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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

It’s a Great Debut for “Gatsby” at the Box Office

May 13, 2013

the-great-gatsby-article-poBaz Luhrman‘s stunning new epic drama The Great Gatsby based on the iconic book opened way above expectations this weekend with $51 million. That was a huge number for a historical film that is geared towards women but the appeal of Leonardo DiCaprio and Luhrman’s artistry clearly pulled in a lot of fans. I have to say I’m thrilled for the successful opening because I loved the movie. (The Great Gatsby is a fantastic American tragedy that is sumptuous and gorgeous to behold with fantastic performances by DiCaprio and Joel Edgerton. Grade: A) … While Gatsby‘s opening was great, it still could only manage second place as Iron Man 3 took in a huge $72 million in its sophomore frame for a big $284 million to date… The other new film opening this weekend, Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, tanked big time with just $4.8 million, the first casualty of the summer movie season…. We’ll see how Gatsby and Iron Man hold up against the new Star Trek film next weekend, but in the meantime, check out the new top ten below. And head to Box Office Mojo for all the numbers.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Iron Man 3 BV $72,472,000 -58.4% 4,253 – $17,040 $284,893,000 $200 2
2 N The Great Gatsby (2013) WB $51,115,000 – 3,535 – $14,460 $51,115,000 – 1
3 2 Pain and Gain Par. $5,000,000 -33.4% 3,303 +16 $1,514 $41,608,000 $26 3
4 N Tyler Perry Presents Peeples LGF $4,850,000 – 2,041 – $2,376 $4,850,000 $15 1
5 3 42 WB $4,650,000 -23.2% 2,930 -415 $1,587 $84,732,000 $40 5
6 4 Oblivion Uni. $3,864,000 -31.5% 2,770 -660 $1,395 $81,655,000 $120 4
7 5 The Croods Fox $3,600,000 -14.3% 2,650 -265 $1,358 $173,215,000 $135 8
8 6 The Big Wedding LGF $2,500,000 -35.6% 2,298 -335 $1,088 $18,288,000 $35 3
9 7 Mud RAtt. $2,343,000 +8.4% 854 +278 $2,744 $8,363,000 – 3
10 8 Oz The Great and Powerful BV $802,000 -62.0% 774 -386 $1,036 $229,985,000 $215 10

“Zero Dark Thirty” Dominates the National Board of Review Awards

December 5, 2012

zerodarkthirty-clip-jumbo-jpg_165549It’s two for two in the awards race for the fantastic thriller Zero Dark Thirty as it follows Monday’s win at the New York Film Critics Circle with three more awards from the National Board of Review. Zero won Best Picture, Director (Kathryn Bigelow) and Actress (Jessica Chastain) this morning while the other three acting winners were big surprises. Grabbing some much-needed heat in this year’s derby was Bradley Cooper who took Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook while Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) and Ann Dowd (Compliance) threw their names in the hat as the Supporting Winners. Les Miserables picked up the Ensemble Award while Quevanzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Tom Holland (The Impossible) won the Breakthrough Actor Awards… Take a look at the full list of winners below and head to the NBR website here for more info.

2012 National Board of Review Winners:

Best Film: ZERO DARK THIRTY

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY

Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY

Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, DJANGO UNCHAINED

Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, COMPLIANCE

Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, LOOPER

Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Best Animated Feature: WRECK-IT RALPH

Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck, ARGO

Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE

Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

Best Foreign Language Film: AMOUR

Best Documentary: SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN

William K. Everson Film History Award: 50 YEARS OF BOND FILMS

Best Ensemble: LES MISÉRABLES

Spotlight Award: John Goodman (ARGO, FLIGHT, PARANORMAN, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE)

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: CENTRAL PARK FIVE

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: PROMISED LAND

Top Films
(in alphabetical order)
ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISÉRABLES
LINCOLN
LOOPER
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
PROMISED LAND
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(in alphabetical order)
BARBARA
THE INTOUCHABLES
THE KID WITH A BIKE
NO
WAR WITCH

Top 5 Documentaries
(in alphabetical order)
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
DETROPIA
THE GATEKEEPERS
THE INVISIBLE WAR
ONLY THE YOUNG

Top 10 Independent Films
(in alphabetical order)
ARBITRAGE
BERNIE
COMPLIANCE
END OF WATCH
HELLO I MUST BE GOING
LITTLE BIRDS
MOONRISE KINGDOM
ON THE ROAD
QUARTET
SLEEPWALK WITH ME

A Few Thoughts on today’s Oscar Nominations…

January 24, 2012

This morning Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) announced this year’s contenders and as always we saw the front runners like The Artist and Hugo grab headlines. However, we also saw some shocking snubs and some interesting inclusions. I already posted the full nominee list, so let’s take a look at a few thoughts I have on those who will be contending for this year’s Oscar.

