My 2012 Oscar Nomination Predictions

The Academy of Motion Picture Sciences will announce their nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Here are my 2012 Oscar nomination predictions (in order of probability) along with the actual nominations in blue:Argo

Best Picture

Predicted Nominations:

  • Argo
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Les Misérables

If Six Nominations:

  • Life of Pi

If Seven Nominations:

  • Django Unchained

If Eight Nominations:lincoln-movie-poster

  • Moonrise Kingdom

If Nine Nominations:

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

If Ten Nominations:

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Other Possible Contenders:

  • The Master
  • Amour
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Skyfall

Other Note-Worthy Films:

  • The SessionsSilverLiningsPlaybook
  • Flight
  • The Impossible
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Hitchcock
  • Promised Land
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • The Hunger Games

Best Director

Predicted Nominations:

  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbookzero_dark_thirty_ver3_xlg
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Tom Hooper, Les Misérables
  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
  • Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom

Other Note-Worthy Directors:

  • Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Ben Lewin, The Sessions
  • Sam Mendes, Skyfall
  • Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises
  • Gus Vant Sant, Promised Land
  • Robert Zemeckis, Flight Les-Miserables-2012-Movie-Poster
  • Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • John Madden, The Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Lasse Hallström, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Joe Wright, Anna Karenina
  • Juan Antonio Bavona, The Impossible
  • Sacha Gervasi, Hitchcock

Best Actor

Predicted Nominations:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Denzel Washington, Flight
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook 
  • Hugh Jackman,  Les Misérables

Other Possible Contenders:life_of_pi_movie_poster_1

  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Richard Gere, Arbitrage 
  • Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
  • Anthony Hopkins, Hitchcock

Other Note-Worthy Performances:

  • Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour 
  • Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained
  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Daniel Craig, Skyfall
  • Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe
  • Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi
  • Matt Damon, Promised Land
  • Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
  • Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises
  • Jack Black, Bernie
  • Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen & The Impossibledjango-unchained-poster
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, End of Watch

Best Actress

Predicted Nominations:

  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Helen Mirren, Hitchcock

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea 
  • Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Other Note-Worthy Performances:moonrise_kingdom_ver2

  • Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina
  • Laura Linney, Hyde Park on Hudson 
  • Deanie Yip, A Simple Life
  • Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Maggie Smith, Quartet 
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed 
  • Meryl Streep, Hope Springs 
  • Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere

Best Supporting Actor

Predicted Nominations:

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincolnbeastssouthernwild
  • Javier Bardem, Skyfall
  • Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • William H. Macy, The Sessions
  • Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike 

Other Note-Worthy Performances:

  • Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained 
  • Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Ezra MillerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Eddie Redmayne, Les Misérables
  • John Goodman, Flight or ArgoBest Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Hal Holbrook, Promised Land
  • Russell Crowe, Les Misérables

Best Supporting Actress

Predicted Nominations:

  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
  • Ann Dowd, Compliance
  • Samantha Barks, Les Misérablesbatman-dark-knight-rises-fire-regular-reprint-movie-poster
  • Judi Dench, Skyfall 

Other Note-Worthy Performances:

  • Jennifer Ehle, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Pauline Collins, Quartet
  • Kelly Reilly, Flight
  • Kerry Washington, Django Unchained
  • Helena Bonham Carter, Les Misérables
  • Frances McDormand, Promised Land
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Adapted Screenplay

Predicted Nominations:

  • Chris Terrio, Argo
  • Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbookamy-adams-new-the-master-poster
  • David Magee, Life of Pi
  • Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Lucy Alibar & Ben Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Ben Lewin, The Sessions 
  • Ol Parker, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • William Nicholson, Les Miserables

Other Note-Worthy Adapted Screenplays:

  • Tom Stoppard, Anna Karenina
  • Jose Rivera, On The Road
  • Jacques Audiard & Thomas Bidegain, Rust and Bone
  • Christopher & Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises 
  • Judd Apatow, This is 40
  • John Logan, Patrick Marber, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Skyfall amour_2_movie_poster
  • John J. McLaughlin, Hitchcock
  • Simon Beaufoy, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Ronald Harwood, Quartet

Best Original Screenplay

Predicted Nominations:

  • Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
  • Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
  • Rian Johnson, Looper

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • John Gatins, Flight 
  • Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, The Intouchablesskyfall
  • Ava DuVernay, Middle of Nowhere
  • Reid Carolin, Magic Mike

Other Note-Worthy Original Screenplays:

  • Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths 
  • Matt Damon & John Krasinski, Promised Land 
  • Sergio G. Sanchez, The Impossible 
  • Dan Fogelman, The Guilt Trip
  • Sarah Polley, Take This Waltz 
  • Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods

Best Animated Feature

Predicted Nominations:

  • Brave
  • Frankenweeniesessions_ver2
  • ParaNorman
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Rise of the Guardians

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  • The Painting (Le Tableau)
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • The Rabbi’s Cat
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman 

Other Note-Worthy Animated Films:

  • Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Zarafaflight-movie-poster1
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift

Best Foreign Language Film

Predicted Nominations:

  • Amour
  • The Intouchables
  • A Royal Affair
  • Kon-Tiki
  • No

Other Possible Contenders:

  • War Witch
  • Sister
  • The Deep
  • Beyond the Hills110237_glg

Other Note-Worthy Foreign Films:

  • Rust and Bone
  • I Wish
  • The Kid with a Bike
  • Once Upon A Time in Anatolia
  • Holy Motors
  • Tabu
  • The Loneliest Planet
  • The Turin Horse
  • Oslo, August 31st 
  • Lore
  • Our Children
  • Barbara

Best Documentary Feature

Predicted Nominations:the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-poster

  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • The Gatekeepers
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Invisible War
  • This is Not a Film

Other Possible Contenders:

  • The Imposter
  • Detropia
  • The Waiting Room
  • Bully
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  • The House I Live In
  • Chasing Ice
  • Ethelhitchcock-final-movie-poster
  • 5 Broken Cameras

Other Note-Worthy Documentaries:

  • The Queen of Versailles
  • The Central Park Five
  • Samsara
  • West of Memphis

Best Original Song

Predicted Nominations:

  • Skyfall, Skyfall
  • Suddenly,  Les Misérables
  • Learn Me Right, Brave
  • From Here to the Moon and Back, Joyful Noise
  • Abraham’s Daughter, The Hunger GamesPromised-Land-Movie-Poster-300x444

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Still Alive, Paul Williams Still Alive
  • For You, Act of Valor
  • Not Running Anymore, Stand Up Guys
  • Touch the Sky, Brave
  • Ancora Qui, Django Unchained

Other Note-Worthy Songs: 

  • Safe & Sound, The Hunger Games
  • Dull Tool, This is 40
  • Breath of Life, Snow White and the Huntman
  • Strange Love, Frankenweenie
  • When Can I See You Again, Wreck-It Ralph
  • Still Dream, Rise of the Guardians

My Picks for the Best Movies of 2012

Here are my picks for the best movies I saw in 2012:beastssouthernwild

  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. Looper
  4. The Dark Knight Rises
  5. Skyfall
  6. Argo
  7. The Hunger Games
  8. Brave
  9. Arbitrage
  10. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  11. The Deep Blue Sea
  12. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  13. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  14. Safety Not Guaranteed
  15. The Secret World of Arrietty
  16. ParaNorman
  17. The Cabin in the Woodsmoonrise_kingdom_ver2
  18. The Avengers
  19. Frankenweenie
  20. Pitch Perfect
  21. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  22. The Woman In Black
  23. Pirates! Band of Misfits
  24. The Grey
  25. The Imposter
  26. Hope Springs
  27. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  28. Ted
  29. The Amazing Spider-Man
  30. Men in Black 3
  31. Chronicle
  32. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  33. 21 Jump Street
  34. Hotel Transylvania
  35. Big Miracle

Here are my picks for the worst movies I saw in 2012:

  1. Mirror Mirror
  2. Act of Valor
  3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  4. Gone
  5. Man on a Ledge
  6. Bel Ami
  7. Rock of Ages
  8. Underworld: Awakening
  9. Wrath of the Titans
  10. John Carter

Every year, Metacritic also tallies the critics top picks for the best movies of the year and compiles a list of the what critics say are the best.

