It's safe to say members of the Boston Online Film Critics Association were big fans of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." The group handed the film seven awards Friday including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Best Supporting Actress (Luipta Nyong'o). Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") rounded out the acting honors, while "Before Midnight" took Best Screenplay. Check out the full list below.
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Spike Jonze's "Her," Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" and especially Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" turned up great showings in the nominations stage for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association this year. All three films were nominated for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."
We’re in the home stretch for 2013 episodes of “Saturday Night Live.” Starting tonight, we have a run of three weeks involving hosts familiar with the program. Paul Rudd is making his third appearance as host to kick things off, and if you think he’s the only actor associated with the “Anchorman” franchise that will appear tonight in Studio 8H, well, I have some swampland to sell you. Not only is Will Ferrell an alum of the show, but the film’s co-writer/director Adam McKay tweeted earlier today that he would be writing another iteration of a moderately-famous recurring sketch as well. (And others involved with the franchise have experience as well, almost too many to name here.)
Simon Kinberg has quickly become one of Fox's greatest assets, and it looks like they're about to double-down on him for the foreseeable future.
Earlier today, I recorded a short video piece about Kinberg's new deal to help expand both the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" worlds on film, and I'm sure he's got some big ideas about what to do with both of those properties. He's also hard at work on his "Star Wars" spin-off film, whichever one it is, as well as the TV show "Star Wars: Rebels." He's joined that club where he is pretty much booked every day of the year, and on giant movies that are absolutely going to be made. It's pretty rarefied air, and he seems to be handling it well. When I spoke to him last, at an event for "Elysium," he talked a little bit about how great it had been participating in the "Star Wars" process and spending time with Lawrence Kasdan, who has to be considered one of the old school masters of this sort of thing.
This raises a larger question, though, about the sudden move everyone's making to this model that's worked so well for one company. I feel like I may not have made the point I was trying to the other day, or at least I didn't make it clear with what I wrote. When I wrote about the way Warner is approaching their DC comic movies right now, I wasn't trying to say that I know the way they HAVE to fix things. Far from it. Ultimately, all that matters is that each studio look at what they have and find the best way to make it. That's all any of them can hope to do. There are hundreds of ways to screw up any potential adaptation, and only a very few ways it really works.
As I anticipated, "The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's visually extravagant, Fellini-referencing reflection on contemporary Rome, emerged the big winner at tonight's European Film Awards in Berlin, taking four prizes for European Film of the Year, European Director of the Year, European Actor of the Year for Toni Servillo and European Editor of the Year for Cristiano Travaglioli. The film, a critics' pet since Cannes, is Italy's entry for the foreign-language Oscar; and this haul lends a handy boost to its campaign across the pond.
"The Square," Egyptian-American director Jehane Noujaim's study of the Egyptian Revolution from its 2011 origins in Tahrir Square, has looked like on to watch the documentary Oscar race ever since it won the Audience Award in its section at the Sundance Film Festival. It followed that up with the People's Choice Award for documentaries at Toronto, and nabbed further headlines when it became Netflix's first film acquisition. Sure enough, it was among the 15 titles shortlisted by the Academy earlier this week.
LOS ANGELES - Declaring that “this isn’t the kind of thing that happens to people from New Zealand,” a slightly overwhelmed Lorde was at a loss for words when it came to describing how receiving four Grammy nominations made the 17-year old feel.
Her song, “Royals,” which spent 9 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, garnered both record of the year and song of the year nods, while the singer also got a best pop solo performance and best pop vocal album nomination.
Though new to the game, Lorde has proven herself to be fairly savvy with a certain take-no-prisoners attitude. When asked if people in New Zealand understood the significance of Grammys, she tartly added, in that way that only a teenager can, “we’ve got the internet so everyone’s covered. It’s all good."
The Grammy Awards take place Jan. 26, 2014.
While much of the action took place on stage tonight at the “Grammy Nominations Concert Live,” there was plenty going on backstage beyond the cameras’ reach.
Here are a few moments you didn’t see on TV:
ED SHEERAN, who received a best new artist nomination, said he and Taylor Swift, with whom he co-wrote on her Grammy-nominated “Red” album, “definitely” have plans to work together again, but it may be a bit of a wait. “Yeah, not any time soon. I’m going to go off and do my own thing for awhile,” he said.
MIGUEL, who performed with Keith Urban, and received two nominations, says fans can start getting ready for a new album from the Grammy winner, his first since 2012’s “Kaleidoscope Dreams.” “I’ve been on the road for the past 3 years pretty much, but I feel like I finally got in a rhythm of recording and playing,” he said. “We’re well into a rhythm on the road... so it’s coming, it’s coming.”
