Saturday, December 20, 2014

Oscar snubs Dolan and the Dardennes in their shortlisted 9 Foreign Films...

Wild Tales


Corn Island





Force Majeure

The Liberator

Nevada Film Critics Society...

Best Film - 'Gone Girl'

Best Actor - Jake Gyllenhaal 'Nightcrawler'

Best Actress - Rosamund Pike 'Gone Girl'

Best Supporting Actor - JK Simmons 'Whiplash'
Best Supporting Actress - Tie - Jessica Chastain for 'A Most Violent Year' and Patricia Arquette for 'Boyhood' 

Best Youth Performance - Ellar Coltrane 'Boyhood'

Best Director - Dan Gilroy 'Nightcrawler'
Best Screenplay - Dan Gilroy 'Nightcrawler'

Best Ensemble Cast - 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Best Documentary - 'Citizenfour'
Best Animated Movie - 'Big Hero 6'
Best Production Design - 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Best Cinematography - 'Interstellar'

Best Visual Effects - 'Interstellar'

Las Vegas Film Critics Society

Best Score: Birdman 
Best Documentary: Citizenfour 
Breakout Filmmaker of the Year: Damien Chazelle. 
Best Song: "I Love You All" from Frank 
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Costume Design: Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Foreign Film: Ida
Best Editing: Edge of Tomorrow
Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer 
Best Art Direction: The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Best Youth Performance: Jaeden Lieberher, St. Vincent 
Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film: The Babadook. 
Best Comedy: Top Five
Best Family Film: The LEGO Movie
Best Action Film: Guardians of the Galaxy. 
Best Animated Film: The LEGO Movie
Best Screenplay: Birdman.
Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Ensemble: Birdman
Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Innaritu, Birdman

Top 10: 
10) Under the Skin
9) Snowpiercer
8) The Imitation Game
7) Selma
6) Wild
5) The Grand Budapest Hotel
4) Nightcrawler
3) Whiplash
2) Boyhood
1) Birdman

Friday, December 19, 2014

December Oscar Predictions: Lead Performances

Lead Performances

So, we’ll wrap up the breakdown with a look at the Leading Performances up for Oscar consideration this year.  As we’ve seen, there is a clear consensus as to the performances that are being considered, but we always see shocking exclusions (like, who would have guessed at this point last year that Redford and Hanks were going to be Oscar snubs?) and inclusions and so we need to keep our eyes open for films/performances that are rising at the last minute, because it is the last minute, and this is when those performances will get the jump on those we thought were safe all along.

First, we’ll talk Lead Actor:

December Oscar Predictions: Supporting Performances

Supporting Performances

We’ll continue breaking down these categories by looking at the Supporting categories.  There is a strong consensus forming for all the acting categories, with it looking like there are four locks per category and a few names fighting for a fifth spot.  Some categories are fuller than others, but it’s time to weed some of the obvious non-contenders out.

We’ll start with Supporting Actor.

December Oscar Predictions: Screenplays


So, we’ll continue our breakdown of the top eight categories and where I personally see the race ATM with considering the Screenplays.  I’m going to just lump these two together, since I can and, well, why not.  We still have WGA to account for, which will come next month, but for now we can really see a narrowing down beginning, especially in Adapted Screenplay (where, like, there is such a lack of real contenders), so we might as well give this a go.

Let’s start with Adapted Screenplay, since it’s the easiest to weed through.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hack my shit!

You win.
I haven't said anything about the Sony hack here.  I wasn't sure if I was going to.  I mean, I try and address important cinematic/celebrity news, and yet this is the heart of awards season and there are more important things to talk about (or not as important but more time consuming).  Still, we all have an opinion, obviously, and sometimes it's good to just spit it out.  It's not like we haven't addressed controversial topics here before.  I've weighed in on the fappening and the Woody scandal.  I might as well weigh in on North Korea's complete and total domination of Hollywood.

So, when the hack first started it was all fun and games, right?  We all laughed at the shade thrown at the Smith family and those scathing emails about Angelina Jolie (like, OMG), but then things got serious; death threat serious.  

We've known for a while now that The Interview was causing trouble.  North Korea issued a statement months ago that if the film were released they'd consider it an act of war.  We all laughed that off, because, well, it was silly.  I mean, it's a buddy comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.  Who cares, right?  North Korea cares, and they obviously cared enough (allegedly) to threaten 9/11 style terrorist attacks on any theater that dared show this movie.  Sony initially left this up to individual theaters to decide whether or not they wanted to show the film, while they themselves canceled the premier.  

Then Sony did something that is dividing everyone; they pulled the movie from opening...anywhere.  Not only this, but they have no plans to release the movie on any format.

Now here's the thing; this is a really controversial move and one that is going to split the world.  It's also truly a no win situation for Sony, and Hollywood really, because no matter what decision was made at this point, it was going to reflect badly somehow.  I mean, everyone is up in arms now, saying that Sony has handed North Korea all the power and has set a horrific precedent now, basically telling the world that if you threaten violence you can get your way, and in one decision has kind of raped America of our free speech.  I get this.  I actually agree with this.  But let me ask you this; had they NOT pulled the film, and North Korea bombed even ONE theater, killing a slew of innocent people (even those not seeing The Interview, or even those who lived nearby), what would be our reaction?  Would we be berating Sony, condemning them for being so greedy they couldn't pull the film, calling them bloodguilty?

I think we would.

Here's the problem with this whole situation.  It's a no-win.  Sony will always be the bad guys here because, no matter what their decision, they crossed a line we aren't cool with.  With the decision they made, they declared to the world that our free speech isn't worth fighting for, but if they had gone the other way, they would have declared that our lives aren't worth fighting for.  I ask you; what's more important?

I honestly ask that, because I'm on the fence.

Some are saying the film never should have been made.  I don't agree.  I actually think the idea for the film was genius and I give full props to Rogen and Franco and Sony for having the balls to even attempt this.  Some have said if North Korea did the reverse (a film about killing Obama) then we'd be up in arms and would see it as a terrorist threat.  I like to think that that would not happen.  For a country and is so devoted to the freeness of our speech, I can't see how this would have happened.  I find absolutely no reason for North Korea to feel as they do about this (I mean, it is so clearly a SO CLEARLY) but some people just don't possess a sense of humor (and, well, we already knew that was going to be a problem).  That said, I find this whole situation very sad for all involved.

But, like, seriously...don't you REALLY want to see this movie now?