Monday, November 11, 2019

The 7th Annual Makeup and Hairstyling Guild Award Nominations

I don't know why these are so early this year. I know that everything is abbreviated, but I can't help but think that Little Women, 1917, and Star Wars could be players in this category. Expect these to look a lot different from the Oscar nods.

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP
Avengers: End Game
Bombshell
Hustlers
John Wick: Parabellum
Us

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP
Dolemite is My Name
Downton Abbey
Joker
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Rocketman

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
Bombshell
Captain Marvel
The Irishman
It: Chapter 2
Rocketman

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING
Bombshell
Hustlers
John Wick: Parabellum
Joker
The Laundromat

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING
Downton Abbey
Dolemite is My Name
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Rocketman

TELEVISION & NEW MEDIA SERIES – BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP
Big Little Lies
Euphoria
Grace and Frankie
The Handmaid’s Tale
Russian Doll

TELEVISION & NEW MEDIA SERIES – BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP
American Horror Story: 1984
Chernobyl
Fosse/Verdon
Game of Thrones
Glow

TELEVISION & NEW MEDIA SERIES – BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
American Horror Story: 1984
Chernobyl
Fosse/Verdon
Game of Thrones
Star Trek: Discovery

TELEVISION & NEW MEDIA SERIES – BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING
Big Little Lies 2
black-ish
Empire
Grace and Frankie
The Handmaid’s Tale

TELEVISION & NEW MEDIA SERIES – BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING
American Horror Story: 1984
Chernobyl
Fosse/Verdon
Glow
Pose

MOTION PICTURE OR SPECIAL MADE FOR TELEVISION — BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE UP
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Saturday Night Live
So You Think You Can Dance: Season 1
World of Dance

MOTION PICTURE OR SPECIAL MADE FOR TELEVISION- BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP
Deadwood: The Movie
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jefferson’s'
Patsy & Loretta
Rent Live!
Saturday Night Live

MOTION PICTURE OR SPECIAL MADE FOR TELEVISION – BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
6 Underground
Celebrity Big Brother Season 2
MTV- 2019 Video Music Awards
Paddleton
Saturday Night Live

MOTION PICTURE OR SPECIAL MADE FOR TELEVISION- BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING
America’s Got Talent
Dancing with the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice
World of Dance

MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION — BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING
6 Underground
Deadwood: The Movie
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'
Patsy & Loretta
Rent Live!

DAYTIME TELEVISION – BEST MAKE-UP
The Bold and The Beautiful
Dr. Phil
The Price is Right
The Real
The Young and The Restless

CHILDREN & TEEN TELEVISION PROGRAMMING – BEST MAKE-UP
All That
Henry Danger
Just Add Magic
No Good Nick
A Series of Unfortunate Events

CHILDREN & TEEN TELEVISION PROGRAMMING – BEST HAIR STYLING
All That
Fuller House
Lip Sync Battle Shorties
Malibu Recue
A Series of Unfortunate Events

COMMERCIALS & MUSIC VIDEOS – BEST MAKE-UP
All That
Botched: Season 6 Promo
GEICO: A Witch for a Third Roommate
Pose: Promo Campaign
Warehouse’ The ‘Good/Evil’ Spectrum Communications Ad Campaign

THEATRICAL PRODUCTION – BEST MAKE-UP
Cats the Musical
Into the Woods
La Boheme
Reefer Madness
Sweeney Todd

THEATRICAL PRODUCTION – BEST HAIR STYLING
Cats the Musical
Hamilton
Into the Woods
La Boheme
Sweeney Todd

2019 Peoples Choice Award Winners

People's Champion Award 
Pink

Fashion Icon Award
Gwen Stefani

People's Icon of 2019
Jennifer Aniston

Movie of 2019
Avengers: Endgame

Comedy Movie of 2019
Murder Mystery

Action Movie of 2019
Avengers: Endgame

Drama Movie of 2019
After

Family Movie of 2019
Aladdin

Male Movie Star of 2019
Robert Downey Jr. "Avengers: Endgame"

Female Movie Star of 2019
Zendaya "Spider-Man: Far From Home"

Drama Movie Star of 2019
Cole Sprouse "Five Feet Apart"

Comedy Movie Star of 2019
Noah Centineo "The Perfect Date"

Action Movie Star of 2019
Tom Holland "Spider-Man: Far From Home"

Animated Movie Star of 2019
Beyoncé "The Lion King"

Show of 2019
Stranger Things

Drama Show of 2019
Stranger Things

Comedy Show of 2019
The Big Bang Theory

Reality Show of 2019
Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Competition Show of 2019
America's Got Talent

Male TV Star of 2019
Cole Sprouse "Riverdale"

Female TV Star of 2019
Millie Bobby Brown "Stranger Things"

Drama TV Star of 2019
Zendaya "Euphoria"

Comedy TV Star of 2019
Kristen Bell "The Good Place"

Daytime Talk Show of 2019
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Nighttime Talk Show of 2019
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Competition Contestant of 2019
Hannah Brown "The Bachelorette"

Reality Star of 2019
Khloé Kardashian "Keeping Up With the Kardashians"

Bingeworthy Show of 2019
Outlander

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2019
Shadowhunters

Male Artist of 2019
Shawn Mendes

Female Artist of 2019
Billie Eilish

Group of 2019
BLACKPINK

Song of 2019
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello "Señorita"

Album of 2019
Taylor Swift "Lover"

Country Artist of 2019
Blake Shelton

Latin Artist of 2019
Becky G

Music Video of 2019
BLACKPINK "Kill This Love"

Concert Tour of 2019
BLACKPINK, BLACKPINK 2019 World

Social Star of 2019
David Dobrik

Beauty Influencer of 2019
Bretman Rock

Social Celebrity of 2019
Ellen DeGeneres

Animal Star of 2019
Doug the Pug

Comedy Act of 2019
Kevin Hart

Style Star of 2019
Harry Styles

Game Changer of 2019
Simone Biles

Pop Podcast of 2019
Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley and Tanya Rad

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The 4th Annual Critics Choice Documentary Award Winners

Best Documentary Feature 
Apollo 11

Best Director 
(TIE) Peter Jackson "They Shall Not Grow Old" and Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar "American Factory"

Best Cinematography
The Biggest Little Farm

Best Editing
Apollo 11

Best Score
Apollo 11

Best Narration
Bruce Springsteen "Western Stars"

Best First Documentary Feature
Honeyland

Best Archival Documentary
Apollo 11

Best Biographical Documentary
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Best Music Documentary
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Best Political Documentary
American Factory

Best Science/Nature Documentary
Apollo 11

Best Sports Documentary
Maiden

Most Innovative Documentary
They Shall Not Grow Old

Best Short Documentary
Period. End of Sentence.

The D A Pennebaker Award
Frederick Wiseman

The Landmark Award
Michael Apted

Celebrating a Decade of The Awards Psychic: Top 100 Films of 2009-2019, Part VIII

30. Fences (2016) - A straight play can often make for tedious enterprises on screen. Fences is a marvelous exception to the rule. Denzel Washington doesn't do anything fancy with his camera. He doesn't have flashy editing or special effects. All he does is focus his camera on his characters and their stories. In particular he focuses on himself, and the great Viola Davis. These two are the finest actors of this generation. They decided to try this film on stage first, as practice. They won Tony Awards for their roles. Who wins Tony Awards for practice? Denzel Washington and Viola Davis do. With the help of August Wilson's fantastic and human screenplay, they are simply mesmerizing on screen, capturing the emotion, anger, and forgiveness of their characters. When she won her Oscar for this film Viola Davis famously said, "Thank God I became an artist, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life!" As a public librarian, I would argue that there are two professions, but I appreciate the sentiment. Fences was not built for box office success, and its goal was never awards glory. It was made to do one thing, and one thing only: to "exhume and exalt" the ordinary people. It did just that, beautifully, I might add.

29. Arrival (2016) - Think piece science fiction films have had a renaissance over the last decade, and no film is a better representation of that than Denis Villeneuve's Arrival. I recently showed this to my Monday Night Move crew at my library. I was really nervous, because normally science fiction is not their favorite. I was shocked when they came out of the film love it, and praising it. Now that I am looking back, I should hot have been as shocked as I was, because at its core, Arrival is about human nature and love. Sure it is the story of a linguist who is tasked with communicating with aliens that have mysteriously landed on Earth. But even the aliens have humanity in them. Arrival succeeds because of two key components. First and foremost is Amy Adams. She was robbed of an Oscar nod for this role, as she was emotional, magnetic, mysterious, and a true star power. The other component is Denis Villeneuve. His recent career streak of well-made, human driven science fiction films is astonishing. As he prepares for Dune, we can look to Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 as examples of his mastery, and proof as to why we are so excited about his next directing adventure.

28. Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - I look back at the controversy surrounding Three Billboards, and I am still bewildered as to how it became such a specter over the 2017 Oscar race. The rub, for some folks, was that Sam Rockwell's character has a redemptive arc towards the end of the film, even though he is portrayed as a racist cop, who brutalized black citizens in his position. I get that that can be hard for some people, and I'm not unsympathetic. But the question remains, does that turn make him less racist? I don't think so. I think it shows that even the most despicable of human beings have the ability to at least attempt to do something right. Just like Mildred, the grieving mother, has the ability to cross the line into criminal activities. Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand won Oscar for their brilliant portrayals of the complex nature of human behavior. Rockwell's character is still a racist cop who abused power and brutalized his fellow man, and Mildred is still a grieving mother that deserves answers. The great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in his Hollywood Reporter article defending the film, wrote this, " Though it’s unfortunate that the highly sensitive issue of police violence is used but never fully addressed, the movie isn’t about that. It’s about the search for the ember of humanity in all of us, and fanning that ember until it burns bright, even in the darkest of us. In doing so, it reaches all people of all backgrounds and asks us to take a single step toward enlightenment. That’s what our best works of art should do." I could not agree more.

