Adam Sandler tops a new list as the most overpaid star in Hollywood. He is followed by Katherine Heigl, Reese Witherspoon, Nicolas Cage, Kevin James, Denzel Washington, Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, and Ryan Reynolds. Of Sandler, the article says, "One has to wonder if it's worth continuing to pay Sandler's huge upfront fees in the hopes that his next film will be a hit when it seems audiences might be getting tired of the shtick." Forbes.
After TV critics were "hammering" variety series "Saturday Night Live" for not hiring an African-American female cast member in recent seasons, executive producer Lorne Michaels will audition several comediennes in New York on Monday. One or two of the ladies will become a featured player in January. Two current black cast members - Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson - had also spoken out about the issue a few weeks ago. Deadline.
114 contenders are eligible as Best Original Score at the next Academy Awards. Past winners on the list include Michael Giacchino ("Star Trek Into Darkness"), Randy Newman ("Monsters University"), Howard Shore ("The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"), John Williams ("The Book Thief"), and Hans Zimmer ("12 Years a Slave," "Rush"). Other composers with multiple entries are Christophe Beck ("The Hangover Part III," "The Internship"), Danny Elfman ("Epic," "Oz the Great and Powerful"), Henry Jablonsky ("Captain Phillips," "Turbo"), and Thomas Newman ("Saving Mr. Banks," "Side Effects"). Scores from major players "American Hustle," "Inside Llewyn Davis," and "Nebraska are not eligible. The Wrap.
The Recording Academy announces their Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Artists chosen are the Beatles, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell. Trustees Award honorees are Rick Hall, Jim Marshall, and Ennio Morricone. A special invitation-only ceremony will be held January 25, the night before the Grammy Awards. Grammys .
What were the instant reactions from over 40 of this week's Golden Globe nominees? A special photo gallery includes comments from Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight"), Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave," "Dancing on the Edge"), Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"), Michael Sheen ("Masters of Sex"), and others. Variety.
Mary McNamara complains about the lack of Golden Globe nominations for "Orange is the New Black." She says it wasn't truly a snub since Netflix submitted it as a drama, but "I, like most critics, thought I was watching comedy" and that she "fully expected it to clean up at awards time" if submitted as a comedy. She is happy, however, with the nod for lead actress Taylor Schilling. L.A. Times.
One year ago Netflix wasn't even streaming its own original programming, but now it just reaped more Golden Globe nominations (six) than ABC, CBS or NBC. "House of Cards" trumped all rivals among drama series with four bids, including best series plus noms for Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Corey Stoll. At the SAG Awards, Spacey made the list for Best Drama Actor. While we wait for the outcome on those award nights, let's get ready for season two (and next year's Emmys), which premieres on Feb. 14.
Like last year, 17 film performances were recognized with both Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations. But four of those were snubbed by the Oscars.
How many of this year's double dippers, as listed below, are likely to three-peat with an Oscar nomination?
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl, “Rush”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong'o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Last year, all 10 of the SAG lead nominees also reaped Globe bids (remember, there are twice as many Globe lead nominees as they have both drama and comedy/musical categories.) Of these, seven went on to earn Oscar nominations. The exceptions:
John Hawkes ("The Sessions") was knocked out of the Best Actor race by Joaquin Phoenix, who had been a Globe nominee for “The Master."
Two past Best Actress Oscar champs -- Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”) and Helen Mirren ("Hitchcock") -- were passed over by the academy in that category to make room for Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”) and Quvenzhané Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”); Wallis had been ineligible at SAG.
Seven of the SAG supporting nominees also earned Globe nominations. Of these, six also picked up Oscar bids; the exception:
Best Actress Oscar winner Nicole Kidman for her supporting performance in "The Paperboy" was edged out at the Oscars by fellow Aussie Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”).
Of last year's four Oscar champs, Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) had been snubbed by SAG but won the Supporting Actor Globe while lead winners Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and supporting actress Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables”) had prevailed at both precursor awards.
