Weekend Roundup + Musings on the SAG Awards & Golden Globes Nominations

What a hectic weekend it’s been. With my hubby’s company holiday party, a Christmas concert, a TCFF bloggers meet-up and a morning screening, I barely had time to even open my laptop until Sunday night. No time for home cinema at all obviously, though I did see two press screenings: Into The Woods on Thursday night and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Saturday morning.

It’s my first Night of the Museum movie I’ve ever seen, in fact I didn’t even know this was the third entry, wow! It was fun enough that I might check out the previous two. As for Into The Woods, well let’s just say that apart from some hilarious sequences, this material might’ve been more suited for a play. I’ll post a double review of both before Christmas.

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Ok, this post marks the first Awards Chatter of the year!

I finally had time to put my thoughts down on the two recent award nominations that was announced back to back last week. To keep this post at a manageable length, I’m only limiting my comments to under 15 categories each, and on FILM nominations only (as I barely watch any TV to have any opinion on those).

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BEST PICTURE (drama)
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
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David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I’ve only seen two out of this list, but Selma‘s press screening has been scheduled in the first week of January so I’m looking forward to that! I honestly don’t know which one I’m rooting for most, I guess I’ll know after I see Selma but I’m glad there’s finally a good Martin Luther King Jr. adaptation. But where’s Gone Girl?? It’s nominated for Best Director but no love from the Hollywood Foreign Press for the film itself?
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BEST PICTURE (comedy/musical)
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent
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After having seen Into The Woods, I definitely don’t think it deserves a nom! I wish Begin Again had been nominated here over that one instead, it’s just a more entertaining and engaging film by a wide margin. Ah well, I guess out of this list, I’m rooting for Birdman with Grand Budapest Hotel a close second.
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BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson | The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay | Selma
David Fincher | Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu | Birdman
Richard Linklater | Boyhood
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As I haven’t seen Selma and Boyhood, out of the three I’ve seen, I’m torn between Iñárritu and Fincher. Congrats to Ava DuVernay for making history as the first-ever African-American woman to be nominated in the Best Director category! At the same time, why does it take THAT long for a woman of color to finally get directorial recognition?! Well, out of the ones I’ve seen, I’m leaning towards Iñárritu as Birman is just unlike anything I’ve ever seen and will surely end up in my final Top 10. It’s hilarious yet poignant at the same time and I’m just glad to see Michael Keaton making a major comeback!
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BEST SCREENPLAY
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Again, I’m rooting for Birdman here, though I think Gillian Flynn did a fantastic job adapting her own novel Gone Girl, so I definitely wouldn’t cry foul if she wins.
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BEST ANIMATED FILM
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie
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Yay, three of my fave animated films are nominated!! Out of Big Hero 6, HTTYD 2 and The LEGO Movie, I’d LOVE to see Big Hero 6 win, but I think The LEGO Movie could very well be the one to beat this year.
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ACTOR (drama)
Steve Carell | Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch | The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal | Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo | Selma
Eddie Redmayne | The Theory of Everything
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This is such a strong category and each seems to be quite deserving of a nom. I’m bummed that I have only seen two performances here, Carell’s and Cumberbatch’s. Carell is absolutely astounding and virtually unrecognizable in Foxcatcher and so my money is on him this year.
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BEST ACTOR (comedy/musical)
Ralph Fiennes | The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton | Birdman
Bill Murray | St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix | Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz | Big Eyes
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I LOVE the fact that Fiennes is getting a nod for a comedic role and deservedly so. But I’ve been a fan of Keaton for some time and I’m really rooting for him to sweep all the awards this year.
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BEST ACTRESS (drama)
Jennifer Aniston | Cake
Felicity Jones | The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore | Still Alice
Rosamund Pike | Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon | Wild
 …

So the trend that actress who *deglamorize* for a role usually gets nominated continues. I haven’t seen Cake yet and I honestly haven’t heard much of it apart from Aniston going sans makeup in the role. I guess I might rent it when it’s out on rental. I’d LOVE to see Pike win this category, I mean she’s just fantastic as Amy Dunne, and please please please, don’t give it to Witherspoon!! I’m already so disappointed seeing her name here, I mean I’d rather nominate Gugu Mbatha-Raw for either Belle or Beyond the Lights any day!

