Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar selfie that broke the internet ...
Those are just a few of Gold Derby's favorite awards moments of the year. But what else made our Top 10 list for 2014?
In her intro to an in-depth interview, Anne Thompson writes: "After a decade, screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who first met in the 1980s at USC film school, thought their Margaret Keane biopic 'Big Eyes' would never get made. They were used to their delightfully idiosyncratic outsider tales not being deemed commercial by the studios. Filmmakers Tim Burton did embrace 'Ed Wood,' and Milos Forman championed both 'The People vs. Larry Flynt' and Andy Kaufman portrait 'Man on the Moon.' But many other scripts sat on the shelf, from 'Ripley's Believe It or Not' to biopics about the Marx Brothers, The Village People, Sid and Marty Krofft and Rollen Stewart a.k.a. 'Rainbow Man.' This time Alexander and Karaszewski were hoping to direct 'Big Eyes' themselves. But when suddenly Christoph Waltz offered an opportunity to get the film made, they grabbed that chance." Thompson on Hollywood
In our new slugfest about the Best TV of 2014, Gold Derby Editors Daniel Montgomery, Rob Licuria, Charles Bright and Ralph Galvan highlight their favorite shows and performances of the year. Are YOUR faves among their lists?
At Gold Derby, we showcase a slew of Oscars predictions: more than two dozen Experts, our in-house team of Editors, the Top 24 Users from last year's contest and thousands of Users just like you. So, which of these groups should you turn to for advice before making your predictions as to this year's Oscar nominations?
On this Christmas Eve, I celebrate the holiday in Mentor, Ohio -- about 20 miles east of Cleveland with my family. That gang includes my sister Diane, her three (now grown-up) kids: Judy, Dennis and Keith. Dad (Frank), now 90, suffers from severe dementia, but he still recognizes me when I drop by his nursing home to visit. He can't talk, but he bolts upright in his wheel chair and flashes a holly jolly smile to welcome me from distant New York and Los Angeles. Merry Christmas, dad!
Following a longtime tradition here at Gold Derby, I celebrate the Yuletide by sharing a recording of "White Christmas" I made years ago when my father still had full command of his wind pipes to mimic the sexy warble and pear-shaped tones of his hero, Bing Crosby.
Among our 11 Oscarologists who have made predictions for the SAG Awards, eight of them are backing the bid by "Birdman" for Best Ensemble at the 21st annual edition of these kudos on Jan. 25. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's sly satire of showbiz, which also reaped individual nominations for leading man Michael Keaton and supporting players Edward Norton and Emma Stone, boasts a cast that also includes Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan and Naomi Watts.
Ever since we launched our Oscars prediction center in late August, veteran J.K. Simmons has sat atop our chart for Best Supporting Actor for his scene-stealing turn as a manipulative maestro in Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash." Three of the other top five -- all of whom have been nominated in this category before -- have been in contention all along. However, the fifth slot has shifted from a one-time nominee to a past Oscar champ.
In his intro to this interesting interview, Kyle Buchanan writes: "Twenty-four-year-old British actor Jack OConnell has been handed a plum part with 'Unbroken,' and he knows it. In the Angelina Jolie–directed film, O’Connell plays Louis Zamperini, the inspirational real-life figure who survived incredible torment during World War II after his plane crashed at sea, leaving him stranded for weeks on the ocean before he was captured and tortured by Japanese guards until the end of the war. It’s the kind of movie that will introduce the Derby-born O’Connell to a significant worldwide audience, the capstone to years of good work done in vehicles like 'Skins' and 'Starred Up.'" Vulture
"I try to design costumes that say who they are in some ways, like Rapunzel in bondage, the witch having this inner fantasy of herself,” says costume designer Colleen Atwood in a new podcast with Gold Derby (listen below). "We all have that in us, but we also have a lot of other things. So in trying to connect that with people, they associate with the characters which helps them kind of have fun with the story."