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Dancing with the Stars 28

Dancing with the Stars 28

To make your predictions, 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.
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To make your predictions for each "America's Got Talent" results episode, 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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Big Brother 21

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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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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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Costume Designers Guild Awards 2014

Costume Designers Guild Awards 2014

Four of our five frontrunners for Best Costume Design at the Oscars reaped bids for the Costume Design Guild kudos.   Two of our predicted Oscar nominees -- frontrunner "Into the Woods" and second place "Maleficent" -- vie for the fantasy film award as did "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1)." Our third and fourth place Oscar contenders -- "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game" -- contend in the period race as do "Inherent Vice," "Selma" and "The Theory of Everything." The film in our fifth slot at the Oscars, "Mr. Turner," was snubbed in this category.  The contemporary costume nominees are: "Birdman," "Boyhood," "Gone Girl," "Interstellar" and "Wild."  Last year, "12 Years a Slave" pulled off an upset here, winning the period award over eventual Oscar champ "The Great Gatsby" and another Oscar nominee, "American Hustle." The other two Oscar contenders -- "The Grandmaster" and "The Invisible Woman" -- were snubbed by the guild.  "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" won the fantasy prize at the CDG while "Blue Jasmine" prevailed in the contemporary race.  In 2012, "Anna Karenina" won the period prize before prevailing at the Oscars against CDG rivals "Lincoln," "Les Miserables" and "Snow White and the Huntsman" as well as fantasy winner "Mirror Mirror." In 2011, "W.E." won the period prize while the final "Harry Potter" picture took the fantasy genre and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" claimed the contemporary category. "W.E" edged out three of the other period pictures that were in  the running at the Oscars -- "The Artist," "Jane Eyre" and "Hugo" -- along with "Anonymous." The final CDG nominee, "The Help," was snubbed by the academy. However, it was "The Artist" which prevailed at the Oscars.  In 2010, two of the three CDG period nominees -- "The King's Speech" and "True Grit" -- reaped Oscar bids. In 2009, three of the CDG choices for period film costumes made the final five at the Oscars while in both 2008 and 2007 four made the cut. By naming only three period pictures in 2010, the CDG left the Oscar field open and two of its fantasy nominees -- "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tempest" -- made the grade with the Academy. Indeed, "Alice in Wonderland" won awards from both groups, marking the seventh time in the 14-year history of the the CDG that a champ of theirs prevailed at the Oscars.  The last fantasy film to prevail at the Oscars before "Alice in Wonderland" was "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" in 2003 while the last contemporary movie to win was "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" in 1994. The 17th edition of these kudos, which also honor costume design in television and commercials, will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 17. 
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Art Directors Guild Awards 2014

Art Directors Guild Awards 2014

This year's Oscar winner for Best Production Design is all but certain to be found among the nominees announced January 5 for the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Awards. Over the first 18 years of these kudos, the eventual Oscar champ has always numbered among the ADG nominees in the various categories. The prizes will be handed out at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 31. Period Film nominees are: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "The Imitation Game" "Inherent Vice" "The Theory of Everything"  "Unbroken" Fantasy Film nominees are: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "Interstellar" "Into the Woods" Contemporary Film nominees are: "American Sniper" "Birdman" "Foxcatcher" "Gone Girl" "Nightcrawler"  The biggest snub by the ADG was "Mr. Turner," which sits in sixth on our chart of Oscar contenders. Also absent are "Maleficent" (#8), “Exodus: Gods and Kings" (#9) and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (#10).  "Into the Woods" leads our predictions for Best Production Design at the Oscars. Also in our top five are two period picture ADG nominees -- "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game" -- as well as another fantasy film, "Interstellar," and the contemporary contender "Birdman."  Last year, all five Oscar nominees first contended at the ADG Awards. Eventual Oscar champ "The Great Gatsby" won Best Period Film with the ADG over among others, Oscar rivals "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle." "Gravity" won Best Fantasy Film and "Her" won Best Contemporary Film.  Likewise, in 2012, all five Oscar nominees were cited first by the ADG. "Anna Karenina" won Best Period Film over "Les Miserables" and "Lincoln," but it was "Lincoln" that won Oscar. "Life of Pi" won Best Fantasy Film against the fifth Oscar nominee, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." In 2011, three of the five Oscar nominees first contended at the ADG Awards. "Hugo" won Best Period Film over, among others, "The Artist," before taking home the Oscar while "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" won Best Fantasy Film. The other Oscar nominees were "Midnight in Paris" and "War Horse." In 2010, all five Oscar nominees were cited by the ADG Awards: "The King's Speech" took Best Period Film while "Inception" edged out eventual Oscar champ "Alice in Wonderland" as Best Fantasy Film. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" contended in fantasy while "True Grit" was nominated in period. The Contemporary winner was "Black Swan." In 2009, one of the ADG fantasy film nominees -- "Avatar" -- won the Oscar while just one of the ADG period picture picks -- "Sherlock Holmes" -- also contended at the Academy Awards. Three films snubbed by the ADG -- "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," "Nine" and "The Young Victoria" -- filled out the Oscar roster. The 2008 Oscar nominees included only two of the five ADG choices for period production design -- "Changeling" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- and just one of the five fantasy nominees -- "The Dark Knight." "Benjamin Button" won with both groups. In 2007, the Oscar slate included four of the ADG period nominees and one from the fantasy front. "Sweeney Todd" won the Oscar while "There Will Be Blood" took the ADG period prize.
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Producers Guild Awards 2014

