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Oscars frontrunner 'The Imitation Game' wins USC Scripter Award

By Paul Sheehan
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Feb 01 2015 04:44 am
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"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.

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Annie Awards: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' wins six, including Best Animated Feature

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 "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.

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Art Directors Guild Awards winners: 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' ...

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Feb 01 2015 02:45 am
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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." 

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Oscars insanity! Sasha Stone and I wonder: What the hell's next? (podcast)

By Tom O'Neil
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Jan 31 2015 22:39 pm
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"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.

What happened?

"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?"

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An exclusive inside look at the ACE Eddie Awards

By Zach Laws
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Jan 31 2015 13:45 pm
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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.

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See how you did predicting the ACE Eddie Awards winners

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Jan 31 2015 12:27 pm
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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.

Over 400 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year's ACE Eddie champs in four categories, logging more than 1,600 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click ACE Eddie Awards 2014.

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16 hottest forums posts: Would Julianne Moore be a worthy Oscar winner as Best Actress?

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Jan 31 2015 11:45 am
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Join the fiery discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here.

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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. 

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Will Kendrick Lamar win make-up Grammy after controversial losses last year?

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Jan 30 2015 21:46 pm
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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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Oscars Predictions by Top Experts

See the latest Oscar predictions of our famous pundits — Click Here. See the category rankings when their predictions are combined - Click Here. Sample below. Make your early picks now -- click here -- and change them later as the derby heats up.

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Experts
1 BoyhoodBoyhood
8/13
2 BirdmanBirdman
3/1
3 The Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel
16/1
4 The Imitation GameThe Imitation Game
50/1
5 American SniperAmerican Sniper
100/1
6 SelmaSelma
100/1
7 The Theory of EverythingThe Theory of Everything
100/1
8 WhiplashWhiplash
100/1
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Oscars 2014: Key Categories

BEST PICTURE:
'Boyhood' fights off strong challenges from 'Birdman' 'The Imitation Game.'
 
BEST DIRECTOR:
Richard Linklater ('Boyhood') widens lead over other rookie contenders. 
 
BEST ACTOR:
Michael Keaton ('Birdman) over Eddie Redmayne ('Theory of Everything').

 
BEST ACTRESS:
Julianne Moore ('Still Alice') now far ahead of Amy Adams ('Big Eyes').
 
BEST S. ACTOR:
Vet J.K. Simmons ('Whiplash') extends lead over Mark Ruffalo, ('Foxcatcher').
 
BEST S. ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette ('Boyhood') far in front for her 12-year commitment to film. 
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