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Rooney Mara: Looking at potential Best Supporting Actress contenders

As you fine ladies and gentlemen must all know by now (since I’ve pretty much hammered it into your heads), it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions in order to see what folks like myself think will happen this winter, but it’s a whole separate thing to actually know something about who and what will be in contention. To help out in that particular regard, I’m continuing my yearly ritual of running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what or who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might potentially take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet to have in your back pocket.
Today I’m continuing on with another of the big acting categories…you guessed it, it’s Best Supporting Actress time.
Here are the ten particular women that I have currently in play for Best Supporting Actress, with the top five cracking the unofficial lineup at this point:
1. Rooney Mara (Carol) *Could go Lead – I wrote a bit about Mara earlier this week when I got into the awards possibilities for Carol, but Mara is sitting in the lead here due to her Cannes Actress win. She could easily go Lead, but I have a feeling she’ll wind up going Supporting so Cate Blanchett can contend in Lead. The silver lining? That will easily make her the early odds on favorite here, at least in my book. A lot can and will change, but right now, I have her in the pole position.
2. Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) – I’ve spent some time writing about the gentlemen of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming flick, but what about the notable lady of the cast? Just like Bruce Dern and Kurt Russell seem like they’ll be in play for The Hateful Eight, so too will be Leigh, so is the favorite here to some. I obviously have her as the main runner up, but it’s hard not to see her as a likely nominee at this point. Especially with the potentially light competition, she might have a surprisingly easy time scoring her first ever nomination.
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Jennifer Lawrence: Looking at potential Best Actress contenders

HOLLYWOOD CONTENDERS: Ladies and gentlemen, as you all know from the last year or so as well as my handful of articles again during this year, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s a whole other thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet to have in your back pocket. It’s probably old hat to you by now, I’m sure, but hey…
Today I’m continuing with another of the bigger ones that’s out there…the Best Actress category.
Here are the ten lovely ladies that I have in play for Best Actress, with the top five of course cracking the presumed lineup at this point:
1. Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) – You can go in any number of directions with your top pick, but I think the obvious choice right now is Lawrence. She’s been nominated both times previously working with David O. Russell, with a Best Actress statue on her mantle already. She nearly won Best Supporting Actress two years ago as well, so the Academy clearly loves this combination. With as baity a part as ever, if she nails it there’s no reason not to think she could run away with a second Oscar.

2. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) – For some reason, I feel like Ronan is almost a surefire nominee for this romantic drama period piece, and while I know she could certainly contend for the win, I just can’t put her up top yet. Maybe it’s the thought of how dominant a Lawrence steamroller could be, but I just need to see how this one does during the precursor season. Ronan has a great shot though, no one can deny that.

3. Cate Blanchett (Carol) *Could go Supporting – The safe pick of the group right […]

“Steve Jobs” takes the Centerpiece slot at the New York Film Festival this year

Hot on the heels of the New York Film Festival announcing Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead as its Closing Night Selection (to go along with Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk as its Opening Night pick), we now know what the Centerpiece will be, and it’s a big one. Despite some buzz about a few other titles, it’s the hotly anticipated biopic Steve Jobs, which is directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin, and stars Michael Fassbender. Talk about A-list star power, right? Since it was announced, this has been pegged as a big time Oscar hopeful, so landing one of the coveted three big spots at NYFF has done nothing to dissuade me of that notion.
If you somehow don’t know who Steve Jobs is, this biopic should give you a sense of how important to the current technological culture he is. This look at the Apple innovator is as much about his legacy as his life, with the focus being on various important moments in time for the man. It’s based on the bestselling book on Jobs, with Oscar winners Boyle at the helm and Sorkin having done the adaptation. After a long search, Fassbender wound up in the title role and appears to be excellent, judging by the trailer from about a month or so ago. The A-list cast also features Jeff Daniels, John Ortiz, Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, and Kate Winslet. As such, it’s pretty much Oscar bait from the word go, perhaps rightly so too.
Much like I said a few days ago: getting to be one of the top three at NYFF is a big deal for any flick. The Centerpiece slot is usually a bit more of a wild card, but it’s had a solid relationship with the Academy. Over the past 15 years, there have been both hits and misses, but by and large it’s usually things Oscar would look kindly upon. Just look at what last year’s pick for the middle of the fest was…Inherent Vice. Enough said on the wild card part, though it did wind up with some nominations. Below you can see what the past 15 years (including this one) have looked like with this particular slot at NYFF:
2015 – Steve Jobs
2014 – Inherent Vice
2013 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
2012 – Not Fade Away
2011 – My Week with Marilyn
2010 – The Tempest
2009 – Precious: Based on […]

