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Academy Award Predictions 2014


Here are my annual Oscar predictions for this year’s Academy Awards in the top categories, featuring the movie nominations from 2013. The winners of the 86th Academy Awards will be announced on March 2nd, 2014. “And the Oscar Goes To …”12 Years A Slave

Best Motion Picture

  1. 12 Years A Slave
  2. American Hustle
  3. Captain Phillips
  4. Dallas Buyers Club 
  5. Gravity
  6. Her
  7. Nebraska
  8. Philomena
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street
  • My Prediction: 12 Years a Slave
  • Strong Second Choice: Gravity
  • Surprise Omission: Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Achievement In Directinggravity-alfonso-cuaron-george-clooney-set-image

  1. Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
  2. Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
  3. Alexander Payne, Nebraska
  4. David O. Russell, American Hustle
  5. Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • My Prediction: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
  • Strong Second Choice: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
  • Surprise Omission: Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Rolers_1024x759-130828140235-1024.dallas-buyers-club-mcconaughey.ls.82813_copy

  1. Christian Bale, American Hustle
  2. Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  3. Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  4. Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  5. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • My Prediction: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Strong Second Choice: Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Surprise Omissions: Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips / Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Lead Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBlue-Jasmine

  1. Amy Adams, American Hustle
  2. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  3. Judi Dench, Philomena
  4. Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
  5. Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • My Prediction: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Strong Second Choice: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Surprise Omission: Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleDALLAS-BUYERS-CLUB

  1. Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  2. Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  3. Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
  4. Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
  5. Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • My Prediction: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Strong Second Choice: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
  • Surprise Omission: Daniel Brühl for Rush

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role12_Years_a_Slave_Lupita_Nyong_o

  1. Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  2. Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  3. Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  4. Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  5. June Squibb, Nebraska
  • My Prediction: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Strong Second Choice: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Surprise Omission: Oprah Winfrey, The Butler

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Publishedbanner-12-years-a-slave

  1. Before Midnight, written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
  2. Captain Phillips, screenplay by Billy Ray
  3. Philomena, screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  4. 12 Years a Slave, screenplay by John Ridley
  5. The Wolf of Wall Street, screenplay by Terence Winter
  • My Prediction: 12 Years a Slave, screenplay by John Ridley
  • Strong Second Choice: Philomena, screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  • Surprise Omission: The Spectacular Now, screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenAmerican-Hustle-movie-poster-review

  1. American Hustle, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  2. Blue Jasmine, written by Woody Allen
  3. Dallas Buyers Club, written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
  4. Her, written by Spike Jonze
  5. Nebraska, written by Bob Nelson
  • My Prediction: American Hustle, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • Strong Second Choice: Her, written by Spike Jonze
  • Surprise Omission: Inside Llewyn Davis, written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best Animated Feature Filmfrozen1

  1. The Croods
  2. Despicable Me 2
  3. Ernest & Celestine
  4. Frozen
  5. The Wind Rises
  • My Prediction: Frozen
  • Strong Second Choice: Frozen
  • Surprise Omission: Monsters University

Best Foreign Language Film4j18i9pe0ajf38o756fn1otz25_2

  1. The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
  2. The Great Beauty (Italy)
  3. The Hunt (Denmark)
  4. The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
  5. Omar (Palestine)
  • My Prediction: The Great Beauty (Italy)
  • Strong Second Choice: The Hunt (Denmark)
  • Surprise Omission: Many great foreign films were not eligible. Each country is only allowed one submission for consideration.

Best Documentary, Feature17711-series-header

  1. The Act of Killing
  2. Cutie and the Boxer
  3. Dirty Wars
  4. The Square
  5. 20 Feet from Stardom
  • My Prediction: The Act of Killing
  • Strong Second Choice: 20 Feet from Stardom
  • Surprise Omission: Stories We Tell

 Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song0b7465a53ac03fa378ade313728546be

  1. Happy from Despicable Me 2
  2. Let It Go from Frozen
  3. The Moon Song from Her
  4. Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • My Prediction: Let It Go
  • Strong Second Choice: The Moon Song
  • Surprise Omission: Young and Beautiful from The Great Gatsby