Here is their list for 2012:

  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. The Master
  3. Moonrise Kingdom
  4. Lincoln
  5. Holy Motors
  6. Amour
  7. Argo
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. Silver Linings Playbook
  10. Django Unchained
  11. This Is Not A Film
  12. Life of Pi
  13. Looper
  14. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  15. The Deep Blue Sea
  16. Skyfall
  17. The Dark Knight Rises
  18. Rust and Bone
  19. Tabu
  20. Magic Mike
  21. The Avengers
  22. How to Survive a Plague
  23. The Loneliest Planet
  24. The Grey
  25. Cloud Atlas
  26. Les Miserables
  27. The Sessions
  28. Bernie
  29. Anna Karenina
  30. Olso, August 31st
  31. Cosmopolis
  32. The Cabin in the Woods
  33. The Gatekeepers
  34. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  35. The Turin Horse
  36. The Queen of Versailles

Top Box Office Stars of 2012

According to Forbes, here are the top box office actors of 2012:RDJ3

  1. Robert Downey Jr. ($1.5 Billion)
  2. Kristen Stewart – $1.2 billion
  3. Christian Bale – $1 billion
  4. Daniel Craig – $951 million
  5. Robert Pattinson – $793 million
  6. Taylor Lautner – $779 million
  7. Andrew Garfield – $752 million
  8. Jennifer Lawrence – $748 million
  9. Will Smith – $624 million
  10. Mark Wahlberg – $598 million

Best Television Shows of 2012

Here are my picks for the top Television Dramas of 2012:twd-s3-key-art-796-1176

  1. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  3. Once Upon A Time (ABC)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. Downton Abbey (PBS)
  6. Dexter (Showtime)
  7. American Horror Story (FX)
  8. True Blood (HBO)
  9. 666 Park Avenue (ABC)
  10. Fringe (Fox)
  11. Smash (NBC)
  12. Grimm (NBC)
  13. Awake (NBC)
  14. The Good Wife (CBS)
  15. The Mentalist (CBS)
  16. Supernatural (CW)game-of-thrones-poster
  17. The River (ABC)
  18. Dallas (TNT)
  19. Arrow (CW)
  20. Revolution (NBC)

Here are my picks for the top Television Comedies of 2012:

  1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  2. Modern Family (ABC)
  3. Community (NBC)
  4. Girls (HBO)
  5. The New Normal (NBC)
  6. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  7. Glee (Fox)
  8. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC)
  9. 30 Rock (NBC)
  10. Happy Endings (ABC)99109-once-upon-a-time-once-upon-a-time-poster
  11. New Girl (Fox)
  12. Cougar Town (ABC/TBS)
  13. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
  14. GCB (ABC)
  15. The Simpsons (Fox)
  16. Go On (NBC)
  17. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
  18. The Office (NBC)
  19. Raising Hope (Fox)
  20. Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

Every year, Metacritic also tallies the critics top picks for the best television shows of the year and compiles a list of the what critics say are the best.

Here is their list for 2012:

  1. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)78f61f66b187595520bc0e0
  3. Homeland (Showtime)
  4. Louie (FX)
  5. Girls (HBO)
  6. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  7. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  8. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  9. Parenthood (NBC)
  10. Sherlock (PBS)
  11. 30 Rock (NBC)
  12. Justified (FX)
  13. The Good Wife (CBS)
  14. American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
  15. Luck (HBO)
  16. Nashville (ABC)
  17. Happy Endings (ABC)
  18. Downton Abbey (PBS)
  19. Community (NBC)
  20. Treme (HBO)
  21. New Girl (Fox)
  22. Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Notable Films of 2012

