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And the Nominees Are…


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I don’t care how superficial award season is, I like it! And since the nominees were announced, here’s the list and my predictions.

= Who I want to/think win

Best Picture

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour — I’m a sucker for old people:P
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild — Complete props to this 9-year old who is the youngest best actress nominee EVER!
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions — It would be a nice comeback, even though I don’t care much for her.
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director

Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln — I haven’t seen any of these, so I’m merely picking a favorite here.
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Original Screenplay

Amour, Michael Haneke
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay

Argo, Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin,
Life of Pi, David Magee
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. RussellThis movie has gotten a lot of great reviews, so I wanted to so it some love

Best Animated Feature

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Cinematography

Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall, Roger Deakins

Best Costume Design

Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado — Such an elaborate mixture of costumes!
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

Best Documentary Feature

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man — The ONLY one I’ve heard of!

Best Documentary Short

Kings Point — Pure utter guess.
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart

Best Film Editing

Argo, William Goldenberg
Life of Pi, Tim Squyres
Lincoln, Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Best Foreign Language Film

Amour, Austria
Kon-Tiki, Norway
No, Chile
A Royal Affair, Denmark
War Witch, Canada

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Hitchcock, Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane — Yeah! Haha
Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Best Original Score

Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Best Original Song

“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, music and lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, music by Walter Murphy; lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, music by Mychael Danna; lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth — Did I ever tell you there was someone in the theater who Shazamed this?!
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Best Production Design

Anna Karenina, Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright — Not an easy choice in my opinion!
Les Misérables, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi, Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Best Animated Short

Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman — I would’ve chose Maggie Simpson for anything else, but I actually saw this and was really impressed

Best Live Action Short

Asad — Another pure utter guess
Buzkashi Boys
Death of a Shadow

Best Sound Editing

Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers — I feel like this category and the next usually goes to action films
Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Sound Mixing

Argo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Life of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson — …And also to the same film

Best Visual Effects

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White — I don’t see why not
Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
The Avengers, Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus, Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

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2013 Golden Globe Nominations: My Thoughts



The 2013 Golden Globe nominations have been announced!

Since a good chunk of this year was reserved for saving money, I really haven’t seen a lot of these and when it comes to television I pretty much stick to my usual shows and I rarely check out new ones. I doubt I’ll be seeing many of the shows to make a fair prediction of the winners, but I’ll probably get around to downloading most of the movies.

Here’s the list of nominees with my thoughts on some of it. I’m not including my predictions just yet since there’s a lot I still have to see. That post will be within the week leading up to the awards.

(Bold = seen/watch it, * = want to/will see)

Best Motion Picture — Drama
Argo — I really liked this movie that I actually saw it twice!
*Django Unchained — I can’t wait to see this!
*Life of Pi — I read the book a long time ago and enjoyed it. Heard this was great though.
*Lincoln — BF still wants to go see it, so maybe a download or matinee.
Zero Dark Thirty — Eh. I thought Kathryn Bigelow’s previous film, The Hurt Locker, was amazing but I’m not too excited for this one.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
*Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln — I’ll root for him just because I think he’s a terrific actor.
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master — This film is supposed to be great, but it’s one of those films that I really have to be in the mood to watch.
Denzel Washington, Flight — Did this come and go?

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
*Naomi Watts, The Impossible — I saw the trailer to this just once, but I’d like to see it.
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
*Les Miserables — I’m surprised my BF wants to see this since he’s always so resistant to musicals:P I haven’t read the book nor seen any stage or film version, but I know the story and I’m ready to see it!
*Moonrise Kingdom — I like the quirkiness of Wes Anderson’s films and I’m still waiting to see this!
*Salmon Fishing in the Yemen — I wanted to read the book before I saw it (surprising since Ewan McGregor is in it), but never got around to it. Will have to download it at some point. Soon.
Silver Linings Playbook — I think I can live without having seen this, though it’s gotten such great reviews!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
*Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie — This is streaming on Netflix so my BF threw it on. Aside from King Kong, does he really have to sing in every movie he’s in?!
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
*Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
*Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen — O.M.G! So Incredibly happy he’s nominated! If you don’t know me, then you should know that I’m a big Ewan fan. But you possibly guessed that by my reaction:)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Master
*Sally Field, Lincoln
*Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
*Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
*Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
*Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained — Wait. How did not one but two actors from this movie get nominated, but neither of them is Jamie Foxx?!