Favorite Nomination: Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)… I was so happy to see her included in this hilarious film. She gave a wonderfully hysterical performance that had way more layers than you might expect. Comedy needs more representation at the Oscars, so this is a nice start. (Also kudos to Kristin Wiig and her Oscar nominated script for the film).

Best Surprise: Rooney Mara and all the love for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This fantastic film nabbed 5 nods in total. I just wish it was up for Best Pic and Director (David Fincher).
Biggest Snub: Michael Fassbender (Shame)… apparently his great performance may have been overlooked by his hot nekkid body? Or he cancelled himself out with other great turns in A Dangerous Method and Jane Eyre.

Other Big Snubs:
Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)… looks like academy members really didn’t like this film, which is a shame because Leo was great
Armie Hammer (J. Edgar)
Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)… another film that may have been too dark and unlikable to get it’s great star a nod.
Albert Brooks (Drive)
Drive in all other categories (except sound)
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt and Young Adult… apparently this acerbic dark comedy just didn’t resonate with Oscar voters. I’m sad, cuz it was a good flick.
Steven Spielberg (War Horse) for Director
Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Alan Rickman (Harry Potter) both proved its hard to get nominated for big popcorn action films… oh and motion capture performances may never get nominated.
Elizabeth Olsen and Martha Marcy May Marlene… this great indie introduced us to a major acting star in Olsen and still got bupkiss
50/50 and Joseph Gordon Levitt… another great indie that should’ve gotten some love
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 in all big categories…. why oh why couldn’t this amazing franchise ever pull out a Best Pic nom? Especially when the final installment was clearly one of the best films of the year.

More Snubs: Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus), Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Ides of March), The Adventures of Tin Tin (in Animated film), Carey Mulligan (Shame), the casts of The Ides of March and Midnight in Paris, Beginners for Screenplay and Director (Mike Mills)

~ And a Big Boo to the voters for dissing The Help for Screenplay, Score, Song, Costume Design and Director… That wonderful film should’ve had 9 noms, not just 4.

~While I’m complaining, I just have to say yuck to all the nods for The Tree of Life. Oy vey!

Other nice inclusions:
~Demian Bichir (A Better Life)… this wonderful performance in this small indie broke through with a SAG nod and he made the list today. I’m thrilled.
~Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)… can you believe this is his first nomination? I just wish it was for a better film.
~Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Max Von Sydow... I’m so happy one of my fave films of the year finally got some love. And I was kinda shocked to see it among the 9 nominees for Best Picture.
~Moneyball grabbed more noms that The Descendants, hehe….
~W.E. got into costume design. Yes, a film by Madonna got an Oscar nod. (I just wish her Golden Globe winning song “Masterpiece” had been eligible)

Speaking of Best Song….
What the heck is wrong with that category? By having a ridiculously difficult rule of the songs needing to rate 8.5 or higher by the music branch (out of 10), only 2 songs made the cut… And the one from The Muppets wasn’t even the best song from that film…
Look at all the snubbed songs that should’ve gotten mentioned:
“Life’s a Happy Song” (The Muppets)
“Pictures in My Head” (The Muppets)
“Bridge of Light” (Happy Feet 2) by P!nk
“Hello Hello” (Gnomeo & Juliet) by Elton John
“The Living Proof” (The Help) by Mary J. Blige
“Lay Down Your Head” (Albert Nobbs) by Glenn Close, etc

So, there are just a few thoughts for you… Now, let’s see who is gonna win… I’d say The Artist is still out in front despite Hugo landing the most noms…. I still have hope for The Help too.. and Meryl better win… With that said, what are your favorite noms? And who is the worst snub? Sound off below and watch for more on the Oscars in the weeks ahead.

