Let the official Oscar campaigning begin. Even though the race started long before today, with the nominations now revealed, the handshaking and butt kissing to Academy voters kicks into high gear. This is exactly the part Joaquin Phoenix criticized when he slammed the Oscars. Despite that dig, as predicted by him, Phoenix snagged an Oscar nod for his work in The Master. Can he parlay his “unique” campaigning to Oscar glory when the winners are announced on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood?
Oscar host Seth Macfarlane and Emma Stone woke up extremely early today to read out the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. Side note: Macfarlane is the first host to announce the nominations since Charlton Heston did double duty back in 1972. As widely predicted, Lincoln dominated with 12 nominations including Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Coming in second was Life of Pi with 11 nods. Unlike Lincoln, Life of Pi didn’t score any acting nods and their haul came mostly from the creative categories. Check out all the nominations and my commentary including snubs in all the major awards below.
Not only did the Hollywood Foreign Press Association debut the first promo for the 70th Golden Globes featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but they also revealed their nominations. Leading the pack with seven nods is Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Not surprising, given all the other Oscar precursor love. On the flip side, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained shockingly earned five nominations including one for Leonardo DiCaprio.
If you think about it, DiCaprio along with a few other out of left field nods aren’t too earth-shattering given that the HFPA have a reputation of being HUGE star f*ckers. They love to honor A-list celebs in hopes that they’ll attend, making their event the most star-studded one of the awards season.
On the TV front, the HFPA have a couple of head-scratchers as well. Mad Men for the first time isn’t nominated but NBC’s polarizing Smash is. Granted they’re competing in different categories, but still. The Debra Messing musical beat out Parks & Recreations, Suburgatory, Community and a whole whackload of other worthy sitcoms. Fans of ABC’s Nashville will be elated that both Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton were recognized. While Modern Family dominates the Emmys, only Sofia Vergara and Eric Stonestreet earned nominations in the acting categories.
Without further ado, check out all of the 2013 Golden Globe nominations below which were revealed by presenters Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms this morning. You’ll also find my commentary for most of the major movie categories and how they differ from the recently announced SAG nominations. Be sure to leave your comments afterward. I would to hear your thoughts on the HFPA’s nods.
If there is one Oscar precursor that is the most reliable, it’s hands down the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs). The acting guild represents the biggest voting block at the Academy Awards. Bar none when it comes to the acting categories the SAGs have the best record in recent years. If you’re planning to enter your Oscar office pool, I highly recommend you take note of the nominees and winners from this particular group. The SAGs honor outstanding work in both film and television. Since it’s all about the Oscars, I’m only focusing on the movie nominations.
While they don’t have a Best Picture category, they have an Outstanding Performance by a Cast as their big prize. What’s notable with the nominees in this category is the omission of Zero Dark Thirty. Long thought as an Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture, it’s snub have a few pundits scratching their heads. That isn’t the only surprise with the 2013 nominations. Check them all out below with my commentary for all the movie acting categories.
There used to be a time when Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler could do no wrong at the box office. No matter what vehicle they starred in, it would undoubtedly become a bona fide blockbuster. But as they say, nothing lasts forever. The two veteran comedy actors find themselves on a list that no Hollywood actor wants to be on. To quote one of Murphy’s movies, I’m sure he wants to be Trading Places with anyone else right now.
Also landing on the list are one-time rom-com queens Katherine Heigl and Sandra Bullock. All it takes is one box office bomb to bring down their dollar return average. Each lady had exactly that with One For The Money and All About Steve respectively. You can also add Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close to Bullock’s less-than-stellar grosses. Find out below who ranks No. 1 on the list with a return of $2.30 for every dollar they were paid.
Channing Tatum scored People magazine’s big honor of Sexiest Man Alive, but he’s not the only one oozing sex appeal. The publication also honored other men responsible for making women and gay men’s temperature rise. From former Sexiest Man Alive honoree Denzel Washington to South African double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, People highlight other gorgeous dudes in their annual issue.
If that isn’t enough to quench your hunger for hot men, People also scoured the country to pick the sexiest man from each state. Naturally, Tatum was chosen as Alabama’s representative. How funny would’ve it been if some other schmo, was Mr. Alabama? Pretty hilarious if you ask me. Curious to know which celeb, the publication saddle you with? Find out below.
The director of such films as Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II committed suicide on Sunday August 19th. Tony Scott, the younger brother of director Ridley Scott, jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles “without hesitation” according to witnesses. Reports say the 68-year-old director left a suicide note along with “instructional” notes to family members and friends. Why would a successful filmmaker want to end his life? ABC News is reporting that Scott was suffering serious health issues. Their source reveals that he had inoperable brain cancer. His wife has issued a statement since then refuting the claim about cancer. Our hearts go out to Scott’s family and friends.
Tony entertained the world, including myself, with a long list of riveting action films. I never realized that so many films I’ve enjoyed through the years were directed by the British director. Arguably, his biggest film was Top Gun starring Tom Cruise. His follow up to that blockbuster was another beloved hit, the sequel, Beverly Hills Cop II with Eddie Murphy. A few of my other favorite films from him include Enemy of the State with Will Smith and the Quentin Tarantino-penned True Romance with Christian Slater.
Scott’s last theatrical film was 2010′s Unstoppable which I surprisingly loved and rewatched yesterday in honor of his death. That film starred frequent collaborator Denzel Washington. The actor and director worked together on five films: Crimson Tide; Man on Fire; Deja Vu; The Taking of Pelham 123; and the aforementioned Unstoppable. What are your favorite Tony Scott films?
Have you ever had a nightmare about being in a plane crash? I have, and it’s absolutely terrifying. In this upcoming ‘Flight‘ movie, Denzel Washington plays a commercial pilot that makes one bold move that saves everyone’s lives. That beings said, there are some complications.
After he miraculously manages to safely “crash land” the plane, saving everyone’s lives, the accident is investigated so that the plane malfunctions can be understood, but in doing so, they find that the pilot (Denzel) had alcohol in his system. Despite the fact that his courageous act was what saved the day, will he go to prison anyway? It’s a very interesting concept and I’m really looking forward to seeing this one. The film also stars James Badge Dale and John Goodman.
The movie hits theatres on November 2. For now, check out the intense trailer below.
It looks like 2012 won’t be short of action flicks. Now, you can add this one to your list of ones to watch. Its called Safe House and it stars the always sexy, next disappointing (except for Green Lantern) Ryan Reynolds as well Denzel Washington. The story goes as follows:
When a CIA-operated safe house is targeted by a group of bad guys, the facility’s house-sitter is tasked with the dangerous job of moving the criminal who is being hidden there to another secure location. -IMDb
Sounds pretty simple right? But, watch the trailer and you’ll see that the plot really involves a lot of espionage, twists and turns that will keep you guessing the whole movie long. Ryan Reynolds is set to play the hero quite nicely while Denzel Washington always plays a convincing bad guy. The film hits theaters on February 10 so until then, enjoy the trailer below.