Monday, March 26, 2018

Deadpool 2 Trailer

The first Deadpool was a massive success, and a breath of fresh air for the superhero genre. It also did surprisingly well on the awards circuit, falling short (of course), at the Oscars. But after Logan was able to breakthrough in the screenplay category this year, I am hoping that this is a signal that Academy voters are going to be more willing to embrace quality genre films in big categories. Check out the trailer for Deadpool 2 below:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

45th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations

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

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series
The Bay The Series                                                                                         
Ladies of the Lake                                                                                         
Tainted Dreams                                                                                           
Venice The Series                                                                     
Zac & Mia       

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 
Eileen Davidson "The Young and the Restless"                         
Nancy Lee Grahn "General Hospital"                                                                                               
Marci Miller "Days of Our Lives"         
Maura West "General Hospital"                                   
Laura Wright "General Hospital"       

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 
Peter Bergman "The Young and the Restless"           
Michael Easton "General Hospital"       
John McCook "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Billy Miller "General Hospital'
James Reynolds "Days of Our Lives" 
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Marla Adams "The Young and the Restless"
Camryn Grimes "The Young and the Restless
Susan Seaforth Hayes "Days of Our Lives"                                                                                           
Elizabeth Hendrickson "The Young and the Restless                                                                              Jacqueline MacInnes Wood "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Mishael Morgan "The Young and the Restless"       

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Wally Kurth "General Hospital"
Chandler Massey "Days of Our Lives" 
Anthony Montgomery "General Hospital"                                                                                             
Greg Rikaart "The Young and the Restless"   
Greg Vaughan "Days of Our Lives"

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series  
Reign Edwards "The Bold and the Beautiful"       
Hayley Erin "General Hospital"       
Cait Fairbanks "The Young and the Restless"
Olivia Rose Keegan "Days of Our Lives"
Chloe Lanier "General Hospital"

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series 
Lucas Adams "Days of Our Lives"
Rome Flynn "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Tristan Lake Leabu "The Young and the Restless"
Casey Moss "Days of Our Lives"
Hudson West "General Hospital"

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series 
Ryan Ashton "The Young and the Restless"
Robb Derringer "Days of Our Lives"
John Enos "Days of Our Lives"
Morgan Fairchild "Days of Our Lives"
Vernee Watson "General Hospital"

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

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

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series
Mary Beth Evans "The Bay The Series" 
Vanessa Kelly "Giants"
Lilly Melgar "The Bay The Series"
Alicia Minshew "Tainted Dreams"
Anne Winters "Zac & Mia"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series
Kristos Andrews "The Bay The Series" 
James Bland "Giants"
Richard Brooks "The Rich and the Ruthless"
Van Hansis "Eastsiders"
Kian Lawley "Zac & Mia"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series
Molly Burnett "Relationship Status"
Jade Harlow "The Bay The Series"
Terri Ivens "The Bay The Series"
Kira Reed Lorsch "The Bay The Series"
Alexis G. Zall "Zac & Mia"     

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series 
Brandon Beemer "The Bay The Series"                                                               
Stephen Guarino "Eastsiders"                                                       
John Halbach "Eastsiders"
Eric Nelsen "The Bay The Series"             
Derrell Whitt "The Bay The Series"         

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama Series 
Jennifer Bassey "Anacostia"                                                             
Thomas Calabro "The Bay The Series"                                                                                         
Patrika Darbo "The Bay The Series"                                                                                         
Chad Duell, "The Bay The Series"                                                                     
Mike E. Winfield "Conversations in L.A."

Outstanding Culinary Program
A Chef’s Life                                                                                                           
Giada Entertains                                                                                 
Lidia’s Kitchen                                                                                                       
Mind of A Chef                                                                         
Valerie’s Home Cooking                                                                   

Outstanding Culinary Host 
Vivian Howard "A Chef’s Life"
Giada De Laurentiis "Giada Entertains"
Guy Fieri "Guy’s Ranch Kitchen"
Lidia Bastianich "Lidia’s Kitchen" 
Danny Bowien  "Mind of A Chef"

Outstanding Game Show
Family Feud                                                       
Let’s Make a Deal                                                                                               
The Price Is Right                                                                                               
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire         

Outstanding Game Show Host 
Steve Harvey "Family Feud" 
Alex Trebek "Jeopardy!"
Wayne Brady "Let’s Make a Deal"
Pat Sajak "Wheel of Fortune"
Chris Harrison "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"               

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
Couples Court with the Cutlers                                                             
Divorce Court                                                                                                       
Judge Judy                                                                                               
Judge Mathis                                                                                           
Justice with Judge Mablean                                                                 
The People’s Court   

Outstanding Lifestyle Program
Ask This Old House                                                                                               
Home & Family                                                                               
Naturally, Danny Seo                                                                                         
Renovation Realities: Ben and Ginger                                               
This Old House           

Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Travel/Children’s or Educational and Informational Program
Roman Atwood "Roman Atwood’s Day Dreams"
Jack Hanna "Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild"
Brandon McMillan "Lucky Dog with Brandon McMillan" 
David Osmond "Wonderama"
Steve Spangler "Xploration DIY Sci"                                                                           

Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program
1st Look                                                                                         
Destination Craft with Jim West                                                                 
Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild                                                                     
The Voyager with Josh Garcia                                                                         
Xploration Awesome Planet                                                           

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

Outstanding Talk Show Informative
The Chew                                                                                                       
The Dr. Oz Show                                                                           
Megyn Kelly Today                                                                   
Larry King Now                                                                                       
Steve Harvey                   

