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2014 Writers Guild Award winners

Posted: February 2, 2014 in Movies, Television

This year’s Writers Guild Awards were held in Los Angeles last night and it turns out that Spike Jonze, and specifically his fantastic film Her, were the night’s big winners.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Original Screenplay

– American Hustle

– Blue Jasmine

– Dallas Buyers Club

Her

– Nebraska

Adapted Screenplay

– August: Osage County

– Before Midnight

Captain Phillips

– Lone Survivor

– The Wolf of Wall Street

Documentary Screenplay

– Dirty Wars

– Herblock: The Black & The White

– No Place on Earth

Stories We Tell

– We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

Drama Series

Breaking Bad

– The Good Wife

– Homeland

– House of Cards

– Mad Men

Comedy Series

– 30 Rock

– Modern Family

– Orange is the New Black

– Parks and Recreation

Veep

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This year’s Screen Actors Guild awards winners were announced last night, and it’s usually a pretty good precursor to what we can generally expect from the Academy Awards in March.  This year’s big winner was American Hustle, the David O. Russell directed film based loosely on a true story concerning some of the country’s biggest swindlers.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Female Actor in a Supporting Role

– Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o 12 Years A Slave

– Julia Roberts August: Osage County

– June Squibb Nebraska

– Oprah Winfrey Lee Daniel’s: The Butler

Male Actor in a Supporting Role

– Daniel Bruhl Rush

– Barkhad Abdi Captain Phillips

– Michael Fassbender 12 Years A Slave

– James Gandolfini Enough Said

Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club

Male Actor in a Leading Role

– Bruce Dern Nebraska

– Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years A Slave

– Tom Hanks Captain Phillips

Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club

– Forest Whitaker Lee Daniel’s: The Butler

Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine

– Sandra Bullock Gravity

– Judi Dench Philomena

– Meryl Streep August: Osage County

– Emma Thompson Saving Mr. Banks

Cast in a Motion Picture

12 Years A Slave

American Hustle

August: Osage County

Dallas Buyers Club

Lee Daniel’s: The Butler

Female Actor in a Comedy Series

– Mayim Bailik The Big Bang Theory

– Julie Bowen Modern Family

– Edie Falco Nurse Jackie

– Tina Fey 30 Rock

Julia Louis Dreyfus Veep

Male Actor in a Comedy Series

– Alec Baldwin 30 Rock

– Jason Bateman Arrested Development

Ty Burrell Modern Family

– Don Cheadle House of Lies

– Jim Parson The Big Bang Theory

Ensemble in a Comedy Series

30 Rock

– Arrested Development

– The Big Bang Theory

Modern Family

– Veep

Female Actor in a Drama Series

– Claire Danes Homeland

– Anna Gunn Breaking Bad

– Jessica Lange American Horror Story: Coven

Maggie Smith Downton Abbey

– Kerry Washington Scandal

Male Actor in a Drama Series

– Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad

– Jeff Daniels The Newsroom

– Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones

– Kevin Spacey House of Cards

Ensemble in a Drama Series

– Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

– Downton Abbey

– Game of Thrones

– Homeland

Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries

– Angela Bassett Betty & Corretta

– Helena Bonham Carter Burton and Taylor

– Holly Hunter Top of the Lake

Helen Mirren Phil Spector

– Elisabeth Moss Top of the Lake

Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries

– Matt Damon Behind the Candelabra

Michael Douglas Behind the Candelabra

– Jeremy Irons The Hollow Crown

– Rob Lowe Killing Kennedy

– Al Pacino Phil Spector

 

HBO has released the first full length trailer for season four of their hit TV show, Game of Thrones.  The trailer was shown right before the premiere of the premium movie channel’s next big hit, True Detective.

Season four looks proper mental.  Totes obvi.  Duh.

Game of Thrones is back in March on HBO, Sunday’s at 9pm.

 

This year’s Golden Globe Award Nominations were announced early this morning in Los Angeles, as Oscar contenders 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, and Gravity were well represented.