27. Moonlight (2016) - It is still such a shame that Moonlight and La La Land got caught up in that mess with that accountant on Oscar night. Both are such great films that deserved better. Moonlight's win was historic, and it was marred by stupidity. Moonlight became the first LGBTQ+ film to ever win Best Picture at the Oscars. It was an incredible moment, that was made possible by the greatness of Barry Jenkins. He brought a realistic aesthetic, brilliant, yet subtle technical elements, a heart, and a quiet effectiveness to the tragic story of a young man unable to live his life as he should. He was helped out tremendously by an amazing cast, led by the likes of Mahershala Ali and Naomi Harris. Moonlight is a breathtaking, mesmerizing, emotional, and transcending film that will continue to go down as one of the best of the last decade. With this, and If Beale Street Could Talk, Jenkins has proven himself to be a young master of human emotion, and of telling the stories of those who are often forgotten. I cannot wait to see what he does next.

26. Black Panther (2018) - I completely understand where Martin Scorsese is coming from. Some of the Marvel and DC outings as of late have become tedious enterprises, and are more concerned about continuing the universe than telling a good story. However, Scorsese is not 100% right. There have been some notable exceptions to the rule, that prove that, if put in the right hands, comic book stories can been cinematic and brilliant. The best example of this is Black Panther. Marvel took a chance on Ryan Coogler, and it might have been its most successful gamble to date. Sure, it still has the breathtaking action, the connections to the bigger Marvel story line, and eye popping visuals. But Coogler was allowed some independence to vary from the Marvel brand. He was able to bring in technical masters like Ruth Carter and Rachel Morrison to create a different aesthetic. He was able to embed cultural relevance in the form of the African America plight and African culture. He was able to cast a stunning ensemble that ranged from newcomers like Letitia Wright to legends like Angela Bassett. These details took a good movie, and made it an incredible one. Black Panther became the first comic book film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. If Marvel continues to take chances on filmmakers with Coogler's level of talent, they could defy Scorsese's criticisms, and see more Oscar gold in their future.

25. Boyhood (2014) - Boyhood is a unique cinematic marvel. It took 12 years, with the same cast, to shoot the story of a young boy growing up in America. The rockstar editing, the fete of cinematic brilliance, and the daring nature of the film making, make Boyhood one of those films that will stand the test of time. But I think that the real reason that Boyhood is resonant with so many people, is that beneath that interesting story of how it was made, is a wonderful tale of family and growing up. It is a quietly effective film, with a soft and simple script, and great performances, particularly from Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke,. It has a few flash point moments, but other than that Linklater lets the story unfold with subtle brilliance. It is in its quiet, that Boyhood finds its stroke of genius. Because at the end of the day, it is one of the most honest portrayals of family life in this country, and that makes it just as unique as its process does.

24. Birdman (2014) - When Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu won his Oscar for The Revenant, I was literally huffing and puffing in anger. George Miller was robbed. However, a year earlier, I was jumping for joy at his Oscar wins for the brilliant Birdman. A lot of folks still think that Boyhood was robbed, and many cannot wrap their heads around Birdman's win. I like both films, but I have to admit that I would have voted for Birdman too. It is a loud, darkly funny, incredible entertaining cinematic experience, whose technological fetes were just as impressive and important as Boyhood's, but just didn't get the same press. It is a non-stop, breathtaking film, brilliantly constructed, constantly engaging, and led by an amazing cast of Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emma Stone. It is also a darkly honest look at fame, our superhero obsessed culture, and the often disturbing lives of artists grappling with the specter of success. It is that depth that is often missed by those who are critical of its awards success, and something that makes it an extraordinary film.

23. Bridesmaids (2011) - Dying is easy, comedy is hard. Raunchy comedy that is actually engaging and deep is even harder. So many films in the last decade have tried to capture the balance of ball-busting raunchy humor, and emotional and engaging character development, but only a few have actually succeeded. The most successful of those films was Paul Feig's surprise hit Bridesmaids. It is so damn funny, there are moments where you are about to pee your pants. It also nails the cringe-worthy horror funny that often accompanies events like weddings. So what sets it apart from say, The Hangover? Well, it is also a brilliant ensemble piece led by the talents of Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, and a star-making turn from Melissa McCarthy, which earned her her first Oscar nomination. It is also fueled by a brilliant, Oscar-nominated script, that brings so much depth to this film. This is not just a raunchy comedy about Bridemaids. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the love, humor, and sometimes pain of friendship, is a beautifully feminist take on the genre, and is a film that is just so endearing, you can't help but fall in love.

22. Manchester by the Sea (2016) - Manchester by the Sea is a film that became a solid number three in the 2016 Oscar season, one of my favorites, in terms of the number of films I loved, in recent memory. It really was, in the end, left out of the discussion, as the race became La La Land vs. Moonlight. It should not have been, because it was a fantastic film. I am not going to dive into the Casey Affleck situation, other than to say that if he did those things, I hope he gets whats coming for him. In terms of his performance, it was incredible, and the range of emotion, the heart and soul he poured into this character cannot be denied. Michelle Williams is good as always, and Lucas Hedges is the surprise of the film, in a role that set his career in motion. But I think that the bulk of the credit goes to Kenneth Lonergan. He is a masterful playwright and screenwriter, building incredible characters and really truly yanking the emotion right out of you. Manchester By the Sea is an emotional powerhouse, a quiet film of family, faith, and duty, and at times a surprisingly funny film. At moments you are drenched in its warmth, and at others you are bawling at its pain. Manchester By the Sea was a stroke of genius writing, and it is a film that still remains with me, three years later. It just has an impact that won't quit.

21. The Martian (2015) - Instead of Inarritu winning a second, and wholly undeserved second Oscar, it should have gone to George Miller. Or, if the Academy's director's branch had done the right thing, it really should have gone to the great Ridley Scott. After years of trying new genres, Scott dove back into the science fiction genre, with a fantastic adaption of Andy Weir's brilliant novel, The Martian. This film just has everything going for it. It is a technical marvel, is brilliantly executed by a master in Scott, and is a thrilling, funny, emotional, and entertaining film that is simply one of the best experiences I have had in a theater in a long time. Scott deserves a lot of credit, but so does Matt Damon. I think, as an actor, that Damon often flies under the radar. He is good in everything, he has charisma and star power, and is just one of those actors that everyone seems to like. For all of his awards attention, he has not actually gotten that many acting nominations. The Martian is his best work to date, and it showcases his talents, as he alone is left to carry the film. He is magnetic, funny, emotional, and truly shows what a talent he truly is in front of the camera.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The 32nd European Film Award Nominations

Winners announced on December 7th:

Best European Film
The Favourite
Les Miserables
An Officer and a Spy
Pain and Glory
System Crasher
The Traitor

Best European Comedy
Ditte & Louise
The Favourite
Tel Aviv onFire

European Discovery - Prix Fipresci
Aniara
Atlantics
Blind Spot
Irina
Les Miserables
Ray & Liz

Best European Documentary
The Disappearance of My Mother
For Sama
Honeyland
Putin's Witness
Selfie

Best European Animated Feature Film
Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
I Lost My Body
Marona's Fantastic Tale
The Swallows of Kabul

Best European Short
The Christmas Gift
Dogs Barking at Birds
The Marvelous Misadventures of The Stone Lady
Reconstruction
Watermelon Juice

Best European Director
Yorgos Lanthimos "The Favourite"
Roman Polanski "An Officer and a Spy"
Pedro Almodovar "Pain and Glory"
Celine Sciamma "Portrait of a Lady on Fire"
Marco Bellocchio "The Traitor"

Best European Actress
Olivia Colman "The Favourite"
Trine Dyerholm "Queen of Hearts"
Adele Haenel "Portrait of a Lady on Fire"
Noemie Merlant "Portrait of a Lady on Fire"
Viktoria Miroshnichenko "Beanpole"
Helena Zengal "System Crasher"

Best European Actor
Giordano Gederlini, Lady Ly, Alexis Manenti "Les Miserables"
Robert Harris and Roman Polanski "An Officer and a Spy"
Pedro Almodovar "Pain & Glory"
Celine Sciamma "Portrait of a Lady on Fire"
Francesco Piccolo, Marco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella "The Traitor"

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

2019 British Independent Film Award (BIFA) Nominations

Winners announced December 1st:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
Bait
For Sama
The Personal History of David Copperfield
The Souvenir
Wild Rose

BEST DIRECTOR
Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts "For Sama"
Oliver Hermanus "Moffie"
Joanna Hogg "The Souvenir"
Mark Jenkin "Bait"
Asif Kapadia "Diego Maradona"

BEST SCREENPLAY
Joanna Hogg "The Souvenir"
Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell "The Personal History of David Copperfield"
Paul Laverty "Sorry We Missed You"
Peter Strickland "In Fabric"
Nicole Taylor "Wild Rose"

BEST ACTRESS
Jessie Buckley "Wild Rose"
Holliday Grainger "Animals"
Sally Hawkins "Eternal Beauty"
Vicky Night "Dirty God"
Renee Zellweger "Judy"

