Monday, January 08, 2018

2018 Golden Globe Awards - The Winners


Last night's ceremony for the 75th Golden Globes went a little overtime but was otherwise flawless in how it tackled the issues of the moment (gender inequality, sexual harassment and assault, discrimination and abuse, etc... at the hands of mostly straight, white males).

Seth Meyers did a very good job as host and his opening monologue expertly straddled the line between zinging the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey and avoiding minimizing the stated issues.

Oprah Winfrey, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the first woman of color to receive the honor, had the most leeway as far as length of speech and took full advantage of it by giving us the most rousing one of the night. I almost expected her to announce that she was running for President in 2020!! (Don't call me crazy, it was all everyone was talking about today...)

Oprah's speech was obviously all about the very important issues I mentioned above, as were those of most of the women who took the stage, especially Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Moss, Laura Dern, Allison Janney, Barbra Streisand, Frances McDormand, and Reese Witherspoon.

Witherspoon, didn't win for her role in Big Little Lies, but she was one of the biggest winners of the night anyway as a producer of the miniseries, which did a clean sweep of 4 of its winnable nominations (the other 2 were doubles in their respective categories).

The other big winner was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which won for Picture (Drama), Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, and Screenplay.

Lady Bird got Picture (Comedy) and Lead Actress, while The Shape of Water had to make do with Director and Score.

On the television side, both Drama and Comedy series winners also crowned their respective Lead Actresses. The rest of the prizes spread out.

A couple more observations:

  • Sterling K. Brown, who looks like such an approachable gentleman, made history as the first actor of color to win Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
  • Alexander Skarsgård is always unbelievably dashing.
    • I wonder if his win was a bit of a surprise, but it was most certainly warranted.
  • Sam Rockwell and Gary Oldman finally got their dues. Hopefully, it carries on to the Oscars because these two actors have consistently delivered excellent work throughout their careers.
  • I really wish the Globes split the Director and Screenplay awards because to me it makes zero sense to split the movies and the actors but not those (I know I'm repeating myself here, but it really bothers me...). That would have likely opened the door for Greta Gerwig to receive a directing nod in addition to her Screenplay one.
  • Guillermo del Toro gave a very sweet speech, even though I had a hard time understanding the whole thing.
    • Presenting the Best Director award, Natalie Portman, clearly unexpectedly, threw in the best barb of the night when she announced "Here are the ALL MALE nominees." Loved it!
  • James Franco, who never seems to age, gave the most oddball speech of the night, as one would expect, but while I can understand him wanting to give his (hot!) brother Dave a shout out, did he really have to use that other guy as a prop if he wasn't going to let him speak (for which we're probably all better off, by the way...)?
  • While I respect Frances McDormand's enormous talent, and can't wait to see her movie, she really looks and acts like the crazy cat lady shopping for chewing tobacco at Walmart. C'mon girl!!
  • All the women supporting the "Time's Up!" cause were sort of expected to wear black dresses at the ceremony. No other dark colors (navy blue, slate, etc...) were acceptable, and the dresses were supposed to be completely black. It was ok to accessorise with jewelry though, so I'm puzzled why stars like McDormand, Janney, and Ronan, who all won (the first and last not unexpectedly), deviated from this. Either go off script like the HFPA's president herself did (given her position, an unforgivable faux-pas in my opinion) or just stick with the plan. Even the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones, who evidently didn't want to risk looking too demure... was able to do that!
  • Finally, Zac Efron, Chris Hemsworth, Garrett Hedlund, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson... Damn!!!


Best Motion Picture - Drama

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Call Me by Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Lady Bird

Get Out
I, Tonya
The Disaster Artist
The Greatest Showman

Best Motion Picture - Animated

Coco

Ferdinand
Loving Vincent
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language

In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)
First They Killed My Father
Loveless (Nelyubov)
The Square

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Tom Hanks, The Post

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Hong Chau, Downsizing
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Director - Motion Picture

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Aaron Sorkin, Molly's Game
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, The Post
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, This is Me, The Greatest Showman

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Remember Me, Coco
Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson, Home, Ferdinand
Raphael Saadiq, Mary J. Blige, Mighty River, Mudbound
Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman, The Star, The Star

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Television Series - Drama

The Handmaid's Tale

Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
The Crown
This Is Us

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Black-ish
Master of None
SMILF
Will & Grace

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Big Little Lies

Fargo
Feud
The Sinner
Top of the Lake

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Ewan McGregor, Fargo

Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Alison Brie, GLOW
Frankie Shaw, SMILF
Issa Rae, Insecure
Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Jessica Lange, Feud
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Susan Sarandon, Feud

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies

Alfred Molina, Feud
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
David Harbour, Stranger Things
David Thewlis, Fargo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Cecil B. DeMille Award

Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, December 14, 2017

2018 Golden Globe Awards - The Nominations

The awards for the 75th Golden Globes will be presented on January 7, 2018 (airing at 8 pm ET on NBC).

