Who will be the nominees and winners in the eight television races at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards? Our new predictions center is now open for you to log your picks. While the Screen Actors Guild Awards for film are typically an excellent predictor of the Oscars, the same hasn't always been true of SAG's relationship to the Emmys.
It's true that history isn't always kind to the decisions made by Oscar voters: "How Green Was My Valley" over "Citizen Kane," "Dances with Wolves" over "Goodfellas," "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain," to name a few controversial calls. But are all unpopular Oscar-winners universally reviled? Not so, according to our forum posters, who are sticking their necks out for some of the most unpopular winners of recent years.
Matt Zoller Seitz appreciates the "greatest sustained display of directorial virtuosity in the history of American TV." That praise is for Steven Soderbergh, who helms the first season of "The Knick" on Cinemax. Starring Clive Owen, it is set in a New York hospital circa 1900. He refers to the most recent episode as "the most exciting, horrifying, beautiful, and clever hours of filmmaking I've seen this year." The show and Owen will be competing for the first time at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for possible nominations this December. Vulture
Kris Tapley looks at the "lay of the land" regarding Oscars after the current New York Film Festival concludes. He says the "Interstellar" onslaught is already beginning with a new trailer, TV spots, posters, and more. The Christopher Nolan film has a reported "massive" runing time, but that it possibly "finds a sweet spot between the emotion of Steven Spielberg and intellect of Stanley Kubrick." The race becomes even more interesting with the unseen "Unbroken" (Angelina Jolie), American Sniper" (Clint Eastwood), "Fury" (David Ayer), "A Most Violent Year" (J.C. Chandor), and "The Gambler" (Rupert Wyatt). HitFix
While "Boyhood" continues to sit atop the Best Picture chart with the support of nine Oscars Experts, four of our 20 Oscarologists are now backing "Unbroken." This second feature film helmed by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted") chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Five of our seven Editors are also backing this horse in the derby (See their individual predictions here.)
Matt Atchity of Rotten Tomatoes has just entered his predictions, bring our Oscars Experts panel up to an even twenty. Below, we detail his picks and compare them to the first wave of Oscarologists to make their forecasts. Click here to see charts revealing how all of our Experts rank the contenders in all top categories according to likellihood of winning.
When season 19 of "Dancing With the Stars" began two weeks ago, Alfonso Ribeiro wowed the judges with his jive, and it seemed like he might easily waltz through the competition, but Lea Thompson out-performed him in week two, and week three brought even more upheaval to the leaderboard. Not only were there two new contestants at the top of the judges' standings – they got there with a pair of perfect scores. Have we found our new frontrunners?
Last week on "Project Runway," Korina Emmerich won her second challenge of the season, impressing judges with the stylish leather jacket she designed for a nonprofessional model she recruited from Washington Square Park. But even before she won, she bragged about her designs, not just this week but throughout the season, arguing that she stands out from the pack.
Even though the Best Visual Effects Oscar used to belong to summer blockbusters, 10 of the last 14 winner have been Best Picture nominees, including the last six in a row: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Avatar," "Inception," "Hugo," "Life of Pi," and "Gravity."
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Our Oscarologists are busy updating their predictions as they see more and more contenders. Make your early picks now -- click here -- and change them later as the derby heats up.