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host
Kit Hoover, Natalie Morales "Access Hollywood Live"   
Kellie Pickler, Ben Aaron "Pickler and Ben"
Steve Harvey "Steve Harvey"
Dr. Mehmet Oz "The Dr. Oz Show"
Larry King "Larry King Now"

Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment
The Ellen DeGeneres Show                                                             
Live with Kelly and Ryan                                                                       
The Real                                                                                                 
The Talk                                                                                                               
The View 

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host 
Harry Connick, Jr "Harry"
Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest "Live with Kelly and Ryan"
Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love,Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley "The Real"
Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler "The Talk"                     
Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin,Meghan McCain, Paula Faris, Jedediah  Bila "The View"

Outstanding Entertainment News Program
Access Hollywood                                                                                         
E! News                                                               
Entertainment Tonight                                                                                 

Outstanding Special Class Series
The Great Big Show                                                                     
Lucky Dog with Brandon McMillan                                       
Roman Atwood’s Day Dreams                                                               
Super Soul Sunday                                                                         
Xploration Earth 2050                                                                     

Outstanding Special Class Special
The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade             
An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance       
I’m With The Banned                                                                       
KEVYN AUCOIN Beauty & The Beast in Me                                               

Sunday, March 18, 2018

2018 SXSW Audience Award Winners

Narrative Feature Competition
First Match, Director: Olivia Newman

Documentary Feature Competition
TransMilitary, Directors: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson

Narrative Spotlight
All Square, Director: John Hyams

Documentary Spotlight
The Dawn Wall, Director: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer

Profile, Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Upgrade, Director: Leigh Whannell

Vida, Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios, So Yong Kim

24 Beats Per Second
Ruben Blades Is Not My Name, Director: Abner Benaim

Virus Tropical, Director: Santiago Caicedo

Festival Favorite
Science Fair, Director: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster

Excellence in Title Design
#19 – Offf Barcelona 2017, Directors: Eve Duhamel, Julien Vallee

2018 SXSW Jury Award Winners


Narrative Feature Competition
Thunder Road, Director: Jim Cummings

Special Jury Recognition For First Feature
Carly Stone, The New Romantic

Special Jury Recognition for Writing
Niljla Mu’min, Jinn

Documentary Feature Competition
People’s Republic of Desire, Director: Hao Wu

Special Jury Recognition for Best Cast
This One’s For The Ladies, Gene Graham

Special Jury Recognition for Best Feminist Reconsideration of a Male Artist
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable, Director: Sasha Waters Freyer


Narrative Shorts
Emergency, Director: Carey Williams

Special Jury Recognition for Acting:
Shirley Chen from Krista

Documentary Shorts
My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, Director: Charlie Tyrell

Midnight Shorts
Milk, Director: Santiago Menghini

Animated Shorts
Agua Viva, Director: Alexa Lim Haas

Special Jury Recognition
JEOM, Director: Kangmin Kim

Music Videos
Second Hand Lovers” – Oren Lavie

Special Jury Recognition for Acting
 “Territory” – The Blaze

Texas Shorts
An Uncertain Future, Director: Iliana Sosa & Chelsea Hernandez

Texas High School Shorts
The Night I Lost My Favorite Jacket, Director: Jenna Krumerman

Special Jury Recognition
CCISD Strong, Director: Sofia Rasmussen

Independent Episodics
Beast, Director: Ben Strang

Special Jury Recognition:
She’s the Ticket, Director: Nadia Hallgren


Excellence in Poster Design
The Gospel of Eureka, Designer: Matt Taylor

Special Jury Recognition in Film Design
A Little WisdomDesigner: Adam Zhu

Excellence in Title Design
Counterpart Director: Karin Fong

Special Jury Recognition
Godless, Director: John Likens

SXSW LUNA® Gamechanger Award – Narrative
First Match, Olivia Newman

Special Jury Recognition:
Unlovable, Suzi Yoonessi

SXSW LUNA® Chicken & Egg Award – Documentary
On Her Shoulders Alexandria Bombach

Special Jury Recognition:
¡Las Sandinistas!, Jenny Murray

Louis Black “Lone Star” Award
Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Director: Dana Adam Shapiro

SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award
Prospect, Zeek Earl & Chris Caldwell

Vimeo Staff Picks Award
Krista directed by Danny Madden

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Kristin Bye

Friday, March 16, 2018

The 44th Annual Saturn Award Nominations

Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release:
Black Panther
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Thor: Ragnarok
Wonder Woman

Best Science Fiction Film Release:
Alien: Covenant
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Fantasy Film Release:
Beauty and the Beast
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kong: Skull Island
Paddington 2
The Shape of Water

Best Horror Film Release:
47 Meters Down
Annabelle: Creation
Better Watch Out
Get Out

Best Action / Adventure Film Release:
Baby Driver
The Fate of the Furious
The Greatest Showman
Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Best Thriller Film Release:
Brawl in Cell Block 99
Murder on the Orient Express
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wind River

Best Actor in a Film:
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)
Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049)
Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Hugh Jackman (Logan)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes)
Vince Vaughn (Brawl in Cell Block 99)

Best Actress in a Film:
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)
Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Lupita Nyong'o (Black Panther)
Rosamund Pike (Hostiles)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast)

Best Supporting Actor in a Film:
Harrison Ford (Blade Runner 2049)
Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)
Michael Keaton (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Chris Pine  (Wonder Woman)
Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
Bill Skarsgard (It)
Patrick Stewart (Logan)

