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I’m Back with My Big Bold 2013 Emmy Award Winner Predictions!

September 19, 2013

Hi readers,
So sorry for the long dry spell between posts, but as most of you know I’ve been very busy with my acting/producing career for the past few months… Since my last post, I shot the films The Pinhole Affect and 420 along with more episodes of the webseries Sammy Kingsford: Manager to the Stars and the series The Adventures of Velvet Prozak. Also,the film I co-produced and co-starred in, Dirty Talk, has now played over 35 festivals across the globe winning 7 awards along the way, and you can catch me in the films Hot Guys with Guns and The Boogeyman on the festival circuit now. Ok, enough about me.
Let’s get to what you really want to see~ my big bold 2013 Emmy Award winner predictions. This year we could actually see some 1683535-inline-i-3-anna-gunn-reflects-on-what-it-was-like-to-play-walter-whites-wife-on-breaking-badexciting shakeups in the winners. Can The Big Bang Theory unseat Modern Family? Will Breaking Bad finally win Drama Series on its 5th try? Can anything ever beat The Amazing Race? Well, with the surprise wins at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Ceremony, I think we could be in for a fun night of shockers. Last weekend Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) and Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) both shocked with their Guest Actor Drama wins while Tim Gunn helped Heidi Klum (Project Runway) snatch the Reality Competition Host prize for the first time. I was thrilled with those wins. On the Comedy side, Melissa Leo (Louie) and Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory) beat out a quartet of Saturday Night Live hosts to win Guest Actor and Actress and those wins could foreshadow big things for their respective series on Sunday…. With that said, take a look at my predictions below and watch the Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night on CBS.

My Big Bold 2013 Emmy Award Winner Predictions~

Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men
Will & Should win: Breaking Bad
~spoiler: Homeland

Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Will & Should win: Bryan Cranston
~ spoiler: Damian Lewis

Connie Britton (Nashville), Clare Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockrey (Downton Abbey), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Kerry Washington (Scandal)KERRY WASHINGTON
Will win: Kerry Washington
Should win: Robin Wright
~ spoiler: Clare Danes

Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad), Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Will win: Mandy Patinkin
Should win: Jonathan Banks
~ spoiler: Aaron Paul

Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Will & Should win: Anna Gunn
~ spoiler: Maggie Smith

30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie, Modern Family, Veep
Will & Should win: Modern Family
~ spoiler: The Big Bang Theory

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Louis C.K. (Louie), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Will win: Jim Parsons
Should win: Alec Baldwin
~ spoiler: Louis C.K.

Laura Dern (Enlightened), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Will & Should win: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss
~ spoiler: Amy Poehler

Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Adam Driver (Girls), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Tony Hale (Veep), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family),
Will win: Ty Burrell
Should win: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
~ spoiler: Ed O’Neil

Miyam Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Jane Lynch jane-krakowski-rural-juror(Glee), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie)
Will & Should win: Jane Krakowski
~ spoiler: Julie Bowen

American Horror Story: Asylum, Behind the Candelabra, The Bible, Phil Spector, Political Animals, Top of the Lake
Will & Should win: Behind the Candelabra
~ spoiler: Top of the Lake

Benedict Cumberpatch (Sherlock Holmes)Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra), Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra), Toby Jones (The Girl), Al Pacino (Phil Spector)matt-damon-michael-douglas-behind-the-candelabra-hbo
Will & Should win: Michael Douglas
~ spoiler: Matt Damon

Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum), Laura Linney (The Big C: Hereafter), Elizabeth Moss (Top of the Lake), Helen Mirren (Political Animals), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)
Will win: Elizabeth Moss
Should win: Laura Linney
~ spoiler: Jessica Lange

Scott Bakula (Behind the Candelabra), James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum), John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C: Hereafter), Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum),
Will win: Zachary Quinto
Should win: John Benjamin Hickey
~spoiler: Peter Mullan

Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum), Charlotte Rampling (Restless), Imelda Staunton (The Girl), Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias)
Will & Should win: Sarah Paulson
~ spoiler: Ellen Burstyn

The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Voice
Will win: The Amazing Race
Should win: So You Think You Can Dance
~ spoiler: The Voice


My Big Bold Academy Award WINNER Predictions 2011

February 24, 2011

Ok, they’re finally here: my big bold Academy Award winner predictions… Now, as usual I’m giving you who I think will and should win…. This year, we have several strong races like The Kings Speech and The Social Network for Best Picture and Annette Bening v. Natalie Portman for Best Actress that could go down to the wire. In fact, the race for Best Director and Supporting Actress are seeming more and more unpredictable. Will there be a major surprise? Will The Kings Speech sweep? And will the little categories mess you up in your Oscar pool? (Um, they probably will unfortunately). Nonetheless, I’m making my educated guesses here and trying not to go with my heart. So, take a look at my thoughts below and watch the show on Sunday on ABC with your hosts former nominee Anne Hathaway and current Oscar nominee James Franco!

