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An April Oscar Predictions Update

As promised last week, here I am again with some more up to date Oscar predictions. They’re not amazingly different from what I debuted with, but they do already show a change in focus, at least in terms of some of the second tier contenders. We’ve still got a long way to go and these new predictions will likely be completely wrong anyway, but I feel ever so slightly more confident in backing these sorts of horses as opposed to other ones. If nothing else, this sort of shows where I’m going from as the months pass and the race begins to evolve into something actually competitive…
The big difference that you’ll notice besides the changes that I made in each category is that I’m also listing predicted winners now. As such, you can see that films like Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar are the ones that I’ve pegged to be the big winners, with Unbroken dominating at this early point in the season. A lot can and likely will change, but if you’re looking for an early horse to bet on, that’s the one.
I’ve also included the tech categories as well, so you’re really getting a full look at how I see things going at this moment. It also shows more of the contenders in play that might not have a shot at Best Picture, but at the very least can hope for some sort of technical citation if nothing else. For example, the new Godzilla fits perfectly into that category.
Here now is how I see the Academy Awards shaping up at this early juncture:
BEST PICTURE
1. Unbroken
2. Foxcatcher
3. Men, Women, & Children
4. Gone Girl
5. Big Eyes
6. Rosewater
7. Boyhood
8. The Homesman
9. Interstellar
10. Fury
BEST DIRECTOR
1. Angelina Jolie- Unbroken
2. Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
3. Jason Reitman – Men, Women, & Children
4. David Fincher – Gone Girl
5. Richard Linklater – Boyhood
BEST ACTOR
1. Jack O’Connell – Unbroken
2. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
3. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
4. Michael Keaton – Birdman
5. Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
BEST ACTRESS
1. Amy Adams – Big Eyes
2. Jessica Chastain – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
3. Michelle Williams – Suite française
4. Shailene Woodley – The Fault in Our Stars
5. Hilary Swank – The Homesman
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
2. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
3. Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
4. Robert Duvall – The Judge
5. Takamasa Ishihara – Unbroken
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
2. Jena Malone – [...]

Oscar Winning Actor Robert Duvall to be Honored with historic hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese theatre to celebrate 50 years of excellence in film

hollywoodnews.com: Robert Duvall will be honored on Wednesday, January 5 at 11:00 am with a Handprint and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre along the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame to celebrate 50 years of Excellence in film.
This year for his outstanding performance as Felix Bush in Sony Pictures Classics’ ‘GET LOW’ Duvall is nominated for a SAG Best Actor Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Critic’s Choice award for ‘Best Actor,’ he has already won ‘The Best Actor Award’ at the Hollywood Film Festival, and recently received a career Tribute by the Gotham Awards and will be honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early 2011 with the ‘Career Achievement Award.’
‘GET LOW’ is a magical and moving blend of folk tale, fable and real-life legend. ‘GET LOW’ is a movie spun in the Southern storytelling tradition about the mysterious 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party, while he was still alive. The film arrives on Blu-ray® and DVD February 22, 2011 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Duvall won the Academy Award® as Best Actor for his role in ‘Tender Mercies,’ and has earned Golden Globes for his performances in ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Tender Mercies,’ ‘Lonesome Dove’ and ‘Stalin.’ More recently, Duvall was honored with an Emmy Award for his iconic portrayal of ‘Print Ritter’ in AMC’s Broken Trail.
A leading man since the 1960s, ROBERT DUVALL has specialized in taciturn cowboys, fierce leaders and driven characters of all types. Respected by his peers and adored by audiences worldwide, he has earned numerous Oscar nominations for his performances in ‘A Civil Action,’ ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘The Great Santini’ and ‘The Apostle.’
Duvall made his big screen debut, as the creepy ‘Boo Radley’ in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ He has gone on to star in such classics as ‘Bullitt,’ ‘True Grit,’ ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘The Conversation,’ ‘Network,’ ‘The Natural,’ ‘Colors,’ ‘Days Of Thunder,’ ‘A Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Rambling Rose,’ ‘Wrestling Ernest Hemingway,’ ‘Phenomenon’, ‘A Civil Action,’ ‘Open Range,’ and ‘Thank You For Smoking,’ among many others.
As a director and producer, Duvall got behind the camera for his labor of love project ‘The Apostle’ in which he also starred. The film went on to earn many accolades, including being named on over seventy-five film critics Top 10 Films for 1997′s lists, including the ‘New York Times’ and ‘Los Angeles Times.’ He also wrote, produced and starred in ‘Assassination [...]

