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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

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My Top Films and Kudos for 2013

January 9, 2014

Hey everyone,12 years

Again, sorry for the lack of posts. However, to make up for it, I promise to be better during this upcoming Awards Season. With that said, here are my top films and some kudos for the year in film 2013.

My Top 10 movies of 2013:
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. August Osage County
3. Philomena
4. Gravity
5. Dallas Buyers Club
6. Fruitvale Station
7. Blue Jasmine
8. Saving Mr. Banks
9. Captain Phillips
10. Frozen (yes, I’m kinda shocked it’s here too)

Honorable mention~ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Enough Said, The Great Gatsby

Best Documentary: Bridegroom
runner up: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Comedy: The Heat
runner up: Enough Said
Biggest Tear Jerker: Philomena
runner up: Saving Mr Banks
* 12 Years a Slave easily much wins the most emotional film experience of the year by a landslide as well cuz yeah, I bawled watching that one.

Best Lead Male Performance: Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
runner up: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Lead Female Performance: TIE~ Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) & Meryl Streep (August Osage County)
Best Supporting Male: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)august j m
runner up: Chris Cooper (August Osage County)
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave)
runner up: Julia Roberts (August Osage County)
Best Ensemble: August Osage County
runner up: 12 Years a Slave
Best Performances No One is Talking About: Idris Elba & Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Debut Film: Fruitvale Station
Best Song from a Movie: “Let It Go” (Frozen) sung by Idina Menzel

runner up: “Bleed for Love” (Winnie) sung by Jennifer Hudson


Best Hidden Gem: The Sapphires
Most Overrated Movie: American Hustle

Worst 5 Films I saw:
1. Stoker
2. Out of the Furnace
3. Nebraska
4. 2 Guns
5. Jack the Giant Slayer

* didn’t see all of Wolf of Wall Street yet (the showing was cancelled half way thru due to a sound issue)
** also haven’t seen Her

Breaking Down the 2013 Best Actress Race

February 9, 2013

jennifer_lawrence_silver_linings_playbook_a_lThis Oscar season has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable races in recent history. While it seems that Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway now look like sure things in their respective categories, there are a few races that remain a serious horse race. The two biggest question marks are the Best Supporting Actor race where a different contender has won in each of the precursors (Tommy Lee Jones, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Christoph Waltz) and the Best Actress Race which has been a serious catfight between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. Today, I will take a look at the latter race which could end up with a truly surprising winner.
When the race began in earnest last fall, the word was that Jennifer Lawrence would win hands down for her wonderful, emotionally naked work in Silver Linings Playbook. However, that was before the very secretive Zero Dark Thirty finally began screening and Jessica Chastain’s fierce, intelligent and controlled performance wowed critics and audiences. Both women have won a number of pre-cursors that have put them squarely in a duel for the Oscar win. Among the biggest wins, Lawrence took home the Golden Globe (Musical/Comedy), Critic’s Choice (Actress in a Comedy Film) and the all-important SAG Award while Chastain grabbed a Golden Globe (Drama) and the overall Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actress.
They are both up for the BAFTA Award this evening as well. I’d say Chastain has the edge there as her film received more nominations from the British Academy and they tend to honor more “important” films and performances. For example, last year Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) took home the Best Actress BAFTA over Viola Davis (The Help) after Davis had just won the SAG Award… I could see the same turnover happen here for Chastain. If that happens, then Chastain could follow Streep’s path to an Oscar victory.
Both Chastain and Lawrence have several factors working in their favor. Both women are attractive young actresses with a “babe factor”zerodarkthirty-clip-jumbo-jpg_165549 that the Academy loves, reaching a peak in their careers which has helped actresses like Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman to take home the big prize in the past. Both are also previous nominees. Chastain was nominated last year for Supporting Actress for The Help while Lawrence was nominated for Best Actress two years ago for Winter’s Bone. Plus, both have worked the awards circuit like a pro this season.
Where they differ is in their “industry status”. While Lawrence is now a bona-fide box office star with The Hunger Games franchise, Chastain is seen as the more serious actress with a bigger body of lauded work. She could’ve received Oscar noms for practically all of her seven films released in 2011 and Chastain is also building box office clout with hits ZD30, The Help and Mama. It just seems like it may be too “early” in Lawrence’s career to give her Hollywood’s highest honor while Chastain seems to have “earned” it more. So, with all of that said, I’m going out on a limb and giving the edge to Chastain for the win.
However there remains one big obstacle in their way. They both will have to fend off another critical favorite, French icon Emmanuelle amour-poster2Riva for her harrowing and physically demanding work as a woman suffering from Dementia at the end of her life in Amour. This performance could be the real key to this Oscar race. Riva could easily usurp both of them at the BAFTAs and set the stage for a crazy three-way fight on Oscar night.
As for the final two nominees, Quevanzhane Wallis should be thrilled she got a nomination in the first place for her debut performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild over more deserving heavy weights like Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone) and Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), and while she was amazing in The Impossible, and I’d love to see her win, Naomi Watts will probably be an also ran. (No worries though Naomi, you should be back in the race next year for playing Princess Diana!)
To sum up, it’s a serious race this year. Lawrence and Chastain are in the best position to win with Riva as a potential spoiler. And if there is crazy vote splitting, maybe Watts can sneak in. Yet, I’m still betting on Chastain. See if I’m right Sunday night February 24th when the Oscars air on ABC.

