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Joey’s Official Oscars Predictions

With the Oscars in 10 days, I thought I’d give you my official list of who I think should win next Sunday. I’ve also included who I think will win, as oftentimes that answer is different. Without further ado, here are my official predictions for next Sunday’s winners.

Best Picture

Will Win: 12 Years a Slave12-Years-A-Slave__140101173929

Should Win: Gravity

Could Win: American Hustle

This has been one of the tightest Best Picture races in years, but 12 Years a Slave has been sweeping up awards right and left. While at a time it seemed like American Hustle could take top prize, it seems like it will have to settle for some acting awards. I still think Gravity deserves Best Picture, as it has changed cinema forever, but I’ll still settle for 12 Years a Slave winning the top prize.

Best Actor

Will Win: Matthew McConaughey

Should Win: Matthew McConaughey

Could Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Leonardo DiCaprio

While Chiwetel Ejiofor seemed like the clear winner in the past months, McConaughey surprised by winning the Globe for Best Actor in a Drama. He seems the most likely to win the award, but I wouldn’t count out Ejiofor or DiCaprio for that matter.

Best Actress

Will Win: Cate Blanchetteblue-jasmine-2

Should Win: Cate Blanchette

Could Win: Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams

Blanchette practically has the award on lock at this point. She has been all the talk lately, but she may have the advantage for being in the earliest film. While Bullock and Adams are fresh in voters’ minds, Blanchette sticks out for giving one of the best performances of her career.

Best Supporting Actor

Will Win: Jared Leto

Should Win: Jared Leto

Could Win: Michael Fassbender, Barkhad Abdi

Like Blanchette before him, Jared Leto seems almost guaranteed the award at this point. His fantastic transformation for Dallas Buyers Club puts him in a league ahead of the others. I still wouldn’t count out Barkhad Abdi, who has the best story (humble cab driver) and was a dominant force in Captain Phillips, but Leto seems like the clear winner here.

Best Supporting Actress

Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o

Should Win: Jennifer Lawrence

Could Win: June Squibb

One of the most polarizing categories, Supporting Actress is still a toss-up at this point. While Lawrence took home the Globe, Nyong’o has been sweeping up awards right and left. While she is not as prominently present in the film as her costars, she is still a great actress, but Lawrence was one of the best parts of American Hustle. Winning back-to-back might seem cheap, but she definitely deserves it.

Best Director

Will Win: Alfonso CuaronAlfonso-Cuaron-Sandra-Bullock-George-Clooney-Gravity-set

Should Win: Alfonso Cuaron

Could Win: Steve McQueen

Cuaron. Hands down.

 

 

Best Original Screenplay

Will Win: Her

Should Win: American Hustleher-fp-0835

Could Win: Nebraska

While I was not a fan of Her, it seems like this is the category in which the film will be recognized, if any. American Hustle, though, deserves the prize, for being a unique and well-made dramedy that had me on edge at times.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Will Win: 12 Years a Slave

Should Win: 12 Years a Slave

Could Win: Captain Phillips, Philomena

12 Years a Slave should take this award for being a faithful adaptation of the John Ridley novel. I wouldn’t count Captain Phillips or Philomena out of this race just yet, though. Philomena has been gaining some ground lately, and Captain Phillips is an excellent adaptation of the Richard Phillips’ book.

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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in 2014 Academy Awards

 

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The Oscars: Ranking the Best Picture Nominees

9. Her – Spike Jonze’s love story Her might be the only Oscar nominee this year that I did not enjoy in some way. While well-intentioned, Her feels like a first draft. Joaquin Phoenix is drab and dull, with Scarlett Johansson ironically providing the voice of the only “alive” character in the film. In what’s supposed to be a “feel good” movie, Her ends up feeling too bizarre and takes an odd experimental approach. Despite the film’s beautiful cinematography, Her winds up being a mess of good ideas.

12-years-a-slave8. 12 Years a Slave – That’s right. The current front runner ends up at the back of the pack. Steve McQueen’s gripping slave drama is a beautiful portrait of a dark time in our nation’s history. While Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender both pack a punch, the rest of the cast feels less involved. While 12 Years a Slave might be a great period piece, it is extremely emotionally distant. While McQueen wants you to feel something when you watch this film, he isn’t quite sure what that is, and the result is a mixed bag of emotions that never really takes off.

