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While on my announced hiatus (see post here), I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about one of the most exciting annual cinematic events:
This upcoming Sunday, the 86th Academy Awards will be presented for the “best of the best” of last year’s films according to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. That little golden man named “Oscar” will be presented again and again to the winners. Below, joined by my good friend and fellow movie-lover Max (writer for Movie Mezzanine, Filmoria and his own page Impassioned Cinema), is a fun list of Oscar-winner predictions (in some of the more “major” categories), along with our thoughts on some of the biggest surprises and snubs that took place prior to the awards being presented. Enjoy our thoughts and share your own with us in the comments section.
So, without further ado, let’s get this party started!
[Nominees: Frozen, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest and Celestine, The Wind Rises]
T- While Disney has hit an unexpected major homerun with Frozen, I believe that the winner in this category should be none other than The Wind Rises from acclaimed and Oscar-winning (and now retired) director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle). The Wind Rises has risen to the attention of many and is a frontrunner in this category. That being said, it could upstage Frozen…but it won’t. After Brave‘s win last year, the Academy will follow suit and give the Oscar to the latest female-led animated feature: Frozen.
Max- As much as I would love to see director Hayao Miyazaki walk away with this for the amazing The Wind Rises, I would be shocked if Disney’s Frozen didn’t walk away with it. It is easily Disney’s best film since The Lion King and with the power of the box office and near universal praise, the best animated feature is Frozen’s to lose.
[Nominees: The Book Thief/John Williams, Gravity/Steven Price, Her/William Butler & Owen Pallett, Philomena/Alexandre Desplat, Saving Mr. Banks/Thomas Newman]
T- A tough category to be sure and it really is anyone’s guess here, but I am placing my bets on The Book Thief/John Williams. It’s been a while since Williams actually won an Oscar and the music really tied that film’s emotional punch together with its story very well. Although Steven Price’s work in Gravity may very well take it, I’d like to think the award will leave with Williams. Wishful thinking? We’ll see.
Max- While the best soundtrack of the year might not have been eligible (Inside Lleywn Davis), this category still has some heavy hitters. I’d have to say this award is between Steven Price’s terrific score for Gravity and the work of Arcade Fire on Her. These are the two that really stand out among the rest and John Williams just gets a default spot on the list every season anyways. Look for Gravity/Steven Price to take home the Oscar.
[Nominees: "Happy"/Despicable Me 2, "Let It Go"/Frozen, "The Moon Song"/Her, "Ordinary Love"/Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom]
T- Will we have to look at our love for Frozen and…let it go…in this category? Will a live performance of “Let it Go” be the closest to the Oscars that it gets for that song? With U2 already having won for “Ordinary Love” at the Golden Globes (especially after the recent passing of Nelson Mandela) it seems likely. Unless the Academy decides to go the way of the general public’s desires as well. Perhaps Pharrell will sing “Happy” to describe how we all feel when Frozen receives the Oscar for best original song as well! Let’s hope it doesn’t get a cold reception in this category. “Let It Go”/Frozen
Max- Usually this is an easy category to pick, but this might be the closest race in recent memory. U2 have already won a Golden Globe for their song ‘Ordinary Love’ and let’s be honest: it’s U2. That being said the other three songs competing for the award all have a chance. The two strongest are ‘Happy’ and ‘Let it Go’. ‘Let it Go’ is the show stopping number of Frozen and has universal appeal. ‘Happy’ has been riding high on the music charts since its release and just has an incredible drive behind it, nevermind that Pharrell might be the hottest producer of music on the planet right now. It’s a strong race, but I’m going to stick with ‘Let it Go’/Frozen.
[Nominees: Before Midnight, Captain Phillips, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street]
T- The biggest contenders here are 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street. And my vote goes to 12 Years a Slave in this category as it captured the essence of Solomon Northup’s plight and perserverence. If it doesn’t win this category…then something is BAD wrong with the Oscars. haha. As Forrest Gump once said: “and that’s all I have to say about that!”
Max- The academy usually likes to award films that have a lower profile, but were still worthy of attention. The true battle here is between 12 Years a Slave and Before Midnight. Let it be known that 12 Years A Slave needs this category more if it is indeed going to try for Best Picture. There’s just something special about the Before trilogy and the Academy might want to award the accomplishment. I’m going to be safe here and go for 12 Years a Slave to take this home.
