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Big Brother 20

Big Brother 20

To make your predictions for each LIVE episode of "Big Brother," click on each question above. Below: Grab a contender from the left column and add it to the right column by clicking on the green + symbol. For the winner question, rank contenders based on likelihood of winning. Make your first picks now and then click "SAVE & NEXT" to jump to the next category. Change them later as often as you wish. Read contest rules. WEEKLY PRIZE: $100 Amazon gift certificate.
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MTV Movie Awards 2015

MTV Movie Awards 2015

Fanboys and fangirls will do battle when voting for this year's MTV Movie Awards. The top nominees are the sci-fi action blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy" and the young-adult romance "The Fault in Our Stars," both of which have seven nominations including Movie of the Year. "Neighbors" also has seven bids, but it's not up for the top prize. For the complete list of nominations, click here. "Guardians" earned four of its nominations for star Chris Pratt (Male Performance, Shirtless Performance, Musical Moment, and Comedic Performance). Elsewhere, Zoe Saldana earned a bid for Best On-Screen Transformation, and Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are up for Best Duo. In addition to its Movie of the Year nomination, "Fault" stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort picked up six bids. Woodley contends for Female Performance. Elgort is nominated for Male Performance, Breakthrough Performance, and Shirtless Performance. Together, they're also up for Best Duo and Best Kiss. Despite missing out on nominations in the top categories, "Neighbors" was singled out for Duo (Zac Efron and Dave Franco), Fight (Efron and Seth Rogen), Kiss (Rose Byrne and Halston Sage), WTF Moment (Rogen and Byrne), Musical Moment (Rogen and Efron), and Comedic Performance (Byrne). Efron also aims to defend his title for Best Shirtless Performance; he won last year for "That Awkward Moment." "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Fault in Our Stars" may have the most nominations, but they may face a tough challenge in the top category from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1." The penultimate installment of the "Hunger Games" franchise is nominated for just four awards, but the previous film, "Catching Fire," won Movie of the Year last year, and star Jennifer Lawrence has won Best Female Performance for the last three years in a row. Might fans decide they've awarded "Hunger Games" enough already? Maybe not. MTV voters aren't shy about awarding their favorites again and again. The "Twilight" saga won the top prize four years in a row (2009-2012). Before that, the "Lord of the Rings" franchise went undefeated from 2002 to 2004. None of the above films made a significant impact at the Oscars, except "Guardians of the Galaxy," which earned a pair of bids for Visual Effects and Makeup/Hairstyling, but MTV still saved plenty of room for academy favorites. That's surprising because this year's Oscar movies were relatively low-grossing, and MTV usually favors big studio hits. Like the Oscars, MTV nominated eight films for Movie of the Year, and half of them were also nominated for Best Picture: "American Sniper," "Boyhood," "Selma," and "Whiplash." Meanwhile, 10 out of the 20 Oscar-nominated performances are represented. Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons earned a bid (Villain, "Whiplash"), as did Reese Witherspoon (Female Performance, "Wild"), Emma Stone (Female Performance, "Birdman"), Cooper (Male Performance, "American Sniper"), Rosamund Pike (Scared-as-S**t Performance and Villain, "Gone Girl"), Michael Keaton and Edward Norton (Fight, "Birdman"), Meryl Streep (Villain, "Into the Woods"), Eddie Redmayne (On-Screen Transformation, "The Theory of Everything"), and Steve Carell (On-Screen Transformation, "Foxcatcher"). But while the Oscars turned out to be a duel between "Birdman" and "Boyhood," awards-season films are usually underdogs with MTV viewers. The last time MTV viewers agreed with the academy on the best film was "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" in 2004.
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Tony Awards Nominations 2015

Tony Awards Nominations 2015

Tony Awards nominations will be announced on April 28 with the 69th edition of these top theater honors taking place on June 7.
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The Amazing Race #26.03 ‘#MurphysLaw’

The Amazing Race #26.03 ‘#MurphysLaw’

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Dancing with the Stars #20.01 ‘Season Premiere’

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The Amazing Race #26.02 ‘I Got the Smartest Dude’

The Amazing Race #26.02 ‘I Got the Smartest Dude’

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Survivor #30.02 ‘It Will Be My Revenge’

Survivor #30.02 ‘It Will Be My Revenge’

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Daytime Emmy Nominations 2015