Best Supporting Actress in a Film:
Ana De Armas (Blade Runner 2049)
Carrie Fisher (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Danai Gurira (Black Panther)
Lois Smith (Marjorie Prime)
Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)
Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok)
Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Film:
Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Dafne Keen (Logan)
Sophia Lillis (It)
Millicent Simmons (Wonderstruck)
Jacob Tremblay (Wonder)
Letitia Wright (Black Panther)
Zendaya (Spider-Man:  Homecoming)

Best Film Director:
Ryan Coogler (Black Panther)
Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman)
Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes)
Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)

Best Film Screenplay:
Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther)
Hampton Fancher, Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049)
Jordan Peele  (Get Out)
Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green (Logan)
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water)
Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman)

Best Film Production Design:
Sarah Greenwood (Beauty and the Beast)
Hannah Beachler (Black Panther)
Dennis Gassner (Blade Runner 2049)
Paul Denham Austerberry (The Shape of Water)
Rick Heinrichs (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Hugues Tissandier (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets)

Best Film Editing:
Michael P. Shawver, Deb Berman (Black Panther)
Paul Rubell, Christian Wagner (The Fate of the Furious)
Gregory Plotkin (Get Out)
Michael McCusker, Dirk Westervelt (Logan)
Sidney Wolinsky (The Shape of Water)
Bob Ducsay (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

Best Film Music:
Ludwig Goransson (Black Panther)
Michael Giacchino (Coco)
John Debney, Joseph Trapanese (The Greatest Showman)
Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)
John Williams (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Carter Burwell (Wonderstruck)

Best Film Costume Design:
Jacqueline Durran (Beauty and the Beast)
Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther)
Ellen Mirojnick (The Greatest Showman)
Michael Kaplan (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Olivier Beriot (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets)
Lindy Hemming (Wonder Woman)

Best Film Make-Up:
Joel Harlow, Ken Diaz (Black Panther)
Donald Mowat (Blade Runner 2049)
John Blake, Brian Sipe (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
Alec Gillis, Sean Sansom, Tom Woodruff, Jr., Shane Zander (It)
Mike Hill, Shane Mahan (The Shape of Water)
Peter Swords King, Neal Scanlan (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Arjen Tuiten (Wonder)

Best Film Special / Visual Effects:
Geoffrey Baumann,Craig Hammack, Dan Sudick (Black Panther)
John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer (Blade Runner 2049)
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
 Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White,Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus (Kong: Skull Island)
Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist (War for the Planet of the Apes)

Best Independent Film Release:
I, Tonya
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Super Dark Times

Best International Film Release:
Baahubali: The Conclusion
The Lodgers
The Man Who Invented Christmas
The Square
Wolf Warrior 2

Best Animated Film Release:
Cars 3
Despicable Me 3
The Boss Baby
Your Name

Best Superhero Television Series:
Black Lightning
The Flash
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Best Science Fiction Television Series:
The 100
Doctor Who
The Expanse
The Orville
The X-Files

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

Best Horror Television Series:
American Horror Story: Cult
Ash vs. Evil Dead
Fear the Walking Dead
The Strain
Teen Wolf
The Walking Dead

Best Action / Thriller Television Series:
The Alienist
Animal Kingdom
Better Call Saul
Into the Badlands
Mr. Mercedes

Best Presentation on Television:
Channel Zero
Descendents 2
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time
Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Return
The Sinner
Twin Peaks: The Return

Best Actor on a Television Series:
Jon Bernthal (The Punisher)
Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead)
Sam Heughan (Outlander)
Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery)
Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)
Seth MacFarlane (The Orville)
Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks: The Return)
Ricky Whittle (American Gods)

Best Actress on a Television Series:
Gillian Anderson (The X-Files)
Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)
Melissa Benoist (Supergirl)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery)
Adrianne Palicki (The Orville)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo)

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
Miguel Ferrer (Twin Peaks: The Return)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Doug Jones (Star Trek: Discovery)
Christian Kane (The  Librarians)
Michael McKean (Better Call Saul)
Khary Payton (The Walking Dead)
Evan Peters (American Horror Story: Cult)

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series:
Odette Annable (Supergirl)
Dakota Fanning (The Alienist)
Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead)
Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead)
Candice Patton (The Flash)
Adina Porter (American Horror Story: Cult)
Krysten Ritter (Marvel's The Defenders)
Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series:
KJ Apa (Riverdale)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Max Charles (The Strain)
Alycia Debnam-Carey (Fear the Walking Dead)
David Mazouz (Gotham)
Lili Reinhart (Riverdale)
Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)
Cole Sprouse (Riverdale)

Best Guest-Starring Performance on a Television Series:
Bryan Cranston (Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams)
Michael Greyeyes (Fear the Walking Dead)
David Lynch (Twin Peaks: The Return)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead
Rachel Nichols (The Librarians)
Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror)
Hartley Sawyer (The Flash)
Michelle Yeoh (Star Trek: Discovery)

Best Animated Television Series:
Bojack Horseman
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Family Guy
Rick and Morty
The Simpsons
Star Wars Rebels

Best New Media Television Series:
Altered Carbon
Black Mirror
The Handmaid's Tale
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
Star Trek: Discovery
Stranger Things

Best New Media Superhero Series:
Future Man
Marvel's The Defenders
Marvel's Iron Fist
Marvel's Runaways
Marvel's The Punisher
The Tick

