2020 Golden Globe Nominations

Bright and early this morning, the 77th Annual Golden Globe Nominations were announced. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 5th, where we will find out the winners.

The nominations are as follows and the early predictions will be added as well.

The Irishman
Marriage Story
The Two Popes

Early Prediction: If the HFPA goes the Netflix route, The Irishman will win edging out Marriage Story and The Two Popes. If they decide not to go that route, then I would like Joker to win, but 1917 would be the surprise.

Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Early Prediction: Rocketman would be the ideal winner because it’s the “Musical or Comedy” category BUT one of two outcomes could possibly happen… if Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is going to go all the way to the Oscars, then it could definitely take it OR Knives Out will likely be the winner.

Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Todd Phillips, “Joker
Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Early Predictions: Martin Scorsese for The Irishman would be the safe bet but again, it’s a Netflix picture and that could harm the chances. I’ve been saying that Quentin Tarantino is owed and he could only go all the way with Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, considering the content. A very nice surprise would be Bong Joon Ho for Parasite because the film is very well done.

Christian Bale, “Ford v. Ferrari
Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes

Early Predictions: It’s nice to see Christian Bale and Antonio Banderas nominated! I also would have given the spot to Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes over Robert De Niro in The Irishman because he was very good and it’s such an interesting role. The race is definitely between Joaquin Phoenix for Joker and Adam Driver for Marriage Story. Both performances were fantastic in their own way, so we’ll see how this plays out.

Cynthio Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story
Saorise Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy

Early Predictions: It’s going to Renee Zellweger for Judy and we all know this.

Daniel Craig, “Knives Out
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Taron Egerton, “Rocketman
Roman Griffin Davis, “Jojo Rabbit
Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite Is My Name

Early Predictions: Incredibly happy to see Eddie Murphy back on the slate and newcomer Roman Griffin Davis as well! My heart definitely wants Taron Egerton to get the recognition for Rocketman but I have a feeling it will go to Daniel Craig for Knives Out. His role of Detective Benoit Blanc was fantastic.

Awkwafina, “The Farewell”
Ana de Armas, “Knives Out
Cate Blanchett, “Where’d You Go Bernadette”
Beanie Feldstein, “Booksmart
Emma Thompson, “Late Night

Early Predictions: Awkwafina for The Farewell is most likely the front runner in this case and I’m torn because Ana de Armas did a fantastic job in Knives Out. I’m beyond happy for Beanie Feldstein because she was lovely in Booksmart.

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes
Al Pacino, “The Irishman
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Early Predictions: THIS… this is the toughest category. I want Brad Pitt to go all the way because he deserves it for this role in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. This whole category is stacked and they all deliver such wonderful performances. If I had to choose between Pacino and Pesci… it would be Joe Pesci all the way. It’s what it is.

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Annette Bening, “The Report
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story
Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

Early Predictions: Laura Dern. Marriage Story. Would I like to see Margot Robbie for Bombshell come out of nowhere? Yes. Literally anyone else in that category can win instead of Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers.

The Irishman
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Two Popes

Early Predictions: This is also a tough category… I would give it to Parasite because the concept of the story is very well written and the pacing for the con job is great. Safe bet would definitely be Marriage Story because everyone loves a good divorce drama.

“Little Women”
Marriage Story
“Motherless Brooklyn”

Early Predictions: Hildur Guðnadóttir for Joker. Go listen to that score right now.

“Beautiful Ghosts” – CATS
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – Rocketman
“Into the Unknown” – Frozen 2
“Spirit” – The Lion King
“Stand Up” – Harriet

Early Predictions: I would love if “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman wins, it’s such a beautiful song and it’s so meaningful to Elton John.

“Frozen 2”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
The Lion King
“Missing Link”
Toy Story 4

Early Predictions: First off…. The Lion King (2019) has been classified as a live action film, so I have no idea why it’s nominated for Best Animated Feature. I would like if Missing Link takes it because there are three sequels in the running. No Abominable? What’s that about?

“The Farewell”
“Les Misérables”
“Pain and Glory”
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” 

Early Predictions: Parasite, hands down.

Side Note: Extremely sad that Honey Boy and Uncut Gems didn’t receive any nominations. I would have loved to see the Safdies and Adam Sandler get the recognition for their incredible work and of course Shia LaBeouf for that Screenplay nomination, even Alma Har’el for Director. Truly hoping that things shift with the other awards.

The following predictions for Television will be in BOLD.

“Big Little Lies”
“The Crown”
“Killing Eve”
“The Morning Show”

“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“The Politician”

“The Loudest Voice”

Brian Cox, “Succession”
Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”
Billy Porter, “Pose”

Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”
Jodi Comer, “Killing Eve”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Reese Witherspoon, “The Morning Show”
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

Ben Platt, “The Politician”
Paul Rudd, “Living With Yourself”
Rami Yousef, “Rami”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”
Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll”
Kirsten Dunst, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida”
Rachel Brosnahan, “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Chris Abbott, “Catch 22”
Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Spy”
Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”

Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”
Helen Mirren, “Catherine the Great”
Merritt Wever, “Unbelievable”
Kaitlyn Dever, “Unbelievable”
Joey King, “The Act”

Alan Arkin, “Kominsky Method”
Kieran Culkin, “Succession”
Andrew Scott, “Fleabag”
Stellan Skarsgård, “Chernobyl”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”

Meryl Streep, “Big Little Lies”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Emily Watson, “Chernobyl”
Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”

All You Need To Know About #TIFF19

It’s that time of year again, where the city of Toronto is buzzing with excitement because of the Toronto International Film Festival! TIFF has programmed such a wonderful set up this year and as usual, there are too many films to choose from!

