Counting down to 87th Academy Awards – Winner Predictions + various Oscar tidbits

Happy Oscar Weekend everybody! To those who give a ballyhoo about Oscars or award season in general, hang in there, award season is almost over 😉

I usually feel like Oscar ceremony sneaked up on me, but this year I’m glad it’s finally here! Part of it is really so we can all move on, but I’m also curious who’d finally win the top honors. It’s the cinematic Superbowl, the one big *sporting* event for those who don’t care about sports, such as yours truly. It’s an amusing diversion really, so I never get too riled up when things don’t go my way [as is often the case]. Mild rants are warranted though, and that’s just part of the fun & frivolity of it all.

I was scouring the interweb and found some nifty Oscar-related stuff, so I thought I’d share ’em before I get to my predictions.

Check out THR’s illustrative cover with all the Best Picture nominees done in Oscar statuette’s style.

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THR has been running the Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot series, revealing a glimpse into a few of the Academy voters’ thoughts on the race.


My favorite Oscar expert in the blogosphere, Josh @ Cinematic Spectacle posted 10 Things to Know Before the Oscar Ceremony


So apparently they’re making an Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in L.A.? Check out the building rendering here. IMDb presents a special look at Oscar history in support of that upcoming museum:


 Now this is pretty mind-boggling stuff. The Wall Street Journal posted this INTERACTIVE MAP of the major Oscar nominees. Basically it shows data of social media (mostly Facebook) conversation about the nominated films, actors and actresses and which movies and people are winning the FB Oscar “conversation” from Jan. 1 to Feb. 16.

If they were the Oscar voters, American Sniper and Bradley Cooper would’ve won by a landslide!

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If you’re like me and you haven’t seen ALL of the Best Picture nominees yet, well, Mashable has this handy guide as to WHERE to catch up with 7 essential films.


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Well, with only 24 hours to go, I still have three more films I haven’t seen yet from the Best Picture nominees. I wanted to see Whiplash but it’s not available to rent yet on iTunes, so we saw The Theory of Everything instead. In any case, here are my predictions:

Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Who will win: Boyhood
Who should win: Birdman
Ok so I haven’t seen Boyhood yet but I really have a hard time imagining that it’d top Birdman for me.

Best Director
Alexandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Who will win: Richard Linklater
Who should win: Alexandro G. Iñárritu
Ok so Linklater’s effort was incredibly ambitious so I have to give him kudos for that. But what Iñárritu did is just as unconventional and spectacularly creative.

Best Actor
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Who will win: Eddie Redmayne
Who should win: Michael Keaton
Ok I’m glad I finally saw Redmayne’s performance last night and he was impressive. Yet I’m still rooting for Keaton for many reasons. One of them is the fact that his role is the only one that’s not based on a real person and yet he’s able to create such an affecting and authentic performance.

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard – Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Who will win: Julianne Moore
Who should win: Rosamund Pike

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Who will & should win: J.K Simmons
If Simmons is as good as everyone’s been saying – and the praise seems unanimous –then he ought to win. He’s done such great work in his career in various supporting roles. However, I can’t lie that I wish either Ruffalo or Norton would get it.

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Who will win: Patricia Arquette
Who should win: Anyone but Meryl please! Other than that, I think Keira Knightley did a smashing job and 2015 has been quite a year for her playing against-type roles.

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
Robert Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski – Ida
Dick Pope – Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins – Unbroken

Who will & should win: Emmanuel Lubezki
Poor Mr. Deakins, the Susan Lucci of cinematographers with 12 nominations and not a single win yet. But what Lubezki did in Birdman is so magnificent and inventive.

Best Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Who will win: The Theory of Everything
Who should win: The Theory of Everything
Having just seen this last night, I do think Anthony McCarten did an excellent job adapting Jane Hawking’s memoir.

Best Original Screenplay
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

Who will & should win: Birdman
No contest here, it’s one of the most imaginative stories in recent memory.

Best Make Up and Hair Styling
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Who will win: Foxcatcher
Who should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
They certainly did an amazing job w/ Steve Carell’s face in Foxcatcher but I didn’t care for the makeup for Ruffalo and Tatum there. ‘Grand Budapest’ did a stellar job overall IMO.

Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Who will win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Who should win: The Imitation game
I LOVE both Alexandre Desplat’s scores this year, but I give The Imitation Game a slight edge as it perfectly captures both the intelligence and the emotional aspect of the story.

Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
“Glory” from Selma
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again

Who will win: Glory
Who should win: Lost Stars
As Selma has no chance in winning Best Picture, it’s very likely the Academy would give this win as a *consolation* prize.

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Who will win: Song of the Sea
Who should win: Big Hero 6
I’m torn between How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Big Hero 6, I’d be happy with either win.

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Who will & should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Who will win: Interstellar
Who should win: Interstellar

Best Documentary
Citizenfour
Finding Vivien Maier
Last Days of Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

Who will win: Citizenfour
Who should win: Citizenfour

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

Who will & should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

 


So what do you think of these Oscar tidbits and predictions, folks?

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
 …
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
  …
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
 …
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
 …

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
  …
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.
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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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SAGawards
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?

FlixChatter’s 2014 Golden Globes Coverage: Predictions, Winners & Event Highlights

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The glitz and glamor of Award Season kicks off tonight with the 71st Golden Globes Awards… just four days shy of the Oscar nominations. Boy,  I didn’t realize how close the GG telecast is to Oscar noms, but hey I guess Awards chatter is already going full throttle anyway.

Despite the traditional cheers and jeers of the nominations, at least there wasn’t a real head-scratcher like The Tourist being nominated a couple of years back [thank goodness!] For some reason I completely forgot that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler also hosted last year but I’m just blasé about both of them, and all I’m watching for is the Film nominations as I barely watch any TV these days.

WoodyAllenDianeKeatonNow, before I get to my predictions, let’s talk about the honorary Golden Globes, known as the Cecil B. DeMille Award, named after its first ever honoree in 1952. Last year it was bestowed to Jodie Foster and this year, it’ll be director Woody Allen who’ll be the honorary recipient this time. Now, you might be thinking if Woody would even show up to the awards, as was I. Well, according to Deadline, the reclusive director who’s notorious for shunning award shows will NOT attend tonight’s event. It also mentions that Allen “…wasn’t present to receive any of his four Oscars out of 23 nominations and has shied away from the Golden Globes despite 13 nominations and two wins.” So his longtime friend and muse Diane Keaton will receive the award on his behalf.

Now on to the predictions… and winners!

Best Motion Picture, Drama
“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”
“Rush”

My prediction: Gravity
Who I’m rooting for: Gravity
Winner: “12 Years a Slave”
Well my friend James is absolutely right that Gravity and ’12 Years’ are going to split the Best Director and Best Film win! I still think Gravity deserved to win though.


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Chiwetel 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”

My prediction: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Who I’m rooting for: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years A Slave”
Winner: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Got it right again though I haven’t seen Matthew’s performance. I really think that the votes came down to between him and Ejiofor but award voters seem to love roles with drastic body transformation. It’s crazy that Matthew could’ve been up for his performance in MUD as well, this guy’s career reinvention is astounding. More power to him!


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr Banks”
Kate Winslet, “Labor Day”

My prediction: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Who I’m rooting for: Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Winner: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
I haven’t seen Blanchett’s performance but she is a spectacular actress that I don’t even mind she wins this over Bullock. Now I can’t wait to see Blue Jasmine even more!


Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
“American Hustle”
“Her”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

My prediction: “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Who I’m rooting for: “Her”
Winner: “American Hustle”
Sheesh, I somehow put down Wolf of Wall Street as the winner, not sure what I was thinking! Well, I was REALLY pulling for Her to win this, but I guess if it came down to between ‘Wolf’ and ‘Hustle,’ I guess I’d rather have the latter win this.


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

My prediction: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Who I’m rooting for: Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Though I’m bummed Joaquin didn’t win this thing, Leo did an amazing work as Jordan Belfort, and his physical comedy performance is why he’s nominated in the Comedy category.


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

My prediction: Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Who I’m rooting for: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Winner: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Yet ANOTHER wrong prediction, but hey, the one I was rooting for win. I was afraid Meryl would nab this yet again, as HFP loves her so much. I’ve seen both performances and though Meryl is great as always, I think Amy was still more deserving.


Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

My prediction: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Who I’m rooting for: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”


At the same time… I’m not going to hate her just because I didn’t think she shouldn’t have won. I did like her performance in American Hustle, I just think Nyong’O was more deserving.


Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

My prediction: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Who I’m rooting for: Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Winner: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
I got this one right, but I was SO rooting for Bruhl. Ah well, I just hope his role in RUSH would bring him more prominent roles!


Best Animated Feature Film
“Frozen”
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”

My prediction: “Frozen”
Who I’m rooting for: “Frozen”
Winner: “Frozen”
Wahoo!!! Congrats Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck for making such a lovely and stirring movie! The win is so well-deserved. Even if Pixar had been nominated for Monsters University, I’d STILL be rooting for Frozen. It’s currently sitting in my Top 5.


Best Foreign Language Film
“Blue Is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Past”
“The Hunt”
“The Wind Rises”

My prediction: “Blue Is the Warmest Color”
Who I’m rooting for: “The Hunt”
Winner: “The Great Beauty”
I got it wrong once again, but I wish I could be wrong to seeing The Hunt winning. I mean Mads Mikkelsen was grossly snubbed and now the astounding film is snubbed too 😦


Best Director – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

My prediction: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Who I’m rooting for: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
YES!! Methinks there’s no competition here but heck, you just never know! I’m just glad the HFP got it right, now let’s give Gravity Best Picture win also please?


Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope, “Philomena”
John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, “American Hustle”

My prediction: John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
Who I’m rooting for: Spike Jonze, “Her”
Winner: Spike Jonze, “Her”
I’m thrilled to see Jonze win this. Woo hoo!! If you’ve read my review you know why I was rooting for this.


Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alex Ebert, “All is Lost”
Alex Heffes, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
Hans Zimmer, “12 Years a Slave”
John Williams, “The Book Thief”

My prediction: Steven Price, “Gravity”
Who I’m rooting for: Steven Price, “Gravity”
Winner: Alex Ebert, “All is Lost”
I haven’t seen the movie nor do I have a clue who Ebert is, but I’m really bummed Price didn’t win for Gravity though [sad face]


Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Atlas,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Let It Go,” “Frozen”
“Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” “One Chance”

My prediction: “Please Mr. Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Who I’m rooting for: “Let It Go,” “Frozen”
Winner: Ordinary Love – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Aaaargh!!! I so want Frozen to win but ah well, seems like I’m horrible at predicting ANYTHING, ahah.


The Tally:

So I got 7 out of 14 [FILM] predictions right, but only FOUR of the film/talent that I’m rooting for ended up winning.


Random Commentaries:

Here are some of my fave parts from the show, apart from the comments about each Film winners:

  • Even though I haven’t watched a single episode, I’m glad Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston winning tonight. Cranston is a class act.
  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are pretty awesome hosts. They seem to be genuinely good friends and that rapport shows. I didn’t care about Fey’s introduction of Leo DiCaprio though. Feel free to google it yourself, not gonna repeat such an icky thing on my blog.
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  • In response to Kevin Bacon + Kyra Sedgwick‘s daughter being miss Golden Globes, Poehler dressing up as Fey’s teenage boy is pretty hilarious. LOVE that she went directly to Idris Elba, thinking he was her father. What a beautiful man!
  • Robert Downey Jr. is always fun to see in award shows. Can’t exactly remember what he said but he seemed to make some people laughing hysterically.
  • Most memorable presenter? Hmmm, I think it’d have to be Emma Thompson when she showed up barefoot with her heels on one hand and a glass of champagne on the other. Oh, and for most stirring-presentation, it’d have to be Laura Dern presenting her dad Bruce’s nominated film Nebraska. Awww…
  • MattDamon_GoldenGlobes2014I think it’s safe to say that based on the number of mentions at the event, Matt Damon (aka the Garbage Man) OWNED the Golden Globes. He’s such a good sport that guy, I like him even more for that reason. Whilst his BFF Ben Affleck, mr. Batman himself, might’ve been too busy the night before saving crime or what have you that he appeared to be in desperate need of sleep.
  • Worst faux-pas of the night: Teleprompter showed the wrong text when Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie was presenting their movie The Wolf of Wall Street. They were handed a piece of paper to read their lines so it was fine in the end. I thought it was a joke at first but it turns out that it was a real snafu, wow, that’s horrible HFP!
  • Fey’s jab at Michael Bay was hilarious! Was waiting for that to happen, heck I wonder if the teleprompter snafu was HFP’s inadvertent jab at him as well, ahah!
  • I didn’t really watch the red carpet, but I have to honor at least one winner for Best Dress… which goes to the sublime Cate Blanchett’s gorgeous Armani Privé black lace dress with a stunning high collar and subtle mermaid skirt. But it’s really the way she wears the dress that makes it even more stunning. She is a class act all the way!
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    As for WORST dress category, I’d say Jennifer Lawrence‘s white dress that looks like it’s made out of someone’s old drape doesn’t do her beautiful figure any favors! These people have money and stylists at their disposal, how could they not get the fashion right? I mean, when in doubt just go with an LBD!
  • Alfonso Cuaron‘s hilarious acceptance speech is perhaps my favorite of the night
    “Because of my accent, people ended up doing what they think I mean instead of what I actually meant.”
    “Sandra thought I said ‘I’m going to give you a hairpiece’ when I meant an earpiece” LOL!
  • I like Matthew McConaughey‘s speech. “It’s not about dyin’, it’s about livin’ & for that I say just keep.” What a great way to end a speech there man!

