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Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016 Awards -- Annie Awards


As expected, Kubo (10), Zootopia (11) and Moana (6) lead the charge at the Annie Awards, honoring the best in the year's animation...A crowded list this year with 27 films in the submission race, the largest # we've had since the category was created in 2001. Also, nice to see a good showing for Kung Fu Panda 3. I loved the film, but it hasn't been in the conversation much since it was released so long ago.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
  • Finding Dory
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Moana
  • Zootopia
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE - INDEPENDENT
  • Long Way North
  • Miss Hokusai
  • My Life As A Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Your Name
BEST ANIMATED SHORT SUBJECT
  • Blind Vaysha
  • Deer Flower
  • Path Title Sequence
  • Pearl
  • Piper
BEST ANIMATED EFFECTS IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Moana
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia
BEST ANIMATED EFFECTS IN A LIVE-ACTION PRODUCTION
  • The BFG
  • Deepwater Horizon -- The Rig
  • Dr. Strange -- Mirror Dimension
  • Ghostbusters -- Iloura
  • Warcraft -- Magic
BEST CHARACTER ANIMATION IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • Finding Dory -- Erick Oh -- All Characters
  • Kubo and the Two Strings -- Jan Maas -- Multiple Characters
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 -- Ludovic Bouancheau -- Various Characters
  • Zootopia -- David Hardin -- Judy Hopps, Stu Hopps, Bonnie Hopps, Chief Bogo & Nick Wilde
  • Zootopia -- Chad Sellers -- Mr. Big, Koslov, Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Flash
BEST CHARACTER ANIMATION IN A LIVE-ACTION PRODUCTION
  • Captain America: Civil War -- Spider-Man
  • Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book
  • Warcraft -- Orcs
BEST CHARACTER DESIGN IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • Kubo and the Two Strings -- Multiple
  • Moana -- Moana, Maui, Gramma Tala, Sina, Ancestor, Wayfinders, Lalotai
  • The Secret Life of Pets -- All
  • Trolls -- Bergens
  • Zootopia -- Nick Wilde, Judy Hopps, Flash, Chief Bogo, Clawhauser, Mr. Big, Fru Fru, Koslov, Bellwether, Yax, Finnick, Doug, Mr. & Mrs. Otterton, Duke Weaselton, Misc.
BEST DIRECTING OF AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • Kubo and the Two Strings -- Travis Knight
  • My Life As A Zucchini -- Claude Barras
  • The Red Turle -- Michael Dudok De Wit
  • Your Name -- Makoto Shinkai
  • Zootopia -- Byron Howard & Rich Moore
BEST MUSIC IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
  • The Little Prince
  • The Red Turtle
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Sing
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN ON AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • The Little Prince
  • Trolls
  • Zootopia
BEST STORYBOARDING OF AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • Finding Dory
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • Trolls
  • Zootopia
BEST VOICE ACTING IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • Kubo and the Two Strings -- Art Parkinson -- Kubo
  • Moana -- Auli'i Cravalho -- Moana
  • Storks -- Katie Crown -- Tulip
  • Trolls -- Zooey Deschanel -- Bridget
  • Zootopia -- Jason Bateman -- Nick Wilde
BEST WRITING OF AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • Kubo and the Two Strings -- Marc Haimes & Chris Butler
  • My Life As A Zucchini -- Celine Sciamma
  • The Red Turtle -- Michael Dudok de Wit & Pascale Ferran
  • Zootopia -- Jared Bush & Phil Johnston
BEST EDITORIAL OF AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • April and the Extraordinary World -- Nazim Meslem
  • Kubo and the Two Strings -- Christopher Murrie
  • Moana -- Jeff Draheim
  • Sausage Party -- Kevin Pavlovic
  • Zootopia -- Fabienne Rawley & Jeremy Milton

2016 Awards -- Independent Spirit Awards


The first announcement of the year comes from the Independent Spirit Awards. The field is led by American Honey & Moonlight, which 6 nominations apiece. Following closely behind is Manchester by the Sea with 5...

