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My Big Bold 2014 Academy Award Winner Predictions

March 1, 2014

12 chewitAs usual, I have to apologize for the lack of posts. Gratefully I have been busy working, auditioning and prepping several new projects. I’m in pre-production on the feature Like You Mean It (as a Producer) and the short Jack (as a Producer/Star) and I will be shooting an episode of one of my favorite dramatic TV shows next week. So, that’s all great. However, I know you would rather know what I think is gonna happen at Sunday’s big Oscar ceremony hosted by the hilarious Ellen Degeneres.

Well, this year has been an incredibly competitive one with lots of split winners in the Best Picture race at the precursor awards. In fact Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and even the lackluster and overrated American Hustle could win the big race. Luckily that means we could have a lot of surprises come Sunday night. As such, there are several big races that are too close too call (Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Score, Editing, Documentary, Supporting Actress and even Best Actor could surprise). So, just who will and should win the Academy Awards this year after an incredibly great year for film? Check out my Big Bold Oscar Winner Predictions below.

My Big Bold 2014 Oscar Winner Predictions~

Best Picture:
12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Philomena, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street
Will & Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Gravity
* Seriously, either of those two could win. Thankfully, I just don’t think American Hustle can upset them.

Best Actor:
Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)Jared-Leto-Matthew-McConaughey-Dallas-Buyers-Club
Will & Should win: Matthew McConaughey
Spoiler: Leonardo DiCaprio

*McConaughey ┬áhas had the edge all season but Ejifor just won the BAFTA and DiCaprio is overdue and has had a big spending campaign. This one might actually go down to the wire…

Best Actress:
Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August Osage County)

Will & Should win: Cate Blanchett

Spoiler: Amy Adams (but yeah, that’s not gonna happen)

Best Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Will & Should win: Jared Leto

Spoiler: Michael Fassbender (but yeah, that’s not gonna happen)

Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita N’yongo (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska)
Will & Should win: Lupita N’yongo
Spoiler: Jennifer Lawernce
* This race is crazy close. Most pundits are now predicting Lawrence, but I think it is way too soon for her to win two lupitaOscars, let alone back to back. So, hopefully people will vote for the actual Best performance in SAG and Critics Choice Award winner N’yongo

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), David O’Russell (American Hustle), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Will & Should win: Alfonso Cuaron
Spoiler: Steve McQueen

Best Adapted Screenplay:
12 Years a Slave, Before Midnight, Captain Phillips, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall Street
Will & Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Philomena

Best Original Screenplay:
American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska
Will win: Her
Should win: Dallas Buyers Club
Spoiler: American Hustle
* This one is also a toss-up between Her and Hustle, but I think the sheer originality of Her will win the day.

Best Score:
The Book Thief, Gravity, Her, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks
Will & Should win: Philomena
Spoiler: Gravity
* I’m going out on a limb here and think the actual best score, Philomena, will eek out a win. However, smarter money might be on Gravity.

Best Song:
“Let It Go” (Frozen), “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), “The Moon Song” (Her), “Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
Will & Should win: “Let It Go”
Spoiler: “Happy”
* This race has become incredibly close of late. “Ordinary Love” is by powerhouse U2, won the Golden Globe and has a frozen-let-it-go-full-scene-watch-nowhuge campaign behind it. “Happy” is the # 1 song in the country by Grammy Golden boy Pharrell Williams. However, you just can’t deny the phenomena that is Frozen and it’s amazing anthem sung by Tony winner Idina Menel.

Best Cinematography:
Gravity, The Grandmaster, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Prisoners
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Prisoners

Best Editing:
American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Captain Phillips
* Captain Phillips has come on very strong of late in this race and I wouldnt be surprised if it pulled this one out.

Best Production Design:
12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, The Great Gatsby, Her
Will & Should win: The Great Gatsby
Spoiler: Gravity

Best Costume Design:
12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, The Great Gatsby, The Grandmaster, The Invisible Woman
Will & Should win: The Great Gatsby
Spoiler: American Hustle
* with 10 nominations, Hustle has its other great chance of winning in this category. However, I think Gatsby will still have the edge.

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:
Dallas Buyers Club, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, The Lone Ranger
Will & Should win: Dallas Buyers Club
Spoiler: Bad Grandpa

Best Sound Editing:
All is Lost, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Lone Survivor, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Captain Phillips

Best Sound Mixing:
Captain Phillips, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Survivor
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Captain Phillipssandra-bullocks-new-movie-gravity-is-an-extreme-4-d-thrill-ride-1

Best Visual Effects:
Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness
Will & Should win: Gravity
No spoiler

Best Animated Film:
The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest and Celestine, Frozen, The Wind Rises
Will & Should win: Frozen
Spoiler: The Wind Rises

Best Documentary:
20 Feet From Stardom, The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, The Square
Will & Should win: 20 Feet From Stardom
Spoiler: The Act of Killing
* Killing is the critical favorite, but audiences and yours truly loooooved Stardom. So, this is another tight race.

