Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Oscar Narrative: First 2018 Oscar Predictions - Best Actress

First 2018 Predictions
Jessica Chastain "Molly's Game"
Isabelle Huppert "Happy End"
Jennifer Lawrence "Mother!"
Emma Stone "Battle of the Sexes"
Meryl Streep "Untitled Steven Spielberg Project"

Other Contenders - Brie Larson "The Glass Castle", Frances McDormand "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri", Carey Mulligan "Mudbound", Sally Hawkins "The Shape of Water", Sally Hawkins "Maudie", Kate Winslet "The Mountain Between Us", Michelle Pfeiffer "Where is Kyra?", Elle Fanning "Mary Shelley", Judi Dench "Victoria and Abdul", Rooney Mara "Mary Magadalene", Nicole Kidman "The Beguiled", Kirsten Dunst "Woodshock", Elle Fanning "How to Talk to Girls at Parties", Gal Gadot "Wonder Woman", Cynthia Nixon "A Quiet Passion", Marion Cotillard "Ismael's Ghost", Mackenize Davis "Tully", Natalie Portman "Annihilation", Raffey Cassidy "The Killing of a Sacred Deer", Jennifer Lawrence "Red Sparrow", Alicia Vikander "Submergence", Diane Lane "Felt", Jane Fonda "Our Souls at Night", Saoirse Ronan "Lady Bird", Debra Winger "The Lovers", Charlize Theron "Atomic Blonde", Elisabeth Moss "The Square", Emma Watson "Beauty and the Beast", Rosamund Pike "A United Kingdom", Kristen Stewart "Personal Shopper", Anne Hathaway "Colossal", Katherine Waterston "Alien: Covenant", Naomi Watts "The Book of Henry", Zoe Kazan "The Big Sick", Aubrey Plaza "Ingrid Goes West", Blake Lively "All I See Is You", Renee Zellweger "Same Kind of Different As Me", Daisy Ridley "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", Anna Kendrick "Pitch Perfect 3", Lesley Manville "Phantom Thread"

Commentary - It looks like Best Actress is going to be category for two years in a row, which is awesome because it means there are great roles for women. Emma Stone returns to the race just one year after winning for La La Land, and playing Billie Jean King is Oscar bait. Meryl Streep will star opposite Tom Hanks for the first time, and work with Steven Spielberg. This is a woman who gets nominated for Into the Woods, so a Pentagon Papers film with those two involved seems like a solid Oscar better. Jennifer Lawrence is another favorite, and Aronofsky has already won a actress this award. Jessica Chastain has been off the circuit for a while, but her pairing with Aaron Sorkin might get her back in the race. Finally, after finally cracking the Oscar race, Isabelle Huppert returns as the lead in the new Michael Haneke film. These are the top five for now, but there are plenty of options for Oscar voters, at least early on. Brie Larson could return with The Glass Castle, whose first trailer looks promising. The first trailer for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri looks like it is a real contender, and that Frances McDormand could return to this race for the first time in over a decade. Previous nominees and winners like Carey Mulligan, Sally Hawkins (in two roles), Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Debra Winger, Alicia Vikander, Natalie Portman, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Lane, Naomi Watts,  Jane Fonda, and Renee Zellweger, all have big projects that could return them to the race. There are some smaller films with big roles from Raffey Cassidy, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Elisabeth Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Zoe Kazan, and Lesley Manville, all talented actresses who have yet to crack the Oscar race yet. Finally, don't forget the genre folks like Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, Daisy Ridley, Anna Kendrick, Anne Hathaway, and Katherine Waterston.

2017 Theatre World Awards

Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance
Carlo Alban "Sweat"
Christy Altomare "Anastasia"
Denee Benton "Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812"
Jon Jon Briones "Miss Saigon"
Barrett Doss "Groundhog Day"
Amber Gray "Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812"
Josh Groban "Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812"
Lucas Hedges "Yen"
Raymond Lee "Vietgone"
Eva Noblezada "Miss Saigon"
Jeremy Secomb "Sweeney Todd"
Cobie Smulders "Present Laughter"

Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater Honoree
Katrina Lenk "Indecent" and "The Band's Visit"

John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater Honoree
Glenn Close "Sunset Blvd"

Special Theatre World Honoree
Dave Malloy "Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812"

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The 83rd Annual Drama League Awards

