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My 2011 Oscar Predictions: Who Should Win and Who Will January 28, 2011

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Well, the nominations for the 2011 Academy Awards are finally out, and as usual, there were few surprises.  Overall, I think 2011 was a pretty solid year for cinema, with some standout films, unique films, classic films and groundbreaking films.  Of course, there were some duds too, but apart from the massive overkill of pointless 3D films, I’d say it was a good year for cinemagoers.

As per the last couple of years, it’s time for me to predict the winners!  Here goes.

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My 2010 Oscar Nominations Rant (and Predictions)! February 3, 2010

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The Oscars are here again!

So…the 2010 Oscar nominations have been announced (for the full list check here).

I love the Oscars.  Always have, probably always will.  There’s something about a bunch of really famous, talented people dressing up, patting themselves on the back and thanking everyone under the sun that inspires the entire human race.  I mean it.

The most noticeable change in this year’s Academy Awards ceremony is the number of nominees for Best Picture, which has been doubled from the usual five to ten.  The Academy really believed it when former losers said they were “happy just to be nominated”. 

Now, instead of the usual four losers putting on awkward smiles with tears in their eyes, clapping weakly/violently as the winner walks up to accept their statuette, there will now be nine.  Awesome.

The other noticeable change this year is that Sandra Bullock got nominated.  I like Sandra Bullock.  I really do.  I loved Speed (the film).  But really, her acting is a bit…well…

I’m being unfair here because I haven’t seen The Blind Side, but this performance has to be at least 7.8 times better than anything she has ever done for that nomination to be deserved.  I hope that is the case, or else before you know it you’ll be seeing Matthew McConaughey (the male equivalent in terms of talent and quality of movies after the initial breakthrough film – Speed for Bullock and A Time to Kill for McConaughey) collecting a statuette for Contact 2: Can’t Touch This.

Now, here are some random comments on the nominees in each category.

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2010 Australian Open Predictions January 19, 2010

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Look, for some reason I can’t get revved up for the Australian Open this year.  I don’t know why.

It’s already started and I can barely force myself to follow the results, let alone watch it on TV.

Nevertheless, I sought advice from a tennis expert (okay, he’s just a friend who really likes tennis and has been quite spot on in the past, except when he puts money on it) on what he thinks will happen.  Here is what he said.

Who do you see coming through on the men’s side?

I expect Murray v Nadal in the QF for an epic match.  I also see Roddick making it to the SFs. I think Del Potro is not prepared enough to go far.

Davydenko or Verdasco to get through in the top half, but the winner is out of Nadal, Murray or Roddick.

What about the great man Federer?

As you know, I am as anti-federer as I have ever been now so I am hoping his GS semi final run ends here.

What about the ladies?

Elena to beat Henin in the next match.  Can’t help but think that if Elena didn’t have tennis player arms and not stayed in the sun all day, she’d be quite attractive.

Sorry, that’s all I’ve got.

How my 2010 Golden Globe predictions went January 18, 2010

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Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais did well

A visitor to my blog (whom I’ve never met) berated me and called me [expletive] boring for blogging about the Golden Globes (see those posts here and here).

And let’s face it, she’s probably right.

Nevertheless, my blogger buddy Nate at theninthdragonking.wordpress.com and I decided to compare notes and see who got more predictions right.

Anyway, for the film categories I got 5/14.  For the television categories I got 3/11.  Total: 8/25.

What a shocker.

The complete list of winners can be found here.

I’m not going to analyse which ones I got right or wrong, or how Nate did with his predictions.  You can work all that out yourselves.  I’m glad to say though that the voters seemed to get it right a lot more than I thought they would this year.

Is that interesting enough for you?

Bitch.

PS: I’m still going to blog about the Oscars.  Bitch.

Golden Globe 2010 Predictions Part I: Films January 13, 2010

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Award season is here again.

