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"Concussion," a biopic starring Will Smith as Bennet Omalu, the doctor who discovers the brain diseasechronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that affects NFL players, doesn't debut till Christmas. But this week the subject matter made the headlines twice. In last Sunday's game between the St. Louis Rams and Baltimore Ravens, Rams quarterback Case Keenum continued to play even after he was sacked and his head hit the field; he went on to throw two incompletes and stumbled with a fumble and his team lost 16-13. And on Wednesday, the family of late gridiron legend Frank Gifford announced that an autopsy revealed he was afflicted with CTE.
After wowing both critics and audiences with her performance in the title role of "Grandma," Lily Tomlin looks like she will win over Golden Globe voters too. Our awards experts -- journalists who cover this beat for major media including Variety, Yahoo, USA Today, and Huffington Post -- are predicting that this versatile performer will take home Best Comedy/Musical Actress. She has leading odds of 3-to-1 to finally add a Golden Globe to her extensive awards collection.
According to predictions made so far in our contest, it looks like tonight's episode of "The Amazing Race" will be the end of the road for Denise and James Earl. That is the outcome predicted by just over half of the people taking part in our contest. What do you think will happen on the tenth episode of the 27th season of this CBS staple?
The Producers Guild of America has an excellent track record presaging the Best Picture winner at the Oscars. Since it began handiing out prizes in 1989, the guild feted 18 of the 25 Oscar champs, including the last eight in a row.
But how does it do when it comes to forecasting which Documentary Feature will win the Academy Award?
"She forgets to look up and take in the beauty of her life, and it goes away. She's left alone to fend for herself. Being the true New Yorker that she is, she learns to drive for the first time at 50," explains Patricia Clarkson during our recent interview (watch below) about her character of Wendy Shields in the recent film "Learning to Drive." Wendy is a literary critic whose husband suddenly leaves her. To embrace her independence she starts taking driving lessons from the gentle cab driver Darwan (Ben Kingsley).
Oscar predictions: 'The Revenant,' 'Carol' to get 9 nominations; 'Spotlight,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to win 4
Our 21 Oscar experts drawn from major media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, HuffPo and Variety have been busy updating their predictions this week as they have seen several more of the leading contenders including "The Revenant" and "The Hateful Eight." The last pieces of the puzzle are "Joy" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The former, which marks the third collaboration between writer/director David O. Russell and actress Jennifer Lawrence, will be unveiled this weekend. But we will have to wait till mid December to see the seventh installment in the "Star Wars" franchise.
Below, we break down the predicted nominations and wins across 18 Oscar categories (the sole category in which feature films contend that we are not predicting is Best Song). We expect "The Revenant" and "Carol" to lead with nine nominations apiece. However, we are forecasting that "Spotlight" and "Mad Max Fury Road" will be the big winners with four Oscars each (as indicated in gold).
Last year at this time, we already had forecast 65 of the eventual 91 nominees across these 18 categories (there were eight Best Picture nominees and three in Makeup & Hairstyling) for an accuracy rate of 71%. We were doing much better predicting the nominees in the top eight races going 35 for 43 (81% accuracy) versus 30 of the 48 nominees in the craft races (62.5%). Take a look at what we were getting right (and wrong) at this point last year HERE. (By nominations morning, we were up to 69 correct.)
Elizabeth Banks is on a roll. She made her feature directing debut with "Pitch Perfect 2," the year's highest grossing film by a female director. She earned her third Emmy nomination, this time for her guest role on "Modern Family." And she concluded her role as Effie Trinket with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2." But it's her touching performance in "Love and Mercy" that could garner the attention of Oscar voters.
Universal Pictures has made the screenplay for its Oscar-contender "Steve Jobs" available online. Click here to read the whole thing. Written by Aaron Sorkin based on the biography of the same name by Walter Isaacson, the script is one of the film's strongest Oscar hopes, leading the field for Best Adapted Screenplay with odds of 23/10 based on strong support from our Experts, Gold Derby Editors, Top 24 Users (who scored highest predicting last year's nominations), and All Users.
In “Youth,” Michael Caine plays a world renowned composer reflecting upon his past and his future while vacationing in the Swiss Alps. David Lang, himself a world renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, felt a special kinship with the character when he was brought on board to write the score. As he tells us during a recent webcam chat (watch below), “I really wanted it to be as accurate as possible. I really wanted to feel that this man was a real composer. It’s such a great gift to my field -- to nerdy classical musicians everywhere -- to make a major motion picture about a composer.
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