Peter O'Toole dies

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"Do you think I'm just anybody, Ali, do you?"

It is with a heavy heart, I mourn the passing of Peter O'Toole, the man who is synonymous with Lawrence of Arabia to me. So much dignity, all that sense of self, the most piercing eyes. Without him breathing life into T. E. Lawrence, how would I have found my past kindred? This is the most significant passing of a famous person to me since 2007 (Ingmar Bergman's passing). In a strange way, it's like saying goodbye to a very, very dear friend - ElAurens has passed away the second time. *sniffles*

Of course, the onscreen ElAurens lives forever - or at least as long as forever for me. He is within me, and remains there as one of the most influential, comforting presence in my life.

R.I.P.  I'm gonna go dream of the desert now. :`(


Thoughts on Golden Globes Nominations

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By Griz

Wow, we sure overpredicted The Butler, it didn't get a single nomination! I really thought it was just the kind of gooey crap that the Golden Globes would eat up, especially with the Weinsteins backing it. But I guess they put their muscle behind their other Oscar ponies, like Philomena and August: Osage County. August: Osage County must be quite a stinker if the Weinsteins can't even get the Golden Globes to nominate it for Best Picture.

Biggest surprise has to be Rush for Best Picture?! Noms for Julie Delpy AND Greta Gerwig were a nice surprise too! Sally Hawkins got a nom! Those seem like the only real surprises to me. Kate Winslet isn't too surprising maybe, except I really haven't heard anything at all about the movie, and it just seemed to have vanished, which is why I (foolishly) went with Adele Extrareallylonglastname instead. A bit surprising that they didn't find room for Gandolfini either, but maybe they really did split the votes between lead and supporting?

Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with the choices, even though I've barely seen any of the movies yet. But it seems like a good mix and not too much starfucking (Johnny Depp in anything) or Oscar bait (The Butler).

Editor's Note

I was most pleased with The Great Beauty getting nominated - I hope it translates to an Oscar nom as well. I was similarly surprised with the lesser number of star pandering nominations (though it's still there in some sections where there is less consensus, like the song category - hello Taylor Swift and Bono!). Most surprising was Oprah Winfrey getting left on the cutting floor. She was such a sure nom, too.

Other questions I have: where did Rush come from? Why didn't anyone vote for August: Osange County - it seems so Oscarish? How did The Wind Rises get a nomination for foreign film and not animated feature? What does this mean for Adèle Exarchopoulos' Oscars chances? Why did people vote for The Past?


Golden Globes 2014 Nominations predix / Nominations

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It's awards season, so naturally I'm making predictions, as I am some kind of Awards Season Geek. I don't have much time though, so there'll be very few comments.

My special guest, Griz, once again helpfully contributes (in purple). Actual nominations in red.

12 years a slave
Saving Mr. Banks X Philomena
The Butler X Rush
Captain Phillips
Alt. Blue Jasmine

• 12 Years a Slave
• The Butler
• Captain Phillips
• Gravity
• Saving Mr. Banks
Alt: Blue Jasmine

August: Osage County X
The Wolf of Wall Street
American Hustle
Alt. Inside Llewyn Davis

• American Hustle
• Her
• Inside Llewyn Davis
• Nebraska
• The Wolf of Wall Street
Alt: August: Osage County

Why would anyone bet against the star power of August: Osage County. Ahem. X I eat crows.

Steve McQueen
Alfonso Cuarón
David O. Russell
Martin Scorsese X Paul Greengrass
Spike Jonze X Alexander Payne
Alt. Woody Allen

• Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
• Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips
• Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave
• David O. Russell - American Hustle
• Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street
Alt: Joel & Ethan Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Tom Hanks
Forest Whitaker X
Idris Elba
Matthew McConaughey
Alt. Robert Redford

• Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
• Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips
• Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
• Robert Redford - All Is Lost
• Forest Whitaker - The Butler
Alt: Idris Elba - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Will Elba squeak in by playing the recently deceased Mandela?

