"The Imitation Game" edged out two of its Oscar rivals for Best Adapted Screenplay -- "Inherent Vice" and "The Theory of Everything" -- as well as "Gone Girl" and "Wild" to win the USC Scripter Award on Saturday. The other Oscar nominees -- "American Sniper" and "Whiplash" -- were snubbed here.
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" solidified its lead for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars by dominating the Annie Awards on Saturday. This DreamWorks Animation blockbuster won six of its 10 bids at the 42nd annual edition of these kudos, including the top prize as well as Director, Character Animation, Editing, Music and Storyboarding.
This year's frontrunner for Best Production Design at the Oscars -- "The Grand Budapest Hotel" -- got a big boost on Saturday when it won Best Period Design at the Art Directors Guild. Among those films it edged out was Oscar rival "The Imitation Game."
"This race this year for me has been nothing but surprises," Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) says in our podcast chat. (Listen below.) The biggest shock, of course, was "Birdman" soaring off with those PGA laurels and putting the breaks on the "Boyhood" bandwagon.
"I think shit went down on the preferential ballot," she says, and we spend serious time trying to dig up the culprit. Now Sasha says pundits must wonder: "Is this year like 2010 when 'The Social Network' won everything up until 'The King's Speech' emerged at the guild awards and the race never switched back?"
This year's ACE Eddie Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, a staple of these kinds of things due to its grand ballroom perfect for setting up a stage upon which prizes can be handed out. As I approach the lavish entrance packed with cars inching slowly forward, I suddenly realize I’m not at all prepared for the valet.
Congratulations to our User Chatan for a perfect 100% prediction rate for Friday's American Cinema Editors film winners. He actually tied with 77 other people but wisely used his 500 and 200 point bets for the best overall score of 2,374.
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Friday's Eddie Awards, bestowed by the American Cinema Editors society, muddied the Best Picture race at the Oscars even more. Since 1990, the film that came up with an ACE has gone on to win the top prize at the Academy Awards 17 of 24 times. Our current Oscar frontrunner "Boyhood" won the drama cutting race.But it was "The Grand Budapest Hotel" -- not the heavily favored "Birdman," which had won with both the PGA and SAG last weekend and is rising in our odds for Best Picture -- that claimed the comedy/musical trophy.
Kendrick Lamar is nominated for Best Rap Performance at the Grammys for the second year in a row, for "I," the lead single from his upcoming third studio album. Can he win? Grammy voters may wish to make it up to him after controversially snubbing him last year.
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