Here’s the full list of nominations:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

– 12 Years A Slave

– Captain Phillips

– Gravity

– Philonema

– Rush

*Notes: Both Philonema and Rush are surprise picks in the drama category here.  Both don’t stand a chance at winning, which is headscratching as to why they were chosen.   I would have put Prisoners in this category instead of Rush.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

– American Hustle

– Her

– Inside Llewn Davis

– Nebraska

– The Wolf of Wall Street

*Notes: Nothing surprising here, all deserving and there really isn’t a front runner for the category; although I expect American Hustle to win.

Best Director

– Alfonso Cuaron “Gravity”

– Paul Greengrass “Captain Phillips”

– Steve McQueen “12 Years A Slave”

– Alexander Payne “Nebraska”

– David O. Russell “American Hustle”

*Notes: I really think it’s between McQueen and O. Russell, it depends on other awards but it’s really a two man race.

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

– Chiwetel Ejiofor “12 Years A Slave”

– Idris Elba “Mandela”

– Tom Hanks “Captain Phillips”

– Matthew McConaughey “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

– Robert Redford “All Is Lost”

*Notes: Interesting that Elba was included here, as his film Mandela hasn’t been getting any play with awards circuits.  It’s between Ejiofor and Hanks, in my opinion.

Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

– Leonardo DiCaprio “The Wolf of Wall Street”

– Christian Bale “American Hustle”

– Bruce Dern “Nebraska”

– Oscar Isaac “Inside Llewn Davis”

– Joaquin Phoenix “Her”

*Notes: DiCaprio isn’t getting any play for his role in TWOWS but he could be a dark horse here.  I really think it’s between Bale and Dern, but what do I know.

Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

– Cate Blanchett “Blue Jasmine”

– Sandra Bullock “Gravity”

– Judi Dench “Philomena”

– Emma Thompson “Saving Mr. Banks”

– Kate Winslet “Labor Day”

*Notes: Blanchett and Bullock are the two favorites here but Thompson is a dark horse.  Winslet’s nomination is basically an afterthought.

Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

– Amy Adams “American Hustle”

– Julie Delpy “Before Midnight”

– Greta Gerwig “Francis Ha”

– Julia Louis-Dreyfus “Enough Said”

– Meryl Streep “August: Osage County”

*Notes: Streep will probably win the category but this is a nomination field with no front runner.  I could see Adams winning.

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

– Barkhad Abdi “Captain Phillips”

– Daniel Bruhl “Rush”

– Bradley Cooper “American Hustle”

– Michael Fassbender “12 Years A Slave”

– Jared Leto “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

*Notes: I’d love to see Leto win but that doesn’t seem likely, it’s probably Fassbender’s award to lose.

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

– Sally Hawkins “Blue Jasmine”

– Jennifer Lawrence “American Hustle”

– Lupita Nyong’o “12 Years A Slave”

– Julia Roberts “August: Osage County”

– June Squibb “Nebraska”

*Notes: It’s either going to be Lawrence or Roberts, too much star power there.

Best Screenplay

– 12 Years A Slave

– American Hustle

– Her

– Nebraska

– Philomena

Best Original Score

– All is Lost

– Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

– 12 Years A Slave

– The Book Thief

– Gravity

Best Foreign Language Film

– Blue is the Warmest Color

– The Great Beauty

– The Hunt

– The Past

– The Wind Rises

Best Original Song

– “Atlas” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

– “Let it Go” Frozen

– “Ordinary Love” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

– “Please, Mr. Kennedy” Inside Llewn Davis

– “Sweeter Than Fiction” One Chance

Best Animated Feature Film

– The Croods

– Despicable Me 2

– Frozen

TV

 

Best TV Series – Drama

– Breaking Bad

– Downton Abbey

– The Good Wife

– House of Cards

– Masters of Sex

Best TV Series – Comedy

– The Big Bang Theory

– Brooklyn Nine-Nine

– Girls

– Modern Family

– Parks and Recreation

Best Actor – TV Series Drama

– Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad”

– Liev Schreiber “Ray Donovan”