That’s it folks. As you can see, I’m only covering the FILM portion as I barely watch any TV 🙂


So, what are your predictions and which films/talents are you rooting for?

Cheers and Jeers of the 2014 Golden Globe (Film) Nominations

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Award season is clearly in full swing, with the SAG awards and the Golden Globes nominations announced in the same week. For the SAG award coverage, I direct you to Fernando’s blog as he posted what made him happy. As I’ve always covered the Golden Globes the past few years, I figure I should continue with the tradition, but I’m only commenting on the Motion Picture noms, for TV stuff, check out Sati’s coverage as she watch way more TV than I do.

Well, today is Friday the 13th, I hope none of the noms give you a shock of horror 😉 In any case, here are my thoughts on the noms, CHEERS being things I’m happy about and JEERS, well I think it’s self-explanatory.

CHEERS!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Kate Winslet, “Labor Day”

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I love ALL the actresses in this category! Though I’ve only seen two of the performances out of five, I do think all of those lovely thespians deserve their nods. I’m torn between Bullock and Thompson as I I think both of them did an astonishing job, but when it comes down to it, I guess I’m voting for Bullock.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
American Hustle
Her
Inside Lleywn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf Of Wall Street

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YAY for Spike Jonze’s HER getting multiple nods, but in comedy?? I’m always baffled by the comedy/musical category, there’s always some strange picks there. I definitely wouldn’t categorize HER as a comedy, and I guess August, Osage County is a VERY dark comedy but I see it more of a drama. The only one I haven’t seen yet is The Wolf of Wall Street, but as of now, though I really like the other three, I’m rooting for HER.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Can’t really fault any of these, though I haven’t seen Philomena, yet. I know people are gonna think Lee Daniels’ The Butler was grossly snubbed, but I’m kind of indifferent about it. I mean, I liked it and it was a good film, but I don’t think it’s so spectacular that it warrants a nom.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

Is this the year Leo will finally get an Oscar? I’ll be seeing The Wolf of Wall Street next week so I’m curious to see his performance. I’m most thrilled to see Joaquin Phoenix getting a nod for Best Actor and Jonze’s work singled out in Best Screenplay category. It’s a nice bonus to see it in the Best Picture category, too! I also enjoyed Christian Bale’s combover-tastic performance in American Hustle and Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis! I feel guilty that I only had Isaac under Honorable Mention in this list I made last year. But hey, he’s FINALLY getting the recognition he deserves!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Chiwetel 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”

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Oh man, this is going to be tough. I’m so torn between the two of my favorite British actors: Ejiofor and Elba. I think both deserve their recognition, but perhaps I’d give Ejiofor the edge [by a small margin] and I’ll be rooting for Elba for his role in Luther. I am thrilled to see the massively charismatic and talented Elba getting double nods, yay!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

WOW Meryl again?? But I have to admit she was excellent as the cancer-stricken, rather unhinged matriarch of the Weston family. Sadly I’ve only seen two performance out of the three, and I’d like to see Amy Adams winning this thing as it was quite a sensational performance she did in American Hustle.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

