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Almost three years ago, Seth MacFarlane showed his capabilities of making hilarious work aside from the animated series Family Guy with his hit comedy Ted.

MacFarlane’s vocal performance as the foul-mouthed teddy bear was hugely appreciated by audiences which has led to him returning to the character for the upcoming sequel, Ted 2.

Its full trailer has finally been released online.

The film sees Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, The Gambler) reprise his role as John Bennett as he attempts to help his pal Ted by becoming a sperm donor for the bear and his new wife Tami-Lynn. However Ted must prove that he’s a person in a court of law.

Original stars Mila Kunis (Family Guy, Black Swan) and Sam L. Jones (Flash Gordon) will make brief appearances in the sequel along with more prestige names like Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight trilogy), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables) and Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Taken trilogy).

The latter two cast members both appeared in MacFarlane’s 2014 western A Million Ways to Die in the West which ended up being a critical flop and recently received several Razzie nominations.

The writer/director will be hoping for a vast improvement when Ted 2 hits cinemas on June 26th.

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Almost four years since his death at the age of 56, Steve Jobs has become one of the most sought-after pioneers to have his story turned into a film.

But although the Apple co-founder received his own biopic in 2013, the film, which starred Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, was critically panned.

Fortunately his legacy is set for another big-screen outing after it was confirmed by Universal Pictures today that another real-life drama is being made about his remarkable life.

A much more lucrative name has landed the key role of Jobs with Michael Fassbender (Shame, 12 Years a Slave) the main man being cast. His involvement comes after the part had originally been given to Christian Bale (Dark Knight trilogy, The Fighter) only for the Welsh actor to drop out.

Other crucial figures have been filled with Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, The Interview) portraying Jobs’ earlier collaborator Steve Wozniak while Oscar-winning British actress Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader) is playing Macintosh marketing expert Joanna Hoffman.

The starry ensemble also features Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber, The Newsroom) as ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) as Jobs’s former partner Chrisann Brennan and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Boardwalk Empire) as early Mac developer Andy Hertzfeld.

Additionally, the biopic will be helmed by Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) and adapted from Walter Isaacson’s Jobs novel by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The Newsroom).

Universal issued a brief statement about the upcoming film:

“Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicentre.”

Production has begun in San Francisco but no release date has been confirmed as of yet.

Something strange is happening to the new (and much-delayed) Ghostbusters film….

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Devoted fans of the classic 1984 blockbuster have found themselves becoming less interested with the arrival of a third film in the franchise although things have finally started to pick up in the past few months.

But those expecting the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson to strap on the gear and kick some ghoul ass will be pretty disappointed following recent news.

In what is a very bold move by the studio, director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) will be helming a Ghostbusters reboot headed by a FEMALE cast.

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The new film will be a reunion for Feig as he works alongside his Bridemaids actresses Kristen Wiig (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Skeleton Twins) and Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, St Vincent) who have both signed up.

Saturday Night Live stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon have also been cast to round off a strong group of actresses with plenty of comedic experience.

The news comes after several years of delays and complications within the writing and acting teams. Murray, who played leading character Peter Venkman in the original film, initially agreed to the project only to finally drop out owing to the death of co-star and collaborator Harold Ramis.

The female-led Ghostbusters film is scheduled for release on July 22nd 2016.

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It’s been an excellent weekend for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman as the dark comedy landed two key awards in its bid to stay in Oscar contention.

Having won the Producer’s Guild Award for Best Feature on Saturday, the Broadway-based satire followed that up by clinching the Best Performance by an Ensemble accolade at last night’s Screen Actor’s Guild Award ceremony.

The cast, which includes Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, all went up to collect the award as their film overcame stiff competition from Oscar frontunner Boyhood as well as The Grand Budapest Hotel and British biopics The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.

However Keaton’s performance as former superhero star-turned-Broadway maverick Riggan Thomson failed to help him win Best Actor as the gong went to British star Eddie Redmayne for his physically-demanding role as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking in Theory of Everything. Benedict Cumberbatch (Imitation Game), Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) completed the strong lineup of nominees.