Leonardo DiCaprio
Joaquin Phoenix
Christian Bale
Bruce Dern
James Gandolfini X Oscar Isaac
Alt. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

• Bruce Dern - Nebraska
• Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
• James Gandolfini - Enough Said
• Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyn Davis
• Joaquin Phoenix - Her
Alt: Christian Bale - American Hustle

Gandolfini's placement is confusing - lead or supporting? We'll see soon enough.

Cate Blanchette
Sandra Bullock
Emma Thompson
Judi Dench
Adèle Exarchopoulos X
Alt. Kate Winslet

• Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
• Sandra Bullock - Gravity
• Judi Dench - Philomena
• Adèle Exarchoupoulus - Blue is the Warmest Colour
• Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks
Alt: Kate Winslet - Labor Day

I guess this category is pretty solid?

Amy Adams
Meryl Streep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Melissa McCarthy X Julie Delpy
Scarlett Johansson X
Alt. Greta Gerwig

• Amy Adams - American Hustle
• Scarlett Johansson - Don Jon
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Enough Said
• Melissa McCarthy - The Heat
• Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
Alt: Julie Delpy - Before Midnight

Barkhad Abdi
Michael Fassbender
Jared Leto
Bradley Cooper
Daniel Bruhl
Alt. Jonah Hill

• Bradley Cooper - American Hustle
• Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
• Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
• Tom Hanks - Saving Mr. Banks
• Jonah Hill - The Wolf of Wall Street
Alt: Matthew McConaughey - Mud

Lupita Nyong'o
June Squibb
Jennifer Lawrence
Julia Roberts
Oprah Winfrey X
Alt. Sally Hawkins

• Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
• Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years a Slave
• Julia Roberts - August: Osage County
• June Squibb - Nebraska
• Oprah Winfrey - The Butler
Alt: Octavia Spencer - Fruitvale Station

12 years a slave
Blue Jasmine X Her
American Hustle
August: Osage County X Philomena
Alt. The Wolf of Wall Street

• American Hustle
• Blue Jasmine
• Inside Llewyn Davis
• Nebraska
Alt: Saving Mr. Banks

Blue is the warmest colour
Wadjda X The Wind Rises
The hunt
The Great Beauty
The Past
Alt. The Grandmaster

• Blue is the Warmest Colour
• Gloria
• The Great Beauty
• The Past
• Wadjda
Alt: The Hunt

I have no clue other than Blue. The Great Beauty is wishful thinking.

Despicable Me 2
Monsters university X
The croods
The wind rises X
Alt. Epic

• Despicable Me 2
• Epic
• Frozen
• Monsters University
• The Wind Rises
Alt: The Croods

Saving Mr. Banks X All is lost
12 years a slave
Philomena X Mandela
Monsters university X
Alt. The book thief

• 12 Years a Slave
• The Book Thief
• Gravity
• Philomena
• Saving Mr. Banks
Alt: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Something from Frozen
Something from The Great Gatsby X Mandela
Something from Her X Inside Llewyn Davis
Something from The Hunger Games
And that one from Epic X One chance

Alt. The Butler, why not.

• Despicable Me 2
• Epic
• Frozen
• The Great Gatsby
• The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Alt: The Butler

And it begun.

Tally: Multiple nominations
12 Years a slave - 7 nominations
American Hustle - 6 nominations
Gravity - 4 nominations
Nebraska - 4 nominations
Captain Phillips - 4 nominations
Her - 3 nominations
Philomena - 3 nominations
Inside Llewyn Lewis - 3 nominations
Mandela - 3 nominations
Dallas Buyers Club - 2 nominations
The Wolf of Wall Street - 2 nominations
Rush - 2 nominations
All is lost - 2 nominations

How did we do?
Editor - 48/68 (without alternates) or 70.59%; 54/68 (with alternates) or 79.41%
Griz - 46/68 (without alternates) or 67.65%; 52/68 (with alternates) or 76.47%

I am victorious!



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