[Nominees: American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska]
T- I’m reminded that this post is predictions of what the Academy will pick and not what I want to win. haha. This is a hard category as I really want to see both Dallas Buyers Club and Her win, but there is no denying the great job American Hustle did either. My vote goes to Her as it was more touching than the rest of the nominees here.
Max- If anything other than Her wins this category it would be shocking. Just look back to a similar film in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. That film received nearly nothing at the Oscars, but it did win the Oscar for best writing. It’s probably going to be the only award Her claims, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t. Potential spoiler in American Hustle or Blue Jasmine. Although voters might stay away from Woody Allen.
[Nominees: American Hustle/David O. Russell, Gravity/Alfonso Cuarón, Nebraska/Alexander Payne, 12 Years a Slave/Steve McQueen, The Wolf of Wall Street/Martin Scorsese]
T- Alfonso Cuarón really is the one to win here. Amongst some really talented directors he is the one that will take it. Having won so many of the “pre-Oscar” awards, it’s a solid bet that it will go to him. McQueen will be the one to challenge him, but, in my opinion, the directing was more of a challenge for Cuarón and he successfully launched audiences into a most unforgettable experience.
Max- Only seven times in the 65-year history of the DGA has the winner not gone on to win the Oscar. Who was this year’s winner of the DGA? Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity. He is my pick to win it and if there is an anomaly this year maybe look for either Steve McQueen or David O.Russell to upset. Although this seems locked for Cuarón.
[Nominees: Sally Hawkins/Blue Jasmine, Jennifer Lawrence/American Hustle, Lupita Nyong'o/12 Years a Slave, Julia Roberts/August: Osage County, June Squibb/Nebraska]
T- I’m a little disappointed in a few of the noms in this category and find that it truly comes down to two choices: Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o. And the performances are tough to choose between as Lawrence stole the show in American Hustle…but Lupita Nyong’o tore the hearts out of the chests of those who watched 12 Years a Slave. She lost the Golden Globe to Lawrence, but I think 12 Years a Slave will find a win in this category with Nyong’o.
Max- As good of a performance June Squibb gave in Nebraska, this is really between two women. Jennifer Lawrence could be one of the youngest two-time Oscar winners and has been receiving quite a bit of backlash because of it. For the brief time she appears in American Hustle she totally steals the picture from the spectacular supporting cast. Must believe Lupita Nyong’o had the more challenging performance and that certainly is debatable. With voters supposedly shying away from 12 Years A Slave due to its subject, will Nyong’o have enough votes to overcome Lawrence? My guess is no. [Pick: Jennifer Lawrence]
[Nominees: 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]
T- As much as Michael Fassbender draws out contempt for his character in 12 Years a Slave (much like Denzel Washington in Training Day) there is just no getting around the unexpected amazing performance of Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club. A solid Oscar win here, folks. And Cooper and Jonah Hill, once again, will have to be happy with just another nomination.
Max- Jared Leto wins, let’s go home. Okay so my vote is obviously going towards Leto who had a mesmerizing performance in Dallas Buyers Club. I feel the only nominee that could’ve been in the running is Barkhad Abdi who in his first performance ever in Captain Phillips is…incredible.
[Nominees: Amy Adams/American Hustle, Sandra Bullock/Gravity, Judi Dench/Philomena, Meryl Streep/August: Osage County, Cate Blanchett/Blue Jasmine]
T- In case you haven’t noticed, Blanchett has pretty much swept all of the awards leading up to the Oscars. Expect nothing different when it comes to the golden statue. It’s hers. Bullock could win it, but her performance alone wasn’t the one captivating aspect of her film…in the case of Blanchett…it was. Blue Jasmine will make the other ladies in the highly competitive category green with envy. Pick: Cate Blanchett
Max- The Academy loves when a beautiful woman gets disgusting for a role. Cate Blanchett captures what Charlize Theron did in Young Adult, but amplifies it. It helps that Blue Jasmine is a much better film. As much as Sandra Bullock carries Gravity, neither she nor the other women really stand a chance here. Cate Blanchett.
