Movie-Still Monday – Oscar Edition: Glenn Close

Glenn Close - Big ChillThis year, Glenn Close earned her seventh Oscar nomination for her role in The Wife.  She received her second nominated for her role in The Big Chill.  Though the film is truly and ensemble piece, Close is a standout for her role as Sarah, the friend and former lover of recently deceased college friend, Alex (a never seen Kevin Costner). Her vulnerability shines through in number of scenes, particularly the one of her sobbing in the shower just after Alex’s funeral.

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MoviefiedNYC‘s Ten Best Movies of 2018

It’s finally on, MoviefiedNYC‘s Ten Best Movies of 2018. It was certainly a fun year at the movies with excellent superhero blockbusters like Black Panther, scary movies like A Quiet Place, and wonderfully delightful animated adventures like The Incredibles 2! Yet we have to confess, that this year ultimately ended as a relatively uninspiring year at the movies, nothing were really to champion (though one of us did see Bohemian Rhapsody five times). There were a lot of movies to see in 2018 and we tried to see them all—impossible! Here are the Ten Best of 2018 as seen by Myrna Duarte and John David West.

 John David West

  1. Shoplifters

Director Hirokazu Koreeda has created one of the most completely moving and satisfying films of 2018 with Shoplifters. One can’t help but root for this group of misfits who commit petty crime and hide secrets from each other. Koreeda effectively shows characters who are layered with clear moral imperfections but above all its the love that this chosen family has for each other that makes this film so special.

  1. Roma

A stand out at this year’s New York Film Festival, Alfonzo Cuarón film is an artful love letter to his childhood in the early 1970s Mexico City neighborhood of Roma. Shot in beautiful black and white–with Cuarón as the cinematographer, Roma rests in the viewer’s memory as a languid visual poem. Why is this seemingly slow film with minimal action so high on my list? After a second viewing, I was still moved by the film’s beauty and experiential effect.

  1. The Favourite

The Favourite is a perfect blend of a compelling script, a haunting score, and wonderful performances–notably by Rachel Weiss and Olivia Coleman. It’s another gorgeous film that is a delight to look at. It’s lush set decorations and its limited color with a use of blacks, whites,  navy-blue, and occasional red accents—The Favourite almost feels like a black-and-white film. Director Yorgos Lanthimos continues to impress with each film he releases.

  1. Cold War

Another foreign film sits near the top of my list. Once again director, Paweł Pawlikowski (Ida) has brought to the screen a story shot in breath taking black-and-white with moments that are transcendent. The story is compelling and Joanna Kulig’s performance is worth noting, she’s an actor who I’m sure we will see more of in the future.

  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse is one of this year’s most entertaining and thrilling movies. This gorgeous animated feature has a rich blend of action, comedy, and is one of the most emotionally moving films of the year.

  1. Happy as Lazzaro

I’m a sucker for magical realism. This new Italian movie feels like old an Italian classic, that is until mid-way through with it takes a sharp modern turn. Lazzaro (Adriano Tardiolo) is a young peasant who simpleminded or is he just so good that he is taken advantage of by the other sharecroppers in a small village?

  1. Eighth Grade

Director and writer Bo Burnham effectively captures the painfully awkward teen years and the realities of social media’s influence on today’s teens self worth and identity.

  1. If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins’ follow up to Moonlight is a complicated love story that is both painful for the viewer to experience yet a delight for the eyes to watch.

  1. The Death of Stalin

The title sounds more like a bleak, cold-war tragedy but this Stalin is a hilarious, farcical romp that feels alarmingly current.

  1. A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper, acts, writes, and directs the fourth incarnation of A Star is Born and makes the viewer feel like they are spying on the burgeoning relationship between he and a struggling musician effectively played by an newcomer by the name of Lady Gaga. This version of A Star is Born is one of the most evenly balanced to date.

Honorable Mention:
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Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Isle of Dogs
You were Never Really Here
Jane Fonda in Five Acts

Myrna E. Duarte

1. Minding the Gap

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Cinematographer and Director Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap feels both heartbreaking and uplifting. Liu takes us on a journey, that at times is loose, almost rambling arriving to end that wraps things up cathartic-ally for his main characters. Minding the Gap left me feeling cautiously hopeful.

