UPDATED: 2014 Hollywood awards season scorecard

BY Joanna Mendoza

"12 Years a Slave" is one of the winningest films so far this awards season. (Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures)

“12 Years a Slave” may not be the winningest, but it’s won most of the Best Picture honors so far this awards season. (Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures)

UPDATE, Feb. 24, 2014 (originally published Jan. 22): It’s only one week before the Oscars! Not up to speed? Here’s something that will help you prioritize which films to watch at the last minute: a 2014 awards season scorecard (updated)! If you want only the Oscars, click here instead. Happy Oscar cramming!

UPDATE, Feb. 17, 2014: The BAFTAs held few surprises in the main categories. 12 Years a Slave, Alfonso Cuaron, and Cate Blanchett won Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress, respectively. And with no Dallas Buyers Club, British actor–and Best Film 12 Years a Slave lead–Chiwetel Ejiofor won Best Actor, and second season-favorite Barkhad Abdi won Best Supporting Actor. Jennifer Lawrence’s Best Supporting Actress win wasn’t a shocker either, given how much more popular she is internationally than most likely Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. The Best Adapted Screenplay category has been all over the place so far, but it was somewhat expected that the honor would go to British film Philomena‘s Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.

The Original Screenplay winner was a bit of a surprise. Her wasn’t nominated in the Original Screenplay category, so some people thought the award might be given to Outstanding British Film nominee (and eventual winner) Gravity‘s Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron. The honor was given to American Hustle‘s Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell instead.

Of all the results, I was most glad about American Hustle‘s Make-Up and Hair win. I’m still scratching my head over the Oscar snub. Didn’t the Academy see the combover, the perm, the bouffant?

Still…on to the Oscars!

UPDATE, Feb. 3, 2014: Shocker, shocker. Spike Jonze won Best Original Screenplay for Her at the Writers Guild Awards. Less predictable was Billy Ray’s Best Adapted Screenplay win for Captain Phillips. At the Critics’ Choice, the honor went to John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave.

UPDATE, Jan. 26, 2014: No surprises here. The DGA bestowed its highest film honor to Alfonso Cuaron for his work in Gravity. He also won Best Director at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice.

ORIGINAL POST, Jan. 22, 2014: Now that we have a few days of respite from last week’s awards onslaught, let’s take a look at how the nominated films are doing. Who’s the winningest? Which films are most likely going to remain Oscar nominees instead of becoming Oscar winners? Check out the awards season trend (in alphabetical order) so far…

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‘Downton Abbey’ star makes her film debut with ‘Winter’s Tale’

'Downton Abbey' star Jessica Brown Findlay makes her film debut in "Winter's Tale," now showing in Philippine cinemas. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

‘Downton Abbey’ star Jessica Brown Findlay makes her film debut in “Winter’s Tale,” now showing in Philippine cinemas. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

British actress Jessica Brown Findlay, best known for the acclaimed BBC series Downton Abbey, gets to star opposite Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe in her first Hollywood film with Warner Bros. Pictures’ love story Winter’s Tale. (Read our review here.)

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The Coldness in ‘Winter’s Tale’

BY Babit de Luna

Happy Valentine's Day!  "Winter's Tale" is now showing in Philippine cinemas. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Happy Valentine’s Day! “Winter’s Tale” is now showing in Philippine cinemas. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Free movies are always awesome. So when I was invited to see Winter’s Tale, I grabbed the opportunity right away. So here are my thoughts after watching the movie.

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‘The Monuments Men’: More Momentary than Momentous

BY Gina Tumlos

"The Monuments Men" (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

“The Monuments Men” (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

Despite being the most star-studded film of 2014 so far, The Monuments Men relies mostly on the twinkle of George Clooney’s eyes and on almost nothing else. Early casting news gave The Monuments Men the push it needed to stay afloat on moviegoers’ minds, but when the premiere was pushed to 2014 instead of December 2013, many were suddenly wary as to why Sony and 20th Century Fox were suddenly hesitant to drop it in during awards-baiting season. Turns out it wasn’t just post-production woe that was holding it back—the script itself was problematic too.

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‘The LEGO Movie’: Simply awesome!

BY Ralph Degollacion
(The Red Brick Store)

The LEGO Movie starring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman.

“The LEGO Movie” boasts a super talented voice cast that includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

The LEGO Movie is a story about Emmet, a typical Lego rule-following mini-figure, who accidentally finds a relic that can challenge the almost absolute power of evil Lord Business over the nine realms of the Lego universe. Mistaken by a tough woman named Wyldstyle as the Special (the greatest Master Builder), who was prophesized by old wizard Vitruvius to save the Lego universe, Emmet’s heretofore ordinary life quickly changes. As he is hunted down upon strict orders from Lord Business, Emmet finds help from master builders including Batman, Uni-kitty, Benny, and Metalbeard to escape Lord Business and maybe even save the Lego universe.

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