“Lincoln” Leads the Golden Globe Nominees

December 13, 2012

lincolnThe Hollywood Foreign Press has spoken and they love them some Lincoln. Steven Spielberg‘s historical drama outpaced the competition this morning pulling in a field best 7 Golden Globe nominations including Picture, Director, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Score and Screenplay. Coming in a surprisingly strong second was Django Unchained with 5 nods including two in Supporting Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz) that really shakes up that race. Also grabbing 5 nods was Argo while Les Miserables, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook all pulled down 4 nominations. The biggest surprise in the acting categories was the inclusion of Nicole Kidman in the Supporting race for the hot mess of a movie The Paperboy. After getting a nom from SAG yesterday, could Kidman be a true Oscar nominee spoiler over snubbed ladies like Samantha Barks, Maggie Smith, Ann Dowd, and Kelly Reilly? We’ll see… Also of note, the small February comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen shocked with 3 bids in the Musical/Comedy Category…. Big snubs included Keira Knightley (I think her Oscar hopes are done now), Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ted, Barbra Streisand, Anthony Hopkins, Eddie Redmayne, Robert DeNiro, and Emmanuelle Riva. So, who did make it? Take a look at the movie nominees below.

2012 Golden Globe Nominations for Film~
BEST PICTURE: DRAMA

“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

“Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck
Kathryn Bigelow
Ang Li
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino

BEST ACTOR: DRAMA

Daniel Day-Lewis
Richard Gere
John Hawkes
Joaquin Phoenix
Denzel Washington

BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA

Jessica Chastain
Marion Cotillard
Helen Mirren
Naomi Watts
Richard Weisz

BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Emily Blunt
Judi Dench
Jennifer Lawrence
Maggie Smith
Meryl Streep

BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Jack Black
Bradley Cooper
Hugh Jackman
Ewan McGregor
Bill Murray

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams
Sally Field
Anne Hathaway
Helen Hunt
Nicole Kidman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTORDjango-Unchained-wallpapers-1920x1200-4

Alan Arkin
Leonardo DiCaprio
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Tommy Lee Jones
Christoph Waltz

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Amour”
“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Kon-Tiki”
“Rust and Bone”

BEST SCREENPLAY

“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Lincoln”
“Django Unchained”
“Argo”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Anna Karenina
Argo
Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi
Lincoln

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Wreck-It-Ralph”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“For You”- Keith Urban (Act of Valor)
“Not Running Anymore”- Jon Bon Jovi (Stand Up Guys)
“Safe and Sound” (The Hunger Games)~ yes, Taylor Swift is now a Golden Globe nominee, Blargh!
“Skyfall”- Adele (Skyfall)
“Suddenly” (Les Miserables)

On the TV side, Game Change dominated with 5 nominations while Homeland picked up 4 despite a snub for Morena Baccarin. Modern Family and Downton Abbey each picked up 3 nods. Surprises included nominations for Smash, Hayden Panitierre (Nashville), Danny Huston (Magic City~ what is that again?) and snubs for The New Normal, Mad Men in the Drama Series category, Parks & Recreation and Happy Endings in the Comedy category…. One fun category will be Lead Actress Comedy/Musical where Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will go head to head. For more on the Globes airing in January on NBC, head here and check out the TV nominees below.