 

 

 

Academy Award Nominations 2014


Best Motion Pictureamerican_hustle_ver6_xlrg

  1. American Hustle
  2. Captain Phillips
  3. Dallas Buyers Club
  4. Gravity
  5. Her
  6. Nebraska
  7. Philomena
  8. 12 Years a Slave
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street

Missing:

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis
  2. Saving Mr. Banks
  3. Fruitvale Station
  4. Blue JasmineCaptain Phillips
  5. Rush
  6. Before Midnight
  7. August: Osage County
  8. The Butler

Best Achievement In Directing

  1. Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
  2. Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
  3. David O. Russell for American Hustle
  4. Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
  5. Alexander Payne for Nebraska

Missing:

  1. Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips
  2. Spike Jonze for Her
  3. Jean-Marc Vallée for Dallas Buyers ClubDallas-Buyers-Club-2013-Movie-Poster
  4. Stephen Frears for Philomena
  5. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis
  6. Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine
  7. John Lee Hancock for Saving Mr. Banks
  8. Lee Daniels for The Butler

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  1. Christian Bale for American Hustle
  2. Bruce Dern for Nebraska
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
  5. Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Missing:

  1. Tom Hanks for Captain PhillipsGravity
  2. Robert Redford for All Is Lost
  3. Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis
  4. Joaquin Phoenix for Her
  5. Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  6. Forest Whitaker for The Butler

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  1. Amy Adams for American Hustle
  2. Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
  3. Sandra Bullock for Gravity
  4. Judi Dench for Philomena
  5. Meryl Streep for August: Osage County

Missing:

  1. Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks
  2. Brie Larson for Short Term 12her_xlg
  3. Kate Winslet for Labor Day
  4. Julie Delpy for Before Midnight
  5. Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha
  6. Berenice Bejo for The Past
  7. Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Enough Said

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
  2. Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
  3. Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
  5. Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Missing:

  1. Daniel Brühl for Rush
  2. James Gandolfini for Enough Saidnebraska_xlg
  3. Tom Hanks for Saving Mr. Banks
  4. James Franco for Spring Breakers
  5. Will Forte for Nebraska

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine
  2. Julia Roberts for August: Osage County
  3. Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave
  4. Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
  5. June Squibb for Nebraska

Missing:

  1. Oprah Winfrey for The Butler
  2. Scarlett Johansson for Her
  3. Octavia Spencer for Fruitvale Station
  4. Margot Robbie for The Wolf of Wall Streetphilomena_xlrg
  5. Sarah Paulson for 12 Years a Slave

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

  1. Before Midnight: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
  2. Captain Phillips: Billy Ray
  3. 12 Years a Slave: John Ridley
  4. The Wolf of Wall Street: Terence Winter
  5. Philomena: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

Missing:

  1. August: Osage County: Tracy Letts
  2. Blue Is The Warmest Color: Ghalia Lacroix and Abdellatif Kechiche
  3. Short Term 12: Daniel Cretton
  4. The Spectacular Now: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber12 Years A Slave
  5. Lone Survivor: Peter Berg

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

  1. American Hustle: Eric Singer, David O. Russell
  2. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen
  3. Her: Spike Jonze
  4. Nebraska: Bob Nelson
  5. Dallas Buyers Club: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

Missing:

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  2. Enough Said: Nicole Holofcener,
  3. Gravity: Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron,
  4. Saving Mr. Banks: Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith
  5. Fruitvale Station: Ryan Coogler
  6. Mud: Jeff Nichols
  7. Prisoners: Aaron GuzikowskiThe Wolf of Wall Street

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. The Croods
  2. Despicable Me 2
  3. Ernest & Celestine
  4. Frozen
  5. The Wind Rises

Missing:

  1. Monsters University
  2. Epic
  3. A Letter To Momo

Foreign Language Film

  1. The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)FROZN_014M_G_ENG-GB_70x100.indd
  2. The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
  3. The Hunt (Denmark)
  4. The Great Beauty (Italy)
  5. Omar (Palestine)

Missing:

  1. The Notebook (Hungary)
  2. The Grandmaster (Hong Kong)
  3. An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  4. Two Lives (Germany)

