Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Outer Critics Circle Nominations

Outstanding New Broadway Play
A Doll’s House, Part 2

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
A Bronx Tale
Come From Away
Groundhog Day
Holiday Inn

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
If I Forget
A Life
Love, Love, Love

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
The Band’s Visit
Himself and Nora
Kid Victory

Outstanding Book Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Terrence McNally, Anastasia
Itamar Moses, The Band’s Visit
Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale
Danny Rubin, Groundhog Day
Irene Sankoff & David Hein, Come From Away

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens, Anastasia
Alan Menken & Glenn Slater, A Bronx Tale
Tim Minchin, Groundhog Day
Irene Sankoff & David Hein, Come From Away
David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Revival Of A Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
The Front Page
The Little Foxes
The Price

Outstanding Revival Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Finian’s Rainbow
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd

Outstanding Director of a Play
Lila Neugebauer, The Wolves
Jack O’Brien, The Front Page
Daniel Sullivan, The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent
Kate Whoriskey, Sweat

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
David Cromer, The Band’s Visit
Darko Tresnjak, Anastasia
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Choreographer
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly!
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn

Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)
Alexander Dodge, Anastasia
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Scott Pask, The Little Foxes
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
Donald Holder, Anastasia
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Kenneth Posner, War Paint

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)
Duncan McLean, Privacy
Jared Mezzocchi, Vietgone
Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions, Oslo
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia
Tal Yarden, Indecent

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)
Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin, The Encounter
Gareth Owen, Come From Away
Nicholas Pope, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Matt Stine, Sweeney Todd
Nevin Steinberg, Bandstand

Outstanding Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, Anastasia
Larry Blank, Holiday Inn
Bill Elliott & Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Actor In A Play
Daniel Craig, Othello
Michael Emerson, Wakey, Wakey
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
David Oyelowo, Othello
David Hyde Pierce, A Life

Outstanding Actress In A Play
Janie Dee, Linda
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Allison Janney, Six Degrees of Separation
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Outstanding Actor In A Musical
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Nick Cordero, A Bronx Tale
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Actress In A Musical
Christy Altomare, Anastasia
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo
Danny DeVito, The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, The Little Foxes
Richard Topol, Indecent

Outstanding Featured Actress In A Play
Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Katrina Lenk, Indecent
Nana Mensah, Man From Nebraska
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical
John Bolton, Anastasia
Jeffry Denman, Kid Victory
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Shuler Hensley, Sweet Charity
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos

Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Caroline O’Connor, Anastasia
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

Outstanding Solo Performance
Ed Dixon, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose
Marin Ireland, On the Exhale
Sarah Jones, Sell / Buy / Date
Judith Light, All the Ways to Say I Love You
Simon McBurney, The Encounter

John Gassner Award(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Jaclyn Backhaus, Men on Boats
Sarah DeLappe, The Wolves
Paola Lázaro, Tell Hector I Miss Him
Qui Nguyen, Vietgone
Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds

Jury Announced for 70th Cannes Film Festival

The great Pedro Almodovar is going to be joined on the Cannes jury by some big names, announced today by the Cannes folks. Here is this year's jury:

Maren Ade
Pedro Almodovar
Fan Bingbing
Park Chan-wook
Jessica Chastain
Agnes Jaoui
Will Smith
Paolo Sorrentino
Gabriel Yared.

We are now just 23 days till Cannes, and the official start of #Oscars2018

Friday, April 14, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer

I think Rian Johnson is one of the finest young directors working today, from Brick to Looper, to his fantastic work on Breaking Bad, he has proven to be a visceral and emotional storyteller. That is why I am so excited that someone like him is tackling the Star Wars universe. I loved The Force Awakens, but it was definitely a bit too Disney, too fun, and played a little too close to the mythology. That being said, I understand what Abrams was trying to do. After the horrific prequels, he needed to reestablish the Star Wars universe to bring back the fans. Now that they have our attention, I think that Johnson can take Star Wars to a darker, more emotionally satisfying place. Luckily the first trailer looks awesome:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 Cannes Film Festival Lineup

We'll get to see the latest from Todd Haynes, Yorgos Lanthimos, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Michael Haneke, Michel Hazanavicius, Noah Baumbach, Bong Joon-ho, Sofia Coppola, Lynne Ramsey, John Cameron Mitchell, Abbas Kiarostami, first looks at the second season of Top of the Lake, and the reboot of Twin Peaks. #Oscars2018 begins in 35 days!

Ismael’s Ghosts, dir: Arnaud Desplechin

120 Battements Par Minute, dir: Robin Campillo
The Beguiled, dir: Sofia Coppola
The Day After, dir: Hang Sangsoo
A Gentle Creature, dir: Sergei Loznitsa
Good Time, dirs: Benny and Josh Safdie
Happy End, dir: Michael Haneke
Hikari (Radiance), dir: Naomi Kawase
In the Fade, dir: Fatih Akin
L’Amant Double, dir: Francois Ozon
Loveless, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Jupiter’s Moon, dir: Kornel Mundruczo
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
The Meyerowitz Stories, dir: Noah Baumbach
Okja, dir: Bong Joon-ho
Redoubtable, dir: Michel Hazanavicius
Rodin, dir: Jacques Doillon
Wonderstruck, dir: Todd Haynes
You Were Never Really Here, dir: Lynne Ramsay

Aala Kaf Ifrit (Beauty And The Dogs), dir: Kaouther Ben Hania
Apres La Guerre (After The War), dir: Annarita Zambrano
Barbara, dir: Mathieu Amalric (Opening Film)
En Attendant Les Hirondelles (The Nature of Time), dir: Karim Moussaoui
Fortunata (Lucky), dir: Sergio Castellitto
Jeune Femme, dir: Leonor Serraille
L’Atélier, dir: Laurent Cantet
La Novia Del Desierto (The Desert Bride), dirs: Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato
Las Hijas De Abril (April’s Daughter), dir: Michel Franco
Lerd (Dregs), dir: Mohammad Rasoulof
Out, dir: Gyorgy Kristof
Posoki (Directions), dir: Stephan Komandarev
Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (Before We Vanish), dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Tesnota (Closeness), dir: Kantemir Balagov
Western, dir: Valeska Grisebach
Wind River, dir: Taylor Sheridan

AK-Nyeo (The Villainess), dir: Jung Byung-gil
Bulhandang (The Merciless), dir: Byun Sung-hyun
Prayer Before Dawn, dir: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire

How To Talk To Girls At Parties, dir: John Cameron Mitchell
Mugen Non Junin, (Blade Of The Immortal), dir: Takashi Miike
Visages, Villages, dir: Agnes Varda & JR

24 Frames, dir: Abbas Kiarostami
Come Swim, dir: Kristen Stewart
Top of the Lake: China Girl, dirs: Jane Campion & Ariel Kleiman
Twin Peaks, dir: David Lynch

Carne Y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible), dir: Alejandro G Inarritu

12 Jours, dir: Raymond Depardon
Demons In Paradise, dir: Jude Ratman
An Inconvenient Sequel, dirs: Ronni Cohen & Jon Shenk
Keul-Le-Eo-Ui-Ka-Me-La (Clair’s Camera), dir: Hong Sangsoo
Napalm, dir: Claude Lanzmann
Promised Land, dir: Eugene Jarecki
Sea Sorrow, dir: Vanessa Redgrave
They, dir: Anahita Ghazinizadeh

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit First Trailer

Bigelow has hit her stride lately with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. Detroit looks electrifying, and if done well, it might be her best to date. I hope so, because she is one of the most fascinating filmmakers working today. Check out the trailer below:

Sunday, April 9, 2017

2017 Olivier Awards

Next year, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to Broadway, and if these awards are any indication, it will be a big Tony hit!