Best DVD/BD Release:
Cult of Chucky
Dave Made a Maze
The Devil's Whisper
The Man From Earth:  Holocene

Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release:
Caltiki The Immortal Monster
The Mephisto Waltz
The Old Dark House
Tobor The Great

Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release
Lost Horizon (80th Anniversary)
The Lost World Deluxe Edition
Night of the Living Dead (Criterion)
Re-Animator Special Edition
Speed Racer Collector's Edition
Suspiria 40th Anniversary Edition

Best DVD/BD Collection Release:
OSS 117 Five Film Collection
Abbott and Costello Rarities
The Adventures of Captain Marvel
Christopher Nolan 4K Collection
Dracula Complete Legacy Collection
Fritz Lang: The Silent Films
The Mummy Complete Legacy Collection

Best DVD/BD Television Series Release
American Gods (Season 1)
Grimm: The Complete Collection
The Rockford Files: The Complete Series
Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series
The Vampire Diaries (The Complete Series)
Westworld: Season One: The Maze

Monday, March 12, 2018

SXSW 2018: Ready Player One Debuts to Decent Reviews

Ready Player One is one going to go down as one of Spielberg's greatest, but after its surprise (but not that surprising) debut at SXSW last night, it is clear that it is going to be a pure blockbuster candy, entertaining, visually stunning, and just a lot of fun. Critics have been mostly positive so far, the biggest complaints that it lacks emotional heft. But I don't think this film was made with the intention of emotional heft. I think it was made as an ode to the fanboys who helped build his career, and if that is the case, it looks like Spielberg is one again a success. The film hits theaters March 29th.

2018 Canadian Screen Award Winners

Best Motion Picture

Best Lead Actress, Film
Sally Hawkins, “Maudie”

Best Lead Actor, Film
Nabil Rajo, “Boost”

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary
“Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”

Achievement in Art Direction
“Hochelaga, Land of Souls”

Achievement in Cinematography
“Hochelaga, Land of Souls”

Achievement in Costume Design

Achievement in Direction
Aisling Walsh, “Maudie”

Achievement in Edting

Original Score
“The Breadwinner”

Original Song
“The Crown Sleeps” – “The Breadwinner”

Adapted Screenplay
“The Breadwinner”

Original Screenplay

Best Short Documentary
“Take A Walk On The Wildside”

Best First Feature

Best Drama Series

Best Comedy Series
“Kim’s Convenience”

Best Limited Series or Program
“Alias Grace”

Best Sketch Comedy Program or Series
“Baroness von Sketch Show”

Best Lead Actress, Comedy
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”

Best Lead Actor, Comedy
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, “Kim’s Convenience”

Best Lead Actress, Drama
Tatiana Malsany, “Orphan Black”

Best Lead Actor, Drama
Alexander Ludwig, “Vikings”

Best Lead Actress, Limited Series
Sarah Gadon, “Alias Grace”

Best Lead Actor, Limited Series
Billy Campbell, “Cardinal”

Best Social/Political Documentary
“The Secret Path”

2018 I Heart Radio Award Winners

Song of the Year:
"Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran

Female Artist of the Year:
Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year:
Ed Sheeran

Best Duo/Group of the Year:
Maroon 5

Best Collaboration:
"Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

Best New Pop Artist:
Niall Horan

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
"Feel It Still" - Portugal. The Man

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
Imagine Dragons

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:
Judah & The Lion

Rock Song of the Year:
"Run" - Foo Fighters

Rock Artist of the Year:

Country Song of the Year:
"Body Like A Back Road" - Sam Hunt

Country Artist of the Year:
Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:
Luke Combs

Dance Song of the Year:
"Stay" - Zedd and Alessia Cara

Dance Artist of the Year: 
The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 
"Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
Kendrick Lamar

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:
Cardi B

R&B Song of the Year:
"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars

R&B Artist of the Year: 
Bruno Mars

Best New R&B Artist:

Latin Song of the Year: 
"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

Latin Artist of the Year: 
Luis Fonsi

Best New Latin Artist:

Regional Mexican Song of the Year: 
"Adios Amor” - Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 
Calibre 50

Best New Regional Mexican Artist:
Christian Nodal

Producer of the Year:
Andrew Watt

Best Lyrics (Socially Voted Category):
"Slow Hands" - Niall Horan

Best Cover Song (Socially Voted Category):
"The Chain" - Harry Styles

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell (Socially Voted Category):
BTS Army - BTS

Best Music Video (Socially Voted Category):
"Sign Of The Times" - Harry Styles

Social Star Award (Socially Voted Category):

Cutest Musician’s Pet (New Socially Voted Category):
Toulouse - Ariana Grande

Best Boy Band (New Socially Voted Category):

Best Solo Breakout (Socially Voted Category):
Louis Tomlinson

Best Remix (New Socially Voted Category):
"Reggaeton Lento" - CNCO and Little Mix

Sunday, March 11, 2018

SXSW 2018: Blockers Hailed as Fun, Raunchy Comedy

SXSW is clearly not here to launch Oscar contenders (although Baby Driver premiered last year so you never know), but so far it seems to be launching some fun or exciting films to watch. First was A Quiet Place for horror fans, now comes Blockers, the new comedy starring Leslie Mann and John Cena. Early reviews out of the fest are promising for Kay Cannon's (30 Rock, Pitch Perfect, Girlboss) directorial debut. So far the reviews have praised the performances, the balance of raunchy and warmth, and the refreshing take on this genre, putting the teenagers in charge, and flipping the script on parental perceptions. It debuts in theaters April 6th.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

SXSW 2018: John Krasinski's A Quiet Place Land Well

John Krasinski is on his third feature, but has taken a big departure from his first two films, with A Quiet Place, the new horror/thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world where the line between silence and noise is the difference between life and death. Set to premiere April 6th, A Quiet Place, which also stars his real-life wife Emily Blunt, was the first major film to debut at this year's SXSW festival. So far the reviews have been fantastic, praising Krasinski and Blunt, their charm, and the film's pure entertainment value. I don't believe this will be this year's Get Out (Hereditary out of Sundance might be the Horror awards contender), but it looks like it will be a solid Spring hit.

