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Oscar poll: Could Bruce Dern have beaten Jared Leto in Supporting Actor?

By Marcus James Dixon
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Feb 24 2014 11:01 am
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Let's play fantasy Oscar voter for a moment, shall we?

If the academy had nominated Bruce Dern ("Nebraska") for Best Supporting Actor instead of in lead, could the Hollywood legend have beaten frontrunner Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club")? I posed this question in Gold Derby's Oscar forum, and you can read many of our posters' colorful responses below.

As it stands now, Dern has lowly 50/1 odds to win Best Actor according to Gold Derby's Experts, Editors and Users. That's only good enough for fourth place in the crazily-competitive line-up, leaving this veteran actor alone and out in the cold much like his grumpy character in "Nebraska."

Comparatively, over in the Best Supporting Actor race, Leto is expected to take home that trophy in a cakewalk with first-place odds of 1/10 thanks, in part, to his relatively weak competition.

Dern's been hard at work in Hollywood for decades, yet he's only contended once before -- a 1978 supporting bid for "Coming Home" that he lost to Christopher Walken ("The Deer Hunter"). Months ago, many pundits thought this was the year Dern would finally hear his name called, but then along came Matthew McConaughey. And Leonardo DiCaprio. And Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Those three Best Actor nominees have shared much of the awards buzz this Oscar season thanks to their wins at all of the most recent televised kudos. Dern's earlier "Nebraska" victories at the National Board of Review and Cannes filmfest were so long ago, does anybody even remember them?

A simple category shift from lead to supporting could have given Dern much better odds at winning, but the victory would have come down in the less-grandiose category. What's a guy to do?!

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Watch: Our editors dish Emmy rule changes and make early predictions

By Marcus James Dixon
By Marcus James Dixon
Feb 24 2014 10:40 am
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Emmys for Honey Boo Boo and "Duck Dynasty"???

That's one of the topics I dished with two other Gold Derby editors -- Charles Bright and Daniel Montgomery -- during our Emmy video slugfest below. Even though it's still Oscar season, we wanted to take a moment to break down all those rule changes just announcd by the TV academy and make our early predictions.

The new changes include the separation of TV Movie and TV Miniseries, the splitting of Best Narrator and Best Character Voice-Over and the creation of Structured Reality Program and Unstructured Reality Program, where it's possible we can see first-time nominations for "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and "Duck Dynasty" -- oh, the horrors!

Some of the other topics discussed during our hour-long gabfest include:

Can Harry Shearer finally win a voice-over Emmy for "The Simpsons"?

Are the Oscars better than the Emmys because they have fewer categories?

Are "True Detective" and Matthew McConaughey unbeatable?

Which new comedy series will replace the ineligible "30 Rock"?

And will "Breaking Bad" sweep for its final season, or will it be taken down by Netflix's "House of Cards" or "Orange is the New Black"?

Watch the entire video below, then make your Emmy predictions for Best Drama Series using our easy drag-and-drop menu.

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What will 46 presenters do on Oscars?

By Paul Sheehan
By Paul Sheehan
Feb 24 2014 10:36 am
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Last year, Oscarcast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan booked 43 presenters, including five from "The Avengers" and four from their 2002 Best Picture champ "Chicago," to handle all the intros and presentations of awards. 

The lineup for Sunday's Oscarcast numbers 46 bold-faced name with last year's quartet of acting winners -- leads Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence and featured players Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz -- leading the way. 

Another 10 Oscar winners are set to take to the stage of the Dolby Theater:

Penélope Cruz 
Robert De Niro
Sally Field
Jamie Foxx
Whoopi Goldberg
Goldie Hawn
Angelina Jolie
Sidney Poitier
Kevin Spacey
Charlize Theron

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See how you scored predicting 'The Amazing Race' season premiere

By Marcus James Dixon
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Feb 24 2014 09:34 am
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Spoilers for the season premiere of "The Amazing Race" are below!

Congratulations to our site user Andrew William Dubay for scoring the most points during our inaugural "The Amazing Race" contest.

He correctly predicted that cowboys Cord and Jet would win the first leg and that "twinnies" Natalie and Nadiya would be eliminated, bringing his point tally to 1357. If Andrew winds up with the most points at the end of the season, he will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

DanielHasToGoBack was second with 1352 points and jonny came in third with 1345 points. The entire Top 10 is listed above.

You can check how you scored by logging into your predictions, clicking on "The Amazing Race" button and skimming through the leaderboard on the right-hand column.

If you forgot to make your predictions last week, don't worry, there are still many weeks left to play. In fact, you can already cast your votes for Week #2 of "The Amazing Race" by correctly guessing questions like: Which team will arrive first at the mat, who will be eliminated, and which duo will ultimately win Season 24?

Sound off in the comments section below and join the discussion in our TV forum.

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Rachel Winter, Robbie Brenner 'held on for dear life' to make Oscar-nominated 'Dallas Buyers Club'

By Daniel Montgomery
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Feb 24 2014 07:52 am
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"Dallas Buyers Club" had been in development for two decades before finally being made with director Jean-Marc Vallee and actor Matthew McConaughey in the role of AIDS-afflicted crusader Ron Woodroof. "Rachel [Winter] and I held on for dear life together and we willed it into existence," says producer Robbie Brenner when asked in the webcam chat below about the ordeal of bringing the film to fruition. "And when every door closed, we somehow threw our bodies against it and we pried it open."

For Winter, the film's subject matter hit especially close to home: "My uncle had been on AZT, he died of AIDS actually very close to the time that Ron died … I took that with me the minute Robbie said in 2009, 'Hey I know you've always loved this. You want to do this?' And I was like 'F*ck yeah, let's do this!'"