Not Eligible:

  1. Afternoon Delight (Phillippines)
  2. Blue is the Warmest Color (France)croods_ver8
  3. Child’s Pose (Romania)
  4. Computer Chess (Germany)
  5. Concussion (Germany)
  6. Gabrielle (Canada)
  7. Gloria (Chile)
  8. Hijacking, A (Denmark)
  9. Ilo Ilo (Singapore)
  10. Past, The (Iran)
  11. Rocket, The (Australia)
  12. Touch of Sin, A (Italy)
  13. Una Noche (Taiwan)
  14. Wadjda (Saudi Arabia)

Best Documentary Feature

  1. The Act of Killing
  2. Cutie and the Boxer
  3. Dirty WarsDespicable-Me-2-poster
  4. The Square
  5. 20 Feet from Stardom

Missing:

  1. Stories We Tell
  2. The Crash Reel
  3. Blackfish
  4. Tim’s Vermeer
  5. God Loves Uganda

Notable Movies of 2013


Here are the notable movies of 2013:12 Years A Slave

  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. 42
  3. All is Lost
  4. American Hustle
  5. August: Osage County
  6. Before Midnight
  7. Bling Ring, The
  8. Blue Caprice
  9. Blue Jasmine
  10. Book Thief, The
  11. Butler, The
  12. Captain Phillips
  13. Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus
  14. Dallas Buyers Club
  15. Don Jon
  16. Enough Saidamerican-hustle-movie-poster
  17. Foxy Merkins, The
  18. Frances Ha
  19. Fuitvale Station
  20. Go For Sisters
  21. Gravity
  22. Her
  23. In a World
  24. Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, The
  25. Inside Llewyn Davis
  26. Invisible Woman, The
  27. Kill Your Darlings
  28. Labor Day
  29. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  30. Mud
  31. Museum Hours
  32. My Sister’s Quinceanera
  33. NebraskaGravity
  34. Newlyweeds
  35. One Chance
  36. Out of the Furnace
  37. Philomena
  38. Pit Stop
  39. Place Beyond The Pines, The
  40. Prisoners
  41. Rush
  42. Saving Mr. Banks
  43. Short Term 12
  44. Spectacular Now, The
  45. Spring Breakers
  46. This Is Martin Bonner
  47. Upstream Color
  48. Way, Way Back, The
  49. Wolf of Wall Street, The
  50. World’s End, Thenebraska_xlg

Foreign Language Films

  1. Afternoon Delight (Phillippines)
  2. Blue is the Warmest Color (France)
  3. Broken Circle Breakdown, The (Belgium)
  4. Child’s Pose (Romania)
  5. Computer Chess (Germany)
  6. Concussion (Germany)
  7. Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, An (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  8. Gabrielle (Canada)
  9. Gloria (Chile)
  10. Grandmaster, The (Hong Kong)
  11. Great Beauty, The (Italy)
  12. Hunt, The (Denmark)
  13. Hijacking, A (Denmark)Captain Phillips
  14. Ilo Ilo (Singapore)
  15. Missing Picture, The (Cambodia)
  16. Notebook, The (Hungary)
  17. Omar (Palestine)
  18. Past, The (Iran)
  19. Rocket, The (Australia)
  20. Touch of Sin, A (Italy)
  21. Two Lives (Germany)
  22. Una Noche (Taiwan)
  23. Wadjda (Saudi Arabia)

Documentaries

  1. 20 Feet from Stardom
  2. Act of Killing, The
  3. After Tiller
  4. Armstrong Lie, TheInside Llewyn Davis
  5. At Berkeley
  6. Blackfish
  7. Crash Reel, The
  8. Cutie and the Boxer
  9. Dirty Wars
  10. First Cousin Once Removed
  11. Gideon’s Army
  12. God Loves Uganda
  13. Let The Fire Burn
  14. Leviathan
  15. Life According to Sam
  16. Manakamana
  17. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
  18. River Changes Course, A
  19. Square, The
  20. Stories We Tell
  21. Tim’s VermeerThe Wolf of Wall Street
  22. Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Animated Films