Daytime Emmy Nominations 2015

"The Young and the Restless" won nine awards at the 2014 Daytime Emmys, including Best Drama Series. That was its eighth victory in the top category, but it still trails "General Hospital," which holds the record with 11. If the acting pre-nominations are any indication, "Y&R" may be hard to beat again this year. It earned a whopping 22 citations across six acting categories. That's up from last year, when it tied "GH" with 19. "GH," meanwhile, took a tumble down to 14 pre-nominations. The ABC soap is looking for redemption after last year, when it was snubbed from Best Drama Series, Best Writing Team, and Best Directing Team. When it came to the winners, it was the least awarded drama, with just two Creative Arts victories. "Days of Our Lives" is also hoping to make a comeback. After winning Best Drama in 2013 for only the second time in its history, it was favored to win again in 2014, only to be upset by top-rated "Y&R." It did, however, win three acting prizes and comes into this year's awards with 13 acting pre-nominations. "The Bold and the Beautiful" has the fewest pre-nominations, with 10, but that's actually one more than it earned last year. It ended up with five acting bids in 2014 and won four Creative Arts awards. There will be more available real estate for the above four dramas, since "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," which had brief revivals online after being cancelled by ABC, are no longer in contention. "AMC" wasn't a factor at the main ceremony, but "OLTL" received bids for Drama Series and Younger Actress (Kelley Missal) and won Best Directing Team. The pre-nominations were determined by peer judges, who watched sample performances from all entrants in each category before narrowing it down to their 10 favorites. (Because of ties, there are 11 pre-nominees for Lead Actor and Supporting Actress.) The pre-nominees now advance to the blue-ribbon round, where panels will determine the final nominees, to be announced on March 26.
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The Amazing Race #26.01 ‘Great Way to Start a Relationship’

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Survivor #30.01 ‘It’s Survivor Warfare’

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Academy of Country Music Awards 2015

Academy of Country Music Awards 2015

Miranda Lambert is the most nominated country artist at this year's Grammys, and now the industry darling also leads the Academy of Country Music Awards nominations. She's up for eight awards, followed by Dierks Bentley with seven and Florida Georgia Line with five. For the complete list of ACM nominations, click here. Lambert is the only woman nominated for Entertainer of the Year. In that race, she's up against Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, and Florida Georgia Line. She's also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, which she has won for the last five years in a row, Album of the Year ("Platinum"), which she has won three times before, and Single and Song of the Year for "Automatic." Lambert's ACM dominance comes just a few months after she led the CMA Awards with nine nominations and four wins. But despite her esteem within the country music industry, she has struggled at music's biggest event, the Grammys, where she has only ever won once. With seven bids, Dierks Bentley is the second most nominated artist, but he's absent from the Entertainer of the Year lineup. He is, however, nominated for Male Vocalist, Album ("Riser"), Record ("Drunk on a Plane"), Song ("I Hold On"), and Video of the Year ("Drunk on a Plane"). Florida Georgia Line's Entertainer of the Year nomination is the first for the popular duo. They're also up for Vocal Duo, where they are the defending champs; Record of the Year ("Dirt"); and twice for Vocal Event of the Year ("The South" and "This is How We Roll"). Bryan is back in the Entertainer race for the third consecutive year; he won in 2012. He's also nominated for Male Vocalist, Song of the Year ("Drink a Beer"), and Vocal Event of the Year ("This is How We Roll"). Also nominated for four awards are Kenny Chesney and Eric Church. Chesney is up for Song of the Year, Video of the Year, and twice for Single of the Year as an artist and producer, all for his song "American Kids." Church contends for Male Vocalist, Album of the Year ("The Outsiders"), and twice for Song of the Year as artist and writer of "Give Me Back My Hometown." The ACM membership decides most categories, but an online fan vote will help select the winners for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year. The eight semi-finalists for New Artist are Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and Dan and Shay. Fans can vote online now to select the final three nominees, and then final online voting for Entertainer and New Artist will begin on April 8.
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Emmy Awards Nominations 2015