BEST ACTOR
Sam Adewumni "The Last Tree"
Tom Burke 'The Souvenir"
Kris Hitchen "Sorry We Missed You"
Josh O'Connor "Only You"
Dev Patel "The Personal History of David Copperfield"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Barden "Scarborough"
Ruthxijiah Bellenea "The Last Tree"
Elizabeth Debicki "Vita and Virginia"
Tilda Swinton "The Personal History of David Copperfield"
Julie Walters "Wild Rose"
JESSICA BARDEN Scarborough

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHiwetel Ejiofor "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind"
Hugh Laurie "The Personal History of David Copperfield"
Edlison Manuel Olbera Nunez "Yuli - The Carlos Acosta Story"
Peter Mullan "The Vanishing"
Bluey Robinson "Dirty God"

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD (DEBUT DIRECTOR)
Will Becher and Richard Phelan "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon"
Fyzal Boulifa "Lynn + Lucy"
Ninian Doff "Boyz in the Wood"
Chiwetel Ejiofor "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind"
Hary Wootliff "Only You"

BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCER
Finn Bruce "Tucked"
Kate Byers and Lynn Waite "Bait"
Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor "Blue Story"
Becky Read "Three Identical Strangers"
Jack Sidey "Moffie"

DEBUT SCREENWRITER
Kiernan Hurley "Beats"
Lisa Owens "Days of the Bagnold Summer"
Nicole Taylor "Wild Rose"
Emma Jane Unsworth "Animals"
Harry Wootliff "Only You"

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Sam Adewumni "The Last Tree"
Vicky Knight "Dirty God"
Lorn MacDonald "Beats"
Roxanne Scrimshaw "Lynn + Lucy"
Honor Swinton Byrne "The Souvenir"

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Coup 53
Diego Mardona
For Sama
Seahorse
Tell Me Who I Am

THE RAINDANCE DISCOVERY AWARD
A Bump Along the Way
Children of the Snow Land
Here for Life
Muscle
The Street

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM
Anna
Boiling Point
The Devil's Harmony
Goldfish
Serious Tingz

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
Ash is the Purest White
Marriage Story
Monos
Parasite
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

BEST CASTING
In Fabric
The Last Tree
Only You
The Personal History of David Copperfield
Wild Rose

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beats
In Fabric
Judy
Moffie
The Personal History of David Copperfield

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
In Fabric
Judy
The Personal History of David Copperfield
The Souvenir
Wild Rose

BEST EDITING
Bait
Diego Maradona
For Sama
The Personal History of David Copperfield
The Souvenir

BEST EFFECTS
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
In Fabric
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

BEST MAKE UP & HAIR DESIGN
Dirty God
In Fabric
Judy
The Personal History of David Copperfield
Wild Rose

BEST MUSIC
Beats
Diego Maradona
For Sama
In Fabric
Wild Rose

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
In Fabric
Judy
The Personal History of David Copperfield
The Souvenir
The White Crow

BEST SOUND
Beats
Diego Maradona
Gwen
In Fabric
Wild Rose

Friday, October 25, 2019

2019 IFP Gotham Award Nominations

Best Feature
The Farewell
Hustlers
Marriage Story
Uncut Gems
Waves

Best Actor
Willem Dafoe “The Lighthouse”
Adam Driver “Marriage Story”
Aldis Hodge “Clemency”
Andre Holland “High Flying Bird”
Adam Sandler “Uncut Gems”

Best Actress
Awkwafina “The Farewell”
Elisabeth Moss “Her Smell”
Mary Kay Place “Diane”
Florence Pugh “Midsommar”
Alfre Woodard “Clemency”

Breakthrough Actor
Julia Fox “Uncut Gems”
Aisling Franciosi “The Nightingale”
Chris Galust “Give Me Liberty”
Noah Jupe “Honey Boy”
Jonathan Majors “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
Taylor Russell “Waves”

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre “The Mustang”
Kent Jones “Diane”
Joe Talbot “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
Olivia Wilde “Booksmart”
Phillip Youmans “Burning Cane”

Best Screenplay
Ari Aster “Midsommar”
Noah Baumbach “Marriage Story”
Jimmie Fails, Joe Talbot, and Rob Richert “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
Tarell Alvin McCraney “High Flying Bird”
Lulu Wang “The Farewell”

Best Documentary
American Factory
Apollo 11
The Edge of Democracy
Midnight Traveler
One Child Nation

Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Chernobyl
David Makes Man
My Brilliant Friend
Unbelievable
When They See Us

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
Pen15
Ramy
Russian Doll
Tuca & Bertie
Undone

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The 35th Annual IDA Award Nominations

Best Feature Nominees
Advocate
American Factory
Apollo 11
The Biggest Little Farm
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland
Midnight Family
One Child Nation
Sea of Shadows

Best Short Nominees
A Love Song for Latasha
After Maria
America
Los Comandos
Easter Snap
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl)
Sam and the Plant Next Door
The Nightcrawlers
Valley of the Rulers

Best Director 
Petra Costa "The Edge of Democracy"
Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche "Advocate"
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert "American Factory"
Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov "Honeyland"
Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts "For Sama"

Best Curated Series
American Experience
BBC Storyville
Dokumania
POV
AJE Witness

Best Episodic Series
Abstract: The Art of Design
Finding Justice
Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole
Living Undocumented
Our Planet

Best Multi-Part Documentary
Chasing the Moon
Leaving Neverland
Lorena
Surviving R. Kelly
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

Best Short Form Series 
A Cure for Fear
A Moment in Mexico — The New York Times Op-Docs
Guardian Documentaries
POV Shorts
The F Word

Best Audio Documentary
Gladiator: The Aaron Hernandez Story
Headlong: Running from COPS
Heavyweight — Episode: “Skye”
Latino USA — Episode: “The Return”
A Sense of Quietness

Best Music Documentary
Amazing Grace
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
The Apollo
The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award 
All That Remains
Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie
Brewed in Palestine
Follow the Sun
In the Wake

Best Cinematography
Dark Suns
Gods of Molenbeek
Honeyland
Midnight Family
When Lambs Become Lions

Best Editing 
American Factory
Apollo 11
Diego Maradona
Human Nature
Midnight Family
When Lambs Become Lions

Best Music Score
Apollo 11
Human Nature
Sea of Shadows
The Biggest Little Farm
The Raft

Best Writing
Always in Season
Dark Suns
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
The Great Hack

Pare Lorentz Award 
Honeyland

Honorable Mention - Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

First 2020 Golden Globe Television Nomination Predictions

Best Drama Series
Big Little Lies
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Morning Show
Succession

Best Comedy Series
Barry
Fleabag
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Politician
Russian Doll

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Carell "The Morning Show"
Brian Cox "Succession"
Kit Harington "Game of Thrones"
Tobias Menzies "The Crown"
Billy Porter "Pose"

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston "The Morning Show"
Olivia Colman "The Crown"
Jodi Comer "Killing Eve"
Nicole Kidman "Big Little Lies"
Sandra Oh "Killing Eve"

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Ted Danson "The Good Place"
Michael Douglas "The Kominsky Method"
Ricky Gervais "After Life"
Bill Hader "Barry"
Ben Platt "The Politician"

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Rachel Brosnahan "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Kirsten Dunst "On Becoming a God in Central Florida"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus "Veep"
Natasha Lyonne "Russian Doll"
Phoebe Waller-Bridge "Fleabag"

Best TV Movie/Limited Series
Chernobyl
El Camino
Fosse/Verdon
Unbelievable
When They See Us

Best Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series
Mahershala Ali "True Detective"
Jared Harris "Chernobyl"
Jharrel Jerome "When They See Us"
Aaron Paul "El Camino"
Sam Rockwell "Fosse/Verdon"

Best Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series
Toni Collette "Unbelievable"
Joey King "The Act"
Helen Mirren "Catherine the Great"
Merritt Wever "Unbelievable"
Michelle Williams "Fosse/Verdon"

Best Supporting Actor
Peter Dinklage "Game of Thrones"
Josh O'Connor "The Crown"
Andrew Scott "Fleabag"
Tony Shalhoub "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Stellan Skarsgard "Chernobyl"

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette "The Act"
Helena Bonham Carter "The Crown"
Laura Dern "Big Little Lies"
Jessica Lange "The Politician"
Meryl Streep "Big Little Lies"

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Celebrating a Decade of The Awards Psychic: Top 100 Films of 2009-2019, Part VII

40. The Shape of Water (2017) - The Shape of Water was an unusual choice for Academy voters a few years ago. It was essentially science fiction/fantasy. It has an inter-species romance, and its main character was a mute. It was an unusual choice on paper, but once voters and audiences saw the film, those doubts were erased. That is because Guillermo Del Toro and his team elevate the premise (as he does with all of his films), and made it a film deemed worthy of the Best Picture of the Year. That is because at its center it is a human story. Don't worry, like all of Del Toro's films, this is a technical masterpiece. By combining historical setting with fantasy elements, we got to see an amazing array of costumes, masterwork camera shots, sets, and visual effects. But at its center are its characters, and their stories and their struggles make The Shape of Water an emotional powerhouse, as well as a visual stunner. Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, and Octavia Spencer all are fantastic in their supporting roles. But it is Sally Hawkins amazing performance that really is the heart and soul of the film. It is a difficult role, and it takes an actor with incredible skill to pull it off. Sally Hawkins didn't just pull it off, she took it and ran away with it, and was simply mesmerizing.