Best Picture:
127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids are Alright, The Kings Speech, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone
Will & Should win: The Kings Speech
~spoiler: The Social Network

Best Director:
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David O. Russell (The Fighter), David Fincher (The Social Network), Tom Hooper (The Kings Speech), Joel & Ethan Coen (True Grit)
Will & Should win: David Fincher
~spoiler: Tom Hooper
* again- how the heck did Christopher Nolan (Inception) NOT get nominated?

Best Actor:
Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Colin Firth (The Kings Speech), James Franco (127 Hours)
Will & Should win: Colin Firth

Best Actress:
Annette Bening (The Kids are Alright), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (Winters Bone), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Michelle Williams
Will win: Natalie Portman
Should win: Annette Bening
~spoiler: Annette Bening

Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale (The Fighter), John Hawkes (Winters Bone), Jeremy Renner (The Town), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are Alright), Geoffrey Rush (The Kings Speech)
Will & Should win: Christian Bale
~spoiler: Geoffrey Rush

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The Kings Speech), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)
Will & Should win: Melissa Leo
~spoiler: Hailee Steinfeld
* this category is known for its big upsets, so it wouldn’t be shocking that a Kings Speech sweep could land Bonham Carter in the winners circle or the well liked Adams could surprise here.

Best Original Screenplay:
Another Year, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids are Alright, The Kings Speech
Will & Should win: The Kings Speech
~spoiler: The Kids are Alright

Best Adapted Screenplay:
127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winters Bone
Will & Should win: The Social Network

Best Cinematography:
Black Swan, Inception, The Kings Speech, The Social Network, True Grit
Will & Should win: True Grit
~spoiler: Inception

Best Editing:
127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, The Kings Speech, The Social Network
Will & Should win: The Social Network
~spoiler: The Fighter

Best Costume Design:
Alice in Wonderland, I Am Love, The Kings Speech, The Tempest, True Grit
Will & Should win: Alice in Wonderland
~spoiler: The Kings Speech

Best Art Direction:
Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, Inception, The Kings Speech, True Grit
Will win: The Kings Speech
Should win: Harry Potter
~spoiler: Alice in Wonderland
* This is one of the biggest toss-up categories of the night

Best Original Score:
How to Train Your Dragon, Inception, The Kings Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network
Will win: The Kings Speech
Should win: Inception
~spoiler: The Social Network (and how awesome would it be if it does win giving Nine Inch Nails  singer Trent Reznor the Oscar?!)

Best Original Song:
“Coming Home” (Country Strong), “If I Rise” (127 Hours), “I See the Light” (Tangled), “We Belong Together” (Toy Story 3)
Will win: “If I Rise”
Should win: “Coming Home”
~spoiler: “I See the Light”
* this is the other biggest toss-up category of the night. In fact, if the Academy love for Toy Story 3 spills over, Randy Newman’s boring song could win.

Best Makeup:
Barneys Version, The Way Back, Wolfman
Will & Should win: The Wolfman

Best Sound Editing:
Inception, Toy Story 3, Tron: Legacy, True Grit, Unstoppable
Will & Should win: Inception

Best Sound Mixing:
Inception, The Kings Speech, Salt, The Social Network, True Grit
Will & Should win: Inception
~spoiler: The Social Network

Best Visual Effects:
Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, Hereafter, Inception, Iron Man 2
Will & Should win: Inception

Best Animated Film:
How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Toy Story 3
Will & Should win: Toy Story 3

Best Documentary:
Exit Through the Gift Shop, Gasland, Inside Job, Restrepo, Waste Land
Will win: Inside Job
Should win: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Best Foreign Language Film:
Biutiful, Dogtooth, In a Better World, Incendies, Outside the Law
Will win: In a Better World
Should win: Biutiful
~spoiler: Dogtooth
* but let’s be honest… I’m not very confident in this prediction at all!

~ Ok, those are my predix for the major categories… Now, for the ones that often make the difference in your office pools (the Shorts categories), you’ll have to email me directly. Lol

Enjoy the Show!!!

