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


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”

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”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“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
“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.
  • 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!
    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?

Weekend Roundup: Quick Thoughts on Life of Pi

Hello all! It’s been quite a hectic weekend for me – one company holiday party and a farewell dinner for a friend who’s moving out of town. But I was able to fit in a trip to the cinema to catch Life of Pi before its last theatrical run. We were expecting an empty theater at 10:30 in the morning but the theater was actually about half full. So the Oscar nominations surely has an impact on those films being nominated. Speaking of award season, apparently the Golden Globes was on tonight (check out Sati’s entertaining musings on the telecast). I found out about it as I was on Twitter, but really I had no desire to watch it for some reason. Just wasn’t quite ready for the self-congratulatory award season yet, despite my Oscar reaction post this past week.

Truth be told, I’m feeling a bit under the weather, so I haven’t quite finished my review of Zero Dark Thirty yet, but I’ll say this though, the film certainly deserved the Oscar nomination for Best Picture and I’m even more convinced that Kathryn Bigelow is robbed big time out of the directing nod.

Anyway, here’s my quick review of…

Life of Pi

LifeOfPiPosterMy friend Sarah M. has given me her review a few months ago and she absolutely loved the film. She also loved the book but I actually never read the famous novel by Yann Martel. It tells a fascinating story of an Indian boy named Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel (Suraj Sharma) who survives 227 days being stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The film was told in flashback by the older Pi (Irrfan Khan). How the boy and the tiger got their names are quite amusing, but more than mere amusement, the story attempts to explore the journey of spirituality and faith. Pi was an earnest seeker, searching for life’s meaning and grasping with the concept of ‘God’ by embracing various beliefs, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, all at once.

“If you believe in everything, you will end up not believing in anything at all,” Pi’s father told him. A profound word of wisdom indeed, though in the end neither the protagonist nor the film itself follow such an advice. Instead, it would rather subscribe to the [much more popular] notion that ‘all roads lead to Heaven.’ I find the spirituality aspect very intriguing… it’s a story that ‘will make you believe in God,’ said the protagonist as he began to tell his life story. It’s a rather abstract concept of God however, as the film does not make a stance for or against one way or the other. It’s simply presenting the protagonist’s interpretation of who God is.

As a fantastical film, it’s beautifully-made by Ang Lee, who’s known for his knack for genre-jumping. Just look at his filmography and you’ll find he’s quite bold in his film choices. So it’s only natural that he picked a fantasy adventure and pick what people deemed an ‘unfilmmable’ novel. Right from the opening sequence, it’s clear we’d be treated to a visual feast. Nice to see that the 3D was worth it, it enhances the experience without being overwhelming. The colors are so vivid, I find the night scenes even more beautiful.


Performance-wise I’m quite impressed by both actors playing Pi, as they both give an emotionally-engaging performance. The young Pi was played by Suraj Sharma in his big-screen debut, whilst the older Pi was played by a popular Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan. He’s not always very expressive, but for the most part, Sharma was able to make us sympathize with his character, which is quite a feat as most of the time he’s the only one on the screen with barely any dialog. The real star is perhaps Richard Parker, the beautiful Bengal tiger which shares most of the screen along with Pi. I was quite mesmerized by its beauty, it was quite a technical feat to combine the use of CGI and real-life tiger (you can watch the featurettes here). Despite never actually sharing a scene together on set, I thought the CGI of the tiger interacting with Pi was pretty realistic. That storm scene was also pretty incredible to watch.

In summary, I do appreciate the hopeful and optimistic message, but at the same time it’s not really as spiritually-enlightening as it is beautiful to look at. It may not change your views about spiritual faith, but it might restore or affirm your faith in the magic of cinema. This is a film that’s best viewed on the big screen and I’m certainly glad I did see this in its 3D glory.

4 out of 5 reels

So what did you see this weekend? Anything good?

