Golden Globes 2014 Nominations Predix: It's Angie time ... No, no, it isn't.

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It doesn't feel right to miss the award season, no matter that I'm just whipping predictions off last minute. So I'm doing it again this year, despite not having posted anything of note recently.

My special guest, Griz, once again helpfully contributes (in purple). Actual nominations tomorrow morning will be in red. It's a pretty wild-card year, so anything could go!

Post announcement comments:

Griz: Unbroken snubbed! No star-f*ckery nomination for Jolie. Her not getting in for Maleficent is almost shocking. It seemed like the perfect Golden Globes celebrity-suck-up nomination. Maybe they’re actively trying to clean up their act? Their picks this year seem unusually respectable. Wes Anderson for best director, what a fun pick! I hope the movie can make a good showing at the Oscars, at least a screenplay nomination and some tech stuff (art direction, costumes, cinematography).

Editor: First of all, yay to Budapest's success! The Anderson's directing nod was entirely wanted but unexpected. And Ralph Fiennes hopefully can use this to spring forward to the Oscars? Secondly, I, too, was puzzled about this Jolie shut out. Not that I thought she was deserving either way, as I have not seen both Maleficent and Unbroken to comment on their quality (and unlikely to do so?). But this is the Hollywood Foreign Press! Don't they want to please one of the biggest, most glamorous stars in Hollywood? I mean, they nominated Madonna! In any case, that was the biggest shocker for me (the second being the completely mind boggling Foreign Film nominations, and the inconsequential but shocking snub of "Everything is Awesome"). Thirdly, what the heck is with Pride? I don't understand nominating a film for best picture and giving it no love in any other category. So it's mediocre in everything, yet comes out on top? Judging by the nom tally and placement, Gone Girl should've been nom'd in its place. And I'm pretty sure it would have been, if not for the fact that it was placed in the stronger Drama category instead of Comedy (how did Big Eyes get into Comedy again? It also had more noms than Pride!).

Fourthly, check out all the lone-actress nominations! It's an epidemic! Is it a case of actresses not being able to get their films nominated as well, or that they're so good that they'd get nominated regardless of how crappy/mediocre their films are? Speaking of actresses: it's the year of Julianne Moore! I should've put that as my title instead of Jolie (note to self: remember for the Oscars). Finally, poor Interstellar. It deserved more than the lone score nomination, though I suppose it's better than nothing. And I'm sure that if I'd seen Inherent Vice, I'd probably find the snub intolerable. I can't wait for the movie to come out. It looks delish.

PICTURE (DRAMA)
American sniper x Selma
Boyhood
The imitation game
Gone girl x The theory of everything
Foxcatcher
Alt. Interstellar

• Boyhood
• Gone Girl
• The Imitation Game
• Selma
• Unbroken
———————————————————————
Alt: The Theory of Everything

Go Interstellar! You can do it! It's not a North American prize! It's the Hollywood FOREIGN Press! Also, I have a hard time believing Unbroken or Selma would make it - for different reasons, of course. I'm taking Unbroken out based on the ad assault I have had to endure for the movie EVERYDAY (so, really, not a very good reason). We'll see if I'm wrong and everyone else is right soon enough. AHA! I was RIGHT! (about Unbroken)!

PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Top 5 Pride
Birdman
Inherent Vice x St. Vincent
Into the woods
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alt. St. Vincent

• Birdman
• The Grand Budapest Hotel
• Into the Woods
• St. Vincent
• Begin Again
———————————————————————
Alt: Guardians of the Galaxy


Top five was a hit at TIFF?

DIRECTOR
Christopher Nolan - Interstellar x Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
David Fincher - Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu - Birdman
Angelina Jolie - Unbroken x Ava DuVernay - Selma
Alt. Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher

• David Fincher - Gone Girl
• Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
• Angelina Jolie - Unbroken
• Richard Linklater - Boyhood
• Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher
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Alt: Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game


Jolie? Jolie! She's famous.

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Steve Carrell - Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Channing Tatum - Foxcatcher x David Oyelowo
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

Alt. Bradley Cooper - American Sniper

• Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
• Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
• David Oyelowo - Selma
• Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
• Timothy Spall - Mr. Turner
———————————————————————
Alt: Bradley Cooper - American Sniper


I'm betting against Selma because I assume the HFPA is, uh, not American. Bradley Cooper is. And, why not Channning Tatum? This time, he's even in a serious, non-stripping role!

ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Bill Murray - St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix - Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz - Big eyes
Alt. Chadwick Boseman - Get on up

• James Corden - Into the Woods
• Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
• Michael Keaton - Birdman
• Bill Murray - St. Vincent
• Chris Pratt - Guardians of the Galaxy
———————————————————————
Alt: Mark Ruffalo - Begin Again


Not sure about Waltz, because apparently comedy is a dubious category for Big Eyes, and Waltz may go Supporting. But I'm not willing to put Chris Pratt. Griz is on board the year's blockbuster, apparently.

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Jennifer Aniston - Cake
Alt. Shailene Woodley - The Fault in our stars

• Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
• Julianne Moore - Still Alice
• Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
• Hilary Swank - The Homesman
• Reese Witherspoon - Wild
———————————————————————
Alt: Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night


Please let it not be Shailene. And I'm only betting on Aniston for the rating.