James Franco, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman take part in video spectacle

HollywoodNews.com: The New York Times has just given fans some serious video to digest as part of their Hollywood Issue that features this year’s best doing exactly what they do best – acting.
They have released a series entitled, “Fourteen Actors Acting: A Video Gallery of Classic Screen Types,” that features performances by Javier Bardem, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Jesse Eisenberg, Chloe Moretz, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jennifer Lawrence, Noomi Repace, Vincent Cassel, Anthony Mackie, Robert Duvall, Lesley Manville and Tilda Swinton. All of them are in black and white, and feature just a soundtrack by Owen Pallett. Some of the highlights include Damon in a furious rampage and Franco making out with himself.
The series is meant to “portray not only the art, but also the joy and vigor of performance.”
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Robert Duvall’s highest point from “Get Low” – OSCAR IN A MINUTE

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Tracking the Oscar race is a daily occurrence here at HollywoodNews.com. Oscar in a Minute is our new audio podcast that weighs in, briefly, on items that move us during the awards season. To hear previous entries, type “Oscar” into our search engine.
Today, we’re focusing on Robert Duvall’s memorable speech in “Get Low,” which could have him making another speech at the Oscars.
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OSCARS Honor Robert Duvall, Francis Ford Coppola at the Governor’s Awards‎

hollywoodnews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the 2010 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood®, CA, Saturday, November 13. Pictured here at the event (left to right): Oscar®-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy, Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall, Honorary Award recipient Eli Wallach, Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Francis Ford Coppola, Previous Oscar-nominee Talia Shire, Previous Oscar-nominee James Caan, Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola and Two time Oscar®-winning actor Robert DeNiro.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
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Robert Duvall at the Hollywood Awards Gala

HollywoodNews.com: Robert Duvall can be seen recently in Aaron Schneider’s “Get Low” starring Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, and Lucas Black. A leading man since the 1960s, Robert Duvall has specialized in taciturn cowboys, fierce leaders and driven characters of all types. He is respected by his peers and adored by audiences worldwide, he has earned numerous Oscar® nominations for his performances in “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now,” “The Great Santini,” “The Apostle” and “A Civil Action.” Duvall won the Academy Award® as Best Actor for his role in “Tender Mercies,” and later earned the Golden Globe for his performance in the title role of HBO’s “Stalin.” More recently, Duvall was honored with the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for his iconic portrayal of “Prentice Ritter” in AMC’s “Broken Trail.” Duvall made his big screen debut in 1962, as the creepy “Boo Radley” in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He has gone on to star in such classics as “Bullitt,” “True Grit,” “M*A*S*H,” “The Conversation,” “Network,” “The Natural,” “Colors,” “Days of Thunder,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Rambling Rose,” “Wrestling Ernest Hemingway,” “Phenomenon,” “A Civil Action,” “Open Range,” and “Thank You For Smoking,” among many others.
As a director and producer, Duvall got behind the camera for his labor of love project “The Apostle” in which he also starred. The film went on to earn many accolades, including being named on over seventy-five film critics? Top 10 Films for 1997 lists, including the “New York Times” and “Los Angeles Times.” He alsowrote, produced and starred in “Assassination Tango.” Duvall was most recently seen as the Old Man in “The Road,” which stars Viggo Mortensen and is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy.

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Hollywood Fest to Honor Zach Galifianakis and Jennifer Lawrence at the Hollywood Awards Gala

HollywoodNews.com: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that the star of “Due Date” Zach Galifianakis will receive the “Hollywood Comedy Actor Award” and actress Jennifer Lawrence will be recognized with the “New Hollywood Award,” at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the Hollywood Awards Gala.
Previously announced honorees for this year’s Hollywood Awards Gala include: Sean Penn for the “Humanitarian Award”; Sylvester Stallone for the “Career Achievement Award”; Annette Bening for the “Actress Award”; Robert Duvall for the “Actor Award”; Helena Bonham Carter for the “Supporting Actress Award”; Sam Rockwell for the “Supporting Actor Award”; Andrew Garfield for the “Breakthrough Actor Award”; Mia Wasikowska for the “Breakthrough Actress Award”; Morgan Freeman and Lorie McCreary for the “Innovator Award”; Danny Boyle and Chris Colson for the “Producer Award”; Tom Hooper for the “Director Award”; Aaron Sorkin for the “Screenwriter Award”; Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3″ and director Lee Unkrich for the “Animation Award”; Hans Zimmer for “Film Composer Award”; Wally Pfister for “Cinematographer Award”; Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for the “Editor Award”; Paramount Pictures’ “Iron Man 2″ and visual effects supervisors Ben Snow and Janek Sirrs for the “Visual Effects Award”; and Robert Stromberg for “Production Designer Award.”
ABOUT ZACH GALIFIANAKIS
Zach Galifianakis will soon be seen in Todd Phillips’ “Due Date,” co-starring Robert Downey Jr.. He moved to New York City after failing his last college course by one point at North Carolina State University. He got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square, graduating to doing stand-up at night in clubs and coffee houses in the city. While working as a busboy, he got his first acting job on the NBC sitcom “Boston Common.”
Galifianakis’ breakout role came in Todd Phillips’ blockbuster hit “The Hangover,” the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. He will reunite with Phillips and castmates Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha in “Hangover 2,” slated for a 2011 release.
He also stars in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” which premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Recently, he also co-starred with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in Jay Roach’s comedy “Dinner for Schmucks.” Galifianakis’ additional film credits include the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced hit “G-Force”; the indie feature “Youth in Revolt,” with Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta; a [...]

