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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

Harry Potter casts as Spell at the People’s Choice Awards

January 12, 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was not only the biggest movie of 2011, but it’s also the People’s Choice Award winner for Best Film. In fact, the movie won 4 awards at last nights kudosfest hosted by The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco. It was a deserving winner and one of several that made me happy. Usually this show, voted on by the fans online, is a wash honoring several blah choices like Taylor Swift and Adam Sandler. However, this year, along with Potter, I was thrilled to see wins for Hot in Cleveland, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen Degeneres, Bridesmaids, Lea Michelle and Emma Stone. Check out all the winners below and for more on what the people love, head to their website here.

2012 People’s Choice Award Winners:
MOVIES
Favorite Movie: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Drama Movie: “Water for Elephants”
Favorite Comedy Movie: “Bridesmaids”
Favorite Action Movie: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Movie Actress: Emma Stone
Favorite Movie Actor: Johnny Depp
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Emma Stone
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Adam Sandler
Favorite Action Movie Star: Hugh Jackman
Favorite Movie Icon: Morgan Freeman
Favorite Movie Star Under 25: Chloe Grace Moretz
Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Book Adaptation: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Movie Superhero: “The Green Lantern”
Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Johnny Depp, “Rango”

TELEVISION
Favorite Network TV Drama: “Supernatural”
Favorite Cable TV Drama: “Pretty Little Liars”
Favorite Network TV Comedy: “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite Cable TV Comedy: “Hot in Cleveland”
Favorite TV Crime Drama: “Castle”
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: “Supernatural”
Favorite TV Competition Show: “American Idol”
Favorite New TV Drama: “Person of Interest”
Favorite New TV Comedy: “2 Broke Girls”
Favorite TV Comedy Actor: Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite TV Comedy Actress: Lea Michele, “Glee”
Favorite TV Drama Actor: Nathan Fillion, “Castle”
Favorite TV Drama Actress: Nina Dobrev, “The Vampire Diaries”
Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Late-Night TV Host: Jimmy Fallon
Favorite TV Guest Star: Katy Perry, “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite Celebreality Star: Kim Kardashian

MUSIC
Favorite Album: “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga
Favorite Song of the Year: “E.T.,” Katy Perry featuring Kanye West
Favorite Music Video: Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night”
Favorite Tour Headliner: Katy Perry
Favorite Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist: Katy Perry
Favorite Pop Artist: Demi Lovato
Favorite Band: Maroon 5
Favorite R&B Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Eminem
Favorite Country Artist: Taylor Swift

General Hospital leads the Daytime Emmy Nominations

May 11, 2011

It was more of the same this morning as General Hospital lead the Daytime Emmy nominations with 21 mentions beating out the other perennial front-runner Young and the Restless with 20. Both shows will compete against last year’s winner  Bold and the Beautiful and the recently cancelled All My Children for top honors. Take a look at all the big nominees below and for more on the show and the whole list of nominees (including American Idol’s Steven Tyler, what?!!) to be hosted by Wayne Brady in June, click here.

Drama Series:
All My Children, Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Young and the Restless
Lead Actor Drama:
Ricky Paull Goldin (“All My Children”), Michael Park (“As the World Turns”), James Scott (“Days of Our Lives”), Maurice Benard (“General Hospital”), and Christian LeBlanc (“The Young and the Restless”)
Lead Actress Drama:
Alicia Minshew (“All My Children”), Debbi Morgan (“All My Children”), Colleen Zenk (“As the World Turns”), Susan Flannery (‘The Bold and the Beautiful”), Laura Wright (“General Hospital”), and Michelle Stafford (“The Young and the Restless”)
Supporting Actor:
Jonathan Jackson (“General Hospital”), Jason Thompson (“General Hospital”), Brian Kerwin (“One Life to Live”), and Doug Davidson (“The Young and the Restless”)
Supporting Actress:
Melissa Claire Egan (“All My Children”), Julie Pinson (“As the World Turns”), Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Nancy Lee Grahn (“General Hospital”), Bree Williamson (“One Life to Live”) and Tricia Cast (“The Young and the Restless”)
Outstanding Younger Actor
B&B’s Scott Clifton (Liam)
DAYS’ Chandler Massey (Will)
GH’s Chad Duell (Michael)

Outstanding Younger Actress
AMC’s Brittany Allen (ex-Marissa)
GH’s Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina)
Y&R’s Emily O’Brien (Jana)

