Liebster Award Nomination

This morning I woke up to find out, that I was nominated by Film: Uncharted EIF for a Liebster Award. I am truly grateful for the time you have taken to read my reviews and am honoured by the nomination!

Without further ado, the official rules of the competition are as follows:

  1. Thank the nominator in your award post.
  2. Place the award logo somewhere on your blog.
  3. You must state up to 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Complete the questions that your nominator provided.
  5. Nominate as many bloggers as you’d like (11 is the maximum).
  6. Ask your nominees a series of questions (11 is the maximum).

Facts

  1. I consider myself a full Italian, even though I was born and raised in Canada. 
  2. I was a musical theatre junkie growing up and I even starred in stage plays.
  3. I went to a Regional Arts Program in high school for Theatre. 
  4. I have been to Las Vegas and New York over 4 times now.
  5. I am an only child. 
  6. I am an arachnophobe.
  7. The Aviator (2004) was the very first film that made me fall in love with everything that goes into making a film.
  8. I have attended TIFF for the past seven years and each year is better than the last. 
  9. My favourite dish to make is Risotto, love mixing it up a bit.
  10. I fractured my nose when I was 4 and now it’s crooked but you can’t really tell, only I can, which is somehow worse.
  11. Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video still haunts me until this day.

Questions:

1. If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be?

I would love to have dinner with Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin because they represent two, very different eras, in the industry and I would love to find out how they coped with the politics during their given period.

2. What would be on the gag reel of your life?

I have fallen way too many times. I think falling of a skateboard or a bike would most definitely be on there. I also think falling from the top bunk bed while playing hide and seek would also be on there for a gag reel.

3. Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

I think Harry Potter would be boring in real life. I mean, without all the Voldermort drama, he really is just a dude who does magic and he can’t do magic in front of muggles (assuming I am one), so really, is he all that he’s cracked up to be?

4. If you could read minds, whose would you want to read?

I would love to read Martin Scorsese’s mind. He’s a walking encyclopedia of film knowledge and I think it would be fun to hear his actual thoughts while watching other movies.

5. What problem or situation did TV / movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?

I think house parties were the biggest myth, I was so disappointed when I got to high school, to find out that it’s mainly just sitting around and talking. It’s actually more awkward than anything they painted it out to be.

6. Do you judge a book by its cover?

I think everyone does at first but then they do attempt to get to know others and that’s what changes their perception of them. Rumours and gossip also tends to ruin the perception as well. I personally don’t, I like to look at things on my own terms and try to assess things from the inside out.

7. What wastes the most time in your day to day life?

Twitter, I’m looking at you.

8. What’s the one food you could never bring yourself to eat?

I have stayed away from horseradish my whole life because I hate the smell.

9. If your life as a movie, what songs would be on the soundtrack?

Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
Thunderstruck – AC/DC
Independent Women Part. 1 – Destiny’s Child
Love Shack – The B-52s
Giulia – DJ Lhasa
Gloria – Laura Branigan
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

10. What terrible movie do you love?

Since Adam Sandler is universally hated for some reason, I’m going to go with Billy Madison (1995), that movie is a classic and I love it so much.

11. If you had to live in a different country, what would it be?

Italia, always.

Nominees:

  1. Eddie Harrison – Film Authority 
  2. Jordan and Eddie – The Movie Guys
  3. Leo – Geekly Goods
  4. Shawn and Todd – Movies Matrix 

Questions: 

  1. Name one film that you would watch on repeat for the rest of your life?
  2. What are your Top 3 Best Picture Winners
  3. Name one film that is critically acclaimed but you just didn’t get the hype?
  4. What was your favourite childhood film?
  5. What is your favourite movie theatre snack?
  6. How many films have you watched in a single day?
  7. What is the one place that you’ve always wanted to travel to?
  8. What are the Top 5 films you would recommend to someone?
  9. What is your go to comfort film?
  10. If you could be in any comedy film, which one would you be in and why?
  11. If you watch one director’s filmography for the rest of your life, whose would you choose?

 

Have fun!

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.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
“1917″
The Irishman
Joker
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.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Rocketman

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.

BEST DIRECTOR
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.

BEST ACTOR – DRAMA
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.

BEST ACTRESS – DRAMA
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.

BEST ACTOR – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
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.

BEST ACTRESS – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
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.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
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.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
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.

BEST SCREENPLAY
The Irishman
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
​“Parasite
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.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“1917”
Joker
“Little Women”
Marriage Story
“Motherless Brooklyn”

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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“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.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“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?

