2014 OSCAR SCREENPLAYS

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The best way to judge a screenplay is to actually read it. The script is written with every shot and the actors direction in mind. The movie shows you the story and the screenplay tells the story. Many of this years top screenplays are available online to read. Here are links to some of them.

12 YEARS A SLAVE SCREENPLAY

FRUITVALE STATION SCREENPLAY

GRAVITY SCREENPLAY

NEBRASKA SCREENPLAY

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY SCREENPLAY

Many more here: http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2013/12/update-award-season-screenplay-downloads-32-scripts.html

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SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Updated_SAG_Logo_Color12 Years A Slave led the Screen Actors Guild nominations with four, including the big one, Outstanding Performance By A Cast (their Best Picture).  Last year ARGO won for best performance by a cast and went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

Winners will be announced at the SAG Awards ceremony January 18 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.  You can watch it on TNT and TBS.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
BRUCE DERN / Woody Grant – “NEBRASKA”
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR / Solomon Northup – “12 YEARS A SLAVE”
TOM HANKS / Capt. Richard Phillips – “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS”
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Ron Woodroof – “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB”
FOREST WHITAKER / Cecil Gaines – “LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
CATE BLANCHETT / Jasmine – “BLUE JASMINE”
SANDRA BULLOCK / Ryan Stone – “GRAVITY”
JUDI DENCH / Philomena Lee – “PHILOMENA”
MERYL STREEP / Violet Weston – “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY”
EMMA THOMPSON / P.L. Travers – “SAVING MR. BANKS”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
BARKHAD ABDI / Muse – “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS”
DANIEL BRÜHL / Niki Lauda – “RUSH”
MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Edwin Epps – “12 YEARS A SLAVE”
JAMES GANDOLFINI / Albert – “ENOUGH SAID”
JARED LETO / Rayon – “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Rosalyn Rosenfeld – “AMERICAN HUSTLE”
LUPITA NYONG’O / Patsey – “12 YEARS A SLAVE”
JULIA ROBERTS / Barbara Weston – “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY”
JUNE SQUIBB / Kate Grant – “NEBRASKA”
OPRAH WINFREY / Gloria Gaines – “LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
12 YEARS A SLAVE
AMERICAN HUSTLE
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

 

Television Nominations:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television 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

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Angela Bassett, Betty & Coretta
Helena Bonham-Carter, Burton And Taylor
Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Outstanding Performance by a 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

Outstanding Performance by a 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

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Mayim Biyalik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
:
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
30 Rock
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Veep

Stunt Ensemble Honors


Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
All Is Lost
Fast & Furious 6
Lone Survivor
Rush
The Wolverine

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
Homeland
The Walking Dead

NEW AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY TRAILER

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AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY received mixed reviews at Toronto, but best reviews came from the acting.  Many of the negative reviews were in reference to how the film ends, with many call a cop out.  The Weinsteins are considering changing how the film ends before it’s official release in the US.

A new trailer has been released and it reminds us that Meryl Streep can act!

NEW AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY TRAILER

OPRAH VS. MERYL

 

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GoldDerby.com is reporting that Meryl Streep will be eligible for Best Supporting Actress for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.  That would put Streep in direct competition with Oprah Winfrey, who could get a Best Supporting Actress nom for LEE DANIELS, THE BUTLER.  Streeps role in OSAGE COUNTY is a leading role, but that would put her in competition with Julia Roberts, who they are also pushing for a lead actress nomination.  It is unlikely that both Steep and Roberts would get nominated for the same category.  Splitting them gives each one a better chance.  Both movies are from the Weinstein Company and they know how to win Oscars.

This is done all of the time. Last year Philip Seymour Hoffman was changed to Best Supporting Actor for THE MASTER.  Even though him and  Joaquin Phoenix were the leads.  Both of them received nominations.  Phoenix for Best Actor, Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor.

This is bad news for Winfrey. Its tough to compete against Meryl Streep in a role that many predicted would get her another Best Actress win.  Great news fro Julia Roberts.

 

 

 

BEST PICTURE CONTENDERS

Festival season is right around the corner. Many of the movies we are talking about today will come and go to never be heard from again.  There are always a few sleepers that pop out of nowhere to challenge the front-runners.  Movie studios already know which films they are going to spend money on for an Oscar campaign. It is not unlike a political race. The big spenders that host screening parties with the big actors in attendance rule the day.  DVD screeners will be sent out in plain packaging (per the AMPAS rules) to the 6,500 members.  With 200 plus movies arriving at their door, they will need to decide which is most important to watch.  Most will end up at the bottom of the pile and never seen by a voter. As the festivals and precursor awards begin, they will know what leads the pack.

Here is a list of possible Best Picture contenders this year:

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
THE MONUMENTS MEN
AMERICAN HUSTLE
THE COUNSELOR
12 YEARS A SLAVE
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
SAVING MR. BANKS
GRAVITY
LEE DANIELS’, THE BUTLER
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
NEBRASKA
LABOR DAY
FRUITVALE STATION
FOXCATCHER
BLUE JASMINE
BEFORE MIDNIGHT
PHILOMENA
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
ALL IS LOST
RUSH
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
DIANA
GRACE OF MONACO
STORIES WE TELL

TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL

The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 5-15. It is known to launch movies into the Oscar race. Last years Best Picture winner ARGO had its premiere at Toronto and THE KINGS SPEECH the year before.

THE FIFTH ESTATE will open the festival.  It stars Benedict Cumberbach as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Opens October 18th.