39. The King's Speech (2010) - Boy has The King's Speech taken a beating over the years. I agree that the best film of 2010 was The Social Network (as you will soon see), but I have never understood why film buffs always take their ire out on the other film that won just because their favorite lost. You know the Academy, and you know what they like. Is it really still so shocking that The King's Speech won? The answer should be no. It is right up the Academy's alley. It is a period drama about the Royal Family, and it makes you feel good. It also was a great film, and in all of the crap, it is important to remember that fact. It is well-made by Tom Hooper and his production team. It has an emotional, funny, and well-paced script by David Seidler. What really sets it apart though is its amazing cast. Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush both play their roles with gusto. But it is Colin Firth at its center that is why The King's Speech is such an endearing film. His vulnerability as a king with a disability, and then his ultimate strength because of his friend and wife, is a great journey to watch, and Firth earn a well-earned Academy Award for this triumph of a role.

38. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) - I said in an earlier post that my favorite Wes Anderson movie of the last ten years was Moonrise Kingdom. I think it is his sweetest film to date. Sure it has all of the Wes Anderson trademarks: quirky characters, outlandishly creative production design, a unique and fantastic script, an amazing cast. It it is the cast in particular that really shine, including a nice mix of Andeson favorites, and newcomers as well including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, and Lucas Hedges. But unlike some of the darker humor of films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom is a quietly effective film about first love. It is endearing, heartwarming, hilarious, and incredibly accessible. Anderson sometimes gets a bit too esoteric for me, and I can sometimes have trouble connecting with his films, even if I respect what he is doing. Moonrise Kingdom was a notable exception, and a film I still love to this day.

37. Spotlight (2015) - I really like Tom McCarthy as a director, especially some of his feel good dramedies like The Station Agent and Win Win. This was a big change for the director, tackling a straight historical drama and it paid off. Not only did he become an Oscar winner, but he led the film to a Best Picture Oscar. Spotlight is not a splashy film. It does have a few mesmerizing climatic moments, thanks to the efforts of Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, both of whom received well-deserved Oscar nominations for their roles. But other than that, this is an even tempo type film. It doesn't sensationalize. It lets the story unfold, it focuses on the victims and the reports, the stories that deserved to be told. It is led by an amazing ensemble, solid direction, and a pitch-perfect script. It is still odd that this film won Best Picture. Normally, quiet films like this get ignored for flashier efforts. But it is also a great choice for the Academy. It is an excellent film, and it is an important, albeit hard to watch, story that deserved this quality of film and deserved the recognition it got.

36. The Big Sick (2017) - Kumail Nanjiani had been a hardworking, up and coming comedian for a long time before he hit it big in 2017 with The Big Sick. He decided to take his own story, and the story of his wife's illness, and put it up on the screen. It was a magnificent move. First and foremost, Nanjiani is a talented writer, and is funny as hell. The Big Sick is a comedy first, and it shows in both his witty script, and his breakthrough lead performance. But The Big Sick manages to balance the humor, with the heart. Nanjiani manages to take a two-hour comedy movie, and add in a medical emergency with a family struggle, cultural relevance that honors his own heritage and his decision to break from it, and a fabulous ensemble piece with the likes of Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan, and Ray Romano. But at its heart and soul, The Big Sick is so well done because it is so personal. He and his wife Emily Gordon penned their own story, and it is that connection and that personal touch that make The Big Sick the best romantic comedy in ages.

35. Logan (2017) - Unlike Martin Scorsese (who I adore and respect), I am not a superhero movie hater. I do get tired of the same recycled stories, but I have been pleasantly surprised in recent years as studios have started to take risks when it comes to telling these stories. One of the biggest risks, with one of the best rewards, was James Mangold's Logan. It was so impressive that it became the first and only superhero movie in history to receive an Oscar nomination for screenplay. Logan is the antithesis of a superhero movie. Its a violent fugitive thriller, an almost post-apocalyptic western-esque nightmare, and an emotional swan song for two beloved characters. Led by terrific performances from Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, we finally get to see these talented actors fully flesh out these characters that they had been playing for almost two decades. Mangold has incredible command of this film, and it is sharp and pulse pounding. It all leads up to a sad, yet satisfying conclusion that truly gives one of our favorite heroes the proper send off. Note to Marvel and DC: make more films like this.

34. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) - This is a film that over the last year has just continued to grow and grow on me. I loved it the first time I saw it, and have watched it over and over again and it just gets richer with every viewing. Lee Israel is not a lovable character. She is an ornery criminal with the personality of a fire ant. She lied and forged, and never really showed much remorse. So how the hell did a movie about her become such a charming, energetic, funny, and memorable outing? It is because of four incredibly talented individuals. The young, up and coming filmmaker Marianne Heller has an incredible eye, and now apparently is 3/3, with her latest already receiving rave reviews. Nicole Holfcener's script is so sharp, so witty, so perfectly balanced, you can tell why she is one of the best in the game. Finally, the dynamic duo at the film's center are so damn good, you can't take their eyes of them. Richard E. Grant has been fantastic for years, and to see him get such a nice role this late in his career was welcomed. But at the center of this is Melissa McCarthy. She was just jaw-dropping in this role. Unlikable, yet endearing. Funny, yet sad. McCarthy proved that she is one of the finest actresses working today, and has incredible range beyond her comedy roots.

33. Inglourious Basterds (2009) - I don't think, at the time, that the world was really ready for the insane brilliance of Quentin Taratino's Inglourious Basterds. Since then, we have seen two new incantations of his revisionist history films. But in 2009, this was new territory. From that brilliant opening sequence where we are introduced to Christoph Waltz's absolutely jaw-dropping performance as Hans, to the finale where we get to see Hitler get obliterated by a machine gun. Everything about this film is ridiculous. It is loud, brash, historically inaccurate, and way too long. But of course, all of this is what makes it such a miraculous gamble as well, and the gamble paid off. The ensemble, also including Melanie Laurent, Diane Kruger and Brad Pitt, are fantastic. The direction is bold and visionary, and the script is the perfect representation of Tarantino's gift as a screenwriter, particularly the dense, yet fascinating dialogue. Inglourious Basterds should not have worked. But because of talent both behind, and in front of the camera, it went from being a ridiculous idea to a brilliant film.

32. Nebraska (2013) - I really am an Alexander Payne junkie. I just love the guys films. They are emotional, funny, and most of all, they are innately human. Nebraska is a quirky, funny, dry comedy with a great black and white aesthetic. It combines all of the best of Alexander Payne's instincts as a director, and a screenwriter, and has an amazing cast to boot, particularly Bruce Dern and June Squibb, who both are just mesmerizing and hilarious on screen. But at its core, Nebraska is so much more than a funny dark comedy. It is a story about fathers and sons, about family, about forgotten dreams, about the struggle that we all face as we watch our parents and grandparents age. Nebraska is funny, but at its heart there is a lot of pain. It is a pain that comes from understanding the truth of the task it takes to simply be human. No director working today understands this better than Alexander Payne, and Nebraska is a perfect example of that humanity and talent.

31. First Man (2018) - First Man won two awards in my end year Awards Psychic Awards. I feel its best to simply reiterate my sentiments from a few months ago. First, my comments on Ryan Gosling, who won Best Actor: "Ryan Gosling got no credit this year for First Man, and I really cannot understand why. Gosling learned so much about Neil Armstrong from his readings and meeting those who knew him. He learned that he was a no-nonsense, technically driven man, whose personal losses caused him to shut down emotionally. It is a lot harder than it looks to maintain that kind of control of a character, and Gosling nailed it. The children of Neil Armstrong praised Gosling and the film saying it was a perfect representation of who their father was. But Gosling's performance was not just accurate, it was a quietly stunning triumph." Finally, my thoughts on the film's Best Visual Effects win: "First Man, the underrated film of 2018, had a lot of practical production design, combined with its brilliant cinematography, that its visual effects might not seem as spectacular or obvious as say Avengers, Mary Poppins, or Ready Player One, all fine work. What I love about the visual effects in First Man is that you don't really know they are there, but their impact is immeasurable. The brilliant space walking scene showcased not only Chazelle's talent as a director, but the talent of these visual effects artists to make us feel the realism as if we were there. The Academy always loves to reward the most, which I understand, but sometimes its the subtlest of contenders that show the true master of the craft."

The Oscar Narrative: First 2020 Golden Globe Film Nomination Predictions

Best Picture - Drama
The Irishman
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Picture - Comedy/Musical
The Farewell
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Rocketman
The Two Popes

Best Actress - Drama
Cynthia Erivo "Harriet"
Scarlett Johansson "Marriage Story"
Helen Mirren "The Good Liar"
Saoirse Ronan "Little Women"
Renee Zellweger "Judy"

Best Actor - Drama
Christian Bale "Ford v. Ferrari"
Robert DeNiro "The Irishman"
Leonardo DiCaprio "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Adam Driver "Marriage Story"
Joaquin Phoenix "Joker"

Best Actor - Comedy/Musical
Daniel Craig "Knives Out"
Taron Egerton "Rocketman"
Eddie Murphy "Dolemite is My Name"
Jonathan Pryce "The Two Popes"
Adam Sandler "Uncut Gems"

Best Actress - Comedy/Musical
Awkwafina "The Farewell"
Kaitlyn Dever "Booksmart"
Beanie Feldstein "Booksmart"
Charlize Theron "Bombshell"
Emma Thompson "Late Night"

Best Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"
Anthony Hopkins "The Two Popes"
Al Pacino "The Irishman"
Joe Pesci "The Irishman"
Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

Best Supporting Actress
Annette Bening "The Report"
Laura Dern "Marriage Story"
Jennifer Lopez "Hustlers"
Margot Robbie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Shuzhen Zhou "The Farewell"

Best Director
Noah Baumbach "Marriage Story"
Bong Joon Ho "Parasite"
Sam Mendes "1917"
Quentin Tarantino "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Martin Scorsese "The Irishman"

Best Screenplay
Steve Zaillian "The Irishman"
Taika Wahiti "Jojo Rabbit"
Noah Baumbach "Marriage Story"
Quentin Tarantino "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Jin Won Han and Bong Joon Ho "Parasite"

Friday, October 18, 2019

The 4th Annual Critics Choice Documentary Award Nominations

Best Documentary Feature
American Factory (Netflix)
Apollo 11 (Neon)
The Biggest Little Farm (Neon)
The Cave (National Geographic)
Honeyland (Neon)
The Kingmaker (Showtime)
Knock Down the House (Netflix)
Leaving Neverland (HBO)
Maiden (Sony Pictures Classics)
One Child Nation (Amazon Studios)
They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros.)

