Day Sixty-Seven – 82nd Academy Award Results: I’m 13 of 24

8 03 2010

Well, I guess this is old news now that I’ve taken a bit of a break from putting up a post a day. I’m going to give myself a pass based on a technicality and say it’s a post “representing” every day.

Given that poorly formed excuse, let’s see how I did with my predictions for the Oscars.

Best Picture

The seating arrangement was so cruel, forcing Cameron watch Bigelow get up and pick up an Oscar he, and I, thought would be his.

My Guess: Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
WINNER: The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

I truly believed that Avatar would win this category. Given that it’s the highest grossing film ever and the Oscars wants to seem like it’s “in touch”, I thought they had to go this way. I’m glad they didn’t. I was happy to see The Hurt Locker take this category, but I still think Up in the Air or An Education deserved it more so.

Best Actor
My Guess and WINNER: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Best Actress
WINNER: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
My Guess: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

I took a risk guessing Streep and I know that. I felt like it would be her and clearly my feeling were wrong. I haven’t seen Bullock’s performance so I can’t argue whether it was worthy or not. What I can say is she did have the best speech of the night, by far.

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
My Guess and WINNER: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress
Penélope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
My Guess and WINNER: Mo’Nique, Precious

Mo’Nique upsets me. The first thing she says is that she’s happy that the Academy can focus on the work rather than the politics then immediately thanks Oprah and Tyler Perry for helping “get the word out”. It’s so beyond hypocritical it drove me nuts and I fast-forwarded through the rest of her acceptance speech in anger.

Best Director
My Guess and WINNER: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

No surprise here at all, but Barbara Streisand’s “the time has come” was much too corny for my tastes.

Best Original Screenplay
WINNER: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy, Up
My Guess: Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

This was shocking, but I guess The Hurt Locker has to win in order to get the Best Picture.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche, In the Loop
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9
WINNER: Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
Nick Hornby, An Education
My Guess: Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

This upset me for a couple of reasons. Up in the Air truly deserved to win. If not that, An Education. The shock of the loss for those screenplays was enough, but the fact that a writer, whose job it is to put words in peoples’ mouths had the worst speech of the night. Even Steve Martin had to take a jab at it.

Best Animated Film
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
My Guess and WINNER: Up

The streak continues.

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: El Secreto do Sus Ojos (Argentina)

My Guess: Un Prophete (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)
Ajami (Israel)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)

Best Art Direction
WINNER: Avatar
My Guess: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

Best Cinematography
WINNER:
Avatar
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
My Guess: Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

The cinematography in Avatar reminds me of a scene from Entourage where Billy Walsh is upset that the colors look washed out. “It looks like somebody came on the lens!”

Best Costume Design
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
My Guess and WINNER: The Young Victoria

Best Documentary
Burma VJ
My Guess and WINNER: The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Best Editing
Avatar
District 9
My Guess and WINNER: The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious

Best Makeup
Il Divo
My Guess and WINNER: Star Trek
The Young Victoria

Best Score
Avatar
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
My Guess and WINNER: Up

Best Song
“Almost There,” The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Down in New Orleans,” The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Loin de Paname,” Paris 36, Reinhardt Wagner & Frank Thomas
“Take It All,” Nine, Maury Yeston
My Guess and WINNER: “The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart, T-Bone Burnett & Ryan Bingham

I love this song.

Best Sound Editing
My Guess: Avatar
WINNER: The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

Best Sound Mixing
Avatar
My Guess and WINNER: The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Visual Effects
My Guess and WINNER: Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

Best Documentary Short
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
My Guess: The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
WINNER: Music by Prudence
Rabbit à la Berlin

What’s been dubbed “the Kanye moment” wasn’t as interesting while watching it as it was finding out the back story to it all. Career suicide for her – one would hope.