Best Foreign Film:
The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty, The Hunt, The Missing Picture, Omar
Will win: The Great Beauty
Should win: the Hunt or Broken Circle Breakdown
Spoiler: Broken Circle Breakdown
* any of those 3 I mentioned could win. Don’t bet on my choice for this one people.

And as for the shorts, that’s all up to you. I cant tell you everything. lol

So, there you go~ My Big Bold Oscar Winner Predictions. Use ’em or lose ’em, but enjoy the show on Sunday night!


“Fast & Furious” is Ferocious at the Memorial Day Box Office

May 27, 2013

fast-and-furious-6-release-dateMany box office pundits expected a pretty close battle for the Memorial Day Box Office between high-profile sequels Fast & Furious 6 and The Hangover Part III. However, when the dust settled, Fast easily mowed over The Hangover and all of the competition with a franchise record opening of $120 million for its first four days. That easily eclipsed the rather underwhelming $51 million for Hangover which has tallied $$63 million since opening on Thursday. That total is about half of what the last sequel made in its opening weekend. Apparently, moviegoers really felt burned by the last installment and had much less inclination for one more round with those boys… Holding up well in third was the awesome Star Trek Into Darkness with another $47 million and $155 million to date. It beat out the new animated family film Epic with a decent debut of $42 million. Also still going strong were Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby and the Matthew McConaughey indie Mud… For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here. Then, check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Fast & Furious 6 Uni. $120,019,000 – 3,658 – $32,810 $120,019,000 $160 1
2 N The Hangover Part III WB $51,215,000 – 3,555 – $14,406 $63,004,000 $103 1
3 1 Star Trek Into Darkness Par. $47,000,000 -33.0% 3,907 +39 $12,030 $155,827,000 $190 2
4 N Epic Fox $42,600,000 – 3,882 – $10,974 $42,600,000 $100 1
5 2 Iron Man 3 BV $24,351,000 -31.9% 3,424 -813 $7,112 $372,434,000 $200 4
6 3 The Great Gatsby (2013) WB $17,020,000 -28.9% 3,090 -460 $5,508 $117,747,000 $105 3
7 8 Mud RAtt. $2,427,000 +8.7% 712 -248 $3,409 $15,034,000 – 5
8 5 The Croods Fox $1,615,000 -46.6% 1,008 -1,365 $1,602 $179,638,000 $135 10
9 6 42 WB $1,607,000 -42.9% 915 -1,465 $1,756 $91,411,000 $40 7
10 7 Oblivion Uni. $1,093,000 -53.2% 572 -1,505 $1,911 $87,558,000 $120 6

“Star Trek” Blasts Off at the Box Office

May 20, 2013

Star-Trek-Into-DarknessStar Trek Into Darkness blasted off at the Box Office with a strong $70 million over the weekend and a total of $84 million since opening on Thursday. Those numbers are right in line with 2009’s Star Trek film. I also think this one will have strong legs like its predecessor thanks to great word of mouth from fans. (I loved the film giving it an “A” grade. It’s super fun and so well done.)… Trek was the only film opening this weekend as Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby held up pretty well considering the new competition. All three films will face a barrage of new releases this week for Memorial Day, so it will be a fierce battle next weekend. Stay tuned…. In the meantime, head to Box Office Mojo for all the numbers and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Star Trek Into Darkness Par. $70,555,000 – 3,868 – $18,241 $84,091,000 $190 1
2 1 Iron Man 3 BV $35,182,000 -51.5% 4,237 -16 $8,304 $337,073,000 $200 3
3 2 The Great Gatsby (2013) WB $23,415,000 -53.2% 3,550 +15 $6,596 $90,159,000 $105 2
4 3 Pain and Gain Par. $3,100,000 -38.0% 2,429 -874 $1,276 $46,574,000 $26 4
5 7 The Croods Fox $2,750,000 -23.8% 2,373 -277 $1,159 $176,750,000 $135 9
6 5 42 WB $2,730,000 -40.5% 2,380 -550 $1,147 $88,735,000 $40 6
7 6 Oblivion Uni. $2,222,000 -46.0% 2,077 -693 $1,070 $85,500,000 $120 5
8 8 Mud RAtt. $2,160,000 -14.9% 960 +108 $2,250 $11,588,000 – 4
9 4 Tyler Perry Presents Peeples LGF $2,150,000 -53.4% 2,041 – $1,053 $7,858,000 $15 2
10 9 The Big Wedding LGF $1,100,000 -55.8% 1,443 -855 $762 $20,198,000 $35 4

Lady Antebellum is “Golden” on the Charts

May 20, 2013

LadyAntebellumGoldenCounty superstars Lady Antebellum land their 3rd #1 album on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with their latest, Golden, this week selling 167.000 units. They also top the country charts for a third time. The Grammy winning group hold off a stronger than expected debut from the awesome soundtrack to the fantastic film The Great Gatsby which comes barreling in at # 2 with 137,000 copies sold. Also debuting the top ten are another compilation in the Now That’s Music Series at # 3, Pistol Annies at # 5 and Rod Stewart at # 7. Take a look at the new list below and head to Billboard here for more on this chart.