Mary Poppins Returns Teaser Trailer

I am super late in posting this, but I still wanted to get it up here on the site. Disney is apparently planning a full awards blitz for Black Panther and for this film, which means the studio has a lot faith in its late year run, both at the box office, and with the industry. Here is the clip below:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Olivier Award Nominations

Best New Musical
An American In Paris
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Girl From The North Country
Young Frankenstein

Best New Play
The Ferryman

Best Musical Revival
42nd Street
On The Town

Best Revival
Angels In America
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Witness For The Prosecution

Best New Comedy
Dry Powder
Labour Of Love
Mischief Movie Night
The Miser

Best Director
Dominic Cooke for Follies
Marianne Elliott for Angels In America
Rupert Goold for Ink
Thomas Kail for Hamilton
Sam Mendes for The Ferryman

Best Actor in a Musical
Ciaran Hinds for Girl From The North Country
John McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Giles Terera for Hamilton
Jamael Westman for Hamilton

Best Actress in a Musical
Janie Dee for Follies
Shirley Henderson for Girl From The North Country
Imelda Staunton for Follies
Josie Walker for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Best Actor
Paddy Considine for The Ferryman
Bryan Cranston for Network
Andrew Garfield for Angels In America
Andrew Scott for Hamlet

Best Actress
Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman
Lesley Manville for Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Audra McDonald for Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Imelda Staunton for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Michael Jibson for Hamilton
Ross Noble for Young Frankenstein
Jason Pennycooke for Hamilton
Cleve September for Hamilton

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Sheila Atim for Girl From The North Country
Tracie Bennett for Follies
Rachel John for Hamilton
Lesley Joseph for Young Frankenstein

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Bertie Carvel for Ink
John Hodgkinson for The Ferryman
James McArdle for Angels In America
Peter Polycarpou for Oslo

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Bríd Brennan for The Ferryman
Denise Gough for Angels In America a
Dearbhla Molloy for The Ferryman
Imogen Poots for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Best Theatre Choreographer
Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton
Bill Deamer for Follies
Kate Prince for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Randy Skinner for 42nd Street
Christopher Wheeldon for An American In Paris

Outstanding Achievement in Music
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Music and orchestrations by Dan Gillespie Sells
Follies – The Orchestra, under the music supervision of Nicholas Skilbeck and music director Nigel Lilley
Girl From The North Country – Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, original orchestrations and arrangements by Simon Hale
Hamilton – Composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best New Dance Production
Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite
Goat by Ben Duke for Rambert Dance Company
Grand Finale by Hofesh Shechter
Tree Of Codes by Wayne McGregor and the Paris Opera Ballet

Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Rocio Molina for pushing the boundary of flamenco in Fallen From Heaven (Caída Del Cielo)
Francesca Velicu for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps
Zenaida Yanowsky for her performance in Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances

Best Entertainment and Family
David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny
Derren Brown: Underground
Dick Whittington
Five Guys Named Moe

Best New Opera Production
La Boheme
The Exterminating Angel

Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Paul Brown for his set and costume designs for Iolanthe
Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona for their performances in Semiramide
Roderick Williams for his performance in The Royal Opera’s The Return Of Ulysses

Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre
The Beasts
The Red Lion
The Revlon Girl

Best Costume Design
Hugh Durrant for Dick Whittington
Roger Kirk for 42nd Street
Vicki Mortimer for Follies
Paul Tazewell for Hamilton

Best Lighting Design
Howell Binkley for Hamilton
Paule Constable for Angels In America
Paule Constable for Follies
Jan Versweyveld for Network

Best Set Design
Bunny Christie for Ink
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions for An American In Paris
Rob Howell for The Ferryman
Vicki Mortimer for Follies

Best Sound Design
Tom Gibbons for Hamlet
Gareth Owen for Bat Out Of Hell The Musical
Eric Sleichim for Network
Nevin Steinberg for Hamilton

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Oscar Narrative: The End

Here we are again. After months of predicting awards, trying to figure out winners, and watching so many movies, we are once again sitting at the end of another Oscar season. I always hate the day after the Oscars. While there is always plenty to talk about, there seems to be this void that is left as one season ends. It will not be long before another season kicks into gear. With films like Black Panther and Isle of Dogs, the Oscar conversation is already beginning for 2018-2019. There will be Cannes in May, the summer blockbuster season, and then we will kick right back into gear with Toronto, Telluride and Venice in September. Then, of course, there are also the Tonys and Emmys to cover in the meantime. But for the first couple of weeks after an Oscar ceremony, I suffer from post-Oscar depression. I honestly hate this time of year, and am always looking on the horizon to another fall. But alas, another season has passed, so it is time to reflect on this season, so that we can move on to a new one when the time comes.