– Michael Sheen “Masters of Sex”

– Kevin Spacey “House of Cards”

– James Spader “The Blacklist”

Best Actress – TV Series Drama

– Julianna Marguiles “The Good Wife”

– Titiana Maslany “Orphan Black”

– Taylor Schilling “Orange is the New Black”

– Kerry Washington “Scandal”

– Robin Wright “House of Cards”

Best Actor – TV Series Comedy

– Jason Bateman “Arrested Development”

– Don Cheadle “House of Lies”

– Michael J. Fox “The Michael J. Fox Show”

– Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory”

– Andy Samberg “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Best Actress – TV Series Comedy

– Zooey Deschanel “The New Girl”

– Edie Falco “Nurse Jackie”

– Lena Dunham “Girls”

– Julia Louis-Dreyfus “Veep”

– Amy Poehler “Parks and Recreation”

Best TV Mini-Series or Movie

– American Horror Story: Coven

– Behind the Candleabra

– Dancing on the Edge

– Top of the Lake

– White Queen

Best Actor in a TV Mini-Series or Movie

– Matt Damon “Behind the Candleabra”

– Michael Douglas “Behind the Candleabra”

– Chiwetel Ejiofor “Dancing on the Edge”

– Idris Elba “Luther”

– Al Pacino “Phil Spector”

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Mini-Series or Movie

– Jacqueline Bisset “Dancing on the Edge”

– Janet McTeer “White Queen”

– Hayden Panattiere “Nashville”

– Monica Potter “Parenthood”

– Sofia Vergara “Modern Family”

This year’s Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations were announced yesterday to little fanfare as there really isn’t a “wow” mainstream film this year as has been the case in year’s past.  However, the period piece 12 Years A Slave lead the pack in nominations, which is a very good indication of things to come with the bigger mainstream awards later this year.

Here are the nominations:

Best Film Ensemble

– 12 Years A Slave

– American Hustle

– August: Osage County

– The Butler

– Dallas Buyer’s Club

 

Best Film Actor

– Bruce Dern “Nebraska”

– Chiwetel Ejiofor “12 Years A Slave”

– Tom Hanks “Captain Phillips”

– Matthew McConaughey “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

– Forest Whitaker “The Butler”

 

Best Film Actress

– Cate Blanchett “Blue Jasmine”

– Sandra Bullock “Gravity”

– Judi Dench “Philomena”

– Merly Streep “August: Osage County”

– Emma Thompson “Saving Mr. Banks”

 

Best Film Supporting Actor

– Barkhad Abdi “Captain Phillips”

– Daniel Bruhl “Rush”

– Michael Fassbender “12 Years A Slave”

– James Gandolfini “Enough Said”

– Jared Leto “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

 

Best Film Supporting Actress

– Jennifer Lawrence “American Hustle”

– Lupita Nyong’o “12 Years A Slave”

– Julia Roberts “August: Osage County”

– June Squibb “Nebraska”

– Oprah Winfrey “The Butler”

 

Best Film Stunt Ensemble

– All is Lost

– Fast & Furious 6

– Lone Survivor

– Rush

– The Wolverine

 

TV

Best TV Drama Ensemble

– Boardwalk Empire

– Breaking Bad

– Downton Abbey

– Game of Thrones

– Homeland

 

Best TV Drama Actor

– Steve Buscemi “Boardwalk Empire”

– Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad”

– Jeff Daniels “The Newsroom”

– Peter Dinklage “Game of Thrones”

– Kevin Spacey “House of Cards”

 

Best TV Drama Actress

– Claire Danes “Homeland”

– Anna Gunn “Breaking Bad”

– Jessica Lange “American Horror Story: Coven”

– Maggie Smith “Downton Abbey”

– Kerry Washington “Scandal”

 

Best TV Comedy Ensemble

– Arrested Development

– The Big Bang Theory

– Modern Family

– 30 Rock

– Veep

 

Best TV Comedy Actor

– Alec Baldwin “30 Rock”

