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How the Oscars affected the weekend box office numbers

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Moviegoers want sure bets. Tickets are expensive, theaters can be a hassle, and time is precious. So while some eager types may turn out in droves after a film is nominated for an Academy Award, nine Best Picture nominees can prove a daunting to-do list, and some might want to wait for the slate to be whittled down. That seemed to be the case this weekend, at least, when Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave more than doubled its theater count and boasted a 116 percent increase in earnings.

There are a lot of factors that make analysis tricky in this case. Still, the numbers paint an interesting picture on their own. A certain amount of increased awareness post-Oscars can be assumed, after all. Also, many of the winners have been available on DVD and VOD for some time, implying that there is a solid theatrical draw for prestige award-winners. Let’s take a look at the weekend’s results. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor

First-time nominee Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, the role for which he lost a great amount of weight to play a man who battled AIDS for seven years after being told he had only 30 days to live. McConaughey beat out fellow nominees Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

After a prolonged kiss from his wife, Camila Alves, and a kiss on the cheek from DiCaprio, McConaughey took the stage to thank the 6,000 members of the Academy, as well as the other nominees. He then spoke about the three things that he needs each day: Something to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to chase. McConaughey continued on to thank God, his father — who’s dancing in his underwear up in heaven with some gumbo — his mother, and his wife and kids, who are “the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud of me.” Through tear-filled eyes, McConaughey ended by talking about his “someone to chase.” He spoke about continuing to strive to be his own hero, 10 years at a time.

He wrapped things up with a little “Alright, alright, alright,” and his life motto: “Just keep living.”

 

Jared Leto wins Best Supporting Actor at the 2014 Oscars

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Jared Leto won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. In his first role in nearly six years, Leto dominated the pre-Oscar prizes and was a heavy favorite to win. Leto thanked his mother, who raised him and his older brother alone, and then spoke to the dreamers watching at home in such trouble spots as Ukraine and Venezuela. He closed with reminding the audience of the 36 million people who have lost the battle with AIDS and the millions of people who fight courageously every day to be different and to be themselves.

Jared Leto engages heckler protesting his transgender performance in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Jared Leto’s interview at Tuesday night’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Awards was interrupted by a heckler who yelled that Leto had no right to play the transgender character in Dallas Buyers Club. “You don’t deserve an award!” the heckler said, according to multiple reports from the event. “Trans-misogyny does not deserve an award!”

Leto calmly engaged with the heckler, who witnesses identified as a transgender woman. “Because I’m a man, I don’t deserve to play that part?” Leto asked, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “So you would hold a role against someone who happened to be gay or lesbian — they can’t play a straight part?”

The two went back and forth, with the heckler complaining that straight actors win awards for playing transgender characters. Leto turned the tables, saying, “Then you’ve made sure people that are gay, people that aren’t straight, people like the Rayons of the world would never have the opportunity to turn the tables and explore parts of that art.” READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey looks 'amazing' in deleted scene from 'Dallas Buyers Club' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If fans didn’t get a chance to see Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in their Golden Globe winning performances in Dallas Buyers Club in theaters, now they can take the Oscar nominated drama home. The Blu-ray combo pack of the film arrives in stores today and the bonus features include deleted scenes that got cut from the theatrical version, including this exclusive one below featuring McConaughey’s character trying to celebrate living more than the month he was told he had by his doctor, played by Jennifer Garner. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Best Actor nominee Matthew McConaughey on being the last name called

If your wife has set a pre-dawn alarm and the two of you are awake in bed with your youngest son to watch the Oscar nominations announcement, it really would be a bummer not to hear your name called. And yet as one name after another was ticked off, Dallas Buyers Club‘s Matthew McConaughey says he had a brief moment of anxiety. “They went through all four names and I said ‘there’s only 5,’” the first-time nominee tells EW. “Then I think I saw the shot of me as Ron Woodruff before I heard my name. Yeahhh, it was nice.”

His other two kids with Camile Alves had since woken and McConaughey was eager to get off the phone to share the news with them. “I’ve got to explain it and have the conversation,” he says. “‘Remember when Papai was doing that show in New Orleans, the one where he was really skinny? Well today they’re saying ‘Hey we want to nominate you along with these four other really talented people for being one of the best performances of the year.’ I mean, there’s a lot of good stuff.”

Dallas Buyers Club was recognized with nominations not just for Best Actor, but also Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto. “Jared’s was the last name called too!” he says with a laugh. “There was definitely a point where I was like ‘ooh, ooh, ooh’ and then we heard his name and were like ‘Yes!!’

Oscars 2014: Jared Leto reacts -- 'Yesterday I was doing jury duty, today I got an Academy Award nomination'

Jared Leto is having an amazing morning — but when he first woke up he thought maybe an Oscar nomination wasn’t going to happen. “I woke up about an hour ago [5:37 am] and thought, ‘Oh I must not have gotten the nomination because no one woke me up yet. I was having a philosophical debate in my head about gratitude versus disappointment so you know I just won the Golden Globe and I’ve won 25 or so awards this season for the film already so there’s a lot to be grateful for. The nomination obviously is a huge one and it’s a great thing to get it.”

But a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Dallas Buyers Club isn’t the only thing on Leto’s mind this morning. He’s also got jury duty to contend with. (Oscar nominees! They’re just like us!) “It’s great: yesterday I was doing jury duty, today I got an Academy Award nomination…. only in America,” Leto said. “We probably shouldn’t talk about the case anymore (laughs).” READ FULL STORY

Jared Leto wins Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes

Jared Leto took home his first Golden Globe earlier tonight, for Best Supporting Actor.

“I waxed my entire body,” Leto explained in his acceptance speech about his prep for the role in Dallas Buyers Club. “I’m just lucky it wasn’t a period piece so I didn’t have to do full Brazilian. …It’s more than an honor to come back and have this support. I never expected it and I never even dreamed of it.”

As a response to his role as a transgender woman, Leto concluded his speech saying, “To the Rayons of the world, thanks for your inspiration.”

Golden Globes: Nominee Jared Leto on touring and transformation

Anyone attending Thirty Seconds to Mars’s sold-out concert in St. Louis tonight is in for a special treat: They’ll get to see Jared Leto’s very first show since being nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe this morning.

Leto wasn’t even awake when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that he was up for the award; instead, the Dallas Buyers Club star tells EW that he was “on a bunk aboard a bus that’s traveling across America in the absolute freezing cold, dead asleep.” Adds Leto: “I still may be sleeping; I’m not sure.”

But Leto will be fully alert tonight, when he takes the stage for another performance with his band — one that will double as a post-nominations victory lap. “Any night onstage with Thirty Seconds to Mars is a great night,” he says. “It’s a celebration. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the night celebrating this nomination. Our shows are all about a celebration. It’s all about a celebration of life, and it’s a wonderful way to spend your life, sharing excitement and creativity with people all around the world.”

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L.A., New York, and Boston Critics awards roundup: '12 Years a Slave', 'Gravity' dominate

Sunday was a busy day for film critics on both coasts. Boston, New York, and Los Angeles Film Critics announced their annual awards, adding fuel to the Oscar-prediction fire with a strong showing for 12 Years a Slave in the Best Picture arena.

Other repeat honorees include Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett for Best Actress, 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor, and 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress. Cinematography awards mostly went to Emmanuel Lubezki for his work on Gravity, and Inside Llewyn Davis picked up a few nods for T Bone Burnett’s score. Some categories were more evenly divided: Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen both got two Best Director acknowledgements for their work on Gravity and 12 Years a Slave.

Take a look at the complete roundup below.

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