The BAFTA’s love their King

February 14, 2011

It was all about the King yesterday at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards as the homegrown hero, The King’s Speech, swept the awards picking up 7 awards including Best Film, Screenplay and Actor (Colin Firth). It also dominated the supporting acting races with wins for Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush putting a stop to the awards domination of Fighter stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo (who was shockingly not even nominated. Co-star Amy Adams did represent though). In the Best Actress race, Natalie Portman again beat out Annette Bening and looks like she may be unstoppable at the Oscars. Take a look at the full list of winners for the BAFTA’s and for more, head to their website here.

BAFTA Award winners:

Best Film: The King’s Speech
Best British Film: The King’s Speech
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Original Screenplay: The King’s Speech
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Best Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Best Debut by a British Writer/Director/Producer: Chris Morris, Four Lions
Best Film not in the English Language: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Original Music: The King’s Speech
Best Production Design: Inception
Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Best Cinematography: True Grit
Best Editing: The Social Network
Best Sound: Inception
Best Visual Effects: Inception
Best Makeup & Hair: Alice in Wonderland
Best Short Film: Until the River Runs Red
Best Animated Short Film: The Eagleman Stag
Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award: Tom Hardy
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: the Harry Potter Films
Academy Fellowship: Sir Christopher Lee

SAG crowns a King and Betty White!

January 31, 2011

Last year she stole the show when she won the Lifetime Achievement Award. This year she stole the show again as she won Best Actress in a Comedy Series. All hail Betty White, the hottest 89-year-old around as the SAG Awards honored her for her first individual performance win and she kindly responded with the best and funniest speech of the night~ even fondling her statue. How much do we love Betty!? … Now, the show wasn’t all about Betty, the Screen Actors Guild also honored the movies with all the front-runners taking home awards including Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. It seems all but assured that they will likely repeat at the Oscars next month. Things could still change, but they’re all safe bets now. Another good bet is that The King’s Speech will deservedly take home Best Picture as it added the Best Ensemble win to its mantle at tonight’s show…. Other television wins went to the casts of Modern Family and Boardwalk Empire plus Steve Buscemi and Juliana Marugiles in the drama categories and Alec Baldwin grabbed his 5th consecutive win for Comedy Actor. Take a look at the full list of winners below (and no, all of the people I voted for didn’t win… wanna know who I was pulling for? Shoot me an email. In the meantime, head to the SAG website for more info.)


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The King’s Speech

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo, The Fighter


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Screen Actors Guild Awards 47th Annual Life Achievement Award
Ernest Borgnine

Stunt Ensemble (Film): Inception
Stunt Ensemble (TV): True Blood

A Hilarious Golden Globes Wrap Up

January 19, 2011

Ok, I feel a little bad… I haven’t done one of my usual big awards show wrap ups. I’m sorry, this week is crazy. I’m prepping for a short film shoot that I’m acting in and producing, so I’m a bit all over the place… Anywho, I can’t leave ya’ll without some hilarious commentary… I mean who can forget the ridiculous 80’s shoulder pad dresses that were foolishly on display everywhere at the show? Bad fashions and hair  (ahem, Miss Scarlett Johansson) were, unfortunately, all over the place. At least there were great winners (Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Glee, Diane Warren, Jim Parsons, Melissa Leo, etc), wonderful speeches (Colfer and Lynch again), a lot of hotness (Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Zac Efron and Matt Bomer oh my!) and Ricky Gervais going balls to the wall with aggressive hilarity. But for even more in-depth look at the show, check out the post from my friend Johnny Lopez on his blog “The Johnny Lopez”. You might recognize him from the pages of Us Weekly too… um, as a commentator not a drunken naked celebrity people! … So, enjoy and add Johnny’s blog to your favorites too!

Johnny Lopez on the 2011 Golden Globes

Things learned watching the 2011 Golden Globes:

1. Nolan Miller must be dressing Hollywood again because I haven’t seen that many shoulder pads, sequins and sparkle since Dynasty’s Moldavian massacre.
2. I’m going to miss Ricky Gervais.
3. Christina Aguilera needs a water pill.
4. Tilda Swinton and Helena Bonham Carter need a reality show together.
5. With wins by Glee, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Jim Parsons, Burlesque, Kids Are All Right, Annette Bening, and Scott Rudin, the Globes were so gay (and I mean that in a great way!) they made the Tonys look like a Yes on 8 rally.
6. Natalie Portman’s laugh will haunt your nightmares.
7. No matter what Sandy says, Scarlett Johansson and Sandra Bullock were kept on opposite ends of the telecast for a reason.
8. “Social Network” will probably win an Oscar, as MySpace gets ready to fold. It’s crazy how things change in 5 years … just ask Jennifer Lopez’s career.