I was fortunate enough to purchase a package of 30 tickets, which I divided with my closest friends and we picked some good ones! I always advise newcomers to watch films that they normally wouldn’t go see in theatres or they wouldn’t get the chance to see on the big screen, due to distribution and access to limited releases! TIFF has been getting bigger and there are plenty of mainstream films that highlight the festival! However, I like watching the underdogs, the smaller, independent films, that might surprise audiences and end up winning Oscar gold!

So, here are my #TIFF19 picks and these are films that I highly recommend based on the simple fact that each of them are very different.

  1. And We Go Green

The reason I chose to watch And We Go Green is because I’m interested to see how major corporations are trying to save the environment by becoming environmentally friendly. I’m excited to see how a man who has been apart of the racing industry his whole life, came up with Formula E and how the rest of the racing community adapts to that change. It’s also co-directed by Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville! I watched another Fisher Stevens documentary Before the Flood a couple of years ago at TIFF and it was well done and very informative. It is also produced by Appian Way Productions, which is Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, he also makes an appearance in the documentary, so here’s to hoping that Leo shows up as well! The best part about purchasing a ticket for the premiere of a documentary, is that the filmmakers will most definitely be there and discuss the making of their film.

2. Seberg

Kristen Stewart stars in SEBERG

The reason I chose Seberg is because in film school I studied French New Wave Cinema and Jean Seberg was in a film called Breathless, this was her defining role, which encapsulated the whole genre. Jean Seberg was a fantastic actress, but it was her life off screen that held the most intriguing and powerful story. I am beyond excited to see Kristen Stewart give a brilliant performance as Jean Seberg and it’s about time that Stewart gets some sort of recognition for how talented she is!

3. Endings, Beginnings

Shailene Woodley in Endings, Beginnings

My friends have raved about Drake Doremus and his ability to really expose emotions from his main characters. He creates these human stories that are so raw on screen, that he will make you feel many things at once. I’m very excited to see this one because of the aspect of a love triangle between Jamie Dornan, Shailene Woodley and Sebastian Stan. Three great actors tackling a film with Drake Doremus is definitely going to be something wonderful to see!

4. The Two Popes

As a Catholic, I always enjoy watching films that involve the Church because filmmakers can always have a different perspective about the private lives of priests, cardinals or in this case popes. The Two Popes is labelled a dark comedy and Fernando Meirelles is a gifted filmmaker who will be able to create a balance between the true story and the humour that comes with it. Also to have legends, such as Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce play Pope Benedict and Pope Francis is beyond perfect casting! Netflix definitely has a great one being added to their library!

5. Honey Boy

My most anticipated film of the festival this year is Honey Boy. The reason is because I’ve been a massive fan of Shia LaBeouf’s for years and have always supported him throughout his career. LaBeouf has had a very hard life and has always been misunderstood. This film is a huge piece of LaBeouf and I’m very proud in the way he wanted to present his story. Alma Har’el is a beautiful director and it looks like she has approached this project with a gentle heart but at the same time allowing the brutal honesty of the situation to shine through. I’m looking forward to seeing Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges embody two very different versions of Otis (Shia LaBeouf) and I’m even more excited to see what Labeouf does as he portrays his own father.

6. Lucy in the Sky

The main reason I chose this film was because I love space! More importantly I love films about space that do something different with the narrative. Lucy in the Sky looks absolutely twisted and I know for a fact Natalie Portman will give another jaw dropping performance! I’m also very happy that I’m supporting Noah Hawley in his feature film directorial debut! New filmmakers coming up with original content and making a trailer that looks this interesting is something I would definitely love!

7. Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems

The dynamic duo of the Safdie Brothers have returned with Uncut Gems. Considering I had a real GOOD TIME watching Good Time because of how different their style was is the main reason I’m watching this one. They’re minds are unlike anything I’ve seen and to be able to create such obscure films is something I will most definitely support. Also having Adam Sandler in a serious role is always a great thing because his dramatic pieces are very underrated!

8. Waves

(from left) Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown & Renee Elise Goldsberry
in Waves

Trey Edward Shults is debuting his junior film at TIFF and it has already been getting rave reviews at other festivals! I’m mostly excited to see the family dynamics after dealing with a loss. It seems to be a very humanistic journey and Shults has taken another direction for his filmography with this one! Kelvin Harrison Jr has been labelled as the Breakout Star this year and I’m happy I’m ending the festival with this piece right here!

I’ve heard so many different things from Telluride and Venice that I’m really looking forward to the Oscar race this year. My EARLY predictions are as follows:

  • Meryl Streep will get nominated for Lead Actress for The Laundromat AND Supporting Actress for Little Women
  • Renee Zellweger will return in the Best Actress category for Judy
  • Tom Hanks will most definitely return to the Best Actor category for A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
  • Cynthia Ervio could also have a nomination in the bag for Harriet.
  • I would love to see Antonio Banderas get some kind of recognition for either The Laundromat or Pain and Glory
  • A stretch would be Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson getting nominated for The Lighthouse, depending on the traction it gets
  • I would LOVE to see Parasite get some recognition as well!
  • Kristen Stewart deserves to get nominated for Seberg because she’s overdue for a nomination
  • Shia LaBeouf should DEFINITELY get some recognition for his cathartic screenplay for Honey Boy
  • Joaquin Phoenix is winning the Best Actor Oscar this year, there is literally no competition, it is his for the Joker

Those are my early predictions for what could generate some buzz at the festival this year!

For the next 2 weeks I will be documenting my #TIFF19 experience on my Twitter (@amxndasantino) and my Instagram (amxndasantinox)! Happy #TIFF19 everyone and let the Oscar season begin!