But even though medical breakthroughs have made HIV/AIDS not the automatic death sentence it was when Woodroof fought the disease from the mid-1980s to early 1990s, Winter believes the subject is still important for modern audiences: "The young people don't view [the disease] the same way, and from what I understand there's a real carelessness out there, and that's really scary. They're not in touch with the idea that at one point this was the largest epidemic in our country's history since maybe polio."

The production came with the usual challenges associated with a low-budget independent film. It was shot over just 25 days and sacrifices had to be made, including Vallee's decision to shoot with only natural light, but while there were benefits to such limitations – "I think there's something to be said about making a movie … where everybody is sort of doing it because they love it," says Brenner – Winter does think big-budget resources would have been a welcome reward for their trouble: "When … you do it in 25 days and you get it done and it's amazing, then back the truck up, let's pay everybody after the fact. That would be okay too."

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Can '12 Years a Slave' win any Oscars below the line?

By Daniel Montgomery
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Feb 24 2014 07:34 am
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Most experts are predicting "12 Years a Slave" to win the Oscar for Best Picture, but besides that it's favored in only two other categories: Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Adapted Screenplay. If it's the academy's favorite movie, will it really not win anything else? Does it have a chance to win below the line?

This is especially worth considering after the result at the Costume Designers Guild Awards, where "12 Years a Slave" won the period film prize against the heavily favored "The Great Gatsby," in which everyone is draped in extravagant 1920s fashions, from the lead actors to the countless background extras. Could "12 Years" upset again at the Oscars?

Usually, the film with the most costumes and the biggest period gowns wins, but that's not always the case. In 2011, "Jane Eyre" and "Anonymous" seemingly had the most elaborate costumes, and "W.E." won that year's CDG Award, but none of them had strong academy support overall, so it was the Best Picture-winner, "The Artist," that ended up taking the prize.

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Alexis Maxwell gets best odds (8/1) to win 'Survivor: Cagayan' -- What's your prediction?

By Tom O'Neil
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Feb 24 2014 06:45 am
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Northwestern University student Alexis Maxwell (above, center) currently has the best odds (8 to 1) to win "Survivor: Cagayan," according to predictions by Gold Derby users. Brawn Tribe (Aparri) gets 10-to-11 odds to place first in the Immunity Challenge this week and our users pick JTia Taylor (top, right photo) 7 to 1 odds) to be eliminated at tribal council.

Sign in to your Gold Derby account here and add your prediction to join our contest to forecast winners week to week and at season's end. Final contest prize: $100 Amazon gift certificate.

No doubt our users are picking Maxwell to prevail as ultimate victor because of her special skills and strategy.

"My strongest asset is my background in psychology," she says. "I have studied and experimented with group dynamics and understand how to play a specific role in a group. I will also use sex appeal and flirting as a means of disguising my intelligence. I have always been aware of my role in a group and know how to lead in a sneaky way. I will use my education and flirty personality to assure I'm always in a good position."

 

 

It's delicious: 'Dallas BBQ Club'

By Gold Derby News Desk
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Feb 24 2014 05:50 am
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That naughty video satarist Brian Reiss is at it again, this time cooking up a fun parody of an Oscar contender. Visit his YouTube channel here to see his parody of "Argo" last year.

 

News Nuggets: Is the Oscars sculptor adding a small penis to each statuette?

By Gold Derby News Desk
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Is Oscar history really being made this year with their elderly longtime sculptor adding a tiny penis to each statuette. The funny new video has "Saturday Night Live" writer Tim Robinson as the sculptor in a "heartwarming" story of his endeavors. George Rush also reports that Robinson will host a revue at SXSW on March 9 with Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and Sasheer Zamata. Above Average.

Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan reveal a little more about this year's ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on March 2. With a heroism theme, the show will be divided into sections of everything from animation good guys through inspirational true life heroes. One highlight will be a tribute to "The Wizard of Oz" 75th anniversary. Meron also adds, "Then we have the popular heroes: superheroes and characters like Harry Potter and Indiana Jones, or the Ghostbusters." Unofficially confirmed to take part are Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider-Man") and Alfred Hitchcock heroine Kim Novak. Entertainment Weekly.

NBC is bringing back popular serialized drama "Heroes" with a new 13-episode standalone "Heroes: Reborn" in 2015. The original had several Emmy nominations in 2006 for its first season, including Best Drama Series, but then fell off dramatically with viewers and storylines after that. Creator Tim Kring will be returning to helm the project. No word yet if they will include any original cast members such as Hayden Panettiere, Zachary Quinto, Masi Oka, Adrian Pasdar, Greg Grunberg, Jack Coleman, or Milo Ventimiglia. Deadline.

The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards select Kevin Hart as Entertainer of the Year at Saturday's ceremony. Film winners are "12 Years a Slave," Forest Whitaker ("The Butler"), Angela Bassett ("Black Nativity"), David Oyelowo ("The Butler"), and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"). TV winners include "Scandal" and its star Kerry Washington, "Real Husbands of Hollywood," and "Steve Harvey." The Wrap.

"The Lego Movie" continues its domination at the U.S. box office with another $31.4 million in its third weekend. Its overall take has been $183 million domestic. Newcomer "3 Days to Kill" starring Kevin Costner opens in second place with $12.3 million. Big budget "Pompeii" is a big disappointment with just $10 million in its debut weekend. Thompson on Hollywood.

The first week of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" brings in more viewers than anytime in the past 20 years. The initial five episodes, airing last Monday through Friday, were sandwiched between NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The average was 8.49 million viewers, just behind the week of May 17, 1993, when the finale of "Cheers" aired. Host Jay Leno did a special live program in Boston following that comedy's ending. TV by the Numbers.

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