Outstanding Directing Team
B&B
GH
OLTL
Y&R

Outstanding Writing Team
ATWT
B&B
DAYS
Y&R

Outstanding Morning Show:
Good Morning America (ABC), Today Show (NBC)
Entertainment Talk Show:
The Ellen Degeneres Show, Live with Regis And Kelly, The View, Rachael Ray
Talk Show/Informative:
Dr. Oz, Doctor Phil, The Doctors
Talk Show Host:
Dr. Oz (Dr. Oz), Regis & Kelly (Live with Regis & Kelly), The Doctors (The Doctors), Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Hasselback, Sherri Shepherd, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg (The View), Rachael Ray (Rachael Ray)
*Ellen Degeneres did not submit herself for this category (She already won it four times.)

Some Kelly for your Humpday blues

April 6, 2011

It’s the middle of the week and you may be running out of steam. I totally get it, so I have a little perk me up for ya… Enjoy the one and only Grammy Award winning pop star Kelly Clarkson doing a fantastic medley of her hits “Miss Independent/ Walk Away/ Since U Been Gone” live from today’s Ellen show. You know your day will be better after this!

Kelly Clarkson live on the Ellen show

Jennifer Hudson duets with her biggest fan!

March 30, 2011

Yesterday on the Ellen show, Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson surprised one of her biggest fans by showing up to duet with 12 year old wunderkind singer Savannah Robinson on the classic “And I Am Telling You” from the musical Dreamgirls. (And you’ll remember that big number was the moment that sealed Jen Hud’s Oscar win for the film version of Dreamgirls as well). Anywho, check out Savannah’s incredible pipes and then watch the fireworks as Hudson joins her to sing the song.

Savannah Robinson & Jennifer Hudson “And I Am Telling You”

Hilarious Halloween Highjinks from Ellen!

October 30, 2010

It’s almost Halloween and Ellen Degeneres has been getting in the mood all week with some hilarious “scare” videos. Check out this hysterical video of one of her staffers going through a haunted maze. I guarantee you’ll be laughing so hard, you might start crying…. Oh and Happy Halloween!

It Gets Better~ the GMCLA show their “True Colors”

October 29, 2010

The Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles gathered this week to film a video for the ongoing “It Gets Better” campaign to stop bullying and raise awareness for LGBT youth suicide prevention. I’ve shown you videos from Adam Lambert, Ellen Degeneres and the stars of Modern Family to name a few and this one is just as wonderful and important. And seriously their gorgeous singing and sentiment just might make you shed a tear. Taking on Cyndi Lauper’s iconic smash “True Colors”, here’ the Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles… And for more information and how to help the cause, head to The Trevor Project here.

The GMCLA “True Colors”

Steven Tyler from Aerosmith is your new American Idol judge!

August 18, 2010

He screams and wails, wears spandex like nobody’s business, is a Grammy winning, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame icon and now he’s coming into your living room every Tuesday and Wednesday night on Fox. Say hello to Steven Tyler from Aerosmith! After much media shenanigans and false reports, it is now confirmed that Tyler will be joining Randy Jackson on the American Idol judging panel replacing Simon Cowell. I think he will add some serious flair and drama to the show and I also bet he’ll be very honest and forthcoming. He knows the business and is an incredibly talented singer and songwriter, not to mention, he’s kind of a bucket full of crazy. I’m happy with this choice. Now the question is who will replace Ellen Degeneres who left earlier this summer and Kara DioGuardi who’s status is apparently up in the air. Will she return or will it be Shania Twain or Jennifer Lopez. Stay tuned…

And here’s a little taste of Aerosmith for you…
“Dude Looks Like a Lady”

“Janie’s Got a Gun” (this is my fave by the group)

“Sweet Emotion”

“Dream On”

Ellen does Hip Hop on SYTYCD!

August 13, 2010

Last night’s So You Think You Can Dance crowned a wonderful surprise winner in Lauren Froderman who stole the crown from front-runner Kent and fellow deserving finalist Robert. It was a great end to a season full of upheaval, but never lacking in great dancing. One of the best routines of the season was the hip hop collaboration of ballet dancer Alex Wong with all-star Twitch (who also stars in Step Up 3D). After Alex’s injury, we knew he wouldn’t be able to reprise this great number on the finale. However, one of his biggest fans was. Enter Emmy Award winning former American Idol judge and talk show host superstar Ellen Degeneres who did a shockingly good job on this dance. Check it out below. And congratulations Lauren!

