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Sunday
Jan262014

Sundance Prize Winners

The Sundance prizes were handed out tonight and the top winners will be screening on Sunday the last day of the festival. =Glenn, Michael and I have a handful more reviews for you including a couple of these winners. But it figures that not one of the three of us caught the unquestionable champ, Whiplash starring Miles Teller as a drummer and JK Simmons as his military father, which took home both the juried top prize and the audience award for dramatic feature. You may recall that last year Fruitvale Station won both of those prizes too... but it wasn't able to convert that early rush of promise into Oscar nominations. The year before that those top prizes were split between Beasts of the Southern Wild (jury) and The Sessions (audience) which both went on to Oscar nods. The year before that Like Crazy (jury) and Circumstance (audience). Etcetera. Sundance is hit and miss in terms of its top films going on to further awards glory. Any guesses as to how Whiplash will fare further down the road? 

Full list of winners is after the jump.

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Monday
Jan202014

PGA Shocks With a Best Picture Tie

My head is spinning as fast as Sandra Bullock's  tiny white spacesuit body during Gravity's terrifying opening calamity. The Producers Guild of America, which could have ended the Oscar race with a win for American Hustle, which had been gaining strength via high profile Globe and SAG wins, opted out. They looked elsewhere, two elsewheres to be specific: Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tied for their top prize. [more...]

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Saturday
Jan182014

SAG Winners Win Again

A quick break from festival screenings to shove food in my face (tortilla chips, peppermint patty, a tangerine. Healthy!) and watch a few minutes of the SAG Awards. But I won't be able to do the whole thing as I'll be racing back to hopefully get into a new Mark Ruffalo movie with the unwieldy title of Infinite Polar Bear. Why must everything happen within the same two weeks? Since I didn't get to watch, not really, I trust you'll share your favorite moments in the comments so I can seek them out on YouTube later (like the non-movie obsessed civilians who see everything they're curious about that way. Such a strange lifestyle!)

It may seem morbid to say but I enjoy SAG's "in memoriam" section so much more than Oscars. Perhaps it's their limited focus on actors but it gives them a chance to show a million clips instead of just quick flashes without much in the way of dialogue

FILM WINNERS

ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

American Hustle

MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"

FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years A Slave"

ACTION PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE

"Lone Survivor"

TELEVISION

ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES

"Breaking Bad"

ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES

"Modern Family"

MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Dame Maggie has better things to do then attend awards show!

MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"

FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

MALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra"

FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Helen Mirren, "Phil Spector"

ACTION PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A TELEVISION SERIES

"Game of Thrones"


I'm always hoping that the Oscar acting races will be real competitions but most years this ends up happening with all the big shows in regimented lock-step for all four categories with maybe ONE errant choice by one show. It's such a drama killer... and these people are in the business of making drama for us to enjoy. Why does this happen, this winner-takes-all effect? Theories. Got any?

Friday
Jan172014

Critics Choice Award Winners & After Party

Quickie post to give you more of an opportunity to discuss the CCMA winners. I salute all those with strong enough multi-tasking skills to both attend and cover events simultaneously. I've just arrived in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival and before I stuff my face, it's catch up time!

Arriving at the CCMAs - Seating Chart?

When I arrived at the Critics Choice Awards last night -- excuse me, last afternoon (awards ceremonies start so early on the West Coast!)-- I had no idea where I'd be seated so I was just goofing in the photo above and pointing randomly to the space as if to say "There! I'm sitting there" Well there was within stumbling over into the American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave tables which were right next to that open walk way to the stage. This is not where I was sitting. You're doing it wrong, Nathaniel! 

THE WINNERS
with commentary 

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Thursday
Jan162014

Hollywood: Oscar Nom Morning & CCMA Evening

As you read this I am in my hotel room pressing my cuffs (that sounds filthy!) and preparing for the CCMAs. For the first time in the whole of my life that I can remember I hit snooze on my alarm on Oscar nomination morning. What has become of me? Oh yes, it's as simple as this, 5:15 AM is a lot earlier than 8:15 AM and for the first time I was in something like the vicinity of the live announcement from my hotel room in Koreatown. This gave me extra time to sleep but it was rather like that time when I lived two doors away from my Junior High and I was late every day. I only got the live feed up just in time for the countdown to air.

Since I could say the mythic Hollywood sign from my window, perhaps I should have attempted to be in the Hollywood-centric room when Thor & Cheryl intoned the hallowed names this morning? But baby steps. Despite all the years blogging I'm new at parts of it, especially parts West of Manhattan. A lot of parts. 

I'm not sure what one does at awards shows from the audience (lots of drinking?) but if you follow me on twitter. You might find out. I won't be able to live blog obviously but there could be tweeting. Oscar pages will continue to be updated through the weekend but for now the Nomination Index, is updated (laugh at my terrible rate of prediction in Best Live Action Short and marvel at my perfection in Best Picture and Supporting Actor. There are also polls up at Picture, Actor and Actress with more to come. Click away. As one does. 

Sunday
Jan122014

Golden Globe Winners 

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I shall recap the Globes afterwards. I can't even with the live-blogging. I miss so much every time. So here is the winners list as they are announced and the general timeline of events.  

SUPPORTING ACTRESS Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
'don't ever do this again. It's so scary' - the first part!
SUPPORTING ACTRESS TV Jacqueline Bissett, Dancing on the Edge
clearly overwhelmed after such a long career. Remember when she slept with Rob Lowe in Class (1984)?
MINISERIES Behind the Candelabra
ACTRESS MINISERIES Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
so deserving but i was not expecting her.

Captain Phillips & The Wolf of Wall Street intros...

ACTOR, DRAMA TV Bryan Cranson, Breaking Bad 
DRAMA TV Breaking Bad 

Philomena intro...

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE Alex Ebert, All is Lost
I'm so happy for this win and the guy has a cute moment with P Diddy. (Is that what we call him now? I seriously don't know/care)  "thanks for letting me try all over your movie"
BEST ORIGINAL SONG "Ordinary Love" U2 for Mandela
I should've predicted this. This was a 'duh' moment even though Frozen totally shoulda... 
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA TV Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Damn, I was hoping for Rob Lowe who was so hilariously creepy  in Behind the Candelabra

Her intro... it occurs to me that these intros are so much more important to people who don't see all the movies. But no clips of the 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY, MUSICAL Amy Adams, American Hustle
Yep, she's getting the nomination over Streep. This woulda shocked us so hard a few months ago. (Like Julianne Moore she just waited so long to win anything major!)

Miss Golden Globe! It's the spawn of Kevin & Kyra.

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA TV Robin Wright, House of Cards
SUPPORTING ACTOR, MOVIES Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
SCREENPLAY Spike Jonze, Her
(our "stealth entertainer of the year") 

Nebraska intro... 

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY TV Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
BEST FOREIGN FILM The Great Beauty 
BEST ACTOR, MINISERIES/MOVIE  Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY TV Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Frozen 

Diane Keaton sings the end of her speech for Woody Allen. Adorable as ever.

Cecil B Demille goes to Woody Allen... Diane Keaton speaks on his behalf. 

BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Makes a herpes joke to Sandra Bullock. LOL.
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY Leonardo DiCaprio, Wolf of Wall Street

Incredibly awkward 12 Years a Slave intro  but then a relevant to the movie Rush intro. What is going on?

BEST MOVIE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL American Hustle 
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
BEST MOVIE, DRAMA 12 Years a Slave
Huge surprise given that it lost every other nomination ! Shocked acceptance speech with Sarah Paulson, McQueen dubbed "The Bette Davis of America" (???), acting as teleprompter for the frazzled director. 

Sunday
Jan122014

Golden Globe Predix? This Post Will Disintegrate In Five Hours

Wanna know something funny? I had totally forgotten who won the Golden Globes last year. I mean, I thought "I'll illustrate this prediction post with a win from last year!" and then I thought. But who? Now I know mainstream media likes to joke that people forget who won the Oscar in which year almost instantaneously but I don't find this to be true of Oscar geeks. I never forget ... though an occassional nomination will surprise me by vanishing from my memory banks only to serve as humble pie later when a quiz or trivia situation crops up (Nick Nolte in Warrior? I curse you!)

So here is a photographic reminder of last year's winners in case you also forgot...

Last Year's Champs most of whom went on to Oscar & Emmy wins

Now back to the present tense.

Disclaimer: I am completely terrible at predicting the Golden Globes -- if you challenge me you will undoubtedly trounce me! -- but I absolutely love The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this willful refusal to tow the line. Oh sure they sometimes will gladly use their televised moments to predict the Oscars or influence the Emmys but you never know when they might just go their own way for the helluva it ... which is why they're better than many of the more "serious" voting bodies (i.e., and quite sadly, most critics groups who seem hellbent on predicting Oscar 100% of the time though their mission statements should tell you'd they do otherwise)

100% accurate predictions after the jump...

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