Posts Tagged ‘Brokeback Mountain’

Ben Affleck plays with the Big Kids at the DGA Noms

January 8, 2013

MC_BenAffleckArgo_prBen Affleck officially got an invitation to the big kids table as he grabbed his first DGA Nomination for his critical and commercial hit third film Argo. Affleck is the only first time nominee going against previous winners Tom Hooper (previous winner for The King’s Speech), Ang Lee (wins for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain), Kathryn Bigelow (won for The Hurt Locker) and Steven Spielberg who now has 11 nominations and 3 wins (The Color Purple, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan)…. Left off the Director’s Guild list were David O’Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained). Take a look at the list of nominees below which is usually quite an accurate Oscar predictor and watch for the winner announcement next month.

2012 Director’s Guild Award Nominees for Motion Picture:

Ben Affleck (Argo)
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Tom Hooper (Les Miserables)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)

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Take a Look at Netflix’s First Drama Series “House of Cards”

November 15, 2012

Netflix is getting into the original programming game in a big way. Along with streaming your favorite movies and tv shows, the service premieres its first drama series House of Cards in February. The political thriller stars Oscar winner Kevin Spacey as a U.S. Congressman hell-bent on conquering Washington D.C. Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee Robin Wright plays his wife while SAG nominees Kate Mara (Brokeback Mountain) and Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris) co-star. The series, directed by Oscar nominee David Fincher (The Social Network), will stream all 13 episodes beginning on February 1st and judging from the trailer, Cards looks pretty fantastic. I expect it to make a big splash for Netflix as well as factoring into the Emmy race in September. Take a look at the trailer below and see if you want to play with this deck of Cards

House of Cards trailer

Say No to Hate with Adele and “Brokeback Mountain”

March 14, 2012

Check out this incredible new video clip by Gomnitus that mashes up Grammy winning superstar Adele and the wonderful and powerful film Brokeback Mountain. The clip was made to promote the “Say No to Hate” campaign which fights bullying and promotes equality. It’s a beautiful marriage of a transcendent song and film. I still can’t believe Brokeback didn’t win Best Picture losing to the far inferior Crash. (For that matter, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams should’ve won that year too. At least it nabbed Director for Ang Lee, Screenplay and Score). On the other hand, this film has become a classic and an enduring love story for all time. Just try not to shed a tear when you watch. And continue to fight for equality by heading to sites like It Gets Better and GLAAD.

“Someone Like You/Brokeback Mountain

Look out Meryl, Michelle Williams is comin’ for your Oscar!

October 6, 2011

The most talented actress of our time, Meryl Streep hasn’t won an Oscar since Sophie’s Choice in 1982. Sure she’s got two of them and a record-breaking 16 nominations. However, it’s been almost thirty years since she grabbed a Golden boy, and for my money, she should’ve won a few other times~ most recently for Julie & Julia. But I digress… Meryl looks to be the front-runner this year for her upcoming performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. That said, she has some strong competition from Glenn Close as a woman masquerading as a man in Albert Knobbs, Elizabeth Olsen as a cult survivor in Martha Marcy May Marlene, Rooney Mara in the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Tilda Swinton as the mother of a mass murderer in We Need to Talk about Kevin and the other front-runner Viola Davis in The Help. And now, we can add one more big obstacle to Meryl’s victory: Michelle Williams.

The former Dawson’s Creek star turned two-time Oscar nominee (Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine) enters the race in a big way with her new film My Week with Marilyn where she plays the iconic legend, Marilyn Monroe. Looking at the first trailer which just hit the web, it seems like Williams knocks it out of the park and should grab that third nom and a possible first win. The movie takes place during one week of filming The Prince and the Showgirl in England and her fractious relationship with Sir Laurence Olivier (Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh) and her flirtation with his employee Chris Clark (Tony nominee Eddie Redmayne). Also starring in Marilyn are Oscar winner Judi Dench, Emmy winner Julia Ormond, Dominic Cooper, and Harry Potter’s Emma Watson. For more on the film, head here and check out the new trailer below…. Do you think Williams has what it takes to snatch Meryl’s Oscar away this year?

