Eyebrows were raised with both surprise and suspicion yesterday when it was announced that the track “Alone Yet Not Alone” — from a faith-based film of the same name — had gained an Oscar nomination, beating out tunes by both Taylor Swift and Coldplay, among others. The surprise was due to the fact that very few people had heard of either the song or its parent film. The suspicion? That the song’s cowriter Bruce Broughton had used his position as a former chief of the Academy’s music section to egregiously game the voting system and convince people to tick the box for his song.
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Bruce Dern has confirmed that he spoke with Quentin Tarantino about the possibility of appearing in the director’s next movie. “We had a conversation,” said Dern, who yesterday received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as delusional alcoholic Woody Grant in the film Nebraska. “I mean, he hasn’t hired me yet or anything. But we had a conversation about the material, yes we did.”
At Thursday’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Gravity grabbed the most awards — seven in total — but 12 Years a Slave dominated the major categories, winning Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and Best Adapted Screenplay. There were a few Golden Globe repeats, including acting wins for Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), and Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club).
See the full winners list below:
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Let’s take a closer look at the nine Best Picture nominees at the 2014 Oscars, shall we? To refresh your memory…
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
Below, EW Oscar expert Anthony Breznican breaks down the surprises, the snubs, and the front-runners:
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At this year’s Oscars, EW’s Anthony Breznican thinks Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) are a lock in their categories.
From there, things get complicated. See what he has to say:
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This year’s Oscar nominations are all over the map. While Lupita Nyong’o was nominated for her first movie ever (12 Years a Slave), Meryl Streep is breaking her own record with an 18th nod (August: Osage County).
EW’s Anthony Breznican and Sara Vilkomerson lead us through the newcomers and the familiar faces. Who will you be rooting for come March?
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To watch or not to watch? That was the question plaguing 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o on Wednesday night when she and her best friend were debating whether to watch Thursday’s Oscar nominations when they were scheduled to broadcast early Thursday morning.
“I wasn’t sure I wanted to see it live,” said the actress, who is staying in Los Angeles for the slew of award shows happening in the next week. “We weighed the pros and cons of waking up so early, but we decided it was better to hear it from the horse’s mouth. I knew I would hear about it anyway, so I might as well hear it along with everyone else.”
The news couldn’t have been better for the actress who landed her first Oscar nomination Thursday for her first feature film, playing the role of tortured slave Patsey.
Nyong’o, who has a history of performing on stage and directed her own video short, has found the whole campaigning process to be enlightening.
“Everything is so new. It’s really hard to pick out one thing that stands out above the other. It’s all standing out to me,” she says. “I’m living in a very heightened state.”
Living in such an altered state didn’t come as that much of a surprise to Nyong’o, who says that she knew 12 Years was unique from the moment she was hired for the job.
“I always knew that it would be like nothing else, and every day was confirmation of just how awesome this is. Really. This has been an elevated experience from the day I was cast in this film.”
It had been less than 24 hours since Blue Jasmine actress Sally Hawkins returned from Los Angeles and the Golden Globes ceremony when she was throttled with the stunning news that she’d been nominated for an Oscar for her turn as Ginger, Jasmine’s working-class sister who reluctantly takes in the former socialite when she shows up on her doorstep penniless in Woody Allen’s latest film.
“I’m in a state of overwhelm, so thrilled and delighted,” said Hawkins, who had just returned from an unglamorous grocery-shopping outing to find herself bombarded with phone calls from family, friends, and her emotional agent.
“I had just stumbled through the door with bags in hand, tripping over suitcases that had yet to be unpacked,” said Hawkins, who had yet to eat the lunch she had bought for herself.
The 37-year-old actress, best known for her work with British writer-director Mike Leigh, said that though she knew her time on set with Jasmine star Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen was special, she never at the time imagined it could lead to an Oscar nomination.
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Robert Redford appeared before the press Thursday to discuss the Sundance Film Festival, but it was impossible to ignore the news that he’d been snubbed by the Academy, which overlooked his acting performance in All is Lost. Speaking at the festival’s Day 1 press conference, Redford insisted he wasn’t disturbed or upset by the slight, but he expressed regret that the film’s distributors, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, did not do more to champion the film’s award prospects. “When these films go before to be voted on, usually they’re heavily dependent on campaigns that the distributors provide,” he said. “There’s a lot of campaigning that goes on and it can get very political, but that’s okay. Because it is a business. In our case, I think we suffered from little to no distribution. So as a result, our distributors either — I don’t know why — they didn’t want to spend the money, they were afraid, or they just were incapable. But whatever, we had no campaign to help us cross over into the mainstream. So I suspect that had something to do with it.” READ FULL STORY
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