J.K. Simmons movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Juno,’ ‘Spider-Man’

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J.K. Simmons movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Juno,’ ‘Spider-Man’
Happy 64th birthday to Jonathan Kimble Simmons, aka J.K. Simmons! The Academy Award-winning actor first came to fame as a song-and-dance man on Broadway, then segued to a celebrated career in television and finally began an illustrious film career that has endured for 25 years.

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Simmons was a long-time theater actor — he had a memorable turn on the 1992 Tony broadcast in a striped purple suit raising his jazz hands in a number from “Guys and Dolls” — until he made his way to television and stunned audiences as white supremacist inmate Vern Schillinger in the HBO series “Oz.” Hollywood then came calling, making a big splash in the “Spider-Man” films and capping it off by winning the Oscar, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for his chilling performance as a music teacher in “Whiplash.”

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J.K. Simmons movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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J.K. Simmons movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy 64th birthday to Jonathan Kimble Simmons, aka J.K. Simmons! The Academy Award-winning actor first came to fame as a song-and-dance man on Broadway, then segued to a celebrated career in television and finally began an illustrious film career that has endured for 25 years.

Simmons was a long-time theater actor — he had a memorable turn on the 1992 Tony broadcast in a striped purple suit raising his jazz hands in a number from “Guys and Dolls” — until he made his way to television and stunned audiences as white supremacist inmate Vern Schillinger in the HBO series “Oz.” Hollywood then came calling, making a big splash in the “Spider-Man” films and capping it off by winning the Oscar, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for his chilling performance as a music teacher in “Whiplash.”

Though busy filming his Starz series “Counterpoint,” Simmons will return to the screen next summer
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2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …

2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …
The Cinema Audio Society Awards nominees for Best Sound Mixing are: “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “First Man,” “A Quiet Place” and “A Star is Born.” Historically, only about two-thirds of the Csa nominees go on to contend at the Oscars. However, we are predicting that all five of this year’s guild nominees will go on to reap Oscar bids for Best Sound Mixing. “A Star is Born” is our overwhelming frontrunner to win both awards.

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This year’s Cas nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: “The Grinch,” “The Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” And the documentary feature contenders are: “Fahrenheit 11/9,” “Free Solo,” “Quincy” and two films directed by Morgan Neville, “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

On the TV front, the
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2019 Writers Guild Awards nominations: WGA is limited as guidepost to predicting Oscars

2019 Writers Guild Awards nominations: WGA is limited as guidepost to predicting Oscars
Don’t look for some of the leading Oscar contenders, including the original screenplay “The Favourite”,” in the list of nominations for the 71st annual WGA Awards announced on Jan. 7. Only scripts written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners are allowed to vie for these awards. As such, these kudos are not the most reliable barometer of the eventual Oscar nominees. Indeed, in the past nine years only 58 of the WGA nominees have numbered among the 90 screenplays that reaped Academy Awards bids.

The original screenplay WGA nominees are: “Eighth Grade,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma” and “Vice.” The adapted screenplay WGA contenders are: “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “A Star Is Born.”

Last year was one of the better ones for the guild nominees as all five of the adapted screenplay contenders — “Call Me by Your Name,
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How many of the 10 Ace Eddie Awards nominees will make the cut at the Oscars?

The American Cinema Editors guild, which announced nominations for the Eddie Awards on Jan. 7, has a good track record as a predictor of the Academy Awards winner for Best Picture (17 out of the last 28). And it has a great one for forecasting who will win Best Film Editing at the Oscars (21 of the last 28). Not surprisingly, it is also fairly prescient when it comes to predicting the five Film Editing Oscar nominations.

In 1992, the Ace Eddie Awards went from three to five nominees (matching that of the Oscars) and in 2000 it split the award in two, with five nominees for each of drama and comedy/musical. Over the past 26 years, 115 of the 130 Oscar nominees for Film Editing had first reaped a Golden Eddie bid; that is an accuracy rate of 88%.

