Monday, December 31, 2012

Central Ohio Film Critics Association Nominees

Best Film
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director
Ben Affleck "Argo"
Paul Thomas Anderson "The Master"
Wes Anderson "Moonrise Kingdom"
Kathryn Bigelow "Zero Dark Thirty"
Tom Hooper "Les Miserables"
Steven Spielberg "Lincoln"

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper "Silver Linings Playbook"
John Hawkes "The Sessions"
Hugh Jackman "Les Miserables"
Denis Lavant "Holy Motors"
Joaquin Phoenix "The Master"

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence "Silver Linings Playbook"
Helen Mirren "Hitchcock"
Quvenzhane Wallis "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts "The Impossible"

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin "Argo"
Leonardo Dicaprio "Django Unchained"
Philip Seymour Hoffman "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones "Lincoln"
Christoph Waltz "Django Unchained"

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams "The Master"
Ann Dowd "Compliance"
Sally Field "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway "Les Miserables"
Helen Hunt "The Sessions"

Best Original Screenplay
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola "Moonrise Kingdom"
Marl Boal "Zero Dark Thirty"
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon "The Cabin in the Woods"
Rian Johnson "Looper"
Quentin Tarantino "Django Unchained"

Best Adapted Screenplay
Stephen Chbosky "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Tony Kusher "Lincoln"
David Magee "Life of Pi"
David O. Russell "Silver Linings Playbook"
Chris Terrio "Argo"

Best Cinematography
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom

Best Score
Moonrise Kingdom
Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit
The Dark Knight Rises

Best Ensemble
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings PLaybook

Best Animated Film
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Documentary
How to Survive a Plague
The Imposter
Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar Man

Best Foreign Language Film
Holy Motors
The Kid With a Bike
Let the Bullets Fly

Best Overlooked Film
Killer Joe
Safety Not Guaranteed
Seven Psychopaths

Best Breakthrough Film Artist
Tom Holland "The Impossible"
Bart Layton "The Imposter"
Quvenzhane Wallis "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Benh Zeitlin "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Actor of the Year (For Body of Work)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Anne Hathaway
Jennifer Lawrence
Matthew McConaghuey
Channing Tatum

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The 3rd Annual Awards Psychic Awards: Nomination Totals

Just for your information, here are the nomination totals for this year's Awards Psychic Awards (excluding worst film):

Lincoln - 9
Django Unchained - 7
Skyfall - 7
Moonrise Kingdom - 6
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - 6
Beasts of the Southern Wild - 4
The Dark Knight Rises - 4
Les Miserables - 4
Zero Dark Thirty - 4
Argo - 3
Hope Springs - 3
The Master - 3
Silver Linings Playbook - 3
This is 40 - 3
Wreck-It Ralph - 3
21 Jump Street - 2
The Avengers - 2
Brave - 2
The Cabin in the Woods - 2
Chronicle - 2
Cloud Atlas - 2
Frankenweenie - 2
Life of Pi - 2
Looper - 2
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - 2
ParaNorman - 2
The Sessions - 2
Anna Karenina - 1
Bernie - 1
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - 1
Compliance - 1
The Deep Blue Sea - 1
Flight - 1
The Grey - 1
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 1
Holy Motors - 1
Magic Mike - 1
Pitch Perfect - 1
Rust & Bone - 1
The Secret World of Arrietty -1
Wanderlust - 1

New Golden Globe Poll in Sidebar

Take the chance to vote in the latest poll in the sidebar. This time around pick the film you think will win the Best Picture - Drama race at this year's Golden Globes! Also stick around this weekend and into next week as I announce my award winners, start to predict the upcoming Oscar nominations, and cover the DGA/PGA/and WGA nominations!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The 3rd Annual Awards Psychic Awards Nominees

I am proud to announce this year's nominees for the 3rd Annual Awards Psychic Awards. I will announce most likely Monday afternoon/evening or Tuesday. As we hit the new year, the Oscar blogosphere will be in full swing with Guild nominations coming practically every day. Furthermore, starting either Tuesday (maybe Wednesday if I am too hungover), I will began posting my final predictions for the Oscar nominations which will be announced January 10th. Because of the tight schedule, I will probably post a final list on Janurary 9th after DGA and BAFTA roll in. So stay tuned and enjoy the nominations below!:

Best Picture - Drama
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Picture – Comedy/Musical
21 Jump Street
Hope Springs
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
This is 40

Best Picture – Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comic Book/Horror
The Avengers
The Cabin in the Woods
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises

Best Picture – Animated
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
The Secret World of Arriety
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Actor – Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis “Lincoln”
John Hawkes “The Sessions”
Denis Lavant “Holy Motors”
Logan Lerman "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Liam Neeson “The Grey”
Joaquin Phoenix “The Master”
Denzel Washington “Flight”