Emmy Awards Nominations 2015

Big questions loom before Emmy nominations are announced on July 16. On the drama side, what will replace all of those "Breaking Bad" winners from last year? And on the comedy front, will "Modern Family" become the all-time series champ with a sixth straight victory? With "Breaking Bad" gone, which show will step forward to take the crown as Best Drama Series? Of last year's nominees, "True Detective" won't have anynew episodes this season, so could it be "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards," or four-time winner "Mad Men"? With at least two open slots, past nominees "Boardwalk Empire," "The Good Wife" and 2012 winner "Homeland" could make a comeback. Among rookie programs in contention are Golden Globe champ "The Affair," "American Crime" "Better Call Saul," "Bloodline," "Empire," "How to Get Away with Murder," "The Knick," "The Leftovers," or "Manhattan." Bryan Cranston won Best Drama Actor four times for "Breaking Bad," including last year. He is no longer eligible and neither are Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey from "True Detective." That leaves a wide open field with only three of the 2014 nominees in contention: 2013 winner Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom"), perennial also-ran Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and recent Globe victor Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"). Strong candidates from returning series including Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"), Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Matthew Rhys ("The Americans"), Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan"), Michael Sheen ("Masters of Sex"), and James Spader ("The Blacklist"). Among those in the running for rookie shows are: Kyle Chandler ("Bloodline"), John Benjamin Hickey ("Manhattan"), Terrence Howard ("Empire"), Timothy Hutton ("American Crime"), Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul"), Clive Owen ("The Knick") and Dominic West ("The Affair'). We could see all six nominees from last year's Best Drama Actress back on the ballot: last year's winner Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"), Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex"), Claire Danes ("Homeland"), Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"), Kerry Washington ("Scandal") and Robin Wright ("House of Cards"). Other possibilities from returning programs include: Connie Britton ("Nashville"), Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel"), Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"), Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), Keri Russell ("The Americans"), and Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy"). But some of them may have to make room from actresses from new shows such as Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson ("The Affair"), SAG Awards champ Viola Davis ("How to Get Away With Murder"), Caitriona Balfe ("Outlander"), Taraji P. Henson ("Empire"), Felicity Huffman ("American Crime") and Tea Leoni ("Madam Secretary"). "Modern Family" is currently tied with "Frasier" with five Comedy Series wins and could face off against all five of the other nominees from last year: "The Big Bang Theory," "Louie," "Orange is the New Black," "Silicon Valley," and "Veep." Other returning series in contention are "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Comeback," "Girls," "Parks and Recreation," and "Shameless." New shows in the running include Globe winner "Transparent," "Black-ish," "The Comedians," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Grace and Frankie," "Jane the Virgin," and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Last year, Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") tied the all-time record as Best Comedy Actor with his fourth win. While Ricky Gervais ("Derek") is no longer eligible, Parsons' other four rival nominees could be back: Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Louis C.K. ("Louie"), Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes"), and William H. Macy ("Shameless"). Others stars of returning series in the mix include: Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men"), Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory"), John Goodman ("Alpha House"), Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley"), and Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine"). Among the newcomers in contention are: Globe champ Jeffrey Tambor ("Transparent"), Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish"), Billy Crystal ("The Comedians"), Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen ("Vicious"), and Randall Park ("Fresh Off the Boat"). Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won three consecutive Best Comedy Actress races for "Veep." To make it four in a row, she might have to defeat all five of last year's other nominees: Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Melissa McCarthy ("Mike and Molly"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), and Taylor Schilling ("Orange is the New Black"). Among those other leading ladies of returning series in contention are: Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), Minnie Driver ("About a Boy"), Anna Faris ("Mom"), Mindy Kaling ("The Mindy Project"), Lisa Kudrow ("The Comeback"), and Emmy Rossum ("Shameless"). And the stars of rookie laffers looking for a nomination include: Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin"), Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin ("Grace and Frankie"), Ellie Kemper ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), and Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish").
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Make-Up & Hair Stylists Awards 2014

Make-Up & Hair Stylists Awards 2014

Five of the seven semi-finalists for Best Makeup & Hairstyling at the Oscars reaped bids with the guild, which announced nominations in five film categories and 11 TV races on January 8 Among the Oscar contenders for Best Makeup & Hairstyling, "Guardians of the Galaxy" reaped a leading three bids, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" picked up two while "Foxcatcher," "Maleficent" and "The Theory of Everything" got one apiece.   While the guild snubbed Oscar contenders "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "Noah," it showered  "Into the Woods," which did not make the cut with the academy, with three nominations. Of all of these nominees, the three ultimately nominated at the Academy Awards are "Foxcatcher," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "Guardians of the Galaxy." Last year, "Dallas Buyers Club" won the Period/Character Makeup prize here before prevailing at the Oscars. One of its rival Oscar nominees, "Bad Grandpa," claimed the Special Makeup Effects prize while the third Oscar contender, "The Lone Ranger," was shut out. These awards will be handed out on Feb. 14 at Paramount Studios. Makeup wiz and current contender Rick Baker ("Maleficent") will be feted for his lifetime of achievement as will Emmy-nominated hair stylist Kathryn Blondell.
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Oscars 2014