2012 Golden Globe Nominations for TV~

Best Television Series Drama

Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey: Season 2
Homelandhomeland
The Newsroom

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series Drama

Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey: Season 2 -julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Television Series Comedy Or Musical

The Big Bang Theory
Episodes
Girls
Modern Family
Smash

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series Comedy Or Musical

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Julia Louis-dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series Comedy Or Musical

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Louis C.k., Louie
Matt Leblanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & Mccoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game ChangeGame-Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & Mccoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey: Season 2
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

And here are some interesting notes~ Maggie Smith and Nicole Kidman are both up for 2 awards and Meryl Streep picks up her 17th nomination for Hope Springs far extending her lead for the most nominations by an actor in Globes history.

It’s My Big Bold Golden Globe Nomination Predictions 2012!

December 12, 2012

samantha-barks-les-misThe past week or so has been a whirlwind of activity in this year’s awards derby and tomorrow will continue that momentum with the announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominees… Expect to see a lot of the names you’ve heard so far this season like Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Argo. However, you may see some big stars in the race as the Globes love them a star… Does that mean something as crazy as Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages) and Julia Roberts (Mirror Mirror) getting nominated for Lead Acting honors in the Musical or Comedy category? It might. I think more discerning minds will prevail, but we will see…. So, just who do I think will hear their name tomorrow morning? Check out my predictions in all the major categories (Film and Television) below and check back here tomorrow for the actual nominees!

My Big Bold 2012 Golden Globe Nomination Predictions~

FILM

Best Picture Drama:
Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty
~ spoilers: The Impossible, Skyfall, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Picture Musical/Comedy:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom, Quartet, Silver Linings Playbook
~Ted, The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Best Actor Drama:
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)
~spoilers: Richard Gere (Arbitrage)

Best Actress Drama:
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone), Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
~spoilers: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quevanzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Actor Musical/Comedy:
Jack Black (Bernie), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Tommy Lee Jones (Hope Springs), Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson)
~spoilers: Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Paul Rudd (This is 40), Mark Wahlberg (Ted)

Best Actress Musical/Comedy:
Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Meryl Streep (Hope Springs), Barbra Meryl-Streep-and-Tommy-Lee-Jones-in-Hope-SpringsStreisand (The Guilt Trip), Maggie Smith (Quartet)
~ spoilers: Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed), Leslie Mann (This is 40)

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook), Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables)
~ spoilers: Alan Arkin (Argo), Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike), Javier Bardem (Skyfall), Ewan MacGregor (The Impossible)

Best Supporting Actress:
Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
~spoilers: Amy Adams (The Master), Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)

Best Director:
Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Steven Speilberg (Lincoln)
~Spoilers: Juan Antoino Bayona (The Impossible), David O’Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Screenplay:
Argo, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook
~spoilers: Zero Dark Thirty, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flight

TV~

Drama Series:
Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men, The Newsroom
~spoilers: Boardwalk Empire, Smash, Scandal

Comedy Series:
Episodes, Girls, New Girl, Modern Family, The New Normal, Veep
~spoilers: Parks & Recreation, The Big Bang Theory

Actor Drama Series:
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland)
~spoilers: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Johnny Lee Miller (Elementary)

Actress Drama Series:
Clare Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockrey (Downton Abbey), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), Kerry Washington (Scandal)
~spoilers: Glenn Close (Damages), Connie Britton(Nashville)KERRY WASHINGTON

Actor Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Louie C.K. (Louie), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Matthew Perry (Go On), Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
~spoilers: David Duchovny (Californication), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)

Actress Comedy Series:
Tina Fey (30 Rock), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Veep), Mindy Kailing (The Mindy Project), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
~spoilers: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Laura Linney (The Big C)

TV Movie/Miniseries:
American Horror Story: Asylum, Game Change, Hemingway & Gelhorn, Political Animals, Sherlock
~spoilers: That Girl, Hatfields & McCoys

Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Kenneth Branaugh (Wallander), Benedict Cumberpatch (Sherlock), Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys), Woody Harrelson (Game Change), Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gelhorn)
~spoilers: Toby Jones (That Girl), Bill Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys)

Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gelhorn), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum), Sienna Miller (That Girl), Julianne Moore (Game Change), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)
~spoilers: Queen Latifah (Steel Magnolias)

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries/Drama or Comedy Series:
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Ed Harris (Game Change), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family),
~ spoilers: Sam Waterston (The Newsroom), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries/Drama or Comedy Series:
Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Ellen Barkin (The New Normal), Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
~spoilers: Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Debra Messing (Smash)