Best Actress – Drama
Jessica Chastain “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard “Rust & Bone”
Anne Hathaway “The Dark Knight Rises”
Kiera Knightley “Anna Karenina”
Quvenzhane Wallis “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Rachel Weisz “The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor – Comedy/Musical
Jack Black “Bernie”
Hugh Jackman “Les Miserables”
Tommy Lee Jones “Hope Springs
Paul Rudd “Wanderlust/This is 40”
Channing Tatum “Magic Mike/21 Jump Street
Bruce Willis “Moonrise Kingdom

Best Actress – Comedy/Musical
Judi Dench “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Kara Hayward “Moonrise Kingdom
Anna Kendrick “Pitch Perfect”
Jennifer Lawrence “Silver Linings Playbook”
Leslie Mann “This is 40”
Meryl Streep “Hope Springs

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem “Skyfall”
Leonardo Dicaprio “Django Unchained”
Samuel L. Jackson “Django Unchained”
Tommy Lee Jones “Lincoln
Ezra Miller “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
James Spader “Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress
Judi Dench “Skyfall”
Ann Dowd “Compliance”
Sally Field “Lincoln
Anne Hathaway “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt “The Sessions”
Emma Watson "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Best Ensemble
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Best Director
Ben Affleck “Argo”
Wes Anderson “Moonrise Kingdom
Kathryn Bigelow “Zero Dark Thirty”
Sam Mendes "Skyfall"
Steven Spielberg “Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino “Django Unchained”
Benh Zeitlin "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Voice Acting Performance
Jane Lynch “Wreck-It Ralph”
Kelly MacDonald “Brave”
Kodi Smit-McPhee “ParaNorman”
Catherine O’Hara “Frankenweenie”
Frances McDormand “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
John C. Reilly “Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Chris Terrio “Argo”
Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Tony Kushner ‘Lincoln
Stephen Chbosky “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
David O. Russell “Silver Linings Playbook”
John Logan, Patrick Marber, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade “Skyfall”

Best Original Screenplay
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard "The Cabin in the Woods"
Quentin Tarantino “Django Unchained”
Rian Johnson “Looper”
Paul Thomas Anderson “The Master”
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola “Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Cinematography
Wally Pfister “The Dark Knight Rises”
Robert Richardson “Django Unchained”
Claudio Miranda “Life of Pi”
Janusz Kaminski “Lincoln
Mihai Malaimaire “The Master”
Roger Deakins “Skyfall”

Best Visual Effects
The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi

Worst Film of the Year
John Carter
That’s My Boy
A Thousand Words
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Vancouver Film Critics Circle Nominees

The Master
Zero Dark Thirty

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Amy Adams, The Master
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Holy Motors
The Intouchables

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
How to Survive a Plague
Searching for Sugar Man

A full list of nominees in the Canadian category follows.

Stories We Tell

Robert Pattinson, Cosmopolis
Melvil Poupaud, Laurence Anyways
Michael Rogers, Beyond the Black Rainbow

Suzanne Clément, Laurence Anyways
Stéphanie Lapointe, Liverpool
Rachel Mwanza, Rebelle

Jay Baruchel, Goon
Serge Kanyinda, Rebelle
Liev Schreiber, Goon

Sarah Gadon, Cosmopolis
Samantha Morton, Cosmopolis
Alison Pill, Goon

Panos Cosmatos, Beyond the Black Rainbow
David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis
Sarah Polley, Stories We Tell

The End of Time
Stories We Tell
The World Before Her

Becoming Redwood
Beyond the Black Rainbow
Camera Shy
Random Acts of Romance

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Awards Psychic's Top Ten Television Programs of 2012

10. Grey's Anatomy - This one probably is surprising, as well as eye-roll inducing, for most people. I'll admit, that I am a hardcore Grey's Anatomy fan, and I'm not ashamed of it. I have stuck by through the bad times, and celebrated the good ones. And since the terrible shooting in the hospital a couple of seasons ago, Grey's has rebounded in terms of both its storylines and particularly its characters. And in the end, that is why we, as its fans, love this show. It is about the characters, and so far in this season, (and in the second half of last season), Grey's has once again turned its focus to the characters that we love. It has regained its humor, found its footing, and has remained one of the most entertaining shows on broadcast television. I know that most people have jumped off the bandwagon, and at any moment, the creators and actors could decide to end it, but until that day, I will always be along for the ride.

