THE PGA AND THE SAG
Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman" was named the Best Picture of the year on Saturday night by The Producers Guild of America in a very unexpected turn of events. "Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was thought to be a pretty solid favorite going into the ceremony and it was generally expected that it would just be one more jewel in its crown on its way to its ultimate Oscar coronation. Now, that's all called into question as one of the most competitive and unpredictable Oscar races in recent years continued to unwind.
Then, Sunday evening, The Screen Actors Guild named "Birdman" Best Ensemble. That result was expected and it does add some fuel to a new fire that could presage a "Birdman" Oscar upset.
After a season that has increasingly looked as if "Boyhood" would snap the string of Best Picture Oscar winners having played at Telluride, it looks as if there is still at least a reasonable chance that the "T-ride" effect might remain in tact. Recall the following Best Picture winners from the last few years:
2009-"The Hurt Locker"
2010- "The King's Speech"
2013- "12 Years a Slave"
Five of the last six and the last four BP winners in a row came through Telluride.
And don't discount the still real possibility that Best Picture might still end up being Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game". I still feel like that's a realistic scenario.
One other thing...about an hour before Saturday night's PGA announcement, as I was traveling back home from the Edmond Santa Fe Invitational speech tournament and following the PGA announcements for all the other categories (including a Best Doc win for semi-Telluride presentation "Life Itself"...it played the night before this year's fest started in Elk Park)...I tapped out the following tweet...believe me or not..."Got a feeling some weird voodoo might go down at the PGA tonight...Birdman? Imitation?...just a feeling...but..."
Then I read it again and deleted it. I thought, no one will believe this and I'll look like a fool. Now, pretty likely I'll not be believed that I wrote the tweet to begin with...but it's true. I swear!
Nevertheless, the Oscar Race is back on kiddos...
Take a look at PGA coverage from HitFix/InContention , Awards Daily and The Hollywood Reporter here:
Meanwhile, as to the rest of the SAG winners...three categories went according to expectations but Eddie Redmayne/The Theory of Everything surprised for Best actor over favorite Michael Keaton so that category likely has a new frontrunner. My bet is that Oscar's Best Actor race is actually too close to call right now. As of this morning, I still believe Keaton could win.
The other individual categories went:
Best Supporting Actress- Patricia Arquette/Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor/JK Simmons/Whiplash
Best Actress: Julianne Moore/Still Alice
Take a look at some post SAG analysis here from The Hollywood Reporter and Gold Derby:
NEW IMITATION TRAILER
The Weinstein Company keeps the PR machinery running full tilt for 8 time Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" with a new trailer that popped this week. Check it with this link:
Take a look at this video featurette focusing on the women of "Birdman" via Anne Thompson at Thompson on Hollywood:
HATEFUL EIGHT BEGINS FILMING
We've been telling you for while that Quentin Taratino and the crew for his new film "The Hateful Eight" was on the ground in the Telluride area. Now, any number of film news outlets report that principal photography has actually begun. For your entertainment, here is that story from TOH:
And, a pic from Samuel L. Jackson's Facebook page:
That's Kurt Russell on the left...seriously...