Joaquin Phoenix: Oscar veterans hoping for another nomination this year

Each and every single awards season, there are tons of both newcomers and veterans to the Oscar game. Tomorrow I’ll be taking a bit of a look at those seeking their first nominations from the Academy, but today I’m going to be going ahead and listing some of the major players who’ve already been nominated before, and in some cases are already winners. It’s leading up to me re-ranking the contenders in the major categories next week, but right now it’s just going to be a preview of which old hands to the Oscar ranch are saddling up for another ride on the awards season pony.
In the Best Actor race, the highest profile former nominee is Joaquin Phoenix, who will look for his first win this year with Inherent Vice. He represents the most likely non first time nominee who could win the Oscar in this category, though one level down we have Bradley Cooper for American Sniper and Bill Murray for St. Vincent, with Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler and Brad Pitt for Fury as other possibilities, plus Ben Affleck, who I’m counting here since he’s an Oscar winner, even if he’s never received an acting citation to date. Longer shots for nominations who’ve been to the dance before include Christian Bale for Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Philip Seymour Hoffman for A Most Wanted Man, Matthew McConaughey for Interstellar, Al Pacino for Manglehorn, Jeremy Renner for Kill the Messenger, and Mark Walhberg for The Gambler. Those fellas will be fighting it out with a bunch of first timers in this category, and it’s going to be a bloodbath.
Over in Best Actress, we have perennial bridesmaid Amy Adams hoping that this year she’ll finally be the bride with her work in Big Eyes. She’s going to be getting a challenge from both Jessica Chastain (for either The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Miss Julie, or A Most Violent Year) and Reese Witherspoon for Wild though. One level down you have Julianne Moore for Still Alice and Meryl Streep for Into the Woods, with other former nominees/winner on the hunt including Marion Cotillard for The Immigrant or Two Days One Night, Keira Knightley for Begin Again, Hilary Swank for The Homesman, Kate Winslet for A Little Chaos, and Robin Wright for The Congress. The newbies could seriously vie for a win here, but the vets have […]

Amy Adams: 2015 Best Actress contenders

As you folks all know full well by now, it’s one thing to read my Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know something about who and what will be in contention for nominations. To help out in that regard, at least somewhat, I’m running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet to have in your back pocket.
Today I’m continuing with another of the biggest categories of them all…this time it’s Best Actress.
Here are the ten lovely ladies that I have in play for Best Actress, with the top five cracking the lineup at this point:
1. Amy Adams (Big Eyes) – I don’t know that there’s an actress who more clearly seems to be next in line for an Oscar win than Adams. She probably came the closest in her career so far last year with American Hustle, so she’s basically the de facto number one right now. The material is right up the Academy’s alley, early word is strong, and the timing is right. Everything is set up for Adams to almost steamroll through the season, so stay tuned to see if she actually does!
2. Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them) – In a rather short span of time, Chastain has become basically an awards mainstay. Just about every project she joins is labeled a contender and she’s got a pretty solid batting average so far, in terms of nominations at least. She’s beginning to seem due for a win, and it’ll likely happen sooner rather than later. This project is very ambitious and could wind up staying under the Academy’s radar, but if they see it, she most likely will get nominated once again.
3. Michelle Williams (Suite française) – Another overdue actress, Williams always seems to be close to an Academy Award win before someone else winds up becoming the flavor of the season. That could again […]

“12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” Win Golden Globe Awards

And the Golden Globe Awards winners are…
“12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Breaking Bad,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Behind the Candelabra” were the big winners at the Golden Globe Awards.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
WINNER: 12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
WINNER:Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day
Best Director – Motion Picture
WINNER: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
PHOTOS: Golden Globes Red Carpet Arrivals
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
WINNER: Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
WINNER: American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her
Best Animated Feature Film
WINNER:Frozen
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: The Great Beauty (Italy)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
WINNER:Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
WINNER: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
WINNER: “Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance
Best TV Series, Drama
WINNER: Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
WINNER: Robin Wright, House of Cards
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Best Actor in a TV series, Drama
WINNER: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Best TV Series, Comedy
WINNER: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Big Bang […]

Jodie Foster to Receive Cecil B. Demille Award from HFPA

HollywoodNews.com: Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster will be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with their prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award.  Announced today by Simon Baker and Kristen Stewart,  Foster is the first woman to be awarded with the organization’s highest honor since Barbara Streisand in 2000.  Not only is she being rewarded in a year where women are making their marks, she is the youngest recipient since Charlton Heston in 1967.
Foster has been nominated for seven Golden Globe awards in her tenure, most recently with co-star Kate Winslet in Roman Polanski’s Carnage last year.  She’s also been nominated for her works in The Brave One (2007), Contact (1997), Nell (1994), The Silence of the Lambs(1991) and The Accused (1988) which she won, and Freaky Friday (1976).