[Nominees: 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]
T- Oh, I hate having to choose here. Just like the ladies, this category is highly competitive this year and difficult to separate between who I want to win and who the Academy will likely choose. Unpopular opinion: DiCaprio will NOT win it for The Wolf of Wall Street…
…and nor will Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave. I have to place my bets with one of my most favorite actors: Matthew McConaughey. Having won the Golden Globe and the SAG award and even upstaging DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street itself, this year it HAS to go to Matthew “alright, alright” McConaughey. Long overdue!
Max- While T believes Leonardo DiCaprio was in the mix, I just don’t see it. As far as I’m concerned Leo and Christian are just lucky to be there given how amazing the performances were in this category this year. While originally a Dark Horse, McConaughey has all the advantage leading up to the awards. Not only is he doing some of his best work right now, he’s on TV every week with True Detective. If anyone would get it over him it would be Chiwetel Ejiofor. Otherwise its McConaughey for the win.
[Nominees: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street]
T- Gravity. Need I say more? It deserves to win, should win and WILL win. The most captivating film of the year. Did you catch my review of it HERE? Just open the envelope already! We know what it says: “and the Academy Award goes to: Gravity!” You watched it, you loved it…and you agree!
Max- My pick is Gravity. That’s where my heart is and was my favorite film of 2013. The only two films that could provide the upset at this point are American Hustle or 12 Years a Slave. It almost wouldn’t surprise me if American Hustle takes home the award since it is Scorsese-lite. That being said, Gravity lived up to lofty expectations and is a monumental achievement in film.
T- Every year the Oscars have a few surprises and a few snubs. This year I was disappointed in the following 10 exclusions:
- No nomination for Tom Hanks for either Captain Phillips OR Saving Mr. Banks? Why in the world not??
- No nomination for Pacific Rim for Visual Effects? Definitely a gross oversight!
- No nomination for Inside Llewyn Davis in multiple categories including director (Coen bros), best actor in lead role and original music? For shame!
- No Best Supporting Actress nomination for Oprah Winfrey in Lee Daniels’ The Butler? An outrage. She really surprised me in that one.
- No nomination for Sam Rockwell in The Way Way Back?? Bad form here, Academy.
- No nomination for Joaquin Phoenix in Her? Which was amazing and touching!
- No nomination for Scarlett Johansson in Her? Under the guise of a “technicality” in ruling “voice acting” as a non-eligible performance.
- No nomination for director Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips? Academy, Look at me! Look at me! I’m the [nominating] captain now!
- No nomination for Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” track from The Great Gatsby
- No nomination for Michael B. Jordan in his role in Fruitvale Station. It’s an outright shame. A riot may happen!
Max- My turn. 10 surprises huh?
- I’ll join T with being utterly shocked that Tom Hanks didn’t get nominated for Captain Phillips. It is one of the best performances of his career.
- Staying in Best Actor, Robert Redford was originally considered a lock for Best Actor for All is Lost. Lack of campaigning must’ve been his downfall.
- Inside Llewyn Davis being shut out of the Oscars. While I had my problems with the film, it’s shocking that the Coen brothers were snubbed. It was just an incredible year for film.
- The Oscars have decided to make the show more like the Grammy’s this year with at least five scheduled musical performances. Until next year when they decide the category isn’t worth it anymore.
- With the great losses in film this year – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker, Harold Ramis, Shirley Temple, and Peter O’Toole among others…What’s the over/under on how much time is given to each?
- For the first time ever, a song was nominated and then disqualified. ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ was disqualified for illegally pushing voters to include it on their ballots. Another worthy song was left out of the running.
- The Academy continues to nominate 9 films for best picture although only three of those realistically have a chance at the award. Yay or Nay?
- At the end of Oscar night 12 Years A Slave and/or Captain Phillips could end up with 0 Oscars. How shocking would that be?
- In documentary film, Stories We Tell was passed over. While there was disappointment there, the bigger omission is Blackfish. While it might not be the strongest documentary, it is probably one of the most watched documentaries in years and should’ve atleast gotten a mention.
