Next year's Oscars: Too early to call it for 'Unbroken'?

Next year's Oscars: Too early to call it for 'Unbroken'?

Angelina Jolie showed up at the Academy Awards on Sunday night on the arm of partner Brad Pitt, who ended up winning an Oscar as one of...

Oscars 2014: In Memoriam honors Hoffman, Gandolfini and Sarah Jones

Oscars 2014: In Memoriam honors Hoffman, Gandolfini and Sarah Jones

The Oscars' annual "In Memoriam" tribute included images of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker and James Gandolfini, as well as Sarah...

Oscars 2014: Final predictions in all 24 categories

Oscars 2014: Final predictions in all 24 categories

You should have your Oscar pool by now. Twenty-four categories. One hundred and twenty-one choices. And, no, "The Lego Movie" is not among...

Oscars 2014: Cate Blanchett wins lead actress

Oscars 2014: Cate Blanchett wins lead actress

Cate Blanchett won the Academy Award for lead actress Sunday for her portrayal of Jasmine, the fallen New York socialite in the Woody...

Oscars 2014: Buzzmeter panel picks picture, talks 'Hustle' and hype

Oscars 2014: Buzzmeter panel picks picture, talks 'Hustle' and hype

Oscar balloting ended Tuesday, which means two things: (1) Academy members no longer have to feel guilty about not watching that "12...

Oscars 2014: Our predictions in all 24 categories

Oscars 2014: Our predictions in all 24 categories

Oscar ballots are out, and the print edition of The Los Angeles Times' The Envelope that ran Tuesday includes my predictions for all 24...

Oscars 2014: Races to watch as final voting begins

Oscars 2014: Races to watch as final voting begins

Weren't the Oscars great this year? Matthew McConaughey's best actor acceptance...

So much time to mull and re-mull those top Oscar races

So much time to mull and re-mull those top Oscar races

The Academy Awards are still more than three weeks away, and, by this point, there's the feeling that everyone involved should be...

Academy: 'Alone' composer 'should have been more cautious'

Academy: 'Alone' composer 'should have been more cautious'

The Motion Picture Academy released its first statement Saturday since revoking the Oscar nomination of Bruce Broughton, the composer of...

 Can Oscar documentary nominee '20 Feet' prevail over darker matter?

Can Oscar documentary nominee '20 Feet' prevail over darker matter?

"Searching for Sugar Man," the absorbing investigation into the whereabouts of an elusive '70s singer-songwriter, won the Academy Award...

 Oscar race up in air as 'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' '12 Years' log wins

Oscar race up in air as 'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' '12 Years' log wins

When Oscar nominations were announced last week, "Gravity" and "American Hustle" led the field, each winning 10. "12 Years a Slave" was...

SAG Awards 2014: Analysis: Winners should keep those speeches handy

SAG Awards 2014: Analysis: Winners should keep those speeches handy

Emma Thompson shimmied. Rita Moreno sang. Matthew McConaughey traveled to Neptune.

Oscar nominations 2014: Laying odds on the six major races

Oscar nominations 2014: Laying odds on the six major races

We won't have to wait long to see what kind of final decisions Oscar voters will be making out of Thursday's Oscar nominations. This weekend...

Oscars nominations 2014: Five races to watch Thursday morning

Oscars nominations 2014: Five races to watch Thursday morning

We're presuming that if you're reading this that you're awake (and if you're here on the West Coast, may we ask "why?" or is that a...

Oscars 2014: Buzzmeter panel predicts snubs and surprises for noms

Oscars 2014: Buzzmeter panel predicts snubs and surprises for noms

With Oscar nominations coming Thursday morning, we gathered The Envelope's Buzzmeter panelists -- Entertainment Weekly's Anthony...

Oscars 2014: Buzzmeter panel considers 'Wolf,' 'Slave,' Redford, Dern

Oscars 2014: Buzzmeter panel considers 'Wolf,' 'Slave,' Redford, Dern

With Oscar nominations coming Thursday morning, we gathered The Envelope's Buzzmeter panelists -- Entertainment Weekly's Anthony...

Golden Globes 2014: What you didn't see on TV Sunday night

Golden Globes 2014: What you didn't see on TV Sunday night

The Golden Globes are lauded for being the award season's greatest party, and, from the Beverly Hilton ballroom Sunday night, you could...

