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Awards: SAG Predictions

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Awards: SAG Predictions

The Screen Actors Guild awards can be a little bit difficult to predict. They happen early in the year where it is hard to tell which December films SAG has seen and hasn’t seen. For example “Django Unchained” got nothing last year, because not one had seen it yet. Even though it had a very strong acting ensemble.

This year “The Wolf of Wall Street” has reportedly screened for the nominating committee, but what about the members? It is likely “The Wolf of Wall Street” won’t go anywhere here, but I’m going to take that road and say that it will get some attention (But I won’t completely fall for it here).

So here are my final locked-in predictions for SAG (with my runner-up choices):

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Awards: “Argo” is named Best Picture of 2012

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Awards: Argo named Best Picture of 2012

Argo has just been named the best film of 2012 by the Academy, where the film received 3 Oscars, the other two for Editing and Adapted Screenplay. The most Oscars was given to Life of Pi which received four including Best Director for Ang Lee, Visual Effects, Cinematography, and Original Score.  Tying with Argo with three also was Les Miserables.

So what does everyone think? Any snubs? Did Argo deserve the title? I have never seen so much flip-flopping by Oscar predictors over the last few months, when Argo became the clear front-runner it was clear what happened. The momentum had been shifting since October from Argo to Silver Linings Playbook to Zero Dark Thirty to Lincoln to Les Miserables the back to Lincoln and then landed on Argo again. The thing about those other four films, and this would include Life of Pi as well is that they were all loved, just not by everyone and those people who didn’t “love” them kind of hated them.  (more…)

Awards: Final Oscar Predictions 2013

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Awards: Final Oscar Predictions 2013

Oh what a year! So many great films and an Oscar lineup that is a little bizarre at times. This has been one of the best years for movies in a long time. So as much of a hobby it is of mine to predict this kind of stuff, I will say don’t  just go out and watch the award-winners. Watch all that was nominated and the films that were snubbed which wouldn’t have been any other year.Anyways, it has come down to this, I have predicted the Oscars for four years now and each year I’m understanding a little more of the Academy mannerisms (though I don’t think any will ever fully unlock that box.)

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Awards: 2013 Final Golden Globe Predictions

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Awards: 2013 Final Golden Globe Predictions

Here are my predictions for the winners of the 2013 Golden Globes which airs tonight.

Best Motion Picture DramaLincoln
Potential Upset: Argo

Performance by an Actress in a Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Potential Upset: Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Performance by an Actor in a Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
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Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

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Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

Whoa! What happened? So, myself and a lot of the more “professional” Oscar predictors did a pretty mediocre job on their predictions, especially in the Best Director category. But I thought the nominations were more thought provoking than previous years. It shows that the Academy is a group of wildcards really.

So here is the list of winners and losers after the nominations were announced per category: (more…)

Analysis: Controversy in Entertainment after Sandy Hook

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Analysis: Controversy in Entertainment after Sandy Hook

This is an article I have been working on for awhile now, about subjects I have always felt passionate about. Before the article starts though, I want to point out that I will not be talking politics. People who know me, know how I feel about gun control and what should be done. If you want to have that talk with me, follow me on Twitter. I also what it to be known that I understand the magnitude of this tragedy. I understand that at this point in time America needs to do all it possibly can to make our country more safe and secure.

One pattern I noticed in my Twitter feed after the incident was a loss of hope for humanity. How can we possibly have hope in humanity now? After so many helpless young children suffered the most devastating of fates? Words simply cannot express how awful the situation is. Something has to be done because apparently the status quo is not working, at all and you can’t chalk this up to “Shit Happens,” no, not this time. (more…)

Awards: Predicting the 2012 Golden Globe Nominees – How We Did

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Predicting the 2012 Golden Globe Nominees – How We Did

We did pretty good predicting the Golden Globe results, most categories had at least 3 successful predictions. How were your predictions? Look below to see how we did. Asterisks’ indicate a nominee in the category.  (more…)

Awards: Final Golden Globe Film Nominee Predictions 2012

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Awards: Final Golden Globe Film Nominee Predictions 2012

I know it’s real late, but I needed to put on record my final predictions for the Golden Globes. You can find more of my predictions on my Gold Derby page. So here they are after the jump: (more…)

Awards Analysis: Les Miserables vs. Lincoln vs. Argo vs. Silver Linings Playbook


Awards Analysis: Les Miserables vs. Lincoln vs. Argo vs. Silver Linings Playbook

Some major changes in the Awards race have been happening this weekend. Friday,  Les Miserables was screened to a New York audience, then again to a Los Angeles audience on Saturday. Also, Zero Dark Thirty has been screened to some critics and is currently being screened today. Update: Zero Dark Thirty is still receiving reactions, but so far it is being met with praise; not to the same scale as Les Miserables though.

Why are these December releases being screened now? It’s simply because the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics and Los Angeles Film Critics will be picking their best of the years soon; and while a film doesn’t have to be in contention for these, the momentum that can be built up toward the top Oscar prize. This is very helpful especially in a season as jam-packed with quality films as this one. (more…)

Awards: 2013 Golden Globe Predictions

Awards: 2013 Golden Globe Predictions

Not many bloggers out there predict the annual Golden Globes. So I thought I’d give it a try. However, this time I didn’t predict the television portion of the award nominations, but I assume it’ll be nearly the same as the Emmys.

One thing to remember when reading these is that they cannot be taken as a base to predict the Oscars. The HFPA has been infamous in nominating films just to get an audience to watch, you’ll see I predict The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for drama below above a bunch more predictable candidates. I did this because having such a popular film nominated could draw them a TV audience.

Two years back they nominated the critically panned The Tourist just so they could have Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie at their ceremony. They shaped up last year, but when predicting them you still have to find a balance.

So, here they are:

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