My Week with Marilyn (opening in select theatres 11/4/11)

Ranking this Decade’s Oscar Winners…

December 30, 2010

The 2010 Oscar race is in full swing and we have some seriously exciting fights going on for Picture (The King’s Speech v. The Social Network), Actress (Annette Bening v. Natalie Portman) and Actor (Colin Firth v. James Franco) to name a few… However, before we get all immersed in a new decade of award worthy films, I thought I’d take a look back at the first decade of this millennium and it’s Oscar winners. So, I have ranked my preference of all of the early 00’s Academy Award winners in the big 6 categories below. Take a look. Who stands the test of time? Who is forgettable? And there’s a few notes on who was robbed too… After you’ve read my lists, give me your picks for the best of the past decades Oscar winners too.

Ranking the Oscar Winners~ 2000 – 2009

Best Picture:
1. Chicago (2002)
2. Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King (2003)
3. The Hurt Locker (2009)
4. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
5. No country for Old Men (2007)
6. Gladiator (2000)
7. The Departed (2006)
8. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
9. Crash (2005)~ over Brokeback Mountain? A travesty!
10. A Beautiful Mind  (2001) ~ this over Moulin Rouge and the first Lord of the Rings? Ridiculous

Best Director:
1. Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2. Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King (2003)
3. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker (2009)
4. Stephen Soderbergh, Traffic (2000)
5. Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
6. Roman Polanski, The Pianist (2002)
7. The Coen Brothers, No Country for Old Men (2007)
8. Martin Scorcesse, The Departed (2006)
9. Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby (2004)
10. Ron Howard, A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Best Actor:
1. Sean Penn, Milk (2008)
2. Adrien Brody, The Pianist (2002)
3. Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland (2006)
4. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Capote (2005) ~ even though I would’ve given it to Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain
5. Denzel Washington, Training Day (2001)
6. Sean Penn, Mystic River (2003)
7. Jamie Foxx, Ray (2004)
8. Russell Crowe, Gladiator (2000)
9. Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart (2009) ~ should’ve gone to Colin Firth for A Single Man
10. Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood (2007)~ should’ve gone to Johnny Depp for Sweeney Todd

Best Actress:
1. Marion Cottillard, La Vie en Rose (2007)
2. Charlize Theron, Monster (2003)
3. Helen Mirren, The Queen (2006)
4. Kate Winslet, The Reader (2008)
5. Nicole Kidman, The Hours (2002)
6. Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich (2000)
7. Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby (2004)
8. Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball (2001)
9. Sandra Bullock, The Blindside (2009)~ love her, but this should not have won over Meryl Streep!
10. Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line (2005)~ love her too, but this should not have won over Meryl Streep either, or anybody else in the category for that matter.

 

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (2008)
2. Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds (2009)
3. Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men (2007)
4. Jim Broadbent, Iris (2001)
5. Benecio Del Toro, Traffic (2000)
6. Chris Cooper, Adaptation (2002)
7. George Clooney, Syriana (2005)
8. Tim Robbins, Mystic River (2003)
9. Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
10. Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago (2002)
2. Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls (2006)
3. Monique, Precious (2009)
4. Cate Blanchett, The Aviator (2004)
5. Marcia Gay Harden, Pollack (2000)
6. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)

7. Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton (2007)

8. Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener (2005) ~ I would’ve given it to Michelle Williams for Brokeback though…
9. Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain (2003)
10. Jennifer Connely, A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Michelle Williams chases Oscar and channels Marilyn

October 9, 2010

Michelle Williams is all growed up! The former star of Dawson’s Creek has already proven she has incredible talent far beyond the scope of that prime time soap with her lauded performances in Shutter Island, Wendy and Lucy and her Oscar nominated role in Brokeback Mountain. Now, she could be in the running again for her emotional performance in the upcoming relationship drama Blue Valentine opposite another former kid star turned Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson). The tumultuous relationship their characters endure gave the actors some very meaty roles that received raves at Cannes and Sundance earlier this year. Watch for both of them to factor into this year’s awards derby when the film is released in December.

If Michelle doesn’t land a nom this year, she needn’t worry because she may have another chance next year for her film My Week with Marilyn where she plays iconic movie star Marilyn Monroe. The film follows a week in Monroe’s life as she travels to London to escape the travails of Hollywood and her time with Colin Clark played by Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne. Joining Williams in the cast is a heavyweight list of English actors including Oscar nominee Kenneth Branaugh (as Sir Laurence Olivier) and Oscar winner Judi Dench plus Julia Ormond (Sabrina, Temple Grandin), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia), Derek Jacobi, Dougray Scott and Emma Watson (Hermione from Harry Potter!). It sounds like awards bait to me. We’ll see next year when the film is released. In the meantime, check out Williams in the trailer for Blue Valentine below.

Blue Valentine