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BEST ACTRESS (comedy/musical)
Amy Adams | Big Eyes
Emily Blunt | Into the Woods
Helen Mirren | The Hundred Foot Journey
Julianne Moore | Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis | Annie
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I’ve only seen Emily Blunt‘s performance here, and though I’m not crazy for the movie, I do think she’s VERY good in the role but she’s always been a great actress IMO. Kudos for Moore for her double nominations though I have yet to see either one of her performances.

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rosana Arquette | Boyhood
Jessica Chastain | A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley | The Imitation Game
Emma Stone | Birdman
Meryl Streep | Into the Woods
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Both Knightley and Stone were good in The Imitation Game and Birdman, respectively, but I don’t know who I root for most out of those two. I’ve always like Chastain as an actress and I’d have liked to see her get a nod for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Interesting that Streep’s character is considered a supporting role in Into the Woods, as she seems to have a pretty major screen time there. In any case, does she have to be nominated for EVERY SINGLE ROLE she plays EVERY YEAR though?? I could think of a handful of actresses I’d rather see in her place, for one I’d love to see Andrea Riseborough (or Naomi Watts) in Birdman get a nod! I was also impressed by Kim Dickens as Detective Boney in Gone Girl.
Andrea Riseborough with Keaton in 'Birdman'
Andrea Riseborough with Keaton in ‘Birdman’
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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall | The Judge
Ethan Hawke |Boyhood
Ed Norton | Birdman
Mark Ruffalo | Foxcatcher
JK Simmons | Whiplash
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Woo hoo for Mark Ruffalo! I was a bit worried Channing Tatum would get a nod in the supporting role instead of him. I guess Tatum could be considered a co-lead with Carell. But Ruffalo was truly the heart of the film and he was truly believable and compelling in the role. Meh on Robert Duvall, but I guess it’s better him getting a nod than Robert Downey Jr from The Judge.
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BEST SCORE
Alexandre Desplat | The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson | The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor | Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez | Birdman
Hans Zimmer | Interstellar


I’ve been listening to Interstellar’s score a lot lately so I guess that’s my favorite from the bunch. But Reznor’s work for Gone Girl is excellent and I’ve been a fan of Desplat’s work generally. Seems that the Academy loves him, he’s been nominated 6 times in the last 7 years, but he has yet to win. So perhaps this would be Desplat’s year?
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I’ve never blogged about the SAG awards before for some reason, but it could very well be far more important than the Globes and other awards apart from Oscars. Per THR, in the years since the SAG Awards were first handed out in 1995, the guild’s acting nominees and winners have predicted the Academy Awards’ acting nominees and winners more consistently than any of the many other accolades that collectively constitute the awards season.

It’s definitely the year of the Brits! There’s a British actor in practically every acting category both at Golden Globes and SAG this year.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – “FOXCATCHER”
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing – “THE IMITATION GAME” 
JAKE GYLLENHAAL / Louis Bloom – “NIGHTCRAWLER”
MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan – “BIRDMAN” 
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” 

Pretty much everyone I predicted would be nominated are on this list, and yay once again for Keaton! It’s a big year for Cumberbatch & Redmayne as this is the first SAG nom for the two Brits that would likely lead to the Oscars. VERY curious who’d win this year but I have no quibble about the nominees. I was bummed not seeing David Oyelowo‘s name here but apparently Selma wasn’t completed in time to send screeners to the SAG voters, hence the exclusion.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – “CAKE” 
FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” 
JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – “STILL ALICE” 
ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – “GONE GIRL” 
REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – “WILD”

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Unlike the more predictable MALE category, the Lead Best Actress category is full of surprises! Jennifer Aniston getting a double nomination, esp. from SAG, wow I’d never guess THAT as I have never even heard of her film Cake until a few weeks ago. I just hope there’s more her performance to warrant that nom than simply going sans makeup (and having bad hair) for the role. One thing for sure, as I said above, I don’t buy Witherspoon in a similar ‘non-glamorous’ role in Wild.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
ROBERT DUVALL / Joseph Palmer – “THE JUDGE” 
ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr. – “BOYHOOD” 
EDWARD NORTON / Mike – “BIRDMAN” 
MARK RUFFALO / Dave Schultz – “FOXCATCHER”
J.K. SIMMONS / Fletcher – “WHIPLASH”