BEST DIRECTOR
Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, For Sama (PBS)
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, American Factory (Netflix)
John Chester, The Biggest Little Farm (Neon)
Feras Fayyad, The Cave (National Geographic)
Peter Jackson, They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros.)
Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11 (Neon)
Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, One Child Nation (Amazon Studios)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ben Bernhard and Victor Kossakovsky, Aquarela (Sony Pictures Classics)
John Chester, The Biggest Little Farm (Neon)
Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma, Honeyland (Neon)
Nicholas de Pencier, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Kino Lorber)
Muhammed Khair Al Shami, Ammar Suleiman, and Mohammad Eyad, The Cave (National Geographic)
Richard Ladkani, Sea of Shadows (National Geographic)

BEST EDITING
Georg Michael Fischer and Verena Schönauer, Sea of Shadows (National Geographic)
Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11 (Neon)
Jabez Olssen, They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros.)
Amy Overbeck, The Biggest Little Farm (Neon)
Lindsay Utz, American Factory (Netflix)
Nanfu Wang, One Child Nation (Amazon Studios)

BEST SCORE
Jeff Beal, The Biggest Little Farm (Neon)
Matthew Herbert, The Cave (National Geographic)
Matt Morton, Apollo 11 (Neon)
Plan 9, They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros.)
H. Scott Salinas, Sea of Shadows (National Geographic)
Eicca Toppinen, Aquarela (Sony Pictures Classics)

BEST NARRATION
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Kino Lorber)

 Alicia Vikander, narrator
   Jennifer Baichwal, writer

The Biggest Little Farm (Neon)
   John Chester and Molly Chester, narrators
   John Chester, writer

The Edge of Democracy (Netflix)

   Petra Costa, narrator
   Petra Costa, Carol Pires, David Barker and Moara Passoni, writers

The Elephant Queen (Apple)

   Chiwetel Ejiofor, narrator

   Mark Deeble, writer

For Sama (PBS)

   Waad Al-Kateab, narrator

   Waad Al-Kateab, writer

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (First Run)

   Adam Driver, narrator

   Oren Rudavsky and Bob Seidman, writers

One Child Nation (Amazon Studios)

   Nanfu Wang, narrator

   Nanfu Wang, writer

Western Stars (Warner Bros.)

   Bruce Springsteen, narrator
   Bruce Springsteen, writer

BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Midge Costin, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (Matson Films)
A.J. Eaton, David Crosby: Remember My Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Pamela B. Green, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (Kino Lorber/Zeitgeist Films)
Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, Honeyland (Neon)
Richard Miron, For the Birds (Dogwoof)
Garret Price, Love, Antosha (Lurker Films)

BEST ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTARY
Amazing Grace (Neon)
Apollo 11 (Neon)
Maiden (Sony Pictures Classics)
Mike Wallace is Here (Magnolia)
Pavarotti (CBS Films)
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (Netflix)
They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros.)
What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali (HBO)

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY
David Crosby: Remember My Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Kingmaker (Showtime)
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Greenwich)
Love, Antosha (Lurker Films)
Mike Wallace is Here (Magnolia)
Pavarotti (CBS Films)
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Magnolia)

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
Amazing Grace (Neon)
David Crosby: Remember My Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Greenwich)
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Abramorama)
Pavarotti (CBS Films)
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (Netflix)
Western Stars (Warner Bros.)

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY
American Factory (Netflix)
The Edge of Democracy (Netflix)
Hail Satan? (Magnolia)
The Kingmaker (Showtime)
Knock Down the House (Netflix)
One Child Nation (Amazon Studios)

BEST SCIENCE/NATURE DOCUMENTARY
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Kino Lorber)
Apollo 11 (Neon)
Aquarela (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Biggest Little Farm (Neon)
The Elephant Queen (Apple)
Honeyland (Neon)
Penguins (Disney)
Sea of Shadows (National Geographic)

BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (Entertainment Studios)
Diego Maradona (HBO)
Maiden (Sony Pictures Classics)
Rodman: For Better or Worse (ESPN)
The Spy Behind Home Plate (Ciesla Foundation)
What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali (HBO)

MOST INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY
Aquarela (Sony Pictures Classics)
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Magnolia)
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (Netflix)
Screwball (Greenwich)
Serendipity (Cohen Media)
They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros.)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
The Chapel at the Border (Atlantic Documentaries)

   (Director and Producer: Jeremy Raff)

Death Row Doctor (The New York Times Op-Docs)

   (Director: Lauren Knapp)

In the Absence (Field of Vision)

   (Director: Yi Seung-Jun. Producer: Gary Byung-Seok Kam)

Lost World
   (Director and Producer: Kalyanee Mam. Producers: Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee)

Mack Wrestles (ESPN)

   (Directors and Producers: Taylor Hess and Erin Sanger. Producers: Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby)

Period. End of Sentence. (Netflix)

   (Director: Rayka Zehtabchi. Producers: Melissa Berton, Garrett K. Schiff and Lisa Taback)

The Polaroid Job (The New York Times Op-Docs)

   (Director: Mike Plante)

Sam and the Plant Next Door (The Guardian)

   (Director and Producer: Ömer Sami)

The Unconditional
   (Director and Producer: Dave Adams. Producers: Adam Soltis, Renee Woodruff Adams, Josie Swantek Heitz, and Chris Tuss)

The Waiting Room (The Guardian)

   (Director and Producer: Victoria Mapplebeck)

MOST COMPELLING LIVING SUBJECTS OF A DOCUMENTARY (HONOR)
Dr. Amani Ballor – The Cave (National Geographic)
David Crosby – David Crosby: Remember My Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Tracy Edwards – Maiden (Sony Pictures Classics)
Imelda Marcos – The Kingmaker (Showtime)
Hatidze Muratova – Honeyland (Neon)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin – Knock Down the House (Netflix)
Linda Ronstadt – Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Greenwich)
Dr. Ruth Westheimer – Ask Dr. Ruth (Hulu)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

International Documentary Association (IDA) Shortlists

Winners announced December 7th! Visit https://www.documentary.org/awards2019 for more information.

Features Shortlist
Advocate (Israel, Canada, Switzerland. Directors and Producers: Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche. Producers: Paul Cadieux and Joelle Bertossa)

Amazing Grace (USA / NEON. Producers: Alan Elliot, Tirrell D. Whittley, Sabrina V. Owens, Joe Boyd, Rob Johnson, Chiemi Karasawa, Spike Lee, Angie Seegers and Joseph Woolf)

American Factory (USA / Netflix. Directors and Producers: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. Producers: Jeff Reichert and Julie Parker Benello)

Apollo 11 (USA / NEON and CNN Films. Director and Producer: Todd Douglas Miller. Producers: Thomas Petersen and Evan Strauss)

Aquarela (UK, Germany, Denmark / Sony Pictures Classics. Director: Victor Kossakovsky. Producers: Aimara Reques, Heino Deckert and Sigrid Dyekjær)

Black Mother (USA / Grasshopper Film. Director and Producer: Khalik Allah. Producer: Leah Giblin)

Cunningham (USA, Germany / Magnolia Pictures. Director and Producer: Alla Kovgan. Producers: Helge Albers, Ilann Girard, Elizabeth Delude-Dix, Kelly Gilpatrick and Derrick Tseng)

Dark Suns (Canada / Dogwoof. Director and Producer: Julien Elie)

Diego Maradona (UK / HBO. Director: Asif Kapadia. Producers: James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin)

EARTH (Austria / KimStim. Director and Producer: Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Producers: Michael Kitzberger, Markus Glaser and Wolfgang Widerhofer)

For Sama (UK, Syria / PBS Distribution, Channel 4, FRONTLINE. Director and Producer: Waad al-Kateab. Director: Edward Watts)

Hail Satan? (USA / Magnolia Pictures. Director: Penny Lane. Producer: Gabriel Sedgwick)

Honeyland (Macedonia / NEON. Director: Tamara Kotevska. Director and Producer: Ljubomir Stefanov. Producer: Atanas Georgiev)

Kabul, City in the Wind (Netherlands, Afghanistan, Germany. Director: Aboozar Amini. Producer: Jia Zhao)

Lemebel (Chile, Colombia / Compañía de Cine. Director and Producer: Joanna Reposi Garibaldi. Producer: Paula Sáenz-Laguna)

Midnight Family (Mexico, USA / 1091. Director and Producer: Luke Lorentzen. Producers: Kellen Quinn, Daniela Alatorre and Elena Fortes)

Midnight Traveler (USA, UK, Qatar / Oscilloscope Laboratories. Director: Hassan Fazili. Producers: Su Kim and Emelie Coleman Mahdavian)

One Child Nation (USA / Amazon Studios. Directors and Producers: Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang. Producers: Christoph Jörg, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements and Carolyn Hepburn)

