Correctly predicting the Best Picture or acting winners won’t guarantee glory with your office Oscar pool. The big categories are usually a foregone conclusion, with the Academy rarely providing a surprising upset. The key to winning and earning bragging rights is picking the winners in the less glamorous categories. That’s where the contest is won or lost.
Over the weekend, three different groups revealed their winners, giving a clearer picture on who might win in their respective categories.
The Writers Guild of America bestowed Best Original Screenplay honors to Wes Anderson for his work on the colorful caper, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Meanwhile, Graham Moore came out on top for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game.
The Grand Budapest Hotel was also a big winner over at the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards, along with The Guardians of the Galaxy. Over at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards, Emmanuel Lubezki won once again. His latest win for Birdman follows his other trophies for The Tree of Life, Children of Men and Gravity.
Get an in depth look below at each awards show’s respective winners in the other categories.
The highly-anticipated adaptation of the best-selling book is off to a great start. Fifty Shades of Grey was released the night before it’s official launch date and scored $8.6 million in late night showings, giving Universal it’s best late night showing performance ever.
The number represents the second-highest showing for an R-rated film. The Jamie Dornan erotic thriller is only behind The Hangover 2′s $10.4 million showing. It also marks the best late night showing in February. Over the weekend, it’s expected to generate a scorching $75 million.
I saw a screening and have to say Dakota Johnson surprised me. I wasn’t a fan of her casting but she was a revelation to me. Perhaps, it was my low expectations but she had me engaged. Overall, the film wasn’t half bad. Do you plan on watching Fifty Shades of Grey? Or have you already checked it out? Weigh in below.
Lately, Reese Witherspoon has been all about showing off her dramatic chops in fare like Wild, Devil’s Knot and The Good Lie. She returns to comedy in the buddy film, Hot Pursuit. It appears it was a smart move. The film has the potential to be this Summer’s sleeper hit based on the trailer.
Witherspoon plays a police officer assigned to protect Sofia Vergara who is set to testify against a major drug cartel. Naturally, hilarious hijinks occur as crooked lawmen and drug dealers pursue them. Love their reactions as they learn how news reporters have been describing them. One gets a little older, while the other more diminutive. I’m pretty sure you can guess which one is which.
Hot Pursuit is slated to open in theaters on May 8 during Mother’s Day weekend. Check out the trailer below and weigh in afterward. These two have fantastic chemistry.
The 87th Academy Awards is going to be jam-packed with plenty of entertainment. Lady Gaga is just the latest name joining a star-studded roster of scheduled performers for Hollywood’s big night.
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealed the news via Twitter today, saying she will be involved in “a very special performance.”
“Lady Gaga is a once in a lifetime artist who’s musical evolution keeps growing. We are proud to have her perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” – Zadan and Meron said in a statement
Production for the next James Bond film began in December. Two months later, the first footage from Spectre has been released.
A major action sequence from the very first day of filming is included in the clip. New comers Léa Seydoux and David Bautista talk about their excitement and nervousness about joining the 007 family and filming in Austria. Based on the two minute clip, Spectre looks to be every bit as bad-ass and epic as Skyfall. I can’t wait.
“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.” – Spectre Plot
Spectre hits theaters on November 6. Daniel Craig returns to the franchise to play the suave spy once again, along with fellow returnees Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and director Sam Mendes. Check out the preview below.
From the man who brought us Say Anything, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous comes another romantic comedy that is bound to be another classic.
Cameron Crowe chose Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone to helm his latest film, titled Aloha, which previously had working titles Deep Tiki and Volcano Romance. Wise decision to ditch the other two, especially given the tagline. “Sometimes you have to say goodbye… before you can say hello.”
Cooper plays a defense contractor named Brian Gilcrest who falls for Allison Ng (Emma Stone), an Air Force pilot, after he is assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii. Complicating matters is the fact that Brian reconnects with a former flame portrayed by Rachel McAdams. For all you trivia buffs, you might be interested to know that Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon were attached back when the project was being developed in 2008-2009.
Aloha was originally slated for last December but was pushed back to May 29, 2015. I’m thinking Columbia Pictures didn’t want it to conflict with Cooper’s American Sniper which has been dominating the box office since its release.
Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Jay Baruchel round out the cast. Check out the first trailer below.
The big screen adaptation of the 1960s series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., has been in the works for some time now. Numerous names including George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Chris Pine, Matt Damon, Channing Tatum, Jon Hamm and Tom Cruise have been attached at some point or another. In the end, Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill were the ones finally chosen to star in the spy-fi action comedy film.
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s period of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo (Caville) and Illya Kuryakin (Hammer). The two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
Hugh Grant also appears in the film, playing Waverly, the head of U.N.C.L.E. Rounding out the cast in the Guy Ritchie-directed film are Alicia Vikander, Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debicki and Luca Calvani. Check out the first trailer released by Warner Bros. below. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. hits theaters on August 14.
Judd Apatow’s latest comedy, Trainwreck, makes its debut next month at this year’s SXSW festival. Earlier today, Universal dropped the first trailer of the Bridesmaid producer’s next comedy blockbuster.
Apatow tapped Amy Schumber as the film’s leading loveable trainwreck who doesn’t believe in monogamy. She’s joined by several SNL alums including Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader and Colin Quinn. Basketball star LeBron James also stars in the film along with appearances from John Cena, Brie Larson and Tilda Swinton.
Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo – enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment – but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.
Trainwreck crashes into theaters on July 17. Check out the first trailer below.