Star Scoop: Meryl Streep for the Win, Oscar Upsets, The Award JLaw Almost Missed Out On

By  January 16, 2014

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American Hustle and Gravity may be the Academy Awards’ most nominated films this year, but it’s Meryl Streep who’s made history before the show has even taken place. Streep’s nomination for best actress for her work in August: Osage County marks her 18th nom, “breaking her own record for the most nominations ever given to a single actor.” [Vulture]

As with every awards show, including the Oscars, there are shocking surprises and disappointing snubs. The latter applies to the likes of Oprah Winfrey in Lee Daniels’ The ButlerTom Hanks in Captain Phillips, and a posthumous possibility for James Gandolfini in Enough Said, who were noticeably absent in their respective categories. We guess the problem with 2013 being such a great year in film is the chance that some work gets ignored. [Variety]

Robert Redford addressed his own Best Actor snub at today’s kickoff for the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival. “Hollywood is what it is; it’s a business and so when these films go to be voted on, usually they’re heavily dependent on campaigns,” he said of his All Is Lost snub. “In our case, I think we suffered from little to no distribution.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

How’s this for a fun fact: Jennifer Lawrence’s Academy Award win for Silver Linings Playbook almost wasn’t hers. Movie executive Harvey Weinstein revealed to Howard Stern that Anne Hathaway was originally cast in the leading role. “Jennifer Lawrence and two or three other actresses come in,” Weinstein said. “I said, ‘How the hell are we going to replace Annie?’ And then this amazing creature walked in, who’s a brilliant actress and so much fun, and she won the Oscar.” And Hathaway still got her gold, too! Win-win situation. [Huffington Post]