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The only one I have seen here is The Hunt (read my review) and I’m absolutely behind that movie 100%. Wish Mads Mikkelsen had been nominated for Best Actor also. What a phenomenal film that was.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

The only one I haven’t seen here is Blue Jasmine, but I do think Hawkins is a good actress. This nom seems rather predictable to me, Nyong’o, Lawrence and Roberts seems like a shoo-in. Nice to see June Squibb being singled out though, she’s definitely a scene-stealer in Nebraska! Btw, I’m surprised Oprah Winfrey didn’t get a nod for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, but no, I’m not exactly upset by it.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl, “Rush”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

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Daniel Brühl – “Rush”

WOW, first of all I’m thrilled for Barkhad Abdi! I mean, it’s his first ever role for the former Minneapolis cab driver and he got a SAG AND Golden Globe nominations! Good for him, he deserved it for going toe-to-toe with Tom Hanks AND managed to steal scenes. But the one I’m rooting for is Daniel Brühl as he gave such a spectacular performance as Nikki Lauda. I think it was a more compelling performance than even Fassbender’s and Cooper’s as it wasn’t as sensational, but definitely more heartfelt.

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Again, no surprise here at all. Having seen Inside Llewyn Davis last night, I’m not upset that the Coens aren’t getting a nom, I think that about sums up what I think about the film. Cuarón will walk out with the statue of course, he’ll be the director version of Christoph Waltz in 2010 where he’ll sweep every single major award. Mark my words 😀

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Her – Spike Jonze
Nebraska – Bob Nelson
Philomena – Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan
12 Years A Slave – John Ridley
American Hustle – Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell

Yay for Spike Jonze! Philomena is the only one I’ve missed so far, but HER is the one I’d champion over the other three.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave

I really don’t have any opinion on this category, but Williams and Zimmer are two of my fave composers! That said, I think the scores for Heffes’ Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Zimmer’s 12 Years A Slave are both beautiful. I won’t have any qualms if either one of those win this thing.

Jeers

Seems like ‘snub’ will be the unofficial four-letter word around award season. Now, fortunately my JEERS list isn’t a super long one but still I

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
Atlas, Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Let It Go, Frozen
Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Please Mr Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis
Sweeter Than Fiction, One Chance

What?? No Young & Beautiful from Lana Del Rey?? It’s a travesty! Heh, so I guess the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t even love her even when she’s still young and beautiful 😦

I guess out of the five above that I have heard, I like the U2’s Ordinary Love the most.

Best Animated Feature Film
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Frozen”

Ok now, how the heck did Pixar missed out on Monsters University over The Croods?? But given it’s a sequel and not one that is stronger than the first, I guess that could explain the omission but wow, Pixar better step it up!

Now, for these categories, I’ve listed the noms above.

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA: Where is Forest Whitaker?? People are crying foul about Oprah not getting a nom but for me, I think Whitaker in the lead role did a fine job and therefore, it warrants to be called a snub! Oh and same with Mads Mikkelsen. I don’t know who I’d take out from the five nominees (though I haven’t seen Redford in All is Lost yet), but I would LOVE to see Mikkelsen on there somehow.
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE: I was kind of hoping Margo Martindale got the nod instead of Roberts. I mean she’s not a big name to be sure, but Martindale is the most memorable character next to Meryl Streep. Well I’d argue about Benedict Cumberbatch as well (he sings!), but that’s cause I LOVE that guy 😀

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    Margo Martindale (with Meryl Streep) and Oscar Isaac
  • BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: I’m glad I saw Inside Llewyn Davis as Oscar Isaac‘s award-worthy performance is tremendous, but I’m not exactly fond of the film itself. I personally would rather see The Kings of Summer (view my review) get a nod instead of the Coens’ latest. So it’s not as high profile as anything the Coens does, but I think it’s a better film and far more enjoyable one to boot! It’s also impressive given it’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ feature film debut.

The 71st Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Jan. 12 in Beverly Hills, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.


