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Golden Globe Winners 2013

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Sunday night’s Golden Globes honored the best in motion pictures and television. Could this list of winners be a good prediction as to what to expect at the the 85th Annual Academy Awards next month?


Motion Picture, Drama: Argo

Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Les Miserables

Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Director: Ben Affleck, Argo

Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Foreign Language Film: Amour (Austria)

Animated Feature Film: Brave

Original Song: “Skyfall,” Skyfall, Adele & Paul Epworth


TV Series, Drama: Homeland

TV Series, Comedy: Girls

Movie or Miniseries: Game Change

Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Damian Lewis, Homeland

Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland

Actor in a TV Series, Comedy: Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Actress in a TV Series, Comedy: Lena Dunham, Girls

Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change

Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Movie: Ed Harris, Game Change

Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Cecil B. DeMille Award: Jodie Foster


85th Annual Academy Award Nominations

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announced the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. this morning

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announced the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. this morning

There is no doubt that this year was a good year for movies. There were breakout directors; poignant, against-type performances; the usual heavyweights giving us brand new performances to think and rave about. It was easy, then, to predict who was going to be nominated for a coveted Academy Award by the end of the year.

Steven Spielberg’s epic “Lincoln” leads the Oscar race with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” came in a close second with 11 nominations. Tied for third were Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” and David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” with eight nominations each.

Below is the list of Oscar nominees announced by the Academy this morning. Were there any surprising snubs or recognition in your opinion?

Best Picture:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

I wasn’t surprised by any of these choices by the Academy except for Amour, and that’s only because I hadn’t heard of it and still have yet to see it. I will say that Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty were great films whose reviews I will be posting sooner rather than later.

Actor in a Leading Role:
Bradley CooperSilver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln
Hugh Jackman Les Miserables
Joaquin PhoenixThe Master
Denzel WashingtonFlight

I haven’t seen The Master or Flight, but given the two actors nominated for those films, I don’t doubt they both deserve to be nominated. Personally, I think Bradley Cooper winning is a long shot, but I enjoyed his performance. It was a pleasant surprise to watch him in a heavy role like that. Daniel Day-Lewis is definitely the one to beat in this category.

Actress in a Leading Role:
Jessica ChastainZero Dark Thirty
Jennifer LawrenceSilver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle RivaAmour
Quvenzhane WallisBeasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi WattsThe Impossible

I’m thinking this one is either going to Naomi Watts or Emanuelle Riva, but again, my own personal opinion.

Best Director:
Michael HanekeAmour
Benh ZeitlinBeasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee Life of Pi
Steven SpielbergLincoln
David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook

The obvious snub in this category was Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty. That story could have been messy and disorganized, but she made it easy to watch and understand. That was the biggest surprise for me, but I’m thinking Ang Lee is taking this one home anyway.

Actor in a Supporting Role:
Alan ArkinArgo
Robert De NiroSilver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour HoffmanThe Master
Tommy Lee Jones Lincoln
Cristoph WaltzDjango Unchained

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Cristoph Waltz in Django, but it kind of seemed like he was reprising the role that won him this Oscar back in 2010. What’s interesting is that all five of these nominees have won in this category before, so it’ll be fun to see these guys duke it out for a repeat.

Actress in a Supporting Role:
Amy Adams The Master
Sally FieldLincoln
Anne HathawayLes Miserables
Helen HuntThe Sessions
Jacki WeaverSilver Linings Playbook

It seemed like Anne Hathaway might have been snubbed by the Academy since she only appeared in Les Miserables for 20 minutes or so, but every minute she was in the film was incredible. She’s obviously my personal favorite, but I don’t know if there’s any clear prediction as to who will win in this category.

Best Animated Feature:
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

I’ll be honest. I don’t watch many animated features, but Brave was a big disappointment. I’ll count that one out of contention for sure.

Writing – Adapted Screenplay:
Argo – Written by Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi – Written by David Magee
Lincoln – Written by Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook – Written by David O. Russell

Writing – Original Screenplay:
Amour – Written by Michael Haneke
Django Unchained – Written by Quentin Tarantino
Flight – Written by John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom – Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty – Written by Mark Boal

I am biased towards Quentin Tarantino, because the dialogue in his screenplays never fail to surprise me. It’s always inventive, smart, and fun. Moonrise Kingdom was classic Anderson-Coppola, but I don’t know that it deserves to win over the others. Zero Dark Thirty was an amazing film and navigated through a story that could have been a disaster with ease and clarity. Still not sure who deserves to win.

Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained – Robert Richardson
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall – Roger Deakins

Costume Design:
Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Les Miserables – Paco Delgado
Lincoln – Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman – Colleen Atwood

You can read Paco Delgado’s interview with The Reel Story about the inspiration for his costumes here: “Paco Delgado talks Les Miserables

Documentary Feature:
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short:
Inocente – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Kings Point – Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine – Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
Open Heart – Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption – Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neil

Film Editing:
Argo – William Goldenberg
Life of Pi – Tim Squyres
Lincoln – Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook – Jay Cassidy and Srispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty – Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Foreign Language Film:
Amour (Austria)
Kon-Tiki (Norway)
No (Chile)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
War Witch (Canada)

Hitchcock – Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Miserables – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Music – Original Score:
Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Lincoln – John Williams
Skyfall – Thomas Newman

Music – Original Song:
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice – Music & Lyrics by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted – Music by Walter Murphy; Lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi – Music by Mychael Danna; Lyrics by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from Skyfall – Music & Lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from Les Miserables – Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Production Design:
Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration)
Les Miserables – Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)
Life of Pi – David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Lincoln – Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)