Best Animated Short
My Guess:
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
WINNER: Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death

I am so disappointed by this win. Logorama has no good qualities to it and completely drops the ball in regards to its gimmick. Why is Ronald McDonald a robber? Why not the Hamburglar? Not to mention how annoying the swearing is in this short. It’s clumsy and sounds much too forced. Not a fan of the flick and not a fan of its win.

Best Live-Action Short
My Guess: The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
WINNER: The New Tenants

I wasn’t a fan of The New Tenants. I thought all the films were great except for Tenants, so I wasn’t so happy to see it win. It’s aching to be a Tarantino movie, but it isn’t. It feels like what Tarantino may write had he suffered a stroke. Really not very clever or entertaining, but not nearly as unenjoyable as Logorama.

That was the Oscars. I think I’ll relax on the movie talk for a little bit now.





Day Fourty-Seven – Thank You, Oscar

16 02 2010

I don’t think I’ve ever watched the Oscars completely live. As much as I love the movies and the spectacle the Oscars bring to the business, I just couldn’t sit through the entire four-hour show without some sort of edge.

Way back when, I would flip back and forth, being sure to catch the winners while watching something a little more entertaining on another network. Even if that happened to be a rerun of Friends. In recent years, I’ve used my PVR to skip all of the commercials and bad speeches, getting straight to the good stuff.

Nominees have been asked to save the "thank you"s for a second speech to be broadcast online.

This year might not be as much of a problem. Apparently the Oscars are finally taking steps to eliminate the worst part of the broadcast – the “Thank You” speech.

While I don’t have a problem with a well written or thought-out story about how an actor’s agent was the only one willing to take a risk on him/her when he/she was a nobody in the town, and without them would likely remain a nobody, most speeches don’t go that way. Instead, they usually end up being a huge list of names. Names that I don’t know, as well.

“I’d like to thank Harvey, Bob, Mike, Sarah, Jim, my kids and my wife/husband.”

That’s a short version. That usually goes on for a couple of minutes, all of it as boring as hell. I’d rather watch Ross beg Rachel not to get on the plane for the 200th time then have someone cry some names into a microphone.

I’m not alone, which is why I think allowing the winners to split their speeches in two is a great idea. They still get to thank everyone they want, while still attempting to be entertaining to those watching at home. At the end of the day, it’s a telecast for a reason. If the goal was to thank the people in the room alone, it wouldn’t be on television at all, with the winners listed on blogs and newspapers the following morning.

I always found that those who were willing to tell some kind of story had the best speeches. Regardless of how well the story is told, or how relevant it was to me, I would always hear them out. Writers disappoint me the most. You would hope that they would have the best speech of the night, yet they fall back on listing names more than anyone.

Still, good speeches become a part of the culture. People still talk about Barbra Streisand and Julia Roberts. Sure, they listed names, but they also took the time to tell a bit of their story. Becoming a part of the history with a good speech is just as important as winning the Oscar. You become a part of the club, and better yet, actually remembered for it.

This year, everyone will be forced to do it. It’s about time.





Day Thirty-Five – Reviews: Three Docs and a Best Picture Hopeful

4 02 2010

I love documentaries. As much as I enjoy a well written film, I think there’s something to be said for a documentary that gets you thinking. Documentaries have a democratic quality to them, where the events shape the film, rather than the film-maker shaping the events.

I just wish more people would go see them. The more people go see, the more good documentaries will get funded and made.

Here’s a good start.

Today, I have three reviews for docs and one of the best written films of last year.

Up in the Air

There is not one wasted line in ‘Up in the Air’. Every single word uttered sheds light on the main character, Ryan Bingham. As he lives his seemingly happy life, the people around him bring out the true him, opposed to the one he portrays himself to be when in a room full of admirers. He puts up a hard exterior in order to do that job he does, but with each new person he meets, he loses part of his defenses. In the end, he’s still the same person, just a little more aware of himself than before.