Among this year’s Ace Eddie nominees is our Oscar frontrunner for Best Film Editing, “Roma,”along with the other
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2019 Golden Globes: Will these awards predict the Oscars?

2019 Golden Globes: Will these awards predict the Oscars?
The Golden Globes, now in its 76th year, offers one of the best previews of what will win at the Academy Awards. With separate awards for drama and comedy/musical films, the Globes doubles its chances of getting Best Picture and the lead acting races right at the Oscars. Two years ago their drama pick, “Moonlight,” edged out the comedy/musical choice “La La Land” at the Academy Awards.

Last year, Globe voters went all in on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which won a leading four awards: Best Drama, Best Drama Actress (Frances McDormand), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) and Best Screenplay for director Martin McDonagh. Both performers repeated at the Oscars.

But their film fell short in the Best Picture race at the Oscars to “The Shape of Water,” which had taken home just two Globes for director Guillermo Del Toro and composer Alexandre Desplat. They both picked up Oscar bookends.
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‘First Man’: Finding Closure for Ryan Gosling’s Grieving Neil Armstrong on the Moon

‘First Man’: Finding Closure for Ryan Gosling’s Grieving Neil Armstrong on the Moon
What boldly separates “First Man” from all other space movies was Damien Chazelle’s decision to make Nasa’s mission to the moon the personal story of a grieving Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling).

Part documentary, part domestic drama — shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Linus Sandgren (“La La Land”) on Kodak 16mm and 35mm and IMAX– the adventure thrusts Armstrong out of this world to say goodbye to his departed young daughter.

And Chazelle tasked his go-to editor Tom Cross (Oscar winner for “Whiplash” and a nominee for “La La Land”) with balancing both the meta and micro elements of the movie (scripted by “Spotlight Oscar winner Josh Singer).

“Damien and Ryan Gosling always talked about how this movie was about the moon and the kitchen,” Cross said. “It’s not only how painful and risky these missions were for the astronauts, but how painful they were for the families. It was
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Tom Cross (‘First Man’ editor) on giving Neil Armstrong biopic a ‘cinema verite’ feel [Exclusive Video Interview]

Tom Cross (‘First Man’ editor) on giving Neil Armstrong biopic a ‘cinema verite’ feel [Exclusive Video Interview]
“There’s always some new ground covered” when film editor Tom Cross works with director Damien Chazelle. “He likes to try new things,” Cross explains. So he knew that “First Man,” a biopic chronicling the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and his historic moon landing, would be different from their previous collaborations. Watch our exclusive video interview with Cross above.

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In the case of “Whiplash” (2014), for which Cross won an Oscar, Chazelle “wanted to tell the story through the editing: he wanted the cuts to be fast, he wanted the audience to feel the cuts, he wanted to have cuts at right angles.” Cross received another Oscar nom for Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” (2016), whose editing approach needed to be “slow and more languid, more romantic.”

With “First Man,” Chazelle “really wanted it to feel very visceral. He wanted it to be immersive,
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2019 Producers Guild Awards: Which of the 10 nominees will make the cut for Best Picture at the Oscars?

The PGA Awards has a stellar success rate at previewing the Best Picture line-up at the Oscars. When the academy expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the Academy Awards shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders (though it had 11 last year due to a tie). That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster.

Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years. So how many of this year’s 10 PGA nominees — “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born” and “Vice” — will make the cut with the academy?

Let’s look back at each year’s PGA Awards nominees in this new era of voting for Best Picture to see
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2019 Producers Guild Awards nominations preview: Oscar Best Picture line-up?

What can we expect when the Producers Guild of America announces its nominees for Best Picture on Friday (Jan. 4)? How closely will the guild’s top 10 preview the Academy Awards line-up that will be revealed on Jan. 22?

When the Oscars expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the academy shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders. That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster. Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years.

