Friday, February 14, 2020

Celebrating a Decade of the Awards Psychic: The Top 100 Television Shows of 2009-2019 - Launch

Well, Oscar season is behind us, but that does not mean there are not plenty of awards to cover. In the Spring/Summer, we will have the CMAs, Daytime Emmys, Peabody Awards, Tonys and their precursors, SXSW and Cannes, the summer blockbuster season, and eventually the Primetime Emmys. Before the Emmys start, I wanted to continue the year-long celebration of a decade here at The Awards Psychic. So starting this week, you will begin to see the countdown of the Top 100 Television Shows of the last decade. This is for shows with air dates between July 12, 2009, the launch date of this blog, and July 12, 2019 (Sorry Watchman). I hope you enjoy this countdown, and the upcoming Spring/Summer coverage!

Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch Trailer

Oscar Season 2021 has begun!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: The End

So another Oscar season ends. It feels like it just begun. We were at Sundance, talking about the year ahead, thinking about the films that may or may not be a part of the conversation. My how time flies by. Not just one year, but ten, now almost eleven. A lot has happened in eleven years. There have been so many inconsistencies, heartbreaks, immense changes. Through it all, I have have had this blog, and this continuous Oscar season. Before long, this one will be a faint memory, and we will be moving on to a new and exciting year in film.

Before we do that, let's take a moment to talk about 2019. There were some amazing films, and the Oscars, despite their continued controversy, continue to do great things. We live in an outrage culture, and we live in a time when any idiot can post their thought for the world to see. The Oscars have been caught in this culture, and it seems like nothing will ever be good enough again for them. Not that there aren't legitimate concerns. The nominees are still too white and too male, and the process often leaves out great films, especially in this horrifically short season, which luckily, was a one time only event. But on Sunday, beloved veterans finally won overdue awards. The 92 year drought for foreign language films ended. You had the first foreign language film win Best Picture, the first Korean film to win either Picture or International Feature, and the first Korean director win Best Director. You saw three female filmmakers and two black filmmakers win deserved Oscars. I know we need to see more of those wins in top categories, but documentaries and shorts matter, and their diversity this year was fantastic. We saw the first mainstream studio film to feature gay sex win an Oscar, and by the person who inspired the film. We saw the first indigenous director win an Oscar. There are still lots of strides to be made, many of them by the industry itself. But for all of the issues, they did a lot better than many people expected.

I'll be honest, I spent most of Oscar season kind of checked out of the process. Work was crazy, with a special project that nearly did me in. Personal issues always affect me. As someone who has always struggled with anxiety and depression, I often let the weight of the world consume me, often at the expense of the things that bring me joy. Even the morning of the Oscars, I was just not into it. Then something happened. I started watching the red carpet coverage, started thinking about the night, and suddenly I was in. I am seriously in. I was my normal geeky, giddy self. Oscar night was as crazy, fun, and exciting as it has always had been, since before I can remember. It came back, that love, that passion. Often we forget to make time for the things we enjoy, we forget to live. Oscar season may be an eye-rolling experience for many. But for me, it is one of the few passions I have. Well film is the passion, the Oscars are the celebration of that. And in 2019 we celebrated differences, we celebrated and looked hard at our history, and we celebrated love. We did so with the backdrop of divisiveness and hatred, and a world torn apart. I have said many times before, and yet I feel it bears repeating, that we often find our common humanity in art. Films have a way of connecting even the most disparate individuals. When Renee Zellweger won her well-deserved comeback Oscar, she said this about the legendary Judy Garland, who she brilliantly portrayed, "Our heroes united us. Ms. Garland, you were certainly among the heroes that unite and define us, and this for you". Judy Garland was one of those heroes, and this year, many of the films nominated gave us a whole new crop of movie heroes to unite us and move us closer together, not further apart. That is the power of film, that is why the Oscars matter. That is why, no matter how bogged down in my own world I get, I will strive to never let it affect my blog or my love of film. We need heroes, we need film, we need art, and as long as we have it in this world, I will be here to join all of you on this wild and crazy ride that we go through every year, to celebrate what we love. Thank you for everything. Cheers to year eleven.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The 92nd Academy Awards