Rating: 95 (4.5 Stars)

Cleanflix

‘Cleanflix’ is more of an examination of Mormon culture than a story about film piracy. How the customers of these video stores justify what is essentially theft is funny, but how much cutting essential scenes can completely change the context of the film is hilarious. I don’t understand why someone completely against violence, drinking and sex would want to watch a Soderbergh movie, but that’s part of its charm. The twist ending of what becomes the main character couldn’t be written this well.

Rating: 95 (4.5 Stars)

Religulous

I’m not usually a fan of Bill Maher. He has arrogance to him that I find annoying. Still, I was a big fan of ‘Religulous’. Rather than Maher just going off on religion, he goes to the people, giving them enough rope to hang themselves with. It’s almost as if he wants to be proven wrong. The thesis that faith isn’t actually proof of anything is pretty solid in that sense. Though his argument is for atheism, I think he makes a better case for agnosticism. Disproving a theory isn’t proof either.

Rating: 90 (4.5 Stars)

Bra Boys

A documentary that has a point to make can still be fair and balanced, but ‘Bra Boys’ is not that film. They openly admit to their transgressions, yet take pride in barely legal behavior. At any given time, they blame the police, the government or the locals for putting them in the corner, without acknowledging that their lewd actions are what get them there in the first place. When they talk about surfing, the doc is at its best, but they really need to leave the politics out of it. Just surf.

Rating: 55 (2.5 Stars)

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Hopefully they can get this movie out there, it was probably my favorite of the Festival.





Day Thirty-Four – Even More Movie Reviews

3 02 2010

Being the day after the nominees for the Oscars have come out, I feel it’s fitting to post a couple reviews of contenders I’ve seen recently; along with a film that was in the running in 1993.

It just happens to be by chance that they go best to worst.

Crazy Heart

One thing about ‘Crazy Heart’ that makes it different from other movies like it is that Bad Blake is actually a nice guy. He doesn’t blame anyone but himself for where he has ended up and takes what he’s given. There will be comparisons to ‘The Wrestler’ for the same reasons, but I feel that’s a movie about someone who can’t let go. Bad Blake can let go and is forced to at every turn. Yet, the only reason that bad things happen to Bad is because he doesn’t have the respect he should for himself.

Rating: 95 (4.5 Stars)

Julie & Julia

If there is any flaw to ‘Julie & Julia’, it’s that Amy Adams is too damn likeable. She is a self-absorbed person who has been empowered with a blog, but with only a smile, her abrasiveness melts away like butter. Streep does an accurate Julia Child, but that doesn’t make it any less silly. Especially when Julie Powell imitates her. Still, I found myself interested in how their stories match up. Some mistake this as a movie about cooking, but really it’s a movie about finding your muse.

Rating: 75 (3.5 Stars)

The Firm

The key to a good thriller is to have your characters in constant peril. ‘The Firm’ fails to maintain any of the eerie tension created in the opening scenes. The beginning makes the flick seem like ‘The Firm’ is some kind of cult that grows its employees into evil lawyers. Mitch tries to uncover something sinister, but takes his time doing so. Outside of it being morally wrong, they never really give Mitch a reason to act on his impulses. In the end, things are too happy-go-lucky to be credible.

Rating: 60 (3 Stars)

That’s all I have for now. Still have a bunch of reviews to write though. With luck, I’ll have at least 3 more done for tomorrow.

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Day Thirty-Three – Oscar Nominations Are In!

2 02 2010

Update: Cinematical did a great breakdown of the nominees. Check it out.

The Oscar nominations are in.

There aren’t too many surprises here, but even with 10 Best Picture slots, they managed to snub movies that they always snub anyway.

Many were hopeful that The Hangover would get a nomination, though everyone was well aware it didn’t stand a chance for the win. Also, Ed Helms didn’t get his Best Original Song nomination, though that’s not a surprise.

The Hangover was the opportunity for the Oscars to seem like the in-crowd, which was the entire reason for creating 10 slots, but they passed on it.

