"Creed" star Sylvester Stallone's Oscar nomination odds got a bit shorter this week when he picked up support from a prominent critics group.
On Sunday, he received a Critics Choice Best Supporting Actor nod, voted upon by the Broadcast Critics Association. Stallone has already received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Meanwhile, "Creed" keeps rolling along at the box office, bringing in another $10 million, dropping a slight 30 percent, and marching to $79 million on its way, perhaps, to $100 million.
No one knows how current-release films will fare once the unprecedented "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" juggernaut is launched on Thursday, but Brad Brevet of Boxofficemojo.com writes that word-of-mouth favorite "Creed" might be "one of those pictures that continues to stand tall."
The top grossing movies this past weekend:
"The Hunger Games," 11.3 million.
"In the Heart of the Sea," $11 million.
"The Good Dinosaur," $10.5 million.
"Creed," $10.1 million.
"Krampus," $8 million.
"Spectre," $4 million.
"The Night Before," $3.9 million.
"The Peanuts Movie," $2.7 million.
"Spotlight," $2.4 million.
"Brooklyn," $2 million.
The Broadcast Critics Association also gave Philadelphia native Adam McKay a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for "The Big Short."
The film, which opens here until Dec. 23, broke a box office record for a movie in an eight-theater limited release, earning a whopping $90,000 per location in New York and Los Angeles, and an "A" Cinemascore from paying customers.
The movie has also been doing well this awards season. McKay has already been nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Screenplay) while Steve Carell and Christian Bale are up for acting honors. The Screen Actors Guild gave "The Big Short" one of five Ensemble Acting nominations, and its ensemble (including Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling and a naked Margot Robbie in a bathtub), has already nabbed the top ensemble award from the National Board of Review.
McKay was in town recently to talk about the movie, his first foray into "serious" filmmaking, and he mentioned his next project is likely a full-on comedy in the mode of his "Anchorman" and "Stepbrother" titles.
"I'm actually kicking around an idea with Will Ferrell and maybe John C. Reilly. Them as two kind of hapless guys who go down to defend our border and end up getting flushed out into the Mexican side and can't get back into the States, so they end up sort of seeing things from the point of view of illegal immigrants.
"That's not definite yet. We're waiting for the script to come in, and then Ferrell and I are going to rewrite it, so we'll see."
Page Six reports that Philly's Bradley Cooper attended the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association holiday party for the Widows and Children's Fund in Manhattan this past Saturday.
Cooper made himself available for a multitude of fan photos with "many children of police officers killed in the line of duty" and was "gracious throughout," a source reported.