Musings on Golden Globes Nominations 2012

Hello all, I must be quite out of it this week that I didn’t realize the Golden Globes is today! Thanks to Anna from Defiant Success for pointing out to me via Twitter that Gerry Butler was one of the announcers for this year’s nominees. You can check out the video below the complete list.


(now updated with winners, highlighted in dark teal)


The Descendants

The Help


The Ides of March


War Horse



The Artist


Midnight in Paris

My Week With Marilyn

Actor, drama 

George Clooney, The Descendants

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

Michael Fassbender, Shame

Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Actress, drama

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Actor, comedy or musical Jean Dujardin, The Artist Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love

Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Actress, comedy or musical Jodie Foster, Carnage Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Kate Winslet, Carnage

Supporting actor 

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Albert Brooks, Drive

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Supporting actress

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Animated film


The Adventures of Tintin

Puss in Boots

Winnie the Pooh

Arthur Christmas

Foreign-language film 

The Flowers of War

In the Land of Blood and Honey

The Kid with a Bike

A Separation

The Skin I Live In


Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

George Clooney, The Ides of March

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo


Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxwon, Jim Rash, The Descendants

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Original song

Hello Hello (music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin), Gnomeo & Juliet

The Keeper (music and lyrics by Chris Cornell), Machine Gun Preacher

Lay Your Head Down (music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close), Albert Nobbs

The Living Proof (music by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr., lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas),
The Help

Masterpiece (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), W.E.

Original score

Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Howard Shore, Hugo

John Williams, War Horse

I feel like this year I haven’t seen enough movies that are nominated here, which is a bummer! But hey, it won’t stop me from opining on the nominees… after all, these are simply my opinion, no science whatsoever in my predictions obviously.

Well, well, well, there aren’t a lot of surprises this year. I knew somehow The Artist would sweep a bunch of nominations and they do indeed with six. Lots of usual suspects again… Clooney, Pitt, DiCaprio, etc. Clooney is forever the GG King, seems like he’s never NOT nominated. He’s got TWO of his movies under the Dramatic category alone (The Descendants & The Ides of March)! Wow, he sure has a lot of clout in this business! Maybe one day I’ll get just what the fuss about him is [shrug]

The Artist

Even without having seen it, The Artist seems to be a shoo-in in the Comedy/Musical category, which translates to Jean Dujardin a highly likely winner for his performance in that category.

For the Dramatic Actor category,  I haven’t seen The Descendants yet but I heard George Clooney‘s performance was good, so I give him the benefit of the doubt. Somehow my gut says that Fassbender will perhaps walk away with the statue, though the other ‘it’ boy of the moment Gosling (I kind of think of Fassbender as the European version of Gosling for some reason) might also steal Clooney’s thunder. He’s got TWO nominations this year but none for Drive, which I thought is rather odd. So was his abs in Crazy, Stupid, Love really THAT spectacular??

Ok, I’m not gonna lie that I sort of wish Gerry Butler would pick up at least a nomination for his turn in Machine Gun Preacher, I really think he was good in it, but no, I’m not gonna say he’s snubbed as I haven’t seen the others’ performances.

In the Dramatic Actress category, I’d like to see Viola Davis win but with Meryl and Tilda, wow the competition is steep!! I can’t really say much on the Supporting Actor category as I have not seen a single one of those performances nominated [sigh] Just from seniority standpoint, I’d probably be cheering for Christopher Plummer as playing against type in Beginners (as a gay dad coming out in his later years) usually is popular with the voters.

Williams as Marilyn Monroe

The Supporting Actress category seems to be more up for grabs. I like Chastain in The Debt and Tree of Life, and I heard she was excellent in The Help so I’d love to see her win. But then again, if The Artist were to sweep most of the awards, there is a highly likely chance Bejo would walk away w/ the Globe along with Dujardin.

So Jodie Foster will battle it out w/ Kate Winslet in the Comedy/Musical Actress category for Carnage? That’s interesting, though I personally would rather see one of the noms go to Marion Cotillard instead for Midnight in Paris, anybody else feel that way too? In any case, if I were a betting woman, I’d probably put my money on the talented Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn.