Oscars 2014

The Oscar nominations were announced January 15, and as we predicted, "Birdman" came out on top with nine nominations, but "The Grand Budapest Hotel" showed unexpected strength by also getting nine (we had predicted six). "The Imitation Game" followed with eight, and "Boyhood" and "American Sniper" had six. "Birdman's" haul includes bids for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. "Grand Budapest Hotel" scored nods for Picture, Director (Wes Anderson), Original Screenplay, and multiple crafts categories. "Imitation Game" competes for Picture, Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), and Adapted Screenplay. After he surprised with a nod at the DGA Awards, Morten Tyldum also won over the academy with a bid for Best Director. But "Boyhood" was the frontrunner for Best Picture going into the nominations, and it contends in all categories it was expected to save Best Original Song. Of its six nominations, our predictors are also expecting it to win Director (Richard Linklater), Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Original Screenplay, and Editing. Is it still the favorite for the top prize given the strong showings of its above competitors? "American Sniper" clearly peaked at the right time, scoring six nominations despite mixed results at previous events. That includes bids for Picture, Actor (Bradley Cooper), and Adapted Screenplay. "The Theory of Everything" competes for five, including Picture, Adapted Screenplay, and Score, and it's the only film this year to score nominations in both lead-acting races, for Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. "Whiplash" is up for five awards: Picture, Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons), Adapted Screenplay, Editing, and Sound Mixing. 29-year-old helmer Damien Chazelle earned a Best Director bid at the BAFTAs, but not here. The last among the eight nominees for Best Picture is "Selma," which despite showing strength with the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards, and AFI, never really caught on in the industry. Its only other nomination is for Best Song ("Glory"). But that's not the only anomaly. "Foxcatcher" is nominated for Best Director (Bennett Miller) among its five bids, which makes it the first film to earn a directing bid but not a Best Picture bid since the academy expanded the Best Picture race in 2009. The divisive "Interstellar" picked up five bids, but all below the line: Production Design, Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. Major snubs, besides "Selma" in most categories, include Jennifer Aniston for "Cake"; she was replaced in the Best Actress race by Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night." "Nightcrawler" also failed to make the cut anywhere except Original Screenplay; lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal was also absent from the competition. Jessica Chastain, a fequently Supporting Actress contender this season for "A Most Violent Year," was left off the Oscar list in favor of Laura Dern ("Wild")
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MPSE Golden Reel Awards 2014

MPSE Golden Reel Awards 2014

The Motion Picture Sound Editors were the final group to weigh in with their picks for the best of the year. “Birdman” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” each reaped a leading three bids for for these prizes, affectionaley dubbed the Golden Reels. “Guardians of the Galaxy," “Interstellar,” “Unbroken” and “Whiplash” got two each while two dozen more films earned one apiece.  In the guild equivalent of Best Sound Editing at the Oscars -- sound effects and foley in an English language feature -- the eight nominees include our frontrunner at the Academy Awards, "Interstellar" as well as three more predicted contenders (“Fury,” “Guardians of the Galaxy" and “Unbroken”). The rest of the slate is “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Last year, "Gravity" won the precursor prize before going to to take Best Sound Editing at the Oscars. However, it didn't sweep the MPSE as expected. It lost its other two bids: Best Dialogue and ADR went to "Captain Phillips" while Best Music Editing went to "The Great Gatsby." The other three Oscar nominees for Sound Editing were shut out: "All is Lost," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," and "Lone Survivor." In 2012, MPSE sound effects & foley champ "Skyfall" tied "Zero Dark Thirty," which had been snubbed by the MPSE, for the Sound Editing Oscar. The other Oscar nominees were "Argo," "Django Unchained" and "Life of Pi" which had won both the dialogue & ADR and music awards from the guild. In 2011, "War Horse" won this precursor prize" but lost the Oscar to "Hugo." The other Oscar nominees were "Drive," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." "Super 8," which led with three MPSE bids, won dialogue & ADR. It was snubbed by the Oscars in both sound categories. In 2010, "Inception" won two of its three bids -- sound effects & foley and music -- while "The Social Network" won dialogue & ADR. "True Grit," which won over the Cinema Audio Society for its sound mixing, was shut out. At the Oscars, "Inception" prevailed over "Toy Story 3," "TRON: Legacy," "True Grit" and "Unstoppable." In 2009, "Avatar" won the same two MPSE races as "Inception" but lost the Oscar race to "The Hurt Locker." Among the other also-rans was "Inglorious Basterds" which had won the dialogue & ADR award at the MPSE. The 62nd annual edition of these awards are on Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Skip Lievsay will be feted for his lifetime of achievement while Darren Aronofsky will receive the Filmmaker Award.
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Razzie Awards 2014

