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

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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
More

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Big Eyes
Inherent Vice
More

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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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Film: 2014 Cannes Film Festival – Predicting the Palme d’Or

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The 67th annual Festival de Cannes will start May 14th and go through May 25th. This is the second festival to Sundance that may potentially reveal to us some of the best films of 2014.

Many great filmmakers have films in competition this year for the Palme d’Or. 18 films are in competition and, at this point, it looks like it could be anyone’s game. Here’s a brief history for the last five winners:

2013 – “Blue is the Warmest Colour”
2012 – “Amour”
2011 – “The Tree of Life”
2010 – “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”
2009 – “The White Ribbon”

Michael Haneke’s “Amour” went on to earn both Picture and Director Oscar nominations as did Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” It could be a dark horse or a film already buzzing this year, so we’ve compiled and ranked what we think will stand-out this year and included a brief synopsis of each film so that you can make your own predictions.

Here are our predictions: (more…)

Emmys: 2014 Emmys – Early Predictions

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Check out our Emmys page for a full list of potential contenders per category. For now here is a could estimate of what the television series categories will look like later this year:

Best Television Series – Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
True Detective

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep

Click “More” to see the acting categories:

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Emmys: Best Lead Actor – Drama

Kevin-Spacey-in-House-of-Cards-Season-2-Chapter-26Best Lead Actor – Drama

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
James Spader, The Blacklist
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
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Awards: Golden Globe Nominations – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Niki-Lauda-RushAwards: Golden Globe Nominations – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Many would have strong arguments that state that Golden Globes matter very little to the Oscar race. I think, in some cases, they matter a lot. Even since their slates started showing up more clean (No More “The Tourist” incidents) the H.F.P.A. has been given us some solid selections in each category.

This year there were a couple notable things that occurred. A couple notable films/shows that were left out of contention, and a couple of reasonable twists, and some unreasonable. So let’s take a look at these nominations and see what was good, what was bad, and what was just ugly. (more…)

Golden Globes: Best Lead Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Watch-the-House-of-Cards-Season-2-Trailer-0Best Lead Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
James Spader, The Blacklist
Clive Owen, The Knick
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
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Film Review: Lincoln

Film Review: Lincoln
by Matthew Durham

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has been talked about for some years now. When early photos of Daniel Day-Lewis appeared with him portraying the sixteenth president the inevitable buzz began. Last year we were graced with Spielberg’s action-adventure epic War Horse which received about 75% positive reviews. I liked War Horse, I liked that “Spielbergian” feeling that so many critics condemned. And while I can develop a whole defense case for War Horse, I would much rather talk about Lincoln which is really a pretty spectacular film.

My senior year of high school we had to write an Essay, which was a pretty important essay. In this case, we had to write it about a public figure of some sort. My deep interests in film lead my essay to be about Steven Spielberg, how he got into the industry and developed through the times. Some have called me a Spielberg apologist, but out of the many films he has done I haven’t really seen one that I hated. I didn’t like Hook, but I didn’t hate it. (more…)