Our Time Machine (China / POV, Da Xiang. Directors and Producers: Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang)

Present.Perfect. (USA, Hong Kong / Burn The Film. Director: Shengze Zhu. Producer: Zhengfan Yang)

Roll Red Roll (USA / POV. Director and Producer: Nancy Schwartzman. Producers: Steven Lake and Jessica Devaney)

Sea of Shadows (USA, Austria / National Geographic. Director: Richard Ladkani. Producers: Walter Kohler and Wolfgang Knopfler)

The Apollo (USA / HBO. Director and Producer: Roger Ross Williams. Producers: Lisa Cortés, Jeanne Elfant Festa and Cassidy Hartmann)

The Biggest Little Farm (USA / NEON, LD Entertainment. Director and Producer: John Chester. Producer: Sandra Keats)

The Cave (USA, Syria, Denmark / National Geographic. Director: Feras Fayyad. Producers: Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjaer)

The Edge of Democracy (USA, Brazil / Netflix. Director and Producer: Petra Costa. Producers: Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan)

The Feeling of Being Watched (USA / POV. Director: Assia Boundaoui. Producer: Jessica Devaney)

The Hottest August (USA, Canada / Grasshopper Film. Director and Producer: Brett Story. Producer: Danielle Varga)

The Proposal (USA / Oscilloscope Laboratories. Director: Jill Magid. Producers: Charlotte Cook, Laura Coxson and Jarred Alterman)

This is Not a Movie (Germany, Canada / National Film Board of Canada. Director: Yung Chang. Producers: Anita Lee, Allyson Luchak, Nelofer Pazira and Ingmar Trost)

Shorts Shortlist
30 for 30 Shorts: Mack Wrestles (USA / ESPN. Directors and Producers: Taylor Hess and Erin Sanger. Producers: Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby)
A Love Song for Latasha (USA. Director and Producer: Sophia Nahli Allison. Producers: Janice Duncan and Fam Udeorji)

After Maria (USA / Netflix. Director: Nadia Hallgren. Producer: Lauren Cioffi)

All Inclusive (Switzerland / Some Shorts. Director: Corina Schwingruber Ilić. Producer: Stella Händler)

America (USA / Aubin Pictures. Director: Garrett Bradley. Producers: Lauren Domino and Catherine Gund)

Black to Techno (USA / Frieze. Director: Jenn Nkiru)

Easter Snap (USA. Director and Producer: RaMell Ross. Producers: Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim)

In the Absence (USA, Korea / Field of Vision. Director: Yi Seung-Jun. Producer: Gary Byung-Seok Kam)

La Bala de Sandoval (Ecuador / Vtape. Director and Producer: Jean-Jacques Martinod)

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl) (UK, USA, Afghanistan / Lifetime Films, A&E IndieFilms. Director: Carol Dysinger. Producer: Elena Andreicheva)

Lost and Found (USA, Myanmar / National Geographic. Director: Orlando von Einsiedel. Producers: Mark Bauch, Harri Grace and Dan Lin)

Marielle and Monica (Brazil, UK / The Guardian. Director: Fabio Erdos. Producer: Marina Costa)

Sam and the Plant Next Door (UK / The Guardian. Director and Producer: Omer Sami)

Scenes from a Dry City (USA / Field of Vision. Directors and Producers: Simon Wood and Francois Verster)

Show Me the Way (USA / Topic.com. Director and Producer: Kate Kunath)

St. Louis Superman (USA / MTV Documentary Films, Al Jazeera Witness and Meralta Films. Directors and Producers: Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan. Producer: Poh Si Teng)

The Love Bugs (USA. Directors and Producers: Allison Otto and Maria Clinton)

The Nightcrawlers (USA, Philippines / National Geographic. Director: Alexander Mora. Producers: Joanna Natasegara, Doireann Maddock and Abigail Anketell-Jones)

The Separated (USA / The Atlantic. Director and Producer: Jeremy Raff)

The Unconditional (USA. Director and Producer: Dave Adams. Producers: Adam Soltis, Renee Woodruff Adams, Josie Swantek Heitz and Chris Tuss)

Valley of the Rulers (Serbia, Israel. Director: Efim Graboy. Producer: Dejan Petrovic)

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Celebrating a Decade of The Awards Psychic: Top 100 Films of 2009-2019, Part VI

Now that Emmy season is over, and we have a pause in the fall film festival rush, it is time to continue my celebration of my favorite films from the first decade of The Awards Psychic.

50. Snowpiercer (2013) - With Bong Joon-ho's latest release already having the Palme D'Or in its pocket, it is safe to say that 2019 is going to be a good year for the talented Korean director. But for fans of his, this is not a surprise. In the last decade he has churned out amazing films like Okja, Mother, and his best, Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is a brutal, post-apocalyptic film that is a thoughtful and timely slow burn. Led by Joon-ho's amazing direction, Snowpiercer never lets up, even though there are plenty of audience members who wished they could get a breather from the intensity. It is also led by an incredible cast of Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, the late, great John Hurt, and a particularly brilliant performance from Tilda Swinton, who continues to surprise and amaze with each new film. Snowpiercer is the science-fiction genre at its best, and is a rare piece in a market flooded by big budget studio franchises. I personally cannot wait to see Parasite to see what this director has next for us.

49. Enough Said (2013) - Nicole Holofcener is a master of human stories, particularly ones with flawed human beings. But with Enough Said, she sanded down some of the edges (luckily not all of them), and created a vibrant, modern day romance for two characters of a certain age. Bringing her edge, wit, and emotion, Julia-Louis Dreyfus took a rare break from her hot television streak to be a well-cast dynamic lead. The late James Gandolfini, known mostly for his tough-guy groundbreaking work as Tony Soprano, also took a interesting career turn in what would turn out to be one of his final roles. While his untimely death is still a sore spot for his many fans (including this one), at least he got to have one last amazing change to charm his cast members and his audience. Enough Said breaks through the trappings of most romantic comedies with elevated performances (also including Toni Collette and Catherine Keener), a sharp, funny, honest, and quietly romantic script, and the eye of one of our best directors who has a knack for making us laugh, and when appropriate, cry. Enough said.

48. Top Five (2014) - Chris Rock had tried his hand at directing several times before he struck gold with Top Five. The basic story is Rock's character is being forced to broadcast his wedding to a television star on her trashy reality show. As he is being interviewed about his career and wedding, he meets a reporter (Rosario Dawson) who takes him on a day filled with twists and turns to get the story. It has a loose narrative, but its effervescent charm and amazing cast keep it held together, and keep the audience laughing along the way. Names like Gabrielle Union, J.B. Smoove, Anders Holm, Cedric the Entertainer, Ben Vereen, Tichina Arnold, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jay Pharoah, Kevin Hart, and a ton of celebrity cameos pack the list of talent actors that carry this amazing ensemble piece. But the cast didn't do it alone. Rock deserves a lot of credit for his charming lead performance, his loose, yet effective direction, but mostly for his clever, funny, and relevant script. That leadership at the helm helped guide this instant comedy classic to incredible heights.

47. Mud (2012) - Professor Matthew McConaughey (you read that right, I also cannot believe it), will be teaching his first college class soon, and it is reported that one of the films that his students will study is Jeff Nichols' Mud. Some of his other films like Take Shelter and Loving got more awards attention, but my personal favorite has always been Mud. I think it is the perfect film to teach to a group of students who are interested in learning about film. It is the perfect combination of different genres. It is funny at parts, has an almost supernatural element to it, is action-packed, emotionally wrought, and has a wonderful coming of age story at its center. Plus it is an impeccably written, tautly and sympathetically directed film with an amazing ensemble that includes McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, the late great Sam Sheperd, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, and Michael Shannon. Each of these performances, even the smallest, contributes so well to the film. Honestly, Mud is just one of those films that I just instantly connected to, like most of Nichols films. I did mention in an earlier edition of this list that I was a Jeff Nichols junkie. I truly mean it, and I am thrilled to see that the next generation of film lovers is going to learn about just how fantastic this film really is.

46. 50/50 (2011) - Comedies in this last decade have leaned heavy on either the indie quirky or the raunchy. Will Reiser's autobiographical look at his own battle with cancer managed to balance both of those pillars of 21st Century comedy, in an emotionally evocative, incredibly hilarious, and slightly dirty comedy. Led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance, which was a true showcase for an actor that has shown so many different facets on screen, 50/50 is a great ensemble piece. The real surprise here was Seth Rogen. We all know that Rogen is funny, which he definitely was, but I did not realize just how good he could be when asked to show some emotion. He nailed the balance, as did the rest of the cast, which was rounded out by great supporting turns from Anna Kendrick and Angelica Huston. But it is Reiser's amazing script that gives the actors so much to do, and creates this funny and emotional story, and he truly pours his heart on screen and makes us feel as personally connected to his story as he is. I wish we had more comedies like this, and I wish Reiser would put another gem on screen soon.

45. Skyfall (2012) - James Bond films have been a part of our culture for almost half a century, and over the years, there have been so many incantations of this beloved character. In recent years, the franchise had a huge spark from the Sam Mendes directed Skyfall. It has so much more than your average Bond film. First and foremost was Roger Deakin's absolutely jaw-dropping cinematography. His shots gave us some of the best looks a Bond film has ever had. Second, was Javier Bardem. Bringing in that quality of actor gave some depth to a normally one-tone villain. I think that is the best way to describe why Skyfall stood out among so many films: depth. Depth in direction and production value, depth in the villain, depth in Bond himself. We got to see an emotional side to Bond with the death of a beloved character. We got to see his childhood home and learn about his past. It is that depth that elevated a character, a franchise, and a genre from entertaining, to fantastic.