Producers Guild Awards 2014

The Producers Guild of America announced its nominees for Best Picture on January 5: "American Sniper," "Birdman," "Boyhood," "Foxcatcher," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Nightcrawler," "The Theory of Everything," and "Whiplash." These mirror our forecast for the Best Picture lineup at the Oscars with two glaring exceptions:  the PGA snubbed third-ranked "Selma" and "Unbroken" (#8 on our chart) in favor of "American Sniper" (#13) and "Nightcrawler" (#14). Among the other films overlooked by the guild were two big box office hits: "Interstellar" and "Into the Woods." That "Selma" and "Interstellar" were slighted could be down to voters not getting screeners from Paramount due to production delays.   The guild and Oscars have agreed on the last seven Best Pictures in a row (though there was an unprecedented tie here last year between eventual Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity".) Key to the import of this precursor prize is that it picks a winner using the same kind of counting as the Oscars -- the preferential ballot. The PGA also revealed the five nominees for Best Animated Feature: "Big Hero 6," "The Book of Life," "The Boxtrolls," "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "The Lego Movie." This is our predicted line-up of potential Oscar nominees.  And while most of the TV nominees were announced on Dec. 3, the PGA unveiled the contenders for TV Movie/Miniseries on Monday:  "American Horror Story: Freak Show," "Fargo," "The Normal Heart," "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" and "Sherlock."  Winners will be revealed during a Jan. 24 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. When the Oscars expanded to 10 nominees in 2009, the Producers Guild of American followed suit. And while the academy shifted to a sliding scale four years ago, the PGA stuck with 10 contenders. That has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at predicting the eventual Oscars roster with it previewing 40 of the 47 (i.e., 85%) of the Best Picture nominees. Last year, eight of the PGA nominees made the cut with academy: eventual Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave," as well as "Gravity" (which had tied with it at the PGA), "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips,"  "Dallas Buyers Club" "Her," "Nebraska," and "The Wolf of Wall Street." The other two PGA contenders -- "Blue Jasmine" and "Saving Mr. Banks" -- were snubbed by the academy. Rather, Brit hit "Philomena" was the ninth Oscar nominee.  In 2012, eight PGA nominees also reaped bids for the top Academy Award -- "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Les Miserables," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty." Rounding out the roster at the PGA were "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Skyfall." The guild snubbed the French-language "Amour," which netted a Best Picture nod from the academy. "Argo" prevailed with the PGA before taking home the Oscar.  In 2011, the PGA predicted seven of the eventual nine Best Picture contenders, including "The Artist" which won with both groups. The PGA filled out their slate with popular pictures "Bridesmaids," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Ides of March" while the Oscars went with "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and "The Tree of Life." In 2010, the PGA foresaw nine of the eventual 10 Best Picture Oscar nominees. The guild went for "The Town" while the academy opted for "Winter's Bone" for the tenth slot. Both groups chose "The King's Speech" as the Best Picture of the year.  And in 2009, the Oscars concurred with the PGA on eight of the 10 contenders. PGA nominated "Invictus" and "Star Trek" over Oscar choices "The Blind Side" and "A Serious Man." Both groups picked as best pic "The Hurt Locker."
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Gold Derby Film Awards Nominations 2014