7. Captain Phillips – Tom Hanks is a powerhouse in the real life tale of the ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates. The biggest Oscar snub this year comes from Hanks, who commands the film with the urgency it requires. A 2 hour suspense trip, Captain Phillips is great filmmaking. Barkhad Abdi also is chilling as the pirate leader. Greengrass nails the film intense action and great cinematography. Everyone talks about the last 15 minutes of the film as some of Hanks’s best work, but the entire film represents Hanks at his best.

131031_MOV_DallasBuyersClub.jpg.CROP.promo-mediumlarge6. Dallas Buyers ClubDallas Buyers Club did not interest me at all at first. Matthew McConaughey has not picked the best roles in the past, but I could not have been more wrong. McConaughey now enters the league of distinguished actors with Buyers Club. The AIDS drama manages to be both educational and entertaining. With other great performances form Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner (surprisingly snubbed), Dallas Buyers Club deserves to be seen.

5. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese’s 3-hour party will leave you exhausted – in a good way of course. The true life tale of Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the wildest films you’ll see all year. It’s hilarious, grotesque, and entertaining. Headed by the brilliant Leonardo DiCaprio and a great supporting cast, The Wolf of Wall Street is definitely not for everyone, but for everyone else it’s a wild ride that is worth the admission.

Philomena4. Philomena – The film I was holding out ended up being one of my favorites of 2013. Stephen Frears’s Philomena expertly blends bits of humor with a dark and emotional journey. What I love about Philomena is that it isn’t afraid of an unhappy ending. As Philomena and journalist Martin Sixsmith interact on this journey to find her long lost son, you’ll see one of the most interesting relationships unravel on screen. A beautiful score and an array of twists keep Philomena from being the snooze-fest it could have been, as it is well worth seeing.

3. American Hustle – David O. Russell’s ode to cinema has received much flack for lacking substance, but American Hustle is anything but. A cast that I’m still speechless by, a well-crafted story with plenty of twists and turns, and a brilliant sense of style help catapult Hustle to the front of the race. Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence are flawless in the film, that will be remembered for taking risks that ultimately pay off. Hustle is of the most entertaining movies I’ve ever seen, one that is only possible through the medium of film.

2. Nebraska – Alexander Payne is one of my favorite directors, and while Nebraska might not be his flashiest film, it’s still an incredible film worth seeing. Bruce Dern and Will Forte have a brilliant dynamic as father and son, as son David goes with his father Woody to collect a winning prize that he believes he has won. The film is also bitingly funny, in a dark sort of way. June Squibb steals the show as the crass mother Kate, and as you meet the host of wild family members, you begin to feel a little better about your own.

GRAVITY1. Gravity – I still believe Gravity will be remembered for changing cinema, and for that reason it deserves Best Picture. Technological achievements aside, Gravity tells an emotional tale that will tear your heart apart and keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s one of the best sci-fi films I’ve ever seen, and one of the best dramas told on screen. Sandra Bullock holds her own as astronaut Ryan Stone, who is lost in space after a tragic accident. George Clooney also stops by, but Bullock commands the film. Her best performance to date, Gravity has been criticized for being too simplistic for its own good. I’m not exactly sure what those critics were expecting, but I’m glad that Gravity doesn’t feel the need to be overcomplicated or overlong, like other sci-fi movies of late. Clocking in at 90 minutes, it’s a perfect running time for the perfect film, one that will change cinema forever.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in 2014 Academy Awards

 

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2014 Academy Award Nominations: My Thoughts – Surprises and Snubs

The 2014 Academy Award nominations were announced today. hot off the trail of some Golden Globe surprises. Along with them came a list of fairy unsurprising nominations. A few snubs here and there provided for some interesting discussion, as some films were left out completely and others got more recognition than they deserved. “American Hustle” and “Gravity” led the pack with ten nominations each, with “12 Years a Slave” just behind with nine. Others included “Captain Phillips,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Without further ado, here’s my list of surprises and snubs from this morning’s announcement.