I’m rooting for Norton and Ruffalo out of this bunch, both of them are nothing short of excellent. I guess Norton’s role in Birdman is flashier but Ruffalo shines in a more understated performance in Foxcatcher. I definitely wish Duvall won’t win this category, I don’t know why he’s even nominated here.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia – “BOYHOOD”
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY / Joan Clarke – “THE IMITATION GAME”
EMMA STONE / Sam – “BIRDMAN”
MERYL STREEP / The Witch – “INTO THE WOODS” 
NAOMI WATTS / Daka – “ST. VINCENT”

[sigh] Meryl Streep once again, am I the only one tired of seeing her name in EVERY SINGLE NOMINATIONS year after year? Boy I didn’t even know Watts was in St. Vincent, I thought if she were to get a nod it’ll be from Birdman. I was quite impressed with Stone in Birdman, perhaps her best performance I’ve ever seen from her after her mediocre turn in those Spider-man movies and an entirely unconvincing one in Gangster Squad.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BIRDMAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
BOYHOOD (IFC Films)
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
THE IMITATION GAME (The Weinstein Company)
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (Focus Features)

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It’d be interesting if The Imitation Game with its all-star British cast win this thing but they do have an excellent ensemble! I personally love The Imitation Game and Birdman ensemble as I think the supporting cast absolutely deliver across the board, and they’re not just a glorified cameo like many in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

So who got snubbed??

So the most popular four-letter word during award season is back once again!

Seems that the early frontrunner Unbroken is not really much of a contender. I bet Angelina Jolie (who’s been nominated for Golden Globes half a dozen times, even for The Tourist!) would never guess Jennifer Aniston would get DOUBLE nominations this year. Perhaps the HFPA and SAG voters just don’t want to see both of them competing on the same red carpet or something? But the fact that the film didn’t earn a single acting nom, even for its lead Jack O’Connell is surprising to me. Now, the movie itself might not even be THAT good, so whether it’s really a SNUB remains to be seen.

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Jolie on the set of ‘Unbroken’ – Photo courtesy of HollywoodTake.com

Some consider this a snub, but I’m not all that surprised NOT seeing Interstellar nor Matthew McConaughey amongst the nominees. I’m not disappointed either as the film didn’t wow me. Seems that Ben Affleck is also not getting any love for his performance in Gone Girl, which arguably is one of his best acting in recent memory.

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Timothy Spall as J.M.W. Turner

Lastly, two Cannes winners: Bennett Miller (Best Director for Foxcatcher) and Timothy Spall (Best Actor for Mr. Turner) are both missing from both Golden Globes and SAG nominations. I have been hearing nothing but praise for Spall’s performance as the eccentric British painter, so this seems to be a pretty glaring omission.


Well, there ya go folks. So who do you consider the surprises and/or snubs this year from both GG and SAG awards?

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38 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup + Musings on the SAG Awards & Golden Globes Nominations

  1. I’m upset that Marion Cotillard isn’t nominated for anything. At least she’s getting the critic’s prizes and a European film award. The Golden Globe choices for songs are crap.

  2. Marlonbryando

    Sorry but what the hell does ” why did it take so long for a black women filmmaker to be nominated? ” . I’m not racist, but hey, you wanna nominate someone just because she’s black and a woman? That makes no sense. Because i dare you to find one movie made by a female afroamerican director who actually deserved a best director nomination (i’m not counting selma, of course). So let’s stop with this “it’s so racist that the first black woman director got nominated only in 2014” because it’s nice and morally good to say it, come on. I know that women filmmakers have to face more struggles than a man, but that’s not about racism, it’s about our society. I really like reading your posts and all that, but really, don’t come up with the same things everyone says just because it seems morally right.

    1. Hi Marion, I appreciate your comment but hey, I think I’m entitled to voice whatever I want to say on my own blog. Firstly, I didn’t say ‘black women filmmaker,’ I said ‘a woman of color’ and it was simply my reaction that in 2014 we finally see a female filmmaker who isn’t white get nomination in that category. I suppose even female directors (regardless of race) are a rarity in Hollywood so it’s a reflection of that disparity. Now of course I don’t think a director of color should get ANY accolade simply because of her gender/race, that is just absurd! It should be based on merit of course, just like in any industry. Ok, you’re daring me to find one movie made by a female director of color that I think deserve a nom. Well, I happen to think Amma Asante, a Black British female director should’ve gotten a nomination for ‘BELLE’ as it’s an excellent period drama that’s well-crafted and has a compelling message. I also think Gina Prince-Bythewood did a good job with ‘Beyond the Lights’ though perhaps not quite Oscar-caliber.