- Finally, due to incredibly antiquated rules, Blue is the Warmest Color is not eligible for Best Foreign film. The Great Beauty will probably win and possibly would’ve taken it anyways. That doesn’t fix the oversight though.
The Oscars are almost here! Do you have your nominations locked? How many guesses of yours will be correct? How many of ours? Get ready. The Golden day is almost nigh! The Oscars air live on Sunday, March 2nd at 7pm EST on ABC!
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
-T, The Focused Filmographer
(special thanks to Max as well for joining me on this special Oscar post)
Wow! Post#1200! When I started this movie blog back in May of 2010, I never imagined that it would run this long, let alone that it would be so much fun being here with you all and discussing and sharing a passion for movies! 1200 posts full of fun and focused on film. I want to thank each and every one of you that visit and make this page special by you clicking on it to read, comment and share. I look forward to even more fun in the future here at TheFocusedFilmographer.com.
That being said, I have an important announcement to make:
I am taking a break, a hiatus if you will, from blogging for a while.
1. For the love of movies.
-As you may have noticed over the past 2-3 months, posts have slowed. Some of the regular segments weren’t as regular as they once were (“Movie News Monday,” “Time to Vote Tuesday,” “Trailer Time Thursday,” “New Posters of the Week,” etc.) as things in life were getting too busy and the “love” of doing so just to meet a schedule every week tended to become a chore. Something done for fun should never cease to be fun. Just recently, I canceled my movie review column contract with the newspaper that reaches the southern half of New Mexico that had been a weekly column for two years in order to focus on other things and allow me the opportunity to “enjoy movies again” without using the lens of a “critic.”
-Not that all of my wonderful friends in the blogging community are “forcing me out” or anything, but rather I find that they have all continued to grace my page with their presence but I have found myself incredibly busy and not able to take as much time to visit their pages as much as I would prefer. For those that do not blog, being part of this most understanding community is a wonderful privilege and entails a sense of reciprocation and support quite unlike any other online community. Due to events in life, lack of blogging, tedious work hours during the holiday season and more, my efforts in this area decreased and I’d like to spend more time catching up on other blogs as well. I would encourage any of you reading this to do the same. Pages including, but not limited to:
- Flights Tights and Movie Nights
- Ian the Cool
- Top 10 Films
- Time Well Spent
- Keith and the Movies
- It Rains…You Get Wet
- Dan the Man Film Reviews
- Manon’s Maze
- Fernby Films
- Marked Movies
- Morgan on Media
- Tranquil Dreams
- Fast Film Reviews
- …and more! (Sorry, couldn’t list everyone!)
3. For the love of life that beckons.
-Managing a blog is work that does require time in front of the computer screen…and not doing other things. My regular blogging schedule and expected segments are fun but also work and a better balance is needed to help in this wonderful addiction of mine called blogging.
-Plainly put, I also have tons of projects to be working on in my personal life aside from work as well.
4. For a Refocus.
-I plan to take the time during this hiatus to reconsider just exactly how things will go on the site in the future. Reviews will continue, Movie News Monday will continue, definitely New Posters of the Week and Trailer Time Thursday will continue after the hiatus…but perhaps not EVERY week and instead perhaps once or twice a month. I am not certain and will be taking the time to consider this as well.
“Blogger Burnout” is a phenomena that does exist and I believe its filthy grasp has reached me. Rather than pulling the plug on the entire thing, I have opted to take a break in order to come back stronger, better and with better intent/focus. The best time to do it too…during the movie dumping grounds months of January-March when the majority of what is in theaters is mainly forgettable garbage. (Legend of Hercules, anyone?)
SO, What does this mean will be taking place until the return of TheFocusedFilmographer’s posts?
While the current hiatus is in effect, the posts/updates will continue even MORE SO on Facebook and Twitter. So be sure that you are tuned in there to stay updated until blogging resumes in full force! EVERY movie I review, every new poster I share, every new trailer I post, every new bit of news and rumor I share will be done via these two methods, so my posting will not cease, only its main method will change.
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***Please note that the FB page is entitled “TheScarletSp1der’s Movie Review Blog” because when the site FIRST started, that was the name. I changed the name of the site to TheFocusedFilmographer back in January 2012, but Facebook will not allow the page to be renamed now.