BEST FEATURE
American Honey
Chronic
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

BEST DIRECTOR
Andrea Arnold - "American Honey"
Barry Jenkins - "Moonlight"
Pablo Larrain - "Jackie"
Jeff Nichols - "Loving"
Kelly Reichardt - "Certain Women"

BEST MALE LEAD
Casey Affleck - "Manchester by the Sea"
David Harewood - "Free In Deed"
Viggo Mortensen - "Captain Fantastic"
Jesse Plemons - "Other People"
Tim Roth - "Chronic"

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Annette Bening - "20th Century Women"
Isabelle Huppert - "Elle"
Sasha Lane - "American Honey"
Ruth Negga - "Loving"
Natalie Portman - "Jackie"

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Ralph Fiennes - "A Bigger Splash"
Ben Foster - "Hell or High Water"
Lucas Hedges - "Manchester by the Sea"
Shia LaBeouf - "American Honey"
Craig Robinson - "Morris from America"

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Edwina Findley - "Free In Deed"
Paulina Garcia - "Little Men"
Lily Gladstone - "Certain Women"
Riley Keough - "American Honey"
Molly Shannon - "Other People"

BEST SCREENPLAY
20th Century Women -- Mike Mills
Hell or High Water -- Taylor Sheridan
Little Men -- Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
Manchester by the Sea -- Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight -- Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
American Honey
The Childhood of a Leader
The Eyes of My Mother
Free In Deed
Moonlight

BEST EDITING
Hell or High Water
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Swiss Army Man

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Aquarius (Brazil)
Chevalier (Greece)
My Golden Days (France)
Toni Erdmann (Germany/Romania)
Under the Shadow (Iran/U.K.)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
13th
Cameraperson
I Am Not Your Negro
OJ: Made in America
Sonita
Under the Sun

BEST FIRST FEATURE
The Childhood of a Leader
The Fits
Other People
Swiss Army Man
The Witch

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Barry -- Adam Mansbach
Christine -- Craig Shilowich
Jean of the Joneses -- Stella Meghie
Other People -- Chris Kelly
The Witch -- Robert Eggers

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (under $500K)
Free In Deed
Hunter Gatherer
Lovesong
Nakom 
Spa Night

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (1 film's director, casting director & ensemble cast)
Moonlight

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Lisa Kjerulff
Jordana Mollick
Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich

KIEHL'S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Andrew Ahn -- Director of "Spa Night"
Claire Carre -- Director of "Embers"
Anna Rose Holmer -- Director of "The Fits"
Ingrid Jungermann -- Director of "Women Who Kill"

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Kristi Jacobson -- Director of "Solitary"
Sara Jordeno -- Director of "Kiki"
Nanfu Wang -- Director of "Hooligan Sparrow"

Thursday, November 24, 2016

2016 OSCARS - Live Action Short Film shortlist


From an immense list of 137 shorts originally submitted, the Live Action category has also been whittled down to 10 semi-finalists. The 5 nominees will come from these 10. Still in the running are...
  • BON VOYAGE
  • ENNEMIS INTERIEURS
  • GRAFFITI
  • LA FEMME ET LE TGV
  • NOCTURNE IN BLACK
  • THE RIFLE, THE JACKAL, THE WOLF AND THE BOY
  • SILENT NIGHTS
  • SING (MINDENKI)
  • TIMECODE
  • THE WAY OF TEA (LES FREMISSEMENTS DU THE)

2016 OSCARS - 10 Animated Short semifinalists


The submissions for Animated Short Film have been narrowed down to 10 films from the original list of 69 entries. From this list of 10, the Animation branch of the Academy will choose the 5 final nominees. Here are the 10 left in contention...
  • BLIND VAYSHA
  • BORROWED TIME
  • HAPPY END
  • THE HEAD VANISHES
  • INNER WORKINGS 
  • ONCE UPON A LINE
  • PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES
  • PEARL
  • PIPER
  • SOUS TES DOIGTS (UNDER YOUR FINGERS)




Friday, November 11, 2016

Oscars - Record 27 films submitted for Animated Feature category!

