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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2014 #Oscars viewing list

BY Joanna Mendoza

“Gravity” scored 10 Oscar nominations. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

To be quite honest, I’m not as on top of this year’s Oscar prospects as I want to be. But since a huge part of the fun of the Oscars is predicting who will win (and discussing with your peers why you think certain long shots should win), I’m planning to watch as many of the nominated feature films as I can until about a week before the awards are handed out.

Are you an Oscar procrastinator, too? Here’s an easy guide for all the films you have to see before March 2!

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POLL: 2014 Oscar noms announced. What are YOUR picks?

"American Hustle" got 10 Oscar nominations. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

“American Hustle” got 10 Oscar nominations. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

And the Oscar noms went to…

Last night, while most of us were already trying to sleep, the Oscar nominations were announced in the U.S. As expected, American Hustle dominated with 10 nods, a feat also achieved by Gravity. Another frontrunner, 12 Years a Slave, earned nine. It’s also interesting to note that the very competitive (although practically decided) Best Actress category features four past winners, and a fifth one who hasn’t won but had been nominated four times prior.

Below is the complete list of nominees. But as part of the fun of following the awards season is predicting the results, we invite you to make your own picks!

 

























The 86th Academy Awards is scheduled for March 2, 2014. It is usually shown in the Philippines live via satellite on the Velvet Channel. 

‘Lost’ star Evangeline Lilly comes out of retirement to play the Elf Tauriel in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Evangeline Lilly got 'The Hobbit' call while resting in bed with her newborn baby! (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Evangeline Lilly got ‘The Hobbit’ call while resting in bed with her newborn baby! (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Beloved by worldwide audiences for her performance as the feisty Kate in the acclaimed mystery series Lost, for which she earned a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination, Canada’s Evangeline Lilly now stars as Silvan Elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

A favorite of King Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Captain of the Woodland Guard, Tauriel is as deadly as she is beautiful. Her job is to follow the orders of the King without question. However, Tauriel has a strong will and unyielding passion for what she believes is right. An expert fighter, she carries signature weapons including twin daggers and a bow and arrow. Like Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Tauriel is extremely fast and agile in battle. Although she has lived for many hundreds of years in Middle-earth, she remains one of the youngest of the Elven folk, and has rarely ventured beyond the borders of the great forest.

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It’s Dwarf Prince Thorin! A Q&A with ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ star Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage as Dwarf Prince Thorin in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Richard Armitage as Dwarf Prince Thorin in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

He made a huge impression as the Dwarf Prince Thorin Oakenshield in last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Now, Richard Armitage returns to play the same character in the highly anticipated sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. (See character posters for the movie here!)

As a young Dwarf Prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. When no one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Now, as the strong, fearless fighter and respected leader of The Company of Dwarves, Thorin is determined to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that brought such misery upon his people.

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‘The Hobbit’ sequel rolls out 7 new character posters

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' opens in Philippine cinemas Dec. 11, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ opens in Philippine cinemas Dec. 11, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Seven brand new character posters for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have been launched by Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and MGM Pictures. The one-sheet artworks individually showcase the characters Bard (Luke Evans), Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Thorin (Richard Armitage), and Thranduil (Lee Pace).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit, continues the adventure of the title character, Bilbo Baggins, as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

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‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ new featurette shows Beorn’s house

To enjoy all the details of this "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" tapestry, go to ew.com (http://www.ew.com/ew/special/0,,20483133_20752139,00.html). They have a magnifying glass for the full experience!

To enjoy all the details of this “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” tapestry, go to ew.com (http://www.ew.com/ew/special/0,,20483133_20752139,00.html). They even have a magnifying glass for the full experience!

Check out this new The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug featurette from Warner Bros.

When I embedded this video though, there was a warning that not everyone would be able to see it. So good luck!


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
, to be distributed by Warner Bros., opens in Philippine cinemas Dec. 11, 2013.