9. Bunheads - I know absolutely nothing about ballet. But I have so much respect for Amy Sherman, and think that Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop are two talented and awesome presences on screen. So this summer I tuned into their project, Bunheads, about a dancer who gets married and ends up living in the small town of Paradise with her dance instructer mother-in-law. If the premise sounds ridiculous at first, it eventually settles into a nice rhythm. Like Gilmore Girls before it, it is a fast-paced, wildly intelligent comedy, populated with quirky characters and awkward situations. While I still maintain that it needs to correct a few things (seem my eariler review for that list), Bunheads will no doubt remain one of my favorite new shows of the season, and one of the most highly anticipated in the coming new year.

8. Nashville - In a year for mostly duds for new broadcast shows, Nashville stands out as a bright spot. It is a highly entertaining, well-made primetime soap opera that deftly combines its varying characters, and its intertwining storylines about love, sex, music, and politics. It doesn't hurt that its two leads, Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are both rockstars, not only in their surprising vocal abilities, but in their respective performances. They both bring a brilliant mix of power, sexuality, talent, and vulnerability to their roles, and hopefully, as the second half of its seasons kicks up next month, they will continue to explore their feisty and entertaining relationship. But its not just the actors that get credit, as a lot also goes to the guys and gals behind the camera that keep the interesting plotlines moving at a nice pace. While some may not see this as a high compliment considering the plethora of bad new shows this season, I still maintain that this is the best new show on broadcast television, and hopefully will continue to shine well into 2013 and beyond.

7. Breaking Bad - I am so sad that Breaking Bad will no longer be a part of the television culture after this summer, because for so many years it was an important show that broke new ground in terms of the quality of televison on cable, and in the graphic and disturbing way it presented itself, and I mean that in a good way. Breaking Bad is a high-octane drug thriller, featuring stunning performances from its whole cast, taut writing and directing, and a mentality by all involved to create something that is real, disturbing, as well as highly entertaining. There are a lot of great shows on telelvison, but few have maintained the intensity like Breaking Bad. It was such a vital addition to television, bringing an almost cinematic quality to the small screen. But at least we all have half a season left, and with that midseason cliff hanger, we all should be rejoicing for the gift.

6. Modern Family - So many people get mad year in and year out when Modern Family cleans up at the various awards shows, particularly the Emmys. Now I understand the argument that there are so many great shows on television that it is time to spread the love around. But the argument that it is not worthy of recognition is completely wrong. Modern Family, week in and week out, is laugh-out-loud funny. It is populated with wacky characters and ridiculous storylines. But despite the silliness, there is also real emotion and love that is exchanged between the characters, and this is why we keep coming back week after week. Beneath the surface, Modern Family is really about love and the ties that bind us. And the warmth that is exuded from the screen is enough to heat the whole house.

5. New Girl - I liked this show last year, but after recently revisiting the first season, and catching up on my recorded episodes of Season 2, I have grown to really love this show. Zooey Deschanel is absolutely amazing as Jess, and the cast as a whole has a great vibe and chemistry which seems natural and easy. Plus with all of its quirky madness, it is geninuely funny, indefinitely charming and clever, and usually has me rolling on the floor with laughter. Finally, like Modern Family, there is true love and, in this case, friendship, exhibited between the different characters that is so obvious and is so welcomed on television. I think that New Girl fills a nice niche in television and is one of the best comedies on TV today.

4. Homeland - Homeland may be a fictional show, but its storylines might as well have been ripped from today's headlines. It is by far one of the most tense and taut shows on television. It gets your pulse going, and between its realisitic and intricate plotlines, and its fantastic performances, it is one of the few shows that week after week leaves you breathless and on the edge of your seat. It has the quality of a cinematic experience, and never fails to surprise its audience, throwing out soem plot twist that literally makes you drop your jaw. Finally, and most impressively, despite its heavy material, its screenwriters' agility and skill and its actors incredible grasp of the material helps it remain an incredibly entertaining experience.

3. Parks & Recreation - It is no surprise that year in and year out Parks and Recreation is my favorite television comedy, despite some incredibly stiff competition. It nails it mockumentary style the way The Office did (up until last season), and it is filled with some of the funniest and most talented actors working on television today, led by the incredibly funny and talented Amy Poehler. Most importantly, Parks and Recreation is a show that continuely grows and continuely gets better. After the first season, I was almost done with the show, but every new season makes me happier that I did stick around, because the evolution from an almost goner to one of the best shows on television has been one hell of a ride.

2. The Good Wife - I have written so much about The Good Wife, that I am not going to keep reinterating the same points. It will suffice it to say that despite the recent Kalinda plotline, The Good Wife remains one of the most entertaining and well-made shows on the air today.

