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My Big Bold 2014 Academy Award Winner Predictions

March 1, 2014

12 chewitAs usual, I have to apologize for the lack of posts. Gratefully I have been busy working, auditioning and prepping several new projects. I’m in pre-production on the feature Like You Mean It (as a Producer) and the short Jack (as a Producer/Star) and I will be shooting an episode of one of my favorite dramatic TV shows next week. So, that’s all great. However, I know you would rather know what I think is gonna happen at Sunday’s big Oscar ceremony hosted by the hilarious Ellen Degeneres.

Well, this year has been an incredibly competitive one with lots of split winners in the Best Picture race at the precursor awards. In fact Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and even the lackluster and overrated American Hustle could win the big race. Luckily that means we could have a lot of surprises come Sunday night. As such, there are several big races that are too close too call (Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Score, Editing, Documentary, Supporting Actress and even Best Actor could surprise). So, just who will and should win the Academy Awards this year after an incredibly great year for film? Check out my Big Bold Oscar Winner Predictions below.

My Big Bold 2014 Oscar Winner Predictions~

Best Picture:
12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Philomena, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street
Will & Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Gravity
* Seriously, either of those two could win. Thankfully, I just don’t think American Hustle can upset them.

Best Actor:
Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)Jared-Leto-Matthew-McConaughey-Dallas-Buyers-Club
Will & Should win: Matthew McConaughey
Spoiler: Leonardo DiCaprio

*McConaughey  has had the edge all season but Ejifor just won the BAFTA and DiCaprio is overdue and has had a big spending campaign. This one might actually go down to the wire…

Best Actress:
Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August Osage County)

Will & Should win: Cate Blanchett

Spoiler: Amy Adams (but yeah, that’s not gonna happen)

Best Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Will & Should win: Jared Leto

Spoiler: Michael Fassbender (but yeah, that’s not gonna happen)

Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita N’yongo (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska)
Will & Should win: Lupita N’yongo
Spoiler: Jennifer Lawernce
* This race is crazy close. Most pundits are now predicting Lawrence, but I think it is way too soon for her to win two lupitaOscars, let alone back to back. So, hopefully people will vote for the actual Best performance in SAG and Critics Choice Award winner N’yongo

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), David O’Russell (American Hustle), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Will & Should win: Alfonso Cuaron
Spoiler: Steve McQueen

Best Adapted Screenplay:
12 Years a Slave, Before Midnight, Captain Phillips, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall Street
Will & Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Philomena

Best Original Screenplay:
American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska
Will win: Her
Should win: Dallas Buyers Club
Spoiler: American Hustle
* This one is also a toss-up between Her and Hustle, but I think the sheer originality of Her will win the day.

Best Score:
The Book Thief, Gravity, Her, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks
Will & Should win: Philomena
Spoiler: Gravity
* I’m going out on a limb here and think the actual best score, Philomena, will eek out a win. However, smarter money might be on Gravity.

Best Song:
“Let It Go” (Frozen), “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), “The Moon Song” (Her), “Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
Will & Should win: “Let It Go”
Spoiler: “Happy”
* This race has become incredibly close of late. “Ordinary Love” is by powerhouse U2, won the Golden Globe and has a frozen-let-it-go-full-scene-watch-nowhuge campaign behind it. “Happy” is the # 1 song in the country by Grammy Golden boy Pharrell Williams. However, you just can’t deny the phenomena that is Frozen and it’s amazing anthem sung by Tony winner Idina Menel.

Best Cinematography:
Gravity, The Grandmaster, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Prisoners
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Prisoners

Best Editing:
American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Captain Phillips
* Captain Phillips has come on very strong of late in this race and I wouldnt be surprised if it pulled this one out.

Best Production Design:
12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, The Great Gatsby, Her
Will & Should win: The Great Gatsby
Spoiler: Gravity

Best Costume Design:
12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, The Great Gatsby, The Grandmaster, The Invisible Woman
Will & Should win: The Great Gatsby
Spoiler: American Hustle
* with 10 nominations, Hustle has its other great chance of winning in this category. However, I think Gatsby will still have the edge.

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:
Dallas Buyers Club, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, The Lone Ranger
Will & Should win: Dallas Buyers Club
Spoiler: Bad Grandpa

Best Sound Editing:
All is Lost, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Lone Survivor, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Captain Phillips

Best Sound Mixing:
Captain Phillips, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Survivor
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Captain Phillipssandra-bullocks-new-movie-gravity-is-an-extreme-4-d-thrill-ride-1

Best Visual Effects:
Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness
Will & Should win: Gravity
No spoiler

Best Animated Film:
The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest and Celestine, Frozen, The Wind Rises
Will & Should win: Frozen
Spoiler: The Wind Rises

Best Documentary:
20 Feet From Stardom, The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, The Square
Will & Should win: 20 Feet From Stardom
Spoiler: The Act of Killing
* Killing is the critical favorite, but audiences and yours truly loooooved Stardom. So, this is another tight race.