ACTRESS (COMEDY / MUSICAL)
Amy Adams - Big Eyes
Angelina Jolie - Maleficent x Helen Mirren - The Hundred Foot Journey
Kiera Knightley - Begin Again x Quvenzhané Wallis - Annie
Emily Blunt - Into the Woods
Julianne Moore - Maps to the stars
Alt. Helen Mirren - The Hundred Foot Journey

• Amy Adams - Big Eyes
• Emily Blunt - Into the Woods
• Angelina Jolie - Maleficent
• Keira Knightley - Begin Again
• Helen Mirren - The Hundred Foot Journey
———————————————————————
Alt: Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars


SUPPORTING ACTOR
Johnny Depp - Into the Woods x Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ed Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J. K. Simmons - Whiplash
Josh Brolin - Inherent Vice x Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Alt. Ethan Hawke - Boyhood

• Johnny Depp - Into the Woods
• Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
• Edward Norton - Birdman
• Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
• J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
———————————————————————
Alt: Robert Duvall - The Judge


Inherent Vice looks amazing from the trailer. I'm judging everything on trailers.

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

Alt. Anna Kendrick

• Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
• Laura Dern - Wild
• Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
• Emma Stone - Birdman
• Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
———————————————————————
Alt: Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year


SCREENPLAY
Boyhood
Inherent Vice x The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gone girl
Foxcatcher x The Imitation Game
Birdman
Alt. The Grand Budaphest Hotel

• Birdman
• Boyhood
• Gone Girl
• The Grand Budapest Hotel
• The Imitation Game
———————————————————————
Alt: Unbroken


FOREIGN FILM FEATURE
Ida
Mommy x Force Majeure
Two days, one night x Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Winter sleep x Tangerines
Wild Tales x Leviathan
Alt. Force Majeure

• Force Majeure (Sweden)
• Ida (Poland)
• Mommy (Canada)
• Two Days, One Night (Belgium)
• Wild Tales (Argentina)
———————————————————————
Alt: Winter Sleep (Turkey)


I haven't seen Winter Sleep, but I'm rooting for Wild Tales. I can't actually believe we're even predicting this?

ANIMATED FEATURE
Lego Movie
The Tale of Princess Kaguya x The book of life
The Boxtrolls
Big Hero 6
How to train your dragons 2
Alt. The book of life

• Big Hero 6
• The Boxtrolls
• The LEGO Movie
• Song of the Sea
• The Tale of Princess Kaguya
———————————————————————
Alt: How to train your dragons 2


SCORE
Gone girl
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken x The Imitation Game
Birdman

• Birdman
• Gone Girl
• The Imitation Game
• Interstellar
• Unbroken
———————————————————————
Alt: Big Eyes


SONG
Big Eyes
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
The Lego Movie x Noah
Selma
Unbroken x Annie
Alt. Begin again

• Begin Again
• Big Eyes
• The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
• The LEGO Movie
• Selma
———————————————————————
Alt: Noah


I know nothing (Jon Snow).

Tally: Multiple nominations
Birdman - 7 nominations
Boyhood - 5 nominations
The Imitation Game - 5 nominations
The Theory of Everything - 4 nominations
Selma - 4 nominations
The Grand Budapest Hotel - 4 nominations
Gone Girl - 4 nominations
Foxcatcher - 3 nominations
Into the Woods - 3 nominations
Big eyes - 3 nominations
Annie - 2 nominations
St. Vincent - 2 nominations

How did we do?
Editor - 49/68 (without alternates) or 72.06%; 55/68 (with alternates) or 80.88%
Griz - 48/68 (without alternates) or 70.59%; 54/68 (with alternates) or 79.41%

I am victorious once more!

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Cinemaps' 2013 Year in Review

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Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
IT WAS THE YEAR OF ...

American Invasion: It was a really good year for the American films featuring American subjects and values. Two of the front runners for best pictures - 12 years a slave and American Hustle - told stories of American ideals and the struggle it had gone through (and continue to go through) to get there. There were also Nebraska and Inside Llewyn Davis. And that's just looking at the Oscars best picture list!

Matthew McConnaughey, the thespian: Is he the new American face or what? He starred in not one, but three Americana pictures: Dallas Buyers Club, Mud, and Wolf of Wall Street (not to mention the TV series True Detective). How did someone who was known mostly for cheesy rom-coms and being shirtless become such an acting tour de force? I blame Soderbergh for that Magic Mike role. Or maybe Linklater for Bernie. Either way, what have they unleashed?!!

Frozen: The biggest runaway moneymaker nobody but your 6 year old niece talked about.

A film flavour for everyone! When it came to diversity, while 2013 was lacking in the people category, it made up with the number of different films to get behind or get your hate on. Hate Spring Breakers? Try Wolf of Wall Street? Can you believe how boring that Coen brother's latest film was? So on and so forth.

J. Law's Total World Domination: Boy did she ever get big! So big she's now retired. Well, "retired." For a year. That's what the "newspaper" says. I read it while waiting in line at the grocery store so it must be true.