Gold Derby Film Awards Nominations 2014

The Gold Derby Film Awards are decided by users of this website like YOU. Never mind what those voters for other awards say is the best film or performance of the year. Nobody knows the truth better than Gold Derby readers, who are such award nuts that they insist upon bestowing their own kudos. They were launched in 2002 when winners included "Chicago," Julianne Moore ("Far From Heaven"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Gangs of New York"), Meryl Streep ("Adaptation"), and Chris Cooper ("Adaptation"). The awards have continued annually for the past decade, with last year's winners including "12 Years a Slave," Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"). For a complete list of all past winners and nominees, click this page in our forums. If you're already registered at Gold Derby, cast your ballot by going to your home page and clicking on Vote Gold Derby Awards in the left-hand column under Predictions. If you are not registered, do so for free here. You can also log in with your Facebook account.  Vote for your favorites for Best Picture, all the acting categories, many technical categories (like film editing, cinematography, original score, production design, and more). We even ask your opinions on the top ensemble and best breakthrough performance of 2014. Nominations in 22 categories will be announced on February 2. You can then vote on the final winners, with the ultimate results announced just before the Oscars on Thursday, February 19.    
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Directors Guild Awards Nominations 2014

Directors Guild Awards Nominations 2014

Four of last year's five Directors Guild of America Awards contenders -- Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), and Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street") -- also reaped Oscar bids. The fifth -- Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") -- was replaced in the Oscar lineup by Alexander Payne ("Nebraska"). Cuaron would go on to win with the DGA and at the Academy Awards. The year before, only two of the DGA 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: 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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Producers Guild Awards Nominations 2014

Producers Guild Awards Nominations 2014

Something unprecedented happened at the Producers Guild Awards last year. There was a tie for the first time in the top category of Best Picture with both "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" winning. The PGA and Oscars have agreed on 18 of the most recent 24 Best Picture champs, including the last seven in a row (discounting "Gravity" with its tie). Key to the import of this precursor prize is that it picks a winner using the same kind of counting as the Oscars -- the preferential ballot. Those past seven double champs are: "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "The King's Speech" (2010), "The Artist" (2011), "Argo" (2012), and "12 Years a Slave" (2013).
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Critics Choice Awards 2014

Critics Choice Awards 2014

After topping the nominations at the SAG Awards and Golden Globes, "Birdman" continues its skyward trajectory by earning the most bids at the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Based on our predictions in 17 categories, we were expecting 10 nominations for the offbeat comedy, but it ended up with 13. The "Birdman" bids include Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Acting Ensemble. It also received citations below the line for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, and Best Score. Howeve, while its score, composed by Antonio Sanchez was also nominated at the Golden Globes, it was disqualified from Oscar contention. The big surprise is the 11 nominations for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," far more than expected, including Best Picture, Best Director (Wes Anderson), and Best Actor (Ralph Fiennes). This could help Fiennes steal some Oscar momentum from Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), who was snubbed despite six slots in this category. "Boyhood" picked up eight nominations. It was recognized in the seven categories we were expecting: Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Best Original Screenplay, Best Acting Ensemble, and Best Editing. Additionally, the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, who comes of age before the audience's eyes, is up for Best Young Actor/Actress. "Interstellar" was cited in seven categories despite being shut out of the top races. It's up for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Young Actor/Actress (Mackenzie Foy), in addition to five craft categories. "Gone Girl" is nominated for six awards: Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Actress (Rosamund Pike), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Score. Also earning six bids is "The Imitation Game," which contends for Best Picture, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Acting Ensemble, and Best Score. "Selma" and "The Theory of Everything" both received five nominations, including Best Picture. "Selma" is also up for Best Director (Ava DuVernay), Best Actor (David Oyelowo), Best Acting Ensemble, and Best Song ("Glory," by Common and John Legend). While "Theory" missed a Best Director bid, it was recognized for Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Actress (Felicity Jones), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Score. Rounding out Best Picture are "Unbroken" (4 nominations), "Whiplash" (4 nominations), and "Nightcrawler" (3 nominations). The Critics' Choice Awards have a strong track record of predicting the Oscars. Handed out by the almost 300 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, these awards have foreseen 12 of the past 19 Best Picture Oscar winners (including 7 of the last 10), 15 Best Directors (7 of the last 10), 13 Best Actors (nine of the last 10), 10 Best Actresses (6 of the last 10), 10 Best Supporting Actors (6 of the last 10) and 12 Best Supporting Actresses (7 of the last 10) – if you count Kate Winslet ("The Reader"), who won Supporting Actress at Critics' Choice but went on to take the lead prize at the Oscars. Last year, eight of the nine Oscar contenders for Best Picture were nominated at the Critics' Choice; only "Philomena" fell short with the BFCA. And these kudos previewed all but four of last year's acting nominees, missing one per category. 
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Golden Globes (Film) 2014