As always, send me your thoughts and comments to

Ricky Gervais – Anyone who has the balls to make a joke about closeted Scientologists on national television is ok in my book. That being said, someone let me know if his body surfaces.

Scarlett Johansson – Taylor Swift chic with a Franken-updo. Apparently Ryan Reynolds got to keep all the style in the divorce.

Christian Bale – Completely forgot he’s British. You gotta love a guy who isn’t afraid to have the exact same hairdo as his wife.

Katey Sagal – Peg Bundy looks hot… her dress not so much. Anyone know where her sisters, the “Double Trouble” twins, are?

Julianne Moore – Molly Ringwald wants her “Pretty in Pink” prom dress back.

That guy who played “Carlos’ – hot!

Leighton Meester – Didn’t Crystal Gayle wear the exact same thing to the CMAs in 1974? Country WRONG.

Chris Colfer/Glee – Congrats. Hopefully it really does get better from here.

Eva Longoria – The Anti-Scarlett Johansson … divorce never looked so good. Flawless.

Kevin Bacon – Six degrees of the Social Network …remove Kev’s glasses and he becomes Jesse Eisenberg.

Milla Jovovich – There must be another “Resident Evil” coming out this year because that’s the only time you ever see her.

Steve Buscemi – or John Waters with a weave?

Elizabeth Moss – from Mad Men to the Hillary Clinton biopic.

Christina Hendricks – With her porcelain skin, scarlet hair and huge breasts, Christina managed to find the perfect dress to …blend into the red carpet.

Jennifer Lopez – This is what a triple threat looks like in this economy. Singer/dancer/REALITY SHOW JUDGE!

Diane Warren – What the hell happened to Adam Lambert? I had no clue Diane was in “Party Monster.” Club kid realness!

Trent Reznor – you know Goth is over when even Nine Inch Nails has turned into a frat boy. Head like a a-hole.

Justin Bieber – The original choice to play Annette Bening’s character in “The Kids are All Right.”

Robert Downey Jr – It’s the Globes, not a wedding. Put on a tux.

Annette Bening – She obviously shares a hairstylist with Al Pacino.

Sylvester Stallone – If he keeps it up, his face is going to start looking like Nicole Kidman’s.

Tilda Swinton – Rockin’ the new GapMormon Sister Wives chic … for men.

Al Pacino – Somebody call Jack Kevorkian and put an end to the misery of his endless speech.

Claire Danes – Did she win for playing Temple Grandin or Carol Brady?

Temple Grandin – Can she come to every award show… just because? You know, like Jennifer Love Hewitt does.

Zac Efron – Roids much?

Tina Fey & Steve Carrel – Funnier than “Date Night.”

Chris Hemsworth & Chris Evans – Is it me or is Evans a lot less hot standing next to Hemsworth? Team Thor!

Olivia Wilde – Out of this world. No really. If you squint you can see the Little Dipper.

Jane Fonda – Fresh from a nip/tuck and wearing remnants of Carol Burnett’s Norma Desmond curtain dress.

Matt Bomer – Gay eyes.

Jim Parsons – Gay eyes with a little Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neumann.

Melissa Leo – Unrecognizable. Like Zoe Saldana in “Avatar”, no one will know Melissa is the mom in The Fighter. Where were the sisters???

Robert De Niro – No wonder the Fockers sucks, he’s not funny! Gervais gets all the flack but he’s the one who made a lame racist joke. Deport him!

Megan Fox – Sorry but no matter how many gowns and jewels you throw on “4 AM Angelina Jolie,” she still looks like she should be cooking meth in a San Bernardino Super 8.

Halle Berry – The Curious Case of Halle Berry. How does she do it? Half-Black don’t crack either!

Paul Giamatti – Stole the award from my Jake!

Natalie Portman — Forget the win, the dress and the baby, it’s all about the crazy Portman LAUGH. Awkward! I want it to be my ring tone. And she thanked everyone in her cast except … Winona! Stay away from any nail files, Nat.

Winona Ryder – Was not present to pick up her award for best comedic performance by a sometime actress.

Nicole Kidman – the only bump she hasn’t had smoothed over with Botox, Restalyne and plutonium … her baby bump! So much for the return of her face for “Rabbit Hole.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones (CSJ) – CZJ loves her some Astro Turf chic.

Lisa Chodolenko – Her next film should be SINGLE WHITE LESBIAN … starring Annette Bening.

Sandra Bullock – Bitchin’ bangs compliments of the Westminster Kennel Club. Best in show for sure.

Michael Douglas – Forget Laura Linney, he’s the real winner of the big C.

Mila Kunis – Lil CZJ ..if she were at an ‘80s prom in Queens.