Only two of the SAG Film Ensemble nominees -- “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” -- reaped Picture bids at the Globes. Is one of these the likely Oscar winner for Best Picture. Vote below using our easy drag-and-drop menu.
Despite reaping a SAG bid, Oprah Winfrey was snubbed by the Golden Globes for her supporting performance in "The Butler." But how important is a Globe nomination when it comes to taking home Oscar gold?
Turns out 20 performers have been embraced by the motion picture academy after getting the cold should from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. And half of those were winners of the Supporting Actress Oscar:
Shelley Winters, "A Patch of Blue" (1965)
Sandy Dennis, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966)
Estelle Parsons, "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967)
Helen Hayes, "Airport" (1970)
Eileen Heckart, "Butterflies Are Free" (1972)
Ingrid Bergman, "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974)
Beatrice Straight, "Network" (1976)
Geena Davis, "The Accidental Tourist" (1988)
Marisa Tomei, "My Cousin Vinny" (1992)
Marcia Gay Harden, "Pollock" (2000)
It is worse news for Winfrey's co-star Forest Whitaker who wasn't nominated by the Globes either. Only one Best Actor Oscar champ -- Roberto Begnini ("Life is Beautiful," 1998) -- did not contend first at the Golden Globes.
Likewise, only one woman prevailed at the Oscars as Best Actress after being snubbed by the Globes and that was for another Italian language performance - Sophia Loren in "Two Women" back in 1961.
Hugh Griffith, "Ben-Hur" (1959)
Martin Balsam, "A Thousand Clowns" (1965)
Jack Albertson, "The Subject Was Roses" (1968)
Robert De Niro, "The Godfather: Part II" (1974)
Don Ameche, "Cocoon" (1985)
Kevin Kline, "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988)
James Coburn, "Affliction" (1998)
Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006)
Why are 18 of the 20 Oscar winners who were snubbed by the Globes in the supporting categories?
The answer is simple arithmetic. While there are only five slots in each supporting category at the Globes as with the Oscars, the HFPA doubles its chances of predicting the lineup of the lead Oscar races by having five nominees in both drama and musical/comedy categories.
Will Oprah reap an Oscar bid? Vote below using the easy drag-and-drop menu.
Gold Derby polled 15 Experts to predict the film nominees for this year's Golden Globe Awards. Of this group, Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) scored an impressive 80% to lead all the others.
Some surprises were very difficult to predict, like the snubs for Oprah Winfrey ("The Butler") and Tom Hanks ("Saving Mr. Banks"). But Mantz nailed some very difficult selections with his picks for "Rush" in the top drama category, Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"), and Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha").
Tariq Khan (Fox News) then scored 72%.
Over 900 Gold Derby readers predicted the film nominees for this year's Golden Globe Awards. In total, our Users logged over 9,000 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click Golden Globes (Film) Nominations 2013.
The biggest shocker among all the nominations was the snub of Oprah Winfrey ("The Butler"). The omisions of Tom Hanks ("Saving Mr. Banks"), Harrison Ford ("42"), and Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street") were also surprising.
Among the nominees, "Rush" in the drama picture race is perplexing since it has not shown up on many pre-cursor lists. The nods for Kate Winslet ("Labor Day") and Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine") caught many off guard.
Even so, one of our Users -- Jonathan -- scored best with an impressive 86% and earned a total of 20,140 game points, thus establishing himself as winner of our reader contest. Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Certificate.
Another 28 Users scored above our best Editor -- Daniel Montgomery -- who came in at 78%. Charles Bright came in second with 74%, followed by Guru and Matt Noble with 72%. I came in next with 66% along with Marcus Dixon. The final slot is 58% from Rob Licuria.
As for our 15 Experts that made predictions, congratulations to Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) for 80% correct. Second place is a tie between Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Kevin Polowy (Next Movie) at 76%.
Over 700 Gold Derby readers predicted the television nominees for this year's Golden Globe Awards. In total, our Users logged almost 8,000 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click Golden Globes (TV) Nominations 2013.