Golden Globes (Film) 2014

Nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards were announced on Dec. 11 and, as expected, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association showered "Birdman" with seven nominations while "Boyhood" and "The Imitation Game" earned five bids each. Three films — "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Selma" and "The Theory of Everything" — picked up four nominations apiece.  Oscars frontrunner "Boyhood" contends for Best Drama as do "Foxcatcher," "The Imitation Game," "Selma' and "The Theory of Everything." Up against "Birdman" for Best Comedy/Musical are "The Grand Budapest Hotel,"  "Into the Woods," "Pride" and "St. Vincent."  "Birdman" also reaped three acting bids — lead Michael Keaton and featured players Edward Norton and Emma Stone — as well as two nods for writer/director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and its score. Likewise, "Boyhood" writer/director Richard Linklater contends in both those categories with Ethan Hawke and Oscar frontrunner Patricia Arquette picking up supporting bids.  "The Imitation Game" also earned two acting nominations — for star Benedict Cumberbatch and supporting actress Keira Knightley — as well for its screenplay and score.  The surprise of the day was the strong showing by spring release "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which could be the strongest rival to "Birdman" for Best Comedy/Musical. Writer/director Wes Anderson earned nods in both those races while Ralph Fiennes contends against Keaton for Comedy/Musical Actor.  Also in that race are Globe favorites Bill Murray ("St. Vincent") and Joaquin Phoenix ("Inherent Vice") and, in a surprise, Christoph Waltz who had been expected to contend in supporting for his scene-stealing performance in "Big Eyes."  Keaton's strongest Oscar rivals are all over in Drama Actor: Cumberbatch, Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), David Oyelowo ("Selma"),  Eddie Redmayne ("Theory of Everything") and a surging Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler") who surprised us with a SAG nomination on Wednesday.  Likewise, watch out for Jennifer Aniston ("Cake") in Drama Actress; she also earned a SAG bid. She could pull off an upset against Oscars frontrunner Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"). The rest of the race includes three other formidable Oscar contenders: Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl") and Reese Witherspoon ("Wild").  Moore also earned a Comedy/Musical Actress nominations for her Cannes-winning performance in "Map to the Stars." There she faces off against Amy Adams ("Big Eyes"), Emily Blunt ("Into the Woods"), Helen Mirren ("The Hundred-Foot Journey") and Quvenzhane Wallis ("Annie").  Winners will be revealed in a kudocast airing live coast-to-coast on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 11, hosted for the third year in a row by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
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Golden Globes (TV) 2014