2. The Favourite

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Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite is sumptuous and massively entertaining. Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone deliver some of the best performances of the year. Cinematographer Robbie Ryan use of a wide-angle lens takes us to world with a touch of Alice in Wonderland strangeness, part dream and part nightmare.

3. Roma

30-roma.w1200.h630.jpgAlfonso Cuarón’s Roma is as ambitious as the 2013 Oscar-winning Gravity but deeply more personal. Inspired by his childhood, class struggles and the politics of Mexico in the 70’s, as writer, director, cinematographer and editor he delivers a stunning and soulful film.

4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is funny and heartwarming, full of family love, it takes a character we know all too well and makes him new again. Dynamic and visually amazing movie that feels like a comic book come to life.

5. Eighth Grade

30-elsie-fisher-jake-ryan.w700.h700Eighth Grade is brilliantly empathetic, uncompromisingly honest and a downright scary coming-of-age film. A radiant debut for the writer/director Bo Burnham and a wonderful showcase for actress Elsie Fisher.

6. BlacKkKlansman

bkkSpike Lee has always been one of the most passionate filmmakers out there and BlacKkKlansman is one of his strongest work in years. As director and co-writer of this dark comedy he ignites the screen with his words and images drawing parallels between events from the ’70s and the horrible resurgence of racism today. Lee, though with some  trepidation, leaves us with the possibility of hope.

7. A Simple Favor

simpleWrapped in cheeky French pop, frozen gin martinis and pant suits that give me life, director Paul Feig delivers a delicious stylized noir. This sexy female-driven thriller has a stand out performance from Blake Lively sinking her teeth into a wonderfully naughty role.

8.Annihilation

22-annihilation-2.w700.h700Alex Garland’s Annihilation is an intelligent film with a mind-bender of a plot that is unafraid to ask the big questions. Its excellent acting, and beautiful visuals–thanks to Production Designer Mark Digby and Cinematographer Rob Hardy–deliver a dazzling alien world.

9. Death of Stalin

the-death-of-stalin-f8289f5b-0a79-4b1f-b212-674bf1c9c1dbDeath of Stalin strikes a wonderful balance between bright political satire and goofy satire. Packed with very entertaining performances this film is funny, in the brightest ways. Armando Iannucci is a thrillingly and inventive political satirist.

10. Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody might be a by the numbers biopic but the music sequences in this drama are electrifying. Rami Malek is thoughtful and magnetic as Freddie Mercury. Malek belts out one hit song after another in a tribute worthy of Queen’s status in the rock and roll pantheon.

My very honorable mentions:

Black Panther – Wakanda Forever!,  A Star is BornA Quiet Place, Isle of Dogs and Nicholas Hoult in The Favourite – I know it’s not a movie, I just couldn’t resist! Widows. 

 

Screen Actors Guild Awards Announced!

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Gary Oldman bowing down to Glenn Close

The front runners have emerged!  The Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced last night at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.  The stars strolled down a silver carpet (silver because this was the 25thAnnual Screen Actors Guild Awards) hoping to take home the award and get one step closer to the Oscar stage.

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Rami Malek

Rami Malek and Glenn Close solidified their status as the ones to beat for Best Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture.  Malek won for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsodyand Close won for her work as a put upon spouse in The Wife.  Mahershala Ali won for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pianist Don Shirley in Green Book.

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Emily Blunt

The big surprises were in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble categories.  Emily Blunt, who was unceremoniously snubbed by the Oscars last week, won Best Supporting Actress for her work in A Quiet Place.  Since she did not receive an Oscar nomination, there does not seem to be an obvious one to beat in the Supporting Actress category.  A fight to the death is the only way to decide the winner!  Ok, maybe I have been watching too much GLOW. 

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Cast of Black Panther

The denizens of Wakanda were awarded the coveted Best Ensemble award for their work in Black Panther.  While this award is not generally predictive of which film will win Best Picture, it certainly gives Black Panther some much needed momentum.  At the beginning of awards season, A Star is Born was being touted as the film to beat.  However, with the loss at the Golden Globes, Producers Guild Awards, and the SAGs, it doesn’t look like Star will have a great impact at the Oscars.