  1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  2. Croods, The
  3. Despicable Me 2
  4. Epic
  5. Ernest & Celestine
  6. Frozen
  7. Letter to Momo, A
  8. Monsters University
  9. Turbo
  10. Walking with Dinosaurs
  11. Wind Rises, The

Blockbustersher_xlg

  1. Conjuring, The
  2. Ender’s Game
  3. Fast and Furious 6
  4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  5. Great Gatsby, The
  6. Grown Ups 2
  7. Hangover Part III, The
  8. Heat, The
  9. Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The
  10. Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The
  11. Identity Thief
  12. Iron Man 3
  13. Insidious Chapter 2
  14. Lone Survivor
  15. Mama
  16. Man of SteelSaving Mr. Banks
  17. Now You See Me
  18. Oz: The Great and Powerful
  19. Pacific Rim
  20. Star Trek: Into Darkness
  21. This Is the End
  22. Thor: The Dark World
  23. We’re The Millers
  24. Wolverine. The
  25. World War Z
  26. You’re Next

 

Best Christmas Movies of All-Time (Updated 2015)


In selecting my list of favourite Christmas Season movies of all-time, I leaned more towards traditional and classic films. its-a-wonderful-life-movie-poster-1946-1020143730

I also looked for some common themes. To me, the holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends through holiday rituals. It is about giving, sharing, love, hope, joy and celebration.  It is about good feelings towards each other and peace on earth. Christmas is also about finding redemption, second chances and miracles. People have a chance to rediscover a new self-awareness and learn what is truly important in their lives. There is a renewal of hope and even the possibility of finding romance. It is about discovering the beauty of humankind.

Here are my top Christmas Films of all-time:

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  3. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)326070.1020.A
  4. A Christmas Carol (1951)
  5. The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942)
  6. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
  7. The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
  8. Joyeux Noel (2005)
  9. It Happened on Fifth Avenue  (1947)
  10. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
  11. Holiday Inn (1942)
  12. White Christmas (1954)
  13. Remember the Night (1940)
  14. A Christmas Carol (1938)
  15. A Christmas Story (1983)
  16. Holiday Affair (1949)
  17. A Christmas Tale (2008)
  18. Scrooged (1988)
  19. Love Actually (2003)
  20. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Polar Express (2004) (tie) Poster - Meet Me in St

Honourable mention (in order): How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966), The Snowman (1982), Arthur Christmas (2011), The Family Stone (2005), Home Alone (1990), Gremlins (1984), Scrooge  (1970), Babes in Toyland (1961), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Tenth Avenue Angel (1948), Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), Scrooge (1935), Bundle of Joy (1956), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), One Magic Christmas (1985)

The 2013 Academy Award Winners


The Oscar 2013 Winners:

Here is the complete list of 2013 Academy Award winners:argo01
Best Director:
Best Actor:
Best Actress:
Best Supporting Actor:
Best Supporting Actress:
Best Original Screenplay:
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Best Animated Feature:

Best Foreign Language FIlm:

Best Documentary Feature:

Best Cinematography:

Best Film Editing:

Best Production Design:

Best Costume Design:

Best Original Score:

Best Original Song:

Best Sound Editing (tie):

Best Sound Mixing:

Best Visual Effects:

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Best Animated Short:

Best Live Action Short:

Best Documentary Short:

My Predicitons for the 2013 Academy Awards


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, 2013.argo-affleck-852-04022909

Here are my predictions:

Best Motion Picture Predicted Winner:

  • Argo – This inspirational, true-life take on an incredible tale of courage and perseverance seems to have the most positive buzz among the press. It has also dominated the major categories at the Golden Globes, SAGs, DGAs, PGAs and BAFTA Awards.  The snub for Ben Affleck in the Best Director category has seemed to help propel this film forward.