Julianne Moore moved a step closer towards ending her Oscar voodoo by landing Best Actress for her performance as an Alzheimer’s sufferer in Still Alice. She held off pressure from Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and British duo Felicity Jones (Theory of Everything) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).

J.K Simmons‘ excellent role as a bullying music teacher in Whiplash saw him win Best Supporting Actor at the expense of Edward Norton (Birdman), Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher).

Finally, the Best Supporting Actress category saw Patricia Arquette secure another award victory for her performance in Boyhood at the expense of Keira Knightley (Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) and Naomi Watts (St Vincent).

Finally, Angelina Jolie’s war drama Unbroken secured the Best Stunt Ensemble award ahead of the likes of Fury and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The group of SAG winners can be seen below:

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Julianne Moore – Still Alice

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
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OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
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In the television categories, prison sitcom Orange is the New Black was the big winner of the night as it secured two awards including Best Comedy Ensemble.

The Netflix series overcame The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and Veep to clinch the coveted gong while Uzo Aduba won Best Comedy Actress for her role as prisoner Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren.

There was also an unlikely win for William H. Macy as he secured Best Comedy Actor for his performance in the American version of Shameless, beating the likes of Ty Burrell and Jim Parsons in the process.

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On the drama side, there was shock success for Britain’s Downton Abbey as it landed Best Drama Ensemble ahead of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and House of Cards.

However Cards did claim a win for Kevin Spacey as he was named Best Actor in a Drama for his role as corrupted president Frank Underwood. His victory came in a strong category which included Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and True Detective duo Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Viola Davis secured Best Actress in a Drama for her performance in the courtroom series How to Get Away with Murder beating off the likes of Claire Danes (Homeland), Dame Maggie Smith (Downton) and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife).

Finally, the Television Movie / Mini-Series nominees saw Mark Ruffalo win Best Actor for his role in the AIDs drama The Normal Heart while Frances McDormand nabbed Best Actress for her performance in family drama Olive Ketteridge.

The list of TV winners are below:

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Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
William H. Macy – Shameless

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Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Frances McDormand – Olive Ketteridge

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY / DRAMA SERIES
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Cinema lovers, it’s that time of year again….

When it comes to the Academy Award nominations, there tends to be a variety of emotions for those rooting for their favourite films and actors to be nominated. But then there can also be occasional snubs which will no doubt hurt for weeks to come.

Today saw the Academy announce their nominees for 2014/15 with the lead being shared between the showbusiness satire BIRDMAN and the crime caper THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.

Both films received a respective nine nominations each including the all-important Best Picture spot with British biopic THE IMITATION GAME following with eight nods.

The trio are competing in an eight-film field which includes war thriller AMERICAN SNIPER, family drama (and current Oscar favourite) BOYHOOD, music-based drama WHIPLASH and real-life biopics SELMA and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.

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Birdman, which centres on a former superhero actor trying to rebuild his career on Broadway, received three acting mentions for recent Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton (as ego-centric star Riggan Thomson), Edward Norton (as temperamental Broadway actor Mike Shiner) and Emma Stone (as Thomson’s rehabilitated daughter Sam) as well a Best Director and Original Screenplay nod for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Released back in the spring, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which stars Ralph Fiennes as a charming hotel concierge caught up in a caper involving a renowned painting, was recognised in various technical categories but did manage to land double nods for filmmaker Wes Anderson in both Best Director and Original Screenplay.

British biopics The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything did reasonably well with multiple nominations to their name.

The former, which depicts the true story of the unfortunate WWII mathematician Alan Turing, received a Best Director nom for Morten Tyldum while Benedict Cumberbatch (as Turing) and Keira Knightley (as Turing’s companion Joan Clarke) were mentioned in their acting categories.

The latter, which focuses on the life of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, clinched acting nominations for Eddie Redmayne (as Hawking) and Felicity Jones (as his devoted wife Jane) and as well as a few other technical nods.

