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Benedict Cumberbatch’s 10 Best Movies

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch, in addition to being one the finest actors working today, possesses THE most English of English names ever to be bestowed upon an Englishman.  In case you doubted it was his real name, it’s actually shortened.  His full name is Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch.  He has, however, endeared himself to geeks and non-geeks alike by already indelibly visiting the worlds of Tolkien (Smaug and the Necromancer), Star Trek (nobody blames Into Darkness on him), and the MCU (where he is the resident Sorcerer Supreme: Dr. Stephen Strange).  Cumberbatch, with his distinctive, mesmerizing voice and talent for squeezing his narrow frame into giant characters both fictional and real (Julian Assange, William Pitt, Alan Turing), has already made a lasting mark on the big screen and small, where he has achieved an impossible feat with Stephan Moffat and Martin Freeman in updating Sherlock Holmes for contemporary times, while still maintaining the spirit of Conan Doyle’s master detective better than any adaptation in my lifetime (if not period).
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Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie Cast in Star Wars Episode VII

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An Oscar-winner and a member of the Game of Thrones cast are joining the journey to a galaxy far, far away.  Lucasfilm has officially announced the casting of Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie in Star Wars Episode VII.  No word on their roles.

Nyong’o is the current Best Supporting Actress, having just won for 12 Years a Slave.
Lupita Nyong'o

Christie is best known for playing Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones.  She’ll also be appearing in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
Gwendoline Christie, GAme of Thrones

Speculation, people?

2014 SAG Award Nominees Announced

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees were announced today with 12 Years as a Slave cementing its status as current Oscar front runner on the movie side and accolades for the departed Breaking Bad on the TV side.  The actual awards (and they are hefty suckers) will be handed out Sunday January 27, 2014, and the ceremony will be broadcast on TNT.

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bruce Dern – Nebraska (Paramount Pictures)
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Forest Whitaker – Lee Daniel’s The Butler (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
Sandra Bullock – Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Judi Dench – Philomena (The Weinstein Company)
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company)
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)
Daniel Bruhl – Rush (Universal Pictures)
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
James Gandolfini – Enough Said (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company)
June Squibb – Nebraska (Paramount Pictures)
Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniel’s The Butler (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company)
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Lee Daniel’s The Butler (The Weinstein Company)

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Matt Damon – “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)
Michael Douglas – “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)
Jeremy Irons – “The Hollow Crown” (WNET/Thirteen)
Rob Lowe – “Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic Channel)
Al Pacino – “Phil Spector” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Angela Bassett – “Betty & Coretta” (Lifetime)
Helena Bonham Carter – “Burton and Taylor” (BBC America)
Holly Hunter – “Top of the Lake” (Sundance Channel)
Helen Mirren – “Phil Spector” (HBO)
Elisabeth Moss – “Top of the Lake” (Sundance Channel)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom” (HBO)
Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Kevin Spacey – “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes – “Homeland” (Showtime)
Anna Gunn – “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock” (NBC)
Jason Bateman – “Arrested Development (Netflix)
Ty Burrell – “Modern Family” (ABC)
Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik – “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Julie Bowen – “Modern Family” (ABC)
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Tina Fey – “30 Rock” (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“Arrested Development” (Netflix)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Veep” (HBO)

SAG AWARDS® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
All is Lost (Lionsgate)
Fast & Furious 6 (Universal Pictures)
Lone Survivor (Universal Pictures)
Rush (Universal Pictures)
The Wolverine (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“The Walking Dead” (AMC)