As for Best Director, well I like both Hugo and Midnight in Paris, the latter much more so, but despite both Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen being such celebrated auteurs, French director Michel Hazanavicius is likely to nab this award along with Best Picture in Musical/Comedy.


Just what is a Cecil B. DeMille award given every year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? Well, the award is given every year by the HFPA for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

Here’s what the HFPA website says about the marvelous 74-year-old actor:

After more than 20 years as a working actor he was finally catapulted into national prominence with the role of the volatile pimp Fast Black in 1987’s Street Smart, that earned him Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

He won a best actor Golden Globe in 1990 for Driving Miss Daisy and was nominated three more times, for The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, for which he won an Oscar, and Invictus.

Woot woot, I’d say he deserves it!! Who doesn’t love Mr. Freeman? He’s got a smile that lights up a room, and a booming voice that matches his regal charisma. Whether he’s in a serious roles like in Shawshank Redemption or comedic ones like in Maiden Heist or RED, he’s always so wonderful to watch! Plus, his brief role as Lucius Fox in Nolan’s Batman flicks are such great scene-stealers, I really think Lucius had the best lines!! So congrats Mr. Freeman, can’t wait to see you in The Dark Knight Rises next year!

Speaking of Cecil B. DeMille Award, my beloved Gregory Peck (you know I’m gonna slip him in somehow right? :D) was one of the recipient of the award in 1969, along with other Hollywood legends like James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Joan Crawford, among others. Oh, his co-star in Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn, was also one of the prestigious award recipient. Mr. Peck has won three Golden Globes in his career, and was nominated for more than a half dozen times.

Gregory Peck with Barbra Streisand at the 1969 Golden Globes Award

Well, that’s my thoughts on this year’s Golden Globes. Now what do YOU think?


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Musings on the 2011 Golden Globe Noms: The Good, the Bad and the WTF

Well, you’ve probably read the full Golden Globes nominees by now (if not, head over to this post). The usual suspects of buzzed-about movies of the year once again make an appearance. In fact, all five nominees in the Best Motion Picture Drama: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, Social Network, and The King’s Speech are hardly surprising.

The King’s Speech reigns with seven nods, including Best Picture. Though I haven’t seen the film, I find myself rooting for this one. I’ve always loved royal period dramas and the fact that this one isn’t about romance makes it all the more interesting. It’s probably going to be the Award-winning movie that I’d enjoy watching over and over again, one that is impressive as an art form but also warms the heart.

But as I made my way down the list, as Univarn astutely foresee in his GG post, I went “Yay, good pick… good pick… good… WTF!!?!?!… good pick… good pick… WTF!?!?!?” 😀 Well, since I’ve got nothing better to do, why not make a list of ’em? It’s not so much a grumble as my way of ‘venting’ about the HFPA picks 🙂 So here goes…

The Good:

  • Seeing Christian Bale on the list of nominees! Man, it’s about darn time! I sure wish Oscar will follow suit.
  • Colin Firth is the industry award darling for 2 years in a row, wow! But hey, can’t happen to a nicer fellow. I hope he wins this time.
  • Yay for Andrew Garfield getting recognition alongside Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network. Both young actors are phenomenal and have proven their chops time and again. Curious as to why Never Let Me Go is absent from the list given all the buzz surrounding it, hmmm. In any case, I’ve got Boy A next in line from Netflix, looking forward to seeing more of the young Brit’s fine body of work.