Several years ago, the Academy tweaked the rules of the Animated Feature category to make the number of nominees depend on the number of films submitted. Any years where we have 16 of more, we can have a 5 nominee category. Well, this year we had a record 27 FILMS submitted, and it's actually the first time in years where it's not a matter of what will get in, but tougher what will be left out, cause IMHO, there are a good 8/9 films that are solid contenders for at least a spot at the table, still quite a few I know little-to-nothing about, and several that you can pretty much call dead on arrival.

The 27 submissions for Best Animated Feature 2016 are....(in alphabetical order)...

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE

APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

BILAL

FINDING DORY

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE

KINGSGLAIVE FINAL FANTASY XV

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

KUNG FU PANDA 3

THE LITTLE PRINCE

LONG WAY NORTH

MISS HOKUSAI

MOANA

MONKEY KING: HERO IS BACK

MUNE

MUSTAFA & THE MAGICIAN

MY  LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

PHANTOM BOY

THE RED TURTLE

SAUSAGE PARTY

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

SING

SNOWTIME!

STORKS

TROLLS

25  APRIL

YOUR NAME

ZOOTOPIA

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

2016 OSCARS -- Best Documentary (Feature)

In the Documentary Feature category, there are 145 features that have been submitted for consideration for this year's category. From this list, a shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December for final consideration. Several of the films have not yet had their required LA and NY qualifying releases.

2016 OSCARS -- Documentary Short Subject

The Academy has released it's list of the 10 films still in consideration for Best Documentary (Short Subject). Of these 10, 5 will be nominated. The original list of submissions stood at 61 eligible entries. Here are the 10 semi-finalists...

Brillo Box (3c Off)
Close Ties
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Frame 394
Joe's Violin
The Mute's House
The Other Side of Home
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

2016 OSCARS - Foreign Language Film - 85 countries submit


We have 85 films that have been submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film category this year, including most of usual suspects, as well as Yemen submitting it's first film ever.
Here is a link for the full list of films,..

85 Films submitted for Foreign Language Oscar consideration


Monday, February 29, 2016

2015 OSCAR WINNERS

It was a tough year in the predictions department, as I hit only 16/24. Missed out on a few gut choices, and there were several big surprises and upsets for sure. But that's what always makes playing this game fun, year and year. In the end, Mad Max swept most of the techs, taking home the lions share with 6 Oscars. The Revenant made history in several ways with it's 3 wins, and Spotlight became the first film about journalism to win Best Picture, as well as the first film to win Picture and only 1 other award since 1952! Talk about spreading the wealth.

Best Picture
SPOTLIGHT

Best Director
ALEJANDRO G. INARRITU - "THE REVENANT"

Best Actor
LEONARDO DICAPRIO - "THE REVENANT"

Best Actress
BRIE LARSON - "ROOM"

Best Supporting Actor
MARK RYLANCE - "BRIDGE OF SPIES"

Best Supporting Actress
ALICIA VIKANDER - "THE DANISH GIRL"

Best Original Screenplay
SPOTLIGHT

Best Adapted Screenplay
THE BIG SHORT

Best Animated Feature
INSIDE OUT

Best Cinematography
THE REVENANT

Best Film Editing
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Production Design
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Costume Design
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Sound Mixing
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Sound Editing
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Visual Effects
EX MACHINA

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Original Score
THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Best Original Song
"WRITING'S ON THE WALL" - SPECTRE

Best Foreign Language Film
SON OF SAUL

Best Documentary Feature
AMY

Best Documentary Short Subject
A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS

Best Live-Action Short Film
STUTTERER

Best Animated Short Film
BEAR STORY

Sunday, February 28, 2016

2015 FINAL OSCAR WINNER PREDICTIONS!

And finally we come to the end of another year, another Oscar season, another ceremony. In the end, there was some seriously talented work recognized, and even more left in the shadows to be fawned over by the ages. But now it's time for the final Oscar predictions of 2015...the big winners. All the data, the knowledge, makes this year a heck of a lot of fun to watch, but kinda a bitch to predict!