Well, it took 22 years, but the SAG stat has finally fallen. That stat has been my sticking point all season. The Shape of Water could not win Best Picture because of that stat. Now that it is broken, it will make the next couple of years of Oscar predictions incredibly tricky and confusing. But part of me is happy that the stat is broken because it makes this race more interesting in the future. Another interesting point is that this is the first time since 2014 that Best Picture and Best Director have lined up, and it makes me wonder if voters will start migrating back to their old patterns after several years of splitting the two. The acting winners were expected, as were the screenplay winners. Roger Deakins FINALLY won an Academy Award, and I was so happy to see that well-deserved standing ovation. Maybe some of the folks at home didn't understand the importance of that moment, but I am so glad that Academy members did. It is nice to see legendary below the line guys get their moment in the spotlight. Overall, the winners were pretty expected, and worthy, and some history was made. Jordan Peele became the first African American screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay. Robert Lopez became the first person to win two full EGOTs. These are but two of the great stories that became a part of last night's winners. The ceremony itself was way too long, but it was not bad. There was a lot of politics (and the Internet trolls are already out in full force over this), but the tone wasn't heavy. It could have been a somber evening due to all of the things that have rocked Hollywood over the last year. But instead, it was one of the most genuinely celebratory Oscars that I have seen. People seemed really enthusiastic about the winners, and instead of wallowing in self pity, Hollywood seemed ready to continue to fight, to be more open, more diverse, and to celebrate great films. It was refreshing, and despite a few missteps (the hot dog gun and the truly awkward banter that some of the poor presenters were stuck with) overall it was a fun show to watch, and represented a Hollywood that is ready to take a new direction and move forward together.

In July I will start by tenth year here at the Awards Psychic. Next summer (2019), I am planning a full celebration of 10 years here at the Awards Psychic. It has been an incredible nine years, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds. I am finally out of grad school, and can now fully devote myself to the writing of this blog. This means that after several years of distraction, I will finally be back on track. Before I leave, I have to end this year as I end every year, by thanking you. To all of the people out there who read this blog, thank you for once again tuning in, and thank you for your continued support. As we move on, I think that it is fitting that The Shape of Water won Best Picture, and its message truly rings true. It is movie about love and acceptance. In our ever divided world, I believe that we can find our common humanity in art. I hope that all of us watch The Shape of Water, and learn that our hatred towards each other has consequences, and that if we take the time to find our common threads, we can overcome our biases and truly build a better world. Film has the power to transport us. That is what I want you to take away from this Oscars and from every Oscar race. That at the end of the day, film is one of our most powerful and uniting forces, and whether you agree with their choices or not, the Oscars, each and every year, celebrate film. As long as they do that, I will always celebrate with them. Thank you again for everything.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The 90th Annual Academy Awards

I will update the winners live!:

Best Picture - The Shape of Water
Best Director - Guillermo del Toro "The Shape of Water"
Best Actor - Gary Oldman "Darkest Hour"
Best Actress - Frances McDormand "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Best Supporting Actress - Allison Janney "I, Tonya"
Best Adapted Screenplay - James Ivory "Call Me By Your Name"
Best Original Screenplay - Jordan Peele "Get Out"
Best Animated Feature - Coco
Best Documentary Feature - Icarus
Best Foreign Language Film - A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins "Blade Runner 2049"
Best Costume Design - Phantom Thread
Best Film Editing - Dunkirk
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Darkest Hour
Best Original Score - Alexandre Desplat "The Shape of Water"
Best Original Song - Remember Me from Coco
Best Production Design - The Shape of Water
Best Sound Editing - Dunkirk
Best Sound Mixing - Dunkirk
Best Visual Effects - Blade Runner 2049
Best Animated Short - Dear Basketball
Best Documentary Short - Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Best Live Action Short - The Silent Child

Celebrating the Oscars - My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2016

Here we come to the end of this day-long celebration of my favorite Oscar moments. This moment has to take the cake though. Viola Davis is a god. She is so damn good, and such an inspiring person. When she lost in 2011 to Meryl, I literally screamed at the television. Not because I hate Meryl, far from it, but because Viola had once again lost at the Academy Awards. Last year, I finally got to see her complete that victory laugh. I also screamed at the television, but it was pure joy. Who will be my favorite this year? Who knows, but I can't wait. Coverage for the Oscars starts at 8:00 p.m. EST here at The Awards Psychic.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2015

I need to be completely honest here. While I respected the craft of The Revenant, I really didn't like the film. I have tried to go back and re-watch the film, and I could not make it through. That being said, I was so thrilled to see Leonardo DiCaprio win his first Oscar. His physical transformation and the hell he went through were so admiral, and he is one of the best actors working today. It was a well-deserved honor.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2014

Can you tell yet that I am a sucker for overdue veterans? Julianne Moore's win as long overdue, and her performance in Still Alice was magnificent. A great win for one of our finest actresses.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2013

Gravity is a masterpiece, and I still think that history will show it was the more deserving Best Picture winner compared to its fellow nominees. At least Alfonso Cuaron got to win Best Director, because in terms of pushing the genre forward, no one got close that year, or most years.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2012

Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the greatest actors of all time. His role as Lincoln was so spot on, it was like watching a documentary. Most of the time, I do not support a third win if there is someone deserving nominated. But not this time, this one was well-deserved.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moment - 2011