Last year, the guild went seven for nine: “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The other three guild nominees were “I, Tonya,” “Molly’s Game” and “Wonder Woman” while the Oscars rounded out their
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'First Man' Composer Justin Hurwitz on Conducting His First Score

'First Man' Composer Justin Hurwitz on Conducting His First Score
Academy Award-winning composer Justin Hurwitz teamed up with director Damien Chazelle once again to create the music behind the Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man. Hurwitz has worked with the director on his previous films, including La La Land, Whiplash, and Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Hurwitz explained the overall themes he brought to the film, saying, "Damien wanted to explore grief, loss and pain."

"He wanted to also use those themes in different ways throughout the movie, so we could use the same themes that score some of his very painful moments early on ...
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2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Daniel Kaluuya (‘Widows’) could reap a Best Supporting Actor nomination

2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Daniel Kaluuya (‘Widows’) could reap a Best Supporting Actor nomination
Despite rave reviews, Steve McQueen‘s “Widows” has yet to register with the precursor prizes. Even the magnificent awards-magnet that is Viola Davis has been snubbed everywhere. But there is hope on the horizon in the form of Daniel Kaluuya, who plays mob enforcer Jatemme Manning. Below, we offer five reasons why he could follow up his Best Actor bid last year for “Get Out” with a supporting actor nomination for “Widows.”

1. He plays a villain

The academy loves to honor a juicy, villainous role, particularly in the Best Supporting Category. J.K. Simmons won for “Whiplash” as did Christoph Waltz for “Inglourious Basterds” and Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight.” Among those nominated for playing bad boys: Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”), Michael Fassbender (“12 Years a Slave”), Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”).

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2. He was
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Will Michael B. Jordan (‘Black Panther’) be the first of the McU cast to earn an Oscar nomination

Will Michael B. Jordan (‘Black Panther’) be the first of the McU cast to earn an Oscar nomination
As we head into Oscar nominations voting, “Black Panther” is strongly positioned to do well. It grossed $700.1 million in the Us and Canada and earned $1.347 billion worldwide. That impressive haul means it ranks as the ninth highest-grossing film of all time. The “Black Panther” cast and stunt ensemble were both recognized with Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. It’s also earned three Golden Globe bids, including one for Best Picture (Drama) and 12 Critics Choice nominations.

One of those dozen nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics’ Assn. was for the supporting turn by Michael B. Jordan, who plays the villainous Erik Killmonger. The casts of the first 17 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were overlooked by the Oscars, despite featuring a host of great actors and actresses delivering outstanding performances.

Could Jordan be the first of the McU to reap an Oscar bid? Consider the following and then vote in our
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The 2018 Black List Pinpoints This Year’s Best Unproduced Screenplays

The 2018 Black List Pinpoints This Year’s Best Unproduced Screenplays
The 2018 Black List is here. The annual compilation surveyed over 300 film executives, who voted on their favorite scripts of the past year that have not yet been produced. Previous years’ entries have included movies like Argo, Whiplash, Zodiac, In Bruges, Juno, The Wolf of Wall Street, Looper, The Social Network, The Prestige, There Will Be Blood, Inglourious […]

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Ryan Gosling is the First Man, coming to disc Jan. 8

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Universal City, California, December 10, 2018 – Follow the gripping and captivating true story of the first manned mission to the moon in First Man, arriving on Digital and via the digital movie app Movies Anywhere on January 8, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on January 22, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as “the best movie of the year” (Collider) and “exhilarating” (Entertainment Weekly), First Man comes from acclaimed Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong and Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong in the heroic and emotionally driven journey through a pivotal moment in the history of mPutting You In the Seat – Through the use of innovative technology, most of First Man was shot in-camera. Take an in-depth look behind the lens of this epic film.