    The future Spiderman Andrew Garfield
  • It seems it’s been ages ago since I saw Inception. I obviously love that movie so it’s cool to see the movie and Christopher Nolan on the list, though it’s such a tough competition this year that it’s probably not the favored to win. Glad that Leo DiCaprio is NOT nominated, as his acting really wasn’t all that spectacular.
  • I absolutely adore two of the animated features nominated: How to Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3. Impossible to decide which one I like better! But if I absolutely must choose, I probably go with Dragon as it’s not a sequel and the story is so original. But I definitely won’t cry foul if TS3 wins… I hope it’ll came down to these two.
  • This is the sixth time Helena Bonham-Carter is nominated for Golden Globes, but she hasn’t walked away with the statue! Perhaps the Susan-Lucci streak will end this year if King’s Speech ends up sweeping all of the awards.

    On the TV Front:
  • Glad to see the massively talented Toni Collette is nominated again for The United States of Tara. She’s already won last year playing a woman with multiple personalities.
  • Scott Caan

    As one of my favorite shows this season (well, one of only three shows I watch actually), Hawaii Five-O, Scott Caan is one of the major reasons why I love the show! He’s such a comic relief as the smug, tie-loving, Jersey-native Dano. Happy to see he’s getting recognition for the role, so hopefully Five-O won’t suffer the early ax like the previous two Alex O’Loughlin shows 🙂

  • I was beginning to wonder whatever happen to such a talented young actress like Julia Stiles. She seemed to have disappeared from the big screen, but glad to hear she’s doing well on the TV world. Stiles is nominated for her supporting role in Dexter, which seems to be an HFPA favorite as it’s never been absent from nominees list since 2007.
  • Pillars of the Earth (POTE) has been on my radar for a while, and though I’ve only seen Part I, it certainly is a pretty gripping period drama worth being nominated. The same goes for Ian McShane who’s nominated for the juicy role of the sinister bishop Waleran.

The Bad:

  • Happy to see POTE nominated… but no nod for Rufus Sewell?? Come on! He was fabulous as Tom Builder as the honorable but conflicted stonemason who’ve always dreamed of building a cathedral. Right from the start, one can’t help but empathize and feel for his character, and not just because I’ve admired his work as an actor. I also enjoy Matthew MacFayden’s sensitive portrayal as Prior Philip, I’d be equally happy to see him being shortlisted.
  • Boyle directing James Franco in 127 Hours

    With all the buzz surrounding the Aron Ralston biopic 127 Hours, I’m stunned the movie and Danny Boyle aren’t nominated. Now, I’ve been curious about it but I’m too chickened to see the amputation scene of the big screen… but from what I’ve read, it’s a film that’s very well-received by both critics and audiences alike. But no, apparently this isn’t as good as um, The Tourist [shrugs]

    Which brings me to…

The WTF:

  • Well, the first WTF reaction on the list goes to The Tourist nomination. WOW, Seriously??! I don’t always agree with critics but I’ve seen it and ‘award-worthy’ never came to mind as I watched it. I mean, it probably doesn’t deserve a Razzie but Best Musical or Comedy?? Come on! The only thing probably worth any sort of award is its gorgeous cinematography. It’s probably news to director Donnersmarck as well as I’m not sure he had ‘comedy’ in mind when making this flick. As if that weren’t absurd enough, BOTH Jolie and Depp are nominated, too. Geez louise, since when is posing equals acting? If there’s a Best strut or Best red lipstick category, then I have no doubt Jolie would win hands down. I’m not as appalled (but still shocked) with Depp getting a nod, but it’s hardly one of his strongest roles. Plus, it seems excessive to give him TWO nominations when there are dozens of other actors more worthy to be included (i.e. Jeff Bridges in True Grit perhaps?).
  • Jeff Bridges & Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit

    Speaking of which, where is True Grit?? Now, the movie hasn’t come out yet and one ought not judge a movie by its trailer but isn’t the Coens brothers normally an award-favorite? It’s probably one of the more well-received remakes, which is quite a feat in itself considering the original with John Wayne is a classic. Even as a non Western fan, I thought the preview looked pretty darn good and the early reviews seem to indicate as such. Look for my True Grit post sometime later this week as it’s become one I’m anticipating for this year.


