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

 

 

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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

Christian Bale, Vice

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

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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:

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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”)

 

The Fishman Cometh: The Shape of Water wins Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards!

Winners

Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Gary Oldman

It went off without a hitch!  This year, the Best Picture winner was Guillermo del Toro’s love story from the Black Lagoon, The Shape of Water.  We’re sure.  We checked the envelope.  Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were on hand again this year to present the big award as a do-over from last year’s infamous envelope gaffe.  The Shape of Water was the big winner of the night, picking up four awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Original Score, and Best Production Design.

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Frances McDormand calling the female nominees to rise

 

The awards were spread around evenly to the Best Picture nominees, with the exception of Lady Bird. Greta Gerwig’s coming of age story set in 2002 Sacramento was nominated for five Oscars, and it did not win any. The people of the Internet are displeased. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won awards for Sam Rockwell as Best Supporting Actor and Frances McDormand as Best Actress.  McDormand gave a rousing speech asking all of the nominated females in all of the categories to stand up and be recognized.  She then challenged the studio heads and production companies to set a meeting with these women to tell their stories.

 

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Jordan Peele celebrating his Oscar win with presenter Nicole Kidman

Gary Oldman won his first Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.  Oldman received a standing ovation from his peers as he walked to the stage to accept his award.  As is customary, he thanked his wife, his children, and mentioned his mother who will be 99 later this year. One interesting note: Oldman was previously married to another of the night’s nominee’s, Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville. Allison Janney picked up the award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in I, Tonya, and thanked her avian costar for his help on the film.  Jordan Peele made history as the first African-American to win the award for Best Original Screenplay for his film Get Out.  I will admit, I was hoping that he would accept the film by doing his President Obama impression. Overall, the big prizes of the night went to the frontrunners.  The only surprises were that Icarus won for Best Documentary Feature and Blade Runner 2049 won the award for Best Cinematography.

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Guillermo del Toro

The other big winner of the night was Mexican and South American culture.  The Pixar animated film about Dia de los Muertos, Coco, won awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song (“Remember Me”). Mexican director Guillermo del Toro won the award for Best Director, as well.  The phrase “Viva la Mexico” was uttered more times than in any other Oscar telecast.  The winner of the Best Foreign Language Film was A Fantastic Woman from Chile, the first time Chile has won in this category and only its second nomination. This was Hollywood’s way of telling President Donald Trump where he could stick his wall.

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Helen Mirren on a Jet Ski with costume designer Mark Bridges

Ultimately, the show was a bit of a dud.  Jimmy Kimmel’s opening was bland and safe.  The only thing slightly edgy he said was the Oscar was the perfect man because in a post-Harvey Weinstein Hollywood, a man who can keep his hands to himself and doesn’t have a penis is the best kind of man.  Other than that, it was highly unmemorable.  Throughout the show, things seemed to get progressively worse.  He decided to take a field trip with a group if 10-15 A list stars to the movie theater across the street.  The idea was to show the movie-going public the industry’s appreciation.  Like last year’s tourists who walked into the Dolby Theater, the bit fell flat and lasted far too long.  Kimmel also tried a bit where his 9 year-old self met the cast of Star Wars.  It was the most awkward two minutes of the show.  One ongoing gag that did work was the fact that Kimmel tried to get the night’s winners to keep their acceptance speeches short and sweet by telling them that the shortest speech would receive a Jet Ski.  Helen Mirren even came out to be the Price is Right-esque model and show it off while it spun around on a platform.  The winner of the Jet Ski, Mark Bridges, the costume designer of Phantom Thread with a speech that was 29 seconds long.

 

Moreno

Saint and Walken

The best part of the show was seeing Oscar winners of the past present several of the awards.  1954’s Best Supporting Actress winner for On The Waterfront, Eva Marie Saint presented the award for Best Costume Design, 1961’s Best Supporting Actress winner for West Side Story, Rita Morano (wearing the same dress that she wore to the Oscars when she won in 1962) presented the award for Best Foreign Language Film, and 1978’s Best Supporting Actor winner for The Deer Hunter, Christopher Walken presented the award for Best Original Score.  Due to allegations of sexual harassment, last year’s Best Actor winner, Casey Affleck declined the Academy’s invitation to present the award for Best Actress this year.  Instead, the award for Best Actress was presented by two-time Best Actress winner for The Accused and Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster and the Best Actress winner for Silver Liniings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence.  Not to be outdone, the Best Actor award was not presented by last year’s winner Emma Stone. It was instead presented by Hollywood royalty Jane Fonda (Best Actress winner for Klute and Coming Home) and Helen Mirren (Best Actress winner for The Queen).  Stone was given the honor of presenting the award for Best Director.