Cate Blanchett Made It: In a different world than that of J. Law's fame (the respected actress world, that is), Cate finally delivered a performance so big, no other performance matched the heat it generated this year. And her little Woody film made money!

A three-way Oscar race: 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, and Gravity. In the years that I've started watching the Oscars, I've never seen a tighter front runner race. After the Oscars was over, I'm sure we can look at the winners and go "well, of course!" I'd just like to remind everyone who's not reading this blog that it was a lot harder than its outcome would suggest. That's my excuse for all my failures and I'm sticking to it.

The different technical marvel: While Pacific Rim and The Hobbit displayed some mighty impressive special effects, the audience was actually most taken with what went on in Gravity. Who knew something so simple as Space would still keep us most in awe, and not a talking dragon?

CINEMAPS' BEST OF

It's been a really strong year for films, especially documentary feature films, as you can see from this list. Amongst them is the first 5 star film I've rated in a long time, and the first documentary to top my yearly list of any year. I don't think I've learned more about the world through films as I have had this past year. And that world just gets darker by the frame. There's some hope. But, really, it's dark out there. And in here.


01. Jagal (The Act of Killing; Oppenheimer, Cynn & Anonymous) *****
I don't use the words "mind blowing" very often, but this film did just that to me. I felt, after watching its credits rolling and the number of "Anonymous" credits scrolled up, that I needed a purge. I needed to write and dissect, using all my psychological knowledge and experience, the state of humanity as shown, unflinchingly, through this ingenious and shocking marriage of film and reality. And I'm going to make that happen one day. I will. First, I need to purge.

02. La Grande Bellezza (The great beauty; Sorrentino) ****1/2
"My eyes were dancing in their sockets." I wrote that back when I saw it for the first time at TIFF. And I'm so glad it's getting some recognition as it should.

03. La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 (Blue is the warmest color; Kechiche) ****1/2
"See it, not for the long lesbian sex scene (well, if you must), but for the vicarious experience of falling absolutely, resolutely, carnally in love."

04. 12 Years a slave (McQueen) ****
An expertly crafted film on an ordinary life plugged into an extraordinary (and dehumanizing) situation - we've seen various versions of this theme before. I don't think it's ever been this clinical on this particular issue though. McQueen is the real deal.

05. Spring breakers (Korine) ****
Horrifying, gleeful, thoughtful, and absolutely riveting journey of a movie that dared to go a little crazy on its audience and captured so accurately the essence of a very sad, very shallow piece of pop culture and teenage dreams. James Franco gave his best performance by far, even if he lifted its incarnation from elsewhere.

06. Before midnight (Linklater) ****
Alternate title: Jesse and Celine, getting bitter. Julie Delpy is awesome in this, in spite of her character's "irritability" set to overdrive for some people. I recognize her in so many women I've seen. I feel like there's another chapter to be written here, and perhaps we'd get to revisit them as they hit retirement age, having lived it all with each other. Wouldn't that be something?

07. Poziția copilului (Child's pose; Netzer) ****
"At its core, here is a journey to redemption, which really starts with accepting responsibility and the pain that comes with it. Character-driven and naturalistic in its unfolding of events, Călin Peter Netzer's film boasts a handful of strong, unexpected performances." 'Tis an exercise in restrained storytelling that never loses its focus, or the beat that it's drumming to.

08. Al Midan (The Square; Noujaim) ****
The film follows the Arab Spring from the time of its explosion on to the world's consciousness to its current form, with subjects as brave and necessary to human progress as they come. Some of the footages were just astonishing. Looking at Ukraine today, one could see what this film meant to arrive at. I won't spoil the conclusion - I'll leave the reward to you, non-readers.

09. Cutie and the Boxer (Heinzerling) ****
You wanna talk art and feminism? This is just the right film for you! Ignore the synopsis of the film - i.e. the marriage life of two Japanese New Yorker artists - because it is much more engaging and accessible than it sounds. That's not to say it is cheap and cheerful - it's really depressing actually. Still, watch it for its most interesting subject pair, and see if you don't feel gooey about them.

10. Jagten (The Hunt, Vinterberg) ****
A beautifully shot, restrained, intelligent, relevant modern take on The Crucible rounds out my top 10 film worthy of your attention this past year.

Pacific Rim
Grin and Pulse
The most fun I had watching a movie this past year
American Hustle
La Grande Bellezza (The great beauty)
The World's End
This is the End
Pacific Rim

Director
Confident storytelling, with a touch of "wow"
Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, and Anonymous, The Act of Killing
Paolo Sorrentino, The Great Beauty
Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Călin Peter Netzer, Child's Pose
Jia Zhangke, A touch of sin
Sofia Coppola, The Bling Ring
Jehane Noujaim, The Square
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color

Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Color
Performance
I feel you
Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Cate Blanchette, Blue Jasmine

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
James Franco, Spring Breakers
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Robert Redford, All is Lost
Matthew McConnaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Writing
Create interesting, layered, cohesive universe; would make for a great read on its own
Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello, The Great Beauty
Călin Peter Netzer, Răzvan Rădulescu, Child's Pose
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
David O. Russell, American Hustle

The Great Beauty
Editing
Interesting, effective cuts and stitches that support and move the story visually
The Great Beauty
Upstream Color
Captain Phillips
The Square
Gravity

Cinematography
Takes my breath away
The Great Beauty
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Spring Breakers
To the Wonder

Her
Art Direction / Production Design
Transportive, impactful set design
The Great Beauty
The Great Gatsby
Her
Oblivion
The Hobbit

Effects
Movie Magic
Gravity
Pacific Rim
The Hobbit
Oblivion
Elysium


Sound
Amplify the visuals and enrich my sensorial experience
All is Lost
Upstream Color
Pacific Rim
Captain Phillips
Her (Scarjo!)