Once again, there certainly were surprises, but practically nobody anticipated the complete snub of "Homeland" and its two stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis since all of them won last year. That means the drama portion of the show will have a new set of three winners.
Netflix did well its first time out of the gates with nods for "House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black," and "Arrested Development." Other new programs gaining nods were "The Blacklist," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Masters of Sex," "Michael J. Fox Show," "Orphan Black," and "Ray Donovan."
Somewhat expected were the unpredictable natures of both TV supporting categories, which combine performers from dramas, comedies, and movies/miniseries. Jacqueline Bisset ("Dancing on the Edge") or Janet McTeer ("The White Queen") that we did not even offer them as choices in our predictions center.
Even so, four of our Users -- Buddy, lmarz, me123 and movieswithabe -- scored best with an impressive 78%. Buddy breaks the tie because he earned the most game points (23,760), thus establishing himself as winner of our reader contest. Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Certificate.
Another 36 Users scored above our best Editor -- Daniel Montgomery -- who came in at 62%. I got 60% along with Guru and Charles Bright. Close behind at 58% were Marcus Dixon, Rob Licuria, and Matt Noble.
One of the greatest "Survivor" seasons in recent memory -- "Blood vs. Water" -- ends its run this Sunday (Dec. 15) with a two-hour finale that kicks off at 8 pm ET/PT followed by a one-hour reunion show.
Before the final showdown, be sure to cast your votes for three key questions in our Gold Derby predictions center:
Who Will Return to the Game from Redemption Island?
Who Will Win the Final Immunity Challenge?
Who Will Ultimately Win?
Sign in and look in the left column of your account/prediction page for the link to "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" -- click that and start to play.
"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" has had fans in our forums excited since it premiered. The concept of having former contestants playing against their loved ones was a welcome twist that resulted in some great "Survivor" moments.
There was Rupert, who honorably traded places with his voted-off wife so that she could stay alive in the game. Weeks later, fan-hated Colton quit the show a second time in the hopes that his fiance Caleb could have a better chance of winning. And who could forget when Ciera voted out her mother Laura in order to better her own chances in the game?
There are still seven contestants left in play, including three (Hayden, Laura, Tina) fighting it out at Redemption Island for a chance to return to the game. The winner of that final duel will join Ciera, Gervase, Monica and Tyson, and one of those five will be the ultimate winner of Season 27.
There is much to be made about this year's crop of Golden Globe nominees. Most of it was good, some of it was bad and -- because it's the HFPA we're talking about -- there was, of course, some ugly. See my take below!
It's getting a bit repetitive to shout for joy every time "Breaking Bad" gets nominated for an award, but when you consider the show only had one previous series nomination at the Globes (2012) over its entire run, it's hard not to congratulate the HFPA for getting this one right. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were also recognized, so here's hoping that out of the show's three nominations, "Breaking Bad" will finally be able to win its first-ever Golden Globe.
The snubbing of undefeated two-time champ "Homeland" and its cast (Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin) for their third season made room for other drama series that truly excelled this year in terms of story-telling and originality. Hopefully it'll be a kick in the butt for the "Homeland" producers and writers to step up their game for next season.
Justice for Monica Potter ("Parenthood") and Corey Stoll ("House of Cards"), who were strangely snubbed at the Emmys, as both made it here into much more difficult categories -- the Globes lump together all of TV's supporting performances (Drama, Comedy, Movie/Miniseries).
My two favorite films of the year were "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave." It was exciting, then, to see that these two movies tied for the most Golden Globe nominations with seven each. Special mentions go to the quartet of "Hustle" actors all getting in -- Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence -- as well as the brilliant music score for "12 Years" by Hans Zimmer.
Netflix had an easy nomination (and win?) for "Orange is the New Black" as Best TV Comedy Series, but they opted instead to try their luck in the much more competitive Drama races. Besides a lone nod for star Taylor Schilling, the strategy didn't pay off. Too bad, because we would have loved to see this little-show-that-could make a name for itself at the Globes.
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