I have a feeling that my choices are going to be pretty close to many other prognosticators this year. But that's just kinda how this year has played out. Especially with the precursor awards, there are many categories that have seemed to about sew themselves up. At the same time, there are several awards, including the biggest of all, Best Picture, that are among the most close-running races we've had in a long time. Should make for an entertaining evening at the very least. But here they are... my 2015 Oscar Winner predictions.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Should Win: World of Tomorrow
WILL WIN:  WORLD OF TOMORROW
Alternate:  Bear Story

WINNER:  BEAR STORY (alternate)

I can see about 4 of these taking this award. World of Tomorrow was my favorite, is the most original, and won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Bear Story is most traditional in it's storytelling, and is beautiful to look at. While I liked Sanjay's Super Team, I didn't love it. And plus Disney won with Feast last year, so they might want to spread the wealth a bit.

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
Should Win:  Shok
WILL WIN:  SHOK
Alternate:  Day One

WINNER:  STUTTERER (missed)

Another strong crop of short films this year. The one that struck me the most was Shok, a tail of two young boys in 1998 Kosovo. I actually enjoyed all 5 of these, and would be happy with any of them taking the prize. 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Should Win: Body Team 12 or Girl in the River
WILL WIN:  BODY TEAM 12
Alternate:  Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

WINNER:  GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS (alternate)

I am practically flipping a coin on this one. My head says Body Team, my heart says Girl in the River, and other thoughts are coming strong for Claude Landmann as well. A true role of the dice, which I've switched twice since writing this! 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Should Win:  The Look of Silence
WILL WIN:  AMY
Alternate:  Cartel Land

WINNER:  AMY (correct)

As nice as it was to see 2 films from Netflix make the nominee list, I don't see either making a big enough splash to win this. After taking several big prizes, including the PGA documentary award, it's hard to see Amy losing this one. Although stranger things have happened. Cartel Land is a solid doc in every way, and in another year, would be miles out in front.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Should Win:  Son of Saul
WILL WIN:  SON OF SAUL
Alternate:  Mustang

WINNER:  SON OF SAUL (correct)

All five films chosen are wonderful films. Embrace of the Serpent in particular caught me off guard. But Son of Saul has been barreling through the awards season with unmatched power, and will continue it's run tomorrow night, bringing Hungary it's first Oscar. If there is a surprise, it'll come from Mustang, the unexpectedly powerful French film. 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Should Win:  "Simple Song #3"
WILL WIN:  "TIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU" -- THE HUNTING GROUND
Alternate  "Writing's On the Wall"

WINNER:  "WRITING'S ON THE WALL" -- SPECTRE (alternate)

The team for The Hunting Ground have been pushing hardcore for this one, ever performing it live at the PGA award a few weeks ago. And the Academy isn't scared to award Documentary songs, as they showed in 06 with An Inconvenient Truth cancelling out all the songs from Dreamgirls. This race was sewn up with See You Again blasting across radio waves, and then was stunned when it wasn't even nominated. Seriously, wtf Academy. Besides Gaga's name on the award, Diane Warren will finally win her first Oscar after many many nominations over the years. If there's a spoiler to be had, watch for Sam Smith trying to make it 2/2 in the James Bond world of songs. It did win the Globe, after all.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Should Win:  Star Wars: The Force Awakens
WILL WIN:  THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Alternate:  Star Wars: The Force Awakens

WINNER:  THE HATEFUL EIGHT (correct)

Ennio Morricone was pulled out of retirement to do this film. He has an honorary Oscar. He's NEVER WON an actual competitive Oscar....argument closed. But, but, but....John Williams landed his 50th!!! nomination, and hasn't won since Schindler's List for cryin out loud!

