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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Screen Actors Guild Nominations


The nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Mudbound
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel Esq

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
Logan
War For the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman

Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: The Disaster Artist (2017)

* * * 1/2

Director: James Franco
Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco

Here's to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that ache
Here's to the mess we make


What The Disaster Artist accomplishes seems almost impossible. It could easily have been a very mean spirited movie in which a bunch of very rich, very successful people ruthlessly mocked the efforts of a bunch of not rich and unsuccessful people. Instead it's a film that manages to mine a grandiose personality for humor while still acknowledging that it's a very courageous thing to pursue an artistic ambition and open yourself up to the kind of ridicule that, in fact, met the film at the center of this "making of" story. The Disaster Artist is a film made with affection and it's one of the best, funniest comedies I've seen all year.

Golden Globe Nominees


The nominees are:

Best Motion Picture - Drama:
Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy:
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Golden Globe Nominee Predictions


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces its nominations tomorrow morning. My predictions:

Best Motion Picture - Drama:
Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy:
The Big Sick
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Washington, Boston Online, Toronto, San Francisco, New York Online, Philadelphia, and Boston Society of Film Critics Awards


A slew of critics groups gave out awards this weekend, spreading the love in most categories but creating frontrunners in the Supporting Actor and Actress categories. Here's the rundown:

Philadelphia Film Critics

Best Picture: Get Out

Best Director: Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Best Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Script: Get Out

Best Foreign Language Film: Graduation

Best Documentary: Jane

Best Directorial Debut: Get Out

Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049

Best Score: Coco

Best Breakthrough Performance: Brooklyn Prince, The Florida Project