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2018 Golden Globes Predictions

Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of The Golden Globes, Hollywood’s biggest party of the year and I am here once again to lay out my predictions. There are very few heavy front runners if any in any category.

Best Screenplay
This the category that could set the tone for a lot of the movie side of awards night. I expect this to come down to two films and these two films will be scooping up a lot of awards this season. It’s very tight between Lady Bird and Three Billboards but I expect Lady Bird to begin its strong run with a win here.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape Of Water
Lady Bird
The Post
Molly’s Game

Best Supporting Actress Motion Picture
This is the one category I’m most excited for and once again it’s very tight between two nominees. Allison Janney has her 6th nomination and is looking for her first win as Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona. Laurie Metcalf has her 3rd nomination also looking for her first win as the over bearing mother Marion in Lady Bird. I may be a little biased by my fandom but I’m looking at Allison Janney to walk away with gold here.

Allison Janney – I,Tonya
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape Of Water
Hong Chau – Downsizing
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound

Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture
Once again it looks to be a two horse race, this time between Christopher Plummer in his brilliant last minute performance as J. Paul Getty and Sam Rockwell as a bigoted local police officer in Three Billboards. I think that Sam Rockwell will finally get some hardware to take home.

Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
Richard Jenkins – The Shape Of Water
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Christopher Plummer – All The Money In The World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
It’s becoming a broken record but it once again appears to be between two nominations in Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird and Margot Robbie in I, Tonya. If they end up tying for this I wouldn’t be happier. But since the likelihood of that happening is very slim I have to give the advantage to Saoirse Ronan although I genuinely feel that one isn’t better than the other.

Emma Stone – Battle Of The Sexes
Judi Dench – Victoria And Abdul
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Helen Mirren – The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya

Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
This category is pretty clear cut I believe with James Franco being the clear front runner for his portrayal of the very odd and eccentric Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. My one problem here is Daniel Kaluuya being nominated in the musical/comedy category. Get Out was a very good movie but unless I completely misread the whole film, it was in no way a comedy.

Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver
Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
Steve Carell – Battle Of The Sexes
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
James Franco – The Disaster Artist

Best Actress Motion Picture Drama
This is again a very exciting category with very deserving winners. There is the perennial nominee Meryl Streep and other multiple nominees and winners. I am having a hard time seeing anyone besides Frances McDormand or Michelle Williams NOT winning this. With that said nothing would surprise me but I think Frances McDormand will take home her second award and I really love her but I’m really hoping to see Michelle Williams up on stage

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep – The Post
Sally Hawkins – The Shape Of Water
Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
Michelle Williams – All The Money In The World

Best Actor Motion Picture Drama
This is the one category I’m completely out of my element with because I have yet to see any of the performance nominated. Based on what I’ve heard and from the little I’ve seen I would have to give the advantage to Gary Oldman. This is a category of all heavyweights and one new comer so it’s anyone’s guess.

Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Tom Hanks – The Post
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

Best Director
I have been on the Dunkirk bandwagon since the summer and I don’t see any reason to abandon that now. I really like Christopher Nolan to finally get his just reward Sunday night for his brilliant work with Dunkirk.

Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Steven Spielberg – The Post
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape Of Water
Ridley Scott – All The Money In The World

Best Picture Musical or Comedy
As I said earlier I don’t understand Get Out being in this category even though I understand the HFPA wanting to recognize it in some way. I like Lady Bird to win here and keep its momentum going right into the Oscar race.

Get Out
Lady Bird
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
The Disaster Artist

Best Picture Drama
While Three Billboards is more deserving to be in the comedy category than Get Out it is in the drama category and that is deserving as well. The trouble there is that I’m sticking with my initial pick for Dunkirk to win the big prize on Sunday.

Call Me By Your Name
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Dunkirk
The Shape Of Water

2017 Golden Globe Predictions

golden-globes-2017-nominations-full-list-of-nominees-here-500x282The start of award season truly kicks off tonight with the biggest party in Hollywood at The Golden Globes. With Jimmy Fallon hosting in front of a room full of some of his closest friends, he has a lot to live up to since the past hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as well as Ricky Gervais were some of the best in awards show history. So here is my list of predictions.
Best Motion Picture Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell Or High Water

Lion

Manchester By The Sea

Moonlight
Best Motion Picture Musical Or Comedy

20th Century Women

Deadpool

Florence Foster Jenkins

La La Land

Sing Street
Best Actor Motion Picture Drama

Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea

Joel Edgerton – Loving

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences
Best Actress Motion Picture Drama

Amy Adams – Arrival

Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane

Ruth Negga – Loving

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Colin Farrell – The Lobster

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill – War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply

Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge Of Seventeen

Emma Stone – La La Land

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Jeff Bridges – Hell Or High Water

Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel – Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Best Supporting Actress Motion Picture

Viola Davis – Fences

Naomi Harris – Moonlight

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams – Manchester By The Sea
Best Director Motion Picture