Here is my list of notable films for 2012:21-jump-street-poster__span

  1. 21 Jump Street
  2. 5 Broken Cameras
  3. Act of Killing, The
  4. After Lucia
  5. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  6. Almayer’s Folly
  7. Alps
  8. Amazing Spider-Man, The
  9. Amour
  10. Anna Karenina
  11. Araf-Somewhere in Between
  12. Arbitrage
  13. Argo
  14. Attenberg
  15. Avengers, The (Marvel’s)
  16. Barbara
  17. Beauty is Embarrassing
  18. Beasts of the Southern Wildbeastssouthernwild
  19. Berberian Sound Studio
  20. Bernie
  21. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The
  22. Bestiaire
  23. Beyond the Hills
  24. Blancanieves
  25. Blood of My Blood
  26. Boy
  27. Brave
  28. Bully
  29. Burning Hot Summer, The
  30. Cabin in the Woods, The
  31. Central Park Five, The
  32. Chasing Ice
  33. Chico & Rita
  34. China Heavyweight
  35. Chroniclechronicle_ver3
  36. Cloud Atlas
  37. Color Wheel, The
  38. Comedy, The
  39. Compliance
  40. Consuming Spirits
  41. Cosmopolis
  42. Damsels in Distress
  43. Dark Horse
  44. Dark Knight Rises, The
  45. Day He Arrives, The
  46. Deep Blue Sea, The
  47. Detropia
  48. Django Unchained
  49. Domaine
  50. Dragon
  51. Dust Bowl, The
  52. Elenaend-of-watch-poster
  53. End of Watch
  54. Expendables 2
  55. Fake It So Real
  56. Fill The Void
  57. Flight
  58. Footnote
  59. Frankenweenie
  60. Friends With Kids
  61. From Up on Poppy Hill
  62. Gatekeepers, The
  63. Gayby
  64. Girl Walk/All Day
  65. God Bless America
  66. Goodbye, My Love
  67. Grey, The
  68. Haywire
  69. Headhunters
  70. Hello I Must Be Goinghitchcock-final-movie-poster
  71. Hitchcock
  72. Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The
  73. Holy Motors
  74. Hope Springs
  75. Hotel Transylvania
  76. House I Live In, The
  77. How to Survive a Plague
  78. Hunger Games, The
  79. Hypnotist, The
  80. I Wish
  81. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  82. Impossible, The
  83. Imposter, The
  84. In The Family
  85. Intouchables, The
  86. Invisible War, The
  87. Island President, The
  88. It So Realkeep_the_lights_on
  89. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
  90. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  91. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  92. Keep the Lights On
  93. Kid with a Bike, The
  94. Kill List
  95. Killer Joe
  96. Killing Them Softly
  97. Law in These Parts, The
  98. Le Grand Amour
  99. Les Miserables
  100. Let the Bullets Fly
  101. Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, A
  102. Life of Pi
  103. Life Without Principle
  104. Like Someone in Love
  105. Lincolnlooper
  106. Loneliest Planet, The
  107. Looper
  108. Lorax, The
  109. Lore
  110. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  111. Magic Mike
  112. Margaret
  113. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
  114. Master, The
  115. Memories Look at Me
  116. Men in Black 3
  117. Middle of Nowhere
  118. Miss Bala
  119. Mobile Homestead trilogy
  120. Monsieur Lazhar
  121. Moonrise Kingdom
  122. Neighboring SoundsOnce_Upon_a_Time_in_Anatolia_1
  123. No
  124. Not Fade Away
  125. Oki’s Movie
  126. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  127. Only the Young
  128. Oslo, August 31st
  129. Our Children
  130. Painting, The
  131. Paperboy, The
  132. ParaNorman
  133. Perks of Being a Wallflower, The
  134. Photographic Memory
  135. Pirates: Band of Misfits, The
  136. Pitch Perfect
  137. Possession
  138. Premium Rush
  139. PrometheusPromised-Land-Movie-Poster-300x444
  140. Promised Land
  141. Queen of Versailles, The
  142. Rabbi’s Cat, The
  143. Raid: Redemption, The
  144. Rebelle (War Witch)
  145. Red Hook Summer
  146. Return
  147. Rise of the Guardians
  148. Robot and Frank
  149. Room 237
  150. Royal Affair, A
  151. Ruby Sparks
  152. Rust and Bone
  153. Sack Barrow
  154. Safety Not Guaranteed
  155. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  156. SamsaraThe-Secret-World-of-Arrietty-poster
  157. Searching for Sugar Man
  158. Secret World of Arrietty, The
  159. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  160. Sessions, The
  161. Seven Psychopaths
  162. Shut Up and Play the Hits
  163. Side By Side
  164. Sightseers
  165. Silver Linings Playbook
  166. Simple Life, A
  167. Sinister
  168. Sister
  169. Skyfall
  170. Smashed
  171. Snow White and the Huntsman
  172. Snowtown Murders, The
  173. Something in the Air
  174. Sound of My Voice, The
  175. Starlet
  176. Stories We TellTakeThisWaltzfr
  177. Tabu
  178. Take This Waltz
  179. Tchoupitoulas
  180. Ted
  181. Teddy Bear
  182. This Is 40
  183. This Is Not a Film
  184. This Must Be the Place
  185. To Rome with Love
  186. Turin Horse, The
  187. Two Years At Sea
  188. Under African Skies
  189. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
  190. Unspeakable Act, The
  191. Waiting Room, The
  192. We Have a Pope
  193. West of Memphisthe-woman-in-black-movie-poster-3
  194. Where Do We Go Now?
  195. Whore’s Glory
  196. Woman in Black, The
  197. Wreck-It-Ralph
  198. Wuthering Heights
  199. Your Sister’s Sister
  200. Zarafa
  201. Zero Dark Thirty

Day Two: 1st Annual Pop Culture Tales Holiday Movie Festival


Lost in Translation (2003)

Can you keep a secret? I’m trying to organize a prison break. I need like, what, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?

