We're nearing the end of awards season, but there's still plenty of talk going on. Indiewire's top stories this week included Peter Knegt's Oscar Predictions, Cate Blanchett's moving dedication of her BAFTA Best Actress Award to Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Eric Kohn's evaluation of "Omar" as the bleakest of any of this year's Oscar-nominees (clearly he hasn't seen "Jackass: Bad Grandpa"). We saw some disheartening statistics about the lack of progress in female representation in the media, but there's good news about the Berlinale breakouts this year. Besides, any world featuring CineFix's adorable video of children reenacting the Best Picture nominees can't be all that bad.
Take a look at all of these stories and more below as we take a look at the ten most viewed news, interviews, and features from this week at Indiewire:
1. 2014's Oscar Predictions.
Awards season (which is less a season than the half of the year between September and March) is upon us, and Indiewire is offering up our annual charts of predictions for the grand daddy of them all: The Oscars. Check out our predictions for the winners of the 86th Academy Awards below, which will be announced on March 2nd, 2014 (and clearly updated regularly between then and now).
2. Watch: Shia LaBeouf in a Very NSFW Clip From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac.'
Lars von Trier, who has refrained from doing press following his 2011 Cannes gaffe, has been teasing his latest work, the two-part sexual epic "Nymphomaniac," with a lot of ingredients: a sly poster, a mysterious website, and four tantalizing clips. Today sees a fifth scene hit the web, this one NSFW.
Now comes the annual report from the Women's Media Center, a nonprofit organization founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem with the goal of making women visible and powerful in media. While noting barriers broken by women like "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhines and The New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, WMC’s 2014 Status of Women in U.S. Media Report notes the overall lack of progress in terms of female representation. Women of color, who are spotlighted in this report for the first time, have lost ground in recent years.
9. Watch: 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' and More Oscar Nominees Recast With Kids.
Take a break from predicting who's going to win what during next Sunday's Oscars ceremony by watching this hilarious video, courtesy of CineFix, that gives you a taste of what many of this year's nominated films (including R-rated fare like "The Wolf of Wall Street," "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle") would be like if they were cast with child actors.
10. 'Girls' Heads to the Beach for a Weekend of 'Healing' That's Anything But.
Just because you're friends with people doesn't mean you can't also hate them. "Beach House," the seventh and strongest episode of the season, was written by the formative "Girls" executive producer team of Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, which explains why it has some of the sharpest exchanges in the history of the series. "Girls" has always been stacked with dialogue that's double-edged and that often as not reflects worse on the one saying it, but this episode, helmed by Jesse Peretz, the show's most reliable go-to director, finally saw some open aggression when Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) went out to North Fork ("for people who thinks the Hamptons are tacky") for a weekend of sun, beach time and "healing," reuniting with Elijah (Andrew Rannells) in the process.