When the Los Angeles Times published the study of the Academy two years ago, many people were equally shocked and not surprised at the information given about the demographics. Since the piece, many have trumpeted the 94% white, 77% male, and average age of 62 years old as a way to justify certain predictions. With several veteran contenders in the race this year, how much affect will the Academy’s demographic have on the race.
In one week, when the 86th Academy Awards are presented in Hollywood, many Oscar pools across America will be lost by people who correctly predicted major categories but blew the three categories devoted to shorts. Correctly predicting best animated short, best documentary short and best live-action short is what separates the men from the boys — or the female equivalents — when it comes to Oscar contests. And so, in an effort to try to correctly predict all three categories’ winners, as I did last year and in several years past, I did what I always do: I actually watched the nominees.
As the legendary Judi Dench nears her 80th birthday, she is enjoying as great a third act as any actor ever has. In January, for her performance as a mother searching for her long-lost child in Stephen Frears‘ Philomena (which is based on the true story of Philomena Lee), she landed her seventh Oscar nomination; all of them, including her best supporting actress win for just eight minutes of work in Shakespeare in Love, have come in the past 16 years, since she turned 63.
By Mark Pinkert
In less than a week, the Academy will crown its 2013 Best Picture and, soon after, we’ll all move on to 2014. But which of the current films will stand the test of time? Which ones will we re-watch, now and later, despite massive influxes of new movies? Some of this year’s films, we’ll find, are “re-watchable,” while others fill us up after one viewing. Here’s my look at the nine Best Picture contenders and how I think they’ll fare down the road.
American Hustle earned itself a place alongside some great films in Oscar history when it managed to nab four acting nominations in the four acting categories. Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence all find themselves in competition once again, but many are predicting American Hustle to go home empty handed. However, odds are that a film with four acting nominations, never mind the 10 overall nominations including Picture, Director and Screenplay. So what is most likely for American Hustle to pick up acting wise?
Of the many categories that will presented next Sunday, the screenplay awards are the most eclectic. You have battles between films set in the 70s and the future, between a freed slave and a disgraced Wall Street exec and everything in between.
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
It will come as a surprise to many that the four members of U2 – Bono (vocals and guitar),The Edge (guitar, keyboards and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar) and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion), who are nominated for the best original song Oscar for “Ordinary Love” in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – have been writing and performing music about South Africa since the late 1970s, when they were still in their teens. I learned as much last week during a fascinating and candid conversation with the Irish rockers in New York, video of which The Hollywood Reporter is pleased to exclusively premiere in this post.
When the Oscars roll around on March 2 one of the winners we could possibly have another film centered around the Holocaust taking home an Oscar prize. The Lady in Number 6, currently up for Documentary Short, has been making some waves and announced itself as one of the frontrunners for the Oscar.
Hollywood is a business of looking forward to the next thing and trying to predict what changes will come. It’s also not out of the ordinary for Oscar nominees to parlay that nomination/win into future work. So with that, let’s take a look at the next projects for the actors and directors nominated at the Oscars.
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Anyone who had the opportunity to catch Frozen in theaters was treated to a wonderful sort before the film started. Get a Horse! is the front runner for animated short film at the Oscars and many people were excited to see Mickey Mouse and company back on the big screen, and in a particularly inventive way.