Golden Globes 2014: Five things to watch for tonight

Golden Globes 2014: Five things to watch for tonight

The bar opens at the Beverly Hilton at 2:30 p.m. PST for those attending tonight's Golden Globes ceremony. This will be followed by a...

Analysis: Directors Guild nominees likely to repeat with academy

Analysis: Directors Guild nominees likely to repeat with academy

When the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees last year, Oscar balloting had already closed and the DGA's slate — Ben...

Bradley Cooper talks hair, 'Hustle' and working with Louis C.K.

Bradley Cooper talks hair, 'Hustle' and working with Louis C.K.

This time last year, Bradley Cooper was promoting his Oscar-nominated turn in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" while preparing...

Join a live Web chat with 'American Hustle' star Bradley Cooper at 9:30 a.m.

Join a live Web chat with 'American Hustle' star Bradley Cooper at 9:30 a.m.

Bradley Cooper, fresh off an Oscar nomination last year for "Silver Linings Playbook," reunited with director David O. Russell for "American...

Palm Springs Film Festival: Pride (in the name of awards)

Palm Springs Film Festival: Pride (in the name of awards)

The Palm Springs International Film Festival gala or, as Tom Hanks called it, "This little, intimate, Sonny Bono rec-room chicken dinner...

Web chat with 'Hustle's' Bradley Cooper rescheduled for Tuesday

Web chat with 'Hustle's' Bradley Cooper rescheduled for Tuesday

Bradley Cooper, fresh off an Oscar nomination last year for "Silver Linings Playbook," reunited with director David O. Russell for "American...

Analysis: Producers Guild Awards provide added clarity to Oscar race

Analysis: Producers Guild Awards provide added clarity to Oscar race

We've known since September  that "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" would be prime players in this year's best...

Meryl Streep is a given for another Oscar nod. Or is she?

Meryl Streep is a given for another Oscar nod. Or is she?

For the last several weeks, the Oscar race for lead actress felt fairly settled, with five familiar faces, each of them previous winners...

Join a live chat with 'American Hustle's' Bradley Cooper on Friday

Join a live chat with 'American Hustle's' Bradley Cooper on Friday

Bradley Cooper, fresh off an Oscar nomination last year for "Silver Linings Playbook," reunited with director David O. Russell for "American...

Leonardo DiCaprio on 'Wolf': What is the drug behind such hedonism?

Leonardo DiCaprio on 'Wolf': What is the drug behind such hedonism?

Leonardo DiCaprio has followed the fortunes of his latest movie, "The Wolf of Wall Street," since it opened Christmas Day. The film, his...

Will 'Osage County' pans hurt Meryl Streep's Oscar chances?

Will 'Osage County' pans hurt Meryl Streep's Oscar chances?

Oscar voting begins online Friday, though many Motion Picture Academy members who didn't register for online balloting received paper...

 2013 a good year for films, a hard one for critics doing their 'best'

2013 a good year for films, a hard one for critics doing their 'best'

Every December, 50-odd members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. meet and vote on a collective "best" of the movie year. Arguments are...

'Dallas Buyers Club' first in the mail for SAG Awards voters

'Dallas Buyers Club' first in the mail for SAG Awards voters

With Focus Features restructuring and shifting its identity toward the mainstream, "Dallas Buyers Club" represents the last Oscar hurrah for...

'The Butler' at the academy: Freedom Riders, palpable pain

'The Butler' at the academy: Freedom Riders, palpable pain

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" opened in mid-August, and, in the ensuing months, its namesake director has participated in countless Q&As and...

The Gold Standard: Bet on Michael Douglas to win a SAG Award

The Gold Standard: Bet on Michael Douglas to win a SAG Award

The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced five minutes ago and the awards won't be announced for another month. But let's...

Song Oscar contenders: Taylor Swift, U2 and ... 'Kamasutra 3D'?

Song Oscar contenders: Taylor Swift, U2 and ... 'Kamasutra 3D'?

The film academy has released its list of the 75 songs that will be competing for the 2014 original song Oscar. Taylor Swift, U2 and...