Best Motion Picture Possible Upset:

  • Lincoln – This epic tale also has a small chance to take the top prize, as it made a strong showing with the number of Academy Award nominations. This upset is very slim though, as Argo is the lincoln-daniel-day-lewismore likely winner.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Predicted Winner:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis for LincolnA two-time Academy Award winner in this category, Day-Lewis has the most critical momentum and the most number of other honours for this role for him to take the top honor in this category.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Possible Upset:

  • Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables – Jackman is a very charismatic presence in Hollywood and has generated a lot of positive buzz around a heartfelt performance that shows off his skills as an actor and singer. Jackman though is not very likely to win over Day-Lewis.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Predicted Winner:

  • Emmanuelle Riva for Amour  – As  the oldest person ever to be nominated in this category, Riva has garnered a considerable amount of praise for her sensitive portrayal of a women amour-riva_2448292bin her declining years including the BAFTA award for Best Actress.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Possible Upset:

  • Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook – Lawrence is a huge rising star in Hollywood and has generated lots of positive buzz for her performance. She is definitely the “It” girl in Hollywood and has a very strong chance of taking home this award.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Predicted Winner:

  • Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained – This category is going to very close to predict with all the nominees being previous Oscar winners. Though most film critics are going with Robert De Niro, I will still have to go with Waltz for his portrayal of a menacing bounty hunter. He also has already picked up the Golden Globe and the BAFTA in this category and is well-respected in Hollywood.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Possible Upset:christopher-waltz-jamie-foxx-django-unchained

  • Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln – Lee Jones is also very well liked and respected as an actor. His performance also has generated a lot of acclaim including a SAG award in this same category.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Predicted Winner:

  • Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables – Hathaway has generated the most positive buzz and acclaim for a performance where she shows off her talents as an actress and singer. She is also very well liked in Hollywood and is by far the favorite to win in this category.

 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role  Possible Upset:

  • Sally Field for Lincoln – Field has also received a lot of positive attention for her performance and is very well liked and respected in Hollywood. She has already won two Oscars and people like a comeback story. It is though very unlikely that she will win over Hathaway in this category.

Best Achievement in Directing Predicted Winner:1500_les_miserables_anne_hathaway

  • Michael Haneke for Amour – With Affleck and Bigelow out of the picture, the winner is likely going to be Haneke for directing for what many consider to be the best picture of the last year even though it is a foreign language film.

Best Achievement in Directing Possible Upset:

  • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln – The veteran filmmaker is one of the most successful and accomplished directors of all-time and has the name clout with voters. He is also a two-time winner in this category.  As Affleck has taken home most of the other major prizes in this category, this one is harder to predict with even Ang Lee having a shot for Life of Pi, as Lee is also a previous winner in this category.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Predicted Winner:

  • Amour: Michael Haneke – This is really a close call; I will have to give a slight lead to Haneke for his screenplay for Amour,  considered to be one of the best films of last year.Michael-Haneke--Amour

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Possible Upset:

  • Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino – A previous winner in this category, Tarantino also has a really good shot at winning, having already won the BAFTA and Golden Globe for this screenplay. Tarantino also has the name recognition factor.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Predicted Winner:

  • Argo: Chris Terrio  – This category is also going to be really close. Though, I will have to go with the screenplay for Argo, which has already won a Writers Guild Award. Argo is very popular amongst award voters and has garnered more buzz due to Affleck’s snub in the Best Director category.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees:

  • Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell – Russell also has a really strong chance of winning in this category, having already won the BAFTA and Independent Spirit Award. The filmSILVER-LININGS-PLAYBOOK-DIR-David-O-Russell-with-Bradley-Cooper-and-Jennifer-Lawrence also has a lot of positive buzz.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Predicted Winner:

  • Brave – Out of all the animated films this past year, this film has generated the most acclaim and accolades, including the Golden Globe and the BAFTA in this category. Brave was also the highest grossing animated film at the box office this past year.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Possible Upset:

  • Wreck-It Ralph – This film also has a shot in this category, as it also has had a lot of positive press and was a big draw at the box office this past year. 

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Predicted Winner:

  • Amour (Austria) – This film is almost a sure bet in this category. Out of all the foreign language films this year, this one has garnered the most awards, including the Golden Globe Braveand the BAFTA, acclaim and positive press.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Possible Upset:

  • A Royal Affair (Denmark) – Though all the nominations were strong candidates, I will have to go with this costume period drama for a distant second place. Note: None of the films, including this one, really stand a chance against Amour in this category.