Ellen Degeneres & Twitch on SYTYCD

The Daytime Emmy Nominations

May 12, 2010

The Awards news just keeps coming today… This morning the nominations for the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards were revealed and as usual there were ridiculous snubs to go along with the deserving nominees. Among those unfairly dissed with no recognition by the academy were Betty White (The Bold &  The Beautiful), Alison Sweeney (DAYS), Ellen Degeneres (in talk show host category) and Days of Our Lives (Outstanding Drama Series). So, just who did get nominated? Check out the Emmy website here for the full list and see the big categories below.

DRAMA SERIES:
All My Children (ABC)
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
General Hospital (ABC)
The Young and the Restless (CBS)

LEAD ACTOR- DRAMA SERIES:
Jon Lindstrom as Craig Montgomery- As the World Turns (CBS)
Michael Park as Jack Snyder- As the World Turns (CBS)
James Scott as E.J. DiMera- Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott- The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Doug Davidson as Paul Williams- The Young and the Restless (CBS)

LEAD ACTRESS- DRAMA SERIES:
Bobbie Eakes as Krystal Chandler- All My Children (ABC)
Maura West as Carly Tenney- As the World Turns (CBS)
Sarah Brown as Claudia Zacchara- General Hospital (ABC)
Crystal Chappell as Olivia Spencer- Guiding Light (CBS)
Michelle Stafford as Phyllis Newman- The Young and the Restless (CBS)

SUPPORTING ACTOR- DRAMA SERIES:
Ricky Paull Goldin as Jake Martin- All My Children (ABC)
Bradford Anderson as Damian Spinelli- General Hospital (ABC)
Jonathan Jackson as Lucky Spencer- General Hospital (ABC)
Brian Kerwin as Charlie Banks- One Life to Live (ABC)
Billy Miller as Billy Abbott- The Young and the Restless (CBS)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS- DRAMA SERIES:
Julie Pinson as Janet Snyder- As the World Turns (CBS)
Arianne Zuker as Nicole DiMera- Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Carolyn Hennessy as Diane Miller- General Hospital (ABC)
Beth Chamberlin as Beth Raines Spaulding- Guiding Light (CBS)
Bree Williamson as Jessica Buchanan/Tess/Bess- One Life to Live (ABC)

YOUNGER ACTOR- DRAMA SERIES:
Drew Tyler Bell as Thomas Forrester- The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Dylan Patton as Will Horton- Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Drew Garrett as Michael Corinthos Jr.- General Hospital (ABC)
Zac Conroy as James Spaulding- Guiding Light (CBS)
Scott Clifton as Schuyler Joplin- One Life to Live (ABC)

YOUNGER ACTRESS- DRAMA SERIES:
Marnie Schulenburg as Alison Stewart- As the World Turns (CBS)
Molly Burnett as Melanie Layton- Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Shelley Hennig as Stephanie Johnson- Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Julie Berman as Lulu Spencer- General Hospital (ABC)
Christel Khalil as Lily Ashby- The Young and the Restless (CBS)

WRITING- DRAMA SERIES:
All My Children (ABC)
As the World Turns (CBS)
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
The Young and the Restless (CBS)

DIRECTING- DRAMA SERIES:
All My Children (ABC)
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
General Hospital (ABC)
One Life to Live (ABC)

Outstanding Game Show:
Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader
Cash Cab
Jeopardy
The Price is Right
Wheel of Fortune

Outstanding Talk Show:
The Ellen Degeneres Show
Rachael Ray
Live With Regis and Kelly

TALK SHOW HOST:
Bonnie Hunt- The Bonnie Hunt Show (SYN)
Dr. Mehmet Oz- The Dr. Oz Show (SYN)
Regis Philbin & Kelly Ripa- Live with Regis & Kelly (SYN)
Rachael Ray- Rachael Ray (SYN)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, and Barbara Walters- The View (ABC)

GAME SHOW HOST:
Ben Bailey- Cash Cab (Discovery)
Alex Trebek- Jeopardy (SYN)
Wayne Brady- Let’s Make a Deal (CBS)
Carnie Wilson- The Newlywed Game (Game Show Network)
Pat Sajak- Wheel of Fortune (SYN)

CASTING:
General Hospital
Days of our Lives
One Life to Live
The Bold and the Beautiful
All My Children