Based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen
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‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ writer on making the ballet more character-driven [Red Carpet Video]

“We really wanted to take the story that everyone knew from the ballet and expand it and turn it into more of a character journey for Clara the heroine,” screenwriter Ashleigh Powell tells Gold Derby (watch the exclusive interview above). It is her debut film, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” which is now in theaters with Mackenzie Foy in the lead role and Keira Knightley receiving top billing as the Sugar Plum Fairy. In our red carpet chat she adds, “It’s very beautiful and whimsical, but it’s a little bit of a fever dream that there’s no real emotional arc for her over the course of it, so we wanted to [use the source material as] the starting point of a much larger adventure into the world that we haven’t necessarily seen before on the big screen.”

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First Man Takes One Small Step Onto 4K/Blu-Ray Next Month

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The 4K Ultra HD and blu-ray details for Damien Chazelle's latest film, First Man, have been revealed along with the handful of bonus features for fans to enjoy. Come inside to learn more!

First Man brought the harrowing story behind the first Moon landing to the big screen earlier this year, but if you missed out on the stunning film, or simply want to watch it again, you'll get your chance next month. Universal has announced the film will launch digitally on January 8th, with the 4K Ultra HD/blu-ray arriving a couple weeks later on January 22nd with a handful of bonus features:

Follow the gripping and captivating true story of the first manned mission to the moon in First Man, arriving on Digital and via the digital movie app Movies Anywhere on January 8, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on January 22, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
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Jk Simmons: 'I still get emotional – how could the universe be so unfair?'

As Hollywood’s go-to character actor for kindly dads and stoic cops, Simmons was used to being overlooked for the big roles. But since winning an Oscar, he finally gets to play the lead – twice

Jk Simmons knows there was an irony in winning the Oscar for best supporting actor, which he did three years ago for playing the bullying jazz teacher in Whiplash. It was only after 30 years of buttressing other people’s stories – from playing the father of a pregnant teenager in Juno to chomping cigars as Peter Parker’s editor-in-chief in Spider-Man – that the newly crowned character actor got bumped up to a leading role.

Or really, twin lead roles in the case of his byzantine TV thriller Counterpart, where Simmons takes centre stage as Howard Alpha and Howard Prime, a pair of clones forged in the last years of the cold war when East German scientists accidentally created a parallel Earth.
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Jk Simmons: 'I still get emotional – how could the universe be so unfair?'

As Hollywood’s go-to character actor for kindly dads and stoic cops, Simmons was used to being overlooked for the big roles. But since winning an Oscar, he finally gets to play the lead – twice

Jk Simmons knows there was an irony in winning the Oscar for best supporting actor, which he did three years ago for playing the bullying jazz teacher in Whiplash. It was only after 30 years of buttressing other people’s stories – from playing the father of a pregnant teenager in Juno to chomping cigars as Peter Parker’s editor-in-chief in Spider-Man – that the newly crowned character actor got bumped up to a leading role.

Or really, twin lead roles in the case of his byzantine TV thriller Counterpart, where Simmons takes centre stage as Howard Alpha and Howard Prime, a pair of clones forged in the last years of the cold war when East German scientists accidentally created a parallel Earth.
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“First Man” by Damien Chazelle: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy – Hollywood Film Tribute

We are recognizing Universal Studios’“First Man” by Damien Chazelle. Starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. Our Hollywood Film Tributes recognize films and talent for their excellence in the art of filmmaking. “First Man” is a biopic of Neil Armstrong, arguably the world’s most famous astronaut. Gosling plays Armstrong, while Claire Foy portrays his wife Janet. Academy Award® winner Damien Chazelle most recently wrote and directed the musical La La Land, which earned fourteen Oscar nominations, winning six awards, including Best Director for Chazelle, who is the youngest director to receive the award. The film also won a record-breaking seven Golden Globes, and was also honored with five BAFTA wins and eleven nominations. His previous film, 2014’s Whiplash, received five Academy Award nominations and three wins, including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons. His 2013 short, based on the Whiplash screenplay, won the Short Film Jury Prize at Sundance, and
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