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Updates will continue to come from me through these two venues over the next couple of months that will include trailers, posters, news, short reviews, etc. (To those of you who do not use either Facebook or Twitter, I apologize that there are no other methods in which I share posts at this time. The return of blogging will resume, I expect around Oscar season/the end of March and I hope to see you then, but you will still have access to my latest reviews…see below.)
-Reviews: They will come in the format of the picture below (New feature called: “Fast Film Focus”) on Facebook and Twitter. Short, sweet and simple. I will be sure to include them in the “ARCHIVE” of 300+ reviews (click HERE) so that those who use the catalog can still click and see my thoughts/review.
The titles of the films I review during this hiatus will actually appear in green on the Archive page for easier recognition.
I have very much enjoyed blogging and sharing this passion with you for so long and am very grateful that you choose to visit and let this page be a regular visit either hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly. This is not a resignation but simply a rededication to myself and to you and I hope that you all will understand and follow via the provided venues above during my hiatus.
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
In case you are unaware of this most prestigious award, here’s what the RED WEB AWARDS are all about:
Award season is always fun! But sometimes, certain films/directors/actors don’t get the recognition I feel they may deserve. So, since that is often the case, a few years ago I decided to host my own “Golden Globe/Oscar Awards” of sorts, in which you get to help participate and choose the winners. This prestigious award, entitled The RED WEB AWARD, pays homage to the dedication, cinematic success, inspiration, and amazement of the nominees. This year a panel of 10 judges was assembled and each judge submitted their nominees for the award categories that were then voted on by you from January the 10th to the 14th. (see the nomination post HERE).
The polls have closed, and now, the much anticipated Awards ceremony is upon us! Get ready, the wait is over. Read more…
- Starring: Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation), Amy Adams (American Hustle), Chris Pratt (Moneyball), and more.
- Directed by: [and written by] Spike Jonze (Adaptation.).
- Synopsis: ”In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.”
- Rating: R for language, some sexual content and dialogue and brief graphic nudity.
- Must-Watch Trailer:
Her is an honest look at relationships in both Heart-warming and Heart-wrenching ways. Spike Jonze’s original screenplay Her -set in the not too distant future- is a realistically imagined love story full of talent, depth and emotion of varying levels and degrees that calls for enjoyment, contemplation, sympathy, empathy and the losing of one’s self into the world painted by Jonze through beautiful cinematography and equally beautiful characters and words.
Quite possibly the best film of 2013, Her captivates the heart, emotion and soul of the viewer as it draws the attention to Theodore (Phoenix) and his budding romance and interest in an operating system that serves as his electronic artificial intelligence assistant who names herself Samantha (Johansson) and puts Apple’s “Siri” to shame (and possibly even Tony Stark’s JARVIS).
Before getting into the performances that are above noteworthy, it is important to point out that Jonze does a phenomenal job in paying attention to detail and building a plausible future for audiences to temporarily reside in. Full of color, subtle trendy fashion fads (complete with high-waist trousers) and progressed technology, it is easy to accept the idea of “falling in love with a computer” in this futuristic world in which social interaction consists of people communicating via electronic devices and where operating systems control a lot of correspondence and communication (Oh, wait…that sounds like nowadays!). Jonze’s world that he introduces the viewer into almost needs no introduction and comes as a welcome and accepted setting for this love story.
The love between Theodore and Samantha…something so intangible yet still so touching…is new, yet familiar and is made of emotion, care, aptitude, fortitude and openness that many people yearn for in their relationships yet fall short of achieving…to a degree. This is one of the strengths of Jonze’s story in that it is real and leaves viewers wanting more of it to perhaps be a part of it as well. The performances, by all, are unforgettable and equally impressive. Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore is the most relatable character in the story as he experiences heartbreak, loneliness, the honeymoon phase of newfound love, the fear of losing love, jealousy and more. As a love-letter writer (who would put Mr. Deeds to shame), Theodore’s hopeless romanticism keeps him longing, yet lonely and very few movie characters inspire more hope for them from the audience as does his.
