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Golden Globes: Final Predictions – Nominations announced Thursday December 11th

birdmanGolden Globes: Final Predictions – Nominations announced Thursday, December 11th

The award season is underway and precursors are flooding in. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s chosen nominations will be announced on Thursday December 11th.

On the film side of things we expect “Boyhood” and “Birdman” to get a lot of attention. “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “Gone Girl,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” should make some appearances too.

On the television side of things “True Detective,” “House of Cards,” and “Modern Family” should all easily show up. “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “Downton Abbey,” “Fargo, ” “Orange is the New Black,” and “The Big Bang Theory” are all strong possibilities in multiple categories as well.

Here are our chosen for each category. Click the “More” link to see alternates/dark horses in that category as well.

Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood
Selma
Gone Girl
Unbroken
The Imitation Game
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Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Big Eyes
Inherent Vice
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Golden Globes: 2015 Golden Globe Predictions post-TIFF

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You wouldn’t think it, but there is a significant different in the mind of an Academy voter and a Hollywood Foreign Press voter.  To end an excellent festival, “The Imitation Game” went home with the TIFF Audience Award. One of the runner-up films was “St. Vincent” another Weinstein film that should farewell in the comedy categories at the Globes.

We went ahead and updated everything, including television categories as we start seeking into a new Fall season for shows.

Click on the category to see our full list of ranked predictions with alternatives and dark horses. Contenders are listed here alphabetically. You can see all of our full predictions here.

Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Unbroken

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
The Skeleton Twins
St. Vincent
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Analysis: Fargo’s True Story

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Is “Fargo” based on a true story? No, it is not.

“The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers” is a book that collects essays about Joel and Ethan Coens’ films and dives into their deeper meanings. In this book their is an essay titled “The Coens’ Tragic Western” by Richard Gilmore. The essay begins with a quote for Cormac McCarthy from his novel “No Country for Old Men”:

“The point is there ain’t no point.”

Here is a passage from the Essay:

“How true a story is allegorically may even be the measure of a philosophy or of a work of literature, in general. This is very much, it seems to me, the measure of the value of the movies of the Coen brothers. Nearly all of their movies tell stories that are unbelievable at the literal level. It is certainly true that they are stories, but it is also true that they are in their own ways true stories, stories that reveal true things about the way the world is and about our ways of being in the world. It is precisely in this way that their movies function like philosophy.” (more…)

Emmys: Best Lead Actor – TV Movie or Mini-Series

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Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Idris Elba, Luther
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge

Last Update: 08/06/14

This is tough because “Fargo” will likely be picking up the Mini-Series award and “The Normal Heart” will pick up the TV Movie award. Here we have a match between Ruffalo and Thornton. “The Normal Heart” isn’t exactly “Behind the Candelabra,” and if “Fargo” can breakthrough in any other category it is this one.

Awards: 2015 Golden Globes Predictions – Updated

ben-affleck-gone-girl-trailerAwards: 2015 Golden Globe Predictions – Updated

We have fully updated all of our Golden Globe Predictions. This includes all categories, from the major film categories, to the mini-series and tv movie categories.

We have listed the top 5 in ABC order per category below, to give us an idea what the Golden Globe nominations would look like if they came now. Keep in mind a lot of TV shows and mini-series will come out between now and then, so the tv categories should be taken with a grain of salt.

Here is where we stand on all our predictions:

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Golden Globes: Best Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

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Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
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Festival Circuit: Telluride and Venice – What we’ve seen.

Blue-is-the-warmest-colorFestival Circuit: Telluride and Venice – What we’ve seen.

The 2013 Palme d’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color,” made a reprise earlier this week, continuing it’s strring of positive reviews and momentum.

At this point, several films have been seen at Telluride and Venice and here are some of the key films that have been seen and initial reactions to them:
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Film Trailer: Parkland

Parkland

Trailer 1

Last Updated: 08/24/13

Very well trailer. Feels like Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby” in ways which received a mixed critical response. (And I’m not just making that comparison because they are both Kennedy’s). Overall this looks really good and will participate in the festival circuit this upcoming month.