I’m surprised not to see (500) Day of Summer anywhere on the list. I thought at the very least it would get a Screenplay nomination for how well it executed the high-concept.

Up took a spot away from either of these movies, though it is definitely more deserving. The “Best Animated Picture” category exists, not only to honour the best animated picture of the year, but to keep them out of the best picture race.

This is probably the hardest race to predict in a while. Will they continue their streak of picking the “Best” picture of the year, regardless of the popular opinion, or will they give it to Avatar to try are reel in some viewers. The Best Actress category is another that is highly competitive this year. I’ll have a hard time picking that category, but the rest of the acting categories are a lot easier to predict.

If one of the “extra” five Best Picture nominees, who weren’t nominated in the Best Director category, manages to win, it will be a shock. I highly doubt it though, as those nominations are completely superficial.

I could make the picks now, but I’m going to drag this out over the next month, focusing on each category. Not only can I make one topic last for much longer than it should, but it’ll give me time to see the movies I haven’t seen in the Animated, Documentary and Short categories.

Here are the nominees announced today. You’ll be hearing more from me on this topic very soon.

Nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards

Best Picture

  • Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
  • The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
  • District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
  • An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
  • The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
  • Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
  • A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
  • Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
  • Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
  • George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
  • Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
  • Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Matt Damon in “Invictus”
  • Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
  • Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
  • Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
  • Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
  • Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
  • Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
  • Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
  • Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
  • Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
  • Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Animated Feature Film

  • Coraline” Henry Selick
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
  • The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
  • The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
  • Up” Pete Docter

Art Direction

  • Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
  • Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Cinematography

  • Avatar” Mauro Fiore
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
  • The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
  • Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
  • The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

Costume Design

  • Bright Star” Janet Patterson
  • Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
  • Nine” Colleen Atwood
  • The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell

Directing

  • Avatar” James Cameron
  • The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
  • Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
  • Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Documentary (Feature)

  • Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
  • The Cove” Nominees to be determined
  • Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
  • Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
  • The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
  • The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  • Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
  • Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

  • Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
  • District 9” Julian Clarke
  • The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
  • Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

  • Ajami” Israel
  • El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
  • The Milk of Sorrow” Peru
  • Un Prophète” France
  • The White Ribbon” Germany

Makeup

  • Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
  • Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
  • The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Music (Original Score)

  • Avatar” James Horner
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
  • The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
  • Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
  • Up” Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)

  • Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
  • Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
  • The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Short Film (Animated)

  • French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
  • Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
  • The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
  • Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
  • A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

  • The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
  • Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
  • Kavi” Gregg Helvey
  • Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
  • The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

  • Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
  • The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
  • Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
  • Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
  • Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing

  • Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
  • The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
  • Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
  • Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Visual Effects

  • Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
  • District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
  • Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
  • An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
  • In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
  • Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
  • Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
  • A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy




Day Thirty-Two – The Razzies

1 02 2010

Awards Season is rolling along and we’re hitting the point where you lose track of all the awards being handed out and to whom.

Being the day before the Academy Award nominations are announced; the Razzies have announced their nominations for worst of 2009.

The Razzies are fun because they manage to poke fun at not only movies themselves, but the concept of Hollywood patting itself on the back. I always thought it would be funny if someone actually decided to show up and accept their award.

It's true that the Golden Raspberry means nothing at the end of the day, but isn't that the case with all awards?

That is, until Halle Berry picked up hers five years ago. It started funny enough, but then she took it as an opportunity to slam all the people she worked with. Some, such as People.com, thought it was a show of class, but I thought it was just the opposite. Being a good sport means taking responsibility, not blaming “the terrible cast” around you.

Most that are nominated aren’t the movies that tried and failed, but instead were spawned out of laziness and unoriginality. The inclusion of the “Worst Remake, Sequel or Rip-Off” is just another example.