 

That’s it; I officially declare the 2017/2018 Awards Season closed!  What did you think of the show?  Were you hoping for a surprise ending like last year’s best picture mess-up?  Did you like Jimmy Kimmel?  Weren’t Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish the best part of the show?  Let us know what you think!  Leave us a comment below or contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

-Ariadne Ansbro

 

Full list of winners:

Shape of Water Oscar
The cast and crew of The Shape of Water

BEST PICTURE
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
WINNER: The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Gary Oldman

BEST ACTOR
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
WINNER: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

BEST ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

BEST DIRECTOR
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
WINNER: The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

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Allison Janney

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
WINNER: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
WINNER: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
WINNER: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

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James Ivory wins for Call Me By Your Name

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
WINNER: Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory

The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Logan, Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green
Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
WINNER: The Shape of Water

CINEMATOGRAPHY
WINNER: Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

Visual Effects
The visual effects team from Blade Runner 2049

VISUAL EFFECTS
WINNER: Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

COSTUME DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
WINNER: Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

SOUND EDITING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049

WINNER: Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

SOUND MIXING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
WINNER: Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
WINNER: Dear Basketball

Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
WINNER: The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

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Alexandre Desplat wins for The Shape of Water

ORIGINAL SCORE
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
WINNER: The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

FILM EDITING
Baby Driver
WINNER: Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
WINNER:
 Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul

Wonder

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WINNER: A Fantastic Woman, Chile
The Insult, Lebanon
Loveless, Russia
On Body and Soul, Hungary
The Square, Sweden

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Edith and Eddie
WINNER: Heaven Is A Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
WINNER: Icarus
Last Man in Aleppo
Strong Island

Remember me
“Remember Me” from Coco

ORIGINAL SONG
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Mystery of Love,” Call Me By Your Name
WINNER: “Remember Me,” Coco
“Stand Up For Something,” Marshall
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
WINNER: Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Throwback Thursday Oscar Edition: Who Should Have Won?

Carry and Oscar

The Academy Award is the most coveted award in the film industry.  When one receives this award, it translates to more parts, more fame, and bragging rights that for one year, “I was the best.”  Or not.  Since its inception, the Academy Awards have been known to be a bit of a popularity contest.  This is not to say that it doesn’t get it right sometimes (Vivien Leigh winning for Best Actress in Gone with the Wind, Schindler’s List winning Best Picture, etc.). However, the Oscar prognosticators spend time analyzing the awards and looking to see who the Academy deems the most popular for that year, but not necessarily the best.  There are classic Oscar missteps that have been addressed by many (see Shakespeare in Love winning for Best Picture instead of Saving Private Ryan or How Green was My Valley winning Best Picture over Citizen Kane).  For this Throwback Thursday, managing editor John David West and awards season guru Ariadne Ansbro look back at some of the lesser known Oscar mistakes and tell you who they think should have won.

 

1950 Best Actress
From top left: Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday, Bette Davis in All About Eve, and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd.

1950 Best Actress

Judy Holliday, Born Yesterday

Anne Baxter, All About Eve

Bette Davis, All About Eve

Eleanor Parker, Caged

Gloria Swanson, Sunset Blvd.

Ari’s pick: This is a tough one for me.  Judy Holliday was excellent at playing the dizzy blond Billie Dawn who starts to receive an education in Born Yesterday, but she was not even in the same league as Bette Davis or Gloria Swanson. Pitting Davis and Swanson against each other in career defining roles is an almost impossible choice.  However, I am paid to make impossible choices, so I would have to say that the winner that year should have been Bette Davis.  Her performance in All About Eve was the stuff of legends.  Can you imagine anyone else saying, “Fasten your seatbelts.  It’s going to be a bumpy night.”?

David’s pick: Judy Holliday?  Holliday is solid as Billie Dawn, the same role she played on Broadway, but let’s have a reality check here: Bette Davis in All About Eve and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd. Choosing between those two is unfair (like Meryl Streep and Jessica Lange in 1982)—and that’s probably why Holliday won. They cancelled each other out. Since life is unfair, I’m going to make a choice and say that the 1950 Best Actress should have gone to Gloria Swanson for her larger than life performance in Sunset Blvd. Her movie icon status was solidified when she said, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

 

1959 Best Actor
Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur and Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot

1959 Best Actor

Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur

Jack Lemmon, Some Like it Hot

James Stewart, Anatomy of a Murder

Laurence Harvey, Room at the Top

Paul Muni, The Last Angry Man

Ari’s pick: I am going to start by saying one of the most unpopular things I could ever say: I don’t like Ben-Hur.  This does not mean that I cannot see past my dislike for a film, yet see the brilliance in a performance (i.e. Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, don’t hate me).  However, Charlton Heston played Charlton Heston.  He was the exact same tough guy that he played in every movie before, and all of the Bible epics he did after.  Laurence Harvey was wonderful in Room at the Top.  I generally think that Harvey is an actor who is largely forgotten about, mostly due to his untimely death at age 45.  James Stewart really played against type in Anatomy of a Murder as a slightly dubious defense attorney who defends a man accused of murder.  In the end, I have to go with Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot.  There are so many great things in this film, but Lemmon is a true stand out.  Sadly, Oscar is not big on honoring comedic performances.  

