Obituary: Luis Avalos

Actor Luis Avalos (b.1946) died on January 22. Avalos appeared in the films The Butcher’s Wife, Wishcraft, and Ghost Fever, as well as an episode of The Incredible Hulk. Avalos was best known for his long-running stint on the kid’s show The Electric Company from 1972-1977. Avalos also appeared on both the comedy E/R and the later drama ER.

Obituary: Sarah Marshall

Actress Sarah Marshall (b.1933) died on January 18. Marshall appeared on numerous television shows, including guest roles on Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, Get Smart, and My Favorite Martian.

Obituary: Ben Starr

Screenwriter Ben Starr (b.1921) died on January 19. Starr wrote episodes of My Favorite Martian, Mork and Mindy, and Small Wonder, as well as the film Our Man Flint. He may have been best known as the co-creator of Silver Spoons and The Facts of Life. He also wrote the comedy Western Texas Across the River.

Obituary: Hal Sutherland

Animator Hal Sutherland (b.1929) died on January 16. Sutherland got his start working on Disney’s Sleeping Beauty before he co-founded Filmation in the early 1960s and worked as the new company’s Director of Animation. His animation at Filmation included work on Star Trek: The Animated Series, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, and several DC titles.

Genre Almost Shutout at SAGs

Despite nominations in nine categories, genre television and films fared poorly at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, netting only a single win for the stuntmen of Game of Thrones in the Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series.

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Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Awards were presented on January 16 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Gravity
  • Best Editing: Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger, Gravity
  • Best Visual Effects: Gravity
  • Best Animated Feature: Frozen
  • Best Actress in an Action Movie: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Gravity
  • Best Song: “Let It Go,” by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen
  • Best Score: Steven Price, Gravity

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Obituary: Roger Lloyd-Pack

Actor Roger Lloyd-Pack (b.1944) died on January 15. Lloyd-Pack portrayed Barty Crouch, Sr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and appeared as John Lumic in two episodes of Doctor Who. He appeared in the 1984 version of 1984 and Interview with the Vampire. Lloyd-Pack was probably best known to British audiences for his role on The Vicar of Dibley and as Trigger on Only Fools and Horses.

Obituary: Russell Johnson

Actor Russell Johnson (b.1924) died on January 16. Johnson was best known for playing Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island, but early in his career appeared in several science fiction films, including This Island Earth and It Came from Outer Space. He also appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone. Johnson served in World War II and flew 44 combat missions before being shot down over the Philippines.

Academy Award Nominations

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced and winners will be presented on March 2. Genre film Gravity, along with American Hustle, led the nominees with 10 nominations. Nine films were nominated in the Best Picture category. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Amy Adams in American Hustle
  • Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock in Gravity
  • Judi Dench in Philomena
  • Meryl Streep in August: Osage County

Animated Feature Film

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises


  • The Grandmaster, for Philippe Le Sourd
  • Gravity, for Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, for Bruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska, for Phedon Papamichael
  • Prisoners, for Roger A. Deakins


  • American Hustle, for David O. Russell
  • Gravity, for Alfonso Cuarón
  • Nebraska, for Alexander Payne
  • 12 Years a Slave, for Steve McQueen
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, for Martin Scorsese

Film Editing

  • American Hustle, for Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
  • Captain Phillips, for Christopher Rouse
  • Dallas Buyers Club, for John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
  • Gravity, for Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
  • 12 Years a Slave, for Joe Walker

Music—Original Score

  • The Book Thief, by John Williams
  • Gravity, by Steven Price
  • Her, by William Butler and Owen Pallett
  • Philomena, by Alexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr. Banks, by Thomas Newman

Music—Original Song

  • “Alone Yet Not Alone,” from Alone Yet Not Alone, music by Bruce Broughton; lyric by Dennis Spiegel Nomination rescinded due to excessive campaigning
  • “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, music and lyric by Pharrell Williams
  • “Let it Go,” from Frozen, music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “The Moon Song,” from Her, music by Karen O; lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
  • “Ordinary Love,” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; lyric by Paul Hewson

Production Design

  • American Hustle, for Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration)
  • Gravity, for Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)
  • The Great Gatsby, for Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
  • Her, for K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)
  • 12 Years a Slave, for Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration)

Short Film—Animated

  • Feral
  • Get a Horse!
  • Mr. Hublot
  • Possessions
  • Room on the Broom

Sound Editing

  • All Is Lost, for Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
  • Captain Phillips, for Oliver Tarney
  • Gravity, for Glenn Freemantle
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, for Brent Burge
  • Lone Survivor, for Wylie Stateman

Sound Mixing

  • Captain Phillips, for Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
  • Gravity, for Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, for Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, for Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
  • Lone Survivor, for Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Visual Effects

  • Gravity, for Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, for Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
  • Iron Man 3, for Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
  • The Lone Ranger, for Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
  • Star Trek Into Darkness, for Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

Writing—Original Screenplay

  • American Hustle, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine, written by Woody Allen
  • Dallas Buyers Club, written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
  • Her, written by Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska, written by Bob Nelson

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Golden Raspberry Nominations

The 34th annual Razzie Award nominations have been announced. The Razzies are given for the worst films to hit theatres in a given year. The nominations are announced the day before the Oscar nominations are announced and the awards are presented the night before the Oscars are presented. Below is a complete listing of nominees.

Worst Picture

  • After Earth
  • Grown-Ups 2
  • The Lone Ranger
  • A Madea Christmas
  • Movie 43

Worst Actress

  • Halle Berry in The Call and Movie 43
  • Selena Gomez in Getaway
  • Lindsay Lohan in The Canyons
  • Tyler Perry in A Madea Christmas
  • Naomi Watts in Diana and Movie 43

Worst Actor

  • Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger
  • Ashton Kutcher in Jobs
  • Adam Sandler in Grown-Ups 2
  • Jaden Smith in After Earth
  • Sylvester Stallone in Bullet To The Head, Escape Plan, and Grudge Match

Worst Supporting Actress

  • Lady Gaga in Machette Kills
  • Salma Hayek in Grown-Ups 2
  • Katherine Heigl in The Big Wedding
  • Kim Kardashian in Tyler Perry’s Temptation
  • Lindsay Lohan in InAPPropriate Comedy and Scary Movie 5

Worst Supporting Actor

  • Chris Brown in Battle Of The Year
  • Larry The Cable Guy in A Madea Christmas
  • Taylor Lautner in Grown-Ups 2
  • Will Smith in After Earth
  • Nick Swardson in A Haunted House and Grown-Ups 2

Worst Screen Combo

  • The Entire Cast of Grown Ups 2
  • The Entire Cast of Movie 43
  • Lindsay Lohan & Charlie Sheen in Scary Movie 5
  • Tyler Perry & EITHER Larry the Cable Guy OR That Worn-Out Wig & Dress in A Madea Christmas
  • Jaden Smith & Will Smith on Planet Nepotism in After Earth

Worst Director

  • The 13 People Who Directed Movie 43
  • Dennis Dugan for Grown Ups 2
  • Tyler Perry for A Madea Christmas and Temptation
  • M. Night Shyamalan for After Earth
  • Gore Verbinski for The Lone Ranger

Worst Screenplay

  • After Earth, screenplay by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan, story by Will Smith
  • Grown Ups 2, written by Fred Wolfe & Adam Sandler & Tim Herlihy
  • The Lone Ranger, screen story & screenplay by Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe & Terry Rosso
  • A Madea Christmas, written by Tyler Perry
  • Movie 43, written by 19 “Screenwriters”

Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel

  • Grown Ups 2
  • Hangover III
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Scary Movie 5
  • Smurfs 2

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