Boyhood, which centres on a family over the course of twelve years, chalked up six nominations including Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Supporting Actor/Actress for Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette (as Mason Snr. and Olivia respectively).

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In Best Actor, Cumberbatch, Keaton and Redmayne are up against Steve Carrell (as sinister manager John Du Pont in Foxcatcher) and Bradley Cooper (as real-life American assassin Chris Kyle in American Sniper).

In the Best Actress category, Felicity Jones is competing against the overdue Julianne Moore (as Alzheimer’s sufferer Alice in Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (as the mysterious Amy Dunne in Gone Girl), Reese Witherspoon (as real-life author Cheryl Strayed in Wild) and surprise nominee Marion Cotillard (as unemployed mother Sandra in the French drama Two Days, One Night).

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In Supporting Actor, Ethan Hawke and Edward Norton are nominated alongside veteran Robert Duvall (as retired judge Joseph Palmer in The Judge), Mark Ruffalo (as experienced Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz in Foxcatcher) and category favourite J.K Simmons (as bullying music conductor Terence Fletcher in Whiplash).

Patricia Arquette, Keira Knightley and Emma Stone occupy the Supporting Actress category which is rounded off by the great Meryl Streep (as the Witch in Into the Woods) and surprise nominee Laura Dern (as Cheryl Strayed’s late mother Bobbi in Wild).

The Best Director lineup sees Wes Anderson, Alejandro Gonzalez. Iñárritu, Richard Linklater and Morten Tyldum joined by Bennett Miller, whose film Foxcatcher bizarrely failed to land a Best Picture nomination.

One of the most shocking snubs of the day came in Best Animated Film as The LEGO Movie was overlooked despite its popularity with critics and audiences. It did however garner a Best Original Song nomination for the catchy “Everything is Awesome”.

Instead, the Best Animated lineup will be competed by Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

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From the major categories, there were some big-name stars who failed to make the cut with Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and David Oyelowo (Selma) ignored in Best Actor while Jennifer Aniston’s guilds love for Cake proved anti-climatic as she was snubbed in Best Actress. Jessica Chastain’s showy role in A Most Violent Year also missed the cut in Best Supporting Actress.

Gillian Flynn’s excellent adaptation of her Gone Girl novel was shockingly absent from the Best Adapted Screenplay category with Rosamund Pike’s Best Actress nod being its only Oscar mention.

Despite a lack of guilds love, American Sniper’s late surge proved crucial with its Best Picture and Best Actor nods while Selma’s two mentions will seem very disappointing. Other memorable films like Interstellar, Nightcrawler and Unbroken also underperformed with the Academy.

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The 2015 Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday February 22nd with comedian actor Neil Patrick Harris hosting the ceremony.

The full list of nominees are below (with my early predictions in yellow):

BEST PICTURE

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Alejandro Gonzalez. Iñárritu - Birdman
  • Richard Linklater – Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
  • Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

BEST ACTOR

  • Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton – Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS

  • Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore – Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Robert Duvall – The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
  • Edward Norton – Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
  • J.K Simmons – Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
  • Laura Dern – Wild
  • Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone – Birdman
  • Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Birdman – Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr & Armando Bo
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  • Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • American Sniper – Jason Hall
  • The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
  • Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
  • Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Mr Turner
  • Unbroken

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inherent Vice
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent
  • Mr Turner

BEST FILM EDITING

  • American Sniper
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Whiplash

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr Turner

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
  • Johann Johansson – The Theory of Everything
  • Gary Yershon – Mr Turner
  • Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • Begin Again – “Lost Stars”
  • Beyond the Lights – “Grateful”
  • Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
  • The LEGO Movie – “Everything is Awesome”
  • Selma – “Glory”

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Citizenfour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Virunga

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

  • Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
  • Joanna
  • Our Curse
  • The Reaper (La Parka)
  • White Earth

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Ida (Poland)
  • Leviathan (Russia)
  • Tangerines (Estonia)
  • Timbuktu (Mauritania)
  • Wild Tales (Argentina)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

  • The Bigger Picture
  • The Dam Keeper
  • Feast
  • Me and my Moulton
  • A Single Life

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

  • Aya
  • Boogaloo and Graham
  • Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)
  • Parvaneh
  • The Phone Call

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The past year’s biggest cinematic flops have been are battling it out to avoid being ridiculed following the announcement of the 2015 Razzie Award nominations.