Score
Was it memorable?
Her
Only God Forgives
Oblivion
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Upstream Color

Uncharted  
Films I've yet to see that could make a dent on the top 10
Stranger by the lake
Prisoners
Nebraska
Short Term 12

Charted
*****
Jagal (The Act of Killing; Oppenheimer, Cynn, & Anonymous)

****1/2
La Grande Bellezza (The great beauty; Sorrentino)
La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 (Blue is the warmest color; Kechiche)

****
Cutie and the Boxer (Heinzerling)
Al Midan (The Square; Noujaim)
Jagten (The Hunt; Vinterberg)
12 Years a slave (McQueen)
Poziția copilului (Child's pose; Netzer)
Before midnight (Linklater)
Spring breakers (Korine)

***1/2
All is Lost (Chandor)
Upstream color (Carruth)
Mud (Nichols)
Fruitvale Station (Coogler)
Stories we tell (Polley)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen)
Her (Jonze)
American Hustle (Russell)
Captain Phillips (Greengrass)
Gravity (Cuarón)
Soshite chichi ni naru (Like father like son; Koreeda)
A touch of sin (Jia)
The conjuring (Wan)
The world's end (Wright)
Elysium (Blomkamp)
Blue Jasmine (Allen)
The bling ring (Coppola)
This is the end (Rogen & Goldberg)
Frances Ha (Baumbach)

***
Dirty Wars (Rowley)
Only God Forgives (Refn)
Dallas Buyers Club (Vallée)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Scorsese)
The hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Jackson)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lawrence)
Jack Reacher (McQuarrie)
The Wind Rises (Miyazaki)
Pacific Rim (del Toro)
World war Z (Forster)
Star Trek: Into Darkness (Abrams)
The Great Gatsby (Luhrmann)

**1/2
The Spectacular Now (Ponsoldt)
Mama (Muschietti)
Le Passé (The Past; Farhadi)
Oblivion (Kosinski)
Side effects (Soderbergh)

**
The Croods (DeMicco & Sanders)
Don Jon (Gordon-Levitt)
Iron Man 3 (Black)
To the wonder (Malick)
Oz: The great and powerful (Raimi)

* 1/2
Blood ties (Canet)

*
Hansel & Gretel: Witch hunters (Wirkola)
Moebius (Kim)
Kick-ass 2 (Wadlow)
We're the Millers (Thurber)
The host (Niccol) 

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Oscars 2014: The Show and The Awards Season

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Granted, Oscars 2014 is so last week. Literally. But we still haven't posted our thoughts on the season and the show (ok, mostly the show), so the fat lady hasn't sung yet 'til we do. Figuratively. Let's get to doling out opinions!

But before that, prediction tallies, and a few words about the season and the eventual winners:
• We both predicted correctly the big 6 categories - yay team! Griz won the best psychic contest between us though, with 19/21 categories predicted correctly! I'm actually very impressed that he was able to predict a complete shut out for American Hustle, and an amazeball 90.48% (19/21) correct predictions. I sucked at 76.90% (16/21). I blame my generous spirit for trying to spread the wealth around. I swear I did much better on my other (work) ballot - for example, I went with Gravity for both sound categories, and Her for original writing. And I correctly predicted all the shorts! You just have to take my word on it. I win in other ways. *nod*

• The Oscars should either move its nomination announcement back a month or move the ceremony up a month. The period between the two post marks was just too long - it really changed the complexion of the game. In any other year, American Hustle would've won way more than it did (not hard to do considering its shut out - shocking, actually). And Chiwetel Ojiofor would've posed a way bigger threat to Matthew McConnaughey than he did.

• I should've kept to some of the well known rules in predictions - such as, Supporting Actress = Young Ingenue, editing = film with possibility of winning Best Picture.

• Actor category was so crowded this year that Robert Redford didn't make it for his superbly natural performance in All is Lost. It would've been something something to see Redford sitting next to Pitt?

• Who would have thunk Matthew McConnaughey and Jared Leto would each get an Oscar for acting one day?

THE GOOD
Editor:
• Brad Pitt passing around paper pizza plate. He's just like one of us!

• The Great Beauty won Best Foreign Film. To think, just months ago, I'd only dared to hope that it'd be nominated, never mind winning the whole thing. Foreign Film category can deliver! Sometimes!

• Winners' speeches were exceptional this year. I especially loved the actresses' speech - they sounded rather Hanksified? "#SUCKITJULIA"! Who knew that was Cate?

• Ellen's best joke: "It’s going to be an exciting night. Anything can happen, so many different possibilities. Possibility number one: 12 Years a Slave wins best picture. Possibility number two: You’re all racists. And now please welcome our first white presenter, Anne Hathaway."