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By The Sea
Best Screenplay Motion Picture

Hell Or High Water

La La Land

Manchester By The Sea

Moonlight

Nocturnal Animals
Best Motion Picture Animated

Kubo And The Two Strings

Moana

My Life As A Zucchini

Sing

Zootopia

Denzel Washington Hits A New High With Fences

fences_teaser-posterWhen the discussion arises about the best actors who are working, nine times out of 10 the name Denzel Washington will be brought up. He has been loved ever since he came into American families homes on the series St. Elsewhere as Dr. Philip Chandler. His Star only continued to climb as he made the transition into films. St. Elsewhere ran from 1982-1988 and before the series ended Washington already had been nominated for his first Oscar and a year after the series ended he would have his first win. I could ramble on and on about Denzel and his place on the Mount Rushmore of acting, but I’m going to solely focus on his latest film in which he stars and directs.

Fences is adapted from the play which debuted in 1983 and won the7uoir0twclbi Pulitzer and Tony award in 1987. It is the story of time, place, and culture I have no experience or much knowledge about. Set in the 1950’s it is about a working class African American man and his life while raising a family and dealing with lost chances in his life. Denzel plays Troy Manson, a hard-working husband, and father who has only one mission in his life and that is to provide everything his family needs to survive and to make their way in the world. A former convict and Negro league baseball player, Troy has experienced first hand all that racial injustice can give to one man, and he is determined not to let that happen to his family, especially his son Cory. Cory is a high school student who has dreams of playing college football. Troy doesn’t want any part of Cory associated with sports because he feels his race will hold him back from being able to be successful. Because of this, he is afraid he will miss out on getting the education and skills he needs to get through and be a good man. Cory, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to feel some small sense of love from his father, and to make him proud. Showing love is something Troy doesn’t feel is necessary and that giving him what he needs physically is where his responsibility ends.

fences-f-01ne-galleryThere is a unique relationship between Troy and every character in the film from his wife to his disabled brother to his best friend Bono, wonderfully played by Stephen Henderson. Troy is a man who is slightly disgruntled at the world and wants it to be different but sees only the futility in trying to make that change even in himself.

There have been plans for years to adapt the play Fences into a feature film, in fact, the script for this project was written over ten years ago by the original author August Wilson even though he passed away in 2005. Fences is without question one of Denzel’s biggest passion projects he’s ever had, and it shows. From the perfect delivery of every line of dialogue to the feelings towards each character that the viewer feels. Each performance is pitch perfect on all fronts, and while Denzel is front and center on and off screen, it’s Viola Davis who breathes life into the picture. Viola has been an active force in film and now TV for quite some time now, but Fences is going to cement her place amongst Hollywoods elite. Look for Davis to receive her third Oscar nomination as well as collect her first win.

While it took so long for this film to get made, it needed Denzel Washington and this cast at this time to make it great. The complexity of the character needed Washington at 62 years old not 45; it was a perfect storm that brought this film out. While he may be more than worthy of a third Academy Award for his acting in Fences, it’s only because of the powerhouse performance of Casey Affleck that is keeping him from winning. Don’t count him out of the best director race either. Awards buzz aside this should be the film mentioned when talking about Washington and Davis deep into their careers.

Golden Globe Predictions 

It’s a little late and very last minute but here are my 2015 Golden Globe predictions 

Picture Drama

    Spotlight 
Picture Comedy

   The Big Short
Actor Drama 

    Leonardo Di Caprio
Actress Drama 

    Cate Blanchett
Actor Comedy

     Steve Carrel
Actress Comedy

    Jennifer Lawrence 
Actor Dupporting

   Sylvester Stallone 
Actress Supporting 

    Jennifer Jason Leigh
Director 

    Tom McCarthy
Screenplay 

    Spotlight 

Tina Fey And Amy Poehler Once Again Host The Party Of The Year

golden_globes_2014While the Oscar is still the gold standard in movie awards, the Golden Globes have become almost as important. The Globes is of course the best party of the year with food and drinks a plenty. The Hollywood Foreign Press has consistently thrown a good party and usually has a hit with it’s hosts as well.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned this year to host for their second consecutive year after Ricky Gervais hosted two years in a row. Their jokes were humorous and well timed. They were not edgy but were able to take the shots at the stars. The trouble the Oscars have is that it is such a formal event it’s hard to mix the formalness with great light roasting humor. It is also tough because the Oscars had such successful hosts in the past in Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal that fit their style. Todays comedians are too edgy for the Academy and when they are tamed it comes across as uncomfortable. But I digress.

The show started off with Jennifer Lawrence winning her second Globe in as many years. This award was slightly more surprising than last year, which was all but guaranteed. Watching her win is always fun because she is having so much fun in her success and doesn’t take her success to serious nor herself.

Another highlight was Cate Blanchett and Leonardo Di Caprio winning for such great performances. They are two of classiest people in the way they handle themselves. Their acceptance speeches were just right. Di Caprio was given a particularly big ovation because of how often he is nominated and so few he wins.