1. Parenthood - Once again, I have been here so many times, I have to be repetitive. While the show still has some trouble balancing all of its characters (all shows with this large of a cast have the same problem), the emotion exuded from the screen is always genuine, and the performances, particularly Monica Potter and Peter Krause, this season are simply out of this world.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Online Film Critics Society Award Nominees

Best Picture
Holy Motors
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Animated Feature
The Secret World of Arrietty
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Film Not in the English Language
Holy Motors
Rust and Bone
This Is Not a Film
The Turin Horse

Best Documentary
The Imposter
The Invisible War
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The Queen of Versailles
This Is Not a Film

Best Director
Ben Affleck – Argo
Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master
Wes Anderson – Moonrise Kingdom
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Leos Carax – Holy Motors

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Denis Lavant – Holy Motors
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin – Argo
Dwight Henry – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – The Master
Ann Dowd – Compliance
Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions

Best Original Screenplay
The Cabin in the Woods – Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
Looper – Rian Johnson
The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo – Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Cloud Atlas – Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
Lincoln – Tony Kushner

Best Editing
Argo – William Goldenberg
Cloud Atlas – Alexander Berner
The Master – Leslie Jones, Peter McNulty
Skyfall – Stuart Baird
Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Best Cinematography
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
The Master – Mihai Malamiare Jr.
Moonrise Kingdom – Robert D. Yeoman
Skyfall – Roger Deakins

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

Top 10
1. "Argo"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Moonrise Kingdom"
4. "Django Unchained"
5. "Silver Linings Playbook"
6. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
7. "The Master"
8. "Lincoln"
9. "Looper"
10. "Les Misérables"

Best Picture

Best Director
Ben Affleck, "Argo"

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Supporting Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay
"Moonrise Kingdom"

Best Animated Film
"Wreck-It Ralph"

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Documentary
"Searching for Sugar Man"

Best First Feature
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Guilty Pleasure
"21 Jump Street"

Best Body of Work
(TIE) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "The Dark Knight Rises," "Lincoln," "Looper" and Matthew McConaughey, "Bernie," "Killer Joe," "Magic Mike"

Obviously Worst Movie
"That’s My Boy"

Not-So-Obviously Worst Movie

Nevada Film Critics Society Awards

Best Film

Best Director
(TIE) Ben Affleck, "Argo" and Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor
John Hawkes, "The Sessions"

Best Actress
(TIE) Helen Hunt, "The Sessions" and Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Supporting Actor
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field, "Lincoln"

Best Cinematography
"Life of Pi"

Best Production Design
"Les Misérables"

Best Visual Effects
"Life of Pi"

Best Ensemble Cast

Best Animated Movie

Best Youth Performance
Tom Holland, "The Impossible"

First Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Winner Predictions

Best Cast in a Motion Picture - Lincoln
Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis "Lincoln"
Best Actress - Jennifer Lawrence "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Supporting Actor - Tommy Lee Jones "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway "Les Miserables"
Best Stunt Ensemble - The Dark Knight Rises

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series - Boardwalk Empire
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Modern Family
Best Actor in a Drama Series - Steve Buscemi "Boardwalk Empire"
Best Actress in a Drama Series - Jessica Lange "American Horror Story: Asylum"
Best Actor in a Comedy Series - Alec Baldwin "30 Rock"
Best Actress in a Comedy Series - Betty White "Hot in Cleveland"
Best Actor in a TV Movie/Mini - Kevin Costner "Hemingway and Gelhorn"
Best Actress in a TV Movie/Mini - Julianne Moore "Game Change"
Best Stunt Ensemble - Game of Thrones

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Women's Film Critic Circle Awards

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"

Best Family Film
(TIE) "Life of Pi" and "Rise of the Guardians"

Best Movie about Women
"A Royal Affair"

Best Movie by a Woman
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Foreign Film by or about Women
"Where Do We Go Now?"

Best Young Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Woman Storyteller
Julie Delpy "2 Days in New York"

Best Comedic Actress
Maggie Smith "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

Women's Work: Best Ensemble
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

Best Equality of the Sexes
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Female Images
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Male Images

Best Animated Females

Worst Female Images
(TIE) "Killer Joe" and "Think Like a Man"

Worst Male Images
"Killer Joe"

Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie by or about Women
"Hemingway & Gellhorn"

Adrienne Shelly Award (a film that most passionately opposes violence against women)
(TIE) "Compliance" and "The Invisible War"

Josephine Baker Award (best expressing of women of color experience in America)
"Middle of Nowhere"

Karen Morley Award (best exemplifying a woman's place in history or society and courageous search for identity)
"A Royal Affair"

