A Week In News: Globes And Oscars Mania, Prince Finds His Funny Bone, Lena Dunham Gets A Vogue Make-Over
Golden Globes successes brought Oscar nominations speculation this week as movie awards overshadow all other news.
Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top with the big gong but a few unpredictabilities set award odds and Oscars speculation askew. Newbie comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw off rivals to claim two awards whilst Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett took the leading lady award alongside Dallas Buyers Club's for the men.
Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón stole Best Director from Steve McQueen whilst Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra snatched the big TV awards. The surprise wins also made for some truly memorable speeches too, with Elisabeth Moss exclamation of "Oh s**t!" and Jacqueline Bisset's sweary ramble marking two particular highlights. Read about all the winners here.
The Oscars Promise: The excitement of the Globes alone would have been enough for us to contend with this week but we were hit with an awards double whammy when the nominations were announced for the upcoming Academy Awards. Click to find out this year's Best Picture noms. Yet again, 12 Years is looking strong with nine nominations but American Hustle and Gravity are tipped to lead the way with 10 each. Check out the Oscars' five most surprising snubs here.
The Oscar saw new Spike Jonze drama Her added to the roster of Best Picture whilst American Hustle's Christian Bale seems to have been favored in the leading actor category over Captain Phillips's Tom Hanks. The awards will feature the cream of Hollywood's veteran talent with Philomena's Dame Judi Dench and Nebraska's Bruce Dern and June Squibb looking strong in their categories.
Critics Choice Choose Victors: A possible Oscars pattern begins to emerge after this week's Globes and Critics' Choice Awards, the latter of which saw 12 Years rated Best Film again whilst Cate Blanchett and Matthew Mcconaughey also picking up the top prizes in their respective categories. Jared Leto, who entertained with a Matthew McConuaghey impression, and Lupita Nyong'o took the Best Supporting Actor awards, marking a win-back for the 12 Years actress after the Globes' equivalent prize went to Amy Adams. Find out who else won at the Critics' Choice Awards here.
Prince Worships 'New Girl': Pop star Prince has surprised fans by appearing in Fox comedy New Girl in a cameo as himself alongside Zooey Deschanel. Click to read the full article. The Purple One contacted the show, gushing about how much he loved it and also asking to be featured so that he could help Jess and Nick iron out their relationship troubles and give Jess some "hip tips" - whatever that means. Check out the first on-set photo here.
NME Awards Favor Arctic Monkeys & Haim: The nominations for UK's alternative music awards, the NME awards, were released this week, strongly favoring British rockers Arctic Monkeys with eight noms and Californian sister trio Haim, who are up for six gongs. Veteran rockers The Rolling Stones compete with Blur, Biffy Clyro and Foals for Best Live Band whilst Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Cribs and The Maccabees battle it out for Best Band glory. Check out the full list of nominees here.
Lena Dunham Gets Done Up: Lena Dunham has found herself the voice of a generation with hit comedy Girls which is apparently something the US Vogue have tuned into too. This month's magazine features the actress on the cover sporting what is sure to become this year's "It-Do." Check it out here. Dunham's feature represents a welcome move from the emaciated photoshop ideals of high fashion and lets us into the world of one of the brightest stars in Hollywood. The talented writer is featured in the magazine showing surreal photo-shoot snaps alongside Girls co-star Adam Driver and her dog Lamby. Seriously: don't miss this. Whilst you're here, find out what happens when you mention Girls nudity to Dunham... not pretty!
Eggy Justin Bieber Threatened With Deportment: Pop star Justin Bieber, who is simultaneously adored and despised by the world, has been told that he'll be deported back to Canada if he's convicted with felony vandalism following a vicious egging on a neighbor's house that caused $20,000 damage. After arresting Bieber's chum Lil Za on alleged cocaine possession, Police searched the 19 year-old's Calabasas home and confiscated his cell phone to check for incriminating brag texts. However, Bieber is apparently more worried about the naughty pics they'll find...oops!
Kanye West Gets Violent Again: Rapper Kanye West has become the subject of a police enquiry after a teen he punched decided he'd press charges. The incident was sparked when the unnamed 18 year-old hurled racist abuse at West's fiancée Kim Kardashian, calling the reality TV star a "N-lover." After a quick call, West was soon on the scene and attacked the racist before cops could arrive. West, who's currently in Paris, now faces police scrutiny and a possible conviction is he is found guilty of assault. Not so chivalrous then. Read the full story here.
Video Of The Week - 'Fading Gigolo' Trailer: Ever wanted to know what it would be like to be PAID to sleep with as many beautiful women as possible? That's the premise of Fading Gigolo, a new John Turturro comedy in which Turturro's shy florist unwittingly finds himself pimped out by Woody Allen for women who will pay for a bit of company. Unrealistic yet hilarious, check out the Fading Gigolo trailer here.