MARY LAMBERT, who sings with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Song of the year nominee, “Same Love,” says the reaction she’s gotten from the song has made her realize that its success is far beyond anything she or the duo have created and that it has taken on a life of its own. “Same Love” “reflects where we are culturally,” says Lambert. Her favorite response to the song? “There’s a woman that came up to me, I have a solo version of the song and I’d just performed that, and she said, ‘I decided I’m going to come out to my church.’ She was a minister and she knew that they were going to kick her out, but she was like, ‘I’m not going to apologize for that anymore’,” Lambert recalled, choking up. “It’s incredible.” Lambert, who has signed with Capitol Record, will release her debut EP on the label on Dec. 17.
PRESENTER MELISSA ETHERIDGE was positively giddy over the nomination of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s same-sex marriage anthem, “Same Love,” for Song of the year. She considers its success a watershed moment. “I’d really like to sing that one with them on the Grammys,” she admitted. The song struck a chord with her from the start: My daughter came to me and said...‘Oh, you’ll like this song mom.‘ We’re in the car, driving, and she played ‘Same Love’ and I had to pull over. To hear that from that genre, from a straight kid like that from Seattle to my daughter... it just, it’s happened, it’s here. We’ve crossed over. So that song holds a super amazing place in my life.”
RAPPER T.I. was gracious and humble when it came to his role on “Blurred Lines,” the Robin Thicke hit that received a number of nominations. “I’m just glad Pharrell and Rob invited me to the party, I just showed up,” he said. “There wasn’t really any pressure on me. Congratulations, really, for Rob and Pharrell.” However, he admitted it was a little bittersweet that he and Pharrell were also competing against each other for both the record of the year and best pop duo/group performance since Pharrell’s other major collaboration, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” was also up in both categories. As for the huge success of “Blurred Lines,” T.I. said, “It was just this cool idea. We feel like everybody brought their A-game and found a way to make something different work in a big way. Once they presented it to me, it was just let me not mess this thing up.”
ALEX DA KID, who signed Imagine Dragons to his Interscope-distributed imprint, fully understands the reasons why the rock band, who received a best new artist nod, are striking such a chord with their fans. “I was definitely drawn first to the songwriting, I thought the songwriting was consistent, and certainly to their live show,” he said. “Their live show was theatrical, it’s a real show. And they were doing that when they weren’t playing arenas, they were doing that when they were playing to 50 people in a club.”
RECORDING ACADEMY CHAIRMAN NEIL PORTNOW said there are no hard feelings over Drake’s decision to pull out of performing on tonight’s show at the 11th hour... even if he’s still not exactly sure why the rapper, who received five nominations, had to cancel. “They had some changes in their plans,” he said. “It was just one of those things, it was kind of last minute....[but] everybody’s big boys and girls. It was very amicable and we hope that we might see him in January,” he said, leaving an opening for Drake to perform on the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards.
Garth Brooks will have his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in 12 years next week as his box set, “Blame It All On My Roots,” is slated to climb 3-1 (155,000).
The Walmart exclusive notched third place this week after only 3 1/2 days of availability this week, selling 164,000. In addition to being available only at the big box retailer, fans can only purchase the physical set, no download is available.
Christmas titles continue to deck the charts as The Robertsons’ “Duck The Halls” takes the Duck Dynasty clan’s first holiday album to No. 2. (120,000). It is projected to narrowly top Britney Spears’ new album, “Britney Jean,” which will bow at No. 3 with slightly lower numbers. If "Britney Jean' comes in at No. 3, it will be her lowest debuting album, as all her previous sets have entered at No. 1 or No. 2.
Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas set, “Wrapped In Red” continues to sell well, at No. 4 (115,000.)
This week’s No. 1, One Direction’s “Midnight Memories,” sees a massive drop from 546,000 to around 20% of that, but will still likely top the 100,000 mark for the No. 5 spot, according to Hits Daily Double.
The bottom five looks like it will be Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP2” at No. 6 (80,000), a capella quintet Pentatonix’s “PTX, Vol 11) at a new high of No. 7 (65,000), Michael Buble’s “Christmas” at No. 8 (60000), the “Frozen” Soundtrack at No. 9 (50,000) and Katy Perry’s “Prism” at No. 10 (45,000).
In a further sign that Lady Gaga’s “Artpop” is in serious trouble, the title falls out of the top 20 only four weeks after release.