Razzie Awards 2014

Michael Bay is the gift that keeps on giving. The fourth film in his clashing-robots franchise, "Transformers: Age of Extinction," leads the 35th Annual Razzie Awards with seven nominations, including Worst Picture and Worst Director (Bay). This is the third "Transformers" film to reap a Worst Picture bid. In 2007, the generally well-reviewed first film only contended for Worst Supporting Actor (Jon Voight, who was also cited for "Bratz," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," and "September Dawn"), but the first sequel, "Revenge of the Fallen," fell hard in 2009 with seven nominations and a "win" for Worst Picture. The third sequel, "Dark of the Moon," was nominated for eight awards in 2011, including Worst Picture, but it left unscathed thanks to Adam Sandler's "Jack and Jill," which made Razzie history by sweeping every category. This is the sixth nomination for Bay, who was previously named Worst Director for "Revenge of the Fallen" and was also nominated for directing "Dark of the Moon," "Pearl Harbor," and "Armageddon." Christian conservatives also took a hit this year, occupying two slots for Worst Picture. "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas," earned six nominations, including Worst Actor and Worst Screen Combo nominations for Kirk Cameron, who plays a man who teaches his brother-in-law about the meaning of the holiday. He shares the Screen Combo nod with his ego. Cameron previously starred in another faith-based film, "Left Behind," and as (bad) luck would have it, the 2014 remake is also nominated for Worst Picture this year, with its Oscar-winning star Nicolas Cage nominated for Worst Actor as a pilot coping with the Rapture. It's the seventh nomination for Cage, who has been spared up until now: he has yet to win a Razzie. Rounding out the Worst Picture race are "The Legend of Hercules," starring Worst Actor-nominated hunk Kellan Lutz, and the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot produced by – yep – Michael Bay. The Razzies have never shied away from taking prestigious award-winners down a peg. Oscar champs Halle Berry ("Catwoman") and Sandra Bullock ("All About Steve") even showed up in person to collect their Worst Actress prizes. This year, in addition to Cage, Oscar-winner Charlize Theron is nominated twice for Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West": Worst Actress and Worst Screen Combo with MacFarlane, who himself also contends for Worst Actor and Worst Director for the poorly reviewed comedy. Oscar-nominee Melissa McCarthy contends for Worst Actress for "Tammy," while her Oscar-winning co-star Susan Sarandon is up for Worst Supporting Actress. Cameron Diaz is a triple nominee, with a Worst Actress nomination for both "The Other Woman" and "Sex Tape," a Worst Supporting Actress bid for "Annie," and a Worst Screen Duo nod with Jason Segel for "Sex Tape." But while awarding Hollywood's worst offenders, the Razzies are also in a forgiving mood this year, introducing a new category that a nominee might actually want to win: the Razzie Redeemer Award, presented to stars whom they credit for rising from the ashes of bad movies. Ben Affleck is nominated for ascending from Worst Picture-winner "Gigli" to Oscar movies like "Argo" and "Gone Girl." Jennifer Aniston, a multiple-Razzie-nominee, could be a first-time Oscar-nominee this year for "Cake." "Love Guru" Razzie-winner Mike Myers directed the documentary "Supermensch" in 2014. Frequent Razzie offender Keanu Reeves earned positive notices for "John Wick." And Kristen Stewart has escaped the sparkly vampires of "Twilight" to star in the art-house film "Camp X-Ray" – not to mention "Still Alice" and "Clouds of Sils Maria," which the Razzies didn't specifically cite. What do you think of this year's Razzie nominees? Did they get it right? Did they miss any of your least favorite films, or were they perhaps unduly harsh to some of your favorites? Discuss the nominees below in the comments, or click here to join the discussion in our forums.
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VES Awards 2014

VES Awards 2014

No surprise that "Interstellar" did well with the Visual Effects Society Awards, reaping four bids for the 13th annual edition of these kudos. After all, it is the clear frontrunner for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars. Its closest rival for the Academy Award --  "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" -- leads with five nominations while "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" earned four, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" got three and both "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Maleficent" picked up a pair. These six films contend in the VES equivalent of the Best Picture race -- visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture. And they all number among the 10 films still vying for the five Visual Effects slots at the Oscars. Among the other four Oscar semi-finalists, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction" got one nod each while the other two -- "Godzilla" and "Night at the Museum 3" -- were shut out of these kudos. The supporting visual effects nominees are “Birdman,” “Divergent,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game” and “Unbroken.” Last year, "Gravity" won six of its eight VES bids, including the top prize.  It went on to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.  In 2012, "Life of Pi" won four of its six VES bids, including the big award, where it edged out Oscar rivals "The Avengers," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Prometheus" as well as "Battleship." It went on to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.  In 2011, two of the Oscar nominees -- "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "Hugo" -- each won two VES awards. "Hugo," which won the supporting visual effects award, went on to claim the Oscar over, among others, "Apes," which took the top prize at the VES.  In 2010, "Inception" won all four of its bids including the top prize. It took home the Oscar too. In 2009, "Avatar" won six of the seven VES races in which it contended and also prevailed at the Academy Awards. At the VES, "Avatar" is tied with "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" for second place while "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" reigns supreme with seven awards.  In 2008, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" won the top prize with both the VES and the Oscars. However, in 2007, the top VES winner "Transformers" lost the Visual Effects Oscar to "The Golden Compass." Over the first five years of the VES kudos, the winners matched four times --- in 2006 ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"), 2005 ("King Kong"), 2003 ("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King") and 2002 ("The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"). In 2004, the VES chose "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" while the Oscar went to "Spider-Man 2." The nominees in 24 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games were chosen by VES members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank and New York, FotoKem’s Spy in San Francisco, and facilities in London, Sydney, Vancouver and Wellington. Winners will be announced Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. J.J. Abrams is to be feted with the Visionary Award.
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CAS Awards 2014