The Gods of Immortals Rule over Sandler at the Box Office

November 14, 2011

This weekend the fall box office finally perked up with three films taking in over $25 million. However, the three new releases didn’t hit blockbuster status and could end up money losers in the long run. The expensive action epic Immortals took in $32 million for first place but that was half what the similar picture 300 made a few years back. Grabbing one of his worst openings of late, Adam Sandler’s new crapfest Jack & Jill took in $26 million to narrowly edge out Puss In Boots which landed $25 million for a three-week take of $108 million. Opening in fifth was Clint Eastwood’s Oscar hopeful J. Edgar which took in $ 11.5 million, on par with his film Changeling from a few years back that landed Angelina Jolie an Oscar nom. (Similarly, J. Edgar’s best chance at a nomination is for its star Leonardo DiCaprio and I totally see that happening. He was fantastic in the film). We’ll see if it gets any awards traction in the weeks ahead and its box office picks up accordingly…. For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Immortals Rela. $32,000,000 – 3,112 – $10,283 $32,000,000 $75 1
2 N Jack and Jill Sony $26,000,000 – 3,438 – $7,563 $26,000,000 – 1
3 1 Puss in Boots P/DW $25,500,000 -22.9% 3,903 -60 $6,533 $108,809,000 $130 3
4 2 Tower Heist Uni. $13,200,000 -45.1% 3,370 +3 $3,917 $43,900,000 $75 2
5 N J. Edgar WB $11,470,000 – 1,910 – $6,005 $11,569,000 – 1
6 3 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas WB (NL) $5,900,000 -54.5% 2,875 – $2,052 $23,222,000 $19 2
7 5 In Time Fox $4,150,000 -44.5% 2,591 -536 $1,602 $30,667,000 $40 3
8 4 Paranormal Activity 3 Par. $3,625,000 -56.5% 2,776 -510 $1,306 $100,823,000 $5 4
9 6 Footloose (2011) Par. $2,735,000 -38.8% 2,215 -596 $1,235 $48,876,000 $24 5
10 7 Real Steel BV $2,000,000 -41.8% 1,758 -680 $1,138 $81,748,000 – 6

Will “J Edgar” finally Land Leo an Oscar?

September 20, 2011

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most talented and bankable actors in Hollywood who pretty much has the world in his hands. What he doesn’t have in his little fingers is a golden statue named Oscar. Despite three previous nominations for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator and Blood Diamond, Leo has gone home empty-handed every time. However, that all may change with his next big movie, the biopic of J Edgar Hoover, J. Edgar, directed by five time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood. The film takes on this iconic man’s story as he embodied the face of law enforcement for decades running the FBI and becoming a very powerful and controversial figure, not to mention having a very secret private life. And that private life will be explored as well including his rumored romantic relationship with coworker and confidante Clyde Tolson played by Armie Hammer (The Social Network). The film also stars some heavy hitters including Oscar winner Judi Dench and Oscar nominee Naomi Watts plus Josh Lucas, Jeffrey Donovan and Ken Howard. Watch for the film to play into the Oscar race in practically every field from costumes, to score, writing, direction and of course performances when it opens on November 9th. And now, the first trailer has hit the web. Take a look at Leo in J. Edgar below and let me know if you think the fourth time will be his Oscar charm.

J. Edgar

That Twilight crap leads the People’s Choice Nominations

November 9, 2010

The never-ending crapfest that is Twilight just keeps on sucking the blood out of Hollywood as it and its stars (Taylor Lautner, Robert Pantison and Kristen Stewart) landed the most nominations for the People’s Choice Awards today. The film will be vying for the kudos when the show airs on CBS on January 5th, 2011 hosted by Queen Latifah … Other multiple nominees include Inception, Date Night, Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Pink, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Eminem, Rihanna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, and more… Check out the full list of nominees below and head over to the People’s Choice Awards website to make your vote here.