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Jamie Parker for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Billie Piper for Yerma

Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Noma Dumezweni for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Groundhog Day

Jesus Christ Superstar

Andy Karl for Groundhog Day

Amber Riley for Dreamgirls

Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls

Rebecca Trehearn for Show Boat \

John Tiffany for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour

Matthew Bourne for The Red Shoes

School Of Rock The Musical

Katrina Lindsay for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Neil Austin for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Christine Jones for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Gareth Fry for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child


Mark Wigglesworth for his conducting of Don Giovanni and Lulu


Betroffenheit by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young

English National Ballet for expanding the variety of their repertoire with Akram Khan’s Giselle and She Said

Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes


Kenneth Branagh

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Academy Makes Rule Changes to Documentary and Animated Feature

First and foremost, the Academy has just knocked out Five Came Back, Netflix's excellent adaptation of Mark Harris' book by noting that limited series are not eligible for the Oscars, even with the qualifying run in theaters. This is most likely in response to O.J.: Made in America. I personally think it was excellent, whether you call it a television series or a film, but I also understand that as nonfiction filmmaking is blurring the lines between film and television (most end up hitting larger audiences on television, like Netflix and HBO docs), they want to tighten up their rules to try to distinguish, at least a little.

They also tweaked the producing rules for Best Picture, and now says that three or more composers in Best Original Song now count as a group with one statue if they win an Oscar. But the other major change is Animated Feature's nominating committee is now open to any Academy member, where it used to be restricted to those who really work in animation. If you listen the pundits, this means that the smaller films that sneak in due to the animator's personal tastes will be eliminated. But like with the shorts, when they opened up the whole Academy for voting, we discovered that if they don't know the category and don't see enough of the films they simply abstain from voting. My guess is that those who want to serve on this committee will probably be the same folks that currently do because they actually care about and are knowledgeable of the craft. Although I am weary of folks from the executive branch trying to get on the committee to push their company's films. As always, we'll have to wait and see...

Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 MTV Movie & Television Award Nominations

Beauty and the Beast
Get Out
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Edge of Seventeen  

Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Hugh Jackman – Logan
James McAvoy – Split
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures

Game of Thrones
Pretty Little Liars
Stranger Things
This Is Us    

Donald Glover – Atlanta  
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin  
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead
Mandy Moore – This Is Us
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome – Moonlight    
Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling – La La Land  
Emma Watson & Dan Stevens – Beauty and the Beast
Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard – Empire  
Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick – Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates

Allison Williams – Get Out
Demogorgon – Stranger Things
Jared Leto – Suicide Squad    
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead  
Wes Bentley – American Horror Story

Ellen DeGeneres – The Ellen DeGeneres Show      
John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race
Samantha Bee – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Trevor Noah – The Daily Show

I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America    
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story

America’s Got Talent
MasterChef Junior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Bachelor  
The Voice

Adam Devine – Workaholics
Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson – Broad City
Lil Rel Howery – Get Out
Seth MacFarlane – Family Guy
Seth Rogen – Sausage Party
Will Arnett – The LEGO Batman Movie

Felicity Jones – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story    
Grant Gustin – The Flash      
Mike Colter – Luke Cage    
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Stephen Amell – Arrow
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures

Game of Thrones – Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) Death
Grey’s Anatomy – Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death (Ellen Pompeo)
Me Before You – Will (Sam Claflin) tells Louisa (Emilia Clarke) he can’t stay with her
Moonlight – Paula (Naomie Harris) tells Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) that she loves him    
This Is Us – Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) at karate

Chrissy Metz  
Daniel Kaluuya
Issa Rae      
Riz Ahmed      
Yara Shahidi  

Adam Levine & Blake Shelton – The Voice
Daniel Kaluuya & Lil Rel Howery – Get Out
Brian Tyree Henry & Lakeith Stanfield – Atlanta
Hugh Jackman & Dafne Keen – Logan
Josh Gad & Luke Evans – Beauty and the Beast    
Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg – Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party

Fresh Off the Boat
Jane the Virgin

Get Out
Hidden Figures
Luke Cage
Mr. Robot

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

76th Peabody Award Finalists

“Ask the StoryBots” JibJab Bros. Studios (Netflix)
“Tumble Leaf” Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment (Amazon)

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” HBO Documentary Films and SOC Films (HBO)
“Audrie & Daisy” AfterImage Public Media in association with Actual Films (Netflix)
“Chasing Heroin” FRONTLINE (PBS/WGBH)
“4.1 Miles” The New York Times Op-Docs (NYTimes.com)
“Great Performances: Hamilton’s America” A RadicalMedia Production in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET (PBS)
“Hip-Hop Evolution” Banger Films (Netflix, HBO Canada)
“Independent Lens: The Armor of Light” Purple Mickey Productions, in association with Fork Films (PBS)
“Independent Lens: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” Firelight Films, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) (PBS)
“Independent Lens: Trapped” Trilogy Films LLC Bigmouth Productions, Cedar Creek Productions and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) (PBS)
“Islamic State’s Most Wanted” BBC World Service (BBC News Online)
“Last Chance U” A Netflix production in association with Conde Nast Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment and One Potato Productions (Netflix)
“Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” HBO Documentary Films and Break Thru Films in association with The Boston Globe (HBO)
“MAVIS!” Film First and HBO Documentary Films (HBO)
“O.J.: Made in America” ESPN Films and Laylow Films (ESPN)
“POV: Hooligan Sparrow” POV | American Documentary (PBS)
“POV: The Look of Silence” POV | American Documentary (PBS)
“POV: The Return” POV | American Documentary (PBS)
“POV: What Tomorrow Brings” POV | American Documentary (PBS)
“Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four” Deborah S. Esquenazi Productions, LLC (Investigation Discovery)
“The Forger” The New York Times (Video)
“The Secret Life of Muslims” Seftel Productions (Vox, The USA Today Network, PRI’s The World, CBS Sunday Morning)
“13th” Forward Movement LLC and Kandoo Films (Netflix)
“Zero Days” Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media, in association with Showtime Documentary Films, Global Produce/Jigsaw Productions (Showtime)

“American Crime” ABC Studios (ABC)
“Atlanta” FX Productions (FX Networks)
“Better Things” FX Productions (FX Networks)
“Cleverman” Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures for ABC-TV Australia in co-production with SundanceTV and Red Arrow International, with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen NSW and The New Zealand Screen Production Grant (SundanceTV)
“Happy Valley” BBC One (BBC One, Netflix)
“Horace and Pete” Pig Newton, Inc. (louisck.net)
“Lemonade” HBO Entertainment in association with Parkwood Entertainment (HBO)
“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix (Netflix)
“National Treasure” The Forge (Channel 4/Hulu)
“Stranger Things” 21 Laps for Netflix (Netflix)
“This Is Us” Rhode Island Ave. Productions, Zaftig Films, 20th Century Fox Television (NBC)
“The Night Of” HBO Entertainment in association with BBC, Bad Wolf Productions and Film Rites (HBO)
“VEEP” HBO Entertainment (HBO)

“Arrested at School: Criminalizing Classroom Misbehavior” KNTV Bay Area (NBC)
“Battle for Mosul” (CNN)
“Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Investigating DCS” KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth (NBC)
“CBS News 60 Minutes: The White Helmets” (CBS)
“Charity Caught on Camera” WTHR-TV Indianapolis (NBC)
“Dangerous Exposure” WTHR-TV Indianapolis (NBC)
“Heart of an Epidemic, West Virginia’s Opioid Addiction” The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley (CBS)
“ISIS in Iraq and Syria” (CNN)
“Student Debt” HBO Entertainment in association with Vice and Bill Maher Productions (HBO)
“Undercover in Syria” (CNN)

”#MoreThanMean-Women in Sports ‘Face’ Harassment” Just Not Sports & One Tree Forest Films (YouTube/Twitter/Facebook)
“100 Women” BBC World Service (BBC World Network)

“A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice, and My Mother” Transom.org
“Homecoming” Gimlet Media
“How to Be a Girl” Marlo Mack, in partnership with KUOW Seattle
“In The Dark” APM Reports
“The Heart: Silent Evidence Series” The Heart
“This American Life: Anatomy of Doubt” This American Life, PBC in collaboration with The Marshall Project and ProPublica (Multiple stations/platforms)
“The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel” (Panoply)
“Unprisoned” WWNO and AIR
“Wells Fargo Hurts Whistleblowers” (NPR)

“Hell and High Water” ProPublica and The Texas Tribune

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Academy Announces Awards Calendar for 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Governors Awards

Friday, January 5, 2018
Nominations voting opens

Friday, January 12, 2018
Nominations voting closes

Tuesday, January 23, 2018**
Oscar Nominations Announcement

Monday, February 5, 2018
Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Finals voting opens

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Finals voting closes

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Oscar Concert

Sunday, March 4, 2018
90th Oscars

Also the Academy announced its show date for the next couple of years: February 24, 2019, February 23, 2020, and February 28, 2021

2017 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations

These awards celebrate the best of Off-Broadway, but some heavy hitters like Dear Evan Hansen might cross over the Tonys as well.