      You said “I know that women filmmakers have to face more struggles than a man, but that’s not about racism, it’s about our society.“ Now, I think the gender and race gap is still a big issue in our society. I agree with you on that regard, but the disparity in Hollywood is even more pronounced. In any case, I commented about that NOT because it’s the ‘morally right’ thing to do, but because I FEEL that it’s surprising to see that it’s still considered a ‘milestone’ to see a woman of color being nominated in 2014. So I will continue to voice whatever I think is worth commenting on, it’s a free country after all and it’s my own personal blog.

      1. Marlonbryando

        You shouldn’t take my comment as a ” you’re wrong and you can’t say what you want”, it’s always good to debate and I really don’t get why you shouldn’t say what you want. Anyway, neither Belle or Beyond the Lights are oscar worthy. So, this is why we have a women of colour finally nominated: because no one before delivered a worthy job. Yes, the despair you mentioned surely helped.

        I admit I may have not understood what you wanted to say, but hey, I can’t know what exactly turning on your mind, right?

        And I’m sorry you thought I wanted to be offensive, I’m just trying have a conversation, I don’t wanna take your rights away from you.

        If there are some grammatical mistakes, forgive me, I’m not american. It’s funny how you americans always point out that yours is a free country. Nice to see it’s not something you only say in movies 🙂 I like thay!

  3. Ted S.

    Seriously, how many awards are there for Hollywood? I had no clue about these besides the Golden Globe and Oscars. Jeez! Of course you know my feelings about awards, it’s meaningless to me. I’m wondering if the actors and filmmakers even care about these not so well known awards?

    Since I got my home theater set up, I’ve been watching a lot of movies the last few days at home. Surprisingly I really enjoyed watching 3D on my mini theater than at the big theater, in fact I love it! I’ve watched Gravity 3D twice already and I liked DREDD in 3D more than when I first saw it last year.

    1. Ahah well I can assure you, some of the stars/directors definitely care about these awards. But yeah, if you don’t like ’em you probably should just tune out as award season is upon us, Ted.

      Cool that you’ve got your 3D mini theater set up now. I’ve got a few 3D films myself now that we’ve got the 3D set up. I still don’t like those pesky glasses though. Hey may I borrow your Gravity 3D Blu-ray? I have Avatar and Pacific Rim 3D if you want to borrow them 🙂

      1. Ted S.

        What’s funny is that I don’t even mind wearing the 3D glasses over my regular glasses. It’s so light and smaller than the glasses at the movie theaters. I especially hate wearing those huge IMAX 3D glasses, they’re so uncomfortable. Yeah come over and pick up Gravity anytime. I already have Avatar in 3D, actually had it for like 3 years since I bought a 3D Bluray player but couldn’t watch it since I didn’t have a 3D projector back then. I haven’t watched it yet though. Thanks for offer for Pacific Rim but I think you know that I’m not a big fan of that movie. I also watched Star Trek: Into Darkness in 3D and it’s quite fun, liked the movie even better now that I saw it in 3D.

  4. I’m pretty blah about many of the nominees. Movies and performances that I’ve really responded to seem to be left out this year. That said there are still several I need to see.

  5. Well you don’t agree, but I’m personally very bummed that Interstellar didn’t do better. Hoping that the Oscar’s will do a better job recognizing that film, but it’s looking more and more unlikely at this point. I guess Birdman is the film I’ll be rooting for in that case. 😛

    Interesting thoughts on Into the Woods, btw. I don’t suppose you’ve seen the play version? I haven’t myself, but from what I hear, Disney made some pretty significant changes for the film version that apparently impacts the intended themes of the movie quite a bit. But I dunno, I’m still looking forward to seeing it when it comes out here nonetheless, and looking forward to checking out your full thoughts on it. And yeah, Streep being nominated has become parody at this point.

    1. Hey Chris! Y’know, I could see Interstellar getting some technical nods and perhaps cinematography and score, I do think it’s worthy to be nominated in those categories. I’m in the middle of writing my review for Birdman now btw 😉

      Nope haven’t seen the play version of Into the Woods, but somehow I think the material is better suited for stage. I’m curious to hear what you think as you’ve seen the play. I REALLY don’t think Streep deserves any kind of nom though.

  6. Nice to see Kim Dickens get a shout out, I first noticed her in a small role on Lost then discovered she had a bigger role on Deadwood, two of my fave tv shows. I hope to see her build off of her Gone Girl role into more feature films.