I will update the winners live!:

Best Picture - Parasite
Best Director - Bong Joon Ho "Parasite"
Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix "Joker"
Best Actress - Renee Zellweger "Judy"
Best Supporting Actor - Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Best Supporting Actress - Laura Dern "Marriage Story"
Best Adapted Screenplay - Taika Waititi "Jojo Rabbit"
Best Original Screenplay - Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won "Parasite"
Best Animated Feature - Toy Story 4
Best Documentary Feature - American Factory
Best International Feature Film - Parasite (South Korea)
Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins "1917"
Best Costume Design - Little Women
Best Film Editing - Ford v. Ferrari
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Bombshell
Best Original Score - Hildur Guðnadóttir "Joker"
Best Original Song - Elton John and Bernie Taupin "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman
Best Production Design - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Sound Editing - Ford v. Ferrari
Best Sound Mixing - 1917
Best Visual Effects - 1917
Best Animated Short - Hair Love
Best Documentary Short - Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
Best Live Action Short - The Neighbor's Window

2020 iHeart Radio Music Award Nominations

Song of the Year:
“bad guy” - Billie Eilish
“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X
“Señorita” - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Sucker” - Jonas Brothers
“Truth Hurts” - Lizzo

Female Artist of the Year:
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Halsey
Lizzo
Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year:
Ed Sheeran
Khalid
Luke Combs
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 
Dan + Shay
Imagine Dragons
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco

Best Collaboration:
“Dancing With A Stranger” - Sam Smith & Normani
“Eastside” - benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid
“I Don't Care”- Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
“Señorita” - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Sunflower” - Post Malone & Swae Lee

Best New Pop Artist:
Ava Max
FLETCHER
Lewis Capaldi
Lil Nas X
Lizzo

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
“bad guy” - Billie Eilish
“Doin' Time” - Lana Del Rey
“Ready To Let Go” - Cage The Elephant
“The Hype” - twenty one pilots
“Trampoline” - SHAED

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
Billie Eilish
Cage The Elephant
Imagine Dragons
Panic! At The Disco
twenty one pilots

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:
Dirty Honey
Dominic Fike
Matt Maeson
SHAED
The Glorious Sons

Rock Song of the Year:
“Blue On Black” - Five Finger Death Punch
“Ghost” - Badflower
“Lo/Hi” - The Black Keys
“Monsters” - Shinedown
“S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)” - The Glorious Sons

Rock Artist of the Year:
Disturbed
Five Finger Death Punch
Godsmack
Greta Van Fleet
Shinedown

Country Song of the Year:
“Beautiful Crazy” - Luke Combs
“GIRL” - Maren Morris
“God’s Country” - Blake Shelton
“The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” - Justin Moore
“Whiskey Glasses” - Morgan Wallen

Country Artist of the Year:
Carrie Underwood
Dan + Shay
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:
Jimmie Allen
Matt Stell
Morgan Wallen
Riley Green
Runaway June

Dance Song of the Year:
“Body” - Loud Luxury featuring brando
“Close To Me” - Ellie Goulding, Diplo featuring Swae Lee
“Here With Me” - Marshmello featuring Chvrches
“Higher Love” - Kygo & Whitney Houston
“So Close” - NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cutsv featuring Georgia Ku

Dance Artist of the Year: 
Diplo
Kygo
Loud Luxury
Marshmello
The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 
“Going Bad” - Meek Mill featuring Drake
“Money In The Grave” - Drake featuring Rick Ross
“Money” - Cardi B
“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X
“Suge” - DaBaby

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
Cardi B
Drake
Lil Baby
Meek Mill
Travis Scott

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:
City Girls
DaBaby
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion

R&B Song of the Year:
“Before I Let Go (Homecoming Live Album)” – Beyoncé
“Girls Need Love (Remix)” - Summer Walker & Drake
“No Guidance” - Chris Brown featuring Drake
“Shot Clock” - Ella Mai
“Talk” - Khalid