People have heaped loads of criticism on The Help, much of which is deserved. But for some reason, I love this film. I know its not the best directed or written piece, but damn it is one of the best acted. Octavia Spencer came out of a nowhere and stole our hearts every time she stole a scene as Minnie. I love stories like this. The veteran character actor, who suddenly gets the chance of a lifetime. Since then, she has earn two more nominations, and has become a genuine star. Those tears she sheds are tears of pure joy, and this moment was exactly that.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2010

Aaron Sorkin is one of my favorite writers. His television work, particularly The West Wing, are simply brilliant. Sorkin won his first, of what I hope is several Oscars, for his brilliant, fast-paced adaptation of The Social Network, and was the most deserved winner of the night.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2009

Kathryn Bigelow became the first and still only woman to win Best Director. It was a great moment because history was made, and it was a great moment because a excellent director won, and beat out much bigger competition to do so.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2008

Heath Ledger's The Joker is still one of the most intense, most brilliant portrayals onscreen. The commitment to his craft was so evident throughout, even if that commitment took his life. It was a great moment because a brilliant actor won for a brilliant performance. It was also so sad because he was not there to enjoy it. Kevin Kline's description was pitch perfect:

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2007

This was a strange and dark year for the Oscars, which is why it is fitting that the lovely, dark, strange, and under-appreciated Tilda Swinton would win an Oscar. She is such a talent, and every role she churns out she continues to fascinate me. Even in her Oscar speech, she talks about her agent's butt. An instant classic win.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2006

Martin Scorsese winning an Oscar really is one of my favorite wins of all time, and easily the best of this year. George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg getting to present that long overdue golden guy to their friend and colleague was just an awesome moment. I also really loved The Departed and thought it was a great film to honor Scorsese because it showcased him at this best.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2005

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death hit me so hard. When I was really starting to discover film, he was at his peak. His Lester Bangs in Almost Famous is still one of my favorite film characters, and delivers my favorite movie quote. He finally got his recognition for his stunning transformation into Truman Capote in Bennett Miller's fantastic Capote. He is a talent that was taken away from us way too soon, but he left an endearing legacy of incredible films.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2004

Morgan Freeman is just one of those actors. It doesn't matter what character he is playing or the type of movie he is in. He is just one of those actors that you can't help but gravitate to. Even though I think he had better roles in previous nominations, I was thrilled to finally see him take the Oscar stage for Million Dollar Baby.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2003

I loved the Lord of the Rings victory of several reasons. First, it was an incredible film series. Second, it was the type of epic, popular, and yet artistic film that should be winning Best Picture. Third, it was the first, and only, fantasy film to win this award. I love quality genre films, and I am kind of sad that none have won since (and given the new preferential ballot, probably never will again). But this was a breakthrough for these types of genre films, as there has been greater Oscar awareness of genre in recent years. It was just a well-deserved, great Oscar moment.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2002

Hayao Miyazaki is a animation legend, whose features have crossed over to the United States, and probably can be credited with the massive accessibility and success of anime and manga in the last several decades. I really don't read or watch any other anime, but I always make sure to check out Miyazaki movies, and I'm so thrilled he is planning another. Spirited Away is one of his finest films. It is incredibly artistic, beautifully animated, and emotionally resonate. Even if he wasn't there to accept the honor, it was still nice to hear his name called out.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2001

This one is a tie. 2001 was a huge year for the Oscars, as the first, and only black actress won Best Actress, and only the second black actor won Best Actor, on the same night that the first black actor to win Best Actor was honored with an Honorary Oscar. In many ways, this night, the emotion and historical weight of Halle, Denzel, and Sidney all winning opened a lot of doors. While there have been the #OscarsSoWhite years, there have also been a lot more African American nominees and winners since this night. Halle was so shocked and so emotional, everyone was crying with her, Denzel and Sidney shared an incredible moment toasting each other with their Oscars, and a legend was honored.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 2000

My personal favorite film of all time is Almost Famous. Not just because it is a great film, but it is a nostalgic favorite. It is the first film that I saw as a teenager that I really connected with, the first non-kids movie that made me realize the power of cinema. I was so thrilled to see in win an Oscar. I know that Cameron Crowe's career since this film has left a lot of be desired. But he really hit in on the head with Almost Famous.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 1999

Pedro Almodovar has proven himself to be a masterful director, and has made some modern classics. My favorite films of 1999 like Toy Story 2, Election, Three Kings, The Iron Giant, and others didn't really make the Best Picture cut. Also, while some great performers and tech guys won, none of the wins were particularly memorable or fantastic to me. All About My Mother for Foreign Language Film is the one, when I look back, that I think has stood the test of time as a great choice for the Academy.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 1998

Steven Spielberg is one of my favorite directors, and his two genres, science fiction and historical dramas, are two that I always enjoy. I was not old enough to remember him winning for Schindler's List, but I do remember this win, and it was so well-deserved. Saving Private Ryan remains one of the best war films of all time, and his opening action sequence of D-Day is, according to those veterans who lived through it, is one of the most realistic portrayals ever put on the silver screen.

Celebrating the Oscars: My Favorite Oscar Moments - 1997

The first year I remember watching the Oscars was 1997, during the Titanic frenzy. But my favorite moment of the night was not the Titanic sweep, it was Best Supporting Actor. Robin Williams was my childhood, with Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire. He was a one of a kind talent, whose humor, and darkness always came through on screen. His death still sits with me and still impacts me. I'm glad the Academy recognized his brilliance, and of course, his speech was hilarious and surprisingly sweet.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Oscar Narrative: Final Predictions - Final List

This is it! This is the finish line. No more changes, no more second guessing, no more. These are my final predictions. Tune in tomorrow as I countdown my favorite Oscar moments of the last 20 years, in honor of this milestone ceremony, and tomorrow night I will update the winners live.