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Call Me by Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
The Disaster Artist
The Greatest Showman

Best Motion Picture - Animated

Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language

A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)
Loveless (Nelyubov)
The Square

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Tom Hanks, The Post

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Director - Motion Picture

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Aaron Sorkin, Molly's Game
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, The Post
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Remember Me, Coco
Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson, Home, Ferdinand
Raphael Saadiq, Mary J. Blige, Mighty River, Mudbound
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, This is Me, The Greatest Showman
Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman, The Star, The Star

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Television Series - Drama

Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
The Crown
The Handmaid's Tale
This Is Us

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Black-ish
Master of None
SMILF
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Will & Grace

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud
The Sinner
Top of the Lake

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Alison Brie, GLOW
Frankie Shaw, SMILF
Issa Rae, Insecure
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Jessica Lange, Feud
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Susan Sarandon, Feud

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
Alfred Molina, Feud
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
David Harbour, Stranger Things
David Thewlis, Fargo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Cecil B. DeMille Award

Oprah Winfrey

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

In Memoriam

Bill Paxton (May 17, 1955 - February 25, 2017)


Just as Hollywood was getting ready to celebrate its brightest stars this past Sunday, the news broke of Bill Paxton's passing (apparently for complications from surgery).

Paxton never reached the coveted A-list status in Tinseltown, but he nonetheless worked steadily in both TV and film, amassing 93 acting credits to his resume that include classics like The Terminator and Aliens, hugely successful fare such as Titanic and Apollo 13, crowd pleasers like True Lies and Twister, and very good smaller titles like Boxing Helena, Frailty, A Simple Plan.

In TV I remember him fondly as Big Love's patriarch with a very big heart.

He'll be missed.

R.I.P.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The 89th Academy Awards - The Winners

The Oscars ceremony just ended and while it proceeded all the way to the end as a very plain albeit well orchestrated affair, it will be forever remembered as the ceremony in which the biggest mistake imaginable, the one we always wonder about happening, finally happened: the Best Picture Oscar was handed out to the wrong film!!

We now know that, when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who were presenting the final award, were handed the envelope containing the name of the winning film, they were given the wrong envelope. That is why Beatty looked so confused and almost dumbfounded when he pulled the paper out of the envelope, even doing a subtle double-take. He realized something was odd, but wasn't really sure what to do, likely because this had never happened before!

He checked to see if there was another piece of paper, but the clock was ticking and he knew he had to go on with the show. Dunaway, like the rest of the audience, simply thought he was putting on a show, dragging on the moment to drum up the suspense, but he was just desperately trying to buy some time in the hopes that the producers realized and fixed the problem. When he hands her the envelope, you can tell he's trying to make her aware of the problem, but she just wants the whole thing to be over, so simply reads the title of the movie she sees printed.

I bet that if the Best Actor rather than Best Actress Oscar had just been announced, this wouldn't have happened, because Manchester By the Sea wasn't given as a favorite for Best Picture, unlikely La La Land, so Dunaway didn't realize there was a problem when she saw the latter's title written down. If she had seen the former, she'd likely would have paused as well, sensing a problem.

In the end, Moonlight was given its due, so all's well that ends well I guess.

Jimmy Kimmel overall did a good job as host, pushing the ceremony along at a good pace and throwing some softballs that never really crossed any lines.

I found his back and forth with Matt Damon quite funny, especially when Damon went on stage with Ben Affleck and he was being played off, in "secret," by Kimmel.

The bus tour skit was also funny. If I had been on that bus and suddenly found myself parading in front of all of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including my idol, Meryl Streep, I would have either started crying or pooped my pants.

John Legend's and Sara Bareilles' performances were great, John Cho and Leslie Mann short introduction of the scientific Oscars was funny, and the Mean Tweets clip was good for a few chuckles.

Mahershala Ali's and Viola Davis' speeches were definitely the most moving of the night. I also enjoyed the few critical condemnations of the current Republican administration's efforts to divide us and demonize the "other."

Here's the full list of winners:

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Moonlight

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Emma Stone, La La Land

Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Achievement in Directing

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight

Luke Davies, Lion
Eric Heisserer, Arrival
Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures
August Wilson, Fences

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou, The Lobster
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Zootopia

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de Courgette)
The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

The Salesman (Forushande)

Tanna
A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)
Toni Erdmann
Land of Mine (Under sandet)

Best Documentary, Feature

O.J.: Made in America

13th
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare)
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
Mica Levi, Jackie
Thomas Newman, Passengers
Dustin O'Halloran, Lion

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

"City of Stars," La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
"Can't Stop the Feeling," Trolls, Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Shellback
"The Empty Chair," Jim: The James Foley Story, J. Ralph, Sting
"How Far I'll Go," Moana, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Achievement in Editing

Hacksaw Ridge

Arrival
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Achievement in Cinematography

La La Land

Arrival
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Best Achievement in Production Design

La La Land

Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
Passengers

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

Hacksaw Ridge

13 Hours
Arrival
La La Land
Rogue One

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

The Jungle Book

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Suicide Squad

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)
Star Trek Beyond

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Allied
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Short Film, Live Action

Mindenki

Ennemis intérieurs
La femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Timecode

Best Documentary, Short Subject

The White Helmets

4.1 Miles
Extremis
Joe's Violin
Watani: My Homeland

Best Short Film, Animated

Piper

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Carver of Mountains


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