Outstanding Play
Underground Railroad Game
The Wolves

Outstanding Musical
The Band’s Visit
Dear Evan Hansen
Ride the Cyclone
The Total Bent

Outstanding Revival
The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead
Signature Plays: Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning, and Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweet Charity

Outstanding Solo Show
Chris Gethard: Career Suicide
Latin History for Morons
Notes From The Field
The Outer Space

Outstanding Director
Will Davis, Men On Boats
Anne Kauffman, A Life
Lila Neugebauer, The Wolves
Bartlett Sher, Oslo
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Outstanding Choreographer
Joshua Bergasse, Sweet Charity
David Dorfman, Indecent
Georgina Lamb, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
David Neumann, Hadestown
David Neumann, The Total Bent

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Reed Birney, Man From Nebraska
Michael Emerson, Wakey, Wakey
Lucas Hedges, YEN
Joe Morton, Turn Me Loose
David Hyde Pierce, A Life

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Johanna Day, Sweat
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Jennifer Kidwell, Underground Railroad Game
Kecia Lewis, Marie and Rosetta
Maryann Plunkett, Women of a Certain Age

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo
Charlie Cox, Incognito
Matthew Maher, Othello
Justice Smith, YEN
Paco Tolson, Vietgone

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Jocelyn Bioh, Everybody
Hannah Cabell, The Moors
Randy Graff, The Babylon Line
Ari Graynor, YEN
Nana Mensah, Man From Nebraska

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Ato Blankson-Wood, The Total Bent
Shuler Hensley, Sweet Charity
Patrick Page, Hadestown
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Jeremy Secomb, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Sweet Charity
Amber Gray, Hadestown
Jo Lampert, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Siobhan McCarthy, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Nathan Lee Graham, The View UpStairs
Gus Halper, Ride the Cyclone
Joel Perez, Sweet Charity
Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit
Chris Sullivan, Hadestown

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Asmeret Ghebremichael, Sweet Charity
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Betsy Morgan, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Emily Rohm, Ride the Cyclone
Karen Ziemba, Kid Victory

Outstanding Scenic Design
Scott Davis, Ride the Cyclone
Rachel Hauck, Hadestown
Laura Jellinek, A Life
Mimi Lien, Signature Plays: Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning, and Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro
Jason Sherwood, The View UpStairs

Outstanding Costume Design
Montana Blanco, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead
Tilly Grimes, Underground Railroad Game
Susan Hilferty, Love, Love, Love
Sarah Laux, The Band’s Visit
Emily Rebholz, Indecent

Outstanding Lighting Design
Mark Barton, Signature Plays: Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning, and Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro
Jane Cox, Othello
Greg Hofmann, Ride the Cyclone
Amy Mae, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Ben Stanton, YEN

Outstanding Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel, A Life
Robert Kaplowitz, Hadestown
Stowe Nelson, Small Mouth Sounds
Nevin Steinberg, Wakey, Wakey
Matt Stine, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Outstanding Projection Design
Elaine McCarthy, Notes From The Field
Duncan McLean, Privacy
Jared Mezzochi, Vietgone
Peter Nigrini, Dear Evan Hansen
Peter Nigrini, Wakey, Wakey

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean

Male Vocalist of the Year
Thomas Rhett

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town

New Male Vocalist of the Year
Jon Pardi

New Female Vocalist of the Year
Maren Morris

New Vocal Duo Or Group of the Year
Brothers Osborne

Album of the Year
Miranda Lambert "The Weight of These Wings"

Single Record of the Year
Florida Georgia Line "H.O.L.Y."

Song of the Year
Thomas Rhett "Die a Happy Man"

Video of the Year
Artists of Then, Now & Forever "Forever Country"

Songwriter of the YearLori McKenna

Vocal Event of the Year
Florida Georgia Line feat, Tim McGraw "May We All"

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 ACM Predictions

Before tomorrow night's ACM Awards, here are my winner predictions:

Entertainer of the Year - Luke Bryan
Male Vocalist of the Year - Chris Stapleton
Female Vocalist of the Year - Carrie Underwood
Vocal Duo of the Year - Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Group of the Year - Little Big Town
Album of the Year - Maren Morris "Hero"
Single Record of the Year - Maren Morris "My Church"
Song of the Year - Tim McGraw "Humble and Kind"
Video of the Year - Artists of Then, Now, and Forever "Forever Country"
Vocal Event of the Year - Artists of Then, Now, and Forever "Forever Country"

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Justice League Trailer

Pushing it for November is an interesting choice, maybe they think this one is better than Batman v. Superman? Or at least that its technical stuff could get some awards attention? Or that it will make more money when not pushed against other summer blockbusters? Either way, the trailer looks good, but I fear for it and for Wonder Woman. If either turn out like Suicide Squad or BvS, then we are all in for continued disappointment.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations

Best Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of Our Lives
General Hospital
The Young and the Restless

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Bergman, “The Young and the Restless”
Scott Clifton, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Billy Flynn, “Days of Our Lives”
Vincent Irizarry, “Days of Our Lives”
Kristoff St. John, “The Young and the Restless”

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Nancy Lee Grahn, “General Hospital”
Gina Tognoni, “The Young and the Restless”
Heather Tom, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Jess Walton, “The Young and the Restless”
Laura Wright, “General Hospital”

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Aniston, “Days of Our Lives”
Steve Burton, “The Young and the Restless”
Chad Duell, “General Hospital”
Jeffrey Vincent Parise, “General Hospital”
James Reynolds, “Days of Our Lives”

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Stacy Haiduk, “The Young and the Restless”
Anna Maria Horsford, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Finola Hughes, “General Hospital”
Kate Mansi, “Days of Our Lives”
Kelly Sullivan, “The Young and the Restless”

Best Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Craig, “General Hospital”
Pierson Fode, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
James Lastovic, “Days of Our Lives”
Tequan Richmond, “General Hospital”
Anthony Turpel, “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Best Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Lexi Ainsworth, “General Hospital”
Reign Edwards, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Hunter King, “The Young and the Restless”
Chloe Lanier, “General Hospital”
Alyvia Alyn Lind, “The Young and the Restless”

Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Tobin Bell, “Days of Our Lives”
Don Harvey, “General Hospital”
Monica Horan, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Nichelle Nichols, “The Young and the Restless”
Jim O’Heir, “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Best Writing Team for a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of Our Lives
General Hospital
The Young and the Restless

Best Directing Team for a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of Our Lives
General Hospital
The Young and the Restless

Best Talk Show - Entertainment
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Live with Kelly
The Talk
The View

Best Talk Show Host - Entertainment 
Harry Connick Jr., “Harry”
Kelly Ripa, “Live with Kelly”
Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley, “The Real”
Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, “The Talk”
Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Raven Symone, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Jedediah Bila, Sunny Hostin, “The View”
Wendy Williams, “The Wendy Williams Show”

Best Talk Show - Informative
The Chew
The Kitchen
Larry King Now
The Dr. Oz Show
Steve Harvey

Best Talk Show Host - Informative
Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon, “The Chew”
Mehmet Oz, “The Dr. Oz Show”
Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, Marcela Valladolid, Geoffrey Zakarian, “The Kitchen”
Larry King, “Larry King Now”
Chris Hedges, “On Contact”
Steve Harvey, “Steve Harvey”

Best Morning Program
CBS Sunday Morning
CBS This Morning
Good Morning America
Today Show

Best Entertainment News Program
Access Hollywood
E! News
Entertainment Tonight
Inside Edition

Best Game Show
Celebrity Name Game
Family Feud
Let’s Make a Deal”
The Price is Right

Best Game Show Host
Wayne Brady, “Let’s Make a Deal”
Craig Ferguson, “Celebrity Name Game”
Steve Harvey, “Family Feud”
Pat Sajak, “Wheel of Fortune”
Alex Trebek, “Jeopardy”

Best Culinary Program
America’s Test Kitchen
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse
Guy’s Big Bite
The Mind of a Chef
Trisha’s Southern Kitchen