Best Foreign Film:
The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty, The Hunt, The Missing Picture, Omar
Will win: The Great Beauty
Should win: the Hunt or Broken Circle Breakdown
Spoiler: Broken Circle Breakdown
* any of those 3 I mentioned could win. Don’t bet on my choice for this one people.

And as for the shorts, that’s all up to you. I cant tell you everything. lol

So, there you go~ My Big Bold Oscar Winner Predictions. Use ’em or lose ’em, but enjoy the show on Sunday night!
J

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My Big Bold Golden Globe Award Winner Predictions

January 10, 2014

grvity psoterOk, people, Awards Season is in full swing and I’m trying to keep up. I may not be able to do all my predix and coverage for every show, but I will do the biggies… With that said, let’s take a look at my big, bold Golden Globe Award Winner Predictions for 2014. It’s a crazy competitive year where anyone and anything can happen (except for anyone trying to beat Cate Blanchett). So, just who do I think will win? Scroll down and watch the show Sunday night on NBC hosted by the hilarious team of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

My Big Bold 2014 Golden Globe Award Winner Predictions~

MOVIES~

Best Picture (Drama)
12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena, Rush
Will win: Gravity
Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Philomena

Best Actor (Drama)
Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Robert Redford (All is Lost)
Will win: Matthew McConaughey
Should win: Chewitel Ejiofor
Spoiler: Robert Redford

Best Actress (Drama)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Kate Winslet (Labor Day)
Will & Should win: Cate Blancett
* this is the most clear winner of the entire night unless the HFPA goes crazy with Philomena and hands Dench a shocker win

Best Picture (Comedy/Musical)
American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Streetamy ahustle
Will win: American Hustle
Should win: Um, something else that’s not nominated~ August Osage County
Spoiler: Her

Best Actor (Comedy/Musical)
Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
Will & Should win: Leonardo DiCaprio
Spoiler: Oscar Isaac

Best Actress (Comedy/Musical)
Amy Adams (American Hustle), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Enough Said), Meryl Streep (August Osage County)
Will win: Amy Adams
Should win: Meryl Streep
spoiler: Meryl Streep

Best Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Will & Should win: Jared Leto
Spoiler: Daniel Bruhljared_leto_dallas_buyers_club

Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska)
Will & Should win: Lupita Nyongo
Spoiler: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O’Russell (American Hustle)
Will & Should win: Alfonso Cuaron
Spoiler: Steve McQueen

Best Screenplay:
American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Her, Nebraska, Philomena,
Will win: American Hustle
Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Philomena

Best Score:
12 Years a Slave, All is Lost, The Book Thief, Gravity, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Will & Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Gravity

Best Animated Film:
The Croods, Frozen, Monster University
Will & Should win: Frozen

Best Original Song:
“Atlas”- Coldplay (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), “Let It Go” sung by Idina Menzel (Frozen), “Ordinary Love”- U2 (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), “Please Mr. Kennedy” (Inside Llewyn Davis), “Sweeter Than Fiction”- Taylor Swift (One Chance)
Will & Should win: “Let It Go”
Spoiler: “Ordinary Love”

TV~

Drama Series:
Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Masters of Sex
Will win: House of Cards
Should win: Breaking Bad/The Good Wiferobin hoc
Spoiler: The Good Wife

Actor Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Liev Schriber (Ray Donovan), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), James Spader (The Blacklist)
Will & Should win: Bryan Cranston
Spoiler: Kevin Spacey

Actress Drama Series:
Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Tatiana Maslaney (Orphan Black), Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Will win: Kerry Washington
Should win: Robin Wright
Spoiler: Juliana Marguiles

Comedy/Musical Series:
The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls, Modern Family, Parks & Recreation
Will win: Girls (vomit!)
Should win: Modern Family
Spoiler: Parks & Recreation

Actor Comedy/Musical:
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Will win: Michael J. Fox
Should win: Jim Parsons
Spoiler: Andy Samberg

Actress Comedy/Musical:
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Lena Dunham (Girls), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
Will & Should win: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss
Spoiler: Amy Poehler

TV Movie/Miniseries:
American Horror Story: Coven, Behind the Candelabra, Dancing on the Edge, Top of the Lake, The White Queen
Will & Should win: Behind the Candelabramatt-damon-michael-douglas-behind-the-candelabra-hbo

Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra), Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra), Chewitel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge), Idris Elba (Luther), Al Pacino (Phil Spector)
Will & Should win: Michael Douglas
Spoiler: Idris Elba

Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Helena Bonham Carter (Burton & Taylor), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven), Elizabeth Moss (Top of the Lake), Helen Mirren (Phil Spector)
Will & Should win: Jessica Lange
Spoiler: Elizabeth Moss

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries, Drama, Comedy Series:
Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Rob Lowe (Behind the Candelabra), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Corey Stoll (House of Cards), Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Will win: Aaron Paul
Should win: Corey Stoll
Spoiler: Josh Charles

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries, Drama, Comedy Series:
Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Hayden Panittiere (Nashville), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Will win: Sofia Vergara
Should win: Hayden Panittiere (I know that might sound crazy, but seriously, she is so good on Nashville)
Spoiler: Janet McTeer
* those two TV Supporting categories are so all over the place that truly anyone can win.

So, there ya have it. My big Globe predictions. Do you agree? Am I crazy? Let me know below and enjoy the show!
J

The Brand New Trailer for “The Hobbit”!

September 19, 2012

As most of you know, the movie I’m most looking forward to this winter is the big Oscar buzz musical Les Miserables. However, coming in a close second is the first installment in a new trilogy from Lord of the Rings Oscar-winning mastermind Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The film hits theaters December 14th and will no doubt be a blockbuster. The question is will it be awards bait like the Rings trilogy or just a crowd pleaser? Well, taking a look at the new trailer, it seems like it could fulfill both tasks. It also looks like it has a lot more humor than the Rings films. Check out the new film trailer below. This one stars Martin Freeman and Richard Armitrage alongside Rings players Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Oscar nominee Sir Ian McKellan. Then, head here for all the info on The Hobbit.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Quick Take Movie Review~ Hanna

April 7, 2011

You may be surprised the new action thriller Hanna was directed by the Academy Award nominated helmer of Pride and Prejudice, Joe Wright. While both films are quite adeptly directed, they don’t seem to have possibly come from the same director. Forgoing the gorgeous emotional and lush storytelling of Pride, here Wright does his best Danny Boyle via Trainspotting with a jump cutting kinetic energetic film that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s like he’s become a new filmmaker or is channelling his experimental university days focusing on a fantastic edgy visual style that leaves a great impression. If only the story had been on the same level. Instead, we have an interesting but empty thriller about a teenage girl (Atonement Academy Award nominee Saorsie Ronan, a film also directed by Wright) raised in the frigid wild and trained to be a killer by her father (a strong Eric Bana). She soon embarks on a convoluted and mysterious mission against the ruthless conspirators who are fighting to take her down. Leading the hunt for our teen Hanna is Marissa, a CIA agent played with a strange Southern drawl and an ill-defined backstory by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett. It’s quite an interesting set up and the action set pieces, escape montages and numerous confrontations are shot exquisitely. Adding to the tense feeling of the multiple chases and dramatic moment is a kicking soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers. However, the story has more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese. It frequently makes no sense and often leaves you hanging, not to mention is missing a few big payoffs. All in all, it’s quite a conundrum of a film. Yeah, I enjoyed watching it and Ronan, in particular, was very good, but it still left me thinking. Is that it? Grade: B

Hanna hits theatres this weekend. Here’s the trailer:

An Overly Ambitious Robin Hood isn’t all that good.

May 13, 2010

Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe team up again for another testosterone fest with the new historical action drama Robin Hood. This one is an origin story that crosses too many different plains trying to appease every possible audience member. You have political intrigue, graphic violence, a little romance, and epic battle scenes that all seem cribbed from other hit movies most notably Gladiator, The Lord of the Rings, King Arthur, Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan (trust me on the last one folks). While none of these scenes are original, at least they’re well shot and some, like the massive fight scenes , are quite tense and entertaining. Unfortunately, in between those you have massive breaks for too much exposition that’s at times didactic and boring. Yes, we need to know why England and France are fighting and just how Robin got so mad at the crown that he became a thief, but there’s such a thing as an edit button. At two hours and twenty minutes, the film drags a bit. However, there are some great performances from the indispensible Cate Blanchett (as Maid Marion) and Oscar Isaac as the entitled weasily prince of England. Russel Crowe, meanwhile, turns in an earnest gruff performance that suits the film but doesn’t energize it, and he strangely seems a bit old for the part. While I respect the ambitious scale of the film and the exemplary technical aspects, the film is missing the fun spirit inherent in the legend of Robin Hood and suffers from a meandering script and a tone that’s all over the map.Grade: B-

Check out the film’s trailer below: