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Golden Globe Awards 2015 Nominees and Winners (Update)

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It’s that time of year again. Award season. The one time of year we get to celebrate films by awarding them with self glorifying statues. To me this is my Super Bowl. I like to be able to predict the winner and see how many I can get right. Lately it has been easier than usual. The award shows stick with the safe bets instead of awarding what is truly great. For the most part they are all good movies but sometimes the less inspired choice wins.

I’m going to keep things short. I will list the nominees, who I think will win, and the eventual winners. Easier said then done. My predictions will be bolded BLACK while the winners will be bolded RED

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Boyhood – Directed by Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher – Directed by Bennett Miller
The Imitation Game – Directed by Morten Tyldum
Selma – Directed by Ava DuVernay
The Theory of Everything – Directed by James Marsh

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Birdman – Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu 
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Directed by Wes Anderson
Into the Woods – Directed by Rob Marshall
Pride – Directed by Matthew Warts
St. Vincent – Directed by Theodore Melfi

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama

Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical

Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

Best Director

Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
David FincherGone Girl
Ava DuVernaySelma
Alejandro Gonzalez InarrituBirdman
Richard LinklaterBoyhood

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. SimmonsWhiplash

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Best Screenplay

Wes AndersonThe Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian FlynnGone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez InarrituBirdman
Richard LinklaterBoyhood
Graham MooreThe Imitation Game

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Best Foreign Film

Force Majeure (Turist), Sweden
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett, Israel
Ida, Poland/Denmark
Leviathan, Russia
Tangerines (Mandariinid), Estonia

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Big EyesBig Eyes (Lana Del Ray)
Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)
Mercy Is – Noah (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye)
Opportunity – Annie (Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck)
Yellow Flicker Beat – Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 1 (Lorde)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

Best TV Drama

The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Best Actor – TV Drama

Clive Owen – The Knick
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
James Spader – The Blacklist
Dominic West – The Affair

Best Actress – TV Drama

Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best TV Miniseries or Movie

Fargo
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge

Best Actor – TV Miniseries or Movie

Martin Freeman – Fargo
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

Best Actress – TV Miniseries or Movie

Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor – The Missing
Alison Tolman – Fargo

Best TV Comedy

Girls
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent

Best Actor – TV Comedy

Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Ricky Gervais – Derek
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H. Macy – Shameless

Best Actress – TV Comedy

Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Julia Louis Dreyfus – Veep
Taylor Schilling – Orange Is the New Black

Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie

Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Colin Hanks – Fargo
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie

Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Allison Janney – Mom
Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

 

Hateful Eight Trailer Rumors

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So some of the biggest news yesterday was the reveal of The Hateful Eight trailer. Crazy right? A trailer for a movie that hasn’t even started production or a secured release date. So what exactly can be shown in the trailer? So many questions over such news. Quentin Tarantino wasn’t even sure he was going to be making this movie a couple months ago. After cancellation, a lawsuit, a live read, and now confirmation that the movie would be made, The Hateful Eight has officially started its marketing campaign. This is a really weird track history for a movie and it only makes me interested in this movie more.

In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception.

 

The Death of Film Stock is Upon Us

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Being a native of Rochester, New York I know all there is about Kodak and George Eastman. I grew up in that region and I’ve become really interested in the history of both Kodak and George Eastman himself. I’ve been to The Eastman Theater, to see a screening of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, and toured his house. It is a fascinating venture and sure to interest any cinephile.

Recently Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams have campaigned heavily for studios to buy film stock and use it more often than they do. The chairman of Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke announced Wednesday that their company will continue their production of film stock. According to the Wall Street Journal, prominent studios such as Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Studios will purchase a certain amount of film stock each year. This solidifies the use of film stock for certain films. I see it used more so on their smaller projects rather than their blockbuster.

Bob Weinstein, one of the chairman for TWC, stated “It’s a financial commitment, no doubt about it. But I don’t think we could look some of our filmmakers in the eyes if we didn’t do it.” This shows just how committed they are to preserving the magic of movies and their love for the medium.

I’m happy to see that people are still in support for something that has been dying out in past few years. After The Master I think that people will realize the beauty that film contains.