Best Picture - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Director - Guillermo Del Toro "The Shape of Water"
Best Actor - Gary Oldman "Darkest Hour"
Best Actress - Frances McDormand "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Best Supporting Actress - Allison Janney "I, Tonya"
Best Adapted Screenplay - James Ivory "Call Me By Your Name"
Best Original Screenplay - Martin McDonagh "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Best Animated Feature - Coco
Best Documentary Feature - Faces Places
Best Foreign Language Film - A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
Best Cinematography -  Roger Deakins "Blade Runner 2049"
Best Costume Design - Phantom Thread
Best Film Editing - Dunkirk
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Darkest Hour
Best Original Score - Alexandre Desplat "The Shape of Water"
Best Original Song - Coco - Remember Me
Best Production Design - The Shape of Water
Best Sound Editing - Dunkirk
Best Sound Mixing - Dunkirk
Best Visual Effects - Blade Runner 2049
Best Animated Short - Garden Party
Best Documentary Short - Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Best Live Action Short - DeKalb Elementary

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Picture

Will Win - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Could Win - Get Out or The Shape of Water

Should Win - Lady Bird

Commentary - After all this craziness, I have narrowed this down to three films: Get Out, Three Billboards, and The Shape of Water. Get Out was my pick for the last two weeks or so. It just seemed to have the momentum after the WGA like Moonlight did last year. Can it still win? Oh definitely. Will it win? I just think that four nominations is too low, and it is a film that too many in the Academy seem to not understand. The Shape of Water is the conventional choice. It won the PGA and DGA. It is missing the SAG, but actors in the Academy clearly like it. Yet, when I think about it winning, it seems off. The SAG stat has stumped me the last two years. The Shape of Water has a lot of support, but some its snubs and losses are head-scratching, and it makes me think that while there is a lot of respect for the film, a Best Picture win is not in the cards. Three Billboards seemed too divisive, too much for Academy voters. And yet, it continues to over-perform everywhere, it seems to have a passionate following, and it continues to defy the odds. I think that the reason Three Billboards will win, is that despite the fact that so many online and in the snob circles have tried to pin it down as racist or derogatory, every other group has recognized that it represents America, it all of its ugly glory. Right now people are angry, they want to see women rise to the top in the face of adversity, and they are coming to realize the ugly truth that this country is more divided than it has been in over a century. This divisiveness and anger is screamed at you throughout Three Billboards. It is an unconventional nominee and it would be an extremely unconventional winner. But in this race that has been anything but ordinary, it seems like a fitting end for this quirky, angry, and yet surprisingly beautiful film to finish the race on top.

The 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards

Get Out

Ingrid Goes West

Life and Nothing More

Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick”

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, “Call Me by Your Name”

Tatiana S. Riegel, “I, Tonya”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


Faces Places

A Fantastic Woman (Chile)

Chloé Zhao

Jonathan Olshefski, Director of “Quest”

Justin Chon, Director of “Gook”

Giulia Caruso & Ki Jin Kim
Ben LeClair
Summer Shelton

The 38th Annual Golden Raspberries "Razzie" Award "Winners"

Here are the worst of the worst:

The Emoji Movie

Tyler Perry "Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween"

Tom Cruise "The Mummy"

Mel Gibson "Daddy’s Home 2"

Kim Basinger "Fifty Shades Darker"

Any Two Obnoxious Emojis "The Emoji Movie"

Fifty Shades Darker

Anthony (Tony) Leonidis "The Emoji Movie"

The Emoji Movie

Barry L. Bumstead Award Winner

Rotten Tomatoes Poll Winner For So Rotten You Loved It

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Oscar Narrative: Final Predictions - Best Director

Will Win - Guillermo Del Toro "The Shape of Water"

Could Win - Christopher Nolan "Dunkirk"

Should Win - Nolan

Commentary - Best Pictures is such a mess, I still am not sure, and I have to make my final choice tomorrow. But this one seems sewn up. This is the year of Gravity, where Best Picture was a race to the finish, but everyone knew Cuaron was going to win. Guillermo Del Toro has this one in the bag. I would love to see Nolan make a play here, but his chance to gain ground has long passed. This is Guillermo's year. He has won all the major precursors, is beloved in this industry, and is a brilliant director. He has worked hard to earn this Oscar, and he will get his moment to shine come Sunday night.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Oscar Narrative: Final Predictions - Best Actor

Will Win - Gary Oldman "Darkest Hour"

Could Win - Timothee Chalamet "Call Me By Your Name"

Should Win - Gary Oldman "Darkest Hour"

Commentary - Oldman was in this race from the first photo that was released showing his physical transformation into Winston Churchill. But it wasn't just his physical makeup and mannerisms. Oldman captured the spirit of Winston Churchill, his anger, his passion, his caring nature, his defiance. Oldman studied Churchill for years, like a fanboy of his favorite leader. That kind of dedication is why Oldman skyrocketed to the top of the pack this year, and has remained there. Some folks are still pushing the Timothee Chalamet win, and he is a talented young guy with a brilliant career ahead of them. But in doing so, they have downplayed, belittled, and demeaned Oldman, and have acted superior to those who did not see their way. In doing so, it has made me even more determined to see a legend like Oldman take the stage and win his long overdue first Academy Award.