44. Django Unchained (2012) - Quentin Tarantino has spend most of the last decade reinventing history so that the bad guys can get what was coming to them. Look no further than Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Inglourious Basterds. Django Unchained is considered by many to be the lesser of the three, and it is, but that does not mean it is still not a fantastic, classic Tarantino film. It was ultraviolent, funny, wordy, impeccably acted by an amazing cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz. It also had one of the most satisfying endings in recent memory. There is a lot of discussion about the legacy of slavery, the continuing battle of racism, and unfortunately it feels like something that is not going away anytime soon. Tarantino has a lot to say about this, and doesn't do anything subtly. The slave owners get gunned down and blown up, and Django and his love get to ride away in the sunset. If that isn't poetic justice, I don't what is.

43. The Kids are All Right (2010) - A quirky comedy led by a fantastic script, an amazing cast including Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids are All Right took the Oscar season by storm about a decade ago, and was a delightful film to see onscreen. But it was also so much bigger than that. Nine years ago, there was no nationwide legal gay marriage. Most of the depictions of LGBTQ+ individuals were men, and there was definitely not a lot of lesbian sex in film. Lisa Cholodenko and her team didn't care. They crafted a beautiful family dramedy about the hardships of marriage and raising kids, the mistakes we make, the fluidity of sexuality, and about how, no matter who we are, that at the end of the day, we all face the same issues, and have to learn how to rise above them for the people we love. That is why inclusion should not be a vice, because it transcends the niche and can be universal. The Kids are All Right proved that in spectacular fashion.

42. Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - I was so thrilled on Oscar nomination morning when the craft guilds of the Academy came through with several nominations for Blade Runner 2049. I was even more thrilled when it took home two Oscars, including having the distinction of being the film that finally gave Roger Deakins his well overdue Academy Award. But Blade Runner 2049 is more than just a technical masterpiece. It is also an incredibly human story at its heart, with great performances from Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, and is a think-piece science fiction that is impeccably put together by Denis Villeneuve, who is rapidly becoming one of our finest genre directors. Blade Runner was a classic that was underappreciated in its time. It is no surprise that its sequel suffered a similar fate. I think we will look back thirty years from now, and see a cult classic worthy of that status.

41. Steve Jobs (2015) - Steve Jobs is one of those films that for some reason got lost in the rush of Oscar season, and it should not have. There are so many things that are impeccable about this film. The brilliant aesthetic change throughout the film, using cameras from different eras to visually move the story through its three set pieces, was an awesome move that really did make the production design of the film come alive. The brilliant performances from Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet are on point, and luckily did earn both actors Oscar nominations. Aaron Sorkin's wicked fast, character driven script kept the film moving at a nice pace, as did Danny Boyle's energetic direction. I know that Steve Jobs is cold character to watch, a lot like last year's Vice in that way. It is hard to root for a protagonist that is, well, an ass. But with such quality performances and production value, it is impossible not to get absorbed in this film.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

The Oscar Narrative: The Irishman Soars and Clint Eastwood Crashes the Party

Two big pieces of Oscar news dropped this week:

The first is not necessarily a surprise. I have been predicting that Martin Scorsese's The Irishman  to be a huge Oscar contenders since they announced it. But now we know! The film premiered at the New York Film Festival this week to rave reviews. It is being hailed as a masterpiece, and perfect culmination of Scorsese's incredible career. Yes it is long, but apparently, it doesn't feel that way. Oscar prognosticators are already claiming it will do well across the board, from the top categories (the three main guys, all Oscar winners, are apparently at the top of their game), down to the craft categories, including, yes, Visual Effects for the de-aging.

The other piece of news is that Clint Eastwood is trying to once again upend Oscar season at the last minute. His latest Richard Jewell, is set in the aftermath of the 1996 Olympic Park bombings, and tells the story of the security guard won became a suspect. It is written by Billy Ray, who gave us Captain Phillips, and it has a great cast including Sam Rockwell and Kathy Bates. Last year's The Mule ended up not being an Oscar contender, but previous films like Million Dollar Baby and American Sniper went on to snag lots of Oscar nominations, despite the late push, and Baby went all the way to Best Picture. We don't know yet how this one will land, but it is one to keep an eye on.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

I will update the winners live:

Best Drama Series - Game of Thrones
Best Comedy Series - Fleabag
Best Actor in a Drama Series - Billy Porter "Pose"
Best Actress in a Drama Series - Jodi Comer "Killing Eve"
Best Actor in a Comedy Series - Bill Hader "Barry"
Best Actress in a Comedy Series - Phoebe Waller-Bridge "Fleabag"
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Peter Dinklage "Game of Thrones"
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Julia Garner "Ozark"
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Tony Shalhoub "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Alex Borstein "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Best Directing in a Drama Series - Jason Bateman "Ozark - Reparations"
Best Writing in Drama Series - Jesse Armstrong "Succession - Nobody is Ever Missing"
Best Directing in a Comedy Series - Harry Bradbeer "Fleabag - Episode 2.1"
Best Writing in a Comedy Series - Phoebe Waller-Bridge "Fleabag - Episode 2.1"
Best Limited Series - Chernobyl
Best Television Movie - Bandersnatch: Black Mirror
Best Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie - Jharrel Jerome "When They See Us"
Best Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie - Michelle Williams "Fosse/Verdon"
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie - Ben Whishaw "A Very English Scandal"
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie - Patricia Arquette "The Act"
Best Directing in a Limited Series/TV Movie - Johan Renck "Chernobyl"
Best Writing in a Limited Series - Craig Mazin "Chernobyl"
Best Competition Program - RuPaul's Drag Race
Best Variety Talk Series - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Best Variety Sketch Series - Saturday Night Live
Best Directing in a Variety Series - Don Roy King "Saturday Night Live - Host: Adam Sandler"
Best Writing in a Variety Series - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Saturday, September 21, 2019

2019 Emmy Predictions: Final List

I haven't made too many changes, but have tweaked a few categories. Check out my final list before tomorrow night's ceremony!:

Best Drama Series - Game of Thrones
Best Comedy Series - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actor in a Drama Series - Billy Porter "Pose"
Best Actress in a Drama Series - Sandra Oh "Killing Eve"
Best Actor in a Comedy Series - Bill Hader "Pose"
Best Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus "Veep"
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Peter Dinklage "Game of Thrones"
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Julia Garner "Ozark"
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Tony Shalhoub "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Olivia Colman "Fleabag"
Best Directing in a Drama Series - Succession - Celebration
Best Writing in a Drama Series - Game of Thrones - The Iron Throne
Best Directing in a Comedy Series - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - We're Going to the Catskills
Best Writing in a Comedy Series - Fleabag - Episode 2.1
Best Limited Series - When They See Us
Best Television Movie - Deadwood: The Movie
Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie - Jharrel Jerome "When They See Us"
Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie - Michelle Williams "Fosse/Verdon"
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie - Ben Whishaw "A Very English Scandal"
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie - Patricia Clarkson "Sharp Objects"
Best Directing in a Limited Series or TV Movie - When They See Us
Best Writing in a Limited Series or TV Movie - Chernobyl
Best Competition Program - RuPaul's Drag Race
Best Variety Talk Series - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Best Variety Sketch Series - Saturday Night Live
Best Directing in Variety Series - Saturday Night Live
Best Writing in a Variety Series - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

2019 Emmy Predictions: Best Drama and Comedy Series

Best Drama Series
Will Win - Game of Thrones
Could Win - Killing Eve, Better Call Saul, or Ozark
Should Win - Better Call Saul 
Commentary - Can anything beat Game of Thrones? The short answer: no. The long answer: hell no. Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, and Ozark all did very well with nominations, mostly because big competitors like Big Little Lies, The Crown, Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale, and Westworld all sat this Emmy season out. Next year, all of these categories are probably going to look a lot different, as these juggernauts all air seasons, and knock them out. They sat out this season because they knew nothing could beat Game of Thrones. I don't care about the complaints, the reviews, or the backlash. 34 nominations, already having won so many last week. This is one final chance for voters to reward this series, and they are not going to pass up the chance.

Best Comedy Series
Will Win - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Could Win - Fleabag, Barry, or Veep
Should Win - Maisel or Fleabag
Commentary - I think Barry is a solid fourth place, but its incredible increase in nominations shows it has strength. Veep could easily win just out of love for the series, but I feel like its decreased nominations hurts it. Voters love it, but I think many of them have moved on. I feel like this is a race between Maisel and Fleabag, two truly deserving shows. While there is clearly not as much passion for Maisel as last year, it also increased nominations, did incredibly well at the Creative Arts, including winning the two Guest Acting awards, and even beat Game of Thrones in a craft category. That shows strength across the board. Fleabag's casting and editing win though show that it is really a threat, and in terms of passion, buzz, and critical acclaim, it has a lot going for it. Also, this is the last time for voters to reward it (especially since they ignored season 1). In a tight race, I am leaning Maisel, but I am expecting the unexpected.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

2019 Emmy Predictions: Best Actor in a Drama Series

Will Win - Billy Porter "Pose"

Could Win - Odenkirk, Bateman, Brown, or Harington

Should Win - Bob Odenkirk "Better Call Saul"

Commentary - This is such a wide open race this year, I could honestly see several possibilities. I am picking Billy Porter. Pose did get into Drama Series, he is one of the brightest stars of the moment, and season 2 aired during voting, which received rave reviews. But I could literally see four other guys winning instead. Bob Odenkirk has patiently waited to win this award, and this might finally be the year that he is able to finally win, and honestly, he deserves to get that recognition. Sterling K. Brown is always a threat, as he is a previous winner for this character, and is beloved among voters. Jason Bateman won the SAG for Ozark, and is a perennial nominee, who has never won an Emmy. This could be his chance. Finally, don't discount Kit Harington. Once again, it is easy to argue that his story line was not great this season. But with 34 nominations, voters love Game of Thrones, and that matters more than the quality of the final season.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

2019 Emmy Predictions: Best Actress in a Drama Series

Will Win - Sandra Oh "Killing Eve"

Could Win - Laura Linney "Ozark" or Emilia Clarke "Game of Thrones"

Should Win - After all of her wins during the precursors, and how well Killing Eve did across the board this year, I am still predicting Sandra Oh. She deserves to win, I don't think Jodi Comer is too much internal competition, and honestly they owe her from Grey's Anatomy. So is she a lock? Hell no. Laura Linney has only ever lost one of her previous Emmy nominations, and she lost to the (at the time) up and coming star power that was Melissa McCarthy. Is Oh's star power as bright? This will be the test. Also watch out for Emilia Clarke. I don't care what critics thought. I don't care if her story line was disappointing. Game of Thrones got 34 nominations. They got almost every actor on the ballot into a nomination slot. She is a threat.