Snubs

  • Tom Hanks snubbed…twice: Even Academy favorite Hanks had trouble breaking through to the voters in his fantastic movie “Captain Phillips.” He seemed like a shoe-in, even a possible frontrunner for the Best Actor category, but Matthew McConaughey’s Golden Globe win let him take the last spot. Also absent was Hanks’s work in “Saving Mr. Banks” for Best Supporting Actor. While not much of a shocker, it comes as a surprise when you consider that he wasn’t nominated for either.
  • Inside Llewyn Davis…more like Outside of the Oscars: The Coen brothers’ music dramedy was an award favorite early on, and carried a hot amount of buzz in the early months of 2013. But when other hits overshadowed it, Llewyn Davis fell behind and out of voters’ minds. The film only managed to score nominations for cinematography and sound mixing.
  • Robert Redford…All is Lost for his Oscar hopes: While JC Chandor’s “All is Lost” wasn’t at the top of the list for Academy voters, one-time nominee Redford seemed like a candidate for Best Actor. But the indie survival flick missed its chance.
  • Saving Mr. Banks…needed some saving: No nomination for Hanks seems understandable, but the lack of Emma Thompson on the list was definitely not a spoonful of sugar. The Disney biopic played well over Christmas and the HFPA recognized Thompson for her work.
  • Rush…fell behind: Ron Howard’s F1 drama “Rush” failed to score a single nomination, despite receiving a nom for Best Drama and a nom for Bruhl at the Globes.
  • Oprah Winfrey…more like No-prah Winfrey: While the Lee Daniels’ drama didn’t earn any love from the HFPA, it seemed like Winfrey had a nomination on-lock for Supporting Actress. That wasn’t the case, however, as “The Butler” was shut out from any nominations entirely.
  • The Croods…over Monsters University: While MU is definitely not Pixar’s finest work, it was still miles ahead of other animated fare such as “The Croods” and “Despicable Me 2.” Regardless, this category belongs to “Frozen,” but the lack of Monsters University is shocking.
  • Blue is the Warmest Color…it’s actually not: The Cannes lesbian drama came under fire for its explicit material, but even the Academy failed to recognize it for Best Foreign Film.

Surprises

  • American Hustle…keeps on hustlin’: The David O. Russell dramedy scored nominations for all four of its actors, including Christian Bale and Amy Adams, who seemed like the ones to be shut out if possible. This happened previously with O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” and the director seems to be on a bit of a hot streak as of late.
  • Sally Hawkins…turning blue: For her work in “Blue Jasmine,” Sally Hawkins might have gone unrecognized for the Woody Allen flick. That didn’t happen, as she took the last spot in the Supporting Actress category.
  • The Wolf of Wall Street…is howling: After a surprise win for Leonardo DiCaprio last Sunday, Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street” is on the rise. A nomination for DiCaprio and a surprise nomination for Jonah Hill should boost the film’s popularity and awareness. Scorsese even stole the last spot in Best Director from Paul Greengrass, which was another big surprise.
  • Dallas Buyers Club…is buying up the spots: After two wins for McConaughey and Leto, the indie AIDS drama rose to the top of voters’ minds, as it scored a surprise nomination for Best Picture.
  • Philomena…found some room: The Weinstein drama scored a nomination for Dench, and even found room in the Best Picture spot, taking it from films like “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “August: Osage County.”
 
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in 2014 Academy Awards

 

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2014 Academy Award Nominations

BEST PICTURE

“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

BEST DIRECTOR

David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

BEST ACTOR

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST ACTRESS

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“American Hustle” – Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” – Written by Woody Allen
“Her” – Written by Spike Jonze
“Nebraska” – Written by Bob Nelson
“Dallas Buyers Club” – Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“Before Midnight” – Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips” – Screenplay by Billy Ray
“Philomena” – Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave” – Screenplay by John Ridley
“The Wolf of Wall Street” – Screenplay by Terence Winter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST ANIMATED FILM

