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times).

McConaughey picked up one vote as Edward Douglas (Comingsoon) joins Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com) while Hanks has the support of Gold Derby's Paul Sheehan.

See the Experts' latest rankings here. Latest racetrack odds: Ejiofor's lead has narrowed to 9 to 4 (from 23 to 10) while Redford is now at 14 to 5 (down from 13 to 5). McConaughey and Hanks have seen their odds get better at 5 to 1 and 15 to 2 respectively. See the full breakdown here.

RELATEDExperts' updated Oscars predix: 'Slave' holds, 'Gravity' rises, 'Wolf' drops

Below, some pundits explain their Best Actor predix.

Scott Feinberg, Hollywood Reporter: This is a guy who has starred in a zillion movies that are regarded as all-time greats, but been nominated for acting only once -- 40 years ago! Moreover, he's as great as ever in the one-man show that is 'All Is Lost.' Just picture the moment that Jennifer Lawrence announces the best actor winner ... he will receive a 5 minute long standing ovation.

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