 

-Ariadne Ansbro

 

See full winners list below:

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Cast of Black Panther

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • A Star Is Born
  • WINNER: Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Crazy Rich Asians
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Glenn Close

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Emily Blunt — Mary Poppins Returns
  • WINNER: Glenn Close — The Wife
  • Olivia Colman — The Favourite 
  • Lady Gaga — A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy — Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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Rami Malek

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale — Vice
  • Bradley Cooper — A Star Is Born
  • WINNER: Rami Malek — Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Viggo Mortensen — Green Book
  • John David Washington — BlacKkKlansman
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Emily Blunt

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams — Vice
  • WINNER: Emily Blunt — A Quiet Place
  • Margot Robbie — Mary Queen of Scots
  • Emma Stone — The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz — The Favourite
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Mahershala Ali

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • WINNER: Mahershala Ali — Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet — Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver — BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott — A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant — Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • WINNER: Black Panther
  • Mission: Impossible — Fallout

TELEVISION NOMINEES

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Sandra Oh

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Julia Garner — Ozark
  • Laura Linney — Ozark
  • Elizabeth Moss — The Handmaid’s Tale
  • WINNER: Sandra Oh — Killing Eve
  • Robin Wright — House of Cards
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Jason Bateman

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • WINNER: Jason Bateman — Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us
  • Joseph Fiennes — The Handmaid’s Tale
  • John Krasinski — Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
  • Bob Odenkirk — Better Call Saul
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Rachel Brosnahan

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alex Borstein — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Allison Brie — GLOW
  • WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Jane Fonda — Grace and Frankie
  • Lily Tomlin — Grace and Frankie
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Tony Shalhoub

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alan Arkin — The Kominsky Method
  • Michael Douglas –The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader — Barry
  • WINNER: Tony Shalhoub — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Henry Winkler — Barry
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Patricia Arquette

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

  • Amy Adams — Sharp Objects
  • WINNER: Patricia Arquette — Escape at Dannemora
  • Patricia Clarkson — Sharp Objects
  • Penélope Cruz — The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Emma Stone — Maniac
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Darren Criss

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

  • Antonio Banderas — Genius: Picasso
  • WINNER: Darren Criss — The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Hugh Grant — A Very English Scandal 
  • Anthony Hopkins — King Lear
  • Bill Pullman — The Sinner
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Cast of This is Us

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • The Americans
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Ozark
  • WINNER: This Is Us
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Cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • Atlanta
  • Barry
  • GLOW
  • The Kominsky Method
  • WINNER: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

  • WINNER: GLOW
  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
  • The Walking Dead
  • Westworld
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Alan Alda

SPECIAL AWARD

Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award: Alan Alda

 

 

Oscar Nominations Announced!

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Well, that was interesting! This morning the Oscar nominations were announced by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross. As per usual, the Oscar nominations gave us some unexpected results. Let’s dive in.

 

Surprises

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Roma

Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s personal tale of a domestic worker living through political turmoil in Mexico, came out with a total of ten nominations. While it was widely thought that Roma would receive nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Foreign Language Film, it exceeded expectations by garnering nominations for Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio) and Best Supporting Actress (Marina De Tavira). Aparicio is the first indigenous person to receive a Best Actress nomination in the history of the Oscars.

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Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate

Willem Dafoe picked up a surprise Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate.  Critics has praised Dafoe’s performance, but this film has been well under the radar. The first most people heard about it was when Dafoe was nominated for a Golden Globe.  However, Dafoe prevailed proving that being a strong part of a small film is a lucky niche for him (see last year’s The Florida Project).

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Sam Elliott in A Star is Born

If you look at my predictions from yesterday, you will see that I did say that one of the nominees could be Sam Elliott for his work in A Star is Born.  I didn’t really think it would happen, though.  This is the 74 year-old’s first nomination.  On a personal note, my mother was overjoyed to hear about this nomination.  I am pretty sure I heard her “woohoo”.

 

 

Snubs

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Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy

The biggest snub this year, in my opini on, was Timothee Chalamet as Best Supporting Actor for Beautiful Boy.  He has received nominations from every major pre-Oscar award this year, but he somehow failed to get a second nomination.

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John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman

John David Washington has gained a lot of attention since BlacKkKlansman came out last summer.  He received nominations for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, so it wasn’t a stretch to think he would follow in his father’s footsteps (his dad is Denzel Washington) and become an Oscar nominee.  Unfortunately, it was not to be.