Well that’s my two cents, folks. I’d love to hear what you think of the Golden Globes nominations. I’m sure you have an opinion, so fire away! 😀

2011 Golden Globes Nominations Announced!

Award season is in full swing with today’s Golden Globe nominations, announced today at 8AM Eastern time. Just a bit of background (thanks to Wiki) on one of the industry’s most important event: The Golden Globe Awards are presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) to recognize outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry, both domestic and foreign, and to focus wide public attention upon the best in motion pictures and television. Now, just WHO are the folks that make up HFPA and why do they matter? Well, it’s an organization composed of working journalists who cover the United States film industry for a variety of outlets, including newspapers and magazines in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Today, the 90 members of the HFPA represent at least 55 countries and have a combined readership of more than 250 million.

Thanks to Moviefone for the comprehensive list (though they misspelled Romola Garai’s name – missing the ‘i’), the motion picture nominees seem to be in line with the previously announced Independent Spirit Awards and Critics Choice Awards.

So here are the full nominees:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Social Network

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Burlesque
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Red
  • The Tourist

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
  • David Fincher – The Social Network
  • Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
  • Christopher Nolan – Inception
  • David O. Russell – The Fighter

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

  • Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
  • Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
  • James Franco – 127 Hours
  • Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine
  • Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

  • Halle Berry – Frankie and Alice
  • Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
  • Natalie Portman – Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy

  • Johnny Depp – Alice in Wonderland
  • Johnny Depp – The Tourist
  • Paul Giamatti – Barney’s Version
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Love and Other Drugs
  • Kevin Spacey – Casino Jack

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy

  • Anne Hathaway – Love and Other Drugs
  • Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right
  • Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
  • Emma Stone – Easy A
  • Angelina Jolie – The Tourist

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Christian Bale – The Fighter
  • Michael Douglas – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Andrew Garfield – The Social Network
  • Jeremy Renner – The Town
  • Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams – The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
  • Mila Kunis – Black Swan
  • Melissa Leo – The Fighter
  • Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • 127 Hours
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Social Network
  • Inception

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Despicable Me
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3
  • Tangled

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Biutiful
  • The Concert
  • The Edge
  • I Am Love
  • In a Better World

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • Bound to You – Burlesque
  • Coming Home – Country Strong
  • I See the Light – Tangled
  • There’s a Place for Us – Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me – Burlesque

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • Alexandre Desplot – The King’s Speech
  • Danny Elfman – Alice in Wonderland
  • A.R. Rahmin – 127 Hours
  • Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – The Social Network
  • Hans Zimmer – Inception

Best Television Series, Drama

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Dexter
  • The Good Wife
  • Mad Men
  • The Walking Dead

Best Televison Series, Comedy or Musical

  • 30 Rock
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Big C
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • Nurse Jackie

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama

  • Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
  • Michael C. Hall – Dexter
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie – House

Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama

  • Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
  • Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
  • Piper Perabo – Covert Affairs
  • Katey Sagal – Sons of Anarchy
  • Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer

Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical

  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
  • Steve Carell – The Office
  • Thomas Jane – Hung
  • Matthew Morrison – Glee
  • Jim Parsons – Big Bang Theory

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Hope Davis – Special Relationship
  • Jane Lynch – Glee
  • Kelly McDonald – Boardwalk Empire
  • Julia Stiles – Dexter
  • Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Scott Caan – Hawaii Five-0
  • Chris Noth – The Good Wife
  • David Straithairn – Temple Grandin
  • Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
  • Chris Colfer – Glee

Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical

  • Toni Collette – United States of Tara
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock
  • Laura Linney – The Big C
  • Lea Michelle – Glee

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • The Pacific
  • Carlos
  • Temple Grandin
  • You Don’t Know Jack
  • The Pillars of the Earth

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Dennis Quaid – The Special Relationship
  • Ian McShane – The Pillars of the Earth
  • Édgar Ramírez – Carlos
  • Al Pacino – You Don’t Know Jack
  • Idris Elba – Luther

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Claire Danes – Temple Grandin
  • Hayley Atwell – The Pillars of the Earth
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt – The Client List
  • Judi Dench – Return to Cranford
  • Romola Garai – Emma

I’ll have my full reaction to the nominees posted sometime tomorrow, but you can pretty much guess my reaction to The Tourist nomination! Are you flippin’ kiddin’ me?? The only thing that might amend such absurdity would be seeing Rufus Sewell under the category Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for Pillars of the Earth! Alas…

Anyhoo, what are your thoughts about the Golden Globe nominations?