MOVIES

Best Film:
Alice In Wonderland
Inception
Iron Man 2
Toy Story 3
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Actor
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island/Inception
Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 2
Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Actress
Angelina Jolie, Salt
Jennifer Aniston, The Bounty Hunter
Julia Roberts, Eat Pray Love
Katherine Heigl, Life as We Know It
Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse/The Runaways

Action Movie
Iron Man 2
Kick-Ass
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Robin Hood
Salt

Action Star
Angelina Jolie, Salt
Bradley Cooper, The A-Team
Jackie Chan, The Spy Next Door
Jake Gyllenhaal, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 2

Horror Movie
The Crazies
The Last Exorcism
Let Me In
Nightmare on Elm Street
Resident Evil: Afterlife

Drama:
Alice in Wonderland
Dear John
Inception
The Social Network
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Family Movie
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Karate Kid
Shrek Forever After
Toy Story 3

Comedy
Date Night
Easy A
Grown Ups
Sex and the City 2
Valentine’s Day

Comedy Star
Adam Sandler, Grown-Ups
Drew Barrymore; Going the Distance
Steve Carell and Tina Fey, Date Night
Will Ferrell, The Other Guys

On-Screen Team
Date Night (Tina Fey & Steve Carell)
Inception (Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao)
Iron Man 2 (Robert Downey Jr. & Don Cheadle)
The Karate Kid (Jaden Smith & Jackie Chan)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner)

Favorite Movie Star Under 25
Emma Watson
Kristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson
Vanessa Hudgens
Zac Efron

TV

Drama Series:
The Good Wife
Gossip Girl
Grey’s Anatomy
House
The Vampire Diaries

Drama Actor
Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl
Hugh Laurie, House
Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy
Taye Diggs, Private Practice

Drama Actress:
Lisa Edelstein, House
Blake Lively; Gossip Girl
Juliana Marguiles, The Good Wife
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Kate Walsh, Private Practice

Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
How I Met Your Mother
Modern Family
2.5 Men

Comedy Actor:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory

Comedy Actress
Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother
Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
Eva Longoria Parker, Desperate Housewives
Jane Lynch, Glee
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Crime Drama
Bones
Criminal Minds
Law & Order: SVU
Lie To Me
NCIS

Crime Fighter”:
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Emily Deschanel, Bones
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Mark Harmon, NCIS
Tim Roth, Lie to Me

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series
Fringe
Smallville
Supernatural
True Blood
The Vampire Diaries

“TV Obsession”:
Burn Notice
Dexter
Pretty Little Liars
True Blood
White Collar

Best Guest Star, Series:
Betty White, Community
Britney Spears and Neil Patrick Harris, Glee
Carrie Underwood, How I Met Your Mother
Demi Lovato, Grey’s Anatomy;

TV Family
The Griffins, Family Guy
The Harpers, 2.5 Men
The Pritchetts/Dunphys, Modern Family
The Scavos, Desperate Housewives
The Simpsons

Family TV Movie:
Beauty & the Briefcase
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
iCarly: iPsycho
Revenge of the Bridesmaids
Starstruck

New TV Drama:
Blue Bloods
Chase
The Defenders
Detroit 1-8-7
The Event
Hawaii Five-O
Hellcats
Law and Order: LA
Nikita

New TV Comedy

$#*! My Dad Says
Better With You
Mike & Molly
No Ordinary Family
Outsourced
Raising Hope
Running Wilde

MUSIC

 Male Artist:

 Michael Buble

 Eminem

Enrique Iglesias

Tim McGraw

Usher

 

Female Artist:

Lady Gaga

Katy Perry

Pink

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

 

Favorite Song:

“Airplanes”- B.o.B w/Hayley Williams

“California Gurls”- Katy Perry w/Snoop Dogg

“Love the Way You Lie”- Eminem w/Rihanna

“OMG”- Usher w/Will.I.Am

“Telephone”- Lady Gaga w/Beyonce

 

Rock Band:

Daughtry

Linkin Park

Maroon 5

Nickelback

Paramore

 

Breakout Artist:

B.o.B

Bruno Mars

Ke$ha

Justin Bieber

Selena Gomez & the Scene

 

Pop Artist:

Beyonce

Katy Perry

Lady Gaga

Pink

Rihanna

 

Country Artist:

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Lady Antebellum

Rascall Flatts

Taylor Swift

 

R& B Artist:

Alicia Keyes

Beyonce

Mary J. Blige

NeYo

Usher

 

Hip Hop Artist:

Drake

Eminem

Jay Z

Ludacris

Snoop Dogg

 