Acting and Activism Award
Sally Field

Lifetime Achievement Award
Barbra Streisand

Alliance of Women Film Journalist EDA Award Nominees


Best Film
    Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director
    Ben Affleck - Argo
    Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty
    Steven Speilberg - Lincoln
Best Screenplay, Original
    Amour - Michael Haneke.
    Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
    Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal
Best Screenplay, Adapted
    Argo - Chris Terrio
    Lincoln - Tony Kushner,
    Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell
Best Documentary
    The Gatekeepers - Dror Moreh
    The Imposter - Bart Layton
    The Invisible War - Kirby Dick
    Searching For Sugar Man - Malik Bendjelloul
Best Animated Film
Best Actress
    Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
    Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
    Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
    Amy Adams - The Master
    Sally Field - Lincoln
    Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Best Actor
    Daniel Day Lewis - Lincoln
    John Hawkes - The Sessions
    Joachin Phoenix - The Master
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
    Alan Arkin - Argo
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
    Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
    Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Best Ensemble Cast
    Silver Linings Notebook
Best Editing
    Argo - William Goldenberg
    Cloud Atlas - Alexander Berner
    Zero Dark Thirty - William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor
Best Cinematography
    The Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
    The Master - Mihai Malaimare, Jr.
    Skyfall - Roger Deakins
Best Film Music Or Score
    Argo - Alexandre Desplat
    Beasts of the Southern Wild - Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin
    Zero Dark Thirty - Alexandre Desplat
Best Non-English-Language Film
    A Royal Affair
    Rust and Bone
These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director
    Andrea Arnold - Wuthering Heights
    Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty
    Sarah Polley - Take This Waltz
Best Woman Screenwriter
    Lucy Alibar (and Benh Zeitlin) - Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Zoe Kazan - Ruby Sparks
    Ava DuVernay - Middle of Nowhere
    Sarah Polley - Take This Waltz
Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star
    Gina Carano - Haywire
    Anne Hathaway - The Dark Knight Rises
    Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games
Best Animated Female
    Brave - Merida - Kelly Macdonald
    Rise of the Guardians - Tooth - Isla Fisher
    Wreck-It Ralph - Vanellope - Sarah Silverman
Best Breakthrough Performance
    Samantha Barks - Les Miserables
    Ann Dowd - Compliance
    Alicia Vikander - A Royal Affair
    Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Actress Defying Age and Ageism
    Judi Dench - Skyfall
    Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
    Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
AWFJ Award For Humanitarian Activism - Female Icon Award
(Presented to an actress for the portrayal of the most positive female role model, or for a role in which she takes personal and/or career risks to plumb the female psyche and therefore gives us courage to plumb our own, and/or for putting forth the image of a woman who is heroic, accomplished, persistent, demands her rights and/or the rights of others.)
    Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
    Helen Hunt - The Sessions
    Judi Dench - Skyfall
This Year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry
(Presented only when warranted to a female who has had a banner-making, record-breaking, industry-changing achievement during any given year — such as Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director Oscar win, or for an actress having multiple outstanding films released during one year.)
    Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
    Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook
    Women Documentary Filmmakers, including Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Detropia), Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles), Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei Never Sorry) and Sarah Burns (The Central Park Five).

AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award
    Sean Anders for That’s My Boy
    Sacha Baron Cohen for The Dictator
    Gabriele Muccino for Playing For Keeps
Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent
    Katherine Heigl - One For The Money
    Nicole Kidman - The Paperboy
    Reese Witherspoon - This Means War
Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t
    Anna Karenina
    Cloud Atlas
    Les Miserables
Unforgettable Moment Award
    Argo - The runway chase.
    Flight - Crash sequence
    Les Miserables - Anne Hathaway as Fantine sings I Dreamed A Dream
    Rust and Bone - Marian Cotillard as Stephanie dances in the wheelchair.
    Zero Dark Thirty - Jessica Chastain as Maya says, “I’m the mother…”
Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction
    Anna Karenina - Keira Knightly and Aaron Taylor-Johnson
    Rust and Bone - Marian Cotilliard
    The Sessions - Helen Hunt and John Hawkes
Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award
    Amazing Spiderman
    Red Dawn
    Total Recall
Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award
    Flight - Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly,..and Nadine Velazquez
    Seeking a Friend For the End of the World - Steve Carell and Keira Knightly
    Silver Linings Notebook - Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

Friday, December 21, 2012

Review: Marvel's The Avengers

When you have a job, and see so many movies throughout the year, it is hard to get many reviews actually put on paper. Well, since I happen to have a bit of a break, and have recently re-watched Joss Whedon's The Avengers, I think it is time for me to actually put my thoughts on the page, especially as my 3rd Annual Awards Psychic Awards are just around the corner, and The Avengers is in play for at least a few nominations.