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Should Win:  Mad Max: Fury Road
WILL WIN:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Alternate:  The Revenant

WINNER:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (correct)

If The Revenant begins a giant sweep of the night, this is one of the awards that it could take in the wake. And it would be a worthy course. The scars, blood, etc...quite honestly are some of the best wound makeup I can think of since 2004's The Passion of the Christ (which should've easily won!). All that said, Mad Max again has the flashier look, the more original work, and therefore, will likely take it on silver paint and shaded eyes.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Should Win:  Star Wars: The Force Awakens
WILL WIN:  STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Alternate:  Mad Max: Fury Road

WINNER:  EX MACHINA (missed)

Another tough call in the Visual FX race, but with wins at the Bafta and VES, I'm going with Star Wars, which as the biggest film of all time, should at least take 1 award home, surely! Mad Max could easily win in the production design also drips over into this category as well.

BEST SOUND EDITING
Should Win:  Mad Max: Fury Road
WILL WIN:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Alternate:  The Revenant

WINNER:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (correct)

The Martian and Sicario are out, first off. Both great work but not even in this convo. Star Wars again could creep in, but again it's really a race of Revenant vs. Mad Max. About half the time, the Academy splits the sounds Oscars between 2 films, and like last year, I'm guessing they do it again this year.

BEST SOUND MIXING
Should Win:  Mad Max: Fury Road
WILL WIN:  THE REVENANT
Alternate:  Mad Max: Fury Road

WINNER:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (alternate)

Whereas I would love to throw Star Wars into this mix, I simply cant. The Revenant took the Bafta and the all important CAS award, making it the front-runner. Mad Max could play spoiler for sure, but in my mind, for Mad Max I think more in a visual way, and I defintely remember HEARING the events of The Revenant. 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Should Win:  Cinderella
WILL WIN:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Alternate:  Carol

WINNER:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (correct)

This is one of the toughest categories this year, thanks in large part to the double nomination of Sandy Powell for both Carol and Cinderella. While I fully expect her to win for one of them, the prospect of a true vote-split is a real possibility. Will the Academy want to honor Carol somewhere since the film was shut-out of the top awards? I'm betting that Mad Max rides it's tidal wave of tech momentum and takes this award as well. It was a surprise nomination to hear, but since then has taken awards from the Critics Choice, Bafta as well as besting Ms. Powell herself at the CDG awards, I'm giving it the slightest of advantages in the final race....watch me be wrong tho.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Should Win:  Mad Max: Fury Road
WILL WIN:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Alternate:  Bridge of Spies

WINNER:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (correct)

A world unto our own, of our own, and yet completely different than anything seen before. The look of Mad Max is so different is every way, it always won this award the moment the film opened in May. Between the cars, the fights, the scenery, the citadel...how can it lose?

BEST FILM EDITING
Should Win:  Mad Max: Fury Road
WILL WIN:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Alternate:  The Big Short

WINNER:  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (correct)

Two very different films leading the pack in this race. The Big Short deals with a multiple storyline film, and keeps everything in order as much as possible. Whereas Mad Max is much more flourished, much more showy, much more noticeable. And many times, that matters. A big part of what keeps Mad Max's frantic energy going is it's editing, for sure.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Should Win:  The Revenant
WILL WIN:  THE REVENANT
Alternate:  Mad Max: Fury Road

WINNER:  THE REVENANT (correct)