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Dear Evan Hansen

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Oslo

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Jitney

DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
Ben Platt "Dear Evan Hansen"

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL THEATER
Bette Midler

UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THEATER
Bill Berloni

FOUNDER'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING
Michael Greif

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Battle of the Sexes Trailer

The pair behind Little Miss Sunshine return with last year's winner Emma Stone and previous nominee Steve Carell, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy to tell the story of the match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. This has Oscar written all over it. The first trailer looks great, and this is definitely on my must-see list this year:

Jimmy Kimmel to Host 2018 Oscars

This afternoon, the Academy announced that Jimmy Kimmel would return to host the 2018 Oscars, the first host to do back to back gigs since Billy Crystal in the late 90's. After last year's late announcement, this gives the producers and Kimmel more time for the show. I actually was a bit mixed about him, although he did a lot better than some of the other recent hosts (poor Neil Patrick Harris should stick to the Tonys). Some of his bits, like that extended tour group fell flat, but I like the way he handled the awkward ending. Either way, Oscar news is Oscar news, which always makes me happy. For the record, I will graduate in December from my Master's program, which means that for (most) of this Oscar season, I will finally be back on track. All will soon be right with the world.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Oscar Narrative: First 2018 Oscar Predictions - Best Supporting Actor

First 2018 Predictions
Steve Carell "Battle of the Sexes"
Lucas Hedges "Lady Bird"
John Hurt "Darkest Hour"
Jason Mitchell "Mudbound"
Michael Shannon "The Current War"

Other Contenders - Oscar Isaac "Suburbicon", Josh Brolin "Suburbicon", Sterling K. Brown "Marshall", Ed Harris "Mother!", Zac Efron "The Greatest Showman", Idris Elba "Molly's Game", Christoph Waltz "Downsizing", Alec Baldwin "Downsizing", Neil Patrick Harris "Downsizing", Woody Harrelson "The Glass Castle", Woody Harrelson "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri", Sam Rockwell "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri", Bruce Dern "Chappaquiddick", Kenneth Branagh "Dunkirk", Tom Hardy "Dunkirk", Cillian Murphy "Dunkirk", Mark Rylance "Dunkirk", Harry Styles "Dunkirk", Will Poulter "Detroit", Jack Raynor "Detroit", Mark Hamill "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", Joaquin Phoenix "Mary Magdalene", Chiwetel Ejiofor "Mary Magdalene", Garrett Hedlund "Mudbound", Jeffrey Tambor "The Death of Stalin", Harrison Ford "Blade Runner 2049", Michael Shannon "The Shape of Water", Richard Jenkins "The Shape of Water", Patrick Stewart "Logan", Ben Foster "Hostiles", Ray Romano "The Big Sick", Michael Stuhlbarg "Call Me By Your Name", Kevin Kline "Beauty and the Beast", Josh Gad "Beauty and the Beast", Jacob Tremblay "The Book of Henry", Ben Mendohlson "Darkest Hour", Javier Bardem "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"

Commentary - In the Supporting Actress race, I mentioned the power of nostalgia. Like Carrie Fisher, John Hurt has been under-rewarded by major awards, and with only a measly two Oscar nominations to his name, one of his final roles, as Neville Chamberlain, may get him some posthumous recognition. Steve Carell has managed to make his way from a sitcom star to Oscar nominee, and his role opposite Emma Stone with the Little Miss Sunshine duo at the helm seems like a perfect formula for Oscar gold. Jason Mitchell broke out with his role in Straight Outta Compton, and word is, he is fantastic in Dee Ree's Sundance breakout Mudbound. Michael Shannon actually has several options this year, and his surprise nomination for Nocturnal Animals reminds us that he is a beloved among these actors. I think the historical drama The Current War is a safer bet. Finally, Lucas Hedges was a breakout star in Manchester By the Sea. This year, Greta Gerwig's second directorial effort Lady Bird, could return him to the Oscar race. Those top five have some stiff competition. Suburbicon offers two big roles from Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin, Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown has a meaty role in the Thurgood Marshall biopic, Idris Elba meats Aaron Sorkin, Woody Harrelson has two great roles, and there are plenty of great contenders from the casts of Dunkirk and Downsizing, both huge Oscar potentials. Zac Efron might make the leap to Oscar contender in Greatest Showman, Mark Hammill might pull a Alec Guinness, Bruce Dern returns, and there is the pair of Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Mary Magdalene. Also be on the lookout for Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jacob Tremblay, Sam Rockwell, Richard Jenkins, and Ben Mendelsohn. Finally, don't forget the genre contenders like Harrison Ford, Patrick Stewart,  the Beauty and the Beast guys, and Javier Bardem, who might sneak in.