Griz:
• Ellen. She’s not riotously funny, but she kept things loose and goofy. I’m sure the selfie and the pizza moments were more planned out than we’d like to think, but at least they felt a bit more spontaneous than what we usually get out of A-list movie stars at the Oscars. The selfie photo she tweeted out was pretty priceless too, regardless of whether it was planned or not.

• Karen O’s performance of The Moon Song with that giant moon in the background was just a lovely, low-key moment. Bonus points for the shoes being off too, a cute little extra detail.

• Worthy winners. Even though there were hardly any surprises to speak of, it’s really hard to argue against most of those who won. A bit boring, but better that than unpleasant surprises.

• Spike Jonze and Alfonso Cuarón are now Oscar winners! As is Emmanuel Lubezki, one of the best cinematographers out there, who finally got to win one on his sixth nomination.

• Lupita Nyong’o’s speech, not only because of what she said but also because she was one of the few who actually seemed to show any kind of emotional response to winning an Oscar.

• Bill Murray sneaking in a moment to acknowledge his dearly departed friend Harold Ramis was a nice gesture.

THE BAD
Editor:
• American Hustle missed all categories. It was especially too bad about the acting categories, because those were its best bets (and most deserving).

• The writing for the show's introductions. They all sounded like they were cobbled together by a bunch of monkeys looking up words in the dictionary to impress their lady friends.

• Random montages. What was the point of reminding us of the horror experienced as a child of that monkey in Oz?

• Jimmy Kimmel's unfunny bit poking fun at folks at home making fun of celebrities at the Oscars. Excuse me, but not everyone has high end designers clamouring to get them to wear million dollar designer pjs while chomping down on cheesy pizza at home, aight?

• The Act of Killing lost to 20 Feet to Stardom. I have seen 4 of those documentaries and unfortunately did not see 20 Feet so I shouldn't really be talking. But I have a hard time believing it would be better than the one-of-a-kind Killing documentary. Having said that, I didn't think Killing had a chance in hell of winning considering how just out there it was. Biggest disappointment in terms of winners of the night for me.

• Frozen winning best song. What the heck is this Top 40 music?

Griz:
• Dragging Sidney Poitier, clearly showing signs of advanced age and/or Alzheimer’s, up on stage. He barely seemed to know where he was, let alone know what was going on.

• The speeches, overall. Leto, Blanchett and McConaughey were all extremely cool and well-spoken (to the point of being too cool and well-spoken), but they just went on and on and on, aided by the fact that they apparently don’t play people off the stage anymore. Darlene Love spontaneously belting out a song and shattering eardrums everywhere was also rather cringe-worthy, to be honest.

• The slow pace. They only managed to hand out one Oscar in the first 30 minutes of the show, all the while padding it out with unnecessary stuff like a random Wizard of Oz tribute and a post-In Memoriam song. Surely Bette Midler could’ve sung that song DURING the In Memoriam clip, like they usually do?

• No funny presenters. Usually there’s a duo of Will Ferrell, Jack Black and such to liven things up but no such luck this year, unless you count John Travolta royally screwing up Idina Menzel’s name a comedic moment.

THE UGLY
Editor:
• Whatever happened to Kim Novak??? Why???

• Why were there plastic Oscars on stage? Talk about a horror show. All that money and all they got were plastic dudes on the biggest stage?

• John Travolta renamed best song's singer. Though, I don't know, this may have spawned the funniest meme (name generator) since Angelina Jolie's leg making its appearance at the Oscars?

Griz:
• The plastic surgery butchery that all these older actresses are putting themselves through is just incredibly sad to witness. You’d never guess that was Kim Novak. Goldie Hawn isn’t as unrecognizable but still pretty bad. Compare with Sally Field, seemingly untouched by a scalpel, who is just as beautiful now as she was 35 years ago.

• Pharrell Williams’ hat. I hope for his sake he has a massive tumor on the top of his head and that’s why he keeps insisting on wearing that stupid-looking hat.

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Oscars 2014 Winners: It all came down to Gravity and Slave

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Just the meat of it (comments to follow in the next post):

PICTURE
12 Years a Slave

DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón

ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett

ACTOR
Matthew McConaughey

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong'o

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Her

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
12 Years a Slave

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
The Great Beauty

ANIMATED FEATURE
Frozen

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
20 Feet From Stardom

EDITING
Gravity

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Gravity

PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Great Gatsby

VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity

SOUND MIXING
Gravity

SOUND EDITING
Gravity

MAKE UP & HAIRSTYLING
Dallas Buyers Club

COSTUME
The Great Gatsby

SCORE
Gravity

SONG
Frozen

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Oscars 2014 Winners Predictions! A three-horse race!

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It's time to DO THIS. I have very little time to prepare this year, so without further ado, here are my and Griz's predictions (Griz's comes after mine). Will it be a night for American Hustle, Gravity, or 12 Years a Slave? Or will the Academy spread its peanut butter love around? Time will tell! May the best psychic win!