Best Culinary Host
Lidia Bastianich, “Lidia’s Kitchen”
Rick Bayless, “Mexico One Plate at a Time”
Guy Fieri, “Guy’s Big Bite”
Bobby Flay, “Brunch at Bobby’s”
Ina Garten, “Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics”
Vivian Howard, “A Chef’s Life”

Best Lifestyle Program
Flea Market Flip
George to the Rescue
Home Made Simple
Lake Life
Open House

Best Travel and Adventure Program
Jonathan Bird’s Blue World
Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope
Planet Primetime
Wonder Women
Xploration Awesome Planet

Best Lifestyle, Travel, or Children's Host
Jenna Bush Hager, “Give”
Emily Calandrelli, “Xploration Outer Space”
Rocky Kanaka, “Save Our Shelter”
Joseph Rosendo, “Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope”
Danny Seo, “Naturally, Danny Seo”

Best Legal/Courtroom Series
Hot Bench
Judge Judy
Judge Mathis
Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
The People’s Court

Best Special Class Series
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter
Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen
Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop
SuperSoul Sunday
Working in the Theatre

Best Special Class Special
MTV Docs: Transformation
Out of Iraq
Bookaboo New Year’s Eve Special
The Wildlife Docs: Africa
The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration

Best Digital Drama Series
The Bay The Series
Red Bird
Tainted Dreams
Tough Love Web Series
Venice The Series

Best Actor in a Digital Drama Series
Anthony Anderson, “Anacostia”
Kristos Andrews, “The Bay The Series”
Michael Lowry, “Tainted Dreams”
Michael McShane, “Red Bird”
Gustavo Velasquez, “Conversations in L.A.”

Best Actress in a Digital Drama Series
Mary Beth Evans, “The Bay The Series”
Anne Marie Cummings, “Conversations in L.A.”
Alexandra Goodman, “Red Bird”
Lilly Melgar, “The Bay The Series”
Kelley Menighan Hensley, “Tainted Dreams”

Best Supporting or Guest Actor in a Digital Drama Series
Matthew Ashford, “The Bay The Series”
Nicolas Coster, “The Bay The Series”
Ronn Moss, “The Bay The Series”
Armin Shimerman, “Red Bird”
Anthony Wilkinson, “Tainted Dreams”

Best Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Drama Series
Jade Harlow, “The Bay The Series”
Vanita Harbour, “Conversations in L.A.”
Carolyn Hennesy, “The Bay The Series”
Natalia Livingston, “Tainted Dreams”
Kym Whitley, “The Bay The Series”

Best Musical Performance in a Daytime Program
Pentatonix, “Rachael Ray”
“The Color Purple Cast, “Today Show”
Michael Buble, “Live with Kelly”
Charles Bradley, “CBS This Morning Saturday”
St. Paul and the Broken Bones, “CBS This Morning Saturday”

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Daytime Emmy Nomination Predictions

Wednesday, the 44th Daytime Emmy nominations are going to be announced. Here are my predictions for the top drama categories:

Best Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of Our Lives
General Hospital
The Young and the Restless

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Maurice Benard "General Hospital"
Peter Bergman "The Young and the Restless"
John McCook "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Kristoff St. John "The Young and the Restless"
Jason Thompson "The Young and the Restless"

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Kristian Alfonso "Days of Our Lives"
Nancy Lee Grahn "General Hospital"
Gina Tognoni "The Young and the Restless"
Heather Tom "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Laura Wright "General Hospital"

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Aniston "Days of Our Lives"
Obba Babatunde "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Steve Burton "The Young and the Restless"
Chad Duell "General Hospital"
Bryton James "The Young and the Restless"

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Eileen Davidson "The Young and the Restless"
Amelia Heinle "The Young and the Restless"
Anna Maria Horsford "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Finola Hughes "General Hospital"
Michelle Stafford "General Hospital"

Best Younger Actor
Jared Breeze "The Young and the Restless"
Bryan Craig "General Hospital"
Rome Flynn "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Pierson Fode "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Tequan Richmond "General Hospital"

Best Younger Actress
Lexi Ainsworth "General Hospital"
Camila Banus "Days of Our Lives"
Reign Edwards "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Hunter King "The Young and the Restless"
Alyvia Alyn Lind "The Young and the Restless"

2017 SXSW Film Festival: Audience Award Winners

I'm a bit late on this one, but here are the audience award winners, which included Baby Driver, the new Edgar Wright comedy.

The Light of the Moon


Baby Driver

Mr. Roosevelt

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

Becoming Bond

68 Kill

Dear White People

May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

Divine Divasl

The Big Sick

Into The Current

Virtual Cinema Grand Jury Awards

After Solitary

Special Jury Recognition for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality Technology in the Field of Health

360° VIDEO
Behind the Fence

Special Jury Recognition for Technical Excellence
Dreams of ‘O'

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

First Trailer for Pixar's Coco

Finding Dory was actually a really great film, but in a tough lineup for Best Animated Feature, and the animation branch going for their smaller, artsy films instead, it was left out. It will be interesting to see if Pixar rejoins the race with Coco, whose first trailer looks fantastic:

2017 SXSW Film Festival Award Winners

Narrative Feature Competition
Most Beautiful Island

Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Performance
James Freedson-Jackson “The Strange Ones”

Special Jury Recognition for Best Ensemble
A Bad Idea Gone Wrong

Documentary Feature Competition
The Work

Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Observational Cinema

Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling
I Am Another You

Best Narrative Short
Forever Now

Special Jury Recognition for Acting in a Short
Tarra Riggs "DeKalb Elementary"

Documentary Shorts
Little Potato

Midnight Shorts
The Suplex Duplex Complex

Animated Shorts
Wednesday with Goddard

Special Jury Recognition

Music Videos
Leon Bridges "RIVER"

Special Jury Recognition
Tame Impala "The Less I Know The Better"

Texas Shorts
The Rabbit Hunt

Texas High School Shorts
Better Late Than Never

Special Jury Recognition
Darcy’s Quinceañera

Excellence in Poster Design
Fry Day

Special Jury Recognition
Like Me

Excellence in Title Design
Into The Current

SXSW LUNA Gamechanger Award – Narrative

SXSW LUNA Chicken & Egg Award – Documentary
I Am Another You

Louis Black “Lone Star” Award
Mr. Roosevelt

SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Leigh Johnson

The National Board of Review (NBR) Announces 2017 Awards Date

After this, my guess is that the New York Film Critics Circle will announce their date, just slightly ahead of the National Board of Review, as those two continually try to outmatch each other on who is first. Of course, neither picked the ultimate winner of Moonlight, so maybe being first is not always best.  

Anyway, no matter what it looks like these two groups are going to battle for first, with the NBR setting its announcement date for November 28, 2017, and its ceremony or gala for January 4th. It really does feel like Oscar season never really ends. Between all of these dates being announced for this, SAG, the Globes, and others, early success like Logan, and SXSW, it feels like this new year has already started.

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 SXSW Film Festival: The Disaster Artist and Dear White People

Another day at the SXSW Film Festival, and another slew of new projects that look great.

First up is one that is already being hailed as an Oscar contender, and the new Ed Wood, James Franco's latest The Disaster Artist, about the 2003 film The Room, a known disaster, doesn't necessarily scream great movie, but so far the reviews have been kind to the film, which stars and is directed by Franco, and is written by the duo of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who have brought us The Fault in Our Stars, (500) Days of Summer, and The Spectacular Now. The cast also includes brother Dave Franco, Sharon Stone, Bryan Cranston, Seth Rogan, Melanie Griffith, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, and Zach Braff. So far, the reviews have made this out to be a fun film that surprisingly works.

The other major premiere was the first two episodes of Justin Simien's television adaptation of his film of the same name. The film was a fun, and important look at race issues on college campuses. There has been some backlash from folks, but I tend to ignore those folks because they clearly don't get the point. I am excited for the series, which premieres on Netflix soon. The first two episodes are getting rave reviews so far, and it looks like the same style and substance that was brought to the film is still there in the television series, which is definitely good news.

