Scott Bowles looks back over Oscar history at the 10 biggest upsets for Best Picture. His list and discussion includes “How Green Was My Valley” over “Citizen Kane” (1941), “Rocky” over “Taxi Driver” (1976), “Ordinary People” over “Raging Bull” (1980), “Chariots of Fire” over “Reds” (1981), “Dances with Wolves” over “Goodfellas” (1990), “Forrest Gump” over “Pulp Fiction” (1994), “Braveheart” over “Apollo 13” (1995), “The English Patient” over “Fargo” (1996), “Shakespeare in Love” over “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), and “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain” (2005). USA Today.
Lupita Nyong’o steals the show on the BAFTA red carpet. Other highlights are Angelina Jolie in a custom-made Saint Laurent tuxedo, similar to the one worn by her husband Brad Pitt, the winning producer of BAFTA’s Best Picture (“12 Years a Slave”). Other popular choices are Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Lily Allen, and Sally Hawkins. The Guardian.
Tim Gray might be another pundit (after Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil) jumping on the Leonardo DiCaprio train for Oscar’s Best Actor. He says, “Any other year, the answer would be an easy yes” for DiCaprio to win for “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The recent victories by Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“) are indicating otherwise. He offers pros and cons for each of the five contenders. Variety.
Scott Feinberg has an exclusive “in conversation” video interview with hot international star Benedict Cumberbatch. In the 55-minute chat, the star of “Sherlock and Oscar contenders “12 Years a Slave” and “August: Osage County” opens up about many issues. They include acting advice, shooting many takes of scenes, and the fears of social media taking over his life. Hollywood Reporter.
Calling it a “surprisingly entertaining ceremony,” the scientific and technical awards are handed out by the Motion Picture Academy this weekend. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan, the annual event offered up many certificates, plaques, and an actual Oscar statuette to Peter W. Anderson, recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer award. Highlights will be featured on the televised Oscar ceremony. Deadline.
Jennifer Lawrence is the first announced presenter of this year’s Oscar ceremony on March 2. As last year’s winner of the Best Actress category for “Silver Linings Playbook,” tradition would say she is tapped to present Best Actor this year. HitFix.
For this weekend’s box office, “The Lego Movie” continues its strong pace by bringing in another $48 million in its second week. Newcomer “About Last Night” with Kevin Hart scores $27 million for second place. Just behind is another debut, the remake of “RoboCop” makes $21 million. One of the worst performers is “Winter’s Tale” starring Colin Farrell, coming in seventh position with just $7.7 million. Thompson on Hollywood.
For President’s Day, a new photo gallery provides a look at 17 actors who have played the Commander-in-Chief. It includes Jeff Daniels (“The Crossing”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”), Paul Giamatti (“John Adams”), Anthony Hopkins (“Amistad,” “Nixon”), Frank Langella (“Frost/Nixon”), Bill Murray (“Hyde Park on Hudson”), and Jon Voight (“Pearl Harbor”). Backstage.