From ‘The AP Party’: Are the Golden Globes An Accurate Predictor for The Oscars?

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After the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, I took a look at the history of winners for the ceremony and how they compared to their corresponding Academy Awards, I wrote a post for The AP Party about my findings. Link to the full article at the bottom.

This year’s Golden Globe Awards gave us plenty to think about when it comes to the upcoming Academy Awards.

Is this finally Leonardo DiCaprio’s year with The Revenant or does Matt Damon (The Martian), who also has never won an acting Oscar, have a chance to upset? Will the Academy also see fit to give Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu that rare second-straight Best Director/Best Picture sweep or will Tom McCarthy ride Spotlight‘s early front-runner status to the big prize?

What about the lead actress award that went to Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) in Musical/Comedy, while Brie Larson (Room) picked up the award in the Drama category? For the supporting awards, Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) got a surprise win with Sylvester Stallone (Creed) earning the night’s biggest ovation.

We might be closer to some answers when the Oscars nominations are announced Thursday (Jan. 14) morning. But history gives a good indication that we can consider some of those awards already locked. Looking back at the past 15 Golden Globes and Oscars winners in the major categories — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress — provide some interesting revelations for what the Golden Globes mean as an Oscars predictor. They’re particularly strong with the acting categories, but not so much for the others. Read More…

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Wins Big At Independent Spirit Awards

This news article was published on ToppicalTodd.com 2/24/2013

It was a big night for Silver Linings Playbook at the 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Award. Along with winning “Best Feature,” the film’s writer and director David O. Russell took home both “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” awards. Jennifer Lawrence was also awarded for her performance with the “Best Female Lead” trophy. Lawrence beat out fellow Oscar nominee, Quevenzhane Wallis, star of Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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The awards ceremony was held in Santa Monica Saturday night. Saturday Night Live alum Andy Sandberg hosted the show. Other actors in attendance included Amy Pohler, Bradley Cooper and Salma Hayek.

Playbook won the show’s top prize despite a crowded field of favorites that included Best Picture Oscar nominee Beasts of the Southern Wild, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, Richard Linklater’s Bernie and the Ira Sachs drama Keep The Lights On.

This marks the second-straight “Best Feature” win for The Weinstein Company, with controversy over the wins coming in both years. Many argued that last year’s big winner, The Artist should have been relegated to the international category due to it’s french origins. Silver Linings Playbook had a budget of $21 million, placing it over the usual $20 million limit for submissions. The Spirit Awards Nominating Committee is allowed to make exceptions to this requirement.

The comedy, The Sessions also took home multiple awards with stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt winning the “Best Male Lead” and “Best Supporting Female” awards. Matthew McConaughey took home a trophy for his supporting turn as the male strip club emcee in Magic Mike.

Oscar-nominated films typically fare well at the Spirit Awards with The Artist, Black Swan and Precious winning in the past few years. However, very rarely do the Saturday winners carry over to Sunday.

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