All right, that’s my list. What’s your delight and gripes about this year’s GG noms? Let’s hear it!

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?

Golden Globes 2010 Highlights

Hello all, I was going to do a live-blogging of the Golden Globes, but since I’ve never done this before, I’ll just give you the next best thing, a play-by-play (sort of) and highlights of the event. So here goes:

Ricky Gervais’ best bits in the monologue:

His shameless self-promo on the UK-version of The Office whilst poking fun at Steve Carell. Carell mouths “I will kill you!” from the audience.

“Imagine life without actors… ” quips, and that jab about Jolie & third-world country children is hilarious.

“I better stop before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno.” Ba da bing!

  • First Award: Best Supporting Actor: Monique for Precious
    Her moving speech is such a tear-jerker. Glad to hear she gives her first kudos the ONE who deserves His due but always overlooked scoffed at in this biz
  • Glad to see the super talented Toni Colette wins Best Actress in a Musicals/Comedy TV Series for United States of Tara. She’s a classy actress
  • John Lithgow wins for his stint at Dexter. Nice to see cancer-stricken Michael C. Hall in the audience. Still looks good even under a wool cap.
  • UP wins Best Animated Feature. It’s all right I guess, but I’m still on team Wall-E.

Commercial break: The Wolfman trailer looks pretty darn terrifying… but I doubt it’ll make a dent on Avatar’s B.O. come February

  • Kate Hudson presents the first nominated musical NINE. I’m still curious to see this one but given the reviews, I’ll save my money and wait for the dvd.
  • Neil Patrick Harris & Jane Krakowski presents Best Actor in a Drama TV series to Michael C. Hall for Dexter. Wow this is the fourth time he’s been nominated, I didn’t know that. He didn’t say anything about his condition though, I respect that.
  • Sixth-time nominee Juliana Margulies wins Best Actress in a Drama series. WOW, didn’t The Good Wife just come out the same time as Three Rivers?

Commercial break: Arnie & Sigourney Weaver seen chatting. Is Drew Barrymore & Justin Long back together again? Oh who cares, I don’t exactly keep up with gossips.

  • A rusty-looking Harrison Ford presents the first nominated Drama series Up in the Air. Is the guy nervous? He could barely read the monologue. But it kinda makes me like him more.
  • Odd couple Cher and Christina Aguillera presents the award for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. That dreadful Avatar song I See You is nominated??!? Seriously people! Glad it doesn’t win though. Anything but that one, sheesh! Crazy Heart wins Best Song and UP wins Best Score. Yeah, I quite like the music in that movie, but then again no surprise there, it’s Pixar after all.

Commercial break: Sorry, must’ve dozed off as I don’t remember seeing anything worthy of note.

  • A very pregnant Amy Adams and Josh Brolin presents Best mini-series/TV movie. Grey Gardens wins. Never heard of that show, but Jessica Lange, Drew Barrymore and Jean Tripplehorn are in it. A bit of a struggle finishing the acceptance speech there, but they made it!
  • The always affable Tom Hanks takes a jibe at Stanley Tucci who looks aghast in the audience. Boy that man is so comfortable in front of a bunch of people. presents nominated Comedy Julie & Julia.
  • Colin Farrell presents Best Supporting Actress in Musical/Comedy award, he doesn’t look drunk to me, Ricky, what are you talkin’ about? 😉 Darn, Meryl is nominated again, TWICE no less!! Well at least there’s NO WAY Julia Roberts is gonna win that undeserved nom for Duplicity. Well, Streep beats herself in It’s Complicated to win the award for Julie & Julia. She was ultra fabulous as Julia Child, so no qualms from me there. Her tribute to her mother is funny and moving. Shows how much clout she has in this biz that she isn’t rushed at all despite her longish speech.