Music Video:

“Baby”- Justin Bieber w/Ludacris

“Love the Way You Lie”- Eminem w/Rihanna

“Teenage Dream”- Katy Perry

“Telephone”- Lady Gaga w/Beyonce

 “Waka Waka”- Shakira w/Frshlyground

ONLINE

 

Favorite Web Celeb:

Alicia Keyes

Betty White

Jimmy Fallon

Katy Perry

Teri Hatcher

 

Favorite Viral Video Star:

Giant Double Rainbow

Grayson Chance “Paparrazi”

Madison Square Park Proposal

“Single Ladies” Devastation

Tarp Surfing

 

 

Is Javier Bardem about to grab his 2nd Oscar?

September 3, 2010

Acclaimed actor Javier Bardem scared the bejeezus out of all of us in No Country for Old Men and grabbed an Oscar for his amazing performance in the film as well. Now, he looks like he may be grabbing a bookend Oscar for his new film Biutiful. The dramatic piece directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (Babel, 21 Grams) tells the story of a man in free fall who senses death is on the horizon as he searches for redemption despite his tortured actions in his life while raising two daughters. It looks pretty great and he already won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in May. I have no doubt he’ll end up a contender for this year’s race alongside some other potential big names like Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), Jim Carrey (I Love You Phillip Morris), Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and James Franco (127 Hours). In fact, Bardem is pretty much amazing in anything he’s in whether it’s charming the pants of Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, seducing Penelope Cruz (who’s now his wife!) in Vicky Christina Barcelona or breaking your heart in the tragic and tremendous The Sea Inside (hello he should’ve won an Oscar for that!) I highly recommend The Sea Inside and Before Night Falls for which he received his first Oscar nod. Take a look at the trailer below and let me know if you think Javier could grab another golden boy named Oscar.

Javier Bardem in Biutiful

“Inception” invades your mind and the Box Office

July 18, 2010

The mind bendingly awesome thriller Inception invaded moviegoers’ consciences and the box office this weekend with glorious results. The incredibly well reviewed and innovatively original movie opened to $ 60.4 million giving Leonardo DiCaprio his biggest opener and giving hope to moviegoers in search of intelligent filmmaking. The strong take shows that audiences were starved for thought-provoking entertainment and not just mindless explosions or inane comedy. The film should have a good road ahead with audiences loving the film and Oscar prospects down the road. (I’ll be posting my review later, but I’ll let you know now that I gave it an “A” grade.) The road may be shaky for the other new release, Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice which didn’t conjure up much magic with a lackluster $ 17.3 million (and $24 mill since Wednesday). Looks like people weren’t interested in Nic Cage or his bad hair again… Holding up well was last week’s # 1 and Universal’s first smash film in ages, Despicable Me, which took in another $32.7 mill for a total of $ 118 million. For all your box office needs, click BoxOfficeMojo.com here. And here’s this weekend’s top 10 films.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Inception WB $60,400,000 – 3,792 – $15,928 $60,400,000 $160 1
2 1 Despicable Me Uni. $32,734,000 -42.0% 3,501 +25 $9,350 $118,365,000 $69 2
3 N The Sorcerer’s Apprentice BV $17,373,000 – 3,504 – $4,958 $24,461,000 $150 1
4 2 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Sum. $13,500,000 -57.4% 4,001 -467 $3,374 $264,900,000 $68 3
5 4 Toy Story 3 BV $11,742,000 -44.1% 3,177 -576 $3,696 $362,709,000 $200 5
6 6 Grown Ups Sony $10,000,000 -36.7% 3,074 -389 $3,253 $129,254,000 $80 4
7 5 The Last Airbender Par. $7,450,000 -55.2% 2,805 -398 $2,656 $114,833,000 $150 3
8 3 Predators Fox $6,800,000 -72.5% 2,669 – $2,548 $40,084,000 $40 2
9 7 Knight & Day Fox $3,700,000 -52.1% 1,925 -703 $1,922 $69,209,000 $117 4
10 8 The Karate Kid Sony $2,200,000 -59.0% 1,532 -926 $1,436 $169,202,000 $40 6

And here’s the trailer to the amazing Oscar worthy Inception.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3XzUYd6nrU