Since 2008, Marvel has slowly built up its characters and its storylines through Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America, all leading to the summit. That great height is Joss Whedon's comic-book-fanatic-wet-dream epic, The Avengers. The teseract, which holds universal energy and power is being utilized and sought after by Loki, the adopted brother of Thor, whose previous power grab has left him outlawed and hungry for power. His goal is to enslave the humans of Earth, and become even more powerful. As the chaos ensues, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), together with Agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), all members of S.H.I.E.L.D, the peacekeeping agency that protects Earth, began to reboot the dead Avengers initiative, which brings together some of the greatest and most powerful minds to help save the Earth. Tony Stark's Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Bruce Banner's The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor, who eventually comes to Earth using his father's magic to stop his brother and his Chitauri army, and Agent Clint Barton aka Hawkeye who overcomes Loki's spell to join the group, all join together to stop the forces that threaten Earth's survival. After an unfortunate and sad incident (I won't ruin it for the four people left on Earth who haven't seen the film), the Avengers, effectively angered and motivated to destroy Loki descend upon New York City to stop Loki.

Joss Whedon's accomplishment is a true feat. To be able to effectively blend all of these varying and difficult storylines into one film is not an easy feat. While the previous directors of the individual films did their part, it was still on his shoulders, as well as his screenwriters, to make it all work. That is not to say that The Avengers is a perfect film. Some of the humor feels forced (unless it comes from Robert Downey Jr.), and there were some long moments in the beginning that could have used a little bit of editing, considering how much screentime has been spent on these characters over the last four years. But these flaws are minor, and in no way diminish the obvious detail, effort, and master filmmaking prowless that is prevalent throughout the film. What I appreciate most about the film is that it never strays away from its entertainment value. Throughout, The Avengers is a high-flying, fast-paced, top-notch action thriller that is always dazzling for the eyes and the ears, and keeps you glued to the screen.

It is my opinion (and many others' as well) that The Avengers will go down as one of the greatest comic book movies of all time, and a true feat for the genre. That being said, there seemed to me to be something missing. I know that films, particularly ones that are only connected by the same genre heading, but I cannot help it. The comic book movie genre is an exclusive club, and comparisons are bound to happen. Particularly when another recent comic book series has ruined you. What Christopher Nolan did with The Dark Knight Trilogy is nothing short of amazing. He effortlessly blended the comic book origins of the Batman legend, with a dizzying crime thriller that would make Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Mann proud. He created not just great comic book movies, but great movies in general, movies that will stand the test of time as some of the best period, not just the best of a particular genre. So yes, The Avengers is a great film, despite some flaws. But the depth and emotion of Nolan's work is missing here, and the absence is glaring.

Grade: B+

Oscar Potential: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

Oscar's Foreign Language Film Finalists

Probably going to be Amour, The Intouchables, A Royal Affair, No, and something else in spot number five.

Austria, “Amour,” Michael Haneke, director

Canada, “War Witch,” Kim Nguyen, director

Chile, “No,” Pablo Larraín, director

Denmark, “A Royal Affair,” Nikolaj Arcel, director

France, “The Intouchables" Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors

Iceland, "The Deep,” Baltasar Kormákur, director

Norway, “Kon-Tiki,” Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors

Romania, "Beyond the Hills” Cristian Mungiu, director

Switzerland, “Sister" Ursula Meier, director

Dublin Film Critics Awards

Apparently it never ends. Because The Artist was released in 2012 in Ireland, it was picked as the best picture by the Dublin Film Critics. Its a blast from the past!

Best Film
1. "The Artist"
2. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"/"Amour"

3. "The Turin Horse"/"The Avengers"/"Michael"/"Elena"
4. "The Master"/Life of Pi"/"The Raid: Redemption"/"Looper"
5. "Rust and Bone"/"The Grey"/"Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Best Director
1. Michael Haneke, "Amour"
2. Ben Affleck, "Argo"
3. William Friedkin, "Killer Joe"
4. Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
5. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"

Best Actor
1. Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
2. Jean-Louis Trintignant, "Amour"
3. Mads Mikkelsen, "The Hunt"
4. Matthias Schoenaerts, "Rust and Bone"
5. Michael Fassbender, "Shame"/Matthew McConaughey, "Killer Joe"

Best Actress
1. Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
2. Marion Cotillard, "Rust and Bone"
3. Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
4. Anna Paquin, "Margaret"
5. Suzanne Clément, "Laurence Anyways"/Nina Hoss, "Barbara"/Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

1. Gareth Evans, "The Raid: Redemption"
2. Jack Reynor, "What Richard Did"

3. Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
4. Ben Drew, "Ill Manors"
5. Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Irish Film
1. "What Richard Did"
2. "Shadow Dancer"
3. "Silence"
4. "Grabbers"
5. "Death of a Superhero"