Commercial Break: James Cameron goofing around, I thought I saw him saluting someone jokingly? Hmmm, maybe he’s looking at a mirror 🙂

  • Dame Helen Mirren looks sensational in a black, form-fitting dress, she even gets applause before saying a single word. She presents Best Nominated Drama Precious, one I have to check out soon, this is one of those movie that’s hard to watch but definitely can’t be missed.
  • Sam Worthington looks awfully short compared to the tall and lovely lady in red Zoe Saldana. No time for small talk, Sam just marches on with the noms for Best Actor and Best Actress in a miniseries/TV-movie, that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor & Jeremy Irons. Kevin Bacon takes home the award and is showered with kisses by his wife Kyra Segdwick. Drew Barrymore wins for Grey Gardens, beating Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver, wow! She looks genuinely shocked to win it and her speech is sweet and down-to-earth.

Commercial Break: Tabloid regular Jennifer Aniston & Gerry Butler sit side by side but Butler’s busy talking to someone else with his back against her. Hmmm.

  • Cameron Diaz is lady in red, presenting Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical nom It’s Complicated.
  • Butler & Aniston get cozy for a photo op

    Ricky Gervais’s sarcastic dig  against for writers is priceless, love British humor. He then introduces Jennifer Aniston as Friends‘ star and Gerry Butler as “that bloke from 300,” darn I thought he was going to poke fun at Butler’s completely unSpartan-like paparazzi photo at his recent vacation! In any case, I thought the dude looks good, he always cleans up nice (surely a tuxedo is far more forgiving than a swim trunk), and he certainly has a great laugh. Would love to see his name called out as one of the nominees one day though. I find it interesting that they presents the award for Best Screenplay as both of them could use a some good screenwriters for their movies IMO. In any case, Jason Reitman wins for Up in the Air.

  • Ashton and another Jennifer (Gardner this time) presents an award next, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it is.
  • Samuel L. Jackson fittingly presents nominated Best Motion Picture Drama Inglorious Basterds, which he calls the ‘feel good’ movie of the year, ha! He then introduces a real legend Sophia Loren who arrives to a standing ovation. She still looks pretty darn good. She introduces Best Foreign Language Film award. And the Golden Globe goes to The White Ribbon from Germany.
  • Zach Levy and Amy Poehler presents Best TV Series Drama. Zach is so darn affable, is it any wonder I love Chuck? His goofy expression is just so adorable!!! Um, sorry … (compose oneself)…  Mad Men wins.
  • Beefcake teenwolf Taylor Lautner looks surprisingly confident (for a 17 year-old!) presents Best Musical/Comedy Movie (500) Days of Summer. Great movie, I won’t be surprised if that one wins.
  • Some guy from Gossip Girl & Kristen Bell presents Best Actress in Drama TV series. Chloe Sevigny wins, wearing a long ruffly dress and frets when someone steps on it. Not crazy about the dress color though.
  • Halle Berry is so utterly beautiful she’s almost inhuman. She and her model partner Gabriel Aubrey is definitely the best looking couple ever on the face of this earth. She presents Christoph Waltz with a Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture award to an enthusiastic cheer from Tarantino and Eli Roth. Haven’t seen the movie but movie blogs/sites are all abuzz with his performance. That’s some speech he makes, I don’t quite get everything he says but it sounds really genuine.
  • Robert De Niro and Leo DiCaprio comes on to present Martin Scorsese with the Cecil B. DeMille award. Funny jab from De Niro about how much Marty loves movies that there are youtube clips of him sleeping with film reels 🙂 A series of clips of his movies are shown. Though I have some foundational issues with some of his movies, especially one in particular, I’m not going to deny his significant contribution to the art of film-making. His speech is surprisingly compact considering such a huge accolade. Not complaining though… movin’ on swiftly.

Commercial break: That banal Valentine’s Day trailer is on. Despite the all-star cast (or because of it?), I can’t be bothered with that one. If a preview doesn’t even impress me, I doubt the movie will.