2019 Emmy Predictions: Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Will Win - Bill Hader "Barry"

Could Win - Ted Danson "The Good Place" or Michael Douglas "The Kominsky Method"

Should Win - Danson

Commentary - All of these tight races, and I feel like Hader has this one in a walk. Ted Danson is an Emmy-winning legend, and should not be discounted. Also, this year, The Good Place got into Comedy Series, which helps his case. If The Kominsky Method had made the Comedy Series cut, I might be more apt to put Michael Douglas higher. He is still an Oscar and Emmy winning legend, and will inspire votes. But this is Hader's to lose. He won last year and Barry did even better with voters this year than it did last year. I think he wins again.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

71st Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Part II

I will update the winners live:

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Bradley Whitford "The Handmaid's Tale"
Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Cherry Jones "The Handmaid's Tale"
Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Luke Kirby "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Jane Lynch "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Best Short Form Comedy or Drama Series - State of the Union
Best Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series - Chris O'Dowd "State of the Union"
Best Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series - Rosamund Pike "State of the Union"
Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program - Bandersnatch: Black Mirror
Best Original Interactive Program - NASA's InSight Mars Landing
Best Casting in a Drama Series - Game of Thrones
Best Casting in a Comedy Series -  Fleabag
Best Casting in a Limited Series/TV Movie - When They See Us
Best Children's Program - When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special
Best Cinematography for a Half Hour Single Camera Series - Russian Doll
Best Cinematography for a One Hour Single Camera Series - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series - The Ranch
Best Cinematography for a Limited Series/TV Movie - Chernobyl
Best Commercial - Dream Crazy - Nike
Best Period Costumes - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Contemporary Costumes - Russian Doll
Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes - Game of Thrones
Best Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - Game of Thrones - The Long Night
Best Single Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series - Fleabag
Best Single Camera Picture Editing or a Limited Series/TV Movie - Chernobyl
Best Multi Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series - One Day at a Time
Best Hairstyling in a Single Camera Series - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Hairstyling in a Limited Series/TV Movie - Fosse/Verdon
Best Makeup for a Single Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) - Game of Thrones
Best Makeup for a Limited Series/TV Movie (Non-Prosthetic) - Fosse/Verdon
Best Prosthetic Makeup - Star Trek: Discovery
Best Main Title Design - Game of Thrones
Best Original Main Title Theme Music - Nicholas Britell "Succession"
Best Music Composition for a Limited Series/TV Movie - Chernobyl
Best Music Composition for a Series - Game of Thrones
Best Music Supervision - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Production Design for a Narrative Program Half Hour - Russian Doll
Best Production Design for a Narrative Period/Fantasy (One Hour) - Chernobyl
Best Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour) - The Handmaid's Tale
Best Sound Editing for One Hour Comedy or Drama Series - Game of Thrones
Best Sound Editing for a Half-Hour Drama or Comedy Series - Barry
Best Sound Editing for Limited Series/TV Movie - Chernobyl
Best Sound Mixing for a One Hour Comedy/Drama Series - Game of Thrones
Best Sound Mixing for a Half Hour Comedy/Drama Series - Barry
Best Sound Mixing for a Limited Series/TV Movie - Chernobyl
Best Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program - GLOW
Best Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series/TV Movie/Limited Series - Game of Thrones
Best Special Visual Effects - Game of Thrones
Best Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role - Chernobyl

Saturday, September 14, 2019

71st Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Part I

I will update the winners live!:

Best Variety Special (Live) - Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In The Family’ And ‘The Jeffersons'
Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) - Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool
Best Structured Reality Program - Queer Eye
Best Unstructured Reality Program - United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell
Best Reality Host - RuPaul Charles "RuPaul's Drag Race"
Best Animated Program - The Simpsons
Best Character Voiceover Performance - Seth MacFarlane "Family Guy"
Best Narrator - Sir David Attenborough "Our Planet"
Best Interactive Program - NASA And SpaceX: The Interactive Demo-1 Launch
Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within an Unscripted Program - Free Solo
Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series - Our Planet
Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special - Leaving Neverland
Best Informational Series or Special - Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking - (TIE) RBG and The Sentence
Best Short Form Animated Program - Love, Death, and Robots
Best Short Form Reality or Nonfiction Series - Creating Saturday Night Live
Best Short Form Variety Series - Carpool Karaoke: The Series
Best Directing for a Nonfiction Program - Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin "Free Solo"
Best Directing for a Reality Program - Hisham Abed "Queer Eye"
Best Directing for a Variety Special - Thom Zimny "Springsteen on Broadway"
Best Writing for a Nonfiction Program - Anthony Bourdain "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown"
Best Writing for a Variety Special - Hannah Gadsby "Hannah Gadsby: Nanette"
Best Casting in a Reality Series - Queer Eye
Best Choreography for a Variety or Reality Program - Tessandra Chavez "World of Dance"
Best Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program - Free Solo
Best Cinematography for a Reality Program - Life Below Zero
Best Costumes for a Variety, Reality or Nonfiction Program - RuPaul's Drag Race
Best Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program - Free Solo
Best Picture Editing for Structured Reality or Competition Program - Queer Eye
Best Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program - United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell
Best Picture Editing for a Variety Program - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Best Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special - RuPaul's Drag Race
Best Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series - Saturday Night Live
Best Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special - Rent
Best Makeup for a Multi Camera Series or Special - Saturday Night Live
Best Music Direction - Fosse/Verdon
Best Music Composition for Documentary Series or Special - Marco Beltrami and Brandon Roberts "Free Solo"
Best Original Music and Lyrics - Crazy Ex Girlfriend - Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal
Best Production Design for a Reality, Variety or Competition Series - Saturday Night Live
Best Production Design for a Variety Special - Rent
Best Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program - Free Solo
Best Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program - Free Solo
Best Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special - Aretha! A Grammy Celebration For The Queen Of Soul
Best Technical Direction for a Series - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Best Technical Direction for a Special - The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2019

45th Annual Saturn Award Winners

Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release
Avengers: Endgame

Best Science Fiction Film Release
Ready Player One

Best Fantasy Film Release
Toy Story 4

Best Horror Film Release
A Quiet Place

Best Action/Adventure Film Release
Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Best Thriller Film Release
Bad Times at The El Royale

Best Animated Film Release
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Independent Film Release
Mandy

Best International Film Release
Burning

Best Actor in a Film
Robert Downey Jr. "Avengers: Endgame Marvel"

Best Actress in a Film
Jamie Lee Curtis "Halloween"

Best Supporting Actor in a Film
Josh Brolin "Avengers: Infinity War Marvel"

Best Supporting Actress in a Film
Zendaya "Spider-Man: Far From Home"

Best Performance by a Younger Actor 
Tom Holland "Spider-Man: Far From Home"

Best Film Director
Jordan Peele "Us"

Best Film Screenplay
Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski "A Quiet Place"

Best Film Production Design
Avengers: Endgame Marvel

Best Film Editing
Avengers: Endgame

Best Film Music
Marc Shaiman "Mary Poppins Returns"

Best Film Costumes
Aladdin

Best Film Make-Up
Avengers: Endgame

Best Film Special/Visual Effects
Avengers: Endgame

Best Superhero Television Series
Supergirl

Best Science Fiction Television Series
Westworld

Best Fantasy Television Series
Game of Thrones

Best Horror Television Series
The Walking Dead

Best Action/Thriller Television Series
Better Call Saul

Best Animated Series on Television
Star Wars: Resistance

Best Actor on a Television Series
Sam Heughan "Outlander"

Best Actress on a Television Seriees
Emilia Clarke "Game of Thrones"

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series
Peter Dinklage "Game of Thrones"

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series
Danai Gurira "The Walking Dead"

Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series
Maisie Williams "Game of Thrones"

Best Guest Starring Performance on a Television Series
Jeffrey Dean Morgan "The Walking Dead"

Best Streaming Superhero Television Series
Marvel’s Daredevil

Best Streaming Science Fiction, Action, & Fantasy Series
Star Trek: Discovery

Best Streaming Horror & Thriller Series
Stranger Things

Best Actor in Streaming Presentation
Henry Thomas "The Haunting of Hill House"

Best Actress in Streaming Presentation
Sonequa Martin-Green "Star Trek: Discovery"

Best Supporting Actor in Streaming Presentation
Doug Jones "Star Trek: Discovery"

Best Supporting Actress in Streaming Series
Maya Hawke "Stranger Things"