Golden Globes (TV) 2014

"Fargo" leads the Golden Globe nominations for TV with an impressive five nominations: Best TV Movie/Limited Series, a pair of bids for Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman), Best Movie/Limited Series Actress (Allison Tolman), and Best TV Supporting Actor (Colin Hanks). Thornton has four previous nominations and no wins, while these are the first Globe nominations for Freeman, Tolman, and Hanks. Following close behind is the HBO anthology series "True Detective," which was entered as a drama series at the Emmys, but competes as a longform program at the Globes in four races: Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey), and Best TV Supporting Actress (Michelle Monaghan) McConaughey won a Globe just last year for his leading role in the film "Dallas Buyers Club," which subsequently won him an Oscar. This is the fourth nomination for Harrelson, while Monaghan is nominated for the first time. "Orange is the New Black" earned three nominations: Best Musical/Comedy Series, Musical/Comedy Actress (Taylor Schilling), and TV Supporting Actress (Uzo Aduba). "Orange" earned just one nomination last year (for Schilling) when it competed as a drama, but it changed course at the Emmys, where it was entered as a comedy and earned 12 nominations and three wins. Now it has made a successful switch at the Globes. "The Normal Heart" also picked up a trio of nominations: Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Mark Ruffalo), and Best TV Supporting Actor (Matt Bomer). HBO's fall miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" fared well, earning three nominations: Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Movie/Limited Series Actress (Frances McDormand), and TV Supporting Actor (Bill Murray). Murray is a past Globe winner for "Lost in Translation," while McDormand won a special ensemble prize for "Short Cuts" but hasn't picked up individual honors. Netflix's dark political drama "House of Cards" earned three Globe nominations: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Kevin Spacey), and Best Drama Actress (Robin Wright). The series was nominated in the same categories last year, and Wright was a winner. Meanwhile, Showtime's debut drama series "The Affair" picked up nominations in the same three categories: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Dominic West), and Best Drama Actress (Ruth Wilson). It's the secomd Globe nomination for both Wilson and West. Wilson previously contended for the TV miniseries "Jane Eyre," while West earned a Movie/Mini Actor bid in 2011 for "The Hour." "The Good Wife" earned bids for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Julianna Margulies), and Best TV Supporting Actor (Alan Cumming). The CBS legal drama was nominated in all three categories last year – with Josh Charles receiving the supporting nod that went to Cumming this year – and though it has yet to win the top category, Margulies previously won her category in 2009. HBO's "Girls" is back in the races for Best Musical/Comedy Series and Best Musical/Comedy Actress (Lena Dunham) for the third year in a row. It won both awards in 2012. CW's "Jane the Virgin" had a big breakthrough. The series earned nominations for Best Musical/Comedy Series and Best Musical/Comedy Actress for its breakout star Gina Rodriguez. Another debuting comedy that picked up multiple bids was Amazon's "Transparent," up for Best Musical/Comedy Series and Best Musical/Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor)  The period drama "Downton Abbey" scored a pair of bids: Best Drama Series and Best TV Supporting Actress (Joanne Froggatt). Starz made an appearance with two nominations for the miniseries "The Missing": Best TV Movie/Limited Series and Best Movie/Limited Series Actress (Frances O'Connor). Showtime's "Ray Donovan" picked up a pair of acting nods: Best Drama Actor (Liev Schreiber) and Best TV Supporting Actor (Jon Voight). Voight is the defending champ in his category.
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SAG Awards (TV) 2014