SAG Awards analysis: Sprawling and showy carry the day

SAG Awards analysis: Sprawling and showy carry the day

When actors vote for awards, you can be sure of two things: They're going to love movies with sprawling casts (more parts = more work!)...

How early awards might shake up Oscar predictions

How early awards might shake up Oscar predictions

It's mid-December, and everybody's a winner, what with critics' prizes and best-ofs and award nominations being announced seemingly around...

Screen Actors Guild Awards: It's a numbers game

Screen Actors Guild Awards: It's a numbers game

It's a pretty safe bet that when the Screen Actors Guild announces its film ensemble award nominees Wednesday morning, we won't be seeing...

Movie award predictions in animated feature and craft categories

Movie award predictions in animated feature and craft categories

A handful of movies — "The Great Gatsby," "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" — are poised to dominate the craft categories,...

 'Slave' and 'Gravity' lead director, cinematography fields

'Slave' and 'Gravity' lead director, cinematography fields

"12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" became the best picture front-runners after flooring audiences at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals,...

'Tim's Vermeer,' '20 Feet From Stardom' head Oscar doc shortlist

'Tim's Vermeer,' '20 Feet From Stardom' head Oscar doc shortlist

"Blackfish," "20 Feet From Stardom" and "Tim's Vermeer" are among the 15 films that have made the Oscar shortlist for documentary features,...

Spirit Awards nominations: What to look for on Tuesday

Spirit Awards nominations: What to look for on Tuesday

This year's Oscar best picture race continues to be defined as a clash between fall festival favorites "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity."

Oscars honors Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury

Oscars honors Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards — or as Martin...

Stars turn out to meet the 'Llewyn Davis' folkers

Stars turn out to meet the 'Llewyn Davis' folkers

Although Wednesday night's celebration of music from the Coen brothers' upcoming movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" lacked the onstage star power...

Oscars 2014: So what are you doing tonight?

Oscars 2014: So what are you doing tonight?

Do you meet the "Fockers" guy? Or do you like Spike? How about a biopic and a chance to shake hands with the daughter of the film's subject?...

AFI Fest 2013: David O. Russell shows first six minutes of 'Hustle'

AFI Fest 2013: David O. Russell shows first six minutes of 'Hustle'

David O. Russell unveiled the first six minutes of his latest movie, "American Hustle," during a career tribute at Hollywood's Egyptian...

'Saving Mr. Banks' kicks off AFI Fest with somewhat surreal start

'Saving Mr. Banks' kicks off AFI Fest with somewhat surreal start

"It's like a roller derby out there," Tom Hanks says from a corner of Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel. And he's not talking about the scene...

Road to Oscars: 'Gravity' events pull filmmakers back to Los Angeles

Road to Oscars: 'Gravity' events pull filmmakers back to Los Angeles

The filmmakers behind the season's biggest commercial and critical hit, "Gravity" -- director Alfonso Cuaron; his son, Jonas,...

'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Book Thief' angle for the 'passion vote'

'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Book Thief' angle for the 'passion vote'

When a film isn't a slam-dunk best picture nominee, backers and awards-season consultants like to talk about the "passion vote." If enough...

'Lone Survivor': Pressure, pride and a Navy SEAL

'Lone Survivor': Pressure, pride and a Navy SEAL

The key moment in Peter Berg's upcoming, fact-based war movie "Lone Survivor" occurs when four U.S. Navy SEALs, hiding in the mountains of...

Star-studded Hollywood Film Awards rambles on in all sincerity

Star-studded Hollywood Film Awards rambles on in all sincerity

Gazing out at the packed Beverly Hilton Hotel banquet room, veteran producer Jerry Weintraub shook his head from the stage as he accepted...

Awards Season Answer Guy talks Fassbender, academy squeamishness

Awards Season Answer Guy talks Fassbender, academy squeamishness

We get letters. OK ... emails, mostly. Some tweets. And, yes, still the occasional missive with an actual stamp, typically affixed with a...

Academy members find themselves in 'Gravity's' pull, too

Academy members find themselves in 'Gravity's' pull, too

Neighborhood theaters weren't the only places turning away moviegoers looking to see "Gravity" this weekend.