Django Unchained is off the Chain (excuse the pun)

Django Unchained

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

When it comes to a Quentin Tarantino movie I am alway excited to see what he will do next. Every movies of his is always something fresh and exciting, even Death Proof which I’ll admit is not his best movie. When I heard that he was doing a straight forward Western instead of having western themes and homages I was ecstatic and was instantly anticipating the movie almost as much as I was The Dark Knight Rises. What I have to give the movie credit for is that it didn’t disappoint me in anyway at all, the movie is a deep look at what a man would do to get his wife back and how he goes about doing it.

A former slave and a German bounty hunter become unlikely allies in the battle against a tyrannical plantation owner in this western from visionary director Quentin Tarantino. Two years before the Civil War pits brother-against-brother, German-born fugitive hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz) arrives in America determined to capture the outlaw Brittle brothers dead or alive. In the midst of his search, Dr. Schultz crosses paths with Django (Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx), a freed slave and skilled tracker who seeks to rescue his beloved wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie (Academy Award-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio). Once Django has aided Dr. Schultz in coralling the Brittle brothers, the two team up to capture some of the most wanted men in the South. Meanwhile, Django never loses sight of his mission to free Broomhilda from the treacherous slave trade before it’s too late. Upon arriving at Candie’s nefarious plantation, dubbed Candyland, Django and Dr. Schultz discover that slaves are being groomed for gladiator-like competitions by Candie’s malevolent right-hand man Billy Crash (Walton Goggins), and together they skillfully work their way onto the compound for a closer look. But just as Django and his partner locate Broomhilda and plot a daring escape, Candie’s house slave Stephen (Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson) catches wind of their plan, and informs his master of the betrayal. Now, as a clandestine organization attempts to back them into a corner, Django and Dr. Schultz will have to come out with pistols blazing if they ever hope to free Broomhilda from Candyland and the clutches of its vile proprietor.

What I have to say is the most admirable about the movie is the performances. Every actor in the movie is fantastic. Jamie Foxx bring layers to the character of Django and makes him a very human character in a movie by a director who’s characters  are always out there. It is the first time since Ray and Collateral that I appreciate what Jamie Foxx brings to the screen. The same goes for Christoph Waltz, who has been in a string of bad movies after winning his first Academy Award. His character is charismatic and likable and never has a dull moment on screen and he also manages to outshine Jamie Foxx. The two best performances in my opinion are Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel Jackson who both play the villains. This is the first time that Leo has portrayed a villain and I have to say that I’ve never seen him better, he feel comfortable in the role and manages to shock and intimidate while also being charismatic. I would really like to see Leo tackle more roles like this, it would be interesting to witness him as a more fearful character. Sam Jackson is equally as good and manages to make a character so loathsome and despicable that it is hard not to hate him. I think that Jackson should do more movies like this instead of the crap that he has done recently. I would like to see all these actors get nominated but the fact is that they won’t and I think Leonardo DiCaprio stands the only chance of winning.

Personally I think this is also Tarantino’s best film, I am a giant fan of Westerns and this is no exception. I felt that the story turned out a lot better than I expected, it may be a simple revenge story but the execution is simply perfection. The cinematography is beautiful and editing is also fantastic, I feel that this is the best one out of his filmography. I may be in the minority here but I think this outshines Pulp Fiction as his defining movie even though Pulp Fiction is a close second.

I think this has to be the best movie of the year and that it was a great way to end a fantastic year at the movies. Sure it is going to be tough to watch due to its explicit violence and constant use of the “N” word but I don’t think that should get in the way of a fantastic film.

10 out of 10

I have to say that I am not surprised by Lincoln grabbing the most nominations, it was a great movie that deserves the recognition. What I am truly happy about is that Django Unchained scored the second most nominations and I can’t wait to see what the movie holds. I am glad that both Leonardo DiCaprio is going to bring to the role of the villain. What really bugs me is that Game of Thrones not being nominated at all, I thought that this season was much better than the first, even though both are amazing. With the Oscars closing in I am wondering what nominations Django Unchained will grab and what movie will actually win Best Picture.