12 Years A Slave winning only one award despite 7 nominations was a bit of a surprise , but it’s one win was the biggest award of the night with best Tina-Fey-Amy-Poehler-Golden-Globe-Quotes-2014movie, drama.

The night had some other nice moments like Breaking Bad going out with a bang and Brooklyn Nine9 pulling the biggest surprises of the year. The night although had the awkward moments and just bad ones. Jacqueline Bisset winning her first Globe looked like it was gonna be a nice moment but her general erratic speech and refusal to get off the stage became very uncomfortable quickly and then turned disastrous when she swore and still just kept rambling. It truly was the worst moment of the night. Diane Keaton would do her best to try and equal Bisset when she accepted Woody Allen’s Cecil B. DeMille award for him which included her own rambling segment and then she sang what seemed to be a children’s song. Making a well deserved life achievement award moment seem just bad.

For me personally, the highlight was Michael Douglas winning for his performance as Liberace in Behind The Candelabra. A stellar performance and considering how much he has been through since his cancer diagnosis, it was good to see he still has got the skills to dominate.

Overall it was an enjoyable night that flowed pretty well and for the most part everything that deserved recognition and awards got it. Now it’s on to the SAG awards and then we will begin to see which way the Oscars will start taking shape.

David O. Russell Continues His Hot Streak With American Hustle

american_hustle_banner__1_by_zviray-d66o5loWithout question, David O. Russell has really come into his own the last few years with hits like, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. He is once again back in the awards and highly acclaimed films list with his latest effort, American Hustle. His style has really developed a unique way with these films as opposed to some of his early work. With a concentration on character development he has produced more award nominations for his actors than any director in the last 5-6 years. This may lead some to call him an actors director, but I believe he is just letting great actors do what they do best.

American Hustle is loosely based on the true story of the long running FBI sting operation in the late 70’s and early 80’s known as ABSCAM. When a highly skilled con man (Christian Bale) is trapped by an ambitious FBI agent (Bradley Cooper), the FBI agent, Richie, enlists the con man, Irving and his British accomplice, Sydney (Amy Adams) to help him trap high profile politicians and white collar criminals. As they attempt to take down a New Jersey mayor (Jeremy Renner) things begin to take many different turns and seemingly spiral out of control for all parties involved.

With a reuniting of casts from The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell shows that he has a core of actors that he works best with, which include his version of Scorsese’s De Niro with Christian Bale. While it’s no doubt that Christian Bale is one of the best and most, on fire actor AMERICAN-HUSTLE-Imagein Hollywood, his best work has undoubtedly come in Davis O. Russell’s films. Bradley Cooper again shows his chops off with another stellar performance and Russell may bring another statue in Jennifer Lawrence near future despite her limited screen time.

There isn’t too much wrong with the film, it brings great performances and they execution of the story line is well produced but it clearly is Russell’s best. That isn’t to say it’s a bad movie by any means. The trouble is that it will be compared to The Fighter and Silver Linings. This one just doesn’t measure up the same as those. But as always the acting and character, development is great. Bale is outstanding as is most of the other main principles. My biggest problem with acting, unfortunately was Amy Adams, whose in and out british accent I found almost annoying.

My negative thoughts should not suggest that it’s not a great film or that it isn’t worthy of it’s accolades. I am at fault of being of those who expect so much out of Russell. I hate when people judge film makers on their previous films, but I just can’t help myself since he had such stellar films his last two and I loved the premise of this film so much I regrettably went in expecting so much more. Thats not to ay I didn’t enjoy myself or like the film, I just expected more. Im none the less in love with the casts that Russell puts together and will watch whatever he puts together with these actors.

Award Season Is Once Again Upon Us

Well movie fans we are in the throws of yet another award season. Most people think award season starts when the awards shows like the Golden Globes and the Oscars air on Tv, But this is a slight misconception. In early and mid December, all the critics in various cities and online communities begin handing out their awards for the years films. These awards give us a glimpse into what the awards shows will likely be putting on display.

There appear to be very few surprises in the groups that lead the way. While this years crop of films doesn’t appear to be as large of a group as last years, but it’s strength in it’s front runners just may be.

The group is lead by everyone from the veterans of the Coen Brother’s, the every improving Spike Jonze and continuing his rebirth of his newly embraced style, David O. Russell. The group is not without controversy though as the very strong and daring film maker Steve McQueen has made his presence, not only known, but appears to be leading the way with his latest effort, 12 Years A Slave. McQueens biggest competition for picture appears to be Her starring a revived Joaquin Phoenix in the slightly askew love story.

Two of the strongest leaders right now seem to be from the same film, Dallas Buyers Club from which Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both appear to be almost locks for best actor and best supporting actor.

The final three major categories of best actress, supporting actress and director, really appear to be very wide open. Look for reviews of all the films in the awards game.