Mad Max had this in the bag for 5 months. Beautiful shot after beautiful shot. At it still very well could win. But then there's a little film called The Revenant. Going for a record-breaking 3rd Oscar in a row, Chivo just might do it. The entire film is a total poem of beauty. No one that's seen The Revenant can say it's not a wonder to behold. There's several shots that I'm STILL trying to figure out how they were done. Here's hoping history is deservedly made.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Should Win:  Inside Out
WILL WIN:  INSIDE OUT
Alternate:  Anomalisa

WINNER:  INSIDE OUT (correct)

Inside Out is one of the best of the year, and in a year of 10 films, probably would be in the final cut. The screenplay nomination helps as well, and Pixar gets it's crown back from parent company Disney after the last 2 years. The closest competition is Anomalisa, which took several critic prizes, but the subject matter alone will turn off enough voters to give Pixar the win.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Should Win:  Room
WILL WIN:  THE BIG SHORT
Alternate:  Room

WINNER:  THE BIG SHORT (correct)

Just like in the other screenplay category, this is a spot to definitely award a film that just might miss out on Best Picture. The Big Short is all about the story, the characters, the dialogue. And it manages to keep your attention ever if you don't fully understand what it's saying. Any other winner here would be an honest shock.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Should Win:  Inside Out
WILL WIN:  SPOTLIGHT
Alternate:  Inside Out

WINNER:  SPOTLIGHT (correct)

Bridge of Spies is too mainstream, Ex Machina is too out there, and Straight Outta Compton is too racial for most voters. While many Pixar films had found a home here, none have won. By default and frontrunner status alone, this is where the Academy gives a for sure Oscar to Spotlight. It's all dialogue, all acting. It's captivating, it's hard-hitting, and it's brilliant.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Should Win: Kate Winslet "Steve Jobs"
WILL WIN: ALICIA VIKANDER "THE DANISH GIRL"
Alternate: Kate Winslet "Steve Jobs"

WINNER:  ALICIA VIKANDER "THE DANISH GIRL" (correct)

Here's why Kate Winslet SHOULD win...besides it's the best nominated "supporting" role in the category. It's a brilliant stretch of acting, enjoyable at every turn. But supporting here is key. Both Vikander and Rooney Mara deliver completely lead performances in their respective films. But that's never stopped the Academy before. Alicia Vikander had a breakout year for the ages, starring in not one but 5 films. It wasn't a matter of if she would be nominated, but more for what she would be. And of all the performances, hers in The Danish Girl is a female lead by definition, and helps carry the film as much as Eddie Redmayne does as the title character him/herself. A Winslet surprise would be a shocker for sure, but a worthy one if it happens.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Should Win:  Sylvester Stallone "Creed"
WILL WIN: SYLVESTER STALLONE "CREED"
Alternate:  Mark Rylance "Bridge of Spies"

WINNER:  MARK RYLANCE "BRIDGE OF SPIES" (alternate)

Let me say, I think Mark Rylance's performance in Bridge of Spies was easily one of the best of the year. He is brilliant, and I'm glad that everyone has seen how good he is when he steps off the stage and onto the screen. That said, this award is Sly's for the losing. In the most crowded of the acting awards by far this year, his was the only name that got a full room of reporters to all clap at the nominations. He breathed new life, probably for the last time, into a character that has been beloved for 40 years. And don't forget that while Rocky won Best Picture, Sly himself didn't win for acting or writing, so this is a chance to award him for a career worth of work.

BEST ACTRESS
Should Win:  Brie Larson "Room"
WILL WIN:  BRIE LARSON "ROOM"
Alternate:  Saoirse Ronan "Brooklyn"

WINNER:  BRIE LARSON "ROOM" (correct)

Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan split many of the critics awards leading up to the big awards of the season, but since then, Larson has dominated, taking the Globe, SAG, and BAFTA. Hard to believe she won't continue her winning ways here, and it's a completely worthy performance. Still not sure why JLaw got in this race. Not this year. If anyone else will take actress, it's Saoirse.