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Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place

Why can’t Emily Blunt catch a break?? For years she has teetered on the edge of receiving an Oscar nomination.  From her breakthrough role in The Devil Wears Prada to the historical drama Young Victoria, she has been heralded by critics and received award nominations galore. But she just cannot crack the Oscar’s code.  She gave two great performances this year in Mary Poppins Returns and A Quiet Place, but she did not receive a nomination.

What do you think?  Were you surprised by Black Panther’s Best Picture nomination?  Amazed that Netflix just released a Best Picture nominee (Roma)? Hoping that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will show up at the ceremony?  Let us know in the comments below!

–Ariadne Ansbro

Full List below:

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Green Book

Best Picture
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

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Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Actress
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Marina de Tavira in Roma

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

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Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actor
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

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Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

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Pawel Pawlikowski directing Cold War

Best Director
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Adam McKay, Vice

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First Reformed

Best Original Screenplay
The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
Green Book (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly)
Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)
Vice (Adam McKay)

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
BlacKkKlansman (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
A Star Is Born (Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters)

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Never Look Away

Best Cinematography
Łukasz Żal, Cold War
Robbie Ryan, The Favourite
Caleb Deschanel, Never Look Away
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Matthew Libatique, A Star Is Born

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Black Panther

Best Production Design
Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma

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The Favourite

Best Costume Design
Mary Zophres, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Ruth Carter, Black Panther
Sandy Powell, The Favourite
Sandy Powell, Mary Poppins Returns
Alexandra Byrne, Mary Queen of Scots

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 Mary Queen of Scots

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Border (Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer)
Mary Queen of Scots (Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks)
Vice (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney)

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Isle of Dogs

Best Original Score
Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther
Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman
Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Best Original Song
“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“I’ll Fight,” RBG
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 

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BlacKkKlansman

Best Film Editing
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Vice

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A Quiet Place

Best Sound Editing
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place
Roma

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A Star is Born

Best Sound Mixing
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
A Star Is Born

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Christopher Robin

Best Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Animated Feature Film
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Shoplifters

Best Foreign-Language Film
Capernaum
Cold War
Never Look Away
Roma
Shoplifters

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RBG

Best Documentary Feature
Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

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Period. End of Sentence.

Best Documentary Short Subject
Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

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Late Afternoon

Best Animated Short Film
Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

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Detainment

Best Live-Action Short Film
Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite
Mother
Skin

 

 

 

Who will it be? Our Oscar nomination predictions

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Well, my little award show junkies, it is almost that time.  The Oscar nominations are set to come out at an ungodly hour tomorrow morning. Prognosticators, like myself, have been waiting for this moment since the Golden Globe nominations came out in mid-December.  We have studied the various guild award nominations, plugged all of the information into spreadsheets, put it through the super-secret computer program, and now we will let you all know what films will turn into “Oscar nominees”.  Let’s get started

 

Best Actor

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Christian Bale, Vice
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John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
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Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
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Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
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Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

 

Rami Malek and Christian Bale both won Golden Globes earlier this month for their portrayals of Freddie Mercury and Dick Chaney, respectively.  They are sure things in this category.  Bradley Cooper will probably pick up his fourth acting nomination for his work in A Star is Born.  It is entirely possible that he will also pick up a nomination for Best Director.  While Green Bookwas largely forgotten by audiences, the critics and guilds have been bestowing heaps of praise and nominations on it.  I would not be surprised if Viggo Mortensen is nominated for the film.  The last spot will probably go to John David Washington for his work in BlacKkKlansman.  If there is an upset, it could go to either Steve Coogan or John C. Riley who portray Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Stan and Ollie.  I don’t think that will happen, as this film has not received much attention from American audiences and has not had a wide release. Lucas Hedges also might sneak in for his work in Boy Erased.