    A lot of these films and performances I have yet to see … based on all the good reviews and noms I hope to see Birdman next. 🙂

    1. Oh she wasn’t nominated, that’s just me wishing she had. I didn’t know she was a TV actress but yeah, I hope she’ll get more roles now after Gone Girl.

      Birdman is a good one, definitely worth seeing!

  7. jackdeth72

    Hi, Ruth:

    The SAG Awards are just the first wave of a two month long storm front at year’s end. With a much larger net to satisfy what seems to be a growing trend. That everybody gets a shiny award for their efforts. While the usual hardworking suspects wind up in their to categories.

    Personal Golden Globe Winners

    The Gran Budapest Hotel for #1 and #2,
    #3: The Initiation Game
    #4:(Void. Haven’t seen any of the nominees)
    #5 Want Cumberbatch. GG will probably go PC and choose David Oyelowo in Drama
    #6:Bill Murray or Comedy
    #7:Rosamund Pike. GG will be a toss up between Aniston and Witherspoon.in Drama
    #8:Emily Bunt or Helen Mirren. Because I love Dame Helen! Especially in Comedy,
    #9:Keira Knightley for Supporting Actress.
    #10:J.K. Simmons for ‘Backlash’. Because he’s J. K. Freaking Simmons!!!
    #11: Hans Zimmer for ‘Interstellar’. Though ‘Birdman’ will come out on top.

    See, too many categories already.

    Personal SAG Winners
    #1: Benedict Cumberbatch
    #2: Rosamund Pike
    #3: Robert Duvall
    #4: Kerira Knightley
    #5: The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Nice to see Mr. Spall get some love at Cannes!

    1. Hey Kevin! I love that you listed your own picks of winners here!

      I like your choices, and I do think Cumberbatch has a good shot at winning given all the praise for his performance. You mean Whiplash right, not sure he did a movie called Backlash? 😉

      Hmmm, I’ve seen Duvall’s performance in The Judge and I personally think it was good but nothing special. Heck he made more impression to me in his first role in To Kill A Mockingbird!

      1. jackdeth72

        Hi, Ruth:

        Yes, ‘Whiplash’. 🙂

        I’d like Mr.Duvall to win just for personal gratification. Don’t be surprised if he gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy quite soon.

  8. I’m a bit disappointed in everyone who is nominating this year on these awards – as great as it is to see Mark I think in big part they went with him because they’d just be embarrassed not to give a movie which was called an American masterpiece in Cannes anything and he had such a tremendous year. It is quite clear yet again that they rather award and nominate feel good movies or cliche biopics over daring, provocative stuff, hence no Gone Girl in most of categories. Boyhood slaying for being a gimmick is the worst. It has absolutely no lasting impact, at least something like 12 Years a Slave reminding people of a dark period in history.

    1. Hey Sati, I hear ya, I feel like these awards always like to play it safe. As I haven’t seen Boyhood yet, I really don’t know how I feel about it being nominated but I haven’t even heard anything about Patricia Arquette’s performance at all so that’s a surprise to me. Can’t imagine it being better than any of the female supporting cast in Gone Girl though.

  9. I know a lot of people hate awards, but I actually love watching the Golden Globes and Oscars, so I am definitely excited to see who comes out on top. I wish I could say I have seen all the films nominated, but that is a hard task. Ohh I have so many comments as I scrolled through your post, I have not seen Unbroken but gosh it looks like one of those movies that is award worthy, but you are right who knows if it is any good. I am rooting for Boyhood all the way, probably my fave movie this year. I also love that The Grand Budapest Hotel is getting some recognition, another one of my faves. I thought Reese was good in Wild, I had a feeling she would get nominated, is she a hundred percent deserving, not too sure about that. My goal is to see a couple more of these nominated movies in the next 2 weeks! Thank you for posting this I had been meaning to look up who was nominated recently. 🙂 Ps I have missed my Lady Ruth!

    1. Hey Mel! Sometimes if I’m in the mood, I’d watch these award shows too, esp. Oscar.

      I’m honestly surprised Unbroken didn’t get a GG nom given how much the HFPA loves Jolie and the inspiring biopic story seems to be something that’d appeal to these awards.

      Sorry girl, I actually didn’t like Reese in Wild and I found to movie to be so boring. I tried to get into it but I just couldn’t. I posted my review a while ago, so I kind of dread her nomination though not exactly surprised.