CAS Awards 2014

The Cinema Audio Society nominees for Best Sound Mixing are: "American Sniper," "Birdman," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Interstellar" and "Unbroken." Of these, "Interstellar" is our overwhelming frontrunner to win the equivalent Oscar. And "Unbroken" is the only other CAS contender that numbers among our top five predicted Oscar nominees, coming in at #3. We are predicting the rest of the slate announced Thursday to be "Into the Woods" (#2),  "Whiplash" (#4) and "Fury" (#5). As a precursor prize, these kudos, now in their 51st year, have an uneven track record with only about two-thirds of the nominees going on to contend at the Oscars.  Last year, "Gravity" won Best Live-Action Sound Mixing at the Cinema Audio Society Awards, beating Oscar rivals "Captain Phillips," "Inside Llewyn Davis," and "Lone Survivor" as well as "Iron Man 3." At the Oscars, "Iron Man" lost out to "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" for the fifth Sound Mixing bid. "Gravity" repeated at the Oscars.  In 2012, only three of the five CAS nominees -- "Les Miserables,"  "Lincoln" and "Skyfall" -- went on to reap Oscar bids. "Les Miserables" won both awards. The rest of the CAS slate -- "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"and "Zero Dark Thirty" -- was replaced at the Oscars by "Argo" and "Life of Pi."  In 2011, "Hugo" won over "Hanna," "Moneyball," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Super 8" ath CAS. It went on to claim the Oscar as well with only "Moneyball" also contending there. The other Oscar nominees were: "The Girl with the Dragon Tatttoo," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "War Horse."  In 2010, "True Grit" edged out "Black Swan," "Inception," "Shutter Island" and "The Social Network" for the CAS award. "Inception" beat it as well as "The Social Network," "Salt" and "The King's Speech" at the Oscars.    In 2009, the CAS bestowed its top prize on "The Hurt Locker" which went on to win the Oscar as well. Four of the five Cinema Audio Society nominees for sound mixing also contended at the Oscars with just "District 9" being replaced by "Inglourious Basterds."   In both 2008 and 2007 three of the five CAS picks for sound mixing were Oscar nominees as well. "Slumdog Millionaire" won with both the CAS and the Oscars in 2008. The 2007 CAS champ was "No Country for Old Men" and the Oscar went to "The Bourne Ultimatum." And though "Dreamgirls" took both prizes in 2006, in each of the previous four years the CAS winner lost at the Oscars. (In 2002, CAS winner "Master and Commander" lost the sound-mixing Oscar to "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," but it won the prize for sound editing.) This year's CAS nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: “Big Hero 6,” “The Boxtrolls,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “The Lego Movie” and “Penguins of Madagascar.” On the TV front, the drama nominees are: "“Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “True Detective” and “The Walking Dead.” Comedy conteders are: “Family Guy,” “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Veep.” The movies and miniseries in the running are: “American Horror Story,” “Fargo,” “Houdini,” “The Normal Heart” and “Sherlock: His Last Vow.” And the non-fiction nominees are “Cosmos,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Foo Fighters Sonic Highway,” “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” and “2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.” The awards will be presented on Feb. 14 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The lifetime achievement honor will be given to production sound mixer David Macmillan, a three-time Oscar champ ("The Right Stuff," "Apollo 13" and "Speed").
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ACE Eddie Awards 2014

ACE Eddie Awards 2014

The American Cinema Editors nominations acited our Oscar frontrunner "Boyhood" and one of its strongest Best Picture rivals, "Birdman," but not the other, "Selma." (Click here for the full list of nominations in film and TV.) Even with six nominees, the guild did not make room for "Selma" in the drama race where "Boyhood" contends against "American Sniper," "Gone Girl," "The Imitation Game," "Nightcrawler" and "Whiplash."  "Birdman" vies for the comedy prize against "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Inherent Vice" and "Into the Woods."  The winner of the Golden Eddie has proven to be one of the best indicators of which film takes home the Best Picture Oscar. Since 1990, the film that came up with the ACE went on to win the top prize at the Academy Awards 17 times. In five of the seven years when the ACE barometer was wrong, the Eddie champ was at least a contender for Best Picture, including last year when both the drama winner ("Captain Phillips") and the comedy champ ("American Hustle") were among the eight Best Picture nominees that lost to "12 Years a Slave."  In 2007, neither of the Eddie winners -- "The Bourne Ultimatum" nor "Sweeney Todd" -- made the final five contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars and 1999 the same fate befell "The Matrix" and "Being John Malkovich." Though ACE has a good track record as a Best Picture predictor and a great one for forecasting who will win the Editing Oscar (19 out of 24 years), it is surprising that it is not all knowing when it comes to the Editing Oscar nominations.  Since 1992, when the Eddies went to five nominees from three, 96 of the 110 Oscar nominees for Editing had first reaped a Golden Eddie nod. Last year, four Eddie nominees went on to contend for Best Editing at the Oscars including eventual winner "Gravity" as well as ACE champs "American Hustle" and "Captain Phillips" as well as "12 Years a Slave." The fifth Oscar nominee was "Dallas Buyers Club."  In both 2012 and in 2011, five of the Eddie nominees comprised the Oscar slate. In 2010, four Eddie nominees contended at the Oscars ("127 Hours" got the fifth slot) while in 2009, only three of five ACE drama nominees -- "Avatar," "District 9" and "The Hurt Locker" -- reaped Oscar bids with "Inglorious Basterds" and "Precious" added to the mix. Although this track record appears impressive enough, ACE doubled its chances of getting it right when it split Dramas and Comedy/Musicals into separate kudos in 1999. Five years ago, the Comedy/Musical Eddie went to Stephen Schaffer for "Wall-E." Schaffer -- a 2004 nominee for "The Incredibles" -- made history with this win as it was the first time an animated film had taken one of these kudos since they were first handed out back in 1950.  Since then, the Eddies have introduced a separate Animated cateogry. This year's nominees are: "Big Hero 6," "The Boxtrolls" and "The Lego Movie."  The 65th annual edition of the Eddie Awards take place on Jan. 30 at the Beverly Hilton.
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Directors Guild Awards 2014