Best Director — Motion Picture
Ben Affleck, Argo — Ben Affleck- So much better as a director.
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
*Ang Lee, Life of Pi
*Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
*Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Argo, Chris Terrio
*Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
*Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
Zero Dark Thirty
, Mark Boal

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
*Cloud Atlas, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimet & Reinhold Heil
*Life of Pi, Michael Danna
*Lincoln, John Williams

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“For You ” (music and lyrics by Keith Urban), Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” (music and lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi), Stand Up Guys
“Safe & Sound” (music and lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett), The Hunger Games
“Skyfall” (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), Skyfall — I just saw it this past weekend. Great movie and great song. Side note: someone actually Shazamed it. Ridiculous.
*“Suddenly” (music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Schonberg and Alain Boublil), Les Miserables

Best Animated Film
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
*Wreck-It Ralph — So many of my co-workers has told me they loved this! Gotta check it out!

Best Foreign Language Film — A category I’m usually useless in. Wish I saw more foreign films like I used to:/
The Intouchables
A Royal Affair
Rust & Bone

Best Television Series — Drama — WTF?! The Walking Dead isn’t nominated?! Such a total snub!
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad — I’ve only seen the first few seasons, but I like it.
Downton Abbey
The Newsroom

Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
The Big Bang Theory
— Still haven’t seen all the seasons yet, but it’s such a great show! Don’t know why it took me so long to start watching it!

Modern Family

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
*Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum — I just finished watching the first season and I really want to start this one soon! Such craziness!!
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield, New Girl — Woo! Go Schimdt!!
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family — Such a funny woman! Would love to see her win!

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock — Can a host win?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation — See above. It’ll be very cool if one of them did.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louis
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfield & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Jodie Foster — I can think of a lot more deserving people, but I’m sure it was inevitable. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Ticket Prices: WTF?!


A few weeks ago I had received news that tickets for the upcoming Ridley Scott film, Prometheus, had been made available for purchase. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to an IMAX 3D film (I think it was MI4) and because movie prices seem to go up constantly, I went on Fandango to check.

My boyfriend and I already agreed to see a Sunday showing opening weekend and normally we’d opt for the matinée show because it’s cheaper. Though when I clicked for that showing it had a price of $20 per ticket! Astonished that the ticket price for a movie had gone up that much, I checked what the full admission is, but it was still $20.


I checked other dates/showtimes and eventually chucked it up to either a glitch with Fandango or that AMC had done away with matinée pricing for IMAX 3D. Fine.

Since I had a free ticket (worth $13 and about to expire) that I had won from FX (another perk of GetGlue) I had to go to the theater to redeem it and I thought I would check the kiosk there for prices and again it was $20 for any showtime. So that being the case I chose an afternoon showing- who would really want to wake up at 6am to see a movie for full price anyway*?

Today my brother wanted to know if there were tickets still available for the same movie on Saturday afternoon (he works the graveyard shift), so I check Fandango and yes tickets are still available but tickets are now $21! I cracked up while my brother was almost in tears at the ridiculous cost. On a hunch, I checked an matinee showing and guess what? $14.


Just to sure I wasn’t going crazy, I checked Sunday’s showings/pricing thinking maybe $20 across the board is just a Sunday thing, but no- $21 full price & $14 matinée price.

Normally I would’ve been incredibly pissed at this and would’ve made my way to the theater to change my tickets to the matinée showing and get a refund of $12 which is roughly the cost of a medium soda and popcorn (last I checked at least). But I was having too much fun with my brother being distraught over the seemingly new cost of an adult ticket and the idea of actually having to wake up at 6am on a Sunday to be at the theater by 8am even though the movie won’t start until 9:30am (I’m a geek that way) didn’t seem to appealing to me.

Plus my BF would probably not have gone to sleep yet.

Oh and it’s not Harry Potter;)

Anyway, I just feel bad and outraged for those that DID purchase matinée tickets for $20 without realizing the recent change! I would assume (but not bet on it) that Fandango refunded those people, but what about those that went to the theater? Kudos to those that saved $1 if they chose a non-matinée showtime prior to the change, but kinda sucks for those who now have to pay $21- like my brother. Although in his case I would just continue laughing at his misfortune.

Also I’m just curious: how much are tickets in your area? Here’s the rundown on adult prices at my usual theater- AMC Lincoln Square:

35mm — $14
3D — $18
IMAX — $20
IMAX 3D — $21

35mm — $7
3D — $11
IMAX — $13
IMAX 3D — $14

*Actually I’m guilty of doing so with the first Harry Potter film since they didn’t yet introduce matinée pricing.