January 07, 2015
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Ricky Gervais, “Tintin” and the Critics’ Choice in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: It’s a quiet Friday in Hollywood as the industry recuperates from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and prepares for Sunday’s Golden Globes. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t news and analysis to be found, so let’s run through the hot topics of the day.

– In case you missed it, I break down where the race stands in the wake of the CCMAs, which has been a reliable predictor of the Oscar race in year’s past.

– My colleague, Scott Feinberg, does the same, and calls last night’s CCMA winners “the frontrunners” in their respective categories.

– Looking ahead to Sunday’s Globes, host Ricky Gervais is warming up his insult wagon, and says he has very specific targets in mind this year. Honestly, I can’t wait for his monologue. The rest of the show might be a snoozer, but Gervais is sure to have people in front of their TV sets early.

– Oscar ballots are due back today. Here are 10 surprises we could see, according to The Wrap.

– And finally, Steven Spielberg spills a few details on a “Tintin” sequel, which Peter Jackson likely would direct.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
Harvey Weinstein
– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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