Directors Guild Awards 2014

On January 13, the Directors Guild of America nominated Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"),  Clint Eastwood ("American Sniper"), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman"), Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") and Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game"). The winner will be revealed at the 67th annual edition of this kudofest on Feb. 7 at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles.  We are predicting that Linklater will win the Best Director Oscar. We have Inarritu in second place in that race and Anderson in fourth. Tyldum sits in seventh on our Oscar chart while Eastwood is down in the 13th slot. At the DGA, they bounced third-ranked Ava DuVernay ("Selma") and fifth-place Oscar contender David Fincher ("Gone Girl"). Other notable names missing include: sixth-ranked Damien Chazelle "Whiplash"), seventh-place Angelina Jolie ("Unbroken") and Bennett Miller ("Foxcatcher"), who rounds out the top eight. Since the Directors Guild of America aligned itself with the Oscars calendar in 1950, all but seven of its winners for Best Director have repeated at the Oscars. However, the guild does less well predicting the five Oscar nominees. In its first 15 years, there were anywhere from four to 18 DGA nominees. From 1963 - 1965, it went with five before going to 10 for the rest of the decade. Finally, beginning in 1970 it enshrined the number of nominees as five. And since then, there have only been five years where it previewed the exact lineup of Oscar contenders.  Tthere are usually one or two differences between the slate selected by the 14,500 members of the DGA, which includes helmers of TV fares and commercials, and the choices of the 382 members of the directors branch of the academy. Last year, Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") edged out Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street") to win this award. He repeated at the Oscars over McQueen, Russell, Scorsese and Alexander Payne ("Nebraska").  In 2012, only two of the Directors Guild of America nominees --  Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”) -- also reaped Oscar bids. The other three DGA nominees -- Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables”) -- were snubbed by the Oscars in favor of Michael Haneke (“Amour”), David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild).  Lee won the Oscar race.  That disconnect between the DGA and Oscars was unprecedented. Affleck won over the DGA voters while his film, "Argo," became the third to take Best Picture at the Oscars without a corresponding Best Director nomination. The others: "Grand Hotel" (1931/32) and “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989). Affleck was the seventh DGA champ who did not go on to repeat at the Academy Awards, following in the path of these Oscar also-rans: -BREAK- 1968: DGA to Anthony Harvey (“The Lion in Winter”), Oscar to Carol Reed (“Oliver!”) 1972: DGA to Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”), Oscar to Bob Fosse (“Cabaret”) 1985: DGA to Steven Spielberg (“The Color Purple”), Oscar to Sydney Pollack (“Out of Africa”) 1995: DGA to Ron Howard (“Apollo 13”), Oscar to Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”) 2000: DGA to Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), Oscar to Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) 2002: DGA to Rob Marshall (“Chicago”), Oscar to Roman Polanski (“The Pianist”)
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BAFTA Film Awards 2014