Best Documentary
1. "Maria Abramovic: The Artist is Present" 
2. "The Queen of Versailles"
3. "The Imposter"
4. "Bill Cunningham New York"
5. "Call Me Kuchu"/"Searching for Sugar Man"

Utah Film Critics Winners

Best Picture
Winner: Zero Dark Thirty
(runner-up: Looper)
Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
(runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty)
Best Lead Performance by an Actor
Winner: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
(runner-ups: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln, & John Hawkes, The Sessions)
Best Lead Performance by an Actress
Winners: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook & Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (Tie)
Best Supporting Performance by an Actor
Winner: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
(runner-up: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master)
Best Supporting Performance by an Actress
Winner: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
(runner-up: Ann Dowd, Compliance)
Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Rian Johnson, Looper
(runner-up: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
(runner-up: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Cinematography
Winner: Roger Deakins, Skyfall
(runner-up: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi)
Best Documentary Feature
Winner: Indie Game: The Movie
(runner-up: The Invisible War)
Best Non-English Language Feature
Winner: Headhunters
(runner-up: Amour)
Best Animated Feature
Winner: ParaNorman
(runner-ups: Frankenweenie & Wreck-It Ralph)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Black Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Film
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay
"Django Unchained"

Best Animated Film
"Rise of the Guardians"

Best Foreign Film
The Intouchables

Best Documentary
"The Central Park Five"

Best Ensemble

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

London Film Critics Circle Award Nominees

The Sky Movies Award: FILM OF THE YEAR
Amour(Artificial Eye)
Argo (Warners)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (StudioCanal)
Life of Pi (Fox)
The Master (Entertainment)

Amour (Artificial Eye)
Holy Motors (Artificial Eye)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)
Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)
Tabu (New Wave)

The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)
London: The Modern Babylon (BFI)
Nostalgia for the Light (New Wave)
The Queen of Versailles (Dogwoof)
Searching for Sugar Man (StudioCanal)

The May Fair Hotel Award: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
Berberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)
The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)
Les Miserables (Universal)
Sightseers (StudioCanal)
Skyfall (Sony)

The Spotlight Award: ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Daniel Day-Lewis
Lincoln (Fox)
Hugh JackmanLes Miserables (Universal)
Mads MikkelsenThe Hunt (Arrow)
Joaquin PhoenixThe Master (Entertainment)
Jean-Louis TrintignantAmour (Artificial Eye)

ChastainZero Dark Thirty (Universal)
Marion CotillardRust and Bone (StudioCanal)
Helen HuntThe Sessions (Fox)
Jennifer LawrenceSilver Linings Playbook (Entertainment)
Emmanuelle RivaAmour (Artificial Eye)

ArkinArgo (Warners)
Javier BardemSkyfall (Sony)
Michael FassbenderPrometheus (Fox)
Philip Seymour HoffmanThe Master (Entertainment)
Tommy Lee JonesLincoln (Fox)

Amy Adams
The Master (Entertainment)
Judi DenchSkyfall (Sony)
Sally FieldLincoln (Fox)
Anne HathawayLes Miserables (Universal)
Isabelle HuppertAmour (Artificial Eye)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR – In association with Cameo Productions
Daniel Craig
Skyfall (Sony)
Charlie Creed-MilesWild Bill (The Works/Universal)
Daniel Day-LewisLincoln (Fox)
Toby JonesBerberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)
Steve OramSightseers (StudioCanal)

Emily Blunt
Looper (eOne) and Your Sister’s Sister (StudioCanal)
Judi DenchThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox) and Skyfall (Sony)
Alice LoweSightseers (StudioCanal)
Helen MirrenHitchcock (Fox)
Andrea RiseboroughShadow Dancer (Paramount)

Samantha Barks
Les Miserables (Universal)
Fady ElsayedMy Brother the Devil (Verve)
Tom HollandThe Impossible (eOne)
Will PoulterWild Bill (The Works/Universal)
Jack ReynorWhat Richard Did (Artificial Eye)

The American Airlines Award: DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Paul Thomas Anderson
The Master (Entertainment)
Kathryn BigelowZero Dark Thirty (Universal)
Nuri Bilge CeylanOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)
Michael HanekeAmour (Artificial Eye)
Ang LeeLife of Pi (Fox)

Paul Thomas Anderson
The Master (Entertainment)
Mark BoalZero Dark Thirty (Universal)
Michael HanekeAmour (Artificial Eye)
Quentin TarantinoDjango Unchained (Sony)
Chris TerrioArgo (Warners)

Ben Drew
, writer/director – Ill Manors (Revolver)
Sally El Hosaini, writer/director – My Brother the Devil (Verve)
Dexter Fletcher, co-writer/director – Wild Bill (The Works/Universal)
Bart Layton, writer/director – The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)
Alice Lowe & Steve Oram, writers – Sightseers (StudioCanal)