“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“Frozen”
“The Wind Rises”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“The Grandmaster”
“Gravity”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“Prisoners”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Michael Wilkinson, “American Hustle”
William Chang Suk Ping, “The Grandmaster”
Catherine Martin, “The Great Gatsby”
Michael O’Connor, “The Invisible Woman”
Patricia Norris, “12 Years a Slave”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
“Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
“The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
“20 Feet from Stardom” Nominees to be determined

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

“CaveDigger” Jeffrey Karoff
“Facing Fear” Jason Cohen
“Karama Has No Walls” Sara Ishaq
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Edgar Barens

BEST FILM EDITING

“American Hustle” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave” Joe Walker

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium
“The Great Beauty” Italy
“The Hunt” Denmark
“The Missing Picture” Cambodia
“Omar” Palestine

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

John Williams, “The Book Thief”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
William Butler and Owen Pallett, “Her”
Alexandre Desplat, “Philomena”
Thomas Newman, “Saving Mr. Banks”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

“American Hustle”
Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler

“Gravity”
Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard

“The Great Gatsby”
Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

“Her”
Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

“12 Years a Slave”
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

BEST SOUND EDITING

“All Is Lost” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Brent Burge
“Lone Survivor” Wylie Stateman

BEST SOUND MIXING

“Captain Phillips” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

“Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in 2014 Academy Awards

 

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Golden Globes – Full List: Film & TV

The Golden Globes were announced early this morning, and along with the sneers and boos of films that were or were not snubbed came a fine list of contenders for the eventual Academy Award. The Globes are typically second two the Oscars, in front of the SAG awards in determining the eventual winners. There are rare instances where the Academy doesn’t follow suit, or nominates someone out of the blue, but for the most part they follow the same path.

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David O. Russell’s American Hustle received a big boost come Oscar season.

That being said, the Globes today carried little shockers or surprises, with 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle leading the pack. American Hustle earned nominations in all four acting categories, which is an impressive feat. These two films seem like they solidified themselves as solid contenders for the Best Picture Oscar, along with Gravity, Captain Phillips, Nebraska, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Acting-wise, the Globes kept pretty conservative, nominating fan favorites like Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, but there were a few surprises in Greta Gerwig and Kate Winslet. Big surprises included a nomination for Rush for Best Drama, and an acting nomination for Daniel Bruhl. I loved the film, but it seemed to fade away from everyone’s attention behind the big players, so it was refreshing to see the Ron Howard film recognized. Other films that should get a boost this season include Spike Jonze’s Her, which earned a nomination for Best Comedy/Musical along with an acting nomination for Joaquin Phoenix and a screenplay bid. A final surprise came from Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which may have gained a boost due to the South African president’s recent death. We’ll see if that carries through come Oscars day.

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Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave tied with American Hustle for 7 nominations.

Snubs this year, or rather unrecognized films, include Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which, until today, was proving a big player thanks to a healthy giving of SAG nominations. Lee Daniels’ biopic was left out completely, not even a nomination for Oprah Winfrey, which seemed a given. Also left out of major categories was August: Osage County. The John Wells’ play adaptation didn’t earn a Best Musical nom, but at least Mery Streep and Julia Roberts both gained recognition (but not Margo Martindale). Saving Mr. Banks rounds out the list of snubs, with a sole nomination for Emma Thompson, but that’s all the Disney comedy biopic could muster. Smaller snubs were Jonah Hill for supporting role for Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and James Gandolfini for Enough Said, but at least Julia Louis-Dreyfus was nominated.

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Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street walked away with a nomination for Best Comedy/Musical as well as a nomination for DiCaprio.