 

Best Actress

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Glenn Close, The Wife
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Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
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Olivia Coleman, The Favourite
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Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Glenn Close, The Wife

Lady Gaga, A Star is Born

Olivia Coleman, The Favourite

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

 

I am going to get on my soapbox for a moment and just say why hasn’t Glenn Close won an Oscar yet??? I am hoping this is her year.  She is all but guaranteed to receive her seventh Oscar nomination for her work in The Wife.  Seven might be her lucky number (fingers crossed).  Lady Gaga will probably pick up a acting nomination along with a nomination for Best Song for her work in A Star is Born.  Olivia Coleman is perfectly horrid as a spoiled version of Queen Anne in The Favourite and Oscar will recognize her for it.  Melissa McCarthy took a dramatic turn this year in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the story of forger Lee Israel.  She continues to be nominated for awards for this work (most recently she was nominated for a BAFTA) so she will pick up a nomination on Tuesday morning.  The fifth spot is the hardest to call.  Emily Blunt was nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG for her work in Mary Poppins Returns, so I am going to go with her.  However, Viola Davis might steal the spot for her work in Widowsor Nicole Kidman’s work in The Destroyermay push her to a nomination.

 

Best Supporting Actor

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Sam Rockwell, Vice
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Mahershala Ali, Green Book
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Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
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Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

 

The first four are pretty sure bets at this point.  All four have received Golden Globe, SAG, and BAFTA nominations.  I would really be surprised to hear that one of them didn’t make the list.  That leaves one last spot.  This will either go to Sam Rockwell for his portrayal of George W. Bush in Vice or Sam Elliott for A Star is Born.  Both films have a lot of momentum going into the Oscars. Sam Elliott is a seasoned actor who has never received a nomination and Rockwell is coming off an Oscar win for last year’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  If I have to choose, I am going to say Rockwell.  Oscar loves portrayals of real people, and that is Rockwell in this instance.

 

Best Supporting Actress

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Amy Adams, Vice
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Emma Stone, The Favourite
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Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
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Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
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Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Amy Adams, Vice

Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

 

Stone, Weisz, and Adams have all been nominated for the major awards thus far. I would say they are the sure thing when it comes to the Oscars.  The other two spots could go a number of different directions.  Regina King won the Golden Globe for If Beale Street Could Talk, but the film has not gained much traction since that win.  She did not receive a SAG nomination which is a huge blow to her odds of winning or even being nominated.  Margot Robbie missed a Golden Globe nomination, but she did receive ones for the SAGs and the BAFTAs.  Emily Blunt was widely praised for her work in A Quiet Placeearlier this year and was nominated for a SAG.  If she misses a nomination for Mary Poppinsthis might be her condolence prize. Finally, Clare Foy has been nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for playing Neil Armstrong’s wife, Janet, in First Man. I am going to pick Robbie and King as the final two nominees in this category.

 

Best Picture

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The Favorite
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Roma
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Vice
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A Star is Born
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Crazy Rich Asians
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Bohemian Rhapsody
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Black Panther
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Green Book
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BlacKkKlansman
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If Beale Street Could Talk

The Favourite

Vice

Green Book

A Star is Born

Bohemian Rhapsody

Roma

BlacKkKlansman

Black Panther

Crazy Rich Asians

If Beale Street Could Talk

 

The Oscars may nominate anywhere from five to ten films each year for Best Picture.  The first seven films I have listed above have great chances for being Best Picture nominees.  The last three are real stretches, however, this is the whole reason for the Academy’s rule allowing up to 10 Best Picture nominees.  Black Pantherhas received rave reviews throughout the year, and has been nominated for multiple awards including the Producers Guild Award.  Crazy Rich Asians was a feel-good comedy based off of the best-selling novel.  The film was as winning as the book with audiences and critics.  Even though comedies are usually brushed to the side when it comes to Best Picture, this could be one that breaks the mold.  Beale Street started off strong with multiple Golden Globe nominations, however, it hasn’t been heard of very much since then.  It did get a Producers Guild nomination, which could remind people about the film.

 

The nominations will be announced tomorrow morning at 8:20 am ET/5:20 am PT by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross.

-Ariadne Ansbro

 

 

 

Surprises Galore! Golden Globe Award Winners

Globe

Last night Hollywood came out in full-force to celebrate the beginning of Awards Season, otherwise known as the Golden Globes.  Last year, the attendees of the awards ceremony all wore black to show their solidarity with the #metoo movement.  Color was back this year both in the auditorium and in the honored films.  Several of the honored films this year showed a level of racial diversity that has been lacking from Hollywood for some time.  Host Sandra Oh mentioned this as part of her opening monologue with co-host Andy Sandburg.  “I’m not fooling myself,” she said. “Next year could be different. It probably will be. But this moment, it is real. Trust me, it is real because I see you…all of these faces of change, and now so will everyone else.”  Later in the evening, Oh made history by becoming the first Asian performer to win multiple Golden Globes. She won this year for her work on the show Killing Eve.