Best Short Film:
Adam and Dog – Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole – PES
Head Over Heels – Timothy Reckhart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” – David Silverman
Paperman – John Kahrs

Best Short Film – Live Action:
Asad – Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys – Sam French and Ariel Nasr
Curfew – Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) – Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
Henry – Yan England

Sound Editing:
Argo – Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained – Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi – Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall – Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
Zero Dark Thirty – Paul N. J. Ottosson

Sound Mixing:
Argo – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Miserables – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Life of Pi – Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall – Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
Life of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan de Boer and Donald R. Elliot
Marvel’s The Avengers – Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus – Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Hunstman – Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

THIS IS THE END: First Official Trailer

In theaters June 14, 2013

In theaters June 14, 2013

The first official trailer and movie poster have been released for This Is the End, a comedy about the apocalyptic end of the world (right on time?). Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have come together yet again for their directorial debut, and I’m hoping the world really doesn’t end tomorrow so I can go and watch this movie. Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson find themselves stuck in a house in Los Angeles in the aftermath of the destruction of the world as we know it.

What’s most interesting to me — and you’ll see in the trailer — is that all of these guys will be playing (what I’m assuming to be) parodies of themselves rather than fictional characters. The movie also features Mindy Kaling, Emma Watson, Kevin Hart, Rihanna, and Judd Apatow film regulars David Krumholtz, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Martin Starr and Paul Rudd. Let’s hope the Mayans were wrong and we can look forward past tomorrow to what looks like another comedic gem from Rogen and Goldberg.

STAR WARS: Spin-Offs?

Ever since Disney bought LucasFilms and it was announced they’d be making an Episode VII, the Star Wars purist in me has been ready to burst at the seams. Call me a traditionalist, but I really don’t like the sound of a Star Wars created by Disney. It’s not supposed to be tame, and there is not supposed to be anymore Jar Jar Binks. Don’t get me wrong, I loved him when Episode I first hit theaters, but I was also 11 years old. Explains a lot.

Anyway, all my movie news websites are now reporting that Lawrence Kasdan (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) are writing spin-offs rather than sequels. It was said that they would be in charge of Episodes VIII and IX, but now they may be spin-offs? I’ve got a little bit of faith, because Kasdan did write Episodes V and VI, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

I was already distraught about Disney wringing out as much money as they could from the Star Wars rag by tiring out a classic series, but now that there may be spin-offs, I’m not too sure how to feel. The Hollywood Reporter posted, and I quote, “Their scripts could turn into official ‘Episodes’ in the main Skywalker storyline, or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters.”

It sounds like a Marvel move, aka The Avengers, and while that works for Marvel, I’m not too sure about Star Wars. I was sad when Episode III came out because I thought it was the last of Star Wars that I would ever see, but it ended on a good note. It ended complete and with dignity. Naturally I am opposed to change — just a personal thing — but I think it’s safe to say that Star Wars can easily be butchered for some big bucks.

It seems like confirmation that any future Star Wars films are going to be about the Skywalker clan, and that, you could say, was a given, but I guess I’m curious as to what else they could possibly extract from the original films. Here’s to seeing what’s next?

Iron Man 3: First Official Trailer and Images

In theaters May 3, 2013

Iron Man/Tony Stark fans, rejoice! The third installment in the series about everybody’s favorite arrogant billionaire by day/superhero by night is set to release on May 3rd of next year. The first official trailer and four images from the film have been released, and you can find it all at the bottom of the page. What is Iron Man up to now after The Avengers? It looks like it might be going a darker, more serious route, which is interesting. After watching the trailer, what do you think?

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?”





Zero Dark Thirty – Hit or Miss?

Like every other significant moment in history, there is a movie coming to theaters in December about the death of Osama bin Laden. It will be called Zero Dark Thirty. I had my reservations at first, but knowing now that Kathryn Bigelow will be directing it, I’m interested. The director of The Hurt Locker is taking on a concept that can fail  miserably if not executed professionally and respectfully.

After watching the trailer, I’m confident she can pull it off. I’m still a little bit nervous about it, but it looks like a good watch. I am also prepared to find out that the way our troops found and killed bin Laden is nothing like how it will be portrayed in this movie, but while I’m watching it, I might enjoy it anyway. I’m also intrigued by the cast, namely Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, and Chris Pratt. Thoughts?

Carrie – First Official Teaser Trailer

Carrie                                           In theaters March 15, 2013

So I’m always a little skeptical of remakes, because some of the originals are such classics that they should be left well enough alone. Carrie is one of those films I watched as a child (mostly because I wanted some more John Travolta aka Danny Zuko in my life), and it scared the life out of me. Most Stephen King adaptations do, because they are so simplistic in the way they terrify you. “They’re all going to laugh at you” was stuck in my dreams for weeks! Anyway, when I heard Carrie was going to be remade, I wanted nothing of it.

However, when I read that Chloe Grace Moretz was going to play the titular character, immortalized by Sissy Spacek in the original, I decided to give it a chance. Moretz is a personal favorite of mine. After watching Kick-Ass and Let Me In, I realized this little girl was headed for big things. She is beyond her years in acting ability, and she transforms into any and every role she is given. Knowing she’ll be taking on the character of Carrie gives me hope. So does the first official teaser trailer below. Here’s hoping I’m not disappointed! What do you all think?