SAG Awards (TV) 2014

The SAG Awards nominations were announced December 10, and ABC's sitcom "Modern Family" leads all TV programs with four nominations. Not far behind were "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," and "House of Cards" with three nods apiece. (Click here for the complete list of SAG film and TV nominations.) "Modern Family" earned repeat nominations for Best TV Comedy Ensemble, Best Comedy Actor (Ty Burrell, who won last year), and Best Comedy Actress (Julie Bowen). But earning an additional Comedy Actor bid was Eric Stonestreet, who has been nominated twice before but was snubbed last year. The "Modern Family" cast has won Best Comedy Ensemble four years in a row. "Boardwalk Empire" earned three bids for its farewell season: Best Drama Ensemble (which it won in 2010 and 2011), Best Drama Actor (Steve Buscemi, who also won in 2010 and 2011), and Best TV Stunt Ensemble. "Game of Thrones" earned nominations in the same three categories: Drama Ensemble, Drama Actor (Peter Dinklage), and TV Stunt Ensemble. "Thrones" has won the Stunt award for the last three years in a row. "Homeland" is nominated for Best Drama Ensemble, Best Drama Actress (Claire Danes, who won in 2012), and Best TV Stunt Ensemble. "House of Cards" is up for Best Drama Ensemble as well, and both of its lead stars picked up acting nominations: Kevin Spacey for Best Drama Actor and Robin Wright for Best Drama Actress. 2012 Best Drama Ensemble winner "Downton Abbey" returns to that top race. Its scene-stealing star Maggie Smith is also up for Best Drama Actress again after winning last year. Rounding out the dramatic contenders, HBO's anthology "True Detective" picked up a pair of Drama Actor bids for its leading men Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. And three women picked up the lone nominations for their shows in the Drama Actress contest: Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder"), Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"), and Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"). Picking up two nods in the comedy races was "Orange is the New Black," which was snubbed completely last year when it competed as a drama. This year, it's up for Best Comedy Ensemble and Best Comedy Actress (Uzo Aduba). "The Big Bang Theory" was also nominated twice, picking up bids for Best Comedy Ensemble and Best Comedy Actor (Jim Parsons). The series has yet to win a SAG Award in any category. "Veep" is also a double nominee, returning to the same categories where it earned bids last year: Best Comedy Ensemble and Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Louis-Dreyfus is the defending champion in her race. Also nominated for Comedy Actor are Louis C.K. ("Louie") and William H. Macy ("Shameless"), while Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") return to the Comedy Actress lineup. HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" and "The Normal Heart" are the top contenders among movies and miniseries, receiving two apiece. "Olive" received acting nods for its two stars, Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, while "Normal Heart" also showed up in both acting races with Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo. Also nominated for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor are Adrien Brody ("Houdini"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock: His Last Vow"), and Billy Bob Thornton ("Fargo"). And also in contention for Movie/Miniseries Actress are Ellen Burstyn ("Flowers in the Attic"), Maggie Gyllenhaal ("The Honourable Woman"), and Cicely Tyson ("The Trip to Bountiful").
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SAG Awards (Film) 2014

SAG Awards (Film) 2014

"Birdman" leads the SAG Awards nominations with four bids while "Boyhood," "Birdman," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything" each picked up three. All contend for Best Ensemble with "Birdman" up for three individual acting awards and the rest vying for two apiece. The fifth ensemble nominee is "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which was shut out of the individual acting races. Of these, "The Theory of Everything" did better than our Experts expected by nabbing that Ensemble nod. It bumped "Into the Woods" out and that tuner had to settle for a bid by Supporting Actress Meryl Streep. All of our Oscar frontrunners are in the running here: "Boyhood" as well as leads Michael Keaton ("Birdman") and Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") and featured players J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood"). Last year, all four Oscar acting champs first prevailed here. However, these kudos are not as prescient when it comes to Best Picture. Last year, the guild chose the cast of "American Hustle" while the Oscar went to "12 Years a Slave." Indeed, in the 19-year history of the Best Ensemble award, that winner went on to take Oscar's top prize only nine times. However, SAG did presage two of Oscar's biggest upsets: "Shakespeare in Love" over "Saving Private Ryan" in 1998, and "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005. Among the surprises in this year's roster: lead acting nominations for Jennifer Aniston ("Cake") and Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler") and a supporting bid by Naomi Watts for "St. Vincent." She is also part of the nominated ensemble of "Birdman."  "Selma" was shut out with David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King, Jr. missing out on an expected Best Actor nomination. Also, MIA were SAG favorite Amy Adams ("Big Eyes") and second generation star Laura Dern ("Wild").  However, there is still Oscar hope for many of those snubbed. Historically, the SAG Awards, which began in 1994, offered an uncanny crystal ball to the Oscars. The two kudos usually agreed on 18 to 19 of their 20 acting contenders, but the overlap rate dropped dramatically two years ago after SAG merged with AFTRA. Since then, these precursor prizes have foreseen only 14 of the eventual Oscar nominees in each of the past two years and in 2012 overlooked eventual Oscar champ Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained") entirely.
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Grammy Awards 2014