Best Documentary, Feature Predicted Winner:

  • Searching for Sugar Man – Out of all the Documentary Features, this film is the most crowd pleasing and has the most positive buzz, It has already won the BAFTA in this category, as well as Producers and Writers Guild awards.

Best Documentary, Feature Possible Upset:

  • The Invisible War – All the other contenders in this category deal with more somber subject matters and are all excellent films in their one right, making this category hard to call. I will have to go with this feature as a possible upset, as the film deals with the disturbing subject of sexual assaults of female personnel in the military. Though 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, and How to Survive a Plague all also stand a chance of winning.daniel-craig-judi-dench-skyfall

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Predicted Winner:

  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth – This was a huge film this year and the song was one of the many highlights. The song has already won a number of major awards and is also co-written and sung by Adele, who is extremely popular.

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Possible Upset:

Best and Worst Reviewed Movies of 2012


According to Metacritic, here are the best and worst movies of 2012 based on the site’s metascores.

The Best Wide Releases of 2012:zero_dark_thirty_ver2

   Movie  Genre

1

Zero Dark Thirty  Action, Drama, Thriller

2

Lincoln Drama

3

Argo Drama

4

The Master Drama

5

Moonrise Kingdom Drama, Comedy

6

Looper Sci-Fi, Action

7

Skyfall Action

8

Silver Linings Playbook Drama, Comedy

9

Django Unchained Action, Drama, Western

10

The Secret World of Arrietty Animation, Family

11

Life of Pi Drama, Adventure

12

The Dark Knight Rises Action

13

Flight Drama

14

Frankenweenie Animation, Family

15

The Raid: Redemption Action

16

The Pirates! Band of Misfits Animation, Family

17

Wreck-It Ralph Animation, Family

18

Magic Mike Drama, Comedy

19

The Cabin in the Woods Horror

20

ParaNorman Animation, Family

21

Brave Animation, Family

22

The Avengers Action

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Chronicle Action

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21 Jump Street Action, Comedy

25

End of Watch Drama, Thriller

The Worst Wide Releases of 2012:

   Movie Genre

1

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Horror

2

The Apparition Horror

3

The Devil Inside Horror

4

One for the Money Action, Comedy

5

The Cold Light of Day Action, Thriller

6

Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 Drama

7

A Thousand Words Comedy

8

Playing for Keeps Rom-com

9

Alex Cross Thriller

10

House at the End of the Street Horror

The Best Limited Releases of 2012:

   Movie Genre

1

Amour Foreign, Drama

2

This Is Not a Film Foreign, Documentary

3

The Gatekeepers Foreign, Documentary

4

How to Survive a Plague Documentary

5

Barbara Foreign, Drama

6

Elena Foreign, Drama

7

The Kid with a Bike Foreign, Drama

8

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters Documentary

9

Beasts of the Southern Wild Drama, Fantasy

10

The Waiting Room Documentary

11

Holy Motors Foreign, Drama

12

Oslo, August 31st Foreign, Drama

13

Monsieur Lazhar Foreign, Drama

14

The Day He Arrives Foreign, Drama

15

The Flat Foreign, Documentary

16

Side by Side Documentary

17

The Deep Blue Sea Drama

18

In the Family Drama

19

Tabu Foreign, Drama

20

Footnote Foreign, Drama

21

Marley Music, Documentary

22

Under African Skies Music, Documentary

23

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Foreign, Drama

24

Sister Foreign, Drama

25

Tchoupitoulas Documentary

The Worst Limited Releases of 2012:

   Movie Genre

1

The Tortured Horror, Thriller

2

A Little Bit of Heaven Rom-com

3

Excuse Me for Living Comedy

4

After Fall, Winter Drama

5

Assassin’s Bullet Action, Thriller

6

Smiley Horror

7

30 Beats Rom-com

8

Supercapitalist Thriller

9

That’s What She Said Comedy

10

Beneath the Darkness Horror, Thriller

 

GLAAD Nominees for Best of Media Awards 2013


Today, GLADD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) announced their nominees for the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards.North-Sea-Texas-0003