Anna KareninaJacqueline Durran, costumes (Universal)
ArgoWilliam Goldenberg, film editing (Warners)
Beasts of the Southern WildBen Richardson, cinematography (StudioCanal)
Berberian Sound StudioJoakim Sundstrom & Stevie Haywood, sound design (Artificial Eye)
Holy MotorsBernard Floch, makeup (Artificial Eye)
Life of PiClaudio Miranda, cinematography (Fox)
Life of PiBill Westenhofer, visual effects (Fox)
The MasterJack Fisk & David Crank, production design (Entertainment)
My Brother the DevilDavid Raedeker, cinematography  (Verve)
Rust and BoneAlexandre Desplat, music (StudioCanal)

Helena Bonham Carter

Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Association Awards

Best Film

Top Ten
Zero Dark Thirty
Life of Pi
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
The Master
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Runners-up: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master, John Hawkes, The Sessions, Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables, Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Runners-up: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook, Helen Mirren, Hitchcock, Emmanuelle Riva, Amour, Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor
Tommy Lee Jones for LINCOLN.
Runners-up: Philip Seymour Hoffman for THE MASTER (2), Christoph Waltz for DJANGO UNCHAINED (3), Alan Arkin for ARGO (4) and Robert De Niro for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (5).

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field for LINCOLN.
Runners-up: Anne Hathaway for LES MISERABLES (2), Amy Adams for THE MASTER (3), Helen Hunt for THE SESSIONS (4) and Ann Dowd for COMPLIANCE (5).

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow  ZERO DARK THIRTY.
Runners-up: Steven Spielberg for LINCOLN (2), Ben Affleck for ARGO (3), Ang Lee for LIFE OF PI (4) and Wes Anderson for MOONRISE KINGDOM (5).

Best Foreign Film

Best Documentary

Best Animated Film

Best Screenplay
Runner Up - Quentin Tarantino for DJANGO UNCHAINED.

Best Cinematography
Claudio Miranda for LIFE OF PI
Runner Up - Roger Deakins for SKYFALL.

Best Musical Score
John Williams for LINCOLN.

Russell Smith Award (Low-Budget Independent Film)

Austin Film Critics Awards

Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow)
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, Looper
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo
Best Cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr., The Master
Best Score: Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, and Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas
Best Foreign Language Film: Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
Best Documentary: The Imposter (Bart Layton)
Best Animated Film: Wreck-It Ralph (Rich Moore)
Best First Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin)
Best Austin Film: Bernie (Richard Linklater)
Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Special Honorary Award: Matthew McConaughey, for his exceptional work in four films this year (Bernie, Killer Joe, Magic Mike, and The Paperboy)

AFCA 2012 Top Ten Films:
1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. Argo
3. Moonrise Kingdom
4. Django Unchained
5. Cloud Atlas
6. Holy Motors
7. Beasts of the Southern Wild
8. The Master
9. Silver Linings Playbook
10. Looper

Florida Film Critics Awards

Best Picture: Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo
Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, Looper
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Skyfall
Best Visual Effects: Life Of Pi
Best Art Direction/Production Design: Thomas Brown, et. Al, and Sarah Greenwood, Anna Karenina
Best Foreign Language: The Untouchables
Best Animated: Frankenweenie
Best Documentary: The Queen Of Versailles
Breakout: Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

Best Picture: “The Master”
(Runners-up: “Amour,” “Zero Dark Thirty”)

Best Actor: Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors”

(Runners-up: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”; Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”)

Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”
(Runners-up: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”; Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”)

Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
(Runners-up: Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”; Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”)

Best Supporting Actress: Gina Gershon, “Killer Joe”
(Runners-up: Amy Adams, “The Master”; Ann Dowd, “Compliance”; Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”)

Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master”

(Runners-up: Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”; Leos Carax, “Holy Motors”)

Best Screenplay: “The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson
(Runners-up: “Lincoln,” Tony Kushner; Zero Dark Thirty,” Mark Boal)

Best Foreign Language Film: “Amour”
(Runners-up: “Holy Motors,” “Tabu”)

Best Animated Feature: “ParaNorman” 
(Runners-up: “Brave,” “Frankenweenie”)

Best Documentary: “Stories We Tell”
(Runners-up: “The Queen of Versailles,” “Searching for Sugar Man”)

Best First Feature: (tie) “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Benh Zeitlin and “Beyond the Black Rainbow, ”Panos Cosmatos
(Runner-up: “The Cabin in the Woods,” Drew Goddard)

Best Canadian Film: (finalists) “Bestiaire,” Denis Côté; “Goon,” Michael Dowse; “Stories We Tell,” Sarah Polley