It’s another bad turnout for Michael Bay as the often-slammed filmmaker saw two of his films nominated for the Worst Picture award. Five years after his second Transformers film Revenge of the Fallen landed that ‘accolade’, the fourth film of the blockbuster franchise Age of Extinction has ended up with several Razzie nods.

Despite average reviews and a healthy intake at the box-office, the robotic action flick has additionally received mentions for Worst Director, Worst Sequel, Worst On-Screen Combo and two acting nominations for Nicola Peltz (Worst Supporting Actress) and the experienced Kelsey Grammar (Worst Supporting Actor).

Former Cheers and Frasier star Grammar has the misfortune of being nominated in that category for three other films including Expendables III, for which co-stars Mel Gibson and Arnold Schwarzenegger have also been nodded.

Michael Bay’s second film up for Worst Picture is the new version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which has a few nominations including Worst Supporting Actress for Megan Fox.

The Worst Picture lineup is completed by the Nicolas Cage-starring thriller Left Behind, the action adventure The Legend of Hercules and the Christmas comedy flop Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas. The latter nominee is currently ranked as the worst film of all time on IMDB’s Bottom 100 list.

It was a bad year for Cameron Diaz who is nominated in Worst Actress for both The Other Woman and Sex Tape as well as garnering a Worst Supporting Actress mention for her role in the Annie remake.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is harshly present on the list for his acting and directing of the western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West with co-star Charlize Theron up for Worst Actress.

Other high-profile names mentioned include Razzie favourite Adam Sandler and his acting companion Drew Barrymore for the rom-com Blended, Keifer Sutherland for Pompeii and Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon for the comedy flop Tammy.

A new category, the Redeemer Award, has been introduced this year to laud past Razzie winners. Among them are the rejeuvanted Ben Affleck for Argo and Gone Girl, Jennifer Aniston for Cake, Mike Myers for Supermensch, Keanu Reeves for John Wick and Kristen Stewart for Camp X-Ray.

The Razzie Award ceremony will take place the night before the Oscars on February 21.

The full list of nominees are below (predictions in yellow):

WORST PICTURE
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Left Behind
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

WORST ACTOR
Kirk Cameron – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Nicholas Cage – Left Behind
Kellan Lutz – The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane – A Million Ways to Die in the West
Adam Sandler – Blended

WORST ACTRESS
Drew Barrymore – Blended
Cameron Diaz – The Other Woman and Sex Tape
Melissa McCarthy – Tammy
Charlize Theron – A Million Ways to Die in the West
Gaia Weiss – The Legend of Hercules

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mel Gibson – Expendables 3
Kelsey Grammer – Expendables 3 / Legends of Oz / Think Like a Man Too & Transformers: Age of Extinction
Shaquille O’Neal – Blended
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland – Pompeii

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cameron Diaz – Annie
Megan Fox – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nicola Peltz – Transformers: Age of Extinction
Susan Sarandon – Tammy
Brigitte Ridenour – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

WORST SCREEN COMBO
Any Two Robots, Actors (Robotic Actors) – Transformers: Age of Extinction
Kirk Cameron & His Ego – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel – Sex Tape
Kellan Lutz & Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes – The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane & Charlize Theron – A Million Ways to Die in the West

WORST DIRECTOR
Michael Bay – Transformers: Age of Extinction
Darren Doane – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Renny Harlin – The Legend of Hercules
Jonathan Liebesman – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Seth MacFarlane – A Million Ways to Die in the West

WORST SCREENPLAY
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Left Behind
Sex Tape
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL
Annie
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Hollywood’s film and television stars came together for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony on a night dominated by witty speeches, eye-catching dresses and powerful political tributes.