Scarlett’s character, Samantha comes alive and it is easy to forget at times that she is anything less than an actual human being. The supporting cast consisting of Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt and more do exactly that…support. The storyline and the interactions of the people in Theodore’s life do more than just give weight to his story but also an greater faceted look at him and understanding his character to allow for better realistic and accepted connection to him and Samantha. It’s amazing how each of them capture the real emotion and feeling behind their character’s individual stories.
Entitled Her, ultimately, the story is about him. The intimacy between he and those in his life and how even in a world where it seems to be lost, it can be found in some of the most unexpected places. More emotion may be felt watching this movie than in many other films out there today as the relationships forged and fought for are more real than ever anticipated and speaks to the strength of the story, the writing, the acting and the film overall. It is a shame that Scarlett’s performance will receive no award recognition as “voice acting” is not a category in the award season. It’s one of her most human performances ever given capturing the essence of both Samantha’s humanity and conflict.
Her will not be easily forgotten and is a film that goes beneath the superficial to the heart and soul where emotions of love and life live. Surprisingly touching, this story is not one to miss and may go down in history as one of the greater love stories ever told. Forget Romeo and Juliet (and DEF forget Edward and Bella), Theodore and Samantha’s love story is one for the [electronic] ages. Simply brilliant!
(Remember, to read this review of mine and over 250 more, check out THE ARCHIVE of movies I have reviewed anytime. Know before you go…or rent…or buy!)
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
-T, The Focused Filmographer
Coming up tomorrow: The RED WEB AWARDS results ceremony—my version of the Oscars. Vote today, celebrate tomorrow!
Always a fun time to predict winners in this pre-Oscar award event. Below you will find the nominees for each theatrical release-related category, followed by my predicted winner, who I think should win and then who the biggest challenger is for each category.
All of the predictions are simply my fun predictions and I may be pretty spot on or be way off. Tonite we will find out! Enjoy. Be sure to leave me your own bold predictions in the comments section.
- Best Motion Picture, Drama
- Nominees: 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena, Rush
- Will Win: 12 Years a Slave
- Should Win: Gravity
- Biggest Challenger: Gravity
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
- Nominees: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Kate Winslet (Labor Day)
- Will Win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
- Should Win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
- Biggest Challenger: Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
- Nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Robert Redford (All is Lost)
- Will Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
- Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
- Biggest Challenger: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
- Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
- Nominees: American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street
- Will Win: American Hustle
- Should Win: Her
- Biggest Challenger: Inside Llewyn Davis
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
- Nominees: Amy Adams (American Hustle), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Greta Gerwig (Francis Ha), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said), Meryl Streep (August Osage County)
- Will Win: Meryl Streep (August Osage County)
- Should Win: Amy Adams (American Hustle)
- Biggest Challenger: Amy Adams (American Hustle)
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
- Nominees: Christian Bale (American Hustle) Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
- Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
- Should Win: Christian Bale (American Hustle)
- Biggest Challenger: Christian Bale (American Hustle)
- Best Animated Feature Film
- Nominees: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Frozen
- Will Win: Frozen
- Should Win: Frozen
- Biggest Challenger: The Croods
- Best Foreign Language Film
- Nominees: Blue is the Warmest Color, The Great Beauty, The Hunt, The Past, The Wind Rises
- Will Win: The Great Beauty
- Should Win: Blue is the Warmest Color
- Biggest Challenger: The Hunt
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
- Nominees: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska)
- Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
- Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
- Biggest Challenger: Julia Roberts (August Osage County)
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
- Nominees: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Daniel Brühl (Rush), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
- Will Win: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
- Should Win: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
- Biggest Challenger: Daniel Brühl (Rush)
- Best Director, Motion Picture
- Nominees: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O. Russell (American Hustle)
- Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
- Should Win: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
- Biggest Challenger (David O. Russell (American Hustle)
- Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
- Nominees: 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)
- Will Win: Spike Jonze (Her)
- Should Win: Spike Jonze (Her)
- Biggest Challenger: Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell (American Hustle)
- Best Original Score, Motion Picture
- Nominees: 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)
- Will Win: Steven Price (Gravity)
- Should Win: Steven Price (Gravity)
- Biggest Challenger: Alex Heffes (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
- Best Original Song, Motion Picture
- Nominees: “Atlas” (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, “Let It Go” (Frozen), “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), “Please Mr. Kennedy” (Inside Llewyn Davis), “Sweeter Than Fiction” (One Chance)
- Will Win: “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
- Should Win: “Let It Go” (Frozen)
- Biggest Challenger: “Please Mr. Kennedy” (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Well, those are MY predictions. What are yours? Am I completely off? Will Amy Adams take it from Meryl Streep? Does Joaquin Phoenix have a chance at a win? Will Jennifer Lawrence win? Do you think Jared Leto’s performance is better than Dustin Hoffman’s in Tootsie? Will Disney’s “Let It Go” beat out “Please Mr. Kennedy”? So much to guess and to look forward to. The Golden Globes are in a few hours. Don’t miss ‘em…and come back and compare your and my predictions with the actual results!