Here is the list for Film and Television:

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • ParaNorman (Focus Features)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)
  • Your Sister’s Sister (IFC Films)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE

  • Any Day Now (Music Box Films)
  • Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films)
  • Mosquita y Mari (Wolfe Releasing)
  • Musical Chairs (Paladin)
  • North Sea Texas (Strand Releasing)Musical_Chairs_3

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

  • Degrassi (TeenNick)
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  • The L.A. Complex (The CW)
  • Smash (NBC)
  • True Blood (HBO)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

  • Glee (Fox)
  • Go On (NBC)
  • Happy Endings (ABC)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • The New Normal (NBC)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character)any_day_now_ver2

  • “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do,” Raising Hope (Fox)
  • “Family Matters,” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
  • “L’Affaire Du Coeur,” Franklin & Bash (TNT)
  • “Lost and Found,” Touch (Fox)
  • “Ruby Slippers,” The Mentalist (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

  • American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
  • Hit and Miss (DirecTV)
  • Political Animals (USA)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

  • Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (First Run Features)
  • Codebreaker (TODpix)
  • Hit So Hard (Variance Films)55462_p_m
  • How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)
  • Vito (HBO)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • “It Is What It Is” Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)
  • The Real L Word (Showtime)
  • Small Town Security (AMC)
  • “Welcome to Hollywood,” Pregnant in Heels (Bravo)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE

  • “At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins,” Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN)
  • “Autoshop Restores Bullied Gay Student’s Car for Free,” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
  • “Bishop Gene Robinson,” The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  • “The Husband Who Is Now a Woman and the Daughter Who Is Now a Son,” The Jeff Probst Show (syndicated)keep_the_lights_on
  • “Marriage Equality,” The Suze Orman Show (CNBC)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA

  • The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
  • Days of Our Lives (NBC)

Winners of Golden Globe Awards for 2012


Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press announced their winners for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  Argo-INTL-MAIN-QUAD-1

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Best Picture, Drama:

 Best Picture, Musical or Comedy:

 Best Director:

 Best Actor, Drama:

Best Actress, Drama:

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy:

 Best Actress, Musical or Comedy:

 Best Supporting Actor:

 Best Supporting Actress:

 Best Screenplay:

Best Foreign Language Film:

Best Animated Feature Film:

 Best Original Song:

 Best Original Score:

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Best Television Series – Dramahomeland

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

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 Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

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 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

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My Predictions for the Golden Globe Awards in Motion Pictures for 2012


On Sunday, January 13, 2013, the Hollywood Foreign Press will announce their winners for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  Golden Globe opening

Here are my predictions in order of probability:

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Best Picture, Drama Predicted Winner:

  • Argo – This true-life take on an incredible tale of courage and perseverance seems to have the most positive buzz amongst the press though snubbed in the Best Director category with the Oscars.

Best Picture, Drama Possible Upsets:

  • Lincoln – This epic tale has also a very strong chance to take the top prize and made a strong showing with the Academy Award nominations.
  • Zero Dark Thirty – The intense thriller also based on a true tale has a chance, but may be a little too dark for voters with the Hollywood Foreign Press.Argo-INTL-MAIN-QUAD-1

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy Predicted Winner:

  • Silver Linings Playbook – Has a lot of great buzz as a smart, well-crafted romantic comedy with strong performances.

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy Possible Upset:

  • Les Misérables  – Though receiving mixed reviews, this epic musical has the grandeur and force that could result in enough votes from the Hollywood Foreign Press to take the top prize.

 Best Director Predicted Winner:

  •  Ben Affleck for Argo – Affleck has gained great respect as a director and has the star power to take the top prize.

Best Director Possible Upsets:

  • Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty – Bigelow also has garnered great respect as director and has a lot of positive buzz with the press. She could also take home the award.Lincoln-Movie-Poster-600x450
  • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln – The veteran filmmaker is one of the most successful and accomplished directors of all-time and has the name clout to resonate with voters.