R&B Artist of the Year: 
Chris Brown
Ella Mai
H.E.R.
Khalid
Summer Walker

Best New R&B Artist:
Ari Lennox
LightSkinKeisha
Nicole Bus
Summer Walker
The Bonfyre

Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year: 
“Calma” - Pedro Capó & Alicia Keys featuring Farruko
“Con Calma” - Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry featuring Snow
“MIA” - Bad Bunny featuring Drake
“QUE PRETENDES” - J Balvin & Bad Bunny
“Taki Taki” - DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B

Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year: 
Bad Bunny
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Best New Latin Pop/Urban Artist:
Camilo
Guaynaa
Lunay
Rosalía
Sech

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
“¿Por Qué Cambiaste De Opinión” - Calibre 50
“A Través Del Vaso” - Banda Los Sebastianes
“Con Todo Incluido” - La Adictiva Banda San José De Mesillas
“Encantadora” - El Fantasma
“Nada Nuevo” - Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Christian Nodal
El Fantasma
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón

Best New Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:
Banda Los Sebastianes
El Fantasma
Fuerza Regida
Kanales
Lenin Ramírez

Producer of the Year:
Andrew Watt
Benny Blanco
Finneas
Louis Bell
Max Martin

Songwriter of the Year:
Ashley Gorley
Finneas
Frank Dukes
Louis Bell
Savan Kotecha

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
“10,000 Hours” - Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
“7 rings” - Ariana Grande
“bad guy” - Billie Eilish
“Beautiful People” - Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid
“Hot Girl Summer” - Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign
“Juice” - Lizzo
“Lose You To Love Me” - Selena Gomez
“Nightmare” - Halsey
“Señorita” - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Someone You Loved” - Lewis Capaldi
“The Bones” - Maren Morris
“You Need to Calm Down” - Taylor Swift

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category
Led Zeppelin - “Black Dog” - Miley Cyrus cover
Ariana Grande - “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” - Lana Del Rey cover
Phil Collins - “Can’t Stop Loving You” - Taylor Swift cover
Sam Smith & Normani - “Dancing With A Stranger” - 5SOS cover
Elvin Bishop - “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” - Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack cover
The Rembrandts - “I’ll Be There For You” - Meghan Trainor cover
Taylor Swift - “Lover” - Keith Urban cover
Lewis Capaldi - “Someone You Loved” - Camila Cabello cover
Jonas Brothers - “Sucker” – Halsey cover

Best Fan Army: *Socially Voted Category
Agnation - Agnez Mo
Arianators - Ariana Grande
Beliebers - Justin Bieber
BTSArmy - BTS
Camilizers - Camila Cabello
Harries - Harry Styles
Limelights - Why Don’t We
Louies - Louis Tomlinson
MendesArmy - Shawn Mendes
Niallers - Niall Horan
Selenators - Selena Gomez
Swifties - Taylor Swift

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category
“7 rings” - Ariana Grande
“bad guy” - Billie Eilish
“Boy With Luv” - BTS featuring Halsey
“Con Altura” - Rosalía, J Balvin featuring El Guincho
“Con Calma” - Daddy Yankee & Snow
“Dancing With A Stranger” - Sam Smith & Normani
“I Don’t Care” - Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
“Kill This Love” - BLACKPINK
“ME!” - Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie
“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
“Señorita” - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Sucker” - Jonas Brothers

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category
Asher Angel
Cody Orlove
Danielle Cohn
DeStorm Power
King Bach
Montana Tucker
Niki and Gabi
Piper Rockelle
Scotty Sire
Stephanie Poetri
The Moy Boys
Zoe Laverne