Normally, as I did with the Golden Globes, I would have some type of prediction on who is going to win what, but that’s just what the Razzies are making fun of. Not to mention, I haven’t seen any of the nominees.

Here they are:

WORST PICTURE

All About Steve

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Land of The Lost

Old Dogs

Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen

WORST ACTOR OF 2009

All Three Jonas Brothers

JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3-D CONCERT EXPERIENCE

Will Ferrell

LAND OF THE LOST

Steve Martin

PINK PANTHER 2

Eddie Murphy

IMAGINE THAT

John Travolta

OLD DOGS

WORST ACTRESS OF 2009

Beyonce

OBSESSED

Sandra Bullock

ALL ABOUT STEVE

Miley Cyrus

HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE

Megan Fox

JENNIFER’s BODY and TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

Sarah Jessica Parker

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR OF 2009

Billy Ray Cyrus

HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE

Hugh Hefner (as Himself)

MISS MARCH

Robert Pattinson

TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON

Jorma Taccone (as Cha-Ka)

LAND OF THE LOST

Marlon Wayans

G.I. JOE

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF 2009

Candice Bergen

BRIDE WARS

Ali Larter

OBSESSED

Sienna Miller

G.I. JOE

Kelly Preston

OLD DOGS

Julie White (as Mom)

TRANNIES, TOO

WORST COUPLE OF 2009

Any Two (or More) Jonas Brothers

THE JONAS BROTHERS 3-D CONCERT EXPERIENCE

Sandra Bullock & Bradley Cooper

ALL ABOUT STEVE

Will Ferrell & Any Co-Star,
Creature or “Comic Riff”

LAND OF THE LOST

Shia LaBeouf & EITHER
Megan Fox OR
Any Transformer

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

Kristen Stewart & EITHER
Robert Pattinson OR
Taylor Whatz-His-Fang

TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON

WORST REMAKE, SEQUEL OR RIP-OFF

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Land of The Lost

Pink Panther 2

(A Rip-Off of a Sequel to a Remake)

Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen

Twilight Saga: New Moon

WORST DIRECTOR OF 2009

Michael Bay

TRANNIES, TOO

Walt Becker

OLD DOGS

Brad Silberling

LAND OF THE LOST

Stephen Sommers

G.I. JOE

Phil Traill

ALL ABOUT STEVE

WORST SCREENPLAY OF 2009

All About Steve

Screenplay by Kim Barker

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett

Based on Hasbro’s G.I. JOE® Characters.

Land of The Lost

Written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas

Based on Sid & Marty Krofft’s TV Series

Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen

Written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman

Based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures

Twilight Saga: New Moon

Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg

Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer

In a neat set of bonus awards, they have also decided to do a ‘Worst of the Decade’ set of awards.

I think it would be pretty cool if the Oscars did something similar. It would be a good way to avoid snubbing films that deserve the win in order to give the award to someone they owe.

Here they are:

WORST PICTURE OF THE DECADE

Battlefield Earth (2000)

Nominated for 10 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 8
(Including Worst Drama of Our First 25 Yrs)

Freddy Got Fingered (2001)

Nominated for 9 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 5

Gigli (2003)

Nominated for 10 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 7
(Including Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Yrs)

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

Nominated for 9 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 8

Swept Away (2002)

Nominated for 9 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 5

WORST ACTOR OF THE DECADE

Ben Affleck

Nominated for 9 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES®
DAREDEVIL, GIGLI, JERSEY GIRL, PAYCHECK,
PEARL HARBOR, SURVIVING CHRISTMAS

Eddie Murphy

Nominated for 12 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES®
ADVENTURES of PLUTO NASH, I SPY, IMAGINE THAT,
MEET DAVE, NORBIT, SHOWTIME

Mike Myers

Nominated for 4 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES®
CAT IN THE HAT, THE LOVE GURU