PICTURE
12 Years a Slave
Alt. American Hustle

A month ago I would've said American Hustle. Now, I'm not so sure - the film's fun-ness may be fizzling out in voters' memory?

DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Alt. Steve McQueen

ACTOR
Matthew McConnaughey
Alt. Leonardo DiCaprio

ACTRESS
Cate Blanchette
Alt. Amy Adams

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto
Alt. Barkhad Abdi

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong'o
Alt. Jennifer Lawrence

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
American Hustle
Alt. Her

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
12 years a Slave
Alt. Before Midnight

EDITING
Captain Phillips
Alt. 12 Years a Slave

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Gravity
Alt. Nebraska

ART DIRECTION / PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Great Gatsby
Alt. Her

COSTUMES
American Hustle
Alt. The Great Gatsby

SOUND MIXING
Gravity
Alt. Captain Phillips

SOUND EDITING
Captain Phillips
Alt. Gravity

FOREIGN FILM FEATURE
The Great Beauty
Alt. The Missing Picture

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Square
Alt. The Act of Killing

ANIMATED FEATURE
Frozen
Alt. The Wind Rises

VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity
Alt. The hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

MAKE UP and HAIRSTYLING
Dallas Buyers Club
Alt. Jackass presents: Bad Grandpa

SCORE
Gravity
Alt. Her

SONG
Let it go, Frozen
Alt. Ordinary Love, Mandela


Griz's Predix:
BEST PICTURE:
12 Years a Slave
Alt: Gravity

BEST DIRECTOR:
Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
Alt: Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTOR:
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Alt: Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTRESS:
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Alt: Sandra Bullock - Gravity

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Alt: Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years a Slave
Alt: Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Her
Alt: American Hustle

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
12 Years a Slave
Alt: Before Midnight

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Gravity
Alt: Inside Llewyn Davis

BEST FILM EDITING:
Gravity
Alt: 12 Years a Slave

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:
The Great Gatsby
Alt: 12 Years a Slave

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
The Great Gatsby
Alt: 12 Years a Slave

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING:
Bad Grandpa
Alt: Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SOUND EDITING:
Gravity
Alt: All Is Lost

BEST SOUND MIXING:
Gravity
Alt: Lone Survivor

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Gravity
Alt: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
“Let It Go” - Frozen
Alt: “The Moon Song” - Her

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Gravity
Alt: Her

BEST ANIMATED FILM:
Frozen
Alt: The Wind Rises

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Alt: The Hunt (Denmark)

BEST DOCUMENTARY:
The Act of Killing
Alt: The Square

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Philip Seymour Hoffman died

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Philip Seymour Hoffman - a brilliant thespian whose name you just need to say in full - passed away today at 46 years young from drug overdose. I'm doubly shocked to hear first of the passing of an actor of his stature at his age, then of his substance use struggle. We've lost a master of his crafts, and it's always sad to lose such a talent still very much in the game. It's sadder for me personally, as he was a memorable part of the first important film in my early film-geek years, P. T. Anderson's Magnolia. That he's a constant in Anderson's films also made this news upsetting - Anderson lost an important piece of his films' make-up. I don't know much of Philip Seymour Hoffman's life (I don't tend to follow actors' life - I prefer not to know too much to preserve some of their blank canvas nature), but on screen, he had such a remarkably controlled career. He had always lived his characters, big or small, and made them memorable, even down to the smallest gesture. He had such gravitas and consistently lent weight to every picture he was in, most recently The Hunger Games (as Plutarch Heavensbee). He may have left too soon, but he'll forever live on screen, always bright and electrifying.

In honour of his memory, given the number of great performances, these are my absolute favourite Hoffman creations:

1.
Phil Parma in Magnolia (1999). As a nurse looking after an old, dying man, Hoffman played it for both laughs and pathos, walking the line with as much tenderness as one could possibly cram into a P. T. Anderson film. Hoffman was at his most understated and effective of all the roles he'd played.

2. Lancaster Dodd in The Master (2012). He was simply deviously terrifying, utterly convincing at being psychotically persuasive, clever and delusional at the same time.

3. Truman Capote in Capote (2005). As clinical and controlled a performance as the film was, Hoffman did not forget to hint at the vulnerable human underneath, which elevated the film beyond what was written for it.

4. Dean Trumbell in Punch-Drunk Love (2002). It was a rare performance on the wild, entertaining side for Hoffman, though you know he was still very much the one in control.

5. Caden Cotard in Synecdoche, New York (2008). Hoffman has never been this discombobulated as a character, using all his weight to carry a difficult film that dealt with existential anxiety in the way that only Charlie Kaufman could. And Hoffman gave it as good as he ever did, in the same year he gave us a very assured Father Brendan Flynn in Doubt. His talent and versatility had very few equals of his generation.

Rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Oscars 2014 Nominations - American Hustling

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(Comments to follow once my internet is up - blogger does not like the iPad)

PICTURE
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nabraska
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón
Steve McQueen
Alexander Payne
David O. Russell
Martin Scorsese

ACTRESS
Amy Adams
Cate Blanchett
Sandra Bullock
Judi Dench
Meryl Streep

ACTOR
Christian Bale
Bruce Dern
Leonardo DiCaprio
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Matthew McConaughey

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins
Jennifer Lawrence
Lupita Nyong'o
Julia Roberts
June Squibb

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi
Bradley Cooper
Michael Fassbender
Jonah Hill
Jared Leto

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club
Her
Nebraska

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
12 Years a Slave
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture
Omar

ANIMATED FEATURE
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest and Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
20 Feet From Stardom
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square

EDITING
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity

CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Grandmaster
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Prisoners

PRODUCTION DESIGN
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
Gravity
Her

VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity
The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek: Into Darkness

SOUND MIXING
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

SOUND EDITING
All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

MAKE UP & HAIRSTYLING
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

COSTUME
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman

SCORE
The Book Thief
Gravity
Her
Philomena
Saving Mr. Banks

SONG
Alone Yet Not Alone
Despicable Me 2
Frozen
Her
Mandela

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Oscars 2014 Nominations Predix!

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Awards season has been my "horse race" for years and years. Ultimately, the only people these awards are important to are the people who work in the industry. However, the race itself is such a good fodder for discussions about the quality of films, the film industry's health and politics, and who's wearing what. And, it's a lot of fun! The granddaddy of all awards - the Oscars - is a special occasion for a film geek like me.  Oscars Nominations are going to be announced tomorrow, and as per tradition, I am making nominations predictions with my dear friend, Griz. We've been doing this forever, it seems. This year, with so many strong contenders, we're likely in for many surprises. It's now time to dole out our predictions! May the best guesser win!

BEST PICTURE

For this category, we've agreed to predict 10 rather than following the Oscars' potential odd number (due to their voting method, we don't know exactly the number of films that would be nominated).

Editor (in order of the films most likely to get in):

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
The Wolf of Wall Street
Captain Phillips
Her
Nebraska
Saving Mr. Banks
Blue Jasmine

Griz:

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Saving Mr. Banks
The Wolf of Wall Street


BEST DIRECTOR

Editor:

Alfonso Cuaron
David O. Russell 
Steve McQueen
Paul Greengrass
Martin Scorsese

Alt: Spike Jonze


Griz:

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: Alexander Payne - Nebraska

BEST ACTOR

Editor:

Bruce Dern
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Matthew McConaughey
Robert Redford
Tom Hanks

Alt: Christian Bale


Griz:

Bruce Dern - Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford - All Is Lost

Alt: Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street


BEST ACTRESS

Editor:

Cate Blanchett
Sandra Bullock
Emma Thompson 
Amy Adams
Meryl Streep

Alt: Judi Dench


Griz:

Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Judi Dench - Philomena
Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks

Alt: Amy Adams - American Hustle


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Editor:

Jared Leto
Michael Fassbender
Daniel Bruhl
Barkhad Abdi
Bradley Cooper

Alt. James Gandolfini


Griz:

Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Daniel Brühl - Rush
Bradley Cooper - American Hustle
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

Alt: Tom Hanks - Saving Mr. Banks


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Editor:

Jennifer Lawrence
Lupita Nyong'o
June Squibb
Julia Roberts
Oprah Winfrey

Alt. Sally Hawkins


Griz:

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

Alt: Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Editor:

American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club
Her
Nebraska 

Alt. Inside Llewyn Davis


Griz:

American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

Alt: Dallas Buyers Club


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Editor:

12 Years a Slave
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Philomena
The wolf of Wall Street

Alt: August: Osage County


Griz:

12 Years a Slave
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

Alt: Lone Survivor


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Editor:

12 Years a Slave
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Captain Phillips
Nebraska

Alt: Prisoners


Griz:

12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Prisoners

Alt: Nebraska


BEST FILM EDITING

Editor:

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Wolf of Wall Street

Alt: Rush


Griz:

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Wolf of Wall Street

Alt: Nebraska


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Editor:

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
The great Gatsby
Her
Gravity

Alt: the hobbit


Griz:

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Saving Mr. Banks

Alt: Inside Llewyn Davis


BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Editor:

The Great Gatsby
American Hustle
12 Years a Slave
The Hunger Games
Saving Mr. Banks

Alt: The hobbit


Griz:

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
Saving Mr. Banks

Alt: Oz the Great and Powerful


BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
Dallas Buyers Club

Alt: The Hunger Games


Griz:

American Hustle
Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

Alt: Dallas Buyers Club


BEST SOUND EDITING
Gravity
Captain Phillips
Lone Survivor
Rush
All is lost

Alt: Iron Man 3


Griz:

All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Lone Survivor
Rush

Alt: Iron Man 3


BEST SOUND MIXING

Editor:

Gravity
Captain Phillips
Lone Survivor
Inside Llewyn Davis
Rush

Alt: All is lost


Griz:

Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Iron Man 3
Lone Survivor

Alt: Rush


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity
The hobbit
Pacific Rim
Iron Man 3
Star Trek

Alt: Elysium


Griz:

Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

Alt: Oblivion


BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Frozen
Mandela 
One Chance
The Hunger Games
Her

Alt: The Great Gatsby


Griz:

Frozen
The Great Gatsby
Her
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Alt: The Butler


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Editor:

12 Years a Slave
Gravity
The book thief
Captain Phillips
All is lost

Alt: Her


Griz:

12 Years a Slave
All Is Lost
The Book Thief
Gravity
Saving Mr. Banks

Alt: Captain Phillips


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Editor:

Frozen 
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

Alt: Epic


Griz:

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

Alt: Ernest and Celestine


BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

Editor:

The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Grandmaster
The Missing Picture
The Broken Circle Breakdown

Alt: the Notebook


Griz:

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Grandmaster (Hong Kong)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)

Alt: Omar (Palestine)


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Editor:

The Act of Killing
Stories we tell
Blackfish
Tim's Vermeer
20 Feet from Stardom

Alt: Cutie and the Boxer


Griz:

The Act of Killing
Blackfish
The Square
Stories We Tell
Tim’s Vermeer

Alt: 20 Feet From Stardom

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Golden Globes 2014 Winners: The surprise is in the pudding

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Well, well, what do we have here? Other than a beautiful Cate Blanchett in yet another magnificent Armani gown? In a rather unexpectedly tame telecast (best joke? George Clooney and his penchant for younger ladies), the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFP) managed to pull out a few shockers in their winner circle.

First, there was the Leo win. Although there was no true obvious front runner in this particular category (the heavyweights were in the drama section), Leo had so far been plagued by an awards-losing streak many years in the running that was hard to overlook. That boy just couldn't seem to win anything with any role he played his heart out - anything in terms of major awards, that is - until now. Could Leo be taken seriously as an Oscar contender with this push from the Globes? Who knows? He won't win the big guy though. If anyone would be giving Chiwetel Ejiofor a run for his front runner status money comes Oscars time, it would be Matthew McConaughey.

Speaking of whom, that was the second, bigger surprise of the evening: Matthew McConaughey. Who would've thunk it? Well, should I have seen Dallas Buyers Club (DBC) earlier, I would've predicted him in stead of Chiwetel. I watched the film earlier today, and I gotta say, his performance was right up Serious Awards' alley. It was showy in an underdog story, and considering his body of work this past year, I was not surprised he'd won. So in retrospect, the surprise was there mainly because I did not see DBC becoming such a major player that it could win McConaughey, of all people, a best actor trophy. And I only did not see it because, well, I literally did not see the movie before making my predictions. But I should've seen it coming with the onslaught of Guilds nominations for the picture. Watch out, here comes DBC to ruin everyone's party!

And as for front runner 12 Years a Slave - ouch. The only award it took home was the biggie, but it lost the awards it could've won too: actor, supporting actress, screenplay (Her! Surprise ruiner!). If it was a more serious threat as a front runner, it would've picked up at least another category. But it didn't. And now we have a-few-horses race: Slave, Hustle, and ... Dallas. Gravity, as expected, will duke it out with the other guys in the Director category alone.

In the end, my money is still on American Hustle to win big. Dallas maybe a serious threat now, but overall, Hustle still got the fun factor and a big ensemble with pedigrees to power through.

And, oh, yeah, go The Great Beauty!!!

Winners:

PICTURE (DRAMA)
12 years a slave

PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
American Hustle

DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Matthew McConaughey

ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Leonardo DiCaprio

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Cate Blanchett

ACTRESS (COMEDY / MUSICAL)
Amy Adams

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence

SCREENPLAY
Her

FOREIGN FILM FEATURE
The Great Beauty

ANIMATED FEATURE
Frozen

SCORE
All is lost

SONG
Mandela

Editor: 7/14 <--- I live dangerously.
Griz: 10/14 <--- Made deal with Awards devil.

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Golden Globes 2014 Winners Predictions

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Golden Globes crown their winners tonight. Ahead of the race, here are my predictions who'd finish first (Griz's in purple):

PICTURE (DRAMA)
12 years a slave
Alt: Gravity

12 Years a Slave 
Alt: Gravity 

PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
American Hustle
Alt: The Wolf of Wall Street

American Hustle
Alt: The Wolf of Wall Street

DIRECTOR
Steve McQueen
Alt: Alonso Cuarón

Alonso Cuarón
Alt: Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Alt: Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Alt: Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave

ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Bruce Dern
Alt: Christian Bale

Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
Alt: Christian Bale - American Hustle

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Cate Blanchette
Alt: Sandra Bullock

Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Alt: Sandra Bullock - Gravity

ACTRESS (COMEDY / MUSICAL)
Amy Adams
Alt: Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
Alt: Julie Delpy - Before Midnight

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto
Alt: Michael Fassbender

Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Alt: Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence
Alt: Lupita Nyong'o

Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Alt: Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years a Slave

SCREENPLAY
American Hustle
Alt: 12 Years a Slave

American Hustle
Alt: 12 Years a Slave

FOREIGN FILM FEATURE
Blue is the warmest colour
Alt: The Past

The Great Beauty (Italy)
Alt: Blue is the Warmest Colour (France)

ANIMATED FEATURE
Frozen
Alt: The Croods

Frozen
Alt: Despicable Me 2

SCORE
Gravity
Alt: 12 Years a Slave

Gravity
Alt: 12 Years a Slave

SONG
The Hunger Games
Alt: Frozen

Frozen
Alt: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Methinks American Hustle will come home rich tonight.

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