Grammy Awards 2014

Last year, Jay-Z reaped a leading nine nominations at the Grammy Awards. This year it was his wife Beyonce who topped the list, albeit with only six bids but that was more than enough to break her tie with Dolly Parton as the most nominated female performer at 46 nominations each. Queen B now reigns supreme with a staggering 52 bids in all. Her self-titled disc contends for Album of the Year as well as both Best Urban Album and Best Surround Sound Album. In addition, her hit "Drunk in Love" earned for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. And the video record of her "On The Run" tour with Jay-Z was nominated for Best Music Film.  Sam Smith, who also earned six nominations, was recognized in all four General Field categories: Album of the Year for "In the Lonely Hour," Record and Song of the Year for "Stay with Me" and Best New Artist. He also contends for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.  And Pharrell Williams also vies for six awards, including three separate bids for Album of the Year for his own disc"GIRL" as well as his work on Beyonce's platter and Ed Sheeran's "X."  The fifth Album of the Year contender is a surprise: Beck's "Morning Phase."  Also up for Best New Artist are: Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark and Haim. Of this quartet, Azalea did the best with four bids, including Record of the Year for her summer hit "Fancy." In that race, Azalea and Smith face off against Taylor Swift for her pop hit "Shake it Off," Meghan Trainor for the infectious "All About That Bass" and Sia for her shattering "Chandelier."  All of these tunes save "Fancy" are also up for Song of the Year. Replacing it in that category is Hozier's "Take Me to Church."
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Critics Choice Awards Nominations 2014

Critics Choice Awards Nominations 2014

The Broadcast Film Critics Association will announce their nominees for the 20th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Monday, December 15. Over the first 19 years of the Critics' Choice kudos, they have proven to be the most accurate precursor prizes to the Oscars.  The 250 members of the BFCA have predicted 13 of the past 18 Best Picture Oscar winners, 13 Best Actors, 10 Best Actresses, 10 Supporting Actors, and 12 Supporting Actresses as Academy Award champs. Last year, they presaged all of those categories: "12 Years a Slave" as Best Picture and the four acting winners of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave").
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Los Angeles Film Critics Awards 2014

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards 2014

The Los Angeles Film Critics will announce their 2014 winners on Sunday, December 7. Last year, the members of this Southern California group couldn't make up their minds in several key categories. "Gravity" and "Her" tied for Best Picture. Both films went on to contend at the Oscars but lost to "12 Years a Slave." The critics split the Best Actress prize between Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), who went on to win the Oscar, and Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue is the Warmest Color"), who was snubbed by the academy.  There was also a tie for Best Supporting Actor between eventual Oscar winner Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") and James Franco ("Spring Breakers"), who did not receive an Oscar nomination. "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron prevailed as Best Director with these critics and then at the Academy Awards.Bruce Dern ("Nebraska") won Best Actor but lost at the Oscars while eventual Oscar champ Lupita Nyong'o was named Best Supporting Actress. In this group's recent history, the Best Actress category has been a sore spot in terms of predicting Oscar success. Prior to 2012 with the tie between Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour"), the previous five winners were not even nominated at the Oscars: Yun Jung-Hee ("Poetry," 2011), Kim Hye-Ja ("Mother," 2010), Yolande Moreau ("Seraphine," 2009), and Sally Hawkins ("Happy-Go-Lucky," 2008). Indeed, only four out of the past 14 winners have won Oscars the same year: Lawrence (2012), Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose," 2007), Helen Mirren ("The Queen," 2006), and Julia Roberts ("Erin Brockovich," 2000).
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Indie Spirit Awards 2014

Indie Spirit Awards 2014

While Oscars frontrunner "Boyhood" picked up five bids for the Independent Spirit Awards, it was "Birdman" that led with six when nominations were announced. Other films with five nods apiece were "Nightcrawler" and "Selma" while "Love Is Strange" and "Whiplash" earned four each. All but "Nightcrawler" contend for Best Picture at the 30th annual edition of these kudos; that film by writer/director Dan Gilroy is up for the First Feature award. Only American feature film nominees with budgets under $20 million were eligible for consideration. The domestic requirement ruled out "The Theory of Everything" while the fiscal ceiling kept "Foxcatcher," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Inherent Vice" from contending. However, the committee that decides the nominations bestowed a Special Distinction Award on the cast and creative team behind "Foxcatcher" and the Robert Altman Award to those involved in "Inherent Vice." All four of our Oscar frontrunners for acting reaped bids: leads Michael Keaton ("Birdman") and Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") and supporting players J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood"). Last year, all four Oscar champs — Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Lupita Nyongo ("12 Years a Slave") — prevailed here first as did Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave."  Winners will be chosen by members of Film Independent. The prizes will be handed out on Feb. 21, one day before the Oscars during an afternoon ceremony on Santa Monica. For the first time, this kudocast will air live on IFC.
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SAG Awards (TV) Nominations 2014

