Is winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture actually the worst thing that could have happened to Avatar? For years, people have trumpeted the Globes as reliable foreshadowers of the eventual Academy Award winners. And in the lead-acting categories, they have a decent track record as of late (last year being the exception, as Mickey Rourke won over Sean Penn). But in the Best Picture race, that hasn’t been true recently. Take a look at the Golden Globe winners of the last five years:
2009: Slumdog Millionaire & Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2008: Atonement & Sweeney Todd
2007: Babel & Dreamgirls
2006: Brokeback Mountain & Walk the Line
2005: The Aviator & Sideways
As you can see, only once in the last five years has one of the Globe winners (Slumdog, of course) gone on to take the Oscar as well. Meanwhile, the HFPA failed to acknowledge No Country for Old Men, The Departed, Crash, and Million Dollar Baby. Heck, Crash wasn’t even nominated for the Globe.
When you think about it, it’s silly to even expect the Globes and the Oscars to mirror each other—there’s absolutely no overlap between the voting bodies at all. One award is decided on by fewer than 100 quirky foreign journalists, and the other by more than 6,000 professionals in the film industry. And now, with The Hurt Locker picking up the Producers Guild prize, it’s certainly possible that they’ll have different winners this year as well. As of today, I’m still feeling an Avatar win for picture and Locker for director, but at this point, anything seems possible.
The 69th annual Tony Awards ceremony (airing this Sunday on CBS at 8pm EST) looks to be a fairly unpredictable one—the 2015 contenders should be genuflecting to the theater gods that Hamilton decided to wait to hit Broadway until next season, where the evening is likely to be a foregone conclusion. But this year? Not so easy. Could the beloved Kelli O’Hara end her Susan Lucci-like Tonys course and defeat cohost Kristin Chenoweth? Will the dramatic acting categories be completely overtaken by Brits?
Paul Feig knew from the minute Melissa McCarthy auditioned for his 2011 hit Bridesmaids he had found someone special. “That audition was one of those moments when you’re like, ‘okay, that person just changed their life,’” he says. And indeed it did, as McCarthy has quickly zoomed to the top of the list of in-demand comedic actresses.
In recent years, there have been few franchises you can depend on to appear as regularly as the Assassin’s Creed games. Creed has released titles every year for the last seven years—and sometimes multiple titles per year.
And as such, Ubisoft has pulled back the curtain on 2015’s flagship entry, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. With it comes a new time period, new protagonists, and the hope that the new gameplay changes will help propel the series forward not just in time, but in quality too.
TowerFall, the multiplayer game that can give Super Smash Bros. a run for its money in terms of pure fun, is seeing its first major expansion since Towerfall Ascension released last year.
TowerFall: Dark World will introduce 10 new archers to play as, four level sets, a new cooperative mode, and an endless mode that includes levels created on the fly as players progress. Dark World will also introduce new bosses to fight, powerups, and more.
Disney Infinity is heading to a galaxy far, far away in the next virtual adventure.
Disney today announced that Disney Infinity 3.0, which is set to debut later this year, will add characters from Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. The game, which allows players to control characters based on real-life figures that they own, added Marvel heroes last year.