For Day Two of the festival, we went to modern day Tokyo and Sofia Coppola‘s 2003 film Lost In Translation.  The movie features Bill MurrayScarlett JohanssonGiovanni Ribisi and Anna Faris.

The movie opens with Bob Harris (Bill Murray) arriving from the United States at his hotel in Tokyo. Bob is a well-known action film star whose career is on the slide and he is in Tokyo to shoot a whiskey commercial. At a low point in his life and feeling a strong sense of culture shock, Bob is feeling lost and lonely, spending his non-working hours in his hotel. Here, he runs into another lonely person Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a philosophy graduate and young wife. Still trying to find her purpose in life, Charlotte is in Tokyo with her husband (Giovanni Ribisi), a successful photographer working in Japan. Left on their own a lot and both experiencing bouts of insomnia, Charlotte and Bob are drawn to each other, as they see a fellow displaced soul trying to find some meaning to life. During the course of the film, the two set off together and experience the craziness and frantic pace of the city. Through their growing relationship, they not only discover fun and adventure, but also their connection to life again.

Lost In Translation is a funny and poignant fish out of water tale of two lonely people who find themselves lost in a foreign city. There are moments that are extremely funny, as Bob and Charlotte find themselves at odds with the sensory overload of their foreign surroundings. There also moments that are extremely sad and touching, as these two very different people reach out to each other and share their feelings. Lost In Translation is Sophia Coppola’s second feature film as a writer/director and she has created a wonderful story of two people coming together against the bright and shining lights of Tokyo. Bill Murray, in particular, delivers a beautiful and understated performance that is both very funny and sad. The audience can see the depth of emotion and loneliness in his eyes. Lost In Translation is a touching and hopeful tale of two people who re-discover their humanity through connecting with another person. The film is a truly wonderful little film with a big message.

Lost in Translation was well received by critics and audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, 95% of the critics gave the film a positive review, based on 219 reviews. On Metacritic, the film received a score of 89 out 100, based on 44 reviews.

The movie did well domestically at the box office, especially for a low budget, independent film, grossing over $44 million.  It was the 67th highest grossing film of 2003. The top 10 films that year were: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; Finding Nemo; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl; The Matrix Reloaded; Bruce Almighty; X2: X-Men United; Elf; Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines; The Matrix Revolutions; and Cheaper by the Dozen. Internationally, the movie took in over $119 million.

The film received many film awards, racking up 82 wins & 63 nominations. Lost in Translation was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The movie went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The Best Picture winner that year was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Day One: 1st Annual Pop Culture Tales Holiday Movie Festival


Crouching TigerHidden Dragon (2000)

The things we touch have no permanence. My master would say: there is nothing we can hold onto in this world. Only by letting go can we truly possess what is real.

The first day of our festival took us to a mythical depiction of historic China and Ang Lee‘s masterpiece 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The movie features an international cast headed by Yun-Fat ChowMichelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi.

The film opens with legendary warrior Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) meeting with his old friend and fellow skilled fighter Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh). Li Mu Bai has experienced an epiphany and has decided to give up his life as a warrior. He asks Yu Shu Lien to deliver his famed weapon, known as Green Destiny, as a gift to Sir Te in Peking, as she and her men are to safely transport goods there. Haunting both Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien though is their unexpressed love for each other, as well as Li Mu Bai’s master’s death at the hands of the villainous witch Jade Fox. Upon her arrival in Peking, Yu Shu Lien meets Governor Yu’s daughter Jen (Zhang Ziyi), a strong-willed, adventurous girl who is not happy about her impending arranged marriage. Soon after, events take a sudden turn when Green Destiny is stolen by an unknown masked thief and Jade Fox re-enters the picture. Li Mu Bai is forced out of his short retirement and must join forces with Yu Shu Lien to regain the sword and battle his old enemy.

The film is a mystical and magical journey  that plays out like a richly crafted fairy tale. The audience is swept away on an epic adventure, like being on a magic carpet ride. There are compelling and conflicted heroes/heroines, formidable villains, magic and true love. The cinematography and art direction are visually stunning and are accompanied by a beautiful and haunting score. The exciting fight sequences are inventive. The performances, especially from Michelle Yeoh, are compelling and richly nuanced. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is truly one of the great epic adventure films of the last decade, as it weaves a grand tale of redemption and love.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was well received by critics and audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, 97% of the critics gave the film a positive review, based on 143 reviews. On Metacritic, the film received a score of 93 out 100, based on 31 reviews.