 

 

16 Galas were announced with a screening of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. With Meryl Streep (already a Best Actress contender) and Julia Roberts.

 

 

Also premiering will be Matthew McConaughey as a man who fights his HIV diagnosis by creating medications himself. You may have seen pictures of a very thin McConaughey during the making of this film. Fresh from great preformances in MUD, MAGIC MIKE and BERNIE, this could be his first Best Actor nom.

Exclusive... Matthew McConaughey And Family Leaving Church

Also set to premiere is Steve McQueen’s slavery tale 12 YEARS OF SLAVE.

 

 

Ron Howard’s Formula racing movie RUSH.

 

 

Two films with actors last performances will also be shown. ENOUGH SAID with James Gandolfini reportedly , ALL THE WRONG REASON which co-stars the late ” Cory Monteith.

 

 

GRAVITY which is opening the Venice Film Festival, will also play at Toronto. Comic-Con was a buzz last week after an exclusive extended clip was shown.

Here is a clip:

 

 

Here is a complete list of movies playing Toronto:

OPENING NIGHT

The Fifth Estate Bill Condon, USA (World Premiere)

CLOSING NIGHT

Life of Crime Daniel Schecter USA (World Premiere)

GALAS

American Dreams in China Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Hong Kong/China (North American Premiere)
The Art of the Steal Jonathan Sobol, Canada (World Premiere)
August: Osage County John Wells, USA (World Premiere)
Cold Eyes CHO Ui-seok and KIM Byung-seo, Korea (North American Premiere)
The Grand Seduction Don McKellar, Canada (World Premiere)
Kill Your Darlings John Krokidas, USA (International Premiere)
The Love Punch Joel Hopkins, France (World Premiere)
The Lunchbox Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany (North American Premiere)
Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom Peter Chadwick (World Premiere)
Parkland Peter Landesman, USA (World Premiere)
The Railway Man Jonathan Teplitzky, Australia/United Kingdom (World Premiere)
The Right Kind of Wrong Jeremiah Chechik, Canada (World Premiere)
Rush Ron Howard, United Kingdom/Germany (International Premiere)
Shuddh Desi Romance Maneesh Sharma, India (Canadian Premiere)
Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon Mike Myers, USA (World Premiere)

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

All Is By My Side John Ridley, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Attila Marcel Sylvain Chomet, France (World Premiere)
Bad Words Jason Bateman, USA (World Premiere)
Belle Amma Asante, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Blue Is The Warmest Color Abdellatif Kechiche, France (North American Premiere)
Burning Bush Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic (North American Premiere)
Can a Song Save Your Life? John Carney, USA (World Premiere)
Cannibal (Caníbal) Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain/Romania/Russia/France (World Premiere)
Dallas Buyers Club Jean-Marc Vallée, USA (World Premiere)
Devil’s Knot Atom Egoyan, USA (World Premiere)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her Ned Benson, USA
Dom Hemingway Richard Shepard, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt, USA (Canadian Premiere)
The Double Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Enough Said Nicole Holofcener, USA (World Premiere)
Exit Marrakech Caroline Link, Germany (International Premiere)
Felony Matthew Saville, Australia (World Premiere)
For Those Who Can Tell No Tales Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina (World Premiere)
Gloria Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain (North American Premiere)
Going Away (Il est parti dimanche) Nicole Garcia, France (World Premiere)
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy (North American Premiere)
Half of a Yellow Sun Biyi Bandele Nigeria/United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Hateship Loveship Liza Johnson, USA (World Premiere)
L’intrepido Gianni Amelio, Italy (North American Premiere)
Ida Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland (World Premiere)
The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Joe David Gordon Green, USA (North American Premiere)
Labor Day Jason Reitman, USA (World Premiere)
Like Father, Like Son Hirokazu Kore-Eda, Japan (North American Premiere)
Man of Tai Chi Keanu Reeves, USA/China (North American Premiere)
MARY, Queen of Scots Thomas Imbach, France/Switzerland (North American Premiere)
Mystery Road Ivan Sen Australia (International Premiere)
Night Moves Kelly Reichardt, USA (North American Premiere)
Omar Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine (North American Premiere)
One Chance David Frankel, USA (World Premiere)
Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch, USA (North American Premiere)
The Past (Le Passé) Asghar Farhadi, France/Italy (North American Premiere)
Philomena Stephen Frears, United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
Pioneer Erik Skjoldbjærg, Norway (International Premiere)
Prisoners Denis Villeneuve, USA (World Premiere)
Quai d’Orsay Bertrand Tavernier, France (World Premiere)
REAL Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan (North American Premiere)
Starred Up David Mackenzie United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Third Person Paul Haggis, Belgium (World Premiere)
Those Happy Years (Anni Felici) Daniele Luchetti Italy (World Premiere)
Tracks John Curran, United Kingdom/Australia (North American Premiere)
12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer, USA/United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
Violette Martin Provost, France/Belgium (World Premiere)
Visitors Godfrey Reggio, USA (World Premiere)
Walesa. Man of Hope. (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei.) Andrzej Wajda, Poland (North American Premiere)
We are the Best! Lukas Moodysson, Sweden (North American Premiere)
Le Week-End Roger Michell, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
You Are Here Matthew Weiner, USA (World Premiere)
Young and Beautiful (Jeune & jolie) François Ozon, France/Belgium (North American Premiere)

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Jonathan Levine (free screening)

 

 

**Thanks to Awards Daily for publishing good list for me to copy