Best Actor, Drama Predicted Winner:

Best Actor, Drama Possible Upset:

  • Joaquin Phoenix for The Master – Phoenix is also a previous Golden Globe nominee and winner. His performance has also generated lots of critical acclaim though he has a much-publicized aversion to awards.

Best Actress, Drama Predicted Winner:

  • Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty – Chastain is one of the most watched female rising stars in Hollywood and has garnered much praise for her accomplished performance in zero-dark-thirty1this film.

Best Actress, Drama Possible Upset:

  • Naomi Watts for The Impossible – Watts has built a solid amount of support and respect as an actress, in particular for this critically acclaimed performance. She also has the star power that voters like.

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy Predicted Winner:

  • Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables – Jackman is a very charismatic presence in Hollywood and has generated a lot of positive buzz about his dynamic performance that shows off his skills as an actor and singer.

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy Possible Upset:Life-Of-Pi

  • Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook – The race for this award is very close and Cooper also has a strong chance to take the prize. Like Jackman, Cooper also has a strong charismatic presence in Hollywood and has received much praise for his performance.

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Predicted Winner:

  • Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook – Like Chastain, Lawrence is a huge rising star in Hollywood and has generated lots of positive buzz for her performance. She is definitely the “It” girl in Hollywood.

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Possible Upset:

  • Judi Dench for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – This well-respected film veteran made a huge impact his year, not only for this film, but also for her acclaimed performance in Skyfall. She also has ten previous Golden Globe nominations and has won twice.

Best Supporting Actor Predicted Winner:django-unchained-2012-movie-wallpaper-for-1920x1200-widescreen-11-488

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master – Seymour Hoffman is not only well-liked but a much acclaimed character actor in Hollywood. His performance in this film has lots of buzz behind it.

Best Supporting Actor Possible Upset:

  • Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln – The race for this award is also very close, as Lee Jones is also very well liked and respected as an actor. His performance also has generated a lot of acclaim.

Best Supporting Actress Predicted Winner:

  • Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables – Hathaway has generated the most positive buzz for her acclaimed performance where she shows off her talents as an actress and singer. She is i4OqHxAfCrXkalso very well liked and has received acclaim for another high profile film this year: The Dark Knight Rises.

Best Supporting Actress Possible Upset:

  • Sally Field for Lincoln – Field has also received a lot of positive attention for her performance and is very well liked and respected in Hollywood. She has a total of eleven Golden Globe nominations with two wins. The press also likes a film comeback story.

Best Screenplay Predicted Winner:

  • Tony Kushner for Lincoln – This category is a little bit tougher to predict. Kushner has the most positive press for his screenplay in this category. He is also a highly respected writer in film, television and theatre.

Best Screenplay Possible Upset:Silver-Linings-Playbook-poster

  • Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained – This is really anybody’s race but I would have to go with Tarantino here, as he has the name recognition factor and has garnered much praise for this film.

Best Foreign Language Film Predicted Winner:

  • Amour – This film is almost a sure bet in this category. Out of all the foreign language films this year, this one has generated the most acclaim and positive press.

 Best Foreign Language Film Possible Upset:

  • Intouchables – Though snubbed by the Oscars, this film has also generated strong positive buzz and critical acclaim.

Best Animated Feature Film Predicted Winner:

  • Frankenweenie – Out of those nominated in this category, this animated film has generated the most positive acclaim and is directed by Tim Burton, who is a previous Golden Globe 6dc95c2bd1dad8f097a056d90cd6b0ebnominee. Also, the Hollywood Foreign Press snubbed ParaNorman, which should have received a nomination in this category.

 Best Animated Feature Film Possible Upset:

  • Wreck-It Ralph – This film also has a lot of positive press and was a big draw at the box office this past year. Personally, I would like to see Brave take this award, as this was my favorite animated film of the year.

Best Original Song Predicted Winner:

  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth – This was a huge film this year and the song was one of the many highlights. It is also written and sung by Adele, who is extremely popular.

Best Original Song Possible Upset:

Best Original Score Predicted Winner:

  • John Williams for Lincoln – The score from this movie is one of its highlights and John Williams is a prolific and well-renowned film composer.

Best Original Score Possible Upset:

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