MTV Movie Awards Make Changes for 2017

The MTV Movie Awards will be held on May 7th, with no word yet on when the nominations will come out. That in and of itself is not really news, although my guess is that within the next few weeks we will know the nominees, which is exciting. Also, they are going back to being live. I'll be honest, I didn't even know that it was pre-taped last year, so this is not only news, but incredibly late news. However, the most important news item here are the additions to the ceremony. With the growth and popularity of television, the MTV Movie Awards, are now known as the MTV Movie and TV Awards. There is no word yet on the categories that will be covered. The MTV folks have always been creative on the movie side with Best Kiss, Best Fight, Best Scared-As-Shit Moment, Best Shirtless Moment, and others, so it will be interesting to see if they go for more traditional categories, or throw in some fun ones, or both. All will be revealed soon...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017 SXSW Film Festival: Edgar Wright's Baby Driver a Winner

A day after Malick's latest was kind of a bomb, it is nice to know that not all of the bigger projects to land at SXSW will follow suit. I like Edgar Wright, and I think that he is a creative and fun director. It is nice to know that his streak continues with his latest Baby Driver starring a great cast in Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, and Kevin Spacey. Now I don't have any pretensions here that this film is going to be an Oscar contender. But it looks like it is going to be a fun late summer entry that, if it gains traction, will probably do well at the box office. The reviews so far make it out to be a wild, well-acted, cool, and fun heist movie that fits right into Wright's edgy, weird, and fun action-driven comedies like Shaun of the Dead, The World's End, and Hot Fuzz. It opens August 12th in theaters.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017 SXSW Film Festival: Malick's Latest Song to Song Crash Lands

Terrence Malick hasn't made a great movie, and by great movie, I mean one with at least a semi-coherent plot line, since 1998's The Thin Red Line. The Tree of Life was visually stunning, and showed a master exploring new dimensions. But, seriously, his 21st Century offerings, including last year's awful Knight of Cups, have proven to be misguided, meandering, and simply bad, including To the Wonder (does anybody remember that movie, I had to look up the title), The New World, and now you can add Song to Song to the list. Malick's latest opened the SXSW film festival this year, and it seemed like a perfect fit because the film's plot is set in the Austin music scene. Unfortunately, despite an excellent cast that includes Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett, it looks like Song to Song is yet another Malick misfire. The reviews haven't all been bad, as the Malick-ites have labeled it as another masterpiece. But overall, the reviews have been pretty poor, considering that film critics used to swoon over anything Malick made. It has been called meandering, shallow, and Malick losing his vision. While I'm sure it will find an audience of folks who are willing to tackle Malick, no matter what, but in the end, this potential Oscar contender and year end's best, looks like it is going to be none of the above.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Golden Globes and Producers Guild Set 2017-2018 Awards Dates

SAG came earlier this week, and like clockwork, the major guilds and associations are already looking forward to the next awards season. This week, the HFPA and the PGA announced their timelines:

First, the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be on January 7, 2018 on NBC.

The 29th Annual Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards will be on January 20, 2018.

That is all we have for the moment, although I'm sure full timelines are not far behind.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Screen Actors Guild Announces 2017-2018 Awards Dates

SAG-AFTRA has gotten a head start on the 2017-2018 Award season by announcing its important dates:

July 10th - Submissions open for nomination consideration

November 15th - Ballots for the SAG nominations are open

December 10th - Nominations Closes

December 13th - SAG Nominations Announced

December 19th - Final Voting for SAG Awards opens

January 19th - Ballots Due

January 21, 2018 - SAG Awards on TNT and TBS

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Olivier Award Nominations

Best New Musical
The Girls
Groundhog Day
School of Rock the Musical

Best New Play
The Flick
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
One Night In Miami…

Best Director
Simon Stone for Yerma
John Tiffany for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
John Tiffany for The Glass Menagerie
Matthew Warchus for Groundhog Day

Best Musical Revival
Funny Girl
Jesus Christ Superstar
Show Boat
Sunset Boulevard

Best Revival of a Play
The Glass Menagerie
This House

Best New Comedy
The Comedy about a Bank Robbery
Nice Fish
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
The Truth

Best Actor in a Musical
David Fynn for School Of Rock The Musical
Tyrone Huntley for Jesus Christ Superstar
Andy Karl for Groundhog Day
Charlie Stemp for Half A Sixpence

Best Actress in a Musical
Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard
"The Girls" - Debbie Chazen, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Claire Machin, Claire Moore and Joanna Riding - for The Girls
Amber Riley for Dreamgirls
Sheridan Smith for Funny Girl

Best Actor in a Play
Ed Harris for Buried Child
Tom Hollander for Travesties
Ian McKellen for No Man's Land
Jamie Parker for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Best Actress in a Play
Glenda Jackson for King Lear
Cherry Jones for The Glass Menagerie
Billie Piper for Yerma
Ruth Wilson for Hedda Gabler

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Ian Bartholomew for Half a Sixpence
Adam J. Bernard for Dreamgirls
Ben Hunter for The Girls
Andrew Langtree for Groundhog Day

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Haydn Gwynne for The Threepenny Opera
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for Murder Ballad
Rebecca Trehearn for Show Boa
Emma Williams for Half a Sixpence

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play 
Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Freddie Fox for Travesties
Brian J Smith for The Glass Menagerie
Rafe Spall for Hedda Gabler

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Melissa Allan, Caroline Deyga, Kirsty Findlay, Karen Fishwick, Kirsty MacLaren, Frances Mayli McCann, Joanne McGuinness and Dawn Sievewright for Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
Noma Dumezweni for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Clare Foster for Travesties
Kate O'Flynn for The Glass Menagerie

Best New Dance Production
Betroffenheit by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
Blak Whyte Gray by Boy Blue Entertainment
Giselle by Akram Khan and English National Ballet
My Mother, My Dog And CLOWNS! by Michael Clark

Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their London season
Luke Ahmet for The Creation by Rambert
English National Ballet for expanding the variety of their repertoire with Giselle and She Said

Best New Opera Production
4.48 Psychosis
Cosi Fan Tutte

Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Renee Fleming for her performance in Der Rosenkavalier
Stuart Skelton for his performance in Tristan and Isolde
Mark Wigglesworth for his conducting of Don Giovanni and Lulu

Best Entertainment and Family
David Baddiel - My Family: Not The Sitcom
Peter Pan
The Red Shoes

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Cuttin' It
The Government Inspector
The Invisible Hand
It is Easy to be Dead

Best Theatre Choreographer
Matthew Bourne for The Red Shoes
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane for Groundhog Day
Steven Hoggett for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Drew McOnie for Jesus Christ Superstar

Outstanding Achievement in Music
Dreamgirls - music by Henry Krieger
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - composer and arranger Imogen Heap
Jesus Christ Superstar - The band and company creating the gig-like rock vibe of the original concept album of Jesus Christ Superstar
School Of Rock the Musical - Three children's bands who play instruments live every night

Best Costume Design
Gregg Barnes for Dreamgirls
Hugh Durrant for Cinderella
Rob Howell for Groundhog Day
Katrina Lindsay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Best Lighting Design
Neil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Lee Curran for Jesus Christ Superstar
Natasha Katz for The Glass Menagerie
Hugh Vanstone for Groundhog Day

Best Set Design
Bob Crowley for Disney's Aladdin
Bob Crowley for The Glass Menagerie
Rob Howell for Groundhog Day
Christine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Best Sound Design
Paul Arditti for Amadeus
Adam Cork for Travesties
Gareth Fry for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Nick Lidster for Autograph for Jesus Christ Superstar

Special Award
Sir Kenneth Branagh

2017 iHeartRadio Award Winners

Song of the Year
"CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!" - Justin Timberlake

Female Artist of the Year

Male Artist of the Year
Justin Bieber

Best New Artist
The Chainsmokers

Best Duo/Group of the Year
twenty one pilots

Best New Pop Artist
The Chainsmokers

Pop Album of the Year
25 - Adele

Producer of the Year
Benny Blanco

Alternative Rock Song of the Year
"Heathens" - twenty one pilots

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year
twenty one pilots - WINNER

Rock Song of the Year
"Bang Bang" - Green Day

Rock Artist of the Year

Rock Album of the Year
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct - Metallica

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist
The Strumbellas

Alternative Rock Album of the Year
Blurryface - twenty one pilots

Country Song of the Year
"Somewhere On A Beach" - Dierks Bentley

Country Artist of the Year
Thomas Rhett - WINNER

Best New Country Artist
Kelsea Ballerini

Country Album of the Year
Traveller - Chris Stapleton

Dance Song of the Year
"Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

Dance Artist of the Year
The Chainsmokers

Dance Album of the Year
Collage - The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year
"One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Best New Hip-Hop Artist
Chance The Rapper

Hip Hop Album of the Year
Views - Drake

R&B Album of the Year
Anti - Rihanna

R&B Song of the Year
"Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake

R&B Artist of the Year
The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist
Bryson Tiller

Latin Album of the Year
Energía – J Balvin

Latin Song of the Year
"Duele El Corazon" - Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin

Latin Artist of the Year
Nicky Jam

Best New Latin Artist

Regional Mexican Album of the Year
Recuerden Mi Estilo – Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camach

Regional Mexican Song of the Year
"Solo Con Verte" - Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year

Calibre 50

Best New Regional Mexican Artist:
Joss Favela

Best Lyrics
"Love Yourself" - Justin Bieber

Best Collaboration
"Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake

Best Cover Song
"Ex's and Oh's" - Fifth Harmony

Best Song from a Movie
"Girls Talk Boys" - 5 Seconds of Summer (Ghostbusters)

Best Underground Alternative Band
Pierce the Veil

Social Star Award
Jack and Jack from Snapchat

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell
Fifth Harmony - Harmonizers

Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year
“One Dance” - Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla

Label of the Year

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Is Logan An Oscar Contender?

We are six days out from the last Oscars, and it never fails that immediately folks began to wonder about the next year. I promise to soon start my first predictions for next year, and this Spring we have a lot to look for including the Daytime Emmys, the MTV Movie Awards, the Tonys, and of course Emmy season, which I am starting to love almost as much as the Oscars, begins before we know it. March is here, and we are going to start to see early Oscar buzz for some of the Spring contenders. Early Beauty and the Beast reviews are mixed, but my guess is that Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Production Design nominations feel like safe bets right now. But the real contender so far is not Beauty and the Beast, it is Logan, the R-Rated, western, post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-esque final chapter in the Wolverine saga. I love most of the X-Men movies (okay like 2/3 of the X-Men movies), and when they are done well, they are entertaining, and in some cases (X2 for example), can be incredibly emotionally satisfying. But it looks like, in Wolverine's final outing, the folks who brought this franchise to the silver screen have finally made their modern comic book masterpiece. The reviews are stellar, the R-rating and stripped down look has finally given the filmmakers here a chance to really explore Logan, not Wolverine, but Logan. We know that comic book movies have had a rough time at the Oscars. After The Dark Knight managed a whopping eight nominations, and 2 wins, but not a Best Picture or Best Director nomination, the Academy expanded the Best Picture field to be more inclusive of bigger films. So far, a lot of big films have made the Best Picture cut including Avatar, Up, Toy Story 3, Inception, The Help, Gravity, American Sniper, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, and Hidden Figures. Many of these films would not have made the cut in a year of five, and personally, I think this is enough proof that the Academy should keep its expanded Best Picture set up. Despite those successes, no comic book movie has managed to get a nomination. To be fair, with maybe the exception of Deadpool this year, most of them did not deserve it. But with Logan, the spiritual successor of The Dark Knight, the question will once again be revived: Can a film based on a comic book actually get a Best Picture nomination? I think that one of the positives of the expanded Academy membership is that a younger, more diverse voter base can lead to different choices. While Moonlight is on a much larger scale, it's surprise Best Picture win is proof that the Academy is not the same as it used to be. In the end, the answer is probably no. But if Logan, at the end of the year, ends up being one of the best, I'm hoping that Oscar voters let go of their pretensions, the way they did with Mad Max, and recognize brilliance, no matter the source.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

43rd Annual Saturn Award Nominations

Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Captain America: Civil War
Doctor Strange
Suicide Squad
X-Men: Apocalypse

Best Science Fiction Film Release:
Independence Day: Resurgence
Midnight Special
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Trek Beyond

Best Fantasy Film Release:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Jungle Book
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
A Monster Calls
Pete's Dragon

Best Horror Film Release:
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
The Conjuring 2
Don't Breathe
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Train to Busan
The Witch

Best Action / Adventure Film Release:
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
The Legend of Tarzan
The Magnificent Seven
The Nice Guys

Best Thriller Film Release:
10 Cloverfield Lane
The Accountant
The Girl on the Train
Jason Bourne
Hell or High Water
The Shallows

Best Actor in a Film:
Chris Evans (Captain America: Civil War)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange)
Chris Pratt (Passengers)
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Mark Rylance (The BFG)
Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond)
Matthew McConaughey (Gold)

Best Actress in a Film:
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train)
Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures)
Jennifer Lawrence (Passengers)
Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane)

Best Supporting Actor in a Film:
Chadwick  Boseman (Captain America: Civil War)
Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
John Goodman (10  Cloverfield Lane)
Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Beyond)
Christopher Walken (The Jungle Book)

Best Supporting Actress  in a Film:
Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: Civil War)
Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange)
Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad)
Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters)
Betty Buckley (Split)
Bryce Dallas Howard (Gold)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor:
Ruby Barnhill (The BFG)
Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War)
Lewis MacDougall (A Monster Calls)
Neel Sethi (The Jungle Book)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)

Best Film Direction:
Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange)
Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book)
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War)
Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse)
Steven Spielberg (The BFG)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Best Film Screenplay:
Melissa Mathison (The BFG)
Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick (Deadpool)
Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange)
Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)
Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Best Film Editing:
Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt (Captain America: Civil War)
John Gilroy, Colin Goudie, Jabez Olssen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Stefan Grube (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Michael Kahn (The BFG)
Mark Livolsi (The Jungle Book)
Joe Walker (Arrival)

Best Film Production Design:
Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg (The BFG)
Doug Chiang, Neil Lamont (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Stuart Craig (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Guy Hendrix Dyas (Passengers)
Owen Paterson (Captain America: Civil War)
Charles Wood (Doctor Strange)

Best Film Music:
Michael Giacchino (Doctor Strange)
Michael Giacchino (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
James Newton Howard (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)
Thomas Newman (Passengers)
John Willians (The BFG)

Best Film Costume Designer:
Colleen Atwood (Alice Through the Looking Glass)
Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Alexandra Byrne (Doctor Strange)
David Crossman, Glyn Dilloin (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Sang-gyeong Jo (The Handmaiden)
Joanna Johnston (The BFG)

Best Film Make-Up:
Jeremy Woodhead (Doctor Strange)
Nicky Knowles (Fanatastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Amy Byrne (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Monica Huppert, Joel Harlow (Star Trek Beyond)
Allan Apone, Jo-Ann MacNeil, Marta Roggero (Suicide Squad)
Charles Carter, Rita Ciccozzi, Rosalina Da Silva (X-Men: Apocalypse)

Best Film Special / Visual Effects:
Louis Morin, Ryal Cosgrove (Arrival)
Joe Letteri, Joel Whist (The BFG)
Stephane Ceretti, Richard  Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, Paul Corbould (Doctor Strange)
Tim Burke, Christian Manz, David Watkins (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, Dan Lemmon (The Jungle Book)
John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, Neil Corbould (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Best Independent Film Release:
Eye in the Sky
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
La La Land
The Ones Below

Best International Film Release:
The Handmaiden
In Order of Disappearance
The Mermaid
Shin Godzilla
Under the Shadow

Best Animated Film Release:
Finding Dory
Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV

Best Science Fiction Television Series:
The 100
The Expanse
Falling Water

Best Fantasy Television Series:
Game of Thrones
The Good Place
The Magicians

Best Horror Television Series:
American Horror Story: Roanoke
Ash vs. Evil Dead
The Exorcist
Fear the Walking Dead
Teen Wolf
The Vampire Diaries
The Walking Dead

Best Action/Thriller Television Series:
Animal Kingdom
Bates Motel
Designated Survivor
The Librarians
Mr. Robot

Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series:
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Flash

Best Presentation on Television:
Channel Zero
Doctor Who: The Return of Dr. Mysterio
The Night Manager

Best New Media Television Series:
Marvel's Daredevil
Marvel's Luke Cage
The Man in the High Castle
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Stranger Things

Best Actor on a Television Series:
Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead)
Mike Colter (Marvel's Luke Cage)
Charlie Cox (Marvel's Daredevil)
Grant Gustin (The Flash)
Sam Heughan (Outlander)
Freddie Highmore (Bate's Motel)
Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)