BEST ACTOR
Should Win:  Leonardo DiCaprio "The Revenant"
WILL WIN:  LEONARDO DICAPRIO "THE REVENANT"
Alternate:  Michael Fassbender "Steve Jobs"

WINNER:  LEONARDO DICAPRIO "THE REVENANT" (correct)

The easiest call of the entire night. A few of these choices really shouldn't even be on the shortlist. Leo will finally get his Oscar. GO LEO!

BEST DIRECTOR
Should Win:  George Miller "Mad Max: Fury Road"
WILL WIN:  ALEJANDRO G. INARRITU "THE REVENANT"
Alternate:  George Miller "Mad Max: Fury Road"

WINNER:  ALEJANDRO G. INARRITU "THE REVENANT" (correct)

After winning the Globe, and much more importantly the DGA and the BAFTA, it's hard to not see Inarittu making history as only the 3rd back-to-back Director winner. The Revenant truly is a director's vision type of film, as the cast and crew has reminded us at every opportunity. George Miller could also play spoiler, reinventing a genre pic that he helped invent many a moon ago. I keep having this thought of a giant surprise a la Roman Polasnki winning in 02. Would make for a great moment to see the elder gentleman collect an Oscar. The fact that he's later on in his life could pull a few sympathy votes too. The other choices would all be surprises, as they are simply too quiet and not "flashy" enough, regardless of how solid the work is.

BEST PICTURE
Should Win:  Spotlight or Room
WILL WIN:  THE REVENANT
Alternate:  Spotlight

WINNER:  SPOTLIGHT (alternate)

The toughest, closest race to call out of them all, and I'm going with The Revenant one reason and one reason alone...momentum. This year feels a bit to me like 2010 did. The Social Network took award after award, and then suddenly, with the guilds, the race switched to The King's Speech. This year, almost every major critics group (for the most part) went with Spotlight. And quite honestly, if I had a vote, I think I'd be voting for it as well. The Big Short is the proverbial wrench in the machine. It took the PGA, which is a HUGE deal because it's the only other award besides the Oscar that uses a preferential ballot system. So for those that DON'T vote for Revenant in their #1 spots...are their enough #2s or #3s? It does have the most passionate following of the 8 films..but it also has the most detractors. What a tough call.
But again, I'm going with The Revenant purely on momentum. After taking the globe, it took the BAFTA (yes that plays into effect), and the all-important DGA win. It's a gorgeous film, and certainly one that'll be remembered whether it wins or not. Plus 12 nominations shows that the love for the film is broad across the board, from every branch. Every Tom Hardy got up for Supporting Actor after being practically blanked in the precursors. That also shows that the acting branch is there in support as well. Ugh, this category is killing me! Enjoy the show everyone!

Final predix

The Revenant -- 5 wins
Mad Max: Fury Road -- 5 wins
Room -- 1 win
Creed -- 1 win
The Danish Girl -- 1 win
Spotlight -- 1 win
The Big Short -- 1 win
Inside Out -- 1 win
Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- 1 win
The Hateful Eight -- 1 win
The Hunting Ground -- 1 win
Son of Saul -- 1 win
Amy -- 1 win
Body Team 12 -- 1 win
Shok -- 1 win
World of Tomorrow -- 1 win

Saturday, February 6, 2016

2015 Awards -- Producers Guild Winners


We now officially have a 4-horse race, something that hasn't been said about the Oscars maybe ever. In a surprise, THE BIG SHORT took the top prize at the Producers Gu
ild Awards, adding it to the list of Spotlight, Mad Max, and The Revenant as viable Best Picture contenders. The race is heating up and hopefully we'll get a bit of light shining through after the SAG and DGA announce.

DARRYL F. ZANUCK AWARDS for OUTSTANDING PRODUCERS of a THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE

THE BIG SHORT -- Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner & Jeremy Kleiner

OUTSTANDING PRODUCER of an ANIMATED FEATURE

INSIDE OUT -- Jonas Rivera

OUTSTANDING PRODUCER of a DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

AMY -- James Gay-Rees

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CRITICS CHOICE WINNERS

The ceremony was held a few days ago, and Spotlight took the top prize, just holding off the behemoth that was Mad Max (9 total wins!). Full winners below...