Bourne is Reborn at the Box Office

August 12, 2012

Many considered it a huge gamble to try to continue the Bourne movie franchise without star Matt Damon. However, Universal has done pretty well with the opening of its rebooted franchise, The Bourne Legacy, starring Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz. The slick action thriller (which I totally enjoyed and give an “A-“ grade to by the way) took in a good $40.2 million over the weekend. It led three new releases including the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifinakis comedy The Campaign which did well coming in second with a better than expected $27 million and Hope Springs which opened to a good $15.6 million. Springs, starring Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones who are both absolutely brilliant in the film which I gave a “A-/B+” grade to, has taken in a total of $20 million since opening on Wednesday and should have strong legs in the month ahead as most Streep and female-centered August films do. (For examples, see the femme-centric August hits Julie & Julia, Eat Pray Love and The Help.) … Holding up well in its second weekend was the latest Wimpy Kid film and The Dark Knight Rises while Total Recall tanked in its sophomore week. For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and take a look at the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N The Bourne Legacy Uni. $40,265,000 – 3,745 – $10,752 $40,265,000 $125 1
2 N The Campaign WB $27,440,000 – 3,205 – $8,562 $27,440,000 – 1
3 1 The Dark Knight Rises WB $19,540,000 -45.3% 3,690 -552 $5,295 $390,149,000 $250 4
4 N Hope Springs Sony $15,600,000 – 2,361 – $6,607 $20,053,000 – 1
5 3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Fox $8,200,000 -43.9% 3,398 +7 $2,413 $30,554,000 $22 2
6 2 Total Recall (2012) Sony $8,100,000 -68.3% 3,601 – $2,249 $44,188,000 $125 2
7 4 Ice Age: Continental Drift Fox $6,750,000 -21.6% 3,102 -440 $2,176 $144,064,000 – 5
8 7 Ted Uni. $3,290,000 -41.7% 2,208 -559 $1,490 $209,915,000 $50 7
9 6 Step Up Revolution Sum. $2,850,000 -51.9% 1,898 -708 $1,502 $30,165,000 $33 3
1o 5 The Watch Fox $2,200,000 -66.3% 2,461 -707 $894 $31,374,000 $68 3

The CW gets all Dramatic with its 2012 Fall Schedule

May 17, 2012

First, here’s news some of you might not know… The CW is, indeed, still on the air. Despite anemic ratings for many of its shows, the network keeps chugging along and announced its new fall schedule today that is heavy on new dramas in the hopes of another breakout hit like The Vampire Diaries. To that end, they have added a superhero drama Arrow starring super hottie Stephen Amell (Private Practice), an update of Beauty and the Beast starring Smallville‘s Kristen Kreuk, a new soap medical series Emily Owens M.D. starring Mamie Gummar (The Good Wife) who is awesome (and yes, she’s also Meryl Streep‘s daughter), and a Sex and the City prequel series called The Carrie Diaries. That show will join the lineup at midseason along with a thriller called Cult starring Prison Break’s Robert Knepper.… The other big moves for the network include relocating Supernatural to Wednesdays, 90210 to Mondays, Hart of Dixie to Tuesdays and the gasping for air reality show America’s Next Top Model to Fridays…. Getting the boot are Ringer and The Secret Circle after just one season while One Tree Hill finally finished its long 9 season run earlier this year… For more on these shows and the CW, head to Deadline Hollywood here and check out their new schedule below.

THE CW’s 2012-2013 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

MONDAY

8:00-9:00 PM 90210 (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM GOSSIP GIRL (New Time)
THE CARRIE DIARIES premieres January, 2013

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM EMILY OWENS, M.D. (New Series)

WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM ARROW (New Series)
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Night)

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (New Series)

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM NIKITA (New Time)