Best Remix: *Socially Voted Category
“bad guy” - Billie Eilish (with Justin Bieber)
“Con Calma” - Daddy Yankee, Katy Perry featuring Snow
“Good As Hell” - Lizzo featuring Ariana Grande
“Higher Love” – Kygo & Whitney Houston
“Lover” - Taylor Swift featuring Shawn Mendes
“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
“The Bones” - Maren Morris featuring Hozier
“Thotiana” – Blueface featuring Cardi B and YG
“Trampoline” - SHAED featuring Zayn
“Without Me” - Halsey featuring Juice WRLD

Favorite Tour Photographer: *Socially Voted Category
Adam Degross (Post Malone)
Alfredo Flores (Ariana Grande)
Andy DeLuca (5SOS)
Blair Caldwell (Normani)
Daniel Prakopcyk (John Mayer)
Jake Chamseddine (Panic! At The Disco)
Josiah Van Dien (Shawn Mendes)
Matty Vogel (Billie Eilish)
Rays Corrupted Mind (Travis Scott)
Zack Caspary (Why Don’t We)
Zakary Walters (Ed Sheeran)

Favorite Music Video Choreography: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category
“7 rings” (Ariana Grande) - Scott and Brian Nicholson
“How Do You Sleep?” (Sam Smith) - Parris Goebel
“Kill This Love” (BLACKPINK) - Kyle Hanagami & Kiel Tutin
“ME!” (Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie) - Tyce Diorio
“Motivation” (Normani) - Sean Bankhea
“Señorita” (Shawn Mendes & Camilla Cabello) - Calvit Hodge & Sara Bivens

40th Annual Golden Raspberry "Razzie" Award Nominations

WORST PICTURE
Cats
The Fanatic
The Haunting of Sharon Tate
A Madea Family Funeral
Rambo: Last Blood

WORST ACTOR
James Franco / Zeroville
David Harbour / Hellboy (2019)
Matthew McConaughey / Serenity
Sylvester Stallone / Rambo: Last Blood
John Travolta / The Fanatic & Trading Paint

WORST ACTRESS 
Hilary Duff / The Haunting of Sharon Tate
Anne Hathaway / The Hustle & Serenity
Francesca Hayward / Cats
Tyler Perry (As Medea) A Madea Family Funeral
Rebel Wilson / The Hustle

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain / Dark Phoenix
Cassi Davis / A Madea Family Funeral
Judi Dench / Cats
Fenessa Pineda / Rambo: First Blood
Rebel Wilson / Cats

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
James Corden / Cats
Tyler Perry / A Madea Family Funeral (as “Joe”)
Tyler Perry / A Madea Family Funeral (as "Uncle Heathrow")
Seth Rogan / Zeroville
Bruce Willis / Glass 

WORST SCREEN COMBO 
Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairballs / Cats
Jason Derulo & His CGI-Neutered “Bulge” / Cats
Tyler Perry & Tyler Perry (or Tyler Perry) A Madea Family Funeral
Sylvester Stallone & His Impotent Rage / Rambo: Last Blood
John Travolta & Any Screenplay He Accepts

WORST DIRECTOR
Fred Durst / The Fanatic
James Franco / Zeroville
Adrian Grunberg / Rambo: Last Blood
Tom Hooper / Cats
Neil Marshall / Hellboy (2019)

WORST SCREENPLAY 
Cats / Screenplay by Lee Hall and Tom Hooper
The Haunting of Sharon Tate / Written by Danial Farrands
Hellboy (2019) Screenplay by Andrew Cosby
A Madea Family Funeral / Written by Tyler Perry
Rambo: Last Blood / Screenplay by Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
Dark Phoenix
Godzilla, King of the Monsters
Hellboy (2019)
A Madea Family Funeral
Rambo: Last Blood
 
WORST RECKLESS DISREGARD for HUMAN LIFE and PUBLIC PROPERTY
Dragged Across Concrete
The Haunting of Sharon Tate
Hellboy
Joker
Rambo: Last Blood
 
RAZZIE® REDEEMER AWARD 
Eddie Murphy / Dolemite Is My Name
Keanu Reeves / John Wick 3 & Toy Story 4
Adam Sandler / Uncut Gems
Jennifer Lopez / Hustlers
Will Smith / Aladdin 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Final List

This is it! One day more....

