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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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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in 2014 Academy Awards

 

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Oscars 2014 – Best Adapted Screenplay Predictions

Shoe-Ins

  • John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
  • Billy Ray – Captain Phillips
  • Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater – Before Midnight

Most Likelys

  • Tracy Letts – August: Osage County
  • Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope – Philomena

Possiblys

  • Jason Retiman – Labor Day
  • Ghalia Lacroix and Abdellatif Kechiche – Blue is the Warmest Color
  • Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street

My Personal Wild Card

  • Michael Petroni – The Book Thief

 

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2013 in 2014 Academy Awards

 

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12 Years a Slave Review

Adobe Photoshop PDF12 Years a Slave is a beautiful portrait of slavery that should not be missed. Directed by Steve McQueen (Shame), 12 Years a Slave is a brutal yet honest look at one influential man’s life, and it’s one of the best films you’ll see this fall.

The movie is about a free black man named Solomon Northup, who lives with his family in New York. One day he is kidnapped and sold into slavery, jumping from plantation to plantation and working for 12 years until his release. Like any good biopic, 12 Years a Slave focuses the attention on Solomon, and really makes you feel for him. The film is based on a true story, and, given the context of his capture, it’s a harrowing look at a dark time in our nation’s history.

The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon, in what should be his breakout role. Ejiofor is fantastic as Northup. He really commands the film with a certain boldness required to play such a character. He should be one to watch out for come award season. The film is full of other outstanding performances, most notably Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps, a cruel plantation owner. He is chilling and brutal, like any villain should be, yet he holds a particular relationship with Solomon that is unlike anything you’ll see this year. McQueen really nails the relationship between master and slave. This is also evident through the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch as Solomon’s first owner. He really shines as he harbors a certain sympathy for Solomon. Other fantastic performances come from Lupita Nyong’o, as Patsy, a slave who sparks up a connection with Solomon. And great supporting roles come from Brad Pitt as a Canadian worker for hire, and Paul Dano as a plantation overseer.

The film is perfect in its depiction of an important man at an important time. The film carries a real passion to it, a humanity of sorts, that allows you to relate to almost any character on screen, thanks to the brilliant performances. This also plays into McQueen’s excellent cinematography, granting some beautiful shots. The shots are powerful, capturing the raw emotion behind the film’s personality. It’s from here that the main emotion is felt, leading into what my main criticism of the film is.

All of this outstanding acting leads up to what would be a perfect film, but 12 Years a Slave left me feeling different than I thought it would. McQueen’s direction keeps the film from ever straying into over-emotional territory, something that a film like this should. He keeps you just far away from the action to make you feel nothing less than a passive observer, rather than a participator in the film. There’s a certain disconnect he creates that keeps you from every feeling anything. Even in the more brutal scenes where he shows the darker side of slavery, he still keeps a distance from any raw emotion that the scene might conjure. Others have called the movie “powerful” and “breathtaking,” yet I never felt emotionally drained.

12 Years a Slave is a beautiful and compelling look into one man’s life, and how it was all taken away from him. Excellent performances and beautiful cinematography are what will be remembered from this outstanding film. Besides a few scenes that lack emotion, 12 Years a Slave is an impressive and harrowing tale, one that will definitely be remembered in the years to come.

Overall: 3 stars out of 4

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Posted by on November 9, 2013 in Movie Reviews

 

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