Top Ten Albums on the Billboard 200:
1. Golden- Lady Antebellum (debut)
2. The Great Gatsby soundtrack (debut)
3. Now 46- Various Artists (debut)
4. To Be Loved- Michael Buble (lw~ 2)
5. Annie Up- Pistol Annies (debut)
6. The 20/20 Experience- Justin Timberlake (lw~ 3)
7. Time- Rod Stewart (debut)
8. Life on a Rock- Kenny Chesney (lw~ 1)
9. Based On a True Story…- Blake Shelton (lw~ 6)
10. Unorthodox Jukebox- Bruno Mars (lw~8)

Over on the Hot 100, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis makes it two weeks on top for their second consecutive # 1 single, “Cant Hold Us”. They hold off P!nk and Justin Timberlake again while Selena Gomez makes a splash leaping from # 14 to #6 with “Come and Get It”, her first Hot 100 top ten single. Take a look at the new top ten below and head to Billboard for all the Singles Charts.

Top Ten Singles on the Hot 100:
1. “Can’t Hold Us”- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (last week~ 1)
2. “Just Give Me a Reason”- P!nk w/Nate Reuss (lw~ 2)
3. “Mirrors”- Justin Timberlake (lw~ 3)
4. “When I Was Your Man”- Bruno Mars (lw~ 5)
5. “Stay”- Rihanna w/Mikky Ekko (lw~ 4)
6. “Come & Get It”- Selena Gomez (lw~ 14)
7. “Thrift Shop”-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (lw~ 6)
8. “Radioactive”- Imagine Dragons (lw~8)
9. “I Love It”- Icona Pop (lw~ 7)
10. “Cruise”- Florida Georgia Line w/Nelly (lw~ 9)

And here’s Selena Gomez’s first top ten hit, “Come & Get It”. Enjoy.

It’s a Great Debut for “Gatsby” at the Box Office

May 13, 2013

the-great-gatsby-article-poBaz Luhrman‘s stunning new epic drama The Great Gatsby based on the iconic book opened way above expectations this weekend with $51 million. That was a huge number for a historical film that is geared towards women but the appeal of Leonardo DiCaprio and Luhrman’s artistry clearly pulled in a lot of fans. I have to say I’m thrilled for the successful opening because I loved the movie. (The Great Gatsby is a fantastic American tragedy that is sumptuous and gorgeous to behold with fantastic performances by DiCaprio and Joel Edgerton. Grade: A) … While Gatsby‘s opening was great, it still could only manage second place as Iron Man 3 took in a huge $72 million in its sophomore frame for a big $284 million to date… The other new film opening this weekend, Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, tanked big time with just $4.8 million, the first casualty of the summer movie season…. We’ll see how Gatsby and Iron Man hold up against the new Star Trek film next weekend, but in the meantime, check out the new top ten below. And head to Box Office Mojo for all the numbers.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Iron Man 3 BV $72,472,000 -58.4% 4,253 – $17,040 $284,893,000 $200 2
2 N The Great Gatsby (2013) WB $51,115,000 – 3,535 – $14,460 $51,115,000 – 1
3 2 Pain and Gain Par. $5,000,000 -33.4% 3,303 +16 $1,514 $41,608,000 $26 3
4 N Tyler Perry Presents Peeples LGF $4,850,000 – 2,041 – $2,376 $4,850,000 $15 1
5 3 42 WB $4,650,000 -23.2% 2,930 -415 $1,587 $84,732,000 $40 5
6 4 Oblivion Uni. $3,864,000 -31.5% 2,770 -660 $1,395 $81,655,000 $120 4
7 5 The Croods Fox $3,600,000 -14.3% 2,650 -265 $1,358 $173,215,000 $135 8
8 6 The Big Wedding LGF $2,500,000 -35.6% 2,298 -335 $1,088 $18,288,000 $35 3
9 7 Mud RAtt. $2,343,000 +8.4% 854 +278 $2,744 $8,363,000 – 3
10 8 Oz The Great and Powerful BV $802,000 -62.0% 774 -386 $1,036 $229,985,000 $215 10