– Jason Bateman “Arrested Development”

– Ty Burrell “Modern Family”

– Don Cheadle “House of Lies”

– Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory”

 

Best TV Comedy Actress

– Mayim Bialik “The Big Bang Theory”

– Julie Bowen “Modern Family”

– Edie Falco “Nurse Jackie”

– Tina Fey “30 Rock”

– Julia Louis-Dreyfus “Veep”

 

Best TV Movie/Mini Actor

– Matt Damon “Behind the Candleabra”

– Michael Douglas “Behind the Candleabra”

– Jeremy Irons “The Hollow Crown”

– Rob Lowe “Killing Kennedy”

– Al Pacino “Phil Specter”

 

Best TV Movie/Mini Actress

– Angela Bassett “Betty and Coretta”

– Helena Boham Carter “Burton and Taylor”

– Holly Hunter “Top of the Lake”

– Helen Mirren “Phil Specter”

– Elisabeth Moss “Top of the Lake”

 

Best TV Stunt Ensemble

– Boardwalk Empire

– Breaking Bad

– Game of Thrones

– Homeland

– The Walking Dead

 

 

Stand back kiddos, The Flash will soon be coming to a television set near you.  However, you’ll get your first look at the character on the CW Network in an upcoming episode of Arrow where The Flash – also known as Barry Allen – makes an appearance.

It’s not known whether or not the speedy character will be donning his trademark red suit in the Arrow episode but if you don’t get to see him in costume there you’ll be able to see the superhero in all of his glory in an upcoming CW pilot.   Yep, the speed demon is getting his own show even before audiences have a chance to react to the character in the Arrow episode.  Apparently the CW studio decision makers have seen the upcoming Arrow episodes that co-star The Flash (played by Grant Gustin – who may be best known as Sebastian Smythe in Glee) and they liked the direction so much they immediately ordered a pilot episode starring the character.

The series creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg will keep The Flash‘s story arc and setting in the same universe as Arrow, allowing cross-over episodes and guest appearances by common characters.  While Arrow is a procedural series it remains to be seen whether or not Flash would be as well.

While I like the idea of The Flash getting his own show, I don’t know if the character is interesting enough to draw the audience that Arrow has built.  That, also, remains to be seen.  I kindof wished they would have saved a spin0ff show for Nightwing, who is set to be introduced in Arrow later this season.

Whatever, I’ll be tuning in.

Via Cinemablend

The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Studios, and Netflix announced a partnership deal today that will see four new original television series coming to the streaming video service in the near future.

With ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. having lukewarm success (we could talk about that in a separate article) in a primetime slot on Tuesday nights, Disney is looking to catch lightning in a bottle.  The company has approved series about four Marvel superheroes; Dare Devil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones.

Each hero will get their own 13 episode series hoping to establish a larger universe in the Marvel Initiative.  That new initiative is “The Defenders”, which will be a mini-series that brings the four heroes together on-screen and that  “reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”

Marvel is using the same blueprint with this small-screen initiative that they used with their original cinematic blueprint with the characters of Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor which ultimately set up The Avengers.

The Walt Disney Company originally shopped the series around to different cable networks including WGN America and also other online streaming services, such as Amazon Prime.  Disney already has an exclusive deal with Netflix that brings all DVD/Blu-ray releases to the service first before going to retailers starting in 2016.

As far as the characters go, they will each be getting their own original stories.  You may remember that Daredevil was one of the first superheroes to get the big movie treatment back in the early 2000’s with Ben Affleck starring.  After FOX relinquished the movie rights to the character Marvel opted to swoop in with their own plans for the character.  Luke Cage and Iron Fist are two of Marvel’s older and more well known characters who haven’t seen the level of interest in other characters.  Jessica Jones is a recently new addition to the Marvel squad, first appearing in the ABC TV series Alias and then appearing in cross-over comic book stories with Spider-Man and the New Avengers.

These new series will start in 2015.

Netflix has grown its reputation on the back of their other original series including House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Hemlock Grove.

Via CinemaBlend