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L to R: Brian May, Rami Malek, and Roger Taylor

The big winners of the night were Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book.  Neither of these films were expected to win Best Motion Picture (Rhapsody was named Best Motion Picture – Drama and Green Book was named Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy), however they proved victorious. Rhapsody’s Rami Malek won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his transformation into Queen front man, Freddie Mercury.  During his acceptance speech he was cheered on by Queen members, Brian May and Roger Taylor.  Mahershala Ali took home the Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his part in Green Book.

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Glenn Close

Glenn Close won her third Golden Globe for her performance in The WifeThe Wife is the story of the wife of a famous author who is about to accept the Nobel Prize for Literature.  As she looks back on her life, she realizes how much she has compromised her ambition, ideas, and relationships to support her “genius” husband.  While accepting the award, Close mentioned her own mother.  “I’m thinking of my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life, and in her eighties she said to me, ‘I feel I haven’t accomplished anything,’ and it was so not right,” Close said.. “I feel what I’ve learned from this whole experience is that women, we’re nurturers and that’s what’s expected of us. We have our children and husbands if we’re lucky enough…. but we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams we have to say, ‘I can do that,’ and ‘I should be allowed to do that.’” On a personal note, I would like to say that Glenn Close should be “allowed” to win the Oscar this year.  It is time.

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Christian Bale

Christian Bale took home the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his role as Dick Chaney in Vice. He very aptly thanked Satan for being an inspiration for his portrayal of the former Vice President.  This statement drew criticism from Fox News and Wyoming Congresswoman and Chaney’s daughter, Liz Chaney.  The Church of Satan took it as a compliment, Tweeting its congratulations to Bale for his win.  Oy.

 

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Regina King

Olivia Coleman picked up the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite.  She did not thank Satan in her speech, however, she did thank her “bitches” Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone for their work in the black comedy.  While Weisz and Stone were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, they lost to If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King.  King mentioned the Time’s Up movement saying that within the next two years she will make sure that anything she produces will be staffed by 50% women.

 

The hosts and the show itself was a bit lackluster, but hearing the speeches of the winners ended up being the most exciting part of the evening.  If this was the Golden Globes, I can’t wait to see what is in store for us at the Oscars!

 

What did you think?  Were you surprised at the lack of love for A Star is Born? Were you hoping to see Emily Blunt fly in on an umbrella with Lin-Manuel Miranda accompanying her with the Hamilton soundtrack? Did you want the Black Panther cast to just get up there and kick some ass?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

-Ariadne Ansbro

 

The full list of winners is below:

 

bohemian
Cast and Crew of Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Motion Picture, Drama:
A Star Is Born
If Beale Street Could Talk
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody

Black Panther

 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama:
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington, BlackKKlansman
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
Willem Dafoe, Eternity’s Gate

 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama:
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Glenn Close, The Wife
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike, A Private War
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

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Producers of Green Book

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical:
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns
Crazy Rich Asians
Vice

 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical:
Christian Bale, Vice
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
John C. Reilly, Stan and Ollie

olivia coleman

Olivia Coleman

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical:
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians
Charlize Theron, Tully

alfonso cuaron

Alfonso Cuaron

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Adam McKay, Vice
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

 

Best Screenplay:
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
Adam McKay, Vice
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Green Book
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

mahershala ali
Mahershala Ali

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Sam Rockwell, Vice
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Amy Adams, Vice
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Claire Foy, First Man

first man
Justin Hurwitz

Best Original Score:
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns
Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place

best song
Writers of “Shallow” from A Star is Born

Best Original Song:
“Shallow” (A Star Is Born)
“Revelation” (Boy Erased)
“All the Stars” (Black Panther)
“Requiem For A Private War” (A Private War)
“Girl in the Movies” (Dumplin’)

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Cast and Crew of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Animated Feature Film:
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Mirai

 

Best Foreign Language Film:
Capernaum
Girl
Never Look Away
Roma
Shoplifters

the americans
Cast and Crew of The Americans

Best TV Series, Drama:
Homecoming
Killing Eve
The Americans
Pose

Bodyguard

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Richard Madden

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama:
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Billy Porter, Pose
Stephan James, Homecoming

sandra oh
Sandra Oh

 