David’s pick: I have to confess, I’m not familiar with many in this category and not a fan of the tediously long Ben-Hur. My choice is Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot for his comic performance as a musician who is forced to dress as a woman in order to hide from the mob. It’s a solid iconic comic performance in one of cinemas great classic comedies. 

 

 

1962 Best Actress
Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker and Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate

1962 Best Supporting Actress

Patty Duke, The Miracle Worker

Angela Lansbury, The Manchurian Candidate

Mary Badham, To Kill a Mockingbird

Shirley Knight, Sweet Bird of Youth

Thelma Ritter, Birdman of Alcatraz

Ari’s pick: Patty Duke won an Oscar for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker.  This film was poised to pick up acting Oscars for both Duke and Anne Bancroft in the lead actress category, as the Oscars love to reward people for playing real people and characters who must overcome some sort of physical or mental disability (check and check).  The problem is that years later, the performance that stands out the most in this category is Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate.  These days it is hard to think of Lansbury playing someone so diabolical.  Lansbury’s performance is so memorable that AFI named her portrayal of Mrs. John Iselin as one of the 50 best villains of all time.  

David’s pick: Of all the fine supporting performances in 1962, it’s Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate, who should have won for her performance as the cold and calculating, communist agent who is part of a plot to brainwash her son to commit murder. Yes, that’s right, our beloved Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote played an evil communist operative. It’s an unforgettable performance that still holds up today. It’s a damn shame that Lansbury was overlooked for her most deserving Oscar.

 

1985 Best Actress
Geraldine Page in A Trip to Bountiful and Whoppi Goldberg in The Color Purple

 

1985 Best Actress

Geraldine Page, A Trip to Bountiful

Anne Bancroft, Agnes of God

Jessica Lange, Sweet Dreams

Meryl Streep, Out of Africa

Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple

Ari’s pick: Over the years, the Academy has given out awards to actors for their body of work instead of their individual performance in the film for which they are nominated.  For example, Henry Fonda for On Golden Pond and Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart.  Both are fine performances, but no one would say that those were necessarily the “best” performances of their careers.  Geraldine Page’s win in 1985 is much the same.  She had been nominated seven times prior to this win and, as it turned out, didn’t have much longer to live (she died in 1987).  So the Academy felt that it was her time.  I don’t.  Whoopi Goldberg should have won for The Color Purple.   She was perfect as a woman trapped due to her circumstance, who eventually learns to find her voice.  The Color Purple was nominated for 11 Oscars, and didn’t win any.  What a shame.

David’s pick: This is a tough one for me because I’m pretty happy with Geraldine Page, but I have to admit that her Best Actress win does kind of feel like a lifetime achievement award. Streep and Lange are fantastic, and I was almost ready to go with Lange as Patsy Cline. But I have to go with Whoopi Goldberg for her breakout performance in The Color Purple. She was the most authentic and heartbreaking thing in a film that tended to be a bit stagy, over the top, and even silly; Goldberg kept it real.

 

 

1993 Best Sup Actor
Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive and Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List

1993 Best Supporting Actor

Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive

Leonardo DiCaprio, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List

John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire

Pete Postlethwaite, In the Name of the Father

Ari’s pick: This is a great category.  Each of these performances were so intricate and mesmerizing that they are all memorable.  However, there was one that was better than all the rest: Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List.  In life, most people are not all good or all evil; everyone has nuance.  Fiennes plays Amon Goeth as an evil, conniving, murderous bastard, but he also shows a human side to him.  Fiennes was asked about how he could play Goeth as a human being and not as a mustache twirling villain.  He said, “I mean, I could make a judgment myself privately, this is a terrible, evil, horrific man. But the job was to portray the man, the human being. There’s a sort of banality, that everydayness, that I think was important.”  The best scene that illustrates this is when he attempts to show a human side and does not immediately punish a Jewish worker for not getting the stains off his bathtub.  Watch it here.

David’s pick: 1993 was a great year at the Oscar, and this category is a difficult one. There’s not one clunker here. But Tommy Lee Jones Oscar for The Fugitive feels like he won for one of those big performances that inspires Academy voters to award more for career achievement than a specific performance. Without a doubt the Oscar should have gone to Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List as Amon Goeth, a Nazi concentration camp commandant. His portrayal of Amon was not just a two-dimensional evil Nazi that’s a pleasure to hate, but rather he played him with depth and complexity, which adds a level of tension and intensity.