Not a fan of the nominations and/or the winners? Don’t forget: There is still time to vote for the winners of my own special version of The Oscars/Golden Globes in the 4th Annual Red Web Awards. Polls are still open thru Tuesday. The results award ceremony will post on Wednesday, January 15. Vote HERE.
This upcoming Sunday (January 12th), the Golden Globe Awards will air on television! Several deserving nominees will hope to achieve a win in this “pre-Oscar” award ceremony that celebrates and honors the performances and efforts in cinema over the past year. From Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) to Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom) to Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) to Spike Jonze (Her) and more, many will be curious to see who will win a Golden Globe this upcoming Sunday.
(See the official nominations [and list of winners after Sunday's ceremony] HERE.)
Award season is always fun! But sometimes, certain films/directors/actors don’t get the recognition I (along with many other film lovers) feel they may deserve. (Oftentimes leaving me feeling as upset as Jennifer Lawrence was in American Hustle.)
This prestigous award, entitled The RED WEB AWARD, (or “The Webbies” as they’ve endearingly become known as to a few) allows the people…you…to award those truly deserving and pays homage to the dedication, cinematic success, inspiration, and amazement of the nominees. (In case you didn’t know, it’s called the “red web” because I’m a pretty big Spiderman fan.)
Each award ceremony to date has been a pretty big success (1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year -with over 700 votes!) and I always look forward to the fun. (Last year the uncanny Morgan Freeman and the beautiful Marion Cotillard were the hosts of the award-results ceremony! Check out their promo pic from the 3rd Annual RWAs:
Wait ’til you see who will host THIS year’s Award-Results Ceremony (Here on Wednesday, January 15th)! Don’t miss it. The surprise host and/or hosts will be revealed on that day, however, I can tell you that, unfortunately, it will not be Idris Elba as he is too busy trying to cancel the apocalypse, so please don’t let that influence your voting in any way, shape or form.
Here’s How the RWAs Work:
A panel of 10 judges has been assembled. (Made up of 7 fantastic movie bloggers, 2 great friends/contributors of the site, and myself). Each judge submitted their nominees for the award categories that you will be voting on. Meet your panel of nominating judges that added their nominations for this year’s RED WEB AWARD categories:
- Tim’s Film Reviews
- Fernby Films
- Tajuana Greene Reviews
- Impassioned Cinema
All 10 of us nominated possible winners for 9 categories and we need your help to choose!
Below you will find 9 polls. Please do the following:
- Think carefully about the performances of the nominees per category.
- Vote for the TWO (2) nominees per poll that you think should win The RED WEB AWARD in its respective category.
- After voting, please..***pass this along to a friend via Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, WordPress, Blogspot, Text message, snail mail, pony express, passenger pigeon, etc. (There are “share” links at the bottom of this post).
- Leave a comment, if you wish, spreading your own propagandish reasons as to why you think a certain nominee should win.
- Keep checking back, the polls will be open until Tuesday night. You can vote up until then. Results will post at the RED WEB AWARDS CEREMONY on Wednesday, January 15!
- Didn’t see your favorite on the list? Use the comment section to list your Honorable Mentions!
-This year, the special category entitled “The Silver Screen Surprise Award” is back! This award is for the film that most surprised you this year, in a GOOD way…as according to your judge panel!
Are you ready? We need as many votes as possible! Remember, Please vote for TWO nominees per poll.
