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My Top Films and Kudos for 2013

January 9, 2014

Hey everyone,12 years

Again, sorry for the lack of posts. However, to make up for it, I promise to be better during this upcoming Awards Season. With that said, here are my top films and some kudos for the year in film 2013.

My Top 10 movies of 2013:
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. August Osage County
3. Philomena
4. Gravity
5. Dallas Buyers Club
6. Fruitvale Station
7. Blue Jasmine
8. Saving Mr. Banks
9. Captain Phillips
10. Frozen (yes, I’m kinda shocked it’s here too)

Honorable mention~ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Enough Said, The Great Gatsby

Best Documentary: Bridegroom
runner up: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Comedy: The Heat
runner up: Enough Said
Biggest Tear Jerker: Philomena
runner up: Saving Mr Banks
* 12 Years a Slave easily much wins the most emotional film experience of the year by a landslide as well cuz yeah, I bawled watching that one.

Best Lead Male Performance: Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
runner up: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Lead Female Performance: TIE~ Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) & Meryl Streep (August Osage County)
Best Supporting Male: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)august j m
runner up: Chris Cooper (August Osage County)
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave)
runner up: Julia Roberts (August Osage County)
Best Ensemble: August Osage County
runner up: 12 Years a Slave
Best Performances No One is Talking About: Idris Elba & Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Debut Film: Fruitvale Station
Best Song from a Movie: “Let It Go” (Frozen) sung by Idina Menzel

runner up: “Bleed for Love” (Winnie) sung by Jennifer Hudson


Best Hidden Gem: The Sapphires
Most Overrated Movie: American Hustle

Worst 5 Films I saw:
1. Stoker
2. Out of the Furnace
3. Nebraska
4. 2 Guns
5. Jack the Giant Slayer

* didn’t see all of Wolf of Wall Street yet (the showing was cancelled half way thru due to a sound issue)
** also haven’t seen Her

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My Crazy Early November 2014 Oscar Predictions

November 29, 2013

rs_560x415-130510133213-1024.MerylJulia.mh.051013Ok, as you know, I’ve been very bad at keeping up with my blogging. I’m thrilled to be doing so much film and television work and pursuing lots of projects like my films Dirty Talk and Jack. However, I cant help but return to you for some Awards season talk. I’m seriously obsessed with this time of year and this year we have an outstanding crop of films vying for that little golden guy Oscar. While the Golden Globes and SAG Award nominations, etc will likely clear up the race in the next few weeks, let’s take a look at my crystal ball and see who I think is in the lead. (Oh and a FYI~ my favorite Oscar contenders thus far are 12 Years a Slave, August Osage Country, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Blue Jasmine and Fruitvale Station)… So, without further ado, let’s see my crazy early totally big and bold 2014 Oscar nomination predictions.

My Big Bold November 2014 Oscar Nomination Predictions~

Best Picture:
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
August Osage Country
Captain Phillips
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Fruitvale Station
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks
The Wolf of Wall Street
~ Spoilers: Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Jasmine, Nebraska, Philomena

Best Actor:
Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Robert Redford (All is Lost)
~ Spoilers: Forrest Whitaker (The Butler), Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Joaquin Phoenix (Her), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Hugh Jackman (Prisoners)
* This category is insanely full of contenders. I could list another 8 that could factor in quite easily

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August Osage County), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
~ Spoilers: Amy Adams (American Hustle), Adele Exarchopolous (Blue is the Warmest Color), Kate Winslet (Labor Day), Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Enough Said)

Best Supporting Actor:
Chris Cooper (August Osage County), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), James Gandolfini (Enough Said), Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)dallas-buyers-club-la-8-27-13
~ Spoilers: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners), Dainel Bruhl (Rush), David Oywelo (The Butler), Matthew McConaughey (Mud)

* This category seems to be the most wide open, and also has an insane amount of contenders

Best Supporting Actress:
Margo Martindale (August Osage County), Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August Osage County), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station), Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)
~ spoilers: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), June Squibb (Nebraska), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), David O’ Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorcesse (The Wolf of Wall Street)
~ Spoilers: Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Lee Daniels (The Butler), Spike Jones (Her), Joel & Ehtan Cohen (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Original Screenplay:
American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Enough Said, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis
~ spoilers: Her, Saving Mr. Banks, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska

Adapted Screenplay:
12 Years a Slave, August Osage County, Before Midnight, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall StreetFilm Review 12 Years a Slave
~ spoilers: Captain Phillips, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

So, there ya have it. My first stab at this year’s incredibly competitive Oscar race. Things could change in a heartbeat and with the first critics prizes coming next week, we may have a whole new race… In the meantime, take a look and let me know who you think will be getting the golden boy this year in the comments.

Jason

Will Maggie Thatcher Finally give Meryl that 3rd Oscar?

February 8, 2011

How on Earth does Meryl Streep only have two Oscars? And can you believe that her second Oscar win was 28 years ago?!!! That’s right, she last won for Sophie’s Choice at the 1983 ceremony! Her first win was for Supporting Actress in 1980 for Kramer v. Kramer. Since then she has amassed more nominations than any other actor in history with 16 nods. In my opinion, she should’ve won several more times by now, especially last year for Julie & Julia over Sandra Bullock.
Well, she still could grab that elusive third golden boy with her new project, The Iron Lady. In the film due at the end of the year, she plays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the days leading up to the Falkland Islands war in 1982. So, you have a historical biopic drama starring Meryl Streep during a war co starring Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris) as her husband. All of that says Academy Award to me. How about you? And check out the first picture of Meryl as Maggie below….

And don’t fret if she doesn’t win for this one. She’s also gearing up to take on the lead in the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play August Osage County opposite Julia Roberts, and if you’ve seen the play, you know that will land her another nomination. So, fingers crossed she’ll finally grab a third win this time next year. And check out all of her nominations below.

Meryl Streep Academy Award Nominations:

1979: The Deer Hunter (Supporting Actress nom)
1980: Kramer v. Kramer (Supporting Actress WIN)
1982: The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Best Actress nom)
1983: Sophie’s Choice (Best Actress WIN)
1984: Silkwood (Best Actress nom)
1986: Out of Africa (Best Actress nom)
1988: Ironweed (Best Actress nom)
1989: A Cry in the Dark (Best Actress nom)
1991: Postcards from the Edge (Best Actress nom)
1996: The Bridges of Madison County (Best Actress nom)
1999: One True Thing (Best Actress nom)
2000: Music of the Heart (Best Actress nom)
2003: Adaptation (Best Supporting Actress nom)
2007: The Devil Wears Prada (Best Actress nom)
2009: Doubt (Best Actress nom)
2010: Julie & Julia (Best Actress nom)

* Please note, the films were all released in the year prior to the above nominations/wins.