'The Past,' 'Wadjda' lead foreign-language Oscar submissions

'The Past,' 'Wadjda' lead foreign-language Oscar submissions

The academy's deadline for foreign-language film submissions is Tuesday, Oct. 1, and though this is a category that has often stymied common...

Oscars 2014: Waiting for the call of the 'Wolf'

Oscars 2014: Waiting for the call of the 'Wolf'

What is it about the Oscars that lends itself to so much premature ... speculation?

Will Forte goes the extra mile with 'Nebraska'

Will Forte goes the extra mile with 'Nebraska'

The invitation to Tuesday night's special screening of Alexander Payne's new movie, "Nebraska," came from Will Forte, whose surprise casting...

Emmys 2013: Let's talk about the 'saddest Emmys ever'

Emmys 2013: Let's talk about the 'saddest Emmys ever'

How did Jeff Daniels win the Emmy over Bryan Cranston? What was Carrie Underwood doing singing "Yesterday"? Why were the Emmys so sad? And...

Emmys 2013: Making sense of an ever-changeable awards evening

Emmys 2013: Making sense of an ever-changeable awards evening

“Modern Family”? Check. “Breaking Bad”? Double check. Jeff Daniels? Whaaaaaa????

Emmys 2013: Who will win lead acting races? Take a look

Emmys 2013: Who will win lead acting races? Take a look

Bryan Cranston has three. So does Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And Claire Danes and Jim Parsons are close behind, with two Emmys each.

Emmys 2013: Who's going to win supporting acting races? Take a look

Emmys 2013: Who's going to win supporting acting races? Take a look

Will Anna Gunn join her "Breaking Bad" co-stars in the Emmy winners circle? Can "Homeland's" Mandy Patinkin best "Bad's" Aaron Paul...

Emmys 2013: Looking for clues from the Creative Arts awards

Emmys 2013: Looking for clues from the Creative Arts awards

Bob Newhart and Melissa Leo won Emmys on Sunday night. Jane Fonda and Michael J. Fox didn't.

'Rush' and 'Prisoners' make their case to academy members

'Rush' and 'Prisoners' make their case to academy members

"What's the deal with all these movies," one academy member asked me over the weekend. "All of a sudden, there are just so many...

TIFF 2013: 'Philomena' surprises Toronto with its humor

TIFF 2013: 'Philomena' surprises Toronto with its humor

TORONTO -- The true story of a woman searching for the son that Catholic nuns forced her to relinquish shortly after his birth in 1952...

TIFF 2013: Spike Jonze loves and/or loathes technology with 'Her'

TIFF 2013: Spike Jonze loves and/or loathes technology with 'Her'

TORONTO -- Spike Jonze finished principal photography on his upcoming tale of technological love, "Her," 14 months ago and he's been working...

TIFF 2013: 'August: Osage County' and reflexive Oscar voting

TIFF 2013: 'August: Osage County' and reflexive Oscar voting

TORONTO -- "August: Osage County" might be the first movie to win more Oscar nominations than rave reviews.

TIFF 2013: Food, glorious food! Movies get cooking

TIFF 2013: Food, glorious food! Movies get cooking

TORONTO -- Two movies playing at the Toronto International Film Festival will be leaving audiences hungry once they open their theatrical...

TIFF 2013: 'Boogie Nights' table read '13 inches of awesome'

TIFF 2013: 'Boogie Nights' table read '13 inches of awesome'

TORONTO -- One of the hottest tickets for this year's Toronto International Film Festival wasn't for a movie, but for a reading of a movie...

TIFF 2013: Roger Ebert tribute: 'He's probably ... somewhere in here'

TIFF 2013: Roger Ebert tribute: 'He's probably ... somewhere in here'

Film critic Roger Ebert didn't cover the inaugural Toronto International Film Festival in 1976. But he came the second year and for more...

Emmys 2013: Buzzmeter panel talks 'Mad Men' actors who should win

Emmys 2013: Buzzmeter panel talks 'Mad Men' actors who should win

Leading up to the Emmys on Sept. 22, we gathered The Envelope's Buzzmeter panelists — USA Today's Robert Bianco, TV Guide's Matt...

