Awards Season 2013-2014

McConaughey, Blanchett, Leto, and Nyong’o Triumph at SAG Awards

Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong’o were the winners in their individual categories at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night, while American Hustle walked away with the top ensemble prize. All except Nyong’o were also winners at the Golden Globes on Sunday—American Hustle was named best musical or comedy—while all were winners at Thursday’s Critics Choice Awards, including an ensemble nod for American Hustle. There are years when SAG can throw a twist into a tight awards race, but this was not one of them.
On the television side, there were many other familiar winners—Breaking Bad and Modern Family won the ensemble prizes for drama and comedy, respectively, while Michael Douglas earned another trophy for his role as Liberace in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra. A full list of SAG Award winners is available here .
With the exception of the supporting actress category, which still seems like a fierce face-off between Nyong’o and American Hustle’s Jennifer Lawrence, the acting races at the upcoming Academy Awards now seem fairly settled. Cate Blanchett has been a frontrunner for best actress since Blue Jasmine opened last summer, while Jared Leto emerged as a supporting actor lock for his Dallas Buyers Club performance only after virtually every critics group handed him their prize. The race for lead actor has been much tighter, seemingly a six-man race among McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), and The Wolf of Wall Street’s Leonardo DiCaprio. Then came the Oscar nominations, which left out Redford and Hanks and included American Hustle’s Christian Bale. It seemed for a minute there that the best actor race could become a complete toss-up, but the more acceptance speeches McConaughey gives, the more he seems likely to take home his first Oscar at the March 2 ceremony.
Speaking of acceptance speeches, you can watch part of his below. Some see these pre-Oscar awards ceremonies as opportunities to audition for your own “I’d like to thank the Academy” moment, and McConaughey nails that audition every single time.


680x478[1]Awards season Calendar:

The 2013-2014 Award season has started back in October with over four months of ballot mailing, nomination announcements and award ceremonies culminating in the the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2014. Here is the calendar:

October 2013
24 – Gotham Award nominations announced

November 20139 – European Film Award nominations
9 – Britannia Awards (BAFTA LA)

11 – British Independent Film Award nominations
21 – Screen Actors Guild Award nomination ballots mailed
26 – Independent Spirit Award nominations announced

December 2013
2 – Gotham Awards
3 – New York Film Critics Circle vote and announce winners
3 – Producers Guild Award nomination voting opens
4 – Directors Guild Award nomination voting opens
4- National Board of Review vote and announce winners
7 – European Film Awards
8 – Los Angeles Film Critics Association vote and announce winners
8 – British Independent Film Awards
9 – AFI Awards announced
11 – Screen Actors Guild Award nominations announced
11 – BAFTA nomination voting opens
12 – Golden Globe Award nominations announced
16 – Critics Choice Award nominations announced
27 – Academy Award nomination voting opens

January 2014
2 – Screen Actors Guild Award final ballots mailed
2 – Producers Guild Award nominations announced
7- Directors Guild of America nominations announced
7 – National Board of Review Awards Gala
8 – BAFTA nominations announced
8 – Academy Award ballot deadline
12 – Golden Globe Awards
16 – Academy Award nominations announced
16 – Critics Choice Awards
18 – Screen Actors Guild Awards
19 – Producers Guild Awards
25 – Directors Guild Awards

February 2014
1 – Writers Guild Awards
10 – Academy Nominees Luncheon
14 – Final Academy Award voting begins
16 – BAFTA Awards
25 – Final Academy Award voting ends

March 2014
1 – Independent Spirit Awards
2 – Academy Awards

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