  • Jodie Foster comes on. Haven’t seen her for a while. She presents The Hurt Locker, nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama. Another must-see I haven’t had the privilege of seeing. Yo, that trailer looks intense!
  • “I like a drink as much as the next man…” Gervais quips with a glass of alcoholic beverage in hand, “… unless the next man is … Mel Gibson.” Ha! Of course Mel is such a good sport he just laughs it off and presents awards for inglorious basterds, referring to directors, ha! And the winner is: James Cameron for AVATAR. Oh darn, does this mean we have to listen to that song every time this blockbuster win something? His acceptance speech is surprisingly quite modest, giving kudos to Kathryn Bigelow who’s a fellow nominee for The Hurt Locker. He thanks pretty much everybody, including his tearful wife.
  • Wow, that Olivia Wilde is gorgeous… and she makes 24‘s round-the-clock hero Kiefer Shutterland looks kinda diminutive. Anyway, they present Best TV series Comedy/Musical. Glee is the winner.
  • The cast of The Hangover, including Mike Tyson(!) presents their own movie as one of the nominees for Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy
  • Then Reese Witherspoon presents all the nominees in that category. The Hangover wins so the cast saunter back to the stage with director/producer Todd Phillips. Had no idea Heather Graham is in it, too.

Commercial Break: Mickey Rourke’s gal pal is a beautiful young blond. Ah, the price of a Hollywood comeback.

  • The Governator Arnie takes a break from governing California to present AVATAR (or AvaDar as he says) … even taking a jab at the peacock network in the process.
  • The comeback kid of the decade Mickey Rourke presents Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama. Sandra Bullock beats Helen Mirren for Blindside, wow! But she really did put out a great performance there, she made the the movie work IMO. I like her understated speech, she quotes Michael Oher and speaks a bit of German to her German family. Even her tough-guy hubby Jesse James looks a bit emotional.
  • A very skinny Sally Hawkins presents Best Actor in a Motion Picture in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical. Robert Downey Jr. wins and the dude could’ve won the Best Acceptance Speech category if there ever was one. He thanks his wife Susan Downey who I’m sure contributes a lot to who he is today. I read an interview with her recently and boy, she gives a whole new meaning to ‘behind every great man, there’s a great woman’ phrase. Good for them both, I wish them a lasting marriage and defy the Hollywood’s curse.
  • The great Kate Winslet looks lovely as always, presents Jeff Bridges with a Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama statue for Crazy Heart. The dude’s got a standing ovation followed by a heartfelt acceptance speech. He thanks his wife of 30+ years first, that’s cool. Close up of Gerry Butler during Bridges’ speech is always a highlight, for me anyway… not sure why though, they’ve never worked together before.

Commerical Break: Anticipating who’ll take the award for Best Picture. Two bald guys chatting with each other, they’re Sam Jackson and Stanley Tucci.

  • Leggy beauty Julia Roberts presents the last award for Best Motion Picture Drama. She takes her time revealing the winner… and it’s AVATAR! Wow, I’m glad for him but sheesh, that song again. Cameron invites the cast up on the stage.

    The Cast of Avatar on stage

    “Thank you for believing in blue people!” producer Jon Landau says. Cameron says that “… people in the entertainment industry have got the best job in the world.” Kind of pompous, you say? Well sure, but at least he’s honest about it, I’m sure he’s not the only one in that room thinking the same thing. Truthfully I’m a bit surprised Avatar won, but you won’t hear me complaining that it did. Now, is this a harbinger for things to come Oscar time? Will the blue people take home the golden bald guy statuette? I guess we’ll see.

So that’s about wrap things up folks. Phew, I survive my first Award Event blog post, it’s quite fun actually, just have to type a bit faster than usual though 🙂 Well, I’m sure people will be talking about who gets snubbed. My gut says they’ll be buzzing about Mirren being snubbed of Best Actress award for The Last Station and of course, gripes about Avatar winning Best Picture. For the full set of nominees and winners, visit the official site.

What do you think folks? If you have thoughts about the winners/losers, let’s hear it.