The 2010 Golden Globes are on this Sunday 17th of January and it’s time to put down some predictions.*

Here are the nominees, with my pick in bold.  Seeing I haven’t seen a lot of these films, a lot of these are gut instincts and common predictability.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA:


“Avatar
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire”
“Up in the Air”

Comment: Just when you thought James Cameron’s head can’t get any bigger, I have a feeling his latest blockbuster Avatar is going to do exceptionally well.  Not Titanic well, but well nonetheless.  To be fair, Avatar, while not a great ‘film’ from many perspectives, is a pretty groundbreaking and entertaining piece of cinema.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA:


Emily Blunt – “The Young Victoria”
Sandra Bullock– “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren – “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan – “An Education”
Gabourey Sadibe – “Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire”

Comment: I haven’t seen this movie yet, but by all accounts Sadibe puts in a dynamite performance, and I reckon there will be an inclination to give it to the actress in the hard-hitting drama this year.  Mulligan is the dark horse, and man I sure hope Bullock doesn’t win (though she probably will).

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA:

Jeff Bridges – “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney – “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth – “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman – “Invictus”
Tobey Maguire – “Brothers”

Comment: A bit of an open field in my opinion, but have to go with the popular Clooney.  Would like Bridges to win though.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:

“500 Days of Summer”
“The Hangover”
“It’s Complicated”
“Julie & Julia”
“Nine”

Comments: I hope 500 Days of Summer wins.  I can’t see a film like The Hangover winning and the two Meryl Streep movies will probably split the votes?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:


Sandra Bullock – “The Proposal”
Marion Cotillard – “Nine”
Julia Roberts – “Duplicity”
Meryl Streep – “It’s Complicated”
Meryl Streep – “Julie and Julia”

Comments: Wow, two nominations for Ms Streep out of five in total.  Wow, Sandra Bullock got nominated again?  Wow, Julia Roberts got nominated for Duplicity?  Man what a farce.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL:


Matt Damon – “The Informant!”
Daniel Day Lewis – “Nine”
Robert Downey Jr. – “Sherlock Holmes”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “500 Days of Summer”
Michael Stuhlbarg – “A Serious Man”

Comments: Downey Jr is the popular choice, but I think Matt Damon could pull off an upset (if only his film was more popular).

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE:

Mo’Nique – “Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire”
Julianne Moore – “A Single Man”
Anna Kendrick – “Up in the Air”
Vera Farmiga – “Up in the Air”
Penelope Cruz – “Nine”

Comments: Seriously hope the wonderful Farmiga gets the nod here.  Anyone to win but Cruz.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE:


Matt Damon – “Invictus”
Stanley Tucci – “The Lovely Bones”
Christopher Plummer – “The Last Station”
Christopher Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”
Woody Harrelson – “The Messenger”

Comments: Damon has a chance especially if he doesn’t win best actor but Waltz was just so bloody terrific in Inglourious Basterds that it just has to go to him, as good as Stanley Tucci was in The Lovely Bones.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:


“Coraline”
“The Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“Up”

Comments: I liked Up more than Coraline and I hear Mr Fox is very good, but I have to go with the dark, quirky film to win it.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:


“Barria”
“Broken Embraces”
“A Prophet”
“The White Ribbon”
“The Maid”

Comments: Usually the one most people have heard of wins.

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE:

Kathryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron – “Avatar”
Clint Eastwood – “Invictus”
Jason Reitman – “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”

Comments: Head continues to swell for Mr King of the World.

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE:

Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner – “Up in the Air”
Nancy Meyers – “It’s Complicated”
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell – “District 9″
Mark Boal – “The Hurt Locker”
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”

Comments: Would really like to see District 9 win it but I feel the voters will go for the witty drama.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE:


Michael Giacchino – “Up”
Marvin Hamlisch – “The Informant!”
James Horner – “Avatar”
Abel Korzeniowski – “A Single Man”
Karen O and Carter Burwell – “Where the Wild Things Are”

Comments: Will probably go to Avatar but I am hoping for an upset.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE:

“Cinema italiano” – “Nine”
“I want to come home” – “Everybody’s Fine”
“I will see you” – “Avatar”
“The weary kind” – “Crazy Heart”
“Winter” – “Brothers”

Comments: Yeah, I think Avatar will win, but at least we won’t have to see Celine Dion striking a blue diamond around her neck while singing the song.

* Part II on Television to follow.

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