Best Picture
SPOTLIGHT

Best Director
GEORGE MILLER - "MAD MAX: FURY ROAD"

Best Actor
LEONARDO DICAPRIO - "THE REVENANT"

Best Actress
BRIE LARSON - "ROOM"

Best Supporting Actor
SYLVESTER STALLONE - "CREED"

Best Supporting Actress
ALICIA VIKANDER - "THE DANISH GIRL"

Best Acting Ensemble
SPOTLIGHT

Best Original Screenplay
SPOTLIGHT

Best Adapted Screenplay
THE BIG SHORT

Best Animated Feature
INSIDE OUT

Best Cinematography
THE REVENANT

Best Film Editing
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Production Design
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Costume Design
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Visual Effects
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Hair & Makeup
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Score
THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Best Song
"SEE YOU AGAIN" - FURIOUS 7

Best Foreign Language Film
SON OF SAUL

Best Documentary Feature
AMY

Best Comedy
THE BIG SHORT

Best Actor in a Comedy
CHRISTIAN BALE - "THE BIG SHORT"

Best Actress in a Comedy
AMY SCHUMER - "TRAINWRECK"

Best Action Movie
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Actor in an Action Movie
TOM HARDY - "MAD MAX: FURY ROAD"

Best Actress in an Action Movie
CHARLIZE THERON - "MAD MAX: FURY ROAD"

Best Young Actor/Actress
JACOB TREMBLAY - "ROOM"

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie
EX MACHINA

2015 Awards -- Make-up Artists & Hairstylers Guild

One of the last guilds to announce, and a bit late considering we already had the 7 finalists in this award for the Oscars a long time ago. But nonetheless, here are their choices. The group was started way back in 1937, and is now over 1800 members strong. One question though..how is The Revenant not in any category? Especially effects!



BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKEUP

THE BIG SHORT
Julie Hewett & Pamela Westmore

FURIOUS 7
James MacKinnon, Autumn Butler & Roxy D'Alonzo

PITCH PERFECT 2
Melanie Hughes-Weaver & Judy Yonemoto

SICARIO
Donald Mowat

YOUTH
Maurizio Silvi & Matteo Silvi


BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIRSTYLING

EX MACHINA
Sian Grigg & Charlotte Rogers


FURIOUS 7
Linda Flowers, Jennifer Santiago & Lesa Williams

PITCH PERFECT 2
Cheryl Marks, Meagan Herrera & Daina Daigle

SPECTRE
Zoe Tahir

SPY
Sarah Love & Linda Flowers


BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKEUP

BROOKLYN
Morna Ferguson, Niamh O'Loan & Marlene Rouleau

CAROL
Patricia Regan

CINDERELLA
Naomi Donne & Norma Webb

THE DANISH GIRL
Jan Sewell & Renata Gilbert

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Lesley Vanderwalt, Nadine Prigge & Ailie Smith


BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING

BROOKLYN
Lorraine Glynn, Lorraine Brennan & Michelle Cote

CAROL
Jerry DeCarlo, Jack Curtain & Kay Georgiou

CINDERELLA
Carol Hemming, Orla Carroll & Wakana Yoshihara

THE DANISH GIRL
Jan Sewell & Renata Gilbert

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Anita Morgan, Kerstin Weller & Kylie Clark


BEST SPECIAL MAKEUP EFFECTS

BLACK MASS
Joel Harlow, Kenny Niederbaumer & Khanh Trance

EX MACHINA
Sian Grigg, Charlotte Rogers & Tristan Versluis

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2
Ve Neill & Glenn Hetrick

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Damian Martin, Elka Wardega & Jaco Snyman

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Neal Scanlan