BAFTA Film Awards 2014

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" continues its rapid ascent through the winter awards season. It received a field-leading 11 nominations at the BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Wes Anderson), Best Actor (Ralph Fiennes), and Best Original Screenplay as well as for cinematography,  editing, production design, costume design, makeup & hair, music and sound.  Following close behind are "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything" with 10 bids apiece. Both join "Grand Budapest" in the Best Picture race. "Birdman" also received nominations for Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), supporting bids for Edward Norton and Emma Stone, and Best Original Screenplay as well as for cinematography,  editing, music and sound.  "The Theory of Everything" also earned a nod for Best Director (James Marsh), as well as in both lead acting categories for Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best British Film as well as for editing, costume design, makeup & hair, and music.  "Theory" faces "The Imitation Game" for both Best Picture and Best British Film. The Alan Turning biopic scored nine nominations total, including Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as editing, production design, costume design and sound. Director Morten Tyldum, however, was left out, making "Imitation" the only Best Picture nominee without a corresponding Director bid. Rounding out the Best Picture race is the current Oscars frontrunner, "Boyhood," which scored five nominations total. It's also up for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Richard Linklater, and it picked up supporting acting bids for Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Made and assembled over 12 years, the film was notably absent from the Best Editing category. "Whiplash" is also up for five awards. It didn't make the cut for Best Picture, but it did surprise with a nomination for Best Director for 29-year-old helmer Damien Chazelle. It also earned bids for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) as well as editing and sound. The dark Los Angeles crime drama "Nightcrawler" impressed with four nominations, including Best Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and an unexpected Best Supporting Actress nod for Rene Russo as well as Original Screenplay and editing.  Contending in four below-the-line categories is "Interstellar," while hometown favorite "Pride" picked up three nominations, including Best Supporting Actress (Imelda Staunton) and Best British Film. Speaking of hometown favorites, the BAFTA nominations were just as notable for whom they left out, particularly "Mr. Turner." Filmmaker Mike Leigh has previously won BAFTAs for writing ("Secrets and Lies"), directing ("Vera Drake"), and Best British Film ("Secrets and Lies"), but despite earning stellar reviews, "Mr. Turner" was snubbed for Picture, Director, Actor (Timothy Spall), and, perhaps most surprisingly, Best British Film, which included six films, ranging from the erotic sci-fi thriller "Under the Skin" to the family comedy "Paddington." "Mr. Turner" was, however, nominated four times below the line: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup & Hair. Also snubbed (again) was "Selma." The docudrama about Martin Luther King and the marches for voting rights in Alabama in 1965 wasn't nominated in any category, even for British actor David Oyelowo in the leading role. The film also recently missed out on nominations at the SAG Awards and Producers Guild Awards here in the US. "Unbroken" was also shut out across the board, though young breakout star Jack O'Connell, whose other military drama, "71," earned a pair of bids, picked up a nomination for the Rising Star Award, voted on by the public. He's up against Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Margot Robbie, Miles Teller, and Shailene Woodley. While the BAFTA nominations were revealed the day after the first stage of Oscar voting ended, the winners will be revealed on Feb. 8 (two days after final Oscar voting begins).
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Writers Guild Awards 2014

Writers Guild Awards 2014

The Writers Guild of America revealed nominations on January 7 for the 66th annual edition of its awardsfest, which will be held simultaneously in LA and Gotham on February 14. The original screenplay nominees are: "Boyhood," "Foxcatcher," "The Grand Budapest Hotel,"   "Nightcrawler," and "Whiplash" (which has been bumped to adapted screenplay by the Oscars because it is based, in part, on a short film that writer/director Damien Chazelle made to raise money for the movie.) Adapted screenplay contenders are: "American Sniper,"  "Gone Girl," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Imitation Game" and "Wild."  However, as these kudos only consider screenplays written under the guild's guidelines or those of several international partners, several leading Oscar contenders were ineligible for consideration including the adaptation of "The Theory of Everything" and the original scripts for "Birdman," "Selma" and "Mr. Turner." While 323 films are in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars, only 60 of these had original scripts that coud vie for WGA recognition while just 48 had adapted screenplays that could contend. Compare those figures to last year when 54 original scripts and 41 adaptations were eligible. As such, these kudos are not the most reliable barometer of the eventual Oscar nominees, Indeed, in the past five years only 30 of the WGA nominees have numbered among the 50 screenplays that reaped Oscar bids. These stringent WGA rules also played out in the Documentary category where three of the five nominees number among the 15 features still in the running at the Oscars: "Finding Vivian Maier," "The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz" and Last Days in Vietnam." The fourth WGA nominee is "Red Army."
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American Society of Cinematographers Awards 2014

American Society of Cinematographers Awards 2014

The American Society of Cinematographers nominees include just three of our five leading Oscar contenders for Best Cinematography -- frontrunner "Birdman" (Emmanuel Lubezki) as well as third-place "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Robert D. Yeoman) and fifth-place “Unbroken" (Roger Deakins). The two other ASC nominees are "The Imitation Game" (Oscar Faura) and "Mr. Turner" (Dick Pope). Deakins has won three of his 13 ASC bids while Lubezki has gone three for five. This is the second nod for Pope and the first for both Faura and Yeoman.  The ASC snubbed our second and fourth place contenders for the lensing Oscar -- "Interstellar" (Hoyte van Hoytema) and "Gone Girl" (Jeff Croneweth, a two-time ASC and Oscar nominee). Does this rule them out of the running to at least reap an Oscar bid then? Over its 28-year history, the ASC has predicted 110 of the 140 Oscar nominees, including all five of last year's contenders. However, the ASC choice for the best in the business has presaged the eventual winner at the Oscars only 14 times in 28 years, including last year when Lubezki won both awards for "Gravity."  The 29th annual ASC Awards take place on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
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