Best Actress on a Television Series:
Melissa Benoist (Supergirl)
Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)
Kim Dickens (Fear the Walking Dead)
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Roanoke)
Winona Ryder (Stranger Things)

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series:
Linden Ashby (Teen Wolf)
Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl)
Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Lee Majors (Ash vs. Evil Dead)
Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series:
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Roanoke)
Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead)
Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Candice Patton (The Flash)
Adina Porter (American  Horror Story: Roanoke)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

Best Younger Actor on a Television Series:
K.J. Apa (Riverdale)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Max Charles (The Strain)
Alycia Debnam-Carey (Fear the Walking Dead)
Lorenzo James Henrie (Fear the Walking Dead)
Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)

Best Guest Performance on a Television Series:
Ian Bohen (Teen Wolf)
Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl)
Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
Leslie Jordan (American Horror Story: Roanoke)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead)
Dominique Pinon (Outlander)

Best Animated Series or Film on Television:
Bojack Horseman
Family Guy
The Little Prince
The Simpsons
Star Wars: Rebels

Best DVD / BD Release:
Dog Eat Dog
The Girl
The Lobster
The Man Who Knew Infinity
The Wailing
Tales of Halloween

Best DVD / BD Special Edition Release:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition
The Hills Have Eyes Limited Edition
The Iron Giant Signature Edition
Phantasm Remastered
Raising Cain
Mad Max: Fury Road Black and Chrome Edition

Best Classic Film Release on DVD /  BD:
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
Gog 3D
It Came From Outer Space
Donovan's Brain
Time After Time

Best Television Release on DVD / BD:
Banshee: The Final Season
Hannibal: The Complete Series Collection
Mr. Robot: Season 2.0
Salem's Lot
Versailles: Season One
Star Trek: The Animated Series

Best Collection on DVD / BD:
Buster Keaton Shorts Collection 1917-23
Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection
Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast
Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection
Pioneers of African American Cinema
The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection

Best Local Live Stage Production:
Amadeus (L.A. Theatre Works)
Chen Ying Rescues the Orphan (Chinese Yu Opera)
The Fantasticks (Pasadena Playhouse)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (3D Theatricals)
Moby Dick (South Coast Repertory)
A View From the Bridge (Ahmanson Theatre)

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Oscar Narrative: Finale

So let's get the elephant in the room out of the way. Price, Waterhouse & Cooper royally screwed up the biggest award of the night. They ruined the Bonnie & Clyde reunion and made poor Warren Beatty look like a fool. I feel so sorry for the La La Land folks, that was simply heartbreaking. I feel bad for the Moonlight folks, because their big moment will forever be marred with controversy. It was a bad moment. There's no denying it. And my guess is that in the future, there will be some interesting show changes. They could find a more engaging host. Kimmel started off great, but as time wore on, his racist name jokes, and copycat gags (seriously, everyone stop trying to copy Ellen's pizza bit. It was great once, but it has now gotten old) fell flat. They could now quadruple check every ballot, as PWC will probably be in the limelight for a while (not the positive limelight), or they could continue to be too long with too many uninteresting gags, and hope the world keeps tuning in. Unfortunately though, the folks that made the Oscars a rallying cry for political reasons will have plenty of ridiculous ammunition, and the bad press will likely continue.

But, just for a moment, let's celebrate the positive. Nine incredible films received Best Picture nominations. Kevin O'Connell, after 21 nominations, finally won an Oscar. In a year when three films clearly rose the the top, the three writer/directors, Chazelle, Jenkins, and Lonergan, all won Oscars. Damien Chazelle became the youngest director to win Best Director. Moonlight became the first film directed by an African-American, and the first film to have character of the LGTBQ community as its lead, to win Best Picture. Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar, and Viola Davis (finally!) became the first African American to win the triple crown of acting. These are the moments I'd like to remember, because a jaw-dropping end should not ruin the rest of a great slate of winners

Moonlight winning was a surprise. It was great surprise (although I liked La La Land better), and two things: 1) the SAG stat is not to be ignored, and 2) the preferential ballot really does have all of us stumped. But that's not all. The tech categories ruined my predictions, proving that even those normally unpredictable categories were even more unpredictable than normal. In the end though, that is the nature of the Oscars, and I'm glad that  they spread the love. But I am still shocked that La La Land lost. Was it because it was a passion vote, not a 2nd or 3rd place vote? Was it the undeserved backlash that turned people off? Or was, simply put, that 12 years after Brokeback Mountain lost in a shocking fashion, that Oscar voters finally realized that a story about a gay man doesn't have be niche? That it can resonate? That those stories deserved to be told? Was it a response to #OscarsSoWhite? Or did voter simply get swept up in the magic that is Moonlight (this is the theory I hope is right)? We will never know, and if the industry doesn't produce the type of diverse cinema that 2016 did, we may end up right where we started. In the end, this is a loss that I will be examining for a while, as I think a lot of us will.

But in these troubling times, and with all the uproar over the ending, I want to pause and remember that despite their flaws, what makes the Oscars great are not the nominees or the winners. It's not the ceremony or the red carpet or the ratings. Each and every year, on television's biggest stage, the Academy celebrates film. As film lovers this is why we watch the Oscars. We enjoy the race, we boo and cheer, we fight for our favorites, and we cover the narrative as it is told. But the real reason we all get so swept up in all of this madness is because we love film. This year particularly, film, music, television, great literature, theater, are all needed. In times of upheaval and divisiveness, often times we find our common humanity in art. When the lights go down we are all the same, and our stories are universal . The great Viola Davis put it best: "You know, there's one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place and that's the graveyard. People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist and thank god I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life."

And life is about love. This year, the nine Best Picture nominees, at their core were about love. Fences, Arrival, Manchester By the Sea, Hell or High Water, and Lion were about the love of family no matter the challenges or the losses. Hidden Figures is about love of country and duty, and about realizing that sometimes the best thing you can do for the people you love is pursue your higher cause. Hacksaw Ridge is about the love of mankind, and the recognition that often the bravest thing is not to fight. La La Land is about the fools who dream to love and to succeed even when the odds are against them. And finally, Moonlight is about the love we have for ourselves. Its about discovering our identity, moving forward in the world, and  despite the missteps and the heartbreak, in the end, finally recognizing what love can be. So while the world burns around us with hatred, bigotry, and yet deafening silence, the Oscars this year taught us to love. Love is what caused a producer to recognize a mistake and honor the real winner instead. Love was seeing the real family from Lion see their story finally told. Love was seeing Katherine Johnson finally be a hidden figure no more. Love is realizing just how much film can transport you. I work full time, am going to grad school, have a grandmother with dementia, a workplace that seems in perpetual chaos, and an alcohol addiction that borderlines on a problem. Yet at the end of a long week, there is nothing better than allowing the power of film wash over you as you escape your day to day existence. Writing about film has also proven to not just be a hobby, or a way to fill time, but a calling, and more importantly, the cathartic dose of medicine that keeps me going. So thank you to all of you out there who read this blog. Thank you for once again seeing a less than stellar effort due to lack of time. Thank you for helping me love this, even when it sometimes gets to be too much. And most importantly, thank you for loving film and continually celebrating it with me. This July, the Awards Psychic will begin its ninth year of existence. Man how nine years can fly. When I started this I was just a young college student who had a few ideas about the Oscars I wanted to share. Now I am almost at a decade of  sharing my loud, often incoherent, and (as my predictions proved), often wrong thoughts about the awards world. Thank you for sticking with me. Cheers to nine more years, and nine more after that. And maybe La La Land's message has even more meaning now that it lost at the finish line: Here's to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem. Here's to the hearts that ache. Here's to the mess we make. Let's make more messes together, let's dream like fools, let's keep aching with passion, and most importantly, let us always keep loving, for love truly is the only thing there's just too little of...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The 89th Annual Academy Awards

I will update the winners live! Enjoy the show!