Rob Schneider

Nominated for 6 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 1 RAZZIE®
THE ANIMAL, BENCHWARMERS, DEUCE BIGALO: EUROPEAN GIGOLO,
GRANDMA’s BOY, THE HOT CHICK,
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY, LITTLE MAN, LITTLE NICKY

John Travolta

Nominated for 6 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES®
BATTLEFIELD EARTH, DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE, LUCKY NUMBERS,
OLD DOGS, SWORDFISH

WORST ACTRESS OF THE DECADE

Mariah Carey

The Single Biggest Individual Vote Getter of the Decade:
70+% of ALL Votes for Worst Actress of 2001

GLITTER

Paris Hilton

Nominated for 5 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 4 RAZZIES®

THE HOTTIE & THE NOTTIE, HOUSE of WHACKS, REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA

Lindsay Lohan

Nominated for 5 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES®

HERBIE FULLY LOADED, I KNOW WHO KILLED ME, JUST MY LUCK

Jennifer Lopez

Nominated for 9 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES®

ANGEL EYES, ENOUGH, GIGLI, JERSEY GIRL, MAID IN MANHATTAN,

MONSTER-IN-LAW, THE WEDDING PLANNER

Madonna

Nominated for 6 “Achievements,”“Winner” of 4 RAZZIES®

DIE ANOTHER DAY, THE NEXT BEST THING, SWEPT AWAY

Tomorrow we’re back down to “business” with the Academy Awards. I’ll have my predictions then.





Day Eighteen – Golden Globe Results: I’m 11 for 22

18 01 2010

The Golden Globes have come and gone with a few surprises. Some I was happy for, others not so much.

Let’s go through ’em. Once again, I got the results from EW.com.

FILM AWARDS

Best Picture, Drama
Avatar WINNER
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
Up in the AirMy Pick

When I had made the prediction, I hadn’t seen every film nominated, but I did by the time the Globes aired. I stand firm on my choice for Up in the Air. The hype for that film was right. The Hurt Locker was just as worthy, even according to Cameron himself. Avatar is an excellent version of Transformers. It’s fluff, not Best Picture.

Best Picture, Musical/Comedy

The Hangover was the only true comedy in the category and deserved the win.

The Hangover WINNER
500 Days of SummerMy Pick
It’s Complicated
Julie & Julia
Nine

It’s nice to see something that most people had seen to win an award, but this makes me worry for the Oscars. The Hangover was a great comedy, but I still think that (500) Days of Summer was a more complete film. It wasn’t so much of a Comedy and based on that alone, I think The Hangover was the only true comedy there. I’m definitely not upset about the win.

Best Director
James Cameron, Avatar WINNER
My Pick
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

I thought Cameron would win this award to acknowledge his box office success, but they’d give Best Picture to the better film. I was wrong.

Best Actor, Musical/Comedy
Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes WINNER
Matt Damon, The Informant!
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of SummerMy Pick
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

I’m shocked. I haven’t seen Sherlock Holmes yet and I didn’t expect him to win. It seems like they were going more for box office this year, and given that, this seems like the right choice.

Best Actress, Musical/Comedy
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia WINNER
Sandra Bullock, The ProposalMy Pick
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Julia Roberts, Duplicity
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated

This probably shocked me the most. I thought the Meryl Streep vote would have been split, allowing Sandra Bullock to come up the middle. Somehow, she managed to win yet again. If she had one nomination, I would have chosen her, but even a split vote can’t stop her.

Best Actress, Drama
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side WINNER – My Pick
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

They still managed to get it to her.

Best Actor, Drama
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart WINNERMy Pick
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers

If you sing and act, you almost guaranteed to win. Not to take away from Jeff Bridges, who was owed this for a while.

Film, Best Supporting Actress
Mo’Nique, Precious WINNER – My Pick
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Julianne Moore, A Single Man

I don’t think anyone expected her to lose. I almost wanted her to after hearing about her refusal to campaign.