The big winner on the night saw the epic family drama Boyhood clinch the coveted Best Film (Drama) award ahead of biopic contenders Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma and The Theory of Everything.

It also landed a Best Director accolade for filmmaker Richard Linklater and a Best Supporting Actress win for Patricia Arquette in her role as the mother of the leading character. Her stern competition included Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year), Keira Knightley (Imitation Game) and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods).

A slightly surprising result in Best Film (Comedy/Musical) saw Wes Anderson’s quirky caper The Grand Budapest Hotel take the gong ahead of the much-fancied showbusiness satire Birdman. However the defeated favourite did secure the Best Screenplay award and a much-deserved Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) win for Michael Keaton as the former superhero star trying to rebuild his career on Broadway.

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Another double-winning film on the night was the British biopic The Theory of Everything which clinched two awards for Best Original Score and a welcoming Best Actor (Drama) win for Eddie Redmayne with his role as renowned scientist Stephen Hawking. He overcame fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and David Oyelowo plus Steve Carrell and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) to land the gong.

Julianne Moore was named Best Actress (Drama) for her portrayal of a middle-aged woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in the family drama Still Alice beating off the likes of Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).

For the second year in a row, Amy Adams won the Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) accolade for her role as painter Margaret Keane in the biopic Big Eyes. The triumph came a year after her previous victory in the category for American Hustle.

J.K Simmons eased his way to Best Supporting Actor for his stunning performance in the music-based drama Whiplash and is surely set to win the same category come Oscar-time.

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John Legend and Common secured the Best Original Song award for their work on Selma while there was an unexpected win for How to Train Your Dragon 2 in the Best Animated Film shortlist as it overcame The LEGO Movie.

The Imitation Game ended up being the big loser on the night with no wins from its five nominations while other films like Foxcatcher, Gone Girl and Into the Woods went home empty-handed.

Oscar-winning actor/director George Clooney received the Cecil B. DeMille award for his work over the past thirty years and dedicated the achievement to his new wife Amal.

The full list of winners are below:

BEST MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
Boyhood

BEST MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Julianne Moore – Still Alice

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Michael Keaton – Birdman

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K Simmons – Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

BEST SCREENPLAY
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Johan Johansson – The Theory of Everything

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Glory” – Selma

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
How to Train Your Dragon 2

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Leviathan

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This year’s television awards produced quite a few unexpected surprises in some of the biggest categories.

The romantic drama The Affair beat off the likes of Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and House of Cards to win Best Television Series (Drama) with British star Ruth Wilson clinching Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) ahead of Claire Danes, Viola Davis and Julianna Marguiles.

Kevin Spacey finally ended his barren run of seven nominations without a win at the Globes as he landed the Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama) for his role as corrupted senator Frank Underwood in House of Cards. His competition included Liev Schreiber and British duo Clive Owen and Dominic West.

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In the Comedy/Musical categories, the transgender dramedy Transparent won two awards including the Best Television Series (Comedy/Musical) gong ahead of initial favourite Orange is the New Black. Veteran performer Jeffrey Tambor won the Best Actor accolade for his role as a transsexual while Gina Rodriguez triumphed in Best Actress in a Television Series (Comedy/Musical) for her performance in Jane the Virgin.

The Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television awards saw Fargo beat off the much-fancied True Detective to win the main award. There was also a Best Actor prize for Billy Bob Thornton who edged the victory ahead of his co-star Martin Freeman and True Detective duo Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Maggie Gyllenhaal was named Best Actress in a Mini-Series for her performance in the BBC drama The Honourable Woman. Finally, the Supporting categories saw Matt Bomer secure Best Supporting Actor for his role in the AIDs biopic The Normal Heart while British star Joanne Froggatt was surprisingly awarded Best Supporting Actress gong for her performance in ITV’s Downton Abbey.

The full list of winners are below:

BEST TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
The Affair

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR IN TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS IN TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
Ruth Wilson – The Affair

BEST TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Transparent

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR IN TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS IN TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

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