      Thanks for stopping by Mel, always fun chatting w/ you girl! 😀

      1. Yes I am surprised Unbroken didn’t get a single nod, we will have to see when it comes out, how good of a movie it is. I know I hear a lot of people not liking Reese in this movie, or the movie in general, I actually liked it, but maybe that’s because I was attached to the book. I had that sentimentality that you get from sticking with a story and seeing her character grow in the book. But any who I think she did good for Reese but not enough to beat the other women out. I am seriously annoyed that Streep got a nom for that Into the Woods movie, I think they just feel they need to put her on the ballot somehow.

        Of course I love stopping by here… so much to catch up on, but I am trying!

      1. Yep, Birdman is one of the few I have managed to see. I liked it for the most part, but some of its satire felt too on the nose for my liking. Still, would love to see Keaton win Best Actor for his performance. Edward Norton and Emma Stone were terrific, too.

        1. Yeah, the satire on Hollywood isn’t subtle, but I thought it was hilarious and it’s always connected to Riggan’s story. I’m really rooting for Keaton for Best Actor this year!

  10. What’s with all the Meryl hate?! LOL, just kidding. Interesting about Into the Woods. I guess I’ll have to wait a little longer to see if I agree with you since I didn’t make it to the screening 😦

    1. Oh nobody hates Meryl, we just think she’s been nominated enough in her lifetime 😉 Into The Woods is still entertaining in parts, I just don’t think as a whole the film is award-worthy. Sorry that you couldn’t make the screening Fernando, well I hope you’d love it more than me when you get to see it!

  11. Hey Ruth! This is one of those posts where so much could be said, and I don’t even know where to start. So I’ll just talk a little about the snubs you mentioned. I was actually disappointed Ben Affleck didn’t get any love for his role in Gone Girl, because I would agree it was one of his best.

    I totally cracked up at your mention of Jennifer Anniston and Angelina Jolie. I’m shocked about Unbroken not getting any nominations. I’m wondering if it just isn’t good or not. And Cake kind of showed up out of nowhere!

    I know you must have plenty of films on your need-to-see list, but I would love to hear what you think of Whiplash.

    I’m also shocked about Into the Woods, and even disappointed to hear that it wasn’t that great.

    Oh, and last comment: totally like how you mentioned that Begin Again should have gotten the nom over Into the Woods. I just loved that movie! It will definitely be making my top ten for the year.

    Great post, great thoughts, Ruth!

    1. Hello Kris! Took me a while to process some of these noms, but SAG and GG are two big ones before the Oscars that I like to cover. Yeah, Affleck was good wasn’t he? But at the same time, there are tons of competition this year in his category so not surprised he got left out.

      I was really surprised Jolie got no GG nominations as they seem to love her. I mean she got nominated for the abomination that was The Tourist! I might rent Cake just to see Aniston’s performance though I don’t have a clue what that movie is about, ahah.

      Into the Woods is entertaining and funny in parts but as a whole it just isn’t coherent and the story is so all over the place. Begin Again has a more compelling story that stays with you longer after the film’s over.

      1. I agree about Affleck – I think 2014 is shaping up to be a year filled with so many great performances, that giving one of your best performances just isn’t enough to be considered for an award.

        I am surprised too! It seems like GG really aren’t consistent though. Sometimes certain films/actors get nominated for terrible films, while other films/actors are totally left out. I want to see Cake just to see what the fuss is over it, but right now, I don’t know what to think.

        I totally can believe that! Some musicals don’t translate as well on screen (Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia) while others are amazing (Hairspray, Moulin Rouge [so I’ve heard anyway]).

        I can believe that about Begin Again. I’m going to check out Into the Woods on Christmas Night. I’m still excited, but I can’t say I’m surprised it’s not as good as Begin Again, considering how much I loved that movie.

        I know it’s busiest time of year, but I do miss you over at AEOS! Hope you are able to make it over sometime over the last weeks of the year. 😀

  12. Birdman all the way! Happy for Boyhood, though I’m getting a little tired of all the recognition it’s been getting from critics lately. Sad that Begin Again couldn’t get some Golden Globe noms. I’ll be interested to see if Jake Gyllenhaal can bump Steve Carell out of the Best Actor Oscar lineup. (I think they’re vying for the fifth spot.) And I agree on Meryl Streep, who will likely get her 19th!! Oscar nomination next month.

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