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds WINNER My Pick
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

If anyone else won this category, it would be a huge upset.

Best Screenplay
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner,
Up in the Air WINNERMy Pick
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Nancy Meyers, It’s Complicated
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Definitely the most deserving screenplay of the bunch. There’s not a wasted line in this entire film. Everything leads to something.

Best Animated Film
Up WINNERMy Pick
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess & The Frog

Pixar maintains its dominance.

Best Song
“The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart WINNER
“Cinema Italiano,” Nine
“I Want to Come Home,” Everybody’s Fine My Pick
“I Will See You,” Avatar
“Winter,” Brothers

I thought they’d go for the celebrity pick, but McCartney was a presenter so they didn’t need to give him the award to put him on stage.

Best Score
Up WINNER
The Informant!
Avatar
A Single Man
Where the Wild Things Are My Pick

If I had picked with my heart, this would have been my pick.

Best Foreign Language Film
The White Ribbon WINNER
My Pick
Baria
Broken Embraces
The Maid
A Prophet

I thought so, just based on the buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Martin Scorsese

My guess is George Lucas wins this award next. Him or Francis Ford Coppola.

TV AWARDS

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Mad Men (AMC) WINNER
My Pick
Big Love (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
House (Fox)
True Blood (HBO)

Any of these shows, except this season of True Blood, could have won this award and I would have been happy. All were deserving this year.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Glee (FOX) WINNER
30 Rock (NBC) – My Pick
Entourage (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)

I thought Glee would win if 30 Rock didn’t. It’s the new popular show. Modern Family deserved it a little more though.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Toni Collette, United States of Tara WINNER
Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
Edie Falco, Nurse JackieMy Pick
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Lea Michele, Glee

My guess is because she played four different roles on the same show, people think she’s a great actress. I used to watch the show, but didn’t make it to the end of the first season. I wasn’t a huge fan.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock WINNERMy Pick
Steve Carell, The Office
David Duchovny, Californication
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee

This is his award until he retires.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Michael C. Hall, Dexter WINNER

A deserved win for Michael C. Hall, wearing a toque to cover the effects of recent cancer treatments.

Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Jon Hamm, Mad MenMy Pick
Hugh Laurie, House
Bill Paxton, Big Love

I was really happy to see Michael C. Hall win this award. He’s definitely deserving, especially for this season of Dexter.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
DRAMA
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife WINNERMy Pick
Glenn Close, Damages
January Jones, Mad Men
Anna Paquin, True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

This was a pick I made based on what people are saying. I haven’t seen the show, but expected her to win.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES,
MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
John Lithgow, Dexter WINNER

Michael Emerson, Lost
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your MotherMy Pick
William Hurt, Damages
Jeremy Piven, Entourage

I thought this was the year of NPH, but I’m very happy with John Lithgow’s win. It was such a chilling performance. NPH will be back, but this was the only year that Lithgow could have won for him pitch perfect Trinity Killer.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A
SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Chloe Sevigny, Big Love WINNER

Jane Adams, Hung
Rose Byrne, Damages
Jane Lynch, GleeMy Pick
Janet McTeer, Into the Storm

I’m surprised, but I agree. Chloe Sevingy is the reason Big Love is interesting. Without her, they’d be able to live their lives conflict free and who wants that?

It was a good show overall. The Oscars can take note on how quickly they go to the awards. No time wasted with long intros or excessive speeches. The only thing I noticed this year was people were quicker to list names. That’s got to be the most unentertaining thing possible. They need to find some way around it, like have the names listed behind them and just let them talk.

I’m worried about the Oscars though. Will they be trying to make up for last year by giving the Best Picture to Avatar as well? They want people to watch, so they might lean towards box office rather than quality. We’ll see, but hopefully they can put together a tight, quick and clean show like the Globes this year.

And hopefully my score is a little better.

The Hangover was the only true comedy in the category and deserved the win.