Best Picture - Parasite
Best Director - Sam Mendes "1917"
Best Actor  - Joaquin Phoenix "Joker"
Best Actress - Renee Zellweger "Judy"
Best Supporting Actor - Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Best Supporting Actress - Laura Dern "Marriage Story"
Best Adapted Screenplay - Taika Waititi "Jojo Rabbit"
Best Original Screenplay - Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won "Parasite"
Best Animated Feature - Toy Story 4
Best Documentary Feature - American Factory
Best International Feature - Parasite (South Korea)
Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins "1917"
Best Costume Design - Little Women
Best Film Editing - Parasite
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Bombshell
Best Original Score - Hildur Guðnadóttir "Joker"
Best Original Song - Elton John and Bernie Taupin "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman
Best Production Design - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Sound Editing  - 1917
Best Sound Mixing - 1917
Best Visual Effects - 1917
Best Animated Short - Hair Love
Best Documentary Short - Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're A Girl)
Best Live Action Short - Brotherhood

35th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards

BEST FEATURE
The Farewell

BEST DIRECTOR
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Renée Zellweger, Judy

BEST MALE LEAD
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE 
Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse

BEST SCREENPLAY
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

BEST EDITING
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
American Factory

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Booksmart

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol, See You Yesterday

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Give Me Liberty

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Marriage Story

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Parasite (South Korea)

PRODUCERS AWARD
Mollye Asher

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Rashaad Ernesto Green, Premature

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Nadia Shihab, Jaddoland

BONNIE AWARD
Kelly Reichardt

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Picture and Best Director

Best Picture
Will Win - Parasite
Could Win - 1917, Jojo Rabbit, or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Should Win - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Commentary - So 1917 feels like this year's The Revenant, or La La Land. It does not have any acting nominations, it didn't get one SAG nomination. No film has won without at least something. Parasite does have any other nominations either, but it won the SAG ensemble. 1917 is the visual visionary film. Is it the preferential ballot film as well? I'm just not sure. But no foreign language film has ever won Best Picture. Ever. But Parasite feels different. It is just so well-received, and you hear voter after voter talking about this film. Of course, you also have those older voters who cannot fathom voting for a foreign language film in Best Picture. So, here is my answer: I have no freaking idea. Conventional wisdom says 1917. Preferential politics favors films like Jojo Rabbit, which is the feel good film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is the film about the film industry, or Parasite, the film that has taken this industry by storm. I don't know what's going to win, and I'm sure the second they read 1917, I'll know I was wrong to take a shot. But I think Oscar voters are going to make history, and reward Parasite Best Picture of the year.

Best Director
Will Win - Sam Mendes "1917"
Could Win - Bong Joon Ho "Parasite"
Should Win - Quentin Tarantino "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Commentary - Whatever happens in Best Picture, I think that the BAFTA, DGA, and Globe wins for Sam Mendes show that he is way out front in this category. His film is the visual spectacular of the year, and that has won now seven years, most likely eight, years in a row.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress

Best Actor
Will Win - Joaquin Phoenix "Joker"
Could Win - Adam Driver "Marriage Story"
Should Win - Antonio Banderas "Pain & Glory"

Best Actress
Will Win - Renee Zellweger "Judy"
Could Win - Scarlett Johansson "Marriage Story"
Should Win - Renee Zellweger "Judy"

Best Supporting Actor
Will Win - Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Could Win - Joe Pesci "The Irishman"
Should Win - Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

Best Supporting Actress
Will Win - Laura Dern "Marriage Story"
Could Win - Scarlett Johansson "Jojo Rabbit"
Should Win - Laura Dern "Marriage Story"

Commentary - So here's the deal. All four of these folks won BAFTA, Critics Choice, SAG, and the Globe, and a multitude of other critics awards. The only upset I think could be brewing is Scarlett Johansson in Supporting. But I think that is a long shot at best. Expect the Oscars to deliver the same as their predecessors.