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 Outer Critics Circle

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Oslo

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Come From Away

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
If I Forget

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Band’s Visit

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Irene Sankoff & David Hein "Come From Away"

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
David Yazbek "The Band’s Visit"

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Jitney

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Kevin Kline "Present Laughter"

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Laura Linney "The Little Foxes"

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Andy Karl "Groundhog Day"

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Bette Midler "Hello, Dolly!"

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Danny DeVito "The Price"

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Cynthia Nixon "The Little Foxes"

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Gavin Creel "Hello, Dolly!"

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jenn Colella "Come From Away"

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Simon McBurney "The Encounter"

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Rebecca Taichman "Indecent"

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Christopher Ashley "Come From Away"

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Warren Carlyle "Hello, Dolly!"

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Mimi Lien "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Catherine Zuber "War Paint


OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Bradley King "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Aaron Rhyne "Anastasia"

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Gareth Owen "Come From Away"

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Larry Hochman "Hello, Dolly!"

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
Bess Wohl "Small Mouth Sounds"

32nd Annual Lucille Lortel Award Winners

Outstanding Play
Oslo

Outstanding Musical
The Band's Visit

Outstanding Revival
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Outstanding Solo Show
Notes from the Field

Outstanding Director
Bartlett Sher "Oslo"

Outstanding Choreographer
David Dorfman "Indecent"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Joe Morton "Turn Me Loose"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Jennifer Ehle "Oslo"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Ben Platt "Dear Evan Hansen"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Katrina Lenk "The Band's Visit"

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov "Oslo"

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Randy Graff "The Babylon Line"

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Joel Perez "Sweet Charity"

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Rachel Bay Jones "Dear Evan Hansen"

Outstanding Scene Design
Laura Jellinek "A Life"

Outstanding Costume Design
Susan Hilferty "Love, Love, Love"

Outstanding Lighting Design
Mark Barton "Signature Plays: Edward Albee's The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés' Drowning,

Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro"

Outstanding Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel "A Life"

Outstanding Projection Design
Jared Mezzocchi "Vietgone"

Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 MTV Movie and Television Awards

I will update the winners live!:

Movie of the Year - Beauty and the Beast
Show of the Year - Stranger Things
Best Actor in a Movie - Emma Watson "Beauty and the Beast"
Best Actor in a Show - Millie Bobbie Brown "Stranger Things"
Best American Story - black-ish
Best Comedic Performance - Lil Rey Howrey "Get Out"
Best Documentary - 13th
Best Duo - Hugh Jackman and Daphne Keen "Logan"v
Best Fight Against the System - Hidden Figures
Best Hero - Taraji P. Henson "Hidden Figures"
Best Host - Trevor Noah "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"
Best Kiss - Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome "Moonlight"
Best Musical Moment - Grease Live! - You're the One That I Want
Best Reality Competition - RuPaul's Drag Race
Best Tearjerker - This is Us - Jack and Randall at Karate
Best Villain - Jeffrey Dean Morgan "The Walking Dead"
MTV Next Generation Award - Daniel Kaluuya
MTV Generation Award - The Fast and the Furious

2017 MTV Movie and Television Award Predictions

Movie of the Year 
Beauty and the Beast

Show of the Year
Stranger Things

Best Actor in a Movie
Hugh Jackman "Logan"

Best Actor in a Show
Millie Bobbie Brown "Stranger Things"

Best Comedic Performance
Adam DeVine "Workaholics"

Best Hero
Millie Bobbie Brown "Stranger Things"

Best Villain
Jeffrey Dean Morgan "The Walking Dead"

Best Duo
Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen "Logan"

Best Kiss
Dan Stevens and Emma Watson "Beauty and the Beast"

Best Tearjerker
Game of Thrones - Hodor's Death

Best Host
Ellen DeGeneres "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

Best Reality Competition Show
The Voice

Best American Story
black-ish

Best Documentary
O.J.: Made in America

Best Fight Against the System
Get Out

Next Generation
Daniel Kaluuya