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“The Farewell”
“Les Misérables”
“Pain and Glory”
Parasite
“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.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
“Big Little Lies”
“The Crown”
“Killing Eve”
“The Morning Show”
Succession

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY
“Barry”
Fleabag
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“The Politician”

MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM
“Catch-22”
Chernobyl
“Fosse/Verdon”
“The Loudest Voice”
“Unbelievable” 

BEST ACTOR TV SERIES – DRAMA
Brian Cox, “Succession”
Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”
Billy Porter, “Pose”

BEST ACTRESS TV SERIES – DRAMA
Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”
Jodi Comer, “Killing Eve”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Reese Witherspoon, “The Morning Show”
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

BEST ACTOR TV SERIES – COMEDY
Ben Platt, “The Politician”
Paul Rudd, “Living With Yourself”
Rami Yousef, “Rami”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

BEST ACTRESS TV SERIES – COMEDY
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”

BEST ACTOR – MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM
Chris Abbott, “Catch 22”
Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Spy”
Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”

BEST ACTRESS – MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM
Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”
Helen Mirren, “Catherine the Great”
Merritt Wever, “Unbelievable”
Kaitlyn Dever, “Unbelievable”
Joey King, “The Act”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM
Alan Arkin, “Kominsky Method”
Kieran Culkin, “Succession”
Andrew Scott, “Fleabag”
Stellan Skarsgård, “Chernobyl”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM
Meryl Streep, “Big Little Lies”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Emily Watson, “Chernobyl”
Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”

2019 Oscar Predictions

Today is the day!

After a very long and controversial Oscar season, it is finally here.

This season has been a struggle for The Academy, filmmakers and Oscar viewers. It’s interesting to see how everything is going to play out on the telecast tonight, despite the many issues.

It’s the first time in 30 years or so that the Oscars telecast has gone without a host. The host makes the show run smoothly and usually creates a flow from presenter to presenter. The Academy doubled up on presenters this year, so many are hoping that the telecast won’t have dead air. There have been multiple controversies with films that are nominated as well. Films such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Detainment and Green Book have all been under fire for the artistic integrity of the content and the history of certain directors and screenwriters. The Academy also revoked their decision to not present certain categories live during the telecast because of the backlash that came from filmmakers, critics and cinephiles who value each and every category.

The nominations this year have been questionable and it has been interesting to see how viewers have responded to them this year. Here’s a rant followed by predictions uploaded to Candid Cinema Podcast on Castbox.

Here are my final predictions:

In RED the ones I believe SHOULD win

In GOLD the ones that are GOING to win

Best Picture:

“Black Panther”
BlacKkKlansman
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
Roma
“A Star Is Born”
“Vice”

Lead Actor:

Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Lead Actress:

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Director:

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Adam McKay, “Vice”

Animated Feature:

“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short:

“Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine
“Bao,” Domee Shi
“Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall
“One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
“Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez

Adapted Screenplay:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
“BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
“A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Original Screenplay:

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
“Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Vice,” Adam McKay

Cinematography:

“Cold War,” Lukasz Zal
“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

Best Documentary Feature:

“Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
“End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
“Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short Film: 
“Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
“Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
“Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
“Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Best Foreign Language Film:

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)
“Cold War” (Poland)
“Never Look Away” (Germany)
“Roma” (Mexico)
“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Film Editing:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
“Vice,” Hank Corwin

Sound Editing:

“Black Panther,” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst
“First Man,” Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“A Quiet Place,” Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
“Roma,” Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing:

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”

Production Design:

“Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
“First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
“Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

Original Score:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard
“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song:

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Makeup and Hair:

“Border”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Vice”

Costume Design:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres
“Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter
“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

I have these predictions locked and I hope there will be some upsets tonight!! Please remember that ANYTHING can happen during the Oscars!!

Follow me on Twitter tonight as I will be updating live @amxndasantino

2019 Golden Globe Predictions

Award Season is in full swing and will officially begin on Sunday, January 6th with the Golden Globes! I’ve officially seen all of the films nominated so I’ve decided to make my picks early and share them with you all!

Here is the nomination list and underneath I will explain why I believe certain films and performances should win. 

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”

“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

MY PICK: If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins made a perfect drama, it reflected the current sociopolitical climate in the black community and made reference to years of systemic oppression faced by Black America. It is a representation of the world today and it’s such a well rounded film. It’s direction, cinematography, storytelling and performances elevated James Baldwin’s novel and made it a memorable piece. 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)

Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)

MY PICK: Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
This is a hard category but given the fact that A Star is Born has become an Award Season favourite that’s the only traction she has to win this award. It should go to Nicole Kidman for Destroyer but the front runner is definitely Gaga. 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)

Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)

MY PICKBradley Cooper – A Star is Born 
Bradley Cooper completely changed himself for this role and he deserves the recognition for it. He became a musician, he became a rockstar, he became Jackson Maine. You listen to that soundtrack and tell people that’s not a seasoned professional and it would actually leave people stunned. I loved John David Washington’s performance in Blackkklansman and Rami Malek gave a spot on portrayal of Freddie Mercury so it’s really a toss up between the 3 of them, for me anyway. 