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Oscar Night Red Carpet Fashion Announcements

HollywoodNews.com: Academy Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress, Janet McTeer and “China’s Leading Lady,” Li Bingbing, will both wear individually-customized, American alligator and exotic leather, haute couture, diamond pave, LANA MARKS Brand Cleopatra Clutches during their camera-clicking Red Carpet walks at the 84th Annual Oscar Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120226/CL59772 )
Based in Palm Beach, FL, Lana J. Marks has been a fashion fixture on Oscar’s Red Carpet for more than a decade. She is one of the world’s most-prestigious designers of elegant, exquisite and expensive handbags and accessories, according to many top fashion magazine editors. LANA MARKS Brand haute couture Collections are commissioned and worn by princesses, U.S. presidential first ladies and Hollywood celebrities.
CAST OF CLEOPATRA CLUTCH CELEBRITIES
Cleopatra Clutches are valued as high as $400,000.00. They are the most sought-after Oscar Night haute couture handbags; worn by Academy Award-Winning actresses, nominees, presenters and motion picture icons. Cleopatra Clutch Celebrities have included Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Winslet.
In 2007, Mirren won the “Best Actress Award” for her role as “Queen Elizabeth II.” As she stepped-up to the microphone for her acceptance speech, Mirren held the Cleopatra Clutch in her hand for the world to see and proclaimed, “Here I am…with my purse.”
LANA MARKS’ Cleopatra Clutch design was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s starring role in the 1963 epic motion picture, “Cleopatra.”
OSCAR FIRST: TWO CLEOPATRA CLUTCHES ON RED CARPET
This is the first time Lana J. Marks has provided two Cleopatra Clutches to actresses attending the Academy Awards Ceremony.
As in the case of McTeer, Marks typically provides a custom Cleopatra Clutch to a nominee or presenter. However, this year, she is furnishing a second Cleopatra Clutch to Li Bingbing; because she is the first Chinese actress to be invited to the Oscar Ceremonies; and because Marks is expanding her enterprise in China. Marks opened her first China boutique in Beijing 18 months ago. Marks will open a second boutique in China’s capital city on March 10, 2012 and her first Shanghai boutique on March 11, 2012.
JANET MCTEER, OSCAR NOMINATED BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
In the film “Albert Nobbs,” British actress Janet McTeer stars opposite Glenn Close as a cross-dressing lesbian in 1890s Ireland. Close has been nominated for the Academy’s Best Actress Award. This is McTeer’s second Oscar nomination. She is a two-time Tony Award Winner.
LI BINGBING: “CHINA’S LEADING LADY”
Li Bingbing is the most-famous actress in […]

“Titanic 3D” Valentine’s Day screenings reportedly sold out

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A ton of “Titanic” fans would like their heart to go on, but they’ll need Paramount’s servers to step up their game before the Feb. 14 preview screenings of James Cameron’s Oscar-winning masterpiece.
According to a release, “Titanic” fans rushed the web in the last 24-hours — crashing multiple servers in the process — to secure advance tickets for the now sold-out preview screenings of “Titanic” in 3D.
“In a matter of hours, sell-out screenings were reported throughout the United States and in countries around the world, following the launch of the special screening program on Jan. 31,” the studio reported. “Moviegoers who were lucky enough to secure a seat will now be among the first people anywhere to see the newly re-mastered TITANIC in 3D, in advance of the film’s worldwide release on April 6th.”
These special fan screening are being presented exclusively in RealD 3D and will be held in the following cities: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Boston, Phoenix, Seattle, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, San Diego, Denver, Sacramento, Orlando, Tampa, Minneapolis, Montreal, Vancouver, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Portland, Kansas City, West Palm Beach, Raleigh, San Antonio, Hartford, Charlotte, San Antonio, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Austin, Edmonton, Milwaukee, Norfolk, Grand Rapids, Calgary, Columbus, Fresno, Ottawa, Cincinnati, Nashville, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Oklahoma City.
Internationally, these special one-time only preview screenings will take place in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan and the UK.
The re-release of “Titanic” also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic setting sail on April 10, 1912.
Written, directed and produced by Cameron, “Titanic” is the second highest grossing movie of all time. It is one of only three films to have received a record 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director; and launched the careers of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Learn more about TITANIC in 3D at http://www.titanicmovie.com/
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Michelle Williams wins the Golden Globe for Actress in a Comedy/Musical – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Michelle Williams won the Golden Globe for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical on Sunday evening for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis’ “My Week With Marilyn.”
She topped Jodie Foster (“Carnage”) Charlize Theron (“Young Adult”), Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids”), and Kate Winslet “Carnage”).
“I consider myself a mother first and an actress second,” Williams said before thanking her daughter for keeping her on path as an actress. She also thanked her director, and her best friend Busy Phillips. But did she forget to thank co-star Kenneth Branagh? Or did I just miss it?

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