TIFF 2013: Charting promise, potential pitfalls of contenders

TIFF 2013: Charting promise, potential pitfalls of contenders

To find an Oscar best picture winner that didn’t play at the Toronto International Film Festival, you have to go back to 2006 and...

'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' build buzz heading into Toronto

'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' build buzz heading into Toronto

Telluride's over, and the Venice Film Festival is past its midpoint. Judging from reports, we can safely declare a couple of things:

Emmys 2013: Will this finally be the year for 'Breaking Bad'?

Emmys 2013: Will this finally be the year for 'Breaking Bad'?

Leading up to the Emmys next month, we gathered The Envelope's Buzzmeter panelists — USA Today's Robert Bianco, TV Guide's Matt...

'Breaking Bad' writer/director: 'We always have consequences'

'Breaking Bad' writer/director: 'We always have consequences'

Writer George Mastras has been with "Breaking Bad" since the beginning when the AMC series, as he puts it, was the "little meth show that...

'Homeland's' Morena Baccarin: Hiding pregnancy not an issue on set

'Homeland's' Morena Baccarin: Hiding pregnancy not an issue on set

"Homeland's" Morena Baccarin found out she was pregnant before shooting the show's upcoming third season. She thought the timing would be...

Join a live chat with 'Homeland's' Morena Baccarin today

Join a live chat with 'Homeland's' Morena Baccarin today

Join "Homeland" star and recently minted Emmy nominee Morena Baccarin for a live video chat today at 3:30 p.m. PDT.

Bill Hader on Emmy noms, leaving 'SNL' and David Bowie

Bill Hader on Emmy noms, leaving 'SNL' and David Bowie

What would Stefon, Bill Hader's Ed Hardy-loving New York City correspondent on "Saturday Night Live," make of Los Angeles? Why is David...

Join a live chat with 'Homeland's' Morena Baccarin on Friday

Join a live chat with 'Homeland's' Morena Baccarin on Friday

Join "Homeland" star and recently minted Emmy nominee Morena Baccarin for a live video chat on Friday at 3:30 p.m. PDT.

Join a live chat with 'Saturday Night Live's' Bill Hader today

Join a live chat with 'Saturday Night Live's' Bill Hader today

He played a creepy Keith Morrison and a forever put-upon Lindsey Buckingham. His freaky James Carville still gives us the willies. He has...

Tony Hale talks 'Veep,' 'Arrested Development' and Emmy-induced naps

Tony Hale talks 'Veep,' 'Arrested Development' and Emmy-induced naps

Tony Hale dropped by the office to talk about the very good year he has enjoyed, what with the return of "Arrested Development," the...

Join a live chat with 'Saturday Night Live's' Bill Hader on Thursday

Join a live chat with 'Saturday Night Live's' Bill Hader on Thursday

He played a creepy Keith Morrison and a forever put-upon Lindsey Buckingham. His freaky James Carville still gives us the willies, frankly....

Join a live chat with 'Veep's' Tony Hale today

Join a live chat with 'Veep's' Tony Hale today

Tony Hale, Emmy-nominated this year for his supporting turn on the HBO comedy "Veep," will be dropping by for a live video chat today at 1:...

Join a live video chat with Tony Hale on Wednesday

Join a live video chat with Tony Hale on Wednesday

Tony Hale, Emmy-nominated this year for his supporting turn on the HBO comedy "Veep," will be dropping by for a live video chat on Wednesday...

Will 'The World's End' be 'the most entertaining movie of the year'?

Will 'The World's End' be 'the most entertaining movie of the year'?

Labor Day is almost here and we're deep enough into the calendar year that when a film critic declares a picture to be "light-years the most...

'The Butler' to prevail at box office this weekend -- Oscars next?

'The Butler' to prevail at box office this weekend -- Oscars next?

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" will be the No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend after taking in about $9 million in ticket sales last...

Emmys 2013: Buzzmeter panelists talk noms, 'Modern Family's' merit

Emmys 2013: Buzzmeter panelists talk noms, 'Modern Family's' merit

Leading up to the Emmys next month, we gathered The Envelope's Buzzmeter panelists — USA Today's Robert Bianco, TV Guide's Matt...

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Cast and crew discuss how the award-winning film came to be....

Cast and crew discuss how the award-winning film came to be.