The movie did well domestically at the box office, especially for a foreign language film in Mandarin Chinese, grossing over $128 million through a 31week run.  It was the 12th highest grossing film of 2000, placing behind How the Grinch Stole Christmas; Cast AwayMission: Impossible II; Gladiator; What Women Want; The Perfect Storm; Meet The Parents; X-Men; Scary Movie; What Lies Beneath; and Dinosaur. Internationally, the movie took in over $213 million.

The film also received many film awards, racking up 91 wins & 92 nominations. In 2000, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon went on to win 4 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Original Score. The Best Picture Oscar winner for 2000 was Gladiator.

70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press announced their nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  Lincoln leads with seven nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Argo and Django Unchained each scored five nominations, while Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables, each earned four.

Here are the nominations:Argo


Best Picture, Drama:

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy:

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director:django-unchained-poster

  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg,  Lincoln
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actor, Drama:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Richard Gere, Arbitrage
  • John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress, Drama:

  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bonelife_of_pi_movie_poster_1
  • Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy:

  • Jack Black, Bernie
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
  • Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy:

  • Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Maggie Smith, Quartet
  • Meryl Streep, Hope Springslincoln-movie-poster

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Screenplay:

  • Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirtyzero_dark_thirty_ver3_xlg
  • Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • David O’Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Chris Terrio, Argo

Foreign Language Film:

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

Best Animated Feature Film:

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Rise of the GuardiansBest Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Best Original Song:

  • “For You” – Act of Valor
  • “Not Running Anymore” – Stand Up Guys
  • “Safe & Sound” – The Hunger Games
  • “Skyfall” –  Skyfall
  • “Suddenly” – Les Miserables

Best Original Score:

  • Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
  • Alexandre Desplat, Argo
  • Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
  • Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
  • John Williams, Lincoln


Best Television Series, Drama:

  • Breaking Bad
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Downton Abbey: Season 2
  • Homeland
  • The Newsroom

Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical:

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Episodes
  • Girls
  • Modern Family
  • Smash

Best Miniseries or Television Movie:

  • Game Changemoonrise_kingdom_ver2
  • The Girl
  • Hatfields & McCoys
  • The Hour
  • Political Animals

Best Actor, Television Drama:

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

Best Actress, Television Drama:

  • Connie Briton, Nashville
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton AbbeySalmon Fishing One Sheet_SalmonFishing_OneSheet
  • Juliana Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Actor, Television Comedy or Musical:

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress, Television Comedy or Musical:

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

Best Actor, Television Movie or Mini-Series:SilverLiningsPlaybook

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

Best Actress, Television Movie or Mini-Series:

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

Best Supporting Actor:

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

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
  • Archi Panjabi, The Good Wife
  • Sarah Paulson, Game Change
  • Maggie Smith, Downtown Abbey
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

Today, the Screen Actors Guild announced their 2012 award nominations for film and television. Argo

Here are the nominations:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

  • Argo
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
  • John Hawkes – The Sessions
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
  • Denzel Washington – FlightBest Exotic Marigold Hotel

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard – Rust & Bone
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
  • Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Alan Arkin – Argo
  • Javier Bardem – Skyfall
  • Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Oustanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:Les-Miserables-2012-Movie-Poster

  • Sally Field – Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
  • Helen Hunt – The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy
  • Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

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

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Claire Danes – Homelandlincoln-movie-poster
  • Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey
  • Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. – Louie
  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
  • Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock
  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
  • Sofia Vergara – Modern FamilySilverLiningsPlaybook
  • Betty White – Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

  • Kevin Costner – Hatfields & McCoys
  • Woody Harrelson – Game Change
  • Ed Harris – Game Change
  • Clive Own – Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Bill Paxton – Hatfield & McCoys

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

  • Nicole Kidman – Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Julianne Moore – Game Change
  • Charlotte Rampling – Restless
  •  Sigourney Weaver – Political Animals
  • Alfre Woodard – Steel Magnolias

American Film Institute’s Top 10 Movies and Television Shows of 2012

Yesterday, the American Film Institute announced their selections for the top 10 movies and television shows of 2010.Argo

The complete list of this year’s selections can be found below.

AFI Movies of the Year
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

AFI TV Programs of the Year
American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story
Breaking Bad
Game Change
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
Modern Family
The Walking Dead