1. 2013′s Best Director: Click HERE for Results/Award Ceremony
2. 2013′s Best Performance by ANY Actor: Click HERE for Results/Award Ceremony
3. 2013′s Best Performance by ANY Actress: Click HERE for Results/Award Ceremony
4. 2013′s Worst Movie:
Click HERE for Results/Award Ceremony
5. 2013′s Best Animated Feature: Click HERE for Results/Award Ceremony
6. 2013′s Best Motion Picture Soundtrack: Click HERE for Results/Award Ceremony
7. 2013′s Most Under-Appreciated Role: Click HERE for Results/Award CeremonyHERE for Results/Award Ceremony
9. 2013′s Best Overall Motion Picture: Click HERE for Results/Award Ceremony
These are the nominees! My gratitude goes out to all of the judges for joining me on the nomination panel. Now it’s up to you! Vote and help decide who the winners should be for this year’s RED WEB AWARDS! Please be sure to pass this along between NOW and TUESDAY on your sites, etc. Thank you!
Thanks for reading, voting, and sharing! Once again, The Awards Ceremony will be taking place on Wednesday the 15th! Don’t miss it! In the meantime:
-T, The Focused Filmographer
- Starring: Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter), Taylor Kitsch (Savages), Emile Hirsch (Killer Joe), Ben Foster (Contraband), Eric Bana (Black Hawk Down) and more.
- Directed by: Peter Berg (The Kingdom, The Rundown).
- Synopsis: ”Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish.”
- Rating: R for language, strong bloody war violence and disturbing images
- Must-Watch Trailer:
Tense, trying, tenacious and tough: All words I would use to describe this intense “BOATS” (B.ased O.n A. T.rue S.tory) film centered around the failed mission of four Navy SEALs. Co-written by the lone survivor himself, Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor is a non-stop tasteful tribute to the mission, its men and the events that transpired in the mountains of Afghanistan (and is filmed in my state of New Mexico).
I hesitated to watch this film of bullets, brotherhood and battle at first venture simply due to the fact the the title already told me what had to happen before the credits roll…only one would survive, meaning the other brothers in arms would end up losing their lives. This is, of course, no surprise (read the title!), however I knew it would be a rocky emotional road as the bonds of brotherhood are forged so strongly and depicted so well in films such as these (Black Hawk Down, Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan)…and the fact that the story is true also played a part in my apprehension.
On this side of watching it, I am now even more grateful to our servicemen and women who put their lives on the line every day for freedom and the right for liberty. Almost every scene in this film is tense and prompts flinching, grimacing, gasping, crying, cheering, mourning and honoring from every viewer. With a talented cast chosen for the roles from Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell to Ben Foster to even Taylor Kitsch (who gives an impressive performance) and Alexander Ludwig, Lone Survivor tells its tale with emotion through the eyes of the soldiers and never shies away from the hardship of the terrain, the terror and the trials that they faced on the battlefront.
While the end may very well be predictable given the account of what really happened (much like Zero Dark Thirty), the journey is one that is unforgettable (and should be, as opposed to films such as Act of Valor…my review HERE). All sorts of emotions rise inside while expecting the unexpected and yet shock still occurs when certain events transpire.
One side note to mention about Lone Survivor is that, unlike several wartime films, this one also makes a point to show that not all peoples in Afghan are the enemy…and I appreciated that perspective as most in America tend to only have one opinion on that subject…and thus, Luttrell and Berg share a real worldview of the conflict and the importance of honor among all people.
Not for the faint of heart, this film is a definite “do not miss” and is a welcome variance to the usual January-March movie releases. This immersive battle experience puts you right in the uniform of the Navy SEALs alongside them hoping for a weapon of your own to take up arms and fight as bullets fly. It is exactly that…an experience…and one not to be missed. I thank Marcus Luttrell for his service and for sharing his story with the world in his book and now in this captivating film that is both terrifying and tactful.
You need to watch this:
(Lone Survivor hits theaters in wide-release on Friday, January 10, 2014)
My Score: 4 out of 5 stars for Lone Survivor
(Remember, to read this review of mine and over 250 more, check out THE ARCHIVE of movies I have reviewed anytime. Know before you go…or rent…or buy!)
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
-T, The Focused Filmographer