Gabourey Sidibe – Her resort wear dress is available at a Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Anne Hathaway – Never mind her new gig on ‘Glee,’ Anne has a lock on playing Fallon Carrington in that new “Dynasty” movie.

Helena Bonham Carter – Rockin’ Emma Samms’ version of Fallon Carrington hair from ‘The Colbys”.

Michelle Williams – Please don’t pick the daisies!

Brad & Angelina – Every time Angelina applies lip gloss a third world baby gets adopted. She looked great,but it’s too bad by the time they made their way on to the red carpet even I was wearing an emerald dress!

Here’s the link again for Johnny’s blog. Enjoy!

The Critics Choose The Social Network as Best Pic… plus big wins for Fighter, Kings and Inception

January 15, 2011

A little talky movie about facebook just keeps on wrackin’ up the awards momentum as The Social Network nabbed Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Score at tonight’s 16th Annual Critic’s Choice Awards which has become one of the biggest key Oscar prognosticators of the season. While Social won four awards, it was Inception that garnered the most wins totaling 5 including Best Action Film. Grabbing three wins was The Fighter which won Acting Ensemble and Supporting Actor (Christian Bale) and Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo). The other big wins went to Natalie Portman for Best Actress in Black Swan and Colin Firth for Best Actor in The King’s Speech which also took best original screenplay. For more on the great show, which featured Maroon 5 as the house band and some hilarious sketches by Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass boys (who delightfully skewered The Social Network, Black Swan and Inception), head to VH1 here. And check out all the winners below.

16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Award Winners

“The Social Network”

David Fincher, “The Social Network”

Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “The Social Network”


Wally Pfister, “Inception”

Guy Henrix Dyas, Larry Dias and Doug Mowat, “Inception”

Lee Smith, “Inception”



Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”

David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”

Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”

“The Fighter”

Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”

“Toy Story 3”

“Easy A”

Colleen Atwood, “Alice in Wonderland”

“Alice in Wonderland”

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

“Waiting for ‘Superman'”

“If I Rise,” music by A.R. Rahman and lyrics by Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong, “127 Hours”

“The Pacific”

Review~ Strong Performances bolster the solid drama “Conviction”

October 11, 2010

In the new film Conviction, two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) plays real life bartender cum lawyer Betty Anne Waters in the true story of how she worked non stop for 18 years to free her brother from a murder conviction while raising her family. After the system and everyone turned against her, Waters got her college and law school degrees to continue to fight for what she considered an erroneous conviction for her ne’er-do-well brother Kenny, masterfully played by Sam Rockwell. This solid drama directed by Tony Goldwyn (the bad guy in Ghost and currently on Broadway in Promises Promises) follows a simple trajectory of the story of a brutal slaying leading to the conviction and the fight for Kenny’s exoneration. While that may sound straightforward and the dialogue at times is somewhat generic, in the hands of its fantastic cast, the movie rises to the next level. Swank is at her best as the emotional determined Waters and she’s wonderfully aided by Oscar nominees Melissa Leo (Frozen River) as a shady cop and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) as her sassy law school buddy adding weight and humor to an otherwise tertiary character. However the standout performances come from Rockwell who’s sure to get an Oscar nomination and Juliette Lewis (a former Oscar nominee for Cape Fear) in a small but pivotal role as a questionable witness. Both are just incredible and you can’t take your eyes off them. It’s a rather strong piece of work all around and will be a serious Oscar contender in the months ahead. Grade: A-

The Conviction trailer:

Is “The Fighter” the new “Rocky”?

September 16, 2010

The movie Rocky was a surprise smash and Oscar winner back in 1977 picking up Best Picture and two other awards. Now, a new film in the spirit of Rocky is about to make a big awards run this season. The Fighter stars Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Departed) as real life boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his unlikely rise to boxing stardom under the tutelage of his ne’er-do-well half-brother played by Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) who also suffered with a drug problem and spent time in prison. Co-starring in the movie are two other Oscar nominees Amy Adams (Junebug, Doubt) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and it’s directed by controversial auteur David O’Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees). Judging from the trailer it looks inspiring and entertaining and could put a boxing pic back in the race for the first time since Million Dollar Baby grabbed Best Pic, Director (Clint Eastwood), Actress (Hilary Swank) and Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman) in 2005. This time we could see Wahlberg in the lead race and Bale grab his first nom in the supporting race while both Adams and Leo could contend in supporting as well. We’ll see how its Oscar prospects turn out when the film is released on Dec. 10 but the buzz is good so far. Check out the trailer for The Fighter below.

The Fighter