“The Lorax” opens Big at the Box Office

March 5, 2012

No matter how bad it is, The Lorax defied expectations to nab the biggest box office opening of 2012 by a mile. Taking in a big $70 million (hello, that’s its whole productions budge!), the animated family film based on the Dr. Seuss tale is well on its way to becoming the biggest film of the year. (Well, at least until The Hunger Games shows up)…. Debuting the wake of The Lorax was the found footage comedy Project X which took in over $20 million already making a profit from its low production budget… .The only other interesting news in the top 20 were nice boosts for Oscar winners The Artist, The Iron Lady (hello Best Actress Meryl Streep!!!!!) and Foreign Film winner A Separation. For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Uni. $70,700,000 – 3,729 – $18,960 $70,700,000 $70 1
2 N Project X WB $20,775,000 – 3,055 – $6,800 $20,775,000 – 1
3 1 Act of Valor Rela. $13,700,000 -44.0% 3,053 +14 $4,487 $45,239,000 $12 2
4 4 Safe House Uni. $7,200,000 -34.1% 2,553 -499 $2,820 $108,200,000 $85 4
5 2 Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds LGF $7,000,000 -55.1% 2,132 – $3,283 $25,745,000 – 2
6 3 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island WB $6,925,000 -48.3% 3,060 -290 $2,263 $85,611,000 $79 4
7 5 The Vow SGem $6,100,000 -38.5% 2,826 -212 $2,159 $111,712,000 $30 4
8 7 This Means War Fox $5,625,000 -33.2% 2,342 -847 $2,402 $41,464,000 $65 3
9 6 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Sony $4,700,000 -47.8% 2,487 -687 $1,890 $44,881,000 $57 3
10 13 The Artist Wein. $3,900,000 +34.2% 1,756 +790 $2,221 $37,088,000 $15 15

Meryl’s Oscar Moment

February 28, 2012

If you missed it on Sunday night, take one more look at Meryl Streep‘s Oscar moment as she accepts the Best Actress Award for The Iron Lady. She finally won after 14 losses. Yes, she has 17 nominations and 2 previous wins, but that last win was in 1983 for Sophie’s Choice. She was so due for a win and had so many factors on her side (buzz, timing, that “over due” factor, she’s literally the world’s greatest living actress, she was robbed for Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia and so many more) with the most important being she actually gave the utmost brilliant, wonderful, moving, and yes “best” performance of the year. And on top of that, she always gives the best speeches. So, here is her beautiful and hilarious speech, and another Oscar moment for everyone to treasure. Congratulations Again Meryl!!!!

Meryl’s Oscar Moment (2012)

It’s all about Hollywood as The Artist, Hugo and Meryl dominate the Oscars

February 27, 2012

It was a clear message heard round the Kodak (what will they change the name to?) theatre in Hollywood tonight as Hollywood honored the movies at the Oscars:  if it was about movie-making or starred our very own movie queen, it won. The Artist and Hugo, both films that are essentially love letters to movie-making, each won 5 awards while Meryl Streep, the most lauded and iconic actress of our time finally won her 3rd Oscar for her amazing work in The Iron Lady. Yes, she only has three! Despite 17 nominations, she hadn’t won since Sophie’s Choice 29 years ago, and she was arguably the most deserving winner of the night. (No disrespect to the tremendously lovely Viola Davis by the way. I swear you will get your Oscar one day!)… Speaking of deserving winners, Christopher Plummer and Ocatvia Spencer finished their dominated awards season runs picking up the Supporting Actor honors for Beginners and The Help. WIth his win, Plummer became the oldest acting winner in history at the tender age of 82!… Best Actor went to Jean Dujardin (over heavily favored George Clooney) whose film The Artist also picked up Best Picture, Director, Costume Design and Score. Hugo’s 5 wins were in the technical categories while one big surprise was the Best Editing win for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For more on all the winners and the delightful if a bit subdued broadcast hosted by Billy Crystal, head here. (Big props to the ladies of Bridesmaids and Tina Fey for bringing us the funniest moments by the way). And check out all the winners below… And let me just say I am so incredibly happy for Streep! She gave the best, classiest speech of the night and I’m just thrilled she finally won. Congrats Meryl!!!!

2012 Academy Award Winners:

Best Picture: The Artist
Best Director: Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Best Cinematography: Hugo
Best Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Art Direction: Hugo
Best Costume Design: The Artist
Best Makeup: The Iron Lady
Best Original Score: The Artist     
Best Original Song: “Man or a Muppet” (The Muppets)
Best Sound Editing: Hugo
Best Sound Mixing: Hugo
Best Visual Effects: Hugo

Best Documentary: Undefeated
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Animated Film: Rango
Best Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Best Live Action Short Film: The Shore
Best Documentary Short Subject: Saving Face

Most Wins~
The Artist: 5
Hugo: 5
The Iron Lady: 2