Best Picture - Moonlight
Best Director - Damien Chazelle "La La Land"
Best Actor - Casey Affleck "Manchester By the Sea"
Best Actress - Emma Stone "La La Land"
Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali "Moonlight"
Best Supporting Actress - Viola Davis "Fences"
Best Adapted Screenplay - Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney "Moonlight"
Best Original Screenplay - Kenneth Lonergan "Manchester By the Sea"
Best Animated Feature - Zootopia
Best Documentary Feature - O.J.: Made in America
Best Foreign Language Film - The Salesman (Iran)
Best Cinematography - Linus Sandgren "La La Land"
Best Costume Design - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Best Film Editing - Hacksaw Ridge
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Suicide Squad
Best Original Score - Justin Hurwitz "La La Land"
Best Original Song - City of Stars from La La Land
Best Production Design - La La Land
Best Sound Editing - Arrival
Best Sound Mixing - Hacksaw Ridge
Best Visual Effects - The Jungle Book
Best Animated Short - Piper
Best Documentary Short - The White Helmets
Best Live Action Short - Sing

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Best Feature - Moonlight
Best Director - Barry Jenkins "Moonlight"
Best First Feature - The Witch
Best Actor - Casey Affleck "Manchester By the Sea"
Best Actress - Isabelle Huppert "Elle"
Best Supporting Actor - Ben Foster "Hell or High Water"
Best Supporting Actress - Molly Shannon "Other People"
Best Screenplay - Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McRaney "Moonlight"
Best First Screenplay - Robert Eggers "The Witch"
Best International Film - Toni Erdmann
Best Documentary Feature - O.J.: Made in America
Best Cinematography - James Laxton "Moonlight"
Best Editing - Moonlight
John Cassavetes Award - Spa Night
Robert Altman Award - Moonlight

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Final List

Best Picture - La La Land
Best Director - Damien Chazelle "La La Land"
Best Actor - Denzel Washington "Fences"
Best Actress - Emma Stone "La La Land"
Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali "Moonlight"
Best Supporting Actress - Viola Davis "Fences"
Best Adapted Screenplay - Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McRaney "Moonlight"
Best Original Screenplay - Kenneth Lonergan "Manchester By the Sea"
Best Animated Feature - Zootopia
Best Documentary Feature - O.J.: Made in America
Best Foreign Language Film - A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
Best Cinematography - Linus Sandgren "La La Land"
Best Costume Design - Jackie
Best Film Editing - La La Land
Best Makeup and Hairstyling  - Star Trek Beyond
Best Original Score - Justin Hurwitz "La La Land"
Best Original Song - City of Stars from La La Land
Best Production Design - Arrival
Best Sound Editing - Hacksaw Ridge
Best Sound Mixing - La La Land
Best Visual Effects - The Jungle Book
Best Animated Short - Piper
Best Documentary Short - The White Helmets
Best Live Action Short - Ennemis Interieurs

Television Academy Adds New Categories for 2017 Emmys

With it being Oscar weekend, it seems like an odd time to drop Emmy news, but after tomorrow we are officially in Tony and Emmy season so, why not?

The Television Academy has announced it is adding new categories, including splitting existing ones into two:

1) Best Music Supervision - For all programming

2) Single Camera Cinematography is now two categories: 1 hour and Half-Hour

3) A New Casting award for Best Reality Casting

4) New Interactive Awards: Outstanding Original Interactive Program, Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program, Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within An Unscripted Program, and a new jury award - Outstanding Innovation In Interactive Programming

The 33rd Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] "Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party"

Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] "Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party"

Kristen Wiig  "Zoolander No. 2"

Jesse Eisenberg "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley  "Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party"

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge

The 42nd Cesar Awards


Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World

Gaspard Ulliel, It’s Only The End Of The World

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

James Thierrée, Chocolat

Deborah Lukumuena, Divines

Niels Schneider, Diamant Noir

Oulaya Amamra, Divines

Céline Sciamma, Ma Vie De Courgette

Solveig Anspach, Jean-Luc Gaget, L’Effet Aquatique

Merci Patron!, dir: François Ruffin

I, Daniel Blake, dir: Ken Loach

Divines, dir: Houda Benyamina

Ma Vie De Courgette, dir: Claude Barras

Pascal Marti, Frantz

Anaïs Romand, The Dancer

Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World

Ibrahim Maalouf, Dans Les Forêts De Sibérie

Jérémie D Lignol, Chocolat

Marc Engels, Fred Demolder, Sylvain Réty, Jean-Paul Hurier, L’Odyssée

Celui Qui A Deux Ames, dir: Fabrice Luang-Vija

(TIE)  Maman(s) and Vers La Tendresse

Friday, February 24, 2017

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Award Winners

Arrival, music by Jóhann Jóhannsson

Michael Giacchino

Justin Hurwitz

“Epilogue” from La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz

Nocturnal Animals, music by Abel Korzeniowski

La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz

Xi You Ji Zhi: Sun Wukong San Da Baigu Jing [The Monkey King 2], music by Christopher Young

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, music by James Newton Howard

La Tortue Rouge [The Red Turtle], music by Laurent Perez del Mar

Järven Tarina [Tale of a Lake], music by Panu Aaltio

Game of Thrones, music by Ramin Djawadi

Abzû, music by Austin Wintory

The Ten Commandments, music by Elmer Bernstein; album produced by Douglass Fake and Roger Feigelson; liner notes by Frank K. De Wald; album art direction by Joe Sikoryak

The John Williams Jurassic Park Collection, music by John Williams; album produced by Mike Matessino; liner notes by Mike Matessino; album art direction by Jim Titus (La-La Land)

Intrada Records, Douglass Fake, Roger Feigelson

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

Best Picture
Will Win - La La Land
Could Win - Moonlight or Hidden Figures
Should Win - La La Land
Commentary - So many folks are hating on La La Land, which proves two things: 1) people hate winners 2) exuberance brings out the worst in people. That last statement may seem off, but let's face it, films like The Artist and The King's Speech are considered lightweight and forgettable simply because they happen to have joy at their center. They find other excuses not to like them, but at the core of their hatred is cynicism. Well I think this is going to be another rough year for the cynics because I think that La La Land is going to have a hell of a night. And guess what, despite the haters, it actually deserves it. It is a great film achievement, an exuberant film that lights up the screen in a way that I haven't seen in a long time. Moonlight is also fantastic, as is Hidden Figures, and both are the spoilers. But honestly, I don't see it going any other way.

Best Director
Will Win - Damien Chazelle "La La Land"
Could Win - Barry Jenkins "La La Land"
Should Win - Damien Chazelle "La La Land"
Commentary - The preferential ballot can cause uneasiness in Best Picture, which is why I have kept Moonlight and Hidden Figures on my radar. But this race feels like it is over for me. I know that Barry Jenkins is going to get a lot of love, but in the end if anyone other than Chazelle wins, I will be shocked. For the record, he will be the youngest director to ever win this award, and the first American to win since Kathryn Bigelow. If Jenkins wins, he will be the first American to win since Bigelow as well, and the first African American director. Either way history will be made, and either way the Academy cannot go wrong.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Actor

Will Win - Denzel Washington "Fences"

Could Win - Casey Affleck "Manchester By the Sea"

Should Win - Washington or Affleck

Commentary - This category really is a win-win for me on a personal level, because either of these performers winning will make me happy. Affleck is quiet and heartbreaking and Denzel is commanding. They are both great in their own ways, and its kind of a shame they can't tie (or can they? probably not). This one is the closet of the acting categories, set off by Denzel's SAG win. Casey came back at BAFTA, but that has always been a strange anomaly for Denzel who has yet to receive a nomination from that body. This really is a close race, but in the end I think that Denzel will pull it off. He has been campaigning like crazy in the last couple of months, whereas Casey is absent. Oscar voters like bigger performances, and Casey is so quiet compared to Denzel in Fences. Finally, while many voters might not really care, I can't help but think that Casey's personal controversies has affected enough voters to make a difference. It is a horse race to the finish, but I think it is Denzel who will cross the line first, and join an elite group of actors with three well-deserved Academy Awards.

Costume Designer's Guild (CDG) Awards

Excellence in Period Film
Hidden Figures – Renee Ehrlich Kalfus

Excellence in Fantasy Film
Doctor Strange – Alexandra Byrne

Excellence in Contemporary Film
La La Land – Mary Zophres

Excellence in Short Form Design
Pepsi: “Momotaro” Episode Four, featuring Jude Law — Ami Goodheart

Outstanding Period Television Series
The Crown – Michele Clapton

Outstanding Fantasy Television Series
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton, April Ferry

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
American Horror Story: Roanoke – Lou Eyrich, Helen Huang