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”

“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

MY PICKThe Favourite 
The nominations in this category make absolutely no sense to me. I am choosing The Favourite because it a very unique original piece by Yorgos Lanthimos and he deserves recognition for his work. It was vulgar and very humorous but not many people enjoy his twisted humour. Since the category is also entitled “Musical” Mary Poppins Returns has a fair shot and it would be a travesty. Green Book was very comedic but the jokes fell flat at points, it’s still a possibility for Picture. 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

MY PICK: Olivia Colman – The Favourite 
Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne was one of the most lovely performances I’ve seen in a while. She was consumed with the thought of everyone loving her because everyone she had ever loved, left her. She played the role of the overdramatic, clueless, blubbering Queen and I absolutely loved her madness. Of course because it’s also a musical category Emily Blunt may take it but I don’t think it’s wise for an actress to win an award another actress has won for the playing the same character. 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)

MY PICKChristian Bale – Vice 
Listen, Christian Bale is a method actor and his performance of Dick Cheney was scarily accurate. He did the work and as usual I did NOT even think for two seconds that an actor was playing Cheney, he embodied him and Bale deserves the win. He paid such close attention to detail and knocked this performance out of the park. Viggo Mortensen did a great job in Green Book and Lin Manuel Miranda stole the show in Mary Poppins Returns so it’s going to be a tough decision for the HFPA. 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)

Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)

MY PICK: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk 
This category is EXTREMELY difficult. Regina King gave such a loving and beautiful performance in Beale Street. Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz were fierce and manipulative in The Favourite but most likely the vote will be split. We obviously can’t forget Amy Adams because she embodied Lynne Cheney in Vice. They all had wicked performances but I feel it in my bones that Ms. Regina King is going to get her award!

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)

Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)

MY PICK: Mahershala Ali – Green Book 
Mahershala Ali gave a very reserved and subtle performance in Green Book but it was just as effective. He slowly unravelled in front of our eyes as the movie went on and it made it so much more powerful. He’s a very talented actor and I’m very happy he took this role! Sam Rockwell is another one who completely embodied former President George W. Bush and his performance was also a favourite of mine. 

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Incredibles 2”

“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

MY PICKSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
This is most definitely the best animated feature of the year because of how different the animation was and the storyline that came with it. This film is not only for kids but it’s also for adults AND there is so much representation in the Spider-Verse that it deserves the recognition. If Marvel takes home anything it’s going to be for this film right here. 

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum”

“Girl”
“Never Look Away”
“Roma”
“Shoplifters”

MY PICK: Roma 
I absolutely loved everything that Alfonso Cuarón did in this film. I loved that there were no subtitles and that the images on screen told the story. Yalitza Aparicio deserves the recognition as well for carrying this emotional piece on her shoulders for her first time out. It’s a beautiful slice of life and it’s also a heartbreaking story about a woman’s life. I adored this! 

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)

Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)

MY PICK: Spike Lee – Blackkklansman
It’s a complete and utter travesty that Barry Jenkins is not nominated for Best Director because he truly made the MOST beautiful film of the year and NO ONE else can evoke that kind of emotion from his actors while capturing all of that in a tight frame. Blackkklansman is my second favourite movie of last year and I think Spike Lee deserves the recognition for it because he took a Ron Stallworth’s true story and made it incredibly relevant to today’s society. It was an empowering piece and it showed the anger and frustration that many people feel about America today. Both of these films are a representation of the sociopolitical climate of America, one is fuelled by love and the other is fuelled by anger. 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)

MY PICK: Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk 
I loved that he incorporated the forward from James Baldwins’ novel at the beginning of the film and then dedicated the film to him at the end of it. It’s always difficult to adapt a novel and I believe that Jenkins did a fantastic job in bringing everything together. The flashbacks and voiceover’s made it easier to understand everything that was happening because he also chose to show us rather than pack this film with dialogue. It was very simple and it flowed very well. 

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)

Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

MY PICK: Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther 
Listen, this score was so incredibly unique to African culture and he developed a sound for Wakanda. I think he deserves the recognition for this because everything else seemed generic and in all honesty. 

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)

“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)
“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

MY PICK: Shallow – A Star is Born 
Do I even have to explain why this song is going to win? It’s literally everywhere and makes me cry every time I listen to it. The song deserves to win this year, hands down. 

Don’t forget to tune into the Golden Globes this Sunday with your hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh! 

Award Season Nominations & Early Predictions

Well, it’s officially Oscar season and the nominations have been rolling in! The past couple of days we’ve had the Golden Globe, Critics Choice and SAG award nominations announced and it’s going to be a very tough year this year!

The films that have surprised me the most are Black Panther, The Favourite, Vice and Mary Poppins Returns to name a few. There are so many things that I have to say so I made a podcast highlighting all three award nominations!

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Episode 08 – Award Season Nominations 2018

It’s been such a wonderful year for cinema and the nominations are proof of that! I will be keeping up with the award season on Twitter and Letterboxd, so feel free to follow along there! Of course, I will be on Instagram giving my graded reviews as well! Keep it locked and I promise I will deliver the most honest reviews possible!