SAG Awards (TV) Nominations 2014

Use the menu to the left to read our overviews and handicapping of all eight TV races at the Screen Actors Guil Awards. And be sure to check out the charts that show the rankings and odds for all the possible nominees. After reviewing all the contenders, head over to our prediction center to log your forecasts for the eventual nominees. (Signing up for a free account takes just a minute.)  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.  However, the SAG Awards last January did preview five of the six series winners at this summer's Emmys: "Modern Family," its supporting player Ty Burrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") first prevailed here on the comedy side while  "Breaking Bad" and its leading man Bryan Cranston were winners over in drama.  But while scene stealer Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey") won at SAG, "Breaking Bad" supporting player Anna Gunn repeated at the Emmys. With these guild awards not distinguishing between leading and supporting roles on the TV side, making predictions is never easy. For example, while Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") has four Emmys, he has yet to take home a SAG Award. That is because Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") had a stranglehold on the Comedy Actor category for seven years, losing for the first time last year to Burrell, who contends in supporting at the Emmys.  The three SAG comedy winners are all back in contention. Among the returning laffers and players looking to keep them from repeating are: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Andy Samberg), "Episodes" (Matt LeBlanc), "Girls" (Lena Dunham), "House of Lies" (Don Cheadle), "New Girl" (Zooey Deschanel), "Nurse Jackie" (Edie Falco), and "Parks and Recreation" (Amy Poehler). Freshman contenders include "Bad Judge" (Kate Walsh), "Black-ish" (Anthony Anderson), "Mulaney" (John Mulaney), "Silicon Valley" (Thomas Middleditch), "Transparent" (Jeffrey Tambor), and "Vicious" (Ian McKellen). With "Breaking Bad" no longer in the race, three previous ensemble champs could make a comeback: "Mad Men" (2008, 2009), "Boardwalk Empire" (2010, 2011) and "Downton Abbey" (2012).  Other potential contenders among returning shows and performers are: "American Horror Story: Freak Show (Jessica Lange), "The Blacklist" (James Spader),  (Steve Buscemi), "Game of Thrones" (Peter Dinklage), "The Good Wife" (Julianna Margulies), "Homeland" (Claire Danes), "House of Cards" (Kevin Spacey), (Jon Hamm), "Masters of Sex" (Michael Sheen), "Orange is the New Black" (Taylor Schilling), "Orphan Black" (Tatiana Maslany), "Ray Donovan" (Liev Schreiber), and "Scandal" (Kerry Washington). Newcomers in the hunt include: "The Affair" (Dominic West), "Gotham" (Ben McKenzie), "How to Get Away with Murder" (Viola Davis), "The Knick" (Clive Owen), "Madam Secretary" (Tea Leoni), "Manhattan" (John Benjamin Hickey), "Penny Dreadful" (Josh Hartnett), "Red Band Society" (Octavia Spencer), and "True Detective" (Matthew McConaughey). Last year's SAG winners in the movie/miniseries categories were Michael Douglas ("Behind the Candelabra") and Helen Mirren ("Phil Spector"). Possible nominees this year include: Halle Berry ("Extant"), Adrien Brody ("Houdini"), Ellen Burstyn ("Petals on the Wind"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock"), Minnie Driver ("Return to Zero"), Anna Gunn and David Tennant ("Gracepoint"), Maggie Gyllenhaal ("The Honourable Woman"), Frances McDormand and Bill Murray ("Olive Kitteridge"), Bill Nighy ("Worricker"), Kiefer Sutherland ("24: Live Another Day"), Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman ("Fargo"), Cicely Tyson ("The Trip to Bountiful"), Christopher Walken ("Peter Pan Live"), and many of "The Normal Heart" cast (Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts). Be sure to check back with us often to see how your favorites for the SAG TV Awards are faring among all of our Users as well as with our Editors and Experts.
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