Mary Hart to return as host of the Hollywood Awards Gala

HollywoodNews.com: “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart will once again host the 14th Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, presented by Starz, on Monday, October 25th at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. This will be the seventh time Ms. Hart has acted as host for the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony honoring excellence in the art of filmmaking, as well as creative talent within the global creative community.
The Hollywood Awards Gala will also pay tribute to Mary Hart for her seven years of support for the Festival and Awards, as well as her more than 30 years of promotion and support of the Hollywood entertainment community. Ms. Hart will receive a Hollywood Award as part of that honor.

“We are so honored and excited to have Mary join us once again as our host for this year’s gala. It’s a privilege to have such a professional gracing our stage and appreciate all the support Mary has given us over the years,” stated Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the Hollywood Awards Gala.
Honorees for this year’s Hollywood Awards Gala include: Sylvester Stallone for the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award”; Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary for the “Hollywood Innovator Award”; Tom Hooper for the “Hollywood Director Award”; Annette Bening for the “Hollywood Actress Award”, Robert Duvall for the “Hollywood Actor Award”, Sean Penn for the “Humanitarian Award”; Helena Bonham Carter for the “Supporting Actress Award”; Sam Rockwell for the “Supporting Actor Award”; Andrew Garfield for the “Breakthrough Actor Award”; Mia Wasikowska for the “Breakthrough Actress Award”; Danny Boyle and Chris Colson for the “Producer Award”; Aaron Sorkin for the “Screenwriter Award”; Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3″ and director Lee Unkrich for the “Animation Award”; Hans Zimmer for “Film Composer Award”; Wally Pfister for “Cinematographer Award”; Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for the “Hollywood Editor Award”; Paramount Pictures’ “Iron Man 2″ and visual effects supervisors Ben Snow and Janek Sirrs for the “Visual Effects Award”; and Robert Stromberg for “Production Designer Award.” Additional honorees will be announced.
The Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2010.
ABOUT MARY HART
This year, Mary Hart begins her 29th and final season as host of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the No. 1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine show in the world. Hart joined ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT as a correspondent on June 24, 1982.
In 1999, Hart was inducted into Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall [...]

Awards Season Roundup: How will “Social Network” play with Academy members?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.
As “The Social Network” collects an army of positive reviews, the cast opens up about Mark Zuckerberg’s timely donation of $100 million to Newark’s public schools. Says “Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, “I think that when someone does that, the only reasonable response is ‘Thank you, sir. Thank you very much.’”
Meanwhile, David Fincher’s film will have its first official academy screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Saturday, and Tom O’Neil wonders how the movie will play with older academy members.
In a release, The Independent Filmmaker Project announced that director Darren Aronofsky, Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall and Focus Features CEO James Schamus will each be presented with a career Tribute at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards, scheduled for on Monday, Nov. 29.
In response, Jeff Wells writes that this “sorta kinda sounds like they’ve already decided to give ‘Black Swan’ the top Gotham award for best feature…no? Maybe not. And maybe Duvall hasn’t been selected to win the best actor prize.”
Kris Tapley coners last night’s Disney event, which previewed “Tron,” “Secretariat,” and the animated “Tangled.”
And finally, with 22 weeks left to go, David Poland calls this year’s race “the Oscar season of Really Good.”
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Robert Duvall, Bill Murray conduct acting clinic in “Get Low”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Get Low (*** out of 4)
Would you want to attend your own funeral?
You’d get to try on that tailor-made suit, smell the ceremonial flowers, enjoy the hymns, and hear all of the juicy stories gathered masses have to share about you now that you’re “gone.”
That’s Felix Bush’s idea in Aaron Schneider’s soft-spoken and introspective “Get Low.”
Robert Duvall, buried beneath 40 years of facial hair, plays Bush, a hermit who has grown tired of the townsfolk speculating on the motivations for his isolation. He hires funeral parlor owner Frank Quinn (Bill Murray) to throw him a party, where anyone in the neighboring four counties with a Bush story to share can speak their peace. It’s Bush’s true goal, however, to get a difficult story of his own chest so he finally can reconcile with Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek) — a kindly woman he once wronged – before time runs out.
“Time” is an important concept to Schneider, who doesn’t rush through his issues and instead lets his actors have more than enough minutes to flesh out their differences.
“Get Low” gets where its going, but the pace allows us more than enough opportunity to appreciate Duvall’s gravity, Spacek’s lingering hurt, Bill Cobbs’ stubborn frustrations, and Murray’s innate ability to light up a dreary room with the turn of a phrase.
“Get Low” trades in small-town dramas, decades-long grudges, poignant memories, broken hearts, and pitch-black gallows humor meant to lighten the mood.
While it’s true Schneider tips his hand very early with a tragic opening scene, so we’re aware of the root of Bush’s emotional troubles, we’re still left waiting for all the puzzle pieces to surface so that the overall picture can become clear. With this ensemble slowly collecting the bits, the journey is always interesting.
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