On the TV side, the lesser-enjoyed side of the Globes, there weren’t many surprises. A big win for Netflix was found in House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, both picking up a couple of nominations. On the drama side, Tatiana Maslany earned her place for her role in the outstanding drama Orphan Black, and Taylor Schilling was recognized for her role in Netflix’s Orange. James Spader also surprised with a nomination for his role in NBC’s The Blacklist, the fall breakout hit. But other than that, the drama side was pretty unsurprising, with Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, and Downton Abbey both scoring heavily. On the comedy side, Parks and Recreation (my favorite show) finally got the recognition it deserves, scoring a nomination for Best Comedy Series and a nomination for Poehler. FOX comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine also surprises, with a nomination for Series and Samberg. Michael J Fox even scored a nomination for his moderately-received NBC show, which might give it the boost it needs. The comedy categories were rounded out by Modern Family, Veep, Girls, and The Big Bang Theory.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”
“Rush”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Kate Winslet, “Labor Day”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Idris Elba, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Tom Hanks, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“American Hustle”
“Her”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2″
“Frozen”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Past”
“The Wind Rises”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan, “Philomena”
John Ridley, “12 Years A Slave”
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alex Ebert, “All Is Lost”
Alex Heffes, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
John Williams, “The Book Thief”
Hans Zimmer, “12 Years A Slave”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Atlas,” “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Music by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion
Lyrics by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion

“Let It Go,” “Frozen”
Music by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez
Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., Brian Burton
Lyrics by: Bono

“Please Mr Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Music by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel
Coen, Ethan Coen
Lyrics by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel
Coen, Ethan Coen

“Sweeter Than Fiction,” “One Chance”
Music by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff
Lyrics by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Good Wife”
“House Of Cards”
“Masters Of Sex”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is The New Black”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House Of Cards”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Blacklist”

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Parks & Recreation”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Michael J. Fox, “The Michael J. Fox Show”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Behind The Candelabra”
“Dancing on the Edge”
“Top of the Lake”
“White Queen”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Rebecca Ferguson, “White Queen”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jacqueline Bisset, “Dancing on the Edge”
Janet McTeer, “White Queen”
Hayden Panettiere , “Nashville”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Rob Lowe, “Behind the Candelabra”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

 
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Oscars 2014 – Best Animated Feature Predictions

Shoe-Ins

  • Monsters University
  • Frozen

Most Likelys

  • The Wind Rises

Possiblys

  • Despicable Me 2
  • The Croods
 
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SAG Awards – Full List & My Thoughts

The Screen Actors Guild revealed today their nominees, with 12 Years a Slave taking the lead with four nominations. The Steve McQueen biopic is closely followed by August: Osage County and The Butler with three nominations each. Dallas Buyers Club also surprised, netting a nomination for McConaughey and Leto, as well as Best Film Ensemble. Other surprises include Daniel Bruhl for his role in Ron Howard’s Rush, and Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips. Notably absent was Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street, whose later release date may have hurt its chances at more nominations. Also absent was Spike Jonze’s Her, omitting Phoenix and Adams from the nominees. Adams was also left out of Best Actress for American Hustle. No mention of Bradley Cooper or Christian Bale, either, as the film seems to be losing traction. Another snub was Tom Hanks for Saving Mr. Banks, but he did get nominated for Captain Phillips. Historically though, the SAG awards seem to closely resemble the Golden Globes, and when the eventual winners are announced in January, we’ll have a good view at Oscar winners. Still, with surprises like Osage County and The Butler, the two films seem to be rising on the voters’ radars, while The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle seem to be falling, showing the power that the SAG awards could have on the rest of awards season. See the full list of nominees below, including television nominees:

BEST FILM ENSEMBLE
“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“August: Osage County”
“The Butler”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
BEST ACTOR
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Forest Whitaker, “The Butler”
BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
James Gandolfini, “Enough Said”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Oprah Winfrey, “The Butler”
BEST STUNT ENSEMBLE
“All is Lost”
“Fast & Furious 6”
“Lone Survivor”
“Rush”
“The Wolverine”
TV AWARDS
TV DRAMA ENSEMBLE
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
TV DRAMA ACTOR
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
TV DRAMA ACTRESS
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
TV COMEDY ENSEMBLE
“Arrested Development”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
“30 Rock”
“Veep”
TV COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
TV COMEDY ACTRESS
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
TV MOVIE/MINI ACTOR
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Jeremy Irons, “The Hollow Crown”
Rob Lowe, “Killing Kennedy”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”
TV MOVIE/MINI ACTRESS
Angela Bassett, “Betty and Coretta”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Holly Hunter, “Top of the Lake”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”
TV STUNT ENSEMBLE
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“The Walking Dead”

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in 2014 Academy Awards, Uncategorized