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama:
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Keri Russell, The Americans

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Cast and Crew of The Kominsky Method

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy:
Barry
The Good Place
Kidding
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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Michael Douglas

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy:
Sasha Baron Cohen, Who Is America?
Jim Carrey, Kidding
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry

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Rachel Brosnahan

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy:
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Debra Messing, Will & Grace

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Cast and Crew of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Best TV Movie or Limited-Series:
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Dirty John
Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Objects
A Very English Scandal

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Darren Criss

 

Best Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie:
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

patricia arquette
Patricia Arquette

 

Best Actress in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie:
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Connie Britton, Dirty John
Laura Dern, The Tale
Regina King, Seven Seconds

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Ben Whishaw

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie:
Henry Winkler, Barry
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Kieran Culkin, Succession

patricia clarkson
Patricia Clarkson

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie:
Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

 

 

 

 

Golden Globe Nominations Announced!

Globe

Welcome back, my award season fanatics! It is officially that time of year: when we get up at ungodly times on a weekday to see the announcement of the Golden Globe/SAG/Oscar nominations.  The award season for the films of 2018 got off to a start with Thursday’s announcement of the Golden Globe nominations.

Vice
Vice

Vice, Adam McKay’s semi-true story about Dick Chaney and his relationship with George W. Bush, received at total of six nominations, the most of any film this year.  It received nominations for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy,  Best Actor in a Motion Picture –  Musical or Comedy (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Sam Rockwell), Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Amy Adams), Best Director (Adam McKay), and Best Screenplay (Adam McKay).

Green Book
Green Book

Three films received five nominations apiece: A Star is Born, Green Book, and The Favourite.  Each film was nominated in the Best Motion Picture category (Star as a Drama, and Green Book and The Favourite as Musical or Comedy).  Each film also garnered multiple acting nominations: Bradly Cooper and Lady Gaga for A Star is Born, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali for Green Book, and Olivia Coleman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Wietz for The Favourite.

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Constance Wu in Crazy Rich Asians

While the Academy Awards have been plagued in the past few years with a lack of diversity in its nominees, the Golden Globes has not had those problems.  This year, several films featuring mostly minority casts were nominated for Best Motion Picture and in several of the acting categories.  The critically acclaimed superhero film Black Panther was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama.  Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman picked up nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama (John David Washington).  Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk also picked up a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Regina King).  King was also nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie for her work in Seven Seconds.  Crazy Rich Asians was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.  Constance Wu is the first Asian actress to be nominated in the Best Actress Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category in more than 40 years.  If she takes home the prize, she will be the first Asian actress to do so.

So, what do you think of the nominations?  Are you surprised/bemused/irrationally angry/indifferent about the nominations?  Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

The Golden Globes will be announced on January 6, 2019.

-Ariadne Ansbro

 

Full List Below:

Panther
Black Panther

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

 

Wife
Glenn Close in The Wife

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)

Rhapsody
Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)

Favourite
The Favourite

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

Mary Poppins
Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

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Robert Redford in The Old Man & the Gun

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)

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Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)

Klansman
Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)

Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Roma
Roma

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum”
“Girl”
“Never Look Away”
“Roma”
“Shoplifters”

Spike Lee
Spike Lee directing BlacKkKlansman

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)

 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)

Quiet Place
A Quiet Place

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Private War
A Private War

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)
“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

Americans
The Americans

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Americans”
“Bodyguard”
“Homecoming”
“Killing Eve”
“Pose”

Killing Eve
Sandra Oh in Killing Eve

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)

Bodyguard

Richard Madden in Bodyguard

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Stephan James (“Homecoming”)
Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry” (HBO)
“The Good Place” (NBC)
“Kidding” (Showtime)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

 

Bergen
Candace Bergan in Murphy Brown

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
Alison Brie (“Glow”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)

Kominsky
Michael Douglas in The Kominsky Method

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)

Versace
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist” (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
“Sharp Objects” (HBO)
“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

Britton
Connie Britton in Dirty John

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”)
Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)

Grant
Hugh Grant in A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)

Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson in Sharp Objects

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Barry
Henry Winkler in Barry

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)